Our Bend Getaway | Part 1 | Lots of Driving, Yoga & The High Desert Museum

Day 1. 

It may have taken 4 hours and 15 minutes, a stop to pick up lunch provisions, two stops to clean up vomit (we have come to learn that Alder has a bit of a weak stomach) and the same two Daniel Tiger episodes over and over again but we made it to Bend! I was hoping we might be able to stop on the way to Bend to get out and enjoy a bit of the beautiful scenic spots but with two little ones those plans changed. At least I wore my comfy prAna clothes that ended up being perfect for a hike or for staying comfy in the car.prAnaStyle 06Our first stop when we got to Bend was to pick up food to stock our rental house and then straight to the rental to relax and unwind. Neil walked over and picked us up a coffee and then I started to prep dinner, tofu with tons of veggies and rice. I have to say I just love renting houses rather than staying in hotels because it means cooking meals and it’s so much easier with two little ones. We lucked out that our place here in Bend is super walkable and we were able to find a park for the kids to burn off some energy at before bed. 

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Day 2.

We started our morning with breakfast at the house and coffee out and then we headed off to the High Dessert Museum. We had heard amazing things about it and it was so much fun and just beautiful. We spent most of our day enjoying their outdoor exhibits and nature path. I even made a quick stop to do a little yoga stretching. Luckily walking around in prAna gear seems to be pretty standard for Bend and it makes stopping for a quick yoga sesh super easy. 

 

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After our visit to the museum we went to Spork for lunch and then spent the a few hours lounging around the house before heading out for a 4.4 mile walk around the city. We walked down to the water and over to the Old Mill District and ended our night at Next Level Burger before heading back to the house once again. I always love to do as much walking around new cities as possible because it really allows me to get to know the city and plus it’s a great workout. Now I am ending night #2 on the couch watching The Returned and snacking on Dayia smoked gouda and crackers because if I’m going to be real Next Level Burger was kind of a bust. I’m not sure what we will do for our last day in Bend but I am sure a lot more exploring will happen and coffee, lots of coffee. 

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As you all already know prAna is my go to when it comes to active clothes. I fell in love with them about a year ago and I just can’t get enough. I am in love with their new Spring line which features the tank above. For all you plus sized girls most of their tops and bottoms fit super well and leave you feeling confident and not like an encased sausage. I am also loving that I can buy clothes from them with confidence due to their partnership with bluesign® systems to ensure that the fabrics they use meet the highest environmental and human safety standards. If you also want to join the prAna obsession I have a 15% off promo code for prAna for you: PSSS16RWTG.

What are you favorite things to do in Bend? Do you prefer active getaways or the sit back and relax type? Is purchasing environmentally conscious clothing important to you? 

This post was sponsored by Fit Approach on behalf of prAna. All opinions and enthusiasm are my own.  

Fueled By Hemp | Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Bars

#fueledbyhemp3You know that episode of The Office at Pam and Jim’s wedding when Michael turns to Pam’s mom and asks if she has a snack and well she does? That’s me except this has been the case for many years before having children. I have always been that person that has to have a snack in their bag where ever they go. These snacks aren’t just for myself but for anyone I’m with who might be hungry especially my husband. To keep up with supply and demand I am always keep a variety of bars in my bag. 

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The newest addition to my snack bar supply is Manitoba Harvest’s Hemp Heart Bar. There are three different flavours- chocolate, apple cinnamon and vanilla and these bars contain 10 grams of plant based protein and 10 grams of omegas. Basically these bars pack a nutritional punch. 

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Now I’ll say this about these bars they taste like you’re eating a flavored, lightly sweetened handful of hemp seeds. Their taste is nutty and they are sweet without being sugary. If you love hemp seeds you’ll be all over these bars. My favorite of the three flavors is the vanilla. What flavor do you like/would you like to try?

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Manitoba Harvest in partnership with Fit Approach. All opinions are my own.

Healthy Snack Ideas for the New Year | Featuring Blue Diamond Almonds

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This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.

Happy New Year! I don’t know about you but these past few weeks I have been eating out more, indulging in a few extra sweets and I surely haven’t had enough water. I know it might be a bit cliche but I’m ready to get back on track for the new year. We have so many exciting plans this year from a potential bigger trip, hopefully a new addition to the family (TTC #3) and living a more minimalist and conscious life. For me a big part of living a more conscious life is being more aware of the food I put in my body and eating as healthy as possible but also leaving room for some more indulgent treats and meals along the way. 

I have spent the past few weeks evaluating what I eat and how it makes me feel as well as things I could improve upon. I have noticed that I have been doing a lot less snacking which might work for some people but I just end up ravenous come meal time and end up eating a lot larger meals which in the end makes me feel full and a bit tired. To keep my energy levels up so I can chase two little ones I am working on incorporating more snacks and smaller meals into my day.

When it comes to snacking you won’t find me eating a rice cake and three carrot sticks. My requirements for snacks are that they must be satisfying, quick, easy and taste good. One snack I have been really into these days are apple rounds with a spread of nut butter and toppings such as nuts, seeds, dried fruit, coconut flakes and chocolate chips.  My favorite combo right now is Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds, tart dried cherries and maple vanilla almond butter.

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When I am on the go I need quick and easy snacks that I can just toss in a bag and eat while out at a playdate, running errands or on a hike. For me this is often an apple, banana or orange and some nuts. Because I like to have a little chocolate everyday I enjoy incorporating it into a daily snack. Since mandarins are in season right now I have been enjoying a few of those, a handful of lightly salted Blue Diamond Almonds and a square of chocolate. There is something about orange and chocolate that I just absolutely love; reminds me of the chocolate oranges I used to get as a child. I also love a big bowl of berries and almonds during berry season, add a piece of dark chocolate and you’ve got the perfect snack. This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.-4

Having easy to go to snacks like these have been great lately. I know we are only a few days into the new year but I am already feeling like I am on a healthier path and that 2016 is going to be an amazing year. I am still working on my goals for the new year but plan to share them with you soon. Until then share some of your goals and/or your favorite healthy snacks in the comments below. Would love some additional inspiration!