My Fave Breakfast Shakes + My Fitness Resolutions for 2016

Hiking Hawaii's Lanikai Pillboxes

Hiking Hawaii’s Lanikai Pillboxes

So when I’m not traveling or feasting over the Holidays, I swear I love to eat healthy and run! Okay the last part was a joke. I absolutely LOATHE running. I am so jealous of those who crush it in that category; running marathons, Ironmans, half marathons, or even just around the neighborhood in their super cute $200 Lululemon outfit. Sigh. I thought about making running one of my fitness resolutions this New Year, but then I laughed to myself while I drank my 3rd glass of Chardonnay on my 5th episode straight of Making a Murderer.

Running may not be my thing, but since moving to the Pacific Northwest I’ve become obsessed with HIKING! Jury is still out on whether I could live the rest of my life in Washington, but this Summer was stunning and the few hikes I went on awakened my inner Activewear Girl. The beautiful scenery, the smells of the fresh pine trees, the scary feeling of getting somewhat lost and imagining how you would survive until being found, the semi-rage when a geriatric passes you, or someone with a baby on their shoulders, or really everyone, seemingly without even breaking a sweat…..but the best part is obviously making it to the top of the hill (mountain, honestly) and realizing you actually did it without going into cardiac arrest. Then suddenly it was all worth it and a “hiker’s high” takes over and it’s the BEST feeling ever!

But the best hiking isn’t in the Pacific Northwest. Nope by a long shot. It’s in HAWAII. My new favorite place on EARTH. (So far anyway.) I’ve only done a few, nowhere near as much as my sister who actually lives in that island paradise. But I can tell you, there’s no better place to hike….the views will literally kill you. And your reward at the end of the hike is either a rushing waterfall or 360 degree birds’ eye lookout over the entire island. I can’t even right now.

SOOOOO. With all this “New Year, New Me” and #Blessed crap going around right now, hiking once a week, even in the Seattle rain is going to be first fitness resolution for 2016. Here’s my list:

  1. Make a list of best hikes in Northwest Washington, do one once a week.
  2. Go to yoga class once a week.
  3. Do strength training and cardio 4x a week.
  4. Drink more water and take vitamins.
  5. Get back on healthy eating plan (no sugar, gluten, grains, processed foods and limit caffeine, dairy…..and alcohol).

With that said, here are two of my go-to breakfast shakes in the morning. Following the guidelines of Dr. Mark Hyman (my fave health Doc and author), these shakes kickstart your morning by including protein, a healthy fat, fruit (aka Carbs to get you going) and a seed or nut. I don’t normally add a green like spinach or kale, because I makes sure to eat enough of that at lunch or dinner, but you definitely could add it to your shake if you’re into that. IMG_4519 IMG_4520

Cherry Almond Shake + Strawberry Avocado Shake


  • Strawberry Avocado Shake
  • 1 cup of frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 of Avocado
  • 1 scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream Whey Protein Powder
  • 1 tablespoon of flax seeds
  • Water and Ice cubes to personal preference
  • Cherry Almond Shake
  • 1 cup of frozen cherries
  • 1 tablespoon of almond butter
  • 1 scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream Whey Protein Powder
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • Water and Ice cubes to personal preference


  1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend on high to desired consistency.
  2. Drink immediately.

Cheers to a happy, healthy New Year!

The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide Part 2: Ideas for The Working Woman, The Busy Momma, and The Basic Bitch. Plus: Gifts for Him!

Hi!! Hope you’re having fun shopping!

{If you missed Part One (gift ideas for the Traveler, Hostess and Fitness Fanatic) you can find it here!}

I’m traveling this week so I haven’t gotten much shopping done yet, but I’m keeping a close eye on all the sales. P.S. Sign up for your fave stores/brands as most of them are sending out coupons and having mad deals right now duh.

Side Note: We spent the weekend in San Fran and I think I have fallen in love <3 It’s positively dreamy here and today we are heading to NAPA VALLEY!! Can’t wait to post about our trip, look for it in the next few weeks!

Also, FUN NEWS! A few other blogger babes and I will be hosting a loop giveaway in December! Follow me on Instagram @HannahFazioBuck and keep an eye out for a chance to win a Kate Spade Bag + Matching Accessory!

Back to shopping, hope you get inspired from the below gift guides! And HAPPY THANKSGIVING WEEK! christmas gift guide working woman lipstick liaison blog IMG christmas gift guide ideas for moms IMG Christmas gift ideas for the basic bitch lipstick liaison blog IMG christmas gift guide for men lipstick liaison blog

The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide Part 1: Ideas for The Traveler, The Hostess and The Fitness Fanatic

Black Friday is next week and Christmas is right around the corner! I know it seems like the stores start advertising earlier and earlier every year and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the massive amount of shopping so I pulled together some gift ideas for everyone on your list <3

Except kids. Because I’m pretty sure they’re already vocal about what they want….although some can be more subtle than others, like this little girl whose passive-agressive, hint dropping is all of us this time of year.

BTW, the Minimalist Christmas is trending all over Pinterest, and I love the simplistic message it sends! While giving and receiving presents is always fun, it can sometimes overshadow the true meaning of Christmas which is celebrating Christ’s birth and spending cherished time with family and friends!

Therefore the “Min ‘Mas” suggests only buying your little ones:
“Something they Want, Something they Need, Something to Wear, Something to Read!” And focusing more time on Advent Activities, giving back to the community, and fun family time together.

Anyway! It’s always fun shopping for others and hopefully these gift guides will give you a few ideas when deciding what to pick up this holiday season.

Next week I’ll be sharing Part 2 which will feature fun ideas for The Working Woman, The Busy Momma, The Basic Bitch and bonus: gift ideas for the men in your life!

Happy Shopping!

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