Which Wich Marathon Relay?

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Two new experiences today.  This morning, I ran in a marathon relay with some kids from the cross country team.  I can proudly say that team Coco Puffs finished ahead of the other team from our school.   You can see the race results here!

After the race was over,  I completed all the pick-ups and drop-offs and grabbed some lunch at the new Which Wich near my house.  I’ve heard good things and bad things.  I’m siding with the good things.

The restaurant is kind of like Chipotle for sandwiches, but they also serve any of their sandwiches as salads.  You can order a salad with more veggies and sauces than you could possibly imagine.  I ordered a roast beef salad with hummus and ranch on the side.  On top, there were bell peppers, two kinds of onions, cole slaw, tomatoes…it was great.  I highly recommend.

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After a great lunch, two episodes of Netflix’s House of Cards, and a long nap, I’m finally getting to all the things I need to do today!

Good Cereal Made Andy Shardo’s Style

breakfast cerealYes, I’ve been on an oatmeal and smoothie kick, but that doesn’t mean I’ve ignored the simple things. Even though I have discovered a new way to make oatmeal faster in the morning, sometimes I’m craving a big, easy bowl of cold cereal.  Over the years, I’ve tried a lot of different kinds, and I spent a good, long stint eating only Kellogg’s Vanilla Almond cereal for breakfast.  Every day.  Pretty much throughout college.  I moved on to Kashi, but I’m way too high maintenance these days to eat a standard bowl, I guess.  Mostly because I know it can be made better. Cinnamon and banana make pretty much anything better.  It’s  simple to make a basic bowl of Kashi something you’ll want for more than just breakfast.

You will need:


  • 1 box of Kashi GoLean (or the kind with the grahams in it…super good)
  • 1 box of Kashi GoLean Crunch
  • bananas
  • cinnamon
  • almond milk
  • 1 large storage container with a lid
  • 1 cup measuring cup

When I buy cereal, I buy several boxes at a time and dump as much as I can in storage container with a measuring cup.  This way I don’t have to do that whole fight with the bag and the box and the spilling.  No thanks.

breakfast cereal

Fill half of the container with the GoLean.  Fill the remaining space with the GoLean Crunch.  Put the lid on.  Shake to mix two cereals together.

Slice half of a banana in the bottom of the bowl.  Scoop out a 1-cup serving of the mixed cereal on top of the banana.  Slice the rest of the banana on top.  Fill the bowl with as much almond milk as it will hold (since it only has 30 calories per serving!).  Sprinkle the top with cinnamon.

So much better than the bowl you had yesterday, right?

Why Not Make It a Cheesecake Smoothie?

Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

Smoothies are a standard part of my daily menu, but I’ve been missing something.

Something wonderful.

You can turn any smoothie recipe into a cheesecake version by adding one thing.  Cottage cheese…which I ordinarily loath.

Ask me to eat a cottage cheese snack, and I’m out.  No thanks. A cheesecake smoothie?  Yes, please.

For example, your lunch today could be a Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie.

Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

  • 6-7 strawberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 serving vanilla protein powder
  • 5-6 ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 cup of water or almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla flavor
  • 2 tablespoons of cottage cheese (or more if you want)
  • Spinach (optional)

Just try it.  You will love.

Snow Day #3 is an Edmodo Day


I don’t usually post educational items, but I spent some time making a step-by-step set of instructions for assigning, submitting, and grading assignments using Edmodo.  Perhaps someone might benefit from these. So, fellow teachers, enjoy! Create Submit and Grade assignments … Continue reading

Snow Day Restlessness Kills the Buns and Thighs

Icy roads = no school/work + a closed gym.

I was really in the mood for a nice long treadmill run today. Instead, I spent some time with Jillian.

I already posted the video for Jillian’s Six-Week Six Pack.  Today, I followed that workout with Killer Buns and Thighs.  It’s no joke.

I’m a little shaky just sitting here typing!

I definitely couldn’t do these DVDs every day, but it’s nice to have something when the gym isn’t an option…or when I don’t feel like leaving the house!

Now I’m off to figure out a new smoothie.  And to figure out what I’m going to do with ANOTHER day of no school.

Boom Chicka Pop and a Greek Yogurt Twist

I wish I had thought of this myself, but I didn’t.  BoomChickaPop is an awesome low-calorie snack that I have had many times.

Book Chicka Pop

But this…this sounds amazing.

Pumpkin and Greek Yogurt


Just a little pumpkin and cinnamon on top of vanilla greek yogurt.  Yum.


Visit the Undressed Skeleton’s blog here for more snack ideas.

Selfie Sunday v8.0


Selfie Sunday

Last week’s contest was close.  Thanks for all the votes for the upside down selfie.

upside-down selfie

There was a two-way tie for second between these two:



I will send your prize this week!

Now, get excited for this week’s submissions.  The frequent submitters are stepping up their game.  Take a look!

Science Extra Help Selfie

Science Extra Help Selfie

Volleyball Selfie

Volleyball Selfie

Fun at Outback selfie

Fun at Outback Selfie

Pirate Selfie

Pirate Selfie

Too Cold to Work Selfie

Too Cold to Work Selfie

Rotisserie Chicken Selfie

Rotisserie Chicken Selfie

Arm Scarf Selfie

Arm Scarf Selfie