IMG_2282I’ve done a few @Whole30 challenges in the last couple years and always feel amazing afterward.  I’ve been toying with the idea of doing another one for awhile, but haven’t found the motivation and always talk myself out of it. Especially because I’m not just eating for myself, I’ve got a little one that’s eating everything I eat.

But, I’ve seen Kelsey Williams (of the blog Snappy Casual and Words of Williams) who is due around the same time as me, start and get half way through a whole30 and she has inspired me to do my own little version.

I want to do this for several reasons, but most of all I’m addicted to sugar.  Bad. I don’t go a day without eating some kind of “treat” that is laced with sugar.  My worst time of day is from 2-5 in the afternoon, I always seem to reach for something sweet around that time.  I’ve been worried about what all this sugar is doing to the baby (even though I’m confident everything is going fine in there…) and I want to get a handle on my sugar addiction so I can set a good example once this little one can make its own food choices.  I also want to focus on getting my vegetables in (not hard for me, I love vegetables), but for convenience purposes and vacation, we have been eating out WAY too much.

It’s time to do a little #wholefoodsreset

So here’s the plan:

21 days.  No gluten.  No dairy.  No sugar.  No processed food.

I’m not going to do the “3 meals/day” thing because lately I’ve found that I can’t eat 3 big meals (I feel really bad after and get a side cramp) so I’ve been snacking and eating small amounts all day.  I’m also going to allow myself to eat rice, beans and some oats, in moderation of course, but think these do provide some good nutrients for the baby.

I plan to take some pics and post on instagram with hashtag #wholefoodsreset and hopefully (if I can get myself together and stick to it) do a few updates here–I’m hoping this holds me accountable…wish me luck!




2 years?

I started this blog over 2 years ago. That is hard to believe. I’m not consistent with posts, and don’t really have a focus or purpose for the blog, but for some reason, I keep coming back to it.  Every now and then, I get the urge to write a post. So I do. And its been fun to look back over the last 2 years to see how far I’ve come.

I dream of being better about posting daily, heck, even weekly, but it just doesn’t happen.  And thats ok. Some people blog to make money. Some blog to reach out to others.  I blog to write. Writing is good for me. Sometimes I don’t feel like writing. So I don’t. But when I do feel like it, it always feels good. It teaches me to stop being so judgmental, let my ideas flow, you know..you can always go back and edit.

Just like this blog, this post has no focus or purpose really.  I have been in a bit of a rut with writing lately and maybe this is the start of getting back to it. Or maybe not. Either way, I’m pretty grateful that I have this space to just be me.

Be Present

I am really trying to be in the present moment more.  I have a bad habit of thinking about the future and making up scenarios in my head about how things might turn out.  Most times, what I have imagined in my head never comes true, thus I am spending wasted moments worrying or fretting about nothing.  This is anxiety.  And I’m done with it.  It serves me no purpose.

I have made a conscious effort to try to change my thought patterns to reflect a more happy positive life, and am seeing that when I am successful with this, my life is happier and positive.  It sounds so simple, but it really is hard.  But every day I strive for this.  Because life’s too short to worry so much. 

10 things I’m loving

1.  the nursery is blooming!

2. the smell of lilacs

3. a break from OT, to only feel refreshed and excited to return

4. coffee

5. fresh greens from farmers market

6. dedicated, hard working employees

7. quiet mornings and evenings at the nursery

8.  our back patio

9. having our garden planted

10. the amount of unlimited support from our family, friends, and customers

The Clothes Broker

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of clothes and accessory swapping with my friends.  Its pretty awesome.  I get new stuff, but I also get to give others new stuff.  I have been passing on unwanted clothes and jewelry to women I know that might want them.  Sometimes its swapped for good, and sometimes its just borrowed, with the expectation that it will be returned.  My favorite clothes in my closet have come out of my friends’ closets.

sweater, earrings and scarf from melissa…


shirt from melissa…

sweater and shirt from christina..and has been passed on since! 🙂


And my favorite sweater right now…from christina…earrings from amy hogg.
IMG_4519I love not spending money on clothes and jewelry, but still getting new stuff.

I’m a clothes broker… Let me know if you want to swap!


To be a woman.

**Disclaimer:  I am going to generalize about women in the following blogpost.  If this doesn’t pertain to you, you are amazing and you should ignore this..and tell me how you do it.


As women, we have so much to learn from each other.  That’s why I love reading blogs.  Especially the blogs that are honest about real life and share valuable information about being a mom, making it as an entrepreneur, struggles with weight, how to make your own coffee creamer, etc.  We should be supporting eachother.  Always. Building each other up.  Instead, sometimes when I’m with other women, I feel judged and inferior.  Most (if not all) of this is my own insecurities (which I think is safe to assume that many other women have these same insecurities).  But I would like to change this.  I would like to not only feel better about who I am as a woman, but also inspire the other women in my life to feel good about who they are, and in turn they will spread this to the other women in their lives.  Imagine if we all were supportive of each other all the time (instead of judging, comparing, etc).  Women would rule the world.

I find it so interesting to be in a room full of women.  Most times, I am looking at the other women, observing what they are wearing, and wondering why I don’t look as cute as they do.  Every woman does it.  The comparison game.  Constantly comparing yourself to your friend or acquaintance.  That’s why we shop.  And feel like we need new clothes.  Because we see something similar on our friend, or the lady at the dentist’s office, the nice women who helped you at the bank the other day.  Boy she had on a cute sweater, I wonder where she got it.  And sometimes, if you’re brave, you’ll ask where she got it.  And then you’ll find time in your schedule that week to make sure you go online or  run to the mall to get the same sweater.  Only to find out, when you get it home, that it just doesn’t look as cute on you as it did on her.  Happens to me all the time.  And I’m learning that it happens to my friends too.  I would bet that if you’re reading this, and you’re a woman, its probably happened to you as well.

What this tells me, is that we have more influence on the lives around us than we think.

Everyone knows that a smile or friendly gesture goes a long way.  Then why don’t we smile more?  Try it, make a pact to smile (make it genuine) at everyone you see for an entire day.  Trust me, only good can come of this.  And think of all the people you have made happy throughout your day.

So next time I’m around a group of women (hello ladies night), I plan to smile. A lot.  And being real, I plan to not compare and contrast, but instead, listen and learn.  I think I’ll be surprised at what I find out.

Live Simply.  Be well.

Why I’m going to share this stuff…

IMG_4349I have teetered on sharing this blog or not sharing this blog.

And I’ve decided I’m going to share it.

I have been blogging at A Natural Plus since August, and have updated my Facebook page with all the new blog posts.  Its really fun to see my friends and family’s responses to my posts.  The encouragement and support is inspiring.  It is so easy to be hard on yourself.  I am super good at that.  I am my own worst critic.  I start judging and over thinking the things I want to write about, and pretty soon, I’m not writing anything at all, because its probably not going to be good enough anyway. I want to quit the negative self talk.

Two recent events have pushed me to the decision to share.  First, I was chatting with a friend, and her dream is to write a book about her aunt or a children’s book.  No time like the present, I told her, and encouraged her to just sit down and start writing.  What’s the harm in that? So I’ve been following my own advice and putting my thoughts on paper   in a word document.

Second, I helped my cousin Libby simplify her closet.  It was so much fun, and I didn’t realize how much of an impact it had on her.  I received a really nice note from her yesterday, thanking me for inspiring her.  Inspiring her? I went to her house, cleaned out her closet, and took a bunch of her clothes with me…at the time, I didn’t realize I was inspiring her.  But I was.  And I want to keep doing that.  So I plan to share my thoughts on this blog by sharing my posts on my Facebook page.  If you don’t want to read them, unfriend me. And if you do, I hope you find something in my words and posts to inspire you. Because if I can reach out and help just one person, I will be happy.

Live Simple. Be well.