Allie Firestone

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Allie Firestone

I'm a teacher, a writer, a coffee junkie, a grammar lover, and a lactose intolerant who loves to bake (and eat). I spend way too much time in the kitchen finding new ways to bake dairy-free desserts that don't taste like they're missing anything. I'm determined to visit as many countries as I can and believe just about anything can be fixed with a good baking session and a long run. A few of my faves: reading, traveling to off-the-beaten-path locales, eating (and drinking) out with friends, hiking in the woods, running before the rest of the world wakes up, my dog, Cal football, and the &quot;occasional&quot; reality TV marathon. I document my baking adventures at <a rel="nofollow" href="http://blondinebakes.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">http://blondinebakes.blogspot.com/</a>. <br />

Stories by Allie Firestone

By the time June arrives, I’m ready to get outside whenever and however I can. My usual activities—whether I’m reading a book or...
We’ve all been there. I order my small black coffee, hand the barista my debit card, grab the pen to sign off, and halt at the gratuity line....
When it comes to celebrating parenting, let’s be honest: moms (deservedly, of course) get most of the fanfare, while good ol’ dads (often...
Being financially challenged and hardly settled in my dream home, I’ve found it easy to brush off the idea of decorating my walls with art by...
After fifteen years of chemical coloring, perming, and straightening, I consider myself fairly weathered in the world of hair treatments. My college...
Call me old-fashioned, but my first reaction to the idea of shelling out a few hundred bucks for a fitness boot camp that requires me to wake up at 5...
Remember the ’80s, when the hot diet trend was subsisting on a shake for breakfast and lunch, eating actual food only for dinner? I’ve...
As someone who considers herself fairly nutrition- and health-savvy, I’ve read up on countless diet trends (and tried way too many of them)....
I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a farmers’ market junkie. I love knowing where my food comes from, just how fresh it is, and that I...
All it takes is a glance at the women’s-magazine covers in any grocery store checkout line to see that hair, for us ladies, is supposed to be a...
Last weekend, I bought something at the farmers’ market that got me so excited I went way over budget and didn’t even wait until I got...
Tradition has a funny way of sneaking up and showing us who was right all along—especially where nutrition and health converge. Recently, the...
After a day of smiling and asking nicely at work, the last thing I feel like doing is navigating the five o’clock rush at the gym. Plus,...
Looking for a fresh way to stay fit? I know I am. So when I heard about a new workout trend based on one of my childhood hobbies, ballet, I had to...
Don’t get me wrong—I’m into health food. I explore the depths of organic markets, I regularly read books about natural eating, and...

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