The Notion of Home

There is this moment I have been recounting as of late. I had been in labor with Landon for twelve hours and after another round of pushing and holding my breath and pushing some more, the doctor stood up and said, "We need to perform an emergency cesarean." The contractions continued to wash over me and suck me under like a strong current, but I wasn't ready to call in help. I didn't want to ...more

Get Fit with ClassPass

Going to the gym can be a love/hate thing for me, especially when I feel like it's becoming too monotonous. My gym does offer some classes, which helps, but doesn't quite shake things up as much as I'd like....more

Swimsuit Season: 2015 Edition

Swimsuits are adorning mannequins all over town lately and I must say, I'm actually pretty excited this year. There are SO many great styles! Here are some of my favorites and I've got them broken down into categories: These are perfect for surfing and I plan to do quite a bit of that when I'm visiting back home this Summer! ...more

Spring Look Book

Are we all finally sick of Winter?? I know I am! Saturday morning, just as I was leaving my hot Yoga class, it began to snow ....more

Life Made Easier- A Little Help from Zaarly

As I swept up crushed graham cracker from the kitchen floor for the forty billionth time one day, I began calculating how much time I spend cleaning. Let's see, there are 24 hours in a day-carry the one, divide by 3 and subtract 5...yeah, approximately 23 hours spent making things pretty, watching it get destroyed and repeating the process....more

CopyCat Panera Potato Soup & Buttery Rosemary Rolls

Cold weather calls for heartier meals. My friend passed along a potato soup recipe that tastes just like Panera's version! Add some of my favorite rosemary rolls and you've got yourself a delicious meal ....more

Long Time, No Talk

As I type this, snow has begun to fall for the second time today. Fat snowflakes float down from the clouds and occasionally land gently against the windowpane, allowing me a quick glance of their intricate designs before melting. I love and hate Winter in equal measure ....more

New Year, New Goals?

"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something." - Neil Gaiman ----------------------------- The first few weeks of this New Year ...more

Round These Parts

I intended to do the usual Christmas Recap and Year in Review Round-Up posts in a timely manner, but it never felt like a good time to do it. Now, we have reached the second week of the new year and I'm thinking it's now or never. So how about now? ...more

Post-Workout Protein Smoothie with Maple Water

Over the years, as I've begun to fine tune the art of properly nourishing my body, I've realized that fitness is just one half of the healthy whole. If I'm not eating enough or eating right, I feel it. I notice it in my overall running times, my endurance, how many reps I can do in targeted exercises, how much weight I can lift when I'm toning ....more