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Month: November 2016

My Escape

Ford Escape
 Sponsored by Ford

Our little family’s life has changed so much with our transition to the coast—everything from our daily roles as parents to the vehicles we drive.

I went from being a mom who balanced part-time training, blogging and motherhood to now working to support our family and adding lots of commuting into my week.

I fell in love with the Ford Escape because it made my life safer and simpler. The SYNC features allowed me to easily navigate the city, make calls hands free, and answer Troy’s parenting questions as he entered the world of stay-at-home dad.

When I envisioned parking and navigating a five-seat SUV in the city of Vancouver, I honestly got nervous. I had enough challenges already in my day! The Ford Escape, however, offers an Enhanced Active Park Assist that changed everything for me! When you go from holding your breath while squeezing into parking spots to having your vehicle make parallel parking a breeze, you literally breathe a sigh of relief.

The heated seats, sun roof, extra trunk space, and comfortable interior makes the Ford Escape the perfect vehicle for any family looking to transition from work to family life.

Thanks, Ford, for making our days simpler and safer, and for making our vehicle fun to drive!

Core Strength And Stability

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Needing a quick little pick me up for this rainy Tuesday? This core workout will have those abs burning and is the perfect way to wake the body up or add to the finishing sweat of your workout!

Click on this link for the full workout video.

Get your friends to join you in your workouts by sharing this link on your Facebook and social media!

Tag me in your workouts @ #Dailyroutinefitness !

I add new workouts and blog posts every week.

Enjoy~~*

Chocolate Prana Pudding

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When we decided to transition our little family into a plant based diet, one of Troy’s biggest concerns was what this would do to our snack life!  Although I was doing pretty well in the kitchen in terms of learning how to bake and cook for a plant based diet, I definitely struggled when we were out and needed a last minute snack.  Sometimes you just don’t have  time to read the ingredients on every label or search the aisles for plant based options.

I had decided to make a chia chocolate pudding for our kids snacks at school recently and came across some of the Prana snack items.

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They have tons of delicious options like nut mixes, flavoured coconut chips and even vegan chocolate options!

I’ve used these bacon chips to top salads or throw in the gym bag for a savoury snack when I’m training all day.

If you’re looking for a sweet treat check out my chocolate chia pudding here! This is a great nut free snack for your kids lunches or that night time sweet tooth craving.

Enjoy~~*

Photography By: Abbie Rose

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Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding:

Serves: 4
Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) Chocolate Coconut Milk
  • 1/3 cup (63 g) Prana’s ProactivChia
  • 1/4 cup (24 g) cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2-3 Tbsp (30-75 ml) maple syrup if not blending (can sub 5-9 dates, pitted if blending)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • optional: 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

I like to keep things super simple when making snacks! So I placed all my ingredients into my Vitamix and blended till all ingredients were fully mixed. Place mixture in fridge overnight or at least 30 minutes, top with coconut whip cream and shredded dark chocolate and serve.

Enjoy~~*

Rachel

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A Fresh Look For Dailyroutinefitness

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Just over two years ago I launched Dailyroutinefitness.com. With the support and love of our readers and clients, I have grown not only as a businesswoman but also as a mother, wife, and writer. Your stories and feedback have inspired me to immerse myself in things that really drive my passions and hold on tightly to the integrity of the “why” behind my work.

I initially launched DRF as a fitness company to showcase workouts and food choices that were part of my life. I quickly realized, however, that I was holding back from sharing with my readers a big part of my passion—lifestyle. I wanted to share more of this with you, my readers, because I felt like it would give you a more realistic view of what life really looks like for us and it would show you that we experience successes and failures as parents, friends, and business owners, just like you. The heart of my business as a personal trainer and coach is encouraging woman to press into discomfort and really dig into what’s holding them back from reaching their fullest potential, as well as offering them support to set and achieve their goals. My hope as a lifestyle blogger is that woman and mothers find in my posts encouragement, inspiration, and an authentic touch that will help them feel more fulfilled. The time has now come, however, for me to make some more changes and really use my gifts and passions to connect with you, my readers, in a greater capacity.

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As the website has grown, we have had the amazing opportunity to share and partner with companies that we really believe in and feel would add to your lifestyles. Because of the amazing support of our members and sponsors over the past two years, we have decided to change DRF from a membership site to open access.

What does this mean?

Until today, my workout videos, blog tips, workout plans and sample meal plans have only been available to our paying members.

But as of today, all private content at dailyroutinefitness.com will be available to the public for FREE! I’m so excited about this because it will open up more opportunities to share helpful content with you on a weekly basis.

I will also be adding our videos to YouTube as well in order to give you easy access and sharing options.

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Can you share workouts with friends?

Yes! And I would love for you to be part of helping the community of DRF to grow. The more we grow as a company, the greater resources and variety we can bring to our site and make available to you our readers.

How to share?

Simple click on the URL code at the top of your screen and copy and paste the links from my page that you would like to share. Everything from workouts to recipes to blog posts.

I would also love for you to share your own workouts, thoughts, and inspiration on social media and tag #Dailyroutinefitness. I love hearing your stories and connecting with you!

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I want to say a special thank you again to all the people who believed in, supported, and offered mentorship to me as I stepped into the unknown world of building a website, taking on Instagram, and becoming a blogger.

Thank you to Megan White for the hard work and flexibility she has put into helping me rebrand and rework DRF. You have been such a pleasure to work with, Meg!

Thank you, too, to Abbie Rose, our amazing photographer, for capturing the most beautiful moments of our family’s life through her lens. Abbie, your images inspire so much of my work as a writer. The authenticity of the moments and emotion that you capture is such a gift. Thank you for being a part of the DRF team.

To our members:

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to invade your life through my personal posts and become a part of your daily sweat sessions one workout video at a time. Your support and dedicated feedback during my growing pains have made me who I am today.

I’m excited to continue to grow with you…

Rachel

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Stay Cozy

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We knew making a transition to coastal weather would be a big change for our dry and warm Kelowna family—so having the right clothes for cool, damp, and bipolar style days was important to us. It’s so funny to me even now how important adding comfy pieces to our family’s wardrobe was.

Our family has always been fans of Birch Hill Studio, so before moving down to the coast we decided to stock up on some of our favourite pieces to help the kids get excited for a new school and update Troy’s and my wardrobes with some great transitioning pieces.

If you’re from the Vancouver area, you know that one minute you could be wearing cozy clothes to fight off the dampness of rain and the next moment you could be stripping down to a tank top to enjoy the vitamin D from the sudden appearance of the sun. The pieces Birch Hill Studio helped our family pick were the perfect ones to transition our little family into a new climate and lifestyle and offer local comfort to a life that was suddenly changing in more ways than we could have ever imagined.

 

We love you, Sierra and Birch Hill Studio! Thank you for all your love and support.

 

Photography By: Abbie Rose

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Adelaide Turns 1

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It has taken me months to finely get around to posting about Adelaide’s first birthday. Maybe I’m secretly hoping my lack of documenting certain moments will slow down her growth process…

Adelaide’s birthday will forever be a memory I hold close to my heart. Days before Adelaide’s birthday we had made our decision to move our little family to the lower mainland. Because our close friends and family would be arriving to celebrate Adelaide’s birthday with us, we decided to tell our family and close friends that weekend about the changes that were coming for us. I remember this day was filled with so many emotions. Our baby girl was turning one, life was changing, and we were not sure what was ahead of us in this next chapter…

As I prepared and planned for Adelaide’s birthday I decided to enlist the help of some ladies whom I knew would lighten my load. If you know me, you know that I love to host parties and make people feel welcomed in our home. Birthdays or any other celebrations are a time for friends, family, and all of your children to cut loose in our home! Because I had so many changes happening all at once, I knew I needed some help in pulling this party off.

Very early on, Adelaide had developed a love for animals of any shape or size. As a previous farm girl and hardcore 4-H member, my heart melted to think we shared this deep love for little creatures. So it only made sense to throw a country-themed birthday complete with mini animals. Now before you decide that inviting a farm to our house means I must have lost my mind, let me remind you that above I mentioned enlisting some “talented ladies” to help me pull this day off.

After booking a few “small animals” from Kelowna’s local Little Rascals petting zoo, I immediately asked my friend Stephanie, from Heather and Gem, for help with pulling off the decor for this event. Stephanie was such a huge help in coming up with little ways to add special touches and details to this day, and I could not have pulled it off without her.

My friend Sarah, from Pinch of Pretty, was also was one my main go-to people for the added details. Sarah provided us with the most amazing signage to pull this country-themed birthday together and also added special pieces we could have as forever keepsakes.

I know it has taken me months to put these photos up, but this day still is so fresh in my heart. Thank you the amazing sponsors who worked so hard to make this day special and to the friends and family who shared in celebration laughter and tears.

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Enjoy the large amounts of photos haha! I couldn’t help myself….

Adelaide,

You’re the light of my life.

xoxo

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Photography By: Rebecca Siewert

Editing By: Abbie Rose

Adelaides Outfit: Nooks

Decor: Heather&Gem

Signage: Pinch of pretty