Category Archives: Doggies

Just the way it should be

Welcome to Friday night in the Kelley household.

We’re on the third disc (of four) in season 2 of Breaking Bad….and counting. We just started on New Years Day from the very beginning. Talk about addiction.


And Peanut is nice and comfy snuggled up next to us.


Just how it should be.

I’m relaxing before my long run tomorrow morning… I’m gearing up for another 7 miler. Maybe I’ll shoot for 8 if I’m feeling inspired. 🙂

Hope your Friday is as relaxing as ours!


Stay Classy San Diego

Happy Monday Wednesday everyone! It sure feels like a Monday to me and I’m having a hard time getting back into the swing of the professional world after such a long holiday break.

As promised, I owe you all a recap of the wonderful weekend that Justin and I spent in San Diego with Peanut! The following will contain far too many pictures of my adorable dog. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! 🙂


Justin and I were a little nervous about a 4.5-5 hour car ride with our dog considering the longest she’d ever be in the car previous to this was about 20 minutes. However, we were worried for no reason. Peanut climbed right onto daddy’s lap and proceeded to sleep for the majority of the drive. Win! However, this meant that I did ALL the driving…not so awesome. Oh well, though…we made it safe and sound!

Justin and I were staying at the Hilton Gaslamp Quarter Hotel in downtown San Diego. We chose this hotel because it is pet friendly, has a little dog park right outside the front lobby and is very conveniently located within downtown San Diego. Steps from amazing restaurants and shops and very close to the pier and water as well. Check-in was a breeze. We are Hilton Honors members and I have to say we definitely received amazing customer service during this trip. While checking in we were informed that we had been upgraded from the Loft Style Suite that we had originally booked to a similar Loft Suite but with about 300 sq. feet of extra room as well as a large jacuzzi tub. Our pet fee (which is normally $75/night) was also comped! Thanks Hilton!




Once we arrived to our room Peanut was in heaven, so many new things to sniff! She ran around for a bit while Justin and I got down to the important stuff. Where should we eat for dinner?! Justin called down to the concierge at the hotel and asked where a yummy, dog friendly, place to have dinner would be. He asked if we liked Italian? OF COURSE and suggested we check out Chianti. The concierge even took care of making reservations for us, ensuring that we got a good seat on the patio so Peanut was able to join us. Awesome. We were starving so we packed our stuff up right away and headed out.


Peanut was a great sport even with all the distractions of the city!

Once we arrived at Chianti we were given, as promised, a perfect little table on the patio where Peanut could join us.



I was so hungry that I didn’t even think to snap pics of our dinner but let me tell you, it was delicious! I got the homemade pasta with meat sauce and Justin got the gnocchi. We both, of course, had a glass of wine to go with our meals as well.

All in all it was a perfect night for dinner on the patio…the weather wasn’t too cold and the food was delish!


After a great first night, we woke up and decided to have a quick breakfast at the hotel before heading out for the day. We dined outside on the patio with a fireplace to take the chill off!


Peanut sat nicely at first and then got very curious as to what the heck mommy kept pointing at her! 🙂



The night before we had heard from some people at the dog park that the dog beach on Coronado Island was awesome and that it was a must visit while we were in town. Saturday morning was the perfect time to visit. We packed up and made the short 10 minute drive to the Island and explored the dog beach and let me tell you…I think Peanut thought she died and went to dog heaven. She literally did not stop running for the full hour that we were there. Coronado is a leash free dog beach, so she was able to roam and play at her leisure.

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After Peanut was all tuckered out we headed back to the hotel. Justin relaxed on the couch with a very sleepy Peanut and I hit the gym for a quick 4 mile run. Gotta get my training runs in!

Saturday night we decided to keep it low key, since it was drizzling a bit outside and Justin just ran to the restaurant downstairs and got take-out for dinner. (we had already bought a bottle of wine to drink in the room).

Sunday morning our plan was to enjoy a nice breakfast before bringing Peanut back to the dog beach for one last romp before we head to make the long drive back to Phoenix. We had gotten a few recommendations from locals to check out Cafe 21 for breakfast or lunch and that we wouldn’t be disappointed! Since locals always know best, we took them up on their suggestion and headed to Cafe 21 for breakfast. Cafe 21’s menu is inspired by fresh, organic produce and they definitely had some different and interesting things on the menu!

We were again seated on the patio and I ordered a latte to get my morning started.


For my actual breakfast I ordered the banana pancakes. Once they arrived, I realized I’d forgotten to order a half stack instead of the full, regardless, they were delish so I’m actually glad I forgot. Not too dense, not too fluffy and also not too sweet. I would definitely order again.


Speaking of unusual menu items, Justin got the short rib omelet and was definitely happy with his choice.


After breakfast, we packed up the car and instead of heading right for the highway gave Peanut another quick run on her beloved dog beach. She ran and ran for another 30-45 minutes before we called it quits.


See you next time San Diego!

Our drive home was pretty un-eventful except as we were nearing Phoenix, we saw the brightest rainbow ever! Thankfully Justin got a shot while we were at a stop light!

It’s the simple things… 🙂


And that’s a wrap! Our San Diego weekend in a nutshell. Sorry for the super long post…and Peanut photo-bomb! I’ll be back later this evening with an update on my marathon training and healthy eating to start the New Year! I’m participating in Real Food Runner’s Green Smoothie Challenge and I’m so excited! I got a Ninja blender for Christmas so making smoothies is even more fun for me right now!

Greetings from San Diego!

Hi everyone! Sorry for the disappearing act! Justin, Peanut and I have been wandering the streets and beaches of San Diego the last two days. We’ll be heading home later today, and I’ll have a full recap for you today or tomorrow but just thought I’d check in and say hello.

So far we’ve gotten upgraded to this amazing loft jacuzzi suite…for free!


Secondly, Peanut thinks she died and went to dog heaven. Here she is having the time of her life at the dog beach on Coronado.


Thirdly, Justin and I have done a good job of eating our way through the city. All unpictured because it’s been that amazing.
And we’ve done a lot of peanut snuggling.


So far, so good!

I got my run in yesterday and Justin is out now running, as soon as he’s back were off for breakfast and another round at another dog beach. Then it’s a 5 hour drive back to Phoenix.

I hope everyone enjoys their Sunday and hopefully this is a long weekend for you! Make the most of these last two days of 2012. (sooooo crazy its almost 2013!) I’ve gotta get going on those resolutions!

So what have you done this weekend? Have you ever taken a vacation focused solely around your pet?

Our Pretty Little Peanut & the Phoenix Half Marathon

Is anyone else feeling totally blah that Christmas is over? I’m still shocked that in less than a week it’s going to be 2013 already! Seriously, where does the time go?

With that said, I AM pretty excited because Justin and I are taking a short weekend trip to San Diego to spend some quality time with Peanut. (okay, okay, I know what you’re thinking…when are you NOT spending quality time with Peanut?) And the answer is that we totally are, every single second that we are home…but she’s our fur baby and I’m totally okay with being that weirdly obsessed doggy mommy. 🙂

I just hope that she knows how spoiled she is. We planned an entire vacation around her!

Since I’m just getting back into the swing of things with blogging, I’ll share with you a few pics of our crazy but adorably cute dog, Peanut.

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(Now do you understand why we’d plan an entire vacation around her? Yep. I thought you would.)

In other news…I’m currently training for the The Phoenix Half Marathon on March 2. This will be my first 1/2 marathon to date and while I feel comfortable running up to 8 miles or so, something about that 13.1 has me shaking in my boots. I’m following a very modified version of Hal Higdon’s novice training plan and so far, so good. I’m more going for meeting my weekly mileage than sticking to the day-to-day plan since at this point, I sorta know my body and know that I can complete a 10-12K race at this point in my fitness with not much of a problem. BUT that doesn’t mean that I’m still not intimidated at the thought of running 13.1 miles. I still by no means really consider myself a true runner…though judging from what my friends and family say, at this point I need to get over that hump. Meh, we’ll see! 🙂 So my point? Follow along! I’m posting all my workouts on Daily Mile! You can find me here at The Daily Mile.

In yet another tidbit of random news, I’m really dying to join/start/whatever a book club! I came across this post today on The Saucy Apple and it really reminded me that while I do love to read, I really just need a little external motivation to keep me accountable to finish a book.
Once I start, there is usually no turning back, so I’m pretty sure a book club would be just the trick I need. Side note: I may or may not be one of those annoying people who likes to start 3 or 4 books at a time and bounce back and forth between them. Drives my best friend NUTS!

So what’s new with you? Are you training for a new to you race? Starting or joining a new book club?


It’s been awhile…a long while

Well hello everyone! It has been over a year since I last posted. Crazy how time flies. Anyway, while I was away, I never stopped reading the blogs that I know and love, and I didn’t stop running or taking yoga or any of the fun stuff I blogged about in the past. I guess, my life just sort of took over and for the past year I was busy with things relating to me, my career and my family and that was where my time and energy was focused. But, I’m back! I’ve committed to making this blog a part of my daily priorities again because I’ve felt myself yearning to write again!

But first, let’s have a short recap of what’s happened since I’ve been gone.

First, I got MARRIED! That’s right! On March 3, 2012 I married the love of my life in Phoenix, AZ. It was a beautifully sunny day filled with family, friends, laughter and love and it was honestly the best day of my life to date.

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All wedding photos by the amazingly talented Kim Bee at Bumble and Bloom Photography. (

And after we got married, we went on a fabulous 14 day honeymoon cruise through the Caribbean all the way down to South America! It was honestly the most amazing trip of my life. To unplug and be so far away from our normal lives was seriously a once in a lifetime experience.

Boat in Cozumel

Deep Sea Trek

Cave Tubing


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After coming back to reality renewed and refreshed the husband and I had a whirlwind of a spring/summer. With a few close friends celebrating their own weddings we had quite the travel schedule. And in the midst of all of that, we added a new member to our young family. Our wonderful dog, Peanut!

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She has truly become a part of our family and I can’t imagine our life without her. She is quirky, energetic, yet very lazy at times and just so much like us it’s crazy! We adopted her from the Humane Society and it was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Oh, and if you’re wondering about her cute little tongue sticking out of her mouth, understand that I didn’t just catch a good pic of her…she literally has her tongue sticking out ALL the time. It’s the cutest thing ever!

Other than those big updates, I have just begun training for the Phoenix Half Marathon on March 2. This will be my first half marathon to date and I’m super excited to reach this new milestone in my running career!

Stay tuned for more…I promise I’ll be back!