7.09.2014

I think we all need a pep talk...


I'm getting ready to go talk to a group of teenage girls tonight about having good self confidence and self esteem. I have been thinking all day about what I want to share with them and this video kept coming to my mind. 

I watched it with both of my little girls over and over again today and I saw the wheels turning in my oldest as she watched along with me. I teared up. Thinking about how hard life is. But how amazing it can be too. 

I hope she knows she was born to be amazing and awesome! I hope she knows that she will do amazing things! And then it made me realize I need to remember I am on the same path. And that I need to have confidence in myself and that I was put here to do amazing things too. 

And you too! 
We are all here to do amazing things!

Just a little reminder I wanted to share with all of you... 
Stop being boring. You're gooder than that. This is life people. You have air coming through your nose. I want to be on the road that leads to awesome! YOU were meant to be awesome!

6.24.2014

Fit Food + Detour SMART Bar

Disclaimer: 
The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Detour Bar.
I have been compensated for this post, but all opinions are 100% mine and I wouldn't share anything I don't personally love. But you know that. ;)






I was dang excited to get my hands on these little Detour SMART bars
Summer hits and I am just not hungry for a whole lot other than fruit.
But we all know it's super important to eat and often through out the day. 

These little babies are awesome! 
They are easy to throw into my purse or my pool bag since we are always on the go or at the pool these days. 
And I love that they are super filling after eating just one. 
Most of the time I eat something like this and I want to eat the whole box because I'm still hungry. 
These fill your stomach up and I'm good until the next small meal I need to eat. 
The blueberry ones are my favorite! 

They're packed with 10 grams of protein and only 135 calories per bar. 
They are also gluten free and use whey protein and sweeten with stevia. 

These are awesome for any active and on the go lifestyle and they taste SO good too! 
I think I cried a little when I saw there was only one bar left. 
These will be another staple in our house from now on. 

You HAVE to get these and at least try them. 
I know how sketchy protein bars can be. 
They're usually really nasty tasting and you always want more because you're still hungry. 
These are nothing like that. 
SO SO good! 

Perfect fit food when you're on the go! 

Make sure to stay up to date with Detour:


6.14.2014

Weekend randomness.


Friday was a good day. 
Slept in and loved the quietness in my house since my girls spent a few days at my parents' house. 
Ran 5.26 miles and enjoyed some good thinking time and listening to my jams.
Messy hair, don't care. 
It was so flippin' hot and I was dying of heat. Which is why I look like I'm beet red.
Sweat like a pig to look like a fox, right? :)


You guys... I'm TOTALLY on the romper train. 
Make fun of me all you want but I'm diggin' it. 
Let's be honest, you know you love it too. :)

And that mountain of laundry on my bed... that's real life in this house folks. 
I swear I do laundry all day every day.


Not many of you will understand this picture, but it is totally blog worthy. 
I had a good laugh when we were cruising down 17th and looked out the window to find one of my old interior design professors. 
NOLY! 
This man. His aviators. And his aviator jacket. 
Still as cool as ever. 
Linds, Kandis and Sara... I was DYING! 
Brought back so many hilarious college days. 


Most of you who know me, know that I do not like sea food or fish. 
Hate the smell. The texture. And the taste. 
Makes me want to barf. 
But you would all be so proud of me! 

I enjoyed a much needed date night with my man Friday night and we ate at The Sandpiper. 
Everyone kept telling me to get the Hawaiian halibut and I was skeptical. 
But they all assured me there was no fishiness. 
LOVED it and I scarfed every single bite of it.
The Sandpiper is hands down my new favorite place in town! 
Good food. Loved the atmosphere and the people there. 
Can't wait for girls night there on Tuesday! 


Of course I had to have a cheat and have cupcake cream from Cocoa Bean. 
And then we ended our date as the oldest people in a literally jam packed movie theatre full of high school kids I wanted to punch. 
Pretty sure I didn't, but if I ever acted like that, I should have been punched too. 


Zoey bug doing her thing and singing and dancing to "Let It Go" and Grandma & Grandpa's house. 



Love these girls so much it hurts. 
And we can't get enough of homemade guacamole. 
We make it at least once a week and it never lasts longer than a few hours. 


Razor ridin' with Grandpa around the farm.



These peonies at my mom's house have ALWAYS been my favorite. 
I love when they're in full bloom and love the smell of them too. 
These little ladies are loving them as much as I do and I loved getting text of pictures of everything they were doing while they were playing at Grandma's & Grandpa's. 


And how can you say no to a bowl of huckleberry ice cream?! 
Have I mentioned how much I love summer?! 

Pool Days

Can summer stay forever?! 
I can't get enough of it and I fear that it's already flying by so fast. 
From the day Miss T got out of school, we have been taking advantage of every minute of the sun and every activity we can so we aren't in the house all day. 

My brother and sister inlaw live not too far from us and have a pool and hot tub at their apartment. 
And we're lucky enough to get to join in on the pool fun.
If it's not windy and the sun is out, you can find us at the pool. 
It's hands down our favorite thing to do this summer.


Fresh fruit for days! 
I can't get enough of it. 
I crave it every day and that's all I feel like eating. 
And it's the perfect thing to eat at the pool.


Seriously. 
Little bums in bikinis. 
So stinking cute! 



I have the hottest sisters eva and I love them so much! 


Stay tuned for my post about these amazing bars. 
Easy to throw in your pool bag or purse, healthy and yummy too! 


And these girls. 
Full of energy and giggles. 
My sister inlaw has twin sisters and Tay loves when they are in town to play. 
They are like fish and could literally swim all day long.


Sun bathing beauties. 
Doing what we do best. 
Soaking up the sun, laughing and loving life.

We ♥ summer! 

6.11.2014

MPG Photoshoot + Spartan Entry Giveaway






A few months ago I was a top 10 finalist for the company MPG.
The top 10 all received a box of their clothing and we had to do a photo shoot and submit a video of how we stay fit and active in our normal every day lives. 

Obviously I didn't win, which I'm totally okay with. 
It was an amazing opportunity and I got cute workout clothes from it. 
But it was fun to get some professional pics from my good friend and photographer from Natalie Clair Photography (SO sad she's moving) document where I was a couple of months ago and the hard work I put in every morning at the gym. 

I start picking apart where I lack and all of my flaws, but I have to remind myself not to be so hard on myself and to remember that good things take time.
And that I'm farther than I was two months ago.

These remind me that results require hard work and dedication. 
And that goes for ANYTHING in life. 

Life is tough. 
Life is challenging. 
And every day there is a new battle to overcome and conquer. 
Some days you feel like giving up and calling it quits. 
And some days you have to dig deep down and fight because you know better things are in store. 

I'm constantly reminding myself...
Life is tough, but I'm tougher!

And talking about tough things... 
I'm currently T-17 days until the Spartan Beast in Utah. 
13+ miles of mountain running and obstacles. 
I've been pushing myself at the gym. 
Doing burpees for days. 
And getting my miles in. 
I've never ran longer than 7.5 miles in my life. So this is going to be a huge obstacle and challenge for me. 
But those of you who know me, 
I LOVE A GOOD CHALLENGE! 

I'm actually really excited about this one. 
The thought of pushing myself to limits I've never reached is exciting. 
And to run it with 4 of my hot lady friends is going to a blast. 

You all know that the last Spartan Sprint I did was seriously the most fun race I have ever done!
Challenging and tough, but so much fun! 
And I want you all to experience it too.


So how about we do a giveaway for one race entry to any of the US Spartan races coming up this year?!

Enter below: 
*The code will work one time for any open heat (non-confirmed start time) in any 2014 Spartan Race in the continental US and Hawaii. 

And for those who don't win but want to run anyway, here is a 15% off discount code

Just remember...
Life is tough, but so are you! 

6.10.2014

Sunday, Sunday

Oh, Sunday. 
How you did me good. 
I'm not going to lie... I usually hate Sunday. 
But this past Sunday was good.
And was much needed.

I don't get very hungry in the summer.
All I want to do is grill and eat fresh fruit and don't ever feel like eating a lot.
I was craving me some homemade popcorn with salt, butta, lemon juice and Valentina hot sauce.
SO good.
Don't knock it 'til you try it. 


And we continued the Mexican food at my Grandma's house in the afternoon.  



Pozole. 
My Auntie makes THE BEST Pozole!  
It's a Mexican shredded pork or chicken soup/stew that you top with cabbage, lemon and/or lime juice and radishes on top. 
 I'd pay good money to get some in my belly RIGHT now.

The reason for the afternoon at my Aunt & Grandma's house was because my cousin received his mission call.
So being the awesome Mexican family we are, we had to gather to eat, be loud and play. 
It's what we do. 
We all took our guesses at where he was going. 



My Grandma FA.REAKED out. 
About knocked my phone out of my hand she was so excited!
I'll let you watch it for yourself. 

WARNING:
My family is LOUD! 

    

 And the rest of the afternoon was left for playing and soaking up the Sunday afternoon sun.




Crazy girls. 


We had A BLAST on the motorized scooters. 



Acting like we are 10, but we are cool. 



Naturally, I had to make a race out of something. 
So we raced scooters. 
My little cousin smoked us. 
But at least I wasn't last. 



 And I was incredibly proud of Miss T. 
She is my cautious and reserved little girl. 
She wanted to try riding one by herself and my brother helped her by running along the side of her and holding the bars. 
Let's just say it didn't end so well. 
But she got all of the attention she needed to help console and fix her up after. 





   

Backflips. 
Something I haven't done in years.
Still got it. Kind of. 



My brother and I trying to see who could get the highest. 
I won. He should know better by now.


We're hot sistas! 

Words can't express how much I LOVE my family and how much I love to be around them. 
I grew up spending time with all of them all of the time. 
Aunts. Uncles. Grandmas and Grandpas. Cousins. 
We get together at least once a month or more and I love it so much! 
We all have great relationships with one another and I couldn't be more thankful for that. 

My heart was so happy that day. 
Can't beat an afternoon with good food, family and fun!

6.07.2014

San Clemente Cookie Dough Winners


First of all, HUGE thanks to San Clemente Cookie Dough Co. and their generosity.
Because EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU who commented on my blog OR Instagram page, you each won a jar of cookie dough! HOLLA!

Thanks for sharing your stories. We loved reading them.

And for the lucky little ducky of ALL doughs, @nadiadespain, San Clemente Cookie Dough loved your story the most and will be sending you a box of cookie love! You're a good friend and have such a kind heart!

Will you ALL email me at sheendaniels@gmail.com and we will get your info to send your winnings to ya?!

Hip hop hooray for yummy, healthy cookie dough for all!

6.06.2014

Photo Dump


School is finally out. 
Summer is here. 
And my little chicks and I are taking full advantage of all things fun. 

I take a ton of pictures of random things and awesomeness. 
And then my phone gets full. 
So here's a collage of everything that made up this past week. 

Dinner with friends. 
At the same restaurant. Two nights in a row. And the best cookie skillet of all time.
Cold ice water.
Orange Leaf.
Lots of laughs.
Jamba. 
LOTS of running and stadium stairs. 15 mile Spartan at the end of this month! 
My first rose on my rose bush. 
A lost tooth. 
Selfies. 
Pool side in the sun. All day every day. 
Good quotes. 
And a song I'm loving. 

You can find us pool side again today and soaking up the sun. 
Happy Friday!