Thursday, September 7, 2017

Check Up & Check Out

TGIF! Even though it was only a four day week, it felt like the loooongest week ever. Getting back into a routine has been a lot harder than expected. I’m exhausted. 

Yesterday morning started bright and early with Mal’s alarm clock. I worked for a little while, but then Quinn woke up before his alarm. Whomp whomp. So much for getting work done – but I had breakfast waiting for me in the fridge! I had overnight pumpkin seed oats mixed with collagen waiting for me. And, of course, I added a big old scoop of sunflower butter to the mix.

Murphy enjoyed licking my leftover jar! 

Look at the grip he has on it!

After breakfast, I got Quinn and myself ready for his doctor’s appointment. I made a couple of shots of decaf espresso over ice to take with me.


Everything went well at Quinn’s check-up, so we were in and out in about an hour. 

After Qman’s doctor appointment, I dropped him off at preschool and then headed straight to Starbucks to get to work. I debated getting a Pumpkin Spice Latte, but decided to wait. I know it’s September and I’ve been eating Pumpkin Spice Cheerios for at least a month now, but it still seem too soon for a PSL. 

Instead, I ordered a single shot of decaf espresso and mixed it with a Vega Protein + Shake that the brand sent me to try. It was quite the delicious combo! 

I also snacked on some kale chips while at Starbucks. They were supposed to be part of my lunch, but I was hungry. 

Eventually, I moved to the Capital One Café – Kerrie and I had back-to-back calls all afternoon. Lunch was ground chicken mixed with fire-roasted salsa with sautéed spinach and steamed zucchini and summer squash on the side. 

Mid-afternoon, I dug into a Vega Protein + Snack Bar, which was so delicious and very dessert-y! 

After all of our calls, I picked up Quinn from daycare and then headed home. 

Once we got settled at home, I made dinner for Quinn and me (Mal was out for the night), but I just wasn’t in the mood for “real” food. I ate a few bites (leftovers from the previous night), but, eventually, decided that I wanted crackers, guacamole, and wine instead. I basically checked out on the idea of eating a meal for dinner.

Later in the evening, I made a rice cake with a thick layer of Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter with Flax and Chia Seeds on top. I suppose there were plenty of healthy fats and carbs in my “dinner,” right?

Question of the Day

Do you ever just want to eat a bunch of tasty snacks for dinner instead of eating a real meal? Please tell me I’m not the only one!

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A New Primal Kitchen Restaurant Opens—And a Contest!

inline_pkr_mda_645x445“Nine months ago Kyle and I walked into an empty building with dirt floors and wondered what that moment would feel like when this was all done! Yesterday we had that moment. It was crazy. We walked into our restaurant— done, designed and filled with our amazing staff ready to train! It was like time travel. It’s finally here!”

These are Devyn Sisson’s words (yup, proud to say my daughter) just yesterday. She and my son, Kyle, will be the second set of franchisees to open the doors of a new Primal Kitchen Restaurant location—tomorrow morning (September 8th) to be exact—in Culver City, CA. The occasion called for some celebrating as you can imagine…and a contest.

When I first took the plunge in designing the Primal Kitchen Restaurant plan, I didn’t know my own kids would decide to take on the challenge for themselves, but I’m so happy they did. I’ve gotten to see them live their vision and literally help build their franchise from the ground up. I’m thrilled to be one of their first customers, and I know they and their team will do a fabulous job of serving Primal fare to the Culver City area. If you’re in or around L.A., be sure to come out this weekend and grab an awesome Primal meal! If you can’t be there in person, you can follow them on their Instagram page.


On July 21st, of course, the South Bend, Indiana franchise opened, and they’ve been bowled over with the response. But that’s no surprise to me…. People want healthy food that tastes great, and the Primal Kitchen Restaurant menu delivers!

I’ll be headed to South Bend for their official Grand Opening that takes place September 29th through October 1st. I’ll be meeting and greeting and signing autographs on Saturday, September 30th, from 11:30-2:30, and I’d love to see you there. If you’re anywhere near South Bend, come join us!


Now, For the Contest…

The Prize:

A full Primal Kitchen® package! That’s right—one of every Primal Kitchen product. All five dressings, Collagen Fuel, Primal Fuel, Mayo, Chipotle Lime Mayo, Avocado Oil, Extra Virgin Avocado Oil, and four boxes of Grass-Fed Collagen Bars. (We’ll ship anywhere you are.)

The Rules:

1. Follow Primal Kitchen Restaurants on Instagram (our central Instagram account, @primalkitchenrestaurants).

2. Comment on today’s Instagram contest post (CLICK HERE!) to tell us in what city YOU’D like to see a Primal Kitchen Restaurant open! Tag friends for bonus entries.

3. You have until midnight tonight, September 7, 2017, 12:00 A.M. PDT.

A winner will be chosen at random and announced at the top of the Instagram contest post at 10 a.m. PDT on Friday, September 8. I’ll also post our lucky winner on Sunday’s Weekend Link Love as well. Good luck!

But, Wait! I’ve Got One More Ongoing Giveaway to Announce….

Grok PoseI want to see YOU enjoying some awesome Primal fare. To that end, I’m asking for photos of MDA readers eating at one of our Primal Kitchen Restaurant locations. Show us your Grok grub!

Each month I’ll pick one random photo to publish in the Mark’s Daily Apple newsletter. Monthly winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to either Primal Kitchen Restaurants or (their choice).

Send photos to, and be sure to mention in the subject line that this is for the “Primal Kitchen Restaurant Photo Contest.” 

That’s it! Thanks, everyone. Looking forward to seeing you on Instagram!

And I’d love to hear from you on this comment board as well. What menu items would you like to try most? Do you have a trip planned to one of the locations? Have a great end to the week.



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5 Years Old!

Mazen is 5 years old! He started from here…

Look at how cute he was!!

Past birthdays:




(I still dream about that cake…)


Speaking of cake… I tend to give it a lot of attention too!

Turning 5 comes with new challenges and joys.

On the challenge front, if Mazen doesn’t want to do something or go somewhere, I can’t just pick him up and put him in the car seat. We have to negotiate and figure out a middle ground. Meal times are a lot more complicated compared to when I could feed him 100% milk (and we do have some challenges with attitude and discipline from time to time).

But overall, the joys of doing activities together, playing games, having conversations, and continuing to see the world through his little eyes are wonderful. I love experiencing things I loved as a child – the beach, the cute things he does at school, (ahem) candy! – again, with him.

At the age of 5, Mazen loves:

  • Riding his bike
  • Superheros
  • The pool
  • Putt-putt
  • Gum
  • Gus
  • NERF (and everything about Ryan’s Toy Videos)
  • Best Fiends (the game I did a post about!)
  • Playing outside with the neighbors
  • Making forts
  • Candyland and UNO
  • Turk, his turtle (who joins me in bed every morning)
  • The ocean

This weekend we are heading to the beach with Thomas’s family. Mazen thinks we’re going tomorrow, but we are surprising him with a birthday dinner AT the beach and leaving this afternoon. I can’t wait to give the beach one more go this year!

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