Thursday, October 26, 2017

All things Athleisure and Healthy Living


Good Morning Ladies!

I went hiking yesterday morning and was thinking I need to start talking more about gear I love and flexible eating. Because based on the all the DMs and emails I've received lately it sounds like you want more. So moving forward I will do my best to provide more details about gear I'm loving, the best deals of the week and what I'm eating. I guess my next post should be all about macros so you know what I'm talking about, but until then did you see yesterday's post about creating a healthy eater?

Let's talk about gear aka athleisure/workout clothes I'm loving because one can never have too many black leggings! While I have my favorite brands I don't necessarily only buy those brands. I'm always open to trying new brands, styles, etc. but the quality is key.

So what am I currently loving? All things Four Athletics! It's like Lululemon, but without the high price tag. I currently have these leggings, this sports bra and am patiently awaiting the arrival of these leggings! Recieve 15% off your order anytime when you use code tiarawasner15

I'm also still loving these prAna leggings which I wore hiking yesterday. Recieve 15% off your order prAna order through 11/22/17 when you use code FATW15

Favorite shoes currently are the Reebok Grace, but outside of CrossFit, I love my Nike's and particularly these.

Best gear sales of the week! There are so many items on sale  so here are a few of my picks for the week:  Nike crop tank 25% off, Zella High Waist Leggings 40% off, Reebok "You Don't Squat Tank" $20 and Athleta Sonar Capri $59 (BTW- I just ordered these!)

OK, regarding all things healthy living what would you like me to talk about first? BTW - What do you think about the new name Happy Healthy Home?

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

5 Tips for Raising a Healthy Eater

We all know there is a weight problem in America and it's up to us as parents to take the steps to fix the problem. We can start by teaching our children how to live happy and healthy lives.

For starters, the first two years of Emerson's life we did not give her any sweets. Yes you read that correctly no chocolate, ice cream, cupcakes, etc. People looked at us like we were weird, mean, fill in the blank. Trust me I heard it all, even from family. I didn't care because we were creating healthy eating habits.

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How is it working out for us? So far so good! We've created a healthy eater for the most part. Emerson loves broccoli, salmon, chicken, eggs, etc. I chalk this up to starting to create healthy habits from the get go. Basically from the moment she had solid foods we gave her exactly what we were eating (obviously within reason).

Sorry but I wasn't about to make two meals. Mama doesn't have time for that nor did I want that to be a norm -- but hey if it works for you that's cool, but that wasn't our jam. Fast forward to today. She does get options when it comes to breakfast or lunch, but dinner is whatever mom is making.


Also, I should mention we've slowly started to introduce sweets i.e., cookies, muffins, ice cream, etc. Usually a bite or two is all she needs and guess what, she's not asking for more! Why because it's a special treat not a meal. To be honest there have been a few times she's taken a bit and said, "I don't like it." Sorry, but mom win!

5 Ways to Raise Kids with Healthy Eating Habits 

1. Feed your Kids what you are Eating (assuming you have healthy eating habits)
2. Don't introduce sweet treats the first few years
3. Offer fruit or veggie snacks instead of proceed packaged items
4. Variety is the spice of life
5. Get them involved in cooking early on

Rain boots 

There you have it. It worked for us and hopefully you'll find these simple yet effective tips somewhat helpful to you. Good luck. Have any questions about what we eat drop a note below or email me directly.

Disclaimer: Remember all kids are different. I NEVER label foods as good vs. bad. Oh, and always do what works for you and your family. No judgement if you don't agree with me. These are my opinions I not a RD, Nutritionist, healthcare provider, etc.

Monday, October 23, 2017

The Mom Style Update

Jeans | Jacket | Tote (similar, similar) | Watch | Shoes [c/o]
Good Morning Ladies!

Yup, it's been decided I'm never going to be a fashion blogger. I'm just a mama trying to find pieces that are simple, stylish and most of all functional. Are you with me? So here I am confessing my lack of style, but talking about style. Ironic, right? Anyway, since recently losing 15 pounds I've found that my clothes don't fit very well. Nice problem to have. With that said, I'm slowing swapping out the old for new. I'm looking to create a minimal, stylish (somewhat) and functional wardrobe. While I would love a capsule wardrobe it doesn't really work when you have four seasons. So there's that.

It seems as though there's ALWAYS a sale. Seriously... I wake up every morning to my inbox full of sale alerts. Why would anyone ever pay full price? Speaking of sales the LOFT's Friends & Family sale is currently underway. With code FRIENDS you'll get 50% your entire order, sale items included! Not bad right. Yup, I may have purchased a number of items.

So I don't end up with a closet of clothes only from the LOFT what's your go-to shop for quality timeless clothes.


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Monday, October 16, 2017

Fall Snacking On the Go

Thank you Nature Valley and Walmart for inspiring and sponsoring today’s post. 

Life as a toddler mom is crazy and I only have one. I can only imagine what life would be like with more. Big props to those juggling life with two plus kids. Better yet the parents playing both mom and dad! I seriously don’t know how you do it.


We’re at the stage with Emerson where we count or give her options to make things happen. With that said, there are a few things I NEVER leave the house without - snacks, water and my phone for snapping all the cute photos.

Oh, snacks. This child loves her snacks and I’m always trying to mix it up because I never want to hear “I don’t like it.” Which we usually do after she’s eaten 75% of whatever it is. We’re working on the difference between “I don’t like it” and “all done.” Hey she’s not even three.


Earlier this summer Nature Valley came out with Granola Cups and Biscuit Sandwich products which I picked up with Nick and me in mind. Well, Emerson LOVED them too… big surprise. Fast forward to cruising Walmart the other weekend and I noticed they now have Biscuits with Cocoa Almond Butter. You better believe I bought a box...ok maybe two. I’ve been a fan of Nature Valley since my high school swim days and these new products didn’t let me down. Who would have thought 20 years later I would be passing on my love for Nature Valley products to Emerson.

It doesn’t hurt that they make the easiest snack for busy moms. Grab and go is the name of the game here. Plus, if you purchase the Almond Butter Granola Cups there’s two in every package making it perfect for sharing. And I’m all about sharing snacks :)


The Nature Valley Biscuits with Cocoa Almond Butter and Almond Butter Granola Cups have quickly become our fall go-to snack whether it’s running errands, hiking, or hanging out at home.

What’s your current go-to snack? I’m always on the hunt for new ideas.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Healthy-ish Apple Muffins

TGIF! Today is Emerson's special day at school which means she gets to bring a snack to share. So I made Apple Cinnamon Muffins! Yup, this Mom has been on top of her game this month. In fact the last two months I've remembered to make a snack.... it only took me 10 months to pull it together. But who's really counting?

Anyway, last month was pumpkin muffins and this month apple muffins. Are you starting to see a theme? The secret ingredient in these muffins is applesauce.Yup, applesauce. Remember the 10 lb box of apples I bought during our trip to Apple Hill? Well, the hubby made a big batch of applesauce and now I'm using it to make muffins. We still have apples left and I'm thinking either an apple pie or crisp. Which one would you make?


Ok, back to these amazing muffins. They are baked to perfection. A few notes, while I used white flour and sugar you could easily sub with coconut sugar and coconut or almond flour. When I'm baking for Emerson to share at school I keep things as simple as possible. Everything has to be nut free, etc. Kids and their allergies these days ;)

These would also pair perfectly with a few eggs for breakfast.


Applesauce Muffins Makes 12
164 Calories 28c/ 5f / 3p


Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 Sugar
1 egg
1 cup applesauce (homemade)
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 Butter

Directions

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Place 12 muffin liners in cupcake pan.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and set aside. In another bowl whisk the wet ingredients. Slowly combine wet and dry ingredients. I used my hand mixer on low.

Evenly distribute the batter in the muffin tin. Bake for about 20 minutes.

Enjoy!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Staple Meals for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

It's been 15 weeks since I started counting macros and well I don't plan on stopping anytime soon. It's been a total game changer -- flexible eating/dieting is a lifestyle I can sustain long term. Hello, I still eat chocolate, bread, cheese, etc. Did I mention I've also lost 15 pounds! I feel good and don't feel like I'm depriving myself of the food I enjoy.

I've talked about what I eat before, but today it's all about those staple meals. To simply put it the meals I make almost every week. Yup, during the week I keep things really simple and repeat a few of the same dishes.

I do this for a few reasons. First, because I don't have to give meals much thought. Secondly, because I already know they'll fit my macros. If you follow me on IG then you already know what I'm eating, but here's a little breakdown.

BEST SALAD BOWL - EVER! | SIETE CHIPS - NACHO (pictured)

BREAKFAST
Like coffee, I have eggs every morning for breakfast. While breakfast might look a tad different day to day you can always count on there being eggs. Recently, due to counting macros, I've switched to egg whites. Why because I don't what to waste 5g of fat eating the yolk.

3 quick and easy Breakfast ideas + plus coffee with creamer :)

+ Sourdough toast with butter, 2 egg whites, and salsa
+ Breakfast Burrito: 1 Joesph's Lavish Flat Bread with fat-free cheese, 1 egg white and one slice of bacon
+ Kodiak Pancakes or Van's Waffles topped with butter/honey and 1-2 egg whites on the side

NEW FAVORITE CREAMER - NUTPODS

LUNCH
Working from home makes lunch super easy, but all my lunches can easily be prepped the night before so you can grab and go in the morning.

3 quick and easy Lunch ideas 

+ Salad: Meat of choice (Typically it's chicken or ground turkey), spinach, bell peppers, cucumbers topped with Bolthouse yogurt dressing and maybe a few chips on the side.
+ Wrap/Pita: Chicken Salad or shredded chicken with a sliced pickle, mustard, and spinach. I use Joesph's pita or nuco coconut wraps
+ Two lightly salted rice cakes topped with chicken salad and a small sliced apple with PB2 on the side

BEST DRESSING - BOATHOUSE FARMS | LATE JULY CHIPS

DINNER
This is where I keep things as simple as possible and a big bowl is usually involved. Additionally, I like to save the majority of my macros for dinner (and snacks).

3 quick and easy Dinner ideas 

+ Potato bowls - Red or sweet potatoes topped with roasted veggies, shredded chicken, and salsa
+ Cauliflower Pizza topped with your favorite sauce and toppings
+ Spaghetti squash with extra lean ground turkey and homemade/organic tomato sauce


If you're a snacker, like me, don't worry I'll write an entire post just about snacks, treats and protein shakes since these are included in my daily meal plan!

CAST IRON SKILLET
Whew, are you still with me?! That pretty much sums up how I eat during the week. Check back soon to see how I work in snacks, etc. Anyone interested in my putting together a seasonal meal prep for download?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Family Friendly Fall Activities

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC., The Coca-Cola Company, and Conagra Brands all opinions are mine alone. #PowerfullySmart #CollectiveBias

The hills are alive with the sound of music....but seriously it's gorgeous in Lake Tahoe right now. Perfect temps make it easy to get outside and enjoy everything the Sierra Mountains have to offer. We've been doing just that the last few weekends. When you know snow is just around the corner you soak up as much sunshine as you can.

If you're like us then you're probably on the hunt for family (aka toddler) friendly activities. I rounded up our favorite Lake Tahoe activities you can do any weekend whether or not you have the kiddos.

Four ways to get outside this Fall

Leaf Peeping
You know it's fall when the leaves start to turn and honestly it's something I never really experienced growing up in southern California. Hence why I love to drive out to Hope Valley and soak in all the beautiful fall colors. It's a peaceful excursion and the photos don't do it justice.

(Def.) Leaf peeping is an informal term in the United States for the activity in which people travel to view and photograph the fall foliage in areas where leaves change colors in autumn.


Apple and Pumpkin Picking
Apple Hill is located about an hour west of Lake Tahoe making an easy before or after stop for those driving from the Sacramento/SF area. We make a trip every fall to pick apples and pumpkins. This year was especially fun for Emerson. As she was excited to pull the wagon around and collect all the pumpkins. This has turned into a family tradition. See more HERE.



Hiking
Fall hikes are perfect for a few reasons the trails aren't as busy and the weather is usually perfect. Don't forget sunscreen or water! Lately I've found it easier to grab a big bottle of smartwater for hikes rather than packing two water bottles for easy sharing.

With it's distinctive pure taste wrapped in iconic packaging, it delivers the authentic style + substance that never-settlers crave. While other premium waters might add gimmicky claims, smartwater looks forward… a smarter water, purposefully designed: vapor-distilled for purity, inspired by the clouds, with just the right amount of electrolytes for a uniquely clean taste. 



Watch the Kokanee Run
This is a must. Each autumn, from late September through mid-October, mature kokanee salmon, transform from silver-blue color to a fiery vermilion, and run up Taylor Creek, near South Lake Tahoe.

From Memorial Day weekend through October, the Stream Profile Chamber at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center is an opportunity to see the trout and Kokanee salmon of Lake Tahoe up close. It is located on Highway 89 about a 1 mile west of Camp Richardson in South Lake Tahoe, CA.


While I love to cook typically after a busy day it's the last thing I want to do. I pretty much just want something tasty and fast. Enter my secret weapon Healthy Choice® Power Bowls! Yup, I like to keep a few on hand just in case I need something quick.


They're hearty and won't blow my macros either #winning. Every Power Bowl is made with an intentional balance of vegetables, proteins and whole grains to fuel your lifestyle. For example my favorite bowl, Adobo Chicken Bowl, only has 8 f/ 38 c/ 26 p! Knowing every Power Bowl is made with an combination of bold flavors and simple ingredients makes me happy.

As a mom on-the-go my goal is to keep our fridge and freeze stocked. How do I do that? Simple I keep a running list of items I need on the fridge so when I go to the store I won't forget anything thing. Like I mentioned above, it's imperative to have meals and water you can just grab and go. Hence why I keep Healthy Choice® Power Bowls and smartwater items on hand. They make my life easier one bowl at a time :)


DEAL ALERT: Earn .75 cash back when you purchase Healthy Choice® Power Bowls at Walmart (any variety - any size) via Ibotta.

Your turn... What's your favorite fall activity?


Monday, October 9, 2017

Day Trip to Apple Hill

Tis the season for all things apple and pumpkins. The last three years we've made the hour trek from Tahoe to Apple Hill with two other families for all things apple. Our trip this year was a well oiled machine and ended with wine....Yes, in fact the last two years we've end at a winery. Because why not.

Thinking about visiting Apple Hill? Here are my tips:

+ Keep it simple. Pick a few places to visit and plan your route ahead of time. This makes the world of difference. I would suggest only picking 2-3 apple farms to visit.

+ Go early. Traffic can be crazy so I suggest arriving at the first farm between 9 to 10 a.m.

+ Check the weather. It was 70-ish yesterday making jeans, sandals and a t-shirt perfect.

+Remember to have fun, eat apple pie and snap a ton of photos :)


Our 2017 route/farms we visited:

O'Halloran Ranch + Pumpkin Patch

We start here every year because it's a tad off the beaten path. This means there are less crowds, but they have the best you pick pumpkin patch!

It makes for a picture prefect backdrop. Now if we could only all the kiddos to look at the camera at the same time. HAHA


Emerson LOVED picking out pumpkins....


.... and pulling a red wagon, like the one she has at home.


Apple Ridge Farms

This was a fairly quick stop for Apple Cider Donuts. We opted to skip the infamous Rainbow Orchards for donuts this year. The verdict... We'll be back at Rainbow Orchards next year as they serve them to order meaning nice and warm and extremely fresh.


Delfino Farms
This place is the perfect stop for lunch with a big grassy area for picnics, BBQ and pies! World Famous pies to be exact. We grabbed a pie to go, along with a 10 lb box of apples and let the kids burn some energy running around lawn.

They also have a corn maze, face painting, etc.

Boeger Winery
We wrapped up our day here. The grounds are gorgeous, perfect for lunch, and letting the kids play. We grabbed a few bottles of wine, enjoyed lunch and relaxed before heading home. They even have a sand pit for the kiddos!


All in all, it was a successful trip. Now I just need to figure out what I'm going to make with 10 lbs of apples! I'm open for suggestions.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Spartan Race Recap with Eat the Bear + Giveaway!

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Lake Tahoe Spartan beast and ultra beast! While I didn't run the course I know the terrain at Squaw Valley and know it's far from easy. The grueling 16+ miles, obstacles and elevation gain all while at altitude isn't for the meek.

Congratulations to all the participates.


So what was I doing there? I was collaborating with Eat the Bear, a sports nutrition-based lifestyle business, providing clean and lean supplements to support pure achievement. They currently have the best whey protein on the market (IMO).

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You could say I'm living the ETB lifestyle by overcoming obstacles and pushing my fitness boundaries. You might recall I've had not one, but two heart surgeries in my life. My doctor always said I couldn't do xyz, but look at what I've accomplished mentally and physically.

I'm comfortable taking products like ETB, because they are so clean. Plus, the chocolate peanut flavor is on point.

Anyway, I spent last Saturday helping spread the word.

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