Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Simple ways to Save and Make Money

Let's talk money, it's never an easy subject and typically a topic of the table at dinner parties, etc., but today I want to dive into simple ways you can save and make a few extra dollars. Remember a few dollars/cents here and there can add up to a few hundred dollars by the end of the year.


ThredUP | A quick and easy way to buy and sell clothes. Order a bag online, fill up the bag with gently used items and send it back. ThredUp will purchase what they think they can resell and donate the rest. It's pretty much hassle free. Want $10 off your first purchase join ThredUP via my LINK and start shopping.

PoshMark | Ok, with a few clicks on your phone you can set up your own consignment shop via the PoshMark app. This app has been a real money maker for me. Yup, since may I've sold 14 items and made roughly $130. Oh does it work? You list your item and set your own price. PoshMark keeps 20% and provides you with the shipping label. While you might have to wait a few weeks for items to sell the return is can be higher than ThredUP. Download the app today and start selling! Sign up with code PTGUE to get $5 off your first order.

EBATES | Get paid to shop online. I personally to 90% of my shopping online. So why not make money for doing something you would do either way. Stores pay EBATES a commission for sending members to their websites, and they share a percentage with you. For example 1% at Target, 6% at GAP, and 9% at Macy's. They even offer cash back on travel! Get cash back for shopping on Ebates! Sign up with my invite link, HERE, for a $10 bonus when you shop at over 2,000 stores!

Ibotta | 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.

eBay | While I'm not a power seller and having listed anything in a while I do still occasionally dabble in selling items via eBay. If you have the time, patience, and the right items it's worth listening on eBay. In the past, I've sold gear, clothes, fine jewelry, and name brand purses.

Craigslist/Local Online UpCycle Groups | Have some big ticket items, but don't want to host a garage sale and would like to make a few bucks? This is your next best option. Plan to haggle, but again if you have the time and patience it's a great avenue to make a few extra bucks. I typical price things to sell to limit any haggling.

There you have it. Just a few ways I make a few extra bucks. In our household, all the "extra" money goes into our fun account.

So what are you selling? Do you have tips?

Disclaimer: I'm not a financial advisor. I'm just a gal who was taught the fundamentals of money i.e., saving and budgeting. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Burrito Bowl Intentions

Check, check 1.2.3...

Although, I've been radio silent for some time I'm ready to dive back into blogging, inspiring, oversharing food, fitness, and fun with all my peeps. This summer has been crazy good and hectic on the life and business front. While at times, I've wanted to pull my hair out I honestly I wouldn't have it any other way. Unfortunately, that means from time to time, this space is neglected. I'm working on balance, but is that even a thing?! HA.

Anyway, yours truly is still counting macros and slaying the food making game. Because everything is better in a bowl today I'm sharing one of my favorite dinners, the burrito bowl!


What you need to build your next burrito bowl.

- greens (I prefer spring mix)
- protein (chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, etc.)
- beans (I prefer black beans)
- veggies (think corn, cauliflower, etc.)
- salsa or hot sauce
- avocado or guacamole
- rice (pick your favorite; sweet potatoes work too)
- cheese (I prefer feta)
- chips on the side (optional)

Once you have all the goods cooked start layering your bowl. I start with greens and end with salsa/avocado and a sprinkle of cheese.

It's honestly that simple and quick. This a great way to use leftovers during the week. I even used a 90 second Seeds of Change Quinoa & Brown Rice pack for the bowl above. We buy a box at a time from Costco. For the black beans,  once drained and rinsed I cook them on the stove top with minced garlic, onion, cilantro, and lime.

Also, I don't use little cereal bowls. I like using these bigger bistro bowls from Crate & Barrel.

Well folks, there you have it my go-to burrito bowl. I eat this at least once a week - not kidding. The goal this fall is to check in more often so I hope to see you around. Until then don't forget to follow along on Instagram!

Chicken Burrito Bowl Pictured Above
Macro Breakdown: 49C/11F/29P
Calories: 410

Monday, August 20, 2018

That Fit Family Life

Creating a healthy life and home means getting the whole family involved. The key is making it fun! I workout and eat healthily, but it doesn't stop with me. It's a family affair.

By creating these habits now I hope I'm setting my daughter up for a life without chronic illness, disease, etc. I also hope that Nick and I will live a long happy life. I mean no one ever says they want to be sick. I look at exercise and making better foods choices as preventative care. I'm looking at the long game just like I do with my finances (more on that another time).

So how do we live that fit family life?

We run/walk together.
Emerson likes to show me how to "run" or race. While these "runs" are usually at a run/walk pace I'm ok with it.


We bike together.
Soon enough Emerson will be peddling along the side of us. Until then, she'll be in the support car yelling at us to let her out.


We hike together.
Although her face might not show it she was having a blast. Emerson has been hiking since she was born. We love getting exercise well exploring the great outdoors.


We workout on Vacation.
Just because we're on vacation doesn't mean we can't get a little sweat in poolside.



We talk about going to the GYM and being big and strong.
Yesterday, Emerson said, "I need to go to mommy's gym to do exercises and get big and strong." I'm not kidding.

Anyway, do you see a theme? We like to get outside to make it fun for Emerson. Working out is even better when you have fun tops like FIT and Flirty. I'm currently loving the Champagne Poppin’ muscle tank [c/o]. 

Want to snag your own FIT and Flirty top? Recieve 15% off with discount code SWEATPINK13 (valid from August 15 - September 15, 2018). There is also an in-store special from August 15-31 of "buy 2 shirts - get the 2nd one at 50% off" (not valid with other promo code). 




Want to snag your own FIT and Flirty top? Recieve 15% off with discount code SWEATPINK13 (valid from August 15 - September 15, 2018). There is also an in-store special from August 15-31 of "buy 2 shirts - get the 2nd one at 50% off" (not valid with other promo code). 

Regarding sizing make sure to size up.

* Thank you FIT and Flirty for providing me with the cheeky tank. Cheers!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Happy, Healthy and apart of the Family

Thank you, Milo’s Kitchen® Homestyle Dog Treats and Walmart for inspiring and sponsoring today’s post.

Roxy, our German shorthaired pointer, turns 9 this year. That’s 63 in dog years. That’s considered an old lady. But Roxy doesn’t act old. No, she’ll run circles around you hiking and usually won't stop until you tell her it’s time, but when she’s home she’ll sleep all day unless there is a bunny in the yard that needs chasing. Dog problems?!


So how do we keep Roxy young, healthy and active?

First, we had a kid. Emerson keeps Roxy on her toes. I’m not kidding when I say they antagonize each other like siblings. Emerson loves feeding Roxy, especially treats. She’ll grab a few Milo’s Kitchen® Homestyle Dog Treats from the cabinet give her one then tease her with another. YES, Emerson makes Roxy chase her before she’ll hand it over. However, Roxy’s smartened up and has learned how to snagged it when she not looking. Which results in Emerson crying because Roxy got her treat. Is this what it’s like to have two kids?



Second, we try on to walk Roxy 3-4 miles at least 5 days a week. It’s hard during winter months, but now that it’s summer -- game on!



Third, a healthy diet. We eat healthily so why wouldn’t we feed Roxy food/treats that are made with real chicken, beef or duck as the #1 ingredient. Milo’s Kitchen® Homestyle Dog Treats look like jerky, sausage slices, and meatballs. Nothing says "I love you" more than something made with love and care. While Roxy’s favorite is Milo’s Kitchen® Chicken Recipe with Wild Rice & Spring Vegetables and Milo’s Kitchen® Beef Recipe with Real Brisket & Garden Vegetables each one’s made totally free of artificial flavors or colors and each one produced right here in the USA. They believe dogs deserve treats made with the same quality of ingredients and care that we want in for our food.



Lastly, a lot of love and snuggles because, after all, our dogs are family. And they deserve to be treated like family.



Psst: Pick a bag (or two) the next time you’re at Walmart... Just saying.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Recent Purchases I'm Loving

Hi, my name is Tiara and I blog here! Yeah, I know I unintentionally took a blogging break. But just know your girl is still here counting macros, living the good life in Tahoe and kicking some serious business ass -- hence the radio silence even though I would rather spend more time with Y'all.

While that all sounds fun and dandy, you're here because you want to know what I recently purchased and love.  But first, a snap of my sweet girl admiring the flowers at Trader Joe's because it's her favorite place. Hello, mini shopping carts!


PATIO TABLE -- Well, after 7-ish years we finally bought a patio table! It's about time! Now I just have to decide on chairs.  We have some chairs from Costco we're using in the meantime, but I'm eyeing these chairs and this market umbrella from Target to finish it off. 

Slip-on Chuck Taylor -- I might be late to the game here, but I never claimed to be a fashion blogger :) Anyway I'm been spending money on me this month and I don't know why it took me so long to buy a pair! These VANS CLASSIC SLIP-ON are next on the list.

RTIC Cooler and Tumblers -- Becuase quality not overpriced :) Yup, I didn't buy a YETI. Sorry, but I couldn't justify the price. Call my smart or frugal... Anyway, I recently purchased two 30 oz tumblers and an RTIC Soft Pack Cooler - 40 and Sunday beach days just got better.

Summer Sandals -- Have you seen the TOMS sandals lately? Yeah, neither had I then I was like I need all of them. Anyway, I bought these and am eyeing these! Oh, and then there are these cute DV sandals from Target! I love sandal weather!

Cuisinart Food Processor with Spiralizer & Dicer-- Although I already had a food processor, it was like 18 years old! I'm not kidding you. It's a beast and still got the job done, but OMG this gadget does it all and I'm in love. I can't wait to make tons of zoodles, pesto, etc. this summer! 

JOJO'S CHOCOLATE BARK -- Because life without chocolate is boring and JOJO's is the best. Order a bag (or two) stat. BTW -- Don't forget to use code "TIARA10" for a sweet discount.

OXO Good Grips Cooling Rack -- Every baker needs a cooling rack and I love all things OXO. Worth it! In general, I like the OXO brand and the OXO On Barista Brain 9 Cup Coffee Maker is my favorite product from the brand.

What are you loving these days?

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Counting Macros — One year Later

Here's the thing, before I started counting macros I thought I looked good. Ok, maybe I had 5ish pounds to lose, but I was confident in my skin. A year later, I still think I look good and am still confident in my own skin. The difference — I FEEL better and my strength/performance has improved tenfold among a number of other things such as better skin, sleep, inflammation, recovery etc.  Before we dive into all things macros let's look at some progress pictures because we all love a good before and after photo.

Day 1(135) / 6 Months(116) / 1 Year (120)

MY WHY
If I thought I looked good and was confident in my skin why did I start counting Macros? Simple, I wanted to perform better in the gym and if it meant dropping a few pounds then I figured why not give it a try. I had a number of friends doing it too so I thought it would be easier to go through the process with others. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would drop the weight I did.

EMBRACING THE PROCESS
In life, there are a lot of things that suck and you don't want to do them, but you have too. That's how I looked at the cutting phase. It straight up sucked, but I reminded myself I have to trust the process just like I approach my training. Sometimes it's hard to trust the person you're paying knows what they are doing, but I trusted him. We had an open line of communication and I felt like he never misled me. The cutting phase was 90% mental for me. I had to relearn how to eat all the foods I loved. I also cut out drinking (unless it's a special occasion) because it wasn't beneficial to my end goal.

THE 3 PHASES I EXPERIENCED COUNTING MACROS

CUTTING PHASE
When "cutting," you are eating at a calorie deficit. Meaning you're taking in less energy (aka food/fuel) than you're expending. The cutting phase is also known as a deficit. It's when you're lowering (aka, cutting) the grams of macros you're consuming. This usually happens on a weekly basis and can be anywhere from 2-5 grams of carbohydrates and/or fats a week.

Something that's misunderstood about losing weight is that you have to lower your caloric intake by A LOT to see results. When in fact the  SLOW AND STEADY approach will lead to the greatest long-term success.  The goal of eating at a deficit should always be to eat as much as possible while still losing weight (i.e., all the veggies)!

We cut for nearly 15 weeks before I mentally couldn't cut anymore. I was also happy with my results. At that point, we started to rebuild.

REBUILDING PHASE
The opposite of cutting. You're slowing adding in more food. You're trying to reach the "maintenance phase." You feel amazing because you're able to add some fun food back in, but the key is to not go crazy with those fun foods.

MAINTENANCE PHASE
The light at the end of the end of the tunnel! Eating at maintenance means you're in ENERGY BALANCE. You're matching calories in and calories out so that your weight remains the same!

Aside from eating more the best part about maintenance is just because you're staying the same weight doesn't mean your body composition isn't changing. If you're lifting those weights (building muscle) and being consistent with your nutrition (fueling muscle growth), you can see an incredible transformation in maintenance.

While the process might be slower when in maintenance it is happening -- no doubt! The other plus to being in maintenance? Fueling for performance! To perform your best, you want to fuel your body with optimal energy. Being in a calorie deficit, while a necessary evil, might leave you feeling a tad more exhausted than usual after workouts or training. That's why when in a cut, they say nutrition choice is important to help your body recovery better! Because food is fuel.

OVERALL THOUGHT ON COUNTING MACROS
While it was tedious, overwhelming and downright frustrating at times I freaking LOVE it. It's the longest I've stuck with anything because it's sustainable! Yes, it's something you can work with for the rest of your life. Eventually, I'll segway into intuitive eating, but macros gave me the foundation to do so. How? It showed me what food is actually made of and what I need to fuel my body without depriving myself of things I love. It taught me what moderation really is and that's not a 1,200 calorie diet, meal replacements, juice cleanses, etc.

Honestly, I would recommend everyone count macros for at least a month. You would be so surprised at what you're eating too much or little of.  Knowledge is power and food is fuel.

Working with a StrongerU coach was key to being able to eventually count on my own, increase my numbers without fear, and find food freedom.

Counting macros will only work when you are ready. You have to be honest with yourself, your numbers and your coach. Until then you're just spinning the diet wheel. Yes, we all have off days, but consistency is key.

Do you count macros?

Monday, June 4, 2018

I made Homemade Sourdough Bread

Well, hello there!

Yup, yours truly took a little hiatus from blogging and man did it feel good, but what feels even better is being back. I missed all your pretty faces. A lot happened in May. For instance, my sister had a baby and I turned 36! Sadly, there will not be a recap. Instead, we're diving right into the fact that I made homemade sourdough bread.

YES, I made SOURDOUGH BREAD from scratch!


I can't hardly believe it, but it happened and it was a process. So how did it come about? Well, about a week ago we were at the beach, with friends talking about making Kombucha, and one of the dads mentioned wanting to attempt making sourdough bread from a starter. I was intrigued. Intrigued enough to go home and google sourdough starter and proceed to make a starter.

For the next five days, I grew wild yeast above my refrigerator. Every day I fed it equal parts flour and water. Friday night, I prepped the sourdough starter for baking. Did I mention it's a process? The magic happened on Saturday. Over the course of the day, I tended to the dough, let it rise then repeated over the next few hours. YES, a few hours!


Once the dough was ready, it was time to bake. Before I knew it, I was enjoying a fresh slice of sourdough bread. You could say I'm now sold on sourdough bread from scratch. While the bread wasn't perfect, nor anywhere near bakery status, it was good for the first attempt.



So what am I doing with four loaves? Duh, eating a slice with every meal. For instance this morning I made avocado toast with eggs. Tonight, garlic bread. Tomorrow who knows as our options are truly endless. Oh and I totally sliced two loaves up and froze them. That sourdough bread life, though!

I will now be making all the bread! Who wants a loaf?

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Friday, April 27, 2018

This + That


OMG, where has the month gone?! I can't believe May is next week. OK, sorry but I think I'm starting to sound like a broken record. This month has been good to me in life and business. Things are crazier than ever, but I end every day like - Today was a good day.

and now for the good stuff...

FAVORITE DISH THIS MONTH 

Say hello to the best cauliflower pizza crust I've ever had -- Califlour Foods. Earlier this month I scored the starter park during one of their sales because you know I love testing new foods and reporting back to y'all. So far I've tried the Plant-Based and Sweet Red Pepper crusts and both were tasty. The above photo is the Plant-Based crust topped with non-fat Trader Joe's pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella, basil, cherry tomatoes with balsamic glaze. WHAT! Yes! Order them online, HERE. #notsponsored

DEAL OF THE WEEK

Hands down finding Wild Friends PB at Grocery Outlet for $2.99-$4.99! You better believe I bought all the flavors, Yes, I have a slight peanut butter problem. So my advice is to seek out a Grocery Outlet and buy all the Wild Friends PB - if it's available.

But let's talk about deals that shouldn't be missed. Macy's is having their Friends + Family Sale; A+F is having a 40% off sale making it the perfect time to pick up summer basics -- like this Ruffle Sleeve top for $20!; Target's patio furniture is 25% off + an extra 15% with code PATIO through Saturday - How cute is this little seating combo; Everything is on sale at the GAP so I bought Em this lightweight Floral-lined Jacket.

THIS + THAT

I passed my CF Level 1 Certification! Wahoo, now I can start helping around at the gym.

I started working on my Nutrition Certificate! It will be a few months before I'm finished, but expect some serious food knowledge bombs coming your way! In the meantime, you can join my private FB group - A Happy Healthy Home Tribe. Basically, I just want to help moms create a healthy and balanced life. I would love you to join the conversation.

Again thanks for bearing with me and the radio silence on the blog while I put things in motion! If you want to know what I'm up to on the daily follow along on IG (@tiara_wasner) -- it's where all the fun happens these days.

...and that's a wrap.

Monday, April 16, 2018

In the Open: 18.5 and Final Thoughts



You guys! We can't forget about the last open workout! All the thrusters and chest to bars. Yeah, I know it ended a month ago, but life happened. What can I say! Let's dive right into things.

THE WORKOUT

This was a repeat of 11.6

Complete as many reps as possible in 7 minutes of:
3 thrusters / 3 chest-to-bar pull-ups
6 thrusters / 6 chest-to-bar pull-ups
9 thrusters / 9 chest-to-bar pull-ups
12 thrusters / 12 chest-to-bar pull-ups
15 thrusters / 15 chest-to-bar pull-ups
18 thrusters / 18 chest-to-bar pull-ups

If you complete the round of 18, go on to 21. If you complete 21, go on to 24, etc.

INITIAL THOUGHTS
Honestly, I think we all knew thrusters and chest to bars were coming so I wasn't really surprised. I was surprised that Castro gave the CrossFit community a choice of 3 to vote on prior to the announcement. I knew I would have to break up the thrusters and hammer out the chest to bars.

MY PERFORMANCE
Surprisingly well. I hit 91 reps. I broke up the reps early kept the transition quick and never stopped moving. The thrusters never got hard, but those linked chest to bars fell apart at around 15. I actually redid this workout with a different rep scheme and got the same score... I was not pleased.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Overall, I'm happy with my performance. This is a workout that would have previously crushed me and it ended up being my second best finish during the 2018 open. It just goes to show how much I've improved in the last year.

OVERALL THOUGHTS ON THE 2018 OPEN

Now that the open is over I can reflect on my overall performance. It was 10 times better than previous years. I'm actually really happy with my overall finish -- 3,062 out of 30,915 worldwide! My takeaway... I have a lot of room for improvement. A few goals include bar cycling mid/heavy loads, overall strength, and butterfly pull-ups.

WHAT'S NEXT...
Fingers crossed I pass my CF level 1 cert. and then start working on my nutrition cert.... because I have SO much time. Oh, and keep training.

From my CF Level 1 training weekend...

Photo Credit: CrossFit.com

Friday, April 6, 2018

Friday Favorites



TGIF! Apparently someone couldn't get their shit together the last few weeks. Don't worry I have an 18.5 recap coming in hot, too - for those of you who care.

Can you believe it's April?! How did that happen? Let's just dive in.

BEST DEALS OF THE WEEK
You know this frugal gal isn't going to pay full price for anything... so why would I expect you too!

Anyway, let's talk deals because mama always needs new workout clothes and Emerson is growing like a weed. So here's what I've either purchased or it's sitting in my cart: MADEWELL Knot Front Tee, Faux Leather Foldover Clutch,  MADEWELL Studio Ruffle Hem Top,  Split High/Low Hem Top and these New Balance 247 Decon shoes even though they aren't on sale - $89 is a pretty good price.

BECAUSE TARGET
Honestly, I should make this into a monthly series... because Target. Until then here are a few things I'm loving and eying: Knit Wrap DressChips Salsa Repeat Short Sleeve V-Neck and Salvia Round Garden Stool Black & White. On another note, I can't wait for the Hunter x Target collection to launch!

BEST MEAL/SNACK OF THE WEEK
I love food. Seriously, it brings me joy cooking, eating, etc. Without a doubt my favorite dish was the Carrot Cake (pictured above) I made for Easter. It was SOOOO good. As in the best Carrot Cake I've ever made. I was full of carrots, pineapple, and coconut!

IN OTHER NEWS
My business continues to grow and we might even need to hire a full-timer next month. It's exciting and terrifying all the same time. I mean I have a hard time managing myself sometimes, HAHA.

On a fitness front, because I don't have enough on my plate, I'm getting my CF level 1 certification in a few weeks and I'm working towards obtaining a nutrition certification! Of course, as long as I pass the test ;)

Until next time...

Thursday, March 22, 2018

9 Toddler Dresses for Spring


1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9
Hey, Mamas!

Anyone else ready for spring weather? Better yet summer?! Tahoe's currently experiencing a Miricle March -- aka all the rain and snow. Anyway, it's not stopping me from buying Emerson all things spring and summer. Girlfriend loves a good dress that twirls. Mom gets major bonus points if there are pockets. She's a girl after my own heart.

So I rounded up 9 dresses that are perfect for spring and summer.

Tell me, what's your go-to shop for little girl dresses?

Happy shopping :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

9 Things You Should Snag From Target

Calling all Target Shoppers... I rounded up 9 things you might want to snag from Target right now. Let's face it because Target is awesome and they are still slaying it!

1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9
So let's break it down a little further. Instant Pot seemed to be the IT kitchen gadget of 2017. Did you by one? Guess what I didn't either, but I still want one and this cookbook to go with it. I also can't make up my mind about an Airfryer. Do you have one? Are they worth it?

#TargetStyle! Come on, everything is so cute right now. I purchased the Free People knockoffs when they first came out and LOVE them. I wear them all the time and receive so many compliments. Universal Threads also has a number of basic tops to help transition to spring. Oh and the dresses! This one is in my cart!

You can't leave target without browsing all things home decor. After 8 years we still don't have patio furniture etc. Well, things are changing this summer! I think some outdoor lights would be a nice touch.

I'm still on the hunt for the perfect area rug and while the above rug might not work in my house I think someone should totally pick it up.

Anyway, I didn't even scratch the surface. Until next time...

What did you recently purchase and Target that's amazing?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

In the Open: Thoughts on 18.4

leggings | tank | shoes

Four weeks down one to go... I can't hardly believe the open is over after Friday! I've loved the process this year even if the workouts are totally random. Sometimes I wonder what HQ is thinking. I mean scaled this week had bear crawls?! That's not a workout that's a warmup drill! Anyway, embrace the process right?

Without further adieu...

THE WORKOUT

For time:

21-15-9
deadlifts, 155 lb. + handstand push-ups

then...

21 deadlifts, 205 lb.
50-ft. handstand walk
15 deadlifts, 205 lb.
50-ft. handstand walk
9 deadlifts, 205 lb.
50-ft. handstand walk

Time cap: 9 min.

INITIAL THOUGHTS
Yup, my neck and back are going to HATE me. Deadlifts are not my jam and I've said it before -- no one should ever do heavy deadlifts for time. With that said, the new HSPU standard didn't really phase me. You just do what you can do.

MY PERFORMANCE
Last year the 55 rep DL workout KILLED my back. Although overall I'm in much better shape this year, I was very conservative in this workout. While I could have gone with big sets on the deadlifts I did all singles. Yup, that's right, ALL singles. Then busted out big sets on the HSPUs. But guess what? My back didn't lock up on me and I feel great. I finished with 79 reps... not my best performance. Oh, and the new HSPU standard didn't bother me at all. I made sure my HSPUs were slow and controlled so I made each rep.

FINAL THOUGHTS
While I know I could have pushed harder and logged more reps I'm not advancing this year so why kill my back and be out for weeks?! Yes, I want to push, but I'm also in this fitness thing for the long haul. However, even with an extremely low score, I'm still sitting top 10% worldwide in my age group. This is HUGE. Last year I finished top 25%!

Did you do 18.4? Love it or hate it? Any predictions for 18.5?

Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday Favorites


Hello, hello! It's snowing again in Tahoe! What the what! Where is spring... It's all good I'll take the snow as long as April is sunny. I'm sitting here in my office visualizing 18.4, watching the snow fall and procrastinating working. It happens.

So what am I loving this week?

FAVORITE RECIPE OF THE WEEK
If you guys haven't made these protein oatmeal bars you need to stat! Emerson requests these weekly... not kidding. They are full of fiber, protein, and greens. I use Amazing Grass Organic Plant Based Vegan Protein Superfood Powder so Emerson can enjoy them.

FAVORITE BLOGGER POST OF THE WEEK
There's really no explanation needed just go read: How to handle a changing body image

FAVORITE APPAREL 
I've been rocking this 'Love Yo Self' tank for the open workouts and well I love it! It's cute and a reminder to not be too hard on yourself. It also will be fun for summer with a pair of jean shorts.

I love Free People, but sometimes their prices are ridiculous. Either way, this sweater is super cute and I'll snag it once it's on sale.

I'm on the hunt for a chunky heel summer sandal and I need these Lucky Brand Xaylah Ankle Strap Sandal.

All things Athleta! Seriously though if you're not rocking Athleta workout apparel you're missing out. Durable, soft and stylish I couldn't ask for anything more.

That's all folks. Have a great weekend and good luck to all my CrossFit peeps doing 18.4!



Thursday, March 15, 2018

In the open: Thoughts on 18.3


Hey, how did that happen again? Yup, 18.4 will be announced in a matter of hours and I'm just now getting around to recapping 18.3. Well, that's life. For those of you who enjoy/like CrossFit keep reading, otherwise, check back tomorrow for Friday Favorites.

THE WORKOUT

2 rounds for time of:
100 double-unders
20 overhead squats
100 double-unders
12 ring muscle-ups
100 double-unders
20 dumbbell snatches
100 double-unders
12 bar muscle-ups

Men perform 115-lb. OHS, 50-lb. DB snatches

Time cap: 14 minutes

INITIAL THOUGHTS
When Dave was announcing all the movements I was jumping for joy. Then he said 100 double-unders and I thought --  well, SHIT. I mean I can do double-unders, but I'm not a double-under queen. But that's what the open is all about. I also thought -- well, I'm going to pee my pants and that's going to suck. #fitmomlife

MY PERFORMANCE
I was giddy walking into the gym Friday afternoon because of muscles-ups! They are my jam. With that said, I warmed up and got to work. I followed my game plan and broke things up from the start. Well, the ring muscle-ups were not clicking which was frustrating because they are my jam! Needless to say, I didn't do that well and redid it on Monday and slayed the WOD. As in knocked out 101 more reps than Friday. My final score was 348...

FINAL THOUGHTS
Things really clicked on Monday and afterward, I felt as though I could have pushed harder. But then you never know. Did things click because it was the right pace? If I pushed harder would I have done as well? Either way Monday was WAY better and I finished 1,077 out of 30,918 worldwide! Yeah, you could say I'm pretty damn proud of that.

Do you think tonight will be a repeat? I'm secretly hoping for 16.1. I guess we'll find out in a few hours.



Monday, March 12, 2018

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

Disclaimer: I'm not a dietitian, nutritionist, coupon queen, financial advisor, etc. I'm just a mom, wife, friend, and fitness enthusiasts trying to live a healthy life without breaking the bank. Who's with me!?


This is the ultimate goal, right? Eat all the healthy foods without spending your whole paycheck? Well, my goal for 2018 was to cut our food budget in half. I hate to admit it, but we were spending roughly $1,000 a month and there's only three of us! In January I was on a mission to save some money and while I didn't stay under the set budget of $500 I learned a lot along the way. February was better and although again I didn't stay under $500 for the month I saved roughly $300. I feel good about February because I was able to stock up on meat and other freezer items. With that said, March is going to be our month to stay under the $500 budget without sacrificing a healthy diet.

How are we eat healthy meals on a budget? 

Make upfront investments 
Yeah, I know. This doesn't' make sense, but trust me there are a few items you'll need/want in order to save long term. First, buy a freezer. We purchased a practically brand new Kenmore freezer off FB marketplace for half the price! But if you can't wait to find a used one this GE freezer from Lowe's is very similar and only $200. Next, you'll want a FoodSaver (similar). I feel like I'm an 80-year-old saying that, but this will keep everything fresh longer. 

Slowly start stocking up
No need to run and out an fill your freezer or pantry with your favorite items, but when you see things you use on sale buy two. One for now and one for later. That way when you run out you don't have to pay full price. When you see meat on super sale buy it and freeze it for later. Over time you'll have a decent stockpile to pull from. Again, it's an upfront cost that will save you money in the long run.

Make a list & Watch for sales
Making a list always helps keep spending down. It saves you from walking up and down the aisles buying things you probably could live without. When I'm making our weekly shopping list I like to plan around what's on sale. The easiest way to eat healthily and save is to purchase produce that's in season and on sale. This might mean going to various stores.


Visit your local Discount Store
It wasn't until recently I started shopping at our local discount store, but boy does it make a difference. Ours is awesome and carries quality products and organic produce super discounted! Products include, but are not limited to, Late July Chips, Hope Hummus, Amazing Grass, So delicious, Vital Farm Eggs, etc.! 

Use all the APPS
When in doubt there's an app for it and in this case a few that will save you money. Not only do I use loyalty reward programs, but I use the store apps when shopping at stores such as Raley's, Target, Whole Foods, etc. 


Additional APPS include:

Ibotta | 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.

Use Home Delivery Services
There are three we use and love regularly -- Amazon subscribe and save, Thrive Market and Butcher Box. So let's break it down.

Amazon subscribe and save - Basically the more you have on auto-ship the more you save. We currently have vitamins and supplements on auto-ship.

Thrive Market - all the organic, healthy products 25-50% off retail! We receive a box every month to month and a half depending on what we need. Thrive Market uses the power of direct buying to deliver the world’s best healthy food and natural products to members at wholesale prices. Super fast delivery! Sign up today and receive 25% off your first purchase.

Butcher Box - ButcherBox delivers 100% grass-fed beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage breed pork directly to your door. Think of it as the neighborhood butcher for modern America. Your Place an order today and receive 2 FREE filet mignon, FREE bacon + $10 off! Super fast delivery!

So here's the thing -- by making these small shopping habits over time you'll start to see the savings really add up.

You can also cut coupons, but I usually don't find coupons for items I want. I just keep an eye on the sale ads and stock up when things are cheap.

BTW, I should note why I'm trying to cut our bill. Straight up principle. People say it's too expensive to eat healthily and I'm up for the challenge to provide them wrong. I love a good challenge and it's not like I'm busy or anything. HA

Do you have a food budget?


Friday, March 9, 2018

Friday Favorites



People this is my third post this week! I'm on a roll... haha. just in case you missed the other two here you go: A Fit Life is about Consistency over Perfection and In the Open: Thoughts on 18.2. Don't worry I'm still the hot mess express that you've come to know and love. Thanks for sticking with me. But alas here's what I'm currently loving.

FAVORITE TREAT OF THE WEEK
Ok, I'm going bad to my tried and true JOJO's Chocolate Bark. If you're a dark chocolate lover then you'll like JOJO's. Oh and use 'Tiara10' on all orders anytime for a discount. You can thank me later.

BEST DEAL OF THE WEEK
Let be real, I live in workout apparel and well it's really the only thing I buy. So here are a few pieces I either bought or are currently sitting in my cart -- Zella En Route HoodieTNF Knit Stitch Fleece Hoodiesports bra

BECAUSE TARGET 
Oh, Target let me count the ways I love you! Seriously though... I went yesterday and I wanted all the things. However, I bought practical items such as toddler and D3 vitamins. But all the spring stuff is out including patio furniture... which we don't have. I'm eying this patio set. Honestly, I might just order it and not say anything to the hubs until it arrives...

BEST MACRO TIP OF THE WEEK
Eating out when you're counting macros can be hard, what's harder is going to sushi. Then I stumbled across this article: HOW TO TRACK MACROS AND CALORIES IN SUSHI! Can you say game changer! Now go eat all the sushi.

Oh, in other news I FINALLY went snowboarding!


Thursday, March 8, 2018

A Fit Life is about Consistency Over Perfection

Thank you, Annie’s & Cascadian Farm and Walmart for inspiring and sponsoring today’s post. #CascadianFarm #Annies #BreakfastGoals

Here's the thing, I'm often asked how do you do it? How do you eat so healthy? How do you find time to workout? How do you get a toddler to eat? How do you (fill in the blank)?

I wanted her to hold the box, but this is what she gave me instead. #thatmomlife

Here's the answer... there's no right way or wrong way, there's only consistency. That's right, it's about being consistent, not perfect. Perfect is boring while consistency is sustainable.

So let's focus on food because you all know I LOVE to eat and talk about food. As you know I recently lost 15+ pounds and it's because I found a happy balance in my diet. Not because it was perfectly filled with fruits and veggies, but because it was balanced with proteins, fats, and carbs... aka, all the things I love! Yes, I said fats and carbs! Please don't think cutting certain foods out of your daily diet is a must.

So a daily staple in our household is cereal. Gasp, I know. I just said cereal. But here's the thing it's awesome and there are so many ways you can enjoy it without going overboard -- aka, eating more than the suggested serving size.

Five Ways We Enjoy Cereal/Granola

1. With plain greek yogurt and fruit

2. The Old Fashion Way -- 2/3 cup in a bowl with a splash of milk preferably almond milk.

3. On top of a Smoothie

4. On top of protein ice cream

5. As a Waffle/Pancake topping

But back to consistency. While it may sound tedious I plan out my meals the night before via MyFitnessPal. This is how I'm consistent. I start with snacks because honestly, snacks are my jam! Every day I have nonfat plain greek yogurt with granola and fruit. It really never gets old. Lately, I've been loving Cascadian Farm Oat and Honey Granola. It's so good.

I recently discovered it while browsing the granola/cereal aisle at Walmart. Yup, Walmart. Hello, they have the best prices. Aside from a box of Cascadian Farm Oat and Honey Granola I picked up a box of Annie's Organic Cinnabunnies Cereal for Emerson. On the mornings we're running behind cereal is our go-to. Plus, Annie's Organic Cinnabunnies Cereal makes a tasty waffle topping... just saying.

Sometimes we like to eat them in a bag while watching cartoons in the morning.

There are a lot of cereals out there and not all are created equal. Although, I say eat cereal you also want to look at the ingredients. For example, Cascadian Farm Oat and Honey Granola only has eight ingredients! Yes, only eight! Amazing right?! What's even better -- I can pronounce all of them. That's a product and brand I can feel good buying for my family.

OK, let's get back on track. The moral of my food story is find your balance and be consistent. Enjoying the foods I love like Cascadian Farm Oat and Honey Granola keep me on track.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

In the open: Thoughts on 18.2

That face though...

Well, folks week 2 of the CrossFit open didn't disappoint. It was a lung burner with a max lift. Oh, Joy - said no one ever. But seriously I wasn't too excited about the workout because of the 1 rep max clean. I'm just not there, yet. But that's what the open is about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.

So let's get to the nitty gritty...

THE WORKOUT

1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 reps for time of:
Dumbbell squats  25-lb. dumbbells
Bar-facing burpees

Workout 18.2a 1-rep-max clean

Time cap: 12 minutes to complete 18.2 AND 18.2a


INITIAL THOUGHTS
Honestly, I didn't think this WOD was very exciting. Probably because it's not in my wheelhouse. When there's a movement you're super good at you are more likely to be excited about it.

PERFORMANCE
UGH -- this is one of those workouts I thought I was going fast, but that was not the case. Also, I don't recommend pushing that hard when you're super congested and can't breathe. With that said, I redid it and well I only did it 12 seconds faster! You could say I was a bit disappointed. My final time/score: 8:16 /135 lbs.

Although I'm disappointed I have to reflect and remind myself how far I've come. I don't know if I would have finished in the 12-minute time cap this time last year... So there's that.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Whew, while I'm glad I redid it I'm also glad that it's over. Ready to move on.

Did you do 18.2? What did you think? How do you feel about redos?

Friday, March 2, 2018

Friday Favorites

Sports Bra / Leggings
Do you ever have days, weeks, or even months where you know you did a bunch of stuff, but then have no idea what you actually did? Yeah, that's currently my status. Please send help. I'm ready for life to pause, slow down, or an awesome assistant because that would be really helpful. I don't know how I manage to do half of the things I do. This is bigger than "mom life." With that said, bear with me, while I navigate balancing work, home life, fitness/health, friendships, etc. In the meantime, let's talk about things I'm currently loving and wanting.

BEST TARGET PURCHASES
Alright, ladies, the next time you head to Target (or shop online) here are a few things you might want to pick up!  These free people knockoffs, this striped top, and this clutch!

BEST MEAL OF THE WEEK
Well, most of my meals were pretty basic this week. However, if I had to pick one it would have to be Cilantro Lime Cauliflower rice with baked salmon with the runner-up the chicken burrito bowl. Honestly, I've made the Chicken Burrito Bowl 3 times in the last week. It's that good, filling and healthy! Want to build your own? Here's what I use: shredded chicken, jasmine rice, cilantro lime black beans, salsa, spinach, cheese, and avocado. Enjoy!

FAVORITE WORKOUT APPAREL 
Currently, I'm all about Nike and Athleta right now. Seriously the best. I know you're probably thinking, but what about Lululemon... I love their sports bras and shorts, but their pants and tanks are not worth the price (IMHO) -- sorry. Right now I'm loving these 7/8 leggings, this sports bra and this tank.

That's all for now... I'm off to play in the snow!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

In the Open: Thoughts on 18.1

Tank | Leggings [Discount Code: TIARAWASNER15] | Shoes

The CrossFit open kicked off last Thursday with a 20 min AMRAP of 8 toes to bar, 10 - 35lb Dumbbell Clean + Jerks and 12 calories on the rower.  Let's just cut to the chase -- it was a long grinder and typically would have crushed me, but all this training has really paid off.

INITIAL THOUGHTS
After the announcement, I thought well that's going to be a long one... Then after watching the ladies complete the workout -- I said, "it's the never-ending AMRAP!" I mean it just kept going and going. 

PERFORMANCE
In the past, this is the style of workout that would have crushed me, but not now. Going into this workout I knew where I needed to pace and where I could push. Basically, I'm short so I picked a pace to focus on and tried to hit every row. With the T2B it was only 8 so I focused on going unbroken for as long as I could. I surprised myself with the DB clean and jerks... They were easier than I expected. Again I focused on quick movements and keeping them unbroken. Things started getting hard around round 6/7. I ended up with 8 rounds plus 3 T2B. I'm happy. My goal this year is to have fun and see where I land. Since I didn't royally mess up I decided one and done. 

FINAL THOUGHTS
I actually liked this workout. The movements were all doable. You were able to really push without crushing your body. This is the type of workouts I would like to see more often in the open. It was truly programmed for the CrossFit community as a whole.

Are you in the open? How did 18.1 go for you?

18.2 is released tomorrow... Any predictions?

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Emerson Turned 3!

Guess what Emerson turned 3 last week and we threw her a party on Saturday! It was simple but perfect! I made a yellow butter cake with a fudge-like chocolate frosting, Emerson played with her friends and the weather was gorgeous. I would say it was a successful party and afternoon.

cakestand old (similar) / DIY'd Banner :)

We live on a double lot and the kids we racing across the yard. Over and over. It's amazing how the simplest things will keep 3-year-olds entertained.


Party of three for life!

Buffalo Plaid Top - sold out (similar / similar) / Emerson's Outfit

For her first birthday I made her a black bean cake, her second birthday I made chocolate chip muffins and for her third birthday, I made her a legit cake. You could say it was time. And it was good! Like I might have had a second piece after everyone left :)

Anyway, we had a blast and she's one spunky 3-year-old.

Emerson's table (similar / similar)
Happy Birthday to my sweet girl!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

2018 NorCal Masters CrossFit Competition Recap

Good Morning Party People! The last weekend in January I competed at the NorCal Masters CrossFit Competition. It's was legit. Not only was it two days it was heavy (for me), but I think I'm fully recovered. Well, at least the fog has cleared and I can think clearly again. HA.

Anyway, I placed 15th in my age group. Which is right in the middle of the pack. While some wouldn't be so happy with finishing 15th, I'm ecstatic. Why, because I've improved so much in the last year and it showed.


DAY 1
There were a lot of nervous leading into day 1, but after touching the barbell I knew it was go-time. Plus, it was all about having fun!

WOD 1
4 RM Thruster


WOD 2
Row 750 for time
rest 1 min
Row 500 for time


WOD 3
AMRAP - 9 minutes
150m shuttle run
10 53 lb KBS
5 pull-ups

immediately into 3 RFT (3 min time cap)

150m shuttle run
10 53 lb KBS
5 pull-ups


DAY 2
I was worried about heavy power cleans, but day 2 was way better than day one. It was the day I realized my training has really paid off. I had the stamina to keep pushing.

WOD 4 (13 min time cap)
Chipper 10, 8, 6 ,4 ,2
Power clean at 135 lbs
Toes to Bar
Alt 35 lb KB Snatches

...in between each round 60 doubleunders plus 100m row



WOD 5
Run 800m with a 14 lb med ball
rest 30s
2 min max back squats at 105lbs



FINAL THOUGHTS
I loved every minute of it. I loved the energy on the floor, the ladies competing and the feeling of accomplishment I felt afterwards. It gave me the boost I needed going into the open. The venue view didn't disappoint either. I will definitely compete in NCM 2019.

Do you CrossFit?

Photo Credit: David Kafer Photography

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Currently Loving


Can someone tell me where January went because I blinked and it was gone!  Emerson actually turned 3 on Monday and her party is this weekend. I should mention I'm so not prepared as in I'll be making her birthday cake, cookies or cupcakes Friday night... yup, still haven't decided. Mom of the year over here. Most days I feel like I'm barely holding it together, but I got this. She's three so balloons, friends and chocolate will do the trick :)

So NorCal Masters... Yup, what a weekend. I'm still processing it and seriously can't wait for the CrossFit open to start at the end of February. But until then let's talk about what I'm currently loving.

BEST DEALS OF THE WEEK
Because you can't ever have enough workout clothes. NIKE is having a sale on top of a sale! Basically, they are giving you an extra 25% all sales items - no code necessary. Top picks include sports bras (1/2), shoes, and pants. FYI, sale ends 2/1. Oh, and these Adidas ... a few colors are only $59!

BEST MEAL OF THE WEEK
Homemade waffles! Well actually, homemade using Kodiak Pancake & Waffle mix - because it's easy. But last week I bought a waffle maker at Target and I've been loving making waffles in the morning. Yup, traded in the VANS frozen waffles for homemade. Combos include a plain waffle topped with a fried egg and avocado or topped with fruit and honey! So good and filling.

LIFE SIMPLIFIED 
No, I'm not talking about the book, but I've heard great things about it. I'm just talking about spending with intention and a minimalist lifestyle. The last few nights I went through various cabinets in my house. As in I pulled everything out and created a keep, giveaway/donate and throw away piles. Man, it felt good. I actually threw away magazines I haven't looked at for YEARS, boxed up baby sheets, towels, etc. and cleaned out all the toiletries we don't use. You know all those samples, freebies or gifts! Boy, it feels good to open up the hall closet to less clutter and things we'll actually use. Next up, Emerson's closest, the guest room/office and our bedroom! Personally, we're not big fans of stuff so it's easy to declutter. Our housecleaner made out yesterday. I always ask friends and family if they want something before donating or tossing. When was the last time you cleaned out and organized your hall closet, junk drawer, etc?

Ok, I'm stopping at three this week because that's all I have!