Friday, January 31, 2014

Links to Love | 05

Happy Friday!  Valentine's Day is quickly approaching.  Those of you who are in love with the holiday can't wait to shower your loved ones with candy, flowers, hearts and romantic words, but there are quite a few who aren't as head-over-heels about the holiday.

No matter how you feel about Valentine's Day or if you have a romantic interest or not, you can share the love with those who mean the most to you.  Below are my favorites.

Favorite Cookies
via Stephanie @ Sweets by Stephie

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Our Decision To Eat Clean and Organic

If you've been reading my blog, you probably already know that I'm a vegetarian.  I don't eat meat.  I do eat dairy.  I do eat seafood/fish, which, technically classifies me as a pescetarian.  I don't call myself that because when I do, people look at me like I'm from Mars.  So "vegetarian" will do for now.

My husband does eat meat and lots of it and no matter how much I beg and plead for him to cut back, he enjoys a nice juicy bacon cheeseburger way too much for me to push hard.  He will always be the carnivore and I, the herbivore.

I decided to go meat-free at the age of twelve, when I found out where meat really came from.  I actually knew where it came from before that, but I wasn't quite old enough to make my own decisions at the dinner table - I had to eat what was in front of me.  I can remember being very little and having some steak or chicken bites in front of me, I'd eat all my veggies first and then force down a few bites of the meat with tons of A1 steak sauce.  At twelve years, I'd just dish myself some veggies and whatever else was being served and skip over the meat.

Over the past few years, I've done a lot of research on the types of foods I should be preparing for my family.  There are a lot of diets out there and pros and cons for each, but I was mainly concerned about eating things that were healthy and not processed.

I sat down and made a list of things I was going to change in my family shopping plan:

I wanted to buy organic for produce that fell in the Dirty Dozen list.  These items are:
    via Mothers Organic Health

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

    Spotlight Saturday: Luray Caverns

    Welcome to Spotlight Saturday, where I will feature some awesome places and things to do if you are ever in the Washington, DC or Northern Virginia area.  Today, I will share our trip to Luray Caverns.

    Luray Caverns is Eastern America's most popular caverns or caves.  My husband and I are lucky to only live about an hour and a half away from this glorious place, so we took a day and drove down for a visit.

    Friday, January 24, 2014

    Links to Love | 04

    Today's Favorites are all things you can do yourself.  

    DIY Masterpiece:  These beautiful "adult coloring pages" are fun to doodle while you're on the phone and you can frame them for a decorative wall piece.

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

    Superbowl Party & Menu Planning

    Are you ready for some football?  I am!  The Superbowl is just around the corner and I'm thinking about the food that I'll make for the party.  I want to prepare some old favorites and try some new recipes that I've been drooling over.  They look so delicious!

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

    Quoted | 03

    Sometimes, we talk too much.  Somethings there is too much noise going on in our heads, too much nothing coming out of our mouths.  This year, I'm going to make more time to sit and listen.  Listen to nature.  Listen to others.  Listen to myself breathe.  Will you join me?

    Friday, January 17, 2014

    Links to Love | 03

    Happy Friday!  It seems like the weeks are already flying by and February will be here before we know it!  One of my favorite things to do on a cold, January day is to window shop - online.  Today, I will be dedicating my Friday Favorites to the little treasures I find on Etsy.  Hope you enjoy!

    Home Decor:  These beauties come in a variety of gorgeous colors and patterns from Festive Home Decor.

    Friday, January 10, 2014

    Links to Love | 02

    Happy Friday everyone!  Here is another installment of my favorites.

    Fuzzy Friend:  Bao Bao!  The new baby panda at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC.

    Thursday, January 09, 2014

    Monday, January 06, 2014

    Refuge From the Cold

    Brrr!  We have some frigid weather coming our way and if you're anything like me, you want to stay indoors  where it is warm and cozy.  Here are a few ideas of things you can do to beat the negative temps but still ward off the cabin fever.

    Brush up on your photography skills.

    A beautiful bird was eating it's fill of seed and nuts.

    Friday, January 03, 2014

    Links to Love | 01

    Every Friday I will post a blog featuring all of my favorite things from the week.  These things will be in a variety of categories from funny pictures, viral videos, recipes, beauty or fashion finds, fuzzy friend, a read or a celeb that is doing something extraordinary.  Hope you enjoy my favorites from the week:

    Recipe:  Buffalo Quinoa Bites (These look like a yummy treat for a vegetarian like myself)
    Buffalo Quinoa Bites

    Thursday, January 02, 2014

    Quoted | 01


    It seems like in this day in age, we are always planning and preparing and waiting around for the right time for something big to happen.  This quote is so true in that we shouldn't be waiting around for anything.  We should be living our lives and enjoying every minute of it.  Never waste a second. Life is a journey.