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My Favorite Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

My Favorite Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

I can't believe that in six plus years of writing this blog that I haven't shared my favorite homemade spaghetti sauce recipe with you! I started making this recipe my first year out of college when I was in my first "real world" job and apartment. I can vividly remember sitting in my apartment and [...]

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Weekend: Home Shopping + Christmas Tree Debacles

Weekend: Home Shopping + Christmas Tree Debacles

Hey there. I'm jumping back into my normal groove today after a nice long weekend. Here's a quick recap of it! We got home around 1:30 on Friday afternoon. We spent some time cleaning the house and then I headed out for a long walk with the girls. We walked for about an hour and [...]

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Scenes from Thanksgiving 2016

Scenes from Thanksgiving 2016

Happy Sunday! I'm currently listening to Classical Christmas on Spotify and I'm getting really excited to go pick out our tree later this evening. Before we go fully into Christmas mode, I wanted to share a few scenes from our Thanksgiving. I always love to get a glimpse of everyone's family traditions and menu spreads [...]

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Thanksgiving Eve + Pumpkin Crunch Cake Recipe + The Best Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving Eve + Pumpkin Crunch Cake Recipe + The Best Turkey Trot

I hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving. If you're needing a quick 30-minute "do anywhere with no equipment" workout in, don't forget about my Torch the Turkey workout! :) We traveled to Beaufort, South Carolina to celebrate Thanksgiving with Tanner's mom. Before we left on Thanksgiving eve, we taught our annual Butterball Boot Camp [...]

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Your Thanksgiving Workout Guide: Body, Mind and Spirit

Your Thanksgiving Workout Guide: Body, Mind and Spirit

I have been sharing holiday-themed workouts for years but this Thanksgiving I want to deepen my workout offering to include not only the physical body but mind and spirit as well. Most of you have shared with me in the past that you enjoy getting a good workout in on Thanksgiving morning before you spend [...]

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Brussles Sprout and Kale Salad with Butternut Squash, Pears, Goat Cheese and a Balsamic Date Vinaigrette

Brussles Sprout and Kale Salad with Butternut Squash, Pears, Goat Cheese and a Balsamic Date Vinaigrette

This shredded brussels sprout and kale salad features roasted butternut squash, sliced pears, toasted pecans and honey goat cheese and is topped with a chopped date and balsamic vinaigrette. I was challenged to create a healthy holiday recipe by Bon Appetit and ALDI for an Instagram project (head on over to Instagram to check it [...]

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Weekend: dumplings, a yard sale and a goodbye

Weekend: dumplings, a yard sale and a goodbye

First, thank you for your kindness and support with the post I shared yesterday. One day at a time. <3 Second, Thanksgiving week is here. We are heading to Tanner's mom and step-father for the holiday and we'll go to my family for Christmas. I am in charge of bringing a salad and a dessert. [...]

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Sunday Morning Coffee Chat: Life, Love and Running

Sunday Morning Coffee Chat: Life, Love and Running

I hope your Sunday morning is off to a beautiful start. I just poured a cup of coffee and took that magical first sip and thought I'd sit down and write a coffee chat post since it's been many months since I've done so. If we were chatting over coffee I would share...that last week [...]

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What I Ate This Week + A New Favorite Salad Combo

What I Ate This Week + A New Favorite Salad Combo

Happy Friday! Can you believe that this time next week Thanksgiving will be over and the Black Friday shopping madness will be underway? I was happy to read your comments on last week's recent eats post about how much you guys enjoy these posts and find them useful. It's great to hear and I'll keep [...]

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Tried and True Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Tried and True Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is just a week away and if you're finalizing your menu plan or deciding what you'll be contributing to a family or group meal, this is the post for you. It's not secret that I love to cook and Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. Over the last 10 years or so, [...]

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Air quality and running + Race medals + Facebook community invite

Air quality and running + Race medals + Facebook community invite

Over 30 counties in North Carolina are experiencing drought conditions and there are terrible wildfires burning in the mountains with over 44,000 acres burned so far. (source) We woke up this morning to a very hazy skyline here in Charlotte and the smell of smoke hanging in the air. As of today, we are under [...]

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Weekend: Bacon, Brunch and the End of Parenthood

Weekend: Bacon, Brunch and the End of Parenthood

I have to start my weekend recap at the end. We watched the series finale of Parenthood on Sunday night and I am so insanely sad that it's over. We've spent the last few months with the Braverman's and I am seriously attached to them. I know it's just a TV show but I don't [...]

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Last Weeks Eats & Workouts

Last Weeks Eats & Workouts

Happy Sunday. Quick check in for you to share last week's eats and workouts. I hope it gives you a little dose of inspiration to get your week started on a strong, healthy and balanced note. Before I dive into this, I just want to give you a reminder to listen to your body and [...]

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2016 Charlotte Half Marathon: Race Recap

2016 Charlotte Half Marathon: Race Recap

I ran the Charlotte Half Marathon this morning and I have to say that the Charlotte Marathon Weekend just keeps getting better and better. I think this was my fourth time running the half. It's my favorite hometown race and this year's event was definitely the best yet! Today's race was significant because it marked [...]

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I Baked Sourdough Bread + Other Favorite Things

I Baked Sourdough Bread + Other Favorite Things

As most of you know, when I visit my parents my dad always sends me home with two loaves of homemade sourdough bread. I carefully transport it back to Charlotte with me like it's precious cargo. It almost always gets a second look from security but they just end up threatening to confiscate it because [...]

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November 9, 2016

Good morning. I didn't post yesterday because nothing I had to share seemed significant given the huge decision our country was making. I felt so anxious all day. I hope you exercised your right to vote. We are truly so lucky to have it and to live in a country where we enjoy personal freedom, [...]

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Weekend: Love Warrior + 18 Miles + Baking Projects

Weekend: Love Warrior + 18 Miles + Baking Projects

We had such a great weekend. I apologize that I'm just getting to the recap late on a Monday evening but today was spent teaching yoga, taking yoga, grocery shopping, meal prepping and working on Y2 stuff/studio management team meeting. I'm just sitting down to type this before I got teach my last class for [...]

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Meal Plan: Week of 11/6 + Last Week’s Eats

Meal Plan: Week of 11/6 + Last Week’s Eats

I just planned our menu for the week and it's making me feel very hungry and excited to cook. This is probably also due to my long run yesterday and the increase in hunger that I tend to have the day after. It's pretty crazy but I also think a big part of it is [...]

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Day in the Life + 5 Trader Joe’s Finds

Day in the Life + 5 Trader Joe’s Finds

Hey, hey! I hope you guys had a nice Thursday. It's temporarily become a pretty busy day for me due to a couple classes I'm subbing and a workshop. I  haven't written a "day in the life" post lately so here goes! Also, keep reading for five new Trader Joe's finds at the end of [...]

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Gluten-Free & Paleo Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Gluten-Free & Paleo Pumpkin Banana Muffins

These gluten-free and paleo pumpkin banana muffins are a perfect addition to your breakfast spread or a great option for an afternoon snack. And with just under 150 calories per muffin and no processed sugar, you can feel good about enjoying a freshly baked treat! My current breakfast obsession is two scrambled eggs, fresh fruit [...]

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62 Day Meditation Challenge

62 Day Meditation Challenge

It's November 1 and 2017 is going to be here before we know it. I feel like a broken record, but where has the time gone? This year has passed so quickly and I know the holiday season will be no different. Every year our yoga studio hosts a 62 Day Challenge from November 1-January [...]

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Halloween Weekend

Halloween Weekend

I'm handing out candy to trick or treaters while I write this post and I have to say that hearing all the kids squeal, "DOGGGGGIEEEESSS!" when they walk up to our house is pretty much the cutest thing ever. All three of them are standing at the glass door watching all the Halloween fun. This [...]

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Halloween-Themed Workouts: Spooky Sprint & Climb Treadmill Workout + Boo Bodyweight Workout

Halloween-Themed Workouts: Spooky Sprint & Climb Treadmill Workout + Boo Bodyweight Workout

This post is sponsored by Mirium Shopper. I'm excited to partner with CVS to bring you TWO Hallowen-themed workouts! :) I love creating holiday-themed workouts and I thought Halloween was the perfect time for TWO Halloween-themed workouts...an indoor treadmill workout and a do anywhere bodyweight workout. You never know when that Halloween candy will have [...]

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Recent Eats + Whole Foods App + Nightshades

Recent Eats + Whole Foods App + Nightshades

Happy weekend! (I think it's late enough on Friday that we can go ahead and call it the weekend.) Any fun plans? Unfortunately, our Friday night is going to look like navigating our way through a client management software change and transition for the studio but hopefully it won't be too painful. We're hosting a [...]

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Choose Your Attitude + 3 Special Deals Just For You! :)

Choose Your Attitude + 3 Special Deals Just For You! :)

I have been teaching yoga at 6 a.m. for over 5 years now. It's an early wake up call but a gift to be able to begin my day in such a positive and intentional way. One of the things that I message to my early morning yoga classes most often is, "you choose your [...]

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