Why does this feel so vulnerable?! 😬 Yes, this is the current state of my fridge. I wanted to share because I have a lot of friends doing #whole30 or are thinking about it. I’m sharing some of my staples and go tos hoping y’all will share some too!?! 🍅cherry tomatoes for salads and an extra side w a meal (no snacks on whole30!) 🥑not pictured but I eat an avocado a day on whole30 🥑I also use a paleo mayo which contains avocado! 🥒I dip cucumbers or celery in salsa or guacamole. 🥗lots of bagged salads I get w coupons or on sale to save me time. I ditch the dressing that comes with it and use whole30 approved tesse maes dressing. 🍓there’s a lot of berries buried in there 🌰larabars - not pictured 🍗a lot of chicken thighs bc they are cheaper than buying breasts 🥥not pictured but I go through a lot of coconut milk on whole30 🍗 homemade bone broth 🌿homemade sauerkraut 🍾homemade kombucha 🍊🍋sparkling mineral water with one drop of citrus essential oil 🍎unsweetened applesauce to top pork 🥦homemade pickled okra has become my guilty pleasure and I’m the only one in the house who likes it so yay for me! 🥚you might also see a strange sight in our fridge...store bought eggs! 😩 can’t wait for our chickens to give us more than 2-3 eggs a day again 🍖not pictures but we have goat meat from our farm and pork from a friends farm in our freezer 🥦lots of caulirice, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli 🥕 carrots for roasting and for crunchy cravings 📆 dates - great for sweetening smoothies and yes purists I know smoothies aren’t totally kosher but sometimes a mama has her hands full 💪🏻vital proteins collagen powder is...vital even when I’m not on whole30 🥔 sweet potatoes and potatoes from our farm - not pictured. We are on day 22. Help me make it the last 8 days by getting me out of my rut!
Tomorrow is my “baby Gabes” third birthday! ❤️😭 His goofy grins are infectious and boy does he know how to give a good hug. I am also loving the initiative he has started taking around the house to fetch his own snacks or utensils or to help clean up. He’s a total ham and loves to be funny and silly. Today we celebrated by visiting the Richmond Children’s Museum with John’s parents (very fun museum but it would be impossible to corral three kids there alone. We needed man to man - thank you Bill and Marjorie) and then dinner with Matthew Athayde at Mellow Mushroom (where John and I did not eat pizza and did not have the awesome looking Darth Vader chocolate cupcakes Marjorie made #whole30). Gabe had a blast and I could tell he was soaking in all the love as we sang happy birthday to him. He is now peacefully sleeping in the backseat while clutching his new Darth Vader toy. I’m excited to continue celebrating him tomorrow and everyday. ❤️
Sounds silly but when I asked John last week what my favorite place on earth was and he said “your bathroom sink?” I realized he was right. I love the ritual of getting ready in the morning and unwinding/cleansing at night and the view of our greenhouse and the mountains doesn’t hurt! My mama had an elaborate nighttime routine. At night as a little girl, I used to sit on a stool in her bathroom and watch her wash her face, tweeze her eyebrows, moisturize all the things, brush her teeth and religiously floss. Mamas, kids watch and do what we do. I swear I only floss because of watching my mama do it. Everyday I store my makeup brushes in the same pretty pitcher she used to store her brushes. I even hang my teeezers on the edge like she did. I also have her hand mirror and ring holder. Precious reminders. EVERY night, I turn on my beautiful diffuser, wash my face, brush my teeth, and apply my sleepytime potions, I think of her. 💕
Latergram of a fun triple date with dear friends. Posting to wish @tnofuentes a very happy birthday! I have learned so much from your thoughtful and tender parenting and am so grateful for all you do for your family, our family, and our larger community. Excited what the next year will bring! (Hopefully more triple dates!)
My never leave my side homies (at what age does that end?), my torments, my little loves. I still can’t believe sometimes that they are all mine. Thank you for the cute outfits @positivelydelighted ❤️❤️❤️
This moment of peaceful sibling play brought to you by classic Dino and animals (yay for toys that make no noise) and by diffusing the Peace and Calming blend. Watching the dynamic developing between Gabe and Teddy is super special. They will spar with light sabers, play cars, play grocery store, and now animals together 💕 Y’all this Peace and Calming stuff diffuses (ha!) my kids tantrums in seconds when I apply it topically and actually diffusing it keeps us sane when cooped up this winter. 🎩 ✨ But it’s actually not that cold today so now I’m going to rally the troops for a Nature walk! ✌🏼❤️🌿
Whole30 Day 5 And this smoothie is giving me life! (Purists who think smoothies and snacks aren’t kosher - go find another parade to rain upon!) Pumpkin puree 2 dried dates 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder 1 tbsp unsweetened almond butter 1 drop of cinnamon Bark 1 drop of nutmeg Himilayan salt to taste Unsweetened almond milk Totally replacing my craving for cookies right now! 🙌🏻
As y’all know, this ain’t my first rodeo with Whole30. Last January was epic! 12 pounds lost and a new perspective on my relationship with food. But we can’t (or don’t want to) live this way 365 days a year, so we have picked up some of our old bad habits and the holidays mean a few extra pounds as well. SO, here John and I go again! Here’s my survival kit for my whole30: 1. Danielle Walker's @againstallgrain meals made simple 2. Digize rubbed topically and taken orally for the inevitable angry stomach 3 and 4. Grapefruit and lemon in my water to curb my appetite, flush my system, and because I’ll get bored with plain water! 5. Peppermint for bloating and gas 🤦🏻♀️ and maybe a drop in my coffee if I can stomach black coffee... 6-8. My fave scents for chilling out when all I want is a donut or a grilled cheese! 9. Ningxia red in lieu of soulless black coffee. No added sugar and packed with nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants!
✌🏼❤️2017 The year I got to have fun dressing up a girl! 💕 💕 💕 The year my boys fell in love with Star Wars (they have only seen the movie twice people, the love is intense!) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ The year John made me swoon by getting custom egg cartons #sexy 🐓 🐓 🐓 The year we *almost* finished the greenhouse. 🌱 🌱 🌿 The year we launched @homesteadoji and that I started my Young Living business (link in Instagram profile @WhitneyAthayde ). 🌈 ❤️ 🌿 So excited for what 2018 will bring for our family and @sfumatofarm