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Weekly Food Prep

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A LOT of you shared that you were interested in hearing more about healthy eating, wellness and keeping a balanced life (in midst of a chaos). I was excited because it’s something very close to my heart and easy to talk about it. In case you’re new here, you can read why I went gluten-free here. And later why I chose to cook grain-free at home.

For the past few months, I’ve been real hit or miss. Either I’m eating out 24/7 (Chipotle, french fries, salads to-go, lots of Indian food) or I’m eating pretty clean. I define “eating clean” as eating food that’s not processed and if it is…I can at least pronounce or identify its ingredients.

Starting next month, I’ll be sharing my meal prep recaps towards the end of the weeks in hopes that it’s helpful if any of you like to prep over the weekend. I figured I’d share the first one today to see what else you’d like to see/questions you have!

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Self-Funded

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The other night I started watching this movie called The Women. Like I always do, I looked it up on Wikipedia and learned that it’s a remake of a film from the 1930’s. It follows a group of friends in NYC and touches on independence, infidelity, finding happiness in yourself + much more. Interestingly enough, not a single man appears in the movie. Not even an extra. It’s not a good movie, but something about it struck me. [Spoilers come next…if you care then you really need to chill out because this came out in 2008 and has a 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.]

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Current Reads – January 2015

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After we welcomed in the new year, I vowed to read a book per week. While I’m chuckling to myself now, I do think I’ll be able to read two books this month. It took five years to kill my attention span. I mostly blame social media. How long will it take to get it back? Hopefully not another five years.

It feels a little weird to be reading two books and neither of them are fiction. I’m usually strictly a fiction kind of person. Not just any fiction but usually dark, creep and serious fiction. So far, my thoughts on each:

  • Yes Please is funny but not as funny as Tina Fey’s book (so far and my opinion) but it does make me love Amy Poehler a lot. Maybe I’ll finally binge watch Parks and Rec before winter ends. She speaks to having children a bit later and being a working, successful mom. I like that.
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is really worth all the hype. I’m excited to take the methods that Marie shares and implement them after we get done traveling next month. It’s a big committment upfront but she claims you’ll never relapse to being messy if you do it correctly. If it works for me, then pigs will also be flying.

Do you have reading goals or do you just naturally read without any needed motivation?

 

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A Because-I-Love-You Giveaway

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New year, new look! Thought I’d kick off the new design with a giveaway because I love you all. I really want to use this space to work on personal design work, experiment with photography, live some great adventures and share it all here. I compiled a list of all my favorite items and things I use pretty much every day. ONE lucky winner will receive:

  • Robert Mason long handled tote – $299.99
  • 2 Brim Papery Boss B*tch mugs (one for a friend!) – $40.00
  • Nitore We Bé All Night tee in grey – $23.99
  • JRJ‘s Must Have Trio of polish + a quick dry top coat – $37.00
  • BOSS pencils

The only thing you need to do to enter is to comment with what you’d like to see me blog about in 2015! Be as specific or vague as you’d like. AND there are lots of other ways to add more entries to your name! Good luck! Can’t wait to see who wins!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*unfortunately due to shipping costs, this is only open to those in the U.S. Someday when I’m rollin’ in cash money, I’ll ship presents to everyone overseas 24/7

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Circles Are Better Than Squares

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Lately, I’ve been experiencing dark circles under my eyes. I suppose it’s from something that I’m not doing. I’m not working out regularly, but I’m eating fairly well. I’m getting a decent amount of sleep, but I also never see the sun. Not a lot of sinus issues or allergies. I suppose it comes with age so I picked up an eye cream that was rated well on Sephora. It makes my eyes water which sort of freaks me out.

Using eye cream is like eating local honey for allergies. There’s literally a 50/50 chance that it will work. For every article that states local honey works…there’s another that says it’s total BS. There’s absolutely no incentive to do this every day. No instant gratification.

So I’ll keep you posted unless some of you have any suggestions. And until I see any improvement, I’ll share my favorite concealers soon.

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A Heart Full of Sun

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Hello. My name is Allie and I’m breaking up with winter. I know I just blogged about how I love winter and that it’s perfect for my introverted self but I take it back. I’ve discovered that I hate shivering when I get out of the shower and I don’t particularly love the drafts coming through the cracks in my door when it’s -8 degrees. I never want to leave the house and I just eat french fries to ease the pain. I can be by myself in the warmth. A snowy, cold winter is amazing leading up to Christmas but nothing longer…

The photo above is me arriving in Florida and feeling the sun hit my face. Heart exploding.

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Comfort Gluten-Free Food

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After waiting patiently, my pre-ordered copy of Every Last Crumb appeared on my doorstep last month. I’ve been loving all of the recipes because they’re my comfort food. Biscuits, waffles, hot dog buns and corndogs. It’s insane. Brittany (the author) incorporates some ingredients that I don’t tend to use (like potato starch and guar gum) but has great substitute options. On each recipe, she indicates if it’s gluten-free, grain-free, coconut-free, dairy-free and/or nut-free. SO helpful.

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Our New Place

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Right in between Thanksgiving and hosting a party for 100+ people, we moved. It was the worst and best timing, ever. I really love our new place and after my friend Meghan came to visit, it felt so cozy and more like home. The bedroom featured above is our guest room – isn’t it pretty? I love it so much and I think it’s because there’s no clutter. Our bedroom is always a disaster area with all the clothes and shoes. (PS that table below was $4 at a thrift shop. Oh yeah.)

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When Life Gives You Lemons

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…you shoot with artificial light. This is the first year that I started shooting with studio lights. I started incorporating them into product photography to get the sharp look I was trying to achieve. Then November hit and the temps in Ohio dropped to 8 degrees and I realized that if I want to push myself while continuing to shoot portraits then I needed to jump into studio lighting for people. Our warehouse has garage doors that I can open for natural light but damn that’s cold. We have talked about investing in glass doors sometime in the future but since we don’t have a definite timeline on that, strobes it was! This weekend was my first run at studio lighting and I’m excited to keep experimenting, learning + growing.

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