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catching up


I’m back to my blog! I took a little hiatus because … well … I felt like it! I promised myself that the moment updating this blog turned into a chore instead of a pleasure, I would take a break. The perfectionist in me wanted to keep posting. But the voice of reason won out. And I’m glad it did because now I actually want to post again.


If I were to sum up the last few weeks, it would go something like this:

1. My grandfather has been unwell and that has been a constant source of stress. He just turned 97 and I’m so sorry that he had to do it in a hospital bed. He had a pace maker put in and at first it seemed that he was responding well. And then it didn’t. And then it did. And then it didn’t. Every day seems to be quite different. I’m so glad that just a few days before it all happened we were all able to sit down to a big family dinner together. It was evident that something was wrong with him that night. But even still, it was nice to all be together.

2. I hate winter with a passion! I hate it. I hate it. I hate it! No wait. Let me be more positive. I am soooooo looking forward to Spring : )


3. I have this thing where I’ve been (extra) obsessed with thrifting textiles … blankets, pillows, rugs. If it’s washable and I like it, I get it and somehow find a spot for it in my little apartment. I think it makes me feel cozier in here while winter just rages on and on outside.


4. I started gardening in my living room! I miss my old garden in Delaware. It was huge and I grew absolutely everything in it. I get so much light in my living room that I figured I would try my hand at indoor gardening with some lettuces and kale. So far, so good! I love walking into my living room with a colander and picking my lunch : )

5. I stopped eating sugar. And I’m dying. And it’s only been one day, lol. If you’ve never tried a sugar detox diet, let me tell you … it’s no joke. And I don’t even eat that much sugar. Yet somehow, the second I take away my daily chocolate fix my body starts SCREAMING. I’ve done this many, many times … so I know exactly how things will go. The first three days HURT. But within a week, I won’t want sugar anymore. Within a month, my tastebuds will be reset and things that used to taste mildly sweet will be sickeningly sweet. And then that’s usually the point where I start getting sloppy again and let sugar creep back into my life. My body puts on weight fast — but for the life of me, I can’t lose it. I mean … truly … can’t. It’s maddening since I eat a healthy diet with no processed food, no refined sugars, lots of filtered water, and tons of exercise. What that tells me is that my body is not functioning properly and in the back of my mind, I know that sugar doesn’t help my body in any way, so therefore, it has to go permanently. So, if you see me anytime soon … please be kind. I may want to punch you in your face … but know that in a few more days, I’ll be nice again : )


6. I’m trying to find new ways to “reward” myself rather than doing it with sweets. However, the problem is that shopping is my other go-to reward. It’s a good thing I like to thrift … but even still, dollars add up. Any suggestions?


So, that’s about it. I’m off to go research ways to beat sugar cravings. Or maybe punch someone in the face. We’ll see which one happens first. But I’ll be sure to share any good suggestions I find here … so stay tuned!

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gelatin — and the cutest cake EVER!


{ Rasberri Cupcakes }

Is that not THE cutest cake ever?! I saw the pic floating around on Pinterest and then found the original post (with recipe) on the blog Rasberri Cupcakes. Now, I’m not much of a gummy bear eater. But this is just too precious. Originally, I dismissed it because I prefer to avoid all the junk that is in most gummy bears. But then today I stumbled across a brand of natural junk-free gummy bears. I tried them … loved them … and now have to find the right gluten/dairy-free cake recipe so I can make my own version of this beauty!

And speaking of gummies … I think maybe I’m extra excited about this cake because I’m currently learning about all the amazing health benefits of gelatin, which is — of course — a key ingredient in gummy bears. In all honesty, I’m just now learning what gelatin is. I happily ate Jello as a child (don’t even get me started on my Grandmother’s Pretzel Salad recipe with strawberry Jello, cream cheese, and pretzels!) without giving the ingredient list a second thought. When I finally did discover what it’s made of, I’m not gonna lie, I was grossed out. But now I’m learning about the crazy-long list of health benefits that come from consuming gelatin on a regular basis and I went from grossed out to placing an order on Amazon : )

Apparently there’s a fine line between totally grossed out and super excited … and that line is cellulite reduction. Oh, and better digestion, balanced hormones, and fewer wrinkles.

Check out a more comprehensive list of the benefits and uses of gelatin over on Wellness Mama.


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Hi Kate!
I wonder if this dairy-free, gluten-free cake would work to make with the gummy bears?

motivation monday: NO EXCUSES!

Here’s the thing about excuses … they take up mental energy and time. They hold us back. They HARM. They never help.


Sometimes, though, we fall into a pattern of making excuses so often that they become a part of us. This week, I promised myself that I’m going to pay attention. REALLY pay attention. And I’m going to say “no.” No. No. No. No. Excuses are NOT welcome. 

“Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.” ~Don Wilder and Bill Rechin

“No one ever excused his way to success.” ~Dave Del Dotto

“There is always a perfectly good excuse, always a reason not to. The hardest freedom to win is the freedom from one’s excuses.” ~Robert Brault


p.s. The 8 Most Damaging Excuses People Make for Their Unhappiness

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oh, this kitchen


I’ve been in my little apartment for six months now! I can’t believe how fast the time has gone by! It’s a small place … just right for me. I was able to settle into my bedroom and living room really quickly. They were beautiful rooms to begin with, so it wasn’t hard for me to fall in love with them and get them all decorated to my liking. Ugh … but this kitchen. The kitchen is a whole other story. It’s a challenge, of course, because there’s only so much you can do in a rental. And while this is not a place I see myself staying in for years and years to come (although hey, never say never), I like to like my space.

So first of all, I had to focus on the positives. It’s got some big pluses:

1.) It’s HUGE. The picture above only shows half of the room. And it’s got tons of counter space.

2.) It has black and white checked floors! I love that.

3.) It has a dish washer. Yay! A lot of apartments I looked at did not.

4.) There’s a big window above the sink. I didn’t have that in my kitchen in Delaware. I’m thrilled to have a place to put my herbs!

Buuut, I hate the cabinets. And the cream colored wall with blue floral border drove me crazy. Because the room is so huge, I’ve actually divided it in half and put up tall shelves to completely section off the other side of the room, which is now my office. The two spaces really do feel like separate rooms and both are still a work in progress. But they’re getting there. Here’s a phone snap of how the kitchen side of the kitchen is coming along : )


It’s got a cafe vibe about it, which I love. I gave away or sold pretty much everything that was in my kitchen in Delaware. It just felt easier to do that than pack it all up. I’ve been having a blast thrifting everything for this kitchen.

I tore down the border (oh man … that was NOT a fun project) and painted the walls beige and red. I added in the cutest little bistro table and some fun contact paper at the back of the shelves (where I removed some of the ugly cabinet doors).

I’ll do a big share when I finally get it just a bit more finished up. But for now, I’m happy with it. Most especially, the floors. Once I got rid of the ugly border and wall color, I was finally able to just focus on the pretty floors : )


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my two crushes together at last!

Long before I fell in love with Luke Perry on 90210, there was my original mega crush …


For me, after-school time was all about eating snacks in my bean bag chair (side note: this probably explains how I ended up at Weight Watchers in eighth grade) and watching Saved by the Bell. I wished with aaaaaaall my might that I could be Kelly Kapowski!

These days, though, while I don’t have a bean bag chair, I do have a celebrity crush: Jimmy Fallon.

So you can imagine my happiness when I discovered this recent Saved by the Bell skit.

Go Bayside!



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