Midnight Sun: Two “Nights” in Oslo

“Should we layover in Oslo?”  “Sure!” When we decided to travel to Norway, we wanted to prioritize the fjords, finding natural beauty off the beaten path. Of course we couldn’t resist spending at least a couple of days in Oslo along the way. We also figured it was a good chance to acclimate after the…

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The summer free-for-all is over

Summer is a time of healthy living: sunshine, sweaty activities, outdoor adventures, fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s also a time of living it up, of saying “yes,” of kicking habits off to the wayside. There’s been a lot of disruptions to my routine this summer. Friends visiting, seeing someone in town for just the summer,…

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3 ways to sparkle while (and after) traveling

And here I thought summer couldn’t get any crazier. Last year was the epitome of unusual. I was back and forth to North Carolina all summer long for my dad’s transplant. We were in Vegas for BlogFest, roadtripped to California for the EMPOWER race. I also went to Rochester, NY, Seattle, WA, and Asheville, NC,…

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The three little words I never thought I’d say

Not “I love you.” Not “I hate chocolate.” Though I will truly never say that! The three little words I never thought I’d say are: I miss Vegas. via GIPHY Yup, I went there. I haven’t had horrible Vegas experiences. They just haven’t necessarily been all that great. My first time I went with my…

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Donut Kill My Vibe. Good Vibes Only.

Current mood: via GIPHY I’m deciding that’s what it is. Even when you’re in a funk, when you don’t wanna, when looking at your to-do list makes you want to cry, when your neck keeps tweaking and twinging, when you’re just plain tired (all of which are true today), there are still things to celebrate….

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Confessions of a Runner: Running Sucks

Ok that’s a little bit of an exaggeration, but right now that statement is true for me. It’s springtime here in Portland. Which means some days of torrential rain and wind, and some days of 65 and sunny. Sometimes it swings from one to the other in a matter of hours! That means running season…

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The Spirit of Christmas Past and Christmas Present

I went to see Coco last night. (Side note: amazing!) The theater showed a holiday-themed Frozen “long short” beforehand, centered around holiday traditions. While my date and I were not as impressed as his 3-year-old niece probably would be, it got me thinking about traditions. I LOVE Christmas. The snow, the lights, the trees. Yummy…

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