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July 2013

  • Sullie’s Cone Head + Headband Giveaway Winners

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    It is the most beautiful day in Charlotte. It was in the 60's when I woke up this morning and now the sun is shining and temperatures are hovering right around 80 with lower humidity. My ideal weather! I headed into the gym to train some early clients before taking off to teach and practice [...]

  • What I’m Reading + The Best Summer Lunch

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    Hi there. I'm back in Charlotte where it seems that things are exactly as I left them. I had to get away because I missed my parents and also because I needed a step back. I find that I have to get out of my day-to-day reality sometimes to gain clarity on the big picture. [...]

  • Hush Puppy Me

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    Much like the rest of the summer, Saturday was a cloudy day. My parents said it's rained almost every day at the beach just like it has in Charlotte. I hung out on the balcony in the morning then went to the farmers market with my parents to get some tomatoes. We swung by Starbucks [...]

  • Sunshine and Peach Pie

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    I'm at the beach with my family. I slept for 10 hours last night and it was that really hard, really restful kind of sleep. I am ready to enjoy my Saturday relaxing but here is a quick look at Friday first. Travel was so easy. All of my flights were not just on time [...]

  • Getting Away

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    Surprise, I'm in the Atlanta Airport. I booked a flight at the last minute to visit my parents for the weekend. I haven't seen them since Christmas and I finally reached the point where I couldn't wait any longer. I ate the egg and cheese off of an egg and cheese sandwich during the first [...]

  • Face Matters: Part Three – Beating Acne and My New Skincare Routine

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    I received a request recently for an update on my skin. I first blogged about my skin struggles a little over two years ago. I was dealing with frequent acne flairs worse than I had ever experienced in my life. For some back story check out this post and I blogged about the amazing feedback/suggestions [...]

  • Celebrating National Ice Cream Day + Weekend In Photos

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    A photo heavy look at the last couple of days of friends, food and ice cream. Late night dinner of cheese, crackers, fruit, meats and wine on Friday after the acro yoga workshop. I'm having this again for dinner tonight! I am fairly certain that I could live off of cheese and meat plates. We [...]

  • Acro Yoga Workshop with Scott Cooper

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    I spent my weekend in an acro yoga workshop being lifted, spun around and turned upside down. Y2 Yoga, the studio where I practice and teach, hosted Scott Cooper this weekend. (photo) What is acro yoga? The AcroYoga website describes it as "a blend of the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics and [...]

  • Bodyweight Burner Workout + Other Friday Stuff

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    Hola and happy Friday. Fun fact: anytime I visit somewhere with a large Spanish speaking population, people always assume I speak Spanish and begin chatting away to me. I do not, in fact, speak Spanish although I certainly wish I did. For whatever reason I was determined to learn French when I was growing up [...]

  • The Most Important Practice: Self-Care

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    Take care of yourself so you are more able to receive. When I take care of myself — sleep, movement, space for not-doingness — then I’m better able to hear and see which way to go. You can’t be tuned in if your head and body are static with fatigue and stress. - Via Danielle [...]

  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

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    Behold peanut butter and chocolate greatness. I have been making these peanut butter chocolate chip bars for three years. I have sent them to blog readers, baked them for parties, taken them to co-workers and even brought them to yoga as a treat for my students on multiple occasions. I have never received a single [...]

  • Homeland: My Experience as an Extra

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    I'm not sure if you guys watch Homeland but if you don't...you should. It's an awesome show with a very engaging and interesting storyline. I have no idea why but Homeland picked Charlotte as their filming location and they are now in their third season of filming here. Facebook was all abuzz last week with [...]

  • Violet Love {Giveaway}

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    Happy Monday! I'm over here battling delayed onset soreness from Saturday's workout that is so bad that my yoga practice this morning consisted of me taking the few chaturangas I did decide to do on my knees, no handstands, no backbends, no arm balances...nadda. I did feel better after I did some stretching in the [...]

  • Baked Lemon-Thyme Risotto

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    Risotto is one of my favorite "let's make dinner feel fancy" foods. It always seems like more of a treat to me than a typical rice/quinoa/cous cous side dish. Now, call me crazy but I love to make risotto the traditional way where you commit to constant stirring for 30 minutes. Give me a glass [...]

  • Where Is Summer? And Scallops, CrossFit Craziness, Baking and Yogi Clothes

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    Well, it's cloudy, raining and unseasonably cool for July in Charlotte again this weekend. It's a trend this summer. I'm seriously not kidding. - Rain has fallen somewhere in Mecklenburg County daily since June 23. - Since June 1, more than 11.7 inches has fallen at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte's official measuring station. That [...]

  • Dinner at The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary

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    During my stay at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island I had the great fortune to have dinner at The Ocean Room. It's quite a special dining experience. The Ocean Room is Kiawah's upscale steakhouse and it's the only steakhouse in the country to have received Forbes 4 Star and AAA 4 Diamond ratings. What I [...]

  • Video Blog: Workout Ruts, CrossFit Questions, Working Out With Injuries & Ashtanga Home Practice

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    Hi everyone. Thank you for your thoughtful (and kind) responses to my last post. I wanted to check in via video today so you could have a chance to see me smiling! I received TONS of great questions on Facebook and Twitter. I wasn't able to answer them all but many will become a full written [...]

  • You Never Know

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    I have been in a really contemplative place lately. I don't know how better to describe it but I'm in major evaluation mode. I'm okay. I'm just thinking about a lot of things and working on a lot of things. This is a good thing. I taught a yoga class this morning and during my [...]

  • Puppies & Pizza

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    It's after midnight. I tried to go to bed but it's 77 degrees in my house, the air conditioner sounds like a freight train and I can't sleep. So hello! Clearly, when the AC guy told me the motor could "go any day now" he wasn't kidding. ;) I'll have to take care of this ASAP [...]

  • Currently…

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    Currently... - The only workout I feel like doing or can get excited about is yoga. I need it in a bad way right now. I've done one strength workout in 2 weeks. Running requires extreme amounts of mental motivation. I did it on vacation because it was my only choice but other than that...nada. [...]

  • July 4 = Friends, Food, Fun & Productivity

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    Hello. I have been absent. And I can't promise this trend won't continue. I'm not sure that I can commit to posting every day right now. There are other things in the works. For example...a little website project. More details to come very, very soon. I'm overflowing with excitement at levels I haven't felt in [...]

  • Sullie is SEVEN!

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    Today is the best kind of birthday. Because it's Sullie's! To be honest, I didn't even remember until I got to work this morning and realized the date but luckily I had her with me so I've been trying to give her extra love and attention today. And yes...I realize that she has no clue [...]

  • On Swirling and Expanding

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    Type, delete. Type, delete. This is how so many of my posts start. "Hey guys, Happy Tuesday!" is NOT working for me today. Blogging is difficult sometimes because there is this whole life thing going on behind the scenes of what I show you every day. And mine has a tendency of late to look [...]

  • Review of The Sanctuary Hotel on Kiawah Island

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    I am going to have to break down my Kiawah experience in several different posts. I thought I would start with a review of the (ridiculously amazing once in a lifetime experience) hotel where I spent four glorious nights, The Sanctuary. (Source) The Sanctuary is the hotel on Kiawah Island Resort which is a golf resort on Johns [...]