Apologies —

I’ve been such a slack blogger lately. When I lived in Raleigh and ran a previous incarnation of TSSB (which went by the name of The Southern Belle Cooks), I had no problem keeping my blog updated with recipes and almost daily updates on my eating habits (I guess you would have classified me as a healthy foods blogger during that time). It was so easy for me though – the Raleigh Farmer’s Market was right down the road from my house and I had a Whole Foods less than 10 minutes away.

But since moving home, my healthy eating has gone by the wayside which has sort of unmotivated my blogging efforts. But I am going to try my hardest to maintain this blog with more frequent updates and hopefully get back in to a healthier lifestyle – or at least eat less processed foods.

So here’s what I’m going to do. Starting Sunday, I’m putting myself on a complete soda ban and limiting my sweet tea drinking to one glass a day (I am a Southerner – so I need my sweet tea). I’m completely banning fast food, except for one meal a week. I won’t be able to go to the grocery store until Saturday, so I’m going to try my hardest to behave and watch my eating until I can get some healthier options around the house.

So what have I been up to lately?

  • Work
  • Pet sitting (just finished up one gig today)
  • Contemplating a move back to the city (not necessarily Raleigh, but any medium-sized city. Maybe Charlotte. Maybe Savannah. Maybe Orlando.)
  • More work
  • Little bit of writing

It’s not very exciting around here, as you can see. I enjoy the peacefulness of living in the middle of nowhere, of getting to see the stars at night, enjoying the fresh, unpolluted air, but I feel like living here is just a placeholder until I figure out my options. So I’m giving myself 6 months to make some sort of decision in regards to my living arrangements.

Anyway! I realized earlier today that I never posted what I received in March’s Goodies Box. I did post a picture of it over on my Instagram account, but I like listing out what I received. March’s box focused on breakfast items. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day but the one that I so often forget to indulge in, so it’s nice to try out some new products that will force me to take the time to enjoy myself in the morning.


  • Alo Water in Watermelon/Peach – When I lived up in Raleigh, I had a japanese roommate who loves aloe vera drinks and I have to admit, I really enjoyed the taste!
  • Ola! Handbaked Granola
  • Rickland Orchards Greek Yogurt Coated Granola Bar
  • BelVita Cinnamon Brown Sugar Breakfast Biscuits
  • Bonne Maman Strawberry Preserves – This is the cutest little jar of preserves ever!
  • Erin Baker’s Breakfast Cookie – Made with whole grain oats and sweetened with fruit puree, I’m looking forward to trying this.
  • Jovan’s All Natural Instant Breakfast – A breakfast shake, perfect for those mornings where I’m rushing.
  • Nabisco Newtons Triple Berry – I really love fig newtons so I was thrilled to see this in my box.

That’s it for now!


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