The Dish: On Being a Morning Person

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this dish: on being a morning person

As some of you may know, for as long as I can remember, I’ve always been THAT person, the one up at 7am even on a Saturday and I am relatively unphased.  So I am going to talk to you today about WHY I love being up so early, and some things it means for the rest of my day!

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Surviving Your Whole30: Tips, Tricks & Recipes

Surviving Your Whole30: Tips, Tricks & Recipes

This past September, Jon and I did our SECOND round of Whole30. For those who don’t know the Whole30 is a program founded by Melissa Hartwig, and it basically entails 30 days of no added sugar, no legumes, no dairy, no soy, no alcohol and no grains. It is NOT easy, so don’t go into it thinking it will be.  But with a little preparation and mental stamina, you can do it!  The Whole30 has benefitted me in ways I didn’t know were possible. It taught me what my body truly thrives off of, and what it is a-okay without.  

 

I’m going to do my VERY best to walk you through the few things I wish I knew/had before starting. And here’s a great source for where to go to find out more about the program before diving in! Whole 30 Q&A, Whole 30 Recipes– also, I find it an absolute MUST to know, the founder is the most OPEN person ever, and she is always answering personal messages on her PERSONAL instagram account if you ever have any questions and can’t reach the designated Whole30 team! When doing a program so strict, I find this an absolute lifesaver if you have a question.

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Plan to Eat Review & Walkthrough: Meal Planning Made Easy

So you’re probably wondering, well, Cass, what on EARTH is Plan to Eat? Well! Plan to Eat is explained best by those who created it, so here it is, straight from the horse’s mouth!

Plan to Eat is an online meal planner app that allows you to add and organize recipes, drag those recipes onto a calendar to plan them, and our software automatically creates your shopping list based on your planned recipes. By providing tools that streamline the meal planning process we equip households to eat better food, eat together, save money at the grocery store, and have a less stressful cooking experience in the kitchen.” –The Plan to Eat Team

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Five Star Summer – The Best Books I Read

Best Summer Books

Let’s just get past the formalities– it’s been a long time, like a reallllly long time!  But, I am back! Maybe not multiple posts a week kinda back, but at least 1x a week. I miss blogging a ton, and I haven’t stopped reading at all! So I’m here today to share with you some of my FAVORITE books from the past four months!  Spoiler: They’re four and five star reads, but all fantastic.

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Diets Don’t Work. Lifestyles Do.

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In my almost four years of transforming my health and fitness, I have gone through many things. I began with calorie counting, and then swearing off all junk food, and not eating carbs.  It did not take long for me to realize, NONE of that worked.  In fact, it all made me feel terrible, and sometimes just defeated and sad most days. So let me say this..

Diets Don’t Work.  Lifestyles Do.

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My Biggest Move Yet: Becoming a #girlboss

Becoming a #girlboss

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So this post has been on my mind and heart for a long time now.  But to say the least, it has been a busy few months.  I have been posting over on my personal and now business instagram about this venture for a little while now, but its time to explain why I chose to do it, and why now.

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Blind Date With A Book: Fall Edition

Blind Date With A Book: Fall Edition

This is an all new feature that I am up to my EARS in excitement about!  Obviously, this is not my OWN creative idea [though I wish it were!] Blind Date with A Book has been featured at libraries and bookstores across the United States!  Upon listening to What Should I Read Next [Modern Mrs. Darcy‘s podcast] I was reminded of this great idea, and decided to bring it to life in blog post format!  

So here’s how this will work!  I will bring you THREE selections, each with four descriptive words and when you CLICK the image it will bring you to the Goodread/Amazon/Audible link to see if you like what you’ve chosen!  Granted, with this idea in blog post format, you’re not locked into anything, but I assure you, I have rated NONE of these books less than four stars, so they all come highly recommended by me! Continue reading

Review and Release: Grace Not Perfection

Review and Release: Grace Not Perfection

Grace Not Perfection
by Emily Ley

Release Date: October 11th, 2016

Received for Review from Harper Collins

As a busy wife, new mother, business owner, and designer, Emily Ley came to a point when she suddenly realized she couldn’t do it all.

She needed to simplify her life, organize her days, and prioritize the priorities. She decided to hold herself to a standard of grace rather than perfection. This mantra led to the creation of her bestselling Simplified Planner®, a favorite among busy women everywhere—from mamas to executives and everywhere in between.

Order Your Copy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 

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Top TWELVE Audiobooks to Make Your Work Day Fly By

Top TWELVE Audiobooks to Make Your Work Day Fly By

Hey all! I feel its been WAY too long since I did a Top Ten Tuesday Post! I am super excited about this audio based post though, and I am bringing you the top TWELVE audiobooks to make your work day go by super fast!

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The Dish: What Being A Blogger Says About You

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What Being A Blogger Says About You

On my way home the other night, I found my mind wandering [as per usual], and I was thinking about how much I’ve learned about myself from blogging.  But broader and more important than that, I was thinking about all the bloggers I know, admire, and have connected with in the past 4.5 years.  I think we all have some very distinct qualities because we are bloggers.  Maybe we had them before, and channeled them more with blogging, or maybe blogging really showcased these things for the first time.  Whatever way it is, I think all bloggers in some way, are all of these five things…

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