Monday, October 16, 2017

Fall Snacking On the Go

Thank you Nature Valley and Walmart for inspiring and sponsoring today’s post. 

Life as a toddler mom is crazy and I only have one. I can only imagine what life would be like with more. Big props to those juggling life with two plus kids. Better yet the parents playing both mom and dad! I seriously don’t know how you do it.


We’re at the stage with Emerson where we count or give her options to make things happen. With that said, there are a few things I NEVER leave the house without - snacks, water and my phone for snapping all the cute photos.

Oh, snacks. This child loves her snacks and I’m always trying to mix it up because I never want to hear “I don’t like it.” Which we usually do after she’s eaten 75% of whatever it is. We’re working on the difference between “I don’t like it” and “all done.” Hey she’s not even three.


Earlier this summer Nature Valley came out with Granola Cups and Biscuit Sandwich products which I picked up with Nick and me in mind. Well, Emerson LOVED them too… big surprise. Fast forward to cruising Walmart the other weekend and I noticed they now have Biscuits with Cocoa Almond Butter. You better believe I bought a box...ok maybe two. I’ve been a fan of Nature Valley since my high school swim days and these new products didn’t let me down. Who would have thought 20 years later I would be passing on my love for Nature Valley products to Emerson.

It doesn’t hurt that they make the easiest snack for busy moms. Grab and go is the name of the game here. Plus, if you purchase the Almond Butter Granola Cups there’s two in every package making it perfect for sharing. And I’m all about sharing snacks :)


The Nature Valley Biscuits with Cocoa Almond Butter and Almond Butter Granola Cups have quickly become our fall go-to snack whether it’s running errands, hiking, or hanging out at home.

What’s your current go-to snack? I’m always on the hunt for new ideas.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Healthy-ish Apple Muffins

TGIF! Today is Emerson's special day at school which means she gets to bring a snack to share. So I made Apple Cinnamon Muffins! Yup, this Mom has been on top of her game this month. In fact the last two months I've remembered to make a snack.... it only took me 10 months to pull it together. But who's really counting?

Anyway, last month was pumpkin muffins and this month apple muffins. Are you starting to see a theme? The secret ingredient in these muffins is applesauce.Yup, applesauce. Remember the 10 lb box of apples I bought during our trip to Apple Hill? Well, the hubby made a big batch of applesauce and now I'm using it to make muffins. We still have apples left and I'm thinking either an apple pie or crisp. Which one would you make?


Ok, back to these amazing muffins. They are baked to perfection. A few notes, while I used white flour and sugar you could easily sub with coconut sugar and coconut or almond flour. When I'm baking for Emerson to share at school I keep things as simple as possible. Everything has to be nut free, etc. Kids and their allergies these days ;)

These would also pair perfectly with a few eggs for breakfast.


Applesauce Muffins Makes 12
164 Calories 28c/ 5f / 3p


Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 Sugar
1 egg
1 cup applesauce (homemade)
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 Butter

Directions

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Place 12 muffin liners in cupcake pan.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and set aside. In another bowl whisk the wet ingredients. Slowly combine wet and dry ingredients. I used my hand mixer on low.

Evenly distribute the batter in the muffin tin. Bake for about 20 minutes.

Enjoy!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Staple Meals for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

It's been 15 weeks since I started counting macros and well I don't plan on stopping anytime soon. It's been a total game changer -- flexible eating/dieting is a lifestyle I can sustain long term. Hello, I still eat chocolate, bread, cheese, etc. Did I mention I've also lost 15 pounds! I feel good and don't feel like I'm depriving myself of the food I enjoy.

I've talked about what I eat before, but today it's all about those staple meals. To simply put it the meals I make almost every week. Yup, during the week I keep things really simple and repeat a few of the same dishes.

I do this for a few reasons. First, because I don't have to give meals much thought. Secondly, because I already know they'll fit my macros. If you follow me on IG then you already know what I'm eating, but here's a little breakdown.

BEST SALAD BOWL - EVER! | SIETE CHIPS - NACHO (pictured)

BREAKFAST
Like coffee, I have eggs every morning for breakfast. While breakfast might look a tad different day to day you can always count on there being eggs. Recently, due to counting macros, I've switched to egg whites. Why because I don't what to waste 5g of fat eating the yolk.

3 quick and easy Breakfast ideas + plus coffee with creamer :)

+ Sourdough toast with butter, 2 egg whites, and salsa
+ Breakfast Burrito: 1 Joesph's Lavish Flat Bread with fat-free cheese, 1 egg white and one slice of bacon
+ Kodiak Pancakes or Van's Waffles topped with butter/honey and 1-2 egg whites on the side

NEW FAVORITE CREAMER - NUTPODS

LUNCH
Working from home makes lunch super easy, but all my lunches can easily be prepped the night before so you can grab and go in the morning.

3 quick and easy Lunch ideas 

+ Salad: Meat of choice (Typically it's chicken or ground turkey), spinach, bell peppers, cucumbers topped with Bolthouse yogurt dressing and maybe a few chips on the side.
+ Wrap/Pita: Chicken Salad or shredded chicken with a sliced pickle, mustard, and spinach. I use Joesph's pita or nuco coconut wraps
+ Two lightly salted rice cakes topped with chicken salad and a small sliced apple with PB2 on the side

BEST DRESSING - BOATHOUSE FARMS | LATE JULY CHIPS

DINNER
This is where I keep things as simple as possible and a big bowl is usually involved. Additionally, I like to save the majority of my macros for dinner (and snacks).

3 quick and easy Dinner ideas 

+ Potato bowls - Red or sweet potatoes topped with roasted veggies, shredded chicken, and salsa
+ Cauliflower Pizza topped with your favorite sauce and toppings
+ Spaghetti squash with extra lean ground turkey and homemade/organic tomato sauce


If you're a snacker, like me, don't worry I'll write an entire post just about snacks, treats and protein shakes since these are included in my daily meal plan!

CAST IRON SKILLET
Whew, are you still with me?! That pretty much sums up how I eat during the week. Check back soon to see how I work in snacks, etc. Anyone interested in my putting together a seasonal meal prep for download?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Family Friendly Fall Activities

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC., The Coca-Cola Company, and Conagra Brands all opinions are mine alone. #PowerfullySmart #CollectiveBias

The hills are alive with the sound of music....but seriously it's gorgeous in Lake Tahoe right now. Perfect temps make it easy to get outside and enjoy everything the Sierra Mountains have to offer. We've been doing just that the last few weekends. When you know snow is just around the corner you soak up as much sunshine as you can.

If you're like us then you're probably on the hunt for family (aka toddler) friendly activities. I rounded up our favorite Lake Tahoe activities you can do any weekend whether or not you have the kiddos.

Four ways to get outside this Fall

Leaf Peeping
You know it's fall when the leaves start to turn and honestly it's something I never really experienced growing up in southern California. Hence why I love to drive out to Hope Valley and soak in all the beautiful fall colors. It's a peaceful excursion and the photos don't do it justice.

(Def.) Leaf peeping is an informal term in the United States for the activity in which people travel to view and photograph the fall foliage in areas where leaves change colors in autumn.


Apple and Pumpkin Picking
Apple Hill is located about an hour west of Lake Tahoe making an easy before or after stop for those driving from the Sacramento/SF area. We make a trip every fall to pick apples and pumpkins. This year was especially fun for Emerson. As she was excited to pull the wagon around and collect all the pumpkins. This has turned into a family tradition. See more HERE.



Hiking
Fall hikes are perfect for a few reasons the trails aren't as busy and the weather is usually perfect. Don't forget sunscreen or water! Lately I've found it easier to grab a big bottle of smartwater for hikes rather than packing two water bottles for easy sharing.

With it's distinctive pure taste wrapped in iconic packaging, it delivers the authentic style + substance that never-settlers crave. While other premium waters might add gimmicky claims, smartwater looks forward… a smarter water, purposefully designed: vapor-distilled for purity, inspired by the clouds, with just the right amount of electrolytes for a uniquely clean taste. 



Watch the Kokanee Run
This is a must. Each autumn, from late September through mid-October, mature kokanee salmon, transform from silver-blue color to a fiery vermilion, and run up Taylor Creek, near South Lake Tahoe.

From Memorial Day weekend through October, the Stream Profile Chamber at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center is an opportunity to see the trout and Kokanee salmon of Lake Tahoe up close. It is located on Highway 89 about a 1 mile west of Camp Richardson in South Lake Tahoe, CA.


While I love to cook typically after a busy day it's the last thing I want to do. I pretty much just want something tasty and fast. Enter my secret weapon Healthy Choice® Power Bowls! Yup, I like to keep a few on hand just in case I need something quick.


They're hearty and won't blow my macros either #winning. Every Power Bowl is made with an intentional balance of vegetables, proteins and whole grains to fuel your lifestyle. For example my favorite bowl, Adobo Chicken Bowl, only has 8 f/ 38 c/ 26 p! Knowing every Power Bowl is made with an combination of bold flavors and simple ingredients makes me happy.

As a mom on-the-go my goal is to keep our fridge and freeze stocked. How do I do that? Simple I keep a running list of items I need on the fridge so when I go to the store I won't forget anything thing. Like I mentioned above, it's imperative to have meals and water you can just grab and go. Hence why I keep Healthy Choice® Power Bowls and smartwater items on hand. They make my life easier one bowl at a time :)


DEAL ALERT: Earn .75 cash back when you purchase Healthy Choice® Power Bowls at Walmart (any variety - any size) via Ibotta.

Your turn... What's your favorite fall activity?


Monday, October 9, 2017

Day Trip to Apple Hill

Tis the season for all things apple and pumpkins. The last three years we've made the hour trek from Tahoe to Apple Hill with two other families for all things apple. Our trip this year was a well oiled machine and ended with wine....Yes, in fact the last two years we've end at a winery. Because why not.

Thinking about visiting Apple Hill? Here are my tips:

+ Keep it simple. Pick a few places to visit and plan your route ahead of time. This makes the world of difference. I would suggest only picking 2-3 apple farms to visit.

+ Go early. Traffic can be crazy so I suggest arriving at the first farm between 9 to 10 a.m.

+ Check the weather. It was 70-ish yesterday making jeans, sandals and a t-shirt perfect.

+Remember to have fun, eat apple pie and snap a ton of photos :)


Our 2017 route/farms we visited:

O'Halloran Ranch + Pumpkin Patch

We start here every year because it's a tad off the beaten path. This means there are less crowds, but they have the best you pick pumpkin patch!

It makes for a picture prefect backdrop. Now if we could only all the kiddos to look at the camera at the same time. HAHA


Emerson LOVED picking out pumpkins....


.... and pulling a red wagon, like the one she has at home.


Apple Ridge Farms

This was a fairly quick stop for Apple Cider Donuts. We opted to skip the infamous Rainbow Orchards for donuts this year. The verdict... We'll be back at Rainbow Orchards next year as they serve them to order meaning nice and warm and extremely fresh.


Delfino Farms
This place is the perfect stop for lunch with a big grassy area for picnics, BBQ and pies! World Famous pies to be exact. We grabbed a pie to go, along with a 10 lb box of apples and let the kids burn some energy running around lawn.

They also have a corn maze, face painting, etc.

Boeger Winery
We wrapped up our day here. The grounds are gorgeous, perfect for lunch, and letting the kids play. We grabbed a few bottles of wine, enjoyed lunch and relaxed before heading home. They even have a sand pit for the kiddos!


All in all, it was a successful trip. Now I just need to figure out what I'm going to make with 10 lbs of apples! I'm open for suggestions.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Spartan Race Recap with Eat the Bear + Giveaway!

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Lake Tahoe Spartan beast and ultra beast! While I didn't run the course I know the terrain at Squaw Valley and know it's far from easy. The grueling 16+ miles, obstacles and elevation gain all while at altitude isn't for the meek.

Congratulations to all the participates.


So what was I doing there? I was collaborating with Eat the Bear, a sports nutrition-based lifestyle business, providing clean and lean supplements to support pure achievement. They currently have the best whey protein on the market (IMO).

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You could say I'm living the ETB lifestyle by overcoming obstacles and pushing my fitness boundaries. You might recall I've had not one, but two heart surgeries in my life. My doctor always said I couldn't do xyz, but look at what I've accomplished mentally and physically.

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Anyway, I spent last Saturday helping spread the word.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Lake Tahoe Fall Essentials

Through my ambassadorship with FitApproach, I was given the opportunity to review a few pieces from prAna's new spring line. This post was sponsored by prAna and Fit Approach. As always opinions 100% my own. 

leggings / sweater / shoes

Fall in Lake Tahoe is my favorite time of year. It's the best time to hike, bike and enjoy everything Tahoe has to offer. Like having the entire breakfast joint to yourself on a Sunday morning! Yes, think 70 degree days and barely any crowds. If you can handle the cold mornings then it might be time to plan a trip.

Here's what you should pack:

All the Layers - I'm not going to lie the mornings have been cold. I'm talking 30 degrees cold. If you plan on heading out during the morning or evening hours I suggest bringing a micro puffy or pullover sweater like the prAna Cate Tunic or my A+F sweater (pictured).

Athleisure/workout clothes - Basically my entire wardrobe. Lake Tahoe is an outdoorsy community making it totally expectable to wear athleisure 90% of the time. I mean I totally rocked my new prAna Roxanne Printed Legging to breakfast the other morning. Speaking of prAna they totally have you covered in this department.

Running/hikking shoes - If you plan on doing any amount of hiking or walking you'll want a good pair of shoes. Some of my favorite trails to hike during fall months include: Hope Valley, Mount Tallac, Maggies Peak, and Van Sickle Bi State Park.

Backpack - You'll want something to carry water and snacks while hiking.

Non-Athleisure attire - You know for going out to dinner, etc. Throw on the prAna Ariel Dress with black leggings, boots and a jean jacket and you'll fit right in. If it's warm enough cute booties and a jean jacket will do.  I'm also loving the prAna  Cadwell sweater dress. It's calling my name!

When it comes to packing for vacation there are always a few things I keep in mind -- comfortable, functional, and fashionable items. Oh, and wrinkle free. Because mama doesn't want to have to iron. You'll find that prAna meets all my requirements. I already see the prAna Ariel Dress in heavy rotation next spring and summer, as well.

Use Code FATW15 and receive 15% your next prAna purchase. #prAnaFallStyle17 #prAnaStyle #sweatpink  #sweatpinkpartner

Shop my Favorite prAna Fall items:



Monday, September 18, 2017

What I Eat in a Day

Bolthouse Dressing [c/o]

Since I started counting Macros the number one question I'm asked is - What do/can you eat? The answer typically is - Anything I want! Of course, it has to fit within my numbers, but nothing is really off limits.

Let's get real for a minute. I use to think oh I shouldn't eat this or that and avocado is healthy. The fact of the matter is sugar is sugar and fat is fat. While avocado is a "good" fat it's still fat. So if you're eating a half a medium avocado a day (which I use to between breakfast and lunch) you're eating roughly 11 grams of fat! Yup, I bet you didn't know that because I surely didn't. I'm not saying don't eat it I'm just saying it's time to think about the amount of foods you're eating throughout the day.

Before I started counting macros I was high on carbs and fat, but now I'm balanced. Once I started eating a balanced ratio I started to see a shift not only in weight, but overall body composition. I should also mention I feel amazing, my skins looks better than ever and my body is processing food efficiently.

So you want to know what I eat? During the week I'm pretty boring, but here's roughly what my day  looks like:

Breakfast
Slice Sourdough toast
.40 oz unsalted butter
92 grams eggs whites (from 2-3 eggs), salt + pepper to taste
1-2 tbsp salsa
1 cup coffee
2 tbsp vanilla coconut creamer
(most days there's a second cup of coffee and I always build it in as a just in case)

Lunch
1.5 oz baby spinach
50g diced bell pepper
2 oz diced cucumber
1 hard boiled egg (sometimes no yolk -- depending if I have the extra fat)
3 oz shredded chicken
2 tbsp boathouse dressing

Dinner
133g roasted sweet potatoes
100g Roasted Broccoli
5 oz Shredded or Grilled Chicken
2 tbsp hot salsa

Snacks
Protein Shake (43g Amazing Grass, 1 oz spinach, 1 oz strawberries, 1 cup water and a few ice cubes)
Red Top Plain greek Yogurt topped with 1 oz strawberries and 1 tsp honey or Chocolate PB2
2 - Caramel Rice Cakes

Currently, I try to hit the following numbers: 150g Carbs, 42 grams Fat and 115g protein totaling 1,438 calories. This will change as we shift from the "cut" phase to the "rebuilding" phase.

Alright, I challenge you to track your food for a day and to see what you're really eating. Be honest with yourself. Is it balanced? Are you eating enough food? Maybe you're overeating?

Have any other questions about macros or my workouts just comment below.

Friday, September 1, 2017

This + That


Since once again I couldn't get my shit together I'm rambling on Friday. You're welcome! I dunno maybe you like them. Either way let's just get down to business as I have places to be and people to see.

First is a pretty big announcement. It's a official I'm a business owner! I finally incorporated my little marketing, PR, etc. business after like 2 years. You could say business is really good and my accountant said it was time. Say hello to the new president, HR manager, assistant and every other title of Shout Media.

Cauliflower pizza crust from Trader Joe's is my new favorite food find. Don't fight it just go buy it. Yeah, yeah it's not pizza however it gets the job done.

People, I FINALLY jumped on the Thrive Market bandwagon. Not really sure why I waited so long, but I can get healthier products I love at a discounted rate delivered to my door. You better believe I did endless amounts of price comparisons before I ordered. Sign up today and receive 25% off your first order! Psst -- Free shipping on all orders over $49.

Still counting macros...weight is leveling off and body composition is changing. I'm working on a full  12 week post.

A+F.... yeah, I know who am I. Seriously though I was on their site last night and they were speaking my love language. I ended up purchasing this sweater and dress. I'm also loving this cozy scarf. My only grip is free shipping after $75 and $7 shipping charge on returns. People it's 2017 it should be free shipping both ways. I'm also ok with a minimum purchase of $50.... shipping rant over. Psst - everything is currently 40% off and if you join their "club" you'll receive a $20 off code which can be stacked with the current sale. Happy shopping :)

And that's a wrap.... for today. Have a great weekend!

Monday, August 28, 2017

First Day of School 2017

It's that time of year. You know that time when parents do a dance because, well to simply put it their kids go back to school. Even though this little lady is only in preschool and only there a few days a week she's moving up to the 3 year old class room! I couldn't help but to do a little back to school shopping and snap a few photos. #momlife

Tunic Set | Shoes

It's also fitting to snap a photo with chalk all over our porch. Oh well. Anyway, last week we did a little back to school shopping and picked up a few new pieces. Personally I've loving the chambray tunic and leggings, but I know Emerson is more obsessed with her new Mini Melissa giraffe shoes. I mean, what toddler wouldn't be. If you have a girl you need a pair of Mini Melissa shoes in your life.


I'm sorry, but this girl is just so stinking cute I can't help it.

sorry for the burry-ish photo someone was wanting to jump around

Ok, so did you go back to school shopping for your toddler or maybe yourself?

Shop our favorite finds:


Monday, August 21, 2017

Finding Balance with Food, It's a process


White Jeans | Tank TJMaxx [similarsimilar] | Emerson's Dress TJMaxx [similar]
Oh, food let me count the ways I love you. Give me all the good stuff: coffee, avocado, ice cream, pad thai, sushi, pizza, tacos, etc. I just can't help myself. Hello my name is Tiara and I'm food obsessed -- I love food and sometimes it's all I can think about. While I'm a relatively healthy eater I totally have a sweet tooth, always have.

Recently I decided to get control of my eating because I was spiraling out of control. Meaning while I was making good food choices I was actually over eating. With that said, 10 weeks ago I started working with a nutritionist and started counting macros.

Counting macros still gives me the flexibility to eat all the foods I love because as long as it fits within my carb/fat/protein for the day it's fair game. I don't feel like I'm on a "diet."

What Are Macros? Macronutrients are what make up the caloric content of a food. Sometimes referred to as "macros," the three categories of macronutrients are carbohydrates, fat, and protein. The caloric combination of the macros is where that mysterious total number of calories comes from.


Over the last 10 weeks I've found balance with food and my body. Before I use to feel guilty if I ate xyz, but now I don't feel bad if I enjoy a daily treat. At the end of the day I know I've eaten the right ratio of c/f/p and my body is processing food efficiently. However, I still seek out better-for-me treat options like JOJO's Chocolate Bark and peanut butter delight [c/o], which only have 6 grams of sugar per a bar. By seeking out better, yet amazingly tasty, treat options I'm not blowing my macros and can fill the rest of the day with healthy veggies, grilled chicken, etc.


Some may think I'm being restrictive, but it's truly not the case. The hubs can't believe how much food I eat somedays. When you start filling your marcos with whole foods it's truly amazing how much food you can eat even if your c/f/p numbers aren't high, like mine. Hello, I'm barely 5'4"!

While your macros will likely be different from mine I currently eat 150g/47g/115g. Every night using My Fitness Pal I plan what I'll eat the next day. This task helps keep me on track while preventing me from standing in front of the refrigerator when I'm hungry trying to decide what to eat. Plus, it calculates and adds every for me! Anything to help make tracking easier is a win.

groovelife ring [c/o]

My body has turned into a well oiled machine and is efficiently proceeding food. I've noticed less  inflammation, higher energy levels, increase in strength, and I've even dropped 10 pounds in the process [bonus]!

During the the process of counting macros I've heard over and over I just want to live my life or I don't know what you can eat. Well I'm here to tell you for me this is a lifestyle not a diet. I can eat it all with a little planning and trust me I do.

This weekend I enjoyed a few glasses of wine and a nightly piece of JOJO's Chocolate Bark. It was delicious and it didn't derail me or leave me feeling guilty. I'm living proof that you can indulge and be healthy. It's possible, you just have to be willing to put in a little work in the beginning. Yes, I weigh food when I'm at home, but I've been doing it for so long now I can estimate when I'm out and about. If you're looking for flexible eating while feeling and looking your best I highly recommend counting macros.  While it isn't for everyone it's truly helped me find balance.

I dare you to track what you eat for one week. See what you are actually eating. I bet you're either eating too many carbs or fat and not enough protein. Or maybe you're just not eating enough food. Then figure out how many calories you should eat in a day and try to eat 40/30/30 for one week. Don't worry My Fitness Pal will calculate all the grams for you. Order yourself this food scale and a bag of JOJO's Chocolate Bark and start tracking. I guarantee you'll see results within the first week. Oh and follow me on instagram (@Tiara_Wasner) I post a ton of food and fitness on IG stories if you're looking for inspiration. Psst -- JOJO's Chocolate will not help you lose weight it's just a better for you tasty treat with a killer story!

Nourish your body and it will be kind to you. 

Thanks for sticking with me while I rambled, but a even bigger thanks and shoutout to JOJO's Chocolate for making delicious chocolate bars and sending yours truly a few bags. For those who follow me on Instagram (@Tiara_Wasner) you know I'm a lover of JOJO's Chocolate! I think Emerson is too.

More marco talk to follow and I promise I won't ramble as much :)

Friday, August 18, 2017

This + That


Happy Friday! Where did the week go? So obviously I didn't wrap up any of the current 23 blog drafts and am going with a random This + That post, again. You're welcome.

Mini shopping carts - love or hate them? Yesterday while at Trader Joe's I let Emerson push around a mini cart for the first time. She LOVED it. I even let her pick out items to put in said mini cart. Overall, she killed it shopping and the cart only fell over once.... ooops. Here's my take. Yes your shopping trip will take that much longer, but it entertains your kid while getting involved in everyday tasks.  It's a win in my book. Pro Tip: Go shopping during less busy times

Beauty refresh - I recently started going through my beauty products, yes all 5 of them, and have started replacing them for better options or because they are straight up old. Yes, I'm looking at you mascara. Lucky me my sister not only introduced me to Beauty Counter, but she's running a killer special. In the spirit of treating ourselves, she's hosting a virtual social with a kicker. She'll give 25% off a new lipstick with any item purchased and throw in a FREE lipstick of your choice for purchases over $100. Stock up before September 13th and get a little extra! My favorite items include the charcoal bar and mask!

Podcasts - Do you listen to podcasts? I've been devouring The Paleo Woman Podcast. They  talk about all things healthy and wellness not just Paleo as the title might imply. Check them out! What podcasts are you loving?

Monthly Mama Dinners - A few months ago I started attending "Mamas Dinners." Basically it's a group of moms who get together once a month for dinner. I knew some of the ladies prior, and made some new friends in the process. There's roughly 10 of us and we rotate houses every month. While it's hard to get motivated to go I always have a blast.

Quick Macro update - I've lost 10 pounds and haven't lost any strength! I can not stress enough that it's not a diet it's a lifestyle. Nothing is off limits I just have a budget of carbs, fats and protein. This means I'm mindful of how I spend it. For example, today I'll enjoy a piece of JOJO's Chocolate Bark. Counting Macros has not only taught me about portion control, but that the right ratio of c/f/p helps your body process food better. Since I started counting macros my skin looks amazing, I'm not bloated, I sleep like a champ even more, have less inflammation and so much more!

Be kind to your body and it will be kind to you.


Friday, August 11, 2017

This + That

JOJO's Chocolate Bark [c/o]

Happy Friday lovelies! I've been flying solo since Tuesday and I'm missing my people. I really don't know what to do with myself. Luckily they're back Sunday! I can't wait. How am I filling my time? Basically working, working out, enjoying a clean house and thinking about all the things I should be doing. HA.

I'm ready to get back to blogging on the regular -- are the there any topics you would like me to touch on?

We don't have cable and haven't for over 3 years! Crazy right?! But we've saved at least $1,000 a year because we cut cable. Think about that for a hot second. Instead we have Hulu and I've been addicted to Chopped the last few weeks! Bring on all the cooking shows.

Speaking of saving money I have been working on a few financial themed posts. I'm not an expert, but my husband and I are debt free (aside from our mortgage) and have been since before we met. Fun fact, neither of us had college debt or credit card debt (ever)!

I currently have 23 blog posts drafted just waiting for me to finish and hit publish. hmmm

If you're a chocolate lover like me you need to order yourself a few bags of JOJO's Chocolate Bark, stat! If you follow me on instagram then you know how I feel about Peanut Butter Delight -- it's A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I should mention one bar has 10g carbs, 12g fats and 6g protein. Yup, they totally will fit into your macros.

Let's talk about workout apparel because we all know I love wearing it as much as I love talking about it. Say hello you the newest Four Athletics Ambassador! Whoop,whoop! What does that mean? Well yours truly gets to work with an amazing apparel company and you get 15% off all your purchases when you use code TiaraWasner15. Think lulu, but affordable. More details to follow.

Lastly, macros. I get a lot of questions asking how it's going. Well, it's pretty amazing. I'm down almost 10 pounds! Don't worry I eat you can ask my husband. I'm just eating the right ratio of carbs, fat and protein. Want to know what I eat check out my IG stories I share meals and snacks regularly. Two items keeping me on track include a EatSmart Precision Getfit Digital Body Fat Scale and food scale (which is currently 80% off). If you want to start counting macros you need to weigh your food, but more on that later.

OK, I think I've rambled enough today. Do you like these type of posts? Anyway have a great weekend and I promise I'll wrap up those 23 drafts some time this year.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Blueberry Lime Crumble Bars

Ok, I know I owe you guys so many posts, but seriously I'm just trying to soak in every bit of summer I can. We know winter is only few months away. eek. After last winter the thought makes me cringe.

Instead of sharing my six weeks of counting macros recap today I'm back with the tastiest Blueberry Lime Crumble Bars. Is your mouth watering yet? I'm ready to eat another just talking about it. And yes, these totally fit into macros without blowing your daily intake of carbs. #winning


With berry season in full force I can't eat enough berries. Raspberries are my number one choice. What about you? Do you have a favorite berry?


Are you running to the store yet to pick up all the ingredients? Honestly you probably have most as they are all kitchen staples. At least at our house.


BLUEBERRY LIME CRUMB BARS 
Makes 12 bars
Adapted from The Smitten Kitchen

Crust & Crumbs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup coconut sugar
4 oz unsalted butter
1 egg

Berry Filling
2 cups fresh blueberries (or any choice of berries)
1/4 cup coconut sugar
2 tsp arrowroot (cornstarch works too)
1 1/2 tbs lime juice (or lemon)

Directions
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and grease a 8x8 baking pan.

In a small bowl prepare the berry filling,  by gently tossing together fresh berries, sugar, lime juice and arrowroot. Set aside.

With an electric mixer, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, butter and egg. Mix until the dough is moist but very crumbly. Divide the dough in half, and press half into the greased pan. Make sure you have an even layer for the crust.

Pour the berry mixture over the crust. Then sprinkle the remaining crumble over the berry layer.

Bake for roughly 45 minutes, or until the juices are bubbling. The crumble should only be slightly  browned.

Let it cool or enjoy it warm with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Blueberry Banana Oat Muffins

Happy August y'all!

Where has the summer gone! Seriously, though? I might be over here counting macros (update post coming soon), but it's not stopping me from baking tasty muffins for the the fam... or me if I'm being serious. Hey as long as it fits my numbers...

I'm notorious for finding recipes on pinterest and then altering the ingredients to fit my wants and needs. Today's recipe is no different. You can find the original recipe here.


With berry season practically upon us I want all things berries -- tarts, crumbles, muffins, pancakes -- you name it and I'll eat it. E loves her berries too. Every morning she has blueberries, raspberries or strawberries with breakfast. She love these muffins although she only eats the top. The kid knows what's up. You know muffin tops are the best part?!

Not only are these Blueberry Banana Oat Muffins a tasty breakfast options they can be included in any school lunch (nut-free) in lieu of a sweet treat or enjoyed as an afternoon snack. (144 Calories/ 20.6g Carbs/ 5.9g Fat / 2.9g Protein )


Blueberry Banana Oat Muffins
Makes 16 / Adapted from The Crafted Sparrow

Ingredients 

1 cup Bananas, mashed (roughly 2 medium bananas)
6 oz. Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 Egg
1 cup Old Fashion Oats
1 1/2 cups All purpose flour
2 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Baking soda
1/2 cup Coconut  sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
1/3 cup Avocado Oil
3/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tin with liners or non-stick spray.

Mash your bananas.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Combine with a whisk and set aside.

In a another bowl, beat egg before adding in milk, oil, and vanilla. Next, add in the mashed banana and combine.

Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mix well. Fold in blueberries.

Fill your muffin tins 2/3 of the way full with the batter. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick pulls clean from the center of the muffin.

Enjoy!


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: What's still Available

There's still 10 day left to score some sweet deals during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. Things might be flying of the shelf, but there's plenty of great deals to be had and I rounded up a number of in stock items under $100!

Items from my first order, yes I made a few, are starting to roll in some are hits and other are misses. Since the closest Nordstrom is 2 hours away I ordered a number of things because you never know what you're going to like or not. What's been your favorite score from the sale?

Happy Shopping:


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Only Hat you Need to Buy Your Kid

I don't know about you, but trying to keep a hat on a 2 and a half year old isn't easy. Well that was until I purchased a Sunday Afternoon hat! And for the record they are by no means paying me to say this. Seriously though Emerson will rock the Kids Play hat fishing, hiking, at the beach, etc. Best money spent this summer!

Shoes | Overalls
I'm just going to lay it out there it's not the most fashionable hat, but it's practical and in my opinion Emerson looks pretty darn cute in it.

It all started at the beach. There's a group of us who meet at beach, with the kids, every Sunday like clock work. (Nick usually stays home to work on the house.) Two of the kids had Sunday Afternoon hats and after weeks of noticing how they NEVER took them off I knew Emerson needed one.

Swimsuit
Later that night you better believe I ordered one from Amazon! Yes, they are pricey for a kids hat however they are worth EVERY penny! It'll be a great hat for our upcoming trip to Mexico! Yup, tickets and hotel are booked. Via la Mexico!


Oh, and the best part about this specific hat is it will grow with her head!

Amazing Features Include:
- Down-sloping brim with floatable foam core
- Full neck veil for protecting back of neck
- UPF 50+ Certified Sun Rating
- Strategic mesh ventilation on Child & Youth sizes
- Water Repellent/Stain Resistant
- Packs flat for travel SmartStrap® Breakaway Chinstrap Technology
- Stroller-Friendly Wearability
- Adjustable sizing

I should mention I'm not alone, all the other parents from our beach group also purchased the Sunday Afternoon Kids Play Hat! We might have to lined them up at the beach for a photo or two.

For sizing questions, we purchased a medium for Emerson and it's perfect.

FYI: they make some cute lifestyle hats for women and men. I'm digging this, this and this for myself and I could see Nick rocking this hat.

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