Pulled Pork Stew

Life’s been a new kind of busy these last several weeks as we settle in to our new routine. Massage school takes up five full work days each week, which means I’m spending more time away from my home and little ones than ever before. I miss them, yes, but my brain is loving the new challenges that are coming my way. The classroom environment stimulates my mind in ways that I’ve missed (cellular biology is absolutely fascinating!), and my frenetic nature is calmed by the dim lights and quiet music of our massage lab. It’s a beautiful combination of …

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On Life and Carrot Soup

Hello there. I never meant to leave this space quiet for so long, but the respite that I gained from my silence here has been most necessary and beneficial. At the time of my last posting, I was at a place of mental and physical fatigue, often feeling that although words were flowing through my fingertips, I wasn’t really saying much at all. The chorus of a decade-old Switchfoot song replayed in my mind, and I was convicted. “If we’re adding to the noise, turn off this song”; I felt that I was, so I knew it was time for …

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Let’s Talk Teeth

FYI, this is a sponsored post, but as you’ll read below, I am personally interested in this topic and am eager to share with you what I’ve recently learned regarding my teeth-straightening options. All opinions are my own.  —– Up until about 6 months ago, I’d always viewed orthodontia as purely cosmetic. Sure, I would have loved to have perfectly straight teeth (who wouldn’t?), but growing up in a family in which money was tight, I accepted my good-enough alignment at a fairly young age. In fact, people often noted how nice my smile was (I even won the “Smile …

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Quinoa Shrimp Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

Well, howdy! I hope you’re having a good day, and if not, perhaps this little ditty of a salad will perk you up. It’s the type of dish that’s easy to prepare and perfect for summer days that are long and hot and leave you (me) wanting to get dinner on the table with as little cooking as possible. Here’s what’s going on: quinoa + shrimp pack a high protein punch while red onions and bell peppers provide bite, sweetness and texture; raw cashews give even more crunch, and the cilantro, lime, and honey flavors of the dressing bring everything …

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread + How YOU Can Help End Hunger This Weekend!

Friday is upon us, my friends, which means the weekend is so close I can almost taste it! With plans for helping host a friend’s baby shower, getting my hairs cut, and soaking up the sun while it lasts, all signs point to it being a good couple days. Plus, my mom is coming to visit next week, so I have that to look forward to! Those who’ve entered my house lately will tell you that I’ve been on a mission to hide fruits and vegetables in as many treats and baked goods as possible. Bananas and broccoli comprise the …

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