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    Lessons I’ve Taken Off The Yoga Mat and Into The World

    Happy Monday Lovelies! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend.  I am just getting used to a new non 9 to 5 schedule over here.  It’s a bit of an adjustment and making me realize I need to re-think how … Continue reading

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    Balsamic & Fig Meatloaf

    Happy Friday people!  I hope you all had a fabulous week.  My week has been quite different from most…but I’ll save that for a post coming soon.  I have had a little more time on my hands so decided to … Continue reading

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    I Completed Yoga Teacher Training…Now What?

    I officially received my 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher certificate this week! It’s funny, I’ve been teaching pretty regularly for a couple of months now but for some reason getting this piece of paper signed by Mitchel and Tracy was … Continue reading

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    A Day in Long Island Wine Country

    Vineyards are one of my happy places.  There’s just something about them.  They’re beautiful, peaceful, and produce one of my favorite things – wine!  I am even lucky enough to have two beautiful vineyards in my own home town in Connecticut. … Continue reading

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    Bacon Guacamole

    Hi friends! I hope everyone had a fabulous start to the week.  I’m feeling much better since snapping out of a little funk I was in last week. Maybe I should add this recipe to one of the ways to … Continue reading

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    Grilled Blueberry Pork Chops

    Happy Friday!  I hope everyone had a fabulous week.  The peak of my week was probably this gorgeous pork chop that we made on the grill.  Our meals can get very repetitive sometimes, especially in the summer when all we … Continue reading

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    A Yoga Photo Shoot with Yogis of Connecticut

    Last weekend marked the end of my Yoga Teacher Training (post coming soon). To commemorate this incredible journey Alley, one of my fellow teacher trainees, offered to do a photo shoot with some of us! Alley has such a talent for … Continue reading

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    How To Make Homemade Paleo Beef Jerky

    So there’s definitely been a sort of jerky craze going on in my world lately. Andy and I started playing around with making our own back in January when I was doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox. Then all of … Continue reading

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    Crunchy Maple Almond Butter

    Crunchy Maple Almond Butter?!  I hope that title made you click on this post.  It would definitely make me click. Today was a great Monday.  Mainly because we gained an extra hour of sunlight tonight.  It was pretty crazy how … Continue reading

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    Bacon Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

    Happy post Turkey Day!  I think I still have a food baby in my belly from yesterday.  My sister had the most delicious menu for the day with a TON of amazing food.  I was pretty excited to bring my … Continue reading

Giving the Gift of Experience

Why hello there!  It’s been a while bloggies, and I’m sorry for that.  I am committing to blogging once per week from here on out because that is what is realistic in my life right now.

As the holiday season is upon us, gift buying is in full swing.  Being in the retail world now,  boy am I sure in the thick of it!  While of course it’s great to get nice things, I really have always been (or maybe more recently been) a proponent of giving the gift of experience.

Maybe it’s the wander-luster in me but I know giving someone the opportunity to experience something new really excites me.  This world has SO much to offer.  Forget world, even just your own town or state has SO much to offer that you probably don’t even realize.  So this holiday instead of filling up your loved ones closets or homes with stuff, maybe fill up their life with a new experience.

Giving the Gift of Experience – A List for Inspiration

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Stay Inspired to Inspire

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This post has been a long time coming. I’ve been thinking about it, writing and rewriting it in my head for weeks now. It’s sort of been my mantra or we can say an affirmation that has been with me for some time.

I stay inspired to inspire.

One of the biggest reasons I decided to start the journey of becoming a yoga teacher was to inspire others. What the practice has done for me and my life in just three short years is remarkable. So if I can share that with just a sliver of people on this earth, well then my life has a purpose right?

The thing is, sometimes staying inspired is hard. It doesn’t just happen, it takes work. It takes commitment, it takes dedication, and most importantly it takes the will to want to stay inspired.
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An Eight Course Meal at Saugatuck Craft Butchery

Happy Monday friends! Boy do I have a great post for you today.

First things first though. The winner of the Strong and KIND bar giveaway is….

Becca! I used the Random Number Generator to pick the winner.  Congrats Becca!

Now on to the yummy, scrumptious, melt in your mouth stuff. Andy and I attended a Harvest Dinner last week at the Saugatuck Craft Butchery.

The Saugatuck Craft Butchery was founded three years ago in Westport, Connecticut by a husband and wife who were unsatisfied with food situation in the area.  It was way too hard to find good quality and local meat so they left their corporate jobs and opened up a food establishment to provide the community with grass fed, antibiotic and hormone free animal products. So cool.

Andy and I have been wanting to get to the butchery to check it out so when the opportunity arose to attend one of their eight course dinners, we jumped right on it!

This was such a cool experience and one of the best, most adventurous meals I have ever had!  We sat right up at the bar seats where we had an up close view of the chef, Emily, at work.  It was like a real live version of Top Chef!

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