Little Life Updates: April.

It’s that time again! Little Life Updates for April 🙂

Anticipat-ing all of the travel this summer.

  • Going back to New York in June for my best friend’s Bachelorette party
  • Indianapolis for Memorial Day Weekend and the Indy 500
  • Washington, D.C. with Marty and my parents in June
  • Husband and Wife Vacation (we’re just not sure where yet!)
  • Vacation with our friends, Danette and Shane in July (we are still trying to figure out where for this trip too!)

Read-ing a TON! I’ve gotten back into my groove. Can you believe that I only read one book during the month of March? Luckily, I’m making it for it this month. So, what have I been reading? The Family Fang, Reshaping It All, The Conscious Cleanse and Battlefield of the Mind.

  • The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson: Ah, I wanted to like this book but just didn’t; the entire story was a troubling read for me. Wilson writes of the Fang Family – two parents and two children. The parents are performance artists that stage ‘shocking’ spectacles in public places all in the name of ‘art’ (while their children are manipulated pawns/participants.) The book shifts perspective between Annie and Buster’s (the children) childhood and adulthood. The first few chapters were enjoyable and I was  excited to see what Wilson planned to do with this ecentric family; however, the majority of the book was just…weird. I’m still unsure of the relationship between Annie and Buster and I was truthfully depressed while reading the events unfold. My advice: Skip it.
  • Reshaping It All by Candace Cameron Bure: Though I’m kind of embarrassed to admit it, I really did enjoy this book (written by former Full House character DJ Tanner!) Cameron Bure combines her weight-loss journey with biblical truth, motivational quotes and recipes. I will say that it wasn’t the best written book (kind of choppy with some grammatical errors) but I did enjoy reading it and feel that there was some great takeaway.
  • Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer: I HIGHLY recommend this book to any Christian struggling with negativity and unfounded thoughts. I’d lend you my copy but I’m not sure if you’d be able to stay focused while reading it, as I took so many notes in the margins!
  • The Conscious Cleanse by Jo Schaalman: I decided to pick up this book after hearing some wonderful things from other bloggers. I won’t go into a ton of details because I actually plan to write an entire post on this book; however, if you’re interested in partaking in a healthy, worthwhile cleanse – this is the one!

April Books

Sleep-ing a little more than I did in March. My schedule has finally slowed down a bit and I am no longer working 60+ hour weeks. Whole Foods was able to hire another part-time worker and it has been a huge blessing (not only for me) but the department.

Consider-ing why exactly I consider myself a lacto-ovo-tarian. It has been almost a year and a half since I’ve eaten red meat (pork and beef) and four months since I’ve eaten chicken or turkey (I originally cut this out of my diet last January but decided to add it every once in awhile around the fall. I decided to give both of them up again at the beginning of February.) Why did I decide to do this? Well, I have a few reasons: 1) Added Hormones 2) Animal Cruelty 3) Extra monthly costs 4) Environmental Sustainability 5) I never crave it.  I still believe all of these things but now that I work at Whole Foods, I am torn because I see that there are ways to buy superior, cruelty-free meat; however, part of me wants to maintain this ‘vegetarian’ lifestyle’. It was just this week that I read this post from Lindsey that made me realize: Forget the labels.  Forget the labels. Why am I so worried about what other people think about my diet and the way that I eat? People are more concerned with themselves, the food that I’m eating is of little or no concern in their mind. Going forward, I don’t plan on eating meat in mass quantities;  however, if I get a craving every now and then (maybe it will happen -who knows?) I’m going for it.

Enjoy-ing the spring weather. Spring finally seems to have arrived in Columbus. I can’t tell you how excited this makes me. I can take the kids to the playground, my dog to the park and walk with Marty.


Life Lately (According to my Android)


(Top Left to Bottom Right) Brunch from the delicious little restaurant: Katalina’s Cafe Corner, Cameron and Ethan looking all kinds of adorable, a typical weekend afternoon reading and studying at Cup O Joe, husband and I at my cousins birthday, early morning running is back on, the beauty of spring, future basketball player, little Ethan, Cameron reunited with Clifford, a girl after my own heart  (loving the Starbucks water and milk! ha-ha.)

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What have you been up to this month? Anything exciting going on?

17 thoughts on “Little Life Updates: April.

    1. I have been to D.C. a couple of times but not since I was fifteen! I am really looking forward to going back for a few days! Hopefully we are able to check out your restaurant recommendation 🙂

  1. It sounds like you have some really fun stuff coming up!!! And I’m glad you ave a little bit more time to spend enjoying things 🙂

    P.S. I’m actually coming back to Ohio this weekend!!! It’ll probably be a super short trip unfortunately, but I’m taking the boyfriend home to meet the parents. Woohoo! 😉

  2. Phew! Glad to hear that work has slowed down for you since hiring another employee. What a relief. Your summer plans sound fabulous. I look forward to hearing all about your traveling experiences, and of course seeing all the beautiful photos you take ❤

  3. High five to getting a little more sleep. Sleep is amazzzzzing! I think your way of thinking about food and self-labeling is right on! Labeling can be stifling. Love the pics, by the way.

  4. Di, I completely agree with your thoughts on “The Family Fang.” I’m actually going to include it in a review tomorrow on my blog. I can’t wait to hear more about “The Conscious Cleanse.” I have been wanting to do a cleanse for a while, so this could be the one.

    I agree with you 100% about the labels we attach to our diets. I’m a vegetarian who occasionally eats fish (so I guess that makes me a pescatarian) but I get so sick of explaining what I can and can’t eat. I just eat what makes sense to me and makes me feel good but I don’t want to be lumped into some strict category. So more power to ya!

  5. So glad work has slowed down for you, 60+ hrs a week is no joke!! I started reading Battlefield of the Mind, but never finished. You’ve inspired me to start it back up. I listen to a LOT of Joyce’s audio tapes, I love her. You have some crazy summer plans coming your way!!

    I love your outlook on your way of eating. This is exactly why I call myself a “vegan with benefits” while I don’t anticipate eating any dairy any time soon, this allows me to do so and not feel “bad” about it!! We should never feel bad about what we eat as long as it’s nourishing our bodies! If your work has resources for good quality meats, I say go for it whenever your heart desires!

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