Sunday, December 31, 2017

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

Goodbye, 2017! It's been a wild year, but we wouldn't have it any other way. However, before we start talking about 2018 let's chat about 2017.

Jumper / Boots
Personal Growth
I've always been into health and wellness, but 2017 was the year that things finally clicked. I started working with a Crossfit coach and have seen gains I didn't know were possible. Then I focused on food. Instead of attempting yet another "diet" I decided to count Macros aka flexible dieting. Well, 6 months and nearly 20 pounds (18 to be exact) later I'm still counting. The best part? I don't feel like I'm on a diet! In 2017, I realized I have more discipline, dedication and mental toughness than I  thought.

Business Growth
To say my business has grown two-fold would be an understatement. I never thought I would be running a small successful business from home. I feel fortunate and grateful to be able to do so.

She's growing up way too fast! 2017 was a big year for this two-year-old. We've been potty trained since summer, we recently graduated to a full-size bed and in September she was moved up to the 3/4-year-old classroom at preschool. She also took her first international trip... even if it was just to Mexico.

The Hubby
He's my rock and I couldn't do any of it without him by my side. Plain and simple. Love you to the moon and back.

This Blog
Because my business started to take off the blog was put on the back burner, but I missed it. I missed the creative outlet. Sometimes I felt I was posting just to post or for XYZ. Well, things are a changing. Like the name! Yes, say hello to Happy Healthy Home. I plan on launching the URL ( in 2018 so stay tuned :)

Top 5 Popular/Most Read Posts:
2. This + That
3. Friday Favorites... Probably because cookies ;)

2018 Life Goals at a Glance
1. Travel more. Since buying our house and having Emerson our travel outside of visiting family is non-existent. Road Tripping with Emerson. She's a trooper and I would love to take more weekend trips with her.
2. Make time for friends. I have a girls night once a month, but outside of that I really don't get together with friends. I plan to make more of an effort in 2018.
3. Kill it during the CrossFit Open. It will show how much I've improved over the year.
4. Spend with intention. Between Nick and I, I'm the spender but compared to most Americans I'm a saver. If I want to reach certain financial goals I need to start being more mindful. #BeachHouse
5. Be Present

2018 Blog Goal
Blow it up! Basically, that's it in a nutshell. My goal is to treat my blog like a client. The plan is to post 3-5 times a week. So far partnerships I have lined up include JOJO's Chocolate (Code: Tiara10), Four Athletics (Code: TiaraWasner15), Eat the Bear (Code: TiaraFIT) and Whole Foods Market - Reno, NV!

So what does that mean? More healthy living, CrossFit, macros, recipes, Tahoe adventures, minimalist living and home improvements (because well I'm not done) and more!

Remember I'm just a normal gal trying to create a healthy life while having fun, and enjoying a few treats along the way. Cheers to 2018!

...and because life is better with dark chocolate in it!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! We made it -- Christmas is Monday! Hopefully, you're sitting pretty like me and have all your Christmas shopping and gifts wrapped up! I did 90% of my shopping online and probably owe the UPS and FedEx driving a big fat tip for all the deliveries they've made to my house over the last few weeks. Maybe next year I'll put a box of water and treats on the porch for them....if I can pull it together long enough to remember. Anyway, let's talk about my favorite things.

Kids & Christmas
OMG, did you see my throwback to Christmas post yesterday? Yeah, it was full of little old me at Christmas. Honestly, Emerson has been the cutest this Christmas. We took photos with Santa, baked & decorated Christmas cookies, wrapped presents (opened a few too), watched Christmas movies and read a ton of Christmas books. I would say it's been a December to remember.

Emerson's BIG Girl Bed
So Emerson's been sleeping in the queen bed in our guest room/my office for months now. Months! I finally pulled the trigger and ordered her this bed then sent it back because of the color. Loved it, but it was just a little too sophisticated for a three-year-old. BTW - Wayfair has a super easy and quick return policy. The second bed I ordered was a success. We assembled her bed on Wednesday and I'm happy to report she's slept in her room the last two nights! Now I just have to figure out what I'm doing with the rest of her room.

Favorite Meal/Snack of the Week
Ok, guys, this is two-fold. I've been munching on protein bites daily! But I switched things up. I used this recipe with quick oats and IdealFit's Dark Chocolate Raspberry Protein (psst.. they are having a mega end of year sale) and all I can say is I'm OBSESSED. I keep them in the freezer and pull one out whenever that sweet tooth hits. You'll thank me later.

Secondly, the Cilantro Rice Cauliflower Rice I made last night was pretty tasty! You better believe I'll make it again. FYI, I cut the avocado oil in half.

Best Workout Deals
Like I mentioned above IdealFit is having a killer end of year sale. Or you could head over to Eat the Bear and grab some Blueberry Muffin Protein Powder because it's amazing! (For 15% off use code: TiaraFIT)

Regarding apparel, Athleta is having their semi-annual sale! People run and stock up, stat. You best believe my cart is full. I'm currently eying this top, long sweater and this sweater too, this tank and this tank, this sports bra (it's one of my favorites) and these 7/8 leggings! Ok, let's be honest I want to buy everything.

Well, folks, that's going to wrap up today's Friday Favorites. Additionally, I hope you all have a Merry Christmas! Until next week! Oh, expect some big changes around here! I actually bought the URL for Happy Healthy Home!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

A Throwback to Christmas

In the honor of Christmas traditions, I'm throwing it back with some old school photos. Because they are too good not to share :)

I mean who can resist a red dress, flocked tree and legit sliver tinsel?!

I read a quote the other day, "I used to think being a kid on Christmas was the best thing ever, but it turns out having kids on Christmas is!" I couldn't agree more! So let's take a stroll down Christmas lane.... aka me as a kid on Christmas.

I'm the oldest of 3 and apparently I wanted to be front and center in this Santa photo. Because it isn't Christmas without a photo with Santa. This is a Christmas tradition I'm carrying on with Emerson. This year she didn't cry, but she also didn't sit on Santa's lap. Instead she held his hand.

Growing up we spent every Christmas Eve at our grandparents house. Everyone would come over. It was awesome getting to spend Christmas Eve with all of my cousins. I can't wait for Emerson to experience this. My sister is due with her first in April. So Emerson will soon have one cousin on each side! Both boys. Emerson's still hoping my sister's baby is a girl. HAHA

Because this was too good not to share. I mean what baby LOVES Santa. Apparently this girl. This is me circa 1982

Tree Trimming! I have no clue how old I was or where this photo was taken, but I'm pretty darn proud of that ornament. This year we set up a tree in Emerson's room and she LOVED it. Once we got passed taking off and putting on ALL the ornaments everyday..... We might have a future decorator on our hands.

Well that was a fun (and random) walk down Christmas memory lane. Oh, Christmas. The time of year to drink hot chocolate and hangout with your family in matching pajamas!

I can't wait to create memories with Emerson and the next generation!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Friday Favorites

Good Morning and TGIF!

WOW, it has been a week. I don't know about you, but I'm so ready for the Holidays to be over and ready to regain order in my life.... if that's possible. With that said, I'll dive right into Friday Favorites because let's be real that's why you're here :)

Best Meal of the Week
Last night I made macro friendly chicken enchiladas. Yes, it's possible. Anyway, head over to Macro Miranda's page for the full recipe. However, here are the adjustments I would make if I made them again. I would double the amount of cheese. To save on fat I would probably use half nonfat cheese and half reduced fat cheese. I would also use 300-400g of the salsa verde. Last night I did top mine with 1 oz avocado and 30g pico....and they were delish! P.S. I used leftover shredded chicken for the filling!

Best Supplement Deal of the Week
Hello, my name is Tiara and I'm fueled by coffee, JOJO's Chocolate Bark, and protein shakes. Yes, I eat real food, but seriously.... Anyway, Eat the Bear is having one of the best sales I've EVER seen. Run over there now and buy all the protein powders and aminos, stat. When you use code SQUATLOW you'll receive 40% OFF their entire site (except subscriptions and apparel)! I purchased the blueberry muffin and chocolate protein powders. I also picked up a coffee mug so I can Eat the Bear every morning (HAHA).

Best Stocking Stuffers
I don't know about you, but stocking stuffers are my favorite! So here are five stocking stuffers any gal would love: Popsocket, JOJO's Chocolate Bark, gift cards (think Starbucks, Trader Joe's, Target, etc.), these fun socks, or a Health Human 20 oz tumbler (psst... currently an Amazon Prime lighting deal ... making them $19.99 - I'm loving this Willow Oak print).

Best Giveaway of the Week
Are you guys following me on Instagram? If not you should because I'm giving away a month supply of JOJO's Chocolate Bark! The giveaway ends tonight at 5 p.m. PST so head over to my IG feed and enter, stat! Or if you just want to buy some use TIARA10 for 10% any purchase!

Best Blog Post of the Week
Earlier this week I posted about eating healthy while cutting our food bill. Check out the full post HERE for more details and tips and tricks.

What are you currently loving?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Spinach Ricotta Pasta Bake

Thank you, Barilla Pasta/Galbani Cheese and Walmart for inspiring and sponsoring today’s post. #holidaypairing 

Oh, how I love the holidays. Family, friends, food, and fun! But let's get serious it's really all about the food. Am I right?!

There is something to be said about a home cooked meal. I must admit when the weather starts to turn I want hearty meals and a cozy fire. However, I still focus on better meal options. Making everything from scratch is key, but sometimes you just need a little help. Like pasta, homemade is delish but mama doesn't have time for that. However, I can pick up a box of Barilla Pasta knowing I'm making a smarter choice for my family. Barilla stands for the joy of healthy and pleasurable eating, in the believing that Italian pasta is the best recipe for good living, as it provides the perfect canvas for a nutritious meal.

Speaking of family, when it comes to holiday cooking I like to make dishes I can make ahead of time then just pop in the oven when dinner rolls around. Eating pasta brings the people in your life – friends, and family – together around the table. It’s one of the most appreciated foods around the world as something to be shared with loved ones. Pasta bakes are one of those holiday staple meals I keep up my sleeve. It's easy for sharing and flavor combinations are endless.

Galbani cheeses are my favorite to use in pasta bakes. Their ricotta is made in the traditional Italian style for a truly authentic taste, while the shredding mozzarella has a firmer texture for smooth shredding and better melting. Plus, no additives like cellulose, potato starch or other anti-clumping agents.

Personally, I like to keep ingredients minimal so you can enjoy the pasta bake as a main course or side dish. Oh, and it also travels well if you're headed to a potluck, etc. I'll let you in on a secret, I'm able to eat pasta guilt-free because of macros!

While I might count macros, pasta is considered an important part of the Mediterranean diet. Which is a healthy way of eating inspired by the traditional dietary patterns of the Mediterranean region. It incorporates a variety of quality food groups that should be eaten often in reasonable quantities, including pasta. Barilla products are made with few, wholesome ingredients to provide a simple and natural way to enjoy eating.

It's time to rethink the way you eat and make this pasta bake tonight! Prep ahead of time and let it cook while you decorate for Christmas, label holiday cards or wrap presents! Enjoy!

Spinach Ricotta Pasta Bake
Serves 6


10 oz  Barilla ziti pasta
15 oz Galbani Ricotta (I used low fat)
3/4 cup 2% milk
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1/8 tsp nutmeg powder
3/4 tsp salt
3 cups spinach, roughly chopped (tightly packed)
1.75 cups grated Mozzarella cheese (save 3/4 cup for topping - or just shred more if you want it extra cheesy)

2 garlic cloves
24 oz Barilla Sauce, Traditional
2 tsp onion powder
1 tbsp dried Italian Mixed Herbs
1/2 tsp dried chili flakes
1 tsp salt Black pepper
1 tsp salt (optional)

Ibotta Offer: Earn $2 when you purchase Barilla Pasta/Sauce & Galbani Cheese at Walmart


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the ricotta, milk, parmesan, garlic, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Stir in the spinach and Mozzarella cheese.

Add the pasta and stir to combine. Transfer to the baking dish – I used a medium-sized casserole dish.

For the Sauce: Pour roughly 1/4 cup of the sauce onto the pasta. Then add the remaining ingredients to the bottle and give it a shake.

Once combined, pour over the pasta and top with cheese.

Cover and bake for 15 minutes, then remove the cover and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.

Serve while hot and fresh!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Eating Healthy While Cutting The Food Budget

When people say, "eating healthy is expensive" I say BS. Buying food, in general, is expensive. I can't leave our local grocery store for under $100 and Costco I'm lucky if I make it out under $200! At least Costco is only a monthly trip. But why does food have to cost so much? Well, I'm going to show you how we're cutting our food bill without changing the things we want to eat. Gimme all the snacks, organic products, beer, etc.

Shop at your Local Discount Store
I'm not going to lie, but I use to hate going to our local discount store and usually only found myself in there in a pinch. As in, I needed something quick and this was the closest store. But this Fall I started going more frequently because they carry Annie's Homegrown products for cheap. Now I'm in there at least once a week! I have to admit our local Grocery Outlet store has stepped up their game in the last 6 months. So much so I'm doing the majority of our grocery shopping there. Basically, on Sunday I make a list go to the GO buy what I can from my list before heading to our local Raley's for everything else!

I mean check out the killer deal on the Vital Farms Eggs!

Clip Electronic Coupons
I use Ibotta and Fetch. In short, Ibotta is a rebate app giving you cash back on qualifying purchases. How does it work? Before you shop, add rebates by completing simple tasks. Buy the products you selected at any participating store. Don't forget your receipt! Redeem your rebates by taking a photo of your receipt or just by linking your loyalty card. Ibotta matches the items you bought to the rebates you selected and gives you the cash! Your cash back will be deposited into your Ibotta account within 48 hours. Use my referral code, eoltjxx, and you will receive a $10 welcome bonus! Sign up, HERE.

Fetch Rewards is a tad different. You earn points for scanning your receipts. If you purchase a certain brand you'll receive additional points. Points are then redeemed for gift cards like Starbucks, Amazon Target, etc. If you use my code: JN9GQ you'll receive 1,500 points after your first scanned receipt. I've earned over 10,000 points since August!

Big box apps.  I don't know about you, but I take full advantage of the Target Cartwheel app as well as coupons via the Raley's app. I load ALL the coupons so they are they when I shop. I believe most big supermarkets have similar apps.

Home Delivery Services
We love Thrive Market! I can order all the organic products I love at a discount price. How does it work? Register for free to browse the Thrive Market catalog, see member savings, and receive 15% off your first purchase. With your first purchase on Thrive Market, you’ll start a free 30-day membership trial. See how much you save. Cancel anytime.Join Thrive Market for just $59.95 and save on the world’s best healthy products for a full year. When you join, you are also sponsoring a free membership for a low-income family. We've already saved over $200 in four months! Sign up today and receive 25% off your first order!

My goal is to drop our monthly food bill from roughly $800-$1,000 a month to roughly $500 a month. We'll see how Q1 goes. The plan is to buy what we can at the Grocery Outlet, then everything else from Raley's, Costco or Trader Joe's. I might even dabble in shopping at Walmart when I'm in Carson City (which is 25 miles from us). I should note we don't eat out very often so I don't have to worry about that.

Are you up for the challenge? How do you save on groceries?

Monday, December 11, 2017

Amazing Protein Bites

Happy Monday Folks!

Have you been following along on insta-stories? No, well I've been sharing all my meals and the macro breakdown, since Friday, so you can see how I make the foods I want to eat work! Yup, only because I love you guys and hope to inspire you to create your healthiest and best life. Whatever that looks like for you because we're all different.

Anyway, over the weekend I whipped up some protein bites to keep handy in the freezer.

These little bites help satisfy my sweet cravings without blowing macros. I say that's a win-win. The best part there's only 5 ingredients and they're all pantry staples! There are so many different variations you can make so get creative. Use your favorite nut butter or white chocolate chips.

These could also sub as a 'healthy' cookie alternative at your next holiday party.

BTW - This post was in no way sponsored by Thrive market, I just really like their products, affordable organic pricing, and quick delivery service!

Sign up today and receive 25% off your first Thrive Market box!

Protein Bites


1 cup Quaker Oats (I used old fashion, but quick oats work too)
1/4 cup Thrive Market Honey
1/2 cup Thrive Market Dark Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup Thrive Market Natural Creamy PB
31 g Amazing Grass Pure Vanilla Protein (sub with your favorite protein powder)

Combine all the ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Once combined, roll into 1.5 inch balls. Makes roughly 12 balls. Enjoy one now and store the remaining in the fridge or freezer.

Pro tip: Use a cookie scoop to portion out then roll into balls.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday Favorites: In the Holiday Spirit

Reindeer Sweater (psst - it's currently 40% off)

Well, folks, we made it through another week and we're that much closer to Christmas! I can't believe it. Before we dive into Friday Favorites let's chat. Did you catch yesterday's post - Tips & Tricks to Staying Fit through the Holidays? Additionally, starting today I'm sharing all my meals and snacks throughout the day for an entire week on insta-stories. The number one question I get about counting macros is how do I fit everything in. Guess what I'm going to show you via insta-stories! I hope to have a post finalized and posted here next week. I hope you'll follow along and ask tons of questions.

And now for my Friday Favorites!

I'm lucky to have found a dynamic group of fellow mamas I can also call friends. We all have kiddos roughly around the same age making it easy to relate to all things motherhood. Every month we get together for a few hours, enjoy a home-cooked meal and share laughs. Wednesday night I hosted at my house! We rocked holiday sweaters and did an ornament exchange. I'm looking forward to 2018 and beyond with these gals. For dinner, I made a Peruvian-Style Roasted Chicken with a side salad. For my first time, it was delicious! I also attempted my first charcuterie board and think I did an alright job.

Favorite Treat of the Week
For the mamas' dinner, I made three different types of cookies - chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies and Candy Cane Blossoms with peppermint kisses. The Candy Cane Blossoms were hands down the best. There weren't any left over either so I would say they were a hit!

All the Gift Guides
I've slowing started posting gift guides because honestly rather than buying things I would rather invest in experiences, 401K, or save for house projects/rental house. When did I become so OLD? However in the spirit of creating my top blogger picks I did craft gift guides for the Fitness Enthusiast, Toddler, and Cook.

Best Deal of the Week
I picked up a 12 oz tub of Amazing Grass Pure Vanilla at my local Raley's Store for $8, because of old packaging! That is extremely discounted. I'm now kicking myself for not buying a couple of containers.

Favorite Purchase(s) of the Week
So I didn't buy anything this week, but I did have a few items delivered! YAY.  Our Christmas cards from Minted arrived Wednesday and I love how they turned out. There's still plenty of time to order and send out cards before Christmas. If you join now, Minted will give you $25 toward your first purchase of $100 or more! Emerson's full-sized bed arrived last night. Now I just have to assemble it and buy a mattress. Any mattress recommendations for toddlers?

What are you currently loving?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Tips & Tricks to Staying Fit through the Holidays

It's that time of year. You know the one that's full of parties, drinks, sweets, etc. Did you know the average American will gain roughly 7-10 lbs between Thanksgiving and New Years?! Well, I'm not standing for it and neither should you. What if I said, you could maintain and have your cake too?!

It's called Macros. Yes, the flexible eating plan I've been following. It works. As long as you are consistent you'll see results. The key is figuring out the right ratio of carbs, fat, and proteins for your body and lifestyle. Once you do that then you just have to figure out how to make the foods you want to eat work. Simple right?! You're probably laughing. I know I was when I first started counting macros. Those first two weeks I just wanted to throw in the towel.

So here's my advice don't worry so much about hitting those numbers if you aren't already, let's start that January 1. Right now, focus on logging what you eat. Order a food scale and start weighing your food. Think about what you are putting in your body. Trust me, mind blown! Until then follow these simple tips and tricks to fighting the holiday bloat/gain.

Tips and Tricks to Staying Fit through the Holidays

Get Sweaty
Yes, I get it it's a super busy time of year. Don't put exercise on the back burner. Even if it's only 20-30 minutes 5 times a week, get moving and get sweaty. Trust me you'll feel so good once you're done. Pro tip: Get up early and workout before starting your day.

Eat More
Yes, you read that right -- one of the keys to enjoying the holidays without feeling deprived is to focus on foods you can have more of, not less. Whether you’re at a holiday party or between big events, go crazy with on vegetables! Veggies are not only rich in vitamins and minerals, but they are also high in both fiber and water which will help fill you up and keep you munching while not overeating on the cake, cookies, mashed potatoes, etc. For snacks, try to keep fresh fruit and veggies readily available. Personally, I love pairing fresh fruit with non-fat plain greek yogurt.

If you skip meals or snacks during the day to “save up” for a holiday party, you will arrive starving and much more likely to inhale every tray of passed apps that walks by. To prevent this, plan for a small yet satisfying pre-party snack about an hour before you head out the door. Try focusing on lean proteins and veggies throughout the day and then have a filling protein shake beforehand. Try this shake: 1 scoop Amazing Grass Pure Vanilla, 1 oz mango or banana, 1 oz spinach, ice and 1 cup water.

Be Picky
Most people tend to overeat when faced with a wide variety of options. Your best bet is to limit your choices by first doing a once-over of everything offered before taking a minute to decide what looks the absolute best and most worth it.  Try to stick to veggies and lean proteins. I personally like to save fats for a few bits of dessert. :) Other tips include, only eating 80% of what you put on your plate and remember to chew slowing.

Be the Social Butterfly
Remember that this is the time of year where you get to socialize, and maybe even reconnect with friends and family you rarely see throughout the year. So grab a plate or drink to nibble and sip while you chat it up.

Bring a Healthy Side
A great way to help your host while helping yourself is to offer to bring a healthy side dish or appetizer that everyone can enjoy. Other guests will thank you for contributing, and you’ll have a foolproof, on-track option to add to your plate. Everyone wins!

Remember to Drink Plenty of Water
When I drink I like to follow the 1:1 rule. Basically, between each cocktail, plan to drink one full glass of water to help keep the drinks from piling up and to help you stay hydrated which will make the morning after that much more pleasant.

Just remember everyone handles the holidays differently, but we can still enjoy good food and family without binging for days on end.

Disclaimer: I'm not a Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist, or healthcare provider. While some tips were provided by Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist Jo Bartell please consult with your healthcare provider before starting any exercise or diet plan.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

11 Gifts for Cooks

Hello, it's me the healthy foodie. I get it not all foodies or people like to cook, but I do and you better believe there are a few kitchen tools and gadgets on my wishlist this year.

Oh, did I mention I'm cooking for 12 tomorrow. Yes, 12 ladies! I might have stress ate a few cookies last night. I ain't mad about it either. I think as women we put way too much pressure on ourselves to make everything perfect and delicious (thank you Pinterest & Martha). Then add the healthy expectations on top....ugh. What do I make that isn't one of my typical roasted veggie bowls with shredded chicken?! I finally landed on something last night around 10 p.m. after eating a cookie (seriously though). I hope everyone likes it. I'll report back later this week with more details.

Ok, talk about a winded side note, conversation, whatever that was; without further adieu here are my top picks for the foodie or home cook in your life.

11 Gifts for Cooks
1. Every cook needs a stand mixer in their life. Or try this hand mixer? I have and use both.
2. I love my slow cooker, but this Instant Pot Pressure Cooker gives you more bang for your buck.
3. Who doesn't love pizza?! Pair this pizza crisper with all the fixings for the perfect gift.
4. I've been making tons of cookies lately and think a cooling rack would be handy.
5. For the cookie lovers, pair a cooling rack with a cookie scoop! They're a game changer.
6. We have this OXO coffee maker. It's seriously amazing and looks slick on our countertop.
7. Waffles or pancakes? For the brunch-loving folks' gift a waffle maker with this waffle mix.
8. Baby, it's cool outside and this dutch oven is perfect for making soups all winter long.
9. Do you have a health-conscious friend? This food scale is perfect!
10. A Vitamix is any foodies ultimate kitchen tool, in my humble opinion. I use mine every day!
11. Measuring spoons make an easy stocking stuffer!

There you have it 11 gifts for the cook in your life.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy December ladies and gents!

How fast did this year fly?! The first part of 2018 is shaping up nicely for our family too. Between my brother getting married in June and sister welcoming her first baby in April, it's going to be a very busy first half of the year. Not to mention I have the NorCal Masters competition in January, Crossfit Open, possibly SXSW to see my girlfriend speak, all while logging quality family time, celebrating a number of birthdays, and running a business. Whew, I'm tired just thinking about it.

Anyway, we're not there yet so let's just talk about my favorite things because it's way more fun.

Favorite Treat of the Week
Did you see the brownies I posted on Instagram yesterday? No, well I made the most delicious cake-like brownies. I should also mention they were gluten, grain and dairy free. Some would call that fun free, but they turned out pretty good. Head over to my Instagram account for more details and the recipe!

Best Purchase of the Week
So I'm kind of a diehard HydroFlask fan, but I purchased a 21oz Healthy Human Curve on Cyber Monday because it was only $19.99! Yeah, killer deal. Plus, I wanted to try out another brand. I have a Simple Modern tumbler and while it works it's not my favorite. I kind of want to pitch it and buy a HydroFlask tumbler.... just saying. Anyway, I love the way the curve feels and so far it keeps things pretty cold.

Favorite Kitchen Tool
As silly as this sounds, my Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker. My trusty slow cooker gets used weekly, sometimes even more. If you don't have one order one today. Soup, shredded chicken, turkey breast, chili you name it and I've probably made it using the slow cooker. I was looking at buying an Instant pot, but maybe Santa will leave it under the tree this year.

Favorite 'Healthy' Food Purchase
I love Thrive Market! It took me a while to get on board and try it out, but I'm loving it. I place an order roughly once a month. Basically, I fill up my cart as I need things and then order once I hit the $50 free shipping threshold. Products I order include Nutpods, all things Simple Mills, Amazing Grass, Thrive Brands, Siete Chips, Stasher Bags, Enjoy Life (just for the holiday season) and a few others I'm forgetting. But anyway the service is awesome if you're looking for organic/healthier options at a better price point you should sign up today and get 25% off your first order!

Best Deal of the Week
Hands down was the Healthy Human Cyber Monday deal, but it's no longer available. has HydroFlask's for 25% and that's a good deal. Like this tumbler is only $18! Trust me it's a steal. This retro Patagonia Lightweight Snap-T Fleece Hooded Jacket is only $89 and black Patagonia Nano-Air Insulated Jacket is $160 marked down from $250! Oh, and I can't forget the New Balance Women's Coast V3 Running Shoes I just bought are on mega sale too.

Happy Friday! What are you doing this weekend?

Gift Guide for the Fitness Enthusiast

After covering gift ideas for the sweet toddler in your life I figured next up should be the fitness enthusiast because I'm kinda well versed in that area. The gym has become my second home. These are all items I either already own, plan to purchase, or are on my wishlist.

Poolside planks in MX

Without further adieu.

Gift Guide for the Fitness Enthusiast

Hydro Flask - Hands down the best-insulated water bottle on the market. I did purchase a Health Human during the cyber Monday sale so I'll have to report back. They are currently on MEGA  sale on, through Dec. 3, so run over there and grab one today.

Gym Bag/Backpack - The longer I CrossFit the more 'stuff' I have.... hence why a gym bag is handy. I  currently use an Ogio duffle that was gifted from Amazing Grass a few years ago. While I love it it would be nice to have a gym backpack. Especially for those summer months. I would love to ride my bike to the gym. I'm loving this and this one.

Wireless Headphones - I started running this summer and while I'm not an amazing runner I did learn a few things. Like, I really should invest in a nice pair of wireless headphones. These are definitely on my list this year.

Workout Clothes - I've said it before and I'll say it again -- you can never have enough workout clothes. I just purchased these shoes and LOVE them. While I love Lululemon gift cards my activewear wishlist includes this top, these leggings and this tank.

Lululemon Scarf - This is my go-to scarf. I received it for Christmas last year and it's on my list again this year, of course in a different color -- Heathered Herringbone Heathered Black/Black.

Cell Phone Grip & Stand - I don't know about you, but this little PopSocket looks pretty handy.

Fitbit - It's been a few years since I've owned a Fitbit and I feel like they've come a long way. Recently I've been debating on an iWatch or another Fitbit. I finally landed on the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch. It's a bit pricey, but it has all the bells and whistles I want. 

Protein Powder - Whether it's travel packs as stocking stuffers or a full-sized container under the tree it's a very pratical fit gift. Depending on the day I like Amazing Grass or Eat the Bear.

Blender Bottle - These are perfect for making all those post workout shakes. Fill the bottle with your gals favorite protein bars, etc. 

JOJO's Chocolate - Every gal I know loves chocolate and JOJO's Bark is the Bomb. Honestly, these are the perfect stocking stuffer. Make sure to use code Tiara10 for 10% off your order.

Socks - I love new socks and they make a great stocking stuffer. My go-to is Zella or Nike.

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