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Good morning lovelies. It feels good to be up early sharing some things with you. I feel inspired this morning. It’s probably after spending time with some wonderful friends last night over dinner. Girl time is always good for the soul.

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Food is also good for the soul. Our dinner last night was a chicken stir-fry with veggies and fresh blackberries & strawberries. Pair that with a nice glass of pinot noir and I am settled in for the night.

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Also good for the mind and body: Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Green Tea. Once upon a time, a dear friend of mine introduced me to this holiday deliciousness and I haven’t looked back. Don’t even give me that Zen green tea from Starbucks, child’s play people. You need to go Candy Cane Green Tea or go home.

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Plus it’s decaf so you can have it at all hours of the night. I like to think it’s caffeinated during the day to help me have energy for the kiddos I nanny. I had at least 3 mugs yesterday afternoon. ALERT: Trader Joe’s only offers this heaven in a mug at the holidays so zip over there asap. Or if you don’t have a TJ’s near you, call your sister and have her buy you a few boxes to get you through the next week. Thanks Leah!

We traded gifts last night and one of them was Pumpkin Butter with Honey. OMG, these girls know the way to my heart. This morning I mixed it with oats. Pumpkin Butter Oatmeal is the new way to go.

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Fitness

Ok, getting onto the meat of this post. I have a workout for you today. I have been fully immersed in Tina Reale’s Best Body Bootcamp and we are on the last week of the 8 week series. It has been awesome. Well, as awesome as a bootcamp can be 😉 I know some of you are thinking, “Really Natalie? You’ve loved bootcamp?” BUT I’m here to tell you it’s great because I have seen a difference over the last 7 weeks.

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I have slimmed down and toned up. (Side note: I’m taking up an offering for workout clothes, I seriously have the same thing on every time I go to the gym.) Tina challenges you with workouts that you’ve never done before and that don’t leave you bored. You will never do a boring treadmill workout again. Don’t take my word for it, sign up! You have until December 31st to sign up. It’s $25 bucks people. $25 of tailored workouts to help you get started moving in the new year! If anything you have a chance to win $1,000.

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Ok, now on to a new workout. Last week we had a “choose your cardio” day and I came up with this baby. It’s a mix of cardio and toning but will get your heart rate up and you won’t get bored! I linked some of the workouts below the picture in case you don’t know them. Remember to do a 5-10 minute warm-up before and a 5 minute cool down and stretch after. Your body will thank you.

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Finds

Need some Christmas gift inspiration? Here’s some link love for you:

Steep & Cheap: Discount outdoor gear. Perfect for the rugged man or woman in your life. New deals are rotated throughout the day!

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West Elm: One day, when I own a home, I will decorate it with the lovely decor from this site. Until then, I’ll just window icon shop. I could cry at how cute these Owl Measuring Cups are.

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For the Fashionista in your life: Etsy is the way to go for cute, handmade accesories. Look at this cute eggplant headband.

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What are you asking Santa for this year? I need an external drive for my computer, this baby is slow as hell.