Jun
10

Are you one of those people who wishes that you could find adorable pieces to wear all at one place instead of driving from one department store to the next? I think my style has started to become a Pinterest dream, meaning I love looking at all of the pieces I wish I had. These days life has gotten too busy for me to go shopping. Occasionally I’ll stop in my favorite local boutique for an hour or two, but even that’s becoming rare. And to think, I used to look forward to spending an entire day trying on clothes and driving from mall to mall.

But thank goodness for Golden Tote, an online clothing delivery boutique that provides a unique tote full of clothes based upon your online style profile.

I was able to choose two out of my six pieces; Golden Tote picked out the other four pieces based on my personal style profile that I filled out online. The pieces were mostly spot on and I LOVED receiving a box of clothes in the mail. (Who wouldn’t?!) Another great perk? This tote only costs $149 and includes FREE shipping! I felt like that’s a pretty great deal for cute pieces that I’ll wear again and again. Oh and they also offer a smaller tote for $49 that includes 2-3 articles of clothing. Totally fun, right?!

And if you don’t like some of the pieces you receive, you can always hop on over this Facebook group where you can exchange items with other customers.

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Jun
08

I can’t believe that it’s already June! That being said I’m so excited for next week when we OFFICIALLY launch the #SummerSWEATseries! (Read more in last week’s post in case you missed it.)

Lee and I have been working hard to bring you incredible workouts, nutritious meal plans, helpful grocery lists and MORE! Today I want to share with you a few extra details of what you can expect on June 14th!

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Jun
04

As you may or may not have noticed, this past month I’ve been trying to do my best to bring you more savory recipes. When I did my reader survey last year, many of you wanted more healthy meal options.

But sometimes I just can’t help but bake, I think it’s my true calling in life. Last week I had a 6am flight out of Chicago to see Tony. I knew I had to leave by 4am in order to skip traffic and give myself enough time. You think that I would have went to bed at 8pm the night before, but nope, there I was baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies at midnight. I call it stress baking. Some things never change.

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Jun
02

It’s Taco Tuesday and I’m prepared to blow your mind.

First question I had for myself after making these tacos was how do I only have only one other legit taco recipe on my site?! The Hispanic in me is disappointed.

On the other hand, I’m now on a mission to bring you approximately three more taco recipes by the end of summer. Might just have to whip out the slow cooker for one of them.

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Jun
01

I think some of you may have been getting a sneak peek on Instagram and Snapchat of the new project I’m launching with Lee of Fit Foodie Finds. FINALLY I’m able to tell you more about it including details, what’s included, how you sign up and why you should!

 Summer SWEAT Series - a 6-week fitness and nutrition plan by two healthy food bloggers Ambitious Kitchen and Fit Foodie Finds #fitness #health #cleaneating

So here we go…

While Lee and I were on a trip together in March, we chatted about creating a 6-week fitness and nutrition program. It’s a little obvious why we wanted to create it because if you couldn’t tell, we are both incredibly passionate about those two subjects. It was easy for us to envision because both of our blogs focus on living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. We both also include clean eating recipes, indulgences and workouts. (Yes, we believe that there is always room for dessert!)

After months of hard work, little intricate details and some serious Skype sessions we are happy to announce that the Summer SWEAT Series starts June 14th. This is just an introduction to what’s involved! Below will give a little more detail into the series, but always feel free to leave a comment if you have a question and we’ll get back to you ASAP!

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May
30

Last month I started reviewing pieces that I recieved in my Stitch Fix box and you guys seemed to enjoy it! I plan to do a review each month until I run out of money.

So here are the pieces I recieved in my May 2015 fix. My feedback to my stylist is always that I’d like younger looking pieces and that my style is a mix of bohemian and romantic with a little glam thrown in.

Remember if you see anything piece you like, you can request it in your next fix! Just pin the image to your style board and the image will have the name of the clothing article so that your stylist is able to see it!

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May
29

Happy weekend! How was your week? Did you enjoy the weather?

My week was amazing and went by surprisingly quick. I ended up doing a bunch of recipe development, photoshoots (Stitch Fix post coming to you tomorrow), and also enjoyed the beautiful weather that we’re having in Chicago. Yesterday I ran EIGHT miles. Yes, 8. Might as well train for a half marathon at this point, right?

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May
28

Ohhhh ohhhhh ohhhhh! I made you a loaded salad. I mean really loaded. Magically so.

You guys know me well by now. If there’s a salad then there’s most likely kale in it… but then I went to Trader Joe’s (of course) and saw bag of organic spinach on the shelf. I mean, really let’s not forget about the first superfood that ever was. Before kale was this huge thing that people tried to make chips out of, spinach was the star. And so I decided to throw it back to 2008.

There’s something about summer that makes chopped salads everything you could possibly want. So many fruits and veggies in delicious little chunky bites waiting to be demolished. That’s how I think about salads anyway. Seriously can people please stop bringing those mayo-laden potato salads to potlucks, please? Most of the time I can’t even recognize if there are potatoes actually in the salad because I’m blinded by all that white weirdness.

Exaggerate much? Heh.

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May
25

It’s a little surprising that it’s been over a year since I’ve made you a kick ass stir fry.

What’s even more surprising is how I actually LICKED my plate clean after eating a serving of this. That’s how you know it’s good, right? At least that’s how I judge my recipe development these days… plate licking.

Sorta kidding. Sorta not.

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May
22

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone! What are your plans? Eating some good BBQ food? Indulging in a little ice cream?

I have nothing major going on other than to buckle down, work on projects and get prepared for another week of travel. Also, Tony and I are having a Skype date tonight that I wouldn’t miss for the world. We’re going to be booking our Christmas trips and chatting about our travel plans for this fall. I know it seems early, but I like to be prepared.

Oh my gosh, did I mention that I saw Age of Adaline last weekend? It was the cutest movie ever. I think that’s mostly because I’m obsessed with all things Blake Lively. But seriously, if you’re looking for a good chick flick, I’d recommend watching it. Made my heart melt.

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May
21

Yesterday Lee and I finished up a photoshoot for our NEW exciting health & fitness program coming this June. Honestly, we’ve both been working round the clock coordinating the launch, writing for our own sites, plus quite a bit of traveling. I’m potentially on the verge of exhaustion but also really, really excited for you to see what we’ve planned!

Good news is that I’m ready for some Memorial Day BBQ food and a margarita pitcher all to myself. Heh.

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May
20

Ahhh Wellness Wednesday, my favorite!

So today I wanted to bring up a topic that seems to be everywhere: clean eating! I thought I would share with you my clean eating journey, how I stay balanced and what clean eating means to me these days.

To me, Ambitious Kitchen is a clean-eating focused food blog. Although I do have many baked goodies, many of them are healthy, better for you versions of my favorite treats. Some favorites include these banana chocolate chip muffins, the dark chocolate raspberry oatmeal cookies and even these ridiculously delicious chickpea blondies. Over the past few years, I’ve started baking with more unrefined sweeteners and focusing more on the actual nutritional value of the recipe, versus just the calories. This helped Ambitious Kitchen be what it is today and above all, I hope it inspires you to eat better, learn a little about food, get creative and have a balanced, healthy relationship with food.

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