5 Things that Got Me Through My First Week of Whole 30

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I’m doing Whole 30 this month, along with everyone else in the world it seems! Whole 30 is blowing up my Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. I’m amazed at how many people can stick with such a super restrictive diet.

But here I am, 11 days in, actually sticking to it myself.

Crazy.

I do miss pasta.

And coffee creamer.

And anything and everything sweet.

But I feel like since I’m already 11 days deep, I might as well push through and finish this thing!

I wanted to share a few things that have been lifesavers for the past week and a half. If it weren’t for these 5 things, I’d probably have given up already. So if you’re thinking about trying Whole 30 yourself, check out my list of 5 things that got me through my first week of Whole 30.

1. The Whole 30 Day by Day Book

This book is in journal form and it’s been such a great addition to my Whole 30 plan. I’ve been pretty consistent about reading it and filling it out each day. I love checking the box at the end of each section that says I completed a day. So satisfying!

2. NutPods

I was devastated to hear that I couldn’t have any type of coffee creamer while doing Whole 30. Even the almond milk and coconut milk based ones I’ve used in the past are a big no-no! The first few days of Whole 30 I used canned coconut milk, but it wasn’t the same. A few friends told me about the NutPods brand and I ordered a few on Amazon. They’re pretty tasty and a much better coffee creamer alternative to the canned coconut milk, in my opinion.

3. Sprouts Brand Almond Butter

I’ve had quite a few different brands of almond butter over the years, but the Sprouts brand is my favorite so far! It’s super creamy and doesn’t separate as much as other brands. And it doesn’t require refrigeration. It’s so good on a banana or on a baked sweet potato.

4. Sweet Potatoes

I’ve always liked sweet potatoes. And after a few days on Whole 30, they actually started to taste really SWEET to me. They’re super filling too, which is great when you’ve cut out all processed grains and carbs.

5. Tea

I’m such a huge night-time snacker. There’s nothing I love more than (finally) getting the kids in bed and plopping down on the couch for some serious binge-watching and snacking. Especially when we have something sweet and yummy in the house, like brownies or ice cream. Of course, having hot decaf tea in the evening doesn’t compare to the other yummy desserts and snacks I’m used to, but it can help me make it through those evening hours until bedtime.

Have you done Whole 30 before? What are your must-have items to get you through?

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Christmas Home Tour

Last weekend, I had some girlfriends over for our annual gift exchange. And, like I always do, I cleaned like a mad woman for HOURS before everyone arrived. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this!)

I figured I should take advantage of my house being so clean and take some pictures of our Christmas decor for the old blog. I didn’t decorate as much as I’ve done in the past since we’ve been so busy this year, but I’m happy with how the few things I did decorate turned out.

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Our tree is a mixture of homemade ornaments and store bought. And I’m on team colored lights!
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Love all our Disney ornaments. We purchase a few new ones each time we go.
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My mom got us this ornament the year we got married. It’s one of my favorites!
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This one is from our trip to Disney back in February.
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Our vintage advent calendar. It’s the one I grew up with!
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You can’t even really see all the gross stains on our white chairs in this picture. (Don’t buy white furniture if you’re ever planning on having kids.)
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#yum

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Hot chocolate bar!

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Cheers!

The gift exchange was so fun – it was great seeing all of my girlfriends and their cute kiddos!

Do you go all out for Christmas and deck your halls?

Caramel Apple Slab Pie with Autumn Glory Apples

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This recipe for Caramel Apple Slab Pie with Autumn Glory Apples was sponsored by Autumn Glory apples, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. #autumngloryapple 

My favorite season is autumn. The weather is perfect, there are so many fun outdoor activities going on, and so many opportunities to spend time with friends and family. And of course, there’s tons of amazing fall food! From soups, to pies, to warm crock-pot meals, autumn is definitely all about delicious comfort food.

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One of my favorite fall comfort foods is apple pie. Apples are amazing in autumn – they’re at their peak of flavor, and they imitate the autumn weather – crisp and sweet. This autumn, here in Atlanta, a new variety of apples is headed our way. Autumn Glory apples are rich with the fall flavors of sweet caramel and warm cinnamon. They’re perfect for snacking, slicing for a cheese platter, or baking in a warm apple pie. My kids love them too, and while they usually only take a few bites of an apple and leave the rest sitting on the counter, they gobble up entire Autumn Glory apples!

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Friday Favorites – Favorite Red Wines

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If you know anything at all about “mom culture” these days, you know we’re supposed to love coffee and wine. (And don’t forget about La Croix during the summer. #basic) These are the drinks that get us moms through the day. There are about a million memes out there that make fun of our obsession with coffee and wine.

And yeah, for me it’s totally true. I love them both!

So today, I wanted to share my favorite red wines with you. This post was inspired by the two bottles of the 19 Crimes brand of wine I bought last weekend. If you download the 19 Crimes app, you can listen to the convicts’ stories. It’s so neat! It uses augmented reality to animate the mug shots on the front of the bottle. You’ve got to buy some and try it out!

Holly’s Favorite Red Wines:

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5 Things You Need for Your Thanksgiving Table

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I don’t know about you, but I love a good tablescape. I think it goes back to all those episodes of Sandra Lee’s Semi-homemade Cooking show I watched back in the day. Sandra was the queen of tablescapes!

Of course, the holidays are the perfect time to break out your good dishes, wash those cloth place-mats and napkins, and polish up the silver. For me, it’s not really about trying to impress my guests. (Most people I have over know that we’re usually eating off of paper plates and using paper towels as napkins.) It’s more about making the holidays special. Going a little above and beyond to make sure that there’s just something extra. A little razzle-dazzle. A little magic!

So if you’re looking for inspiration for your Thanksgiving tablescape, look no further! Here are 5 things you need for your Thanksgiving table.

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