Recipe: The Perfect Breakfast Scrambler

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Guys, it has been a week. Monday we moved our office into a new office and needless to say the transition was not smooth. Computers have been down, copiers aren't working and moving just isn't fun. But, our new office is so pretty, right in Denver and it will be a great move once we work out all the nitty gritty details.

On the bright side, it's Thursday and it's National Coffee Day! I love Thursdays. They are like the happy hour to a great dinner. Everyone is in a better mood than yesterday as we wind down towards the weekend and this weekend my bffff Coti and Jen are coming into townnn!

They both have never been here, so I cannot wait to show them around! Just wait for my Denver-Beginners Travel Guide next week! Today I cannot wait to share this incredible recipe with you! IT is no secret that life is busy and time is of the essence. But, what we eat is also a huge factor in how we feel, work and get through that busy life.


This is where my perfect breakfast scrambler comes in. Remember as kids when your mom used to say you were having breakfast for dinner? Was there anything better? Sure, when I was 7, breakfast meant waffles or pancakes with bacon. While my love for pancakes hasn't diminished, my desire to eat a tad healthier has.

This is where the scrambler comes in. It's ready in under 30 minutes, filling, full of flavor and makes enough for leftovers. Deal. We've been making variations of this for years, but I've finally fine tuned it to this final piece. But, the best thing about this, is you can use everything you have! Look through those veggies drawers people!

Adam told me I have a knack for cooking for 30 people. I have no portion control. 4 sweet potatoes for a two-person scrambler? Sure! 7 handfuls of mushrooms? You bet! But like I said, it makes enough for leftovers! And making my co-workers jealous with leftovers is my specialty! Let's get to it.

Ingredients:
  • Really good sausage. I perfer non-cooked and then cook the veggies in it. (There is this amazing Colorado brand that we LOVE! Plus, it's spicy)
  • 1 sweet potato, diced
  • 1 onion, either diced or cut into circles
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • handful of mushrooms
  • 4 eggs (or if you have a hungry husband, 6) 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
How to Make:
  1. State here if you used un-cooked sausage. Cook the sausage until fully cooked. Remove and set aside. 
  2. Start here if you used pre-cooked sausage. Add sweet potatoes and cook for about 10 minutes. This will vary on how thick your pieces are. 
  3. Add the onions and bell peppers. Cook for about 5 minutes or until tender. (If you are using pre-cooked sausage, add it in now to heat up).
  4. Add the sausage back in. Stir. Add in the mushrooms and the seasoning. Cook until tender. 
  5. Now the egg, you can do this multiple ways. I break all my eggs in a bowl, mix them and then pour them into the pot with everything. Some people like them separate. So use a separate saute pan, make your scrambled eggs and then mix. 
  6. I hate doing dishes, so I prefer the one-pot method. It does take a little longer for the eggs to cook since there isn't as much pan. 
  7. Top with a little sriracha or if not-paleo, cheese! 
  8. Enjoy! 

 Adam is always telling me I don't use enough mushrooms. He loves them!
 I mean, that is a ton of mushrooms. 
 One pot = less mess and is always a win in my book. 
Not the prettiest, but totally the yummiest. 

What would you put in your scrambler! I love hearing new ways to mix it up!
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Gallon Challenge: Week Three + A Weekend Recap!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Brutal honesty. I am burnt out on the gallon challenge. Yes, I feel great, but the 3pm chug session and the 3am pee sessions are making me lose it.

Brutal honesty #2. I've been kind of burnt out on blogging. So please excuse the lack of - but I have some great recipes coming this week andddd some great dog food recs! Get excited. Sometimes breaks are good for the soul and I know this mini-break was good for mine.

But hey! I am LOVING all the lovelies out there participating in the challenge! You all rock and really are the reason I push myself to keep chugging at water at 3pm so I can post my results on snapchat.

We only have ONE week left! Can you believe it. Let's talk about week 3 and let's chat about the weekend!

PS -- If you are new to the blog, we are in the final week of the #everydaygracegallonchallenge where we drink a gallon of water a day! There are so many amazing benefits and you can read all about those here! 


Let's talk about WEEK THREE! Like last week --my thoughts are in black and Callie's are in blue.
  • Loving: How my body feels. My joints & muscles don't hurt and I just feel lighter on my feet. Digestion finally on point! Yes! 
  • Feeling: Good! I am still craving sugar though and I would hope that would go away! Great! I went through an entire hot power yoga class without having to chug water. No thirst! 
  • Anticipating: It being over. That's negative, but I am anticipating implementing the water challenge into my normal life and seeing if I can keep up. 
  • Enjoying: Writing this post :) Inspiring others - other teachers and my fiance are doing it! My fiance even wants me to get him a jug! 
  • Working on: Callie and mine are the exact same - finish earlier in the day. 
  • Hating: How much I pee and how water full I get. That it seems harder to get it done this week.
  • Struggling with: Getting it done before 6pm. I get lost in the day and forgetPeeing while teaching, but thank god I'm used to peeing on a schedule!
So, Callie said this to me in our weekly catch-up and I LOVE it. "This is not up for debate, the whole world knows we need to drink more water. This is a great chance to inspire others!" 

To all of you who keep sending me your snapchats of your jugs and water bottles, thank you and keep it up! 

Okay, enough with the water - let's talk about the weekend! 


This weekend Adam and I surprised my dad for his 65th birthday! It was so fun getting to spend an entire weekend just hanging with my family. There was nothing planned besides a nice dinner. We sat around, watched football, played with our nephew and hung out with each other. Plus, it was 85 degrees in Arizona which you know is just amazing weather. 

It was a quick weekend but a great weekend. We are already counting down until our next trip. Let's look at pictures! 

 love this handsome hubs of mine
Dress (on sale!!): Madewell; Shoes: Madewell; Clutch: Similar
On Adam: Shirt (similar): J.Crew; Jeans: Diesel
 the cutest Broncos fan ever
 My family. 
Love these people. 

Happy Wednesday everyone! We are in throwing distance to the weekend! Keep up the good work! 

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The Gallon Challenge: Week Two.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Happy Tuesday! Week two is over! We are halfway to the finish point! Hooray! 

In the spirit of full disclosure I have a secret to tell you. Friday, I did not complete the gallon challenge. I was working in Grand Junction and only drank 64 ounces. Bah. But, to be totally honest, I felt like crap. I could totally feel my lack of water. I felt more tired, lethargic and just not as great.

So, while I missed a day of drinking the full gallon, at least I learned a little bit about the positives it's doing for me! 

If you are new to the blog, we are in week 3 of the #everydaygracegallonchallenge where we drink a gallon of water a day! There are so many amazing benefits and you can read all about those here! Here's just a few!
  1. Toxin release
  2. No more dehydrated skin
  3. Lessening of cravings
  4. Clearer skin

Let's talk about WEEK TWO! Like last week --my thoughts are in black and Callie's are in blue.
  • Loving: Once again how my skin looks, zits are cleared and I think my sunspots are fading. My skin! (hoping not to jinx that!) 
  • Feeling: So good. No more bloating, less tired, overall way better. No cravings for sugar and no hunger pains.
  • Anticipating: Weight. I am noticing a difference and hope it continues! Hoping my digestion gets super good! 
  • Enjoying: All the comments I get when I carry my jug, and are you ready for this - maybe TMI, but a super light period, 3 days. WIN. My kids counting m sips and reminding me to drink!
  • Working on: Callie and mine are the exact same - finish earlier in the day. 
  • Hating: How much I pee and how water full I get. That it seems harder to get it done this week.
  • Struggling with: Getting it done before 6pm. I get lost in the day and forget! Peeing while teaching, but thank god I'm used to peeing on a schedule!
How was your week two? What are you seeing? Are you sticking to it? 


A little Lola water challenge inspiration for ya! 

Keep up the good work! And don't forget to share your #everydaygracegallonchallenge pics! 

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Recipe [Recreated]: Paleo Chicken Salad!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Happy Monday lovies! I hope your weekend was wonderful and full of relaxation. Mine was great because we didn't do much. I did get to meet my girlfriends new baby! She's only 9 days old and so perfect. I saw Bridget Jones Baby, which, if you love the others, you will love this! I laughed and cried, it was so great! Now that I look back, there was a lot of baby stuff this weekend. Hm.

Great dinners followed by great cocktails made for a struggling Monday. But here we are. Only 5 days until the weekend AND it's finally fall this week. That just means I'm more than justified in putting up my fall decor all while sipping something pumpkin flavored.

This recipe is inspired by my love for making food I can eat for days after. Bringing left overs for lunch is so much more enjoyable than eating a larabar. I found the original recipe from Eating Bird Food. Brittany is AMAZING and blogs some incredible recipes. She doesn't cook exclusively paleo, but her recipes are always leaning towards the healthy side and DELICIOUS. Her recipe for the chicken salad is here.



Below you'll see I switched it up a little for our taste preferences and to follow paleo.

Before we start can we talk about shredding chicken. It's in this recipe (spoiler alert) and as much as I love eating it. I hate it. I hate it so much that when I make bets with Adam on sports and random crap, I tell him that if I win, he has to shred the chicken.

And, the thing that really bugs me, is in recipes it's hidden in the instructions. Do this that this that shred chicken. No-one accounts for the 25 minutes it takes to shred 3 chicken breasts with 2 forks. My hands cramp, I start to sweat and I lose all interest.

Rant over, I made Adam shred the chicken last night.

The best part about this recipe is there is NO mayo! Hallelujah! We don't really do mayo in our house unless I can hide it in something so Adam doesn't know it's there. I found this great paleo mayo at Target and its delish so if I have to, I use that. Just please don't tell Adam I sneak mayo in some things!

Let's get to the recipe!


Ingredients:
  • 4 cups shredded chicken (this is about two large breasts) 
  • 6 tablespoons almond butter
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 cups celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced (use red if you can, but yellow is good too!) 
  • Butter lettuce, bread or wraps to eat it with. Or a fork. Let's be real, it's that's good.
How to Make: 
  1. Shred the dang chicken. Get this part out of the way. (To make shredded chicken, place chicken in a saute pan. Cover the chicken with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce and let simmer. Takes about 25 minutes. Flip the chicken half way through.)
  2. Make the dressing. Mix the almond butter, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, mustard and salt. Taste it. Last night, ours tasted too much like almond butter, so I added a little more apple cider vinegar and a titch of salt. This is up to your taste buds! 
  3. In a large bowl, mix the chicken, celery, cranberries, almonds and onion. Don't be afraid to add other things. I used some seeds last night. I even thought about adding red cabbage. 
  4. Wait to toss the salad with the dressing until ready to eat. Toss, serve, enjoy! 
Look at all those colors! So delish!
Look at those devil forks. jkjk. 
But shameless plug to follow me on snap to follow my recipes! @Kgrace01 

Happy Monday! Here's to a productive weeks, delicious recipes and lots of love. 

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Recipe [Recreated]: Salmon with Avocado Salsa

Thursday, September 15, 2016

I make a lot of chicken and chicken is so boring after a while. It was time to switch it up.  My meal planning is usually done while I'm still laying in bed on Sunday morning. I was scanning through Pinterest when I came across this amazing salmon recipe!

When I told Adam I was making salmon, his first question was whether I was going to try and recreate my horseradish salmon. If you are new around here, you know that was the worst idea I've ever had. Feel free to try to recreate, but I would suggest starting with the recipe below, first.

I knew I really had to up my game or else I'm pretty sure Adam would never even look at salmon again. That is when I stumbled upon Denise's blog Sweet Peas and Saffron. She makes incredible recipes, incredible! This one is no different. Her chili-rubbed salmon is here!


I  love pretty much anything and everything that has avocado in it. You name it, I love it. Expect for avocado ice-cream. I haven't been able to jump on that train yet. One of these days, I am totally going to try, but for now, I'll just stick to avocado salsa.

This recipes is so good because its a great mix of spicy on the salmon with some fresh citrus flavors in the salsa! It's the perfect summer send off meal, even though I will be making this fresh salmon way into the winter months.

My biggest tip for salmon. Buy good salmon. If you're going to spend the time, get some good stuff. And by good, I don't mean frozen than thawed salmon you sometimes find at the grocery store. If you're in Colorado, I recommend Tony's Market! They have the best seafood and meats in town. But, trust me, the extra cost is totally worth it in the flavor.


Salmon Ingredients: 
  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Avocado Salsa Ingredients:
  • 2 avocados, diced 
  • handful of chopped cilantro, about a 1/2 cup
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil 

Ingredients: 
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425. Cover baking pan in tin foil. 
  2. Rinse salmon and pat dry. Make sure you get all the bones out! 
  3. Brush salmon fillets with olive oil, salt and pepper (light!) 
  4. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, chili powder, ground cumin and pepper. Spread generously over the salmon fillets.
  5. Bake salmon 15-18 minutes, until cooked through.
  6. For the salsa - combine all ingredients and serve immediately.
 So many amazing spices! 
Guys, look at those colors! Holy yum! 

Needless to say, I redeemed myself in Adam's eye with this salmon recipe. He even told me it was restaurant quality! Guys, that is huge! 

What's your favorite way to make salmon? This is my new fav! Share your recipes in the comments! 

Happy Thursday everyone, we're almost there! 

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The Gallon Challenge: Week One.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Week one is over. We made it! Let me just start by saying, props to all of you who already drink a gallon of water of day. You people are champs. If I wasn't doing a challenge, I probably would not do this. But now that I am doing it, I'm glad I am. I am sorry this is a day late! But hey, life and gallon jugs get in the way some time.

If you are new to the blog, we are in week 2 of the #everydaygracegallonchallenge where we drink a gallon of water a day! There are so many amazing benefits and you can read all about those here!


Let's talk about it. We're going to do this in the theme of my Currently posts. My thoughts are in black and Callie's are in blue.
  • Loving: How my skin looks. I thought it was going to get worse, but honestly it's clearing! My skin looks brighter, plumper and overall just better. A little inside - I usually wear liquid foundation and I stopped about 3 days ago because I don't think I need it! How I feel and how I am sleeping!! 
  • Feeling: Great. Honestly, I feel amazing. The first few days I felt a little bloated but that has gone down. I have more energy and overall, feel great. So much more energy and so much better sleep! 
  • Anticipating: Seeing how drinking water changes my weight. I haven't changed anything except the water. Still eating clean, working out and drinking tons Interested to see if it plays a major key in weight loss. Seeing my skin clear. It kind of looked worse to start, but everything has come to the surface and now it looks so good! 
  • Enjoying: All the comments I get when I carry my jug. Sleeping, I've been sleeping like an angel! 
  • Working on: Starting to drink earlier in the day and finish the gallon before 5pm. Finishing drinking by 6pm so that I don't pee all night.  
  • Hoping: These next three weeks go faster than this first week. That my digestion gets better. It's good, nut not great yet. 
  • Hating: How much I pee. I usually pee like twice a day. This 8-12 times sucks. But, my pee is clearer. Is that TMI? I don't care, we're all friends here!  
  • Struggling with: Peeing at night. So far, the daily pee tally is between 8-12 times a day. It's miserable. And,  remembering to drink. I've had quite a few chug sessions. Drinking in the morning. I am way better at drinking after 1pm. 
Tell me everything! How are you guys feeling on the challenge? What are you struggling with? Are you loving it or hating it?

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Recipe [Recreated]: Strawberry Chicken + an Amazon giveaway!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Happy Friday my lovelies! I for one, am sighing a huge sigh of relief that it is finally Friday. For a short week, this week seemed to drag on. Isn't that just the way life is. I'm positive that if everyone could get on board for a 4-day week I think people would be more productive. Just sayin'.

Let's play catch up. Tuesday started the #everydaygracegallonchallenge. My friend Callie and I vowed to drink a gallon of water for the month of September. Everyone knows water is good for you, but are you ready for all the benefits? You can find those in this post here.

Tuesday also started Lola's first day of puppy kindergarten. It is so fun and she loves it. I imagine it's like real human daycare. She goes to daycare and then is tired forever. It's a win-win. Plus it's a training kindergarten. Ask her to leave it, sit or stay and she will listen. It's amazing. And, don't worry, I'll have a recap once her three weeks are over.

Wednesday, my Colorado bestie had her baby! AH. Dying to meet her new little love.

Thursday, the BRONCOS played their first game and the first NFL game of the season last night and WON!  Oh, how I love the Broncos and I love how alive this city is during game day. I don't love the traffic, but I'll take it any day to root for my Broncos.

Adam is running in a Tough Mudder this weekend. All I know is that he will run through an electric field and get shocked. Don't ask me why he volunteered for this, but man am I proud of the training and dedication he's put in to this. He is going to rock it.

Now, how about we get to the recipe and the GIVEAWAY!

Ya'll know how I started doing recipes [recreated] a while back. It's my way of getting amazing recipes and bloggers out there and sharing delicious recipes! This recipe and blogger is no different. Amy at Wholesomelicius is amazing.  I absolutely LOVE following her and trying all her recipes. They are amazing. She is amazing. Go check her out and show her all the love. Here original recipe is  here


Ingredients:
  • 4 large chicken breasts 
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed 
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt 
  • 1 teaspoon pepper 
  • 3 cups chopped fresh strawberries 
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil 
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 
Instructions:
  1. Begin by heating a large skillet to medium heat. Add olive oil and garlic, cook for 2 minutes or until fragrant. 
  2. Prepare your chicken breasts. Salt and pepper each side, add to pan. 
  3. Cook for 5 minutes per side or until cooked through. Set aside. 
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the topping. Toss together strawberries, basil, balsamic and 1 tbsp olive oil. 
  5. Top each chicken breast with strawberry mixture, and salt and pepper to taste. Add additional balsamic glaze or balsamic if needed. Serve immediately. 
  6. Enjoy!
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It's Friday people! Have the greatest weekend, good luck with the giveaway and remember, be kind always.

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Paleo Snacks: That's It Bar.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

It is no secret that I love snacks. All snacks. I don't discriminate. I'm lucky I work at a desk with people in and out all day or else I would sit on my couch and eat snacks. It's my thing, I'm not ashamed.

I've said it before, paleo makes snacking a little harder. There aren't as many options and I am not a fan of nuts, which is a lot of people's go-to's. So I'm left with LaraBars. In an effort to combat the snacking blues, I've made some delicious paleo snacks in the past. I've made paleo twix (which were amazing people! I've made coconut energy balls. Kale Chips and Chocolate Truffles.

Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of all these recipes, but while delicious, they all require some time and effort.And ya know what, sometimes I just do not want to cook, bake or prepare anything.


Sometimes I just want to open my my pantry and grab a snack. Cue, the That's It bar! If you haven't heard of the That's It bar, let me tell ya a little about them.

1) These bars are delicious 2) they are paleo and 3) they are only TWO ingredients!

Apple + blueberry, strawberry + apple, pineapple + apple. Those are just to name a few. The cool part, you get your full daily suggested fruit serving in just one bar. They are such a delicious treat and the perfect mid-afternoon snack.

Wanna follow That's It to find out more? Find them here: Instagram // Facebook // Twitter

What's your favorite go-to snack? Share in the comments below!

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The Gallon Challenge + 9 Benefits to Water

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Let's talk about water. I know what you are thinking. Why would I want to talk about water and how boring is this subject. Before you jump to reading your next blog - I promise this won't be boring. Plus there is a challenge involved. Everyone loves winning right?


If you've been following me on social media, you know that one of my best friends and I are starting the #everydaygracegallonchallenge. 

The way the challenge works is simple --> drink a gallon of water a day, post your pics on Instagram (with the hashtag above), share your results, share your thoughts. Seems simple enough right? Just to put it in perspective, a gallon is 4 Nalgene water bottles. FOUR.

 One reason I was super excited to start this challenge was due to some dizziness I was having. Let me stop you there, I am not pregnant. I woke up one morning so dizzy I could barely stand. After a week of this, I went to the doc, and she told me I was slightly dehydrated. My first thought, how was this possible? When I really thought about it, I realized I really only drink water before bed. Coffee in the AM, la croix for lunch, wine and water dinner, water before bed. Apparently that isn't enough. Three weeks of being very conscious of my water intake and the dizziness was gone. I was sold. Then Callie told me about the water challenge and here we are people.



Let's chat benefits of water: 
  1. Toxin release: Especially needed after this long labor day weekend.
  2. No more dehydrated skin: aka your wrinkles and fine lines will be filled in more. Sunspots can even start to fade (because they can also come from dehydration)
  3. Lessening of cravings: Meaning you are fuller longer and with less food. Less of a craving for snacking. Did you know 70% of the time we think we are hungry, we are actually dehydrated? 
  4. Clearer skin: yes please!
  5. Clearer pee: This kind of goes with number one, but keep those kidneys clean and help them do their job.
  6. Less constipation and better digestion: cute right? 
  7. Helps energize your muscles! Working out a ton but not drinking a ton? This will help with your workouts! 
  8. Helps with headaches, migraines and moods
  9. Beats bad breath: Gotta love this. 
Some benefits aren't pretty, but dang, it will be helpful. Callie and I have also been super stressed with work (& Lola) so we've seen some more breakout than usual. Time to get rid of those!

In a month of drinking a gallon of water, here is what we should see:
  • Week 1: All  of our toxins will come to the surface. And the worst part, our skin might get worse. It's normal because our skin is releasing all the toxins built up in our body.
  • Week 2: Week two will be easier than week one. We will feel much more awake and have fewer cravings for sugar or salt or whatever our cravings are.  I'm excited for this because I crave salt like you wouldn't believe. I've excited to see how this much water curbs my cravings. 
  • Week 3: By this point, our skin should really start to clear. Our dark circles should fade and we should sleep better. And for the non-pretty part of water drinking, when we wake up and go to the bathroom, our pee should be nowhere are dark as it is.
  • Week 4: Drinking a gallon just became a habit (21 days) and it should feel like second nature for us to drink this much. It's our new normal!  Clear skin, clear pee, cannot lose. 
Even Lola is excited for the water challenge. 

Here's what I can promise. A weekly blogpost every week documenting what we've seen, what's changed, how we feel. Also, I know this is weird, but we're going to track how many times we pee. 

Feel free to join the challenge. It's time for a challenge that's good for our bod. Let's do this people. Tag your gallons/glasses or bottles on Instagram using the hashtag #everydaygracegallonchallenge

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Why Fall is the Best + a Gallon Challenge.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Happy September everyone! It is absolutely crazy to me how fast this year has gone. It seems like just yesterday I was in the middle of buying a house and now we've owned said house for 6 months! Nuts, people, nuts. 

I am the first to admit that I love fall and everything fall, but I do not love winter. It's a tough life, I tell ya. I am already basking in the smell of pumpkin spice everything, boots and I just bought two sweaters. I'm soaking in the cool air, even if tomorrow it's supposed to be 89 degrees. 

I'm drafting football teams, cheering for college sports and drinking darker beers. We are getting wild. In case you need some laughs, my girl B, wrote this post for me a few years back and it's hilarious. It's why fall is the worst. I die. She's too funny. 


Instead of why fall is the worst, let's talk about why it's the best, all the things I'm loving and a little update. We've got a lot to cover, we better get moving.

PLUS, starting Tuesday I have a blog challenge. Think you can keep up?
  • Boots. Am I right? Tall boots, short boots, booties. I am currently swooning over these Jeffrey Campbell booties. I totally need them. Oh, and these Stuart Weitzman boots
  • Pretty Little Liars. I cannot stop watching. It's my favorite show. I cannot stop. And, this is the last season, so I'm soaking in every tween-drama has to offer. 
  • Lola and Henry. I love these little buns in my life. They are the absolute best. I want to adopt all the dogs and then wear this shirt
  • This song. Recently I've been obsessed with The Chainsmokers and then this came on my radio and I was in love! They are amazzzing! You loved that didn't you. Here's another by them that's incredible. 



  • This one is directed towards Adam and anyone over 50 (no offense), but you can now zoom in on Instagram! Hooray! It's part of the new iPhone IOS update! No more accidently liking a picture form 54 weeks ago when all you wanted to do was zoom. Welcome to the future people. 
  • Ya know what I love about fall? We're closer to the holidays and it's scientifically proven that people are happier. Okay. I don't know about scientifically proven, but Kristen-proven. People love getting happy hour because you can celebrate "the holidays" for like 4 months. 

Let's get to September's Challenge. My paleo and health coach (not literally, but for real she is) Callie challenged me to drink a gallon of water a day. Lets stop here.

For those of you that know me, drinking water is a challenge. I don't like it. I prefer not drinking anything really, except wine. Ha, jk. But really. I understand the benefits of water, healthy skin, lose weight, ect ect. And honestly, I don't even think about it throughout the day.

It wasn't until about 5 months ago when I woke up and was incredibly dizzy. After doctors appointments, pregnancy tests (not pregnant people) I couldn't figure out what was going on.

Now, switch gears to a new house. We were looking at water filters when the sales guy was chatting us up and he said the water filter got rid of his dizziness. DING! Purified water for this girl and about two weeks later, my dizziness was 100% gone. Now, I drink a ton of water. So when Callie suggested this challenge, I thought hell yes. Let's do it.

We bought this gallon jug on Amazon - $10.25 and we will be drinking a gallon a day. The best part we're gonna live blog and tell you what we see, feel ect. Every Friday we will post how we are feeling about the challenge! Callie is hilarious so you guys are in for a treat.


Wanna join us? Use the hashtag #everydaygracegallonchallenge on Instagram/Facebook/Snapchat or wherever you prefer! Share the benefits you are seeing! We can do this!

Cheers ladies and gents to the #everydaygracegallonchallenge. Let's get healthy together!


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Product Review: SkinXL

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Let's talk about lips, shall we? I have to preface, I am not a beauty blogger. I don't totally know what I'm talking about when it comes to makeup, but the bottom line, if I like it I will wear it. For example, I've been using the same NARS foundation for like a bazillion years. I love it, I wear it.

The one thing I used to never wear? Anything on my lips. Ask almost anyone and they will tell you I am a blue label chap-stick, jack black lip gloss girl or aquaphor at night. I am also super self-conscious of what is on my teeth or my face therefore lipstick never really appealed to me.

Then I tired my best friends Kylie Lip Kit and my life changed. I LOVE it. Oh man do I love it. I love it so much, I bought a bunch to review so I could share it with you. If you missed that review, find it here.

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SkinXL is a lip plumping volumizer. I know what you're thinking, Oh man, my lips are going to burn! Let me settle your nerves when I say that is not the case! This isn't like that stuff we used to use when we were in 6th grade.

I've been using this for the last 2 weeks. Yes, it does have a little tingle. But honestly after the third day, I didn't even notice. It made my lips nice and pink. Did they make them bigger? Honestly? I don't know. Adam said they looked bigger! So, I guess that's all that matters right?

Would I use this again? Sure! It's a nice glossy finish and if it did make my lips bigger, more power to me! I like the smell, it's fruity. And, I love that it's a clear gloss, it really helps a girl overcome her chap-stick addiction.


Have you used a volumizer? What are your thoughts? Would you be willing to try? Tell me everything. Do you have a specific one you like?

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Recipe: Paleo* Lasagna

Monday, August 29, 2016

It's a fact, my grandma (& mama) makes the best lasagna. You can try to dispute this fact, but I would suggest trying my grandmothers lasagna before you do. It's flavorful, delicious and reminds me of Christmas (we eat it every Christmas Eve). There's nothing trendy about this lasagna, nothing crazy, it's just down-right delicious in every way.

When Adam and I first started dating, I made this for him and his first reaction was (1) are we having 17 people for dinner and (2) wow. Yes, this makes a huge pan of lasagna, but who cares, lasagna for everyone! I'm pretty sure this dish made him really love me, so girls, grab your men and make them this dish!

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I bet you are all wondering about the * in the title. Well, the reason it is *Paleo is because we used Parmigiano Reggiano. Technically, it is not paleo. It is made with raw milk — using the same traditional methods and aged at least 24 months for intense, complex flavors.

I've been chatting with my paleo-guru Callie about how to incorporate raw milk/cheese in to our diet because at the moment, Adam and I are totally dairy free. We take calcium supplements but I was concerned that we weren't getting the benefits that come from a certain amount of (clean) dairy. Callie told me to try "raw" Parm.

We tried the parm on our lasagna and guys... it did not hurt my stomach. This is huge. The main reason I started paleo was to make my stomach feel better. This cheese did not hurt it. HUGE! We probably will save the cheese for special occasions but it's nice to know there is an option.

So, the moral of this story is --> if you have a sensitivity to dairy, this is your cheese! Raw milk/cheese can be super helpful for a healthy gut too, so this would be another good way to incorporate it. I have been seeing more and more hardcore paleo-ists (is that a word) incorporating raw dairy into their diet for all the good benefits it brings.

For those of you who are strict, strict paleo leave the cheese out. It's still bomb. I could eat the mix with a spoon it's so good. Now if only they invented paleo french bread to wipe up all the sauce.

For this recipe I used Cappello's Paleo Lasagna Noodles and boy oh boy are they the most delicious things ever! PS Click below to get your own box of Cappellos!



Recipe is black. Paleo changes are red.

Ingredients:
Sauce:
  • 1 large can peeled or diced (I prefer diced) tomatoes + 1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • oregano (dried flakes)
  • 1 1/2-2 pounds ground beef
  • garlic powder
  • parsley flakes
  • salt and pepper
  • Lasagna: 
  • 9 lasagna noodles - 9 Cappellos Paleo lasagna noodles
  • 1 can grated parmesan cheese - grated block of Parmigiana Reggiano
  • 2 packages mozzarella cheese (2-3cups each-pkg) - leave out for paleo


  • How to Make:
    1. Brown ground beef. 
    2. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon oregano. 
    3. Simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
    4. Add tomato paste and 1 (tomato paste) can of water, 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 Tablespoon dried parsley, 1 teaspoon pepper (taste for more salt).
    5. Simmer another 45-60 minutes. 
    6. Cook noodles and assemble (Noodles, sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan, repeat).
    7. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes until bubbly. Watch so it doesn't get too brown.
    Life changing and diet changing :)
     Look how delicious it looks! 
    It's coming together!
    Get that baby in the oven! 
    Fully cooked and ready to eat! 

     Here's another plug to follow me on snapchat -- KGrace01 -  you would get to see the making of the lasagna, step by step! 

    Happy Monday everyone! I hope you are all feeling super refreshed from the weekend and ready to conquer a new week! It's almost labor day! Hooray! 

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