Saturday Snippets – Lattes, Therapy, Outerwear & Reviews

With school back in session, my Saturday Snippets have been a bit MIA the last couple of weeks.  Not to worry… life is finally starting to get into a bit of a routine again.  With school starting, I start to crave all things fall – sweaters, soups, pumpkins, mums, my birthday month, and, the oh so yummy, Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks.  These sweet treats return to Starbucks on September 2nd, and if you are on social media, you probably saw some of the hoopla over the PSL this week.

Food Babe had a post this week regarding the PSL.  Per her investigation, this cup of deliciousness is full of terrible, very bad things.  While I can’t take the word of someone that calls herself, “babe,” too seriously, she does bring up a point… there’s a whole lot of crazy things in the latte.  Check it out…



Of course, another source you may be familiar with, Snopes, has countered Food Babe’s article (again… you determine your level of faith).  Snopes happens to say, FALSE,  the Pumpkin Spice Latte is NOT full of toxins and that the Caramel Color Level IV that Food Babe went on about is, in fact, safe.  


My version of a PSL

My version of a PSL

By now you are probably wondering who to believe, so let’s go to my personal source… Facebook.  I posted the picture above and it received 23 replies.  Some folks had read the article from Food Babe and were in support of a PSL ban, and others, honed in on their high school chemistry skills and noted that all things in our world are chemical, which is true.  Perhaps the best comment was comment #23, “22 comments on a photo of coffee.  Seriously folks?”

So here’s my take… maybe it’s because I lived in a rural community where farming was the norm.  My family raised and butchered animals, had a garden, collected eggs and thought that a newly hit deer was a bonus for the deep freeze.  I didn’t question where my food came from because it was pretty evident.  I’m also very lucky that I live in the “salad bowl” and see lots of items I consume grown just down the road.  I have a tendency to want to eat what is local.  If it is fresh, has a majority of ingredients that I can pronounce, and has been raised humanely, then it is worth consuming in my book.

However, there are some things that don’t fit neatly into my categories above.  I don’t turn my back to such cravings, I just limit my intake of these things.  With that being said, if I’m craving a PSL from Starbucks, then I shall get it, and if I’m craving a PSL but don’t want the added sugar and things I can’t pronounce, then I’ll make one at home just like I did in the picture above.  If you want to make one at home, here’s the recipe (partly from Food Babe, partly from a recipe I’ve had tucked in a cookbook, and partly from Nespresso (this gadget is the BOMB… buy one!).

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

  • 1/4 pumpkin pie spice
    • (I used 4t cinnamon, 4t ginger, 4t nutmeg & 3t ground cloves to make a batch of pie spice)
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 shot espresso (I used a Nespresso pod)
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used almond milk and filled my frother to the top line)
  • Top with whipped cream (I didn’t… I’m not a big whipped cream fan)


Last week, I mentioned that I sprained an ankle after falling down the stairs.  I’ve been desperate to mend this thing so RICE has become my friend.  I spend a lot of time in the car, and with a sprained ankle, I have tried to spend a lot of time sitting versus walking.  I couldn’t get the ice to quite stay in place so I was looking for options.  


As luck would have it, I ran across the Cold Wrap from Arctic Ease in one of my running magazines (note to self… don’t read running magazines while injured – it doesn’t help).  The ad said that I could make the purchase at CVS so I figured that I could find it at Rite Aid as well.  It wasn’t at Rite Aid, but this was:


While it isn’t the same product, I was pretty pleased with the results.  It was cold, I’ve reused it several times, and the strong Ben-Gay like smell at least made me feel like it was something special.  I think a good old ice pack is best, but when trying to elevate my ankle high, or while driving, this was a pretty darn good thing.  It was on sale for $8.99, but I didn’t have the Rite Aid card so it was $9.99 for me.  Now… if only this ankle would speed up the healing a bit faster….

In the leather department, I fell in love with this jacket from The Flawless Fox Boutique.  What do you think?

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Link to the jacket is here.

I’ve never ordered anything from here before, but the price point isn’t bad and the jacket is darling in my book.  Please share if you have any experience with an order from here.

And now… a recipe review:

The simmering sauce...

The Italian Stallion simmering sauce…

On the last Saturday Snippet I mentioned that I planned to make Italian Stallion Crock Pot Chicken from the blog He and She Eat Clean.  While the recipe wasn’t too difficult to make, it just wasn’t very flavorful.  Sadly, it didn’t get a single, “Oh Wow!” from Adam.  Because it is a holiday weekend, I haven’t thought much about a menu this week since I get a bonus day off.  Do you have any new recipes on your radar this week?

Hoping your Saturday is full of joy and the chance to do something extraordinary!  Have a fun and safe Labor Day too!  Enjoy!




Lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon – Race Recap

The trip was short, but the fun was endless at lululemon’s third edition of the SeaWheeze half marathon.  I’ve been a lulu fan since the beginning and could write endless blog posts just on this topic alone. If you’ve ever owned a piece of their gear, you can probably agree that the stuff can make life in the gym, on the road, or at the coffee shop better.  

My friend and running coach, Michele, lives in Seattle and I had mentioned to her that we should do a girls’ trip to run this race.  Michele was quickly on board but stated that she would have to run for fun as she would be in recovery from a 50 miler.  Um… okay.  I understand. 

Originally, I thought that I would use my Wharf to Wharf training as a springboard for a kick butt race, but my summer bad luck did not let that plan play out.  So, like Michele, this was a race for pure fun… and a smidge of pace pushing.

After a flight into Seattle, Michele and I drove across the border into Canada on Friday.  We got to the expo a bit later than expected as there was some traffic just past customs.  The expo closed at 8:00 and we got there around 7:15.  Fortunately for us, there wasn’t much of a line and we got right in and right out.  At the expo, we were given a timing chip, a cute messenger bag (not of the highest quality, but cute and I’ll find a travel purpose for it I’m sure), a water bottle, and a plastic bracelet that served as our ticket to the Sunset Festival post run.  Oddly, the race didn’t have bib numbers.  I kind of liked this, but the former race director in me wondered how many people would bandit the race.  

Lulu teased us by showing pictures of the Showcase Store… take a look… isn’t it lovely?

SeaWheeze Showcase Store (pic from lulu IG)

SeaWheeze Showcase Store (pic from lulu IG)

Sadly, you had to get in line at 4:30 AM in order to get any goods.  Considering how late we got to the store, there wasn’t much left unless you can wear doll sized clothing, or you wanted to shop for your man (and he wears Paul Bunyan sized clothing).  Lots of race participants were really upset that the doors were open to the public and purchasers could buy 15 items each.  If you didn’t get to make a purchase, you can now go to eBay and pay double or triple the cost for an item.  It sounds like this has been a problem all three years so I’m crossing my fingers that lulu will listen and make some changes for future events.

After getting race packets, Michele and I headed out for a lovely dinner and some pre-race vino at Italian Kitchen.  Our meal was delicious and just the right amount for race day.  By the time dinner was all said and done, we headed back to the hotel in order to get some shut-eye before the 7:00 AM start.

Race morning, the logistics to get to the event were easy peasy.  We were just blocks from the start.  Once at the start, corrals were clearly marked and there were “Pace Beavers” holding big signs so runners knew where to jump in.  I gave Michele a good luck cheer and went to line up with the 1:40 pacers.  After the singing of the Canadian National Anthem we were off.

10,000+ runners ready to tackle 13.1 miles (pic from lulu FB page)

10,000+ runners ready to tackle 13.1 miles (pic from lulu FB page)

My intentions for the race was to run a 7:30 pace for most of the run.  I figured that sticking with the 1:40 pace group would be a good start… wrong.  The first mile was a 6:54 and the next two were under 7:10.  I decided to back off just a little as I didn’t have the training to sustain such fast paces.  This is the point that the race became a lot more fun.  I took the time to take in the scenes and make some friends along the way.  As for the course, the race starts and finishes in front of the Vancouver Convention Center.  It weaves along the coast and heads thru the city blocks until Burrard Street.  Runners get to cross the Burrard Street bridge which seemed to be the biggest climb on the course.  This part was fun as you could see the leaders making their way back on the course.  After crossing the bridge, there is a quick out/back past lululemon’s headquarters, and then back over the bridge… which means the biggest climb comes again.  While I am calling it a climb, it really wasn’t, but the pacer made a big deal about it so I went with it.  In California, where people call an actual mountain, “The Hill,” my idea of climbing is slightly altered.

Some things I will never understand, but this dude was out in front and I got quite the view while on the bridge.  Kudos to him for being so comfortable in something that looked solo uncomfortable.

Some things I will never understand, but this dude was out in front and I got quite the view while on the bridge. Kudos to him for being so comfortable in something that looked so uncomfortable.

Burrard St Bridge... I'm not a fan of bridges, but this was pretty.

Burrard St Bridge… I’m not a fan of bridges, but this was pretty.

The return trip on the bridge marks the 10k portion of the race.  Shortly after the bridge, runners are directed towards the magnificent Vancouver Seawall.  The seawall goes around Stanley Park (the largest park in North America… I didn’t google this.  Just took the word of the hotel guy).  When I visited Vancouver in July, I loved running in this park, and this time around was no exception.  The only bad part of this piece of the course is that there was a ton of energy in all the miles prior and the seawall was pretty quiet.  The volunteers at the aide stations did a nice job of cheering, and there were a few groups out there to cheer as well.

It was at this point in the race that I made the most friends.  In fact, I started talking to a guy only to find out that he grew up in the town next to my husband and they were actually really good friends in high school.  What a small world!!!  The two miles I spent running with Ian were my slowest miles (no jab at Ian’s speed… the guy just did an Ironman four weeks prior), but these were the BEST miles of the course.  I love chance meetings like that.  Finally, Ian told me he was finished and that I should carry on.  Since I was close to the finish, I pushed on through for a finish time of 1:37:34 (7:23 pace).  I was pretty happy with this result and felt like it was a good place to be going into training for the California International Marathon… until…

The summer klutz award goes to.... ME!

The summer klutz award goes to…. ME!

There was a post-race party in Vancouver that looked like lots of fun, but Michele and I had a very special soccer game to get to so we made the trek across the border after a shower, lovely lunch and celebration gelato. After a long day running, playing and going to the soccer game I tried to carry too many things down the stairs and took a tumble.

With Seawheeze barely in the rearview mirror, lululemon just announced that registration for the 2015 event will be September 10th.  I would definitely sign up for this race again… want to do it with me?  You can find sign up information here:

Final score:  8.5/10


  • Easy to get to packet pick-up
  • Excellent swag
  • Fair price considering the swag
  • Fun course with good aide stations
  • Post race brunch was healthy and had gluten free options
  • Cute post-race lulu hat for messy running hair and a cold, wet washcloth to greet runners at the finish


  • Disappointed that the coveted store was barren 
  • Early registration for 2015 (nearly a year in advance) is a bit soon
  • The pacers ran the race too fast – Most pacers try to get runners within a minute of the pace mark.  Nearly 3 minutes is a considerable difference.




Race Thru the Redwoods (or as I like to call it, Race THROUGH the Redwoods) Race Recap

According to my coach,  I start training for the California International Marathon right after Labor Day.  Until then, I’ve been in maintenance mode and just running for fun.  Up until late last week, I was planning to run a cross country race with my pal Meg, but when we realized that Santa Cruz Endurance would not have a full women’s team at the race, we decided to jump into the Race Thru the Redwoods instead.  Here’s the thing… I don’t race trails (and if you have ever tripped on something as silly as a speed bump and broken your hand, all ideas of racing trails with no sense of irrational fear is long gone).  For that reason, this race was simply for fun.  Fun was what I had, and I actually surprised myself to boot!

Because I had signed up for this race last minute, I didn’t have my normal pre-race stress.  In fact, I didn’t even look at the course map until Friday.  At that time, I thought… “Oh crap! This is going to be rough.”  Take a look…

Do you see that hill?

Do you see that hill?

That’s right… There’s a big whopping hill right in the middle of this course.  I figured that I could prepare myself a little better by asking Meg what the hill was like.  Her response was, “Well…. I’ve never actually ran up the whole thing.  It’s impossible.”  Okay…. it must be a considerable hill since I think of Meg as strong on hills.  

With this in mind, I proceeded to do an 11 miler on Saturday with Elise, as she had 18 miles on her schedule.  After that, I went to a Barre class/Practice session to prepare for another one of my new adventures – becoming a Barre instructor (stay tuned… mega blog post coming up on that soon).  For final race prep, I put on some high heels and went out for a nice dinner with my hubby.  This isn’t how I typically prepare for a race, but I knew this was just for fun and didn’t feel any race pressure.

Sunday morning, I planned to meet Meg at her house to carpool to the race.  Meg’s friend Dustin rode with us and was running the race as one of his first races ever.  Go Dustin!  We grabbed our bibs, did a warm-up mile and restroom break, shared some hugs with other teammates and lined up.  Shortly after that, the gun went off and Meg and I used Mile 1 as a bit more of a warm up.  This part of the course just meandered through some paved roads, and at the end of this mile the trail started.  Shortly after this, I just went with a pace that felt comfortable.  Mile 2 was pretty uneventful, and then… the hill started.  Mile 3 was simply conquering the hill.  I ran on the less steep parts and power walked the rooty, steep parts. In fact, I even got a few compliments on the speed of my power walking.  Thank you fellow racers!  



Mile 4 was a rolling out and back section which was great because I could see some of the runners in front of me heading home.  This was also the point that I realized that I was the 3rd place female.  Cool!  Right after the out and back section, the hugest downhill ever was included in Mile 5.  Don’t misunderstand me… downhills are awesome, but these were super steep and I had visions of speed bumps in my head.  It’s all good though… I now know a perfect route for Boston training this spring.  Towards the end of Mile 5, we ended back up on trails for the last half mile or so of the 10k.  This is where the magic happened… I was stoked to be back on the trail.  Once I hit the trail, I had a moment of true appreciation of where I live and realized that trails make me happy.  Running makes me happy (90% of the time), but to run on the trails felt really freeing.  Prior to entering this last bit of trail, I’d been running pretty much neck and neck with a young man.  When we got to the trails, he entered before me and I let him go.  I know… you are probably thinking, “Silly girl!  Go get him!”  Believe me, I thought about it, but I also wanted to savor that feeling of running for joy.  It was simply amazing!

My race buddy... I'm not sure he felt the same way, but I say we're friends.

My race buddy… I’m not sure he felt the same way, but I say we’re friends.

When all was said and done, I finished in 46:14 which was fast enough for 3rd Female and 1st in Age Group.  Not bad!  If I had to rank this race, I’d give it a 7/10.  On the plus side, the race was easy to get to, parking was good, bathrooms were plentiful, and the course was well marked with helpful volunteers.  For the negatives, there wasn’t race day registration, the shirts were regular old cotton t-shirts, the awards ceremony was odd, and there wasn’t an ounce of coffee to be seen even though there was a tease of a pancake breakfast after the race.  Overall though, it is a race to put on your list for sure!

Warning… Only Read if You Have Self Control

Seriously… only continue reading if you have self control.  I clearly do not.  Let me confess that I honestly believe that I am a sugar addict.  I’m constantly craving something sweet.  Can I blame my mother for this?  She never let us have dessert unless we cleaned our plate… and she always served peas which I hate (well… unless they are in a pot pie and then I can eat them cause they are surrounded by gooey goodness).  What can you conclude from this… I sometimes (um… often) missed dessert.

I really try to eat a clean diet, and actually fare pretty well during the week.  It is the weekend that I get way out of balance.  If there is a cookie or a cake or anything remotely scrumptious I will gobble it down… and fast.  For that exact reason, I don’t buy sweets for home frequently.  Last week, I was hungry for something sweet and I remembered the recipe for No Bake Energy Bites from the blog Give Me Some Oven.  After a quick look through the cabinets and freezer, I was set to make these little balls of goodness.


Here’s the recipe:

No-Bake Energy Bites

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: About 3 dozen


  • 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used gluten free old fashioned oats)
  • 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes (I was lazy and didn’t toast the coconut)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ (I had neither, but I did have sesame seeds)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)
  • 1/3 cup honey or agave nectar ( I used honey)
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional… but I had some ground chia and used this)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until mixed well. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.

Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like.  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.  Recipe says it makes 20-25 balls, but I didn’t make it that far.

Sounds easy enough, right?  It really is until you discover that the balls are just so yummy that you have to have a few spoonfuls before they go to the fridge to chill.  After putting them in the fridge to chill as directed, I attempted to make the balls… until I ate another few spoonfuls and said, “Forget the balls… I’ll do that later!”  I put the container back in the fridge for the night.  The next day, I had a few bites for breakfast and then proceeded to eat the rest as an after school snack.  Those balls didn’t stand a chance.

You may be wondering how many “Oh Wow(s)!” these earned from my husband.  The answer is ZERO.  This recipe was delicious, but sadly, Adam didn’t have a clue that I had even made them because I ate the entire recipe without his knowledge.  What’s a girl to do… they were wonderful!

Maybe it was guilt, maybe it was embarrassment, but I downloaded the book I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson.  I need to get control of this situation, especially before marathon training begins again.  This chic is going for a PR!  Stay tuned… I plan to read the book and implement some of the suggestions, but September is my birthday month so it may be a slower transition.

Saturday Snippets – Happy Babies, Scarves 101, Hunter Pence and Clean Eating

This past week marked that day that every teacher has a love/hate relationship with… the first day of professional development and/or classroom prep for the 2014-2015 school year.  Honestly, where did summer go?  I swear it lasted much, much longer when I was a kid.  Now, I know that summer doesn’t officially end until September 21st (which also happens to be the only sad thing that happens during my birthday month), but once I put my teacher cap on, I start thinking FALL.

When I think of fall, I think of scarves.  It was perfectly fitting that I saw a post on how to tie scarves on Facebook this week.  In fact, it wasn’t that long ago that I was having a scarf wearing conversation with some girlfriends.  You see… living in Santa Cruz means that a scarf is a wardrobe staple.  However, the Midwest in me still associates scarves with beautiful fall.  If you have found yourself doing the same old scarf loop, or obsessing how celebrities make their scarves look so cool, then this video may be just what you are looking for…. and it’s from Nordstrom so that is always a win!

4 Scarves... 16 Ways!!!

4 Scarves…
16 Ways!!!

Click here to find out how to perfect 16 different scarf techniques using 4 types of scarves… which are probably already hiding in your closet.  It’s like having a new accessory without actually purchasing a new accessory!

As stated above, there is a love/hate relationship with going back to school.  I love working with the kiddos again.  There isn’t much that can top a hug from a sweet little kid, or watching a kiddo learning something new for the first time.  The only thing that drags all this awesomeness down is the fact that my schedule gets alot more pressed for time.  Enter the handy, dandy Crock Pot… this thing is a life saver!  It seems like there is a 50 Best Crock Pot Meals posted every other day on Facebook.  I always look at these, but it seems like they are often full of some pretty sketch ingredients.  Fortunately, there are some lovely recipes on the blog He and She Eat Clean.  They have a whole section on slow cooker meals.  Love!  On the menu in our casa this week would be Italian Stallion Chicken.  I plan to do the prep on Sunday and then toss this in the slow cooker on Tuesday or Thursday when my schedule is tightest.  What do you think?

Italian Stallion Crockpot Chicken Clean Eaing Slow Cooker Italian Chicken

Okay, with going back to work adding some humor to my days is an absolute must.  The things that I found the most hysterical this week would be the crying baby that hears Katy Perry and all of the Hunter Pence heckling signs that have sprouted up at baseball diamonds all across America.  Really,  if these don’t crack you up there is no way you are human.

Click here to see the video...

Click here to see the adorable, hysterical video.

What would your Hunter Pence sign say?

What would your Hunter Pence sign say?


That’s all I have for this week.  I’ll let you know how many “Oh Wow(s)!” the Italian Stallion Chicken gets.

Hoping your Saturday is full of joy and the chance to do something extraordinary!  Enjoy!  Oh… and if you try any of the above out this week, let me know how it went!

What Does It Take to be Called an Athlete?

Have you seen the new ad from Under Armour featuring Misty Copeland?  Holy amazing!

Click the link below.  Amazing!!!

Click the link below. Amazing!!!

 Click here to see this amazing video.   It’s only a minute!

 So often, when the image of an athlete comes to mind, it’s easy to picture a favorite player from a favorite team, the looks of determination (and sometimes agony) of a track athlete heading towards the finish line, or the calm, yet powerful images of a boxer while training (or when smashing someone’s face in).  But one thing that this ad certainly conveys is that athletes can be anybody doing any activity.  It also points out, very matter-of-fact, that if you are told it’s not possible… think again!  When I think of  athletes, these are some of the images that comes to my mind…

Ernest chose a bike instead of surgery to lose more than 200 lbs.

Ernest chose a bike instead of surgery to lose more than 200 lbs.

Read Ernest’s story here.

Photo courtesy of

Lance… Photo courtesy of

I know… he can be a total jerk, has made some super bad choices, but the dude still won the biggest cycling race not one, but seven times…. after nearly dying of cancer.  The good in me believes in the good in Lance.  He’s got a lot of life left to live.  Still not convinced… check out Esquire‘s latest article.

Seriously... this looks hard!

Seriously… this looks hard!

As a teacher of students with disabilities, I’m often in awe at my students’ efforts to overcome some very serious obstacles.  If you have been around a person with a disability for much time, you will notice that they have very little negative self-talk.  I’m often reminded that when I think a workout is too much or that something aches, my issue is really just peanuts in comparison.  Okay… last video.  Have you seen this Guinness Beer commercial?  Happy tears are in your future.

Last… when I think of athletes, I think of these ladies.  I’m very fortunate to live in a community with some very talented female runners.  None of us are pros (although some are close to it), but despite family commitments, work commitments, illness, injuries and the many other things that take up space in the our lives, time is still made to set a goal, put in the time, and with a little support from others – smash it!

Setting goals and getting by with a little help from one another.

Setting goals and getting by with a little help from one another.

What image comes to mind when you hear the word athlete?

Saturday Snippets (A Day Late)

The Virgo in me is really annoyed that I didn’t get this blog post out on a Saturday, but the “I’m trying  really hard to chill out” in me says being a day late is a good sign.  So… here comes the Sunday version of Saturday Snippets…

Last week, I mentioned that I had an anniversary coming up and that I’d be making Honey Chicken Chipotle Bowls from How Sweet Eats.  I’m here to report that they turned out excellent!  I had a little bit of mango salsa leftover from fish tacos earlier in the week, and this provided an extra bit of YUM to the dish.  Also, instead of cooking the chicken on the stove, my husband threw it on the grill.  This was perfect because it meant less clean up after dinner.  This dish was given the green light to make again (and not just by my man, but from our foodie friends too).

Honey Chicken Chipotle Bowl... my attempt!

Honey Chicken Chipotle Bowl… my attempt!

I made Classic Margaritas from one of my all time favorite magazines, Real Simple too.  Adam looked at the pitcher and said, “That will never be enough!”  I assured him that it would be plenty… we were all rather buzzed after one each.  As predicted, I was right.   I did double the batch and we used Patron Silver Tequila and Patron Citronge Extra Fine Orange Liqueur instead of Triple Sec (I can thank the kind man at Bevmo for that suggestion).  And then… we had cake.

Chocolate Devil's Food Cake with Whipped Cream frosting from The Buttery.  Life is better with cake.

Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake with Whipped Cream frosting from The Buttery. Life is better with cake.

I’ve looked at a couple new recipes to try this week, but I’m going to have to remake Run Eat Repeat’s Chili Relleno Casserole again.  I like to judge the worthiness of a new recipe by the number of “Oh Wow” that I get from my husband.  This recipe was given two from him and he asked that we have it again really soon.  Here’s what I learned from making this the first time around:

  • Yes… I do indeed own an 8×8 casserole dish.  I just couldn’t find it because I recently cleaned the cabinets and it was neatly stacked with the other casserole dishes… as it should be.  I’ll use it next time.
  • I love my rice cooker.  It makes perfect rice every time, and I can always make extra for other recipes during the week (this week it was a yummy Brown Rice Greek Salad)
  • I can go without eating meat, but Adam likes to say “If we weren’t supposed to eat animals, then why are they made out of meat?”  To remedy his need for meat,  I put a couple of chicken breasts along with a jar of salsa verde into the crock pot before I went to the gym.  He got his meat, and I got to have a delicious veggie meal.  Two birds.  One Stone.
  • We added a little light sour cream (again left over from fish tacos) and avocado (which I almost always have in my house… #midwestgirlproblem… Now that I can buy them so cheap, I think they are a staple)
This dish was given 2 "OH WOWS!"  That means you should make it.

This dish was given 2 “OH WOWS!” That means you should make it.

In the LEATHER department, Banana Republic has recently launched their new leather (and some fine looking faux leather) pieces.  I’ve been on the hunt for a leather tank or t-shirt for a bit and was super stoked to see a leather tank and a faux leather tee in the line-up.  We went to San Jose today to do a little shopping and I was hoping to try the them on, but they were not in the store yet.  The sales girl thought BR would have these items on August 8th.  If you are excited to see them or order before then, here’s a peek. I’m also hoping that BR will have one of their awesome coupons that includes either item.  Do you ever get frustrated when you pick out that one item that is excluded from the too hard to believe percent off???  Yep… me too!

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Okay… last snippet.  I have to go back to work this week, although I won’t have students for a couple of weeks.  I’ve signed up to lead a few back-to-school trainings, and I also have to attend a few back-to-school trainings.  It always takes me a bit to get back into the swing of things so I’m a huge fan of the pony.  Lucky me, I have really thick hair, and with the help of a Keratin treatment, it is very easy to make a pony tail look polished.  Unlucky me, thick hair is quite heavy and I almost always fail at the messy top-knot look… until now… check out this easy tutorial from Espresso & Cream.  I was able to do it (albeit with a TON of bobby pins) so I’m sure it will work for you too!

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Hoping your Saturday (um… Sunday)  is full of joy and the chance to do something extraordinary!  Enjoy!  Oh… and if you try any of the above out this week, let me know how it went!