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  • 24 Hours In Amsterdam: Part 1


    Back in June we traveled to Brussels, Belgium to visit our friend Lina. During our weeklong visit we spent a few days exploring Brussels, took a day trip to Bruges and an overnight to Amsterdam. We spent 24 hours in Amsterdam and it was an incredible experience. We loved Amsterdam so much that I’ll be [...]

  • Europe Trip Recap: Place Flagey + A Day Trip to Bruges


    We traveled to Brussels, Bruges and Amsterdam back in June and I’m jumping back into my trip recaps today with a Saturday spent checking out the Place Flagey Market in Brussels and a day trip to Bruges. (Here is a recap of our first day in Brussels and our second.) Lina and Armando’s place is [...]

  • Birthday in Brussels


    When talking with Lina about dates that worked for our trip to see her, the week of my birthday was perfect. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate so I booked it! My birthday was Friday, June 16. Here are pictures from the day. It was a pretty great birthday and one I’ll [...]

  • Traveling to Brussels, Belgium and Day 1 of Our Trip!


    It’s time to commence the Europe trip recaps. My grandmother will be very happy because she’s been asking me about the pictures and eager for me to post more about the trip! My first visits to Europe were with my grandmother when I was in middle school and high school. It was really crazy to [...]

  • Stateside


    Hey guys! We arrived home from our Europe trip last night. Grand Place Brussels Shirt   |   Necklace   |   Jeans   |   Sneakers I can’t wait to share all the details on our trip in upcoming blog posts but first I need to comb through the hundreds of photos that I [...]

  • Bye for Now


    Hello from the friendly skies. We are currently on the way to JFK where we’ll catch our overnight flight to Brussels. I don’t remember if I blogged about this or not but we booked two separate flights from Charlotte to JFK and then JFK to Brussels and saved $1,000. The direct flights from Charlotte were [...]

  • Up Next: Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training + A Big Trip!


    Good morning! Wednesday mornings are one of my favorites of the week because I don’t teach until 10:30 a.m. It’s so nice to sleep in a bit and then spend a few quiet hours working while I sip on my coffee…especially since Tuesdays tend to be a little jam-packed. Yesterday was no exception and I [...]

  • Mother’s Day Weekend In Florida: Yoga, Burgers, Beach, Run


    I didn’t mean to get so long-winded in my weekend recap! Now that it’s almost Thursday…I think we need to wrap this thing up! :) Let’s pick up on Sunday morning. I woke up naturally around 6 a.m. (that time change!!!) with plenty of time to eat breakfast and get ready to head to Balance [...]

  • Mother’s Day Weekend in Florida


    I hadn’t seen my family since Christmas so I thought Mother’s Day was the perfect occasion to book a trip to visit. I arrived on Friday evening around 6 p.m. just as a big storm was moving out. My dad picked me up from the airport while my mom prepped one of my favorite dinners [...]

  • Resort Review: Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya


    I think that Cinco de Mayo is the perfect occasion to post my Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita review. I certainly wish that I was in Mexico’s Riviera Maya sipping on a skinny margarita right now! (photo Zoetry Resorts) We traveled to Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita back in February for our annual Y2 Yoga [...]

  • St. Pete Beach Wedding Recap


    I’m a little late on getting the second half of our St. Pete weekend recap to you. I hit the ground running this week after four days away. We have some big and exciting stuff in the works that I can’t wait to share! This wedding was too beautiful not to write about so let’s [...]

  • Workouts + Workout Playlist + Wedding Weekend Part 1


    We got home from Florida around 4 p.m. on Sunday from a super fun long wedding weekend in the St. Petersburg, Florida area. We were a few hours delayed in getting home and these two couldn’t wait to see us (but let’s be honest…we were probably even more excited than them). After a quick stop [...]

  • Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita: The Food


    I’m looking forward to sharing more details on Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita with you guys. This was our second trip to this incredible resort and our sixth visit to Zoetry resorts. Zoetry is a luxury all-inclusive brand with a focus on wellness. We always choose Zoetry for our annual yoga retreat because we know [...]

  • Ohhhhh Mexico…20 Photos from our 2017 Yoga Retreat


    We just arrived home from our yoga retreat in Mexico late last night. There was a ground stop in Charlotte on Wednesday evening due to some crazy storms so we were diverted to Jacksonville, Florida. The initial plan was for us to deplane and go through customs in JAX but thankfully they kept us on [...]

  • Hiking the Profile Trail on Grandfather Mountain to Calloway Peak


    During our recent vacation to Grandfather Mountain we spent a day hiking the Profile Trail on the west side of Grandfather Mountain to Calloway Peak. It was one of my favorite hikes I’ve done in the North Carolina mountains. I get asked for hiking suggestions pretty frequently so I made sure to take tons of [...]

  • Our Vacation at Grandfather Mountain Golf & Country Club


    I took an unintended break from blogging the back half of this week because getting my half marathon training plans finished and the group organized has been a time consuming (but fun!) endeavor. I also had a few other projects due and vacation was so wonderful that I wanted to soak it up while I [...]

  • 15 Scenes from Sunset


    I’m off soaking up the last day of Sunset Beach with my friend Dorie’s family. This is my third year joining her family vacation and I couldn’t be happier to return to this very special place. Here are 15 scenes from my time at Sunset. Sunset from the back porch Beach time. Fish taco feast for 10. [...]

  • Staying Healthy and Happy at the Charlotte Marriott City Center


    Today I’ve got more details on our Saturday night staycation in Uptown Charlotte at the newly renovated Charlotte Marriott City Center. The hotel is wrapping up a multi-phase renovation project that overhauled the entire hotel. I wanted to share my experience and photos with you because a) the renovations are clean and modern and b) they are focusing [...]

  • Family Birthday Dinner + Recent Eats at the Beach


    I’m packing up to head back to Charlotte after a long weekend visiting my family. It’s been a great few days with lots of good eats so I thought I’d put together a recent eats post for ya while I enjoy one last oceanfront blogging session. The highlight of my trip was a dinner out [...]

  • Where The Heart Is


    This week begins on a somber note as the tragedy in Orlando weighs heavy on my heart. I woke up in Florida on Sunday morning to the news of the mass shooting in disbelief that we’re here in this same spot again. I went about my day as normal and as I was on the treadmill [...]

  • The Ultimate Girl’s Guide to a Fitness and Foodie NYC Weekend


    Hey, hey! Remember last summer when I went to NYC with a girlfriend for a long weekend of food, shows, workouts, sightseeing and more food? Well, we had such an amazing time that I wanted to put together a post that could serve a resource for anyone trying to plan a similar trip. Having this blog [...]

  • Date Night at AlSol Tiara Cap Cana


    One of my favorite things about vacation is that every night is date night! I only get to put on a dress and heels on (few and far between) special occasions in my day-to-day life so I always use vacation as an excuse to pack all of my favorite cocktail and sun dresses in my [...]

  • 2016 Dominican Republic Photo Journal


    I think I took over 500 pictures over the course of the week we spent in the Dominican Republic for our yoga retreat and vacation. I have quite a few trip posts planned for you in the coming weeks including full resort reviews of both Zoetry Agua Punta Cana and AlSol Tiara Collection Cap Cana. [...]

  • Recent Eats: Vacation After The Whole30


    When I completed Whole30, I had about three and a half weeks before we left for our yoga retreat/vacation to Zoetry Agua Punta Cana and AlSol Tiara Cap Cana. My goal was to have most foods re-introduced by the time we left so that I didn’t have to deal with it on the trip. Before we [...]

  • Making the Most of My Leap Day


    Happy Leap Day! Some fun facts… Nearly 113 million Americans (35%) nationwide think Leap Day should be a federal holiday. Nearly half the country (46%) would be more likely to get something productive done, rather than relax, during their extra day. More than a quarter (26%) of Americans nationwide admit to thinking that because Leap [...]

  • Yoga in Paradise


    Good morning from beautiful Zoetry Agua in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic! We arrived on Wednesday for our fourth annual Y2 Yoga retreat and our third trip to Zoetry Agua. This was the location of our very first retreat and we were also here for a friend’s wedding two years ago. It’s good to be back. We [...]

  • Florida in Photos


    I just arrived back in Charlotte after a nice long weekend visit with my family in Florida. While it was a bit too chilly for much beach and outdoor time, it was a really nice and relaxing visit. Here are the highlights in photos! Beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Never get tired of this sugar white [...]

  • Weekly Workouts + Travel Yoga (And Love for Balance 30-A!)


    My default travel workout is to throw on a pair of running shoes and hit the road. It’s easy, free and a great change of scenery. That said, it can be really fun to try out new classes and gyms if time allows and options are available. Usually when I’m visiting my parents I stick to [...]

  • Birthday Surprise: 36 Hours in Fort Walton Beach


    Happy Halloween! I’m getting ready to head to a costume party (and can’t wait to post a pic of my costume…be on the lookout on Instagram!) but I wanted to share my quick getaway for my mom’s birthday surprise with you first! Wheels up in Charlotte on Wednesday afternoon. The scenery was beautiful thanks to [...]

  • NYC Food + Fitness Girl’s Weekend: Day 3


    The final day of our weekend in New York City was my favorite day by far. We set our alarms early again but this time for a run in Central Park. We wanted to beat the heat and get our day started. We took the subway up to Lexington Ave./59th and walked over to the [...]

  • NYC Food + Fitness Girl’s Weekend: Day 2


    Our alarms were set for 7 a.m. on Saturday morning to make it to Barry’s Bootcamp for the 8 a.m. class. The wonderful thing about where we were staying is that we rarely found ourselves more than a mile from anywhere we wanted to go. Barry’s Bootcamp was an easy half mile walk on Saturday. [...]

  • A Long Weekend in Sunset Beach


    I’m back from a quick but lovely visit to Sunset Beach! As I’ve shared before, my close friend (and Core Desire Yoga business partner) Dorie rents a house for two weeks every summer with her family and this was the second summer that I’ve joined them for a few days. It’s a full house of [...]

  • New York Is Always A Good Idea


    I was having coffee with a friend a couple of weeks ago and sharing with her that I’ve had this crazy urge to plan a trip to New York City lately. I’ve only visited New York once in my life (circa 2008) but it continues to have this crazy strange pull on me. I dream [...]

  • Florida Part Three: Pizza Night + Go Karts


    Someone left a comment on my last post that they bet this final Florida post would contain wedding pictures. I’m sad to report that the best you’re going to get here is some pizza. Not quite the same…haha! The last two days of our trip were so much fun (and full of good food!). We [...]

  • Florida Part Two: Surf & Turf + Birthday Dinner


    Not going to lie…while I always love and appreciate seeing my parents, visits home have gotten exponentially more fun and relaxing since they moved to the beach. Prior to moving to Florida they lived in Atlanta for a few years and Houston for a few years before that. Both cities were great to visit but [...]

  • Florida Part One: A Very Happy Vacation


    Hi everyone. Today is my 32nd birthday…and I feel really, really happy. After a long period of time where things felt up in the air and a little unsettled, I feel grounded and perfectly content with exactly where I am right now. It’s a good way to feel. I arrived home around 9:30 last night [...]

  • Vacation Week Workouts (Mini Golf Counts, Right?)


    Good morning! I sure do wish that every Sunday morning looked like this…coffee with a view! My beach routine goes a little like…sleep in, coffee and computer on the balcony, smoothie, more coffee and computer, workout, shower, beach. It’s pretty amazing. As most of you know if you’ve been reading any length of time, I [...]

  • Airport Dining Has Come a Long Way


    Greetings from the Atlanta Airport! I left these two chickens in Charlotte this morning (I don’t even think they noticed I was leaving) and Ubered to the airport for a flight to Florida to visit my parents. I woke up at 5:45 a.m. to a text message informing me my Charlotte to Atlanta flight was [...]

  • A Weekend at Amicalola Falls State Park


    I spent last weekend at Amicalola Falls State Park in Georgia for a much appreciated quick getaway. Amicalola Falls State Park is located in the North Georgia Mountains. Its main attraction is a 729 foot waterfall (the biggest in the state) but the 829 acre park also features a beautiful lodge with a restaurant, cabins, [...]

  • How to Find Fitness & Yoga Retreats


    Hi and happiest of Fridays! Let’s talk about fun stuff today…like vacations! I have been so fortunate to go on an annual yoga retreat for the last three years. Through blogging about my experiences with the retreats, I have received many reader questions about how to find yoga and fitness retreats so I thought I’d [...]

  • Breaks, Being Present & What is Balance?


    Hi. I think this is the longest break I have taken from blogging in…years? And it felt…really good.   I went into this trip thinking that I’d blog every day like I normally do but after the first day, I just decided not to. Instead I dedicated myself to my practice, my friends and being present. [...]

  • Resort Review: Majestic Colonial Punta Cana


    I recently returned home from a four night, five-day girl’s getaway trip to the Dominican Republic. We stayed at the Majestic Colonial, which is an all-inclusive resort that is part of the Majestic Resorts located in Punta Cana. Over the last 10 years or so I have traveled a good bit around the Caribbean and Mexico [...]

  • The Journey Home + Weekly Workouts


    Hi! I am currently camped out in the Punta Cana airport with two hours left to go before my flight departs. They like to get you here reaaallllyyy early which can be good when the airport is a zoo but today it was smooth sailing. This is the first time I’ve ever had a really smooth airport [...]

  • Friday in Paradise


    Happy Friday! It’s been a beautiful day here in Punta Cana! We were shocked to wake up this morning and discover it was 9:45. We slept 10+ hours last night. We decided to get moving with a poolside yoga practice led by one of my friends who is also a yoga teacher. It was sweaty, [...]

  • Dominican Republic Girl’s Getaway


    Hi from the Dominican Republic! I said goodbye to this (growing!) fluff ball on Wednesday morning and headed to the airport to meet up with my girls. It was an easy 3.5 hour direct flight down here. I packed lunch for everyone. PB&Js, grapes, carrots and pretzels. I watched “This Is Where I Leave You” [...]

  • My Dad is Going to Food Blog! + Scenes from the Beach


    Hi everyone! I hope your week is off to a nice start. It’s been so great to be in Florida with my parents for a few days. I’ve enjoyed the down time, extra sleep, break from teaching/training and being able to help out a little around here. I’ll be sad to go home tomorrow. The most [...]

  • A Change of Scenery + A Smoothie with a Spoon


    Happy Saturday from Florida! I flew down late last night to visit with my parents for a few days. My mom recently had surgery and I want to help out with a few things. I also need to spend time seriously focusing on writing my second book without the distractions of training/teaching/my normal routine. And sleep. [...]

  • So Much Worth Smiling For


    I finally came home from the beach today. I was originally supposed to return Tuesday. Then I stayed until Wednesday. Then Wednesday rolled around and I was still in my PJs working at 3 p.m. I decided it was a better plan to hit the beach for a few hours and have one last family dinner and then [...]

  • Recent Eats: Beach Edition (so much good food!)


    Beach eats have been nothing but good! I have been fed so many delicious things here… The first night we had grilled flank steak, asparagus, salad, roasted potatoes and quiche. What a feast! Another dinner was pasta with sauteed shrimp and scallops with salad and green beans. These sea scallops were  so good. We went out [...]

  • Sunset Beach


    On Saturday after the baby shower I left Charlotte to spend a few days at the beach with a girlfriend and her family. They rent a house in Sunset Beach for two weeks every summer and she invited me to join them for a few days. It’s been so much fun to be a part [...]