52 Weeks of Pinterest: Week 7 – DIY Dollar Tree Basket

DIY Dollar Tree Basket

Last week was Week 7 of the 52 Weeks of Pinterest Challenge. I had really high hopes for the project I had picked out. We have a shoe organization problem at our house. I feel like there are shoes everywhere all the time. A friend of mine keeps baskets at each of her doors for shoes and I thought that was a brilliant idea. I had seen this DIY Dollar Tree Basket Pin from Amie at Busy Bliss and thought it would be perfect for my shoe basket. (more…)

52 Weeks of Pinterest: Week 6 – Peanut Butter Balls

Clean Eating Peanut Butter Balls

We made it through our Whole 30 Challenge last week just in time for Super Bowl Weekend! It has been nice to not be so strict about what we are eating. We still want to continue trying to eat better though. So, when I started thinking about what to serve during the Super Bowl, I immediately went to Pinterest. I knew I wanted to have the Whole 30 Ground Beef NachosΒ and the Apple Nachos.Β  We had both of these while we were on the Whole 30 and they were a couple of our favorite recipes. I just wasn’t sure what kind of sweet treat I wanted to make. This was mostly for the kids, but let’s be real…..if I make something, I am definitely going to eat it. (more…)

January Whole 30 – Week 4 Recap

Whole 30 Week 4 Recap and ResultsWe officially made it through the Whole 30! Overall this has been a great experience. I have been able to tame my raging sweet tooth (the sugar dragon) and in the process lost five pounds. I would highly recommend the Whole 30 to anyone who wants to eat healthier but doesn’t know where to start. It has helped me be more aware of what we are eating and to pay attention to the ingredients on all those nutrition labels. (more…)

52 Weeks of Pinterest: Week 5 – Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

This week for 52 Weeks of Pinterest I decided to do something super simple and make my own Taco Seasoning. Since we’ve been on the Whole 30 journey, I’ve really been reading labels on everything we eat. You would not believe how hard it is to find anything without added sugar. I felt really good about the Trader Joe’s Taco Seasoning that we had been using forever and assumed it would be Whole 30 compliant. Nope! When I turned the package over to read the label, there it was….cane sugar. Other than that, the Trader Joe’s Taco Seasoning is a great choice compared to other name brands that have questionable ingredients. (more…)

January Whole 30 – Week 3 Recap

whole 30 week 3On Monday we finished Week 3 of our January Whole 30! Sometimes it feels like we are barely hanging on. This last week was especially hard because we had a few snow days. The kids were home watching movies, drinking hot chocolate, and eating popcorn. We also had a birthday party to attend and I was graciously able to decline the cake. That is another win for me because I do love cake! (more…)

January Whole 30 – Week 2 Recap

Whole 30 Week 2 RecapWe officially made it through Week 2 of our January Whole 30 on Monday. I can safely say that the honeymoon phase is over. I have some great recipes but I feel like I keep going back to the same ones and we may already be getting a little tired of them. I’m used to cooking every day but I am getting a little tired of always having to be prepared for every meal. When the kids are out of school it is nice to swing by Chick-fil-a while we’re out or order a pizza on a Friday night when we just want to chill and watch a movie. I do think it will be worth it though and I love the way eating whole foods makes me feel. (more…)

52 Weeks of Pinterest: Week 3 – Whole 30 Apple Nachos

Whole 30 Apple NachosWelcome to the first 2018 monthly Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! I have been doing 52 Weeks of Pinterest this year. When I saw this group doing a fun blog hop, I just had to join in! So this month, I chose to make Apple Nachos from aΒ pin from Whole Lifestyle Nutrition. (more…)

52 Weeks of Pinterest: Week 2 – Homemade Puppy Treats

Homemade Puppy Treats #puppytreatsLast weekend we added a new member to our family! After losing our senior Boston Terrier this past summer, we felt like we were ready to get another pet. We had tried for the past few months to get one from a rescue but it had not worked out. We had our hearts set on another Boston Terrier. So, when Matt found out about these puppies, we just couldn’t resist. Meet Bowzer! πŸ™‚ (more…)

January Whole 30 – Week 1 Recap

Whole 30 Week 1 Meals, Tips and Favorite ProductsWe made it through the first week of our January Whole 30! This is a big deal for us since it is not our first try. When we did it a few years ago, we dropped out on days 4 and 5. The biggest difference has been that we were more prepared this time. I had been thinking about it since November so I was mentally prepared. Last month I put together a list of 14 Recipes for a Successful Whole 30. When it came time to start, I picked a few of those recipes for our menu plan and started from there. (more…)