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Happy Halloween!

Hey guys!

I’m a bad blogger and am just posting for the first time today at 4:30 in the afternoon! However, I DID post last night at 1 a.m. so that should make up for it. 😉


It doesn’t seem like Halloween to me….maybe it’s because I’m on my own and far from home…or not in school anymore…I’m not sure. Halloween was always so much fun when I was in college (we would go to, like, 5 Halloween parties wearing different costumes for each) and now I just feel OLD! Boo!

Anyways, I celebrated by having pumpkin oat bran this morning


I used 1/2 cup oat bran, 1/2 cup milk, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup pumpkin, almond butter and jelly! 🙂

Oh, and just to clarify—I did NOT eat a raw sweet potato yesterday!!!!! I just took the picture before I stuck it in the microwave to cook it. I got a kick out of reading everyone’s concerned comments…

I also had coffee—


And SuperFood! 🙂



Ran a quick errand for work and then set out on the daily adventure…..destination: Nordstroms. However, I got incredibly lost and ended up (how ironic) at Whole Foods down in Marin county. It just so happened it was 12:30 and I was starving so, like a starving lost child, I made my way into the store and filled up on the salad bar!!!


Just seeing that gorgeous picture makes me want to eat it again!!! There was a mix of salads with beans, hummus, feta cheese and veggies. SO good.

Plus, crack.


Double crack (literally….this was a tall nonfat mocha with 2 shots of espresso)


Thank you, Patrick!!! My friend sent me a Starbucks gift card in an aaaamazing care package and I put it to good use. Now I am caffeinated and ready to conquer Halloween.

So, I did finally find the shopping center that I was searching for. I got two tops from banana republic because they were both on sale from $60 to $13, if you can believe that. I’m a huge discount shopping (hello, Ross and tj maxx!) and have nooo winter clothes so I’m trying to slowly but surely build my cold weather closet up in time for winter.


I’m not sure what’s on tap for tonight. I honestly just remembered to buy candy…like 30 minutes ago. I know a lot of you are probably thinking of healthy trick or treat ideas but hey…it’s one day out of the year. I stick with the traditional gummi bears and mini chocolate bars. It’s crazy! 😉 There’s a good chance I may just end up staying home and handing out candy but there’s also a chance of going out to dinner at Dry Creek Kitchen. Who knows. I’ll keep you posted!

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  • Lindsay
    October 31, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I am also a total bargain shopper. You know about the outlets in Petaluma, right??! I have the same kombucha in my fridge right now – yum!

  • Jolene (
    October 31, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Great pic of the steam coming off your coffee!!!
    Happy Halloween!

  • skinnyrunner
    October 31, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    happy halloween! and yeah for sweet deals on clothes! i love that. maybe even more than candy.

  • Evan Thomas
    October 31, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Haha, people thought you ate raw sweet potato? I like mine a little chewy, but it takes at least 4 minutes in the microwave to even get edible

  • Jenna
    October 31, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    wow! that is a discount for sure!
    your oats and salad look delish as always!
    well no matter what you end up doing tonight i am sure you will have funn!

  • Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles)
    October 31, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Whatever you do, Have a happy halloween! I love bargains as well!


  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    October 31, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Happy Halloween. 🙂 I also thought you ate that sweet potato raw. Hahaha.

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    October 31, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    That salad looks SO good! What great ingredients. And TOTALLY in need of one of both of those “cracks” right nwo. Love ’em both! 😉

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    October 31, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    I love all the fun-size candies available around Halloween… and I know some people will disagree, but most tiny trick or treaters coming to the door would prefer a Reese’s Pieces over apple slices any day (even if it’s not actually nutritious).

    Happy Halloween!

  • Cyndi
    October 31, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Whole Foods salad bar – welcome home! All the work has been done for you … it’s a nice option.

    You have a great life – enjoy!

  • Niki
    October 31, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    I am a HUGE discount shopper too. I was shopping yesterday and honestly wont pay more then 10 bucks on a shirt….my boyfriend just rolls his eyes..he is quite the opposite. I am right in the same boat for the night. Low key for sure!

  • Lizzie
    October 31, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    The Whole Foods salad bar is evil!! But yet somehow healthy and nutritious at the same time – bizarre! 🙂 I love it – just wish it was cheaper (though then I would be there all the time!).

    Niki – I am the same as you and my husband HATES it. He just wants me to go out and buy some clothes!! 🙂

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    October 31, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    I love finding bargains like that! One of my favorite tops was marked down like that at BR. I know what you mean about stocking up on winter clothes – I live in Ohio and I’m having to restock on winter clothing :O. The Boy and I remembered to buy candy this morning, I think it’s okay to buy it late 🙂

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    October 31, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    OK, I just have to say THIS about THAT! I don’t know what TJ Maxx and Ross are…but…did discover Marshall’s. I have been little ‘Ms. Chanel’ known for style/designer/classy dresser, etc. And my multi-millionaire friend with INCREDIBLE beachfront home…even more. She introduced me to Marshall’s. You must dig through a world of ‘not-so-much’ to find Ralph Lauren, etc. for $5.00!!! But BELIEVE ME….great stuff IS THERE. Hopefully it wasn’t just that particular store. I had an ‘off-price’ bargain-hunter’s blast and found fantastic designer-y goods. The secret, I think, is mixing low-cost classics with one or a couple of off-price stuff. Anyway…lots of fun. Brings out that Hunter-Gatherer primordial stuff!!

  • Sana
    October 31, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Winter clothes are the best!!!

  • Kim
    October 31, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    hey Jenna! when you say you used a half cup of pumpkin in your breakfast — is that cooked, canned pumpkin? or do you cook pumpkin? and if so, how? Thanks!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    October 31, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Happy Halloween!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    October 31, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Halloween isn’t the same anymore for us either because we actually have our work Christmas party the same weekend since we are super crazy busy during the actual christmas season.

  • eatmovelove
    October 31, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    I still have to try pumpkin in oats – I was wondering the same thing that someone else asked – is it just pumpkin straight from a can? And do you use a specific amount of almond butter?
    Also, this SuperFoods…what’s it like? I’ve been seeing that, Amazing Grass Greens and Vega around alot.

  • maria
    October 31, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Shopping off the sales rack is one of my favorite things in the world. Give me and old navy and a sale and I’ll be the happiest girl ever! 🙂

  • Lizzy
    October 31, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    i love bargain shopping! When you get the good sales at Banana Republic you can really get alot of great things!

    Happy Halloween! 🙂

  • Lisa
    October 31, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    There were a few years in between when Halloween seemed not so fun, then, enter the children! As in, having kids! Trust me, it becomes a pretty important day again! My kids were beyond excited today and I agree, it’s a day for good old fashioned sugar! Our family ate all whole foods up until about 5:00 today and then I hate to guess at how much sugar and artificial ingredients we have consumed! All in the name of Halloween! Awesome to see the excitement from a kid’s perspective!
    Oh, and a double shot!! I wouldn’t be sleeping for days!

  • angieinatlanta
    October 31, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Mmm…your salad looks AWESOME!

    I agree – Halloween’s not as fun as a grown-up! I want to go trick-or-treating again!

  • Kelly
    October 31, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I was too afraid to comment about the potato for fear of sounding silly, but when I saw that in your post I was like “OMG that girl’s stomach is made of steel!!!!”

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet
    October 31, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Mmmm two of my favorite things: Synergy Kombucha and Amazing Grass! Yummmm! I just bought oat bran and I am going to try it out for the first time tomorrow. I like my oatmeal not as chewy so I think this will be perfect for me! Can’t wait. Hope you had a fabulous Halloween! 🙂

  • Diana
    November 1, 2009 at 2:20 am

    Yep, I don’t really have winter clothes either. Losing 60 pounds will do that. Nothing fits and even if it did… it’s just not me anymore.

    I hope you had a great evening, no matter what you ended up doing. 🙂

  • Madeline @ Greens and Jeans
    November 1, 2009 at 4:20 am

    I love to shop, especially for bargains so any excuse to buy clothes is a good one! I hope you had a great Halloween!

  • Rebecca
    November 1, 2009 at 5:09 am

    Yay shopping!! I work at Banana Republic! Did anybody tell you that all of the sale stuff was buy two, get one free yesterday? Maybe it was just in NY. I almost buy the whole store every time I go to work! 🙂

  • Grace
    November 1, 2009 at 5:43 am

    yesss, raspberry kombucha!

  • Susan
    November 1, 2009 at 5:53 am

    This is my first Halloween feeling old too!! Although, handing out candy does sound like fun 🙂

    Quick question – do you just mix your amazing grass with water? I won some in a giveaway and I’m having trouble finding things to do with it. Big smoothies generally don’t satisfy my hunger beast.

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    November 1, 2009 at 6:10 am

    I had a very similar salad from Whole Foods yesterday! Love those giant lima beans 🙂

    Just wondering – How is oat bran different from oatmeal – taste, nutrition, etc?

  • Stephanie
    November 1, 2009 at 7:06 am

    Ooooo yummy lookin’ salad! Love to switch up from traditional oats to oatbran every once in a while, so creamy and good 🙂