Using Essential Oils in our Home

Ever since I started working from home, I've been glued to my diffusor. I was burning a candle almost every day at my desk, only to realize that my candle wasn't the best to breathe in (thank you to my sister, Kelly who owns Crosby Elements for explaining this to me). 

When I started doing some research prior to purchasing my diffusor, I was pretty impressed by the results people were getting when using essential oils topically and diffusing them. So, I shopped around and ended up getting a few things from Saje Wellness. 

Here is what I ordered:


Here is my very honest opinion: 
I love everything.

Gather: The Fancy Grilled Cheese

My friends can attest, I love me a fancy grilled cheese. And when it comes to throwing parties, I'm pretty sure you can't go wrong serving these.

Pair a grilled cheese with a side salad and soup, and voila! Here is how to keep this budget friendly, simple to put together, and appealing for picky eaters and those friends that have a food intolerance.

Made to Order: A Fancy Grilled Cheese

Bread Options:

Sourdough bread
Gluten-free bread

Cheese Options:

Goats milk cheddar
Gouda cheese
Vegan cheese (my favorite flavors come from Follow Your Heart)

Protein options:

Deli turkey

Veggie Options:

Dill sandwich pickles

Quality Time

Good ol' "quality time." You know, those times when you are unplugged and present, soaking up whichever moment you find yourself in. Sometimes I feel like I've totally lost hold of that concept, and other times I ask myself, why don't I do this more often?

It really struck a chord with me awhile ago when we were on vacation in San Diego. I had every intention to head to the pool and listen to some music while sipping my margarita. Tyson told me to go enjoy two hours solo while he napped with Parker back at the room, so I did just that. Two whole hours at the pool by myself seemed like a vacation all in itself! So, I got my towel, a front row chair by the water, and had my headphones and book by my side, ready to go. I ordered my drink, sat back, watched the beautiful setting and thought, heck, I need a picture of this. So, I strategically placed my beverage in my hand and positioned my legs perfectly for the picture. I took about... 20? Then, I sorted through those and realized my foot looked strange in each image, so of course, I took some more.

I'm sure many of you know exactly what I'm talking about right now.

I ended up taking a ton of pictures and then rolled over onto my stomach to "quickly edit them." I opened my VSCO app, started filtering the image and then I posted it. After I posted it, I found myself caught up in scrolling through Instagram mindlessly for about 30 minutes.

There I was, an hour into my "me time." Worrying about capturing an image and then falling right into the Instagram rabbit hole. Getting sucked into what others were doing, when right in front of me was the best moment of all.

Our Winter Pantry

'Tis the season for warm, nourishing foods. Notice how your body is beginning to crave warmer, heavier meals? Listen in. Just as the seasons change, so do our bodies. The more we pay attention to the foods our bodies crave, the better we tend to feel.

Have you tried to eat intuitively? Even just for a day, I encourage you to give it a try. Wake up in the morning and take a minute to really think about what your body wants and craves. Be careful here, because you might be getting misinformed by the sugar effect. Think less about indulging, and more about what you feel would really nourish your body.  Then, carry that same approach for the rest of the day. Are you hungry for a snack? Listen in. Sometimes a nice bowl of miso soup in the wintertime will satisfy you rather than a protein bar or smoothie.

Here is a sample day meal plan that might satisfy you during the winter months:

Oatmeal with walnuts, maple syrup, chia seeds and homemade cashew milk

Massaged kale salad with pumpkin seeds, wild smoked salmon, shaved carrots and a miso vinaigrette

Apple slices and almond butter

Roasted chicken with carrots, celery, chard, and potatoes

After Dinner:
Dark Chocolate and some ginger tea

Happy eating, friends! xx

8 Things I've Learned As A New Business Owner

This post is for anyone that currently owns a business, thinking about starting a business, or just simply curious. To anyone that has been asking me about it all, I hope this post helps answer some of your questions!

Let's jump right in.

Starting a business has been the toughest yet easiest journey. I say easiest lightly, and I really just mean that it isn't nearly as scary as I thought it would be. When I say hardest, it's because everything is NEW. I started as a one-woman show; from account management, to invoicing, to legal stuff... I had to know it all.

To say that I've learned a lot throughout the last 7 months is an understatement. I mean, no experience like jumping right into it can show you all of this. As some of you may know, I had a nutrition consulting business for 4 years prior to working in the entertainment industry (I guess that's what we can label it). Starting that was much, much different because it was just me and just 2 sessions with clients a day. With Parker Management, I knew I was building a company. Much of what I knew about business before definitely helped propel this new venture, but building this brand has been a completely different story. So, I'm here to share some of the biggest takeaways thus far in the journey. As most of you know, I'm a shoot-for-the-stars type of person. I truly believe that it's up to us to create what our lives look like, and if you have dreams and desires that you aren't pursuing, start making a plan!

1) Just start. Not next month, not "maybe next year," not when you have enough money saved up. I know this may not sound practical, but just get started somehow. 

2) Get tough: This is a lengthy one guys, but bear with me. If you don't develop thick skin quickly in business, it's not going to last. Maybe it's someone saying something bad about your product, or you just watching other brands do something better. For me, it has been contending against the business I used to work for. Here's where I'll be real- I struggled for a long time with wanting to start my own talent agency. I didn't want to compete with the agency I used to work at because I truly felt bad about it (the sensitive/people-pleaser side of me). At the same time, I also saw things that could be improved upon. When you aren't in a position to improve those things, you are left with thinking... I can do this and I can do this better. Isn't that what a lot of people do? Here's the thing... never feel bad for wanting to do your own thing. I felt guilt up until about a month ago. The main thing is to do things with integrity. If you can be honest in business, then you are doing the right thing. And if you offend your old coworkers or bosses by starting something on your own, then so be it. This is your journey! I remember when a friend reminded me of all the great businesses that were started because someone branched away to do something similar, but different and better. No one should ever be upset with you for having that desire to pursue your own dreams. So, brush it off and get tough! Don't get discouraged by negative noise.

Wellhaus Wellness Guide: Portland, OR

After my first Healthy Food Guide to Portland, you all asked me about the naturopath I go to, spa recommendations, best fitness studio, etc. So, I'm here to share! Luckily, here in Portland, there is no shortage of all things that keep you looking and feeling WELL.


Blooming Moon Spa: This place might always be my favorite because I've been going there since I moved to Portland. They offer great, natural products and they have killer facials, nail care, massages, and waxing. Ginny, the owner, couldn't be more talented and their new space is beautiful.

KIVA: Both a cafe and spa, they offer a really great overall experience. I prefer their facials the most!

Rumi Simone: This is technically in Lake Oswego, but if you are looking for a "luxe" experience, this is the spot to go!


Skin By Lovely: I couldn't say better things about this place. Everyone there is extremely knowledgeable and talented. If you go this route with your skincare, this is the best place to do so.


Barre3: If you know me, you know I love me some Barre3! It's challenging, relaxing, and full of good music, great people, and NO PRESSURE. Perhaps my favorite thing about the class is that you don't feel like you have to be in the best shape, wearing the best outfit to show up. Plus, they are HQ'd in Portland!

YoYoYogi: This is such an awesome yoga studio for so many reasons. I love all of the different classes they offer. My only complaint would be that parking down in the Pearl isn't always the most fun, but the great classes make it worth it!

StarCycle: Best spin class in town, no question.


Midas: Great spot in the NW. Wine and nails? Yes please!

Finger Bang: If you are looking to do get some fun nail designs, this is the spot. Make sure to make an appointment!

Blooming Moon Spa: The best spot for a spa pedicure. All non-toxic too!

Northwest Bagel Plate

Ok, you asked for it! And I will gladly share this recipe because it's way too simple and tasty not to share!

As some of you may know, I've been trying to decrease the amount of dairy in my diet, so I've been playing around with a lot of different nut cheeses. When I came across Kite Hill's cream cheese, I realized that going dairy-free is practically a walk in the park. There are so many great options now that will satisfy that cheesy craving.

Anyway, a loaded bagel is my weakness. I've always loved them, but usually stay away from them because it's hard to find gluten-free/dairy-free options. So, I took it upon myself to create my own. I was inspired to add smoked trout to as a replacement to smoked salmon and it was a good move. See the full "recipe" below : )

1 New Cascadia everything bagel (gluten-free)
Kite Hill chive cream cheese
thinly sliced cucumbers
smoked trout
rainbow sprouts

Assemble as you'd like!

That's it! I also like a little squeeze of lemon on top.

Enjoy : )

Officially "in my 30's"

I felt like 30 was my denial stage. Not because I didn't want to be 30, I literally just kept forgetting. I was forever 29 in my eyes. So, now that I'm 31, I'm feeling official!

For my birthday, my mom, sister and a dearest friend of mine headed out to Stoller winery and gosh, that place is stunning. We drank some rose, snacked on a charcuterie plate, laughed, talked about life and took in all beauty of Oregon wine country.

 This is 31. 

I don't know about you, but life for me just seems a bit crazy lately. Not only am I at my max capacity for what I can take in news wise (fires, hurricanes, politics, etc. etc. etc), but I'm also trying to find a life balance while running my own company.

When I get a bit burnt out on life, I'm reminded of all the important things. The things that truly matter in life like family, friends, laughter, the simple things...

Getaway: Kirkland, WA

A couple of weeks ago Tyson and I took a solo trip up to Kirkland, WA for a quick overnight getaway. Tyson is up in Seattle quite a bit for work, so any chance I get, I try to tag along. I love me some Seattle! 

This trip we took was so needed! Between moving houses and my business growing so quickly, everything just feels like a LOT lately. When I start to feel a bit burnt out, I always like to plan a quick getaway. It's my recharge! And staying in Kirkland and at the Woodmark Hotel couldn't have been a better place to do this. 

Where to Eat:

Where to Stay:

Things to do:

-Rent kayaks (free for hotel guests at the Woodmark)
-Rent a boat
-Grab lunch downtown
-Run/walk along the waterfront

Key Travel Notes:

-Boating, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding
-Tons of healthy food options
-Only 20 minutes from downtown Seattle 
-Great shopping close by 
-Good place for kids

Blogging Like It's Your Business

If it's time to for you get serious about blogging, then you are in the right place. While my full-time job is to manage successful bloggers and influencers (shout out to Parker Management) while keeping up my little blog here too, I'm still no expert. Blogging world is a very young world, and what works for one person, doesn't always work for another. However, there are always some basics to success, and that's what we are going to dive into.

You all sent me some really great questions, so I'm rolling this into a series. From branding and working from home to all things social, I'll be posting a lot of this stuff over the next few weeks. Get excited!! ; )

1. Treat it like a business. This may seem like a bit of a no-brainer, but honestly, if your goal is to turn blogging into a potential business, then you have to treat it that way. That means, if you are employed full-time, you are going to be spending some late nights after your day job, working on your "other business." It might sound a bit daunting, but don't let it discourage you. That setup isn't forever!

2. Subscribe and learn. I recommend downloading podcasts to help educate you. While you drive to work, fold laundry, go for a walk... it's easier to make time for these than say, read a book. My favorites are:

The Influencer Podcast
Being Boss
Him & Her
Girl Boss
How I Built This

3. Make it look like a business. This is probably one of the most important points. If you truly hope to make this is a profitable business, it has to look that way. From your website and branding to your social media feed... it needs to look like a brand! Your own, personal, awesome brand. For something like Instagram for instance, I completely understand that "real is in" and less contrived feeds are better to some extent. However, if your goal is to profit from your business, one of the big contributors to that will be partnering with other brands. A brand needs to be able to envision their company in a post that YOU create. So in my opinion, to get paid accordingly, your images need to be top notch! Learning how to take a good photo is so important. It is also SO easy to edit photos from your phone now. And hey, if you aren't great at creating cohesive feeds with great images, then hire some help! It will be worth it.
For example, I love @bethanmenzel's Instagram. As a brand, you can easily see your product or company fitting in nicely with her feed; you know she will do a great job. But her feed is also not "too perfect." It's just simply, well done.

Remeber, a cohesive, well-edited feed doesn't need to look forced.

A Self Check-In

We are finally (mostly) settled in at our new place and I feel like I just want to let out the biggest exhale. I don't remember moving being this stressful! I think the combination of moving while sick, moving out of the first home Parker was ever in, and running a business while doing it all was a LOT. I felt like I hit pause on life (and summer) and I'm finally pressing play again.

Somewhere in between all of this, I started to take a good look at my whole life. I just started to go through everything: Am I exercising enough? Have I been taking the time to simply breathe? Have I been unplugging after 5pm most nights? I did this big evaluation, not to be hard on myself, but to just check-in. Do you ever do this? I really feel like checking in with yourself is one of the simplest, most effective things we can do. Almost as if an alarm needs to go off every few months to say "hey, let's take a good look at things."

Anyway, my internal alarm went off and I tried to think about all of the things I'd love to work on. I'm obviously not going to be able to do all of this, but it was a simple reminder of the things that are important to me and to try my best to do as many as I can. See the list I made to myself below:

Marionberry Nice Cream

One of my favorite things to do this time of year is to go berry picking. There is something so nourishing to the mind and body to be able to pick your own food and then enjoy it. I cry a little inside because we don't have much of a backyard to grow anything right now. But, I sure am grateful to live in a place like Oregon, that has endless areas to get fresh, seasonal produce.

We are big blueberry fans at our house, but lately, I have been loving marionberries. They are actually a blackberry that was developed at a college here in Oregon (pretty cool, huh?). They call it the "cabernet of blackberries." Ha! It has a strong flavor, so I typically like to bake with them. This time, however, since the weather has been so warm, I opted to make an "ice cream" with it.

This is a really refreshing twist on ice cream and I can promise you that you won't have that yucky post-ice cream feeling. It is also a big hit with Parker, so this is very toddler-friendly.

 Marionberry Nice Cream

2 frozen bananas
2 cups of frozen marionberries
1/2 cup coconut cream 
Maple syrup to taste
Top with chia seeds


Place banana, berries and coconut cream in a blender and blend on high. 

Add in maple syrup (I would start with 1 teaspoon and add more if needed). Blend again.

Pour mixture into 4 small ramekins or a large glass tupperware dish. Cover, and place in freezer for 3-4 hours. 

Once frozen, stir the nice cream, and serve with chia seeds sprinkled on top.

You can't really go wrong with 5 ingredients!

Enjoy! xx

My Summer Home Sale Picks

Pronghorn Resort (Bend, OR)

Key Travel Notes:

 -Great pool
 -Great spa   
-Healthy food options
-Great for family  
 -Great for being active (gym, tennis courts, trails)


I have been having some major withdrawals from our mini-vacation! I honestly can't even remember the last time I was able to relax as much as I did the other week at Pronghorn.

Although we only spent two nights there, it felt like a true, week-long vacation. The obvious is that the setting and location of the resort is just beautiful. It's the type of place you go to and don't really venture anywhere else. We had big plans to go other places around Bend, but we had so much to do there and we really didn't want to do anything else but stay and play.

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

buffalo chicken stuffed sweet potato

I meant to post this recipe back when it was sweet potato season, but better late than never, right?? It's safe to say, I've been a little busy (life update post coming soon).

This recipe however, is one that we are pretty obsessed with in our house because it tastes so indulgent, yet it is packed with nutrients. You know those meals that just satisfy basically any and all cravings? That's this one. Which is why it is always a go-to meal to make if we are having friends over.

I also love that it is easy to make. I'm definitely not the complicated cooking type. These days it's all about quick, thoughtless, healthy, yummy, and QUANTITY. My husband eats for about 4 people at every meal (this is not even an exaggeration), so I have to make a lot of food.

Getaway: Coeur d'Alene, ID

We had the best trip to Coeur d'Alene! It's such an easy trip from where we live in Portland. We left in the morning, got there by lunch and had just enough time to settle into our rental for the few days and head to the grocery store.

We had debated whether or not to stay lakeside on the outskirts of town or stay in the middle of town, walking distance to everything. We opted to stay right in town and we loved being there! I will say however, now that I've been there, you can't really go wrong with either. Next time we go we will probably try and do a lakefront property.

Coeur d'Alene is the type of place you want to go to if you don't feel like doing much. When I think of the town, I think of: family time, relaxation, biking, bbqing, lake time, drinks and board games at night. It's your typical relaxing lake vacation.

It's Been a Little While

I guess it's time I do a life update! So much has changed in the last two months and I've really been reminded over and over again that when you feel that nudge for a change, you've got to listen.

When I wrote this post in February, I was ready to dabble into a bunch of things. I was working part time (remotely) at the talent agency in San Diego, then working for my friend that is an Interior Designer, then taking freelance creative jobs on the side as well, all while watching Parker most days. I was excited because I finally had a chance to try a bunch of new things and see what I liked best, but fast forward to the end of February and I was feeling scatter brained and overwhelmed.

Here's what I realized... I like a lot of things. I've always been that way! However, being extremely Type A, feeling pulled in too many directions drove me nuts. I've also learned that as a Type A person, you can't really be doing a bunch of things while trying to figure out what you want to do next. So, I ended up leaving the job in San Diego, stopped taking on any new projects and I took two weeks to not do anything. Financially this maybe wasn't the smartest idea, but truthfully, in the end it was well worth it. I realized that I really needed a second to slow down and stop worrying about what was next, so I did just that.

One thing that I just couldn't get out of my head, was the fact that I've wanted to start my own business for a long time and the talent world was definitely where I felt like I would thrive the most in. For those two weeks, I couldn't stop thinking about it. One day I would want to start my own agency, and then the next day I was remembering what a weird world digital media is and how sometimes, I really hate it. I kept going back and forth on the idea.

I have always loved the actual job. Managing talent, negotiating rates, helping brands find the right people- I love it. The problem I have, is with everything else around it. The superficial part, the competition and the overall industry at times. I knew that if I were going to stay doing the job I love to do, I had to change it up. For me, I didn't want to only see someone posing in every single picture on their social media feed anymore. (And please let me just say, if that's your thing, do it. I also get that if you are a style blogger, it's part of the game!) I just personally feel like there needs to be more. More substance, more to offer, less self-concerned, and more honest and inspiring.

That's how Parker Management was born.

Parker Management thrives in the wellness, travel and lifestyle realm. And honestly, it feels so dang good. I went from feeling frustrated with social media, to feeling so inspired by these people. To know that the talent I get to work with truly do what they love and have a platform for that where they can have an audience and make money from it, is incredible. It's less about "look at me" and a need a for fame, but more about truly showing the world what they are passionate about, and that makes running this business more fulfilling than I could have ever imagined.

So, that's what I've been up to : )

Oh, and now we are trying to find a new house to live in. We having been renting for a few years, but they are going to sell our place. We can't decide whether to buy (although what I want is way out of our price range) or keep renting in a new place for another year. Blaaaah! So yep, that's life, currently.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I'll be soaking up as much of this Portland sunshine as I possibly can and of course working a bit (insert smiling/sweat emoji).


Jumpsuit Season

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend. I feel super cheesy putting outfit posts up, but I had a bunch of compliments on my outfit yesterday and I just wanted to show that you don't always need to break the bank for cute clothes. I go to Old Navy often to get Parker clothes and their stuff is always so cute and affordable. I honestly hadn't been to an Old Navy since high school, but since Parker was born, I've been amazed every time I go in there at how many cute things they have!

Anyway, if you know me well, you know I LOVE a good jumpsuit. Especially a casual one. If I don't have to think of a full outfit (top and bottoms), I'm a happy gal!

Jumpsuit: Old Navy
Scarf: Target
Necklace: Target

Have a GREAT week!! xx

Northwest Spring Travel Spots

It's that time to come alive again!

Spring is one of my favorite times to road trip in the Northwest. Everything is green again, the flowers are blooming and you feel like a new person because you know that consecutive days of sunshine and good times are just around the corner.

So, pack your bags and take a trip to one of these great towns:

1. Bend, OR: Bend is one of my favorite spots because it is warmer weather and sunshine in the spring, but you still get to see the snow covered mountains in the background. This is a perfect spot for some hiking, biking and great food.

2. Bellingham, WA: You will not be disappointed with Bellingham in the spring. It's as colorful and beautiful as ever. Breaks of sunshine combined with mild temps make this an ideal getaway this time of year. Live music, whale watching, biking, or island hopping- Bellingham pretty much has it all.

3. Ashland, OR: I always love a trip to Ashland. The laid back town is full of arts, music and great food. If you are looking for a quaint town with a great community feel, this is your place. And If you can, take the long way to Ashland (coming from the North) and see Crater Lake on your way down. It's well worth the added miles!

4. Diablo Lake, WA: If you are looking for a great day trip from Seattle or to go somewhere and camp, the turquoise waters of Diablo Lake is a must. If you are like me and like cooler temps when hiking, catching this on a sunny day in the spring is the way to go. If you are also into fishing, May is a great time to head there.

Brightening Up Your Home with Spring Flowers

One of my favorite things about springtime are the beautiful flowers in bloom. You can finally open up those windows for some warmer, fresh air and let the aroma from outside seep into your home; it really is just the best feeling after a long winter.

In our home, I love to bring plenty of that beauty indoors as well. I tend to prefer arrangements that aren't too busy. I usually opt for all of the same flower, or I'll go for a similar color tone if I'm using different flowers. Here are a few of my favorite springtime arrangements:

images via pinterest 

Stock (on the left) is one of my favorites because not only is it simple and pretty, but I love the fragrance of stock. This is also my go-to budget flower. They usually run around $3.99 for 5 stems. I also love simple greenery (right). You can either grab greens from the flower shop or better yet, walk outside your front door and see what you can find!

image via designsponge 

And then of course, I love flowering branches (like cherry blossoms). These are perfect for a dinner table or a console table.

Spring brings so many great flowers! See a list of some in-season flowers here:

Calla Lilly
Pink Rose
Sweet Pea

What are your favorite springtime flowers? How do you like to decorate with them in your home?

Lindsay xx

Changing Up My Workouts

I used to be religious about working out. I worked out 5 days a week, usually at a gym, and I rarely skipped a workout. Each month I tried a new "plan" so I could stay consistent and see progress. But let me be honest, nothing really ever stuck; I felt torn. I would bounce around from more body weight exercises to heavy lifting and then to extra cardio. I was kind of all over the place.

After having Parker, my own body perception changed tremendously. I stopped comparing myself to these other women and their thin/toned bodies and I started to focus more on just feeling good. When I move, what feels best? Which form of exercise makes me the happiest? Do I really need to be that disciplined with my workouts, or can I sometimes just workout twice a week? These were the thoughts I had to work through and over time, I've realized a lot.

For once (in a very long time), I had finally learned to relax about my body and start listening. My hips were ridiculously tight after giving birth, I had no core whatsoever, and I was (and still am) extremely inflexible. So, I decided to try a class (I usually hated classes). My plan was to try out this class and see how I liked it and then start to walk/jog more outside. The class was Barre3. I went to my first class with the mindset of already hating it (so positive of me, I know). But I truly, really disliked group classes. So, long story short, I ended up loving it. I felt strong, I felt focused, I felt energized and overall, I just felt good. I remember thinking, YES, this is what I want to feel out of a workout. Then the next I went for a jog outside. It wasn't even the best weather, but I did it anyway. I ended up walking almost halfway through, but I didn't even sweat it (literally). I just jammed out to my music, had a lot of chats with myself in my head (lol), and loved it. Again, I felt good.

Top: Topshop | Leggings: Forever21 | Sports Bra: Gap

Fast forward to where I'm at now and I've basically kept up the same workouts. Either an online or in-studio Barre3 class a few times a week, lots of walks and half-ass runs, and I will lift some heavier weights here and there in my living room while watching tv. Most importantly, the pressure is off and I've become more concerned about how I feel in my body rather than how my body appears.

I appreciate all of the tools we have out there. There are a plethora of program guides, workout studios, philosophies, etc; we really have no excuse! But if we could all just focus more on what felt good and felt right and to just MOVE in general every day (even if it is a walk with your dog or some good stretching), I think we would be doing quite well. Understanding that we are all unique- a hard workout might provide great results for one person, but could actually be doing more harm than good to someone else. Finding what feels best to you is key.

I always thought that I HAD to workout hard to get good results. And yes, depending on the results you want, you might have to! But to be honest, once I started listening to my body a bit more, I'm now in better shape than I was during those crazy workout days. I also eat a lot more too!

Sometimes, and this doesn't pertain to all of us, but sometimes some of us just need to slow down and do less, to accomplish more.

Lots of love,

Getaway: Mission Beach

Happy Tuesday! We have been soaking up all of the sunshine down here in San Diego and dang it feels so, so good. We have been spending time all over Southern California, but last week we spent a few days in Mission Bay at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa on Mission Bay. Let me just say, this place was exactly what I was hoping for.

First of all, the location is possibly the best in San Diego. The resort is situated right on the bay; a few minutes from Old Town and Sea World and just outside of downtown, so you really get to experience the beauty of San Diego. We had all of these things we wanted to do in the area, but once we got there, we honestly didn't want to leave!

Jumpsuit: Asos | Earrings: Nordstrom Rack 

From great food and poolside cocktails to bayside morning runs and stand up paddle boarding, why would you leave?? When traveling kiddo, this exactly the type of place you want to go to. You have everything you need.

I'm sure many parents can relate, but coordinating a bunch of plans with a toddler can get a little tricky. Lately when we travel, we've been opting to get room service for dinner and we go somewhere for lunch when Parker's mood is a better bet! Room service for dinner is obviously a pricey way to go, but I'm convinced that it is SO worth it.

The Hilton's room service was amazing. We were able to sit on the patio and eat our dinner while watching the sunset, drinking a bottle of wine and snacking on a cheese plate. Take me back!!

Traveling with a kiddo is definitely not the easiest thing to do. It takes a LOT of teamwork, a lot of coordination and a lot of patience. I will say though, the more we have traveled, the easier it has become. And I strongly stand by the importance of taking family trips! It's good for the soul and great for the memories.

Until next time, Mission Bay. You were so much fun and we can't wait to get back there. x


Dockside in Seattle

Happy Wednesday! Hope you are having a great week so far. This past weekend we headed up to Seattle for the night and can I just tell you how great it felt to get out of the house!? I've been sick with flu and then got another virus right after that turned to a sinus infection. Parker had a virus and THEN Tyson had some sort of stomach bug. It has just been the pits, so getting some sunshine and fresh air felt as nourishing as ever.

Tyson had a photo shoot on Sunday up there, so we packed up the car and convinced Oma (Tyson's mom) to come up with us to enjoy the weekend. My favorite hotel was booked, so we decided to try another hotel outside of downtown in Kirkland. We stayed at the Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa and absolutely loved it. We were greeted with clear skies, champagne at check in, and a room overlooking Lake Washington. We are already planning a summer trip back up there so we can enjoy the lake and stand up paddle board when it is warmer!

Speaking of warmer- I'm so ready, Spring! I just did a big ASOS haul and I'm dying to wear everything. I also did my quarterly shopping for Parker and I can't wait to dress him! Oh, and also get him a haircut... LOL. I've been putting off cutting his crazy daily bed head to see how it grows out, but we officially have to cut it. See my wild hair man below for reference ; )

Jeans: Asos | Hat: Urban Outfitters (old) | Jean Jacket: Old Navy | Shoes: H&M (old) | Neck Scarf: Urban Outfitters

Until next time, Seattle. As always, you were a blast!

Have a great week, everyone! x

Healthy Banana + Peanut Butter "Milkshake"

I'm a firm believer that you have got to let the kids live a little when it comes to food. It's inevitable that they are going to get some not-so-healthy food elsewhere: from friends and even family sometimes (smh). But if I can control what I give Parker at home and help show him that healthy food can taste REALLY good too, then that makes me feel a bit better about it.

I love to tell him what certain foods do for us. Eggs make us strong, carrots help us see better and berries help us poop! LOL. If you could only see his cute little inquisitive face when I say this stuff. He goes "yeah!" while nodding his tilted head up and down with his big, bright eyes.

Anyway, a little while back one of the grandparents gave Parker a sip of a milkshake (a very real, very dairy and sugar heavy milkshake). Parker's eyes lit up and the first thing out of his mouth was "ooooh MMMM." He was a happy kiddo. And hey, I totally get it! I'd probably say the same. But after that, I was determined to get that same reaction out of a healthier milkshake!

Say hello to banana + peanut butter milkshakes...

I have been making him these ridiculously simple things ever since and he inhales them. No dairy and added sugars needed! And I always advise you to make the full recipe so you can enjoy some yourself : )

Toddler Banana + Peanut Butter "Milkshake"
serves 2

2 medium bananas (frozen)
1 c. vanilla unsweetened almond milk
1 heaping spoonful of organic peanut butter (almond butter is fine too)
1 tsp. ground flax or chia seeds
2 shakes of cinnamon


Place bananas, almond milk, vanilla and nut butter in a blender.

Blend for 1 minute.

Add in cinnamon and flax.

Blend again until smooth.

So easy and so yummy!

Creating a Productive Home Office

Working from home is great, but if you aren't set up properly, it can totally suck. Sitting on the couch, feet propped up while working from your laptop can actually get old, believe it or not. If your goal is to have working from home be productive, then I've got the perfect things to help you!

1. A simple space. My philosophy is that if you have a creative job, keep your surroundings simple and clean. If you have a job that doesn't involve anything creative, I like the idea of keeping your area lively and fun. Think wallpaper, lots of flowers or plants, etc...

2. A large monitor. A larger monitor allows you to work more efficiently. You can work from multiple tabs at the same time and you aren't straining your eyes as much. It feels more business-like in a way. I personally have a MacBook that I use on the go, but when it's time to do work, I plug it into the larger monitor.

3. Plants. This is non-negotiable! Unless you are allergic, of course. I am a huge fan of house plants. Not only do they keep your air healthy and clean, but they add a ton of life to a room.

4. Productive music. I mean, if listening to rap while you work is your thing, don't let me sway you! I personally find that the busier the music, the less productive I feel. I also want to fall asleep if the music is too slow, so something like a Tycho album or the Jazz Vibes station on Spotify are my absolute favorites.

Breakfast with Lauren Collins

Haaaaaappy Friday everyone! 

This morning I am kicking off a new series of interviews with inspirational, badass women. Wellness experts, entrepreneurs, artists, mothers, fitness gurus, and more; these women inspire me in so many ways and I couldn't be more excited to bring this space to Wellhaus.

Starting this series is one beautiful woman, inside and out. Lauren gives us some of her top tips for keeping fit, talks about her new business venture with her sis, and gives a little insight into the modeling world. Enjoy a little motivation from athlete, model and business owner, Lauren Collins!

1)    So, hi! Introduce yourself: 

Hi! My name is Lauren Collins. I'm a wife, full time model and co-founder of @siss_fit! I was born and raised in Orange County, California and I am a lover of all things health and fitness.

2) What has your health philosophy always been?

My health philosophy is keeping things simple.  There is such an overabundance of information surrounding health and fitness, so I try to stick to the basics and listen to my body.  Whether that is eating clean and unprocessed, or working out in a way that my body craves; I really try to avoid letting it stress me out and just do what feels right.  

3) You are traveling ALL the time- how do you stay on a workout routine while your gone?

Haha yes, travel has definitely become a part of my norm!  A lot of people say “I’ll get back on track when I get home,” but unfortunately that would mean that I am never on track!  What has worked really well for me has been creating workouts for myself that I know are both efficient and effective.  When you travel a lot it is nearly impossible to avoid long days, unhealthy dining options, and jetlag.  I quickly learned that in order to balance the demands of looking a certain way, and more importantly feeling healthy and energized, I would need to come up with a health and workout routine that I could count on to deliver these results…which leads me to your next question!

Quick Tempeh & Swiss Chard Tacos

Happy Wednesday! You may or may not know this about me, but I am obsessed with Mexican food. Ceviche, pico de gallo, corn tortilla chips, guac, TACOS, MARGARITAS. You name it, I love it all (todo) and I cook it all the time.

Lately, I've been satisfying my Mexican food cravings by making a veggie version of a taco that consists of a just a few ingredients. For all of you vegan/vegetarians out there or just those of you that just appreciate eating more that way more often like myself, you will love these! They are super simple to whip up and taste great.

Tempeh & Swiss Chard Tacos
makes about 6 tacos

1 package of plain or flax tempeh
1 bundle of green or rainbow Swiss chard (roughly chopped and stem removed off bottom)
1 small lime (1/2 for cooking, 1/2 for garnish)
1 tbs coconut oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chili lime seasoning (or just a few shakes of chili powder)
Sea salt to taste

Optional: Chopped cilantro and sliced avocado


In a large pan turned to medium heat, melt the coconut oil

Add in tempeh and a few good pinches of sea salt

Cook for about 5 minutes
*If tempeh soaks up oil quickly, you can add a tablespoon of water

Then, add in the juice form half of the lime, garlic powder, chili seasoning and swiss chard

Add in another two pinches or so of sea salt and cook for another 3-5 minutes
*at this point you can also add a teaspoon of grape seed oil or more coconut oil if needed

While cooking, prep your corn tortillas to your liking
*I place mine in the microwave with a wet paper towel around them for about 45 seconds

Once your tempeh and Swiss chard mixture is cooked, place a small serving on each corn tortilla and the cilantro + avo if you'd like!

So quick, so easy, so healthy and so tasty...

Transitional Style

jacket: nordstrom | pants: topshop | shoes: converse 

Well, it was a breakthrough kind of day here in Portland because.... SUNSHINE. Yep, it's true. But don't get too excited because it's only here for one day. This is what Portland does to you, I swear. It's like, hey, see how incredible the PNW is when it's sunny out? Well, I'll just keep you hanging onto that...

Every time I feel like, "ok, I can't handle another grey and rainy day anymore," mother nature does this tricky thing and throws in a sunny day or two just to remind you exactly why you live here.

So, here is a transitional outfit from winter to spring. You never really know how to dress this time of year, so you've got to be a little creative. But when in doubt, tennis shoes and a leather jacket are always a-okay!


A Weekend Away: Seattle (lovebirds edition)

Jetting up to Seattle for a quick overnighter is one of my favorite dates. I actually find Seattle to be super romantic! Maybe because I associate it with cozy weather and good food (aka- my romance recipe), but it really does set up a great a date vibe.

Since I'm not much of a big city person (and neither is Tyson), rather than staying right downtown, we prefer to stay on the outskirts, specifically in Ballard! It just such a cute area.

Here is my go-to itinerary for a quick stay in Seattle:

1. Stay at Hotel Ballard: Hands down, my favorite hotel up there. It is smaller, quaint and on one of my favorite streets. It's the perfect "date night" spot, in my opinion. Not to mention, by staying there you have access to the best gym: the Olympic Athletic Club. I'm not a stickler about going to the gym on vacation, but when you see this place, you will want to workout! Trust me.

2. Discovery Park: Spend a morning taking in the beautiful views hiking around the park. Give yourself at least a few hours to explore and enjoy.