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Yoga flow to connect body and mind

We’re back from our whirlwind trip to Europe and the adrenaline rush of watching the ladies win the World Cup is finally starting to wear off—and the jet lag is setting in. After days filled with excitement, late bedtimes, and zero routines, we’re trying to get back into the swing of things here at home with varying degrees of success. This workout has been a great way to re-center and

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Why gardening with kids is worth the mess

Ever since we decided to move to Austin, I’ve dreamt of owning a ranch. Maybe it was my childhood in the mountains of Idaho, but I’ve always had a romantic idea of learning to live off the land. The classic western cowboy life—horses roaming in the backyard, peacocks lose, maybe a pond with ducks and gathering eggs for breakfast in the morning. We got the chicken and the egg part

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Father’s Day Gifts That Give Back

Jared Padalecki enjoying Father’s Day with his kids

One of the things I love about Jared is the sense of adventure and love for the outdoors that he nurtures in our children. Whether it’s bike riding, boating or feeding our chickens, nature is part of our family values. One particular adventure Jared loves is taking our kiddos to Lake Austin where they explore the coves, fish, water ski and soak in the sun. We’re hoping the weather cooperates

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Berry Compote Breakfast Bowl

Breakfast Bowl With Homemade Almond Milk

I’m always looking for simple, healthy meals I can prep on Sundays that will help minimize the chaos of the coming week. A new favorite is this fruit-filled breakfast bowl from our talented friend and chef, Brock Lane. We first met Brock around [American] Thanksgiving in Vancouver. Jared and I were gearing up to run the Seattle marathon (half-marathon for me) and realized our holiday diet of green bean casserole

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Maxi dresses you can wear anywhere

Genevieve Padalecki wearing a maxi dress

Schools out for summer and I am officially ready to dress like it. Screw early morning wake-ups, rushing grumpy kids out the door and dressing like I don’t give a sh*t.  I can’t wait to sleep in (even just an extra 15 minutes!) and enjoy summer—and my summer uniform: maxi dresses. Long flowy dresses are my warm weather staple, perfect for a day in the sun with my family or

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5 Life lessons from running my first marathon

It’s officially been one month since I crossed the finish line at the Boston marathon with tears streaming down my face and legs that felt like jello. Nothing went as I’d planned—like most things in life—but I still wouldn’t change a thing. Now that it’s all over, I can’t help but feel like I’m missing something. After months of nonstop training, it’s a little strange to have so much free

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Homemade Sweetness: Mother’s Day Cake

Mothers Day Dessert - Gluten-Free Cake

Some years I’m all about taking some “me time” on Mother’s Day, but this year I’m craving more family-filled days like the ones I grew up with. To celebrate our mom, my siblings and I would take over the kitchen and make stacks of homemade pancakes and bring her Constant Comment tea in bed (her favorite). The mess we made drove her a little crazy, but she couldn’t help but

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Mother’s Day Gifts That Empower Women

Gen enjoying with her daughter Odette

I love an excuse to treat the mothers who inspire and support me in my life. And what better way to celebrate them than with thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts that also lift up and empower women? From improving maternal care and mental health programs to life-changing job opportunities for female entrepreneurs, each of these unique Mother’s Day gifts help to better the lives of women around the world in ways both

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A Total Body Workout You Can Do At Home

Genevieve during her full body workout routine

When I began marathon training, it seemed like the perfect excuse to skip my weight workouts. Because, let’s be real, who has time to run that many miles AND strength train?? But, I quickly learned that all that running required some serious support—and not just from workout buddies. I was getting injuries—the main one being my knee—and realized that keeping my strength was critical to keeping my body healthy. I

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The Five Reasons Why I Run

To be honest, I thought I’d hang up my running shoes for a few weeks (or months) after the marathon was over. But when Lululemon asked me to participate in their campaign to promote running with purpose, I couldn’t resist lacing up again. I truly believe that running has the power to change your life. It’s why I ran the marathon for Dream Big! And it’s why I’ve been sharing

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