LIEBSTER AWARD

April 17, 2014

photo-12If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my post about the Liebster Award.  Not sure how this originated, but basically it is a way to share the blogging love and discover new blogs.  How it works:  You are nominated by a blogger who follows you, and they give you some questions to answer to help others get to know you/your blog a little better.  Then, you post the answers and nominate other bloggers to do the same.  Fun!  I was nominated recently by my friend Natalie, of thirtyeightfive.  She and I  have guest posted for each other before, talking about the Whole 30 and Whole 30 Autoimmune Protocol.  Natalie’s blog is great, definitely check it out!  She writes about her health and wellness journey with Ulcerative Colitis, and her adventures in nursing (she is a trauma ICU nurse).  She also posts favorite recipes that she has created, as well as from her favorite sites and cookbooks.  I love sharing ideas and recipes with her, she always is coming up with something yummy.  We came to Paleo and Whole 30 for very different reasons, so it is interesting to hear her perspective and approach to it.  I have really enjoyed getting to know her!

Here are the questions Natalie asked me:

Q:  What motivated you to transition to a healthier/more alternative way of eating?

A:  I have always been interested in healthy eating, and when I heard about Paleo and Whole 30, I was curious.  But, I didn’t think I wanted to try it because I thought I was already eating pretty clean, and I did not have any health issues requiring me to change my diet.  Then, I read It Starts with Food” and realized that while I did eat a lot of whole, unprocessed foods, I was eating too many “diet” foods with fake ingredients.  In addition, I craved sweets/sugar often.  Another motivation was to make eating/trying new vegetables more of a priority for our family meals.

Q:  What is your favorite quick and easy meal?

A:  We all love the recipe/template for Curry fromIt Starts with Food.”  It is SO easy.  You choose the protein, type of curry, and veggies.  My fave combo is Red Curry with chicken, broccoli, red bell pepper, zucchini, and mushroom.  The sauce is made with coconut milk, so it is super creamy and delicious!  I usually make a double batch of it so we have leftovers for lunches.  A close second is Green Curry with Shrimp and whatever veggies we have on hand.

Q.  What is something you want others to know about you and your blog?

A:  I started this blog to share my passion for all things fitness and style related.  I try to post about a wide range of things that I like.  Hopefully it helps people discover ways to be active, ideas for healthy eating, and great shopping finds.  I am a mom and wife, doing my best to keep myself and my family healthy and active.

I am going to nominate two of my favorite fellow bloggers , who also happen to be sisters!  I am inspired by both of these women to be more creative in general and to keep consistent with blogging.  Here they are:

Steph @crazygoodmama:  This mama does it all, and she does it with style.  In addition to her blog, Steph has a design company, Joy Creative Shop, specializing in Graphic Design and Paper Goods.  I love, love her personalized note cards!  They are one of my fave gifts to give.  Check out her Joy Creative Etsy Shop for designs.  She has taught me so much since I began this blogging journey, and I am thankful to have her as a friend.

Kristen @inkfoods:  Kristen’s blog, Ink Foods is a one stop shop for decadent treats, ideas for decor, and helpful cooking tips.  She is a trained pastry chef, and has a knack for making a beautiful tablescape.  Kristen recently created a delicious Paleo dessert recipe for L&L.  She is so fun to work with!

I am going to keep it simple as well, and ask only 3 questions:

1.  How did you come up with the name for your blog, or is there a story behind it?

2.  What is the most important thing you want others to know about you and your blog?

3.  And just for fun, which recipe or restaurant are you loving lately?

Check out crazygoodmama.com and inkfoods.com for their answers to these questions…..

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One of my favorite (clothing-related) things about summer is all of the great tank and dress options out there to show off a strong back.  Whether it is strappy, racerback, halter, backless…you name it, I love it!  The only challenge is to find a compatible bra, but this season it seems that there are plenty of options to choose from.  And, some of them are so pretty, you just might want to let the straps peek out!  Here are 3 of my favorite back exercises to add into any workout.  For more muscle development, add weight and do 3 sets of 8-10 reps.  For a muscular endurance workout, use lighter weight and do 1-2 sets of 20-25 reps per exercise.

Top Row:  Lat Pull Down  //  Middle:  Shoulder/Lat Extension  //  Bottom:  Low Lat Row

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What I wore:  Lululemon Wunder Under Crops & Dancing Warrior Tank

Programming by:  The Move Project….Move, Feel, Perform!

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FRIDAY FINDS: LOW WEDGES

April 11, 2014


I love sky high wedges in the summer as much as the next girl, but there are some days that call for a lower, more walkable wedge.  For example, an afternoon spent with my toddler, when I know I might be required to break into a sprint at any given moment!  Or, a day walking around browsing shops or sightseeing.  I have been on the lookout for wedges that are not-so-high, and these are some of my favorite ones that I have come across lately.  Click on the items above and below for product information…

SHOP MORE LOW WEDGES:

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photo-11I completed my most recent Whole 30 at the end of January.  It helped me re-calibrate myself after the holidays and start off the new year right.  Since then, I have been eating Whole 30ish the majority of the time.  I don’t have any allergies or conditions that require me to eat this way.  I just feel so good when I do, that I want to stick with it! Treats are an occasional thing, and I am starting to notice patterns of what I really think is worth it to have as a treat.  I have found that thanks to Whole 30, I have become more selective about what qualifies as a treat.  For me, it tends to be either ice cream, pizza, wine, or Tex-Mex!  I really don’t miss things like rice, bread, or peanut butter.  The bread thing is a breakthrough…never thought I would say that!

I try not to have treats during the week, I usually save those for the weekend.  An ice cream cone with the kids on Saturday afternoon, a cocktail with dinner on Friday night, etc.  Let me be clear, though, that I don’t plan a specific cheat day or meal.  In my experience, that approach is totally setting yourself up for failure and bad habits, click here for why. For me, it is easier to stay focused on eating clean all week, and then “off-road” a bit on the weekend if something is appealing.  All of that being said, I have a few events coming up this month, that I would like to look and feel my best for.  Remember how I said in the past that one of my fave things about Whole 30 is that you can do a shorter version, and use it as a quick re-set if needed?  Well, I am thinking its time!  I started a Whole 15 today to help me accomplish this.  Sometimes its just easier if I know I have to say “NO” to certain things.  It takes the mental guesswork out of it, and simplifies things for me.

Follow me here on the blog and on Facebook/Insta/Twitter to see what I am eating for my Whole 15!

For more on Whole 30, head on over to whole30.com  //  Don’t wait, do it NOW!

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ON THE FRINGE…

April 7, 2014

As a child of the 80′s and 90′s, the very first time I saw Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, I fell in love with Sloane Peterson’s white leather fringe jacket.  And, her high-waisted paper bag waist shorts, but that is a whole other blog post!  I remember telling my mom that I needed that jacket!  Ever since then, I have […]

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FLYWHEEL SPORTS: JILLIAN MICHAELS & MARK SHIPMAN

April 5, 2014

Wow…can’t wait to fill you all in on this!  I was one of the lucky 45 that had the opportunity to ride with Jillian Michaels at Flywheel in Highland Park on Friday. It was amazing, to say the least!  She was in Dallas for her Maximize Your Life tour, and stopped by to teach a […]

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BODYBAR: POWER TOWER with KRISTEN HAWKINSON

April 3, 2014

This was not my first visit to bodybar in Dallas, but it had been a while since I had been in!  For my first-time experience, click here.  This time, I was invited by a friend who is a bodybar instructor, Kristen Hawkinson, to try one of her classes.  I signed up for the “Power Tower” […]

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SPRING ESSENTIALS FOR GIRLS (Little & Big!)

April 2, 2014

My daughter has always had definite ideas about what she wants to wear.  As she gets older and has entered into the tween age group, that is true now more than ever!  I love to go shopping with her to observe what she likes and chooses to wear.  Our tastes don’t always match up, but […]

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WORK IT OUT WEDNESDAY: SQUATS, BICEPS, & ABS

March 27, 2014

Another sweat-inducing circuit for Work It Out Wednesday!  This time, I am focusing on legs, glutes, biceps, and abs.  If you aren’t comfortable with Barbell Squats, you can substitute Wide Squats (holding a dumbbell, or body weight).  Add this circuit to your workout.  Do the 4 exercises, one after the other, not resting between sets. […]

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BEYOND PILATES: PILATESremix with KRISTIN MOSES

March 25, 2014

Kristin and I have been friends for several years, so I was excited that she would be teaching my first official class at Beyond Studios.  Looking up the schedule online, I was happy to see there are several different types of classes that Beyond offers.  They offer PILATESremix, SWEATremix, STRETCHremix, BARREremix, and CYCLINGremix.  I chose […]

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