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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Springtime in summation

And just like that, it’s spring! I couldn’t tell you what happened to March. Or even to January and February, too. Time is just flying by, with no slowing down in sight. So let’s chat about everything that’s been going on… Bend it like burrata!  At the beginning of February, we went on our annual…

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Home is where you lay your head at night

The past months have been B-A-N-A-N-A-S! When you travel a lot, whether for work, pleasure, or necessity, you start calling wherever you’re going to sleep that night “home.” For me this summer, I said “home” a lot. Home the beach where my parents are. Home Asheville, my hometown where my childhood house is. Home Portland….

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Purge, detox, cleanse, sparkle.

To some of us, the eclipse a few weeks ago was a moment of slight darkness and insane traffic on an average Monday. To some, it was a magical celestial moment that we organized our day, even our summer vacations, around. To others, it signaled a time of reset and reflection. I saw my favorite massage…

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