Friday, August 17, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, y'all!

Have y'all heard of Winc? I hadn't until my friend Laura sent us a Winc gift card recently and I thought it was the coolest thing. It's basically a personalized wine club that, once you do a palate profile, customizes wine for you (or you can just choose some of your own) and ships it free to your front door. Pretty cool, right? I made another order a couple of weeks ago and Winc gave me this code for y'all to earn a complimentary bottle of wine! (And bonus was when I ordered, Ebates was offering $20 cash back for my purchase, so I spent $15 total on four bottles of wine!!! Also, if you're not using need to.) Not sponsored, just obsessed.

Brandon was out of the country this week on business, so the boys and I packed up shop and headed to my hometown for a few days earlier in the week. It was a short trip, but so good for the soul. My poor grandmother recently fell and broke her pelvis in two places, and so I just really wanted to be home and see her and my grandfather (and my parents, too, of course). She's doing well and I'm thankful for that. It's just hard to live four hours away from my family sometimes, and this was one of those instances. (But I'm grateful it's the same state and still in driving distance. I can't imagine those of you who live thousands of miles and plane rides away from family.) 

We visited my grandparents twice, rode in the Mule, went for a boat ride, ate watermelon on the patio, visited our local rock shop (such a cool place!) and my mom's store, Walker went for his first airplane ride with my dad, the boys both laid out on the driveway and looked at the stars/constellations/planets/moon with my dad, and just enjoyed being at home. 

I mentioned last week that we were doing the Keto diet, so I wanted to share a bit about that here since I've had a few questions about the diet itself, why we're doing it and of course, the all-important question: what we're eating! 

So first, Keto is basically a very low-carb, low-to-no sugar, high-fat diet with a few restrictions. You can read all about the Keto diet here because I want to spare you if you have no interest in this at all. 

That said, Brandon and I both wanted to lose about five pounds (me) and 10 pounds (him) that just wouldn't budge with eating healthy and working out alone. For me, it was the last five pounds to reach my goal weight post-babies (what I weighed at our wedding and at which I felt healthiest) and for him, it was his weight at which he feels the healthiest. So, after talking with a lot of friends who have done this (and are currently doing it), we decided to try it for a week to see what we thought. That week has now turned into two and heading into week three. I've lost my five pounds, but it's more than that: I feel less bloated, I sleep better at night and I feel much more full when I eat since I'm not loading my body with carbs. (And let me tell you: I love me some carbs and don't discriminate. Give me all the pastas, breads, crackers and wine!) 

The first four days were killer to me. I was absolutely exhausted and, even though I've never experienced actual withdrawal symptoms from anything toxic, I did feel as though my body was going through carbohydrate withdrawal and I was very, very tired. I would equate the tiredness to the first trimester of pregnancy exhaustion where you just can't keep your eyes open, have to have a nap and are just generally foggy. This is real and called the "Keto Flu." Ugh! But I woke up on Day 5 and felt like I had so much energy, even though I hadn't slept at all the night before due to storms in our area, and I noticed the lack of bloat after two days. 

Now, please know that we're totally human and have had a few glasses of wine here and there. I just can't give up an occasional glass -- especially with two boys home for the summer before preschool begins -- but it hasn't affected me like it usually does. I'm happy to answer any questions anyone has in the comments! 

As far as what we're eating, I have a Pinterest board here that has been a huge help. (What would I do without Pinterest?!) Some favorite recipes have included: Low Carb Meatball Casserole, Low Carb Crustless Taco Pie, Pecan Peanut Butter Fat Bombs, Low Carb/Sugar Free Mousse, and this Keto Bacon Ranch Chicken.    

I recently started and finished two great books: "When Life Gives You Lululemons" and "The Secret to Southern Charm." I loved them both! You know when you miss the characters when a book is over that it was a good book, and I felt this way about both of them. Highly recommend them both. 

I have nothing else for you this week except to share how excited I am that Brandon will be home today! It's of course always difficult when he travels -- especially with kids -- (as I know those of you with traveling spouses can attest to), but it's even harder when it's another country and a totally different time zone. Needless to say, we're excited to pick him up at the airport today and hug his neck!  

My shirt is from Southern Stix Boutique and I *love* it! 

Linking up with: Christina, Amanda, Andrea, Claire and Katie 


  1. So glad your grandmother is doing okay!! Family is so precious (especially elderly grandparents). Jared and I have been talking about the Keto diet. We know a lot of people who have had success with it and one of my specialists suggested it to me to help with CFS. So glad to hear it has you feeling so much better!

  2. Love when Life Gives you Lululemons!! I am so glad keto is working for you. I do not know how you do low carb. I think I would die with working out and no carbs.

  3. Glad to hear your grandmother is ok! It sounds like you and the boys had a great time visiting your family. I agree it's hard with these Dad's are away, you realize how much help they are for sure! We have been dieting for a couple of weeks, just less calories and eating healthier. I have lost about 4 1/2 pounds with a goal of at least 10 total so I am definitely going to check out some of these recipes :)

  4. I can't wait to read "When Life Gives you Lululemons!"

  5. You ok, girl? Worried about you. Love your blog. Would love new content when life isn't so crazy!

    1. Hey there! What do you mean by “new content?” I’ve been back to blogging since Aug. 1 with lots of new posts, including Weekending and Friday Favorites.

  6. I have the Southern Charm book in my basket right now... just waiting for me to finish up a few other books I'm currently reading. Sounds like you had a nice visit home even if it wasn't for the best reason in the first place.

  7. I have that Southern Charm book in my basket right now! I'm waiting to finish up a few other books before diving in. Sounds like you had a nice visit home-- hope your grandmother heals quickly!

  8. I just tried to comment from my moms computer and it wouldn’t publish so trying again lol - I cannot wait to start the secret Southern charm but I’m waiting until mom and I had to the beach in mid-September! (But now I want to go ahead and get that other one - is it similar?) way to go with the keto! So many people love it. Loving everything about this post & hope y’all had a fabulous weekend! (New content? Haha ok)

  9. your trip home looked like it was so special and fun! I'm sorry your grandma fell but I hope she's doing alright and I'm glad you got to see her

  10. So glad your grandmother is ok. Falls are so scary! I’m sure it was such a fun visit with family and super special for the boys. I have When Life Gives You Lululemons on my list but admittedly I’ve been reading way less with preschool out! I am going to check out these Keto recipes. We don’t follow the diet but generally do eat low carb so I feel like we would like these!

  11. Glad you got to go home and visit everyone! Prayers for your grandmother to keep recovering and healing. I have a recipe for you that I need to send for Keto Shepherds Pie. Made it the other night and it's soooo yummy. We fell off the wagon while we were on vacation last week too, so getting back into it has been a little more difficult this time around.


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