My Simplified Life

New year, new you? Was one of your New Years goals/resolutions to be more organized, tidy and to destress your life? If so, you need to read “Simplified Life” by Emily Ley. Even from the first chapter alone, I can guaranty that she has helped simplify my life.

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I don’t like to toot my own horn, but I already tend to be a pretty organized and tidy person. However, I’m always trying to find new ways to help life stay organized and make everyday life less chaotic. This book made me realize I still have many things that add to the stressful nature of my day to day.

I love her explanation on why she has a simplified life:

I don’t organize or structure life just because it’s my job or because I want things to look good from the outside. I do these things because I want a life that is rich, seen, and uncomplicated. I don’t want to be weighed down by day-to-day responsibilities. I want to be able to enjoy Saturdays, making memories with my family instead of folding mountains of laundry. I want dinner to be a calm time to reconnect and enjoy good food with the people I love, not a rushed, chaotic evening ritual I’m just hoping to survive. I want to be able to sit with my kids or with a friends and wholeheartedly listen, not spend my days with stresses running through my head. I want to be able to enjoy this beautiful life, not be constantly overwhelmed by it.
-Emily Ley, A Simplified Life

Then she starts with the first task; simplifying your space. For the most part I’ve always thought my space was pretty simplified. I don’t have lots of clutter, it makes me anxious, I don’t keep a lot of things unless they are being used or will be used regularly in the next few months. And I’m not someone who has lots of sentimental objects. I love pictures and creating memories, I just don’t tend to keep everything that has to do with that memory or experience. This is not the same for everyone and, believe it or not, people give me a really hard time about this; but it helps me feel comfortable in my home and relaxation after a long day.
My husband actually said something to me the other day that probably meant more to me then he even knew. I was processing with him about if it’s a struggle for him that I don’t tend to keep things or that I’m not saving everything Titus ever did. That sweet husband of mine looked at me and said I would rather have a clean, organized house for the rest of our lives than spend 2 minutes reminiscing on something from our past or present.
↑ so thankful for this man, he so gets me!

So the first space I started was my kitchen, since I figured I would tackle the downstairs first. I went through and thought, “Do we use this?” And “does this help make my life easier or harder?” I realized that I had 30 glasses, 16 mugs, and duplicates of many kitchen gadgets in my cabinets and drawers. Then I asked myself at what point am I going to use all of these cups? Lets be serious, if I’m having that many people at my house, we are using plastic cups so I don’t have to do as many dishes at the end of the day. There are 3 people living in this house and 1 of those people is only 19 months old and will not be using glasses anytime soon. So I kept 10 glasses and my specialized mugs and one of each gadget. The rest I either sold or donated. Then I moved to the dining room and living room and went through my craft cabinet and Titus’ toys. Believe it or not, I do feel more relaxed in my house and it seems like I’m not spending as much time during the day cleaning up, doing dishes or thinking of ways to keep it more organized. It just naturally became that way without so much stuff.

Simplifying your space means giving your home potential to inspire and soothe.

-Emily Ley, A Simplified Life

 I’m loving this journey so far! My downstairs has been simplified and I can feel the difference. I am in the process of doing our bedroom and Titus’ room and it has been a relaxing process. I can’t wait to see what the next chapters hold for our simplified life.

If you want to start your simplified life you should check out Emily Ley’s book, Simplified Life.

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First meals of Whole30

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I hope you enjoyed ringing in the new year as much as I did. Titus had his first sleepover at my sister’s house, so Nathan and I went out and had a great time with some awesome friends. We stayed out way to late, ate lots of tasty food and didn’t really get to sleep in. That’s why we decided to start Whole 30 on Tuesday instead. My plan was to get all of my groceries in the morning, cook and let you all know how wonderful my food turned out. BUT life with a kid changes plans sometimes. He decided that he wanted to be grumpy, clingy and needy. Anytime I tried to get some cooking done he wanted to go through cabinets and took out every ziplock bag out of the box and throw them on the floor. Then decided to spike a temperature, very relaxing night.

Thankfully though I was able to get a big chunk of my cooking for the week done. I have our dinners and breakfast for the entire week prepared, Whole30 approved and ready to be eaten.

  1. Breakfast muffins: I didn’t follow a recipe which is probably why I didn’t work the way I had planned. I wanted to cook them in my awesome “egg bit cups” but after talking to a friend and doing some research if you use too much almond milk in the egg bites they won’t congeal when you cook them. So I will attempt this recipe again. After I tried in my instant pot twice I just put them in the oven. So they are still super tasty, but I don’t want to write a recipe up until I tweak them to be cooked easy and perfectly in my Instant pot. That’s the great thing about this blog, I’m learning new things everyday and hopefully you get to learn from the things I mess up.

     

  2. Chicken Enchilada Soup: This recipe was super easy, to the point and tasty. I put all of the ingredients in the Instant Pot and cooked it on Manuel high for 20 minutes, quick release and then I shred my chicken in my new KitchenAid. Then it was ready to eat. You can add Avocado, put it over cauliflower rice, or eat it as is, delicious soup.

 

If you started Whole30 with me, good luck! Remember the first week is the hardest… it can only go up from there!

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Whole30 Prep

Thanksgiving and Christmas have come and gone. Merry (late)Christmas by the way! And now it’s about to be a new year which means I need to get my butt in shape. I have been eating junk food for over a month now. No joke, I am having some time of sweet, chips or soda almost every evening and eating out way more than I would like to admit.

One of my friends made the announcement that she was going to do Whole 30 and would love people to join in with her, share recipes and keep each other accountable (Thanks April for encouraging me to do Whole30 again! I need it) So that’s where I will be starting January 2nd…… eating healthy, grumpy and going through sugar withdraw I’m sure. Yes, I will be all of these things in the first 24 hours. And from past experiences of doing Whole 30 and Paleo I will probably be this way for the first 5 days. So strangers BEWARE!

I know some people are thinking, Why in the world would you even put yourself through that? But that’s exactly why I do. We shouldnt have to go through Sugar withdraw, I shouldn’t be this tired all of the time and I should eat better for the sake of myself and my family.

What is Whole 30? Whole 30 is basically a reset for your body and you only eat whole foods for 30 days. You eliminate Sugar, Dairy, Soy, Legumes, Wheat and Alcohol.

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Eliminate the most common craving-inducing, blood sugar disrupting, gut-damaging, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the reset button with your health, habits, and relationship with food, and the downstream physical and psychological effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day-to-day life, long-term health, body composition, and feelings around food. -Whole 30 author

How I plan for Whole 30: As some of you may know from past blogs I like to be organized and have a plan for almost everything in life, this is no different. I plan 2 weeks at a time (15 days). I have a calendar, plan out my meals, and make a grocery list. I know that if I don’t plan it out and have the groceries at my house I will make excuses for not sticking with it or even starting it.

  1. Calender – I write out what we will eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner of every day. I usually stick to 1 casserole and egg bites for breakfast, and then 2 lunch and 2 dinner recipes so that I can change-up what we are eating. I don’t want to feel like we are having the same thing for dinner every day. So will 4 different options throughout the week it’s already prepared and Nathan and I don’t have to eat the same thing if we don’t want to. Print Your own Calendar here: Whole30 Calendar
  2. Grocery List – Once you have your meals planned out, write out everything you need for your meals. Print your own Grocery Check list here: Whole30 Grocery List Whole30 Prep
  3. What’s in my kitchen I check my list before I head to the grocery store. I can usually cut my grocery list in half by seeing what I already have stocked in my kitchen. Print Your own What’s in my kitchen checklist here: What’s In my kitchen checklist

Here are a few of the recipes I will be enjoying my first 2 weeks:

I hope this makes your Whole30 journey a little easier! Check back on Monday, January 1st and I’ll be posting a few videos of my meal prep. I’m going to try to make as many recipes as I can in my Instant Pot!

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