Long time no see.

It feels good to be back!

I hope you all have had a fabulous week celebrating Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Thanksgivukah, or maybe you are celebrating just being so damn awesome- that’s cool too.

I pretty much unplugged the whole time I was at the beach, and I’m not going to lie, it felt pretty good, but I was ready to get back on my normal schedule and routine because if I stay out of it for too long I start freaking a little.

Instead of writing a novel of what I have been up to, I’m just going to throw some pictures at you.

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It’s a big world buddy..

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In true southern fashion: I hope you guys have a happy Iron Bowl weekend, and Roll Tide! 🙂

Your go- to salad for the holidays. {recipe}

Greetings from our home away from home!

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Don’t be too jealous, this was taken last time we were down here, and it isn’t nearly as sunny, but I haven’t had time to take pictures yet, so this one is my sub.

I have a treat for you guys today. Davida from The Healthy Maven graciously agreed to take over the blog and share with ya’ll a knock out recipe just in time for the holidays! She is a creative genius in the kitchen and with the camera. Talk about food porn..

Make sure to head on over to her page to check out other fantastic recipes!

Without further adieu:

Hi Friends!

I am so excited to be guest posting for Heather today! Heather was gracious enough to guest post for me on a very important topic, the importance of rest. I was more than happy to return the favor!

The focus of my blog, The Healthy Maven, is how I’m attempting to live a healthy lifestyle through food and fitness, but mostly how I’m seeking to find some balance in between. The key word here is balance. My definition of balance has changed immensely since I started the blog (and sometimes on the daily!) but where I’m at right now is accepting that a balanced lifestyle for me does not mean eating a perfectly clean diet or exercising every day of the week.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I think this time of year can be a struggle for people who have set specific food and fitness goals. Initially I was going to write a post on how to stick to your health goals during the holiday season but I realized I wasn’t being true to myself. Yes, I believe in making healthy food choices, being active and making smart decisions for your body both physically and mentally, but I also feel as though we make all of these choices so that we are able to live a long life that we can enjoy. And sometimes enjoying means overdosing on stuffing and pie.

My wish is that people can see Thanksgiving for what it is, one night of the year where we celebrate our appreciation for our family and friends and the beautiful lives we have in front of us. A night where we can indulge in delicious food and in each other. It doesn’t mean that all of your food and fitness goals have gone out the window because you ate too much or spent the day watching football instead of playing it. It’s okay to let go, relax and enjoy your life. Health is not a black or white thing and I’ve even found that letting go and vegging out can actually be good for you.

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Plus you can always get your workout on the next day in what I like to call “High Intensity Shopping”.

With that being said, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy your greens! I love my cornbread and apple pie as much as the next person, but I equally love my Brussels sprouts. This is such a simple recipe that will be sure to excite your guests and make sure they don’t leave the Thanksgiving meal with scurvy.

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Remember to enjoy the day off, the fabulous food and the even better company. Happy Thanksgiving!

Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad
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Serves: 4
Ingredients:
1 T olive oil
1 pound of brussels sprouts
2 shallots, sliced
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1 1/2 cups grapes (red or green), halved
For the dressing:
1 T apple cider vinegar
2 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp dijon mustard
Instructions:
1. In a large pan over medium-high heat toast the walnuts until they begin to brown (about 5 minutes). Watch carefully. Remove from heat and set aside.
2. Slice brussels sprouts thinly or use a mandolin
3. Heat olive oil over medium heat.
4. Add shallots and saute for 2 minutes.
5. Add brussels sprouts and grapes and saute for another 2 minutes.
6. Meanwhile mix together the dressing.
7. Turn off heat and stir in walnuts.
8. Coat with dressing and serve warm.

Weekend shenanigans.

Monday, Monday!

Did you guys have a good weekend? Mine was a good one.

Friday was so much fun, and consisted of the following:

Swanky supper club on the mountain overlooking the city.

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Ace of Base and Brittany Spears for the car ride to the bar.

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And 2 am bestie talk.

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My brother lives in Idaho and came home to visit for a week. He leaves on Thanksgiving day, so we celebrated Thanksgiving with him yesterday.

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I have some great pictures, but my camera is not syncing with my computer, so these will have to do for now.

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I also did a little boot camp prep.

 

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This week will probably  be a little slow on the blog because we are leaving for the beach today. We go every year for Thanksgiving.

Last year..

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Joseph was so little!

I do have a few surprises in store, and I am a big fan of working out on vacation, so expect one or two more vacation workouts! 🙂

Have a great day!

Friday funny: Famous Trio’s 2.0

Happy Friday!

My best friend and I are road trippin’ it today to visit our other half, or third I guess (?),  and I’m so excited! We have been so close since high school, and surprisingly, managed to keep that connection.

Thinking about our little trio led me to ponder on OTHER famous trio’s (yes I said other famous trio’s).

I started to imagine what it would be like if we were some of these, and here is what I came up with..

Destiny’s Child

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It’s my blog so I get to be Beyonce. 🙂

My bro’s from workaholics

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Harry, Heromine, and Ron.

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Three’s Company..

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And last, but certainly not least, The Bee Gee’s

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Have a great weekend!

Question:

Who’s your favorite famous trio?

Throw Back Thursday and Boot Camp Bliss.

Hello friends,

I hope you guys have had a great week so far. Just remember that we are in the homestretch!

Before I get into my post I have to show you guys a couple photo’s I shared on Instagram yesterday..

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This kid is out of control..

In honor of Throw Back Thursday, I am going to share with ya’ll some throwbacks of yours truly.

My clique..

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Isn’t my grandmother gorg?

Boobies!

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Do you think Joseph looks like me when I was a baby??

My bro’s..

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Glory days..

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I’m the crazy one on the left. Don’t know what I am doing with my hands..

The glory days looked a little different in college..

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Doing the chicken dance, on a chair, with orange hair.. Not my finest moment. Sorry mom.

I hope it isn’t too awkward after the chicken dance photo..

Anyways, on to today’s news.

I will be teaching a four week holiday boot camp at my gym, and I am super pumped!

I want your feedback: if you guys have attended a boot camp, what was your favorite part about your experience? Are there any exercises that you loved? Hated?

Help a sista out!

Have a great Thursday!

My favorite body part, and a workout that keeps them at the top of the list.

I have to say that my arms are probably my favorite body part. They are the first thing I noticed getting sculpted when I started lifting weights, and they continue to amaze me.

What is even more amazing is I started seeing some great results before I even went to the gym! I was shocked at how great of a workout I was getting right at home.

I share most of my workouts with you guys because I want you all to have the opportunity to reach your goals and feel beautiful in your own skin.

I want you to have a hard time choosing what your favorite body part is, not because you hate them all, but because you can’t decide which on you like better!

Below is a great upper body workout you can knock out in under 45 minutes!

If you have any questions about any of my workouts, feel free to email me.

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CIRCUIT ONE

10 (each leg) Reverse Lunge with front knee raise + hammer curl

15 Lat side raise

30 sec Side to side plank dips

(4x)

CIRCUIT TWO 

Mountain climbers (10) + push- ups (10) ( this is my secret weapon for sexy arms and back. One of my favorite supersets.)

15 overhead tricep extension

15 Plie squat with punches

(4x)

CIRCUIT THREE 

12 Spidermans

15 kettlebell sumo high pull

30 sec plank scissors

(4x)

I did four minutes of cardio after each circuit because I like pain, apparently. 🙂

Have a great day!

Question:

What is your favorite body part?

Why?!

 

Scenes from the weekend and my favorite kind of party.

Hi lovelies,

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend, and I hope you are ready for the craziness of the holiday’s to begin. I am! I think..

Some scenes from the weekend.

I posted most of the pictures on Instagram, so sorry for the monotony, but  I hardly used my real camera the past few days.

Getting attacked by skelator..

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Celebrating one of our friends thirtieth!

Keepin’ it classy down here in the deep south..

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Yep, that’s Korbel in a bottle at the bar- We asked if they could sell us a bottle of champs and this is what we got..

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I didn’t hate it.

We also had to get some work done, or at least that’s what they told me they were doing..

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We mostly partied though..

Where'd ya learn them sweet dance moves??!

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Pinterest Party Monday! Woop Woop!

To get you all in the spirit of the holidays, I wanted to share with you some awesome pins of inspiration. I absolutely intend on following through with these pins, or at least a few, or at least one..

This one is one of my favorites this season..

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This would be pretty simple, but I don’t know where you find driftwood..

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As you can see, I am very much into the earthy decorations.

The pine cone garland would be easy as well, and I absolutely love that they spray painted them gold.

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I love everything about this, but what I love most about it is the burlap banner. If you click on the image it will take you to a website that has a bunch of different mantle decor ideas.

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More driftwood.

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For the front porch.

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Cute hostess gift. Kitchen towel and vino.

There are so many more, but I won’t bother you with my Pinterest obsession any longer.

Have a great Monday!