Hello, February!


Hello, February with your cold mornings and wet days I see in the forecast; with your Valentine’s Day and barrage of candy!!! I’m looking forward to our ice skating days on Wednesdays, celebrating my 18th Valentine’s Day with The Hubs, and our cozy mornings around the school table (our kitchen table).

This month I will…….

>take time to really love my family by being fully present when I’m with them. That means not trying to get other stuff done when I’m spending time with them. Less multi-tasking; more playing.

>take time for me. That means more sleep and eating healthy. This also means Round 2 of the Whole30 because I tried last month and failed, horribly. I did complete the Whole30 successfully last May, though, and blogged a little about it here and here.

>read more and watch TV less. (Read about my 2017 Reading Challenge here.)Except for binge watching Frasier with The Hubs. I love Frasier and Niles. They are so lovable and pompous. Watching Frasier brings me joy.

This month I will not…….

>put things in my body that make me feel like crap. No cheesy enchiladas and refried beans. Lesson learned! That was a horrible night.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    >listen to the negative thoughts that tell me I cannot do something. I will shut them up, shove them aside and do the hard stuff.

>let the rainy days keep us from getting outside. At the same time, I’ll use some of those rainy days as an excuse to cuddle on the couch with my kiddos or maybe watch a few more episodes of Frasier.

What are your February goals?




Holy Healthy Eating, Batman!!:: Our Whole30 Adventure


Kids, books, wifey stuff, God, trying to be a writer, life in the moment….. you can find all that here.

One thing I don’t often blog about is food and health. Can I refresh your memory about what an awesome cook I am? (Just read here.) If you didn’t catch the sarcasm, it was there, laid thickly.

This is not a healthy food/cooking blog. Trust me. No one would read it if it was! But our family started the Whole30 eating plan just a little over two weeks ago and it has rocked our world! I can’t not not write about it. I’ve spent most of my time in the kitchen these past weeks, so this is what’s on the brain.

This post will be a brief explanation of why we started this adventure. Then, my goal is to give updates along the way.

What is it? To really get the full picture, you should visit their website here. Basically, for a month, we are cutting out all sugar, alcohol, grains (that’s right-no bread, not even the healthy kind), dairy, processed foods, or legumes. There are some other “don’ts”; but these are the basics. We can have eggs, meat, veggies, fruits and potatoes. Again, it’s a bit more detailed than this; but this is the jist.

Why are we doing this? I’ll be 100% honest. For me personally, a big reason was to lose weight. But, for the first time in my life, the other reasons are just as important as my personal weight loss. You see, in the past, it’s always been about the weight and looking better. This isn’t bad; but the focus was never on feeling better or treating my body better. The Hubs and I have had many conversations about how we have not been putting good food in our body and we have felt it. It’s time to put our big boy and big girl pants on and stop eating like we did when we were younger and could eat just about anything.

This brings me to the #1 reason why we are doing this:

We need to set good examples of healthy eating for our kids and we have not been. First, we have to learn how to eat well. We have to know how it feels to eat the good stuff and cut the bad out. We crave the bad, all of us, the sugar, the bread. The Whole30 helps to break those cravings by cutting it out for 30 days.

Reason #2: If you’ve been following me you may have read my thoughts on getting older here. I’ve got the aches and pains that go along with not having a 20 year old’s body anymore. But there are some things going on in my body that I am sure is due to my unhealthy eating. I won’t go into that in this post (TMI); but I’m tired of feeling crappy.

Reason #3: I’m tired of telling myself I can’t do things. A month of eating the exact opposite is going to be challenging for our whole family. It’s not impossible. It’s not too hard. We can do this. The fact that we are doing it together gives us a better chance of succeeding.

What comes after the Whole30 month? I’m taking it one week at a time here! My hope is that we will develop healthy eating habits that will stick with us long after our month is over. We are desiring a healthier lifestyle and relationship with food.

We are not cutting out all the Whole30 No No’s forever. We are going to bring off-limit foods back into our diet in moderation. (You better believe I will have my precious sourdough bread again!!! Now I’m thinking about bread……..) Though, we have already decided on foods we want to nix from our diet for good or cut down on greatly.

Follow me in Instagram. It’s not all posts about food so don’t worry about Whole30 overload. But I’d love for you to follow along here.

Want to see some of what we ate the first two weeks? Our sweet Lulu loved everything but the eggs. So, we didn’t make her eat those.

PicMonkey Collage


A Month Of Being Intentional:: Our 10 Day Real Food Challenge Update

Recently, the hubs and I finished our 10 Day Real Food Challenge.

I’ve been convicted for awhile about getting my family into healthier eating habits. I’ve been wanting to make a change that will be permanent. I wanted to make new habits.  After feeling blah and being tired of feeling blah, the hubs and I started having some serious conversations about what we were eating.

Then I stumbled upon this blog http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/. We did the 10 day challenge ( I knew I was not mentally prepared to do 100 days!) and began this journey of learning more about what we put in our mouths. The rules we followed were pretty simple and I need simple!

No processed foods.

Not to buy food where the label had more than 5 ingredients (or things you couldn’t pronounce.)

No sugar or bleached flour.

Veggies and fruit!

Basically, food in it’s most natural state.

We tried our best to follow this. I wouldn’t say we did it a hundred percent; but it was pretty darn close. We didn’t buy all organic like she does, because hey, I’m not rolling in the Benjamins. I did buy more organic than I ever have, though.

Here are some things I learned:

#1 Things made with whole wheat flour tastes different. Not bad, just different. I’m determined to get used to it.

#2 I didn’t think my kids would like whole wheat tortillas. They love them, though.

#3 I didn’t miss the sugar like I thought I would. I had a pepsi for the first time in 2 weeks today. It made my stomach hurt. I never thought I’d be okay with letting go of my sweet brown elixir. I’m sure I’ll have my favorite fountain drink at some point, but not for awhile.

#4 Reading labels is time consuming and a little overwhelming. So, I’m giving myself some grace on this learning curve. I won’t be perfect at this off the bat. I still have a lot to learn. I’m going to keep trying, though.

#5 This new way of eating kind of blew my grocery budget this month. That’s something I need to work on.

#6 I love sweetening things with honey.

#7 I did miss sourdough bread.

#8 I was not willing to give up my Hazelnut creamer for my morning coffee. Nope, not gonna do it.

#9 Andy and I went shopping together today. Doing it as a team is the way to go. I’m glad he’s totally on board.

#10 My pantry is much less crowded now that I don’t have as many boxed (processed) items in it.

Plans as we forge ahead:

#1 We had a few days break; but we didn’t completely fall back into our old patterns. I’m ready to get back to it.

#2 I still need to work on portion control. That’s what I’m going to work on personally.

#3 I want to offer my kids more veggies as snacks. I also want to have more veggies at dinner. We need more green on our plates.

#4 The whole family needs to drink more WATER!

#5 I’m on the lookout for more recipes. I’m also determined to get all our taste buds used to whole wheat flour instead of bleached white flour. I have white flour and will use it for a few holiday recipes that are coming up; but I’m determined to get used to the whole wheat.

#6 I’m not trying to be crazy health food lady who never lets her kids eat candy or turns down my mother’s homemade tortillas. Homemade tortillas= heavenly bliss. And, I think my body is like %7 sourdough bread. So, if I never eat it again, I will literally start to die. My point is to make healthy eating our lifestyle with room for those indulgences now and then.

On that note, I’m going to have a piece of cheesecake………… just kidding.


A Month of Being Intentional:: Move Over Bleached White Flour.

I’ll just say it. I’ve been eating horribly.

It’s time for a change, my friends! It’s time for our whole family to change our eating habits. Seriously.

And no, I’m not doing this because it goes along with my theme of being intentional. This has been in the works for awhile.  A long while. Then, last month, I came across this really great blog.    http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/     I knew we needed to try this. The hubs was immediately for it. It was just a matter of waiting for the beginning of the next month and our next paycheck. (We are on a budget here.) I also needed to be able to have some serious shopping time. I needed to be able to read labels and think while I shopped. This is not something you get to do with two kids in tow.

Can I just say that after one, FOUR hour shopping trip to THREE different stores, my head hurt!!! I wanted to crawl into bed with a strong drink and never go shopping again! When you are used to shopping for the cheapest item, the sale item or perhaps your favorite brand, shopping by reading the label is time consuming and more expensive.

Honestly, it stressed me out.

I was going by a few rules as I embark on this new way of eating. I don’t have it down. I am just beginning to learn. I tried to cut myself some slack and tell myself it will get easier.

One, no processed food. I wasn’t 100% successful with this, but not bad for my first trip.

Two, no bleached white flour or sugar.

Third, if it had more than 5 ingredients or a list of ingredients I couldn’t read, back on the shelf. Again, not 100% successful; but pretty close to 100%.

We are taking on this Real Food Challenge for 10 days and I want to see if there is any difference in how I feel. I know it will be better for the kids and the hubs, too. And yes, I want to drop that pesky baby weight that just won’t leave.

So far, I’ve tried 3 recipes using my real, unprocessed ingredients. One was a complete victory, one was so-so (But I think I can improve on it.), and one was a big, fat fail. I will press on, though!

Here’s to happy healthy eating!