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Best of July 2014

August 1, 2014

Thank you all for your incredible support on Wednesday’s post. I feel so grateful to be a part of such an amazing community. I hope together we can shift the dialogue in the healthy living world  to one that is focused on living your best life, and not your skinniest! 

Can we just take a minute to observe the fact that in 27 days I will be a quarter century old? I go back and forth of on how I feel about this but mostly I’m just concerned that before I know it I’ll be 75 and wondering where my life went? Based on how fast this year is going by, this is not out of the realm of possibility.

best of JulyInstead of freaking out about the future, I’m instead going to focus on the past. In preparation for this post I took a walk down memory lane and re-read the last 6 months of my “best of” series. HOLY BALLS this year has been nuts. Not surprisingly, July was no less crazy. And yes, I intend to say that about every month.

So let’s recap this craziness and then discuss some of the exciting endeavours coming up in August (hint: I have 24 of my 25 goals by 25 list to complete by the 27th FML).

your July favs

People always talk about “going viral” on Pinterest and I had no idea what that meant until this post on 25 Gluten-Free Dinner Recipes in Under 30 Minutes post went insaneeeee on Pinterest. You guys are seriously awesome. That or you are all lazy and want quick dinners 😉

Photo Credit: Food Faith Fitness, The Roasted Root, Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Photo Credit: Food Faith Fitness, The Roasted Root, Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Of course oatmeal had to make the list. Now go double check that your peaches aren’t contaminated and then make this Peaches & Cream Overnight Oats recipe.

Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats // thehealthymaven.comBalls balls balls. Yes these Lemon Vanilla Energy Balls came with me to Yellowstone. I might be the first person to eat a ball at Old Faithful.

Lemon Vanilla Energy Balls // thehealthymaven.comYes, you read that correctly. I did indeed come up with a recipe for gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo Blueberry Salted Caramel Popsicles. Don’t ask me how, it was kind of an out-of-body experience.

Blueberry Salted Caramel Popsicles // #glutenfree #vegan #paleoEven harder to believe than those popsicles is the fact that I made a recipe that is EASY! The hardest part about this Easy Blender Gazpacho is having to wait the couple of hours for the flavours to meld!

Easy Blender Gazpacho // thehealthymaven.comSince I spent most of July on my trip out West, I don’t have that many other posts from this past month. I decided instead of picking my July favs (most of which are the same as your July favs!), I would pull some of my older favourites from the archives. These are all meals that I love or posts that I think deserve a little more loving. I’ve included some serious throwbacks if you want to get a sense of what THM was like when I first started!

from the archivesStrawberry picking is still on my Summer 2014 Bucket List. With all of the travelling it’s been hard to find time to go, but next weekend I plan to grab some of the first batch of Fall strawberries before whipping up this Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oatmeal!

Strawberry shortcake baked oatmealI threw this Summer 2014 Playlist on as some extra swag for last month’s Best of June post but I’m convinced that not enough of you have listened to it. DO IT. Your ears will thank me.

Summer 2014 Playlist // thehealthymaven.comYou may want to whip up these babies in prep for an EPIC recipe I have coming for ya. Plus they’re raw healthy oreos…I mean come onnnnn.

Raw Oreo Cookies // thehealthymaven.comA lot of you seemed to connect with my post on Wednesday on The Secret To Skinny. I wanted to remind everyone who is struggling with their weight or feels uncomfortable in their skin that health is not always about how you look. Our minds play a more important role than we realize so don’t forget to nourish your soul along with your body and fight to have and keep a healthy mindset.

Having a healthy mindsetFinally, let’s all have a good laugh at my overly expressive hands and hilarious speaking voice. You might learn a thing or two about why You Should Start Building Your Email Subscribers Today!

So what could I possibly do to top July? Well for the first time in a while, not a whole lot. While I have many other projects happening behind the scenes, not much will be changing around THM. I’m working on some super exciting activities outside of the scope of THM that I KNOW you will be stoked about, but I can’t tell you about those just yet 😉 In the meantime here’s what I can tell you about August!

coming up in august-Since I seemingly cannot stay in one place, I’ll be heading to Boston and Martha’s Vineyard for a few days! Can’t wait to see my friends and fam and disconnect with a side of lobster.

-Another video! I promised you a follow-up to my video on email subscribers and how to increase them so I shall deliver.

-I turn the big 2-5. Hold me.

-Rekindling with ma ladies for an awesome round-up you do not want to miss!

-More delicious recipes! Okay, this is a lame cop-out. You would be getting this anyway. Requests welcome though!

That’s all I’ve got for you today. I’m off to disconnect for the weekend at my friend’s cabin. She’s teaching me to play Mahjong. 25 going on 80.

What were the highlights of your July? Anything exciting happening for you in August?


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    Kim @ BusyBod
    August 4, 2014 at 6:41 am

    OMG I FORGOT YOU ARE COMING TO BOSTON!!!!!!!!!! I am a terrible blend but pleaseeee if you think you will have time let me know. I would love to meet up if I will be here (we have a few weddings). If it doesn’t work out, I feel like I just met you anyway since I finally got to watch your video, adorable! And informative of course, you sound so maveny (is that a word?)! 🙂

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    Mary Frances
    August 2, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    You are going to rock the quarter century thang. I just know it. (Side note – had no idea your bday was right after mine!) And yes, we are lazy. The truth is out, none of us really love cooking at 5 pm. But yes, we all love you and your sweet desserts 🙂 Here is to an amazing August!

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    August 2, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    July was fun with lots of Portland trips (aka 2). I seriously need to check in with my goals for 25… I was thinking about that running… but on my to-do list today… SIGN UP FOR A MARATHON WTF I AM NUTS. Miss you, can’t wait for our Skype sesh next week xoxo

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