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Thursday Thoughts + GIVEAWAY!


January 3, 2013 by Katie

Hey everyone! Enjoying your short week? Tomorrow is FRIDAY! Today’s Thursday Thoughts are a little different, because I’ve got a giveaway that I’m VERY excited about at the bottom! So let’s get things started!


1. I have to clean out my room at my parents house. My mother wants to move in the next few years, so she thought now would be the best time for me to get rid of anything I wouldn’t want after they move. While doing this, I found a diary from 1995. I was 7 years old. It’s fantastic.

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Hoboochy = Hibachi (a restaurant) and yes, Reiko is the correct spelling of my friend’s name. Barritt is not.

Here’s the day my first younger cousin was born, Elizabeth! Good thing she turned out cute, who knows what I would have said otherwise…

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Awesome spelling…


2. My IT band hasn’t improved much (I’ve maxed out at 4 miles before I have to stop) so I saw a doctor here in Kansas City. He told me, among other things, to take at least a month off of running. I’m trying to pretend I’m okay with it, but I kinda want to punch something. Maybe I should take up boxing?


3. I went to a restaurant here in Kansas City called Café Gratitude. Their food is local, organic and plant based. They had a LOT of raw food on their menu and there was so much I wanted to try. I enjoyed the food, although had an issue with their service… Hopefully it’s just because they’re new. Here’s my “I Am Nourished” live wrap:

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4. My dad likes to find projects around our house. He decided the garbage smasher thing needed fixing… Enough said.

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5. Okay, okay okay, I won’t torture you any longer! GIVEAWAY TIME!

Remember when I reviewed Chef Earl’s products a couple weeks ago? Well, the lovely people at Good Foods would like one of my readers to receive the same delicious snack packs that I got!

All Good Foods products are 100% all natural, with no artificial flavors or colors, no preservatives, no GMOs, and they use HPP for food safety and extended shelf life. HPP (High Pressure Processing) is an energy-saving process that uses cold water pressure to safely pasteurize food. I’d never heard of HPP but it sounds like a really interesting way to pasteurize food without using chemicals.

Good Foods sent me their new single servers, of Hot Giardiniera Hummus, Chunky Guacamole and Mild Salsa, all vegan and gluten free.

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FOUR WAYS TO ENTER: **Leave a separate comment for each**

1. Leave a comment on this post about… ANYTHING!

2. Like Peace Love & Oats AND Chef Earls on twitter!

3. Like Peace Love & Oats AND Good Foods on Facebook!

4. Tweet the following: “I’d love to win some Single Serve Pods from @CHEFEARLS on @PeaceLoveOats!”

Open to US residents only, giveaway will end at 11:00pm central time, Jan. 7th.


  1. These look so good and SO AMAZING

  2. Ray S says:

    I enjoy hummus, salsa and guacamole!

  3. Katie H. says:

    1. As a first grade teacher, I have to tell you your spelling/writing is pretty good :-)
    2. Ugh, IT bands. No fun.
    3. I’m going to have to check out Cafe Gratitude. (I live in KC!)
    4. I got nothin’ on this one. Except that it’s nice your dad is handy. In my house, we would have just shrugged and said, “Ah, well, guess it’s broken…”
    5. Yum!

  4. Ray S says:

    I like you & Good Foods on Facebook

  5. Caroline says:

    Sorry to hear about your knee. I had to take a bunch of time off this summer too which was no fun. At least you’re taking the time off in the winter so that once it gets really nice you’ll be able to run outside again?! (always trying to look on the bright side :) ) In any case, ask about maybe swimming or aqua-jogging (aka pool running). They’re both pretty non-impact and helped me to stay somewhat sane when I couldn’t run. Good luck!

  6. Emily says:

    I’d like to try their guacamole! It’s my favorite food! Sorry about your IT band! Sounds a lot like mine

  7. Elyssa says:

    my mom had me clean through my room when i went back home. it was so weird going through all my old stuff. pretty crazy!

  8. Oh my gosh, those diaries entries are great. I love looking through old things like that. I kept a diary when I was around that age, too. I remember constantly writing about cats. Funny, because I’m 100% a dog person now…

  9. I follow you both on Twitter. :) This is a great giveaway, thanks!

  10. Lindsey says:

    I’d love to try some Chef Earl!

  11. I love looking at my old diaries too. It’s so funny to read what was important to me when I was little!

  12. I think there is a Cafe Gratitude in my hometown…I’ve heard chatter about it, but have yet to try it.

    Chef Earls is always sampling at Whole Foods and it’s delicious!

  13. Emily says:

    I’ll take up boxing with you! My foot is injured fo’ sho’ again and I want to punch something as well.

  14. kelsey says:

    I’m DYING at your journal. I like when you say you’re friend is sleeping over but you’re sad.

    love it.

  15. Yum I would love to try those!!!

  16. Emily says:

    obsessed with guacamole! those diary entries are great. haha I have a bunch of those from when i was younger too. They’re so funny to look back at!

  17. bummer about the IT band. I would suggest listening to the doctor. Taking the 4 weeks off for my stress fracture seriously did my body a whole lot of good – not just my foot. My back feels better now and my hips don’t feel nearly as tight or achy as they used to. Best of luck! Ps – that guac sounds incredible!

  18. I followed you and Chef Earls on Twitter — @Blondebostonian

  19. Devan says:

    I’ve been trying to cut out all processed foods in the new year, and so far it already feels amazing! Can’t wait to try out Chef Earl’s!

  20. Sienna says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway!

  21. Sienna says:

    It sucks your IT band still is getting any better but I think taking a month off will probably help a ton in the long run. Unfortunately you’ll probably have to ease back into to running after that to prevent re-injuring it. Just remember a month off is nothing compared to if it is injured long term!

  22. Renae says:

    I kept my journals from when I was younger. It is sooo fun to be able to go back when reading them. Some stuff is very hilarious!

  23. Ok, besides really wanting to win the giveaway you should so take up boxing. I mean it, my aunt loves it and it got her in great fitness shape. I am sorry about the IT band stuff

  24. I follow you both on twitter!

  25. I like you both on facebook.

  26. hahaha I love #1… When I was home over Christmas, my sister found a couple letters I wrote her when we were little. It was hilarious. It’s always fun to find stuff like that!

  27. You should take up CrossFit! You can modify any of the WODs and lifts to avoid injury to your IT band :)

  28. Christina says:

    That is so cool that your discovered notes from when you were a kid. My dad is a huge project fixer as well. Stay positive through your injury even though it may seem that it is impossible. :) good luck

  29. Yum, I love hummus!

    So sorry about your IT band, taking time off sucks. When I was out for my stress fracture, I planned all of my workouts around my gym’s classes so that I had something to do almost every day. It really helped me focus on what I was doing instead of what I couldn’t do. Maybe that will help you too?

  30. i looooooooooooove hummus!!!

    And is that a chain restaurant you went to? I swear they have the same restaurant in LA!!

  31. kilax says:

    We really liked Cafe Gratitude! We went on a Sunday morning and were some of the only guests and had good service. I remember I had an amazing shake. Have you tried Fud?

    Sorry about your IT band!

  32. Tracey says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your IT band. I’ve had pain in my lower left calf for about a week now. I’ve been taking it easy with the running but it still won’t go away and it’s starting to scare me! I couldn’t imagine no running for a month :(

  33. Oh man, when I moved out of my parent’s house in June, I found so many old diaries. I was never consistent about writing in my diary when I was really little, but the stuff I would write about…haha. I’ve kept a daily diary since September 2001, and I think it’s actually really healthy to go back and look at what I’ve written every now and again. For me, at least, reading through old diaries gives me a lot of perspective on whatever is bugging me at the moment. It’s fine that the cutest boy in sixth grade never liked me. I did fine on my AP Bio exam. Even though I had a mountain of homework, I still survived every single year of college. Honestly, even looking at the things I wrote last month or last week usually seem less important with the advantage of hindsight. It’s a helpful way for me to remember that I’ll get through whatever I’m dealing with, no matter how awful it seems at the time.

  34. Those diary entries are hysterical! I found a love letter to my 7th grade boyfriend a few weeks ago. I guess I never gave it to him?

  35. shannon says:

    YUMMO! Id love to try those :)

  36. Lauren says:

    Happy New Year! I hope your IT band heals soon.

  37. Lauren says:

    I tweeted about this giveaway.

  38. I’ve been to Cafe Gratitude in Berkeley, CA; I had no idea they had a location in Kansas City! I remember the food being quite tasty, though the service there was slow and a bit stand-offish. Nomm! We tried the deep dish pizza, which a pretty cute idea.

  39. that’s so funny that your dad likes to find things to fix, my dad is the opposite! definitely not a handyman haha ;)

  40. Caitlin H says:

    I love reading my old journals hahaha…always full of entertainment ;) and I’m sorry to hear about your iT band hun…i’d feel the exact same way…def look into boxing or kickboxing! Maybe with less kicks and more boxing ;)

  41. Mmmm the hummus looks awesome! And YOU’RE fabulous

  42. april says:

    i would love to try chef earl’s hummus and salsa! both look delicious :)

  43. haha i love your old diaries! i crack up whenever i go home and read my old entries. so cheesy. also i’d love some chunky guacamole!

  44. these look soooo good! and hahah that diary is hilarious i love finding stuff like that

  45. Ashley says:

    those look so delicious!

  46. Tracy says:

    It’s fun to hear about what you’re doing in KC since I’m here ;)

    Hope your IT band is better soon. No fun.

  47. Tracy says:

    I tweeted!

  48. Tracy says:

    I liked you on FB!

  49. Tracy says:

    I’m following on Twitter!

  50. I’ve never tried the Chef Earl products, but I’ve seen you use them and they look great! Also, I’m from Kansas City and really want to visit that place! Oh, and I really hope your injury heals up soon! Hang in there! :)

  51. I liked you guys on Twitter!

  52. I liked both on Facebook! WooHoo! :)

  53. Nikki says:

    The Chef Earl products look great!!

  54. I would love to try those! We don’t have whole foods in my area! Boo!

  55. Rachel says:

    These would be perfect for lunches at work!

  56. I love those letters you wrote!! So cute…I know I kept a diary for all of 2nd and 3rd grade. I don’t know where it is in my parents’ house but it’d be hilarious to read.

  57. I follow you both on twitter!

  58. just tweeted about the giveaway! (@Danica_ipnp)

  59. Anne Marie says:

    Your lunch looks so delicious in the photo and I would love to try some different hummus!

  60. Alexis says:

    I just found your blog and I love reading it! We don’t have whole foods by me so I would love to try them!

  61. Glen says:

    I love your blog! Thanks for always posting!

  62. Glen says:

    I like your blog and Good Foods on Facebook!

  63. Julie says:

    These products look fantastic! I’d love to try them!

  64. Renata says:

    These look fabulous to try! I love guacamole!

  65. Renata says:

    I like you and Good Foods on Facebook!

  66. Renata says:

    I follow you and Chef Earls on Twitter!

  67. Ttrockwood says:

    Liked you and good foods on fb! (Teri)

  68. Ttrockwood says:

    You are so lucky to have a cafe gratitude! I have been a few times but no locations where iive. Their philosophy and business is inspiring

  69. haha the pic about ur dad fixing the sink cracks me up! Men…!! Also love your note you found…aw the good ol’ days when life was easy! :)

  70. I love the idea of these they are like the perfect portion size!

  71. Leslie says:

    Followed you both on Twitter! Thanks!!

  72. Leslie says:

    I love the notes. I’ve found a few old notebooks of mine. The things that concerned us st that age is hysterical…

  73. Leslie says:

    Tweeted the message to my peeps!

  74. Michelle says:

    What a lovely giveaway!

  75. Michelle says:

    Liked both of you on facebook. :)

  76. Laura C. says:

    I feel your pain with the IT band issue. I haven’t been able to run more than a quarter of a mile since the end of September without extreme pain. I’ve been going to PT twice a week since November, seen multiple doctors, had cortisone injections, stretching/strengthening, ASTYM for weeks and it almost feels worse. Working on my feet all day is a nightmare and it’s gotten to the point where even the elliptical is painful. My doctor and I have decided to do surgery as sort of a last ditch effort to get things back to normal. I’ll let you know how that turns out and whether or not I think it’s worth it!

  77. Laura C. says:

    Liked you on facebook!

  78. Jen says:

    Hot giardiniera hummus sounds amazing!

  79. Jen says:

    Following both of you on Twitter.

  80. Jen says:

    And I tweeted the message!

  81. Hummus, guac, and salsa…three of my favorite things!

    BTW I love reading my kid-self diaries. So funny to see what silly things I was thinking :)

  82. …and I now follow you both on Twitter :)

  83. Cate says:

    Looking back at things from your childhood is so much fun!
    So sorry about your continued IT band issues. Boxing isn’t a bad idea though…

  84. Cate says:

    I follow you and Chef Earl on Twitter

  85. Cate says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway too :)

  86. Georgiana says:

    These look great for family picnics – perfectly portioned and portable for snacking too!

  87. Georgiana says:

    I like you both on Facebook as well!

  88. Heather says:

    they all look delicious!!

    too bad about your IT band, i’ve had to do the same for a knee injury and i know it sucks to take that much time off… but it will be so well worth it!!

  89. Such a great giveaway featuring all of my favorite things!

    Sorry to hear that your IT band isn’t getting any better :( Hopefully the time off will help!

  90. Jordan D says:

    Hummus and salsa are in my shopping cart every single week. When I can splurge a little, guacamole is a must! I love this giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!

  91. Jordan D says:

    I like both facebook pages :)

  92. Jordan D says:

    I follow you both on twitter

  93. Ashley says:

    I love looking at old diaries. I love to see what I thought as a child. I find that I was so honest about everything. It’s a good thing no one else ever looked at mine lol.

  94. Ashley says:

    I liked peace love and oats and good foods on Facebook.

  95. Lauren S says:

    Happy New Year Katie! I hope you enjoy the rest of your time in KC with your family!

  96. Leah says:

    These sound delicious! Especially the guacamole one!

  97. Carolsue says:

    Guac rocks! I wanna win! :)

  98. Carolsue says:

    I like you BOTH on Facebook (Carolsue Anderson)
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  99. Carolsue says:

    I follow you BOTH on Twitter as MsCarolsueA
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  100. Shannon says:

    Perfect for lunches!

  101. Rachel says:

    New follower! Love the diary! Found one of mine a year ago when I moved out of my parent house! The spelling was atrocious in mine! Check out my blog when you get a chance just started it for the new year!

  102. Single Serves = perfect for packing lunches and snacks! Good luck to me:-)

  103. domestic diva says:

    Yum! Dips! Thanks for the chance.

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