What Nobody Told Me About Living With a Boy

He will test your patience (in a good and bad way – I am very impatient, so I am working on this 🙂 )

Your grocery and water bill will go up (Because frankly, boys eat and shower A LOT – at least this particular boy does…like who showers before a work out?)

Boys are really really messy i.e. you will know exactly where said boy has been and what he did

He will leave peanut butter on the lid of the jelly – still don’t know how this one happens

He will spill beer and leave his dip on your nice new tan couch (and leave a stain)

He will make you laugh until you cry

You have your own adventure buddy 24/7 and someone to take along on all the errands you run

He will be your own personal trainer for your 5 am workouts

He will be the best grocery shopping partner (he will push the grocery cart and carry all the bags to prove how strong he is…and then drop your apples on the concrete (read: bruise your apples before you even arrive home))

You will annoy him when you pester him about his To Do list

He will leave his wet towel on your floor – or even better, on your bed

He will let the dog out when it gets dark outside (You will learn to pull the “it’s dangerous” card on him but really you are just too comfy on the couch to move)

He will ultimately force you into getting a bigger bed because you, him and the dog cannot quite sleep comfortably on a full size bed (this is good and bad…bad because how are little pads of fluff you sleep on maybe 8 hours a day so expensive????)

He will make you watch Jeopardy with him every night at 7:30 and get mad when you get more answers right than he does 🙂

And you will love every minute of all of it.

Stay tuned 😉

– Sarah Beth Bosco

Fast, Easy, Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast is probably one of my favorite meals of the day. I could easily eat some sort of breakfast food for every meal – and a lot of days I do.

One of my favorite breakfasts that is great at home or can easily be packed up for work are Greek yogurt bowls. I love these because you can change them up in so many different ways + tailor them to whatever you have on hand or are feeling that day.

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My go-to combination is shown above. I typically use the Dannon Light and Fit Greek Yogurt in Vanilla or the Plain Oiko’s Greek Yogurt. I chose these two brands mostly because they are two of the highest in protein/lowest in sugar.

I add fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or bananas. When I visit home, I am spoiled because my mom keeps the fresh berries stocked – but when I am on my own I normally buy frozen ones which are just as good.

My favorite part is the crunch – I add sliced almonds or walnuts to up the protein.

Some other of my quick go to’s are:

  • Eggs (Scrambled, hard boiled or an omelette – I normally use one whole egg with egg whites) with veggies and fruit
  • RX Bar (My new favorite – a bar with only a few ingredients & packed with protein) + Banana
    • Bars are a good quick alternative to making a breakfast, but I try to keep an eye on the ingredient list and sugar content – you would be surprised just how many ingredients and sugar they can pack into a tiny little bar.
  • Oatmeal with frozen berries (I like mixing in a little Vega Protein Powder or PB 2 to increase the protein)

And for a little fun – Brunch is a whole different ball game. I eat very healthy through out the week but always love to splurge every now and then. Brunch and hotel breakfasts are my jam.

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When eating out, I try to incorporate some kind of protein. I love eggs but never make omelettes for myself at home, so that is normally what I get. I keep it simple with just adding in things like tomatoes, spinach and peppers – with no cheese.

After getting in my protein, I add in the fun by splurging on my sides. Roasted potatoes and biscuits are my weakness – especially those at West Egg Cafe in Atlanta, GA.

– Sarah Beth Bosco

Training Update 1

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Up until this past week, Oxford had not had any sort of formal training. We did however teach her the most important things – sit and paw. 🙂 Except that wasn’t cutting it when we would bring her to the park and she would chase after every human and dog.

I don’t think this pup has ever met a person or animal she did not like…even if they didn’t like her back. Point blank, our dog needed some obedience training (which is mainly my fault for not beginning sooner, she was just so cute and all I wanted to do was snuggle her).

Exhibit A

For example, she loves to grab things that aren’t hers and make you chase her around in circles for ten minutes. By no means is she a bad dog, she is just a puppy and is a little hard headed and doesn’t always listen (like her father) sometimes.

So I scheduled training with a local trainer – 8 sessions for a pretty penny. Low key hoping this lady is like Cesar Millan dog whisperer.

We had our first session last Tuesday. One of the main topics of discussion was the fact that Oxford sleeps in the bed with us. Also note that I have a full sized bed…i.e most nights I am hanging off the side of the bed.

Exhibit B

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Ms. Dog Trainer suggested that we start teaching Oxy to sleep in her bed on the floor. Ok – great idea (in theory).

Step One: Make dog sleep in crate beside bed with door locked for a couple nights

Step Two: Put dog in crate with door shut but not locked

Step Three: Dog sleeps in crate with door open

Step Four: Replace crate with dog bed and dog sleeps on floor by herself MAGIC!! Dog sleeps by herself on the floor.

Easy peasey, right? Wrong-o. Maybe in a perfect world… Let’s recap on how this really went for us:

Step One: Put pup in crate next to our bed at around 9:30 (yes, we are early birds).

  • From approximately 9:30 PM – 5:00 AM, puppy cries and barks on and off. I think I got a total of 3 hours of sleep this night.
  • Still on step one obviously – Night 2. Put pup in crate around 9:30 PM.
  • Remove puppy from crate at around 11 PM. Can. Not. Do. It. Crying, barking, trying to dig her way out. We were beyond frustrated (and sorry neighbors). We gave up.

Lets also note that after each night while I was getting ready for work, said pup would walk into her crate – BY HERSELF – lay down and sleep IN HER CRATE. You couldn’t have done that during the night????

Soo. We have our next dog training session on Tuesday. I am not quite sure how we are going to tell Ms. Dog Trainer that we failed on this homework assignment…hopefully all the other things we have been practicing with her make up for it.

– Sarah Beth Bosco

Lets Start From The Beginning

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Hello from Atlanta!

I haven’t always lived the big city life – I am quickly approaching my one year anniversary of learning to cut people off, my hour long 10 mile commute to work, using parking garages more than I care too and living way too close to a mall (Don’t worry – I really do like it here).

Growing up, I lived in a small low country  town in South Carolina then continued the small town streak when I attended Clemson University. Therefore when it came to graduating college and finding a job, I set my sights on the city life. I packed up all my belongings and moved to a place I knew maybe 2 people. All the while, my long term boyfriend was still finishing up his degree in Ohio.

Yep, Ohio. We met in high school and continued our relationship through out our college careers, 8 hours apart meant for lots of weekend trips and Friday classes skipped. This long distance continued until just a few weeks ago when my boy graduated and packed up all of his belongings (i.e. his clothes) and met me in Atlanta.

So, I am sure you are wondering when/how this Weimaraner came into play. Around Thanksgiving, I started getting an itch to get a puppy…because who doesn’t? Despite my confidence in my ability to care for another living creature…I took the plunge anyways. I had been wanting a blue, girl weim and when I contacted the breeder, what did she have left? A blue, girl weim of course! I took this as one of those “it is just meant to be” signs and drove to pick her up. Please keep in mind that while I did have family dogs growing up – I never really took part in the actual raising/caring for a dog. As a first time dog owner, the past few months have been a whirlwind of fun, stress, $$$, snuggles and weim crime.

Going from living by myself, living with a dog and now living with a boy and a dog – this has been a season of change and I am looking forward to this journey of learning to balance it all. I am pretty sure Joel knows me better than I know myself and I have never been more comfortable around any one more than I am with him…although I am sure he would appreciate it if I closed the door more when I use the restroom. I am excited to document our first adventures in the real world with you all.

Stay tuned for more posts about life, fashion and fitness.

– Sarah Beth Bosco