Friday, October 19, 2012

Happy Friday to All

Today's post is a bit of a mish mosh.

Here are some things I have been wanting to share, but on their own they don't really warrant an entire post.

I have been drinking lemon water because I heard it was a good way to start off the day...and I always read Sharon having it when she puts up her WIAW posts.

I opened the Vega newsletter this morning and low and behold they listed out 5 reasons to drink lemon water...sweet (well really tart):

Support immune function: Lemons are high in antioxidant vitamin C, known for its supportive role in healthy immune function.
Alkalize the body: Although the tartness of a lemon may make them seem acidic, lemons are actually one of the most alkalizing foods for the body. Lemons contain both citric and ascorbic acid, weak acids easily metabolized from the body allowing the mineral content of lemons to help alkalize the blood.
Aid digestion: Citrus flavonols are believed responsible for lemon’s traditional use as a digestive tonic.
Clear skin: Vitamin C and other antioxidants in lemons combat free radical damage. Free radical damage — especially as caused by UV exposure and environmental toxins — is responsible for many symptoms of aging.
Promote healing: Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), found in abundance in lemons, promotes wound healing, and is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of healthy bones, connective tissue, and cartilage.

These are some fantastic reasons to start your day off with run out and pick up 1 or 20 and get to drinking.
For the full article click here.

My daughter found a new way to sleep:

She is in a box with two pillows curled up in a semi-fetal position.  I don't know how her legs didn't fall asleep, but she seemed very pleased with her ingenuity when I talked to her about it after the fact.

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012

You receive the name of three fellow bloggers and send them each a dozen homemade cookies (include the recipe).  In return you receive 3 dozen cookies from other bloggers.

I participated last year and so enjoyed the treats I received (I was given 3 vegan bloggers and in return received vegan cookies).

You can participate outside of the US as long as there are 4 other bloggers from your country to participate.

This year's swap has an added feature in that you make a $4 donation to Cookies for Kids' Cancer as part of your participation.

So not only will you be filling your tummy you will be filling this wonderful charities coffers as well.

I am going to be running my second 5k, Hit the Brixx, this weekend.

Not only have I roped my mom into coming again (she ran the Women's Only 5k with me 2 weeks ago) but my 10 year old, Owen, is going as well.

I am excited to keep up the running fun.  I really can't believe that I enjoy training and running, as I have spent 30 years avoiding it (maybe this is what a mid-life crisis is).

The Packers won, and won big last weekend (WOOHOO), with Aaron Rodgers ALMOST scoring a touchdown (it was brought back when one of his teammates fouled):

To end this on a foodie note here is my absolute favorite find on Pinterest this week:

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend.

Thanks so much for reading my ramblings.

What fun things are you going to do this weekend?


  1. Rachel,
    I start my day with lemon juice too! Great synopsis of benefits :-)

    I absolutely adore that photo of your daughter, so sweet!

    Happy Friday :-)

  2. Ha! You totally reminded me I love lemon water. My husband and I drank it all last winter- thanks for the seasonal reminder ;)

    Hope you have a great weekend too :)

  3. I do at least one lemon water a day. I love the taste too!

    Your daughter is such a beautiful child. She looks like an angel!

  4. Good luck on your second 5k! It'll be nice to compare your two races.

    Have a great weekend.

  5. Funny, I read something about lemon water recently too. The cookie swap sounds lovely. Enjoy the 5k. So sweet that you are doing it as a family. :)

  6. I can't drink coffee lemon water might be the best way to start my day! I'm eager to give it a try. Good luck on your 5k!

  7. Since I'm doing the second 5K with you, I think you owe me some of those treats! *grins* And my little baby girl looks cute in a box!

    Love always,

  8. Wow all that goodness in a lemon? I never knew that! All I do know is that I started to feel way better in the mornings when I began the day with a hot lemon drink rather than coffee. Now both M and I drink the hot lemon first thing 7 days a week. It's a much gentler way to start the day than with black coffee and a racy tummy ;)
    Absolutely adorable pic of Caroline. She's such a sweet little angel!
    Good luck with the 5k this weekend. You must let us know how you get on. I'm so happy to hear how much you're enjoying the running :) xx

  9. Hey there,

    We have two lemon trees and I love them for cooking, smelling up the house, etc. But, I'll have to try the water.

    Your daughter is precious. And the cookie swap sounds so fun, I'm tempted to do it, just have a lot going on. I'll have to think more about that. I might actually do it because my two oldest kids are great bakers, better than me so they can do the heavy work. I love having older kids! Glad your finding joy in the everyday, take great care,


  10. If that's your version of a mid-life crisis, then I think you could do worse than picking up running! ;o) Very cool that Owen is doing it with you. Lex ran her first 5K last year and loved it!

    So, I've been hearing a lot of the same things about the lemon water, but my only hesitation is what it might do to my teeth. I am super particular about my teeth and I'd worry that lemon juice, like orange juice, would wear some of the enamel off my teeth. Every time I drink juice, I make sure to brush my teeth right away, but if you're drinking lemon water all throughout the day, you can't very well brush your teeth every 20 minutes. What do you think?

  11. I love lemons...the color, the smell, the tartness. It's awesome to know how much they promote health.

  12. I had forgotten how nice a slice of lemon in warm water can taste until I read this! I used to drink it all the time, but then got out of the habit

  13. Oh kids, your daughter is too cute for words. I am so intrigued by your pinterest picture. Are they popsicles? Chocolate? Guess I'll have to find out.