Active Living with Lorna Jane – Holiday Edition!

**Disclosure: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Lorna Jane.

Have you ever seen a clothing brand that was kind of like one of your girlfriends? Well that is how I feel about Lorna Jane! I first heard about Lorna Jane last summer and I immediately fell in love with the brand, their clothes and their mission/vision!

They are MORE than just an active wear line… they are motivation, inspiration, healthy living and supports ALL women all across the world!

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What started as a passion to deliver unique and inspiring designs to fellow gym lovers, Lorna Jane has now given a whole new meaning to staying fit and healthy – it’s a lifestyle that transcends the walls of the gym.

Aside from industry leading technology, expert craftsmanship and hi-tech performance fabrics, Lorna Jane represents a global movement of women living their best, most beautiful lives through Active Living.

Producing monthly bespoke collections available in more than 150 stores in the United States and Australia, as well as stockists in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, our garments provide each wearer with a distinct sense of energy, vitality and a “take on the world” approach to life.

All for the love of health and wellness, the Lorna Jane sisterhood aspires to be their own personal best by embracing the daily practice of Move Nourish Believe, and just like Lorna, Active Living runs through the veins of any girl who chooses to wear her 3 icons with pride.

:swoon: Amazing!

Did you know?!

· Lorna Jane releases 70-100 new styles per month, so there is always something new to inspire you to move.

· Lorna Jane has stores in CA,WA,OR,AZ, TX, NV, and is coming to the East Coast in 2015. Find your closest store here – > http://www.lornajane.com/store-finder/list or shop now on lornajane.com

So let’s talk clothes! Lorna Jane is all about quality, style and versatility! I have a few pieces of Lorna Jane clothing and they work for the gym, when I am doing a yoga flow or running errands!

This is my Solace Excel Zip Through Jacket (LOVE!!!) and my Amy tights (which as super comfy!)

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 : MNB Diary 2015 :

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Move / Nourish / Believe – This daily journal is pretty spectacular! It’s not only a daily planner, but it is full of healthy recipes, motivational quotes and encouragement to live your best year in 2015!

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Doesn’t that smoothie look DEVINE? They have a ton of smoothie recipes on their web site!

: Inspirational Tanks :

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How could you not have an amazing workout in one of these tanks?!

: iconic Glass Water Bottle :

I LOVE glass water bottles and I love how this is covered in a pretty purple plastic to help with grip and possible dropping!

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: Isometric Tight :

I just love this pattern! So fun!

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: Aurora Hooded Sweatshirt :

Pink and cozy!!!

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Seriously I could go on and on about Lorna Jane! They have my heart!

If you are looking for some great motivation and healthy living tips then I encourage you to check Lorna Jane out on social media!

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram (my favorite!)
Pinterest

Do you have Lorna Jane on your Christmas List?

XxOo Tasha

This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Lorna Jane.

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The Turkey Sandwich Post

I hope you all had an AMAZING Thanksgiving! Yesterday was filled with none-other: Eating!

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Homemade cranberry sauce, steamed green beans, turkey, homemade stuffing and roasted sweet potatoes with a drizzle of pure maple syrup. We also had regular mashed potatoes which I skipped – I prefer sweet potatoes over mashed! It was a pretty low key day for us! Football watching, eating, sleeping… perfect!

But let’s be honest here… I was looking forward to left over turkey sandwiches BEFORE the turkey was done yesterday! It is my favorite part of Thanksgiving!

Today I made a celebratory sandwich – toasted sprouted bread, mayo, turkey breast with melted cheddar, arugula and homemade cranberry sauce. It was a glorious, wonderful mess!

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I always went back through my old blog posts to look at previous turkey sandwiches – it’s funny to see how my pictures have evolved!

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A toasted bagel loaded with cream cheese, cranberry sauce, turkey, spinach leaves and melted cheddar. Ooey, gooey GOODNESS! And a carrot with some hummus =) – from this post in 2009

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It had avocado, light mayo, sprouts, cranberry sauce and turkey between two slices of toasted, sprouted bread. The best! – from this post in 2009

I can remember these specifically and how AMAZING these tasted!

How do you eat/prepare your turkey sandwiches?

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Black Friday Shopping at Whole Foods

Every year readers and friends are always asking me what last minute recipes do I recommend for the Holidays and where can they buy quality food. I always turn them to Whole Foods!

Their website has a plethora of amazing recipes that are easy enough to create for the last-minute chef and non-chef! AND they also have amazing sales both before and after Thanksgiving!

Here is their Holiday guide which has amazing coupons, Holiday dining tips and more!
{ Click on the picture to download the complete PDF }

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But what is really cool is that they also have AMAZING deals for Black Friday! I usually do not partake in the Black Friday shopping… I would rather be home in my comfy jammies drinking coffee! <3 But I will say that I would go shopping at Whole Foods to buy some amazing foodie items and Holiday gifts! I was there a few weeks ago and they had the most precious Christmas display up already! A sleigh filled with A TON of stuffed animals and other unique toys for kids of all ages! SO CUTE!!!

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Here are the deals in the Seattle Area! Check in with your local Whole Foods to see amazing deals and events!

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 Friday, November 28 only, Whole Foods Market will feature the following sales:

  • 20% off all Seafood
  • 20% off beer and hard cider
  • BOGO take n’ bake pizzas
  • $35 ea 6-7’ fir Christmas trees – our South Lake Union location will not carry this sale, but will have table-top Christmas trees for $20 each!
  • 50% off GT’s Kombucha

They also have sales running through the weekend! From Friday, November 28 through Sunday, November 30 you can find:

  • 30% off Melissa and Doug toys and plush
  • 50% off Jillson Roberts wrapping paper rolls
  • 30% off Threads for Thought leggings
  • 3 for $3 Good Soap bar soaps

Whole Foods Market stores will be open from 7 AM to 11 PM on November 25 and 26, and open from 7 AM to 4 PM on Thanksgiving Day. Store hours will return to their regular schedule which is 7 AM to 10 PM on Friday, and continue through the weekend.

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So tell me, are you a Black Friday fan?

XxOo Tasha

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Winter Veggie Soup {Vegan, Gluten Free Option, Paleo Option}

Brrr! It’s COLD! I miss the summer nights, wearing tank tops and flip flops, frozen smoothies and the SUN! But what I do love about the winter is that I am able to make endless pots of hot soup to warm my bones!

I made this soup last weekend and it was the perfect batch to kick off my soup making season! Full of flavor and veggies, I ate this for lunch and dinner until it was gone!

The great things about soup is that you can sub different veggies or herbs and it will alter the flavor of the soup. But in a GOOD way! Is there such a thing as a bad soup? I think not!

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soup bannerIngredients:

1/2 yellow onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped into small pieces
3 carrots, chopped into small pieces
1 head of collard greens or kale, chopped into small bite size pieces
1 Japanese sweet potato, chopped into bite size pieces
2 regular size cans of unsalted chopped tomatoes with the juice
herbs of choice – I used salt, pepper, dried basil, dried thyme, sage powder
Handful of noodles (optional – omit for paleo and use GF noodles for GF) – I used spaghetti noodles that were broken in half. Only a handful as I didn’t want a lot.
4-6 cups of water or stock – I always use water in my soups and they turn out great!

In a cast iron pot or a soup pot, add a few swirls of EVOO. Once hot, add your onion, celery and carrots. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir until the veggies are soft.

Add your potato and tomatoes and seasonings. Stir and cook for a few minutes. Then add your water – add 4 cups a the beginning and save the remaining cups for later, if needed.

Turn the pot up to a boil. Once at a boil, turn back to medium-low and add your greens. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Check to see if you need to add more spices, salt, pepper and/or water. Your soup should be ready to serve at this point!

If you are using noodles:

Turn the pot back up to a boil. Add your noodles. Cook until the noodles are done.

Serves 6-8

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What is your favorite soup to make?

XxOo Tasha

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Weekend Roundup – Thanksgiving Style!

I am still not sure how much cooking I am planning on doing this year but I have been drooling over so many amazing recipes on the web this week! Vegan, vegetarian, paleo… there’s a little bit of everything!

Normally we do a traditional turkey or sometimes pork loin with homemade cranberry sauce, homemade stuffing, mashed taters and brussel sprouts. But I really do love seeing all the different variations of dishes! Beautiful and delish!

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Cherry, Almond and Wild Rice Stuffed Pork Loin – On Babble

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Lentil Mushroom Walnut Balls with Cranberry-Pear Sauce – Oh She Glows

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Classic Gluten Free Stuffing – Whole Foods

 
Mushroom and Leek Stuffing – Clean Eating Mag

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Raw Tuscan Kale Salad – 101 Cookbooks

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Buckwheat Stuffed Patty Pans – YumUniverse

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Roasted Garlic Autumn Root Vegetable Mash – Nom Nom Paleo

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie – The Green Forks

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Healthy Pecan Bites ( vegan, raw) – Damy Health

 

 

What are you planning on making for Thanksgiving?

What is your FAVORITE Thanksgiving dish? Mine is STUFFING!

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Are your dreams TOO BIG? 4 ways to turn your DREAMS into a REALITY!

Hey friends!

Can you do me a favor? Look at your life and ask yourself if you are playing it safe. Are you stepping out of your comfort zone to allow your dreams to happen? Or are you sitting back thinking you are not worthy of achieving great things in your life.

If you are dreaming BIG then you are doing it right! I was asked the other day by a friend of mine “How are you able to dream so big? Whenever I dream big I fall back to the ground!”. I was taken back a bit, smiled and then asked her a simple question: “How do you know I haven’t fallen, too?”

Look, I know dreams are scary. They can be intimidating, confusing and will put you in a dizzy trying to figure out if you should peruse them or forget about them. But I also know what it feels like to have this strong powerful pull towards something in your life! This, my friends, is YOUR DREAM! No matter how big or small! No matter if people agree with it or disagree with it… you must start looking at your dreams and start believing in them!! They were put in your life for a reason! 

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Your dreams should scare you into stepping up and taking action in your life. If you are unhappy – CHANGE! If you want more – CHANGE! If you need a change – CHANGE!

Here are some simple steps that you can use to start turning your dreams into a reality!

1. Be specific! Goals must be specific – get rid of the vague language like “a little”, “some” or “more”. Put a number down and be exact! “ I want to lose 20 pounds”, “ I want to make $75,000”, “I would like to attend 4 business events”.

2. Make goals simple!  Clear and focused is the key here. Do not get to caught up in the story of your goal or what that goal may look like under a microscope. Let that happen once you reach your goal!

3. Goals must be tangible! Save the abstract for the art gallery. Your goal must be REAL – something you can see, touch or feel. If you see yourself being healthier or having financial stability, these goals may be nearly impossible to reach. But running a marathon is tangible. Losing 25 pounds is tangible. Seeing a specific number in your bank account is tangible.

4. Write them down! The act of writing your goals out increases the chance that these goals will be achieved! Write every. Single. Day. I swear, it works!

BONUS 5. Share them! Shout your goals out to the world! Let those around you keep you accountable! And when you reach your goal (because I know you will!) shout it out AGAIN!

So tell me, what are some of your goals that you feel are too big? Do you think with this action plan you would be able to achieve them?

You deserve every single dream that you have!!!

XxOo Tasha

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Simple Green Smoothie

With clean eating, simple is ALWAYS best!

This smoothie is simple and tasty, and perfect for breakfast! Full of protein, veggies and fruit, this is my go to smoothie for a busy work day or just relaxing on the weekend. And I always make extra for my son, too! He just loves them!

Enjoy!

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Super Simple Green Smoothie
Serves 1

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder of your choice – I used Vega
1.5 cups of liquid – I used almond milk but you could use another kind of milk, water or         coconut water
1 large handful of spinach or kale
1 teaspoon of nut butter
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen mango

What is your favorite Go-To smoothie recipe?

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