blog tour, my friend LJ, + my process.

Hi friends!

I hope your summer is going well and has been so fun so far.  I’ve been loving this summer.  We have been having a blast!  My time away from the blog and the computer has been so good.  It’s been very life giving to step away from the regular and the driving things, and just enjoy the life in front of me.

 

This weekend we were gone to Kingsport to see my mom’s family for a family reunion.  We had a great trip!  Lots of fun and good times at parks, playgrounds, the farm, the golf course, the hotel, and “reunioning”.  Now it’s back at it.  Laundry, cleaning out the van after a long trip [and yes, I said van.  Last week we traded in my SUV for a van!!  Yikes!  And exciting!], back to work, back to chores, back to child training and potty training.

 

Today I’m taking part in a blog tour my friend Lindsey asked me to do.  Lindsey is one of my favorite dietitians ever!  We went through our nutrition classes together and then went to different universities for our dietetic internship to get our RDs.  She is super intelligent, super fun, and is an excellent dietitian because she thinks outside the box.  I learn new things from Lindsey, who I call LJ, all the time and love seeing how she makes nutrition and dietetics fun.  Check out Lindsey’s blog — she’s the DIY Dietitian.  You will enjoy reading posts from LJ!

 

blog tour

 

Now on to the questions about my writing process ::

1.  What am I working on?

A:  This summer I’m taking a break from all things blogging, so while I’m not working on anything blog related right now, I do have some ideas to work on starting in the fall to improve my blog.  My BIG focus this summer work-wise is Project Gabriel.  I’m focusing on ramping up what we can do, trying to make dreams come to reality.

 

2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?

A:  What I love about blogging is that everyone has a perspective.  I’m not a professional blogger by any means, so I’m not competing with fellow food bloggers or DIY bloggers or photography bloggers.  I just write about what inspires me and to try to share along the way.  I love talking about nutrition, sharing about a healthy lifestyle, as well as easy recipes.  I’m most happy with the transformation and growth of the depth of my blog through the last year and a half as our life was rocked and changed forever.  My hope is that women will find my writings and see that they aren’t alone as they go through something really hard.

 

3.  Why do I write what I do?

A:  I kind of answered this above.  My nutrition background and that I’m a Registered Dietitian inspire the nutrition, my love for good food inspires the recipes, my need and excitement for organization inspire the organized living, my excitement for DIY and wanting to DIY our whole house keeps my mind thinking about that, my love for my family keeps me journaling our lives in the form of this blog, and most importantly, the nudging I feel to share our baby G’s story through this little blog keeps me honest, open, and sharing about life, death, loss, grief, and so importantly hope.

 

4.  How does your writing process work?

A:  It depends.  Ideas come to me at weird times, so I keep a notebook where I write them down or make sure to make a note on my phone so I can get blog about it later.  When I’m blogging about something specific I will mostly write a post and then come back later to edit and add pictures and schedule it to post.  Sometimes I just write straight from my heart not knowing what is going to come out.  That usually happens at night after Jack and Tommy have gone to bed.  I sit on the couch and just write my heart onto this piece of the inter webs.  Then I will find pictures that work, edit them, add them, and post.  In theory I like scheduling my posts ahead of time, but in actuality, I really love the honesty that comes from a late night post, so I try to remain flexible for those posts.

 

 

Thanks so much LJ for inviting me to join this tour!  Friends, be sure to check out Lindsey the DIY Dietitian.  Her recent post on Popsugar 4 tips for your most confident bikini season is fantastic, motivating, + confidence inspiring!

 

summer break and just going with it.

It is summer, and we are having a lot of fun.  We’ve been crossing things off our list and just going with the flow that summer naturally brings with it.  It’s been kind of wonderful.  For some reason I have always fought the easy-going spirit of summer.  Perhaps it’s in my personality.  I never found it very good to just sit and read instead of doing something that could accomplish things.  I never understood the fun in neglecting daily responsibilities to go explore something.  I’m sure some of you must find this so tightly wound and ridiculous.  It’s just how I am.  I prefer the structure of days and the schedule of things.  Spontaneously exploring a new area or just taking an afternoon off to read is so foreign to me.  But being a mom is changing me.  In so many ways — including this.

Summer 2014 rocking chairs

 

For the first time I am appreciating the slowness of summer.  The permission for a break.  The allowance of taking it slow.  It’s fantastic!  It’s like we’re given this season where responsibilities can be delayed or set aside for a few hours or few days and why wouldn’t I want to take advantage of that.  So this summer I am spending a little bit more time being open to those things.  Being open to taking the long way home.  Being open to jumping out of the car to explore somewhere we haven’t before.  Being open to sitting on my front porch and reading instead of heading to my laptop to be in the inter webs world.

Summer 2014 reading

 

That explains my absence lately and will explain my scarcity for the rest of the summer.  I have many things I want to share — recipes, weight loss, nutrition information, Jack, Gabriel, home life, other blogs — so much that I want to jump on here and share with you.  But each time I do it takes time away from my boys and time away from our freedom to take it easy this summer.  So I’m not saying that I won’t be blogging this summer, and I’m not saying that I will be.  How amazingly ambiguous, right?  But after spending several weeks stressing out over whether I will continue blogging this summer or whether I will take a break, I realized the stress was unnecessary and I would just allow myself the permission to be here as little as I want to be.

Summer 2014 fun

 

I think the break will be refreshing for me, and I hope it will allow me to come back as a stronger writer and blogger in the fall.  It also frees up some time and brain space to think through other areas like Project Gabriel.  And most importantly to focus on Tommy and Jack and our home.

Summer 2014

I wanted to share my thoughts with you and wish you a relaxing and easy going summer as well!  Here’s to taking advantage of enjoying the long days of summer.

snacks for 100 calories or less.

I don’t know about you but in the summertime we are snacking a lot!  We snack at the pool, at the park, in the car, and even at home.  It seems too hot to spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking, so we do a lot of snacking throughout the day.  Sometimes we even have larger snacks for meals.

 

I don’t want to be absent-minded about the snacks we are eating.  I want to feed my son, my husband, and myself wholesome food — even in the lazy days of summer.  I compiled a list of 12 snacks under 100 calories.  Today I’m sharing it over on the Knoxville Moms Blog.  I hope you will head over there and read it!  Let me know what your favorite snacks are.  We aren’t the only snacking family are we??

 

You can find my post with healthy snack options over here.

 

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