Now I don’t have to post Bam butt

Gosh, thank you guys so much for responding to my last post. I will respond to each of you soon. I especially love that you guys enjoy that SCB doesn’t have a set direction. I’ve read so many pieces on how to grow your blog or whatever, and they all say to find your niche topic to zone in your audience. Obviously I go against the grain and I’m so happy y’all don’t mind because I post exactly what I’m feeling at that time. Plus I’d rather have a handful of genuine readers that I’d pretty much be friends with IRL.

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Thank you for embracing this dumb ole blog. Oh and now I don’t have to post pictures of Bam butt!

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Karen mentioned in the comments, that she enjoys recipes people have actually tried and recommend.

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Here is one of them! I found this Paleo blueberry scone recipe on Pinterest and gave it a whirl yesterday. It is amazeballz. Mike went back for seconds which means you really need to have it in your life now.

Plus baking helped get my mind off of feeling sick because I got bovined at lunch when Mike & I ate out. But that’s another story for another day.

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Next week I will be working Pro-Am, so that means it was time to get my fur done, so I look a little less homeless.

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Ashley rocks for many reasons, but especially because she listens to my tangents. Can I bitch for a sec? Of course I can, it’s my blog. Why do people insist on calling me Jackie when I introduce myself as Jacqueline?? This happens all the time and it kills me.

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Speaking of work, Michelle mentioned in the comments yesterday that she enjoys eavesdropping on my conversations with celebs. I’ve been off for the season since November, but I’ll share a story from before I left.

A co-worker mentioned something about Justin Timberlake.

I said oh, is he playing today?

Yah, you just made him a drink like, 20 minutes ago.

Really??

Yah, double Goose, soda, lime…

Ohhhhh that was him?

There you have it. I truly have no clue who I’m serving 98.77777% of the time.

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What are your pet peeves?

How often do you get your hair done?

Every 10-12 weeks. It’s kinda expensive and very hard for me to sit still for two and a half hours. Thank goodness for hats & headbands.

One food you absolutely 100% despise?

Mayo. Why was that stuff ever invented??????  

All about YOU

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Hey hey! I was getting quite a few emails about the comment section not working after the new layout change-a-roo. They are now fixed and ready to take your feedback!

Now that I’ve sorta gotten back into blogging, and enjoying it, I think it’s time I hear from you guys! What kind of content do you want to see? What kind of posts do you enjoy the most?

  • California scenery
  • Bam
  • Health & fitness
  • Simple recipes
  • Fitness gadgets & gear
  • Day in the life
  • My job
  • Opinion pieces that are thought provoking or going to piss some people off
  • Real life struggles like navigating life with anxiety
  • Things to do on the Monterey Peninsula
  • My slight obsession the GoPro

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I share a lot of my life here, but I also want to write about things YOU are interested in, so please let me know!

If you don’t tell me what you want to see, I am going to post pictures of Bam chewing his butt until you do.

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Pins To Kill Custom Leggings

Custom tights were sent to me in exchange for this post. All opinions are mine all mine. 

I rarely do product reviews or sponsored posts these days, unless it’s something I absolutely love and know most of you guys will too. Pins To Kill custom leggings are definitely one of them!

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Imagine a favorite picture you snapped from a memorable vacation, a beautiful sunset or maybe a quote or word that speaks to you. Take that picture, upload it on the Pins To Kill website & customize it. Add your brand, logo, fav word, or nothing at all. They do some magic and turn it into a beautiful, comfy pair of leggings. Custom made with YOUR pictures and ideas just for YOU.

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Yeah, is that not the raddest thing ever!?

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Last summer we vacationed in SoCal & Catalina Island. I’m not huge on buying souvenirs, I’m more into collecting memories & pictures, not things. This was such a memorable trip for many reasons, and I wanted something tangible to remember it with.

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Pins To Kill reached out to me soon after that trip after seeing my vacay pictures on Instagram, to see if I was interested in sampling a pair of their custom leggings. Boom! Perfect idea!

How it works: Upload a digital image of a picture to their website. Use the design studio to adjust layout, add words, get creative. They bring your creativity to life and send you a custom pair of customized leggings.

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You may also choose from a bunch of their prints and patterns. Check out their Instagram account for examples in action like these ones:

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The leggings are super comfortable, I kinda want to live in them! They run true to size and the quality is fantastic as well. I wash them with my regular beloved workout gear & lay them flat to dry.

More examples, info & inspiration:

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Please share your most memorable vacation!

Does anyone have a word for 2016? 

What picture or word(s) would you add to your customized leggings?

I’m thinking my next pair should be a beach sunset with Bam. How fun would that be?

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Healing the gut naturally

Hiiii! Happy Saturday. Any fun plans for the weekend?

I’ve been wiped out with a migraine the last few days, but finnnnnnnnally feeling like I’m turning a corner back into the land of the living. Migraines are no joke. This is pretty much what the last few days have looked like:

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I’m hoping you had a much better week.

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I’ve been updating the blog lately. There are 2 new pages based on previous popular topics; Injures as well as Food Allergies & Intolerances. Let me know if there’s a topic you’d like me to touch on or update.

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It’s been 3 months since we found out I have food allergies & intolerances and I wanted to do an update.

First, the foods I am allergic to are milk & beef. Cultured milk products are fine, it’s just milk by itself. That includes butter & sour cream womp womp. Intolerances are banana, pineapple, lemon, pear, cranberry, mushroom, cabbage, broccoli & cucumber. An eclectic bunch, uh?

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I had this meal in the pic above a few days before we got the test results. Perfectly explains why I was sick both times I ate it. Evil mushrooms.

Along with those, there is also a small amount of candida in the gut we are trying to cure naturally.

Here are some changes I have made that have helped a ton. Of course what works for me, may not work for you. Just sharing my story.

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This Chopped Thai Salad with sesame garlic dressing is lyfe. Mike went back for seconds. Yes, the man went back for seconds of kale. The world may be ending.

  • Focus on nutrient dense foods. Fresh produce and high quality protein in particular. 
  • Lowered sugar dramatically. Mostly cut out cane sugar and switched to natural sweeteners: coconut sugar & honey. On a side note, coming off sugar is no joke! And I don’t even crave it that often. I am convinced sugar is a drug.  
  • I have embraced cooking and actually kinda like it now. I know exactly what goes into it, and it’s much healthier than eating out.
  • I used to have horrible acid reflux and took Nexium daily. Since cutting out the offending foods I feel so much better. No longer take Nexium, but for occasional heartburn Zantac has been amazing. Hopefully I will be off that soon as well.
  • Pinterest has become my new BFF. The Paleo diet is very similar to the Candida diet, I have been using those recipes more often. I don’t follow the Paleo diet 100%, it’s just a good guideline for my current dietary needs.
  • After making these changes, I don’t even crave crappy foods or sugar that often. I had a vanilla soy latte at Starbucks the other day, and it was way too sweet. A few months ago it was fine. So weird. 

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  • All the coconut!! Coconut oil is high in three active ingredients; lauric, capric, and caprylic acid which have antiviral, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties. These compounds target harmful bacteria while leaving the good bacteria.
  • Recently added probiotics. It’s too soon to have an opinion on it yet.
  • Keep meals simple & clean. Current fav is roasted sweet potato slices topped with black beans, lite cheese & hot sauce.
  • Now bake with almond & coconut flour, coconut oil & Earth Balance butter.
  • Since there was a small amount of intestinal Candida, I cut out yeast, most sugar and vinegar with the exception of apple cider vinegar. Which is great because I use it to replace my love for lemons. <-one of the food intolerances.

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These Quick Paleo English Muffins rock my face off.

Before the testing, I had no idea what was causing my life long abdominal issues. I tried cutting out food groups (dairy, gluten, even onions, etc) with no luck. Turns out it wasn’t just a food group, it was several different ones.

Without the problem foods I feel so much better. Now I can introduce a new food. If I start to feel off, I know exactly why. The testing has given me the tools to become my own detective and be able to pinpoint the problem. For example, to lower sugar intake, I switched to artificially sweetened jam & coffee creamer – something I don’t normally have. Within 2 weeks I noticed some abdominal pain & changes. It took me a few days to think back and figure out what I did differently, but I knew it had to be something I changed. Of course it was, so I cut it out and within 2 days I was feeling much better.

If you have IBS and have been told there is no cure, I call bullshit. Yes, that is blunt and that is exactly what I say to you in real life.

I encourage you to do your own research, find someone who is willing and able to help you. I spent most of my life in pain, in & out of prestigious medical facilities seeing “the best” doctors & gastrointestinal specialists and have left with more questions, confusion and frustration than when I went in. Don’t ever let someone tell you there is no cure. Just because they don’t have a cure, does not mean there isn’t one.

Do you notice the effects of food on your body even if you don’t have food allergies?

Are sugar withdrawals a real thing?

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Hiking Garrapata & Sunday Planning

We’ve lived in Monterey for over 2 years now and every day I still find myself saying I can’t believe we get to live here. It still blows my mind.

Today was no different. Mike and I hiked the coastal side of Garrapata State Park and it was nothing short of impressive. Mother nature is rad!

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If you ever find yourself wandering Highway 1 to or from Big Sur, I highly recommend hiking Garrapata. It’s a cross between big redwood trees and a rain forest. Especially after it rains and the stream(s) are full. It is incredibly peaceful. The perfect place to reflect, recharge or just chill.

After our hike, we got lunch and before we left the restaurant, I ordered & paid for a Double Shot from the Starbucks app on my phone. I literally walked into Starbucks 4 minutes later, saw my drink on the bar, asked the barista if it was a Double Shot, grabbed it and was out the door in less than 10 seconds. Seriously!! Technology is amazing.

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I take the winter off from work, so it’s been nice to have an open schedule for a few months to recharge, explore, hang with friends and enjoy life.

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Though I have some down time, I thrive with some sort of consistency. So once a week, I take some time to sit down and plan a few meals, hikes, deep cleaning a few areas around the house and whatever else we have going on that week.

Some things on my list this week are:

  • Clean the bathrooms
  • Clean the floors
  • Bake healthy breakfast muffins. I am obsessed with this Paleo recipe.
  • Organize my Pinterest boards. (Because I was just trying to find the above recipe and it wasn’t easy ha!)
  • Take Bam hiking to a new to us trail
  • Try a new lunch or dinner recipe. I’m thinking about trying a cauliflower pizza crust. Is this a terrible idea? If not, does anyone have a recipe recommendation?
  • Try a new to me coffee shop

Well that’s a wrap. I’m gonna click publish and watch the Broncos whoop on the Pats.

Are you old skool or do you embrace technology?

What’s on your to do list this week?

Are you a weekly meal + workout planner? Or do you just wing it?

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You’re stuck with us

I renewed the SCB hosting, so that means you’re stuck with us for a while longer.

Bam says he feels sorry for you.

I often feel like blogging, but I’m not sure what to write about or what direction I want this blog to go. Stupid J, you don’t always need to have a plan, it’s just the Type A getting in the way of your creativity.

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While I  do plan to share more in this tiny space on the internet, it will probably be as lame as back in the day. Full of randomness, Bam, photography, maybe-hopefully-one day-cross your fingers running, super lame jokes, cracking on my husband and life as it unfolds.

Thanks for sticking around and coming back. <3

J

That’s not my battle to fight

I am a huge believer in helping those who truly want to help themselves. Sometimes I see folks flail around in their struggles, become consumed with it, then lose sight of their purpose. Their happiness goes out the window, and it’s all downhill from there.

Awhile back I spoke with a girl who had a horrible day. It was one of those days, she couldn’t catch a break, a bunch of things compacted she felt overwhelmed, she was just beyond frustrated and done.

Gosh what I’d give to have the knowledge I have today, oh about 10-15 years ago. I laugh at I type this only because we’ve all been there. Right??

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The point of sharing this is because those crappy days are what help toughen us up. They add a little layer of thickness to our skin and we {hopefully} gain a life lesson out of them. As much as they suck, they provide an opportunity to build character, learn about ourselves and as my dad always says they round our corners.

We grow by how we choose to deal with a crappy day or situation. With an honest, critical eye. Not to beat ourselves up over it, but to see things for what they really are.

If you continue to view bad times as a lesson, adjust your reactions and learn from them I promise with time, it will get easier. Little by little you will become the person you want to be. You will be more confident and less afraid of confrontation because you took the time to truly figure out how to make the right decisions. You become a chess player in life, and that my friends is the key.

Please don’t take this post the wrong way. I am far from perfect. Hahaha. I still lose my shit, (especially with lazy people), but it happens less often and I have learned to choose my battles. I can’t even tell you how often I think to myself ‘that’s not my battle to fight‘ and let whatever it is go.

All. the. freaking. time.

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Virtual coffee date: Twins, hiking and a blind dog

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Americano I had and still dream about, from La Bicyclette in Carmel, CA.

Times are ah changing, leaves are ah turning around here. You may want to sit down for this news….

  • I am cooking and actually liking it. Read, not loving, but at least I’m warming up to it. Okay confession: I don’t really like eating out. I don’t necessarily hate it because let’s be real, they bring you food and do the dishes, but it’s just not my favorite thing to do. Add in all of the food allergies/intolerances and I turn into “that” chick. If I’m being really honest here, the germaphobe in me kinda comes out when someone I don’t know preparing my food. I am terrified of getting food poisoning. Is this weird? Okay, moving on…
  • Finding out my food allergies & intolerances has forced me to cook and bake more. Pinterest has been my go to for finding simple, fantastic recipes. I have found Paleo recipes are the closest thing to the Candida diet so while I’m not gluten free or following the Paleo diet, I have been baking more with almond & coconut flour. My current favorite recipes are these muffins and cheesy baked bean flautas.

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  • Emily came to visit last week!! This girl is my long lost twin. We hiked, baked healthy stuff, cooked dinner, drank green juice, she ran while I rode my bike next to her, well, until I got a flat tire. Whomp whomp. She even drove me to Stanford to see a Podiatrist. I despise Bay Area traffic, so this scored her major points. Oh and she did all the math while shopping at the Gilroy Outlets, since I don’t agree with math.

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Hiking Garrapata. Go do this if you are ever near Big Sur.

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Em running the Rec trail above, and Em taking a pic of Bam & I on the beach.

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  • Did I tell you Bam is going blind? Mike realized it recently when he let Bam out in the backyard one night, and he ran into patio furniture. He looked back at Mike thinking he did it, but nope Bammers, that was all you buddy. Since then we took him to an opthamologist for pets and he was diagnosed with a genetic disorder and will probably be completely blind within the next year.
  • As soon as we realized his eyesight was deteriorating, I started taking him off leash to walk the same trail every day so he knows it really well now. He has learned to slow down and use his other senses. Funny how it took blindness to slow a Jack Russell down, ha! But overall his quality of life has been great and we are all doing well learning our new normal. Even visiting new places to sniff and explore!

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This post is getting long and I want to head out for a ride before it starts raining. Now, it’s your turn to fill me in on what’s been going on in your life! If we were having coffee, what would you share?

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A new season

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California snow. J/K it’s just ocean foam.

Happy New Year!! 2015 was a good one for us. It was filled with lot’s of new adventures, more traveling than ever, life lessons learned (some the hard way), healing, roadblocks, new friendships, living life and just an overall fantastic year.

With that, I’m still very thankful for a fresh start. Three hundred and sixty five shiny new days full of opportunity, dreams filled with the good stuff in life.

I’m ready to set some goals for 2016. I almost wanted to skip it this year because the last few years, my feet have failed me, but there are a lot of things I still want to accomplish. With or without properly working paws.

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Some things I’d like to accomplish in 2016:

  • Focus on being more present. I spend way too much time looking down at my phone and on social media, I feel like life passes by. Then I feel guilty or like I’m missing out. Because I am. It’s about finding balance because I really enjoy social media, so it’s something I want to work on.
  • Pick up a new sport. Since running is on hold indefinitely right now, I dusted off my road bike and picked up an indoor trainer. I’m going to be honest here, cycling is not my favorite thing to do, but I am really hoping to give it a solid chance and hope that with time, my love for it will naturally grow.
  • Fitness goals. I have missed training for an event so much, so I’d like to train and complete the Tierra Bella ride this spring.
  • Focusing on nutrient dense foods. Since we figured out my food allergies & sensitivities I have been feeling so much better. After experimenting, I found that my body responds well to a high quality protein and fresh vegetable diet. Carbs are fine is smallish quantities as well, so I would love to try some new to me grains like amaranth, barley, buckwheat & millet.
  • Consistency. Gosh if I were to choose a word for this year, it would be consistent. I have tons of great ideas and goals, but I suck at being consistent. If anyone has any tips on how to keep up the momentum please show me your ways.

That’s a wrap. I’m trying to keep 2016 simple, attainable & adventurous.

Cheers to a fantastic New Year!!

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It’s your turn! What are your goals/dreams/visions for 2016?

Did anyone keep their goals from 2015? Please share!

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The gift of life experiences: The San Francisco Zoo

Happy New Year!! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas & holiday season. We absolutely did!

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I’m working on a post with some 2016 goals, but it’s not quite finished yet, so I wanted to share our trip to the San Francisco Zoo with you. We told Lu (new readers, she is my husbands daughter) to plan a day trip anywhere she wanted to go. For one, Lu is almost 16 and what in the heck do you get a 16 year old? And two, we love sharing life experiences, so this was perfect.

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She picked a visit to the zoo and lunch at The Cliffhouse. The only flaw was, we didn’t realize we needed to make lunch reservations, because the wait was an hour and a half. Yah, that didn’t work, so we ended up eating at the zoo. It was actually pretty good food, but no Cliffhouse.

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99.88888% of these pictures were taken by Lu. She is quite the photographer.

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She is about 6 feet tall, skinny mini, all legs & loves to eat shrimp, so naturally she fit right in with the flamingos. They were her favorite exhibit btw.

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Grizzly bear

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The Snow Leopard won best of show for me. He walked right up to my face as I kneeled down in the window and looked me right in the eye for a few seconds. His eyes were a piercing, sparkling silver. It was seriously an incredible experience!

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The little penguins were a close 2nd as I just loved watching them swim and play.

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Mike loved the Silverback Gorilla. He said the gorilla can have any woman he wants and everyone bows down to him. A lot like Mike’s life. A huge, fat, giant cuppa #NOT

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On the way home we stopped by a beautiful scenic cliff in Daly City, I’d been to years ago when we lived in the Bay Area. I remembered the beautiful trees are against the ocean and wanted to show Lu & Bam.

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Bam came along with us and we hiked some trails with him before & after the zoo. Our buddy took a nap in the car while we explored the zoo. I’d say he’s pretty happy with his life these days.

Well, my coffee cup is empty and Mike is getting ready. Better log out and enjoy some time with the fam. I hope you are having a wonderful long weekend!

How did you spend the first day of 2016?

Please share your favorite memory/ies from 2015!!

Too many to list, but I have to go with the 10 day road trip Mike & I took last spring. We went to Vegas, UT, CO, NM, OK, TX & AZ. Highlights from the trip were the off road Jeep tour in New Mexico, hiking Zion National Park, and hiking Sedona AZ.

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