Panama, Jamaica, Peru, New car, Britney in Vegas, animals, and some random others in between —-in pictures. 😊


Australia adventures.


It’s been my dream since a teenager to get to Australia. When I found ultra cheap flight and hotel to get there I knew we had to book. We stayed in Sydney– and spent 1 night up north in Hunter valley which is full of wineries. It was a grand trip. Pics taken from Bondi Beach, Downtown Sydney, and Hunter Valley.


WWE “DIVA” Ariane Andrew Reveals Top Secrets for Enjoying the Holiday and Staying Fit.


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I got the incredible opportunity to do a phone interview with WWE superstar Aariane Andrews aka CAMERON about her ten holiday tips for staying on track. Here are her tips.

  1. It’s ok to over indulge with sweets but add 5-10 minutes of cardio the next day
  2. Add a half-hour to one-hour holiday hike daily; make the incline festive
  3. Make sure to get some circuit training in—burning calories the whole hour of your workout is the most effective
  4. Use heavier weights—like kettle bells (and jingle the jiggle away)
  5. Make sure to do an AB Class—still on board with circuit training… But concentrate on the hardest area to break down… You’ll be away ahead for your spring break bikini body.
  6. Opt for Matcha Green Tea over your daily coffee & cream as its  speeds the metabolism and curb cravings
  7. Add 8 grams of fiber daily to your diet to help maintain sugar levels
  8. If you have plans to go to blow-out party, make sure you have solid protein a few hours before
  9. Pick your poison: either the sugary dessert or the exotic cocktail. Don’t go for both!
  10. Remember, there’s always tomorrow to keep your resolutions of optimal fitness & health

Speaking to Ari was great. She was kind and open and honest. Here are some highlights from our interview.

For tip one she talks about how it is okay to overindulge with sweets but to add some extra cardio into your schedule the next day. I asked what her favorite treat to indulge in was and she said chocolate souffle!

She loves to hike/run Runyon Canyon in LA with her girlfriends and spill the tea!

Her favorite form of exercise is circuit training which she does with her personal trainer. Sometimes she will do her own thing and concentrate on heavy lifting.

She loves ab classes and really concentrates working on her stomach. She has a love hate relationship with ab workouts! For someone who doesn’t have access to a gym she recommends bicycle crunches and planks at home to target the ab area.

She has been working on her booty with lunge exercises and squats. She says keep at it and you will get results!

Her favorite kettlebell workout is deadlifts.

She is a tea girl specifically a “soy chai latte” girl. Once in a while she will drink coffee but will mostly go for tea.

She spends half of her time in Orlando and half of her time in LA.

She takes a multi-vitamin to make sure she is getting all of her nutrients in.

If she is going to a holiday party, she will fill up on protein such as steak, chicken, or a protein shake so she doesn’t overindulge once she gets there.

If she has to choose between drinking and eating sweets, she told me that she will go for the cocktail. Even when indulging though she never goes for sugary drinks and instead opts for clear liquor like vodka and club soda.

She tries to not weigh herself around the holidays too much. She tries to find the balance and not get obsessed with scale numbers.

Her goals for 2016 is to not set goals. She is constantly pushing for bigger and better things and works year round to achieve it.

She has a anti-bullying campaign called #wrongnumber which she said was inspired by her fans to create.

Before WWE Ari wanted to be a psychologist and have her own practice. She misses working with autistic children and hopes to bring more awareness to the cause.

She doesn’t get much downtime. She calls herself a Jill of all trades. In her spare time she is building her business and her brand.

I hope sharing these tips with you guys will help you have a BALANCED and amazing holiday!

 

 

 

Four things survey.


 

Four names that people call me other than my real name:

  1. G
  2. Gracey
  3. GMoney
  4. Graceful

Four jobs I’ve had:

  1. Bartender.
  2. Law office assistant.
  3. Blogger!
  4. Property manager.

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

  1. Heathers.
  2. Mean Girls.
  3. Clueless.
  4. Moonrise Kingdom.

Four books I’d recommend:

  1. The art of war.
  2. Wild.
  3. The snow garden.
  4. I know this much is true.

Four places I’ve lived

  1. Easton, Maryland
  2. Key West, Florida
  3. Orlando, Florida
  4. Cedar Key, Florida

Four places I’ve visited:

  1. Koh Samui Thailand.
  2. Southern California.
  3. Maine.
  4. Toronto.

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  1. Japan.
  2. Peru.
  3. Getting a massage.
  4. Bora Bora.

Four things I prefer not to eat:

  1. MUSTARD
  2. Pretzels
  3. Farm raised seafood of any sort
  4. Pizza sauce

Four of my favorite foods:

  1. Anything Asian.
  2. Crab cakes.
  3. Potatoes in any form.
  4. Pinot noir.

Four TV shows I watch:

  1. Vanderpump Rules
  2. All of the housewives
  3. Anything on bravo actually.
  4. Gilmore Girls

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

  1. Trip to Peru.
  2. Losing a lot of weight.
  3. Riding my bike all the time.
  4. Bahamas this summer?

Four things I’m always saying:

  1. girl, bye.
  2. whaaaat???
  3. For realz?
  4. I can’t.

 

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Just for fun.


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Wishes to-

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Dreams of-

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Duh.

Wants to-

wanderlust-travel wanderlust2travel3Go to all of the places and see all of the things.

Wonders about-

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People. The future of people. Humanity.

Fears-

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Likes/Loves-

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Husband
pups
The pups.
cats
The kitties.
cathy
Best friend forever.
friends
More best friends forever.
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Lana Del Rey.
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Water and Sunsets.
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Veuve Champs, Long nails, and my Emerald 🙂

Believes in-

love

Plans to-

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Getting back on track. Grocery Haul.


So I have eaten many a noodles, curries, burgers, pizza.. you name it. I have been home for two weeks but have not gotten on track at all. So today I said enough! I am not doing any specific way of eating. I am just trying to eat BETTER!! Here is what I scored.

IMG_6319.JPGRomaine, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach, squash, green beans, raspberries, 2 things of tomatoes.

IMG_6318.JPG3 lbs of lean turkey, a turkey tenderloin, 2 packages of chicken, chicken burgers, wild salmon bowls, and coconut lemongrass with chicken bowls. The frozen stuff is for in a pinch and has great stats!

IMG_6317.JPGQu0rn chicken patties, soy sausage, and garden veggie burgers.

IMG_6320.JPGWhole wheat bread, couscous, stocks, chimichurri, wraps.

IMG_6322.JPGTrying to go easy on cheese. Got myself the daiya shreds! Mozzarella and cheddar.

IMG_6321.JPGEggs, hummus, salsa.

 

I feel better knowing that their are some healthier choices in my fridge. One day at a time!!!!!

XO-

G

A new island.


Hi friends. Last summer we took our vacation to Cedar Key Florida located on the west coast.

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It is about a 8-9 hour drive from the Florida Keys. We stayed for one week and even brought the dogs along with us. I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I was found amazing. Here are a few blogs I wrote with a ton of pictures of the quaint town.

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https://gracegothealthy.com/2013/08/24/more-cedar-key-vacation/

What I liked about the town.

Stillness.

Beautiful weeping willows everywhere. Palms of all sorts. Lots of trees and greenery.ck13

Clams being sold on the side of the road. 100 little necks for 10 bucks no joke.clams

The pink roseate spoonbills flying overhead. The 12 blue crabs we caught in 4 hours off of our dock. The storms rolling in over the tidal flats. The enormous scallop shells  lying in the water just waiting to be plucked and added to the shell collection. Wanna get around? Do it by bike, foot, or the best option– golf cart. Yes. The island is so small it can be traversed by golf cart in about 15 minutes tops. There are not many tourist attractions. There is dock street of course. A fancy fishing pier where everyone comes together to try to snatch the biggest fish. Along dock street you will find some authentic restaurants, a few touristy restaurants, a few tacky shops selling Cedar Key keepsakes, and a few boat rental places. It’s really small. Probably 1/4 a mile long.ck49

The outer ring of the island leading up to dock street is blue water with gentle waves. The famous honeymoon cottage can be seen. It’s  dilapidated stilts are hauntingly beautiful. Once a popular bungalow, now crumbling into the sea bit by bit due to a tropical storm. ck48

Some parts of cedar key are very muddy and brown. It reminds me of the dirty brown water back home on the Eastern shore of Md. It brought back a lot of memories. ck111

The beaches a mixture of tan, white sand littered in oyster shells and rock. Some mud. Depends on what part of the island you are on. I wouldn’t consider it a “beachy” town and that is just fine with me. ck40

 

A total of area of 2.1 square miles which equals out to 1.4 miles by 1.4 miles, Cedar Key is super small. During the summer the population has about 700 folks. During the winter months it can climb to 1200. I have lived in tourist towns my whole life. Easton Md, Orlando Fl, Key West Fl. I am no stranger to sharing with greedy tourists who use and abuse our beautiful area/home. This place is different though. It’s old Florida. The way Florida used to be. The people who come here aren’t coming to get loaded at Sloppy Joe’s down on Duval Street. They are coming to Cedar Key for peace and quiet. Kayaking. Bird watching. Scallop hunting. Fishing. Eating clams. Air boat rides. A little r and r.

We immediately fell in love with the whole concept of moving north. We made a pro vs con list– The Florida Keys vs Cedar Key. Cedar Key won out every single time. This would mean a few things. Cheaper rent, cheaper gas, cheaper food, access to a big city only 60 minutes away, access to a smaller city 30 minutes away, and of course life on a tiny island. A quiet island. We searched desperately to try to find a lease. There was nothing. We even looked at areas outside of Cedar Key. There are a ton of wildlife preserves and acreage in the area but still couldn’t find anything. We had to put off our dreams and ended up having to sign another lease in the lower keys, when all along our hearts were still up north.

Begrudgingly we have spent the past year here in “paradise” Our animosity towards the whole joint was/is growing by the day. After Thailand we found ourselves asking what is next? What do we do? We aren’t happy here anymore. Why leave paradise you ask? Do you want me to answer that? I don’t want to sound ungrateful. I have had some of the best times of my life here in this place. It’s beautiful. It’s an escape. It’s where the dreamers go. I am a dreamer. I have done and experienced so much here. From sailing 70 miles, to snorkeling with sharks, learning how to powerboat, finding blue crabs, wrestling with 2 pound spider crabs, all the sunsets and sunrises, all the hidden trails. It’s something I will never ever forget. Not to mention the beautiful turquoise, emerald-green, light blue, royal blue shades of water that you are completely surrounded and dumbfounded by. The clear water, the bright white sand, the parrot fish. Oh my. Over the years though our beautiful paradise has started to slip away. Summers that once were sleepy and quiet, where you could make a left hand turn onto US 1 with no problems stopped coming. Lobster mobsters invading our islands, trashing our coral reefs, robbing our precious fisheries, littering our streets, screaming and hollering on  work nights. Our precious summers slipped away piece by piece with every year. Don’t get me started on the winters. The nasty entitled snow-birds  who think they own the joint even though they live here for 3 months. The traffic, the building of tacky pastel resorts, the drunk tourists, the ever rising costs of rent. Greedy, greedy, greedy people. I know they exist everywhere, but in the Keys it’s blatant.

With all that being said…It’s official. We decided we had to get out of the Keys no matter what it took. Where would we go? Obviously we wanted Cedar Key but there were little to no options. Would we move to the surrounding areas of LALA land in California? I fell in absolute love with the ocean and cliffs and my two very best friends live there. Not to mention my husband’s company is located in LA which would mean a lot more face time with his coworkers and perhaps would lead to more contracts. It was all very up in the air. Well this week we found our answer.

If you haven’t heard or guessed by now it’s Cedar Key! Christopher managed to find a vacation rental house that would be willing to rent yearly. It’s on the north end of the island, furnished, over 1000 square feet, on stilts, and with a view of the bay. Our new landlords made us a great deal and gave us a price even lower than we were expecting. I am excited to be able to purge basically all of our furniture and not having to haul 6 tons of things 9 hours north. We will sell some things, junk some things, and the rest we will pack up along with the furry kids and settle in for a new adventure.  Our lease officially begins on December 1st, and our lease here in the Keys ends on December 15th. I want to be out of the Keys ASAP! Wish us luck!

I have made some good friends here and lost some not so good friends here. I know the good ones I will be in touch with forever. You know who you are. ❤

I am excited for this next chapter in my life. This move to me signifies lots of things. Change. Not staying stagnant. Not sitting on an island, watching my boat rot, and watching my life drift away. Not staying in a place simply because I was too proud to give up the zip code. The “paradise” zip code. I want to travel. ALL over. I want to continue to get healthy and STAY healthy. I want to grow. I want to experience everything and not be afraid. Who knows what lies ahead for us. California in a year or two? Building a house on a 5 acre piece of property in Cedar Key? Who is to say. I am buckled in and ready for this new ride though.

To the lower Florida Keys-

“Standing here
The old man said to me
Long before these crowded streets
Here stood my dreaming tree
Below it he would sit
For hours at a time
Now progress takes away
What forever took to find
Now he’s falling hard
He feels the falling dark
How he longs to be
Beneath his dreaming tree
Conquered fear to climb
A moment froze in time”

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Thanks for the memories.

“And me? I still believe in paradise. But now at least I know it’s not some place you can look for. Because it’s not where you go. It’s how you feel for a moment in your life when you’re a part of something. And if you find that moment… It lasts forever”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coconut Thriller Cocktail Recipe. Featuring Partida Tequila.


The weather is heating up and we all know what that means. Grilling outside, swimming, visiting the beach, and playing in the sun. What does that also mean? Cocktails! Who doesn’t love a nice refreshing drink after a long day of working in the garden on a hot summer day? I know I do. I know what I don’t love. CALORIES. SUGARS. CARBS. My favorite drink ever? The classic staple of summer. A margarita.

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Can’t you just taste it? For me it has to be on the rocks, with salt. Never frozen! I love drinking margaritas but I hate the guilt I have afterwards. The mix they use in most generic margaritas is absolutely insane. For 4 ounces we are talking 100 plus calories, 25 carbs, and 25 sugars. Now I don’t know about you but I could drink a few of these bad boys without thinking twice. I needed to come up with a solution to my margarita love with little to no calories or sugars.

Lucky for me I was sent some AWESOME tequila to sample!

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 http://www.partidatequila.com/our-tequila/ is a company making awesome quality tequila at awesome prices.

 

The partida blanco version of this tequila was very clean. It had no aftertaste like most tequilas will have. It was my favorite. So smooth!

The reposado tequila was rich and smooth. I usually can’t drink gold tequila thanks to college (seriously, thanks Jose Cuervo), but this one was great.

I didn’t get to try the anejo tequila but I hear it has hints of fruits and is quite tasty as well.

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After I tried a small sip of the tequila (chilled of course) I had to figure out how I was going to enjoy it. I didn’t want to throw it into a shaker with margarita mix so I came up with my own recipe that is so good and so easy!

Coconut Thriller

  • 1 oz of blanca partida tequila
  • 1 can of st. croix coconut seltzer water
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 tbsp of key lime juice
  • optional lime slice to garnish 🙂
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Add ice, tequila, coconut seltzer, and key lime juice. Stir don’t shake. You could add a salt rim if you like but I am not sure that this cocktail needs it. Enjoy!

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One of these cocktails is around 70 calories! Take that modern margarita.

You can purchase partida tequila just about anywhere. If your liquor store doesn’t carry it just ask someone to order it for you!

Check out their website for more drink tips, coupons, and fun!

https://www.facebook.com/TequilaPartida

 

What is your favorite cocktail to drink in the summer?

 

Kayaking!


We took out our kayaks this morning. It was a great row minus me dumping myself into the water. No worries though I saved my phone! These pictures are from Saddlebunch Key MM 15.20140324-160743.jpg

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I can’t wait to go again!