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Happy SITS Day!

Happy Monday! If you’re stopping by from SITS…thank you for stopping by!  If you’re wondering, “What in the world is SITS,” it stands for The Secret is in the Sauce…and basically, it’s a really awesome blogging community!  I’ve met some pretty fabulous bloggers through their chats, challenges and daily-featured blogger

Since some of you are new to my blog, I thought I would introduce myself to you and give you a little tour around my little space on the Internet!  And if you’ve been a reader for a while, here’s your chance to find out a little bit more about me!

If you like giveaways, start with my current giveaway

If you are a blogger, start with this great post about an upcoming Blog Staycation I’m co-hosting

If you like to travel, start with the first post of my recent My Favorite U.S. Cities series

If you want to know more about what I do for my “day job,” start with this post about how retired before I turned 30 and what I’ve been doing since then…hint, it’s not sitting around and eating bon bons!

If you like cupcakes, check out my many cupcake adventures Tipsy Cupcakes | Girl on the Move Blog

If you like fitness, check out my current training goals

If you want to give back, check out a cause that is close to my heart

And here are just a few random things you should know about me…

I like pop music like a I’m 13-year-old girl.  One Direction… I can sing all of the words to Story of my Life.  I’m not proud of this, but it is what it is!

I have a really eclectic taste in music – If you looked on my current playlist you’d find Pitbull, One Direction, Luke Bryant, Sam Smith, Emeli Sande, The Piano Guys and more

I am SUPER particular about my bananas.  Like there is approximately a 36-hour window in which I like eating bananas.  No need to make fun of me for this one, my family already does!

I am borderline OCD when it comes to organization.  I don’t like things out of place.

I love to plan parties and organize events.  The OCD comes in handy with this one.

I find it incredibly relaxing to curl my hair.  If I’m really stressed you’ll know because my entire head of hair will be incredibly curly…and my hair is naturally stick straight!

Still want to know more? Check out my About Me page and some fun facts I shared last week on the blog!

If you are new to my blog, thanks for stopping by…I’ll hope you’ll back and I’d love to connect with you on social media!

If you are a regular reader, you are why I blog so thank you for stopping by!

And since I shared about me, I’d love to learn something about you so comment below with something interesting about you!

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Favorite U.S. Cities: Nashville

I hope that y’all loved our stop in San Diego last week on our tour of my favorite U.S. cities!  I know that I’m excited to check out the places Heather shared!  Today we’re heading east and stopping in Nashville!  Earlier this year I read Moment Maker by Carlos Whittaker and so when I decided to feature Nashville in this series I knew the Whittaker family was who I wanted to talk to…because y’all, they really embrace life and so I wanted to hear their recommendations of what to do/see in Nashville!  Here is Heather’s (Carlos’ wife) list of what to do in Nashville!

Start off in downtown Nashville…

– Hit the bars!  Before 4pm kids can even go in and see classic Nashville!

– The Shelby Walking Bridge has a great view of downtown

Image from Google Images
Image from Google Images

– The capitol building.  Even if you don’t take a tour, the building is well worth a quick picture.  Plus President Polk and his wife are buried there which I think is pretty cool.

– Stop by Crema Coffee and Pinewood Social, they are the “hip” spots downtown

When you head to the surrounding areas…

– Head to Franklin and walk around downtown Franklin

– See a classic movie at the Franklin Theatre

Image from www.franklintheatre.com/
Image from www.franklintheatre.com/

 

– Eat at Merridee’s in Franklin

– If you’ve driven to Franklin, commit and head out to Leipers Fork and enjoy an evening at the original Puckets where you’ll find deep down Nashville

Photo from http://www.front-porch-ideas-and-more.com/leipers-fork-tn.html
Photo from http://www.front-porch-ideas-and-more.com/leipers-fork-tn.html

– Then take Highway 96 to the Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge

– Finally, head to Loveless Café.  Order their fried green tomatoes, hash-brown casserole, cream corn and biscuits.  YUM!

I absolutely love visiting Nashville and can’t wait to go back!  What is your favorite thing to do in Nashville?  

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Cupcake Adventures – Mountain Cupcakes

Before I get to the wonderfulness that is the cupcakes of Mountain Cupcakes I just want to say that I have officially added something new to my bucket list…vacation in a Colorado mountain town like Vail…how have I never spent any time here before?!?  Vail Village was absolutely adorable and while I was wondering through the town I had visions of gently falling snow, twinkling lights, and a cup of hot chocolate…clearly we know where I want to go this winter! Mountain Cupcakes | Girl on the Move Blog

But anyways, on to Mountain Cupcakes!  Not only did I get a couple of delicious cupcakes but Lauren, the owner, graciously agreed to sit down and chat cupcakes with me and if you are ever in the Vail area, you need to grab one of these cupcakes and tell Lauren hi!  In no particular order, here are five things I loved about them…

1. Their cupcakes are made fresh daily.  As in every morning before they open for business Lauren is at the shop baking cupcakes…doesn’t get much fresher than that!

2. One thing I quickly learned during my time in Colorado is that the air is dry…my skin felt lizard-like while I was there and I used a lot of moisturizer!  What I didn’t think about was how that affects the moistness of cupcakes (and y’all know how I feel about moist cupcakes!)…basically making a “regular” cupcake isn’t going to cut it up in Vail because it would be too dry. So Lauren really worked with her recipes to make sure they’re moist…I love that commitment to getting the cupcakes perfect!

3. There is cream cheese frosting.  Which is pretty much one of my weaknesses.  So I got a moist cupcake with just the right amount of not-too-sweet frosting…cupcake trifecta!

4. The caramel and chocolate sauces used on the cupcakes is homemade.  And I think you can tell the difference…and it’s totally worth it!

5. They also serve breakfast…so now I know where to go when I’m in Vail for a yummy breakfast!

Even though it’s still summer, going to Vail has me excited for winter!  What is your favorite winter time activity?  

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Road Trip Fitness

I can’t believe we are already halfway through July…where has summer gone?!?  If you’ve been following me on social media than you know I’ve been traveling for a couple of weeks now and one of the things that can be really difficult about traveling is keeping up your fitness routines.  So I thought I would share a few ideas for staying active when you are traveling!

Guest Passes – Before you  head out on your trip, do a little research and see if their are local gyms near where you are staying…and then contact them and ask about guest passes.  They don’t always say yes, but it’s worth asking!

November Project – Located in 17 different cities around the country the November Project gives you the chance to get active with locals.  Before you head out on a trip check to see if there is a chapter where you’re going and find out when they workout.

Rest Area Fitness – If you’re going to be sitting in a car for long hours on a road trip I would suggest breaking up the trip with a couple of rest area stops to get your blood pumping!  On my latest drive through Utah my amazing sister offered to be my fitness model so I could share these exercises with you…and let’s be honest, it’s a whole lot easier to do lunges when this is your view!

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Lunges

When you take a road trip it is easy to throw a small set of weights and a jump rope in the car so you do a few quick exercises when you stop.  Beyond lunges and bicep curls, you can do squats, overhead tricep extensions, lateral raises, tricep dips and any other creative exercises!

Bicep Curls
Bicep Curls

Walking Tours – You can’t do this everywhere you go but if you’re able I would encourage you to take a walking tour in whatever city you’re visiting.  It allows you to be active and see so many details of a destination’s culture.  You’ll definitely see a lot more taking a walk tour of a city than you would driving around.

What do you do to stay active when you’re traveling ?

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Links I’m Loving – Denver

If you follow me on social media then you know that right now I’m in Denver, Colarado…one of my favorite U.S. cities!  Over the weekend my cousin got married, now I’m enjoying a few days of vacation with my family and then later this week I have a work conference.  Once I am back home in California I’ll share all about my travels because there is so much good stuff to share!

Since I’m Denver I thought it was only appropriate to share some Links I’m Loving from Denver area bloggers!

Photo from Google
Photo from Google

Meet Lauren from Climbing Grier Mountain!  First of all, Lauren is just pretty much awesome!  There are a few things I love about CGM…Foodie Fridays where Lauren doesn’t just share a recipe but also helps educate her readers about the food, mouth watering pictures and recipes that are just simply amazing!

Apple Trifle with Bourbon Whipped Cream + Caramel Drizzle

Cajun Mac and Cheese Rustic Tart

Spring Naan Nachos with Smoky Chipotle Dressing

 

Meet Erin from Dinner, Dishes, Desserts! DD&D has a little bit of everything that you might want to cook in the kitchen…snacks, appetizers, breads, breakfasts and more!

Buttermilk Oat Dinner Rolls

Cheesy Shrimp Nachos

S’mores Pancakes

 

Meet Ashley from Edible Perspective!  Another great Denver area blog!  Ashley doesn’t just share yummy recipes on her blog, she also shares photography tips and has a published book about doughnuts!

Blueberry Oat Waffle French Toast 

Grilled Kale + Cheese Stuffed Tortillas

S’mores Almond Butter

 

Meet Kelsey from Happy Yolks! Kelsey, along with her new husband Shaun, bring you great wholesome recipes!  There are also some great videos on the blog that I highly recommend you check out!

Camp Cobbler

Nori Rolls with Edamame Spread

Persimmon Crepes

 

Meet Heather from Just a Colorado GalIn case you’re beginning to think that there are only food bloggers in the Denver area Heather has a blog filled with so many things to do in the greater Denver area…especially if you are looking to be active!

Capitol Peak: The Knife Edge

Rough and Tumbling Creek Loop

Willow Lake Trail

Photo from Yes, I Want Cake
Photo from Yes, I Want Cake

Meet Katie from Yes I want Cake!  Oh the goodness Katie shares on her blog…it just makes me want to invite myself over so she’ll bake for me!

Green Veggie Quinoa Bowls (with Avocado Dressing)

Salted Caramel Almond Squares

S’more Pie

I still have another 7 days in Denver so if you have any suggestions of what I should do or see, let me know in the comments!

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Road Trip Essentials

I am beyond excited for today’s post, but before we get to my road trip essentials I wanted to share the winners of my two recent giveaways!

LR Strayer won a copy of Extravagant Fool by Kevin Adams and Elvira won this great teacher’s gift!  Here’s what Elvira had to say about teaching…

Teacher Appreciation Giveaway Winner | Girl on the Move BlogPlease contact me to claim your prize.

As y’all know, I love traveling and so when I found the Road Trip Essentials campaign from Turo (Formerly RelayRides) I just knew I needed to share my road trip essentials with all of you!

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Here are my road trip essentials…which I will be taking on my road trip this summer to Denver!

1. Hard boiled eggs ~ I get that most people probably don’t pack hard boiled eggs when they take a road trip but I can’t get in the car without one!  I eat a mostly clean diet (#4 will let you know that it’s not a 100% clean diet!) and hard-boiled eggs are a great mobile source of protein.

2. Dental floss ~ I know it sounds strange but when I’m on the road I need dental floss just in case something gets stuck in my teeth…I don’t want it bothering me for the next 150 miles!

3. A kick-butt playlist ~ When I work out I listen to a lot of Pitbull.  But when I’m on the road it’s all country, all the time!  Here’s a peek at my road trip playlist…

Road Trip Essentials Playlist | Girl on the Move Blog

4. Dark Chocolate Acai & Blueberries ~ This is my chocolate guilty pleasure and it makes road trips better.

5. Rand McNally Atlas ~ I know in the age of smart phones and GPS’ this one might seem a little silly but my dad taught me when I was little how to read a real map and the truth is that this skill has come in handy…sometimes on a road trip you enter an area with no cell service and that is not somewhere you want to get lost!  Aren’t you proud of me dad for including this one on my list?!?

6. Trash bags and paper towels ~ I can admit that I’m a little bit OCD and so a dirty car would drive me crazy on a road trip!

7. Directions to cupcake shops ~ I travel to cupcake shops all around the country and so any road trip requires directions to cupcake shops on the way!

8. Zipper Pouches ~ These zipper pouches keep everything organized and easy to find!  If I’m spending multiple days on the road these zipper pouches make it easy to just grab what I need for the next day instead of taking my whole suitcase into the hotel.

Road Trip Essentials Collage | Girl on the Move Blog

What are your road trip essentials?

 

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