Gratitude Project - Week 48

Hi guys! I don't really have a whole lot that I'm feeling drawn to say at the moment so we're just going to jump right into the little bits of gratitude from this week!

DAY 330

Started off the morning with a run! Roxy and I ran a few miles in the early hours before the world was awake. Such a grounding way to start the day!

DAY 331

I've been working on my heart openers in my yoga practice lately. So challenging because they're not at all my favorite thing to do. But I think that working on things I'm not good at really helps to better be in my practice.

DAY 332

First day of hunting season here in PA. The only thing I went hunting for was all of my bright clothing to wear on my run! I always wear black so dressing up in my brightest brights was fun for a change!

DAY 334

Blurry picture of my ride home from work. I worked late and it was dark before I left work. I drove home listening to music and watching the sunset before me.

DAY 335

I set a mile PR running this morning! It feels so good because I have struggled with injuries the past 2 years of running. Running faster and pain free was one of the best feelings.

DAY 336

Roxy got her elf costume in the mail today! She is so cute, I seriously can't handle it!

DAY 337

I took a painting class with my mom and sister tonight. I've never done something like this but we had such a good time!


That's all for this week. Thanks for joining! xx

Women's Gift Guide 2016 - Vegan Friendly + Giveaway!

There's less than one month left until Christmas and if you're still out there looking for a gift for that vegan gal in your life then look no further! Today I'm sharing 5 vegan friendly gifts ideas including a unique watch, some delicious chocolate that goes to a good cause, and a few other fun things to give that special person in your life. I do enjoy going to the mall during the holidays but I think it's more about the experience than the actual gift buying. Shopping in stores can be stressful and a waste of time during the holiday rush. That's why I like to order my gifts online and have them sent straight to my door. Then I can go out and experience a stress free experience at the mall during all of the festivities. To help you do the same I've put together a list of some of my favorite things to gift this holiday season.

JORD Frankie Series Watch

I received a beautiful Zebrawood and Champagne watch from JORD Watches this past week. Upon opening the package I immediately fell in love with the simplistic and sophisticated nature of the wooden watch. It comes safely set inside of a gorgeous finished wooden box that has quickly became the home of my watch whenever it's not on my wrist.


 In a society filled with a deeply rooted attachment to our cell phones this watch becomes a great accessory to step away from your phone and get lost in your life but not lose track of time. 
JORD offers a variety of watch styles and wood finishes to make sure that you're gifting the right watch to fit the unique style of that special person in your life. This is one of my favorite gift ideas because it is something that will last for years to come. Oftentimes we buy things for each other just to buy them and the gifts become easily disposable without meaning attached to them. Gifting a one of a kind wooden watch is a way to give the gift of sustainably and value that will last for years to come after the holiday season. But before you order, head down to the bottom of this post and enter into the JORD giveaway!

Patagonia Re-Tool Snap-T

If you're living in an area of winter wonderland like me then gifting this Patagonia pull over will be greatly appreciated, guaranteed. Warm, soft, high quality, and environmentally friendly. There's not much more that you could ask for in a clothing item. Patagonia is an environmentalist clothing company that is active in creating a better future in hopes to protect and preserve the environment. 

Rescue Chocolate

Okay, I haven't had a chance to try this out yet. But I'm very much into supporting this company and will be trying it soon. All vegan, fair trade, and organic chocolate that gives proceeds to animal rescue charities. How. Awesome. Their site has a wide variety of chocolate flavors to choose from making this gift the perfect stocking stuffer for that animal lover in your life.

Pacifica Fragrance Set

You can't go wrong with gifting a fragrance set from Pacifica. I promise. I have a variety of their products and they are all amazing and yield delicious smelling results. The Malibu Lemon Blossom is one of my favorites but whatever one you decide upon won't leave you disappointed. 

Pura Botanica Candles

I love receiving candles for any occasion. A candle gift is always a good gift to me. This chai candle by Pura Botanica, an all natural and ethical bath and body company, would be the perfect addition to any of the gifts above. When gifting I always seem to compliment my gifts with a candle. It just seems right. And when the company that you're supporting when buying the candle believes in the same things that you do, then all is right with the world.


I hope that this helps you find a gift that you've been searching for so that you can cross off one more thing on that holiday to-do list. And before you dash off to order a gift or head to the mall grab a green smoothie and enter this giveaway hosted by JORD. The winner gets a $75 e-gift code and anyone else who enters automatically gets a $20 e-gift code. Happy gifting and good luck!

Gratitude Project - Week 47

Thanksgiving week here and gone! Thanksgiving is such a good opportunity to check in and remind ourselves of all of the good things in our lives. I've been working on that a little bit each day throughout this Gratitude Project and as the weeks pass by and I get closer to the end I've realized how important it is to recognize the good even if you're swimming in a sea of bad. Positivity is powerful and we have the opportunity to change our thoughts and our lives by making the simple decision to find the good moments dispersed throughout our days. It takes a bit of practice and sometimes it's not an easy task but we're capable of achieving whatever we put our minds to. Direct that energy towards all of the good in life and watch the world transform.

DAY 323

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Darrin and I took an impulsive trip to State College today. We had no plans in mind and just let the afternoon unfold as it did. It was snowy and cold but the streets were vacant and all was quiet.

DAY 324

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First official snow of the season!! 

DAY 325

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Christmas cat. Thanksgiving is in a few days but I'm already excited for all things Christmas and I think that Coale is too!

DAY 326

I let Roxy out tonight and the contrast between the sky and the Christmas lights was so pretty. I love little details.

DAY 327

Chocolate cupcakes with the best peanut butter icing... recipe coming soon! I baked cupcakes and the whole house smelled like warm chocolate. I'm working on my gluten free baking skills and having fun with baking again. 

DAY 328

Thanksgiving and the first day day of the Running Streak hosted by Runners World. Super excited about both things! Lots of things to be grateful for today and everyday. 

DAY 329

Taking a break from Black Friday shopping to grab a Pumpkin Shake at Burgatory. Slightly obsessed with their vegan shakes and 100% okay with that. Veganism is becoming so much easier while going out to eat and I am so grateful. 


That's it for this week! Thanks for joining me. Much love. xx

Healthy Relationship with Holiday Meals

Holidays can be tough if you struggle with your relationship with food. I get it. There can be a lot of pressure surrounding what's on your plate during the holidays.

Here's the thing though, it doesn't have to be like that.

Seriously! It doesn't.

Finding that sweet spot surrounding food is key to having a stress free and feel good holiday season.

Allow yourself to eat whatever the heck you want without feeling the pressure to eat all of the foods and as much of them as possible just because of the holidays. I found that was always a struggle for me because I felt like I had to "take advantage" of the special day. It's not everyday that it's socially acceptable to stuff yourself full of hearty foods. As a society we typically are dieting and thinking that cheat meals and "guilt free" foods are the norm. And while they are normal, that doesn't mean that they're okay. Things like that play with our heads.
But it doesn't have to be that way. If you live a life of freedom surrounding food everyday then you'll start to feel a release of the pressure to look at food in a negative light. And I'll let you in on a little secret, those foods will most likely be there tomorrow for you to snack on, too. There are always lots of leftovers at my holiday meals because so much food ends up arriving to dinner and it's not realistic to be able to eat it all. So it'll be there. And if it's not, it can always be made again.
Eat what you want and when you want. But don't feel like it's your last meal and you need to consume as much as you can. Eat your food, really focus on tasting and enjoying it, and listen to your body.

I find that to be the best thing that I've done for myself around holiday meals but another thing that also helped me is remembering the reason for the celebration. We gather together around the holidays to spend time with the ones that we love. We don't do it to eat all of the pumpkin pie or stuff ourselves full of mashed potatoes. The core meaning is always about connection and community. The food is just an added bonus. But when you start to realize that you're there for reasons other than food then you start to feel more relaxed with the situation. Food is great but loved ones and our memories created with them are greater.

Be kind to yourself. Focus on your own wants and needs this holiday season. You know what is best for you and your situation and following that intuition is super important. 
I hope that you all have a great holiday weekend filled with lots of love, laughter, and good food. xo

 

Coco-Nutmeg Bliss Balls

Anyone else completely obsessed with bliss balls? I know that I can't be alone when it comes to being head over heels in love with these gooey little creations. There is just too much to love about them to not be obsessed. You can make infinite flavors and sizes that will satisfy your sweet tooth for hours on end.

While making these I just kind of did it. I love just trying things and seeing what happens. Experiments are so good for the soul. I went with my intuition and put ingredients in that I knew I wanted to eat. No plan, just bliss balls in mind. I trusted that I'd create some good stuff. And that's exactly what happened.

A soft, sweet encasement of warming spices and a hint of coconut combined for a favorite on the go snack. Let's get to blending.

COCO-NUTMEG BLISS BALLS

makes 6-8 bliss balls

2 cups dates, soaked for 10 minutes
1/3 cup walnuts
1 tablespoon lucuma powder
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Shredded coconut

Add dates, walnuts, lucuma, hemp seeds, and nutmeg to blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Remove from blender and roll into medium sized balls. I find that wetting my hands makes it easier to roll them out without being too sticky. Coconut oil on your hands or letting the dough set in the fridge to cool down would work too. Once balls are made, roll in shredded coconut. Serve, enjoy!

Keep up to 7 days in the refrigerator.