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I Need a Hug

I have so many amazing takeaways from the recent episode of Brene Brown’s Unlocking Us podcast where she has both Emily and Amelia Nagoski on to discuss Burnout and How To Complete the Stress Cycle. 🔓🔥

I can not recommend it enough (PS – Brene Brown’s brand new podcast, Daring to Lead, launched yesterday — I can not get enough of this woman!) 🦸🏼‍♀️

For some reason when they were talking about the power of hugging, it was as if I had never heard it before. 🤷🏻‍♀️

That led me to reading an article on Healthline “What Are the Benefits of Hugging?” 🤗

  • Hugs reduce stress by showing your support
  • Hugs may protect you against illness
  • Hugs may boost your heart health
  • Hugs can make you happier
  • Hugs help reduce your fears
  • Hugs may help reduce your pain
  • Hugs help you communicate with others

Of course, the article details scientific evidence to back each of these, and I highly suggest you check it out!

What blew me away, was a quote from family therapist Virginia Satir who said, ““We need four hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” 😮

The article was written in 2018 and notes that, “most Western people today — especially people in the United States — are touch-deprived. Many people live solitary or busy lives with reduced social interaction and touching.” 💯

WOW. This could not be more true to what so many people have encountered over the past 6 months or so. 🏡🔒

It got me thinking about how many hugs (and general contact) that I have with this little guy.  While I may be lacking in the sleep department over the past two and half years (with no end in sight), my oxytocin levels sure must be surging. 💞

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A Decade with Dani

Over the past 10 years, I’ve attended more events than I can count, have had the privilege to see some amazing people tie the knot, quite a few beautiful blessings brought into this world and been extremely grateful for all of the professional opportunities that have come my way. While there’s been a lot of heartache and loss, I am so lucky to have such an amazing support system by my side through it all.

In 2010, I moved to Charleston, SC, after living in Charlotte, NC for just over 5 years.

Charleston, SC

Seven months later (May 2011), I unexpectedly lost my sister, and my world, along with my the rest of my family’s, was turned upside down. Some days I feel like that was a life time ago, and other days, I can’t wrap my head around how quickly time flies.

Before my cousin’s wedding. AKA our last night together.

Five months after losing my sister, I found myself on a plane to Colorado to attend Pure Barre Training. Who would’ve thought it would become such a huge part of my life?

First and third photos were taken at training in August 2011. Second and fourth, three years later.

For the majority of 2012, I spent my days and nights all over South Carolina sitting on bar stools, tearing up dance floors and ensuring that Red Bull remained top of my mind for everyone I encountered. Somehow I found time to teach classes and having the balance of the two kept me sane… sort of. I even had the opportunity to represent the US in Amsterdam with some amazing men and women on the company dance and soccer team. Let’s be serious, I was a part of the team with the high kicks, not kicking goals.

I started 2013 on the right foot, literally, by running my first 1/2 marathon in Los Angeles. Midway through the year, I found myself packing my bags and heading back to Charlotte, NC to switch things up a bit career wise. This also allowed for me to join the Pure Barre Corporate Training Team in a part time capacity.

If competing on the dance team once wasn’t enough, I was lucky enough to be a part of it again in 2014, this time heading to Red Bull’s mothership in Austria.

In Austria dancing my heart out.

By this point, Pure Barre was getting more and more air time in my life. After a lot of consideration, I left Red Bull and got even more involved with Pure Barre.

In April 2015, I moved to Greenville, SC to take a full time position with Pure Barre. I was in Greenville for about a year in half, but Pure Barre years are like dog years, so it always seems longer.

The Pure Barre Greenville Team ❤

After a potential international opportunity in 2016 fell through, I decided it was time to give New England a try as an adult.

Four months after moving home, I got engaged. Five months after that, I found out I was pregnant. Woah. That escalated quickly.

Put a ring on it.

Hello, 2018, where we welcomed Braylon Kirk Thompson into the world. Thanks to all of the videos and photos I took throughout the year, I am able to piece together all of life’s events… cause honestly, some days I think I gave Braylon half my brain, so I’m not entirely certain what even happened last year.

March 26, 2018

Similarly, as I look back at everything that has taken place in 2019 I am grateful, proud and tired. Can we stress the tired?

Owner’s Convention 2019 in Las Vegas

As I kick off 2020, I do not necessarily have any resolutions. However, I do want to continue to get better with:

  1. Using my mental pause button more – don’t react / respond as quickly
  2. Taking things less personal
  3. Saying yes less, especially when it means I am saying no to myself
  4. Everyone is going through some sh*t, and we often don’t know the full why – people choose what version of themselves they show to us
  5. Practicing a growth mindset more often
  6. Finding more time to write. Somehow. Someway.

I’m pretty sure my Mom is probably the only one who read this. If anyone else made it through, I hope your new year is off to a wonderful start. Mom, if it’s just you, call me later on.

Walking into the next decade like.
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June & July Lasted 4 Seconds…

…and now, it’s already August 7th.

I’ve been spending a lot less time writing and posting on here due to work, spending more time reading (Shauna Niequist’s Cold Tangerines and Present Over Perfect & Rhonde Byrne’s The Secret) and trying to keep up with everything else going on.

I closed out May by working out, snapchatting and stuffing my face with Christina (nothing has changed)…

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Christina and I met when we lived in Charleston and both found our way back home to New England.…and celebrating Ashley’s birthday with a night out and Prosecco Cake Pops!

Rooftop at Providence G

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Strawberry cake & frosting both made with Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco

June kicked off with seeing Fabolous and Jadakiss at Fabolous (yes, I think I am still in high school).

Shortly after, I had dinner with my Aunt and this happened…

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In my defense, when my Aunt’s boyfriend got this same dish, it was in a shallow bowl not on a plate. This was a disaster waiting to happen. At least if I was involved.

Took a little while for the weather and my schedule to align, but made it to the beach…

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Even more challenging to align… good weather, schedules and GREAT company, but we made it to The Secret Garden Champagne Bar at The Ocean House…

And if that wasn’t enough, why not stop for ice cream on the way home…

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Mike’s Ice Truck in Providence, RI.

What else happened in June? A whole lot of work…Had to take a quick trip down to good ole Spartanburg, headed up to Nashua, NH and over to Northampton, MA. Who knows what else? After all, June must’ve only lasted about 2 seconds 😉

Then, it was 4th of July and naturally I needed to make these for the “kids”…

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Blue velvet cake, Ghiaradelli white chocolate + red sprinkles = So Festive. So basic.

Made it to the beach AGAIN and had my first Del’s Lemonade in years.

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I’ve never read the About Us page on their website. I demand that any Rhode Islander does immediately if you haven’t either.

Then, I found myself in Michigan doing important things like eating nitrogen ice cream, mini doughnuts and donut ice cream cones…

Milkster Creamery, Bonefish Grill (who would’ve thought?!) & The Donut Bar.

Oh, last, but not least…I spent a few hours on a Monday at the DMV and lived to tell it…

More soon…sooner rather than too much later this time

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Help Wanted

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This will be a short and sweet post.  Looking for some suggestions and figured at least someone out there would have some good recommendations for the below.

  1.  SMS (Save My Skin) :: What’s your favorite brand / products?  I’ve picked up a bunch of random things over the past year and half or so.  Prior to that I had used a run through of Beauty Counter.  From what I remember, I really did like it.  Thinking of going back to that, but wanted to hear some other people’s faves!
  2. Mascara :: Plain and simple.  Length and volume.  The bigger the better.
  3. Restaurants in Rhode Island :: smoothies, desserts, pizza, vegan, anything goes.
  4. Restaurants in Massachusetts :: yeah, same idea. Willing to travel.  Let’s be serious, there’s nothing in Rhode Island or Massachusetts that is THAT far.

Oh, and consider these *bonus*

  1.  Favorite food products or recipes :: literally open to anything that you can think of.
  2.  Must watch movies or great Netflix finds :: I like it all… well, almost all.
  3.  Must read books 

Comment below or on the Facebook post, text me, call me, email me, write me a letter.

Alright now, not everybody all at once…

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Gaga for Gaga

I do not care if you love or hate Lady Gaga.  I do not care if you loved or hated her Superbowl halftime show last night. Heck, maybe you didn’t even watch it.  Yet, if you used any form of social media or turned on just about any channel today, you’d hear everyone’s opinion about her performance.  Her “normal” stomach (who even determines what is normal?), whether or not it was political or not, when she did and did not lip sync, what songs she should’ve done instead, why didn’t Beyonce appear for Telephone.. Oh, and don’t worry, there are still the people jammed up from Bey’s performance last year.

We are all, clearly, entitled to our own opinions. I personally don’t think we’re all entitled to be a bunch of @$$holes, but it’s not up to me to give other people the right (or take away that right) away if you choose to do so.

However, for the people who always have to focus on the negative in every situation, maybe you could give positivity and optimism a try someday. If you hate it, then go right on back down Miserable Lane.

I love Gaga and loved her performance.

Here’s five reasons why I’m loving her performance and still lovin’ Gaga.

The Memes and Gifs:  I mean c’mon, you’ve got to at least appreciate some of these. I will be using some of these for weeks, probably years, to come.

When I occasionally have a grasp on things…
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When I go to eat something that I think is going to be good and it’s not…giphy-3

How I feel at least once a day… giphy-2

K bye.

When I’ve had too much caffeine and I’m texting my friends via my computer getting way too into it… giphy

Her “stomach”: First of all (immediately thinking of this as I write that), y’all are delusional if you think there’s a problem with Lady Gaga’s stomach. Secondly, see previous sentence. Thirdly, girls, especially my dancers, you know what happens when you put on your Capezio or Danskins if they are just a tad too tight, nahmean?! Finally, anyone who has the energy to put on a show like that is clearly in shape so shut it, haters.

I dug up this quote from a previous blog post.  I’ve always loved it:

“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” – Lady Gaga

I’m always in the mood to listen to some Gaga, but her performance had me thinking about her a little more.  Here’s over an hour and half of Gaga remixes to workout, drive or work to:

If the above doesn’t work for ya, just click here.

Oh, and the 15 minutes she spent with James Corden…

And, finally, this post is dedicated to Ashley. Even if everyone else hates it, I know she will love it. ❤

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Haters Gonna Hate

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I’ve always had a love / hate relationship with social media. Lately, as I am sure you would all agree, it’s getting more and more toxic.  Yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.  They can form that opinion based on minimal to no facts or years and years worth of research. However, more and more, I see people living in the moment, reacting immediately and posting for all their “friends” to see before having a chance to evaluate how this may affect others.

But, who am I to judge?

You clearly can’t please everyone and why the heck would you want to?

And while we can’t please everyone, why is it necessary to bring more hate, hurt and sadness into the world? Isn’t there already enough of that?

Speaking of pleasing everyone, I highly suggest reading 16 Truths You Learn After Realizing You Don’t Have to Please Everyone. I think I need to start reading this every morning before I start my day.

I am not saying that you shouldn’t share your opinions on religion, politics, sexuality, gun control, lifestyle, etc. … If I was, then I would be quite the hypocrite sitting here saying what you should and shouldn’t do.  It’s just challenging for me to wrap my head around why people feel the need to say (or post) some of the things that they do.

No clue what I am referencing? Congratulations – I wish I was right there with you, but every where I look this happens every-single-day.  Even if I step away from social media, it’s on the television, it appears in an email, it comes up in conversation… it’s becoming (or already is) the way of the world.

If you marched on Saturday you were doing something right. If you marched on Saturday you were doing something wrong.  If you didn’t march on Saturday you were doing something right.  If you didn’t march on Saturday you were doing something wrong.  If you didn’t let people know why you marched people would form an opinion.  If you let people know why you marched people would form an opinion.  Likewise, if you let them know why you didn’t march…. You get the point.

If you can find a way to be happy and it’s not at the expense of others, then it sounds like you’re doing something right.  Now, maybe that’s just my opinion, but I would hope that most would agree.  The more that I can surround myself with people who make me happy the better.  Those are the people that I feel compelled to please.  Not everyone. The ones that matter the most.  When they’re happy, I’m happy. And when I’m happy, maybe even the haters are happy.  Hater stop hatin’.

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I’m Coming Home Again

In 2005, my sister and I hopped in my Mazda 626 to follow my Mom to the Carolinas.  There are certain parts of the trip that I remember like they were yesterday. North and South Carolina were an amazing place to say goodbye to my teens, live all ten years of my twenties and start the first couple of weeks of my thirties.

Just over eleven years later and I found myself loading up (or listening to my Mom explain to me how she loaded up) my Mazda 3 to head back up North.  On my drive up, I was thinking back on the ups and downs, laughter and tears and how some things are so different, yet other things still remain the same.  There’s been a lot of heartbreak, but still so so many reasons to remain incredibly grateful. I have met some of the most amazing people and learned more about myself and life than I could ever have imagined.  It’s been a wild ride and it’s not over yet.

The Carolinas will always hold a very very special place in my heart and perhaps a place that I may find myself calling home again. Until then, I am thrilled to have been able to bring my favorite thing (uh, person) about the South with me. I guess it’s safe to say I was seduced by a Southerner rather than just the South…and now it’s time to see how he likes living in the place that I’ve always still felt was home. This isn’t a new chapter….it’s a whole new book.

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It’s Fall Y’all

Ok, the title is a joke. I wouldn’t ACTUALLY say that out loud….or would I?

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Last month I had the chance to go to the Windy City for the first time. The majority of my time was spent inside the lovely JW Marriott hotel, but I did get a chance to get out and experience just a bit of Chi-Town.

On Sunday morning, I headed out to grab an acai bowl and energy shot.  Then, made my way to Chicago Riverwalk to scarf it all down.

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Fuel with a view.

I went back to the hotel for a bit and then went back out to see The Bean (duh) and walk around some more.

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You are all in my way.

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“I’m sailing!”

And then, of course, had to go and get a coconut gelato filled ice cream sandwich…

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I am still dreaming about this. 

The weekend after, it was my friend, Anna’s, birthday.  She loves pizza. I mean who doesn’t love pizza, but she REALLY loves pizza.  I knew I had to get her a pizza float to use at her brand new pool.  Also, I was able to put my gumball machine and donut floats to use.  I recently bought them on sale at Toys ‘R Us and I know Randall thought I would NEVER use them.  Don’t worry, he has every right to think that.  I buy a lot of random crap that I never use. Ugh. I am working on it.

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My kinda Saturday. 

The first weekend in October, I was in Clearwater. A friend told me about swah-rey in St. Petersburg. As soon as I read, “enjoy life by eating dessert” on their main page, I knew that was how I would be spending my wild Saturday night alone.

They have Minis for $1 which is basically my dessert dream. Making decisions can be so so hard.  And here, the only decision I had to make was when I was going to cut myself off from ordering more Minis.  I tried… get ready. Miss Scarlet’s Red Velvet, Chocolate Salted Caramel, Carrot, Peanut Butter Chocolate and the “S’Mores Bar”.

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Not pictured :: PB Chocolate and another one that I can’t remember eating. 

You can also order them like this over a beverage (wine, beer, milk, etc.)

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So cute!

Seriously though, check out their menu… or if you live in the area or will ever be in the area you MUST go.

Next up.  My Nutella donut from Dough Doughnuts in NYC.

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The doughnuts here are HUGE.  This one was relatively small compared to their other doughnuts.  That’s why I got this one. Wanted to save some calories. HA – yeah right! I know it may not seem like it, but I am very picky about doughnuts. Actually, I am picky about all sweets.  It better be DANG good to be worth the calories.  This one was so worth it. I basically licked my plate and then wept as I walked down the street wanting five more.

A few Sundays ago I went to the Latin American Festival with my parents. The weather was absolutely perfect for an outdoor event. We spent some time there and then went to the Autumn Treasures Festival in Waxhaw.  Slightly different events, but had a great time at both.  I traded in my complimentary tequila cocktails for barbeque and soft serve ice cream!

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Cake batter dipped vanilla ice cream cone. Translation :: The outside is a hard shell that is cake batter flavored. 

Speaking of cake batter… I did not have any birthday cake on my birthday because I was really sick Saturday-Tuesday, slightly sick Wednesday-Friday and then finally back to 100% on Saturday.  Thank YOU all for all the birthday messages – so appreciated. ❤  I’ll let you know about my birthday trip next time 😉

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Hello, It’s Me.

I fell off the face of the Earth. Well, not really, but at least the Northern Produced, Southern Seduced Earth.

Let’s see how quickly I can bring you up to speed…

It typically takes a really good pep talk from myself in order for me to convince myself that I am going to go for a run.  However, anytime I have the right scenery in place, I’m much more likely to stick with it.  Falls River Park will always be my favorite place in Greenville, SC.

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…but, seriously?

Towards the end of August, Randall and I went up to Rhode Island and Massachusetts to see family, friends and go to one of my best friends from High School’s wedding

The first day we were there, we ran some errands and then headed to my Aunt and Uncle’s house… My mom’s side of the family came over for Papa Gino’s (I’m never going to fall out of love).

You know you’re home when you walk by this display in Target:

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Coffee milk, anyone?

The next morning, we went by my cousins’ house to visit with her and baby Faith.  Not before picking up Beef Barn. (note: They finally accept credit cards – never thought I would see the day!)

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After that, we headed into Boston.

We had a little bit of time before I needed to start getting ready, so I headed to the Lawn on D.  My friend, Christina, had posted pictures a while back and my inner 5 year old has been dying to go ever since.  I can’t wait to go back at night for photo opp #2. 😉

Then, it was time to get myself together for the rehearsal dinner.

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Dress for Night #1.

I was way too excited when I walked in to see the table set up for henna.

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I wish it never came off. 

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Apparently, I spent too much time socializing and not enough time eating… and found myself eating four, yes four, pieces of pizza at midnight.  Yikes!

Well, I made up for it (kind of) the next day when I went on a self guided tour of Boston.  Made my way to Boston Common, Boston Public Garden, hung out with George Washington, stared in disgust at the Frog Pond (c’mon, there’s no way you guys are cool with that).

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Swan Boats in Boston Public Garden.

All that walking surely worked up an appetite.  I remember my friend Christina raving about the avocado toast at PRESSED and knew I had to try it.  I went for the Pepita Avocado Smash Toast which was smashed ripe avocado, roasted pepitas, pumpkinseed oil and maldon salt.  And yes, it was AMAZING.

Eventually, I made my way back towards the hotel and managed to somehow get “lost”.  Once I got back on track, I spotted this sign in the most random spot.   img_7817

This is so true.

Time to clean up.

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Dress Night #2. Yes, more mirror pics. 

The wedding was outside of the Boston Aquarium.  The weather could not have been more perfect.

img_7832Boston is just too perfect in the summer time.

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img_7833The newly weds ❤ 

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Taking pics before my hair gets out of control.

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Some of the girls. 

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Lauren’s nephew was Ring Security… Loved this idea… Carl is such a little character. 

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Dancing the night away.

We spent the following day in Boston. Randall and I went to have brunch at 75 on Wharf.  It was really good and was located right on the water.  After brunch, we decided to start walking towards where Red Bull Flugtag was being held.  Much to our disappointment, when we arrived the cop let us know that by the time we got in, it wouldn’t be worth our while…and you couldn’t bring in bags (and Randall had a backpack).  After all the walking, we opted to take an uber to go meet up with some friends at Faneuil Hall.   Some of Lauren and Rakesh’s friends were at the Ice Bar so we found ourselves there.

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Actually frozen.

Randall and I had went there a couple years back in the winter.  Everyone thought we were weird for going in the winter, BUT it’s actually worse going in the summer.  At least in the winter, I had on a winter jacket and boots… This time, it was uncomfortably cold and we couldn’t have been more excited to get back outside.

On Sunday, we had plans to go meet Ashley, Keith and baby Chase at Pineapples on The Bay in Newport, Rhode Island.

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As you can see, the weather was not ideal for outdoor eating, so we decided to head down the street to Diego’s instead.

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He’s just too cute. 

I came into the office one day to find all of this on my desk.  My coworkers are trying to sabotage me… don’t you agree?!

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Don’t worry I shared the donuts, cupcakes, Oreo’s, gummy bears and candy.

Since we’re on the topic of sweets, might as well just keep going.  When I was in Denver for work we went to Snooze Eatery.  I should’ve opted for an omelette or something with a nutritional balance, but HAD to get the flight.  They have pancake and French toast flights…

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Lunch is served.

I was at my parent’s house browsing Yelp and stumbled across Jolly Rolls Ice Cream.  I literally shrieked.  I had seen lots of different places in larger cities that had ice cream shops like this, but had no idea there was one in Charlotte.  I demanded that we go immediately.

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Definitely met my expectations.

I was leading training in Atlanta a couple of weeks ago.  When I got there, my friend / coworker, Susie, showed up with a box of donuts.  Helen and Lauren, two of my friends / coworkers in Greenville, had requested that she surprise me with them. YES! These people are great… and again, trying to sabotage me.

Sublime Doughnuts in Atlanta, GA.

After the second day of training, I had dinner at Ra Sushi.  I had been there for drinks before, but never for food.  These were seriously two of my favorite sushi rolls that I have ever had…

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Left: “Ra” Lollipop – Tuna, salmon, yellowtail and spicy tuna mix with lettuce, asparagus and cucumber wrapped in lobok; served skewered with garlic ponzu sauce. Right: Ultimate Shrimp Tempura Roll – Shrimp tempura with spicy crab mix and cucumber, rolled and topped with seared tuna and avocado

After dinner, I may or may not have walked over a mile to get a dozen doughnuts…

Maybe I just borrowed this picture from someone else.

I just got back from Chicago last night.  I was there for the annual Pure Barre Owner’s Conference.  More about that trip next time.

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June’s Over? Julying.

After I got back from Pittsburgh, I needed to get some rest and refuel. I finally went to check out Southern Pressed Juicery in Downtown Greenville.

My friend, Christina and I were just talking about pitaya bowls, so I was pretty pumped when I saw one on the menu.

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Dragon’s Blood BowlPitaya, banana, almond mylk, kiwi, coconut chips, bee pollen and raw honeyI also decided to pick up the goods for a one day juice cleanse. I’ve never done one before, mainly because the idea of no solid food boggles my mind to no end.

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Let the games begin.

And that’s exactly what it felt like. A game. Christina told me six times to drink the juices so I would have them spaced out. I stuck to them for the most part. Towards the end of the day I convinced myself that I was going to end up eating something when I got home. However, after the sixth one, I really didn’t feel hungry. MAGIC! I don’t know how some of you do week long juice cleanses. Who knows, maybe someday. Riiiight.

Oh, they also gave me this little guy complimentary…

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Loved it.

Fourth of July weekend was filled with hanging out by the pool, making a ton of food and then heading to Charlotte to hang with my parents.

Spotted this at the grocery store and decided to pick some up…

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5% though…c’mon people.

Needed to be festive with some fruit…

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Strawberries, blueberries and cream cheese / cool whip dip. 

Discovered these with my Mom and had to give them a try…

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But, honestly M&M’s you need to chill out with all the flavors.

Didn’t follow the directions correctly for dying our deviled eggs red and blue…

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Ended up with gender reveal party eggs. 

Ok, now let’s get down to business.  On 4th of July I was determined to make a festive treat and wanted it to be something that I had never had before.  I also didn’t want it to be too challenging to make.  Most importantly it had to be beyond delicious.  I came across S’Mores Magic Bars on Hungry Happenings and knew that I needed to look no more.

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All of the magic ingredients.

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The finished product. 

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The happy girl.

I loved them. Like really loved them.  I brought some to work the next day.  Everyone loved them. Like really loved them.  I made them again a few days later for my friend, Gypsy’s baby shower. I swapped out the red, white and blue M&M’s for M&M mini’s.  I had wanted to get baby blue M&M’s but ran out of time.

I love holidays. I love any chance I get to dress for any sort of theme as well.  4th of July is no exception.  When I got to my parent’s house I asked my Mom if she had any of my Old Navy shirts from when I was kid.  Luckily, she had one of hers from 1999 that she let me borrow.  It went perfect with my Goldsheep leggings.

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A few days later, the 400th Pure Barre studio opened! When I first started taking class there was well under 100 studios.  It’s great to see the growth of the Pure Barre community and the positive impact it has on so many people’s lives!

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These were not my idea. Surprisingly. Clearly I was not going to refuse one though!

Yikes this post is not done with the sweets.  Sometimes I wonder how my body hasn’t gone into sugar shock yet.

Next up, Pure Barre Greenville turned 4! I was in charge of picking up the sweets (obviously). I squealed (yes, squealed) when I saw the cookies when I arrived at The Chocolate Moose.  The cupcakes and cake pops were cute too, but look at these cookies:

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Ok, I’m sure I am just a dork.

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 The red velvet cupcakes were actually my fave (tasting).

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Lauren (owner) & I. 

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I’m lucky to not only teach with these three, but also have them on the Training Team with me! (Helen, Kristyn, Lauren & I) 

Then, it was 80’s day. YES! Another theme.

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I’ve gotten a lot more use out of this leotard than I thought I would. Originally purchased to be cotton candy for Halloween years back. 

Welp, let’s not stop now with the sweets.  A couple of weeks ago Hub City Scoops opened in Spartanburg. I felt obligated to support the new local business, so Matt, Elizabeth and I headed there yesterday afternoon.

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I scream, you scream, we all scream…

Hub City Scoops features ice cream from The Chocolate Shoppe in Wisconsin.  They plan to rotate out over 60 different flavors of ice cream throughout the year.   “They have handmade waffle cones, cups, sundaes, milkshakes, malts, ice cream floats, ice cream cakes, ice cream by the pint and a cookie dessert, as well as coffee, green tea, sodas and candy.” (Upstate Business Journal)

However, I was most excited about their ice cream flight. After having the champagne flight in Pittsburgh, I thought that was my favorite kind of flight, but then I had this…

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From left to right:

  • Fat Elvis :: Sweet banana ice cream all shook up with a salty peanut butter ripple and rich liquid chocolate chips.
  • Peanut Butter Cookie Dough :: Luscious vanilla ice cream loaded with gobs of soft cookie dough chunks, creamy chocolate chips and a thick peanut butter ripple.
  • Caramel Chaos :: Luscious caramel ice cream packed with mini caramel cups and gobs of marble cream caramel.
  • Blueberry Cheesecake :: Delectable cheesecake ice cream topped off with a tangy blueberry ripple and lush cheesecake pieces.

Blueberry cheesecake was my favorite and Fat Elvis was a close second.

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Oh, and, um, it’s National Ice Cream Day tomorrow!  Will you be celebrating? I sure hope so.