Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Weekend Recap

On Saturday, T and I went to our first Clemson football game of the season.  This is the first year we haven't had season tickets since we were students.  We really miss having tickets to every single game, but we had to make the grown-up decision to save that money this year.  Plus, now that we've got a dog leaving the house for 10+ hours is a little more difficult. 

It was great being back in our college town for the day, and the weather couldn't have been more perfect.  T and I ran into college friends we haven't seen in years, I and got to hang out with some of my closest girlfriends that came up for the game.  Football season in the fall is just the best!


Hope y'all are having a great week!

Remember, the giveaway for a pair Ja-vie flats is still going on!  Checkout my post here for more details. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Giveaway! Ja-vie Flats

I do not, and never will, view myself as a fashion blogger.  I'm more of a comfortable and classic kind of girl. I buy things in hopes that I can wear them for the next 10 years.  Because of that, I never shun a shapeless top. Truly, half of my shirts will probably still fit me through my third trimester when I'm pregnant. 

So, posting about fashion is uncharted territory for me.  But what I can get behind is a comfortable, versatile, washable pair of shoes.

Enter Ja-vie flats.

I received my first pair of Ja-vies a few weeks ago, and I have absolutely loved them.  There was so much thought put into these flats.  They're made with a knit lining (similar to an ankle sock) with a jelly coating on the outside. The combination of the two makes them waterproof, super soft and flexible on your feet.  Inside, they have a leather cushioned insole with ball, arch, and heel support.  And get this, they're machine washable.  Just remove the leather insole and stick them in the washer. 

 


I've really enjoyed wearing these shoes to work because I can wear them all day long and they never hurt my feet.  I recently joined a gym, and I've been attending yoga and Pilates classes a couple times a week.  Any day I'm taking a class, I wear these shoes to work, because they transition perfectly to coordinating with my workout attire.  No more looking like a tool wearing yoga pants and kitten heels, thank goodness. 



 And now for the good stuff, from now until next Sunday Ja-vie is offering y'all free shipping on your orders, just enter the code REEDY at checkout.  And in addition to that, I'm partnering with my sister,  April of A. Liz Adventures, to give a pair away!  Just hop on over to her blog here, and leave a comment on her post telling us what color and pattern combo you'd like to see Ja-vie offer.  I personally would LOVE to see a tartan pair come out for fall.  I think they would look so cute with jeans!




Today Ja-vie is launching their new line, and they've got several new styles that I'm loving.  These leopard print ones are just calling my name. You can see all of their new line here.  Also, follow them on Facebook here and Instagram here for more information and deals.  Now hop on over to April's blog to enter the giveaway!



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Whole 30- Week 4

Week 4 is here, week 4 is HERE! I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Once this week is over I have 3 days of Whole30 next week, and then I'm going to eat a giant bowl of pasta, or a pizza, or both.

I've tried to be as transparent and honest as I can be about my slip-ups along the way.  Which, by the Whole 30 regulations, classifies me as a complete failure.  I'm trying not to get bogged down by that, because I still view this challenge as a personal success.  I've lost a few pounds, I'm drinking much less, and I'm trying new foods and recipes. My skin has cleared up, I'm sleeping better, and have a lot more energy. 

I now know what foods jive with my body, and what foods my stomach just can't handle.  After a few splurges next week to satiate some of the cravings that just won't go away, I plan to return to the Whole 30 plan following the 80/20 rule.  In moderation, it's a great lifestyle that promotes eating more veggies, less processed foods, and less of those empty carbs that we all have a love/hate relationship with.



Here's what's on the menu for this week:

Monday:
B- Green smoothie with  spinach, coconut milk, frozen peaches, grapes, and apples- I'm using this helpful guide that I found on Pinterest for my smoothies this week.
L- Salad with grilled chicken and veggies, tossed with an oil + vinegar dressing
D- Coconut Chicken Tenders (we ended up not having these last week) and a romaine salad with a balsamic vinaigrette

Tuesday:
B- Green smoothie with spinach, coconut milk, frozen peaches, chia seeds, shredded coconut and oranges
L- Cherry, Pecan, and Tarragon Chicken Salad over greens
D- Coconut Chicken Tenders with green beans sauteed with lemon juice and ghee

Wednesday:
B- Green smoothie with spinach, coconut milk, frozen bananas, and apples
L- Cherry, Pecan, and Tarragon Chicken Salad over greens
D- Slow Cooker Turkey Wings (recipe to follow later this week) green beans sauteed with lemon juice and ghee

Thursday:
B- Green smoothie with  spinach, coconut milk, frozen peaches, grapes, and apples
L- Out to eat- hoping to get a grilled chicken salad somewhere, that's been my go-to for lunches out
D- Leftover Slow Cooker Turkey Wings with a romaine salad

Friday:
B- Green smoothie with spinach, coconut milk, frozen peaches, and oranges
L- Leftover shredded turkey over greens with an olive oil+ vinegar dressing
D- TBD


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Weekend Recap

This weekend T and I headed down to Litchfield Beach with some friends.   It was so nice to get one more beach weekend in before the end of the summer.  Even though it was overcast and chilly the entire time we were there, we still managed to have a blast.

On Saturday, we spent the morning playing games on the beach.  The boys had the best time bowling for beer cans with a bocce ball. 


Saturday afternoon we played a round of putt-putt, which was so much fun!  I haven't played in years, and my poor scorecard definitely reflected that.




Saturday evening we all went out to eat and watch college football.  The games didn't turn out quite like we'd wanted, but the beer was cold and the conversation was great.

On Sunday we got up and headed back to Greenville.  On our way back, we stopped outside of Columbia to visit with T's family.  His sister is expecting her first baby, and we got to see her for the first time since she's made the announcement.  We are so excited to have another niece/nephew to love on in a few months!

I hope y'all had a great weekend!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Whole 30- Week 3



I'm now almost half way done with week 3 of the Whole 30 challenge!  I've had a few moments of weakness, the weekends are the hardest.  By Whole 30 standards I have failed the challenge, but by my own standards it's been a success.  I'm now down almost three pounds, and I'm feeling a lot better about my body.  My stomach feels flatter, mainly due to the fact that I'm not getting the bloat from dairy and carbs.  When I have cheated, it's amazing how my stomach almost immediately bloats back up.   I'm definitely getting sick of eggs, so I've been experimenting with other options for breakfast.   Next week I plan to try out some green smoothie recipes for breakfast.  Here's what my meal plan for this week looks like:

Monday:
B- 2 egg scramble with zucchini
L- Mixed greens salad with grilled chicken and oil+vinegar dressing
D- Paleo Chili topped with guacamole- this chili was SO good!

Tuesday:
B- Fruit Smoothie (pineapple, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, strawberries, and water)
L- Mixed greens topped with Paleo Chicken Salad
D- Buffalo Ranch Chicken Meatballs with Slap Fries (minus the srirachannaise) and roasted asparagus

Wednesday:
B- Apple with almond butter
L- leftover Paleo Chili
D- Buffalo Ranch Chicken Meatballs with Slap Fries (minus the srirachannaise) and roasted asparagus

Thursday:
B- 2 egg omelet with leftover veggies
L- Mixed Green Salad topped with veggies and leftover Zesty Paleo Chicken (from last week) 
D- Paleo Coconut Chicken with roasted carrots and a romaine salad

Friday:
B- Fruit Smoothie (pineapple, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, strawberries, and water)
L-Leftover Paleo Coconut Chicken and roasted carrots
D- TBD

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Greenville's Indie Craft Parade

T and I had a really low key weekend.  This is the first weekend in months that we've been at home with nothing to do.  I had a list of things I wanted us to get done around the house, but we didn't get any of those done.  We just laid low and took advantage of our free time.

The highlight of the weekend for me was the Indie Craft Parade.  The Indie Craft Parade is a festival in Greenville that celebrates independent artists and their crafts.  Selected artists set up booths and sell their goods during this two day event.  We went for the first time last year, when we just stumbled upon it on a Sunday afternoon.  I had never heard of it, but we figured we'd give it a go since admission was free.

This year we made a point to go again, and made sure to get there as they opened on Sunday since the lines can be ridiculous.  It's usually one-in-one-out the majority of the time it's open.  Admission has gone up to $2 a person this year, but it's totally worth it.

We started our morning with doughnuts from Circa Doughnut, a local doughnut company.  T went traditional with the Sour Cream Old-Fashioned and I tried the Lemon Lavender. Once again I fell off the wagon with my Whole 30 challenge, but it was totally worth it.  I've been wanting to try one of these doughnuts for months. 


We also shared a coffee from Methodical Coffee.  Methodical will be opening up a brick and mortar in October on Main street, so it was great to get a preview of their offerings.



After our doughnuts and coffee, we started making our way through each booth.  I saw a few of my favorites from last year, as well as some new ones. 

A few vendors that caught my eye were:

Oriskany Glass Studio- Greenville, SC
Their hanging orbs and terrariums are mesmerizing, and very reasonably priced.  The smaller ones range from $20-$35. 




Precious America- Nashville, TN
Their custom monograms would be such a special gift for a wedding or baby.


Bonnie Christine of Going Home To Roost- Brevard, NC
Bonnie's fabrics are just beautiful.  She sells patterns and sewing kits as well as the finished products of all of her goods. 




Tin Oiseau- Greenville, SC
These custom stamps caught my eye.  You can also get personalized return address stamps on their website for $35.  They're based in Greenville and the turnaround time on their custom stamps is only 3-5 days.



Spectrum- Greenville, SC
Spectrum was my favorite booth from last year, so I was thrilled to see it again this year.  The owner,  Julia Riffel, uses different kinds of wood, natural stones, animal hair, and antlers in her pieces. 






Pogoshop- Cameron, SC
Since I now have a little niece to shop for (and another niece or nephew on the way!), I was drawn to all of the booths selling baby items.  These cashmere booties from Pogoshop were absolutely adorable.  They also had cashmere mittens for babies.  Maybe a little impractical, but nothing is cuter than baby-sized cashmere mittens.


Bean and Bailey- Chattanooga, TN
By the time I walked up to this booth, I had already spent more than I'd budgeted, but these Bean And Bailey ceramic hanging planters were so tempting.


It was so great to knock out a good portion of my Christmas shopping in September.  Christmas always sneaks up on me, so it's such a relief to know that I've already got a chunk of my shopping taken care of.  If you missed the event this year, they're having a Holiday Fair on December 6th!  Visit their site here or follow them on instagram here for more information.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Whole 30- Week 2

Week two of the Whole 30 challenge is here!  My first week was tough, but I think (and hope) that I'm finally over the hump.  I made it through the weekend without a glass of wine, but did have a few minor slip ups.  (see Sunday's breakfast choice below)  Overall I'm really proud of what I've done so far, and I'm down almost three pounds! 

My favorite new food is almond butter.   Trader Joe's offers one that has no added sugar, and it is scrumptious.  I've been having apples dipped in almond butter at some lunches.  I have to be careful about serving sizes, as it is calorie and fat dense, but it's worth every bit.  

Here's the meal plan for this week.  I'm not sick of eggs yet, but after eating them every morning for two weeks, I could be approaching an egg strike.



Sunday:
B- Gonna be honest, I cheated here and had a cinnamon roll. #worthit
L- Paleo Chicken Salad on romaine boats with apple slices and almond butter
D-Burgers on the grill (served in lettuce wraps) with roasted rosemary potatoes and slaw dressed with Orange Poppyseed Dressing

Monday:
B- 1 egg+ 1 egg white scramble with sausage
L- Grilled chicken over greens with avocado, chopped veggies, and balsamic vinegar + olive oil
D- Burgers on the grill (served in lettuce wraps) with roasted rosemary potatoes and slaw dressed with Orange Poppyseed Dressing

Tuesday:
B- 1 egg+ 1 egg white scramble with sausage and leftover potatoes
L- Grilled chicken over greens with avocado, chopped veggies, and balsamic vinegar + olive oil
D- Another attempt at eating out, I did my best but did succumb to champagne.  The first drink I've had in 9 days!  Was it worth it?  Still deciding...

Wednesday:
B- 2 egg omelet with sauteed veggies
L- Paleo Chicken Salad on romaine boats with apple slices and almond butter
D- Zesty Chicken Bites and roasted zucchini

Thursday:
B- 2 egg omelet with sauteed veggies
L- Grilled chicken over greens with avocado, chopped veggies, and balsamic vinegar + olive oil
D- Zesty Chicken Bites and roasted broccoli

Friday:
B- 1 egg+ 1 egg white scramble with sausage and leftover veggies
L- Paleo Chicken Salad on romaine boats with apple slices and almond butter
D- TBD

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