The Ebbs And Flows Of Life

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Don’t compare yourself to something that is only a sliver of the whole picture or don’t feel bad about a part of your life or season that isn’t what you want it to be. You aren’t 100% of having it all together all the time or having everything in total chaos 24/7. Life is real, messy, clean, fun, not fun, beautiful, work, rest. You can have a beautiful dinner party and have dishes to do that next day. People see the perfect party, you see the dishes. See both. That is the beauty of life. You will loose that weight. You will have dishes in the sink. Your kids will sleep through the night perfectly. Your kids will have a hard day. Both are part of life. Not one or the other. We ebb and flow. We look great and look terrible. We have great hair and we have greasy hair. We have a tight body and sometimes we don’t. We eat healthy and we eat fries. This is life. This is reality.

Currently I am sitting in my sports bra and some short of pajama shorts, watching something on ABC Family and eating soup. There is laundry to be folded, dishes to be done, a bed that isn’t made and a face that needs to be washed. I’ve been hanging low this week as I’ve been tired and needed some good R and R. My husband is out of town for work and it’s definitely a bachelorette pad. This isn’t every week, but nor is my pretty posts on Instagram. My Instagram is not my real, everyday life, nor is sitting in my pajamas all day in a messy house. My instagram is scheduled, like a business and a small fraction of my creative outlet that I use to promote and build a business from things I am passionate about. My life doesn’t consist of perfect hair everyday or make up everyday, but I sure do like those things. My life doesn’t consist of perfect, complex meals everyday, but sometimes I go for it. Some nights it’s leftovers or organic pizza.  I am actually a huge nerd with my head in blood work reviews and analyzing people’s bodies some days and then other days an entrepreneur building a blog and working on other projects. I wear my Dr/creative bubbly hat and I love doing both sides of my personality. I love style, I love inspiring people, I love health, I love people. I am multifaceted and I am not just one thing. green1Some people o n l y talk to me about health or ask me health questions whenever we are together. Or only talk to me about one aspect they assume is the whole of my personality. That is great and I am glad to answer and chat about it but did you also know I watched the presidential debate? That I love interior design? That am pretty silly and goofy but can also be serious? I’m sure you have felt like you can’t be all that you are because someone sees you as just this or just that.  We are so much more that just XYZ! Be who you are. ALL that you are. Don’t compare yourself to something that is only a sliver of the whole picture or don’t feel bad about a part of your life or season that isn’t what you want it to be. You aren’t 100% of having it all together or having everything in total chaos. Life is real, messy, fun, beautiful. You can have a beautiful dinner party and have dishes to do that next day. People see the perfect party, you see the dishes. See both. That is the beauty of life. You will loose that weight. You will have dishes in the sink. Your kids will sleep through the night perfectly. Your kids will have a hard day. Both are part of life. Not one or the other. We ebb and flow. We look great and look terrible. We have great hair and we have greasy hair. We have a tight body and sometimes we don’t. We eat healthy and we eat fries. This is life. This is reality. green3

With all that being said. Remember, all the gal’s instagram’s that you see that are of perfect little squares of perfectly styled moms and there stylish kids and perfect houses and meals etc. Most likely, they are not trying to fake a life to you, they are most likely building there business behind the scenes, or they are extremely creative and artistic and need a creative outlet, they like the look of how all the squares flow etc. I don’t know or care. I get inspired. I love aesthetic. They aren’t trying to make you feel less superior, less important at all your hard work at the gym, in the kitchen, with the kids, with your love life. They do it for fun or for business and I would bet that any one of these ladies would laugh and think you are silly if you asked them if this was their everyday life.green2Do I think they need to post imperfect photos to make everyone else not feel bad? Nope. Just like I don’t believe you should dumb down your smarts, talents, gifts and personality for someone that feels insecure and crappy about themselves around you. Everyone has a way of expressing themselves and if anything, inspiration is a beautiful thing. The point is, my life isn’t a photoshoot, nor is yours, nor is any insta mom, blogger, person you see, but if people want to express themselves through insta or build a successful inspiration blog or photography business or sell clothes, or model clothes and get paid and use it as a tool…go for it! More power to you girlfriend! I’ll be inspired by you! green4

Life is messy, clean, busy, calm, great hair, greasy hair, work, rest, fun, challenging. We aren’t always feeling put together in areas of our lives, but we also aren’t always laying on the couch. Some days you’ll rock it, some days you’d be happy if you brushed your teeth. Embrace the ebbs and flows. You will loose that weight, you will have dishes in the sink, you will have the energy to do fantastic things, you will have no energy to do anything and need to rest, your kids will sleep perfectly through the night, your kids will pee and puke at night. Don’t define your worth or value on what you did or didn’t do, what you have or don’t have, what your house looks like or doesn’t look like, what your Instagram looks like or doesn’t look like, your job, your no job. The only thing that is consent is that things change. Your value is that you are already a perfect, beautiful, loved child of God. Do your best and forget the rest.” I’ve been through it all-tragedy, loss, success, betrayal, failure, back biting, bullying, happiness, promotion, not knowing where the next paycheck would come from, seeing miracles, life changing decisions, walking out on water in faith and seeing what God does and through it all knowing deeply my true and only source,  provider, redeemer, healer, restorer of all things is Jesus.

That’s where I have determined to stay forever. No matter what comes in life.

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Apple Pie Energy Bits

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 These little bits are insanely delicious. I couldn’t make them fast enough as they were being totally devoured in my house. The awesome thing is that they are a great energy snack for the morning on the go, pre or even post workout, middle of the day pick-me-up or if you need to curb your sweet tooth in a healthy way! Plus, they are super easy to make! To make, blend the dried apples, dates and honey and blend until the mixture becomes batter like in consistency. Add the nutmeg, cinnamon and toasted pecans and continue to blend until your desired size.

This darling watercolor was created by Wellen Women. Check out their lifestyle brand at www.wellenwomen.com. I love what they are all about!

Roll into balls and place on a pan or plate. Put in fridge to harden and store. Grab.. and go! 

Enjoy!

Apple Pie Energy Bits
 
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Ingredients
  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup dried apple rings
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Instructions
  2. Blend dried apples, dates and honey and blend until the mixture becomes batter like in consistency.
  3. Add the nutmeg, cinnamon and toasted pecans and continue to blend until your desired size.
  4. Roll into balls

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Mini Cauliflower Pizzas!

Personally, I like these better than the large cauliflower pizza’s for a couple reasons.

  1. Because they are smaller, the crust bakes better and stronger.
  2. You can make a ton of different styles from BBQ chicken to Margarita to classic Pepperoni.

Scroll down to find the recipe below!

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First, we start with a gigantic head o’ cauliflower. 
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Shred that head into crumbles and reserve about four cups. You can save the rest in the fridge or freezer for when the cauliflower pizza crust craving strikes again – and trust me, it will.IMG_9224

Cook the cauliflower in the microwave, then let it cool and mix it with eggs, garlic powder, Italian seasonings and shredded mozzarella cheese. If you’re not a fan of mozzarella, feel free to use a different kind of shredded cheese (Cheddar? Manchego? Swiss? Go crazy!).IMG_9244 Divide the mixture into 12 pieces, and pat each piece into a small round on a lightly greased baking sheet (or ungreased pizza stone, though I found it more difficult to get those dang pizzas off the stone after baking. They still tasted great, though).IMG_9252 IMG_9258 Bake the crusts for 15 minutes or so until they’re nice and golden brown. They might char on the edges, but that’s OK. It’s a small price to pay to get the underside of the crust perfectly baked through and golden.IMG_9269 Heat the broiler and top each pizza with your favorite toppings. I went the classic margherita pizza route with pizza sauce, fresh basil leaves, mozzarella cheese and tomato slices, but pretty much any toppings will go well with these guys.

Broil the pizzas until the cheese is melted and the toppings are warm, about 5 minutes.
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Mini Cauliflower Pizzas!
 
Ingredients
  • 1 large head cauliflower (about 4 cups shredded)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 12 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tomato, sliced into 12 rounds
Instructions
  1. Using a box grater or a food processor, shred cauliflower into crumbles. Reserve 4 cups; store the remainder in the fridge or freezer for future pizzas.
  2. Cook cauliflower in microwave in a large microwave-safe bowl for 8 minutes. Allow to cool 10 minutes.
  3. Add eggs, 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, oregano, basil and garlic powder and stir to combine. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  4. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets (or pizza pans); divide mixture into 12 balls. Place balls on sheets and pat each into a thin round about 4 inches wide. Bake in oven 15 minutes until golden brown (the edges might be charred; this is OK).
  5. Remove sheets from oven and heat broiler. Top each mini crust with pizza sauce, basil leaves, remaining mozzarella and tomato slices.
  6. Broil pizzas until cheese is melted and tomatoes are slightly roasted, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes before serving.
 

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