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My Favorite Things (Giveaway!)

February 17, 2011

I woke up a few minutes before my alarm today and felt rested, but famished. That usually doesn’t happen because I have a substantial dessert/snack before bed each night (you guys don’t get to see that part because I’ve already written the night’s post), but today I had to grab a few handfuls of crackers before hitting the gym.

At the gym I ran 5 “junk” miles alternating speeds between 6.5 and 7.0 mph. I finished with some light abwork on a stability ball and some arm machines. I finally got up the nerve to try that “assisted pull-up” machine and I think I found my new love!  You can do tricep dips too!


Pulled out the bright pink shirt because the high is 72 today. I don’t want to be at work!




I switched things up for breakfast today and had an almond butter and banana sandwich on a whole wheat english muffin. It was the last one in the bag I got at Whole Foods a few weeks ago (note to self: you are shopping at Whole Foods too much), and I want more. I feel like I’ll waste them if I have bread and sandwich thins and wraps AND english muffins on hand, but they are SO doughy and delicious…mmmmm!


Clare’s Favorite Things Giveaway:

As promised, I have a giveaway for you guys as a huge THANK YOU for your love and support earlier this week. I was trying to decide what to give you, and ended up collecting a hodge-podge of my favorite things. The package isn’t complete yet though…I still have some shopping trips and baking to do ;). But here is a look at some of the goodies you could win!

There will be TWO winners and I will pick them by random number generator on Saturday. You DO NOT have to have a blog to win! To enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me what would be in YOUR favorite things package
  2. Tweet about this give away and leave an additional comment letting me know
  3. Link back to this giveaway on your blog and leave an additional comment letting me know


Can’t wait to hear the things you guys love! Good luck!

100 Comments leave one →
  1. February 17, 2011 11:10 am

    Hmmmm, in my favorite things giveaway, there would be a bar of Ghirardelli dark chocolate, a jar of coconut butter, a Real Simple magazine, a jar of Trader Joe’s crunchy salted peanut butter and a tube of hot pink lip stick : )

    Fun giveaway. Hope you’re having a good day!

  2. February 17, 2011 11:13 am

    In my favorite things package would def. be Larabars (apple pie flavor is my fave!) Self magazine, a box of Quaker Oats Oatmeal Squares cereal and some peanut butter!

  3. February 17, 2011 11:18 am

    I *so* wish I liked bananas–they are so good for you and so portable, but I just can’t get over the taste and consistency.

  4. lauravirginia permalink
    February 17, 2011 11:24 am

    How fun! I just tried the PB&J Larabar this week and am obsesssssed. I used to only like the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, but I think it has a new rival! I would also love that magazine!

  5. lauravirginia permalink
    February 17, 2011 11:24 am

    I tweeted about it!

  6. Courtney S permalink
    February 17, 2011 11:25 am

    In my favorite things bag:
    Skippy Natural PB
    Womens Health mag
    Chia Seeds
    Fage 0%
    Oats, Oats, Oats

  7. February 17, 2011 11:33 am

    My favorite things package would include some Luna bars, some peanut butter, a clean eating cookbook and some baked goods! Like some muffins, oh yeahh 🙂

  8. February 17, 2011 11:33 am

    I tweeted about the giveaway!

  9. Michelle permalink
    February 17, 2011 11:37 am

    Oats, apples, pumpkin, and cookies & cream protein powder

  10. February 17, 2011 11:37 am

    my favorite things package would include…
    Larabars, a Real Simple Magazine, something raw for dessert, Sun Warrior, Naturally More, frozen yogurt (if that were possible hehe), a lululemon something, Yogi tea…and YOU hehe just kidding since you can’t be mailed

  11. alexa permalink
    February 17, 2011 11:38 am

    my favorite things package would include: a cliff trail mix mojo bar ( the best bar ever), a jar of pb or ab, fitness magazine, orbit sweet mint gum, applie pie larabar (LOVE!) or chocolate chip brownie larabar, a box of multigrain cheerios and wow.. the list could go on and on!

    but just to name a few 🙂

  12. February 17, 2011 11:41 am

    AHH i love this!! and i am ALWAYS starving in the morning!
    my package would include LOTS of nut butter and FlatOut wraps!

  13. February 17, 2011 11:42 am

    i tweeted!! @movesnmunchies

  14. February 17, 2011 11:43 am

    aww thanks! my package would include larabars (the mini kind), dots (don’t care how bad they are for you—life’s too short not to enjoy! :)), a cooking light magazine, and my favorite pair of running socks!

  15. February 17, 2011 11:46 am

    My favorite things would be nut butter, running shoes, ice cream, and a good book 🙂

  16. February 17, 2011 11:49 am

    I tweeted!

  17. February 17, 2011 11:51 am

    My favorite things giveaway would include:
    * Chocolate from LiLac Chocolateer
    * A book (current fav: Hunger Games)
    * A Glee CD
    * Eyeliner (my fav. accessory)

  18. February 17, 2011 11:56 am

    Spicy bread & butter pickles, OPI Strawberry Margarita polish, and a 6 pack of Great Lakes Christmas Ale. No doubt.

  19. Nicole permalink
    February 17, 2011 11:57 am

    I love your blog and this is the first time I’ve commented 🙂

    My favorite things:

    Aquaphor lotion
    Cookie Dough Luna Protein Bars
    TJ’s Tomato Basil Hummus

  20. February 17, 2011 12:03 pm

    My favorite things package would look much like yours! Larabars, almond butter, and dark chocolate! Among others of course! 🙂

  21. Karina permalink
    February 17, 2011 12:03 pm

    my favorite things would include: a sweet potato, a huge apple, cascadian farms kids cinnamon crunch, a usa today subscription, reusable grocery bags and arrested development dvds!!!

  22. Cory permalink
    February 17, 2011 12:08 pm

    High of 72?? Get it girl! My favorite things would include…roasted creamy almond butter, shredded coconut, Vitatop muffins, the curry sauces from TJs, and Self Magazine! 🙂

  23. February 17, 2011 12:16 pm

    What a great giveaway! My favorite things would include: cashew cookie larabars, SELF magazine, and anything from TJ’s !

  24. February 17, 2011 12:17 pm

    My favorite things, hmmm.. chocolate chips, oatmeal, peanut butter, yogurt, granola, oh and my new obsession… balsamic GLAZE. MMM

    I *love* the assisted pull-up machine!!!

  25. irene permalink
    February 17, 2011 12:17 pm

    In my favorite things package, I’d have kraft mac & cheese, a chipotle gift card, and a can of chef boyardee

  26. February 17, 2011 12:25 pm

    In my favorite things giveaway, I would include Kaldi’s coffee, TJ’s PB, Tazo Vanilla Rooibos tea, Real Simple magazine and Friday Night Lights DVD set season 1.

  27. February 17, 2011 12:45 pm

    my fave things give-away list includes: Justin’s nut butter (any kind!), Luna bars, a Lululemon workout outfit, TJ’s gift card, Jillian Michael’s workout DVDs (any!,) and an iTunes gift card. :):):)

  28. February 17, 2011 1:00 pm

    My favorite things would include peanut butter, dark chocolate, and Larabars!

  29. sarah permalink
    February 17, 2011 1:01 pm

    Dark chocolate Dreams peanut butter,
    Coconut butter,
    Yoghurt coated banana chips( I AM OBSESSED),
    Nanas cookies.

    Awesome giveaway, I hope I win!

  30. February 17, 2011 1:16 pm

    just tweeted! astrideats

  31. atastelife permalink
    February 17, 2011 1:28 pm

    My favorite things “grab bag”:
    Let’s assume it can be refrigerated, mmm kay?

    – White bean and basil hummus from TJs
    – Almond butttttah
    – Cashews
    – Dark chocolate bar with sea salt
    – and a trashy celeb gossip magazine
    – Cooking Light magazine
    – finally, pickles!

  32. Jenni permalink
    February 17, 2011 1:43 pm

    Mmmmm coconut cream larabars, almond butter, peanut butter puffins! Those are what I always like to have in my basket @ whole foods! Or dried mango!

  33. Jessica permalink
    February 17, 2011 2:02 pm

    my favorite things include…

    almond butter
    pumpkin butter
    clif mojo bars
    lara bars
    victoria’s secret beauty rush lip balm
    orbit/stride gum
    yoga dvds

  34. squigglefloey permalink
    February 17, 2011 2:12 pm

    I’d probably have some good magazines, some kind of hard candy, and some flowers in my package 🙂 As for food — pita bread and strawberry cream cheese with some fresh strawberries and whipped cream sound really good at the moment.

  35. squigglefloey permalink
    February 17, 2011 2:13 pm

    Tweetered 🙂

  36. Courtney permalink
    February 17, 2011 2:18 pm

    My favorite things package would definitely include sunflower seed butter, (love love LOVE it) magazines, dark chocolate, any and all nut butters (sense an obsession? ;)) and a great running play list!

  37. Courtney permalink
    February 17, 2011 2:21 pm

    I tweeted too @court20854:) I don’t have a blog yet for me but it’s coming! 🙂

  38. Jill permalink
    February 17, 2011 2:25 pm

    I would love to try the Larabars! I’ve never had one!!

  39. February 17, 2011 2:55 pm

    glamour magazine, larabars, dark chocolate, peanut butter!

  40. February 17, 2011 2:57 pm

    Umm… definitly that justin’s nut butter to start with! ahahha

  41. February 17, 2011 2:58 pm

    and i tweeted!

  42. February 17, 2011 3:03 pm

    My favorite things package would definitely have: an awesome flavor of hummus, almond butter, dark chocolate with sea salt, any dried fruit, wasabi soy almonds (my guilty pleasure), a package of naan bread (another guilty pleasure) and diet coke! 🙂

  43. February 17, 2011 3:14 pm

    my favorite things? jolly ranchers, prunes, bananas, vegan jerky…gosh the list goes on 🙂

  44. February 17, 2011 3:28 pm

    oh my gosh!!
    this is so exciting
    very, very cute outfit
    i love all of your favorite things
    my favorite things package: fitness magazine, green monster recipe cards, clif bars, luna bars, greek yogurt coupons, fruit leather, and a norah jones cd :0)

  45. February 17, 2011 3:29 pm

    i tweeted about your giveaway!

  46. February 17, 2011 3:37 pm

    (Chanting) Luna Bar, Luna Bar, Luna Bar!

    Tweeted @midwesterntouch 🙂

  47. Laura permalink
    February 17, 2011 3:38 pm

    looks awesome!! My fave foodie things include: super dark good quality chocolate, coconut butter, all nut butters… this could go on forever 🙂

  48. February 17, 2011 3:39 pm

    In my package of favorite things you will find: Coconut Butter, dark chocolate, cocoa roasted almonds, hummus, chocolate chip cookie Larabars, and a new yoga mat!

  49. February 17, 2011 3:40 pm


  50. Nora permalink
    February 17, 2011 4:01 pm

    I would have to say that in my favorite things package I would want some cookie dough larabars. I can’t find them anywhere. I have yet to try them they technically can’t be considered one of my favorite things, buuttt I bet when I do I will fall in love! Also some peanut butter and homemade goodies 🙂

  51. Emilie permalink
    February 17, 2011 4:02 pm

    In my favourite things package you would find:
    -Runner’s World Mag
    -Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter filled pretzels
    -Vega Sport drink mix in Lemon Lime (tastes like Iced Tea!)
    -Jillian Michaels DVDs for the dead of winter

  52. February 17, 2011 4:19 pm

    I am so jealous of your temperature!! It was 5 degrees in Anchorage this morning! (NOT fun!!)

    My package of favorite things would include:
    – Runner’s World magazine
    – OPI nail polish
    – dark chocolate
    – cookies
    – loaf of bread

  53. Colleen permalink
    February 17, 2011 4:26 pm

    What a fun idea! My favorite things package would include Real Simple magazine, cute headbands, and dark chocolate.

  54. Natalie permalink
    February 17, 2011 4:44 pm

    Hi Clare! My favorite things gift basket would consist of:

    CLIF bars
    Fiber One Chocolate Oats Bars
    Crabtree & Evelyn Jojoba Body Cream
    Lindt Sea Salt Dark Chocolate
    Starbucks Gift Card

    Hope you’re having a great week!

  55. Brandi permalink
    February 17, 2011 5:38 pm

    My favorite things would have to include Twizzlers, Runners World, Starbucks GC, Clif Shotblocks in Strawberry, itunes GC, etc.

  56. Brandi permalink
    February 17, 2011 5:39 pm

    oh and if possible Boarshead whole pickle. they are freaking amazing and i eat one almost everyday!

  57. February 17, 2011 6:11 pm

    Cliff Juniors, Smores Luna Bars, Whole Foods Vanilla Whey Powder, and Caribou Coffee’s Spicy Cinnamon Tea.

  58. Emily permalink
    February 17, 2011 6:18 pm

    -Cacao Bliss
    -Chia seeds
    -PB&Co Mighty Maple!

  59. February 17, 2011 6:21 pm

    hi! my favorite things package would be huge!! haha so ill narrow it down to a few of my most favorite things.
    peanut butter
    itunes card
    hummus and a yogitoes towel!!

  60. February 17, 2011 6:23 pm

    oh! great giveaway 🙂 i think in my favorite things would be peanut flour, umm naturally more, dunkin strawbs coffee & andy cohen hahaha

  61. February 17, 2011 7:02 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen that magazine before but it looks fantastic. I would love to read it. 😉

  62. February 17, 2011 7:30 pm

    My favorite things would definitely include peanut butter, dark chocolate, Starbucks gift card, any type of fitness magazine and any kind of book!!

  63. February 17, 2011 7:31 pm

    I tweeted about your giveaway!

  64. February 17, 2011 7:34 pm

    My favorite things would have a lot of protein bars, some pancake mix and obviously some sort of hot cocoa. It’s so cold up here booo. 😦

  65. Paige permalink
    February 17, 2011 7:37 pm

    Trader Joe’s peanut butter filled pretzels, anything dark chocolate, Glamour magazine, and kettle corn popcorn

  66. laura permalink
    February 17, 2011 8:10 pm

    Homemade banana bread, the book “Unbearable Lightness of Being” (my fave), Justin’s Almond Butter (!!) and sweet potatoes:)

  67. Courtney M permalink
    February 17, 2011 8:33 pm

    My favorite things package would have homemade maple almond butter (I made some delish stuff last weekend), clean eating magazine, and CHOCOLATE!

  68. alexandra permalink
    February 17, 2011 8:42 pm

    my favorite things package would include almond butter, super charge me cookies, lara bars, some fun nail polish, sleepy time tea, and lindt truffles

  69. February 17, 2011 9:38 pm

    In my favorite things package would be: nut butter, dark chocolate ginger from TJ’s, peanut flour, ELLE magazine/Harper’s Bazaar, and gum 🙂

  70. February 17, 2011 9:45 pm

    Linked back on my blog!

  71. February 17, 2011 10:34 pm

    my favorite things! oh my gosh, so many. ummm…sugar cookie sleigh ride tea, those pink and white circus animal cookies (no shame!), dry roasted edamame, raw unsalted pumpkin seeds, extra dessert delights gum, some Z bars, and vitamin D supplements (i live in portland, OR and they literally changed my life). an eclectic mix, but i stand by my choices!

  72. February 17, 2011 10:45 pm

    oh geeze, my favorite things?
    ok well obviously Peanut Butter.
    Vega protein
    carbanada pasta
    peanut flour
    vegan chocolate chips
    shape magazine
    sugar free gum.

  73. February 17, 2011 10:46 pm

    oh and tasti d-lite ice cream

  74. February 17, 2011 10:48 pm

    I will post your giveaway on my blog for tomorrow!

  75. February 17, 2011 10:54 pm

    Cool giveaway! Makes me feel like I’m in Oprah’s audience 😉

    My favorite things package would have lots of Burts Bees chapstick and lip shimmer, Francis Ford Coppola chardonnay, Hope in a Jar moisturizer, Annie’s bunny graham crackers, all the seasons of Dexter, Big Star jeans, and the best book I’ve ever read…Jane Eyre!

  76. February 17, 2011 10:57 pm

    ah! I’m trying to catch up on your blog so i’ve gotta go back and see what happened earlier this week! i hope everything is ok!!!

    my favorite things? naturally more pb, dark chocolate peanut m&m’s, apples and fitness magazine!

  77. February 17, 2011 11:47 pm

    In my favorite things giveaway, there would be lots of Larabars, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate. 🙂

  78. Andrea permalink
    February 18, 2011 12:07 am

    Roger’s Oatbran! It seems to be a rare find

  79. Lana permalink
    February 18, 2011 7:05 am

    This is what I would throw into a package of my fave things:

    banana soft serve
    almond butter…yummmm

  80. February 18, 2011 8:57 am

    Great giveaway! Chocolate, nut butters and larabars would for sure be in my package.

  81. February 18, 2011 10:41 am

    My favorite things package would include:
    Barney Butter
    Bob’s Red Mill oat bran
    Dark chocolate with sea salt/granola/peppermint/almonds
    Gift certificate to our local self-serve yogurt place
    La Croix (I adore carbonated water)
    Lifetime supply of bananas, so I never have to have breakfast without one!

  82. Meghan permalink
    February 18, 2011 11:07 am

    My favorite things package: chocolate brownie larabar, dark chocolate candy bar and coconut almond granola!

  83. Meagan permalink
    February 18, 2011 9:14 pm

    Larabars, White Chocolate Wonderful Peanut Butter, bananas, and some trashy gossip magazines (think Us Weekly and Star) for good measure 😉

  84. Meagan permalink
    February 18, 2011 9:15 pm

    Tweeted! @vivalameaganx3

  85. February 18, 2011 9:17 pm

    My favorite things would include a womens health magazine, cooking light magazine, chobiani greek yogure: blueberry and rasberry, any nut butter and larabars!

  86. Michelle permalink
    February 18, 2011 10:08 pm

    Mint tea, PB2, raspberries, and oatmeal…oh, and syrup 🙂

  87. Kerri permalink
    February 19, 2011 12:55 am

    Based on all these other comments, it sounds like I need a to-try list of favorite things, so I’d include:
    A chocolate chip cookie dough Larabar – what the heck is a Larabar?
    Something Lululemon – is this clothes, food, something awesome?
    Nut butter – well, I’ve never had anything other than peanut butter!
    Trader Joe’s peanut butter pretzels – don’t have a TJ’s around here!
    A vitatop muffin – where do I find one of these?
    Sea salt chocolate – never heard of this, either, is this good or healthy or both?

  88. Julia permalink
    February 19, 2011 11:59 am

    my favorite things package would include:
    fitness or healthy living/cooking magazines
    weight training plans
    fage 0% greek yogurt
    feta or gorgonzola cheese
    and delicious coffee!

  89. ikkinlala permalink
    February 19, 2011 1:01 pm

    My favourite things package would include dark chocolate, yarn, tea, dried fruit (probably pineapple), and a book.

  90. Ashley permalink
    February 22, 2011 12:34 pm

    My favorite things would have to include roasted brocolli, a few chocolate cliff bars, toast with peanut butter and a gigantic smoothie (with hidden kale inside!)


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