What’s really scary is…


1 :: Christmas is less than 2 months away. AAAAHHHHHHH!!!!

2 :: I am currently training for a 5k. What?! Yup it’s happening. I’ve committed, but I am totally trying not to over-think it and just take it day by day so I’ll fill y’all in when I actually have some news. I’m narrowing down my 5k options in the state  and I think I’ve decided on one in April in Oak Island, one of the very few places I have not visited on the NC Coast so I can kill two birds in one trip or something like that. So if any of you locals are interested in helping me cross something off my bucket list, you will have 4 months after the holidays to train. Let me know.

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Healthy Trick or Treats, and Sweet Alternatives

Under the Oaks : Healthy Trick or Treats, and Sweet Alternatives

In the past couple of months I’ve been having to really focus in on the foods that are healthy for my body. I don’t just say “healthy” because I’ve been learning that foods that might be healthy for one, are not healthy for all. With Halloween quickly approaching I’ve also been thinking an awful lot about trick-or-treaters and whether or not I really want to promote unhealthy eating behaviors. While I know a pillow case full of sugary sweets is inevitable and that I cannot control what everyone passes out as treats, I can control what is passed out from my doorstep [and encourage others to do the same].

This year the criteria for the items that will be leaving my doorstep: sugar-free, low carbs, preferably all natural, and some sort of positive health content. The best way to meet all of these criteria in a perfect world would be to make something yourself, which let’s be real, is a huge liability unless it is something you bring to work or something you hand out to your child’s classmates. I turned to the world of Pinterest for advice. Continue reading

Have a colorful week.

What a beautiful fall weekend here in the Carolinas! The husband and I spent the day yesterday trolling through the mountains in Western North Carolina. We experienced the holiday decor at the Biltmore Estate (yes, already) and followed it up with a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We were about a week away from seeing optimum fall color, but we no doubt saw a flurry if fall. I was also able to check items off both my 2013 and Fall bucket lists. Today we are making our way back to the City of Oaks with a pit stop at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro.

What’s your favorite place to go to experience the colors of fall? xoxo ‘n lols, crystal