What I’m Loving Lately XVII

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I love these What I’m Loving Lately post, and I hope you do too, so here’s another one to add to the collection!

No-Bake Chocolate-Pretzel-Peanut Butter Squares

I love no-bake recipes and this one looks incredible. Must make ASAP.

No-Bake Chocolate-Pretzel-Peanut Butter Squares

Q’s appreciation for art

Awhile back, our friend Jon made us a couple of pieces of art. We hung them over the changing table in the nursery, and Q absolutely loves them. He stares at them while we change him, and they’ll even calm him down when he’s fussy. I tell him we are going to see Troy and then bring him into the nursery. It works every time!

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Which Fitness Tracker Is the Most Accurate? The Results Are In

Monkey Butt

Murphy received a Silly Bums monkey butt stuffed animal in his last BarkBox, and it’s his new favorite toy. He carries it all over the house, and it’s the most ridiculous sight to see. Monkey butt? What!?!


This snack

Mashed avocado with sea salt + freshly ground pepper on a rice cake – so simple, so good!

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Dog Friendly Stores That Allow Your Pooches

40 Genius Travel Tips That Will Change Your Life Forever <– SO MANY great ideas!

Two Simple Steps to Avoid Butt Berry 

Frankie from Big Brother

Last summer, Mal and I totally got into Big Brother. We were a tad obsessed, and we’d talk about the players and their strategy ALL the time. It was ridiculous. And the show is on 3 times a week, so it fed into our obsession even more. Haha! Anyway, we’re watching Big Brother again this season, and I’m in love with Frankie. He’s so funny, and I bet he’d be a blast to hang out with. I hope he ends up going far in the game!

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13 Secrets to Know About Chipotle – Learn how to get free stuff, skip the line, and try secret items!

13 Secrets to Know About Chipotle

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  1. Oh my goodness! Our basset hound, Lizzie, got the monkey butt in her BarkBox, too! She carries it around, crunching and squeaking it all over the house. She even knows what it is. When we say “Go find your butt!” she knows exactly what to get! So funny!

  2. Monkey butt is hilarious! Q must really love the colors or something. That is so interesting how he is fascinated by the art pieces! I’m loving lemonade in the summer. I don’t care if it’s not the healthiest thing ever!

  3. Thank you for the no bake sweets to start the day! I’ve been jamming on the salty/sweet combo and can’t wait to try these!

    Also, I’m a big fan on the smashed avocado. Sometimes I add sliced tomato or some red chili flakes with a squeeze of lime. Yum!

  4. I LOVE avocado on a rice cake. Haven’t tried it with pepper though (I’m not a black pepper fan), but I do sprinkle it with sea salt, which is also delicious. I love how avocados make my hair feel, after I eat them. So soft!

  5. LOVE avocado on a rice cake! Definitely a favorite of mine!
    And thanks for sharing the article on fitness accessories, I’ve definitely been thinking about getting a tracking device but in a world with so many options, it’s definitely a bit overwhelming!

  6. Big Brother is my guilty pleasure… Frankie’s my fave too! Would love to hear yours and Mals’ thoughts this season. 🙂 I’ve been reading your blog for (what feels like) forever, I’m so happy for your adorable new addition and that you’ve kept up with CNC. So many wishes for love and happiness to your cute little family! Thanks for sharing your lives.

  7. Monkey butt, that is to funny I would giggle all the time. I will admit my husband and I are a tad obssesed with Big Brother #TEAMFRANKIE !! He is so funny.

  8. So I literally just made those pretzel squares! They looked too good not to try and I had all the ingredients! Thanks for sharing! 😉

  9. That monkey is too funny! My dog would tear it to shreds in seconds though! Tina, question for you, how are you liking your diaper bag? I’ve been looking to get a new one for baby #2 who is due in 8 weeks and I really like the looks of yours!

  10. I LOVE when I find other bloggers who LOVE Big Brother too!!! Yes, Frankie is quite hilarious! I am also a big fan of the Hayden/Nicole/Christine alliance. I am slightly obsessed with the show… I’ve watched from the beginning and my mom and I even share a subscription to the live feeds… overboard? Maybe? 😉

  11. I have never been to Chipotle but I am so using some of these tips when I go. I don’t think they have any Chipotle’s in Utah (or am I wrong?), but I am dying to try it! My baby girl also notices bright colors from pictures, and she absolutely loves to watch movies that have bright colors and music 🙂

  12. I love Trisha Yearwood’s show! I made her grandmother’s Nilla Wafer Bundt Cake for Cake Club (yes, you read right) recently and it was amazing. Her no bake pretzel chocolate pb thingies are next…

  13. I’ve made the avocado/rice cake with seasoning combo before and it’s so good! It’s a nice light snack. I loved that Chipotle article, the monkey butt toy is hilarious (but kind of strange at the same time), and I’m totally with you on those no bake pretzel bars!

  14. That travel link is amazing! I travel all of the time for work (like right now), and some of those ideas are just so clever. I wish I had done some before I left!

  15. Thanks for the link about the fitness trackers! I’ve been trying to decide on a new one to replace my nike fuel band. I’ve found that just having one around my wrist doesn’t accurately keep track of my activity -it only measures how much I move my arm around. PS – the monkey butt toy is adorable!

  16. Mmm that avocado rice cake looks amazing. I usually use toast but I’ll have to give that a go. Q is too cute.. Did you ever do a post on his finished nursery? If not, I’d love to see it 🙂 #babyfever #betternotreadthatchildbirthlink

  17. You guys are awesome! It’s not often I find people who love Community and Big Brother as much as I do. And you live in the south shore (my home as well). Thanks for all of the interesting posts!

  18. Love Frankie! My husband and I love Big Brother. My cousin is completely obsessed with it and has been for several years. Next year he will be old enough to be on it. How awesome would that be!!

  19. Frankie IS a blast to hang out with. I went to college with his cousin (one of my closest friends) and have gotten to hang out with him a few times. He’s incredibly entertaining, funny, kind, and dramatic (as I’m sure you could guess!). He’s fantastic!

  20. I made those pretzel bars for a party and they were a huge hit! I picked up some GF pretzels so my GF friends could enjoy as well. Very good and very easy to make. I will be making these again! Thanks.

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