Monday Mantra: blossom

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful then the risk it took to blossom”

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Take that leap…it will be worth it in the end.

Happy Monday
~ Jillian

What’s for Dinner?

We are going thru some changes over here!  In an attempt to clean all the junk out of our systems…we are making some major changes to what we eat.  I’ve done a lot of food things over the years and have already cut out a lot of stuff.  I am 100% gluten free, eat minimal meat and whenever possible go for organic and unprocessed foods.  The boy followed some of my eating ways (mainly because I usually cook the dinners…so he had no choice) but he still loved his carbs and dairy and wasn’t too crazy about veggies.

The  theory behind our change is that most health issues in our bodies are caused from some form of inflammation.  So if you can reduce or eliminate the inflammation…your symptoms should go away!!  So what kinds of foods to you have to avoid in order to help you body naturally reduce inflammation:

  • Dairy
  • SUGAR!!!!!!!
  • Carbohydrates (especially Wheat based or overly processed grains)

Another big requirement to our list is that anything we make has to be easy, minimal ingredients and fast cooking. Usually I get things started…then take a break to put our little munchkin down to bed while the husband finishes preparing so we can sit down for a somewhat relaxing meal and rest for the evening.  So far…GREAT SUCCESS!  We have discovered some yummy, super healthy and easy to make dinners!!

Disclaimer: 100% of the credit for these recipes AND these images goes to the source i’ve included in the links.  I’ve indicated any revisions or changes that we might have made when we cooked them but I take NO credit for the recipe creativity or the fabulous photography below!!!

Night 1: Pecan Crusted Chicken with Garlic Green Beans & a Sweet Potato.  This was super easy and yummy!  Normally I don’t love just a chicken breast (i prefer it shredded or cut up in things) but this one came out super moist and delicious.  You “bread” the chicken with ground up pecans and bake!

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Night 2: Thai Turkey Zucchini Meatballs over Basmati Rice and a Kale salad w/ mandarin organes pecans and miso ginger dressing.  These were amaze-balls.  The sauce is so delicious and would be good on ANYTHING.  I ate the leftovers with Quinoa and it was also super yummy!

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Night 3: Chickpea Moroccan Stew over Red quinoa w/ Balsamic Brussel Sprouts.  This is one that I changed up a bit.  I had a use what’s in the pantry moment…so while it calls for butternut squash and red potatoes…I used sweet potato instead (added extra chickpea to make the proportions right).  The Brussel Sprouts are super easy to.  Simple bake them until they are crispy (or as cooked as you like) then add olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt to taste.
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Night 4: Spicy Sausage & Sweet Potato Hash with Scrambled Goat Cheese Eggs.  As you can see in the pic this one called for over easy eggs which aren’t a favorite in this house.  So instead we paired the potato and sausage hash with scrambled eggs cooked with goat cheese (the only dairy item on our list). I added avocado and a little cholula hot sauce to finish it off.

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On another fabulous note…all of these were great as left overs too (hello healthy lunches and crazy busy night bonus!).

Yumm-O

~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: confined

These days its easy to get caught up in the shuffle of our busy lives.  Pushing things we want to do, aspire to achieve or wish we could overcome to the back burner.  If this past year has taught me anything its to embrace every moment (even the tough ones) because you never know what opportunity is waiting for you around the corner.  Push fear and doubt aside and just be!

” You are confined only by the walls you build yourself “

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Namaste
~ Jillian

Chairish: Vintage Furniture Fabulousness

There is just something so wonderful about vintage pieces.  They add so much character and history to a space and there are so many different ways that you can incorporate them into a room that you love.  But finding vintage pieces can be a challenge!  What could be better than an online resource that brings fabulous vintage pieces right to your fingertips!

Chairish is an online marketplace for design lovers to buy and sell vintage furniture and decor to one another.  The super creative folks at Chairish asked me to create a mood board inspired by one of their beautiful armoires.  I was so inspired by this armoire on their site that I couldn’t resist creating TWO looks.  (…so many options…s0 hard to make a decision!)

Option 1: Modern Classic with a twist

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Option 2: mid-century Vintage

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Be sure to check out Chairish…and be prepared to fall in love with all of the vintage loveliness it has to offer!

Happy Shopping
~ Jillian

 

Monday Mantra: emerge

I hope this week has helped to remind you that there are so many things to be thankful for in your life!  This time of year can get so crazy preparing for the holidays, visiting with friends and family and dealing with the general hustle and bustle.  Its easy to get so wrapped up!  This marks just about a year that I ventured into a career change and I could not be more Thankful!  What seemed like a terribly stressful time in my life has turned out to be the biggest blessing.  With so many changes happening in the past year I can barely remember what life was like just a year ago.  We have turned a corner in our lives and oh what a beautiful life it is!

“Some changes look negative on the surface
but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life
for something new to emerge”

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Thankful!
~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: purpose

Happy mOnday to you.  I promise that I haven’t completely fallen off the face of the earth (although by my super sporadic posts…you might just think it!)  We are still just settling into life as a family of 3 (well 3 + the doodle that is).

As it is for all women…juggling the different roles we take on in life can be a challenge.  We take on so many different responsibilities sometimes it seems like there is no time.  Balance is forever the challenge.  But I must admit…although my house is not perfectly clean, and i’ve missed out on catching up with my sweet girlfriends lately…juggling this new life is more fun and rewarding then I ever could have imagined!!

“The purpose of life is not to be happy.
It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be 
compassionate,
to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Cheers to a messy, tiring and sometimes overwhelming but WONDERFUL life.
~ Jillian

Yummo: Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Sometimes you just need a yummy treat…right?!?  And what’s even better is when you get that sweet treat fix and its not so horrible for you!  These little babies are flourless, packed with protein and super duper yumm-o!  (there is a healthy dose of sugar so…let’s not go as far as to say they are healthy…ha!)  I especially love them with a little dark chocolate chip in the center…cuz what is not made better with a little bit o’ dark chocolate?  AND even a non-baker like myself was able to pull this one off.  (be sure to follow step 2 and cool the batter or you will have a sheet tray mess…this comes from personal experience!)

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Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
(Recipe Source)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • dark chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

  1. Stir together all ingredients (batter will be thick and not perfectly smooth)
  2. Using a spoon or ice cream scoop, form small mounds of dough on a cookie sheet or plate and refrigerate for 3 hours-isn (Don’t Skip this step…I did the first time and my dough melted into each other and made a giant mess!)
  3. Preheat oven to 350°.  If NOT already on a cookie sheet; place the dough on a greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.  Slightly flatten using a fork and add a chocolate chip in the center (if desired).  Bake for approx 8 minutes.  Cookies will crisp up as they cool so don’t leave them in the oven too long!!
  4. Cool cookies for about 10 minutes and then…devour!!

Yumm-O
~ Jillian

P.s. I’m currently doing a no sugar diet…so putting this post together was literally torture…PURE torture!!!

Monday Mantra: Stressed

To say life is a bit crazy around here these days is the understatement of the century.  There is clearly not enough time in the day to get all the things crossed off of the old to do list and by the end of the day i’m usually crawling to bed…but it couldn’t be more wonderful!!  I do wish I had a few extra hours to get some extra snuggles from our little one, spend more time with the husband & our sweet little puppy and catch up with friends and family.  (lets not even start on the other “to do’s” that get left behind)  So all I can do is squeeze the most out of each day and remember to pause and enjoy the moments that make me smile

“Stop focusing on how stressed you are
and remember how blessed you are”

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Soak up as many special moments each day that you can.  take a breathe.  Enjoy what’s happening right now in your life!

~ Jillian

Fall Color Inspiration

Autumn is right around the corner… and with it comes cooler temperatures (thank goodness!!) and of course beautiful fall colors.  These inspiring tones are sure to get you ready to jump into a new season.  So break out those sweaters and get ready to order yourself a delicious pumpkin latte…because it’s all about Fall!

Slide1Cadmium Orange is a dramatic tangerine tone with a retro vibe and a huge pop of personality.

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A sophisticated take on olive green with a soothing and chic feel.

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An easy going warm and rustic shade with a cozy vibe reminiscent of fall foliage.

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A relaxing blue-gray with a cool and calming feel and an almost ocean-like vibe

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A mix of violet, orchid, and amethyst is a sophisticated pop of color.

Are you READY for fall!?!  What are your favorite hues of the season?

Happy Fall Ya’ll!

~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: Falling into Place

Oh what a year it has been so far.  It would be an understatement to call it a rollercoaster ride that has gotten us to this point.  If this last year has taught me anything, it’s that things happen for a reason and even if you feel like your world is crumbling around you, there is a bigger plan in motion that promises to bring great things.  I am so thankful for everything we have experienced because it has brought us to the most wonderful time in our lives.  We have a sweet little miss that brings unimaginable joy into our lives and I am fortunate enough to spend more time with her then I ever thought I would be able to.  All things fall into place, even if the journey to get there seems a little bumpy.  Looking back, those bumps were totally worth it.

“Sometimes when things are falling apart
they may actually be falling into place”

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Cheers to finding your path, surpassing what you thought would make you the happiest and ending up exactly where you belong.

~ Jillian