1.14.2018

Recipes: Whole 30 Week 2 Meal Ideas

Hey Everyone! Happy Sunday! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend! We definitely did. Full of relaxing, slowing down with a few good books, date night, and getting ourselves in the gym. It was a great weekend :) We wrapped up week 2 of Whole 30 and are feeling pretty good. I refuse to step on the scale until the first program is over and that is what the Whole30 recommends but Reed hopped on and has already lost a good chunk of weight. Which is great, but it doesn't compare to how much better we already feel only after 2 weeks of the program. That's the reason we are doing this again because of how much better we feel. Just like last summer when we did this, it was such a great re-set and we plan to continue this longer than just the 30 days and more of a lifestyle change. Definitely much needed for us.

I wanted to share a few simple and easy meal ideas that we had/made this week for our Whole 30. Just like last week, this is just a few of our meals from the week. If there is any meal below you would like the recipe for, just let me know and I can send that to you or post on the blog. I hope you are all enjoying the first few weeks of the New Year! Have a great night and Happy Sunday!
Thank you for stopping by xo 


Whole Foods Grab-n-Go for Lunch: Paleo chicken, Roasted Sweet potatoes, and Brocoli 


For a side for Dinner one night: Smashed Garlic & Ghee Butter Yukon Potatoes (so good) 


Homemade Chicken Wings with "Everything but the Bagel seasoning" from Trader Joes


Dinner: The chicken wings, garlic potatoes, and leftover Brocoli from above


Dinner Leftovers & Arugula and Green Leaf Caesar Salad using Tesserae's Caesar Dressing


Breakfast Casserole: Hashbrowns, eggs, chicken apple sausage, peppers, and onions 


Snack: Orange, Apple, and Almond Butter 

1.11.2018

Home Decor: Our Sunroom project

             Hey everyone! Happy Thursday! I hope you are all having a great week. I wanted to share a space with you that has been a work in progress. Reed placed bead board on our ceiling of our sunroom this past fall and it turned out great! He did such a good job and we love how it turned out. Then, my dad came in (our master painter in the family) and painted this room white for us and the bead board. I wanted a good fresh look in this room but didn't exactly know what furniture etc that I wanted.

            I have kind of always had the idea of wanting to create a book room or a travel room and definitely want those spaces in our future home one day; however, I thought it would be fun to create a travel themed and book themed sun room. I took several photos from our last few years of traveling and put them in black and white all throughout the room. The trip photos are special to us because we have our honeymoon, first year anniversary, our favorite trip thus far, and a fun trip we took to Mount Airy for Reed's Birthday. These are just a few of our favorite travel photos and thought they would be neat in solid black frames against a bright wall.

         With the travel photos, came along the book idea of compiling and re-organizing all of our favorite books into one location. If you know me or just by following my blog, you know I love neutrals in my house; however, our sunroom has some colorful books on the side that really gives this room a different look from the rest of the house but still ties in as well. I have come to love this sunroom nook in our house and have really enjoyed it since completing it. I searched for months (I am not kidding) for sun room furniture and to be honest didn't really find anything I fell in love with and because of that I re-arranged our living room and added in our love seat that was originally from the living room and moved it into our sunroom space.

        I think what ties this room together is the new basket weave light/chandelier that I found at Ikea. I am in love with it and love the feel it gives for this room. It's clean, kinda earthy toned, and think it fits perfectly in this space. I hope you enjoy the photos below of the finished project. As always, I hope this inspires you to create your own travel or book themed room or whatever room that is that you are working on. I hope you have a great day and rest of the weekend. Thank you for stopping by! xo








1.06.2018

Recipes: Whole 30 Week 1 Meal Ideas

Hi Everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. Last summer, Reed and I did our first Whole30 program and really enjoyed the results of the program and now we are doing another round this January. For any of you who are doing Whole30 or similar diet programs to start off the new year or just simply wanting to eat better I thought it would be good to share some of the meals we are having/making each week. I hope this will serve as inspiration for anyone wanting some new meal ideas. Since we have fully completed a round of Whole30 before, we know how great it feels to complete an entire 30 days of no processed food and a diet free of dairy, gluten, and sugar; therefore, it is a goal of mine to do my absolute best in completing another round after this January program. I would love to maintain this fully as a lifestyle change. It is definitely not easy, but always worth it in the end. 

Here are just a few of our meals that we made/had this week. Some examples of lunches, breakfast and dinner. Not all are pictured obviously, but just some of the highlights haha. 

I hope you enjoy! More to come next week xo


-A quick grab-n-go dinner at whole foods: roasted sweet potato wedges, green beans, one plain chicken wing, pulled pork, and one piece of cilantro lime chicken


Lunch: Lettuce, Arugula, Green onions, cashews, with Tessemae's ceasar dressing 
(dressings and sauces that are whole30 approved can be purchased at Tessemae's


Breakfast, Lunch, or dinner: Egg Muffins with eggs, whole 30 approved bacon, and salt/pepper


Dinner: Baked potato with shredded chicken tossed in Tessemae's bbq sauce, cilantro, and ghee butter.


Breakfast/Lunch: Sweet potato pan with roasted sweet potatoes, 4 eggs, whole30 approved bacon pieces, arugula, and garlic salt/pepper.


Dinner: Zoodles with Rao's Basil Marinara, diced onions, and grassfed beef


Dinner: Sweet potato & cinnamon, sirloin, and grilled asparagus 



1.04.2018

Home Decor: Everyday Decor Details


             Hi Everyone! Happy Thursday! After getting all of the Holiday decor put away it was time for a fresh start in the house. There is nothing better than re-decorating and starting fresh to give your a house a few new touches (well that's how I feel anyways haha). I wanted to share how I have transitioned our house back to everyday decor and what that looks like for us. I added a few new ideas and items that I purchased with Christmas gift cards, which is always fun. A few new pillows and items to give the house some extra life after all of the red and green. 

            As always, I stick with my neutral palette but that doesn't mean when the time comes to Spring that a few color pops wouldn't hurt :) See below for pictures of our everyday home decor and what I did with each space. I will walk you through some ideas you can incorporate in your home as well. I hope this gives you some inspiration for your home. I will be posting our sunroom next week since we finished the bead board ceiling and finally found the perfect chandelier for that area of the house. I love how it turned out and can't wait to share it with you. Enjoy! xo


Living Room area transitioned from Christmas to everyday neutrals 


I added a new white frame for a personal touch as you enter our home with grey, tan, and white with a pop of silver. I always want the entry way to reflect the rest of the house, simply because when guests enter our home this is the first look they see. 


Here are some of the places I purchased these items for the entry way: 
-wired baskets from At Home 
-throw and pillow Dillards
-Glass vase Target
-White pom stem Kirklands
-Silver decorative object At Home
-Lamp is vintage from my great aunt Lorene
-White frames from Hobby Lobby
-Decorative balls Pier One Imports



Coffee Table accents: A wired letter basket I found at an antique store displaying The Southern Lady with tile coasters that came from one of Reed's building projects downtown Nashville


I love the colors of these books I have collected over time from different antique stores. I love how the colors of the books play off of this new small globe I found yesterday at Homegoods.


Everday Kitchen Table details as you know are my favorite. My grandma gave me these placemats last year for Christmas and I love the neutral paisley look. I found these white rustic chargers at Hobby Lobby for $1.99 which I thought was a steal. The linen napkins I found at TJmaxx and the silver napkin rings were purchased from Pier 1. 


Lastly, the dining room area. We switched out our kitchen glass chandelier with a simple glass large pendant light. I love this light and the simplicity it creates in this area. Wood, white, and glass is the theme here and I love how it turned out.



1.02.2018

My Organizing Tips: A fresh start to the New Year

            Hi Everyone! Happy New Year! I took a couple weeks off of blogging right after Christmas which was so nice and relaxing but I am back to kick off the New Year with many exciting things coming up for my blog but also sharing ways to stay organized, new recipes, home decor ideas, and so much more! My blogging goal for 2018 is to share more content with you and hopefully inspire you to create things in your own home.

           2017 was a wonderful year for us filled with ups and downs, traveling, family time, and so much more. One way to kick off 2018 is decluttering and re-organizing. As you know, I am a pretty organized person and love the feeling of cleaning and keeping things tidy. Some of you are like this and some of you aren't, either way I thought it would be fun to share a few ways to start off the new year by giving you some of my organizing and decluttering tips that I use for our own home.


Here are a few of my organizing tips: 

First, start small 

         Pick a place in your house that needs the most attention. Start small by focusing on one room or spot, this way you aren't overwhelmed by all of the areas that you want to accomplish. For us, it was the kitchen. Once you pick your place in the house start by throwing away anything you don't use, need, or want.


Create 3 Piles 

         Create a donate pile, trash pile, and keep pile. This can apply to your kitchen, closet, office, kids play room whatever area needs the most attention. Once you start and give that one area a little attention, it will give you the motivation you need to start de-cluttering. Trash items you don't need, have wear & tear, or simply don't want. Donate any items you want to remove from your space to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army or maybe a family member/friend wants to go through your pile. I ask myself several questions when I am determining my "keep pile" (Is this something we need, something we will use in the future, or something we can do without?)


Utilize your space 

       Whichever room or area needs some help, once you tackle the cleaning out part of the job you can then start fresh with utilizing your space properly. What I mean by this, for an example we needed some serious cleaning and organizing in our kitchen cabinet area and pantry. With the rush of the holiday's we kind of starting throwing things left and right. Use plastic bins, fabric totes, door hangers, or containers to organize your space. This will not only make your area look better but it will feel better if everything has a place. Especially if you are working with a small space and need some extra room, using a door hanger for your cleaning supplies, crafts, or shoes will really help your space situation. 


Labeling 

     I know you are thinking, I don't have "time" to label. Well, maybe you don't but I can promise you if you label the folders, label the plastic bins, or label your pantry items it will help you stay organized throughout the year. I really stick by this and this has helped me stay on track throughout the year and not just at the new year. Even if it is one label or two it will definitely not only look better but also feel better. 



         Here are a few areas that I have organized in the past week to make small changes in our everyday lives. Even starting with one drawer in your medicine cabinet or in your closet will start to make a difference and keep you on track. I hope you enjoy my own organizing tips and I hope this inspires you to create your own organizational needs in your own home :) Thank you for stopping by!


I organized the small areas of our pantry that needed some organization by using jars, containers, tupperware and bins to create an easier way to find things we are looking for. 



Our kitchen cabinets quickly get out of hand and just taking some extra time to re-organize a cabinet or two goes a long way. 


I received this spice rack from my parents for Christmas and it has been a wonderful way to get our species organized in our pantry and I love how it looks also haha :) Another way to organize your spices is by purchasing these clear boxes or trays to separate your goods. Very inexpensive and easy! I purchased these from Target for $6.99 and $9.99


I don't know about you, but we have books everywhere in different locations I thought it make a good statement in our sunroom but also a great way to organize our books! I created two simple book ends with greenery and larger books on the other end. 


Same thing with my cookbooks, they were everywhere after the Holidays. I made a cookbook statement in the Kitchen to add some color and this was a great way to keep them organized as well. 


Going back to my bin and tote idea, I love using these totes and bins even in our drawers to keep product, medicines, or any excess goods organized. 




12.19.2017

Recipe: Gluten Free & Dairy free Chocolate Cake

              Hey everyone! We are less than one week away from Christmas! I can't believe it. I am so excited to get home to see all of the family for the holiday! With all of the delicious holiday treats and sweets that will be happening, I wanted to share a great gluten-free dessert for anyone who is gluten-free. Gluten-free recipes like this one, let you feel like you aren't missing out this season with all of the good treats around. I found this recipe on Pinterest and really enjoyed this and wanted to share. Reed actually liked this a lot as well.

            I hope you all are having a great week and enjoy your holiday prepping before Christmas. We are heading out of town to Indiana for several days and then on to Memphis. It's the best time of year and I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am. Enjoy this recipe! More gluten free ideas to come over the next couple of weeks not only for the Holiday's but everyday cooking and baking. Enjoy and thank you as always for stopping by xoxo


Recipe: 

Ingredients: 
-3 c gluten free baking powder
-2 c sugar or coconut sugar
-1/2 c of cocoa powder 
-1 tbsp baking powder
-1 pinch of salt 
-1/2 c of coconut oil
-1/2 cup of maple syrup
-1 1/2 cup of coconut milk 


details:
-mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl
-use coconut oil to grease your baking pan or place parchment paper down in pan
-pour mixture into the pan 
-bake at 375 for 28-30 min
-check the center of the cake with a toothpick to make sure the batter doesn't come off on the toothpick
-let cool before slicing and serving 
-you can also make a frosting with this but I chose not to for this recipe

enjoy!
























12.13.2017

Hosting: Christmas Cookie & Cocoa Party

                 Hi Everyone! I am just now getting around to sharing our Christmas Cookie & Cocoa party from last weekend! We had such a good time with friends and good eats! I love this time of year and love gathering friends or family at our home for the Holidays. We had appetizers and dessert with hot cocoa and enjoyed time with our friends and Paw of course :)

Menu

Appetizers:
-buffalo chicken dip
-bacon tator tots
-okra
-sausage biscuits

Dessert:
-homemade hot cocoa 
-sugar cookies
-oreo balls
-gluten free chocolate chip cookies for myself


Here are a few images of the night! Enjoy and I hope this inspires you to create your own hot cocoa & cookie night! If anyone is interested in any of the recipes in this post, just let me know and I will post them, thank you and as always thank you for stopping by!















12.05.2017

Home Decor: Holiday Home Tour 2017

               Happy December, Merry Christmas, Happy the best time of year to YOU! Can you tell I am a little excited Christmas is finally here? As you all know from many blog posts, the Holidays are my favorite. I thought it would be fun to share our home decor with you by pictures on my blog and also by video! I am by no means a video blogger or I think they call it a "Vlogger" but I thought this would be fun! Tune into the live video version on my social media accounts on (Instagram and Facebook) and here below I am showing all of the pictures of our home decor!

I hope you enjoy our Home Decor for the Holiday's and I hope this inspires you to create your own happy places :) Merry Christmas and as always thank you for stopping by!


Click this link for the Home Tour video: Home Decor Video

Front Porch Decor 






Entry Way Decor 







Living Room Decor 









Kitchen Decor