Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Nott Shop

We have decided to embark on our first business venture together and open up an Instagram shop featuring vintage and modern treasures. Check us out at @TheNottShop if you'd like!

-M & K

Overwhelmed.

Life can be pretty crazy sometimes. I feel like adulthood has me by the shoulders and is shaking me violently. Making big decisions is a new thing for me. Both K and I aren't a very decisive pair -- which I suppose doesn't get us very far on a day to day basis. Maybe it's because I like absolutes. I like knowing that something is right or wrong. In that situation it is always easy to make the right choice. Someone give me a scoop of ice cream and tell give me all the answers I need.

What I DO know is that I have a great best friend/husband/partner who cares about my happiness above anything else. That makes me feel like a really, really, lucky girl.


Adventure and growth are calling our names and it is terrifying.

-M

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Rainy Day

Today was perfect. Nothing beats a rainy day off! It has been on and off raining since yesterday so this morning we grabbed some coffee, caught up on Walking Dead, and snapped some pics.
Outfit Details: Sweater - Thrifted, Leggings - J Crew, Boots - Hunter
Outfit Details: Beanie - American Apparel, Tee - Blackbeach Surf, Denim - Gap. Boots - Doc Martens

-M

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Thrifted

We have been on SUCH a thrifting kick lately! It's still so much fun for us to spend time together exploring rack after rack and shelf after shelf of treasures. It feels like we have had such great luck finding fall gear -- can't wait until the weather officially cools off here in Tucson!
Oh, and you can't forget my new little friend. He's one of my favorite thrift finds EVER.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Whole 30 Journey

Today marked the first day after my Whole 30 experience. I spend the last 30 days grain free, dairy free, soy free, sugar free, and legume free (for the best info on the program, head over to www.whole30.com). I didn't eat bread for 30 days. I didn't have sweets (other than fruits) for 30 days. I had no clue I was capable of this kind of discipline.

Why did I choose to embark on this crazy journey? Well, my sugar dependance is was out of control. I was grabbing a pastry three times a week and always ending my meals with some kind of treat. It was getting pretty out of control. So I decided to give Whole 30 a try to see if I could kick the habit.

Well I completed all 30 days and I couldn't be prouder.

PROS:
- I lost 6 lbs, even though weight loss wasn't my goal.
-I had a clearer mind for an entire month.
-I didn't bloat after meals and I never felt sick after I ate.
-My tummy was noticeably flatter.
-My cooking skills have improved as well as my creativity in the kitchen!

CONS:
-Sugar detox for the first 4 days.
-Lack of energy throughout the month (which doesn't seem to be common for most people).
-Psychological challenge during social events.
-Lots of extra work in the kitchen (prep, shopping, dishes, etc)




I didn't keep track of $ spent on groceries, so I can't speak to most people's complaint of Whole 30 being financially costly. I can say that I ate out maybe 3 times in 30 days, so I had to have saved some money from that. Big props to Kyle and my mama for being SO supportive. They even cooked me a few meals!

I will definitely do it again someday, but in the meantime I plan to follow Whole 30 guidelines about 80% of the time. Whole 30 has opened my eyes to a healthier way of life and I encourage everyone to try it for at least a day.

If I can do it, you can do it :)

xo- Meg
  • Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.
  • Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
  • Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on. Again, read your labels.
  • Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
  • Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee. (See below for details.)
  • Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
  • Do not try to re-create baked goods, junk foods, or treats* with “approved” ingredients. Continuing to eat your old, unhealthy foods made with Whole30 ingredients is totally missing the point, and will tank your results faster than you can say “Paleo Pop-Tarts.” Remember, these are the same foods that got you into health-trouble in the first place—and a pancake is still a pancake, regardless of the ingredients. 
  • - See more at: http://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/#sthash.fqIcrPd8.dpuf
    Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat – even the “healthy” stuff. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you?
    Strip them from your diet completely. Cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the “reset” button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn once and for all how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day to day life, and your long term health.
    - See more at: http://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/#sthash.fqIcrPd8.dpuf
    Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat – even the “healthy” stuff. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you?
    Strip them from your diet completely. Cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the “reset” button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn once and for all how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day to day life, and your long term health.
    - See more at: http://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/#sthash.fqIcrPd8.dpuf

    Mr. H


    We decided a few months ago that it was time for Luna to have a sibling. As luck should have it, a friend of mine was preparing to have her first and only litter of baby Bostons. About 4 months later, Harley came home. He's been with us for a full week and here's what we know about him so far:

    -He likes to bite everything
    -He loves to play with/antagonize Luna
    -He is the sweetest sleeper
    -He is very cuddly and likes to curl up by you
    -He is so curious outside and loves to chew leaves
    -He has the silliest little bark

    We love him a lot and I think we will keep him :)

    Saturday, September 27, 2014