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  • Weekend: Celebrating the Fourth + The Best Fireworks!


    Happy Fourth of July! I hope it's been a wonderful weekend of celebrating freedom. When I think about the courage our Founding Fathers had in drafting and signing the Declaration of Independence, it gives me chills. They took a stand for beliefs that were radically different than how the world worked at that time...beliefs that people should [...]

  • Memorial Day Weekend 2016


    This long weekend really seemed to stretch out thanks to limited plans and lots of downtime. The weather here was pretty overcast and gray for most of the weekend and I kind of enjoyed having an excuse not to be at the pool/lake/beach. On Friday night I taught and took yoga. My fiance had to [...]

  • Easter Weekend: Egg Hunt, Girl’s Night at Kid Cashew, Zootopia


    Hi there. I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and Easter if you were celebrating. While I didn't have a traditional Easter, it was a nice weekend that included an egg hunt, a girl's night out, seeing Zootopia and more. I had a super low-key Friday night but it was just what I needed after [...]

  • Christmas for Two


    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 [...]

  • Holiday Highs and Lows + Weekly Workouts


    Hi! I don't know about you guys but I'm feeling the holiday hustle in full force. The ratio of "what I hope to achieve and do" versus "what actually happens" is pretty comical right now but I'm just taking it one day at a time. I thought for today's weekly workouts post that I would [...]

  • Weekend: A Quiet Fourth


    I wish I could tell you that I had a super exciting July Fourth weekend...but I didn't! It was a really quiet and low-key weekend. It felt like the city of Charlotte was a ghost town this weekend. Restaurants were empty, there was no traffic and classes at the studio were pretty slow. We usually [...]

  • 12 Days of Christmas Survey


    I am all about the holiday spirit this  year. I decorated my house the weekend after Thanksgiving and I've just been all lights, trees and celebration every since (although I am still not done with shopping...but that's pretty standard for me. I don't remember the last time I wasn't out on Christmas Eve wrapping up my shopping). I [...]

  • Healthier Holiday Dessert: Vanilla Pomegranate Parfait


    To wrap up my "healthier holiday" series with ALDI I have a beautiful, festive and lighter dessert to share with you. But first...let's remember the appetizer and main courses. For the appetizer we had four bite-sized skewer combinations. The main course was pork loin stuffed with butternut squash, apples, cranberries and topped with a cider gravy. [...]

  • Weekend: Pool, Peaches, Sunshine and Yoga


    Good morning! Holiday weekend is over and time to get back in the swing of things. My day kicked off bright and early with 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. training clients. As I mentioned last week, I am training one of my friends who is in her third trimester. She is still rocking it in the [...]

  • Being of Service


    Today is a day of honor. Today is a day of remembrance. Today is a day of gratitude. For the incredible sacrifice made by those men and women who served our country. Whether they're strangers, brothers, friends, mothers, spouses or grandfathers, each act of service was equally as important and honorable. I am really blessed to [...]

  • NYE + Welcome 2014


    Happy New Year! I hope that you all had a wonderful New Year's Eve and enjoyed your celebration whether it was quiet or crazy. Mine was somewhere in between. The night started with dinner with friends and family before heading over to another friend's house for a party. I'm not really into the going out/club [...]

  • 2013 Christmas Love


    Part two of Christmas is all about the love. Love for being at my grandmother's house like we have been almost every year for 30 years, love for having sweet children around and seeing their joy and excitement and love for having all of my family together in one place. Here are some of my [...]

  • Scenes From Christmas 2012


    Here is the continuation of the last post with a look at family, presents and dessert. We had a great time exchanging gifts. It's always so much more fun when there are little ones to buy for and play with! My grandmother is ridiculously talented at gift wrapping. She even does all of her own [...]

  • Christmas…Postponed


    My mom called on Saturday with news that my dad has the flu. We always have Christmas at my grandmother's house in Georgia but my parents didn't think it was the best thing to make my dad sit in the car for six hours and then bring his germs to family Christmas. So...Christmas is postponed [...]

  • Holiday Recovery


    Monday was spent in what we'll call "recovery mode" from Christmas. It started with laying in bed until 9:15 followed by a long and sweaty workout at the gym. I ran 4 miles on the treadmill. The first mile was a warm up. For miles two and three, I alternated between inclines and speed every [...]

  • Scenes from Christmas 2011


    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 [...]

  • Scenes from Christmas Eve Dinner


    Merry Christmas! I hope you are enjoying Christmas morning. So far I have slept later than planned (which will result in no time for a morning run), guzzled coffee and eaten cake for breakfast. Now it's time to tackle wrapping gifts. Yes, I'm am one of the world's worst procrastinators. It's all good. :P Before [...]

  • Thanksgiving and Cheesecake Torching


    Well, Thanksgiving 2011 is in the books and the feast may have been one of the best ever! I started my day with pie baking, a run and some yoga before setting up shop in the kitchen for the next five hours. I love Thanksgiving. More so than Christmas. I love that the focus is more [...]

  • Easter Sunday


    Let me start off by saying I am SO inspired by the goals that you want to achieve in the next 300 days. Keep them coming, please! I'm going to do a round up tomorrow when I post the giveaway winner. You guys are doing AMAZING things! I hope everyone has had a happy Easter! [...]

  • Christmas in Georgia


    It's been a wonderful Christmas day with my family! Stockings lining the stairs this morning when we woke up. There was even one for Sullie. My grandmother and I have been exchanging this gift bag for 10 YEARS! We take turns taking it home every year (although I have not been here for the last [...]

  • Holiday Happiness


    I have been full of happiness and smiles the last couple of days. First, by your overwhelming support of my decision to pursue yoga teacher training. Second, I've been surrounded by amazing friends that I don't see often. And third, I wrapped up work today and have almost a whole week off for Christmas! Hooray [...]

  • Why Wait?


    I was talking with a co-worker at the Y last week about how our class numbers started to plummet in November, will continue to steadily decline through December and then skyrocket in January when everyone repents their holiday sins and commits to working out again. The question we asked each other is, "why wait?" Why [...]

  • Mountain Weekend Wrap Up


    This post covers part two of our mountain weekend for the Fourth and Brandon's family reunion. Check out part one here. Brandon was up at 6:30 a.m. on the Fourth for an early tee time. While he was gone I slept a little longer, ate breakfast, blogged and went for a run. I had no [...]

  • Resurfacing

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    And I'm back! After I shared the Greek feast with you Saturday night I kind of went off the grid for the rest of the holiday weekend. There was yard work to be done and family time to enjoy. I had good intentions of blogging Monday night but instead found myself in bed at 9:30 [...]