What's Poppin?

One of my favorite healthy snacks is a bowl of popcorn. Popcorn is a natural, whole grain food that is low in calories and fat – which makes it perfect for a healthy lifestyle. JOLLY TIME Pop Corn has a variety of ‘Healthy Pop’ flavors (mine is kettle corn), that are not only fiber-filled, but low in calories too.
 Get physical while you pop! With a busy day anytime I can squeeze in a few reps I do (I usually do sit-ups while I brush my teeth). When you cook popcorn you only have 3-5 minutes so here is what you can do:
1. Arm Circles
2. Squats
3. Jumping Jacks
4. Lunges
5. Jump Rope
6. Shadow Box
7. Sit-ups
Now let’s talk about mix-ins. Do you ever add anything to your popcorn?
Here are some of my favorites that help me stay fuller longer:
1. Cacao nibs and graham crackers.
2. Cacao nibs and lightly salted peanuts
3. Cinnamon, dried apples and walnuts
4. Oregano, lemon zest and parmesan cheese.
5. Toasted coconut and cacao nibs.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of JOLLY TIME Pop Corn. The opinions and text are all mine.

Giddy Up - Horse Racing

Place your bets! I recently ran a 5k at the Hazel Park Raceway, which of course led me to wanting to go watch a horse race. Since temperatures are dipping low this is the last weekend for the raceway, therefore I made sure I went this past weekend to bet on the ponies. Since this was my first time EVER at a horse race, and betting on the ponies, here are some things I learned:
What I learned at my first horse race:
1. They are nothing like what you see at the Kentucky Derby – everyone wears jeans.
2. It’s an awesome place to hang out with friends, have a date night or host a birthday party.
3. Straight wagers are the easiest. Win (the horse that will come in first), Place (horse that will come in first OR second – payout is less), Show (horse that will come in first, second OR third – payout is substantially less).
4. What to say to the teller:
• racetrack & race number
• amount of your bet
• type of bet you’re placing
• horse’s number (do not say the name, they will get MAD)
example: Hazel Park Raceway, race two, $2 to win on #6
5. How to pick the winner – you will get a program and it will tell you where they think the horse will place. I’ll be honest I picked based on how cute a horses name was and/or if it had a girl jockey.
6. You don’t have to bet on every race.
7. Set a budget and bring cash in that amount.

Caramel Apple Lollipop

Caramel apple lollipops are a delicious twist on a classic fall favorite, and easier to enjoy at get-togethers than traditional caramel apples are.
Caramel Apple Lollipops

Lollipop sticks
Melting chocolate

1. Wash your apple.
2. Slice you apple to ¾ inch thick to make sure the stick will securely stay in place.
3. Pat the apple dry to soak up access juice (this will prevent the chocolate and caramel from sliding off).
4. Cover each apple slice with melted chocolate (allow some chocolate to hit the stick to act as a glue to hold the stick securely in place).
5. Allow to cool and harden.
6. Drizzle with slightly cooled caramel so it does not melt the chocolate.
7. Let harden, before you enjoy.

Night Nation Run

Fall is my favorite time of the year to run races, especially when they involve themes (chocolate, music, color…etc). A couple weekends ago my BFF and I ran the world’s first musical 5k – The Night NationRun, and let me tell you… it was so much fun!

The race featured DJ’s, Lightshows, Selfie-Stations and plenty of glow gear! Once you finish the race you come back to the main stage where you dance your little heart and the night away. Hands down, this was one of the most fun 5K races that I have ever done.

Fall Bucket List

Fall has officially arrived, and with the evenings starting to get cooler my fall bucket list is in full swing. Some of these are yearly traditions that I love, while others would be new experiences. What fall activities are you looking forward to?

Go apple picking
Get lost in a corn maze
Buy a new fall jacket
Rent a cozy Airbnb
Check out the color changes up north
Try out a new soup recipe
Visit my favorite cider mill (Yates) and find a couple new ones to enjoy
Go pick pumpkins
Fill the back of the car with snacks blankets and pillows and go watch a movie at the drive-in