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. I know I do not like football and don’t ever watch the Super Bowl.

    I do know I love “junk” food and didn’t let my not watching the game to stand in the way of making some delicious vegan versions of Super Bowl food.

    I also know I have major lust for that make up collection! I love make up but I’m pretty clueless about how to use it, haha!

    1. Well trial and error! I love that you love makeup! And made great vegan superbowl food!

  2. i haven’t stopped by your blog in a while and i do know this:
    1. love the new layout
    2. your pic in the upper right HOT HOT HOT
    3. great lash mascara is the BEST without a doubt
    4. thanks for reminding me i wanted to buy nutritional yeast

    5. YOU ROCK!

  3. Best thing I ate: sushi buffet!!! Best thing I did: My husband. (oooh did I say that out loud?) Gotta say though that Great Lash has never worked for me! Maybe I have weird lashes ’cause I know Oprah loves it! And now you. Man, I’ve thrown away SO many tubes of that stuff.

    1. if after 5 kids and years of marriage you are still getting your world rocked, my god, it’s comment worthy! :)

      And that sucks that your lashes dont like the pink and green maybelline. My body is the same with Lululemon work out clothes, crazy, but true. They just dont work for me.

  4. I know that food is always better when it is eaten with friends, and every occasion calls for a glass of wine :-)

  5. Just finished watching the super bowl…love me some football! I love this post, I do believe that I will have to hyperlink to you tomorrow so that some people I know can read this…..

  6. I would really, really appreciate an tutorial on the blogger–>wordpress move. I’d also like to hear more about why you prefer it. I’m a brand new blogger, and chose blogspot out of sheer lack of knowledge of any other platforms. At this point, I definitely don’t even know yet what blogger is lacking. Teach me!

    No superbowl for me. CA was too bloody nice out today to be sitting on a couch

    1. ok there’s lots of interest it sounds like in a post like that, i will put it on my to-be-blogged list!

  7. I just love your outlook on life :D

    Best thing I ate? Probably the delicious salad I had for dinner w/ lettuce, carrots, broc, turkey, chickpeas, and hummus/salsa!!

  8. Cute post, for sure lots of rules were meant to be broken! I would like a GF Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bar with Vegan Chocolate Frosting too! :-)

    1. Went out with my sisters.
    2. Maybe some of the commercials.
    3. Exercising is the best form of therapy.

  9. I know that life is too damn short to be stuck doing something you hate. If you hate your job, CHANGE IT. Hence why I’m in massage therapy school!

    I know that I am glad I don’t hate my body like I used to, and I know that I enjoy decorating myself with tattoos in celebration of loving who and what I am!

    I know that I will always have dogs in my life. They make me smile every day.

    1. Amen to your 1st sentence!!

      That’s also what I say about where you live, relationships, etc…amen sista!

      And i enjoy decorating too. Big time :)

  10. I know that I must make that cheezy baked bean dish. Yum Averie – you and your cheezy bowls of yum. You know I love it!

    So funny that you put in the quote eating foods in their natural form that we’ve eaten for 1000’s of years and then referenced my love of butterscotch chips. Haha – there’s some “rule breaking” for ya! ;)

    I have tried so many mascaras, and I ALWAYS go back to the green and pink Maybelline tube. :)

    1. You use the pink and green too? Awesome.

      And glad you saw this post and yes, from natural eating to butterscotch chips…it’s all a continuum and spectrum, this crazy thing called life :)

  11. I know that becoming friends with you has been wonderful and how you are such a great mom, wife, and you have the most awesome recipes !

    I do know that everyday I wake up I am thankful I am granted another day in this beautiful life with my loves and all the people and things that surround me : )

  12. Hi Averie! First time commenter, found your blog a while back through the Fitnessista. I really appreciate all the time and effort you put into your posts and all of the interesting info you share with us. I started out with Blogger and I really wish I hadn’t. I am going to slowly but surely make the switch to Wordpress and any info you have on the switch would be super appreciated. I also just bought that mascara and was wondering how good it was, have yet to break into the pack yet. I was a tad gun-shy, thanks for the info! Alana ;p

    1. ok there’s lots of interest it sounds like in a post on moving to WP, will put it on my to-be-blogged list!

      And thanks for saying hi and de-lurking!! :)