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A Day In the Life: Birthday Edition

Hi there! Sorry I’ve been MIA for a couple of days but I was soaking up momma + bday time. Here’s a look at my birthday in photos. It was a great day and I felt so lucky to have my mom here with me for it! 6.16birthdayburpees.jpg It started bright and early at Metro where I coached 6 and 7 a.m. CrossFit. I usually teach Monday evenings but switched with another coach so that I could have the evening off. My athletes celebrated my birthday with 31 birthday burpees in their warm up. They pretty much loved me. 😉 6.16trx.jpg After coaching I squeezed my own workout in. A mile warm up on the treadmill followed by a TRX and weights circuit. 6.16smoothies.jpg.jpg I came home to shower and get ready for a day trip and made green smoothies for me and my mom. She actually loved this combination (but requested only a half…I think she wishes she’d have gone with the full size!). 6.16coffee.jpg We swung through the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru on the way out of town so that I could caffienate and then it the road for the mountains. My mom drove so that I could get a little work done on the way there. 6.16mountains.jpg Less than two hours later we arrived in Blowing Rock. I love how close Charlotte is to the North Carolina mountains. 6.16trail.jpg We started our day with a hike. The Glen Burney Trail starts in downtown Blowing Rock so it’s super convenient. 6.16hike2.jpg It’s around a 1.5 mile out and back trail (3 total) that takes you down a trail that runs along a stream with a lot of small waterfalls. It’s kind of like a nice stroll in the woods with the relaxing sound of running water. 6.16crescent.jpg Of course I had to stop for a yoga shot and of course my mom thought I would fall and be swept down the waterfall. (Glad I didn’t!) 6.16rain.jpg It was all easy going at first but we had been warned that it was brutal on the way back up. The 1.5 miles in is all downhill so the return trip is…fun. (Ask my mom.) It didn’t help that it started thundering and raining on us. I was drenched when we made it back to the trailhead! 6.16beer.jpg Luckily, we had packed an extra set of clothes so after a quick change we were good to go. We decided to have lunch at Storie Street Grille after a quick search on best lunch spots. I started with a Highland Gaelic (beer at lunch on Monday is perfectly acceptable on your birthday). 6.16artichoke.jpg I chose the soup and salad combo for my lunch. This cream of artichoke soup was so delicious. 6.16salad.jpg And my salad was mixed greens, candied pecans, gorgonzola, mandarin oranges and grilled chicken. 6.16chocolate.jpg We made a short stop in Kilwins for a treat after lunch. I got peanut butter fudge dipped in dark chocolate. 6.16store.jpg We spent an hour or so wandering around Blowing Rock and checking out the shops before heading back to Charlotte. My favorite spot was Take Heart. 6.16crown.jpg It was an adorable store full of cozy robes, bath accessories, candles, lotions, jewelry, cards…all kinds of great stuff. I especially loved when my mom told them it was my birthday and they gave me a sparkly silver crown! Every girl should feel like a queen on her birthday. 🙂 6.16bdaydinner.jpg.jpg We got back to Charlotte around 6 p.m. and then I got showered, dressed and ready for dinner at a new restaurant in town that I’ve been dying to try, Stagioni. It DEFINITELY lived up to all the hype and I had a wonderful experience. 6.16octopus.jpg   Grilled octopus with pickled onion, chick peas, lemon and olive oil. 6.16pizza.jpg Melt in your mouth and “mmmmmmmm” every bite pizza with fresh mozzarella, mushrooms, caramelized onions and truffle oil. I love that they serve it whole with pizza shears. I will definitely be returning to the pizza bar for this one over and over again. 6.16veal.jpg Veal saltimbocca over creamy polenta. This dish was incredible. 6.16candle.jpg And cheers to 31. Hoping for a year of growth, love and happiness!

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  • 1
    Linda June 17, 2014, 5:28 pm

    Too funny! We were in Blowing Rock this past weekend and had dinner at Storie Street! Glad you had such a wonderful birthday! I’ve been wondering about Stagioni. Your review and photos have me sold. I can’t wait to try it. 🙂

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    Janice June 17, 2014, 5:55 pm

    Happy Birthday. Looks like you had a very lovely birthday weekend.

  • 3
    Brynn June 17, 2014, 5:58 pm

    Happy birthday!! What a wonderful day

  • 4
    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run June 17, 2014, 6:11 pm

    What a lovely ACTIVE & tasty b-day! So great you could spend the day with Mama. Happy 31st!

  • 5
    Parita @ myinnershakti June 17, 2014, 6:14 pm

    Happy Birthday, Jen! Glad you were able to spend time with your mom!

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    Kait June 17, 2014, 6:50 pm

    Sounds like you had a great birthday! I by the way, I love your day in the life posts! Just made the banana blueberry muffins. Can’t wait to dig into them!

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    allie@sweetpotatobites June 17, 2014, 7:28 pm

    Happy Birthday! Looks like you had a lovely bday weekend. That dinner looks incredible!

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    She Rocks Fitness June 17, 2014, 8:17 pm

    This sounds like an absolute FABULOUS day and I am so glad that you were able to spend it with your Mom! And everything about that dinner looks so so so good. Happy Birthday Darling! XOXO

  • 9
    Kim @ FITsique June 17, 2014, 8:47 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday!!! Looks like you had a fantastic day!! I love the Boone and Blowing Rock areas <3

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    Shashi @ RunninSrilankan(dot)come June 17, 2014, 9:22 pm

    Happy belated birthday Jen!
    What a wonderful day with your mom! Wishing you more happiness and love than your heart can hold!

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    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun June 17, 2014, 9:41 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday!! It looks like a WONDERFUL time!

  • 12
    JennyV June 17, 2014, 10:24 pm

    Happy birthday! How wonderful to have your mom in CLT for your 31st! The hike looked beautiful – rain and all.

  • 13
    Mali June 17, 2014, 10:44 pm

    happy belated bday!

  • 14
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt June 18, 2014, 6:48 am

    Happy Birthday! Being so close to nature and hikes is one of the reason I love living in Asheville! Looks like you had a great time!

  • 15
    Tess June 18, 2014, 7:39 am

    Happy Birthday!! It is awesome that you were able to spend it with your mom:)

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    Molly@ MollysMusingz June 18, 2014, 10:03 am

    What a tasty birthday! Happy 31st!

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    Christin June 18, 2014, 12:50 pm

    Ohhh Blowing Rock is right in my backyard!! (I’m in Boone.) Glad you had fun – Storie Street is one of my favorites. Did you happen to walk in the candle shop on Main Street in Blowing Rock? My parents own that store. 🙂

    Happy Birthday, Jen!!

  • 18
    lisa June 18, 2014, 4:58 pm

    Happy Birthday Jen, You look fabulous and it looks like you had a wonderful day. Cheers to many more years of happiness!

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