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  • A Weekend Staycation in Uptown Charlotte

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    Did you know that today is the first time since 1948 that the Summer Solstice and a full moon have happened at the same time? We are all feeling super excited about summer over here! :) I'm an experience kind of person when it comes to gifts. I'd much rather do/see/experience something than receive a [...]

  • The New Year from my iPhone

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    I hope your new year is off to a wonderful start. Before we get too far into 2016, here's a photo recap of New Year's Weekend from my iPhone. BREAKING NEWS: the sun finally broke through the clouds and made its way out again. That alone was enough to make the new year happy for [...]

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

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    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 [...]

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

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    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 [...]

  • Weekend: Pizza & My First Ray LaMontagne

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    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: Embracing Fall + Slowing Down

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    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: Massages, Sweets & Shopping

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    Happy Father's Day! I'm doing this weekend a little backwards by spending it with my mom but we did call my dad today to say hi and wish him a happy day! Fun fact, I was born on Father's Day so I always joke with my dad that I was the ultimate gift. I can [...]

  • A Very Social Weekend (I Put on Real Clothes 4 Days in a Row!)

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    I hope your Monday is off to a great start! I had a yoga private this morning, a coffee meeting and then I shopped and cooked meals for my client. I haven't done a weekend recap in a while because my weekends haven't been much to write about but I thought that putting on real [...]

  • Seasonal Eating + Recent Eats (And Cute Sullie!)

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    I have not been feeling super inspired when it comes to cooking lately. I think I'm just tired of cold weather foods (as I type this I have dinner in the crock pot) and I'm ready for seasonal ingredients and lighter fare. I can't wait to fire up the grill for summer veggies and burgers. [...]

  • Recent Eats…Featuring Tacos & Bacon

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    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 [...]

  • Weekend & Winners

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    My weekend was nothing too exciting but perfect for me. I'll give you one guess what the theme of it was... Yep, yoga. I am assisting with 200-hour teacher training this winter/spring and we had a teacher training weekend scheduled. (They complete the 200 hours over the course of eight weekends and assisting/observation work done [...]

  • Weekend: Crazy Curls + Massage + Yoga

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    Good morning and happy Monday! I am setting my intention to have a focused and productive week that includes LOTS of writing for my book. :) Before I dive into the new week, here's a look back at a few weekend highlights. Fun fact: my hair is naturally curly/wavy but I never wear it this [...]

  • Weekend: Car Shopping, Restaurant Week and Brunch

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    Hi there. I hope everyone had a good Monday. If you had the day off I hope you enjoyed it! First things first, I took this girl into the vet this morning and she received a CLEAN bill of health. I am so grateful. The lump on her belly is, in fact, a lipoma (fatty [...]

  • One of Many Jens

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    Hi and happy Sunday! I hope it's been a great weekend for everyone. I attended two very fun holiday parties last night. The first was our staff party for Metro where this photo was taken. It's the "Jen's." There are FOUR Jen's that work for Metro...and we only have 30ish employees. This has pretty much [...]

  • The Week in Food and Fitness

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    Please vote for my Chicken Marsala Mac and Cheese recipe in the Colombo Marsala Wine Challenge. It takes two seconds! My dish is today's featured recipe on their Facebook page! Like ,share and help spread the word!!! Hi there! Hope y'all are staying warm.  It has been such a wonderful weekend. I have a ton to [...]

  • Practicing Gratitude

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    I hope your Thanksgiving week is off to a great start! I taught my regular Sunday morning yoga class yesterday and the message that we focused on was letting this week of Thanksgiving be about actively practicing gratitude and celebrating the abundant blessings in our lives. To begin class I read my yogis the following [...]

  • Weekend in photos featuring pizza, yoga and sushi. My faves.

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    Here's a look at my weekend in photos... Friday night pizza. I needed this like no one's business. Saturday morning at the farmers market after a beautiful yoga practice with Grace Morales. Highlights including mountain apples, lacinto kale, rainbow chard and the most ginormous bunch of beets for a whopping $4. Paleo banana bread but [...]

  • Playlist + Bachelorette + Food

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    I hope that you all enjoyed your weekend. The highlight of mine was definitely my presentation to the gymnasts on Saturday along with my friend Lina's bachelorette. I did nothing on Friday night. I just made the granola bars and sat on the couch with some cheese, wine and a bowl of soup. I was [...]

  • Frittatas and Half Moons

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    Hi and happy Monday! I hope that your week is off to a fabulous start! I got up and practiced yoga this morning and it was the most perfect way to kick off a short week. I've got a fun last-minute quick trip planned for this weekend. It's not always easy to get out of [...]

  • We Finally Meet + A New Playlist

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    Sunday was a really special day for me. I finally got to meet three women who I have been interacting with via social media and the blog world for years. I sent a group message to Teri, Miriam (formerly of Bellaspire which she has stepped away from...you've seen her on this blog before) and Leslie [...]

  • Mother’s Day Without Mom

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    Happy Mother's Day everyone. I haven't seen my mom since Christmas and I'm pretty sad about that because I really miss her. Even though I didn't get to spend Mother's Day with my mom, I still had a very nice day. I felt honored to start it by teaching my Sunday morning hot yoga "church" [...]

  • Skyscrapers and Sunshine

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    This is part two of my Chicago trip recap and it's all about part of our beautiful Saturday. We slept until 10 a.m. (11 a.m. Eastern time!!!). I guess we were exhausted from a long work week and a late Friday night. We didn't even feel guilty about our late slumber, instead we high-fived and [...]

  • Jello Legs

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    I'm currently stretched out on the couch with jello legs. Which I personally think is a great feeling. ;) My workout this afternoon put me in this state. I ran three hilly miles outside and then came in the gym to do a strength circuit involving 60 barbell back squats at 75 pounds...thus the jello [...]

  • Overnight Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

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    Hola! I'm back in Charlotte where it's sunny and 80 degrees. That's how we do things in the South. It was 40 degrees and sleeting this time last week. Now we've fast-forwarded right into early summer. It will be 90 degrees before we know it. I LOVE IT. Okay, the real reason for this post [...]

  • Sunday in Photos

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    It's been a good weekend but I haven't stopped moving so I'm just now checking in with you. My weekend has been full of CrossFit, teaching yoga, Ikea trips, house project, social gatherings...busy but good and fun busy. Today's biggest accomplishment was assembling my first piece of Ikea furniture all by myself. Like using the [...]

  • Default Distance

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    I have this thing where anytime I go out for a run I default to three miles. Not two, not four...but an easy 5K. It's been my "default distance" for as long as I can remember. Of course when I am in training programs for races I vary the distances to follow the plan but [...]

  • Living The Dream

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    I had a really awesome weekend with many highlights. - Teaching two packed yoga classes to the amazing yogis at Y2 Yoga. They flowed, they sweated, they learned a new mantra, worked on a new deep upper backbend (more on the mantra and backbend tomorrow for yoga Monday!) and listened to this motivational speech about [...]

  • Turning The (Baby Shower) Corner

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    If I'm going to be really honest here then I have to say that I usually have mild anxiety when I receive a baby shower invitation. It's not that I don't think babies and pregnant ladies are wonderful but I'm just not good at all the baby stuff. First, the whole gift thing is always [...]

  • A Festive Sunday

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    I taught yoga this morning, took from my favorite teacher this afternoon, baked gingerbread, bought holiday candles, had brunch with friends and am now curled up on the couch under a blanket with wine and How The Grinch Stole Christmas on TV. I think that classifies as a good day? Breakfast before teaching yoga this [...]

  • Can’t Do It All

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    I went into the weekend knowing that it was full of work and social commitments along with a list of things I wanted to get done around the house. Around 3 p.m. on Saturday I came to the realization that there was no way that I could do everything that I committed to doing and rather [...]

  • Good Eats In Asheville

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    Last Asheville post for you...this time food focused! While I do love hiking and all of the outdoor activities that the Asheville area has to offer, the food and general good vibe of the city are what keep me coming back. I don't know if it was the arrival of fall and the awesome weather [...]

  • A Look Into My Grocery Bags

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    Happy Monday! I have received many requests for a look at my grocery staples/a typical grocery trip. I hit up our new Whole Foods on Sunday morning for a pretty big restock so I thought it would be the perfect time to photograph what I purchased and share it with you. I actually really enjoy [...]

  • Friday Funday {Giveaway}

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    Happy Friday! The short week really flew by. I can't believe the weekend is already back. Although weekends aren't really the breaks from work they used to be. One of the very best things about my job is the flexibility. I don't have set hours. Sometimes (rarely) I work the typical 8-5. Other days my [...]

  • Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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    My Sunday activities consisted of sleeping in, making brunch, baking cookies, blogging, hot yoga, house cleaning and a meeting at lululemon. While I did keep myself busy, none of these were "have to do's" and everything was done at a relaxed pace. It is still weird for me to wake up on Sunday morning and [...]

  • Grand Opening Prep And A Granola Recipe

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    The big day is finally here! Monday is the grand opening of Metro CrossFit & Training Center! I spent most of the afternoon/evening working to wrap up last minute tasks - everything from stocking the locker rooms with toiletries to sending confirmation emails for the preview classes to assembling Ikea stuff. This week is going [...]

  • A Happy Place

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    I'm home from Asheville where I spent the last three days eating, drinking, hiking, yogaing, wandering and eating some more. It was a beautiful weekend with temperatures in the 70s during the day and the 50s at night. Asheville is one of my favorite places to visit and when I'm there I always feel content [...]

  • MDW

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    Happy Memorial Day! I had grand plans of getting up at 7 this morning, blogging, going to yoga, working a bit and then pool partying for the rest of the day. Annnnddd then I slept until 9 a.m. which resulted in missing yoga. Now I'm getting a late start on the blog/work stuff and still [...]

  • Petpalooza 5K

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    I hope everyone is having a fun Cinco De Mayo/Derby Day. How awesome that they both fell on the same Saturday! I would love to attend the Kentucky Derby one year and rock a gigantic hat and cute dress! :) My Saturday has been great although not very festive. I'm currently sitting on the couch [...]

  • Weekend Download

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    My weekend ended with a 9 p.m. bedtime on Sunday. I don't really know how to describe it but I'm just kind of tired and feel like I can't get caught up. I got enough sleep over the weekend but my body has been feeling worn out and sore. I think a lot of it [...]

  • Sunny Sunday

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    Happy Oscar evening! I am camped out on the couch watching the red carpet coverage. I'm pretty underwhelmed so far but then again I have only half been paying attention as I've been playing on the computer and cooking dinner. I haven't seen many of the movies that are nominated this year so I'm not [...]

  • Sunday Sameness

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    Good morning and happy Monday! I hope that your day is off to a positive start. Mine is off to a sore start. I did another ashtanga practice at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday with David Keil. My practice felt really good and I was happy that after a long hiatus from ashtanga that I was [...]

  • The Time I Fell Asleep In Double Pigeon

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    It's been a really good Sunday. I spent over six hours in various yoga studios. I taught four classes and over 115 yogis over the course of the day and felt so inspired to practice myself at the end of it all that I took a class tonight! I started my day with a 6:15 [...]

  • Wine and Waffles

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    One of the things I enjoy most about training and teaching is getting to know my clients and students. It is really cool to have a group of "regulars" in my classes and I always love chatting with them before and after class. It's a great feeling to be surrounded by familiar faces and honestly, [...]

  • Scenes from Christmas 2011

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    I'm a little late getting my Christmas recap up. Please forgive! I left my camera at my in law's last night and then slept until 9 this morning and spent a big chunk of time at the Y trying to get myself out of my sugar coma and back to normal. I'm just getting settled [...]

  • Christmas Eve Happenings

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    Good morning and merry Christmas Eve! I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and feeling happy and loved. My Christmas Eve started with a 6 a.m. wake-up call so I could get over to the mall to teach an early morning in-store class at Lululemon. It was a little weird to be in the [...]

  • Will You Ever Post About Running Again?

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    Happy Monday! I had intentions of getting a post up yesterday but found myself in bed at 9 p.m. instead. Oops. Sometimes rest has to take precedence over blogging. So, I just received a comment on my last post asking, "Will you ever post about running again?" Excellent question. The answer to that is yes but it's not [...]

  • Yoga and Birthdays

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    I am pretty disciplined about my yoga practice. There are certain yoga classes that I love to attend and try not to miss. One of those is the Saturday morning Super Flow at Y2. Despite the early 7:30 starting time, I never have a problem motivating myself to get out of bed for it because [...]

  • Sunday on Monday

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    Happy Monday! I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start! Final weekend update for you before we roll into the new week. I spent most of my Sunday at Y2 Yoga teaching the morning and afternoon 90-minute hot classes. Both were fabulous. I’m not sure what it is but some days the energy [...]

  • Take Responsibility

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    I have decided that my favorite thing to do is write a positive, motivational post at the beginning of the week. It feels good to start the week out with energy, positivity and a reminder of all the good and happy things that we have to be grateful for. I wasn't sure if I should [...]

  • Pizza, Peacock, Pool – A Happy Fourth!

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    Back to the real world and catching up? (Why can't every weekend be a four-day weekend? Waaaahhh....) We Went to Georgia! Part One and Part Two. Sullie turned FIVE! Beware, cute golden retriever photos! Our long weekend was fabulous! We arrived home from Georgia late Saturday evening and decided to go out for pizza and [...]