On Vacation – See You in a Couple Weeks!

Hi friends – Matt and I are heading overseas this evening for our big summer vacation to celebrate his completion of graduate school! While we’re gone, I’ll be taking a true vacation and won’t be posting here on the blog until I’m back in a couple weeks. I will be posting photos occasionally on Instagram, though, if you want to follow the action over there. :) And of course I’ll share some recaps of our adventures once I’m back, too!

As I mentioned in my previous post, we will be spending most of the trip in Malta (Mellieha and Sliema) scuba diving and exploring with friends. We also have an overnight layover on either end of the trip in Istanbul, which should be fantastic, if brief. Thank you SO much to those who shared recommendations for either Istanbul or Malta in my previous post – and if you have any more, please continue to share them! :) We’ll only have an evening and morning in Istanbul this weekend and an afternoon/evening/morning there on our return trip, so we’re hoping to just make it to a couple of the “must see” spots.

Matt and I get back to the U.S. on the evening of September 4th, and I should be back in action on the blog by Monday, September 7th, if not sooner. Thank you for your patience and for sticking with me during this break! :)

In the meantime, here are some of my favorite recipes (click on the photos to be taken to the recipes) and health-inspired posts (scroll down to see those after the recipes) to keep you busy while I’m gone. Enjoy, and see you in a couple weeks, my friends! I’ll miss you guys!

Favorite Recipes

5 min granola bars

almond butter bars

almond tilapia

banana spelt muffins

carrot cake muffins (1)

gluten free healthy chicken fingers recipe

healthy peanut butter power cookies

flour free pancake

dark chocolate cookies 1

mexican lasagna (1)

tart cherry pie snack balls

healthy tuna salad recipe mayo free

perfect banana oatmeal 1

Looking to do some reading? Here are some of my favorite posts from over the years.

Food-related tips:

General healthy living tips:

Nutrition Hot Topic posts:

Running-specific tips posts:

Vacation-Bound + Back At It


Hi friends – thank you for your kind words about my sprained ankle on Sunday! I’m happy to report that as of Wednesday it felt normal again – whew! I got lucky. I celebrated on Wednesday night by meeting my friends Kathleen and Karen for a fun new class at Urban Athletic Club via ClassPass: a HIT (high intensity) yoga class! I wasn’t sure what Continue Reading …

Nectarine Ice Pops Recipe

nectarine ice pops recipe

It’s August, it’s hot, and it’s (REALLY) humid. Clearly this calls for ice pops – nectarine ice pops, to be exact! This is this month’s sponsored Almond Breeze partnership creation, and it features my favorite of their products: coconut almondmilk. It’s like vacation in a glass – or, in this case, on a stick. This is basically the Continue Reading …

Ankle-Friendly Workouts + Recent Eats


Hello friends! So, you know what’s really dumb? We did this great rocky/hilly hike on Sunday with no problem, and then, once we’re home, I randomly twist my ankle walking off our back steps. I know. I should probably come up with a cooler story, huh? As a result, I’ve been taking it easier than usual on the fitness front this week. When it first Continue Reading …

Weekend: Charlottesville + The Shenandoahs


On Saturday afternoon, Matt, his parents, and I all drove down to Charlottesville for a big event: Matt’s graduation from graduate school with his masters degree! He spent the past year working full time while also pursuing a Master of Science in the Management of Information Technology, which is kind of like an M.S. in IT combined with an MBA. Continue Reading …

Weekend: Dinner at Plume in DC + Other Fun

plume dc

Hi friends! We had so many weekend adventures that I’m splitting my normal weekend in review post into two posts. Here’s part 1: our DC adventures! Part 2, our Charlottesville adventures, will be shared tomorrow. :) As I mentioned on Friday, this weekend was all about celebrating Matt and his completion of grad school! On Friday night, his parents Continue Reading …

New Celestial Seasonings Packaging + Tea Giveaway!


Thank you to my friends at Celestial Seasonings for sponsoring this post! Late last week, I got a fun delivery: a package from Celestial Seasonings showcasing their brand new look! Don’t worry – their teas are as awesome as always and the recipes have not changed at all – just the outer packages! Here is a preview of the new Celestial Continue Reading …

Eats + Exercise


Hello my lovely friends! It’s SO nice out here in DC today – I’m loving this whole “August weather is really like September” thing we’ve had going lately! Hoping it’s here to stay. ;) I started my day today with a fun adventure with my buddy Chelsea: we signed up on ClassPass to check out the new-to-us classes at CrossFit Balance Georgetown. Continue Reading …

Because Flowers Always Brighten a Day


Thank you to The Bouqs for sponsoring this post! I send flowers quite a bit – mostly to my grandmother, but occasionally as a surprise to friends, too – but I’ve never found an online flower company that I actually like. All of them seem to have hidden fees, random additions (cheap chocolates, etc.) that I don’t want, or super spammy websites. So Continue Reading …

Easy Salmon Salad Dinner Idea


Morning, friends! It’s a GORGEOUS one here in DC today – much cooler, less humid, and breezier! Loving it. I didn’t have plans to run today but I did enjoy a nice long walk to and from a coffee shop this morning for some early morning AnneTheRD client meetings. I’m thinking a little evening kayaking might be in order, too! On the menu earlier this Continue Reading …