First week back and it was a very large mix of everything. Not all pleasant, but not too horrible overall. I haven't mentioned this on the blog, but ever since I got my wisdom teeth out back in July, I've always had this weird pain in my lower left jaw area. At times it would get really painful (if I touched it, it would always hurt), but other times I never even noticed it. Until 2 days after Thanksgiving and my jaw blew up again, making me look like I had JUST gotten my wisdom teeth out (you know, swollen squirrel cheek). It was bad, painful, but I couldn't do anything about it down in DC. Thankfully it went down again after a week and my mom was able to get me in to see the oral surgeon the Monday I came home (this past Monday). Turns out, there was a nasty infection in the area. It's kinda scary since the infection must have been there the whole time, thankfully it didn't get worse and spread. So I was put under Novocaine and laughing gas while the surgeon cut open and "cleaned" out the infection. I won't go into it, but that was a really horrible hour of my life, haha! Now I still have a huge swollen left side of the face and am on an antibiotic for a few more days. Hopefully though, this will all be over by next week's festivities and for the rest of my life, haha!
Besides that, I've been doing a lot of nothing, a lot of cooking, relaxing, reading, some nice workouts, Christmas movie watching and music listening, and just enjoying my time in the house (while in pain from my mouth). I finished my DIY Christmas gifts and lengthy letters to my family yesterday! I always get SO excited about the things I give them. I can't wait for them to open them up Christmas morning! Giving really is more "exciting" than receiving! And you should be excited for Monday's post! It's Recipe ReDux day and the recipe I have is so good I can't even stand it! (Make room on your Christmas dinner menu for this one!) Now, here are the cool and interesting articles and posts from the week! Enjoy! XOXO
Monday: When Life Gets Interesting
Wednesday: Snickerdoodle Breakfast Cake
Blog Posts and Links I loved this week:
Life, Mind, Body, Spirit:
It is not the end! Find a new one!
Don't let fear hold you back and make you miss out!
I need this!
Yup! It's all about habit for me too!
Great things to think about going into the new year!
You don't have the right to bash skinny people either.
+ 6 Things YTT Taught Me
+ 3 Lies You Need To Stop Telling Yourself About The Future
Yea...all that inner guidance stuff isn't true (just being a realist here!)
Mine actually makes sense!
+ Ten Alignment Cues Yoga Teachers Need To Stop Giving
The scary thing is...I've heard ALL of these! Word for word!
I'm actually enjoying it!
+ Remember Why You Started
Remember why and what's important to you!
+ I Donut Run For A "Fitspo" Body!
Real athletic fit bodies aren't always "pretty"!
One word..(or two)...REAL stevia!
Just don't eat fast food...ew!
This isn't very good...many of these are not really gluten-free, but still a great list!
You're homemade gifting needs are met!
Yes! These are the good ones! I use all of them.
Keep it cruelty-free for the big man!
I've never been an appetizer person, but there are some great ones here!
+ What The Paleo Diet Gets Wrong
+ Sticking To Your Plant-Diet When No One Supports You
Is it really for you?
It is okay to consider medications.
Time to recharge and reboot!
+ The Post-ED Identity
You've got to give major props to Sam for how honestly she writes!
Blogging, Social Media, Tech & Photography:
O man is this real, but there is no way to get around it. No matter what you do, someone will have a problem with it.
You know how I feel about writing!
Yes! Write! Everyday!
Why will bloggers never learn to fix their comment system...
I need both...ASAP! And I should be working on that right now...during break!
Never give up! (Hahaha....free stuff 😉 )
For fitness and health bloggers!
+ Why I Read "Perfect" Blogs
It's okay to enjoy that "escape" pleasure reading.
Learn from a pro!
Hahahaha! Maryland...what the hell?
It isn't actually that important.
Yea...I live in one of those areas. Beautiful!
For the stay at home mommas.
I got that Grumpy Cat thing. The description was accurate, but I don't even know what Grumpy Cat is!
Another approach to goal setting.
+ Escaping Materialism This Holiday Season
Remember what's important!
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Casbah Chicken and Rice. Those flavors! Seriously a perfect winter dinner!
Red Lentil Cashew Soup with Toasted Cashews. Toasted cashews...enough said!
Black Sesame Salad Dressing. This looks so good! Pour it on everything!
Crunchy Root Salad. I am really loving this as a Christmas dinner side!
Smoky Sun Dried Tomato + White Bean Dip. The perfect holiday appetizer!
Thai Coconut Cabbage Soup. Hi there, yummy coconut creaminess!
Bourbon Date Nut Truffles. A boozy edible gift!
A few things I loved about my week or am grateful for:
+ Enjoying my time at home with my family!
+ Making my DIY gifts! So much fun!
+ My 5K on Sunday! I am so excited!
So tell me:
+ Do you have all your gifts ready to go?
+ Have you ever gotten the "laughing gas"? It does not make you laugh! I could have opted to be put under, but I didn't want that full sedation.
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