Posts tagged with "summer"

High Intensity Bleacher Workout {no equipment needed}

Posted June 3, 2014 in workout, summer, fitness and 6 more

About a month ago, my friend Russanne suggested that we start getting together on Sunday mornings during the summer to do workouts at the high school track.

I was thrilled about the idea because I don't usually do intense workouts on the weekends (unless I'm half-marathon training), and I tend to find myself glued to the sofa being lazy on Sundays. I thought this was a great way to get motivated to workout, and I thought it would be fun! Working out with a buddy is always more fun!

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My Summer Health & Fitness Wish List

Posted July 29, 2014 in wish list, summer, shopping and 8 more

There are a few things I'm wishing for this summer to help me stay healthy and feel motivated to workout! New activewear always motivates me to get out and sweat, a new cookbook or kitchen appliance motivates me to try new recipes and I'm always looking for the best products to help me perform my best during workouts!

Check out my latest wish list!

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Salted Watermelon Margarita

Posted August 1, 2014 in cocktail, Friday, margarita and 5 more

It's Friday! You made it through another week. Why not celebrate with this delicious summery cocktail!?

I made this margarita last Friday for National Tequila Day. But I really don't think you need to wait for a day like that to come around to enjoy some tequila!

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Strawberry Champagne Cocktail

Posted August 8, 2014 in summer, cocktail, drink and 6 more

I love champagne. It's light, sweet and bubbly. It's the perfect base for a summer (or fall or winter or spring) cocktail.

I've posted a few of my fave champagne cocktails here before. My go-to mix is usually champs over ice, a shot of vodka and a splash of juice. In the fall and winter, I usually go for cranberry or pomegranate juice. In the spring and summer, I like grapefruit juice. I've even made a champagne cocktail with fresh watermelon juice! Mmmmmm.

But I decided to change it up a bit and get a little fancy.

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I did a 65-mile bike ride! {or how not to fuel for and recover from a 65-mile bike ride}

Posted August 13, 2014 in Bike, Bike Ride, Kool-Aid Days and 6 more

I completed the Kool-Aid Classic 65-mile Bicycle Tour on Saturday! It felt like such a great accomplishment to ride that far. I had never ridden my bike more than 40-miles before! It was fun, challenging, exciting, brutal, painful and wonderful.

My friend Russanne suggested that we do the ride a few months ago to celebrate her 35th birthday. We picked a training program and followed it…sort of. By "sort of" I mean not at all. I even went without biking for a few weeks when I was in Georgia and while I was moving. My longest ride during my training was 23 miles! So I was obviously under trained for a 65-mile bike ride.

Here's how the ride went…

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Weekend Recap {Aug. 15-17} - Zucchini overload + Pool time everyday!

Posted August 18, 2014 in weekend, Weekend Recap, healthy living and 9 more

The BF and I had no plans this weekend! We definitely needed it after spending the past three or four weekends packing, moving, unpacking, etc. And I needed a relaxing weekend after last week's 65-mile bike ride. I pretty much spent the entire week recovering.

We took advantage of our free weekend by making lots of healthy meals, soaking up the last few weeks of summer in the pool and watching lots of movies. Although we still have boxes we need to unpack, we decided to give ourselves a much needed break....

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Week of Workouts {Aug. 16-22}

Posted August 22, 2014 in workout, Week of Workouts, fitness and 7 more

This week, I tried to mix up my FitFluential August Fresh Air Challenge workouts. For most of the month, my outdoor workouts have been bike rides, walks and the occasional run. But I thought it would be fun to change things up!

I love that this challenge is getting me active outside (almost) every day! I feel like I've been able to enjoy the end of the summer more. I also have something planned for this weekend that I've never done before!!

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100 Days Until Summer!

Posted March 13, 2015 in summer, weight loss, healthy living and 5 more

There are exactly 100 days until summer!!

You're probably thinking that I'm getting ahead of myself. There are just seven days until spring. While I fully intend to enjoy every bit of spring, I'm keeping summer on my mind.


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Summer Slimdown 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge

Posted May 12, 2015 in clean eating, healthy living, weight loss and 5 more

Want to feel absolutely vibrant, energetic and healthy this summer? You're in luck because I'm hosting a 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge!

I spent so many summers wearing jeans and baggy T-shirts because I felt uncomfortable with my body. I avoided fun adventures because I didn't feel confident. That is no way to spend the summer! Losing weight and getting fit helped me to gain confidence and embrace summer fun!

I don't want you to miss out on summer adventures, which is why I'm launching this challenge on Monday, May 18. We'll finish up the challenge just a few days before the first day of summer!

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Raspberry Vanilla Smoothie

Posted May 14, 2015 in smoothie, Raspberry Vanilla Smoothie, raspberries and 6 more

I've been absolutely obsessed with raspberries lately. I love them on top of my morning oats drizzled with cashew butter. Mmmmm….

Besides being little sweet and tart bites of delight, raspberries are full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. (source)

Have you noticed that inflammation has been a pretty hot topic in health news lately? I've seen tons of articles lately on the best anti-inflammatory foods and how to reduce inflammation. What does having inflammation mean? Well, inflammation is a normal part of the body's immune response. But excess sugar, saturated fat and processed foods can cause chronic inflammation, which plays a role in obesity, heart disease, depression and cancer. (source)

Your best bet for fighting inflammation is packing your diet full of fruits (berries!) and vegetables, whole grains and omega-3 fatty acids, and sticking to a regular workout routine. Reducing stress is also a good idea.

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Orange Coconut Macaroons

Posted June 2, 2015 in recipe, macaroons, coconut and 3 more

I've been hosting a 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge on Facebook, and I'm going to be real...I miss sweets!

The challenge came at the perfect time for me - after two weeks of indulging in sweet treats for my birthday celebrations. Cake, cookies, champagne cocktails, French macarons and more! Once I start having real sugar, I crave it ALL the time.

When I cut out refined sugar, my sweet tooth isn't as crazy. But it does take me awhile to detox from the sugar.

We're about halfway through the clean eating challenge, and while I don't crave sugar like I was after my birthday extravaganza, I've still been craving sweets after dinner. I even caved and had a mini shake from a fast food place. I felt super sick after from the sugar. I am obviously in need of some healthy sweet treats that are made without refined sugar.

So I made coconut macaroons!

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Blueberry Almond Chia Pudding

Posted June 12, 2015 in chia pudding, chia seeds, recipe and 8 more

Chia pudding is one of my favorite sweet snacks. I always crave a little sweet treat in the afternoons, and a bowl of chia pudding always satisfies my sweet tooth.

Chia seeds are packed full of fiber, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, so I'm also getting a nutritious little snack.

I'm currently obsessed with berries. Berries are finally flavorful and affordable enough to buy, so I've been buying them all!

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Cucumber Mint Chia Water

Posted June 15, 2015 in chia seeds, Cucumber Mint Chia Water, summer and 5 more

When the BF and I were in Colorado for Bolder Boulder, we ate at Lyfe Kitchen in Boulder on Pearl Street. I ordered Ginger Mint Chia Water, and my life was changed.

It was so refreshing, and had my love - chia seeds.

I eat chia seeds every single day. The BF couldn't believe when I ran out of the giant container of chia seeds from Costco. I can't help myself. And it's not like I ate a bulk container of Oreos!

Chia seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and are super hydrating because they absorb tons of water. They also contain fiber, protein, calcium, magnesium and other nutrients.

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Stitch Fix Review #2

Posted June 16, 2015 in Stitch Fix, fashion, clothing and 3 more

I got another Stitch Fix!! It's so exciting when this box arrives!

For this box, I asked my stylist for a few more fun summer tops and a maxi dress. I loved the two tops I kept from my last box, and wanted a few more unique tops for warmer weather. Check out my first Stitch Fix Review.

A little recap...

With Stitch Fix, you fill out a pretty extensive style survey, then a stylist handpicks some pieces of clothing based on your preferences. You can receive a 'fix' every 2-3 weeks, every month, every other month or every three months. You can even create a Pinterest board to give your stylist a better idea of what you're looking for. Check out my Style board on Pinterest.

Your stylist really looks at your Pinterest board too! My stylist sent me a note and mentioned some things that were on my board.

When you receive your box, you try everything on, send back the items you don't want and purchase the items you want to keep. You pay a $20 styling fee for each box, but that $20 is applied to anything you want to keep from that shipment. Easy peasy!

Here's what I got in my second Stitch Fix...

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Blueberry Lemon Overnight Oats

Posted June 17, 2015 in breakfast, oatmeal, overnight oats and 7 more

I eat oatmeal for breakfast almost every day during the work week. My go-to in the spring/summer is always old fashioned oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, goji berries, stevia, almond milk, berries and almond butter. I throw it together in the morning, and eat it cold. I love, love, love it.

But I decided to change things up, and prepare my oats ahead of time. I got a crazy idea to combine the flavors of lemon and blueberry, and it was magical.

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Fourth of July Watermelon Champagne Cocktail

Posted July 1, 2015 in Fourth of July, July 4th, holidays and 7 more

I've expressed my love for champagne cocktails many times here on Sweet Success, so it's probably no surprise that I concocted a summery watermelon champs cocktail for the Fourth of July.

If you haven't jumped on the champagne cocktail wagon yet, you need to ASAP! They are so easy and delicious. And an added bonus is champagne is pretty low in calories (about 90 calories per serving). When you add a splash of 100% juice, you just add a few extra calories, and you're getting the health benefits of the juice you use!

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Weekend Recap {July 2-6, 2015} - 4th of July Celebrations!

Posted July 6, 2015 in Weekend Recap, weekend, 4th of July and 7 more

I love a three-day holiday weekend! All weekends should be three days (and filled with summer fun ; )

As usual, I had a long to do list and only made my way through part of it. I really tried to focus on having fun and enjoying the weekend without feeling like I should be doing something more productive. I often struggle with enjoying the moment without thinking about the next thing I need to be doing. It's something I'm working on...being present.

I often remind myself that when I look back at my life I don't want to think, "Wow, I was really great at getting my to do lists done." I want to look back at my life and think, "Wow, my life was full of adventure, laughs, love and fun."


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The Superfood You Must Add to Your Green Smoothies

Posted July 7, 2015 in smoothies, spirulina, snack and 5 more


* provided the inspiration for me to share how I use spirulina.

During the summer, I am a smoothie-making machine! I actually love smoothies all year round, but smoothies taste even more delicious when it's extra hot outside.

I really don't have a go-to smoothie. I like to mix things up to keep my smoothies interesting. But I do love making green smoothies. They always turn out so beautifully, and they are packed with nutrients.


One of the ingredients I always add to my green smoothies is spirulina, a blue-green micro-algae that grows in fresh water lakes and streams. Why?!?!? You might be asking me/yourself.

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Weekend Recap {July 10-12, 2015}

Posted July 13, 2015 in Weekend Recap, weekend, meditation and 5 more

Happy Monday! Were you able to relax and recharge this weekend?

I spent plenty of time in the pool and made time for reading this weekend. I also finished up my last Institute for Integrative Nutrition classes. I'm actually sad that my classes are over, but I'm super thrilled because I'm graduating this week! Time to celebrate!

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Weekend Recap {July 17-19, 2015} - Kansas City Weekend

Posted July 20, 2015 in travel, Kansas City, family and 10 more

Happy Monday! I spent the weekend in Kansas City with my fam to celebrate my aunt's 60th birthday.

I got to catch up with relatives, do some shopping, have fun at a water park and sneak in a meeting with a company I'm working with. It was a great weekend.

The line up of family members on this trip were: my parents, my brother, my sister-in-law, my niece, my Aunt Adel and Uncle Vic, my cousin Kristi and her husband, Avery, my cousin Jenny and her son, Ethan, my cousin Aaron and his wife, Tricia, and their kids, Cailyn, Dominic and Easton, and my Aunt Cindy and Uncle Mike, and their son, Thomas (and Thomas brought his girlfriend). Yeah…21 of us!

I'm actually feeling a bit exhausted today, but I got up early anyway for a morning workout. It definitely helped get me going!

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What I'm currently wearing to yoga, to lounge and to run errands

Posted July 23, 2015 in Fabletics, workout clothing, workout and 9 more

I have been absolutely exhausted this week!

I started off the week feeling pretty tired after my Kansas City weekend, and I haven't been able to catch up on sleep. I got up early Monday for bootcamp, Tuesday to teach indoor cycling and Wednesday for bootcamp. My evenings have also been full this week. Last night, I drove to Hastings for a yoga flow class and a meditation class at Avani Day Spa and Yoga Studio. It was amazing! It's a three-week series, so I'll tell you more about it after I've done it for a few weeks.

To get through the day, I'm chugging coffee (from my new coffee mug!) and drinking a smoothie with almond milk, oats, chia seeds, hemp seeds, Perfect Fit Chocolate Protein powder, instant coffee, dates and banana. A tired day calls for chocolate. When I'm tired, I crave sugar and carbs. So I try to satisfy my cravings by eating (or drinking) healthy foods to up my energy.

Today I'm sharing my recent Fabletics {<---- referral link} purchases! I've mentioned about a million times that I'm obsessed with printed workout leggings (You can read about it here and here). I love love love them. I totally believe that when you look good, you feel good. And when you have fun, flattering and comfortable workout clothes, you are more likely to get out there and workout!

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Weekend Recap {July 24-26}

Posted July 27, 2015 in weekend, Weekend Recap, pool and 3 more

{My new elephant tank from Avani Yoga Studio!}

Summer weekends are flying by way too fast!

This weekend was super low key. The BF and I didn't have any major plans besides hanging with family and friends. I got in some much needed sleep and relaxing, and put my to do list on hold for the weekend.

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Hydrating Watermelon Cucumber Slushie

Posted July 30, 2015 in recipe, summer, hydration and 5 more

During the hot and humid summer months, I'm always a lot more conscious of how much water I'm drinking.

Year round, I aim to drink three of my 30-ounce bottles of water a day (more if I've had a tough workout). But I find myself feeling more thirsty in the summer or getting a dull headache when I'm out in the heat for too long. It just takes more effort to stay hydrated in the summer, especially if you're spending a lot of time outdoors.

Although I love water and don't usually have trouble drinking lots of water throughout the day, I know there are people out there that don't love water. Lucky for you, there are lots of foods that can help with hydration!

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Weekend Recap {Aug. 7-9, 2015} - 40-mile bike ride!

Posted August 10, 2015 in Weekend Recap, weekend, bicycling and 7 more

I decided I needed a three-day weekend to relax and recharge a bit. I had been feeling tired and run down all of last week, so I took Friday off work to take it easy and spend time with my niece before the school year begins.

When I wasn't relaxing, I was riding my bike (40 miles!), preparing for a healthy week and health coaching.

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Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream {sugar-free}

Posted August 14, 2015 in Ice cream, homemade, strawberries and 5 more

What is more summery than a frozen treat?

Even though school is starting, we still have some time before the weather begins to cool. Which is why we need to savor all things summer for the next few weeks!

My niece, Brynn, and I made this delicious ice cream together. She requested strawberry ice cream, and I created a version without sugar that is still sweet and delicious.

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Weekend Recap {Aug. 14-16} - Smith Falls State Park Camping Adventure/Disaster

Posted August 17, 2015 in camping, Smith Falls State Park, Niobrara River and 4 more

Happy Monday! I hope you're having a great start to your week.

I'm actually feeling pretty rough after my weekend camping adventure. The BF and I went to Smith Falls State Park near Valentine, NE with our friends Russanne, Justin, Beth and Mark. The adventure/disaster included our GPS not working, a heat advisory, a broken tent, an insane amount of bugs, a thunderstorm, near heat exhaustion and more.

I really wanted to have one last summer adventure, and it was definitely an adventure.

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How I'm staying hydrated with SOS Rehydrate

Posted August 20, 2015 in hydration, SOS Rehydrate, summer and 2 more

*I am an SOS Rehydrate Ambassador. This post contains affiliate links. I can earn free products when you click the links and purchase SOS products. All opinions are my own.

I was recently selected as an SOS Rehydrate Ambassador!

This is so exciting because I'm always looking for healthier ways to stay hydrated when I'm working out.

When I trained for my first half-marathon (seven years ago), I started getting horrible headaches and migraines during and after my long runs. The pain got so bad that I went to a doctor. The doctor told me to stop running. When I told him that wasn't an option, he prescribed me menstrual migraine medication to take before long runs. He didn't talk to me at all about proper nutrition or hydration for running.

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How to make and freeze pesto

Posted September 15, 2015 in recipe, pesto, healthy eating and 5 more

The BF and I planted two basil plants in our garden this year, and we an have an abundance of basil.

I had grand plans to make batches and batches of pesto, then freeze it so that we could enjoy fresh pesto all winter long. But it hasn't happened yet.

I've made pesto for the past few summers, and it's always delicious. It's perfect to use as a turkey burger topping, on whole wheat pasta or spaghetti squash, on chicken or on roasted vegetables.

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Join me for Sugar Free April!!

Posted March 28, 2016 in Sugar Free April, 28-Day detox, healthy eating and 8 more

I'm going sugar free in April, and I'd love for you to join me!

As a gal with a major sweet tooth, I know what it's like to have out of control cravings for sugar. I also know what it feels like to be eating a diet FULL of sugar. I used to feel bloated, fatigued and guilty.

I'm currently transitioning to an anti-inflammatory diet to deal with a health issue, and the two things that are hardest for me to ditch - sugar and dairy. I recently realized that I was indulging in a few too many dark chocolate covered almonds and enjoying too many extra sweets. 

So in April, we're all getting rid of sugar! Why? Well, for one, sugar has no nutrients, no protein, no healthy fats and no enzymes. So it's not doing us any good. But here's just a few things sugar is doing to our bodies...

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How to have the best summer

Posted May 12, 2016 in summer, adventure, healthy living and 4 more


I'm going to be honest, I find working to be complete torture during the summer. And now that I work my regular full-time job, run my health coaching business, teach fitness classes and represent a nutrition line, work takes up so much of my time.

It must be connected to childhood, but when I think about summer I think about having freedom. Freedom to soak up the sun, play, go on adventures, get dirty, swim, travel, eat outside and more.

As I've been thinking about summer this year, I've had a feelings of disappointment and sadness. I keep picturing myself sitting in a windowless office for eight hours a day, then going home and working on my computer as I hear the sounds of summer happiness in the distance through my windows.

I'm being dramatic, but I've been on a bit of a negative spiral ever since I watched the movie Joe vs. the Volcano. Watch it if you haven't seen it. The movie will make you want to quit your job, chase your dreams, love more deeply and seek adventure.

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Avocado Toast topped with Scrambled Eggs with Herbs

Posted May 13, 2016 in avocado toast, eggs, breakfast and 6 more


Are you as obsessed with avocado toast as I am? 

I usually top my avocado toast with over easy eggs, red pepper flakes and pink Himalayan salt. But I decided to give my eggs an upgrade after watching Michael Symon make scrambled eggs with herbs on The Chew (one of my fave shows).

Now I feel like I've been making avocado toast with eggs all wrong. 

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Summer Travel Shopping List

Posted May 26, 2016 in Stitch Fix, summer, travel and 3 more


One of my favorite things about summer is traveling! 

Last year, the BF and I had the best vacation ever and went to Yellowstone. Read about our trip here --> Yellowstone National Park Trip Recap

We don't have any major trips planned this summer because the BF started a new job last fall and has a weird schedule and doesn't have a ton of vacation time. But we're planning some small weekend trips to cultivate the vibe of summer travel.

There are a few key things that are super important to me when I travel - a cross body bag, maxi dresses, big sunglasses and sunscreen. That's pretty much all I need for little weekend getaways. (This is my favorite all-natural sunscreen -->

I asked my Stitch Fix stylist to send me some pieces for summer travel, and she sent me exactly what I asked for! 

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Refreshing Summer Brewsicles

Posted July 3, 2016 in Fourth of July, Samuel Adams, craft beer and 4 more


Happy Fourth of July! 

I love celebrating the summer holiday with an iced cold craft beer or a refreshing cocktail. 

So I was really excited when a representative from Samuel Adams reached out to me and asked if I would share a fun Fourth of July recipe with you. 

I'm a huge fan of craft beer, and love Sam Adams. I've never made beer cocktails or beer recipes before, so I decided to get out of my comfort zone and try something new!

When I'm planning to indulge in drinks, I make sure to get in a workout in the morning, stay hydrated all day and eat nourishing foods throughout the day. If you're planning on enjoying some drinks to celebrate the holiday, be mindful of how you feel.

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Super Fruit Antioxidant Iced Tea

Posted July 6, 2016 in iced tea, antioxidants, summer and 7 more


There's nothing better than a cold glass of iced tea in the summer!

The BF has been making pitchers of delicious sun tea for the past few weeks, and I was inspired to put my own twist on summer iced tea. 

I brewed my favorite green tea and black tea, then I added a tropical fruit flavored minerals and antioxidants drink mix. The result was a deliciously sweet iced tea!

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Atlanta Trip Recap

Posted July 12, 2016 in travel, healthy travel, vegetarian and 7 more


Last week, my mom and I flew to Atlanta to visit my cousin, her husband and their new baby. My aunt from Omaha was there visiting as well. 

It was a wonderful trip full of laughs, baby snuggles, good food and exploring. My mom and I went without any set plans. We've both been to Atlanta a few times and have done most of the touristy stuff. We just wanted to go with the flow and spend time with family. My cousin had planned a few fun outings for us, but we also spent lots of time just relaxing at her house.

The highlight of the trip was actually something I don't have any photos of -- me leading a short yoga practice for my cousin, mom and aunt. I haven't laughed that hard in a long long time. 

Here's a recap of my trip to Atlanta…

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Friday Faves {July 22, 2016}

Posted July 22, 2016 in Friday Faves, meditation, summer and 6 more


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Happy Friday!

It's been a long rough week. I'm really looking forward to having a weekend without many plans. I definitely need some relaxation and rejuvenation.

I'm in need of some lightness right now, so I thought I would share some of my favorite summer things. Here they are...

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How to get the best pieces from Stitch Fix {+ my recent Fix}

Posted July 31, 2016 in Stitch Fix, fashion, summer and 3 more


I realized that my summer was getting too crazy busy when I received a Stitch Fix package, and I hadn't even sent a message to my stylist.

Sending a note to my stylist before receiving my package of goodies is part of why I love Stitch Fix. I get to be very specific about what I want to receive. I'm always very thoughtful about what pieces would really enhance my wardrobe, what my closet is missing or what special events I have coming up.

So when I found the box on my front porch and remembered that I had received an email reminding me to tell my stylist what I wanted, I was bummed.

But I was pleasantly surprised when I opened my Fix and it was full of beautiful summer pieces, and even contained a tank top from my Pinterest board.

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Weekend Recap {July 29-31, 2016}

Posted August 2, 2016 in Weekend Recap, weekend, vegetarian and 7 more

My weekend was super low key…exactly how summer weekends are meant to be. 

My niece and I spent a lot of time together, I spent some time relaxing, I cooled off in the pool, I made a trip to the farmer's market and more. It was a good weekend!

Here's a recap...

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Weekend Recap {Aug. 26-28, 2016}

Posted August 29, 2016 in Weekend Recap, kayaking, healthy eating and 8 more

I'm feeling more and more grateful for weekends without plans. My weekends were so full in May, June and July, so these late summer easy weekends are amazing.

I decided to keep Saturday totally open, make no plans, put nothing on my to do list and let the day happen organically. 

I was inspired to do this after last Saturday's day-long date with the BF. He didn't tell me anything about the day. I just went along for adventure after adventure.

I tend to get a little wound up about my to do list. But I've realized that when I spend an entire weekend working on my business, I don't feel rejuvenated or inspired for the new week. 

So I'm working on chilling on the weekends…or at least on Saturday. Luckily, this weekend, my easy going attitude spilled into Sunday ; )

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