Celebrating Three Years

Three years ago today Greg and I were married at a small vineyard in northern Virginia.


Actually… we were technically married on a hiking trail in Maryland earlier that morning. (If you want all the details, feel free to check out this post.)

The last three years have brought a lot of major life changes for Greg and I, including me quitting my teaching job and us moving 1700 miles across the country. Through it all, Greg has been my greatest supporter, best friend and partner in crime.

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Current Favorite Things

Hello! I hope you had a fabulous weekend and were able to get out and enjoy some beautiful summer weather. Summer has always been my favorite season, but honestly, I’m wishing it would hurry up and get to fall. Of course, that’s for selfish reasons because I want to just fast-forward my recovery (I’ll post another update on that soon).

Other than that whole knee thing, life has been pretty swell lately. I’ll be going back to teaching group exercise at the end of this month (yay!) and can’t wait! Work has been great and I’m celebrating my third wedding anniversary later this week. Greg and I are going to continue our tradition of summitting a 14er… sort of. We’re also attending a special dinner with my favorite chef ever and can’t wait to see what he cooks up.

Now, let’s get on to the main subject of this post: my current favorite things. In no particular order, they are:

My Nesco Food Dehydrator

I received this food dehydrator as a bridal shower gift from my stepmom. I didn’t have it on my registry, but my stepmom had a feeling that it was something that I would enjoy having (and she was right!). I seem to go through a phase of wanting to dehydrate everything a few times each year (and am currently going through one of those phases!). My absolute favorite thing to dehydrate, hands down, is watermelon. Lately I’ve been dehydrating that along with bananas, strawberries and blueberries.


I also made apple fruit leather (the stuff on the right) with cinnamon. It’s almost as good as the watermelon. ;)

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ACL Reconstruction Surgery: Post-Op Weeks 5&6


Hello! Summer is definitely in full swing here and the last few days have been hot. Luckily, the humidity is still relatively low so it's not unbearable (and it's cooled down a lot today!). Isn't talking about the weather fun? Time for another … [Continue reading]

Les Mills Presents The Project: Immersive Fitness

There are many, many things that I love about Les Mills programs. I became a certified Bodypump instructor in 2011 after falling in love with the format and classes. Les Mills offers a multitude of different exercise programs and there's literally … [Continue reading]

Jamaican Ten Speed [a.k.a. the "Two Sipper"]

In general, I'm not much of a cocktail drinker. When given the choice of an adult beverage I'd pretty much always choose beer or wine. However, if a restaurant or bar is known for it's amazing cocktails (like this place), I'll have to give one a … [Continue reading]

A Knee Update [4 Weeks Post-Op]

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Well, I pretty much failed at writing an update on my ACL reconstruction surgery each week. I really wish I had so that I could look back at where I was each week and track my progress easily... but life/work/Blend got in the way. So, I'm going to do … [Continue reading]

Blend 2014


It's still a little hard for me to believe- but this year's Blend Retreat has come and gone. This was the third annual gathering for Blend (and also the third year that I've been in attendance). I helped out in some capacity during planning for the … [Continue reading]

Red, White and Blue[berry] Crepes

Hello! I got back from spending five days in Park City, Utah last night and have a lot of catching up to do. I was there for the third annual Blend Retreat, which was (once again) and incredible weekend! I'll be back to tell you more about it later … [Continue reading]

Currently: June


Hello! I can't believe it's already June- once again this past month seemed to fly by. June 2014 has seemed so far away for so long, mostly because it's when The Blend Retreat is taking place. We've been planning it for almost a year, so it's crazy … [Continue reading]

Beet-Crusted Goat Cheese Balls


There are a few different "buzz foods" that jump out at me whenever I see them on a menu. Words like avocado, bacon and goat cheese usually steer me towards making a decision about what to order. And if I see that beets are on the same plate as goat … [Continue reading]