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February 2014

Exciting news: I’m going to be a yoga teacher!

I've been practicing yoga on and off for about 10 years. After my first knee surgery at 14, my mom signed us up for a set of classes through our local rec center. I hated it: I had such a hard time slowing down, controlling my breathing, stopping my...
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Postcard from Miguel Domingo Fuerte Wildlife Refuge

One of the greatest (and worst) things about Casa Bonita was its isolation. Located miles outside of the closest town, it straddles the jungle and the sea: lush greenery on one side, clear turquoise waters on the other, endless sky above. Although we...
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Snail mail: giveaway!

Despite the fact that I live so much of my life online--blogging, tweeting, Facebooking, Instagramming--I'm very committed to having an active social life offline. I love meeting up with people over coffee, whether they're friends that I've had since...
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The road to Casa Bonita

The very first description I read of Casa Bonita argued that "it’s often possible to go very right by lighting out for less familiar territories." I was won over by the images of an infinity pool, only 12 rooms, the opportunity to go off the beaten...
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Postcard from the Shaker Mill Farm Inn

As much as I love living in New York City, I think it's incredibly important to get OUT of this city on a regular basis. Just a couple of days somewhere where you can see the sky, breathe fresh air and drift asleep in absolute stillness can work...
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My travel beauty essentials

Now that I travel exclusively carry-on only (whether it's for a weekend or 10 days), I'm pretty picky about what beauty products I bring with me. When I go to the beach or to the mountains, I have a tendency to leave all of my little luxuries...
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The gospel of King

There are a few things that define a Sacramentan: when practically everyone you know works for the state. That moment in deep summer when you feel like if you eat just one more tomato, you'll turn bright red. Growing up with field trips to the State...
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Postcard from Playa La Meseta

We spent the vast majority of our time in the Dominican Republic at Casa Bonita: I mean, there was an infinity pool and a hammock and someone to machete coconuts for me. No reason to leave! One day, however, we did decide to go dip our feet in...
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The best of the Dominican Republic (in iPhone photos)

The Dominican Republic was one of my favorite kind of trips: those ones that are thrown together on an impulse, where suddenly you have a plane ticket and a hotel reservation and something to look forward to before you even realized you agreed to go...
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Postcard from El Yunque Rainforest

After a week of nothing but beaches and sunshine (poor us!), El Yunque was a nice burst of greenery on our last day in Puerto Rico. The only tropical rainforest in the United States--isn't it funny how that works?--El Yunque National Forest is only a...
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