Tuesday, July 24, 2012

North Dakota State Fair!

I was going to start this post with an apology for not writing for so long, but I'm pretty sure the few readers I do have know to not rely on me for regular postings.  Life gets busy and blogging is always the first thing to go.  

But! I'm here now, and I have a whole post full of pictures of my super cute kids! Cause I know that's the reason you all read any blogs anyway...just to see pictures of kids in different environments doing random activities.  Just kidding.  Really, I just want to remember this day, and blogging about it seems like the best way to record it, since we all know I'm a horrible scrapbooker (horrible in the sense that I never do it, not in the sense that I suck at it.  I don't suck at it.).

I took the kids to the State Fair today!  Brandon was at work, so I went against my better judgement and decided to brave the crowds (it was both half-price admission with a 20oz coke product AND Military Appreciation Day...so I knew it was going to be packed) and I'm SO GLAD I did.  We had a blast!  I'm exhausted, of course, but the kids had such a great time it was totally worth it.  

Our favorite parts, surprisingly, were the free parts!  We loved the little petting zoo with all the super cute goats, sheep, pigs, and cows, and the kids really got into the little trapper village thingy they had set up where they were demonstrating how to carve arrowheads, make bullets, and lots of other fun stuff.  

I'm so glad I caught this on camera.  Beck was petting this little baby goat (and saying, "Oh sweet!" over and over) and the bigger goat just decided to give him a big ole kiss right on the head!  It was so funny.  Beck turned around and gave the goat the funniest look, and then continued to pet the baby goat.  

There was a cow (of course I can't remember her name now) in an open pen that the kids could pet and/or brush...she was just the sweetest thing ever.  They were both pretty hesitant at first, but Beck ended up loving brushing that dang cow and stayed there for at least five minutes.  When he was finally done, he leaned over and gave her a kiss right on her side!  So cute (and a little gross...)!  

He loved these dang little piglets.  He had a whole conversation with them...it was awesome.  

Piper BEGGED me to pay $5 for her to ride this freaking pony in a circle and then proceeded to whine the ENTIRE TIME about how scared she was.  So ridiculous.  Needless to say I made her watch each and every ride before I'd let her get on them after that (not that the ponies were a ride, but you know what I mean). 

After the petting zoo and the little trapper village (which I didn't get any pictures of...boo), we made our way over to the Bunny Barn (which I also didn't get pictures of) and then found some seats for the pig races!  It was pretty cool...during the second race, they gave the audience raffle tickets so we could "bet" on which color pig we thought would win; they would draw a ticket from the winning pig's tickets and that person would win a whole pig!  Piper chose pink, of course, and the little guy was in the lead right up until the very end, when yellow edged out in front.  I'm bummed we didn't win...it would have been awesome to have a freezer full of farm-fresh bacon and pork sausage!  

We decided to make our way towards the rides and food area, and stopped on the way for the kids to get their cheek/hand painted by some really sweet kids (am I old now that I refer to teens as 'kids'?).  It was *kinda* awkward because they used the opportunity to talk about God and to pray with the kids to let Jesus in their life, but Piper said she liked it and Beck actually sat there and listened the whole time.  Who knows, maybe we'll find some sort of non-denominational service to start going to.  

We hit up a few rides and played way too many games (those dang balloon dart guys kept dragging us over. $20 for two freaking stuffed animals. Ugh.), then got some food and lemonade.  By that point, it was getting pretty hot out, and Beck was just about done for the day, so we started making our way back towards the entrance to the fair.  

We checked out the little hunting and fishing area on the way back, and the kids got a kick out of Herbie the moose (kinda morbid to name a moose head....) and the fish they had in tanks!  

 Piper even got to shoot a bow and arrow!  She absolutely loved it...I think I might try and find some sort of archery class or camp for her.  She was so thrilled when she hit the target!  

And that was our day at the fair!  It was A LOT of walking...and Piper was such a trooper.  She made it almost the entire day without complaining about being tired!  I had brought Beck's umbrella stroller, so for the last 1/4 of a mile back to the car she sat in it with Beck in her lap.  I wish I had taken a photo, because it was so funny.  I think they giggled the whole way back to the car!  

We really did have a great time...the only thing missing was Brandon!  I think if we go back later this week with him or when we go next year, we'll just hit up the animals and little trapper village thingy, grab some food, and then turn around and head back to the car.  Piper's too scared to go on most of the rides, and the games aren't even fun because they give you a prize for everything (so you're basically just buying overpriced stuffed animals).  Too many crowds and too much money spent, you know?  

I'll sign off now, before I say 'cute' or 'funny' or 'fun' again.  Thanks for reading!  

Thursday, July 12, 2012

What I Ate Yesterday

Those of you who know me in real life know I'm pretty addicted to instagram.  I check it more often than I check any other app, and one of the biggest reasons is that I get so much inspiration from it.  Endless inspiration.  I follow a wide range of igers...from bloggers I admire to other crocheters to paleo fanatics to just fellow moms.  I love seeing the things that are going on in their lives, and being inspired to incorporate those things into my life, even if it's not literally.  Someone's awesome new dress might give me an idea for a color palate for my next afghan; someone else's hike in the mountains might make me want to get outside myself.  See what I mean? Endless inspiration.  

I also really like posting little snippets of my own life throughout the day.  It's like an on-going photo journal of my day to day life, and I just love having it. I typically post a lot of my kids (obviously...they're adorable), but I also really like to post photos of whatever paleo food I'm eating.  Not just to share with my followers, but to keep a little mini-cookbook for myself.  When I'm standing in front of the stove with absolutely no clue what to make for dinner, sometimes I'll look through my instagram feed and remember that one time that I made 'nachos' with green peppers for the chips and 20 minutes later, I'm chowing down (true story).  

Because of this newfound love of food photography, I decided to start a new feature on my blog called What I Ate ______.  One day a week, I'll photograph everything that I ingest, (except water, of course, cause who wants to see 8-10 pictures of a cup of water?) and post them here.  I hope to give some peek into the life of someone who eats paleo, and also share some recipes and tips.  It can be kind of intimidating to commit to cooking pretty much 3 meals a day, 7 days a week for yourself, but I hope I can alleviate some of that trepidation by showing how easy it really is with a little planning and creativity.  If I can do it with two crazy kids and a husband who's gone half of every month, you can do it!  

That being said, here's What I Ate Yesterday! 


One of my favorite things to eat for breakfast are these thin cut porkchops.  They cook up crazy quick in a skillet with a little coconut oil or butter, are small enough to fit in the pan with my usual two eggs, and are super cheap (usually around $2.00 for 8).  I typically season them with some garlic herb sea salt.  

Along with the pork, I ate two over-easy eggs and about 2 cups worth of spinach that I just sauteed in the pan after the eggs and pork were done cooking.  I used to LOVE to eat over-easy eggs on top of a piece of toast with a knife and fork, and I've stayed away from them since eating paleo because I thought I wouldn't like them without that toast to soak up the yolk.  Man was I wrong.  Soaking up that yolk with spinach, meat, or a sweet potato (like I did this morning) is so much better!  So much more flavor.  

I usually have a cup of coffee every morning as well.  I buy the flavored Kcups since they are sweetener free (I'd rather have flavored coffee than use chemically-flavored creamer), and I pour probably a tablespoon of SO Delicious' coconut creamer (made with coconut milk, not coconut flavored).  No sweeteners.  

This stuff is a LIFESAVER when you're trying to kick a soda habit.  I used to drink 3-4 cans of diet coke a day, and cutting that down to zero can be kind of rough for more than one reason. When I'm craving a coke, I grab a can of La Croix.  I get all the carbonation without any weird chemicals that might give me cancer.  I thought I would really like this cran-raspberry kind, but it's def not my favorite.  I love the lemon and the lime, and the orange isn't bad either.  Seagram's also makes a peach flavored carbonated water that's really yummy.  

If you're here in Minot with me, you can find La Croix at Target, and Seagram's at Marketplace Foods.  Sams Club in Bismarck sells a case of I think 36 cans of La Croix (the orange, lemon and lime flavors) for under $10.  


Leftover chicken curry over a bed of cauliflower rice, a dish of watermelon that I shared with the kids, and a big glass of water!  

Leftovers are my new best friend when it comes to lunch.  Since it's summertime, I usually have to make lunch for my kids as well, and by the time I finish their lunch the last thing I want to do is actually COOK something for myself (my kids do not eat paleo, but I try and give them mostly real foods, so I make a lot of things from scratch). It's so much easier to make a little extra at dinner the night before and then have lunch for a couple days.  

On my way to work:

I was kind of dragging and not really wanting to go in (it was my 4th day in a row of working...I typically only work 2 days a week), so I made myself a bottle of iced coffee.  I use the French Vanilla Iced Coffee K-cups, make 10 oz and pour it into my double walled water bottle that's filled with ice, then pour probably 2-3 ounces of almond milk and shake it up. It's delicious.  Sometimes I'll add a tiny bit of vanilla extract as well.  


Work has been one of my more recent challenges.  I deliver pizza, and the Pizza Hut I work at doesn't even open until 4 most days, so I'm pretty much guaranteed to be working at dinner time.  It's kind of hard thinking of things to pack that I can eat while driving, since I don't typically get a break at work and the only time I'm not DOING something is when I'm sitting in the car driving.  

Last night, I packed a couple hard boiled eggs, some leftover beef brisquet the neighbors brought over for us (not sure if it's 100% paleo or not but it was delicious so I ate it all anyway hahaha).  I also packed a banana and some carrots, although I only ended up eating about half of those.  Finally, I packed myself a couple servings of the Lara bars I made that afternoon (I only ate one; I wanted to share the other with my boss).  I'll post a recipe for those if you guys would like...they came out DELICIOUS and were so easy it's ridiculous.  

I try to make sure I stay hydrated while I'm working, since like I said above, I'm usually moving constantly for 4-6 hours straight (except driving), it's summer time, and our uniform is all black.  I sweat a lot.  It's pretty gross.  

I notice the nights I stop to buy a bottle of coconut water on the way to work I feel less sore the next day (not sure why), so I've tried to make this a habit.  It's a great way to naturally hydrate your body (much better than gatorade), and it tastes delicious!  It also has a crap ton of potassium, which might have to do with my muscles not being as sore.  

I feel kind of lame complaining about sore muscles from delivering pizza, but I'm pretty much speedwalking to every house and back to my car, and walking up 2-3 flights of stairs in dorm buildings, and speedwalking from one end of the store to another while making/cutting/ringing up pizzas.  It's a pretty high energy job.  I'll wear my BodyMedia FIT armband next time I work and share my calorie burn with you guys for sure.  

So yeah...that's what I ate yesterday!  A lot of really delicious food and yummy drinks.  I'm not sure what the calorie count is, but it's probably around 1300.  And I didn't feel like I was on a diet at all.  I think that's one of the biggest reasons I love paleo so much: even though there are foods that are off limits, I know WHY they are off limits, and everything else is pretty much a free for all.  If everything you're eating is good for you and can do your body no harm, there's no reason to restrict yourself or deny cravings whatsoever (as long as they are paleo-friendly cravings of course).  I probably should have eaten more yesterday considering I worked so hard all night, but I was honestly stuffed.  

Hope you guys enjoyed this little peek into a day in my life food-wise!  

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Kaden's Chevron Blanket.

I did it! 

I finally finished the afghan I started for my sweet baby nephew Kaden back in oh...January?  In all honesty it was just sitting around for the last month or so, patiently waiting for me to hook the last 50 or so navy sc's on the border.  I picked up my hook this morning and knocked it out in oh, ten minutes?  And then felt really ridiculous for putting it off this long.

Part of me thinks I procrastinated so much because I didn't want it to be finished...I didn't want to say goodbye to this gorgeous, happy afghan that I can't help but smile at whenever it catches my eye.  

And then I remembered who I made the afghan for, and I wasn't sad anymore.  I won't be able to snuggle Kaden for who knows how long (with both my husband and my brother in law in the Air Force...they're currently stationed in England), but I can send him this uber-soft afghan to snuggle instead.  

I hope he likes it.

P.S. I'm already planning my next chevron afghan...I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with this color scheme:  

Yep, that's a laundry bag I bought at Target.  Full of laundry that I should be washing right now.  

But don't you just love the colors?  

P.P.S.  I'm photographing what I eat today for a new series called What I Ate.  The posts will show up on Thursdays, so make sure you come back if you'd like to see what I'm eating during these 30 days of strict paleo!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Whole30 Day One.

Today is a special day, my friends.

It is the first day of my Whole30, and I am oh so glad it is.  

Technically, I started July 1st, but since I had a couple slip-ups I'm calling it my practice run.  Apparently my Q&A a Day journal agrees with my new start date, because this was today's prompt: 

I learned a lot from my practice run last week, and am more ready now than ever to start and complete these 30 days of strict paleo.  I'm approaching this Whole30 with more education and a lot more awareness than I ever have in the past.  This time, I will follow these guidelines:

I will eat before I leave the house if possible.
This is a huge one, and it's why I slipped up last week.  I wasn't prepared, the kids were hungry, and I didn't want to eat my salad I bought for myself without dressing so I used the ranch they gave me.  

I will not leave the house without something to eat (for both me and the kids if they're with me). 
Usually when we go out, we go to town, which means at least a two hour trip.  That's a long time to be without anything to eat for a kid, and if I stop for them I'll be tempted to stop for me as well.  I have to be more prepared. 

I will make meals in bulk so I always have something I can quickly reheat if I'm in a rush.
Last week, I pre-made a few different breakfasts and absolutely loved having something to just reheat in the morning.  I plan on doing this for lunch as well.  

I will not track what I eat in any way whatsoever (except maybe through photos on instagram).  
Even if I don't pay attention to the calorie count, I'm continuing an unhealthy relationship with food by logging every single thing I eat.  I need to learn to both eat when I'm hungry and not feel guilty about it, and to not eat when I am not hungry just because I still have calories left to eat (with the exception of breakfast; I will force feed myself breakfast if I have to in order to get my hormones in check).  

I will ask Brandon to hide the scale.  
I didn't do this last week, because I thought I could get away with weighing myself during the Whole30.  It's another reason I failed.  If I step on the scale and see I've lost weight, my mind says, "Sophie, you deserve a treat."  I can't do that.  

I will hide Tutti Frutti (my favorite frozen yogurt place) from my newsfeed on facebook.
They post their flavors every day and it just makes it harder for me to resist if I know they have Pina Colada or Spiced Chai or Red Velvet yogurt today.  

I will buy groceries every few days to prevent over-buying and waste.  
I waste a lot of produce and meat shopping once every two weeks.  And since I haven't quite figured out the magic formula for shopping once a week, I'll just go every few days.  It's not a big deal and they kids will be great since I'll only be running in for produce and meat.  

I will make sure we always have water in our 5-gallon water dispenser.  
We all need to drink more water, and I hate our tap water.  It's time to get that jug refilled and keep it that way, so we can all stay hydrated.  

I also took before pictures and measurements this time (I took photos last time, but accidentally deleted them from my phone).   I can't wait to see the difference these 30 days make on my body!  

This was back in mid-June...I was between 193-5 then.  

This was a couple days ago...I'm pretty comfortable with the majority of my body except for my stomach.  I've lost 23 lbs over the last 6-7 months, and it seems like it's been from everywhere but my abdomen! So frustrating.

After reading It Starts With Food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig, I've learned this abdominal fat is probably due to out of whack hormones, namely Cortisol (the hormone that tells you when to be hungry and when to be tired, which is hugely elevated by stress).  I'll be focusing on regulating my cortisol levels by making sure I eat breakfast within an hour of waking, eating my last meal at least 3 hours before bedtime, and trying my hardest to do what I can to reduce my stress.  

Just a little note before you look at the next photo. 

It's taking A LOT of courage for me to post this photo here.  A lot.  As I mentioned above, I am fairly confident with my body, except for my stomach.  I typically wear tighter tank tops or even shapewear under my clothing because I am so self conscious about my stomach fat.  I've had a lot of stomach fat for as long as I can remember; I can't even tell you how many times I've stood in front of a mirror and smooshed my stomach into my body, wishing with all my heart I could just chop off that extra 2-3 inch layer and be as thin as I looked in the mirror with it all squished into place.  I can remember doing this all the way back in middle school!  

Obviously having kids and living in such a stressful environment over the last year and a half have made the situation even worse, to the point where, even after losing almost 25 pounds, I will not let myself be topless in front of my husband or even my kids without sucking my stomach in.  My husband has been nothing but supportive of the weight roller-coaster I've been on in the 7 years we've known eachother (when I met him I was in a size 8!) and can't keep his hands off me as much now as he couldn't back then, which helps with my self-esteem immensely.  (He is a little bummed about me losing weight in my boobs recently though hahaha!) I'm still ashamed though, and I really look forward to the day I can just be with him and not think about how my stomach looks. 

Anyway, I just wanted to say that this is a huge step for me, and not to take it lightly.  

Here's my beginning stats and photos:

I have a lot of work to do, but I'm ready and really excited to get started.

My question for you all is this: 

What would you like to see here from me during this Whole30 (or even after)?  What I ate for a day? Snack ideas? Recipes?  Book reviews? Research?  Tips for staying on track at work?  Let me know!  

Please stick around with me during this life-changing journey...I plan on posting weekly photos of my progress and will for sure post my after stats 30 days from now!  

I also convinced my parents to try a Whole30; they will be starting July 15th.  They are both diabetic, and I'm so very excited for them to take this huge step towards living a healthier life!  I'll hopefully be posting on their progress as well.  

Thanks everyone!  Here's to a successful Whole30!  

Saturday, July 7, 2012

I'm alive!

Man it's been a long time since I've stepped foot in this corner of the internet.  Sorry about that.  

I'm not really sure why I quit writing, but I think I have a little routine carved out enough at this point to jump back into the blogging world.  I miss it, honestly.  I've always liked writing, and I feel like having this place to come and talk about what I'm happy about or struggling with is really cathartic.  It's like my own little version of therapy...one where I don't have to worry about whether I'll need to find a babysitter for the kids or not.  

I have lots of updates in lots of different categories of my life, so I'm hopefully going to find some time to write individual posts on those this week.  Lots of new crochet projects, a job, weight loss, and the beginnings of a Whole30 (with my PARENTS!).  I'm also still keeping up with my photo a day project, and am really excited about that! Now I just need to get my butt in gear and start on my project life album.  

I have to run and pick up my husband now though (yay! Definitely sneaking out of the house for a couple hours free of, "mommy! mommy! mommy!" every two minutes), but I will see you guys later this week!  Hope everything is well in your world.  

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Beck goes Paleo; the forget that edition.

Remember how last week I was all gung-ho about Beckett switching to a paleo diet for a week (at least)? And remember how the first day went so awesome I was super duper stoked about the rest of the week?  

Well, that was the only awesome day.  

He woke up ridiculously grumpy the next day (sugar detox I'm assuming), but I kept up the paleo foods until Brandon came home from work and told me he's going to be working for pretty much two-thirds of the month of May.  After dealing with this face all day:

and then finding out I'd be dealing with this face by myself for most of next month, I was done. Capital D O N E done.  

Thankfully, Brandon has learned the signs of an emotional breakdown, and swooped us all out of the house. We ended up going to Space Aliens (a pizza and bbq restaurant that has a small-ish arcade) for dinner, and even though Beck freaked out whenever we tried to have him sit at the table like a normal person, it was exactly what I needed.  

Good food (I had the bbq brisket wrap and fries with three different kinds of ranch),

and quality time with my three favorite people in the world.  

Saturday we were supposed to go to Piper's Girl Scout end-of-the-year BBQ, but it was freezing, so we moved it to Sunday.  We kind of lounged around all day, and then at the last minute I decided to take Piper to see Chimpanzee.  

We stuffed our faces with overly-buttered popcorn (seriously, the chick working the concession stand was butter-happy. so.much.butter.), cherry coke and taffy from the candy store in the mall.  The movie was great; Piper got a little scared at some parts, but it was really interesting and there were quite a few funny bits. I definitely learned a lot...did you know chimpanzees eat monkeys?  

I'm SO GLAD Piper's BBQ was moved to Sunday, because it was absolutely gorgeous.  The kids both wore shorts, and I got to wear a new tank-top (that is a size large, thank you very much.  No more xl for Sophie!).  It was such a nice day.  Oh, and I'm going to be Piper's co-leader next year, so that'll be fun!  

And then this was yesterday. I spent pretty much the whole day in bed, hating life.  Worst stomach ache ever.  Body aches and chills.  Pounding temples.  So miserable.  I woke up this morning feeling better, but my stomach still isn't completely happy with me so I'm sticking to bland foods and lots of water.  I don't know if I came down with something or if all the gluten/junk food I'd eaten the last few days caught up with me or what.  

I still plan on switching the whole family to a paleo diet, but I think I'm going to go for a more gradual approach.  As we run out of the non-paleo foods, I'll try to replace them with a paleo version (ie, when the goldfish crackers are gone, I'll make my own crackers with almond flour).  I think it'll be less of a shock to the kids if I just replace things one-by-one, and definitely will help me ease into the routine of making things like crackers and fruit leather.  I'll be sure to post when I substitute things, and let you know my favorite recipes!  

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Beck Goes Paleo, Day One.

A friend on Instagram suggested I post each night what I fed to Beckett, and I thought it was a great idea!  It can be so hard to feed toddlers in general, and when you throw dietary restrictions in there it becomes pretty overwhelming.  Today went pretty smoothly, however, and I'm really looking forward to the rest of the week.  

I already shared what he ate for breakfast in my post this morning, but here it is again anyway:

One egg, some diced ham, and a little cheddar cheese.  He also had some blueberries and raspberries.  Like I said earlier, this was the first meal in a long time that he actually sat and ate until he was full.  He ended up eating about half of what was on his plate, and didn't want anything else to eat until noon (we ate at 9am).

I had to run to town for diapers and a few other little things for my re-opening of my etsy shop (envelopes, labels, etc), so I packed Beck a little snack/lunch.  I originally meant it to be a snack, but like I said, he wasn't hungry until noon so it just ended up being his lunch.  He had a handful of dried dates, some almonds, and a pouch of unsweetened, all natural strawberry applesauce.  Beck loves applesauce, so I was thrilled to find these.  He loves them just as much as I do! No mess, no sugar, no artificial colorings or flavors or preservatives...they're perfect for on the go snacks (or lunches in this case).  

By the time we got home from running errands, Beck was beyond ready for a nap, so I laid him down.  I kid you not, he fell right asleep.  No second glass of milk, no getting out of bed over and over, no playing with toys...he fell right asleep.  He slept for a good 2.5 hours, and munched on a pear while I got us ready to pick up Piper from girl scouts. 

It was a cold, rainy, gloomy day today, and I was craving chicken soup for dinner.  Unfortunately, the only soup my kids eat is ramen noodles.  Yikes. But, I was determined to make one dinner for us all, so I left out the onions and only used vegetables I knew Piper liked (broccoli, sugar snap peas, green beans, and carrots), thinking if anything she could just pick out the chicken (she doesn't eat much meat).  

She wouldn't even touch it.  I eventually convinced her to eat a few sugar snap peas, but she acted like they were coated with nail polish remover.  Sigh.  She ended up eating a pear and the rest of her crackers from snack at school today.  Picky picky Piper.  

Beck was a different story.  When I put his bowl in front of him, he said, "What is that? Ew!" So funny.  He repeated that a few times and then ran away from the table more than a few times, always coming back with a different item of food (goldfish crackers, applesauce pouch, cheese from the fridge), but I just kept taking it from him and putting it out of his reach.  Eventually I got him to taste some of the broth from my soup, and he loved it!  He ended up fishing out every single carrot from his bowl and chowing down on them.  He ate probably a third of what I served him, which I was utterly thrilled with.  He usually eats about that much of his favorite meals as well.  

Behavior wise, Beck was amazing today!  Zero meltdowns while we were out and about (and we went to three stores)!  So exciting.  He actually ate three meals instead of just snacks all day, which was awesome. I'm hoping he sleeps well tonight, as last night he was wide awake from about 2:30 AM till 4.  Not crying or anything, just wide awake ready to party.  

Tomorrow I'm going to try and make sure he gets more protein and less fruit. I noticed that's the first thing I went to grab for him, since he loves it so much. 

Today went really well overall, and has me really excited to get my family's eating habits on track!  I'm choosing to focus on Beck right now, since he and I are alone together the most (with Brandon being at work so often and Piper at school all day).  Plus he's young and still dependent on me to give him all his meals.  Piper has really enjoyed buying lunch lately, which I have absolutely no problem with because it means she's trying new foods.  Yesterday she ate grilled chicken! My daughter! Chicken!  I'll focus more on her eating when she is on summer vacation; for now I want her to taste as many new foods as possible so she is more willing to try them at home.  

I will try and do nightly posts this week as a little update and to also give you guys some meal ideas for your own little tornados.  At the very least, I'll be uploading photos of Beck's meals to Instagram (sophieplayshooky) under the hashtag #beckgoespaleo.  If you're not on Instagram, just click on that link and it'll take you to a website called Statigram where you can view all of my photos for this project. 

Fingers crossed for a peaceful night's sleep! :)