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High Five Friday

High 5 Friday February 19 2016 happyfitmama.com

Welcome to another lovely High Five Friday!

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5 from Instagram

  1. Stay patient and trust the journey. That’s been my motto for the past 10 months. Some days completely suck in running. Others are the most wonderfully fantastic.
  2. I finally remembered to wear a running skirt over my tights BEFORE I went for my single digit run last weekend. Usually it’s when my butt is completely frozen solid that I remember that little trick.
  3. A pop of color on a gray day. I can’t say enough good things about prAna Prism capris. They are hands down my fav for yoga. FYI – You can get 15% off your total order from prAna.com with code PSSS16HFM at check out.
  4. Do yoga. Run faster. True story!
  5. Opening your heart doesn’t have to be complicated. Let your love shine in upward facing dog.

5 Things

  1. Last Place at the Trials with No Regrets – Did you watch the Olympic Marathon trials last weekend? What a race! What you didn’t see where the very last female and male finishers. They both showed up even though they weren’t at their top performance level. I’ve talked with Joanna on the phone before and she is one serious athlete. I give them props for getting out there.
  2. How Social Media Killed My Run – As someone who is on social media A LOT, I’ve had the exact same thoughts. My week in running has been quite craptastic. Rather than sugar coating it for social media sake, I let it out that it plain sucked. We’ve all been there so why hide it!
  3. Why More Western Doctors are Prescribing Yoga Therapy – It’s about time! I love that people are seeing that there are alternatives to surgery, being overly medicated and just plain miserable. Most people get into yoga to gain flexibility. But when you really get into it and aren’t just doing it but practicing it, you see that it’s way more than being bendy. It’s for your mind, body and spirit.
  4. Having It All Kinda Sucks – This. YES. “Let’s redefine “having it all,” or better yet let each woman define for herself what the best version of her life might look like.”
  5. Giving Back: My Experience as a Running Coach – This piece from Heather is so great. Spreading the love of running is definitely good news.

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A New Snack + WFD {Week of September 13}

Hemp Heart Bites | happyfitmama.com

This post is sponsored by Fit Approach and Manitoba Harvest.

I’m always on the look out for a good snack. I try to prep something over the weekend to have on hand for everyone in the family. Whether it’s at home, at school or work, we all pack at least two snacks a day or more if there’s an after school/work event. No one needs to have their inner Hangry Monster come out. Homemade muffins, energy bites and balls and healthy cookies or bars are usually my go-to.

But I’m human and sometimes life gets crazy on the weekends. Or it’s a gorgeous spring/summer/fall/winter day and the last thing I want to do is spend time time in my kitchen. Packaged snacks to the rescue! My criteria for packaged snacks is pretty strict – no extra junk, a small ingredient list full of real food, be satisfying and obviously, taste delicious.

Say hello to my new little friend.

Hemp Heart Bites

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Bites are small and mighty but pack a whopping 10 grams of protein and 10 grams of omega 3 and 6 in about 8 pieces.

I’m a fan of putting hemp hearts in smoothies and my morning oats so the flavor was nothing new. Hemp Heart Bites are easy to eat and satisfying. The flavor is a little chewy and mostly crunchy with a little nutty. Or I should say, seedy, since it is a seed. One thing is for sure, they are definitely satisfying. No Hangry Monsters have been seen at my house in quite some time.

Want to try your own?

It’s your lucky day! You have two ways to try Hemp Heart Bites:

  • Get  15% off your order from manitobaharvest.com with code HHBitesLaunch15
  • Post a picture on Twitter or Instagram that shows how you and your family stay active during back to school season. Be sure to tag @manitobaharvest #hhbites @fitapproach #sweatpink for a chance to win your own case of Hemp Heart Bites.

What's for dinner with happyfitmama.com

It’s meal planning Sunday. What’s for dinner this week?

Sunday: Grilled Salmon + Veggies

Monday: Pick your egg  + green smoothies

Tuesday: Zucchini Lasagna

Wednesday: Slow cooker enchilada bake – Didn’t get to make last week. Hot food didn’t sound good when it was 93 degrees and 100% humidity.

Thursday: Baked Haddock and tomatoes with Quinoa

Friday: Crockpot Fire Roasted Shrimp Tacos

Saturday: Out

For more meal planning ideas, check out Laura and Jill’s link up every Sunday.

What are your favorite snacks to have on hand?

What are you having for dinner this week?

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

#7daystretch prAna | happyfitmama.comWearing: prAna Halle pant in black

This post in sponsored by prAna in partnership with FitApproach. All thoughts, as always, are my own. 

We stretched. We bended. And we lived to tell about it.

The #7DayStretch with FitApproach and prAna officially came to a close on Sunday.

I always love to do challenges on Instagram. I get to do yoga poses, play with all the fun editing tools on Snapseed (my fav app for pics by far) and support a community of like minded people who have a love of activity.

#7daystretch #liveinprana | happyfitmama.comWearing: prAna Phoebe Top in Plum Panama + Misty Knicker in Black Jacquard

While I’m not exactly thrilled that it’s September (How did that happen?!?!), I am excited for the new fall line from prAna. Deep, rich colors. Cozy hoodies. Puffy jackets and vests. It almost makes me excited for colder weather just so I can wear all the layers. And eat and drink anything that has the word pumpkin or apple in it. Almost. I can wait another 2-3 months for cooler weather to kick in.

#7daystretch prAna #sweatpink | happyfitmama.comWearing: prAna Quinn top from spring ’15 + Misty Knicker

My love for prAna gear has intensified this past year. I always drooled over every piece my local EMS stocked, but would only allow myself a couple of pieces here and there because of the price tag. I’ll be honest, it’s not cheap stuff. But I’ve learned one thing over the years – you get what you pay for. If you want quality clothing that will hold it’s shape, won’t fade after being washed a gazillion times and will just look good, you need to spend more than $10 on a t-shirt. Knowing that prAna believes that companies like should strive to give much more than they take from the world. They practice using fewer toxins and chemicals in producing all their products so we can all breathe a little easier.

#7daystretch #liveinprana stretch break | happyfitmama.com

After all, prana means breath, live and vitality in Sanskrit.

If I could, I would definitely #LiveInprAna. And that’s what I did for most of this challenge. I found my new fall (and winter, spring and summer) favorite pants.

The Halle Pant has become my new hiking or all around do anything pant. They are water resistant which is great for all of the spills I encounter daily. If you’ve ever tried to find a decent pair of hiking pants, you know that the majority look like they’ve come straight out of the men’s department. The Halle Pant is actually flattering to a woman’s body yet allows you to bend, stretch, climb, jump and do whatever else you need to do to get through your hike or day. An added fantastic bonus is that they can be easily cuffed and snapped to let your legs breathe.

Halle Pant prAna | happyfitmama.com

The Meme Pant is another favorite. From the first look, I thought it was too much of a skinny jean look with bulky cargo pockets. Once I tried them on, my mind changed. L-O-V-E. I can’t say I’d wear these for a hike, but I’ve been loving them as a casual pant that looks great with flip flops, casual sneakers and eventually boots. They are super comfy and easily will be my go-to for quite some time.

Meme Pant prana | happyfitmama.comWearing: Phoebe Top + Meme Pant

To celebrate the end of another successful Instagram challenge, the fabulous Sweat Pink ladies put together a fun 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Me questionnaire. I love stuff like this so here you go.

  • I am [obviously] obsessed with: prAna, running, yoga, sunshine, green trees, nut butter & The Walking Dead.
  • I have a collection of: Workout gear and Saucony shoes. I need a whole separate closet for all of it. I can’t stand clutter and this “collection” is starting to resemble it. #WorkoutGirlProblems
  • I am secretly (not so secretly): A fan of the Real Housewives series. I can lose days watching any city, any episode. And I lose a few dozen brain cells each time.
  • When I was 7, I wanted to be: A Marine Biologist. I loved, loved, loved dolphins and wanted to be a trainer at Sea World. Now I still love dolphins, but won’t go near Sea World.
  • If I could do one thing today, it would be:Go for a run. Boo.
  • I’ve always dreamt of….: Skydiving. I’m scared of heights, but it intrigues me. I keep saying I’m going to do it. Maybe for my 40th birthday in 3 years?
  • My favorite way to travel is: Anyway I can. Get me out of here!

Join in on the fun! I tag ALL OF YOU to tell me one (or seven!) things I don’t know about you!

Remember you can still get 15% off your order from prana.com with code LiveInprAnaF15HFM at checkout.