Elf for Health {Round One}

This is my second year participating in Elf for Health and I’m enjoying it even more than last year!  Elf for Health is a 4-week challenge program that began on November 25th and goes through December 22nd.  Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean and Elle from nutritionella have spent I don’t know how much, but it must have been a LOT, of time coordinating inspirational and motivational challenges.

Elf for Health 2013 Challenges The Elf for Health challenges encourage participants to try new activities, reach for things that were once thought to be unattainable, help those in need, give back to the local community, implement organizational strategies, and various other health-related tasks.  But most importantly, the challenges foster a supportive community where women (and men) can connect with others who share similar passions and/or struggles.  The interactions begin virtually, but oftentimes develop into real life friendships.

Monday, November 25th – Go Meatless


Tomato Mozzarella Pizza Quesadillas – you’re gonna want this recipe…

Tuesday, November 26th – Unsubscribe


Unroll.Me lists all of your subscriptions & allows you to instantly unsubscribe from whichever you don’t want

Wednesday, November 27th – New Workout


cardio + a new weight routine

Thursday, November 28th – Make a Phone Call


my momma went to Colorado to help my brother move & they got stuck behind a herd of cows!

Friday, November 29th – Track Water Intake


no need to find filtered water or buy bottled water, Brita now has water bottles with filters

Saturday, November 30th – Treat Yourself

Treat Yourself

on Saturday Ryan & I treated ourselves to a day of disconnect (no computer, no phone) // on Sunday Ryan had to travel for work so I treated myself to a stroll around the grocery store & a mani + pedi

Sunday, December 1st – 100 Burpees


a positive attitude (plus a tasty lunch planned for afterwards) made 10 sets of 10 went by quickly

Monday, December 2nd – Hand-Written Note


Trader Joe’s has the cutest & most affordable cards

Tuesday, December 3rd – Eat the Rainbow


blue was definitely the hardest color to eat (evidence here -> WIAW:The Rainbow Minus Blue)

Wednesday, December 4th -Make-Up Free


wet hair, no make-up, & glasses

Thursday, December 5th – Workout Buddy


Ryan & I have done this workout a lot lately, it’s a guaranteed good sweat

Friday, December 6th – Operation Beautiful


I scattered notes throughout the campus where my momma works & left her one on her card

Saturday, December 7th – Fridge & Pantry Purge


our fridge & pantry are always organized, so I wiped down the drawers/shelves

Sunday, December 8th – Gratitude List

I'm Grateful For

there’s always something to be grateful for

Question:  If you’re participating in Elf for Health, what was your favorite round one challenge?  Mine (last year too) was the Operation Beautiful challenge.

Question:  What are you grateful for?

— Allison


Phone Facts

Fact:  Cell phones and I do not get along.

Fact:  Whenever I get a new cell phone, there’s always a problem.

Fact:  Only 1 of all the cell phone problems I’ve had has been my fault.

Fact:  The 1 problem caused by me was due to sheer stupidity, I’ll admit it.  I was a silly college kid.

Fact:  Do not attempt to simultaneously hold an umbrella, open a door, and prop a phone up to your ear while talking to your boyfriend at the same time.  In the rain.

Fact:  iPhone screens shatter very easily when dropped [spoken from experience].

Fact:  I received an awesome present from my momma for my birthday this year, an iPhone 5.  Thanks momma!

Fact:  I’ve used up more data over the past 4 weeks with my iPhone 5 than I ever used over the 2 years I had an iPhone 4.

Fact:  After a few phone calls to Verizon and a trip to the Apple Store this afternoon, I have yet again traded in my original phone for a new phone.

Fact:  I’m hoping for the best that this phone is better than the last…  Fingers crossed!

Fact:  My original idea for today’s post was postponed because it’s almost 9PM aka my bedtime.  Goodnight :)




Question:  Share a fact!

Question:  What’s your favorite phone app?

— Life's a Bowl


Surrounded by Apples

Ryan and I are about to head out to the ALR Walk to Cure Lupus but before we do, I wanted to share some pictures from last weekend’s apple adventure at Stribling Orchard!

Note: If you can guess from the first picture, someone [ahem, Ryan] remembered to charge the camera battery before we left BUT forgot to bring it with us [haha], oops!

Do you know the difference between a cobbler, a crisp, or a crumble?!  I didn’t and honestly thought the words were interchangeable buttt I was wrong according to this website

Cobblers:  American cobblers are considered “fruit stews with dough dropped on top before baking” (ochef.com) They involve a bottom layer of fruit that is then topped with ingredients for a biscuit dough. The result is a dense, rich dessert. Not to be confused with British cobblers (made with meat), popular cobbler ingredients include: apples, peaches and cherries.

Crisps:  Crisps also have a bottom layer of fruit, but their topping is much more crunchy than cobblers. Instead of a dough-like pastry that rises, the crisp is topped with a different proportion of butter, sugar and flour that is sort of crumbly, and only briefly browned in the oven. Crisps might include oats or granola in their topping as well.

Crumbles:  The crumble also begins with fruit at the bottom, but is topped with a different butter-flour-sugar mixture called a ‘streusel’. The three ingredients are mixed just until crumbly and then poured on top of the fruit. This dish is very similar to a crisp but the crumble originated in Britain whereas the crisp is seen as more American. Crisps are also more rich than crumbles with higher amounts of sugar, butter and flour.



P.S.  I shared a picture of some of the apple goodies I found in the country store on Instagram and people asked if they could order them online…  Yes you can, check out Stribling Orchard’s website!

Question:  Have you ever been apple picking?  If not, I highly recommend that you do!  We may have picked for hours and brought home more apples than we can eat, but there still are some left on the trees for you ;)

Question:  Are you more of a cobbler, crisp, or crumble apple eater?  I like the hearty texture of crisps and crumbles but I certainly won’t turn down a slice of pie or chunk of cobbler!

— Allison