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  • So Many Recent Eats + Not My Idea of Paradise

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    I’m currently feet up watching Bachelor in Paradise. I’m not much of a Bachelor/Bachelorette fan but I’m finding this highly entertaining. I’m hanging out at BFF Dorie’s house with her youngest daughter as she takes her oldest to college for the first time. Cue all the emotions all around. In the meantime, this is keeping [...]

  • Recent Eats + Sweats

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    Happy weekend! Popping in with recent eats and workouts. I’ll see you guys on the other side of the weekend. Recent Eats Lots of smoothies for breakfast. This one with a piece of zucchini chocolate chip bread. With granola. And again. I didn’t have any spinach this week so my smoothies were super bright and [...]

  • Kale and Quinoa Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Pepitas

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    When we moved a few months ago some friends of ours delivered dinner to us on moving night. They brought us a vegan veggie soup and a kale and quinoa salad that we are now obsessed with. These friends of ours are kale salad connoisseurs and after years of eating kale salads from restaurants all [...]

  • Brussles Sprout and Kale Salad with Butternut Squash, Pears, Goat Cheese and a Balsamic Date Vinaigrette

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    This shredded brussels sprout and kale salad features roasted butternut squash, sliced pears, toasted pecans and honey goat cheese and is topped with a chopped date and balsamic vinaigrette. I was challenged to create a healthy holiday recipe by Bon Appetit and ALDI for an Instagram project (head on over to Instagram to check it [...]

  • A Big Moment for Zoey + Recent Eats

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    We hit a major milestone over here this week. On Monday I left to go to lunch and an appointment and decided to leave Zoey out in the house instead of crating her. I closed the bedroom, office and bathroom doors and gave the two girls the run of the main part of the house. A [...]

  • Shrimp, Asparagus and Avocado Salad

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    This Shrimp, Asparagus and Avocado Salad is a delicious summer dish that can be shared with friends or enjoyed as a light dinner. It’s packed with fresh vegetables and herbs and finished with a lemon dijon vinaigrette. I made this Shrimp, Asparagus and Avocado salad a few weeks ago for our teacher training graduation party. I [...]

  • Homemade Tahini Turmeric Dressing

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    This homemade tahini turmeric dressing is a delicious way to break away from bottled dressings when you’re making salads at home. Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds and turmeric is a spice well-known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. The bright yellow color of the dressing is reminiscent of honey mustard thanks to the turmeric [...]

  • Four Healthy and Delicious New Salad Ideas {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Whole30 Compliant}

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    <div style = "display:none;" I’m happy to be typing this post while sitting at my desk with a sleeping golden retriever next to me. After an amazing week in Punta Cana at Zoetry and AlSol Tiara Cap Cana, we bid the Dominican Republic farewell and headed back to Charlotte yesterday afternoon. Our trip was the [...]

  • End of the Year Catch Up

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    It’s the last day of 2015 and I have a lot to catch you up on before we move to a new year! I’m thinking we’re going to have to start riding around in boats instead of cars over here. The rain has been crazy! My thoughts are with all of those who are experiencing [...]

  • The Week of Eats

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    Happy Friday! I’m currently on a break from a marathon yoga day over here. I taught a triple header this morning with one left to teach this afternoon and one to take after that. I love teaching yoga more than anything so this day of teaching is no big deal although I did joke with [...]

  • Watermelon, Feta and Arugula Salad with Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

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    I have a wonderful summer salad to share with you today! Remember how I wrote in my last post that I have been loving watermelon lately? Well, I decided to try it out in salad form. A friend of mine hosted a pot luck last night and asked me to bring a salad. As I [...]

  • Sweaty Tuesday + Really Good Recent Eats

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    Hey, hey! I had a very sweaty Tuesday. I taught hot yoga at 6 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and also took a class at 11:15 a.m. My 6 a.m. was hilarious…I had two people walk in at 6:30 a.m. half way through class and rolling out their mats thinking it was Monday (our [...]

  • A Small Change for Earth Day + Recent Eats

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    Hi and Happy Earth Day! In the spirit of Earth Day, I wanted to talk about one small change that I’ve made recently to help the planet. I have switched over the French press coffee. I have read so much about how much waste single serve coffee makers are creating with all of their various [...]

  • Let Me Upgrade You {iPod Touch Review} + Recent Eats

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    You’re totally singing Beyonce in your head now, right? My life changed a little bit yesterday. I received a very generous gift of a brand new 64-gig iPod touch for all of my yoga music and work social media needs. Within an hour I had it fully loaded with all my favorite apps and every [...]

  • And Upside Down & Inverted Saturday + Recent Eats

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    It’s been a wonderful but exhausting day. I taught two hot yoga classes this morning and then headed back to the studio to teach an arm balance and inversions workshop this afternoon. I love, love, love all things inverted and upside down and teaching these workshops is rewarding and a lot of fun. This was [...]

  • Back on the Oatmeal Bandwagon + Creative Dinner Ideas

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    I can’t thank you enough for your very heartfelt and thoughtful responses to yesterday’s “You Do You” post. I will respond to each of them later today. It’s been really amazing to hear so many different stories and perspectives and it’s definitely something that needs to be talked about. Speaking of nutrition and exercise, I’ve been [...]

  • Boost Your Brainpower Spinach, Quinoa and Berry Salad

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    This post is sponsored by Dole Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. Dole provided me with compensation for my time and recipe development. As always, all opinions expressed in this post are mine. March 16-22 is Brain Awareness Week. This annual event is a global celebration of the brain that brings attention to brain science advances and promotes brain [...]

  • Friday Stuff + Recent Eats

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    Happy Friday! I had a really great week that was full of teaching and training. I onboarded a new PT client that I’m really excited about working with. I only take on new a client every six months or so and I always make sure that their goals/motivation/current life stage matches up with what I’m [...]

  • Thank You + Zoey at Four Months + Recent Eats

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    Thanks so much for your kind messages and comments on my post yesterday about Sam. It meant a lot to me and my mom always reads the comments so I know she was touched as well. It always feels weird to just pick up and resume normal life after something so sad happens. Before I [...]

  • I Love My Reality…Monday In The Life

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    It was back to reality today but I love my reality so it was a happy Monday! :) I kicked off my day with a 4:55 a.m. wake up call to train clients. I ate half of a banana with almond butter and made a cup of Every Day Detox Tea to take to the [...]

  • A Sweet Saturday + Arm Balance & Inversion Workshop

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    Hi and happy Saturday! I had such a wonderful day. It began with a tropical green smoothie while I finished up making a new playlist for my morning yoga classes. I went straw instead of spoon and no granola today. I spent my morning teaching yoga…7:45 a.m. hot vinyasa at Charlotte Yoga followed by 9:30 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Getting Back in the Groove…Recent Eats + Bacon Brussels Sprouts Love

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    I have been so out of the regular blogging groove lately that it’s been almost two weeks since I’ve posted a weekly workout recap or a recent eats post. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working out eating well. Quite the opposite, actually. I have been feeling pretty motivated when it comes to my workouts [...]

  • Recent Eats: Give Me The Christmas Chocolate

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    Happy Monday! It was semi-back to normal for me this morning with a 6:30 a.m. training client at the gym. I usually have four in a row on Monday mornings so only having one client was kind of weird! This week will be a little slow for me as a lot of my clients wrap [...]

  • Life Lately: Recent Eats, Zoey and More!

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    Merry Christmas Eve! You didn’t hear from me yesterday because it was an epic push to finish Christmas shopping after spending the morning/early afternoon training/teaching/in meetings/etc. By the time I made it home at 9 p.m., all I wanted to do was eat some sushi and pass out. I did come across something super exciting while [...]

  • Weekend + Recent Eats

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    Happy Monday! I kicked my day off bright and early with four clients in a row at the gym starting at 5:30 a.m. Three training clients and one yoga private. Everyone asked how my weekend was and it kinda felt like it never even happened…it just passed in a blur. I stayed home on Friday [...]

  • Recent Eats + Puppy Updates

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    Thank you so much for all of your sweet messages and comments about Zoey. I promise a steady stream of updates including info on how I raise her…food schedules, house breaking, exercise, leash training, obedience, etc. Goldens are really smart dogs and do well with training at a young age so we’ve already started. I [...]

  • Recent Eats: Fueling for Performance & Recovery + Give Me Sandwiches & Cookies

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    I am having a tough time recovering from this half marathon! I think it was the combination of the effort I put into it with the extra cold conditions that took a toll on my body because I went into the race super rested. I was really sore for two days and now I just [...]

  • Recent Eats: So Much Fall + You’re the Best Blog Readers

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    Okay, you guys are amazing. Every time I check the comments on the Erin McDermott giveaway and read about thing things you feel grateful for right now, it makes me smile and feel so happy. Seriously, if you need a pick me up…bookmark this post and remember that life is good and we have so [...]

  • I Bought Halloween Candy Too Early + Other Things I Can’t Resist {Recent Eats}

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    Hey and happy Wednesday! I’m kind of in a sea of change over here this week and just trying to stay steady. November (which is just days away…how is that possible!?) is bringing the launch of the new Peanut Butter Runner and some big changes to my schedule. It always seems that the universe conspires to [...]

  • Monday in the Life

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    Hey there. I am moving fast…but it’s a blur of good. I woke up at 1 a.m. last night and started to panic about everything that I have on my plate (the middle of the night will do that to you every time!) but I reframed my anxiety to focus on feeling gratitude for the [...]

  • The MOST Delicious Week of Eats!

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    I think this might be the best week of eats that I’ve had to share with you in a really long time. Some great meals here in Charlotte coupled with being in my dad’s kitchen has been a pretty awesome combo. Let’s dive right in. Warning, you will be hungry after reading this post! Breakfast [...]

  • Southwestern Shrimp Taco Salad {Recipe}

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    One of my favorite things about visiting my family is being in my dad’s kitchen. There is always something good in the works and on this trip it’s been homemade sourdough bread, homemade yogurt (tutorial coming soon!) and an awesome taco salad. Last night we cooked a Southwestern Shrimp Taco Salad that my dad has [...]

  • Recent Eats: Bolognese, Scallops + The Best Apples

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    Oh my gosh. Today was nuts! I literally didn’t stop moving all day. For those of you who love “day in the life” here’s brief synopsis of mine. 5:30-9 a.m. – gym…train 3 clients and meeting 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – home for breakfast, write first PBR blog post, respond to comments and so [...]

  • Weekend: Day Trip + Seafood Extravaganza + So Much Cake

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    After my riveting Friday night in I actually did have a jam-packed weekend (jam-packed with goodness). After my long run Saturday I headed over to Om Yoga to teach hot vinyasa. Class request was to do handstand work so I had them move their mats against the wall halfway through class and we stayed that [...]

  • My Perfect Friday Night + Day In The Life

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    Hey and happy weekend! I’ve reached a new level of lame (and awesome at the same time). My Friday night has included working out, the grocery store, a walk with the pup, cooking homemade pizza, painting my nails and watching a combo of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader show and a Sex and the City marathon. It’s [...]

  • Fall For Real + Recent Eats

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    As much as I’ve tried to avoid fall and have complained about all the early pumpkin pushing, it’s here. Today is the first full day of fall and it sure does feel like it in Charlotte. It’s 60 degrees, gray and raining on and off. My body and mind are feeling the change of seasons. I woke up [...]

  • Rained Out + Recent Eats

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    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 [...]

  • Recent Eats: Coconut Curry, Flatbread, Zuchhini Carrot Bread

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    The week has been off to a delicious start over here! I did some baking on Sunday afternoon and made this zucchini carrot quick bread. I was hoping to share the recipe with you but it’s not quite ready yet. I want to try it again with a few modifications and see if I can take it [...]

  • Reducing Food Waste + Recent Eats

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    This is the time of year where I want to buy ALL of the food at the farmers market. I get so sad about the end of summer produce that I buy too much of it. This was the state of my fridge last week. A little much for one, huh!? I’m happy to report that [...]

  • Job Love + Blog Direction + Recent Eats

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    Hi everyone. I hope the return to the real world after the long weekend was kind to all of you. Not gonna lie, I groaned when the alarm went off at 5:30 a.m. but once my feet were on the floor I made it a happy and productive day. One thing that starts my days on [...]

  • Right Now I Feel + Recent Eats

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    So…life lately. I don’t think I knew how much I need that beach getaway with my friend until I got there, relaxed and realized that I felt happier than I have in a long time. And then I came home and that feeling has stayed with me. We do this thing in yoga teacher training where [...]

  • Recent Eats + Perfect Imperfection

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    Good morning and happy Sunday. After days of rain I awoke to a beautiful, cool summer morning here in Charlotte. It’s amazing what a little sunshine can do for the soul. Today’s recent eats post is…all over the place. You’re going to see the last of my vacation eats + what I’ve had since I [...]

  • A Different Kind of Lately

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    Hi and we made it to Friday. What a week!!! Y’all, for the first time in three years I worked 40 hours in a week in an office job and I’m IN LOVE! I am so passionate about this new project that I’m working on. It’s totally lighting me up. Today was our big launch [...]

  • Recent Eats: Fig Love

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    I have some great posts planned for you later this week including a recipe for the BEST chicken enchiladas, a giveaway, a workout and more. But first, I’m going to catch you up on some recent eats. I have received so much great feedback on these posts and the ideas/inspiration that they generate. This week’s [...]

  • A Slow-Paced Tuesday + Recent Eats

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    Tuesday used to be the busiest day of the week for me and I was crazy busy running all over town to train and teach. Lately they’ve been a pretty relaxed day for me. If I did a “day in the life” post today, you’d all be pretty surprised. I started early with 5:30 and [...]

  • Recent Eats: The Cake Edition

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    Hello and TGIF! Thursday was a beast for me. I had training clients at 5:30 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. followed by a gym management meeting, another training client, teaching hot yoga and book club this afternoon/evening. I arrived home at 10 p.m. and was DONE! One thing I do [...]

  • A Day In the Life: Birthday Edition

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    Hi there! Sorry I’ve been MIA for a couple of days but I was soaking up momma + bday time. Here’s a look at my birthday in photos. It was a great day and I felt so lucky to have my mom here with me for it! It started bright and early at Metro where I coached [...]

  • Puppy Fever + Recent Eats + Lately

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    So…I have a little tinge of puppy fever. I met up with a friend from yoga yesterday to chat and she brought her adorable golden retriever puppy, Bear, to hang out with us. We sat on the ground and cuddled like this for at least five minutes. He was so sweet and had those razor [...]

  • Homemade Honey Dijon Balsamic Dressing {Recipe}

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    It’s time for the second installment of my homemade salad dressings tutorial. Today I have a homemade Honey Dijon Balsamic vinaigrette that is my GO TO dressing for 90% of the salads I make at home. Like most of my homemade salad dressings, the ingredients list is short with just four items. I start with [...]