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Larabar allergy info

Now that we are road tripping much more for weekly allergy treatments far away…packing healthy stuff has gotten more challenging.  My desire to be creative and offer diverse fresh whole foods is running up against exhaustion and it’s making me land somewhere in the middle with regards to packing food…which means, something’s gotta give.  So I recently contacted Larabar, wondering if perhaps their bars were safe for P.  I’ve never trusted another company that makes peanut products, and as you all know I’ve made my own bars on a weekly basis for…going on four years now…what if…I could stop making my own bars?  What if a company sold bars that were basically the same as the ones I made, with no fillers or non-food ingredients?

Here’s the written response:

Thank you for contacting LÄRABAR regarding our blueberry muffin bars. Our goal is to provide accurate information, and we believe this is best accomplished by referring to the specific ingredients listed on each product package. This is the most current information for your needs.

Our products are labeled for the top 8 allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, dairy products, eggs, soy, wheat, crustaceans and fish) plus sesame, sunflower and mollusks.

If one of our products contains any of the top 8 allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy, milk products, wheat, crustaceans, and fish) or if it contains sesame, sunflower or mollusks, that ingredient will be bolded within the ingredient panel. If it is not listed, it is NOT in the product.

This ingredient and allergen information is for the package in hand. It is not intended for other packages of the same product. Ingredients may vary from one package to another due to product reformulation. If you have allergy concerns, please carefully read the ingredient information on each package.

You may also want to contact the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) at 1-800-929-4040, or visit their web site at www.foodallergy.org. Although they cannot provide specific ingredient information regarding a particular product, they are a good resource to help in the management of your allergies and sensitivities.

I hope this information is helpful, Elise. Thanks again for your interest in our products!

Simply yours,
Renetta Blake
Consumer Relations Representative
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Not as helpful as I’d hoped because what I really wanted to know was if their peanut products shared equipment with their non peanut products.  So I called them.  It rang twice, and a real person answered and told me they use separate equipment for peanut products AND if they did share equipment with peanuts it would be noted on the wrapper or box label.  SWEET!

Guess what I went out and bought that afternoon?

They’re saying “APPLE PIE!”

They loved them so much!!  And no reactions!!!

We had a stellar afternoon with nobody else at the park.  They are so fun right now – they absolutely love each other and their physical abilities are close enough that parks are just a blast for them…it’s a joy for me to watch (and participate in).

They are silly and adventurous and imaginative and supportive.

He took a full 10 minutes to coax her down this slide and when she finally came down I don’t know who was more proud!  And then they went back and did it again and again 100 more times chasing each other and giggling with glee the whole time.

It’s funny how different they are, but how much they are mutually enamored with each other.  This chick is a firecracker…she brings out the biggest smiles in our whole family.  And now she’s a big TWO year old!

She was very into that crown!  Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself.  After our park date, I still had some time to kill before dinner, so I swung into Target and bought a box of these guys.  We have a combined 10 hours in the car over the next two days so why not?

I just wish I could get carrot cake bars.  Or any others individually.  I may have to seek them out at a Whole Foods store when we are in LA next week…because buying them online seems a $$$ option.  Anyone know where to get the less popular bars for cheap without buying in bulk?

OH!  And guess what else I learned from Larabar?!  They use Enjoy Life chocolate chips so the vegan chocolate ones are even safe for P!  (And me)  I am so stoked!

Packing like a champ.  V got headphones for her birthday (thanks Auntie Bee!) and I found an old discman at my parents’ house, so on our last library trip I got 8 books on cd.  The books are mostly for P, but I have a feeling she will want in, if for no reason other than to be like him.  😉

Double celebrations

Woke up at my parents’ house on Friday and went for a run while Kyle hung with the kiddos, then we swapped and he got his workout in.  After a quick shower P and I hit the road to Fremont for his second oral immunotherapy appt.  All allergy posts are here FYI (in case you missed one and don’t know what I’m talking about with this OIT business).

We left later this time but still left room for a quick run in to sbux.  In the heat of the previous day’s packing chaos, I completely forgot the bag of all P’s activities (including his meds that I need if he has a reaction when we aren’t at the clinic!). SUCH A FAIL.  Ugh.  Luckily my parents’ house is packed with kids’ stuff and I found both of the Where’s Waldo books I had from my childhood…in addition to an I Spy book and some felt boards. I printed out a few more letter activities from the measured mom website and I was back in action.  I still felt horrible for forgetting his meds…and the Connect Four game he got from the pediatrician after being so brave during his shots.  But I explained to him that I made a mistake and that I’d remember it next time for sure.

The truth of the matter is, he spent the first two hours on my lap searching through the pages of Where’s Waldo with the only breaks for dosing and vitals.

Champ.

This special berry flavored apple sauce was a fun change up for him – made even more enjoyable by adding almonds, cheerios, and raisins from the trail mix I made him one by one in to it. Whatever works to pass the time!  In this case, his s u p e r s l o w eating works to my favor.  No joke, between books that require searching for hidden objects and eating, it pretty much fills up all the time we are there.  Not that it flies by or anything.

New snack alert!

I bought these bare banana “chips” for P, but I like them too.  I like surprising him with some kind of special snack or new activity (or both!) for OIT days to keep him excited about it.  I’ve heard of the bare brand before but hadn’t tried anything.  Nugget Market carries a bunch of their products and the coconut chips looked good too.  Maybe next time…

Per pacman, the one with the most hair in the photo is V!?!

P had another very successful day of OIT, which ended on a more concentrated ratio of water to milk.  However an hour after his last dose (right before we were about to be cleared to go) he started complaining of itching on his inner elbow.  They kept him over an hour after that, giving him anti-histamines too, and monitoring his vitals and the progress of the symptoms just to be overly cautious.  Also, one of his cheeks and ears turned red and puffed up, so obviously they waited for that inflammation to go away too.  In the end, it stopped before it advanced further, but I was definitely on high alert for the whole drive home (especially since I left my meds in Davis!).

P didn’t nap on the way back to my parents house, and when I got home, they told me V refused to nap too.  So we all went for a walk around the reservoir.

My sister was off work by then, so she joined us.  It was fun until a chopper started circling overheard.  Came to find out there was a mountain lion up in the brush (very much within view). EEEEEKKKK!  No thank you.  Kept the kids in the stroller after that and buddied up with another walker who had a big dog. Nobody else seemed phased, but I was pretty glad that we only had a mile left until we were back to the car.

Dinner!  The birthday boy (Kyle) got to pick the meal, which was burgers.  My dad grilled and my sis made fries, and I anxiously hovered trying to help get the kids down early…until I was given a glass of Roscato and told to go watch basketball.  Done.

He chose my mom’s chocolate pecan pie for dessert, OBVIOUSLY.  It’s everyone’s favorite, so we were all very happy about his choice.  😉

We spent that night there, and then got out the door as soon as the kids finished breakfast the next morning.  I was up before the rest of the house with P, so I worked out in the living room while he hung out with me and did more Where’s Waldo and felt boards.  I totally killed myself!  I have been majorly sore ever since that workout!!  Anyway, we were trying to get on the road asap, because we scheduled V’s 2nd birthday party at 9:30 that morning.  Back in Davis.

V had a shared party just like last year with her birthday buddy.  His mom and I are known as “the Elises” when together, but have to go by our last names amongst our friends since it’s too confusing otherwise. It’s funny that I went my whole life not knowing anyone else with my name, and now I have a best friend also named Elise.  Spelled the same way, even!

Despite being due a day apart, our two cuties were born a week apart.  We were the first crazy moms of our group to have second kids, so it has been nice to have her to share in the chaos of two young things so close in age.

Anyway, we divided and conquered for the party…we did a craft first, thanks to Elise’s pinterest-ing (while Kyle ran home to get the muffins I left in the fridge).

I made two pans of these apple honey vanilla muffins (“cupcakes”) which were a huge hit.  I think every kid had a second, and several had three.

The wind was a little too much, so I just held out the candle for them to pretend blow out….but they looked at me like I was crazy.

My loves.

By noon everyone had dispersed so we went home for lunch and naps.  Just one of those was for me.

Oh hiiiii.  Lunch of my dreams.

After P woke up I took him shopping with me.  First we had to go get V a birthday present.  Even though we did no presents with her, I’m letting him pick something out to gift her just like I did with her for his birthday (because I like promoting giving and encouraging generosity). My sweet boy was so thoughtful…brainstorming bunny things for her because he knows how much she loves bunnies.  After that we went grocery shopping and came home to join the other half of the family with some backyard playing until dinner.

I had a beast of a salad for lunch and wasn’t totally in the mood for another salad (weird, I know), but Kyle wanted a Caesar, and he is basically picking all the meals this week in honor of his birthday.  So I jazzed up the traditional Caesar by adding in shaved brussels.  Heaps of nooch for moi.

And then chocolate pecan pie for dessert for us both.  Glad my mom let me bring some home because it’s SO GOOD!!

P gave Kyle a fantastic birthday present by waking at 5 am and then having a meltdown when I tried to convince him it was too early to get up.  He’s going through something with his sleep at night right now and it’s been a doozy to deal with.  Over the past week I haven’t slept through the night once – usually there are 2-3 wake ups involved with irrational issues at the root of it all.  For a child who has slept 12-15 hours a day for his entire life, this is definitely a new thing to deal with. We have tried a few tweaks that haven’t worked but last night (Monday) was the first successful one thus far, so we will see if it continues.  Kids go through phases so I just have to keep reminding myself that they are growing and changing and to be patient and supportive (even though I want to sleep!).

Workouts followed by pancakes for breakie helped everyone.

After breakfast, Kyle opened his presents and then P and I went to church.

As long as they were napping we were watching March Madness.  This time of year always brings back memories of watching with Kyle while laboring with V.

I baked a cake too.

He requested a super decadent chocolate cake, so I made this entire thing just for him.

He also requested tacos for dinner.  Just like his son did!

Taco lovers in this house.

It only took a few taco nights for V to get the shell situation.  My work here is done people.

Teenager Valley is going to hate me for posting these, but I don’t think it’s searchable, so that’s good.

The boys both had THREE TACOS each, and here V is on her second…

Having the refried beans to act as glue in the bottom of the taco was the way to go.  Also, I did it for my own personal benefit because I’ve been in a refried beans kind of mood lately.

Here’s Kyle’s plate.

Look at all that yummy stuff!

I deconstructed mine because the organic chips are SO SALTY and irresistible. I gave V daiya cheese with me and P, so Kyle was the lone cow milk eater.

Before we put the kids down, we all sang for the birthday boy.

The Bruins gave Kyle a WIN for his birthday!  And then the work week arrived like a freight train.  Sigh. I guess the birthday partying had to come to an end eventually…

Nuts without cross contamination

I am in an OIT for food allergy group on facebook and it’s a really awesome helpful community.  I never would have thought to join it until another mom (doing OIT at our same clinic) added me as a member.  It has been so amazing to read everyone’s stories and hear the answers and anecdotes and advice that others have.  Plus all kinds of support!

So here’s a link someone recently posted that I wish I’d known about LONG ago: of a list of companies that sell nuts that aren;r cross contaminated with other nuts or peanuts (the article is from 2014, so as always double check for yourself because things change!)  I’m a big fan of Barney Butter, but it isn’t cheap and it’s sweetened with sugar, so that’s a shame.  Unless they have an unsweetened one that I don’t know about…

Here’s a good OIT website for anyone reading my posts wanting more info…there’s a search for MDs in your area who treat it.

I’d also recommend searching facebook groups if you’re interested because there’s a whole network out there of parents who have been where you are going…and eventually maybe you can pay it forward and be the parent who has some answers and wisdom to share.

Sorry for the foodless post…how about a cute pic of my kids??

P skipped his nap today and I decided to go out for a Jamba Juice treat before tee ball. Because you guys know how I feel about Jamba Juice.  It’s the only place I trust to serve P.  He asks for “a blender with NOOOOOO peanuts” (said in such a hilarious way) because they have special blenders for customers with peanut allergies.  I always give the staff major love and appreciation and positive reinforcement for how serious they take it.  They are so great.  They gave the kids stickers too, so yeah.  Love it.

I got a berry beet up for the kids to split and carrot orange something or other for me.  I love carrot flavor 🙂 I didn’t finish it, so I may have some for breakfast tomorrow too – add some banana and it’s a whole new smoothie!

The start of OIT

Oats for the wee ones, but nada for me until after I took P to school.

It was sunny and warm (!!!!) so I biked there.  Usually I have school with V on Thursdays, but the teacher was sick so it was cancelled. To be honest, I was a little relieved because our day was so packed with activities. Having one fewer thing on the docket was helpful in this case.

I had to pull over once to break up some random argument about who knows what, but I made it in record time (same amount of time it takes to drive thanks to the greenbelt shortcuts).

Then V and I biked home together, stopping at a park on the way.  It was still wet though so I promised her we’d come back after I showered and ate breakfast.

I did both at the same time while she got into too much mischief upstairs.

And then we went to the park.

She is such a dare devil.  I’m not used to a kid throwing caution to the wind and leaping before looking.

For lunch I gave them all the leftovers in the fridge – odds and ends including pulled pork from my Guadalajara dinner the weekend before, as well as smoked salmon, sweet potato fries and the rest of the oranges from my parents’ house, and all the other tiny bites that wouldn’t make a whole meal unless combined with all the rest.  V had 4 oranges before noon.  She’s a fruitaholic.

After nap, things got crazy.

First, soccer.  Second, t-ball.

The first game of the season! How cute is his little uniform?!?  It says his name on the back too because I couldn’t help myself.

They only got through two innings in an hour, but oh my goodness was it hilarious.  The kids are still trying to figure out the game, and 80% of them aren’t paying any attention at all, which makes for one very funny evening.

After that, we hit the road to the East Bay to spend the night at my parents’ house.  They made us dinner!

It is finally BBQ weather!!!  Woo-hoo!

It was literally ready the second we walked in the door, which means my parents win the award for best parents ever because V was losing it.  She cried for basically the second half of the drive, which is not fun to listen to, but I knew it was because she was hungry and tired and we were really pushing our limit with all the post-nap activities.

In the end, she perked right up once she saw my parents and ate a good dinner (albeit sitting on my lap) and then they took baths and got to bed.

We hung out with my parents drinking wine until Kyle couldn’t hold his eyes open.  I had most everything packed for the next day, so there really wasn’t much to do in terms of prep that night. I was slightly nervous, but more excited than anything else.  The next morning, we got up before our alarm went off (thanks kids), said goodbye to V, and drove to Fremont with our brave little dude, ready to take on his allergies, one treatment at a time!

I joined an OIT facebook page which has been THE BEST thing ever because it’s given me insight into what to expect (both the good and the bad), and ways to cope, and so much more. Being the parent of a child with life threatening allergies is a stressful role that nobody could understand unless you are living it, so to have the supportive network of all those other moms who are in the same boat (and doing desensitization treatment) is everything I could want.

Per the advice of other OIT parents, I knew I had to keep his stomach full (of carbs mostly) to cushion the blow of the allergen.  I fed him a slice of bread with Earth Balance and blueberries before we left my parents’ house.  And then a muffin once we arrived at the clinic.  We were way too early (didn’t know how long the drive would take with am rush hour traffic) so he danced around outside while eating his pumpkin muffin.  Kyle and I watched him in awe, while sipping our coffees.

I’m happy to report the new location of his OIT clinic is within a stone’s throw of both a Starbucks and a Whole Foods.

In addition to snacks, I packed a ton of things to do…because the appointments are 4-5 hours long.  It starts at 9, and he gets updosed every 30 minutes, and after the last one they monitor him for an hour before we can go.  We were there until 1 pm, but thanks to the food and fun I packed, he really didn’t seem to mind.  Sure, he got a little stir crazy towards the end, but they have a toy section in the back that he was able to go to, and they let us take a walk outside for the last 30 minutes while they got his home doses ready.

I’m trying to make it as fun as possible since we will be doing it weekly, but within reason. I got him a new book (Where’s Waldo) and some Kumon tracing and letter books.  I also printed out worksheets from the measured mom, and had a Mickey Mouse matching game.  I also brought a hand-me-down “computer” which has letter and alphabet learning games on it.  Basically, it’s a day of home-schooling with his tiger mom, ha!  He will be reading and writing in no time 😉

He ended up using every single thing I brought.

Where’s Waldo was the biggest hit, of course.  And it occupied him for hours.

He didn’t eat everything I brought, but he did have a banana, applesauce, home-made trail mix (cheerios, raisins, almonds), a bar, and green bean “crunchy snacks”.  Enough to keep his little belly full.

He got through four (very diluted) doses, without a reaction, which means he goes home on the one he ended on.  And we continue to dose him twice daily at home at the amount we left off at, until we go back next Friday for another session of updosing. I have to carry meds (Zyrtec, Pepcid, Benadryl, Claritin) with me at all times, as well as two epi pens, just in case.

I’m so glad he didn’t need anything at the first appointment because I really wanted him to have a positive first association with it.  I know there will be ups and downs and we are sure to hit roadblocks, but for now, this seemingly small victory (his final dose was a dilution of 1 parts milk to 100 parts water) is actually a big victory.

Next week I am going without Kyle (he wanted to be there for the first one), so it will be just me and my little man.  Thanks fully, my parents are able to watch V for Friday mornings, because, while the room we are in is big for normal medical office standards, the idea of two toddlers trapped in there for 5 hours is not my idea of a fun Friday.

Other random notes: the clinic is new (they just moved offices) and you can tell they knew what they wanted in this upgraded version of their old place. The waiting room is huge.  There are a ton of patient rooms that are both private and yet don’t feel too isolated.  There is a communal area with kids’ toys.  The staff is so friendly and makes you feel safe and cared for and their number one priority.  They all treated P with such respect and warmth.  They made me feel very happy to be a part of their OIT family.  I am super optimistic about the future for my boy. Next door to the clinic is an bazaar full of specialty Indian grocery items, so I’m going to be trying and buying some new stuff.

We went to WF for lunch after.  P didn’t want anything (probably because he had been snacking all morning) but he was happy as could be hanging out with us while we ate.  I got a soft pretzel and stuff from the hot bar.  Happy mama!

After that we drove back to my parents’ house (car bingo and Fancy Nancy on cd! hooray!) and picked up baby girl.  Neither kids had napped, so we tried to hit the road asap in order to avoid weekend traffic and let the kids pass out.  Fortunately, they both fell asleep pretty quickly after we left.  Unfortunately, we hit some pretty gnarly traffic and our commute ended up being 1:40 to get home.  Blahhhh.  Gotta get used to it because it’s my new life!  I have a feeling it will be so worth it.

ZZZZ.

Kyle and I were both feeling a bit bananas after being in the car all day so as soon as we got home we immediately changed and rode our bikes down to the tennis courts to play.  It was just what we needed.  Fresh air, sunshine, and then some park time for the kids before riding back home and eating dinner.

I had leftovers ready to go.

Enchilada quinoa from a few days before for them, and leftover brussels slaw salad with the rest of my hot bar food for me. Fridge cleaned!!  Ready for the weekend!

And chocolate. 🙂

 

Surviving solo

Surviving is what I did a year ago…I’m much more on top of it now.  Thriving!  Solo!  We miss Kyle a lot while he’s gone, but I haven’t missed a workout, shower, or blow dry even though it’s just me. I haven’t been cooking up fancy dinners, but I’ve been eating exactly what I want.

Thanks to my prep, our breakfasts were taken care of for several days.  The kids were also super sick so they didn’t have appetites, which made the pancakes last even longer.

As far as managing a work out schedule, here’s how it went down:

On Monday I woke up at 6 and worked out until P woke up at 6:30.  As I think I’ve mentioned, he has an “Okay to Wake!” clock that is set for 6:30.  When it turns green, he knows it’s okay to get out of bed.  We got it because the darkness confused him in the winter and he was getting up at 4 am thinking it was time to start the day! Not quite buddy.  He is usually awake long before 6:30 but thanks to the clock we at least get until then.  So.  On Monday I set my alarm (ew) and dragged myself to the garage at 6 to get a T25 workout in and was back upstairs when the clock struck 6:30 to receive him with open arms as he raced into my room. V was up shortly after, so I got them dressed and showered and got ready and we went downstairs to eat.  We were done with breakfast by 7:30 and then spent 3 hours reading (no, seriously) until meeting friends at the zoo.

Lunch

Dinner

Dessert

Let me tell you about the chuao bar…it wasn’t what I was expecting, but was good nonetheless. I wish the pretzels had been crumbled as chunks or something instead of whole twists added in on top. The toffee inside was great.  It was sweet enough to prevent me from eating the whole bar at once (I split it in half).  It’s too $$$$ to buy without a major sale, but if you are wondering if it’s good, it is.

Anyway, Monday was probably the most rocky of all the days, but that’s only because plans for the am fell through and I had to think on my feet.

Here they are picking up ladybugs from the door (they sneak in).

My mini chef.

And finally at the zoo!

Which is where…

Boom. Womp womp. It sounded hideous as he hit the concrete, but he bounced back way better than I expected!  And he even tolerated icing it!  I guess having friends and animals to distract him was helpful.

That evening he was a champ in his (new) four year old class.

Heart melting.

Same breakfast sitch the next day.

The workout front was way different though because moonie (the name of his alarm clock) went off at 4:30!  What the what!?!  It has never malfunctioned before so imagine my confusion when he jumped into the bed with me in the wee early hours of the morning. He told me moonie turned green and I was groggily like “whaaaaa??”  Sure enough, I went in his room a bit later to find a yellow (what setting is that??) clock!  Seriously, what?!  I let him stay in bed with me but it became pretty clear that he was not going back to sleep so I quickly ran my options through my head…(1) do I take them on a run with me? could we make it back and ready in time for school?  is it too cold?  too dark?  (2) do I attempt to work out in the garage with him?  should I put him back to sleep? is he going to crash if he stays up from now until nap time?

In the end I decided to ask him.  He said he wanted to read while I worked out in the garage so I changed into exercise clothes, grabbed the monitor, and told him I’d be back in a bit.  I watched them both on the monitor as I put in 25 minutes of my own made up routine with weights and cardio intervals, and when I returned upstairs and asked him how many books he read he said two.  He was in the same spot as when I left him and had clearly poured over the pages of two books very intensely…honestly, he’s the sweetest thing ever.  V ended up sleeping in until 7:30 so P and I read a bunch more books before, during, and after my showering and our both getting dressed.

Just after V got up, we facetimed with Kyle to wish him a happy Valentine’s Day. He surprised me and the kids with hidden presents, including this hat for V.

Is she not the cutest little pink thing you’ve ever seen?  He also got stickers and pens for the wee ones.  And since we were all up so dang early, we had time to do arts and crafts both before AND after breakfast before loading up to drop P off at school.

OMG he was thrilled to no end with the Valentine’s card opening.  She was too since he told her she could have the candy that wasn’t safe for him.  Isn’t he a gem?

He wanted to go through them as soon as he got home, but I made him eat lunch first because I knew it would make him eat faster that way.  He told me to look up which things are safe for him and let him know.  I’m sure he has already forgotten about it (same thing happens with the candy he gets from other holidays/treats) but I maintained that I’d check into everything nonetheless.  I know dum dums are safe and I saw a few of those in there so at least he can have those. BTW, P got into the OIT allergy trial at the Columbia Asthma and Allergy clinic in Fremont and starts in March!! For all the new allergy parents who keep finding my site and wanting more backstory, here is a link to every allergy post on my blog.

Kid lunch

Mama lunch

Their smoothies had spinach, tofu, berries, and almond milk.  I have resisted getting the frozen organic mixed berries from Costco every time I go because the bag is so big, it’s annoying how much space in the freezer it takes up.  But lately I’ve been eating out of the freezer so much that we have more room and it’s more organized so I decided to go for it.  Combined with the massie amount of organic tofu I got, I’d say we are good on smoothie ingreds for a few months. 😉

My lunch was a comb of greens (kale and purple cabbage) with miso dressing, avocado, and tamari almonds.

Itsey bitsey spider.

For dinner I made Angela’s portobello mushroom salad with balsamic dressing.  I omitted the red onions.  I think the recipe is meant for more than one person but I ate it all myself, including the 3/4 cup of dressing.  To be fair, I marinated the mushrooms in half of it, and then cooked them in it, like the recipe says.  I have been eyeing this recipe, but Kyle doesn’t like portobello mushrooms, so I knew I had to make it while he was out of town.  Rather than grill them, I sliced them and sautéed them, until they were super tender.

The kids had leftover tacos, which they devoured after having NO afternoon snack.  Something has been up with their appetites during this cold.  They even refused their vitamin, which they both LOVE.  Currently enjoying this one, but I have no real preference so long as it isn’t filled with nasty stuff and has vitamin D in it.  We previously used this one (which is slightly cheaper and sugar free), but ran out before I could reorder from amazon.  The Honest Co. ones we found at Target.  I’m going off on way too many tangents.

Dinner was fab, dessert was better.

Look at this V day love <3  You know I went to town on this day of all days.  I broke my rule (again, oops!) and went back for more.  You guys have to hold me accountable.

The chocolate on the left is from my bestie (aka sister wife) who knows my sweet tooth ways, obviously, and had never tried this brand before.  I’d never even heard of it either.  I love new sweets.  Anyone tried Perugina??  I popped open the goodies from my husband first. 😉

Ohhh buddy.  As a Lindt newbie this was most exciting.

 

The truffle was sooo rich so I got some candied ginger to eat with them.  BEST COMBO!  I will now be eating them like that forevermore.  I haven’t done the candied ginger/dark chocolate dance in a long time, now that I think about it.  Glad this reminded me of that former fave.

At least Wednesday morning didn’t start at 4:30 am, but I did wake up to both kids coughing long before my alarm went off to work out (booo).  I tried to quickly squeeze in some core work in the garage but P got tangled in his blanket and was calling for me after only 15 minutes, so I gave up. In the back of my mind I knew I had another shot at exercise because we stopped doing swimming with Valley girl which leaves my Wednesdays open after dropping P off at school.  My friend has been trying to get me to come to stroller strides with her, but I have a hard time justifying paying money to workout.  The other thing that prevents me from working out after his drop off is that I really don’t like exercising after eating.  Waiting til 9 am to eat breakfast is obviously not an option, I’d keel over by then, but because of my gut issues, I really have a hard time doing anything strenuous within a couple of hours of eating.  Our afternoon tennis sessions are the closest I can push it (provided I don’t snack after lunch at all).  So those are some of the main reasons I just like to wake up and get it done.   It’s also so nice to start the day off getting sweaty and helps keep me on the healthy path all day.  No matter what goes down with the kids or with life, I’ve gotten my “me” time in. SO ANYWAY.  Mentally I counted my morning stuff as half a workout and figured I could at least muster up another half in the form of a run later that morning, even if my stomach wasn’t 100%.  So I got us all dressed and all that jazz and we went downstairs for breakfast and the day was so gloomy.

I almost scrapped my plan seeing the gray sky, but I stuck it out.  Dropped P off at school and drove to North Davis, parked the car, got V loaded in the BOB stroller and set off on a run.  It started drizzling just as I was parking (seriously?) so I was about to call it off, but it was only a 2 minute long sprinkle.  I forgot headphones so I made V listen to NPR with me, which I’m sure she was thrilled about. It was a quick 20 minute jog, but I was happy to get anything in.  The start was blah thanks to my banana breakfast sitting like a brick in my stomach, but I wasn’t pushing myself to go too fast, so it was alright.  Whatever.  A workout is a workout!

Lunch salad like yesterday’s, but with mac nuts instead.

I used the Simple Mills pizza crust mix for dinner and it was SO FREAKIN AMAZING.  I will be buying these in bulk from now on and eating pizza once a week until the end of time.  Not even joking, you guys, get this asap.

Each box makes two 8″ crusts.

Mr. pacman has read plenty of books about/referring to pizza but I don’t think he’s had it more than one or two times in his life, so this was an exciting meal for him.  It was V’s first pizza altogether and my tomato loving gal was all in.

The instructions were super easy – I made it during naps and pre-baked it per the instructions before adding the toppings.  I used this soup as a sauce because it’s basically pizza flavored soup anyway.

Look!  They have it on Thrive Market too!  Here’s a link for 15% off when you join.  I haven’t ordered as much recently, but now that WF has closed I will be returning to my monthly orders for sure.

I have NO idea how they made those few ingredients fluffy and bread like.  I really and honestly an baffled.  The flavor was so fantastic.  It’s easily the best gluten free vegan (and grain free!) crust I have ever had (like by a landslide).  I could gush over it all night.

Look!!  I mean YUMMMMM.

I added vegan mozz and applegate turkey pepperoni to theirs. I only used four pepperoni total because I didn’t know if they’d like it, but they WAY did.  I froze half for a different time, but now have a bunch to use up soon, so that may mean pizza night becomes a regular thing.

Dessert!

Chocolove orange peel is great FYI and I had 4 more candied ginger pieces than shown but at least I didn’t go back for more of the dark stuff.  That, my friends, is what you call progress.

 

I still have a few more days without Kyle, but at least you now have the gist of what my week has been like…minus some park dates and kid activities and whatnot.