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Life Lately: Zoey Girl, Baking, Yoga Stuff and Things to Read

It’s December 10, I still haven’t started Christmas shopping and this week has passed by in the blink of an eye. Thanks for your feedback on the kitchen gift guide. The fitness/yoga version will be coming tomorrow for those of you who are on the procrastination train with me!

Here’s a little update on life lately mostly featuring life with Zoey.


Zoey is getting so big! She’s only nine weeks old and I tell her all the time to slow down her growing!


With that growing is coming a lot of curiosity and energy. She had a great time playing with an electronic pet dog on Monday. I was almost in tears watching her. She kept grabbing it by the ear and tail and dragging it away.


The trainer came yesterday and I’m so excited about all the potential ahead of us. I love her! We’ll do in-home private sessions until Zoey has had all of her shots and then move to group classes. She brought one of Zoey’s half sisters who is four and a half months old to show a demo of what’s possible and it was amazing and inspirational.

In the meantime, Zoey is sentenced to a life being attached to mom by a three foot leash. The trainer recommended this to get her housebroken, used to the leash and for me to be able to watch her every move and correct her on the spot.


She slept for three hours in her crate with no protest after the trainer left. The trainer stressed the importance for her to be both physically and mentally exhausted. It’s going to be a long road but well worth it! 🙂


When I’m not watching Zoey like a hawk, I’ve been baking cupcakes. Red velvet from scratch with cream cheese frosting. I think this was my favorite red velvet recipe I have ever tried!


I was very grateful to have blog reader and Emily in class at Charlotte Yoga last week. Emily lives in Seattle but was in the Charlotte area visiting family and made a special trip to take my class. Connecting with readers is one of the BEST THINGS about blogging and meeting Emily totally made my day! She’s a fellow runner and yogi and I loved hearing about all of her running accomplishments including running over 5 marathons including qualifying for and running Boston.


Finally, we wrapped shooting today for my yoga book. YAY! Photography for this book has been a quite a process and this was our fourth shoot. We had about 25 shots to take with male talent and it went really well. All that’s left now is for my nose to meet the grindstone to finish the copy for the book. It’s a little labor intensive because I have to physically perform each pose as I’m writing about it to be able to explain how to get into it and where to engage. January 5th can’t get here fast enough. I am ready to have this off my plate!

I’ll leave you with a few things I’ve been reading lately:

If You’re Not Pissing Someone Off, You’re Probably Not Doing Anything Important 

I Like to Employ the Power of No: Jared Leto

The Show Must Go On: But At What Cost? by Brene Brown

How to Ruin Your Life Without Realizing You Are

Where are you with your Christmas shopping? Any must-read articles to share? 

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  • 1
    hillary | nutrition nut on the run December 10, 2014, 11:43 pm

    What long sleeve top are you wearing in the first pic?

  • 2
    Kacy December 11, 2014, 5:38 am

    Hi Jen! Zoey is so cute–it is crazy how fast they grow. Here is a link to an article– I laughed out loud while reading it! http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/the-2014-haters-guide-to-the-williams-sonoma-catalog-1667452305/+robharvilla

  • 3
    Tara | Treble in the Kitchen December 11, 2014, 8:04 am

    Zoey is adorable and those cupcakes look fantastic!! I feel like all I want to do is bake bake bake!! BUT first I have finals to study for. Christmas shopping is nearly done for me, and I am getting SUPER pumped to go home for Christmas next Friday…THEN I can bake up a storm!

  • 4
    Rachel December 11, 2014, 9:52 am

    Can I just say I am IN LOVE with Zoey! I’m debating adopting a puppy myself, and all of your pictures are definitely feeding my Golden obsession! I’ve been reading your blog for about a year, and I just wanted to tell you how much you inspire me! Thank you for all your great content 🙂 I’m just finishing up my yoga teacher training and I cannot wait to get started!
    ps. Where did you get your scarf in the first picture? It looks so cozy 🙂
    Have a great day, and Merry Christmas!

  • 5
    kristin | W [H] A T C H December 11, 2014, 11:03 am

    really interesting article from jared leto.

  • 6
    Dana December 11, 2014, 11:46 am

    Cupcake Recipe Please 🙂 Love the puppy pictures~

  • 7
    Allyssa Sorenson December 11, 2014, 6:38 pm

    I am almost done with my Christmas shopping!!! Do you have a lot to buy this year? And is there a special occasion for the cupcakes?! They look delicious! Red velvet is one of my favorite flavors! You should share the recipe 🙂

  • 8
    Brittany Lesser December 11, 2014, 7:56 pm

    Zoey is seriously the cutest!!! I’m having puppy fever now!

  • 9
    Jennie December 12, 2014, 1:19 pm

    I just read the Brene Brown article you suggested. Spot on and so timely! Thanks for the recommendation.

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