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Spring Cleaning The Closet

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This spring I decided to slim by closet down, add more basic colours and thrift some items from Troy’s closet. I love neutral colours and classic men styles that are the perfect pairing for the feminine skinny jeans or a old pair of Levi’s. I also love that I have reduced the amount of clutter in my closet and really focused on purchasing pieces I love and can use a hundred different ways.As I’ve slowly removed the clutter of unused clothing,I’ve also become more aware of where it’s going and how it’s being re-used. H&M, launched a clothing recycle program back in 2013 that I was not even aware of till recently. You can drop off your unwanted garments – no matter what brand and what condition – in all H&M stores across the globe. Their goal is to reduce waste, recycle the unwanted and reduce the natural resources needed to produce a new garment. I’ve listed all the details below! Check it out and I’m also interested to hear what you do with your unwanted garments.

As much as 95% of clothes thrown away could have been re-worn or recycled.

Lets change that!!!

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Outfit Details:

Hat: Get Plenty

Sunglasses: Clearly

Necklace: Melanie Auld

Trench: H&M

Mens Linen Button Up: H&M

Jeans: Gap

Boots: American Eagle

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“Playing dress up begins at age five and never truly ends.”

– Kate Spade

There is something about slipping on a dress that holds your body just right and makes you feel like a lady. Then add all of the little details and patterns that make it as though the dress was made specifically for you. This was that dress – and it was one of my favourite date night outfits in California.

Thank you Alana Denham for lending me your closet.

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Dress By: Gypsy Soul Design

Hat: Get Plenty

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Doell Dates

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This season has been filled with many changes to our family’s lifestyle and weekly schedules. We try our best to roll with the changes and breathe through the moments of stress that come from uncertainty. When it feels like life is always up in the air, taking intentional time to connect can be hard to do. To counteract these challenges, we have made dating our children and each other one of our top priorities.  Whatever life brings us, this little tribe of ours needs to feel loved, safe and connected. We are continually reminding ourselves that we are on this ride together and that we will love each other hard through every season.

These photos are from a recent family date to Fort Langley, BC.

Thank you Abbie Rose for capturing the day!

xoxo

Rachel

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Rachel’s Outfit details.

Dress: Zara

Boots: Poppey Barley

Hat: Plenty

Jacket:Zara

Adelaide:

Boots:Zara

Jacket: Old Navy

Dress: Gifted

Hedband: Arrow and Lace

Boys:

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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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Mom Body

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I’m extremely grateful that the high-waisted yoga pant thing became a trend after baby number three! I remember looking at my belly months after Adelaide and thinking, “Will things ever look normal again?” There were a few factors standing in the way of this:

Stretched skin

Belly button hernia

Ab separation

 

Photography by: Abbie Rose

Mom and Baby yoga pants by: Hot Dame & Gypsy Skulls 

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To be honest, I definitely did not feel as inspired to move my butt post baby three as I had before. I was suddenly so busy chasing these three little ones that the idea of setting aside time seemed overwhelming on most days. (That sentence in itself is a huge other blog post…) But for today I’m going to keep things light and simple and talk about a few things that really inspired me to move the body, get my abs back, and feel comfortable in my own skin again.

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  • Play

This is a word that, once again, requires a blog post, but we will just lightly touch on it today. I think that for some of us this word is so huge, and we don’t even know what to do with it. Maybe you grew up in a home where play was not celebrated, or maybe as an adult you have set up so much structure in your life that you have forgotten the love and inspiration behind this word.

Regardless of your reason or history, play may be one of the most important investments you make in your life. Play is the source of our creativity, our personal outlet where we find joy and allow ourselves to truly let go. Letting go of all the standards, expectations, and rules around movement is one of the best ways to get your body moving post baby. Often, if an activity isn’t associated with going to a gym or studio or doesn’t have the word “workout” attached to it, we write it off as being ineffective in our journey back to the post-baby jeans. In reality, however, when we allow ourselves to feel and experience the joy and pleasure of play, we are happier and more effective moms/wives and individuals. When we operate in this emotional space instead of in the space of rules, we make decisions that fuel our body in a healthier or more productive way. We start to view what we put into our bodies as fuel instead of using food as a coping mechanism, we chose healthier environments and relationships, and we learn to be careful about the language we use about ourselves. Play is currently a journey I’m on (future blog post) but the one thing I have realized so far in this journey is that as I have learned to laugh I have also learned to love the skin I’m in. This body can do some pretty cool things—I now have a much deeper respect for it and take far deeper joy in it. In short, I like myself more.

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  • Invest in new mom clothes.

I love fashion. I love the freedom it gives us to express ourselves and make the body an individual canvas, so for me finding time and space for shopping post baby is very important. I have become very choosy over the years about where and in who I invest my money in terms of fashion, so this has slowed my spending down a lot! But dressing my post-baby body in clothes that fit, flatter my new frame, and allow for effortless mom movement changes everything about my day. For me, self-love is about celebrating everything I have become along this journey of motherhood. When we celebrate the new skin we are in and shift our focus from what we are not to a stance of gratitude, it changes everything about our journey. Do I need clothes or material things to feel good about myself? No I don’t, but I also know that if I take a small portion of funds to invest in celebrating what my body has become instead of what it’s not, I will feel more confident in facing my workouts, mom dates, play dates, and meetings because I feel good about the investment I have made in myself.

I love that fitness wear is one of the most popular looks in fashion right now. Throwing on a good-fitting t-shirt with some yoga pants and a great pair of New Balance is my jam! Looking stylish while mommying it hard truly brightens up my day and helps this mom feel like she hasn’t completely lost it. I also feel better hitting the gym knowing I don’t look like I got hit by a train. (Okay, maybe I still look like that more moments then not!) But whatever!

Here’s the bottom line: When we feel good and celebrate what we are, we’re more open to saying yes to getting back to our gym workouts, time with friends, and moments that help us cope with mom life. Is a good outfit really that powerful? For me it is, and I want to celebrate every stage of the skin I’m in instead of waiting until I’m the perfect size, have the perfect belly, or have the perfect butt to I enjoy this canvas.

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  • Suck it up.

I’m going to give it to you tough here. Life is not easy, things are not always fun, and sometimes getting to where you are going requires some sweat. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about your workout habits. I’ve heard tons of people say, “If it isn’t fun, don’t do it!” Although I believe in having fun and that your workouts ideally should be fun, the reality is that sometimes they are just regular workouts and you need to be okay with that and stop whining. Working through your weakness requires you to step outside of your comfort zone—working through moments that lack of excitement and embracing some sweat. I promise that you can handle 10 minutes of discomfort, and that’s all I’m asking of you, but for those 10 minutes you must choose what is going to challenge you the most. What’s going to leave your breathless, sweaty, and feeling great once it’s done? Because this isn’t just about burning calories! This is about proving to yourself that you can do it, that you are strong enough, and that no matter how hard things get, you can work through discomfort. As North Americans, we tend to run away from any type of discomfort, when in many cases it should be what we are running to. We are not meant to be soft, uninspired woman who quit easily. We are moms/wives and friends who daily face crazy struggles, so your workout is just training ground for what you emotionally and physically face on a daily basis. When things get tough, your brain and body are going to remind you that you don’t quit and you’re not easily distracted from achieving your goals. Girlfriend, pick up the sweat towel, fill your water bottle, and sweat! You are working towards way more than that perfect body!

Plus, the good news is that as you sweat, groan, and face those workout demons, you are also one step closer to your physical goal (whatever that may be).

What’s my workout goal, and why do I keep moving through the discomfort?

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I want my children to see that I worked hard and didn’t give up when it got tough.

I want to be the mom who can support my kids when they need a workout partner when they are training for their own goals.

I want to finally take backpacking trips around the world when we are empty nesters and know my body is up for it.

I want my body to feel good when I stand naked in front of the mirror, not because it’s perfect but because I take the time to take care of what I have been given.

Sustainable Lifestyle

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I stumbled across my latest inspiration while my family and I were vacationing on Salt Spring Island a few months ago. On one of my afternoon coffee runs, I happened to pop into a little store called Thrive Lifestyle. Within minutes of meeting Zoey (the store owner) I was so inspired by her story and her desire to create awareness around ethical and sustainable clothing production. I have always admired companies who are trying to support local production and taking a firm stand on only selling ethically produced clothing lines, but it also seemed so overwhelming to take such a large portion of our monthly clothing budget to support these brands. They can be expensive and I would find myself questioning the 1 shirt I was purchasing when I could purchase 10 for the same price from companies that are producing high volumes and not taking an ethical stand. Throughout my week on Salt Spring Island, I would pop into the store on a daily basis and chat with Zoey. As we got to know one another, she shared her passion for standing behind ethical and sustainable companies and how it’s the small changes we make in our day to day life that will change our perspective. Maybe it’s not in your budget to buy a closet full of ethically produced clothing or have your children clothed head to toe in the latest local company, but what if you started small? What if the next time you go to buy a baby gift, you buy one small locally sewn onesie instead of multiple pieces of clothing from a larger store.  Often times we think giving large or multiple gifts to ourselves or others is the way to go, but I can honestly say the pieces I love the most are the ones that have been made with care, tell a story, and were given with thoughtfulness.  This year has been about change in so many areas of my life including clothing. My closet is currently the smallest it has ever been, and I can honestly say the smaller it gets the more I fall in love with my pieces because I believe in the men and woman behind the labels. Is there a time and place for value shopping? Absolutely! We are huge fans of JoeFresh, Zara and H&M in this house. But we are also excited to see the local love grow in our wardrobes as our perspectives change and our relationships with our local market grow.  Zoey, you have forever changed the way I will view my purchases simply by your gentle approach and your passion to see the world’s perspective change.

My outfit Details:

Tank :  Zoe black dipper tank

Tote bag : Thrive lifestyle

Photography by the amazing Abbie Rose

 

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Sweat Style: Black on Black

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I want to wear something other than gym cloths! I teach, I workout and I’m constantly looking for the quickest thing to throw on as I run out the door. It’s challenging to have ANY sense of style, and so easy to revert into “mom-clothes”. This Fall my goal was to find the perfect to and from the gym pieces to incorporate into my wardrobe. This amazing, comfortable black tee was actually a gift I bought for my husband from Urban Outfitters. I love it because it’s extra long, comfortable to slip over my gym top and the perfect accessory to throw on with my leather jacket and comfy mom shoes. I used to think I needed to add colour to my closet to feel like I was keeping up with fashion…Here’s to being 30, comfortable in my own skin ( even if it’s sweaty,) and loving the fact that my fancy water bottle is my only pop of colour.

Photography: Rebecca Siewert 

Jacket: Zara

Black Tee: Urban Outfitters

Leggings: lululemon

Sneakers: Vans

Backpack/Diaper Bag: Lily Jade

Water Bottle: Swell

Workout Top : lululemon

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You Are Loved Like Crazy….Giveaway!!!!

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I need to constantly remind myself of the answer to those two questions as both life and priorities change. Over the last year I’ve realized that trying to grow an online business is no joke! Along the way, I’ve often times let my focus and true reason for starting this website become blurred with the daily demands. At the end of this life, when all is said and done, the numbers don’t matter…the people do. This why I started blogging, teaching, and allowing the world of social media access into my life. It was to connect with real women who have real struggles similar to me, and provide simple tools that have helped me along my journey. Doing life in our female bodies can be tough, which is why I am working hard to grow this network of amazing women who read this blog and have memberships to Daily Routine Fitness. Each one of you has the potential to change the lives around you, so I encourage all of you to take every opportunity, every season, every blessing and use it to its fullest potential.

I have been so blessed over the past year by the companies that have come alongside Daily Routine Fitness to support our growth and vision. There is not one investment that has been made in me personally, or this company, that I take for granted. Thank you for standing behind us, beside us and praying for us while we made mistakes and tasted moments of success. You have helped make my dreams come true, and we want to pass the blessings along!

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Over the next few months, as my little family preps for Baby Doell #3, we want to give back to you! As I start to set up our nursery again and fill it with all the necessities, we will be sending out random gifts to moms who you nominate. What??!!! Here is how it’s going to work…

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How it works…

Who has made an impact in your life and inspired you as a mom? Who would you like to see blessed with a random gift?

Send us your nomination along with a short paragraph explaining why they are so important in your life. Along with the write-up, please include the nominee’s full name and mailing address.

We will be picking winners throughout the month of April!

Also…

During this giveaway, we will be showcasing some of the amazing companies that have come alongside Daily Routine Fitness to support us, many from back in the early days.

If you own a company and would like to use this opportunity to bless someone and be featured on the blog, PLEASE CONTACT US! We would love to get you involved and get your products into the hands of some amazing moms.

Please share this post on your social media so we can bless as many moms as possible!

Nominations can be sent to Info@Dailyroutinefitness.com

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