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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.

xoxo

Dress By: Gypsy Soul Design

Hat: Get Plenty

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California

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There are so many highlights from last week’s surf trip to California! We celebrated 10 years of marriage!!! (More on that later…)We surfed, shopped, lived like gypsies and I loved every minute of it!

As I started editing photos today I realized that this is going to take more than one blog post. One of my dreams was to one day visit the famous flea markets of California, but when we plan trips to Cali we tend to focus on where the surf is the best and how long we can spend in the sun that day. This time though, upon arriving in Cali, I happened to check my Instagram and a blogger I love Ascot&Hart had sent me a message recommending we hit up the Long Beach flea market! This market only happens on the third Sunday of the month and it just so happened that we were there that weekend!  I could have spent days perusing the aisles and picking through the treasures. The aisles are filled with beautiful jewels, vintage t-shirt galore and furniture that will have you dreaming of the fresh new spaces in your home that could use a mid-century vibe. I have already spent hours dreaming of how I’m going to get back there with some of my flea market loving friends. Long Beach, you did not disappoint and we can’t wait to come back and visit you soon!

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Blog Takeover/Hemmfit

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As spring approaches, my clients often want to amp up their training, push for new goals, or lose that last ten pounds before warmer temperatures arrive and our winter sweats need to be retired.

In our rush to see the results we want, it’s very easy to forget about the rest our bodies need. We tend to skip over this chapter in our workout binders and focus more on how to achieve our goals as quickly as possible. The reality, however, is that rest is one of the most important factors in a successful fitness journey.

If you’re not achieving the results you have been working so hard for, your body is at a plateau, or you’re feeling completely exhausted, rest may just be the missing link in your training journey. I understand that getting rest may be not only be a physical battle for you, but also a mental one, so today we are going to review some of the benefits of giving the body a break to try to encourage you to kick your feet up and allow the body to fully rest as you get one step closer to your goals.

Read More Here!

Photography By: Stephanie Shulz

Small Muscle Training For Big Results

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As we head into a new year, it’s easy to get stuck in the old ideas of pushing, pushing, and destroying our bodies in workouts to get the results we crave. Many of us look at the new year as the time to shed our winter coats, and we are tempted to push our bodies to their breaking points to achieve the quickest results. We are a generation that wants the quickest results, the magic pill, and we demand instant gratification instead of waiting for the lasting results that only come with slowing down. I would be lying if I said I have not been guilty of this type of behaviour in the past. At times, even now, I struggle with feeling as though sweating more and pushing myself to the point of feeling like I’m going to puke will achieve quicker results.

But I’m so very thankful for the strong mentors I have had in the fitness industry who urged me to explore the idea that maybe faster, harder, and more hours at the gym is not always the best idea.

“A little slower this time…”

and

“Don’t rush it…”

…are some of the common phrases you will hear when you face the adventure of your first Lagree class. Read more here.

 

Interested in trying a Lagree class in the Vancouver area? Send me a message or check the class schedule at

www.Lagreewest.com.

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 Dream Come True – Tofino Surf Camp

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Four years ago I wrote down “be a part of a fitness retreat” as one of my 5 year goals. I had been a personal trainer for 5 years and during my time had fallen in love with helping people change their lives through movement and creating positive habits. Although this was very fulfilling work, I would often get a sense that what my clients also needed was just some time away, to reset, refresh, and simply to have fun. I loved the idea of a fitness retreat, where I could have an entire week to pour into the lives of a small group of people and intentionally build relationships with them, while challenging them to press into emotional and physical barriers that stood in the way from living a truly full life. In the process of dreaming of retreats, I also fell in love with surfing and the freedom and joy it brought to my life. When I’m out on the water all the stress of life just seems to float away with every wave that gently glides in. Over the last 10 years of marriage, Troy and I have always vacationed at or close to a place to surf, and rarely have gone a day without being in the ocean.

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With all that being said, I’m beyond excited to announce that on June 11, 2017 I will be teaming up with the “Tofino Surf Camp” team to bring you a 6 day retreat combined with surfing, yoga and fitness. Whether you’re a first time surfer or an expert who just needs a place to escape, this is the perfect retreat for you! Every day you will be waking up to a fresh, delicious breakfast before heading out for a morning of fitness and surfing at Cox Bay and Chestermans Beach with amazing coaches. After a refreshing morning of activity you will have freedom to relax or explore the island of Tofino.. I would love for you to join me for these 6 days of adventure, relaxation and fun!

I have listed all the details of the retreat below. Please feel free to email any questions you have my way.

Cheers to sun and surf!

Rachel

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Cost per person: $2999 + GST double room, $4299 + GST private room
Guests Arrive: Sunday, June 11 @ 4:00pm
Guests Depart: Saturday, June 17 @ 11:00am
Retreat Includes:
  • 6 nights’ in our private surf house
  • healthy pre-surf breakfasts (smoothies, coffee/tea, fruit, breakfast baking)
  • morning surf coaching, Monday – Friday
  • surf gear for lessons & free surfing
  • video analysis sessions
  • surf photo package
  • morning surf-specific yoga classes w/ Nicole Lohse
  • Personal training session with Rachel Doell/Dailyroutinefitness
  • beach cruiser bike w/ surf rack
  • massage session
  • immersive rainforest tours
  • transportation to activities
  • transfers to/from Tofino Airport
  • surf gift pack
Surf House Features:
  • central location in town close to restaurants
  • hot tub, hammocks & outdoor fire
  • video room & hangout areas
  • views of Tofino Inlet & Strathcona Mountains
  • gourmet kitchen & harvest table

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Raw Strawberry Cashew Tarts

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. Every Valentine’s Day I tell myself I’m going to make heart-shaped pancakes, decorate the breakfast table and glide into the day looking fresh while wearing the perfect amount of pink…As I write this I’m trying to work my greasy hair into perfection before a Skype call, sifting through laundry to find something to wear and shoving breakfast into my mouth. Sounds glamorous right?! Well that is the life of “THIS” mother of three. But I’m so thankful for friends who help me look good and provide me with recipes that get me through days like today! Clair, from “The Healthy French Wife saved my butt with these raw tarts. These tarts can be made days before Valentines every arrives! They are a delicious and healthy dessert or the perfect way to add something special to your family breakfast. Thank you, Clair, for always amazing me with your treats and sharing this delicious one with our readers today.

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Recipe:
Makes 4 mini tarts or one large one.

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1 cup of raw almonds,
  • 1/2 cup of coconut flakes;
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil;
  • 1/2 cup of pitted dates;
  • 1 tbsp of water;
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon;
Filling:
  • 2 cups of soaked raw cashews;
  • 1/3 cup of almond milk (more if needed);
  • 1 tsp of vanilla paste;
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil;
  • 1/3 cup of rice malt syrup;
  • 2 cups of fresh or frozen strawberries;

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Steps:
  1. Mix all the base ingredients together in a food processor. Adding more water if necessary.
  2. Press the base in your tart molds with your finger and place in the freezer.
  3. Mix the filling ingredients (rinse and drain soaked cashews) starting with the cashews first on their own.
  4. Add more almond milk or strawberries if needed.
  5. Spoon the filling on top of the crust and place in the freezer to set. Take out 30 minutes before serving. Top with coconut or strawberries.
  6. Keep in the freezer for a few weeks.

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Happy Valentines Day!

xoxo

The Doells~~*

Vegan Pretty In Pink Donuts

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Today was a big day in our house.

After making the decision to take Bennett out of pre-school late last fall (read story here) Bennett decided a couple of weeks ago he was ready to give it another shot. Today was his first full day back and I couldn’t be more proud of my little man! He continues to persevere through all that comes with new schools, new friends, a new home and leaving behind pre-school teachers who he felt so safe with (we miss you so much Miss Lori and Miss Mary Jane.)

I cried like a baby after dropping him off. I was so proud that he worked through his fear of leaving me and I was proud of myself for listening to my mom gut and not pushing Bennett when he wasn’t ready. Now he’s ready! He walked into school so confident, had the best day, and can’t wait to go back!!!

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Celebrations were in order for him and I, so I decided today was the perfect day to make these beautiful and delicious Valentine’s Day donuts. Every year I promise myself I will do some sort of fun baking for Valentines and every year it gets away from me! Not this year! These donuts are the perfect amount of sweet and completely guilt free! I love finding recipes and re-working them to fit into both mine and my clients meal plans.

These pretty in pink donuts were a massive hit in our house today! I will be making another batch this weekend for the kid’s school snacks this upcoming week, because they cleared me out tonight.

Enjoy!

This recipe was originally from Healthy French Wife. I just re-worked a couple things to make it work for my family. Claire’s recipes are amazing! Make sure to check her out.

Vegan Donuts

Makes 12

Ingredients:

Donuts:

  • 2 cups of all purpose gluten free flower
  • 1 cup of coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp of sea salt
  • 1 ¼ cup of almond milk
  • 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract

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Pink Coconut Glaze:

  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 tbap of maple syrup
  •     Beet juice. I used just a few drops for colour . Don’t overuse or it will change the flavour of the frosting.
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • Toppings: dried rose petals, shredded coconut

Steps:

  1. Place a can of coconut milk in your fridge while making the donuts;
  2. Preheat your oven to 440 degrees Fahrenheit ;
  3. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl;
  4. In a greased donut pan, pour the batter until two-third full;
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes;
  6. Leave the donuts to cool;
  7. Mix the glaze ingredients together using the solid coconut milk at the top of the can and a few drops of pink natural food coloring at a time.
  8. Dip each donut in the glaze and top with dried rose petals or shredded coconut.

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Cleanse Update And My Favourite Meatless Dinner

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After seven days of drinking delicious green juices for the beginning stages of my cleanse, I started getting night sweats. Like crazy sweat-through-your-clothes night sweats. Part of me thought, “There is no way this can be normal,” but the other part of me wanted to believe that it was just a reaction to my body cleansing. I had decided to embark on this cleansing period after having pre-cancer removed from my colon last August. (You can read more on that here.) I knew I needed time to mentally and physically prep for it, so I decided January 2017 would be the start of my three-month journey of twenty-one days of juicing and two months of high-nutritient food that didn’t contain grains, dairy, alcohol, or sugar. I would be doing this to cleanse my colon, liver, and gall bladder. I know—sounds awesome, right?

 

On day seven of the cleanse—after beating the headaches and having gotten over the fact that wine would not be happening for a while—I was super disappointed to learn that I needed to take a step back from my cleansing. The amazing ladies at the Habit Project had been wonderful at making me the most delicious juices to help me stay focused and get what my body needed, but I’d also enlisted the help of Jackie from Food Works. As I’ve said in previous blog posts, having someone lead you through the cleanse is so very important! During the cleansing period, Jackie does a weekly call to check in, go over what’s happening with your body, work through emotional and physical changes, and teach you amazing recipes to get what your body needs. On my first check-in call, I mentioned the night sweats, and she immediately dug into this.

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You may not know this, but winter months are not the ideal time to cleanse the body, especially for someone with an autoimmune disorder. (I have hypothyroid.) During this time of the year, the body needs to be warmed with foods like root vegetables, starches, and soups to keep it operating well in the cooler temperatures. It turns out that a lack of such things can cause some pretty crazy effects in people with autoimmune disorders, including hormone imbalances, night sweats, racing heart, insomnia, and more. I definitely experienced all of the above! I felt like I was going into pre-menopause ! It was bananas!

I started backing off from the juicing slowly while adding soups and more raw foods and introducing nuts again. We decided to postpone the cleanse until the spring when the body is naturally ready to cleanse, craves more fresh veggies/fruits, and doesn’t have to work so hard to stay warm. After a few days off from the cleanse, I started a twenty-one-day food cleanse, which just realigns the body and helps with kicking some cravings the body is holding onto. It’s also a great way to prep the body for an intense cleanse like the one I’d been getting ready to embark on. I wanted to share this with you because of the importance of having someone like Jackie in your life when you decide to make a huge health shift. Had I not been walking through this with someone who is highly trained, I most likely would have brushed off my symptoms and really hurt my body.

Can you cleanse at all this time of year?

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Yes, most definitely! The three-day cleanse the Habit Project offers is the perfect way to reset the body and kick some cravings you are struggling with. It’s very gentle on the body and is also a great way to start off something like Joy McCarthy’s thirty-day food detox. This type of cleanse causes very little stress on our digestive systems and is the perfect way to introduce the body to cleansing, get a little reset, or prep for that more intense, deeper cleanse.

Although it was super frustrating to have to stop and put off restarting this cleanse (especially because I’d been bitter about even doing it in the first place), I know it was the best decision. Plus, it gives you my readers more time to think about joining me on the cleansing journey in April! 😉

Over the next eighteen days of the final period of my cleanse, you will be seeing lots of recipes that I’m using for every meal of the day. So stay tuned and follow along!

Here is one of my current favorites, which I actually posted about a few years ago—a lentil loaf that my friend Tasha came up with. It’s the perfect meat replacement, it works as a wonderful main course to serve with French fries, and it makes an awesome meatless meatball for any spaghetti dish.

 

Enjoy~~*

Lentil Loaf

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ingredients:

I purchase all my fresh and organic ingredients from Natures Fare Market.

  • 1 cup uncooked green lentils
  • 1 cup finely chopped almonds or walnuts (I used almonds)
  • 3TB ground flax soaked in 1/2 cup water for at least 10 min
  • 3 garlic cloves finely minced (or 3 tsp garlic powder in a pinch)
  • 1 cup each finely diced onion and celery
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup grated apple (no need to peel it first. May also use 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce in a pinch)
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 cup almond flour, also known as almond meal
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme (or 1tsp dried thyme in a pinch)
  • 1.5 tsp herbamare (or salt and pepper to your liking)

Tomato Glaze:

  • heaping 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1TB maple syrup
  • 2TB coconut sugar ( I used date sugar as a replacement to fit with my cleanse)
  • 2TB balsamic vinegar (choose a good quality one, it’s worth it!)

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  • Directions:

    Cook the lentils in about 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil first, then set to simmer for about 30 more minutes. The point here is to overcook them so they are a bit sticky and mushy. That may mean adding a bit more water if it seems like they are running out of water. Stir every 5-10 min or so. Once you think they’re cooked and mushy enough, mash them even more with a potato masher. They won’t look pretty right now, but this step is worth it in the end.

    Leave the lentils alone for now and sauté the onion, celery, garlic in a bit of coconut oil. (or your oil or choice) Cook until just a little bit soft, 5-10 min.

    Mix all the ingredients now in a big bowl and mix well. At this point you can taste it and see if you’d like to add more salt, pepper, thyme etc.

    Pour mixture into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper and press down firmly

    Mix all the ingredients of the glaze in a bowl and brush over the top of the loaf covering it completely.

    Bake for 350 degrees for 40 min.

Enjoy with a side of yams and salad~~*

Young Denham

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A lot has changed since I turned 30, and my closet is no exception. Now 1/4 the size it used to be back in my distant 20’s, I feel as though I’ve never been happier with my selection of pieces to choose from. Fashion and how I view it has totally changed in the past few years, and my appreciation for the hard work, quality, detail and story behind clothing brands matter more to me than ever before. I’ve shifted my focus from quantity (how many pieces can I purchased with $X amount of money) to quality of product. Do these clothes cost more? Absolutely. The amount I spend per item has increased, but so has the time and effort that goes into really choosing pieces I love and will use for long periods of time, and through multiple seasons. Saving up and spending more for items that end up becoming staple pieces in my wardrobe seems to be working well for me. Someone recently commented on my Poppy Barley boots saying that they were “lovely, but far too pricey.” At one point (in my early 20’s) I would have totally agreed with this person, until one day I used some of my hard earned cash to invest in my first pair of good quality leather boots while working for Kenneth Cole’s sales and marketing team in Seattle. For over a decade those boots carried me through season after season and I actually just re-sold them at a shop my closet event! Spread that $350 over 10 years and you have spent $35 dollars a year for the most amazing boots. How many times have those cheap boots you paid $50-$100 for lasted you one season? The math is painful, I know.

img_2674-2I absolutely LOVE my Poppy Barley boots and the integrity that comes with their hand crafted designs. I also happened to love the ladies behind the name. Nothing is more inspiring to me then seeing fellow female entrepreneurs take chances and strive to make their mark in the fashion world. Which is exactly what my beautiful friends Alana & Nicole are doing with Young Denham. Alana has been one of my best friends since moving to Canada and I’ve always been inspired by her creative style and love for fashion. She’s always looking for a new and creative way to work with pieces of clothing that most would be donating away. Along with my amazing artist friend Nicole Young, they came up with the idea to have Alana search for thrift’d denim jackets and have Nicole paint beautiful pieces of art on them. I’ve always been a fan of Nicole’s art, so when they sent me some photos of their up-cycle idea I knew this was something that needed to become a staple in my closet. This beautiful jacket has become my go to for so many outfits! It’s the perfect piece to pair with a little black dress, the everyday pant, and it adds an edge to my gym look. I have literally been chased down a street in Vancouver by a girl wanting to know where I got my jacket from. The combination of the retro Levi’s look and Nicole’s amazing artistic ability creates the perfect one of a kind jacket! I’m in love!

 

Check out Young Denham on Instagram

 

Photography: Rhys Albrecht

Jacket: Young Denham

Boots: Poppy Barley

Bag: Thrive Lifestyle

Pants: Thrive Lifestyle 

Dress: Aritzia

 

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