Southern Hospitality

July 25, 2014

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[mini peppers growing in the urban garden at our complex]

 

Did you know that the sun doesn’t set until 9:00 p.m. in some parts of the country? Crazy, right? I remember when I first moved to Arizona, it was really tough for me to come to terms with the fact that the sun sets at 7:30 in the summer. Texas, thank you for the extended daylight!

As a result of the late sunsets, I’ve been so productive in terms of getting my errands done. The weather has been gorgeous this week, and I’ve been taking advantage of it. As a result, I haven’t been inside on the computer very much. The exception was Wednesday evening when I had to comfort Dexter as he experienced his first Texas thunderstorm. Thankfully, he forgot about it the next day when it was sunny and he was able to sprint around on the grass.

Each day that passes by I start to feel slightly more acclimated. My friend Erica @ Luv in the Bubble shared this post about moving with me and it really hit the spot. I can definitely relate to the fact that it takes at least a year for you to adjust completely after moving to a new city. I know this is true from the last time I moved.

The first year I was in Arizona I felt out of whack a bit, but was so excited to live in a new city that I didn’t mind. Ohio will always be my home, but I made so may friends and memories in Arizona and I really grew to love it. I also loved being within driving distance to California and Las Vegas. Who knows, maybe we will move back one day. Only time will tell!

I can’t believe I’m starting my dietetic internship in a little over a week. I received my rotation schedule for the year and I have nearly 30 rotations. My jaw dropped when I saw it. I’m really excited I will be exposed to practically all areas of clinical nutrition. Everything from cardiology, oncology, trauma, neurology, bariatrics, NICU, and more. I will have so much to blog about!

My work schedule varies with each rotation and flexibility will be a necessary trait for me to have this year. I hope to continue my usual Monday/Wednesday/Friday posting schedule. It’s much more manageable (and enjoyable) for me than posting everyday.

I’m excited to explore more of the city this weekend with Greg. Dallas has some beautiful suburbs. Uptown, Highland Park, and University Park are so charming and scenic–I love the southern architecture. If you have any restaurant suggestions in Dallas let me know!

Transitioning in the Southwest

July 23, 2014

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floral blouse // shorts // sandals (sold out)- similar // purse // sunglasses

 

Greetings from North Texas!

I’m slowly adjusting to life here after arriving Sunday afternoon. I’m in love with my apartment and will probably spend every second in here when I’m not at Baylor. If you follow me on instagram, you saw a few sneak peeks of it. Having a new place that I adore has really helped make the transition to life in Texas a little bit easier.

I have to admit, I really miss Arizona and feel a bit disoriented here. I haven’t learned my way around yet and have to rely on my iPhone maps app to get to anywhere– even the grocery store. I’m not giving up on Dallas yet, I know it will take time for me to adjust. I’ve only been here a few days–it will take me a while to get fully acclimated.

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The Best Health & Fitness Giveaway

July 21, 2014

 

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Hey ya’ll!

I made it to Dallas safe and sound. Thank you all for the wonderful comments this week, they helped brighten my day everytime I read them!

I will detail our trip later (when we have internet set up). I have dozens of boxes that I should probably unpack in the near future. Plus, I’m just not a cell phone blogger. I read all my comments on the WordPress app, but when it comes to writing posts there’s just no way I can do it on a small screen.

In the mean time I have something amazing to tie you over….

I’m joining a few amazing bloggers for an awesome group giveaway hosted by Lisa over at The Skinny on Health!

The box is full of our favorite products out there, like custom fitness DVDs, vitamins, workout supplements, super pretty jewelry and hair accessories, exercise equipment, and more, from companies like Grace Lace and IronPiYo HardcoreDesigner WheyVega SportDr. Josh AxeShapeologyMy Beauty TeaBachLorna JaneShredManitoba HarvestSmarty PantsFabFitFun, and BuluBox!  Seriously, does it get any better than this?

Definitely check that out and enter to win some free swag! Also, don’t forget to follow all of my social media adventures with the move to Texas.

Instagram: @style_and_greens

Bloglovin: @styleandgreens

Facebook: @styleandgreens

Twitter: @styleandgreens

 

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Farewell to My Second Home

July 18, 2014

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[The first time I made it to the top of Camelback Mountain, nearly 3 years ago!]

 

This is the day I’ve been dreading for the past 3 months….my last day in Arizona.

I couldn’t bring myself to include any other pictures than a few of my favorite Arizona landscapes that I’ve taken over the past few years. Most of these are old (which is obvious from the awful reddish/brownish hair color in the second picture). Although they are outdated, these pictures perfectly depict the beautiful desert wildlife and what I will envision after I leave Arizona.

Today we’re spending the day packing everything up and hitting the road first thing Saturday morning. It seems like only yesterday I was announcing my move to Texas and acceptance to a dietetic internship. Where has the time gone?

Nobody likes saying ‘goodbye’. Nobody enjoys leaving their comfort zone and their life behind. These things go without saying.

What I’m most surprised about is how much I’ve grown to love it here. We moved here over three years ago and didn’t know a single person in Arizona. Although this was initially intimidating (and exhausting) to move across country and not know a single soul, it was probably one of the best things that ever happened to me.

Moving from Cincinnati (a much smaller city), was eye-opening for me. I lived there for 6 years and mostly hung out with the same friends since college, so I never had to “put myself out there” and make friends. Some of my best friends still live there, but moving away gave me a chance to meet a variety of different people (that I otherwise wouldn’t have).

Moving is still a foreign concept to me–although it might not seem that way considering Dallas will be the 4th city I’ve lived in the past decade. I lived in the same house in Cleveland from age 4 until I went away to college and will always consider it my home. But going away to college and then moving across the country really helped me grow and mature tremendously.

I know we will be back here someday to visit friends (or vacation), but I’m unsure when that will be. This is one of the many factors that are making it hard for me to leave here. This week has been tough for me, and I haven’t slept well because of it. Many tears have been shed, and there are probably more to come.

The good news is when we arrive in Dallas this weekend I’ll be so busy I won’t have much time to dwell on everything.

 

Cheers to a new chapter in life! xo

P.S. Follow my travel adventures across the southwest this weekend on twitter and instagram!

 

Arizona Apartment Tour

July 17, 2014

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[gallery wall in the living room that I started...but never finished]

 

A while back I made a point to snap a few pictures of our current apartment. I knew that soon enough the you-know-what would hit the fan and it would be a mess in here. I love this apartment and I want to remember it in a good (clean) way.

I’m sad to leave the place we called home for over 3 years. This was the only apartment we lived at in Arizona, and I will always envision it when I think about our time here. It was also Dexter’s first home with us, which gave us an excuse to get out more often and meet the neighbors!

I’m thrilled I took these pictures before the packing process began, everything is such a mess now! We got rid of the end tables in the bedroom and we’re currently using stacked moving boxes as nightstands. So chic, right?

 

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Etsy Inspiration: To-Do Lists

July 16, 2014

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 [#GSD notepad- adorable & funny at the same time, via All Things Pretty]

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[Things to Do- via Michelle Lea Designs]

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 [Handlettered "goals" notepad via Joyful Papery]

 

I’m moving in less than a week, can you believe it?

The only way I’ve managed to stay somewhat sane is to have a to-do list for everything. The only problem is that I seem to be adding more to the list faster than I can check things off!

You know the saying “when it rains, it pours“? I’ve found myself saying that more than anticipated lately. When this happens I immediately take a deep breath and say “this too shall pass” and remind myself that it could be worse.

I got pounded with paperwork and other things to do yesterday afternoon, most of which had to be done rather quickly. I was trying to get through as much as I could while chatting with Bluehost support to figure out why on Earth the server for my blog has been going down so much lately.

I was stressed, but in a different way than I’m used to. When I was in school, I always felt like everything was in my control (to a certain extent). If I wanted really good grades, I had to earn them and put in the effort. I was given a syllabus at the beginning of the semester, and for the most part I always knew what was coming up next.

But we all know there is no syllabus for your path in life! When life throws you lemons (and you have those days that you feel completely out of control), it can really throw you off path.

I’m not a fan of clutter and disorganization, which are two necessary evils during the moving process (no matter how hard you try to stop them). To prevent a meltdown, I always write down what I have to do. I make lists on my phone for the grocery store or target because I know I will have it when I’m out and about. When it comes to things I need to do around the house or errands to run, I have to physically write it down on paper and cross it off. If you’ve ever moved you know how the little things can add up very quickly.

Normally I do this on the first post-it note I see, but lately my “to-do” lists are far too long to fit on those. I saw some of these cute notepads on Etsy and I could really use one right about now!

 

 

Pumped Up Cardio Kicks

July 15, 2014

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My resident physical therapist (aka- Greg), has been on my case for a while now to get new workout shoes. I’m normally really good at knowing when to replace my current pair, but life got in the way a bit this year. Yes, it’s been over a year since I got new kicks! (embarrassing).

I suppose I justified waiting this long since my cardio has been lacking lately and I bought custom inserts with my last pair of Asics. I’ve had terrible shin splints lately so I knew it was time. To motivate myself in the future (and appease my physical therapist), I caved and picked up a new pair last week.

I was always a lifelong fan of Nike until a few years ago when I converted to Asics and haven’t looked back. I still wear my Nikes for running errands or leisurely activities since I love the look of them. When it comes to shoes for cardio, I’m devoted to my Asics. Plus, Greg will probably never allow me to buy Nike shoes ever again (not enough support). It’s common knowledge in the physical therapy world that Nike shoes are horrible for you because of the low support in most of their shoes.

After much debate, I decided to go with this pair of Asics, which are quite different than what I would normally buy. I’m quite happy with my decision after I took them for a spin earlier in the week. Close runner-ups were this purple pair and this blue pair, but I’m very happy with the choice I made. The Asics GT-2000s didn’t have enough padding/support around the ankles for me, which is one of the reasons why I liked the Gel-Kayanos better. In the past I’ve had the Gel-Nimbus which I like a lot, but wanted to try something different.

 

 

What is your favorite brand of running shoes?

P.S. The blog name change is official on my Facebook page now!

 

Shocking Facts About Metabolism (That You Never Knew)

July 10, 2014

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Human metabolism really blows my mind.

I’m at the tail end of my advanced macronutrients class and this past week has been eye-opening. The research that was presented goes against pretty much everything that I’ve learned when it comes to health.

Throw everything you’ve ever learned about weight and metabolism out the door. Prepare to change the way you think about calories, weight, and health from here on out.
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Etsy Inspiration- Gallery Art

July 9, 2014

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I don’t think I’ve expressed my love for Etsy enough on here. I’ve always had a soft spot for homemade/unique/crafty decor and jewelry that no one else has. Naturally, I loved everything about this site from the start. What is better than getting a unique, homemade item while supporting a small business at the same time? Noth-ing!

I’m on the hunt for some unique and fun artwork to create a gallery wall for our new apartment in Texas.

I’d like to mix-and-match a variety of motivational quotes with graphic prints. I like the gold foil prints, but I need to limit it to one (possibly two). Otherwise, too much gold may be a bit overboard. The simplicity in this print is exactly what I’m looking for. Not too boring, but not too overdone at the same time. There are so many incredible options, how am I ever going to choose?

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The nutrition nerd in me loves this fresh herbs watercolor painting, maybe for the kitchen in our apartment? As much as I like it, the stubborn artist in me knows that I could easily paint something similar myself. I would probably spend just as much money on supplies at the art store, so I may just save myself the time and effort and order a print.

Many of these Etsy shops have really affordable prints that you can order. The beauty of ordering just a print is you have the freedom to chose your own mat and frame (or use one you already have at home). Etsy even has an extensive supply of what I like to call- “manly” artwork. Last week I ordered Greg this pastel print of Michael Jordan for his future man cave (he’s a huge Chicago Bulls fan).

 

What kind of art do you favor?

 

 

Thoughts on Moving & Finishing School

July 7, 2014

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 t-shirt (my favorite) // necklace (old), Madewell- similar // maxi skirt (on sale!) // sandals (old), J.Crew- similar

 

The final countdown.

Today marks the beginning of my last week of school. It hasn’t hit me yet considering I still have 3 classes to attend, a paper to write, and a final exam to take, etc. But for the most part, it’s over and will be downhill from here on out. It will probably hit me next weekend when I can actually go to sleep at a normal time!

In precisely two weeks I will be done with school and moving into my apartment in Dallas. To say that “time flies” is a severe understatement. To be honest, I’m having mixed emotions about the move. READ MORE

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