Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Best Virtual Gym of 2018!

Happy New Year!

I don't know about you but I LOVE this time of year.



There is a buzzing energy around the new year that I find to be contagious.

I love seeing so many people committing or recommitting to their health & fitness journey. I truly believe that health & fitness can be the catalyst for change in every area of your life. When you feel good inside and out it reflects in other areas as well. You are a better version of you which makes you a in turn makes you a better friend, spouse, mom, employee, business owner etc.

Self care is not selfish yo!

I am not the biggest fan of "resolutions" since they tend to fade after January but goals and intentions aren't seasonal. If you haven't started setting goals yet, we should chat! I would love to help you make some small or big changes in 2018.

Do you have health & wellness goals you are working towards?

If you have been looking for a gym membership, fitness routine, or want to add some variety to your life I want to introduce you to my virtual gym...Beachbody On Demand! Think Netflix meets health & fitness.



Beachbody On Demand (BOD for short) includes thousands of different workout videos ranging from weight lifting to yoga and so much more. Members get access to every single workout Beachbody has ever put out on DVD plus a bunch of brand new workouts that are only available streaming. This is how I am able to do my workouts ANYWHERE. From home, the gym, my hotel room, I always have a personal trainer in my pocket with BOD.

Check it out for yourself!



Plus when you become a BOD member you also get to work with me as your virtual health & fitness coach to help you reach your goals every step of the way. My philosophy is all about making this a healthy lifestyle and progress > perfection always. I would love to work with you in 2018 and help you reach your goals.

You can become a Beachbody On Demand member by clicking here OR fill out this form for a customized plan based on your goals. I can't wait to get to know you and be a part of your journey!

Each day, week, month, and year brings a fresh slate. Never forget that you do not need a new year to make a change but it is a great time to reflect, refocus, and set intentions for the upcoming chapter of life.

Sending you lots of love & light in 2018 my friends! 
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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Sweet Potato Latkes

This weekend we celebrated the fifth night of Hanukkah with my childhood friend Vanessa (founder of Shibooi style). We made latkes for hours while listening to Christmas music and drinking cider! It was a great way to celebrate Hanukkah and reflect on good memories.



We made both traditional potato latkes AND a healthier version with sweet potatoes. You can use whatever kind of potato you prefer but the sweet potato version had much more flavor! I am a fan of both. This is a simple yet delicious recipe! Wether you celebrate Hanukkah or not these are a great holiday appetizer. 



Sweet Potato Latkes

Ingredients:

2 medium sweet potatoes or 3 russet potatoes 
1/2 medium onion
1.4 cup flour
2 eggs
Salt & pepper
Safflower oil (or another high heat oil)

Directions:

1. Wash & scrub your potatoes. Then peel them.
2. Grate your potatoes with a cheese grater or in the food processor. 
3. After grating squeeze out all the excess liquid with a dish towel. This key to crisp latkes! Don't skip it. 
4. Put potatoes in a large bowl.
5. Grate your onion with the cheese grater and add it to the bowl.
6. Mix in your flour, eggs, and spices. Stir till combined. Make sure the batter is sticking together but not too wet. 
7. Heat 1/2 inch of oil in a skillet. Oil must be HOT. Test the oil before dropping latkes into the pan to make sure it sizzles. 
8. Once oil is hot drop spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan and then flatten with a spatula or fork to make it into a nice latke. 
9. Fry until the edges brown and then flip. 
10. Once browned on both sides place on a paper towel to soak up excess grease. Then keep warm in the oven @ 200 degrees until serving.




I love to top my latkes with apple sauce. We also made some guacamole that was delicious with the sweet potato latkes! Some like sour cream but that's not my jam. 

How do you like to top your latkes?! Comment below. 

Enjoy friends!

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Miscarriage: Does it get easier?

Miscarriage turned my world upside down in June of 2017.

I didn't think it would happen to me (again). And nothing could have prepared me for it. Since opening up about my miscarriage I have had many women reach out to me with open hearts about their struggles. I hear stories every single day about miscarriage and although it is fairly "common", that doesn't make the individual experience any less challenging.

One of the most frequent questions I get from women who have recently experienced miscarriage...

"Does it get easier?"


Photography by Megan Kathleen 


In this moment my heart drops because I know so badly that when someone asks this question they are searching for HOPE, a glimmer of light in the darkness. They want to know that at some point this heavy darkness will lift. And all though I can confidently say "this too shall pass", I'm not sure it ever will get easier.

It doesn't get easier.

You get stronger.

There are plenty of moments where it hits you in the gut and strength isn't anywhere to be seen. Just an overwhelming feeling of emptiness. It is hard to put into words what that feels like. But every time you feel the feels and then chose to move through them, you are getting stronger. One day at a time.

Strength doesn't mean you don't cry, you can't feel, or have a hard day...it means you pick yourself up with a box of tissues in hand and keep going. I find myself crying at the most random times, out in public, while scrolling social media, in the shower...the tears just come rolling down my cheeks.

I would have been 30 week pregnant today. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about it. And then the universe continues to remind that I should be pregnant right now by sending formula samples to our doorstep. My chest gets tight and my heart aches every time I see one of those little boxes.

Easier?

Not so much.

As my due date (2/18/18) quickly approaches there are many days where it honestly feels harder. But I have gotten stronger through these difficult experiences.

If we wait for life to get easier, we might be waiting forever because the reality is life is really freakin hard. Challenges will continue to be thrown at us, sometimes one right after another. During these trying times I remind myself that good comes from these challenges in the form of growth.


Don't fight it.

Be with it.

Feel it.

Move through it.

In the words of Trevor Hall..."You can't rush your healing, darkness has it's teachings, love is never leaving."

Much love,
Lauren

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

This is a gift guide for anyone in your life who love health & fitness. Whether you are into living a healthy lifestyle or shopping for someone who is, these are some of my favorite finds of 2017! If you ask me there is no better gift than health or something to help you on your journey to health & happiness. Feel free to send this link to your boyfriend, hubby, Mom/Dad, Santa...whoever needs to see it ;).

For the entrepreneur in your life: The Productivity Planner  $24



















Time is a precious resource. I feel like we are all trying to get more done in less time which makes productivity a key factor. I have tried what feels like every planner out there and have come to find they are either too complicated or too simple. Ya feel me? Then I found the productivity planner and I have to say it has been a game changer. It is simple yet totally functional and it has helped me become productive AF! Whoever you gift this to will be thanking you for the next year. I also LOVE the 5 Minute Journal if you or someone you know wants to attract more abundance into their life (same link).

For the coffee lover in your life: Mushroom Coffee $12




















I have been on a mushroom kick, not that kind lol. I actually hate the way mushrooms taste but I have been trying to incorporate them into my diet wherever possible. My Shakeology, my coffee, you name it! I was skeptical about the whole mushroom and coffee thing, but turns out it is amazing. I make this bullet proof (with ghee + brain octane oil) and it gives me a boost in the AM without the crash. Beyond the energy it really helps my brain get going in the mornings. I am obsessed with everything from this brand, Four Sigmatic. If you know someone who loves coffee and healthy herbs, this is a great gift!


For someone who loves personal growth books: 
The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins $17


This was one of my favorite reads of 2017. A simple concept with the power to help anyone make profound changes. I thought I knew what this book was all about after the first chapter, but turns out it just got better and better. I wish I could summarize this book for you but my best advice would be to order a copy for a friend and grab one for yourself, too. It is THAT good!








For anyone who is active & needs to stay hydrated:  
Klean Kanteen  $24




















A good water bottle (no plastic) is important to have both for your health & the environment. This my personal favorite! It is insulated so it keeps drinks both hot and cold without condensation on the outside. It is great for hot yoga or just about anything. I take mine with me everywhere I go.

For your soul sister: The Universe Has Your Back Deck $12 


A daily affirmation deck inspired by the book The Universe Has Your Back. I love starting my day by pulling a card and more often then not it is exactly what I needed to hear. This simple deck of cards can shine light when you need it most.






For your BFF who is always on the go: 
Beachbody On Demand Membership $99

















Think Netflix meets fitness- that's what Beachbody On Demand (BOD) is all about. This is my mobile gym I take with me everywhere! Stream your workouts from your computer, TV, phone, iPad and even download them for when you don't have internet. There is everything from HIIT training, weigh lifting, to yoga classes and meditations. When you sign up for BOD with the link above you also get me as your free coach to help you every step of the way!

For the girl who loves to lift at home: 
Bowflex Adjustable Dumbbells $259


My favorite adjustable dumbbells! These bad boys easily adjust from 5lbs to 52.5lbs with a few clicks. They are an investment but will last you a lifetime. Perfect for someone who is building their own home gym set up.





For the yogi in your life: Lululemon Yoga Mat $68

















This mat is life changing! Once I got the 5mm mat I can't go back. No other mat compares. This mat is sticky which means you don't need a towel, even in hot yoga. It is also BIG which I love. Not the best for travel but perfect for a home practice or the studio. It is worth splurging for a nice mat! Your yogi friend will thank you.

For someone you really love LOL: The Vitamix $399



The best blender on the market. Hands down. There are many close comparisons but I honestly think it is worth spending the extra money for a Vitamix. You can make just about anything in this thing! Plus it comes with an amazing warranty. I provided a link for Amazon but if you want to save some $$ I recommend looking into a refurbished one or at Costco.







For someone who is busy but loves to cook: 
HelloFresh $60 (save $40 with this link)


Hello Fresh has kept our bellies fully on busy weeknights for a while now! After testing out a lot of the meal delivery services on the market this is our favorite service currently- for quality, meal selection and price. This is like giving someone 3 date nights at home! It makes cooking a gourmet and delicious dinner so simple by sending you everything you need ingredients & recipes. Enjoy!



I hope this guide was helpful for your holiday shopping this year! And always remember there is no better gift than YOUR presence. Happy Holidays everyone! I hope this month is filled with warmth, love and lots of laughter.

What is on your holiday wish list this year?!
I'm curious, comment below!

XOXO
Lauren
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Team Beachbody is launching in the U.K.

I am so excited to announce we are OFFICIALLY launching in the U.K. October 19th, 2017! 



Beachbody is the creator of some of the most popular at home fitness programs...Insanity, 21 Day Fix, PiYO, P90X are just a few of our program! We also just recently launched an on demand streaming platform similar to Netflix but for your workouts. Beachbody On Demand has thousands of different workouts from cardio, dancing, yoga, weight lifting, maternity workouts and more.

I started my journey with coaching 5 years ago. I had no prior background in the industry. I was a lost college student searching for my path and that's when I discovered the coaching opportunity. I realized I could turn my passion for health and wellness into my paycheck. I had no idea what I was doing but I decided to use social media as my main platform to share my story, market myself and build my business. I have built a 6 figure business online through trial and error. I am passionate about helping others reach their personal goals AND build a rewarding business.

When you join my team, Team FitRevolution, you will get access to tons of resources, training and support to build your business. I will basically teach you everything I have learned as your mentor! This is an opportunity to be one of the founding coaches in the U.K. and work with one of the TOP teams in the company.

Are you interested in learning more about the United Kingdom coaching opportunity?! 

Join our Team FitRevolution United Facebook page to connect with the team and learn more about coaching prior to the launch. In this group we are hosting prelaunch training and calls to help you learn the basics before the launch so you can hit the ground running before the New Years Resolution rush.


I am coming to the U.K.!

I will be coming to London for the official launch event on October 21st, 2017. I would love to meet our future coaches and connect with you at this event. I highly recommend attending this event if you want to pursue coaching. The link to get your tickets to the event is posted in the Facebook group above.

We are SO excited to meet everyone and look forward to connecting with our new U.K. teammates in London. If you are not currently working with a coach and you would like more info on this opportunity please fill out the application below and I will be in touch.

Coaching has completely changed my life over the last 5 years. I have gone from a struggling college student to a thriving entrepreneur and along the way have found my health & happiness. I am so grateful for this opportunity and I can't wait to share it with you!

Learn more about Team Beachbody:



If you are excited about this opportunity please fill out this application ASAP. I will only be working with a select number of coaches in the U.K.

To be one of the founding coaches APPLY HERE!


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Sunday, July 9, 2017

My Journey with Miscarriage

This is not the story I thought I would be sharing. It is actually the opposite...


Photo credit: Megan Kathleen Photography 


I found out I was pregnant on June 5th, 2017.

From that day on pregnancy has consumed me. I have thought about daily, during every waking hour. I started blogging about my pregnancy in hopes of someday sharing it with the world.

I told my close friends and family I was pregnant almost as soon as I found out. Pregnancy and expecting a baby is an exciting time, it deserves to be shared! I do not agree with the message society sends women, "wait till your through the first trimester to tell people".

Why wait 12 weeks (3 MONTHS) to share something so important in your life?

That sounds like torture for the parents to be who are either scared out of their minds, excited, but most likely a bit of both.

Seriously WHY do we do that?

Fear.

Fear of the statistics.

Fear of loss.

Every decision or action either comes from a place of fear or love. I choose love.

The only thing I can think of that is worse than loss itself, would be going through the loss and grieving process alone. This is a reality for so many woman who go through miscarriage and it breaks my heart. If you have experienced a miscarriage and are feeling this way I will share some helpful resources that have helped me at the end of this post (although the pain today is still heart breaking).

I believe this societal norm to wait until you 'make it through the first trimester" sends the wrong message to women. So much is happening in our bodies during the first trimester and not sharing that experience (with whoever you choose) out of fear sends a message that we should be shameful or secretive in the event of a loss. I do not regret telling those closest to me that I was pregnant. I am here to say there is nothing to be ashamed of if you have experienced loss and I want you to know that you are not alone.

Miscarriage is one of those taboo and uncomfortable topics, yet 1 out of 5 pregnancies end in miscarriage. If you are pregnant please DO NOT live in fear of the what ifs. Enjoy every day of the experience even the hard ones. I am here to change the conversation and shed some light on one of life's dark events, the loss of a unborn child.

Let's rewind and start with some backstory (that I have likely never shared before)...

I remember when I was 19 years old, and the doctor looked at me and told me it may be hard for me to conceive naturally down the road when I was diagnosed with PCOS. I laughed it off as a young and naive teenager who wanted nothing to do with kids.

A few months later I switched from the Nuvaring to the pill and let's just say I was not very good about taking it daily. Not only were the irregular doses of artificial hormones horrible for my body it was also highly ineffective. I found myself pregnant, scared and confused at age 20.

While I DO believe strongly in every woman's right to choose, I do not know that I would practice that right personally (I fully support every woman in that choice). In the end mother nature chose for me. I miscarried at 8 weeks, it was an emotional and traumatic blessing at the time. I was hopeful my day would come again when the time was right and even then was a believer in the whole "everything happens for a reason". I still had faith in the universe. I went through the grief and pain of my first miscarriage alone (although it was completely different).

Fast forward to today....

When I found out I was pregnant with the my husband-to-be and love of my life the feelings were MUCH different. It was the BEST surprise to date. I felt so grateful to have the opportunity to be a Mom and raise a beautiful family with someone I love so much. I was shocked (because we weren't trying and I typically track my cycle to prevent pregnancy) but none the less SO happy, excited and ready for this next chapter of life and all the challenges it may bring.

I tried to put my previous experience with miscarriage behind me and not even *think* about that possibility. I am healthier than I was back then, I am happier, in a much different place in life. I was hopeful and confident that we were going to bring a healthy baby into this world.

Almost immediately I decided I wanted to see a midwife instead of an OB and wanted to have a natural delivery. I was researching giving birth at a birthing center vs the hospital...I found a local birth center, met with one of their midwives and when I couldn't give them accurate dates of my last period or when I conceived they asked me to do an early ultrasound. My first ultrasound showed I was 4-5 weeks and that gestational sac was growing in my uterus. They suggested a follow up ultrasound in 2 weeks to see how everything was progressing and give me a due date.

A few days after the ultrasound on our way down to Oregon in our 1973 VW bus, I got one of the worst phone calls of my life...

"Hi Lauren, this is Katrina from Bellingham Birth Center. I was just calling to see how your miscarriage is going?"

The call caught me off guard, I was in shock, and had no idea what she was talking about. As far as I knew I was 4-5 weeks and still felt pregnant.

She explained to me that my dates didn't line up and that it didn't look like the baby was progressing properly. I refused to believe the words she was telling me. And I don't feel like they held much truth at the time. She didn't know my history with PCOS and irregular periods.

Her words were spoken with such little compassion or concern for another woman. I truly hope no other women has to experience a phone call like that. I have heard nothing but great things about the local birth center but that phone call was enough to turn me off.

After getting off the phone I was a mess. My heart hurt, my chest was heavy,  I was having trouble breathing and I just didn't know what to do.

Here I was on my way to a 4 day festival in the middle of nowhere Oregon to celebrate my birthday yet it felt like there was nothing to be celebrating. At that point I thought I was basically a ticking time bomb.

What if I started to miscarry while at the festival? 

I called the doctors office and spoke to the midwife there...she had such reassuring words and encouraged me to go enjoy my trip. So onwards we went, I tried to keep my head held high and forget about the prior phone conversation, yet it kept playing back through my memory like a real life nightmare.

The festival came and went and I was still pregnant and growing more and more hopeful that everything was okay as the days passed. After returning home I went to another appointment with a midwife and scheduled a follow up ultrasound to see how the pregnancy was progressing.

The ultrasound was a week out (the following Monday) and it felt like the longest week of my life. Every day felt longer than the day before. I was ready for some answers.

On Thursday of that week I started *lightly* spotting. I am pretty sure spotting is every pregnant woman's worst nightmare yet it is fairly common but nobody talks about it (besides on a few pregnancy forums). I had a few moments of freaking out before some friends reassured me everything could be just fine. I wasn't bleeding, I was spotting and there was no pain.

The spotting continued through the weekend.

The day of my ultrasound came and I was sick to my stomach, so many nerves and feelings I was trying to ignore. Zach and I went to the ultrasound hopeful and ready to hear some good news. I laid on the table, hopeful yet fearful all at the same time.

And then there was the baby...



The baby had grown, we could see the little flicker of a heart beat. All I knew was the pregnancy had progressed and there was our baby. In that moment I felt a huge sense of relief. Everything was okay in my mind.

The tech took a few pictures of the baby (I measured 6 weeks 1 day), told me the heart rate was at 66 beats per minutes, gave me my due date (2/18/18), told us congrats and sent us on our way.

Maybe she just didn't have the heart to tell me there but she knew what was going to happen next yet I had no idea.

I had just been given HOPE.

We went out for a pizza lunch date to celebrate. I texted everyone who knew about my pregnancy and gave them my due date. After the appointment and lunch I was emotionally and physically exhausted. I came home and took a nap.

I woke up, went to the bathroom and realized I was no longer spotting...I was bleeding.

Bright red, fresh blood and lots of it. At this point I knew it wasn't good. A few hours later the cramping began. I took some tylenol hoping to go to bed and wake up feeling better.

I woke up feeling worse, everything hurt- my heart, my body, my mind it all ached. I cried and cried wishing it wasn't true but realizing that it was. I was experiencing a miscarriage, yet again.

I decided to make the experience as "comfortable" as I could and allowed myself to just feel as it was happening. I set up a zen space in my living room with essential oils diffusing, music playing, pictures of the baby and Zach & I. I laid there on the couch for a few hours before Zach came home from yoga and started to realized what was happening.

The pain progressed through out the afternoon, eventually I went into the bathtub to help ease the pain.

While in the bathtub the pain kept getting worse. At that point we decided to drive to the ER. I checked in and took a seat in the waiting room. Lewis Howes, one of my favorite personal growth/business coaches was playing on Ellen. As I was watching the pain started to subside, I started to think positively again.

Maybe I wasn't having a miscarriage after all?!

I went to the bathroom to check to see if I was still bleeding. I was. I walked back over to Zach, put my hands on his shoulders and a huge wave of pain came over me. In that moment I felt the baby come out...

I ran back to the bathroom, pulled down my pants and there our baby was. I got light headed, lowered myself to the ground and blacked out half undressed lying on the bathroom floor. When I regained conciousness I called for Zach who thankfully was near by. He called security because I was locked in the bathroom with very little strength left. I knew I needed help so I sat up and unlocked the door. After sitting up I was instantly sick and started throwing up. A nurse then came in, wrapped me in blankets, put me in a wheel chair and wheeled me away. I sat in that wheel chair dazed, confused, and full of emotions.

June 27th, 2017 we lost our baby.



The entire experience continues to play through my mind like a slow motion horror movie...only it is my life. And the emotional pain that followed has been nothing I have experienced before. Grief is both messy and confusing.

"How are you feeling?" is a question I have been answering often. It has presented me the opportunity to reflect multiple times a day on HOW I am feeling...which if I was grieving alone, I am sure I would try to ignore.

I don't feel like myself at all. I am a stranger in my own body. Yet I find myself feeling like I should be or say that I'm okay. I find myself believing that I should feel differently than I feel in this very moment (hurt, confused, empty, sad, heavy). I want to be stronger than I currently feel. But the truth is I don't feel okay, although I know I am and will be okay (and have so much to be grateful for).

The emotions keep washing over me in waves with little breaks in between. And I am learning to accept the space and stage of grief I am in right now...

I took a week off of work/life to just be. I am so thankful I have the freedom to give myself personal time when need be. Time freedom is a blessing network marketing has given me and I will never take it for granted.

As I pick up the pieces and feel all the feels I have been working on putting my energy into positive things...it's not easy though. Somedays I can't get myself out of bed, going to the grocery store or anywhere for that matter feels like a huge uphill battle, I find myself crying randomly, feeling all sorts of emotions as social media constantly reminds me that I am not pregnant yet long to be more than anything else.

Zach has been my rock through this tragic experience. He has been my calm through the storm. Although this hasn't been easy we have grown much closer over the last 2 months which I didn't think was possible. My love for him continues to grow every single day.

We have started planning our wedding for next summer which is exciting! I also am doing a TON of research to learn more about my body and how to heal my PCOS. I started getting Ayurvedic healing treatments and am seeking natural fertility solutions. I plan to share what I am doing for those who are also trying to conceive.

Truth is I haven't been taking care of myself recently and now I have a whole new motivation to do just that. I am learning about the healing properties of different herbs, food, and helping my body thrive.

Never did I think I would be sitting here sharing my "trying to conceive" journey with the world. But that is where the universe has lead me. I plan to share more of what I am doing to heal my body naturally.



Although this isn't the story I wanted to be sharing, it is my story and I will continue to share it. I dream of the day I get to hold my baby. I know that day will come even though I have many moments of uncertainty. I am learning to trust my body and the universe again. I know some day this unpredicted path will make more sense. For now we focus on healing.

Thank you for being there. Thank you for listening. I hope to help other women out there but at the same time this post is for me. It's been a dark month but I will not let it put out my light. I will continue to shine bright and share my journey as it unfolds, the highs and the lows <3.

Helpful Resources:

What Miscarriage Is Really Like w/ Jenna Kutcher- this podcast is amazing for anyone who has experienced miscarriage OR if you know someone who has

Healing After Miscarriage

5 Steps To Prevent Reoccurring Miscarriage

Woman Code- I highly recommend this book if you have PCOS or any hormone related issues.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

5 Books That Will Change Your Life...

Let me start of by saying I wasn't a reader growing up...

Spark notes was my best friend and I can probably count on one hand the number of books I *actually* read cover to cover during my years in the classroom. I never thought I was a "reader".

I used to scoff when my Dad (who loves books), gifted me a book on every occasion.

"Really Dad, another book?" I would think in my head.

So if you are reading this and thinking you are not a reader I want to challenge you to give these 5 books a try!

I am a reader, I just wasn't reading books that spoke to my soul, that inspired me or made me STOP and think. These 5 books will change your life...if you let them. And if you do take the time to read any of them, I would love to hear your thoughts. Shoot me an e-mail!


1. The Four Agreements 

Get your copy of the book here. 
A short but life changing read, four simple agreements to live your life by. I learned so much about myself reading this book and was able to start undoing years of social conditioning. I love sharing this book with others because it is one of those reads I will never forget and often pick up for a reminder, each time I read it I find a deeper meaning.


2. The Go Giver


Order a copy of the book here!

Another short but powerful read! I often hear others express they wish they had more to give to others or someday they will have the ability to give abundantly.  I think we often forget we have that power right now. We have so much to give to the world that doesn't cost a thing. This book totally shifted my perspective on giving and has helped me give more to others.

3. You Are A Bad Ass


Order a copy of the book here! 
This is another book I have read/listened to multiple times.

Who am I reading books more than once?!

If you are lacking the confidence, belief or balls to live the life of YOUR dreams you must pick up this book. Jen shares some unfiltered real talk that will help you push through anything. It is one of those books I wish I would have read a long time ago!

4. The Goddess Revolution 


Order a copy of the book here! 
LADIES!

Have you ever struggled with body image? How about your relationship with food?

If so you must read this book. I have been fighting a silent battle with myself for years! I gained a bunch of weight, lost most of it (still wasn't happy with what I saw), gained a lot of it back and have never been happier. How? Because my happiness isn't tied to a number or my reflection. We all have the divine right to be happy NOW. This book helped me make peace with my internal struggle and has been a big influence in the message I want to send out to other women. I aim to be a different kind of #fitspo who helps you love yourself today as a constant work in progress.

5. #GIRLBOSS


Order a copy of #GIRLBOSS here! 
Are you an entrepreneur? Or been toying with the idea of finally turning your dreams into reality?!

#GIRLBOSS is a story of how the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal came to be. I loved how relatable this book was as a fellow female entrepreneur who really has no fucking idea what she is doing (that would be me lol) but keeps doing it anyways and refuse to give up. Her book is now a Netflix television series as well, I personally prefer the book.

OKAY so there you have it, 5 books that have greatly influenced my life! I hope you pick one (or all) of them up. This is honestly only a few of my favorite books but I'll save the rest for a future blog post.

What are 5 of your favorite life changing books?! 
I would love to know! Comment below. 


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Monday, March 13, 2017

6 Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip No-Bake Cookies

Hi friends!

I made the most delicious and EASY peasy no-bake cookies as part of my meal prep this week. So far I have only eaten one which is a huge victory given how incredibly delicious these bad boys are. It's been forever since I have posted on my blog {it is time to change that}, but this recipe simply couldn't wait. 

Go makes these...NOW!



You will thank me later, promise. 

Recipe adapted from here.

Ingredients:

3 tbs of coconut oil (melted)
1/2 cup of peanut butter (the only ingredients should be PEANUTS, and maybe salt)
1/3 cup maple syrup (or honey)
1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups whole oats
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Pinch of salt (optional) 

Directions:

1. Mix your coconut oil, peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract in a large bowl. 

2. Mix in oats, everything will start to clump together. Still until well combined. Then mix in your chocolate chips.

3. Scoop mixture onto parchment paper. Put in the fridge/freezer for them to firm up. I stored them in the fridge in a tupperware to keep them fresh for the week! 

Now the real challenge is making these last the whole week...

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