Sunday, January 27, 2013


The temperature here has barely managed to climb above freezing lately & Mother Nature sent about 4 inches of snow our way last night. So needless to say we have not ventured outside too much lately!
I've been all too content to stay indoors with my tea and hulu plus :) (And school work too, of course!)
This cold weather is definitely an adjustment for me. Kevin is having beautiful days with warm temps down South. I told my Mom that I remember wearing sun dresses last February, and she laughed out loud. I think this year will be a bit different :)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

the juicing run down

Just a few things we've learned throughout our juice this week :)

It's expensive
My sister and I bought enough fruit & veggies for what we thought would last us 3 days. We were out of apples before the end of day 2! It's really unfortunate how much more expensive healthy/organic food is than prepackaged stuff. But that's a trade off I suppose.

It's messy
I didn't really think about it before, but all that pulp, skins, seeds, etc has to go somewhere! It takes me about 20 minutes to clean the juicer after each juice. (So if you're juicing 4/5 times a day-do the math)

It's hard
Yep, it's tough. Especially when your younger sister is eating pizza & mac 'n cheese while you're trying to drink a beet. It's not very fun. It's tough to walk by the coffee shop, or vending machines, or sweet little girls selling cookies (ok, so that last one didn't actually happen). It's a true test in self control!

It's time consuming
Like, really time consuming. Another thing I hadn't really thought of before we started. It takes awhile to plan out the recipes, clean & chop the fruit and veggies, blend the right proportions, etc. And seriously, see #2 about cleaning the juicer everytime. Yeesh!

It's rewarding
When push comes to shove I really do feel good about juicing. I didn't do it to loose weight, but lost a few pounds after just 1 day and not really trying. For as often as I thought I might be hungry, I really wasn't. As long as I had a juice to sip on I didn't think about wanting food too much. It's very mind over matter.

A few other things:

I realized with the very first juice that I can't stand the frothy stuff at the top. The texture was making me sick. I know it was probably 100% psychological, but after that drink I started to drink my juices with a straw and it made them 10x better.

We made a lot of juices that followed recipes for the blue print cleanse. This was good because it made us put things together that we wouldn't have thought of on our own. Other than following those recipes we made up a lot of our own too!
These are most of the juices that we made;

1 golden delicous apple
1 clementine (peeled)
2 large carrots
3 handfuls of green grapes

1 whole pineapple
1 golden delicious apple
2 large carrots
2/3 handfuls of purple grapes
1 handful of spinach

1 Apple
2 Beets with greens
1 1/2 tsp ginger
3 large carrots
1/2 oz lemon juice

1/3 Pineapple
1 Apple
& a few mint leaves

In the future I hope to juice a couple times a week (most likely for breakfast), but probably won't do another cleanse for awhile. Once is enough for quite some time :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Breakfast this morning! yum :)

I'm not sure why my sister and I waited so late in the month to embark on our glorious juice cleanse, but we did. It's nearly the end of January and we had to do it before she goes back to school next week!
So we hurried to get everything together in order to start today.
I myself start classes tomorrow (for real this time). Not sure why I didn't think of it before, but I don't really want to be that girl showing up on the first day with a giant green shake in hand. But it'll be worth a few odd stares, right?
I've gotten a lot of questions about our cleanse and I plan on doing a recap of it once we finish including the recipes we used. But the juice above (called 'green monster') includes; 4 golden delicious apples, 5-7 stalks of celery, half a cucumber, a few handfuls of spinach, and a few leaves of kale. (made about 3 servings)
I will be the first to admit that this whole juicing thing is very new to me. Usually, I count it a good day to make it through the morning without coffee or sugary cereal. But I've taken an interest in juicing over the past few months and have tried to do my research. Some of the testimonials are incredible! And more than anything, its about knowing exactly what I'm putting into my body, which is important!
So there's my little speech. With all of that said I already cheated today and ate a sweet potato at dinner. Oops! Hopefully I'll do better tomorrow :)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

tea/read/sleep repeat

I have definitely kept up my new years resolution to drink more tea

One word to describe this week:cozy.

It's just been one of those weeks. I can't remember what day it is, or have anything much do to.
I (embarrassingly) thought that my classes started this week. After getting up early, showering, getting dressed & eating breakfast, I checked my schedule to realize they don't start until next week. I can just imagine myself sitting in an empty classroom being totally clueless. SO thankful it didn't come to that :)
But I was happy to have 1 last week of freedom. Since my living quarters are in the basement, my room is right next to the wood stove. I think the warm fire constantly going makes it easy for me to feel lazy and just stay in bed. (My recent hurry to catch up on Downton Abbey and numerous good books have not helped the situation.)
But it wasn't a totally unproductive week. I had a job interview that I'm keeping my fingers crossed on!
Happy weekend & lets hope its a bit more eventful! :)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

NYC weekend


I was so happy to take the train up to New York this weekend to celebrate a dear friends engagement! We had a great couple of days going to different places and exploring the city. It was my first time to ever ride the subway in NYC & go to the natural history museum! Lots of fun things with fun people.
I wish Kevin could have made the trip with me, but he was already en route back to Mississippi (which seems like worlds away). This time apart is definitely not ideal, but necessary for him to complete his program at MSU. Keeping my fingers crossed that he'll finish soon and hurry back to me!
Hope your weekend was a good one!

Friday, January 11, 2013

I'm currently..

watching: Downton Abbey. I know, I know. I was way late jumping on this train. But I'm catching up! Getting into season 2 today.

listening to: Ingrid Michaelson on shuffle. This lady is just so good, she never gets old.

missing: My dear husband. I dropped him off in Annapolis MD (picture above) on Tuesday and said goodbye. He has a conference there and then will return to Mississippi to finish up 100% of his thesis for school. I'm very excited for him but also just want him to be done so he can come back!

reading: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. I got it as a Christmas gift, and am surprised with how quickly I'm flipping through each page.

looking forward to: This weekend! I'll be taking the train up to New York to meet some very lovely friends, and I can.not.wait!

Hope you all are having a lovely week so far.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

less & more

photo (7)

in 2013 I hope to/for;

more tea less coffee
use what I have instead of buying new things
be more intentional about everything
less iPhone
1 week juice cleanse with my sister
actually do some of the things on my Pinterest craft board
more mountain top hikes
less dinners out
more books
run a mile without dying

(if you don't hear from me, its because I didn't accomplish that last one.) ;)


Friday, January 4, 2013

new year::old fashioned

 Happy New Year!!
I hope you all had a fun & safe holiday :)
Kevin and I rung in the new year at a 1920's themed NYE party thrown by my cousin and his wife! Everyone was to come dressed in traditional 20's garb & in black and white. There were feathered headbands, bow ties, and fishnet stockings at every turn!
They even had a photo-booth set up with fun props for everyone to use. This was such a good idea, and way better than taking blurry iphone pictures all night!
Everything about the party was true to theme, and it almost felt like we were ringing in 1923 rather than 2013.
Now that the holidays are over it feels like real life has to start again-- & I, for one, am not a fan. We're gearing up for lots of changes over here; including Kevin going back to Mississippi and me starting school.
Wish us luck!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 wrap up

2012 has been pretty great. It was my first full year of blogging, and I love to go back and reminisce on things of 2012.

Kevin and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary
And I got to see one of my closest friends get married
And possibly my favorite memory from 2012; going to the Georgia Aquarium! 
(Yeah, it was that good)

Some not so fun things happened this year too.
I lost my first Grandparent in June when my Pap passed away. We also had to say goodbye to so many good friends in 2012, when we left Mississippi to move back home.
I bought this planner the other day for the new year. To me, 2013 is full of promise and possibility. Kevin and I have some big opportunities ahead, things that are both exciting and scary. I can't wait to see the things that will fill this planner's pages. Right now we are trusting that God will lead us to where He wants us to be, in 2013 and beyond!
Happy New Year!!