Celebrate! Year In Review

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December and January may very well be my favorite time of the year. Holidays and food and traditions. And best of all, starting fresh. Just like in September when school starts, January is a brand new year, a clean slate ready for new accomplishments and memories and life. As this year ends, it is fun to reflect on all the ways life and people and small moments and big milestones were Celebrated.

December in Review:

  1. Host Girls Night Supper Club (1. Plan for it) // Such a sweet time with a unique group of ladies. Hoping to keep this going on a regular basis through next year.
  2. Relax and enjoy holidays at home (4. Schedule rest) // Our week traveling and visiting was very full and meaningful. Especially as our last Christmas as a family of two.
  3. Complete one food photography lesson per week (7. Capture it) // 50% accomplished! Skipped a couple of weeks while traveling and relaxing, per goal #2, but Mondays when I was home, I finally got started on this project.

Year in Review:

  1. Neat: Plan for it // Cultivate intentional relationships. Celebrate others through time. // By simply writing time for others into my schedule, it happened. And it wasn’t forced or stressed; planning it allowed for more intentionality and joy to occur.
  2. Nutritious: Learn from it // Finish internship strong. Cultivate gratitude for what is being poured into me. // 2016 was the year I finally finished a six-year journey to becoming a Registered Dietitian. The people and experiences I had during my internship were what set me up to be where I am today, and I am so grateful for each of those moments.
  3. Nutritious: Grow it // Plan for RD career. Celebrate life through food. // This year also brought the creation of Celebration Nutrition, where I have the privilege of helping others to celebrate life through food and continue to do so myself through my work.
  4. Neat: Schedule rest. Recharge and focus. Cultivate gratitude for what I’ve been given. // This year, I managed to take not one, but two vacations, a rarity in the past ten years. Numerous weekends of emptied schedules and evenings free also allowed more time for others and for giving myself grace.
  5. Nutritious: Prepare it // Cultivate a healthy mind and body. Celebrate others with my best self. // Knowing we were wanting to start a family soon, this year was also about making sure I fed my brain and my body the most nourishing food I could to be the best I could for my family. Having discipline can be difficult, but finding the balance between indulging and limiting choices allows for more joy all around.
  6. Neat: Push it // Get stronger and faster. Cultivate daily gratitude. // While I did run a strong marathon this year (plus my first ever running award!) and built strength through Pilates and body pump, the best part of this goal was when running became difficult and I had to learn to find the thankfulness for what I was still able to do and to push through the mental blocks and tiredness to keep going each day. Not everyone may be able to run through all of pregnancy, but continuing to move and be active however that looks like is still a joy to be grateful for.
  7. Neat: Capture it // Learn photography. Capture moments. Celebrate what matters. // I may be just now working on this one, but I have done a much better job at capturing moments outside of delicious recipes and meals. People, places, experiences, also need to be celebrated and treasured.
  8. Nutritious: Share it // Build this space. Celebrate simplicity, nutrition, life. // Each month, I have strived to share more than just food, allowing the celebration of daily living to spread through the words shared here. And also spreading the message of simple living, nourishing food, and celebrated joy to a larger audience. Thank you for following along with me this year. 2017 is only going to be sweeter.

Friday Favorites: December

standard December 16, 2016 Leave a response

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The holiday season is here! And this month’s favorites are a little early, so that we can all rest, reflect, and enjoy Christmas next week. As I’ve reflected on past years and what matters in this season, I’ve cultivated a list of neat, simplified articles that I’ve found helpful to really be able to slow down and be present in this time. Plus a few delicious, festive recipes to complement any table. Enjoy! And Merry Christmas!


  1. Better Goal Setting with PowerSheets // I talk about these a lot, but they are truly a great resource to help cultivate what is important to you in the coming year and tending to those goals to make them happen. Messy, imperfect, real life action steps to get you started for an awesome 2017.
  2. The Power of Saying No – Merry Minimalist Christmas // Yes, it is okay to slow down and enjoy the season.
  3. Maintaining Balance with Food During the Holidays // It is possible to indulge in holiday eating and not ruin your diet. Also check out A Dietitian’s Advice for Stress-Free Holiday Eating
  4. No Meat Athlete Beginner’s Guide // Looking to get healthier and more fit in the new year? Small, realistic steps and accountability can help.
  5. The Helpful Guide to a Clutter-Free Kitchen // The kitchen is the hub of holiday gatherings. Plus all the cookies, treats, and meals to be made for a crowd. Keep things stress-free and simple with these easy tips.


  1. Pomegranate and Basil Bruschetta // Festive party appetizer and a fun flavor combination!
  2. Chickpea Avocado Breakfast Enchiladas // Feed a crowd fast and even the meat-lovers won’t notice it’s vegan
  3. 3 Ingredient Creamy Tomato Shells // Post-holiday cooking rut? Or end-of-year fridge clean out time? This is my go-to this month!
  4. Walnut and Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells // Beautiful enough for a Christmas dinner main entrée.
  5. Foolproof Vegan Applesauce Spice Cake // Healthier holiday desserts can still be a delicious treat.


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Simplify: Gift Giving

standard December 9, 2016 Leave a response


I absolutely love this time of year. The food, the music, the decorations. It all makes me so happy. The only real issue that can overshadow it all is the obsession with STUFF. I love getting gifts. I love giving gifts. But I really do not enjoy the push for materialism and wish lists and consumerism that comes from this time of year. The good news is I’ve found a way to reduce the noise and enjoy the moments that matter. It is possible to simplify this season and the gift giving process. I shared a little on this last year in terms of gifting better, and as I’ve continued to simplify, the season has only gotten more joyful.

1. Love others. Spend time with family. With friends. Make new traditions with your neighbors or your kids or your core group of friends. Give the gift of time and memories that will last.

2. Focus on giving. Give to those who have big needs. And little needs. The things we don’t often see or think about. Refugees come into our cities with nothing. Homeless shelters get overcrowded when the weather turns cold. Our neighbors have needs that often go unnoticed. Go say hi. Bring joy. Bring blankets and shoes and grocery gift cards. Everyday items can be the greatest blessings.

3. Give the unexpected. Instead of heading to the mall to buy sweaters and electronics and toys, think outside the box. Give experiences. Give handmade. Give love.

In need of some simple gift ideas?

  • Simplified Planner or Recipe Binder // TODAY is the last day to order for pre-Christmas delivery!
  • 2017 PowerSheets // Goal setting isn’t just for New Year’s but it is a great time to start fresh and plan for a great year of intentionality and simplicity.
  • Handmade Treats // Check out this post and this post for some great homemade food gifts.
  • Gifts with Purpose // Check out companies that do more than just make profit, and give back in some capacity, such as Sseko or Noonday Collection.
  • Buy Small // Shop in your community, from small businesses, from people who are working hard to pursue their passions. I love Taylor Custer Jewelry, coffee from local shops, and friends’ home-based businesses. Send someone a hot meal from Chasing Food ATX, pamper someone with spa items from your local Mary Kay consultant, or gift a comfy tee from LulaRoe. With so many businesses like these popping up, there’s something for everyone on your list.


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