Motivation Monday: Birthday Bliss

Yesterday was my 30th birthday. A lot of emotions can come up when you turn a year older, especially when you are approaching a new decade and saying goodbye to a chapter you’ve grown found of. My 20’s are years I will have a hard time forgetting because they hold some of my most special memories. I moved across the country in my 20’s, met the love of my life, married him, bought my first home, and met some of the most incredible human beings that I hold a special place in my heart for. I can only hope that […]

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Fit Friday: Fit Fix, MSF Raw Brownies!

Sometimes you just need something sweet. It can be to satisfy a craving, treat yourself when you need it or j u s t b e c a u s e. If there’s one thing I’m big on its efficiency. So why not satisfy your craving without completely derailing your healthy eating efforts? I’ve got you covered! The brownies below are guilt-free because they have only 4 ingredients, no gluten or dairy, and are naturally sweetened with dates so they won’t spike your blood sugar. It’s ridiculous how easy they are to make and I promise they will hit the […]

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Wellness Wednesday: The Incredible Edible…

One thing that has frustrated me about the health and wellness industry is the back and forth claims that seem to change with the season. Dairy is bad, dairy is good, fat is bad, fat is good, go grain-free, be sure to get your grains! It can be exhausting trying to keep up and is one of the reasons I decided to start this blog. Weeding through the trends, finding the research and relaying it back in a simple way has always been my goal with MSF. One of the controversial topics that I’ve personally struggled with is the debate […]

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Motivation Monday: Pet Therapy

Pet therapy is a thing. There are actual organizations whose sole purpose is to set up visits from therapy animals to places such as hospitals, retirement homes, rehab centers… This is something I always innately new, but never really thought about why. For me personally, when I am feeling run down and need a little uplifting, hugging my dog Finley or curling up with him and a book, usually fixes whatever foe I may be feeling. But why? I narrowed it down to four simple explanations of why our pets positively affect our health below. Releases feel good hormones-just a […]

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Fit Friday: Meet Me At The Barre

We made it through the week, and what a week it’s been. I don’t know if it’s the new moon, people trying to stick to their resolutions, or what but it just feels like things have been a little wacky lately. When stress levels are high it’s hard to not feel the affects no matter what mood you happen to be in. My favorite way to decompress is (100% cliché but nonetheless true) exercise. To balance out the tensions I may feel at work or out in public I like to make sure I take breaks outside to walk and […]

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Wellness Wednesday: Satisfying, Sustaining, Squash!

Wintertime is the season for comforting soups, stews and root vegetable dishes to keep us warm and satisfied when the temperatures drop and the weather has us holed up inside (even in San Diego!). I decided to take a look at one the seasonal ingredients I’ve seen highlighted in restaurant menus, Instagram feeds and cooking shows- squash. There are many varieties of the vegetable but the one I find to be pretty versatile is butternut squash. Butternut squash is full of antioxidants and low in calories but boasts some pretty impressive health benefits too. Below I’ve compiled a little top […]

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Motivation Monday: The Power Of Acceptance

  “The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one”. –Martin Luther King Jr. I’m attempting to share something personal and significant in this post and not sound too preachy, so bare with me. Everyone can agree our country is going through a growing pain no matter what school of thought, political preference, race or gender you may be. It’s hard to see division and hate because with it brings feelings of being unsettled and unsure of the future. Through unity […]

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Fit Friday: Stay In the Orange, A Review of OTF

Happy Friday, happy first full moon, happy Friday the 13th, happy long-weekend…there’s so much to be excited about heading into a three-day weekend! It has been raining like crazy here in Southern CA, which has been a welcomed change since we need the water and it’s forcing everyone to be inside all cozy and rockin’ actual winter-weather clothes. For someone who loves to stay active outside and take advantage of all our sunny days here in San Diego, it’s taken some getting used to trying to exert my energy and stay on top of my fitness regime. I thought this […]

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Wellness Wednesday: Pour Some Sugar On Me…Or Not?

We’ve heard it’s bad for us, that it can have addictive qualities and lead to weight gain, but do we really know the worst affects of sugar? Saying I have a sweet tooth is putting it mildly. I could pass on chips and salty things all day long, but when it comes to dessert-I have to at least TRY it. Whether you have a sweet tooth, are health conscious or a junk food fanatic you’re consuming sugar. Sugar is in E V E R Y T H I N G . It surprised me when I started paying attention to […]

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Motivation Monday: The Water Effect

I’ve been fortunate enough to live by the water my whole life. I grew up on the East coast, moved to Hawaii during college and then settled on the West coast for the past seven years. I couldn’t imagine not being close to the water because it’s something I’ve become accustomed to and almost a necessity now. I’ve read about how the water has a calming affect to our psyche and my Dad has always said there’s something about watching the tide roll in that resets our equilibrium. While I take whatever my Dad tells me to heart (he’s so very […]

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