Monday, October 20, 2014

Day with Alvaro at OSU

Last week I went with Alvaro to OSU for the day. It was really fun to spend the day together & get to see the campus. It’s so big compared to where I went to college. And the classes are held in auditoriums! Auditoriums with like 300 students. Totally nuts! I explored campus & the library while he was in class. We had lunch & I went with him to his Biology class. In an auditorium.

On the way home we stopped at Hobby Lobby in Albany. It was the first time I’ve been there. So many cute & trendy items! Can’t wait to go back with a little spending money :) 




Sunday, October 19, 2014

Favorite Paleo Cookbooks

When my doctor recommended we switch our diet to a Paleo style diet I felt totally overwhelmed. She also suggested cutting out all processed sugar, gluten, and diary. Eating lean proteins, natural fats, and lots of fruits & vegetables.

I walked out of the office nervous and unsure what that would look like for us. Alvaro assured me that we’d make the changes together & we’d be successful. I’d always had a major sweet tooth & we both enjoyed our weekly pizza date. But I knew that we could do it together as a team. That night Al suggested we go to Powell’s on Saturday and pick up a couple Paleo cookbooks. 

The first book we grabbed, was Nom Nom Paleo by Michelle  Tam & her husband Henry Fong. I’d come across Michelle’s blog before and really appreciated her approach to Paleo. Eating as much whole food as possible, but not being super strict to the rules all the time. During those first few weeks of getting an idea of what Paleo would look like for us, this book was such an incredible help. Also the recipes are so good! The Green Chicken & Madras Chicken Salad are some of our favorites! 

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A couple weeks after that I snagged Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo off Amazon. This cookbook is incredible! The first half of the book explains what Paleo is and some common ailments that improve from switching to this type of diet. Diane also created several meal plans to help with those ailments. It’s really great. Another thing I like about this cookbook is that it really is practical. The recipes and ingredients are simple & easy to make. Being new to Paleo it has really helped us stay on track and plan each meal. The Chicken Wings & Honey Mustard Glazed Chicken are on the menu almost weekly. So good! 

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I’d followed Danielle Walker’s blog, Against All Grain, for a little while and even borrowed her first cookbook from the library to check out some of her recipes. When I saw that she was coming to Portland for a book signing, I knew I had to go & get her new book; Against All Grain, Meals Made Simple. The recipes are simple and easy to make. At her book signing she said that her goal with this book was to help those beginning this style of eating (Paleo, grain free, and dairy free) and also create classic meals that fit into that category. The Chicken & Rice (cauliflower rice) casserole is so so good! Also love her Ginger & Broccoli chicken.  I’m really excited to try some of her baking recipes because most of the Paleo dessert recipes include dairy. With the holidays coming up it’ll be the perfect time to do some baking experiments :) 

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Do you have a favorite cookbook or cooking blog? Share in the comments below & I’d love to check them out! 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Grateful :: Soccer Games

Today Alvaro & I went out to watch our nephew, Tyler, at his soccer game. It was the last one of the season and I’m so glad we went! I believe all the players are 4 years old so it involves a lot of running, tripping, and dog piling. But I think they had a pretty good time. 
After we left I posted a picture of Tyler with his medal to Instagram. I realized at that moment how lucky I am to live in the same town as all of my family and be able to go to events like that. I know a lot of people who have nieces & nephews that live in other cities or states and rarely get to see them. How blessed am I! I love being in their lives & having them in mine. 


My goal is to be more grateful for those opportunities and continue to love & encourage them as they grow. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Home office inspiraiton

Since Alvaro went back to school we’ve been spending a lot more room in our spare room. We’ve set it up like an office with both our desks. We also keep all our hobby stuff in the room. Fishing gear, sewing, crafting, decorations, etc. It’s actually the bigger room in our apartment, but we switched it out & set up our bed in the other room. 

I don’t love the way my desk is set up. I just don’t feel inspired or like the area is set up good for crafting. I started browsing Pinterest & some of my favorite blogs to find some inspiration. Hopefully I can make some quick and easy (& free) updates this weekend.

I love this office from The DIY Playbook 
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Two Years

It’s been two years since we’ve said goodbye. I miss you everyday. Oh my gosh, I miss you so incredibly much. 


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Christmas card ideas

I’ve started thinking about the upcoming holidays. Alvaro & I haven’t sent Christmas cards before, but I think we’re going to this year! We got a new camera that I think will take a great picture. 

Here are some designs I love from minted.com
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It’s hard to decide which one would work the best since most of the examples are kids/families. I think we’ll have to take a couple pictures and see what fits into the designs best. 

Do you send out Holiday cards? Do you do photo cards, just cards, or DIY some yourself? Let me know if you have any tips!