My Celebrity Crush ~ The Naked Chef

When we got married all of a sudden we were the ones buying groceries, which meant the house was stocked with everything we liked. After gaining unwanted weight, we realized we needed to start eating healthy, but didn’t truly understand what that meant. Lucky for me I had the pleasure of learning from co-workers who were gluten free, whole food followers and even a raw chef.

Learning to eat “healthy” is a gradual process and not something you’ll fully understand over night. Reading books such as Fast Food Nation or The Omnivores Dilemma is a great start. Becoming educated on what is actually good for you and what isn’t is really important. I mean potatoes are vegetables so you can eat a lot of them right? Wrong.

So what does eating healthy mean for me? Eating real food. It’s as simple as that ~ no artificial flavors, minimally processed food, no gmos and very little sugar. Eating healthy 90% of the time and not so healthy 10% of the time. Never dieting, but turning food choices into a lifestyle.

Eating real food doesn’t have to be more difficult or more expensive. (After reading my blog title here’s what you’ve been waiting to read about… haha) My ultimate favorite chef is Jamie Oliver. I’ll be the first to admit I have a slight crush on him. Clearly not in a romantic way, you know I’m head over heals for my husband. All you have to do is watch a few youtube videos and start cooking with his recipes and you’ll understand why. Jamie Oliver is a British chef, known for his television series The Naked Chef. He helps you transform unhealthy eating habits and breaks recipes down by using fresh, whole food. Learning how to make fresh, healthy and affordable home cooked meals in minutes. Who doesn’t want that?

Here’s one of my favorite Jamie Oliver recipes, which I’ve pictured above. It may seem like an odd combination, but trust me ~ SO DELICIOUS.

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Red Curry Dragon Bowl

Red Curry Dragon BowlOne of my all time favorite things to order is the dragon bowl from Scotty Browns. So much flavor and absolutely delicious. I love creating new healthy dishes for our family ~ so after looking through dragon bowl inspiration, I came up with my own version.

For the base, use whatever you have in the pantry. I’d say my favorite is quinoa, but you can be creative and use any type of rice you have in the house. Rice noodles are also an option. I like to put the fresh cilantro, basil and peanuts in little glass bowls on the table. I love cilantro but hubby can’t stand it. Either people love it or hate it, so it’s nice to give the option. Also, we love eating our dragon bowl with naan bread, perfect for dipping in the extra sauce. Not quite as healthy but you just need a small piece. I buy ours at Trader Joes and keep it in the freezer for whenever we need it. Ps ~ You might think peanuts are an odd garnish, but they add the perfect crunch and taste delicious so don’t leave them out.Ingredients - Quartz CountertopIngredients Dragon Bowl

This recipe has become a favorite in our house. The colors, the flavor and the different textures come together perfectly. Super healthy and pure deliciousness. Basically, you can create your own dragon bowl with whatever you have in the house, there aren’t any rules. Choose your base (rice/quinoa), add some protein, veggies and sauce and voila a dragon bowl masterpiece has been created.

I’ve been asked by friends ~ Why don’t you put recipes on your blog? So here you go! Cooking is one of the things that brings me joy and I’m happy to share my first recipe with you. Since this is the first time I’m posting a recipe:
A. Leave a comment if you have a question or something doesn’t make sense.
B. If you make it ~ how did it turn out?
C. If you know how to make a recipe rich pin for Pinterest, talk to me!Red Curry Dragon Bowl

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Everly’s Nursery

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Decorating Everly’s nursery was one of the easiest and most fun rooms to furnish. One of my favorite things to do is find old furniture and refinish it. Before our oldest daughter was born, I text my mom a picture of a dresser I was looking for, in hopes she could keep an out for me. Well literally that weekend I came over to find this one sitting in the garage. She had picked it up at a garage sale for $20. All it needed was a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk paint and it was good as new. Putting your own creative touch on pieces is a great way to make your home feel more homey.

I actually picked up the vintage frames at a garage sale and painted them to use at our wedding. Little did I know they’d end up in our nursery. Found the chandelier and shelf at a friends consignment store ~ $35 for the both of them.The wood crate for diapers was purchased at a vintage market. The hunt for a deal and finding hidden treasures is a little bit of a thrill for me. I know, I know…living life on the edge over here.

My reasoning is if I save on some things, I can splurge a little on others. Like Pottery Barn Kids… they have the most beautiful bedding and furniture. I could spend so much time browsing their store. Everything is timeless, darling and such great quality. This bedding was bought three years ago, before Lila was born and it still looks brand new. Another splurge was our rocking chair ~ late night feeds, snuggles and book reading just wouldn’t be complete without it.

Unicorns in little girls room, enough said. When Everly wakes up in the morning she lays in her crib sucking her susu and looks up at her unicorn pal. What baby does that? Seriously, she’s just the sweetest little girl. I have no clue how long she’s awake because she doesn’t make a peep. When I walk in to check on her, she gives me the brightest smile. What better way to start the day?

Last year I put together a complete list of What you Need to Buy Before Baby Arrives  ~ For any new readers who are preggers, it’s a must read.

Click on items below to view product sources. Let me know if there’s anything I missed.

Where to Find:

Crib – Discontinued – Similar One Here  // Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint for Change Table  // Crib Bedding // Crib Skirt  // Unicorn Stuffed Animal  // Unicorn Wall Decor  // Picture Frame // Diaper Geenie // Rocking Chair // Gold Wire Basket  // Change Pad Cover  // Double Curtain Rod // White Curtains  // Lace Curtains // Wire Laundry Bin  // Vase with Flowers // Purple Headband // Pink Headband

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