Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday Link Love

Peace out winter there's a new season in town.


I thought Friday would never come. It was another long week. Starting the week with back to back events is never a good idea. But sometimes that's the way the cookie crumbles and honestly it's how my next six months are shaping up. The snow melted and everyone is ready to werk, werk, werk, werk.... but I'm ready for a vacation.

But until then...

I'm currently reading this book. As an entrepreneur I'm always looking for books to help motivate, inspire, etc.

Since it's spring I finally ordered Emerson a Schwinn Balance Bike (currently on sale for $54!) and this helmet!

If you're looking for new workout gear for spring/summer you'll want to check out my thoughts on SKINS. If you only buy one thing you'll want to pick up the Remote T Bar Tank!

Thanks to my sister I'm seriously hooked on BeautyCounter! If you're looking for a killer mask you'll want to try the No. 3 Balancing Facial Mask. My skin looks and feels amazing.

Currently digging this top, these wedges and these shorts for summer!

Couch update....still haven't pulled the trigger. It's a big purchase and I just can't decide! Help a girl out. Do you love your couch so much you would buy it again? Do tell!

Until next time....

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Protein Packed Lunch with Barilla Pasta

Thank you Barilla and Walmart for inspiring and sponsoring today's post. #BarillaPlus #BarillaGlutenFree. 

Trying to hit 100g of protein a day is hard. Just hard. So anytime I can find ways to increase my daily intake of protein I'll try it. Enter Barilla ProteinPLUS Pasta! Barilla ProteinPLUS pasta is a good source of lean protein from a simple blend of egg whites, grains, lentils and chickpeas. Yes, please!

The hubby loves pasta and not only am I increasing my protein intake I'm providing my family with a good source of fiber and ALA Omega-3! Oh, and if you're curious about how much protein is in one serving it's 17g! No I'm not kidding.


I don't know about you, but I always make WAY too much pasta, but I don't mind the leftovers. For lunch today I threw together a quick and easy dish packed with protein.


Honestly, it's an easy way to get rid of leftovers or if you're simply over another salad for lunch. I always add a little extra to my plate because a certain two year old will want a bite or two. Not to brag, but my toddler pretty much loves everything.

Barilla Gluten Free pasta has recently been named one of Parents Magazine’s “Top 25 Allergy Free Foods”


Quick and Easy Protein Packed Lunch

Ingredients
- Barilla ProteinPLUS pasta
- Chicken
- Tomato
- Broccoli
- Oli Olive
- Salt

Directions 
Cook pasta per directions on box. Place pasta on plate (I added a little extra because I know Emerson will want a bite or two). Drizzle with olive oil and top with grilled chicken, tomatoes and broccoli.

When it comes to pasta I'm a simple kind of gal. A little olive oil, veggies and chicken goes a long way.

Other tasty Barilla products include gluten free Barilla Sauces and 100% whole grain and fat free Wasa Crispbreads. We love the Wasa Crispbreads topped with avocado as an afternoon snack! Don't forget to visit Barilla and Pinterest for more creative recipe ideas.

Ibotta Deal Alert: Earn $1.00 when you buy any three (3) Barilla pasta, sauce or Wasa  Crispbread products at Walmart.

What's your favorite pasta dish?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CrossFit & SKINS

It shouldn't be a big surprise I'm talking about CrossFit again.  You know, since I dedicate a few hours a day to working at it. If I must say so myself the hard work is paying off. #gains But what really can make or break a workout is attire. The last thing you want is a wardrobe malfunction or to be messing with pants, sports bra, etc.

Here's the thing, CrossFit is seriously amazing. I probably should write a post on how it changed my body. Why I picked CrossFit over swimming, running, etc. Instead today I'm just going to talk about gear, specifically SKINS! You know this girl loves workout clothes! So when SKINS asked if they could send me a few items I gladly said YES!

SKINS recently launched their standout DNAmic range; With bold graphics and athletic designs, the SKINS DNAmic range is where function meets fashion. Both help you to work harder, for longer and recover faster so you can up your own intensity without worrying about DOMS. #SKINSorNothing


I started rocking SKINS [c/o] back in March and honestly I don't know why I waited so long. Their Remote T Bar Tank is a top contender in my book. It's super lightweight and practically has a completely open back. It's the perfect amount of fitted and loose, if that makes sense. If you're like me you over heat just looking at the air bike. Don't even get me started about Cindy. So anytime I can find a tank that keeps me cool, it's a winner.


During 17.2 I rocked a SKINS DNAmic Women’s Speed Sports Bra for the first time. I could have ended up with a wardrobe malfunction, but I didn't. No rubbing, pulling or pinching. Just pure support and honestly it's super comfortable. I never once messed with it during the workout. Since then I've worn it multiple times and am still impressed. It's a sport bra that I happily grab for. I chalk my killer bar muscle performance to the sports bar ;) Sale Alert: There are a few currently marked down to $25! That's 50% off


But SKINS isn't just for working out. I find myself regularly rocking the Distort Packable Lightweight Jacket outside the gym. While it's probably amazing for running I find myself grabbing it when walking the dog, heading to workout, or just hanging out at the house. This ultra-lightweight, quick-dry jacket packs away into itself for easy storage, so you can keep it handy, just in case. Plus, the colors are perfect for spring or summer!


SKINS also sent me a pair of DNAMIC Compression 3/4 Tights. They feel like you're not wearing anything. While I currently have a size small I might go up a size for my round booty. They're just a tad too low in the back for my comfort level. The material is just as high quality as the other items this sizing was just on the smaller size for me.

Final verdict: Overall, I'm a SKINS fan. They meet all my standards high quality, great fit, fun colors (if that's your thing) and a decent price point. Honestly, it's a steal of a deal for the quality gear they offer.

P.S. I get compliments on the Remote T Bar Tank and Distort Packable Lightweight Jacket every time I wear them.... just saying.

Sizing: I'm wearing a small in every item mentioned. I'm 5'"4  with an athletic build and weight 130 lbs.

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PSST:  Thank you SKINS for providing me with product to review. As always all opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting brands who help make this blog possible. Happy sweating! 

Friday, April 21, 2017

This + That

Happy Friday!

Life's been crazy busy between work and daily life. Needless to say the blog is always the first to suffer. Sometimes I feel like I have so much to say, but don't know how to put it on paper (i.e., this space) or just don't have the time or energy. Poor me... just joking. Just know I try to do it all, but sometimes I can't and things suffer. For instance this space, I have plans on what I want this space to become, but then when it comes down to time I'm working with clients, spending time with family or working out. Yeah relationships with friend's suffer too. It's not that I mean for it to happen. Oh and why is making mom friends the hardest thing in the world...


Moving on....

IG Stories vs. Snapchat
While I have snapchat I'm all about IG stories. Who has time for two apps! I have way more views via IG stories too. So basically I'm not wasting my time with snapchat any more. Do you have a preference?

Kombucha
I've always liked Kombucha and have been on a serious kick lately. It's become some what of a daily habit. Go to brands are GT's and Health Ade. Do you Kombucha?

Working with a Crossfit Coach
It's only been two weeks and he's working me. If you follow my IG stories you saw I've been working through a lumbar strain. All is good and I'm still hitting the bike hard. Check out this burner I did, among other things, on Wednesday.

RFT:
Air Bike Cals 30, 20, 10
Wall Walks 6, 4, 2

GoMacro
People hitting 100g of protein a day isn't easy, to-do so I eat a protein bar and drink a protein smoothie daily! I dare you to track your macros one day and see where you land. I double dare you!

Anyway, GoMacro is a staple at our house. While every so often they hook a sister up, I buy just as many bars. #truth But what's important here is starting in May they are launching a give back program. Starting with my favorite bar!

The first of Give-Back-Bar is coming up fast... during the month of May, GoMacro will be donating 10% of total proceeds of specially marked Peanut Butter MacroBars to Farm Sanctuary — a national nonprofit dedicated toward rescuing and giving life-long homes to abused farms animals. This is a subject near and dear to our hearts, as GoMacro was founded on a farm in Wisconsin and is where one of the company co-Founders still lives today.

Have a great weekend and chat soon! 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Top Mother's Day Gifts

When Emerson is older I hope she thinks I'm as awesome as I am today. I might be the mom who's super strict about bedtime and sugar, but I'm also the mom who goes with the flow, dusts her off and tells her she's OK. Let it be known she's one tough cookie who's equal parts sassy and sweet. I already know she'll be that athletic girl who's also super girly!

Anyway, I'm lucky to be her mama. While moms really should be celebrated everyday (it's hard job juggling daily life in general) there's one day earmarked just for MOM. Since May 14 will be here in a blink of an eye I'm rounding up my top Mother's Day gifts now!


Top Mother's Day Gifts

Really all we want is a day alone, a massage and a few hours browsing Target. However, a day with my two favorite people, maybe some friends and a BBQ with yard games would also do the trick. Clearly weather permitting in Tahoe because it can't seem to stay sunny longer than one day. #soreadyforsummer

Do you have any plans or Mother's Day traditions?

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Why I ditched Half my Wardrobe

Do you ever stare at your closet and think you have nothing to wear even though your closet is actually busting at the seems with clothes? Yay, that's me every time I have to wear something other than athleisure. While Emerson napped on Sunday I mixed things up. You guessed it, I cleaned out my closet and I mean I REALLY cleaned out my closet. I managed to thin it down by at least 50%. Yes, 50%!

If only my closet now looked like this....

via
It wasn't easy, but if it wasn't worn in it the last year - gone! It's amazing how clothes on my bed started to pile up. It actually feels good to look at my closet knowing it's full of pieces I will and do actually wear. I should note living in Tahoe means I need a wardrobe suitable for various weather temps, etc.


So what does it mean moving forward? The plan is to be more mindful of clothing purchases. Do I really love it? If so buy it. Do I really need it? Is it practical? Since I work for home I only need a handful of outfits to wear to client meeting, etc. Honestly, I could probably rotate the same 5-7 outfits and no one would be any wiser.

Practicing mindful shopping will [hopefully] help me create a wardrobe I love instead of a wardrobe I hate.

DONATE, SELL, TOSS
Once I decided I was going to get rid of something it went in either the donate, sell or toss pile. So where am I selling clothes? EBAY and Poshmark and I've been successful on both. The key is knowing your audience and pricing. If you're interested in Poshmark use code: PTGUE when signing up and receive $5 off your first purchase.


BUY LIST
I also weeded out dingy, worn old clothes which means my favorite white tee (among other things) need to be replaced. Here's my working list...




Are you ready to really clean out your closet? Do you have a capsule wardrobe?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Big Girl Room Inspiration

Saturday was a big day for Emerson. We converted her crib to a toddler bed! We keep calling it a "big girl bed" and she absolutely loves it. Our Nap time and bedtime routines are 10-15 minutes longer, but so far she's transitioning well. Our goal is to transition her to a twin bed by the end of summer.

With that comes planning a full on big girl room. I would love to find a vintage bed frame to refurbish or paint. For bedding I plan to find a solid color comfort to layer with one of her many quilts. Ideally the walls will stay gray and we'll stick with pink and teal accents. Things we'll keep include a gray glider, blanket ladder and shelves. I'm on the fence about the mid century modern dresser. I might swap it out for something a tad smaller so she has more room to play.

Until things really get underway I'll leave you with this sleeping beauty.


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Monday, April 10, 2017

Victoria Beckham for Target Picks

Happy Monday!

The Victoria Beckham for Target line launched yesterday! If you didn't know, now you know. I love everything about the line. Plus, it's Target so you really can't go wrong. Right?! A number of items are exclusively online so you'll want to snag your favorite pieces ASAP. I know I am.

Happy Shopping :)

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Toddler Easter Basket Must Haves

Hello, hello! I can't hardly believe it's April! The sun might currently be shinning in Lake Tahoe, but NOAA is calling for snow this weekend... will it ever end?! Don't get me wrong I love the snow, but I'm a summer girl at heart. If I could only convince the hubs to move to the coast.

Enough about the weather, Easter is in less than two weeks! Don't worry if you're not ready there's still plenty of time to shop online.

Easter Must Haves
Living in Tahoe has made me a savvy online shopper. While I still love shopping brick and mortar, shopping online just makes life easier.

When it comes to Easter Basket goodies I like to use the opportunity to stuff it full of things Emerson needs. Typically, it includes spring/summer clothes, shoes, books, sunscreen, etc. I think Emerson's favorite part of her Easter Basket will be the sidewalk chalk. With the books a close second.

We bought Emerson a Magformers set at Christmas and she LOVES building little houses and knocking them down. The 14 piece set would fit perfectly in any Easter Basket and these headphones would be perfect for her Amazon Fire Kids Tablet.

There you have it some fun ideas for your toddler's Easter basket. Oh and instead of candy try Annie's fruit snacks or bunny graham crackers!

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

10 things to Buy at Target Right Now


Spring Summer Target
Patio Set | Planter | Mirror | Sandals | Slip-ons | Lamp | Side table | Rug | Candle | Doormat 1/2/3
Let me count the ways I love Target. I know I'm not alone when I say I'll go into Target for one thing, but I leave with 10. There's just something about cruising around Target looking at everything. I totally have a system, too. However, living in Tahoe I spend more time browsing online than in the store. Since it's free shipping to the store or with a order minimum of $25 I have no problem ordering online.

Well last night I totally went down the Target rabbit hole looking at patio furniture. Which is totally something we need. We current have nothing but beach chairs to sit on in the backyard. So you could say we're in the market.

Anyway, I found so MANY other things that I tried to convince myself I needed. Hello a cactus doormat! That rug would add a nice element to our kitchen. Target sandals are always a must. How cute would that side table be in a guest room?! You see how this happen right? So that's how we ended up here... me sharing a few fun finds. Happy shopping.

Pro Tip: order online for home delivery or in-store pick-up and receive 1% cash back with EBATES. Every penny adds up!

What are you currently loving from Target?

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

5 Simple ways to Improve Your Health Today

This post was sponsored by Nature Made as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.


Last night I finally watched the documentary FED UP. It's crazy and sad that obesity is still on the rise especially among children. It got me thinking about simple ways to improve your health today. While I totally believe in finding a balance I also believe it's up to us to be knowledgable and provide our family with truly healthy options. In the documentary parents thought cereal was a healthy option! People -- even what's marketed as healthy cereal is full of sugar. Sugar and processed food is what's killing us. Plus an lack of exercise, but you can't out exercise a bad diet. I challenge you to make a few small changes today that will impact your overall health long term. Are you in?

Need a little motivation? Find a accountability partner, make it a family affair or enter a contest! Lucky you there are some great companies out there ready to help motivate you.

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5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Health

Drink Water
Everyday you should at least drink half your body weight in water. Ditch the sugary drinks they are doing nothing for you. I have a 40 oz. Hydroflask and fill it up at least twice a day.

Tank / Leggings / Lifters

Take a Daily Vitamin 
As we get older we need a little help. When I was pregnant I found out I was vitamin D deficient even though I eat a ton of spinach, eggs and salmon! Anyway along with a multi vitamin (specifically for woman) I take vitamin D. I'm currently loving Nature Made adult gummies! Why should kids have all the fun vitamins?! Grab a bottle the next time you're at Target.

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Move at least 20 Minutes Everyday
Life is too short to stay cooped up. Get outside and stretch those legs. You Don't have to hit the gym everyday. Go for a walk around the block, try golfing, skiing or go for a hike. The point is to get your blood flowing and heart rate up.



Get 7-8 hours of Sleep Daily
Life's just better when you have a good night sleep. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day and exercising will help you sleep better too!

Eat Clean
Personally I follow the 80/20 rule. Following a clean diet will help with weight management and will improve energy levels. No one feels good after a day of hamburgers, pizza and ice cream. I start my mornings with either a green smoothie or avocado toast and 3 eggs!


Bonus Tip : Take a Vacation
There's nothing like reseting your mind and body on a beach somewhere.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

In the Open: Thoughts on 17.5

The Open is OVER! Yup, Friday was the last workout of the 2017 CrossFit open. Boy am I glad it's over. While I had some great weeks and not so great weeks I saw a huge improvement from 2016 and I can't wait to get to work. I'm coming for you 2018!

Leggings / Tank / Shoes

THE WORKOUT
10 Rounds for time (40 minute time Cap)
9 Thursters at 65 lbs
35 Double Unders

INITIAL THOUGHTS
Everyone knew thrusters and double under were coming. So I wasn't surprised. For me personally I was a tad worried about my double unders because some days are better than others. I knew this one was going to hurt.

PERFORMANCE
My game plan was pretty straight forward break up the thrusters into 3's from the beginning and pray to the jump rope gods. My thrusters felt great and I never struggled. The issue for me was transitioning from thrusters to double unders. I managed to do sets of 10, 15 or 20 at a time, but it still wasn't fast enough. I finished in 23:18. Not bad.

FINAL THOUGHTS
I kind of liked this WOD. Maybe it's because my thursters actually felt better than they have in a long time. While I'm happy with the outcome I wish I could have been faster....

What did you think about 17.5?


Friday, March 24, 2017

My 5 Favorite Natural Beauty Products

Let's be real, we're not getting any younger. If you haven't already it's time to dial in your beauty regimen. Recently, I've been evaluating the beauty products I use and replacing not so good products with better options. I care about what I eat so why wouldn't I can about the products I'm putting on my body.

Yeah, you're probably thinking the all natural products don't work, but guess what they do! You just have to find the right products for you. I'm barely scratching the surface today, but don't expect it to stop here. My goal is to continue to share cleaner beauty products I love as I find them.

Here's my challenge to you. Over the next month try to replace 3 to 5 beauty products with better options. Are you up to the challenge?

My 5 Favorite Natural Beauty Products Whole Foods Market

MY 5 FAVORITE NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS

evanhealy Wild Carrot Nourishing Eye Balm c/o
All eye cream should come in stick/balm form. I seriously was hooked from the first try. It smells so good and glides right on. Knowing it's all natural just in case I get a little in my eye gives me peace of mind. I never thought I really needed eye cream until I had a kid and started a business.... yeah you know what I'm talking about. And no I don't use concealer. Actually I barely wear makeup!

Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating moisturizer
This moisturizer is meant for oily skin, but I love it because it's super hydrating without being oily. It pulls double duty acting as a day and night cream! Yes, please. Less is more.

BeautyCounter No. 3 Balancing Facial Mask (aka Charcoal Mask) 
My sister swears by their products and my mom hooked me up with the charcoal cleansing bar and mask and now I'm hooked. After a few weeks of regular use I've noticed my skin not only feels smoother, but looks more even-toned. I can't wait to see the results after a few months.

My 5 Favorite Natural Beauty Products Beauty Counter

Whole Foods Dry Skin Hand Cream Peony, Mint & Blackberry c/o
I have really dry hands. It's probably from washing them a hundred times a day, living in Tahoe or from the chalk at the gym. Either way my hands need a little extra love. The hand cream not only works amazingly without leaving you feeling greasy, but it smells so good!

cocokind Lip Balm
The only lip balm you'll ever want to buy again! It's made with virgin coconut oil....need I say more. Honestly, I don't even know how I stumbled across this brand but it's amazing. Luckily when I run out I can pick up more at Whole Foods Market. cocokind offers a number of "clean" beauty products, but I'm really looking forward to picking up a MYMATCHA All-Over Moisture Stick.

Looking to make the switch to natural products, but not sure where or how to start? Don't be afraid to test multiple products you never know what you'll like or what will work for your skin type. Even better take advantage of Whole Foods Market's beauty week promo.

My 5 Favorite Natural Beauty Products Whole Foods Market

Starting today, Whole Foods Market is offering a limited edition “clean” beauty bag full of hand-selected items for spring. For beauty aficionados and newbies alike, the bag is a perfect way to try products from up-and-coming brands like evanhealy or tried-and-true favorites from Dr. Hauschka and Mineral Fusion. At nearly a $100 value, this bag is a total steal at $18 -- not to mention the handcrafted bag is gorgeous!

Plus, during the Third Annual Beauty Week at Whole Foods Market, March 22 -28, all cosmetics and facial care are 25% off! (Pro tip: if you’re a fan of Trilogy products, they are an EXTRA 25% off during this time, too!)

Do you know what ingredients are in your beauty products? Are you ready to spring clean your beauty regimen?

Whole Foods Market provided yours truly with a complimentary clean beauty bag. All opinions are my own. Products included in the clean beauty bag are marked c/o.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

10 Must Have Pool Floaties

Although it's currently totally raining/snowing in Tahoe I'm talking about all things sunshine -- again! You guys loved 10 Swimsuits to get you pumped for Summer so let's talk about the pool floaty! Unless you've been living under a rock there are some pretty amazing options when it comes to flotation devices.

My sister's wedding was in Maui last year and she included a pool floaty in our welcome bag. Since we were in Hawaii we had pineapple and sandal floaties. We were definitely the talk of the pool deck at the Andaz Maui!


We still have our pineapple floaty and I might just have to bust it out this summer. I can totally picture floating in a pineapple in Lake Tahoe right now!

Spice up summer with a killer floaty! If you could only pick one what would it be?

Go ahead, shop for a floaty (or two):


Monday, March 20, 2017

In the Open: Thoughts on 17.4

Happy Monday!

It's another CrossFit open recap. YAY! Sadly I don't have any pictures from Friday. Which is probably a good thing because the WOD left me in tears. Tears because I was in pain and tears because I've put so much work in over the last few months and let's just say my performance was sub par and painful to watch -- so I heard.

Tank | Sports Bra | Leggings | Lifters | Water Bottle
THE WORKOUT

13 Minute AMRAP
55 Deadlifts at 155 pounds
55 Wallballs (14lbs) to the 9ft mark
55 Cal Row
55 Handstand Push-ups

Initial Thoughts
Since Brooke Wells was set to be at the announcement I knew there would be deadlifts. I didn't particularly like this workout last year and knew it was going to be an ugly fight for me. Here's the thing, no one in there right mind should EVER deadlift 155 pounds 55 times.

PERFORMANCE
It was ugly. I RX'd the workout and went into it thinking I just have to get through the deadlifts. I was busting out 2s and 3s and switched to singles around 35. Then I hit rep 45 and it all went down hill from there. The right side of my lower back went into full blown spasm. I pushed through the last 10. Before I started the wall balls I took a minute to try and pull my shit together. I haven't trained this hard for nothing. But oh the sheer pain when I picked up the ball... I still managed to pull off 47 wall balls. Yes, against better judgement there will be a redo today. I'm calling it my redemption WOD.

FINAL THOUGHTS
I'm just happy to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Like last week 17.4 showed me another weakness. 2017 might be all about strength training.

What did you think about 17.4? Have any tips for me?

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Favorites: CrossFit, GoMacro + Spring Cleaning

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I hope you're wearing green!

People I have some exciting stuff happening to the blog! Yup, to celebrate 10 years of blogging (crazy, right?!), next month, there will be some significant changes around here along with some fun giveaways! Blogging has changed considerably over the last 10 years and it's time to make some changes too. I hope you're ok with it. Anyway, more details to follow.

Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness
You might be tired of me talking about CrossFit, but people it's kind of apart of my life. It's incredible  what it's done for my mind and body over the last year. Well if you're interested in a little behind the scenes of what it takes to be the Fittest on Earth then you'll want to check CrossFit's new documentary FITTEST ON EARTH: A DECADE OF FITNESS. This action-packed sports film is out TODAY On Demand! I was lucky enough to view it last weekend! So much inspiration! Bring on 17.4!



Go to post Workout Snack | GoMarco
Yes, you've heard it here before -- GoMacro is one of my go-to bars! They recently released some killer news:

GoMacro recently completed Certified R.A.W.™ and Certified C.L.E.A.N.™ labels for all of our products! This is a new level of transparency for ingredient integrity that takes a wide array of qualitative characteristics into consideration and delivers a new, all-encompassing certification that is the new gold standard for the natural foods industry.

Now you have no excuse not to enjoy a GoMacro bar (or two). The team recently shared a few recipes and man I can't wait to try them all. I'm talking mango smoothie bowls, campfire banana boats and blueberry vanilla pancakes - which all include  either a GoMacro or Thrive bar as an ingredient. However, the GoMacro Bowl is first on my list.


Spring Cleaning 
The older I get the more I'm turning into a minimalist. Less is more. With that said I've been really good about buying less (aka things I don't really need), but I haven't been great about getting rid of things! So yesterday while Emerson napped I posted a few items on POSHMARK! It's amazing how many items still have tags!

I've never used it before so we'll see how it goes. You can check out my closet HERE. If you're signing up for the first time use CODE: PTGUE to receive a $5 credit towards your first purchase. In the past I've used eBay to sell gear and was very successful. Speaking of eBay, I'll be posting some items there within the week. Follow my profile HERE. Have you used Posh Mark to sell anything? Tell me all your tips and secrets!



All Things Green
It wouldn't be St. Patricks Day with some green, mom and mini style!

SHOP:



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Ten Swimsuits to get you pumped for Summer

Yeah, that's right I'm talking about swimsuit season in the middle of March. Who am I, right?! Just a mama who felt the sun on her face this weekend and can't wait to hit the beach...sooner rather than later. Most dread bikini season, but I embrace it. Yeah I've been hitting the gym hard, per usual, but my body is far from perfect. Hello avocado toast and ice cream! People -- life is all about finding balance. We can talk more about balance later... let's talk about ten swimsuits I'm currently swooning over!

hawaii TEN SWIMSUITS  SUMMER

I don't know about you, but lounging poolside sounds good right about now. It might be time to move back to the beach. Until then I'll just keep shopping for swimsuits and dreaming of vacation.

When it comes to swimsuits there are a few things I look for a supportive top and mid coverage bottoms. Yup, I'm a two piece kind of gal -- even post baby. While I prefer a two piece I know it's not the case for everyone else so I've included a few one pieces! Happy shopping!

Have a favorite suit? Where's it from?




Monday, March 13, 2017

Sunshine and CrossFit Open 17.3

Spring has sprung in Lake Tahoe and I'm over the moon. Fingers crossed it's here to stay. It was a long few months full of snow. Like I mentioned on Friday it has me dreaming of vacation. We're actually in the process of planning our next getaway which includes getting our best gal a passport. EEK. Can't you just picture her building sand castles on a beach in Mexico. I can. Until then I'll be in the gym working on my summer body ;)

We're officially halfway through the CrossFit Open! While I'm not qualifying for the masters regionals (this year -- yay I have crazy goals) I tried to approach the open as my super bowl. Yup, I can't wait to see where I land amongst my peers. In my region I took 70th place (out off 1,000) for 17.2 in the Masters 35-39 division! Pretty pumped about that.

This week will probably be a little different as squat snatches are not easy for me... I pause.


THE WORKOUT 


INITIAL THOUGHTS
After watching the 17.3 announcement I thought well I'll be happy if I can get through 95 lbs. The weight load jumps for RX were a bit ridiculous. But that's what the open is all about. It's about pushing your limits and doing things you didn't think you could do. I also knew this was going to be rough because I have a pause in my squat snatch -- hello no rep.

MY PERFORMANCE 
I did the workout at 1 pm on Friday afternoon with my training partner. We're a good match. Oh and I went with RX. If I really want to see where I stand I have to RX the WODs. Let's just say it didn't go as planned. I received no reps left and right on my squat snatches which just pissed me off. Then I started missing! Needless to say I made it to 95 lbs, but couldn't get a single one. Not my best day. Clearly I had to redo it.

Sunday I woke up, had breakfast, got into the right headspace and headed to the gym. I took my time warming up and really focused on the task at hand. My performance overall was better. My spilt was a minute faster, I didn't receive a no rep on single lift until I missed at 95 lbs. Unfortunately I only made one at 95 lbs. Still not my best, but better than Friday. 

FINAL THOUGHTS 
If it was a chest to bar workout I would have killed it, but it wasn't. 17.3 showed me how far I've come, but also how much work I have to do. Now onto 17.4 give me some ring muscle ups please :)

Are you participating in the CrossFit open? What did you think of 17.3? 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday Favorites: Sunshine, Safer Skin Care + Fit Life

TGIF

I don't know about you, but March is flying by! Work seems to be picking up and we're just all around busier. I've also been day dreaming about vacation so maybe in between meetings, playdates and training sessions I'll pull the trigger and book a trip to somewhere tropical. I'm torn between Cabo and Hawaii.... Cabo is a cheaper and shorter flight, but Hawaii is a bit more toddler friendly. Any suggestions?

Until then....

Sunshine
YES, it's finally sunny in Tahoe! We're trying to enjoy the sunshine before the another storm hits next week.



Strong Like Mom
When I saw the "Strong Like Mom" shirt at Target I knew Emerson had to have it. Little did I know weeks later the internet would be going crazy over the awesome message.



Beauty Counter
I'm all about eating clean and working out so why wouldn't I purchase better beauty products too.

Did you know Europe has banned 1300 chemicals so far, but the US has only partially banned 11 to date!?! Unfortunately, it’s up to us to make sure the items we use on ourselves, and our families, don’t harm or make us sick. Fortunately, BEAUTYCOUNTER is doing their part to provide safer options. They’ve already implemented a ban on 1500 chemicals that will never be used in the creation of their products.

My sister introduced me to Beauty Counter and I've been replacing products as I run out. So far I love the face wash and tinted moisturizer. I can't wait to try the charcoal mask, mascara and sunscreen. Emerson even uses the kids bath line!




Fit Life
17.3 was announced last night and well it's going to be a fight for me. 135# squat snatch probably won't happen, but miracles happen during the open. Anyway, it will be a one and done. I'll be back Monday with additional thoughts.

tank (c/o) / leggings / lifters / water bottle