Crockpot Black Bean and Pumpkin Chili

Red Gold Tomatoes

It’s recipe time! Although to be fair, this isn’t my recipe at all. Last week I got a surprise care package from Red Gold Tomatoes. They sent me six cans of their tomatoes, a cute apron and a cute wood spoon that says “Official Red Gold Blogger.” Not going to lie, I feel super special. Thanks guys! Along with the tomatoes they also sent me six crockpot recipes for me to share with my blog readers. And I thought, why not? Crockpot recipes for everyone! In addition, they wanted me to let you guys know that starting today they will be hosting a crockpot giveaway on their Facebook page. Their “Red …

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Motivational Monday (on a Tuesday…)

Motivation Graph

Hello! Yes, I know. It’s been well over a month since I’ve posted. Don’t worry, nothing bad happened. I wasn’t even particularly busy. I could have found the time to blog….if I had felt like blogging. The thing is I didn’t feel like blogging. I tried to force it for a while, but once I realized that I was posting just to post (even if the quality wasn’t that great), I stopped. The good news is during this time I did a lot of thinking. Mostly about motivation. Motivation to blog, motivation to eat healthy (and gluten/dairy free), motivation to workout, etc. Let me know if this sounds familiar: 1. …

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Found a Cool Paleo Facebook Page

Daily Facebook

Good morning! How was everyone’s weekend? Jake and I headed to Michigan to visit his family and celebrate the marriage of two close friends. Fun times were had. But today I’m posting because I wanted to share with you guys a Facebook page that I recently discovered. Daily Paleo Freebies posts a link to a free Paleo ebook every single day. This was the post on Saturday. As you can see they always include a direct link to the Amazon page to download the ebook with a link to buy a Kindle just in case you don’t already own one. This Facebook idea is awesome. Sure, not all of the …

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New Products at the Grocery Store

grass-fed yogurt

Hello! I have two new food products that I found at the grocery store Tuesday that I wanted to share with you. And yes, I did buy these myself. From Treasure Island grocery store here in Chicago if you’re interested. And no, the companies have no idea I’m writing this post. As most of you already know, I try to avoid dairy. I’m lactose intolerant, so when I eat dairy my body freaks out and eventually my fibromyalgia pain comes back. It took me years to finally admit to myself that I’m better off without it. But I’m weak willed. So when I saw this yogurt on sale for a …

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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

duck confit

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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