Anyone else a little partied out? The entire month of December was a ball! But now I feel like my body (especially my liver) is begging me to reset my eating habits. Today I started with my 5 week Paleo Plan. I’m easing into Paleo by starting this week off with no carbs and no alcohol but I’m still eating dairy. Let me explain what I mean by no carbs. I’m not counting fruits or vegetables, in my opinion, those are A-Ok. I’m referring to things like bread, pasta, crackers, chips, rice, tortillas, and all sweets. My hope is that by the end of the five weeks I feel better overall and that I continue to consume less carbs overall.
I’ve been collecting Paleo recipes on Pinterest for a while now (follow me here). I’ve also had a few guest posts in the past with some awesome Paleo recipes. (These are a favorite and totally on the menu plan this week.) But I’ve never done full Paleo. That meant I had to do my homework! So I planned out the week of meals including 5 different dinners, 2 soups for me for lunch, and a few breakfast options. I assumed that the fam would eat leftovers two of the nights.
Today was a pretty heavy prep day, but I know it will be worth it for the rest of the week. I’ve been sharing what I’m eating on Insta (follow me here @mamamomtourage). But here are the recipes from today.
(Younique on the left and regular mascara on the right – This is not a sponsored post. I just really love the stuff!)
How I get Luscious Lashes
It’s no secret that I’m lash obsessed. When I was in college, my roommates and I would take turns applying those individual lashes by Ardell for our Thursday nights out. I got pretty good at it and they would all ask me to help put theirs on for them. We would wear them non stop! Literally until the glue disintegrated or until we couldn’t take it anymore and we pulled them off. Ew. Then we’d start all over again. Not the healthiest way to do it, but definitely effective.
When I was pregnant with my son my husband told me about a magical elixir called Latisse. It GREW lashes! Some women were reporting that their lashes were growing so long they had to trim them! I couldn’t wait to try it. But I couldn’t be pregnant or nursing, so it did take a bit of time. Eventually, I got my prescription and paid the pricey fee for the magic stuff. Then I had to wait 16 LONG weeks to see my results. But my oh my, the results were absolutely worth the wait!
Brady and I at the parade last year
Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day. We will be at the 15th Annual Wayne Spence Folsom Veterans Day Parade. We’ve gone several years in a row now. My dad served our country and I’ve always been a patriot at heart so this holiday is something that’s very important to me and I spread that reverence to my kids any chance I get. Be sure to thank a vet today, tomorrow, and any chance you get. Without their bravery our country wouldn’t be what it is today.
Plan to come out tomorrow to celebrate all those who have served! If you have young kiddos that won’t sit to wait for the parade, you can get to the Target parking lot early and what the horses get out of their trailers and see all the other parade participants queue up. It’s pretty entertaining. If you have kids that are able to wait, try to set-up close to the community center. There is an announcer there telling you about everyone: what war they served, what car they are driving, and sometimes the name if the horse. It’s pretty fun. Plus, there’s always a bottle neck as they turn in allowing us a good, long look. Especially entertaining when the shriners come through on their go carts wearing their fezzes. I hope to see you at the parade!
Wednesday, November 11, 2014 – 9:00am
2014 Theme: Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII
Parade starts at the Home Goods/Target parking lot and ends at the Folsom Community Center.
If you don’t live in Folsom search for a parade in your town. It’s always something to see!
**Thank you Viva® Vantage® for sponsoring this post! I received product and compensation to help me facilitate this awesome and informative post.
Switch Up and Out of Your Rut
How adorable is this beautiful Italian Soda Bar, I have never seen this before! It’s a festive alternative to a mimosa bar and perfect for mock-cocktails.
There are several things I know about myself, the top of the list is that I’m a creature of habit. Almost without thinking I do the same things repeatedly until someone points out that there could be an easier/better way. Thankfully I’m also someone who believes in evolving and learning. And that is exactly what happened when I went to the Viva® Vantage® live blog event last week. I pledged to take the 7-Day Switch Up and swap out my normal brand of paper towels for Viva® Towels. I have to admit, this brand does far more than my other brand especially when it comes to durability and scrubbing power. With two kids and a dog, there’s always a mess! It’s no surprise that Viva® Vantage® was recently named a 2015 Product of the Year.
Country Living Magazine
Fall is coming! And Local Happenings…
Fall has long been my favorite season for so many reasons. Something about a chilly morning is so exhilarating to me. I love the feeling of a fresh start, like somehow we are starting out on a new beginning with new wisdom and positive energy.
Starbucks released all their pumpkin lattes and pastries, all the stores are fully stocked with cozy sweaters and adorable boots. It’s officially FALL in my book, but only the weather doesn’t agree. I’ve been wanting to wear my sweaters, boots, and scarves for a few weeks now, but it’s just been too hot. While it may not feel much like fall right now, this Wednesday is the official Autumnal Equinox. Hopefully today (101°) will be the last of the heat. I’ve been working on my calendar page and I added all the fall fun, new library story times and local events. There are so many fun and free things going on in our area everyday for all ages!
Here is a sample of what’s happening this week and a few highlights from the rest of the month:
“I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”
Back to School Style by Lyla
Ms. Lyla, my sweet sweet 6 year old. She was very excited to do some back to school shopping this year, more than previous years. I thought it was fun, but I didn’t realize that hyped enthusiasm was foreshadowing a slight change in the way she and I shop. We typically hit up a few stores, but I started at Osh Kosh B’Gosh because they have sturdy clothes that are built for play and are also super cute and the way they cut their styles really works for Lou’s shape.
Before we headed to OKB’G in the Folsom Outlets we talked about how she needed to try to find a color palette and try to keep to those colors or to complimentary colors. Moms: this is my biggest back to school shopping tip. It truly makes the mornings and the outfit pairing sooooo much easier because everything basically goes together. I also told her we needed to get leggings to layer, she needed new shoes, and a warm topper.
So Osh Kosh has been known for decades because of their sturdy denim. Well, we chose our denim in the form of chambray and it is truly fab! So that helped to develop our color pallet: grey, navy, white, tan, and pink. After that she asked if I would shop on the boy side with Brady and that she would check in with me. What? This has Never. Happened. Before. But I went with it… and spied on her from the other side of the store. It was priceless! She would pick something up and check it out, hold it up to her, hold it up to a skirt or pants then look for her size. Crazy. After about 30 minutes of this she said she was ready to try on. Wait, try on? Here? We’ve never really done that before.
Here’s the top pics for the coolest Back to School Style by Lyla…
I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend. Those things are my top priorities and they are not always in that order. Typically I am a mom first which means I’m a boo boo kisser, a referee, a taxi driver, a tutor… you get the point. Aside from those roles I am a blogger, a freelance writer, a wedding planner, and a member of an events team for a wedding magazine. In addition to those responsibilities I am on the board of my daughter’s school PTA, I volunteer in her classroom weekly, I assist in the planning of two large events at her school. I’m also a co-team parent for both of my kids soccer teams. As you may gather from this list, I’m what is commonly referred to (mainly by me) as a stay-at-home-mom. But my largest descriptor is someone who doesn’t know how to say no.