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DIY Grocery Bouquet

This past weekend I went to Fort Worth, Texas and had the opportunity to lead a DIY Workshop for Fizz & Flair and teach a group of ladies how to make a DIY Grocery Bouquet! DIY Grocery Bouquet Workshop 

What's a Grocery Bouquet you ask? 

See below, but basically, it's taking tons of yummy and gorgeous veggies and creating a beautiful bouquet with them!

DIY Grocery Bouquet Workshop

DIY Grocery Bouquet Workshop

What's the point in a Grocery Bouquet? 

When you attend a dinner party, and you are in charge of a veggie tray or salad, it's a great way to present the food. Just imagine walking in to your next dinner party with one of these beauties in hand! Everyone will be so amazed and interested in how you made it! Or, it's always a great hostess gift as well! Who wouldn't want a vibrant bouquet full of healthy foods! 

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We had a blast at the workshop! I even taught them how to make flowers out of radishes! 

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And I left them with my favorite, and go-to homemade HEALTHY ranch dip! 

**The Garden Dill Rub that it is made with is Gluten Free, has no GMO's, is MSG Free, and Sugar Free! You can order it HERE!

DIY Grocery Bouquet & a Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing!

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So next time you are hosting a party, or attending one, offer to bring the salad. Then grab your favorite salad veggies, some skewers and butcher paper and throw together a beautiful DIY Grocery Bouquet. And then to top it off make my healthy ranch dressing! 

And this is a super fun craft to let the kids help out with! Plus when they help, they are more likely to eat the foods! And who doesn't want their kids to eat more salad!?!? 

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All photos taken by Lauren Sellari Photography

Top 5 Hits on my Summer Workout Playlist PLUS My Favorite Yoga Playlist!

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It may be raining in Texas, but I believe we can officially call it summertime! And what goes better with summertime than some good ol' country music! HELLO, I'M A TEXAN! Just imagine it though, an afternoon at the pool, a cold sonic drink in hand, then driving home in your swimsuit and the windows rolled down singing your heart out to some good country music! Nothing sings SUMMERTIME like that to my Texas heart.  Today though, I won't be talking all about country music, so don't check out on this blog yet.....because although that scenario sounds great, country music isn't exactly my favorite workout music! 

Today I will be sharing my Top 5 Hits on my Summer Workout Playlist (specifically for working out/running), PLUS My Favorite Yoga Playlist! And if you have Spotify or choose to use it, then my playlist will be made available to you! 

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Okay, as you will see with the Yoga Playlist I am sharing below, I am LOVING Acoustic Covers on Spotify! So a lot of my favorite workout jams these days are acoustic! But don't think necessarily coffee house style, put you to sleep music. They may be classified as acoustic, but still have some spunk to them! 

(Click on the song titles to find them on Spotify)

1) Uptown Funk (Live from SXSW 2015) by Cam

-It's an acoustic version, and SO MUCH FUN! A little side note, when I discovered this amazing version of this song, I grabbed my husband on my back porch, and we literally danced to this entire song! This song is great for running, or at Stroller Strides we do an awesome ab workout to this entire song! Definitely a burner! 

2) Lips Are Movin by Meghan Trainor

-Seriously, I LOVE THIS SONG! And it's so much fun to workout to! It really puts an extra pep in your step, or a pep in your rep! (haha see what I did there) Especially when you are getting tired during a workout! And it's so much fun to sing to! 

3) Want To Want Me by Jason Derulo

-Also such a fun and upbeat one for working out! 

4) How Can It Be by Lauren Daigle

-Now I know most people love to workout to fast, upbeat tempo'd music, but that's not always the case for me. Even before I became a Yoga Instructor, I always enjoyed running to slow, inspirational or worship music. So I absolutely love this song and had to include it! 

5) Rascal Flatts -All of it! 

-So in the spirit of it being summer and me being a Texan, I had to include a little country music...and my favorite is Rascal Flatts! I love them and love to listen to them any time! 


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 So when I talked my husband into running a half marathon with me, he said under one condition. That we would get Spotify Premium. It's like $12 or $14 a month, so I was like, "Whatever..." We had intentions to cancel it after the first few months, but then I realized how amazing it is for my Yoga music as well! PLUS, OMG you can follow your friends, and check out their playlists, and share your playlists with people! 

So I created the most amazing Yoga Playlist....too bad I didn't name it something fun (and now don't know how to change the name). But basically it's acoustic versions of in songs, and perfect for Yoga. It's also my go-to playlist when I'm hanging out, cleaning, or studying for my ACE exam! 

The Top 5 Hits on my summer workout playlist plus my favorite yoga playlist! #Fridayfive

So check it out! Just click HERE to get the playlist!  It's amazing, and FOLLOW ME (although my Spotify is under my husband's name), and share your awesome playlists with me too!! 

Also, I would love for you to share my playlist with others! Click to tweet above, or hover over the image to PIN it! 

Today I'm linking up with these awesome ladies for the #FridayFive linkup! Check out the party for more awesome playlist inspiration and get your summer workout music ready to motivate and inspire you to get fit! 

The Top 5 Hits on my summer playlist plus my favorite yoga playlist! #Fridayfive

I'm also linking up with Jill Conyers for Fitness Friday!

QUESTION OF THE DAY: 

What is you favorite song to workout to!?!? 

Are you on Spotify? 

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April...the best month for newness, wellness, and detoxing!

April..... It's probably one of the best month's out of the whole year! 

The weather begins changing, and let's face it. No matter where you live, coming off of the cold months, it feels good to have the sun on your face, see flowers everywhere you go, and know that a vacation is on the horizon. 

Plus, April just feels like a time of newness! It's the time when Spring Cleaning starts happening, physically in our home, sometimes mentally even. In April we tend to feel less stressed as the days are longer, and the overall feeling of life is just better! 

Plus, it's the month where we tend to take our healthy and wellness game up a notch.  This may be due to the fact that we will soon be wearing less layers, and getting ready for time by the pool. Or it is just because we have one time in the day to spend taking care of ourself. 

So like I said! April is the best month out of the whole year! 

(Okay, maybe that's just my opinion, but I'm sure some of you can agree!)

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 Here's a few things you can do to take advantage of the wonderful month of APRIL!

1) Try a new outdoor activity! No matter what it is, find something you enjoy but haven't been able to do during winter, or try something totally new!! 

2) Walk, Run, & Bike MORE! Maybe you are able to bike to work....do it! Or maybe you can walk to the store or coffee shop....do it! Or maybe you don't live close to anything, that's okay, go for a walk with the family or to the park to walk! Just try to drive less, and use your legs more! 

3) Eat yummy in season fruit! Yep, Spring & Summer time just make you want to eat fruit! The warm weather, and cold drinks in the backyard go great with some ripe watermelon! And did you know, that it's our body's natural way to crave those foods during the summer because your body knows that they are in season. It's also why we have a tendency to put on a few pounds in the summer, because we are eating the sugary fruits that are in season, and storing up fats for the winter. (just a little lesson for the day!) Anyways, check out this post from a local blogger about which fruits are in season!

4) Do a little Spring Cleaning! It's the perfect time to downsize, get rid of things you not longer use. Whether you donate them to help others out, sale them in a garage sale or repurpose them, it's always good to clean things out during this time! If you are planning to get rid of some t-shirts, Jessica from The Fit Switch did a video blog on a great way to repurpose your t-shirts into headbands, plus some great workout hair styles! Check that out HERE!  

5) Detox the Body! Sure for some this means detox through a specific type of eating cleanse, but for now, I'm going to suggest using a few detoxing Yoga poses to get you started! Also, join me on Instagram, I'm currently participating in a #DetoxYoBody Yoga Challenge! TWISTING POSES are awesome for detoxing the body, so try these! 

Try these Detoxing Yoga Poses from @brittanysuell! Perfect for the new spring season!

Oh, and did I mention that earth day is this month!!! 

APRIL 22ND! and for all you locals, I've got an awesome collaboration planned with The Mill Winery of Abilene! We are hosting a Wellness Wednesday event!! 

Come to Wellness Wednesday for Earth Day on April 22nd and do Yoga with @brittanysuell plus a nutrition workshop and sangria!!

That's right! $15 gets you a Yoga class with ME!! A Nutrition Workshop, plus their yummy Sangria in a souvenir glass that you can take home! 

So who is making plans to celebrate EARTH DAY with me!?!? 

QUESTION OF THE DAY!

What's your favorite thing about April!? What plans do you have to make this a great month!? 

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

 

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My 2015 Race Schedule

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I am so excited to say that one of my 2015 Goals is already under way...wait wait, two of my 2015 goals!!  10928860_868055259913714_5667968720730147899_n-21) Run a half marathon with my husband! (It will be his first ever!)

This is us on our first training run together. And by together, I mean running at the same time, but by no means at the same pace! That is okay though! I am still so excited to be running with him, and to get to experience the hype of a race, and the feeling of accomplishment you get after finishing with him!

 

 

2) Run 2+ half marathons in 2015!

I am proud to say that I will be running the Race Texas Half Series as a sponsored blogger! That means I will be running their three part half marathon series in 2015-2016!! I am so excited!

My first half will be the Arm10891760_869110459808194_7662371527482205378_nadillo Dash, in College Station, Texas on March 1st! Yes that means I have just a little less than 6 weeks to train, so I have definitely upped my mileage this week, along with my epsom salt baths! As a matter of fact, I was so proud to run 6 miles the other night, in very, very cold Texas weather I might add! Since then I have added on an 8miler as well, and this weekend I am set to run a 10 mile run.

Not sure what I was thinking, deciding to train for a half in the winter because I'm sure it will only get colder from here. It's too late now though, I'm already committed, and already DANG excited!

So I guess the only question is, is.....WHO IS GOING TO JOIN ME!

Armadillo Dash Half Marathon Coupon Code from www.brittanysuell.com

Come on all you crazy Texans! I know there are some of you who have running as a Goal in 2015! So why not start with this race!? There is also a 5K involved, if you aren't quite ready for a half marathon! But hey if you want to run, use my coupon code: LEGACY to get 10% OFF your registration! And of course let me know you are running so that we can meet up!

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What's one running goal you have this year!? Or one race you know you will be running!?

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Make sure you have entered the Albion Fit GIVEAWAY! Winner will be picked on Friday at 12PM CST.

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New Year, New You! Jump on the Bandwagon!

Last night my husband and I got to go out to a local winery, The Mill, to c10913158_332156300310743_1562305874_nelebrate 2015!  This week, Abilene Scene held a contest where you tweeted your worst New Year's Eve ever, and you could possibly win tickets to The Mill Winery's New Year's Eve Celebration!

This was my tweet:

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Kind of lame I know! But hey, it happened.  And.....it won me two FREE Tickets!! Which were worth $40 each! So in comparison to just chilling at our house for New Year's Eve, we got to get dressed up, and go out dancing, with free drinks and horderves! So we were most definitely excited!

The Mill has only been open since this past summer, but it is one of the go-to places in Abilene.  They took an old Abilene building, which was the old "mill" from back in the day.  They renovated the inside, and created an amazing outside environment complete with grapevines, silos, and fire pits. The environment they create is awesome, the venue is wonderful, and the drinks have always been great.  We have never attended a ticket-only event though, so this was fun.

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They had the venue sparkling with black and gold decorations, and the dance floor was full, and lit up with people dancing. Oh and did I mention they had a photo booth? That was fun!

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My husband and I of course enjoyed the drinks, but it was also fun to get out and dance together in a nice environment with a great DJ, just for the heck of it.  I could definitely see myself paying for an event at the Mill in the future....who knows, maybe for Valentines Day!

I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating New Year's Eve! I loved this sign that they had up at the Mill last night!

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Now, if you are reading this sign, and you aren't convinced that 2015 is going to be a great year, then let me leave you with this! 

The new year, means everything is new! Each day you have the choice to leave the past behind and make new choices to be happy and go after your dreams...that's not always as easy as it seems though! The New Year, brings this ability to a whole new level though! With New Year Goals and/or resolutions, it's so much more realistic to really leave the past behind you, turn a new leaf, change who you are and what you are about. 

So today, on the 1st day of 2015, I will leave you with this. 

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It's okay to jump on the bandwagon! 

Many times, bandwagons are looked down on.  BUT, when it comes to the New Year, when it comes to making the choice to be a better version of yourself, to set goals, to get healthier, to go after your dreams....how could that be a bad thing!?!?

So take advantage of the New Year, of all the awesome bandwagons that you could jump on, and just do it! 

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!

Let's do this 2015! 

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Mommy's on the Move!

You know how passionate we are about getting active with your kiddos and setting an example for your children by being fit and healthy! So today I'm talking about Mommy's on the Move! So how you do you get moving with your kids!?

Last week I started Fit4Mom's Stroller Strides! It was the grand opening in my town, and I am so excited to be a part of it!

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Here are the reasons I love it! 

1) It's a place to join other mom's and get moving with your kiddos! 

-You are there with women who are also mom's.  Women who go through some of the same things you go through, and women who just want to be/stay healthy, and do it not only for themselves, but also for their children! There's something awesome and encouraging about working out with like-minded people!

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2) You get to incorporate your children into the workout! 

It's awesome because you get to workout and incorporate your children, so you aren't leaving your baby at home with a sitter, but still spending time with your kiddos while you get a workout.  Some people might see their workout as time away from the kids, but I love having my son there with me.  Even though he is still so small, I like him seeing me being active and exercising, so that as he grows up, he knows that it is a normal thing in life to stay active.  Obviously that is very important to me, so I love having him there and setting a good example for him.

Plus, we sing songs while we do different workouts with our kiddos! Which is fun for everyone!

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3) It's a flexible environment! 

The environment of Stroller Strides is so great! If you baby is having a rough morning and crying a lot, you are able to get them out of the stroller, or wear them in a sling.  Which is great! It takes so much pressure off the mom, to not have a perfect kid that isn't crying.  And, enables you to meet your children's needs while also still getting a workout, even if you have to modify it some.  (although there are some things where your kid needs to be in the stroller, like when using bands, but that's for safety reasons)

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4) The workout can be brought to whatever intensity that fits your body!

I love this! Since having my son, I have realized that my body is more fragile than it used to be! Growing up being very active in sports, I never got hurt or struggled with injuries.  Since having Zander though, I have been having some knee pain and have had to be easy on my body.  I am learning to listen to my body, be gentle on my body and take better care of myself! At Stroller Strides, the instructor shows various levels of each workout, and you choose what fits for you.  I love that I am able to modify the workout if I need to, but am still getting my sweat on and end up sore the next day!

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5) Working out with other's pushes you to work harder

Obviously any time you work out with others in comparison to just doing your own thing, your internal competitiveness kicks in and you push yourself.  Last week while doing the Fit4Mom workouts, I felt that just the right amount of competition kicked in within me.  So that I pushed myself to work harder, or do those few final reps, but I also knew when I needed to go easy on my body!

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6) Make new mommy friends

Stroller Strides put you in the company of other mom's who live in your town, so it's easy to make new friends with kids! In our first week of Stroller Strides, I already made a friend and went on a walk with her.  And today several of us talked about going to a MOPS (Mother's of Preschoolers) group together next month.  So it's a great place to build a community of moms!

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7) Easy to set up Play Dates 

Along with making mommy friends, comes the natural play dates that happen.  Like today, after our workout, several of us just enjoyed the weather at the park and let the little ones play.

Plus most Stroller Strides groups have a Mommy Group called "Our Village." I am actually the event coordinator for our town's, and so I coordinate play dates, and Mommy's Night Outs.  Like tomorrow we are all getting together to go to a Pumpkin Patch! So it's easy to set up times for the kids to play and mommy's to talk!

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Now I know Stroller Strides is not offered in all towns, but if there is one near you, you should definitely try it out!

If there's not one near you, or that's not an option for you, you can still be a MOMMY ON THE MOVE!

Call up a friend, and take your kiddos for a walk, and end in a play date at the playground.  Even just getting outside with your children, and not sitting inside all day is a good example for them! And I encourage you, join in with other mom's, it is such a great way to get active and being encouraged as a mom as well!

So go ahead...be a MOMMY ON THE MOVE! 

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GIVEAWAY for the Run or DYE 5K

Whether you are a runner naturally, enjoy doing small races, or never run at all, this GIVEAWAY is for you!!!

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I am so excited to get to partner with Run or Dye to offer up not just 1, but 5 FREE ENTRIES  into the Run or Dye 5K in my hometown, Abilene, TX!

Now....if you are reading this and thinking...I am so NOT a runner, and do not want to do a 5K....I am here to tell you that the Run or Dye 5K isn't just 3.1 miles, it's "The World's Most Colorful 5K!" Which means that it is AWESOME! and anyone can do this! Run or Dye Giveaway

The great thing about Run or Dye is that it's not a race, it's a fun, colorful 5K! Which means you can walk, jog, skip, sprint, roll, hop, gallop through the wonderful colors and you will have just as much fun as everyone else!

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When I did my first Dyed run, we took my 8 month PREGO sister, my 3 year old nephew, and my 6, 7, & 11 year old nieces and nephew! I am telling you, if you can do a run with a PREGNANT woman and 4 kids, then ANYONE can do it! And you will come across the finish line smiling just as big as the person who came in first!

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Run or Dye is a place where you can grab your friends, family or co-workers and go have some fun while getting some exercise! & if you are already signed up for the event (wahoo), then still try to WIN! Then you can give a FREE Entry to that friend that you have been trying to get to start exercising with you! They will have no excuse then!! It's the perfect opportunity to inspire those around you to make a change and get healthier...and what better way than an awesome run filled with COLORFUL AWESOMENESS!

HOW TO WIN!?!?

All you have to do is enter to the form below! Log in through Facebook, and LIKE our pages! You can also get extra entries by TWEETING about the Giveaway and sharing it with your friends on Facebook, Pinterest, & Instagram! Just be sure to tag @NFSisters & @RunorDye

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Also, for EVERYONE, Run or Dye has offered up a $10 OFF code just for following Naturally Fit Sisters!!! So no matter what you and all your friends and family can use this to get $10 off your entry fee! WAHOO!

 

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