Wednesday, January 31, 2018

What's Up Wednesday?

I'm trying something new for 2018 . . . a once a month What's Up Wednesday link-up with Mel, Shay and Sheaffer. It's the little things in life that are sweet to go back and remember so I thought this would be fun!

Anyone else slightly thrilled and also freaked out about the fact that today is the last day of January? My flu days this month dragged on, but now it seems like time is traveling at lightning speed.

Here's what we are covering today . . . 

What we're eating this week . . .
Well, I'm still going strong with the 21 Day Sugar Detox so I am making main entrees that every one can eat, and then adding sides for the family and some others for myself. Shockingly no one else in my house has the same love of beets and Brussel sprouts! They are weird. Winky face.

And my sweet friend Natalia showed me how to make her delicious ground turkey and green salsa this week. No sugar, super healthy and most of all . . . so good! And based on my fabulous food pictures, I'm thinking food blogger is my next big thing. #not

What I'm reminiscing about . . .

As a mom of two high schoolers and a middle schooler, I'm always thinking about the days when my kids were little. The days before cell phones, X-boxes, major homework, social events without me, etc. I'm still adjusting to my oldest driving my middle son to high school every day. Every morning I stand at the door and wave goodbye to them . . . most days they don't even see me. But I'll be there when they do glance my way.

What I'm loving . . .
Right now life seems to revolve around what I can eat so I'm thankful for my Butcherbox monthly grass-fed meat subscription, and my Primal Palate organic spices that I treated myself to this month. Both help take the guesswork out of what I'm eating so that's a bonus!

What we've been up to . . .
Lacrosse, lacrosse and more lacrosse! Both my boys are playing for the high school team. Kyle has been playing for awhile, but this is Ryan's first time. I am so proud of that kid for trying something new as a sophomore. School ends at 3:30 p.m., and they don't get home until around 6:30 every day. The first practice was in the rain, and the coach still had them stay the normal time. #hardcore

My friend Michelle and I volunteered to be the concession moms for the season so I'm kind of excited about that. I'm sure that excitement will fade as the season goes on, but for now it seems like a good thing! Ha!

What I'm dreading . . .
Eagle Scout paperwork . . . my Kyle has completed his Eagle Scout project, and all that remains is the final paperwork. He, and his fellow friends and scouts, built a fenced and gated garden at the middle school. It was a fabulous project . . . we are so proud of him. Now he has to finish the paperwork, and I get to be the "mom"ager on the task. Boo.

What I'm working on . . .
Well, something for work actually . . . online QuickBooks training. My company generously paid for me to take the Mastering Quickbooks Levels 1 & 2 self-paced training courses, and I'm hot and heavy into getting that done. I had to set a testing date to light the fire under me so on Monday, February 26, I'll head to a testing center for my exam. It's been a LONG time since I've had to study and honestly, I'm not hating it. See GIF above . . . LOL!

What I'm excited about . . .
Y'all, I'm headed straight to full blown hippie status soon. Tonight I'm going to a "Lunar Eclipse Drum Journey Meditation!" Yes, you read that right! 

I have been doing lots of research on a variety of healthy topics and nearly 'everyone' says that while diet and exercise are super important, so is managing your stress and a sense of community. I have amazing friendships so I think community is covered, but I definitely need some Namaste in my life . . . more often than not, I need to chill the 'eff out. 

What I'm watching/reading . . .
I thought it might be fun to do a whole post on what I'm watching, reading, listening to (see below) so I'll just give a quick answer here. I just binged watched Parenthood on Netflix. I was an accident. I was so bored when I had the flu that I started it. It was so amazing that I watched it in all my spare minutes and even got the rest of the family into it. I was equally sad and grateful when I was done . . . I needed my life back.

What I'm listening to . . .
Hello my name is Amy, and I'm addicted to podcasts. Like there is not enough time in my life to listen to them all. My friend Amy (I should tally how many 'Amys' are in my life . . . it's a lot) turned me onto these, and I can't stop, won't stop.  

Might I recommend Ear Hustle? It's a podcast from and about inmates at San Quentin prison. Give it a listen . . . it is fabulous.

What I'm wearing . . .
Way more yoga pants than I should . . . but I do walk Zeus every day . . . plus they are so comfy. And since it's been so darn cold, I wear a sweatshirt most days plus my coat . . . this one from Old Navy is my favorite right now! 

What I'm doing this weekend . . .
Lemme check my calendar. Amanda is going to be a Camp Assistant at Girl Scout camp this summer so she has overnight training Friday evening through Saturday afternoon! And then on Sunday, the Super Bowl. Getzy is a Patriots fan so yeah, he's ready for Sunday.

What I'm looking forward to next month . . .
Winter Break from school!! My kids get a week off in February. We are all happy to not set alarms, and I'm happy not to make lunches for everyone. 

What else is new . . .
Geez, I think I've covered it all for now.

Bonus question this month: What's your favorite soup recipe . . .

Tortellini Soup (so delicious)

1 lb. Ground Italian Sausage
1 c. chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
5 c. beef broth
¾-1 c. red wine
1 ½ c. water
1-2 cans petite diced tomatoes
1 c. thinly sliced carrots
½ t. basil
½ t. oregano
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 ½ c. sliced zucchini
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 pkg. frozen cheese tortellini
3 T. chopped parsley
Grated Parmesan cheese

In a large pot, brown sausage and drain, reserving a small amount of grease.  Saute the onion and garlic in the grease.  Add the broth, wine, water, tomatoes, carrots, basil, oregano, tomato sauce, and sausage.  Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.  Add green pepper and zucchini and simmer for another 10 minutes.  Add tortellini and simmer for another 10-20 minutes, or until tortellini are done.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before serving.


  1. I am sooo sorry you’ve been down with the yucky flu! Parenthood is my favorite series of all time #teambraverman!! Aww look at those lil sweets, oh girl before you know it they’ll be off to college! I am missing 2 of my babies so! Oh man, now that I’m not working I wish my youngest had a week off, they only get a day. Have a beautiful evening and you’ll be the cutest hippie there!

  2. Ok, so what is the recipe for this turkey you speak of??? You know I am always adding new healthy things to my arsenal of things to cook! Go you with your 21 detoxing badass self! I am going to have to check out the meat delivery. I cant even imagine what it is like with older kids. I am already like how in the world do I have a toddler already??? And her NB clothes look impossibly small compared to the stuff she is wearing not. Goodness.