So it’s been about a year…

I was excited about this blog. I promise. But I’m not going to sit here and make excuses – instead I’ll just start writing again.

So…

WELCOME BACK! It’s 2015 now and I’m still in love with my NutriBullet, though I didn’t use it for a few months while we moved because I didn’t know where it was. And a follow up to the homeopathic medicine post – it was bullshit. I think it’s sad, but it seems like those folks just prey upon the dreamers of the world who hope with all their might that there can be another way to good health. But the best way is to commit yourself to living a healthy life of eating fresh foods and getting some exercise fairly regularly and start early.

So now that we’re all caught up again, I just want to warn you that this blog will see more posts this year. Even if it’s just more random photos that I see and are inspired by each day, I will post more! Get ready to hear about all sorts of random things that are part of my life!

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Why “The Adventures of Giggles”?

I have to be honest. It’s because of this guy:

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This is my favorite picture of Daniel Dillard (aka Dilly). Dilly has been a friend of mine now for about 8 years, and a friend of my husband’s for much longer. He was the best man at our wedding, and is currently following his dream of going out West by making a new life in Denver, CO.

So one not so special night, Dilly referred to me and a friend as “Giggles and Haha” since we were cracking up about something. The two of us agreed that I would be Giggles and she would be Haha.

I’m pretty certain she didn’t keep her nickname, but I cherish mine. I haven’t received many nicknames in my life, and I think Giggles sums me up pretty well.

=)

 

Nutribullet Goodness!

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Let’s talk about the Nutribullet for a minute. This little thing is the best gift I received from last year’s Christmas. For around $100, you get the Nutribullet, 2 blades, 2 small cups for blending, 1 large cup, and a great recipe book. I am in love with this thing!

First, I completely devoured the recipe book, soaking up all the knowledge about what foods help fight inflammation, aid digestion, and a hundred other natural solutions/supplements to common health issues. Plus there are a number of real food recipes in the back. The hummus pictured above was made from the recipe in the back of the book. There’s even one recipe for a strawberry face scrub to make your skin glow!

Then I got to town buying all the ingredients needed for my desired smoothie combinations. I started small: organic apples, lemons, and bananas and tons of frozen organic berries of all kinds. And spinach. I never graduated from spinach. It has such mild flavor and I love using it for salads when it isn’t the base of my smoothie, so I don’t buy any other greens. Sorry, kale lovers – I just don’t get you.

But then I wanted to explore with the more expensive additives, like raw almonds and cashews, and even pricier cacao nibs, chia, flax and hemp seeds, and maca powder. That got expensive quick so my advice is to read tons of reviews before you purchase anything. It took $20 for me to find out I don’t like maca powder.  Well that and an upset stomach. Did I mention that maca powder has an acquired taste?

Then you can get creative and make your own recipes with your favorite ingredients. For instance, I made one that tasted like dark chocolate covered raspberries rolled in crushed almonds. Delicious! 

Well, I’m off to think about what new combination I’m going to put together in the morning!

Goodnight!

Beginnings

Beginnings are always so promising.  So exciting and full of energy.  The length of the honeymoon phase in each beginning isn’t necessarily a prediction of the long-term relationship.  But one thing is true about all beginnings – they awaken a new zest for life inside you that you didn’t know was there before.

Take, for instance, this blog.  I’m excited about this new beginning.  I’m not even sure what focus this blog will have over the course of its life.  It’s a first draft.  I don’t know where all this is headed or leading to.  All I know is that I want to share.

Enjoy whatever comes next!