Five on Friday – Instagram Accounts to Follow for Whole 30 Inspiration

One thing that is so important for having a successful Whole 30 is surrounding yourself with people who support you and inspire you to keep going. My family is very supportive of me doing this challenge, but they aren’t actually participating in the challenge with me. I’ve found that it is really nice to join the Whole 30 community on either Facebook or Instagram for inspiration and motivation during the program. I listed my favorite Instagram accounts for Whole 30 inspiration below:

  • Just Jessie B. – She has TONS of great Whole 30 and Paleo recipes and does lots of beauty and fashion tips. I love watching her stories!
  • Nutrition with Kate – If you want someone who is going to give it to you straight and keep your feet to the fire about following the program rules, Kate is the perfect person to follow! She is a certified Whole 30 Coach and gives great tips and recipes!
  • Paleo Bailey – This girl is so fun to follow! Her health journey is so inspiring and she’s funny. I love following along with her as I’m going through my Whole 30 challenge.
  • Primal Gourmet – Y’all, not only is this guy an amazing chef with daily videos of how to make super yummy Whole 30 dishes, but he is hilarious. You don’t want to miss his stories where he shares his daily entry in his Whole 30 Day by Day journal – his non-scale victories are the best!
  • Jenna’s Whole Journey – Being positive during the Whole 30 is a challenge some days, but this girl always has a smile on her face! She’s done successful Whole 30s in the past and is rocking this January reset.

And a bonus account, just because… If you are doing a Whole 30 and you aren’t following Whole 30 Recipes on Instagram, what are you even doing with your life? They are a MUST FOLLOW if you’re doing or thinking about doing a Whole 30.

Five on Friday – What to do with Thanksgiving leftovers

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! If you’re like me, you have a fridge full of food leftover from yesterday’s feast. Today, I’m sharing five quick and easy ideas for serving up those leftovers!

  1. The Leftover Sandwich – Have you ever seen the episode of Friends where someone eats Ross’s leftover Thanksgiving sandwich and he loses his mind over it? It had a “moist maker,” after all! I can totally relate, because I love a leftover sandwich. I found a recipe that recreates Ross’s sandwich, but I keep my leftover sandwich pretty simple. Toast some bread and layer on leftover turkey, spread on a couple scoops of dressing, then add lettuce, some red onion, and a little cranberry sauce. The toasted bread and lettuce give it a nice crunch to contrast the soft turkey and dressing.
  2. Open-Faced Turkey Sandwich – I’ve been making this copycat recipe from Bates House of Turkey in Greenville, AL, for years. This week, we actually got to stop at Bates on our way to the beach and try the original. It’s probably been 20 years since I’ve eaten there, but it was just like I remembered it (although, Jeff says my copycat recipe is actually better than theirs, but he’s a little biased).
  3. Thanksgiving in a Blanket – I found this video on Facebook this week and can’t wait to try it. I’ll roll anything in a crescent roll if given the opportunity, so leftover Thanksgiving food in a crescent sounds perfect.
  4. Thanksgiving Egg Rolls – Because the only way to make Thanksgiving food any better is to roll it all up together and fry it. Whoever made up this recipe has to be from Alabama. I’m actually wondering why I never thought of this…
  5. Turkey and Stuffing Muffins– So, we don’t do “stuffing” at my house. We have dressing instead, but I think you could use dressing in this recipe, too. These muffins would make a great snack or lunch.

I hope you enjoy these leftover recipes! What do you do with your leftovers? Let me know in the comments!

Five on Friday – Road Trip Favorites

Who else is SO EXCITED that it’s finally Friday? I am so thankful that this long week is finally coming to a close. We are celebrating the wedding of some friends tomorrow and then we’re spending the holiday week at the beach with family and I can’t wait!

Since we’re hitting the road this weekend, I thought I would share five quick must-haves for a road trip! Check them out below:

An awesome playlist – Of course, it’s not really a road trip until somebody has lip synced to “Don’t Stop Believing” or done some serious passenger seat dancing. My husband could probably do without my crazy car dancing, but if we’re driving over an hour, he knows that it’s coming. It’s similar to this….

Snacks, Snacks, and More Snacks – When we head out on a trip, I usually end up with an entire backpack full of food in the back seat. Fruit snacks, granola bars, trail mix, candy, chips…I leave no snack food behind when I know I’m going to be stuck in a car for more than an hour.

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Podcasts – Sometimes the dancing has to stop, and then we get a little intellectual. Jeff and I are kind of new to the podcast world and we are already crazy about them. We got started with S-Town last year, which led to us listening to This American Life, which has opened a floodgate of other awesome podcasts to us. My current favorite is Lore (which also happens to have a show on Amazon Prime right now!). I’m also loving God-Centered Mom, PaleOMG, Proverbs 31 Ministries, and Grammar Girl (because I’m a nerd).

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All the Baby Things – Okay, this is our first trip with Jack. I feel like we need a U-Haul. Seriously. I have all the essentials…diapers, wipes, formula, extra bottles, pacifiers, blankets, bibs, burp cloths, teething rings, his favorite toys, a couple books, extra clothes, extra socks (and that is all just in the diaper bag in the back seat). I’m sure I’ve forgotten something… babies are high maintenance, y’all (but totally worth it)!

A Good Book – When I was little, I always had a book with me when we went on long car rides, and I still never go on a trip without taking a book with me. This trip, I’m taking a couple Book of the Month selections that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet.

What are your road trip essentials?

Five on Friday

It’s finally Friday! This has been a long week, and I am so glad it is finally the weekend! 

Here are five things that I am loving right now:

I just found this podcast this week and downloaded it to my podcast app. Yesterday, after a really rough day (it was Jack’s first day of daycare and I was full of mom-guilt), I decided to turn this on during my drive home. It was exactly what I needed to hear (the current episode was about anxiety, which is very timely considering how I was feeling yesterday). I have a feeling this is going to be a normal part of my commute from now on!

Two words: follow her! Meal ideas, beauty tips, a cute dog, hilarious Instastories… you won’t be disappointed. (There’s also a PaleOMG podcast, which I just downloaded and am planning to listen to next week!)

These are so comfy, but because of the sateen finish they are dressy enough for work. I will be living in these pants.

I. WANT. IT. ALL. Seriously, how cute is this? AND, like most of The Pioneer Woman’s stuff at Walmart, it is affordable. I see a shopping spree in my future! 

  • These amazing pumpkin spice breakfast rolls that my mom and I made this week

Goodness, gracious, these are good. I tried to make them with crescent roll dough and added too much filling, so they didn’t bake well. When my mom came over this week, she made her secret cinnamon roll dough recipe and we filled it with a mixture of puréed pumpkin, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice. Once they were baked, we covered them with a super yummy coffee cream cheese icing. My mouth is watering just thinking about it…

Coffee Cream Cheese Icing

  • 1/2 block cream cheese
  • 1/2 stick butter or margarine
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Beat cream cheese and butter together in mixer until blended. Add sugar and vanilla. Mix until blended well. Add milk slowly. Mix well. Add coffee and mix well. Pour over anything (or just eat by the spoonful).