HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

You already know that I love Halloween!  I only wish I had tricker treaters to pass out candy and compliment their costumes!  Even though I don’t, I still bought candy like I do.  And I’ve eaten it all by myself over the last few days!  (And they say dentists disapprove of sweets!)  Candy corns, Baby Ruth bars, and Reece’s are my favorite!  It is estimated that the average American will spend almost $80 buying decorations, costumes, and candy for this spooky holiday!  So what’s in your Halloween candy bag?  Here is a list of the very worst-for-you Halloween candies.  These losers contain tons of artificial coloring, lots of acid, and heaps of sugar!!!  But it’s only once a year right?

1. Candy corn (also may contain carcinogens! YUCK!)

2. Dots (cavities, anyone!?)

3. Now & Laters

4. Necco Wafers (people actually eat these?)

5. Twizzlers

6. Laffy Taffy

7. Sour Skittles

Moral of the story: avoid sticky, sour candies that are difficult to chew.  Chocolate-y candy bars aren’t so bad for you after all!!  In moderation of course.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Wet Weather Wear

Since central Ohio is expected to experience cold, windy, and rainy weather for the rest of the week (and because I need a break from studying), I decided a post on my favorite rainy weather wear was appropriate!  These are my favorite keep-you-dry fashions, some I own and some I just swoon over…

For your feet:

Hunter Rain Boots–the most stylish weather boot out there!  These boots originated in Scottland in 1856 and today the brand prides itself on delivering “luxury craftmanship with design.”  Take your pick from any color imaginable–the classic boot is hunter green, but my personal favorites are the original gloss in black and red.  Hunter also makes boot liners in tons of different colors, prints and patterns–from fleece to knit to leopard print!

Another one of my favorite rain shoes is the L.L. Bean Rubber Moc, which also comes in a plethora of colors!

Jackets:

This is the most dreamy raincoat I’ve ever seen!  The Burberry Brit Bowpark Raincoat.  Burberry has been around since 1856 and is best known for its iconic trench coat.  Their coats are timelessly classic and go with everything.  Though it’s on the pricey side, this is a coat you could wear forever!

A sporty alternative is the Patagonia Rain Shadow jacket.  I’ve been wearing this coat in bright teal for the last six years and I would recommend it to anyone!  It is extremely light weight for those hot spring days and roomy enough to load up on layers underneath.  Plus, Patagonia is a totally cool company that prides itself on protecting the environment.

Umbrellas, anyone?

I’m not a big fan of umbrellas.  I never have one when I need it, they never seem quite big enough, and I usually soak myself trying to close the silly things.  Plus, it’s just one more thing you have to carry and I need that hand for coffee.  But if you are an umbrella person, these are my favorites:

Windjammer by Shedrain.  Simple design plus a lifetime warranty equals a big win in my book!

And if you want to splurge…this would look really nice with your Burberry rain coat!

Stay dry out there!

Step Up for Stefanie 5k

 

Well, today was the big 5k race!  I have only run one 5k race since my high school cross country days so it was fun to get out there and do a quick 3.1 miles this morning!  Over 5,000 walkers and runners showed up for the event and the Stefanie Speilman Fund for Breast Cancer Research has raised over $11 million!!!  Stefanie’s story is so inspiring and I am so thankful to be a part of the wonderful work her family has accomplished in her honor. 

Costume Craze!

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year!  Who doesn’t love candy and costumes!?

Last night I attended  a dental school Halloween party and I had an absolute blast while admiring the creative costume creations of my colleagues!  Here are a few of my favorites!

 

 

 

As for my own costume, I tried to create an ice cream sundae but people thought I was a cupcake all evening!  Regardless, it was pretty simple and inexpensive (~$50) to make and I was really happy with the result!

I purchased a white leotard from American Apparel, a white tutu from a local costume shop, 1 yard of brown fabric (hot fudge), colored pipe cleaners (sprinkles), and 1/4 yd. quilt filler, a solo cup, and red puff balls for the whipped cream with cherries on top!

Stay tuned for a post on my favorite fun Halloween party ideas! Until then, Happy Halloween!!!

“don’t let one bad day kill your confidence and progress”

So the whole eating clean thing…it lasted about 2 days.  Tuesday and Wednesday were perfect, I felt great and I was so proud of myself!  Then today happened and things went downhill a bit.  I had a dental school event tonight and I decided to eat dinner before so I wouldn’t be tempted by drinks and appetizers.  I chose an iced tea and had 2 mini soft pretzels with honey mustard–no big deal since I lifted chest and biceps today and completed a 3 mile jog.  At around 9pm the sugar cravings kicked in.  I went to Cuzzin’s (a delish local by-the-ounce fro yo company) and got a way too big cup of frozen yogurt topped with buckeyes, butterfinger, and cookie dough!  It tasted amazing but not amazing enough to be worth how I feel right now–miserable and bloated.  I hope I remember this feeling next time I want to binge on my favorite food!  Here’s to having a better day tomorrow!

rollout REVOLUTION

Ashley Borden has been inspiring my since January 2011 when I cut her picture out of Women’s Health magazine and hung it up on my bulletin board.  I wanted to look like her!

Confident, powerful, fit and beautiful.

Almost two years later, I have fallen in love with Ashley yet again.  I recently started following her on Twitter and looked into what she calls #rolloutrevolution

I’ve heard of “rolling out” before.  I quickly purchased the foam roller she recommends and downloaded her free PDF guide of exercises. I strongly suggest visiting her site for info on why rolling out really is a revolution and why she never does a workout without it.  I’ve started incorporating a quick rollout sesh both before and after my workouts and I really do feel a difference, AND my tendonitis (that I have been fighting for almost 2 years now) is starting to improve!

Start rolling!

Clean Eating Mission

While browsing the web for new workouts, I came across Bodybuilding.com’s latest body transformation.  I was shocked because Jess’s starting stats are exactly mine, although my weight is concentrated in different areas than hers.  I read more and realized we had more in common than our bodies.  Jess never had an issue with working out, it was the eating that held her back!  That is me!!!  I spend 5-6 days a week in the gym doing some pretty intense workouts.  I am very proud of my fitness accomplishments, and I’ve decided it’s time to stop letting my poor diet choices holding me back.  Today, starting this very second, I am vowing to eat clean for this upcoming week.  No mistakes.  No cheat meals.

Seven days of clean eating may not seem like a lot to some of you, but I am used to eating ice cream, candy, Chipotle, and pizza multiple times a week so I need to take baby steps!  I will reassess how I feel at the end of the week and hopefully I will be motivated to keep it up!

I will aim to eat 1,500 calories per day and closer to 1,800 when I’m doing really challenging workouts.  I haven’t set any specific weight goals for myself because I don’t think the scale is a good gauge of health.  Here is a sample meal plan:

Breakfast:

1 DAMY protein pancake

Lunch:

Shakeology chocolate shake

Snack:

10 almonds + rice cake +/- peanut butter

WORKOUT

Snack (before or after dinner):

Greek yogurt

Dinner:

Vegetarian black bean burger +/- cheese, 2 cups vegetables or vegetable stir fry

Wonderful Wedges

I’ve always had a bit of a shoe obsession and right now I am in search of a great pair of wedges!  I spend quite a bit of my day walking around the clinic and up and down stairs, so I need a comfortable pair of dress shoes but they also need to have a high enough heel to keep my dress pants from dragging on the ground!  Here are a few I’ve had my eye on!

J. Crew Martina Patent Wedge

Kate Spade Kimmy

Tory Burch Sophie Wedge

Kate Spade Kiki

#bakingproblems

This weekend I set out to master rolled sugar cookies, a feat which I have never taken on before!  Baking the cookies was the easy part. Decorating the cookies was a whole different story.  I have never used royal icing before as I have been using my grandmother’s unbelievable buttercream icing recipe since I started baking.

If you have a lot of time on your hands and you’re up for a challenge I suggest giving rolled sugar cookies a go!  They are a fun and creative way to practice your decorating skills.  I am certain it will get easier for me each time I make them.

The ROLLED SUGAR COOKIE recipe I used can be found here.  The recipe says it will make 5 dozen cookies, but I only managed to get 3 dozen using Wilton comfort grip cookie cutters in the circle and pumpkin shapes!

I recommend letting your cookie dough sit in the refrigerator overnight.  This will make your cookie cutting so much easier!

When you’re ready to roll, sprinkle flour over a clean counter or cutting board.  Place your chilled dough on top of the flour and sprinkle more flour on top of it.  Place a piece of wax paper over the dough and roll with a rolling pin until dough is about 1/4-1/2″ thick.

Cut out your cookies and place them on a cookie sheet.  I like to bake 6 cookies per sheet at a time.  DO NOT over bake!  Your first batch will probably be a test run.  You don’t want any brown edges or bottoms on these guys!

When it’s time to ice your cookies, I recommend this ROYAL ICING recipe by Bake at 350.  In fact, I recommend Bake at 350 for all of your sugar cookie decorating needs.  Bridget is unbelievably talented and her blog features hundreds of sugar cookie decorating ideas with step by step photo instruction!

Here is the finished product!  I followed this photo demo and was pretty darn pleased with the results!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I am the vice president of service of the OSUCOD’s American Association of Women Dentists and today we held a bake sale to raise money for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.  Not only are we raising money but we will also be running in a 5K in Stefanie’s honor in a couple of weeks.  This event is very dear to my heart because my own mother suffered from and conquered breast cancer!  She isn’t one to tote around pink ribbons and participate in any event associated with the disease, so I am going to do it for her!  I am so proud of her and all she has been through.  So many women are fighting this horrible cancer every day and I pray everyday that we will soon life in a life where the c-word is a thing of the past!

Now back to the bake sale…

If you’re ever looking for a killer bake sale treat, look no further than Annie’s Eats!  This woman is an absolute genius in the kitchen.  If you’re a fan of those deliciously soft sugar cookies you purchase by the dozen at a grocery store, you will LOVE these!  I made this recipe exactly as listed and my cookies were the first item to sell out!

SOFT FROSTED SUGAR COOKIES by Annie’s Eats

Ingredients:

For the cookies:
4½ cups all-purpose flour
4½ tsp. baking powder
¾ tsp. salt
1½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1½ cups sugar
3 large eggs
5 tsp. vanilla extract

For the frosting:
5 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1/3 cup (5 1/3 tbsp.) unsalted butter, melted
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
7-8 tbsp. milk (plus more, as needed)
Food coloring (optional)
Sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.  In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar well, adding one egg at a time followed by the vanilla.  Continue to mix these ingredients on medium-high for about two minutes more.

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until well combined.  Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, roll 1/4 cup ball of dough and flatten slightly on the tray leaving about two inches between each cookie.  Bake for 10 minutes.

To make the icing, place all the ingredients in your stand mixer and mix until well combined and creamy.  Ice the cookies when they are cool and add your choice of sprinkles!