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  • Nominating a Thanksgiving Hero


    This post is sponsored by Blog Meets Brand on behalf of La Brea Bakery. Happy Veterans Day. I am forever grateful for everyone who has served our country and happy that today's post ties into honoring Veterans. Last week I shared La Brea Bakery's Thanksgiving Heroes Contest with you and today I'm here to nominate [...]

  • Core Desire Yoga Retreat Weekend at Wild Dunes


    I had the honor of spending last weekend leading a retreat with my dear friend Dorie at our fall Core Desire Yoga retreat at Wild Dunes Resort. First and foremost, I would like to thank the weather gods. Going into the weekend we had a 100% chance of rain. We arrived to find this on [...]

  • Monday in the Life: Saved by the Crock Pot


    4:50 a.m. - wake up 5 minutes before my alarm is set to go off. I love this. I feel a million times better when I wake up naturally. 5 a.m. - get out of bed and let Zoey out of her crate. We cuddle and hang out while I make some tea. Sullie is [...]

  • Weekly Workouts: Following the Feel Good


    After last week's declaration that I was recommitting to strength training, I failed to follow through on it this week. To be fair, I did get one bodyweight strength workout and one weights session in but that was the extent of it. I had every intention to keep it going this week but then I [...]

  • NYC Food + Fitness Girl’s Weekend: Day 1


    I really debated on how to best blog about our NYC trip. I was torn between day-by-day recaps v. fitness recaps v. food recaps v. detailed reviews of places, etc. Here's where I landed...I'm going to first blog daily recaps so if anyone wants to use our itinerary as inspiration, you'll have an easy resource. [...]

  • Chocolate & Peanut Butter Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl


    I have a non-green smoothie recipe to share with you featuring two of my favorite flavor combinations. 1) Chocolate and peanut butter 2) Strawberry and banana It's also my first time sharing a smoothie bowl recipe with you so it's like a whole new smoothie game today! :) For the last nine months or so [...]

  • The Mayobird: The Best New Lunch and Hangout Spot in Charlotte!


    I had a lunch meeting today at The Mayobird here in Charlotte and it's now my new favorite lunch and meeting spot. Whether you live in Charlotte or not, you will love the concept of this restaurant! It's based on chicken salad! They offer 17 different varieties of chicken salad and you choose whether you [...]

  • I Love My Reality…Monday In The Life


    It was back to reality today but I love my reality so it was a happy Monday! :) I kicked off my day with a 4:55 a.m. wake up call to train clients. I ate half of a banana with almond butter and made a cup of Every Day Detox Tea to take to the [...]

  • Recent Eats: Lunch Bowls, Lots of Mexican, Pizza & Ranch


    Hi and happy Tuesday! It's the most beautiful morning here in Charlotte. It's 73 degrees, sunny and the humidity is low. It was like this yesterday too and I went for an awesome four mile sunset run to soak it all up...before it's 97 degrees again on Friday. This is how we roll in the [...]

  • Right Now I Feel + Recent Eats


    So...life lately. I don't think I knew how much I need that beach getaway with my friend until I got there, relaxed and realized that I felt happier than I have in a long time. And then I came home and that feeling has stayed with me. We do this thing in yoga teacher training where [...]

  • Another Special Shower


    This is the season of babies and I love it. Several of my best friends are expecting or just delivered and I couldn't be happier for them. It's such an exciting time and there's lots of baby holding in my future! I have mentioned that I'm personal training one of my friends who is due in [...]

  • A Sunday Shower


    On Sunday I co-hosted a baby shower for a dear friend of mine. She is expecting a baby boy in September. We had a little issue with nailing down a shower date and time that worked for all of the hostesses and we ended up going with a bit of a non-traditional time but it worked [...]

  • Recent Eats: Fig Love


    I have some great posts planned for you later this week including a recipe for the BEST chicken enchiladas, a giveaway, a workout and more. But first, I'm going to catch you up on some recent eats. I have received so much great feedback on these posts and the ideas/inspiration that they generate. This week's [...]

  • A Slow-Paced Tuesday + Recent Eats


    Tuesday used to be the busiest day of the week for me and I was crazy busy running all over town to train and teach. Lately they've been a pretty relaxed day for me. If I did a "day in the life" post today, you'd all be pretty surprised. I started early with 5:30 and [...]

  • The Weekend + The Best Meal + The Saddest Movie


    I had a very low key but nice weekend. After continuing education all day on Friday, I crashed Friday night and didn't do much of anything. I had hopes of getting up and practicing at Om Yoga on Saturday morning before I taught my hot vinyasa class but then I slept until 8:30 so that [...]

  • Recent Eats: Needing A Salad Break & A Nap


    Hi everyone! Hope you're having a great day! As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I have a lot going on this week with deadlines and projects on top of doing more personal training. This week has been full of early mornings and today I had to break down and take a 45 minute nap after three back [...]

  • Recent Eats: Home At The Beach


    It's been so nice to be out of my kitchen and in my dad's...both delicious and inspiring. My dad's been getting all crazy lately with making homemade bread, pizza dough and even his own yogurt on the regular. I'm going to share all of that in a separate post where I can brag on him. [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts: CrossFit Love + Turkish Get Ups


    Time for the weekly workout recap! Similar to recent weeks, I've been heavy on the CrossFit. I'm not sure what it is about CrossFit but I'm super hot and cold with it. I've been CrossFitting for over 2 years now and I think this may be the longest kick that I've been on since I [...]

  • Pizza, Ice Cream and Another Happy Birthday


    Hello, hello! I hope that Monday was kind to you. Mine was SO good but unusually busy. - Subbed 6:30 a.m. hot vinyasa class at Y2 - Breakfast, shower, answer emails and meal plan from 8-9:30 a.m. - Whole Foods to shop for my client 10-11 a.m. - Meal prep for my client 11:15-3:30 p.m. [...]

  • Recent Eats: Dinner Love


    Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and well wishes for Sullie. I think it's safe to say that this furry one is feeling better if the trail of toys means anything. It seems to have just been a GI infection. I will keep you updated if anything else comes up but I think we're in [...]

  • Recent Eats: Give Me Salad Edition


    Time for a look at some recent eats! As always, good stuff for ya today. :) Breakfasts/Brunch I'm not going to show the smoothies (will wait for the challenge week one recap for that) but I have a couple others breakfasts to share. My favorite breakfast pita with scrambled eggs, spinach, roasted tomatoes, feta and [...]

  • Recent Eats: Trying to Switch It Up a Bit


    Happy weekend! I have almost a full week of eats to share with you. I think I did a good job mixing it up a little bit this week and breaking out of all my same patterns. You'll see some different breakfasts, new salad combos at lunch and a dinner using the crock pot. I'm [...]

  • Recent Eats…Featuring Tacos & Bacon


    Happy Tuesday! This morning I trained a client, worked out, taught yoga and practiced yoga. I have my first photo shoot for my book in a couple of hours. Many of you have asked for more details on the book...it's about core training, specifically planks, and will be photography heavy with written descriptions of all [...]

  • Snow Week Eats + Earthquake!


    Happy weekend! This was such an off week with all the snow. I didn't leave my house for almost 48 hours and almost all of my clients and classes were cancelled for the week. I was so ready to finally get out of the house and go teach on Friday afternoon. It was time. Speaking [...]

  • Recent Eats + SNOW DAY!


    Soooo..... It's snowing! We received a light dusting of an inch or two on Tuesday afternoon but the roads were fine and dry this morning. I went in to teach the 8:10 class at Y2 and then stayed to take the 9:15 and by the time I left at 11 the snow was pouring down [...]

  • This Week’s Eats + That (Scary) Time I Tried Chia Pudding


    Good morning and happy weekend! Let's take a look at this week's eats. Breakfast Let's kick this post off with the WORST idea I've had so far in 2014...chia seed pudding. I made this mix of chia seeds, almond milk, vanilla, bananas and dried cranberries and let it sit overnight. I topped it with peanut [...]

  • Recent Eats: Homemade Goodness


    I successfully ate my way through 90% of the massive grocery haul that I did at Trader Joe's last week and what I didn't eat is still in the pantry or freezer. I did such a great job of eating at home. It's all about having a stocked kitchen! Here is more meal inspiration for [...]

  • Here Comes the Snow + Recent Eats + Snacking Before Dinner


    Good morning! Rise and shine! It is going to snow in Charlotte today but just a light dusting with no ice so it should be fun. The weather is absolutely nuts because on Monday it was 65 degrees and I ran in shorts and a tank. This morning it's 28 and going to snow. Winters [...]

  • Recent Eats + Friday Pizza Night


    It's been another weird week with a holiday sandwiched in the middle of it but really good nonetheless. The flu is making its way around Charlotte something serious but luckily I got a flu shot this year so I seem to be avoiding it but I have been trying to help out some friends in [...]

  • This Week’s (Non-Holiday) Eats


    Happy Saturday! It actually feels so weird that it's the weekend already after having Christmas in the middle of last week. Oh well...I'll take it! I started my day bright and early at Om Yoga to take and teach. I was hesitant about adding a Saturday morning class to my schedule but I actually love [...]

  • 2013 Christmas Love


    Part two of Christmas is all about the love. Love for being at my grandmother's house like we have been almost every year for 30 years, love for having sweet children around and seeing their joy and excitement and love for having all of my family together in one place. Here are some of my [...]

  • 2013 Christmas Eating


    One of my favorite things about going home for the holidays is the food and spending time in the kitchen with my family preparing meals. My dad and I always menu plan for weeks ahead of time and bounce ideas back and forth. So the first part of my Christmas 2013 post is all about [...]

  • Friday Nails, Cupcakes & Steak


    Happy Friday! Mine started pre-5 a.m. which is brutal on a Friday but worth it to train a great client at 5:30 a.m. After that I taught a yoga class, did some treadmill interval work and then taught another lunch yoga class at Om Yoga. Backing up to Thursday night...I made spinach and artichoke stuff [...]

  • Mashed Cauliflower Myths and Breakfast Preferences


    Helllllooooo. Today has been such a good day. I got some amazing news and I'm feeling grateful and blessed. More to come on that front! :) Also, I'm just so overall happy with how things are going right now on the work front. Teaching more and writing more = good for my heart and soul. [...]

  • What I’ve Been Eating This Week Wednesday


    Hi, thanks for the support on the Marsala Challenge competition. Remember, you can vote again on Thursday and leave another comment for another chance to win. Again, thank you! Okay, back to the regular stuff. I'm cuddled up on the couch with a fire and a sweet golden retriever laying (on the floor) next to [...]

  • Wednesday Giveaway!


    The end of the "12 Days of Marsala Challenge" is near and I need y'all to vote for my Marsala Mac and Cheese! It's so easy to vote. You just visit the Challenge page and then enter your email address under my Chicken Marsala Macaroni and Cheese recipe. Colombo Marsala is giving away a $50 gift card [...]

  • 2013 Holiday Gift Picks


    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 [...]

  • Friday Updates & Events


    Happy Friday. I hope that the week is winding down for you and that you're headed towards weekend relaxation mode. Since you heard from me last I got a killer workout in (I'm going to post a wrap up of this week's workouts tomorrow), sat in an afternoon of meetings, drove my car into a [...]

  • I Can’t Dance


    For my entire life (seriously) I have had this deep seated dream that one day I can be a dancer. I can see it in my head but my body just doesn't cooperate. I was resigned to the back row for jazz recitals when I was growing up and I was always the last one [...]

  • What I’ve Been Eating Wednesday


    Hi and happy hump day! I'm here with nothing but food pictures for you today after yesterday's hair extravaganza! Thanks for all your comments and compliments. Apparently I need to buy a curling iron and spend some time on YouTube if I want to master curling my own hair. I started my day by teaching [...]

  • Bleeding Tofu & Beet Overload


    I had a little situation in my kitchen last night. I went to check the tofu that was roasting in the oven and discovered this. Bleeding tofu! I immediately thought to myself WTF!? and then I remembered that I was roasting a batch of beets while dinner was cooking and I guess some of the [...]

  • A Little Sunshine for your Sunday


    Hi everyone! I hope it's been a wonderful weekend. I have been ultra-productive with house-related tasks and have cleaned, organized and baked my way through this weekend. It's been wonderful and I feel so settled which is always nice. My friend Teri from A Foodie Stays Fit recently tagged me in one of those blogging [...]

  • Friday Blog Swap with Nutrition Nut on the Run


    Hey y'all! TGIF! TGIF! TGIF!!! I have a little something different for you today. Hillary from Nutrition Nut on the Run emailed me a couple of weeks ago about doing a blog swap so that our readers could get to know another blogger. Hillary and I threw a list of questions at each other and [...]

  • Bodyweight Burner Workout + Other Friday Stuff


    Hola and happy Friday. Fun fact: anytime I visit somewhere with a large Spanish speaking population, people always assume I speak Spanish and begin chatting away to me. I do not, in fact, speak Spanish although I certainly wish I did. For whatever reason I was determined to learn French when I was growing up [...]

  • Homeland: My Experience as an Extra


    I'm not sure if you guys watch Homeland but if you don't...you should. It's an awesome show with a very engaging and interesting storyline. I have no idea why but Homeland picked Charlotte as their filming location and they are now in their third season of filming here. Facebook was all abuzz last week with [...]

  • July 4 = Friends, Food, Fun & Productivity


    Hello. I have been absent. And I can't promise this trend won't continue. I'm not sure that I can commit to posting every day right now. There are other things in the works. For example...a little website project. More details to come very, very soon. I'm overflowing with excitement at levels I haven't felt in [...]

  • Starting Off With A Bang


    First, thanks for all of the happy birthday wishes. It was a happy weekend. But I have to say 30 isn't off to the greatest start! I got my first migraine headache on Saturday night and it completely freaked me out. I couldn't sleep because my head hurt so bad so I got up at [...]

  • A Week Requiring Pizza, Sushi and Peanut Butter


    It's been a good week. Super productive and not crazy busy at work and I've had plenty of times for friends, relaxation and yoga. I haven't felt this caught up on life in a really long time. It's nice. Photos of late. Single-serve pre-made pizza from Whole Foods. Exceeded my expectations. I have been enjoying my [...]

  • Back At It


    I thought I'd take a little break from the Chicago posts for a dose of reality. I actually do have a little more Chicago to share with you later this week, especially our multi-course, multi-hour dinner at RPM Italian! ;) But for today, here is how I transition from a weekend of splurge back to [...]

  • Pre-Dawn Grocery Shopping and Kitchen Projects


    I woke up at what I thought was the middle of the night. I checked my phone and it was 4:50. My alarm was set for 5:15 and I was wide open so I figured it best to get out of bed while I was half alert rather than sleep for 20 more minutes and [...]