Carrot Turmeric Soup

I've been spending a lot of time in the kitchen lately, coming up with recipes with left over veggies I have in my fridge.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I'm trying to shed some weight which means I've been browsing for veggies while in the grocery store and trying to stay away from the potato chip aisles. 
It's forced me to become more creative in the kitchen, because I'm not about to let good veggies go to waste! 
The other day I had some carrots that needed to be used so I threw this soup together and it was DELICIOUS! 
It's super easy to make and makes a great lunch with a ton of nutritious ingredients. 


6 carrots 

2 celery stalks chopped
1/2 orange pepper
1 medium yellow onion chopped
1 clove of garlic chopped
1 tbs ginger chopped 
2 tsp turmeric
1 tbs coconut oil
1 cup coconut milk
2 cups vegetable stock

1. In a large skillet melt coconut oil over medium high heat.
2. Add celery, yellow onion, garlic, gingerand turmeric cook until fragrant.
 About 3-5 minutes.
3. Add carrots, orange pepper and vegetable stock.
 Bring to a boil.
4. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook slowly, about 25 minutes or until carrots are tender.
5. Stir in coconut milk.
6. Transfer soup to a blender and blend until smooth.
7. Enjoy



Kid Approved Gluten Free Chicken Fingers

If you're a mom, chances are Chicken Fingers are a staple in your home.

I used to stock up on frozen chicken fingers when they were on sale and feed them to my kids at least 3 nights a week before we found out Luca was dairy/gluten intolerant, because it was one of the only meals my kids would actually eat! 

When we cut dairy/gluten out of our home I knew I would have to find a way to make one of Luca's favourite meals. I spent a lot of time searching for the perfect recipe on Pinterest.
We tried a few recipes and tweaked them until we found the chicken fingers Luca liked best! 

In the picture below I serve these with store bought Ketchup but you can totally make your own ketchup to go with them, or my personal fave - honey mustard! 


4 chicken breasts
2 eggs
salt & pepper
1 cup almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 tbs Italian seasoning 
2 tbs olive oil 

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
2. Cut chicken breasts into strips.
3. Crack eggs into medium bowl and mix with a fork.
4. Add salt and pepper to egg mixture.
5. In another medium bowl mix almond flour, coconut flour and Italian seasoning together.
6. Dip chicken strip in egg mixture then move to flour mixture to coat evenly. 
7. Place breaded chicken strip onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
8. Repeat until all chicken strips are on baking sheet.
9. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 25 minutes.
10. Enjoy! 

These are also super easy to make, so get the kids involved in cooking! 
My middle daughter had so much fun helping me prepare these for dinner last week! 

15 Things To Do During A No Spend Month

We are four days into the No Spend Challenge and so far so good!
I did slip up yesterday, which I wrote about over on this Instagram post.
I also had to spend today unexpectedly when I couldn't find any mitts for my son and my daughter told me last minute that her bathing suit was too small and she needs one for this Friday.
I've had a lot of people say it would be IMPOSSIBLE to do a No Spend because of things like the above popping up, but this challenge is all about forming better habits and being intentional with your money! 
I walked out of the store today with just the two items I went in for, where as if I wasn't doing the No Spend Challenge, I most likely would've given in to all the amazing sales around me, so I still count this as a WIN.

We tend to form habits of unnecessary spending, such as going to the drive thru everyday for coffee and often believe that we can't do anything FUN without spending, which isn't true at all.

 I've created a list of 15 Things To Do During A No Spend Challenge to give you some ideas.
Don't forget to Join my No Spend Month Facebook Group.
It's a place to be encouraged by others who are doing the same Challenge and it doesn't matter if you're starting today or next week! Do what you can.

Update: Luca's Allergies

{Luca enjoying a vegan, gluten free donut from RIPE.}

It's been a while since I've talked about cutting out Dairy & Gluten.
I mentioned in this post that we discovered that our 4 year old son has a severe intolerance to casein, the protein found in dairy, and wheat.
We decided to cut dairy and gluten out completely as a family to see how this would help Luca.
After about a month, we noticed a huge difference in his behaviour and his skin had cleared up of most of his eczema.
He has been sleeping better and is far less irritable which has been AMAZING!
The girls, Louis and I stuck to the strict dairy and gluten free for a while, but eventually we started reintroducing both to the girls and Louis, which Luca was completely understanding about! 
He's been such a good sport about it all!
We made sure that when we were celebrating the girls birthdays with cake that he had his own special gluten and dairy free cake.
I'm sure it might change, but he loves getting to have his own special food.
When we order pizza, we get him gluten free crust with just the sauce and he absolutely loves it! 
He especially loves that he gets the whole pizza to himself :)
As for me, I've kept gluten out of my diet and for the most part I've been staying away from dairy.
I will occasionally have coffee with cream if I don't have access to coconut milk, which is my non dairy preference, and I occasionally sneak chocolate and ice cream.
Since eliminating gluten from my diet I've seen tremendous benefits as well! 
I'm no longer bloated and I have so much more energy! 
I've also started growing some hair back where it was thinning before and my eczema has almost completely cleared up! 
Not to mention, my weekly migraines have gone down to maybe once a month! 
Overall, finding out that Luca has these tolerances has been such a blessing to our family.
It's made me more aware of what we are putting into our bodies and we have been eating far healthier as a family.
We have been trying to stick to natural, organic foods best we can, where as before I didn't really think too much about the foods the kids ate.
Luca had a skin allergy test last week and he was tested for wheat and dairy allergies and they both came back negative.
The Dr. said we can slowly start introducing these things, but because we know he does have an intolerance to both, and we have seen such amazing results from eliminating these things, we don't plan on reintroducing them.
I've noticed even for myself, when I slipped up and ate gluten, I feel absolutely awful! 
I had a piece of cake back in January with some Pizza as a "cheat day" and I was left feeling like I had a hangover.
Bloating, headache, extreme fatigue.
That was a major sign for me, that I am much better without gluten in my system! 

NO Spend Month Challenge

Happy March 1st, Friends! 
I am so excited for March because it means Spring is around the corner and so is our 20 hour road trip!!
I'm also excited to invite you all to do the 
NO Spend Challenge with me starting TODAY!

Why Do A No Spend Month?!
The WHY will be different for each of you.
Maybe you are trying to pay down debt, get into the habit of spending less, or want to become aware of which areas you can be cutting back on - it will be different for each one of you.
Our Family of five ( and my mom ) are travelling to Tulsa, OK & Chicago, IL this May on a 20 hour road trip (I'll share more about that in another post).
We have already paid for our accommodations, but I thought it would be a fun idea to do a NO Spend Month for the month of March to help us save a bit of extra spending money!
So that is our WHY.

Haven't Heard Of A NO Spend Month?
No Problem! I'll explain it to you! 
Basically, for a WHOLE month you commit to NO unnecessary spending what so ever! 
Now this is going to look different for every individual and family doing this challenge, YOU make your own rules.

How Do I Start?
I sat down and came up with TWO lists and I suggest you do the same to get started.
You need a CAN BUY list that includes all the things you are allowing yourself to spend money on during the challenge and a CAN'T BUY list of all the things you will not be spending money on during the challenge.

Here are my lists:




Some people choose to go VERY extreme with this and only allow themselves to stock up on groceries before a NO Spend Month and only allow themselves to buy fresh produce, milk etc during the challenge. 
I am not doing this, but I did lower our grocery budget quite significantly and I'm going to stick to that new budget!
I also lowered my monthly GAS bill down from $200 to $80!
I believe I can do this by planning out my shopping better, and walking the kids to school instead of driving.


I have created a PRIVATE Facebook Group for anyone joining this Challenge with me as a place where we can share our journey, challenges and successes with each other. 

You can Join HERE.

Will You Be Joining Me This Month?
Use the hashtag #kelseydianenospend

And for those of you who have been asking, YES, I am still doing the 40 Bags In 40 Days Challenge.
I did take a few days off of it, but I will be back at it today tackling my front hall closet! 
I will share an update on the blog sometime next week with you all as well. 
I think the NO Spend Challenge goes perfectly with the 40 Bags In 40 Days Challenge as well, because it will keep me busy, and allow me to sell some items to put towards my savings! 

How To Update The Outside Of Your Home For Under $150

Happy Thursday!
I took a little break from the #40bagsin40days challenge today to bring you this post :)
A few days ago a friend from high school sent me a DM asking if I had any budget friendly ideas on updating the outside of a home.
It got me thinking, that I really need to tackle this area of my home this Spring as well so I sourced some of my favourite pieces.
Everything I chose is under $50 with most even under the $10 mark! 

What areas of your home are you hoping to update this Spring?

Days 1 & 2 of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge

I am writing this on Day 3 of the 40 bags in 40 days challenge that I told you guys about in my last post.
I filmed a bit of my progress from Days 1 and 2 in a youtube video that I will leave at the bottom of the post.

So far, this challenge has been very eye opening only three days in.
I cannot believe how much stuff we have accumulated in our home! 
Especially since we make trips to the donation centre monthly! 

I guess when you have three kids though, the stuff just piles up without having time to notice.
I'm honestly feeling a bit overwhelmed today with ALL the stuff.

I am sitting here writing this instead of facing the mountains of stuff, because I needed a breather! 
Clutter majorly STRESSES me out.

I should have accumulated 3 bags by today but I have actually filled 7 bags already.
Some of those bags being garbage, but most of it I am either selling or donating.

Things I've learned about myself so far three days in:

1 - I don't let go of items as easily as I think I do. 
2- I need to try to give more experience gifts instead of things that just end up collecting dust on a shelf.
3- I'm pretty sure this is going to end up taking longer than 40 days! 

Get More Info On The #40BagsIn40Days Challenge over on White House Black Shutters