LiveWhole365: Favorite Kitchen Tools

Just a quick update — I totally used 3 cheat days this weekend while we were in Nashville and it was amazing! Except, then it wasn’t, you know, afterwards. I am finally feeling great again after eating Whole this week. I obviously need to not go so crazy when I cheat and maybe just stick to a bite or two.

I have a whole slew of things that I love in my kitchen. I’m not much for small appliances (no, you can not take up my counter space), but I do love really good tools that make my time in the kitchen easier. I put together a list of my favorites, you certainly don’t have to have these, but they sure do make things easier.
whole30 kitchen favorites


Wustoff Knives — Here’s the thing, a good set of knives is certainly pricey, but after trading in ours for a set of Wustoff Ikons, I don’t know that I could go back now that I’ve tried these. We literally baby them, too. They are probably one of my favorite things in our whole kitchen.

Wustoff Knives

Avocado Slicer– This is amazing!! It will do everything you need for your avocado, and gives me perfect slices in the end, and you can chop them up smaller if you want to add to your salad.


Mandoline Slicer– I love this little contraption! I use it mostly to make sweet potato and zucchini chips, but it is so sharp and will slice whatever you need. This particular brand has a few different options for thickness.

Potatoes sliced with mandolin

Potato Cutter– So this will change the way you make french fries at home! They are all cut perfectly even and cook at the same rate, so you don’t have 1/2 a pan of burnt or undercooked home made fries.

sweet potato fries

Spiralizer– Zoodles or sweet potato fries, for the win! I’m sure you can do one thousand other things, but those are the favorite functions, across the board.

Salad Shears – I ordered these from Pampered Chef and literally use them almost daily. To cut lettuce or spinach, or even to shred meat once it has been cooked in the crock pot. They work perfectly every time.

Ninja Kitchen System (ON SALE right now) – Perfect for blending, but I love the additional attachment like the food processor and the smaller cups for smoothies. Did I mention I don’t love kitchen appliances? I love this one because it eliminates me needing several different appliances and acts as an all-in-one.

I’ll be posting on the Instagram account this week AND next (and if I can get my act together, I’ll be sharing some before and afters next Friday, I have been so pleased with the progress so far). You can follow along at @livewhole365.

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weekend in nashville

Nashville is such a fun city and a short drive from our house, so when I saw Allen’s birthday fell on a Saturday this year, I grabbed a couple of tickets to the Grand Ole Opry and we planned a weekend trip with our neighbors.  Half-way through the Green River Ordinance’s performance of Red Fire Night, I felt certain Allen might declare he was moving to Nashville to join a band. His music-loving heart was in heaven!

We started things off right with a trip to Hattie B’s downtown. And Birmingham friends, did you hear we were getting one?! It was totally worth using a cheat day.

Hot Hattie B's


We went out later that night and caught a band downtown.



Nashville trip


Y’all, child free vacation are not typically our thing, and it totally felt weird the whole time. Don’t get me wrong, we had so much fun and it was much needed, but I’m so ready for our upcoming Disney trip.

Saturday morning Audra and I hit up the Blowout bar, and I’m requesting one of these in Birmingham, as soon as possible. We grabbed breakfast and did a little shopping at Opry Mills, before eating (again!) at Solaria in the Gaylord.





We headed over to the Grand Ole Opry, and I was thrilled to see my favorite character from Nashville, Charles Esten, or you might know him as DEACON, performing. There were several other artists and they were all fantastic as well, but the Opry doesn’t confirm the singers until the week of, so purchasing tickets is sort of a gamble. I’m glad the cards fell like they did!

Deacon at Grand Ole Opry

photo courtesy of @GrandOleOpry Instagram

Sunday morning we headed back home, but not before brunch at The Southern and a little chocolate whiskey cake for the birthday boy! 
Allen's birthday trip

We made it home for a little birthday celebration and Super Bowl watching at my parents. 


on my bookshelf… january

My goal for the year is to read 3 books each month, and I was definitely reading the last book on January 30th, but managed to fit them all in for the month. All of these books were recommendations from Kristin, she’s my go to for what to read these days.

Books I read in January

1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes 4/5 stars

I don’t know what it would take for me to give a book 5 stars, this one would come close, but there are so many conflicts that I had with Louisa’s character, that I had trouble really falling in love with the book like so many have.  Another thing that caused me to take away a few points is that I feel like the book is generally slow, and then feels really rushed towards the end. I felt like there could have been so much more love story. Overall, Jojo Moyes is a fantastic writer and I think the character development is fantastic throughout. I hear there is a movie coming out this summer and I can’t wait to see it!

2. After You  by Jojo Moyes 3/5 stars

I wanted this to be as good as the first, but it just didn’t quite measure up. I was frustrated with the main character throughout most of the book, and just when she gained a little redemption, the book ended. I stayed frustrated with her inability to make something fantastic out of a bad situation, she was given every single tool necessary, but in the end lacked any internal motivation to get her life to the place it needed to be. Lou’s contentment in complacency in the midst of great opportunity almost did me in, it almost felt like Will’s lessons were lost on her, for the majority of the book. Essentially, I just wanted so much more for her!

I spoke with Kristin about the book and agree with her wholeheartedly, it feels more like the middle of a three-book series. There is so much more I want to know, and I would love to see where the next chapter in this story takes the characters.

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

This was the first book I read this month and the perfect book to get my year started. It has a few surprises that I didn’t see coming, and I love being surprised by a book! I was listening on Audible, so I couldn’t skip ahead a few chapters and take a peek at what was coming up (I’m terrible about that).

I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but just know that it is well written, a great love story, and I would definitely recommend downloading it!

One more thing, have you been listening to your books on Audible? It’s one of my favorite things and allows me to squeeze in a few books I wouldn’t normally have time to read. Right now you can try it for free and get two free downloads. Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks