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A Whole New Avocado

August 8, 2014
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Things are looking pretty good around here, right?! I finally (after four years!!!) got around to having my site redesigned. There are a few wonderful perks of being married to someone who owns their own design firm. For instance, one day you and your husband are sitting around on the couch and he says ‘hey, let’s just redesign your site right now!’ and then you’re like ‘ok!’ and a few hours later you have a new logo and your blog looks so fresh and so clean, clean! All the thanks goes to Rare Assembly (Micah’s new company that he runs with two other awesome people, Jordan and Alex…I just realized all three of them have unisex names…).

In addition to a new blog design…

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Why Whole 30?

May 23, 2014
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Let me start with a super brief explanation of what Whole 30 is: it is an elimination diet where you exclude ALL forms of dairy, sugars (including all artificial or ‘healthy’ sweeteners like honey), grains (including quinoa and other ‘healthy’ grains), all forms of alcohol and all processed foods. Which leaves us with fresh, whole foods like fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts and healthy fats. After 30 days, you start adding food groups back in one at a time to see what your sensitivities are, if any. You are allowed caffeine in moderation. The purpose is to reset your relationship with food, and regain any control that’s been lost.

I have always felt like Micah and I are healthy people for the most part. We are good at moderation, and we eat lots of whole foods. However, he has some food allergies we haven’t been able to pin point, and since Esmé was born, I’ve found myself either not eating at all for long stretches of time (tsk tsk for a nursing mom, I know) or eating whatever random food I can find and make quickly (a few too many toasts with peanut butter, I think). One day as I was thinking about feeding Esmé real food, I started to examine our own eating habits, and how those might look to a toddler who only ate veggies, fruits and meats…I decided I would feel very hypocritical. Then one of the ladies I follow on Instagram (Jenna Rammell of Small Fry Blog) started doing a Whole 30, and her posts looked so simple and delicious it got me really interested in the program. Plus she works and has two little boys, so if she can do it, than I have absolutely no excuse not to!

At the same time as all of that was going on in my head, Micah had been asking to do some sort of cleanse or detox for months. I didn’t feel comfortable doing a juice cleanse, or something that might diminish my milk supply, plus I don’t actually need to lose any weight (thank you breastfeeding!). So the Whole 30 looks to be the best of both worlds…get our eating back on track, and encourage us to renew our healthy habits that have fallen by the wayside. Plus, I’ll be cooking more, and I’m excited to document my findings on Dear Avocado, and hopefully come up with recipes that even people who aren’t doing Whole 3o would want to eat!

So that’s why we’re doing this crazy thing, and I’m so excited to get started. We could use the encouragement and accountability from all of our friends and family, which is why I’m putting it on the blog, so thank you for reading and standing behind us! I’m also curious to hear about your experiences with Whole 30, and how it effected your eating habits! Feel free to share in the comments!

Berry and Donut Kabobs

May 21, 2014
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I made these awhile ago for Esmé’s dedication, but they still strike me as such a perfect party food. They’re extremely simple to make, are very inexpensive, and everyone loves them. Plus…no recipe needed!

I thought a post about donuts on a stick would be a great way to send Micah and I off on our first Whole 30 adventure. I’m hoping to be cooking more over the next month (since I’ll pretty much have to) and I’ll be posting my recipes and findings on here! I’ll also do another post about why we’re doing a Whole 30 :)

Enjoy looking at donuts while you can! From here on out it will be lots of sweet potatoes and eggs…

First Date

April 25, 2014
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After you have a baby, there are a lot of ‘firsts’. Most of the firsts are about your baby (first word! first tooth! first steps!), but there are plenty of personal firsts as well. One of those is the first date sans baby. We went on our ‘first date’ on my 28th birthday, and even though we were just down the street from our apartment, it still felt completely magical. We took that night to get to know each other all over again, asking first-date questions, and flirting like we were teenagers. I got a little tipsy, and after we were done eating we had a couple of friends join us for drinks. When we were finished, we all walked back to our apartment where my parents were having their own little date night babysitting our daughter (who was asleep pretty much the whole time). It was the perfect way to start the 28th year of my life.

 

Almost There

January 15, 2014
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We are almost there. I’m currently 38 weeks pregnant, and our sweet daughter is getting ready to make her entrance into this world. When I was first pregnant, we were so diligent about taking pictures each week, but once life got busy…we stopped. I really wish we had continued in order to see the progress from week to week. Too late now! I’m just glad we have a few from the beginning and a few from the very end.

Knowing that we’re swiftly running out of time, we took last weekend – which was so lovely and perfect – to spend an afternoon together and take a few last shots of my growing belly. Micah took all of the pictures, and I’m so pleased with the results.

Here are a few of our favorites.

Just for comparison, here is a picture from my 12th week of pregnancy. Of course, at the time I thought I looked “so pregnant”.  Up to that point in my life, that was the most pregnant I had ever been. But looking back? I hardly looked pregnant at all…