Blogfest: The Prequel

Hi all! I wrote this post while on the plane to Anaheim, CA from Newark, NJ. It is the first of several in a series of posts about this wonderful experience!

Hello dear friends! I write to you from the sky – probably somewhere over the midwest. (But by the time you read this I’ll be in California!! Kayla and I are headed to Anaheim for the Idea World Fitness BlogFest. To say that we are excited would be an understatement. 

Currently watching: Transcendence. Has anyone seen that movie? Isn’t it one of those sci-fi movies? Usually not my thing – but ohsie wellsie!!

I seem to be at a standstill in my life at the moment – career and college – wise. I’m hoping that being at BlogFest will re-inspire me and remind me why I love being active! It is difficult sometimes when very few of your friends share the same passion. It’s easy to get discouraged or gravitate away from that lifestyle because it feels ‘easier’. 

I’m going to get to participate in tons of blog workshops and lectures, including a keynote from Jillian Michaels. Ahem, let me say that again – JILLIAN MICHAELS!! I am beyond excited. 

I’m going to try to be a good blogger and update on a day-to-day basis. I’ve fallen out of the habit of blogging regularly and I’m not too pleased about it! But who else do I have to blame other than myself? Gotta stay accountable!

Hope everyone is having a great day!!


Kayla and I on the airplane!!


  • What’s your favorite part about flying? 

10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out


Definitely will keep all of this in mind when I have kids of my own!

Originally posted on wellfesto:

Mid-way through a recent group exercise class, the teacher lost me.  She didn’t lose me because of some complicated step sequence or insanely long set of burpees; I mentally checked out because of a few words she kept saying over and over.  “Come on!  Get that body ready for your winter beach vacation!  Think about how you want to look at those holiday parties!  PICTURE HOW YOU’LL LOOK IN THAT DRESS!

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July Foodie Pen Pal Reveal!

Hello friends! I feel like I’ve been pretty elusive lately, save for these foodie pen pal reveals and a few other updates here and there. The weather is often so nice that in my free time, I don’t want to sit on my computer – I’d rather be outside enjoying the sunshine!

Earlier this week I got together with Kayla so her and I could work on our bio posters for our jobs teaching dance and gymnastics. Her and I pretty much had a field day in Hobby Lobby. I love scrapbooking and arts & crafty-type stuff. Here’s how mine came out!

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The Lean Green Bean

This foodie package is Whole30 approved, since I was on Whole30 when we were to send our dietary requirements to our counterparts. I received three awesome things from my pen pal Kathleen P.:

1. Gryffon Ridge Harissa Seasoning:

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I’m quite positive that I have never encountered a spice blend as unique as this. I’ve used it twice so far on sauteed vegetables and I just used it today with some grilled turkey cutlets. I didn’t use too much with the vegetables at first because I was afraid it would be spicy (I’ve got a sensitive palate!) but I used more with the turkey. I mixed it with fresh crushed tomatoes, onions, and olive oil. Once cooked, the aroma of the turkey has notes of both cumin, cinnamon, and something citrus-y. I can’t wait to try many more creations with it!

2. Sea Change of Maine Sea Salt:

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I’ve basically been using this anytime I cook now. This salt, harvested from the coast of Maine, has no bleaching agents, anti-caking agents, or any other additives. In my opinion, I think it has a much more pure, pungeant taste and brings out the flavors of anything I put it in.

3. Hari Tea Jasmin Green Tea & Ginger:

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Although hesitant at first, I really really like this tea! I’m usually not a fan of ginger, but the ginger flavor in this tea is very subtle. I made it as an iced tea – It was so tasty and refreshing! :)


Alrighty – that’s all for this Foodie Pen Pal reveal! Thanks to Lindsey at The Lean Green Bean for hosting and thanks to Kathleen P. for all your wonderful artisanal spices and tea from Maine! :)

Also, here’s a picture of wine at sunset. Because I like wine. And sunsets. But mostly wine.

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