live deliberately

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“i wished to live deliberately… and not, when i came to die, discover that i had not lived”-henry david thoreau

well said henry!  well said.  i know nothing about photography, but i’m pretty sure the photos in this post are overexposed, which is exactly how i feel doing something so foreign to me, like using a camera…and then posing for it.  and let’s not even talk about all the things wrong with my previous photos.  but, i don’t feel like waiting until my images are “good enough” to share.  if i did that, i could wait my entire life.  and i want to LIVE!  so here are more photos, flaws and all ;)

p.s: [quick tip] how perfect is a top tied at the side with a high waist!?  i love how casual and girly it is.  and i find that it can be way more flattering too.  that’s a win/win/win so if you haven’t tried it yet, you should!

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top: h&m

skirt: downeast basics

shoes: forever21

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always,

dom

knit meets bold

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dress up your favorite knit top by pairing it with some bold slacks for an extra pep in your step this fall!
this top is my favorite and i would wear it every day if i could. it’s the perfect weight, has just the right amount of bounce, and most importantly, it’s all-you-can-eat-friendly – it’s just as comfortable as it is forgiving after you’ve eaten a meal…or four. and dessert. can I get a amen!?

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top: yarnworks

pants: express

shoes: call it spring

–dom–

come what stains may

dom2photo 4winsi’ve been in a bit of a style rut lately. i’ve been living in my gym clothes and sweat pants and t-shirts. it’s so easy to get into ruts when your style efforts are constantly soiled with spots and streaks of who-knows-what from your almost-two-year-old.  (mommy still loves you molly girl). but here i go! let the style revival begin, come what stains may (cue fist pump).

always,
dom

pumpkin protein muffins

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today was a good day! isn’t it always a good day when baking is involved? this morning i made clean pumpkin protein muffins and they were amazing. let me tell you, if you’re having a hard time making the transition to healthier food choices, this recipe is for you. it uses all healthy ingredients and you wouldn’t even know it! i got the recipe when i joined an online training group called iron rhino (more about them another day, but if you’re curious, you can learn more on ironrhinolife.com or on their facebook page). one of the many ways the head of iron rhino, martha, helps her members live healthier lifestyles is by compiling lists of clean, healthy recipes we can have handy to implement into our daily menus easily.

my favorite thing about these muffins is that all the ingredients simply get thrown into a blender, get blended up, and you’re good to go! sooo easy. unless you’re me.

this morning i was so pumped to make these, i decided to triple the batch. yeah, i was straight beastin’ it in the kitchen. so while i’m doing the math in my head for how much triple of one of the ingredients would be, my husband quietly walks by and pulls out two full egg shell halves from atop my pile of ingredients inside my blender and says, “slowww downnn hun.” i couldn’t believe it. then i could believe it. i would do something like that! needless to say, i slowed down and all was well.

so here’s that recipe:

pumpkin protein muffins

1 c canned pumpkin
1/2 c applesauce
1/2 c plain lowfat greek yogurt
3 egg whites
1 3/4 c old fashioned oats
1/4 c protein powder
1/2 c baking stevia OR 1 c sweetener of choice that measures like sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie OR apple pie spice
optional add-ins: chopped walnuts, pecans, almonds, mini chocolate chips (i used dark chocolate chips), raisins, dried cranberries, or whatever else your heart desires.

preheat oven to 350 degrees. line a 12-cup muffin pan with foil cupcake liners, or spray with non-stick cooking spray (i greased the pan with extra virgin coconut oil). set aside.

in a blender or food processor, mix all of the ingredients together. blend until oats are ground and mixture is smooth. (i had to stop my blender to help move the mixture around a couple times).

divide mixture among muffins tins, and place into pre-heated oven. bake for 15-20 minutes, or until tops are golden brown.

*note: this batter is very moist, and a toothpick may not come out clean. so i opened the oven at 15 mins and tapped the tops of a couple of the muffins from the middle of the pan, and if it didn’t sink and held it’s shape, i took the pan out. if it sunk in, i left it in a min longer and check again. mine ended up taking around 18 min but i had only one pan in the oven at a time.

enjoy!

xo,
dom

apples and pumpkins

i’ve been on my yogalosophy journey for almost a whole week now, and it’s been no walk in the park. of course, i came into this thing determined as ever to be healthy, fit, and yogafied (not a word, but just go with it), but things always seem rosy until you reach in to grab it and its thorns are waiting to greet you.

i knew something had to change when i noticed myself being more and more preoccupied with yogalosophy than my family. the problem with this is that if everything i had were taken away, and all i had left was yogalosophy, i’d be mortified. if everything were stripped from me, and my husband and little girl were all i had, all would be well. i was sacrificing my family, who i couldn’t live without, for something that would mean nothing without them. if at the end of any goal, i’m further away from my loved ones than when i started, then it wasn’t one worth beginning in the first place.

on day one, mandy ingber said, “…if you plant an apple seed, no matter what you do, you will not be able to turn that apple tree into a pumpkin patch.” i started the week off planting a seed that i didn’t realize wouldn’t bring me happiness. it wasn’t a seed fit for who i am so i switched it out for another. mandy said you can’t turn an apple tree into a pumpkin patch. she didn’t say you couldn’t ditch the damn apples and start over with your pumpkin seeds! it’s never too late to listen to that voice inside you that’s saying you’re meant for something different.

so i’m still eating healthy, but i’m not strictly following the yogalosophy diet anymore. i listen to my body and if it feels like it needs a smoothie chalk full of greens, or a piece of chocolate (or four) i eat it! i’m still doing the exercises, but if i miss a day, it’s still a good day. it’s all part of my journey.

~dom

you are what you eat?

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“you are what you eat.” i struggled with this phrase for years. mind you, i’m a bit slower than most.

…okay a lot slower than most.

i have a history of taking things too literally. you’re looking at a girl who never went near a gusher for years out of fear of turning into a giant fruit head. so when people said, “you are what you eat,” i thought they were vegans calling people who ate bacon a pig, and everyone who ate beef a cow, etc. (i know. i got problems.)

but i got older and one day it just dawned on me (and when i say older, i mean 21..mmm, maybe 23 years old–don’t judge). you know how you can have a moment of enlightenment or deep understanding called an “aha moment”? well this for me was more of a “ba-aha-haha” moment because the only way to get through it without slapping myself in the face was by laughing!

for those of you who are still where i was (bless your hearts), let me help. simply put, our bodies only have what we give it to work with. if all you eat is processed junk food, then you force your body to manage all bodily functions with junk, which more than likely leaves you feeling and probably looking like junk too. so in essence, we are what we eat!

needless to say this was a turning point in my life and it lead me to a new-found interest in whole foods and exercise. i still barely know anything (ok i know nothing) but i love learning and trying new things to help me and my family live a little healthier and i’ll be posting all about it.

my newest venture is yoga! on monday (july 15) i’m going to start a 28-day yoga routine and diet plan from a book called Yogalosophy by Mandy Ingber. heard of it or her?! well i’ll be posting updates on how it goes, so you can follow the story on here (also through my twitter, instagram, and facebook page) or you can get the book and do it with me! if you have any tips, please share!

~dom