Exploring Greenville + Fitness & Food!

Good Morning, Everyone!

Before I get started with this recap post, I wanted to send my thoughts and prayers to Texas! Kyle and I donated to Austin Pets Alive and The Salvation Army. If you can donate, please do! No amount is too small. My hearts break for everyone dealing with this tragedy. It’s heartwarming to see the nation come together to help Texas.
On Wednesday morning, I woke up and took the dogs for a super long walk, worked for a bit, and then took a drive to the grocery store to pick up some things for the house. I tried this Zevia energy drink on the way home, and it was delicious! Sometimes the natural energy drinks are a huge fail, but I loved the flavor of this one. I’m excited to try the other flavors. For breakfast, I had watermelon, eggs, and peaches!

Earthfare always gets me in trouble. I picked up some cereal, protein powder, turkey burgers, fresh fruit, bread, and some other goodies.
It’s been a little over a week since making the switch to black coffee, and I love it so far. I’ve also been using protein shakes as “milk,” and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to do it!
For lunch, I had an Applegate Turkey burger, pineapple, avocado, and toast. I have been eating the Turkey burgers a lot lately. They are so easy to throw onto the skillet and an excellent source of lean protein. The only ingredient in them other than turkey is rosemary, a wonderful addition. When I do my meal prep next week, I’m going to make my own turkey patties with fresh herbs that I can wrap up and put in the freezer. 
I ended up making it into a sandwich 😉 
On Wednesday night, I headed to my favorite workout class. It’s thirty minutes of glutes & abs, and thirty minutes of Tabata. Tabata is one of the best workouts! It gets your heart rate going up and down! I’m already excited for tomorrow’s class. 
Easy dinner:
Turkey burger, veggie fries, and avocado!
The weather was perfect on Thursday. The boys (pups) and I took a really long morning walk and then headed back to the couch to work and cuddle.
Black coffee, pumpkin spice Cheerios, chocolate puffs, and protein milk for breakfast!
For lunch, I had a turkey burger, avocado, one fried egg, and cotton candy grapes. If you’ve never had cotton candy grapes, I highly recommend you find some! They taste 100% like cotton candy (hence the name.)
I met up with my parents on Thursday night to play tennis. The weather has been perfect in the evenings and tennis is one of our favorite ways to get active.
The drive home was beautiful. 
I told you, I’ve been a turkey burger addict lately. I had broccoli and turkey burger for dinner. I had chips and salsa for my carbs while the food was cooking 😉 Leo was in bed waiting for me to cuddle up with a movie. He’s the cutest. What I love most about Leo is his personality. He is literally the silliest dog, and I feel like he does things on purpose to get people to laugh.
Friday = power cleaning day!

I spent three hours cleaning and doing other chores. My mom started this tradition when I was growing up. She always had Fridays off from work and would spend the day decluttering and scrubbing the house from ceiling to floor. As soon as Friday comes around, I’m in full cleaning mode. I weirdly enjoy it. I blast music throughout the house and go at it.

For lunch, I had Applegate chicken nuggets and GoVeggie fries. Those are the best store-bought chicken nuggets I’ve ever had. They don’t have a weird/fake taste.

While I had lunch, I wrote a blog about eleven life improvements I’ve been making. 
Around five, I made a protein shake before the active evening. My shake had frozen raspberries, frozen peaches, water, and vanilla protein powder.

My mom’s birthday was on Friday, so Kyle and I met up with her and my dad to play tennis.

*Crazy short story for you guys* My mom is a twin, but they have different birthdays. My mom’s sister was born right before midnight and my mom was born after midnight. I just think that’s cool 🙂 
Kyle and I picked up sushi for dinner, and then ended the night with a Dateline episode.

I woke up around six am to have coffee, walk the dogs, and head to the gym before taking off to Greenville. The HIIT class was incredible!

When I got home, I got ready, packed my bags, made a protein shake, and headed over to pick up my mom! My shake had chocolate protein powder, banana, and water. 
I bought my mom and I tickets to go see her favorite musical, The King and I, for her birthday. She was so excited and so was I. 
I couldn’t believe how gorgeous Greenville was. It’s a short drive from Charlotte, and I’m embarrassed it took me so long to visit. I can’t wait to come back with Kyle and the pups. It’s a very dog-friendly city. 
We did some exploring. The walking trails were breathtaking. 
We were ready for some coffee around noon. We headed to, Bex. It’s a coffee shop/Juice bar. I loved the rustic and vintage design. 
We ordered two dark roast coffees and the Whimsical Leaves juice. The green juice had green apple, mint, kale, romaine, lemon, extra ginger, and mint. By far the best juice I’ve ever had. 
The coffee was great too! Bex was the perfect place to stop for good coffee and good conversation. The young gentleman working couldn’t have been friendlier. We chatted with him the entire time. 
My mom and I were so hungry around one, so we decided to split a salad at Rick’s Deli & Market. Our salad had chickpeas, avocado, romaine, cheese, balsamic, and grilled chicken on top. We wanted to split a meal because we had dinner reservations at six. 
We spent the rest of the afternoon walking around the town. There were shops everywhere, so much art, and a lot to look at! I tried on that red coat and wanted it so bad, but I can’t pull myself together to buy a $200 coat. Just nope. I did find a cheaper red/black plaid coat online that I ordered! I can’t wait until it gets here!:) 
My mom and I toasted to the weekend! Red blend & Champagne! We headed back to the hotel after our drinks, and got ready for dinner!  My mom was so adorable in her dress!
A lot of you were asking about it on my Instagram story! You can find it here! It’s Nine West Women’s Floral Print Cold Shoulder! 🙂 

We had dinner at Pomegranate on Main. We had the nicest waiter ever! I feel like Greenville is just the friendliest place I’ve ever visited. 
My mom and I split a salad and entree. We ordered their house salad with balsamic citrus dressing and the roasted salmon. The entree had fresh filet of roasted salmon marinated in Persian and saffron, a side of basmati rice mixed with dill and lima beans, and roasted tomato on the side. Wonderful earthy flavors and seasoned to perfection. I loved that they didn’t overload their food with salt. It was amazing! 
We walked around and did some more exploring! Greenville’s beauty is never ending.
This is my favorite dress. It’ so soft and comfortable! It’s blue with gold polka dots 🙂 I got it from Loft a couple of months ago, but they are out of stock, unfortunately! I wish they had this in every color! 
We stopped at a little health store to buy some dark chocolate for dessert. 

Chocolove is my favorite brand of dark chocolate.

Ginger for the win! The ginger flavor is my fave! 
We decided to get coffee at Spill The Beans. The musical was going to be a late show, so we needed some caffeine! I go to bed early, so I need it.

This place smelled like heaven when you walked in. They had fresh house-made waffle cones, ice cream, and desserts. And the addition of coffee on top of all the heavenly smells! 
Again with the Greenville friendliness. It must be in the water there 🙂 

This was another cute and rustic coffee spot. 

My mom ordered a skim latte with vanilla, and I had their dark roast blend. It was so tasty, especially with my dark ginger chocolate! I love that dark chocolate is so rich that you only need a couple pieces and you’re content. 
We walked across the bridge to head over to the Peace Center for the show! We were so excited! 
Greenville is breathtaking. 
The show was by far the best musical I’ve ever seen live.
I’ve been to over 25 musicals in my lifetime. The acting, the set, the voices, the dancing…just incredible! We were left in tears.
My mom and I woke up early, had a hotel breakfast, and headed out to walk the trails. My breakfast had fresh fruit and oatmeal.

Lesson learned: bring your own containers to hotels for their breakfast! 
I wasn’t a fan of the hotel coffee (pretty sure it was Foldgers), so I ordered a coconut milk cappuccino with an extra shot of espresso before our walk.

I had such a great time with my mom, and I plan on making more trips with her! She’s a blast 🙂 If you live in the Carolinas, I highly recommend visiting Greenville! 
We got back around noon! I headed uptown to see Kyle and the pups! We took the boys for a walk around uptown during the pride parade. So many people! Charlotte is a great city:) Also, Leo grew out of his old
Ruffwear! He is moving on up to the green. We sometimes call him “Lizzard” so it’s very fitting. Hooking the leash in front of the Ruffwear helps you control their movements. It’s really helped with pulling, especially with Grumples! We use leashes with extra handles, too.
Salad for lunch: Strawberries, blueberries, kale, romaine, mandarines, chicken, onions, cucumber, eggs, and tomatoes! 
Kyle, Steve, and I headed to Freedom park to play tennis. We’ve been having the best weather. 

Leftover salad for dinner (followed by leftover ginger chocolate.)

Kyle wanted my
chicken enchiladas for dinner so bad. He picked up all the ingredients, and I showed him and Steve how to make them. I’ve actually made this recipe into stuffed bell peppers, which is my favorite way to eat them! 
I took the boys for a long walk Monday morning in uptown! I love this lil(big) guy 🙂

I headed to an ultimate conditioning class around noon, and it was tough! We did a latter workout, followed by sprint work. I shared the workout on my Instagram story yesterday, but here it is again! 

We did ten rounds of each exercise and subtracted one rep every round.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Ended the later workout with sprints 20 seconds on/20 seconds off X TEN 
I stopped at The Fresh Market after the gym to pick up some eats! My favorite organic turkey burgers, yogurt, fruit, chocolate, quinoa chips, ginger, water, and Daiya mac and cheese. I have been so curious to see what it tasted like. 

My breakfast before the gym:
3 egg whites + 1 yolk, oats & cinnmon.

Post workout: blueberry coconut milk yogurt with fresh fruit. 
I ended up going back to the gym with Kyle around six. I just went to walk the track while he lifted weights. There’s nothing wrong with getting some extra steps in! It was such a pretty walk to the gym, and it felt like fall outside.
For dinner, I had strawberries, Daiya mac & cheese with black pepper and garlic powder added, taco inspired hummus, and organic turkey! The mac and cheese was tasty for being dairy free/gluten free/ and vegan. I was surprised with the outcome. It needed some spice added!

Kyle and I watched Bachelor in Paradise before bed. <3 I wish I could jump into the TV and match all the couples up myself!

Questions for you!

  1. Where is the last place you traveled to?
  2. Do you have any fun plans for Labor Day?
  3. What meal/product have you been eating on repeat lately?


  • Marlie Trimble

    I’m so glad you finally came to Greenville! Our town is so rich with food, shopping, and culture that even 5 years living here I still find new things! If I may suggest a few things: Methodical Coffee is great for coffee. You will love that place! Also coffee underground is the perfect place for coffee and desserts. I just found a new healthy restaurant called Healthy + Hale, it’s pretty good! There’s also Caviar & Banana’s if you want that boujie feel.
    I never heard of Bex before, so I need to scope that place out for myself now! Thank you for the post!

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  • Olivia

    Hi Taralynn!
    I wanted to ask you something a little more personal, it is ok if you prefer not to talk about it.
    How do you manage to stay on track with your period while staying so active? I have a history of an eating disorder, very similar to yours, and every time I start exercising regularly and intensively (not too much, but I also love it!), my cycle goes off track and doesn’t come for a few months. Do you have any tips?
    Thank you!

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  • Leah

    Just tried the orange peel Chocolove bar and it was amazing! Thanks for the recommendation.

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  • Leah

    I just went and bought 4 of those Chocolove bars! They are amazing thanks for the recommendation. Sofar I tried the orange peel.

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  • Kyla

    Greenville is one of my favorite towns to visit! Next time you go, check out the mouse statue scavenger hunt! There are little mice statues spread around downtown! The scavenger hunt is just another fun way to get people to walk around and explore the town. So glad you and your Mom had an awesome time! 🙂

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  • Georgie

    That is my favorite chocolate!

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  • Fay

    I play tennis too! It’s such a fun workout. I wish I could get my boyfriend to play with me!

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  • Jill

    You should do more fashion posts!

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  • Dollie

    I live in Greenville!

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  • Macie

    We will be traveling to Paris over the weekend!

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  • Chelsea @ Just Me Chelsea B.

    That looks like such a fun trip with your mom!! I love both of your dresses! So cute!!

    The last place I traveled to was Destin, Florida last month for a beach vacation! It was so nice and we had perfect weather!

    No plans just yet for Labor Day weekend, most likely getting in a long run and relaxing with some house work in there too!

    I’ve been having Dave’s Killer Bread a ton lately! It’s so delicious, especially with natural peanut butter on top!

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  • Amy

    Thank you for your prayers for my city!

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  • Amie

    I love the white shirt you’re wearing! Where did you get it?

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  • Sarah

    I lived in Greenville 10 years ago and still miss it. Definitely check out Tsunami off Main the next time you go. Who knew the best sushi in the world was in South Carolina!

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  • Abby

    All the King’s Men is such a great book. Hope you enjoy it!

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  • Brooklyn

    The picture with only 5 fries on your plate :O You are so strong, I can never say no to potatoes!

    How was the coconut milk yogurt?! I keep meaning to pick some up when I’m grocery shopping but I always seem to forget. It looks tasty!

    Happy birthday to your mom and aunt!


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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Lol there were ten before the photo 😉 I usually just throw the portion that I want into the oven! That way you arent tempted to eat the entire bag! And they were veggie fries, so much better than the fried ones 🙂

      I actually like it a lot!!

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  • Tanya

    Love your blog, had to write to see if you have tried the class Core De Force. I have been doing for the past 2 weeks . Love it. If you get a chance you have to try. I have been doing that with pound. Those to classes are just awesome.

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  • Lisa

    I love that you split meals! I always order way too much and hate wasting food. I am going to start doing that as well.

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  • Shannen

    Greenville looks like such a fun place! Love the pictures of you and your mom! The King and I is such a classic. Love it so much!
    Labor Day my family is going to the county fair and celebrating my sisters birthday!
    Have a great Labor Day weekend!

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  • Mary

    Your mom’s dress is adorable! Happy birthday to her.

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  • Danielle

    Hi Taralynn!
    Does your mom’s shirt in one of those pictures say Indian Hills? There is an Indian Hills country golf club by me (on Long Island) and I was wondering if that was it! As always, I love reading your recaps and have been a reader since your Tumblr days! <3

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  • Kelli

    Donated to Austin Pets Alive and encouraged several people in my office to do the same, thank you for posting about that!

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  • James Lynn

    Love these photos! Your blog is the best.

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  • Sonia

    I love Greenville! I went to college there, so I will always have a soft spot for the city. Looks like you explored some of the best things that Greenville has to offer and I can’t believe how much it’s changed in the last few years. Such an incredible place.

    For Labor Day, I’m actually headed to Charlotte this evening so I can spend the next few days with my parents and family, which I cannot wait for. The last place I visited was probably Boston and Newport, RI. The later being such a charming small town in the NE!

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  • Brianna

    I love when you post things to in NC. Have you ever traveled to Wilmington, NC? I am going there in November and and looking for restaurant recommendations and things to do!!

    Where is the last place you traveled to? DISNEY BACK IN DECEMBER

    Do you have any fun plans for Labor Day? SPENDING THE WEEKEND AT THE BEACH WITH THE FAMILY

    What meal/product have you been eating on repeat lately? OH THERE ARE TONS!!! SAUSAGE PEPPERS AND ONIONS, BURGERS WITH MUSHROOMS AND ONIONS, POTATO LEEK SOUP!!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      You will love Wilmington! I hear great things 🙂 I have been to Southport, which is close! They’ve filmed a lot of movies there!

      Yay for Disney!

      Oh, a beach weekend will be lovely!

      YUM!!!! Sounds like tasty food!:)

      Enjoy your week/weekend!

      xo Taralynn

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  • Beth Beutler

    So nice to see how you enjoyed our beautiful city. I shared your post with GVLtoday and they enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    How fun! I wish my mom and I got along for more than five minutes.

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  • Harriet

    Great post and your photos are amazing. The king and I is fantastic! Greenville looks beautiful. The last place I traveled to was south Australia to see my family for 30 hours I went to surprise my cousin for her surprise birthday dinner. Labour day I am hoping to go to the beach ad have a family BBQ if the weather is fine. I am not eating anything on repeat but I can’t get enough of nectarine tea at the moment it’s seriously great hot or cold and is caffeine free, it also makes a great base for fruit punch. By the way your new hair style looks amazing! Hope you have a fantastic week!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you, Harriet!

      OMG, Australia 🙂 For only 30 hours? How did you manage to do that! You’re a great cousin!

      I think a BBQ sounds like a fun Labor Day plan!

      xo xo thank you! The shorter hair is so much easier to work with! I can’t wait to get two more inches off next month!

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  • Milena

    Hi Taralynn!

    Greenville looks perfect <3 Carolinas seems like a beautiful place to visit. I have never been in USA but I am planning to come someday, including your city 🙂 I used to watch One Tree Hill, it is my favorite TV serie. I know you live very close to the place the show was recorded. Have you ever been there?

    Replying to your questions:
    The las place I traveled to is France, two weeks ago. I went to Perpignan and Collioure in South of France. I think you would love it! Collioure is a small charming seaside town 🙂 When I was there, I reminded your visit in France and I thought about you then!

    There is no Labor Day in Spain on 4th so I can´t relate, but I have some funny plans for the weekend. Dancing salsa and trying new restaurants 🙂

    I have been repeating a lot salmon these days. Roasted salmon with avocado and broccoli, salmon in sushi, salmon with salad… A lot of salmon 😀

    PS. I can´t believe you have been blogging for 7 years so far! It´s amazing. I read your blog since only I can remember, I started like 5 years ago.

    Best greetings from Barcelona 🙂

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Milena!

      I have visited Southport, which is very close to Wilmington!

      I spent some time in France and Marseille was gorgeous! I remember having a latte in the freezing cold on the beach. I went their in the fall.

      You can never go wrong with salmon!

      Going on eight!!:)

      Thank you for following along with me!!

      xo xo

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  • Amina

    Thank you for posting about the pups harnesses! I need a good one because I’m getting a puppy Sept 8th!

    Last place I traveled was Chincoteague, VA! So much fun camping.

    Just work work work for Labor Day weekend.

    Spinach feta chicken sausages. I sauté them & then dip them in mustard. And a kale salad with dried cranberries, feta, green apples & Marcona almonds. I can’t get enough.

    I need to explore the Carolinas! Deff on my list.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      These are the best and we’ve been using them for a long time!

      We used to camp in Virginia all the time when we were kids. Cherry Stone was our favorite 🙂

      Oh yum! that food has me hungry!!

      Yes you do 🙂 Gorgeous here.

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  • Maximiliane

    1. Last place I traveled to was Atlanta, GA for a work conference.
    2. No fun plans so far for Labor Day yet, though I might hang out with some girlfriends. The weekend prior is going to be crazy. We’re going to an Arts & Crafts festival (I’m sure I’ll be getting my steps in), meeting with another family for my brother and their kid to play, and I’ll be going to a movie and post-movie discussion.
    3. My newest obsession food-wise has been the Simple Mills almond flour crackers. They have some really great flavors, and they even have a nut & seed based one that is super spicy and jalapeno flavored…

    Out of curiosity, as a fellow Bachelor in Paradise fan, who would you match make if you had the power to? I’m slightly disappointed in how indecisive Dean is with his two ladies, but then again if I were in his shoes and had two attractive men to choose between I totally understand 😉

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I used to live in ATL:)

      Ahhhh how fun!!!

      I’ve had them & love them! Jalapeno flavored anything is fine with me!

      EW. I used to like Dean, but he reminds me of an immature frat boy. I would have put Ben & Kristina together! I honestly think the whole cast is in it for the fun because none of them seem that genuine about finding someone to marry lol I think Jade’s season/Carly’s season was the best.

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  • Susie @ Mile High Dreamers

    Haha using protein drinks instead of milk is so genius! That would make me feel so much better about eating cereal in the morning (or at night…). Looks like you had so much fun with your mom. Mother daughter dates at the best! Our favorite girls getaway is Vegas – shopping and FOOD galore, I think you and your momma would love it!

    Last place we traveled to was Italy! So amazing :), itching to book another trip now haha. The travel bug is real!

    Probably nothing crazy for Labor day, it gets so insane around here at all the camping spots and in the mountains, so we’ll just have some quality pool time on labor day, and lots of yummy summer treats!

    Lately we’ve been making a HUGE batch of homemade granola every weekend, and then I’ve been having that with greek yogurt and blueberries every morning for breakfast. SO yummy, and keeps me full the whole morning!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      It was a pretty awesome pre-gym workout!

      I’d love to take my mom to VEGAS! Vegas is one of my favorite places! I used to go all the time.

      Ahhhh Italy <3

      Enjoy those summer treats!!

      Yum! You can never go wrong with homemade granola!!

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  • Jennifer

    The last place I traveled to was Austin, TX back in April!

    Labor day we’re headed to the State Fair… it’s becoming a yearly tradition for us! It’s great people watching, a great way to get steps in, and a great way to counteract those steps with all the food bahaha

    Nothing crazy on repeat lately, food wise, just lots of eggs! I love eggs. It’s also the week before vacation, so my fridge is pretty bare. I hate having to throw food away, so my fridge is always super empty before vacation!

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  • Charity

    I’m planning a trip to the Carolina’s next year and I can’t wait! Every time I see your blog posts, it makes me even more excited to get there. In your opinion, when is the best time to visit? As always, loved the blog post! <3

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I think my favorite time in the Carolinas would be Sept-November! March-June!

      xo Although I love it all year round!! xo xo Depends on which part you’re planning on visiting!

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  • Mindy

    Hey Taralynn,

    I wanted to take a second to say a big thank you for donating! I live in Austin, and I think it’s wonderful that you showed your support to those affected by the hurricane here in TX. I feel so awful seeing all the pets left behind in Houston from the flooding. I know the Austin shelters are working hard to try and take some of those pets in and find their owners/new homes. A big thanks again from Texas! Lot of love to you.

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  • Jaime

    I went to NYC a few weekends ago for the night- it’s always fun but the city exhausts me honestly! Lol

    I’m dog sitting for someone who lives only a few blocks from me, so other than lots of walks I have two family bbqs.

    I love a fried egg on an English muffin with…American cheese. I know it’s overly processed and not good for you but it melts so well and tastes so yummy I can’t resist. Also TJ’s unsweetened mango slices. I have to carefully portion them out because I could easily eat a whole bag, ugh.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      How fun!

      I do agree, NYC is an exhausting city! So much to see/do/look at/ take in & so on!

      Dog walks are the best this time of year!

      mmmm never go wrong with a freid egg! Ohhhhh dried fruit is my weakness, especially from Trader Joes!

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  • Daria

    I absolutely love all those photos x

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  • Carlee

    Last place I visited was Wilmington, NC! Such a cute little town..and not far from Wrightsville beach!
    For Labor day, wanted to Seabrook beach in SC but the weather isn’t looking great for us!
    Repeat eats–started teaching again this week, so salads with tuna is on repeat for this week’s meal prep! And beef jerky–been on a kick lately!!

    Next time you go to Grenville, go visit Clemson! The campus is so pretty!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I visited Southport, which is not too far from Wilmington! I need to make it out that way soon 🙂

      I go through the BJ kicks too! I’m addicted to the jalapeno pineapple flavor!

      XO XO

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  • Kalin

    Wow, so many gorgeous locations in this post!

    Also, those chocolate bars look sooooo good.

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  • Krista

    Ahh Daiya! My fiance and I are both vegan (mostly plant-based… though we like some of the junk food! ;), and I had such high hopes for their mac and cheese, but both Daiya and the Amy’s vegan one just cannot beat the recipes we’ve found– I try to avoid oil in my cooking, so I’m basically in love with anything Minimalist Baker and the pumpkin mac and ‘cheese’ sauce from Oh She Glows. Because it’s pumpkin, it’s amazing with some cinnamon added in!!

    I’ve never been to Greenville, SC, but I went to school in Greenville, NC! 😉 A couple of people I know from high school live in the one in SC, though, so I should probably visit the city at some point– it looks too cool to pass up!!

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  • Mylissa S

    I grew up in Greenville & it’s quickly growing and a lot of people are coming here! I’ve been following you for years now and the places you have moved to and traveled to. I’m glad you finally made your way here & I hope you come back to Greenville soon!
    We’re known for our food so any of the restaurants downtown are great! Ink & Ivy has good food and is a great place to grab drinks. The Trappe Door is a Belgian restaurant if you’re interested in that quisine I highly reccomend. Biscuit Head is also near downtown Greenville and it is an amazing place for breakfast, they also have them in Asheville which is where they started. If you or anyone likes to check out breweries Birds Fly South is in the Greenville area, is super dog friendly, and I highly recommend it.
    Not sure if you’ve been, but I love to hike Table Rock it’s not too far from Greenville, has amazing views and I definitely recommend. Also check out the Greenville Drive baseball games if you’re ever back during the season! Have a great week!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Loving it so much! I feel like the south is growing so fast, especially in the Carolinas!

      We just got an Ink & Ivy here in Charlotte!

      Thanks for all the recommendations! I love it!

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  • Chelsea M

    Your food always looks so so good! I’m just curious, do you continue to count calories all this time after your weightloss or do you prefer to just be mindful and track in your head? I’m trying to make the switch from a caloric deficit to maintenance!

    Reply to Chelsea M
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you:)

      No counting calories and weighing myself!

      I make sure to eat mindful/healthy, workout, and be happy! I sometimes make sure I’m eating enough gram of proteins/carbs on high intensity days.

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  • Katie

    You look so adorable with your new short hair, I cant get over it! :)It looks like you and your mama had tons of fun.. thats awesome. The last place I traveled was Charleston SC and for Labor day I will be in Key West 🙂 🙂
    Katie | http://www.meshkomoments.com

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you, Katie!

      I’m loving the shorter hair because it’s so much easier!! We had a great weekend! OHHHH Charleston is my favorite!

      Have fun in Key West!

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  • Carrie this fit chick

    Bex looks SO cute. I love coffee shops with charm. I’m totally into burgers lately too– mainly beef, but turkey is always a safe bet! Last place I traveled was Tahoe!

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  • Amy

    Love your mom’s dress!

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  • Rebecca

    My fiance is an energy drink fan and in hopes of getting him to stop drinking red bull, I started buying him the Zevia drinks. He also likes them! I tried daiya mac n cheese and I’ve added truffle oil which took it to the next level. Ha! The last place I traveled to was a lake house in northern Wisconsin, I’m going to a wedding this weekend, and I’ve been really into enchiladas lately. I haven’t tried your recipe though so maybe I will the next time I make them. 🙂

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  • Jessica Brown

    1. The last place we traveled to was Vegas in April.
    2. We are going to IRELAND! I am so stoked!
    3. I cannot stop eating egg sandwiches. My husband has a handle on those and I cannot get enough!

    Love your pictures with your mom and always the dogs!

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  • Teresa

    Love the recap! It looks like you and your mom had a fabulous time!

    The last place I traveled was Nashville (It’s my favorite city besides Chicago) ..LAST YEAR. Since we were due for a getaway after a very stressful summer related to my mom having some health issues, my husband and I decided to toss out the “can’t afford it” excuse and book a 4 day mini-vacation to Door County, Wisconsin for Labor Day weekend! We’re staying at an adorable B&B and going to spend our time hiking, going to farmers markets, eating cherry pie, and drinking coffee. I couldn’t be more excited.

    Lately I haven’t been able to put down my Siete Tortilla chips and salsa. The lime flavor goes FAST in my house. I just discovered this brand not too long ago and I love it.

    Have a good rest of your week 🙂

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      We most certainly did 🙂

      Kyle and I were thinking about taking a trip to Nashville soon!

      Sounds like you have a fun trip coming up! I’m excited to hear all about it.

      MMMM The best kind of chips!!


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  • Jamie

    I love the Zevia Energy Drink – the Mango Ginger is my favorite! They are also the right price! I find a lot of the organic energy drinks are more expensive than their regular counterparts, but not the Zevia’s. I haven’t even tried the other flavors because I am too hung up on the mango ginger! If you try any of the other ones please let us know 🙂

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  • Abigail Taylor

    I totally agree with you on matching all the couples on BIP! Also I’ve been eating honey goat cheese every morning on my egg whites. It sounds weird but I love the sweet/salty taste.

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  • Margaret Lynch

    Thank you so much for your prayers for Houston! I live here and it is really bad right now. We are stuck in our house due to the crazy flooded streets, thankfully without water damage and still with power, unlike so many others. It was nice to read your recap this morning to break up the stress we’ve all been going through.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Just hang in there. I know it’s going to be hard and extremely sad, but you guys are one of the strongest states! The nation is there for you! xo

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  • Kate

    Long time follower, who also lives in Greenville! So glad you loved our city, it is such a gem! You did such a great job of capturing Greenville with your photos – beautiful work 🙂

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Greenfields looks amazing! So beautiful!
    We don’t have Labor Day in Hong Kong – wish we did, I need an extra day of holiday!

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  • Kristen

    I would love to visit Charolette and Greenville! One of my closest friends moved out to NC about 2 years ago to Raleigh !!

    I last traveled to Mexico with some girlfriends!

    Going to a pool party this weekend and a BBQ at my boyfriends family’s house 🙂 and some work outs scheduled!

    I have been loving Caesar salads lately, looking for a lower calorie Caesar dressing if you have any recommendations:)

    Have a great Labor Day weekend!!

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    • Amina

      Don’t know where you’re from but Stop and Shop had an organic Greek yogurt caesar dressing & it’s so good & only 70cals!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Ohhhh totally visit!!!!

      how fun 😀

      BBQ on Labor day is always fun!

      I always mix half of the caesar dressing with greek yogurt!

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  • Linda @ The Fitty

    Wow, I’ve never seen that version of Zevia before!

    I don’t have any plans for Labor day except to maybe just spend some time for myself, by myself to rest up before school starts on the 7th. I still have lines to memorize!

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