When Ryan and I switched to a plant based diet in March 2013, we were pretty serious about what we put in our bodies. We only ate at home, and what we bought was organic and made with the simplest ingredients. Now, almost three years later, we have grown much more lax in our eating habits. We eat fast food occasionally, biscuits from a can have been present in our home more times than I’m comfortable with, and I’ve had way more than my fair share of skittles and milkshakes. These are just a few ways we’ve gone off course. I’ve wanted to get back to our extreme clean ways of eating for awhile now and felt like we needed to create a challenge to get us back on track. Something needed to happen to reignite our flame for consuming the purest nutrition.

I suggested a challenge of one month with no processed foods to Ryan a couple weeks ago. It turns out my timing couldn’t have been better. There’s actually a challenge called “October Unprocessed” that takes on that very topic. This year we are joining the thousands who have taken the Eating Rules Challenge. I’m pumped. I expect it to not only get us back to our old ways, but to push us even further to start cooking more from scratch. You can’t see it, but I’m doing a giddy dorky homesteader dance over it.


That’s not the only shake-up happening around here. The new blog design is being launched later this week. You read that right, the new blog design is being launched later this week. It has been a long time coming. We first started taking the steps to create a site that would be easier to navigate (especially on mobile devices) in the beginning of the year. Just after our first year of blogging we were ready to have a site that better fits our personalities.

We’ve had our share of hiccups along the way. Like buying a highly customized theme with a steep learning curve. After working with it for a couple months off and on, we changed directions and bought a theme that we fell hard for. It was a love at first sight kinda tale. The best part- the new theme was much easier to customize. Copying our entire site over to create a staging site was a task in itself. Thankfully Ryan has an old friend who is a web developer and was able to help us out. I’ve been blown away with everything Ryan has self taught himself.

This site is truly his work of art. I’m just the lady in the background giving a thumbs-up, approving fonts, and tweaking colors. It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it. Things might be a little crazy here and there as we gear up for the (more) official launch, our apologies in advance as I am sure there will be some slight changes as we fine tune the site. I’m going to be holding my breath until the moment everything is as we want it with all the latest content.

Big changes are headed our way: starting the unprocessed challenge, launching the new site design, and trading out our two cars for an SUV and truck. I’m seeing so much truth in F. Scout Fitzgerald’s quote, “life starts all over again when it gets crisp outside.”

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  • Reply
    Andrew @ Eating Rules
    September 27, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Yay! So glad you and Ryan are joining in for October Unprocessed! 🙂

    • Reply
      this natural dream
      November 3, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      Thanks Andrew! We had fun putting ourselves up to the challenge.

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