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3.05.2015

Just Because My Dog Barks Doesn't Mean She's Aggressive


I'm going to tell you a little story and I'm going to rant for a second here because this is my blog and my boyfriend is tired of hearing me bitch about it.

Between me and my boyfriend, we have three dogs.  We have two rescue hound mixes that weigh about 60 lbs each and a golden retriever who weighs about 75 lbs.  I mastered walking all three of them at once a long time ago.  They are generally good on the leash...

...unless we see another dog (or stroller, or bicycle, or god-forbid a motorcycle - but that's not the point).  The point is that when we see another dog, they bark.  All three of them bark.  All three of them just want to go say hi to the other dog.  Now, I'll admit, they are three big dogs and they have big dog barks but, like I said, I have control over them and do make them sit while the other dog walks by us or out of view.  This doesn't stop the barking though.  It is a nuisance but, come on, they are just dogs and they just want to say hi.  As soon as we get close enough to the other dog to say hi, they stop barking and greet each other in typical dog fashion, by sniffing all the butts.

Well there is this lady that lives down the street.  I would guess she's about the same age as I am, maybe a few years older.  Her and her husband have a very cute, long-hair, medium size dog with a beautiful brindle coat.  Their dog must not bark though because she thinks that because my dogs bark, they are aggressive and are going to attack her and her dog.  This is obviously what she should think based on what I just told you, right?

My dogs have never gotten anywhere near her or her dog, much less lunged at or snapped at them.  Yet, whenever this woman sees us coming, even half a mile down the street, she gives me the. dirtiest. look. and turns around and walks away from us as fast as she can.  She doesn't just wait for us to pass or walk on the other side of the street, she walks in the complete opposite direction she is going! Sometimes she does this before the dogs even notice them and start barking.  The other night she turned around and went back in the house while her husband stood bewildered in the middle of the street.

I know that the dog is friendly and she must be friendly with other people because I've seen her talking to another neighbor while they were both out walking their dogs.  So why does she hate me and my dogs when she's never even met me or my dogs?  The only conclusion I can come to is because they bark.

This enrages me.  Yes, enrages!  It is utterly ridiculous and unfair that she acts like my dogs are such terrible dogs she can't even walk near them.  Even though they have absolutely no idea, my feelings are hurt for them and it makes me feel like a terrible furry parent.  I imagine this is what it will feel like when my future kid gets called a name by the other kids or doesn't get invited to a sleepover.

I know there is nothing I can do about this and I shouldn't let it bother me but it does.  Every single time.  Then I feel ridiculous for letting something so silly get to me like it does.

What do you think?  Am I absolutely crazy for getting my feelings hurt over this?

2.11.2015

My Favorite Heart Healthy Snacks


In addition to February being the month of love, it is also the month for Heart Health!  In honor of Heart Health month and wanting to keep my heart healthy for my own Valentine, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite, easy, heart healthy snacks.

A big thanks to General Mills and Linqia for sponsoring today's post!  All opinions and heart healthy suggestions are my own!

1. Yogurt & Granola 


Yogurt and granola is probably one of my all-time favorite snacks.  Just start with your favorite yogurt, mine happens to be black cherry greek yogurt and add a handful of granola.  I love this new Gluten Free Chex Granola Mix.  In addition to the granola and berries, the chex pieces give it a really fun. light crunch.  I also love that it is made with simple ingredients that I can pronounce!


2. Protein-packed smoothies


Another fun way to enjoy the Chex Granola Mix is by adding it to your favorite smoothie!  One of my favorite quick, easy, on-the-go breakfasts is a smoothie!  I used to add a handful of oats to my smoothie but I've recently been swapping that out for a handful of the Chex granola mix.  It's packed with protein and lots of other good nutrients.  

Here is the recipe I usually use for my smoothies:

- 1 banana, broken into pieces
- 1/3 cup of plain greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup of frozen berries (or other fruit of your choosing)
- small handful of Chex Granola Mix
- large handful of spinach leaves
- orange juice to taste and desired thickness

Add all ingredients to your blender.  I usually pour enough orange juice in to cover about 2/3rds of the other ingredients.  Blend together until all ingredients are well mixed.  Makes 6-8 oz servings.

You could also add some Cherrios + Ancient Grains in place of the granola mix for some added grains!

3. Nature Valley Nut Crisp Bars


These little bars are so quick and easy, they don't even require any prep work!  I love to keep a box of these in my desk at work for that afternoon slump that always hits.  There are quite a few yummy flavors but these Salted Caramel Bars are my favorite! Packed with naturally good ingredients like roasted peanuts, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds, then lightly dipped in delicious caramel flavor, this Nature Valley Nut Crisp Bar is the perfect wholesome snack.


How yummy do these snacks look?? The best part is General Mills have graciously offered to give away $15 in paypal cash to help you stay heart healthy this month!  Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter!

Also, make sure to print out the coupon here to help you save on some heart healthy snacks!

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2.04.2015

Skinny Chicken Fajitas + Guacamole + A Giveaway!

What is it about game day that makes me want to make some sort of mexican inspired dish?  And what is it about mexican food that has to be so not good for you??

This month Chris and I decided to really start watching what we are eating so in preparation for the big game, I set out to find a little healthier version of the chicken fajitas and guacamole I was craving!

Before I got started, I finally ventured out to the brand new Publix in Raleigh (!!!) and picked up some Old Paso tortillas and seasoning & Avacados from Mexico. (btw, did you see that hilarious avocados commercial on Sunday?)  What I came up with turned out to be delicious!  The yogurt really helps to keep the chicken moist and the guacamole is so easy!

A huge thanks to Old El Paso and Avocados from Mexico for sponsoring today's post and giveaway.  As always, all opinions are my own.


SKINNY CHICKEN FAJITAS


INGREDIENTS

1-1.5 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
1/2 medium yellow onion
1 packet Old Paso fajita seasoning
1/4 cup greek yogurt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 package Old Paso Flour Tortillas

Sour Cream
Salsa
Lettuce
Cheese
Guacamole (see below for recipe)

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray the bottom of a 13x9 inch baking dish with cooking spray
2. Cut peppers and onion into thin strips, layer on the bottom of the baking dish
3. Combine greek yogurt, olive oil and fajita seasoning in a small bowl
4. Coat chicken in seasoning mixture and place on top of veggies in the baking dish
























5. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes until chicken is cooked and veggies are tender
6. Serve on flour tortillas with your favorite toppings

HOMEMADE GUACAMOLE


INGREDIENTS

2 avocados, peelsd, pitted and diced
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 cup  chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup salsa
Garlic salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

In a food processors, combine avocados, lime juice, cilantro, salsa, garlic salt and pepper.  Serve with your favorite chips or as a yummy topping



























How yummy do those look?? The best part is Old Paso and Avocados from Mexico are giving away $15 paypal cash to help you create your own game day dishes!  Just use the rafflecopter below to enter!

Also, make sure to print out the coupon here to help you save $1 when you buy one package Old El Paso dinner kit, tortillas or taco shells and 2 Avocados From Mexico!