DIY | Kitchen Renovation On A Budget

Kitchen Renovation On A Budget

Good Morning Everyone! Today we are talking about how to renovate you kitchen on a budget.

Do you have those weekends where you are so busy it doesn’t even feel like a weekend? I feel like that almost every weekend. Including this weekend. I could not bare to look at my builder grade cabinets for one more second so, I decided to paint them.

Wanting to do this the professional way, I went and bought myself a spray gun to use with our compressor. What an epic freaking fail. I guess you can’t put latex paint into a spray gun. Needless to say I was extremely frustrated BUT not defeated. I had put all the effort into removing the cabinets and hard ware there was no way I wasn’t painting them. You may have seen my post on spray painting cabinets here. I used this technique on my bathroom vanity and it turned out fairly well so I decided to do this again.

I painted these cabinets knowing that a full-on kitchen renovation is in our near future. While this is a temporary fix I am not sure I would recommended it for the long term. I am not going to tell you that these cabinets look amazing because that would be a lie, but saying they look bad is not giving them enough credit. They have small chips in them already and in certain lighting you can see the spray marks, but I made the executive decision that I would rather look at flawed painted cabinets than those builder grade oak ones.

DIY Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Now for the deets. I had full intentions of putting my heart and soul into prepping these to be painted but I am just too damn impatient. All I did was remove the hard ware and give them a quick wash with warm soapy water. Seriously. I used 3 cans of Rustoleum grey primer followed by 3 cans of Rusoleum painter’s touch in gloss grey. I definitely could’ve have used another can or two of the gloss paint but again, impatient. I purchased new handles for the drawers and cabinets which made a huge difference. All-in-all the paint cost around $42 and the new handles were around $150.

Rustic Kitchen Decor

Here is some of the décor I have added to the kitchen {from left to right} 1. Chalkboard Menu $20 for the can of paint | 2. Refurbished Hutch $ free as I used left over paint | 3. Sign made from an old picture frame and a glass bottle from Home Sense $10 total.  

I love love love the clearance isles at Home Sense & Winners. Always lots of great finds.

Visit me on instagram and pinterest for more home décor inspiration.




Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies {gluten + oil-free}

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Never have I ever tried making cookies out of vegetables. And never did I think they would turn out this good. Before you get your panties in a knot, I know potatoes are not technically a vegetable, (or are they?) the great debate.

I think the moral of the story here is that I used sweet potatoes to create this pillow-y soft delicious treat. They are gluten and oil free (if you’re into that kind of thing) and you can feel totally guilt-free when shovelling these into your pie hole. Which is what will happen. Trust me.  Sweet potatoes are a complex carbohydrate that are high in fibre, meaning that they will take longer to digest, leaving you fuller for longer! When baked, their vitamin C level rises.

So basically, you can eat these cookies for breakfast if you really want to.

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Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies
Serves 10
A gluten and oil free chocolate chip cookie made with sweet potatoes.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
12 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
12 min
  1. 1 1/3 cup cooked sweet potato
  2. 2 tbsp vanilla almond milk
  3. 1 whole egg
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  6. 1 cup GF oat flour
  7. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  8. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  9. 1/4 tsp sea salt
  10. 1/3 cup chocolate chunks {I used dairy-free enjoy life brand}
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Blend sweet potato with 2 tbsp of almond milk until smooth.
  3. Beat sweet potato puree together with egg, vanilla and maple syrup.
  4. Beat in dry ingredients.
  5. Scoop onto lined baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes.
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  Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies

Will you give these secret vegetable cookies a try?


WIAW: Healthy Weekly Eats 02/18

Good Morning Foodie Friends!

I’ve got some delicious healthy eats from the week to share with you for What I Ate Wednesday. I love WIAW because I gather a lot of meal inspiration from seeing what other bloggers are munching on. I find that I get stuck in food ruts easily so lately I have been challenging myself to try at least one new recipe a week. Let’s get into this weeks eats!

Healthy Meal Planning

1. Oatmeal Cookie Breakfast Milkshake. Recipe posted on my instagram.

2. Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes. Made using Flapjacked protein pancake mix topped with warm homemade apple sauce & protein icing {whisk almond butter, almond milk and protein powder together}.

3. Heart Shaped Pizza. Made with this spelt flour pizza crust, double the recipe for a whole pizza. Topped with prosciutto, green peppers, mango, banana peppers and grass fed cheddar. Bake at 425 for 20-25 minutes.

4. Banana Nut Muffin Over Night Oats. 1/2 cup oats, 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt, 1/2 banana thinly sliced, 1 tbsp almond butter, 1 tbsp walnut chunks, 1 tsp vanilla, pinch of cinnamon & sea salt, 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk,1 tsp ground flax. Mix together and let sit over night in the fridge – I warm mine up in the AM.

5. Sticky Chicken Thighs with Cauliflower Rice. Adapted from this recipe.

6. Steak Salad. Made this after constantly drooling over paleomg ‘s pictures on instagram. SO good.

You can always creep me on instagram or pinterest for more healthy meal inspiration!  


Do you guys have go-to weekly meals? Where do you find inspiration for new recipes?


Salted Grapefruit Oatmeal Loaf {flour-less + oil free}

Salted Grapefruit Oatmeal Loaf Recipe

You guys. It took a lot of filters to make this loaf look appealing. I HATE shooting food porn without natural lighting. It just doesn’t work. Please. Please. Please do not let the terrible lighting stray you from baking this recipe.

Grapefruit is something that is fairly new to me. I always new it existed because my Grandma eats it every day for breakfast. I once took a bite of it but decided I would stick to eating her homemade waffles with powdered sugar. I have seen a lot of hype about grapefruit in the media lately so figured I would give it a try.

Benefits of grapefruit:

- low in calories, high in fiber.

- high in vitamin C. vitamin c helps support the immune system and prevents the oxidation of cholesterol.

- the limonoids found in grapefruits inhibit tumor formation.

This recipe uses ground oats in place of regular flour and full fat, plain greek yogurt in place of butter. If you are looking for a mid-morning snack that is going to keep you satiated and energized, this is it! Head over to Peas and Crayons to see what other bloggers are munching on for What I Ate Wednesday!

Salted Grapefruit Oatmeal Loaf
A subtly sweet treat made with ground oats and greek yogurt for a lightened up loaf!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
  1. 1 whole egg
  2. 3/4 cup full fat, plain greek yogurt (sub yogurt of choice)
  3. 1 tsp vanilla
  4. 1/2 cup almond milk
  5. 1/2 grapfruit, torn into peices
  6. 2 cups of oats, ground into flour (use certified GF if needed)
  7. 1/4 cup baking blend truvia (sub sweetener of choice)
  8. 1 tsp baking powder
For Garnish
  1. 1 tbsp coconut flakes
  2. 1 tbsp oats
  3. pinch of cinnamon
  4. pinch of sea salt
  5. pinch of coconut sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, yogurt, vanilla and sugar together until smooth. Mix in dry ingredients and grapefruit pieces until just combined.
  2. Pour into greased loaf pan and top with desired garnishes. The cinnamon, sugar and salt really help contrast the flavor of the grapefruit.
  3. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.
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WIAW: Making healthy swaps in your diet.

Happy Hump Day Friends!

..also know as: What I Ate Wednesday.

Today’s post is all about making healthy swaps in your diet. This is not to be confused with subbing out fat free/sugar free/low fat etc. etc. products because for the most part – these items are NOT healthy substitutes at all!


Strawberries And Cream Protein Shake

If you are currently drinking a slimfast {or any type of diet shake} swap it out for a fresh made smoothie. Include an equal balance of carbs, protein and a healthy fat source to ensure that your smoothie will leave you full and satisfied.

Carbs: Frozen Fruit, Oats, Your Favorite Cereal, Sweet Potato.

Healthy Fats: Raw Nut Butter, Avocado, Flax Seed, Chia Seed, Coconut Oil.

Protein: Your Favorite Protein Powder, Greek Yogurt, Pasteurized Egg Whites (you can’t taste them at all), Spinach, Kale, Nuts.


Spaghetti Squash

If you are currently eating a lean cuisine {or any type of “low cal” pre-packaged lunch} swap it out for leftovers! I purposely make extra dinner the night before so I have enough for lunch the next day. My boyfriend is not into healthy eating as much as I am so I have to come up with dishes that will suit us both. Pictured here is homemade spaghetti sauce with bison, I cooked him whole spelt noodles and served mine with spaghetti squash! Spaghetti squash is a great nutrient packed, lower carb substitution for pasta noodles. Sometimes I will also do half noodles and half zucchini noodles!


Yogurt Bowl Healthy Snack

If you are eating a fat-free, low calorie yogurt sub it out for FULL FAT greek yogurt. For one, I highly doubt that 50 calorie yogurt is leaving you satisfied after eating it. Two, what is the point of eating it if it has been stripped of all it’s nutritional value? Three, have you ever tried FULL FAT greek yogurt. OMG, it is so creamy and delicious and satisfying. If you really want bonus points, buy plain greek yogurt and sweeten it yourself. I like to top my yogurt with a handful of homemade granola or a crumbled up baked goodie.



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If you are eating meat every night why not give meatless Monday a try! There are tons of great vegan and vegetarian bloggers out there with recipes that are sure to please everyone in the family. Minimalist Baker, Edible Perspective and Oh She Glows are some of my favorites. Pictured above is my thai noodle salad, one of my boyfriends (huge carnivore’s) favorites!


Skinny Chocolate Cupcakes

First of all, if you’re not eating dessert every night you absolutely should be! Do not deny your sweet tooth people. I always have some healthy baked goods on hand OR whip up a mug cake in no time. See below for some of my favorites treats:

Skinny Chocolate Cupcakes w| Cream Cheese Frosting

Smores Chia Pudding

Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Read your labels! Not everything marketed “healthy” or “low calorie” is all that it seems. By transitioning your diet from store bought, processed foods to nutritious, home made food will allow your body to run at it’s full potential. Noticeable changes may include effortless weight maintenance, increased energy and healthy skin, hair and nails.




Five Things Friday: Girl Boss Edition

Good Morning internet friends! &TGIF

We made it through another week! Funny how the time flies when you enjoy what you do. I recently started a new job back in December with the local Ford dealership doing marketing. I am totally enjoying it. So cliché but it doesn’t even feel like “work.” It is also nice having a set 8-5/mon-fri schedule. Before I started here I was working 2 jobs, starting usually at 8am and then sometimes not finishing until 1am. Yikes.

With all this free time on my hands I have started taking my DIY projects to the next level. A few weeks back I built myself a blanket ladder, I also made a second one thinking that if I could sell that blanket for what it cost to make the both of them, mine would be free! Little did I know that this little game plan of mine would snow ball into a full-blown custom furniture building side business. Girl Boss in full effect.

So here I am, back at square one. Starting work at 8am and then finishing up in my workshop around 12 am. And I wouldn’t change a thing. Find what you love to do and it won’t seem like a job!


Toast squared. Banana w/ almond butter + cinnamon and avocado w/ cracked pepper + sea salt. I cannot get enough of avo toast lately. I literally eat it every day at lunch.

Avocado & Banana Toast

Protein PB banana bread. You can find ze recipe HERE. I warm it up and top it with a scoop of so delicious coconut milk ice cream for dessert. Soooooo good.

Protein Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Homemade pizza + greek salad. I used a whole wheat pita and topped it with mariara, chicken, broccoli, peppers and cheese. All the cheese. Baked till’ crispy perfection. Topped with hot sauce.

Oat Flour Pizza Crust

Healthy cookie dough milkshake. Sometimes I add oats in this and have it for breakfast. Don’t judge me. You can find the recipe for this HERE.

Healthy Cookie Dough Milkshake

Peanut butter & jam waffle sandwich. Waffles are still making a weekly appearance. {4-5 times a week}

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Pallet storage crates. I’m obsessed with these little buggers. Totes’ adorable.

DIY Rustic Storage Crate

This chippy paint rustic frame. If you follow me on instagram, you probably had a good chuckle over this already.

DIY Rustic Picture Frame

Cute sharpie mugs that you’ve probably all pinned 2 or 3 times.

DIY Sharpie Mugs

My absolute favorite.. Rustic rolling storage cart. Love love love how the pop of teal turned out.


Chalkboard top coffee table. Again with the pop of teal. Cause I love it so darn much!!!


You can see my project page at or follow me on pinterest!


1. Save enough money to attend BLEND. PS – who has already bought tickets?!

2. Get back into gym routine. Been slacking, I miss running!

3. Attend a yoga class once a week. I really miss this and my body craves a good stretch.

4. Try one new recipe a week. Do you have any suggestions for me?!

5. Read every night before bed. No more screens!

I need suggestions for books + eats!! What are your current faves?





Protein Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Sometimes I see recipes that say, “the BEST” in the title. And I’m like, that’s a pretty bold statement. While I truly wanted to put it in the title of this recipe, I will just let you be the judge. Last week my good friends over at Flapjacked sent me some samples to try! I just LOVE getting snail mail. {Especially when it comes in the form of food.}

Protein Banana Bread

What I love about this mix:

- everything.

No but for reals. This stuff is great! High in protein, low sugar content and SUPER EASY to cook with. All you do is add a 1 to 1 ratio of mix to water, stir + cook. Great for people who are pressed for time in the morning OR for those to never seem to get the perfect protein pancake. For those of you who like a little adventure, this mix also works great for baking!

Protein Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Makes Two Mini Loaves

1 cup of Flapjacked Banana Hazelnut protein pancake mix
1 cup spelt flour
1 whole egg
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
2 extra ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup coconut sugar
dash of sea salt
2 tbsp peanut butter (optional but not really UNLESS you have an allergy)
2 tbsp oats (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Place all ingredients excluding the peanut butter and oats into a blender. Pour into greased loaf pans. Top each loaf with 1 tbsp of peanut butter and oats. Bake for 30 minutes.

This Peanut Butter Banana Protein Bread is so soft, light and fluffy with the perfect amount of sweetness.



Please note that while Flapjacked sent me these samples to try at no charge, I was not compensated for my time and all opinions expressed are strictly my own!


Had to redraw from Canadian IP’s.. company could not ship to US addresses. 

Congratulations to Kaila! You have been randomly drawn for the NCN prize pack!

THANK-YOU to everyone who entered. More giveaways comin’ your way in the future.


Stop focusing on what you eat and start living your LIFE.

Eating Disorder Recovery

Good Morning Friends!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted on the subject of eating disorders. If you have been following me for a while than you are most likely aware of my struggles. However, if you are new to my blog here are some posts that will catch you up with my story:

How I started to overcome my ED

I use to want to be skinny

Life after an ED

It recently occurred to me that I have absolutely zero “food police” thoughts anymore. I am fortunate in that my body tends to crave healthier foods but I would be lying if I said I don’t use full fat cream and sugar free syrup in my coffee everyday. And that sometimes I go to Menchie’s twice a week. And that last Friday we had take-out pizza.

Some of you may be thinking, “, that sounds like a normal week to me.” And you are absolutely right! But for those who struggle with food freedom, a week like that would be enough to drive someone crazy with regret.

I get it, I really do. I know what it feels like to experience a binge episode. I know what it feels like to over exert yourself in the gym to try and make up for what you ate on the weekend. I know what it feels like to constantly be thinking about your next meal. So when I write on this subject, I want you to trust that I have gone through the same struggles.

I began reflecting on what has changed from then up until now and it was that I began living my OWN life. Not the life that I thought would impress people. The life that made me, Tatum, happy. I changed jobs three times until I found one that I didn’t dread going to every day and that recognized me for my hard word. I ate what I want, when I felt like it. I took a break from blogging and instagram. I started up a small business creating furniture and home accents {being creative is something I have always had a passion for}.

No one cares if you ate a salad for lunch. No one cares if you wear a size X jeans. And no one cares how many yoga classes you went to this week. Let’s face it, we live in a very selfish world and people only care about themselves. Don’t waste any more times doing things that you think will please others, but don’t please yourself.

Stop focusing on what you eat and start living your life.

Today I am linking up with one of my favorite bloggers, Amanda @ Running With Spoons. Head over to her blog to see what others are Thinking Out Loud.




{Healthier} Cookie Dough Milkshake

Healthier Cookie Dough Milk shake

 Welcome to the most mis-leading recipe post, ever.  You may have already noticed that that is in fact cereal topped on my milkshake.. Allow me to explain. You see, I needed a little pick me up before making this smoothie so I decided to munch on a cookie not realizing that there were only two cookies left. As you will read below, this recipe requires TWO whole wheat chocolate chip cookies. 

Hakuna Matata. I topped it with love grown power o’s. It’s not cookie chunks, but it worked. For those of you that don’t follow me on instagram {you really should} click HERE to see the picture I posted from the other evening.. that actually had cookie crumbles.

Healthier Cookie Dough Milk shake  

So aside from the edible oil product {cool whip}, you could definitely call this cookie dough milkshake healthy. And you can definitely omit the cool whip, but it will take away from the creaminess that really makes it second best to Dairy Queen. I didn’t actually look on the cool whip container to see if it contained dairy products - is cool whip vegan? 

That was a joke.


As always, I used North Coast Naturals 100% iso-whey in this recipe. If you are wanting to try some of this product yourself click HERE to enter in my give-away for your chance to win a HUGE prize pack. Contest closes Friday {January 23rd}. Happy smoothie-ing.

Healthier Cookie Dough Milkshake
Healthier cookie dough milkshake using frozen bananas and protein powder.
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Cook Time
2 min
Cook Time
2 min
  1. 1 large frozen banana
  2. 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  3. 1/2 tbsp ground flax seed
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 2 tbsp fat free cool whip
  6. 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  7. pinch of cinnamon
  8. pinch of salt
  9. 2 whole wheat chocolate chip cookies (see previous post)
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender except cookies and blend until smooth.
  2. Place in one of the cookies in blender and pulse a couple times, you want chunks of cookie to be left.
  3. Crumble up the second cookie on top.
  4. Face plant.
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