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  • Let’s Hear It for the Boys + Larabar Giveaway

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    Hi and HAPPY FRIDAY! Weekends don't really truly exist for me since I teach on Saturdays and Sundays and always end up doing blog/writing/marketing work too but I do love them because I get to sleep a little later. After five days of getting up at 5 a.m., I welcome the opportunity to sleep until 7 or 8. [...]

  • Happy Friday! Erin McDermott Jewelry Giveaway

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    Happy Friday! In celebration of an amazing week full of growth and new beginnings, I have a sweet giveaway and discount for you today from my friend Erin McDermott. Erin and I have been working together for over two years to support each other in pursuing our goals and passions (read about how we connected [...]

  • Staying Active Outdoors When the Temperature Drops + Gear to Keep Me Warm

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    If you've been reading my blog for any length of time you know that I am so cold natured and hate being cold. Thus my love for hot yoga, hot tea, hot summer runs (yes, I'm one of those crazy people who doesn't mind running in the heat), the space heater that sits next to [...]

  • Millchap Sweet Potato Co. Granola + Crackers {Review & Giveaway!}

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    Most of you know that I'm all about supporting women who are business owners...especially when they're part of my local community. Recently I was introduced to Michelle Miller and Jennifer Chapman through a yoga student. They own Millchap Sweet Potato Co. here in Charlotte and produce a line of amazing sweet potato based granola and [...]

  • Half Marathon Training: New Shoes & Socks

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    I've completed five weeks of my half marathon training plan and there are six weeks (42 days!) left until race day! Up to this point I have not missed a single scheduled training run. I think that may be a training plan record for me! This morning my alarm went off at the early hour [...]

  • Misery + My First Must Have Box

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    I am a little bit miserable right now. I got stung by a yellow jacket on Monday when I was mowing the lawn (yes...you read that right) and while it really hurt for a couple of hours after I got stung, it seemed to be fine after the initial pain wore off. Well, I woke [...]

  • My New Favorite Lululemon Outfit for Running and Workouts

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    Happy, happy Friday! We are pretty excited about the weekend over here. It's going to be an active but fun one. I'm running the OrthoCarolina Classic 5K on Saturday morning (Charlotte readers...join me!!!) to represent Run Charlotte Run and then heading over to Metro CrossFit for our third annual Throwdown. I'm all signed up for a [...]

  • Compression, Stability and Support: New ACE Brand Elastic Bandage {Giveaway}

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    For years my preferred method of securing ice packs to my body is with ACE™ Brand Bandages. I used them regularly throughout my high school cheerleading/tumbling days after (many!) bumps and falls and I felt like I was always icing something after long runs during my running days. Recently, I was offered an opportunity to test and [...]

  • After the Review: Follow Up on Results and Continued Use

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    Hi and hope everyone is having a nice weekend. I'm in Georgia visiting with my family. My parents are in town this weekend so I decided to come too. I was thinking that I do a lot of product reviews but not a lot of follow ups. I wanted to do a post today on [...]

  • Silk Almond Coconut Blend: The Perfect Non-Dairy Milk Option

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    When I was in college I ate one of two things for breakfast, a bagel with cream cheese or jelly or Kashi Go Lean Crunch Cereal with vanilla soy milk. While times have certainly changed in regards to my breakfast preferences, one thing that hasn't changed is my love for milk substitutes like soy, almond [...]

  • Farm Fresh to Your Door from Bella Bean Organics

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    Several weeks ago I received an email from North Carolina company Bella Bean Organics. They are a farmer grown and farmer owned GMO-free, organic food delivery service based out of Hillsborough. They work with farms around NC to deliver produce, meats and artisan goods to consumers in NC, SC, VA, DC and Maryland. They've also [...]

  • Creating a Healthy & Relaxing Evening Routine: vitafusion Review & Giveaway

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    Before I started my full-time fitness, yoga and writing career, I spent six years working a traditional 9-5 in marketing and advertising. When I had a desk job, my routine was pretty set Monday-Friday. Get up, workout, work, lunch break, work, evening activities, dinner, relax, repeat. My schedule rarely varied and things kind of ran [...]

  • Radiant Summer Skin with St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion {Video Review & Giveaway}

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    It seems that I have become a bit of an expert on all things related to taking care of my skin but it's necessary due to my lifestyle and career. I spend hours each day sweating and working in gyms and yoga studios. In turn, I usually end up taking two to three showers every [...]

  • A Day of Meals with MorningStar Farms {Giveaway}

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    I have been buying veggie burgers since I was in college. MorningStar Farms was one of the first brands that I ever tried. 10 years ago they were one of the only brands of veggie burgers! When I first started eating veggie burgers I ate them like a straight up burger. Over the years I [...]

  • Giving Up the Flat Iron, Pancakes & Winners

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    Hi there! I have loved your enthusiasm this week about froyo, Coldplay and Target. Read to the end of the post for the giveaway winners! :) I have a little more shopping to share with you + some delicious recent eats. Talk about stores that suck you in and make you spend more money than [...]

  • Two Sweet Giveaways

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    Good evening. Hope it was a good day. I'm about to make it a little brighter with two SWEET giveaways! TCBY is now offering a dairy-free frozen yogurt made from Silk Almond Milk. I swung by on my way home from working out, training and teaching at the gym tonight for a little sweet treat. [...]

  • My Six Favorite Hot Teas

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    I love hot tea and typically drink at least two cups each day and some days it's upwards of 4. I credit my mom for this as she was always making tea and offering me a cup when I was growing up. I should have taken a picture of her tea stash when I went [...]

  • Take A Walk In My (Comfy!) Shoes: Reebok SkyScape Review & Giveaway

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    When said goodbye to my 9-5 desk job and hung up my suits and dress clothes, I gained a new appreciation for comfortable shoes given that my new profession requires a lot of time on the go and on my feet. Given that I was never really a sneaker girl before, I have gained a [...]

  • Blogiversary Extravaganza: Erin McDermott Jewelry Giveaway

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    Hello, hello! I hope that Wednesday was kind to you...if it wasn't I'm about to make it better for you with a SWEET giveaway! :) I had a pretty solid Wednesday. It started out with teaching my 6:30 a.m. yoga class at Y2. My yogis were out in full force for some hot yoga and [...]

  • Tommie Copper Compression Capris {Review + Giveaway}

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    Welcome to day one of the PBR 4 year blogiversary week extravaganza. Today I have a review of a new compression wear line that I have recently tested, Tommie Copper. Tommie Copper was founded in 2010 with the goal of offering products that would speed muscle and joint recovery and help find relief from aches [...]

  • Glowing Green Ginger Power Smoothie {Recipe}

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    This post is sponsored by Dole.  We're 11 days into Green Smoothie April and my favorite smoothie so far has been my green ginger creation. I've made it three times now and I have the recipe just right and ready to share with you! What I love most about this smoothie is that it's almost [...]

  • New Beauty Products I’m Loving: Latisse, Jane Iredell & Vitamin C

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    I can't tell you how amazing it's been to meet with an esthetician monthly to talk about my skin as part of my partnership with Carolina Facial Plastics. I truly feel that we are on the path to a long-term sustainable skincare routine that I can stick with for years and years to come! Today [...]

  • 2014 Health Madness + Experiencing upwave

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    Happy first day of April and first day of the April Smoothie Challenge! I kicked off the new month with a 4:50 a.m. wake up to train clients, breakfast and teaching yoga. I wanted to get my green smoothie in first thing today so breakfast after training clients was a green smoothie, a peanut butter [...]

  • For Your Entertainment: Zombies, Books, Movies & More

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    Thanks for all of the thoughtful discussion yesterday's strength training post. Keep those questions coming and again, please let me know if there are any specific fitness topics you'd like me to address in these "weekly workout" posts. I'm going to take a little more of a lighthearted approach with today's post and share with [...]

  • Loving Lately: Food Edition

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    This week's posts have been heavy on the food topics and I've got another one for you today. I will try to get a new workout up for you tomorrow. Any requests? I'm thinking lots of squats! :) I always like to get recommendations from others on new food products to try. I have discovered [...]

  • ALDI Smoothie Challenge + Dinner (Tons of Recipes!)

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    Happy Wednesday! It's a gloomy day here in Charlotte but good for productivity. I just finished teaching yoga and having coffee with a friend and now I'm hunkered down getting work done. I'm so excited to share more of my ALDI test kitchen visit with you today. You can catch up on part one in [...]

  • An Afternoon in the ALDI Test Kitchen {Giveaway!}

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    I've spent the last month serving as a short-term blog ambassador for ALDI to bring awareness to not only their brand and the unique shopping and saving experience they provide but also their new focus on providing customers with nutritious and affordable food. ALDI recently launched a new organics line, Simply Nature, and introduced organic [...]

  • Packing More Protein Into Breakfast with AllWhites Egg Whites {Recipe & Giveaway}

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    Breakfast is an important meal that I never skip. There are so many benefits of eating breakfast including higher energy levels, increased mental focus, better portion control throughout the day, metabolism boost and maintaining body weight. My struggle with breakfast is getting enough protein. I blogged about how important protein is as a part of [...]

  • Protein Takes You Places {Review & Giveaway}

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    One of the  most challenging aspects of my all over the place schedule is making sure that I fuel myself properly given often long stretches between meals and late dinners. I always make sure to eat a substantial breakfast, lunch and dinner but I often find myself needing a good snack, especially in the afternoon. [...]

  • Suave Professionals® and a $1,000 Visa gift card giveaway!

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    Over the last few years I have become a big fan of Moroccan argan oil products for my hair and I use a Moroccan oil shampoo and a serum daily. I've had great results with how much moisture and shine these products add to my hair. Recently, I was offered an opportunity to try a [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts + Brady Bands Giveaway

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    Happy Super Bowl Sunday! (Yesterday someone asked me what I was doing for the game and I asked them, "what game is even on tomorrow?" True story.) I'm checking in with my weekly workout recap but I also have a fun giveaway for you at the end so read on! Overall, it was a great [...]

  • Updates, Big News & Winner

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    It's only noon but I've been going since 5 a.m. Three clients trained, 150 burpees done, yoga practice and shower. I'm happy to be sitting down in front of the computer for a bit! Today I have several updates for you, some big news and the Yogi Clothing giveaway winner. SNOW! It did snow in [...]

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Protein Smoothie {Recipe}

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    Recently I had the opportunity to combine two of the things that I love the most... Green smoothies... And peanut butter. Not just any peanut butter but the new Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter from Smart Balance. I received an email asking if I would be interested in sampling their new Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter and [...]

  • Yogi Clothing Review & Giveaway

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    I have a great review and giveaway for you today! Yogi Clothing reached out to me a couple of months ago about a review and giveaway. Since I live in yoga/workout clothes I happily agreed because I seriously need to mix up my outfits and brands. I know this sounds a little crazy but since [...]

  • Skinny Limits Juice Cleanse Review

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    I kept a secret from you a few weeks ago. I did a three day juice cleanse compliments of Skinny Limits in Austin, Texas. I didn't blog about it while I was doing the cleanse because I wanted to wait until it was over to share my thoughts and experiences. The first thing you may [...]

  • 2013 Holiday Gift Picks

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    I always love new holiday gift ideas so I wanted to share some of my favorites with you. Everything that I'm listing here is tried and true and my personal recommendations. For the guy on your list.  Personalized DeCapper bottle opener. I have had one of these for a couple years now and love how [...]

  • The Perfect Gift for the Perfect Cup

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    It's hard to believe that the holidays are upon us. I tend to be one of those people who believe that holiday decorating and shopping doesn't start until after Thanksgiving, and it's game on once I've enjoyed my favorite feast of the year! In the last few years I have moved a lot of my [...]

  • Fun Leggings Trend Continues + Rebecca Michaels Giveaway

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    Hi and happy Tuesday! I have had a lot on my mind lately which I think is standard for this time of year. We are moving into the holidays, it's the season of love, thanks and gratitude and 2013 is winding down. I haven't been sleeping especially well and there's been a lot of tossing [...]

  • Favorite finds to snack on, listen to and read.

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    Morning! Today's post is going to be a hodge podge of recent favorites from music to food to reading material so let's get right to it. Perfect early morning coffee sipping activity! :) To snack on... This artichoke spinach "hommus" from Cedar's. So tasty! These crackers from Glutino. I tried this brand a few months [...]

  • Time For Change: Saving Money and Reducing My Eco-Footprint

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    It's not unusual for me to leave the house before 7 a.m. and not return again until after 7 p.m. My days tend to be long and spent bouncing between the gym and the yoga studio. When I leave the house in the morning it's all I can do to have a bag packed with [...]

  • Relaxation Rituals

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    Growing up (and to this day) one  of my moms favorite things to tell me when I was tired, sick, emotional or blah was, "take a shower and you'll feel better." It's one of those things I wanted to roll my eyes at but I couldn't deny that it worked. What is it about a hot [...]

  • My Five Year BodyPump Anniversary + Wine Wednesday & Erin McDermott Fabulousness

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    It was so interesting to read everyone's take on introvert v. extrovert. Reader Laurie encouraged me to check out Susan Cain's book, "Quiet" and also to listen to her TED talk about the power of introverts. I will definitely be using one of my Audible credits for Quiet and I'll let you all know what [...]

  • I had time to kill at Target. New makeup finds.

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    What is it about Target that throws any good budgeting intentions and rationale out of the window and makes a girl feel like it's her DUTY to take a stroll through women's clothes, home accessories and the makeup and beauty aisle? I walked into Target on Saturday to get toilet paper. I left with Charmin [...]

  • Currently Loving: Moisturizers, Music, Reading Material, Chocolate

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    Lots of things I'm currently into that I want to share. Two Body Products I'm OBSESSED with.  Johnson's Baby Oil Gel. I discovered this stuff about six months ago and it's been a staple in my bathroom ever since. It's unbeatable in its moisturizing abilities...especially during dry winter months and for exposed summer legs. It's [...]

  • Sweet Summer

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    I cannot believe that it is already August...and that we haven't had a 100+ degree here in North Carolina. For whatever reason 2012 seemed to move at a snail's pace but 2013 is absolutely flying by. Here are a few things that are giving me a sweet start to my August. Salads. This summer has [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Snack Brighter: Outshine Bars Review + $100 Visa Giftcard Giveaway

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      When I think of popsicles it always takes me back to summers at Girl Scout camp when I was growing up. One of the highlights of the day was going to "Country Store" after our rest period. At Country Store you could buy camp souvenirs as well as an afternoon treat. I almost always selected [...]

  • Friday Funday {Food, Music and Things to Read}

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    Good morning and happy Friday! I had a 6 a.m. client today so I found myself wandering the aisles of Harris Teeter at 5:45 a.m. to restock my breakfast supply that I keep at work for these early mornings. I left with a Chobani Banana (really liking this new 2% flavor) and two products that [...]

  • Yes, women should run…but along with other things.

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    Hello and happy Tuesday. I am excited that you liked the side crow video tutorial. They're fun for me to do and I'm glad they're actually beneficial to you. I'll keep doing these pose breakdowns. It won't be all arm balances and inversions...I will cover some of the more mainstream poses and variations for those [...]