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Holiday Gift Ideas For $25 Or LESS!

Christmas is in 19 days…are you freaking out yet?

For once in my life I’m actually VERY calm.

The past few years I’ve ended up spending hundreds of dollars buying everyone in my family gifts, gifts for holiday parties, gifts for work events, gifts for friends, gifts for fitness instructors…etc but this year I’m really trying to make the holidays as affordable (but still enjoyable) as possible. 

To do that my family and I are doing a “Secret Santa” exchange so I only have to buy 1 nice gift…WIN! My friends and I are not doing gifts and instead are doing “experiences” like meeting up for wine tasting or happy hours…WIN! And for everyone else I’ve picked out 5 gifts (under $25) that I personally own and am OBSESSED with that I think everyone else would enjoy too.

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Fitness Tips, Healthy Living, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Product, Quick Tips, Reviews

What Is Collagen & Why Is Everyone So Obsessed With It?

collagen

I’m sure you all have seen posts raving about collagen all over social media these days BUT what is it and can it really do all the incredible things it’s suppose to do?

I’ve been holding off doing this post for awhile because I wanted to speak about collagen from my own personal experience. For the past 6 months I’ve been using Vital Protein’s collagen mostly to help with my joints from running, prevent bone loss/ damage from my awful shin splints and decrease my anixety. With all the miracle supplements on the market I never expected to notice a difference from collagen but spolier alter…I fell in love with this supplement and really am a believer in the power of collagen.

But before I get into my personal thoughts/feelings/opinions about collagen let’s start with the basics…

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Friday Favorites, Healthy Living, Product, Reviews

Friday Favorites

Hey Hey Hey!

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week…uhhhh where did the time go?

Last year I made a ton of fun Thanksgiving recipes for the blog and I’m sorry guys but the holidays kind of snuck up on me this year…ooops! Don’t worry though I do have one fun Thanksgiving appetizer to share next week that is so delicious and literally takes 2 minutes to throw together. 

Stay tuned!

Today I figured it had been awhile since I’d done a Friday Favorites post and I have discovered some pretty amazing products over the past month. These aren’t just products I’ve had once and liked…these are products that since I’ve tried them they have become weekly necessitates when going to the grocery store…sorry wallet.

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Breakfast, Cookbook, Fitness, Food, Healthy Living, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Reviews, Snacks

Hydrating Coconut Kale Smoothie

coconut kale smoothie

I’ve talked a lot about how I’m taking some time to honor my body and cut back on my workouts but what I haven’t touched on is what I’m doing with my food intake.

I’ve done a ton of research (googling) on what to eat to help balance your hormones and consuming enough healthy fats seems to be one of the best things you can do as a natural remedy.

More avocados, almond butter, coconut oil, salmon…. YES PLEASE!

In my attempts to add more healthy fats into my diet I consulted the bible aka Run Fast Eat Slow* the incredible cookbook for athletes by Olympic marathoner Shalane Flanagan & chef Elyse Kopecky and found myself fascinated with their views on healthy fats and their role in keeping the body balanced. Just listen…

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My Thoughts On 5 Of The Most Popular Nutrition Bars

nutrition bars

Not all nutrition bars are created equal.

Not at all actually!

At this point there are SO MANY different options out there for “healthy” nutrition bars it’s hard to know which ones are actually good for you and which are simply candy bars in disguise. 

For this post I decided to do a little taste test/ ingredient review on 5 “healthy” nutrition bars that I’ve seen all over social media lately. I tried multiple flavors of each bar before writing this and randomly chose the flavors I took pictures of. This post is NOT sponsored and all my thoughts are my own.

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Breakfast, Food, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips, Reviews

Why You Should Start Every Day With A Green Smoothie!

What you eat for breakfast sets the tone for your entire day.

Think about it…

If you start your day with a doughnut and sugary coffee you’re going to be a lot less likely to  eat healthy throughout the rest of that day. I don’t know about you but when I start my day wrong my mind immediately goes to “SCREW IT MODE” and I just figure I’ll get back on track the next day. Hello cheat day that turns into cheat week that turns into 20 unwanted pounds.

You guys, I’m telling you simply starting your day off with something healthy makes a world of difference in your energy, food cravings and overall mindset.

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Food, Reviews

5 Things You HAVE To Do In The Pacific Northwest!

I still can’t believe I’ve lived in California my entire life and waited this long to make the short trip up to the Pacific Northwest (Washington and Oregon). I truly fell in love with it’s beauty and can’t wait to go back!

I only had 6 days in the Pacific Northwest and had to squeeze running my first marathon in there so there was no time for relaxing. But hey that’s the way my family does vacations…go, go, go and see as much as you can.

So for a little trip recap I wanted to highlight 5 things you can’t miss when visiting the Pacific Northwest! There’s 845794385 things I wish I could have fit in to this trip but these are just 5 highlights for me!

Please feel free to add some suggestions in the comments 🙂

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Got a little throwback action going on today of my dad and I circa 1990..chubby cheeks and everything haha!

What’s really not fair is that my dad looks EXACTLY the same in 2016…really? What are you secrets dad? I may just have to feature my dad on the blog to talk about his daily energy drinks that contain every vitamin on the planet or how he stays motivated to workout every day. 

With that, let’s introduce my dad Mark aka King Leonidas from 300 (he wishes)  He’s a big weight lifter, loves craft beer and is always seeking some kind of adventure whether it be in Southern Utah or just in the backyard.

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Friday Favorites

Hello and happy happy Friday!

I haven’t done one of these “Friday Favorites” posts in awhile so figured it was time.

As usual most of the things I’m currently obsessing over are food and running related but hey that’s kind of my life right now.

I apologize in advance for the picture quality in this post. I was just snapping pictures of everything as I was using/ eating it this week.

Anyway, let’s get right into 6 things I’ve been LOVING lately!

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Guilt Free Protein Ice Cream Sandwich

HAPPY FRIDAY!

We’ve officially (almost) made it to the weekend!

This was my first week working at Perfect Bar and to say I’m exhausted would be an understatement. This isn’t just another new job for me this is an actual career! Working for Perfect Bar is a dream come true and I’ve put 110% of my heart and soul into this first week.

Normally I’d say bring on a glass or ummm BOTTLE of wine to celebrate and relax but I’m holding strong to my no booze until after my marathon promise.

SO…option #2:  A guilt free protein ice cream sandwich instead???

YES PLEASE!

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