Summer Layers

May 26, 2015 by  
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Every year I get excited for the art festival in East Lansing and every year after going I'm reminded of why I hate it. Of course I love perusing the art, jewelry and watching the fire baton throwing hippies, but the parking challenges and the crowds really anger me. Luckily, Kyle and I were meeting up with my friends Haley and her Kyle for lunch and festival perusing. The two of them are extremely laidback so I feel silly being dramatic about parking and I fixed my hanger with a burger and fries. And I wore this.
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[tee and denim shirt from Madewell, shorts c/o Aeropostale, flats c/o Johnston & Murphy, sunglasses c/o Shade Station, bag by Loeffler Randall, ring c/o Katie Dean Jewelry]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein

Fitness Friday: Athleisure

May 22, 2015 by  
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I've been in overeating mode since about..December. I work out at least 5 days a week, but I can't help but indulge in every cookie, chip or burger presented to me. I've been in a perpetual state of bloat and I'm trying to figure out how to get myself out of this rut. 
Since I haven't yet convinced myself to eat more vegetables and fruits, the next best thing for me has been meal replacement shakes. I've been doing this for breakfast or lunch and it's easier now with the new protein shake place in town called Cheers. It actually fills me up! I've been trying to roast more vegetables too since this is my preferred way to eat them. I've also been buying sparkling water. I crave carbonation, which is why I drink so much pop. These are just tiny little baby steps to get myself in the right direction and be realistic. Any tips on eating healthier and smaller portions?
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[Gaiam studio to street harem pants c/o Kohl's, tank and sports bra from Lululemon, shoes by Nike, aviators c/o Shade Station, leather jacket from Zara]

Retail Therapy

May 20, 2015 by  
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Sometimes I get in these sweatshirt and leggings ruts and all it takes is a fresh pair of ankle length draped pants and an interesting top to help me reimagine my entire wardrobe. I paired these two pieces together, but I can't help but daydream the million other ways I can style each separately. I picked these up from Retail Therapy, a local boutique, owned by Celeste, the most stylish woman in Lansing and co-hosted a spring styling event along with her last night. Naturally, instead of helping my friends shop, I found jeans and a dress for myself.
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[La Stampa top and Stella Carakasi pants (similar) c/o Retail Therapy, Steve Madden heels c/o Lulu*s, bag by BCBG]
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Photos by mom

Listen to me on The Bond Broadcast: Muskegon 100.9 FM (Podcast Episode Here!)

May 19, 2015 by  
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Listen to me on The Bond Broadcast:
Muskegon 100.9 FM (Podcast Episode Here!)
I had a great time talking with Jim and Michael Bond of The Bond Broadcast about everything from my new blog rebranding to parenting with positive body image! Check out the podcast below to listen to the entire show, and make sure to check out Muskegon 100.9's Soundcloud channel! I would love to hear your thoughts on our topics.

How do you talk to your children about body image? And for those who aren't parents, how did your own parents ideas about body image shape you?
Leave a comment below!


POP

May 18, 2015 by  
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Just another work from home day look, which feels more like pajamas, but looks fancier with the pink pumps. I added the heels for my boring errands outside my apartment and realized I could perhaps get away with wearing joggers every day of my life, even dressed up, with the right shoe. I was at a conference in Cleveland last week so I packed these and the green pair I just scooped up. I just hate being cold and uncomfortable at conferences, so while everyone else rocked dress pants and blazers, I wore joggers and leather jackets with heels.
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[Rayban aviators c/o Shade Station, pants c/o Athleta, jacket from Zara, silver pearls crystal statement necklace c/o Happiness Boutique, ring and bracelet c/o Bling Jewelry, heels c/o Lulu*s]
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Photos by Kyle Keberlein

Catch me on the radio Sunday! Muskegon’s 100.9 FM at 5 p.m.!

May 14, 2015 by  
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Catch me on the radio Sunday, May 17th!
Muskegon's 100.9 FM at 5 p.m. EST!
 
 

Tune in to Muskegon's 100.9 FM on Sunday, at 5 p.m. EST (via radio or streaming at www.MuskegonRadio.com) to catch me on The Bond Broadcast, a multi-generational, interactional entertainment radio program with a common-sense approach to parent/child viewpoints on culture and relationships. Father and son duo Jim Bond and Michael Bond will be chatting with me about thrifting, body image, and other interesting topics!

 
I'm excited to talk with them and I hope you'll tune in to hear the show live! If you can't make it on Sunday, I'll be sure to post the stream later on.
 
Happy Friday!

James & a few patio updates

May 13, 2015 by  
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I live in a quiet neighborhood and my apartment complex is low key with lots of trees and outdoor space that I haven't quite taken advantage of in the last two summers here. It's looked like this the last year or so.
This summer, I vowed to spruce it up which included sanding and repainting the rusted out patio table, replacing the tired old plastic chairs with new wooden ones and research on what plants can take direct sun all day. It's a work in progress, but I've found some good deals along the way ($20 outdoor rug from World Market and solar lights on sale at Target.) I'm still looking for more plants and Kyle is starting to grow tomatoes, cucumbers and jalapenos up here. But most importantly, James loves it. We keep the door open so he can wander in and out. I'll do another, better post of just the patio since I keep finding more things to finish it!
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Southwestern Tofu Scramble for #MeatlessMondays–a quick vegan meal!

May 11, 2015 by  
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Southwestern Tofu Scramble for #MeatlessMondays--a quick vegan meal!

Life has been INSANELY busy lately. My life as a blogger has been trumped by my demanding roles in every other aspect of my life. Finding time for self care (through healthy meals and exercise) trumps just about any other side project or hobby I may have, and that includes my re-branding work (which is slowly moving along) and so many other pots on the backburner. I hope you are taking time to take care of yourself!
 
But, speaking of pans on the stove, one of my ongoing nutritional goals is to ensure that I get my grams of protein in. This can be require much planning and dedication when you are trying to go as plant-based as possible. I am omnivorous--not vegan--but I prefer to eat vegetarian and vegan as much as I can. This is not only for health reasons but also for moral ones. Though I am not yet completely invested in a lifestyle that doesn't include consumption of any animal product, I am able to flow with a "reducetarian" mindset that focuses on the reduction of not only animal products and meat, but also all natural resources--including gas. I'm proud to say I've almost exclusively biked or walked to work for the last month, and though it started with vehicle issues, I'm glad to have begun what I hope is a permanent change for the season!

Life doesn't always have to be "all or nothing"...you can do your best. ;)
 
For our family, this means a happy dedication to "#MeatlessMondays" (click the link to find all of my meal ideas and recipes on Instagram, some of which are picture below).

  
 
It takes a little planning, but when it comes to easy, one pot meals, this Southwestern Tofu Scramble isn't anything complicated, yet it is hearty and a great serving of protein, low in fat, and moderate in carbs. It also packs almost 8 grams of fiber per serving and tastes awesome!
 
Check out the recipe below!

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Southwestern Tofu Scramble

Makes 5 hearty (approximately 2 cup) servings. Prep/Cook time: 20 minutes.

Nutritional Information: Calories per serving: 184, Carbohydrates: 29.5g,
Fiber: 7.7 g, Protein: 13.9 g (this information does not include avocado).

INGREDIENTS:

-(1) 14 oz container of firm tofu (I prefer to use Nasoyu Organic Lite Firm Tofu)
-(1) Can petite diced tomatoes
-(1) Bag of frozen mixed veggies (diced carrots, corn, green beans and peas)
-(1) Can black beans
-Half of red onion, diced
-Cumin, red pepper flakes, sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and any other seasoning your prefer to use.
 
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DIRECTIONS:

Dice tofu into cubes. Place large skillet on medium high heat. Spray with non-stick cooking spray or lightly grease with your favorite oil. Once the pan is hot, add tofu cubes. Season with cumin, sea salt and other spices. As tofu is browning, dice and add red onion. Allow the two to sauté until onion is slightly softened and tofu becomes browned and marinated well in seasoning.
 
Add tomatoes, frozen veggies, and black beans. Season to taste and reduce heat in skillet to medium. Cover with pan lid and stir periodically until frozen veggies are heated properly and flavors have blended. Cook time will vary but should only take about 10-15 minutes.
 
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Remove from heat and serve with a fresh halved avocado! I preferred to cream the avocado with a little sea salt and garnished my bowl with that, as well as a dash of hot sauce. Other ideas for toppings might include vegan or regular cheese, greek yogurt, or fresh cilantro.

ENJOY!

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Charmed

May 11, 2015 by  
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It's finally heating up in the midwest and to be honest, it was too hot to wear this damn cardigan, but I survived half the day in it working in it and forcing my old co-worker Hannah to go to the protein shake place in town. I've been struggling with winter weight and just trying to find ANYTHING that will fit me, but not make me sweat to death so these jean shorts and a tank spruced up with accessories and a too-hot cardigan made the most sense for me.
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[long charm necklace c/o Wren and Glory, tank c/o Aeropostale, cardigan from Forever 21, jean shorts from Levi's, sandals c/o Naturalizer, sunglasses c/o Sunglasses Shop, bracelet c/o Bling Jewelry]
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Photos by Liz Vartoogian

Johnston & Murphy Shoe Giveaway!

May 8, 2015 by  
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Happy Friday! Johnston & Murphy are offering a pair of Bree slip ons to one lucky reader who wins this giveaway! I have a pair of these slip ons in black and I love the perforated leather, one inch wedge and cushion, SO COZY! 
To enter for a chance to win, simply comment here with your email and let me know if you like them in gold or black! To submit a second or third entry, share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter. The giveaway closes on Sunday, May 24 at 9 p.m. EST. Good luck!
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