Week In Review


cooking-in-the-kitchen The past couple of weeks have been a turning point for me, and I finally feel like things are settling down, and I’m catching up. You don’t really grasp how different things were, until they have changed, and to see my progress in health, reduction of stress, and increase of sleep over the last couple of weeks has been awesome. I’ve been writing more extensively about what’s been going on with me, over on my Babble column, so below I share some of my most recent posts where I’ve shared my struggles and accomplishments recently. And apologies if it sounds like I’m being overly-dramatic or as someone else noted, even self-congratulatory, but I think we all struggle more with a various number of things than we ever let on in social media, and when we’ve finally turned a corner, we tend to get a little pumped.

With that being said, one of the first big steps I took towards slowing down my mind, and becoming a bit more productive, was to take Twitter and Facebook off my phone. Please note, the original title of the article was 5 Ways My Life Improved When I Took Facebook & Twitter Off My Phone. My editor changed it to I Took Facebook and Twitter Off My Phone, and I’m a Better Mom For It. Wildly different meanings and insinuations don’t you think? I was a little miffed, as the last thing this was about was making me a better mom, and the last thing I want to do is spark more mommy wars. Rest assured ladies, I’m still a flawed, imperfect, sometimes shitty mom, I just happen to be getting a few more things done these days. Consequently, I think the click-baiting title helped it to get picked up by ABC News, so what do I know about online journalism?!?

When I realized that my constant fatigue wasn’t just a case of being a mom, and how I sought to get some help.

How I Changed My Life In 14 Days. Besides taking Twitter and Facebook off my phone, I’ve done a few other small/big things that add up to big results, and I’m truly feeling better as a result of all them. Please note, my life is essentially the same, I’m just more rested and less stressed, which is I guess, sort of life-changing. Would any of these help you?

Lastly, Is The Homemade Dinner An Obsolete Concept? A recent study somewhat suggests so, but is it really time to give up the struggle to get dinner on the table? Or do we just need to find a better way?

Speaking of finding a better way, does anyone have an recommendations for a good cookbook or site that offers healthy, read no canned condensed soup, crockpot recipes? Next week, our schedules change quite a bit since Taylor will be starting swim practice and meets 3 days a week. It’s a big jump for our family and I’m thinking crockpot meals will help. Thanks in advance!

I read a lot of news articles this week, but didn’t find anything particularly juicy to share with you, but I did love this: Celebrities Read the Mean Tweets You Write. Now, if only we could all laugh out our own critics!

On my wishlist this week are 2 new books: 100 Days of Real Food and another cookbook, Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple

In case you missed it this week, details of the 21 day cleanse I’m currently doing, on day 12 and going strong and truly feeling so much better!

Lunchbox review and questions answered, as well as plenty of ideas for healthy kid’s lunches.

Novica giveaway, 2 winners will each win a $75 Novica store credit!

Alright, back to finishing up my weekend project, switching out all the hangers in my closet to matching ones. I picked up these Real Simple” target=”_blank”>Real Simple ones from Bed, Bath and Beyond, and I looooove them! My organized inner-self is so happy!

Andrea is the founder of For The Love Of, a lifestyle blog dedicated to approachable, modern living. She writes about style, her love of DIY, and living a healthier life through wholesome, nutritious cooking. She is also a regular contributor at Babble. Get in touch: Facebook, Twitter You can find Andrea on Instagram @andreavhowe and @gwynethmademedoit

  • Have you discovered Dinner A Love Story? She’s got some great ideas for home make meals for family dinners.

  • Cari says:

    I just picked up those 2 awesome cookbooks and with skimming noticed the Against All Grain has a few crock pot recipes! They are both great books that are right on track with what you are doing. Thank you for leading the way, I appreciate all the time you put into figuring out what’s best for your family, it’s really helped me figured out what’s best for mine 🙂
    Ps – stay cool this weekend, we are in SoCal and it’s going to be a hot one!

  • Danielle says:

    Your blog/instagram has been such an inspiration to me the past 6+ months. Thank you for sharing your journey and know how helpful it has been in my life! P.S. Both of Danielle Walker’s cookbooks are absolutely amazing!

  • Lucy says:

    I haven’t actually seen most of the recipes in this cookbook, but have other ones from America’s Test Kitchen, and they rarely (if ever) use condensed soups in their recipes. Plus, their recipes are just the best. So this seems like a good bet for you:

  • Heidi says:

    I don’t know why, but I cringe when I read the title of the book Against All Grain. I know grains are problematic for some folks, but the word “against” is strong! Would love to hear your review on both of those cookbooks. I know that 100 Days of Real Food uses her slow cooker often, I would bet there are great recipes there!

  • Summer says:

    Thanks for this post! I love Danielle Walker. Her coconut crusted chicken tenders with honey mustard sauce are a staple in my house. Also, I scoped out the Once a Month Meals site based on your link here and LOVED it! I joined and did my first cooking day yesterday. I cooked 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 9 dinners in one day…all to serve twice over the next month. I mixed their whole foods and paleo menus to find one that perfectly fit my family. The membership fee, in my opinion, is worth every penny. They truly lay it all out for you and make it very manageable. That’s not to say I wasn’t completely exhausted when it was all over but looking in my freezer today with all those wonderful meals ready for my family makes me feel like superwoman.

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