Tuesday, April 29, 2014

My Fitness Hero

{Disclaimer: This is a partnership post brought to you by American Recall Center's "Who Keeps you Healthy Campaign"}

When I was asked who my Health Hero was I thought long and hard. It was hard to narrow it down to one person or one moment that shaped my healthy habits. There was the high school coach, the college coach, my friends, gym folks and most recently a handful of trainers. However, there was a strong foundation for all my influencers to build on. It all started with one lady, my mom. My dad's pretty awesome too.

With my Dad and Mom at my High School Graduation, 2000

My brother and I were chatting the other night about how we use to think she was crazy -- always working out and eating healthy. Little did we know she was teaching us life long habits. Now as adults we see the importance of working out daily and fueling our mind and body with healthy choices.

I learned my love for bikes from my dad. Early on we would bike around town and to the beach. Today he enjoys restoring old bikes and for my 30th birthday gave me a 1948 Firestone Super Cruiser. 

Post run breakfast with my brother and sister, 2013

Back in the day we all played sports from volleyball, to baseball, to water polo. She made sure we were active. Yes, we've all had our ups and downs, but in the end we’re all very active, fit and healthy adults. 

Mama Lesa may have set the foundation, but my brother and sister keep inspiring me to be the healthiest version of me I can be.

My sister has taught me with persistency and determination you can bounce back from anything. Nearly three years ago, while walking down the street, she was hit by a taxi driver who had fallen asleep at the wheel.  With a knee injury that wouldn’t go away she pushed through. Not only did she regain her strength she now plays beach volleyball regularly, spins and practices martial arts. She’s fit, fierce and one badass.  No excuses.

My brother has taught me to try new things. His desire to go out of his comfort zone and try new sports/activities has inspired me to participate in Tough Mudder and most recently join crossfit. This guy does it all from fly fishing to half marathons! I even had him mountain biking last summer.

I'm thankful to have such a great family and a mother who built a fantastic foundation. I might be biased, but my family is pretty awesome and good looking! Who keeps you healthy?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

There's no doubt that I have a sweet tooth. I love chocolate whether it's milk or dark I can't resist. With that said I always keep an eye out for healthier sweet treats. I'm a fan of Chia seeds and already include a tablespoon here and there in smoothies. So naturally when I saw Chia Seed Pudding I figured why not. It's now a current staple in my fridge!

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
makes 2 servings


1 cup coconut or almond milk
4 tbsp chia seeds
pinch of salt
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (sub 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract for non-chocolate)

Optional Toppings

Maple syrup or honey to taste
fresh fruit: banana or berries (raspberries, blackberries or strawberries)
nuts (walnuts or almond slices)


In a small bowl combine milk, chia seeds, salt and cocoa powder. Mix well cover and refrigerate. After 30 minutes stir mixture and allow to set for an additional 30 minutes. When you ready to serve stir in maple syrup or honey and top with your favorite fruit and nuts. I love bananas and walnuts.

While both are tasty I prefer vanilla made with almond milk and chocolate with coconut milk.

Check out other Chia Seed Pudding recipes here, here or here.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Five on Friday: Backyard Inspiration

April showers bring may flowers. We've seen some much needed moisture in the last week and it has me thinking about gardening. Have I mentioned we haven't touched the backyard in four years making it blank canvas?! I'm looking forward to working on it this summer. Here are five elements I would love to see happen in the yard. I'm also open to Yard Crashers helping a girl out. 

Garden Lights. Let me count the ways I love them.
{via - My Ideal Home}

An amazing pergola.

A successful veggie garden. I always plant my veggies too late.

A colorful shed. We already have a shed. I just need to pick some fun colors now!

A cozy space to entertain. I can just picture us with a few friends drinking beer/wine and laughing the night away.
{via domino}
Want more inspiration check out my Garden Party pinterest board!

Linking up with Liz and company!

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Happy April! 

I can hardly believe summer is just a month or so away! Insert happy dance. Life in Tahoe has been crazy. Work is picking up. The hubby and I are trying to eat as clean as possible -- it's hard! The weather has been amazing and then it went and snowed last week. Hello powder day! We've been enjoying time with friends. All in all life is great! I can't what to see what summer brings!

Top row: Powder day at Kirkwood, Olympic Celebration at Seirra-at-Tahoe, at the Tahoe Blue Hockey game
Middle row: Roxy dog hanging out in the front yard, sunny day hike to Fallen Leaf Lake, beach and snow
Bottom row: Tostadas from Plated, Pulled BBQ Chicken on a Homemade Hamburger Bun,  Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding