Foundations First
So as previously mentioned, there have been a myriad of reasons for my radio silence over the past year, but
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What we absorb - Sauteed Super Greens
We Are What We Absorb
Well HELLOOOOOOOOO!! I am thrilled to be back after quite the hiatus. Needless to say, it's been a long time
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Whole30 Chicken Piccata
Shifting Perspectives and Whole30 Chicken Piccata
"What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort
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Read - February and March
What I Read Last Month :: February and March
“The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you
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Whole30 Taco Stuffed Potatoes
Considering the Paradoxical While Enjoying Whole30 Taco Stuffed Potatoes
"Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better." Flannery O'Connor I consistently struggle with knowing when to accept
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19 for 2019
Q1 in Review: An Update on My 19 for 2019
As I was saying last week, spring has definitely sprung! And although I am looking forward to brighter and better
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Spring Cleaning - Paleo Enchilada Casserole
Spring Cleaning and a Paleo Enchilada Casserole
I am absolutely pumped about the fact that it is officially spring AND feels like it outside! Although summer is
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No Bake Almond Butter Cup Bars
No Bake Almond Butter Cup Bars and What I’ve Been Up to Lately
Whew - I'm just about to the point where I need to dust the cobwebs off my laptop and this
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Three Ingredient Paleo Cherry Pie Bars
Three Ingredient Paleo Cherry Pie Bars
I vastly underestimated how much I would LOVE being a homeowner. As someone who tends to take commitments pretty seriously,
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Read - December + January
What I Read Last Month :: December and January
It's time for a "here's what I read last month post!" And actually - it's a "here's what I read
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Systems > Goals
Systems > Goals
For as long as I can remember, I have been a goal oriented person. I think I have always enjoyed
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1 percent - whole30 tuna tapenade
1 Percent and Whole30 Tuna Tapenade
We are officially homeowners now! And we celebrated with a big home improvement and décor shopping trip with my sister
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Perspective - Spitjack Sweet Potato Toast
Gaining Perspective over Spitjack Sweet Potato Toast
It has already been SIX weeks since we left Cork.  With a week on the Queen Mary 2, a week
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creating a healthy and long lasting relationship with exercise
Celebrating 5 Years of Barre and My 5 Tips for Creating a Healthy and Long Lasting Relationship with Exercise
This Sunday marks an important milestone (and also my mother's birthday which I am excited to be able to celebrate
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Whole30 Swordfish Salmoriglio - Compare how things used to be with how they are now
Whole30 Swordfish Salmoriglio and the Good Kind of Comparison
Being back in my hometown after so many years is very strange. While some of the streets, stores, and faces
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Hot Points - Whole30 Pomme Anna
Identifying “Hot Points” and Perfecting Whole30 Pomme Anna
Transitions are tough. I am so excited to be back in Michigan, close to family and working on our new
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Future Discounting - Whole30 Pistachio Chicken and Winter Fruit Salad
Future Discounting :: Why Getting Started is the Hardest Part
For me, and many others as I understand it, getting started really is half the battle. Whether it's due to
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19 for 2019 - Whole30 Salmon and Brussel Sprout Salad with Lemon Cashew Dressing
My 19 for 2019! And a Whole30 Salmon and Brussel Sprouts Salad with Lemon Cashew Dressing
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! As one of thosetypes of people who always loves any chance for a fresh start, I especially
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Temporal Landmarks - Paleo Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes
Taking Advantage of Temporal Landmarks and Enjoying Paleo Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes
Over the past week onboard the Queen Mary 2, I've had a bit of time to reflect on the year
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What I Read November
What I Read Last Month :: November
November was HECTIC between the packing and moving prep, a few days of work travel, girls' trips to London and
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lessons I've learned as an expat
Slán go Fóill! Lessons I’ve Learned as an Expat
Wow. The past few weeks have really flown by. They've been crazy busy with moving preparations, finishing out work for
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Farewell to Flex! A Love Letter to My Barre Tribe
I have to say, this is a TOUGH one to write. Things are well past getting real around here. Our
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personality project - paleo zucchini brownies
My “Personality Project” and Paleo Zucchini Brownies
“One tree is like another tree, but not too much. One tulip is like the next tulip, but not altogether.
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Superpowers - Whole30 Tuna Zoodle Casserole
Superpowers and a Super Easy Whole30 Tuna Zoodle Casserole
If you could have any superpower what would it be? According to a quick Google search - the most common responses
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gratitude - whole30 fall chicken and butternut squash salad
Gratitude and a Whole30 Fall Chicken and Butternut Squash Salad
Happy Thanksgiving - one of my favorite holidays of all!  It's one that brings people together simply for the purpose
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Seasons of Stress - Whole30 Fajita Chicken Protein Salad
Dealing with Seasons of Stress and a Whole30 Fajita Chicken Protein Salad
Stress is a crazy thing. There are million and one proverbs, clichés and admonitions about how going through times of
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What I Read Last Month :: October
I have been excited for this month of reading for probably almost a year!  While doing my Happiness Project, I
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Plenty of time - exercise
There is Still Plenty of Time to Finish 2018 Strong!
Although there is probably not a word strong enough to express just how much I loathe the colder weather and
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benefits of positivity - whole30 chicken chili
Broaden-and-Build, the Benefits of Positivity, and a Whole30 Chicken Chili
I would consider one of my strengths to be my ability to both formulate and execute a plan.  I LOVE
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joy - whole30 mushroom and asparagus cauliflower risotto
Joy, Cozy Weekends, and Whole30 Mushroom Asparagus Cauliflower Risotto
Although I knew that it would come up quickly as soon as we had finalized the decision to move back
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Paleo Banana Bread Muffins
Paleo Banana Bread Muffins (Easy Enough for Even the Non-Bakers)
Yesterday marked three years of #mandjhappilyeverafter. It seems simultaneously that our wedding was just yesterday and yet so long ago since
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Break up with Bad Habits at the Barre
Barre Better: Breaking Up with Bad Habits at the Barre
So lately in an effort to fix some of the ongoing issues and imbalances that I have within my own
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What do you want to be when you grow up - Whole30 Smoked Salmon and Peach Salad
What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? (and a Whole30 Smoked Salmon and Peach Salad)
So my latest obsession is learning about all things personality related.  It was something which I felt it would be
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Read - September
What I Read Last Month :: September
Among some of the most influential or impactful books that I have read over the past year or so, I
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Perfectionism - Whole30 Avocado Compound Butter
Consistency > Perfectionism :: Whole30 Avocado Compound Butter
Originally I had planned to write about the topic of perfectionism today in light of some of the recent internal
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The Wisdom Of Joseph Pilates – An OG of Positive Psychology
I had the opportunity to spend all of last weekend in London in an anatomy course specifically designed for Pilates
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so focused on a goal, that we miss the point - Paleo Strawberry Cashew Truffle
Keeping Perspective and Paleo Strawberry Cashew Truffles
As someone who absolutely loves to travel (for fun, NOT work), I have had the opportunity to go on several
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How to Stay in Touch with Ourselves - Whole30 Chicken Broccoli Casserole
Learning How to Stay in Touch With Ourselves and a Whole30 Chicken Broccoli Casserole
Much has been written demonstrating the value of investing in experiences as opposed to things when it comes to boosting
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10 Minute Barre Arms Workout
10 Minute Barre Arms Workout
Before barre, I honestly never thought too much about arms.  Mine or anyone else's.  Although I did the typical (but
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how what we eat affects everything else - foundational habits
Foundational Habits Part Three: How What We Eat Affects Everything Else
An idea which has always been a bit lost on me is the expression or admonition to "work smarter, not
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exercise is a foundational habit
Foundational Habits Part Two: Exercise
As renowned sports-medicine physician Dr. Jordan D. Metzl wrote for Time in its special edition The Science of Exercise, "exercise
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Foundational Habits - Sleep, Whole30 Butternut Squash and Sage Frittata
Foundational Habits Part One: Sleep and a Whole30 Butternut Squash and Sage Frittata
Although summer is my favorite, I do love September.  The changing colors outside are gorgeous and (usually) the weather takes
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What I Read - August
What I Read Last Month :: August
Usually when I'm traveling I find that I often have more opportunity and time to read.  As soon as I
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Stay Active While Traveling
How to Stay Active While Traveling
Like most people, I often find that I feel almost equally passionate about two different, conflicting, and incompatible things.  I
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Value of Nature - Paleo Trail Mix
Exploring Colorado: The Value of Nature and a Paleo Trail Mix
There are probably very few absolute truths, ideas or recommendations that everyone will agree on out there. But one that
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If/Then Planning - Whole30 Fall Salmon Salad with Avocado Poppy Seed Dressing
If/Then Planning for Failure in Order to Succeed and a Whole30 Fall Salmon Salad with Avocado Poppy Seed Dressing
At the height of my "going out" phase, I was living with my sister Kyle and we noticed that it
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Willpower - Whole30 Mac and Cheese
Willpower and a Whole30 “Mac and Cheese” Casserole
Something which will likely surprise no one is my proclamation that I really love the things that I love. I'm
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pause-and-plan Whole30 Zuppe Toscana
Learning to Pause-and-Plan (While Savoring Whole30 Zuppe Toscana)
I know that time flies when you're having fun, but have really experienced that over the past few weeks. However, unfortunately
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appreciation for where we are
Cultivating an Appreciation for Where We Are (Wherever that may be!)
After two weeks, my nonstop travel and touristing with my parents has officially come to an end.  I'm sad to
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Trust in Abundance - Three Ingredient Sweet Potato Waffles
Learning to Trust in Abundance and a Three Ingredient Sweet Potato Waffle
Although a few weeks ago at this stage, I have continued to muse over my experiences at the Whole30 Coaches
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when it's worth it - Whole30 Chicken Salad with Avocado Poppy Seed Dressing
Knowing When It’s Worth It and a Whole30 Chicken Salad with Avocado Poppy Seed Dressing
Over the past few months, I have been trying to stop saying I am busy.  I have probably always been
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What I Read - July
What I Read Last Month :: July
Why in the world am I not reading more fiction??!?!!  I was always an avid reading growing up and of
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September Studio Whole30 - Whole30 Salmon Summer Salad
The Flex in the City September Studio Whole30 and a Salmon Summer Salad
September is the new January.  And as shocking as it may be, we are almost there already.  As the summer
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Barre is effective and inclusive
All for Barre and Barre for All!
This past weekend, I attended the first ever Whole30 Coaches Summit in Park City, Utah.  It was a lot of
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for the right reasons - whole30 shrimp pomodoro pasta
For the Right Reasons and a Whole30 Shrimp Pomodoro Pasta
There's doing the right thing.  And then there's doing the right thing for the right reasons. Lately, it seems that I
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benefits of reading fiction - dark chocolate paleo granola
The Benefits of Reading Fiction and Dark Chocolate Paleo Granola
I am definitely what one would call a creature of habit and love my routine oh-so-much. Recently my guided journal
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how to do your own happiness project - whole30 coconut pistachio crusted chicken
How To Do Your Own Happiness Project and Whole30 Coconut Pistachio Crusted Chicken
As I am sure we have all experienced firsthand, being inspired to do something or thinking that a certain thing
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Learn to Flourish - Whole30 Broccoli
Learn to Flourish: Why Do a Happiness Project and a Whole30 Broccoli “Cheese” Frittata
"However much we resist acknowledging it, we humans are not static. We're either on a positive trajectory or a negative
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barre cultivates a growth mindset
How Barre Cultivates a Growth Mindset
If you've ever heard me talk about all the MANY things I love about barre, you know that for me
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Personal Mid Year Review - Whole30 Southwest Stuffed Avocados
Conducting a Personal Mid Year Review With a Side of Whole30 Southwest Stuffed Avocados
Although I know firsthand that it requires a lot of extra effort on the part of the manager or supervisor,
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Celebrating Milestones - Paleo Spinach and Artichoke Pizza
One Year of Barre Eat Repeat! Celebrating Milestones with a Paleo Spinach and Artichoke Pizza
Guess what?! Today is the one year anniversary of the launch of!! Last year, I resolved to have things
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Read - June
What I Read Last Month :: June
June marked the last official month of my year long Happiness Project! Time actually does fly and very sincerely, this
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WTH Effect - Whole30 Smoked Salmon Stack on Sweet Potato Toast
Overcoming the WTH Effect with a Whole30 Smoked Salmon Stack on Sweet Potato Toast
So there's failing, and then there's failing big. And let's just say, when I do go wrong, I often do
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Plan it in, do it anyway - Whole30 Green Gazpacho
Plan it in, Do it Anyway: Checking off the Summer Goals with a Whole30 Green Gazpacho
LOVE SUMMER! It's been a fun and fabulous couple of days - the weather couldn't have been too much better
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What Went Well - Whole30 Blackened Tilapia and Cherry Salsa
Considering “What Went Well” and a Whole30 Blackened Tilapia with Cherry Salsa
If you are familiar with traditional applied psychology, therapy, or counseling, you may be aware of the fact that there
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Never Stop Learning - Reformer Pilates
Never Stop Learning! Another Pilates-Filled Weekend
I am not too much of a video game player, but I when I was a little girl I remember
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Sister - Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake in Honor of My Sister
It's been almost a month since we added to our family! After losing our sweet little Kiely, we realized how much
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Home Cardio Barre Workout
Home Cardio Barre Workout
If you've been in any of my barre classes lately, you've probably noticed - they're getting a bit sweatier!  That's
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Know your purpose - Whole30 Strawberry Walnut Salad
Know Your Purpose + a Whole30 Strawberry Walnut Salad
It's important to know your purpose.  This is true on a large scale of course, but I acknowledge that might
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Challenge builds self-efficacy - Whole30 Burgers with Sundried Tomatoes and Basil Artichoke Sauce
Push Yourself! Taking on a Challenge Builds Self-Efficacy :: Whole30 Burgers with Sundried Tomato and Basil Artichoke Sauce
Today is a very exciting day because it marks Day 31 for the rockstars of my very first Flex in
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What I Read Last Month :: May
I guess I have always been a nerd.  I genuinely loved school and was even always a proponent of a
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Summer Bucket List - Whole30 Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef
Celebrating Sunny Days in Ireland with My 2018 Summer Bucket List and Whole30 Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef
What a fabulous last two weeks it has been in Cork!  The weather has consistently been the best that it
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Balance is not key - Whole30 Stone Fruit and Blackened Chicken Salad
Balance is NOT Key (for me at least!) + a Whole30 Stone Fruit and Blackened Chicken Salad
As I've written many times over the past year, the decision to dedicate time to truly knowing myself better has
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Whole30 Jamaican Jerk Steak and Veg Sheet Pan - Breaking up with bad habits
Challenging = Breaking Up with Bad Habits, Easy = Whole30 Jamaican Jerk Steak and Veggie Sheet Pan Dinner
A very common source of disagreement in the Vasquez household (and many others as I hear) is a difference in
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Curiosity - Whole30 Avocado Egg Salad
Curiosity as a Motivator: How what we attend to becomes more interesting and a Whole30 Avocado Egg Salad
“My True Rule is that persistence is its own reward. Somehow, the more you stay with something, the more you
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Learn by doing - Whole30 Spinach & Artichoke Meatballs with Lemon Cashew Alfredo
Keys to Success: Take Action, Learn by Doing, and Make These Whole30 Spinach & Artichoke Meatballs with Lemon Cashew Alfredo!
It's a well known fact:  If you don't use it, you lose it.  While recently in Malaga, we spent time
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Barre - an inch
The Impact of an Inch: Kicking Your Barre Workout Up a Notch (But Just a Notch!)
We are often quick to dismiss the magnitude of small, but consistent progress in the right direction.  However, as nearly
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creativity - whole30 salmon on roasted broccoli with lemon vinaigrette
Thinking Creatively About Creativity and a Whole30 Salmon on Roasted Broccoli with Lemon Vinaigrette
I think there are two types of people out there - there are those that really get a kick out
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What I Read Last Month :: April
Often what I read throughout a given time period follows a particular theme and I have very often over the
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purpose in leisure time - whole30 sweet potato crusted quiche
Purpose in Leisure Time and a Whole30 Sweet Potato Crusted Quiche
Ahh.  That's a sigh of contentment after the three day May Bank Holiday weekend here in Ireland. It was a particularly
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don't sweat the small stuff - whole30 spicy shrimp with avocado puree
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff (A Lesson on Repeat) and a Whole30 Spicy Shrimp with Avocado Puree Dinner
You know what "they" say:  some people never learn.  And you know what I hate:  when I am one of
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Fundamental Attribution Error - Whole30 Lemon and Caper Salmon
Avoiding the Fundamental Attribution Error and a Whole30 Lemon Caper Salmon
A few months ago, I read Brene Brown's Rising Strong.  And if you have ever read anything she has written,
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Studio Whole30 - Whole30 Chicken Caesar Salad
Announcing the Flex in the City Studio Whole30 and a Delicious Whole30 Chicken Caesar Salad
Last week over at Flex in the City we announced something which I personally am extremely excited about – our
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Healthy Travel Hacks
Some Healthy Travel Hacks as I Head Off to Malaga!!
As this post goes live on the blog, I will be just landing in Malaga, Spain for a four day
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Overwhelmed - Whole30 Blackberry Marinated Steak with Crispy Smashed Potatoes
How to Overcome Feeling Overwhelmed and a Whole30 Blackberry Marinated Steak
You know those times when you have so much to do that you don't even know where to start? Yeahhhhhh.
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Barre Community - Barre and Brunch
Barre and Brunch! The Benefits of Group Exercise and the Barre Community
This weekend was SO.MUCH.FUN.  On Saturday we hosted our first ever Flex in the City "Barre and Brunch" at The
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Writing - Whole30 Taco Mason Jar Salad with Green Goddess Dressing
Writing :: 100 Blog Posts Later… and a Whole30 Taco Mason Jar Salad
Guess what?! This is officially the 100th blog post to be published on! I can't believe it - starting
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Read - March
What I Read Last Month :: March
One of the most effective ways of boosting our enjoyment of any activity is to share it with someone else.
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Effort - Whole30 Chicken Parmesan
Well Worth the Effort :: Developing Grit and Healthy Habits and a Whole30 Chicken Parmesan
One of my stocking stuffers from Christmas this year was one of my family’s all time most beloved movies –
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Emotional Contagion - Chocolate Coconut Energy Bites
Emotional Contagion and Chocolate Coconut Energy Bites
Have you ever stopped to really consider the tremendous impact that those around you have upon your experience of any
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Fresh Perspective - Whole30 Tuna Avocado Salad
A Fresh Perspective and a Whole30 Tuna Avocado Salad
I once had a friend, who although I loved (and still do) dearly, had one quite irritating quality. It seemed
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Love of Learning - Whole30 Strawberry Guacamole Swordfish with Coconut Cauliflower Rice
A Love of Learning :: What I’ve Been Up to Lately and a Whole30 Strawberry Guacamole Swordfish with Coconut Cauliflower
I love to learn. One of my greatest passions is continuous learning and improvement.  I have a unquenchable thirst and
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Words Matter - Whole30 Breakfast Sausage and Gravy
Learning to Reframe (Because Words Matter!) and a Whole30 Breakfast Sausage and Gravy
Words matter. Perhaps especially to me since as previously mentioned, I am a self-professed logophile and I know that my
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Lifted Seat Barre-Less Barre Home Workout
Within our lifetime, the “lifted seat” has definitely gained popularity in terms of aesthetics en vouge, however there are actually
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Significance of Now - Fiesta Frittata
The Significance of Now and a New Whole30 Fiesta Frittata
I actually gasped as I received a work meeting invite yesterday for a Q1 business review scheduled just a few
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Read - February
What I Read Last Month :: February
When Jon and I first started dating, a major issue and area of frustration for him was my inability to
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Barre - Exercise Makes Us Happier
Barre is “My Happy Place” :: Why Exercise Makes Us Happier
In recent conversation with a friend (after barre – OBVIously), we were talking about upcoming weekend events, which led us
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Whole30 Meal Prep
Whole30 Meal Prep Secrets :: Prepare the Basics and Learn to Mix and Match
I recently shared some of my background and experience with the Whole30 program and one of the biggest (not so
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Whole30 Lemon Artichoke Chicken
What in the World is a Whole30 (and More Importantly – Why Would Anyone Choose to Do One)?
As you may have noticed, many if not most, of the entrée recipes that I post are tagged as Whole30
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Choosing the Bigger Life - Paleo Almond Butter Blender Muffins
Choosing the Bigger Life :: A Second Dog and Paleo Almond Butter Blender Muffins
I would generally consider myself someone who really likes to have clear expectations set, be in control, know the plan
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The Benefits of Being Optimistic :: Dairy-Free, Vegan and Paleo Queso Dip
Optimism is something I really never gave too much consideration to.  I have always really prided myself on being a
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The Little Things - Whole30 Buffalo Broccoli
It’s the Little Things and Whole30 Buffalo Broccoli
Throughout the past year, I have devoted a large proportion of my reading time to studying the topic of “happiness”
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Nagging Tasks and Whole30 Swordfish with Pistachio Gremolata
Energy Boosters: Sunshine, Tackling Nagging Tasks, and Whole30 Swordfish with Pistachio Gremolata
As the winter **hopefully** approaches a turning point, I have been thrilled with the slightly longer days as opposed to
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Read - January
What I Read Last Month :: January
2018 is off with a bang and I am loving it thus far!  I invested some time at the end
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Happy Memories - Whole30 Broccoli Cheese Soup
Happy Memories and Whole30 Broccoli Cheese Soup
Just as we tend to overestimate what we can do in the short term and underestimate what is possible over
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Savor - Paleo Brownies with Sweet Potato Chocolate Frosting
Learning to Savor, Appreciating the Now and Paleo Brownies with Sweet Potato Chocolate Frosting
Over the past month, I have been running on extra high energy and enthusiasm, making good progress on some pretty
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Hotel Power Half Hour Round Two :: Travel Barre Workout
Earlier this week I was traveling for business to Amsterdam for our company 2018 kickoff meeting.  Thankfully it was a
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Consistent-Whole30 Chicken Pesto Pasta
Be Consistent – Those Small Steps Add Up :: Whole30 Chicken Pesto Pasta
As always, the time that I spent back home with my family for Christmas was fabulous (although already becoming a
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best way to perfect your posture is with barre
Cultivate Poise and Perfect Your Posture with Barre
I am yet to become a member of the Mom Club (and in no rush to get there) but I
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Reward - How to Make Ghee
Reward, Intrinsic Motivation, and How to Make Ghee!
Most people are probably aware of the basic framework for habit formation and more or less familiar with some version
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Lessons Barre Has Taught Me
Celebrating Four Years at the Barre :: The 4 Most Important Lessons that Barre has Taught Me
Tomorrow marks two very significant events in my life. The first, is my mother’s birthday. I cannot begin to put
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Visualization and Visually Appealing Salmon Nicoise Salad
Visualization and a Visually Appealing Whole30 Salmon Nicoise Salad
Something I always find interesting when I learn something new, hear about a particular concept or idea, or start a
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Positive Thinking - Spirulina Bliss Balls
Positive Thinking, the AIM Method, and Spirulina Bliss Balls
I wrote not too long ago about the Cognitive Triangle which describes the interplay between the way we think, feel,
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Priorities, Rocks, Pebbles, and Sand
One thing I need to remind myself of often is the unpleasant reality that “working” can be one of the
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The Power of Routine (and Starting the Day with a Whole30 Tuscan Frittata!)
Habits and routines often have a bad reputation.  Especially on the surface, many people consider it dull, tedious, or monotonous
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Read - December
What I Read Last Month :: December
2018 is officially underway and I am excited for a fresh start and the year ahead.  I am feeling refreshed
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Resolutions and Goals - Whole30 Hazelnut Crusted Tilapia with Lemon Butter Sauce
Distinguishing Between Resolutions and Goals :: Whole30 Hazelnut Crusted Tilapia with Lemon Butter Sauce
I know that at this time of year especially, there is no shortage of motivational quotes, inspirational advice, and “fitspo”
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One Word Theme and Whole30 Chili
My One Word Theme for 2018 :: Prepare and a Whole30 Chili
I love words.  Ever since I was a little girl, I have been passionate about learning, especially when it comes
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Tucking Around the Christmas Tree :: Barre-less Barre Workout
Merry Christmas! I am looking forward to a relaxing day spent with loved ones and lots and lots of good
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The Joy of Holiday Traditions and Paleo Zucchini Muffins
Since I have such an intense affinity for a good routine, it may not come as a shock that I
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#DecemberGoals :: Finding Time for Fun and Paleo Mint Chocolate Cookies!
We have less than a week left before Christmas?! I cannot believe it. 2017 has absolutely flown by, especially the
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Grit and Mental Strength at the Barre
Building Grit and Mental Strength One Barre Class at a Time
Nature vs. nurture – one of the oldest and most longstanding of all psychological debates. Although this was a formerly
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Read - November
What I Read Last Month :: November
I know this time of year is crazy for everyone, but I cannot believe that I am this far behind.
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Avoiding the Comparison Trap, Focusing on Strengths and Eggs Florentine with Avocado Hollandaise
Over time, and this past year especially, I have been intently focused on understanding both myself and others better. I
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Barre Shake
The What, the Why, and the How of That “Barre Shake”
I am definitely biased, buuuuuuut barre is just the best! Aside from the sense of camaraderie and community, the upbeat
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Act the Way We Want to Feel (and Whole30 Chicken with Almond Butter Satay Dipping Sauce and Coconut Cauliflower Rice)
Causality dilemmas (most famously, the question of which came first – the chicken or the egg), represent situations of potential
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Happy Birthday Coco: Lessons Learned From My Dog and a Whole30 Chicken Fajita Salad
Today is a very special day for a teeny tiny member of the Vasquez family – it’s Coco’s second birthday!
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Happy Thanksgiving! The Many Benefits of Gratitude and A Fall Roasted Vegetable Side Dish
In regards to #trending, I usually prefer to be a bit on the early adopter edge and my appreciation for
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7 Minute Barre Arms Workout
As those who barre know, one of the first and most dramatic changes your body will undergo after only a
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Lemon Pepper Salmon
Whole30 Lemon Pepper Salmon and Lemon Thyme Roasted Cauliflower
In my recent reading, I have been made ever increasingly aware of how much we tend to stick with what’s
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Barre - avoid going through the motions
Avoid Going Through the Motions – At the Barre and Beyond
Throughout business school and my work in both management and consulting, a very popular and often invoked truism has been
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The Precious Resource of Time and a Whole30 Slow Cook Tuscan Chicken Dinner
Today is my turn to pose one of those infamous hypothetical questions: what do you value more highly – time
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Silly Questions and Whole30 Spaghetti Puttanesca
A few years ago, I remember going out for lunch with my sister and the youngest of my brothers, who
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Flow, Optimal Experience, and Intrinsic Motivation
When I was in Milan last weekend, I had the opportunity to see Michaelango’s final work of art, a marble
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Contentment and Enjoying the Process
Yesterday as I was leaving Cork Coffee Roasters, I walked by Unbound, an adorable little gift shop, and saw a
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What I Read Last Month :: October
In honor of the tradition started last month, today I am sharing the books that I have read throughout October.
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Heuristics and Healthy Fish and Chips
When you think about “healthy food” what comes to mind? The thought might conjure up particular words like organic, raw,
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Magnifico Milano and Whole30 Paleo Lasagna
Buongiorno from Milan! I am currently traveling back from a fantastic and fashionable anniversary weekend. Both Jonathan and I love
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Sharing Joy Increases Joy
“Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it” – Albert Schweitzer There is something very exciting to
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Clarity and Celebrating 2 Years of #mandjhappilyeverafter with Paleo Chocolate Wedding Cake
A long time struggle of my has been around clarity and prioritization. When I was very young, my dad posed
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Stress-Free Buffalo Egg Muffins
This week on the blog you’ll notice a special theme because I am celebrating my two year wedding anniversary! I
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How to Get the Most Out of Your Barre Class
When it comes to choosing an exercise routine, I personally think that first and foremost you should find something that
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Surprise! A Drool-Worthy Vegan and Paleo Cheesecake
Last week, I received a very unexpected yet pleasant surprise in my mail – a check from my former car
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Buy Experiences, Spend Time Connecting, and Avoid Flipping Failures with a Veggie Omelette Waffle
As I contemplate money this month, I have of course reflected on the truth that money does not buy happiness.
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Park Bench Barre Workout – Lower Body Focused Outdoor Exercise
I never realized how much the weather truly impacts my mood and daily experience until I lived in Ireland. I
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Celebrate “Treat YO Self Day” with an Autumn in Mason Jar Salad Picnic in the Park
I mentioned recently that for the month of October, one of my resolutions is to abstain from absolutely all non-essential
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October Aspirations, Being Generous, and Paleo Pumpkin Spice Muffins
I have mentioned previously that I am in the middle of my own year long Happiness Project, which means that
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Consistency: One Coin (or Class!) at a Time
Despite the decidedly crisper air outside and the header on my calendar which clearly shows that fall is well underway
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The Value of Being Versatile (as Demonstrated by Cashew Nut Butter)
Versatile – to be able to adapt or be adapted to a many different functions or activities. See also: adaptable,
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What I Read Last Month :: September
For as long as I can remember, I have loved to read. Although at various points in my life I
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Savoring a Suddenly Free Schedule and Whole30 Sausage Egg Sandwiches
Growing up, my sister and I LOVED playing with Barbies. We played nearly everyday, in all our free time for
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Self Knowledge, Being True to You, and Craveable Chimichurri Steak with Crispy Smashed Potatoes
If you have read more than one or two of my previous posts, you may have noticed that I am
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Choosing to Invest Time Wisely and the Value of Meal Prepping
Throughout conversations in my recent travels and with my visitors this weekend, I have come to the amazing realization that
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The Power of Connectedness and Lemon Baked Haddock
For the most part, I work from home. This of course does not include the time that I am teaching
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The Strategy of Convenience and Whole 30 Coconut Crusted Chicken Fingers with “Honey” Mustard Dipping Sauce
Let’s get one thing straight – I have not always been a super healthy eater. While I have always liked
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A Stumble May Prevent a Fall :: Getting back on track when we experience a misstep
Strongly considered changing the name of this blog to Coffee.Coffee.Repeat after the past two weeks. Seriously the amount of coffee
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Cheers to Gut Health and Happiness!
As I stepped out of the Back Bay train station into Copley Square this week, I was actually overwhelmed by
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Pure Love for Pure Barre
Being back in the States this week has been awesome! Although a quick trip, I have (in true to Miranda
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Enjoying the Process, Rosy Prospection, and Slow Cooker Balsamic Roast with Cauliflower Mash
Have you ever noticed that sometimes the anticipation of an event is even better than the actual event itself? The
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Adventures in Brainstorming and the “A Team Salad”
Throughout my studies in both psychology and business and my professional life thus far, I have been fortunate enough to
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The Profound Impact of Others and Paleo Fish Tacos
The power of word of mouth is phenomenal.   There are so many times that I personally have been influenced or
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The Gift of Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Truffles
On the move with not one, but two trips this week! Getting the less-than-fun one out of the way first
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Fresh Starts with Fall Resolutions and Fiesta Worthy Taco Muffins
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald I CANNOT
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Mediterranean Memories and Inspired Simple Salmon Sheet Pan Recipe
Something that I have come to appreciate more and more over the years is value of a photo. It is
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The “Perfect” Treat for Busy Times :: Raw Brownie Bites
This past week (or maybe two or three, who knows I am struggling to keep track at this point!) has
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Barre a la Hilton Hotel Room :: Travel Workout
Although I have bemoaned the potential drawbacks of traveling for work here and outlined some the reasons that even fun
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The Trouble with Work Travel (and Buffalo Chicken Salad to the Rescue)
I am back in London again today, albeit this time around for business meetings as opposed to “Pilates-marathon-training.” So needless to
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Leveraging the Familiarity Principle :: Basil Artichoke Chicken Butternut Squash Pasta with Cauliflower Alfredo
When facing an opportunity to make a change in our lives we usually have two options:  to orchestrate a big,
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Planning to Succeed: Meal Planning and Prep Tips & Tricks
I LOVE PLANNING. Like obnoxiously so. And I don’t mean just the super fun things like parties and vacations. I
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From Arts and Crafts to Avocado Caprese Chicken Salad
As I contemplated my love for Sunday Brunch and the fabulous friendships I have had throughout the years, I reflected,
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Lemon & Cucumber Smashed Avocado Sweet Potato Toast fit for Brunch & Besties
According to my social media feeds, this past Sunday was National Friendship Day in the U.S. Although I truly didn’t
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Back From Pilates Holiday :: Avoiding Stairs At All Costs, Meal Planning & Prepping, and Lemon Rosemary Chicken with Jalapeno
I am so sore. We are back from the London “Pilates Holiday” feeling completed depleted physically, but so inspired and
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A Pilates Holiday, Healthy Travel Hacks, and Roasted Red Pepper and Pesto Frittata Muffins
One of my absolute favorite things about living in Europe has been the ability to travel so conveniently and frequently! 
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Finding a Workout that Works for YOU! Part Two
Although we may agree exercise is good for everyone (Part One), it important to recognize that not everyone is motivated
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Simplicity, Minimalism and Cashew Dijon Salmon
Simplicity. Albert Einstein is credited with once saying that “everything should be made as simple as possible, but no more
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A Summer Snack – Lemon Pie Bliss Balls
It is funny how a little perspective can change things oh-so-much. All my life I have lived in places which
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Finding a Workout that Works for YOU! Part One
Long story short – exercise is good for you. Earth shattering news I know (I can feel the eyes rolling
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Whole30 Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs with Spicy Cashew Cream
Living abroad for the past year and a half has had some pretty substantial ups and downs. Ultimately, it has
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A Savory Breakfast to Satisfy All Tastebuds: Blackberry Sage Turkey Sausages
Families are fascinating. I love seeing and hearing about all the ways that people who share not only blood, but
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Reconciling “Health Halos” with Whole30 Granola and Coconut Yogurt
One thing that never ceases to amaze me is how just how powerful positioning can be to shape our views,
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Chicken and Waffles Are SO Fetch!
Yes. I do realize that I missed the height of the chicken and waffles trend by a few years with
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Embracing an “Atmosphere of Growth”
“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure, nor this thing or that, but simply growth. We are happy when we are
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A Classic Revamped :: Paleo Mashed Potatoes
When my husband and I started dating, we were a few months into our relationship around Thanksgiving. I had already
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Chocolate Hemp Protein Bars Worthy of the “Superfood” Title
I have always loved words. Vocabulary and semantics have intrigued me for as long as I can remember. As a
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The Perfect Party Dish… Squeaky Clean Spinach and Artichoke Dip!
It seems to be me that almost everyone has that one party trick that they can pull out to impress, or at
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Officially Official!
This is the excerpt for your very first post.
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