The Good & Bad Side of Murphy

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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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.


On the menu for lunch: a leftover Italian “hot plate” with grated Parmesan cheese on top. Quick, easy, delicious, nutritious. Leftovers rule.



A little while later, I snacked on a Date Nut Sweet Potato Muffin and a handful of pecans.


After that, Murphy and I headed out to make a therapy dog visit to the senior home where we will be visiting weekly. We saw many of the same people we saw last week, including a gentleman, who told me he once owned “that type of dog.” I wasn’t sure if he was just saying that because there was a pug in front of him, but Murphy really liked him and let the man pat him for quite awhile. I wonder if Murphy sensed that he was a “pug person”?

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It was a nice visit and Murphy definitely cheered up a bunch of people. It seemed like there was a cold going around the facility and a bunch of people weren’t feeling their best, so it was nice to share some pug happiness with them.

Speaking of pug happiness, here’s a little glimpse into the good side of Murphy. (I’ll explain why I’m highlighting his good side in a minute.)

He’s really good at cuddling.

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He’s generous with his kisses.

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He’s gentle and sweet””not aggressive in any way.

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He can take a joke.

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He enjoys life to its fullest.

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And here’s a glimpse into the bad side of Murphy:

He’s lazy.


He has an obsessive personality.


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He always wants to be ON your lap.

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Sometimes, he doesn’t listen.

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He creates potential weapons out of his toys.


Can we talk about this? Murphy created a shiv (!!!) out of his Naylabone last night. Should I be worried?


Health News & Views

For me, Super Bowl Sunday isn’t just about the game””-it’s about the food!

Buffalo chicken wings, seven-layer taco dip, and cheese-covered casseroles”¦ obviously, the typical fare is fun to eat. My favorite dishes, however, are not very friendly on my waistline, especially if I snack all game long, so I created a healthy and relatively low-calorie guacamole recipe to enjoy next Sunday.

It’s made with an all-star cast of ingredients-avocado, Greek yogurt, fresh basil, garlic, and onion-which amp up the nutrients, satiety, and flavor profile.

This dip is so rich and delicious, you won’t even know it’s been healthified!

Healthy Basil Guacamole for Super Bowl Sunday

Question of the Day

Does your pet have a “bad” side?

P.S. Just heard about the Sandy Hook Run for the Families and wanted to pass along the link, which has more info about the race.



  1. I have a Puggle named Lily and I love when you post about Murphy because she does so many of the same things! The good/bad sides you posted here all apply to her, and the post you wrote on “Pug positions” such as “the croissant” are TOTALLY her too! She does have some Beagle traits but the I always recognize the Pug in her when you post about Murphy. I love his facial expressions!

  2. My pup, Beau, is a complete sweetheart! Except…he has intermittent separation anxiety. This sometimes results in him eating/destroying things such as pillows, blankets, books, your very prized possessions…slight drawback to the adorable dog!

  3. My dog makes shivs out of nylabones, but she is a rescue, so it’s probably a habit left over from lock-up at the shelter.

  4. OMG, Murphy’s shiv cracked me up! I love how he has those big ole eyes, like he’s saying, “Look, Ma! Aren’t I cute with my pointy Naylabone?” I can see how he cheers people up so well!

  5. The shiv is awesome! Hawks (short for Hawkeye) does the same thing, and HAS to be on a lap when someone is sitting on a chair, couch, or cross-legged! Even doing ab work on the floor he has to be on your gut! His worst habit though is sneaking into the cat box for a little treat…

  6. Murphy posts are my favorite. I have two pugs. We are going to our first pug meet up tomorrow and I can’t wait to be surrounded by smooshed faces and heavy breathing. 🙂

  7. Hahah I’m dying from the shiv comment. I heart Murphy and his skillful bone carving tendencies.

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