healthy eating · Recipes

Foodie Friday – Easy Moroccan Salad

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To celebrate the start of summer, I’m sharing my favorite salad with you!  This is an adaptation of a recipe we learned in Morocco on a Real Food Adventure by Intrepid Travel.  It’s easy to make, healthy, and a delicious appetizer or side dish.   Enjoy!

Chop and prepare the salad ingredients below, then place into a bowl.

  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1-2 cucumbers, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/8 cup red onion (or green onion if you prefer)
  • 1 small avocado, diced (optional)
  • 1-2 sprigs of cilantro (optional)

Combine the following dressing ingredients in a separate bowl.  

I’d recommend tasting the dressing and adjusting proportions based on your palate.  I go heavier on the cumin because I love it!  Drizzle the dressing over the salad and mix well.  Chill for 30 minutes, then devour!


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Greensboro · Healthy Living

Abandoning Band-Aids And Embracing Functional Medicine

Healthcare Is Broken

Though traditional allopathic physicians arguably do the best that they can with the resources they’ve been given, we need better solutions to address the increasing instances of autoimmune disease and chronic health issues in our country.  The desire and duty to heal are present, but the treatment methods are severely lacking.  The way our healthcare system is set up, doctors often are not afforded enough time with each patient to determine the root cause of their issues, so they offer medications to treat symptoms instead of researching and performing more investigative testing to determine the cause.  I understand that pharmaceuticals are often necessary for acute and chronic health issues, but my gripe is with them being over-prescribed as a panacea, rather than only being used selectively when there are no other options to be explored in lifestyle modification.

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healthy eating · nutrition

Guest Post – Honest Thoughts on Whole30 | By Katie Roche

That's it.
This week I’m excited to share a guest post from my friend and co-worker, Katie, who I refer to as my foodie sensei because of her mad baking/cooking skills.  We first connected over our love of good food and I enjoyed hearing her perspective on doing a Whole30.  I hope you find it helpful!


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The fitness and nutrition community all over America has been abuzz about Whole30 for a while now, and the fervor seems to grow with every passing January. This past January, my husband and I decided to give it a try. The creators of Whole30 are pretty clear that its primary purpose is not for weight loss; it’s intended as an elimination diet to help people understand how what they eat may be adversely affecting their bodies.

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Father's Day · gift ideas

Don’t Forget About Dad

Why does Father’s Day always sneak up on me each year? I feel like there is more advertising leading up to Mother’s Day, but it never fails that I forget to buy a gift for my Dad until it’s almost too late.  Not this year!  I Amazon Primed it a whole DAY early so it will arrive Saturday instead of Sunday.    We all know that Dad doesn’t want another tie, so let’s think outside the box this year.  Here are five ideas for gifts that you probably haven’t bought him before!

For the Dad who’s always on the move – NOMATIC minimalist travel bag

Nomatic Life on the Move

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Local Activities · Small Businesses

Small Business Spotlight – Greensboro Farmers Curb Market

Most of you know that I enjoy supporting small businesses and if given the chance, I’ll choose a local business 99% of the time as opposed to a large chain (Chipotle is my big exception).   I love helping other entrepreneurs grow and thrive in the community, hearing their stories, and making new connections.   When I lived in Columbia, SC, most weekends started with a trip to Soda City Market which has grown into an incredible melting pot of local vendors including farmers, artists, musicians, food trucks, and so much more.   It’s one of the things I miss most about South Carolina, but thankfully I’ve found the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market here in NC which has been a wonderful replacement.  I love their purpose, listed below: Continue reading “Small Business Spotlight – Greensboro Farmers Curb Market”

Art · Houston · Murals

Guest Post – Houston Mini Murals | By Tosha Benitez

Today I’m excited to share a guest post from my friend and fellow travel-blogger, Tosha.  I hope you enjoy learning about the art and creativity in Houston as much as I did!


We have just completed our second year of homeschooling. It has been a thrilling ride with lots of ups and downs as we made the transition from public school. Admittedly, I went from second guessing myself to finally hitting a stride within our personal family schedule and way of learning.

Photos from our second year of homeschooling

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Lessons From Mr. Wonderful


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This week I had the opportunity to attend the Make Money Like A Boss seminar featuring Mr. Wonderful himself, Kevin O’Leary.  If you’re not familiar with him, he’s one of the shrewd investors on ABC’s Shark Tank – more specifically, the one everyone loves to hate because of his royalty deals.  I only went because 1) It was free (thanks to a friend inviting me) and 2) I was curious to see Kevin in person and find out if he was as cold-hearted as the show portrays (he actually seemed quite nice in person). Continue reading “Lessons From Mr. Wonderful”