I’ve been a bit AWOL from the blog and social media this week.  My bigs are on Fall Break and I’ve been hanging with them as much as I can.

But I still have lots of great stuff for you this week, so let’s go.

IMG_1239Katy Bowman offers up a winter version of her popular minimalist shoe list.  For those of you seeking boots without a heel, this is the spot for you.  Be sure to read the comments, too, because there are some other great suggestions therein.

(Baby A and I are sporting our “Mommy and Me” minimalist feet to get you inspired.

Don’t forget that if you have been a high-heel lover for a long time or have been working out in highly structured shoes, you can’t just go straight to the minimalist shoes and expect bliss.  Start slowly – you have to train your feet to work harder with less shoe around them for support.

Did you see this post about the preschool that requires a doctor’s note if a parent wants to send in a lunch with his or her child?  Yikes.

Not yikes?  These Chocolate Coconut Squares.

This bit of slam poetry about the shrinking women in the poet’s life got to me.

OK, back to the yikes.  This school system has banned hard balls – i.e., anything but Nerf – during recess.  (I’m passionate about play, you know.)

Homemade Mommy helps you plan for a real food Halloween and features this great caramel apple recipe from Clean Eats in the Zoo.  It’s a much easier version of the fall classic!

Speaking of apples, the brilliant Zenbelly serves up this apple pie recipe.  Wow!

I really, really love the way Jill frames emotional wellness in this post on getting out of your own way.

Speaking of emotional wellness, from time to time Ask Moxie offers up anonymous vents.  This week, it was about your relationship with your parents.  It’s a great, supportive community if you need to open up and share.

10 ways you can reuse coffee grounds.  Clever, clever.

Canada Girl Eats Paleo offers these Butternut Squash Donuts that I am dying to try with the kiddos.

Any Goodreads readers here?  Have you seen what’s gone on with the author-bashing reviews?  Civil discourse is so, so important to me.  This article offers a great dissection of how changes in technology and disruptive business practices are affecting our ability (willingness?) to engage with one another in a civil way.

It’s dense, but I cannot recommend Katy Bowman’s piece on the “mechanome” enough:

For many, the notion “we are how we move” is a radical one. Furthermore (as I cover more in depth in my upcoming book), the loads created through fitness exercise have little in common with the loads your body requires. There are many dedicated people with diligent exercise habits who still experience diseases of mechanotransduction. Accepting that exercise does not equal movement is a first step to wellness, but requires a huge shift in the way we currently think.

Katy Bowman

Psoas.  Movement and rest.

If the “war on cancer” interests you, take three minutes to read this piece.

And two recipes to round us out today: the grandma-inspired Sweet Potato Oven Pancake and this fast food-inspired Chinese orange chicken.

Hope you have a good one!

5 Responses to “Explore More : October 11th”

  1. on 11 Oct 2013 at 9:17 amClean Eats in the Zoo

    Thanks for sharing my caramel apples!

  2. on 11 Oct 2013 at 9:23 amKristine Rudolph

    My pleasure. They look so fun!

  3. on 11 Oct 2013 at 10:17 pmhot Nai Nai

    A friend just brought me organic maple syrup from Vermont and I cannot wait to try the caramel apples with it

  4. on 13 Oct 2013 at 6:53 pmBrownThumbMama

    Thanks for sharing my orange chicken recipe! I’m also on Goodreads but haven’t seen these type of reviews–will have to check it out. People can be so disappointing sometimes…

  5. on 13 Oct 2013 at 7:54 pmKristine Rudolph

    I know, right?

    There is a cookbook author out there who is taking titles from popular paleo (and other) cookbooks and marketing her recipes based on those titles. One of the authors whose “brand” was being used was soliciting her fans to write bad reviews on Amazon based on the author’s behavior. I totally get where she is coming from, but I don’t want to write a review based on a person’s behavior and not content b/c I don’t want to be one of those people, you know?

    Crazy stuff.

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