What’s Up Wednesday – July 2020

It’s my third edition of What’s Up Wednesday! 

You can catch my June post here and May here.

The last Wednesday of the month I link up with Mix and Match Mama and share all the things! It’s a little food, a little family, a little what we’re doing, a little what we’re watching and a little bit of everything else, all in one post.

So let’s look at July!


I am literally meal planning as I type this!

I am making ALL NEW recipes this week (scary and exciting all at the same time)! First, a HUGE THANK YOU to my amazing neighbor who happened to have the Thug Kitchen cookbook that I could look over! And I printed a couple recipes from the Thug Kitchen website as well as one from Skinnytaste. So here’s the plan for the week:

I am going to have to make a few adjustments with some items to make it gluten-free and I will swap maple syrup in some of the recipes for honey. Hopefully it will work just fine! I am making my own homemade nut cheese from Danielle Walker’s cookbook and her marinara sauce. I also have a delicious homemade enchilada sauce recipe that I will make Thursday for Friday’s recipe.


An adults-only night out on the boat! It was sooooo long overdue! It was nice to social-distance on the boat with two other couples and grill dinner, float, and just enjoy the sunset sans kids.


I am absolutely LOVING my early morning walks! I go as soon as my littlest wakes up (about 6:30am) and get him situated and then I head out the door (don’t worry…Daddy is home!) and walk for about 20-30 minutes and soak up the sunrise, quiet, and all the nature sounds!


We went on a little family bike ride last weekend and took a trail that lead to the lake. The boys got a little muddy but we all had fun exploring!

We are about to finish our FOURTH week of homeschool and we are loving it!!

We are enjoying the lake as much as possible before summer is over!


Honestly not much right now! I am trying to love each day and just taking things one day at at time.


Homeschooling! Haha! That is seriously a wonderful task all on it’s own. I was working on a preschool curriculum for our 3-year old so I could have more of a plan for him…but I think I got a little too courageous and need to go back through and edit some stuff 😉

I am also in the thick of writing a feature article for a local magazine and can’t wait to see it all put together!


There are a couple of things that I REALLY excited about but waiting a bit longer before I can share with all of you…but I promise I will share with you as soon as I can!


We just finished Down to Earth and I absolutely loved it!!! Got me so fired back up to take better care of this planet. Each episode stood alone and was about a different country and topic. I highly recommend watching it!!

I have been replaying the Hamilton soundtrack a bit too much over here (but can it really be too much?!? Haha!), and so interested in Hamilton and his life…so much so that I downloaded this book:


Whenever I am on my morning walks, I listen to Ruth Cho Simons and Troy Simons podcast, Foundations, and it is so calming, refreshing, comforting, encouraging…all the things. Listening to these two talk about God and basically preach to my soul…it is so needed and so nice. Their website describes Foundations as follows:

“Families are shaped one day at a time through the Word of God. The Foundations podcast helps you direct your family as you explore 12 key truths to connect your children’s hearts—and yours—to the heart of God.”


I usually leave one earbud in and leave the other out so I can still hear the birds while I walk. Each podcast is usually the length of my walk, too, which is perfect! I hate starting and stopping podcasts, because I usually forget what was previously mentioned 😉


I purchased two adorable bracelets and anklet from Pura Vida and absolutely love them! They are simple, cute, light, and have PURPOSE as well as being fair-trade:

“Pura Vida was given a chance to expand its artisan community to include a family of more than 800 artisans in Costa Rica, El Salvador, India and more, who can count on a steady income and positive work environment thanks to the incredible support of Pura Vida fans. Giving back has always been at the core of what we do, which is why we also created the Charity Collection. Over the last few years, we’ve partnered with more than 175 charities around the world to donate nearly $2.4 million to causes you care about. We’re always striving to do more and are constantly on the lookout for more charities that can benefit from Pura Vida Bracelets.”


Every summer post is going to be pretty much the same…GOING ON THE BOAT! Haha!


My hubby’s birthday is in August and it is going to be worth celebrating! I love birthdays and his is no exception! I will cook his favorite foods (cause thats my love language!) and we most likely will go on the boat that weekend.


Not much else!! Just enjoying my quiet walks in the morning, homeschooling, reading, watching shows, cooking, cleaning…same ol’ same ol’!

Well, that’s it for July!! It seems like the months are just FLYING by!

Have a blessed rest of your week/month and make sure to come back on Friday to read my latest Friday Favorites!

What I Eat in a Typical Day

Happy Wednesday friends!! We made it half way through the week!

Today I am sharing what my typical day looks like. Since finding Truvani’s plant-based protein powder, my breakfasts have changed to a daily delicious morning smoothie. I LOVE it and it’s so easy first thing in the morning! But I am also including my other go-to breakfasts, as well as what I snack on and what I drink throughout the day.

So let’s go!


Option 1: My favorite coffee smoothie

Not Your Traditional Vanilla Latte

I am loving starting my day with a smoothie and having so much fun playing with different smoothie add-ins and options! The other day I was missing coffee…which I haven’t had since November! My husband grinds the beans fresh every morning and the smell of fresh brewed coffee enveloped and consumed me! I decided to … Read More

Currently, I am in a vanilla latte smoothie kick! I am LOVING the recipe above and drink it every morning!

Option 2: Scrambled eggs with steamed veggies

Before I found Truvani’s clean protein powder, I was making a veggie bowl with scrambled eggs (and still do occasionally) or a veggie omelet. Both basically use the same veggies…it is just how I am wanting my eggs that day! 😉

For either one of these, I just grab some veggies that I like (zucchini, onion, bell pepper, broccoli, asparagus, whatever I’ve got!), chop it up, sauté it in organic avocado oil, and if I am scrambling eggs, after the veggies get a little soft, I crack two eggs in the mix and scramble it all together. If I want an omelet, I put the sautéed veggies in a bowl off to the side, scramble two eggs and pour into my well oiled pan, cook it for a minute, then add back in the veggies and press it into the wet egg, cook an additional minute or two until it isn’t sticking and a little brown, then flip it all (over the sink…just in case!), and cook for an additional couple of minutes. Then flop it over onto a plate and fold over. For both, I top with 1/2 sliced avocado and pinch of Himalayan sea salt and ground black pepper.

Morning Drink Mix

Alkalize and Mineralize

Currently I am out of my CBD 🙁 BUT I usually mix one scoop of Alkamind Daily Minerals with my CBD and fill up my big Starbucks cup…that no longer holds any Starbucks 😉

I am literally on a “subscribe and save” for Alkamind! Perfect because as soon as I start to run low, one just magically appears at my door! 😉

  • WHAT ALKAMIND DOES – Eliminate acid reflux, better sleep, improve constipation, reduce sugar cravings, fast workout recovery and mental clarity.
  • HOW IT DOES IT – 4 pure alkaline minerals plus organic lemon juice powder, 1:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium, most bioavailable minerals, chelated mg for highest levels of absorption and bioavailability, medical-grade minerals and fast acting powdered delivery system.


Fresh raw salad

Pretty self explanatory here 😉 I basically take a whole bunch of veggies that I love and chop them up! I use all organic – green leaf lettuce, purple carrot, bell pepper, celery, tomatoes, sprouted arugula, walnuts, avocado, hemp seeds, drizzle with olive oil, juice from 1/2 lemon, and a pinch of Himalayan salt.

Afternoon Drink Mix

Schisandra Berry + Ashwagandha

I totally forgot to snap a picture of this BUT I use that same big Starbucks cup and fill it to the top with water and a little ice, add 1/2 tsp of my Schisandra Berry powder (which is sold out!! BUT you can still get it here) and about 1/3 tsp ashwagandha plus juice from 1/2 lemon.

Benefits of Schisandra Berry:

  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Liver Detoxification and Purification
  • Increased Intracellular Glutathione Levels
  • Anti-Aging at the Cellular Level
  • Mental Clarity and Energy
  • Improves Digestion
  • Balances Hormones
  • Boosts Immune System

Afternoon Snack

Fruit + Almond Butter

My snack is pretty much the same every day. I love a crisp, organic green apple with a big tablespoon of organic almond butter. It is pretty much what I eat on the daily.

Sometimes if I need a little something sweeter, I will grab a couple of these.


Dinner changes daily! This is where I have the most fun with my meals. I love using Danielle Walker’s cookbooks and Minimalist Baker (you can read more about my favorites here) and pretty much cook dinner every night of the week, minus a couple of leftover nights.


…sometimes 😉

Sugar-Free Lemon Mug Cake!

If you know me, you know I LOVE lemon anything!! Lemon pies, lemon cupcakes, lemon bars, lemon anything! However, some of my favorite lemon recipes are loaded with cane sugar and dairy…which I cannot have because of my health issues (you can read about my health journey with Systemic Candida here). This microwavable lemon mug … Read More

Sugar-Free Chocolate Almond Butter Mug Cake

This mug cake is one of my favorites for satiating that chocolate craving! I use tiger nut flour instead of almond flour for this recipe because of its natural sweet flavor and health benefits. Chufa, also known as tiger nuts or earth almonds, are not actually nuts! They are small edible tubers. They are about … Read More

Sometimes a girl just wants something sweet! I love making my lemon berry mug cake or my chocolate mug cake, but I also really love this snickerdoodle mug cake recipe, though I made a few substitutions, it was still really good!

One day a week (usually Wednesdays because that is the night my husband and I watch The Challenge…which is over now! *insert sad face* 😉 ), I indulge in a SmartSweets Sweet Fish. SmartSweets are free from sugar alcohols, artificial sweeteners and added sugar plus they are plant-based!! They seriously taste so much better than my old fav fish! 😉


IF I am on my A-game, I prepare these drinks ahead of time and drink the Jamu Juice before I eat (or drink) breakfast and the refreshing Ginger Lemonade later in the morning or afternoon for a little pick-me-up. It is also perfect to take to the pool, beach, or lake as it is a natural hydrator and reduces bloat!

Well that’s it for my day! What do you love to eat for your main meals? Do you eat the same thing everyday or change it up? I’d love to hear! Share below!

See you all back here on Friday for my Friday Favorites: At-Home Workout Edition!

My Top 4 Favorite Cookbooks

I have been battling systemic candida since November 2019. My diet is very strict and doesn’t allow much wiggle room. I have been living a gluten-free lifestyle for many years, however, trying to kill off candida takes more than abstaining from gluten. Since November of 2019, I have also cut dairy, caffeine, sugar (even from fruits), alcohol, and a variety of veggies and grains.

Within the last week, I have been slowly adding in some of the food that was restricted in the beginning stages of the Candida Diet. But, even though it is slowly improving, it is still not gone. I have started transitioning to more of a SCD and leaky-gut diet in order to heal my gut and prevent candida from getting into my bloodstream.

We rarely eat out because of my diet. Thus, I rely greatly on recipes and cookbooks. Here are just four of my top favs that I go to often for dinner recipes that are mostly compliant with my food restrictions:

I LOVE ALL of Danielle Walker’s cookbooks! I have all of them now and reference them often. Her recipes are kid-approved, too! I know that when I pick a recipe from her book, the whole family will enjoy it. Plus, I am able to stick to a gluten-free, dairy-free, SCD diet with the majority of her recipes.

Minimalist Baker is another favorite of mine! I try to eat more plant-based these days, but with my diet, I can’t make many of Dana’s recipes at the moment because of the use of maple syrup, beans, and some grains. However, my kids LOVE her muffin and bread recipes and I love how her cookbook is mostly gluten-free.

I purchased the ebook version of Coconut Bowls Vegan Cookbook and LOVE it! So many beautiful bowls, smoothies, salads, and vegan options, most of which I can eat with my restricted diet. I love how fresh and colorful all the recipes are and they are so delicious!

If you want to purchase your own Coconut Bowls Vegan Cookbook ebook or hardcopy, click here and use code LGRECI at checkout.

In addition to these cookbooks, I have a lot of go-to websites where I pull recipes to try. I usually print the recipe, and if my family likes it, I keep it and place it in my recipe binder. If they don’t, in the recycle it goes! I also like printing the recipes because I often forget where I found the recipe and if I made any adjustments, which if I do, I can just pencil it in.

What are your favorite cookbooks and recipes sites? Share below…and don’t forget to hit that subscribe button!


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