• Evelyn

Life Lately

Do you ever have a lot of random thoughts and things you want to talk about? I sure do! So I'm going to start a series called 'Life Lately' just for the purpose of going over all the things.

Where to begin? Maybe with a little update on my celery juice, no wheat or dairy food journey. I'm still going strong! I wasn't sure I'd last more than a few days but so far I've been pretty good about sticking to it. I had little expectations of how the celery juice would affect me but I've been pleasantly surprised that I have felt less bloated and have more energy. As for the no wheat or dairy part of my journey - it's been easier than I anticipated, maybe because I was just ready to do it. But I miss cheese. And when Terry made a pizza, I wanted a slice something fierce...however, I refrained and blended up some frozen fruit with coconut milk instead. Let me tell you, NOT THE SAME, but still yummy in its own right. I haven't noticed any changes to my skin, particularly with my eczema, but it may take a bit before it clears up. I have also tried gluten-free bread and Bob's Mill Gluten-Free Pancake mix. The taste and texture were comparable to what I'm used to but they felt kinda heavy sitting in my stomach. If they are consumed in moderation I think it would work well as a substitute but otherwise it might be a bit much.

On a different food note, I recently tried out boxes from Good Food, which are affiliated with Marche. It's a weekly subscription box with all the ingredients and recipes for 2 (or more) fresh meals delivered to your doorstep. I've really enjoyed making the meals and trying out something I normally wouldn't think of preparing for my family. So far half of the recipes have been home runs and the other half have been pretty good. I have even recreated 2 of the meals so far since I enjoyed them so much! Want to give it a try? Here's a referral link with a $40 credit to start you off!

Mindset. Have you heard of the Calm app? It was a New Years download for me and since then, I've consistently been trying to use it. I like the daily meditations and the 'Breathe' functions. I try to do them before I go to sleep. During these dreary months I struggle to stay peppy as the grey days really affect my mood. One of the things I find helpful is putting something positive out in the world. Whether it's sending an encouraging text to a friend or writing a positive note on an Instagram post, the more I do this, the better I feel. Any suggestions to combat the winter blahs?

My order from Floret Flower came in and it makes me very excited for the warmer weather and sunnier days! I made a small investment in the seeds I purchased and am hoping they will do well in our garden.

  • Amaranth

  • Bee's Friend

  • Bells of Ireland

  • Celosia (Pampas grass)

  • Pink Forget-Me-Nots

  • Clary Sage

  • Corn Cockle Ocean Pearls

  • Cress Pennycress

  • Cup and Saucer Vine

  • Poppies

  • Sunflowers

  • Sweet Peas

  • Hardy Annual Mix

Hopefully these pretty blooms will entice lots of bees and beneficial bugs to our garden to help pollinate all the veggies we will be growing as well. I am most excited about the poppies! They remind me of my mom and I even bought a few extra packets of seeds as a surprise for her. Amongst the poppy varieties is one I have never seen before called 'Shirley Poppy' in amazing grey. I CANNOT WAIT to see these beauties grow!

How's that post for a bunch of random topics? Are you enjoying your January so far? What are you most looking forward to? Let me know!



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