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A Mason Jar Salad Party

mason jar salad party 45_3306P I N this to pinterestSo a few weeks ago, I got invited to a Mason Jar Party. And now I am hooked. Lunch for a week in around 20 – 30 minutes? YES. When one of my BFFS invited me, I was seriously excited. Ok, so what is a Mason Jar Party? The host picks a recipe. (This was a recipe from last week – so yum! A salad with zoodles– yes!!!!) Then, she sends out an email with all the ingredients and everyone emails back with what they are going to bring. Sign up Genius would also be great for this, especially since it’s free.


Ours are planned for Monday mornings, which is perfect for having lunch ready for the week. (Sunday evening could also be a good time.) When everyone shows up, they put their ingredients on the kitchen table. Then, you just walk around and fill up your five mason jars (We are using this size+ I also ordered mine from amazon) one by one. Then, you’re done, you can leave + lunch is done for the week. The salads have been SO YUMMY too. Some of the recipes have cheese or grains, so I just leave that out of my jar. The first week someone made a salad dressing with the recipe. This past week there wasn’t one, so I just used my salad dressing at home. I have added some extra protein at lunch time, too. Also, I couldn’t make it last week, so my BFF Brooke took my jars + ingredients and I can sub for her, too. Win-win! These were so yummy, I had to stop myself from trying to eat them for dinner, too! Eeeek!

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Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Children Family Photographer featured in People Magazine and on several blogs including The Bump and Let the Kids Dress Themselves. Because we chat a lot about our personal lives on the blog, we may receive commissions on affiliate links in articles.

 

 

August 16th and I just sent Owen back to school yesterday- can hardly believe summer is already over. Summer really is my favorite. (I reallly realllly realllly do not like carpool. ha. ) It is going to be a challenge to continue to get up early and make real food breakfasts but it’s important to me so I gotta make it happen. I also spent a lot of time at Starbucks last year, I’ll admit it. So making coffee in the Vitamix takes a little bit more time, too.

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Favorites for August

I just love all these pretty flower ideas

Paint color ideas

Our favorite back to school books. (see here)

Eggs in the pressure cooker? You know I love, love, love, my instapot. Never even thought about it for eggs.

I tried pacifica nail polish this month – loooooved.

A few things I want to read/tackle this month:

I need to learn how to use instagram stories. I tried when making this video behind the scenes from a recent shoot with Ericka, but I gave up and just took a plain video. I’ve heard good things about this tutorial so I need to dive right in and learn alllll about it. I know everyone loves snapchat, but can I handle one more social media account?

Saving to read. Last year I pulled my IT band and it was such a bummer. Now that I’m trying to start running again..(but I’m going back and forth between running and swimming…)

These are super fun. Please no one have a session on the side of a cliff.

Since organic all beef hotdogs are whole30, these have inspired me to try a hotdog wrapped in bacon. Oh my.

So, what your favorite candy says about your personality.

Just for fun…

A session around this time last year – I have lovvved photographing this sweet little one’s first year and just got to see him at our Coastal Minis. 

A session in August two years ago – eeek! what a perfect session at Holden Beach!

Pretty stuff

Loving how long this shirt is (and inexpensive, too!) When I’m out shooting, I love wearing long shirts.

Totally crushing on these boots. This heat has me ready for fall!

Love these hair clips!

Also, as Ericka mentioned here, this necklace…it has the coordinates of Holden Beach. (You can find it here at Sugar Britches in Holden Beach.

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Goals for August | Day Trip to Wrightsville Beach

It’s back to school time around here. I cannot even believe it – it’s going to break my heart to send Owen back to school. I can honestly say I am not a fan of carpool – ha! I have loved the days we’ve had without a schedule, being able to take trips, etc. I will miss that sweet boy being around all day.

Goals for August:

1.Finish back to school shopping before the only thing for sell in 100 degree weather is long sleeves and sweaters in the stores. (Someone explain to me why sweaters are for sale so early)

2.Commit to my couch to 5 K. I have started running again and I really need to be dedicated so I can get up to a 5k again. I love the 10k trainer from Zen Labs. It’s free and works great for working up to running. I do need to work on my running playlist though. Since I didn’t run from March – June, I kind of slacked on adding new music.

3. I love, love, love, my Instant Pot. My favorite recipe I’ve made so far is Kalua Pig. I am not a slow cooker fan..I just never seem to get it together before lunch – ha! The pressure cooker is just right for me. Nom Nom Paleo also has some great facebook live videos you can watch on her facebook page which helped me with some of the recipes. I love being able to see it. And with the Kalua pig, I might be so lazy that I ask the butcher to go ahead and trim the fat and cut it in two. I also found some hawaiian sea salt at the Savory Spice Shop. So, this month I really want to find some more great pressure cooker recipes and focus on using it more. It’s just so easy.

4. Continue our kindness project with the kiddos – focusing on one way we can be kind each week.

Books I want to read this month.
The Mason Jar Cookbooklooks really interesting.

The Bulletproof Diet– just wondering how it’s different than whole30 after reading reviews on Amazon. It seemed to have a lot of good ideas about why you should be eating more good fat.

I’m currently reading The Magnesium Miracle + I love it, so I want to finish it this month.

Other Books I want to read:
My Life in Franceby Julia Child

Lab Girl(didn’t get around to last month. So many great newborn sessions, I spent most of my free time editing)

A Walk in the Woods

I’ve also started Everyone Brave is Forgivenso I’ll be tackling that this month, too. Oh, I love, love, love books.

(See what I read last month here)

I need to share my refrigerator progress. I loved the organizersI got and will be sharing more soon. (I buy 24 packs of organic eggs from Costco + love being able to stack them!

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Rebecca Keller is an NC Raleigh family photographer featured in People Magazine who spends her time sipping iced coffee, chasing after her two little ones, reading, running, and editing. Because we chat a lot about our personal lives on the blog, we may receive commissions on affiliate links in articles. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about Holden Beach and Raleigh family photography.

What I Learned in July

1.Packing Groceries ahead of time for the beach is my favorite. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you know that I mostly eat whole30. Fast food doesn’t really work that great for whole30 and our grocery stores are limited at the beach. (no Harris teeter with whole30 approved bacon) My mama is doing whole30 with me, and we did fine with our groceries/eating out Memorial Day week, but this time we decided to grocery shop here for a lot of things + also pack our cooler. I think we went to the grocery store for two things the whole week, and it was fabulous. (July 4th is also the busiest week at our tiny beach and Food Lion gets super crowded..which it was also nice to avoid the crowds) We got to eat our bacon all week and several other yummy things we brought along….and no wasted time at the grocery store. We did also stop at the Harris Teeter on 17 in Wilmington when we were driving in and picked up a few things we forgot (Across from the Walmart) It’s hard to see it from the road and never super busy. I also try to never leave the house without something in my purse, my favorite is either almonds or these. (I looooove them – so yummy. it’s that sea salt!)

2.Further proof that Sprouts is coming to Falls of Neuse and Litchford. I am beyond excited about this. I have been hearing rumors, there have been articles online, etc, but now there is a picture in front of the spot. I am sooooo excited!

3.Having to be quick at photo shoots is important lately. This has been my month of running from the rain during sessions..Well, ever since spring. There have been some sessions where we barely missed a storm, some where it stormed in the middle, and some where it stormed right when the session started and ended. It’s been a crazy weather month.

4. Kindness is always important. One thing the boys and I have been doing each week this month is focusing on how we can think about someone else that week, what can we do to let someone else know we are thinking about them. Owen has thought up some pretty sweet ideas, and I know Pop Pop loved having a peach cream pie surprise delivered to brighten his day. (Scratch Baking was in Our State this month, and he had been talking about how he really wanted to try one of their pies. The peach cream was unbelievable. I may have had a bite)

5.The biggest difference I noticed this month from whole30 is how much I love not being addicted to sugar. There are definitely some days I miss it, but overall I don’t feel like I need it everyday which is a huge difference for me. I do try to cheat once a week, and I’m so much more selective about what I want for my cheat meal – ha. I also now make my coffee in the vitamix without fancy creamers. (The vitamix makes it frothy like a latte which is awesome) My coffee includes organic coffee, grass fed collagen, smidge of coconut oil, smidge of grass fed organic unsalted kerrygold butter and a 1/2 tablespoon 0rganic cacao. I’ve also been experimenting with the Savory Spice Shop’s Murray River Salt and Fleur de Sel salt to see which one I like better in my coffee. Every since our trip to Amelie’s in Charlotte, I neeeeed salt in my coffee.

What I read this month..

This has been a super busy month with our first Coastal family minis, a week at the beach, and then so many sweet newborns I’m still editing. I did mange to squeeze in two books, but I had hoped to read more this month. Reading is my favorites because it makes me relax + de stress, and totally love my  kindlebecause I don’t have to wait for amazon to deliver them or try to plan a trip to the bookstore (not going to happen probably)

1.The One-in-a-Million Boy. This was such a great book and sweet story. I did cry a little bit because I’m a mama, but I loved that it was different then picking up a love story beach read that I read too many of in the Spring. (I needed light + happy when going through my surgery)

2.Before We Visit the Goddess This was another great story, and I read it so quickly. I loved how it told you about the grandma, daughter and granddaughter’s lives. There were so many different people telling the story, such a great read.

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Rebecca Keller is an NC Raleigh family photographer featured in People Magazine who spends her time sipping iced coffee, chasing after her two little ones, reading, running, and editing. Because we chat a lot about our personal lives on the blog, we may receive commissions on affiliate links in articles. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about Holden Beach and Raleigh family photography.

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A Few Favorites in July

I am seriously amazed at these. Has anyone tried them? What did you think?

You know I’m not eating bread or sugar right now (hello, whole3o) but I think I’m going to have to make these for the kiddos for next year’s “tide dye tuesday.”

Love all of these great hair ideas for summer.

Holden Beach – of course, a summer favorite.

Who bought the Instant Pot on amazon this week when it was on sale? I bought one of these when it was on sale last time, and I’ll admit I’m still learning it, but a fave this month is definitely nom nom paleo’s live videos + she just posted one about the instapot.

A few things I want to read/tackle this month..

My skin is not so pale as it is in the winter (thank you days at the pool + beach) which I am not a huge fan of the sun + heat, so I am surprised I have even a little bit of a tan, but you know, I do take the kiddos out. Anyways, I need to pick a new foundation – let me know if you have something you love. Also, reading this.

Finding really good tea that I like. I’ve never been a huge la croix fan either but now that I’m a whole30 girl, I’ve been drinking one sometimes. What are your favorite flavors and what are your favorite teas? (without caffeine) And if you are a tea drinker, btw, this thing  is awesome.

Just for fun..

A session around this time last year – the sweetest newborn session at home!

A session in July two years ago – love this six month family session with the prettiest light + sweetest family!

Pretty stuff

A favorite summer tank

crushing on this nail polish

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Rebecca Keller is a family photographer featured in People Magazine who spends her time sipping iced coffee, chasing after her two little ones, reading, running, and editing. Because we chat a lot about our personal lives on the blog, we may receive commissions on affiliate links in articles. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about Raleigh Family Photographer North Carolina + maternity and newborn photography.