Just the other day, I received a group text about our annual Friendsgiving. I was immediately appreciative of the pre-planning, but then it occurred to me that our friendly celebration is just a few weeks away. (How did that happen?!) With Friendsgiving (and Thanksgiving) just around the corner, I couldn’t help but think about what I wanted to contribute. I personally love a good appetizer, especially one that everyone can share in together, so I created one using some…

Hi, guys! Earlier this week, we went to the beach with a couple of our friends for the first time this summer. We (especially Quinn) had an awesome time, so we wondered why the heck we hadn’t gone before now. I mean, hello, it’s the end of July and we live like 15 minutes from the beach. Get it together, Hauperts! I guess we didn’t go to the beach until now because we thought it was…

This recipe is part of my partnership with Grapes from California. It’s definitely a winning summer salad, and I hope you enjoy it! Now that the warm weather is here and grape season is in full swing (Grapes from California are available May through January and are always ripe and ready-to-eat), it’s never been easier to add these vibrant little orbs to your life, especially when it comes to summer entertaining. Grapes can truly transform meals from ordinary to…

This post is part of my partnership with Grapes from California. I hope you enjoy it! Happy holidays, friends! You might not automatically associate Grapes from California with the holidays, but, if you think about it, they’re a naturally festive and nutritious addition to the season. I mean, hello, they’re red and green (and black) and shaped like little magical orbs, which are reminiscent of Christmas tree ornaments. And they are super versatile, so they’re an…

This post is part of my partnership with Grapes from California. I hope you enjoy it! With the holiday season upon us, I couldn’t help but create a delectable scone recipe using some of the wonderful flavors of the season. Grapes from California, in particular, were an easy choice. They’re in season right now, and they’re an ideal healthy mix-in because they give baked goods a boost of added flavor, texture, and nutrition. Pecans just scream fall…

This post is part of my partnership with Grapes from California. I hope you enjoy it! Have you ever thought to try fresh grapes in your smoothies? No? Ok, they might not be your go-to ingredient right now, but they should be! Listen to all of the good stuff you get from California grapes: A serving of grapes (3/4 cup) contains just 90 calories, has no fat, no cholesterol and virtually no sodium. Grapes are…

Hi, friends! How’s your Hump Day going so far? Mal was at a workshop all week, so it’s been just Quinn and me (and Murphy) in the mornings, which have quickly become my favorite time of day. I look forward to hearing the little guy on the monitor (even if it’s insanely early) just so we can get up and hang out together. A morning “baba” is always the first thing on our agenda, so we cuddle…

Hi, guys! It’s late here and I’m exhausted, so I’m going to whiz right through this post and give you the cliff notes from the day. Here goes! Early-morning Rice Chex with my little love. Quinn would much rather eat “on the go” than sit down for a meal. There’s way too much to do and see! This boy never stops moving. Iced coffee for mama! I also finished off the rest of Quinn’s Chex….

This recipe post is part of my partnership with Grapes from California. I hope you enjoy it! It’s perfect for an easy summer evening. What a whirlwind few days. I can’t believe another summer weekend is in the books. The weeks are really flying by, aren’t they? Dear Summer: Please slow down. I think you guys probably already know this about me, but summer is my absolute favorite time of year. I honestly love everything about…

Murphy was so bummed there wasn’t anything to watch on TV yesterday. I agree, there really isn’t anything good on Wednesdays””well, until American Horror Story, but it doesn’t start until 10:00 PM, and I am asleep by then. I always watch it on Thursdays. Anyway, Murphy (sort of) watched Bethenny while I put together a new chair from Wayfair (FYI: There will be a giveaway for it on CNC soon!), but he just couldn’t get into it….

Blah. I had a terrible workout at CrossFit yesterday. I felt like my body wouldn’t do what I wanted it to do, and it frustrated the crap out of me. I also tore up my hands again, which were almost healed from “Murph.” I know”¦ woe, is me. When I got home from CrossFit, I received a bunch of pug kisses, which instantly made me feel better. I mean, how could they not? Murphy is…

Yay! I did it! I achieved my goal for the Paleo Challenge: 12 (consecutive) Kipping Pull-ups!!! Ok, so now that I achieved my goal for the Paleo Challenge, I’m officially cashing it in with the diet part of it. I was never super strict with the diet to begin with (hence, the peanut butter, French fries, cake, and wine), so I was getting super low scores every week and just not really into it. I…

After a late night celebrating Jen and Mike’s wedding, Mal and I slept in on Sunday. We woke up to a gray, rainy morning and no iced coffee. Oh, the horror! For me, I could have easily made a batch of cold Dandy Blend, but Mal didn’t want to wait for a hot pot of coffee to cool down, so we took a ride with Murphy to Starbucks. Muddy pug feet… oops! At Starbucks, I…

I saw this quote on the CrossFit 781 website the other day and just wanted to share: [image source] If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse. So true! Doesn’t this quote apply to so many things in life? I know I make time for the things I find important (i.e. Mal, Murphy, family, friends, blogging, CrossFit), and the stuff that isn’t as important to me…

Welcome to my temporary office! My laptop and phone are set up at the dining room table and my various supplies are scattered in the area outside of my actual office. It’s a total mess, but it works! Although, some tasks require a little more effort than usual! This morning, I used a roller to paint the majority of the accent wall in my office. What do you think of the color?!? I planned to…