Hi, guys! Happy Tuesday! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start! 🙂 This morning started bright and early at 4:45 AM. Instead of hitting the gym, I broke out my laptop and immediately got to work. Monday totally got away from me, so I attempted to make up for lost time. Holy inbox madness! Quinn actually “slept in” until 6:45 AM, so I managed to sneak in a solid 2 hours of…

Our poor sweet pug is getting old. He turns 9 in June, and we recently noticed that he might be having some issues with his hips, which is super common for the breed. Yesterday, I saw Murphy sleeping in Quinn’s bed, which he’s never done before. He usually sleeps in our bed (and crushes the pillows like it’s his job), but it seemed like he opted for the lower bed over our much higher one…

Alternate title: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Murphy’s World. I loved reading all of your comments (thank you, btw) on my 8-year blog birthday giveaway about what you’d like to see more and less of on CNC. There was definitely a mix (i.e. more food posts, fewer recipes, more product reviews, fewer sponsored posts, more CrossFit, less CrossFit), but the one thing that just about everyone agreed on was more Murphy posts!! The little furball used to be the…

A huge THANK YOU to all of you who have sent well wishes and prayers for Murphy. The poor pug has had a rough few days, so we really appreciate it. Ok, let me back up a little and give you guys the whole story… Back in January, Murphy had an ear infection and then some hearing loss. We tried approximately, oh, a million different medications to cure it with no luck. We finally saw a…

Last year’s Holiday Gift Guide for the Pug Lover was such a hit, I decided to create one for 2014 too! If you’re a pug owner yourself or shopping for a pug enthusiast, here are a bunch of holiday gift ideas that just about any pug lover will enjoy! BarkBox – BarkBox is something both dogs and humans will love. We’re big fans of it here in our house, and it’s a fun gift for any…

Ever since we bought our new couch, Mal and I have been losing a never-ending battle against pug fur. (It still amazes me, for such a little dog, Murphy can shed SO MUCH fur. It’s insane. I know the pug people feel my pain.) We recently bought a Dust Buster thing, and we vacuum the couch almost every day, but we just can’t win, so we considered other solutions. Last week, Mal brought home a dog…

You guys knew this post was coming! Are you shopping for a pug owner this year? Or maybe you’re a pug lover yourself and want to give your family and friends some ideas? Well, look not further. Here are a bunch of holiday gift ideas that just about any pug lover will enjoy! 2014 Pugs of Instagram Calendar The Pugs of Instagram Calendar features photographs of some of the most adorable pugs from the Instagram…

Good morning! Here’s a fun Murphy post to start your day off on the right foot! If you’re a longtime reader of CNC, you know Murphy is a tad neurotic and gets obsessed with the strangest things. For instance”¦ The empty bag of dog food. He stared at it for hours. The fireplace. He was obsessed with it for days. The Donkey. Remember this thing? Murphy hated it and stared at it every time we…

Happy birthday to me! It’s my birthday, and I turn 33 years old young today! [image source] Pug + cupcake hat = THE BEST Today is also National Martini Day! Perfect, right? Maybe I should call it National MarTINA Day? Haha! Looking back on the past 365 days, it’s apparent that I had a pretty kick-ass year. I still can’t believe everything that happened. I traveled a ton, attended all sorts of awesome events, and…

I woke up yesterday morning and didn’t stop moving until my head hit my pillow late last night. I guess you could say my Saturday was filled will all-day action! Workout My morning started with a yoga class at Lululemon with my friend Kim. We heard there was a free class on Saturday morning, and neither of us had ever been to a Lululemon yoga class before, so we decided to check it out. It…

Good afternoon, friends! After breakfast yesterday, I spent the rest of the morning work, work, working and then took a break for lunch around noon. The morning flew by, so I didn’t even realize it was lunchtime until my stomach started to grumble. Lunch On the menu for lunch: a leftover Italian “hot plate” with grated Parmesan cheese on top. Quick, easy, delicious, nutritious. Leftovers rule. Snack A little while later, I snacked on a…

Right before I fell asleep last night, I told Murphy he needed to become a “baguette.” He was curled up like a “croissant” and hogging the bed. Mal was almost asleep, so he muttered something about Murphy being a “croissant” and rolled over. He wasn’t surprised at all that I used bread to describe the position in which our dog was sleeping. He knew exactly what I meant. We’ve actually referred to Murphy as a “baguette”…

Happy Halloween, blog friends!!! Breakfast Breakfast yesterday morning was a two-ingredient pancake with a big scoop of Teddie peanut butter and a glass of coconut-flavored Dandy Blend with almond milk. I received a question yesterday about how I make my Dandy Blend and all I do is add water to it. Dandy Blend is a powder that you mix with hot or cold water, so I make a big batch in my French press and…

Good morning! Happy Saturday! Murphy and I just got back from a wonderful trip to the dog park. It was a beautiful fall morning for a walk in the park. Breakfast Mal needed to be awake bright and early this morning for Saturday school, so I got up and ate breakfast with him. I had a Sweet Breakfast Scramble (minus the squash/pumpkin) with a scoop of Teddie peanut butter and a TJ’s pumpkin butter. After…

Murphy is seriously obsessed with chicken. I was on grill duty for dinner last night, so he didn’t leave me alone the entire time. Dinner On the menu: Roasted Chicken & Veggies with Maple Mustard Sauce. I did my own thing and cooked the chicken on the grill and veggies separately in the oven. It was probably a little more work this way, but it still turned out well. I also added cauliflower to the…