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Easter weekend was filled with some much needed time where we unplugged and just enjoying quality time with friends and family. I decided to shut my phone off for the weekend and pick up my camera to capture this beautiful little lady who is growing up so fast. Yesterday I was at an event and they asked “Who has small babies?” I instantly raised my hand thinking of Adelaide, and then quickly felt silly that once again I have tried to lie to myself that she’s not getting older. This little lady is the most beautiful, strong-willed and confident little leader. I’m so thankful for the older brothers in her life who have taught her to say “I love you very much” a million times a day and at the same time instilled in her the courage to not back down.

Adelaide, you’re my joy, and my heart is so thankful everyday for you.

Dress By: Nooks 

Shoes: Joe Fresh

Hair Bow: Arrow and Lace

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Happy Earth Day

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Maybe its old age, maybe it’s my role as a parent, or maybe it’s my appreciation for true beauty that has made Earth Day more than just another day for me this year. I will admit that I was raised to not  take the environment very seriously or really respect the beauty God has given us to enjoy. I have bought countless disposable clothing items, used more paper coffee mugs then I can count and spent hours commuting without even considering the negative footprint I’m leaving behind. Over the past couple years though, these issues have become more near and dear to my heart. Rather than looking at a massive problem and saying “it’s too big” I want to have hope that my generation will be the ones that find solutions to better set up the ones who will come after us. The beauty, freedom and inspiration we get to experience is such a privilege and today I’m going to share some simple ways to start small that can lead to big changes.

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Re-think Your Ride:

When Ford approached me to test our their new CMax Energy to get a little greener in preparation for Earth Day, I was thrilled! It not only drove so smoothly, it also truly inspired me to re-think my daily choices and I loved not having to go pump gas into my car! It’s the perfect size for a city commuter and has a great amount of space if you are looking to car pool with others. Hybrid vehicles are becoming more and more popular making it easer to find charge stations and run completely off battery power. If biking is not an option for your work commute, maybe consider a hybrid for your next vehicle purchase.

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Bag Free:

Every year North Americans throw away 100 billion plastic bags! SScientists estimate that every square mile of ocean contains about 46,000 pieces of floating plastic. The stats are crazy and there could be millions of blog posts written on just this subject and the damage it’s doing, but tonight lets focus on a solution.I have a habit of forgetting my reusable bags, so recently I purchased a back pack that fits a ton of groceries (I also put more bags inside of it) and I can throw it on my back while shopping with kids. I find if you love something you will use it more, so instead of just saying you will break that habit of using bags invest in something you love, you can reuse and will help you avoid bringing home more plastic.

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Re-usable Cups:

Lets talk just Starbucks tonight…For now, we know that in their last annual reporting period, Starbucks likely used between 2.916 and 2.946 billion cups at their stores, or an average of 8,070,428 per day. For just a few seconds I want you to envision that insane amount of cups in your local city. These are easy things we can be changing, but we still drive through the convenient window every day and try to block out the weight of what these daily habits are having on our communities. I’m guilty of laziness and whats convenient rather than the best decision, so I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite re-usable water bottles and coffee mugs for you!

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Reuse, Reduce and Shop Your Husbands (Roommates) Closet:

We believe in living with less, shopping local and thrifting from one another’s closest. Our landfills are filled with disposable clothing and the things we had to spend are money on and never wore. If you have never watched the documentary “The True Cost” I highly recommend it. This film really made me re-think my wardrobe and the pieces I’m investing in. I want to talk more on this topic and what some brands are doing to solution this problem, but lets talk about your husbands (Roommates) closet. Before you go and shop your little heart out for your new spring wardrobe, maybe take a walk to the opposite side of your closet. You will find the perfect oversized T shirts, comfy white button up you needed for the new pair of skinny jeans and that slouchy sweater you pinned is waiting over there as well. It takes 400 gallons of water to produce 1 cotton T-shirt….You probably don’t need it as bad as you think.

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And last but not least!

Turn the lights off, go outside and enjoy the beauty around you.

Happy Earth Day ~~*

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Setting Your Weekend/Goals Up For Success

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I often get asked questions about how to stay on track and focused on your goals. We all do great (or at least okay) Monday through Thursday. But then the weekend hits! People start Instagramming donuts, pizza, and cocktails, and all your restraint goes out the window.

Well, hopefully this post will help you rethink the idea of what a fun,healthy, and enjoyable weekend can look like.

 

Here are my current top 5 favourite ideas for staying on track and still enjoying your weekend!

 

1) Pick up Oh She Glows Every Day, a cookbook by Angela Liddon.

This book is packed with delicious recipes, amazing healthy dessert options, and tips to keep you on track. (Plus, you’ll impress everyone who used to joke about you bringing carrot sticks again as your appetizer!)

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2) Take some free drop-in classes!

This is a fun way of trying something new and keeping yourself active over the weekend. RYU, Lululemon, and studios often offer free options on the weekends. This is a great date option or an amazing idea for just getting out and pushing yourself to try something new.

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3) Try a tasting party.

Juicing is very popular right now, which means there are juice companies on practically every corner. Juices are the perfect way of adding a healthier element to your traditional cocktail or getting your friends on board and kicking your habits with a three-day cleanse.

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4) Make smart investments.

The amount of money we spend on food, drinks, and entertainment can shock us Monday morning once we’ve added up everything we did that weekend. Making a plan for your cash and sticking to a healthier lifestyle is good for both your bank account and your body. Instead of throwing your cash into food and entertainment this weekend, make an appointment to treat your body well with a facial, massage, or spray tan. Then make dinner at home and allow your body to de-stress.

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5) Turn off social media.

This may sound like an odd addition to this list, given that social media is integral to my business! But having an online business has also taught me that if it’s used in an unhealthy way, social media can lead to stress, pressure, and distractions. While I do love social media, I believe that anything that can get in the way of peace, personal growth, workouts, or time with people who make us feel alive (and the list could go on and on) needs to have boundaries around it.

Take some time this weekend to journal your goals, engage in some healthy self-talk, and shut out the distractions of social media.

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Have a healthy and happy weekend~~*

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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…”

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“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

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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~~*