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  • Friday I’m In Love

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    Happy Friday and happy Halloween! Back in my advertising days I used to always have "The Cure Fridays" where I listened to The Cure Radio on Pandora as I was wrapping up my work for the week. They're one of my all-time favorite bands. So in the spirit of that, I present you with a [...]

  • Weekend: Day Trip + Seafood Extravaganza + So Much Cake

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    After my riveting Friday night in I actually did have a jam-packed weekend (jam-packed with goodness). After my long run Saturday I headed over to Om Yoga to teach hot vinyasa. Class request was to do handstand work so I had them move their mats against the wall halfway through class and we stayed that [...]

  • Rained Out + Recent Eats

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    Last night was a little bit of a let down. I had plans to see Kings of Leon with some friends but the weather was not cooperating. Our seats were on the lawn and there was an 80% chance of storms and a hazardous weather warning. We decided to chance it anyway and drove to [...]

  • Lately: Pumpkin, Yoga & Game Day

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    Happy Saturday! After a nearly hour and a half weather delay, I'm parked on the couch cheering on the Dawgs! It's game day and it's always a stressful game when we're playing South Carolina. I wore myself earlier today so couch time is welcome. I did my long run early this morning, taught hot yoga, [...]

  • Reducing Food Waste + Recent Eats

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    This is the time of year where I want to buy ALL of the food at the farmers market. I get so sad about the end of summer produce that I buy too much of it. This was the state of my fridge last week. A little much for one, huh!? I'm happy to report that [...]

  • CLT Eats: Fahrenheit & littleSpoon

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    It's only Wednesday but I've already hit up two new Charlotte restaurants this week. Before I share my experiences with these restaurants let me give you my take on the Charlotte restaurant scene as a whole...I do not love it. We have a ton of restaurants in Charlotte and while I feel grateful for the [...]

  • Updates + Summer Loving Eats

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    Happy Monday! I started my week off with 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. clients before coming home to this cutie. Sullie has a case of the Mondays and is being a little lazy but I am ready go GO! That my be in part thanks to the fact that I'm working on my second grande dark [...]

  • Weekend: Baking, Long Run, Movies & More + Weekly Workouts

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    I went into this weekend with no plans other than teaching my normal Saturday and Sunday yoga classes and a long run with a friend. I was totally okay with that since I've been out so much lately but then I ended up having fun plans come together at the last minute on both Friday and Saturday [...]

  • Recent Eats + Perfect Imperfection

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    Good morning and happy Sunday. After days of rain I awoke to a beautiful, cool summer morning here in Charlotte. It's amazing what a little sunshine can do for the soul. Today's recent eats post is...all over the place. You're going to see the last of my vacation eats + what I've had since I [...]

  • A Different Kind of Lately

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    Hi and we made it to Friday. What a week!!! Y'all, for the first time in three years I worked 40 hours in a week in an office job and I'm IN LOVE! I am so passionate about this new project that I'm working on. It's totally lighting me up. Today was our big launch [...]

  • Recent Eats & Renovations

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    Good morning. First, this. The light of my life. Second, this. That would be my gutters, removed from the house, sitting in my front yard. What began as a small repair project has morphed into a whole new ball game. And what began with just replacing my kitchen counter tops has morphed into exterior work, [...]

  • Recent Eats: Eating Out

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    Happy Friday! I am so happy to see the arrival of the weekend. This was a brutal week for me in terms of sleep. I was out every night with various social engagements and up every morning for 5:30 a.m. clients. I do teach on Saturday and Sunday mornings but getting up at 7 a.m. [...]

  • Recent Eats: The Cake Edition

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    Hello and TGIF! Thursday was a beast for me. I had training clients at 5:30 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. followed by a gym management meeting, another training client, teaching hot yoga and book club this afternoon/evening. I arrived home at 10 p.m. and was DONE! One thing I do [...]

  • A Day In the Life: Birthday Edition

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    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! It started bright and early at Metro where I coached [...]

  • Weekend: Massages, Sweets & Shopping

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    Happy Father's Day! I'm doing this weekend a little backwards by spending it with my mom but we did call my dad today to say hi and wish him a happy day! Fun fact, I was born on Father's Day so I always joke with my dad that I was the ultimate gift. I can [...]

  • Making It Worth It

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    I tell my clients, students, friends and family all the time that all the hard work that is put into healthy eating and exercise isn't worth it if you can't live a little and splurge here and there. I put this into practice all the time. Take yesterday for example... My day started with pancakes. [...]

  • Friday Night Out at Good Food

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    Good morning! I'm currently on layover in Atlanta on my way to Florida. My flight left Charlotte this morning at 6 a.m. so that meant a 4 a.m. wake up call. So early but worth it to be at the beach by 9 a.m. I just ate a spinach and feta egg white wrap from [...]

  • A Very Social Weekend (I Put on Real Clothes 4 Days in a Row!)

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    I hope your Monday is off to a great start! I had a yoga private this morning, a coffee meeting and then I shopped and cooked meals for my client. I haven't done a weekend recap in a while because my weekends haven't been much to write about but I thought that putting on real [...]

  • Recent (REALLY GOOD!) Eats + Rethinking Mashed Cauliflower

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    I take back all the mean things that I said about mashed cauliflower. I was too quick to judge! Back in December I made mashed cauliflower at home for the first time. The problem was that I gave it a half-hearted effort and tried to puree it in small batches in my tiny food processor. [...]

  • Recent Eats (All Over the Place!) + Digital Fatigue

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    I hope you're all enjoying the weekend. I didn't get a chance to check in yesterday because the first copy deadline for my book is April 1 and I have been covered up trying to knock that out. I was out with a friend last night and she asked how I was doing. I replied [...]

  • My Vacation Food Philosophy

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    How I eat on vacation can be summed up pretty simply...whatever I want! I consider vacations (and girl's weekends and quick getaways) to be sacred me time and I allow myself to let loose a little and eat, drink, sleep as I please. This goes back to my childhood. My family always spent two weeks [...]

  • Recent Eats: Vacation Edition

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    My eats over the last few days will definitely be different (and so much more beautiful!) than what you are used to seeing. One of the best things about Zoetry resorts (I've now stayed at the one in Punta Cana twice, Puerto Moreles once and there is one more in Cabo that I haven't visited) [...]

  • Weekend: Crazy Curls + Massage + Yoga

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    Good morning and happy Monday! I am setting my intention to have a focused and productive week that includes LOTS of writing for my book. :) Before I dive into the new week, here's a look back at a few weekend highlights. Fun fact: my hair is naturally curly/wavy but I never wear it this [...]

  • Purge Part 2 + Rooster’s Reward Dinner

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    I can't say that this was a fun weekend but it was necessary. Other than a work happy hour on Friday, I had zero social engagements to distract me from the great purge of 2014. I fully own that I had a mini-meltdown last night while I was standing in the middle of the bedroom [...]

  • Weekend: Lulu Trip, Sushi, Yoga & Movies

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    Happy Monday! I hope the week is off to a great start for everyone. I got to sleep until 7:30 this morning so I am feeling pretty amazing after almost 9 hours of sleep. The rest of the week won't be so kind with 5:30 and 6 a.m. clients to I took advantage while I [...]

  • Weekend: Car Shopping, Restaurant Week and Brunch

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    Hi there. I hope everyone had a good Monday. If you had the day off I hope you enjoyed it! First things first, I took this girl into the vet this morning and she received a CLEAN bill of health. I am so grateful. The lump on her belly is, in fact, a lipoma (fatty [...]

  • Saturday with Jay Z & Dinner Uptown

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    Hello and happy Monday. I think it's back to reality for most of us after two weeks of holiday schedules. This is definitely the busy season in the fitness industry. The yoga studios were unbelievably packed over the weekend thanks to a new year and really cold, rainy days. I had over 60 yogis in [...]

  • A Pho-Tastic Start to the Year & Some Shopping Finds

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    Happy second day of 2014! It's cold and gray here in Charlotte but I'm combating that by eating lots of comfort food like oatmeal and grilled cheese and tomato soup and I have a big pot of homemade chicken noodle soup going on the stove for tonight's dinner. And as usual I'm drinking hot tea [...]

  • Weekend: Buddhas, Baking, Movies and More

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    Here are a few weekend photos from the iPhone. Friday evening I swung by Erin McDermott's house to pick up some holiday gifts and ended up wearing this buddha necklace home. I seriously just love everything she makes and she is truly one of the sweetest and most thoughtful women ever. Bathroom tub remodel. I [...]

  • One of Many Jens

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    Hi and happy Sunday! I hope it's been a great weekend for everyone. I attended two very fun holiday parties last night. The first was our staff party for Metro where this photo was taken. It's the "Jen's." There are FOUR Jen's that work for Metro...and we only have 30ish employees. This has pretty much [...]

  • Tupelo Honey Comes to Charlotte

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    In all the visits I have made to Asheville I have never visited one of its most iconic restaurants, Tupelo Honey. The restaurant is located downtown and serves "nouveau Southern" cuisine. The lines are always crazy long so I never visited while visiting Asheville. Tupelo Honey has been expanding in recent years and now has [...]

  • Practicing Gratitude

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    I hope your Thanksgiving week is off to a great start! I taught my regular Sunday morning yoga class yesterday and the message that we focused on was letting this week of Thanksgiving be about actively practicing gratitude and celebrating the abundant blessings in our lives. To begin class I read my yogis the following [...]

  • Cooking, Wine, Yoga & Sullie

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    This was a good weekend full of friends, downtime, puppy love, yoga and cooking. All of my favorite things. I stayed in on Friday night and cooked dinner. I had some beautiful salmon but wanted to try a new method of preparing it. I browsed through some cookbooks and then remembered I had Pinned a [...]

  • Lunch At Rezaz In Biltmore Village + A Peanut Butter Chocolate Bomb

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    We stopped by Biltmore Village for lunch on our way into Asheville on Saturday. There were several restaurants in the village that I had heard great things about but had not tried so I thought it would be a nice change of pace to get out of downtown and explore another area. We tried to [...]

  • Late Visit To Lulu…After Wine…And the bright yellow pants that came home with me.

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    Lately I've gotten into a really nice weekend groove where I've had plenty of time for running errands, farmers market trips, yoga practices and most importantly...being at home where I can get things done around the house, bake, cook and relax. There has been a ton of work done to my house and yard over [...]

  • Week Wrap Up & Welcome November

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    Happy Friday. It's November 1. I cannot believe there are only two months left in this year. I welcomed November by sleeping until 7:45 and skipping early yoga and making a smoothie. Here's a look at some of the other things I've been eating this week. Another oatmeal breakfast. Sandwich and salad lunch. The treat [...]

  • Dinner at La Canoa at Zoetry Parisio de la Bonita

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    During our day trip to scout Zoetry Parisio de la Bonita for an upcoming yoga retreat, we had the opportunity to experience dinner at their AAA four diamond restaurant La Canoa. The restaurant is named for the canoes that are hung from the ceiling. It features a spacious layout with an open kitchen and ocean [...]

  • First Weekend of Fall // Dinner at Rooster’s

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    Hi! Happy weekend! It is an insanely gorgeous day in Charlotte. It was very cloudy on Saturday and rainy Saturday night but I'm grateful that front brought us this sunshine and cool weather. Today is the first day of fall and I can't imagine a more perfect day! I was working on this post after [...]

  • Labor day weekend: from housework to yoga inversions to I am so not meant for clubbing…

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    My Labor Day weekend hasn't provided much of a break from laboring but it sure has been productive. And there has been a bit of fun involved so I can't complain. Housework has continued in full force and the following has been accomplished... - HVAC repaired - Installation of two new toilets - New light [...]

  • A Response & Regular Stuff

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    Good morning. I so appreciate all of your insightful and kind comments on yesterday's post. I guess what I want to say in return is that I have been through an incredible amount of change in my professional and personal life over the past two years. Literally everything has changed. I have experienced a broad [...]

  • We Finally Meet + A New Playlist

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    Sunday was a really special day for me. I finally got to meet three women who I have been interacting with via social media and the blog world for years. I sent a group message to Teri, Miriam (formerly of Bellaspire which she has stepped away from...you've seen her on this blog before) and Leslie [...]

  • Hungry, Hungry!

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    Thursday was one of those days where I was hungry all day long. Nothing satisfied me and I was hungry again an hour after eating a meal. I find the fluctuations in my appetite really interesting.   Breakfast was another "Nutty Fruity" smoothie from Berrybrook Farm. I couldn't stop thinking about how delicious the one [...]

  • Pinkberry + Saturday Stuff + Sushi

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    Some weekend photos for you. It was a perfect mix of fun and un-fun. Fun included everything you see below, un-fun included paying $85 to replace my shattered iPhone screen, having a HVAC technician out to my house for the FOURTH time this summer because my air quit on me again and dealing with a [...]

  • What I Ate + How I Worked Out Wednesday…On Thursday

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    Hola...my intent was to publish this post last night while I was on the couch eating takeout and drinking a glass of wine but I got sidetracked by  HGTV and catching up on reading other blogs. So here is my "What I ate and how I worked out out Wednesday" on a Thursday! I subbed [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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. [...]

  • Anatomy In Asheville

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    Guess where I am? The same place that I am 99% of the time when I go out of town and tell you to guess where. Asheville! I actually haven't been here since last December so I was due a trip. I'm actually here for David Keil's Beyond Basics Yoga Anatomy Workshop. It's a three-day workshop that [...]

  • A Fashion Post (Gasp) + Sushi + Lazy Sunday

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    Part two of my weekend included a shopping trip, sushi and normal Sunday stuff. On Saturday afternoon I made a trip to Nordstrom Rack in search of white jeans (my favorite pair had an unfortunate encounter with red wine at a party that left them beyond saving :cry:). While I didn't find any white jeans [...]

  • Gratitude Overflowing

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    I had the most wonderful Thursday. I feel so grateful for so many things...my job working at Metro not only doing something I love but doing it with amazing people, the friendships I have made here in Charlotte, the opportunity to teach yoga and being a part of the yoga community as a whole and [...]