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Designed for Joy

by Deena on September 1, 2020

On a recent trip to Raleigh for a baseball tournament, my family and I took a detour to check out a friend’s new business location. Cary and business partner Kristen launched an artisan studio, Designed For Joy back in 2017 but had recently relocated to a larger facility. Living in Virginia this trip was the […]

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Tomato Zucchini Risotto

by Deena on July 7, 2020

This is my whatever vegetable I have too much of recipe. I love my vegetable garden, CSA boxes and farmers markets – but sometimes I end up with way too much of something – in this case it happens to be zucchini. Link to us on Social Media

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Finding Mindfulness

by Deena on November 7, 2017

At a time when we are always connected and generally distracted, is it any surprise that we are struggling to connect with the things we really value? Our sense of wonder, our ability to create, our true connections to one another. How does one go about being present and mindful? What does being mindful even […]

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Meat Free Monday – Parmesan Squash Crisps

by Deena on August 8, 2016

Every year my youngest son and his grandmother plant a vegetable garden in our backyard.  She lets him decide what kind of vegetables he wants to grow.  Then they will spend a morning digging holes and planting seeds.  She doesn’t live locally, so he and I will weed the garden and pick the vegetables as they ripen. […]

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half-marathon training Day 3-7

by Deena on August 6, 2016

Day 3: The training plan called for 30 minutes of cross-training.  My legs were still sore from the barre class and impromptu hike I did on Day 2 so I decided to work my upper body instead of doing any serious cardio.  I used the Beachbody Upper Fix DVD I had on hand.  (Mostly because left […]

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half-marathon training – Day 2

by Deena on August 3, 2016

30 minutes of Strength Training and Stretch was the workout plan for today. I decided to change things up a little by taking a Barre class at one of our local exercise studios.   Barre is a low impact workout combining ballet, weights and Pilates.  The goal is lengthen muscles and increase flexibility.  The class started with […]

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Here I go again…

by Deena on August 2, 2016

I truly have a love/hate relationship with running. I love the idea of running.  A cool breeze blowing my hair back as I place one foot in front of the other.  The freedom of taking a narrow path to well anywhere… The sense of accomplishment after finishing a hard run. The reality is much different. The reality […]

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Beachbody 21 Day Fix – week 2 & 3 review

by Deena on January 5, 2015

Surprise. surprise – I finished the 21 Day Fix workout plan.  And… well I don’t plan on stopping this workout anytime soon.  I absolutely love this workout.  I love the variety.  I love that it can be as quick as 30 minutes a day.  I love that I’m drenched in sweat when the workout is […]

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Beachbody 21 Day Fix – Week 1 review

by Deena on November 26, 2014

So I’ve finished week 1 of Beachbody’s 21 day fix and I must say I really love this program.  I love the variety of the exercise program and the simple eating plan.   I’ve been doing the program with my Beachbody coach (who also happens to be a friend) Elaine and a group of 7 […]

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Beachbody’s 21 day fix – getting started

by Deena on November 17, 2014

Over the past few months, I had come to the realization that something had to change in my lifestyle, but I wasn’t quite sure what it was.  By mid-afternoon most days, I would find myself completely exhausted, to where I really just wanted to curl up somewhere and take a nap.  In addition to being […]

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