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I am the future Mrs. Traynor. I can't believe that I am engaged to my best friend and the love of my life. It still feels so surreal to both of us, but we are incredibly excited for the next chapter of our lives. We are beyond blessed to have immense support from our families and friends. Than…

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foodie fridays

Orange. Pecan. Tea. So many flavors are packed into this delicous bread. I can't wait to sink my teeth into it. It sounds like it would be perfect in the morning with a cup of coffee.

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/…


My beautiful friends shared this video with me, and I was in tears. I love the movement and passion behind slam poetry. To see people's honesty and emotion really blows my mind and tugs my heart strings.

merry christmas

Merry Christmas from my family to yours.

looks aren't everything

Loved this and the fact that it came from a model. Gotta love Ted Talks. 

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vacation time

Well, readers. I am saying bon voyage to you...for about a week. I am leaving with Boyfriend this evening to Florida. We are cruising to the Bahamas tomorrow and after coming back to Florida to visit Disneyworld. This vacation is very much needed and one we have been saving for/looking forward to …

flow with your food

foodie fridays

The Ultimate Ginger Cookie. Doesn't that sound perfect for the holidays? These would be perfect to share next to a warm fire with some milk. There is something about cookies and Christmas that just go hand-in-hand. The Food Networkprovides us with a recipe to make that happen.


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crescent cuff

I fell in love with this cuff from Hearts. It gives off this gypsy, vintage, witchcraft vibe and I just love it. It definitely brings a unique element to any outfit. I thought it was perfect with this black outfit and a pop of faux fur.

It's handmade and is a great representation of upcycled f…

balance is key

Balance is the key to everything, especially when it comes to the relationships we have with food and our bodies. With so many diets out there, IIFYM and clean eating and counting calories and paleo and on and on, it all becomes really consuming. We tend to forget that life is supposed to be e…

heydaze headbands

If you love headbands, but can't ever find one that fits you then Heydaze Headbands are what you need. They come in adorable colors and trendy patterns, and they are adjustable with a clever snapback closure. I love that idea!

Rachel Arnett, the creator of the headbands was kind enough to send …

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foodie fridays

How good does this sound? Steak Tips with Peppered Mushroom Gravy. Cooking Light has delicious and healthy recipes for when you need some comfort food.

2 cups uncooked egg noodles Cooking spray 1 pound top sirloin steak, cut into 3/4-inch pieces 1 tablespoon butter 2 tablespoons finel…

web seminar

I am so beyond excited to be a part of this teleseminar on building better relationships with food and our bodies, especially during the upcoming holiday season. I will be joining in towards the end for the Q&A section, after these wonderful women speak. Heather and Jensy are so uplifting and …

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Friendship I have some pretty amazing women in my life. 2. Mama So proud of this woman for working hard and fulfilling her goals. 3. Christmas Cards Sent these babies out to our family and friends. I love how our pictures turned out, thanks to the talented Kristina Garcia.

shrinking women

This poem speaks volumes about the relationship between women and their bodies. I just adore this poem and its writer's honesty. This is very much needed in this day and age with all of the body issues, eating disorders, and wavering confidences.

beyond your roots

I'm so proud of my mama and her best friend, Debbie. They just opened up a beautiful hair salon in Cave Creek. They worked hard to create a cozy and stylish place for people to get their hair and nails done. They also sell really cute items that they picked out themselves, from fringe purses t…

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put love first

It's easy to get wrapped up, or more so tangled, in all of life's wire. We have jobs, bills, families, appointments, workouts, etc. Most of the time we finish one task, and we are on to the next one that's in our planners. Unfortunately all this stuff gets in the way of seeing who is i…

foodie fridays

This is a super easy recipe that's really delicious and packed with flavor. I used chicken tenders, but you can use chicken breasts as well. Pound the chicken flat. Layer spinach, feta, and sun dried tomatoes. Roll the chicken up and fasten with a toothpick. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes, or unti…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Tata It was nice spending quality time with my grandpa and family. 2. Penguins I love my new coffee mug that gets me into the winter spirit. 3. Planner Nothing better than approaching the new year with a new planner.

urban outfitters wish list

Henna Hand Mini Skirt Faux Fur Vest Open-Back Ruffle Romper Slouchy Fox Sweater Moon Tee OBEY Beanie

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