Monday, January 30, 2017


Phew guys Christmas and NY were a BLAST. I almost still feel like it was yesterday (breaks a sweat), and so does my house. I'm already mapping out how to do next year better. I feel like all Advent I was in a good flow and then Christmas Eve, Christmas, and on and on it was like BAM BAM BAM. I'm still finding scraps of wrapping paper under couch cushions. Maybe this year I shop and wrap in August. Maybe this year we all eat frozen pizza. JK we all know that's never happening but I've gotta figure out how to get a leedle more organized next round. Anyway, I gave myself two weeks to get on top of things after the kids were back in school and that basically ended yesterday. Now the laundry is doneish and we are back in a good flow. Minus the burning need to organize/toss 80% of the kids belongings. And Hero is ten. TEN!

The other night K and I went out to dinner with these losers and I forgot my wallet and the waitress wouldn't serve me any booze (side eyeing you all day, waitress-just-doing-your-job). So, Kirby (in all his extremeness) asked to see the manager about it. Long story short, the manager came and K gave him a nice speech about me having mothered 7 children and how deserving and of age a drink I really was. And do you know what the manager said?? "I CAN TELL YOU'RE DEFINITELY OVER 30"


That basically sums up how I feel about Hero being ten. I am clearly over 30. Every knows it.

Speaking of 30, Kirby and I are busting out a modified Whole 30 (Whole 26) from last week until his birthday. We've never done anything like this and I'm kinda loving it. The first few days I was starving but now I am feeling super full on not a lot and I'm craving healthy things and I'm starting to see quicker results to exercise than I've seen in months. I'm still going strong with hot yoga and it's almost as if my body was holding onto a layer of chub that is melting away because I'm not gulping down sugar and bread all day, revealing the hot yoga bod (hot emphasis on the yoga, not on the bod) I've been working my measly one day a week towards since the fall. Wow. I hope you enjoy that visual. I am definitely, still obviously over 30 but I'll take it!

Today we went to the kids family day at school for Catholic Schools Week. This is the only photographic evidence I've got.


Happy Monday, babes! I'll (try) and be back soon.

Oh, OH recipes?? I know you've got them. We are doing dairy, so there's that. Just no sugar, no potatoes, no legumes, no booze (I know... I KNOW). Give me all your delicious tips!


  1. We are just finishing up a detox diet and a few saving graces have been apple slices with almond butter, cashew cookie Lara bars and this soup recipe!

    Bok Choy soup:

    2-3 quarts broth (chicken or veggie)
    Minced ginger
    Minced garlic
    1 head of bok choy coarsley chopped
    Optional - sliced mushrooms and or chopped chicken

    Diced green onions to garnish

    Bring broth, garlic and minced ginger (mixed these in vitamix first) to a boil. Add bok choy (and mushrooms and chicken) and reduce to simmer for 15-20 minutes. Top with some green onions and ready to eat!

  2. Minimalist Baker's curried butternut squash soup is delicious.

  3. These salmon cakes are delicious and if you do a double batch make great snacks!

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  5. Good luck with your whole30! I've been wanting to do something like this, but I'm breastfeeding a 4month-old. Would milk supply drop? Any experiences?

    1. I've got a 2 month old and I'm following a primal diet(a little more lax than the whole30) and I've read that as long as your caloric intake doesn't go below 1800 calories it shouldn't effect your milk. I haven't had any trouble, but I'm also overweight and have never had milk supply issues before.

    2. Hey Vera! That's exactly why I kept dairy. I wanted to make sure I still had enough animal-based fats for my supply. So far it's been great!

  6. I just had my 6th baby and have been reading the Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson. It's sort of a more lax whole30 with modified (healthy) carb intake (think vegetables), but it doesn't eliminate carbs. Anyway, I've been following a "Primal lifestyle," as they call it, for about a month and I'm finding the pregnancy lbs coming off faster than they ever have before.

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