• 24 Days of Togetherness

    November 26, 2013

    Hi, guys!

    Remember when Mal and I started our tradition of 24 Days of Togetherness last year? If not, it was a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays and have some fun together. Here’s a recap of our experience.

    24 Days of Togetherness

    Mal and I are planning to do 24 Days of Togetherness once again this year, but we’re adding a little twist.

    Last year, I came up with all 24 of the things that we did together because the idea was originally a special surprise for Mal. This year, we’re changing up how the 24 items are selected, so we’re both involved. We’ll pick some of them together and then divide the rest between the two of us, so we can create our own fun ideas. Here’s how we are splitting up the 24 days:

    • 12 days that we’ll choose together—more of the “traditional” holidays things that we like to do together (i.e. drink eggnog, listen to holiday music)
    • 6 days that Mal will pick (they will be a surprise for me)
    • 6 days that I will pick (they will be a surprise for Mal)

    And we decided that the ideas can be anything. I’m sure most of them will be holiday-inspired, but if Mal wants to get burritos at Chipotle together one night, it’s his call (and, of course, I’d be more than happy to join him).

    Ok, that’s all. Just wanted to give you guys a little reminder in case you wanted to participate and so you can start thinking of some ideas!


    Last night’s dinner was partly from Whole Foods. When I picked up the mushroom soup for lunch yesterday, I also grabbed some goodies from the salad and hot bars for dinner. I had a huge head of lettuce at home already, so just bought the toppings for a big ol’ salad.

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    I was never much of a salad dressing fan in the past (I always went without), but I love this balsamic vinaigrette. It’s so delicious. I’d honestly just eat it on plain salad greens.

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    After dinner, I enjoyed more Moose Munch, but I practiced a little portion control by putting some in a small bowl instead of eating it straight from the bag like I did all afternoon long.

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    Fresh Food Generation

    Just wanted to share this really cool project that is happening in Boston. A CNC reader told me about it because her boyfriend, Jackson Renshaw, and his business partner, Cassandria Campbell, are co-founding a farm-to-plate food truck that will serve all of Boston with an emphasis on low-income neighborhoods. Their mission is to bring good food to areas that are often forgotten about and left with very few options.

    I absolutely love this idea and immediately made a donation to their Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the truck. They’ve raised over half their goal, but they need to raise the full amount before the deadline, which is just 17 days, or they do not get any of the money raised. (It’s just how Kickstarter works.)

    If you’d like more information about this project, please watch the video below, and I hope you consider donating. It’s such an amazing idea, and I would love to see this program launched in Boston. And, of course, feel free to spread the word about it!

    Health News & Views

    I can’t believe Thanksgiving is this week, but I’m ready for the feast of all feasts! I’m excited for my grandmother’s buttery mashed potatoes, my aunt’s sweet potato casserole (you know, the one covered in toasted mini marshmallows?), and my mom’s pumpkin pie, which is my very favorite Thanksgiving dish.

    Of course, pumpkin pie is a rather decadent dessert, especially with all of the sugar and heavy cream, so it’s not low in calories, fat, or waistline friendly. I will have a (small) slice of my mom’s pumpkin pie after Thanksgiving dinner this week, but since I’d like to  enjoy that pumpkin pie taste all year long,  I created this lighter, healthier smoothie.

    This Pumpkin Pie Smoothie is thick, creamy, and loaded with vitamin A, potassium, and fiber. It’s almost as delicious as the real thing!

    Try This Delicious Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Recipe


    Questions of the Day

    What holiday tradition are you looking forward to most this year?

    What’s your favorite kind of salad dressing?

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    { 43 comments… read them below or add one }

    Presley @ Run Pretty November 26, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Salad with no dressing? I think you just blew my mind. ;) I can’t even fathom that. I pretty much bathe in bleu cheese.

    Love the holiday idea!


    Chelsea @ BigBitesLittleBudget November 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Tina, I love the idea of 24 days of togetherness. What a fun way to get out there and celebrate those you love. I can’t wait to hear about all of the fun dates and holiday plans. I am right there with you on the pumpkin pie. It is definitely the highlight of my Thanksgiving feast. I have been making “pumpkin pie” parfaits for breakfast everyday since the start of the pumpkin season. Greek yogurt, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and apple. I can’t get enough!


    RFC November 26, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Holiday tradition: my moms Christmas oyster crackers. It has become a running joke among our family that she has to hide them from us, because we all devour them within minutes (I swear they are that good!)


    Lindsay@LifeAfterDairy November 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    That only comes out to 18 days of togetherness???


    Jazz November 26, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    What are you going to do for the other 6 days? or is this 18 days of togetherness?


    Catherine November 26, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    @Jazz: 12 (chosen together) + 6 (chosen by Mal) + 6 (chosen by Tina) = 24


    Linda @ running4two November 26, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    It’s Annabelle’s first Thanksgiving! I can’t wait to see how she likes the food…she is my daughter so I’m sure she will love all of it. I can’t wait to eat, relax, and watch football with my family…after running a Turkey Trot in the morning :). Oh yea, and watch the parade!


    Aimee - funfitgirl November 26, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    this is such a cute and great idea! I’m definitely going to try this with Jonah!


    Lauren @livinglifebetweenthemiles.wordpress.com November 26, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I love the idea of “24 days of togetherness”. You guys are so cute! :)



    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats November 26, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Awww I love the 24 days of togetherness idea! I just need a significant other to do it with… haha.


    Caitlin November 26, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    the 24 days of togetherness idea is great and i forwarded it to a friend for her and her fiancee! though she reads your blog and probably already saw it :P that farm to table food truck is an amazing idea because of the low income neighborhoods focus. it’s seriously something that we need to fix in this country – accessibility to affordable healthy food which is essentially a form of affordable preventative healthcare!


    Jackie November 26, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I’m excited for the macys parade!!!!!


    Missy November 26, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Cindy’s Kitchen dressings are my favorite! We don’t have a Whole Foods near us (closest is an hour and a half away) so when I go, I stock up on the Honey Mustard Vinaigrette! Soooooooo good!

    Pumpkin Pie smoothies are my favorite!


    FitBritt@MyOwnBalance November 26, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I loved the days of togetherness last year! I would like to do it this year but I’ll be away so it may be tough!


    Shel@PeachyPalate November 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I love hemp seed dressing!!! Blitz up to a smooth cream; can’t get enough of it! Another top favourite is a cashew cream; with a little balsamic it’s an awesome combo!


    Liz November 26, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    My mom and I usually drink a bottle of champagne and eat oyster stew to celebrate Christmas Eve. It’s not the healthiest of traditions, but we always have fun! I just bought a new condo, so I’m starting a new tradition of hosting a holiday open house and I’m excited about that!

    I loved following your “24 days” last year and think it’s great you are doing it again!


    Katie sB November 26, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I love balsamic vinaigrette.


    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun November 26, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Wow I love the 24 days of togetherness idea! I love that they are simple and easy and I think they would be perfect for my husband and I during this holiday season! Thank you for the reminder!


    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves November 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I absolutely adore the idea of 24 days of togetherness! I might do a version for my family and I!
    I’m also one to usually hold off on the dressing, but I love a nice honey mustard vinaigrette!


    Sarah November 26, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I never wanted to be one of those people to complain about a blog, since it’s clearly my choice to read. I really enjoy reading yours and have for a long time. I am not a fan of your “continue reading” feature. I thought it was only for some posts that were very heavy with pictures. I find myself not reading further. I just wanted to share in case others feel the same.


    Miranda @ Lovely Wife Lovely Life November 26, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Love that idea! I’ll have to see if Christian wants to do something like that :) Moose Munch looks so delicious! I’m eating a piece of Christmas chocolate and I feel strangely festive, ha!


    Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio November 26, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I love that y’all do this!


    Kelsey at The Primal Yogi November 26, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I love the idea of 24 days of Togetherness! It might be a little harder for us because we don’t live together and only see each other about once during the week and then on weekends. Maybe I will do 12 Days?


    Livi November 26, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I can’t wait to Turkey Trot with my Dad!!


    Christine (The Raw Project) November 26, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    What a fun tradition! I look forward to our family gift exchange where everyone buys one gift and does a white elephant trade, we drink wine, fight over gifts, and joke around.


    Annette@FitnessPerks November 26, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I looooooovveee this idea!! Now that we have a little one ours might be a little bit different, but I really like this idea :)


    Lindsay November 26, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    I know this sounds weird but my favorite salad dressing is hummus watered down to thin it out a bit.


    Melissa November 26, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I really love the idea of the 24-days of togetherness and the thought behind it. Also, the Whole Foods hot bar is my go-to meal! I love all the variety it has.


    Sara @ fitcupcaker November 26, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I have my 24 days of togetherness jar out and handy!! Ive been putting ideas in it already! We loved doing it last year!


    Sanaz@ Run for Cake November 26, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Step away from the Munch lady! That stuff can get you in trouble :) j/k … well kinda kidding.
    I really think this is a good idea and a nice togetherness activity. I may do this and incorporate our 1 year old in it somehow. Thanks for the great idea.
    p.s. I didn’t think it was possible to support Wholefoods more than I do, but i think my dear, you proved me wrong :)


    She Rocks Fitness November 26, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    I’m not really a fan of salad dressing anymore, so I hardly ever use it and if I do, I always have it on the side. Moose Munch or Crunch…that stuff takes some serious portion control. Darn salty and sweet combo gets me every time!


    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 26, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    LOVE that you are doing the 24 days of togetherness again, what a great way to slow down and spend time together during such a busy time!


    Cassie November 26, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    I am SUCH a fan of the Whole Foods “get stuff from salad bar/hot bar and use your own lettuce” salad. I had one for lunch today with pear gorgonzola dressing from Trader Joe’s – the best.


    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats November 26, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    We don’t really have any holiday traditions as such apart from always spending time with family.

    Love the idea of 24 days of togetherness, that is so cool! Will have to see if my boyfriend is up for it.


    Sara November 26, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    LOVE the 24 days of togetherness!! I’m totally gonna try to do that!!


    jen November 26, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    the best dressing is my nana’s homemade Italian dressing and I finally learned to make. when I was younger and we went to dinner at hilltop the waitress asked what kind of dressing I wanted and I told her nana’s dressing, my nana said it was so funny. the Authentic Greek Strained Yogurt by Cindy’s kitchen is really good, I need to try to recreate it because there not cheap!


    Alex @ Kenzie Life November 27, 2013 at 12:42 am

    I think the 24 days of togetherness is such a cool idea!


    Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit November 27, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Love the 24 days of togetherness – good way to mix things up a bit – I hope to do that with Dan once we live together!


    Shannon P. November 27, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I love the 24 Days of Togetherness idea! I’m going to see if my husband would like to start this tradition this year. This holiday season, I am most looking forward to spending time with my family and settling into our new house (including putting up a Christmas tree)! Also, I make a similar Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, but I add Greek yogurt and it turns into a Pumpkin Cheesecake Smoothie. I will try yours, too. :-)


    Avery November 27, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Oh my gosh, Moose Munch! I swear, that stuff is DANGEROUS. Haha, definitely guilty of making it through one container alone in less than a week!


    Amy November 27, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Have you given up alcohol?


    Amelia November 27, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Love the 24 Days of Togetherness idea. We tend to lose each other this time of year – especially with kids in the picture – so this will be a fun way to enjoy the season even more!


    Niki Mosier December 2, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks for the 24 Days of Togetherness Idea! We are totally going to start that!

    That smoothie looks amazing!!


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