Spring Cleaning Time!

It’s that time of year again! I’ve been neglecting my website for a while and decided that it’s time to for a new look/direction. I’ve recently passed the 10 year mark in my career and have shifted some of my attention over the last year. For the past three months, I’ve been getting acclimated at my new job and am back working in Portland. For the first time in years, my home, work, and children’s school are all within a 4 mile radius. It doesn’t get much better than that.

My housing situation has changed recently, as I’m now living alone with my daughters. They both have their own rooms now and I just spent the last weekend building their furniture and decorating. Despite the turmoil of moving a roommate out, I’m very happy that my daughters are able to have their own space.

Spring is here in Portland, and I’m going through my life cleaning out the miscellany and crud. I’m single, working, parenting, and just making the best of my time. I hope to be more active on this site, so check back for updates about my gardening, hobbies, and work. Speaking of… I should probably get to it!

Enjoy yourselves!

Matthew AKA MaNiFeX

Clean Eating Challenge: Day 0

After almost 6 months of waiting, my girlfriend and I decided to challenge ourselves to BuzzFeed’s Clean Eating Challenge for the New Year. The gist of the challenge is to only eat cleansing and anti-inflamatory foods for two weeks. So, last night, after my little girls were asleep in bed, I snuck off to our local organic market and stocked up! An hour later and bags full of greens I’ve never purchased before, I was back at my place and ready to prep!

A table-full of organic produce, nuts, and fixings.

A table-full of organic produce, nuts, and fixings.

After unbagging, cleaning, and storing all the newly purchased foods, I am ready to start my clean eating for the next two weeks. No alcohol, no juices. Just what’s on the menu. Tomorrow’s menu: kale and banana smoothie, shaved asparagus salad, and kale, quinoa, chicken dinner. Whoa. What have I gotten into?