Monthly Archives: September 2014

An Update on My Life as a Homeowner

Hey there! Hope that you had a fabulous weekend. My weekend was pretty wild (literally – I spent it in the wild!), but more on that later this week.

Since I’ve been a homeowner now for 4 months (whew, where has the time gone?!) and some of you have asked for decor updates, I thought I’d talk today about what life has been like on the house front and show you a few highlights of my place. I’ve certainly been loving life in Southern California since making the decision to move back!


My favorite room in my house is definitely the kitchen, not that this is a surprise to anyone. It’s nice and open with plenty of room, which I can especially appreciate having lived in an apartment with a tiny kitchen in the past.


The house came with wall shelves in the kitchen, which I promptly decorated with my many, many wine glasses. I also have a wine rack and tapestry in another part of the kitchen, and there’s lots of other wine decor around. This room makes the wino in me very happy!

Kitchen Collage

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An Exciting Health Coaching Announcement!

Hi friends!

Today’s post topic is fun stuff you guys, so let’s get to it!

As some of you already know, I became a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a certified health coach last January. I had gotten to this point where I had become fully aware of just how passionate I am about healthy living, and I wanted to somehow spend more of my energy in the wellness field. When I heard about IIN, it immediately clicked for me. My intuition told me that the school would be a perfect fit, and without giving it much time or too much thought, I enrolled.

The IIN Mission Statement

The IIN Mission Statement

Over the course of the year, I’ve been enthralled in the world of heath coaching. The reality of it is that I’ve been unofficially counseling my friends and family for years on how they can be healthier and happier, and the idea of working with others as a wellness professional to help them create their best lives is exhilarating to me. I’m thrilled to be making health coaching an official title of mine, and I can’t wait to get started….

Nicole Crane Health - Logo

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Spicy Vegetable Wonton Soup

A couple of weeks ago, I awoke to a rare sound in Southern California that had me confused about where I was for a moment… pouring rain.

I don’t mind a rainy day here and there – especially when the area is in a serious drought that has caused the water company to restrict the days that I can water my plants – and I find it especially nice to wake up to the sound of rain. I didn’t want to get out of bed, but my mind was immediately awakened to thoughts of food (surprise, surprise!), more specifically the idea of soup.

wonton soup

The rain stopped about 10 minutes later and the sun was shining the rest of the day, but I had made up my mind that I was in the mood for soup for dinner. Around 11 hours later, I was in the kitchen chopping broccoli and folding wonton wraps with a very attentive puppy by my side watching my every move and licking her lips. IMG_5249

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Returning to My Favorite Farmers’ Market: Little Italy Mercato

Hi there!

Hope that you had a great weekend. I was more than ready for the weekend on Friday, and I kicked off my 2 days off with a hike at my favorite trail area with my hubby and this maniac…

Harley hiking 9.19

We hiked for a bit under 2 hours, and it felt so nice to be out in nature after a long week!

Yoga pose 9.19

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My Favorite Fitwall Workout: ‘Gone with the Waist’

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Fitwall. 

Hi friends!

Can you believe that we’re already halfway through September? My month has been a very active one, between Fitwall classes, hiking, strength training, kickboxing and yoga.

Fitwall graphic

You may remember that a few weeks ago I introduced you guys to Fitwall. You can check out my workout overview post here, but the basic gist of Fitwall is that it’s a high-intensity 40-minute strength, cardio, and flexibility class that focuses on training on your own “wall” space, as shown below.

Dog at Fitwall

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IIN Chat: Health & Wellness Quotes I Love

Last weekend I aced my third test for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, which means that I am 75% done with my health coaching certification! Time really does fly when you’re studying and doing work that you’re passionate about and are infinitely interested in.

Being the quote lover that I am, when I was studying for my last test, I noticed some favorite concepts and quotes that I had jotted down throughout my recent lessons. Since I think that you all may enjoy them too, today I thought I’d share them. Let’s get to it!

how we eat

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Creamy Raspberry Chia Smoothie

While every man, woman, and child is talking about making soup and eating pumpkin everything (both of which I love, might I add), it is feeling steamy here in California. The past several days it has been 90 degrees with a strong, shining sun above – which is hot for San Diego County and the weather-spoiled residents of this area!

I definitely will be happy to see 65-75 degree days come back, especially since my house has no air conditioning and it has felt toasty at home. Until that time comes, my smoothie habit is in overdrive, and I’m going to just keep sharing the new recipes I’ve come up with for refreshing liquid meals. Sound good to you?

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Awesome Ways to Eat Apples this Autumn

Happy, happy Friday!


So in case I haven’t told you before, I’m obsessed with fruit. Every type of berry, banana, melon, kiwi, peaches… and the list of fruit that I can’t get enough of goes on and on! Fruit is sweet, it’s a natural whole food, and it can easily be incorporated into a diet in endless ways.

apple slices

Topping the list of my favorite fruits is the illustrious apple. In my household apples disappear quickly. I buy probably a dozen of them every time I make a food store trip, which you think would last for at least a bit with only two people in my house, but they don’t. In fact, I’d love to be eating an apple at this very moment, but we unfortunately ran out yesterday. Each of us eats at least an apple a day. But hey, I’m not complaining, because you know what they say… An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Just why do we say that? Because apples contain lots of goodness, including:

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Date Bites

Any time I have guests in town, I make sure to have some good meal ideas, ingredients on hand to prepare to prepare those yummy meals, and restaurants ideas for a couple of delicious meals out. I’m pretty sure that anyone that knows me expects nothing less – After all, I call myself a foodie for a reason! 🙂

When my mother-in-law was in town visiting a few weeks ago, we enjoyed some pretty awesome eats. We strolled around at the Vista Farmers Market one day….


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5 Delicious Ways to Eat Pancakes + My Go-To Batter

Hello and Happy Monday! Hope that you all had a great weekend.

Let’s dive right into my weekend highlights!


After another awesome workout at Fitwall on Friday, I knew that strength training would need to be kept to a minimum over the weekend so that I could let my sore body recover. On Saturday morning, my little family and I headed to Elfin Forest to hit the trails.

Hiking 9.6

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