Baja Bean

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We’ve been settled in Charlottesville for roughly 5 months now and we have definitely enjoyed trying all of the new restaurants around us. One of the first restaurants we went to was no surprise a Mexican restaurant, Baja Bean. My husband actually thought it was a coffee shop at first, but once I told him that it was a Mexican joint he promptly turned around to go back. I’ve tried several different dishes here and I’m never disappointed in the food. Sometimes the service is lacking a bit, but we put up with it for the prices and the food.

Baja Bean Cabo Tacos

Cabo Tacos with Bacon wrapped Shrimp

 

Baja Bean Guaca Tacas

Guaca Tacas

Pesky Enchiladas

Pesky Enchiladas

 

 

If you love food as much as I do, don’t forget to check out some of my favorite recipes! Links below!

Maple Bacon Muffins

Maple Bacon Muffins

Frozen Patio Punch

Frozen Patio Punch

What’s in my Larirade Tote

Kelly and Katie Larirade SatchelFor a few months now, I’ve been searching for the perfect bag. I had bought a white and black tote from Target on a whim, and I fell in love with it. I had never been much of a tote person because I was always digging around for everything at the bottom. But I decided to give it a try after watching At Home with Nikki on YouTube. She taught me the concept of having several smaller bags inside your large tote to make finding things easier. She usually has a tech bag, cosmetic bag, pen bag, and a few more items. So I tried this system out with my Target bag and loved it. But there were a few things about the bag that I didn’t like. It didn’t have a long shoulder strap or an outside pocket for my phone. But now that I knew exactly what I liked and didn’t like, I began searching. And I found the Kelly and Katie Larirade Satchel from DSW.

I absolutely love this purse! It has one middle zipper compartment, two snap closure compartments on each side, and a small zipper compartment on the outside for my phone. It has beautiful rolled handles plus an adjustable shoulder strap. And it comes with a beautiful scarf!

Kelly and Katie Larirade Satchel

So here’s everything in my purse. I’m not 100% with the smaller bags at the moment. I’m trying to find something that will match the coral of the purse a little bit better, but that is proving difficult at the moment. Yes, I am a matchy matchy kind of person. Here’s a closer look at what I have.

Kelly and Katie Larirade Satchel

Jessica Simpson wallet
Black with white polka dots wallet with store reward/discount cards
Checkbook
Cosmetic Bag
Gold glitter notebook to jot down ideas as they come to me
Black tech bag with bluetooth and my paypal card reader
Large white with black polka dots bag with extra clothes for my daughter
Gold glitter bag with medicine, band aids, perfumes, and breath mints
Fashion bag has all of my feminine products

Miche Calgary Handbag

What’s in my Handbag

Mirabella Boutique

Fashion Haul ~ Mirabella Boutique

101 in 1001 ~March Recap

My 101 in 1001

Let me just be honest, I kind of forgot about my 101 Things in 1,001 Days. I’ve had the opportunity to accomplish several things on this list in the last several months but chose not to. However, I was able to mark off 2 things this past month. The first one was to make a new recipe. I’ve actually made several new recipes with my Wildtree products and I’ve loved all but 1 of them. Here’s a few pictures of the recipes I loved.

Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

 

Chicken Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Chicken Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

 

Asian Pork Tenderloin with Spicy Roasted Acorn Squash and Sweet and Spicy Thai Carrot Soup

Asian Pork Tenderloin with Spicy Roasted Acorn Squash and Sweet and Spicy Thai Carrot Soup

The second item that I was able to mark off was preparing two weeks worth of freezer meals. I’ve always loved making freezer meals, and they actually came in hand when our house flooded back in January. We stayed in a hotel with a little kitchen so I was able to take all of my freezer meals with us. We ended up with a week’s worth of homemade dinners with no effort. So when I started with Wildtree I was excited to see that we had freezer meal workshops. I have only tried one so far but I’m in love! I got 10 meals from the kit, with plenty of Wildtree products left over to use in other meals.

 Wildtree Comfort Foods Freezer Meal Workshop

Comfort Foods Freezer Meal Workshop: Spanish Style Garlic Shrimp, Italian Marinated Flank Steak, Best Burgers, Hearty Meatloaf, Chipotle Lime Fajitas, Italian Medallions, Honey Balsamic Chicken Drumsticks, Chipotle Line Chicken, Adobo Chicken, and Mozzarella & Tomato Chicken Pasta.

 

 Wildtree Cheddar and Tomato Chicken Pasta

Cheddar and Tomato Chicken Pasta

  1. Pay off all my debt, excluding our mortgage.
  2. Build our emergency fund to 3-6 months of expenses.
  3. Start a Christmas savings account. Jan 2016
  4. Start my kids college funds.
  5. Gain 100 followers on my blog.
  6. Post 2 videos to my YouTube channel a week for a month.
  7. Have 3 blog posts published a week for a month.
  8. Start an Etsy shop, or a shop on my blog June 2015
  9. Make my daughter a toy box.
  10. Grow a herb garden. April 2016
  11. Make (and can) my own spaghetti sauce.
  12. Read 40 books completely and not half way through. ~Made book list
  13. Go 1 entire week (including the weekend) without eating out.
  14. Take my husband away without the kids for a weekend.
  15. Learn a new craftJuly 2015
  16. Make at new recipe. March 2017
  17. Lose 20 pounds.
  18. Take a yoga class a few times.
  19. Go a full day with no technology.
  20. Take the Canadian road trip I planned.
  21. Take the kids on a Disney cruise.
  22. Join the local VFW.
  23. Attend a photography workshop.
  24. Host a cooking class.
  25. Make a memory jar on Jan 1 and read everything in it on Dec 31.
  26. Learn to quilt.
  27. Take a weekend trip to Vegas.
  28. Write a cookbook.
  29. Go zip lining.
  30. Make a jar full of rocks with my favorite Bible verses written on them.
  31. Go on a road trip with some of my girlfriends.
  32. Host a huge Halloween masquerade party.
  33. Rent a beach house for a week.
  34. Swim with dolphins.
  35. Go camping with my kids.
  36. Have a picnic in the park.
  37. Make yogurt popsicle with my kids.
  38. Pay a strangers restaurant bill.
  39. Go on a hot air balloon ride.
  40. Learn to ice skate.
  41. Attend the Kentucky Derby.
  42. Take a pin-up photo shoot.
  43. Prepare a care package for a homeless person.
  44. Build a blanket fort.  August 2015
  45. Go to Country Concert.
  46. Make every recipe from 1 of my cookbooks.
  47. Take a Segway tour of a city.
  48. Go to a monster truck rally.
  49. Take a self-defense class.
  50. Make pasta from scratch.
  51. Go one month without shopping except for necessities.
  52. Read 5 biographies. ~Made List
  53. Learn how to tie a tie.
  54. Start a new blog series. May 2015
  55. Give 5 “Just Because Gifts” 1~July 2015; 1~August 2015
  56. Visit Chicago.
  57. Make sushi with my new kit.
  58. Run in a color run.
  59. Have a spa day.
  60. Host a Vision Board party.
  61. Attend a blog conference.
  62. Establish a family tradition. May 2015
  63. Write a guest post for another blogger.
  64. Have a guest post on my blog.
  65. Attend an Alabama home football game.
  66. Host a blog giveaway.
  67. Put $20 in savings for every goal accomplished.
  68. Visit 5 new museums. AF Museum~July 2015
  69. Go on another marriage retreat.
  70. Stop drinking soda for 1 week.
  71. Learn to make a burlap wreath.
  72. Determine my MBA major. Nov 2015
  73. Take a photo booth picture with my hubs.
  74. Go snowboarding.
  75. Have family photos taken every year.
  76. Visit a new stateAugust 2015
  77. Go geocaching.
  78. Go to 3 new festivals.
  79. Be able to do 10 pullups.
  80. Create a business plan.
  81. Make an editorial calendar. May 2015
  82. Order business cardsJuly 2015
  83. Create a media kit.
  84. Have 5 photos accepted to FoodGawker.
  85. Attend a women’s bible retreat.
  86. Make a list of 101 positive things about myself. ~Started on
  87. Make my bed every single day for a month.
  88. Put aside $50 a month for 6 months and go on a shopping spree.
  89. Write a letter for each of my children and place it with my will.
  90. Send a message in a bottle.
  91. Host a favorites party.
  92. Do a craft show.  August 2015
  93. Go golfing with my hubs.
  94. Take each kid on a mom date.
  95. Plan 12 dates (1 for each month) for the hubs and I.
  96. Buy a silhouette cameo.
  97. Make 2 weeks worth of freezer meals. March 2017
  98. Leave a 100% tip. Feb 2016
  99. Have poker night.
  100. Journal every night for a month.
  101. Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years.

Green Juice

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I was first introduced to juicing by the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead with Joe Cross. I loved the idea of being able to get more servings of fruits and vegetables through juicing. If you haven’t seen this documentary and you are a fitness and/or health enthusiast, then I would highly recommend watching it.

This is the very first juice recipe I tried, and now it’s my all time favorite. It took a few tries to really enjoy it, but that was more because it was completely new to me. Before then, the only green juice I enjoyed was Mountain Dew. Not too high on the nutritious side. I hope you give this a recipe a try and let me know what you think!

Green Juice

Ingredients
1/4 pineapple
1 green apple
1/2 medium cucumber
3-4 kale leaves

Peel pineapple and dice. Core apple. Run all ingredients through juicer. If desired, pour juice through mesh sieve.

The Magnolia Story

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It’s been awhile since I finished this book, but I still wanted to write a short review on it. I have been a fan of Chip and Joanna’s for many years. I can’t say how many times I’ve rewatched Fixer Upper on Netflix. I also have a few issues of their Magnolia Journal. With that said, I really enjoyed this book. It was nice reading about how their journey began and as a Christian myself, it was refreshing to see how much they walk with their faith. It’s so easy to talk about one’s faith, whatever it may be; but not a lot of people thoroughly live out their faith.

I was a little shocked though to read about all of the times that Chip made life altering decisions without talking to Joanna first. My husband would say it’s my SheRa attitude, but that type of relationship wouldn’t have worked for me. I’m glad it worked ok for them so don’t get me wrong. I guess it just shocked me because I always had the impression that they worked together on everything. I would have thought that making large purchases and moving to a different house would be a decision they made together. But I suppose it’s really about balance. They seem to work well together and balance each other. And that can be really hard to find these days.

 

Raspberries and Vinegar

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A few nights ago I finished reading Raspberries and Vinegar by Valerie Comer. I’ve had it downloaded to my Kindle for a while now; longer than I care to admit actually, so I decided it was about time to cross it off my To Read list.

For the most part I did enjoy the book. It was a nice change to read a more modest love story and as a health coach, I did enjoy the story line about nutrition and sourcing our food locally. However, my main issue with the book also falls into that story line.

The main character was so strict and uptight about locally grown food and optimal nutrition, that she let it become a barrier in her relationships with people. And this is a common issue today as well. Nutritionists, vegans, and even health coaches get this bad reputation that if we see you eating a bacon cheeseburger that we’re going to come slap it out of your hands. And this example is even used in the book as she literally tries to take a burger from someone while they’re trying to eat. Not only is that bad for our industry, that’s just bad manners.

Once I was able to ignore the common misconception though, I was able to thoroughly enjoy the book. I do like many of the ideas mentioned in the book and could relate to some of the struggles the characters had. All in all, while I know this book isn’t for some people, I would recommend it.

My One Word Challenge

I may have said this before, but I am a planner at heart. It’s one way I manage my anxiety. The more things that are scheduled out, the calmer I am. And while I am still working on some goals for 2017, I have decided to try something a little bit different. This year I’m trying the My One Word challenge. Instead of spreading my focus on too many things and too many resolutions, I’ve decided that I want to pick one word that I want this year to represent. With that being said, my word for 2017 is going to be consistent.

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It took me a little while to finally settle on one word because I felt drawn to several: consistent, intentional, and present. I truly want to be consistently intentional and present in the moment. I’m too often distracted or spread too thin. I want to be intentional with what I do. I want to be present in every moment with my children. But most of all, I wanted to be consistent with it all.

I’ve struggled with being consistent for years. I know it’s because I usually do spread myself too thin, but that’s just me. I’m multi-passionate. I love to write for my blog. I love to cook new recipes. I love training people and helping them. But with these ventures, I need to be more consistent to make them successful.

As luck will have it, I’ve already hit my first challenge with being consistent this year. In my last post, I shared that my family had just moved to Virginia. We woke last Tuesday to a flood in our kitchen. It took a whole week for the cleanup crew to get all the water up and dried out. Then it took another week for the contractors to come in and fix everything. For those two weeks, my family was back at the hotel. It was difficult to keep up with my work and with my daughter’s preschool lessons when I was constantly driving between the hotel and our house.

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Water damage in the basement

 

We finally got to move back in yesterday, but we’re still not settled. The things that weren’t destroyed are still in storage and we still have contractors working on the basement. But I am trying to stay positive and chalking it up for it is. I’ve been off schedule for two weeks, and it still may be another week or two until things are back to normal completely.

With that being said, I would love to hear if anyone else has tried the My One Word challenge. Let me know how your experience was and your thoughts on the challenge itself.