March 14, 2013

Road trip snacks and juggling mules

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I am not holding myself responsible for anything that is written in this post today. Taxes kept me up until the wee hours of the morning so I'm a little bit loopy from lack of snooziness. But dang it, I finished those suckers, and we don't owe money this year like last year. To realize that after paying taxes all year long it still isn't enough is very deflating. 

Now that that's behind me I can refocus on snacks and eating them, my favorite hobby. I'm trying to cook up some things that will be easy to pack in the car on spring break trips. Today, I'm working on this grain-free granola recipe that my sister-in-law shared with me. It only has dried fruit with no other added sweeteners, which sounds like it will be great for the kids. Nothing is worse than a sugar-high kid strapped into a car seat for a nine-hour drive. No thanks. 

I also recently discovered that my kids (and me!) all agree that the Cherry Pie Larabar is edible, even desirable. We rarely agree on snack choices, and I've had a hard time getting them to eat any of the Larabars at all (I myself have gagged on more than one flavor). Even their cousin agreed that Cherry Pie was delicious. When you have three three-year-old boys telling you they like it, it's a keeper. Buy in bulk. 

The twinners didn't test this one because I ate it too fast for anyone to even know what was happening. This Manuka Newton snack bar came in my recent Runnerbox, so I'm not really sure where to buy them locally. But I have to find them or learn how to make them because they are tastiness supreme in a wrapper. I couldn't determine if the Amazing Race dude was their pretty-faced spokesperson or pretty-faced creator, but I'm now leaning toward genius-brained creator. 

We created something yesterday too -- a dramatic scene at Moe's when I wouldn't buy cookies and juice boxes for the twins. They took it to the lie-on-the-ground-and-scream level. It was one of those moments where you feel glad you can boost another parent's self esteem. Like, at least my kid isn't doing that. 

I normally avoid restaurants, especially by myself with the twins, but yesterday was $2 burrito bowl day at Moe's. Since that meal fits my current eating plan and the $2 part fits my budget, I had to take advantage of it, but the twins had other ideas about what would be delicious. Cookies! At least in their flailing, I didn't give in to the cookies out of shame and embarrassment. No cookies for whining! They shared a burrito bowl and maybe (if we stretch it) got halfway through, but they ate every last chip in between crawling around on the restaurant floor. Think of this next time you go up for a kid high five. 

It was much more relaxing to take the family for a picnic at Red Mountain Park. There they can't destroy anything or disturb anyone (well, maybe if there is a super uptight person around). 

Alabama Outdoors just started up their Tuesday night trail runs at Red Mountain Park, and since my husband was still working and couldn't make it back so I could run, I decided we'd turn it into family night at the park. 

It was great to see a lot of my road running friends out there too! We can't resist the siren call of the trails. Or the ease of taking a potty break on the side of the trail versus in someone's yard. 

In other news, Mike the Trainer is still keeping us fit up at Gold's. This week he took on four of us for one session. The cute girl in purple is home from college for spring break, so this was here first torture session with Mike. She dominated and even had the strength to go to Lululemon afterwards. It was hard, but somebody had to do it. 

Lisa, Courtney, Diane, Mike, Lara (unofficial Lulu spokeslady)
The danger of having friends who wear cute workout clothes is that you want to match them. 

To balance out Lululemon, I made a trip to the thrift shop, which is what I call it now thanks to Macklemore. Yesterday, I discovered that thrift store clothes can give you an eye-opening synopsis of your town. Who even knew that we had so many jugglers that we require an intermediate team? And that has got to be deflating when the advanced jugglers are off wearing their sweatshirts to the circus.

That was my first thought. Then I realized that Paine Intermediate is the name of the school. OK, tricksters. 

But this one really got me curious. Mule Day? It's real, and it happens in September. And guess who's putting it on their calendar right now? Thumbs pointing to self. Because I've really been wanting to celebrate an animal that is better than a donkey but not quite as cool as a horse. 

If you could create your own day what would it be? I'd start Massage Day where we celebrate by going to get a massage. You have to because when it's in capitals it's official and has to be done.

What's the worst meltdown your kid has ever had in public? Did it cause you to have a meltdown too?

What are your favorite road trip snacks? 

Do you have a favorite Larabar? Cherry Pie is now it.


  1. I have thought of you when "Thrift Shop" comes on the radio!

    I'm a fan of the Coconut Creme Pie Lara Bar myself!

  2. If I could create a day, it would be Calories-Don't-Count-And-It's-Not-Even-My-Birthday Day. Aka Rest Day.. but it would be a recognized holiday and people would get have to be rolled around to get to their next destination because we'd all be too full to walk. we'd be like the people from Wall-E.

    I don't have kids but I've had some pretty bad meltdowns in public. Usually when food is involved...and I'm not getting enough of it.

    My favorite road trip snack is cucumbers... weird. I know. But I love them! I'm not sure I've ever had a Larabar...

  3. Your twins sound like they keep you on your toes!!! I guess you have to run just to keep up with them! My daughter used to have the fling yourself in the floor and scream type meltdowns in shopping centers now she is a sedate ten year old :). I love lulu lemon but it is just not in the budget! Never tried Larabars.

  4. I love cherry pie Lara bars and apple pie too. Some Lara bars are not so great but those 2 are winners.

  5. I like Larabars! The only flavors we get at my store are - apple, cherry, coconut, peanut butter, chocolate chip, and cashew. And the only ones I don't care for as much are the cashew and peanut butter (not a pb fan period) I've been trying to limit my sugar intake so now these bars taste like dessert to me!

  6. My youngest son (he's almost 12 now) used to do the throw himself on the floor screaming thing (in fact, I went through about a 4 month period where I hardly took him anywhere it was so bad). On day we were at Target and he did it for no reason so I just started to walk off a little with my older son (oldest 4, youngest 2 then). Next thing I know, the older son is crying - he thought we were just going to leave his brother. I finally got both crying kids out of the store!
    Good luck with that!!! At least it is just a short period of life!

  7. I would create an all day dance day. Dance wherever you like and whenever without people looking at you like you are crazy, which often will happen to me if I am out on a long run and stop to dance to a good song for one second. I love to dance. Dancing it invigorating and keeps me young at heart. As for meltdowns, uuuumm yeah. My eldest once had one of those throw down on the floor meltdowns when she was 8 and in a department store because I would not buy her what she wanted. It was nasty and I was red in the ears. LOL!!! Road trip snacks......we carry a lot of water, popcorn, and apples. The kids love all of that. Larabars I rarely eat, but I do make my own version.

  8. The Dude has only had two proper tantrums and for that I am grateful. The first was in Marks & Spencers (my favourite British shop) and the second was at Bible Study at church. My two favourite places. Great. Thanks. The M&S one was literally the day after I told my mother in law (maybe secretly a little smugly) that he's never had a tantrum.
    Brownie Points lost!

  9. You should check out the Mule Day / Chickenfest in Gordo, AL. There's a 5k race and all kinds of food and craft vendors. I went last year and got the yummiest honey and salsa - it's a small race but it is one of my favorites! I think it's on June 1 this year.

  10. I find that the deliciousness of the Lara bar is absolutely related to how starving I am. It's my emergency snack. I also know that you shouldn't keep them after the expiration date. Lesson learned. ew.

    My day would start in a tropical place so I could have not only a massage but a lovely pool that I could lay by, read and have a cabana boy to bring delicious icy beveragees.

  11. Apple Pie Larabars are my favorite. I do like the cherry ones, too. Often I just snack on plain old almonds and dried cherries- that's the thrift shop version of Larabars. I can't have cashews so my Larabar options are limited.

  12. The coconut cream pie is my favorite Lara Bar! It has been way too long since I've come to the Alabama Outdoors trail runs! The first time i went, me and my mom got lost with two other people. HAHA

  13. laughed out loud at the mule day shirt....we have one in GA too...aww proud moment:)


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