Summer Recap Part 4

Summer Recap Part 4! The hike to Mystic Lake. We did this as a gym, for a fun end of summer activity! We had a blast. It was a 3.5 mile hike in and 3.5 miles out. I did not take Clyde with me, but it was better in the end. The trail was small and very rocky and probably would’ve torn his little pads up. So in the end it was a wise decision on my part. Hopefully next weekend or so we can take Clyde on a hike to Sioux Charley Lake. We shall see!

Anyway, Mystic was absolutely beautiful! You know that somewhere you are going to run into the lake, but you literally don’t see it until you come around the bend and then it is absolutely breath taking! I would definitely do the hike again. It really wasn’t too bad of hike at all.


The trail!


Mystic Lake Dam


Mystic Lake


A Hike Selfie


Entering the Wilderness Area

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Advocare 24 Day Challenge: Day 1-3

20140829_073034   Hey guys!

I’ve decided to attempt the Advocare 24-day challenge! I’m using this time to detox and re-jump start a healthier lifestyle. The 24-day challenge has 2 phases, the Cleanse Phase and Max Phase. The cleanse phase is the first 10 days, and the max phase is the remaining 14 days. I’ll be recapping my diet and experiences each day with the challenge.

Day 1
Eggs, bacon, potatoes, peaches and cream fiber drink, coffee20140829_081938

No snack

Spark-Watermelon Flavor
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White Chocolate Latte

Pork Roast, Potatoes, Carrots

Kipping pullups; 18 mins: Max squat hold, run 200m, max plank, run 200m
Steps: 7,525 (3.8 miles)

Thoughts and Experiences: The first day really wasn’t too bad. I had a lot of things going on including a migraine. It has taken a lot of things to get the migraine suppressed. Including, Aleve, Tylenol, Tiger Balm and PanAway Essential Oil. It was insane.


Day 2:
Eggs, bacon, peaches and cream fiber drink, apples & cinnamon, coffee


White Chocolate Latte

Super Potato Ole’s

No Snack

Tuna on crackers, broccoli

Steps: 11,249 (5.2 miles)

Thoughts and Experiences: Still battling a headache, but some retail therapy helped a lot. It was a MAJOR FAIL to eat those oles. I felt so so so sick afterwards. I never want to eat oles again. I was so uncomfortable. I also need to work on the white chocolate latte addiction. Yikes.

Day 3
Eggs, bacon, potaotes, peaches and cream fiber drink, coffee x2

No snack

Pork roast, potatoes, carrots

White Chocolate Latte

Salad w/cucumber, cauliflower, ranch, croutons, sunflower seeds, cottage cheese
Baked chicken, steamed cauliflower, red potatoes
Ice cream & Brownie
Unsweetened iced tea

Steps: 9,301 (4.3 miles)

Thoughts and Experiences: Definitely ate more balanced today. For that I can be thankful. However, my little cousin moved to town today to attend college and dinner ended up being at the Golden Corral. I definitely could’ve eaten a lot worse, considering, but still not the best. I’m hoping that when I get back to work the lattes will be a thing of the past. We shall see. I’m still feeling pretty good. Today was the first day I felt like I had to run to the bathroom though. I’m chalking that up to the crap that I ate on Saturday. Yikes. I’m hoping that doesn’t happen again.

Overall, this cleanse is pretty easy to follow so far and miraculously, I’m not having any reactions to the vitamins. It’s great. For the first time in my life I have been able to take vitamins. I’m hoping it continues when I get into the Max Phase.

Stay tuned for Day 4.


Summer Recap Part 3

Summer Recap Part 3! Here is Clyde and his playing adventures out at my cousins house. He had a ball playing with the basketball and playing in the water bowl! So much fun!


Playing with a basketball!


First harvest from the garden!


Clyde and his crab!


Cooling off in the water bowl

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Summer Recap Part 2

Summer Recap Part 2!!! All the lakes that Clyde and I visited over the summer! We had such a blast. Clyde even swam a little, maybe against his will. We will have to work on that more next year! He sure looks dapper in his lime green lifejacket though! Stay tuned for Part 3!


Clyde resting on the boat


On the dock at Hell Creek, Montana


Hanging out on the boat, Hell Creek, Montana


Swimming! Hell Creek, Montana


Sporting the lifejacket!


Fort Peck Lake, Fort Peck, Montana


Fort Peck Lake, Fort Peck, Montana


Fort Peck Lake, Fort Peck, Montana


Fort Peck Lake, Fort Peck, Montana


Hanging out at the campground, Fort Peck, Montana


Playing at the campground, Fort Peck, Montana


More campground play, Fort Peck, Montana


Fort Peck Spillway, Fort Peck, Montana


Fort Peck Spillway, Fort Peck, Montana


On top of the spillway! Fort Peck, Montana


On top of the spillway, Fort Peck, Montana


The lake on top of the spillway, Fort Peck, Montana


The view from on top of the spillway! Fort Peck, Montana


Clyde on the boat! Fort Peck Lake, Montana


On the boat, Fort Peck Lake, Montana

Summer Recap Part 1

Here is a recap in pictures of part of the summer! Clyde and I have been on several adventures! Stay tuned for Part 2!


Billings Mustangs Baseball game! It was awesome!


Clyde just being silly!


More of Clyde being silly!


Clyde got a new kennel this summer! It’s finally time he is off the chain! He was running around like crazy. Oh he got a pool! He wouldn’t step foot into it until he was off of his chain. Such a silly little boy.


Summer cuddles with mom!


Lake Minitare Lighthouse built by the Conservation Corps in Nebraska.


Lake Minitare, Nebraska


Lake Minitare, Nebraska


Lake Minitare, Nebraska


Lake Minitare, Nebraska


Lake Minitare Nebraska


Chimney Rock, Nebraska


Chimney Rock, Nebraska


Jousting at the Renaissance Festival, Billings, Montana

Where Have I Been?

Well let’s just say life has been CRAZY! I plan to document all the adventures from the summer and what all the changes at the house have been soon, as in I’m hoping this week. Clyde and I have been crazy busy going to the lake, hiking, putting in windows, spring cleaning, the whole nine yards! For now here are a few teaser pictures.

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Another Quick & Easy Paleo Dinner (Paleo, Whole30)

Here’s another quick and easy paleo dinner! I love things that are quick and easy. When you are only cooking for one person it makes it more worth it when you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen cooking.


This dinner included chicken thighs, cauliflower, and sweet potatoes. It was delicious. I really, truly, loved this meal. I ate it for like 4 days! HA! I wanted to tell you guys about what made this meal so quick though. Frozen veggies. That’s right, straight out of the freezer. They come from a company called Stahlbush Island Farms. They provide farm fresh, sustainably grown in the USA veggies.


Stahlbush Island Farms is located in Oregon and uses environmentally friendly farming methods for growing high quality fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains available. They ban GMO’s, protect wildlife habitats, uphold the very highest food safety standards, promote biodiversity, rotate crops for plant health, and grow cover crops to enrich soil. Now here’s the coolest thing, in my opinion, they make their own electricity! They make enough green energy for everything they do. After every harvest they add the remaining fruit, vegetable, legume, and grain material to their Biogas Plant.

When making the frozen veggies I put them into the Pampered Chef Microwave Cooker and cook for the recommended time on the back of the packaging. They always come out perfectly. It really helps when you get home later than expected and they can be put on the table in a hurry. My kind of meal!

What shortcuts do you guys use when making dinner?