I've been making some (good) changes lately. Remember how I used to say I hate to cook? Ever since doing the Whole 30 I haven't wanted to stop! I've been making a lot of recipes from here lately and once I get through those I'm going to grab her book from Amazon. If you make anything at all from there, make the whole wheat tortillas for Mexican night! You will absolutely not regret that choice. And if you do, feel free to send me hate mail/comments.
Also I feel like a rock star for reading this right now and making bone broth on the regular. My sister-in-law and I went to a talk last night by Gary Taubes and Sunday we're going to the Natural Living Expo in Mass! It's so fun to have people who can go to these things happily with you.
Other things I've been doing lately:
Ordered some water kefir grains for making water kefir (since Carter can't have dairy), ordered some whole wheat sourdough starter because I made homemade bread for my first time ever about a week ago! So proud. This from a girl who basically could "cook" salad and tacos before.
If this makes you want to throw internet daggers at me, that is totally fine. But I feel motivated right now so I don't really want to talk about anything else! Let's check out my bread, shall we:
This was the honey whole wheat from 100 Days of Real Food.
Lately I've just been trying to do things that make me happy. I worked fewer hours last month than I usually do and while there were some days that I thought to myself what am I doing with my life??? the rest of the time it felt really productive and happy to make healthy dinners for Tom and Carter, to actually maintain the cleanliness of the house (I mean, it's not perfect by any means, but a huge improvement from the typical tornado-style weeks!), have candles burning, get rid of a bunch of clothes and junk we don't need, and actually taking the time to have regular dance parties with Carter Boy. Those are our favorite. Usually we start with the Gummy Bear song, move on to Geronimo, add a little Taylor Swift (Shake it Off, obviously) and end it with some loud singing to Steal My Girl and Journey (Carter's favorite). Anyone else super into dance parties for indoor exercise with kids? Tons of fun, I tell you. Other times we run in circles around the house and make Gemma chase us. It's always a good time (but take off your socks or wipeouts and stitches will likely follow).
Do what makes you happy! I don't know why we (in general, and our family personally) make our lives so busy that we can't enjoy any of it. We're trying to slow down and I think it's a good goal to have.