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  • A Long Weekend in Sunset Beach

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    I'm back from a quick but lovely visit to Sunset Beach! As I've shared before, my close friend (and Core Desire Yoga business partner) Dorie rents a house for two weeks every summer with her family and this was the second summer that I've joined them for a few days. It's a full house of [...]

  • New York Is Always A Good Idea

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    I was having coffee with a friend a couple of weeks ago and sharing with her that I've had this crazy urge to plan a trip to New York City lately. I've only visited New York once in my life (circa 2008) but it continues to have this crazy strange pull on me. I dream [...]

  • Florida Part Three: Pizza Night + Go Karts

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    Someone left a comment on my last post that they bet this final Florida post would contain wedding pictures. I'm sad to report that the best you're going to get here is some pizza. Not quite the same...haha! The last two days of our trip were so much fun (and full of good food!). We [...]

  • Florida Part Two: Surf & Turf + Birthday Dinner

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    Not going to lie...while I always love and appreciate seeing my parents, visits home have gotten exponentially more fun and relaxing since they moved to the beach. Prior to moving to Florida they lived in Atlanta for a few years and Houston for a few years before that. Both cities were great to visit but [...]

  • Florida Part One: A Very Happy Vacation

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    Hi everyone. Today is my 32nd birthday...and I feel really, really happy. After a long period of time where things felt up in the air and a little unsettled, I feel grounded and perfectly content with exactly where I am right now. It's a good way to feel. I arrived home around 9:30 last night [...]

  • Vacation Week Workouts (Mini Golf Counts, Right?)

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    Good morning! I sure do wish that every Sunday morning looked like this...coffee with a view! My beach routine goes a little like...sleep in, coffee and computer on the balcony, smoothie, more coffee and computer, workout, shower, beach. It's pretty amazing. As most of you know if you've been reading any length of time, I [...]

  • Airport Dining Has Come a Long Way

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    Greetings from the Atlanta Airport! I left these two chickens in Charlotte this morning (I don't even think they noticed I was leaving) and Ubered to the airport for a flight to Florida to visit my parents. I woke up at 5:45 a.m. to a text message informing me my Charlotte to Atlanta flight was [...]

  • A Weekend at Amicalola Falls State Park

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    I spent last weekend at Amicalola Falls State Park in Georgia for a much appreciated quick getaway. Amicalola Falls State Park is located in the North Georgia Mountains. Its main attraction is a 729 foot waterfall (the biggest in the state) but the 829 acre park also features a beautiful lodge with a restaurant, cabins, [...]

  • How to Find Fitness & Yoga Retreats

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    Hi and happiest of Fridays! Let's talk about fun stuff today...like vacations! I have been so fortunate to go on an annual yoga retreat for the last three years. Through blogging about my experiences with the retreats, I have received many reader questions about how to find yoga and fitness retreats so I thought I'd [...]

  • Breaks, Being Present & What is Balance?

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    Hi. I think this is the longest break I have taken from blogging in...years? And it felt...really good.   I went into this trip thinking that I'd blog every day like I normally do but after the first day, I just decided not to. Instead I dedicated myself to my practice, my friends and being present. [...]

  • Resort Review: Majestic Colonial Punta Cana

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    I recently returned home from a four night, five-day girl’s getaway trip to the Dominican Republic. We stayed at the Majestic Colonial, which is an all-inclusive resort that is part of the Majestic Resorts located in Punta Cana. Over the last 10 years or so I have traveled a good bit around the Caribbean and Mexico [...]

  • The Journey Home + Weekly Workouts

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    Hi! I am currently camped out in the Punta Cana airport with two hours left to go before my flight departs. They like to get you here reaaallllyyy early which can be good when the airport is a zoo but today it was smooth sailing. This is the first time I've ever had a really smooth airport [...]

  • Friday in Paradise

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    Happy Friday! It's been a beautiful day here in Punta Cana! We were shocked to wake up this morning and discover it was 9:45. We slept 10+ hours last night. We decided to get moving with a poolside yoga practice led by one of my friends who is also a yoga teacher. It was sweaty, [...]

  • Dominican Republic Girl’s Getaway

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    Hi from the Dominican Republic! I said goodbye to this (growing!) fluff ball on Wednesday morning and headed to the airport to meet up with my girls. It was an easy 3.5 hour direct flight down here. I packed lunch for everyone. PB&Js, grapes, carrots and pretzels. I watched "This Is Where I Leave You" [...]

  • My Dad is Going to Food Blog! + Scenes from the Beach

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    Hi everyone! I hope your week is off to a nice start. It's been so great to be in Florida with my parents for a few days. I've enjoyed the down time, extra sleep, break from teaching/training and being able to help out a little around here. I'll be sad to go home tomorrow. The most [...]

  • A Change of Scenery + A Smoothie with a Spoon

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    Happy Saturday from Florida! I flew down late last night to visit with my parents for a few days. My mom recently had surgery and I want to help out with a few things. I also need to spend time seriously focusing on writing my second book without the distractions of training/teaching/my normal routine. And sleep. [...]

  • So Much Worth Smiling For

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    I finally came home from the beach today. I was originally supposed to return Tuesday. Then I stayed until Wednesday. Then Wednesday rolled around and I was still in my PJs working at 3 p.m. I decided it was a better plan to hit the beach for a few hours and have one last family dinner and then [...]

  • Recent Eats: Beach Edition (so much good food!)

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    Beach eats have been nothing but good! I have been fed so many delicious things here... The first night we had grilled flank steak, asparagus, salad, roasted potatoes and quiche. What a feast! Another dinner was pasta with sauteed shrimp and scallops with salad and green beans. These sea scallops were  so good. We went out [...]

  • Sunset Beach

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    On Saturday after the baby shower I left Charlotte to spend a few days at the beach with a girlfriend and her family. They rent a house in Sunset Beach for two weeks every summer and she invited me to join them for a few days. It's been so much fun to be a part [...]

  • Trip Photos + Golden Love + What I’m Reading (GONE GIRL!!!)

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    I arrived home yesterday sun-kissed, rested and already a little homesick. I'm so thankful for the long weekend I spent with my parents and I'm already planning a return trip to stay longer this summer. I really want to STOP these six month spans between seeing each other. Family is too important. I really love the [...]

  • Realizing when you need a break. (And letting yourself take one.)

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    I'm so happy to wake up to this... I really need to think harder about that dream of mine to move to the U.S. Virgin Islands and open a yoga studio/training center. ;) In all seriousness, I want to start off today's post with an important topic. Realizing when you need a break. (And letting [...]

  • A Very Special Happy Birthday

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    I've spent the last two days in Georgia celebrating a very special birthday! My Mema's 84th! Last year I cleared my calendar and drove down to Georgia in the middle of the week to surprise her on her actual birthday so I decided to do the same thing this year! Earlier this week I baked [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Back to Reality + Off to Chicago {This Week’s Eats}

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    Back to reality this week but it's been a short one. I am currently on a plane again but not headed anywhere tropical! I'm on the way to Chicago for a quick overnight. I'm visiting the ALDI headquarters where I'll spend the afternoon doing activities like switch and save tastings, price challenges, a smoothie challenge, [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Vacation Week Workouts

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    Hi! I'm home! I kind of decided to take a break with the blogging for the last few days of vacation and focus on writing during my limited working hours and soaking up the experience the remainder of the time. There was a moment yesterday where I thought "I could blog or I could take [...]

  • So Much Beautiful

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    Only two days left of this amazing trip so soaking up all the sun, friends, yoga and relaxation that I can. Here is a quick photo recap of what my days have looked like. It's truly been a trip full of beautiful everything...moments, people, scenery. I have been getting up at 5:30 or 6 most [...]

  • 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) [...]

  • Arriving and Exhaling

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    Hola from Mexico! My alarm went off at 4:45 a.m. and I happily bolted out of bed to get ready for an early flight. We have a great airport in Charlotte and I knew there would be lots of good breakfast options. It was nice not to have to choke down breakfast at home at [...]

  • Grocery Restock, Cranberry Sauce Recipe, Tuesday Eats & Details On A Yoga Retreat

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    Hi and happy Wednesday. I so enjoyed reading your comments on my last post about your travel mishaps. Smooth travel is definitely never a guarantee but I think it's worth it! :) As I mentioned in my last post, I spent most of Tuesday catching up and getting back into the groove. Here's a look [...]

  • A (Very) Long (And Eventful) Trip Home

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    Today has been a whirlwind of catching up. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to attend my friend's destination wedding in Punta Cana but it made for a lot of travel in five days! Yesterday was a 14 hour comedy of errors in getting home and I have to share it with [...]

  • An Unconventional Thanksgiving

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    I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed family, friends and feasting. If you're out braving Black Friday I am wishing you warmth and good luck! :) My Thanksgiving was a bit unconventional this year. One of my dearest friends is getting married this weekend in the Dominican Republic. She and her fiance are [...]

  • Resort Review: Ocean Coral & Turquesa in Puerto Moreles

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    I am going to torture you a little bit today...I know that cold weather has arrived in most of the country but I've got a warm weather resort review to warm you up! Most of you probably remember that I went on a quick long weekend getaway to Mexico in late September. If there is [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Scenes from Girl’s Weekend in Asheville

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    My girlfriends and I deserve a record for how much we packed into 24 hours in Asheville while still staying totally relaxed and in vacation mode. We ate, drank, shopped, yogaed and talked non-stop. Side note, I think I need a second residence in Asheville. I would be up there all the time to eat, [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Mexico Day Two: A Visit to Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita

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    We only had two full days in Mexico so prioritization of activities was key. It was nice that we arrived early enough on Friday to get a half day at the beach in and left late enough on Monday to get in a couple of hours in the morning before packing up and heading out. [...]

  • Weekend Getaway: Arrival in Mexico

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    Hi everyone! I'm currently on my way back to the US after a long weekend in Mexico. I think this was the longest break I've had from blogging (three days) since I started this blog. I knew going into the weekend that the hotel had WiFi in the lobby but not the rooms and I [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Kiawah from my iPhone

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    I have far too much going on with the conference and beach/pool time to get my memory card out of my camera and edit photos but I want to give you a quick look at my trip so far from iPhone/Instagram! Arrival and welcome bag. The Sanctuary. The beach! Infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Lunch [...]

  • Skyscrapers and Sunshine

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    This is part two of my Chicago trip recap and it's all about part of our beautiful Saturday. We slept until 10 a.m. (11 a.m. Eastern time!!!). I guess we were exhausted from a long work week and a late Friday night. We didn't even feel guilty about our late slumber, instead we high-fived and [...]

  • Arrival In Chicago: Adobo Grill and Second City

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    I am currently en route back to Charlotte from a great weekend in Chicago. Highlights included... - Spending time with my wonderful girlfriends - Amazing weather!!! (the weather totally changed and it was high 60s and sunny all weekend - I didn't even need my boots!) - Really, really delicious meals - Great runs along [...]

  • Birthday Surprise Visit!

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    Everyone...wish my grandmother a very happy birthday! Last week I planned a surprise visit to come to Georgia to be with her on her birthday. I cleared my Monday and Tuesday calendar and drove down yesterday to surprise her! I left on Monday morning. It's a little less than 4 hours to get down here [...]

  • Yoga + Vacation + Friends = Paradise

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    I arrived back in Charlotte around 7 p.m. tonight but not sad that vacation is over but incredibly grateful for the experience. The past seven days of vacation have been more amazing than I ever could have imagined. I think was more smiling, laughing, loving, happiness, peace and gratitude on this trip than there's been [...]

  • A Day in the Vacation Life…

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    Good morning and happy Tuesday! Some of you have inquired about exactly what this trip is that I'm on. It's a yoga retreat through the studio back home where I teach and practice. There are 24 of us who traveled down here together to yoga and vacation. Basically, adult spring break. We practice twice a [...]