Friday Things

Duke - 12 weeks old

1. Duke will be three months old on Monday! Can you believe it?! He’s getting much bigger; I can barely pick him up anymore. So sad! He’s got such a cute personality, and he and Einstein continue to be great playmates.

2. Tomorrow we are throwing a party here at our house to celebrate our wedding! We invited some family and friends over for a casual get-together since we got married on the beach in Florida. No, I did not bake my own wedding cake (but we are getting one!) and yes, we are having a cookie table. Photos to come!

3. I’m loving this list of wardrobe essentials by StitchFix. I might need to go shopping! What do you consider must-haves in your closet?

4. My husband saw this workout tweeted by Gary Player last week…

Wake Up! & Make It Happen Workout

I’ve done it a handful of time and it’s hard. It says for beginners to do three sets, but I could only do one, and had to take a break during some of the exercises. The morning after I did this the first time I was incredibly sore. That makes me feel like I actually did something. It’s a quick workout that I’ve been doing before I hop in the shower. Anything to get moving!

5. Speaking of getting moving, we just had a new treadmill delivered this week and it’s all sorts of awesome. Do any of you use iFit? Any tips on creating workouts or finding cool ones? I’m loving it!

6. Having a puppy that’s still getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom every night makes me feel like this


7. I would love to wake up and have tomorrow be Monday. Why, you ask? Because I’m getting all new kitchen appliances! It’s like Christmas… in September! I can’t wait to show them to you once they’re all in. This has been on my to-do list since we bought the house back in May, so I am extremely giddy that the day is finally (almost) here!

8. One week from tonight… hockey is back! I can’t wait to walk into that chilly arena and hear skates cutting through ice. I’m excited to get back into my soft pretzel and diet soda routine 😉

9. So, my husband love, love, loooooooves soggy cereal. As in, he fills his bowl with cereal, drowns it in milk, and then lets it sit on the counter for like 10 minutes until it is complete mush. He claims it’s the best thing in the world. I claim it’s awful; I love crispy, crunchy cereal. Is this a gender thing? Or just a personal preference? I’m so perplexed about this desire for mushy Raisin Bran!

10. TGIF! Here’s to lounging with best friends (poor Einstein!) 🙂

Duke & Einstein hanging in the kitchen


67 Responses to “Friday Things”

  1. Sarah on September 27, 2013 at 1:16 am

    I love how you posted this workout. I was just thinking to myself that I should do a quick workout before bed but I didn’t know what. Guess what I’ll be doing! Also, I don’t get the mushy cereal thing either. I barely put milk on mine because I like it crunchy! Have a great weekend! Can’t wait to see pictures of you cookie table!


  2. Leilani on September 27, 2013 at 1:29 am

    I love that quote about napping!
    And as for the cereal thing, I’m afraid your husband is not alone… It think it’s just personal preference but some (emphasis on the “some”) cereals just taste better soggy to me. My friends have the same reaction as you haha. Thanks for the post!


  3. Ellen on September 27, 2013 at 3:21 am

    The cuteness of your puppy is jaw dropping! A
    About the cereal thing…I like it both ways. I like the crisp crunch when I start eating but adore the soggy end. Then the milk to slurp up last is dessert:)


  4. Dana on September 27, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Soggy cereal is the best! I put the milk (or even ensure… the meal replacement drink in chocolate or vanilla flavours) into the cereal then put it back into the fridge for 10 minutes until its NICE and SOGGY! omnomnom! I also like soggy fries… I don’t know why I have a weird preference for soggy food… lol


  5. Suzanne Barker on September 27, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Raisen Bran is the only cereal I eat and I like it soggy too. Not just a guy thing.


  6. Pieliekamais on September 27, 2013 at 4:52 am

    Awwww :))) Such a cute pack, Duke looks like he has absolutely NO doubt in his mind that that is EXACTLY where he should be :).
    OK, I can pin the workout to my fitness board, but there is absolutely NO way I would attempt it first thing in the morning :). I think I would sustain an injury just looking at those exercises :).


  7. Jen on September 27, 2013 at 5:11 am

    I like some soggy cereal (and I am female.) I think my husband likes crunchy cereal; I have never specifically asked him, but he usually inhales his cereal in the morning so it doesn’t have a chance to get soggy.


  8. Katharine on September 27, 2013 at 5:45 am

    My husband does the SAME thing with cereal….except his is a Raisin Bran/Cheerios mix. It makes me sad, I love crunchy cereal so 🙁


  9. Anita at Hungry Couple on September 27, 2013 at 6:15 am

    I’m so in love with both your furry boys. My Hadley and I stopped to pet an aging Golden the other day. He’d lost a leg to cancer and was being wheeled around in a cart by a little girl. Her mom said he wasn’t in pain anymore and he was just the sweetest, friendliest most beautiful creature. Very jealous of new kitchen appliances and yes, please do post photos so I can live vicariously from my little postage stamp sized Manhattan kitchen. My trainer had me doing planks the other day so I can relate because I can barely move no. 🙂 Oh, and “husband” not CCC? Love it!


  10. Reshana on September 27, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Thanks BEB. I absolutely LOVE all your posts! keep them coming and PLEASE don’t forget to make a special one about your wedding. I do have loads of training programmes, PILATES being on of my favourites. I also follow a blog called “Tone It Up”, they are great and all workouts one can do at home. Honestly in the summer I love crunchy cereal and in the winter, warm hearty cereal, with me its just a season thing 🙂 have a good weekend… TGIF 🙂


  11. Monica on September 27, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Love the idea of a cookie table! Can’t wait to see. And my husband prefers things way softer than I do. Maybe it is a gender thing!!


  12. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on September 27, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Congrats on the new appliances!! Your babies are adorable and I am betting Einstein is loving all of the attention!!! Have a fun weekend, enjoy your party!


  13. Lori on September 27, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Can’t wait to see your new kitchen. I like my cereal crunchy too. I have my milk in a glass.


  14. Dana on September 27, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Isn’t it funny how new appliances can be so exciting? A person’s priorities certainly change over the years!
    Have fun with your wedding celebration. Cake and cookies…that’s my kind of party! 🙂
    That picture of Duke and Einstein is cute, cute, CUTE!


  15. Missy on September 27, 2013 at 7:44 am

    No soggy cereal for me. Yuck.. Crunchy is always best. The pictures you post of Einstein and Duke would be PERFECT greeting cards.


  16. Sandra on September 27, 2013 at 7:47 am

    The last picture is like the cutest thing ever!!! Have a great party.


  17. Vicki @ WITK on September 27, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Awww, puppy pictures are the best! My parents got two golden puppies last year and I loved checking her facebook for new pics 🙂 Glad the two guys are getting along! And my BF is super excited about hockey season too. I like hockey for the nachos 🙂


  18. ashley on September 27, 2013 at 7:55 am

    My husband likes soggy cereal too, and I’m with you on wanting some crunch. Definitely a gender thing.


  19. Kristina on September 27, 2013 at 8:13 am

    I cannot tolerate soggy cereal. I’ve always wanted to get one of those “swimming pool” bowls with a shallow and a deep end to push the cereal into the milk when I’m ready for more.


  20. Tina B on September 27, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Love seeing pictures of those two….so adorable. I have a 5 year old Labrador and seeing how cute your two are together makes me want to get her a buddy. Just love – thanks for sharing.
    Also, made your triple chocolate chocolate chip cookies the other day and people are still talking about them. That recipe is a keeper. 😀


  21. Kim in RI on September 27, 2013 at 8:26 am

    I so look forward to your Friday Things post! Great workout – thanks for sharing. Burpees really are the worst thing in the entire world in my opinion, but all of the others listed I do daily. And the last photo of Einstein and the pup is precious!


  22. Elizabeth on September 27, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Love the treadmill! So cool that you can hook the ipad up to it! Can’t wait to see the appliances and am so excited to see pictures of your get together tomorrow! Can’t help but notice you are referring to your CCC as your husband? I personally like husband better 😉 Duke is absolutely precious by the way!! Love Friday Things so much!


  23. Amanda on September 27, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I am with your husband on soggy cereal – especially and specifically Raisin Bran! The longer it soaks, the better. Also, the last pic of the pups is so stinkin’ cute! Love, love, love!


  24. Bethany on September 27, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Love everything about this post. Overdue CONGRATULATIONS to you guys on your wedding!! Enjoy the fun celebration this weekend. 🙂
    Duke and Einstein are too stinkin’ cute together!


  25. Kristi on September 27, 2013 at 9:45 am

    I would love to be getting all new kitchen appliances. How fun! Soggy cereal is the absolute worst. I cringe thinking about it.


  26. Jodi Pavlik on September 27, 2013 at 9:45 am

    New appliances?! How fun!! ENJOY! I got a new convection oven a few years ago and I am still loving it! I think I need to try that workout. I am sure I will be sore even though I have been doing Jillian Michaels 30 day shred for months! I can’t wait to see the pics from your party and hear about your wedding!


  27. Stephanie on September 27, 2013 at 9:47 am

    We recently added a puppy (Monte, a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog) to our family, and our 9.5-year-old Great Dane, Morgan, isn’t taking it nearly as well as Einstein. She’s just old and crabby and only puts up with so much from the young whippersnapper we’ve forced upon her. She would never stand – uh, lay? – for Monte leaning on her like Duke is on Einstein. I wish she would – what an adorable picture!

    On a non-dog-related note, my husband also prefers mushy cereal while I can’t eat mine fast enough to ensure it stays crisp. So maybe it is a gender thing.


  28. Peggy on September 27, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Soggy cereal is just disgusting. I don’t pour the milk on until I am ready to eat. The first crunchy bites are always the best. Your dogs are so beautiful! It almost makes me want to have one, but the cats would protest loudly! Thanks for writing such a great blog. I look forward to it every day.


  29. Lynne on September 27, 2013 at 10:17 am

    My treadmill has iFit, but I’ve never connected to it. It’s ~10 years old, so it’s probably has a very limited capability. I mostly just do my own manual walk/runs, and use music as a motivator.
    I do not like the texture of soggy cereal – no way.
    New appliances – that is exciting. I’m assuming you got different brands for different applications (just don’t see you buying the whole “suite” of the same maker). I re-did my kitchen in 2009 and got a new counter depth French door fridge with ice in the door. I didn’t want ice in the door, but they didn’t make a model without it. We have had nothing but problems with that ice maker. We did not get a new range/oven because mine was still, IS still going strong at almost 20 years. It’s a GE, and I spent about $500 on it, and as much as I’d like to upgrade, I know I’ll have to spend ~$1500 to replace it, which is crazy!
    Anything out of the ordinary on your appliance list? Wine Fridge? Trash compactor? Microwave drawer?


  30. Sherri Truman on September 27, 2013 at 11:02 am

    You are going to make me get a buddy for our Golden “Maddie”. They are both so beautiful! We have been out of town for 9 days and had to put her in a kennel. I cried leaving her. It was one of the hardest thing ever leaving her. She doesn’t travel well because she gets motion sickness. :-(. I’ve been showing my husband your pictures and I think I may have him convinced. Enjoy your party and congrats on your marriage. We are almost to the Ga/Florida state line and can’t wait to get back to Tampa.
    Happy Friday!
    Sherri Truman


  31. Kerry on September 27, 2013 at 11:17 am

    OMG, Cutest puppies in the world EVAH!!!!


  32. Annie on September 27, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Soggy cereal all the way 😀 I know we’re a minority who eat it this way but I hate crunchy cereal lol (except granola!)


  33. Linda on September 27, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I sometimes eat Cheerios but eat them as a snack. DRY. Most everyday of the year I am going to eat oat bran and it is meant to be soggy.
    Love you dogs and hope you enjoy your party.


  34. Susan on September 27, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Adorable photo of Einstein and Duke! What a trooper and wonderful big ‘brother’ Einstein is! I love your dog photos as much as your fabulous food photos.


  35. Jessica on September 27, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Husband! I love it!
    Crunchy for the win!
    Have so much fun celebrating your marriage this weekend.


  36. Janice on September 27, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Soggy cereal….UGH!! Hubby and I are both “crispers”!!
    The pups are just so darn cute…love ’em!!
    Happy, happy celebrations….the wedding party –as well as the new appliances—they call for a celebration too, lucky girl!!


  37. Terri on September 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Soggy cereal is gross. I like mine crunchy and with no excess milk in the bowl when the cereal is gone. Enjoy your wedding party tomorrow and YEAH for the cookie table!


  38. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen on September 27, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Have a fabulous wedding celebration this weekend, Michelle! Duke is getting so big already. And, yes…three cheers for hockey season! Thanks for sharing, girl! P.S. Soggy cereal is gross. The Big Lug likes to crush crackers into his chili, too. Ick. Must be a guy thing. 😉


  39. Alicia S on September 27, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Ok, my younger son LOVES soggy cereal! He even drinks all of the milk afterwards when it is warm! GROSS! I love crunchy cereal and haven even been known to eat dry cheerios (apple-cinnamon are the best!). Duke is really coming into his own, and I love the picture of Duke and Einstein at the end, so cute! I hate to say it, I can only tolerate hockey, my husband is a huge Flyers fan (season tickets and all) and loves it when I break down and go to a game with him. My youngest son is now living in Pittsburgh (Hail to Pitt) and threatening to become a Penguins fan, it is like a knife to my husband’s heart.


  40. Sue on September 27, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    I’m in the soggy cereal camp. I actually set the timer for 10 minutes so it’s the perfect degree of sogginess! Duke and Einstein are so cute – almost as cute as my furry baby! 🙂 I look forward to all your posts, but always check on Fridays for the dog pictures!


  41. Mal @ The Chic Geek on September 27, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I love the puppy pictures, so sweet!


  42. Courtney on September 27, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I have to say that I love soggy Raisin Bran. 🙂 Duke is adorable!!


  43. Susan S. on September 27, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Forget the soggy cereal.I want those two adorable dogs cuddling up with me!


  44. Mary on September 27, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    That last picture is precious! Great post. Thanks!


  45. Steph in Lex on September 27, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I only like Wheat Chex when it’s gotten soggy. Everything else needs to be crisp!
    I’m with you on that sign, only my baby who makes me keep getting up is a human one–she turned one this past Saturday and still thinks that she needs to wake me up at least once or twice a night. I cannot WAIT till this phase is done!
    Planks are killer…


  46. Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction on September 27, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    My favorites are the puppy pictures! Those guys look like they need lots of hugs and kisses.


  47. ida on September 27, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    that picture just made my day!


  48. Abbe@This is How I Cook on September 27, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    i can’t even do one sit up! But i just had to tell you that these big dog, little dog photos are totally adorable. And they are both adorable! And I never use that word. Like ever! But it is true. Have a great celebration!


  49. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile on September 28, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Awww Duke and Einstein just melt my heart!!!! Congrats on the new kitchen appliances! Looking forward to seeing your post wedding party photos! We had a candy bar at our reception and it was just the best idea ever! Everyone loved it!!!


  50. Shannonanon on September 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I think it’s just a preference, although when it’s any kind of Cap’n Crunch I’m a little relieved when it starts to go soggy-ish toward the bottom of the bowl.


  51. Maxine on September 28, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    The pics of Einstein and Duke are killing me, they’re so cute! I think if I had these two guys in my life, I would want to spend all my time with them. So, so beautiful! The last pic of Duke leaning on Einstein’s head looks as if they’ve always been in each other’s lives.

    I love my cereal crunchy, if I wanted it soggy, I’d have oatmeal. In my opinion, the worst cereal to get soggy is corn flakes. Ugh, I can’t stand looking at it beyond that point. It’s got a short life in that bowl of milk, a few minutes I would say.

    Love your Friday posts and your updates on Einstein and Duke!


  52. Kelley F on September 28, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    I share your weekly Duke and Einstein photo with both my husband and daughter and we all look forward to a new one each week. Nothing cuter than the 2 of them.


  53. J @ semplicemente ... J on September 28, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    What a beautiful pic. How are you dealing with two doggies?
    Soggy Rice Krispis for me … I know right. :/. 🙂


    • Michelle on October 3rd, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      Having two dogs has been wonderful, hectic, crazy and a joy. I know, total contradictions, but that’s life right now 😉 Some days we are like, “what were we thinking?!” but others we absolutely love it. Most of the former has to do with Duke being a puppy, of course!


  54. Maria on September 29, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Love the cookie table idea! We had one at our wedding too..and a gelato bar:) Have fun! Love the doggies! And I can’t wait to see your new appliances! So exciting! xo


  55. Julie @ Table for Two on September 29, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I think it’s a guy husband loves soggy cereal too and so does my dad. I think it’s so gross!!! I hate mushy cereal. I put the least amount of milk in mine just so the crisp factor stays haha 😉 I can’t wait to see your new appliances!


  56. Rushtngy on September 29, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    you should try a beachbody program called Focus T25(only 25mins a day) or Turbo Fire..these are interval training type workouts similar to the one u posted….check …amazing!!!!


  57. Nancy L on September 29, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Your fur babies are insanely adorable! I could just hug them right through my PC! I love the exercise sheet…we’ve been doing some parts already, but the additional exercises really rounds out the routine! Good luck on the kitchen…it’s so much fun to get new things!


  58. rachel on September 29, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Those pups are just too cute! Have one of my own, too!


  59. Sienna R on September 29, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Wow, can’t believe how fast Duke has grown. I bet two doggies are better than one 🙂


  60. Patty on September 30, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Love the napping quote. That photo of Einstein and Duke is just over the top cute! Love it:)


  61. on September 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Duke and Einstein are so sweet together–really enjoy seeing the bonding photos. And I had to chuckle about the soggy vs. crunchy cereal. I have been known to pour just a couple of mouthful’s worth of cereal at a time into my bowl for the express purpose of not having the cereal get soggy. I repeat several more times until I have my full bowl’s worth. That way every bite is delightfully crunchy and not icky soggy! 🙂


  62. Katy on September 30, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Soggy cereal = EWWWWWW. My husband isn’t bothered by it. I don’t even put milk on my cereal – I eat it plain. Even wet and crunchy is too much for me! haha And the workout you posted sounds very similar to some of the killer Crossfit WODs that we get put through. I don’t think I could tackle that first thing in the morning before coffee…


  63. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche on October 2, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Your puppy is soo cute, I love him! We’re thinking about getting a puppy and as much as it’s a terrifying thought, if he was as adorable as yours is then I think I could manage 🙂

    (ans I’m totally with you on the cereal front – soggy cereal is the worst!!)


  64. S.Lynn on October 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    re: treadmill. Mine has a ledge above the readouts so I prop my Kindle up and read while walking. Time just flies by.


  65. Beth on October 3, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Michelle..I wanted to leave this comment last week when I saw this pic of ” the boys” but you have to enter this pic of them in the WPHS (Western Pennsylvania Humane Society) calendar contest. It’s a great fund raiser for them.


  66. Laura Dembowski on October 5, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I definitely need to try that workout. I actually really like burpees. New kitchen appliances are like Christmas to be sure. Can’t wait to hear more about the wedding festivities!


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