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DIY Corner Desk | Step-by-Step Instructions

DIY Cornery Desk_TitledFor those of you who follow me on social media, I have been sharing some sneak peaks for a few weeks now of a special DIY project taking place. It is finally complete, and I’m so excited to reveal the final product to you! I thought this was a great opportunity to bring in my first guest blogger to A Slice of Ky in order to give you a first hand account of the project and step-by-step instructions. I would like to introduce to you my husband, Jon! The floor is all yours, babe…


Hello everyone!  As Kylie mentioned, my name is Jon and I’m honored to be the first guest blogger on A Slice of Ky!  

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How I’m Detoxing My Home

Detoxing My Home

In my last post, I talked about my new year’s resolution of becoming more accustom to practicing mindfulness. That’s been going pretty good so far. For me I have found that it’s basically about recognizing when I’m rehashing the past or worrying about the future and refocusing my attention on what I’m doing at that moment whether it be cooking, driving, working, etc. Have you ever driven somewhere and not remembered how you actually got there? Me too, and it’s probably because we were focusing on something else during the entire drive. That’s not good! So I plan on trying to catch myself in those moments, letting those thoughts pass and placing my attention back into the moment. Practicing mindfulness has been shown to improve focus, memory, stress management, decision making, and so much more.

So becoming more accustom to practicing mindfulness is my new year’s resolution for 2016, but I also have something else in mind. It’s not so much a resolution as a goal, and you may have recently seen a few sneak peaks on my Instagram and Facebook.

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Practicing Mindfulness | My New Year’s Resolution

It’s a new year. A fresh start. A time to reflect on the past year and make a resolution for the new one. It’s been said that only 8% of people achieve their new year’s resolutions. But if a new year’s resolution makes me just a little better at something, that’s worth it to me. As I reflected on the year 2015, I chose my new year’s resolution based upon an area of my life that I felt needed improvement. That is why, in 2016, my resolution is to become accustom to practicing mindfulness.  Before I go any further, let me help you understand what it is that I am referring to…

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New Year Banner | Free Printable

IMG_0716_croppedNow that Christmas is behind us, it’s time to start thinking about the next holiday that is upon us, New Year’s Day! But what is New Year’s Day without an appropriate celebration the night before on New Year’s Eve? Another popular day that is typically spent with your closest family and friends, but surprisingly 62% of us stay home for New Year’s Eve. However, staying in the comfort of your own home on New Year’s Eve doesn’t mean it has to be boring. That’s why I created this free printable new year banner, so that you are better equipped to throw the best New Year’s Eve bash EVER.

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Paleo Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Paleo Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup FinalThanksgiving is only a week away, so now is the time to plan your menu and buy your groceries. Surprisingly, this holiday is actually quite easy to keep healthy and within the realm of paleo. You may be wondering how in the world you can make paleo stuffing or pumpkin pie, and what about the candied yams topped with marshmallow!? Well its time to rejoice, because you don’t have to give up those traditional Thanksgiving recipes just to stay paleo. There are plenty of recipes out there to make your entire turkey day feast paleo, and I’ve gathered them here for you. These healthy comfort foods will satisfy the biggest appetite without even feeling “healthy” and definitely without that post-feast guilt. So without further ado, here is my paleo Thanksgiving recipe roundup that includes the bird, dessert and everything in between.

Prepackaged Paleo Foods

Prepackaged Paleo 2With Paleo becoming more popular, the number of prepackaged paleo foods is on the rise. You might think that this goes against the Paleo diet since you’re supposed to cut out all processed foods. However, there are many new companies that are creating minimally processed items using real food and clean ingredients with nothing to hide. I mean who can argue against healthy ranch dressing and mayonnaise? Granted these items are definitely pricey, but you get what you pay for…. Real food with no preservatives and no unnecessary additives. I have not personally tried many of these (unless otherwise noted), but I thought it was important to roundup this list and share with you this real food trend that is starting to catch on! After all, Paleo at its core is simply just about eating real food, and these products will allow you to do just that without sacrificing quality.

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Hard Cider Roundup and Review

Hard Cider Reviews Cropped2Hard cider is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermentation of apples (and sometimes other fruits). Don’t confuse this with regular apple cider which is essentially apple juice but less filtered and processed. We’re focusing on the hard kind today. Hard cider is very popular abroad, but it has taken a back seat to craft beer here in America. However, because hard cider is naturally gluten free it is becoming more and more popular due to the new, rising era of gluten free living. Hard apple cider naturally gets more attention in the fall, so what better time to roundup and review seven popular hard ciders than right now!  A few of us got together and had a fun night deciphering the tastes and smells of this seasons most festive alcoholic drink. We specifically chose brands fermented with apples only and no spices, flavors or other fruits added to the mix. Because it’s really only fair to compare apples to apples, right!?

Baby Boy Baptism Banner | Free Printable

Baptism Banner Mock UpThis is a baptism banner that I recently made for a friend to use at her son’s baptism celebration (Hi Mar! Hi Bryson!). It’s a simple, soft design to go with any theme and is perfect for any baby boy’s blessing celebration. That’s why I decided to share this as I’m sure there are a lot of people who would love this cheap and easy solution for decorating. 

Paleo Pantry Essentials | What’s in my pantry

Paleo Pantry Items A Slice of KyWhen I first started eating Paleo, my pantry still looked like the pantry I had before. I slowly started to gather things one by one as I needed them, and the longer I stuck with Paleo, the more items I accumulated. Before I knew it, I practically had a full-fledged Paleo pantry. It definitely takes time to evolve your pantry and learn about items that Paleo recipes call for on a regular basis. At first, I was completely unsure of most of these Paleo pantry items and their purpose. So I thought I would give you a sneak peek into my pantry in an effort to help you learn about some Paleo pantry essentials. I’ll also share with you how I typically use each item, and where I usually purchase it from.