random ramblings

Random Ramblings #10

March 7, 2014

It’s been a while since I’ve rambled. My mind has been reeling with thoughts, but only my poor (dead) plants get to listen to them. That means I have quite a bit pent up for you. Get ready.

1. Back by popular demand I’m hosting a St. Patrick’s Day link-up! All you have to do is post a green recipe. It doesn’t have to be a baked good either. It can be anything from broccoli to a green smoothie and everything in between. My only request is that you don’t use artificial colouring. Get creative! Some things I use in place of artificial dye: spinach, matcha powder and spirulina.

Just like my V-Day link-up I will be posting recipes from Sunday to Friday, then on Friday I will open up the link-up. You are welcome to post any day that week, just remember to link-up on Friday! Also you can use the picture I’ve posted below or give a shout-out to THM but that is NOT NECESSARY. I’m not in this for self-promo, I truly love challenging people to get crazy in the kitchen. I think I get off from forcing people out of their comfort zones…

the great st. patricks day green food link-up2. As to be expected, madness has ensued in “Castle Danger” (mine and C’s name for our home…long story). Last Saturday I decided I needed a bubble bath ASAP. Neither C nor I had the energy to go out and buy the necessary plug to use our bath so instead my engineer boyfriend got creative. C attempted to plug the bath with a ziploc bag full of quinoa and rice. It worked long enough for me to light candles and listen to one Enya song. You’ll get it next time babe…

bath3. I have officially given in and embraced my inner grandma. Please allow me to introduce you to my newest possession, my Bubby Buggy. Isn’t she gorgeous? I’m gonna be walking down the streets of Toronto with so much swagger rolling this bad boy.

buggy4. Have you tried these? Don’t. They are crack in a bag. My lovely mother bought me a Costco sized bag, which I managed to finish in 2 days. Ermagherrrrd amazeballs.

popcorners5. I recently discovered that Arman and I run on the same workout schedule (in opposite time zones) so we decided we may as well workout together. Allow me to introduce you to the newest workout craze, selfie wars. The best part about this is that I took so many pictures the security guard (who was watching through a camera) commented to me that it looked like I got a great workout with a huge smirk on his face. I told him I was training for a fitness competition and was just practicing my posing. Best workout I ever had.

selfie-war6. In one week I will be off to NYC! I had planned to go visit in May, but I’ve been getting a little restless to see my besties and take a little break from Toronto so I spontaneously booked a trip. Can’t wait to hug my sister-wives! And raid the nearest Trader Joe’s…

nyc 2013

Will you be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? Have you ever tried Popcorners Chips? Are you jealous of my buggy?


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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    March 7, 2014 at 5:17 am

    I should hold some of those other photos ransom……check out that tooch though 😉

    Popcorners….please tell me you’ve tried the sweet and salty ones- they are standard on my kitchen table. Well, were in Melbourne. My sister favours the nacho cheese one.

    C doesn’t need to worry about you getting hit on when out and about with that stunner of a bag.

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      March 7, 2014 at 7:22 am

      Arman, your comment about the bag has me rolling. Sorry Davida. I couldn’t help it.

      St. Patrick’s Day is my shit. Every year, they have a parade in my honor. It’s fabulous.

      I love the battling workout selfies and good luck with the tub. I’m with C; his idea was sound. Ish. Maybe a bag of frozen peas would hold up better than quinoa.

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    Becky @ Olives n Wine
    March 7, 2014 at 6:18 am

    First, since I now live in Chicago, St. Patrick’s Day is basically a national holiday for us 😉 And I’m Irish so yes, definitely celebrating!! And I have one of those buggies!! You’re not alone in the grandma status, haha!

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    March 7, 2014 at 6:29 am

    Wait you are coming to NY? How long will you be here? I don’t know my exact sched but maybe it will work out that I am in the city! I bought the Pop Corners recently for my son – he really liked them. I am weird and not a chip person so I can keep bags of those in the house and not even think twice about eating them. I did try them though- they were good!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    March 7, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Umm…your buggy? I am stealing it when I come to Canada to visit in a few weeks! LOVE.
    I have been dying to try the pop corners! But, now I dunno if I should…my willpower is -100. I’d probably eat the bag in like -.005 seconds.

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    March 7, 2014 at 6:47 am

    This will be my first St. Patty’s day post-university! Something tells me in just won’t be the same as the crazy celebrations at Western. 😉 I’ll try to celebrate by joining your link up though! Now what to make…

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    Shashi @ RunninSrilankan
    March 7, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Great idea to have a Patty’s day Challenge!!!! You sure are right – cooking something “green” would be a lovely challenge!

    Popcorners? Why haven’t I seen them at my Costco? Then again, it might be a good thing I haven’t, the last time my daughter and I got a bag of “food should taste good” multigrain chips – we finished it in less than 4 days!!!

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    March 7, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Errrr….what date is St. Patricks Day again?? Sorry…my brain is so blonde currently (always).
    Haha, you guys crack me up with the quinoa plug. Pretty genius!!
    I am soooo jealous of yor nyc trip. Any space in your suitcase left, maybe???

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    March 7, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Laughing so hard at your bathtub fail and grandma buggy. What do you even put in that thing? St. Patty’s day is on a Monday, so while I won’t be celebrating the way I’d prefer (with day drinking, obviously), I am very Irish so I like to embrace the day!

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    Nicole @ FruitnFitness
    March 7, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Those are dangerous chips, so good! I love green foods! I’m going to have to make sure to take good pictures of a few of my favorite green recipes to post. I loVE your makeshift bath stopper. I love bubble baths but don’t have a stopper so I always take them when I’m at home.

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    March 7, 2014 at 8:14 am

    The quinoa/rice bag is so clever! It’s a shame it didn’t quite work though hahah. And yay for NYC! Such a fun place to visit 🙂

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    March 7, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I love your random ramblings–I cannot say it enough! I have not tried those popcorn chip things but those look addicting. I’ve been addicted to Cheddar Sunchips this week–so random for me but oooooh so good. Do you like those?

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    March 7, 2014 at 8:42 am

    I’m going to do my best to come up with something for this link-up, which means you’ve officially pushed me out of my comfort zone. 😉 Also I feel like everyone has those bags here, maybe grandma-chic is a thing?

    Annnnd I know you’re coming to see friends and that your comments are probably going to BLOW UP with NYC area bloggers that want to meet up, so I 100% completely understand if you won’t have time, but I’d love to meet up while you’re here. But I completely understand if it doesn’t work, so no pressure at all!!! Just let me know. 🙂

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      March 7, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      Perhaps we should just plan one big blogger get together and then it can happen! But, yes, no pressure Davida 😉

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    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    March 7, 2014 at 8:50 am

    haha…well, C’s bathtub plug is quite innovative! Definitely never seen anything like that before!

    We don’t typically celebrate St. Patrick’s day, but I do love all the food. One of my favorite things ever is Irish Soda Bread. One of my co-workers is Irish and brings a loaf or two in for us, and I can’t wait! I look forward to it every year!

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    March 7, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Crap, now I have to try and get creative with green things…I’ll think of something. And as for the bathtub clogging thing – Eric and I used one of pug’s little poop-scoop bags and it actually worked pretty well!
    PopCorners are insanely awesome. Try the kettle ones – they’ll disappear even faster.

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    Anna Kriegel
    March 7, 2014 at 8:59 am

    TEARS actually welled up in my eyes when I saw that picture of us!!!! I literally cannot wait Divs!!!!!!!

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    Erin @ The Almond Eater
    March 7, 2014 at 9:00 am

    HAHA oh my god you kill me. I want a buggy bubby RIGHT NOW. How perfect. Also–lol why are you trying to listen to Enya while bathing? I hate Enya, though I suppose her voice is soothing…

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    Erin @ The Almond Eater
    March 7, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Oh and for the link up I’m thinking of throwing some avocado on toast and calling it Healthy Avocado Toast. Cool?

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    Anna Kriegel
    March 7, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Whoops, I also forgot to add I listened to your interview last night on life stye accountability!! You are literally the most eloquent, cutest, inspiring healthymavengoddess in the whole wide world <3<3<3<3

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    Leslee @ Her Happy Balance
    March 7, 2014 at 9:09 am

    I really like the kettle style pop corners! I buy the box of snack size bags of assorted Popcorners at Costco. Perfect for work lunches 🙂 Your bubby buggy is hysterical. It will probably be great to hold farmer’s market groceries and other random stuff? I don’t know but please IG pictures of you using it.

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    Lindsay @ Shiny Love Affair
    March 7, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Popcorners are sooooo good. My Dad was buying them all the time in the summer for the cottage. They are impossible to put down. Also so jealous you are going to NYC!

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    kathy @ vodka and soda
    March 7, 2014 at 9:52 am

    ain’t nothing wrong with that buggy. i carry a reusable bag that i got for free to work errday because i’m too lazy to actually use a legit work bag. no shame in our game.

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda

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    March 7, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I’m totally celebrating Paddy’s Day! My parents are both Irish so it’s like all the birthdays and christmases come at once in a booze-and-beef-fuelled day. Love it 😉 Will definitely get a recipe brewing!

    PS I have secretly wanted one of those buggies for AGES now. I think this is a sign it’s time to grannify my shopping experience…

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    Jess @dearhealthyness
    March 7, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Love your buggy, is not that you are a grandma, is that you appreciate adult things 😉 NYC sounds like fun!!! I LOVE NYC!

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    Lauren @ ihadabiglunch
    March 7, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I can’t wait for St. Patty’s Day!! I’m not even Irish but it was always a big deal at my school in college so now I have a soft spot in my heart for it. And I love popcorn so I bet I’d lovvvvve those chips–they look dangerous though haha

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    March 7, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    I love the buggy! Very cute and I totally understand how necessary! Workout wars selfies are hilarious! I love your response to the security guard. Amazing!

    I have to see you when you are in NYC!!!!!!!!

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    Krista @ Tiny n Fit
    March 7, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Ha dont even know what a buggy is! I assume a rolling bag of sorts? Anyway no plans for St Patricks Day yet! But I will most definitely be up for creating green recipes!

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    Kristina @ Damn Ten Pounds
    March 7, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Awww, what a guy! C’s plug was a valiant effort. Ryan is an engineer too, so it’s not uncommon to find some ridiculous jerry rigged contraption around here. These guys do come in handy… sometimes 😉

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    March 7, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    That quinoa and rice plug…I’m dying. Only you and Curt. Okay I’m off to make something green with matcha!!

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    Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit
    March 7, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Hahahah laughing at the quinoa baggy – I just use a washcloth and shove it in the hole. Worth a shot next time, but the quinoa makes for a much better story! I want to play along in the SPD Green Food Link Up. I’ll have to let the juices start flowing to get some ideas. Of course I’m celebrating – I love SPD! My boyfriend and I took the day off and half day on Tuesday, haha! We’re celebrating downtown Cleveland, bar hopping and there’s a parade! 🙂

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    Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite
    March 7, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    That bag is too funny! I think it’s like a modern twist on a grandma-like item? Yes?

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    Ellie@Fit for the soul
    March 7, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Haha just because you said not to buy those chips I now want to try them! I guess they’re that good? And you guys are too cute! Selfie war sounds like a fun idea. Maybe you should make a post or link-up out of it. 😛 And I’m impressed by your innovative thinking with the quinoa bag–I probably would have tried to tape it or something, which wouldn’t have worked at all, lol.

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    March 7, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Last year I made green mac & cheese – it was OK but the texture of the sauce was weird. Maybe I can come up with something fun and play this time!
    I hope you get a tub drain so that baths are a little longer!!! I love to soak and read – and have wine but sadly no wine for a few more weeks!!
    So funny that the security guard at the gym actually made a comment!

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    March 7, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Green ALL THE FOODS! I’m totally in! I already planned on doing something anyway…just do me a favor and keep your fingers crossed that we don’t have another kitchen meltdown like we had last month when I attempted the V Day link up…whyyyyyyy do I still want to cry little (vegan) tears over that?!

    I seriously love this post! Best workout selfie ever! Now get me one of you toting that grandma bag down the street! Bonus points if you get any utterly confused passersby in the picture! 😉

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    Nikki @ grab your kicks
    March 7, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Yep, I love Popcorners! My favorite is the kettlecorn variety. Love the link up idea! Fun! I’ll have to think of something creative!

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    March 7, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    But what I want to know is when are you going to book a trip to Edmonton!?! Maybe then I can forgive you for forcing me to get creative with green foods. Ugh. Bane. Still love you. And miss you <3

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    March 7, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    I legit laughed out loud twice in this post. First when you spoke about the bath plug..HAHA I LOVE that. SO close. And then the selfies in the gym…your reply to the security guard was classic. I would never be able to think that quickly for a witty reply. HAHA! I want to try those popcorners you speak of…but then I don’t. I’m scared.

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    March 7, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    NYC? AH! You lucky lady. Please tell me I’m not the only one to say you & the girl on your right (if your looking @ the screen) look like twins?!!

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    Suzanne @ hello, veggy!
    March 7, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    You and I will be the best old people EVER. No joking; with your buggy and my knitting skills we make a fine team. All we need is a cat

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    Cara's Healthy Cravings
    March 8, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I guess it depends where in TO you are shopping, cause those buggies are pretty common in my neck of the woods. Feel confident while toting your buggy through Chinatown/Kensington, as most people do 🙂

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    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    March 8, 2014 at 11:45 am

    What is a bubby buggy? I know what a buggy is, that’s what I call a shopping cart (which I get weird looks for all the time because apparently that’s not normal.). But I mean I’m not normal sooo. Can’t wait for the green link up. Once I made green oats but that was a long time ago. Then there were those green meat loaf things. And obviously green smoothies. I will have to really think outside the box for this one.

    Your bootay looks poppin. I’m jelly/

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    Mary Frances
    March 8, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Aw, your boyfriend is so sweet 🙂 I love hot baths, too! Haha, oh my goodness, love your gym selfie story! The link up sounds so fun – I’ll definitely share!

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    Katie @ 24 Carrot Life
    March 8, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Ok I laughed out loud with the security guard story. Too funny. Please tell me why I don’t live in NYC so we can finally meet each other!

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    March 8, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    I’ve never heard of Popcorners Chips but they sure do look good. Ooh, green but no artificial coloring…the second part surely is a challenge. Love it! Hopefully I can whip up something in time, but if not, I definitely look forward to seeing everyone’s contributions. 🙂

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    Sarah Pie
    March 9, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I’ve had drain issues recently too… I stuffed a washcloth down there and kept my foot on top, worked like a charm 😉

    I already told Arman but these selfie battles need to become a regular thing, seriously.

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    March 9, 2014 at 10:27 am

    OH MY GOSH NYC!! I’m sure you will have plenty of people to see and things to do but maybe I’ll run into you in the city. No joke, that happened last weekend where I ended up in the same spin class as a few other bloggers without realizing it 🙂 Anyhoo, love the bath idea. I’ve been using a washcloth, but that’s a brilliant plan.

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    Megan (The Lyons' Share)
    March 9, 2014 at 10:59 am

    YAY! With 4 very-Irish names (first, middle, maiden, and current last) and a family from Ireland, I’m all about St. Patty’s Day! And I already have a green recipe planned, so I’m excited! Plus, I totally had a granny shopping cart when I lived in Chicago for business school without a car. Embrace it!

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    Heather @ Run Like a G!
    March 9, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I have never tried Popcorners chips – they look awesome.
    I LOLed about the selfie wars!!! haha!!! Cameras in your gym? That sounds creepy to me!

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    March 10, 2014 at 1:18 am

    I’m cracking up at your gym selfies! WOOHOO for a trip to NYC, I’m sure you’ll have a fab time! 🙂

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    cait @pieceofcait
    March 10, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    LOL you and arman crack me up!

    I’ll be celebrating St. P FLORIDA STYLE , can’t wait!! and I noticed so many people doing the whole 30 thing too, what a trend !?

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    March 13, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Your buggie is so cool oh wow. And the selfies war sounds super fun as well hahaha ;–)

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      Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
      March 13, 2014 at 10:46 am

      I sounded so sarcastic here oh well???
      I’m not.
      I really really like that buggie. I actually own one too lol

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    Molly @ The Happiness Recipe
    March 13, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Popcorners – Yes I am a fan! My dad refuses to buy me the Costco size bag because I would seriously eat the whole thing in one sitting. Let’s just say I can’t wait until I get my own membership. Well clearly you made the security guard’s job a bit more fun! So glad you are taking some “you” time. The company of those sister-wive-friends is always much needed where you can literally just breathe and talk without needing to finish your sentences. I can relate to you on wanting to have a bubble bath – I was so desperate my mom suggested I use the sink – No tubs to be found in this residence 🙁 Your boyfriend deserves a metal for trying to create a contraption. Aha, those wheels may be the new BMW. I contemplated getting myself one at the start of the year but figured 20 going on 70 might not be the way to pick up boys.

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