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July 1, 2017

Live Well: July

Welcome to this installment of the Live Well series provided by my very own sister, Lindsay Wampler. I may be a traveling expat athlete, but I really haven't explored the health and fitness aspects of that world on this website - which is where Lindsay comes in. 

Lindsay is a 29-year-old occupational therapy graduate and health and fitness coach. Her recently-transplanted-from-Southern-California-to-Tennessee family consists of her husband, Justin, two dogs, and two cats. She strives to live well through healthy eating and exercising, and I am very thankful that Lindsay is happy to share her expertise with us each month! 

Be sure to check back on the first of each month to see what Lindsay's Live Well advice is, and please feel free to share her wisdom with your family and friends!



LIVE WELL: JULY


Happy July! We have made it to the half-year mark! That's something to celebrate for sure! Life can be hard and living each day is an accomplishment! So, once again, happy July!

This month will be the first whole month I am living in my new home (who says you can't call an apartment, "home?") in Tennessee. Tennessee is a lot different from California, but I am acclimating well because there is beauty everywhere we go in the world! And it's easy to see the beauty all over Tennessee!

Get outside and soak up some vitamin D this summer and enjoy these fun recipes below!




Beverage Boost

Vanilla Berry Delight
Serves 1

1 c. frozen mixed berries
1 c. milk (I prefer unsweetened almond milk)
1 packet Vanilla Shakeology

Add all into a blender and voila!


Workout of the Month





Healthy Eating Recipe




White Chili
Serves 4

1 tsp. olive oil
1 c. chopped onions
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. ginger root, minced
1/2-1 jalapeno chili, chopped
2 c. mushrooms, quartered
1 Tbsp. flour
1 lb. veggie chicken, cubed (or real chicken)
2 15-oz. cans white beans
1 14.5-oz. can vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. coriander
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper, to taste

Heat oil in pan and brown chicken. Spray another saucepan with cooking spray and add onions, garlic, and jalapeno; cook for 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and cover, cooking until soft (about 5 more minutes). Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute. Add chicken, beans, broth, and herbs and spices; heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until vegetables are tender (between 10-15 minutes). Discard bay leaf and season with salt and pepper.

This is one of my favorites! Enjoy!


Essential Oils Mixology


Do you have issues sleeping or with stress and anxiety? Try this diffuser blend to see if it helps support your health in natural ways.

It Will All Be Okay Blend
2 drops Patchouli essential oil
2 drops Clary Sage essential oil

Fill home diffuser with distilled water. Add essential oils. Voila!





About the Author


My name is Lindsay and I once was a Swagerty, too, but I now am a Wampler. I am a Christ-lover and am disciplined to live the life of my dreams! I am bad at traveling because I am scared to fly, but I love to explore the cities around me and build a home I love to spend time in. I am a wife, mother of fur babies, occupational therapy graduate, online health and fitness coach, and a sharer of my love for essential oils! I am also a lover of all things Disney!

You can find me on Facebookmy group page, and Instagram or reach me directly through my email at lindsayannwampler[at]gmail[dot]com. I would love to hear from you!


Let us know if you try any variations of these delicious recipes, challenging workouts, or essential oil mixes in the comments below!!!
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June 3, 2017

Paris en Couleur

These are my favorite colorful snapshots from my 2 1/2 weeks of May in Paris! Everything from getting my photo taken as part of my signing to support the Olympics in Paris for 2024, to the beautiful homes, from local nature spots, to some silly scooter moments - it's all here, and as colorful as ever!


#PARIS2024 !!!


In the Bois de Boulogne.


Enjoying the window seat.


Flavoring Notre Dame.


Fresh green #ScooterSquatter!


Gorgeous florals everywhere.


Love the contrasts.


Red ScooterSquatter on the loose in Place des Vosges!


My favorite house front of all time.


Can't go wrong with this one on Rue des Thermopyles either.


Just walking around...


Love this beautiful Arabic art.


Free wine tasting with friends!


For all the photos from my whole trip, check out

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June 1, 2017

Live Well: June

Welcome to this installment of the Live Well series provided by my very own sister, Lindsay Wampler. I may be a traveling expat athlete, but I really haven't explored the health and fitness aspects of that world on this website - which is where Lindsay comes in. 

Lindsay is a 29-year-old occupational therapy grad student in Southern California and health and fitness coach. Her family consists of her wonderful husband, Justin, two dogs, and two cats. They both strive to live well through healthy eating and exercising, and I am very thankful that Lindsay is happy to share her expertise with us each month! 

Be sure to check back the first of each month to see what Lindsay's Live Well advice is, and please feel free to share her wisdom with your family and friends!



LIVE WELL: JUNE


Transitions and change are a part of life. I'm moving across country from California to Tennessee this month and I am looking forward to continue living well in a different atmosphere. What has been your favorite city, state, or country to live in? I'd love to know in the comments below!

Transitions and changes bring about feelings of excitement, wonder, eagerness, and happiness, but there is always some degree of stress, fear, and uncertainty. What is most important throughout a season of transition and change is keeping your foundation - your values. Join me in prioritizing living well on a daily basis with this month's blog and don't forget to tell me your favorite place you have lived down below!




Beverage Boost

Immune-Boosting Juice

Serves 1

5 carrots
2 apples
1" ginger
1/4 lemon, peeled or 1 drop Young Living Lemon Vitality Essential Oil

Juice!

Workout of the Month


Healthy Eating Recipe


Mac-and-Cheese-Style Cauliflower

Serves 6

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
2 c. milk
2 c. extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 1/2 c. breadcrumbs
1/2 c. nutritional yeast
2 egg yolks
3 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pinch cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Boil cauliflower in large pot for 5-7 minutes, or until just tender. Drain and reserve 1 c. cooking liquid; set aside. Melt coconut oil in empty pot, whisk in flour and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Whisk in milk, garlic, and reserved cooking liquid; cook 7-10 minutes, or until sauce is thickened, whisking constantly. Remove from heat and stir in cheese, nutritional yeast, cayenne powder, and egg yolks. Fold in cauliflower. Pour into baking dish and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Spray breadcrumbs lightly with oil. Bake 30 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling and breadcrumbs are crisp and lightly browned.

Enjoy!



Essential Oils Mixology


This is the perfect way to quickly freshen up any space!

Clean the Air
4 drops Purification essential oil
4 drops Lemon essential oil

Fill home diffuser with distilled water. Add essential oils. Voila!






About the Author


My name is Lindsay and I once was a Swagerty, too, but I now am a Wampler. I am a Christ-lover and am disciplined to live the life of my dreams! I suck at traveling because I am scared to fly, but I love to explore the cities around me and build a home I love to spend time in. I am a wife, mother of fur babies, occupational therapy graduate student, online health and fitness coach, and a sharer of my love for essential oils! I am also a lover of all things Disney!

You can find me on Facebookmy group page, and Instagram or reach me directly through my email at lindsayannwampler[at]gmail[dot]com. I would love to hear from you!


Let us know if you try any variations of these delicious recipes, challenging workouts, or essential oils mixes in the comments below!!!

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May 29, 2017

Paris: I Love Food and Jazz

This post could literally be divided into three or more posts, but I'm going to keep it succinct for the sake of how many other posts I still "owe" to catch up on!


I can go on and on (and on and on) about Paris: the beauty of all the architecture, how wonderful my friends are, and how much I love the food and the culture. I could even have written an entire post on how unbelievably hospitable my friends were this visit because I was bedridden with the flu for a week and needed them more than ever! But I don't think anyone wants to read about my maladie experiences. You can just know my Paris friends are people I am greatly indebted to and can count on anything for.


This Paris post is about my favorite restaurants and my favorite kind of music.

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On the same day as my wander through the Bois de Boulogne, I made my way to the Marmottan Monet Museum. But instead of going to the museum right away, I ended up making a one-hour stop at a random park gazebo where a group of six older men were playing live jazz! The crowd would come and go between the songs, but I couldn't pull away, it was just too pure and too happy to leave. While the music talent was amateur at best, it didn't matter because I loved every single song.

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It's a fairly common idea to hold that a private backyard or garden is much better to have than a public green space to share with strangers... but no private yard is going to accidentally end up with live music on the weekend to enjoy! It's similar reasoning to thinking that having a car is better than walking. But when we drive, we isolate ourselves inside the car; when we walk, we are among each other and have more interactions. One of the reasons I love big cities is because I am constantly stumbling upon humanity, arts, and creativity wherever I walk.

Last year, I made a point to visit Rue des Thermopyles, and happened upon a delightful little square wedged between two streets called Place Flora Tristan. I marked it on my map to return to try one of the many quaint restaurants, and this trip, I went twice!


I fell in love with the grilled salmon dish at La Place restaurant/hotel. I eat salmon as a go-to dish at new places, but this salmon was perfect in taste, texture, and satisfaction, and I can honestly say it's the best salmon I have ever had. I already can't wait to go back! This square also has another café and a crêperie to boot, so you really can't go wrong with the food here!


An oldie-but-a-goodie was my return to La Crêperie at Place Jacques Amyot in Melun. I know Melun is not "technically" Paris, but it's close enough and thoroughly worth just visiting for the delicious crêpes that await!


(Also good to tie in visits to Château Vaux-le-Vicomte and Château Fontainebleau while you're at it!) No trip to Paris is complete for me without taking the RER all the way to Melun to say "bonjour" to the wonderful owner, Sandrine, and enjoying this adorable square filled with French conversations and the fountain in the background.


A café that I had been wanting to try for a while was the Café de la Grande Mosquée close to the Jardin des Plantes and at the giant mosque in Paris. My American volleyball setter buddy, Kathleen, was on board to try it out with me, and what a cool experience it was!


It was like being back in Morocco all over again, with generous helpings of couscous, delicious vegetables, and perfectly cooked and flavored meats. The interior is absolutely stunning Arabic design, and I really need to find a way to get my hands on one (or ten) of those golden-circular-engraved-tray-tables they have! I love eating in France, in general, but I also love that French cuisine has also been the gateway for me to Moroccan cuisine as well.


Last, but most certainly not least, another music venue to get excited about! If you're going to Paris, make sure you check the calendar for Le Caveau de la Huchette in the Latin Quarter. I made sure to go on their "Mega Swing" night (about 13 Euro cover charge) and had a blast listening to very professional and awesome jazz/swing music and watching some incredible dancers!

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I am slowly getting into the jazz/swing scene after realizing this past year that I actually belong in a 1940s musical. I have limited experience with this era, but every single time I hear the music or watch/try the dancing, I fall more and more deeply in love.


I don't know how it all began, but I can maybe trace it to loving old movies, a Pasadena jazz club during college, a jazz jam session in Barcelona because I didn't know what else to do that evening, and then that epic swing dancing experience in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this spring really confirmed it all! I am looking forward to the next times I am in Paris because I want to check out these other jazz clubs, too: Duc des Lombards, Chez Papa Jazz, and 38 Riv.

What are some of your favorite Parisian food and music haunts?

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