Keep it simple, sister

imageIt is so easy to get overwhelmed.

Daily distractions can derail your goals in a heartbeat.

Two days later you realize instead of taking steps toward your goal you’ve taken steps backwards.

Writing things down has been my “go-to” goal planning system.

Do I always follow it?  Heck no, I’m a human.  I make mistakes.  I get distracted by the pretty things that flutter into my head.  Just take a look at the 5 -10 window tabs I have open at any given time.  haha, Seriously.  It is ADD at its’ worst.

Anyone that knows me knows I love a good list.  I make lists for the grocery store, vacations, yard work, daily to-do, kids homework, housework, bills… it’s’ kinda weird. But it helps me get things done!

True story: I was pregnant with my second son and working full time.  I had a list of things that needed to be completed by a certain deadline, knowing his due date was fastly approaching.  The day I crossed off the final time-sensitive project, guess what happened….. I went into labor the night!!  Within 5 hours he was swaddled and the grandparents were cooing over him.  I truly believe crossing that final task off my list gave me the satisfaction I had completed my responsibilities to my position and I could move on the my next priority – my son.

In an effort to share useful information along with my randomness here ya go:  I love the following posts from Pinterest, I hope you do too!
Time Management Mistakes

How to Manifest Anything by Corey Buter

5 Minutes to a more Productive Day

 

And because I am who I am and will never apologize for it here are a couple other Pinterest Posts that caught my eye 🙂

Paleo/Whole30 Veggie Quichequiche

 

Pretty Potted Plant Project

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And then here’s my cute kitty for all the real ADD sufferers….

 

Hopefully that will satisfy your needs and help you get back on track by scrolling back to the more helpful posts I included.

Carry on friends!  And keep it simple 🙂

XOXO

 

Whole30 is the Bomb-digity!

I went into this Whole30 “thing” with serious trepidation.
My friends said “Ew!, Really?  Are you sure you want to do that?”
Black Coffee, No Wine, No Bread, No Pasta?  Ew!

Guess what?  I LOVE IT!!

Black coffee?  Heck no, take some heated unsweetened Almond milk and a tsp of cinnamon, froth it up and add it to your coffee – heaven! Check out the recipe here!

No Wine? Yeah, so what no wine for 30 days won’t kill me.  I’ve got a gorgeous bottle of red waiting as a reward. 🙂

No Bread, pasta, etc: I’m fine without that stuff.  It’s all fluff to me at this point.

The number on my scale is the motivation to begin.

My energy is the motivation to continue.

My reflection is the motivation to commit.

Give it a try.  You might be amazed.  It’s only 30 days.

My go to recipes are:

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup by Ahead of Thyme

One Pan Baked Chicken from Kitchn , I added the lemon slices towards the end

Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti – can’t find the recipe but you can easily recreate 🙂

Roasted Cauliflower Soup from The Whole Smith’s

So much yumminess!!!

Mexican Stir-Fry anyone?

I needed something quick.

Something that allowed me to throw together a super yummy, Whole30 approved meal that my family could enjoy too.

It went a little something like this and WOW was it good!!  Credits to Sweet C’s Designs!!

I made some rice for the kids and voila, dinner is served.
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P.S.
They

ate

all

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it!!!!!  #winning

Italian Tomatoes, Sausage and Spinach over Penne

Oh yes!  One of my favorite dishes!!!  Hoe could I forget about this one?
Pay no attention to the sweet potato in the picture.  It is not an ingredient.  Moving right along…..image Ok let’s get started…..  I use Jimmy Dean Original sausage.  You can use another kind of meat or meatless meat if you like.  Just be sure to season it as it’s cooking with some Italian seasonings if you choose to go a different route.

Start your pasta before you start browning the meat or you’ll be standing around waiting on your pasta to finish cooking. Nobody got time for that!

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After your meat is all browned, drain that fat!!!  Just do it…. you’ll thank yourself later 🙂

Add the two cans of tomatoes let that simmer for about 15 minutes.  Then add the WHOLE bag of spinach.  Let that simmer while covered until wilted.

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At this time I like to add some Italian seasoning, salt & pepper.  The sausage has a lot of seasoning already so just add with a light hand.  Add a little grated Parmesan cheese at this time too if you like.

 

Ooh la la!  Lookie there!  Remove from the heat and wait for the pasta to finish cooking. Did you know that by placing a wooden spoon over a pot of boiling water prohibits the water from boiling over??

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And here it is…. the final product!
Top it with some shredded fresh Parmesan Cheese and you are on your way to a yumfest!!!

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Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 lb Jimmy Dean Sausage – original
  • 2 cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 box penne pasta
  • Italian seasoning
  • salt & pepper
  • Parmesan Cheese

Enjoy!!