At heart, we are lovers. Especially of food.

SO, we have been working on re-integrating meal planning into our families routine.  This has been difficult due to pregnancy cravings and crazy schedules.  However, our little guy seems to consistently like fruits and veggies, so I thought that it would be safe to break back into some meal planning.  This perfectly aligns with my husband because, in addition to being an engineer, he’s also an Advocare distributor.

He has been planning to do another round of the 24 Day Challenge with a few of his buddies, and they’re all starting this Monday.  The first time that we did the challenge together, we learned that the best way to stay on track is through meal planning and plenty of prep work.  Although I will not be following the supplements that they will be utilizing, the meal guide aligns with my current food preferences.

Here is the menu that we will be preparing:

Monday, Breakfast: “creamed” spinach w/poached eggs and sweet potato hash; Snack: mixed nuts and mixed berries w/mint; Lunch: Tuna Romaine cups with veg relish* and kidney beans ; Snack: hummus & veggies; Dinner: Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie with salad.

Tuesday, Breakfast: Oatmeal with berries and turkey bacon; Snack: Clementines and mixed nuts; Lunch: leftover shepard’s pie & salad; Snack: Almonds and string cheese; Dinner: Coconut Turkey Burgers and Quinoa with spinach.

Wednesday, Breakfast: Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes but with poached eggs & grapes; Snack: hummus & veggies; Lunch: Leftover turkey burgers & spinach quinoa; Snack: grapes and nuts; Dinner: Mediterranean Chicken*.

Thursday, Breakfast: Meal Shake; Snack: fruit & nuts; Lunch: Mediterranean Chicken with Salad; Snack: hummus & veggies; Dinner: we’re both working, so we’ll each have a “treat” night.

Friday, Breakfast: Oatmeal with coconut, bananas and almonds with a side of scrambled egg whites; Snack: Almonds & oranges; Lunch: Tuna and Romaine with veggie relish*; Snack: hummus & veggies; Dinner: Steak (will buy that night), roasted potatoes & sautéed veggies.

* making extra relish to make prep easier.

We have chosen to incorporate minimal dairy, to try to maximize the cleanse portion of Will’s challenge.  I might choose to add extra dairy back into my meals to help keep baby healthy.  Also, I’m only planning 5 days at a time, since that’s how his challenge guide is broken up, but also to keep food fresh🙂  There are also some things that are in this week’s meal plan so that we aren’t wasting food that is currently in our kitchen.

Let me know if you try any of these and what your faves are!!



Discover Love

I wanted to share with you one of my favorite parts of my job.  I am a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, so I spend my days teaching women (and sometimes men) about skincare or cosmetic application.  I also help new business owners create successful full-time or part-time jobs.

While I started out with Mary Kay to earn a living, I quickly discovered that it is also a ministry.  You see, when I sit down with a woman, or group of women, for a consultation it is always a humbling experience.  They are stripping away the face that they show the outside world, and showing me their blank slate.  Every last one of them is strikingly beautiful in their own way.

Now, I’ve had so many men tell me that they don’t like women to wear a lot of make up.  That women who wear a lot seem to be fake.  That they don’t approve of that vanity.  Well, I am here to tell you that makeup was created to EMPOWER women.  So, when a woman washes her face in front of me, she is often making herself vulnerable and stripping away that item that makes her feel empowered.  It is humbling, and a privilege, in every way possible.  More often than not, it is at that moment that the woman I am meeting with (usually for the first time) lays down her life story at my feet.  She is trusting me not to judge her.  She is searching for validation.  She is saying that this is who she is and asking me to love her despite it all.

My job is not simply to teach women how to wash their face, or how to find that just right shade of lipstick.  My job is to EMPOWER and ENRICH women’s lives, through lifting up those life stories.  These women are strong, tenacious and determined to reach for more.  Through teaching them how to spend 10-20 minutes a day taking care of themselves, I can show them how much more they can get from life.  They learn to make themselves a priority.  They are given permission to show others that they are worth more.  More time, more appreciation, more respect, more encouragement.    We, as women, are usually the first ones to make others a priority.  Stop that.  Make yourself a priority.  Others will notice.

I LOVE spending my time lifting women up.  We were created to be amazing!!  We are strong and beautiful, love yourself!!  Mary Kay’s new branding is one of the best campaigns that i’ve seen that exemplifies the love that I have for this vocation.  “Discover What You Love” is all about empowering ourselves and each other.  This short video is only a sample of this amazing company, with a heart filled for loving women.

Go out, embrace today, live life to YOUR fullest!  Dream bigger, love more, be bold & confident!!




Hi, My name is Erin.

I like to talk, A LOT.  I’m a friend, daughter, sister, wife and soon to be mother.  I am also a Mary Kay Consultant, so I spend my days teaching women about skin care and cosmetic application, but it’s really so much more than that.  I also mentor my new team members to help them grow their own strong business.  My husband and I are Sunday School teachers, which is a constant growth process.  I’m a hobby artist.  I don’t think that I’m very good, but I do it anyways.  I’m extremely disorganized, and frequently late.  I’m on a constant journey to change both of these things.  I love to write letters and thank you notes.  I am a killa home chef, frequently creating fab meals out of almost nothing.  I miss the days of naïveté, and I miss being young enough to justify day time drinking.  Not even going to try to hide that one. 

I love fashion, but being preggo makes you re-learn how to dress yourself.  But colors, shapes, textiles, accessories, styling are like living, breathing artwork to me.  They create an image, an indication of one’s self.  I like people who give good handshakes and hugs as well as people who look you in the eye.  We are rescue parents to two incredible dogs.  

Tip of the iceberg, but important details none the less.

In this blog, expect musings on faith, family, business, food, fashion as our new little family starts a new leg of our journey into parenthood.