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We are nearing the end of week 3 in our Whole Foods Cleanse.  Week 1 was good but difficult to take the time to prepare the food, juice etc…  Week 2 was easier in regard to time and taste of food.  Week 3 was much easier since I learned that I can improvise and incorporate foods that I had leftover from previous weeks (tons of kale) and just cut back on the amount of food I was preparing.  I bought some frozen veggie burgers and allowed myself to stray from the diet if I wanted to.  If we had salmon instead of a kale salad for dinner, it didn’t matter.  If we had tons of black beans in the pantry and no rice, I substituted.  We also go out to eat once per week and get whatever we want.  Interestingly, the taste of let’s say an Oreo cookie, is starting to tatse bad to us.  It tastes like a coated gob of sugar.  We prefered the homemade dark chocolate chip cookies made with wheat flour and oats…so it’s working!

So next week I have to make our own menu since I have been following a pre-made one on the website.  This is going to be a challenge.  We love soup so I will start with the Polenta and spinach soup from our Power Foods cookbook.  This is so simple to make and I have everything I need.  Again, this is an aquired taste…the soup has polenta (cornmeal), water, parmesan, spinach and garlic, lemon and tons of olive oil. I love an earthy raw taste to my foods but Dave needs more flavor so I put extra spices and lemon in a lot of meals…
Off to start the menu and grocery list…I will post the weeks’ menu on Monday!



We are on day 3 of the 21 Day Cleanse and it’s going fine.  The enthusiasm has worn down (probably for lack of energy!) but I am still dedicated to get through this. 

We bought a juice extractor which is so amazing!  I don’t have to peel or core anything, for the most part, and it’s quick, quiet, and easy.  It’s called the Breville Ikon and costs about $200.  I used a 20% off coupon at Bed Bath and Beyond so saved about $35 total.  I know that there are some less expensive ones out there but time saving was priority to me so we shelled out the cash.

Speaking of time saving…these recipes take A LOT of time to make.  I do like the fact that once I spend a good 3 hours in the kitchen, I have 3 meals (which are eatten 2-3x per week) plus the “cleansing broth” and 1 snack (home-made granola bars).  I am learning that I can substitute some home-made items with store-bought like the broth.  I will buy organic store-bought veggie broth next time to save on time.

We have strayed a bit with snacks in between meals, and a cup of coffee here and there which I don’t think is “allowed” but we make sure the snacks are whole foods and try to do half-caf.
So far our take on the recipes:
French Lentil Salad: just ok. add some extra lemon or “approved” dressing and more cabbage than lentils
Creamy Broccoli Soup: Good, add eaxtra lemon and course salt. takes a minute to get used to the taste but Dave and I decided that we like it
Cauliflower veggie saute’ dish: Very good, didn’t have to add anything to taste good
Juices and Smoothies: good

Well, off to drink my breakfast blah…looking forward to next week because we can have quinoa porridge!

photo courtesy of Wiki Media

photo courtesy of Wiki Media

I’ve been wanting to try this 21 day Whole Living cleanse for some time now and I (and Dave, my boyfriend/domestic partner haha! this classification has been a trip for us…) finally took the plunge.  I spent about an hour geting my grocery list together.  It took a while because our kids will not do this with us so I had to make up 2 separate menus for the week.  My next challenge is coming up with a menu where I can make simple substitutions for the kids from the whole foods meals…Any suggestions are welcome!  They may go in the cookbook I aspire to write some day!

Shopping took about 1 1/2 hours (and $400!), came home and purged the fridge, cleaned the fridge and put all of the ingredients away.  An all day event!  I have most of what I need and many items I will not have to purchase again for a while (coconut oil, tahini etc…) so I expect the grocery bill to be half that next time. 

Week 1 consists of mostly fruit juices in the morning then lentils, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, mushrooms, sweet potato stew and a few snacks that I will make.  Week 1 will be difficult and we will feel “hungover” for a few days then better each week after.   

I find joy in filling my pantry and refrigerator with nothing but real fresh food…spinach and apples as far as the eye can see.  I love to go in the kitchen and see baskets full of sweet potatoes, ginger root, and avocados… I guess that makes me a “foodie”.

So next week we will begin. 

Oooohhh, next post, cute handmade containers to store your whole foods!  Etsy here I come….

Has anyone tried this cleanse?  I’d love to hear how it went!


My first post in actually years…I’m finally taking a few minutes to reflect today.  Life is great.  I have all I could ever need, I am a part-time student, stay-at-home mom, I have an amazing supportive and loving boyfriend, friends, family and a home that although I enjoy, I want to down-size and start fresh with my new life. Still….some days I feel very down, confused, lost.  On these days, I think about what is bothering me.  I have learned that by actually spending time with the sadness, making myself go through it then deciding that I don’t want to feel this way today, really helps.  An amazing book that I read while going through my divorce is Change Your Mind and Your Life Will Follow.  The basic gist is that we have control over how we react to our feelings, to others, and that we can make a concious decison to change.  I realize that those of us who suffer from depression, myself included, must usually do other things to gain control of our moods etc…but this book is very inspiring for those simply “off” days. 

A few other things I enjoy doing in the winter are making a cup of tea, sitting by the fireplace, lighting candles, and accomplishing one thing on my to do list during that particularly bad day.  So off I go to read for my next assignment… alone in the big bad house except for my step/adopted little dogs but I have my comfort items surrounding me so it will be a good day…

Well- this year I would love to have something that I can feel good about receiving.  There are so many options out there (especially on Etsy) that are cute, safe, affordable and friendly to our Mother Earth.
Here are my top picks from other shops on Etsy that my family can afford and I would LOVE to have!
Feel free to post links to your Favorite Eco-Friendly gifts- I’d love to take a look!

1) Scottie in a Canoe   Platform Sandals $42
2)Bayan Hippo  Eco Friendly Canvas Poetry Bag $44
 3) Cottage Garden Therapies Trio Relaxation Soy Candles $21
 4) The Peaceful Peacock Reusable Tea Bags $9 (for 3)
 5) 2 Trick Pony  Recycled Silver Heart Earrings $39

So this is my first post and I’m trying to finish up while my daughter patiently waits for me to do something today.  I think we will finally work on our plants that we started from seed.  It’s been too cold to keep them outside but maybe the winter weather is finally over!  We bought this really great starter kit at Target that came with dried dirt and 36 compartments.  We have Cilantro, Basil, Scallions, lettuce, wildflowers and poppies…..
Any tips???

I finally had some time last night to sit down and finish up some pieces.  One of them was this “goddess” necklace which I made with my favorite color combination.  I just listed it today~

Maybe I’ll have some more time tonight….. oh no- we have football practice, husband working late, bath night….  maybe Friday.

Oh- my- I just opened my packages from the mail over the weekend.  Normally i can’t wait to get the mail to see what treasures I received that I forgot that I ordered – but I had a stomach bug this weekend and didn’t even think about it.   Yes- I have issues with shopping on Etsy! 
Anyway- I am in love with this new piece that i purchased from Theresa at UnfinishedBusiness (on Etsy)
– I can’t wait to make a necklace out of it- it’s a vintage celluloid brooch with hints of blue on white. 

I came across a sweet little shop named Tuuni. This stunning bag caught my eye and she graciously agreed to tell me her story~ She is a lovely person and uses recycled materials for her work~ she is offering a gift with purchase for her first three buyers!! How terrific is that? See details in her shop Tuuni (on Etsy):
and here is her story~~
“My name is Tuija Lommi, I live in southern Finland near Helsinki in a lovely country like district. I live with my husband, been married 10 years now, and with our lovely daughter who is 1 years old.
My love for crafts come from my family, all my aunts are devoted artisans. I have also studied Crafts and Recriation in HAMK University of Applied Sciences and got a degree “Bachelor of Culture and Arts” in 1999. Since then I’ve been working in a design boutique in Helsinki, the past five years as a shop manager, doing my craft projects every now and then. Now I’m staying home with my daughter and enjoying it! When I found Etsy, it changed my life. I realized there IS a market for craft items and they CAN be cool! It gave me hope and strength to do what I always wanted to do.
“Tuuni” is a Finnish name for a girl. It refers to something peaceful an calm. My shop name “Tuuni” also refers to to a finnish word “tuunaus” which is commonly used when making products from recycled materials. I guess the word in english would be re-purposing.
In my purses and accessories I use vintage and recycled materials such as table cloths, napkins, curtains, mens shirt, buttons, etc… When I go material hunting, I usually look for interesting patterns and colors, and feelings from the past decades. Ideas pop into my head when I look the piles of fabric, I like to think that tablecloths an curtains “speak” to me; what needs to be done from this specific fabric. I find things in local second hand and charity shops, sometimes from vintage stores. All of my items are one of a kind or limited editions. I draw my own patterns and some of the bags are “build” without any pattern.
My cushion covers are made from vintage bed linen. Finland is full of abandoned and rejected bed linen with most amazing hand embroidered initials and hand made crocheted lace. It was a common school project for girls in the past century to crochet a lace for their own bed linen. The most beautiful ones were made for a bridal box. I love these beautiful crafts and hate the fact that they probably end up covered in dust in the attics. So I wanted to give them a new life!
My shop on Etsy is rather new and right now I am trying to stock up for the holiday season. Lots of new stuff coming soon!”
Looks like a super place to shop this holiday season!!
Please check back tomorrow…. more shopping to follow…