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Healthy Holiday Traditions – Christmas Run

one of the best ways to ensure that we are able to indulge during the holidays, but still have a balance and stay healthy, is to develop healthy holiday traditions. last week i discussed one such tradition that is a personal favorite of mine – cutting down our family Christmas tree. another healthy holiday tradition one can begin, is a holiday fun run.

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Healthy Holiday Traditions – Tree Hunting

during the holiday season we are surrounded by unhealthy choices: egg nog, Christmas cookies, lazy days, alcohol, football watching marathons, overeating, and more. it is difficult to make healthy decisions during the holidays, but it is doable. one of the best ways to ensure that we are able to indulge during this special time of the year (which i personally believe one SHOULD do in moderation), but still have a balance and stay healthy, is to develop healthy traditions. one such tradition that is a personal favorite of mine, is cutting down our family Christmas tree.

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The Benefit of Hiking with Dogs

there are few companions in this world i enjoy taking to the mountains more than my pups. everyone knows that dogs are (wo)man’s best friend; but did you know that dogs are (wo)man’s best hiking companion? let me give you a few reasons why.Read More »

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A Lifetime of Patagonia Pilot Jackets

years ago, while searching for a new waterproof jacket and wardrobe staple, i made a decision that changed my life. i had never owned anything from the outdoor attire company Patagonia, but i decided that any company that was named after a place that magical, must be worth purchasing.  so in 2007, for the first time in my life, i splurged on Patagonia. the Patagonia Pilot Jacket to be more specific. since that time my bright jacket has experienced life’s most fantastically fun and inclement conditions with me, all across the globe….including a windy, rainy, and unforgettable Alaskan glacial boat cruise we experienced the day after our Alaskan wedding, a few short weeks ago.

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Honeymooning Through Alaska’s Kenai Fjords

generally when you hear of a destination wedding, you hear about sandy beaches and bathing suits. joe and i chose a different route. our wedding destination of choice was Alaska, and i traded in my bathing suit for my Patagonia Piolet Jacket. we had two weeks to adventure through this outdoors(wo)man’s dream state, and one of the highlights was a full day kayaking trip through the Kenai Fjords.

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Perfectly Imperfect, in Life and Photo Shoots

i have been on a blogging hiatus for the past two and half weeks, and for good reason.  i went and got myself hitched! i now have an abundance of memories to reflect upon the perfection that was our Alaskan destination wedding/honeymoon/adventure.

perfection, of course, being relative.

our wedding wasn’t without its flaws, but it was all ours.

it was our perfect.

it was perfectly imperfect.

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Surround Yourself with Positivity

who we choose to surround ourselves with, greatly influences our lives. parents push children to hang out in the right crowds. those in the religious community continually preach fellowship. in our professional lives, we seek mentors that show us how we can reach higher.  in nearly ever facet of life, we are told to surround ourselves with positive people who encourage us to be better; yet for some reason, we rarely talk about surrounding our selves with an environment that encourages positivity.  i would argue that is it more than the who in our surroundings that influences us, but also the what.

this past weekend my surroundings undoubtedly made me a better person as i adventured through Vashon Island with some of the best people i know – my parents and a dear friend who’s spirit is infectious. Read More »

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The Griffey Swing

this past weekend was busy.  wedding busy.  but even during weddings, it is important to move our bodies, and man did we move. it was a full weekend of the griffey swing.

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Loading up on “Vitamin G”

getting my outdoor fix, means getting my sanity; and apparently i am not the only one.  some experts now refer to time in green space as “Vitamin G,” and their studies have shown extensive benefits in getting outside.  it is no secret that i love to be outside, as is demonstrated here, here, here and here.

and in desperation to fill up on Vitamin G last week, i set out for the foothills, for a family outing and a half day hike.

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