Move, Nourish, Believe and Make This Muffin

 

Hey hey! How was your weekend?

I actually got to have a girl’s overnight Saturday night in Santa Monica with some of my best friends from college. Oh man, it was awesome. You know that girl time when you just get to catch up and drink wine and relax? It was perfect. So perfect in fact that I didn’t subject any of them to my annoying picture taking. I’m so thoughtful sometimes. Ha ha.

 

I know I’ve talked about Lorna Jane before, my Pretty Woman experience at the store and the whole Move Nourish Believe Movement. Well, I got to relive it a little this past weekend while I was away and oh man, it was like a little early Christmas.

So, in honor of the beautiful Lorna herself, we’re going with her motto for this post:

Move Your Body. Nourish From The Inside Out. Believe Anything Is Possible.

 

Move:

Saturday:

Taught boot camp and ran 3 easy miles in the park immediately following to shake out the legs a little bit.

Sunday- Ran 11 slow miles while in Santa Monica.

I love being able to run and explore anywhere and everywhere. No matter where I’m going I make sure to have my Mizuno running shoes and running clothes with me.

Yesterday since I was with my girlfriends and didn’t have the boys, it was the perfect opportunity to just run by myself outside in new surroundings. There was so much to see. I found myself at the Santa Monica Pier and then in Venice Beach.

It was just awesome.

Here’s a few pictures.

Before

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During:

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After:

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Nourish:

I feel like I nourished a lot this past weekend. I nourished my friendships by spending quality time with my best friends which I rarely get to do, especially in this fast paced world these days.

I nourished my body with some delicious food, good wine and fabulous homemade cookies and homemade Butterfinger bars. (Yeah, Deena, I’m talking about your goodies that you might have to share on here.)

I also went a little beyond nourishing just the inside when I stepped foot in the Lorna Jane store in Santa Monica again.

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The store was just how I remembered it.

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It was filled with so many inspiring sayings. As a woman you feel empowered to dress the part, be inspirational, dream big and get out there and want to move.

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I’m not really a shopper friends (well, I guess I am if online shopping or countless Target and Costco trips count), but you let me loose in a store like this and it’s trouble.

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I found just a few things to try on.

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Ha ha.

Some of my favorites:

Intrigue Hooded Tank

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Kristina Run Shorts

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Dion Excel Tank

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Lovely. Don’t mind the tag hanging from my tush.

I even found some high waist Core Stability pants that I could hike up high enough to not have to wear my Spanx. The pants do the tuck it in trick for me. Awesome.

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(Mom- this picture was all Sasha’s idea and she takes full blame of it being too risqué. Right Sash?)

Oh and yes, gotta love anything with those key thumb holes. I mean, those are a must in the California winter temperatures. He he.

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A huge thank you to Gina who helped me and put up with all my craziness and made sure I went into the right dressing room.

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And a huge thank you to my best friend Sasha who put up with me also and took a bazillion pictures.

I fell in love with this saying that was in my room.

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I also fell in love with this Kiri Long Sleeved Top.

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Then as soon as I thought I was in the clear, I fell in love with these Flashdance Pants.

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These pants are nicknamed “Flashies” and “travel pants” because they’ve been everywhere. They’re comfortable and easy to wear out and about, on the road and for travel. In Australia they sell a pair of these special pants every 37 seconds.

I made my best friend Deena wait so long that she just happen to find the perfect Secret Socks.

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She knows her stuff friends. She’s pretty much the most stylish person I know and if she lived closer I would make her pick out my daily outfits for me. She loved these socks because they fit perfectly with her cute stylish booties and didn’t slip. She bought 2 pairs.

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I probably should’ve bought them for her for letting us all stay with her now that I think about it. Oops.

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Next time.

Smile

 

When I got home yesterday I decided we’d have a family decorating party and frozen Trader Joe’s pizzas for dinner instead of cooking. I was so excited for everyone to help decorate and in my head they were just as excited as I was.

Well…….

these guys we’re as into it as I thought. They were not about to “move” for me.

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Joaquin humored me and pretended to help for about 2 minutes.

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Oh hey, don’t mind him. He’s still working on the whole potty training thing and sometimes it’s just easier to not bother with pants.

Speaking of pants, I sported my new Flashdance Pants for the occasion.

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Lovely shot, yes?

Ha.

Anyhoo……

after all the decorating excitement

I finished the night with this new variation of the high protein dark chocolate muffin.

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Obviously I topped it with some melted dark chocolate and some creamy dreamy ice cream.

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Obviously I’m giving you the exact recipe since you NEED to make it as soon as possible.

 

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New and Improved Dark Chocolate Microwave Muffin

(It’s a combination of the chocolate microwave muffin and Mama’s healthy apple microwave muffin.)

1/4 cup pumpkin

1/2 cup egg whites (or egg substitute)

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons coconut flour

2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder 

2 sweetener packets (I used Stevia)

splash of almond extract

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

 

Mix everything together. Pour in a mug sprayed with cooking spray. Microwave for about 5 minutes.

Smile

 

Yep. Awesome.

I BELIEVE that I will be having this just a few more times this month.

 

I also BELIEVE I have a really awesome week long holiday giveaway coming up with some of my favorite things to giveaway each day.

Woo hoo!!!

Can’t wait to share!

Speaking of giveaways, there’s still time to enter to win the invite for the Mizuno Mezamashii Run Project.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post.

Failures, Favorites and an Invite

 

Have a good Monday!

 

What was the highlight of your weekend?

Do you have your holiday decorations up yet?

 

*I was given a complete outfit from Lorna Jane. I was not compensated for this post. All opinions and rambling are my own.

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Comments

  1. 1
    Miz says:

    OH
    I really had no idea I COVETED me some LORNA JANE so much.
    now, I KNEW I adored me some muscle beach, errr VENICE BEACH :-)

  2. 2

    Yup! I think I need to make that mug muffin too.

    Why can’t I look that cute both before and after a run??? haha I always look so thrown together when I workout that I think your after is more impressive than my before! ;)

  3. 3
    Kathy says:

    The Lorna Jane store and clothing are to die for (yea….not really but ya know what I mean…) Super Cute!
    Muffin will be made later! Thanks again…

  4. 4

    Love ALL of the Lorna Jane gear! My Christmas tree and decorations are all up and your tree looks great by the way. I will definitely be trying that muffin for breakfast tomorrow. It looks so yummy!

  5. 5

    I love that saying from the mirror! It is now the new quote on my office whiteboard.

  6. 6

    Taking time to spend with family & friends is so important! Looks like you had an excellent weekend! We celebrated my nephew’s 6th birthday party this weekend & playing with all his new toys for 2+ hours Saturday was the highlight of my weekend for sure! ps. I’m making that muffin this afternoon — yum!

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    Mary Kate says:

    I love that you still got your runs in on a GF weekend! Your Mizunos had an awesome weekend as well! I am checking our Lorna Jane asap, a new sports clothing store for me to explore! Then I will decorate…

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    Linda says:

    What a great weekend! Girlfriend time in Santa Moncia, you can’t get any better than that. When I come home to visit next time I am definitely visiting Lorna Jane. I think they have now opened in the Irvine Spectrum and Huntington Beach! That would be much closer for you. :)

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    Anna W. says:

    You are adorable, hot, and hilarious, all at once! Love the new gear and love the looks of that new muffin!

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    Breanna says:

    The highlight of our weekend was tearing out the front hall closet to make our entry way bigger! It’s a big project, but now that the construction has started we HAVE to get it done – hopefully new tile and a bench and new walls in there by Christmas!!
    Luckily we already had our outside Christmas lights up and they have been lighting up the nights since Thanksgiving!!

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    Robin Senne says:

    I tried the sweet potato mess pancake yesterday morning! It really is messy… But so worth it! Added a half of banana and pb on top. To die for! :)

  12. 12

    Looks like an amazing weekend! Those clothes…LOVE! The holiday decor came out this weekend around here!

  13. 13

    All those clothes look so cute, and comfy! I’m glad you had such a great weekend!

  14. 14

    I went to Costco this weekend! WAHOO! Love that place and I bought some holiday decorations and some dangerous holiday cupcakes. ;) I too was able to spend a night out with a good friend and it was so nice to have girl time, sip on wine, and not talk about fitness or healthy eating, but rather just enjoying, laughing, and having fun. Happy Monday!

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    Sara Grambusch says:

    What a great weekend! I lived in Santa Monica during treatment. I like it there. I need some chocolate…

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    Aleesha says:

    I just love this post…..it has a little bit of everything in it. Your cute self modeling clothes, stuft daddy and the boys, and a delicious new chocolate muffin recipe to try. The only thing missing from this post is “Kitty”
    {{{{hugs}}}} Have a great day!

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    Elle says:

    Thanks so much for this recipe… I have one very similar but it has flour in it and now that I am off gluten, I cannot have it – never thought of coconut flour.. .I love your STUFT Mama cookie too!

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    I LOVE the shirts with thumb holes! So comfy. I need those pants too for my tummy! I’ve never seen the high waste pants like that. I’m so glad you had a great weekend! I got my tree up and decorated, but I still need to get my other decorations up. I’m hoping Tony finishes his work tomorrow and then we can have some fun decorating time.

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    Those new workout clothes are so cute! I love the inspirational quotes :) I need to try the new mug muffin as soon as I buy some if those ingredients…I’m off to the store!!

  20. 20

    Holy gun and back show lady! And I love that hoodie with the thumb holes. I don’t know why but i’m kind of obsessed with those.

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    Donna says:

    So loving those holiday compression socks!!

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    elizabeth says:

    omg. love that lorna jane stuff. i wasn’t aware of it until the fitfluential chat the other night. I WANT THOSE PANTS. and the shorts, and well, everything. that muffin looks good!! we did decorate my tree this weekend! the bf is a trooper :)

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    Kerie says:

    I WANT – I WANT – I WANT! I sound like a spoiled kid at Christmas time hu? Welp, I kinda sorta am :) So happy to have found your site. I follow you on Instagram and didn’t know you had a website. Awesome!

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    nina says:

    what is the calorie count in this yummy looking muffin!!?!?!

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    Elle says:

    Finally made this muffin! Vanilla with applesauce as I had no pumpkin! It is awesome, thanks. Thank goodness for Pinterest… so much better than bookmarks!

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    Ashley says:

    Hi, I’m new to your blog and love it! I’m also in love with those flashdance pants. I’m checking them out online but unsure about what size to order. Any advice on how they run and what size are you wearing? Thanks!

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