Month: March 2010

Sabotaging Myself Through My Food Blog

…or how I gained 50 pounds in one year through “blogging”… When I started Nicole Rates It, I thought that I would use it as a platform to review the foods I love, promote local restaurants, record my travel adventures, and lose weight. Lose weight with a food blog? I have several friends that have […]


Utah County I-15 Construction

Via UDOT to begin massive I-15 rebuild in Utah County March 29th, 2010 @ 9:26pm UTAH COUNTY — Utah County commuters will soon be dealing with 24 miles of freeway road construction, from Lehi Main Street to Spanish Fork Main Street. Drivers can be sure to expect delays: the HOV lane will be gone […]


Vegas Getaway

Have you missed me? Have you worried since my last downer post? Please forgive my recent blogging slackerdom. I’ve been swamped with many things from awful to awesome. Right now I’m in Vegas with my lovely sidekick Heather ( @utahsheather). When I’m home with a proper internet connection, I promise to blog about… My Biggest […]


Doing my Best

The last few months have really put me through the wringer, emotionally and physically. It has been incredibly difficult to go from an able-bodied, overzealous DO-er, to someone who has to accept help from others, and be satisfied with myself when I accomplish less than my usual best. My mother has dealt with chronic pain […]

Health Life Me

FourSquare Cheater Rant

One of my favorite iPhone apps is FourSquare, aka #Foursquare and #4sq on Twitter. FourSquare is a location-based social networking website, software for mobile devices, and a game. Registered users can update their location and connect with friends via mobile application (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Palm, etc). FourSquare gives you the option to connect to  Facebook […]

Culture Fun Misc

Chocolate Banana Bread

Nicole’s Chocolate Banana Bread Tutorial Ingredients: 3 ripe bananas, mashed 2 T. Blue Agave Nectar 2 T. Pure Vanilla Extract Several shakes of cinnamon and nutmeg 3 eggs 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 small packet of chocolate pudding mix 2 cups water 2 cups brown sugar 3 cups flour 1 t. baking soda 1. Mix […]


Winner: $10 Certificate

Amanda, aka @akean81, of Food Exercises is the winner of the $10 gift certificate code. She said: “I would pick Phillips Seafood because I have never been there before and love seafood. I was looking at the menu and looks like they have some healthier options which is a huge plus for me.” Congrats, […]

Food Fun

Public Service Announcement: Never Sleep With a Laptop

I am guilty for spending hours in bed with my laptop. And pretty often, I fall asleep with my laptop on my bed. Usually, the computer will go into standby mode after 30 minutes of inactivity. When I woke up this morning, I was shocked to see this huge blister on my hand: I was […]

Health Life Misc

Sweet Disposition

I’ve been obsessed with this song since I saw (500) Days of Summer last year. Diet Coke and Temper Trap…could any commercial be better?

Culture Fun Life Me

Depressed Bloggers Anonymous

Over the last few weeks, I have been catching up on my Google Reader. As I’ve skimmed and soaked in 1000+ blog posts over the last 3 months, I’ve found a common theme: depression. I read posts on Mormon Women Project, Blog Segullah, Mormon Mommy Blogs, FMH,  Melancholy Smile, and other sites I love. I […]

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