30 days of yoga

Only a couple of days until the 1st of September, and it's National Yoga Month! I decided to get back onto the mat with a 30 day yoga challenge. I miss doing yoga daily, and I felt great doing it. I noticed when I was doing yoga on a regular basis I felt amazing, and I was motivated. Yoga also helped me when I was running on a regular basis. I felt more balanced, and it helped with my breathing.

I decided to start 30 Days of Yoga using Yoga with Adriene on YouTube. Adriene has great videos for all levels, and they are FREE! Check out day one here ←  I have also registered for hot yoga classes at my local studio to help with flexibility.

I really miss how I felt accomplishing poses I never thought I would be able to do. I remember when I thought I could never do a headstand, or get into scorpion pose. The feeling of accomplishing those goals made me want to keep going. Yoga also helped me gain upper body strength, and my arms looked amazing!  

Cannot wait to start this 30 day yoga challenge September 1st! Follow along on my blog!

xo, 𝓈𝓉𝑒𝓅𝒽𝒶𝓃𝒾𝑒


fields of sunflowers // burnside farms

Summer '17 is almost over! This summer was busy and fun, but I am ready for the fall.

We decided to take the kids to Burnside Farms, and play in fields of sunflowers. If you live in Northern Virginia, I really recommend going. Burnside Farms is located in Haymarket, Virginia right off 66.

Burnside Farms is very kid friendly, with lots of activities! They have a huge jump pad (not just for kids!), bounce house, bubble stations, and a clubhouse. Admission is $6 a person, and you get to enjoy the sunflower fields, and all the kids activities. You can cut sunflowers for $1.50 per stem, and gladiolus for $1.00 per stem. I wanted to cut all the sunflowers! It was so hard to pick my favorite sunflower, they were all so pretty, and different!

Now is the perfect time to go. The sunflowers are perfect to take photos of, and it isn't too hot out! Check them out here for their times, and additional information. 

xo, steph


meal prep // whole30 approved

I love meal prepping for the week. It's a great way to stay on track, and it makes my mornings easy.

Simple meals are what I love. Easy meals that can be thrown together without stressing are my go-to's. The meals I prep last a few days. I love eating veggies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I also prep my workout snacks. Carbs are great to eat before you workout too. I love eating an apple or banana before I run. It gives me energy, and helps me push through my workout. Kombucha is my soda substitute. I haven't had a soda in over four years, and absolutely love GT's Synergy Kombucha. LARABAR's are great for the mornings when you don't want to eat anything big.

Right now I am on a seafood kick. Salmon, and shrimp have been on repeat with my lunches and dinners. Also, making a shrimp omelet with a side of asparagus is so good! I also made zoodles with a side of shrimp, and oven roasted cherry tomatoes. Don't let salmon just be for lunch or dinner! It's great with a poached egg for breakfast!

Simple, and easy!

xo, Steph 


dealing with blogger burnout

Hello! Remember me? The girl that used to post multiple times a day, and loved sharing Whole30, and Paleo food? Well, life happened, and I haven't been very inspired lately. As much as I love sharing food, I feel like I am tired of always just posting food. I want to start sharing other things that make me happy, and hopefully inspire others. I love fitness, gardening, yoga, and hiking. Those were the things I started this blog off with, and I really miss that.

I guess you could call it blogger burnout. I started this blog in December 2012, and loved to blog! It started to become more of a chore, and I got tired of social media. Deleting my blog, and Instagram was something that I thought about, but a lot of people have reached out to me wondering how I have been. Honestly, it really makes me want to start posting again. I want to share how I am getting back into blogging after taking a break, and what will keep me on track. Not only with blogging, but getting back into a fitness routine.

During my break from social media, I have made a list of all the thing that I really enjoy doing. Writing down goals on paper, and what I enjoy really helps me stay focused. I created an editorial calendar of all the ideas I want to share here. It will be more than just food, and more beauty, fashion, fitness, and motherhood. My whole life, and loving it. Even the set backs, because that's what life is about.

Always stay inspired! 

xo, Steph 


whole30 week one

January Whole30 week one was a little challenging. I think my body was in shock! I wasn't eating the best food towards the end of 2016, and my body was adjusting. Around day three I got a little sleepy, I didn't have much energy, and I was craving sweets. Drinking more water helped with my cravings. My meals for the week were really basic, and simple. I like it that way. Some of my breakfast meals, ended up on repeat for dinner. It just works well for me. 

Sweet potato hash, prosciutto egg cups, zoodles, and brussels sprouts are my favorite. I even treated myself to Chipotle for dinner Friday night! The only meat Whole30 approved are the pork carnitas. I am also in love with butternut squash with a fried egg! It was so good! 

Hello, week two!!



prosciutto egg cups // whole30

Good morning, and happy Friday!! I wanted to re-share my prosciutto egg cups. You have to make them - they are a lifesaver when you are doing a Whole30. They take less than 20 minutes to make, and are so yummy. The best part is minimal dishes, and easy clean up!
  • muffin tin
  • prosciutto
  • eggs
  • salt + pepper   
  • avocado oil // extra virgin olive oil 
  1. preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. grease muffin cups with extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil
  3. line the muffin cups with prosciutto
  4. crack in egg in each lined prosciutto cup
  5. season with salt + pepper
  6. bake for 15 minutes, or until your egg is cooked to your desire
  7. enjoy!

Quick and easy!!

xo, Steph 


whole 30 // wegman's

Here's my first Whole30 approved grocery haul for 2017!! I get a lot of questions, on budgeting when doing a Whole30, so I wanted to break down how I shop and prep for a Whole30.

I keep my meals simple, and easy. I feel like if I am trying to make too much food at once, it will go to waste. This grocery haul was $75 - and will last all week for me. Roasting veggies is a great way to keep your grocery bill down. You can roast sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and potatoes - and eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Fried eggs with oven roasted brussels sprouts, and crispy potatoes are great for breakfast. Baked chicken breast, with oven roasted brussels sprouts, and a half a sweet potato is a great and filling lunch. I use the ground turkey to make taco salads - this is great for dinner. Soft boiled, fried, scrambled, and poached eggs are great for all meals! Honestly, I never get sick of eating eggs, and I love a soft boiled egg with roasted veggies.

Here's what I stocked up on: 

  • eggs
  • spinach
  • tomatoes
  • chicken breast
  • ground turkey 
  • apples 
  • brussels sprouts 
  • kale
  • red potatoes
  • sweet potatoes 
  • celery 
  • bananas 
  • butternut squash 
  • asparagus 
  • avocado 
  • Epic Bar's
When snacking on a Whole30, I love eating apples or bananas with almond butter. Trader Joe's almond butter is my favorite, and it's not super expensive. I always keep protein bars with me, and really like Epic Bar's. Also, read your labels. I get a lot of questions too about which kombucha is Whole30 approved, and the only brand that I have found is GT's. Make sure there is no ADDED sugar in the ingredients! 

Simple, and easy! 



hello, 2017

Anyone else excited for 2017, and relieved 2016 is over? I don't want to sound negative, but 2016 was a little crazy. Work was super busy, I lost focus on eating healthy and working out, and I didn't make much time for myself. I don't really don't want to set resolutions for 2017, but I want to be more mindful, and make myself a priority. There were awesome things in 2016 - my family is healthy, I got promoted at work, went on a bunch of fun hikes, and learned a lot about myself.

2017 will be more 

  • adventures 
  • real food
  • self care
  • yoga
  • gardening 
  • hiking
  • living outside my comfort zone
Time to live it up!! 

xo, steph 


that paleo life

If you are thinking about trying the Paleo life, or you want to get back into eating a Paleo lifestyle, I really recommend Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo. This book is the first edition, but it is AMAZING! She recently released Practical Paleo, Second Edition, and it's on my list to buy.

Practical Paleo is pretty much the Paleo bible of books. She talks about the health benefits of living a Paleo lifestyle, the health benefits of avoiding processed foods, and so many healthy easy Paleo recipes.

This book is my go-to for all my Paleo needs, and questions. If you are new to eating the Paleo lifestyle you really need to add this to your book collection. One of my intentions for 2017 is to go back to eating a mostly Paleo lifestyle. I really miss how I felt eating a strict Paleo lifestyle. I had so much energy, I felt great, my skin and hair grew fast, I didn't breakout, and I was less stressed. Seriously. 

January 1st, 2017 I am starting my ninth Whole30. I want to start off 2017 detoxing from 2016 all the right healthy ways - that I know work for me. Whole30 isn't just weight loss for me, but getting back into a healthy relationship with food. 2016 was one busy crazy year, and I am ready to make 2017 my fittest year.  

bye, 2016!

xo, steph 


all about that yolk

If you haven't tried avocado toast with a runny fried egg, you're missing out. Seriously. It's probably one of my favorite breakfast meals - next to bacon and eggs. 

I really love Vital Farms pasture raised eggs. They are my go-to egg brand. Their hens are treated humane, and they don't use any chemicals on their farms. You can really see the difference in the color of a pasture raised yolk, than a regular egg yolk. Pasture raised yolks are more orange, and a regular egg is a light yellow. You can even taste the difference in eggs - happy hens lay healthier eggs!! 

Canyon Bakehouse is also my go-to for my gluten free bread. They offer dairy, nut, and soy free products made without GMOs. 

Toast, mashed avocado, runny fried egg, topped with crushed red pepper flakes = AMAZING. 

xo, steph


yoga essentials // on and off the mat

If you are looking to start practicing yoga, or you are trying to get back on the mat, I wanted to share some awesome yoga essentials. These goodies are great to have at home, or to take to your yoga class. I really recommend a good yoga mat, and a yoga towel for those sweaty hot yoga classes. If you are looking to work on your back bends, and balance - a yoga wheel is a must!

These yoga essentials are also fun, and motivating! I really recommend a Himalayan Salt Lamp. It helps purify the air, helps with sleep, and creates a calm energy. If you are big into essential oils, I really recommend a diffuser. Diffusers help with aromatherapy, and makes your home smell amazing!

images: gaiam/vagabond goods/legendary collections 21/saje || photo collage by: love living whole

  1. Love this Venice Palm Yoga Mat from Vagabond Goods 
  2. Detox your home with Glow Hand Carved Natural Crystal Himalayan Salt Lamp from Legendary Collections 21
  3. Meditate with Aromagem 2.0 Gold Ultrasonic Diffuser from Saje 
  4. The perfect yoga towel for that hot yoga class Sayulite Microfiber Towel from Vagabond Goods 
  5. Finding balance with this Yoga Wheel
These would be perfect gifts for your favorite yogi! 

xo, steph 


it's always bootie season

I am all about being versatile. When selecting clothing items, I like to keep it simple, and I try to wear a lot of my clothing year round. I am in love with Sole Society. They offer a great selection of shoes, and are reasonably priced! 

Booties are great to dress up, and dress down, and you can wear them with almost anything. I selected five of my favorite pairs of shoes from their website that are great to add to your capsule wardrobe. 

I am really starting to like the open toe booties. They would be perfect to wear with cutoff jean shorts, or a maxi dress! Even though it's December here in Virginia, I am already thinking about my summer wardrobe! 

credit: shoes images from sole society website // photo collage created by: love living whole

  1. Sole Society Zada in color Coffee
  2. Sole Society Freja in color Chestnut
  3. Lucky Brand Hartlee in color Dark Moss
  4. Coconuts by Matisse Lambert in color Black
  5. Sole Society Olive in color Coffee

 Life is too short to wear boring shoes!

xo, steph 


whole30 baked salmon

I am all about meals that are easy, and take less than 30 minutes to make! Salmon is one meal that you can make under 30 minutes, it's really filling, and loaded full of good fats!

I only buy wild caught fish. I love the wild caught salmon that you can buy at Target, and it's their Simply Balanced brand. Wild caught is always better than farm raised, and Tilapia is one of the worst farm raised fish you can buy. Don't believe me check out this article here.

Last night for dinner I made oven baked salmon, with a side of avocado, on top of mixed greens. I didn't use a salad dressing, I diced up the fresh avocado, and drizzled fresh lemon juice, and and sea salt with pepper over the avocado mixture. Simple and so good!

When I make salmon, I don't do anything crazy. I drizzle the salmon with avocado oil, season with sea salt and pepper, and top with sliced lemon. I bake it for about 25 minutes at 425 degrees. Once the fish is flaky - it's done!


xo, steph 


self care sunday

I am all about self care Sunday! Sunday's are one of my favorite days. I usually go grocery shopping, meal prep and plan, and get my clothing picked out for the week. Being prepared for the week helps a lot with stress. When I have everything planned, I am more likely to stay on track.

Sunday nights I really enjoy taking a detox bath, reading, and applying a face mask. Very simple, and relaxing.

I wanted to share what I am reading, and some of my favorite non-toxic beauty finds.

Zabana Essentials is one of my favorite vegan beauty brands. I love their deodorant, bath bombs, and facial products! If you are looking for a vegan, non-toxic beauty brand, I really recommend trying them out.

I am currenlty reading Spirit Junkie, by Gabrielle Bernstein. This book is amazing! It's all about finding inner peace, and self love.

If you have not tried Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay - you NEED to. It's one of my favorite cleaning masks. No crazy ingredients, and it makes your skin glow! I found it at VitaCost, and it was under $6!!

Now, I am going to take a relaxing bath, and enjoy my new candle that I found at Target!

Happy Sunday!

xo, steph 

weekly workout // bbg week one

This week flew by! It was nice to have the week off, and get caught up with life. I stayed really active this week. While the kids were at school, and daycare I was able to get my workouts completed, and not trying to rush through working out at night. I also, got back on the mat with some much needed hot yoga classes! My meals were mostly Paleo, and kept it gluten and dairy free.

  • BBG Week 1 - Legs and Cardio
  • 21 Day Fix - Total Body Cardio Fix
  • 60 minute hot yoga class
  • 21 Day Fix - Upper Fix
  • BBG Week 1 - Arms & Abs
  • 21 Day Fix - Lower Fix
  • Rest Day - I enjoyed my Thanksgiving with family, and friends!
  • BBG Week 1 - Full Body
  • 21 Day Fix - Total Body Cardio Fix
  • 75 minute hot yoga class

I wrote down and tracked all my meals, and drank a lot of water! I have noticed now that I am drinking more water, I sleep a lot better, and I don't feel bloated. I try to drink a gallon a day, and limit myself to only two cups of coffee. Before I was drinking three cups, sometimes four!

The BBG workouts are my favorite. They are about 30 minutes, and you will sweat - a lot. Even though I haven't made it to week 12, I love the results that I see. Be prepared to do A LOT of squats, and push-ups if you decided to do BBG! I don't mind squats, but I really love doing lunges! I have added my 21 Day Fix workouts to my morning routine. It's a good workout to start your day if you can't make it to the gym. I figure if I spent the money on the DVDs, I should use them!

xo, steph