Evolution of Popcorn

by Brittany on February 16, 2012

Good morning :D

I’m so glad to see that you guys were as crazy about the black bean spaghetti as I was! In an effort to fulfill your requests of finding the store where this goldmine is sold, I was forced to stalk my friend Stephanie through text all yesterday evening. She finally clued me in that she bought it at a store called “Nutrition Smart” in Palm Beach, Florida, but since that didn’t really mean anything to me up here in Orlando, I found the stuff here via a quick Amazon search.

And by the looks of it, there seems to be a soybean variety listed too! Where have I been!?

oats in a jar

Ah, yes. This is where I’ve been.

For breakfast this morning, nothing could possibly stand between me and my empty jar of Sunbutter. Into a stovetop pot went:

  • 1/3 cup Coach’s Oats
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (using chia seed method)
  • Sliced banana
  • Frozen mixed berries
  • 1 tbsp hemp protein powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Stevia
  • Topped with: Artisana Cocoa Bliss Coconut Butter

cocoa bliss oats

Because there’s no such thing as having too much nut butter.

(..Okay maybe there is. But it sounded hardcore 8) )

The Life Stages of Popcorn

It was brought to my attention in the comment section of a recent post that Popcorn has grown substantially since that fine day in September when I first brought him home. I guess I was in denial about his quick growth spurts, but when I sat down and started comparing pictures over the months, it was pretty hard to avoid.

September 2011:



October 2011:



November 2011:


December 2011:


January 2012:





He’s outgrown most of the clothes that we bought for him as a puppy, and I’ve been looking around for a new crate because he cant even stand up in his carrier anymore.

Not only is he much bigger in size, but Popcorn has made strides in the potty training, crate training, and behavior departments. Potty training is nearly complete except for a few accidents here and there, but he sleeps the entire night in a closed crate, and goes to the bathroom as soon as I’m up in the morning to take him out. Looking back at old posts of me struggling to get him to sleep the entire night and ring his bell whenever he needed to go out (which didn’t last..HAH) make me feel like I’m living with a totally different dog.

Oh, the woes of growing fur babies!

A bit to think about: Ever had a pet that seemed to grow up right before your eyes?

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes February 16, 2012 at 6:49 am

awww!! Growing up so fast :)
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Karlee @ BringingBackBalance February 16, 2012 at 7:30 am

Aww your little (fur) baby is growing up! And there is NO such thing as too much nut butter… At least not in my world :P
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natalie @ southern fit foodie February 16, 2012 at 7:43 am

Awww he is growing up! So cute. Yes, both my dogs grew up so quickly! I loved they were crate trained and house broken, but man I miss those snuggly little babies and their puppy breath!


Alexandra February 16, 2012 at 7:51 am

I can’t believe how fast that little man has grown. That picture from September is just so darn adorable!! :)
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Jordan Lynn (Ciao Cow) February 16, 2012 at 7:54 am

Popcorn is just too cute!
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Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles February 16, 2012 at 8:06 am

It seems like he has been part of your family for longer than that- so much joy and so many memories that little guy has brought to you! :)
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Sally Anne @ PaleoRunnerGirl February 16, 2012 at 8:22 am

Popcorn is a full blown teenager! My goodness! I always feel like it is so bittersweet! I always look back at pictures of my little puppy and miss those tiny puppy days. However, I do NOT miss the potty training. :)
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Erica @ For the Sake of Cake February 16, 2012 at 8:23 am

Aw, Popcorn is growing up fast. I adopted my dog, so I never got to see him as a puppy although in my mind he hasn’t aged at all in the three years I’ve had him! :-)
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Sarah February 16, 2012 at 8:45 am

aww your puppy is precious :) I really want to try the black bean spaghetti so I’m checking out amazon right now!
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Claire @ Live and Love to Eat February 16, 2012 at 8:48 am

I’ll never get tired of hearing about your pup. :)
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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries February 16, 2012 at 9:11 am

ok, maybe even if there is, i just want to say that i agree with you – there is no such thing as too much nut butter. ;) and how do you make your OIAJ always looks SO perfect and amazing?! mine always look ugly and my oats never fill the top of the jar. ha!
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Brittany February 17, 2012 at 8:27 am

I’m telling you, it’s alll about the chia seed method!
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Michelle @ Our Dream, Made Out of Real Things February 16, 2012 at 9:38 am

What a cutie! Pets are so much like kids…you just want to keep them puppies forever :)

Thanks for doing some investigating for us; I’m definitely going to have to get some of that black bean spaghetti!
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Andrea @ Andrea Out Loud! February 16, 2012 at 9:39 am

Oh yes! Kona is still a puppy at heart at almost 6 years old but she grew up very quickly. So proud! :) haha
popcorn was such a tiny little pup. I love the picture of him drinking out of the cup
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Kat February 16, 2012 at 10:09 am

Seriously popcorn is way too cute. I totally know what you mean though! It feels like yesterday that Opie was in ym arms being bottle fed! My little baby now only jumps in my arms when she wants my food! lol
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Rebecca February 16, 2012 at 11:08 am

Aw, he has grown! But at least he’ll stay relatively tiny forever! :)
We had a puppy for a while when I was in junior high, and the first day we got him he was TINY! He grew up quite a bit in the year or so that we had him. And then we gave him to my cousins and he kept growing a bit there, too. And he always seemed to develop more spots every time we saw him! It was strange. Like, “Is he part Dalmation???” Haha.
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Steph @ StephSnacks February 16, 2012 at 11:14 am

I can totally relate to this. My dog, Spanky, seemed to literally grow within one month. He went from 9 lbs as a puppy to 28 lbs as a grown four year old dog! Insane!
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Theresa February 16, 2012 at 11:41 am

sighhhhh tell me about it…nacho was a whopping two pounds when i first brought him home and he fit in the palm of my hand..now 8 years later he’s 9 pounds of ferocious..hahaha. its sooo insane how quickly the time goes by!
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Liz @ Southern Charm February 16, 2012 at 12:43 pm

What a fun post! He is growing up so fast! In size and maturity!! Aww so proud of him!

I love looking back at pictures when dogs were just pups. I could carry Sydney in the palm of my hand when I first got her, and now I have to use both!
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Julie February 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm

ah! i was looking at pictures of the first time i spotted my fur baby!!!! he’s grown up so much!!! i miss his wittle baby face!


Brittney February 16, 2012 at 1:42 pm

In response to your question, YES! My little Piper is not so little anymore! I am going to email you a picture of her then and now since I don’t have a new bloggie yet to cover in her pics. (I’m a proud mama, what can I say?) lol


Brittany February 17, 2012 at 8:29 am

YES! Please do
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Anna @ The Guiltless Life February 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Aw those photos of Popcorn are killing me, he’s so cute – it’s the ears! They’re so adorably big compared to his body!


Jentry Nielsen February 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Nothing I love more than OIAJ!! :) My boyfriend tried throwing out the last little bit of our almond butter the other day…oh goodness I was not having that! ha
Popcorn is so cute, and is growing up so fast! ha


Jen@Tip Top Shape February 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I know exactly what you mean about dog training! Except in the case of my Cockapoo, Lily, we taught her how to ring the bell successfully but…now she just rings it whenever she wants to get out of the house not just to use the bathroom.


Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers February 16, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Yup… sigh… my little kitties got bigger, but they’re still adorable (at least to me).
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Heather February 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm

I have my own chihuahua and they just grow up so fast! Enjoy each and every moment with him!

Also, have you seen this? :)


Brittany February 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Thanks for the linkup Heather! Yeah I just saw it a little while ago! So cool :)
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Carrie Purchase February 16, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I have a boxer puppy Neeka and she is growing up way too fast. You can check out pictures of her on my blog. We got her a Christmas and she is already over 20 lbs. She is the cutest puppy ever (dont tell my other dog) and I seriously fall in love with her every day!


Sarah @ Every Day's a Picnic February 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Popcorn’s nearly all grown up :-)
My in-laws have a puppy and every time I visit he seems a whole lot bigger
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Brandi @ Faith Fitness and Laughter February 16, 2012 at 4:56 pm

How sweet is popcorn! I love his ears :)


Pure2raw twins February 16, 2012 at 6:45 pm

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Pure2raw twins February 16, 2012 at 6:47 pm

hope it is okay, but going to pin Popcorn ;)
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Brittany February 16, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Of course it’s okay! He lovesss the attention :D
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Christina February 16, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Aww shame Popcorn was adorable when you first got him! And he has grown into such a handsome man!
Yes, both of my dogs seemed to grow up so quick! One minute they were cute and cuddly but now they are one fat little beagle and one grouchy red heeler!
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Julia {girls with a stethoscope} February 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Popcorn is growing up so fast! lol I think all dogs seem to grow so fast – one minute they are puppies, the next, they are full grown. craziness.
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