Easy Relaxation Techniques for a Happier Week

yoga stretches for runners
This post is sponsored by goodnessknows. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

When we talk about health, inevitably the conversation focuses on exercise and eating right. There’s nothing wrong with that, both things have a lot to do with our health, but these two topics so often monopolize the chatter that we forget about some of the other aspects that also play a roll, like stress management and relaxation, and our sleep habits, for example.

So, since we’re about to enter into what’s undoubtedly one of the busiest and most hectic seasons of the year, I figured now is a great time to share my favorite relaxation and de-stressing techniques. My favorite ways to unwind, if you will Read More

Easy, Healthy Winter Soup Recipe with Squash and Chick Peas

winter soup recipe with butternut squash

I know I’m definitely not the first person to ever say this, in fact, I’m probably about the millionth, but there’s something about fall and winter and the holiday season that makes me crave soup.

Groundbreaking statement, I know!

It’s not just any soup that I crave, though, and definitely not the kind that comes in a can. No, when this time of the year rolls around I’m craving, hearty, flavorful, veggie-filled soups that literally have the ability to warm your soul. Read More

Why I’m Running the 2016 NYC Half Marathon with Team for Kids

running with team for kids 2016 nyc half marathon

From the outside, running might seem like a pretty basic sport, maybe even boring. If you’re not a part of the running community, I can totally understand why you would see it that way.

But really, it’s so much more than what most see on the surface, because every runner, no matter how long they’ve been at it or how fast or slow their pace is, has a reason for lacing up their sneakers and hitting the road.

And for most it’s not just one reason, but many. Me personally, I run because I truly, genuinely enjoy it. I run because it keeps me healthy. I run because it helps me de-stress. I run because I love being active. I run because I love to eat. I run because it sets a good example for and inspires others.

Plus, there’s the sense of community, camaraderie and just general bad-assery (yes that’s a word) among all runners that takes the sport to an entirely different level. When you experience it—like when you’re running your first race ever, helping a friend reach one of their big running goals or cheering on a marathon—it gets your adrenaline pumping, it causes your heart to swell and sends chills up and down your spine. It’s truly inspiring. At least that’s how it makes me feel, and these are all some of the reasons why I decided to run the 2016 NYC Half Marathon with Team for Kids Read More

Why the F*#$ Would You Run a Marathon?

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My post-marathon ice bath.

There are so many sucky things about running a marathon.

Right off the bat, the training is immense, often overwhelming and eventually it prevents you from having a normal social life. (Once those long runs reach double digits definitely don’t plan any Friday night outings!)

Then there are all the aches and pains that come along with long-distance running. Granted, if you train smart you shouldn’t experience serious pain, but your body will definitely feel roughed up. Oh, and not to mention the potential chaffing, blisters and broken toenails you’ll likely have to deal with.

Oh and there’s the mental challenge of it all, too. As the training miles start to increase, your brain will begin to fight you Read More

Best Restaurants in New York City: Convivium Osteria in Brooklyn


Here’s a statement you’ll be shocked to hear: I love to eat.

You’re stunned to learn this, I know.

Due to this indisputable fact, I want to start talking more about my favorite New York City restaurants. This way, all my fellow New Yorkers can use my “Eat in New York Guide” to get a first-hand look at different restaurants, and all you non-New Yorkers will have personal restaurant recommendations for if you ever come to visit.

Sound cool? Leave a comment and let me know what you think about this as part of my blog. It won’t very frequent (maybe a new restaurant once or twice a month) and I’ll still be updating on all the usual things (like recipes and fitness and running) regularly!

Alright, so now… Let’s get to chatting about Convivium Osteria.

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