Dirty Diet Coke

dirty diet coke

So across the internet and social media I kept seeing comments about "Dirty Diet Coke".  Honestly, I assumed it included liquor.  But then I saw Moms talking about drinking it early enough in the day I realized they either had issues or I needed to do some further investigating into what a "Dirty Diet Coke" really was.... Turns out?  No liquor.  To which some of you say YAY and some feel the air being let outta your balloon. Here are the ingredients.... If you see the Coconut Syrup and … [Read more...]

40 Thoughts From Turning 40


This weekend, I said goodbye to my 30's.  SO...  is 40 really fabulous?  Here's 40 thoughts from the 40 seat: 1.  One year, not wanting to break my healthy eating streak, I made myself a ricotta cake.... it was disgusting.  At 40, knowing much better, I thoroughly enjoyed every single bite of my decadent chocolate cake covered in buttercream. 2.  I know now that ever attempting to STOP drinking coffee is in fact STUPID.  I proudly admit to being a coffee addict. 3.  At 40, I know that if … [Read more...]

How to Set Up a Book Club

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Last April I started a book club....  even though I am NOT by nature a reader.  I am however someone who loves to cook...  and eat.... and most importantly, spend time with my girlfriends.  So an excuse to get us together each month?  YES! In April, we read Redeeming Love = BEST BOOK EVAH!  Seriously, could not put this down. May was too hectic to get everyone together. Anyone with school-aged kids can attest... May is CRAZY month! We couldn't get together in June since a lot of us were … [Read more...]

{Clean Eating} Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls

***UPDATE:  Thanks to Pinterest, this post is bringing a whole lotta new visitors here everyday!  If you're new, I'd love to connect...  Find me on FaceBook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  And we'd LOVE to have you join our Weigh-In Wednesday FaceBook Group where we focus on accountability and encouragement...  and FUN. About two years ago, I was super focused and devoted to eating well.  I was also running 25 miles a week.  The combination of those two things had me at a peak level of fitness. … [Read more...]

Banana “Ice Cream”

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With the New Year came a renewed commitment to healthy eating.  Clean Eating.  Whole Real Foods.  I started on New Year's Eve.  I know, right?  I launched into The Daniel Plan 10 Day Detox.  Essentially, no dairy, sugar, wheat/gluten, alcohol, caffeine, processed or fast foods, etc. Having been in such a cycle or poor eating in November and December it wasn't so hard.  My energy was low.  And I could feel my body calling out for a fresh start. The detox went great and I didn't really miss … [Read more...]

Quinoa Breakfast Bake

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As we started The Daniel Plan, a big worry for me was saying goodbye to Oats and Wheat/Gluten for the 10 day detox.  So far so good thanks in part to QUINOA.  It serves great for breakfast, works for lunch, and is excellent to round out dinner. A favorite new recipe from The Daniel Plan book is Quinoa Breakfast Bake.  I LOVE this!  It's a make it once and get several breakfasts out of it dish. The first morning I served it topped with almond butter and a few berries.  Next up was the … [Read more...]

Weigh In Wednesday Week #11 – Body Image

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Welcome to Weigh~In Wednesday! If you are new, WELCOME!!! Each week we "weigh~in" on how we have been doing on our goals {body, mind, and soul}. We focus not just on our bodies through healthy eating and exercise, but also goals to engage our minds and to influence our souls in our Christian Faith Walk. You can share in the comments below AND Bloggers you can LinkUp your posts below. Yesterday I shared { this article } in our Weigh-In Wednesday FaceBook Group.  I don't believe any other … [Read more...]

Barbecue Beef Brisket


This recipe is one of our family's FAVORITE.  I got the it years ago from a friend after she made it for a Sunday School gathering at her house.  I love that you can make it ahead and just warm in the oven before serving. These pictures are from a few weeks ago....  My kiddos requested this as part of their Back-to-School week dinners.  That time I served it with a Kale Salad (bagged from Costco + slaw dressing) and...  of course....  mac 'n cheese! This past weekend as we … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Overnight Oats

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I mentioned last week how important breakfast is to keeping on track with healthy eating for me.  And basic overnight oats are an easy way to ensure a good start in the morning.  But now that the cooler weather has arrived.....  I am craving P U M P K I N! PUMPKIN OVERNIGHT OATS! Pumpkin Overnight Oats Source: Kath Eats 1/3 cup oats 1/3 cup yogurt (I use Stonyfield French Vanilla) 1/3 milk (I use Unsweetened Almond Milk) 1/3 cup canned pumpkin 1/2 TBSP Chia Seeds Splash of Vanilla … [Read more...]

How to Stop Shooting in Auto Mode | Part Two


Last Friday, I shared my journey to the camera and equipment I have today....  But today it's time to officially STOP shooting in Auto Mode! Again ~~ I feel the need to say:  I do not even pretend to be an expert.  I don't even pretend to have the basics nailed down.  I'm just a girl who made the commitment a year ago to stop shooting in Auto Mode.... who now wants to help you make the jump too! If you are stuck in Auto Mode, I promise that learning to shoot without that crutch will leave … [Read more...]