Below Zero

January 10, 2011

Good morning!!!!

We were up at 5:30 this morning to shower and bundle up to walk 1.5 miles to our breakfast meeting.

Are we crazy!? Yes. But it was also amazing to get in the activity!! We felt flushed and fresh when we arrived.

During the night it SNOWED! I think walking was easier than driving. I know how to walk in snow, but de-icing a car and driving in it scares me more than a little cold.

Really the only thing that was cold on my were my thighs – they were the only body part that didn’t have two layers. My down coat kept me SUPER warm!

We arrived at our destination right on time!

Met up with the 5 or so other owners in training and the few GH employees joining us. Matt and I sat across from Melissa who is the new RD here on staff! We talked about oatmeal (and both had it for breakfast!)

The restaurant had ZERO fruit on the menu, so I was lucky to have packed a banana for a snack and added that into my bowl

Banana, Raisins, Peanut Butter and a drizzle of milk! It was delicious. I didn’t quite finish it all because I also got an egg!

Also had a few cups of coffee

We had to QUICKLY walk through the snow over to the headquarters – this walk was colder! I think it’s below zero out there!

I walked as fast as I could!!

Blizzard!

10 minutes later we were there – the offices here are great, and everyone is SO friendly! (As you would imagine :mrgreen: )

And now cozy inside and getting my learn on!

It’s a miracle how fast I posted – we have quite a few breaks and I’m able to log onto the wireless here.

Have a great day guys!

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1 Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Glad to see you made it and everything’s going well! Looks COLD!!!

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2 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 10, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Brrr this post is making me cold! I think you did a great job of dressing up your oatmeal with the just-in-case nanner. Way to be prepared! :D

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3 Cait @ A Bicycle Built for Two January 10, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Looks like a great trip so far :) Thanks for sharing all of your adventures!

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4 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan January 10, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Thanks for keeping us all updated. It’s fun to see what you’re up to while you’re away from home! :-)

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5 Evan Thomas January 10, 2011 at 12:37 pm

And I was complaining about a sunny 29 degree day. I guess I’ll bite my tongue on that one, lol.

I’ve always loved diner food. I can’t cook an egg to save my life so that’s what I order when I go out.

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6 Stephanie January 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm

LOVE that you guys walked. Have fun learning!

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7 Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate January 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Wow, you’re much braver than I am. As much as I love walking, I definitely would have used the car for that one! :)

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8 Kristy @ KristyRuns January 10, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I love your boots, and I need a coat like that for the blizzard in Georgia today! I’m wearing my running shoes out in it…

I love the scenery up there! Have fun!

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9 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 10, 2011 at 12:41 pm

You two are CRAZY!!! Haha…in a good way :-)

Glad you’re having fun and learning a lot!

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10 Melissa @ HerGreenLife January 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Walking in the snow is way better than driving in the snow. By the time you get the car ready to go, you’ve spent about the same amount of time outside anyway. Your pictures make me glad that I don’t live up north, though :)

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11 Sarah @ See Sarah Eat January 10, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Way to go braving the snow and frigid temps :) I really need to invest in some new boots, ha ha. Sounds like we (Kentucky) may be getting a big snow tonight into tomorrow!

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12 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Gorgeous but wow, so dark in the morning! A beautiful part of the country I’d like to visit one day.

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13 Tinfoils Tiaras January 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm

It looks beautifully chilly outside! I can’t believe the restaurant didn;t have any fruit- they should have given you a discount for bring your own fruit! :) Looks like you are having a blast!

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14 Lindsey @ Enjoying Healthy Foods January 10, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Way to go and brave the cold!!! It is cold here too but I do not dare go outside!!! WAY TO GO!!!!

HAVE a great day!!!

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15 Hope January 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm

You are so brave walking in that freezing cold and snowy weather! That restaurant looks cute! I hate when restaurants don’t have any fruit. I love having at least one piece of fruit for breakfast. Montana looks beautiful so far! :)

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16 Natalia - a side of simple January 10, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Just seeing you all bundled up in your down coat and uggs is making me shiver at how cold it must be there! Stay warm and happy training :)

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17 Amanda (Eating Up) January 10, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I totally admire you guys walking in the cold! I guess it would be safer than driving!

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18 Meaghan @ OhReillyWrites January 10, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Your breakfast looks wonderful! GH seems like a truly wonderful company.

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19 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 10, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Go you for getting up and walking through the snow! I would rather walk in the snow than drive as well!

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20 Jess @ atasteofconfidence January 10, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Have fun!

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21 Dorry January 10, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Fun to see where you are! That’s a lot of snow. I love that y’all walk everywhere. I’m with you – I trust my legs and feet more than I trust my ability to drive in snow or ice. Enjoy your day!

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22 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes January 10, 2011 at 1:03 pm

now you can relate to us here in Northern Wisconsin…days like that are more the norm, than the exception, this time of year! :)
love,
cathy b. @ brightbakes

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23 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 10, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I think I got cold just reading this post :)

Have a great day!

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24 Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 10, 2011 at 1:06 pm

yay! i’m glad your first day is off to a good start. i’ve lived in wisconsin my whole life and i’m still not a fan of the cold. props to you guys for braving it so much already!

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25 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 10, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I love that oatmeal is on menus now! It snowed in Atlanta today too and it is freezing weather for us! Have fun today!

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26 Mom January 10, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Great pics! Glad it’s going well.

Mom

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27 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen January 10, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Glad to see that you guys haven’t had any travel issues with the snow! (aside from the initial delays.)

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28 Ashley (The Vegetable Life) January 10, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Wow Montana looks so cold!!! Good for you for walking everywhere that is some serious motiivation! I don’t think I would be able to brave the cold and walk outside that far on a day like that!

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29 Christin@purplebirdblog January 10, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I completely agree about it probably being safer to walk than drive! Thank goodness for great coats!

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30 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 10, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I love the fact that even in a restaurant, you can make an impressive bowl of oatmeal :)

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31 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 10, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I love how youre posting during your breaks and rockin’ multiple computers there it looks like! You go girl!

Stay warm, the weather looks..brutal! That’s the kind of weather I am sooo glad I don’t live in any more. Stay warm! :)

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32 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine January 10, 2011 at 1:13 pm

My thighs always get SO cold too- I’ve learned to wear leggings under my pants for maximum warmth. I’d rather be hot inside than freeeeeezing outdoors!

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33 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations January 10, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Don’t you love conversations about oatmeal? Food is such a great conversation-starter.

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34 Namaste Gurl January 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Happy day and glad you found some oatmeal!

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35 JENNA January 10, 2011 at 1:19 pm

i love hearing about the whole process of buying a GH! So interesting!
:) As a MT native I do not miss hearing below zero forecasts!!! I thought cvilles weather was bad this a.m. with 20*!! brrrr…
drive careful!

p.s. cute cute cute sweater!

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36 jen @ taste life January 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm

It looks like so much fun! Good luck walking back later in the cold.

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37 Alaina January 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Brrr, that looks freezing! But that breakfast looks like a good way to get warm :-)

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38 Katryn@rampantcuisine January 10, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Love how you created your own bowl of oats in a diner! Aaaand that walk looks frigid (but still better than driving!)

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39 Lindsey@DishesNDiapers January 10, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Looks like your trip is off to a good start! Don’t freeeeeeze up there!!

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40 Célèste January 10, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Raisins are a fruit, yes? But I know what you mean.

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41 Stacey - The Habit of Healthy January 10, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I think I’m with you on the whole driving in the snow thing, sometimes it’s easier to walk. Have fun (and stay warm)!

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42 Johanna B January 10, 2011 at 1:48 pm

We’re having a snowy day too so I can empathize. I’d love to be able to go for a brisk walk in it but I’m stuck underground for the day.

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43 Angie January 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Snowy and cold most of the winter in Cleveland. I need to take a cue from you and go outside anyway! But with 2 layers on my legs–always 2 layers!

Looks like you are going to have a great time this week.

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44 Heather (Heather's Dish) January 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm

how fun! i actually love walking when it’s cold outside…but i hate the thawing out process! sounds like an amazing trip so far ;)

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45 lynn (The Actors Diet) January 10, 2011 at 2:20 pm

although i don’t envy your having to walk in a blizzard, there is nothing quite like coming in from a crazy snowstorm and getting all cozy

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46 Patricia January 10, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Two words–long underwear. Just the pants would be enough if you have layers on top. I prefer the (washable) silk kind–they keep me warm when outside but I do not overheat when inside. I live in MN and wouldn’t be without them.

Your choice to walk rather than drive was also smart–not just for driving safety. You stay warmer when moving rather than sitting in a cold car. It would not have time to warm up in a mile and a half.

MT is such a great state. Enjoy your time there!

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47 Lisa @ early morning run January 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm

sounds eventful! Stay warm!

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48 CathyK @ www.1970kikiproject.wordpress.com January 10, 2011 at 2:44 pm

i SO agree! would much rather walk then drive through the snow.
you’d fit right in up here today in sourthern ontario (canada) – it’s VERY chilly!
all the best with your training!

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49 kate January 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I love how much alking you guys are fitting in! Have a great day!

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50 Lee January 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Your post is making me cold! I hope your jacket is as warm as it looks.

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51 Joanne January 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm

How exciting! The snow must chill you guys to the bone. You’re just not used to it… in fact, I’m not sure ANYONE gets used to it. It looks pretty for a day or so then enough.

Hope you get some good learning in. Things are progressing. SUPER! :)

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52 Julie January 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm

You guys are brave. I couldn’t do that walk unless I was wearing thermal leggings or nylon stocking under my pants.

Thanks for keeping us updated. I always eat oatmeal when I read your posts =]

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53 lindsay January 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Loving these Montana posts!

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54 Kara January 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Wow, I can’t believe you walked 1.5 miles OUTSIDE in MONTANA in JAN! That’s hardcore! Maybe I should get one of those down coats so I can stop being such a wimp about the cold here in MD!

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55 Shannon @ Freshman Yr of Life January 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Ah this must be so exciting! Congrats on it all.

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56 Ana January 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Looks like you two are having a great trip! And what a cold place… brrr!!!
Kath, I have a question for you, and I hope you could truly help me with this one. I really like your blog and have been reading it for a good while, even though I don’t comment that frequently (I used to but went back to school for a masters degree last year and things have been busy).
I also love blogging, and I would like to improve my blog. I have read here that you went to a few blog conferences this year and I would love to go to one. My question to you is, which blog conference would you advise me to go? I would like to learn more about how to improve my blog and also to meet new people and bloggers.
Do you have any advice on this? I saw that the FitBlog conference is coming in May, are you attending that, it is a good one? I would love to attend a good blog conference where I could really learn!
My interests are on a healthy and balanced life, exercise and especially nutrition, which is what I am studying for – I am working on my masters in nutrition and plan on becoming an RD.
Thanks and I hope you have a few minutes to help me out with this. I know you are busy, but you are always so nice on your blog to your readers, so I decided to ask someone that not only knows about the blogworld but is also quite nice!
Thanks in advance!
Ana

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57 Kath January 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm

The Healthy Living Summit!! We’re shooting for the fall. I have a whole page on the blog events on my Blog Events page for more info on my experiences

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58 Ana January 10, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Thanks Kath! I remember reading your posts about the Healthy Living Summit, I will read them again and look up the website for more info!
Thank you so much!
Ana

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59 Ana January 10, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Kath, do you know when (and where? although I am most concerned with When) the HLS is going to be this year? I would love to go!
Thanks
Ana

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60 Kath January 10, 2011 at 6:43 pm

No plans have been made yet!

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61 Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 10, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Wow it really does look cold over there! Stay warm! :)

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62 Joy January 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Oh I am so excited for you! It must be an amazing feeling that you’re doing the tangible things required for your dream to materialize. Can’t wait to hear more about it!

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63 natalie (the sweets life) January 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm

brrr–I hope you guys stay warm this week! You need one of those face-masks for when you’re out walking :)

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64 Camille January 10, 2011 at 3:25 pm

My goodness it looks cold!
Good call on not driving. It got really icy here last night and driving this morning was terrifying!

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65 Maddie (Healthy Maddie) January 10, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Wow it looks cold! Have fun :)

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66 Lu January 10, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I hope is warmer in Montana when I go in May. I probably would have walked as well. Good luck with training!

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67 Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 10, 2011 at 3:43 pm

brrrrrrrrrrr i am cold just LOOKING at those photos!!!

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68 Suzanne @ Continuing My Education January 10, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Oh, to be in a place that can handle the snow…commence the VA snow freak-out with the threat of 2 inches! Stay warm!

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69 Jill B January 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm

I am so excited for you both! Feels like we’re all on this journey with you. Thanks for including us.

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70 Karen January 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Can you imagine how cold it would be if it were humid there? The dry air makes it more tolerable.
Looks so much like fun; glad y’all get to experience this.

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71 Sarah @ The Strength of Faith January 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm

I am so happy for you guys!

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72 Elizabeth@The Sweet Life January 10, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Wow–it looks so cold and dark. Impressed that you walked!

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73 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) January 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Wow, I thought it was cold here in NY!! Oatmeal with milk poured on top sounds so good.

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74 Annie@stronghealthyfit January 10, 2011 at 6:19 pm

You two are B.A. for walking that far in such cold temps so early in the morning! Love it.

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75 Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 10, 2011 at 7:12 pm

You sure had a busy morning! At least your coat kept you warm through all that. I’ve yet to find one that withstand that kind of weather.

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76 Simply Life January 10, 2011 at 7:13 pm

wow, I am SO impressed you took that walk early in the morning -very impressive and inspiring!

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77 Allison @ Happy Tales January 10, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Oh my goodness, below zero? I don’t think I’ve ever felt that temperature before…

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78 stacey-healthylife January 10, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Oh my it looks so cold, brrrrrrr.

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79 Kevin January 10, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Austin GH pin seems a little low. ;-) Stay warm!

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80 The Robertsons of Mumbai January 10, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Kath – how are those boots holding up to the snow? For example, when they get wet, are they staining, and is the wet soaking in to your feet? I need a pair as I will be going from hot as heck to snow in a couple weeks and am not sure what would be good for daily walking to a class, etc. It seemed that you gave them rave reviews when you got them.

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81 Kath January 10, 2011 at 9:54 pm

They are holding up well! They haven’t really been drenched in water, but they are SUPER warm and I love how high they come up my legs. I certainly wouldn’t be very happy on this trip without them. I also have a leather protector on them, which I’m sure is helping a bit in the elements. It was sent with them and is by Birkenstock.

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82 The Robertsons of Mumbai January 11, 2011 at 10:41 am

Thanks so much for this info! :)

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83 Hannah January 10, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Teehee, I love how you always seem to have a banana on hand… me, I *always* have dark chocolate in my purse!

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84 Kaitlin Torres December 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I love how you called your coats. “Montana Coats” I live in Montana and those are definitely Montana worthy!

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85 KathEats December 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm

:) We got them for the trip and they were fantastic – I was never cold!

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86 April R. December 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Hi Kath! I have been creeping for about a year now. I love your blog and read it just about every day. You have helped so much during my own personal food revolution. Also, I think your coat is great and think I need to get one, as we are moving to CT from TX sometime in the next year and need to be ready for the Northeast winters. What is the brand? Thanks so much for all that you do and share!

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87 KathEats December 11, 2011 at 12:17 am

Hey April! It’s from Land’s End – I got it on sale for $48 last December! LOVE it!

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