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This month during my September Whole30 I have been trying to create some more football tailgate party themed foods. You know, the standard fare... wings, nachos, potato skins, dips, chips, stuff like that. My intention for this particular recipe was to create a taco potato skin but it actually morphed a bit into a twice baked potato which is not surprising at all considering I generally just make shit up as I go along and it usually turns out better than I had planned.

Before I get to it let's talk about what makes a really good twice baked potato, because the method definitely matters. Once you get that down get creative with your fillings, anything goes.  Make sure you buy potatoes that are for baking. Yes, it matters! I like Russets. If you choose the wrong potato you could end up with super thin skins or really starchy insides that get like paste when you start adding other things in. We all love a good twice baked at a steakhouse or even better, homemade. First things first, the skin has to be crispy and really flavorful because I don't know about you but I want to be able to eat it, I love the actual skin! Secondly you have to leave some of the potato in the skin when you are scooping it out, the skin needs to be lined with potato or it completely falls apart and that is not good. So take your time and don't get all over excited, be gentle with your little taters. Thirdly, whatever you fill it with HAS to be rich, creamy, buttery and preferably light and fluffy... otherwise what is your point? The worst thing you can get is a gummy (you over mixed it or you bought non-baking potatoes) or a dry/crumbly (you failed at adding enough fat) filling in your twice baked potato. Yuck. Lucky for you I have been making them for years and thanks to my Grandmother, may she rest in peace, I am an expert twice baker.

Since I whipped this one up on the fly last week and it was more or less a test, I only made one. The down side to twice baked potatoes is that they are a little labor intensive so I went small to see how this would turn out... spoiler alert... they turned out amazing and a ton of you asked for the recipe via Instagram.

So here you go....



Yield: 2

Whole30 Twice Baked Taco Potatoes

prep time: 40 minscook time: 1 hour and 30 minstotal time: 1 hours and 70 mins

ingredients:


  • 1 Large Russet Potato
  • 3 T. Ghee
  • Pink Himalayan Salt Coarse Ground
  • 1 egg beaten well, until frothy
  • 3/4 cup taco meat prepared with Primal Palate taco seasoning or home made Whole30 compliant version (I made a 1 lb. batch of ground beef and will use leftovers for other meals)
  • Trader Joe's Chile Lime Seasoning Blend
  • Handful of Scallions Sliced
  • Salsa, Guac, Green Onions for garnish and topping

instructions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  1. Pierce potato, brush the outside with ghee and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 45 min. or until outside is crisp and knife goes through easily. Slice potato open and let cool until you are able to handle it. 
  2. When potato is cool carefully scoop out the inside with a spoon into a separate bowl, careful not to break the skin and leaving a little of the potato in the shell  so that it not too flimsy and holds its shape.
  3. Place skins back onto a baking sheet and brush insides with more ghee, sprinkle with salt and chile lime seasoning. Return to the oven for about 10 minutes at 450 until they start to get golden brown then take them out. Reduce oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Mash the potato that you have scooped  into the bowl with a fork, breaking up any large pieces. Add in about 1 Tbsp. of ghee (or more if you like), salt and pepper and mash until well combined. 
  5. Add in the prepared taco meat and scallions and combine.
  6. Next, add the well beaten egg to the potato/taco meat mixture and combine gently. Do not over mix this, you don't want to break up all of the air that you beat into the egg. This is what will make your potato fluff up and get that wonderful puffy crispy outside and be light and airy on the inside.
  7. Add the potato mixture back into the skins. You will always end up with a lot more than you started with so if you have extra just pop it into a ramekin and bake it! I like to really heap up the skins though.
  8. Sprinkle with more chile lime seasoning and bake at 400 for about 20 minutes or until the outside is lightly browned. 
  9. Top with salsa,  guacamole and more green onions. Enjoy!

NOTES:

I don't typically write anything down when I am cooking so this is all based on my best guesses. This recipe would be easily adapted to large batch cooking as there is really no wrong way to stuff a potato. If you are not on Whole30 feel free to add cheddar or cream cheese to your potato stuffing mixture to make it next level!
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Whole30 Twice Baked Taco Potatoes

Monday, September 24, 2018

This month during my September Whole30 I have been trying to create some more football tailgate party themed foods. You know, the standard fare... wings, nachos, potato skins, dips, chips, stuff like that. My intention for this particular recipe was to create a taco potato skin but it actually morphed a bit into a twice baked potato which is not surprising at all considering I generally just make shit up as I go along and it usually turns out better than I had planned.

Before I get to it let's talk about what makes a really good twice baked potato, because the method definitely matters. Once you get that down get creative with your fillings, anything goes.  Make sure you buy potatoes that are for baking. Yes, it matters! I like Russets. If you choose the wrong potato you could end up with super thin skins or really starchy insides that get like paste when you start adding other things in. We all love a good twice baked at a steakhouse or even better, homemade. First things first, the skin has to be crispy and really flavorful because I don't know about you but I want to be able to eat it, I love the actual skin! Secondly you have to leave some of the potato in the skin when you are scooping it out, the skin needs to be lined with potato or it completely falls apart and that is not good. So take your time and don't get all over excited, be gentle with your little taters. Thirdly, whatever you fill it with HAS to be rich, creamy, buttery and preferably light and fluffy... otherwise what is your point? The worst thing you can get is a gummy (you over mixed it or you bought non-baking potatoes) or a dry/crumbly (you failed at adding enough fat) filling in your twice baked potato. Yuck. Lucky for you I have been making them for years and thanks to my Grandmother, may she rest in peace, I am an expert twice baker.

Since I whipped this one up on the fly last week and it was more or less a test, I only made one. The down side to twice baked potatoes is that they are a little labor intensive so I went small to see how this would turn out... spoiler alert... they turned out amazing and a ton of you asked for the recipe via Instagram.

So here you go....



Yield: 2

Whole30 Twice Baked Taco Potatoes

prep time: 40 minscook time: 1 hour and 30 minstotal time: 1 hours and 70 mins

ingredients:


  • 1 Large Russet Potato
  • 3 T. Ghee
  • Pink Himalayan Salt Coarse Ground
  • 1 egg beaten well, until frothy
  • 3/4 cup taco meat prepared with Primal Palate taco seasoning or home made Whole30 compliant version (I made a 1 lb. batch of ground beef and will use leftovers for other meals)
  • Trader Joe's Chile Lime Seasoning Blend
  • Handful of Scallions Sliced
  • Salsa, Guac, Green Onions for garnish and topping

instructions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  1. Pierce potato, brush the outside with ghee and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 45 min. or until outside is crisp and knife goes through easily. Slice potato open and let cool until you are able to handle it. 
  2. When potato is cool carefully scoop out the inside with a spoon into a separate bowl, careful not to break the skin and leaving a little of the potato in the shell  so that it not too flimsy and holds its shape.
  3. Place skins back onto a baking sheet and brush insides with more ghee, sprinkle with salt and chile lime seasoning. Return to the oven for about 10 minutes at 450 until they start to get golden brown then take them out. Reduce oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Mash the potato that you have scooped  into the bowl with a fork, breaking up any large pieces. Add in about 1 Tbsp. of ghee (or more if you like), salt and pepper and mash until well combined. 
  5. Add in the prepared taco meat and scallions and combine.
  6. Next, add the well beaten egg to the potato/taco meat mixture and combine gently. Do not over mix this, you don't want to break up all of the air that you beat into the egg. This is what will make your potato fluff up and get that wonderful puffy crispy outside and be light and airy on the inside.
  7. Add the potato mixture back into the skins. You will always end up with a lot more than you started with so if you have extra just pop it into a ramekin and bake it! I like to really heap up the skins though.
  8. Sprinkle with more chile lime seasoning and bake at 400 for about 20 minutes or until the outside is lightly browned. 
  9. Top with salsa,  guacamole and more green onions. Enjoy!

NOTES:

I don't typically write anything down when I am cooking so this is all based on my best guesses. This recipe would be easily adapted to large batch cooking as there is really no wrong way to stuff a potato. If you are not on Whole30 feel free to add cheddar or cream cheese to your potato stuffing mixture to make it next level!
Created using The Recipes Generator

Hey everybody! I shared this post with my friend and fellow Whole30 coach Judith over on her blog EverydayWhole a few days ago so I thought I would share it with you too! We are talking all about one of my favorite Whole30 comfort foods... nachos. Wait, what? Nachos can't be Whole30 compliant can they? Well yes, as a matter of fact they can, and I am here today to tell you how to make the magic happen in the kitchen. With the nachos that is, at least for this guest post anyway.

If you know me you know that nachos and me are like peas n' carrots. Nachos have been there for me when no one else has. They are undoubtedly the epitome of comfort food for me and aside from that they are just freaking delicious. Who doesn't like piles of crispy chips, spicy chili, chicken, steak, salsa, guac, sour cream, ooey gooey cheese, beans, jalapenos? I mean, if you don't we probably can't be friends, or at the very least we will agree to agree that you are a weirdo. J/k... but you're missing out on one of life's greatest pleasures. Jus' sayin...

But Amy.... I am on Whole30!!! I can't have nachos!!! FAKE NEWS. I don't know about you but nachos are with me for the long haul. However, since Whole30 has increasingly become a bigger part of my daily life I have realized they don't really make me feel all that great after I eat them. Don't get me wrong, the real deal nacho mountain with corn tortilla chips (or Siete at least) will likely always make an occasional appearance in My Food Freedom but for the most part now I make a wide variety of  new and improved versions at home. And so can you!

So, the coolest thing about making your own healthy nachos is that they can be anything at all. This is a fantastic way to use up leftovers which is 100% my jam cause... single Mom budget. All you need is a base, I like potatoes, some type of protein and a whole bunch of toppings. So let me just run thru the tried and true Whole30 compliant nacho making method I have come to count on in my hours of need. Take for example these Buffalo Ranch Chicken Chips I recently whipped up.



The base is just thinly sliced (pre-baked and re-baked) oven baked potatoes brushed with a little fat of your choice. Cook those babies in  a 450 degree oven though, so they actually become baked chips. For this particular version I had leftover grilled chicken that I tossed with The New Primal Buffalo sauce then drizzled with more of that, Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing and sliced green onions. One of my favorite Whole30 hacks is to bake a bunch of potatoes at the beginning of the week and store them in the fridge for other recipes later, like nachos (chips) and crispy breakfast potatoes for hash, etc.

Another favorite variation of Whole30 compliant nachos is the Sweet Potato Chips and Chili version. This is more of a fall/winter go-to for me so pretty much perfect to start working into the rotation for September Whole30. Unlike white potatoes I find you have to start with thinly sliced raw sweet potatoes and either fry them quickly in the fat of your choice or brush with oil and bake in a very hot oven till brown and crispy. Then load them up. This plate is Mel Joulwan's Chocolate Chili topped with guac, red onion and taco seasoning and it is off the chain delish.



I am also a big fan of loaded fries so they are getting an honorable mention here too. Potato wedges brushed with olive oil, salt and pepper and baked until crispy really just beg to be doused in ranch dressing, bacon bits, green onions and tomatoes don't they? Trust me, they do. So don't forget about this as an option either.


Now, before you go getting all worried about me I am not eating Whole30 nachos and loaded fries every day, but once in awhile they really hit the spot. My kids love these types of recipes too and often they have no clue it's "that Whole30 stuff again", they just gobble it up. And for all of you who love to party and entertain like me, it is football season and the holidays are right around the corner. I promise, make any of these, or your own variation, in a sheet pan version and your guests will be very happy humans.

I hope this made you drool or at least gave you a few good ideas on how to change up your Whole30 game just a little now and then! Good Luck on your September Whole30 if you are doing one and have a great weekend!!!

Cheers,

Amy




Because Nachos Are Life...

Friday, September 21, 2018


Hey everybody! I shared this post with my friend and fellow Whole30 coach Judith over on her blog EverydayWhole a few days ago so I thought I would share it with you too! We are talking all about one of my favorite Whole30 comfort foods... nachos. Wait, what? Nachos can't be Whole30 compliant can they? Well yes, as a matter of fact they can, and I am here today to tell you how to make the magic happen in the kitchen. With the nachos that is, at least for this guest post anyway.

If you know me you know that nachos and me are like peas n' carrots. Nachos have been there for me when no one else has. They are undoubtedly the epitome of comfort food for me and aside from that they are just freaking delicious. Who doesn't like piles of crispy chips, spicy chili, chicken, steak, salsa, guac, sour cream, ooey gooey cheese, beans, jalapenos? I mean, if you don't we probably can't be friends, or at the very least we will agree to agree that you are a weirdo. J/k... but you're missing out on one of life's greatest pleasures. Jus' sayin...

But Amy.... I am on Whole30!!! I can't have nachos!!! FAKE NEWS. I don't know about you but nachos are with me for the long haul. However, since Whole30 has increasingly become a bigger part of my daily life I have realized they don't really make me feel all that great after I eat them. Don't get me wrong, the real deal nacho mountain with corn tortilla chips (or Siete at least) will likely always make an occasional appearance in My Food Freedom but for the most part now I make a wide variety of  new and improved versions at home. And so can you!

So, the coolest thing about making your own healthy nachos is that they can be anything at all. This is a fantastic way to use up leftovers which is 100% my jam cause... single Mom budget. All you need is a base, I like potatoes, some type of protein and a whole bunch of toppings. So let me just run thru the tried and true Whole30 compliant nacho making method I have come to count on in my hours of need. Take for example these Buffalo Ranch Chicken Chips I recently whipped up.



The base is just thinly sliced (pre-baked and re-baked) oven baked potatoes brushed with a little fat of your choice. Cook those babies in  a 450 degree oven though, so they actually become baked chips. For this particular version I had leftover grilled chicken that I tossed with The New Primal Buffalo sauce then drizzled with more of that, Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing and sliced green onions. One of my favorite Whole30 hacks is to bake a bunch of potatoes at the beginning of the week and store them in the fridge for other recipes later, like nachos (chips) and crispy breakfast potatoes for hash, etc.

Another favorite variation of Whole30 compliant nachos is the Sweet Potato Chips and Chili version. This is more of a fall/winter go-to for me so pretty much perfect to start working into the rotation for September Whole30. Unlike white potatoes I find you have to start with thinly sliced raw sweet potatoes and either fry them quickly in the fat of your choice or brush with oil and bake in a very hot oven till brown and crispy. Then load them up. This plate is Mel Joulwan's Chocolate Chili topped with guac, red onion and taco seasoning and it is off the chain delish.



I am also a big fan of loaded fries so they are getting an honorable mention here too. Potato wedges brushed with olive oil, salt and pepper and baked until crispy really just beg to be doused in ranch dressing, bacon bits, green onions and tomatoes don't they? Trust me, they do. So don't forget about this as an option either.


Now, before you go getting all worried about me I am not eating Whole30 nachos and loaded fries every day, but once in awhile they really hit the spot. My kids love these types of recipes too and often they have no clue it's "that Whole30 stuff again", they just gobble it up. And for all of you who love to party and entertain like me, it is football season and the holidays are right around the corner. I promise, make any of these, or your own variation, in a sheet pan version and your guests will be very happy humans.

I hope this made you drool or at least gave you a few good ideas on how to change up your Whole30 game just a little now and then! Good Luck on your September Whole30 if you are doing one and have a great weekend!!!

Cheers,

Amy





Whole30 does a really cool thing these days. The "National Whole30" used to only happen in January but that is no longer the case. Whole30 has grown so much in popularity, not only with the masses but with Whole30 approved partners who make great compliant foods to help you thru your Whole30, that they now officially run a September National Whole30 as well.

What does that mean exactly? Well, I'll tell you.  It means that unlike the seventy something percent of people who say that they did their first Whole30 alone you can do it with a million other people. Well, maybe not a million, but  I would say tens of thousands for sure. A national Whole30 not only offers anyone participating immense support and community but also countless opportunities to get deals, discounts and free stuff from all of the good folks who have products supported by or affiliated with Whole30. Sounds good right?

It definitely is but let's get back to the support piece for a minute. I did my very first Whole30 alone. I tell this story all the time but my best friend committed to doing it with me. I started on Jan 1, 2015 which was a Thursday, I know, who starts something new on a Thursday? I like starting on the first of the month because you never have to think too hard about what day you are on or how many days you have left. And I wanted to start Day 1 on Day 1 of the New Year. My bff started on the following Monday because you know, Monday is a perfect day for a fresh start too. She was in the drive thru getting a cheese burger by Tuesday lunch.

Not gonna lie, I was really disappointed. Selfishly, I did not want to go it alone and she screwed that all up for me. But, I was already 5 days in and there was no going back. So I got on Instagram and started looking for accounts to follow, people who had been there done that or were doing it right now, that I could follow along with and commiserate what I was sure was going to be a month from hell. I was overweight, unemployed, filled with anxiety and fear of an uncertain future and I wouldn't even be able to drink wine or eat nachos to make any of that better. Oh, and I was doing this crazy thing all by myself. I was 100% convinced that it would suck all the live long day for 30 straight days. Yeah, I had a great attitude. But something pretty amazing happened after the first week. I started to feel better physically and mentally I started feeling a little like a badass. Not all the way but I definitely was feeling my mojo coming back a little more each day and it was powerful!! That was my most successful round to date all things considered, it was also the hardest because I had to figure it all out on my own and the resources were just not as vast as they are now.

So, if you are considering or have ever considered doing a Whole30 maybe now is the time to really go for it. In addition to all of the support available out there for you I am running a private Facebook coaching group for $50.00 starting on September 3rd. Instead of going it alone you will have a group to chat with everyday, cheer each other on, provide support and accountability. You will have me too, your own personal coach to guide you through the entire month and your 2 week reintroduction. I will help you figure out what to buy, cook and eat. I will talk you off the ledge when you think you just can't get through day 3 and 4 because you want to kill all the things. I will share recipes and life hacks that have worked for me. I will help you navigate the waters of reintroducing when the 30 days are over. I promise it will be an investment in your health and a pretty small one at that. Some things that I have experienced that you may too are:
  • Improved sleep
  • Clear skin
  • Mental focus
  • Diminished anxiety
  • Even temperament/no mood swings
  • Weight/Inches loss
  • No more bloat
  • No more stomach issues
  • A general sense of calm
Those are my faves but there are others as well. You might not experience all of these, you might experience other things altogether, everyone's journey is different. But I can guarantee that you will have so many positive effects during and after your Whole30!!

If it is something you think you might be interested in, check out my coaching page and sign up. I would love to help you change your life. You can do this. Hit me up if you have questions!

Cheers!

Amy



























September Whole30

Monday, August 20, 2018


Whole30 does a really cool thing these days. The "National Whole30" used to only happen in January but that is no longer the case. Whole30 has grown so much in popularity, not only with the masses but with Whole30 approved partners who make great compliant foods to help you thru your Whole30, that they now officially run a September National Whole30 as well.

What does that mean exactly? Well, I'll tell you.  It means that unlike the seventy something percent of people who say that they did their first Whole30 alone you can do it with a million other people. Well, maybe not a million, but  I would say tens of thousands for sure. A national Whole30 not only offers anyone participating immense support and community but also countless opportunities to get deals, discounts and free stuff from all of the good folks who have products supported by or affiliated with Whole30. Sounds good right?

It definitely is but let's get back to the support piece for a minute. I did my very first Whole30 alone. I tell this story all the time but my best friend committed to doing it with me. I started on Jan 1, 2015 which was a Thursday, I know, who starts something new on a Thursday? I like starting on the first of the month because you never have to think too hard about what day you are on or how many days you have left. And I wanted to start Day 1 on Day 1 of the New Year. My bff started on the following Monday because you know, Monday is a perfect day for a fresh start too. She was in the drive thru getting a cheese burger by Tuesday lunch.

Not gonna lie, I was really disappointed. Selfishly, I did not want to go it alone and she screwed that all up for me. But, I was already 5 days in and there was no going back. So I got on Instagram and started looking for accounts to follow, people who had been there done that or were doing it right now, that I could follow along with and commiserate what I was sure was going to be a month from hell. I was overweight, unemployed, filled with anxiety and fear of an uncertain future and I wouldn't even be able to drink wine or eat nachos to make any of that better. Oh, and I was doing this crazy thing all by myself. I was 100% convinced that it would suck all the live long day for 30 straight days. Yeah, I had a great attitude. But something pretty amazing happened after the first week. I started to feel better physically and mentally I started feeling a little like a badass. Not all the way but I definitely was feeling my mojo coming back a little more each day and it was powerful!! That was my most successful round to date all things considered, it was also the hardest because I had to figure it all out on my own and the resources were just not as vast as they are now.

So, if you are considering or have ever considered doing a Whole30 maybe now is the time to really go for it. In addition to all of the support available out there for you I am running a private Facebook coaching group for $50.00 starting on September 3rd. Instead of going it alone you will have a group to chat with everyday, cheer each other on, provide support and accountability. You will have me too, your own personal coach to guide you through the entire month and your 2 week reintroduction. I will help you figure out what to buy, cook and eat. I will talk you off the ledge when you think you just can't get through day 3 and 4 because you want to kill all the things. I will share recipes and life hacks that have worked for me. I will help you navigate the waters of reintroducing when the 30 days are over. I promise it will be an investment in your health and a pretty small one at that. Some things that I have experienced that you may too are:
  • Improved sleep
  • Clear skin
  • Mental focus
  • Diminished anxiety
  • Even temperament/no mood swings
  • Weight/Inches loss
  • No more bloat
  • No more stomach issues
  • A general sense of calm
Those are my faves but there are others as well. You might not experience all of these, you might experience other things altogether, everyone's journey is different. But I can guarantee that you will have so many positive effects during and after your Whole30!!

If it is something you think you might be interested in, check out my coaching page and sign up. I would love to help you change your life. You can do this. Hit me up if you have questions!

Cheers!

Amy






























August is upon us already. How did that happen? Ugh, that means the kids are about to go back to school (this Thursday the 2nd) and I get to kiss my lazy schedule free-ish days goodbye for awhile. I just love the slower pace of summer. Not having to set alarms for 3 different people, think about packing multiple lunches, getting homework done, who has practice for what, when, where and how they will be getting there. But this is my life and it has been for so many years now. I am sure one day I will miss paying attention to the school calendar that I used to live and die by. Or maybe not. Anyway, I am heading off to Augusta this week, Park City this weekend, Statesboro next weekend and Columbus the following week... whew. Good times!

So let's get to what is quickly becoming one of the few posts I actually write anymore... Currently:


FOLLOWING


The Deepak Chopra/Oprah Winfrey 21-Day Meditation Experience. You guys, this is my first real experience with a guided meditation and I LOVE IT. I need someone to plan these things for me or I just overthink it and my mind wanders. I love that there is music and they give you some loose instruction and techniques to keep you focused on the mantra. I have been getting up early and doing it sitting up in my bed before I start my day. A couple of times I just played it while I was sitting at my vanity getting ready for work. I am hooked, it feels very good and relaxing. I also feel that it helps me set an intention for the day toward something positive before the madness of life and work come rushing into my head. And, it's free!!! I highly recommend downloading it and giving it a try for yourself.


ORDERING

Too much stuff. My attempt to not buy thing I didn't need online failed miserably in July. I don't know what is wrong with me, I just can't seem to control myself lately. Jewelry, books and shoes seem to be the biggest triggers for me. I have found a whole bunch of small artisan jewelry makers (thanks Instagram) and have been adding to my collection all summer long. The latest favorite thing are these barbed wire heart earrings I got from @theholymountainism shop Souvenir Jewelry. They are heavy and absolutely beautifully hand crafted. She has great flash sales too so follow her if you like that sort of thing!



PINNING

Quotes about being a successful business owner. Always learning how do do things better. Never stop winning.




WATCHING

Really trying to limit my TV watchig these days in favor of books and creating content for my Whole30 coaching groups but... I am super excited for the return of two of my favorites. Season 6 of OITNB is back and I am loving the first few episodes already.

Image result for oitnb season 6

And Shameless Season 8 is finally on Netflix. I really missed my favorite dysfunctional family of Irish Catholic drunken losers. Can't wait to sink my teeth into this one too. 


Image result for shameless season 8

COUNTING

Down the days until the first annual Whole30 Coaches Summit in Park City, UT. I can't wait to actually meet all of my IG idols, go to "church" with Melissa Hartwig, do a real live TMAC workout with Todd McCullough and just soak up all of the knowledge and positive vibes this amazing group of men and women have to share. I am still totally feeling like "how am I really one of these people"? How did I become one of the first 100 Whole30 coaches in the world? Mind. Blown. Manifesting really works you guys, it is the craziest thing ever! I will be here in just a few days!!!

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Linking up with Anne!!

Happy August!

AMY

Currently: August

Wednesday, August 1, 2018




August is upon us already. How did that happen? Ugh, that means the kids are about to go back to school (this Thursday the 2nd) and I get to kiss my lazy schedule free-ish days goodbye for awhile. I just love the slower pace of summer. Not having to set alarms for 3 different people, think about packing multiple lunches, getting homework done, who has practice for what, when, where and how they will be getting there. But this is my life and it has been for so many years now. I am sure one day I will miss paying attention to the school calendar that I used to live and die by. Or maybe not. Anyway, I am heading off to Augusta this week, Park City this weekend, Statesboro next weekend and Columbus the following week... whew. Good times!

So let's get to what is quickly becoming one of the few posts I actually write anymore... Currently:


FOLLOWING


The Deepak Chopra/Oprah Winfrey 21-Day Meditation Experience. You guys, this is my first real experience with a guided meditation and I LOVE IT. I need someone to plan these things for me or I just overthink it and my mind wanders. I love that there is music and they give you some loose instruction and techniques to keep you focused on the mantra. I have been getting up early and doing it sitting up in my bed before I start my day. A couple of times I just played it while I was sitting at my vanity getting ready for work. I am hooked, it feels very good and relaxing. I also feel that it helps me set an intention for the day toward something positive before the madness of life and work come rushing into my head. And, it's free!!! I highly recommend downloading it and giving it a try for yourself.


ORDERING

Too much stuff. My attempt to not buy thing I didn't need online failed miserably in July. I don't know what is wrong with me, I just can't seem to control myself lately. Jewelry, books and shoes seem to be the biggest triggers for me. I have found a whole bunch of small artisan jewelry makers (thanks Instagram) and have been adding to my collection all summer long. The latest favorite thing are these barbed wire heart earrings I got from @theholymountainism shop Souvenir Jewelry. They are heavy and absolutely beautifully hand crafted. She has great flash sales too so follow her if you like that sort of thing!



PINNING

Quotes about being a successful business owner. Always learning how do do things better. Never stop winning.




WATCHING

Really trying to limit my TV watchig these days in favor of books and creating content for my Whole30 coaching groups but... I am super excited for the return of two of my favorites. Season 6 of OITNB is back and I am loving the first few episodes already.

Image result for oitnb season 6

And Shameless Season 8 is finally on Netflix. I really missed my favorite dysfunctional family of Irish Catholic drunken losers. Can't wait to sink my teeth into this one too. 


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COUNTING

Down the days until the first annual Whole30 Coaches Summit in Park City, UT. I can't wait to actually meet all of my IG idols, go to "church" with Melissa Hartwig, do a real live TMAC workout with Todd McCullough and just soak up all of the knowledge and positive vibes this amazing group of men and women have to share. I am still totally feeling like "how am I really one of these people"? How did I become one of the first 100 Whole30 coaches in the world? Mind. Blown. Manifesting really works you guys, it is the craziest thing ever! I will be here in just a few days!!!

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Linking up with Anne!!

Happy August!

AMY

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