My name is Nicole, and I am on a mission to prove that healthy living can be fun and delicious. I am a Registered Nurse with a Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration, and I believe in a holistic approach to health and life. I believe spiritual health is just as important as physical health for our overall well-being and quality of life. I like to focus on things that make me happy and strive to keep an optimistic attitude. I am however, realistic and don’t particularly like to sugar coat reality. Life isn’t perfect, I am not perfect, and I don’t want to portray that image. I want to share how to make healthy living a priority in our crazy, stressful, and sometimes difficult lives. I also want to emphasize that when we make healthy living a priority, we find more happiness, energy, optimism, and balance. I am on this journey with all of you, and hopefully we can learn together and help each other along the way.
A little bit about me…
I have a smart, handsome, and witty husband (Kevin) who supports most of my crazy ideas (I have a lot). I tend to be a little bit stubborn, and once I have made up my mind it can be really hard to change it…and I tend to make up my mind before I present an idea to Kevin (I need to work on that), so I am blessed to have such a supportive husband. He is also a great taste-tester for all of my recipes. He is not one to sugar coat things (one of the things I love about him), so if it’s bad he’ll tell me. He is also a good sport about eating almost everything I make. His limitations are mushrooms, kale, and pumpkin desserts (all of which I love, so I make them anyway)!
I also have 2 beautiful kids (Oakley and Dexter). Oakley is my sweet, tender hearted, and dainty little girl. She is a mama’s girl, and my shopping and cooking buddy. She is also a great taste tester, meaning…she is incredibly PICKY, so if I make something she will eat I know I have a WINNER (unfortunately this doesn’t happen all that often). The girl could live off of waffles, yogurt, apples, granola bars, oranges, cookies, and milk (notice there are no vegetables on that list).
Finally I have a handsome, curious, and busy baby boy, Dexter. Dexter is unique because he has Down Syndrome. We found out he had Down Syndrome after he was born, and our lives have been changed for the better ever since. He is a very easy, content, and happy little boy and so fun to have in our family. Dexter isn’t much of a taste-tester, because he will eat almost anything, which doesn’t make him a very reliable critic. I have also included a Down Syndrome tab on my blog, and periodically post health issues related to Down Syndrome.
I have many hobbies and interests, but usually not enough time pursue them all as much as I would like (isn’t that the case for everyone). I love to shop, hike, travel, read/study, decorate, and create. I have always been a left-brained thinker, but have found myself leaning a little bit more toward the right side of the brain as an adult. My passion is nutrition, and the science, theories, beliefs, misconceptions, and hype around nutrition. I rarely read novels, but I have read numerous nutrition and diet books (I know I am a nerd). My passion is reflected in this blog. Although, I am a huge believer in holistic health and post about all aspects of health, the majority of my posts are nutrition related – usually recipes.
I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or in other words I am a Mormon. My faith is a huge part of my life and of who I am. If you would like to learn more about my church please visit lds.org or Mormon.org