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FlyWheel Friday + This & That

FlyWheel Friday + This & That

Not that I ever like to wish time away but it sure is nice to see the arrival of the weekend after the week we’ve had. I taught my Friday morning hot yoga class and then met Virginia to take a FlyWheel class. We took Jenna B’s class and it was my first time taking [...]

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Soft and Caky Pumpkin Muffins with Dates and Nuts

Soft and Caky Pumpkin Muffins with Dates and Nuts

These soft and caky pumpkin muffins are studded with dates and nuts. They’re perfect alongside coffee or tea for breakfast or an afternoon snack!  The fall cooking and baking bug has officially got its teeth in me. I am finding myself craving time in the kitchen and feeling all sorts of creativity and inspiration flowing. [...]

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Last Week’s (Unplanned) Eats

Last Week’s (Unplanned) Eats

Hi guys. What a week. The news out of Vegas continues to stun and shock, the situation in Puerto Rico seems to be a mess and Tom Petty has passed. American Girl will always be a song that brings a lot of nostalgia and good memories with it. I hope you’re all seeking peace and [...]

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Processing + A Fall Weekend

Processing + A Fall Weekend

I honestly have no words to express my heartbreak over the mass shooting in Las Vegas. The last thing I looked at on my phone last night before turning to my book was CNN.com to scan the headlines. I was shocked and sick to my stomach to wake up and learn about what happened as [...]

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2,000 SQUATOBER Instagram Challenge + October Workout Playlist (3+ Hours of Music!)

2,000 SQUATOBER Instagram Challenge + October Workout Playlist (3+ Hours of Music!)

Happy October 1! The decorative pumpkins have made their way to our front porch and I baked my first pumpkin baked good of the season this morning – pumpkin muffins with pecans and chopped dates. They were delicious so I’m planning to share the recipe after I try them again with some small modifications. I’m [...]

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20 Ways to Use The AbDolly for Total Body Training + Why You Need One of These In Your Life!

20 Ways to Use The AbDolly for Total Body Training + Why You Need One of These In Your Life!

This post is sponsored by AbDolly, LLC. I am always looking for new ways to spice up my workouts and I recently discovered an awesome piece of equipment that has been helping me do just that! This is the AbDolly but don’t let the name fool you. The AbDolly is great for core training but [...]

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Ina’s Apple Pie Bars – Easier Than Apple Pie!

Ina’s Apple Pie Bars – Easier Than Apple Pie!

I baked Ina Garten’s Apple Pie Bars on Sunday afternoon and it’s safe to say that it’s the best baking recipe that I’ve tried in a long time. Ina + Apple Pie = two things you just can’t go wrong with. I inadvertently messed up on the recipe but I think that made the bars [...]

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A Weekend of Letting Go + Party Food, New Books & Trader Joe’s Haul

A Weekend of Letting Go + Party Food, New Books & Trader Joe’s Haul

I think I ate my weight in spinach and artichoke dip over the course of this last weekend so it’s safe to say it’s a good one. Especially since dip usually means get togethers! :) We had a wild start to the weekend. Tanner suggested going out to dinner on Friday night but we ended [...]

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Last Week’s Eats + What’s on My First Week of Fall Dinner Menu

Last Week’s Eats + What’s on My First Week of Fall Dinner Menu

It’s been a slow Sunday morning for me. I woke up just before 7 and then willed myself back to sleep until 8. I lounged in bed until 9 and then we got up to make breakfast. The rest of the morning has consisted of reading things on the internet, editing blog photos, researching recipes [...]

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15-Minute Bodyweight Workout + Friday Favorites

15-Minute Bodyweight Workout + Friday Favorites

Happy first day of fall! In typical southern fall fashion, the high in Charlotte is 88 degrees today but it looks like we’ll get a break and see those fall temperatures in about a week or so. The pups will be very happy about that! It’s been a while since I wrote a Friday favorites [...]

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Finding Food Freedom…And The Journey of Getting There

Finding Food Freedom…And The Journey of Getting There

This post has been bouncing around in my head for a few months but I haven’t had a clear direction for how to present it…so I’m just going to go for it. I want to talk about food. And relaxing the rules around it. And about becoming less attached to comparing what you’re doing to [...]

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Lately: Chinese Lantern Festival + Weekend in Florida

Lately: Chinese Lantern Festival + Weekend in Florida

The last eight days have been so nice. I had my mom here in Charlotte last week and then I was able to travel back to Florida with her on Friday afternoon to spend the weekend with my grandmother. I arrived back in Charlotte this evening and swung by Whole Foods and Harris Teeter on [...]

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Last Week’s Workouts (Half Training!) + This Week’s Dinner Menu

Last Week’s Workouts (Half Training!) + This Week’s Dinner Menu

Hey guys! I’m enjoying a long weekend in Florida with my family. My mom and I spent the afternoon on the beach and I just came in to get showered and cool off. It’s gorgeous but hot! The plan tonight is a fajita dinner and then my grandmother and I are having an epic Scrabble [...]

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Recent Eats: Salads, Salmon, Food Trucks and Sweet Stuff

Recent Eats: Salads, Salmon, Food Trucks and Sweet Stuff

Happy Friday. I hope you guys have had a nice week. My mom has been in Charlotte visiting this week and it’s been great to have her here. I made a last-minute decision on Wednesday night at 11 p.m. to fly back to Florida with her today so that I can spend the weekend with [...]

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24 Hours In Amsterdam: Part 1

24 Hours In Amsterdam: Part 1

Back in June we traveled to Brussels, Belgium to visit our friend Lina. During our weeklong visit we spent a few days exploring Brussels, took a day trip to Bruges and an overnight to Amsterdam. We spent 24 hours in Amsterdam and it was an incredible experience. We loved Amsterdam so much that I’ll be [...]

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Taking Stock, Part 2

Taking Stock, Part 2

  I first posted this “Currently” survey-style blog post back in October 2014 after seeing it on my friend Teri’s blog. I came across the old post a couple of weeks ago and put it in the queue for a redo. So here’s the 2017 edition! CURRENTLY… MAKING: plans to visit my grandmother very soon. I [...]

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Weekend: Thai Food, Greek Festival and Lots of Yoga

Weekend: Thai Food, Greek Festival and Lots of Yoga

Hi and I am praying hard for all of my Florida readers and everyone in the path of Hurricane Irma, especially those in the Caribbean Islands. It was an absolutely gorgeous weekend in Charlotte, which was so eerie knowing about the impending arrival of Irma in Florida and all the rain and wind that we [...]

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Weekend Happenings + Recent Eats

Weekend Happenings + Recent Eats

Hi Friday! I’m very happy on this Friday because my mom will be arriving in Charlotte on Sunday morning to stay with us for the week! My wheels are turning on the fun activities we can do while she’s here. The weekend won’t be a very restful one for me due to lots of teaching [...]

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September Workout Playlist: 50 Songs, 3 Hours of Music! + Details on My Fitness Watch

September Workout Playlist: 50 Songs, 3 Hours of Music! + Details on My Fitness Watch

At the beginning of 2017 I started putting together weekly “PBR” 60-minute Spotify playlists for y’all to use for your workouts and runs. This new feature was super well-received but as time has progressed I’ve decided to consolidate it into one BIG monthly playlist rather a shorter weekly one. I’m all about efficiency over here. [...]

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Less Laboring, More Living: Part Two

Less Laboring, More Living: Part Two

Last Labor Day I wrote a post titled, “Less Laboring and More Living” and it’s been on my mind all weekend…because I’ve done it. In last year’s post I shared that the norm for me was to get by on 5-6 hours of sleep a night, “because I could.” I had a lightbulb moment where [...]

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Date Night in Matthews: YUME Bistro Japanese and Artisen Gelato

Date Night in Matthews: YUME Bistro Japanese and Artisen Gelato

I hope all of my U.S. readers are enjoying the long Labor Day weekend. A week of gray and rainy weather gave way to the most beautiful weekend here in Charlotte. I’m all dressed and ready to go meet Virginia for a run after I finish this post. Typically I save my weekend activities for [...]

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The Perfectly Seared Salmon Secret + Recent Eats

The Perfectly Seared Salmon Secret + Recent Eats

Happy long weekend Friday. Whether you’re gearing up for a low-key weekend or one full of adventure, I hope it’s safe and enjoyable. I appreciate the thoughtful comments on my post about Charlotte. There’s just one quick thing I want to reiterate…the post was written from my personal point of view. Of course, what I [...]

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Living In Charlotte: The Good, Some Considerations and Additional Resources

Living In Charlotte: The Good, Some Considerations and Additional Resources

In the past couple of months I have received quite a few emails, messages and Instagram DMs about living in Charlotte, NC. I wrote a few posts about Charlotte two summers ago but this city is changing so rapidly that I think it’s time for an update! First, here are links to those three posts. [...]

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Harvey Help + Weekend Things

Harvey Help + Weekend Things

Hi on a Monday. I can’t stop thinking about everyone in the Houston area and what they are going through. My parents lived in Houston for a few years when I was in my early-mid 20s and it was always a city that I enjoyed visiting…and where I learned what real Mexican food should taste [...]

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Farmers Market, Food Shopping and This Week’s Dinner Menu

Farmers Market, Food Shopping and This Week’s Dinner Menu

I did a good bit of food shopping over the course of the weekend. Saturday I visited the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market to catch the last of the summer produce and this afternoon I made a quick stop into Harris Teeter to grab a few more things. Here’s a recap of what I bought at [...]

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