WIAW 12: NOT A Typical Tuesday

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It’s been a pretty crazy around here for the last two days, thanks to the crazy Hurricane Sandy! I’ll be elaborating about that much more tomorrow, and I hope that everyone is safe, warm and dry. My heart goes out to those that suffered damage from this powerful storm.

On to happier things for now! Did you enter the KIND Snacks “Trick or Treat” giveaway? If not, get right on over there after you’re done looking at my lovely food pictures on this post and ENTER AWAY! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it every time- the folks at KIND are very generous and hook you up, sista.


This week’s WIAW post chronicles a very atypical Tuesday.

Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats
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Random Act Of KINDness V: Trick or [Healthy] Treat!

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Happy Halloween!

Whether you’re dressing up in a fun costume, taking the kids trick-or-treating, or simply staying at home bobbing for apples (and/or drinking pumpkin beer)- I hope you’re having fun!

Since it’s Halloween, I figured that it would be nice to give you a treat rather than a trick. And really, who says that “treats” have to be full of sugar, high fructose corn syrup and processed beyond recognition? Don’t get me wrong… I’ve certainly enjoyed my fair share of fun-size candy bars throughout my life, but on most days I’d rather just have one of these!

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Maple-Vanilla-Cinnamon Cashew Cream

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I have a new obsession: cashew cream.

I’ve seen recipes for different types of cashew creams in vegan cookbooks, websites and blogs for a long time. It wasn’t until my recent decision to do a vegan experiment that I finally decided to try making my own! And now that I’ve discovered just how delicious and decadent this is, I can’t stop making it! And you know that if it’s something that I am making over and over again, it must be easy.

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A Marathon Weekend!


Whew, what a weekend… and what a crazy start to the week! If you’re an east-coaster like me, you’re probably snuggled up inside your home, just waiting to see what Sandy’s wrath will bring. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that I have electricity… although, sometimes losing power isn’t so bad. Wherever you are- stay safe and batten down the hatches! :)

Back to the weekend… it was epic. Yes, I said it.

And I’m very proud of this girl!!

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Happy Friday Randomness


Hello, my dear readers. I hope this week has been good to you, and that you have some fun activities in store for the weekend! It’s certainly been a long week- but it’s been full of good things! For today, I’m taking a moment to reflect on some of the awesome, wonderful things that have been happening in my life. After being crazy stressed out and just not feeling like myself over the last few months, things are finally starting to look up- and I’m certainly embracing it all! Meeting Bob Harper might have been the coolest thing that happened this week (um, or… ever?) but that’s pretty hard to compete with.

Here are some other happy things going on in my life currently:


The weather this past week has been absolutely beautiful- we’re talking 70s and sunny every day! I’ve been taking every opportunity to get outside. I’ve been hiking several times this week, and have had the trails all to myself some mornings.

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Bodypump 83 Review [What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger!]

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Kia Ora!

If you are any type of Les Mills instructor, you are very familiar with what that means. Kia Ora is the official “greeting” used amongst Les Mills instructors, whether they teach Bodypump, Body Attack, RPM, Body Flow, Bodystep, are any of the other many Les Mills classes. It’s a native New Zealand term translates to “be well” or can just be simply used to say “hello.”

My friend Sara is a regular in my classes, and it’s always nice to see her smiling face!

Yesterday was the launch of Bodypump 83 at one of the health clubs that I teach at! If you’re not familiar with Bodypump, here’s a quick description of the class from the Les Mills website: (I’m borrowing a little bit of writing from my Bodypump 82 review here).

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WIAW 11: It Ain’t Pretty [+ Pumpkin Sage Polenta]


I had this post all written out…

                                                …and then THIS happened…

I’m still in shock.

How did this happen? Well, for starters, I follow Bob on Instagram. When I was looking at my Instagram feed yesterday morning, I noticed that he posted a photo from Baltimore. I freaked out a little bit that he was just 45 minutes away, and then later on in the afternoon, he posted a photo from DOWNTOWN FREDERICK. Where I live. I decided to take Jackson for a walk over by Baker Park (which is RIGHT by my house) and as luck would have it, spotted him right away! He actually was walking right towards me, and said “Hi! That’s a beautiful dog!” My heart started beating so fast, and I tried to form words- and finally said “Whoa! What are you doing here??” He said that they were filming an episode, so I’m thinking that a contestant on the upcoming season must be from Frederick! He asked me what my name is, and said how much he LOVED my town and how pretty it is. He was SO NICE. Hooray for Instagram!!

The funny thing is- for the last five years or so, I’ve said that if I could choose ONE celebrity to meet, it would be Bob Harper… so my life is complete, right?


Moving on.

Here’s my disclaimer before you view this post: the food is not pretty (for the most part). But, it all tasted really good! And there aren’t really any “spooky snacks,” but I think Jen’s graphic is pretty darn cute anyway. :)

Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats
This is my first WIAW post since Greg and I started the Vegan Experiment a little over a week ago- and I photographed eats from this past Monday.

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Week One Of Vegan Eating + “Sol” Food

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Week one of the vegan experiment has come and gone. And it was a success!

There have been a few challenges along the way, but overall it’s been a positive experience so far. One thing that I’ve noticed physically is that my stomach feels different- in a good way. I’m kind of used to feeling just a little bit bloated (or a lot) most of the time, and that’s pretty much gone away. I’m assuming that this might be from eliminating dairy, but I can’t really be certain just yet.

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Sunday In The Treetops

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What a gorgeous weekend! Fall has definitely arrived here in Maryland. The leaves have finally changed color, and there’s just so much natural beauty everywhere you look. The weather has been fantastic, and it’s supposed to be in the mid 70s all week. I really can’t complain!

Remember that summer bucket list that I made back in June? Well, I finally checked something else off of it this weekend: ziplining! Our friends had given us a gift certificate for a “Zipline Canopy Tour” through River Riders as a wedding gift (back in July of 2011!) and we finally used it this weekend. I don’t know why we waited so long- but I’m kind of glad we did, because we couldn’t have picked a more perfect day!

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Mizuno Running Shoes: The Mezamashii Project


As a Fitluential ambassador, I am fortunate enough to be a part of various fitness-related reviews and promotions. When I was presented with the opportunity to be a part of Mizuno’s Mezamashii project, I jumped at the chance!

Mizuno running shoes hold a special place in my heart. When I first started getting into shape about eight years ago, running quickly became my passion. My runs progressed from running my first full mile in my life (without having to stop and walk) to eventually running 2, 3, 4 and even 10 miles at a time. I had never really put my thought into my footwear, and because of that, I suffered the consequences. I would get horrible shin splints and pain in my hips, feet, and really through my entire body because I simply was not wearing the right shoes. I went to a local running specialty store and had a gait analysis and was fitted for the “perfect” shoe. And my “perfect” shoe happened to be a pair of Mizuno Wave Riders. Those shoes got me through my first ever 5k race, and many others to follow. They were the first pair of shoes that I could ever run in without any pain, and I replaced them with the exact same pair when they eventually got worn out. And that the cycle continued. I’ve tried other styles of shoes for running as well, but no other brand holds that emotional connection to me quite like the Mizuno Wave Riders.

Mezamashii translates to “eye opening” or “brilliant” in Japanese. The mission of the Mezamashii project is to provide a “brilliant” running experience to runners everywhere. Runners are provided with shoes to test out- and this goes far beyond just trying them on in a store and walking around in a square pattern. They want people to actually run in their shoes, and get the full Mezamashii experience.

For my part, I got to first select the pair of shoes that I wanted to “test out.” I went right back to what I knew was right for me- the Mizuno Wave Riders, which fall under the Neutral category. I chose the Wave Rider 15 “Limited Release” style. I was a little hesitant about the color choice, only because I tend to play it safe, and choose something more neutral (no pun intended). But when they arrived, I loved the look right away!

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