Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Ups and downs of Turning 35

Hello friends! 

Well last week I had a terrible start to the week in my world. I’m still having a bit of a hard time digesting the news that one of my precious friends took her own life last weekend. I still can’t really fully even comprehend the news. It has def been a week of ups and downs for sure. 

During a time of year where I am normally excited to celebrate my birthday and the blessings in my life, I am taken back to the reality that my sweet friend is no longer with us. 

I know for a fact she is in heaven, and although that brings comfort, I am also mourning and grieving her loss. 

I have been through a range of emotions over the past 8 days. Shock, sadness, anger, feeling depressed and frustration. Part of me felt guilty celebrating my 35th birthday but I know she wouldn’t want that. 

And knowing my own story I know she would want me to celebrate.

I never thought I would make it past age 25. I was in my own deep dark place and my life felt worthless to me. I know I am not alone having been through a time like that in life. I wish that no one had to deal with that kind of intense pain that makes one’s soul feel shattered. 

Despite feeling really sad about my friend, I was also able to embrace life this past weekend and continue to be grateful for the life and the friendships that I do have. 

I was able to celebrate with my husband on and off throughout the weekend. 


I was blessed to spend time with 3 of my beautiful friends. 

Breakfast with Marilena (one of my newest friends) and lunch with Becky (my friend who I have known the longest). And Jessica (not pictured) came over after we returned from our weekend away. 


It was a weekend full of laughter and joy and some tears too. 

I miss L SO much, but I know that I have to keep on living and helping others along they way. 

I am so very thankful I have made it to 35! I have many wonderful memories and friendships from my years this far on this earth. I am surrounded daily by people who love me for me, and bless my life so much!! Life is a gift and I intend to keep the gift as long as possible! 

I am linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin today for their Weekly Wrap!

Be filled with health and joy! 

Zucchini turkey meatballs 

Hi there friends. It has been a doozy of a week. I am still processing all that has happened this week, and I will post more when I feel I can talk about it more freely. Also my computer crashed again, so I’m posting from my phone which is not always the best. So please excuse any issues or mistakes! 

Today the hubs and I are traveling again. He is in a wedding this weekend, so for once, I am not on wedding detail! Not exactly the way I wanted to spend my 35th birthday weekend, but planning to make the most of it. I am thankful I will at least get to see one of my best friends since childhood and have lunch with her 🙂 

For today I have a recipe that was inspired by some pictures I saw as I scrolling though Pinterest. I saw a pic of a meatless zucchini ‘meatballs’ from Skinnytaste and decided to change some things up and make my own version with ground turkey. 

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our adaptation themed week!


I have to say that I wasn’t sure how they would turn out. I first tried to pan sauté them, but that seemed to make meatball mush. Haha 

Baking them turned out really well. A few days ago I wanted to heat up some leftover and I ended up warming them in a frying pan with a dab of avocado oil and they tasted even better! 

Zucchini turkey meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 zuccchinis, washed, dried, and shredded
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1- 1 1/2 tsp of each spice {garlic, paprika, Himalayan salt, pepper, basil, rosemary, parsley, thyme, & oregano}


Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350*F. Line a muffin pan with silicon cups. 
  2. Place all ingredients into a large bowl and mix well with hands. 
  3. Form meatballs the size of golf balls and place one in each silicon cup. 
  4. Bake for 20-25 min or until juice runs clear and there is no pink color inside the meatballs. 
  5. Enjoy with your favorite Italian meal. {I served it with spaghetti squash and it was delicious!} 


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Be filled with health and joy! 


Childhood Favorite Revisited

Happy Monday friends!

It has been a quiet week here on the blog. I woke up last Sunday with my back all out of whack. 😦  I guess all the moving, traveling, pet sitting, different beds (and lack of bed) this summer finally got to my back. Today I can finally move without a ton of pain. My chiropractor, essential oils, stretching and massage balls have helped a lot. I also went on Saturday and got a 90 min massage by a professional and that helped get a few knots out! I wasn’t able to workout all week except some light swimming, and I have just felt yucky.

I am late to the Foodie Friday party this time, but I did manage to recreate a recipe from our childhood. (Thank you computer for not working…I hope this post from my phone looks ok!)

I will be the first to say I was not a kid who ate super healthy. I didn’t really learn much about nutrition until I was in late high school to early college. Part of me wishes I knew more then, and I could have changed some of the health challenges I have now.

One combo I loved as a kid was peanut butter and chocolate. My mom tried to encourage us to eat oatmeal or cream of wheat but I HATED them plain. Sometimes we would add ice cream, lots of butter or gobs of peanut butter and lots of chocolate chips. Of course it tasted great then, haha, but was def not a very healthy meal. I am very thankful that today I know more about making healthy choices and putting food with good ingredients in my body!

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our back in the day themed week!

PB & chocolate chipper oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1 serving oatmeal, cooked (I make sure mine is truly gluten free)
  • 1 TBS unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 TBS powdered peanut butter
  • 1 small handful of Enjoy Life chocolate chips

Directions 

  1. Make your choice of oatmeal according to package directions.
  2. Add in milk to give creamy taste and help it cool.
  3. Mix in powered peanut butter.
  4. Sprinkle in chocolate chips. Still well.
  5. Enjoy this childhood breakfast revisited 🙂


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Be filled with health and joy


Gluten Free Breakfast Panini

Hello Friends!
It is another travel day for me. After a LONG week (well really month) working a TON on the house and celebrating with so many of our friends, I am off to Austin to see my dear friend C. I have not seen her since Thanksgiving, and that was a super short trip, so it will be great to spend the weekend with her.

When I saw this weeks theme, I have to say I got really excited. I am a HUGE fan of delicious paninis! I attempted to find my panini maker, but it is currently buried somewhere in the garage. Ha
So I managed to make it work with my new waffle iron. Not exactly the same, but it worked!
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I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our Panini interest themed week!

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Ingredients (this is for 1 serving, so ovb, use more ingredients for more servings!)

  • 1 Gluten free english muffin (I like Food for Life brand)
  • 1 organic egg, slightly scrambled
  • 1 slice organic turkey bacon
  • 1 slice gouda goat cheese (optional)
  • ½ small organic avocado (optional)

Directions

  1. Spread avocado on ½ of the english muffin
  2. Place the other half of the english muffin on panini maker
  3. Place cheese on muffin on panini maker
  4. Place bacon on cheese, and egg on top of cheese
  5. Place muffin with avocado spread on it on top of the egg
  6. Close panini maker and heat for 5 min
  7. Enjoy 🙂

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Be filled with health and joy!

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Before and after

Hello friends!
Happy August!  Whew, July FLEW by!  I can hardly believe it is already my birthday month!  I feel like I just turned 34! Haha
July was jam packed with moving, renovations, my trip to LA for blogfest, and working on finishing up some of the cosmetic changes on the house.  Then this past weekend some of my fab friends threw us a delightful housewarming party!
I would say the house is 90% finished.  We have a tad more painting to do, a few more changes to the kitchen cabinets, the guest room needs furniture, more pictures and art to hang up, and our closet needs some major organization! Haha

I will let the pictures do the talking!
Each little collage has the before pic, and then a few after pics.  Some rooms are still needing some work and details, but for the most part, the house is finished!
And sorry for some of the bad lighting.  I took the pics really quickly!

I found this ADORABLE welcome mat a few months ago, and I could not wait to use it! 🙂
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Entry way

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Family Room img_3297Dining room img_3294More details of our new beautiful table we received from my awesome nanny family!

Kitchen- still needs some work, but WAY better than it was! img_3295
I am loving this new owl I found (thanks to a gift card!)
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Pantry- SO thankful we have a pantry in this house.  We had to use cupboards in our old house which was a bit of a pain, and made storage for kitchen items really tight.
And this cute sign makes me happy 🙂
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Master bedroom -We had a fiasco with some of the curtains, so I ended up changing them out…3 times…Haha img_3306
Master Bathimg_3305My office/reading room- I love that I have space to work as well as enjoy me time.  My new chalkboard wall is fantastic!
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Man Cave- aka, the hubs office
img_3301Guest bath (guest bedroom is still in process)img_3304Laundry room!  Loving my new sign!img_3300
I am loving my new ‘M’ wall 🙂
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Linen closet and coat closetimg_3299

Our wonderful friends threw us such a fabulous house warming party!  We were gifted so many wonderful things, but more importantly, we are so blessed with amazing friends who shower us with love, support, kindness and generosity.  Many of them were able to make it to our get together, and those who were not able to make it still showered us with love!  Feelings of thankfulness can not even begin to describe how we both feel!


I am linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin today for their Weekly Wrap!

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Be filled with health and joy!

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