Dine, Play, Pure Barre

Hippity hoppity, Happy Easter Day!

“A good conversation always involves a certain amount of complaining. I like to bond over mutual hatreds and petty grievances.” – Lisa Kleypas

Don’t worry, I’m not about to start complaining to you all.  I read the quote above the other day and couldn’t help but laugh at how relevant it was. Everyone has to have that certain friend, family member and / or coworker that they have that special bond with, right? No? That’s just me…Oh, ok. 😉

Last weekend I went to Charlotte to teach a Pure Barre class to celebrate my friend, Caroline, who is getting married this week. A bunch of teachers and “barretenders” came to take the class last Saturday morning at Pure Barre South Park.  It. Was. So. Much. Fun.

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Special spot for the Bride to Be. 

After class, we did what anyone should do after working out. Snacks and mimosas. Duh. Oh yeah, and cake.

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Congratulations, Chad & Caroline!!! 

“Friendship is weird. You pick a human you’ve met and you’re like, “yup I like this one,” and you just do stuff with them.”

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White tutu. Beyond necessary. 

That night a big group of us went to dinner at Aria Tuscan Grill.  There was a “Milano Mule” on the menu, so naturally, I had to give that a try. It was Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur Vodka, Galliano and Lime Juice Ginger Beer.  The first one was amazing. The second one, I swear they must’ve grabbed the wrong liquor (or liqueur) and I ended up sending it back. I NEVER send anything back.  The redo still tasted a little off to me, but oh well. For dinner I had the Wild Mushroom pizza that was made with goat cheese, caramelized onion, arugula and truffle oil. Surprisingly, I didn’t eat the whole thing. That’s a first. After dinner, some of us headed on over to Bubble to burn off dinner on the dance floor.

Sunday morning, my Mom made me a breakfast sandwich.  That should’ve been enough, but she also had leftover pizza so I had a slice of that as well. I headed back to Greenville on Sunday afternoon and didn’t feel like cooking so I picked up take out from Carrabba’s.  On the bag it said:

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Perfection.

On Monday morning, I was starving shortly after I got to work.  I happened to look in my bag and find this:

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YES! Caroline had given me it when I was at her studio on Saturday.  A couple days before she had given me the Apple Pecan one to try.  They were both so good. Probably the best bars I’ve ever had.  I had tried them before when I lived in Charlotte, but I think they may have changed them up a bit. I highly suggest giving them a try.  They are made from scratch in Charlotte. Read all about ’em on their website.

This past Thursday, I went to meet up with a few of my fellow Pure Barre Greenville teachers to take some photos.  There’s a reason why we’re sporting all white (or black or gray or blue) everythang.  Stay tuned…I can’t wait to see the finished product!

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Lauren, Josha, moi, Helen ❤ 

I was rushing to get there (I know that’s a surprise) and didn’t have time to stop for lunch.  Once I got home I begged Randall to go get Mexican with me.  He knows better than to say no when Hangry Hippo comes through the door.  Our waiter asked if I wanted a regular or a large.  Large seemed like the logical option. Right? Little did I know that it was going to be larger than my head (and my head is pretty big). Whoops.

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I guess it’s a fishbowl Margarita?

Friday night I did a whole lot of nothing.  On Saturday morning I woke up to Full House.  It was right at the point when Stephanie was dancing to “Good Vibrations”.  I wouldn’t let myself sleep at night if I didn’t share this scene with you:

Hold on, I can’t stop now…

I really can’t think of a better way to start my day.  After being inspired, reevaluating my life and getting ready I headed to the studio to teach and take class. And then headed home to do…a whole lot of nothin’.  I watched Hitch, The Breakup, Jerry Maguire, Sleepless in Seattle and then fell asleep at some point during You’ve Got Mail. I’ve seen all of those movies at least once.

This song played during some point of Sleepless in Seattle. Enjoy one minute and fifty one seconds of happiness from 1964.


“It’s so important to make someone happy.
Make just one someone happy.
Make just one heart to heart you, you sing to
One smile that cheers you.
One face that lights when it nears you.
One girl you’re – you’re everything to
Fame, if you win it,
Comes and goes in a minutes
Where’s the real stuff in life, to cling to?
Love is the answer.
Someone to love is the answer.
Once you’ve found her,
Build your world around her.
Make someone happy.
Make just one someone happy.
And you will be happy too.”

This morning I headed to the studio to teach myself a class before heading to Charlotte to go stuff my face at my parents. My Mom had made ham, broccoli casserole, green bean casserole, maple carrots and mashed potatoes, which I was VERY excited about.  She had hinted that she had made SOMETHING with Cadbury eggs and I could barely sleep last night wondering what it was going to be.  Let me introduce to you Cadbury Candy Coated Mini Egg fudge.

IMG_6636Happy Easter!

I mean who even needs food…

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I hope you all had a marvelous Easter and had the chance to spend time with friends and family. 

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