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 πŸ˜‰

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

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(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.

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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. Β 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.

Namaste

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,Β 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.

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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)

Roons

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

xoxo

Gina

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186 Comments

  1. Daniela on November 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I’m joining the challenge πŸ™‚

  2. Emily on November 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    I’m so in! I om’d this morning!

  3. Soniathe Mexigarian on November 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I’m so in! Going to download the app now πŸ™‚ I have been wanting more yoga in my life and this is a great way to focus on getting in in there.

  4. Erica D on November 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I’m in! My favorite Halloween memory is dressing up as garden gnomes with two of my friends. Such a random costume idea, but it turned out to be so adorable!

  5. Barb Mc on November 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I’m in, love the giveaway! Thank you!

  6. Steph on November 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Definitely in!

  7. Candice on November 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I am a new reader.
    I’m so in! Going to download the app now. I have been wanting more yoga in my life. Due to family stress & this is a great way to get more. Thanks

  8. Jacqueline on November 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    just signed up for the challenge! whee!

  9. Meghan on November 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I just started getting my om on again and I’m loving it!

  10. Allison on November 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Can’t wait for this challenge! School’s just starting to get hectic and some regular yoga would be great!

  11. Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite on November 1, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I’m soo in the namaste challenge! And super cute halloween costumes- very creative πŸ™‚

  12. Maggie on November 1, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I’m definitely in!!! I’m always trying to get more yoga into my vida πŸ™‚

  13. Megan on November 1, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I’m joining in!

  14. Jaimeson on November 1, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    In for the challenge! Namaste away!

  15. Allison @ Train Eat Repeat on November 1, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    family costumes are so cute! i’m sure i will do that one day haha
    and bella looks so goofy, what a doll

  16. Jennifer on November 1, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I already do 30 minutes of yoga 5 days a week – can’t fit anymore than that in but I’ll be with y’all in spirit the other 2 days.

    I’ve never had sushi – never even been around anyone else eating it so I have to admit Olivia’s costume didn’t ‘click’ with me yesterday but seeing the 3 of you in the picture today it makes sense in my head now. πŸ™‚

    My favorite part of Halloween was about 5 of those new Halloween Cadburry Cream eggs. Love those things at Easter and they were just as good Green. You probably didn’t mean food though so my other favorite part was seeing my niece and nephew (a flapper and a sniper). Who knew they sold sniper outfits (complete with mossy ground cover) for little ones? He was adorable though. (Military sniper uniform just in case anyone might read that as something else.)

  17. Laura on November 1, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I’m in! I have been following a bunch of yogis on Instagram and they are so inspirational. This challenge will encourage me to practice everyday even if its only for 10 min. πŸ™‚

  18. Emily @ www.main-eats.com on November 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Love your family costume-so precious!

  19. Mindi on November 1, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I joined the challenge

  20. melissa lillie on November 1, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    What perfect timing!! I am in!

  21. Lydia @HappyHealthyConfident.com on November 1, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    LOVE LIV’S COSTUME, SHE SURE IS A CUTIE! SOUNDS LIKE A FUN HALLOWEEN!

  22. Amy on November 1, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    So, I signed up, but I don’t have a smart phone or iPad… I’ll try to keep track myself! Just wondering if you’ll be doing a November workout calendar? I’m lacking motivation again and your calendars help!

  23. Holley on November 1, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I’m joining the challenge! Great timing – I’ve been wanting to incorporate more yoga in my life!

  24. laura on November 1, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I’m in! I could always use more yoga in my life

  25. Nikki on November 1, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I’m so in! I just started and I loooove it!

  26. Mari on November 1, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I’m joining the challenge! It’s been a while since I’ve practiced regularly and I need more yoga in my life! This will be a great way to unwind at the end of the day. πŸ™‚

  27. Tonya on November 1, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    I’m in! I did a power flow class tonight in my lululemon yoga pants!

  28. Shaina on November 2, 2012 at 12:16 am

    I’m so in! My yoga practice went way south after having Tripp and I was just talking to the hubs about how I want to get back into it. And I’m DYING for some roons.

  29. Kersha on November 2, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Definitely doing the challenge. I’ve never done yoga and am excited to start now!

  30. Leah o on November 2, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Oh my gosh , love the costumes! So creative. I’m in for the yoga challenge! Such a great idea

  31. Kristin on November 2, 2012 at 12:43 am

    I’m in, I need more yoga in my life right now. I definitely feel like i’m going through withdrawals of some kind.

  32. Katie on November 2, 2012 at 2:18 am

    I’m in. I haven’t done yoga in awhile and I really want to get back into it!

  33. Emma on November 2, 2012 at 4:18 am

    “At one point, a zombie mannequin with sparkly lights ziplined” – Awesome.

    • Fitnessista on November 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      it was!!

  34. Corinne on November 2, 2012 at 6:19 am

    I’m definitely in! Did a 20 min podcast to unwind from work last night – November feels like the perfect time to reboot and get back in touch.

    So excited!

  35. Beth on November 2, 2012 at 6:49 am

    I’m in too! πŸ™‚

  36. Brandy on November 2, 2012 at 6:55 am

    I’ve just been telling myself I need to start putting more yoga back into my life! … It starts now! πŸ™‚

  37. meghan @ struggle muffins on November 2, 2012 at 7:14 am

    I’m in!

  38. coco on November 2, 2012 at 7:20 am

    I’m in! perfect timing for my postpartum plan! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on November 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      whoo hoo!

  39. Sunny on November 2, 2012 at 7:56 am

    I’m in πŸ™‚

  40. Joy on November 2, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I am in! Last night at yoga I was thinking to myself I needed to start each day with a few sun sals and then this was one of the first things I read this morning! Perfect as soon as I get back from walking the poodle I’ll get today’s yoga on!!!

  41. Lisa on November 2, 2012 at 8:26 am

    I’m in! Favorite part of halloween watching a zombie walk of hundreds through the downtown core of the city-very cool.

  42. Amanda on November 2, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I’m in! Today will make 2 for 2 this month. The warmth of a studio – and chatting with yoga friends – is a great cure for a dreary fall day.

  43. Megs on November 2, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I’m in on the challenge- I love having a good motivator to get up early and get my yoga in!

  44. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy on November 2, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I might have to join in on this challenge! You guys all looked so cute in your outfits!

  45. Christina on November 2, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I am in!

  46. Ellen on November 2, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I’m totally there! I need to bring more yoga back into my life.

  47. Molly@This Life Is Sparkling on November 2, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I’m joining the challenge!

  48. Christina D on November 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I can definitely use a little more namaste in my life as the holidays come around, definitely in!

  49. Felica on November 2, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I’m in on the challenge. Unfortunately the app is only for the iPhone right now, but that’s okay, I added a task to my daily calendar. I soooo need to move more period sitting at a desk all day is just plain bad.

  50. Tracey on November 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I will be doing the challenge! Need more yoga in my life to calm my body and help reduce the soreness from all the running I will be doing for the 10k I will be running!

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