Good morning and happy Friday to you! I hope you’re looking forward to a wonderful weekend ahead! Here’s the next edition of What I’m Loving Lately! Nikki’s Mint Chocolate Chip Coconut Butter – This might just be my new favorite flavor! The chocolaty-mint flavor is incredible. I just eat it straight from the jar, typically after dinner to satisfy my sweet tooth. It’s the perfect bite of rich dessert. Best New Trader Joe’s Products For July – OMGGGGG, salted…

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…

Hey, hey! Happy Friday! Thanks for all of your well wishes on yesterday’s post. You guys are the best. Truthfully, I still feel like garbage, but I am better today than the day before (thanks to some serious steroids), so, hopefully, things will keep improving. Anyway, I haven’t done a What I’m Loving Lately post in awhile, so here is another edition! Enjoy! Candy Corn and White Chocolate Softbatch Cookies. I haven’t actually made these cookies (yet!),…

This is the most adorable thing I have ever seen! [source] A pug proposal! Look at all of the heart-shaped balloons tied to those little Gremlins! Oh my gosh, I seriously can’t get over how adorable this is. You can read the whole story and see more photos here: 16 Pugs Create The Most Romantic Proposal Of A Lifetime. This article put me in the BEST mood this morning! Breakfast I rocked the banana oatmeal…

Is it too early to start thinking about Halloween costumes? For Murphy? Every October, I try to find Murphy the perfect Halloween costume. In the past, we’ve tried a lobster, shark, and spider costume, but none of them worked, mostly because his curly pug tail got in the way and the costume didn’t fit properly. Last year, I finally found a simple costume that worked just fine, but I’m always on the hunt for fun…

Good morning! Happy Hump Day! I spent yesterday afternoon hanging out with my nephew, Matthew. He’s so darn cute. I loved watching him squirm around, make funny faces, and do other adorable baby things. Long story short, I always smile when I see Matthew, and it inspired this blog post. I always smile when”¦ I see Murphy riding in the car with his head stuck out the window. I take my first sip of iced…

Happy Friday, friends! My friend Abby tagged me in her A to Z post yesterday (and you know how I love blog surveys), so I decided to take part this morning. Feel free to play along in the comments section””I love learning new things about you guys! A. Attached or single? Attached. Married for 5 years. Together for almost 10 years. B. Best friend? Mal. C. Cake or pie? Cake. Duh. D. Day of choice?…

The other day, Mal and I were both in bad moods (oh, Gemini mood swings), which, of course, is never a good time. Usually, when one of us is in a crappy mood, the other person helps them snap out of it, but Mal and I kept annoying each other and making little snide comments. We both knew we were being crankypants for no reason, but we just couldn’t get ourselves out of it. Eventually,…

Heyyyyyy! I hope you’re having a relaxing weekend like my pug friend, Ping! Saturday was a really nice day for me. It was a mix of fun and relaxation. I woke up, ate breakfast, and went to CrossFit (WOD: rowing + Thrusters = killer). On my way home from CrossFit, I hit up the grocery store to do our shopping for the upcoming week. This week’s meal plan: Sunday: BBQ with friends Monday: Garlic Mustard…

Some of my favorite posts to write on CNC are the ones I call “I Bet You Didn’t Know.” If you’re not familiar with them, here are the ones I’ve written so far: I Bet You Didn’t Know I Bet You Didn’t Know II I Bet You Didn’t Know III I Bet You Didn’t Know IV I Bet You Didn’t Know V I Bet You Didn’t Know VI In these posts, I share all kinds…

Good morning! Happy Hump Day! [image source] Breakfast Yesterday’s breakfast kind of bombed, but it still tasted delicious. I made Plantain Pancakes with Maple Coconut Cream and Toasted Walnuts again, but I was impatient and turned up the heat too high on the stove, so my pancakes stuck to the pan and fell apart. I wasn’t about to waste food, so I put the pieces in a bowl, added some Maple Coconut Cream on top,…

Hi, friends! Happy Monday! I hope your week is off to a fabulous start and you’re not thinking about joining P.A.M.C. (Pugs Against Mondays Campaign). Murphy was named one of the 10 Pugs To Watch In 2013 because of his involvement with the organization. Breakfast I started my day with a two-ingredient pancake with blueberries and a couple of scoops of peanut butter spread on top. I almost whipped up a French Toast Breakfast Scramble,…

Hello! Here’s another happy post for ya! In the past 24 hours, these three things put the biggest smile on my face. I hope they bring you some happiness, too! For the Pug Lovers OMG, pug puppies. I just can’t. The cuteness in this video is overwhelming. All I have to say is pug puppies are the cutest! Thanks for sending me this video, Nick! One of These Things Is Not Like The Others Draw…

Can we talk about this pug wearing leg warmers? (Please click on the link to see all of the photos! LOL!) I nearly died with cuteness overload when Kelly tweeted it to me this morning. I can’t even explain how much I appreciate all of the kind, supportive, and funny emails, comments, photos, and tweets you guys have sent me over the past several days. They totally cheer me up and make me realize that this whole…

Hooray for pumpkin (and pugs)! The blog world is crazy for pumpkin (myself included), so here’s a fun, little post devoted our favorite fall vegetable fruit. Did you know”¦ Pumpkin seeds are high in protein? There’s 12g in a one cup serving. [source] The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,676 pounds? [source] Pumpkins are 90% water? [source] Adding pumpkin to your diet may help mild to moderate facial acne? Pumpkins are packed with zinc, which…

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