Let me tell you about my love for homemade nut butters. It dates back to the early days of this blog when I tried desperately to first make a batch of almond butter in my Vitamix (pro tip: use a food processor). Once I perfected my recipe, I started giving some to friends who then promoted it so much that people wanted to buy it. I made almond butter for a long time. I knew just how many batches it would take to burn out my processor (three) and would come home from work to fulfill orders. I ate copious… View Post

When I learned that I would have to give up drinking 8 years ago, I was none too happy about it. I obviously realized that giving up the illegal, dependency-causing drugs was for the best, but alcohol? WHY?? I threw a tantrum like a petulant child as my mind raced through every scenario until the end of time where I would need to be drunk, and likely far more so than my peers. First, I was going to be in a wedding ten days later. I MUST have alcohol there. Second, I’m sure I would have my own wedding some… View Post

Happy Friday! How was your week? I was finally able to stop wearing a jacket (what’s up Chicago?), so I’m happy about that. Now a little more sunshine and I’ll be all set. I’ve been working this week on setting up food for our anniversary party next month (5 years!), so that’s always something I like doing. Is that something you’d be interested in seeing a recap of on the blog? Let me know in the comments. 🙂 Here’s to the weekend and some of my favorite things from this week. Enjoy! *some affiliate links included 1. Junky by William… View Post

It’s been three years since I became certified as a personal trainer. It’s still something I enjoy, but it’s also something that’s changed over those three years. I wanted to take today to share with you some of the takeaways that I didn’t have when starting out, and I’m sure that this list will change in another three. I don’t want it to be my full-time job As I’m sure you can gather, training is not my full time job. I split time between running this blog and training clients, which means that I have a fair amount of flexibility… View Post

As I scrolled through social media this weekend following the news of the third in a list of celebrity suicides, I found myself becoming more and more annoyed as the day went on. I was constantly being bombarded with a phone number that I never see except for one day following events like these, yet I, and many others, know how to Google it should it become a necessary option. I watched stories on Instagram about how it’s been a shitty week because two people died, but “at least the week will end on a happy note” here at my… View Post