5 Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes

Happy November! Can you guys believe we are already prepping for Thanksgiving, Christmas and even 2020? To share my Holiday excitement, I wanted to share 5 Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes I found on Pinterest.

Sea Salt + Honey Caramelized Sweet Potatoes

“These delicious and healthy honey-roasted sweet potato wedges are so easy to make and a perfect side dish, healthy snack, or addition to a power bowl!”

Honey-Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges with Dill - These delicious oven roasted healthy sweet potatoes with honey are baked to perfection and top the charts for sweet potato recipes. Crispy and soft, a great substitute for fries, these wedges are great as a side or to add to a salad or power bowl. Great for Thanksgiving too! #beeinspired #hivenextdoor

Roasted Brussels Sprouts + Cinnamon Butternut Squash with Pecans and Cranberries

“This is one of the best holiday side dishes you’ll ever try!  It’s a perfect recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve or any time you like! This side dish is packed with vegetables and nuts. It’s healthy, gluten-free, vegetarian, and rich in fiber!”

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans, and Cranberries

Balsamic Garlic Roasted Green Beans + Mushrooms

“Balsamic vinegar and whole cloves of garlic make these roasted green beans and mushrooms extra special.”

Balsamic Garlic Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms

Apple Pecan Smoked Turkey Breast

“There is not a more juicy and flavorful turkey than The Most Amazing Apple Pecan Smoked Turkey Breast. It is our current favorite for Thanksgiving.”

a grey plate with sliced smoked turkey breast and gravy being poured over the top

Fall Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Goddess Dressing

“This Fall Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Goddess Dressing celebrates the bounty of the season in a beautiful combination of tastes and textures!”

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipe salad

I’m not sure about you guys but I am ready to get in the kitchen and get to some Holiday cooking! I hope that you and your family enjoy these yummy recipes πŸ™‚ I know I’ll be making them this Holiday season!

Happy cooking, friends!


fitness, health, yoga

Garage CrossFit Workout Plan 9.9-9.14

Good morning!!

It has been a few weeks since I have uploaded my home workout plan and for that, I’m sorry! Life gets busy, unexpected things come up, things get put on hold but we just have to give ourselves some grace and move forward. AlthoughΒ  didn’t upload them on here, I was still very active and moving my body–head over to my instagram story highlights to check out what I’ve been up to!

& here comes another busy week! Patrick has started a side gig at a Medical Spa… they do IV therapy, botox, facials, sexual health, etc. I plan to get in there and try out the IV therapy! Char starts at a little part-time “School” tomorrow… que the crying. I am very excited for this new opportunity for her, I think she will really thrive in it! I am starting more yoga teaching this week… stay tuned for updates on time and where–I’ll announce it soon πŸ™‚ I AM VERY EXCITED!

Anywho, without further ado, here is this week’s workout plan:


Please feel free to reach out to me with questions. I hope you all have a great week, and remember,

“Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude. Don’t forget to pray for us, that God will open doors for telling the mystery of Christ, even while I’m locked up in this jail. Pray that every time I open my mouth I’ll be able to make Christ plain as day to them.” -Colossians 4:2-4


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Garage CrossFit Workout Plan 8.11-8.17


This week we are headed over to Charleston, SC to vacation + visit family and I am counting down the days! We are actually staying Mt. Pleasant, just right outside of Charleston but there are SO many yummy restaurants in both cities that we are looking forward to trying. Be sure to follow along on Instagram for all the deets πŸ™‚

Here is this week’s workout plan:


I made my rest day Friday since we will be in Charleston and then on Saturday we are planning to try one of the local yoga studios there… Charleston Power Yoga here we come!

If you head over to instagram, I posted a video of yesterday’s workout.. it was a good one! I chose to do the lunges with just the bar, however, you can add weight if you wish.

I hope you all have a great + productive week! PS-if you have any Charleston/Mt. Pleasant recommendations, drop them below πŸ™‚


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Pinterest Peach Recipes

If you’ve been following along then you know I’ve been loving PEACH SEASON. I never want it to end. Not only do I enjoy peaches plain but I love them baked, grilled, for breakfast, lunch, dinner AND dessert. The options are endless.

So, I’ve rounded up a few peach recipes from pinterest that I am dying to try πŸ™‚

  1. Cinnamon Peach Almond Baked Oatmeal

Cinnamon Peach Almond Baked Oatmeal is perfect for the weekends and great reheated for a quick and easy breakfast during the week! Loaded with sweet peaches, plenty of cinnamon and toasted almonds for crunch. A creamy, healthy and delicious alternative to traditional oatmeal! #oatmeal #bakedoatmeal #peach #breakfast #glutenfree #healthybreakfast

2. Healthy Peach Cucumber Salsa

A tortilla chip scooping up peach salsa out of a white bowl

3. Peach Oatmeal Bars

Peach Oatmeal Bars: These moist peach oatmeal bars are perfect for breakfast or for a healthy desserts. Vegan, gluten-free, and no added sugar or fat!

4. Spiced Grilled Peaches

5. Instant Pot Peach Chicken + Basil

Instant Pot Peach Chicken & Basil. Just the thingΒ for a healthy, simple dinner any night of the week. A gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, whole30 recipe.

I chose these 5 recipes because they are ones I would actually make! They have minimal ingredients, healthier ingredients and do not require a ton of prep work. I mean I’m a mom to a crazy toddler… who has time for crazy recipes, AM I RIGHT? πŸ˜†

Anywho, I hope you enjoy this round up + decide to make something yummy! I personally am going to start with the peach salsa πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ


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Garage CrossFit Workout Plan 7.28-8.3

Holy cow, I cannot believe I am planning workouts for AUGUST. I mean I might as well start Christmas shopping!

I am really excited for this week’s plan for 2 reasons:

  1. I’m trying my first ever spin class (stay tuned for a post review)
  2. THIS IS MY LAST WEEKEND OF YOGA TEACHER TRAINING. How bitter sweet. I am so excited that after this weekend I will be officially certified but I have loved my training weekend’s so much that I don’t want them to end. The 3 components we have covered the most, are—asanas (poses), meditation + self-inquiry. Let me know if you guys want and blog post recap πŸ™‚

ALSO not included in this plan below was my workout from yesterday. I posted a video to my IG feed but I’ll type it our here in case you need a quick blast. This one really gets your heart pumping and can easily be done at any gym with a rower and a kettlebell. Just set KB right next to your rower. This is meant to be very fast–aim for 10 minutes or less, which is totally do-able with little to no rest between rounds or movements.


-12 Calorie Row

-12 Kettlebell Swings (35#)

-12 Ab Mat Sit Ups

Anywho, here is this week’s plan… and remember these all can be modified if you are working out in a global gym or at home with minimal equipment. DM me if you have modification questions!


You’ll also notice everyday where I normally have a strength I am doing my one breath JIP (Journey Into Power) Yoga Series to help me prepare for my last weekend of testing!

I hope you all have a great + productive week!


fitness, health, yoga

Garage CrossFit Workout Plan 7.14-7.20

Wow. What an amazing and busy weekend! I wrapped my my last working weekend of yoga teacher training by actually teaching part of a class on Sunday. What an amazing experience. I cannot wait to finish up my testing in August and be certified πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸŽ“ helping others in their physical + spiritual journey is such a passion for me!

Let me know if you guys want to see a full recap of my 8 month yoga teacher training!

Although it’s Tuesday, it’s never too late to plan out your week. I spent Sunday night unplugged and relaxing after my long weekend instead of planning because that’s what my body needed. So better late than never, here is my workout plan for this week:

We went to full moon πŸŒ• beach yoga last night and wow! If you’ve never practiced on the beach, I highly encourage it. I felt so many new sensations and was able to completely come from a place of gratitude… I mean how can you not when you’re in God’s most beautiful creation?

That’s all for now! As usually be sure to pop in on @figs.and.freedom and say hi πŸ‘‹πŸΌ


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Barre Review

Good morning!

I took my first ever barre class about 2 weeks ago at a local boutique studio called OMCORE Yoga & Body located on Saint Simons Island, GA and y’all, I absolutely LOVED it. Let me start by saying this is in no way sponsored, I just wanted to share my personal experience for others that might be interested in switching up their regular fitness routine! First, let me tell you a little bit about the studio I took the class at….

What is OMCORE yoga + body?

“OMCORE is a unique space in which you are encouraged to tap into your core being β€” physically, mentally, emotionally, and energetically. β€” so that you may genuinely connect with others and radiate your very best self to the world. Our class sizes are small enough for individual attention, yet large enough to promote a sense of camaraderie and support.  It’s the ONLY boutique studio in the Golden Isles area to offer HOT YOGA, OMCORE BARRE, and INDOOR CYCLE classes. We intentionally offer a wide variety of classes to bring ultimate strength, flexibility, and balance to the body, mind, and heart.”

Source: OMCORE Yoga & Body

I was so excited to sign up for the 8:15 barre class on a Tuesday morning with the owner of OMCORE, Patricia as the instructor for the morning. Immediately upon walking into the studio I was greeted at the front desk with a warm good morning! Y’all, this is important to me. Gyms and studios can be known for being intimidating or even cliquey–I did not at all get that vibe from this class experience. After signing in, I walked into the room where all the equipment and spots were laid out. This was extremely nice as a first timer!! I wasn’t awkwardly scrambling around asking others what I needed–I felt included and not at all like I didn’t know what I was doing (even though I didn’t, haha). Before the class started the instructor came over and welcomed me and told me what I could expect for the class. This was also a nice touch–for me, it’s these extra little things that make an experience great! It was around this point that I realized I forgot my water bottle in the car. And if you know me, you know that I am never without my water bottle. Like I actually get very anxious if I don’t have my water bottle. BUT, I just told myself, this is a low-impact class, you’ll totally be fine. Well, you bet your biscuits that I really wanted that water half way through. Just because something is low impact doesn’t mean that your body isn’t working hard!!!

Let’s get to the format of the class….

Floor work

The entire class was set to music which makes for such a fun atmosphere and also gives you an idea of how long you’ll be doing specific movements. We started off with a choreographed warm up which was mostly stretching and waking up our muscles. We then moved into hand weights where you could either use 2, 3 or 5-lb weights. I chose the 5-lb weights and half way through I thought, “crap, are we using these the whole time?” My shoulders were on fire…but a good kind of fire! We focused mostly on shoulders and then moved down to our biceps and triceps. Just as I was thinking OMG, the song ended and we moved on to push ups, then abs. The low weight, high rep format really works to quickly fatigue your muscles building muscular endurance. If you’ve ever done CrossFit (which is the style workout I typically do), then you know how important muscular enurance is! The abs portion of the class was pretty challenging. It was a combination of floor movements using sliding disks, planks, abdominal twist, flutter kicks, and even did some resistance band work. It was a very effective burn!


Immediately following abs we grabbed a tiny ball and headed over to the barre–I was excited to get to something completely unfamiliar. We get to the barre and the girl next to me goes, “get ready, this is torture.” I thought, oh, lovely. We started with chair pose on our toes, squeezing the ball in between our thighs for a variation of count schemes. It was tough but definitely not torture. We then removed the ball and added the resistance band around our thighs. We worked facing forward and then to each side doing variations of hip abducting movements and some squats… mostly targeting the quads and glutes. This is when I thought I was actually going to die and I realized what she meant by torture. But again, a good kind of torture if you know what I mean. We were at the barre for quite a while and I wish I could tell you everything we did but amidst my shaking legs and burning glutes, I think I mentally blacked out, haha. This was also that time where I was really wishing I had my water. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Floor Work

We then moved back to the floor… THANK GOODNESS. We kept the resistance band on and worked our glutes and core a bit more…. bridge clams, planks, etc.

Cool Down

At last, it was time to slow down and stretch. Still set to music, we did a few yoga-style stretches as we brought our heart rate back down to a normal pace.

Honestly, I have no negative things to say about my first barre experience. It was fun, challenging and overall a great full body workout. My bum and quads were definitely sore later that night and the next morning. I highy recommend trying a barre class if you are looking for a full body, low-impact workout. Because barre works your smaller muscles it is a great complementary workout to my traditional CrossFit/HIIT style workouts.

I am already looking forward to going back for another barre class, but up next… CYCLE! Stay tuned πŸ™‚

Feel free to DM me with any questions, and as always, head over to @figs.and.freedom for daily updates on food, fitness and how I maintain a healthy lifestyle as a working mama!

XO 😘