CAREFUL! This Melon Has Spines and THEY HURT!

October 2, 2015

I saw something in the produce section that made my jaw drop. Here is a recreation of my expression from that moment:


Just look at this thing! Isn’t your jaw dropping too?
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This 10-Minute Black Bean Dip Will Be A Touchdown At Your Next Football Party!

October 1, 2015

Football season is in full swing, and game day snacks aren’t always super healthy. But I have a recipe for an amazing dip that you can serve instead of nachos or wings that you can turn to for endless munching, with no guilt whatsoever. There’s no added sugar or fat, it’s vegan and gluten-free, and you can easily customize it to suit your own tastes. Plus, there’s no cooking and it only takes 10 minutes. What could be better?

I was dogsitting a little guy named Doty when I threw this together, and he photobombed one of my pictures. I absolutely love this shot: Read the rest of this entry »

I Raced Up a 75-Story Building. What Did YOU Do Over the Weekend? (2015 Stair Climb for Los Angeles Race Recap)

September 29, 2015

First off: this headline is not an arrogant, holier-than-thou brag. Yes, I raced. Yes, I’m proud. But not for the reasons you think, because it was actually a really crummy day. This headline is meant to inspire reflection on your own accomplishments, big and small, because they all matter. More on all this to come… Let’s just get right into my own crummy day, shall we?

This building was the setting (that’s me at the bottom!)


Meet the 75-story US Bank Tower, which is the tallest building west of the Mississippi and the Read the rest of this entry »

Final Preparations for This Week’s 75-Story Race!

September 24, 2015

I have a big race in a few days – the YMCA Stair Climb for Los Angeles, in the 75-story US Bank Tower. I’m gunning for a personal best, which would be faster than 18:30. This week I’ve had to improvise with my final workouts – because, well, I’ve been busy!
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A Perfect Autumn Recipe: Butternut, Carrot & Orange Soup

September 23, 2015

It sure doesn’t seem like it’s autumn, but then again, autumn doesn’t really exist in Los Angeles. It’s 85 degrees today – and that’s not a brag, by the way – I want it to cool down! But leaves are turning in other parts of the country, and I just created a soup that screams Autumn, so I’m gonna share! It starts with this stuff:


The recipe is for Butternut, Carrot & Orange Soup, and believe me, Read the rest of this entry »

Adventures in Babysitting

September 20, 2015

What happens when my sister Sarah and brother-in-law Justin take off for a weekend trip to Chicago? I head to their home in Colorado to babysit my nephew Sam and my niece Allison! And what a fun weekend it was. Exhausting, too. Turns out that kids aged 9 and 7 have a lot of energy!

I took my nephew Sam to his flag football game, where he caught two interceptions and ran them both in for touchdowns:


I don’t know a lick about football, but I did learn that Read the rest of this entry »

Is This The Tastiest Recipe I’ve Ever Posted On This Blog? PROBABLY.

September 17, 2015

I’m so excited to share this recipe. Just looking at the pictures makes my mouth water. This recipe is the best thing I’ve made in weeks… months… maybe even years, and I can’t wait to make it again! And it starts with…


WASABI PEAS. I’m going through a wasabi pea kick. They’re Read the rest of this entry »


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