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Tips For A New Puppy

Happy hump day friends! In the comments on Monday, Tracy asked me for tips on a new puppy since she just got an 8 week old pup. After typing out a long email (sorry girl!) I thought I’d compile my tips into a blog post as well. In an attempt to keep it short, I’m using bullet points and have it sorted based on categories. If you get a puppy or are thinking about it I hope these tips can help you out!

Before we jump in though, please keep in mind that I’m not an animal expert. This is just from the experience we’ve had with Bailey so far. When we picked her up, she was 14 weeks and is just shy of 6 months. Technically she’s still a puppy but we’ve gotten past some major hurdles that happen when puppies are really young.

Potty Training


  • Make them go outside from the start. Dogs get used to the texture in a place they pee so if you use potty training pads, then your puppy may have a hard time going outside.
  • Give LOTS of praise and a treat when they go outside. Alex and I have had success with Crazy Dog brand of treats and there’s a few flavors.
  • If they go inside, yell “NO” and clap to startle the puppy before bringing them outside immediately.
  • To clean up accidents, I find stains don’t occur if you blot them with a rag (if on carpet), spray Resolve pet stain remover and after sitting for a few minutes blot with a rag to remove the scent and any residual liquid. For tile or wood, wiping up the pee is sufficient.

Crate Training

Bailey With Lamb

  • Due to space constrictions, Bailey has always slept near us in the bedroom in her crate. We always leave one toy with her at night just in case she wakes up. Aside from waking us up the first night to go to the bathroom, she never cried at night which was just dumb luck for us.
  • Train them to go into the crate as their safe space. Never put them in the crate as punishment as they will associate the crate with something bad.
  • Use treats to get the puppy walking into the crate on their own from the beginning. We tell Bailey to go to bed and would put a treat in there until she learned what “go to bed” meant and doesn’t need a treat.
  • The first few times Alex worked from home, he put her in the crate to make calls so he didn’t have to worry about accidents. Bailey would whine a bit and try to get his attention. Instead of giving in and letting her out, we let her cry it out and would occasionally “go to the bathroom” so she would see that we were there but she had to get used to being in bed.

Basic Commands


  • Give them time to adjust! It’s a new home, new people and new schedule to learn. Don’t start training right away. Except for going to the bathroom. Definitely start right away with that.
  • Instead of long sessions daily, Bailey responded best to short intervals (5-10) minutes that we would do twice a day every 3 times a week. Alex read multiple articles as well as Youtube videos that included studies to show how dogs respond best to this.
  • Start with the basics! Sit, stay and lie down are great commands to know.
  • When the command is followed give praise and a treat so the puppy knows that it’s a good thing. Positive reinforcement is the name of the game!
  • Use hand signals for the commands. Alex and I had a lot of success with this. Determine what hand signals will be for which command and stick with it. The hand signals helped her listen to my family giving commands when we visited them.



  • When you leave, give your dog some toys to keep in their crate. We give Bailey 2 toys when we go to work. Sometimes I will give her 3 when I go for runs in the afternoon if I feel particularly guilty about leaving her again haha.
  • Determine ahead of time if you want to dog to be on your furniture. For example, we don’t have an expensive couch or anything right now nor do we feel attached to it. We know that in a few years, we’ll be buying a nicer one which we don’t want Bailey to ruin so she isn’t allowed on the couch unless once of us has a weak moment and picks her up.
  • Be consistent! We feed Bailey first thing in the morning and at 4 pm. After a week or so, she figured out to expect food then since her body had become accustomed. Even when we were traveling to my parents for Memorial Day her schedule was the same.


If you’re getting a puppy and want more in depth tips or to know more about our experience, don’t hesitate to reach out!

Question of the day: If you have a dog, what’s one of your best tips for a puppy?

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Sunday In Pictures Vol. 34

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Ours was spent at Tucker and Allison’s wedding, Alex’s brother and new sister-in-law. It was a fun weekend but late nights so we were ready to be home yesterday.

In typical Monday fashion, we’re taking a peek into my Sunday through some pictures. Have a great day 🙂

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Bagel Sandwich

Instead of eating at the Airbnb we stayed at, we opted to head home early and grab breakfast sandwiches from our favorite place near home. A bacon, egg and cheese was a welcome sight!


Picked up Bailey who we missed the past two days.


The song of choice while heading to the grocery store.


Someone did want to be far from us for a while…


A tortilla pizza and some veggies for lunch.


Free flowers are the best flowers.


Some tea and magazine reading while it rained outside.


Pizza for dinner because pizza is always a good idea.

To finish our lazy Sunday, we watched a little over half of American Made.

Question of the day: What’s one highlight from your weekend?

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Sunday In Pictures Vol. 33

Happy Monday! It’s a tad dreary this morning but I have my fingers crossed the sun will peak through later in the day. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Saturday was filled with some shopping and ended with an amazing movie. Sunday had some relaxing in it and ended with dinner with a friend who is moving. Overall it was a good weekend.

In typical Monday fashion around here, I’m sharing my Sunday through pictures. Have a great day 🙂


Sunday started off with some pancakes and bacon for breakfast.


I baked another batch of oatmeal muffins (I tweak this recipe) while listening to the Mamma Mia! soundtrack.


While the muffins cooled, I finished The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett. It would be a good pool read I think since it’s not intense and a cute story.


For lunch, I made a quesadilla with leftover beans and chicken plus some carrots and hummus.


My next book is called The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand. It’s about identical twins who live on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard but don’t speak even though they live so close. I think it’ll be a good summer read!


Bailey and I went on our longest walk to date. She wants everyone to know that tow trucks are a little scary but if you sit down to watch them back up while it beeps, then they aren’t as scary 😉


I made a batch of peanut butter chickpea blondies from Joy Food Sunshine. They smelled SO good while they baked.

We watched part of The King’ Speech.


Then Alex and I headed to Somerville, New Jersey to meet my friend Greg who is moving at the end of the month. We grabbed dinner at an Irish pub (everything was oddly closed along Main St.) but my corned beef sandwich hit the spot!

Question of the day: What was a highlight from your weekend?

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If You Like Pina Coladas…

Hi friends! I hope your weekend has been a good one so far. We lucked out with the weather yesterday since it didn’t storm like the forecast called for. Well it may have stormed overnight but I didn’t wake up so who knows. Hopefully the humidity has died down a bit because it was killer the past few days.


I woke up nice and early to get in an easy 3 mile run. Boy did my legs need those easy miles. They were feeling it after the 200m sprints I had on Friday. I managed to finish all by 7 and hopped into the shower. It’s crazy how summer running means even easy runs leave you covered in sweat. I wanted to get to the grocery store before it was too crowded so I made a big smoothie for breakfast. In it was some blueberries, strawberries, 1/3 of a banana and cauliflower rice from the freezer plus chia seed, peanut butter, protein powder and enough milk to make it drinkable through a straw.

Once the groceries were all put away, I headed back out to hit up Target and TJ Maxx. I wandered around both stores for a while to browse and see the things that I needed (read as wanted). I actually picked up a few pairs of shorts at TJ Maxx so I’d call it a win. I ended up meeting Alex in Princeton to go to a few stores since he said J. Crew was having a sale. Unfortunately I didn’t get anything there but we did get a Father’s Day Gift so it wasn’t a total bust of an outing!

Deli meat sandwich with carrots and pretzels

When we got home, I was getting hungry. I made a deli sandwich and added some carrots and pretzels to my plate. It was oh so tasty. I’ve noticed that most of my weekend lunches are deli meat sandwiches but honestly I don’t even care. It’s good so why not?

Bailey With Long Leash

After lunch we leashed Bailey up to go to the park. Unfortunately we weren’t there very long before it started to rain. It was the weirdest thing! It was just a few drops then nothing for a bit until we could hear the drops on trees a bit away. All of a sudden the largest rain drops came down. Even though she didn’t have a ton of time to run around, it’s the thought that counts right?


Once we got home, I grabbed my book to read. Chelsea Sedoti’s The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett is a cute book. I think it would be a good one to read by the beach or pool since it’s not crazy intense or anything but not completely mindless or anything. I’m a little over halfway and curious how it’s going to end.


Alex said how the hot and humid weather was making him want a treat. The treat ended up being a pina colada. We took them outside since the rain had stopped and chatted for a bit. I felt like I was getting bit my mosquitos so after a bit, I headed back inside to continue our conversation.


For dinner, we order Thai food. I got Pad See Lew with chicken, American broccoli, Chinese broccoli, egg in a black soy sauce. It was really good! Alex got beef Pad Thai and really enjoyed his meal as well. When Alex went to pick it up, they had actually messed up my order and someone made something completely differently so they made my correct meal right on the spot. I’m glad they owned up to their mistake to give good customer service.

After dinner we watched Patriot’s Day. This is the movie about the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. Oh my…this movie was amazing. There were so many times in it that both Alex and I said we could have cried. I actually did cry at one point. The movie was so well made and according to this Boston Globe article, pretty accurate. If you have not seen the movie stop everything and watch it. We headed to bed once the movie ended.

Question of the day: Do you like pina coladas? 

Books, Daily Happenings, Dog

Semi Back To Normal

Hello everyone! To be honest, today feels more like a Monday than a Thursday but I’m all confused on the days over here. That’s what a 4 day weekend turned 5 day weekend does to you I guess. Have a great day 🙂

Scrambled eggs, toast with cream cheese and chia seeds

When I woke up yesterday, my stomach was still feeling a little eh but since I had a good nights sleep (and multiple naps on Tuesday 😉 I was up and ready for work. Breakfast was a little all over the place since we were a tad slow moving after not having to be up for work the past few days. Even with a pretty empty fridge, we managed to pull together some toast and eggs to start the day.

I was pleasantly surprised when I got to work and wasn’t overwhelmed with things to do. A big part of that was essentially my whole team took Friday off then Memorial Day so no one was working too much. The morning flew by and then I quickly went home for lunch and to hang out with Bailey before heading back to work a few more hours.

After work, I ended to the grocery store to pick up just a few essentials to tide us over until a bigger trip this weekend. If I had thought ahead, I could have done it all then but oh well. It won’t kill me to go back right? On the drive home I thought about heading out for a run but decided to hold off one more day since my stomach still wasn’t 100% back to normal.


Bailey and I went for a walk after she got fed and the groceries were all put away. I finished unpacking and then pulled out my book to keep reading. Throughout the night I picked it up a few times to read and am so close to finishing. Tomorrow will have a more in depth review but I’m a big fan of The Wife Between Us.

Shredded Chicken Burrito Bowl

Alex got home from work and it was time to eat. I had everything heated up and ready to go so we could eat shortly after he got home. Shredded chicken burrito bowls hit the spot and involved minimal cooking which is always a plus. The chicken was the dinner we were supposed to have before we left for Chicago but decided to throw it in the freezer for when we got back home. One of the better decisions we’ve made for sure. I filled my bowl with brown rice, chicken, black beans, cheese, lettuce, salsa and a little sour cream. It was so tasty.


We watched an episode of the office before a certain furry family member reminded us that she had some more energy to get rid of. After leashing Bailey up we headed to the tennis courts to play a few rounds of fetch. One of the young kids in our complex was walking by and ran up to the gate to say “Hi Bailey” before quickly telling us he had to go home. It was adorable and Bailey LOVES all the friends she has in the complex.

After we got home, we finished our episode of The Office then headed off the bed.

Question of the day: Do you find that getting back to a normal routine after a few days off takes a while?