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    Our Honeymoon in Greece – Part One

    When Andy and I got engaged back in 2014 we used to joke that I was more excited for the honeymoon planning than the actual wedding planning.  Maybe not entirely true and maybe a little bit true. I mean honeymoons … Continue reading

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    When Things Change…

    Welp, here I am!  It has been 210 days since my last post.  But here I am! And yes things have changed quite a bit in my world. Since March, I have planned a wedding, left my full-time secure job, … Continue reading

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    5 Ways I Detoxed My Body in 2015

    There’s something about the first Monday of the New Year, no?  It must be the ultimate #motivationmonday.  I am feeling super inspired today for the upcoming year. I had a full day or work, a kick butt workout, and also … Continue reading

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    Dear 2015…

    Dear 2015, It’s hard to believe you are already coming to an end.  You went by way too fast, faster than the years before.  Can you tell your friend 2016 to slow it down a bit?  No matter how much … Continue reading

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    Truly Eating Local

    Hey there! Happy December people! I hope everyone’s holiday season has been a great one so far.  I can’t believe the 2015 year is coming to an end. Too fast, always. With the holidays here, I always seem to over … Continue reading

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    The Connecticut Wine Trail

    Hey there kiddos!  Happy hump day.  It’s quite the dreary day over here but I do have it off and am taking advantage of the time to do some catch up.  It’s funny on my days off how the day … Continue reading

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    Lessons From One Year of Teaching Yoga

    This photo popped up on my timehop app last week. I can’t believe it’s already been one full year since I finished Yoga Teacher Training!  It’s been quite the journey so far and sometimes I have to pinch myself that I … Continue reading

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    Wanderlust Stratton – Fresh Air & Wide Open Space

    Fresh mountain air, wide open spaces,  inspiring teachers, beautiful souls…and the list goes on.  Wanderlust was everything I thought it would be and more.  I spent five days in the Green Mountain State practicing yoga, learning from wise and talented teachers, … 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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    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

Three Practices to Cultivate Gratitude

Over the past few weeks I have been talking to my yoga students about what we actually need to practice in order to cultivate gratitude.  It’s easy to just say, especially around this time of year, ‘be grateful’ or ‘think of three things you are thankful for.’

You can easily spew out a few things around the Thanksgiving dinner table that you are glad to have in your life, right?  In order to truly reach this state of gratitude I think there are a few other steps on the road to getting there. img_3708

Presence.  Are you really present for your life?  In your conversations with loved ones?  On your drive to work? Continue reading

Why Eat Local?

It’s been almost a full year since Andy and I decided to start buying our meat from a local farm right here in Connecticut.  Despite the fact that we have a giant freezer chest in our guest bedroom, it’s been one of the best decisions we’ve ever made for our wallets, our health, and (now I’m realizing) our environment.

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Photo from http://www.stuartfamilyfarm.com

After I processed last week’s election results I realized that real change starts with us individuals right here at home.  We can’t sit around and wait for our leaders to enact change.  It is absolutely necessary that all of us as citizens of this country and humans of this earth begin to make changes that will reverse climate change and start to improve our environmental conditions.

By the way have you seen the new documentary ‘Before the Flood?’ Bonus…Leo is in it.

So I went to Facebook and asked my friends, what can I do to get more involved?  I received a list of organizations to look up from helping clean up our shores to learning more about solar energy.  And while I do want to investigate all of these avenues, I realized that my first step should be to share what we are already doing in our household, that 99.9% of people are not doing. 

Purchasing local, grass-fed beef and pasture raised poultry and pork, is one of the best things you can do for the environment. 

When cows are able to graze in open pastures and are rotated frequently, a natural process occurs.   Continue reading

Our Honeymoon in Greece – Part Two

One thing I absolutely loved about our Honeymoon in Greece is that it just kept getting better and better.  If you haven’t yet, head over and read about how fabulous Athens and Mykonos were.

From Mykonos we headed to Santorini via high speed ferry called Sea Jet. It took just under two hours and was a very smooth ride.  We were so excited as we pulled in to the port in Santorini.  As you arrive there are swarms of tourists, buses, taxi’s, and rental car booths.  I would suggest coordinating a private transfer with your hotel which most will be happy to do. Because Santorini is literally all built on top of a volcanic ridge you have quite the journey to get up to where everything is.  It looks like this…

And then on to the good stuff.  We arrived at our little boutique hotel, Altana Traditional Houses, after walking through what felt like a cliff-side maze of white washed walls.   As we turned the corner to walk in to the lobby, our jaws dropped, and stayed that way for the next five days pretty much.

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We were so warmly welcomed by the staff at Altana.  They gave us a little orientation of the island, the hotel, and things to do while we sipped on a delicious local wine.  Continue reading

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