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What Have I Done?

In a moment of weakness I let this happen.

I was working on answering emails and blog stuff this morning and let Sullie get in the bed with me. This is monumental. In her five and a half years of life she has gotten up on the bed maybe one or two other times and only for very brief stints. This time I let her up and let her snuggle for a good hour and a half. It was so cozy. She didn’t move the whole time. I think it was in fear that I’d realize what I’d done and kick her off!

What have I done? I admit that I kind of liked it but I cannot let this become a habit…she is so big and sheds so much! Dogs (or cats) in the bed…yes or no for you? 

Breakfast (enjoyed in bed) was overnight oats with plain greek yogurt, oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, dried cranberries, strawberries and bananas then topped with Justin’s Maple Almond Butter and apricot preserves.

I made a late lunch after teaching a yoga class. Basil pesto hummus, tofu, avocado, spinach and white cheddar on Great Harvest Whole Grain Goodness. Grapes on the side.

It was a beautiful and sunny day in Charlotte and 65 degrees! We are having such a mild winter and I love it. I had to be outside this afternoon so I took Sullie for an easy three mile run. We have really spent some quality time together today. 😛

So…thanks for the input on the hair cut. I discussed the side swept bangs with my stylist but we decided that lots of layers up front would be a better option for me so I’m not constantly pinning my hair back. The layers start around my jawline so it still gives the feeling of the side bang without the hassle. I have to give my stylist a huge shout out…I was referred to Jason who owns Salon 42 by several other Charlotte bloggers and he is amazing. This was my third time seeing him and I’ve loved all of my hair cuts. He definitely knows how to “style” long hair.

Dinner tonight was inspired by a recipe that appeared in my Google Reader this week from a food blog that I have followed for a long time, The Way the Cookie Crumbles.

Green Lentils with Roasted Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese. It sounded like the perfect combination of everything I love…goat cheese, lentils, butternut squash and greens. Bridget serves hers with kale but I had spinach on hand. I thought it was cool that the recipe calls for roasting the butternut squash seed with the squash. I had never done that before but it makes total sense. It added a nice texture contrast to the salad.

It’s only 9 but I need to start winding down for the night. I registered to practice ashtanga with David Keil who is visiting YogaFlex from Miami at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The studio is a decent drive from my house so tomorrow will be a very early morning! I am so excited about the practice though! More details tomorrow.

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  • Kimberly @ Healthy Strides January 27, 2012, 9:27 pm

    Oh my goodness – your hair looks fabulous! Like, really fab.

    On the dog front, I was having an acid reflux one day and just wanted to sleep a bit longer. In my own moment of weakness, I let him into bed. From then on, he would sleep an extra hour with me once my husband left. I had to break it – my husband is a teacher and Christmas break was approaching – but it was tough. It took several weeks of him barking at me to come up for it to end. Good luck! (Although who wouldn’t want to cuddle with Sullie?!)

    • Jen January 28, 2012, 5:59 pm

      thanks! i love it too!

      that does sound like a hard habit to break…for both of you! i don’t think i’m going to let this become a regular occurrence, unfortunately. 🙁

  • Mary-Heather January 27, 2012, 9:31 pm

    Your hair looks so great!

    Oh gosh, dogs in the bed. My dog, Charlie, is a 110-pound German Shepherd so I definitely relate to qualms about a big, sheddy dog in the bed!! He’s allowed on the couch and our other chairs, AND has two big dog beds: one in the living room and one in the bedroom. Seriously, this dog has more places to chill out than the people do. So we hardly felt like we were depriving him by not letting him in the bed. But recently (after 3+ years of strict no-bed rules!) we got a bigger (Cal King) bed and we invited him up once for snuggles at night… and now he comes up every night like it’s been the routine all along. 😉 He just likes to snuggle for a bit and then after a little while he gets off and curls up in his own bed. I kind of like it! So sweet! My fella… is less enthusiastic. 😉 Mostly we just don’t want him on the sheets – as long as he is on top of the covers, it’s fine. Ish. Ok, I’m a pushover. But they are just so sweet!

    • Jen January 28, 2012, 6:01 pm

      thank you!

      we’ve never let sullie up on any of the furniture but i have to admit that it was fun to cuddle in bed yesterday. i love that your dog just comes up for a visit and then goes to his own bed. that’s perfect!

  • Tiffany January 27, 2012, 10:08 pm

    Hi Jen,

    My email went a bit crazy and I think it sent everyone on my contact list spam mail. So i really wanted to apologize for that. (I’ve closed that account)

    Your hair looks beautiful and you look stunning. I really like the idea of lots of long layers because I am constantly putting my hair up.

    I’ve noticed your overnight oats bowls are so cute. You always put two small scoops of jam on the sides and the nut butter in the middle. Too cute!! 🙂

    Hope you have a great weekend!

    • Jen January 28, 2012, 6:02 pm

      no worries about spam!

      thank you so much for the compliment on my hair. i love it!!!

      haha, i guess i’m OCD about my oatmeal/overnight oats toppings. 😉

  • Lindsay von January 27, 2012, 10:21 pm

    We used to allow the dog in the bed all the time, then just when the husband was traveling, now not at all. I love the cuddling but he got territorial and if he was restless during the night I got up….from what everyone kept telling me training for kids!

    Cut top! Who makes it?

    • Jen January 28, 2012, 6:03 pm

      yeah, i am a light sleeper so i think i’d wake up if she was moving around. i can see where that would be disturbing.

      top is from ann taylor loft. i think it got it last spring.

  • Clara January 27, 2012, 10:33 pm

    It’s sooo tempting to let the dog in the bed, but I might be too much of a clean freak to let it happen! A dog in NYC makes for some verrryyy dirty paws.

    And I love your shirt! Where’s it from??

    • Jen January 28, 2012, 6:05 pm

      oh, i bet NYC streets do make for dirty paws!

      top is from ann taylor loft last spring.

  • Karen Beth January 27, 2012, 10:41 pm

    I honestly don’t understand NOT letting your dog in the bed. Don’t get it.

  • JennyV January 27, 2012, 11:06 pm

    My husband and I have NEVER let our dog into our bed… until 1 week ago when we were cold and wanted to see if she could warm us up. Being a 86 lb German Shepherd, YES, she did warm us up! 🙂 Then we felt awful making her get out of bed…
    That said, we will not be letting her up again — we read a few places about how it’s important not to let your dog in bed because of the ‘pack mentality’ and that you’re literally and figuratively higher up in the pack. Made some sense to us and I also do not want a furry bed 😉

    • Jen January 28, 2012, 6:06 pm

      i know, i know. i am going to try not to let it happen again. it was nice but i don’t think i want it to become a habit…and i do NOT want a furry bed either!

  • Helen (Running for HHT) January 28, 2012, 10:13 am

    My dog is not allowed on any furniture in the house. As much as we would love to allow her in the bed, a mouthful of siberian husky hair in the morning is now how I want to start my day!

    • Jen January 28, 2012, 6:07 pm

      we’ve never let sullie on furniture either and i don’t think i’ll let this become a habit! it was fun though! 🙂

  • Brooke @ Exercise For Fries January 28, 2012, 10:19 am

    Oh yes, my dog sleeps with us. My husband was completely against it when we got her. Now if I kick her off bc I’m uncomfortable he gets upset! I love snuggling with her.

  • LeeAnn January 28, 2012, 10:22 am

    The dogs on the bed issue is a really tough one. I broke down a long time ago and let mine on the bed with me – and there is nothing as good as a dog cuddle, especially when my husband is out of town. HOWEVER, I really cannot have nice sheets and bedding. No matter how clean I keep my dog, something (hair, dirt, etc.) gets left behind. I have decided that I won’t let our next dog do it – we will see how successful I am at that. As for cats – at least with my cat – there is no way to keep her off the bed, even if I wanted to do so. Your hair looks beautiful!

    • Jen January 28, 2012, 6:09 pm

      ahh…i don’t think i’m going to let this become a habit. she tracks in so much dirt since her coat is so thick and i can just see it being a disaster for our bedding.

      hope you’re having a good weekend!

  • Bess @ Bess Be Fit January 28, 2012, 11:57 am

    Your hair looks great! I have let maverick up on the bed only a couple of times but his black hair just gets everywhere!

    • Jen January 28, 2012, 6:07 pm

      for that very reason i don’t think i’ll let it become a habit! 🙂

  • Courtney @ Fitness With A Fork January 28, 2012, 12:00 pm

    Your hair looks great! I just got 5″ cut off of mine this week! (It was down to my waist! Talk about a hassle, lol).

    About the dogs in the bed…I’m like you and like to snuggle and 5 months out of the year my husband works the night shift…so when he isn’t here, yes, they do sleep in the bed with me. But, when he is here, the youngest dog sleeps in her crate and the older one sleeps on the floor :/

    • Jen January 28, 2012, 6:11 pm

      oh my gosh – 5″ – that’s awesome!

      that’s nice that your dogs transition back out of the bed when your husband is home.

  • Courtney @ Cookin Up Life January 28, 2012, 12:00 pm

    My sister and her husband have a golden and have the same rule– but they cave too!
    Your hair is beautiful! Makes me want some layers… you can do all sorts of fun things (especially braids!) with that style girl 🙂 Have a great Saturday!

    • Jen January 28, 2012, 6:12 pm

      yes, layers are the best. super versatile and you can still keep the length! i need to practice more on the braiding…i love the look but i’m a little style challenged.

      hope you’re having a good weekend!

  • lindsay January 28, 2012, 12:17 pm

    cute!!! cute hair and cute snuggle time. How can you resist that face? oh i know, its hard. But sometimes you just gotta let them love. yes?

    • Jen January 28, 2012, 6:12 pm

      thanks lindsay! yes, she was in serious need of some cuddles.

  • Lauren January 28, 2012, 12:24 pm

    Hey Jen! I have been following your blog for some time now. I really love it! your hair looks gorgeous!!!!
    I have a couple questions: what tofu did you use on your sandwich? Where did you get the basil pesto hummus? and finally, what is the best type of yoga for runners?
    Thanks so much 🙂 i look forward to keeping up with you!

    • Jen January 28, 2012, 6:15 pm

      hi lauren! thanks so much for reading and for commenting.

      i used the nasoya extra firm tofu. i press it, slice it thin and then either bake it or sauté it in a pan over medium heat.

      the basil pesto hummus is the sabra brand. it’s new and i love it!

      and any yoga can be beneficial for runners. if you’re doing high-mileage i would recommend something more restorative…slow flow or deep stretch. otherwise, i love a good power class! 🙂

  • Robin January 28, 2012, 12:31 pm

    My dogs seem to end up in my bed daily…but I JUST bought a new comforter set yesterday, and I am going to be firm with them about staying off the bed! I am tired of sleeping in the dog hair (plus it leaves a bad odor that isn’t very refreshing!). They are allowed on the couch anyway, and have dog beds, so it’s not like they’re deprived of much.

    • Jen January 28, 2012, 6:16 pm

      the dog hair (and odor potential) are the things that are convincing me not to let this become a regular occurrence.

      enjoy your new comforter set! 🙂

  • Brittany (healthy slice of life) January 28, 2012, 1:39 pm

    Your hair looks fantastic!

    • Jen January 28, 2012, 6:21 pm

      thanks! happy weekend! 🙂

  • Alexis January 28, 2012, 3:27 pm

    My 3 year old Doberman hasn’t been allowed in the bed, until recently… my husband just deployed and I’m lonely in that king size bed. His snuggles are so comforting and he is so freaking huge that sometimes when I first wake up, I think my husband is still there. Funny enough, the no dogs in bed rule has always been my rule and my husband hates it, he wants them (we also have a shepherd mix, but he’s not snuggly) in bed with us, so he thinks it’s unfair that once he left, I broke the rule!:)

    • Jen January 28, 2012, 6:23 pm

      i can only imagine how comforting that must be since your husband is gone. how sweet. 🙂

  • Krista (kristastes) January 28, 2012, 3:37 pm

    Love your haircut! I am getting mine chopped on weds and still not sure what I want to do with it…and I am a (99% of the time) strict no dogs on the bed gal…yellow labs shed just as much 😉 Every once in a blue moon I let stella up on the bed to snuggle…usually right before I am washing my duvet, hehe!

    • Jen January 28, 2012, 6:25 pm

      i know, it’s so hard for me to decide about my hair. sometimes i get in the mood for something different but then i don’t want to give up the long hair!

      i think this will be a once in a blue moon kind of thing. 😉

  • Brooke @ Veggie Table January 28, 2012, 5:22 pm

    Hey Jen! I loved your hair before but I’m obsessed with your new cut!!!!!! Now you have me thinking about layers! About the dog thing – Salvador does sleep in our bed but he’s only 11 pounds and doesn’t shed that much. Another plus, he can’t stand to snuggle so he goes to the end of our bed and sleeps…we don’t even know he’s there, ha! I think I’m with you on the big hair, big shed situation….I can see how it’s tempting though since Sullie is soooo stinkin cute!! Happy weekend!

    • Jen January 28, 2012, 6:29 pm

      thanks brooke! i love it too!

      yeah…11 pounds seems a lot more manageable than 65! 😉

  • Brooke @ Veggie Table January 28, 2012, 5:23 pm

    *big DOG, oops! 🙂

  • Ally January 28, 2012, 5:51 pm

    I love the idea of roasting squash and seeds simultaneously. I’ve never done it, but it makes total sense. This opens lots of creative ideas with a winter favorite. Okay, all your photos of oatmeal-maples scones have had me fixated for weeks so I made some this morning. Such a sweet treat!

    • Jen January 28, 2012, 6:30 pm

      i had never thought about doing the squash seeds either but it does make sense.

      yum to scones! 🙂

  • Courtney January 28, 2012, 6:25 pm

    First of all, your hair looks fantastic.

    Second, I have 2 German Shepherds and they always have and always will sleep in the bed with me and my husband. These dogs shed like you don’t know what, and I definitely have to wash the sheets more often (seriously, I have to vacuum our bed spread before I can even put it in the washing machine, because there is always so much dog hair adhered to it that if I don’t, the washer gets overloaded with pills of dog hair), but what’s the point of having big dogs if you can’t treat them like giant living teddy bears and snuggle with them at night?

    • Jen January 28, 2012, 6:31 pm


      oh my gosh…2 germans in the bed does sound crazy and like a lot of hair!

      and they so are giant teddy bears! 🙂

  • Lee January 28, 2012, 6:27 pm

    My golden, Murphy, sleeps in between me and my husband every night. Lol. He’s a smaller golden though – he’s about 60 lbs. How big is Sullie?

    • Jen January 28, 2012, 6:31 pm

      sullie is about 65 pounds…so close to the same size! 🙂

  • Nicole January 28, 2012, 7:21 pm

    LOVE the haircut!! Very flattering! I need to go to this Jason guy—I know about 3 other people who get great cuts from him!

  • Amber January 28, 2012, 7:27 pm

    Our cat sleeps with us every night (usually at our feet but occasionally in between us or wrapped around our heads) but our dog sleeps in a dog bed on the floor. I will admit to occasionally calling her up in the mornings to cuddle for a few minutes though, especially if I’m feeling under the weather. My fiance really wants her to sleep with us but I said no! Our king bed is crowded enough as it is with us (both needing lots of space) and the cat!

  • Kelly @foodiefresh January 29, 2012, 8:02 am

    Your hair looks great! If you ever decide to do the side swept bangs, I find it really easy to grab them, twist them, and pin them back. Twisting them looks cute (IMO) and keeps my bangs in place a lot more easily than just pinning.

    And Rascal always snuggles with me in bed. I kick him out from time to time if he’s being fidgety, but I love snuggling to sleep with him. Granted, he hardly sheds at all and is WAAAAY smaller, so I don’t know what I would do if I had a Golden.

  • Christina January 29, 2012, 3:46 pm

    Love the hair! We have a ‘no animals in the bedroom at night’ rule. With all the shedding they do we try to keep them out of the bedroom as much as possible….would like to keep at least ONE room in our house somewhat hair-free. Dog is NEVER allowed in the bed, but the cat is allowed to hop up there every once in a while if we are napping during the day. As much as I love cuddling with her, I do sleep better when she is not in the bed because she always positions herself right behind my knees and somehow manages to push me to the edge of the bed (:

    • Jen January 30, 2012, 10:02 am


      definitely not wanting to make the dog in the bed a habit. so much hair!!!!!

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