Saturday, November 25, 2017

Gift Guide 2017 Comfy and Cozy Night In

Who doesn't love a cozy night in?  Here's a gift buying guide for all those movie watching, snuggling ladies in your life.  


Happy Shopping!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Whole 30-Completed!!

I am going to start by saying SORRY FOR THIS WAY OVERDUE POST.  Now that I have that out of the way...Wham. Bam. Thank you Ma'am.  I rocked that Whole 30 with a few extra days under my belt.  We're talking Whole 34 to be exact.
Now, let me say something.  This was not a diet.  It drove me nuts during the experience when people said, "Are you still on your diet?" Or "How's your diet going?"  People, I wasn't dieting. I was eating so much FOOD.  Like good food. I was never starving.  I never felt like I was living without.  I was satisfied and actually looked forward to the foods I was putting into my body.  If I were to call it anything I would say it was a recharging of the body.  Whether it be by changing my mindset on food choices or ridding my body of the overly processed/hormone dense foods that have become our norm.
After my 30 days, I have continued to eat Whole30 on a 90/10 ratio, maybe 80/20 during a holiday weekend.  Meaning, 90% of the time I have kept with Whole30 eating.  When eating out or when social I am a bit more relaxed but when it comes to breakfast, lunch or dinner at home I am on point.  I continue to purchase organic/grass fed beef and organic free range chicken.  Spaghetti squash, eggs and sweet potatoes are still a norm in our house.  And yes, I am still drinking my coffee black.  Now, I have had maybe 2 nonfat vanilla lattes since, but I seriously don't even enjoy them much anymore.
Final weight stat: I lost 13 pounds in my 30 days.  But you know what's even better??  I HAVE KEPT IT OFF! And there are definitely some non scale victories too.  I didn't have a migraine at all during the 34 days.  I did end up with a migraine a couple days after I broke my strict Whole30 cycle, but haven't had one since.  My clothes fit better, I do not feel as bloated as I used to, I think my hair feels healthier, and so on...
But the one thing I love the most about it, it has changed my relationship with food.  Now, I mentioned earlier that I still indulge now and again.  But the indulgences are not often. Overall I just make better choices.  I turn down eating out more often than before.  I think I went from eating out at lunch with my coworkers once or twice a week last year to eating lunch out twice this school year so far.  And when I do eat out, I make sure to make wise food choices.  When I plan my meals I make a conscience effort to look for recipes that will benefit us rather than just fill our bellies.  Recipes that are packed with vegetables and nutrient dense ingredients.
I'll be sure to keep you in the loop with some different clean eating recipes I try.  My winter goal is one clean soup a week.  Seriously, you can't beat a hot bowl of soup during these cold winter months!


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Kitchen Remodel

 I just realized that I never shared our main floor remodel with you guys.
 I gave you a little teaser when we started the project with some demo pics, but I think it's about time I share the completed project.  Here are some before and after pics of the kitchen portion of the remodel.  
Whole Kitchen View BEFORE

Whole Kitchen View AFTER

Kitchen Entry 1 BEFORE

Kitchen Entry 1 AFTER

Desk Area BEFORE
Desk Area Turned Buffet AFTER
Refrigerator BEFORE

Refrigerator AFTER

Refrigerator/Pantry Slide Outs AFTER 

Kitchen Entry 2 BEFORE

Kitchen Entry 2 AFTER 

Stove- BEFORE 


Sink Area AFTER

Who doesn't love some before and after pics!?!  What a difference!