Here are a few of my favorites I wanted to share with all of you!  These have been great tools that have personally helped me and many others reach their health and wellness goals.  They are ongoing tools in community, fitness and clean eating that you can incorporate daily into your lifestyle or where you see fit.  Enjoy!

Group Pic Manitou Run Club

Manitou Running Club

In 2012 I decided it was time Manitou Springs had it’s very own run club! It all started because I and so many of my friends love to run (especially love running mountain races)!  So I thought a run club would be a fun way to train for races and to offer a short run / walk for anyone and everyone.  More of a 4 mile fun run for the community!  We run every Wednesday at 6:00 PM, starting at the Manitou Brewing Company through the Garden of the Gods and back.  Plus you get a fun tee-shirt on your tenth run!  Would love for you to join us! Check out our Facebook page below for more details. Interested in being a sponsor? I am happy to share how you and your business can get involved!  Hope to see you there!

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Mechelle Haflich

Fitbody Studio

Meet Mechelle Haflich, or better known as Meche, owner and founder of Fitbody Studio in Colorado Springs, CO.  Meche is also a partner on our Dear Tara team, sharing many tools of health and wellness with others within her own business.  In the world of physical fitness, this gal has it down to a science and has taught me a world of knowledge about our bodies and how miraculous they really are.  Meche started out being my personal trainer, to a great friend, business partner and teacher in physical fitness.  I would encourage you to check out all the great things Fitbody Studio has to offer in health and wellness.
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Tosca Reno

Tosca Reno

I do not know her personally but someday would love to meet her! She has been an inspiration to me in the realm of clean eating! Tosca invented the idea of Clean Eating and what it all entails. Today many of us health nuts have graciously followed in her footsteps creating our own Clean Eating Programs. I have always loved to cook and eat but wanted to have health and the lean machine to go with it. When I discovered Tosca, I realized that you can have it all and eat amazing food. Plus having the extra energy is highly motivating. You can follow her on Tosca is in her 50’s and simply fabulous! You can also check out her amazing body building competitions and her most recent competition where she took first place! Tosca is truly inspiring.
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Green Goes with Everything, Sloan Barnett

Green Goes with Everything

by Sloan Barnett


Book Recommendation – Sloan Barnett is a wife, mother, author and advocate for living green.  Many know her as a TV consumer correspondent and “Today” Show contributor. In this book, she talks about everything green from cleaning products to baby and body care to green environmental efforts.  She shares her personal story of her son and why she switched to green products.  Her knowledge of green goes far beyond cleaning products, she explains how in everything we do we can get rid of the toxins in our life and all around us.  This book is a must have in our house and I personally love giving this as a gift!  A delightful read for anyone wanting to live a healthier life, inside and out!
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Your Personal Guide to Wellness

Your Personal Guide to Wellness

by Jamie McManus, M.D.


Book Recommendation – This book is packed full of information for your wellbeing. Dr. Jamie McManus connects the dots between health, wellness and disease prevention.  “We are living longer-but are we living better”, she states in her book.  She talks about the failure of modern medicine concerning diseases and presents in her book many vehicles in which to help understand our bodies and how to get the most vitality out of life.  I believe that what we put into our bodies is exactly what we get out of them. This book is very refreshing to read, especially coming from a doctor who has a natural perspective on health! Another great tool to have on hand to better your education on health and our bodies.
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My Father’s Daughter

My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness

Gwyneth Paltrow


Book Recommendation – Gwyneth Paltrow has and always will be a favorite actress of mine.  The memories of her movies brings me back to one of my treasured classics, “Great Expectations”. To this day still is one of my favorites! When her book came out I knew it would be something I wanted to read. Plus because I love cooking and am definitely a foodie, I had to buy it!  She also partnered with our “Shaklee Cares” foundation, which donates money to victims in natural disasters, and donated part of her proceeds from this book to “Shaklee Cares”.  I thought what a great gift she was able to give to help so many in need.  Check out her thoughts on why she chose “Shaklee Cares”.  Gwyneth Paltrow & Shaklee Cares Her book displays a variety of delicious food, great stories and the simpleness of family.
A must for everyone’s kitchen!
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