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    5 Reasons I Want To Go To Wanderlust

    Hi friends! Have you ever heard of Wanderlust Festivals? Well whether you have or haven’t I guarantee you will want to know about Wanderlust. I’ve heard about Wanderlust since I started practicing yoga. Back then I thought it was a … Continue reading

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    Parsnip Fries

    Happy Friday lovies!  Look at what a snow day can do?  I’m all caught up on blogging and it feels great.  It also felt great to cook up a new little recipe while I was stuck inside this week. It’s … Continue reading

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    Two Ingredient Primal Pancake

    Hi loves! I hope everyone’s New Year is off to a great start. Mine has been very exciting to say the least. Lots of celebrating going on for mine and Andy’s engagement. It’s funny to think last year at this … Continue reading

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    A Mountain Top Proposal

    Happy 2015 everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful New Years and the first week is off to an inspiring start. Did you read the title of this post?  Yes, it doesn’t quite feel real to me either!  On … Continue reading

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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! … Continue reading

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    A Day in Hudson Valley

    Hi Loves! Yesterday Andy and I celebrated our two year anniversary.  We both decided to take the day off and do a little day trip to Hudson Valley…close but yet far from home.  It’s been on my list to check … Continue reading

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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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    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

Homemade Sunflower Butter

Game changer alert! I had never tried Sunflower Butter until a few weeks ago.  I guess I just never had the opportunity and I sure wasn’t going to buy a $12 jar at Whole Foods just to risk not liking it.  Well when I tasted my first spoonful of Sunflower Butter, to my surprise it tasted much more like peanut butter than any other nut butter I’ve had!


Peanut butter is one of those things that I randomly will realize I haven’t eaten it in a few years and really crave it. Sunflower butter to the rescue!  Since I’m on the 21 Day Sugar Detox and on a ‘homemade’ kick right now, I thought I’d give it a go and make the sunflower butter at home!

Now it definitely takes a little more time and attention than Almond Butter, but it is definitely worth it!

Sunflower Butter – No Sugar Added

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The 21 Day Sugar Detox Round 2 – Week 1

Hey guys!  I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start.  We are slowly but surely starting to thaw out here in Connecticut which is beyond exciting.  You know that time of year in New England when it’s about 45 degrees and you see people with windows down and jackets off?  Yup sounds about right!

In preparation for our upcoming trip to Jamaica in April, I decided to give the 21 Day Sugar Detox a go again.  The first time I took a stab at this was in January of 2014.  Back then I did it to kick start my year, detox, and maybe eliminate some things from my diet.  My reasons are pretty similar this time around.  I’m not looking to lose a ton of weight (of course a few pounds would be nice) but to just clear out my body of the toxins I feel I’ve been over indulging in since the New Year.  I’ve had lots of celebrating to do!

The 21 Day Sugar Detox was developed by Diane Sanfilippo.  Diane is a well known nutritionist in the Paleo / Primal community and developed this program to help thousands of people get their blood sugar in check and kick their cravings.

To be honest, following the 21 Day Sugar Detox for me doesn’t require too many significant change since it’s highly based on a Paleo diet.  But it does force me to look more closely at what I’m eating, and eliminate some sugar and ‘addictions’ I have.

Here is what my first week looked like.

Grocery List

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  • Chicken Thighs
  • Nuts and Seeds (almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds)
  • Green Apples
  • Green Tipped Bananas
  • Tomato Paste
  • Coconut Oil
  • Kale
  • Beef
  • Avocados
  • Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Veggies

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What I’ve learned From Two Months of Wedding Planning

Wow it’s already been two months since Andy popped the question!  It’s no doubt been a great year so far.  There has been lots of celebrating with our friends and family and the planning of engagement parties and the wedding has already begun.
I’ve always said I don’t want a huge big to-do wedding.  The reason being, I don’t want to go in to debt over one day.  I’d rather put more of that towards an amazing honeymoon or house (really though, honeymoon is where it’s at).  With that said, of course I want to have a beautiful and fun day that reflects who me and Andy are and celebrates our relationship.

So I do have an exciting announcement.  We picked a date and a venue!  Venue shopping was super fun, probably due to the fact that we looked at three different vineyards and well… that includes free wine.

Being engaged for two months now, telling friends, family, strangers, and acquaintances, looking  at venues, and wasting hours of my life on Pinterest I’ve already learned a few things about this whole wedding planning stuff.

1.  There’s no such thing as a budget or cheap wedding when you have extremely large families. Unless you do it in your backyard and order pizzas.  I always said ‘I’d get married in a backyard’ to save money.  That’s not where the cost comes in.  It’s the food, alcohol, and catering.  And well if you know Andy and I then you know we are definitely not going to skimp on the food or drinks. Continue reading

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