Whole 30: Halfway! (Day 15)

Okay, so today is actually Day 17. Huzzah!

So, here’s been my experience so far:

1. Days 1-8 weren’t too bad at all. Like I mentioned before, I don’t drink soda and don’t consume that much sugar (or dairy, or legumes for that matter). I knew that alcohol and bread would be the hardest parts, but it wasn’t like I wanted to kill all the things.

2. Day 9 was terrible. I was so stressed, had an exam, was having to make tough life decisions, and to put the unsweetened cherry on top, I thought it would be a good idea to meet Matt and his friends at the bar before they went to the baseball game. BAD IDEA. I sipped on a club soda and lime while they drank beer and had wings (this was on St. Patty’s day, nonetheless). I literally wanted to cry. I ordered a burger, sans cheese/bread/mayo/mustard/ketchup, add avocado, with sweet potato fries. When my food arrived the fries looked like they miiiiiight have been breaded, so I decided not to eat them and just have the burger and avocado. At this point, I was about 4 minutes away from a meltdown, so I decided to leave them to their green beer and head home.

3. Day 11 or something we went to Ballyhoo Bar & Grill (pre-baseball again) where I was STOKED to find out they squeeze fresh citrus juices for their margaritas. So this time I had club soda and lime with grapefruit juice! Hallelujah.

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Whole 30: Day 1!

I’ve decided to embark on the much-needed 30-day journey that is Whole 30. (SO thankful that Kara is doing it with me!)

If you’re unfamiliar with Whole 30, here’s an excerpt from their website: “Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.”

Basically, you can’t eat sugar, dairy, grains, legumes or alcohol for 30 days.

I die.

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Cucumber + Bok Choy Salad

I have two confessions to make. #1: I love really bad-for-you food. Like McDonald’s french fries. #2: I also really love good-for-you food because I know that I am taking better care of myself. BUT, for me to love #2 as much as I love #1, the good-for-you food has to taste REALLY good.

Enter: Cucumber + Bok Choy Salad.

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A Lesson in Humility: Shortbread Cookies

{Note: If you’re looking for a real shortbread recipe that’ll make your mouth water, just skip everything below and go here}


This is what shortbread cookies should look like.

Happy New Year! I hope that you had an evening full of champagne and outfit choices you’ll regret in 10 years. Because those are the best.

Today (New Years) is very rainy. Matt and I have been inside since our morning debut at Waffle House (it’s our tradition) and I was beginning to get stir crazy since my eyes were crossing from all of the football and couch time. I needed to find something to occupy myself that didn’t involve spending money or really even leaving the apartment. My options were VERY limited, so I turned to something my sister and I used to do when we were little and bored: BAKE! Continue reading

Guest Post: Fennel-Carrot Loaves

{This is a guest post from Ashley Purser, a hand-lettering maven (check out her Etsy shop) AND she’s my sister! She’s amazing in the kitchen and wanted to share this recipe with you. While cooking has traditionally been seen as a love language, you can also take this time to indulge yourself. Get your hands dirty and make a sweet treat for those days when you just need a little love for YOU! Enjoy!}

Fennel-Carrot Loaves

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Itʼs that time of year! I love fall so much. Any season that says itʼs okay to pair flannel and boots with a sparkly necklace and glitter on your nails is fine with me! Continue reading