Guest Post: My Personal Start to Juicing


Back in June Chris from HealthSmartLiving reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in having him write a guest post for my blog. After I took a quick look at his website, I immediately said yes. Chris has lots of experience with juicing, something I do not have. So for those of you who want to get into juicing, here ya go: My Personal Start to Juicing Hello. My name is Chris Wimmer from and I’m taking over Rachel’s blog for today so I can share with you how and why I started juicing. The Background As many of us do, January 1st came this year and …

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New Recipe! Spinach Meatballs

Spinach Meatball Recipe

Happy Tuesday! And happy “Rachel is trying to get this blogging thing together and actually post a recipe!” This one I tried out weeks ago but just never got around to typing it up. So without further ado, let’s just get into it. Spinach Meatballs Inspired by Alton Brown   Ingredients: 1 lb ground beef (grass-fed if possible) 1/2 cup fresh spinach, chopped finely 1 tablespoon minced garlic A pinch of red pepper flakes (adjusted for your tolerance for heat) Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees (F). Take out a cookie sheet and line it with aluminum foil. Then in a medium sized bowl, mix all of your ingredients together. I …

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WIAW: Checking In

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Hello internets. I’ve been gone, I know. No excuse for it. Honestly I have nothing but respect for bloggers that work full time. Because jeez. I feel like every time I get busy at work my blogging gets pushed aside. I do, however, have blog post ideas. That I will write. Eventually. Funny enough a lot of them have to do with the topic of motivation. Motivation to blog, to eat right, to workout etc. I’ve been reading Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath. I’ve really been enjoying it. And I’m excited to test out their theories. But that’s for another time. For …

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How to Remove Any Stain

How to Remove Stains

OK guys, I realize this post is going to be a little weird. But I’m so blown away that I had to share. About a month ago I accidentally got makeup on one of my blouses. After trying to get it out in the wash with no luck I thought it was lost. A coworker immediately suggested I try OxiClean. And she said to make sure I buy it in the original powder form. Now I’m not one to fall for gimmicks. If it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably a waste of money. But I went to Target and bought a tiny container of it to try. After …

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Victoria’s Secret Sports Bra Review

Victoria Secret Sports Bra

Last week I got a surprise box in the mail. Victoria’s Secret sent me a complementary sports bra and package of socks for me to review on my blog. Considering I already own a couple of their sports bras, my response was a “hells yes!” I don’t think I’ve ever had a company ask me to review something before so I felt pretty special. However let me be clear, just because I got it for free does not mean they are paying me for a positive review. I hope you believe me when I say this is my 100% honest opinion. Now that that’s out of the way, on to …

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My Morning Favorites

Early mornings

Happy Saturday! Thank God it’s Saturday. Because I’m over this week. Probably over this month. Remember how I wrote that blog post about getting into a car accident? And how I was so proud I was acting like a grown-up? Well forget what I said. Not a grown-up. The world has decided to just keep throwing garbage at me until I become a sobbing mess on my living room floor. I don’t want to talk about it…. SO instead I thought it would be fun to concentrate on all of the good things in my life. Mostly all of the good products in my life. And hopefully my suggestions will help …

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Zucchini with Indian Spices

Zucchini with Indian Spices

I’ve been a big fan of Indian cooking for a while. Not only are the spices tasty, but it’s also pretty easy to keep the recipes gluten, dairy and soy free. This past Friday Jake reminded me that it’s been at least a month since I’ve made any sort of Indian dish. So when I made dinner that night, I got inspired with my seasoning choices and came up with this recipe. Zucchini with Indian Spices Ingredients: 1 zucchini 2 garlic cloves 3 green onions 2 Tablespoons of butter (or other cooking oil) 1 Tablespoon coriander 1 Tablespoon cumin 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon ground ginger I sliced my zucchini …

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Spaghetti Squash with Jalapeños and Black Beans

spaghetti squash recipe

New recipe time. This one is a summer twist on a fall favorite thanks to some inspiration from one of my friends at work. After I mentioned I had a spaghetti squash, garlic and a jalapeño, she immediately suggested I add lime juice and beans. Thanks to her, I think I found a new favorite dish. Note: This recipe is gluten, dairy and soy free. But it is not paleo because it contains black beans. If you’re trying to stick to a paleo diet and/or are doing a Whole30, remove the beans and replace with cooked chicken or shrimp. Spaghetti Squash with Jalapeños and Black Beans Ingredients: 1 spaghetti squash …

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When things don’t go according to plan


Yesterday I started typing up a new spaghetti squash recipe during my lunch hour at work when I noticed my MacBook battery started to fail. Since I work near an Apple Store, I made an appointment for 4:30pm and $150 later I had a new battery. Even though it was an expensive purchase, at least my computer was fixed pretty painlessly. But during my hour drive home, things took a turn for the worst. I was in the right lane, turn signal on, as I was driving through the forest preserve on my way home. At that exact moment, the motorcycle behind me decided to do the same. But he wanted …

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Zucchini and Tomato Soup

Zucchini and Tomato Soup

For those of you who were disappointed that my recipe on Monday wasn’t Paleo, here’s one that is. Last week I posted a recipe for Broccoli and Arugula soup. And when I shared the link on twitter, I received this tweet in reply. For those of you who don’t know what a courgette is, it’s the British word for zucchini. And I honestly don’t think I’ve ever heard of zucchini soup. So I went to Google. After some digging, I found a recipe for zucchini and tomato soup. But it had flour. And it called for chicken broth, which I didn’t have. So I decided just to wing it and I’m …

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