Would YOU eat this?

When it comes to interesting flavors, Jelly Belly has done it again…and this time they are targeting the male population. 

Introducing BEER flavored Jelly Beans! 


They are also rolling out a chocolate covered Tabasco Jelly Bean. You can read the article HERE.


With these new and unique flavors, Jelly Belly is hoping to reach a new audience of Men, since they feel they have the niche on the women population who enjoy “sophisticated” flavors. 


Any other time I would probably poo-poo this… but have you tried Jelly Belly’s? They know what they are doing. I don’t eat them all the time (it’s a texture thing) but I’ve tried them and they are spot ON with their flavors. My favorites? Very Cherry (classic), Margarita, Orange Cream, and yes, even buttered popcorn.


BTW Buttered popcorn reminds me more of caramel corn, but it’s still good. 


What do you think? Would you at least TRY these Beer flavored beans? 

My Buffalo Wing Obsession…

I don’t know why, but my love for anything covered in Buffalo Sauce has grown exponentially in the past 6 months. I cannot get enough when it comes to Buffalo Wings. 




And No, I’m not Pregnant. (Side rant: Does it bother any other woman that just recently got married that they can’t post anything about cravings or feeling poopy without that Facebook friend commenting “are you preggers?” Cause that bothers me greatly. I’m just craving food people! Let me share my food cravings in peace! #firstworldproblems.)




I like to think my love for Buffalo wings is in my blood. My family is from the Buffalo/Rochester/Syracuse, NY area originally and I lived in Jamestown, NY the first 10 years of my life, so I like to think it’s rooted in me like Hoosiers love their pork tenderloin sandwiches. 


Yup- fairly accurate… except I say soda because my parents grew up on the soda side of the line.


And then I found this wonderful article…where else….Buzzfeed…. :)



At FIRST…I was very offended by the title and the sub-line “Eating wings until you feel satisfied is hard and annoying.”

It is not hard to do. If the wings are cooked right and you know the tricks it’s very easy and a wonderful activity. So Emily (the author), please save this sentiment for eating crab legs. :)



THEN I started scrolling…BUFFALO CHICKEN HEAVEN! I immediately changed my attitude. Here are all the recipes I want to try right now or in the near future. And since that big game is coming up soon… you bet I will be making one of these for a party!

For the complete list check out the full post HERE



Better because chunks of melted cheese and avocado. Get the recipe.




Better because puffy and golden. Get the recipe.


Better because GRILLED CHEESE. Get the recipe.


Better because it won’t make you feel absolutely horrible. Get the recipe


Better because you would eat a shoe covered in this stuff. Get the recipe


Better because adorable and because tortillas. Get the recipe


Because what even is that holy mess. Get the recipe


Better because bite-size pizza. Get the recipe


Get the recipe


 Anyone else hungry for Buffalo Chicken now? :)


What’s your favorite craving that is non-stop?

This sinfully sweet dip….

I’m pretty sure I came across the reason why there is an obesity problem in America….



More specifically- all those crazy desserts and sweet dips that combine 3 kinds of dessert (one usually in a raw form, like brownie batter or cookie dough) into one insane dessert that is just crazy enough to work. Examples below….


Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Devil’s Food Cake Cheesecake

Sure, these desserts probably existed before Pinterest, but Pinterest is now enabling everyone to share with a vengeance their latest sweet concoction. 


I found one of these said sweet dips/desserts the other day. Actually…my husband Dan found it. Not on Pinterest though, so yeah- I just negated my previous rant….OR Dan used his charms and good looks to get me to check out this recipe before I realized it was one of these crazy Pinterest recipes (I’m going to go with the latter).


And then after reading the ingredients I fell into the Pinterest trap and it didn’t take much to convince me that I needed to make this immediately. Luckily I needed to make a dessert for church’s guest reception, so it was the perfect excuse (especially to make a double batch!)


So here it is….


Or what I like to call it…. Fat Kid Dip.

Oh my goodness this stuff is good…you really can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate (unless you are allergic, then I’m sorry this dip is not for you). And there’s enough sugar, butter, and cream cheese in this to make anyone happy. 



So if you are looking for something to bring to that big football party coming up in a few weeks, try this. Here’s the recipe.


And then go run a few extra miles the next day. 


Have you made anything crazy from Pinterest?

PROOF I was a dELiA’s girl in the 90′s…

I should probably save this post for Throwback Thursday, but I don’t want to wait…. (insert Paula Cole Song here)

So I’ve seen several post this Buzzfeed article about what us ’90′s girls were wearing according to the dELiA’s Catalog…below is the abbreviated version. See the full post HERE.

1. Sweaters with Nordic patterns. You know, to channel your Scandinavian ice princess roots.


Sweaters with Nordic patterns. You know, to channel your Scandinavian ice princess roots.

3. Boots with just the right amount of chunk.


Boots with just the right amount of chunk.

5. Adidas knock-off track pants. (No need to change for gym class!)


Adidas knock-off track pants. (No need to change for gym class!)

6. Goddamned sweater vests.


Goddamned sweater vests.


10. Knit winter accessories, much stripes.


Knit winter accessories, much stripes.

12. Flower hair clips. Middle part mandatory.

13. Puffy vests. Oh so puffy.


Puffy vests. Oh so puffy.



15. Empire waist dresses from Cher Horowitz’s lower-priced, discount closet.


Empire waist dresses from Cher Horowitz's lower-priced, discount closet.

And here is where I one up Buzzfeed…. PROOF that I was a dELiA’s Girl… (Thanks to Kristin Munn!)
See the sweater I’m wearing?!? It’s not the exact one from the catalog cover above, but it DID come from dELiA’s. Also note the puffy vest, sea-shell necklace (which came after the barbed wire necklace fad, which I totally wore from dELiA’s) and wide legged pants. 
The rest of the photo I can only explain as this…. High School. :P
What fads were you into back in the day? (Whatever that “day” may be for you?)


The strange world of ToddleWood…

Have you heard of ToddleWood?

I just discovered this a half hour ago… and I just rode a roller coaster of feelings about this….


This photographer takes pictures of kiddos dressed as celebrites, and she recently did a series from the Golden Globes…see my favorites below….

I’m thinking….this is kinda cute….




Then I go to her website to see what else she’s done…..



What the WHAT?!?

I was enjoying this, but then I felt overwhelmed for all the parents out there who get this for their kids! Am I the only one who thinks this is slightly over the top? I understand you love your child and want to give them a great birthday party….but really???? Whatever happened to the simple parties at the ice rink or bowling alley? Or even Chuck E. Cheese? 

This just sounds expensive! And slightly ridiculous….


If this ends up being the trend for birthday parties by the time I have children, I apologize to them now, not going to happen. I’m sure they will thank Dan and I later for opting to use the money to help pay their college tuition instead.


What do you think? Would you throw your Toddler a Toddlewood party? 

Food Swaps for the new year!

I think I’ve officially gotten to the age where I am constantly thinking about what I am eating. Gone are the days of whatever I want whenever I want and I will still look awesome. I now have to work out or cut back in order to stay healthy. 



Let us all take a moment to remember our dearly departed teenage metabolism….



Now just because I’ve realized I need to watch what I eat, doesn’t mean I want to go on crazy diets. I’m in that normal range- not over weight, but certainly not underweight either. So really, all I want to do is lose maybe a little… but mostly maintain.



So I was really excited when I came across this article on buzzfeed (who knew right?!?) with a great list of foods to swap. A lot of these seem really easy to follow, or I already do (hello dark chocolate! haha!). It’s baby steps right? 



Here’s to a healthier new year!


1. Instead of a bagel, use an English muffin.


Instead of a bagel, use an English muffin.

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Swap the 3½-inch bagel with 1 tablespoon each cream cheese and fruity jam for a whole-wheat English muffin topped with a tablespoon of peanut butter and fresh strawberry slices.

2. Instead of low-fat milk, use Greek yogurt.


Instead of low-fat milk, use Greek yogurt.

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Flip-flop your breakfast bowl. Instead of pouring 1/2 cup low-fat milk over your bowl of granola (about 2/3 cup), sprinkle ¼ cup granola over 6 ounces of nonfat Greek yogurt. Low-fat granola has about 1.5g fat in 1⁄4 cup — that’s 75% less than regular granola.

3. Instead of OJ, eat an orange.


Instead of OJ, eat an orange.

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Skip the 12-ounce glass of orange juice. Eat a fresh orange instead—one cup of OJ has 24 grams of sugar, double the amount in an orange. Plus you’ll tack on an extra 3 grams of fiber, too, by eating whole fruit.

4. Instead of bread use a wrap.


Instead of bread use a wrap.

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Pile your sandwich fixings on one (8-inch) 100-calorie whole-wheat wrap, rather than 2 slices of hearty multigrain bread.

5. Instead of crackers, sub in apple slices.


Instead of crackers, sub in apple slices.

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Enjoy that savory sharp cheddar with crisp apple slices instead of wheat crackers – and up your daily fruit count too! You’ll also save on sodium. Five wheat crackers: 200mg sodium. One medium fresh apple: Zero.

6. Instead of a flour tortilla, use a corn tortilla.


Instead of a flour tortilla, use a corn tortilla.

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Turn burrito night into fajita night: Stuff the tasty fixings into 2 (6-inch) corn tortillas, rather than one (10-inch) flour tortilla. You’ll also save 450mg of sodium.

7. Instead of mixed nuts, eat trail mix.


Instead of mixed nuts, eat trail mix.

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Two handfuls of nuts are heart-healthy but calorie-heavy. Downsize the 2 handfuls of nuts to 1 (about 3⁄4 oz.), and add a handful of air-popped popcorn and whole-grain cereal, such as Chex. There are 400 calories in a half cup of nuts — so portion carefully.

8. Instead of milk chocolate, eat dark chocolate.


Instead of milk chocolate, eat dark chocolate.

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Dark chocolate has half the sugar of milk chocolate. Plus, intense dark chocolate, savored slowly, can last as long and deliver the satisfaction you want. Try 2 squares versus a whole candy bar.

9. Instead of ultralight, drink local craft beer.


Instead of ultralight, drink local craft beer.

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Savor and sip the superiority of one local, full-flavored high-gravity craft beer. It’ll quench and satisfy far greater than 2 ultralight pints. Be careful: Some specialty beers can have up to 10% alcohol — more than wine.

10. Instead of corn chips, use radishes as a crunchy chili topper.


Instead of corn chips, use radishes as a crunchy chili topper.

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Instead of an ounce each of corn chips and sour cream, try fresh radishes for crunch, jalapeños for heat, and a small dollop of cool, creamy nonfat Greek yogurt. There’s still room for cheese. Corn chips aren’t just carbs; skip them, and you’ll save 10g fat per ounce.

11. Instead of a vanilla Frappuccino, order an iced vanilla latte.


Instead of a vanilla Frappuccino, order an iced vanilla latte.

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Even with 2% milk and no whipped cream, a 16-ounce Frappuccino contains 300 calories, mostly from the whopping 67g of sugar. Switch to an iced 2% vanilla latte, and save 40g. Skip the flavoring and order nonfat milk for a refreshing sip with only 11g sugar.

12. Instead of a bran muffin, have a bowl of Raisin Bran.


Instead of a bran muffin, have a bowl of Raisin Bran.

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Coffee shop muffins can weigh in at 400 calories or more. Eat your bran with a spoon, using 2/3 cup 1% low-fat milk. Bonus points: 2g more fiber than the muffin and 200mg bone-building calcium.

13. Instead of ham + cheddar, fill your omelet with veggies and goat cheese.


Instead of ham + cheddar, fill your omelet with veggies and goat cheese.

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Rebuild the three-egg omelet. Discard one of the yolks, and trade the cheddar and ham for fresh spinach, tomatoes, and an ounce of goat cheese (keep the peppers). You’ll also save about 300mg sodium.

14. Instead of a premade parfait, make your own at home.


Instead of a premade parfait, make your own at home.

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Many grab-and-go parfaits are full of syrupy, sugar-coated fruit — more dessert than breakfast. Build your own with 6 ounces fat-free yogurt, syrup-free fresh peaches, and 2 tablespoons low-fat granola.

15. Instead of a cinnamon roll, toast two slices of raisin bread.


Instead of a cinnamon roll, toast two slices of raisin bread.

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Slather two—yes, two—slices of toasted raisin bread with 1 tablespoon 1/3-less-fat cream cheese sweetened with 1 teaspoon powdered sugar. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

16. Instead of butter and syrup, top pancakes with pecans and yogurt.


Instead of butter and syrup, top pancakes with pecans and yogurt.

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Trade the butter for nonfat Greek yogurt, and swap 1 tablespoon maple syrup for 1 tablespoon chopped pecans. Shave off another 100 calories by making it a short stack (two 6-inch cakes instead of three), and top with ½ cup fresh berries.

17. Instead of a Bloody Mary, drink a Mimosa.


Instead of a Bloody Mary, drink a Mimosa.

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A 12-ounce Bloody Mary contains two shots of vodka — the main source of calories —and four-digit sodium numbers. Whoa, Mary! Portion-size plus: The mimosa also comes in a sleek 8-ounce glass.

18. Instead of a lox and schmear bagel, cut carbs with pumpernickel.


Instead of a lox and schmear bagel, cut carbs with pumpernickel.

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Enjoy your lox and cream cheese open-faced on a slice of whole-grain pumpernickel instead of the 300-calorie bagel. Cut back on capers by ½ tablespoon and you’ll also save 125mg sodium.

19. Instead of high-cal toppings, top oats with apples and honey.


Instead of high-cal toppings, top oats with apples and honey.

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Calories from cream, brown sugar, and nuts can quickly weigh down a virtuous bowl of oats. Add crunch with apples, creaminess with nonfat Greek yogurt, and yum with a touch of honey and cinnamon.

20. Instead of sausage patties, fry up some center-cut bacon.


Instead of sausage patties, fry up some center-cut bacon.

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You can still be seduced by salty, fatty breakfast pork from time to time. Center-cut bacon has only 25 calories per slice. It still has nearly 200mg sodium, though, so indulge in moderation.

21. Instead of traditional trail mix, snack on a whole grain variety.


Instead of traditional trail mix, snack on a whole grain variety.

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Packed with nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate, trail mix has about 350 calories per ½ cup — great for sustaining hikers, a bit much for desk jockeys. Cut the trail mix in half, and swap in 1/3 cup whole-grain cereal.

22. Instead of full-fat ice cream, have an ice cream sandwich.


Instead of full-fat ice cream, have an ice cream sandwich.

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Choose an ice-cream sandwich over a scoop of premium full-fat chocolate ice cream, and you’ll save 100 calories plus 8g sat fat (almost half of a day’s limit).

23. Instead of eating chocolate almonds, spread Nutella on a Graham cracker and top with nuts.


Instead of eating chocolate almonds, spread Nutella on a Graham cracker and top with nuts.

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Just two handfuls of the almonds will set you back about 240 calories. Try smearing 2 teaspoons chocolate-hazelnut spread on a graham cracker (Warning: That’s not a lot.) Top with 1 teaspoon chopped nuts. You’ll save 16g sugar, too.

24. Instead of a lemon-lime soda, stir up a lemon sparkler.


Instead of a lemon-lime soda, stir up a lemon sparkler.

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Liquid calories are part of the snack budget, too. A 12-ounce can of soda contains 36g sugar—nearly 3 tablespoons. Instead, mix 4 ounces lemonade with 8 ounces sparkling water. Garnish with a lemon slice.

25. Instead of cheese in a cracker, spread it on flatbread.


Instead of cheese in a cracker, spread it on flatbread.

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Trade the cheese-filled cracker-sandwich pack for this easy sweet-salty-savory combo: Spread 1 tablespoon part-skim ricotta on each of 2 thin, crisp multigrain flatbreads. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon honey.

26. Instead of peanuts, have edamame for a protein-filled snack.


Instead of peanuts, have edamame for a protein-filled snack.

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They’re heart-healthy, yes, but the peanuts contain 200 calories per ¼ cup. Trade legume for legume with ½ cup shelled edamame, sprinkled with 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds and not only do you lose 100 calories, you gain 4 more grams of protein, too.

Indy Mini Marathon FREE registration WINNER!

It’s time to announce our WINNER of the FREE registration for the Indy Mini Marathon!

Mini Logo Choice




This will be Connie’s first Half/Mini Marathon! She started running last year as a way to get fit. She’s lost 50 lbs and has participated in several 5Ks and is ready for her next goal, which is running a half marathon!


Congrats Connie! So excited for you to experience your first half marathon! 


Thanks again to everyone who entered. Registration hasn’t sold out yet! You still have a chance to register and run the 2014 Indy Mini Marathon May 3rd! Register and check out details HERE….


2014 Golden Globes fashion

So last night were the 2014 Golden Globes…and I think this is definitely one of my favorite shows. There is a level of respect and glamour, yet everyone is having a great time. I think food and an open bar have a lot to do with it… :)



That and these two- who by the way KILLED it last night! GO TINA AND AMY! 


My only complaint: not enough Tina and Amy moments!


But back to the real reason for this post- the fashion.


Honestly, I think everyone looked great for the most part. There were only a few dresses that I yelled “What the What?” and “Go home and change!”…those you will see below. But really, I thought overall everyone looked great, even if they aren’t mentioned below. 


So…lets start with a few of my favorites:


GG 2014 love


OK- so I really didn’t mean to choose all black dresses, but I think these ladies KILLED their red carpet looks. There were soooo many other great looks last night too- it was really hard to decide. Cate totally made up for that lavender/neon yellow beaded thing she wore the last time she was at an awards show, Sophia is NOT wearing a mermaid dress (yay!!) and Amy looks wonderful. 


Next category- Make-up that made me go whaaaaaa?! (In a good way)


GG 2014 makeup


Though I wasn’t crazy about Jennifer’s dress (but loving all the remakes!) Her makeup was gorgeous! Same with Emma Thompson…her hair and makeup stylist should get an award for making her look 20 years younger! And though I didn’t see her last night during the show, Mayim Bialik just looks incredible in this photo. 


Up next: How to (and how not to) rock your pregnancy at a red carpet event:


GG 2014 maternity


Olivia and Kerry: Congats on doing this correctly! You ladies looked fabulous! Drew…not so much. No offense to her, but I think there are way too many fabric blooms/butterflies all over your dress. 


Now on to the “editing eye” category: If one thing could have been added or changed to this look it would have been in the love category.


GG 2014 this needs something


Sandra: I love the top half of her dress…the bottom, not so much. if that was just straight black and/or a straight sillouette I think it would have been a lot better. But yeah, the powder blue has to go. T-Swizzle: you need a rockin’ necklace. Talk to Sophia. and Tina: I love everything you do, but not all that extra fabric. 


Moving on to the ladies that a) forgot to do their hair or b) their hair stylist didn’t show up. 


GG 2014 forgot hair


Seriously- I don’t get the slicked back look. Or the dirty/wet look. And Kaley just looks like she got a blow-out and pushed it to the side. Hi- I can do that. 


The next category- one of my favorites- the project runway category!


GG 2014 project runway


Paula: That is disgusting. You almost made the nope list. Edie…someone forgot to finish the top half of your dress. And Julia**- did you forget to take off your cover shirt to protect your dress while someone is doing your make-up? 


**Julia- you are wonderful. You looked great. I could go either way with your dress. If I had a chance to wear that Dolce & Gabanna dress I would in a heartbeat. 


Now for the ladies that woke up with the most residue on their lady parts from all the double sided tape they had to wear to keep their “golden globes” hidden:


GG 2014 hollywood tape


Luckily we all avoided a wardrobe malfunction. 


And last, but certainly not least: the “NOPE! Go home and change!” Category:


GG 2014 nope


Zoey D took a page from Anna Farris at the people’s choice awards and ravaged the mother of the bride section of a bridal boutique (and not a good one), Heidi Klum is trying to make chokers happen like Gretchen tried to make “Fetch” happen, and the other Zoe…did she buy her dress off of Etsy?


There you have it! My humble opinions of some of the dresses from last night. 


What did you think of the fashion? Who were your favorites?

Wine Lovers! This will change your life!

I’ve seen this video circle around Facebook, but I finally watched it. 


This guy opens a wine bottle without a corkscrew! It’s awesome!




This is good to know especially right before the D’vine Winter Wine and Beer Festival! Although I’m pretty sure there will be plenty of corkscrews at the Commons and this process won’t be necessary…but it’s still good to know!




If you don’t have your tickets yet make sure you get them soon!