A Spicy Perspective on Life 2.15

Hi Friends! This is our monthly personal update post. I’m sharing all the wild and weird things we’ve been doing this month. Hope you like it!

Ava and Carson Collier - Co Pilots

Over the last month we’ve had some interesting adventures. We’ve actually been out of town several weekends in a row, just trying to make the most of (or escape) the winter weather.

We started the month by taking a flight with some friends over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lt. Dan has been talking about getting his pilots license for years. Yet it’s hard to carve out the time, for flight instruction and practice, but I feel he’s getting a little closer to making it a priority.

Carolina Beach Sunset

The following weekend we decided to drive to the Carolina coast to enjoy a beach weekend with friends. No… we didn’t swim or lay in the sun. It was way too chilly for that. Yet we did relax, eat an awful lot of oysters, and take in some amazing sunsets and sunrises.

It made me realize just how much I miss the wide open skies of the midwest.

Don’t get me wrong… I adore living in Asheville, North Carolina. I love the lush green mountains, I love the relaxed attitude. I love the food culture.

Asheville, North Carolina

However, unless you live on a mountain top, or happen to be driving down I40 at the exact right moment, you never see a proper sunrise or sunset because the mountains are covering them up. The colors always happen when the sun touches low on the horizon, and that is a hard thing to catch in the mountains.

So I mentioned that to my mom and dad, who live in Oklahoma, and they sent me some sunrise and sunsets shots.

This, my friends, is the kind of sunsets and sunrises that I grew up with…

Oklahoma Sunset

Oklahoma Sunset

Oklahoma Sunset


I don’t really want to move for the sake of a sunset, but it did make me think of a project. 

What if we all, you and me, tagged our gorgeous sunsets and sunrises with a special #hashtag so that everyone can bask in their glory on Instagram (or Facebook.)


Will you, will you, will you???

I’ve started tagging Instagram sunrises and sunsets #ProjectPinkSky and would absolutely LOVE it if you tagged yours as well. That way we can compile all the best pink skies together, to sigh and swoon whenever we need a fix.

I can’t wait to see yours!

Detox Chicken Soup

Once we came home from the beach, we decided we needed a detox from all the oysters, fried foods, and key lime pie we enjoyed.

Some wonderful friends of ours own Neo Snacks (amazing organic vegetarian paleo snack bars) and had just come off a soup cleanse. They raved about its benefits, so Dan and I decided we would give it a try. P.S. We will try anything once.

The cleanse comes out of the book Perfect Weight America and is a 10 day detox in which you make huge pots of organic free range chicken and vegetable soup, heavy on ginger. You pretty much just each soup for ten days, and can incorporate salads and fatty fish, once a day as the cleanse progresses.

I will admit, it sounds a little crazy. Yet if you think about it, the soup itself is extremely nourishing and we could have as much as we wanted, so we were certainly not starving ourselves. We were just bored.

This of course is an American problem. It made me realize just how spoiled we are. After all, a large percentage of the world lives on merger beans and rice day in and day out, yet I was terribly bored with large bowls of organic chicken soup for 10 days.

Overall, the detox was successful. We both lost several pounds of bloat and real weight. We kicked our cravings for sugar and heavy carbs. And our tummy’s shrunk so we couldn’t eat as much at each meal after the cleanse.

I would do this cleanse again. I feel it’s safe, healthy, and a reasonable length for most people. You can link to the recipe, but I suggest getting the book if you are interested in trying it. Just be prepared to deal with major meal-time boredom.

Carson Collier

Carson Collier

The rest of the month was spent:

  • Celebrating Carson’s 10th birthday. (It’s killing me how fast he is growing up.)
  • Going out on individual Valentines Dates with each member of the family.
  • And baking awesome treats, but trying not to eat them all.

Stuffed Cookies

We have big plans for next month and I can’t wait to share them with you.

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3 comments on “A Spicy Perspective on Life 2.15

  1. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted March 1, 2015 at 10:10 am Reply

    Those flying shots are gorgeous! ;-)
    I can’t believe Carson is 10! Looks like a great month!

  2. Leigh Anne Wilkeposted March 1, 2015 at 10:11 am Reply

    I love a good sunset. I live in what is the called the “sunset corrider” of Portland, Oregon so we enjoy lots of amazing sunsets too!

    • Sommerposted March 1, 2015 at 8:30 pm Reply

      Oooo Leigh Anne, I’d love to see some of those sky shots!