ice cream + french fries

Monday, May 23, 2016

Tips For Hiking with Dogs

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Tahoe is an outdoor enthusiast's playground from skiing, mountain biking, hiking, SUP, etc. You name it, it's probably here. I'm lucky to call it home. With endless trails, my husband and I are not the only ones who like to get out and explore. Our seven year old German Shorthaired Pointer Roxy loves to hit the trails, too.

When you're hiking with a dog there are a few things you need to think about. You're not just packing  for yourself.

What to bring when hiking with dogs:
+ Pack plenty of food and water [plus, a little extra]
+ Bring a collapsable water bowl
+ Poop bag -- [Pick up your dog poop!]
+ A extra leash.
+ First aid kit

Before you leave the house:
+ Check you dogs paw pads before hitting the trial.
+ Be aware of the weather.
+ Know your dogs hiking ability and don't push it.
+ Make sure your dogs I.D. and shots are up to date.

Roxy keeps us active, but we keep her in tip top shape. This includes lots of walks/hikes, cuddles, fetch, and GOOD food. Within the last year we switched to Purina® Pro Plan® [read HERE & HERE]. Naturally, when we had the opportunity to partner with PetSmart and test Purina® Pro Plan® Savor® Shredded Blend we jumped at the chance. Note to self, triple check the bag before leaving the store so you don't end up buying your adult dog puppy food [34 lb bag MSRP: $47]. opps. Mom for the win! HA. Oh well, Roxy still loved the chicken and rice blend.

It was a real treat for Roxy girl as their dry formulas feature a combination of crunchy kibble and tender shredded pieces!

Why Purina® Pro Plan® Dog Food
+ High-quality ingredients including real meat, poultry, or fish.
+ 100% Complete & Balanced Nutrition for each life stage.
+ Optimal levels of protein and fat help dogs maintain an ideal body condition.
+ Carefully adjusted formulas mean your dog is getting exactly the nutrition he needs.

Purina® Pro Plan® is dedicated to helping owners discover their dog’s full potential through high-quality, great-tasting nutrition, and expert resources - giving dogs the chance to be - and feel - exceptional. 

How do you keep your dog young and active?

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Brittnay + Adam Just Maui'd

Aloha! If you follow me on instagram then you know I was recently in Maui. Well I was there for my sister's wedding. Best wedding location ever. Ok, maybe a tie with Tahoe ;)

Anyway, the wedding was prefect -- small and sweet. Think just immediately family. Honestly after having a wedding with 80+ people my sister did it the right way! More details on our stay in Wailea to follow, but until then just soak in these gorgeous photos from  Karma Hill Photography.

Brides Dress: Adrianna Papell Halter Fully Beaded Gown [$340!]
Bridesmaids Dress: Strapless Popover Maxi Dress [$52!]
Maui Beach Wedding Coordinator: Simple Maui Wedding
Wedding Photographer: Sasha of Karma Hill Photography 
Location: Southside Beach, Wailea, HI  [Known by the locals as Polo Beach]
Officiant: Kimo Kirkman 
Floral Design: Dellables 
Musician: Jimi of Manutea Nui E 
Time of Day: Sunset

Thursday, May 19, 2016

10 Cookbooks You Want in Your Kitchen

"The only thing I like better than talking about Food is eating." -- John Walters

True story. As much as I love working out and green smoothies I LOVE food. I love everything about it -- from the of art of cooking to breaking bread with friends, food is my jam. This reminders me, it's time for a dinner party.

Over the years I've acquired a number of cookbooks however, only a few are in heavy rotation. On Sundays, I love pulling them out and searching the internet for delicious meals for the week. My weekly goal is to make at least one new dish.

With that said, here are 10 cookbooks I'm totally digging right now and think you will too!

1. The Joy of Cooking -- A kitchen staple. Every home cook should own a copy. I turn to The joy of Cooking mostly for basics -- pizza dough, pancakes, bread, etc.  The recipes are no fuss and prefect every time.

2. Well Fed -- For the Whole Food Paleo loving friends Well Fed is high on the list. Mel Joulwan breaks down the art of meal planning, prep and shopping. Her meals are simple and easy to follow. Try the Pad Thai.

3. Against All Grain -- I devoured this book. Danielle Walker's Paleo inspired twist on everyday food will leave you wanting more. From her slow cooker pulled pork to sandwich bread I can't get enough. Ok, let's visit the sandwich bread again. It's honestly the best 'paleo' bread I've every made/had. The secret ingredient is cashew butter! So much flavor.

4. Clean Green Drinks -- Green smoothie addict, right here! This is the only smoothie book you need to own. So many inspirational recipes. Fun Fact: Candice and I actually went to High School and College together!

5. The Quick Six Fix -- As much as I love cooking fun elaborate dishes there's something about simplicity. Well, Stuart O'Keefe nailed it. The Quick Six Fix is 100 no-fuss recipes using only six ingredients! Every guy and busy mom needs The Quick Six Fix. How could you not get on board with Crispy Salmon with Pistachio Basil Butter, Butternut Squash and Coconut Soup or Mustard Crusted Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw. Is your mouth watering yet? I thought so.

6. Bonjour Y'all -- Remember the Blueberry + Raspberry Tart I made last summer? Yup, still cooking from this book. “Bonjour, Y’All,” the slogan for Heidi Vukov’s Croissants Bistro and Bakery in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, perfectly encapsulates the popular restaurant’s elegant and delicious pairing of two distinct culinary traditions—European cuisine and Southern home cooking.

7. Clean Green Eats -- We all know we should eat more green foods, but after a few variations of the same salad, juice or smoothie, it’s easy to run out of ideas that excite our taste buds. Candice offers a variety of recipes made from whole foods packed full of nutrients that will make you rethink the way you eat.

8. 150 Best Spiralizer Recipes -- Zoodle anyone? With summer approaching zoodles are a great way to enjoy 'pasta' without the extra calories. Think light, but right. Plus, you're eating more veggies!

9. Paleo Perfected -- If you're into America's Test Kitchen and eating Paleo then you need this cookbook. It's foolproof, practical, and full of innovative recipes making it an invaluable resource.

10. The Complete Cooking For Two Cookbook  -- America's Test Kitchen strikes again. They reengineered 650 of their best recipes to serve just two! Yes, please. Smaller families shouldn't have to make meals meant for 4-6. While I do love leftovers sometimes it's easier to just cook for two.

I barely scratched the surface as the world is full of amazing cooks and cookbooks. What are a few of your favorite cookbooks? Don't tell the hubby, but I'm always in the market for more!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Birthday Wish List

Birthday Wish List

OMG... my 34th birthday is next week. It honestly just snuck up on me. The hubby recently asked me what I wanted and naturally I responded with something crazy like a new couch. I know it's a big ask and won't happen, so I started to really give it some thought. Since there's not much I need, I kept my list simple. Think items I would just love to have. Of course,  I would love anything from my Mother's Day list as well.

Without further adieu....

S'well Water Bottle -- just call me the water bottle hoarder :) One can never have too many.

Ray-Ban 'Classic Wayfarer' - I'm ready for a new pair and style. Polarized is the only way to go

Spiralizer - Zoodle anyone?

Watch - I love a good watch and never replaced my last one.

Loft Dress - I mean how cute is this dress? It's perfect from the office to happy hour.

Paleo Perfected: A Revolution in Eating Well with 150 Kitchen-Tested - While the hubby doesn't think I need another cookbook I think this would be the perfect addition!

Alo Sports Bra - I workout a lot and would welcome one to two new sports bras.

Running Skirt - It's summer which means it's time to ditch the leggings. As odd as it sounds I love hiking in running skirts .

Shoes - A girl can never have too many shoes. I've own a pair of Rainbows for 15 years and well it time to trade in my current pair. These VANS need to appear in my closet stat.

There you have it a short, simple and pretty practical birthday list.

Happy Birthday to me!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

How to Stay Fit on Vacation

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More often than not I'm asked how I'm able to stay fit and healthy especially after having a baby. Well folks good old diet and exercise. I know, I know easier said than done and what about vacation? It's never been easier to eat clean and feel great even when on vacation.

It's true. Last week I was in Hawaii and was able to maintain without all the comforts of my home kitchen and crossfit/spin family keeping me accountable. How was I able to stay healthy and fit? Here are my five tips to do just that, even in Hawaii!

1. INDUGE [but not too much]
Yes, I just gave you permission to have a scoop of homemade gelato, glass of wine or whatever your guilty pleasure is. Moderation is key even when on vacation. You don't want to create bad habits and know it's ok to turn down a second of glass, etc.


2. MOVE [Everyday]
I know the pool/beach is calling your name, but get moving before lounging in the sun. Go for a walk/run or get in a quick circuit.   Try four rounds of 25 air squats, 25 jumping lunges, 25 burpees, 25 push ups followed by a mile run/walk.

3. Keep Healthy Snacks/Meals Around
If you're staying in a condo try only eating out one meal a day. Make sure to stock the fridge with healthy options. If you're staying in a hotel ask for a mini fridge to keep a few items in. I personally love elevĀte salads because they are SO easy to grab and go.


elevĀte salads are portable nutrition at your fingertips no matter how busy life gets. Happiness and healthiness are right at your fingertips. Recently I packed our fridge with elevĀte salads [pictured: 4 Pack Organic Nutty Cranberry] from Costco because this mom didn't have time to meal prep after being in Hawaii for a week!


4. Drink Water!
Water does a body good. End of story. Make sure to pack a reusable water bottle.

5. Go for Adventure
In wine country? Go for a bike tour hoping from winery to winery. Go hiking, paddleboarding, zipping lining, snorkeling, etc. Bottom line get outside and get active.


All in all -- have fun, don't go crazy, but don't beat yourself up.

How do you stay active and fit on vacation?

Don't forget to pick up a pack of elevĀte salads the next time you're at Costco.


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