Thursday, November 8, 2018

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Well, hello there. Have you missed me? Life's been chaotic, but I wanted to jump on here and share a must make Thanksgiving-inspired dish.

I've been crazy busy between work, launching a nutrition company, Emerson, enjoying Fall in Tahoe, training schedule, and a number of other things. Just know I'm still here and you can always follow my crazy life via Instagram. It's all about food, fitness, and fun over there.

I actually took an unofficial survey via stories the other week and have some fun things in the works for this space. I know I've said it time and time again, but I'm ready to make this space so awesome you keep coming back for more. The first order of business is to show up. So, the goal is 2-3 posts a week. I truly think it's a realistic goal with everything else going on.

Anyway without further adieu, here's an awesome dish you should make stat! I'm just saying :)


2 small/medium Acorn Squash, cut in the half
1 lb extra lean ground turkey
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1/4 cup craisins
1/2 apple, diced
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tbsp plain breadcrumbs
3 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
1 tsp chicken or vegetable broth
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1 tbsp avocado oil
salt and pepper for taste


Preheat the oven to 400 F

Create a flat surface by cutting the bottom and the top of the squash. To create "bowls" cut the squash vertically. Scoop out all the seeds, lightly spray halves of the squash with olive oil, and season with garlic salt and pepper. Roast on a lined baking sheet for 50-60 minutes.

Meanwhile in a nonstick pan add ground turkey, season with salt and pepper and cook until the meat is cooked through. Set aside. Add olive oil to the pan and add onions and dried thyme. Cook until the onion is translucent. Next, add celery, apple, and raisins and cook for another 3-ish minute. Return the meat to the pan, add chicken broth, salt, and pepper -- cook for a few minutes. Lastly, add breadcrumbs and cheese. Combined everything.

Fill squash evenly with the meat "stuffing" and bake for 15 minutes.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Win at Dinner with Stuffed Squash

Hey there party people. Who's ready for another week? This gal! That's right. Life's great. Work is great and I FINALLY launched a passion project. Even if I'm still working on a name. So what did yours truly launch? Well, I'm a certified Nutritionist and I'm coaching people how to create a healthy and balanced lifestyle! No, it's not an MLM (and I have nothing against them). I studied my little but off all summer and acquired my cert through Precision Nutrition!

So what's next you ask? I've been working one on one with clients since July and am currently running a 6-week macro challenge.  Everyone is killing it and I couldn't be happier. You can find more details and sign up to work with me here.

I LOVE showing folks how to eat the food they love while still achieving their goals. I'm a goal based nutrition coach who believes everything starts with FOOD. Sorry, but you can't out exercise a bad diet.

Personally, I eat to fuel my training. It's that simple. If I dive a little deeper I'm trying to focus on eating all the seasonal fruits and veggies like squash. While my hubby may disagree there's nothing better than stuffed squash this time of year. Last week I ate all the squash -- acorn, delicata and spaghetti squash! However, I want to talk about the Southwest Stuffed Delicata Squash I made because not only was it uber easy to make it was delicious especially if you like Mexican food or chili (hubs note).

Southwest Chili Stuffed Delicata Squash
Serves 4-8


2-4 delicata squash halved lengthwise, seeds removed
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 lb. lean ground turkey
1 tbsp Trader Joe's chili lime powder
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
250g corn
15 oz can diced tomatoes
15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 chopped cilantro
1/2  lime
1/2 - 1 cup cheese


Squash: Preheat the oven to 375. Lightly spray squash with the olive oil, and sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper. Place cut side down on a lined baking sheet and roast for 20ish minutes, or until soft. Set aside.

Chili: Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and spices cook until fragrant.

Add the ground turkey and coat with the spice mixture. Cook until no longer pink.

Add the corn, diced tomatoes, and black beans, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low for roughly 5-10 minutes. When ready fill the delicata squash with the chili. Return stuffed squash to the oven and cook for additional 10-15 minutes. Top with cheese, cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime (if desired).

FYI, the above directions will fill 4 whole delicata squash. If you cook less expect leftover chili filling. ;)

What's your favorite squash?

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Chocolate Oatmeal Protein Bars

Hello, my name is Tiara and I'm passing on my love for food and cooking to this tiny human one baked good at a time. 

This kid loves to help in the kitchen especially when chocolate is involved. Sometimes she wants to skip the "cooking" part and go straight to the "eating" part. She's clearly a kid after my own heart.


Ever  Sunday I typically spend a few hours meal planning and prepping for the week. Last weekend Emerson decided she would help me make our go-to oatmeal protein bars, among other things, with a chocolate twist. Emerson calls these figgy bars. BTW, they are made with zero figs. Either way, they're a meal prep staple!


I'm not going to lie, but making them with chocolate Kodiak Pancake Mix is like eating a healthy brownie at breakfast. I'm totally ok with that too. This is a perfect way to use up a few ripe bananas and they freeze well if you have a ton of bananas to use!

You're probably thinking there's no way you actually eat these bars. Well, my friend, I do and they are delicious with a cup of coffee. I'm all for recipes pulling double duty. These bars are an ideal grab-and-go breakfast or snack. For breakfast, I say pair it with a hard-boiled egg for a little extra protein, but enjoy as is for an afternoon snack. Next time I might add white chocolate chips, because why not!


1 cup Kodiak Cakes Dark Chocolate Pancake mix 
125g ripe banana
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 medium egg
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups oats
1/4 cup walnuts, almond, chocolate chips or a scoop of protein powder (optional)

Combine all ingredients, pour into a greased 8×8 baking dish. Bake at 350 until golden brown 20-30 minutes.

Do you meal prep? What are a few of your weekly staples?

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!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Cooking at home and a Healthier YOU!

Hello, my name is Tiara and I make all the foods... (yes, I know that is grammatically incorrect).  Warning, tough love and a bit of rambling coming at you today :)

Growing up I loved food, but I was picky. What's funny is even as a child I gravitated towards healthier options. I mean I didn't like hot dogs, lucky charms, etc. I was the kid who picked out Special K. Where did these habits come from? Who knows? My mother reminded me that we ate "farm food," but the funny thing is no one was working on a farm... I guess old habits die hard.

Over time I've learned the most successful people in life have a plan. They might not follow it to a T, but it serves as a roadmap. The same can be said about creating a healthy life. Start with a plan and go from there.

I don't like donuts and even gave up soda, although I only drank spirit, and red meat when I was in High School. Because of sports. I had a coach tell me you are what you eat and it stuck.

In the era of quick and easy, I prefer to make 99% of my meals. Yes, I do occasionally purchase packaged products out of convenience, but that's life. It's about being consistent over time verse perfection. The fun part is I've gone as far as to make sourdough bread, almond milk, and even kombucha!

BUT, let's talk about being healthy. Yes, you can eat all the pre-made foods, but you don't truly know what's in them. I mean check out the extra stuff and sodium levels -- eek. You don't have to make elaborate meals either to be healthy. I save the "fun" more labor intensive meals for Saturday/Sunday! Otherwise, M-F our meals are super basic.

You can't out exercise a bad diet. Let me repeat you can't out exercise a bad diet. And you need to eat.  Been there done that. Then wised up and learned how to create a balanced diet that aligns with my goals. Ok, so let me break it down. You're likely hitting spin, HIIT, CrossFit, or yoga, etc. 5+ days a week and you haven't seen the needle move or maybe 1-2 pounds (which is likely water weight) this means your diet needs to change. Sorry but it's the truth. So what are you going to do about it?

Enter actually cooking your own food and really paying attention to what food is made up of.

Then doing it again and again until it becomes habit. By this point, you might have shed some weight, but I guarantee you're feeling better, sleeping better, etc.

And when all those things happen they carry over in other aspects of your life. Maybe you're a bit more confient, a better friend, wife, mother, etc.

Here's the thing, you just have to start. Don't worry about what others think. People judge me ALL the time and I don't care. True friends will support your crazy ideas and will be your biggest cheerleader when you succeed. You'll likely lose a few along the way too... that's life.

Be ok with experimenting in the kitchen. These enchiladas are made with greek yogurt! Not kidding.

At the end of the day, if you want to be a healthier version of yourself you have to work at it daily. Give up soda for 30 days, limit your alcohol intake, go to bed earlier, only eat a 1/4 avocado, track your food to make sure your eating in balance. Whatever it is start TODAY!

I could go on and on, but I won't since this post is already all over the place.

Love YA!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Creating a Happy Healthy Home, Our To-Do List

When you buy a fixer-upper house the to-do list never ends. My husband and I bought our house in 2010, yes at the bottom of the market. We bought a fixer-upper because it was the "smart financial choice." Plus, it's what we could afford even though we were approved for more than we could afford.
There are often times we wish we had purchased something bigger, but then again eight years ago we were looking for a starter home. Over the last eight years, we've turned this house into a home. Maybe even our forever home. Only time will tell. Anyway, back to home improvements.
This is currently the kitchen.

And on the other side, it looks like is this.....

Before we even moved in we replaced the carpet, painted walls and gutted the bathroom on the cheap. Since then we were able to save up and remodel the kitchen. We've also completed a number of smaller projects like painting the house, replacing windows and doors and minor landscaping the front yard. Needless to say, there's still a ton to do or redo (cough the main bath).

So what better way than to make a list so we can start checking things off.

- swap out barstools
- update kitchen runner
- update curtains, dining table & chairs
- swap out 2 random sliders to big windows
- fix door and paint

Main Bathroom (While I would really like to redo the entire bathroom that likely won't happen for a hot minute.)
- refinish vanity
- finish painting

Powder Bathroom
- update paint
- update mirror
- swap out light fixer
- replace flooring
- install baseboards

- paint doors, walls, trim and ceiling
- swap out water heater to tankless
- replace flooring
- install trim
- build a bench, shoe storage, etc.
- build in washer/dryer and additional storage above

Master Bedroom (aside from fresh paint & carpet this hasn't been touched since we moved in)
- New bed frame, nightstands, dresser
- paint everything
- update carpet (when we moved in we installed super cheap carpet I would like to update the carpet in all three bedrooms)
- swap hollow doors to solid doors
- swap out slider to french doors
- art

Guest room/Home office
- paint everything
- update carpet
- swap hollow doors to solid doors
- art

Emerson's room
- paint
- update carpet
- swap out dresser
- add family & friend photos 

Living Room
- buy an area rug
- swap out coffee table
- paint fireplace
- swap out mantel
- add built-in the left of the fireplace
- find an occasional chair
- hang some art/photos
- refinish lawyer bookcase
- swap out slider to french doors
- add curtains?

Front Yard
- update porch, walkway, and driveway

- come up with a plan and execute it! Eight years later and it's still a blank slate.

- drywall
- organize everything

So I guess I better get to work! Tips, deals or suggestions are always welcomed.

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)

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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...


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


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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...

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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.

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.

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!

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!

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

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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!

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...


For time:

deadlifts, 155 lb. + handstand push-ups


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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

There's really no explanation needed just go read: How to handle a changing body image

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.


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

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

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...

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?