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Trick or Treat??

Posted in Eat,Fun by Sarah on October 29, 2012

Does anyone else remember trick-or-treating back in the day? It seemed like the streets were crawling with hundreds of kids. You would have to wait for the group in front of you to grab their treats before you could make your way to the porch for your turn. It was usually cold but you were always hustling and bustling around so much it didn’t bother you. Your voice was hoarse from screaming “trick or treat” as loud as you could over and over again. If you were smart you had a pillow case instead of a dinky little bag, and if you were truly dedicated, you usually came home with a few scraped up knees and had a grand excuse for why you didn’t get your butt home on time. The joy of dumping out all of that candy and carefully separating it all into priority piles was quickly faded with the belly ache from eating too many treats. You had so much candy it lasted days, weeks even! And you had it carefully hidden so noone else could raid the best ones you saved for last. It was quite an event.

With all of the GMO news going around, I still think it’s a little overrated and believe that most things can be enjoyed in moderation without harmful effects. There are claims that most of the popular candy is made with genetically modified corn (which I believe) but again, indulging on a few little candy bars on Halloween won’t hurt. Special occasions are one thing, but when each house has to stock up on bags and bags of candy, and kids are hitting up as many houses as they can, that’s when moderation crosses the line. So this year I have come up with  a list of things you can pass out to the kids instead of candy.

  • pencils
  • mini water bottles
  • mini bags of fruits/veggies (carrots, apple slices, etc)
  • small bags of pretzels
  • stickers
  • temporary tattoos
  • apples
  • small toys bought in bulk at party stores (yo yo’s, bouncy balls, etc.) *make sure they are age appropriate and are not a choking hazard to the little ones!
  • glow sticks/necklaces/bracelets
  • toothbrushes
  • floss
  • crayons
  • note pads
  • mini pumpkins

Hopefully you won’t get egged, but parents will thank you.

I found a cute idea, and am going to hand out clementines with jack-o-lantern faces colored on them. Can’t wait to see the kids reactions!


Banana Protein Pancakes

Posted in Eat,Fun by Sarah on October 16, 2012

{ Serves 2-3 }

1 mashed, super ripe banana
2 eggs
Oil for the pan (coconut oil is my pref)

My additions: a bit of pumpkin pie spice, 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed [this really, really holds the mixture together], a bit of vanilla, & a dash of cinnamon.

Optional: all-natural maple syrup + berries

+ Directions: mash your banana with a fork. In another bowl whisk eggs. Mix eggs & banana together. Add my additions. Put your choice of oil on a pan (low-medium heat). Add a silver dollar-sized amount to the pan. Let the cake set for 30 seconds & flip it! Enjoy!!


Posted in Live by Sarah on October 12, 2012

Well, I did it! Seven years ago, I protested that I would never run another marathon in my life. Let me rewind. 2004: I was an avid gym goer and had many aerobics classes under my belt, so I had decided to take up running. A co-worker and I decided it would be fun to try a 5k. We had picked up our packets and were all set to go the morning of…except for one problem, how to do attach our race bibs? Tape? Glue? Oh how about we tie them around our waists with raffia!! After we parked and approached the starting area, we were embarrassed to see that everyone KNOWS you just pin them to your shirt using safety pins…DUH! So the 5k was amazing. The thrill of the crowd, the loud spectators, the organization..I was hooked. And then I saw the marathoner runners come in, and decided that next year’s marathon was an attainable goal. So I trained my ass off for 12 months. Enter the 2005 marathon: also refered to as one of the most painful experiences ever. I finished in a decent time of 4 hours and 20 minutes, and although it was a bittersweet mixture of emotions (pain and glory) I signed up immediately for the 2006 marathon because that’s just what runners do (right?). 11 months into my training I suffered a stress fracture in my left femur and threw in the towel, claiming my body was not meant to run. Seven years and many other smaller distance races later (and even a few triathlon races) I got talked into another marathon. No need to ramble on; it was hard, it was painful, is was everything a marathon is supposed to be….and the feeling of crossing the finish line 40 minutes faster than my previous time was an experience I’ll never forget. I have no desire to run another marathon, but ask me again in seven years and maybe I will have changed my mind.

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