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  • Weekend: Much to be Grateful For


    Hi and happy Thanksgiving week! I hope that everyone is feeling extra full of love and gratitude. We all truly have so much to be thankful for. I am grateful for a lovely weekend in Charlotte. I spent a lot of time hanging out with my fiance and the pups and it was just what [...]

  • Weekend: Earl’s Grocery + Advent Coworking + Bistro La Bon


    So when you write your weekend recap on Monday at 10:30 p.m. when most people will read it on Tuesday is it still even relevant? I'll go with yes because I'm touching on three awesome locally owned businesses in my weekend recap. While we're talking about weekends...why are they such go-to conversation starter? I swear, [...]

  • Weekend + I dressed up as a green smoothie for Halloween


    Hello! It's crockpot Monday and today's meal is white chicken chili. It's a recipe I've been making for a long time and it's always delicious! It will be the perfect late dinner for this rainy Monday. But before I launch into the new week...here's the weekend recap. The highlight of which was dressing up as [...]

  • Weekend: Food, Pups, Entertainment…and Painting


    Weekend in photos... Friday night in. Easy and healthy dinner of lemon pepper pan seared chicken breasts, black quinoa and sauteed brussels sprouts with lemon, dijon, sliced almonds and cheese. Post-long run beverages. I dreamed about a gingery green juice and french pressed the whole time we were running. Long run recovery meal. Tuna avocado [...]

  • Weekend: I Taught Yoga in the Middle of the Mall + Your Mom’s Donuts


    This was a really great weekend. A perfect balance between restful and energizing as well as downtime and social time. I took myself for a lunch date at Chopt on Friday afternoon while I was out running errands. This was one of their most popular salads, Braised Chicken Tinga. It's a warm topping salad with [...]

  • Weekend: Parties, Pups, Tiki Bars and Treats


    It seems like every blog post has been heavy on the moving talk but it's taken over my life these last few weeks. For whatever reason I didn't expect it to be this big of a deal but it's been a steady stream of both work and emotions. My weekend was a mix of moving [...]

  • Weekend: The Move


    I haven't moved in nearly six years. Don't get me wrong, I didn't forget what moving was like but this was the first time in my adult life that I stayed in one place for so long. There was A LOT of stuff to get through. I had multiple piles around the house designated "going [...]

  • Labor Day Weekend in Georgia


    I had a really special Labor Day Weekend. Sullie and I drove down to Georgia to spend a few days with my grandmother. I told my grandmother I was going to surprise her with which golden I was going to bring. She guessed Sullie and guessed right! Sullie's relaxed pace is just right for Mema's [...]

  • Weekend Recap: Movie, Cooking Competition, Art Show + More


    I hope you all had a beautiful weekend. My weekend included two special events that were a lot of fun. We stayed in on Friday night. I went for an evening run and then had a long overdue manicure. It had been months. I used to not really care about having my nails done but [...]

  • Weekend: Date Night In, Date Night Out, Costco & More


    I have a late weekend recap for you! I got to sleep in on Friday which was pretty magical. I taught my 9:30 a.m. hot class at Y2 and then had an exciting lunch meeting with the owner of The Track & Field Store here in Charlotte about a partnership we are starting. They are [...]

  • Weekend: Being Social + Jim Gaffagin


    And it's Monday again. It's always a "back to reality" start to the week for me because I train clients at 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. every Monday. Definitely gets me up and going. I rearranged my schedule a few months ago to get some better work/life balance and to cut back on early mornings [...]

  • Weekend: Yoga Boot Camp, Rompers & Routines


    Hi and hope your week is off to an amazing start! It felt nice to stay in Charlotte this weekend after traveling for the last two weekends. It made me appreciate my little weekend routines even more...especially the farmers market! On Friday night I led a yoga boot camp at Y2 with my fiance. It [...]

  • A Long Weekend in Sunset Beach


    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 [...]

  • An Unexpected Weekend


    My weekend didn't exactly go as expected. I planned to go visit my grandmother in Georgia but I felt kind of off on Friday so I decided to delay my visit until Saturday and see how I felt. I'm so glad that I did because I was coughing and had lost my voice by the [...]

  • Weekend: A Quiet Fourth


    I wish I could tell you that I had a super exciting July Fourth weekend...but I didn't! It was a really quiet and low-key weekend. It felt like the city of Charlotte was a ghost town this weekend. Restaurants were empty, there was no traffic and classes at the studio were pretty slow. We usually [...]

  • Weekend: Sweet Treats + Sweet Pups


    Very low key but lovely weekend here in Charlotte. Here is a quick recap...heavy on cake and golden retriever pictures, per usual. I kicked off the weekend with a Friday afternoon cupcake date. We stopped by Suarez Bakery and picked out a cookie dough and pina colada cupcake to share. The highlight of my Friday [...]

  • Weekend: Farmer’s Market + Movies


    Happy Monday! I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend and that your week is off to a good start. Mine had an early start...I had a small group training session at 5:30 a.m. then came home for coffee, smoothie and computer work before heading to the studio to teach and practice. This weekend (finally) marked the [...]

  • Weekend + Weekly Workouts


    Hope you all had a lovely weekend! Here are a few quick snapshots from mine. (Whoa, hey! Here I am!) I kicked off my Friday evening by meeting a friend to run. We ended up going six miles in 80+ degree weather and humidity so I was a sweaty, red faced mess at the end [...]

  • A New Kind of Saturday + Weekly Workouts (CrossFit Luke Hero WOD)


    Hello and happy long weekend! This long weekend is especially sweet for me because I have drastically cut back on my weekend teaching schedule. I went from teaching 3-4 classes every weekend to one on Saturdays at 11:15 a.m. It feels pretty amazing not to have to teach at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday and 9 [...]

  • A Weekend at Amicalola Falls State Park


    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, [...]

  • Monday in the Life + Scenes from the Weekend


    Monday is always a crazy but fun start to the week for me. I train clients at 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. and then head to the studio to teach at 8:15 a.m. and usually take the class after to get my practice out of the way while I'm already sweaty. I shower and head back [...]

  • Favorite Whole Foods Snacks + Weekend Recap


    Happy Monday! A few scenes from the weekend to share... I did a little Whole Foods trip and loved opening one of my bags to find they'd bagged all the best stuff together. - Sweet Potato Pop Chips (these are seriously addictive...I'm sorry for telling you about them! :) ) - Glutino Sea Salt Crackers [...]

  • Zoey’s First Hike + Fish Tacos + Happy Saturday


    Today was the best Saturday I have had in a long time. I taught my two regular morning hot yoga classes and then came home to make lunch and give the house a much needed clean. This spring is kinda crazy between travel plans, workshops and teacher training stuff so it was a welcome treat [...]

  • Weekend + Workshop + Playlist + Workouts


    Hey, hey! The remainder of my weekend consisted of more yoga, sushi, lots of work and some puppy play time. I went out for sushi on Saturday night and it was blissful. Sushi Guru has THE BEST SUSHI in all of Charlotte. If you live here...go! After sushi I convinced myself that Zoey still fit [...]

  • And Upside Down & Inverted Saturday + Recent Eats


    It's been a wonderful but exhausting day. I taught two hot yoga classes this morning and then headed back to the studio to teach an arm balance and inversions workshop this afternoon. I love, love, love all things inverted and upside down and teaching these workshops is rewarding and a lot of fun. This was [...]

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


    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 [...]

  • Saturday Road Trip + Week of Eats


    Sullie and I loaded up around noon today for a road trip down to Georgia to visit my grandmother. Sadly, I left Zoey in very loving care in Charlotte because she's a little too crazy right now for me to manage by myself in the car for four hours. I was also worried about her [...]

  • The Best Weekend + A Great Week of Workouts


    This has been a really great weekend. I've been trying to spend as much time outside as possible because the weather has been incredible. It's 70 and sunny right now! I'm currently sitting outside and working. Zoey is playing in the rosemary bush and Sullie is sun bathing. I had a pretty awesome Saturday. I taught [...]

  • A “Wild Weekend” (Not Really) + Starbucks Coconut Milk Latte


    Hi! The week is off to a great start over here. It's 66 and sunny. As soon as I hit publish on this post I'm going to head out for a run and walk the pups. The pups were reunited this weekend after spending a week apart and they've been inseparable ever since. I am [...]

  • Weekend: So Much Yoga + The Girls + The Food


    I had a great weekend! It was a nice balance of work, fun and relaxation. And there was this... I almost feel guilty posting this because I know so many of you are digging out of snow but it was insanely gorgeous in Charlotte this weekend. 65 and sunny on Saturday and 70 and sunny [...]

  • A Sweet Saturday + Arm Balance & Inversion Workshop


    Hi and happy Saturday! I had such a wonderful day. It began with a tropical green smoothie while I finished up making a new playlist for my morning yoga classes. I went straw instead of spoon and no granola today. I spent my morning teaching yoga...7:45 a.m. hot vinyasa at Charlotte Yoga followed by 9:30 [...]

  • Life Lately: The Final Push + A Muddy Puppy + LBD


    Life lately has been completely focused on the final push to my book deadline on Monday. I've spent countless hours at the computer wrapping up the copy and approving the final photography. 125+ poses have been photographed and written and I'm coming in around 30,000 words. My weekend can pretty much be summed up by sitting in [...]

  • Weekend: All Is Calm, All is Bright


    My weekend was...really good. I took three (much needed) days off of teaching and focused on chilling out (slept 10+ hours Saturday night...yes, yes and yes), spending time with people I care about and working on my book. I'm 15 days away from my deadline, 15,000+ words in and there many more still to be [...]

  • Holiday Shopping, My Sweet Girls, Head’s Up & Workout Plateaus


    Well, I finally started my Christmas shopping on Saturday and the first thing I ran into when I went out to shop was a giraffe. There was a giraffe and a baby kangaroo at one of the outdoor shopping/dining/living developments here in town. While the giraffe was beautiful, I was a little baffled by how [...]

  • Sweaty Turkeys, Pho and Pizza


    I am a little delayed in getting the weekend update to you because I spent Sunday and Monday in a flurry of house projects. The good news is that I made major progress and I finally have a "house tour" type post to share with you featuring my kitchen renovations. I kicked off the weekend [...]

  • I Feel Like the Tin Man + Weekend + Last Week’s Workouts


    I was like the tin man getting out of bed this morning. I almost crumbled to the ground when I tried to stand up because my calf muscles were so sore. While my long runs left me with tired legs, they never left me this sore. Amping up the intensity/pace for a race + hills takes running [...]

  • Weekend: Pizza & My First Ray LaMontagne


    Hi. It's been a really great Monday. I would skip the weekend recap post and go straight into the new week (because it's bringing many changes) but the weekend was so good I have to share that quickly and then we'll move on! :) The weekend post is brought to you thanks to pizza, M&Ms and Ray [...]

  • Weekend: Weddings, Friends and Sweet Stuff


    I hope everyone is having a relaxing Sunday evening. I am just popping in with some weekend photos to share! This one got a bath and a little hair cut on Friday. When I picked her up she was so soft, smelling like roses and over the top cute. I swear she knows when she's [...]

  • Weekend: Embracing Fall + Slowing Down


    I finally embraced fall this weekend. The weather here in Charlotte has been incredible with temperatures in the 60s, sunshine and Carolina blue skies. I kept my weekend really, really low-key and stayed home as much as possible to continue this "nesting/grounding" phase I'm in. It was perfect. I always consider Friday the start of [...]

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


    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 [...]

  • My Perfect Friday Night + Day In The Life


    Hey and happy weekend! I've reached a new level of lame (and awesome at the same time). My Friday night has included working out, the grocery store, a walk with the pup, cooking homemade pizza, painting my nails and watching a combo of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader show and a Sex and the City marathon. It's [...]

  • Weekend: Slowing Down + Opening Up


    I spent the summer getting outside of my comfort zone and focused on creating connection and experiences with new and old friends. I put myself out there in a way that I really haven't in the past. I said yes to almost every invitation I got for everything from dinner to beach trips to workouts [...]

  • Lately: Pumpkin, Yoga & Game Day


    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, [...]

  • Labor Day Weekend in Photos


    I hope everyone had a nice Labor Day Weekend. Mine was super low-key. I stayed here in Charlotte and managed a nice mix between productivity/work and relaxation/being social. The highlight of my weekend was being able to sleep in this morning until whenever I woke up without having to set an alarm to be somewhere. I [...]

  • Weekend: Pampering, CrossFit Throwdown, Night Out + More


    The weekend was a whirlwind. It flew by at record pace but it was full of good things and fun times. (Whoa. Yes, that's a lot of me up close and personal for the first photo of the post!) I trained four clients, taught a yoga class, went into the Charlotte Observer office for a [...]

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


    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 [...]

  • Saying Yes + The Weekend


    My reading in my yoga class on Saturday was about the importance of relationships and connection. I have been putting this into practice in my own life. This has been the summer of yes. Despite my love for teaching and interacting with others for my work, I am introverted and more often than not I find a [...]

  • Weekend: Pool, Peaches, Sunshine and Yoga


    Good morning! Holiday weekend is over and time to get back in the swing of things. My day kicked off bright and early with 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. training clients. As I mentioned last week, I am training one of my friends who is in her third trimester. She is still rocking it in the [...]

  • A Weekend Full of Love + Friends


    The last three days have been full of celebrating friendship and love! It was the wedding weekend of one of my friends here in Charlotte. I met her through yoga several years ago we've since shared many sweaty practices, wine nights and experienced yoga in paradise on retreats. It makes me so happy to see my [...]

  • Weekend: A Farm Wedding + Pool Time


    Hi and happy Monday! I hope that everyone had a great weekend. After teaching the "Yoga in the Meadow" event on Saturday, I spent the rest of the afternoon around the house cleaning, running and walking Sullie before getting ready for a wedding. The wedding was held at Morning Glory Farm in Monroe, NC. It was [...]