Urthbox: June Review

Not too long ago I found a Groupon deal (or maybe Living Social, can’t remember) for a 3 month subscription to Urthbox. It’s a monthly subscription service that provides a generous amount of snacks that can be customized to a certain degree for your liking. I believe they offer gluten free, vegan, etc. I signed up for the normal, healthy snacks, box.

*Major disclaimer here…this box is wicked expensive. $34 a month for snacks. I would not ever pay that much for a single box of snacks every month. But with the deal it wasn’t too costly so I decided to try it out.

Some of the snacks were great, some weren’t so great but they are all healthy and thats what we were aiming for. It was great fun to try out new things we’ve never seen before. There was one snack that I ate immediately, it was seasoned nori…seaweed. SO tasty!


Verdict: If you find a deal for it, give it a go. Otherwise I’d just go to Whole Foods and pick out snacks you know you will like.


Crash course in allergies!



It feels like I’m taking a crash course in allergies over the last 24 hours. Today Cooper had his 4th allergic reaction, to an unknown source and we are frantically trying to decipher what that source is.

Luckily the only reaction he is having are hives and they don’t seem to bother him at all. We are so lucky that there doesn’t seem to be any anaphylactic reaction. My brother has that to nuts and it is SCARE-EEEEE.

After his first reaction I started a food journal. I didn’t fully involve my husband and I think that kept me from really documenting everything he ingested. I stepped it up a bit today by labeling it with a post-it and also pulling out another notebook to take down any thoughts or notes or suggestions that come my way. I think this will help us keep our thoughts straight!



We have isolated the allergy to something he is eating since that is the only constant. It occurs after he eats something. There are no other factors that have been the same over all four reactions. Our laundry detergent has been suggested that as the culprit but that is not it. We have never changed their detergent since they were born. He had his first breakout then nothing for a week, all the while wearing clothing with that same detergent. Even our pediatrician said this morning that its not likely to be external causes.

For the meantime Benadryl resolves the situation but that is not a long term solution. Even after this last reaction it looked like it was taking longer and longer for the reaction to completely disappear. The first time it went away practically immediately.

We did see his pediatrician this morning and she gave us paperwork for a blood test. Thankfully we all went together as a family so we drove right over to the testing center and my husband went in with him to get the blood test. I just couldn’t witness my baby go thru that. Gabe returned and said Cooper never cried!! I am so proud of my little man.

Since its Valentine’s day and we felt super bad for Cooper we went to get donuts after. We gave each kid one donut hole on the drive home. As soon as we got home and walked in the house I noticed he was breaking out again. Hives on his face this time.

I immediately thought it was gluten. I don’t think that anymore since I remembered he had oatmeal for breakfast and no reaction to that.

After texting back and forth with a friend who has gone thru this many times over with her own son, I decided to call the pediatrician to get him an epi-pen. If his reactions continue to get worse, I certainly do not want to be caught without an epi-pen if my son is struggling to breath. She agreed and called in the prescription. Unfortunately the pharmacy does not have the specific epi-pen we want so we have to wait until Monday. Praying he doesn’t have a serious reaction between now and then!

The mystery continues!


A low-key evening

Yesterday I spent an incredibly long day at UCSF with my dad and brothers. My dad had surgery to remove a tumor and it went well luckily. After a long drive home in traffic I was looking forward to a very low key evening.

My mom had mentioned going to a restaurant in town that was doing a fundraiser for the school she used to teach at.  It’s called The General’s Daughter. I believe the daughter of General Vallejo used to live there so that’s why its named that. It’s an interesting set up they have going on now. The only place used inside (other then the kitchen) is the bar where you order your food. I think the menu had 5 or 6 items on it.

My mom and I are not big eaters so we ordered two plates of food to share. We had a delicious heirloom tomato and goat cheese salad. There were pickled zucchinis in it that I did not try but my mom seemed to like them. Grilled zucchini I can get behind but pickled? Uh, I’m good.




The pizza on the other hand was divine. The crust was so incredibly light and airy and definitely flavorful. It had a light char on the crust and I actually really like that taste for some reason. Maybe it was cooked in a brick oven, not sure but it was tasty!




My mom purchased what she called the “old lady version” of Sequence. I have always loved board games so she’s been wanting to play this with me for some time. It was actually really fun! I won the first round which went surprisingly fast and then she won the second. I was exhausted and figured it was good to end in a tie.



After that I went upside and read some more of Run Like a Mother by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea. I think I passed out at 9:30. Definitely the earliest I have been to bed in years. Of course its not hard to do when you wake up at 3:30am.


I can see why people quit in Week 4 now. The amount of time I spend walking is now equal to the time I spend running. There is now a 3 minute running interval squeezed in for added fun. I was able to keep up with the running surprisingly but I worry next week will do me in. Perhaps I will need to do Week 4 twice. My body wants to quit for sure. Luckily my mind wants to continue on.  I hope my body doesn’t give out on me and I just go flying off the treadmill at some point. Wouldn’t that be a site!

Ran on the treadmill again today. I hope to run on the path around the gym next time. If only I can figure out how to get to it. I tried to use RunKeeper but there didn’t seem to be a setting for running on the treadmill to use with my workout that I entered manually. It will be useful when I run outside but on the treadmill it just seems pointless. I was able to track the total distance on the treadmill itself and then entered that manually into the RunKeeper after I had completed the workout. Not ideal.

After the crazy workout I did yesterday I thought doing the program today would help my thigh muscles relax a bit. Nope. I can barely walk up the three steps from my garage to my house. Really really sore now.

In other news: I found a fun item at Safeway yesterday. Starbucks Iced Coffee. The jury is still out on whether or not I can actually drink coffee (it usually makes me sleepy). But for now I’m happy to try the iced coffee as it is pretty tasty.