Archive for May, 2011

Baked Oatmeal


Spring Flowers

Iced Coffee

Thanks to a Starbuck’s gift card from my Mom!

Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothies

*Notice the dog in the background. He is trying to get the camera-woman’s attention because…

A beautiful sunshine-y day awaits!

“Mom, will you please open my door and let me out on my deck?”

And yes, many things in this house are “his”.

Cinnamon Chex

Making Lab stationary

To sell for the Brookline Labrador Retriever Rescue

I will be selling them on June 12th at the Emmaus Farmer’s Market!

Homemade Sushi

The chef in action

The fixin’sThe goods

With Srirachi-Mayo spicy sauce

And homemade wasabi!

Nutrition/Fitness Planning & Journaling

because “A goal without a plan is just a wish”

The men in my life

And Catching a few extra Zzzzz’s

Other (unpictured) obsessions:

coupons, Pandora, gratefulness, vanilla vodka & diet Coke, and yoga


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Where on earth did today go?!

It was such a “lab”-solutely wonderful day.

My boys and I spent the morning taking care of business–i.e. me doing chores/dealing with things like this…

And them lounging around like so…

Then I headed on over to the Emmaus Farmer’s Market to help out in my first-ever Brookline Labrador Retriever Rescue volunteering endeavor. We were selling dog toys and accessories to raise money for the organization. Some of the goods were even handmade by some of the volunteers, like this fleece tug toy.

Which I was pleasantly surprised at how well the braided, felt tug held up–be it in a Dog vs. Dog battle:

Or Women vs. Dog:

A live band at the market kept us entertained and the weather was unbelievably perfect. I’m definitely looking forward to this new volunteering venture of mine. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, but finally followed through with when doing research on dog adoption in December.

To fill some of you in…Evan and I ended up “adopting” King, the almost 2-year-old black lab pictured above. He was a “breeder return” whose owner could no longer care for him due to the onset of health problems. He has proven to be an incredibly sweet boy and a great playmate and companion for Denali.

The only thing that would have made the whole situation just a bit more perfect was if we could have rescued from a shelter, which simply wasn’t in the cards for us. But I pledged to finally help out dogs in need and join a rescue organization.

If anyone is interested in learning more about the organization or adopting check out their website. Also, the Lehigh Valley region is in desperate need of volunteers. Any small time commitment would be tremendously helpful. For now, I’ve only committed to a couple of markets, as my body still requires more rest and recovery than I’d like it to, but even just this small effort has been extremely well received by senior volunteers desperate for helping hands.

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