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How to Build Your Dream Home- Part 1

Home Project

About a year ago now, we set out on our home building journey by accident. When our move down to Texas was imminent, we started looking for a house. Because we had previously looking for houses together and are self-proclaimed real estate experts with imaginary awards from HGTV like Most Valuable Viewer and Virtual Renovator of the Year,  we knew exactly what we were looking for in our next home: 4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms Large master suite on main level Large kitchen 2 living spaces and 3 car garage This house in our heads seemed SO perfect and SO well laid out that we just KNEW it was already out there and waiting for us to find it…we would find it within a matter of minutes with a quick search online. 3 months, 1 realtor, and a lot of frustration later, we came to the conclusion that this perfect house didn’t exist…yet.  Since finding a house that was already built didn’t work out for us, we were thrust into the world of building…we’ve learned a lot in the past year that could come in handy if/when you are getting ready to embark on turning your own dream home into a reality.   Step 1: Loan Pre-Approval This is the really boring and really non glamorous part of all real estate transactions. Unless you’ve got cash to buy your land and build your house (high five if you do!), you will need to find a bank or credit union to finance…

30 Thoughts While on Whole30

30 thoughts while on whole30

WOOHOO!! Our family just completed our first Whole30 and I cannot be more excited for the progress we have made. Besides some great weight loss, we have had less digestive issues, better sleep, lower anxiety, better skin, the list goes on! I cannot recommend Whole30 enough for jump starting a healthier way of life or trying to identify any food intolerance you might have. If you’re thinking about doing Whole30, join my Facebook Accountability Group! I will be posting meals and recipes, encouragement, and humor along the way! I thought it would be fun to put together a list of thoughts and events that I experienced during my first 30 days! This has been a really fun experience and being completely intentional with food choices for 30 days was a great    30 Thoughts While on Whole30 1.Wait- I can’t have wine? I don’t remember that part from the book…*references book*… Hmph. No wine it is. 2.What do you mean Fat Free doesn’t equal healthy? 3.I’m just going to watch FED UP on loop until everyone I know agrees to do Whole30 with me. 4.Seriously, this will not be that hard. I can literally do anything for 30 days. 5.FOOD PREP IS THE MOST AMAZING THING ON THE PLANET 6.SO.Many.Eggs. 7.Oatmeal isn’t good for me? Olives are considered a fat? I officially know nothing. 8.Head hurts. My head hurts. WILL IT EVER END? 9.I legitimately cannot live without bacon for 30 days. 10.Thank you, God, for Pederson’s Sugar Free Bacon.…

Whole30 Super Bowl Food Ideas & Recipes

Whole 30 Super Bowl Food

Hey y’all! Super Bowl 50 is upon us and I have to tell you that I am SO excited! Not  only am I a huge football fan in general, but Peyton Manning is one of my all time favorite celebrities. His career, philanthropy, and cheesy TV commercials have all been absolutely cherished by my family. The fact that this is (probably) his last season to play makes his Super Bowl appearance that much more exciting! GO PEYTON- VFL!  Are you thinking about starting Whole30 after the Super Bowl? Join my Facebook Accountability Group! I will be posting meal and recipe ideas, encouragement, and humor for anyone who needs some help!  Ok, ok…now for the reasons why you’re here. Some of us have wrapped up our Whole30 journey in time for the Big Sunday but if you’re like me, you might be a little apprehensive about reintroduction of those food groups we’ve stayed away from for the past 30 days. If you’re new here and wondering how to get started on your Whole30 journey, check out my post about it here: Whole30 Prep- What You Need to Know  Now, as we know, preparation while on Whole30 is key! We are hosting so we have more control over the menu but if you are attending a Super Bowl party, whip up a few of these to bring with you. I also recommend bringing your own veggie sticks or sweet potato chips so that you can munch on salsa and dips that might be…

Whole30 Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets

whole30 chicken nuggets

I have to admit that while we don’t eat out much even while not on Whole30, I do love Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets. Part of my love for them is DEFINITELY the superb service and clean facilities at Chick-Fil-A….and part of it is the excellent quality of chicken and perfect breading you get with every.single.bite.  I wanted to find a recipe that my toddlers would love that also complies with our new Paleo lifestyle….I searched high and low and finally found a recipe from The Domestic Man that we liked and I have been tweaking it ever since.  The key to the perfect chicken nugget, I have found, is making sure that you give it enough time to marinade fully. Letting chicken marinade is important because the enzymes on the outside will start to break down allowing for batter to stick to it…but this takes time. Give yourself at LEAST 6 hours of marinading time but preferably 12-24. This is one of those dinners that I prep and get ready the night before and it is so, so worth the extra planning.  If you liked this post you should check out my Facebook Page The Hungry Mommy and Instagram @the_hungry_mommy If you’re thinking about doing a Whole30, join my Facebook Accountability Group! I will be posting recipes and meals, humor, and encouragement for anyone who needs it!

Whole30 / Paleo Oven Roasted and Toasted Potato Wedges

Whole30 Roasted Potatoes

One of my favorite things about Whole30 is taking foods that are thought of as boring and making them a really delicious component of a meal. My family has missed grilling out with burgers, fries, beans, and corn since summer has left us! I thought it would be fun to make one of our summertime favorites- potato wediges- over and transform it into a Whole30 compliant side dish to accompany our big green salad and Big O Bacon Burgers from Nom Nom Paleo! My favorite french fries from restaurants are equal parts salty and spicy and have a great CRUNCHY exterior. To achieve the right spice level I added Sea Salt to our recipe- the grain is bigger than normal table salt and tends to be stronger- and paprika. The crispiness comes from two steps: 1. Coating the wedges indicidually in the spice and oil rub. This ensures the each side of each wedge has the potential to crunch. 2. Broiling them. You have to keep a close eye on the oven when broiling so as to not over do it. Broil one side, take the wedges out of the oven, flip them over, and broil the other side. Get them out just as they are turning brown and starting to bubble. For an extra layer of flavor, I add a 1/2 Cup of chopped parsley to the potatoes after they have started to cool. You could also add a nice truffle oil! I hope you love these Whole30 Potato…

Roundup: Whole30 Meal Plans and Recipes

Whole30 Meals

Before starting this cycle of Whole30, I spent HOURS scouring the internet looking for a good meal plan that I could follow along the way. I came up empty handed so, naturally, I made my own for my family and then decided to share it with you all! If you are new to Whole 30 of just looking for some recipe ideas, check out the posts below. I’m linking to Weeks 1-4 Meal Plans as well as the blog posts that contain all the recipes we have used along the way.   ** Here’s a fair warning Disclaimer for the meal plan: Sometimes the meals I put on the plan aren’t “full” meals in the eyes of the Whole30 program because they are lacking some portion that is necessary to create a balanced meal. They might be missing good fat, protein, or veggies. Mostly this happens because I don’t haven enough room to add them in my editing software and I put priority on listing the meals you might need a recipe for- so make sure that you read over the Whole30 Program Rules and are eating complete meals! **   Here are the original post that include the meal plans, prepping guides, and grocery lists: Whole30 Meals- Week 1 Whole30 Meals- Week 2 Whole30 Meals- Week 3 Whole30 Meals- Week 4 If you’re looking for a cheerleader during your Whole30 journey or just some daily recipe inspiration, check out my Facebook Page The Hungry Mommy and Instagram @the_hungry_mommy  

What’s the Difference: Comparing Whole30 and Paleo

Whole30 vs paleo

Over the past few months I’ve had a lot of people ask me what the difference between Whole30 and Paleo diets are, what are the various advantages and disadvantages to the two, and how to pick which one to try. First, I have to say that I’m not a Whole30 expert, just a follower of the plan! We do stick to a mostly Paleo lifestyle when not on Whole30, but we indulge every now and then..and that’s where the differences of the two start to emerge. All Whole30 recipes are also Paleo but not all Paleo recipes are Whole30 compliant. This for 2 reasons: 1.Paleo allows for “recreations” of foods that aren’t on a Paleo Diet while Whole30 expressly prohibits recreating food that isn’t allowed on the program.     On the Paleo diet, you can create a Cauliflower crusted Pizza or decadent dessert and still be adhering to a Paleo lifestyle. However, while on Whole30, we are meant to physically, psychologically, and emotionally break off our relationships with the food groups we are abstaining from – grains, legumes, dairy, alcohol, sugar- and to do that requires not recreating them out of compliant ingredients. The thought is that, while on Whole30, making a cauliflower crusted pizza is giving in to our mind in that we can’t live without pizza (or something that resembles it).  2.Paleo allows for added sweetener in the form of honey, agave, etc. while Whole30 does not   The Whole30 Program is completely without added sugar or sweeteners…

Whole 30 Recipes and Meals- Week 4

Week 4- Meal Plan

We are officially on the downhill slide of this Whole30 Challenge! I know that a lot of you have committed to Whole60s, Whole90s, and beyond and that is FANTASTIC. A lot of people that I’ve spoken with don’t want all of the physical and mental benefits of this diet to wear off and I don’t blame them! If you still aren’t experiencing any of this Tiger Blood magic, hold on…it’s still coming. Some bodies just take longer to process out all of the junk we’ve been storing up for years. With week 4 I wanted to focus on capitalizing on leftovers. A lot of times we feel like we “need” something new to eat at every meal and that’s simply not true. Learning to love leftovers does take some time so I’m bringing back some old favorites and introducing some serious crowd pleasers! This is also a big football weekend- Go Peyton- so anything that can be made for a crowd is a win in my book! All recipes for this week can be found here: Whole30 Recipes- Sauces and Dressings Whole 30 Recipes- Breakfast Whole 30 Recipes- Lunch/Dinner Whole 30 Recipes- Sides and Snacks ** Here’s a fair warning Disclaimer for the meal plan: Sometimes the meals I put on the plan aren’t “full” meals in the eyes of the Whole30 program because they are lacking some portion that is necessary to create a balanced meal. They might be missing good fat, protein, or veggies. Mostly this happens because…

Whole30 Meals- Week Three

Whole30 Week 3 Meal Plan

Whoa, can you all believe that we are already prepping for Week three of our Whole30 Challenge? I’m feeling pretty good! The icky side effects of sugar and grain withdrawal finally seem to have left me and I’m feeling alert and light and sleeping like a log! This week I have a lot of new recipes I’m excited to share with you all! I tend to load up on the new recipes the first half of the week because I’m just so excited to share them with you all! First up: Cinnamon Banana Chia Seed Pudding- this stuff is GREAT! It’s loaded with nutrients and antioxidants AND tastes amazing! I’m also introducing one of my all-time Whole30 Favorites, Taco Salad! It’s so good and filled with flavor that you will not miss all those extra add-ons!  ** Here’s a fair warning Disclaimer for the meal plan: Sometimes the meals I put on the plan aren’t “full” meals in the eyes of the Whole30 program because they are lacking some portion that is necessary to create a balanced meal. They might be missing good fat, protein, or veggies. Mostly this happens because I don’t haven enough room to add them in my editing software and I put priority on listing the meals you might need a recipe for- so make sure that you read over the Whole30 Program Rules and are eating complete meals! ** The recipes for all of these meals are here: Whole 30 Recipes- Sauces and Dressings Whole30 Meals and…

Whole30 Recipes- Sauces and Dressings

whole30 Dressings and Sauces

Arguably, the best part of many meals are the accompaniments. They can make or break a dish with their flavor profile, aroma, and visual appeal. During the Whole30 Challenge, I’ve found them to be exponentially more important because of all the other things my body is “missing”. The meal plans I’ve put together leave a lot of room for personal preference in the way of which sauces and dressings you can add to each meal. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites and of the things I like to pair them with: 5 Minute Whole30 Ranch Dressing– This ranch dressing is something I’ve been playing around with for a while. It’s super easy and, like the name says, only take 5 minutes to put together. I pair this with The Best Chicken Ever, over salads, and to eat with my favorite veggies! Blueberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing– The days of summer are here with this creamy, sweet dressing. The great part? You can make it from any berry in your fridge! Easy Whole30 Ketchup– Yum! This ketchup is delicious and so easy to make. This will keep in the refrigerator for a week or freezer for up to a month! Restaurant Style Salsa– This recipe is from Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, so you know it has sugar in it! Just leave out the sugar for a perfectly Whole30 Salsa. I eat this with my favorite Taco Salad, and with many of the egg scrambles and frittatas I make in the…