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Monday Musings

February 23, 2015

It’s the last week of February! Bring on the nicer weather! I’m over the cold and grey days. There are some okay ones in the mix though. Yesterday was warmer than it has been, so Adrian and I played “monkey in the middle” with Archer in the snow. It was adorable to see him hop-running between us because the snow was deep for his little legs!

  • On Saturday, we went to a surprise 30th birthday party for a friend of ours. His wife set up a Mario Kart themed get together, where we were asked to dress as a character from the game. The best part was the Wii Mario Kart tournament. I used to be a pro at it on Nintendo 64 and didn’t do so bad, but sadly didn’t come out a champ.  I blame the booze! Adrian and I both went as Yoshi, using this easy and cute tutorial I found online. We made them last minute, as we do most things, but I thought they still turned out pretty great!
  • Do you have a tattoo you regret from your earlier years? Getting it removed may end up being an easy fix soon! The science behind this is pretty interesting too. I have one of my own that I never quite finished and though I don’t love it anymore, I’m not sure if I would rid of it or not. I guess it’s because it’s a part of me now and part of who I was then. I suppose we’ll see how I feel about it if/when the cream comes out!
  • About two weeks ago my left eye started twitching randomly throughout the day. It has started getting less frequent and even stopped over the weekend, but when I was making my coffee this morning, it came back again. I have a feeling it’s stress during the week, so I’ve been looking at different techniques to relax more. I saw these five yoga moves for stress and can’t wait to get started this evening. They seem really simple and I’m just looking for something to help me decompress each night, so I thinking this is a good start for me. The Legs Up the Wall pose looks super comfortable. I’m half-tempted to try it out in the office!
  • Currently Watching: Have you seen Togetherness on HBO? I caught a preview for it before Girls one night and watched an episode shortly after. One episode turned into 5! I really love the cast, with Mark Duplass (definitely one of my crushes), Amanda Peet, Melanie Lynskey, and Steve Zissis. It’s just real and I enjoy and appreciate the humor they find in long term relationships and every day life.
  • Currently Reading: I finished up Still Alice and cried a lot throughout it. Last night, Julianne Moore won the Oscar for best actress in the film, so now I have to watch the movie this week sometime! I highly recomment reading the novel though. Now, I am on to Maude by Donna Mabry. I am close to finishing this one because we didn’t have any plans yesterday and I’ve really enjoyed it so far.
What are some of your highlights from last week?
Monday Musings

Monday Musings

February 16, 2015
Betty White and Bradley Cooper

Hello, Monday! I wasn’t hoping to see you so soon, but let’s make the best of it now that you’re here!

  • Omg, can I just say it is COLD out? I’m sure it is everywhere, but I really wish we could hike up the temps a bit. This morning when I went to warm my car up, it was so cold my radio said “CODE,” which is a security measure, and only happens when my battery dies or someone tries to steal my stereo. Now I have to figure out what that code is because it’s one quiet ride without it. Anyway, I really shouldn’t complain because New England has it bad right now. I wonder what the work snow day policies are for storms like these?!
  • Did you guys watch SNL 40 last night? I’m not gonna lie, I actually didn’t know the special was happening, but when I saw it on Facebook and Twitter, I switched it on immediately and it really made my Sunday night all the better. I have the last half hour to catch yet, but I just loved Bradley Cooper and Betty White’s make out session. She really is someone to look up to, with so much energy and life in her 93 years and I thought it was awesome that Bradley Cooper took part!
  • In case you missed it, sushi burritos exist! I posted on Twitter and Facebook about this because I was that enthusiastic about the match made in heaven and I even found a spot in Philly to try out sometime soon!
  • I really admire this military wife’s point about the difference in feeling afraid and acting afraid, as she takes a brave stance against possible ISIS threats.
  • On the menu: Yesterday at Whole Foods, I came across purple and orange cauliflower and got super excited. I picked up a  head of the purple and can’t wait to mash it up tonight with tandoori  mango chicken sausage.
  • Currently Reading: Still Alice. I really want to see the movie, but I am big on reading the book before seeing the film, so I just picked myself up a copy.
What were you up to this weekend? I hope week is off to a wonderful start!
Dessert, Nosh

Coffee Date Pudding Cake

February 12, 2015
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Today is Adrian’s birthday! I’m not sure if he’d want me to share his age, but if you remember my recent birthday, add seven years to that. (Wink) It’s also Valentine’s Day this weekend, and although Adrian is on the “it’s not a real holiday” side of the fence, we’ll combine the two by observing his birthday as well. I adore the cheesy, lovey decorations. I can’t help myself.

He is a Reese’s lover, so I’m making him this chocolate peanut butter cake on Saturday, when we’ll have a couple friends over to watch the UFC fights, that he of course chose as his way to celebrate. I don’t mind one bit! Having some friends over will get that over the top, but OMG, delicious looking cake gone faster, so you know, we don’t eat the entire thing by Monday.

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 I did still want him to have a treat for his actual birthday though. What’s a birthday without one? So, I made him this Coffee Date Pudding Cake for when we get home from dinner tonight. It’s grain and refined sugar free. It’s dense, sweet, and decadent. The coffee caramel sauce is dangerous. You can definitely just enjoy a spoonful on it’s own as dessert after the cake disappears from your kitchen.

Coffee Date Pudding Cake_3

What you need

  • 2/3 cup almond flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup organic honey or agave
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 cup hot, brewed, strong coffee
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • coffee caramel sauce
    • 1 can full fat coconut milk
    • 1/2 cup organic honey or maple syrup
    • pinch of salt
    • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1/4 strong brewed coffee

Make it

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a spingform baking pan with coconut oil.
  3. Bake sweet potato in the oven or microwave. Let cool and mash.
  4. In a bowl, cover chopped dates with hot brewed coffee and let sit 15 minutes, then add baking soda.
  5. Mix almond, tapioca flour, and baking powder in a bowl, set aside.
  6. In standing mixer, using the flat paddle, mix sweet potato, eggs, vanilla, and sweetener.
  7. Add in the coffee and dates mixture.
  8. Add flour mixture and continue to mix for 30 seconds or so. No need to overdo it.
  9. Spread batter into greased pan and bake for 45-50 minutes minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  10. While the cake is cooking, make the coffee caramel sauce. I used this exact recipe, but added 1/4 cup of strong coffee as well.
  11. Once cake is complete, poke holes (I used the end of a wooden spoon) about an inch apart in the cake.
  12. Pour half of the coffee caramel sauce over the cake and let it soak for at least 20 minutes before serving.
  13. Top with additional coffee caramel sauce if desired. Enjoy!

Note: Cake keeps longer refrigerated. You can just warm with the coffee caramel sauce when ready to serve.

Coffee Date Pudding Cake_4

This recipe was inspired by Martha Stewart’s Sticky Toffee Pudding and Paleo Fondue’s Sweet Potato Blondies

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day this year?
Recently, Well-Being

Be Somebody Who Makes Everybody Feel Like A Somebody

February 6, 2015
Be Somebody Who Makes Everybody Feel Like A Somebody

Happy Friday! I just wanted to share this quote because I’ve seen this more than once and it’s always resonated with me. (Kid President popped up when I googled the source, so he’s a pretty cool kid if he is indeed.)

You know that woman who looks beyond stressed behind you in line at the grocery store? Or your elderly neighbor you only catch a glimpse of when they’re collecting their mail? Take a minute to say hello to them, or happy Friday, or just smile! We’re all busy, but it’s equally rewarding for you to make someone else feel special by simply acknowledging them, complimenting them, or starting up small talk, as it is for them.  Think about when something like a simple “hey” or an “I like your dress” turned your otherwise crappy day around.

This is something I’ve been working on over the last few years. I’m easily affected by seeing others who seem lonely and worry about people who may not feel as loved as they should. It doesn’t mean I try to become best friends with these individuals, but I firmly believe that a small gesture is worth twice its weight in gold. You never know what someone else is going through and how much of a difference you might really make for them.

I chat with my coworker who has a bit of a language barrier and is super shy because she came over from Russia in her adult years. In doing so, I found out she loves cats just as much as I do and obtained two degrees when she got here because education is extremely important to her and her college credits weren’t worth anything in the US. She’s pretty funny too and now when I see her in the hall, it brings a smile to both of our faces.

Without some small talk, we wouldn’t get to hear all the wonderful stories and experiences others have to share. It makes you more well-rounded and makes them feel like somebody pretty special too. Plus, you might end up with you making some pretty great friends in unexpected places and it only costs a minute or two of your time.

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How are you somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody?
Recently, Well-Being

21 DSD: Weeks 1 and 2- The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

February 2, 2015
21 DSD Weeks 1 and 2- The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Happy Groundhog Day! Well, maybe not so happy. Good old Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today and we all know what that means… 6 more weeks of winter. I don’t know how that’s even possible because all we have in my part of PA today is clouds and rain, but it is what it is!

Now, on to the 21 Day Sugar Detox. Week one went really well and all of my prepping paid off. I was super excited to begin the program and kick butt. I even started feeling more clear-headed and despite some (major) irritabilty, I was able to resist any urges for sugar, mostly chocolate…all the chocolate.

Adrian had decided to give up alcohol, fast food, and soda for these three weeks, which was very bold of him. After the first week, he allowed having a beer or two back into his mix, but has successfully stayed away from the McDonald’s and Coca Cola. I think that still makes a huge impact on his health and am very proud. Yay for him!

When week two rolled around, days 8 and 9 passed by okay, then on day 10, I was making Adrian a peanut butter sundae and I. Licked. The. Spoon. Peanut butter got me. I somehow resisted a huge chocolate cake at my mom’s in the first week, but an innocent bit of peanut butter got me… What a letdown. To top it off, on day 11, I woke up grumpy, having had less sleep than usual and not wanting to go to work. When I made my coffee, I reached for some of Adrian’s heath bar creamer instead of my half and half. I don’t know what got into me. I just don’t enjoy my favorite start to the day as much when it’s just the cream. So I messed up again there, continued on with a healthy day, and then slipped again after work with a gluten free granola bar. Sigh.

The guilt set in then and I was really disappointed in myself. Part of me feels like the first week was a major eye-opener for decreasing sugar consumption and that should be enough, but the other part of me knows I set out to do this for a reason, and I need to continue despite my setbacks.

So here’s what the last two weeks looked like:

21 DSD Weeks 1 & 2

This obviously isn’t all 42 or so meals, but I often ate the same things for breakfast and lunch each week and more than once forgot about taking a photo of each meal or it was just pretty awkward to snap a pic of my packed lunch with a bunch of coworkers around.

I made different batches of “noatmeal” and will probably continue making them after this is over. The way I make it is super easy: just an egg or two, a tablespoon of almond butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and any other mix-ins you desire, all scrambled up in a skillet or sauce pan and topped with almond milk. I mixed in a granny smith apple and shredded coconut or some chopped walnuts. It would taste even better with maple syrup, but it was honestly quite tasty on it’s own.

Salads were one of the easiest options as well and I used whatever I was in the mood for that fit the plan. Usually chicken, bleu cheese crumbles, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, and then olive oil and lemon for dressing. Chipotle is a great option for a salad out and Panera Bread has some awesome Power Bowls that fit the bill too! Easy breakfasts each week were a batch of egg muffins or a large frittata for Adrian and I. When I ran out of eggs, I had full fat yogurt and a green-tipped banana, or an avocado and some a grapefruit.

Twice, I opted to have breakfast for dinner, making almond flour pancakes (plain, but savory) to go on the side one night.

I found a recipe for an awesome pizza crust that I’ll share with you because it’s too good not to. I admittedly made pizza with it three nights last week. Adrian loved it too, which is a win for sure and there were enough leftovers to have it for lunch as well.

Overall, it’s been a fun experiment so far. Despite my failures, I have managed to stay away from alcohol, soy, and gluten still. I was majorly tested with a gigantic chocolate cake for a post-birthday dinner at my mom’s and I stood my ground. I even blew out a candle from the center of my grapefruit instead. If she reads this, I’m sure she’ll be furious I went for the granola bar over this cake, because I wouldn’t restart the detox in favor of having a slice, but she did freeze some of it for me to have a taste some other time.

All American Chocolate Cake

Have you tested your willpower lately? How do you move forward after a setback when you had higher hopes?
Dinner, Nosh

Lemon & Artichoke Crackling Chicken Alfredo

January 28, 2015
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I’m really enjoying the kitchen experiments while doing this 21 day sugar detox. It’s fun trying out new recipes and seeing which is a keeper and which we won’t be trying again. Now the mess of said experiments, not so much. Too many dishes!

I thought I’d post a week by week recap of how things are going, but I decided to change the plan (I make my own rules, right?) and do a two-for-one next week and then a final post when this is over. I don’t want to bore you with too many “what I ate posts.” So far though, this little adventure has been interesting and an eye-opener, but I do wish it wasn’t three weeks long. I’m ready to make some changes for the long term and kind of want to skip right to it! But, I know I can’t just yet, so onward we go.

I’ve been scouring the program’s book, Pinterest, and the internet, finding lots of wonderful recipes to try. Most Paleo recipes fit this detox if you omit the allowed sugars and some fruits, so I’ve been really into those too. After this is over, I’ll have a decent collection of meals to keep around for a more balanced week.

The weekends are my favorite for more elaborate meals, so on Friday night,  dinner was inspired by the book’s Chicken with Artichokes and Olives. I had been dying to try out Nom Nom Paleo’s Cracklin’ Chicken and wanted a sauce for the spaghetti squash also on the menu, so that’s how this Lemon & Artichoke Crackling Chicken Alfredo came to be.

Lemon & Artichoke Crackling Chicken Alfredo

What you need

Cracklin’ Chicken:

(I halved the original recipe and tweaked it a tad. See link below.)

  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1/2 tbsp. ground sea salt
  • 1 tsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander

Lemon & Artichoke Bake:

  • 2 cups canned artichoke hearts
  • 1 cup green olives (or a blend of green w/ kalamata)
  • 1/4 cup olive juice from olives
  • Small bunch of scallions
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. ground sea salt
  • 1 tsp. red chili flakes (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. butter

“Alfredo sauce” 

  • 1 cup heavy coconut cream (I used Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 4 tsp. almond flour (or the tapioca or arrowroot she suggests)
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder or more to taste
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground sea salt
  • Pepper to taste

Spaghetti Squash

Make it
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Slice spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place both halves face down on a baking sheet and cook for 35-45 minutes, or until you can easily pierce through the skin with a fork or knife.
  3. While the squash bakes, grease a casserole dish with unsalted butter or ghee. Add the artichokes, olives, and olive juice to the dish.
  4. Cut you lemon in half. Thinly slice one half and add the juice of the other to the veggies. Lay the slice on top, along with the scallions.
  5. Sprinkle seasonings over casserole and bake for 35 minutes, checking to make sure they are tender enough and adding time if necessary.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare chicken according to the recipe‘s directions, except include the modifications and spice mixture given above. Allow to cool slightly once finished.
  7. In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine the coconut cream, butter, almond flour, and seasonings, whisking the entire time until is thickens slightly and is heated through.
  8. Use forks to scoop and separate the flesh of the spaghetti squash into the saucepan with the “alfredo.” Mix to thoroughly combine with sauce.
  9. Slice the chicken and lay over “pasta” on a large serving plate or in a casserole dish. Surround with the baked vegetables. Enjoy!

Lemon & Artichoke Crackling Chicken Alfredo


This recipes was adapted from The 21-Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally’s Chicken with Artichoke’s and Olives, Nom Nom Paleo’s Cracklin’ Chicken, and Brittany Angell’s Fettucine Alredo.


Decor, Organize

Functional Entryway Design Inspiration

January 24, 2015
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Shoes and mail are my ultimate clutter issues… Do you have this problem? Do they have a support group for this?

To be honest, email and snail mail are both equally a mess in my life. At work, I have a filing system to be able to respond to directors efficiently with the information they are seeking, but a couple of weeks ago, I started getting daily reminders that my Outlook inbox is almost full, forcing me to delete a bunch of past messages before I can even send a new one. At home, my personal email situation is atrocious. I just reviewed my gmail account and there 5,046 messages in my inbox, with no filing system set up, aside from the “Primary,” “Social,” and “Promotions” tabs that Google appointed. I never keep up with deleting old messages and just skim through the new ones each day, starring those I want to get back to and replying to others immediately. My blog email account can use a little work, but thankfully isn’t the worst of the bunch. I have folders set up and was good about sorting everything in the first month, I just let it go over the last few weeks, and need to get back to it there.

Now, snail mail. [deep breath] Somehow, I have gotten so bad with my paper mail, that unless it’s a package that I’ll tear open immediately, I won’t even open it for a week, sometimes even two. In my early twenties, I used to just avoid bills  because I thought that would somehow make them disappear, but now I’m just flat out forgetting to bring it all in the house, or I put it down on a surface and forget to go back to it after taking Archer out for a walk. I don’t end up getting back to it until Saturday or Sunday when we are cleaning up the house and then I have a huge pile to sort through, giving Adrian and I each a mound, and tossing all the ads in the recycling bin. That means I didn’t get to lovely birthday cards right away and those would have made me smile sooner, especially after the work day.

As far as shoes go, you can find six pairs of shoes of mine at any given time downstairs in our home. I leave them by the door because it was wet after walking the dog, or i scatter my dress shoes after work in favor for slippers, or sneakers if I’m running errands. Then I forget to take them upstairs. Sometimes there’s a little pile of things to take with me on the bottom step, other times I have to go room to room to collect it all.

This needs to end. It’s also a step towards one of my resolutions, to  keep our house in tip top shape without the stress of tackling it all at once, because little tasks get pushed back over time.

So now the plan is to have a command center/drop zone built in to our entry way to keep things organized as soon as we walk in the door. I’d like a place for shoes, something to hold one week’s worth of mail only (junk mail should be recycled immediately and not included in this bin), a spot for doggy toys, hooks for my purse and coats, and a place to lay our keys.  I’d like to have a board for notes to one another, our weekly meal plan listed with an ongoing shopping list, and a shared calendar. This will require storage, as I’d like to keep the boards, mail, and calendars discreetly hidden from guests, but in the open enough for us not to avoid it.

So I’ve gathered up some inspiration. If you’re anything like me or have your own clutter issues, maybe these will help you too, or maybe just an aesthetic redesign is in order!

(Click images for their source)

Functional Entryway Design Inspiration

Functional Entryway Design Inspiration

Functional Entryway Design Inspiration

Functional Entryway Design Inspiration

Functional Entryway Design Inspiration

Functional Entryway Design Inspiration

Functional Entryway Design Inspiration

This last entryway is the one I am leaning towards. I’m hoping to come up with an Ikea hack to help us complete the project within a decent budget. I love all of the storage, but may have to reduce the upper cabinets and seating by half, since I only have four feet of wall space to work with on each side of the door. I like that the calendar and note system can go on the inside the long cabinet door, where they’re not in plain sight for visitors and that our puppy gear and mail can be out of view too.

Do you have a system in place to keep your mail, shoes, and every day clutter under control? I’d love to hear some of your tips too!
Dinner, Lunch, Nosh

Paleo Holubtsi (Cabbage Roll) Soup

January 21, 2015
Paleo Holubtsi (Cabbage Roll) Soup

Big batches of soup are the best this time of year. Especially hearty soups. So, when I did my prepping for week one of the 21- Day Sugar Detox, I knew a stock pot of warm goodness was in order. I gave Adrian two choices, one because I am notoriously indecisive, and two because I like to make sure he has something he likes for work, so he doesn’t make a run for Taco Bell or McDonald’s. The response was a no-brainer for him and he chose cabbage roll soup. He is Ukranian and stuffed cabbage is quite a popular meal in his family, so I gave this recipe the Ukranian name for cabbage rolls, Holubsti. Holubsti traditionally has more rice than meat, but since rice isn’t an option right now, I subbed cauliflower to compensate for the texture and I kept a decent portion of meat for the protein. No one likes a hangry friend!

Paleo Holubtsi (Cabbage Roll) Soup
 What you need
  • 2 lbs. meatloaf mix
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 10 oz. bag shredded cabbage (~ 4 cups)
  • 2 cups riced cauliflower
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper (or more to taste)
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes in tomato puree (check for added sugars)
  • 4 cups organic chicken stock
Make it
  1. In a large stock pot, brown meatloaf mix with the onion and garlic.
  2. Drain excess grease and return to pot.
  3. Add seasoning, riced cauliflower, shredded cabbage, and crushed tomatoes. Stir and cook over medium high, for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat and let soup simmer for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Paleo Holubtsi (Cabbage Roll) Soup

Have you tried recreating any family or cultural recipes to fit a new diet or preference? How did it go?

Prepping for the 21 Day Sugar Detox

January 19, 2015
Prepping for the 21 Day Sugar Detox

Today is the day I begin my battle with sugar by starting the 21 Day Sugar Detox! My goal is to find a healthy balance, where I don’t need that little something sweet each day… or let’s be honest a lot of something sweet some days. I’m also interested to see how removing sugar, along with alcohol, grains, and soy affects the way I feel. If it’s a positive change overall, I would like to keep some of these practices in my regular diet after the three weeks are over.

The first and most important thing I did leading up to today, was prep. To start, I read Diane Sanfilippo’s book The 21-Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally cover to cover. There is a lot of great information, recipes, and resources included that I am sure I’ll be referencing more over these three weeks.

There are three levels of the program you can choose from, varying in strictness. You can complete a quiz in the book to help you decide what’s a good starting point. I did take the quiz and the results were to try level one, but I opted to start at level two because I feel comfortable giving up more than level one allows. Level two allows full fat dairy products, while level three does not. I plan to limit the dairy, but will be adding full fat half and half to my coffee each morning and may have another full fat dairy item once or twice each week, likely at dinner time. At some point, I may complete this program again, (assuming all goes well!) but try it at level 3, without the dairy.

The next thing I did was choose all of the meals I will be having this week from a mix of Diane’s recipes, Pinterest recipes, and my own based on the yes and no food list she provides per each level of the plan. Diane does include a full 3-week meal plan for each level for those that prefer to have everything written out for them, but I like to use that as more of a guide and try to get creative, while using that as a guide. When I decided to try this program out, I got excited and started a 21 Day Sugar Detox board on Pinterest, for inspiration and references. If you are at all interested in the program, you should check it out! I decided on 21 meals and will carry over any we do not use for next week, in case we have to grab a bite out- Chipotle all the way if we do!

After the meal planning, Adrian I went shopping to get all the goods we didn’t already have. This meant mostly a lot of produce and meats. We made an effort to be smart about the shopping to save money where we could. We went to Produce Junction, which is in walking distance of our home now, yay! I got all of the produce shown here for $30, which is a steal compared to shopping for all of this at our usual grocery stores!

Finally, I cooked all of our breakfasts and lunches for the week and divided them into containers to save me time in the morning. I made a big batch of soup for lunches. I whipped up the book’s Buffalo Chicken Egg Muffins for our breakfasts. Over the next three Mondays, I’ll be showing you what my meals looked like each week too. Adrian will be eating all of the meals I make as well, but hasn’t decided yet if he can fully commit to the program. He loves his beer and take out! I’m just happy he’s willing to go along with this much of it, so I don’t have to cook us entirely different menus each week!

I’ll be tracking my meals on My Fitness Pal during this journey. I won’t be doing it to count calories, since that’s not the point of this detox, but would like to keep  track of everything to look back on when I finish. If you use this app, send me a friend request and we can support each other! My username is jackiep187. Just write me a message about the detox or this post, so ya know, I know you aren’t a creeper.

I have to admit, I am a tad nervous about how this will go, but I’m confident this planning will make the experience easier overall. I’m going to be drinking lots of water and herbal tea today and will adjust things as I go wherever necessary to stick this through, even if that means missing out on my beer or glass of wine for 21 days! Boohoo.

P.S. I’m still looking for a buddy to get on board the program fully with me if you’re interested!

Prepping For The 21 Day Sugar Detox

Have you ever completed the 21 Day Sugar Detox or another program, like Whole 30? If so, what were some of your strategies? If you haven’t completed something like this before, is it something you’d consider trying?

On Being 28

January 16, 2015

According to my 11 year old self, back in fifth grade, I should have three children, with one on the way by now. 22 was the perfect year to start having kids and I planned on having five, with two years between each.  I should also be married to my middle school or high school sweetheart. Oh and  I’d of course would have cookie jars filled with Cookie Crisp cereal because I had never had them then and thought they were actually boxes full of mini cookies.

On Being 28

So, yesterday was my 28th birthday and man, do things turn out different than we thought when we had no idea what the years could bring. My lunch table predictions are far from reality… that is unless you count our three cats and our puppy as the fruit of my loins. I didn’t marry my high school sweetheart and it turns out I don’t even like Cookie Crisp. That was a major letdown!

On Being 28

We do plan to have two or three children, but are waiting a couple of years yet. It’s been quite a journey so far, and while I’ll admit this year hit me kinda hard in the getting old department, I am quite content with how far I’ve come. Setting goals are always a great idea, but also coming to terms with the fact that your path may change and your goals may change in the process is humbling. We live, we learn, and grow, every day and every year.

On Being 28

How we celebrated was up to me and I went with my low-key favorite: Sushi, beers, and This is Where I Leave You, cuddled on the couch, under a pile of blankets, with a rambunctious puppy bouncing around and dropping his toys off the edge for us to retrieve every ten minutes. It was perfect.

 Where did your eleven year old self think you’d be by now? Was it close or way off? I’d love to hear!