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.

SPA

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!

MEDICAL AESTHETICS

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.

FITNESS

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.

NAILS

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. 
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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 
-Romantic 
-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

Directions:

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:

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

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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).

xx

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:

Tulip
Ranuncula
Hyacinth
Calla Lilly
Pink Rose
Hydrangea
Lilac
Sweet Pea
Peony
Iris
Delphinium

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,
Lindsay

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

Directions:

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

Directions: 

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...
Enjoy!

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!

xx
Lindsay

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.

Change of Pace


Well, it has been an official week and a half since I started my whole new working-from-home routine and I have to admit, this rules. I'm currently tackling a bunch of to-do's, I have been spending a lot more quality time with my family and believe it or not, I actually feel more productive. And guys, this is even my second day without coffee, so YES. Go me.

I have been getting asked a lot about what job change I made and I am sorry to those of you I didn't respond to! It's kind of long story, but I will keep it brief here: I left my position at the modeling agency to start a new part-time role at a company called Be Social. They are in California, so for now, I will be working remotely up here in Portland and traveling down to San Diego more often. I'll be doing similar talent management, just with influencers rather than models.

As for the rest of my time, I am jumping into some freelance creative work. I will be helping my good friend and her interior design business, assist in some social media strategy for a few brands, a little production here and there and some photography. Whew.

So there you have it! I'm pretty excited about everything. I feel like the creative side of me has been ignited again and it feels so good to have that back. I've even had time to refresh my blog, as you can see (just please excuse the dropdown menu for the next couple of weeks). Blogging has always been a fun side project for me so I'm excited to have the opportunity to spend more time on it.

Thank you for all of your support and for reading along; it means so much! Now excuse me while Parker and I finish up an episode of Masha and the Bear in bed... ; )

xx

Healthy Cooking With Sun Basket


At the start of the new year, I set the goal of eating less meat, more organic produce and more locally sourced foods. I feel such a responsibility to not only eat better for myself and my family, but for the planet!

A little while back, I was just getting really bored of making the same ol' meals; I'm also a full-time working mom, so dinners tend to be whatever I can whip up within 15-20 minutes. I wanted to find something that fit within my normal meal regime (gluten-free, lighter fare), but I also wanted to explore foods that I don't normally cook with.

Say hello to Sun Basket!

Tempeh & Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl






Happy Monday! 

I hope you had a great weekend. Today I'm featuring one of my go-to lunches that I typically like to put together at lunchtime on Sunday, so I have leftovers for lunch on Monday. Not only do I really love the combination of flavors in this burrito bowl, but it is loaded with nutrients. It really makes me wish I could find more burrito bowls like this. And yep- this bad boy is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and paleo(ish). If you do eat meat or fish, feel free to replace the tempeh with ground chicken or shrimp. There is really no way to go wrong here... 

Tempeh & Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl

1 package of plain tempeh
2 cups cauliflower rice (you can rice your own, or buy pre-packaged) 
2 cups shredded cabbage 
1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
2 tsp, olive oil
1⁄2 cup red onion, diced
1/2 cup sugar plum tomatoes, chopped
¼ cup cilantro
Sea Salt
Garlic powder
Salsa of Choice OR Annie's Cilantro Salad Dressing
*optional to add sliced avocado 

Directions:

In a large pan, add 1 tbs of olive oil and bring the heat to medium. Add in tempeh with a few pinches of sea salt and a few shakes of garlic powder and begin to cook. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until tempeh begins to get light brown. 

Add in cauliflower rice, black beans and another tablespoon of olive oil and cook for another 5 minutes or so. 

Once cooked, portion out into bowls for serving, placing it side by side with the shredded cabbage.

Top each bowl with red onion, tomato and cilantro and drizzle with salsa of choice OR Annie's Cilantro Salad Dressing. 

Winter Skincare



Some of you might remember a while back when I posted about my experience going "more natural" with my beauty products. Well, I am still doing my best to keep this up, and I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite winter products. I don't know about where you are, but Portland has been frigid this year! I'm sure sound like a total wimp because I know it isn't as bad as other parts of the country, but I'm just not used to it! And my skin just flat out hates it. The winter months leave my skin feeling extra dry and really dull. So, I've had to step up my moisturizing products a bit, which I am sharing with you below. Honestly, I don't know what I would do without these products! They've been a total skin saver.

1. St. Tropez Self Tanning Mousse- I know this isn't completely natural, but it is one of the "better" self-tanners out there. I would literally be a ghost in the winter if I didn't have this stuff!

2. Epicuren Hydro Plus Moisturizer- This face moisturizer is extra thick and hydrating, without that buildup/heavy feel. I feel like it is a big glass of water for my face every time I slather it on. I don't know what I would do without this!

3. Now Eucalyptus Oil- Ok, this isn't a skincare product, but this is winter must due to it's anti-bacterial properties! I like to put this in a diffusor and have it going throughout the house during the months when everyone is getting sick.

4. Fresh Sugar Face Polish- This is a gentle exfoliator that is also extra moisturizing. I like to use this 2-3x a week during the winter to give my skin some extra love. : )

5. Cosmedix Cell ID- Okay, I'm not going to lie. This stuff is PRICEY. But after working at a spa for over six years, I learned that your biggest splurge should be your treatment/serum, since it is the most targeted product you buy. And this stuff helps keep your skin youthful, which is my goal. My favorite Esthetician and Spa Owner, Ginny at Blooming Moon Spa also admits that while facials are great to do more often than not, what really matters is your daily routine, so make it a good one! I highly suggest asking a professional about a good routine and then stick to it!

Happy skin-caring everyone!

x