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Nice Hoodie…Not.

Yesterday’s Evening Workout

  • Zumba – 60 minutes

I know that I have been working out quite a bit these past few days, but this Bingo game has me addicted! I love games and contests, and I am not usually a competitive person until I play a game like this. Then I’m all : I must fill the most bingo cards.

Yet another picture of my Bingo card. It’s visual effect, people, visual effect.

And I have a legit excuse for my crazy hair today – it’s raining.

Also, I have the time right now to workout often. Who knows where I’ll be in a year, or five years, or even six months from now. But right now, I am able to workout a lot, so I do. It keeps me healthy and happy, but I know when my body is tired and needs a rest day, so I take it. Plus, we have plans this weekend, and I probably won’t be working out at all.

Zumba started at 7:25 pm last night, and it was so weird going to the gym while it was dark out. I felt like I should have been going to bed, not to work out. It’s also weird going at night because I didn’t recognize anyone (expect one women) out of about 30 people. It’s funny how when you go to the gym or classes at a certain time, you see the same people, the same faces.

It’s always the same group of people in every single morning class that I take. So, I was almost uncomfortable last night, I kind of felt like an outsider. Plus, since its free fitness month, there was so many people there. There was probably about 30 of us crammed into the room, which is small to begin with. But nevertheless, Zumba is such a fun class!

Yesterday afternoon, I had to run to the mall with the kids. Have you seen the new hoodies they have out for kids now?!

And no, it’s not a Halloween costume. It’s an everyday hoodie. I think they are ridiculously stupid. (No offense, if you own one or like them, but I do not). It’s a hoodie that zips all the way over the kid’s face and head with a mesh material over the eyes to see out of. Seriously?! Doesn’t seem too safe or school friendly to me.

Jaden made sure to try on some hoodies while were there….while they were still on the hanger.

Doesn’t he kind of look like a little Frankenstein?

Today’s Workout

  • 20 minutes elliptical
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

A few of you commented yesterday telling me that pumpkin spice bagel thins actually exist! So, I searched the internet trying to find where I could buy them, and it looks like the only place you can buy them near me is Sam’s Club. Unfortunately, you need a membership to shop at Sam’s Club, which I don’t have.

Then someone else mentioned checking Wal-Mart (which owns Sam’s Club), so after BodyPump today, I went to my local Wal-Mart to see to see if they had them. They didn’t. Bummer. But they did have these pumpkin muffins.

Which I didn’t buy. I will not be deterred! There is one other Wal-Mart near me that I will check for those pumpkin spice bagel thins. They will be mine!

Since I was at Wal-Mart, I picked up a few things for this weekend.

And yes, those are jello shot cups.

I’m supposed to meet with my running group tonight, but with the rain, I’m not sure if that’ll happen. Hopefully, it’ll stop raining. If not, maybe I’ll go to yoga!

Questions of the day:

  • Are you competitive?
  • Favorite pumpkin food item?
  • Jello or pudding? Pudding, pudding, pudding.


Filed under Fitness, Fun, Halloween, Working Out

Saladworks and Red Mango

Yesterday’s Evening Workout

  • Cardio Dance Class – 45 minutes

Today’s Workout

  • 12 minutes elliptical
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

Post workout, I had a chocolate covered strawberry thinkThin bar. Yum!

A few days ago, my stepmom texted me to tell me that they have pumpkin spice frozen yogurt at Red Mango now. So, of course, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. After the gym, I called my brother up to try to convince him and my sister-in-law to meet me for frozen yogurt.

Lucky for him, he agreed to meet me.

Since Saladworks is right next door to Red Mango, we decided to go there for lunch first. I have been wanting to try Saladworks, so it worked out perfectly.

I did the make your own salad. I started with romaine lettuce and added cucumbers, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, apple slices, and walnuts. You get to pick five toppings and anything else costs extra. I originally got salsa ranch dressing on the side. Then I saw they had pumpkin vinaigrette, so I decided to try that out too.

The salad was more on the expensive side – $10. But let me tell you, that pumpkin vinaigrette totally made it worth it. I was a little nervous to try it, because even though I love pumpkin, I didn’t know if I would love pumpkin dressing, but it was the best dressing that I’ve ever had. I even took the leftover dressing home with me to eat later. It was delicious.

My brother had the buffalo bleu salad, and my sister-in-law had a make your own southwest salad. The salads are big, so at least you feel like your getting your money’s worth.

I didn’t like the roasted red peppers very much, but the rest of my salad was perfect. I would definitely go back to Saladworks…but maybe on payday.

After our salads, we went next door to Red Mango for the pumpkin spice fro-yo.

Sadly, I wasn’t a big fan of the pumpkin spice flavor. It was a little too tart for me. Instead, I went with pomegranate and vanilla fro-yo with a ton of toppings.

This little lady loves her fro-yo:

It was quite a delicious afternoon!

Tonight, I have plans to meet up with my biggest loser group to run. The weather is getting chilly, so I’ll have to find some layers to run in.

Questions of the day:

  • What do you run in during chilly weather? I used to just run on the treadmill.
  • What’s your favorite restaurant?
  • Favorite salad dressing? Favorite salad topping?


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Mariano’s Fresh Market

Yesterday’s Workout

  • Bike ride outside – 50 minutes - miles?

Yesterday when I left the house to go on a bike ride, this was sitting on my front porch:

A case of Chobani Champions yogurt! A while back, I won this on Molly’s Lunch Box‘s blog, and it came yesterday! For dinner, Jaden tried the honey nana flavor and Jacob had the chocolate chunk. Jaden wasn’t the biggest fan of it, so he gave it to Jacob to finish. Then Jacob wanted to try the orange vanilla flavor. So, if you’re keeping track, that’s half a yogurt for Jaden and two and a half yogurts for Jacob.

They have been building a Mariano’s Fresh Market near us forever, and it finally opened, so after dinner, Danny, the kids, and I decided to go check it out.

Mariano’s is kind of like Whole Foods meets a normal grocery store meets decent prices.

I love that they had fun carts for the kids.

I like when stores have things for kids to play with because my kids don’t behave in the store. They just get bored. And I don’t blame them. I remember when we were little, and my mom would take my brother and I clothes shopping with her. She would tell us to sit nicely on the floor while she shopped. But did we? No. We hid in the clothes racks and collected the little plastic size tags from the hangers.

And that was before electronics – iPods, Nintendo DS, Playstation Portables. Man, how did we survive?

I really loved Mariano’s. To me, it was close to Whole Foods quality but with prices that were actually affordable.

They had a smoothie counter, a deli, a cheese and meat section, a bulk section, a salad bar, a bakery, and a hot foods bar. Plus, the regular grocery section.

The bulk section was awesome. I wanted to try so many things and ended up getting tiny amounts of a few items. Three peanut butter covered pretzels. Check. Seven chocolate covered almonds. Check. One tablespoon of granola. Check.

I also got these dried mango flavored pineapple strips, which unfortunately, were not good. Uncheck.

I didn’t check the ingredients before I bought them, and I didn’t realize that they had so much sugar. They tasted like they were rolled in sugar, baked in sugar, and then sprinkled with sugar. Blah.

I also picked up this pumpkin butter, which I am excited to try. It was on sale, and the last one on the shelf, so I figured that it must be good.

I’m not sure how to eat it? On toast? In oatmeal? Have you ever had pumpkin butter? How do you eat it?

The best part of Mariano’s? Fruit Loop donuts for only $1 each.

Don’t worry, I didn’t get one. Actually, I’m not much of a fruit loop fan. But Mariano’s did have an amazing bakery. I can’t wait to go back when I have a little bit more time to look around, preferably during the day because it was very crowded last night.


Breakfast this morning was overnight oats. Yum!


  • Stretching – 12 minutes
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • Zumba – 30 minutes

I had some company at the gym this morning.

My sister-in-law, Crystal, came to take Zumba with me while my brother worked out in the fitness center. However, we only made it about half way through Zumba because Baby McCutie decided that she wanted nothing to do with the kid’s room and much rather hang out with mommy and Auntie Heather instead. I don’t blame her.

Instead, we went to Dunkin Donuts.

I had coffee and more oatmeal. And I bought some mocha k-cups to try.

After a while of sitting and talking, we started eyeing the delicious looking pumpkin donuts. Since we all just worked out, we didn’t want to eat pumpkin donuts, so we got the brilliant idea of buying one donut and splitting it three ways, so at least we got to taste the pumpkiny goodness.

Actually, we split it four ways because Baby McCutie Pumpkin Face needed some too.

Questions of the day:

  • What grocery store do you shop at the most?
  • Have you ever had pumpkin butter? Pumpkin donuts?
  • Any plans this weekend?


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Frightening Flashback Friday – Peacock Edition

2o10 – This was, by far, my favorite Halloween. We did so many fun things – pumpkin carving, Halloween food, a pirate murder mystery, and everyone had awesome costumes this year.

My peacock costume was my favorite costume. I kind of wanted to wear it this year too, I love it so much. Actually, I kind of want to wear it every day.

I knew I wanted to be a peacock, but didn’t like any of the pre-made costumes that are sold at stores. So, I decided to make my own.

I watched videos on YouTube on how to make a tutu. Then, I went out and bought a bunch of tulle from the fabric store. I used a long black ribbon to attach the tulle to, and I also added colored ribbon in between the tulle. When it was done, I just tied the ribbon around my waist.

I ordered peacock feather online. There a few sites you can buy them on or check eBay. I ordered the three feet feathers and smaller 10 inch feathers. The feather tail was the trickiest part to make.

I used a piece of hard cardboard, like from a cardboard box, and cut in into a triangular shape. Then I glued three peacock feathers on each other to make them taller. All the peacock feathers were then glued onto the cardboard piece. I glued on the smaller feathers at the top and to fill in empty spaces.

I found a black stretchy corset style shirt and slipped the feather tail into the back of the shirt. Surprisingly, it wasn’t uncomfortable. The cardboard does sit right against your skin, but it didn’t bother me.

I bought a peacock belt and a peacock necklace at Forever 21. I think I got the black gloves at Wal-Mart for $3. Then I bought a bunch of colorful eyeshadow to do my make-up.

Viola! My peacock costume!

Danny was a guy riding a flamingo and Paul was a gangsta:

Paul and Crystal:

My dad was the clown from It – super freaky.

Last year my family had a pirate murder mystery dinner. I was a doctor pirate and ended up being the murderer.

Come to think of it, we did a 50′s murder mystery a few years ago in California and I was the murderer then too. Well, that can’t be good.

We also had our annual pumpkin carving and Halloween food get together. I loved how my coffin cake turned out. Wow, this year is going to be really lame for me compared to last year.

My dad’s disgusting bean dip:


Today is a super busy day – I have to finish getting everything for my costume, get all the food ingredients and pumpkins for pumpkin carving tonight, and my son wants a new pair of shoes or his life will be over. Seriously?! He’s four!

Have a great day!

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love the fall season. I love the cool weather, the pretty changing leaves, the upcoming holidays, and especially fall foods. Fall always makes me think of pumpkin recipes.

I made these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies the other day, and was pleasantly surprised at how good they turned out. I am more of a cook than a baker because I like to throw in whatever ingredients I want, whereas with baking you need to follow the exact recipe and measure ingredients out and all that hard stuff.

The first batch I baked was undercooked. I added a few extra minutes to the next batch and they came out perfect!


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips


This may seem like a small amount of pumpkin, but it’s not. You will definitely taste the pumpkin. I might even consider adding 1 1/2 tbsp of pumpkin puree, so the pumpkin isn’t too overwhelming.

I used a lot of chocolate chips, because I love chocolate. Feel free to adjust chocolate chips according to your taste.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. (Or use a baking liner.)
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin spice. Stir.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the granulated sugar, brown sugar, butter, egg white, pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract.


               4.     Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

               5.     Whisk in the chocolate chips (eat a few as you pour them in)

               6.     Drop by spoonfuls on the cookie sheet, about 1 inch apart. 

              7. Bake 11 – 13 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet approx. 5 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool.


Eat and enjoy!

What’s your favorite cookie?

I love oatmeal chocolate chip & snickerdoodles!

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