Valentine’s Day Keto Diet Plan

So it’s Valentine’s Day. The day of celebrating love, chocolate and other sugary sweets, and flowers. Are you freaking out right now that you are following the Keto diet and that means no sugary treats? Because you know, with the Keto diet, there is no cheat days. Once you show your body it doesn’t need sugar, eating it, even just once, can trigger your brain to start craving all the sugary treats again. However, don’t fret…I gotcha! I’ve put together a great list of the perfect Valentine’s Day Keto foods you will enjoy and stay on plan!

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Just because you are following a no sugar diet, doesn’t mean you can’t have a spectacular Valentine’s Day meal! There are so many Keto meals that are on plan that are absolutely delicious and satisfying. You won’t even think about the things you think you are missing! I promise you that!

Valentine’s Day Keto Dinners

Harvest Chicken

Tip: Pick up this pre-seasoned cast iron skillet. Such an amazing deal!

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Chicken Cordon Bleu

Spicy Chicken Thighs

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

Valentine’s Day Keto Side Dishes

Keto Creamed Spinach

Baked Asparagus

Mashed Cauliflower with Parmesan and Truffle Oil

Buffaflower Bites

Valentine’s Day Keto Desserts

Vanilla Cheesecake Bites

Peanut Butter Mousse

Chocolate Coconut Bites

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Lemon Cheesecake

As you can see, you can make a FANTASTIC Valentine’s Day dinner and stay completely on plan with your Keto diet! There is no need to think you are being deprived of something. Tonight I will be eating out with the kids (food is already planned out) and for dessert, when I get home, I will be having the Peanut Butter Mousse! Hubby is out of town for work so no fancy meal, but I’m OK with that!

So…what are you going to be eating for Valentine’s Day? Did this Valentine’s Day Keto diet plan help you make any decisions?

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Love Not Hate – 101 Things I Love

There is so much hate in this world right now. Especially on social media. It drives me crazy. So, in an effort to stomp out all that hate, my friend Andrew of Mommy’s Busy, Go Ask Daddy, wrote a great post of 101 things he loves. Not only did I love his post, but I loved the idea of it too. I loved it so much that I decided to decided to do the same thing. So here are 101 things that I love. Let’s love not hate.

Love Not Hate – 101 Things I Love

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Now, this goes without saying, but I will say it anyway…this list is in no particular order. So if I list my cat before my kids…it doesn’t mean I love the cat more than them!!

  1. My husband
  2. My two kids
  3. Kindle Paperwhitelove not hate
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  5. Netflix
  6. My cat, Roxie
  7. MacBook Prolove not hate
  8. Keto Diet
  9. My Fitness Pal
  10. Family
  11. James Patterson books
  12. Nintendo Classic
  13. Days of Our Lives
  14. Puzzleslove not hate
  15. MacBook Pro Glitter Case
  16. Ulta
  17. Shampoo and Conditioner
  18. Jimmy Kimmel videos
  19. Writing
  20. Family dinners
  21. Game Nights
  22. Tequila
  23. Cruises
  24. Quiet Time
  25. Bedtime
  26. Swimming
  27. Sunshine
  28. MacBook Pro Book Case
  29. Camels
  30. Board Games
  31. Pro Football Games
  32. Grey’s Anatomy reruns
  33. Friends reruns
  34. The Library
  35. Diet Coke
  36. Thunderstorms
  37. This Vintage Card Catalog Jewelry Box
  38. Chip and Joanna Gaines
  39. Fixer Upper
  40. HGTV
  41. The Magnolia Storylove not hate
  42. Bacon
  43. Bacon Wrapped Smokies
  44. Justin Timberlake
  45. Northern Michigan
  46. Farmhouse decor
  47. This is Us TV show
  48. Being cold when I sleep
  49. Goats
  50. Series books
  51. Wood Signs
  52. Blogging
  53. Working from Home
  54. Planet Fitness
  55. Date Night
  56. Movies
  57. Adam Sandler movies
  58. Kid Rock
  59. Air Force Onelove not hate
  60. Amazon Prime
  61. Living Proof Primelove not hate hair product
  62. iPhone 7 Plus
  63. Loopy Case for iPhone (Best. Case. Ever.)
  64. Bacon Cheeseburgers wrapped in lettuce
  65. To Kill a Mockingbird book
  66. Ozark Traillove not hate
  67. Masterclasses (James Patterson, Aaron Sorkin, Shonda Rhimes)
  68. Friday nights
  69. 90’s music
  70. Pandora radio
  71. Steve Harvey
  72. Ellen Degeneres
  73. Homemade Gummy Bears
  74. Bearpaw Boots
  75. My new family room
  76. Purring cats
  77. Pedicures
  78. Heated seats in the car
  79. Weddings
  80. Love
  81. Hot showers
  82. Sleeping in hotels
  83. Roadtrips
  84. Chick Fil-A
  85. Chick Fil-A sauce
  86. Qdoba’s
  87. Thanksgiving
  88. The Bookstore
  89. Dreams
  90. Funny T-Shirts (getting this one for my husband)
  91. Flip Flops
  92. Salad
  93. The ocean
  94. The Blacklist show
  95. Law and Order SVU
  96. The Melting Pot restaurant
  97. Sweatshirts
  98. Funny socks
  99. Redbox
  100. My 1st house
  101. Jeopardy

There you go…101 things that I love. Join me in spreading the love not hate and tell me a few things that you love!

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Keto Diet Update – One Year Later

A little over a year ago (January 23, 2016, to be exact), both my husband and I decided to start a new diet plan that I had heard quite a bit about…the Keto diet. If you aren’t familiar with this diet, the Keto diet, in very simple terms, is a diet where you stop using carbohydrates as your energy source and start using fat. In other words, your body uses your stored fat as a means of energy. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well it’s not! After a year following this diet, I figured I owed you a Keto diet update!

Keto Diet Update

Let’s take a moment to see where I started a year ago:

keto diet update

A year ago I was over 100 lbs overweight. My cholesterol was high. The triglycerides were 300. I was heading down a very bad path. If I didn’t do something and do it quick…well, I don’t want to even think about what would happen. I told my husband about the Keto diet. Both of us were skeptical, but decided to give it a chance. Here’s where my husband started:

keto diet update

He, like me, was extremely overweight and in need of doing something for his health too. He had sleep apnea, high cholesterol and who knows what else going on because of his weight.

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So Where Are We Now?

I’d love to say it was easy. In some ways, it was a bit easy, but it took a bit to get to that point. I was a sugar and carb addict. I ate nothing but carbs and sugar. All day, every day. Not even joking. My husband didn’t eat any better. So, as you can imagine, for about two weeks after starting the Keto diet, we went through some major sugar withdrawal. Once those two weeks were over, we were OK. We quickly found amazing recipes that totally took the place of all the sugary things we used to eat. Some of our favorites are:

Bacon Wrapped Smokies (everything is better with bacon!)

Homemade Gummy Bears (you read that right…gummy bears)

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Creamed Spinach

Chorizo Chicken Soup

Vanilla Fat Bombs (essential…you have to get enough fat in)

OK…OK…you want to know where we are now. Well…I am currently down 82 lbs! I’m working out more and building more muscle, so at the moment, I am not losing pounds, but I am still losing inches all over. I just bought a size 10 for a pair of jeans! My husband has lost over 125 lbs! The thing to know about his diet plan is that he works in another state during the week so he eats out 90% of his meals and still lost 125 lbs. This is not just a diet. The Keto diet is a lifestyle. You either commit or don’t do the diet. Here is what we looked like in October of 2016 (since this picture, we both lost another 10 lbs or so):

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So that’s our Keto Diet update. If you are interested in starting the diet, please don’t hesitate to reach out. A good starting point would be to read the books Why We Get Fatketo diet update and Grain Brainketo diet update. Both books are extremely informational about they WHY. Why we need to say goodbye to carbs and sugar. Until you know the why, you probably won’t succeed with this diet or stick with it long term.

Keto Diet Tools

You will want to utilize the following tools to get started:

https://keto-calculator.ankerl.com/ (to figure out your macros)

My Fitness Pal app (to track your food. VERY IMPORTANT)

A Support System (like this Facebook group)

So…are you ready to get started? Take charge of your life. I can’t wait to hear about YOUR Keto Diet update soon!

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Do Not Use Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint

A month or so before Christmas, my husband and I decided to redo our family room. It’s the room in the house that we spend the most amount of time in, so as you can imagine, the carpet, walls and furniture has taken a beating over the last 13 years. Right off the bat, I knew I wanted new carpet, the walls repainted, new furniture and a wood wall. Yep…a wood wall. I had pinned a bunch of ideas and googled where we could get the reclaimed wood from (Home Depot) and we got started. While I will be showing you the amazing transformation of our family room, the main focus on this post will be to tell you why you do NOT want to use Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint.

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Why Shouldn’t You Use Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint?

When we bought our house, 13 years ago, we painted every room the same color with the most inexpensive Behr paint that we could buy. I’m not joking. We bought 5 gallon jugs of it. It did the job and got us in our house quickly. If you could have seen what the house looked like when we bought it. Holy cow…it was stuck somewhere in the 70’s.

This time around, however, everyone told us to use Sherwin-Williams paint. We went to the Sherwin-Williams store near us and talked to the manager. She told us that we definitely wanted to use the Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint. She told us that it was expensive, but worth it with the great coverage and how the finished product looked. So we did it. We bit the bullet, paid the expensive price tag and used the Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint.

Guess what? It’s so not worth the money AT ALL. Look at what happened to our walls…

Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint

See those bubbles? The Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint began bubbling like that on all the walls we painted. As if that wasn’t bad enough, check out what started happening next…

Sherwin-williams emerald paint

All that hard work we put into priming and painting the walls was for nothing. The paint bubbled and then peeled off the walls. When we went back to the store, the manager tried telling us it was an issue with our walls. It’s not. After this happened, I began Googling “Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint” and there are entire websites and messages boards devoted to why people should not use this paint. Wish I would have thought to Google the paint before we did all the work.

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Did Sherwin-Williams Work with Us?

Thankfully the store was willing to work with us. We told them the paint we wanted to use and then refunded the difference back to us since the paint we wanted to use to fix the walls was A LOT cheaper. This just goes to show that just because something is more expensive and labeled “the best”, it doesn’t mean it is the best. Not to mention, the Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint, according to the manager, is supposed to have a very low odor. So not the case. This was the worst smelling paint I ever used.

If this ever happens to you, do not hesitate to go back to the store with the cans of paint and pictures of what happened. Sherwin-Williams will work with you, as well as Lowes and Home Depot. Despite our struggles with getting this room done, it is now finished and one of my favorite rooms in the house! I highly recommend, if you like that reclaimed wood look, to check out the reclaimed wood at Home Depot. It’s such an easy DIY project!

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her!

Shopping for a significant other for Valentine’s Day or other holidays can be pretty stressful. I don’t know about you, but I always want to make sure I get the perfect gift for that person. My husband is the same way. He is always saying how hard I am to shop for…mainly because I really don’t want anything. With his work schedule keeping him from home a lot, the main thing I ever want is time…more time with him (awww…I know. How sweet!). To help him and you guys out, I have put together a list of great Valentine’s Day gifts you can pick up for that special lady in your life. Most can be to you in two days with Amazon Prime! Bonus!

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her!

If your significant other likes to read, then the best gift you could ever get her is a Kindle. They are affordable and come in a few different options. I personally have the Kindle PaperwhiteValentine's day gifts. I love it. It stays charged for weeks and I use it for a few hours every single day!

Kindle also has the Kindle VoyageValentine's day gifts that is supposed to stay charged even longer than the Paperwhite! Pretty cool! If you get a Kindle, you need to sign up for Kindle Unlimited. It is, by far, the best thing I’ve ever signed up for. It’s well worth the monthly charge.

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If you are more of a traditionalist and want to get your loved one jewelry for Valentine’s Day, then these diamond stud earrings with screw backs (a must…trust me…a must) are beautiful and a great deal! My husband got me a pair two Christmas’s ago and they are my most favorite piece of jewelry, besides my wedding rings!

Chocolate! Valentine’s Day gifts have to include chocolate! Whether you get Chocolate Dipped Oreo CookiesValentine's Day gifts or a box of chocolates, your significant other will absolutely love it! If you really want to wow her on Valentine’s Day, then you need to get her this 2′ x 3′ box of chocolates!!

If you’re still stumped on what to get, then think about her favorite stores. Gift cards are always a favorite gift of mine! I don’t like to spend money on myself, but if I have a gift card, that’s a different story!

What gift idea would you add to this list?