Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites + A Sweepstakes

posted by Zakary on October 26, 2015

My son is a busy little guy who plays sports, and he recently discovered that wearing activewear is simply the best. Or as he puts it: he likes wearing his “sports clothes”. I try to get him to wear clothes that aren’t for sports a few times a week, but the minute he gets home from school, he immediately changes into his basketball shorts. I get it, as I’m typing this I’m wearing yoga pants and a tank top and I haven’t done yoga in four days.

JCPenney asked us if we would like to shop for some activewear for Troy and he was all in because he is all about hoodies that aren’t shirts with buttons and warm-up pants that aren’t jeans. I was all in because I love JCPenney, they seriously have the best deals.


JCPenney has a fantastic selection of Nike in store and online: shorts, tees, fleece, pants, hoodies, socks, and shoes.

These warm-up pants he selected are lined with fleece on the inside and will be so perfect when it snows for the next seven months and we have to move the basketball playing indoors.


The hoodie is also a good choice for winter, it is Therma-FIT fabric (microfiber fleece fabric that keeps you insulated).


And because he knows that the perfect sports ensemble isn’t complete without socks and shoes, he chose a cool three pack of performance crew socks and a pair of high tops. He told me that “High tops make you jump higher, it’s science”.


Also science: Active children that burn energy equal hungry children. My kids eat like it is their j-o-b. They love to snack on these Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites that I make and keep in the freezer.


Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites


1 cup old fashioned rolled oats-uncooked (I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats)

1/3 cup pure pumpkin puree

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

Couple of tablespoons of chia seeds (I threw them in because I had them in the pantry)

1/3 cup honey (or more if you like sweet)

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir until completely mixed. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Scoop and roll into one inch balls. Store in refrigerator or freezer in an airtight container. Makes 12+ depending on size of your scoop.

What’s your favorite healthy snack to eat? Tell me in the comments for a chance to win a $100 JCPenney gift card.

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Elitch Gardens Fright Fest: The Daylight Edition

posted by Zakary on October 9, 2015

Sometimes you just have to say Screw It and go to the amusement park (even when you are supposed to be packing and painting and cleaning your house because you are listing it to sell).


Elitch Gardens invited us to check out the Fright Fest that is taking place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through November 1st. They have two parts: Family By Day and Fright By Night. Fright By Night has haunted houses and apparently at night they have employees dressed up as zombies and they jump out and scare you and NO THANK YOU SIR. I will give you one guess which part we went to because Troy’s mother is afraid of the dark.

Untitled Family By Day runs 12pm to 5pm on Sat/Sun and kids can enjoy Free Candy on the Trick or Treat Trail, participate in a costume contest, make Haloween crafts, and partake in several Halloween themed interactive challenges without having the crap scared out of their mother. Untitled


UntitledUntitledUntitled We rode the KiddieLand roller coaster five times and that was about four times too many for me.Untitled

Seriously, this ride for two year olds made me kind of sick for the rest of the day. Getting old blows.

Untitled   To review, Elitch Gardens is wicked fun, I scare easily, you should buy my house. Stay dope. Bye.