Friday, December 21, 2018

Cashew Ginger Bites

Hello, my name is Tiara and I'm a snack queen. I don't mean I carry all the snacks. I mean I love to snack. Ok, ok I love food in general. Anyone else with me? With that said, over the years I've learned to keep homemade snacks on hand at all times. Because homemade is best. It's the only way to truly control what is in your food. We all know I'm very diligent about what I eat.


Carb cycling has me all over the place. Yup, still carb cycling which means I need high carb/low fat and low carb/high-fat snacks depending on the day. One of my favorite things to meal prep is nut bites -- the combinations are endless and ingredients minimal.

A few weeks ago I picked up a jar of Artisana Organics Raw Walnut Butter with Cashews and it's as amazing as it sounds! I want to slather it on everything.


Pro tip: The best time to make any nut bite, energy balls, etc is when you open a fresh jar of natural nut butter. It's still super creamy making for the ideal consistency.

Personally, I love peanut butter or even cashew butter over almond butter. It's just my preference, but any nut butter will do... even chocolate!

Anyway, I like to keep these on hand for busy days. I usually pair it with a hard-boiled egg if I need a little extra protein. They travel well making a great post workout snack as well.


Cashew Ginger Bites 

40g quick oats
2tsp ginger powder
140g raw cashews
235g dates
41g nut butter

Serving size 34g = 27.5C/7F/3P

Combine everything in a food processor. Roll into balls. Enjoy!

P.S. Make a double batch and freeze half for later.

Get the kids involved and make these for Santa instead of sugar cookies.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Toddler Travel Essentials

Whether you're just getting back, gearing up, or planning to hit the road in the new year you'll want to keep reading. We pretty much have Emerson's travel bag dialed! However, since every kid is different hopefully you'll find some of this information useful.


1. Kids Backpack
This one should be a given, but the idea is to let the child pick some items to take with them. Obvious with a nearly 4-year-old we have a tendency to pair it down otherwise she might not be able to carry her backpack. We also try to guide her to toys with minimal pieces. You don't want a meltdown because you lost something.

2. Activity Books
We bust these out at restaurants because we don't believe in screens while eating. Sorry, that's the way we roll. Yes, we're keeping her busy and active so she's not running around the restaurant, but we want her present at mealtime and not glued to a screen.


3. Boogie Board
Hours and hours of endless drawing without all the supplies. I purchased this on a whim last year at Costco and it's been one of the best purchases. However, we have a child who likes to paint, color, draw etc.


4. Target Spot Activites 
I like to bring 1 or 2 new things when we travel. Target is great for $1-3 items they can enjoy and toss after vacation. This time around I bought a $1 puzzle. I can't tell you how many times she put it together!


5. Toddler Headphones & iPad
We always make sure to download movies for Em via Netflix before traveling. She'll typically watch at least one movie in flight or on the road. She loves her LilGadgets Volume Limited Headphones and does a decent job of keeping them on.




What are your toddler's travel essentials?

Happy Traveling!

Monday, December 17, 2018

5 Last Minute Hostess Gifts

Tis the season to PARTY. Am I right?!

This weekend alone, we had 3 parties between holiday gatherings and birthdays.  you could say we were party animals. Which got me thinking about hostess gifts? Do you take something with you to a party for the hostess? Usually a bottle a wine will do, but why can't it be something else? So I  figured I would round up a few fun ideas.


5 Last Minute Hostess Gifts

1. Bottle of Wine
Duh, wine is always a winner and you can pick up a bottle of Cote De Roses at Costco for $11! #winning

2. Wine Tumbler
In an age where everyone has stainless steel water bottles keeping things cold why not grab one (or two) for wine! Hello backyard BBQs, beach days, boating, etc. No one wants warm Rose! I snagged this Simple Modern tumbler from Target, but you could snag one via Amazon. It also makes a great stocking stuffer!

3. JOJO's Chocolate Bark
Dark Chocolate, please! If I'm being serious. This is the only chocolate you'll ever want again. The story is heartwarming, the chocolate is delicious, and you won't feel guilty after eating an entire bar because there's only 6-8g of sugar! I know right! After wine, this is my go-to gift and I've converted a number of friends. You can find them at Sprouts, Raley's, select Whole Foods & Costco! Or order direct HERE. If you order direct, use code TIARA10 to receive 10% off your purchase.

4. SOLE TOSCANA
As I've gotten old I've realized the importance of good skin care and beauty products. I was recently introduced to the Italian brand Sole Toscana and well it's amazing, but then Italians do it right. They launched their 4-step skin care line in September and just recently added haircare, body lotion, and body wash to the mix.

5. Candles
I'm a sucker for a good smelling candle. Who's with me? The seasonal Trader Joe's candles never disappoint. So the next time you're there buying all the Everything but the Bagel seasoning snag a few candles too. Gift them or keep them for yourself. No judgment here.


Well, there you have it. A few different gift ideas that also make great stocking stuffers! Win-win.

What's your go-to hostess gift?

Friday, December 14, 2018

Cabo San Lucas Recap

Hey there stranger! Yeah, I tend to disappear from time to time, but know I still love you! While all the bloggers are worried about gift guides I'm just going to chat about all things Mexico. Hope you're ok with that. OK, good. Moving on...



As you may or may not know, the three of us spent the week after Thanksgiving in Cabo San Lucas Mexico! The time away from life was much needed.

So here's the down and dirty recap.

We stayed at the Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos. The grounds were gorgeous, the views were priceless and the staff was beyond friendly. Oh, the food on site was pretty good too. They give you an option to do all inclusive or not. We opted not to do it.

While the resort had everything you could possibly need including an 18-hole golf course, a variety of pools, beach, and restaurants it was a little too remote for us. What I mean is it's located between Cabo San Lucas and Cabo San Jose.  While both are a short taxi ride away fares can add up quickly at $25 a trip...

Needless to say, being with a toddler we didn't leave the resort too much.



We took full advantage of all the fresh fish tacos!


We even managed to get out on the water via a sunset cruise on the SunRider! Of course, 10 minutes prior to spotting 5 whales Emerson fell asleep in the boat! Either way, I highly recommend a SunRider tour. They do it right everytime!


We spent mornings walking on the beach and feeding the fish. The resort had a reef right off the beach and you could walk ankle deep and be surrounded by fish. They also had snorkel equipment to use, but Emerson is just a tad too young for that.


We got semi-dressed up for dinner every night. Their Mexican Fiesta is one of the best we've been too!


We walked around the Marina, watched someone pull a 189lb yellowfin off their boat and ate ceviche. Of course, we couldn't pass up a little shopping. The child had a blast with the vendors and the vendors were so good with her. She's a tough customer.


Traveling to Mexico with a toddler means A LOT of pool time! I'm not mad about it. Honestly, it was nice to just slow down.


Em is an amazing traveler and I can't wait for our next trip.


There you have it our relaxing week in Mexico. While I like to see the sites and be on the go sometimes it's nice just sitting back and relaxing.

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 :)


INGREDIENTS

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


DIRECTIONS

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

Ingredients 

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

Directions 

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.

RUGHAND MIXER

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!

STEP STOOL

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!

CHOCOLATE OATMEAL PROTEIN BARS

Ingredients 
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)

Directions 
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 :)

Boots 
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.

Kitchen 
- 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

Mudroom
- 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

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

Garage
- 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

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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.