Transformation Tuesday – Reuger Pupdate

Just figured our foster pup Reuger (or Roogs as he is known in our house) needs a shout-out for #TransformationTuesday!  As you can see from the before/after below, he looks (and smells) much better.

We took him to Burnsville Parkway Animal Hospital last week (love their staff, especially Dr. Everly) and they were “tremendously pleased” with his progress.  He has completed a full 30-day treatment for his bacterial skin infection, skin yeast infection, and ear infection and has seen significant hair regrowth around his face and back  (he’s also only mildly smelly now).  Dr. Everly also left me a voicemail containing a bunch of words that sounded like Harry Potter characters but essentially his blood work also showed improvement!  (For those nerds out there his albumin has normalized, globulins are better, anemia has normalized)

He still has traces of the infection and is completely bare on his belly so we are going to do another 30-day treatment.  He also hasn’t gained any weight, likely from fighting chronic infection, so we upped his food to two cups twice per day (easier to hide his pills in)!

Although it is great he looks better, seeing him come out of his shell now that he FEELS better has been the most fun.  He went from acting like a 12-year-old to acting like a two-year-old goofily hopping along (the vet thinks he is four based on his teeth).  He and Stella initially just kind of co-existed, but now won’t stop playing with each other (or fighting for our attention).  He is a BIG snuggler and will do anything for a treat.  He also has found his voice, barking a bit when he sees a rabbit, gets excited, or wants to tell Stella to stop stealing his bones.  He feels so good he even ate my lasagna the other day 😉

Don’t let him fool you, he is still a bit of a creeper though!


He sat like this for too long…

We of course want him to find his forever home, but selfishly are enjoying getting to know him and having more time with him.  Next step is to teach him to lay down and some better food manners then see what the vet says in 30 days!

Way to go Roogs!

DIY Baby Headbands

This week I had the pleasure of hosting my new niece Ms. Evelyn.  She made her big Minnesota debut at 10 weeks old from Columbia, SC.  My sister told me to stop buying her stuff, but as a PANK (professional aunt no kids) that is impossible (yes, I fall into a category identified by retailers as people who over-buy for their nieces/nephews – it’s real, here is an article).

I love all of the cute accessories for babies and found these SUPER simple, SUPER cheap, SUPER cute headbands on Pinterest and had to give them a try.


  • T-shirts (the cheaper the better, clearance, goodwill, etc) – but stretchy works best
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors


  • Cut the bottom seam off of your shirt, then cut about a 2″ strip
  • Gently stretch the strips, then fold one of them into a “fish”
  • Lay the second piece over the “fish”


  • Put the right side of the “u” under the left side of the “fish”, then put the left side of the “u” in the center of the “fish” loop
  • This is probably the hardest part, but I have confidence in you 😉 – pull the right side of the “u” UNDER the left side, but over the “fish”


  • Now you have your nautical knot!  Gently pull each side so you have a tighter knot and about even ends on each side


  • Use a hot glue gun to connect the ends, and you can even wrap with a scrap piece of material to cover to make it look a little better

Vioala!  An adult small shirt made the right size for my two-month old Evelyn, and I shortened them a bit for my friend’s newborn daughter.  You can mix colors depending on what you are going for!


The headbands are cute, but I have to say the model may be stealing the show (I’m biased 😉 )

This would be a great activity for a baby shower activity as well!

Enjoy 😉

6 Healthy Freezer Meals

It was a productive Sunday at the Fox household – 6 double-batch healthy freezer meals, 3 Strombolis, and a couple super bowl apps done before 5:00.  Boom.  It is Super Bowl Sunday, and I feel like I’ve earned the drinks I’m about to consume!

My motivation for making healthier freezer meals this week was two-fold.  1.) my best friend is about to have a baby and her husband eats clean, and 2.) I’m competing in a “transformation challenge” (aka workout more, eat better, and track results – operation Mexico bod) with my gym Orange Theory Fitness.

I’m never quite sure what to get my friends post-baby, but have found food is always welcome.  I wanted to be ready when Jen and Bryan had their new little girl (remember they adopted Bauer!) but wanted to respect Bryan’s clean eating (he is doing awesome with his diet!).  And for me, as I’ve said before, I do best eating healthy when I prepare in advance, so having 6 meals ready (each serving 4) is great for both of us.

Below are 6 fairly healthy freezer meals that are easy and tasty:

1.) Black Bean, Quinoa, and Sweet Potato Soup from Oh She Glows

I was craving chicken tortilla soup but wanted something a little different, and had this recipe saved to Pinterest.  It has simple ingredients with a lot of flavor!

2.) Crockpot Chicken Gnocchi Soup from Pinch of Yum

This is one of my favorite soups – I mean what is not to love about gnocchi, chicken, bacon, and spinach?!  I subbed the evaporated milk for almond milk to make it dairy-free and the consistency was still great.  Plus it is a crockpot meal, so you dump the ingredients and can move-on!


3.) Skinny Eggplant Rollatini with Vegan Ricotta and Ground Turkey (adapted from Skinny Taste and Vegan Insanity)

I’ve made these Eggplant Rollatinis before, but this time made a vegan ricotta to make them dairy-free, plus added ground turkey to the quick marinara sauce to add a bit more protein.

4.) Maple Pork Enchiladas with Butternut Squash from Sweat Peas and Safron with Skinny Tex Mex Quinoa Casserole from ifoodreal

I’ve made these before, and they are a great fall/winter comfort food!  The Maple Pork is a crockpot recipe and can be used for many different things – My husband loved it so much we decided to make a chicken version for the Super Bowl to serve with Hawaiian buns!

To make the prep easier I used frozen butternut squash, and added some garlic powder to it along with the chili powder to add more flavor

I made the Tex Mex Quinoa casserole to go with it but only used about 1/2 cup total of cheese to make it a bit more lactose intolerant friendly 🙂

5.) Ground Turkey Sloppy Joe stuffed Peppers

I kind of made this one up – I have been stuffing sweet potatoes with ground turkey sloppy joes and decided to change it up!


You can use any sloppy joe recipe, but here is what I did:

Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes


1 lb ground turkey
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can kidney beans
1 can tomato sauce
1 cup chili sauce
1 Tbl Italian seasoning
salt/pepper to taste


Heat the onion with some olive oil over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, then add the ground turkey and cook until cooked through.  Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 more minutes, then add the seasonings.  Stir  to combine then simmer for 10-15 minutes until thickened.

6.) Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken from Jam Kat’s Paleo

I have made this before for Luke and I, and it was super tasty!  We serve it with brown rice.  Of all of the meals, this was the easiest to prep!  Just combine into a bag and stick in the freezer crockpot-ready! (sorry for the lack of pictures, this was one of my last meals and I was just ready to be done!)

Plus I also made a Stromboli, which is not so healthy, but an awesome freezer meal to serve with the soup and for a crowd!  I’m sure there are a ton of recipes out there, but this is my Aunt Honey’s which means it is full of love and cooking wisdom 🙂

Here is the base recipe:


1 egg yolk (save white)
1 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 Tb olive oil
1 Tbl parmesan cheese
1 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp pepper

Mix together and spread over rolled frozen bread dough or refrigerated pizza dough then layer with your favorite meat/cheese

Spread egg white over stromboli then Cook 30 minutes at 325 degrees, seam side down

I made two different kinds:

1.) “Classic” Stromboli with ham, turkey, and salami

2.) “Philly” Stromboli with peppers, onion, and roast beef (my sister’s idea!)

After a busy day of cooking I am now enjoying some pepper nachos (mini peppers topped with buffalo chicken), buffalo cauliflower, cheese dip (yeah, yeah not so healthy), and wine!

Cheers, and go Falcons!