Posts tagged with "Fall"

How to Survive the Pumpkin Spice Craze

Posted September 15, 2014 in Pumpkin Spice, Fall, Pumpkin and 5 more

A few years ago when the pumpkin spice trend was beginning to grow in popularity, I was all over it. If a product was labeled as pumpkin anything, I would buy it!

There's something about the pumpkin spice flavor that is so comforting and just feels like fall.

But last year, I started reading the ingredient lists of all of those pumpkin spice products a bit closer. I quickly realized that my beloved seasonal products weren't all that healthy, and most were made with lots of artificial ingredients.

I became a bit choosier about which pumpkin spice products I purchased, and turned my obsession to the kitchen - baking as many pumpkin spice recipes as I could find!

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My Goals for Fall

Posted September 25, 2014 in Fall, goals, motivation and 7 more

When the seasons change, I like to take a little time to set some intentions for the new season. It's the perfect time to reevaluate the goals you've already set or even set some new goals.

At first, I was sad to see summer go. But I realized that fall is full of new opportunities, a chance to wear clothes I haven't seen in ages (cozy sweaters!) and a way to switch up my meals (hello, butternut squash soup, apple crisp and pumpkin everything!).

Here are my goals for fall...

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Weekend Recap {Oct. 3-5}

Posted October 6, 2014 in Weekend Recap, weekend, fitness instructor and 9 more

Now that I'm in my 30's, I feel like a successful weekend is one that didn't include wearing any makeup, but did include working out, drinking wine and lounging around with people I love. This was definitely one of those weekends.

I had some great workouts, I ate delicious food, I hung out with my family and the BF, drank wine, spent time outside and never put on a drop of makeup. Success!

Here's what happened...

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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Oats

Posted October 14, 2014 in breakfast, oatmeal, oats and 7 more

As soon as the weather started to get cooler, I switched my usual morning muesli to warm oats. Oatmeal is my absolute favorite breakfast.

I probably eat oatmeal five times a week! 

Luckily, oats are great way to start the day because they are high in fiber, help control blood sugar levels, contain cancer-fighting phytochemicals, help control blood pressure, help with weight control and give you lots of energy! I always feel so much more energized on days I've eaten a bowl of oats.

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Apple Cinnamon Cocktail

Posted October 16, 2014 in cocktail, Fall, champagne and 7 more

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this about a dozen or more times, but I LOVE champagne cocktails! 

I love champs cocktails beyond the traditional mimosa. My go-to recipe is champagne, cranberry juice and a splash of vodka over ice. I sometimes change up the type of juice that I use and use pomegranate. 

Why do I love champagne so much? It's tastes light and you can make a pretty low-cal cocktail with champs. My secret - I buy 4-packs of mini champagne bottles. When you open a large bottle of champagne, you have to drink the whole thing or it will lose it's bubbles. I can't drink a whole bottle, so I buy mini bottles and I can make a single drink!

I wanted to create a fall-ish cocktail using my fave booze. This recipe came together on a whim when I was craving some fall comfort foods. 

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Novemeber Goals

Posted November 4, 2014 in goals, November, Fall and 7 more

Last month, I set some goals for the month - something new I'm trying to help me reach my larger overall goals for fall

I got the idea from a blogger I met at FitBloggin. Brooke Not on a Diet creates daily, weekly and monthly goals each month and decides on a reward if she meets her goals. I totally love this idea because I often set lots of goals, get motivated, then lose steam and don't accomplish my goals.

I did OK, last month. See what I accomplished in October here.

I realized that I need to come up with a better reward. My reward was a Fabletics outfit, something that I would buy for myself even if I didn't earn it. So for this month, I came up with something that I normally wouldn't do for myself.

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My attempt to beat my cold using natural remedies

Posted November 5, 2014 in cold , sickness, illness and 4 more

I mentioned in my Weekend Recap this week that I wasn't feeling the greatest over the weekend. Well, I felt even worse on Monday. My symptoms - sore, scratchy throat, a runny, sneezy nose, a headache and overall tiredness.

I realized that when I'm sick I usually keep going to work and teaching my fitness classes and then I end up being sick for over a week. I decided to take a day of rest to speed up my recovery process.

My goal was also to beat my sickness using natural remedies and nutrient-rich foods. I'm really trying to not use pharmaceutical drugs unless absolutely necessary.

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Ninja Review + Fall Smoothie Recipes

Posted November 12, 2014 in Ninja Kitchen, Nutri Ninja, smoothie and 6 more

I received a Nutri Ninja from the kind people at Ninja Kitchen after meeting them at FitBloggin last summer!! I was incredibly excited to try this thing out. 

The thing is, I have a bit of a blender obsession. I have owned and currently own quite a few blenders (maybe 4-5). It always seems like some blenders are great for one thing, but aren't great for another. So I use different blenders for different situations. Totally normal, right?

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November Goals Review + December Goals

Posted December 2, 2014 in goals, goal setting, Fall and 12 more

For the past few months, I've been setting daily, weekly and monthly goals to help me reach my bigger goals, and I've been sharing how I've been doing.

I hope you enjoy reading these posts. I always think it's interesting to see how people are working on themselves. I want to give you a glimpse into my successes and things I need to work on, but also inspire you to take time to set your own goals. I truly believe goal setting is key to becoming your best self!

Click here to find out how I did with my October goals.

November was better. I did well with two of my daily goals and a few of my weekly goals. My monthly goals...not so much.

Here's how I did...

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The Best of Oktoberfest

Posted December 3, 2014 in beer, Oktoberfest, drinking and 4 more


I'm departing from my usual healthy recipes and healthy tips to talk about beer!

Something you may not know about me - I love beer! I usually post fun cocktail recipes and talk about my love of champagne (champs), but I do love a good beer. Yes, I'm a health coach and I drink beer! I whole-heartedly believe that the majority of our diets should be made up of plant-based and whole foods. But there's also room for things that bring us mental, emotional and physical pleasure.

The BF and I love craft beer, especially Oktoberfest brews. So we decided to embark on an Oktoberfest adventure. We bought every Oktoberfest beer we could find and conducted taste tests. 

We've actually never done an official beer tasting, but we have both been to lots of wine tastings and assumed beer tasting would be similar. It is! Look, swirl, smell, taste. We were good to go there, but we weren't really sure about what to look for or even sure how to describe beer. Luckily, the internet can tell you anything! 

As we tested each beer, we kept an organized spread sheet with beer ratings, descriptions of each beer including the smell, taste, head, lacing, etc. and the calorie count (we kept track of cals for Sweet Success).

Our favorites are based purely on taste. This post has nothing to do with low-calorie or "healthy" options! My philosophy with beer is that you should go for the more flavorful craft beers or microwbrews, have 1-2 and be done. No sense in drinking a flavorless light beer and drinking 5 or 6 of them. Savor the flavor of your beer!

But I do think you should be aware of how many calories are in your beer because some craft beers have nearly 200 calories a serving. 

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How to Lose Weight and Feel Amazing This Fall

Posted August 13, 2015 in health coaching, Fall, change and 6 more

My niece, Brynn, is headed back to school today! She's in fourth grade now, which I can't believe.

While it's been ages since I was preparing for fall classes (I graduated from college 10 years ago this month!), and I don't have any kids, I actually love back to school time and the transition to fall.

I'm not quite ready to let go of warm, sunny days, and summer adventures, but I have started thinking about fall.

Autumn is a season of transition and change. Leaves change to orange, red and brown and the weather begins to cool. While nature is transitioning, it's also a good time to think about your own transformation.

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Weekend Recap {Sept. 18-20, 2015}

Posted September 21, 2015 in weekend, Weekend Recap, healthy eating and 8 more

It's Monday already!

My weekend was very relaxed. The BF and I didn't have any plans, so we relaxed (ie. watched so much Sons of Anarchy!). I did, however, make lots of delicious and healthy food this weekend, and I made it to a power yoga class.

It was a good weekend! Here are some details...

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Happy First Day of Fall!!

Posted September 23, 2015 in Fall, goals, gratitude and 4 more

(a photo from the Sweet Success archives! Cabin trip at Platte River State Park in the fall of 2012)

Can you believe that fall has arrived??!? This year has just flown by.

Since it's the first day of fall, I wanted to take a moment to express some gratitude for summer. When spring turns to summer and summer turns to fall, we tend to just keep pushing forward. But it's nice to express a little gratitude for what the season brought to your life.

I also like to set goals for the new season. I like treating each new season just like I do the new year. It's a good time to reevaluate the goals you set earlier in the year and think about what you want your life to look like in the upcoming months.

Today I'm sharing my gratitude list for summer and my goals for fall...

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Pumpkin Spice Protein Frappé

Posted September 24, 2015 in Fall, Pumpkin, healthy and 5 more

It's pumpkin spice everything season!!

I am not ashamed to say that I am totally into the pumpkin spice trend. I love pumpkin!

However, it can be easy to get sucked into all the pumpkin spice marketing out there and buy all kinds of unhealthy snacks and treats. Check out my post, How to Survive the Pumpkin Spice Craze, to find out how to choose the heatlhiest pumpkin spiced products.

I love creating my own pumpkin spice recipes at home. They're so much healthier! I'm sure you've heard of a little thing called the PSL. Well, this is a cold, frothy, protein-packed version of the PSL.

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Pear Gorgonzola Walnut Salad

Posted September 29, 2015 in recipe, salad, Fall and 8 more

To be honest, I don’t love eating salads in the fall and winter.

During the summer, salads are my fave. I could eat one every day. But when the weather starts to cool off, I start to crave comfort food - warm, cheesy, carby comfort food.

But I feel better when I eat lots of produce. So to make sure I eat enough fresh produce during the fall and winter, I try to get more creative with my salads.

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Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding Parfait

Posted September 30, 2015 in Pumpkin, Fall, recipe and 9 more

I recently made one of my favorite recipes that I created last fall - Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding. It's so delicious, and very pumpkin pie-like.

But I realized it could be even more like pumpkin pie if it had whipped cream on top! My whipped cream addition turned into the perfect little fall dessert that will satisfy your craving for pumpkin pie, but without tons of sugar.

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Weekend Recap {Oct. 2-4, 2015} - Oktoberfest

Posted October 5, 2015 in Weekend Recap, weekend, yoga and 9 more

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

The BF and I got into the fall spirit by picking out pumpkins at the farmer's market, buying some fall decor for our house, drinking fall beers at an Oktoberfest event and drinking lots of coffee.

I actually hoped to spend more time lounging around watching Netflix, especially because it was a rainy, dreary and cold weekend. But I stayed pretty busy all weekend.

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Stitch Fix Review #4

Posted October 8, 2015 in Stitch Fix, review, fashion and 4 more

I received my fourth Stitch Fix package! I was really excited about this one because I asked for holiday dresses and fall tops.

A little review:

With Stitch Fix {<--- referral link}, you fill out a pretty extensive style survey, then a stylist handpicks some pieces of clothing based on your preferences. You can receive a 'fix' every 2-3 weeks, every month, every other month or every three months. You can even create a Pinterest board to give your stylist a better idea of what you're looking for. Check out my Style board on Pinterest. Your stylist really looks at your Pinterest board too!

When you receive your box, you try everything on, send back the items you don't want and purchase the items you want to keep. You pay a $20 styling fee for each box, but that $20 is applied to anything you want to keep from that shipment.

What I received this time around was...interesting. I only ended up keeping one thing this time. But I still thought it was worth it because what I kept was perfection.

Here's what I received...

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My favorite healthy football foods

Posted October 18, 2015 in football, healthy eating, weight loss and 8 more

*My local HyVee asked if I'd like to try Beanitos, and they provided me with the product. All opinions are my own!

It's apparently football season. I'm definitely not a watcher of sports on television, not even Nebraska's beloved Huskers. I know, I'm a terrible Nebraskan.

I just can't get into it. But if there's food, I'm slightly more interested.

Most of the time, football foods aren't of the healthy variety - cheese dips, chicken wings, pizza, beer and chips.

The easiest way to stay healthy during football season is to offer a few healthy options if you're hosting a football watching party, or bring a few healthy dishes if you're attending a party.

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​Grilled Apple, Spinach and Pesto Sandwich

Posted October 20, 2015 in Fall, comfort food, healthy eating and 5 more

As soon as the weather starts to cool in the fall, my food cravings instantly change.

I'm no longer wanting berries, salads and vegetables cooked on the grill. My body is cravings warming foods and comforting foods.

One of my favorite comfort foods is grilled cheese sandwiches. I just loved them when I was growing up, and I still love them as an adult. But gone are the days of white bread and American cheese.

I like to make fancy grilled cheese sandwiches with some healthier ingredients. My favorite is combining thinly sliced apples and cheese. So so delicious!

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Weekend Recap {Oct. 30 - Nov.1} - Halloween

Posted November 2, 2015 in weekend, Weekend Recap, yoga and 11 more

Happy Monday!

I had a relaxing and sleep-filled weekend, which was exactly what I needed. Last weekend, I didn't get much rest and I was feeling it all week.

We did make time for fun…the BF and I celebrated Halloween with friends, we enjoyed two date night dinners out, and I got out and enjoyed the beautiful fall weather with my family.

Here are some details from the weekend....

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Fall Activewear Wish List

Posted November 3, 2015 in activewear, shopping, Fall and 2 more

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I am the first to admit that I don't NEED to buy myself more activewear, but I always have a list of workout wear that I'm wishing for.

It just started to get cold here in Nebraska, so I'm craving the comfort of warm sweatshirts, jackets and sweatpants. The top two things on my wish list....a pair of joggers and a warm jacket that works for the gym and for weekends. The Lululemon jacket on my list is so amazing!!!

I'll be honest, I don't need any new workout leggings. But the new mountain yoga leggings by Reebok are amazing! (I recently counted my workout leggings...30. Yep.)

Today I'm sharing some of the things on my fall wish list. Maybe you'll get a little inspiration to upgrade your fall activewear. I always think looking good and wearing clothes that fit well help make you feel more confident. And if you feel confident in your workout clothes, you'll be more likely to get moving!

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Weekend Recap {Nov. 6-8, 2015}

Posted November 9, 2015 in weekend, Weekend Recap, yoga and 9 more

Happy Monday!

I got so much done this weekend! The BF ended up having to work quite a bit, so I used my time on my own to write, prepare for my upcoming sugar cravings workshop and clean the house.

It wasn't the most exciting weekend, but it was productive.

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How to open a pomegranate + pomegranate recipes

Posted November 11, 2015 in pomegranate, recipes, healthy eating and 8 more

I am totally in love with pomegranates. They are juicy and crunchy, sweet and a bit tart - absolutely yummy.

The pom is also said to be extremely rich in antioxidants, and has been shown to naturally lower blood pressure. They are also high in vitamin C and fiber. (Source)

For a long time, I would rarely buy pomegranates because they were a huge pain to open. You only eat the arils that reside inside the pomegranate so you have to get those things out somehow. But I've tested out a few methods for opening the pomegranate and I found a super easy way to get these seeds out.

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Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

Posted November 17, 2015 in breakfast, oatmeal, Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal and 4 more

I'm still on a major pumpkin kick!

I made this delicious pumpkin spice oatmeal on a Saturday morning when I was craving a sweet breakfast.

I highly recommend topping this oatmeal with coconut butter and almond butter. It adds such rich flavor, and makes it taste like a decadent treat.

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Weekend Recap {Oct. 7-9, 2016}

Posted October 11, 2016 in Weekend Recap, yoga, Pumpkin and 7 more

October is kind of a crazy month. 

I'll teach six wellness workshops, I've added two new fitness classes to my weekly schedule, I have some major goals for my health coaching business and nutrition line…on top of my usual stuff. 

So I'm making extra effort to practice self-care during this busy time. I did work on my business over the weekend, but I also read, took a yoga class, baked, cooked delicious healthy meals, spent time with my mom and niece, went hiking and watched documentaries. 

When life gets full, it can be easy to put self-care to the side. But those are the times we need it most!

Here's a recap of my weekend...

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Weekend Recap {Oct. 21-23, 2016}

Posted October 25, 2016 in Weekend Recap, Fall, pumpkin patch and 7 more

The weekend flew by and it was packed full of unexpected adventure! 

I really didn't have any plans for the weekend, but adventures presented themselves and I went with it. I'm actually feeling a bit tired this week from such a full weekend, so I'm attempting to take it easy…luckily I had a massage scheduled for Monday evening.

Here's the recap...

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10 Ways to Practice Self-Care This Fall

Posted September 25, 2017 in self-care , Fall, self-confidence and 6 more


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It's officially fall! 

I love this time of year. The weather finally cools off, leaves begin to change colors, pumpkin displays start popping up all over, and it's time to break out the cozy blankets and sweaters. 

As mother nature is transitioning, we typically go through some changes this time of year as well. We go from easy going summer days to school schedules or fewer vacation days from work. This is usually a time of year when we begin to get busy again. 

So it's even more important to take the time to care for yourself. 

Self-care is simply doing anything that makes you feel the way you want to feel. Do you want to feel relaxed, at peace, full of joy, inspired or adventurous? Making time for self-care allows you to replenish your spirit. 

I change up my self-care routine depending on the season. Fall may be my favorite self-care season because of all the opportunities to get cozy and relax. Here are some ideas to inspire you to take care of yourself more this season...

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