Category Archives: Holidays and Special Occasions

Gift Guide 2013 – Gifts For An Athlete on Your List

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Wasn’t it Thanksgiving just a few days ago? How is it already Christmas? And the New Year just two weeks away! I must have slept through it because it really took me by surprise this year. If you are a procrastinator who loves to give and still have a fitness geek on your holiday shopping […]

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Eats and Endorphins – Part II + Summertime Obsessions


Here is Part II of the Seattle/Vancouver (2nd anniversary) trip. Although it’s been over a week since we’ve been back, I have to tell you about my favorite adventure. Eric suggested a hike in Vancouver. I naturally thought it was a great idea. The hike is called “Grouse Grind“… I should have known. I read […]

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Eats and Endorphins – Seattle + Vancouver (2nd Wedding Anniversary) Trip

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I am back to the blog after a 6 glorious vacation days. Eric and I decided to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary in Seattle and Vancouver. We take our “urban hiking” seriously, so we cover a lot of ground in a short time. We hunt for juice bars, vegan restaurants, markets, coffee shops and do […]

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Weekend Re-Cap – Santa Monica, Vegan Eats, Family, and Good Friends


Hope you all had a lovely Memorial Day weekend! I’m sipping on a morning smoothie and re-living the weekend through photos on my iPhone. It’s been a while since I had a few days off, so Eric and I took full advantage. We spent most of the weekend with his family in Bakersfield, but snuck away […]

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Blueberry Cream Tart with Walnut Carob Crust + Vegan, Raw, Paleo, GF

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I’ve gotten into a habit of making dessert to share with Eric’s family when we go to visit. We may seem like a hard bunch to cook for, but surprisingly, I find it  simple. I’m all about simple these days. The less I fuss with the food, not only do I do less cooking, I’m […]

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