Peanut Butter & Co. and Bob’s Red Mill #OATOBER giveaway! #yumsquad

Peanut Butter & Co. and Bob’s Red Mill #OATOBER giveaway!  #yumsquad. Hello all my Peanut Butter Lovers!!    It’s October and Peanut Butter & Company is teaming up with Bob’s Red Mill to bring you #Oatober!!  

Besides eating peanut butter straight from the jar! It’s amazing in oatmeal, smoothies  and with very little effort you can make these amazing treats that are a household favorite!

I’m bringing back one of my favorite recipes that is truly TO DIE FOR!!!


5.0 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack, EVEN BREAKFAST!!
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 20-25 Balls
Amazing gluten free, vegan and no bake cookie dough balls! Seriously, these taste like pure raw cookie dough!
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup Bob's Red Mill rolled oats
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter!
  1. Grind cashews and oats into a fine flour using a food processor.
  2. Add honey,maple syrup, peanut butter, vanilla and sea salt and continue to process until the dough forms a ball in your processor.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips into the dough.
  4. Moisten your hands with a bit of water, this helps the dough not stick to you hands.
  5. Roll dough into bite sized balls.
  6. Place in the refridgerator or freezer. I like to keep my in the freezer but you can decide what you like best
* to make these vegan just use all maple syrup

As a #yumsquad member I get to bring you a giveaway with this MUST Make recipe!!

One winner will receive 2 jars of peanut butter from Peanut Butter & Company and 1 package of Bob’s Red Mill Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats!!

Enter below for your chance to win!


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Disclaimer:  I was provided samples from Peanut Butter & Co and Bob’s Red Mill as a #yumsquad member. All opinions are my own. 

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October Coffee Date: Cake and Coffee

Here we go folks!!  It’s the October coffee date.  Seriously, it seems like it was just July but fall is here and so is my birthday (Saturday)!  So, grab some coffee and perhaps a slice of cake and let’s catch up!  Thanks to Coco @ Got 2 Run 4 MeLynda @ Fitness Mom Wine Country, & Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother for hosting the party!


The actual coffee date isn’t until tomorrow but I have a hard time getting it together on Saturday mornings.   On an unrelated note, you know what’s fun about your birthday… getting free stuff!!  In a period of 15 minutes yesterday, I got emails for free ice cream, dinners, Starbucks and coupons for some of my favorite places.  Anyways….


 Let’s get right to it!

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I do believe that summer temps are long gone.  It’s time to pack up the summer gear and bathing suits and bring out the coats and hats.  Good thing this little guy is down with it.


B is also on the move BIG TIME.  I have a feeling that we are in for some seriously trouble with this little dude.  He’s into everything!!  I can’t look away for one second!!  He’s ALL BOY for sure!

If we were having coffee I would tell you that October is my favorite running month!  Assuming it’s not windy or raining!  My monthly mileage starts to take a hit in the fall months but as long as I can get outside at least once a week I am happy!  Gone are the humid temps and hello fresh crisp air.  Do you have a favorite running season?


If we were having coffee I would you tell you that now that summer has ended fall TV has started.  While I don’t have a ton of time to catch up on TV, I am loving the Blindspot and Fear the Walking Dead!  Is anyone else into new fall shows?

If were having coffee I would tell you that I had the BEST dinner last night and I prepped it while B napped!!!  It was this pumpkin chickpea red lentil curry!  I’m gearing up for crockpot dishes and soup season!!  Who is with me?

If we were having coffee I would tell you that it’s been over a full month of our new “normal”  the mornings are rushed and the afternoon/early evenings are even more rushed.  Dinners are quick, fast and simple and Sundays are spent doing what I can to make it through the week.  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t exhausted just trying to get it all done.  Then there are days when the 5am workout gets done and we all get out the door  with tasty and healthy lunches by 7:30, I drop off the kids at two different places and I get to my office before 8am.  On those days I feel like “super mom.”  That is, SUPER MOM who is in bed before 9pm so that I have the energy to do it all over again the next day!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that turning 35 means entering a new age bracket in the racing world.  When I turned 30 I ran my second Chicago Marathon and one day in the future I hope to run my third… when the time allows.  In the meantime, I have my eye on some possible Turkey Trots, which I have never done before because I always fear the weather.  I’d like to get one more race on the calendar before I develop my love/hate relationship with my treadmill.  Though we are spending more and more time together during the week.   Do any of my local friends have some races planned in the coming months?  I have a race itch that I need to scratch!


If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I love Friday’s and love the weekends!!  Our weekends are a whole different kind of busy but I still love them!!  I can’t wait for a fun filled weekend with these two kids and I’m looking forward to celebrating my birthday all weekend long!!!  34 was an amazing year filled with SO many gifts and I’m pretty sure 35 is going to be pretty spectacular too!


Tell me what is going on with you??

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My favorite running accessory: HB Tune Giveaway

Happy Wednesday!  How is today the last day of September?  It’s beginning to feel a whole lot like fall around here!!

If you have been reading my  blog over the years you know that I refer to my HB Tune as my running game changer!  Prior to getting my hands on one of these I ran with an old school iPod mini.  I was never comfortable running with my iPhone on my arm.  It just felt weird and heavy!  I first learned about HB Tune over 2 1/2 years ago and thanks to the wonderful folks at HB Tune I am giving away another one!

The HB Tune handband was developed because of a pretty simple idea. When you want to change a song (tune) while in motion, the best place to look for your device is straight ahead in your hand, not by twisting around to see your device strapped to your arm. Armbands are great when you are at the gym, but not when you are on the trail.

Why HB Tune?  Well for me it was simple.  Wear your phone on your hand, nothing slides or weighs you down!    Over the years as the size of my phone has changed so has my HB Tune!  Now HB Tune can worn on your hand or your arm so truly everyone wins!

HB Tune handband for large smart phones worn on the left hand

I love then I can use my RunKeeper app, listen to my music and have easy access to my pace and milage.  I like being able to see how fast I am going when I run, especially when I am racing!


HB Tune comes in all shapes and sizes, so don’t worry it will fit your phone!!!  I recently upgraded to the iPhone6 and my new HB Tune is perfect!!

HB Tune is still my MUST HAVE when it comes to running and now that cooler temps and fall running has arrived you can be sure that I truly never leave home without it!!

Enter below for your chance to win!


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Friday 5! Fall is here!!

Happy Friday!

Gosh, it’s been ages since I have done a Friday 5 and now it’s officially fall!!!  Woo hoo

1) Let’s talk pumpkin my friends!  Pumpkin everything!  I love it and look so does my little man!  Talk about easy to do baby food!  Organic pumpkin right from the box!  Yesterday I also mixed it with homemade applesauce.  It was gone in minutes!

IMG_47802) It’s taken me a couple of years but I FINALLY jumped on the delicata squash wagon!  I don’t know why I waited.  They are so easy to make and perfect!  For starters you don’t break a sweat trying to chop them and they take about 20 minute in the oven.  They also roast about the same time and temp as other veggies so it’s the best meal ever!!

IMG_47973) Even though the temps are still amazing, I am getting into the soup and chili season.  Really, it’s also about making large batches of food for lunches and dinners!  We are having friends over on Sunday and I am planning to do both of these chills.  One for veggie lovers and one for those who like a little meat!!  Everyone wins!

4) I’ve been finding the need to mix up my morning workouts.  The treadmill is getting a little old and sadly it’s not even October.  Yesterday, I tried out Shred415 On the Go Workouts!!  It was an amazing 20 minute combo of treadmill incline work and some ab work!! Perfect for the 5am workout club!


5) I saved the best for last!!  This little guy had his LAST cranial checkup yesterday!!  The doctors told us the expected helmet wear for him would be between 4-5 months but we did it in 3!!!  Woo hoo!!!  I just kept kissing his head all afternoon yesterday and will probably be doing so all weekend long!!

Before and After Shots!

Before and After Shots!

Happy Friday everyone!  What’s your favorite fall soup/chili?


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Healthy Snacking with Hemp Hearts Bites

I’m a huge fan of Hemp Hearts!! I use they daily and put them on anything from my morning oatmeal to my salads and even my eggs!!  Did you know that Manitoba now has perfectly portable Hemp Heart Snacks!  Now that things are back in full swing I am always looking for quick and simple snacks on the go!


These Hemp Heart Bites have 10 grams of protein and 10 grams of omega 3&6 in a 45gram serving (about 8 pieces).  Throw some in your purse, diaper bag or pack them with the kids for lunch!


Have you seen these babies in the stores?  If not you get them online and use the discount code HHBitesLaunch15 for 15% off Hemp Heart Bites.


Manitoba is also running a fun contest:

Show us how you and your family stay active during back to school season, and tag @manitobaharvest #hhbites @fitapproach #sweatpink for a chance to win a case of Hemp Heart Bites!  
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Disclosure:  I received these Hemp Heart Bites as part of a campaign through Fit Approach.  All opinions are my own. 

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