4 Holiday Road Trip Getaways

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photo: Salish Lodge at Snoqualmie Falls by John Westrock via Flickr If there’s one thing we can count on this winter, it’s Seattle’s rain. But, the beautiful thing about precipitation is that a drop of a few degrees and a rise in elevation transforms that constant drizzle into a floating, ethereal delight of white. With mountains encircling us, snowy escapes are waiting at our doorstep – you don’t have to go far to get away. Here’s a list of 4 spots within a 4 hour drive that you won’t want to miss this season. NORTH Bellingham / Mt. Baker Driving distance: 1.5-2.5 hours photo: Artist Point Snowshoe by Sarina Clark What to Do Snowshoeing (or snowmobiling). Mt. Baker holds the record for most snowfall in a single season (95 feet!) and offers countless snowshoe trails off State Route 52 –...
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2017 Holiday Gift Guide: 12 Cool Kitchen Gadgets for Every Budget

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For the ones who love to cook with the latest gadgets or the inspiring chefs that need a little help, these kitchen gadgets in our 2017 Gift Guide make a great gift that you can afford on any budget.  On a Tight Budget: Gifts under $20 Norpro Grip-EZ Jalapeno Pepper Corer - $6 If you’ve ever had that fiery-devil-oil-residue on your hands from a jalapeño, this product is for you. The curved design and sharp inner teeth easily removes the seeds and core to minimize skin contact, leaving you with empty shells perfect for stuffing all sorts of cheesy goodness inside. Salad Cutter Bowl by WEBSUN - $11 Simply add your ingredients to the salad bowl , rinse, and slice away using the guided knife grooves for easy cuts without any mess or frustration. It also has two rotation wings...
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Your Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

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We all have that one friend who talks about getting healthier in the new year. Help them out this holiday season with some of the best health and fitness gifts to get them to be their healthiest self.  Or if you’re feeling in need of some inspiration, #treatyoself to some of these fantastic gifts at any budget. For the meal prep newbie The Instant Pot is the new “it” kitchen appliance, labeled as the machine that does the work of 7, working as your electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, warmer, and sauté pan so you can hit those meal prep goals. To read more about meal prep - check out 8 Ways to Meals Prep Like a Boss . For your bestie who does it all SENSO Bluetooth Headphones will resist even the rainiest run...
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#SquashGoals

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Pumpkin is easily the most popular fall flavor, we find it in lattes, muffins, patches and even skincare. Aside from being trendy, pumpkin is actually super good for you. Pumpkin is low in calories and packed with fiber which helps you feel fuller longer so adding this tasty member of the squash family to your oatmeal, smoothies or even soup is a great healthy choice. They are also packed with vitamin C to help you fight that fall cold and full of beta carotene and antioxidants to help lower blood pressure and even improve eyesight.> Give this delicious smoothie a try the next time you want a pumpkin drink, it’s vegan, gluten free and full of fiber and vitamins. For an extra boost add your favorite plant based protein powder. Perfect Pumpkin Smoothie ½ cup pumpkin puree ½ banana ⅓...
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Make Your Own Protein Bars

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We all lead pretty busy lives, and eating healthy on the go can be challenging. Things like meal prep and having healthy snacks on the fly can make this a lot easier. Unfortunately, a lot of protein or energy bars are pretty expensive if you make them a staple in your diet. Making your own protein bars at home can be an easy and delicious alternative and be much better for your waistline and your wallet. Here are some great alternatives to store-bought bars if you want to try your hand at making your own batch. If you like KIND Bars: Oat & Nut Bars 1 cup oats 2 cups almonds ⅓ cup dried cherries ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes 1 tablespoon chia seeds ½ cup honey or maple syrup 2 tablespoons coconut oil - Combine dry ingredients in bowl....
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Four Tips for Flying Cheap

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I have a love/hate relationship with booking airline tickets. I love traveling, but hate fluctuating prices and the stress of finding the best deal. There are some general rules that are helpful – don’t book on a Friday (business trip bookings raise prices), fly on a weekday, and purchase a ticket more than two weeks in advance. However, if you really want to find a steal, simply follow these four tips to flying cheap. Search multiple airlines with the flexible date function. There are tons of search engines that allow you to compare airline prices at once. My favorite is Google Flights – it has a calendar view that shows you the cheapest day to travel on all the major airlines (except Southwest, which doesn’t allow automatic search engines to monitor its fares so you'll need to go to their...
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10 Signs You Are A Winter Person Stuck In Summer

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It’s safe to say that the majority of people look forward to summer. Especially here in Washington where all we get is rain, rain, and more rain ten months out of the year. Summer has many amazing features. If you’re a student or a teacher, you get three months off. Everyone gets a tan, you can wear shorts, and there are hundreds of fun activities to do outside. What is not to love? Well, if you’re like me, you are just not a summer person. I am a fall/winter gal. I love the cold weather, how crisp the air is, and how perfectly picturesque everything looks with a fresh coat of snow. Don’t even get me started on the music, lights, and football. Being able to wear oversized, comfy sweaters and boots is easily more me than wearing a crop...
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Actively Dating

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If you’re like me dinner and drinks can be nice when dating, but having a challenge or working up a sweat can be a great time in more ways than one. Li ving in Seattle we have tons of incredible stuff to do, and these date ideas are perfect for active people or anyone who wants to move their body, stay healthy and have fun while finding love. Drinks and dinner afterward totally optional. Ain't No Mountain High Enough We are surrounded by mountains and so lucky to live within 30-40 minutes of a wealth of hikes. This is a nice opportunity to unplug, break a sweat and work towards an epic view with someone you care about. Pack a picnic lunch to nosh on at the top and you have the makings for a great, fit date. Check out...
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Unplug at Camp Rahh

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Summer camps are a staple of any amazing childhood. You get a week away from your parents (or they get a week away from you), you make new friends, participate in exciting outdoor activities, step outside your comfort zone and to put it simply, have fun. As working adults, it can be difficult to take some personal time to unplug, relax and just have fun. Fun is essential to living. A life cannot be spent simply locked into a desk. So before your summer and your life slip through your fingertips, take some time for yourself and to remember what it feels like to be a kid again. Welcome to Camp Rahh What is Rahh? Rahh is a 21+ summer camp where adults can escape the work grind with a peaceful weekend free of technology, drugs and alcohol. The founders...
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8 Ways to Meal Prep Like a Boss

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Summer has finally arrived in Seattle, which means we are busier than ever, and staying on track and eating healthy can be difficult. I get it - you’ve got parks to visits, kayaks to float in and microbrews to drink in the sun. That's where a little planning and prepping one day a week can make a big difference in your life. If you are busy, want to lose weight, eat healthier or just like to get all your cooking done at once, this is the way to go.  It can seem daunting at first to plan that far ahead (I know it was for me) but hopefully these tips will help make it easier and get you going towards successful meal prepping. Start Simple This isn’t really the time to start eating crazy foods you aren’t used to, at least...
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Keep Your Workout Cool

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Ugh. I hate running in the heat, I run outside all through the winter, rain, sleet, wind and freezing cold, but transition to the treadmill in the summer when the rest of the running folk flock outdoors. I do my best to avoid the heat by getting up early, doing indoor classes, or treadmill workouts but when training for a race, longer outdoor runs are unavoidable. Maybe it’s because I’ve lived in a cooler climate most of my life. I love a good hot sunny day for hanging on a boat, having a bbq or lying in the sun, but not to workout in. Yet, I want to be able to enjoy the summer, getting lots of vitamin D and outdoor training. Running through the summer is great conditioning for early fall runs and a great way to see all of...
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Tastiest Trips in the Pacific Northwest

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When all you want to do is get out of town and as far from your desk job as possible, weekend getaways are clutch. There’s nothing like the feeling of leaving the office early on a Friday and hittin’ the road. And if you’re anything like me, one of the best parts of skipping town is trying new restaurants, sampling local specialties, and searching for hidden eateries off the beaten path. For indulgence chasers, foodies, and anyone who appreciates a good old fashioned weekend road trip, try one of these Pacific Northwest destinations. VANCOUVER, BC The Trip: 2.5 hours driving or 4 hours by Bolt Bus Who should go: cosmopolitan taste-makers Where to go: - Brunch is worth the wait at the Library District’s Mediterranean-inspired Medina Café. Don’t skip the $3 lieg style waffle with White Chocolate Pistachio Rosewater for...
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Interesting Facts to Know About May

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Welcome to another month of 2017 and last full month of Spring as we creep into summer. What makes this month so special other the beautiful May flowers?  May Day marks May 1st marking the day smack dab in the middle between spring and summer and celebrated around the world. However that's not the reason why hundreds of Seattleites march the streets of downtown. May 1st is also the day where industrial workers across the U.S. went on strike in 1886 demanding 8 hour work days. Sadly the strike turned violent on the night of May 4, 1886 in Chicago when 180 policemen tried to break up the night's last meeting and a bomb exploded. It wounded 67 policemen and seven died. They opened fire in retaliation killing several men and wounding 200 protesters. The tragedy is known as the Haymarket...
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Kick That Secretary Butt Goodbye

Kick That Secretary Butt Goodbye
It’s the challenge every cubicle sitting, nine to five going, office living person faces. We have our jobs that burn little to zero calories, yet we’re supposed to lead healthy lives and burn more than we take in. How can we when we spend most of our days sitting in a chair? This phenomenon dubbed “secretary butt” is growing - no pun intended. Luckily you can avoid it with some ways to get kick that butt back into shape. Get Some Stability Sitting all day can promote a slouchy posture. Incorporating a stability ball in your work routine can not only help improve your posture, but it also increases balance and stability. To add to the benefits, you won’t be able to rely on leaning on the back of a chair, which means you will have to engage your core...
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Crank Your Metabolism Up

Crank Your Metabolism Up
We all have that one friend who eats pizza for breakfast and loses two pounds, while you chew on lettuce and kill yourself at the gym just to see not a pound lost at your next weigh-in. Unfortunately, we don't all come equipped with a fast metabolism, but do not get discouraged just yet. All it takes is a few changes to your routine and you will be on your way to becoming a lean mean calorie-torching machine. Green Tea or Oolong Tea Drink up! Studies have shown that people who drink multiple cups of green tea had a lower body fat percentage than people who did not. Consuming this much green tea can also burn up to 100 calories a day. So consider swapping out your java for a natural green tea boost, physically and metabolically. Organic foods As...
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Love in Portland

Love in Portland
A quick two-hour trip from Seattle, most Seattleites have already made a trip to this eccentric city at least once to visit the now-iconic Stumptown Coffee Roasters, grab a dozen Voodoo Doughnuts, navigate the maze of books at Powell’s and sample flavors from around the world at the notable Portland food pods. But, this time, skip the typical Portland tourist attractions and go beneath the city surface to enjoy a cozy, romantic destination for a weekend away. The hometown feel that blankets the mix of upscale restaurants, antique architecture, and earthy surroundings is the perfect setting to indulge in a glass of champagne beside a warm fireplace. Book a hotel and make plans for a truly intimate affair. WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS Kimpton Hotel Vintage Kimpton Hotel Vintage is perfect for wine lovers; book a private wine tour, visit the...
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Workout While Watching

Workout While Watching
Washington winters have made it hard to get our workouts in for the seasons ahead. Leaving your warm nest just sounds like the most unappealing thing at the moment. Cuddling up on the couch under layers of blankets while binge watching your favorite shows is much more desirable. Get over the guilt of skipping out on working it by compromising with these fit tricks to do while watching the tube. Optional workout accessories: Matt Dumbbells V-crunch: 1) Start on your back lying completely flat on the floor. 2) Extend your body up to a "V" position. 3) Lower body while keeping back flat and shoulders off the floor. Cross body mountain climber: 1) Get into a push-up position. 2) Bring your right knee to your left elbow. 3) Return to starting push-up position. 4) Bring your left knee to your...
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Seattle's Fit Clubs

Seattle's Fit Clubs
Need a break from the gym and want to find a new SWOL squad to hang with for a while? Go check out Seattle’s trendiest fit clubs and find a new way to stay in shape. From staying zen to dabbling in the tech side of fitness, there's something for everyone.  No excuses people. Sync Fitness Need that tight knit support system to get that motivation when you go to the gym? Well then  you might need to be a member of this squad. Sync Fitness keeps you in check and held accountable and is a great way to be part of a group all working towards the same goals and get that feel. Sync combines boot camp classes and weight loss programs to help you achieve any of your goals. Not sold yet? Go in for a complimentary consultation...
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Hello November...

Hello November...
As autumn has settled in and preparing for its last month of reign, November comes upon us. As October closes celebrating witches, ghosts and ghouls, November opens honoring the saints. Holiday decor has taken over every shop with a small trace of Thanksgiving dashed in between. The 11th month reminds that year is creeping to an end and a new year will soon be upon us. National Blog Posting Month is November, we decided to honor it by posting a blog on days to remember, holidays to celebrate and fun facts to know about November.  November 2016 Days to Remember Tuesday, November 1: just in case you didn't know what day it was Sunday, November 6: Daylight Saving Time - turn your clocks back at 2 am. "Fall back, spring ahead." If you are in the majority, you have a cellphone...
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Seaside at Anacortes, Washington

Seaside at Anacortes, Washington
Seventy-five miles north of Seattle, 20.4 miles west of Mount Vernon, on the Puget Sound, lies a secret - a hidden emerald on the banks of Fidalgo Bay - the small seaside destination town of Anacortes, WA. Known as “The Gateway To The San Juans," it is an archipelago of over 400 small islands in Northwest Washington, but it’s a lot more than that. It’s a nature-lover’s paradise, riddled with hiking trails and fresh water boating. It’s a cultural hub, with loads of insanely talented local musicians. There’s also art galleries, museums, places of historical interest, tasty restaurants, modest camping, lavish lodging, and a warm and friendly community. Anacortes is small, but not rural. It’s a cosmopolitan mecca - somewhere between a tourist stop, a college town and a beatnik holdout. Sitting in The Donut House, looking at a vague...
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