Healthy Lifestyle


Thanksgiving has come and gone.

All the hustle and bustle, cooking, prep work, cleaning. Friends, family, food. Good times.

I love the holidays. I love how the holidays “feel”.  I think it is the comfort of family and the smell of cooking that makes me happy and smiley 🙂

This year was the first year I had Thanksgiving away from “home”. Each year our family gathers for a traditional Thanksgiving. Each year our family also grows larger and larger

This year, being in South Carolina, I was worried I would not get that some home feeling. Yet, I think this year was one of the BEST Thanksgivings’ yet 🙂 This was our view

My cousins and the boysIMG_1418

came down and my parents did too.IMG_1417 They always seem to bring beautiful weather with them, and once again, the 75 degree temps and constant sun proved them RIGHT!

We had Thanksgiving dinner this year ON THE BEACH! I can not believe it. 🙂  The view was breathtaking, the food was great (Not nearly as good as my aunt and moms cooking though, I SURE did miss that 😦 ) But the company was amazing! I loved my little nephews running around being goofy and smiling, laughing and just being innocent 🙂IMG_1389

The ham was my favorite. NOM NOM NOM!!  

( I like all that burnt crispy stuff!)

Watching the kids have fun, eat freely and just be them true selves, brought back so many of my own childhood memories 🙂  especially ones of us cousins holding up our forks and knives screaming “WE WANT FOOD! WE WANT FOOD!”

We recreated the shot, YET did not tell the kids about it, because god bless OUR parents for dealing with us……..phew!


This was probably the first time in 15 years that I ate what I wanted, how much I wanted, without feeling judged by anyone, including myself 🙂 Huge step for me ❤

I have all the wonderful people around me to thank for that ❤

The rest of our week included some beach days and lots of fun in the sun 🙂

Lily even got in on the action….


Me and santa dad on the beach!


My mom LOVED the walks on the beach


We even checked out some local properties for mom and dad with the help of a pretty awesome (and handome!) realtor 🙂
Here is mom giving her thumbs up and approval on her FAVORITE property!!

I could TOTALLY see them in this cute little place!!! ❤

Hurry guys! Hurry!

This was also a favorite:

The first one truly has my heart for some reason!

I even had the opportunity to “teach” my first yoga class.

I had two amazing clients (My cousin and mom!) and went through all the motions. I was a bit nervous but began to get more comfortable as I went on. I can totally see myself doing this in the future!  I really enjoy yoga, teaching it AND helping everyone love the body they are in and what it is capable of on their own mats. It is SO important to me to work on not comparing myself to others, OR myself from yesterday and I want to help pass that message along to others

True calling?………just maybe !

Some other highlights from my weekend …………in pictures 🙂


Christmas Regatta 2015

Cousin time , walks and talks 🙂


I am really looking forward to coming home for Christmas. I am curious to see how it will feel being back in NJ 🙂  ………Stay tuned ……. 🙂


  1.  Favorite part of Thanksgiving? Food, fun, or family related!
  2.  Favorite part of a yoga class?
  3. Think of ONE goal for yourself. Write it down THEN tear it up.  Focus on just living and being in the moment. Sometimes our goals can limit us and hold us back !

2 thoughts on “grateful”

  1. It sounds like you had a really wonderful Thanksgiving!! I bet when you come back up here you will want to go back down because of the relaxed pace. When are you coming up in December?


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