March 28, 2014

A New Paleo Post

I still get LOTS of questions and emails about Paleo. I know a lot of people are curious - ask away!

Recently I read something about "the dangers of Paleo" that I found humorous. The food companies seem so worried that people will stop buying their muffins and donuts and fake crap that they want to scare the public. It's so sad! Anyway, the article said that the dangers of Paleo include constipation from heavy protein and lack of grains (impossible if you're eating veggies, which is the paramount staple of Paleo and FIBER to begin with), the expense (moderately true if you don't watch for sales but hardly a 'danger'), and a warning that this is a trend, like the Atkins diet. Oh really?

Are vegetables, nuts, fruits, and lean meats going to be disappearing anytime soon?  Nah.

A paleolithic diet is not trendy. It requires a lot of discipline. IT'S A LIFESTYLE based on eliminating fake and processed foods, and eliminating grains that your body hates to process anyway. It's the preferred diet for numerous people with health concerns for a reason. It's what everyone ate before the food industry was established and started hydrogenating, enriching, germinating, and pesticiding everything in its path - hardly a trend. And people that follow the diet are substantially healthier. Leaner.

This way of eating makes me believe in humanity again; it makes me grateful for the way God made the earth and the plants and the animals. It has changed the way I take care of my body and of my family. It makes me pause before I hand my child super sour gummy worms, you know? What am I putting into my kid's body? Is it safe? Is it the best choice I could be making? We take that responsibility very seriously and now that I know more about nutrition, it's been a wake up call. I am humbled, is what I'm saying.

So read on if you're curious.

Here are some new things I've discovered and love.

Baked butternut squash french fries!

Roasted tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. I can't wait to make this on the grill this summer!

Sriracha maple pumpkin seeds

Toasted coconut bars

Sweet potato, apple, avocado salad

Stuffed portobello mushrooms

Cocoa banana almond smoothies

Peanut butter chocolate coconut macaroons

Crustless spinach mushroom feta quiche

Chopped chicken salad with cashews and mango

Grilled zucchini nachos (minus the black beans)

Kids Paleo lunches, from OurPaleoLife

Since I'm not an offical expert, here is more on the Paleo diet from Michelle from NomNomPaleo >> What Is Paleo?

Eat well, Peeps!

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March 27, 2014

Things I Love Thursday

1. You bet your ass. Don't give up!

2. *Faints* LOOOOOVE this necklace.

3. You know, when I go out in my sequined maxi skirt, I often wear my denim jacket all button up and cool-lookin'. Or I would if I did anyway. This is awesome.

4. I know, I know. The gold pants. But really, THE GOLD PANTS. I need them in my life.

5. I want to learn to macrame and weave so that I can make a wall hanging for our home. Maybe eleven of them.

6. I am loving this ripped denim skirt trend. I've been searching my thrifts for them, but the right one has not emerged yet. Patience. So casual.

7. Well here we have the 1, 2 punch: Erin Wasson and Free People. Love the skirt and her hair and swoon!

8. Loving these Liberty short slouch boots, too.  I have a pair of old Frye's I hardly wear. I'm thinking of doing this to them.

9. I'm not sure there would ever be an occasion in my life to paint Native American beauty on my back. But if there ever were I'd be up for it.

10. Love this asymmetrical tank.

11.  Vintage clock, you remind me of Grandma Bertha's nightstand.

12. This midcentury cupboard is my favorite. The wall color, the rug, the black and white - they make me all swirly.

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March 24, 2014

Sunset Reading

Late last week I walked past Andy's room and noticed him sitting in his window. His little forehead curls were sticking out from behind the curtain. He was reading a huge chapter book, right there in the sunlight. While Andy has always loved reading, he has typically gravitated toward books like 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' and 'Big Nate'. But he's a big 6th grader now and he's been grabbing chapter books recently, devouring them within a week or two. I couldn't be happier. I love me some bookworms.

And the light on this bookworm was just breathtaking.

Right after I captured these photos, Andy told me he has a new favorite color. He pointed to the setting sun and said, "there, Mom. That right there. It's my favorite. The amber color of the sun going down." Swoon, Child.

Thank you, God for this little boy. He makes my life so rich.

March 20, 2014

Things I Love Thursday

1. Dear Spring, please be sprung. I need to wear me some jeans with holes more often.

2. I love this Free People bralette. Gorgeous.

3. Blue oxford and black skirt: classic. Love.

4. Sarah Rutson, I love your style. And your hair. Amen.

5. This vintage bag is killlllller.

6. Glitter shadow is on my list this spring. LOVE this. Delicate and smoky at the same time.

7. Also on my list? Essie's Cute as a Button polish.

8. Love this outfit.

9. Leave it to Emerson Fry to not only come up with the best booties ever (which I cannot afford) but to also invent the coolest way to wear them with zippered jeans. I mean, are you kidding me? This is awesome!

10. Have I posted this before? I swear I've posted this before. I LOVE this bag. This looks like the easiest DIY ever, too.

11. Hello, darling little girl room with doxie dog.

12. I'm so tempted to trim Mabel's front like this. Except: NO BANGS. Her colics would kill her. She'd never be able to grow it out. But this is darling!

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March 19, 2014


Dear Fage yogurt with honey-pour-in, you have my HEART. Chobani vanilla (which is gluten-free, by the way) wants to be as good as you, but it’s just not. You are fabulous.

Here’s something I don’t think I’ve ever shared with the world via blog: I LOVE natural stones and rock collections. I used to collect quartz and unique rocks in Southern Ohio when I was little and keep them in a little box in my closet labeled “rock collection.” It’s something I’ve let go of a bit and I can feel the love coming back, y’all. The earthier and more neutral the stone, the better. I also love mother of pearl and turquoise. This stilbite ring makes me hyperventilate (image Pinned for source).

If I could go back about 20 years, I’d tell myself… well, I’d tell myself a lot of things. But I’d certainly mention personal style. I had it back then, but I often tried to turn it into something else for someone else. Please don’t ask me why because that’s sort of a deal breaker nowadays. But back then I doubted the skin I lived in a bit and so my fashion choices were all over the place. Now that I have fine-tuned what I love I really wish I’d have stuck with what I loved most all of those years ago because… it’s basically the same. Why didn’t I wear hats all the time and bangles and tons of silver jewelry like I did in high school? And where is my mother’s wedding band? I wore that on my thumb for about 4 years. And always JCrew. It was like boho+JCrew got married all up in my closet. But oh, the jewelry.

Judy is the original magpie. Her love for silver rings goes way back. WAY back. Actually my favorite piece of mom’s jewelry are her silver hoop earrings. They are great quality. She’s worn them since I was very little and they are the perfect size. Seriously – the perfect size. Dainty but solid. I remember going into a Native American store with her in town as a teenager and it was a race to see who could find the coolest new rings. Judy always did. Always. Now that I live in Da Plains, I have access to Native American jewelry on a whoooooollle new level. I cannot wait to visit the Black Hills again this year and pick out the perfect mother of pearl ring and turquoise bangle. I’m totally planning it.

Speaking of planning, Mr. Man has his 41st in less than a month. We’d hoped to have a yard party by then but dude, 4” of snow fell yesterday. Not cool! We’ll see.

While we did have snow this week, we’ve also seen a few days above 50 here and there and boy howdy, when we do – ALL the kids in the neighborhood are thrown outside by their parents to run and scream and ride their bikes until they pass out. Ours included.

I’ve been trying to drink 2 liters + of water every day for a couple of weeks now. It makes SUCH a difference!

I am such a stubborn person. I’m not bragging about that, either. I listen to Christian music every day and would you believe that I didn’t like it until I moved to Da Plains? I thought it was a bit… much. Just a little too much Jesus and a little corny perhaps. But I was being stupid. Ignorant about what I didn’t know.  God’s music is louder here; in the trees, the sky, the air is simply more full of Him in this place. Mindy played it as we tooled around town to and fro’ the quilt shop and while listening in the car one day, it happened… I was hooked. I knew the words by then and JAMMED it everywhere. My kids can sing some serious Mercy Me and Lincoln Brewster because I played them relentlessly in the car every single day. I have not looked back since; it is positive and uplifting ALL the time, no matter what kind of mood I am in and I especially listen when I am troubled. I wish I’d done it years ago.

English bulldog puppies are the most precious in the wide, wide world.

Speaking of all that water - do you know what girls do? We always “hold it” until we absolutely, positively MUST urinate or die. Seriously I sit at work for hours while needing to pee for no good reason whatsoever know it’s not good to hold it, but we do it. Every girl I have asked does the same thing. I think it’s the need to get just one more thing done before pausing. Probably the same reason I hold it at home; I wait until I have finished everything on my mental to-do list before stopping to go. Grrr. Also on the list? Trying to carry in all grocery bags, looped on both arms, in one trip from the car. We will stand there and one-finger-swat the door handle to get it open, too. We are weird.

Mr. Big’s To Be With You makes me swoon. It’s so 90’s. I listened to it at our high school lock in in 11th grade. Whenever I hear it I want to watch 90210 and straighten my hair.

I’ll tell you something that sucks about following a gluten fee/Paleo diet: when we’re invited out to dinner, we usually respond according to my ability to eat at that particular restaurant. Or we suggest the location based on where I can easily eat. God bless my husband for being so willing to do it; it’s a pain in the ass. I’m quite fortunate that I live in a city large enough to have a few restaurants with a published GF menu, though I have been glutened by ordering off of one before (cross-contamination, I think) – but it is not easy. It does make celebrating with friends a bit more complicated. And who wants to go out with friends and end up sick 20 minutes later? Blech.

Has anyone else noticed that the past, oh maybe 4 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy have contained remakes of 80’s music? Almost every single song is a remake: Man In The Mirror, Time After Time, Total Eclipse of the Heart, All Through the Night, Don’t You Want Me. Like a ton! Every time I have to text my husband immediately because he is the die hard 80’s music lover. The remakes are stellar, surprisingly. I have downloaded most of them. I particularly love Sleeping at Last’s All Through the Night. Wow. But I’m saying the music director for ABC has an 80’s thing clearly. And I’m diggin’ it.

March 17, 2014


It should come as no surprise that Bryon and I love Dierks Bentley's new album, Riser. Anyone that has followed me long enough knows that Dierks has been a part of us since the beginning. His lyrics seem to speak to so many of our own experiences and so when Riser came out, we were floored. Like... floored.

After all that we have survived, we are blessed by God. We are warriors. We are dreamers who refused to give up on the possibility of hard love - the kind you work for and earn and live and breathe. Each of us individually fought through explosive change in our life to meet one another. I guess it took Dierks Bentley to put the best possible lyrics to that story. We are RISERS.

Lay your pretty head down on my shoulder
You don’t have to worry anymore
This old world is cold and getting colder
And I know how to lock and bolt the door

I’m strong enough to hold you through the winter
Mean enough to stare your demons down
The hard times put the shine into the diamond
I won’t let that keep us in the ground

I'm a riser
I'm a get off of the ground, old running hider
Push and comes to shove
Hey and I'm a fighter
Darkness comes to town, I'm a lighter
But get out aliver, out of the fire

IF you we ain't got no money I can make it
I ain't afraid of working to the bone
When I don’t know what I do and I can fake it
Ya, ill pray to jesus rolls away that stone

I'm a riser
I'm a get off of the ground, old running hider
Push and comes to shove
Hey and I'm a fighter
Ya darkness comes to town, I’m a lighter
Get out aliver, of the fire, survivor

I'm a trier
I'm a get down low so I can lift you higher
An army couldn’t keep down my desire

I'm a riser
I'm a get off of the ground, old running hider
Push and comes to shove
Baby I'm a fighter
Ya darkness comes to town, I’m a lighter
Get out aliver, of the fire, survivor

I’m a riser

And Dear B: I'll hold your hand until the day we die. You are an amazing husband and father to our four little peeps. Loving you is worth everything passed and anything future. Thank you for being mine.

March 14, 2014

It's Friday, Y'All

I can't tell you how happy I am that it is Friday. Wow. It's been a great week, but I am ready to sleep in. Not that I ever sleep past about 7:30 but that's an hour extra for me on the weekend. Anyway.

This week, we discovered new music from Coldplay. Husband was listening and shared his earbud with me, all romatic-like in the bed. I love it when he shares his earbud with me, all romantic-like in the bed.

Also this week, we discovered that Trevor has won the guido-stache contest between himself and Andrew. Both are sprouting hairs but neither made the full pass to puberty until this week. Trevor is going to need to shave his pencil thin mustache pretty soon and his pits are... well, I am in denial.

We discovered that Hayley likes to talk about her serious crush. I giggled and her dad passed out.

We discovered that Mabel is still being Mabelish while riding on the bus (aka naughty); good thing she's the bus driver's pet.

And last night we also discovered that Spring maybe, just maybe, might be right around the corner. It was the perfect night for the first bonfire of the year.

Except it's supposed to snow tonight and tomorrow again.

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March 12, 2014

Things I Love Thursday

1. Always, John.

2. Love, love, love the warmth of this family room.

3. I think my tattoo style is defining itself. I love the black lines. This placement looks painful, but I love it.

4. Hello, darling hair.

5. Why don't more people mini braid just because? Myself included!

6. I LOVE this idea! Making letters out of Airheads candies for birthday cakes. Totally easy.

7. Have I shown these before? I have maybe shown these before. I love these plates. Like, wow.

8. Cute iPad case!

9. Here you are, People. If you aren't a type A personality, then you may not appreciate this. But this defines my body and I am proud of it.

10. Cute front braid and messy bun! Lulu, can you rock this?

11. I die. I die!!! So darling and those boots. OMG.

12. Erin Wasson has my heart. Love her style. Ripped jeans + vintage blouse. That is the moral of this story right here.

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