Making your life a priority!

Hi friends! Happy FRIDAY! I hope each one of you had a fantastic week and have some fun plans for the weekend! Maybe some pumpkin patch fun? Football? working out?
Tell me below what you will be doing this weekend! <3

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I have been doing a lot of thinking about a major excuse that I see so many people use, and I use, too!

I DONT HAVE TIME!

I recently read that in order for you to create a life that you love you must rephrase this thought. It is so simple yet so dramatic!

Instead of saying I don’t have the time – say, This is not a priority to me.

Woah.

Big difference, right?

Are you sitting there thinking – I hate my body, I need to get in shape, I need to get healthy but I just don’t have the time… you are telling yourself that your health is not a priority.

But it is! It really is!

CREATE THE TIME!

Don’t create the time for me… create it for YOU! No matter what you are saying you don’t have time for ask yourself if it’s a priority.

 

Ok let’s get down and dirty!

What are priorities? Priorities are the things that you want to accomplish in any given period of time. Think SHORT TERM GOALS. The more your goals represent your values, strengths and passions, the more likely you are to achieve them. The same thing goes for your priorities. A lot of people are stuck with to-do lists that have a lot of “shoulds” rather than their choices. Why not recreate your to-do list and have it reflect the things that represent your authentic choices?

1. Be aware of how you are currently spending your time

Write down all the things that you do. You need to start assessing your time! How much time do you spend in each area? Where you spend your time is where your priorities are currently at. Do you veg out playing Candy Crush on your phone? Skimming through facebook? Working on your business? Creating a healthier life? Whatever it is that you do you need to ask yourself if this is a priority and are these things aligning with my goals and purpose!

2. Assess how satisfied you are with the way you are spending your time

Think about the most important areas of your life (career/business, relationships, personal development, finances, health, traveling… etc). These areas are unique to you!

• Rate each area in terms of how important it is to you. Use a scale of 1-10 with 1 being “not important” and 10 being “vitally important. 

• Now rate how well are you living each of these areas. How satisfied are you with the amount of time that you spend on this area? Rate this on a scale of 1-10.

GOLDEN NUGGET – Look back at those areas that you rated as very important (8, 9 or 10). If there is a gap of 2 or more points between how important an area is and your satisfaction rating, chances are that you are feeling a lack of balance because there is a gap between what is important to you and what you are actually doing.

3. Set new priorities to start doing more of the important things in your life!

What important activities are missing from your life and as you review each question, right down the activities that come to mind.

1. What is the most important thing in my life right now?

2. Where would I want to spend more time?

3. Where could I spend less time?

4. What areas need my attention now (e.g., school, talent, health, relationship)?

Write down your activities in the order that feels most important to you. This is your new list of priorities!

Remember that your priorities can change in any given period of time. If there is something important on your list that you do not have time for right now, think about when you can slot that in. It’s another way to take charge of time and feel in control.

I really hope this helps!! And more importantly I hope you start taking action NOW!!!

XxOo Tasha

A big thanks to Astrid Baumgardner, JD, PCC for providing some helpful tools and content for this blog post! She is a life coach and a lawyer – check her blog out today! http://astridbaumgardner.com/blog.html

“Falling” in Love!

It’s September 15th… and it’s safe to say I have officially started to “fall” in love with FALL! From the brilliant orange and red leaves falling from the trees, the smell of cinnamon and pumpkin, unpacking my scarves and the crisp bite in the air, fall has always been my favorite season!

I wanted to put together a fun post for you to showcase some of my recent favorite “fall” items!

RECIPES

There is nothing better than Pumpkin Spice Lattes! Here is a great recipe by The Spunky Coconut that is super simple to make and tastes AMAZING!

The Kitchen McCabe: Vegan Warm Roasted Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad

Doesn’t this Warm Roasted Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad look amazing??!! Check the recipe out on The Kitchen McCabe’s blog!

Pumpkin Oatmeal in Crockpot

Two words: Pumpkin Oatmeal. Kuddos to Peanut Butter and Peppers for creating such a tasty oatmeal!

FASION

These are not necessarily “fall” items… but these are some items that I am currently LOVING!

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Bracelets are such a great way to accessorize! I am loving natural jewelry and OM bracelets… I even went to the craft store and picked up some beads to start making my own jewelry!

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Off the shoulder shirts are super fun to wear! They are casual yet a little flirty… great for a day out running errands or a fun date night!

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And of course you cannot forget to paint your nails a fun fall color, too! I love the lighter colors on my hands and dark colors on my toes. The middle soft pink and the bottom lavender are my favorites! Julep put this fun little color guide together – if you like the color on the left for summer, the color on the right is for fall! Check out their entire line here!

So tell me – what do YOU love about fall?

XxOo Tasha

 

Veggetti Review and a Recipe!

If you are looking for a new way to incorporate more veggies into your diet, try raw zucchini noodles! I have been eating and incorporating raw zucchini noodles into my dishes for a long time – pasta dishes, salads and cutting them up and eating them with hummus! I have a veggie spiralizer that I normally use for my noodles but a PR rep for Veggetti contacted me and asked if I wanted to try it out – I was pretty excited for this opportunity!

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“The Veggetti®, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Ontel.”

This thing ROCKS!

It has two sides for either wide noodles or thin noodles. And it’s super easy to clean up! The only issue I had was the lid – you are supposed to place your veggie in the spikes on the lid but it never did work for me so I tossed it. Using my own hand worked much better!

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I created two dishes – one salad and one pasta dish.

My salad was amazing! I used my spiraled zucchini and combined red cabbage, red bell pepper, green onion, garbanzo beans and cilantro.

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I then created this hearty ragu which contains mushrooms, fresh herbs, red bell peppers and red wine. This meal is half raw and 100% vegan. I hope you try it for dinner soon!

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  • 1 zucchini, washed and ends trimmed
  • half of a large yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 6-8 crimini mushrooms sliced, or 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 half red bell pepper, chopped
  • 6-8 kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • handfuls of fresh parsley and basil, chopped
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 1/2 jar of your favorite pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup red wine

Heat a large sauce pan with oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, pepper and a pinch of salt. Let it cook down for 5 minutes, or until onion is somewhat transparent and soft. Add mushrooms, olives and herbs. (I used 4-5 sprigs of Italian parsley and 10 fresh basil leaves, all chopped up). Let cook down for 5 or so minutes.

Now add your wine. Crank up the heat to medium-high and let it cook out. Reduce heat to medium-low and add your half of jar of sauce and simmer. If it’s to thick for you you can always add a little bit of water. Add salt and pepper to taste.

To prepare the noodles, take your zucchini and spiralize/shred/grate the entire thing. No need to warm up or heat.

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Here is more information about Veggetti®:

· The Veggetti® turns vegetables into delicious, healthy spaghetti, instantly

· By using zucchini, squash, carrots, cucumbers and potatoes, the Veggetti® creates thick or thin pasta with significantly less calories and carbs than traditional noodles.

· Ordinary pasta has 800 calories and 160 grams of carbs compared to 60 calories and 8 grams of carbs using Veggetti®!

· Great for those who are trying to make healthier food choices, diabetics, or on gluten-free diets

· The Veggetti® is quick & easy to use, has stainless steel blades, and is dishwasher safe

· Veggetti® is available at Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, Walgreens, CVS and other fine retailers nationwide

Do you want your very own veggetti? Head on over to my facbook page and enter to win!

“The Veggetti®, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Ontel.”

Healthy Eating!
XxOo Tasha

Clean Eats + At Home Workout

Hi friends!

Happy Wednesday! How was your day?

Oh man  – do I have some goodies for you!

First – Let’s flex!

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If you have been following me on my FB Page you have noticed that I am doing PiYo. And do I love it! PiYo is a mixture of pilates and yoga and was created by one of my favorite athlete, Chalene Johnson. PiYo is a a high-intensity, low-impact workout for a new kind of STRONG. Chalene Johnson took the very best Pilates and yoga-inspired moves and cranked up the speed to give you full throttle cardio, strength, and flexibility training—all at once. PiYo packs it ALL into each workout so you can build lean muscle mass—as you’re burning crazy calories.

And it works! I am getting more defined, stronger and leaner. It has done wonders! I do have a PiYo Challenge group for those that are wanting motivation and a community of supporters. Email me if you want to get started!

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Tonight I did a great at home circuit thanks to Peanut Butter Fingers. It was pretty intense!

  • 1 min jumping jacks
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 1 min alternating lunges
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 1 min mountain climbers
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 1 min squat
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 1 min. high knees
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 1 min pop squats
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 1 min burpees
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 1 min jumping jacks
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 1 min. mountain climbers
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 1 min counter top pushups
  • 30 sec. jump rope
  • 60 sec. plank
    Do this circuit 2X!

I was a sweaty mess afterwards! It felt amazing!

EATS

Breakfast:

I had a LaraBar and some raw figs – figs are my favorite!

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Lunch:

I am been craving my green smoothies! This one was super smooth and creamy. It was pretty amazing!

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Vanilla protein powder, almond milk, a frozen banana, frozen mangos chunks and peanut butter. YUM!

I also ran to Trader Joes to pick up a few items that we were out of.

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tjs 2 Lara Bars, avocado, brown rice, coconut oil, beans and figs

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Dark chocolate and organic Tempeh

Dinner:

This is my favorite dinner! Fresh cut veggies, almond butter, hummus and Mary’s Gone Crackers. I love fun dinners like these!

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Did you workout today? I would love to hear about your accomplishments!

These are two of my favorite quotes that I live by every single day!

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8 Clean Eating DO’s & DONT’s

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Clean Eating is SIMPLE!

But if you are still overwhelmed by concept you are in luck!

Here are 8 DO’s and DONT’s that will help simplify Clean Eating:

1 – DO ) Eat 5-6 small meals through the day
1 – DON’T ) Avoid foods with chemicals

2 – DO ) Eat breakfast everyday
2 – DON’T ) Avoid foods with white flour and sugar/high fructose corn syrup

3 – DO ) Eat healthy fats (avocado, coconut, fish oil) every single day
3 – DON’T ) Eat saturated and trans fat

4 – DO ) Pack and carry food with you if you travel or work out of the home
4 – DON’T ) Eat artificial sweeteners

5 – DO ) Drink 2-3 liters of water each day
5 – DON’T ) Drink excessive amounts of alcohol. A glass of wine a few times a week is OK.

6 – DO ) Eat foods in the most natural state
6 – DON’T ) Eat foods that are processed and have artificial ingredients

7 – DO ) Eat until you are satisfied, NOT stuffed
7 – DON’T ) Eat too much of one thing – keep a balance of protein, complex carbs and fresh veggies

8 – DO ) Eat what makes you feel best!
8 – DON’T ) Eat foods with low or no nutritional value. Feed your body the best fuel possible!

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Clean Eating Dinner – Pork Tenderloin

When it comes to clean eating, simple is BEST! Most of my meals include a grain, vegetable and protein. That’s it! I have been including more meat products into my diet and I must say that I have been feeling better! I will save the whole – Why I am not vegan anymore – post for a later date, but long story short I was feeling very lethargic and un-balanced for a long time. There are many days where I do not eat meat still but I have enjoyed slowly incorporating some meat products back into my daily diet.

I made pork tenderloins the other night for my family and they turned out fantastic! Super juicy, flavorful and FAST!

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Grains – I made red quinoa but you can make brown rice, wild rice, millet or wheat berries! Here is a link to more ancient grains that are all equally great! If you do not want grains, you can also cook whole wheat pasta or steam a sweet potato.

Veggies – The greener the better! Asparagus, green beans, kale, brussel sprouts, broccoli… steam or roast a few pounds at a time and store in your fridge. That way you will have meal options for when you do not want to cook. Also, if you do not want grains or carbs with your meal simply double up on you veggies!

Protein – You can make chicken breast, turkey, pork tenderloin or beans. Get creative with your protein! Keep them clean by using a wide array of herbs and spices VS. sugar loaded condiments.

Recipe and directions: Pork Tenderloin Dinner
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Cooked Red Quinoa

Measure out 2 cups red quinoa. Add 4 cups of water or low sodium veggie broth to a pot. Add both in the pot together and bring to a boil. Cover and turn the temp down to low. Let cook for 15-20 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
Save the extra for the week to use in salads, breakfast instead of oats or as your grain for another meal. If you want extra for breakfast, cook in water NOT

Steamed Fresh Green Beans

Cut the ends off of 1 pound of fresh green beans. Place in a steamer and steam for 10 minutes or until your desired texture.

Pork Tenderloin

1 pound of lean pork tenderloins
Trim any excess fat that may be on the meat. Season with sea salt, pepper, basil, thyme, or any other herb that you enjoy. I tried a new seasoning bled from Trader Joes and it was perfect! (see below) Place pork in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes and flip. Cook for another 5 minutes. Make sure these are well done but not dry. They cook fast so watch them!

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This dinner was very easy and fast! I really hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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XxOo Tasha

Product Review – Soul Nourishing Homemade!

Disclaimer: This is a product review for Soul Nourishing Handmade. I was compensated to write this post but opinions are 100% my own.

If you suffer from dry skin in the summer (like I do) then this is the post for you! I was so excited when Soul Nourishing Homemade reached out to me and wanted to send me a few products to try! I LOVE handmade bath products!

I was sent their Lemongrass Soap and Nourishing Body Butter:

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Triple Body Butter Crème: This is THE ultimate MUST have butter crème! Seriously! Made with unrefined shea butter so you get the benefits of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids that help restore, quench and moisturize your skin. Also made with mango butter and cocoa butter, all skin loving and hydrating butters. This is an intensely hydrating butter crème. A little goes a long way. Great for dry skin. It does not “sit” on top of your skin. It instantly melts into your skin providing all day moisturization, well into the next day. Only have to apply once per day because it’s so moisturizing. Leaves a nice glow on the skin. No toxic chemicals you can not pronounce. No filler ingredients, which offer no benefit. No synthetic dyes, no formaldehyde, no parabens, no mineral oil, no petroleum, no phthalate, no animal testing. Ingredients your skin will love and thank you for. We have several varieties of triple body butter crème. Top sellers are Lemongrass and Cashmere & Soft Silk.

Goat Milk Soap: Made with farm fresh goat milk. No powdered or canned milk here! The milk we use is as fresh as you can get…from farm to soap! Goat milk is high in Vitamin A which helps repair damaged skin tissues. Great for all types of skin, especially those with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. No harsh chemicals or irritants. All ingredients are recognizable and unadulterated in their form. It moisturizes while it cleanses. Because of the creaminess of the milk from the fat molecules, it boost the moisturizing qualities of the soap, leaving your skin incredibly moisturized. No synthetic ingredients. Just pure, natural soap, the way nature intended it to be. Free of cancer causing ingredients. Free of toxins. Full of skin loving goodness! We have several varieties of goat milk soap. Top sellers are Lavender & Oat and Peppermint & Tea Tree.

Herbal Healing Salve: The perfect chemical and toxin free alternative to ointments and creams. This can be used for cuts, scrapes, burns, rashes, stings, etc. It’s made with ingredients that have healing properties such as antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory. Calendula flowers, organic slippery elm, organic marshmallow root, and organic neem leaves are infused into extra virgin olive oil over a long period to seep their benefits into the oil.

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I noticed a difference in my skin RIGHT AWAY! The soap lathered into a luxurious foam and my skin felt so silky smooth afterwards! And the body butter soaked right into my skin, leaving it hydrated and healthy looking! Soul Nourishing Handmade is such an amazing small company, too! Tiffany, the owner, has been such a pleasure working with! Thank you for this opportunity Tiffany!

Please please PLEASE check their products out today! Let me know in the comments below if you purchase any of their products – I would love to hear your thoughts!

XxOo Tasha

{Recipe} Easy Peanut Butter Balls

I am ALL about making EASY and HEALTHY treats! And these Peanut Butter Balls are just that! Oh – and they are dangerously yummy! Oats, peanut butter, cinnamon… Yes please!

PS – They are healthy enough to eat for breakfast! #yesplease

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  Easy Peanut Butter Balls

1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup natural, no sugar added peanut butter {or any other nut butter}
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon honey
cinnamon to taste

Stir oats in peanut butter with melted coconut oil, honey and cinnamon. Chill for 30 minutes. Roll into balls and store in an air tight container in the fridge.

Easy peasy!

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XxOo Tasha

 

 

{Food Journal} 7.7.2014

Hi Friends! How was your Monday?

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What a relaxing weekend! I hope each of you also had a wonderful weekend!

Yesterday I helped move all day – literally ALL DAY! – and I was SOOOO sore this morning! The best workout I have had EVER! I was sore in areas I didn’t think I could be sore in!

I was pretty tired still when I woke up… bring on the BLACK coffee!

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MMMMmmmmm!

I made some overnight Chia Pudding last night and it was a perfect way to start my day!

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I also added some dark chocolate chips to it… mornings are better with chocolate!

For lunch I had a sprouted tortilla with hummus and cut up carrots, apple and celery with natural peanut butter. I love these lunches! Simple yet completely satisfying!

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Before dinner, I snacked on a Chobani yogurt with raw muesli.

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Dinner was amazing! It was pretty warm in Seattle yesterday so all I was craving was a huge salad.

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Arugula Chicken Salad
HUGE handful of arugula / baby spinach combo
dried cranberries
crumbled goat cheese
yellow onion
chopped chicken breast, chilled
dried basil flakes, salt and pepper
splash of EVOO

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  I also toaseted a few slices of sprouted bread and spread some Earth Balance on the toast.

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  It was such a perfect summer dinner! I ate outside on the deck with this handsome man…

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I also changed my phone screens this past weekend. Do you find you get bored of the same screen? I have been loving pastels and pinks lately! I found both of these wallpapers on pinterest – pink chevron for my home screen and a pink anchor for my lock screen. CUUUUTE!!!

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How often do you change you phone screens?

XxOo Tasha