Over the Spring I tried to do a whole-house de-clutter 100 item challenge. I didn’t make it to 100 items and I was shocked that it was so tough.
In just the seven months since then, we amassed quite the pile of items to donate. It was taking over our spare room (which is actually John’s Army room so yes, he has more closet space than I do!)
In the mix were tons of clothes that J-slice grew out of, some things my Dad found from when I was in college (which sadly don’t fit and weren’t very fashionable anyway), several pairs of shoes, and a random assortment of other things that I just hadn’t worn in forever.
We ended up with 123 items! For Day 19 of 25 Days of Giving, J-slice and I dropped off several large bags full of these items at a non-profit donation center. It feels good that other people will get to enjoy our lightly used items and it feels good to have the clutter out of the house! Win-win!
In an effort to not gain 48.2 pounds over the holidays from all the cookies I consume, and possibly even drop a few L-Bs (that’s pounds, friends), I switched up my morning breakfast.
I used to go to work and chow down on a bowl of cereal at my desk. I always combine cereals in one bowl (there’s a Janelle quirk for ya) so it’s usually some mix of Fiber One Honey Clusters, Cheerios Medley Crunch, and something else. Tasty but it left me feeling not-so-great some days.
A few months ago I bought a Vitamix and sadly didn’t do much of anything with it. So… trying to be healthy + wanting a better breakfast than cereal + my neglected Vitamix = daily breakfast smoothies!
It’s that time of year where we all take a good hard look at our habits and reevaluate them so I figured I’d share what all hops into my blender on a daily basis.
Breakfast green smoothie for one
- One apple (any kind), seeds removed
- Handful of spinach
- Almond milk (amount depends on how thick or thin you like your smoothie)
- Cinnamon (to taste – maybe 1/4 tsp?)
- Half of a banana, preferably frozen
- Half cup of greek yogurt
- Optional: chia seeds, 5-7 almonds or tbsp of PB2
I’ve been making some version of this smoothie every morning for the last three weeks. Loving it! Love the taste, love how I feel after drinking it… hate when it’s gone.
The first few days, I thought “this is okay” then after several days, I experimented with other smoothies that I didn’t like as much so I came back to this one and now I’m in love. I guess it’s one of those “If you love it, set it free and if it comes back to you, it’s yours forever” kinda things? haha. Well we’ve been reunited and it’s oh so good.
For those who are scared by the greenness, the smoothie just tastes like apple cinnamon. John took the tiniest of tastes and made a face but I swear if his eyes had been closed, he would’ve never known it was green and probably would’ve liked it. J-slice on the other hand won’t even get close to it. Maybe I’ll wear him down after he sees me making it for long enough. Hopefully he’ll get curious! Plus there aren’t mushrooms in it so there’s a chance.
I tried Dr. Oz’s green drink which is delicious but my insides just can’t handle the acid anymore. (I got super sensitive to acid after my panic attack this summer). So this apple-cinnamon green smoothie is my BFF every morning! I’d like to find a vegan one or vegan-ize this one so if you have any suggestions, let me know! And I tried chocolate-PB and chocolate-strawberry but this one reigns supreme.
What’s your breakfast go-to? If you’re a smoothie person, what’s your favorite?
Stickers are like sprinkles that last longer, amiright? Sprinkles are flair for your food while stickers are flair for your… well, everything. And if you’re wondering if everything in my life comes back to sprinkles? The answer is yes. Astute observation, my friend.
But we’re here to talk about stickers. Let’s tie stickers to Day 18 of 25 Days of Giving, shall we? When I was first doing research for the 75 ways to give back list, I stumbled upon a young girl whose diabetes doctor’s office was running low on stickers. What do you do to put an end to The Great Sticker Shortage of 2013? You ask your mom to post a call-for-stickers on her blog. Enter: random stranger (me) who collects super fun stickers and sends them off to said young girl.
These two lovely ladies are collecting stickers through January 2014 so you can send some too! I got mine for a couple of bucks at Staples because I happened to be there but I know the dollar store usually has some cool ones too.
Want to participate? Just visit the Stick It To Diabetes Sticker Drive post and leave a comment or email Kristina asking for the address. Then buy your stickers and mail them off!
And in case you were wondering… yes, I was tempted to keep some of the elephant stickers. I resisted.
Kiddies at the doctor’s office, I hope you enjoy the stickers!
Woot woot! We’re love lettering it up today!
Are you a fan of love? Shout it for me… YES! Are you a fan of snail mail? For sure you have to be. Well More Love Letters combines the two into one happy little package of joy.
I’ve written about MLL bazillions of times so unless you’re new round these parts, you already know what I’m talking about… People write in, requesting letters be sent to their loved one who’s struggling, and cool folks like you and me get to write to strangers to offer love, strength, hope, support, and all forms of positivity. Sweet concept.
More Love Letters is in the midst of The 12 Days of Love Letter Writing where they post one letter request each day (instead of the usual handful every two weeks). This is going on right now and if you want to spread the love, you can write letters up until December 20th (that’s when they must be postmarked by).
For Day 17 of 25 Days of Giving, I wrote six notes for More Love Letters.
There was one woman whose story especially touched me and that’s Ashley who is moving away from family to stay with her future husband who’s in the military. That takes one strong woman.
Your letters go to specific people in all kinds of situations so if you have no idea what to say to Ashley, certainly there’s someone you can relate to. And even if you can’t, just dig up some positive words to say or even just a happy drawing. Stick figures count!
The 12 Days of Love Letter Writing aren’t over yet but I wanted to tell you about this today so you have time to participate. For help getting started, reference MLL’s Starter Kit for sample letters, do’s and don’ts, FAQs, and more. If you share on social media, tag your post/photos with #12daysMLL.
And for the record, you can follow my 25 Days of Giving adventures on Instagram through the hashtag #25daysofgiving. (<– a duh)
Happy love letter writing!
Adding a #sprinkles tag to this post which cracks me up. (I joked about it yesterday). Yup, so me.
Reading Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work That Matters. Awesome title, right?
Trying to keep myself in check with this holiday shizz. Operation: Don’t Say Yes to Everything is in full effect.
Looking forward to time off between Christmas and New Year’s!
Working on Project Life spreads and loving it.
Absorbing as much advice and inspiration as humanly possible.
Riding a rollercoaster of emotions when it comes to news about my Grandpa. (Read: trying not to get too upset).
Baking a bazillion things this holiday season. You just miiight get a post about that!
Breaking up with TV except for Parenthood, Glee, and The Mentalist.
Wanting to catch bits and pieces of Home Alone and A Christmas Story but a full-on repeat of Love Actually.
Piling up books to read. What’s on your list?
Hoping Santa brings you the top things from your list this year!
What’s currently going on in your world?
First I must tell you about cookies!
Every December for the last few years, my Mom bakes cut-out cookies and my book club gathers to decorate them. My Mom has amassed quite the collection of sprinkles which makes me the Happiest Sprinkle-Lover Ever. (This is not the full collection).
I didn’t get to decorate that many this year because I was the official icing color mixer! Obviously bright was the theme.
Do you ever wonder how many of my posts include the word “sprinkles”? I should really start tagging them. haha
The book club cookie-decorating event is also a cookie swap and book donation collection. One of our members is a librarian and we’re all book lovers so it only made sense to organize a donation to the library for Day 16 of 25 Days of Giving.
Last year we had around 75 books and this year… drum roll please… a whopping 92 books!
Our get-together was yesterday but today the books went to the library so I’m counting it as my give for today because yo, I said so.
Also, I need help eating all these cookies. I’m swimming in cookies! Cookie+sprinkles party, anyone?
Remember yesterday when I mentioned that we were expecting 2-4 inches of snow? Pffffft. We barely got an inch before it switched to freezing rain. Boooooooo :’(
The good news is that it gave me an opportunity to give to my neighbors! (Yes, I too was shocked to learn that there can be an up side to not getting snow).
So for Day 15 of 25 Days of Giving, I shoveled snow this morning for two of my neighbors.
We’re pretty fortunate to have nice, non-nosey neighbors, especially since the one has two indoor-outdoor kitties who visit us. Plus shoveling for them meant more of a workout for me so today’s give was win-win.
Also, today is Lauren’s birthday! Woo hoo! Happy birthday, BFF!