These last 2 weeks of August have been full of traveling! I love to travel, I like exploring new places, meeting new people and seeing the world. Lately the travel has been more work related, so there hasn’t really been an element of relaxation to it, but it’s still VERY fun!!
Travel has it’s share of challenges, one of which is food/eating. It can be difficult to make good choices or find food to eat when you are restricted to restaurants and eating out. Some struggle with this more than others, and I wanted to share with you my travel tips and tricks that help me stay on track!
1) I always make sure to bring workout clothes and get exercise in while I am traveling. I am to the point now where if I don’t exercise at least a little bit, I get cranky and don’t feel like myself. Even if you are not to that point yet, exercising while on the road will help you feel better and more energized during the trip. Try it out – I know you will see a difference!
2) Pack some food/snacks to bring with you!
I have a few staples that I like to bring with me while I am traveling and most of them are easy recipes that I make at home. One of my favorites is the one that I will share with you today: Blueberry Protein Muffins!
This recipe was adapted from The Betty Rocker ☺️
I made the vegan version of these muffins because I didn’t have any eggs. You can sub eggs for the chia seeds and coconut milk if you wish. For this trip since my husband is with me, I doubled the recipe.
INGREDIENTS — *yield is 6 muffins, 2 muffins per serving* 1.5 T Chia seeds
3/4 cup Coconut Milk (unsweetened from carton, not can)
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 scoop protein powder (I used vanilla, plain also works well)
1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
1 Tsp Cardamom
1/2 Tsp baking powder
1/3 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line muffin tin with 6 muffin liners
2. Measure out 3/4 cup coconut milk and add in 1.5 T chia seeds. Let chia seed soak 10-15 mins to absorb the liquid.
3. Mix lemon juice, coconut flour, chia/milk mixture, protein powder, maple syrup and baking powder until no clumps remain. Gently fold in blueberries.
3. Batter is very thick! Spoon evenly into 6 muffin tins – they are very full! (muffins don’t rise much)
4. Bake for 25-30 mins (depending on your oven) until the tops are browned and toothpick inserted into the middle of the muffin comes out clean.
5. Portion out and enjoy! — you can refrigerate if you want to. If you are going to be consuming within a few days, no need to refrigerate.
Here are the pics from me making the recipe!
Muffin liners ready to go!
Chia seeds mixed in with coconut milk (be sure to stir!
Lemon juice squeezed (I removed seeds before proceeding)
What chia mixture should look like after soaking
Coconut flour I used (Costco find!All ingredients ready to be mixed together (minus the maple syrup)
Here is what the dough looks like
Ready to fold in blueberries!
Here is half of the muffins ready to go into the oven
Before being baked
After being baked and ready to eat!! (could have let them brown more, but I was kinda rushing – haha)
MY FINAL TIP
3) Hit up a grocery store RIGHT when you arrive. If you have a rental car then it is easy – google the nearest grocery store on your phone and head there. Otherwise if you are taking a taxi or another form of ground transport, then I usually will go straight to the hotel and then figure out what my options are there. Sometimes there is one in walking distance, a shuttle can take you, or you can take a taxi direct from the hotel.
Stay tuned for my post tomorrow about my trip to the grocery store that I took today once we arrived here in Santa Clara! I will show you what my favorite things to buy are and some super fun grocery finds!
The second day of BlogFest was supposed to start early, but I overslept. 😐 I missed the morning bootcamp, which I was disappointed about, but I quickly forgave myself, threw my stuff together and got on my way to start the day. I knew that if I had overslept, it was because my body needed it.
The morning was going to be jammed packed with awesome-ness, check out this line up!
Our first speaker that day was Cassey from Blogilates. Many of you know her from her youtube videos and she also has a blog. It was so great to hear from someone so well known in the online fitness world. She was not only beautiful but very knowledgable. I knew she had a huge following, but I was not familiar with her products and the way that she monetizes her business. I got a lot of great tips from her. And how cute is her OUTFIT?!?
Right after hearing from Cassey, we had a little Pilates session and then Jillian Michaels was up! OMG was it cool to meet her in person!!! I mean seriously, talk about surreal. Her at home workout DVD (I’m pretty sure it was 30 day shred) was the FIRST at home workout I ever did! That was like 5 years ago. Going from only seeing her on DVD to being in the same room as her was like hello, someone pinch me!
I know a lot of people see Jillian as this hardcore, scary trainer. While she does have the no B.S. side to her, she also has a very warm and down to earth side to her as well. She shared such an awesome message with us, and I loved every bit of it. I didnt want it to be over! She talked to us as her colleagues as we are all in the health and fitness industry, shared her struggles and gave us lots of advice. I took so much away from what she shared and while I already admired her, I admire her that much more. She has such a wonderful message to share & is not what others portray her to be at times. I loved her energy, her honesty and all the spunk that she shared with us!
By this time it was 1030 in the morning and I had already had my mind blown multiple times and got a short workout in. That is my kinda day!!
So after a quick coffee break, we were back at it learning about the business side of blogging. Katie knew I had overslept and asked me if I wanted to do a bootcamp workout with her at lunch. I wash’t feeling like myself since the only workout I had done all day was a little bit of Pilates, so I was like “heck yes!” — little did I know that this bootcamp was with the one and only Kasey from Powercakes! I am so glad that Katie told me about this workout and invited me. It was an awesome way to spend lunch.
The bootcamp was held at a park about a mile away from the convention center. California weather is so beautiful that it was great to get outside as almost all the other events were inside. This was my first bootcamp workout and I LOVED it. It inspired me to hold bootcamps in Seattle when the weather permits. Wouldn’t that be fun!? There is something about taking your workout outside that makes it more fun and the time goes by faster. The California sun is HOT, and since we were not close to the beach, we didn’t have any ocean air to cool us off, but thankfully there was shade at the park.
Kasey had us partner up with another person and then had us rotate through the different stations. My partner Melissa was a California native and USC student getting her MSW! OMG girl after my own heart!! (One of my college degrees is in Sociology, random I know) *Go Trojans!* I was so thankful we were able to motivate each other and push thru some of tougher stations. Our booties were feelin’ it!
My fav part of the workout was the ab partner workouts that we did at the end. I felt so much better after this workout and was really thankful that Katie invited me. I made new #fitfriends and had a blast.
(to see more pics and deets about the bootcamp, check out Kasey’s post HERE)
We walked back over to the conference center and got to meet the wonderfully awesome Shauna Harrison and learn about the new Under Amour #iwillwhatiwant campaign for women. Talk about a powerhouse campaign! I had seen some of the publicity, but hearing Shauna’s story was powerful. I connected so much with her because she has a background in sociology, latin american studies and Spanish too! Arriba las mujeres! 🙂 She finds her passion in fitness and has always pursued that on the side, but now is doing it full time – she even has a PhD! We got to workout with Shauna on Saturday morning…stay tuned for my post about the kick-butt workout!
WATCH THIS powerful video to see more about the campaign.
Later we heard inspiring stories from other bloggers and then we had our BlogFest party! I couldn’t believe it was already over! There were still 2 days left, but it wasn’t official “BlogFest” anymore.
They had light food and drinks at the party, but unfortunately it wasn’t anything that Katie or I could eat. We spent time networking with some more people, and then headed out to try to find a place for dinner. We were starved!
We ended up finding the COOLEST place to have dinner! Fire & Ice Grill. Seriously OMG – it was like Mongolian Grill on steroids! They had all different kinds of things your could add, from Asian inspired to Mexican. You could go back as many times as you wanted, and they even had burgers… like woah!
Here is my creation (before being cooked) 🙂
Katie and I are both anal about what is put on our food, sauces etc. We were so lucky that Dillion was the guy who cooked our food! He totally understood and was more than accommodating. I even asked him if we could take a #selfie – haha!
Katie took a lot more pics than I did, if you want to see more, check out her recap HERE
I am getting ready to leave again for California (NorCal this time!) so check back tomorrow for my post all about travel tips and tricks that I use when I hit the road!
Hello!! I am back from California, barely got home and I’m getting ready to leave again! My friends have been joking that for the amount of times I have been in Cali this summer I just need to move there…it’s kinda true. At least for the months of July and August, I should have just gotten a temporary rental 😛 In the midst of preparing to leave, I want to share with you all my experience that I had at IDEA World fitness conference and BlogFest with SweatPink!
Let me just start by saying that it was AMAZING – so much more than I could have ever imagined. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to go and connect with many other fitness professionals and bloggers.
I was so incredibly blessed to have the MOST awesome roommate – Katie aka SkinnyMinnie. She is a bikini competitor and was on prep the whole time we were in Cali. I bring food with me when I travel, but when you are a bikini competitor, its a whole other level. I have so much admiration for her and her hard work. She has an awesome e-book with recipes that you guys should check out on her blog!
I arrived in Cali on Wednesday. Katie and I actually ended up arriving in LA at the same time! So we were able to get to know each other on the shuttle ride to the hotel/convention center in Anaheim. We had only ever texted before that, so I was kinda nervous about meeting in person, but as soon as we met and started chatting, we really hit it off!
Once we got to the hotel, Katie went to go get a lift in, and I went exploring around the convention center. That place was huge! I checked in for the conference, got a huge goodie bag, and then went back to the room. I was trying to figure out where a grocery store was so that I could stock the huge fridge we had in our hotel room when my college friend Ari came to pick me up. She was in the area that day and we were able to see each other! I was so grateful that I got to see her along with a few other college friends. We had dinner in Downtown Disney (that place is overwhelming)
and Ari so graciously took me to the grocery store. I picked up somethings for Katie and I, and went back to the room to get to sleep as early as possible as the next day was starting early at 6am!
The first day was a lot of fun, but it was also long! It felt like 2 days, but it was only one. I got up to go for a run early at 6am before BlogFest officially started. I am still training for the half-marathon in October and being in California was certainly not an excuse to skip a run. It was a beautiful morning
I met up with some other people who were attending BlogFest while I was running and made some new running friends. I am used to running by myself so I was a little nervous about running with others, but it was so much fun!
This pic is from PavementRunner who organized the group run that morning. He is also the king of selfies!!
After changing my clothes, I got a coffee for Katie and I (we can’t live without coffee, she is a girl after my own heart) and headed over to the convention center for YOGA! It was so amazing to have 2 workouts completed before 8am. LOVED it. After the yoga session, we got started with the learning part of BlogFest and who better to kick it off than LORNA JANE herself!!!
I was dying inside, I could not believe that I was in the same room as this inspiring woman! I was obsessed with her clothing already (check it out HERE) and also love her #movenourishbelieve philosophy. It was so awesome to hear her speak on it LIVE and in person. If you are not familiar with her or her activewear, basically she is like the Lululemon of Australia. I hate to even compare her to Lululemon because the quality and fit of the clothes is so much better, and the person behind the business has a different outlook as well.
After we heard from some other bloggers, we had opening ceremonies where we heard Diana Nyad’s inspiring story as well as the story of Augie Nieto (which made me tear up). Talk about people who #nevergiveup!!! I was reminded during them sharing their stories why I love fitness. Not only does it transform you on the outside, it also transforms you on the inside. Plus the longevity and liveliness that fitness gives you keeps you young! I truly believe that fitness makes me a better wife, better sister and a better friend. I’m in a better mood when I workout on a regular basis, and I have become so much more disciplined.
ANYWAY – back to blogging…. after the very inspiring opening ceremonies, the HUGE expo hall opened! Holy cow was that place overwhelming. I walked in the door and the first booth I saw was Lorna Jane! (surprise surprise) I high-tailed it over there, and did plenty of shopping. I bought a few pieces that I had been eyeing online, and finally was able to see in person! We don’t have a store here in Seattle, so I always had to do all my shopping in California. Well, the girls at the booth told me the Seattle store is going to be opening in a few weeks! I CANNOT WAIT! I will be sure to post more about that here on the blog 😀 I got to meet Lorna, take my picture with her, and even have a conversation with her. I told her how much I admired her and her husband and the business that they have built together. The first time I visited a Lorna Jane store was last November, and I have been in love ever since. I also told her that I really admire the move, nourish, believe philosophy that she shares with the world. I am a #MNB girl at heart and it was so cool to meet her! (and of course the Aussie accent is to die for!)
I hung out at the booth a little bit longer and chatted with some of the girls working. The crazy part is I saw one of girls who helped me in the Lorna Jane store when I was in San Diego a few weeks ago. She remembered me! Crazy small world. I love my fellow MNB girls, and I can’t wait for the Lorna Jane store to open here!
I spent some more time walking around the expo hall, and then returned to sessions with other bloggers to learn all about how to be successful at blogging and share your passion. After that was over, I got to do PiYo with CHALENE JOHNSON herself!
Katie and I were front and center. It was so cool to get to do this workout with her live! For those of you who don’t know, PiYo is one of the workouts that I am certified in for group fitness. To be able to take a class that I am certified in and see how the creator herself cues people and leads the class was amazing. Not to mention it was a killer workout! I haven’t sweat that much doing PiYo in a LONG time. Loved it!
After PiYo (which was the 3rd workout of the day) we headed back to the room to freshen up for the SweatPink happy hour!
At happy hour we got to meet and talk with several big names in the fitness and wellness industry. We also were able to have some fun with a photo booth provided by Propel, and make new friends & network with other bloggers.
After we finished up at happy hour (and yes there really was beer and wine) Katie and I were famished, so we headed over to have dinner at a restaurant at the Hilton. They had a great menu which had lots of healthy options. Katie and I shared a shrimp & avocado cocktail, and I had a shrimp salad for dinner.
It was a great first day, so much more than I ever imagined. I got to meet 2 of my role-models (Chalene and Lorna), get my sweat on with my new #fitfriends that are also bloggers and learn a ton.
Tomorrow I will share with you what the rest of the IDEA experience was like, so stay tuned! You won’t want to miss it!
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Here in the PNW (Pacific Northwest), summer is known for the farmer’s markets that pop-up in almost every city. Obviously the most famous is the Pike Place Market that exploded into much more than a farmer’s market. It’s a huge tourist attraction but also home to some of the best artisan food in the Seattle area. Summer is the best time here in the PNW to hit up the farmer’s markets because this time of year is when we have the MOST locally available produce!! If you look at this CHART you can see the veggies that are available by season in the PNW, and this CHART will show you the fruit available by season in the PNW.
Looking at those, you can see why I go CRAZY in the produce section in the summer time!
I digress… you don’t have to go to a massive farmer’s market to find great, locally produced food. The smaller farmer’s markets have great products and items, and meeting the people who produce food locally and make a living off growing healthy, organic produce for us to eat is the best part!! (and what inspired me to write this post)
You may think, why does it matter where my food comes from? Well, let me give you a few reasons…
What are the advantages to buying locally produced food??
1) stay connected to the seasons
This is a pretty obvious one, but if you are eating locally produced food, that means that you will be eating what is available and in season in your area. For example, here in the PNW, in the winter time you won’t find any locally produced stone fruit (i.e: peaches, nectarines etc) 2) support independent farmers and food artisans 3) put a face behind the product
This is always fun, but my most favorite to date was a lady I met who was selling her farm fresh, pastured eggs. I thought it said “pasteurized” not pastured and I was so confused. So we had a great convo and I got to learn all about her chickens and they way they are raised etc. And let me tell you, those were some of the BEST eggs I’ve ever eaten! 4) discover unique and heirloom varieties This has to be one of my favorites. When seeking out local produce, I have found some of the most unique food varieties that are delicious! Had I stuck to the regular grocery store, I probably would have never tried them. 5) get the freshest produce available! hello, who doesn’t want the freshest produce? it tastes so much better and the shorter the time between farm and your table, the less likely it is that nutrients will be lost. Food imported from far away is older and it has traveled on trucks and/or planes & also sat in warehouses before we ever even see it 6) build local communities by supporting food that comes from our local community, we invest in our future & ensure that there will be a next generation of farmers. 7) cost effective
purchasing locally produced food can save you some $$$. If the food isn’t traveling very far, then we aren’t paying for all this shipping and transport. Sometimes it is a little more expensive to buy organic or locally grown, but when you think about the value you are getting for the quality of the food you are purchasing, it is usually worth it. All the locally produced food that we have purchased tastes so much better that it’s worth buying.
So you may think — “I wanna try out this locally produced food but I don’t have a farmer’s market in my area,” or “the farmer’s market in my area has horrible hours,” or “it’s not convenient for me to go out of my way to try the local food”… well I have good news for you!!
many grocery stores and health food stores are now telling you where the produce is coming from. I know that Kroger stores is letting you know what produce is local, and I have also seen that Whole Foods is putting up signs to indicate which products are locally produced. ALSO – for ultimate convenience, you can try a DELIVERY SERVICE! Yes, you read that right. A delivery service! This is so cool! Seriously! There are companies that will DELIVER – ORGANIC & LOCAL PRODUCE to your front door! So, so, so convenient!
There are several companies that do this in the PNW, and I have only tried one – FULL CIRCLE. Full Circle delivers to Washington, Idaho, Alaska and California. The produce is always good & you can customize your box every week. This is a super fun, easy & convenient way to try new kinds of produce and ensure you are eating healthy each week!
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Today we are talking’ FASHION! I love clothes and trying new trends. I can’t say that I have always been this way though…
Since loosing a lot of weight, I have enjoyed shopping for clothes much more. It is much more fun to be adventurous when you accept and love your body. A lot of my fashion sense is natural, but I also have help from my extremely stylish and talented sister. She is so naturally talented, it’s amazing. And then to top it off, she has a degree in style and design, so she’s my go to girl when it comes to putting outfits together for big events.
When we were in California my husband and I were at a business conference for a few of the days, so we were “dressed to impress”. Here are the 5 outfits that I wore over the course of the conference.
Tory Burch “Miller logo thong”-pewter
Statement necklace (from Nordstrom, not sure of brand)
Tory Burch logo leather wrap bracelet-Pewter What I loved: this outfit was SO comfortable! I felt stylish but also like myself. Nothing is worse than wearing something and not feeling like yourself in it. Easy to wear! (Thanks sissy!)
“shoes speak louder than words” top (from Nordstrom BP)
Chelsea 28 blazer-black
“Boyfriend” denim crops
Black and gold pumps (not visible here)
Black and gold accessories What I loved: again, COMFORT! My favorite part of this outfit was the shirt. Not only do I love what it says, but I also love the cut. You can’t see it well in this picture, BUT its kind of a boxy shape. It is not quite a crop top, but its shorter than a normal shirt and little bit baggy.
Joie blue sleeveless top (best Nordstrom Rack find ever!)
Top Shop track pants
Silver accessories (long necklace, bracelet and earrings) What I loved: the track pants! I wasn’t sure about this style, but after trying them on, I found that the “dressy” track pants are my preference (vs the knit ones) You can pair with a flowy top or a tight fitting top. They go great with flats or heels. So versatile and again, comfortable!
As my sister would tell you, accessories can make or break an outfit. A perfect example of this is how she helped me style the 2 outfits pictured below.
This is another style I wasn’t sure that I could pull off, but let me tell you, jumpsuits are the BOMB! They are so easy to style, fun to wear, and again, comfortable! I got so many compliments about this outfit. We were fortunate enough to go to a cocktail reception on Saturday night, and this is what I wore. I have lots of layered bracelets, a long pendent necklace from House of Harlow, and matching earrings. The accessories made the outfit pop. The best part is, I can accessorize it differently the next time I wear it.
Dress (borrowed from my sis, not sure of brand)
Hinge faded denim jacket
Kate Spade statement necklace – teal
Isola T-strap sandals – nude
Gold bracelets and earrings What I loved: the denim jacket! It has a little bit of stretch, and can be worn with so many different outfits and styled so many different ways. I also love these shoes. I got them last summer, and they are so comfy, but really take an outfit to the next level!
Here is the key takeaway that I learned when I was packing for this trip: bring lots of accessories, AND plan your outfits ahead of time! Nothing is worse than being on a trip and thinking “wait, what was I going to wear?”
I also learned – I have so much wardrobe potential waiting in my own closet!
I have been getting better about buying pieces that can be worn many different ways, which helps. But, as my sister showed me, you can wear the same outfit, but make it look completely different by buying a different necklace and bracelet — you don’t always have to go find a new dress! That is fun, but it also takes time, and sometimes we don’t always have time to go shop for new things. Next time you are feeling in a “clothing rut” – go check out the accessory department and see what you can use to jazz up an outfit that you already have!
XOXO – Sarah
P.S. Time has been flying by! I am in the process of writing a post recapping my whole time in California, and all the details of my trip will be included, so be on the look out for that this weekend!
How many of you are participating in the #sweet150challenge on Instagram with me??? (if you aren’t on Instagram, you can participate just by commenting below this post with your progress!)
If you don’t know what the #sweet150challenge is, it is running, walking or jogging 150 miles by August 31st! I know it may sound daunting, but it is totally doable. Even if you are getting a late start, do not give up! You may surprise yourself.
As I was telling my friend the other day, any miles that you walk count! Whether it is at an amusement park, out sightseeing on the weekend, or purposeful exercise, the point is to get out and move! This challenge came about as I am training for my first half marathon (in October) and I wanted to make it fun!
It works out to 3 miles a day, 5 days a week. Of course you can walk more or less each day, but you will be surprised how fast the miles add up! AND — even if you only make it to 75 miles, or 100 miles by the end of August, that is more that you may have done without participating in the challenge! It’s all about pushing ourselves to be better than we were yesterday.
Use this printable that I created to keep track of your miles! I can’t wait to see what progress you make! Remember to use the hashtag #sweet150challenge on Instagram so I can see your posts and follow along with you!
How many of you feel “bad” for things that you did or ate this last 4th of July weekend?? Did you over-indulge on something or skip a workout?
Guess what??? We are all human!!!
Did you enjoy this last weekend? If you enjoyed yourself, cut yourself a little slack. If there is something that you can learn from the mistake that you made, reflect on it, learn from it and move on! Get back on track today and make the commitment to yourself to not let something from a few days ago continue to bother you.
As far as holiday weekends go, this 4th of July weekend overall wasn’t too bad for me. I have had much worse in the past. However, I am guilty of feeling “bad” about something I ate and lecturing myself for not being able to get myself under control quicker.
The reality is, as I reminded myself, we only live once, and the french fries that I told myself I wasn’t going to eat but had a few of anyway will NOT affect me for the negative if I dont let them. I chose to eat them, so I ate them. Done and over! As I said previously, in reflecting on the weekend, it really wasn’t all that bad. For some reason, we are able to over exaggerate the circumstances in our head and make it into a much bigger guilt-trip for ourselves than necessary.
There is no need to beat ourselves up so much for things we chose to do. As I said earlier, learn from the choice (whether good or bad lesson) and move on.
I love this video posted by one of my #fitfriends and inspirations, Betty Rocker (aka: Bre). She is super fit, full of knowledge and has really motivated me in my journey. This video really hit home for me when I was reflecting on this weekend. There are so many great points – it’s a must watch! (it’s not Monday, but just humor me) Enjoy!