Greensboro · Small Businesses

Small Business Spotlight | Embrace Responsibly Made Fashion With Mindful Supply Company

I love the wide variety of small businesses that adorn the streets of downtown Greensboro these days, but my newest favorite is Mindful Supply Company.  They’ve been operating online since 2011, but at the end of last month, they opened a brick and mortar store on South Davie Street in Greensboro.  I had already fallen in love with their incredibly soft t-shirts over the summer, and I’ve also gotten a lot of use out of their Enjoy The Ride hat while camping and playing volleyball so I was excited to learn they would have a permanent location so close to me! Continue reading “Small Business Spotlight | Embrace Responsibly Made Fashion With Mindful Supply Company”


Foodie Friday | Paleo Stuffed Peppers

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My husband gets all the credit for introducing me to his delicious stuffed peppers.  His version includes rice and feta cheese, but I’ve modified them a little to be dairy-free and grain-free for those with food sensitivities.  This is my go-to meal anytime I need a quick dinner that won’t take much time to prep! Continue reading “Foodie Friday | Paleo Stuffed Peppers”

52 Weeks Challenge · Healthy Living

52 Weeks Of Trying New Things | Week 13 | Kalahari Biltong | Air-Dried Beef With 6 Ingredients

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As someone who enjoys hiking and camping, I’m always on the lookout for healthy snacks that travel well and give me energy.  When I select my snacks, I look for a high protein content (helps with muscle building and repair, satiety, and weight management), no refined sugar and no artificial preservatives.  It’s more than a little challenging to find snacks that fit the bill and also taste good.  Recently I was listening to one of my favorite health and nutrition podcasts called The Genius Life, and Max Lugavere mentioned how much he enjoyed something called Biltong.  Continue reading “52 Weeks Of Trying New Things | Week 13 | Kalahari Biltong | Air-Dried Beef With 6 Ingredients”


Quick 12 Minute HIIT Workout You Can Do Anywhere

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Snowed in?  Short on time?  Don’t like going to the gym?  Today I’m sharing a high-intensity interval workout you can do anywhere; you don’t need a lot of time to get some activity in each day!  My husband Gabe was kind enough to demo all the moves for this workout.  You’ll do each exercise 3 times (20 seconds on, 20 seconds off) so with 6 total exercises, you will be done in just 12 minutes!   I like using the Tabata Timer to keep track of the intervals.   Let me know what you think in the comments.  Were the moves too easy, just right, or too challenging?

Thanks for watching (and hopefully exercising with us)!



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Budgeting · Travel

4 Amazing Hostels For Your Next Trip To Europe

Recently I polled my friends regarding the one word they associated with hostels and got responses like cheap, dirty, minimal, scary, fun, youth and homicide.  If you’ve never stayed in a hostel and the word only conjures up negative images of partying hippies and the gruesome Tarantino movie with the same name, I’m sorry.  As someone who’s stayed in hostels around the US, Canada, and Europe, I’m here to tell you they are not death traps!  The ones I’ve stayed in have been fun, easy on the budget, and full of opportunities to make new friends from around the world.  Below are a few of my favorites – if you’re a hostel newbie, these places would all be a good way to get your feet wet. Continue reading “4 Amazing Hostels For Your Next Trip To Europe”


Banish Your Recipe Rut With Sausage And Butternut Squash Stuffed Tomatoes

Anyone else in a bit of a recipe rut?  I was getting bored with making the same 4 or 5 meals each week, so I’m really thankful for the gift of a cookbook that I’ve been working through called Against All Grain, by Danielle Walker.   I explain more about why I’m eating mostly paleo these days here if you’re interested.  This cookbook contains over 150 gluten-free, grain-free & dairy free recipes that are actually practical.  I like that they don’t contain crazy ingredients (once you buy your paleo staples) and I can still make them in about an hour or less.  Below is one of my favorites from the book so far (also husband and doggo approved). Continue reading “Banish Your Recipe Rut With Sausage And Butternut Squash Stuffed Tomatoes”

52 Weeks Challenge · Greensboro · Healthy Living

52 Weeks Of Trying New Things | Week 12 |Cupping Therapy At Paradox Wellness In Greensboro

Since I grew up in Asia, I’m sure no one is surprised that I’m open to trying Eastern medicine-based therapies like cupping.   I’ve had some severe shoulder and neck pain this past week that restricted my range of motion and didn’t seem to be improving with stretching and heat.   I knew Michael Phelps had used cupping during the Olympics for recovery, and I’ve also had several friends share their positive experiences about how cupping helped relieve chronic pain, so I thought it was worth a shot. Continue reading “52 Weeks Of Trying New Things | Week 12 |Cupping Therapy At Paradox Wellness In Greensboro”