Update on August Goals & New September Goals!

by agirlandhermutt on September 8, 2016

Hello there! We are well into September and life is going great. In a quest to stick to some type of plan in life, I made some goals for August.


Overall, I did pretty good hitting some goals. I wasn’t perfect, but is that really a surprise? No. And just a little behind-the-scenes for this blog post…it took me three tries to spell surprise correctly. So sad!

Ok, update time!

Prep Each Night– YES! I did a great job with this one. I don’t get crazy and sleep in my workout clothes or anything, but I did figure out what I was going to wear the next day, thought about what I would do for lunch and put my keys and work badge in my bag. I did NOT forget my badge at home one single time last month! Boom. Responsible employee. I have a great planner that I use during the day, but I actually started checking it each night to see what was on the agenda for the next day. So helpful. Who knew?!

Get 7 Hours of Sleep- Ha. Hahahahahahahahahahaha. I try so hard, but I’m such a night owl! The only problem is that I HAVE to be up early in the morning for work and to take care of the dog (ALFIE!). Brutal. In general, I average about 7 hrs each night during a week, but it is mostly because I sleep for 4hrs on one night and then 9 hrs another night. Check out this extra special week from August when I was sick. Yay! 5 hr sleep average!


1 Yoga & 1 Spinning Class a Week– Ok, so this is where my non perfect self comes into play. I went spinning twice in the first week, 1 time the second week, totally skipped another week and then finished out the month with a Soul Survivor class (60 min). There was not a single yoga class to be found in there. NOT EVEN ONE. In my defense, I got sick, like mega sick, and got a dog. On a side note, I made it to Orange Theory Fitness, Rowing practice and Zumba each week. WOOT! Poor yoga. Whomp whomp.

No Clothes Buying– So close! I got distracted by a Lularoe sale and accidentally bought 2 pairs of leggings before I remembered that I had made a goal to not buy any clothing. Maybe I will join the folks that say leggings aren’t pants?! Eh. Not going to happen. Oops!

Challenge Myself Each Day
– Yessss? There was definitely a week in there where I was a bit off my game. We had just brought Alfie home, I was super sick and just not feeling it. But 1 week out of 4? Not too shabby.

So what is up for September?!

Same goals. 🙂 I can improve in all of these areas still. Except this time I want to add in some meditation. I downloaded this app called Headspace that offers a guided mediation for 10 days. So far, so good!

I hope you guys had a great August and have kicked off September in an epic way. See ya soon!


National Dog Day!

by agirlandhermutt on August 26, 2016

Hello, hello, hello! August is almost done and I think I can say that this has been my favorite month of 2016. In addition to making some serious progress on my August Goals (blog post!), I’ve also had a bit of a life change.

It felt only fitting since it is National Dog Day to do some introductions.

Blog friends…Meet ALFIE!


Yep. It is true! My husband and I have officially added a furry friend to the family. And honestly…I couldn’t be happier.

Almost a year ago, we said good-bye to Korky. He was my best friend for 13+ years and it was seriously heartbreaking to say good-bye. When my parents moved up here a little bit ago a part of my soul that loves dogs SO MUCH was filled because I got some quality time with their puppies. I went back and forth on whether or not I was ready for a new dog. Not only mentally, but also physically.

As much as it pains me to say this…it was kind of nice not having to worry about being home at a certain time to make sure the dog could go for a walk. Or make sure we had someone to watch him so we could go out of the town. Or get up at 3:30am to take a dog to pee out in the snow.

But for all those bonus moments of not having to have a schedule, the insane feeling of missing something was triple the amount of moments. I was struggling at home because it just felt like something was out of place. Every time I walked in the door I expected to see Korky. Each and every time. It just never went away.

The husband and I casually started to search Petfinder for a dog that caught our eye. We had already talked extensively about the type of dog that we were looking for and figured when we came across one that fit that description, we would move forward.

Long story short…we adopted Alfie (formally Nigel) from a place in Arkansas. On Sunday, August 14th we were introduced to our 12 week old “schnauzer mix” puppy.


It was love at first sight and I just KNEW he was the right one for us.


He was scared, kind of dirty and only 9.9 lbs.


Alfie is all puppy. He is smart and sweet with a mix of absolutely crazy.


For the first few days he was so shy and never wanted to be put down. Now he explores and plays non-stop. Then at night we can snuggle him like crazy. The husband and I fight to hold him. 🙂 Untitled


We are at almost 2 weeks together and we are already a big fun family. He gets along great with my parents and their dogs too!


He loves being with us. And most of all, we love being with him. We try to take him everywhere and look forward to sharing every part of our lives with us.

Including those moments when he just wants to sleep on the couch or pass out in my arms while we are at a busy brewery.



I’m convinced that Korky sent us Alife when we needed it the most. A Girl & Her Mutt feel right again.

You will be seeing more of Alife on the blog and if you ever need a good dose of puppy, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat.

See you soon!

Erin & Alfie


August Goals

by agirlandhermutt on August 5, 2016

Alright. It is August. Whoa. We have 5 months until the end of the year. That means I have about 5 months to get my act together. This year has been such an improvement from crappy 2015, but whoa buddy…not my most dialed in year. I have had SO MUCH happen, almost all of it good, but I haven’t managed to accomplish a single goal that I set on New Year’s Day. Nice job Erin! I’ve been enjoying life to the fullest, which is great, but I need to get back into some balance. Either that or I’m going to have to buy all new pants. Which just isn’t an option. 😉

No more beating myself up, I’m just going to start from here. Nowhere to go but up, right? Think of a few more cheesy inspirational quotes and add them in here too.

My August goals is all about starting small and using this as my building point. Let’s go!



-Prep each night. Make sure lunches are put together, dinner ingredients are bought, work clothes are laid out and workout clothes are clean. No more eating out because I forgot to pack my lunch. No more not working out because my favorite capris smell like someone died in them. No more excuses.

-Get 7+ hours of sleep each night. I have always been a night owl. Even as a kid! As I get older though I can’t bounce back from no sleep as easily as I could when I was in my 20s. I get so tired during the day so I need a nap after work. That leads to no workout. That leads to me screwing around at the house instead of doing anything productive. A horrible circle of bad behavior.

-As part of my workout routine, get to spinning and yoga 1 time. They both make me feel so good and NEEDED. Yoga especially!

-No spending money on clothes. This one is for a variety of reasons, but mostly I don’t want to buy clothes when I’m unhappy with where I am weight-wise.

-I tend to stick to my comfort zone when I feel stressed or pressure, whether it be inside or outside of work. I signed up for rowing last month on a whim to just get myself out there and do something different and I LOVED IT. I just want to do that more often! Whether it is a new workout, or a new opportunity, I want to say yes to challenges so I can continue to be even more awesome. 😉


That is it. Nothing too hard, but a great starting point.


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