Friday, September 19, 2014

Oh Hey, Friday: 5 Paleo Recipes I Haven't Hated

Remember when I mentioned we were doing a Paleo reset this month? Yup, yup, still doing it. Minus the chocolate pumpkin bread I made the other night and all the bread I stuffed my face with after I ran Jenny and Desiree's Virtual 5k. I'm surprised it's been going so well though. However, I could totally go for a huge cheese pizza and french fries with a ton of ketchup. I haven't been perfect, but even that is impressive for me. Just call me Courtney the-one-with-no-self-control! Chris is doing fine, whatever. He is a robot.

I thought I would share a few of the recipes that have been not so terrible, almost pretty good (but could probably be even better with cheese...dammit). And, really compared to some of the others we've tried they are amazing. Hidden vegetable Paleo meatloaf? I think we all almost hurled trying that one. And, I've completely given up on trying to make Paleo baked goods. I'm 99% sure that that is what they serve in hell. Go home fake bread thing you are drunk.

Anyway, here are 5 of the good ones!

Oh Hey, Friday: 5 Paleo Recipes I Haven't Hated
To make the recipe Paleo just don't add greek yogurt and use nut butter instead of peanut butter. I've tried I don't know how many recipes for the same thing, and this one is my favourite. I also add a pinch of cinnamon. Smoothies have been a staple during this whole Paleo thing the past several weeks.
Another fave is frozen bananas, frozen strawberries, vanilla almond milk, coconut water, and a wee bit of honey.

Almond Butter and Banana
Oh Hey, Friday: 5 Paleo Recipes I Haven't Hated
Another staple has been bananas with almond butter. Aria and I usually start the day by splitting a banana. Aria prefers hers without the nut butter, but doesn't mind a lick from the spoon occasionally. At first I thought almond butter tasted dry like sawdust, but now I'm semi obsessed.

Oh Hey, Friday: 5 Paleo Recipes I Haven't Hated
I think I've made this once a week since we started doing Paleo. It is yummy, the only thing missing is cheese.  I skip the sweet potato and add a bell pepper. Makes great leftovers for Chris in the morning before he goes off to work.

 Fajita Salad
Oh Hey, Friday: 5 Paleo Recipes I Haven't Hated
I saw a fajita salad recipe on pinterest, but it wasn't paleo so I just made it up. Grill some chicken. Grill onions and bell peppers. Add them to lettuce and top with salsa. 
I ended up liking this a lot more than I thought I would, especially the salsa instead of dressing bit. I'm a total ranch girl, but this really hit the spot.

Oh Hey, Friday: 5 Paleo Recipes I Haven't Hated
I would make this every other day if Chris would let me, and if you could have potatoes that often following Paleo. They are a 'limited' food. I've been making this since before my nutty Paleo idea, and it is delicious. Honestly, add this one to your menu next week.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Countdown to Halloween Link Up Announcement!

I am so excited to announce this year's Countdown to Halloween - 31 days of Fall Fun link up. I've pretty much been looking forward to it since it ended last year. We had so much fun filling each day with little bits of festive Halloween and fall activities, and I am dying to do it all again. It is no secret that I adore holidays and going completely overboard for all of them, but I especially love Halloween and the holidays from October to December. Even more so now that I have Aria to make them extra special and magical for.

So, like last year I will be counting down to Halloween every day in October and recapping all the fun each Tuesday from October 7th to November 4th. Check out the invitation below for more information.
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Unlike last year I won't be doing it alone! This year I asked a few of my likewise nutty-for-the-holidays friends to host with me - Jenny from The Chronicles of We, Jamie from Cocktails & Carseats, and Amanda from Tickled Pink. I can't wait to see what each of these fabulous ladies comes up with to make October spook-tastically festive.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween Link Up
There are a countless number of ways to elevate your days from ordinary to awesome. Fall cookie cutters, Halloween themed books, a fresh pair of pumpkin pajamas, watching Hocus Pocus, visiting pumpkin patches, making cinnamon rolls, and of course trick or treating to name a few! Things don't have to be complicated, time-consuming, or pricy to be fun.

Check out all the festive fun we had last year for more ideas: Recap #1, Recap #2, Recap #3, Recap #4, Recap #5, and Halloween Day.

I would be just delighted if you would join us this October for our Countdown to Halloween link up on Tuesdays starting October 7th! Mark your calendars and start brainstorming ideas, I'm sure you already have a few things on your Halloween to do list to begin with. The most important part is to have fun and enjoy your days. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments please send me an email or leave a comment.
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sweet Sunday

September 7th - 13th
All of our simply sweet moments from the past week. Plus, that time I ran a 5k.

This kid needs a chest full of dress up clothes stat! She stole this dress off my bed and then wore it for two days. She loves wearing the strawberry apron all the time, and I have to shoo her away from the dirty laundry hamper or she'll drag things out of that to put on as well.

Day two of the red dress. She found this spare mouse and has been taking it on many walks around the house ever since. She also named it beans.

A little fall colours finger painting!

Aria can't get enough of bananas lately. She stole mine repeatedly so now she gets her own banana so I can eat mine.

This was my attempt at working on fine motor skills. Baxter thought it was awesome.

If you follow me on IG you will have seen that I had a huge box hanging out in the living room. I thought Aria would like to play with it, but mostly she just wanted to drink her milk in it and look through her purse. Baby cave.

 I keep going outside each morning hoping that the weather will be a little cooler, and every morning I am disappointed. The dogs and Aria don't seem to care though. At least there is still shade over the porch and yard that early.

Somebody decided to pencil draw on the floor, so she got to clean it up. I think she enjoyed cleaning it up more than making the mess.

Trying to break into the dish cabinet.

Aria loves to have her feet propped up, just like mom.

Before. (Aria is totally nailing this picture.)
 After. (How do you like my race bib solution when my printer had no ink?)

Time. The miles went something like this - 22min, 19min, and 16min.  I was too busy trying not to die to take note of the seconds, or figure out if the fancy watch could tell me such things.

I signed up for Jenny and Desiree's virtual 5k with the total intent of training. Then I decided to be lazy instead. Now I'm paying for it because I angered my left buttock. Weird, right?
Post dinner mostly naked babe with all of her bags. I'm always so entertained watching her walk around with her arm(s) up in the air so the purse(s) doesn't fall off. And, I'm not sure what Baxter is doing.

Have a sweet Sunday!
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Friday, September 12, 2014

[Guest Post] Getting to Know Courtney from Shiraz In My Sippy Cup

Hooray for Friday! Hey, did you hear that Gilmore Girls will be available on Netflix at some point in time? that show! So exciting! Good thing I just got rid of it and got Amazon Prime instead. My timing it is impeccable.

Today I have another Q&A for your it's almost the weekend pleasure. Up today is Courtney - same name, must be an awesome person - from Shiraz in my Sippy Cup. For starters you should 100% follow her on instagram because I'm telling you her daughter has a smile that is killer. I mean just look at the top picture below. She is just oozing happiness. Who couldn't use some pure happiness in their life? Courtney is one of those bloggers that I really admire. I love her writing, and I'm envious of the way she can pour her heart into a post. Not only is her writing beautiful, but she's also hilarious. She talks about parenting in such a real way. It is super honest, and totally relatable. She also talks about life, blogging, how fall is awesome, and being a working mom - among other topics. So, please keep scrolling to see how she answered the questions I threw her way, pop over to her blog and meander through her archives, and then have one excellent weekend.

Thanks again for being my guest today, Courtney!
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Make sure to stop by her blog today, and tell her Courtney sent you!
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