My First Escape Room + Friday Favorites #28

  Nov 10, 2017  |  #Charlotte

Yay, Friday – we made it! This was a busy week in getting some side projects done (ahem–started) before SOUTH AFRICA NEXT WEEK! We don’t leave until later in the week so it’ll be the normal routine here early next week.

Last week, I went with some friends to a local escape room, Out of Time Escape. This was my first time doing an Escape Room, but I thought it would be fun to do!  I don’t want to give too much away in case you’re local and plan on doing it, but it was a lot of fun!

 Here’s a little bit about how it works:

  • $25 per person (you can have UP to 8 people in a room)
  • Once the clock starts, you have 60 minutes to find clues in the room to try and escape.
  • If you get stuck, you can ask for up to 5 hints to help you along the way

Things I learned:

This was such a fun group activity and definitely challenges you to work new parts of your brain. We chose the hardest room available (go figure), which was based on a Sherlock Holmes theme.

Escape Room

Some of the friends we went with solved some of the clues so quickly that would have taken me forever. But, it’s fun to be working with a team in such a way.

Each time I thought we were close to solving it, I was proven otherwise. We didn’t solve it in time, it was so intricate! But, you do have the option to keep continuing to play for $10/person if there’s no one signed up for the room behind you. We didn’t keep playing, but we learned the clues we missed. It was a lot of fun even though we “nearly escaped.”

Escape Room group

They also have a 700 sq foot conference room, too. I can see why this is such a great place for group meetings and outings.  I really want to go back and play in their Christmas themed room next time!

Some other favorites throughout the week..

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios

You bet I had to try these when I saw them. I like them! I’ve been putting them on my nightly yogurt and just grabbing handfuls when I walk past the pantry lol (Not always mindful eating, I will say).



Backing up my laptop

I put my big girl pants on this week and finally bought an external hard drive. And backed up my computer. I don’t know why I’ve put it off for so long. I use Google Drive and Dropbox for lots of things so I feel safe with those. But, I definitely feel MUCH better knowing everything is secure and backed up now. Now, to schedule it routinely is the next part!

Afternoon Treats

I did a presentation in Winston Salem on Tuesday night to a dietetic association about the importance of social media for wellness professionals. It was a lot of fun! I got there early and spent some time at Camino Bakery, where I got a delicious peanut butter oreo cheesecake. Tuesdays were half off cheesecake days, lucky me.

Camino Bakery

Simple Roasted Potatoes

While I love and adore sweet potatoes, I am still pretty smitten’ about the good old spud, which I feel like gets left behind. But, dang, roasted potatoes on their own are so good. I used olive oil, garlic powder, paprika, Italian seasoning and paired it with scrambled eggs and called it breakfast for dinner. There’s something to say about that.

roasted potatoes

And from around the web…


Protein pumpkin oatmeal with egg whites via Eating Bird Food

Pecan and Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Bread via The Secret Ingredient Is (I NEED this without the pecans, of course)

Gingerbread Smoothie via Celebrating Sweets


US revokes claim that soy protein helps heart

Relax, you don’t need to “eat clean”

Can you eat the banana skin (and kiwi, and mango)? Yes!

High pesticide produce not the best for fertility

The health risks of young adults controlling their weight

I love this diagram from Kylie. It’s a great representation (visually) of what I discuss with many clients.


Quinoa Chocolate Chip Apple Crisp (Gluten Free) – perfect for leading up to Thanksgiving!


Have you ever done an escape room?

Any weekend plans?

7 responses to “My First Escape Room + Friday Favorites #28

  1. I agree that sweet potatoes have gotten a lot of (much deserved) hype lately, but regular ole white potatoes are SO good, too! I love roasted breakfast potatoes with lots of spices or in a mayo-free potato salad (I can’t stand mayo)!

  2. My roommates have done an escape room and they had a lot of fun. He is an engineer so I think they finished, and probably would have kept going if they hadn’t hahaha So persistent!
    This weekend I went to my sister’s craft show and have some working at my jobs. Easy peasy weekend. Go on vacation on Friday this week for the weekend, I can’t wait!

  3. And now I will be scouring the Canadian shelves to see if we have those chocolate pb cheerios…

    An escape room is definitely on my bucket list of things to try. It would be interesting to see how everyone works in that kind of team environment. Could learn some interesting things about your friends… aha.

  4. I’ve been intrigued by those escape rooms..havent tried it yet! A christmas themed room sounds amazing! I’m with you on those potatoes…I can’t get enough of basic roasted potatoes. So good! I’ve also been loving roasted butternut squash and brussels sprouts lately!

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