WIAW | Picnic at TheLadybug Park

WIAW | Picnic At The Ladybug Park

Saturday morning after Neil returned from his running group Edith and I headed out for some much needed mommy-daughter time. Of course with Edith that time usually involves talking about what Dada and Alder are doing and eventually we decided to pick up some picnic provisions and meet them at the ladybug park (a Edith likes because there is a ladybug play structure). WIAW | Picnic At The Ladybug Park | Gonzo Hummus

I finally got my hands on a container of Gonzo Hummus which is local to Portland and Gonzo is one of our favorite food trucks so I was thrilled to be able to have their hummus at home. This hummus is seriously so amazing and next time I’ll pick up one of the ones with their homemade hot sauces too. WIAW | Picnic At The Ladybug Park | Hummus WIAW | Picnic At The Ladybug Park | strawberries

Along with hummus Neil and I split a Veggie Chick sandwich which is really a treat because it’s not the healthiest of sandwiches (unfortunately) but it tastes so good. We also enjoyed some incredibly sweet organic strawberries and organic blueberries. We also had some crackers to along with the hummus.WIAW | Picnic At The Ladybug Park | Kevita

To quench our thirst we shared some water and a Ketiva Master Brew Kombucha.  I had heard about these kombuchas before but hadn’t found them locally until this weekend (I found them at the Alberta Co-op and then saw them Sunday at New Seasons for those who are local). They are exactly the type of kombucha I like to drink, not too sweet and a little bit funky. I also recently had a free product coupon and tried the Ketiva Cleansing Probotic Tonics and those are pretty amazing as well. WIAW | Picnic At The Ladybug Park | Hide & Seek

We finished off our picnic with some hide-and-seek and cuddles in the sunshine.

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Tea Time | Springtime Teas with Numi Organic Tea

Numi - White Rose Tea

I have become obsessed with tea lately. Seriously obsessed. I blame it all on Neil because two mornings per week he does an early morning workout class which means no one is home to make me my own coffee. I know, I know I could just make my own and sometimes I do but Neil just makes it so much better (most of the time). So when I’m feeling to lazy to make my own coffee I turn to tea

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First thing in the morning I want a cup of tea that is higher in caffeine and most of the time something super dark and rich. I tend to go for an English Breakfast or an Irish Breakfast, however I was just introduced to Numi‘s Breakfast Blend and it is amazing and the Aged Earl Grey is pretty amazing too. For something a bit lighter for the Spring I have been trying out various green teas and Numi’s Mate Lemon is just wonderful for a caffeine boost while being light and refreshing.

Numi - higher caffeine

In the afternoon you can usually find me sipping on a cup of tea. the type of tea I go for depends on how my day is going another high caffeine if it’s been particularly rough day but usually I go for something that is a bit of a lower caffeine. I often like to have a chai with almond milk and coconut sugar or lately, since it’s been so warm, I have been going for an iced green.

Numi - medium caffeineFinally, at the end of the day I like to unwind with a cup of tea. Usually something herbal but sometimes I go for a decaf tea. I like mint for digestion, chamomile to relax and in the winter I enjoy a rooibos chai or the indulgent chocolate if I am craving something sweet. For a Spring/Summer sweet treat I really enjoy the White Rose which is light and both sweet and floral. 

Numi - caffeine free

Numi - decaf

I have been loving the Numi’s Collection box because as you can see from the photos above it has such a wide variety of flavors. I often find myself picking up the same types of tea over and over again because I’m too scared to go outside my comfort zone and try a new flavor or variety. This assorted box has really helped me narrow down my favorites and has introduced me to so many new teas. What are your favorite teas? Do you drink different teas depending on the season?

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Disclaimer: This post contains no sponsored content. Occasionally I am sent products for review but they will only be featured if I truly like them and use them regularly (and in this case I buy them regularly too). 

ClassPass Fitness Night Out | THE BAR METHOD

Monday night I finally got myself out of the house and downtown for a much needed solo workout.Most of my workouts these days involve pushing a double BOB or trying to fit in an at home barre or yoga class either while the kids are sleeping or during the day while I trip over them. That being said when I found out about the ClassPass Fitness Night out at The Bar Method I was all over it. Now this was my very first The Bar Method class and actually it was my first official bar style class because while I love my barre3 online program I still have never taken an official class. 

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The Bar Method here in Portland is located in the Pearl District. The location is perfect for me and I had no problem finding street parking which was great considering it took me 40 minutes (I left 45 minutes early) to get there from my house yesterday so I had no time to spare searching for a parking spot. 

I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived at the studio and honestly I was a bit nervous considering it was my first visit. Nothing to worry about though because as soon as I entered I was greeted with warm welcome of big smiles and hellos. I checked in, filled out my health history and waiver. Once all of the administrative tasks were completed I took a little tour of the facilities and let me tell you this studio is small but it is beautiful and fully equipped. There are lockers for you to use which include a key which is so prefect for me because I never remember a lock. There are also showers which is great for taking a class before or during your work day or maybe before heading out in the evening. 

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Finally I headed into the actual studio room (see above) and thankful another blogger I had met at an event the day before was also in attendance and had taken a bar method class before was there. She helped me out with getting the necessary items (two sets of weights and a towel) that I would need for the start of the class. Then it as go time! 

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You guys this workout seriously kicked my butt. I had an amazing time and the instructors are really great. During the class I received a little extra help because lets face it my form is a work in progress but I loved how the class was super hands on and personal – you don’t feel like you just an anonymous participant but actually are part of a group. The instructors provided little adjustments when needed as well as verbal instructions on how to improve positioning/stance which helped to make sure we all got the most out of the workout. 

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Conclusion: I will be back. I loved The Bar Method class and the studio and instructors. 

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After the class there was a mini-reception in the lobby thanks to  ClassPass. We enjoyed snacks from Luna Bar and Portland Juice Co. Side Note: the best Portland Juice Co. juice (IMO) is the Karma. 

Thank you ClassPass (and Jess from ClassPass for including me in this event) and The Bar Method for hosting! I look forward to trying more classes via ClassPass and returning to The Bar Method in the next week or so. 

So all this mention of ClassPass – what in the world is it? 

ClassPass is a monthly membership to the best boutique fitness classes in your city. There are thousands of classes available to ClassPass members, including cycling, pilates, yoga, strength training, dance, martial arts, and more.

For $79 – $99 a month (price varies by city), ClassPass members get unlimited classes to studios in the ClassPass network. While members can take as many classes per month as they’d like, they can visit the same studio up to 3 times per monthly membership cycle.

ClassPass is located in so many cities around the US, Canada and even London! 

Have you ever tried The Bar Method? If yes, what did you think? How about ClassPass- have you given it a try? I just signed up for another The Bar Method Class for next week!

Disclaimer: I attend this event at no cost. I was not required to blog about my experience but I chose to because it was a great one. Additional Disclaimer: affiliate link included via “ClassPass” links. 

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