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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 fiancĂ© 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, especially in basements with zero ventilation. Probably won't be coming back here for a while...

glitter floor @ 10 High

Finally dessert time at Atkins Park Tavern. This place is divided into restaurant (no smoking), bar (smoking) and patio (fresh air). We put in our name for a table, grabbed another glass of wine for me and a beer for him, and settled outside on this twinkling patio while we waited.

had this patio all to ourselves

Tiramisu cheesecake, yes please!

On Saturday, we stopped by Honey Bubble for some refreshments and then took Roxy out for a long walk around the Beltline. The weather was absolutely perfect for walking, clear and sunny with a breeze.

french macarons from Honey Bubble

There's art everywhere along the Eastside trail, and this little gem was sort of hidden from plain sight.

blackout poetry: life disappears. warn people.

After walking around for about an hour (and torching 250 calories!!), we were parched and stopped at Mellow Mushroom to have lunch on the patio. Their new gluten-free pizza is actually pretty good and crispy like a thin crust pizza. Flavor is all there so you don't feel like you're missing out. Will definitely order it again!

pansies & sunbeams

gluten-free Strongbow cider

gluten-free white pizza

I adore weekends like this! ♥


Benefits of Face Brushing

You've heard me talk about Body Brushing and all the wonderful health and beauty benefits that come along with it, but what about Face Brushing? You can brush your face and neck and get the same type of benefits as body brushing delivers! Facial brushing removes dead skin and stimulates circulation , which firms and improves skin tone . Your skin will become softer and smoother ! It's like a mini facial massage every time you brush, a fabulous way to spoil yourself during your daily facial cleaning routine. In order to do the face brushing sequence you need a small natural-fiber bristle brush . The important thing to look for when selecting the appropriate face brush are natural plant fiber bristles. Do not use the type with plastic bristles because it will not have the same effect. I'm excited to announce that T-Tapp now sells  face brushes ! In addition to the Body Brushing Sequence,  Teresa Tapp created a special Face Brushing Sequence that has been proven

Benefits of Body Brushing

Body brushing is incredible for the skin and healing of the body. Europeans have been body brushing for centuries...maybe that's why they look so fantastic! This blog post will go into some education about What is Body Brushing? Body Brushing is also known as skin brushing and dry brushing . It's done using a natural bristle brush, like the T-Tapp Body Brush pictured above ($11.00, ). Teresa Tapp, creator of the T-Tapp Workout and author of Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes , has developed a specific body brushing pattern that's proven to be effective for all ages and a variety of health and beauty concerns. Teresa's pattern involves brushing the entire body from the feet all the way up to the neckline. Once finished go back and brush the areas that need a little extra attention, such as the butt, thighs and abdomen.  It's best to body brush first thing in the morning , when the increased blood flow will help wake you up and the body is in a natur

Amazing Eats at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Last night I had the most fabulous meal with my sista at Pappadeaux in Atlanta. She's been keeping this place a secret from me! We get there around 8pm and find out that she knows the hostess from way back. (Our buzzer literally went off after about 5 minutes when there was over a 40 minute wait for a table. VIP!) The first thing that we ordered was the most delicious dip I have EVER put in my mouth, hands down! Lump Crab & Spinach Dip with crispy garlic cheese bread ...OMG. I could eat that by itself and call it a night. I saw a woman with this drink and had to order one for myself. It's called a Swamp Thing made from a mix of raspberry and melon liqueurs blended with frozen Hurricane & Margarita . Fantastic! Brain freeze though. I hate to admit that even though I'm a Florida girl, I've never had oysters before . She was shocked and insisted that we order some. Her favorites were the Oysters Baton Rouge - oysters on the half shell baked with a Parm