Category Archives: Project 12

Dairy Free: Week One

It has been a little over week, and I have to admit… I feel pretty good. The main thing I’ve noticed is… I love cheese.  Ha!  Seriously, I feel a difference in my allergies already.  Meaning, everyone around me is talking about how bad theirs are, and I usually get some seasonal gunk, and that is not happening, so Yay!

I took the pea protein back.  I just couldn’t deal.  I am on the hunt now for one that fits into what I need.   In the meantime, I boiled a million eggs and put them in baggies in the fridge for easy grabbing on the go.

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This coconut creamer is amazing and awesome and I will never not use it.

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Oh. Em. Ghee.  Heat up your cast iron skillet, and plop a bit of this on it.  Throw in some flank steak, sear on both sides, then pop in the oven on broil for about 5 minutes.   Take the steak out and let it rest on a cutting board, pop the cast iron back on the burner and add a bag of frozen baby brussel sprouts to the ghee and steak drippings.  It’s the bomb ya’ll.

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Lots of tomatoes and avocados.

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I am also currently in love with lemon pepper tuna pouches.  I eat it straight out of the bag!  I needed to find something for my 3pm protein punch.  I usually would drink a protein shake, and this does the trick!

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Blessing Bags

January is always the time when I feel compelled to make Blessing Bags.  I had my family do it for New Year’s Eve one year, then I made it part of my Project 12 last year to make and give out at least 12 Blessing Bags a week.  My family is very used to me passing these bags out.  I always have one in my car ready to go.

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We set a date to pack the bags, and I sent out a sign up genius so the ladies could pick what to bring.  We made 48 bags, since lots of things come in 8, 12 and 24 packs.

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We unwrapped all the goods on the table, and packed the bags assembly line style.  Our bags included: chapstick, toothbrushes, tissues, wet wipes, peanuts, granola bars, instant coffee, water bottle, crackers, and socks.

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Then we wrote a note to put in each bag telling each recipient that they were loved and being prayed for.

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I added instant coffee to the list this time…I recently learned that most gas stations will give away a cup and hot water at no charge.

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Wanna make your own Blessing Bags?  I encourage you to do this.  It is a quick way to help out someone who really needs your help.  My kids love making these and giving them out!

Here’s some good ideas of what to get to stuff them with:

  • Gallon size ziplock bags
  • socks
  • gloves/hats
  • handwarmers
  • instant coffee or tea bags
  • fruit cups/ dried fruit
  • crackers/ beef jerky
  • granola bars/nuts
  • wet wipes/tissues
  • hand sanitizer
  • journal/pen
  • restaurant gift cards
  • chapstick
  • lotion
  • toothbrush/toothpaste
  • water bottle
  • mints/gum

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Top Posts of 2015

What a year 2015 has been!  I am actually happy to see it go…the accomplishments and the lessons learned.

2016 is a new fresh start for me and I look forward to the excitement and positive energy that will come!

I took a look at my blog stats and thought I would share my top posts, based on reader views!  I did this last year, if you want to check out 2014 top posts The two I don’t count that are highest ranked are my Teaching Schedule, and my Retreat Calendar.  Speaking of…I have one retreat planned for April 15-17, and a few more at the beach again in the works.  I will post a blog soon announcing those!  I hope you join me!

On to the Top Posts of 2015….

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  1. Eulogy – this post beat all the others by thousands of views.  Today marks the last day I saw my dad alive and well.  We met in Blowing Rock for dinner and he fell that night.  A short week later, he passed away.  Thank you again for your flowers, support, comfort and prayers during this first year of grief.  This has been a hard road, and the next week will be trying as well.   I plan to do a lot of praying, a bunch of  yoga, and just leaning on my “rocks.”

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2.  Texting with the Hubs- Part 2.  I seriously laughed out loud when I saw this was in second place.  You can read part one HERE.

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3.  Dealing with Grief.  Thank you for reading and letting me pour my heart out.

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4.  Smoked Sausage and Cauliflower Rice.  Still a favorite in this house!

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5.  Healing and Rebuilding.  Ya’ll loved these grief blogs.  I couldn’t quite bring myself to re-read any of them.  Maybe someday soon…

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6.  Changes.  This was a hard blog to write, but I really wanted to share my story behind the switching gears.  And I am so thankful for the push to make some changes.  I feel really light, valued and challenged.

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7.  37 in 37.  Ahhhh, the bucket list.

 

Seven is a magical lucky number, so I will end it there.   Did you have a favorite post of mine not listed here?  I would love to hear from you!

Hope your 2016 is filled with love, excitement, and an overwhelming sense of peace.  xo

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