Monthly Archives: September 2014

KC Zoo Run 2014

September 23,2014

The Countdown Begins!

We have less than two weeks until our first family run/walk. I’m not really sure how it’s going to turn out, but I know we will have a blast. We are registered for the Kansas City Zoo Run 2014, run for the King Penguins.  When I first saw the ad I knew it was the perfect event for the Sinthusys, we love the Zoo and the penguins!

There’s still time to signup if anyone wants to join us!


People are always saying how great it is that I take my kids running with me.  Truth is it started because it was a solution to my  problem excuse.


There are a few common excuses reasons why parents chose not to can’t work-out and/or get active.


I don’t have time

I have my kids/ I don’t have a sitter

I can’t afford a gym membership


I used all of these and more. Until I realized that an active lifestyle took care of all my reasons excuses . That’s when I started to focus on, how I WOULD not why I couldn’t. I might not always get the solo 45-60 minute run, but I get my miles in and sometimes a better workout because I’m pushing a double jogging stroller. If I waited until I had time to drive to the gym, workout for 45-60 min and drive home… ha! that would NEVER happen! (except maybe on my Birthday).

Besides my kids enjoy going with me and it’s become a way for us to spend time together, being active. Last year I ran my first 5k with Kailee, she was 4 then. This year Kobe, who is almost 3, wants to run with us! My hubby, Sai, is doing the 1 mile walk with our youngest Kash (he will be 4 months old the day of the race).  I wouldn’t mind taking Kash with me after all he goes 5 miles with me now; but I don’t want to push my luck! J

We have been “training” for the big day.



I let the kids decide if they want to run, walk or ride. It’s awesome to see how their running has progressed on its own. Each one started asking to get out of the stroller and run with me and I said, ok. At first it would be a few seconds of running and then walking and now there are days that I feel like I can’t keep up with them. When we go, I take my stroller and Kobe runs anywhere from 0-2 miles. There are some days he just wants to ride in the stroller, and that’s great.

I don’t know if Kobe can run/walk the entire 4 miles that’s why I’m taking my stroller.After all, 4 miles is a lot; more than many adults could handle. Since, I don’t want to mess with the double stroller, I’m only taking the single – so the Kiddos will have to switch off and rest one at a time, if needed. Kailee might be ok – but if not, that’s ok I’m already so proud of these kids!


Let’s GO Team Sinthusy!

New Shoes!

September 22, 2014

Got my Brooks on, I’m Ready To Go!

New Shoes!

There is no better feeling than slipping on your Brooks and going for a run…except for slipping on a new pair of Brooks and going for a run! J

Now, I will be the first to admit I let the mileage pile up on my shoes before I retire them.  I have heard anywhere from 200-500 miles are all one pair of shoes can handle….well, to say I usually go about 3 times that is an understatement. While I understand the importance of replacing your running shoes, my bank account tends to argue with me J BUT, I am getting better. Since I do not have a gym membership that’s at least $20 a month plus gas so in 5 months = $100 and that’s what I paid for these beauties!!!



 Happy Running!



School Lunches!

September 10, 2014

School Lunches

My kindergartener has been in school now for several weeks and while I am still mastering the art of school lunches I have come a long way in a few short weeks! As the school year was approaching the researcher in me kicked into full speed and I started reading article after article on school lunches….sounds fun I know! I wanted to make sure or at least give my best efforts to make school lunches that were similar to how we eat at home and not revert back to highly processed boxed foods! The general ideas are the same and I’ve tried to consolidate those here!

Unfortunately, there was one thing I did not see in any article – how to teach your Kindergartener to continue praying before lunch when no one else is praying. Kailee went to a Catholic Preschool and while we are not Catholic there were many aspects of her Preschool we loved. One being they pray before meals. I hope she continues to pray before lunch and doesn’t feel uncomfortable doing so!

Ok, back to the food portion of school lunches!

Here is a pic of Kailee’s first school lunch – all the options are good – but the packaging is horrible! This is a true rookie mistake!

school lunch fail


I had ordered the Ziploc containers on Amazon, but they didn’t arrive in time for her first lunch….so I thought I would just throw it in this! Big Mistake! After the first day of school I was so excited to see my sweet little girl, to hear about her day and all her stories. What I discovered is that she was STARVING! Starving because her food had gotten all mixed up and the granola had gotten all over her apple sandwich and everything was a mess. She had even tried to take a few bites of her granola covered apple sandwich, poor thing. Needless to say this was a total FAIL!

After a few days I started getting the hang of things (and my containers arrived, whew!). Here are a few pics of better packed lunches.


schhol lunch - eggschool lunch - pizza


Here is what I have learned so far…

Three key pointers to success:

  1. Containers with separate compartments. I use the Ziploc containers but there are several good options.

           These are great for several reasons – the items do not get mixed up and it forces you to                     have a more balanced meal.

  1.  I have my daughter help me with her lunch. She normally gets to choose between two options  for her veggies and fruit. And she approves of everything that goes in her lunch. If they won’t  eat  it at home the chances of them eating it at school are slim to none! (Tip: Keep  reintroducing  new  foods at home and giving as an option for lunches)
  2.  Pack the night before. Food prep is an important part of eating well. I pack my daughter’s          lunch and her water bottle the night before so all I have to do is put her container in her            lunch bag with ice packs and her water bottle in her back pack – she actually does this now        every  morning.


I’m still shocked every time Kailee comes home and tells me there are kids in her class who   have Cheetos and Gatorade in their lunches. I understand busy schedules this is why food prep is so important, so you are not forced to grab something on the go. I also have her leave what she doesn’t eat in her lunch box so I know what she likes and doesn’t like and how much food she needs!

I try to mix things and keep a variety in her diet by not sending the same thing every day.  I have found that if I make lunch food and freeze it, it’s so much easier. Kailee loves taking zucchini muffins homemade granola and power balls so I try to keep a stash in the freezer and alternate. She also loves the heart shaped muffin tins, makes it extra fun and always puts a smile on her face! Sometimes healthy food isn’t as fun as the cool junk you can get at the grocery store, I get that. So I have pulled out my cookie cutters and anything that can be cut into a fun shape, gets cut! What’s better than a fun shaped PB & Honey sandwich or some heart shaped cucumber! Big Hit…HUGE!

So far here are some of Kailee’s fav lunch items:

Pizza –  I just put pizza sauce on a whole wheat pita sprinkle some mozzarella cheese and                                  cook it. She eats it cold and loves it! (I try to use all organic ingredients) 

Smoothie Pops – Green smoothie in a freezer pop mold (she loves these)

Hard Boiled Eggs –easy for me too! 🙂

Star Shaped Peanut Butter & Honey Sandwich


Check out this link for some more great school lunch ideas! 

As I mentioned previously there as several great articles on school lunches available, I just prefer @100daysofrealfood. I get so many ideas from Lisa! Once you get the hang of it you can easily adjust things to meet your child’s preferences.



Happy Lunch Making!!! :)