Stitch Fix Review #1

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Ok this post obviously has nothing to do with food, nutrition or fitness and although I usually try to stay on topic when I blog, but what girl doesn't like to talk about fashion?! I can't tell you how excited I am! I finally ordered my first Stitch Fix and seriously opening the box was the highlight of my week! I signed up with them when I first learned about the company over a year ago, but never scheduled a fix. Then I got pregnant and definitely didn't want to order one so as soon as I had Evangeline I decided it was time! I probably don't need to explain that finding time to go … [Read more...]


10 Ways to Increase Exercise in the New Year

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Are you struggling with fitting exercise into your schedule? Is this the year you want to lose weight, tone up, be more physically fit? I know I am so eager to get back in shape after having a baby. I have already started back to a routine, more on that soon. I want this to be my most active year yet. I am determined to look my best in what will probably be my busiest year. Up for the challenge too? I am over at the Mars Healthy Living blog today taking about 10 ways to Increase your Exercise in the New Year. Hopefully at least one of these ten tips will help you! Sometimes it takes … [Read more...]


Homemade Ranch Dressing

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Hi friends! I just wanted to post a quick update on my pregnancy since I have been a bad blogger since the morning sickness hit. I am 11 weeks and feeling better each day, nausea is a lot better but not completely gone. I got to see the little nugget for the first time this week which always makes me giddy. I even got a few waves from my baby. I am always in complete shock at how well developed they are at such an early time in pregnancy. They fact that there are arms and legs, hands and feet. It's truly a miracle and it doesn't get old even for a 4th time! I still don't have much … [Read more...]


Pin It Party!

Thank you all for your sweet comments last week regarding our exciting annoucment. I have to say with each passing week I am feeling a bit better, but I still want to crawl in bed by 8:45pm and stay in as long as I can. Sleep truly makes me feel better so I am taking full advantage of it. Since I have still been quite out of the loop when it comes to blogging, I thought joining Lindsay's Pin It Party again would be a good place to start. Here are some posts that I'd love to see more of on Pinterest. Join the fun and fill up your Pinterest boards. I know I need to!   Coconut Granola … [Read more...]


Getting Caught Up and Sharing Some Link Love

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Congratulations to Gretchen H. the winner of the Lululemon & Magazine Subscription to Vegetarian Times (her choice). Thank you so much to all who entered! Hello friends! I've missed you! How was everyone's Thanksgiving? I didn't intend to take off this long but I was a little under the weather on Sunday/Monday. I am all better though. My family left yesterday and although it's always sad to see them go especially since they live so far away, it will be good to get back on track and ready for our next adventure- our trip to San Diego! We had a lovely visit though- a delicious … [Read more...]


On Being Alone and Meal Planning

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I am a slightly paranoid person. I know it and I am learning to deal with it. I usually don't like to make it known publicly when my husband is out of town. Most people share lots of personal data on their blogs but I try not to. It's not that I don't trust you dear readers. I just don't trust the crazy people of the world....and in case you've missed the news over the last month, we've got a lot of crazy in this world we live in! Anyway what I've been keeping from you is that my husband has been out of town for 4 weeks to Alabama and Korea and was due back in another week. Typically 5 … [Read more...]


A Trip to the Farmer’s Market: Recipe for Roasted Beets & Meal Planning

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One thing I am really enjoying about this part of the country is the wonderful Farmer's Markets full of beautiful produce. I definitely missed going to them when I lived in Missouri and now I always look forward to our beautiful purchases each week. I've tried to branch out of my comfort zone when shopping at the Farmer's Markets because I can always buy spring mix and broccoli. Beets are not something that I would have put on my "like" list until recently. I always associated beets with the icky canned ones. It wasn't until ordering restaurant salads with fresh beets did I realize how … [Read more...]


A Few of My Favorite Things

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If you caught up with my last post, you'd know that I am in a bit of a cooking rut. Not to worry, I am sure now that my mom is visiting, I will have lots of free time to go grocery shopping without my kids, catch up on all my favorite food magazines and blogs, and have the time to be inspired. You just wait. For now, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite things, totally unrelated to food. I always like to keep a "wish list" on hand for fun. You know in case I win the lottery. I never thought I'd get excited about rain boots, but after living in Missouri where there are plentiful rain … [Read more...]


The New Nutritious Eats and a Recipe for Chimichurri

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I am so excited to be blogging from my new and updated site! I know it might not look a whole lot different to you and that was the intent. There were just a few design changes and some behind the scene changes made. In case you are dying to know what I changed and can't pinpoint it, I had the green side bar widened and changed to white and had things moved around a little, I had a new navigation menu installed (up top where is says "home, about, work with me", etc) and had custom social media buttons added (see those cute round green buttons in the top right corner). I also had the spoon and … [Read more...]


Hawaiian Vacation and Blogging Gets Thrown Out the Window

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We just got back from our two week vacation in Hawaii. I am so thankful that our families all fell in love with Hawaii when they visited us, and now we have chosen it for our family reunion spot. We met up with my parents, my husband's mother and his three siblings and their families. Nineteen people filling a beachside vacation rental on the island of Oahu was not a bad way to spend the two weeks. The kids absolutely adored all the time with their cousins, aunts and uncles. We chose not to schedule a packed itinerary and instead enjoyed a little more beach time. Boy was it RELAXING. I … [Read more...]