7 Random Thoughts


It’s a good thing today is Thursday because putting together a post that flows was not about to happen this morning.

thinking out loud

Between juggling my son being home for a few days as I attempted to work while simultaneously trying to become a blog savvy tech person (I am not and never will be but I will keep trying/complaining about it until things work the way I want them to), I am not exactly flowing with coherent words unless I am typing in a live chat.

I have been doing a lot of technological live chats this week. I don’t understand any of the computer lingo they type at me but I try my best to pretend and shoot big words back at them.

And with that warning, here are my thoughts for today:

1-  I can’t recall the last time I had greek yogurt. It’s easily been a month, if not more, which is funny when you consider that it was a staple in morning routine for a really long time.

2 – This headband from Lululemon always falls off of my head when I run. I don’t understand.

lululemon headband

3 – My friend Robyn went to Hawaii recently and brought me back this Hello Kitty bag!

hello kitty

Robyn and I met back in junior year of college. I first spotted her in my finance class because she was using a Hello Kitty pencil. I walked over and told her I liked her pencil and here we are, 16 years later.

4- If I ever take a break from trying to deactivate plug-ins and optimize photos (don’t ask, I don’t know what I just said either), I have grand plans for making my chocolate covered caramel apples again.

chocolate covered caramel apples

It’s been a while since I made my own and I even picked up the caramel at Target BUT then I decided I need to make the healthified chocolate covered caramel apples which involve blended up dates. I don’t have dates nor do I have time to go buy dates today but it’s on my list.

I will be following this recipe and will let you know how they come out.

5- I have a few meetings today in the city and one of them is taking place over lunch at my favorite restaurant, The Smith.

I haven’t been to The Smith in a while but that doesn’t stop me from thinking about their roasted brussels sprouts.

roasted brussels sprouts

How amazing, right? Click here for the flashback post. 

6 – My son’s Bar Mitzvah is exactly one year from today (seriously?!) which means 2016 is a leap year because his party will be a Saturday night.

7  – Last night was not supposed to be pizza night but it became pizza night. We used the Trader Joe’s frozen organic whole wheat pizza crust for the first time and like it much better than the whole wheat dough that they sell in the refrigerated case.


And with that I am off to get my busy day started. Be sure to check out what everyone else is thinking about today 🙂

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Do you like candy apples or chocolate covered caramel apples?

Is there a food you recently and randomly stopped eating?

Do you make your own pizza crust and if not, which do you buy when you make pizza at home?



WIAW- October Happenings


I thought about skipping out on the What I Ate Wednesday fun this week because it is suddenly October 1st and we need to discuss some happenings.

But…. WIAW is part of my routine and without my routine I feel all sorts of off-balance and I don’t want to be off-balance so I figured out how to make today What I Ate Wednesday which wasn’t difficult since most of what I do revolves around eating anyway.

wiaw fall into good habits button (2)

Lots of exciting things are penciled all over my October calendar and while it’s possible you could care less what I have going on, I think I will tell you anyway because I feel like it.




October 6th

My son’s birthday is on Monday.  He is going to turn eleven.

Do you hear me?  Eleven. 11. ELEVEN.

Like really? How the heck did that happen so fast.


I sort of feel like I just gave birth and didn’t sleep for months (if not years) because he was a nursing monster who quickly grew into some kid who thought he could share my ice cream.


He wants a dog for his birthday. I have been told he will accept nothing more and nothing less.

Part of me wonders though if making another stack of birthday pancakes this year for breakfast and letting him skip Hebrew school for the day will suffice.

birthday pancakes

Last year’s birthday breakfast “pancake cake” which involved Kodiak Cakes pancake mix, sprinkles, chocolate chips and whipped cream.

Of course I am currently working on picking the right birthday cake.

birthday cakes

When I say “right”, I mean chocolate. The right amount of chocolate….Stay tuned…

October 11th

Opening Night For My New York Islanders.

Actually, I should call this the last opening night at the Nassau Coliseum since the Islanders will be moving to Brooklyn to play at the Barclays Center after this season.

islanders in brooklyn

If I struggled with Jeter retiring last week, I can’t even imagine or discuss just yet this topic of the Coliseum being no more and my team moving to a borough I rarely, and I mean rarely, venture off to.

Although I should really reconsider this especially since the Peter Pan Bakery is in Brooklyn and they have the best donuts ever.

For now let’s just look forward to the start of hockey season and the fact that we already planned out dinner before the game…

zucchini marinara

Just like last year’s opening night, we will be going to Vincent’s Clam Bar so I can have the Zucchini Marinara followed once again by dessert after the game at Friendly’s for the Crowd Pleaser Sundae…

friendlys crowd pleaser

Twelve scoops of ice cream plus six toppings may sound like a lot but it really isn’t if you are sharing with me.

October 16th

Fitness Magazine Meet and Tweet time again!!

fitness magazine meet and tweet

I am so excited. Last year’s Meet and Tweet was so super awesome that I am honored and thrilled to have been invited once again to take part in all of the fun.

And my plan for this year is to make a pit stop at Maoz just like I did last year so that I can load up on my vegetarian favorites.


I am never without a food plan.

October 17th- October 19th


Not only am I headed to Pennsylvania to run the Runner’s World Hat Trick (5k, 10k and half marathon) but I am so looking forward to meeting and spending some time with my fellow running/blogging friends and experiencing all that Runner’s World has to offer throughout the weekend.

I even signed up already for a few of the seminars!

And really, my excitement over finally meeting Sarah and eating ice cream with her can’t be put into words.

cold stone sundae

I don’t know for sure if there is a Cold Stone in Bethlehem, PA (yes I already tried googling and haven’t found one just yet) but I did see a few ice cream/dessert shops that are on the radar.

October 31st

I am wondering if an 11-year-old is too cool for trick or treating.

I am wondering if an 11-year-old is too cool for trick or treating with his mom.

I am wondering if making my Chocolate Covered Caramel Apples can subtly convince him that I am worthy of Halloween.

chocolate covered caramel apples

I am in fear though that he will not only give up trick or treating but will replace it with ideas about shaving cream and silly strings and those naughty things we all did but aren’t about to let our children do.

Maybe it’s time to watch Can’t Buy Me Love again. I am adding it to our October calendar.


You know the scene I am thinking about, right? With poor Kenneth’s house on Halloween?

If you haven’t had your children watch Can’t Buy Me Love, you need to do so with them.

In fact, I think that the schools should be showing this movie as part of an educational assembly.

It’s totally an 80’s film but it conveys a great message about bullying and how not always cool it is to be cool even though cool seems so cool.


And on that note, it’s time for me to go eat my oatmeal which I have adjusted to include mashed banana in place of fresh berries since we are no longer in summer.

As exciting as my October appears to be, oatmeal mixed with mashed banana and peanut butter may taste amazing but in the early morning darkness of fall, it looks really icky therefore I will spare you the photo.

Be sure to check out what everyone else is eating today!


Who will be at the Fitness Magazine Meet and Tweet with me?

Who will be at the Runner’s World Half & Festival with me?

Favorite 80’s movie?





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