February 2014

This Slush Was Made For Running

It snowed for almost two and a half days without pause.  We ended up with about ten inches.  Can you believe it?  That is highly unusual for this part of North Carolina.  I bet we won’t see another storm of this magnitude for many, many years. We were snowed in but safe – and we [...]


What’s In Your Bag?

Okay.  First things first.  Let’s talk about Ironman March. During Ironman March, you swim, bike, and run the total Ironman race distance, but you do it over four weeks.  A typical week involves swimming about 875 meters, biking roughly 25 miles, and running 6-ish miles.  It’s challenging but do-able and is a great way to [...]


Budget Basics

2014 is my Get Organized Year.  One area that I’m really trying to organize is my finances – I want to save more money for important things and really fun things (like travel) instead of wasting funds on stuff that doesn’t matter to me, and I want to do it through budgeting.  Edited to clarify:  [...]


Runner Problems

GPS watch won’t connect to satellite. Want to leave on your morning run but haven’t pooped yet. Horrendous tan lines. Can’t find a clean sports bra. Ever. Just took a shot of gel only to discover that you’re totally out of water (gross!). Chafing.  Enough said. It keeps raining, snowing, and/or sleeting on Long Run [...]


Coco-Nut Cups

Those big heart-shaped boxes of chocolates have NOTHING on these Coco-Nut Cups! … Or on the Cups’ twin sister, Coco-Nut Truffles. While you may think that chocolate cups must be filled with peanut butter, I beg to differ!  These chocolates are packed with a combination of nuts, coconut flakes, chia seeds, and 100% maple syrup [...]



Oh my. It’s snowing! When the weather forecast calls for snow, I always have my doubts. The weathermen in Charlotte are notorious for overzealous snow forecasts. So when I saw that we’re supposed to get 5 – 6 inches, I kind of rolled my eyes.  Five inches?!  In CHARLOTTE?   Color me wrong.  Because the [...]


A Very Operation Beautiful Giveaway

My potato chip obsession has turned into a nachos obsession.  SO GOOD. This is my favorite nacho combination, so I thought I’d share!   Blue corn chips Hummus Salsa Black beans (drained and rinsed) Scrambled tofu Shredded cheese You can go a bit easier on the shredded cheese when you’re also using hummus – the [...]


Maggie’s Weight Loss Success Story

My nine year old dachshund has embraced healthy living! Maggie has gone from 20 pounds to 15.5 pounds.  I’m so proud and so relieved that we have gotten her to a healthy weight.  Did you know that dogs who are fed appropriate amounts – and are healthy weights – live nearly TWO YEARS longer than [...]


Our Weekend

Howdy! How is your weekend? Have you been watching the Olympics? I have to admit that I usually prefer the Summer Games to the Winter Games, but I did get really sucked into the snowboarding events last night.  All those flips are so impressive.  And all I can think is that I would eat snow [...]


Last month, I talked a bit about the in's and out's of making big dietary changes, including the emotional component of a switch.   Changing your diet can be tough. Maybe you’re going paleo, vegan, gluten-free, or whole food. Maybe you’re doing it for health reasons, for ethical reasons, or because you just need to [...]


Homemade Coconut Milk Coffee Creamer

I like coffee. A lot.  This is no secret if you follow me on Twitter, where I always feel compelled to tweet out my love for the taste, smell, and (of course) effects of coffee. I have kind of gone back and forth about my coffee addiction.  I mean, adoration.  In the past, I occasionally [...]


Millet Breakfast Scramble

Good morning! Are you one of those people who eat the same thing over and over again for breakfast?  My mom definitely is!  When I was a kid, she ate a bagel with cream cheese and strawberry jam every single morning.  And then, when I was in high school, she switched over to Great Grains [...]


Day in the life

{Yesterday}   6:10 AM – I wake up on my own, roll over, and check my phone.  Ughhhhh.  Too early.  My alarm is scheduled to go off in 10 minutes but I silence my phone (WHY!? I wish I could make myself stop doing this, but it always feels like an excellent idea at the [...]


While I was on the Cabot Cruise (each year, Cabot Coop takes about 45 volunteers on a cruise as a ‘thank you’ – I went because of my work with Operation Beautiful and as the cruise’s Social Media Correspondent), my #1 question for the volunteers was, “How did you find your volunteering gig?” The answers [...]