I thought it would be fun to share with you how we are grocery shopping. During the Covid-19, I have been placing an order through instacart. Instacart is a service where you order your groceries and can schedule your delivery to your house. I have been enjoying the convenience of selecting my food and going about the things I need to do around the house. It saves time and helps keep us safe from extra exposure to Covid-19. Instacart will even save your previous orders for quicker checkouts!
Our experience has been great with them, the only hiccup this last order is that most of the meat I had selected was unavailable. Products that we typically buy are going out of stock quickly during the day. Oh Covid-19, people are still hoarding the meat.
We do most of our grocery shopping at Aldi it saves us tons of money on our produce and essentials.
Here are a few items that we love to get when we do our weekly Aldi Haul:
Want to save time grocery shopping? Avoid the crowds and the exposure to all the germs. Head to Instacart and see if it is available where you live.
Last week, I celebrated my 30th birthday. It was bizarre because my plans got cancelled and what I envisioned had completely been thwarted. I am extremely grateful for everyone who reached out to celebrate and sent love my way. I felt so special.
My dear husband asked what kind of cake I wanted for my birthday and this was my request. He knocked it out of the park per usual. Try it friends it is delicious!
1-1/2 cups blueberries fresh or frozen
1 cup coconut milk , warmed slightly
1/2 cup cassava flour see link below in Recipe notes
1/2 cup coconut butter , warmed slightly;
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup coconut oil melted and cooled, or avocado oil
1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
1 Tablespoon gelatin
1 Tablespoon lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda , sifted
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon lemon oil
Grease a 9″ by 9″ casserole dish. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl: cassava flour, coconut flour, gelatin, baking soda and sea salt.
In a medium sized bowl whisk together the wet ingredients, (excluding the blueberries): coconut milk, coconut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, lemon juice, and lemon oil.
Pour the wet ingredients and the blueberries into the dry ingredients, folding together thoroughly without over-mixing. (The batter will be thick and sticky.)
Scrape batter into prepared dish, spreading it and evening it out. Bake in preheated oven about 35-40 minutes, until golden brown around the edges and golden brown on top. (If you use a smaller pan [8×8], your coffeecake may take as long as 50 minutes to bake.)
1 cup Palm Oil Shortening
2 tablespoons Coconut Cream
1/4 cup Arrowroot Flour tapioca flour is fine as a substitute
When I discovered that I had an autoimmune disease, I had rethink my approach to eating everyday. I couldn’t believe all the things that I was allergic to and that were doing my body harm. Time has gone by and the task of cooking and finding what right for my body has made me feel more energized and inspired to help others feel like their best selves.
My goal is to share with you the lifestyle changes that have been made across the board. It started with food, but it didn’t end there. The cleaning products that we use and the beauty products all have changed to make sure I am not using things that are doing more harm than good. Specifically in this post, I will be focusing on cleaning products.
Did you know that it matters what you eat, what your put on your body and what products you clean with in your home? It does friend. It matters. It is extremely important for everyone’s health to be concerned about what we use every single day.
Young Living is proud to offer a complete line of home and personal care products infused with the pleasant, spicy aroma of our proprietary thieves* essential oil blend! Thieves* essential oil blend was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century french thieves who formulated and wore a special aromatic combination of clove, rosemary, vinegar and other botanicals that they believes provided protection while they were stealing.
With the benefits of Thieves oil, including cleaning power and an irresistibly spicy scent. Young Living offers it as an essential oil blend and as an important ingredient in a full range of home cleaning and personal care products. From Dish soap to toothpaste. Possibly our most versatile and beloved blend. Thieves products replace harsh chemicals with pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils and other naturally derived ingredients.
The ingredients in Thieves products are completely and 100% derived from nature, when you walk into Target you will see a lot of products that say “all natural” “free and clear” “infused with essential oils” but I am going to be totally honest with you, it is not true. Those buzz words used by companies to market to people like us, but when you look at the ingredients you will see a whole lot of unnatural ingredients in those bottles.
Let’s just say, on many thieves cleaning products it says “if swallowed, drink lots of water” No number for the poison control, no contact a doctor immediately. Just drink water. That speaks to what is really in these bottles and how safe they are for our families.
The Household Cleaner is super concentrated, all you need is one capful for a whole 16oz bottle of cleaner! Talk about savings, $22 for a bottle of cleaner that will last you 60-65 BOTTLES OF CLEANER! Yes please. And it actually works. We use it to clean every, and I mean EVERY surface of our home.The Thieves spray is something I love to keep under every sink and even my purse.
For $118 you can get the Thieves Essential Rewards kit + $35 to enroll in Essential Rewards (earning 10% back of what you purchase + monthly orders where you can try new products)
This collection such a bargain, plus there are things included that are otherwise out of stock!
It comes with:
2 bottles of Thieves Household Cleaner
2 bottles of Thieves hand soap
Thieves toothpaste and mouthwash
2 purse size Thieves Sprays (use it on grocery carts, car handles)
2 purse size Thieves Hand Sanitizers
and a 15ml bottle of Thieves oil!
If you are interested in ditching your toxic cleaning products and switching, I am happy to assist with different recipes to try. I also offer extra oil education resources to help get you started in learning and using oils.
Whenever you have a health issue or concern, let me know and I will help find some oil things to try. You won’t ever be alone in your oily journey. I’m here to help! The kit is an investment at first, but it has paid for itself over and over.
Reach out to me with any questions and if you’d like to enroll contact me. I will walk you through the process.
My talented husband whipped up some pretzels and cheese last time. He loves to cook, bake and make create his own recipes. The dough is chewy and fluffy in the middle. It stays together! These pretzels were fabulous!
Pretzels: If you have been following me for a while, I tried making some GF/DF pretzels a little while ago. I was super new to the AIP realm of cooking and had no idea what to try or do with the new flours that I was using. Learning how and when to use specific flours that add different flavors and textures.
Cameron definitely mastered the pretzel and I can’t wait to share this recipe for you so you too can treat yo self.
3 1/2 cups (553g) King Arthur Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
3 tablespoons (39g) brown sugar
2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/4 cups (283g) warm water
1 large egg, room temperature
2 tablespoons (28g) soft butter
4 quarts (3629g) water
1/4 cup (50g) baking soda
2 tablespoons (25g) granulated sugar
coarse, kosher, or pretzel salt, optional
Combine the flour, sugar, yeast, salt, xanthan gum, and baking powder. Add the water, egg, and butter and stir until a firm dough forms, about 4 minutes in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. If the dough seems dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons water.
Knead the dough until smooth, then transfer it to a lightly greased bowl. Cover and let rise until almost doubled, 45 to 90 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line them with parchment. Bring 4 quarts water to a boil in a large pot.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Gently deflate it, and divide it into 12 equal pieces.
This is what I am hearing from wide range of people, a sense of discouragment which easily turns into discontentment. Discouragement can come in a mountain of different forms, but it appears right now, it’s our circumstances. The unknowns, the changes in your normal day, the extra responsibilities, the lack of human contact. The normal weekly activities that would “fill” our souls are no longer the same.
We were designed to commune with others.
We were made to enjoy conversations.
We love quality time with others.
We need mental space to be ourselves.
Why is there such a huge wave of discouragement?
People are realizing how isolated they really are, how much value has been placed in things that are temporary, how much unbelief they have, how much people are not willing to truly share how they are doing.
We are realizing how much we put ourselves before others. We are discovering the friends that genuinely want to build you up. We see the relationships that need pruning and the ones that need more watering. We are seeing God work in things that we missed out on in the busy hustle of our once normal lives.
God calls us to encourage one another, but when the difficult season or a trial is placed in front of you, we get distracted. We forget what we are doing, we forget why we are here, wherever that is today.
The quote above from Jasmine Williams is so profound and yet simple.
You are in the right spot friend. There may be some groaning, it may seem impossible for light to shine through, but you are right there for something. Something that could be foundational to your faith walk, or crucial for a relationship. Maybe it is to guide you toward a new career or perhaps it is to challenge you speak up or take action.
God is equipping you, he is working in and through you. Something bigger, something better is coming. It may require patience, it will definitely require standing up to your doubt. It will draw you close to our loving Father, and bring you closer to his purpose for you. The purpose may change, but his plan is detailed and thought out specifically for you.
be empowered to share your true feelings with others
press in the emotions, the overwhelming thoughts are showing you who can equip you. The equipping comes from God, time spent at his feet and close to him.
I shared these delicious burgers on Instagram and immediately was asked for the recipe. I understand why. Who knew a burger could be so yummy looking? This is a simple recipe and can quickly be made! I love that its light and has avocados in the burger. Burgers are something I often crave but they seem to be rather greasy looking and artery clogging.
This week, I felt like my emotions started taking over my thoughts.
Our emotions can challenge us, they can upset us and they can empower us into different versions of ourselves. These emotions can be positive and they also can have some negative consequences. When we allow our emotions to take over, it can cloud your judgement and it lead us blindly.
Often times, we do not realize that they are influencing us.
Social distancing, you are frustrating. You are ruining my travel plans, I was supposed to go to Austin this month. You are preventing me from having coffee with a friend. You are forcing my introverted self to communicate in groups.
Okay, there are some benefits to challenging me to be more bold about how I feel. It is exhausting and when socially distancing exhaustion hits it can be surprising.
Are your emotions high? Are you getting frustrated with all the little things?
Here is what I like to do when my emotions are high:
I’ve been exercising regularly and trying different things during social distancing. Zoom Workouts have been so much fun and have connected me even with friends from middle school. I did yoga for an hour last week and forgot how much my muscles needed some good stretching. If you are looking for some free workouts, check out Youtube. The ones I use the most are Pop Sugar, Les Mills, and Fitness Blender .
The simplicity of getting in the car and driving without any reason. Turn up some music, phone a friend or enjoy some silence. Adventures in the car with Flash’s head out the window are the best. Fresh air is so good to help lift my spirits.
I step out on the front porch, bring a book, or tools for quiet time. The fresh air again, change of scenery and the sweet sound of the birds have helped me relax. We have been eating meals on the porch, chatting on the phone, and even exercising on the porch.
I have spent more time organizing drawers, closets, and the pantry. I have been looking for ways to minimize the junk and clutter. It has been refreshing to be able to focus on it. Every once in a while I rearrange rooms as well. The living room and our bedroom have all been rearranged. A fresh layout is so relaxing to me.
As you have seen, I’ve been sharing more recipes. I love cooking a hobby that Cameron and I love to do together. Although the cooking side is relaxing sometimes the dishes after are not.
These are just a few of the ways I’ve been coping with my emotions. Maybe God is using this time for a purpose that is beyond me.
If I blink I might miss it, I might miss something God is challenging in my heart and mind.
It may be something small or it could be something big. But I am finding how much I rush through things. I forget to take a breathe and slow down. This time has cultivated a slower pace, when we open back up is everything going to go back to how it was? I hope not, I pray that the rhythms I started to implement in my life stick around.
God is speaking in mighty ways through this time, what is he telling you?
The month of May is here and it is becoming more real that I will be leaving my twenties to start a new decade.
I have been reflecting and trying to grasp all that God has done through these ten years. I wanted to share my reflection on this decade with you because I want to be honest about how much I need God and how much I have needed him to work on my heart. He has pursued me in seasons of blindness, grief and the search for identity.
20: This was a pivotal year in my twenties. The beginning that challenged me to focus less on me and more on God. It cultivated a desire to know God more than I did and through that the more I enjoyed the opportunities he placed in front of me. I began getting more involved in my church’s college group and created relationships that have carried through this decade. I also became an aunt for the first time which has been sweet and precious.
21: The year, I could officially and legally consume alcohol. I spent my 21st birthday in India with my friend Jocelyn. We spent a month in India visiting her family and spending sometime in an orphanage for HIV/ AIDs children. I was blown away to see these children with so little yet so excited to praise God. They were declared outcast by society, forgotten about, and yet they wanted to devote their lives to our Savior. It opened my eyes to the reality of how much I have and how easily I take it for granted.
22:My 22nd birthday was spent in Korea while I was studying abroad.
God was really moving in my heart and challenging the way I pursued love, relationships and how deeply I desired to know more about God. My identity started shifting from mine into how he defined me. My time abroad really opened my eyes to how God is active, working and not just in my life. God moves all around the world and how amazing is that. I came back after studying abroad for my last semester of college. It included a practicum at Brenner’s Children’s Hospital. My end goal was to become a child life specialist, more on this to come. I graduated college a semester late, but felt peace with that.
23:Who likes a waiting game? This was the beginning on what seemed like a forever waiting game to get to my dream job. I graduated, moved home, starting nannying and applying for internships at Children’s Hospitals with Child Life Programs. If you asked me where my head was, it was lost in a bunch of unknowns. The application process was nerve racking, but I landed an internship after 8 months. That fall, I started the path to what I thought was going to be my future.
24: I returned from my internship to spend four months studying for a challenging certification exam to become a Child Life Specialist. I juggled studying, applying to jobs and interviewing. I faced a good amount of anxiety about it all. To my surprise, I passed and officially became a CCLS.
I thought I knew what I was supposed to do with my life. It seemed like the signals from God were pointing in one direction.
This turned into the year, I had a dream, I planned, I pursued it and yet it didn’t accomplish what I thought it would.
The interviews continued, but the job offer never came. I decided I had to pursue something to make some money for the time being. I thought the job at Eliada Homes was going to just be temporary, but ended up being for a full year. A year of challenging my heart to trust God even though I didn’t understand what in the world he was doing.
My digestive health was having issues from an influx on antibiotic and got C-Diff ( infection in your digestive tract) from it. It was awful and the medicine was even worse. This was when I discovered that I might have Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
At the end of this year, I started volunteering in the youth group with the high school ministry. I connected quickly with some girls, and it was amazing how much they would teach me and challenge me in my walk with God.
25: The youth group went on a mission trip to New York City. It was an amazing trip and showed me how much I desire to control things way too much. I needed the reminder that God had all things under control. I never would of thought that future my husband was on that trip.
Cameron and I had planned some fundraisers for the mission trip together and found out we were next door neighbors. Who knew? Our mission trip was in July and our relationship started in September, more on our story soon!
The week before I left for the mission trip, I started interviewing for teaching position. This was the job I thought I’d never want or desire, but it was destined. I loved teaching, the kids, the exploring new activities and ideas. It was a great and challenging first year of Kindergarten.
26:The year that was supposed to be joyous and full of celebration, was an unplanned rollercoaster.
In May, Cameron and I got engaged following eight months of dating. It was a precious moment up on Max Patch. The wedding planning began…
My school year was the most challenging ever. Let’s just say it was tough, the number of students with behavior issues was way out of control.
I almost quit my job half way through the year.
I saw a therapist. Decided to stay at my job at least to the end of the year.
My sweet grandmother’s health rapidly declined. My mom juggled visits and wedding planning which all took a toll on our family. She was unable to attend our wedding and died shortly following the wedding. Cameron and I’s first family gathering post wedding was her funeral.
My best friend discovered a brain tumor a few weeks prior to my wedding and was unable to stand by my side in celebration.
The stress of the year made my digestive issues flare up like crazy and was told I have IBS. I tried various diets to help it.
27: The year, I chose to be brave and taught for another year. I started coming to grips with my infertility issues. God started shifting my few of my dreams and started seeing his dreams for me.
Cameron changed jobs and it was a challenge for him. It was unhealthy how much it took a toll on him. Our marriage faced a really hard time navigating it together and figuring out what the best solution was for his health.
28: The year, I decided I needed to change my career. I went into insurance for a hot minute and didn’t like having sit behind a desk everyday. I left that job to nanny full-time.
I changed OB GYNs and started investigating my infertility. I tried two different kinds of hormone treatments and started having some anxiety. Although, Cameron and I desire children, the anxiety made it difficult to be in social setting and even go to church.
29: The year, I started nannying part-time. This relieved me of some stress, but if you asked Cameron, I probably still try to juggle all the things. As an Enneagram #2, I always want to help people, but then I tend to neglect something by doing so. My wing #3 probably isn’t helping this tendency.
There is always room for learning and growth.
I had my first colonoscopy. Those are not fun.
I went to someone who does Kinesiology for my infertility issues. Instead discovered early this year that my “IBS” is an autoimmune disease. Something I had never been told and started being more conscious of how I eat to become the healthiest version of me. I have lost weight and for the most part have my IBS under control.
We announced our adoption journey. I opened my pop up shop that creates jobs and is helping us fundraise.
People say that thirties are just the beginning, and I really truly hope that is true. I am looking forward to everything God will do and bring in the next decade. I am hopeful and expect that it will fun and that I will be drawn even closer to him.
Life is full of ups and downs. I am discovering it is where you choose to gaze during the ups and downs that truly matters.
Reflecting on 10 years was hard, and there is a huge possibility things were placed in years that were incorrect, but generally speaking, it should be relatively close.
Have I left you starving for more meal ideas this past week?
This week, I felt the cooking rut and was in need to try some new recipes. I think I have made some of these recipes already about forgot about them, but I will still share them.
Typically, I do my grocery shopping primarily at Aldi but due to COVID-19, it seems everyone is shopping there. Because of the influx of shoppers in my budgeting friendly grocery store, it means you never know what will be there for you to grab.
Since I knew I wasn’t going to conquer Aldi, I had to come up with a game plan to ensure that our grocery budget isn’t too crazy. I googled ” 7 day AIP meal plan” and my trust blog Unbound Wellness arose to the occasion. The best part is that there was already a grocery list!
To my friends that are not morning people, this is an amazing recipe to cook ahead of time! I suggest doubling or tripling it so you can freeze extras. I was surprised how much my husband loved them and they ended up not lasting long.
We have made this recipe before and it is so good! Prior to discovering my mountain of food allergies, I made curry often and didn’t realize how much I had been missing the flavors. I have previously made AIP homemade naan to go with this too.