My Top 5 Apps for a Healthy Lifestyle

One of the questions that I get asked the most is which Health and Fitness Apps I use on a regular basis. Now, I of all people definitely know that everyone has a different lifestyle and what may work for one person, might not work for another. In my own health and fitness journey, I’ve gone through several different phases. I’ve gone from a gym rat, to a stay at home mom who would work out in her living room, to a busy working career woman who is always exhausted by the time I get home. What I have learned through each phase is to take advice, try out lots of different things, and find what works best for me. After several years, I have found that these 5 apps are my tried and true, and that I seem to return to them over and over again:

My Fitness Pal: This is the app that I use when I really want to get back on track. Counting calories really helps me see what my daily intake is and gives me a better perspective on what my portion sizes should be. It helps me realistically look at food as fuel and how to better my  daily nutrition. One of the things that I love about My Fitness Pal is that you can post progress photos to keep you motivated and they also have some really great articles and recipes within the app to try as well!

Apple Fitness App: For the longest time, I had a Polar watch that I would track my heart rate with. I made the switch to an Apple watch recently and have never looked back. Within the fitness app, you can track your daily activity, your workouts, heart rate and calories burned. You can also keep track of how many miles you have walked or ran during each session. This watch motivates me to keep moving during the day and there’s no better feeling than getting those activity rings closed throughout the day, am I right?!

Music App: You have to have some sort of music app to keep your workouts going strong. Whether it is Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify or a YouTube account, this is an absolute must. Put together a workout playlist with your favorite pump up songs to keep you turnt up. You’d be surprised what a playlist can do to keep your heart rate up!

Pinterest: This App is so full of inspiration!  You can pin everything from cute workout apparel (like the Ellie Activewear April collection I am wearing below) to deliciously healthy recipes and meal plans, to new workout regimens and inspiring quotes. There are even guides for local hikes to add to your bucket list. You can also sort everything into different categories to easily go back and find that pin once you have saved it. Happy Pinning!

Sworkit: This is a great App for on the go. If you don’t have a ton of time or any gym equipment, this is a good App to get you moving. You can choose different types of moves that you want to do, along with the amount of time you have to workout and boom, a quick but effective workout right in your hotel room.

There you have it, my top 5 apps that I use on a regular basis. Do any of you already use these apps or have any thoughts on them? I would love to hear what apps that you use on a regular basis!



Outfit: Ellie Activewear April Collection


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Spring Basics

Every year after winter has passed, I seem to go on a mini shopping spree. I get so excited about the weather change that I cant resist adding new pieces to my wardrobe. Lately, I have been trying to incorporate more pieces that I can easily take from weekend to work. I love being able to take a few items and restyle them into many outfits for different occasions. On this particular shopping trip, I stuck to the basics. For this look, I paired a cream and navy striped cardigan with a white body suit, gray denim jeans and a pair of nude heels. I can easily switch this look into work mode by simply switching out the gray denim with a pair of black skinny trousers, the nude heels with pointed flats and then accessorize this look with a belt to finish. Switching up your looks from weekend to work can be a pretty easy transition if you start with the basics. Just add a couple of cardigans, a white and gray tee, a cotton dress and a few different pant options such as jeans, colored denim and trousers to your wardrobe and you can easily have 10-12 options for your next date night, meeting or weekend get together. Sounds pretty simple, right?

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Heart yourself: 5 ways to encourage self-love in your life

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self love

One of the most important things we can do on a daily basis is to show ourselves some love. Sometimes we get so caught up in the happenings of life, that we forget to be in a relationship with one of the most important beings in our lives…OURSELVES. I know it sounds ridiculous and maybe a little narcissistic, but honestly; if we can’t be in a loving and nurturing relationship with our own self, how in the world are we to show someone else those qualities? There ain’t no faking it until you make it in love, especially with yourself.

So, what are some different ways you can start to show yourself some self-love? Here are 5 ways to start incorporating them into your daily grind.

1. Nurture Yourself

Remember that you are in a relationship with yourself. If you never take the time to nurture that relationship, how are you going to nurture others? Fill your mind, body and soul with uplifting things. Take notice of the things you do well instead of criticizing the ones you need to work on. Write yourself encouraging messages or put bible verses on your mirror, find healthy meals or snacks to energize your body. Take interest and further explore the things that nurture your soul.

2. Treat Yo’ Self

I love to treat myself to different things throughout the month, whether that be an at home pampering session with a bubble bath and mask after a long work day, a mani-pedi, a coffee treat or even a shopping trip. Find things that make you feel good and take yourself on mini dates. Maybe for you that’s a rock climbing session or a day trip to your favorite museum. Whatever it is, find time for it and put time into yourself.

3. Protect Yourself

Another way to show yourself love and respect is to set boundaries not only with yourself, but with others. So many people have that “people pleaser” mentality. While wanting to help others isn’t a negative thing per se, know your boundaries and stick to them. If it comes down to it, don’t be afraid to hurt someone’s feelings by saying no. Unfortunately, sometimes people need to be told no. Show them that you know your worth and your limits. If you’re not comfortable doing it, then don’t.

4. Find Your Tribe

Search for the people that bring encouragement and laughter into your life and distance yourself from the negative ones. Being around friends and family that genuinely care for you and your well-being is such an amazing feeling. Surround yourself with your tribe and know that it is ok to have different friends for different things. Everyone is going through a different season in life and may be able to give you different insights to things such as interior design, hiking adventures or more serious issues such as marriage or parenting. Surrounding yourself with a tribe that is encouraging and supportive to one another is powerful . Make time for the important people in your life and be sure to lift them up as well.

Find Your Happy Place

Find the things that make you happy. What are some activities that always lift your mood? Is it yoga, hiking, cooking, zoning out to the television? For me, it’s working out. When I don’t do it I am cranky and irritable. It’s my one hour a night that I put in the work. My earphones go on, my mind zones out and it’s nothing but pure bliss for that one hour. Taking the time to be in your happy place, even if it’s only for an hour is what keeps you sane. Spending that time on yourself is what helps you become a better daughter, friend, spouse and mother. If you are so busy taking care of everyone else, who’s going to take care of you? No one knows you like yourself, so find your happy place and gallivant there.

Being able to show yourself self-love will affect every other aspect of your life. With self-love comes self respect, confidence and a more present self awareness. Find the things that make you tick and go for it. Show yourself your worth and don’t be afraid to let go of the people who may not see it along the way. Find your happy place and travel there often. The more love you put into yourself, the more you will be able to give in all of the other aspects of your life.

What are some ways that you show yourself self-love? Leave it in the comments below!



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New Year, New Beginnings

It’s January, and 2017 was SO last year. Speaking of so last year, Ellie has ditched their old ways of doing things and are now offering something new for 2018. Can you guess what it is? If you guessed choices, you got it, girl! You can now choose from three different outfit options for your monthly subscription box AND they also have some cool exclusive pieces you can purchase. How cool is that? If you thought you loved their outfit combinations now, how in the heck are we going to choose from 3?! First world problems, right? I know, I know.

Since it is a new year, One of my goals is to consistently workout throughout the week. I have a job where I am not up and moving a whole lot, so it’s really important for me to be active once I get home. When the weather is nice, I will try to go for a 20-30 minute walk during my lunch and then I’ll do a 30 minute-1 hour workout once I get home. I also bought some new dumbbells this year that range in weight from 8-35 pounds and boy, have I been sore! Let me know if you want me to share a post about my at-home workout routine and I’ll try to put something together for you guys! I hope everyone has had a great first few weeks of 2018!

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Ellie Rewind

Well guys, it’s officially 2018! Where did the year go?! The last couple weeks of 2017 were super busy with friends, family and holiday gatherings, so I never got around to posting the December Ellie box. Luckily, Ellie now offers past collections on their website for purchase, so don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! You can find all of the past collections from this year, including December here and don’t forget to use my code RACHELREISS15 for an extra 15% off!

For the December collection, Ellie went with a black and white color palette with a pretty pop of cobalt blue. I wasn’t so sure how the color would look on me, but I ended up loving it! What’s even better is that it looks amazing on everyone that I have seen wearing the collection. The pants are also super slimming with the design down the side and I loved that it came with a crop style top. I also received a black sports bra and for the accessories, a jump rope (my favorite exercise) and a hot/cold clay pack! I was super excited about the accessories this month and have definitely used them a ton! What is your favorite item from the December box? Have any of you purchased previous collections from their website yet?



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O’ Christmas Tree

O’ Christmas tree

O’ Christmas tree

What happiness befalls me.

This year for our Christmas tree, we decided to do something a little different. We typically have an artificial tree that we put up year after year, but a couple of days before Christmas last year, all of the lights suddenly went out, so a new plan it was for 2017. Of course, we kind of forgot that we needed a new tree until we were ready to start decorating this year, so we started looking for a replacement but couldn’t find anything that we loved. My sister suggested that we go out to their farm and make a little family adventure out of it. She had seen a couple of trees that she thought might be the right size for our family.

One Sunday morning in early December, We decided to get dressed, grab some Starbucks and roam around the property. It was so cold, so I dressed in a super warm sherpa jacket, jeans, boots and added a little glitz to my outfit with these Sugar Fix earrings. We ended up finding the perfect sized noble fir. I honestly thought that after having an artificial tree, I would never go through the hassle of getting a fresh one again, but this year reminded me that a new adventure and memories are definitely worth the little bit of extra effort. We got to adventure around the property with our family, get our boots a little muddy, take some photos and watch the boys cut down a tree that we were going to take home and decorate. It was also really nice to be reminded that everything doesn’t have to be so instant all of the time. Whenever we felt like decorating we knew we could just pull our box out of storage and get started. This year we had to plan a bit more and put in some extra effort and it turned into one of our favorite Christmas memories. What have been some of your favorite memories from this holiday season?



Earrings Sugar Fix by Bauble Bar for Target | Tee Old Navy | Jeans Old Navy | Sherpa Jacket Old Navy |Boots Hunter |

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Christmas Traditions

I hope you all are having yourselves a merry little Christmas so far! I know that at my house, the Christmas music is in full swing (when Alexa decides to cooperate), the outdoor lights are up, the house is decorated and the advent calendar countdown has begun! We’ve been sipping on holiday drinks, baking our favorite homemade snacks and just finished mailing out our Christmas cards. We’ve been trying to make the whole family photo Christmas card thing a yearly tradition, but it’s typically ended up being an every other year type of thing. We have managed to get them out two years in a row now though, so go us! It’s the little things, right?!

For the holiday season, we will usually choose something to do that we have never done before. So far since Thomas and I have been together, we have done the following Oregon activities, listed from North to South:

The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights

Zoo Lights

Peacock Lane

Christmas in the Garden at the Oregon Gardens

Christmas Ship Parade

Keizer Miracle of Christmas Lights Display

Magic at the Mill

Storybook Land

Pastega Christmas Lights

The Nutcracker at the Eugene Ballet

Other activities for my future list

Oregon Symphony Christmas Production

Historic Homes Christmas Parlour Tour

Paint & Wine: Holiday Edition

One Horse Open Sleigh Rides

Holiday Express Train Ride

Aside from all of the fun activities, we also always bake homemade Chex mix, watch a couple of Hallmark movies throughout the month, have holiday themed game nights, and there are usually a few Christmas parties thrown in here and there! We also always host a Christmas brunch with cinnamon and orange danish rolls, hash browns, eggs and bacon. We open one gift on Christmas Eve (PJ’s and a book or movie), spend Christmas morning together at our house and then head to the in-laws for an all day event. When we come home we open stockings and then just hang out for the rest of the night. I am super excited this year because I have the day after Christmas off for a little bit of extra relaxing and family time. What are some of your family holiday traditions or must do events for the Season? I hope everyone has a happy holiday!



Jacket: Old Navy | Jeans: Judy Blue | Shoes: Converse | Bodysuit: Gap