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Are Nuts Paleo? (Video Update) + And the Winner is …

27 Feb

Hi Friends!

Thanks so much to all who entered my first-ever Paleo giveaway! It was fun to see the tweets being shared and to see the entries come in. Before I announce the winner (oh the suspense!) I wanted to make sure you saw this video I made for you about nuts and whether they are Paleo or healthy. I talked about this issue in a post I shared last week and, after doing research, I have some precautions for you. Just click the image to be taken to the video.

KateUpdates Are Nuts Paleo?

And the winner is …


Congratulations, Amy :) ! Please email me your address: katebfinley@gmail.com.

Thanks again to everyone who participated!

~ Kate

Whole Foods, Power Outage and My Grocery Basket for 1.28.13

31 Jan

So, I had an adventure during my grocery trip this week. It all started when I got home from grocery shopping at Whole Foods … First of all, I love Whole Foods. I will say, the first couple times I went, I felt rather overwhelmed with all the options. The layout of the fruits and veggies was confusing because they put the organic options at the forefront and I thought that was all they had. Don’t get me wrong, I like organic but I’m also not one of those people who has to have organic produce. I like to choose local produce when possible but I like to save money too. Anyway, if you haven’t been to Whole Foods yet, you should definitely go for the experience.

It’s like a Target for all natural, organic and specialty foods. I can always find coconut aminios and other stuff like that. Warning: You will most likely spend more than you usually do if you visit Whole Foods because they have such convenient, Paleo-friendly stuff it’s easy to over-spend. All that to say, I got my groceries and was feeling all on top of it, ready to share my grocery basket with you.

Then, it happened. I arrived at home and found that the power was completely out in the entire building and city block.

A little background for you, Daniel and I live at the top of a 17-story building. When the power is out, the elevators, refrigerator and lights do NOT work. After walking up 10 of flights of stairs with my groceries (OMG), I realized that I didn’t fully think my “just suck it up and do it” strategy through … why would I bring my cold groceries up to my non-running fridge?? Oops. SO anyway … I proceeded to take my groceries BACK down the stairs and out to the car. I then used my cell phone as  light to get up the 17 flights of stairs. Whew. I made that count as my workout for Sunday. My calves were on fire.

It’s funny how we take things like electricity for granted. After that whole ordeal I was ready to call it a night and just do some work and update my blog … but no power means no internet. Oh yeah, that makes sense … SO, that was this week’s grocery adventure. I will say that Daniel and I got creative and pulled out all the candles and it was nice to not have any extra noise or distractions. However, I’d much rather have electricity, thank you very much!

Oh, and here are the contents of my grocery basket:

KateUpdates Grocery Basket 1.28.13

I somehow managed to forget coconut milk (boo!) so I had to make a quick trip to pick some up. Also, that Goya coconut milk that Daniel picked up during our last shopping trip? No good. It was all separated and it actually contained nitrates. Yuck. So, avoid that brand.

2 cartons of eggs

1 half gallon of milk (for Daniel)

2 filets

1 lb ground beef

1 pack of all natural brats

1 pack of all natural spicy italian sausage

1 lb of bacon

1 pack of green beans

1 carton of baby bella whole mushrooms

Brussel sprouts

1 eggplant (I had never cooked with eggplant before so this was a risk. It turned out great! I’ll share the recipe next week.)

1 carton of guacamole (SO good but more pricey than making it yourself)

2 russet potatoes

3 sweet potatoes

1 garlic bulb

1 yellow onion

1 english cucumber

2 packs of jerky


2 apples

almond butter

2 pears

dates (I’m going to make a bacon-wrapped date recipe for the big game on Sunday … will share.)

5 Larabars

What did you get at the grocery store this week? Did you take any food risks like I did with the eggplant? Share your grocery list on my Facebook page!

~ Kate


Announcing Project Style Share! + Use Pinstagram to Simplify Pinterest Campaigns

18 Dec


Note: This post was put together just as Instagram made a big announcement about how they use your photos. Be sure to read it.

Earlier this month, I was chatting with some friends on Facebook about the clothes we were wearing that day (yes, people actually do that) when I had an idea. What if  we created a board on Pinterest where we could share snapshots of our style every day for a designated period of time? We could even open the idea up to others so they could join in! I thought we could share pictures daily or as often as possible from New Year’s Eve throughout January. Fun idea, right?

I quickly announced the idea to my friends before thinking through all the details because I didn’t think it would be too challenging. I love using Pinterest so I’d just make a board where we could start accumulating pins. Well, this proved to be more difficult and time-intensive than I initially anticipated … Before getting into that, here’s the BIG IDEA:

Project Style Share
If you love clothes, style and accessories: Project Style Share is for you! It’s a fun way to connect with others by sharing ideas and highlighting your personal style. The rules are simple, take a photo of your attire or an accessory & share it on Instagram (Type: #projectstyleshare in the description so we can find it and pin it to our “Project Style Share” board on Pinterest) beginning New Year’s Eve through January 31st. Post a picture daily or as you’re able!

KateUpdates Project Style Share

Notice how I mentioned Instagram there? Well that’s because, as it turns out, Pinterest isn’t as easy to navigate as you’d think when it comes to hashtags and searching. At least, not for this sort of campaign. Here’s why:

  1. There isn’t a collaborative board option on Pinterest. Yes, they have secret boards but what about public boards? Sure, you can invite other pinners manually and grant them access to pin freely to your board if you follow them. However, if you’re trying to create a campaign that allows pinners to interact with each other on a central board, there isn’t really an uncomplicated option.
  2. Pinterest search is different. Whereas in Twitter and Instagram you can perform a search and find every mention of a particular hashtag or keyword, Pinterest ranks its pins and approaches search differently. Meaning, you can’t search by hashtags like #projectstyleshare and see everyone who used that hashtag. Instead, pin searches are ranked by how many times pines are repinned or liked. This poses a BIG problem when you want to find the content people are sharing or if they’re mentioning your brand by name.

So what did I do?

  • After my research, I decided to turn this into an Instagram campaign because utilizing hashtags is incredibly simple in comparison. Friends I’ve manually added to the Project Style Share pinboard can pin automatically and I’ll add others photos as I see them on Instagram.
  • However, there’s still problems with that option: Instagram doesn’t allow you to pin to Pinterest and vice versa.
  • Que Pinstagram. I’ll use this handy-dandy program to automagically pin from Instagram to my board:

KateUpdates Pinstagram

There you have it. As it stands, I think I found the best solution for this particular situation and I hope you gained some knowledge/ideas in the process. Know of an easier way to do this? Dish!

Also, please help spread the word about Project Style Share and consider participating beginning New Year’s Eve 😉

~ Kate