Thursday, October 8

20 Fall Inspired Superfood Smoothie Recipes To Try!

the best fall smoothie recipe roundup

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." - Anne of Green Gables

Even though it might not *feel* like fall where I live, the season is upon us with pumpkin spiced EVERYTHING everywhere I look. But you know I'm all about healthier options so I put together a master list of my favorite 20 smoothie recipes inspired by all the flavors floating around this time of year. I have a goal to not gain any weight between now and the end of the year so Shakeology is clutch for me because it is a dense nutrition shake that fills all the gaps in my daily nutrition so that my body is fueled with superfoods, vitamins, protein, and even gut-helping probiotics. It's my supplement of choice and for the last two years it has been my secret weapon in helping me lose 70 pounds. Remember to be careful with your add ins if you are counting your sugar or carbs. Also, you can substitute other liquids like cashew milk, water, or flavored almond milks for the liquids I wrote in. And feel free to add more ice if you like your smoothies extra thick! (Also, duh, this post contains affiliate links.)

White Chocolate Pumpkin Smoothie: 1 scoop chocolate shakeology, 1.5 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree, 1/2 cup greek yogurt, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, 1 cup ice

#PSL Smoothie: 1 scoop vanilla shakeology, 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup black coffee (cooled), 1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, 1 cup ice

Apple Pie Smoothie: 1 scoop vanilla shakeology, 1.5 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg, 1 cup ice

Pumpkin Chai Latte Smoothie: 1 scoop vanilla or vegan chocolate shakeology, 1/2 c. brewed black chai tea (cooled), 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree, 1 tsp raw honey or maple syrup, 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 tsp finely chopped ginger, 1 cup ice

Chocolate Chai Smoothie: 1 scoop vegan chocolate shakeology, 1/2 c. brewed black chai tea (cooled), 1 cup almond milk, 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, 1 cup ice

Caramel Apple Smoothie: 1 scoop vanilla shakeology, 1.5 cup almond milk, 1/2 green apple (diced), 1 tsp. caramel extract, 1 cup ice

Salted Caramel Smoothie: 1 scoop vegan chocolate shakeology, 1.5 cup almond milk, 1 tsp caramel extract, dash sea salt, 1 cup ice

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie: 1 scoop vanilla shakeology, 1.5 cup almond milk, 1 tbs organic pumpkin puree, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1 cup ice

Maple Almond Smoothie: 1 scoop vegan chocolate shakeology, 1.5 cup almond milk, 2 tsp pure maple syrup, 1 tbs almond butter, 1 cup ice

Spiced Pear Smoothie: 1 scoop vanilla shakeology, 1.5 cup almond milk, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 small pear (diced), 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 cup ice

The Spicy Mayan Smoothie: 1 scoop vegan chocolate shakeology, 1.5 cup almond milk, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 dash cayenne pepper, 1 cup ice

Apple Cider Smoothie: 1 scoop vanilla shakeology, 1/2 apple (diced), 1/2 frozen banana, 1.5 cup almond milk, 1 tsp. maple syrup, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, dash nutmeg, 1 cup ice

Pumpkin Apple Breakfast Smoothie: 1 scoop vanilla shakeology, 1.5 cup almond milk, 2 tsp old fashioned rolled oats, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 small apple (diced), dash pumpkin pie spice, 1 cup ice

Pumpkin Brownie Smoothie: 1 scoop vegan chocolate shakeology, 1.5 cup almond milk, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree, 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, 1 tbs. dairy free chocolate chips, 1 cup ice

White Chocolate Cashew Smoothie: 1 scoop vanilla shakeology, 1.5 cup vanilla cashew milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tbs white chocolate chips, 1 cup ice

Candy Apple Smoothie: 1 scoop vegan chocolate shakeology, 1.5 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup apple sauce, 1 tbs peanut butter, 1 tsp caramel extract, 1 cup ice

Bananas Foster Smoothie: 1 scoop vanilla shakeology, 1.5 cup vanilla cashew milk, 1 frozen banana, 1 tsp. caramel extract, 1 cup ice

Snickerdoodle Smoothie: 1 scoop vanilla shakeology, 1.5 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup greek yogurt, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 cup ice

Banana Bread Smoothie: 1 scoop vanilla shakeology, 1.5 cup vanilla cashew milk, 1/2 frozen banana, 2 tbs walnuts, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 cup ice

Cranberry Pom Smoothie: 1 scoop vanilla shakeology, 1.5 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup pomegranate arils, 1/2 cup fresh canberries, 1 cup ice

(If you want to try Shakeology this month you can actually get the entire 21 Day Fix program (plus containers and a cooler-style tote bag for just $10 more with this discount code: US link, Canadian link and you'll gain admission to my online accountability group to help you stay on track with your fitness goals this month! Just email me after you order of if you have questions!) 


Wednesday, October 7

Inspiring Words: What Are You Capable of Giving?

"When it comes to your business, your writing, your body, or your body of work, there are always going to be people sprinting ahead of you and lagging behind you. Doesn’t matter.
Obsessing over them — and making up stories about them — is just a way of diverting your focus and energy away from where it needs to be.
(This is a lesson I keep forgetting — and re-learning.)
“Other people” are not your competitors and they are not your concern.
Your only concern is what you can give.
You. Right now.
What are you capable of giving today?
I guarantee:

It’s more than you think."


Monday, October 5

WILD & PRECIOUS (Part 1) // We Bought A Truck!

we bought a truck thanks to beachbody coaching success

"Tell me, what do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" 
- Mary Oliver

Let me start by saying that I never thought this would be a blog post I'd be writing. It's funny the way life works sometimes isn't it? I never thought this would be the HOW to get me to the WHAT. But the what was always in the back of my mind. You see, I've always loved to travel, and I'd rather spend my money on an experience than a thing more times than not. When my husband married me he was shocked to discover that I started to get ancy if we didn't go on some sort of trip every few months. Nothing crazy, a road trip, a weekend trip, a day away from our own town exploring new things... I like seeing this beautiful world. And I want to see as much of it as I can in my lifetime!

Have you ever seen something so beautiful that you had an emotional reaction to it? Like the stars and the air and the sound of the waves and the height of that mountain are just so incredible that your soul starts to leak out of your eyes a little bit just to be closer to them? I feel that way almost every time we travel. I like to touch the rocks and feel the history. I like to imagine the generations of people who stepped in that spot before, the lifetimes of stories and memories and hopes and dreams and tough times represented in a single place. It makes me feel big and small all at one time. We knew we wanted to travel as much as possible. But we never knew how we would accomplish it. Until now.

We are hitting the road!!!

I can't share much more about it just yet since details are not finalized and I'm superstitious about that sort of thing. But don't worry, as soon as I can I'll shout it from the rooftops because I hate having to keep secrets and it's killing me to be so excited about something I can't really share about yet!

bought a truck and hitting the road

Back to this truck situation! I never thought I'd be the owner of a truck like this, or to have the reasons to buy it but I'm so excited and feeling so blessed that because of my coaching business we are now going to be able to not only have the freedom in our schedule to be able to hit the road but also the means to be able to make it happen financially! I wasn't sure how to even begin to talk about this but I want to share in case my story can help inspire someone else to see that they have within them the capability to change their life too!

Two years ago this would never have been a possibility. Both because of our jobs and because we were on a tight budget with no wiggle room for big purchases or anything that had the potential to cause unpredictability in the future. We had bad credit and debt and felt very stuck in the fact that we couldn't seem to get ahead no matter how hard we were working. Every trip we took we had to book jobs while we were traveling to finance it which was a blessing but also a huge stress to never actually get to fully be on vacation or relaxed. To always have to worry about carting our gear around and to have to be working on every trip. As much as we loved what we were doing, we also longed to be able to be free to travel with no strings attached.

When I first started my business I saw stories of peers who were doing incredible things beyond just getting healthy and inspiring other people to get healthy too. But they were paying off debt, paying off their homes, able to finally buy their family a nice car. And I saw that and I'll be honest, part of me thought "HECK YES!" and another small part of me thought, "But that's them, not you." Luckily, every day since then I've told that other small part of me to shut up and step aside because I've got no time for those limiting self beliefs anymore! And neither should you!

This truck is a HUGE milestone in our life for a few reasons. Number 1 because it is something we would have NEVER been able to do two years ago. We would have never been approved for it. We would have never been able to put down a generous down payment. And we would never have been able to have a plan in place to pay it completely off in less than a year. This strategic move to help improve our credit so that we can buy a home next year would NEVER have been a possibility and we feel soooooo happy that we can do this for our family! (I am so excited for the future post when I get to triumphantly exclaim that this bad boy is paid off! Be on the lookout for that one in 2016!)

So we are now the proud owners of what I am affectionately calling THE BEAST and we can't wait for all that it will drive us to! Yesterday while we were riding around with the windows down I got teary eyed and looked at Nate and said, "We are going to see oceans, and mountains, and glaciers, and world wonders out these very windows in these very seats!" And he smiled back because it's true. We are going to be able to create experiences and memories for our family that we never imagined possible.

It really just goes to show that sometimes the answer doesn't show up in the form you think it might. Coaching was not what I was expecting to be the path that would take my life and flip it upside down. I never thought hitting the road would be how we were able to experience travel in the ways that we always hoped and dreamed we'd be able to. But here we are. Keep your eyes open to the opportunities that knock on your door. Or, that you stumble upon. You never know when it's going to be the answer you didn't even know you were looking for!

And stay tuned for part 2 where I share the rest of the story! AHHH! I'm so excited!


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Monday, September 28


the lifechanging magic of tidying up

You might be wondering where we are at in our big living style overhaul we've affectionately dubbed "Project Downsize". Well... we're doing pretty good! We got a bit derailed when things got busy and stalled out. Some areas of our house feel awesome and others are still in that it-gets-worse-before-it-gets-better stage.

Since we started we have completely renovated and made over our living areas in our living room, dining nook, and we now for the first time ever have a dining room! I'm just waiting on a few pieces of furniture to be assembled and I'll post photos. You aren't going to believe the before and afters. In case you're new here, this year we decided it was time for a major PURGE and have been slowly plugging away at it ever since. I've taken more trips to the Goodwill drop off than I can count at this point and we've still got a huge section of our garage that is holding things that still need to be dropped off. It's incredible how much CRAP you accumulate in 4 years in a house!

Here's what we've accomplished so far...

➳ Go though all our clothes and donate everything that doesn't fit/that we haven't work in 6+ months
➳ Go through our son's clothes and donate everything he's grown out of (saving a few special pieces)
➳ Undertake a Great Toy Purge and donate everything he's outgrown or lost interest in
➳ Clean out all the clutter from the living room
➳ Throw away all the toys that are broken or have too many missing pieces to use
➳ Clear out all the shelves in our various bookshelves and donate books/trinkets that are just collecting dust
➳ Sell the furniture and decorations we no longer enjoy and replace them.
➳ Repaint the den in brighter, fresh colors. Add mirrors to bounce light around.
➳ Clear my computer desktop and files

Here's what we did once but already needs to be done again... whoops... 

➳  Go through our son's clothes and donate what he's grown out of
➳ Go through our son's toy's and donate what he has lost interest in
➳ Clear my computer desktop and files
➳ Go through our clothes and shoes and donate what no longer fits

Here's what's left...

➳ Clear out our pantry and donate all the non-perishables that we don't eat or don't want
➳ Clean out all our cupboards and donate all the kitchen goods we don't use/don't need
➳ Go through the closets and clear out what we no longer need
➳ Declutter the guest room
➳ Declutter the master bedroom
➳ Clean out the garage. UGHHHHH. Enough said.
➳ Clean out the shed. (This one is terrifying because I'm fairly sure a mouse family lives in there)

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Sunday, September 27

How To Stop Obsessing About That Time You Failed

If you have a true artistpreneur heart then you know the blaze and burn of falling hard for an idea and throwing yourself into it only to flame out (for whatever reason) and be left with the ashes and embarrassment. I get it. It's part of our MO. It's in our DNA. It's what makes us great! (And possibly hard to live with, haha!)

But in the moment it can feel like the world (or our career) is ending and all we want to do is obsess and hide and drive ourselves crazy with negative talk about how we are such losers and why do we even try?

So here's 5 tips for how to STOP OBSESSING over that time you failed and to help you get back on track and moving forward. Ready? Let's go.

1. Own it, but don't BE it - You can admit that something didn't work without it having to define you. Separate a fail from your identity. Just because your idea wasn't the right one (yet) doesn't mean that you yourself are a failure. Personalizing a failure is a low blow to your self esteem and you don't need that. (Nor do you deserve it!) Remember that failing means that you are trying and with each failure you are one step closer to an answer that works!

2. Honor your feelings - It's never good to just pretend that you don't feel a certain way. So however you feel over this allow yourself to feel it and honor that feeling. Are you sad? Disappointed? Frustrated? Angry? It's all okay! Feel it. Give yourself 24 hours to fully give in to whatever you feel. Then it's time to take steps to move on.

3. Burn it down - Not literally. Calm down. This is something my mom told me to do in college when I was having a really hard time letting go of some stuff and it works like magic! Maybe it is magic. Who knows. Either way... write it down. The failure, your fears, your feelings. All of it. Purge it onto a page. Then take that paper and light it on fire. Burn it completely up and let the ashes blow away along with your fears and your failure. Let it all go with the wind!

4. Clear the air - Now that you got all those yuck thoughts and fears and hangups out of your head and out of your life, why not clean your physical space so you can give your mental space a break too! I don't know about you but when my physical space is stuffy and cluttered my head is too. And I tend to let things go amok when I'm in hermit woe-is-me mode. Grab a sage smudge stick from your local hippie hot spot (or you can even find these at Whole Foods now-a-days) and use it to clear your space. Sage has been used in ceremonies for centuries to clean and purify a space. Amplify your work by choosing a positive mantra or prayer to say while you walk through your workspace or living space with your sage.

5. Release the opinions of others - Most the time when we fail, it's not even the failure that freaks us out the most, it's the thought of "what will everything think of me now?!" that shakes us up. We all have such a deep rooted fear of losing the respect of others. Forbes magazine had a great quote about this that said, "What one person considers to be true about you is not necessary the truth about you, and if you give too much power to others’ opinions, it could douse your passion and confidence, undermining your ability to ultimately succeed."
Images via Wildfox's Current Lookbook, with which I am utterly obsessed. 
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