Monday, August 28, 2017

First Day of School 2017

It's that time of year. You know that time when parents do a dance because, well to simply put it their kids go back to school. Even though this little lady is only in preschool and only there a few days a week she's moving up to the 3 year old class room! I couldn't help but to do a little back to school shopping and snap a few photos. #momlife

Tunic Set | Shoes

It's also fitting to snap a photo with chalk all over our porch. Oh well. Anyway, last week we did a little back to school shopping and picked up a few new pieces. Personally I've loving the chambray tunic and leggings, but I know Emerson is more obsessed with her new Mini Melissa giraffe shoes. I mean, what toddler wouldn't be. If you have a girl you need a pair of Mini Melissa shoes in your life.

I'm sorry, but this girl is just so stinking cute I can't help it.

sorry for the burry-ish photo someone was wanting to jump around

Ok, so did you go back to school shopping for your toddler or maybe yourself?

Shop our favorite finds:

Monday, August 21, 2017

Finding Balance with Food, It's a process

White Jeans | Tank TJMaxx [similarsimilar] | Emerson's Dress TJMaxx [similar]
Oh, food let me count the ways I love you. Give me all the good stuff: coffee, avocado, ice cream, pad thai, sushi, pizza, tacos, etc. I just can't help myself. Hello my name is Tiara and I'm food obsessed -- I love food and sometimes it's all I can think about. While I'm a relatively healthy eater I totally have a sweet tooth, always have.

Recently I decided to get control of my eating because I was spiraling out of control. Meaning while I was making good food choices I was actually over eating. With that said, 10 weeks ago I started working with a nutritionist and started counting macros.

Counting macros still gives me the flexibility to eat all the foods I love because as long as it fits within my carb/fat/protein for the day it's fair game. I don't feel like I'm on a "diet."

What Are Macros? Macronutrients are what make up the caloric content of a food. Sometimes referred to as "macros," the three categories of macronutrients are carbohydrates, fat, and protein. The caloric combination of the macros is where that mysterious total number of calories comes from.

Over the last 10 weeks I've found balance with food and my body. Before I use to feel guilty if I ate xyz, but now I don't feel bad if I enjoy a daily treat. At the end of the day I know I've eaten the right ratio of c/f/p and my body is processing food efficiently. However, I still seek out better-for-me treat options like JOJO's Chocolate Bark and peanut butter delight [c/o], which only have 6 grams of sugar per a bar. By seeking out better, yet amazingly tasty, treat options I'm not blowing my macros and can fill the rest of the day with healthy veggies, grilled chicken, etc.

Some may think I'm being restrictive, but it's truly not the case. The hubs can't believe how much food I eat somedays. When you start filling your marcos with whole foods it's truly amazing how much food you can eat even if your c/f/p numbers aren't high, like mine. Hello, I'm barely 5'4"!

While your macros will likely be different from mine I currently eat 150g/47g/115g. Every night using My Fitness Pal I plan what I'll eat the next day. This task helps keep me on track while preventing me from standing in front of the refrigerator when I'm hungry trying to decide what to eat. Plus, it calculates and adds every for me! Anything to help make tracking easier is a win.

groovelife ring [c/o]

My body has turned into a well oiled machine and is efficiently proceeding food. I've noticed less  inflammation, higher energy levels, increase in strength, and I've even dropped 10 pounds in the process [bonus]!

During the the process of counting macros I've heard over and over I just want to live my life or I don't know what you can eat. Well I'm here to tell you for me this is a lifestyle not a diet. I can eat it all with a little planning and trust me I do.

This weekend I enjoyed a few glasses of wine and a nightly piece of JOJO's Chocolate Bark. It was delicious and it didn't derail me or leave me feeling guilty. I'm living proof that you can indulge and be healthy. It's possible, you just have to be willing to put in a little work in the beginning. Yes, I weigh food when I'm at home, but I've been doing it for so long now I can estimate when I'm out and about. If you're looking for flexible eating while feeling and looking your best I highly recommend counting macros.  While it isn't for everyone it's truly helped me find balance.

I dare you to track what you eat for one week. See what you are actually eating. I bet you're either eating too many carbs or fat and not enough protein. Or maybe you're just not eating enough food. Then figure out how many calories you should eat in a day and try to eat 40/30/30 for one week. Don't worry My Fitness Pal will calculate all the grams for you. Order yourself this food scale and a bag of JOJO's Chocolate Bark and start tracking. I guarantee you'll see results within the first week. Oh and follow me on instagram (@Tiara_Wasner) I post a ton of food and fitness on IG stories if you're looking for inspiration. Psst -- JOJO's Chocolate will not help you lose weight it's just a better for you tasty treat with a killer story!

Nourish your body and it will be kind to you. 

Thanks for sticking with me while I rambled, but a even bigger thanks and shoutout to JOJO's Chocolate for making delicious chocolate bars and sending yours truly a few bags. For those who follow me on Instagram (@Tiara_Wasner) you know I'm a lover of JOJO's Chocolate! I think Emerson is too.

More marco talk to follow and I promise I won't ramble as much :)

Friday, August 18, 2017

This + That

Happy Friday! Where did the week go? So obviously I didn't wrap up any of the current 23 blog drafts and am going with a random This + That post, again. You're welcome.

Mini shopping carts - love or hate them? Yesterday while at Trader Joe's I let Emerson push around a mini cart for the first time. She LOVED it. I even let her pick out items to put in said mini cart. Overall, she killed it shopping and the cart only fell over once.... ooops. Here's my take. Yes your shopping trip will take that much longer, but it entertains your kid while getting involved in everyday tasks.  It's a win in my book. Pro Tip: Go shopping during less busy times

Beauty refresh - I recently started going through my beauty products, yes all 5 of them, and have started replacing them for better options or because they are straight up old. Yes, I'm looking at you mascara. Lucky me my sister not only introduced me to Beauty Counter, but she's running a killer special. In the spirit of treating ourselves, she's hosting a virtual social with a kicker. She'll give 25% off a new lipstick with any item purchased and throw in a FREE lipstick of your choice for purchases over $100. Stock up before September 13th and get a little extra! My favorite items include the charcoal bar and mask!

Podcasts - Do you listen to podcasts? I've been devouring The Paleo Woman Podcast. They  talk about all things healthy and wellness not just Paleo as the title might imply. Check them out! What podcasts are you loving?

Monthly Mama Dinners - A few months ago I started attending "Mamas Dinners." Basically it's a group of moms who get together once a month for dinner. I knew some of the ladies prior, and made some new friends in the process. There's roughly 10 of us and we rotate houses every month. While it's hard to get motivated to go I always have a blast.

Quick Macro update - I've lost 10 pounds and haven't lost any strength! I can not stress enough that it's not a diet it's a lifestyle. Nothing is off limits I just have a budget of carbs, fats and protein. This means I'm mindful of how I spend it. For example, today I'll enjoy a piece of JOJO's Chocolate Bark. Counting Macros has not only taught me about portion control, but that the right ratio of c/f/p helps your body process food better. Since I started counting macros my skin looks amazing, I'm not bloated, I sleep like a champ even more, have less inflammation and so much more!

Be kind to your body and it will be kind to you.

Friday, August 11, 2017

This + That

JOJO's Chocolate Bark [c/o]

Happy Friday lovelies! I've been flying solo since Tuesday and I'm missing my people. I really don't know what to do with myself. Luckily they're back Sunday! I can't wait. How am I filling my time? Basically working, working out, enjoying a clean house and thinking about all the things I should be doing. HA.

I'm ready to get back to blogging on the regular -- are the there any topics you would like me to touch on?

We don't have cable and haven't for over 3 years! Crazy right?! But we've saved at least $1,000 a year because we cut cable. Think about that for a hot second. Instead we have Hulu and I've been addicted to Chopped the last few weeks! Bring on all the cooking shows.

Speaking of saving money I have been working on a few financial themed posts. I'm not an expert, but my husband and I are debt free (aside from our mortgage) and have been since before we met. Fun fact, neither of us had college debt or credit card debt (ever)!

I currently have 23 blog posts drafted just waiting for me to finish and hit publish. hmmm

If you're a chocolate lover like me you need to order yourself a few bags of JOJO's Chocolate Bark, stat! If you follow me on instagram then you know how I feel about Peanut Butter Delight -- it's A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I should mention one bar has 10g carbs, 12g fats and 6g protein. Yup, they totally will fit into your macros.

Let's talk about workout apparel because we all know I love wearing it as much as I love talking about it. Say hello you the newest Four Athletics Ambassador! Whoop,whoop! What does that mean? Well yours truly gets to work with an amazing apparel company and you get 15% off all your purchases when you use code TiaraWasner15. Think lulu, but affordable. More details to follow.

Lastly, macros. I get a lot of questions asking how it's going. Well, it's pretty amazing. I'm down almost 10 pounds! Don't worry I eat you can ask my husband. I'm just eating the right ratio of carbs, fat and protein. Want to know what I eat check out my IG stories I share meals and snacks regularly. Two items keeping me on track include a EatSmart Precision Getfit Digital Body Fat Scale and food scale (which is currently 80% off). If you want to start counting macros you need to weigh your food, but more on that later.

OK, I think I've rambled enough today. Do you like these type of posts? Anyway have a great weekend and I promise I'll wrap up those 23 drafts some time this year.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Blueberry Lime Crumble Bars

Ok, I know I owe you guys so many posts, but seriously I'm just trying to soak in every bit of summer I can. We know winter is only few months away. eek. After last winter the thought makes me cringe.

Instead of sharing my six weeks of counting macros recap today I'm back with the tastiest Blueberry Lime Crumble Bars. Is your mouth watering yet? I'm ready to eat another just talking about it. And yes, these totally fit into macros without blowing your daily intake of carbs. #winning

With berry season in full force I can't eat enough berries. Raspberries are my number one choice. What about you? Do you have a favorite berry?

Are you running to the store yet to pick up all the ingredients? Honestly you probably have most as they are all kitchen staples. At least at our house.

Makes 12 bars
Adapted from The Smitten Kitchen

Crust & Crumbs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup coconut sugar
4 oz unsalted butter
1 egg

Berry Filling
2 cups fresh blueberries (or any choice of berries)
1/4 cup coconut sugar
2 tsp arrowroot (cornstarch works too)
1 1/2 tbs lime juice (or lemon)

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and grease a 8x8 baking pan.

In a small bowl prepare the berry filling,  by gently tossing together fresh berries, sugar, lime juice and arrowroot. Set aside.

With an electric mixer, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, butter and egg. Mix until the dough is moist but very crumbly. Divide the dough in half, and press half into the greased pan. Make sure you have an even layer for the crust.

Pour the berry mixture over the crust. Then sprinkle the remaining crumble over the berry layer.

Bake for roughly 45 minutes, or until the juices are bubbling. The crumble should only be slightly  browned.

Let it cool or enjoy it warm with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Blueberry Banana Oat Muffins

Happy August y'all!

Where has the summer gone! Seriously, though? I might be over here counting macros (update post coming soon), but it's not stopping me from baking tasty muffins for the the fam... or me if I'm being serious. Hey as long as it fits my numbers...

I'm notorious for finding recipes on pinterest and then altering the ingredients to fit my wants and needs. Today's recipe is no different. You can find the original recipe here.

With berry season practically upon us I want all things berries -- tarts, crumbles, muffins, pancakes -- you name it and I'll eat it. E loves her berries too. Every morning she has blueberries, raspberries or strawberries with breakfast. She love these muffins although she only eats the top. The kid knows what's up. You know muffin tops are the best part?!

Not only are these Blueberry Banana Oat Muffins a tasty breakfast options they can be included in any school lunch (nut-free) in lieu of a sweet treat or enjoyed as an afternoon snack. (144 Calories/ 20.6g Carbs/ 5.9g Fat / 2.9g Protein )

Blueberry Banana Oat Muffins
Makes 16 / Adapted from The Crafted Sparrow


1 cup Bananas, mashed (roughly 2 medium bananas)
6 oz. Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 Egg
1 cup Old Fashion Oats
1 1/2 cups All purpose flour
2 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Baking soda
1/2 cup Coconut  sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
1/3 cup Avocado Oil
3/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tin with liners or non-stick spray.

Mash your bananas.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Combine with a whisk and set aside.

In a another bowl, beat egg before adding in milk, oil, and vanilla. Next, add in the mashed banana and combine.

Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mix well. Fold in blueberries.

Fill your muffin tins 2/3 of the way full with the batter. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick pulls clean from the center of the muffin.