11.30.2014

Grocery Haul | Trader Joe's & COSTCO

I shop around for my groceries, and try to stay within a budget. COSTCO offers a great selection of meat, and produce!! I love going to Trader Joe's for some of the basic stuff we need.

I spent $39 at Trader Joe's, and $115 at COSTCO. Not bad!!




xo, p+c

11.24.2014

Roasted Rainbow Carrots

If you are looking for a simple dish for your Thanksgiving meal - try roasting carrots. They taste like candy, and it's super easy to make too!

  • one bunch of carrots cleaned, and sliced down the middle
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt & pepper
  1. preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. place the sliced carrots on a baking dish covered in parchment paper
  3. drizzle with extra virgin olive oil
  4. sprinkle sea salt & pepper
  5. bake for 15 - 20 minutes
  6. enjoy!
 
xo, p+c

Week Three Working on my Fitness

This week was SO BUSY! I didn't get to do everything that I wanted to do, but I did workout everyday! Just keep going! Even on your worst day, do something!! I found time to do yoga everyday. I registered for a 5k in December - and I am so excited!!

Monday:
Ran 3 miles
Yoga

Tuesday
200 squats
200 crunches
Yoga


Wednesday
Yoga


Thursday
Ran 2 miles
Yoga


Friday
Yoga & Mediation

Saturday
Ran 4 miles - so proud of myself!!
Yoga


Sunday
Yoga
 
xo, p+c

Healthy Snacking on the Go

Eating healthy on the go doesn't have to be challenging. Meal prepping really helps with eating healthy! I love to meal prep on Sunday's - it takes out all the stress in the mornings trying to get out the house!

Today I packed a coconut cream pie LARABAR, some fresh strawberries, and I made an iced hibiscus tea from Buddha Teas. Love their tea!! Right now I am hooked on drinking the hibiscus tea iced instead of hot.

Their teas are
  • Organic
  • GMO FREE
  • They use bleach free bags
  • They don't use any artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives


Can't wait to share more on their teas, and they have a TON of teas to choose from.

xo, p+c



11.23.2014

Nighttime Skin Care Routine

So, early spring I posted a nighttime skin care routine, and things have changed. I have since thrown most of that stuff away - anything that wasn't cruelty free, and had a lot of chemicals went right into the trash. Now, it's time to update my nighttime routine. It's really simple. You don't need twenty products to apply to your face for glowing skin.

The first thing I do is use Arbonne's Eye Makeup Remover to remove my daily cat eye,and mascara. Their products are vegan, cruelty free, and very gentle. Would you want to put harsh chemicals around your eyes?

After I remove my eye makeup, I use Tasty Face Organics Coconut Vanilla Cream Cleanser. This cleanser smells amazing, and if you have really dry skin in the colder months this is PERFECT. You don't need a lot either, I just use a little dab, gently wash my face, and rinse it off with warm water. I really like using this at night for a couple of reasons - it is a little oily (not in a bad way), and it's great to remove your makeup at the end of the day. Also, the smell is so calming, and really helps me relax after a long workday. When drying your face don't apply a lot of pressure with your towel, just pat dry. This will help prevent wrinkles!!



Next, I use Tasty Face Organics Rosemary Aloe Toner. This toner has apple cider, and witch hazel - this will help out with any redness you might have. The last step of my nighttime skin care routine is using Tasty Face Organics Vanilla Mint Daily Moisturizer. I just use a little dab, and apply it all over my face, neck, and hands. I am telling you - a little dab will go a long way! My skin in the morning, is super soft, and glowing.



I am training right now to run a half marathon, and it's kinda chilly at night in Northern Virginia. I started to get chapped lips, and dry skin - this cleanser and moisturizer really helped! I don't apply apply any products to my lips - the moisturizer is that great!!

Kelly's products at Tasty Face Organics are PALEO FRIENDLY! So, all you Paleo Foodies you will LOVE it!! It's all organic, cruelty free, and wonderful for your skin!

Visit her at: http://tastyfaceorganics.myshopify.com/


xo, p+c

Shepherd's Pie

Fall means comfort foods - but it doesn't have to be unhealthy!

Today I made Shepherd's Pie, and it was so easy. I used Kerrygold butter, and coconut milk to make the  mashed potatoes - and they were so yummy!! I just browned some ground beef with garlic and onion, added some seasoning, ketchup, and then baked everything for 30 minutes. So easy, and healthy!


xo, p+c

Sunday Farmer's Market Haul

This morning was incredibly sad - the last farmer's market of the year. Now, I will have to go back to the grocery store for all my produce. Cannot wait until April 2015!! BUT I did pick up some really yummy goodies this morning.

  • broccoli 
  • leeks 
  • red onion
  • apples
  • romanesco 
  • brussels sprouts
  • kale
  • red potatoes
  • carrots
Picked up this awesome farmer's market haul for $23!! 


xo, p+c

11.22.2014

Merit + Fork Paleo Giveaway

I was super excited to open my awesome giveaway box from Merit + Fork! So many awesome goodies in the box too! I immediately started reading Real Life Paleo - you can find this book on Amazon! Paleo Parents are awesome foodies, that offer real life approach to eating healthy.



Thank you again everyone that entered me, and Merit + Fork that offered this awesome giveaway!!

 
Check out both of their blogs at:

http://meritandfork.com/
http://paleoparents.com/

xo, p+c

Kale & Poached Eggs

Good morning!! Happy Saturday! I love to make simple meals. Kale and poached eggs are pretty basic,and so easy to make too. I poached two eggs, and then sauteed about a cup of kale in olive oil and minced garlic. So yummy!! I love kale!


xo, p+c

11.21.2014

Clear Mind | Palo Santo

Clear your mind, and home with burning Palo Santo Smudge Sticks. The smell is amazing too - imagine cedar and a citrusy smell - love it!

Palo Santo is from South America and means "Wood of the Saints." It's known to rid bad energy, bring good fortune, and increase creativity. It's great to burn when you are meditating too. I purchased mine from The Sage Goddess on Etsy. She has a wonderful shop with gems, and candles, and beauty products.


Burning Instructions 
"Use a candle, match or lighter to ignite your stick of Palo Santo.  Hold at about a 45 degree angle pointing the tip down toward the flame.  Allow it to burn for about 30 secs to 1 minute and then blow out.  Move about your workspace, home, car, bathroom or anywhere you would like to clear the energy.  The rich smell will also bring peace and clarity to the moment along with good feelings .  When finished, place the stick in a fire proof bowl of metal, glass or clay.  The glow will end on its own unless you blow on the ember which will keep the smoke going.  Always use caution and respect when working with fire." -Sacred Wood Essenes  
 xo, p+c

11.20.2014

2015 Gardening | Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Even though the temperatures in Virginia this week have been really chilly, I am still stocking up for 2015 gardening!

LOVE Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, they are one of my go-to seeds companies. 

Their seeds are:
  • non-gmo
  • non-hybrid
  • non-treated
  • they do not buy seeds or support Monsanto
I picked up a few veggies to plant in 2015:
  • Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach
  • Amsterdam Prickly Seeded Spinach
  • Nantes Scarlet Carrot
  • Red Romaine
Love getting seed exchange magazines in the mail too!!

 
xo, p+c

Renola Bowl

Good morning!! Happy Thursday - it' almost time for the weekend!!

If you are looking for an alternative from eating eggs and bacon, or you just want an healthy snack, I really recommend LARABAR's Renola! This morning I had it on top of So Delicious' Cultured Coconut Milk Unsweetened Vanilla with fresh strawberries! 

Their Reonla is a grain free, gluten free "granola" - and it's really yummy!! This morning I tried their Cocoa Coconut flavor - it's full of cashews, sunflower seeds, pecans, and almonds. It's low in carbs too!

Also, if you are looking for a dairy free yogurt, I really recommend So Delicious. Their coconut milk yogurt is my favorite!

 
xo, p+c

11.19.2014

Green Smoothie for Glowing Skin

Get glowing skin with all these yummy fruits, and veggies! Drinking green smoothies full of antioxidants will help your skin glow!


  • kale leaves - handful
  • one cup coconut water - I used pineapple flavored
  • spinach - handful
  • half of an apple
  • banana
  • juice from half a lemon
  • one tablespoon chia seeds
  • one tablespoon maca powder
  • a few ice cubes
Mix everything in a blender except for the chia seeds, pour into a glass, and sprinkle your chia seeds on top of your smoothie - enjoy!

xo, p+c

11.18.2014

Fabletics Review

If you are looking for fun workout clothing, try Fabletics! New members get a complete outfit for $25, and if you use my invite you will get $10 off!

Their active wear is well made too. I really love the long sleeve top, it's perfect for the days I am running outside in the cold. LOVE the pants - they are so fun, and great to do yoga in!

Their clothing really supports my active wear addiction! I have washed my top, and bottoms a few times, but I do not dry my workout clothing. I picked up the sports bra from Target, and the kettlebell is from TJMaxx.

Invite Link:  http://www.fabletics.com/invite/56594277/



 
xo, p+c

Paleo Donuts

This post will be short, and sweet. If you are looking to cure your sweet tooth while eating a Paleo lifestyle - go make Savory Lotus' Maple Glazed Donuts - they are grain free, dairy free, Paleo. They are perfect with a nice hot cup of black coffee!


 
xo, p+c 
 

11.17.2014

Week Two Working on my Fitness

This week flew by!! I wish there were more hours in the day, and that Northern Virginia traffic didn't exist. I mean the word rain, really ruins it. BUT I can say this, I am not worried about my weight on the scale anymore. I am also making more time for yoga again. Yoga and running are my two favorite things! I will be pushing myself more this coming week. I am also noticing a change in my bum from all the squats I have been doing. This coming week, I am going to start working on arm workouts. I love leg days, HATE arm workouts. Eh.

Monday
Ran 3.17 miles
50 squats

Tuesday
Yoga
50 squats

Wednesday
Yoga


Thursday
Ran two miles
Yoga
Stability ball planks
75 squats



Friday
Yoga
Stability ball planks
50 crunches
25 push ups on the stability ball
125 squats




Saturday
Rest

Sunday
GYM DAY!!
My meals haven't changed - but I am on a big chicken and broccoli kick. Like LOVE it right now.

 
xo, p+c

11.16.2014

Starbucks Americano

It's that time of the year - red cups!! My healthy drink from Starbucks is an Americano - no room for cream, and zero sugar - with an extra shot. It's perfection if you love coffee, and need that extra boost of caffeine!! After doing A LOT of Whole30's, adding anything to my coffee is a thing of the past for me. I really enjoy drinking my coffee black, and don't miss the cream and sugar.

Oh, and I really needed this tee from Brandy Melville online - it motivates me!

 
xo, p+c

Farmer's Market Haul

Well, there's only one more Sunday left for our local farmer's market. I love North Stafford's Farmer's Market! All the vendors are so nice, and everyone is really friendly.

This morning I went and picked up some kale, carrots, broccoli, apples, green beans, and red potatoes. Picked up all these goodies for $21!!


Now it's time to meal prep!!

xo, p+c

11.15.2014

Paleo Eats | COSTCO

If you don't have a COSTCO membership, it isn't bad to look into getting one. OR you could drag your mom there on a Saturday morning, and borrow her membership :)

Eating Paleo doesn't have to break the bank! I am going to start posting more about eating clean on a realistic budget. I have allowed myself to spend $220 every two weeks on grocery items to feed a family of four. I eat a Paleo lifestyle, but I am really working on getting my husband and our kids at least 80/20.

So, this morning we went to COSTCO, and I walked out of there spending $136!

They have really awesome prices on meat!! I just wish they offered more organic meat, but they did offer great prices on their organic chicken and ground beef. Their produce section is AMAZING! They do offer a lot of organic options too. I didn't need any baking items, but they do offer organic coconut flour!


Here's a breakdown of what I purchased:


  • pork chops - purchased 5.44 pounds @ $2.99 per pound - $16.27
  • rotisserie chicken - 3 pounds - $4.99
  • 2 dozen organic eggs - $6.99 per pack (picked up two packs)
  • strawberries - $5.99 for 2 pounds
  • pineapples $2.99 - picked up two
  • lemons - $6.00 for a 5 pound bag
  • organic chicken breast - purchased 3.80 pounds @ $5.99 per pound - $22.76
  • bananas - $1.39 - picked up two bags - 3 pounds per bag
  • avocados - 6 per bag $5.49
  • asparagus - 2.2 pound bag $6.99
  • minced garlic $4.49 - 48oz
  • sardines - five pack - $8.49
  • pack of olives - six cans per pack - $6.79
  • red seedless grapes - four pounds - $7.99
  • avocado oil $9.99 - one liter 
  • organic spinach 1 pound container - $3.99  

COSTCO offers a lot of gluten free items too!! I was really impressed with everything they offered, and cannot wait to share more posts on eating clean and Paleo!

Even Jackson enjoyed COSTCO!! 


xo, p+c


11.13.2014

Spaghetti Squash Bowl

Love spaghetti squash!! It's a great alternative to regular spaghetti noodles, and it's really simple to make too!

  • one spaghetti squash, cut in half, seeds removed
  • meat sauce (I used one pound cooked organic ground beef, and 3/4 jar of spaghetti sauce)
  • olive oil
  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. drizzle olive oil on the spaghetti squash halves
  3. place the spaghetti squash face down on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper
  4. bake for 35 minutes
  5. once they are done, take a fork, and scrape the squash until it forms a noodle like texture
  6. add your meat sauce to the spaghetti squash, and enjoy!

 
xo, p+c

11.12.2014

Clean Eats | Target

I had to go to Target last night for soap, but picked up some goodies!

I am really excited to try LARABAR's Renola! This is a grain free and gluten free granola. I also picked up my favorite LARABAR's - blueberry muffin and coconut cream pie are AMAZING!

I also picked up the So Delicious Pumpkin Spice Coconut milk - because pumpkin spice everything, duh. I absolutely love the Justin's Almond Butter packets! They make snack time much easier than toting around a jar of almond butter! Oh, and I picked up my Bigelow Organic Green Tea to start my kombucha this weekend!!



Thanks again, Target!!

xo, p+c

11.11.2014

Drink Your Greens

Love starting my mornings off with a smoothie! They are really filling, and the maca powder gives me that extra boost of energy I need in the mornings.

  • handful of frozen strawberries
  • handful of frozen blueberries
  • handful of spinach
  • one cup coconut milk
  • one tablespoon maca powder
Mix all ingrediants in a blender, and enjoy!!

midi skirt & shoes Target | Double High Five bracelets
 
xo, p+c 

11.10.2014

Roasted Romanesco

I picked up this lovely romanesco broccoli at our local farmers market, and decided to roast it in the oven.



  1. one romanesco
  2. salt & pepper
  3. red pepper flakes
  4. extra virgin olive oil  
  • preheat oven to 350
  • cover baking sheet with parchment paper
  • clean and cut romanesco into bite size pieces
  • lay the bite size pieces on the baking sheet
  • drizzle with extra virgin olive oil
  • sprinkle with salt and pepper, and red pepper flakes
  • bake for 15 - 20 minutes depending on your oven
  • enjoy!
 
xo, p+c

Smoothie Love | Strawberry Banana

I love smoothies! I haven't made one yet that I don't like either!

Strawberry Banana
  • handle full of frozen strawberries
  • one medium size banana
  • one cup coconut milk
  • one tablespoon maca powder
Pants H&M | Shoes BCBG | Double High Five Bracelets

Mix all the ingredients in a blender, and enjoy!

xo, p+c

Time to Prep for 2015 Gardening

I know that gardening has sadly ended, but I am already prepping for 2015! I had my husband dig out a section of our backyard so I can have more space other than containers. We will build a raised bed garden in the spring so I can have more of a variety of things to grow.


I have slowly started to buy seeds for next spring! The seeds that I have purchased from Baker Creek Heirlooms Seeds are the following:

  • Poblano Peppers
  • Black Beauty Eggplant
  • Green Zebra Tomatoes
  • White Soul Strawberries
  • Red Romaine
  • Roselle Red Thai


I purchase seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Botanical Interests, and Seeds Now. They are all GMO Free, heirloom, organic. I also use EcoScrap organic soil to plant. I stand by only planting GMO Free seeds, and using organic soil.

Cannot wait to start gardening again!!

xo, p+c







Week One Working on my Fitness

What a busy week! Finding time to workout can be a little challenging sometimes, but I made sure I did something each day this week.

Monday
Ran two miles
50 squats 
25 kickbacks

Tuesday - this day was very challenging, traffic was insane, but I tried to do something!
50 squats
50 sit ups

Wednesday
300 squats - and it felt amazing to accomplish this goal, some I even did with the kettlebell
100 mountain climbers
100 jumping jacks
50 kettlebell swings
100 sit ups

Thursday 
Ran two miles

Friday - I had the day off so, I dropped my daughter off at preschool, and walked almost seven miles at the local mall. AND I didn't even shop! Just bought my coffee, and a bottle of water, and crushed my walk.

Saturday
Today I was supposed to run three miles, but I decided that I needed a rest day. I was so sore from walking almost seven miles yesterday. Everyone needs a rest day.

Sunday
GYM DAY - ha. I have a gym membership and never have the time to get there. Well, that's changing today. Making a goal of getting there three days a week AT LEAST. I even went into the scary weight lifting section, and did squats! 

My meals were pretty basic. Nothing crazy. I ate steak, chicken, lots of eggs, salads. I tried to add feta, and rice into my diet, but I felt awful the next day. My body is so adjusted to eating Paleo, the smallest change I make, I really pay for it the next day. I get bloated, and feel like I could drink gallons of water. I don't think it was the rice that bothered me as much as the feta. I have had sushi, and that didn't bother me when I ate it. Next time I will just try eating rice, and just not eating dairy. Dairy is the worst for me, and the easiest thing for me to give up. 

I do not have celiac disease, but I do have a gluten intolerance. When I eat processed gluten loaded foods, my body aches, my joints hurt, I get extremely tired, and bloated. My legs feel super heavy too. 

So, now that I have completed my first week, where's my nice bum, and amazing tummy! ;)



 

xo, p+c 

11.03.2014

Working on my Fitness

So, I have reached my goal weight, and now it's time to tone up. After having two C-Sections, I really want to get a nice toned tummy, and my bum needs a little help too!  I have taken the past few weeks to figure out what workouts will work for me, and printed a bunch of great fitness plans that I found on Pinterest. My workouts will consist of a lot of strength training, weights, running, some cardio, yoga, and A LOT of squats. I love my kettle bell too!!



I am going to hold myself accountable, and post weekly pictures every Monday on my progress. This will include my workout plan, and what I have been eating. I will be eating my normal Paleo lifestyle. This will also keep me in check during the holiday's! Strong is the new skinny, and I am not striving for perfection, but progress!

Starting Weight: 120.8
Chest: 28"
Bust: 30"
Waist: 26"
Stomach: 30"
Hips: 36"
Thighs: Left 20" Right 21"
Calves: 14"
Upper Arms: 10 5/8"

front
 
 
bum/legs
 
 
left side
 
 
right side
 
Measurements are taken, photos are posted, now let's do this!
 
xo, p+c