traning a pup

March 25, 2015

Filed Under : life

sage | love lola blog
we have absolutely loved having little sage in our family! within our first couple days of with him, we took him to the vet for his puppy physical. the vet answered all of our [millions of] questions …. gosh, just imagine when we have a kid!? …. and was so kind and helpful. he also affirmed our decision of adopting a sweet baby pitbull. he said pitbulls have the sweetest temperaments of any dogs that come into his office, and if we train him well as a pup, he will be an absolute wonderful dog as he grows up. so, of course, scofield is immediately ready to train and discipline sage when appropriate. while i thought training a puppy is ‘no big deal’ [insert eye rolling emoji here], it is much harder than i thought … both physically and emotionally.sage love lola blogphysically:

– at first, sage did not like his crate at all. we probably got 4 hours of sleep the first night we put him in it. once he finally stopped whining and we fell asleep, he would begin his crying all over again. then, with his little puppy bladder he would have to go to the bathroom multiple times throughout the night. so he would whine again when it was time to take him out. then…once we took him out, he would want to play when we came back in, so of course there was more whining when we put him back in his crate. people weren’t kidding when they said having a puppy is like having a baby. i’m so glad we persisted though, because now he loves his crate and sleeps all through the night! he’ll even go in there just to hang out sometimes.

– One morning, right after we brought him home, i was in a hurry to get ready for work. while i was in the middle of getting dressed, little guy starts to go to the bathroom on the floor. i immediately tell him no and give him a spanking, and needed to take him outside to finish his business. of course, i am half way dressed, barefoot, and it’s 25 degrees outside. i throw on a robe as quick as i can and take him out [still barefoot, mind you] in the freezing cold. we get back inside and he does it again. what!? i was really late that morning….

– he’s 15 weeks now, and we’re still working on potty training :/. we’ll get there soon enough! although, i think we’ve conquered the puppy biting – so that’s  a positive!sage love lolaemotionally:

– it is so much harder for me to punish sage than i thought it would be. i feel like he’s too little to punish and really know what he’s doing wrong. scofield [and the vet] disagree. puppies are a lot like children, in that if you discipline them well and train them young, they will grow up to be obedient. oh, but when he gets a spanking or reprimanded he gets sad and lets out a little wine (or he’ll hide under the bed). my heart! i hate seeing him sad. of course he’s a dog and he bounces right back, but still, for the moment!

– then, of course, it is so hard to leave him in the morning [his crate whines certainly don’t help]. by the end of the day, i am so ready to get home and love on him i can hardly stand it.


^ this is his “i’m done taking pictures” face, hehe

but oh my goodness, little sage is so worth it! we constantly find him in the most hilarious sleeping positions throughout the day…like sleeping on my pajama pants instead of his comfy bed, or jumping into scofield’s pants while he is going to the bathroom and falling asleep [tmi?? probably…]. and his puppy breath and puppy belly, oh my goodness!! i could go on and on…and on and on…about those two things.

so for now i’m off to snuggle my little bubby. hope you’re having a great week!

Around Town || The Village Grind

March 16, 2015

Filed Under : around town

the village grind barWhew! It’s been quiet around here, I know! I wrapped up my dietetic internship and started a new job in nutrition counseling, so life got really busy there for a hot second! I also have been working on my new site (as you can see), so that’s taken a little bit of time too ;). So excited to finally have Love Lola’s new look up and running, and to finally be back in the swing of things and posting in this space! Anywho…

I am seriously so smitten with the village grind. they recently opened up in The Village of West Greenville, and I have been itching to go ever since. The other weekend, Scofield and I finally made it out and enjoyed a cup of coffee while he read, and I studied for my RD exam. Of course, it was so hard to study because I was simply enthralled with all of the decor. It is the cutest little shop and their style is spot on. I want to copy every detail for house ;).The Village GrindThe Village Grind west greenville sc^Like seriously, so so cute!The Village Grind Greenvillethe village grind globe collageThe Village Grind Pendleton StThe Village Grind Pour OverThe Village Grind Pendleton St GreenvilleThe Village Grind Pour Over CoffeeThe Village Grind Greenville South Carolinathe village grind love lola blog collagevillage grindThe Village Grind Love LolaIf you are ever in the Greenville area, you have to visit The Village Grind.

The Village Grind

1263 Pendleton St.

Greenville, SC


oven roasted brussels sprouts

Filed Under : food

the first time i tried brussels sprouts, i think i was in high school. i was just starting to take interest in cooking and eating healthy, so i thought “what could be healthier than brussels sprouts?” i bought them frozen (first wrong move), and then steamed them (second wrong move), and tried them without any seasonings (third wrong move). needless to say, i hated them. fast forward 6 years and i thought i’d try my hand at them again. after buying them fresh, learning how to season them, and cooking them correctly, i was sold! brussels sprouts are quick, easy, and so so tasty. these little guys are now staples in our house. find the simple recipe below :)

oven roasted brussels sprouts

  • fresh brussels sprouts
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • salt
  • extra virgin olive oil
like i said, this recipe is so simple. i’ve provided the ingredients as guidelines for you to follow. there is no specific or exact measurement … honestly, i switch the amounts up every time. i also think that creating something delicious, without specific ingredient amounts, can be really empowering as a cook :).
preheat oven to 425 F. then, wash the brussels sprouts and cut off the ends. cut them in half. some of the leaves will fall off – you can either cook these with the brussels sprouts or throw them away. next, toss them in olive oil, and coat in garlic powder and onion powder (lots and lots of it). roast in the oven at 425 for 20 minutes, flipping and tossing halfway through.
remove from oven, and sprinkle some salt on them. serve them as a side, or as the main course with an egg on top.