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Showing posts from March, 2014

Spring in the air!

So thrilled today is the first day of SPRING!!   Bring on the fantastic weather, picnics in the park, outdoor festivals and concerts. I love this time of year because it's gorgeous outside, blooms everywhere in Atlanta, and there's always a reason to go out and about. Here's my short list of things to experience this season: Plan a picnic (or ten) in the park Spring clean the apartment (and car) from top to bottom Keep fresh flowers at home all season long Arrange food truck lunches with coworkers Plant a potted herb garden Eat and drink on restaurant patios Visit local farmers markets and cook with seasonal produce Read outside in the fresh air with a glass of wine Take Roxy on more walks on the Beltline and parks Eat lunch outside at the office picnic table as often as possible Stock my closet with sundresses, skirts and sandals Take a few day hikes around Atlanta Spend a weekend on the Georgia Wine Trail Cheers to a beautiful season

My Weekend: Instagram Edition

Instagram is by far my favorite social network. I love that it's visually driven, and hashtags have an instantaneous effect (pun intended) in finding like-minded individuals. Here's a quick recap of my weekend fun around Atlanta. For more, follow me on Instagram @FoodieInMotion ! The fiancé and I had a date night on Friday, and decided to stay in our little neighborhood of Virginia Highlands so we could walk instead of drive. We ended up at Highland Tap for dinner and drinks. I'm super proud of myself for sticking to Pinot Noir all night, while he switched up beer selections. Highland Tap’s Famous Steak Oscar filet medallions topped with jumbo lump crab, asparagus and béarnaise with mashed potatoes Next stop was for dessert, but we took a detour along the way to Dark Horse and 10 High. Some random Florida band was playing at 10 High and we stopped in for a few songs. Couldn't hang around very long due to the smoke. I can't stand cigarette smoke indoors, es

Planning for Health and Fitness

Let's face it, being healthy and fit doesn't just happen. If it did we'd all be as fit as fiddles... forever. You know you have to work for it, and if you don't use it you lose it. The key to taking on the challenge of altering your lifestyle to become healthier and more fit is PLANNING. Here are a few things that I've personally found helpful in forming healthy habits. Meal Planning Each Sunday, or whatever day works for you, take a few minutes to map out your meals for the week. Not only does this help with prepping for healthy eating, but its also beneficial for making shopping lists for trips to the market. I found this handy weekly whiteboard at Target (made by Board Dudes) and couldn't resist bringing it home with me. Using a different color marker for each meal / person has been fun and useful to see the week at a glance. Green = breakfast for both of us Blue = fiance's lunch Pink = my lunch (eating lots of salads these days) Orange = d

Pinterest Recipe in Real Life: Cheesy Honey Mustard Chicken

As soon as I saw this pin  for Cheesy Honey Mustard Chicken, I had to make it! I've made Honey Mustard Chicken before...just not sprinkled with bacon and smothered with cheese. *drool* { left: Pinterest recipe | right: my version } Luckily the recipe didn't call for a ton of ingredients, and most were already in my kitchen. I didn't have much mozzarella cheese left, so I used a little of that and topped it with a slice of Gouda. Instead of regular bacon I used crispy turkey bacon (we've completely switched to nitrite-free uncured turkey bacon), and organic steamed broccoli with a little butter instead of green beans. Love that the prep time didn't take long at all! Flavor was awesome, and it's fiancé-approved as one of his "favorite meals I've made in a while." This recipe would definitely be even better if you marinaded the chicken for a few hours in the honey mustard sauce. It would also work well with a barbecue marinade for the sum

Bonjour, March!

{ my photo from Atlanta Botanical Gardens } Happy to say "bonjour" to March because that means  SPRING is around the corner!  Can't wait for warmer weather, long strolls in the sunshine,  flowers everywhere and picnics in the park. The new moon is today, which is an excellent time for setting intentions (and stargazing). Earth's moon has a natural gravitational pull on our bodies since we're comprised of 60% water. Just think of the moon's affect on the tides! I enjoyed this video by astrologist Kathy Rose  that gives her perspective on today's full moon. March 2014: Progress & Intentions Measurements/Weight Progress: From February 1, 2014 to March 1, 2014 (today) I've lost a total of 6.25 inches and 5.2 pounds Zero inches gained and lost 2.75 of 3 inches gained in January Most inches were lost around my torso and arms Lost less than expected in my legs, 0.75 only on the left side Cumulative progress since Decembe