how crossfit has helped me

how crossfit has helped me

Bump day icon Please note that I am not a licensed trainer. I am simply sharing this post based on my own experiences. Please consult with your doctor about any medical issues or concerns before starting a new exercising program.

I’ve wanted to write this post for quite some time, but waited because I wanted to really demonstrate how I’ve benefited from CrossFit. I joined a CrossFit gym in May 2013, and, while there are tons of articles now describing impressive improvements from CrossFitters as well as several negative articles trashing the sport from naysayers, I wanted to share my personal experience on how CrossFit has helped me. 

How CrossFit helped me

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travel chic: holiday edition

travel chic: holiday edition

Fashion FridaysWith summer officially over, the holidays are approaching quickly. Christmas is only two months away people!! With the holidays, comes a lot of travel. Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year always bring families closer together, even if it means hopping on a plane to make it happen.

If you’ve been following us for a while, you know that we are no strangers to travel. In order to leave the island, we need to get on a plane for at least a few hours. And with Ree just coming back from visiting Holland and England and Bre currently planning her December Colorado trip, we thought it would be fun to share our favorite travel fashion ensembles for the holidays.

Travel Chic - Holiday Edition Collage

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scrapbook: amsterdam

scrapbook: amsterdam

Dutch wooden shoeAs an adult, spending time with family has become much more important to me. So when my husband told me he had to go to England for a golf tournament, I decided to take advantage of the fact that we were already in Europe, and booked a quick detour to Holland. My parents immigrated from Holland, and I have a lot of family that still lives there. And while I was there two years ago with my mom and brother, my husband has never been. It was a perfect opportunity for him to meet some of my family and experience a country that means so much to me.

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travel workouts – how to get it done!

travel workouts – how to get it done!

Bump day icon Please note that I am not a licensed trainer. I am simply sharing workouts based on my own experiences and that I enjoy. Please consult with your doctor about any medical issues or concerns before starting a new exercising program.

Growing up my father, who works for a branch of the US Department of State (although he’s retiring in a couple months – congrats Dad!), traveled a lot. I mean a lot! And crazier than that my parents, a lovely young couple with two little ones (I wasn’t born yet), moved from California where they both grew up to Washington D.C. Gasp! Crazy, right?!

Well, back then before the lovely Internet, the world just wasn’t as global. Unless you were in the military, leaving your family to move cross country and then to have a job that required a lot of travel was simply unheard of. Now, though, it seems travel is just a way of life for many, whether it’s for your job, vacation, or because of now distant relatives. Yes, I know quite a few people who still live, work, and play in the same area they grew up in, but now that seems almost unheard of. Nearly everyone I know travels, and travels a lot! Continue reading


all things canadian

all things canadian

Happy Canadian ThanksgivingHappy Thanksgiving! 

Don’t worry my American friends, time hasn’t flown by that quickly. It’s still October, but today is the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday, and I want to wish all of our Canadian readers a very happy Thanksgiving!

I’m a Canadian girl, born and raised in the beautiful province of Ontario. While I miss Canada all of the time, this is the time of year I miss my home country and my family the most. Being all nostalgic, I began thinking about all of the things that make Canada truly unique. Although there are hundreds of items and I could easily write 20 pages on the subject, for today, I’ve managed to narrow it down to a few of my favorites (or should that be favorites, with a ‘u’).  Some of these you may already know, some may come as a surprise, but they are all fantastic nonetheless.

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matcha green tea giveaway + recipe

matcha green tea giveaway + recipe

Bump day icon A couple months ago, I was lucky enough to try and review Kiss Me Organics’ matcha green tea powder, a culinary grade green tea powder. At the time, I didn’t realize green tea came in a concentrated powder. I’m really glad though that I found matcha tea and have added it to my mornings, because the health benefits are phenomenal! 

So today, I’m thrilled we’re able to offer a giveaway and discount with Kiss Me Organics! They’re offering the winner one FREE bag of organic matcha green tea powder, as well as giving a 15% discount to all our readers!

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