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Introducing: The Paris Series

Happy Friday, friends!  I am back in the U.S. after our 10-day trip to Europe and feeling surprisingly recharged and refreshed.  Traveling to Europe came at a time when I needed it most. My soul needed a reminder of what I value most in life: meaningful conversations with friends, a life spent working to live and not the other way around, constant exploration of art and culture, and allowing … [Read More...]

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What to do in Paris: climb the Arc de Triomphe

One of my favorite views of Paris was on top of the Arc de Triomphe - not only was it the perfect way to see the Eiffel Tower - it was a great way to see all of Paris.  The 360° view gives visitors a glimpse of the entire city, spanning from the Montparnasse to the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur. The Arc de Triomphe was constructed in 1806 to honor those who fought and died for France in … [Read More...]

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Where stay in Paris: Hôtel Londres Eiffel

When booking our hotels in Paris, there were a few key qualifications that we looked for: good location, original to Paris, positive reviews, and reasonably priced. After reading about the Hôtel Londres Eiffel in my Fordor's Paris Guide, and subsequently reading high reviews on Trip Advisor, we booked it. The staff at Hôtel Londres Eiffel were helpful from the moment we booked. Before our arrival, I contacted them to inquire about transportation from the airport. They were able to arrange a … [Read More...]

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Bon Voyage!

After 6 months of anticipation, we are leaving tomorrow!  I'll have a whole bunch of resources to share with you when I get back, including how I packed 10 days worth of items into a carry-on, booking hotels in France, booking train tickets and attraction tickets in advance, etc.  And of course, I'll be sharing photos from our travels as well. For real-time updates, follow along on twitter and instagram.  See you in 2 weeks! Itinerary Days 1-2: Paris Days 3-4: London Days 5-6: Lyon Days … [Read More...]

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Cooking class at Sur La Table

This year for Valentine's Day, Alex and I took a cooking class at Sur Le Table in Old Town Alexandria.  We received a giftcard for our birthdays and decided to spend it on their Date Night: Italian Romance class.  On the  menu: Handmade Fettuccine with Fennel and Garlic Cream, Pan Seared Diver Scallops with Orange Gremolata, Arugula Salad with Mint, Orange, and Cerignola Olives  and Rose Cream-Filled Profiteroles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle.  The class was capped at 12 couples with 8 people … [Read More...]

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Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Race Training: Weeks 4 & 5

Happy Friday, everyone!  This post is a little late, but better late than never - am I right?! The weather in DC has been...snowy. And cold.  And quite miserable for anyone wanting to run outside.  I ended up missing the long run two weeks ago, and could barely finish the 4.5 mile run last Saturday.  I don't think I was truly warmed up until I returned from the run. #fail  But we're staying positive! And hoping that the snow melts and the sun shines for the next month until race day. … [Read More...]

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Snowmageddon Round 2

I think all of DC is ready for winter to end.  For the third week in a row, track practice was cancelled due to snow.  Although the snow is disruptive, it sure is beautiful. I like to live vicariously through Gus who goes wild when it snows.  I couldn't help but sneak a few photos of him frolicking in it today.  Cheers to the impending weekend...let's hope this weather clears up so we can enjoy a little bit of sunshine!  And since it's Thursday, here's a throwback to last winter's biggest storm. … [Read More...]

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Playlist of the week: 2-28-15

via In case you’re new around here, I post a few of my favorite spin playlists that I use in my classes at Biker Barre.  Each playlist is 45-minutes long and filled with songs to keep you pumping until the very end! I want you to know – Zedd, Selena Gomez I kissed a girl - Katy Perry Time of our lives - Chawki Rabiosa - Shakira, Pitbull One last time - Ariana Grande Bad (feat. Vassy) - David Guetta Treasure - Cash Cash Radio - Bruno … [Read More...]