Best Beast Swag for Marshawn Lynch’s return to Seattle

Finding tickets to this weekend’s game was already a tough get considering how much is on the line. Add Marshawn Lynch’s homecoming and I’m convinced all of Western Washington will hear the roars coming out of Century Link. (Side note: Who do I know that can sneak me in under a coat or something? …I’m only half kidding.)

My friend Gee Scott described this scenario perfectly.

https://twitter.com/GeeScottSr/status/1209305747810476034?s=20

First, I’ve got to applaud Gee’s knowledge of Hallmark movies. Second, THE BEAST IS BAAACK!!!

My first instinct when I heard the news that Marshawn MIGHT be coming back was to hop online and find new swag I could get my hands on ASAP. While some are dusting off their classic #24 jersey, others like me had to find something new. Leave it to Beastmode himself to have everything on the ready.

Beast Mode Apparel

The Beast Mode store (which was one of the smartest things Marshawn’s ever done from a branding and marketing standpoint but I digress) already has the “Unfinished Business” line on their site. My pick is this hoodie that comes in sizes S – 3XL but they also have a few other t-shirt options.

Here are some other great Beastmode apparel options that I’ve found ranked in no particular order:

Lady 12 Fashion

One of the reasons I love Lady 12 is because of their size inclusivity. This blinged-out hoodie is available in sizes S – 4XL for $49.99. Purchase before 2p PST and they promise to ship it out the same day.

Simply Seattle

Simply Seattle is simply the best. Their team is, hands down, the quickest to jump on a trend with one-of-a-kind swag that’s also budget-friendly. The Beast Is Back Rally tee is only $10 bucks! It comes in sizes S – 4XL and they guarantee to have it in your hand by the first playoff game.

Charlie Pete

A not-so-shameless plug for my own store, Charlie Pete. This probably isn’t the best thing to wear in the freezing cold weather BUT I still think this Throwback SEA Tank is a must for any 12. (Yes, I’m 100% biased.)

Fly Fit Brand

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1jVx7VA9ul/

If you’re looking for custom gear and can be a little patient, Fly Fit Brand might be the option for you. They offer a TON of different options and based on their Instagram it looks like they outfit several of the player’s wives and families.

Seahawks Pro Shop

It looks like the tried and true Pro Shop found some old jerseys and added them to their site again. (I looked earlier in the week and they had none up but luckily that’s changed.) If you’re like me and haven’t pulled the plug on a jersey yet, this might be the time to do it.

Regardless of what you wear, this weekend is going to be something for the record books in Seattle. There’s something in the air that’s indescribable. It reminds me a lot of the days leading up to the Super Bowl championship where the stereotypical “Seattle freeze” was non-existent. The world is filled with so much negativity and it’s nice to be able to escape, even if for just a bit, with the help of Marshawn Lynch. WELCOME HOME BEASTMODE!

Pasta, Pretty Please

I’m completely obsessed with watching women who take charge and break the mold. 💪🏼 SaltySeattle is the kind of person we all need in our lives. Encouraging, supporting and empowering those around her. Meet Linda Miller Nicholson.

Full disclosure: When my producer suggested television segments with this “Instafamous pasta lady” I had no idea who she was. It didn’t take too long to figure out why Salty Seattle has nearly 200k Instagram followers! A colorful feed, comments from celebrities like supermodel Gigi Hadid (I thought models didn’t eat carbs?!), Linda is a masterful blend of relatable and aspirational.

Throughout the past few months, we’ve become great friends and even hatched a plan to set our parents up and become step-sisters. But long before our rosé-infused ideas, Linda had one to become an author. This week her book, “Pasta, Pretty Please” launches nationwide. I picked mine up on Amazon and reading the details made my mouth water.

“The pasta ninja and Instagram star Linda Miller Nicholson delivers her first cookbook, a stunning cornucopia of pasta in every color and shape, all created by hand using all-natural colors from vegetables, herbs, and superfoods—and including 25 dough recipes, 33 traditional and modern shaping techniques, and the perfect fillings and sauces to make your creations sing!

Linda Miller Nicholson began making pasta at age four, but started adding color to it several years ago to entice her son to eat more vegetables. Her creations became a viral sensation, attracting fans worldwide who are mesmerized by her colorful and flavorful designs. Now, with Pasta, Pretty Please home cooks can create dreamy, dazzling pastas in their own kitchens using only all-natural ingredients—flour, eggs, vegetables, herbs, and superfoods—that are true works of art.

Playful and inviting, Pasta, Pretty Please includes recipes, techniques, tips, and inspiration. Linda starts with recipes for basic doughs—standard egg dough, various gnocchi doughs—and works her way up to recipes for dough in many colorful shades. She teaches you just how many colors are pastable and what kinds of pigmented vegetables, fruits, and spices you can use to color your pasta—such as mixing turmeric with parsley for just the right shade of chartreuse, or using activated charcoal powder to create black pasta. She also shows you how to roll out dough, cut and form many pasta shapes, and gives tips for retaining brilliant colors even when cooked.

Once you’ve mastered the basics, you’ll find recipes for more elaborate patterns and colors that are sure to impress your family and friends. Linda reveals how to layer colors to make multi-colored doughs in recipes including:

  • Rainbow Cavatelli
  • Polka Dot Farfalle
  • Emoji Ravioli
  • Avocado Gnocchi
  • Hearts and Stripes Pappardelle
  • Argyle Lasagna Sheets
  • 6-Colored Fettucine

You’ll also find recipes for spectacular sauces and fillings, such as:

  • Golden Milk Ragu
  • Pecorino Pepper Sauce with Broccolini
  • Roasted Tomatoes with Basil Oil and Burrata
  • Spiced Lamb Yogurt Sauce
  • Rustic Squash Filling
  • Classic Ricotta Filling
  • Pepperoni Pizza Filling

Featuring beautiful pasta in a rainbow of colors and a variety of shapes, patterns, and sizes, Pasta, Pretty Please is an artistic treasure trove that will please the eye and the palate. Buon Appetito!”

Pick up the book, support this amazing boss babe, and check her out on Q13 News This Morning on Monday, October 22nd with me!

Thank You & Goodbye to 100.7 The Wolf

It was a journey that moved me from Michigan to the Great Northwest and oh what a wonderful adventure it’s been. My time on the radio at 100.7 The Wolf comes to an end and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities I was given over the past 6 years. Along with change comes questions and I hope the video explains everything! xo.

Try To Say, “No,” To These Faces. I Dare You!

Motley Zoo Animal Rescue

2017 was the year my dog, Charlie, and I opened our hearts to puppies looking for their forever homes. Motley Zoo Animal Rescue is a community made up of volunteers. Volunteers who give their time to run the Rock Star Treatment Daycare, foster animals that are still awaiting their forever homes, help to operate adoption events throughout the Seattle area, and help raise donations both large and small to help further their life-saving mission. Meet the 7 reasons that make me proud to be part of this community.

1. Foster Fred. Man, this guy. He’ll always be special.

2) Stan (now known as Nacho Bacon.)

3, 4 & 5) Leonard (now goes by Russell), Amy (who’s now Daisy) and Howard (who still goes by Howie!)

6 and 7) Elliot (known now as Doobie) and Michael

Fostering is the most rewarding and heartbreaking thing. I cry every time my babies go to their forever homes but they’re tears of joy because they’ll be safe and I can help more buddies. Please consider donating to Motley Zoo Animal Rescue as they are fully funded by the kindness of others like you!

Flaunt Your Curves

An email came my way asking if I wanted to collaborate with a bathing suit company. Instantly I thought, “Absolutely not!” As I searched for the “delete” button, the name of the brand caught my attention. I got my ass off the couch, walked into my closet, and dug deep to find the one bathing suit I’ve had for years. I only have one in case of emergencies because there’s no way I’d wear it unless I absolutely had to.

I check the tag and at that moment I realize why the brand sounds so familiar. Coco Reef was the name of the company that wanted to collaborate. Coco Reef was the name of the ONE bathing suit that I owned because I loved the way it fit me. This was fate.

There’s an ever growing movement to embrace body positivity. We come in all shapes and sizes so why not celebrate every body? Truth be told, the thought of getting into a bathing suit was terrifying let alone the idea of having to post pics on the internet where they could haunt me forever. But in honor of the women who flaunt their shape like model Hunter McGrady, I decided to suck it up (both my courage and my gut) and do this.

There’s strength in numbers, right? Cue my dear friend Deanna Cruz. We couldn’t be more different and alike all at the same time. Let’s point out the obvious. I’m roughly 100 pounds heavier than her. Yeah, you read that right. ONE HUNDRED. Why on EARTH would I think asking her to join this campaign would be a good idea?

Deanna’s an avid cross fitter while I’m an avid Netflix watcher. Her go to food is protein peanut butter and I’d happily live on French fries if I could. From the beginning of our friendship, neither of us ever saw size. Maybe it’s because we’re in our thirties? Or maybe it’s because she’s a genuinely amazing human being who spreads nothing but love and kindness to everyone around her.

It took a little convincing though. Imagine that! The thick girl had to twist the fit girl’s arm into posing in a bathing suit. Eventually Deanna agreed and on one of the first sunny summer days in Seattle, we took our imperfect bodies to the beach. As you can imagine we weren’t the only ones with the bright idea to soak up some vitamin D and the place was packed! Add another level of insecurity to the mix but we took off our cover-ups and got to shooting.

I’ll admit. I felt like I had to be the confident one since I knew Deanna was nervous. Eventually, I wasn’t just acting confident…I was confident! I’m imperfect. I’ve got dimples on the backs of my legs and a keg on my waist compared to my friend’s hard earned six pack of abs. Am I happy with the way that my body looks? Nope. But it’s a work in progress and progress won’t be made until I start being kind to myself.

So, this is us. These photos are unedited. Yes, we had a great day and a super talented photographer, but these are raw images. 100% real.

Here’s hoping that more of us feel the courage to flaunt our shapes in public. Ok, maybe not on social media but what about in your own backyard? Do you dare go to the beach with some close gal pals? How about simply sharing this blog post to encourage others to embrace their shape, no matter how big or small. If the size of your clothes bothers you, rip the tag out. Confidence truly is a one-size-fits-all piece that can, and should, be added to everyone’s closet.

Want to add Coco Reef to your bathing suit collection? Snag 20% off with the code Ellen20 at www.cocoreefswim.com
Thank you to Annie B. Stills for the amazing photos.

Hailey’s Halloween as…ME?!

Hailey and her very own Charlie!

We asked kids on the show what they were going to be for Halloween. Hailey text in saying she was dressing up as me. I couldn’t believe it! Mom promised her a stuffed replica of my pup, Charlie, to complete her costume. What Hailey didn’t know is that her mom & I were surprising her with a trip to Build-A-Bear. Be prepared for all the feels as you watch this…