Weekend Things

Hey guys!

Did you have a nice weekend? I am sure many of you had an extra long weekend. Sadly, I did not.

I had to work all day Friday and then did a bit of online shopping when I got home. I was able to take advantage of some great Black Friday sales and bought some things for my sister and Pat (and MAYBE a thing or two for myself!).  One of the things I bought for myself was another pair of these leggings, which are by far the best leggings that I ever owned.

Saturday morning I took Bosco for an early walk and then headed to my one month follow-up appt. with my plastic surgeon.  The Dr. said my nose looked great and took some post surgery pictures so we could compare them to the previous pictures that he took. I will share the pictures with you even though I don’t have ANY makeup on in the pictures (so please only look at my nose and ignore the rest of my tired looking face – it was a very early appt.!). 🙂



At this point, my nose is pretty much back to normal. It is still a bit sensitive near the tip, as well as a bit swollen, but I feel much better and feel much more comfortable with it. I am very happy with it and so glad that I had the surgery.

After I got home from my appt., it was time to take Bosco for his follow-up appt. for his paw. The vet said his paw looked great and the bump was completely gone, so we no longer have to soak it 2 x / day. Bosco was very happy to hear that (as were Pat and I – haha!).  The Dr. said the bump must have been from a cyst that burst since it went away in just 2 weeks with the help of his daily soaks.


After the appt. at the vet, I roasted some asparagus when we got home, had lunch, and read my book for a while. Later in the day, Pat and I took a trip to Wegmans and then pretty much just hung out with Bosco the rest of the day.

Sunday started with another early morning walk with my boy.


This look = mom, stop taking my picture so we can go on my walk. 🙂

When we got back from our walk, I fed the Shih Tzu, had some coffee and breakfast, and then went to the gym.  That’s right, the gym – for the first time in about 6 weeks or so (in my defense, I was told not to go for 4 weeks after my surgery by my Dr.).


I just did a pretty quick leg workout, but it’s better than nothing, right? 🙂

We had lunch at home and then went to look at a few houses – including one that we have went to see a few times already and LOVE (if we can sell our house soon, maybe it will be ours one day!).

After looking at houses, we went to the movies to see Secret in Their Eyes. I don’t even remember the last time we went to the movies.


Now we are home and it is time to have dinner and get some food ready for the next week.


Have a great night, guys! 🙂

Weekend Happenings – (Shih Tzu paws and lots of yummy food)

Hey guys!

I just wanted to pop in and share a little recap of our weekend.

On Saturday morning I made breakfast for Pat (this NEEDS to be documented). 🙂 I made him some scrambled eggs with cheddar, turkey bacon, and a buttered muffin.  When we were done with breakfast, we ran a few errands and then took Bosco to the vet. Earlier this week Bosco started limping. We didn’t think much of it since he has had problems with his knee (a torn ACL), and has also limped in the past when the skin around his paws was irritated from his allergies. Over the last few days the limping got worse though, to the point he didn’t even want to walk on one of his paws and he needed to be carried outside every time he had to go to the bathroom.

The vet looked at his paw (which Bosco was NOT very happy about) and said it could be a few things – a fractured toe, a cyst, infection from a foreign body in his paw, or a tumor. They took x-rays and determined that he did not have a fractured toe (which was in a way what I wanted it to be, because at least it wouldn’t be a tumor). The vet gave him a shot of antibiotics and wants us to soak Bosco’s paw in Epsom salt 2 x / day for 2 weeks. She said if it is a cyst or foreign body in Bosco’s paw, the Epsom salt should be able to draw it out over 2 weeks. If it does not, he may need surgery to remove the bump and have a biopsy done. We were told the only downside to waiting 2 weeks to see if it will burst is that if it gets bigger, it may not be able to just be removed by surgery and he could need to have one of his toes amputated as well. The vet said that it may not come to that but just wanted to make us aware of a situation that could happen (and she also said dogs only really need 2 toes for balance and adjust well to amputation of just a toe).


It was hard to find something that was not too big to soak his paw in. I finally decided on a bread pan and it worked great – not too big and the bottom was flat so he could comfortably rest it while he soaked.

So, it was not the best outcome we could have received at the vet appt., but we are going to be very diligent to soak his paw every day to try to help burst the bump. Bosco was obviously not crazy about his required treatment, but he has handled it pretty well so far. I will say that those 15 mins. go by SUPER slow though (for him and us!). I just want my baby to get better – it makes me so sad when he is not feeling well or in pain.


As you can see from Bosco’s face, paw soaking is obviously very tiring. 🙂

Saturday night we went out to dinner with my mom, sister, and Nick to celebrate my mom’s birthday.


We went to a restaurant near my mom’s house and our dinner was so delicious. We got a bunch of appetizers to share and I got Picadinho A Chefe (shrimp and beef Sautéed in white wine, garlic, cilantro sauce, topped with pickled vegetables and potatoes) as my dinner.


FYI – Pat’s new favorite thing to do is photobomb any and all pictures. 🙂

We went back to my mom’s house after dinner to hang out for a few hrs. My sister asked us to bring our wedding video with us so she could show it to Nick and that was what we watched for most of the night. I can’t believe May will be our 10th Anniversary already!!

Sunday morning was spent doing some things around the house – I cleaned the bathroom, vacuumed, did laundry, and started some chicken in the crock pot all before Pat and Bosco even got up. After they were up, it was time for some coffee and bagels.

But first, we took a family selfie. 🙂


I got a sesame bagel with egg, cheddar (because cheddar is better) and a hash brown on it … FYI – if you’ve never had a hash brown on a bagel, doooooo it!


The rest of the day included some reading, tending to our little patient, a visit from a realtor that wanted to preview our house, and some house hunting online.

Pat went for a run in the afternoon and after he got home, we went out for a late lunch.


Pat got a pizza with bacon and I got a cheesesteak pizza. I wanted to get something different and since I never had that before, that was what I decided on. I thought it was delicious and was happy with my choice. 🙂

Now we’re home, just hanging out on the couch. Since we ate lunch so late, I don’t think we are going to really have much for dinner, but Pat has been informed that sundaes are on the agenda for later tonight (you know, to round out our weekend of such healthy eating). 🙂


What was the best part of your weekend? Please tell me I was not the only one that ate 1083092093000 calories this weekend. 🙂

Some Favorites of Lately

Hey guys!

Happy Tuesday! Today I wanted to share some things I have been loving lately. So let’s get right to it, shall we?

iCoffee Coffee Maker


I have had this coffee maker for about a month now and can say I LOVE it! It makes great tasting coffee, has many options for the amount of coffee you want to brew, and it looks pretty too! I am so happy with it and glad that I bought it. The first Keurig that I had lasted for many years, but after it broke and was replaced, I had nothing but problems with them. It seems like maybe the newer models are not made as great as they once were.  I love the iCoffee machine and definitely recommend it!

philosophy fresh cream lotion


I have had this lotion for a while now, but just recently remembered how much I love it. The smell is unbelievable and it is super hydrating.  I use it every single day lately and actually just ordered another one so I never run out!



You know I couldn’t have a favorites post and not mention my favorite little buddy ever, right? Bosco is my favorite all day, every day. I took this picture because someone was apparently not happy with the way I made the bed this morning, so he took matters into his own hands (paws). 🙂

Halo Top Ice Cream


I am OBSESSED with this ice cream. I had heard a lot about it on blogs and Instagram but never tried it until recently. It is low-calorie, high-protein, and low-sugar, and absolutely DELICIOUS.  It has been my nightly snack for the last few weeks and to me it tastes just as delicious as regular full fat ice cream. The only food store near me that seems to carry it is Wegmans. The closest Wegmans to my house is about 20 mins. away, but you better believe that I made a trip there last weekend specifically just to get several pints of the Vanilla Bean flavor. Trust me and go get some for yourselves .. you can thank me later.

Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner


This is the first high end line of shampoo or conditioner that I have ever bought. I have always just used drugstore brands and never had a problem, even when my hair was platinum blonde. Lately my hair started to look quite brassy, so I decided to look into shampoo and conditioner made specifically for blonde hair. I saw this was highly recommended on a blog that I read, so I decided to give it a shot. The verdict – I LOVE it! Even though it is expensive, it smells awesome, it helped reduce brassiness, it leaves my hair super soft and hydrated, and a little goes a long way so I think it will last me a really long time. I think sometimes you get what you pay for, and in this case, I am willing to pay a bit more when I notice a difference compared to cheaper brands.


So, those are some of my recent favorites.  What have you been loving lately?


Weekend Snapshots

Hey guys!

After being in the house for a full week recovering from my surgery, it was nice to get out of the house a bit this weekend.

My sister and her boyfriend had a Halloween party last night. Pat and I had a great time (and LOTS of yummy food!).

Here are a few snapshots from our weekend:


by all means, Bosco – you just make yourself comfy on my pillow … of course I don’t mind your furry booty pressed up against it 🙂


grilled chicken wrap with avocado – mmm!


some of Nick’s friends




My sister and Katie


some of the food


more food


my sister and her friends


Katie and Chris


my sister and her friends


sisters!!! 🙂


my sexy hubby


Pat and I


Pat and I


cookies that I made for the party


my sister and her caramel martinis (which were DELICIOUS!!)


the lovely and handsome Mr. Bosco


get your orders in now for your very own Bosco pillow .. they are sure to sell out fast! 🙂


peanut butter cup smoothie


another look at the new nose  and a look