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February 4, 2015 duchessoffork 6

I recently shared this dramatic before and after photo on social media and was immediately blown away by the kind and encouraging comments from friends and strangers alike. The picture on the left was two months after Mac was born and the picture on the right was about a year …

Weekly Meal Plan {2/2-2/8}

February 2, 2015 duchessoffork 0

Monday again! This weekend was crazy busy and filled with highs and lows. We attended a funeral for a family friend Saturday afternoon and it was incredibly emotional. After the funeral I hosted my first ever cooking class with my mom. My kitchen was filled with 15 lovely lad …

Five Products I Use Every Day {GIVEAWAY!}

January 28, 2015 duchessoffork 44

***Giveaway in now closed. Congrats to Chelsi for winning the Camelbak Eddy!*** Confession: I enjoy reading blogs and following folks on Instagram mostly because I’m nosy. I love when people share a sneak peek into their lives. I feel like I know everything about these …

Weekly Meal Plan {1/26-2/1}

January 26, 2015 duchessoffork 0

Holy cow…how is February already on the calendar? I hate to wish the time away, but I’m so ready for spring! Only another month until Daylight Savings Time kicks in and we can enjoy longer days. January has been incredibly rainy here, so bring on the sunshine! Unf …

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bites

January 23, 2015 duchessoffork 3

I try to live my life as balanced as possible. I love cooking and eating healthy dishes, and I truly enjoy pushing myself to be physically fit. But I also love baking (and eating) gooey chocolate chip cookies. And I love Mexican food- nachos and cheese dip, to be exact. My bi …

Weekly Meal Plan {1/19-1/25}

January 19, 2015 duchessoffork 2

The sun has been shining all weekend and it makes me so very happy! We took Mac Man to play at the beach for a while Sunday morning and it was glorious. I cannot wait for longer days come Spring! I’m excited to try some new recipes this week. Julia’s going to gymn …

Weekly Meal Plan {1/12-1/18}

January 12, 2015 duchessoffork 4

Monday again? How is it that the week drags on forever and the weekend flies by? I really need a day between Saturday and Sunday! The silver lining is that this Friday is Teacher Work Day and next Monday is MLK Day so it’s almost like a four-day weekend. I didn’t …

How to Freeze Bananas

January 8, 2015 duchessoffork 0

My freezer is always stocked with 5-10 sliced bananas. Jason and I have been on a smoothie kick for the past year or so and we use frozen bananas instead of ice for a much creamier smoothie. The first time I attempted to freeze a banana I stuck the whole thing, peel and all, …

Weekly Meal Plan {1/5-1/11}

January 5, 2015 duchessoffork 4

I’m a meal planner. I set aside a bit of time every Thursday or Friday to take inventory of our pantry and freezer, then come up with a game plan for the following week. It might sound silly, but being organized makes me feel calm and in control. If I didn’t plan …

A Merry Little Christmas Break

December 30, 2014 duchessoffork 2

It has been so lovely to have the last two weeks off. I’ve been able to sleep in a few days a week, leisurely enjoy my morning coffee, and soak up lots of time with my kiddos. I’m dreading going back to work, but that’s an entirely different post for another …