Wednesday, October 17, 2018

All Things Cozy for Fall in Lake Tahoe

Happy Fall!

The temps are official lower than I like in Tahoe, but that's ok. I'm talking mid 40's for the majority of the day, eek. We're enjoying all things Fall like apple picking and leaf peeping! But with cooler weather comes more layers, cozy jackets and warm fires among other things. While I might not be a fashion blogger I know a thing or two about dressing for Lake Tahoe temps.

Here are my 5 Lake Tahoe Fall Essentials 

Vest For Layering
I love a good vest for layering over a sweater. Truth be told I have 5 vests, but really only where 3. What can I say I'm a creature of habit. You'll want a basic quilted vest, puffy and a furry number like the one I'm wearing. Vests are perfect on days that are a bit brisk in the morning, but warmer in the afternoon. It will give you the extra warmth you're looking for.  I'm currently eying this NAU Ellipsis Down Vest.

Puffy Jack
If you walk around Tahoe for more than 5 minutes you'll notice the majority of folks are wearing a puffy. Why? Well, my friend because they are super warm and easy to pack. I'll tell you right now they are also worth the investment. There are only two I recommend the Patagonia Down Sweater Full-Zip Hooded Jacket (it also comes without a hood) and The North Face ThermoBall™ Full Zip Jacket

A cute pair of Jeans
Trust me ladies leggings aren't going to cut it. Right now I'm digging Levi's 721's. That's it :)

While I love my cozy uggs they don't really cut it when it comes to rain and snow. While Hunter boots seem to be stylish they are not going to keep your feet warm. I suggest investing in a pair of Sorel boots. I'm currently leaning towards these or these!

Mid-weight Sweater
A good sweater is perfect for layering in the morning, but still light enough for warmer afternoons. I recently purchased this Lou & Grey Sweater (FYI, I bought a small so it was a tad oversized) and this Lou & Grey Sweater is sitting in my cart. Call me crazy, but A&F has decent layering sweaters too. This A&F asymmetrical pullover was my favorite purchase last fall! I'm kind of digging this A&F Quilted Sherpa Jacket.

Oh and always pack a scarf! You never know when it might come in handy.

There you have it, folks, my key essentials for fall in Lake Tahoe!

Friday, October 5, 2018

5 Ways to Start Eating More Protein

Happy FriYAY! Anyone else planning on all things Fall this weekend? I'm kicking off the week with stuffed acorn squash for dinner! The recipe I use tastes like Thanksgiving. It's delicious if that's your jam. Anyway, I had a meeting of the minds this morning to discuss the 6-week Nutrition Challenge starting Monday and thought I would give you a sneak peek of some of the things you might learn during the challenge.

Most Americas don't eat enough protein so when someone is just starting to count/track macros/food, in general, it's usually the hardest macronutrient to hit. At least it was for me and a number of clients I've worked with. But after a few weeks, it gets easier and easier to hit number within 4/5 grams. So instead of spinning your wheels, here are some quick and easy ways to eat more protein.

5 Ways to Add more Protein to your Day

Coffee + Protein
If I'm not planning on a protein shake or smoothie I love adding a scoop of unflavored collagen peptides to my coffee. Not only are you upping your protein, but collagen also has great benefits such as flowy locks and stronger nails. It's a win-win in my book.

Add extra meat to your meal
Adding a little bit of chicken at lunch or dinner will give you the extra boost of protein you need.

Oatmeal + Protein
If you're not an egg person I suggest making protein-packed oatmeal. Just add a scoop of your favorite protein powder, a dash of nut milk and top with berries. BOOM you just had 20+ grams of protein and will likely be full till lunch :) This is also a super easy way to get in protein when traveling.

Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt + Berries
Plain Greek Yogurt is such a simple way to add extra protein. Add a few berries, maybe some powdered PB and a dash of honey and you have a "healthy" sweet treat! Those who know me well know I have this EVERY night. Sometimes with granola if I have the carbs and fats to spare.

All the Egg Whites 
Breakfast scrambles are the easiest way to increase your daily protein. Makes egg whites with all the leftover roasted veggies and ta-da you have a filling protein packed breakfast.

There you have it, folks, a few simple ways to increase your daily protein. Want to join the 6-week Nutrition Challenge?  Click HERE to get started.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

10 Rugs I'm Currently Digging

Hey, hey! Day two of sitting down and hammering out a blog post for you all! Whoop whoop! Today it's all about rugs because it has been the great debate in our household for the last few years. As in I've bought and returned various rugs and then there's the fact my husband and I can't agree on a style. He's waived the white flag. So at this point, I'm just looking for something I like and that is also kid, dog, and husband friendly.

I recently updated our kitchen runner (because the old one never really worked) and I absolutely LOVE it. It's made of recycled plastic and you would never know it. The hubby said order it in an 8x10 for the living room, but I don't think we need to be matchy, matchy.

My next goal is to order a rug for under the couch. Here's the question do I order an 8x10 or 9x12? Do I go with a neutral or jazz it up with color? There are so many decisions and ordering online makes it even harder.

BTW, we've had our mid-priced Macy's Couch for over a year and we're still extremely happy with our purchase. It's perfect for this chapter of our lives - looks decent, is in the right price range, comfy and kid, dog and hubby friendly. Do you see a theme here?

I could totally spruce it up with a few pillows and change up the art on the wall for some contrast, but  I'm not too worried about it. maybe in a few years haha because honestly, it's not a priority if I'm being brutally honest here.

10 Rugs I'm Currently Digging

1. Boho Kilim Nagar Indoor Outdoor Rug
2. Taupe Double Diamond Woven Kilim Astrid Indoor Outdoor Rug
3. Pietro Terrazzo Grey Geometric Rug
4. Thea Hand Hooked Wool Rug
5. Mixed Stripes Cotton Dhurrie - Multi
6. Meadow Rug
7. Valley Ridge Rug
8. Mid-Century Geo Wool Kilim
9. Multi Facet Rug
10. Kenya Fleece Area Washable Rug

Decisions, decisions.

Which rug would you pick? Once I pick a rug I can replace our 1970 oak coffee table!