Spring cleaning is in full throttle mode in my house. I am purging SO much crap. I did the same thing last year with the goal of creating a capsule wardrobe and got rid of nearly 7 bags of clothes and other stuff I seriously did not need in my life. I managed to keep my wardrobe down over the past year, which I am very proud about. At first I did it to help ensure I have a cleaner space, less laundry, and to cut the habit of "needing" things so much and start to find value and creativity in what I have already. I ended up saving money by not buying new things, time - by not doing so much laundry and always trying to "find something to wear," and overall saving energy. I can honestly say I really never went back to my old habits of impulsively buying stuff I really didn't need. But that habit was built around my closet contents at first until recently.Read More
I'm dedicating my March 10 on 10 to the rain and all that's come after it. This has been the rainiest year we've experiences in California! After 5 years of being in a drought, it was very welcome to the area. I actually have a green lawn right now - haven't seen that in a while!
As spring rolls in, the storms are subsiding and things are blooming all over the place - believe me my allergies notice. But in all honestly, it is all a little magical. Take a minute today and just enjoy what's popping up around you.
Here are 10 photos I've captured during our rainy season and what's been flourishing up after the rains. Happy March. And remember to check out the rest my lady blogger/photographer friends doing their version of March 10 on 10. Kim focused on spring too! Great minds...
I was a little bit of every where in the month of February. I loved every minute of this short and sweet month. Here's a bit of what it all looked like.Read More
I'm talking a bit about Whole30 again. I know, I know...I'm done with it, my thirty days are up, I need to move on or something, right? Well, you're right. Kinda. And I honestly thought this was all just a one month thing and I'd just go back to my every day life after it, but my habits have change a bit. Specifically my breakfast routine. Pre-whole30, I ate oatmeal or granola nearly everyday. That's why I was a little nervous on how I'd do with breakfast during my month, but I started changing things up a bit and was surprised about how much I did not and do not miss my oaty/grainy breakfast options. I actually haven't had oatmeal since Christmas - which is unheard of for me!
I ate and still do eat a crap ton of eggs now, but I really did miss the sweet stuff when it came to breakfast. I mean, I've been having oatmeal for YEARS, so it was hard to kick that habit. This combo was perfect for that craving and it was a really good option for a pre-workout breakfast that had a good amount of carbs. I've gotten some skeptical looks when I've made it or shared this with folks, but I promise the combination is delicious. DE-licious.
Stuffed Sweet Potato
- 1 small sweet potato, about 4-5 ounces, cooked
- 1/2 banana
- 1/4 cup of blueberries
- 1/2-1 tablespoon nut butter
- toast coconut
- Wash and cook a small sweet potato. Most times I'll make a few during my food prep, but on a morning when I don't have one ready, I wash one, pierce it with a knife a few times, and microwave it for 4 minutes or until done.
- Split the sweet potato down the middle and sprinkle it with a bit of salt. Spread your choice of nut butter down the middle of your potato. I love cashew or almond butter personally.
- Top with banana, blueberries, and toasted coconut and enjoy.
Give it a try to switch things up!
You can do anything for 30 days right? That's was my mantra for the month of January when I decided to do a Whole30 with my two friends, Jen and Lisa. Turns out, a lot of folks do Whole30 in January and there is an overwhelming amount of support out there to help get your through the "rough times." I found out a group of my running friends was doing it too. So not only did I have two of my closest friends at work, but I had nearly daily Facebook chats and g-chats with friends who were doing it right along side me - which was a great distraction from the box of sweets sitting on the office desk talking to me in Parseltongue.Read More
February is all about the love, yeah? Yes. All the love. I feel like we all need a little more love given the state of world lately. So when I was home in Florida this week and my best asked me to snap a few maternity photos, I was honored and immediately said yes. And to me, there is no other type of love than a mama and her babies. So on this 10th of February, take a pause from the world and take in some love. Smile for yourself and smile for someone else. If nothing else, smile at this little Hailey bug, because this kid is cute! Also, this was my first "human" photo shoot. It was hard - but so much fun grabbing these moments for them to have forever.
Here's my February 10 on 10! And make sure you check out my very talented and lovely friend, Kelly over at Three Layers Deep for her version on 10 on 10. Share the love my friends.
Ahh, January. The month of the fresh start. The bright and shiny new year - among other insanely crazy things I try to not talk about on in this space. How did your month go? I finished my first Whole30 successfully. It was a rainy month and I took advantage of staying indoors and doing some self care AKA watching tons of movies and Netflix. It was nice for a change from my usual hustle and bustle and I didn't know I needed it until I had it. I posted my first 10 photos of January on my 10 on 10. Here's a bit of life in photos and words from rest the month.Read More
The end of January is nearing which means I'm wrapping up my first Whole30. Some might feel doing something like this is excess and stupid, but I really enjoyed the month! I've eaten such good food, not that I didn't before this, but it challenged to eat different things kinda think outside the box for various foods. Breakfast has been my favorite meal of the day. It actually always has been. When researching Whole30 recipes and ideas, there is a lot of talk around people hating eggs by the end because it is what most people eat for breakfast for the month, but truly, that didn't happen to me. I switched up how I ate them all throughout the month. I sdded veggies, scrambled them, fried 'em, put them onto sweet potatoes, onto of leftovers...you name it, I put an egg on it.Read More