WIAW: Some Good, Some Lame

Well last night was our last “officially” scheduled softball game for the season, which kinda blows my mind…seeing as we’re usually at least halfway rained out at this point. We still have, I believe, three more rainout games to make up, but from the sounds of it, we probably won’t be playing for another couple of weeks (aka, we’ll still probably be playing through September like we usually do!).

Since last night’s game was finally an earlier one, little man was able to come down and join us. He snacked on his peanut butter sandwich while cheering on mommy and daddy…


AKA, he sat there really only amused while he was eating and then he really just wanted to walk around. Good thing mama packed him some sneakers and gram was able to keep him occupied. Winking smile

So here we are, it’s Wednesday!


As per the usual, we’re checking out all of Monday’s eats…some of which you’ve already seen.


A Greek yogurt + blueberries + Kashi Go Lean Crisp + iced coffee


I was liking this breakfast for little while, but I think I need to go back to having something a little heartier. I mean, it actually does keep me full for a while, but I’m missing my carbs + peanut butter.

No mid-morning snack on Monday. Surprisingly enough, I wasn’t that hungry for it.


Knowing I’d be having more snacks later, I kept lunch light with half of a turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread with carrots, celery, and hummus on the side.



Shortly after that, it was our June birthday celebration at work, so I was lucky enough to eat one of these absolutely amaaaaazing cupcakes.

vanilla cupcakes

Seriously, they’re my absolute favorite (for the locals, they’re from Piece of Cake in East Greenbush – also the place I got my 30th birthday cake and work baby shower cupcakes from!).

Then a couple of hours later while at Whole Foods, you guys already know I was snackin’ on some pizza and green juice.

whole foods pizzawhole foods green juice

They. Were. Awesome.


Super lame. I didn’t get home until about 7:15pm because I was out taking a yoga class(I’ll fill ya in soon!) and then I had to put Lucas to bed. So by the time that was all said and done, it was about 8pm. I wound up eating some leftover macaroni salad from Sunday from right out of the container and pulled pork from who-only-knows-when in the fridge.


And about a half hour later, it was dessert (#2) time.


Some more leftover trifle from Sunday (which is now sadly gone). Probably a good thing, but still a bummer.

Well there ya have it, my friends. And now, I’m off! Happy Wednesday! Smile

Sneak Peek at Whole Foods of Albany!

Yesterday afternoon, I was lucky enough to attend an exclusive media preview tour of the new Whole Foods that’s coming to Albany!


The store will be open Mon-Sun from 8am – 10pm.

As I mentioned before, I’ve been to different Whole Foods locations a couple of times, but never got the chance to really browse the store in its entirety and really see what it’s all about. Granted, the store wasn’t fully stocked yet when we were there yesterday, but I was able to learn quite a bit.

(Those of you who are Whole Foods veterans are probably going to find that this is no news to you. But for the others – especially locals who may not be too familiar with the store – I figured I’d share some of the knowledge I came away with yesterday!)


A good amount of the produce found in store is both organic and sourced from local and regional farms. They’re also big on food not going to waste so, for example, if you needed a butternut squash but only wanted half of one, they’ll cut it for you in store so you only have to pay for what you need. Everything can be fully customized.

Their meat department features real butchers in-house, allowing customers to custom order anything they desire — from roasts, to chops…even turduckensMmm hmmm.


All of their meats that are cut to order following the Global Animal Partnership’s 5-step welfare program, and are always free of antibiotics and added hormones.


And I think, quite possibly, one of the things that I’m most excited about is their 5 for $25 deal; pick any 5 items on the list below for just $25.00!


The one continuous theme that continued to remain throughout the store was local. Everywhere you turned, there were signs and tags for local items, coming from one of the 52 local vendors that were sourced just for this specific location.




Oh, and the cheese? Oh. My. Goodness.


Fun facts: They will open up anything in the store that you want to try and sample in-house before buying. They’ll custom cut any cheeses as well, so you’re only getting what you need. And all of the cheese stocked are rbST free with no antibiotics.

Unfortunately, the hot/cold bars weren’t yet stocked while we were there, which I’m sure is where I’ll easily be able to drop some cash monies when I visit once again.


The bakery was up and running though, and is also set to be featuring plenty of local, gluten-free vendors as well. All of their in-house bakery items are made without refined sugar, bleached flour, artificial colors, or preservatives.


The Albany location is going to be featuring a variety of cream pies, as well as homemade ice cream sandwiches. Ohhh, heck yes.

And in addition to the bakery, the Albany store also has a few more “specialty” offerings, including cheesesteaks, hearty salads, and pizzaaaaa.


While others in the group were looking around and asking various questions, I was just standing in the back, taking selfies with my pizza.


Finally, our tour concluded at my most anticipated spot…the juice bar!


I’ll tell ya…if produce didn’t cost so much (and take up so much space in my fridge) and I thought I’d actually use a juicer, I would totally drink juices like this every. single. day.


But, being a realist, I know that I’d probably use a juicer like, twice, and then be done with it. Sooo, for now, I’ll just have to get my fix at Whole Foods. ;)


I got myself a “Green Passion” juice, which I *believe* was apple, kale, parsley, celery, spinach, and cucumber. So light, so refreshing, so freakin’ delicious.


We were all gifted a little goody bag on our way out, featuring a few products from local vendors (including one of my favorite local PB companies!)


I’m excited to head back when they’re officially open so I can do a little shopping…and yes, I think now that it’ll be worth braving the crowds. ;)

To the Whole Foods vets…what are some of your must-haves? Anything you’d recommend to a newbie shopping there for the first time?