#LJInspired Insta Challenge

Lorna Jane has done it again. As you know I love her clothes and I’m obsessed with my MNB planner so of course I was thrilled to hear she is releasing a new book –Inspired.


In this inspiring coffee table book you can expect to find

  • Honest & authentic advice from Lorna Jane Clarkson on finding your personal style, dreaming big and balance
  • Nourishing recipes that look almost too good to eatp;
  • A glimpse into the inspiring LJHQ office
  • DIY beauty recipes like you’ve never seen before
  • Exclusive Q&A’s and features from iconic women who INSPIRE us
  • Chapters include: It starts with Believe, Dream Big, Style, Beauty, Happiness, Life at Lorna Jane & more…

I can’t wait to get my copy of Lorna Jane Inspired! Pre-order yours today:http://www.lornajane.com/INSPIRED/Inspired.

#LJInspired MadLibFill in this blog prompt mad lib for a chance to win a copy of Lorna Jane’s new book, Inspired! Get our own copy of the;mad lib here –> #LJInspired MadLib Template, fill in the blanks with your own answers, and make sure to share your link, tagging @LornaJaneActive @FitApproach and hashtag: #LJInspired #SweatPink in all of your shares! 

Love IG as much as I do? Join me starting on Monday, July 13th for a fun 5 day #LJInspired Instagram Challenge hosted by @FitApproach & @LornaJaneActive.

Here are the daily prompts:;

  • Day 1 (Monday, July 13th): How do you dream big? #sweatpink #LJInspired @FitApproach @lornajaneactive
  • Day 2 (Tuesday, July 14th): What’s your fave healthy swap? #LJInspired #SweatPink @FitApproach @LornaJaneActive
  • Day 3 (Wednesday, July 15th): Who inspires you? [Tag 2-3 friends!!] #LJInspired #SweatPink @lornajaneactive @fitapproach
  • Day 4 (Thursday, July 16th): What does happiness mean to you? #LJInspired #sweatpink @fitapproach @lornajaneactive
  • Day 5 (Friday, July 17th): What makes you an #LJInspired girl? #sweatpink @LornaJaneActive @FitApproach

And don’t forget to join me (and@FitApproach @LornaJaneActive) on 7/21 from 5:30-6:30 pm PT for a fun #LJInspired #SweatPink Twitter party for another chance to win prizes & a copy of Inspired: https://www.facebook.com/events/852624931491346/.

This post is sponsored by  Lorna Jane. All opinions are my own.

Konmari & My Unintentional Capsule Wardrobe

Konmari & My Un-intentional Capsule Wardrobe

We have a lot of stuff. Some of it has value and is used regularly but a lot of it has been moved from home, to home, to home. We finally hit a wall and decided that it was time to make some major changes in our home. I’ve tried a variety of tidying/de-cluttering methods so you won’t be surprised when I jumped on the Konmari* bandwagon. 

While Neil was off this past week we both took on the first step of theKonmari* Method and went through and cleaned our closets. Included in the clean out where all of our clothes, coats, shoes, bags and accessories. I was surprised by how much clothing et al that I actually own considering I only wear a handful of items. 

I went through my large pile of clothes and ended up with two boxes of off season clothes/pre-pregnancy clothes that still don’t fit but I would wear them in a heartbeat if they did. I also ended up with about 22 articles of season appropriate clothing, 10 or so pajama tops and bottoms and 15 or so workout tops and bottoms, plus one stuffed to the brim bag for thredup.com*, three bags to donate and one bag of items to just toss. Neil on the other hand still has a 40+ item closet, two boxes of off season plus four bags to donate and one bag to toss. #horders

Konmari & My Un-intentional Capsule Wardrobe

After Konmari*-ing my closet I ended up with an un-intentional capsule wardrobe. This wardrobe includes:

  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 1 pair of crop pants
  • 2 dresses
  • 6 black t-shirts
  • 3 tank tops
  • 3 sweaters/long sleeve 
  • 1 denim jacket
  • 4 sandals 
  • 1 healed sandal

If I’m being completely honest I would say that I could easily eliminate another 5-8 items from my closet because they don’t give me joy aka I’m not practicing pure Konmari*. Those 5-8 items are ones I kept because going out in the nude is not an option (for me). I have also hit that point in the season where I am having a hard time convincing myself to spend more money on clothes that I will only wear for a few months and ideally I’ll would never wear again because they will be too big (that’s an entirely different post). How do you deal with a lack of clothing when you are far from the size you want to be and you are mid season? 

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Currently. 07.05.15.

sou'wester trailers

Doing: I am just going through our photos from our stay earlier this week at The Sou’Wester Lodge in Seaview, Washington. We had another amazing visit and already made reservations for November. It feels nice to have a place that we consider “our place” to visit year after year. We love staying in the vintage trailers, walking down to the beach and crossing the bridge to Astoria for some good food and beer.  

Thinking about: My goals for the upcoming month. I want to be a little bit fitter, a little bit more gentle and relaxed and make as many memories as possible. 

Watching: Neil and I have been binging on Scandal while he has been on vacation. I don’t know why it took us so long to start watching it but we are really into it. I also have been re-watching Pretty Little Liars (yes I’m 12). 

Looking forward to: Our camping trip next week for Edith’s third (!!!!) birthday. 

Reading: I am currently reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and I am loving it. It has really helped to change the way I de-clutter and organize. This week alone we have made two trips to donate unwanted items and we have a huge box filled with papers to shred. While we have a ways to go still I am really finding this book helpful. Who else has read it? or what are you reading?

Loving: Neil being on vacation and I’m hating that he has to go back to work tomorrow. There really is nothing better than having your partner home to help take on the day-to-day activities, to get out and explore the world with and to stay up past our bedtimes to watch too many episodes of Scandal. 

What are you currently doing, thinking about, watching, looking forward to, reading and/or loving?

Sou'wester DITL hike5

As always this post is inspired by Sometimes Sweet.

[Running] Running For Pinot | Oregon Wine Country Half

Happy Friday Friends! We are in full race training mode at our house with my 10K this September and Neil has registered for the Oregon Wine Country Half (and I’m totally jealous). This race has been on both of our bucket lists since we moved here in 2013 and this year Neil is going to be crossing it off his bucket list. I’m hoping that next year I’ll be free of running injuries and maybe I’ll be able to cross it off my bucket list as well. 

OR Poster LogoThe Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon starts at Stoller Family Estate, offering an idyllic 13.1-mile course that runs through the heart of the Willamette Valley in Yamhill County, winding past a cluster of four American Viticulture Areas and through vineyards and orchards before reaching the beautiful residential area of Lafayette.

Participants rave about the small-town charm, incredible sunrise views, scenic course, great wines, and post-race Wine & Music Festival, presented by Ken Wright Cellars in the heart of Carlton. The Wine + Music Festival will feature over 20 wineries and Lagunitas Brewing Company pouring at the event, along with live music!


For more information, including a complete list of wineries, course map, and travel information, visit the race website:http://destinationraces.com/runoregon/.
Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 6.29.39 PMBefore you head out for you Fourth of July celebrations get into the spirit by celebrating our 33rd state!If you’re not sure which one that is, here is a hint. You’ll find the beautiful Willamette Valley located here and it’s known for amazing Pinot Noir. Earn your stripes by running the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon – it’s going to be a blast!


Register to run the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon from now until July 9th at 11:59pm for your chance to win a case of Pinot Noir and an awesome training kit (Fitbit tracker, running shoes and more).


What race is on your bucket list?

Disclaimer: Neil received entry to the race in exchange for this post.We are thrilled to attend and cheer him on! I received no monetary compensation for this post. 

8 Ways to Enjoy Almondmilk

This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk.

8 Ways to Enjoy Almondmilk

I have a tendency to be a little erratic when it comes to my grocery shopping. There are very few items that are guaranteed to be on our shopping list every week but Blue Diamond Almondmilk is one that always makes the list without fail. We use almondmilk for so many recipes or simple in our cereal or as a beverage to drink. Here are 10 ways that we like to enjoy our almondmilk. WeekendSnapshots-Milk Bubble Blowing-4

1. A big cold glass. I’ve never really been a huge milk drinker of any kind but sometimes a nice cold glass of almondmilk is in order. Cool, creamy and a perfect snack.

2. In your favorite cereal. We don’t do dairy around here so almondmilk is our liquid of choice to wet our cereal. Edith and I love to drown our cereal in almondmilk while Neil likes to use the least almondmilk possible to wet his. 

3. In mac and cheeze. If you have been a reader for a while you know that mac and cheeze is a weekly occurrence at our house. My favorite version involves almondmilk, nutritional yeast, shredded vegan cheddar cheeze and spices. 

4. A dipper for cookies. I grew up with cookies and milk and still as an adult I love to enjoy a glass of almondmilk with my cookies especially chocolate chip cookies.Blue Diamond Dark Chocolate Almond Lactation Cookies

5. Smoothies! This one is probably pretty obvious but there is nothing better than a creamy smoothie made with almondmilk. I love almondmilk, banana and chocolate protein powder because it tastes just like a milk shake.

6. In sauces. I use almondmilk as a milk alternative in dairy heavy sauces such as the mac and cheeze I mentioned above or a béchamel sauce to name a few. Side note the unsweetened almondmilk works really well to make a béchamel; once made use it for a yummy vegan lasagna or add pesto for a creamy pesto pasta.

7.Acai Bowls.Who else is on the acai bowl train? I can’t get enough of them. My favorite base is acai, banana, strawberries, vanilla protein powder, almond butter, almondmilk and ice; simply blend and top.

8. Lastly Almondmilk is perfect for……
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…blowing bubbles in. 

#FitnessFriday | Getting My [Running] Groove Back

My journey back to running post-pregnancy has been a bit rockier than I had hoped. I started back running two days a week in the Fall and in January I bumped my running up to three days per week to coincide with my race training schedule. Two months in and I just stopped running due to knee pain. At that same time I was offered an opportunity to check out Therapydia Portland and to have a run analysis done as well as some therapy for my knee. I went for two complementary sessions and decided to stay on for weekly/bi-weekly sessions.


Here I am nearly four months later and I can say that my knee pain is pretty much gone. While I still have a bit of work to do to get stronger I am finally back to running and it’s prefect timing too because I have the Pints to Pasta 10k to train for and run.

I  probably could have been back to running sooner but I have been slacking on my at home PT workouts and just doing basic strength training on a regular basis. Lately my workouts consist of about 10 miles of walking per week and around 60-120 minutes of barre workouts. Really that boils down to a few miles per day and 15 or so minutes of barre per day; in other words I need to dedicate more time to my fitness and PT.

WorkoutPlanSo to help me stay on track I have put together a workout schedule (and I’m sharing it here) from now until my 10k. This schedule is one that I believe is something that I can really stick to, in other words I am setting myself up for success not failure. I am focusing on the Galloway 10K (run/walk) race plan and on my non-running days I am incorporating more barre workouts and/or my 7 Minute workout app.

I know my plan looks a little packed but there are many barre3 online workouts ranging from 10-60 minutes and some are more focused on stretching so I can really do whatever feels right for me on any given day.. So here is to getting back to running (run/walking for now) and focusing more on being active. 

Are you training for any races right now? I am currently training to run the Pints to Pasta 10k  (there is also a 1/2 Marathon this year) which is on September 13th. For those of you who are local and want to run it as well register soon because the fee goes up on August 16th. As part of my training schedule I am also running the Sunset on Springwater Family 5k (there is also a 10k and half for this race as well) on August 15th. I have to say I am super excited for this 5k and to run it as a family (with Neil pushing the double BOB – cue evil laugh). 

Cooking & Eating in The Great Outdoors – A Call For Help

Cooking & Eating in The Great Outdoors

We have caught the camping bug and we are just running with it. We have already been yurting and tenting and we already have plans for more tenting and also a stay in some vintage trailers. I’m also currently searching for more tenting spots and have plans do a little cabin/yurt camping this Fall/Winter (yay for heated cabins and yurts!) While I am thrilled to be camping I still haven’t quite figured out the whole cooking/eating thing. I either am too ambitious, too boring or I over pack. 

Last night we met up with friends and our littles to see a local children’s musician. After the show we headed out from dinner and since we both had just arrived home from camping that day we of course got to talking about our camping trips and the topic of food came up. When asked what we made I was really wishing I could have share some really fun and creative meals but instead all I could say was veggie dogs and veggie chicken sandwiches – can we say boring?

While I wish I was sharing a bunch of tips and inspired recipes I am instead asking (begging) for your help. Go crazy in the comments and share your favorite camping recipes, tips and foods. TIA!