Instant Pot Chili

Whole30 Instant Pot Chili

I have always been a fan of chili, and when I started doing Whole30 I was quickly disappointed that I would need to cut chili from my diet (you cannot have legumes of any kind on Whole30). Chili as I have known it was always meat, beans, tomatoes with a few spices thrown in. I…

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Post-Holiday Blues

January 2. The day when most moms sigh a big sigh of relief. The holidays are over. We made it. From Black Friday onward, we go to the ends of the earth for our friends and family to make the holidays wonderful. Shopping, wrapping, baking, cooking, cleaning, party planning, budgeting, making travel plans, and somehow…

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Direct Sales: An Insider Perspective

As I sit here next to my husband on the train back home from Chicago, I am reminded of the little things, the simple things, yet the so very hugely important things in life. About 5 years ago now, I worked in an impatient neuropsychiatric unit while pregnant with our oldest daughter. I was up…

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The Whole Way Through Whole30

Well, I did it. I made it through the 30 days of what I expected to be pure torture–the whole way through Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom. Surprisingly, it wasn’t torture at all but rather a life changing experience that has forever changed my relationship with food. I am a…

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Keep the Milk Flowing on Whole30

As I sit here on Day 20 of the 30 day program of The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom, I want to talk to you about my experience with snacks. As a quick overview for those of you new to Whole30, these are the pillars of the Whole30 program that…

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Whole30 – Halfway there!

I have been overweight for most of my life. I remember when I was an adolescent, I couldn’t fit into regular jeans.  We had to get the 14+ size, which was the “chunky kid” version of a regular 14. I remember that so vividly. I also remember riding the bus in middle school and having…

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Bonfire

Spring in Michigan is a beautiful time. Grass turns green, flowers bloom, birds chirp, and everything seemingly comes alive again after a dormant winter. Tonight after we got our little ones asleep, quick like a ninja, I exited the house into the fresh spring air. I was thrilled by the idea that for about 30 minutes, the…

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Hyacinth Toddler Craft

Spring is here! In my mind, I’m ready for beautiful flowers to start growing! In Michigan’s mind, we have a while yet. To make it “feel” like spring, my 3-year-old and I decided to make a hyacinth craft project. I asked my daughter what kind of flower she wanted to make. We saw hyacinths in a magazine a…

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The Husband’s Guide to Meal Planning

This is what dinners look like these days, as a Mom of a toddler and an infant. Please note that this is dripping with sarcasm, and I DO cook for my family and I love doing so. But sometimes, I wish this would be more of the accepted mealtime reality. So, dear husband, here is my concise…

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The Three Finger Salute

Each time my husband puts our 3-year-old to bed, I feel like giving him the three finger salute from “The Hunger Games.”  You know, the salute that is used by District 12 residents to show love, admiration or respect to each other. When I watch him head down the hallway to the bathroom to begin the bedtime teeth…

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