52 Weeks Challenge

52 Weeks Of Trying New Things | Week 6 | Cheese Tea at Steap Tea Bar in San Francisco

Recently I read about cheese tea for the first time and thought it sounded quite odd – I like tea, and I like cheese, but why would I ever want to combine these two?!  I was skeptical, but I enjoy being adventurous in what I eat and drink, so I wanted to give it a try.  Sadly, it only seemed to be available on the West Coast and in Asia, so I resigned myself to the fact that I’d have to file it away in my ‘try someday” list since I had no travel plans to visit those areas.   Little did I know that only a week later I would receive an invitation to join 150 other Google Local Guides from around the world for an all-expenses-paid trip to San Francisco for Connect Live!  I felt confident I could find cheese tea in San Francisco since it’s the mecca for all delicious Asian trends, like Sushirrito!  After a brief search for cheese tea in the area I’d be staying, I found Steap Tea Bar and planned to stop there during my free time on the trip.

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52 Weeks Challenge · Local Activities

52 Weeks of Trying New Things | Week 5 | Leatherwood Mountains

The past 4 weeks of new things have all been planned by me, but this past weekend Gabe surprised me with a trip to Leatherwood Mountains.  This beautiful resort/equine center is located in Ferguson, NC with gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  When we arrived he told me that he had booked us a 2-hour trail ride on the horses!  How fun!

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52 Weeks Of Trying New Things | Week 4 | US National Whitewater Center Obstacle Course Trail Race

I’m by no means a runner, but I am competitive and love the thrill of pushing myself, so in the past few years I have run a few trail races and completed one obstacle course race called Rugged Maniac. For Week 4 of trying new things, I combined those two and ran my first Obstacle Course Trail Race called The Scrambler at the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte!  My friend Naomi and I are both in love with the Whitewater Center and were already planning to be there to watch their Build Your Own Boat Competition, so we decided to sign up for the race to challenge ourselves and see if we could do it!

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52 Weeks Challenge · Holistic Health · Local Activities

52 Weeks of Trying New Things | Week 3 | Cryotherapy

This week involved trying something I usually avoid at all costs – being cold!!   I’m the one who turns off the AC in the mornings after my husband leaves for work and STILL wears a hoodie while I’m working from home because I’m so cold-natured.   So, why would I willingly subject myself to freezing cold temperatures?   Over the past few years, I’ve seen a lot of health professionals share about the benefits of cold thermogenesis aka cryotherapy.  More recently, I listened to an episode of The Model Health Show on how whole-body cryotherapy can help to decrease pain, speed your recovery, and boost your metabolism, so I decided it was time I tried it for myself.   Gabe agreed to go in for a session with me, so we made our way to Greensboro Cryo and got checked in.

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52 Weeks of Trying New Things | Week 2 | Rover

Gabe and I travel a lot, but thankfully for most of our trips we can either take our dog Sasha with us or leave her with family in NC or SC.  This weekend we were at a beach house that didn’t allow pets and our families were both at the beach as well, so we had to find somewhere for Sasha to stay while we were gone.  After looking into several boarding options, we weren’t thrilled about the thought of her being kept in a cage most of the day and possibly not getting along with the other dogs in the open play time.    A lot of the newer dog boarding facilities we looked at also required extra vaccinations like the flu vaccine for dogs (say whaaaat?!)   None of the places we looked at seemed like the right fit, so we decided to try something new and signed up for Rover.    It’s basically the Airbnb of pet boarding.  You can search for the services you need – dog boarding in the sitter’s home, house sitting of your pet in your own home, dog walking, doggy daycare, or drop in visits. Continue reading “52 Weeks of Trying New Things | Week 2 | Rover”

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52 Weeks Of Trying New Things | Week 1 | Sally Challenge

After all the rain from Hurricane Florence this weekend, Gabe and I got tired of feeling stir crazy and decided it would be fun to accept my friend Kelly’s “Dare To” Challenge, which consists of trying one new thing each week!  We would love to hear your suggestions for what we should try.  It can be anything – new recipes, local activities, fitness, road trips, parks, music, books, etc.  We’re excited for what the next year will bring and look forward to sharing our experiences with you each week! Continue reading “52 Weeks Of Trying New Things | Week 1 | Sally Challenge”

nutrition · Recipes

Easy Meal Prep – Oktoberfest Edition

How do you feel about breakfast?  Is it the most important meal of the day?  Easily skippable?  Wish you could eat it but never have time in your hectic morning?  This recipe has been a lifesaver to prepare ahead of time (only takes 5 minutes) for mornings I have to grab and go!  You’ve probably seen or heard of this premise before, but I guarantee not with these ingredients.  Yes, the thought of cold and uncooked oatmeal was weird to me too, but don’t knock it until you try it!

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