BEVERAGES, FOOD

Mango Coconut Smoothie

Wow, what a week it has been here in the Stark household. Between a three day power outage and both my husband and I getting sick in the midst of it, we’ve certainly been having a time over here. Thank God for our parents who gave us hot meals and a place to shower, and thank God for my husband who kept our water supply stocked and our generator running while dealing with his own illness. Luckily, the power is back on today and we’re both finally starting to recover. I’m beyond happy to feel like myself again, and especially to have running water. Continue Reading

HEALTH & WELLNESS, LIFE

35 Self Care Ideas

Lately I have been trying to make a lifestyle change. A change that will allow me to take better care of myself, slow down, and appreciate life more. I’m doing this through a number of ways.

First of all, I’m looking at it from a physical standpoint. I’m being much more conscious about what I put into my body and how I treat my body. Instead of obsessing over a number on the scale and counting every calorie, point, gram of fat, etc., I’m trying to switch my focus to eating foods that I know are nourishing to my body, drinking plenty of water, and being more physically active. I’ve always believed that moderation is key, so I still enjoy going out to eat and the occasional junk food. The difference now is that I don’t feel guilty about indulging in these things when I know I’m making much healthier choices the other 90% of the time. But I know myself, and I know that if I never allow myself to have pizza again, I’m not going to stick to that lifestyle. Continue Reading

CLEANING TIPS, HOME

How to Make Cleaning Your House a Breeze

Spring is just around the corner, and I for one cannot wait. Even though our winter has been extremely mild here in Michigan this year, it still feels like we’re finally starting to come out of a long hibernation. We had a few days last month when February decided to give us a little taste of spring. My husband and I spent most of it outside getting things done around the house. He was able to take his bike out for a ride and I went on a long walk with my mom. We even started getting some quotes for the new deck we’re building this spring 🙂 Continue Reading

APPETIZERS, FOOD, MAIN COURSE

Barbecue Chicken Nachos

This weekend my husband Robby and I made one of our favorite meals of all time – barbecue chicken nachos. We started making these a couple of years ago, and we have been hooked ever since. We literally cannot get enough of them. This usually ends up being our Friday night cheat meal, and honestly I think we both love it even more than going out to eat. Continue Reading

DECOR, HOME

Where to Find Affordable Throw Pillows

When I started decorating my own house, one thing that gave me serious sticker shock was the price of throw pillows. You could easily spend hundreds on throw pillows for just one couch. I’m all for paying extra money for good quality, but it’s hard for me to justify spending a small fortune on pillows that a) are primarily decorative and b) I will probably get tired of quickly and change out with the seasons anyway. Who else is with me? Continue Reading

BEVERAGES, FOOD

Glowing Green Smoothie

Green smoothies are everywhere these days, and for good reason! They’re delicious, energizing, and incredibly healthy. So many nutrients are packed into these refreshing treats, and the best part about them is that most don’t taste “green” at all. Continue Reading