Eight Hours Phone Free

Hello! Happy mid-week you guys, ya’ll, friends?! What do ya’ll say? I’ve been meaning to pay attention to how I address a group of friends or my family, and have kind of forgotten to notice what rolls off the tongue…ANY WAY. Last night I came home to discover that I had left my phone charger at one of the houses I nanny at. I had about 25% battery left. My initial reaction was panic, but it was a quiet panic. I could have gone over to a friend’s house or to my brother or sister’s to charge my beloved phone, but I didn’t. I decided to wait it out until today at Noon when I would be back with my charger.

See, I’ve been thinking anyway about how much technology affects good, solid sleep. Lately, when I wake up, I am SO groggy and my eyes are TIRED. I’ve gotten into the worst habit of falling deep down into the Instagram/Facebook hole right before I turn off the light. Sometimes I don’t even look at a book anymore before bedtime. Now, that is sad ya’ll! Are you guys in the same boat??

Amie Valpone of The Healthy Apple stated recently in one of her IG posts, that she doesn’t spend a lot of time on social media for adrenal, thyroid, and hormonal reasons, and maybe there’s some truth to that? I don’t know, I haven’t asked Amie or done the research behind that, but I do know that I noticed just a little bit of a refreshed/rested feeling when I got up this morning. I think I stopped scrolling through all social media around 8PM last night, btw. So yeah, I think I’m gonna set a curfew for myself with social media. Maybe 8:00/8:30PM? I’ll report back.

For some reason, watching Bloodline on Netflix on your laptop in bed before bedtime, doesn’t seem to have the same affect!? 😉 With a show like Bloodline, you would think it would!

Have a good one ya’ll…

Ellen

 

Hi How Are You

That’s what I feel like saying to you all after over a month-long break from this blogosphere (a new word I stumbled upon, thanks to one of my cousins!). I’m not going to re-hash what all I’ve been up to the last month and half, because that may sound boring and mundane. To me at least. Although there’s A LOT!! More later.

As I write this post, I’m enjoying a home-cooked lunch. Man, it feels and tastes so good to be cooking again I feel like I haven’t really cooked for myself in a few weeks. I’ve just been haphazardly throwing together salads with black beans, rice, tomatoes, zucchini and warming up toast with almond butter and raspberry jam. I should clarify though, that my idea of cooking is roasting up some vegetables, boiling pasta, maybe sauteing some greens, and voila, I have lunch/dinner/leftovers!

I’m also listening to Norah Jones. I love her voice and her band. Norah Jones reminds me of the early 2000’s. Perhaps we are still in the early 2,000s? Feels like lifetimes ago though. Do you ever feel like you’re still in a certain decade or is there a time in your life that you can’t seem to forget, or don’t want to forget? For me, that’s probably 2000-2010. The years of Norah Jones, Something’s Gotta Give, It’s Complicated. Those were good years and good movies.

Anyway. Yeah, just thought I’d check in and get some random thoughts out. There are certainly more thoughts to be shared, but that’s good for now.

I’m off to clean up and grease up for some pool time with my family. I have some work to do and things to get ready for the week, but I feel like I should be with family and be social for a little while.

Happy Sunday ya’ll!

-Ellen

Let It Go

Hey ya’ll! It’s almost Friday, which means it’s almost Thursday, which means it’s almost my Birthday!! (5/18!) I LOVE Birthdays. This year however, I won’t be celebrating as outlandishly as I did last year, but it will still be a celebration nonetheless! A good friend reminded me that even if the gathering and celebrations are small, every year of life should be worth celebrating…no matter how old you are!

I’m going into this long Birthday weekend on a clean slate. I just made the decision to let one of my very part-time jobs go. While I hemmed and hawed about it, I finally came to the conclusion that doing only five hours of work a week for this particular company was causing me unwanted stress and keeping me from pursuing other goals, like keeping this blog going! It would also interfere with an upcoming design project that I have just started. I will reveal more details soon! I’ll just say that this project will be my most challenging yet. But I am so up for the challenge you have no idea! I live and breathe this stuff (interior design), so I think it will be a wonderful opportunity to let my talents shine.

Although I’m pretty sure I’ll be dreaming of ideas for this project and some things may keep me up at night or wake me early in the morning, but it will be in the best way. And in those moments I will just have to BREATHE and thank my lucky stars at how grateful I am to be given an opportunity to do what I truly LOVE.

I hope ya’ll have a great rest of the week and I’ll be back Friday with my Pictures of The Week.

Xo,

Ellen

 

 

Update on that Off Feelin’

Hey ya’ll! So to give you an update on how I was feeling last week, I am SO MUCH better this week! I’ve strayed from gluten, dairy, soy, lecithin, and some other oils that are often found in allll the GF chips I like to munch on. The only exception has actually been today, when I have just had three mini Reese’s PB cups. I had a craving for chocolate and did not prepare to bring my own chocolate to work, so in comes the Reese’s.

I’ve been more in tune with my body this week. Really listening to fullness cues and hunger cues, and appreciating when I feel full. I’ve been really nourishing my body and not just feeding it with crappy processed snacks.

See, I’m a full time nanny, and very often snack on their snacks. Not in huge amounts, but I think over time, these processed foods just build up in my system, and finally, the bubble bursts, in the form of an outbreak on my skin, or in extreme bloating.

I’ve always had digestive issues since birth, so it’s not a surprise that every now and then, I have some sort of wake up call that tells me to slow down and re-assess my diet.

In a world where there are TONS of gluten/dairy/soy/nut/oil free humans out there, it has become easier to learn how to live with these limitations or should I say thrive?

It will take work and preparation, but I’m willing to do the work and prepare all the home-cooked meals that I can.

So that’s where I’m at right now.  I’ll be sharing more foods, brands, and recipes that I like that are of course gluten/dairy/soy freeee! So stay tuned!

Xo,

Ellen

 

 

Feeling Off

Just randomly saying hey here because I don’t know if it’s really relative to be telling, or should I say, boring anyone else about my digestive woes. I could call my mom and describe how I feel like I have a blob of butter or something stuck in my stomach and how GD bloated I feel, to the point where it’s making me anxious and I’m practically inhaling an entire bar of non-GMO, g.luten free, vegan chocolate bar…I’m looking at you Theo Chocolate 😉 And I’m also very inspired by #girlbosses like Laura Lea of Laura Lea Balanced and Amie Valpone of The Healthy Apple, who vulnerably share their story and health journeys to the world.

Getting to the point of bloatation here, back up to Monday, I went over to my high school friend Liz’s house, along with a few other high school friends, to have dinner. Liz generously ordered Zoe’s Kitchen. Our take out Mediterranean dinner included chicken and salmon kabobs, orzo, white beans, and a classic Greek salad with allll the Feta 🙂 So I had like one and half plates of this delicious “fast” Mediterranean food, followed by ice cream from the local Gelati Celesti. It was a pretty good portion of ice cream for someone like me who avoids ice cream at all costs, because if I indulge, I will feel sick pretty much in minutes after ingesting said ice cream. Not fun.

This is a different bloating feeling though. I’m still chalking it up to the ice cream, but maybe too it’s some nut butters I O.D.ed on last weekend.

So yeah, I feel so blah. Just off. The more and more I read about all this gluten, dairy free stuff, even grain free, I think I might be the perfect candidate to see for myself and maybe be another foodie “success story”.

I know it will take a lot of work, time, and patience, but I’m willing to put in the work. Lots of trial and error will go down to see what works and what doesn’t work for my body.

Ok, that’s my rant for the night. But really ya’ll, I’m inspired by all the bloggers, foodies, makers, nutritionists, out there, so I’m jumpin’ back on the blog wagon and seeing what difference I can make in this world! (written with sarcasm, but not really/really).

K. {side note: I cannot stand when people text “K”. what is that supposed to mean??? elaborate please!!} Until next time!

Xo,

Ellen

My Week in Pictures

Happy weekend friends! I’m settling in for the impending rainy weekend here. It’ll be all about “home” this weekend, as I’m house sitting in a beautiful turn of the century home. I’ll also be shuttling back and forth to my apartment, cleaning, organizing, and getting things in place for the longer days ahead. Have a great weekend! Now here are my Top 5 pictures from this week:

1. Easter dinner with the Archer’s! My mom’s (in the middle) side of the family. 

2.Bar cart inspiration. Allll the pineapples 🍍.

3. I discovered this iconic perfume in the sweet guest room where I’m house-sitting. 

4. ​

​An epic Boomerang. Not pictured: an equally epic sweet potato and caramelized onion pizza. 

5. Wooly rams at Maymont. Looks like they could be in a Van Gogh painting! 

Xo, 

Ellen

My Week In Pictures

Happy Friday! 

This week was a fun one and with weather that kept us guessing here in RVA. This weekend I’m looking forward to pairing wine with a special homemade dinner, attending a friend’s engagement party, and my cousin’s Bridal Shower on Palm Sunday! Y’all have a great weekend! 

Here are my Top 5 from the week: 

1.


THIS sea glass green color on the archway of our local Greek church.

2.


Honeycomb tile at my brother’s latest renovation project.

3. 

Birdseye view of the epic stairway, also from my brother’s renovation project, AND Hanover Avenue posted it on their IG! #goals *Instagram

4.


Here I am, looking all stylin’ and profilin’ for Anthro. Virginia’s Spring Fashion Show! A Cinderella moment indeed.

5.


This delicious GF English muffin sandwich I just had for lunch today. HIT.THE.SPOT.  *gluten free

Xo,

Ellen