Baked Chickpeas – Sarah Elsea Style

What a lovely surprise it was to have Sarah Elsea walk into my old work a few years ago! From day one, the two of us bonded over our shared love of J.Crew’s tissue turtlenecks, candy, wedding planning, and now blogging. Even though we don’t work together anymore (ICYMI, I moved to Chicago), we still chat several times a week to check in on each other and vent about what’s happening in our lives.

Sarah and I started our blogs around the same time and we’ve been helping each other figure this whole #bloggerlife out. I think together, we have a total of maybe 300 followers, but we’re getting there?!

When Sarah shared her easy baked chickpea recipe, I knew I had to share it with my followers. So… head on over to Sarah’s page, give her a follow, and try out this awesome recipe. I know I will!

Making New Friends in a New City

Recently, I was asked to be a guest blogger on a local Detroit women empowerment blog site. You may remember my first post for them back in March of 2018 about balancing my busy lifestyle with self-care. This time, I wrote about my experience of moving to Chicago and my attempt at making new friends. Moral of the story: making new friends as an adult is hard enough, but making new ones in a new city is even harder.

Have you moved somewhere new where you’ve had to create new friend groups? What steps did you take to establish your relationships? I’ll take any tips I can get!

The One Thing That’s Always In My Purse

Welcome to a new series of posts that I’m calling “Two Minute Reads”. These posts will consist of little blurbs or word vomits that don’t need a research paper to support. Hope you enjoy 🙂

Let me start off this Two Minute Read by saying that this is NOT.AN.AD. I’m not nearly cool enough to be sponsored – I just really stand by this product so much that I felt the need to share it with all of you!

Glutenease by Enzymedica has been a savior when eating out at restaurants and even at dinner parties at friends’ homes. Similar to Lactaid, Glutenease breaks down gluten proteins to make them easier to digest for Celiacs. It’s not perfect and I can definitely still tell that I’ve eaten something my body hates, but the pain is substantially less than what it could have been. It’s important to note that I’m not going around eating bread and pasta – this comes as a last resort if I think I’ve accidentally eaten something that’s been cross-contaminated, which we Celiacs know can happen more often than we hope. Glutenease isn’t cheap, which is a bummer, but it’s worth having around if you’re a Celiac like me. Bonus – it’s vegan, kosher, and non-GMO!

Do you use Glutenease or something similar? I’d love to hear your thoughts – comment below!