Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Day in the Life | Week 7

Excited to be starting this blog off with a great giveaway!  I am giving away a BRAND NEW Weber 22.5” Silver One-Touch, Kettle Grill and a 3 pack of Swerve!!  This will go to one of MY blog followers! 

This is a great Labor Day promotion!  Here in MN it's starting to actually feel like summer so it being a last bbq hurrah isn't really true :-) But who wouldn't love to win a new grill and some of my all time favorite natural sweetener.  All you need to do to enter is to make a comment here for an entry.  You will also receive an additional entry by liking my new Facebook page and another entry by sharing my page.  You could have a total of 3 entries.   Please make sure that I have your email address so that I can contact you if you are the winner, so don't leave an anonymous comment :-)

Sweepstakes ends September 8th. I will pick a winner on the 9th.

 You will want to get in on the sale price of Swerve right now as well.  Hurry, cuz this sale ends September 3rd. Oh and you can enter the code JOY10 for an additional 10% off!!!  That is a crazy steal!  Stock up now!!!! If you aren't familiar with this natural, zero calorie, non GMO product I encourage you to go to their website to read more about it. (you know I was a salesperson before my SAHM career change, but I would never sell something I'm not passionate about so take my word :-)

Six Pack of Sweetness = $49.99 ($8.33 each) + free shipping

Because my hubby is the grill master I wanted to come up with something that I could prepare on the grill.  See my delicious recipe below inspired by this sweepstakes!


9 am

I started this new cleaning and organizing program at my house where you clean in zones.  This morning was my pantry.  Many people ask me what I keep in my cupboards.  Here is a photo. When switching to this way of eating I sure did gain a ton of pantry space.  I now use my pantry to store my ice cream maker, waffle maker, griddle and noodle maker. So below you will see a few of my favorite staples. 
I don't know about you but once you start reading labels and realize that most ALL of your shopping is done on the outside area of the supermarket you simply can not believe the aisles and aisles of nasty products.  I am guilty of picking up a "new" product on the shelf to check the label just in case it is something that I would actually consider giving to my family.  I too, love convenience but it usually comes with a cost, a health cost :-(

12 pm  
Speaking of being excited  when you do find a decent product...I normally buy full fat Greek yogurt and sweeten and add fruit myself but I think this is a pretty great product for kids lunches occasionally.  Siggi's yogurt tubes. Yes it has 5 grams of sugar but that is pretty minimal in comparison to other products.  I love that it's milk from grass fed cows too!  I found these at Super Target.  I emailed them asking to make them full fat and they gave me a courteous response that they are growing and that could come in the future but right now it's 2%.  I can live with that for an occasional treat. 
3 pm
I skipped lunch toady because I just wasn't hungry but I am now and so I'm reheating lunch.  The boys had breakfast for lunch and so I reheated these amazing waffles.   They are by far our favorite.  I'm going to try to freeze them this weekend and see how they do reheating for school mornings.  Speaking of school, I'm trying to organize and start meal planning for packing school lunches.  I hope to be diligent in posting good ideas for you guys cuz I know that can be a challenge.  O.k. back to my waffles, I slathered them in grass fed butter.  Do you remember being a kid and eating butter by itself.  Kinda seemed gross as an adult, but taste grass fed, and you will probably find yourself doing that again!  I love the Rumiano I get from Azure Standard. If you aren't familiar with Azure you should check out their website and find out if there is a drop spot near you.  Great prices on organic products. 

6 pm

OK, hold onto your shorts for this recipe I created.  It's amazing! Crazy easy too! Some of you are saying, you are eating peaches Joy?  Well I have had a bit of a change of heart on the whole fruit subject.  There are many very wise guru's who warn against it because of the fructose levels.  They have very valid points, however, I like to educate myself so I did a TON of research on fructose and basically found that you have to consume a large amount of fruit to get your levels high and if you aren't drinking fruit juices and consuming processed foods you are probably not getting too much fructose.  For a healthy individual keeping fructose under 50 grams is healthy. After adding a modest amount of fruit back into my diet a couple weeks ago I actually dropped a couple pounds, but better than that, I just felt better.  I want to go on the record that that was my experience!  If you are trying to lose weight by being in ketosis then you will not want to add additional fruit to your diet.  Some people can't handle it. Some people may also find that it triggers cravings for sugar.  I found this article though and it was probably my favorite to the "why".  You can google this subject and find many different opinions but I was surprised to find most opinions weigh on the side that whole fruit consumption in moderation is healthy, excess fructose in your diet IS NOT! You have to do your own research and do what you feel is best for your body. 

Grilled Peaches
3 peaches
1/2 cup butter room temperature
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons of Swerve
Coconut oil for grill coating

Cut peaches in half and take out pit.  
Oil both sides of the peaches.

Combine butter, cinnamon and Swerve in a bowl.

Place oiled peaches on a medium heat grill and grill about 4 minutes on each side. When done, slather on the butter mixture.  These would go great on homemade ice cream as well!


Good and Bad

Bad: I have a bit of a summertime cold and I simply did not want to get out of bed this morning.  I wished that this SAHM job came with sick days.  Once I got up and inhaled some R.C essential oils and had my lemon water and coffee I felt a ton better. 

Good: After doing my zone cleaning I headed outside with the boys and sat in a chair while they played with squirt guns and the hose.  I had an aha moment that I needed to get off my butt and participate because in only a few short days they would be back to school :-(  I'm one of those parents who IS NOT looking forward to my kids starting school.  I'm gonna miss them.  Anywho, I got the hose of course (I'm the parent :-) and they attacked with the squirt guns.  It was a blast.  I feel so blessed to have these crazy boys in my life!  At one time I didn't know how I would be a mom to boys and now I couldn't imagine it any other way :-)!

Thanks for reading along and don't forget to register for the grill and Swerve!  I'm super excited that one of you reading this will be the winner!!  Great odds :-)

Official Grill and Swerve Sweepstakes Rules
1. No purchase necessary
2. Open to all US residents 18 years and older.
3. Sweepstakes starts August 28th and ends September 8th, 2012 at midnight central standard time
4. Winner will receive a 3 pack of Swerve and a Weber 22.5” Silver One-Touch, Kettle Grill
5. I will choose one winner at random
6. To enter sweepstakes leave a comment on my blog at, LIKE my Facebook page, share my Facebook page. 3 maximum possible entries per person. 1 entry given per act above. 
7. I will contact winner within 48 hours of drawing. Winner has 3 business days to respond with address for shipping. If winner does not respond I will draw a new winner.
8. Odds of winning: The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.
9. Rights to post the name of the winner
10. If technical errors occur with website or Facebook, sweepstakes will be cancelled and no prize awarded.
11. Swerve will be fulfilling and shipping the prize to the winner
12. General Release. By entering the giveaway through this website, you release Blog from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the giveaway or delivery, misdelivery or acceptance of any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory.
13. Void where prohibited by law



  1. You know I'm a little stubborn but you've definitely made me think about things a little more Joy! (and I could think about it even more if i was enjoying a freshly grilled dinner on a new grill) ;)

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  3. I was just thinking today that there was a hint of Fall in the air in northern Florida. Maybe just a tiny hint, but I think I smelled it. :-) Thanks for sharing the peaches!

  4. Proud of you Joy. I have also somewhat made that choice on fruit. Especially since i havee beautiful watermelons growing in my garden. Figure its a better choice than a Twinkie! Keep it up lady!

  5. Thanks Joy! My 6 Year Old Is EspeciallyGrateful For AllOfThe Wisdom You Share! No More Wheat Means No More TUmmy Aches, Heart Burn Or Constipation!

  6. Um WE completely need a new grill and GIRL you know I love me some SWERVE! Love this!!!!!!!!!

  7. Hi Joy! What a fun giveaway! I can't wait to make that waffle recipe for the family this weekend, and those peaches look delicious! I will definitely be trying that too. Also looking forward to any advice you have for school lunches with picky eaters. :-) I too am sad school is starting! Love your blog!

  8. Hi Joy... Thanks so much for dedicating your time to do this important work. I so want to recommit myself to this lifestyle. I tried it for some time and felt great then I went on a business trip and fell off the wagon. I see the amazing benefits and need to get my butt in gear. It does feel a little overwhelming at times - so much to learn, etc. but well worth it. I have to keep telling myself - baby steps. Look forward to your next post - take care!

  9. Just discovered your blog, love baking with Swerve and would love to win your contest!

  10. Awesome Joy! I see my comment from my phone didn't show up so will make another since its not too late. Will share too. Thanks for the peaches recipe!