This post is sponsored by Vital Proteins. Thanks as always for your support! Let me just tell you how weird of a word “popsicle” is. While making the graphic for this post, I kept changing fonts and colors until “popsicle” turned into one of those words that looks like gibberish…or some kind of Greek philosopher. ANYWAY. First of all, let’s applaud the fact that this is the first recipe in awhile that isn’t a nut butter. Secondly, I used my new birthday camera to shoot these photos. I’m still learning and I still prefer to send them to my phone… View Post

I’ve spoken publicly about my problems with addiction many times. I do it because I enjoy it and because I know that there’s a stigma to break around it. I know that I don’t look like an “addict,” whatever the connotation of that term is. I know that the more I talk about what I’ve gone through, there’s a likelihood that I’ll change one person’s mind about hopefully how they treat and feel about people with substance abuse issues, even if it’s only one person. I’ve experienced my fair share of prejudice around it, which I came to expect because… View Post

Welcome to the end of the week my fine friends! Monday was mine and Neil’s four year wedding anniversary and yesterday was my birthday, so I’d say it was a pretty good week! We didn’t do anything for our anniversary since we decided that Donut was our gift to each other, so that was pretty low key. I worked yesterday, but was surprised by a dozen donuts and an awesome tank from my friends at the gym in the morning, which was a nice treat. Neil got me the new camera I wanted, but I told him the wrong lens,… View Post

I’ve written pretty openly about my struggles with depression and how going to therapy was crucial in getting through that time. Although I likely should have gone sooner, I’m one of those stubborn people who thinks that they’ve got everything figured out and if they just think on something long enough, they’ll figure out a solution. I held on for years operating this way, but it was issues with another person that convinced me there are some things I can’t figure out by myself. The first time I went to therapy it was with Neil. We had reached a point… View Post

Since moving to Chicago almost three years ago, I’ve been running around the city trying to figure out how to make a life for myself. Initially upon our arrival, I decided I wanted to switch careers since I could no longer work in pharmacy and I didn’t want to do administrative work for the rest of my life. I decided to become certified as a personal trainer and see where it went from there. I was lucky in that Neil’s company paid for our relocation and helped us financially for a couple months following the move, so the amount of… View Post