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”

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52 Weeks Of Trying New Things | Week 11 | Making My Own Natural Deodorant

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I’ve officially reached hippie status.  This week I tried making my own natural deodorant.  I’m not typically a DIY type of person, but after trying countless brands of natural deodorant and only finding one that I considered both safe and effective, I wanted to see if I could make something comparable myself that would save me some money. Continue reading “52 Weeks Of Trying New Things | Week 11 | Making My Own Natural Deodorant”

52 Weeks Challenge · Product Reviews

52 Weeks Of Trying New Things | Week 10 | Warby Parker’s Free Home-Try-On Program

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I’m in the market for a new pair of glasses and recently discovered Warby Parker’s Free Home-Try-On Program.   You start with taking a quiz on their website about the frame shape, color, and size that you’re looking for.  Once you select the 5 you want to try, they ship them out to you for free!   Once you receive your selections, you have 5 days to test them out and figure out which one(s) you like the best.  After 5 days, you mail them back with the included pre-paid shipping label and have NO obligation to buy.   If you do end up liking any of them and want to buy a pair, you can easily add your prescription and order them online!  Since I don’t currently have vision insurance, I really appreciate that all their frames are affordable, with options starting at only $95!   Another thing I appreciate about Warby Parker is that for every pair sold, they donate a pair to someone in need.  How cool! Below are the 5 frames I tried out at home! Continue reading “52 Weeks Of Trying New Things | Week 10 | Warby Parker’s Free Home-Try-On Program”

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52 Weeks Of Trying New Things | Week 9 | Mexican Popsicles From La Super Michoacana

45-degree weather didn’t stop me from satisfying my sweet tooth at the heladeria (ice cream shop) known as La Super Michoacana today.   I’d seen a lot of positive press about this dessert spot hidden in a strip mall, but had never gotten the chance to try it.   We finished lunch at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant and plugged the address into the GPS – it turns out it was only a few steps away and we had never even seen it because it’s so well hidden.  Once you find it, the exterior will surely catch your eye with its bright and inviting colors and matching truck outside! Continue reading “52 Weeks Of Trying New Things | Week 9 | Mexican Popsicles From La Super Michoacana”

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52 Weeks of Trying New Things | Week 8 | Relationship Building Exercises

At church, we’ve been attending a Sunday School class called the Art of Marriage, and have talked about tools to build your relationship and improve communication.  For those of you that are not married, don’t stop reading yet – many of these principles apply to any close relationship that you want to improve or learn more about.  In class, we have mainly talked about the 5 Love Languages and the book that goes along with it.   Gabe and I have previously discussed our love languages, but for this week’s adventure into trying new things, we wanted to explore some other aspects of interaction to continue to get to know each other and how we can effectively communicate.  We landed on two new tools that have been helpful to go through. Continue reading “52 Weeks of Trying New Things | Week 8 | Relationship Building Exercises”

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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