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Live Actively with prAna

prAna active  happyfitmama.comThis post is sponsored by prAna in partnership with FitApproach.

As a mom, I live for comfortable clothes. I can’t have any wardrobe malfunctions on the playground. Plumber’s crack is not acceptable at play dates (except for maybe cute little baby butts).

My kids don’t let me sit on the side lines. I have to move. I have to jump, climb, skip, hop, run. And truthfully, I don’t want to be on the bench. (Except if it’s after a 20 miler and my legs are Jell-o). I want to live actively.

As a Sweat Pink Ambassador, I recently received new gear from prAna.

prAna is Sanskrit for breath, life and vitality of the spirit. The company uses this as its name to lift their aspirations and guide their actions towards becoming a more socially mindful and environmentally sustainable organization.

Can I just say I want at least one (or more) of everything from their early winter collection? Not only that, I want to live the life of a prAna catalog. Beautiful pictures, beautiful places, beautiful clothes. You can’t help but want to live actively just by seeing all the beauty! Now that truly is marvelous.

prAna casual  happyfitmama.com

Since I have more workout clothes than I know what to do with, I thought I’d pick “real clothes.” As soon as I saw, the Kara Jean, I loved it. The herringbone pattern is just too cute. I usually don’t like ordering pants or jeans online, but these fit perfectly. The length is just right to wear down or cuffed. Since I’m not super tall, I’ve been going for the cuff look. The fabric is soft and stretchy so it moves with you. I can comfortably chase after the kids as they climb on everything and anything. I can still feel like I’m wearing workout clothes, but just look a little more put together.

prAna gear | happyfitmama.com

What drew me to the Mena Sweater? It’s wool. I’m always freezing this time of year. Wool is my BFF. I live in wool socks and sweaters as soon as the temp drops below 55 degrees. Nothing keeps me toasty warm like my woolies! Mena definitely delivers even on a 25 degree day. A lot of people stay away from wool because they think it’s too itchy. The Mena sweater has a soft inside, almost like sweatshirt material, that gives an extra dose of cozy.

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I not only love the form and function of prAna clothing, but also how well made and sustainably conscious it is. They take great strides to ensure they are sourcing their clothes from sustainably conscious material and energy sources and that working conditions are good for all of their employees.

If you’re doing a little holiday shopping right now and need something for the fitness or outdoors lover who also appreciates well made, eco conscious clothing, look no further. Now’s the time to shop because I have a special code that will give you 15% off an entire purchase! Just enter pspf14hfm at checkout. It expires on November 30th so don’t delay. SHOP TODAY!

Vega Bars Review + Meal Planning

The following post is sponsored by Fit Approach on behalf of Vega.

Happy Sunday Funday everyone!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend to the fullest. We are getting soaked with rain and chilly temps. April showers bring May flowers, right? The rain didn’t stop me from getting my run on. I got in a hilly 10 miler yesterday and am hoping for a few recovery miles today.

Vega Protein Bar | HappyFitMama.com

After my run yesterday, I was starving. I wanted something quick and fast. Most days, a smoothie sounds the most appealing. But I was freezing and cold drinks/food did not sound good. It was the perfect time to taste test one of the new Vega Sport Protein Bar. With 15 grams of complete, plant based protein, 2.5 g BCAAs, 2 g glutamine and 1 g Omega-3, it replenishes and repairs muscles after being beat up. Add chocolate and coconut and I’m in recovery heaven!

Vega has recently launched a whole new line of bars – VegaOne All-in-One Meal Bar, Vega Snack Bar, Vega Sport Energy Bar and the above mentioned Vega Sport Protein Bar. Non-GMO, gluten-free and made without artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners these bars are full of ingredients that I already have in my kitchen. I don’t like to buy packaged bars but when I do, it has to be real food. Nothing funky allowed.

Vega Bar |HappyFitMama.comWe taste tested the snack bars as a family. The kids saw me open the box and were so excited to see bars that I couldn’t hoard all of them for myself. The Dark Chocolate Mixed Nuts and Sea Salt was a favorite. I’m kind of bummed I didn’t get to enjoy it all by myself. I’m interested in trying out the Sport Energy Bar for fuel on my long runs. I’m forever in search of the perfect fuel that sits well with my tummy and powers me through. If it’s good enough for Brendan Brazier, maybe it’ll work for me?

On to meal planning for the week –

Sunday: Roasted Salmon + Leeks

Monday: Veggie Burgers + grilled veggies

Tuesday: Crockpot Orange Chicken

Wednesday: Black Bean and Avocado Tostadas

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Carrot Cake Protein Pancakes

Saturday: Ron’s Homemade Veggie Pizza

Which Vega Bar would you want to try?

What are you having for dinner this week?

Marvelous is…

Reflections on Running | HappyFitMama.com

Hey guys!

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was nothing overly the top outrageous but a weekend is always good no matter what, in my opinion. To celebrate and to keep the good vibes rolling into the week, I’m thinking of all the marvelous that there was (big thanks to Katie for hosting!).

Marvelous is…a near perfectly executed progression long run. On Saturday, I hit my first double digit run in over 4 months. I purposely started off slower in hopes of at least finishing the last 5k faster for this months 5 by the 5th Virtual Race. What happened with each passing mile was that my strength and confidence grew. I felt strong. It was almost like everything finally clicked. It felt like I was standing taller, my form was better and I was floating. I completed my 5k in 23:58, 19 seconds faster than last month. This run made me feel like my old runner self. The one that made me feel like I’m BACK. I’m going to be OK. I’m done talking about tendon injuries. Slap me if I ever bring it up again, k?

Marvelous is…Getting honked at while on the above run but realizing it was not a creeper beeper perv but another runner giving me support. Side note to the driver of the car: sorry for initially flipping you off. I realized my mistake when I saw the back of your car was plastered with every single running bumper sticker ever made. Whoops! :)

Marvelous is…sunshine and temps in the 50s. I know I keep mentioning the improving weather but it seriously is the best to finally have sunshine and SPRING!

Spring beach walking | happyfitmama.com

Hi, my name is Angela and I like long walks on the beach. Good thing Ron does too!

Marvelous is…Lorna Jane Spring Clean Pinterest Challenge! Lorna Jane and FitApproach are teaming up with a great challenge to renew, reboot and refresh your active life this month.  All you have to do is go to movenourishbelieve.com and start pinning away. This week (April 7-13) is all about MOVE. Put together a board to take on a new workout, get inspired and to kick some major butt! Just by doing so, you could win $1000 towards some fabulous LJ gear. Check out my Pinterest Board for this week to get inspired and pin some fabulous workouts! Get all the details HERE.

What’s marvelous in your life right now?

I was invited to share the Lorna Jane Spring Clean Pinterest Challenge through my affiliation with the SweatPink Community. I was not compensated. I just love Lorna Jane clothes!