8.30.2017

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, steph 

8.28.2017

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


6.08.2017

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 



5.17.2017

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 

1.09.2017

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!!

Steph 

1.06.2017

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 

1.04.2017

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! 

Steph