All posts tagged: adventure

A Fixer Upper Waco Crawl

If you’re a fan of HGTV’s Fixer Upper and find yourself in the Dallas area, this self-guided day trip out to Waco should go on your bucket list ASAP!  We decided to visit our Texas best friends on a whim last month and our agenda included all of three items: food, fellowship and Waco.  As if Chip and Jo couldn’t be any more loveable and magnetic, they’ve created a community space in the tiny, college town of Waco that draws thousands of both tourists and locals daily. We first stopped at the Magnolia Market at the Silos-a family friendly space enabling visitors to shop, eat and play. Food trucks, home décor and garden shops, and an outdoor lawn area where you’ll find cornhole boards and footballs to toss are all strategically curated around the famous silos. The newly opened Magnolia Flour Bakery is right around the corner serving up freshly baked desserts.  Employees state the line is usually wrapping around the building, so a random Monday afternoon is the best time to avoid the masses.  We spent a couple of hours wandering the grounds over smoothies …

Tennessee Wine-ing

Tennessee…wine country??? Three words you would never hear me say together, until now.  Disclaimer: I am in no way a wine aficionado, but I like to think my palate has developed over the years (credit I give partially due to an old flame/classically trained chef). But you guys, it exists!  As wine club members, my husband and I had the opportunity to tour the Natchez Hills Winery and Vineyard in Hampshire, Tennessee with the owner himself.  There’s a cluster of wineries in the area tucked away far from the highway noises and city lights.  An aerospace engineer turned winery/Bed & Breakfast owner, Jim gave us an entertaining personal account of his wine production journey-from acquiring the land to tasting his newly bottled recipes paired with local, artisan cheeses and chocolates. What really sets this wine apart from other Tennessee varieties (for me at least): it’s grown and processed with passion using Old World winemaking techniques incorporating a creative, artistic approach. Traditional AND handcrafted? SWOON! In other words, the flavors of the locally grown or California …

Into to Minimalism

For the longest time, I had no idea how to define it. The yearning I had for something more-to travel, to get outside my box, the need to experience the unknown and to taste adventure and creativity. I’ve never been infatuated with fashion trends, pop culture or media driven fads. I’d rather treasure hunt all day through a vintage ‘recycled’ clothing store than spend 10 minutes or my hard earned dollars in a shopping mall. The only ‘new’ piece of furniture we own is a bed that was purchased a couple of years ago, because well-it was time to move on from my college digs. I despise waste-especially of time and resources-when so many individuals around the world don’t have the basic needs to survive. There is a movement happening-a freedom from consumerism and materialism; living with less in order to lead a more fulfilling and purposeful life. I’m only now understanding this innate desire to be even more intentional as I’m delving more deeply into a way of life so many are already living-Minimalism. There …

Costa Rica Dreamin’

One month ago today, we were waiting on a hopper plane to Tambor airport, where we would embark on our last 45 minute leg of the trip to our tiny resort up the most windy, gravely road you can imagine in Mal Pais, Costa Rica.  The only description I can currently find fitting enough is awe-inspiring.  Multiply that by 100 and hopefully you get the idea of how in love I am with that tiny town.  I’m rarely a repeat traveler (having taken the exact trip two years prior with my travel friend, Amie), but I had to bring back my husband for the experience.    You can check out a few of my favorite travel pics below: I longed for a fresh mango smoothie the entire trip, but unfortunately the fruit was too green and I couldn’t find one ANYWHERE.  Most of the food here is literally so fresh; if it’s not in season or not caught that day-you aren’t eating it.  LOVEEEEEE! Kind of fitting for the country’s motto: Pura Vida, which translates to ‘pure life’. So since mango was out of the question, I settled …

Hola 2016!

Happy Belated Birthday to my blog! I can’t believe I’ve been live since New Year’s Eve of 2014.  I met my tiny 2015 goal of posting at least one time per month-GO ME!! AND-it’s so ridiculously wild that I’ve had readers from 29 different countries! THANK YOU for joining me on this adventure and I look forward to what this year has in store. While many of us are thinking about the first day back at work or school tomorrow, I’m still reflecting on my 2015.  It will be a challenge to top with soooo many memorable milestones: First home purchase A wedding or, ahem…planned elopement in Key West New job opportunity and career path Sitting on a ledge over the Grand Canyon First Vegas experience First Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo EVER BAM!!!….But bring on 2016! I’m more of a ‘bucket lister’ than a New Year’s resolution maker so here’s a few items for this year: spend more time outdoors share more of my ‘foodie field trips’ here and provide you more ‘minimalist’ tips and recipes become an apprentice …

Our Wedding Adventure

Call it coincidence, call it chance, call it following the wind or maybe just call me crazy. I have always been one to listen when my intuition speaks, and let the universe be my guiding light. Our wedding being a prime example. The story begins last fall with a booked all-inclusive vacation to Jamaica. We had decided to get away for a tropical, beachy excursion in mid-November and neither of us had been to the western Caribbean. Vacation time approved, airfare and all-inclusive resort booked; the restaurant reviewing commenced. (Food-always my top travel priority!) We had retired to bed early one night at my old apartment. Never having any issue with sleeping throughout the night, I was mysteriously awoken from a dead, deep sleep. Not from a noise or bad dream, but a voice in my head saying ‘Don’t Go.’ I hadn’t discussed nor thought about the booked Jamaica trip that particular day, but I KNEW that the voice in my head was referring to this trip. Not over thinking it at the time, I shortly fell back …

Month of Firsts

May has been a whirly, windy blur of a month filled with many firsts.  Is it possible to feel exhausted and rejuvenated at the same time? From hosting the first successful love filled party at the new home to  first time travels through Arizona and  Nevada for the Todays Dietitian Spring Symposium; I feel more like ‘me’ than I have in awhile.  I feel so absolutely wealthy in new experiences this year; which to me is so much more important than any amount in a bank account could ever be. Here are just a few quick snapshots: On that note, I can’t wait to put into practice some of the nutrition communication skills and writing techniques I learned at some of the sessions I attended at the symposium.  Eeeek! In other news, this is my last blog post as a single person. I will be officially married in barely over a week on the white sandy beaches of Key West, Florida. Neither myself nor my fiancé have ever been to that part of Florida, so we are extremely excited to start …

‘Pura Vida’ Inspiration

This is a blog I wrote for my company to correlate with the roll out of an internal wellness program in 2014.  My travel buddy and yogi friend Amie and I LOVED and were INSPIRED by life in Costa Rica so much, we have an exciting venture planned there for later this year that I will be sharing more details about soon! Until then: read on, be inspired and keep dreaming of warm weather…  I love love love to travel and one might say I am always up for an adventure. I started 2014 out with a spontaneous trip to Costa Rica, one that I never expected to make such an impact in my life. The place was never on my top 10 places I had to visit, but I couldn’t pass up a last minute deal when a friend called to invite me. We booked the trip and, after further research, learned we would be staying in a small town on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. As some colleagues may already know, the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica is home …