Ask Jo: From Fitbits to Bundt Cakes

Every so often I get comments or email from readers asking questions or commenting.  I believe often times others would like to hear the questions and answers so I take time to answer them here on the blog.  Today is one of those days.

After reading my blog post about walking and using my Fitbit Kaholly writes, “Which Fitbit did you get?  My daughter has one and just loves it.  Keeps her motivated!”

I love my Fitbit.  I have a Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker.  I originally bought a magenta colored one.  After a year my case broke.   I could still use it but it took a little work to get it to clip.  Then Kelli told me she was Amazon and saw that they sold a case separately.  I ordered a new case but the case only comes in charcoal so I have a magenta Fitbit Zip in a charcoal case.  Mine clips onto pants.  Kelli has a Zip too.

My daugther Kalissa had Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband but wanted one that would tell the time and the actual amount of steps.  She ended up upgrading and bought Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Wristband.  She really likes it.

For me, I don’t care to monitor my sleep.  I am perfectly fine to keep mine clipped onto my pants and prefer not having something on my wrist.  It’s all a matter of taste and what you want…and how much you want to spend.  Mine is around $50 and was what I picked out for Christmas.  Kalissa’s first one is a wrist version that monitors sleep as well.  I personally didn’t like that one because she couldn’t readily see exactly how many steps she had.  It just has lights that flash on as you reach milestones.  To see the exact number of steps you need to check your phone or computer.  It also doesn’t tell the time.  Kalissa’s new one has the features I like of mine, actual steps and time of day.  It also does sleep and is a wrist version.  It’s drawback, it has to be charged.  Mine used batteries but no fear, they are cheap.  I buy these generic ones, 10 CR2025 Energizer Lithium Batteries (2 packs of 5), off Amazon.  It’s $5 for 10 batteries and each one lasts about 3 months.

I can’t tell you enough how much I use it and how much it motivates me to walk more.  Last night I had 9,952 steps just as I was ready to crawl into bed.  I got up, walked downstairs and made a lap around the downstairs so I would have my 10,000 steps in.  This happens to me regularly.  Before I had  Fitbit I would have never cared.  As I wrote earlier there are many times when I am with Kelli and I have my steps in but she doesn’t so we walk more together to get her steps in.  That ends up giving me more steps too.

For me it’s truly the only fitness type thing that I have ever bought that I have kept up and maintained.  I’ve done Weight Watchers and many other diets…I’ve had a treadmill.  I’ve done aerobic videos…I’ve done a lot.  My Fitbit is the only thing I have stuck with and I don’t envision me changing that.

Linda writes, “Was thumbing junes issue of American Patchwork & Quilting and spied a beautiful red white and blue quilt . I thought , this would be a wonderful one to make, I wonder who made this, and after reading further, found it to be yours and Kelly’s. I just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful well explained pattern. I am working on it now. I read your blog and am a friend on Facebook. Thanks again.”

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Awww….Thanks for the compliment!  Both Kelli and I love this quilt.  You can learn more about the quilt by reading this blog post about it.  We would love to take credit for the writing of the directions but honestly, we send in a rough draft of the directions and the editors at American Patchwork and Quilting bring them up to printing quality.  So thanks to them!!  We love working with them.  Watch for upcoming issues.  We have three more quilts slated to be published with them.

From Mary Jo Bland, “This is a little off topic, but I was reading an older post that mentioned how you really liked Bundt cakes. I just bought this cookbook recently, and can heartily recommend it. “Bundt Cake Bliss: Delicious Desserts from Midwest Kitchens” by Susanna Short. It was published in 2007 and is available on Amazon. There are used copies available for as little as $3.66 (with 3.99 shipping). You might enjoy it.”

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Thanks for the recommendation.  I do love Bundt cakes.  I love them a lot.  I have a glass cake take on top of the refrigerator and a bundt cake is often featured in the take.  I bought the book…I couldn’t resist.  If anyone else wants a copy you can find Bundt Cake Bliss: Delicious Desserts from Midwest Kitchens by following the link.  Oh and an update…the lowest price used version in now $2.76.

That’s it for this version of Ask Jo.  If you have questions feel free to ask them in the comment section of simply email me at

3 thoughts on “Ask Jo: From Fitbits to Bundt Cakes”

  1. I read your earlier post about the RWB quilt and was surprised to read that you didn’t like the cream and white backgrounds mixed together in it. After taking several of Bonnie Hunter’s workshops and studying her quilts up close I realized that mixture of cream and white is what makes her quilts sparkle. My use of all cream backgrounds made my quilts look flat. Since adding whites to the creams I’ve been much happier with how they turn out.

  2. Jo I have a fit bit too, and I had some issues w the wrist strap ripping! I contacted the company and they sent a replacesment. I can’t tell you enough about the customer service. They were very responsive.

  3. Hi Jo!
    I do love my Fitbit and after wearing the Flex on my wrist for months, I asked my mom (kaholly) to help me come up with a way to wear the Flex and the One on my bra strap. It’s a great alternative, safe for the Fitbit, and discreet.
    Following up what Carolyn says about the customer service with Fitbit, definitely contact them about your case ripping! I drowned my Fitbit recently (2, actually) and they were great about replacing my entire Fitbit One even though it was “user error”.
    We’d love to have you come check out our shop on Etsy, Gardenia Drive!

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