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Loving Lately: Figs, Zoey at 10 Months, Music & More

Hi and happy Thursday! My day got off to a bit of an abrupt start when I woke up at 6:11 a.m. with the realization that my yoga class started at 6 a.m. My iPhone alarm was set…and going off…but not making any sound. WTF!? Luckily, one of my friends and fellow teachers was there so she covered for me. This is one of the worst things about teaching or training so early in the morning. It’s inevitable that something like this happens at least 1-2 times per year.

Since I was wide awake after that frantic start to the day, I got out of bed and got busy. I cleaned the house, did laundry and baked my friend a batch of granola to thank her for teaching for me.


I had a training client at the gym at 8 a.m. and got my day started and thankfully it’s been smooth sailing ever since.

A few random “loving lately” things to share with you.

This Indie Chill Spotify playlist.

I listen to music at my desk all day while I work and this playlist has been doing it for me today! So good.



One of my clients brought me these beautiful figs from her tree. They are insanely delicious. I put them on my salad at lunch yesterday, ate them for dessert last night, put them in my yogurt parfait for breakfast and had them with cheese and crackers for lunch. Can’t get enough!!!



Y’all…this girl. She’s almost 10 months old and has totally stolen my heart.


She’s so full of life and has such a sweet, adventurous and mischievous spirit!

Current favorites:

Barking. She loves to look out the window into the backyard or run outside into the yard and bark at things. My house backs up to woods so there’s a lot of wildlife for her to bark at. Sullie is NOT a barker so this is completely new for me. I’ve also discovered she’s afraid of the backyard at night and barks like a lunatic out there before quickly squatting and sprinting back inside.

Stealing. Today it was an apple out of my bag. I found her in the living room snacking away. You must watch the video on Instagram.

Sleeping under the bed. Zoey barely fits under the bed but she army crawls under there and will sleep there all night. I don’t know how it can possible be comfortable and it’s hysterical.

Sleeping under my desk.


This is how we work and I love it! The best company. One of the sweetest things about goldens is how much they want to be with you.

Destroying balls.


Remember how I shared that Zoey had this ball that she couldn’t live without? It went EVERYWHERE with her and we threw it to her at least 25 times a day. Well, she destroyed it. And then proceeded to destroy three more that we bought from her. (That were made by Kong!) So if anyone has suggestions for an indestructible ball, I’m all ears. Again, Sullie was never into destroying things so this is new territory.

Walks. I’ve been walking her a ton and she’s doing so good on the leash. It’s awesome. Next up will be running once she gets closer to a year in age. We can’t wait!



I posted this one on Instagram earlier this week and it was well loved by everyone.

“The comparison trap is real and based on fear and lack. There is enough beauty, opportunity and love for us all in this big world.”


Gotta love Melissa McCarthy. This quote couldn’t be more true.

You guys.


How can I thank you enough for all of your amazing NYC suggestions on the blog and Instagram? This time tomorrow I’ll be in the big city and we have enough recommendations for workouts, activities, things to see, places to eat, etc. to keep us there for months! Sadly, it will be three short days but we’re going to soak it up. I’m going to work on a post compiling all of the feedback I got because I think it would make for one AMAZING travel resource!

Have a great evening! What are you loving this week?

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  • Tera July 30, 2015, 5:32 pm

    My pup (same age as Zoey!!) is a super aggressive chewer but she hasn’t destroyed the chuckit balls yet. http://www.amazon.com/ChuckIt-Medium-Ultra-2-5-Inch-2-Pack/dp/B000F4AVPA

  • Jess July 30, 2015, 6:29 pm

    We got desperate and gave raquetballs to our Olde English Bulldog when she was a pup. She never managed to chew them up and she chewed EVERYTHING up! Glad you posted this, as we had forgotten that trick and have a new 4 month old Bulldog that is also a power chewer!

    Thanks for the quotes…just what I needed today. ❤

  • Cassie July 30, 2015, 7:01 pm

    Oh, FIGS–you seriously don’t understand. I can eat a whole basket of figs–especially doused in almond butter!

  • Julie @ momRD.com July 30, 2015, 7:16 pm

    Isn’t that the worst feeling in the world to wake up to!? It’s happened to me once in my 10 years teaching group fitness. And thankfully, they were a group of dedicated cyclers that a regular got up and used her own music to get them started. I showed up 20 minutes late. And walked in with my tail between my legs. I did some push ups for that one! That’s great that another instructor was able to jump in and cover for you.

    And Zoey…. I can tell why she’s stolen your heart. What a sweet pup. Love her pictures!

    Loving this week: getting back into my fitness routine after having a baby. I did a killer kettle bell workout in my basement today while my kiddos were sleeping.

  • Mo July 30, 2015, 8:35 pm

    My iPhone did the same. Major mess up of others’ time. Thank goodness for biological clocks, too bad they’re not as accurate as iPhone. Ha.

  • Diana July 30, 2015, 9:05 pm

    We have had really good luck with the West Paw Zogoflex toys! We have some major chewers and these toys have lasted probably over a year.


    • Marissa July 31, 2015, 1:20 pm

      Another vote for WestPaw toys! They are the only toys my lab cannot destroy.

  • Kiki July 30, 2015, 10:17 pm

    It is super hot up here and will continue that way thru the weekend so pack lightly 🙂 Have a great trip!!

  • Kandis July 31, 2015, 12:56 am

    The West Paw Jive ball. Only ball my vizsla hasn’t destroyed. It’s dense though so careful with catches from the air.

  • Janelle @Wholly Healthy July 31, 2015, 2:19 am

    Having a dog who sleeps at your feet is the best! I have an almost 13-year old lab and love how she’s almost always at my side.

  • Brynn July 31, 2015, 6:01 am

    Love the quotes, so true. I wish we didn’t need to constantly remind ourselves, though.

  • maya July 31, 2015, 8:22 am

    After seeing Zoey, I’ve been daydreaming about getting a Golden Retriever friend for my cattle dog Jasper. And this morning, this Golden puppy, about the same age as Zoey, just waltzed into my garden, then the house, and proceeded to make friends with my cat. First thought I had was ‘Zoey!’ She is adorable.

  • Sarah July 31, 2015, 11:01 am

    I find these balls occasionally at TJ Maxx or Burlington and they seem to withstand our pup’s chewing: http://www.amazon.com/Ethical-Pet-Rubber-3-5-Inch-Assorted/dp/B00ANL7LHG/ref=sr_1_24?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1438354783&sr=1-24 He loves the bell inside and doesn’t seem as focused on getting it out as he did with all his squeaker toys. Which we don’t buy anymore because he destroys them way too quickly.

  • Halle July 31, 2015, 11:22 am

    Had to chime in and say my iPhone has been doing the SAME THING lately! I’m so glad to hear it’s not just me…

  • Lisa July 31, 2015, 2:10 pm

    That iPhone thing!!!! GAHHHH!!!!! I’ve not had it happen yet (just waiting for it…), but have a few clients that have missed their 6 am appointments for that exact reason. So frustrating for all involved!

    Have a great trip – hope you’ll share how it was when you get back!

  • Jamie July 31, 2015, 4:36 pm

    This is why I set 2 alarms in the morning – one on my iphone and one on my ipad. I have this happen to be a couple of times, so I need the security of a back-up. Not to mention I place one across the room so I HAVE to get my lazy butt out of bed.

  • Celeste August 1, 2015, 6:46 pm

    Orbee ball…love them..super durable and they smell like mint

  • Brittany August 3, 2015, 1:10 pm

    My oldest Pit is THEE most destructive dog ever when it comes to toys. He can completely destroy most toys in under a minute. One toy he hasn’t been able to even put a dent in is the Starmark Chew Ball Treat Dispenser. He LOVES that ball. We’ve had it for over 4 years and it’s still in the same shape we got it in.


  • Cindy August 7, 2015, 10:00 am

    I have a 7 year old dalmatian and he destroys any toy/ball that we give him. We accidentally found that racquetballs are the best! They’re perfect for playing fetch and he can’t destroy them because they just pop out of his mouth when he tries to chew them. They’re actually great because he can entertain himself by shooting it out of his mouth and chasing after it!

    • Jen August 7, 2015, 11:37 pm

      Too funny! I’ll have to look into that for Zoey. Thanks!

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