It’s Totally Normal To Ride A Spin Bike In Bloomingdales


I love the opportunity for randomness…


As a peanut butter lover, it is my duty to make sure you are aware of the recent nut butter recall.

I was slightly nervous when I saw Trader Joe’s involved since I recently bought a jar but it seems that only their almond butters made the recalled list.

If I want to be honest with you, years ago when I was a Reduced Fat Skippy Crunchy Peanut Butter lover and it was recalled in a major way, I continued to eat my way through my jar supply because I would rather have risked contamination than go a day without my favorite peanut butter.

Please keep in mind that I may not be the best role model.

So sometimes I go to bed planning ahead for a rest day in the morning only to wake up, see the sun, feel refreshed, go against the plan and head outside.

Big mistake people. Big mistake.

Once I started running yesterday I just knew I should have stayed home. My legs were tired and needed a break yet I was stubborn and decided they would be fine.

It’s a cumulative effect for me because I can run and run and run….until I suddenly slow down without a pain or soreness anywhere just knowing I need a complete break.

Rest is in order for this morning.

Only I won’t rest, I will clean.

Only I can’t be trusted near any cleaner that involves bleach.

pottery barn shower curtain

My beautiful Pottery Barn shower curtain (don’t you love the ruffles?!) is now tye-dye because I am a fool and let the bleach cleaner dribble three large splotches on the curtain.

I was then left with no choice but to splatter-paint bleach all over the entire thing.

I will admit that I like it. Of course I do, I love tye-dye anything.

I also love The Cheesecake Factory where I had lunch yesterday with two friends.

cheesecake salad

Of course we needed extra onion rings.

onion rings

Those are Michelle’s nails by the way, not mine. Mine are pink, not French.


Always a tough decision.

Anyway, getting back to The Cheesecake Factory, I just need to vent for a moment once again about the Skinnylicious menu.

skinnylicious menu

While I understand why they invented such a menu and I think it’s all sorts of great when restaurants try to accommodate people with healthier options, the truth is, making it separate and labeling it as “Lighter” or “Skinny” tends to put some people off.

Since kids speak their minds, speak the truth and often say what most adults think but don’t verbalize, we can listen to my son.

He wants nothing to do with this Skinnylicious menu and pushes it away from him immediately.

Why? Because, as he says without even reading it, “it is diet food and not good.”

I have tried to explain to him that it’s the same burger just with a salad option. It’s the same appetizers just served in smaller portions.

People feel that “Skinnylicious” or “Lighter side” means a sacrifice on flavor and satisfaction which isn’t always the case.

It would almost be better if restaurants started offering more vegetable options as standard parts to their entrees as well as replace the standard French fries with a salad so that the fries become the substitution on request rather than the other way around.

Click here for my last rant about Skinnylicious menus which offers some tips on how to order “skinny” from any menu.

And while we are on the random theme today, I participated in a super random spinning session with sandals on my feet in, of all places, Bloomingdales.

spinning in bloomingdales

Totally normal, I know.

spin in bloomingdales

There was an AIDS fundraiser taking place yesterday afternoon while I was in the store picking up new moisturizer so I was told that if I hopped on the spin bike for three minutes, I would earn a $10 Bloomingdales Gift Card just like that.

I tried to ask for a six-minute ride in order to receive $20 but it didn’t work in my favor.

My plan is to use the gift card at their Forty Carrots restaurant next week when my son has days off between camp ending and school starting.

We love to eat at Forty Carrots and ten dollars towards a meal is always welcome.

Be sure to check out what everyone else is thinking about today!


Do you have any of the recalled nut butters in your pantry?

How often do you skip your rest-day plan?

Do you ruin household items with bleach too?


Three Tip Tuesday – Skinny Menus?


I have a confession. Remember those Snackin’ Muffins from yesterday?

Well, I kind of sort of gave one to my dad, AKA the pickiest eater alive….and purposely failed to mention that bananas were among the ingredients.


He didn’t ask what was in them, which shocked me, yet I knew he would find out once he read yesterday’s post.

My little plan worked – he loved the muffin but now claims (after reading the post of course) that he noticed the flavor of banana.

Is it wrong to trick people into eating things they wouldn’t normally eat?

I do this a lot with my son – I cook vegetables into dishes where he can’t notice or taste them.

I feel like quite the success when I complete this nutrition mission yet can’t help but wonder what I really achieved.


See this bowl of chili? I made it for the little boy last week. While he was well aware that corn and kidney beans were involved, he doesn’t know about the squash, spinach or mashed veggie burger that also went into his mouth.

Sure, he got the nutrients but without knowing that he liked the textures and flavors of the vegetables, he doesn’t know that he can order or request those foods to be included in his meals again.

Something to think about? I think so.

You know what else is something to think about? Skinny Menus.


The other night while dining at The Cheesecake Factory, after seeing the Skinnylicious Menu once again, I gave some thought to these “Skinny” menus which offer us a separate listing of low-calorie options and “lighter” fare.

As a side note, my son pushes the Skinnylicious Menu away based upon the word, Skinny. Instead of reading what is offered he assumes it is health food and not worthy. Guaranteed, many adults view this menu the same way he does.

The funny thing is, most of these so-called Skinny Menus are really the same as the regular menu – just smaller portions, bumped up vegetable servings and side salads served in place of mashed potatoes or french fries.

Wouldn’t it be great if we all knew how to order a decent and healthier meal from ANY MENU we encounter?

Rather than feel restaurant menu segregation, today I offer you a few standard ordering tips that can apply to any meal off of any menu at any restaurant.


Here’s the thing: What I like to eat may be very different from what you like to eat. I refuse to offer you tips based upon what my choices would be, rather, I prefer to offer some ways to lighten up your favorite dishes and help you to realize you can still enjoy what you love, rather than find it forbidden and terrible for not making it to the Skinny Menu.

First things first:

THE BREAD BASKET. Is it worth eating?

If it features your favorite crusty bread or a fun little raisin roll, then have some.

If the bread is basic, bland and not worthy, skip it. Feel free to tell the waiter thanks but no thanks.


I take offense that my favorite BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad at The Cheesecake Factory doesn’t qualify for the Skinnylicious Menu.


I mean, my salad of choice contains black beans, corn, tomato, lettuce, cucumber and avocado (and grilled chicken but I leave that off). The few onion strings on top cannot be the deciding factor.

What is the culprit? The BBQ Ranch dressing.

Creamy and thick dressings drowning your lettuce give a double bacon cheeseburger some serious competition in the stats department.

Food actually has flavor on its own, did you know that?


If you can’t skip  the dressing altogether,  order it on the side and use your fork to dip. You will still get the flavor from the dressing while majorly lightening up the caloric content.

Even better – order a lighter dressing. A vinaigrette is almost always a better choice than a creamy dressing.

*Fat free dressings are usually available but super bland. In that case, go for the Oil and Vinegar or skip it all together. I am telling you, food itself has flavor!


If you are eating in a restaurant that gives gigantic portions and want to watch your intake, ask for a TO-GO box BEFORE you start eating.


Put some of your entrée in the box and forget about it. Most likely you will be full with what you leave on your plate and can then enjoy the leftovers the next day.

If fries are your thing, don’t deny yourself, just limit yourself in advance by removing a handful or two from the plate.

If you are still hungry, feel free to break open your doggie bag, BUT, did you know that it takes 20 minutes for your brain to realize you are even full?

Take a breather. You may think you are hungry but after 20 minutes, I bet you will realize you are satisfied.


Sometimes what makes a dish banned from the Skinny Menu is the amount of cheese topping the chicken parmesan, the amount of oil ladened over the pasta or the amount cream sauce the dish is prepared with.

Simply requesting that your dish be made light on the cheese and/or drained from the extra cream and oil can be enough to lighten the load without sacrificing the flavor.

Sometimes, even when I order a salad, the amount of feta or other cheese on top is just too much. Kind of like the amount of cream cheese spread on a bagel in the bagel store.

In these situation, ask for it on the side.  Then you are free to spread and top as you wish, putting you completely in control of how much or how little goes into your dish.


It would go against my religion for me to tell you to skip dessert.


What I can tell you is, only order dessert if it is worth it. I mean, who wants a dinky cookie or a poor excuse for cake?

Just because a restaurant offers it, doesn’t mean you order it. Unless of course you are at The Cheesecake Factory.

Should you encounter a crummy dessert menu, leave and head for your nearest frozen yogurt shop.

Now, before I go get ready for my run, I leave you with my favorite ecard of the morning:




Have you ever tricked anyone into eating something healthy?

Do you order from the Skinnylicious Menu?

Are you an on-the-side salad dressing orderer?










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