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Thanksgiving Resources You Need Before It’s Too Late

As the weekend comes to a close, we are reminded that this week is indeed Thanksgiving! Yay! Thanksgiving brings family, joy, and probably an argument or two if we are being real. I have compiled a list of resources for you if you are a last minute planner, like myself.

 

Style Me Pretty’s Thanksgiving Guide

You will find tips for planning, executing, and making Thanksgiving awesome. I just love this online mag!

Ms Giggles Thanksgiving Posts

What to Wear to Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Treasure Hunt for Kids

The 5 Essentials for a Perfect Thanksgiving

 

Anytime Health’s Healthified Thanksgiving Menu

If you are looking to stick to a healthy diet this time of year, try these awesomely healthy recipes.

Fun Pinterest Finds

 

What are you most thankful for this year?

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Sweater Sunday: 6 Cozy and Warm Options

Sweater season has arrived in Minnesota and I couldn’t be happier. I spent this past weekend in Boulder and had a blast just hanging out with my mom and brother (more on that later), and I wore sweaters all weekend. There is something so perfect about a good sweater. If it doesn’t itch, and it’s just the right warmth, it can be your refuge.

I always imagine sitting next to the fire with a cup of warm cider with my awesomely warm sweater.

If you are in need of a new one, I have found a few perfect options. Check em out…

(From left to right, top to bottom)

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Where is your favorite sweater from?

Mine is from Tommy Hilfiger, it’s this one.

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Retailers and Plus Sizes

So I wanted to preface this story with the fact that I recently saw a piece on TV about J.Crew and their history. I was fascinated because I love J.Crew. But I was sort of shocked when the CEO responded to a woman emailing the company about not having her size. And that is where this all started…


As I walked into Forever 21, I could just tell that nothing was going to fit. And after looking at all the cute clothes, I was instantly depressed. All I could think was, “why don’t they make this cute stuff in my size?”

And you know what, that isn’t fair to Forever 21. I have cried, and cried about shit like that. Stuff doesn’t fit, and I go home and cry. I started shopping at Goodwill because of it…where most send their clothes post weight-loss (at least I did).

Sure, some stores adapted their styles to fit people like me. LOFT increased sizes to 16 even 18 online. I was able to buy a dress. Finally, I thought.

But then, I wanted to go back to Forever 21.

The retailers did me both a favor and an injustice. Forever 21 encouraged me to lose weight, even though, I didn’t really care for a lot of their clothes. At the end of the day I just wanted the option to buy their clothes.

LOFT provided me an out for not losing weight. They said, “No, Amanda, you’re fine, come in here we have your size.”

But here lies the problem,

I was overweight. I couldn’t fit into a 16, at some stores. And it was depressing. But for a long time I did nothing about it.

And for those of you who complain about a regular* store not carrying your size, think of it as a wake up call. Being overweight is not healthy. Curves are beautiful, but being overweight or obese is not.

Please don’t take what I say as rude and mean because I have been there. I know how annoying it is not to be able to buy that cute outfit because The Limited didn’t have my size. I get it. But what I don’t get is our ability to put our health and self-esteem on the back burner.

Live your life the way you want but don’t complain to the retailers because you can’t fit into their* sizes. Take this opportunity and go for walk, and start your journey to health today!

*And by their sizes, I mean regular sizes (2-14) not the couture or runway fashion sizes, because (let’s be real) a very small selection of the population can actually fit into those!

 

What do you think? Am I totally off base here? Or do we need to take a longer look at our health?

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Review: Ahnu Sequoia II Hiking Shoes

As winter draws near, I am getting ready to put away my hiking shoes for the year. Luckily, I don’t have to do that quite yet because I am going to Boulder to visit my brother at the beginning of November and I am hoping to get in some hiking with ma mum!

I was recently sent* a pair of Ahnu Hiking Boots, Sequoia II to try on and test out. Read on to learn all about my experience with them so far.

Short and Sweet

These extremely comfortable hiking shoes fit true to size and help support your feet during a hike or just a busy day of walking around. The Vibram bottoms complete the shoes grip to the ground. It’s amazing, no slipage! If you are looking for a solid ladies hiking shoe, check it out!

Ahnu Sequoia II Review

I must admit, my hiking isn’t hardcore. I don’t tend to go to large mountains and just start climbing (I would love to do that but I am limited by the lack of Mountains in Minnesota). So my experience with these shoes are not taken to the “max.” However, when walking with these shoes I noticed how extremely comfortable they were. I was able to go further because of the cushioning. And, to be honest, I feel like I could just wear these everyday (though I doubt they are professional enough).

As I walked through our local hiking area, I noticed how much grip or “gription” I had. I never once felt like I was wearing regular tennis shoes. I loved the feeling and the confidence they brought me.

I would recommend anyone try these shoes as they are very comfortable and that is one of my upmost concerns when hiking. Here or in the mountain regions of Colorado!

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Vibram Outsole
  • True to Size
  • Easy to put on

Cons

  • Cost
  • Color Options

Overall Feelings

If you are looking for a lightweight, comfortable hiking boot this one is for you. Ahnu markets this shoe towards a “lightweight hiker” and I couldn’t agree more. If you are a looking for something a little more “hardcore,” check out their website!

 

*Disclaimer: Ahnu sent me the shoes to test out. All views discussed are my own.