My Thanksgiving Surprise: I’m Going Pro!

You guys I had a super eventful holiday weekend!

Just before Thanksgiving, I received an official invitation from Nordstrom (!!!) inviting me to become a sponsored pro for their fashionable line of athletic wear, called Zella.

Have a look at this outfit.

It is so me.

I am so honored, because I love what Nordstrom represents: quality, elegance, fun, and unrivaled customer service.

These are all traits I strive to exude in my own life and in my own business.

This means that I’ll be sporting some fabulous Zella clothes, teach classes at Nordstrom, sit on the advisory board for new products, and may even be photographed for their printed material.

Amazing. Honored. Grateful.

And how killer are these pants?

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Thanksgiving was a delicious day at my mom’s, who made the best turkey ever!

Here is my pretty sis carving up the pretty bird.

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I made a gluten-free pumpkin pie, so I could indulge without the 5-day bloat.

My round glassware was scattered at cooking clients’ houses, so I improvised and baked it in a stainless saute pan. 🙂 It turned out pretty lovely!

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Here is the recipe:

Crust
3/4 cup pecans
1 scoop of stevia
1 tbs grass-fed butter
Pinch of quality salt

Whir it up in a blender, press into a dish (or pan – ha!) and bake for 10 – 15 minutes at 350.

Filling
1 can organic pumpkin
1 egg
Season to taste with cinnamon, allspice, etc.
Sweeten to taste. I used stevia, but you could use honey.
Pinch of quality salt

When crust is done baking, add filling and bake for another 45 minutes or until a fork comes out clean.

I added a dollop of whipped coconut cream. I used this recipe. 🙂 This is extra awesome because the whipped cream is phenomenal on your morning coffee.

Whoo!

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We also celebrated my baby niece’s 2nd birthday and so it was fun to watch her open presents.

I got her a Minnie Mouse smoothie maker, complete with whirring blender and velcro fruit!

Just like her auntie. 😉

My mom got her a toddler scooter. This kid’s core and sense of balance could be better than some of my clients.

J/K. 🙂

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I had dear friends in town from outside the US, so we headed up to the Grand Canyon! I’ve only been once before, as a little girl.

Here I am in the hotel, ready to get my canyon hike on. Brrr!

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Much to our surprise, when we arrived, the canyon was blanketed in a massive bubble of fog, so thick it was like standing in milk.

We couldn’t see ten feet in front of us, let alone any of the canyon! It turned out to be a rare temperature inversion that hasn’t occurred for ten years.

The fog was actually quite neat, and we made the best of things by lingering and laughing over a couple of long meals. It was still a fabulous time and as we were heading back home the sun lifted and for a few minutes we were able to see the small portion of the top of the canyon. Click on the pic below to see the canyon in all its foggy glory.

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We’ll be back. 😉

I indulged in a little early morning cyber-Monday shopping, which is SO unlike me.

I decided it’s finally time to say goodbye to my monster, 800lb, 32inch tube tv I got in college.

It’s as big as my house.

Apparently, my new smart tv has an awesome fitness channel. 🙂

Can’t wait to check it out!

How was your Thanksgiving weekend and how did you keep it healthy?

Love,

Andrea

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