Food Lately

Fruit veggie meal prep

I have been so busy with homeschooling or doing planning for homeschooling, that my lunch for a good week or so was half a bag of potato chips each day 😬 when I was creating my latest grocery order, I made sure to stock up on a bunch of fruits and veggies to start adding back into my diet. 

Yesterday morning, I woke up a good two hours before anyone. It was so quiet and nice! I lit my pumpkin waffles candle, made coffee, and decided to clean out the fridge and prep all the fruits and veggies to help me get back on track. It was such a relaxing morning and it has been great having everything prepped. I can make salads for everyone super quickly and we are all snacking healthy now.


I was craving croutons on a salad yesterday but didn't have any gluten free bread to make some so I fried up chickpeas in avocado oil with garlic + onion powder and smoked salt until crispy. Not as good as croutons for sure haha but super good and crispy! I've been so into the Follow Your Heart thousand island dressing. It's vegan and dairy + gluten free. I've probably bought over 10 bottles since I found out about it. It's always sold out so I will stock up whenever I go to Whole Foods (only place that sells it here). 

vegan tortilla soup

I went way back and opened up the first vegan cookbook I ever bought: How It All Vegan! (affiliate link) When I bought this book, the only place to get tofu (and only the shelf stable kind was available) in my area was a small, incredible food co-op. The grocery stores didn't have natural food sections. It's wild to think about how many awesome food options we have now! I hadn't opened up this cookbook in forever. I realized how simple and unfussy the recipes are. I made this tortilla soup and it was really great!


I made this pasta recipe from Tabitha Brown and it was such a comforting, easy meal! You have got to get some of the garlic and herb Mrs. Dash seasoning she uses. I bought some and have been using it on everything. It’s especially good on roasted broccoli.


These frozen black bean burgers are good! They are gluten and dairy free and have a lot of flavor. I make mine with lettuce, tomato, pickles, mustard, and Stubb’s bbq sauce πŸ˜‹


Oatmeal with bananas, agave, cinnamon, walnuts, and frozen blueberries has been my go-to breakfast for awhile.


But these Whole Food 365 brand gf bagels with avocado, tomato, and black pepper have been taking over as my favorite breakfast lately. These bagels taste very similar to the Trader Joe’s brand which I love too. 

That’s all the photos I have of recent meals. I’m about to go outside and play badminton. We have been playing every day and it is so much fun! We got a cheap set for $15 and it was the best thing we have bought in a long time :)

Take care ♡

My Favorite Lettering Artists on Instagram

 

Andrew Hudson - lettering - andrewsketch on ig

I'm just going to get right into it with @andrewsketch's incredible lettering! I had never seen anything like this before and I loved it instantly. You can find his website and online shop here.

maria filar - lettering - mariafilar on ig

I just love @mariafilar's style and the retro color scheme she uses. She has an Etsy shop called 5EyeStudio where she sells the cutest greeting cards, prints, earrings, and stickers! 

shannon snow - letterer - @hello.shannon on ig

The #36daysoftype that @hello.shannon did just blew me away. Like, how gorgeous are these?! She also creates a lot of amazing illustrations that look like they're straight from the best storybook ever. She has super cute prints and mugs available in her online shop.

Ade Hogue - letterer - @adehogue on ig

@adehogue does some of the most incredible lettering with all sorts of materials - honey (check out the behind the scenes video of this one), flowers, glitter, paper.. it's awesome! You can find his website and online store here. He also has a design studio called Something Tiny that makes some of the most beautiful typographic logos. 

idle letters - letterer - @idleletters on ig

@idleletters was one of the first accounts I came across that got me into hand lettering. I loved the texture, colors, and really just everything. The first Procreate brushes I purchased were from his shop. You can find his website here and check out all the beautiful work.

That's it for this post! I hope you found some new artists you like too! If you have any favorite lettering accounts you follow, I'd love to see them :]

Our First Week of Homeschool

homeschool planner

This was our first official week of homeschool and overall it went pretty well! There were some tears and pushback but I understood why. She is really bummed about not seeing her friends this year, our relationship has changed a bit because now I'm in this teacher role and it's new to her, and during summer break she was able to Facetime friends and play video games with them so that routine has changed. It's a lot! And I want her to enjoy learning so if it takes a couple weeks of me backing off and easing into homeschool, then that's what I'll do.

When it came to creating a daily routine, I realized I didn't know what to do. I wasn't sure how to schedule our day out, so instead of making a schedule ahead of time, I just write out what we do as we do it. I found out that this has a name in the homeschooling world: reverse planning.

I bought this lesson planner for under $4 (affiliate link) and it is perfect! It's a big size, has plenty of room for everything, a monthly calendar, and an important dates page. It's not spiral bound and can be hard to flatten out, but it's bound well and not going to fall apart or anything. 

I really like writing things out as we do them, because sometimes a lesson will take a turn or my daughter will ask a question about something related to a lesson which ends up having us learn about something I wasn't expecting! There was one day I pulled up the TKSST video collection, clicked on the history tag, and told her to choose whatever video looked interesting to her. We ended up learning all about how Ebru rugs are dyed which turned into us learning about other cultures and paper marbling.

Singapore Math curriculum

We've slowly been working our way through the curriculum I bought and are starting to see what we like and what we don't. Here are each of my curriculum choices and how they are working for us one week in:

Singapore Math // I chose this because the idea is to teach kids to think mathematically rather than just having them memorize the steps. I also liked that is closely aligns with common core in case she ends up going back to public school. The books are priced well (all those above were around $13 each), plus they offer video instruction of each lesson for $85 for an entire grade of videos. I'm thinking about signing up for that as well. 

Grammar from I Can't Stop Smiling on TpT // We both love this grammar curriculum! It's made by a third grade teacher and includes a pacing calendar (super helpful for me!), bright and to the point slides to teach the lesson, fun worksheets (my daughter really loves worksheets that remind of her of school), and the teacher who made this includes photos of fun activities she did with her class that tie into the lesson. There's also separate lessons and worksheets for major holidays. I'm super happy with this purchase and glad I bought this one!

Spelling and Vocabulary from Kathryn Willis on TpT // This is another great resource! There are some errors and it doesn't look like the file is being updated anymore so there are some issues. Like, she links to slides to help assist in teaching the lesson or for games to play, but the links or broken or the files are no longer there. Also, on the first lesson diphthongs is spelled wrong and there's a chart to write out -ch words when the kids are supposed to be learning about -ow and -ou words. Just little things like that. But honestly, it was $8 and includes a ton of resources - pacing calendar, different worksheets, stories, etc. It's a good buy, just be aware of a few small errors here and there (we have only done week one so far, so there may be more or none after that just fyi).

Thinking Tree Classical Poetry Journal (affiliate link) // I like this one a lot, but my daughter isn't into it. I believe that is because I should have bought level B rather than C. The website said if your child has trouble reading to get B and if they can pick up an encyclopedia and start reading out of it, then buy C. I think the poems are maybe too serious for her? Then when I looked up a YouTube review on this particular journal it said this one is best for junior high to high school or ages 10-17. So, a little confusing with how they do their levels.

The first poem in the journal (and the only one we have read) is The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. So, you read the poem, then there's a page to write the poet's name, year of birth, a quote, and interesting fact, and to write the names of other works they created. Here's a video walk through of the journal. You can see they are really nice and are well made! I'm going to hold on to this one for later and just buy level B for her to do now.

Singapore Science MPH level 3B // This is a really nice workbook. It goes over the basics in an easy to follow way and was only $14. My husband has a science degree so I didn't need anything in depth as he teaches her a lot already. This week they studied electricity, voltage, currents, and played with this circuit board (affiliate link).

Handwriting Without Tears Cursive Workbook // We have been doing a couple of pages from this workbook throughout the summer. She can read cursive when she sees it now which was my goal!

Spanish through Outschool // She has been taking private Spanish lessons since May and will continue through the school year. We found the most fantastic teacher on Outschool! My daughter has two half hour private sessions a week for $30. They play games, she can ask specific questions or request certain topics, she is starting to read Spanish, and the teacher throws in a lot of history about Mexico (where she is from) because she knows my daughter is really into history. 

Here is a referral link that will get you $20 off your first class on Outschool (and I'll also get $20 credit once you take your first class). My daughter has taken all sorts of classes - Minecraft in Spanish, creative writing about your pet, math, gymnastics, art, Minecraft social group, paleontology, marine science - it has been so great for us because there is a class for anything she is interested in.

That's everything I bought that we have started using. There are a couple more Thinking Tree journals and some TpT resources I've purchased, but we haven't used them yet. We are also using some free resources, such as No Red Ink, Wide Open School, and the TKSST video collection.

homeschool mornings

I want to share one thing that has worked really well for us and then I'll end this post πŸ˜… My daughter really likes being independent. At night right before I go to bed, I will load up a clipboard with all the worksheets for the next day and put a sticky note on top with a list of things she can do on her own.

homeschool mornings

Then I put the clipboard in a basket along with all the books she needs to complete the items on the list. That way it's ready to go for her in the morning and I'm able to drink my coffee and catch up on news/social but be nearby if she needs any help. She really loves this and it makes her excited to get started in the mornings! I swear that clipboard was the #1 best purchase I made for homeschool haha! I highly recommend getting one if you're homeschooling as well.

That's all I've got today as we are still new to this, but I just wanted to share in case you are still looking at curriculum. I've been sharing a lot of homeschooling stuff over on my Instagram too if you're interested in seeing all that :]

I hope that you all have a great weekend! ♡

Enneagram 4

Last summer I had gone over to a friend's house for a small get together with some of her friends that I didn't know very well or were meeting for the first time. I remember sitting at her kitchen table laughing and talking when someone goes, "have you all taken an enneagram test?!" I had remembered taking one a long time ago, but couldn't remember my results because I wasn't really interested at the time.

The person that asked if we'd taken the test (that I'd met about two hours prior for the first time, okay?) was now going around and saying which enneagram type she thought each of us was, so that made me want to take the test just to see what this person's first impression of me was and if they were correct. I can't remember which test we all took, it was a short one with like 50 questions, but I do remember hearing each person call out their type and some of the traits as they finished their tests up.

"I'm a 2! Caring, loving, generous, people pleasing - yep, that's me!"

"I'm a 9.. easygoing, reassuring, agreeable, and a peacemaker. I can't believe how accurate this is!"

Then my results came in and I start reading aloud, "I'm a 4! creative, expressive, emotional, dramatic, um.. uh.. self-absorbed, uncooperative, temperamental.." I stopped reading aloud because what. the...

Oh yeah, I can see that! someone says.

You're a 4 for sure! "who tf said that?!" I think to myself as I look around to try to figure out who it was.

I was right!! says random lady.


I went home and read everything I could about type fours. And yeah, it was true. I was definitely a four. I found myself nodding along to everything I was reading and it was an eye opener. Nothing had me as ready to dive in and do hard work on myself like finding out I was a type four did.

via @enneagramvibes

Good lord. I'm going to break this down trait by trait.

| Fours maintain their identity by seeing themselves as fundamentally different from others.

I've always felt that I was so different from others - more so in my younger years, but I still feel this way sometimes now - and I feel I am never able to form a connection with anyone. The only way I have made friends is through work. Basically, people that are forced to spend hours with me. Because that's how long it takes for someone to realize that I'm actually fun to be around πŸ˜‚

| Fours basic fear is that they have no identity or personal significance.

This has been very true for me. I have always tied my identity into my job and when I couldn't find a job where I felt that I fit in (see above trait), I felt that I didn't have an identity. It about broke me when I first became a mother and wasn't able to provide financially anymore. I very heavily tied that into my worth and identity which made me feel useless. 

| Fours are reserved or withdrawn in large groups.

I have been this way since I was a little kid. And now, I constantly get comments that I look like I'm having a bad time, or why am I not talking, etc. But I am very rarely having a bad time when I'm out! I really, really enjoy listening to others but don't often feel the need to add any comments. This is something I am working on though because I don't want anyone to think I don't enjoy their company.

Basically, I stay in my head a lot and let my imagination run wild creating elaborate scenarios and believing things are fact when really.. I've just made them up in my mind πŸ˜… But now that I have identified the main issue, I can really work hard on being aware of when I'm going overboard.

Things that helped me: joining an enneagram 4 group on Facebook. I also joined the group for my husband's number. He's an 8 and I have since learned that we are the worst pairing of the entire enneagram so that's cool.

Also, just following a few enneagram meme accounts on Instagram. My favorite more serious accounts are justmyenneatype and The Enneagram & You. These are for all types, not just 4s. But what they post about my number just blows me away and helps me work through things for sure.

And some of my favorite funny accounts: enneagramvibes, okayenneagram, and 4enneagram.

So yeah, after doing some learning and working towards being more aware, I have grown to appreciate being a four. I still sometimes wish I weren't so emotional or reactive, but I know that there are situations that I do better at than others. For example, when my daughter is very emotional or having big feelings about something I am able to come in and truly help because I understand and know how to connect in that moment. I'm proud that I am able to see that I do have strengths now and I owe that to learning more about the enneagram.

Five on a Friday



I have been drinking way too much coffee this week. Staying up too late and waking up early isn't working out very well for me. I usually stay up late so that I can get a couple hours of alone time, but I'm not so sure it's worth how I feel the next day.

Last night I actually went to sleep at 9:30 and woke up before my alarm actually feeling well rested. I was like.. okay, I could get used to this! Let's see if I can keep that up through the weekend because it was great.

So, I've been seeing these "Five on a Friday" posts on other blogs and since I'm a sucker for themed posts, I decided to join in. 

kim andrews - exploring nature activity book for kids

1 // I bought this nature activity book for us to use with homeschooling, but after flipping through it, my daughter wanted to do a couple of activities already. This week we watched a Mystery Doug video about how to tell if mushrooms are poisonous (spoiler alert: it's kinda tough to do) and then we headed out on a mushroom scavenger hunt. There were so many different mushrooms in our yard that I would have never noticed before! It was really fun :)

This book is just so thoughtful, beautifully illustrated and the activities are new to us - not the same old things you see all over the internet. The book is only $6 right now (affiliate link) and I highly recommend it.


2 // I can't stop thinking about this jacket πŸ˜‚ It's the most amazing piece of clothing I've ever seen and I would buy it in a heartbeat haha. In other Harry Potter news, they have the illustrated books on Kindle and all the illustrations move! I watched a video about it and it looked really neat!

eureka art studio

3 // I can't get over how beautiful the artwork from Eureka Art Studio is! The colors and texture are just incredible. Follow on Instagram to see all her beautiful illustrations.

daily digital planner

4 // I've been using a daily hourly planner and it has helped so much! I use this along with the pomodoro timer and I have been on task all week. It feels so good to actually accomplish and complete projects rather than doing a little bit of a bunch of random tasks.

lydia jean art - https://www.etsy.com/shop/lydiajeanart

5 // Look how cute these stickers are!! I ordered them from Lydia Jean Art on Etsy and they are even better in person! I originally found her shop because my daughter is obsessed with Zelda, so I was looking for stickers to put inside her birthday card as a little surprise. I found this super cute Zelda sticker and then I was like, "ooh! Beetlejuice! omg, Halloween! The pengiun from Batman, what?!?!" πŸ˜‚ I'll be ordering more for sure! 

take care and have a great weekend ♡

What I Ate | vegan + gluten free


oatmeal with frozen blueberries, bananas, and agave

Awhile back, Aldi had huge bags of gluten free oats for around $4 so I grabbed three bags and have been having oatmeal almost every day since. This bowl had blueberries, bananas, cinnamon, and agave. I usually put walnuts on there too but am out at the moment :[

coffee and water

I had two cups of coffee throughout the day and a ton of water. We bought a Berkey water filter last summer and it has been so great because we all drink so much more water now for whatever reason.

I've been squeezing a lemon into a glass of water in the afternoon to have when I take my iron supplement. I read the citrus helps with iron absorption so I'm giving it a try!


I can't stop eating rice with sesame oil, sriracha, and gf soy sauce! It's so good! I love making a big batch of rice and everyone can add whatever they want to it. My daughter adds frozen corn and my husband will either use just soy sauce or he will have chili + rice.

I'll probably get tired of this soon since I've been having it so often, but it's perfect for right now.

curried lentil, tomato, and coconut soup

I made this curried lentil, tomato, and coconut soup early in the day so the flavors would have time to deepen before we had it for dinner buuuuut.. I couldn't resist and had two bowls of it before dinner even happened πŸ˜‚ I've made this recipe quite a few times and it is so easy and so good. 

Some things I also ate but didn't take a photo of: an apple, a bowl of cantaloupe, and some plain wavy lay's potato chips.

I picked up a grocery order today and in it was plantains so that I can make these baked black bean + plantain rellenos this weekend! I'm excited to try these because they look really good! 

♡ take care

Things I Want to Be Better At

 

things i want to be better at


1 // mailing letters

I've been pretty good about sending little letters or cards to people whenever I'm thinking about them. But I want to be even better about it! There's nothing like getting real, handwritten letters in the mail. It doesn't take much to make someone's day. When my grandmother passed away, my mom found a container full of cards and letters I'd sent her. I wished I would have sent even more because I now know just how much she enjoyed them. I'm going to send letters this weekend to a couple of people that have been on my mind lately.


2 // being patient

Lately, I have been feeling like I'm being pulled in a lot of directions which makes me overwhelmed and, as much as I hate to admit it, snippy with my family. Super not cool. I've been putting a lot of work into design and my planner shop the past couple of months. When I am super focused on a project I feel that I'm not able to do anything else until I finish it. Like I must have a marathon session and if I get interrupted I end up losing my patience.


I don't want to be that way. I believe that it stems from feeling like if I stop, I will lose my creative streak that's happening in that moment. This is my #1 must work on because it's ridiculous to act out in that way. Growing up, I always hated how my family talked to each other just because they knew you'd accept it and come back around "because you're family". Yeah, no. It's gross. You don't get to talk to others that way just because you're family and I'm putting in the work to break that attitude.


3 // if we need something, try to buy it used first

I'm so bad about immediately going online to buy new when we need things. We sold a lot of things on Facebook marketplace over the summer and overall (looking at that one person who didn't understand the concept of personal space πŸ˜–), it was a pretty good experience. So I'm going to try to go there first whenever we need something. 


4 // sticking to a schedule

I bounce around from this to that without actually completing an entire project it seems. I get distracted so easily. I'll be working on something, then something else I need to do will pop into my mind and I'll run off to go do that. I'll be exhausted at the end of the day without accomplishing anything! That's why I'm bringing back the pomodoro technique. It's the only thing that has worked for me and I honestly don't know why I ever stop. I guess I think that after awhile of using the timer I will be able to focus on my own, but nah. Not happening. I'm pretty sure I'll have to use the timer for the rest of my life πŸ˜…


5 // creating a healthy routine

I was doing so well with walking every single day and then I stopped - I don't even remember why. I want to get back into that routine because when I workout, I naturally want to eat better, drink more water, etc. It really improves my mood too. I've also noticed back pain lately and I really need to get ahead of that and get moving more again! 


So that's what I want to get better at right now. This list will shift and change as I keep working at all this. Really, just getting back into using the pomodoro timer (I use this one a lot and it also explains the technique) will help so, so much! I'm looking forward to making these changes.

Weekly Love | Link Roundup


◐ Door Sixteen is blogging again! I used to read her blog waaay back in the day and it was one of my favorites. How incredible is her hand painted kitchen floor?

 I need to make these crispy paprika fries asap. I've got a bag of potatoes in the pantry that I need to use so this will be perfect πŸ˜‹

◐ Wide Open School is an awesome (free!) site that creates a casual school curriculum for your kids based on their grade. It has been really helpful over here!

 I made a few weekly lesson planning sheets if you are needing something for homeschool this year. You can print them or use them in digital planning apps, such as Goodnotes.

◐ If you're into bullet journaling, you'll love this Instagram account. Sometimes I get stuck with layout ideas and this is a go-to for getting new ideas.

Proof! math card game

I bought this math card game called Proof! (affiliate link) last week and we have been loving it over here! You lay out nine cards and try to find hidden equations within those cards using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. When you find an equation you keep those cards and whoever has the most cards wins.

We used all the cards the first time we played and my daughter got a little frustrated because the larger number cards made it difficult. The next time we played, I mostly used the smaller numbers with only a couple larger cards mixed in and she loved it! She woke up two mornings in a row asking to play first thing πŸ™Œ  They also have interactive math games on their website that you can play!

bobcat and birdie latch hook kits bobcatandbirdie.etsy.com

I can't get over these amazing latch hook kits! Check out the Bobcat & Birdie Instagram account to see some of the ones people have made so far - they're so cool!

That's some of my favorite things from the week. I hope you all have a great weekend 

Currently

UT Gardens Knoxville, Tennessee


listening to | I was working on a logo design last month and the client asked if I wanted him to share a playlist that meshes with the aesthetic he was going for. I was thrilled because I find that sort of thing super helpful! It was extremely helpful but I kept catching myself thinking, "this is what kids are listening to these days?!"in a very.. feeling super out the loop kind of way πŸ˜‚ I found a few new songs I really loved which is always great!

Here's what I've had on repeat lately: Nascar Aloe - American Wasteland /// Khruangbin and Leon Bridges - Texas Sun /// Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks - Little Fang /// Omni - Wire /// Solid Gold - Who You Gonna Run To? /// The Vacant Lots - Fracture /// Deep Cuts - Chemicals /// Brandy - Baby /// Willie Colon y Ruben Blades - Plastico

wishing | That coronavirus was gone and we could see family again, for sure. If I had to choose something that doesn't relate to that in any way.. I'd wish for us to deep into homeschooling right now and it be going really well. I'm so worried about it!

eating | Steamed rice with sesame oil, sriracha, and gf soy sauce. It's so good! I also made this noodle dish a couple of times and really enjoyed it.

thinking about | How I need to be better with managing my time! I'm trying out the pomdoro technique again which I've always been successful with in the past. I just have to push through once the novelty wears off. I can do it!

crushing on | I'll just share some of my favorite IG accounts right now:

 - glutenfreeveggiehead - all sorts of great food ideas for vegans with Hashimoto's!

- solacilike - I love her art! It's bright and beautiful.

- apple.cheeks - super cute illustrations!

- candycoloredhome - colorful and fun home inspiration.

watching | I've been watching a lot of day in the life videos on YouTube. Right now it's usually The Seoul Search. I'd love any recommendations if you all have any for similar channels! 

Today I am rearranging some furniture and things to create a homeschool space for us. I also dusted off our shredder and am getting rid of some of that paper clutter that it starting to takeover. I hope you all are having a nice weekend and take care ♡

2020, wtf dude?

UT gardens - knoxville, tennessee

What a year. I really thought that we were going to be able to make it through the other side in one piece, but then May hit us with the death of my MIL and job loss. We are doing okay and I know that we will be able to work through it, but wow.. it has been a lot all at once.

Dealing with the very valid and very big feelings my almost eight year old is having has been tough too. We have been very strict about staying at home. She hasn't left the house since the end of March, unless it has been for a drive around the city or to walk around empty public spaces. It's been tough on her. 

I decided to pull her from school since I didn't feel comfortable sending her back in person. That brought a lot of feelings out as well. She has gone to a different school every year and this was going to be her second year at her current school. I feel awful about it (and about how she has gone to a different school each year) but it's just too risky as cases are really starting to rise here.

My planner shop has been doing pretty well so I have really been focusing on that. I have also picked up a few freelance design jobs so I am very thankful for those. Work is really difficult when I'm trying to do a project and also be present as a mother. I never feel like I can do both well and work has to take priority for a bit with the money stress going on. 

I'd been thinking lately that I miss how blogs used to be. People shared everything and you really got to know the person behind them. I can't stand these post now (and I'm totally guilty of them too) where it's all sponsored, vague, and/or a list of random tips or link roundups just for the sake of a blog post and not really anything useful.

I sound so crabby but dang! I miss reading about people's thoughts, seeing their days, and real recommendations. I 100% understand - and support - if you're sharing something you found truly useful and use an affiliate or referral link. But just this linking any and everything that you don't actually use? I'm over it.

Anyway πŸ˜… I sat down the other day and wrote out what hobbies I'd really love to focus on and work at. They were rollerskating, blogging, and making planners and printables. I miss blogging and want this space to be like the old time blogs. Just sharing my days, random photos, and not all positivity because that's just not working for me this year haha

Some things that have been going on and will steer the direction of my posts: my Hashimoto's diagnosis in April. I went off gluten and dairy and when I tried to reintroduce gluten in June I got so sick. I felt hungover almost and couldn't keep my eyes open from this insane exhaustion.. I was in bed for an entire day! I didn't even try to reintroduce dairy after that.

So, I'll be posting a bunch about gluten and dairy free cooking. I was a vegetarian for 20 years, but started eating tuna again. Like, a serving a month. But that and honey are the only animal products I eat now.

I am also starting homeschooling on August 17th. Diving straight into it. Luckily, I have a friend that has been homeschooling her son forever now so she gave me some great advice and pointed me in the right direction. I'll be posting and sharing a lot about that because it will be a huge part of our lives. So, I'm sorry (and understand) if that's of no interest. I wanted to make sure and give a warning though πŸ˜‚

So yeah. Just sharing a lot about our days which aren't very eventful since we don't leave, but I'm happy about it! I kept leaving blogging because I felt I had to make those posts to get traffic and I would get so disinterested because I felt that I had to put on that positive all the time front but now I just.. don't care about that. Everyone is hurting and has real problems going on. I understand that those types of blogs are a good distraction from everything, but I'm not good at creating those types of posts and it's just not real life over here.

Okay, goodness.. that was all over the place. I just wanted to share what I envisioned for this space and what was going on over here. Thank you to those who are still reading and I hope that you all are making out okay during this time. I can't do much, but I am a great listener if anyone needs to vent.

I started a new Instagram that ties in with this blog if you all prefer to follow along or get in touch that way. Take care ♡

This Week's Grocery Order + Meal Ideas


I thought I'd be able to drag my next grocery trip out a couple of weeks, but my daughter must be going through a growth spurt or something right now because she's eating a lot more snacks/meals right now. Plus, with all of us being at home 24/7 we tend to hang out in the kitchen and graze all day. I placed an online pickup with Wal-Mart and picked it up this morning. Here's what I got:


  • 2 packs tofu
  • loaf of gluten free bread
  • grapes
  • bananas
  • box of whole wheat spaghetti
  • tortilla chips
  • salsa
  • tomatoes
  • canned kidney beans
  • canned chili beans
  • canned black beans
  • canned refried beans
  • bag of dried red beans
  • bag of dried black-eyed peas
  • bag of white rice
  • kiwis
  • lettuce
  • sugar snap peas
  • avocados
  • two bags of gala apples
  • 2 bags frozen sweet potatoes
  • oreos
  • 4 frozen cheese pizzas
  • siete almond flour tortillas
  • lemons
  • limes
  • red bell peppers
  • green bell peppers
  • cantaloupe
  • frozen peas
  • frozen corn
  • parchment paper
  • spring mix
  • frozen riced cauliflower
  • 2 frozen cauliflower pizza crusts
  • pack of lime sparkling water
  • 2 packs smoked salmon
  • gallon of almond milk
  • flamin' hot doritos
  • 3lb bag of potatoes
  • pasta sauce
  • 2 packs of seaweed
  • 2 packs beyond beef crumbles
  • lucky charms
  • string cheese
  • dog food
  • bubble bath
  • 2 boxes annie's mac n' cheese
total: $174

I spent a lot, but I was so surprised to see dried beans, rice, frozen pizza, and canned food back on the app that I grabbed a few extra things to have on hand. I also made a Whole Foods delivery order that arrived on Friday morning and here's what that had in it:

  • bag frozen corn (my daughter eats frozen corn straight from the bag so I keep it on hand πŸ˜†)
  • smoked salmon
  • gluten free bagels
  • soy sauce
  • frozen black bean burgers
  • coffee
  • canned black beans
  • 2% milk
  • bag of mixed nuts
  • bag of cashews
  • bag of plain potato chips
  • limes
  • sweet potatoes
  • bananas
  • romaine
  • garlic
  • turkey bacon
  • eggs
  • avocado
  • canned tuna
  • tortilla chips
  • bag of onions
  • grape tomatoes
  • 2 bags baby carrots
  • oat milk + rice crisp dark chocolate bar
  • frozen gluten free chocolate chip cookie dough
  • bag of broccoli
  • annie's cheese pizza bagels
total: $143.17 // which brings my grocery total to $317.17 (that includes the delivery tip and $17.63 in tax for both orders - our food tax is 7.25% here and 9.25% on all other items)

I went back and forth on if I should post prices since I wasn't sure if it seemed tone deaf with everything that's going on. Usually my rule is if I can't decide if I should or not, then don't do it. But I'm keeping this as a record since I want to see how long groceries last, if I can do better to keep my costs down, what worked and what didn't. I also wanted to stock up a bit because they are starting to reopen businesses in my state this week and I'm worried about it.

I'm trying my best to keep prices low because things are so uncertain at the moment - it has been hard. Me being newly gluten free has complicated things a bit as I'm buying more convenience items because I'm stressed and food is comforting right now. 

Here are all the meals I can make with what I bought:

  1. burritos // using tortillas, dried or canned beans, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa
  2. nachos // using tortilla chips, beyond meat crumbles, beans, veggies
  3. salads // add baked tofu or beans for more protein
  4. black bean burgers + fries // using the bag of potatoes to make fries
  5. sweet potato hash with fried eggs // I use the frozen cubed sweet potatoes if I don't have fresh
  6. tuna salad sandwiches
  7. chickpea salad sandwiches // I have tahini and capers in the fridge already
  8. lemon + tomato roasted potatoes
  9. instant pot beans + rice
  10. sweet potato bowl // using what ingredients I have on hand as you don't need all of them
  11. pizza
  12. cauliflower + walnut taco filling // for burritos or nachos
  13. BLTs + chips // using the turkey bacon or making my own version with tofu
  14. stir fry // frozen veggies, tofu, soy sauce/sugar
  15. breakfast potatoes // I'd also put these in tortillas like a burrito
  16. bagel + egg sandwiches // add turkey bacon
  17. spaghetti + marinara
  18. seaweed wraps // using the nori sheets - fill with rice/salmon/tofu/veggies
  19. veggie chili
  20. baked potatoes // sweet or russet - top w/leftover veggie chili
  21. veggie stew // I have broth concentrate and spices already
  22. egg sandiwches
  23. mac n' cheese // for my daughter
  24. smoothies // also for my daughter
  25. potato soup
  26. toast with avocado, tomato, salmon
  27. black beans + rice
  28. carrot soup
  29. black bean soup

I went to my favorite recipe sites and looked through to see what would work with what I bought. There are a lot of options here so it's good to have this so I can reference back to it when I'm not sure what to make. I usually do a weekly meal plan, but lately we have just been going by what we are in the mood for when dinner time rolls around.

For snacks, there are all sorts of options. When I get home I immediately wash and cut up the fruits and veggies. That way they are ready for recipes or my daughter can just grab whatever she wants out of the fridge and it's ready to eat. There's also oreos, cereal, chips, nuts, hardboiled eggs, and string cheese. 

It's freezing and dreary here today so I am headed to the kitchen to watch some reality tv while I meal prep. That usually cheers me up πŸ˜†

take care everyone 

What I Ate | gluten + dairy free

frothy almond milk + coffee

Here is a day of food from earlier this week. I'm currently gluten and dairy free because I was diagnosed with Hashimotos (my immune system is attacking my thyroid) awhile back. I was also vegetarian for twenty years, but have added tuna to my diet recently to see if it helps with my symptoms any. It's the only animal product I can eat without feeling sick. I tried smoked salmon the other day and the texture made me gag. There's no way I can go back to beef, chicken, etc. I'm looking for ways to up my protein and see if this is doable. It has been really tough! 

I started my morning with coffee and almond milk foam. I got this milk heater / frother (affiliate link) and it is amazing! It works really well with almond milk, so the foam would be even better with regular milk or half and half.


I had my first meal at noon so I guess this is considered lunch. I've been waking up at 8:30am, taking my thyroid meds, and then have to wait an hour to eat or drink anything but water. I usually workout while my daughter does her morning school meeting. Then I have coffee - finally - around 10am and get so wrapped up with homeschool that I haven't been eating until 11/12.

On this day I had roasted sweet potatoes (trader joe's chili spice mix + cumin), beans, avocado, and hot sauce. I had this for dinner the night before and woke up wanting to make it again. It was really good!


Another cup of coffee. My daughter had a lot of school work to do which meant I needed coffee to help with second grade math 😜 I learned how to this a lot differently than she is being taught, so I'm having to catch up on some new ways to do things.


I made us some of these cookies for an afternoon break. They are small, but very good! I also had a banana.



I've been having an apple with almond butter everyday. That almond butter is the best!


We went outside to play and ended up out there for three hours riding bikes, playing, walking the dogs, picking flowers, etc. I had to include this photo. We were playing badminton and Ginger grabbed the birdie and took off with it. It was hilarious watching her run around the yard like this πŸ˜‚ She was zooming all over the place trying to get away from us so we wouldn't take it away from her.


For dinner, I made red curry noodle soup based off this Instagram video recipe. It was okay. The first bowl was really good, but the second was super salty. I guess from the rice noodles soaking up all the broth? I don't know.. it was weird!

I got around ~45 grams of protein on this day. I'm trying to do better so I'm going to track food again for awhile. I've been using the Fooducate app to track for a couple of days which I really like because they layout is by time rather than breakfast / lunch / dinner / snacks.


Here is my day so far today - it also keeps me on track with water! I thought I was drinking way more than recommended buuuut.. not the case πŸ˜… Since I'm rarely eating meat and have now quit dairy, I went to my absolute favorite vegan nutrition source, Bonzai Aphrodite, and read up on supplements.

She's not blogging anymore, but her posts are still all there and they are such a great source for information. Very thoughtful, well researched posts that explain things in an easy to understand way. So with what I researched, I'm now taking Vitamin D, B-12, and the DHA/EPA Omega 3 drops she recommends in her post. I also take a multivitamin here and there along with an iron supplement occasionally.

Hopefully I'm on the right track to getting rid of these symptoms - brain fog and fatigue are the big ones for me - and starting to feel better again!

take care everyone 

My Favorite Artists on Instagram

mute0n / jw butts
@mute0n // When I first moved to Chattanooga, I would walk around downtown a lot and kept seeing all this awesome street art everywhere! I eventually found out who created it and instantly loved all everything I saw, especially this series he did on found photos and paintings. I was able to get a print of his and it's one of my favorite pieces of art in my house :] He sells a lot of originals through his Instagram so check those out if you're looking for some fantastic art for your home.

mwanhala

@mwanhala // I love her work so much! The colors and line work are just incredible. It's so different than anything I've seen before. She occasionally sells originals for an amazing price so keep an eye out if you enjoy her work too!

eradura

@eradura // Look at this gorgeous hand embroidery! I really love the desert color palette and imagery she uses.

memorial stitches

@memorialstitches // Look at the detail in this hand embroidery! Seriously.. just beautiful! I love everything she makes, but especially the ones with women/hair. And her bats are wonderful too :]

artbyangie.jpg

@artbyangie.jpg // I just love her work because it feels so dang cozy! I've always been a fan of miniatures and dollhouses, so I especially the love the little scenes of rooms hiding inside of random items. So sweet :] Here is her etsy shop where she sells all sorts of art and stickers.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found some new artists to follow! ♡

Currently

practicing hand lettering in procreate
listening to | Ariel Pink - Baby /// Human Tetris - Things I Don't Need /// Motorama - Heavy Wave ///  Boy Harsher - Pain /// Silvio Rodriguez - OjalΓ‘ /// Janet Jackson - That's the Way Love Goes /// Lebanon Hanover - Sadness Is Rebellion /// Solid Space - Tenth Planet /// Ginuwine - In Those Jeans /// The Whispers - Rock Steady /// Faith No More - We Care Alot

wishing | The weather would warm up a little bit more! We got spoiled with a week of incredible weather, so I got into the habit of eating meals on the back porch. I need that back plzzz.

eating | I've been working on making Pad Thai that tastes like this one that I still dream about from a place we ate at in St. Petersburg, Florida when we visited a few years back πŸ˜† I've almost got it down! But I ran out of tamarind today and it will be a few days before I grocery shop again. I started with the pad thai recipe from the Just Egg website (just the sauce part) and have been experimenting with ingredients and ratios each time I make it.

I add more sugar πŸ˜…, lots of sriracha, and a few drops of fish sauce instead of the soy. It's getting there, but I feel that it's missing something and I don't know what that something is! I'll figure it out and be happy eating the test dishes in the meantime. :]



thinking about | How beautiful this tree outside the kitchen window is. All the color and sunshine is making me happy :] Also thinking about how incredible this house looks. Love that floor and all the dark jewel green accents everywhere! 

crushing on | I've been loving these Instagram accounts lately: Damfino (love her style and cosplays) // Jas @ Just Seconds (amazing rollerskater!) // The CCL World (love her digital planning time lapses) // Go Clean Co (cleaning tips!) // byclairee (really pretty paper planning) // Tips for Artists (drawing tips and tricks) // Trey Tylor (celeb photos/stories you probably haven't seen or heard before)

watching | I haven't been watching any movies and the only tv shows are old reruns of Parks & Rec and Kitchen Nightmares while I am cooking or cleaning the kitchen 😜 

Hope you all are well 

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