Hi, friends! Sorry that I went MIA yesterday. I have the flu or a stomach bug or something like the plague. I dunno exactly, but I felt way too sick to blog or do much of anything yesterday. Blah. It all started on Wednesday morning when I threw up for the first time in, oh, 20 years. I just don’t throw up and avoid it at all costs, so the whole thing was pretty awful. Whatever was in…

Good morning! Happy Monday and happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! We had a pretty low-key weekend over here, which was wonderful and much-needed, so I don’t have too much to report, but I have a some important and not-so-important things I want you to know, so here goes! Tickets for the BLEND Retreat are now on sale! Say what? BLEND Retreat? Never heard of it? Well, the BLEND Retreat (“blogger” + “friend”) is a retreat…

Hi, friends! Happy weekend! We’re still on a health eating kick over here, so I created a delicious and nutritious meal plan for the week. Just wanted to share what I have planned!  Turkey burgers on the grill with guacamole and roasted summer squash Leftover lasagna with caramelized broccoli   Roasted chicken with bell peppers and onions Tuna, Chickpea and Red Pepper Salad   Fiery Jalapeno Burgers with Kale, Broccoli, and Feta Sauté   Veggie…

If you’re at all like me, I go through phases with snacks. Basically, I’m really into one or two snacks for a week or so. I eat them all the time, but I eventually get bored with them and then it’s onto another snack. Of course, I have some go-to favorites that I eat time and time again, but I’m always on the lookout for new snack ideas. That said, this week’s challenge is to…

Good morning and happy Friday! Here’s another Friday Favorites post, which highlights some of my favorite finds lately””some of which would make awesome stocking stuffers and holiday gifts! Power Link Tassel I saw this Power Link Tassel in Real Simple the other day and thought it was so cool. It’s a leather tassel key chain with cords for emergency charging. Colour Me Good Ryan Gosling A Ryan Gosling coloring book? Sign me up! [source] J.Crew…

Good morning! I saw this question in the September issue of Real Simple and thought it was a good one for CNC. I’m grateful for all sorts of nice things my mom did for me over the years, and I know you guys probably feel the same way about your parents, so I thought today’s post would be a good opportunity to share why we are thankful. My mom has done lots nice things for…

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…

Hi, friends! Happy Sunday! Recently, I’ve stumbled upon a whole bunch of great links, so I decided to share them in a new feature on CNC called “Link Love.” It’s basically a round-up of articles, blog posts, websites, videos, etc. that I’m loving lately and thought you guys might like too. Here’s the first edition! Enjoy! Photos of a sticky note proposal – 9 News 13 Produce-Packed Summer Side Dishes – Health Monday Motivation: If…

Good morning, friends! The other day, I read a statistic in Real Simple that 94% of pet owners talk to their animals as if they were human. It’s theorized that we chat with our pets because we believe they hear us better than anyone else does””even if the conversation is one-sided. We sense their regard for our thoughts and feelings, and when we’re alone with them, we’re not as self-conscious to share how we truly…

Yesterday was a busy day at the Haupert household! Mal and I hosted a Mother’s Day lunch for my mom, sister (mom-to-be), and brother-in-law, Pat, and then Mal and Pat built a shed in our backyard. Oh, the fun of being a homeowner! About an hour before my family arrived at our house, Mal said he was going to Lowe’s. He didn’t say why and I didn’t ask, so I figured he was going to…

Hi, friends! Since I recently reviewed my goals for 2012, I thought I’d blog about my goals for 2013. I’m not much of a resolution person (a year is a long time!), but I’m all about goals! With that said, here are my goals for 2013! My goals for 2013: Keep my colon healthy I know it’s sort of gross, but this is my #1 goal for 2013. If you don’t have your health, you…

I can’t believe Christmas is already over. It seems like just yesterday I was blogging about how excited I was for the upcoming holiday season. I swear, Christmas comes quicker and quicker every year (despite embracing the sights and sounds earlier and earlier every year). Today, Mal and I spent the majority of the day putting away our Christmas decorations, organizing the dishes in our kitchen, and preparing for another home improvement project. Breakfast My…

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…

Here’s another fun fact for you! $310 million The estimated amount Americans spent last year on Halloween costumes for their pets, according to the National Retail Federation. The most popular disguises for both dogs and cats: pumpkin, devil, hot dog, and bumblebee. [source: Real Simple, October 2012] Holy crap, that’s a lot of money! Ok, there are a lot of crazy people, myself included, who spend mucho dinero on costumes for their pets, so you’re…

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…