(pictured above: renting lights and laughed at the sign, photo shoot set up, Car2Go because our car has seen better days) Life has been productive (that's my new word instead of the word "busy") and I've been trying to get a better grasp on separating my...

Over a week ago, Adam and I went through and implemented the KonMari method. I read the book (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up) back in January and then caught Adam up to speed. Honestly, we planned on doing this for about a month before we actually dove in. We were gone for most of February and were aware of how much stuff we didn't even need (or bring with us)! For those of you who don't know, I'm going to share the main points of the method below. So if you treat non-fiction like fiction...stop reading.
At the end of the summer of 2013, I decided to do the whole "capsule wardrobe thing." It was starting to become more mainstream, but nothing like it is now. I originally fell in love with the concept after I discovered Into Mind. I used her approach but customized it to my needs/mindset/brain. You can read my post about how I first simplified my wardrobe here. I transitioned into the summer of 2014 without a plan but still kept my entire wardrobe under 20 items. I am a creature of outfit habit. I can wear the same thing every day and (if it makes me feel good) not care. When I look back on last summer, however, I can't think of a single item that I really love(d). When we went to Vegas in September, I felt even more frustrated and realized that I lacked focus. I lacked so much focus that I ended up buying floral Birkenstock-style sandals because I literally didn't have a sandal or summer shoe of any kind. I purchased a lot of trendy crap that leaves me (now) rolling my eyes. Hard.
FoodPrep_3 Last week's (and next week's) food prep will be a little different for me. I'm at my parents' house for over two weeks with my younger sister (who has 3 autoimmune diseases and is limited in her diet). Thankfully, my mom stocked up on all the ingredients we both normally use (nuts, grain-free flours, produce, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, honey, palm shortening, coconut oil, coconut aminos, etc). I also arrived to find a lot of grass-fed or organic meats in the freezer. The best surprise? An order of Capello's grain-free pasta. It's super expensive so I never buy it for myself but it's always a nice treat when I spend time at home with my sister.
FoodPrep_1 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!
O14A1742   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.
I'm currently on day 22 of the Whole30 diet/detox/elimination diet. I feel like a goddess, I'm at my college weight and I have the energy of a toddler. Besides realizing that REAL food makes you feel like a rockstar, I've also discovered a lot about my habits (good and bad). w640 The habit loop, in my situation, looked like this:

cue (overworking) > routine (neglecting self-care) > reward (eating out + shopping)

I live in Ohio and we (generally) have four solid seasons throughout the year. I grew up in Illinois and so the landscape tends to be quite the same but just a bit more flat. For the last 27 years of my life, I've been...

"Oh my gosh! You're so busy! I don't know how you do it!" I hear this phrase almost weekly. And I hate it. Busy shouldn't be glorified. 80-100 hour work weeks is embarrassing. Being unorganized + chaotic steps from a deeper issue. I listened to Kathleen's Circles talk a few days ago and really resonated with it (listen to it!). She talks about how changing her perspective really shaped the way her day-to-day work life felt. I decided to try this yesterday and I'm pleased to say...it works!

Food prep Sundays are a big thing in the blogging/online health world. I actually tend to prep food all weekend long. I don't like to spend most of my Sunday in the kitchen so I try to spread it out a bit. I thought I'd...

Last week I wrote about how I've been handling my schedule and my friend Kathyrn left a comment about how Jessica Hische recently posted about her schedule as well! I really loved Jessica's post and decided to implement a little more structure to my own self-care and personal...

I've become quite obsessed with makeup since my last post (almost a year ago). I don't wear that much day-to-day but I've acquired A LOT during the past year. It's my go-to type of purchase. I only have one purse (this one) and keep my shoes to a bare...

EatingClean Since the start of May, we've been traveling a lot. The Death to the Stock Photo city roadtrips led to me visiting my family which led to our trip to the beach which led to a few days in Chicago for a client project which led to Cincinnati for Beyonce (yes, she and Jay were amazing). It's insane that I never got sick during the last two months because I used to ALWAYS get sick when I would travel. Despite the airports, cabin pressure, being around so many people + lack of sleep...I finally figured out that it was all tied to diet. When I feed my body crap, things don't go so well. For most of my life I struggled with multiple sinus infections per year, rounds of antibiotics, migraines, feeling bloated, always fatigued + more that would be TMI.
942172_737985455863_454033833_n Valentine's Day is Friday and you couldn't get a bigger eye roll from me... I love my husband but I don't love a holiday filled with overpriced crap, crowded restaurants + obligatory romance. Now that I officially sound like a grump, I'd have to say that I still believe in keeping in spicy (but let's keep it spicy every day)! I'm 26 years old and this June we'll be celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary. I'm happy to say that it gets better each year. And yes I'm talking about the romance, the love and the sex.
I've been referencing my wardrobe simplification for a couple months and I'm excited to finally share how I approached the whole process! While I'm still not 100% there yet - I've made huge changes and am proud of myself for getting rid of so much JUNK. It all started when I found the blog Into Mind - written by Anuschka. The blog is centered around a minimalist approach to personal style and wardrobe building. I dove in head first but formed my own plan based off hers! Below I've outlined the steps that I took:
IMG_6185 I always love seeing what's in other bloggers' makeup bags so I thought I'd share what's in mine! I did a post like this about a year ago and it's funny to see how much has changed. I do buy a lot of makeup and test things out but tend to stick with these products here on a day-to-day basis.

Last week when I asked my readers what they'd like me to write about, I got a few requests about my skincare routine. I'm sure no one thinks their skincare routine is that glamourous. It tends to happen right before we go to sleep (exhausted)...

As I've gotten older, I've become more aware of the seasons in our lives. Sometimes it's centered around a job, or it's seasons literally changing. It can even be the rise or dissipation of certain relationships. As we move into September and fall I'm realizing that I'm ready for a change. I'm going to be expanding into most of these things later this month but here's a simple list of my autumn goals:

It must be the time of year. I went on a 60 day spending freeze in August last year and I'm at it again. I must do a lot of spending between the holidays and now. Funny how that works. August must be my, "Oh...

Hey there's my face! After failing a few times at the self-timer, I finally got the shots that I wanted for my first natural skincare review! My first review is all about Ecco Bella, a company all about natural skincare. As you can find on their...

I've been workin' on my fitness lately. I'm co-hosting a 10-Day Fitness Challenge over on Considering You along with Bobby of Whole Fitness Training. The daily workouts are quick but intense and consist of body weight exercises. I've been supplementing those workouts with kettlebell swings and...

I am beyond thrilled to be launching a whole health blog today with my dear friend Mary Trenda! In a way, it's been a long time coming. Mary and I met on Twitter last year, met in REAL life in October 2012 and a few months later...

I don't believe that balance and happiness happen by chance. Just like relationships, careers and hobbies - you have to make an effort and learn from your mistakes. I thought I'd begin sharing a few things each month that keep me feeling balanced in hopes...

Wild Beauty is a monthly series curated, written and photographed by Heather of Tea with Me. With a blink of the eye, holiday season is over, but never fear 'tis citrus season! A sea full of pink, orange, yellow, and if you are lucky blood oranges...

This is a monthly guest series called Wild Beauty by Heather Mulholland! Check out past posts here. Anyone else excited for the holiday season?  It may be a bit early to think about holiday gifts (who am I kidding right?), but when it comes to homemade...

I posted this (above) photo on Instagram this past weekend and a lot of you wanted the recipe to my almond flour pizza crust! I've been mostly grain-free since August (with the exception of a few stressful weeks) and try to cook grain-free 100% of...

While I'm away on vacation - Heather is guesting posting for me today! Enjoy her gorgeous photography + tutorial! Cleopatra is one of the most seductive and mysterious women in all of history, known for her beauty and the ability to seduce two of the most...

For the past four weeks, I've been giving up on sugar and grains from my diet and since I share most things here on this blog...I figured I should share this!  I say "giving up on" because I want to give up on being dependent on certain foods (physically and psychologically). Before I get into details, you must know a few things:
  • I am not following the Paleo diet
  • I'm not doing this to lose weight (although I have experienced weight loss)
  • Since Adam is following the 4 Hour Body diet, I tend to eat a lot of the same things he does to make it easier
  • On the weekends, I tend to loosen up a bit on what I eat because - in my opinion - socializing and relationships are just as important

I've been reading a lot of articles lately about productivity. I hear that we should be doing 12 certain things before 9am or that the most successful people begin their day before the sun rises. My thoughts? It makes me roll my eyes. We're all...