Things I Know & Rules Are Meant to Be Broken


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The older I get the less I realize I know.

Here are a few things that do I know:

1. For as Practical as I am, some rules are meant to be broken.

Certain food rules, dietary rules, life rules, exercise rules, rules about your job, relationship, family, where you live, or whatever else, are not always set in stone.  Cut loose, live your life, and break some rules every now and then.

Sometimes rules help us and are there for a reason.  Rules like stopping at red traffic signals are not meant to be broken.  I get that.

However, many times we impose rules on ourselves that are silly, meaningless, a burden, and serve only to box us in and prevent us from living life more fully, or more in a manner in which we’d prefer.  Everything from how much time we spend exercising to living where you choose to live.  Re-evaulate what you want out of life and if any of your own “rules” are standing in your way.

Life is a series of choices.  Think about what you want out of it.  Think about what’s important to you, what’s practical for your situation and circumstances, and then act accordingly.

So go ahead, break some rules.  Especially the ones you have placed on yourself that may be limiting you in some capacity.

Gina’s Manifesto was a nice example of her “rules” and spin on living a happy life.

2. This mascara never lets me down

Pink and green mascara

And I have quite a stash of MAC Makeup.  And always go back to the Maybelline.

Pull up container full of makeup

3. Eat foods as close to their natural state, as much as possible.Green salad with mixed vegetables

However, don’t stress out if you can’t because that would be a waste of precious energy and internal resources.

Just choose more wisely next time, which is your next meal.  Which is probably in a few hours, or less.  That’s the beauty of eating.  We have a new opportunity to make better choices that are more in line with our personal or health goals, every few hours.  Gotta love that.

I like what Heather said here, “Eat the foods we’ve eaten for thousands of years in their natural form.”  I have called this Caveman eating.  They didn’t have processed foods or fake foods.

They also didn’t have Chocolate Covered Oreo Balls.  Life is a balancing act.  Enjoy it.

Chocolate Covered Oreo Balls

4. I would rather be laying on the beach than working

Beach in Aruba with people and boats in water

5. I wish someone would make me some No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookie Dough ballsLet them do the dishes, not me. Then again, you can make these in a bowl with just a spoon and no fancy appliances.  I have been making these for a year and loving every cookie doughy bite.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls

Close up of No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Ball

6. I know that I love WordPress and am so happy I made the move and encourage all bloggers who are on Blogger, to move!  As an aside, is there any interest in a post about migrating to WP from Blogger and the work and the benefits involved?

7. I know I love Skylar more than I ever thought was possible.

Young girl standing with arms crossed smiling

And I’ll stop at Lucky Number 7.

From my earlier post with the Southwestern Salsa & Cheezy Baked Beans and Vegetables, thanks for letting me know you liked that recipe.

Southwestern Salsa & Cheezy Baked Beans and Vegetables

And for telling me you are huge salsa fans and how you like to get your salsa on!  With your food, that is.

One last thing I know…

I would like to have a GF Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bar with Vegan Chocolate Frosting

And they’re no-bake.  And they have butterscotch chips.  I know Heather and Tina are fans of butterscotch chips from their recent posts.

One cut GF Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bar with Vegan Chocolate Frosting
Hand holding one bar


1. Best Thing You’ve Ate or Done over the weekend?

I spent time with Skylar, and I made a great 20 minute dinner recipe.  I will post about it later in the week.

2. Are you going to watch the Superbowl?  Or the commercials?


3. What things do you know?

I can’t wait to read these comments!

P.S. If you’re just catching up on weekend posts, here were mine since Friday night:

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  1. That is also my favourite mascara! Everytime I stray I wonder what the heck I wasted my money for and go right back to Maybeline.

    I would love a post in moving from blogger to wordpress! One thing I KNOW for certain is that I am not good with all things computer related so I think a post like that would be super benefical….mind you, I’m so behind on the blogs I like to read that you may have already put a post like this up! LOL

  2. Hi Averie! I’m officially de-lurking :) I love your blog and your recipes! But this post really hit home with me. Breaking the rules- especially ones we impose on ourselves and keep us from being happy- can be so important! I’m going through some life changes and when I read this I was just like, “yes!” I also resonated with the cookie dough balls as well :) yum! Thanks for the words and delicious treats!

    1. thanks for delurking, Alyce, and for the kind words. Glad this post resonated with you :)

  3. This post just spoke straight to my heart :)
    Thanks for the early-week spirit boost, lady!!!
    Would love a post on how to move to wordpress, and the benefits of doing so!
    Take care!

    1. i am going to do a move to WP post soon.

      glad you liked this post, straight to your heart :)

  4. Skylar is absolutely beautiful! And I love the idea of rules being made to be broken… aka not limiting yourself in general. :)

  5. Yes, some rules are made to be broken. And the critical ones are around for a reason.

    I would also prefer to be on the beach … and in just over a month that is where I will be :)

    I’m not a blogger myself, so I say as a blogger use whatever technology works for you. Whatever makes your life and blogging easier. As a reader I don’t really notice a difference between Blogger and WordPress.

    No SuperBowl for me.

    What I know:
    – Technology will constantly change and new software / apps / appliances will constantly change the way we do things in our lives.
    – Constantly learning and reading keeps my brain active and healthy.
    – The kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity people show for each other constantly astounds me.
    – Living and experiencing the 4 seasons as I do, helps me to appreciate each one for what they bring, and what they leave behind.
    – Knowing to do drive stick (aka Standard transmission) has saved my butt more times than I can count.
    – I don’t know everything (the opposite of what I believed at 21). Asking for help is a great way to learn.

  6. i didnt see the superbowl but go packers!! i really didnt mind who won.. but hey i like green so thats all cool with me…
    haha.. the best thing i ate this weekend.. a black bean brownie! and MY AMAZING squash concoction..
    I know that being happy is the NUMBER one priority in my ilfe

  7. I know reading your blog makes me happy, and inspires me in so many ways! :D
    I know I am going to LOVE my holiday that starts on Wednesday. I live in Australia, and if you ever come over, I highly recc you visit Byron Bay! One of the most beautiful places in Oz! :D
    I know that life is meant to be fun, and rule breaking is a must sometimes. :D
    I know that I am also not watching the Superbowl! But then, I don’t even know what it is!! Lol :D
    I know I need to try Maybelline Mascara! :D

    I am about to cook my dinner, and I am making PLANNED LEFTOVERS! Woooo! :D

    1. Aww, thanks Kim! I am glad to make you happy and inspire you! :)

      Byron mom and sister have been and they have raved about it. All of Oz, actaully :) I have never been…yet!

  8. We watched a few of the commercials, they weren’t that impressive.

    1. I know that those balls and bars look absolutely delicious!

    2. I know that it’s all about the balance, not perfection.

    3. I know that “good luck” is a byproduct of busting your butt! :)

    1. omg #3…I hate it when people say, “You’re so lucky….”

      LUCK has NOTHING to do with 95% (or more) in life. It’s about hard work, busting your butt, making choices that set things up properly (or making choices sadly to set things up to fail). And luck doesnt factor in most times.

      Most people with financial success, or who have a nice body, or who have a nice wasnt b/c of blind luck. It was b/c of choices. I’ll step off my soapbox now :)