Health Hiatus + Home Body’ing

Greetings friends! So sorry that we’ve been a little out of touch lately. Due to some health situations, we have been preoccupied with getting better.

For starters, unfortunately, our pup is scheduled to have knee surgery on July 18th. Due to some wrestling with bigger dogs, his ACL is at risk of tearing completely and his knee cap is a little out of place, causing some limping. After consulting three doctors, x-rays and lots of tests, we finally settled on a great doctor at the Lynnwood VCA per the recommendation of a trusted vet tech and beagle-mom.

It’s incredible how much you would do and sacrifice for the health of your baby. We’ve sold a few items and skimped on a few luxuries to save quite a bit of money for his surgery without going into debt. But with the surgery date approaching, part of me is in denial of how sad I’m going to be to see my little guy in recovery. His quality of life is at stake, so we are doing anything we can to make sure Elvis can have the best years of his life

So any prayers and support are welcome! And if you know of anyone in the PNW who is interested in a motorcycle, let us know! It would help us out a quite a bit 😉

I also had some minor surgery myself, but without going into too much detail, I’m glad to be myself again and marching forward after a rough couple of months.  In an effort to keep getting better–possibly even better than before–we decided to do a 10-day green cleanse, based on a book recommendation from a friend. If you’re ever curious about drinking yummy (like Ryan-approved yummy) green smoothies as your daily meals, check out the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse by J.J. Smith.  It made meal-prep super easy, the grocery list pretty short and efficient for a busy schedule, and it resulted in clean bodies and better sleep, something we both benefited from over the course of the cleanse.  The nutritionist author did warn that social events were to be avoided in some cases. Getting hangry for the bad foods we crave is bound to happen, especially when you go out to dinner with the whole family. While everyone is eating burgers, pies, and drinking beautiful beers, you’re having to peck through rabbit food and praying the pre-made smoothie in your car isn’t getting warm.

I’ve sold you on this idea, I’m sure. But I swear it’s worth a try!

Also, with the recovery I’ve gone through, I was very thankful for getting spoiled by a great husband who has taken the “Honey-Do List” to a whole new level.  Our cozy little home is getting a lot of love!

1. The Firepit

One afternoon, I looked at the excuse of a firepit that was there before, which is the view from our bedroom bay window. Not a fan of the lack of aesthetic appeal in our backyard, I mentioned doing a new firepit in passing. Fast forward a few weeks later and this pops up! Cost us about $200 for everything including chairs ($15 @ Lowe’s), blocks ($120 @ Lowe’s), sand (free from our sandpit), pebbles ($30 @ Bremerton’s Soil Factory), leveler+spray paint for perfect leveling and circle cutting ($20 @ Home Depot). Full blog post on this to come, authored by the one and only beard himself!

Add s’mores, string lights and Billie Holiday Pandora… and you have a summer evening with the Wills!

2. Front yard cleaning

From jungle…

to oasis!

3. Gardening. Y’all. I GARDEN now. Here’s my pretty rhubarb that makes for a delicious crisp.

So that’s it for now! Like I said earlier, Ryan will breakdown how to do a fancy firepit on a budget. We will also introduce some images from a new camera we purchased. Stay tuned!

❤ MW


Venturing in Vitamix

I fell for it.

A couple months ago, we got a little bit of extra money and wound up at Costco hungry. Don’t ever go to Costco hungry.  The annoying demo salesperson of the day was a rep from Vitamix.  Not one to pass up on free samples, we had some sorbet sweetened with agave. It had frozen berries and bananas, so The Beard was thoroughly satisfied. As for me? I was left a little skeptic. And if you know me, this is when the rapid fire questions begin…

“Why pay this much for a Vitamix when my Oster is doing just fine for $40?”
“What makes this better than a BlendTec or a Ninja or any other blender out there?”
“What’s the warranty include?”
“Where is it made? What parts come from China?”

I’m a huge advocate for healthy lifestyle changes. But when the lifestyle change is $500, I have to step back and consider every single detail.  Mr. Demo-man sold me because not only did he woo our taste buds, but he helped me check off everything on my list of requirements for kitchen appliances. It also helped that at least two customers, not paid by Vitamix, came up during the demo, gauged my apprehension, and told me personally that it’s the best thing they every bought. One father of four has had his for 15 years and still makes his kids spinach smoothies on a regular basis. His younger son nodded his head in delight. Oh, to be a crunchy parent with children willing to eat greens! My dream!

After reeling back from picturing my future with a simple machine, my last question was “What color do you have?” And I made the best purchase that night.

I call him Vinny, the 6300. A la your typical gym rat meathead who can pack a punch and take orders from the boss (me):


We got him in platinum and it’s been a dream ever since. So I may have fell for the blender trend, but to be honest, I like having a machine that can make yummy soups AND ice cream that’s healthy and tasty enough for The Beard and myself.

Instead of boring you with all the healthy things pulverized veggies can do for you, I thought I’d share a yummy breakfast/post-workout recipe that tastes like a peanut butter milkshake. I’ll be sure to share recipes of other concoctions in the future as well!

Booty Werk Shake (Thanks, T-Pain)
– 1 Cup coconut milk. So Delicious is my favorite brand and Costco sells them in sets of six!
– 1 TBS peanut butter
– 1 tsp natural unsweetened cocoa powder
– 1 banana
– 1 scoop of Nutrition 53 Lean 1 protein powder. Groupon find for the win!*
– 2 handfuls of spinach
– 1 handful of ice for a cold slushy texture

*Some of you health nuts might cringe at ADDING protein powder to this mess, but a scoop of this lean stuff is just enough to give me the boost I need with doing T25 everyday. I also can’t waste a scoop by adding it to lame ol’ water!

New Year [un]Resolution

We’ve never been resolutions people.

Our gym has recently become a resolution ZOO so I ordered T25. It’s basically a box that contains an ass-whoopin’, weapons and a meal plan. Nothing about this sounded appealing at first, but based on how sore I’ve been these past couple days–I’m sold. In the words of an inspirational friend of mine (Go Nina!): “Get ready to have a cute butt!”


But getting in shape and aching all over isn’t a 2014 goal of ours. Efforts to do better and feel better is just a general goal we’ve always had… unless we’re on vacation 😉

You could say we’re just getting trained and prepped for changes to come this year. LOTS of changes.

Here’s a yummy and quick, clean recipe that is Ryan-approved:

Honey Walnut Shrimp
– 10-12 raw large shrimp, remove tails
– 1 tbs cocnut oil
– 1/2 cup walnuts, whole and halved
– 1 tbs paleo mayo
– 1 tbs honey
– Handful of spinach or lettuce. Your pick!

1. Clean and defrost shrimp.
2. Throw coconut oil in medium-heat skillet. Toss in shrimp; cook until pink and no longer translucent. Set aside.
3. Mix together mayo, honey and walnuts.
4. Toss shrimp into mayo mix until completely covered.
5. Spoon shrimp and walnuts over bed of greens.

Enjoy! We ate it tonight in no time at all. In the interest of Shaun T’s banana-rama today, I made chocolate chip banana bread that RYAN gets to enjoy. Curse men’s metabolism! For my health-nut friends, here’s a clean and very yummy banana dessert:

Honey Banana Flips
– 1 banana, sliced
– 1 tbs coconut oil
– 1.5 tbs honey
– 1 tbs water
– 1 tsp cinnamon

1. Drizzle coconut oil onto medium heat skillet.
2. Throw banana slices on skillet. Fry for 2 minutes on each side or until edges get crisp.
3. Take skillet off heat and set aside.
4. Warm water and honey in a cup. Whisk together and pour over bananas.
5. Sprinkle cinnamon over bananas. Serve as is or over ice cream if you’re really feelin’ a treat 🙂