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  • Trader Joe’s Haul + Whole30 Travel Snacks


    Good morning. It's a beautiful but cold morning in North Carolina. My morning started early with 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. clients and now I'm blogging from the back seat of my parent's car. They drove up to Charlotte from Florida yesterday and spent the night with us. We are driving to West Virginia today for [...]

  • In My Cart: What I Bought At Trader Joe’s This Week


    Hello. Today was operation "put on your big girl panties, stop procrastinating and get it done." I tackled everything from finances to bills to taxes to thank you notes. Some of the things had been waking me up at night and looming over my head...it was time to do something about them! And why is [...]

  • Fig, Cherry & Berry Smoothie + Recent (Lots of Out To) Eats


    This is the first week that I've truly felt "in the swing of things" in over a month. Between traveling in February and the weird snow/ice days we had, my schedule has been all over the place. This week it's been 100% business as usual and it's one of those magical weeks where none of [...]

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


    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 [...]

  • Rained Out + Recent Eats


    Last night was a little bit of a let down. I had plans to see Kings of Leon with some friends but the weather was not cooperating. Our seats were on the lawn and there was an 80% chance of storms and a hazardous weather warning. We decided to chance it anyway and drove to [...]

  • Major Trader Joe’s Restock


    I thought that the week of July 4th would slow down but I was so wrong. It's nuts! I originally planned to spend the week in Florida with my family but thank god I decided to postpone that until later this summer because I am booked solid this week with clients and classes. I have [...]

  • Snow + Yoga + Food


    What a weird weekend. On Friday I was running in a tank top and crops and less than 24 hours later... It was 30 degrees and unexpectedly snowing hard along with thunder...which has been coined "thundersnow." I think we got like 2 inches in a matter of hours. It was so bizarre...snow is such a [...]

  • Are You In?


    This week has totally thrown me for a loop. I have felt so confused about what day it is and what I should be doing. My routine is all off. Wednesday felt like Monday. It's been gray, raining and dreary all week. I haven't done laundry. My house is in a bit of a state [...]

  • Chocolate Overload


    Happy Saturday morning! I'm up bright and early getting ready to head off to day one of my weekend CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course. It should be a very interesting day, to say the least! It's been a while since I've shared a "day of meals/eats" with you and you'll soon see why. I haven't [...]

  • Saturday Stuff + Trader Joe’s Haul


    Some people in this house are having very productive Saturdays...early yoga, errands, grocery shopping, house cleaning and major reorganization. And then there are others who prefer to spend Saturday lying down and watching others work. I'm slightly jealous. ;) (Side note, I just had to re-educate myself on lay v. lie. :oops:) Let's back up [...]

  • A Look Into My Grocery Bags


    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 [...]

  • Listen Up


    Food has been a little boring. Peanut butter, honey and banana on a gluten-free Trader Joe's frozen waffle. I am loving using these as an alternative to toast in the morning. Thanks to whoever recommended the TJs brand. I like it better than Van's. Leftover Mexican Quinoa. I can't get enough. This stuff is so [...]

  • Crash And Burn


    It's 9 p.m. on Friday night and I'm sitting on the couch under a blanket drinking chai tea and watching TLC. I ate a frozen meal for dinner. To give myself credit, it was from Trader Joe's and actually tasted great. I tend to get in patterns where I go, go, go and then crash. [...]

  • Tots And Tabata


    Happy Friday! It's been a great day for me so far. The weather in Charlotte has been so beautiful the past few days. Warm but low humidity and cool nights. Wish I had time to enjoy it poolside but for now runs and eating outside will have to suffice. Breakfast was one of my favorite [...]

  • Sensory (and Muscle!) Overload


    It's been a pretty interesting weekend over here, although I think random would be a more appropriate term for it. Friday night started off normal enough. I did a really tough CrossFit class in which we had to do 60 toes to bar over the course of the workout (along with rowing, push ups, ring rows and burpees). [...]

  • I Love The Farmers Market


    So far my weekend has played out exactly how I wanted it to. A good mix of fun while still getting things done. Last night after I closed the gym I met two girlfriends for a glass of wine. I arrived home at 9:45 famished. It was tempting to stop and grab something on the [...]

  • What The Weekend Looked Like


    It was a low-key weekend in Charlotte and just what I needed in preparation for a busy April. Here are the highlights in photos. Saturday lunch. Trader Joe's Masala burger on an English muffin with avocado, spinach, cheddar, sprouts and ketchup. Finishing up the 7-day green smoothie challenge. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-dRbzPrhvE&feature=youtu.be Sullie gets a bath. And is [...]

  • Primary Series With The Sunrise


    Guess who was up at 5:45 this morning to practice ashtanga for the first time since January? Primary series with the sunrise. I was very surprised to discover that my body fell back into the practice with little resistance. Yes, some of the poses didn't come as easily but overall it felt really good. For [...]

  • It’s Enough


    What is it about sitting for extended periods of time that makes you so tired? You know, things like long car rides, cramped flights, meetings and trainings? I sat in CPR/First Aid/Oxygen/AED re-certification for a little over four hours yesterday and it absolutely wiped me out for the rest of the day. Although we had [...]

  • End Of The Week Rundown


    I can't believe it's Friday. This week has been an absolute whirlwind of busyness and awesomeness! :D I have been going non-stop from 6 a.m. until after 8 p.m. every day and when I woke up this morning my body was definitely feeling it. I am feeling pretty run down and kind of sore and [...]

  • Just A Monday


    I think yesterday's busy day caught up with me today. First, I woke up starving when my alarm went off at 5:15 a.m. to teach BodyPump. And then no amount of caffeine could get me going. And trust me...I drank a lot. Luckily, I had a pretty chill day. I taught BodyPump in the morning, [...]

  • Cookies for Yogis


    I cannot even begin to thank you enough for all of your kind comments on my Ashtanga 101 + Backbend Video post. I want to reply to all of them and answer your questions but I'm having problems with the comment replies and threading ever since I switched to the new design. Promise that I [...]

  • Lights, Camera, Action…Nerves!


    Tonight I participated in my first panel discussion. Last week I received an email inviting me to be a part of a panel hosted by A Healthier Charlotte to discuss childhood and adult obesity. I had some major butterflies going into the discussion. My fellow panelists were two physicians and the founder of Girls on [...]

  • A Trader Joe’s Problem


    I have a problem. I can't leave Trader Joe's without spending $40. I walk in the door with intentions of only purchasing two or three things and end up filling up my whole basket. And I don't know how this happens but a full basket magically translates to $40. Take tonight for example, my list [...]

  • Unexplained Hunger


    I popped out of bed this morning at the early hour of 5:30 and made my way to the yoga studio. There was no class this morning but I was craving quiet time on my mat. I plugged in my iPod with a mix of some of my favorite chill songs and got to work [...]

  • Homemade Awake Tea Latte & Baking Night


    And I'm back! I wish I could say that my night off of blogging was super relaxing but it was actually jam-packed with subbing a BodyPump class, grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning. We didn't sit down to eat dinner until 9:30! The good news is that Wednesday is "no AM workout day" so I did [...]

  • 10 Day Clean Eating Challenge


    Hello and happy Friday (by the time most of you read this)! I hope everyone had a good week...mine seemed to fly by. Tomorrow kicks off another weekend of yoga teacher training (only three left - can't believe it) and we have it again next weekend. I'm really looking forward to having two weekends in [...]

  • Peanut Butter Fun Friday


    Tomorrow is Friday and I have the weekend off of yoga teacher training. Brandon and I have no plans so I am looking forward to my first relaxing weekend at home in a month! Happiness... I'm celebrating with a fun baking project and you might want to read to the end of the post to [...]

  • Marathon Temptation and Island Inspired Dinner


    Much thanks for the vacation suggestions. You guys are awesome! We definitely have lots more research to do before we make a decision on anything. You know I'll keep you posted! I started my day with an ashtanga practice. My body felt great and I haven't had any pain in my back in days. I [...]