Whole30 Reflections

On my last weekend of Whole30, I thought I would share some reflections.

For those of you who don't know, Whole30 is an elimination diet, in which you eliminate sugar (and sugar substitutes), dairy, grains, legumes, and alcohol for 30 days.  The idea is that by getting these common food irritants out of your system, you can decrease inflammation in your body and then add them back in slowly to find out how different foods affect your body.

We did this mainly for the health benefits and curiosity.  We eat pretty healthy (few processed foods, eat out rarely, and eat lots of fruits and veggies) but thought it might help kickstart some healthier habits.

Here are some of my reflections as we finish up this program:

The eating part was not difficult - you can have potatoes, so it's simple to have a meat, vegetable, and potato for dinner.  There is a lot more prep in cooking because there are very few shortcuts that you can take if you aren't eating any processed foods.  I am lu…

Feeling like a hot mess . . .

Every year, month, week, and day, I think, THIS is going to be when I get organized and get my life together.  Spoiler alert:  It never happens.  I am more organized than some and less organized than others, and while I could probably make small changes to make my life more efficient, it probably isn't going to happen overnight.  And that's okay.  
I used to get places early.  Now I get there late.  That's okay.  At least I get there, right?  
I have piles of laundry (both clean and dirty) that just somehow keep reproducing.  But I have enough clothes for my family, and washer/dryer in my house, which is a luxury most people in the world do not have.  So I'm thankful for the laundry.  Even when it stares at me and taunts me to just fold it and put it away already.  
I live in a fixer-upper.  It was a fixer-upper when we bought it 10 years ago, and it still is a fixer-upper.  We have done a lot of work and made a lot of progress, but it has been a much slower process t…

People over politics

We are currently in a place in our country where politics are everywhere.  News articles, social media posts, hashtags - it's exhausting. Facebook has become a battleground.  Many people are becoming involved in the political discussion for the first time, and in a way, I think that is good.  Being an active part of our democracy is important.

However, it seems to have gotten away from us.  Politics should be a means, not the end. Political systems are created to work for the people, not the other way around.  I think this is something we can all agree on, no matter where we stand on the political spectrum.

So I have decided to put people over politics.  You can even make it a hashtag - #peopleoverpolitics.  I don't know if hashtags are really all that helpful in putting people first though, it's more about your words and actions than a catchy hashtag.

Here are a few ways I plan on putting people over politics:

Love people, regardless of their political views.  I have to…

What I'm Reading Wednesday

A few years back and for the few months, I have participated (or tried to participate) in What I Wore Wednesday.  While it was fun, it wasn't really me.  While I like to look as cute as the next person, fashion isn't really my thing.  You know what is my thing?  Reading.

As a Library Lady, I love books.  Mostly young adult books, but I'm trying to branch out.  A little.  :)

So I've decided to share what I'm reading each Wednesday.

My most recent read was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.  I wasn't sure how I would feel about reading something in the format of a screenplay.  But it was easy to follow and, in my opinion, was a great story.  It was very satisfying to read more of Harry Potter's story.  To be honest, I really hope it gets made into a movie.  
The book I read before this was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  I wasn't nearly as impressed with that one.  I am looking forward to seeing the movie to see if I enjoy the story more in th…

What now?

I did not vote for Trump.  However, as has been pointed out a million times on social media, he is my President.  I cannot put my head in the sand and pretend otherwise.

Some of you reading this did vote for Trump, and you are thrilled that he is your President.  However, you also cannot put your head in the sand.

Here is a list of things that (in my opinion) we all need to do now that Trump is President (by the way, this list applies no matter who is President).

Pray for the President.  And Congressmen.  And Governors.  And your own City Councilmen.  Throw in the local School Board while you are at it.  And if you are making a list, add me.  I can always use the prayer. Pay attention.Know what laws are being passed and what is happening in Washington DC.  Stick to your beliefs.  If you were bothered by how many Executive Orders President Obama signed, keep up with how many President Trump signs.  If you were appalled by Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, make sure…

What I Wore Wednesday - two week edition

So most days I feel like I'm a day late and a dollar short.  :)  I didn't quite get it together to post my WIWW last week, so I decided I'd do a 2 week edition.

Let's get to it, shall we?

 Wednesday 1/4/2017 Sweater: Target (Mossimo?) Skirt:  Old Navy Tights (Belk)
Shoes - don't know where they are from, but I love them!
Photo credit: CastiƩl (5 years old)

Thursday, 1/5/2017 It's getting cold . .  Dress:  Old Navy Jeggings (?) Boots: Unlisted (Belk)

Saturday, 1/7/2017 FREEZING!  (Well, probably not literally, but it was cold) Leggings: Lularoe

1/8/2017 VERY subtle Disneybound - Owl Inspired by these Kate spade earrings

The kids decided to get up at like 3, so by 8 pm when this pic was taken I was SO TIRED!

Brown pants
Denim Shirt (from Charming Charlies)
Boring work outfit :)

Skirt - Lularoe Cassie

This is my FAVORITE dress.  And it is from Goodwill.
Leggings: Lularoe
Shoes: Crocs

Dress - from a coworker who knows I lov…

2017 Word: Present

I'm not one for making resolutions, because once you fail at them it's easy to quit and just give up altogether.  However, I do like the idea of choosing a word for the year.  I have to admit, I've done this before as well and haven't exactly followed through.  Last year, I chose the word Give, and although I didn't blog about it, I did keep that word in focus throughout the year.  In 2014, I chose the word Cultivate, and while I had good intentions, I had a baby mid-year and then I was just in survival mode - no time to cultivate anything!  In 2011, the year I became a mother, I chose the word Nurture.

So this year, I have decided to spend the year prioritizing my passions, and the best way I can think of to do that is to be PRESENT.  I have to admit that I multi-task far more than I should.  Also, I spend far too much of my attention on my phone.  While social media allows me to connect with people, my focus should be on the people who are actually in front of m…