About

Hi! Welcome to A Girl & Her Mutt!

My little space on the web started with a fun blog that I wrote to keep my parents informed on my (mis)adventures when I moved from the deep dirty South to the great white North for a job.  Over time the blog has evolved and in June 2010, A Girl & Her Mutt created a permanent home on the web. My blog is dedicated to 3 things…Food. Fitness. Fun!

Just like many of us out there, I work every day to make the best choices for myself. Whether it be getting my butt to the gym or creating a wonderful and nutritious meal, I’m  constantly making an effort to create a better version of myself. As I grow older I realize how much more important it is to make sure the food I am eating is nutritious and my wine  delicious. All the fun that goes along with that journey is what makes life so great.

Meet The Girl…

My name is Erin and I am a 30 something-year-old woman living it up in the great city of Boston. I’m a computer nerd by day and an avid blogger, reader, cooker, knitter, Body Pumper, Zumba goer, and celebrity gossip enjoyer by night. I’m a bachelors graduate of the good ol’ Florida State University and my masters is from Troy University. An educated girl is an empowered girl, right? I was born and raised in the South so I can appreciate a good “Hey Ya’ll” greetin, Nascar, and camo.

Meet the Mutt…

Korky the Cutie Patutie Cocker Spaniel is officially considered a Senior Citizen. He is 12-years-old with the spirit of a puppy. We came together in 2002 through a rescue group in Florida and he has followed me up the East Coast. Kork is a huge fan of “treats”, snuggles and belly rubs. It doesn’t take much to win him over. He is my constant companion and the provider of unending love. That pup is one of a kind.

My Eating Philosophy…Clean, Lean & Green and Local Food Devotee.

In 2001 I stopped eating chicken, pork and beef. The reasons are numerous but it boils down to one thing…meat and my stomach don’t get along. I don’t know if I will stay meat free forever, but for now it works. (Note: In 2011 I started eating chicken and turkey again. See? I told you it may not be forever!) I do eat seafood, love sushi and can crack a crab claw with my hand like it was a twig.

After reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver I became fascinated with the idea of “eating local”. I did all types of research and unearthed a whole world of local farmer’s markets, container gardening, and local food devotees. It feels good to patronize local restaurants that are committed to serving food from local farmers and support my community in such an easy way. While I’m not perfect at being a locavore, I’m of the mindset that the effort  is the most important. I live. I learn. Right?!

My love of food is a long and lustrous tale. It involves addiction to caffeine, a love of all things Mexican, and an introduction to incorporating that love into a healthy living lifestyle. My quest to a better me through better food is a continuous one, but I’m loving every minute of it!

My Wine Philosophy…Cheap Does Not Always Equal Bad.

Who says that good wine has to come with a hefty price tag? I was introduced to wine in college during a Wine Tasting class (yes! it was a real class!) and I’ve had a soft spot for it ever since. I’ve attended numerous tastings and classes to figure out what I don’t like and more importantly, what I do like. Learning to love wine doesn’t have to be complicated or stuffy. It should be fun and doesn’t have to break the bank. Over the past few years I have found plenty of great wines that are under a $15/bottle price tag, quite a few under $10, and even some under $5. Delicious wine is meant to be enjoyed so I say bottoms up! Cheers!

Note: I’ve now added beer to my repertoire. I’m no expert, but I know that Bud Light is out and Lagunitas and all things “craft” are in.

I hope that you enjoy my blog and come to visit often! Feel free to comment, email me, follow me on Twitter/Facebook, and become a part of the AGAHM community. Join me as Korky and I take a journey to enjoy life one workout, meal, glass of wine, and puppy dog kiss at a time!

 

 

Feel free to email me any time at agirlandhermutt@gmail.com

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Noelle July 28, 2010 at 9:27 am

I too love celebrity gossip LOL I don’t buy the magazines but oh how I love to read the covers LOL Yesterday in the checkout line the cashier, lady behind me and I had the best conversation about all the stars without make-up, Mel Gibson and Brad Pitt LOL The only thing that could have made it better would be beer and a big scrapbook table LOL
I can not believe you have had K for 8 years. I can totally remember the pictures you shared when you got him on 2Peas! I can even remember the roommate drama! It is weird, no wonder I feel like I ‘know’ you LOL Back then I had the worst office job EVER and read every post ever posted on NSBR but I NEVER posted not one time LOL
I love your blog. It’s like having coffee with a friend every morning :-)
N.

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agirlandhermutt July 28, 2010 at 9:50 am

It is hard to imagine that we have “known” each other for so long! Cheers to many more years! :) Thanks for the wonderful compliment!

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Mary @ FerventFoodie July 28, 2010 at 3:02 pm

I love cheap wine too!!! Maybe we can split a bottle at the Healthy Living Summit! Wine = healthy living, right? :)

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agirlandhermutt July 28, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Mary…we are going to get along GREAT! Wine is on the menu for the weekend. ;)

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Tiffany @ Simply Shaka August 9, 2010 at 11:01 pm

I just found your blog and love it! I too am a fellow foodie and pip owner and just seeing your page made me happy…..ok the NASCAR and camo remark made me laugh as well since I now live in NC and it’s the law here to love both :)

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Ashleigh August 19, 2010 at 11:54 am

I just found your blog through the HLB website! I’m a fellow Boston girl :)
Do you live near a Trader Joe’s? They have the BEST cheap wine ever! I look forward to reading more!

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agirlandhermutt August 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I’m so glad that you found me! I love fellow Boston bloggers! I live near SEVERAL Trader Joe’s that sell wine. So wonderful!!!

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Heather (Where's the Beach) September 17, 2010 at 9:25 am

OMG – what a cute pup. I am very partial to Cockers – I have 2 myself (and had 2 previously). Right now we have a black & white parti girl named Madeline (Maddie) and a sable parti boy named Heath. So where in the South are you originally from?

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agirlandhermutt September 20, 2010 at 4:24 pm

I’m originally from North Florida. :) Korky has traveled all the way to Boston from Florida with me! It is hard to resist those Cocker Spaniel faces, isn’t it?!

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Bethany @ More Fruit Please October 4, 2010 at 3:04 am

I’m displaced in the North(west) from Florida with my cocker spaniel too! Korky is so sweet looking! And I want to know why Wine Tasting wasn’t offered at my school?!

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agirlandhermutt October 29, 2010 at 3:19 pm

What a coincidence! Cocker spaniels are just the cutest. :)

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janetha g @ meals & moves October 25, 2010 at 12:09 am

Your dog is SO cute. I am a tad obsessed with canines. Love your wine philosophy!

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agirlandhermutt October 29, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Thanks! Yay for cheap BUT good wine!

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Christin@purplebirdblog February 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Awwe, Korky is the cutest!! Can’t wait to read more of your blog! :)

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agirlandhermutt February 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Thanks! You are making him blush. ;) Glad you stopped by!

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Melinda Goodman May 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm

I can’t wait to follow your blog and learn more about you. I think you are a girl after my own heart – when I see words like camo and Nascar you cracked me up and had me at hello being a ranch girl turned city dweller. All of you great ladies were great and inspired me this weekend. I’m even going to try going vegetarian this week. P.S. I found your blog because of FitBloggin conf. where we were sponsors. (I was one of the Poken ladies.)

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agirlandhermutt June 10, 2011 at 10:35 pm

I’m so glad that you found my blog! I hope you return! I’ll throw in some camo every now and then for ya. ;)

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Lauren June 23, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Such a cute page! I do Zumba too, and I love your wine philosophy! Korky is adorable! :-)

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allie February 23, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Stumbled on here from the Boston Bloggers directory. Love your blog! Great, fun, writing and yummy looking food. And the pup! Too cute. Great work :) I’ll be back often!

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agirlandhermutt February 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I’m so glad you found me! :) I look forward to seeing you around here again!

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Ginger April 11, 2012 at 11:47 am

Erin,
just hopped over from Fitnessista to say thanks for your comment. As a parent of a toddler who is to be an only child, I appreciate what you said – and based on this website, it looks like you have a wonderful, full life :)
It cracked me up what you wrote on this page about starting this blog for your parents! Our decision to have an only child was thoroughly considered and not “easy” (though I’m 100% at peace with it now), but one of the things in the positive category was that only children are usually especially close to their parents. Ha.

Ginger

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agirlandhermutt April 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Thanks for stopping by! Rest assured that there are many of us only children who are flourishing in real life and don’t long for siblings. We never have to share the attention! ;)

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Nicole September 26, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Your pup is too cute! And your Meet the Girl section made me laugh so hard! I have the opposite situation from you where I am originally from the Boston area but now attend LSU (Geaux Tigers!) and I’m certainly starting to appreciate the love of college football and the ease of fitting “y’all” into a sentence as opposed to “you guys”. Can’t wait to get a chance to read more of your posts!

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agirlandhermutt September 27, 2012 at 2:05 pm

So glad you stopped by! I’m sure you can relate to the feeling of being a little fish out of the water every now and then. Hope you are enjoying the South and all the humidity it has to offer! :)

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