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My Life — On The Run.


Thank you guys for your amazing comments on my biscotti! It really means a lot to me! I really want to make some more of those — this time, with PEANUT BUTTER and DARK CHOCOLATE! 😀 What do you say?

Over the last few weeks, I have gone to a TON of camps (there’s one this weekend, too!) and been on quite a few Challenges.

Here’s what’s happened to me with the challenges and Girl’s Camp — My Life On The Run.

With the 28 Day Detox Challenge I really enjoyed the call-ins that we had. We talked with Paige and discussed what was going on. Throughout the challenge, we focused on 4 things (foodwise): Sugar and Caffeine, Gluten, Dairy, and Meat. The caffeine was a breeze (I don’t drink it at all). The sugar wasn’t THAT hard. Difficult, but manageable. Gluten was REALLY hard, but I think I will keep experimenting with it. Dairy: well, I don’t eat that anymore. I already know THAT bothers me. Meat: I already try to keep that to as little as possible (PLANT-FOODS ROCK!!!).  (also, p.s., Paige wanted me to let you know that they will be doing this again in July, so if you sign up now, you get the Early Bird Special. :)) Just to let you know, Paige also has a BLOG, so check it out too!! 🙂 I love it!) Through this challenge, I was able to become more in tune with my body. I found that the more I focus on a plant-based diet, the better I feel. I have more energy, eat a more variety, etc. I am so grateful that I took the chance to do this challenge.

I also went with Erin’s MeatLESS May. That was so much fun. This challenge wasn’t about going vegan — it was about eating less meat. I have learned that the more plant-based I eat, the better I feel. I have more energy. I am happier. Sorry if TMI, but more regular, too. So, therefore, I will strive to eat as much plant-based as I can now — because it make me feel so good.

I also participated in Alex’s Sugar Free Challenge. One thing in my life I strive to maintain is moderation with sugar — the white kind. I try to avoid that white stuff as much as I can. And with natural sugars, I try to keep those to a minimum. If I am going to eat sugar, I would prefer it to come in the form of fruit. With Alex’s Challenge, I’ve been able to recommit myself to eating lower-sugar. 🙂

Throughout all of these challenges, the most important thing I have learned is that one aspect in my life I need to continually focus on is listening to my body. The more I listen to myself, the more I find I am happier — more energetic — more myself. I have found to look at my body as a car that runs on fuel — fuel as in food. To make the car run its best, I have to put in the best kind of fuel. Therefore, to make my “car” run the best, I must put inside of it the best kind of food. Therefore, what I want to do is feed my body what will make it feel the best — run the best. I want to take care of my body.


In addition to the Challenges, I just came back from Girl’s Camp! (remember when I helped out with the Bake Sale for Girl’s Camp?)

For Girl’s Camp, young women go from ages 12 years old until  17 years old (6 years total). There are 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years. 5th and 6th year girls are YCLs. Since this was my 5th year, I got to be a YCL (Youth Camp Leader) this year!!! IT WAS SO AMAZING!!!  I had such a great time being able to get to know the girls! When they completed their certifications, I was able to sign my name! I remember being them and wishing I could be a YCL, so I could sign my name in their books!

Our cabins had AIR CONDITIONING!!!

My bunk was the one of the bottom left.

Some of the activities that we did included Archery, Crafts, Games, Swimming, AND SO MUCH MORE!!!

One of my favorite activities was ARCHERY! They had both regular bows and compound bows. Since I’ve used regular bows, I thought I’d try the compound. I LOVED IT!!! It was really hard to pull back at first, but once I did get past that, it was SO easy to aim and shoot!! Bullseye all the way!! 🙂 But, while I was pulling back on my last shot, I think I twisted my arm and my tricep area on the right arm REALLY hurt. I couldn’t pull back at all anymore because of the pain. Don’t worry, the pain subsided after a little while, but it sure did hurt!

In addition to the archery, we made some crafts!!! One of the things we did was make bracelets for some Young Women in Missouri.Missouri had a perilous tornado strike and thousands of people lost everything. One of the leaders of our camp went there and asked how a group of about 150 girls could help out. And they said — you could make them some bracelets!!! That was perfect. So that’s what we did. 🙂

(Let’s play I SPY! Can you find my bracelet? hint: picture below)

It was so amazing to be able to make the girls bracelets and to write them a note of encouragement.

I made my bracelets with pink and green beads.

It took me a couple of times to get the pattern right so that it would continue on the other end while also being the correct length.

We also painted blocks!

Mine was Green, Blue, and Brown! Brown is one of my favorite colors. Not just because it is the color of Chocolate. Or, maybe that’s why. 😉

Then, we played some GAMES!!! We did the whole un-twist yourselves-out-of-a-knot activity; we even played Red Rover, Red Rover, send ______ right over! I heard more than once “Don’t run towards Kathleen!!! You’ll never get through!” What can I say? Dumbbells really work. 🙂

But, one of the best things was the Slide.

TALK ABOUT FAST!!!! This was so much fun! Not only was it fast, but very SPINNY!!! We went round and round and round. And then BOOM! we were in the water. 🙂 I may have gone on it quite a few times….. ok, maybe that’s an understatement. 😉

Oh, and we also did pranks. Yes. Lots of them. Our ward (group) got the Prankiest Ward Award.

Someone wants to meet you…..

Haha. It wasn’t just the girls!!! Our leaders did it too!!!!! Toothpaste, sunscreen, cold ice ;), water balloons, tape, candy-filled eggs, ETC!!!! Haha. We were also the roudiest. May I say we like to have fun. 🙂

FUN IN THE SUN!!! 😀 Though, it REALLY got hot. Our nurse was reminding us day and night to drink water. Chug, chug, CHUG it down!!!


We have some fathers and leaders who were THE Chefs this year! It was so sweet of them to take the week off of work and come to Girl’s Camp to cook for us! They are so cute and like to have fun! They had us laughing all day! They cooked for us for every meal — I know, we’re spoiled. 🙂 I am so grateful for them.

Food was a little hard. Fruits and Vegetables were pretty easy — the chefs were already stocked with that. I just brought my own oatmeal (and had that every morning), soy nuts for snacks in the afternoon, and a bag of cream-of-wheat just incase there was a meal I needed to have covered. One thing I learned: apparently, I am remembered as the-girl-who-brought-her-own-oatmeal-last-year, and it happened again this year! I don’t mind though.

Here are some of the eats for the week at Girl’s Camp.

Cream of Wheat with Cinnamon, Pineapple, and a Banana.

Peanut Butter on WW bread, a Pear, a couple of made-from-scratch potato wedges, a HUGE salad (that I already ate), and peppers and onions.

Oatmeal with Protein Powder, Peanut Butter, and Granny Smith Apple.

Salad, BEANS galore, another Granny Smith Apple, and Carrots!

More BEANS, a Pear, Guacamole, and Veggies!

Carrots, a Banana, a Potato, and PEANUT BUTTAH!

One word: Delicious. 🙂

I had so much fun at Girl’s Camp!!!! I can’t wait til next year when I get to be a 2nd Year YCL!!!

I want to hear from you:

Have you participated in any Challenges recently? Quite a few for me!

Have you ever used a compound bow? Yep — first time!

Are you an artsy/crafty kind of person? I love doing crafts!


Balance With Self · Health And Nutrition · My Life

Who Can Say No?!

Hey my lovelies!!!

You guys are absolutely AMAZING!!!! Have I told you that?! I can’t believe at the response I got from my last post on Q & A on my past eating disorder! I’m so glad that you guys have found that balance with yourselves. I know that my balance may not be what everyone else’s balance is, but I hope all of you, if you haven’t already, find that balance with you.

Remember my post on the Faith Leap? While I was at Teen Conference, I got to spend a whole lot of time with my friends. In addition to all of the activities that we did, the food was INCREDIBLE!!! Alison really did an AMAZING job with everyone’s different diets and such. I was in absolute HEAVEN!!! If only we could have access to that Salad And Fruit Bar EVERYDAY my life would be complete. 🙂

Here are some of my eats for that Teen Conference weekend!!!


They had so many different kinds of fruit! I instantly attacked the Watermelon, Strawberries, Pineapple, Cantaloupe, and HoneyDew. My mom doesn’t buy honeydew, so I really love it when places have it. 🙂

I brought my own oatmeal for my breakfasts, so I had oatmeal with my homemade Protein Powder.

Chocolatey and oh so good. 🙂


They had the Salad bar for Lunch AND Dinner — my favorite part of camp was this bar!! 😀 (who can say no to an incredible salad bar?!) This salad had leafy greens, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, and chickpeas. The only thing they didn’t have were sunflower seeds!!! That would have made this salad PERFECT! 😀

And MORE Salads along side some Quinoa Stir Fry!

It was the same salad as before minus the chickpeas, and with edamame. Alison also made the BEST QUINOA STIR FRY I have EVER had!!! Do any of you have a recipe that involves Quinoa? I have a big bag of it downstairs and I want to use it! 🙂

Camp Food was simply AMAZING.

I also brought baggies of almonds for my snacks in the afternoon. 🙂 It worked out REAALLLLY well! 🙂

After Camp, we went to Culver’s!!! I usually don’t eat anything there, but because it was my birthday, I wanted a little something. So Kelsey and I shared a Cookie Dough scoop of frozen custard with banana!

It was really good, but WAY too sweet! I could feel the sugar in the cookie dough as though it were sand in my mouth! I could only take so much and then I was done. The bananas were really tasty though! 🙂

And THAT, my dears, was Teen Conference — Food Edition.

Fun. Delicious. Incredible!

How do you prepare foodwise for camps? Do you pack everything, bring a few essentials, or just not worry about it? Usually I’ll ask what they’ll be providing and pack accordingly — bring essentials, like nuts, oatmeal, soy nuts, etc.

What is one of your favorite salad toppings? I LOVE SUNFLOWER SEEDS AND CHICKPEAS!

Do you have splurges once in a while? Rarely, but yes. Sometimes. It had really be a special occasion though — like my birthday.


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Does Your Breakfast Make You Amazing?

Thank you guys for all of your lovely comments on Monday’s Post! 🙂 I absolutely LOVED talking to you guys about YOUR memories of your grandmothers! I am so glad that you guys enjoyed my cookies!!! My Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are definitely on the top of my list!!! 😀

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! 😀 And with my College Algebra CLEP Test coming up really soon (I’m taking it THIS Monday!!!!), I know that I will need to have a filling and satisfying breakfast to keep me fueled! 😀

I love how with Breakfast, there are so many AMAZING possibilities!!!

A couple examples:


A Tropical Pizzert (Chocolate Style

Topped with Pineapple, Almond Butter, Dried Cranberries, Mini Chocolate Chips, Sliced Almonds, and Shredded Coconut!

Pizzerts are one of the best accomplishments of mankind! Yes, I mean that seriously! 🙂


I had my first OIAJ (Oats In A Jar) the other day!!!! 😀

Oats, Cocoa Powder, CinnamonChopped Apple, and some Mini Chocolate Chips, all in an OIAJ-worthy Jar of Peanut Butter! 😀 It was so good!!! I am most definitely making it again!!! I love how using the jar as a bowl makes sure you get every drop of the precious gold found inside a Jar of Peanut Butter. 🙂

Fortunately for me, I have an Almond Butter Jar almost ready for some OIAJ action soon. 🙂 WHAT FLAVOR SHOULD I MAKE?


Like these Muffins that are stocked full of Fruits and Vegetables! 😀

And Cereal!

Yesterday, I received this lovely gift in the mail!


First off, that box is so adorable!!!!! 😀 I love the little bow on top!!!

Inside I found a treasure:

A mini box of cereal.

You guys know how much I love things mini, so I went crazy when I saw that little guy. 🙂

Thank you Heather!!! 😀 I can’t wait to try it! 😀


With so many AMAZING breakfast possibilities, it will be hard to choose what I want on Monday. 🙂

Do you like the word amazing? Amazing is a personal favorite of mine, and you can consistantly catch me red-handed, guilty of AT LEAST one of the following:

1. You may find this on my papers….

2. Or you may find this on my white board….

(Now I wonder how that got there? ;))

3. Or  you might even find me admiring the side panel of cereal boxes.

But no matter what I decide to have on Monday before my CLEP test, I know that my breakfast will always make me amazing. 😉

Do you agree with the cereal box? Does your breakfast make you amazing??? 🙂