My life has been a whirlwind since returning home from Aruba.  Almost 3 weeks gone and on vacation is lovely while you’re gone. But then you have to get back to real life and in my case I had to do it without missing a beat and had to hit the ground running.

From the moment I stepped off the plane there was mail to sort

Box of US Postal Service mail

And product reviews I neeeded to write.  Lots of them:


Household traditions powdered dish detergent

And: Snack Boxes

Box of snacks like iced tea or alfajores

And: On a Stick!

On a Stick! Book by Matt Armendariz

And: Stevia & Chocolate

Enjoy life double chocolate crunch and mega chunks


But I think I am mostly caught up now.

I’ve also been knocking out some easy, fresh, fast meals and snacks.

Salads with veggies

Salad with cucumber, tomatoes, and snap peas

Adding in some Sweet & Sour Honey Lemon Tofu would be great with the salad.

Sweet & Sour Honey Lemon TofuBut I haven’t turned my oven on in a month!

Everything I’ve made has either been on the stovetop…

Like Mango Balsamic Rice, Beans, & Mixed Vegetables

Mango Balsamic Rice, Beans, & Mixed Vegetables

Or has been made in my Vita…

From Taste of the Tropics Smoothies

Taste of the Tropics Smoothies in wine glass

to No Bake Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

I’ve been knocking out easy things that don’t heat up the house.  Not that it’s that hot or anything here.

Truth be told, turning on my oven has nothing to do with heat index and everything to do with time management and just being so ridiculously busy.

I had to knock out getting a new computer all set up, too.

Desktop mac on black deskBut that was a fun knock out!

From my last post, Stevia & Chocolate, it was fun to read if you’re a stevia fan or not.  Most of you have tried it and really like it or are at least curious about trying it one of these days.

As suspected, most of you are chocolate fansI knew that already! But there were a few people who said you’re just meh or whatever about chocolate.  <— I don’t understand this!


1. What have you been knocking out recently?

Any life stuff, chores, errands, projects that you’ve tackled and knocked out?

Or maybe you’ve made some knock-outs in the kitchen. Any gems you want to tell me about?

2. Do you feel stressed or anxious when things pile up?

I do!  I hate the feeling of excess, pile-up, surplus, too much.  It leaves me anxious.

It stresses me out when I feel that things are too piled up.  I hate letting anything accumulate, especially blog writing and product reviews.  Heather recently wrote that she wanted to move away from as many product reviews going forward and in the meantime had a ton to get through and was just going to knock them out as quickly as possible.

Not sure if I will start doing any less in the future, but I definitely don’t like them piling up for three weeks, and wanted to knock mine out, lickity split.

I like to work ahead of the curve, not behind it.  And when things pile up and are waiting for me, it makes me a bit frazzled and frantic and I don’t stop and find peace until things are done.   Or at least until I have things better controlled.

From my refrigerator busting at the seams with food I know we’ll have to scramble to eat before it goes bad to tons of phone calls that I have to return to emails I need to reply to, I really dislike the feeling of things being piled up!

What are your thoughts on pile ups and accumulation?

3. What do you do about it to either prevent it from happening or how to cope once things do just pile up?

I try to just take a deep breath, realize it’s not the end of the world if I can’t get to everything as promptly as I wish.

But, I also work as quickly and efficiently as possible to get things back on track.

Trying to just roll with the punches of life, practice some yoga breathing, and just be chill about things is my overall strategy.

P.S. Thanks for the Coconut Oil Giveaway entries!

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