Apr 172015


Last week, I was having a GRUMPY day.

Running late, server down, spill the whole cup, forget the second cup, lost the password, banged my knee into the desk, Grumpy with a capital G, day.


So I turned to my favorite place for inspiration, motivation, and general kick-assedness, my Instagram pals.

I received so much good advice from these pals, I knew I couldn’t keep it to myself.  I hope you remember [or bookmark!] this list for the next time you are facing a case of the grumps.

klifesprinklesKristi is the blogger behind Life Sprinkles.
She has a great new podcast you should download ASAP: Soul Chat with Lauren & Kristi


Stepf is the blogger behind The Flexible Kitchen.
She wrote this great thing you should read: How to Stay Balanced When Life Gets Tough (and How to Return to Normal)

bricklyrMichelle makes the most gorgeous custom cookies.
She has an instagram account showing off her work you should follow: @mgbakes 

tryhardmamaJennifer is the blogger behind Tri Hard Mama.
She wrote this great thing you should read: Let it Go! How to Handle When Others Don’t Understand Your Passions

tracieg803Tracie is a fellow runner who likes to try new things.
She’s a brand ambassador for a sock brand you should check out: My Soxy Feet

shugarysweetsAimee is my cousin and makes the most ridiculously, mouth-watering recipes on her blog Shugary Sweets!
She shared this cake recently that you should make me for my birthday*: Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheesecake Filling

musicofrunningGerard is an IG hashtag pro.
He often shows up in these feeds you may know: #RunChat #WhyILovePhilly

karlimillspaughKarli is the daughter of the mother-daughter blogging duo behind Kindred Style.
She’s also a Stella & Dot stylist and wrote this great thing you should read if you want to have a party: How to Host a Stella & Dot Trunk Show

tara_linTara is the blogger behind Tara Lin Runs.
I love Tara for 1 billion reasons, but her Instagram feed inspires the heck out of me and I especially love her embracing the #make1healthydecision life! 

beckyklapBecky is the blogger behind Olives ‘N Wine
She created one of the only recipes from the internet we make on the regular that you should try, too: Baked Sesame Chicken [Easy! Delicious! Simple to double up the veggies a la #make1healthydecision’ing!] 

nutcaseinpointJen is the blogger behind nutcaseinpoint.
She just gave birth to a beautiful angel and is one of the most hilarious people on the internet… you should find 140 or less proof here: @nutcaseinpoint on Twitter

lisavalinskyLisa is the blogger behind The Local Food Life.
She wrote this great thing you should read: Every Local Food Purchase Helps

minysotamollyMolly is one of my favorite folks on Instagram and the dog photos she shares may have something to do with it ;)
She also taught me the wonders of this place you should check out if you are ever spending time in the MSP Airport: Surdyk’s Flights


Cindy is participating in an awesome #52hatsproject & sharing on Instagram.
She also writes great content for her website, including these two great posts you should check out if you are a blogger or a human:  Seven Things You Can Do Right Now to Make Your Website Happy and 26 Things Learned from 26 Years 


Katie is the blogger behind Talk Less, Say More.
She’s also on a year-long charity fundraising tour via RV partnering fitness & raising money for 12 different charities that you should consider supporting via donation, sponsorship or connecting Katie to a Crossfit Box in one of the states they are booking events in: 50 States in Year 

kaylabee0418Kayla is the blogger behind Musings of a Midwestern Girl.
She put together this great “when Baseball is on TV” workout you should conquer during the next game: New Kicks, New Workout

txbhrtfldBrittnye is the blogger behind The Hartfield Files.
Her instagram feed has a habit of encouraging me to be a better person. You’ve been warned ;) @txbhrtfld 

newsfromalamedaDanielle is my best friend from good ole Lodi High and she’s the blogger behind News from Alameda.
She knows how to DIY herself through any awesome event and has lots of great, easy ideas you should pin to your “Celebration!” boards: Birthday Parties

kelrry85Kelly is my dear friend and former roommate from Texas.
She also co-stars with Danielle, our pal Mary, and me in this photo shoot you should giggle at by the talented Jenna Cole: Playdate: The Shugarman Party

dc2albAndrea is a reviewer extraordinaire!
It’s not updated on the regular at the moment, but her blog is FILLED with reviews of both the Washington DC and CDNY areas you should check out: Capitol to Capital.

lizabethlandonLizabeth desigs the most perfect jewelry.
She has a pair of earrings you should consider for the internetholic in your life: #hashtag



*Okay, okay. I might just be making this myself for my birthday ;)


Apr 132015

Hi, everyone!  Just a quick post today to remind you about the 30-Day #ProteinChallenge I’m starting today – and hoping you’re starting today, too!


As a reminder, I’m facing the challenge Partner style with Melissa Joy Dobbins, the Registered Dietitian and Media Specialist behind Sound Bites – the blog AND the podcast. I’m super pumped for the opportunity of having a nutrition science professional on my healthy, happy living team! 


Melissa and I have spent time together on a couple of trips over the past year and I am so thankful to have her in my life!  She is a barrel of fun, kindness and a WEALTH of knowledge. She’s been a great source of encouragement and a wonderful resource when it comes to my nutrition questions and having her by my virtual side to tackle this Protein Challenge feels like the luckiest win of the year!  [You can read Melissa’s take on the challenge here: Join Me on the 30 Day Protein Challenge! ]

We’d love if you joined us in the challenge, too! 


Reminders & Resources:

  • This is not a “perfection” challenge – take a look at the 30 Day calendar layout to see what I mean!  This challenge is really rooted in a lifestyle change that benefits you and YOUR lifestyle. If you ask me, the reflection and rest days are key to evaluating where you are and finding what works best for you, your life, and your body.
  • Are we REALLY getting enough protein?  Are we paying enough attention to protein in our diets? Do we need a reality check when it comes to the some of the assumptions we hear and perpetuate in the media?  Check out Sound Bites Podcast: The Power of Protein – Interview with Doug Paddon-Jones for a great discussion on the macronutrient! 
  • It’s not too late to start the #ProteinChallenge!  You can start at ANY TIME and I love that the first several days take NO effort in changing how your eating. It makes starting [which is often the hardest part] this thing EASY!  And you can do easy!
  • Sign up HERE and check out all the great tools to support your 30 Day journey including a food journal, protein cheat sheet, meal and snack ideas, protein tips and more!

I hope you’ll join us on the #ProteinChallenge <<< I love seeing this hashtag popping up in my TweetDeck and Instagram feed!  If you are participating in the challenge, I’d love to see/read about your experience!

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Beef Expert Bureau.  This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff.