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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

I love trail mix. My local grocery store carries something called Zen party mix that has candied and spicy peanuts, sesame sticks, and almonds—...
My stomach is growling, but dinner is hours away.  While indulging my rumblings with a late-afternoon snack is a healthy way to keep myself...
We’ve all heard it: making coffee at home saves money. The problem is, home coffee can be so boring. It lacks the excitement of savoring that...
Swim, climb, row or bike — anything to take it easy on those achy joints. Finding exercises for bad knees or ankles should not be a challenge, and...
I just had a healthy-eating wake-up call. After purchasing a few sessions with a trainer at my gym, I started writing down what I was eating. When I...
We’ve all been there—finishing a workout drenched in sweat, feeling hugely grateful for all those exercise endorphins. Then I look over...
Think back to childhood. Nothing worked up an appetite like an afternoon swim. The problem is, we rarely indulge in this kind of physical activity...
We all know the saying: when we’ve got lemons, we’re supposed to make, well, lemonade. But lately, since I’ve started looking for less expensive,...
We all survived the low-carb mania that swept the country a few years back, and if you’re like me, you didn’t have too much difficulty retraining...
There have been certain instances in my life when I know I’ve exercised great willpower: with free fudge, going vegetarian, ex-boyfriends...
The day after a long run or a grueling workout, all I want to do is kick back on my couch and catch up on my DVR. But in the workout world, we hear a...
You know the feeling: whispering sweet nothings to your sweetie, or maybe leaning in to deliver a clever punch line, you suddenly have to pull back,...
I’m the first to admit that there are certain times of the year when I care more about working out—say, before a vacation that requires...
As a lifelong knuckle cracker, I’ve heard the spiel dozens of times—you know, keep popping and you’ll end up with arthritis....
I just dropped thirty bucks on filter refills for my water purifier. In an economy where every thirty bucks counts, is this truly a necessary expense...

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