Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Happy Two Year Anniversary!

Today marks our two year anniversary!

It's been a fun two years and with a baby on the way the best is yet to come!

The day we said I Do, August 19, 2012

First Anniversary - 2013

On our first anniversary, we enjoyed the weekend in Tahoe - hiking, biking, etc. For dinner we enjoyed the views at Edgewood Tahoe, the place we were married. 

We're keeping our second anniversary mellow with dinner at Edgewood Tahoe. It's almost turning into a tradition. :) 

Do you have any special anniversary traditions?

Happy anniversary to my one and only!

xo  Tiara

Monday, August 18, 2014

Fit, Pregnant & Tough

I competed in my third Tough Mudder (2012, 2013) Saturday and yes I'm four months pregnant! It wasn't easy, but I'm so happy and proud of myself for competing and finishing the race. This was hands down the hardest Tough Mudder I have competed in and it wasn't because I'm pregnant it was because there were crazy inclines -- try about 75% of the course!

Originally our team started out as six, but come race day we were a team of two. Even though we were only two strong we killed 10.25 miles, 22+ obstacles and an unruly amount of vertical feet! We continued the tradition and rocked tutu's. Once again they were a hit among other racers and spectators.

Team of two -- Erin and I pre-race. AKA nice and clean.

We made our way to the start line and managed to be right in the front! After getting hyped up it was time to start the race. The first half mile was down hill, but the next five were all up hill!

Credit: Tough Mudder
Butt shot. Yours truly going over the first wall.

Credit: Tough Mudder
Compared to previous years we definitely weren't as muddy, but we were ok with that. :)  When you cross the finish line you're handed a headband and beer. Erin didn't have a problem drinking two beers. She deserved it!

Fit, tough & four months pregnant!

What I wore:
After two other races I feel as though I have my attire dialed.

Tank: Old Navy
Sports Bra: C9 by Champion

Thoughts Racing Pregnant:

Everyone is different and you should always listen to your body. During my first doctor appointment we discussed my workout regimen, outdoor activities and Tough Mudder. She told me I could still race, but should skip certain obstacles (i.e., Arctic Enema, Electric Shock and anything I could potentially slam my body on).

Leading up to Tough Mudder I continued to crossfit, spin and run every week. Don't forget I went into my pregnancy very fit -- about 20% BMI (March fitness update).

My race partner was awesome. We kept a nice pace throughout the race, walked during the steep inclines and skipped any obstacles I  shouldn't do (four total). I pushed myself, but played it smart. It's amazing what your body can do.

Over the course of 10.25 miles there were five water stations. At each station I made sure to hydrate with a few cups of water. There were also energy gummies/bars and bananas at each station. These little snacks helped us go the distance. Of course I made sure the gummies/bars didn't contain any caffeine.

On another note, at 16 weeks I'm not really showing. This was also a huge factor. If I was any bigger I probably won't feel comfortable with an obstacle race. 

If you're pregnant and signed up for a race I would say go for it, but check with your doctor first. As I previously mentioned I'm happy with my decision and would participate in Tough Mudder again.  Now recruiting for 2015!

Post Race Recovery:

Oh, man I'm sore! Lot's of water, stretching and clean eating. Sunday I went for an hour walk with my hubby and pup. Walking it out helped. Today I walked again, but tomorrow I'll be right back at crossfit.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

We're heading to Feast Portland!

Next month the hubby and I will be traveling to Portland, Oregon for a four day food festival! Sounds like a good time, right?! Feast Portland is every foodie's dream.

I first heard about Feast Portland last year from Jane -- In the Pink and Green. It made me miss city living. Fast forward to the spring when Beer, Wine, Music and Food Festival announcements were popping up all over my feed. I knew there was one I didn't want to miss, Feast Portland. I filled out the blogger pass application and after a few weeks I received an email saying I had been approved! When the email came through I was actually at an work event and quickly told my boss I'm going to need sometime off! I think he was as excited about me going to Feast Portland as I was.

So what does this mean? With a blogger pass I'll attend various events (complimentary) and blog about my experience. It means I'll also have the insider scoop prior to the event.

Feast Portland is a four day food festival, September 18-21, showcasing all things Oregon -- world renown chefs, local artisans and regional breweries/wineries.  There are various events over the course of four days -- tasting panels, hands on classes, dinner series, and five main events

My pass blogger pass covers:

The plan is to soak in as much of Feast and Portland as I can in just four days. Over the next month I'll be back to share more details.

More about Feast Portland:
Bon App├ętit presents Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty is the flagship food and drink festival of the Pacific Northwest, capturing the current energy and enthusiasm driving America’s food revolution. Founded in 2012 by Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch, Feast Portland showcases local culinary talent and Pacific Northwest ingredients alongside internationally recognized chefs, culinary professionals and industry leaders. Feast Portland is also a festival with a mission, donating its net proceeds towards ending childhood hunger in Oregon and around the country through Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Share Our Strength.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Tahoe Craft Beer Fest

Pregnant during the summer isn't ideal, but it doesn't mean I still can't have fun. This weekend was the inaugural Tahoe Craft Beer Fest at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. I put on my I can't drink big girl face and joined in the fun. There were about 45 different craft beers, BBQ, live music and lawn games for festival attendees to enjoy. Tickets were $25 with unlimited beer tasting and $5 for non drinkers. I normally wouldn't recommend attending a beer fest pregnant, but I have a good group of friends who made it fun.
With the girls. Baby M will be spoiled.
My not so little brother and I.


 The men drinking Hanger Double IPA -- which I heard was a winner.

Some sibling love.


  Did I mention there was a slip-n-slide?

Sunday was a rain day. We spent the afternoon meal prepping and watched cops dramas. I swear I was a detective in another life.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Bump Update: 15 Weeks


How far along: 
Exactly 15 weeks today!

Baby's size:
Our peanut is the size of an orange. About 4 inches and 2.5 ounces.

Weight gain: 
So far only 5 pounds which is right on track. The goal is to only gain about 20 pounds overall. This will help keep me and the baby healthy.

Food cravings: 
Nothing to really note. Just always hungry. Overall, I'm eating a ton of fruit, salad and the occasional sweet treat. I'm controlling myself as much as possible to not go overboard. I keep reminding myself -- only an extra 300 calories a day.

Anything making you queasy or sick:
No. I'm only lucky girl.

Still sleeping like a champ. My nightly average is between 8-9 hours. Of course I'm waking up for a nightly bathroom break.

We find out in about three weeks. Fingers crossed! Don't forget to cast your vote --upper right of the blog if you're lending one way or another.

Nothing yet. It's still too early.

Best moment this week:
Volunteering at the Oscar de la Renta Fashion show. Catching up with friends and filling them in about the news for the first time.

Miss anything?
A cocktail at the Lady Gaga concert. I think this will be a recurring theme in the months to follow.

I mostly feel like myself. Every so how I feel a pain here and there, but my body is changing which is to be expected.

I'm still hitting the GYM hard and logging 6-8 workouts a week. Tough Mudder is in one week. I'm nervous and ready at the same time. (2012, 2013)

Maternity Clothes?
No, not yet. I would love to purchase a few items however, I'm waiting to see what happens over the next few months.

Overall happy. 

Looking forward to: 
We can't wait to find out whether our peanut is a boy or girl. Feast Portland is next month and my mom is planning a trip to Tahoe in October to start decorating the baby room.

Linking up with September Farm

Monday, August 4, 2014

Oscar de la Renta helps Keep Tahoe Blue

Happy Monday! What a weekend. Fashion, Gaga and kitchen planning!

Saturday was nonstop for me. Every year The League to Save Lake Tahoe aka Keep Tahoe Blue hosts their annual fundraiser. It just so happens to be a Oscar de la Renta fashion show! Yours truly was lucky enough to be a volunteer!

The event was held at a private home in Incline Village right on the lake. It was a beautiful sunny day and guests were dressed to the nines. I'll let the photos do the talking.

Set up before guests arrived. Each guest received an Oscar de la Renta beach tote.

The  dresses were stunning!
Credit: my friend Marliee
Credit: my friend Marliee
Credit: my friend Marliee
About KTB:
The League is a solutions-based organization, focused on advocating for sensible environmental regulations backed by science and monitoring, devoted community engagement, grassroots involvement, and a collective ideology of working together to Keep Tahoe Blue. The League is Tahoe’s oldest and largest environmental organization.
On another note I rounded out Saturday night at the Lady Gaga concert!

My friend Erin and I waiting for Lady Gaga.

We had great seats!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Shop My Closet

Mission prep for baby M made me take a look around the house to see what I could thin.  My closet wasn't easy, but like many of us I have my favorites, items I've only worn once or twice and pieces I've never worn. It's your lucky day. Happy shopping! 

Gap Shift Dress, Small 
Charcoal Grey -- Never worn with tags
Original Price $48 -- Selling for $16 + S&H

Gap Outlet Wrap Dress, Small
Never worn -- no tags
Originally $60, Selling for $25 + S&H

Limited Strapless Dress, Small
Hot Pink -- Never worn with tags
Originally $80, Selling for $45 + S&H

Target Small Boat Scarf 
New with tags
Originally $15, Selling for $8 + S&H

All S&H is $5. If you decide to purchase more than one item we can work out S&H.

Leave an email in the comment section if you are interested.

More to come....

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