Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

One of my New Year's tradition is buying a planner and writing supplies.  I have been doing it for the past few years and love it.  The new year gives me a perfect time to set goals and reflect on the last 365 days.  There is just something about the new year that presents a clean slate.  I have made resolutions in the past, but this year I have three simple philosophies or mantras.  

  1. Every day counts - Time with family, working out, eating healthy, drinking enough water, connecting with friends......
  2. Does it bring me joy? - If it doesn't bring me joy, and it is within my control it isn't happening this year. This applies to materials items, personal experiences, how I manage my time and really everything. 
  3. Try/do new things
That's it! I do have a few smaller personal goals, but they all fit within these areas or philosophies. 

That being said here is my planner and writing supplies along with a mug that does in fact bring me joy.  

I also thought it would be great fun this year to complete a "Wreck This Journal".  I will keep you posted on how it goes.

Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 26, 2015


The past few months I have been finding inspiration all around me.  I decided this next year is the year I am going to pick up my camera and use it every day.  I love documenting everyday life and things that I find interesting.  

This past year has been full of changes... BIG changes.  When things get tough it is amazing to have a wonderful family that bends over backwards for you and is beyond generous.  My little family is blessed to have all of you in our lives.  Just wanted to give that little shout out. 

These dishes were a very thoughtful gift, and it makes me teary just thinking about them.  They are beautiful and I wanted to show them off a bit on my blog!  Thank you so MUCH to my brother and sister-in-law for them. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Please Don't Go On a Diet!

HELLOOOO!! Blogging is easy they said.... Blogging is fun they said.... UMMM I have a hard time staying on top of it to be honest.  I really enjoy it though, so I am trying to make it a priority.

IF I could give you any advice at all it would be - Please don't go on a diet!! If you are looking to make a real change, make it something you can maintain.  Setting expectations for yourself that are not realistic is a sure fire way to make you lose focus.  If you are interested in healthy eating there are many philosophies out there for you to research and incorporate into your lifestyle.

 Since the last time I posted I have started from the beginning with running and printed out this training schedule >>>  I decided to go back to the beginning of running and it has made such a huge difference.   I cannot even begin to express my love for being on an actual schedule.  It is crucial I have learned.  It has taken me awhile to come around to the idea though.  When I first started running I had NO IDEA what I was doing.  I didn't research anything, plan anything, or even track my mileage.  Well one stress fracture later and all that has changed.  This time around I plan to go by the book, and take it extremely slow.  I am halfway through the training schedule and feel very confident this time around.

Okay, okay enough running talk.  Let me tell you about these tacos!  About a year ago just starting out on my plant based food journey, I had raw walnut tacos at the Downtown Farmer's Market.  They were amazing, and I have been wanting to make them at home ever since.  I did a quick search for them and realized everyone was making them and blogging about them.  I am sure I don't have anything new to add to what others have done, but they are worth a post just because of how delicious they are.

I will keep this short and sweet.

Walnut Mixture -
- 1 cup raw walnuts
-1 T Olive Oil
- Sprinkle of cayenne pepper
- 1 T of soy sauce
- Cumin
- Garlic powder
- Salt and pepper
I pulsed it around several times in the food processor.  You really want to have some pretty decent sized walnut pieces in there, so don't grind it into butter.

I made a quick pico for the top
- 3 roma tomatoes
- Garlic
- Red onion
- Jalapeno
- Salt and pepper
- Fresh squeezed lime

* I forgot cilantro at the store, but would have added that in for sure.

I used Boston lettuce for the "shell"

I love grocery shopping actually!  I always take inventory of all the food I have and then make my list based on that.  This is pretty typical of what my loot usually looks like.  I do usually get brown rice, quinoa and sometimes corn tortillas, black beans, and chickpeas that aren't pictured here.  

I hope everyone has a great week!! I will try hard to keep the blog updated :) 
xoxo - Jamie 

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