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A Couple of DIYs: Pizza Crust and Waffle Mix

A Couple of DIYs: Pizza Crust and Waffle Mix

Can I be honest about something? I don’t think it’s a secret that we eat about 80% Whole30, 90% Paleo, and the other 10% “Food Freedom”/Whatever We Feel Like. Well a couple of those items that fall into the 10% are pizza and waffles. Here […]

NYMN Blue Sea Kale and Coconut Water FULL LINE First Impression

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Meal Plan + Grocery List 2/10/18

Meal Plan + Grocery List 2/10/18

Woohoo! It’s time for another weekly meal plan and shopping list. I’ve been terrible at posting these, but honestly we’ve never done better with our meal planning/grocery shopping. Read my post here ALL about meal planning Paleo/Whole30 & shopping on a tight budget. It’s comprehensive. But if you just want to know what we’ll be eating, then keep reading!

Meal Plan

  • Monday
    • Breakfast – Ham/Veggie Hash – recipe may be on the way depending on how this turns out
    • Lunch – leftover Roasted Duck (Sunday’s dinner)
    • Dinner – Creamy Seafood Pasta (Dairy Free)
  • Tuesday
    • Breakfast – Ham/Veggie Hash
    • Lunch – Leftover Creamy Seafood Pasta
    • Dinner – BLT Night w/Sweet Potato Fries
  • Wednesday
    • Breakfast – Ham/Veggie Hash
    • Lunch – Leftover BLT & Sweet Potato Fries
    • Dinner – Homemade Pizza Night (Dairy Free for me, going to attempt this DIY crust)
  • Thursday
    • Breakfast – Ham/Veggie Hash…note, in my Meal Planning/Prepping/Shopping post I explain that breakfast is our one “repeat” meal through the week to keep things easier.
    • Lunch – Leftover Pizza
    • Dinner – “Breakfast for Dinner” – going to attempt making DIY Bisquick
  • Friday
    • Breakfast – Ham/Veggie Hash
    • Lunch – some type of leftovers. There’s always something.
    • Dinner – Unplanned/Family Date Night!

Grocery List

If it isn’t on this list, that means the ingredients/items were already in the fridge/pantry/freezer.

From ALDI:

  • Shrimp
  • Gluten-Free Spaghetti
  • Beefsteak Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Eggs (2dozen)
  • Marinara Sauce?
  • Ground Sausage
  • Shredded Mozzerella
  • Biscuits & Gravy ? (hubby’s request)
  • Butter (a few because I’m going to make my easy ghee)
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Baking Powder
  • Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Yeast

From Sam’s Club

pssssst, since I’m bringing the toddler along I’m using the Free Store Pickup. Aka, I order online and then it’s ready to go. Saves time and helps us avoid impulse purchases!

  • Almond Flour
  • Hand Soap
  • Dish Soap
  • Crunchy Peanut Butter – they don’t have the large containers at Aldi
  • Bread
  • Flour

From Meijer (Regional Grocery Store)

The hubby is going to get these items

  • Baking Soda
  • Rutabaga
  • Matchstick Carrots
  • Bacon



Pickled Eggs from the UP

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How To Meal Plan, Prep, and Shop On a Budget (Whole30/Paleo)

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One Eyeshadow Look: Three Different Options from One Palette!

One Eyeshadow Look: Three Different Options from One Palette!

I have a relatively small makeup collection. Everything fits into my Sephora Weekender makeup bag except my palettes. I’ve really kept things minimal in the past two years, but lately I’ve been wanting to find a GOOD one eyeshadow look to throw into my makeup routine. The items that have grabbed my attention and been my temptation are the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks, and the Bobbi Brown Cream Eyeshadow Sticks. Thankfully, I decided to experiment and look into my own collection first before spending $30 on one shadow stick.

I decided to dig into my least used palette: the MAC Nordstrom Naturals palette. There isn’t a big reason this palette has been cast aside. It’s gorgeous! In fact, almost immediately, one eyeshadow stuck out as a potential “one eyeshadow look” shade: Satin Taupe. Within a few minutes, I realized there were (at least) three one eyeshadow look options within this palette. This pallete was limited edition, but the three shadows I’ve tested are all available in single pans. So let’s take a look at the three shades.

Shades Tested: MAC Satin Taupe, MAC Woodwinked, MAC Mulch

the (discontinued) MAC Nordstrom Natural Palette. All three shades discussed are still available individually!
quick swatches, no primer, taken on a Samsung Galaxy S8.
I used this IT for Ulta Flawless eyeshadow brush for each of these shadow tests











A few things before we get into the pictures

  • The only thing on my face is Tarte ShapeTape concealer. I’m tired.
  • My eyebrows look insane and I’m not sure why.
  • All of these had Urban Decay Primer Potion underneath
  • All of these photos were taken on my Samsung Galaxy S8 front facing camera in crappy bathroom lighting.

Option 1: Satin Taupe

Satin Taupe is….a taupe. This shade catches the light really well and does a great job of looking multidimensional. With a quick eyeliner, this look would be pulled together for work/school really easily.

Satin Taupe on both eyes
on left: mutiple shadows from the palette
on right: satin taupe alone



Option 2: Woodwinked

I found this one eyeshadow look pretty underwhelming. From the photos, it looks like there is barely anything on my lids. That might be because this shade is close to my natural skin tone. The one benefit I would say about this is that I think I could apply this without even looking and my eyeshadow would look blended. This would be the most foolproof one that I tried, and the fastest to apply for a hint of something on the eyes.

Woodwinked on both eyes
on left: mutiple shadows from the palette on right: woodwinked alone

Option 3: Mulch

Confession: I didn’t even want to try this one on in the beginning. I just felt like two shadows weren’t enough to experiment with, so I chose another mid-tone satin finish. In fact, I actually thought Mulch would be way too dark to use all over. The reality is? I love it! This shadow looks much darker in the pan. On the eyes, it seems to catch the light really well. When I look at the picture, it looks like I have more than one shadow on my eyes. The blendability of this shade was also really goood. It came off as a slightly deeper version of woodwinked (even though in the pan they don’t look like it).

Mulch on both eyes
on left: mutiple shadows from the palette on right: Mulch alone

The three compared, and my favorite One Eyeshadow Look from this palette.

Satin Taupe on both eyes


Woodwinked on both eyes
Mulch on both eyes










In a side by side comparison of these three one eyeshadow looks, I kind of have to chuckle. They look very similar. My eyes look a little enhanced, but overall, they are all subtle. That said, each of these took under 30seconds to apply with blending included. When our second kiddo is born (sometime in the next couple of months!) I think this is the exact type of eye look I will gravitate towards: fast, easy, and enchancing. Leave a comment to let me know which one you like best of the three!

When I began this experiment, I thought for sure that my favorite look would be the one that inspired this idea: Satin Taupe. Actually though, after looking through these photos and thinking about the application, Mulch is my favorite by far. Mulch seems to really catch the light the best and also allow for deepening in the crease. The best part about this experiment is that before this, I probably only used Mulch a handful of times. Now, I’ve got a reason to get into it quite often! And that was the whole reason I started this quick experiment: to again dig deeper and use what I have instead of making an impulsive and expensive (the eyeshadow sticks I mentioned are right at $30 a pop!) purchase. So that is my challenge to you: take your least used paletted and try to find a “one eyeshadow look” in there!


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Copycat Paleo Shaken Iced Tea Lemonade

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Years ago, the “Shaken Iced Tea Lemonade” from Starbucks was my favorite drink. In particular, I really liked the passionberry flavor back when Starbucks used Tazo teas. In case you aren’t familiar with me, I’m currently 30 weeks pregnant with our second child. Two weeks […]

Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork Carnitas Tacos (Whole30, Paleo, GF, DF)

Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork Carnitas Tacos (Whole30, Paleo, GF, DF)

When I asked my husband what he wanted for dinner this week, his instant reaction was: “pork tacos.” I don’t think we’ve ever eaten these together so I don’t know where it came from. This seemed like the perfect time to come up with an Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork Carnitas Tacos recipe, so I did! And guess what?! It was fantastic. I was able to get the meat from Aldi for $2.29 a pound, and had everything else mentioned on hand. This made a BIG batch and was the perfect dinner and lunch meal prep.

The key to this recipe is allowing the pressure to release naturally. For anyone new to the Instant Pot, this means that instead of “venting” the pressure cooker, you just let it release the pressure on its own time. AKA, DON’T TOUCH IT.  The Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork Carnitas Tacos is not the fastest instant pot recipe. That said, this turned our MUCH faster than a slow cooker would’ve! To be honest, I’m not 100% sure how long the instant pot took to release pressure because I wasn’t home. My guess based on past experience is that the Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork Carnitas Tacos took 20minutes to pressurize, the one hour of cook time, and 25minutes to de-pressurize. The great thing though is because the Instant Pot automatically switches to “keep warm” mode, you don’t have to be right there when the timer goes off. This gives you the freedom of a slow cooker, but the benefit of sauteing in the same pot. This can also give you additional time to focus on other meal prepping. Enjoy these Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork Carnitas Tacos!

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Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork Carnitas Tacos (Whole30, Paleo, GF, DF)
Tender, tasty, and totally easy. Saute, then set it and forget it. An affordable Whole30 option with a mexican flair!
Cuisine Whole30
Cuisine Whole30
  1. Set Instant Pot to "Saute." Add in 2tbsp of coconut oil into pot riht away. While IP heats up, cut onions into thin slices. Add into Saute and allow to cook until clear or caramelized. Stir as needed
  2. While onions are sauteeing, cut Pork in half. You want to be able to brown several sides for added flavor. Remove onions from IP (wear oven mitts if you remove the pot itself!). Add in 1 tbsp of coconut oil into pot and brown one haf for 4 mionutes. Fli[ and continue to brown.
  3. Remove first section of pork, then repeat with the other half. Turn off when done.
  4. Add everything back into the Instant Pot. Add in all of the spices and cooking liquid (broth) into the Instant Pot. Set to manual High Pressure for 60 minutes.
  5. Allow to NATURALLY release (this means don't switch the IP from "sealing to venting" just let it do its thing!)
  6. Once fully released, pour any extra liquid into a large bowl. Save for now. Allow the meat to rest for 10minutes (if you are like me and came home to the IP on keep warm you don't need to wait the 10mins). Shred the pork. If any part seems dry (it shouldn't!) add back in liquid a few tablespoons at a time. I did not need to do this but this liquid can be very helpful if something went wrong. Garnish with cilanto. See recipe notes for suggestions of how to serve.
Recipe Notes
  • I have always found coconut oil online cheapest {link!}, but if you don't have any, avocado oil or any olive oil work work fine.
  • Make sure to save your onion scraps (peels included) for homemade veggie broth!
  • If you can't find Tajin {link!}, double the lime juice and add and additional 1/2tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of ancho chili powder. I was able to find this spice blend in the hispanic foods section of my local grocery store.
  • If you don't have any veggie broth, chicken/beef broth or bone broth would work.
  • If using frozen broth, make sure that the broth completely melts before starting the pressure cooker (put it in for about the last minute of "saute" time or melt in the microwave). I always freeze my easy homemade veggie broth  so I just microwaved for a minute.
  • If you want to try to get this recipe done faster, change the cook time to 1hr 2 mins and manually release the pressure. NO promises on how that turns out, and you MUST rest the meat if you choose to do this.
  • Serve alongside or over toasted cauli-rice, with a salsa like my Sweet & Spicy pico de gallo, guacamole (I get the premade kind from Aldi because it's very affordable and Whole30 compliant), fajita veggies - for us bell peppers sauteed in our cast iron skillet, romaine boats, or just some extra cilantro and lime juice!



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