Author Archives: Nickole Perry

Hi! I’m Nickole (note the spelling. my mother did that.) I’m a domestically challenged wiper of bottoms and noses! I’m a coffee drinking, bacon eating mama who loves Jesus and has been pregnant or nursing (sometimes both) for the last 9 years!

Insanity Day 1- Fit Test

I’M GOING TO LOVE THESE WORKOUTS!!! I’M SO EXCITED!!! There will be no boredom or getting used to these. At some point I will probably want to quit or die or throw up but hey that is a sign of a great workout right!!?!?!  Ha! Sitting down at the computer I realize its 7:15am and I’ve just finished my first real workout in months. My little Shiloh is 2 months old and since she has been born the only real exercise I have done is walking…pushing a triple jogger up hills…but walking nonetheless. My husband set up the garage as…

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No Hot Dogs for Me- Day 6

  This morning was a group outreach with our church at a local beach. I geared up all 4 kids, showed up 45 minutes late, was handed a trash bag and sent on my way, lovingly of course. So with 2 month old Shiloh strapped to my chest I pried my 19 month old away from a bucket of sand and coaxed my older boys (4 and 3) to run down the beach looking for trash. It was a blast! This is my serious, not sarcastic voice. I love picking up trash. Littering has always really bothered me and it…

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Cereal Bars Day 5

  Sometimes I think more highly of my skills than I ought. Today was definitely one of those days. Though I have never made granola or cereal bars I heard they were super simple to make and I glanced at a couple recipes for ingredients and then decided to whip up something on my own. I failed. Apparently if you are going to use dried fruit its generally blended and used as binding material. Ooops! I thought using Agave nectar and maple syrup would be enough to bind everything together. Some recipes baked their granola and some cooled it in…

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Vegetarian “Pozole” Day 4

Vegetarian “Pozole”- Day 4   Even after months of research my mind goes back to what I know and how to alter meals I already like to be vegan instead of just trying new food…and so it was with this family favorite. I fear my grandmother was turning over in her grave at my rendition her traditional soup. Pozole is traditional a pork soup made with hominy.  The soup, the way we make it, is generally just broth, meat and hominy.  The best part of the soup is all the extra little bowls set on the table filled with cilantro,…

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Grocery List- Day 3

  The Grocery List Since I cleaned out my pantry my cupboards are looking very bare. Though it’s not necessary to practice Vegan, we are cutting out white flour and white sugar too. I will be experimenting with almond and wheat flour. It will also be interesting to see if substituting Agave Nectar and/or raw cane sugar will work in recipes. After changing my mindset and emptying my cupboards I researched some recipes and compiled a list of things I would need to make some basic (ha!) dishes.  Produce Blackberries, bananas, apples, blueberries, spinach, bell peppers, radishes, cilantro, sprouts, lettuce,…

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The Pantry- Day 2

  The Pantry In preparation for attempting to eat vegan for the next 60 days, I cleaned out the cupboards. Our family is also eliminating most processed foods, white flour and white sugar. I’m still up in the air as whether to give up brown sugar. What is the scoop on it? I’m sure it’s bad for us too since I love it in my oats!!  Embarrassed as I am to admit this, our cupboards and refrigerator were down to almost nothing when I emptied them of all meat, dairy and processed food. I also threw away some rotten lettuce…

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Trying the Vegan Thing

A 60 Day Vegan Trial: The idea Let me start by saying, we love bacon in our house. Going vegan was never a thought in my mind. One of our favorite after meal sayings is “you know, the only thing that could have made that better?”  “BACON!” we all yell. This isn’t the way a typical vegan article begins. So you can better understand who I am and what a strange lifestyle change this would be for my family it’s important to me I continue. My husband is healthy. He’s lean, quick and athletic. He is also the kind of…

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It’s a Mommy Life. |Tired, but Blessed!

The house is quiet for a moment, though just from one quick glance around you can see it hasn’t been that way long. I’m on my hands and knees picking up all the toys lingering around the entire living and dining room areas. I’m longing for the time when my little one is walking and able to put his own toys away before he goes to bed. Bedtime went well tonight. Bathtime was fun. My little guy seemed to enjoy all his new Christmas bath toys. We read about King David in his children’s Bible and he went to sleep on his…

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It’s a Mommy Life. |Tired, but Blessed!

The house is quiet for a moment, though just from one quick glance around you can see it hasn’t been that way long. I’m on my hands and knees picking up all the toys lingering around the entire living and dining room areas. I’m longing for the time when my little one is walking and able to put his own toys away before he goes to bed. Bedtime went well tonight. Bathtime was fun. My little guy seemed to enjoy all his new Christmas bath toys. We read about King David in his children’s Bible and he went to sleep on his…

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