Conquer the {Halloween} Candy Bowl


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Can you believe that we are rounding the last few days of October?! I can’t….I feel like a broken record, but this year is flying by.

With Mitchell arriving just a few short weeks ago, the days seem to slip by. I am not at all prepared for Halloween. While I am not planning to dress up since we will be staying home to pass out candy, I do want to find a costume for Mitchell and Henry. Every year Henry has dressed up from a bumble bee to a skeleton to a bull with a cowboy on his back. I better get cracking on these costumes!!

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If you have any suggestions, send them my way!!

Halloween is such a fun holiday, and I won’t lie, I do like the candy portion. A lot of treats are starting to roll into the office with Halloween around the corner. And believe you me, I am not about to turn down a little sugar (everything in moderation!).

Next week I am sharing some non-candy alternatives for the holiday, but today is all about the traditional trick or treating goodies.

With all of the cute, sugar filled bowls coming around, it is best to get a game plan and some tricks (no pun intended) to ward off the extra luv-handles. Here are my tricks to not nose diving into the candy bowl-

  • Buy late. The closer to Halloween you buy the candy, the better. And once you bring it home, don’t even rip open the bag until the first trick-or-treater comes. That way, you’ll have less total temptation time to cope with.
  • Choose candy you don’t like. Hate coconut? Load up on Mounds and Almond Joy. This is a sure-fire way for me to keep my hand out of the bowl.
  • Devise a game plan. Start giving out more candy to each costumed kid as the night wears on, so there’s less left over. If there are still remainders, get them out of the house.
  • Freeze it! Put left-over favorite candy in the freezer. If you get weak and find yourself digging into them, they will be rock solid and it will take time to get through even one. For me, I like hard chocolate, but the out of site, out of mind aspect works with this one.
  • Ditch the sense of occasion. Remind yourself that you can buy yourself candy any time of the year. There’s no need to load up on fun-size bars on October 31 when you can enjoy them whenever your heart desires.
  • Keep things in perspective. Eating a little bit of candy on Halloween doesn’t make a person overweight — it’s constant overeating that can pile on the pounds. So don’t assume you can’t enjoy even a single treat, especially since deprivation is a dieting tactic that often backfires.
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What is your favorite Halloween candy to score in your bag?

Do you have a trick to keep your hand out of the candy jar?

Are you dressing up? What are you going to be?

XO-
BB

Would You Rather

Bonjour and TGIT (any other Thursday night tv fans out there?!).

Fall has certainly arrived around these neck of the woods!

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I’m happy to be back blogging today! Yesterday came and went in the blink of an eye because Phil was traveling for work this week and I was solo parenting. My spare time was spent grabbing food (dinner was at midnight on Tuesday), picking up once I had two free hands or simply sleeping.

Phil came back last night and all is right with the world again. We are so glad he’s back! IMG_8712.JPG

In the wee hours of the morning.

Did you ever play Would You Rather when you were in high school? When I was on countdown to my due date, I started to feel the weight of pregnancy and got antsy for the babe to arrive. To keep things light hearted (as usual) Phil started the game with me for post pregnancy.

Some of his questions:
Would you rather have wine or sushi?
Would you rather go on a run or spin?
Would you rather sleep on your stomach or wear your favorite jeans again (which one first)? (I LOVE sleeping on my stomach!)

It was so funny to think about all of the things that I couldn’t do and which I would chose first.

So I thought we’d play our own round! Ready? Go!

Pumpkin or apple?
Candles or make a fire?
Sushi or wine?
Fall or summer?
Plaid or stripes?
Go on a run or spin?
Be on Dancing with the Stars or The Voice?
Read Gone Girl or see the movie?
Chop your hair to shoulder length or not be able to cut it for three years?
Know the sex of your baby of wait?
Pancakes or French toast?
New York or LA?
New purse or new shoes?
Favorite sleeping position?
Shopping spree at Sephora or Nordstrom?
Personal chef or trainer?

I’m super excited because on Friday Phil is bringing home my favorite sushi for dinner! There is an incredible restaurants near my old work (and now close to where Phil works) that makes the best sushi. I haven’t had any sushi since last year. To say I’m excited would be an understatement! I’ve missed sushi do much and this place makes my favorite rolls. We actually went there to celebrate my 30th birthday last year and were blown away by the meal per usual.

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Next up, some vino!

Ok your turn – answer any or all of the questions!

XO-

BB

 

Thanks as always to Amanda for hosting Thinking Out Loud.

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