Half Way Through The Whole30

Bryan and I are on day 15 of The Whole30 Program!  If you aren’t familiar with the program, you eliminate certain foods for 30 days.  After the 30 days are up, you slowly reintroduce foods to your diet.

The food you eliminate:

  • sugars
  • grains
  • legumes
  • dairy
  • alcohol

Basically, you only eat fruits, veggies, and meat. 🙂

We have both seen benefits already.  I feel less bloated, especially after eating.  My clothes fit better!  Both of us are down in pounds.  I wake up easier and don’t have a mid-afternoon crash.  Our diets (especially mine) were getting out of control and needed to be cleaned up.  It also makes you realize just how much you are eating and that sugar is really in EVERYTHING!

I would recommend giving this a try!  The key to success for us has been to plan out our food.  I have found several recipes and ideas on Instagram and Pinterest!

Some pics of what we have been eating:





Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Last weekend was a nice one in terms of weather!  We wanted to do something outside, but knew the beach would be packed!  We decided to drive down to Big Basin Redwoods State Park.  This is something Bryan and I did a few times when we moved to California, but it had been a while.  We started out by having a lovely picnic and then went for a nice walk.

I didn’t take many pictures, but here are the ones we did take!


He was so excited about walking in the creek!


Benefit They’re Real Tinted Lash Primer

Bryan has been flying down to Burbank once a week for the past month or so.  He knows I love to try new products and surprised me with Benefit They’re Real Tinted Lash Primer which he found at the Benefit vending machine in the airport.  I love this stuff.


It is definitely one of the best new products I have tried in a while and by far my favorite eyelash primer.

From the Benefit website:

Step up your lash look with They’re real! tinted primer. When worn alone, the mink-brown primer gives lashes a natural, feathery look, and when worn as a primer, it boosts your mascara’s performance. Infused with a high-performing gel formula, it is water-resistant and conditions lashes with provitamin B5. Its custom ExtraFlex brush is specially designed to move with lashes for ultimate separation.

Here is what it looks like in action.



Cherry Picking In Brentwood

Last weekend, we drove out to Brentwood to go cherry picking.  The cherry season is very short and we made it out there at the perfect time.  The trees were dripping with cherries.  We all had a great time.  It took about 10 minutes to pick 6 pounds of cherries.  We ate most of them, but Bryan did sneak a few to make homemade cherry ice cream.

I want this to become a family tradition we do every year!


Daniel – 10 months old

It is hard to believe our sweet Daniel is 10 months old!  The time has seriously flown by.  He is such a sweet baby and is always smiling.  He loves his brother and Kudzu.  When Callan is near by, Daniel is always watching to see what he is doing and wants to play with whatever he has.  He is on the move and cruising along.  I think he will definitely be walking by the time he is 1.

He is a great eater and sleeping has gotten better.  He is an early riser and likes to get up with the sun.