Namaste November

Halloween, you’ll always be one of my very favorite holidays. Any situation where I’m surrounded by chocolate is very happy, indeed, but wearing a costume and partying with friends and family is a bonus, too 😉

I had a blast hanging out with my hibachi chef and sushi roll:

Halloween 10

(It’s basically impossible to get Liv to smile at a self-timer)

We really lucked out with our costumes. I made Liv’s, including her ginger and wasabi headband (will post a how-to on the Family page soon!), the Pilot borrowed his chef hat and jacket from Kyle, and I picked up his chef pants and my tunic at a thrift shop. Skidoosh.

Halloween 11

Bella even liked her costume!

Halloween bell

That is a lie. Look at that stink eye.

She quickly forgot the she hated me as soon as we leashed her up to go trick-or-treating with all of us.

We walked around my dad’s side of the family’s neighborhood and they do up Halloween pretty fiercely. Many of the houses have elaborate light decorations, haunted houses and food, so it’s a lot of fun to walk around and see everything. At one point, a zombie mannequin with sparkly lights attached to it zip-lined across the street last night (Liv was cuddled up in the mei tai and missed it- spooky stuff!). Pure Halloween moment.

We sat on my cousins’ front porch for a while chatting with everyone and saying “Happy Halloween” to the trick-or-treaters.  I thought we would come home, sit on the porch with the Pilot, drinking wine and passing out candy, but when we got back to our neighborhood, it was black. Most of the lights were out, not a trick-or-treater to be seen. Guess it happens pretty early around here, because the bucket of candy I left on the porch was nearly empty.

Wine on the couch instead:

Vino 2

Now we’re in November, which I have to say, I’m a little biased about. It’s my birthday month, my 7 year date-iversary with the Pilot (whoa), and the start of the holiday season. I love the holidays so much, but it can definitely be a hectic time. It’s so important to stay present and truly enjoy all of the moments that make up the holiday season, instead of waiting for a specified date (like Thanksgiving or Christmas) to be thankful for everything that surrounds you. So, I thought it would be a great time for a yoga challenge since I’m endeavoring to create more time to practice yoga in my current fitness routine.


I teamed up with a friend at Challenge Loop to make the challenge even more interactive and fun. You can read all of the details here, join the challenge, download the free app, and check-in: leave a comment using the app, or even better, add a picture. The goal is to get in at least 10 minutes a day of yoga practice. If you’re just beginning, you can check out this post, and here are some ideas on ways to “Om at home.” I really truly love yoga and think it would be exciting to add a little more “Namaste” in our November: sharing light and kindness with others while remaining focused and present.





Are you joining in? Leave a comment on this post and let me know! At the end of the month, I’ll pick a random participant (the more you check-in, the more chances you’ll have to win) to receive a $100 lululemon gift card and a batch of custom macaroons. (<—sponsored by us, not an outside company)


What was your favorite Halloween moment? Mine was when I put on Livi’s shrimp onesie and started gasping at it.

See ya later on the fashion page <3



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  1. Alicia on November 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Totally joining the Namaste November challenge. Will be the perfect way to balance out my half marathon training!

  2. Bee @ thebusybeewrites on November 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Count me in!!

  3. Ashley on November 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Totally joining Namaste November, so excited I actually made it a goal of mine for this month to do yoga every single day. So this is going to be awesome to have a whole group of other people to do it with. Thanks so much!

  4. Allison on November 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks so much for starting this challenge. It was just the kick in that pants I needed to step up my yoga practice. I can’t wait to see what a difference 30 days of continuous practice will make. 😀

  5. kate on November 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Love the push to inspire people to do yoga. Namaste November!

  6. Jess on November 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I just hunkered down to catch up on some posts and saw this! I went to my first yoga class in 4 months this morning. Last night I was talking about how much I need to get back in to my yogi groove! Such a great coincidence!

  7. Antonia on November 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Count me in! Thank you for having this challenge, I need more yoga in my life!

  8. Rachel on November 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I’m totally in! I can never say no to yoga!

  9. Life's a Bowl on November 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    You’re so creative! Precious Halloween costumes, awesome idea!

  10. Emily on November 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Just checking in to say I just got back from my first ever bikram class!

    • Fitnessista on November 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      how was it?!

  11. Tanner on November 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I just accepted the challenge! This is a great idea, thanks for doing it!

  12. Kathryn on November 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Just got home from an amazing hot yoga class!!

  13. Cait the Arty Runnerchick on November 2, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    awww, u guys are WAY too cute!! my sister force dresses up her doggies, they hate it at first but then usually put up with it. 🙂

    wow, big month coming up for you!! holidays seem to be a love/hectic thing for most everyone…just try to ride the wave and take each thing as it comes!

  14. Pritha on November 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    just found your blog and totally loving this idea! its a few days in already but i’m doing it! I’m gonna do it JM yoga meltodwn style

  15. Shelby on November 3, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Count me in for this! I’ve been so sore and know a few poses a day could really help!

  16. Jannifer on November 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I’m starting a bit late, but I want to get in on this challenge. I also plan to do Deepak Chopra’s 21 day meditation challenge that starts Monday:

    If I can keep these up I should have a very peaceful and centered November! I hope those aren’t “famous last words.” Haha

  17. Kim on November 4, 2012 at 12:55 am

    My hot yoga studio is doing a 20 classes in 30 days challenge and I signed up!

  18. Miranda on November 4, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I just sent in a request to join! Great timing, I’ve been wanting to add more yoga to my life!

  19. Lauren on November 4, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I am so in!

  20. Ellie on November 4, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I’ll definitely join in, great idea! 🙂

  21. sara on November 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    my boyfriend just got me a groupon for hot yoga classes so I will be joining in hooray 🙂

  22. Michelle H on November 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Sounds like a good way to get some yoga in my life!

  23. Jeni on November 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Namaste November, late but I am in!

  24. Tracy on November 5, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I’m in! I love yoga!

  25. Megan R. on November 9, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Sounds like something everyone could use in their lives! I’m in.

  26. Marina Chekhovskiy on November 13, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I’m in! my booty is crying from yesterday’s yoga class :'(

  27. Amy on November 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I totally namasted in November. I attended Bikram yoga classes 3-4 times a week and I am feeling really great!

  28. Laura on November 27, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    I like doing yoga at home using videos, it’s so convenient!

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