Love Lock Bridge

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One thing I wanted to do while we were in Paris was put a lock on the “love lock” bridge. The tradition is to get a lock, write down the name of you and your lover, lock it on the bridge and throw the key in the river. We put our names on one side and Roxy’s name on the other. There are rumors that they are removing all the locks some day but at least we got to do it before that happened!

J for Jamie Blog | Paris

J for Jamie Blog | Paris

J for Jamie Blog | Paris

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Life with Charlie | Month 2

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J for Jamie Blog | Life with Charlie, Month 2

Charlie is now about 6 months and 30 pounds. We did one of those DNA tests on her to find out what breed she is – it came back with German Shepard, American Eskimo and Terrier mix. She has become 100% comfortable with both Chris and I, especially at home. Because of her shyness, she’s extremely obedient out in public but is more adventurous and wants to sniff everything. She needs a bath almost every week because she loves the backyard and gets pretty dirty out there. She also desperately wants to sleep on our bed but mean ol’ Chris won’t let her – so she jumps up there every chance she gets and sits on his pillows. We’ve surrendered to her on the couch and she loves to snuggle up next to us. She spent her first weekend at the Wag Hotel while we were away at a wedding. We think she really enjoyed it but she was definitely happy to be home with us. She has also started puppy obedience classes at the Zoom Room and loves it – she’s their star student!

Charlie is getting bigger by the day (she’s grown from the time I started preparing this post!) and she’s also so smart and learns extremely fast. Like any good dog parent, we pretty much center our lives around how to make Charlie happy, this weekend we’ll be exploring the city with her. Can’t wait to share!

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Paris

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J for Jamie Blog | Paris

Paris oh Paris, how I love you. We planned to stay in Paris a little longer than the other cities during our European vacation. We’ve both visited before but it’s been a few years and we’ve never been with each other, so we were so excited to see the city together. I booked an apartment in the Montmartre area – literally a stone’s throw away from the Sacre Coer. I also intentionally picked our apartment to stay in the same neighborhood where my favorite movie, Amelie, was filmed. We spent our days exploring our neighborhood, going to museums, walking around, shopping, going to the park and eating (lots and lots of eating). This was also a special leg of our trip because we spent Thanksgiving here, just the two of us. Obviously, Parisians don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but the city was gearing up for Christmas so it was especially sparkly. I admit Paris is a little different from when I visited 6 years ago, it’s a little dirtier and it’s not quite as charming as it used to be. Regardless, it’s still one of my favorite cities and I’m really happy Chris and I have such special memories of Paris together now.

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Hazel + Eli

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Just wanted to share these smiling gems on this warm and sunny Friday. This is Eli and Hazel, two of the cutest kids you’ll ever meet. I remember when they were still in their mom’s belly and now they’re running around, doing robot impressions and dancing around. I got to spend a little time with them this week for our Munchery dinner so I snuck in a couple of photos. Happy Friday!

J for Jamie Blog | Hazel and Eli

J for Jamie Blog | Hazel and Eli

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Dinner for Five

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I’ve partnered with Munchery this week to have dinner with one of my favorite families! Nick is a middle school teacher and Milcah has her hands full nannying a baby and watching her twin toddlers, Hazel and Eli. They also live in Oakland so with all of our busy schedules, we don’t get to see each other very often. I thought this was the perfect opportunity to have a delicious dinner together without worrying about cooking or the stress of going to a restaurant. I asked Milcah to pick out their meal options ahead of time, then we had it delivered directly to their house. We set up dinner in under 15 minutes, the kids loved all the orange packaging, and since the weather was so nice, we ate in the backyard. Hazel and Eli loved their kids’ spaghetti and fruit salad and we enjoyed our appetizers, entrees, desserts and wine, courtesy of Munchery!

I love using Munchery to share dinner with friends or for an easy weeknight dinner when I don’t have time to cook. Munchery is sharing the love with $15 off your order when using the code JFORJAMIE at check out, or click here to redeem. May I suggest surprising someone special with dinner tonight?

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Sausalito

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My sister threw her man friend a beach day birthday celebration in Sausalito the other weekend. Despite my temporary handicap, we decided to go so we could see everyone and take Charlie to the beach for the first time. We brought blankets, beach chairs, bocce ball, lots of food and birthday cupcakes. It was sunny and slightly windy, perfect North Bay beach weather.

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Life with Charlie | Month 1

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We’re in our third week with Charlie and we can’t believe how much she’s transformed. When she came home, she was frozen in fear. Her life as a baby surviving on her own with her siblings in an orchard made her wary of pretty much everything. By showering her with positive attention and treats, we’ve built up her comfort and confidence and she slowly went from shy and cowering in the corner to outgoing and playful. Take a look below to see all of Charlie’s first month of new adventures!

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Within a couple days of coming home, Charlie stopped hiding behind the bushes and started to run around and play in the yard. The sounds of trucks scared her but she loves to explore the backyard, chase a ball, or run after Chris. We even caught her digging up holes to hide her chew toys – we have to keep a watchful eye on this girl!

J for Jamie Blog | Charlie Mieuli

J for Jamie Blog | Charlie Mieuli

Charlie visited the beach for the first time. We’ve noticed in new situations, she waits and watches from the sidelines and thoughtfully determines whether or not she wants to partake. She stayed close to us until she felt adventurous enough to get close to the water. But first, she threw up on the dock. Charlie’s still not so sure about the beach but we think with time, she’ll learn to love it.

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Charlie saw the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time! I can’t wait to get out of my surgical boot so we can romp around the city and hike in the Marin Headlands with her. We want her to come to love the city as much as we do.

J for Jamie Blog | Charlie Mieuli

J for Jamie Blog | Charlie Mieuli

Her first time (and ours) at a dog park. Our vet recommended socializing her as much as possible to help build her confidence and the Saratoga Creek Dog Park in West San Jose is full of every breed and size dog you can imagine. It’s also separated by big and small dogs, right now Charlie is still on the small dog side. It’s a pretty intense experience for both dogs and humans but Charlie feels really comfortable around other dogs. Everyone wanted to say hi to her and the humans kept commenting on her big puppy paws and ears. Also, I think Chris was lapping up the attention more than anyone…can you spot him between the ladies?

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Boy, puppies sure do stink! In that amazing way that I just can’t get enough of. Charlie doesn’t like the idea of having a bath but we know she loves the way it feels. Her fur dries surprisingly fast but like a true dog would, she got her stink back as quickly as possible by rolling around in the backyard as soon as we got home.

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We’ve noticed Charlie’s ears change everyday. This is how they were when she came home, one folded and the other straight up. Some days they’re both straight up, sometimes they’re both folded. We don’t know if that’s normal but it’s pretty darn cute. We kind of hope they eventually stay one folded, one straight.

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Like those cute monthly baby photos, I’m going take a photo of Charlie and her pillow every month (or week, at the rate she’s growing), so we can see how much she’s changing. Also, she sits so nicely in my Eames rocking chair while I take her photo – it’s just so adorable!

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So there you have it. Our first month with our Charlie Mieuli. We think Roxy would approve of this little girl and we know she’s wagging her tail for us. I am so excited to track and share Charlie’s progress here as she learns and grows so quickly.

If you can’t get enough of this cuteness and want a little Shepard/Husky puppy for yourself, Charlie’s siblings, Milton and Sarge, are still available to rescue here. Adopt them and we can have play dates!

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Amsterdam

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J for Jamie Blog | Amsterdam

Back to our Europe trip! Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities. I love all the different neighborhoods and how it feels big and bustling in some places and a quiet and quaint in others. There are people of all walks of life and everyone is so friendly. Because the city is so international, there are a ton of different types of delicious restaurants, lots of great shops and so much to see. We treated Amsterdam as our getaway city during the trip so we took it easy, rented bikes and putzed around. My favorite area is De Negen Straatjes or ‘The Nine Streets,” where there are tons of cute cafes, vintage shops and designer stores. We loved our AirBnb apartment and couldn’t get enough of the cute canal homes along the water. Chris, can we move here, pretty please?

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Santa Barbara

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I recently went down to Santa Barbara for my lovely friend Kym’s bachelorette party. Kym is one of my dear friends from high school, we were in a lot of the same classes but we also played water polo and were on the swim team together. She’s marrying a guy named Tyler, whom we also went to high school with so their wedding is going to be quite the reunion and I can’t wait! In Santa Barabara, we rented a huge victorian house near the beach. At the end of the weekend, before we went our separate ways, some of us grabbed brunch at the cutest little place called Scarlett Begonia. The cinnamon roll was to die for. I can’t wait to see everyone again at the wedding and watch our little Kym walk down the aisle!

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Meet Charlie

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J for Jamie Blog | Meet Charlie

Chris surprised me with the ultimate rom-com-worthy Valentine’s Day present this weekend, a sweet little puppy. We have talked endlessly about getting another dog. About whether or not we were emotionally ready and up for the major responsibility of puppy-hood. I’ve been hesitant because I don’t know if I’ll ever fully heal from losing Roxy. We’ve asked our friends to babysit their dogs which has helped us cope immensely and possibly made us ready for the next step of adopting again. When I finally gave Chris the okay, he tirelessly searched rescue sites for the perfect puppy. I kind of put it in his hands because I couldn’t bring myself to start looking. And then, he found her – in Bakersfield with a rescue called H.A.L.T. He had a gut feeling she’d be the one for us so he told me was working and made the 6 hour trip on Valentine’s Day to get her. Charlie was abandoned in an orchard with her brothers and sisters so she is really timid with her new surroundings right now. She’s unsure of our affection but doesn’t reject it so I’m pretty sure she’s going to be a little cuddle bug once she’s comfortable. She’s part Husky, part Shepard, has the softest fur, floppy ears and eyes that will melt your heart.

So there you have it, the first page of a new chapter in our lives. As we continue to cope with the loss of our beloved Roxy, we hope our hearts will begin to heal by pouring our love into another beautiful little being.

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