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  • 7 Sweaty & Summer Skin Care Tips + 5 Beauty Products I’m Loving

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    I don't know about you, but I definitely find that my beauty routine changes with the seasons. I recently received a question from a reader about my skin and body care specifically when it comes to exercise. Here's what she wrote: "Hello! I'm curious what kind of skin care you use for your body given [...]

  • Finding A Replacement When Your Favorite Running Shoes are Discontinued

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    Has anyone else experienced the agony of finding THE PERFECT RUNNING SHOE only to have it discontinued? This is exactly what happened to me when Mizuno discontinued the Wave Elixirs back in the summer of 2013. Luckily, I was able to make it a while without needing to search for a new shoe because I [...]

  • My Favorite Fun & Functional Summer Flip Flops

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    Being a yoga teacher, I spend a lot of time in flip flops. They're the easiest thing to throw on to get me to and from the studio. But the issue with most of the flip flops I wear is that while they're functional, they're not very fashionable or supportive. That's all changed thanks to a [...]

  • Friday Faves…Jewelry, Things to Read, Contests, Walks and More!

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    Hello and happiest of Fridays! It's been quite a while since I participated in a "Friday Favorites" type of post and I have many to share today. Get ready. I made a long overdue stop to visit Erin of Erin McDermott Jewelry last week. I was eying these purple beads with a green stone. But [...]

  • Getting Inspired and Out of the Box in the Kitchen

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    This post is sponsored by Blue Apron. I was first introduced to Blue Apron back in February and I have been talking about it with friends and family ever since. If you're not familiar with Blue Apron, it's a service that delivers all the farm-fresh ingredients you need to make three or four meals right [...]

  • Let Me Upgrade You {iPod Touch Review} + Recent Eats

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    You're totally singing Beyonce in your head now, right? My life changed a little bit yesterday. I received a very generous gift of a brand new 64-gig iPod touch for all of my yoga music and work social media needs. Within an hour I had it fully loaded with all my favorite apps and every [...]

  • Reader Questions…Yoga Mats, Postpartum Fitness, TV Shows and More!

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    Hope it was a good Monday! It's spring break here in Charlotte so I am teaching a LOT of yoga this week due to sub needs...14 hot classes...it's going to be a long, sweaty week. :) I have received quite a few reader questions lately that I thought would be beneficial and fun to answer [...]

  • Weekend + A KIND Start to the Week {Giveaway}

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    Hi! Keep on reading for a sweet giveaway from my friends at KIND. My weekend was relaxed and full of the normal stuff...yoga, golden retrievers, food. I stayed in on Friday night, ate Vietnamese take out and watched Gone Girl (well, half of Gone Girl...I fell asleep). It was kind of amazing. I taught two [...]

  • A Week of Meals with Blue Apron

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    I have a week of amazing meals to share with you thanks to Blue Apron. Blue Apron is a service that delivers all the ingredients you need to make fresh and flavorful meals right to your doorstep. I have read about Blue Apron on some other blogs I follow and have several friends here in [...]

  • What would you do with $5,000 for fitness education and certifications?

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    Happy Friday! Look what showed up on my doorstep today? I'm not really sure where this thing went but I sure am glad it's home. I joked with my yoga classes that all the Lululemon in there alone was enough to make me cry when I thought about losing the bag. Related note...I received a [...]

  • Learning To Juice at Home with the Juicepresso Cold Press Juicer

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    It's no secret around here that I love smoothies. I received a VitaMix for Christmas in 2013 and I think I used it 300 out of the 365 days of the year in 2014! It was a great addition to my kitchen. So far 2015 is set to be the year of the juicer! I received [...]

  • Loving Lately + Luxe Box Winner

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    Happy Friday! Making good on my intention for 2015 to slow down and connect more, my Friday is full of friends! I am all about planning QT with my friends and scheduling meetings make new connections right now. This morning I met a friend for a (KILLER!) workout followed by a coffee date. I met another [...]

  • Loving Lately: The Gift Edition

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    Hola and happy New Year's Eve Eve. Just 36 hours until a brand new year is upon us. I have all sorts of things I want to say about bidding 2014 farewell and my thoughts/goals going into 2015 so stay tuned for that over the next few posts. I wanted to switch up loving lately [...]

  • Erin McDermott Jewelry Luxe Box Giveaway + Special Offer

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    Happy Monday! I have an amazing giveaway and special offer from my friend Erin McDermott to kick off the week. Erin just welcomed her first baby girl into this world, Coco. Erin is basically super mom right now as she cares for a newborn and her business during the busiest time of the year. She has been [...]

  • How Do You Treat Your Feet?

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    How you treat your feet is pretty important to your long-term health and ability to remain physically active. For some reason we tend to forget about our feet but they need some serious TLC. In addition to getting you through workouts and runs, they also carry you around all day, every day. I wanted to share some [...]

  • Gift Inspiration: 5 Kitchen Faves

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    So Christmas is two weeks away and I don't know about you but I haven't even started my shopping yet. Help!!! So in light of that I wanted to put together a post with some of my favorite gift ideas to give y'all some inspiration and me a kick to get with it. I'm going [...]

  • Adding A Little Brilliance to My Daily Beverage Routine with Tate+Lyle®

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    One of the things I look forward to each day is my beverage routine. It's such a simple thing but there's something about it that feels so comforting. It starts with coffee in the morning, followed by hot tea, iced coffee, kombucha or sparkling water in the afternoon and finally a cocktail, mocktail or another [...]

  • 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 [...]