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Up Next: Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training + A Big Trip!

Good morning! Wednesday mornings are one of my favorites of the week because I don’t teach until 10:30 a.m. It’s so nice to sleep in a bit and then spend a few quiet hours working while I sip on my coffee…especially since Tuesdays tend to be a little jam-packed. Yesterday was no exception and I ended up teaching four classes instead of my usual three. Tanner got sick in the middle of teaching his morning class (luckily there was another teacher taking class that could jump in and finish) so I covered his evening class. Happy to report he is feeling better now…we have no idea what happened to make him sick so suddenly! I’m also feeling better. My cough is finally starting to break up and I feel a lot more energetic.

I wanted to catch you guys up on two things that I’m and just chat this morning.

I am so excited to share that I’m finally doing my prenatal yoga teacher training.  It’s June 2-4 with Amani Murray at Enlighten Yoga.

How awesome is this course syllabus?

Studies will include exploration of the anatomy and physiology of each trimester and modifications to ensure an individualized and experience for each mama, including postnatal students.

  • Appropriate yoga postures and modifications for each trimester
  • Anatomy of pregnancy
  • Study of the pelvis and pelvic floor structure
  • Pranayama techniques
  • Common complaints and discomforts of pregnancy
  • Discussion of the medical model of prenatal care vs the midwife model
  • Postpartum recovery
  • Sequencing for Prenatal Yoga
  • Ayurvedic theory and energetics regarding monthly cycles, infertility, and pregnancy

This has been on my bucket list for years and I can’t wait to spend a weekend learning. Amani is a mother of four and currently pregnant with her fifth. She is an absolute wealth of knowledge and I know I’ll take so much away from this to share with my clients, students and readers. If you want to join me…here are all the details! You can follow Amani on Facebook and Instagram.

We’re going to Europe! My dear friend Lina and her family moved to Brussels back in December for her husband’s job. She’s been asking me to visit (twist my arm) so one day I looked at flights and booked a trip for my birthday week. We are super excited but I would love your help!

  1. We’re thinking we’re going to day trip to Bruges, possible day trip to Paris and a possible overnight in Amsterdam. Any and all suggestions for one-day kind of trips are welcome as well as Amsterdam accommodations.
  2. The weather in Brussels is kind of all over the map and June is one of the rainiest times of the year. Lina said, “no shorts or sandals.” Any recommendations for your favorite travel layering pieces?
  3. Shoes…help me! Any favorite somewhat stylish/attractive flats that are comfortable for tons of walking that are not tennis shoes? Lina said, “tennis shoes only if you’re going for a run or to the gym.” Ha! 😉

That’s all for now! I’ll be back later with a Memorial Day recipe round up. Have a good day.

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  • 1
    Katherine May 24, 2017, 9:31 am
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    Mollie K May 24, 2017, 9:36 am

    Tieks are amazingly comfortable but pricey-BUT SO WORTH IT! (In my opinion 🙂 )

    And I am a Tom’s lover too. Company with a good heart, shoes are cute and comfy!

    What a great trip!

    • 3
      Sarah May 24, 2017, 9:47 am

      Second the Tieks comment. I wore them all over Europe during a college semester abroad. Though especially in the summer you can get away with a more ‘fashion’ tennis shoe.

      • 4
        Patricia May 24, 2017, 3:28 pm

        Thirding the tieks comment! They are incredibly comfortable and durable.

      • 5
        Jen May 30, 2017, 8:55 pm

        Thank you Sarah! 🙂

    • 6
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:59 pm

      Thank you! I don’t have Tikes and might need to invest in my first pair!

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    Cindy Howell May 24, 2017, 9:37 am

    My husband and I are regulars to Europe as he is British and his family still lives there. 2 years ago, we went to Amsterdam for 2 nights and stayed at Hotel Hermitage Amsterdam, and booked a large double room. Square footage is tight in Amsterdam so it seems small, but it was very nice and had a bathroom all to itself, which a lot of hotels and rooms there don’t (you’d use a common bathroom). I’d highly recommend this place as it’s walking distance to the train station and very close to everything you’d probably want to do.

    I’d also recommend a day trip only to Paris, no overnight, but that’s just me. Neither me or my husband felt very safe there, it smelled REALLY bad as soon as we got off the platform at the train station, and the hasseling there is TERRIBLE. There are always people around you asking for money and your belongings. It was like there isn’t such a thing as “personal space” there, so it really made us uncomfortable. However, I do know of people who have visited and loved it, so maybe that was just our experience. Regardless, have a great trip wherever you decide to go!

    • 8
      Becky May 25, 2017, 9:02 am

      Couldn’t disagree with this assessment of Paris more. To each their own I guess, but Paris is a magical, wonderful city where I have spent many months of my life. I have always found Parisians to be nothing but lovely if you are simply respectful of them the way you’d be respectful of anyone. Well worth more than a day.

      • 9
        Whitney May 26, 2017, 10:42 am

        I have to agree with Becky. Having lived in France for several months, the city of Paris holds a special place in my heart and I have visited many times. The people are wonderful and I have always felt safe (though no matter where you are you must use common sense). There are so many great things to see and do.

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          Jen May 30, 2017, 8:28 pm

          Thank you so much for sharing this Whitney. <3

      • 11
        Jen May 30, 2017, 8:38 pm

        Hey Becky, I really appreciate you sharing your personal experience. It is helpful and I’m glad to read that Paris holds a special place in your heart.

    • 12
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:58 pm

      Hey Cindy – thank you for this insight. I think we might skip paris this go round because there seems to be so much other stuff to do and see but I’ll keep y’all posted!

  • 13
    Adrienna May 24, 2017, 9:43 am

    My boyfriend and I went to Belgium last June. We stayed a couple of nights in Brussels, one night in Breendonk, one night in Ghent, two nights in Bruges and a final night in Brussels. The weather was fantastic the entire time, though I recognize that it was also unusual. Not sure why she said no shorts or sandals (aside from chill from the rain). I think the way you typically dress is more than fine.

    If you stay overnight in Bruges, I highly recommend this Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2201558

    • 14
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:57 pm

      She has now said, “It’s so hot, bring shorts.” haha! Thanks for the Airbnb rec!

  • 15
    Kerry May 24, 2017, 9:45 am

    I like to be comfortable when I travel, but not too casual- these pants are super comfortable and perfect for travel: https://shop.lululemon.com/p/women-pants/On-The-Fly-Pant-Woven/_/prod8431165?rcnt=160&N=7vf&cnt=435&color=LW5AHOS_028694
    I also recently purchased a pair of Tretorn Nylite 3 Bold- they are really comfortable for walking and look a little nicer than a running shoe. Also, I always layer when I travel and always bring a wrap which is perfect as a blanket or another layer.
    Have a great trip!

    • 16
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:57 pm

      Hey Kerry – thanks for the lulu rec. I tried them on and I’m such a shortie that they just don’t work on me. WAH! And YES to having a wrap/blanket. I love Lulu’s vinyasa scarf for this!

  • 17
    sue May 24, 2017, 9:46 am

    Bruges is fantastic. I would suggest a two day trip (one crazy tourist/walking day) then rent a couple bikes and ride up to Netherlands from Belgium the next! they have an amazing shaded bike trail with cute little pitstops on the way, where you can have some beer. Get your fill of Kriek (their cherry beer) IT’s AMAZING….. The shopping is glorious in the market. Take a canal ride to see historical sights for break. Wear comfy sandals (I suggest mephistos) ….streets all cobblestone. You can wear “trainers”…..subtle ones like airs and such. No one cares. I was an expat and lived in UK for 3 years. Ack the memories! You’re gonna LOVE it! Oh. and lastly, Bring lots of “power food” ……their “snacks”/food as they put it. ugh. You’ll see. Kriek!! Drink ALL varieties!

    • 18
      Mo May 24, 2017, 8:48 pm

      I second two nights in Brugge! I also suggest setting the free Duolingo app and learn a bit of the language. It makes the trip so much more enjoyable when you know a little bit of the language and they really appreciate you trying. My advice is to skip Paris. It is a disappointment. But you may have major FOMO if you don’t go. I also suggest going to one or two places and immersing yourself in the city. You will enjoy your time so much more.

      • 19
        Mo May 24, 2017, 8:49 pm

        Oh and that Cherry beer is amazing!

      • 20
        Jen May 30, 2017, 8:39 pm

        Hey Mo – thanks for your input. It’s appreciated! 🙂 I think we’ll keep it simple and really focus on spending time with our friend and then one or two quality day trips…maybe one overnight. 🙂

    • 21
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:56 pm

      Sue – this is such a FUN recommendation. THANK YOU!

  • 22
    Susanne Hyde May 24, 2017, 9:54 am

    We spent a 24 hour layover in both Paris and Amsterdam on our way to/from Sweden. It was October, so different weather, but still amazing. We loved Amsterdam because we had no expectations for it! Definitely get macaroons while in Paris and of course see the Eiffel Tower. And the architecture is amazing over there, my favorite was seeing Notre Dame. We enjoyed a canal cruise in Amsterdam. I’ve got albums up on FB if you want to check them out.

    • 23
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:55 pm

      Thank you Susanne. I will go check them out! 🙂

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    Jen May 24, 2017, 10:07 am

    So glad you are doing prenatal training! Haven’t been able to take your classes since I got pregnant! And y2 doesn’t really have that many options for prenatal currently and there is def a need!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    • 25
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:55 pm

      Yay, let me know what you might want to know! 🙂

  • 26
    Maria May 24, 2017, 10:28 am

    If you go to Brugge, I highly reccommend the restaurant Goffin. I went there over Christmas this year, and it was truly the best meal I’ve ever had. It’s charming, very small (maybe 10 tables) and feels like you are at someone’s house. Beyond that, the food was unreal. Not expensive, either!!!

    • 27
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:54 pm

      Thank you for this recommendation Maria! 🙂

  • 28
    Juliette | Namastay Traveling May 24, 2017, 10:28 am

    Prenatal certification is on my bucket list too! That will be an amazing weekend. I’m doing my yin certification that weekend, too. Will be an epic-ly zen time! Have fun in Europe!! Eat lots of chocolate and waffles would be my advice for Belgium 🙂

  • 29
    Farrell May 24, 2017, 10:40 am

    You HAVE to to Bruges- one of my favorite places I’ve been. I would recommend over Amsterdam if you are between the two. It is smaller so it is perfect for a day trip and so much cuter than Amsterdam and you still get the canals, etc.

    (If you decide to stay overnight i have a great Airbnb rec)

    I love Paris too but might be overwhelming if you are just looking for a day trip. Highly recommend if you have a few days though.

    • 30
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:54 pm

      Hey Farrell – I am so happy to hear this feedback on Bruges. We can’t wait to see it. Yes PLEASE to the Amsterdam Airbnb! 🙂 I think we will skip Paris for a day trip.

  • 31
    Lesq May 24, 2017, 11:23 am

    Paris and Amsterdam are the best. We were just in London, Amsterdam and Ireland in October and flew between the cities. Amsterdam. Is awesome!!! We were in Paris, French wine country and the French Riveriera last May/June. We are leaving on this seasons travels in a week so I will dig up some of our favs and send them on to you. You are in for a rockin trip!!!!!

    • 32
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:52 pm

      THANK YOU! We are so excited!

  • 33
    Liz May 24, 2017, 11:36 am

    According to Google you can get from Brussels to Paris in 1hr 22mins, and Paris is a very compact walkable city so you could actually do a decent day-trip there. It’s noisy, frenetic and sometimes smelly, but I went last summer for a week and felt completely safe even in the outer, less touristy arrondisements. It helps if you can speak French – Parisians have a reputation for having an attitude (even more so than the French in general!) but in my experience if you even try to speak French they just melt. You won’t have time to see much, but the Eiffel Tower is a must and I’d recommend a look round the Musee d’Orsay, so much nicer than the Louvre which is huge and overwhelming and busy. The restaurant in the Musee d’Orsay http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/espace-professionnels/professionals/tourism-professionals/restaurant.html is absolutely stunning and I had a very good meal there. If you get a chance the Promenade Plantee is a bit different (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coul%C3%A9e_verte_Ren%C3%A9-Dumont). Food-wise Paris is the least globalised of the European cities I’ve visited, none of the big chains we’re used to seeing (well, there is McDonalds, with the addition of the surprisingly good McCafe, which is basically a patisserie!). In terms of main meals you might find French food a shock after Charlotte healthy eating, it is very French (lots of red meat, heavy sauces etc.) Fabulous patisserie, bread, wine and cheese though, one of my favourite meals in Paris was a loaf of bread, a Camenbert and a bottle of wine from Franprix in one of the parks! Also smoking is allowed in restaurants (it’s been banned in the UK for over a decade so this was a big shock).

    If you have time you really, really should do a couple of days in London. It’s an amazing city, cleaner and quieter than Paris with so many wonderful things to see and do and you would love Borough Market so much (foodie heaven). The art galleries and museums are wonderful and mainly free, and the London Eye is a fantastic way of seeing the City. Last time I stayed in London as a holiday as opposed to visiting friends I stayed in a lovely hotel in Southwark, a bit out of the main tourist part of London but still in Zone 1. There was a great brunch place nearby too. I can’t remember the name of the hotel or the brunch place but I will find out and drop you another comment.

    As you can tell I love both Paris and London (I’m English), very happy to give you all the advice I can. You’re very welcome to e-mail me.

    • 34
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:52 pm

      Hey Liz – THANK YOU for all of this incredible detail!!!! And girl, I am not scared of some red meat and heavy sauces! 🙂 Gosh, I took so much french in high school and college. I can get around but I’m not the best at it.

      We won’t be able to fit in a trip to London on this trip but hopefully soon. I will definitely email you if we decide to go the Paris route! 🙂

      • 35
        Liz May 31, 2017, 11:12 am

        Ha ha – well, you enjoy every bite of that delicious French cooking then! Can’t wait to hear about your trip.

  • 36
    Chelsea May 24, 2017, 11:36 am

    Highly recommend Paris, I loved it so much more than I thought I would that I went back a year later. Eat macarons, wander the streets and see the Eiffel Tower (especially at night if your timing allows). I felt very safe in Paris both times that I was there and I stayed in Saint Germain both times. I have not mastered the comfortable flats yet so I’m very curious to see what you come up with. I find the soles of Toms to be very slippery and not enough support for hours of walking.

    • 37
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:50 pm

      Thank you Chelsea – your idea of a day in Paris sounds wonderful and just up my alley! 🙂

  • 38
    Jenn May 24, 2017, 11:48 am

    I was in Amsterdam a couple of years ago and we rented a houseboat through AirBnB. I’d definitely recommend it, the canals are such an integral part of Amsterdam.

    • 39
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:49 pm

      Oh wow! That sounds amazing! A good friend of mine has recommended a bike tour that sounds amazing!

  • 40
    Amber May 24, 2017, 12:12 pm

    Cannot wait to read your recap of prenatal yoga training. I am 15.5 weeks pregnant after trying for years and just started prenatal yoga last night. I’m still quite early in my pregnancy so it felt a bit “easy” to me but some of the ladies who were in the class were full term and about to pop – so I’m sure it will be perfect as I move further along!

    My brother just went to Bruges and LOVED it! Apparently it’s like a fairytale. I just got back from a trip to London and mostly wore my white lace TOMS because they are comfy for walking long distances in but also cute (I think).

    • 41
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:49 pm

      Hey Amber! I am just so, so excited for you right now. I will definitely share some of what I learn.

      You can never go wrong with toms!

  • 42
    Kate May 24, 2017, 12:17 pm

    Rothys are the absolute BEST travel shoe! Awesome for running around town, and actually designed to wear with workout stuff AND “real” clothes 🙂

    https://rothys.com

    • 43
      HeatherDee May 24, 2017, 2:00 pm

      Totally second the Rothy’s comment! I walked the length of Manhattan (twice) in the pointy flats and they were amazingly comfortable. No break in time and you can wash them in the washing machine.

      • 44
        Jen May 30, 2017, 8:45 pm

        Thank you! 🙂

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      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:48 pm

      Thank you for the suggestion!

  • 46
    Stephanie May 24, 2017, 1:05 pm

    So excited for you! You will have an amazing time. Here are my two cents:

    1. Clothing: Stan Smiths or Superstars from Adidas (the MOST comfortable); jeans with some stretch (black is never a bad idea–hides the grime!); and lots of layers. I also LOVE to pack sundressess with a utility/military-style jacket or anorak while traveling (think olive green, lightweight but also cuts the wind–Gap always has one in stock). The sundresses are easy to pack and you’ll live in the utility jacket (from day to night, and while flying)…plus you can never tell if it’s dirty 🙂 Also– a black leather jacket at nighttime is never a bad idea (so chic, and literally goes with anything–dresses, jeans etc.). If you don’t have one, borrow from a friend. I bet you’ll end up loving it so much that you’ll find yourself your own special one in Europe!
    2. I strongly recommend AGAINST going to Paris for a day trip. There is SO much to see in the city, and it will probably stress you out if you try to do it in less than two days (three would be best). Europe can get exhausting/overwhelming very, very fast if you try to cram too much in. I’d vote for sticking to Brussels/Bruges/Amsterdam. Amsterdam is definitely doable in two days and one night. Check out Paris when you have the time/energy to devote several days to it (blocking off several hours for lounging in cafes/wine bars!).
    3. My number one tip–don’t overplan on the “sightseeing” front. Walking around museums/historical buildings all day is a great way to get burnt out. Plan for LONG, lazy, indulgent meals; stopping for coffee/wine whenever your heat desires; long walks through the city (don’t be afriad to get lost) and parks; and just a lot of time to explore whatever you feel like–without an agenda.
    Lonely Planet books are a great resource, too (but don’t plan too much ahead of time!).
    I truly hope you have the best time ever!

    • 47
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:48 pm

      Hey Stephanie – THANK YOU for your incredibly helpful comment. So funny my friend says the Adidas shoes are quite on trend over there right now! I don’t have a utility jacket so I’ll get on that right now! 🙂 Gosh, black leather jacket takes me back to high school. Loved those days! 🙂

      I think we probably will pass on Paris for a day trip unless our hostess wants to take us.

      And I’m definitely more of a “loose plans but let’s be flexible” kind of girl when it comes to travel! 🙂

  • 48
    Jenny Peterson May 24, 2017, 1:55 pm
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      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:45 pm

      I’ve heard great things about those shoes!

      • 50
        Jenny June 1, 2017, 6:54 am

        I also highly recommend tieks. They aren’t cheap but they are the first pair of shoes I bought and wore on a trip, to Asheville, with no blisters or rubbing.

        I was walking to dinner one night there and a woman asked if I liked my shoes because she has been debating getting a pair.

  • 51
    Jen Ruiz May 24, 2017, 2:40 pm

    Jen,
    My brother in law lives in a great neighborhood in Amsterdam. He rents his place out when he’s out of town. When are you going and I’ll check on it? He can also be a great voice for places to check out.

    • 52
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:43 pm

      Emailing you now!

  • 53
    Emily May 24, 2017, 2:48 pm

    I have done a lot of international travel over the years (with a lot of walking!), and have never work tennis shoes in Europe.

    Suprisingly Sperry has some cute and comfortable flats (that are not their boat shoes), as does Naturalizer. I also have worn more of a loafer flat by Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors that are always easy to walk in. All were bought at either Nordstrom or DSW throughout the years.

    One tip that I have regarding packing is definitely keep your bag carry-on size, pack layers, and take a crossbody purse with a zipper or foldover latch for security purposes. I also always pack blister band-aids just in case so if I feel a slight rub in my shoes, I can catch it before a blister can pop up.

    Have an amazing time!

    • 54
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:42 pm

      Hey Emily! Thanks for this insight. It’s so helpful and I was glad to hear that my bag will be perfect for this trip and that I don’t need to invest in a new one!

  • 55
    Annie B May 24, 2017, 3:20 pm

    Your trip sounds amazing!! You definitely should stop by Amsterdam- it’s so wonderful!

    My fave healthy spot in Brussels is Moon Food – great for grab and go salads and raw entrees.

    In Amsterdam you should stay in the Jordaan or De Pijp neighborhoods. Brunch at Coffee + Coconuts and eat dinner at De Bolhoed. And be sure to visit the Van Gogh Museum!

    • 56
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:42 pm

      Hey Annie! Thanks for the input and recommendations! 🙂 Especially the brunch and dinner! 🙂

  • 57
    Rachael May 24, 2017, 4:50 pm

    I moved to London about a year ago and developed hurty heels from walking everywhere in “cute” flats. Fashion sneakers are in right now, so take advantage and get a low-profile pair (I linked one below) – at least for daytime, then you can wear dressier flats at night. Trust me, it’s not worth risking heel spurs that could affect your running! You won’t look out of place, either. And on weather, I’d throw one pair of shorts in your luggage. It’s in the 80s in both London and Brussels at the moment. Happy traveling!

    https://www.amazon.com/Sam-Edelman-Marquette-Fashion-Sneaker/dp/B01G6WKPIW/ref=sr_1_8?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1495658411&sr=1-8&nodeID=7147440011&psd=1&keywords=fashion%2Bsneakers&th=1

    • 58
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:41 pm

      Hi Rachael – thanks for the input and I am totally on team function over fashion! 🙂 Especially when it comes to my workouts and running. Haha! My friend just messaged me today and said to bring shorts, it’s so hot!

  • 59
    Simone May 24, 2017, 5:46 pm

    Get one of these apartments in Amsterdam:
    https://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p378585vb
    https://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p6424964

    Owned by a super nice couple and you HAVE TO take the private boat tour that they offer. It is the single best way to see Amsterdam during a short trip. You can bring a picnic (including wine if you want to) onto the boat and it was just so much fun!

    A couple of blocks down the street you will find the best sandwiches ever: http://www.cora-broodjes.nl with high quality ingredients on amazing semi baguettes. We went twice 4 hours haha.

    You are going to have so much fun!

    • 60
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:40 pm

      Thank you so much Simone! This is incredibly helpful and a great recommendation!

  • 61
    Keri May 24, 2017, 7:49 pm

    We stayed at Mauro Mansion (http://www.mauromansion.com) in Amsterdam and loved it – walking distance to the train station and to a lot of attractions. The owners were great and very helpful with recommendations.

    We also were in Brussels and did a day trip to Bruges with Viator. I would have rather tried to see Bruges on our own. The tour group was very big, we were delayed because couple people in our group wandered off, and they tried to fit so much in that we felt rushed. It was a beautiful city. Antwerp was also an interesting day trip!

    • 62
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:40 pm

      Hey Keri- thank you so much for this recommendation. It’s very helpful!

  • 63
    Alicia May 24, 2017, 9:34 pm

    Bruges or Ghent -easy and fun!
    Paris is super close. Go for it.

    I suggest Superga shoes. Europeans wear them, they’re Italian made and they’re stylish/comfortable.

    • 64
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:38 pm

      Thank you Alicia! 🙂

  • 65
    Kat May 25, 2017, 9:29 am

    I have no travel recs but shoes…I know about some shoes. 🙂 Sounds like you need a trip to Asheville first to visit the Discount Shoes out Brevard Rd! Literally a warehouse of comfort shoes, CUTE comfort shoes. From Keen, Merrell, Dansko, Clarks, Jambu, Fly London, etc etc etc. All discounted around 25%. They aren’t cheap to start with so every little bit helps. Sounds like a great European vacation!

    • 66
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:37 pm

      HEY! I wish I had time before the trip but I’d love to make it to Asheville soon. Hopefully we can grab a drink if I do! 🙂

  • 67
    Amanda May 27, 2017, 2:40 pm

    Awh, wow! That’s so awesome you’re getting that certification! That is so cool. Also i can’t wait to live through your trip recap because I’ve never been! Wish I was more help! haha.

    • 68
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:19 pm

      I think I’m equally excited about prenatal teacher training as I am the trip but in different ways! Can’t wait to share! 🙂

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    Kimberley May 28, 2017, 1:54 pm

    I would highly recommend Bruges for 2 nights if you can fit it in. It is such a charming medieval city with all the canals. I like it better than Amsterdam, but that is worth it as well. Everywhere is easy to get to by foot, though I enjoyed biking everywhere like the locals–very reasonable rates. You can bike around the moats that loop around the city, go to Damme, and even the Netherlands is a doable biking trip. The Olive Tree is an excellent restaurant if you like Greek food and need a break from all the heavy food. Chez Albert is touristy, but has the best waffles.

    Paris is a city very dear to my heart. While it is a doable day trip, I think that is a best city to soak in over a longer trip. I never had a problem with the people or felt unsafe. Antwerp or Ghent are also good day trips from Burssels.

    Tieks or Tom’s make comforable day time walking shoes. The cobblestones can be brutal, so at least one pair of comfortable shoes. For night, a cute stylish pair would be ok.

    Layers is key. I bring at least one jacket, a stretchy pair of jeans, a skirt or two, and some interchangable short sleeve shirts for June. Maybe a dress if you are going out. It is definitely to your advantage to pack light. In my younger days, I spent way too much time struggling with heavy baggage. It is more freedom to pack light.

    • 70
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:16 pm

      Hey Kimberly – thank you so so much for this comment. It is so very helpful. <3 We are excited! 🙂

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    Erica May 29, 2017, 12:59 pm

    The ice-cream at Berthillon, Ile de la Cite or Amorino is to die for! Eric Kayser (outlets everywhere) for the cheesy bread. Sadaharu Aoki at Galeries Lafayette for the amazing Japanese-French fusion desserts. Pierre Herme (outlets everywhere) for the macarons (trumps La Duree in my opinion any day). Mussels at Leon de Bruxelles (outlets everywhere). L’As du Falafel in the jewish quartier for obviously the falafels yummm!!! If you come across any boulangerie with the logo “Meilleur ouvrier de France” (best artisan in France), just buy something simple like a croissant or pain au chocolat, I can guarantee it is AMAZINNNNG. Take the ligne 6 of the metro, it is one of the rare lignes metro that goes overground, over the Seine and you have a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower from La Motte Piquet/Dupleix/Bir Hakeim

    • 72
      Jen May 30, 2017, 8:15 pm

      This is so helpful. THANK YOU! 🙂

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    Holly June 1, 2017, 10:27 pm

    I love that you are doing the prenatal yoga training. I practiced regular vinyasa flow until 28 weeks and during that time there were teachers that were super cool and comfortable with me being in class and some that were not – which was soooooo unfortunate because there are safe ways to practice yoga while pregnant! I switched to prenatal classes / relaxation classes for the last trimester. I wish some of those teachers had been more educated and less freaked out though, when I was in the ‘regular’ classes.

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