Friday, May 1, 2015


Lately, I've been in the mood to clean house, ritualize my life, and take care of myself more; mind and body, inside and out.

I've always had a strong desire to eat real foods from the earth, use products that don't have chemicals, and exercise almost daily in some way or another.  For a while there, I was even practicing yoga at home on a daily basis.  But life always gets in the way, and somehow those easier, faster options seem to show up on my doorstep ... via delivery ... in a bag that says "Thank You" on it.  So... I'm sort of obsessed with Thai food delivery, who can blame me?  

Anywho, one of my favorite things about this lifestyle is the idea that all of it is clean and real.  When I think of a beauty blogger's home, I imagine all of the foods in their pantry categorized perfectly so that their husbands don't put things back wherever they want all willy-nilly.  Oh, am I the only one with this issue?  Well, we have a teeny tiny kitchen, so one of my goals with cleaning up the foods we're eating is to also clean up how these foods are organized.  I'm on the hunt for wooden trays and metal baskets that might make storing things like bagged spices, or smoothie toppings easier to find.

Along with the idea of getting rid of clutter, I'm also on task to purge our bathroom of any products that aren't all natural.  Anything with unnecessary chemicals or toxic ingredients is out the door - though I'm not sure how the transition to natural toothpaste will be for the mister.  I've been cleaning with a combination of vinegar and water with a few drops of lavender essential oil popped into an old shower-spray bottle.  I'm sure the smell isn't the best, even with the addition of lavender, but I'll be on the hunt for some fun bathroom candles tonight that I can use while taking a bath.  Fun fact:  since moving into our house neither myself or Jonathan has taken a bath in our tub.  Weird, right?

As far as food goes, I'm going to try and rid our pantry of things we might feel a strong inclination to snack on that might not be so good for us and replace these things with healthy snacks and meals.  One of my favorite breakfasts is quick oats made by simply boiling some extra water when I'm making tea and adding half a cup of water to a quarter cup of oats, then topping it with some nuts, dried fruits, and a bit of honey.  Another one of my favorite breakfasts is to make a morning smoothie like you normally would for on the go, but then pouring it in a bowl and topping it with coconut flakes, bananas, berries, bee pollen, granola, hemp hearts, or flax seed.  For a savory breakfast, avocado toast always does the trick with just a crack of black pepper and a sprinkle of rock salt.  To make the avocado toast into a lunch I like to add canned tuna with garbanzo beans, or kipper snacks a'la Alton Brown.  Other than that, my lunches are usually leftovers from dinner the previous night.  Sometimes, Jonathan will whip up some extra stuff for quinoa and kale salads, or even cook a few more veggies when doing a stir fry or a hash.  Although I never use a microwave at home, leftovers at work are always a welcome treat.  I really love making my office into my own little sanctuary.  For dinner we love to eat!  Jonathan is a grill master, and really enjoys barbecuing big hunks of meat, but I always ask if he can throw on a few extra veggies for me since I'm not the biggest meat eater.  Stir fries, fun salad, hashes, soups, and roasted roots are big in my house.  For the roasted roots, we like to take multi colored baby potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, beets, and onions and chop them up.  We then spread them around on a baking sheet, drizzle them with olive oil, sprinkle them with cracked pepper, some rock salt, and a few sprigs of rosemary from the garden, and serve the roots with grilled salmon or chicken.  This is one of my favorite meals because you can add anything to the roots.  Sometimes, we throw a few brussel sprouts in there, or asparagus, but broccoli or cauliflower would be delicious as well.  Some of my favorite snacks are pitted dates, re-pitted with almonds, bananas with peanut butter, or guacamole hummus for a bit of creamy heat.  The guacamole hummus is just a can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), a whole avocado, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, a hand-full of cilantro, two jalapenos, juice from one lime, two cloves of garlic, a crack of pepper, and salt to taste.  Armed with this recipe and a bag of organic corn chips, your snack time will never be the same again.  My favorite sweet is the Sea Salt and Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds from Trader Joe's.

One thing I'd like to get more into is eating live foods like raw sauerkraut.  I bring kombucha with me to work to drink during my lunches, and sometimes I'll keep some kefir in the fridge at home to take a swig of when I'm feeling like a few extra probiotics might be nice.  But in general, I'll take a daily probiotic in the morning with my vitamins to keep my stomach buggies in order.  I feel like stomach health is a major asset to overall health that is mostly not talked about in mainstream media.  I'd really love to try and make these healthy marshmallows from Wellness Mama.  They seem like they'd be a great snack to have on a detox day.  (I truly believe that once a week, we should have a more ritualized night than others by dry brushing, taking a long steam-bath, drinking a nourishing herbal tea, and indulging a bit.)

Having a set beauty routine is something I need to get down.  I have some products I love, and some that I'm trying out for the first time this weekend.  Once I know a bit more about what I want in a beauty routine, I'll share that with you here.  Just a quick tip, though:  head on over to CloudyApples and check out her videos on YouTube.  She uses all natural beauty products, shares really fun recipes, is super authentic, is socially minded, intelligent, and just hilarious - having her boyfriend, Terry, in some of her videos really livens them up, too.  Seriously guys, check her out.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.  If you have any to-die-for snacks or beauty products, please share them in the comments.


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