Favorite Posts of 2019

While I’ve only been blogging for about 4.5 years, it’s really crazy to look back on when I first started to the present. So much has changed in my life and in my little space on the world wide web. I wanted to do a round-up of some of my favorite posts and memories in 2019. These aren’t based on statistics related to views or anything. Just times I love to look back on that give me a big smile. I hope you enjoy this walk down ole memory lane with me!

(1) Under the Sea: Matt and I visited the Chattanooga Aquarium after dining at Naked Foods Chatt, and it was just a positively amazing weekend!

(2) We’re Off to See the Wizard: Kaci and I had the pleasure of seeing the Wizard of Oz on the big screen, and it truly gave me chills! It was shown in celebration of its 80th anniversary.

(3) Re-energized, Rejuvenated, Recharged: This was just a fun weekend from start to finish! Kaci and I took a succulent class at Stanley’s Greenhouse, and while sadly, they didn’t make it through the winter, I was very proud of my arrangement! We managed to include a lot of great food in this weekend too.

(4) Rain Showers, A Bridal Shower, & a Visit to Biltmore!: I got to attend my friend’s fun bridal shower, and Matt and I were very grateful for another one of my friends for giving us a free day pass to Biltmore. We had only visited the first time on our honeymoon, so it felt special to return!

(5) She Had Magic Legs: 2019 was the first year I participated in the Lucky Kidney Run, and it did feel great to participate in a worthy cause towards bringing awareness to kidney disease. It was a really tough run as I hadn’t been running but instead was doing Barre3. I still think that helped me tremendously.

(6) Amazing Friends, K Brew Expansion, & Barre3 Intuitive + Mindful Eating Workshop: I never imagined Kaci and I would be holding our own workshop at our favorite studio, but we felt so honored to share the message of Intuitive Eating and Mindful Eating! Since then, I’ve had two or three attendees come up to me to tell them how helpful our class was and that they bought the book and began to incorporate the principles into their work with patients. ❤ So fulfilling.

(7) It Was a Treat Yo Self Kind of Weekend: Aside from poor Matt’s rash and sinus infection, this was a fun weekend! Kaci and I attended the Retropolitan Craft Fair, which they hold one in the spring and one during the holidays. Our visits get better each time! We love to support local and get out in our community.

(8) Taking Things to New Heights: After living here for our whole lives, Matt and I finally went up into the Knoxville Sunsphere for the first time!

(9) Thankful for the Brave Who Sacrificed for Our Freedom: This weekend was so epic and filled my heart! Time with one of our best friends and her sweet family at our lake house then a hike on Max Patch with the most gorgeous weather with Kase, D, and Axl.

(10) Here’s to Another Spectacular Year: Our 31st birthday weekend!

(11) Living It Up Nashville Style: For the second year in a row, Matt and I took a weekend trip together to celebrate my birthday, and this past year we visited Nashville. We had such an incredible time! Our AirBnB was awesome, and it turned out to be exactly the trip we needed.

(12) July 4th Weekend Part 1 and Part 2: This was the best July 4th I had enjoyed yet!

(13) Weekend Spent at the Track: Matt performed really well in his race, and we had a wonderful weekend! Well, except for me falling on the metal bleachers. Ha! Klutzy for life. Then we capped it off by getting to visit with one of my best friends and her sweet family as they had just moved to OH!

(14) ‘I Love Lucy’ on the Big Screen!: Another moment in which I watched my favorite show, in amazing color, on the big screen, and it truly gave me chills! I never thought I would get to experience this. I so loved dressing the part too to honor Lucille Ball and her amazing fashion.

(15) Early Third Wedding Anniversary Celebration: When Matt and I enjoyed the Ruby Falls Salad from Naked Foods, I said how I wanted to visit Ruby Falls one day. Well, we finally did! That and See Rock City, and despite it raining, I had such a good time. Then I put together a last-minute scarecrow Halloween costume for Cruze Farm’s Trunk-or-Treat, and what a super fun event! Yes, I’m in my 30’s, but I love getting dressed up and keeping my kid-at-heart mentality alive.

(16) FNCE 2019 Recap 1 and Recap 2: I had only attended FNCE once before in 2015 when I presented my thesis project, and it was in Nashville. This past year it was held in Philadelphia, and I didn’t know anyone personally, but I didn’t let that stop me. I met some incredible RD’s who I consider friends now, and I met several who I knew via social media but now I know in real life. Everyone was just as they are online, and I felt so fortunate to be in their presence!

Even though our holidays are worth mentioning again, I figured I would stop here since they were recent. Suffice it to say, 2019 treated me so well! Yes, there were some rough times, challenges, and not-so-pleasant experiences. But the good far outweighs the bad, and putting together this post further reinforced how much I have to be thankful for. I hope you all have a fantastic Friday and first weekend of 2020!


Halloween Fun 2018

Y’all, it finally happened. After thirteen years together, Matt and I dressed up in a couple’s Halloween costume! My 30-year old heart was happy. Halloween just makes you feel like a kid again, and I loved it!

One of my awesome friends shared this avocado costume with me, and immediately I put one on hold at Target. I mean, could there be a more fitting costume? I guac-ed on all day long, and you better believe I was shaking that hass. Bravocado you say? Sorry not sorry!

Safety first!

Some of these awesome girls at our clinic dressed in their 80’s best! Left to right: Anna, Cierra, and Kasey. I actually loved their outfits. I think watching Golden Girls has me loving 80’s fashion.

Workin’ it!

Anna clipped me in to my costume. Bahaha


Kasey, Lindsey, and I got a photo together, and I love it! I was holding up mah pit. Lolz

Ya know I had to eat some guacamole on the day I’m wearing an avocado suit. Simple Mills crackers as the guac-to-mouth vehicle.

The pit made a nice resting spot.

I committed avocado cannibalism!

We joined Kaci, Drew, Sara, Neal, Susan, and the kids trick-or-treating. Matt went as a slice of GF toast, and man was it epic and approapriate! Cardboard with holes? Check and check. Just the way some GF bread tastes. Bahahaha. Sweet Axl Rose photo-bombed us.

I’ll always be the avocado to his toast.

I didn’t choose the gluten free life. The gluten free life chose me.

My super cute sweet sister in her skeleton pj’s. Love them!

Gosh, are they not the cutest family? Axl and his costume should win the internet.

For dinner, we enjoyed Aldi frozen butternut squash, spinach, onion mix with a sauce that I sauteed. I cooked chicken breasts before we left for trick-or-treating, so I just reheated it to add on top. Lastly, I sprinkled the cooked pumpkin seeds from our carving that Susan made, and they are so amazing!


This morning I made two over easy eggs over wilted spinach with warmed cornbread drizzled with manuka honey. Umm yum!

A nice red pear on the side.

Today’s outfit includes my favorite shade of gray tights, vintage kelly green dress with a navy trim, and Old Navy red booties.

Hope you all have the best day!