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  • Going organic with ORGANIX dog food + 5 tips for feeding time

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    I'm partnering with Castor & Pollux to bring you today's post. My fellow dog mommas are going to love this one! I typically write a weekly post where I share what I've been eating but today I'm switching gears and showing you what the furry members of this household have been eating recently. It's been [...]

  • Pretty Girls + 5 Nights of Dinners

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    Happy Saturday! I hope your weekend is off to a nice and relaxing start. I woke up naturally around 7:15, made French press and a smoothie and cuddled with the girls. They went to the groomer yesterday where they got baths, their ears cleaned, nails trimmed and a little hair cut. They look thrilled about [...]

  • Weekend: Summer TT Kick Off, Pups and Date Night

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    The weekend kicked off our 200-hour summer teacher training at Y2. It seems like we just wrapped up our winter/spring training. It's our first year offering a summer training but there has been a demand for it, especially among high school and college students that want to complete a teacher training during their summer break. [...]

  • TGIF, It’s been a long week.

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    I am feeling some serious TGIF and I'm especially thankful that it's a long holiday weekend and we have no plans for it. This was a tough week. I dropped Sullie off for her surgery to have two mast cell tumors removed on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. I was a bundle of nerves going in. [...]

  • Friday I’m In Love: Volume 10

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    Happiest of Fridays! I hit the ground running after the long weekend with my family and this week has flown by in a haze of early mornings and late nights. This weekend we have our eighth and final weekend of our Winter/Spring 200-Hour Teacher Training and our trainees graduate on Sunday night. I'm looking forward [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Christmas for Two

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    For the last month or so I have been back and forth with my family about Christmas. I looked at flights to Florida and then my mom and grandmother talked briefly about flying up to Charlotte. Before we knew it, flight prices had quickly risen and were out of the budget. My dad and I [...]

  • Weekend: Much to be Grateful For

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    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 [...]

  • 20 Top October Favorites Playlist on Spotify

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    Hi! I hope your week is off to a great start! Our is off to a WET start in Charlotte. It rained all day today! I actually love rainy days here and there. I find myself super focused and productive. I kicked off my day by teaching yoga at 6 a.m. and then trained two [...]

  • Life Lately: The Week from My iPhone

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    Hey there! I hope it's been a great week. I have a video shoot about to commence at my house for a new project I'm working on with Fitter Faster but I wanted to pop in for a quick "life lately" post courtesy of the iPhone! Speaking of my house...we are getting all settled in [...]

  • Zoey’s First Birthday + Embracing “There’s NEVER a Right Time!”

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    In the midst of the move I took a break to celebrate a sweet puppy that has brought so much joy to my life. Today is Zoey's first birthday. I think one of the things that holds us back in life is thinking "it's not the right time." What I've learned is that the right [...]

  • Let’s Catch Up: Learning to Snap and Scope, Yoga Teacher Training, Goldens and More!

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    Good morning! Some bloggers do these "coffee talk" posts where they conversationally write leading with, "if we were having coffee right now, I'd share..." But sadly, my coffee is empty. So we'll just chat. I had a sweaty and tearful start to my day. I taught my 6 a.m. and it was my friend Virginia's [...]

  • Life Lately: Pups, TV Appearance and Beach Yoga Girl

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    I hope you've all had a great week. Lots to catch up on. First, the girls. Oh my heart. I ran out of coffee this morning so we all went for a car ride to the neighborhood coffee shop that brews local Magnolia coffee. I am so off of Starbucks right now! Zoey loves getting [...]

  • Life Lately: Sweet Summertime

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    Hi and how is it already Thursday? This week flew by. I have lots of little life stuff to catch you up on but first...for the first few hours that yesterday's BarkBox post was up, the link to get a month free was incorrect. For those of you who missed it, here is the correct [...]

  • Sullie and Zoey’s First BarkBox

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    This post is sponsored by BarkBox. July brings Sullie's 9th birthday and Zoey's 9 month birthday. They may be eight years apart in age but they both light up when it comes to new toys and treats. I have to say, I don't know how you moms do it. I get so much enjoyment out [...]

  • Weekend: Sweet Treats + Sweet Pups

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    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 [...]

  • Golden Rescue: Welcome Sam & Missy

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    Good morning! I have a heartwarming story to share today. Back in February I shared that my parents lost their golden Sam. We were all heartbroken over the loss but my parents knew that after a grieving period they wanted to adopt again. I don't ever remember a time when we didn't have at least [...]

  • Memorial Day 2015…Yoga, Pool & Pups

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    Happy Memorial Day! It's my hope that your day was full of as much gratitude and remembrance as it was cookouts and pool time. I was really fortunate to spend my Memorial Day morning at the yoga studio teaching class. One of my students (who has been with me since the beginning over four years [...]

  • Adding a Second Dog to the Family + Zoey at Six Months

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    Zoey turned six months old two weeks ago and it's hard to believe that she's gone from this on her first night home... To this... ...at six months old. The number one question I get is "How are Sullie and Zoey getting along?" I've been promising a post on adding a second dog for a [...]

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

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    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 [...]

  • My Week + Girl Power + Roasted Veggie Love

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    Hi! This week is totally nuts but really amazing at the same time. As much as I hoped it was allergies, I'm pretty certain I have a cold. The worst part is that it has been going since Friday and presents itself with different symptoms every day ranging from a stuffy nose to nausea to [...]

  • Lumi Lunch + National Puppy Day + What I Bought at Whole Foods

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    Good morning! Thanks for two things. First, all of your interest in the KIND bar giveaway. Second, your amazing responses. I know I ask y'all to tell me what you're grateful for regularly when it comes to giveaways but it's only because I think it's such a good "stop, pause, think" activity + I ADORE [...]

  • The Best Weekend + A Great Week of Workouts

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    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 [...]

  • Zoey is Five Months Old + Things You Must Read

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    Happy Friday! After a busy morning, I wrapped up my training and teaching for the week at 1 p.m. and have a rare Friday afternoon off. I usually have clients on Friday evenings. Yay. The biggest news of the day is that this little nugget is five months old! (Her nickname is "The Chicken Nugget.") [...]

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

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    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 [...]

  • A Long Travel Day + Lost Bags + Cute Zoey…and More!

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    I am happy to report that I'm back in Charlotte. Today was a LONG day! My alarm when off at 4 a.m. in Cancun. Our group of stranded stragglers met in the lobby of our hotel at 4:45 a.m. to head to the airport. (Thanks to the Marriott Casamagna for accommodating us when our trip [...]

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

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    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 [...]

  • Saying Goodbye to Sam

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    My mom called with some really sad news. My parents lost their golden retriever Sam. I am heartbroken. My parents gave me my love for goldens when they rescued one when I was a teenager. Sam was their second golden rescue. My parents adopted Sam in 2011 from the Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta. There was no way [...]

  • Lately: So Much Yoga, A TV Appearance & Vacation

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    A quick post tonight to say hi. And I'm tired! I have taught five hot yoga classes in the last two days. Three on Wednesday and two on Thursday. Let me state for the record that I am not complaining. I absolutely love each and every class that I have the honor to teach for so many [...]

  • Cleaning to Deal with Chaos + Recent Eats + The Rising Popularity of Brussels Sprouts

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    My mom called last night to check on me. She said I hadn't updated my blog in several days so she was worried. Ha! No reason to worry...I usually carve out time to blog no matter what but I just couldn't make it happen. My week passed in a haze of coffee, spreadsheets, muddy golden retrievers [...]

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

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    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 [...]

  • A Very Southern Christmas

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    Merry day after Christmas from me and my two beautiful, sweet girls! I hope everyone enjoyed a lovely day of loved ones and celebration. I traveled to my grandmother's house in Georgia on Christmas Eve with these two and a car full of gifts. It was...an experience...but we made it and that's all that matters. I arrived in [...]

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

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    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 [...]

  • Life Lately: Zoey Girl, Baking, Yoga Stuff and Things to Read

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    It's December 10, I still haven't started Christmas shopping and this week has passed by in the blink of an eye. Thanks for your feedback on the kitchen gift guide. The fitness/yoga version will be coming tomorrow for those of you who are on the procrastination train with me! Here's a little update on life [...]

  • Weekly Workouts: When All Else Fails, Run

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    Happy Sunday! Zoey and I are SO HAPPY to see the sun after five days of rain and gloom. So happy that y'all loved our little video blog. It was fun to document her in that stage. :) This was not the best week of workouts. I only got one yoga practice and one CrossFit/strength [...]

  • Happy Friday! Zoey Video Blog + Giveaway Winners

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    I have the best Friday post for you ever! A video blog starring Zoey and giveaway winners. This little one is getting more and more spunk and personality every day...and growing crazy fast! I swear she's doubled in size in the week and a half we've been together. I made a video blog so you [...]

  • Thanksgiving 2014: Friends, My First Turkey, Yoga and a New Addition

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    Thanksgiving 2014 is a wrap and it was a success. I stayed here in Charlotte and celebrated the day with friends. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday to spend with my family and I always especially enjoy planning the meal and spending the day in the kitchen with my dad. It's been a little weird to [...]

  • Life Lately + What I’m Reading, Writing and Watching

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    Hi there. I feel like I'm coming up for air in the best way possible. I'm a little over one week into the changes I shared last week. Adjusting to a new schedule and routine is always a bit of a challenge but it's also proving to be a much needed breath of fresh air. Every [...]

  • This Week + A Requested Playlist

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    This week has been a beautiful blur. I have spent a ton of time in the studio both teaching and practicing. I took an extended break from my practice over the summer and into the fall and it feels so good and so right to be back to it. The energy at the studio with [...]

  • Friday I’m In Love

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    Happy Friday and happy Halloween! Back in my advertising days I used to always have "The Cure Fridays" where I listened to The Cure Radio on Pandora as I was wrapping up my work for the week. They're one of my all-time favorite bands. So in the spirit of that, I present you with a [...]

  • Weekend: Weddings, Friends and Sweet Stuff

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    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 [...]

  • Grumpy Golden + Girl’s Night + Blood Moon

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    Good morning! Here's what I'm working with over here... A grumpy golden retriever! Wednesday morning is my "sleep in morning" in that it's the only day of the week that I start at 6:30 a.m. instead of 5:30 a.m. but apparently Sullie didn't think 6 a.m. was any kinder of an hour than 5 a.m. [...]

  • Weekend: Slowing Down + Opening Up

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    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 [...]

  • Sweet Sullie + How Much Do You Value Yourself?

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    Happy Friday! Warning...this post is mostly going to consist of cute pictures of Sullie. Exhibit 1.In her favorite "please rub my belly...look how cute I am...you know you want to" pose. Exhibit 2. "I'm sorry I rolled in the mud. Please don't give me a bath." Exhibit 3. "Why do you torture me like this [...]

  • September #hashtanga Challenge: Week 2

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    Last week I shared that I am participating in my first ever Instagram yoga challenge hosted by Michael Gannon. Read all the details in this post. I have kept up with the challenge every day! Here's a recap of the second week. Monday Utthita hasta padangushthasana for day 8. Tuesday Day 9 ardha baddha padmottanasana. Wednesday [...]

  • Weekend Away: Home in Georgia

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    I spent the weekend in Georgia visiting my grandmother and parents who were also in town visiting. Getting out of Charlotte was just what the doctor ordered. Here are some photos from my weekend. I stopped at Om Yoga on my way out of town to pick up my paycheck and couldn't resist a stop [...]

  • My Best Friend

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    Hi! I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. I stayed in town and kept it pretty low key. I did decide to take a blog/technology break and spent time doing things around the house, hanging out with friends and teaching instead. It was a nice mental break. I'll share scenes from the weekend later today [...]

  • The Weekend + Love, Empowerment & Acceptance for All

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    I wish I could say that my weekend was full of fun and exciting things but about all I've got for you is book writing, avocados and a cute golden retriever. I received an 80 page word document full of tracked changes to review from my copy editor that was due by Sunday evening. It [...]

  • Last Week’s Workouts + Visiting CrossFit Above the Bar

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    Good Monday morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing weekend. Sullie did! (Her life is really hard.) Here's a recap of last week's workouts. Well balanced, still heavy on the lifting/CrossFit and a complete rest day! Body feeling great and focusing on good nutrition right now. Monday AM ashtanga practice by the pool [...]

  • Trip Photos + Golden Love + What I’m Reading (GONE GIRL!!!)

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    I arrived home yesterday sun-kissed, rested and already a little homesick. I'm so thankful for the long weekend I spent with my parents and I'm already planning a return trip to stay longer this summer. I really want to STOP these six month spans between seeing each other. Family is too important. I really love the [...]