Melinda Gale

A lifestyle + fitness blog

Melinda's Ultimate (And Lazy) Guide to Juicing

I jumped on the juicing train about 5 years ago when my former boss gave me a juicer for my birthday. My loyalty, however, comes in waves. This week while on basic house arrest due to my kidney procedure, I found 4 different juicing documentaries on Netflix and convinced myself I would die by the age of 32 if I didn't start juicing again.

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Namaste on a Budget

I have a love-hate relationship with yoga. I love yoga, but I hate how much membership fees at most yoga studios cost. It can be hard to get your namaste on when all you can think about is how much your bank account is hurting. Sure, there are affordable online options out there but being the extrovert that I am, I prefer a class setting. While battling a few different health problems lately, yoga is my best option in terms of working out. Because of this, I have had to research class options that won't break the bank. 

Thankfully for me, Raleigh is a city who loves yoga and has tons of affordable options.

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Recipe: Roasted Acorn Squash + Burrata Mozzarella + Garlic Brown Butter Pecans + Salsa Verde

Fall is here and that means it's time to break out that hearty recipes! Miami’s own Chef Adrianne Calvo, owner of the highly acclaimed Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar, and author of four cookbooks, including Maximum Flavor Social – shares a vibrant recipe for a fall favorite: Acorn Squash.

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Floral Design with SkillPop Raleigh

When it comes to flowers, I have #thoughts. Mostly, it's just a massive jealousy because guys I dated never sent me flowers, or because I think roses are boring and overpriced. However, over the past few years, I have learned to love going to Trader Joes or Whole Foods to buy all kinds of different flowers and create arrangements at home. There's one tiny problem, I have not a damn clue what I am doing. After weeks of lurking SkillPop, I decided I would bite the bullet and take a floral arrangement class. 

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TURTLE POWER! - Turtle Time at Carolina and Kure Beach, N.C.

It¹s "turtle time" again at Carolina Beach and Kure Beach! Want to plan a quick summer getaway that is as relaxing as it is fulfilling and educational? Look no further than Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, North Carolina, where you can enjoy a classic beach vacation while gaining the one-of-a-kind experience of helping endangered Loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings. ­

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Three Cheers for 30 Years

Yesterday, I turned 30.

What once was a dreaded age is now celebrated. If I am completely honest, I have welcomed the change. I have this philosophy that I am sure other share which is that your 20's are filled with hardships that make you learn how to be an adult. In your 30's, you've already been through a ton of bullshit and are equipped to handle most of life's challenges. 

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Los Angeles Substitutions in Raleigh

Everyday, someone asks me how my move has been and everyday I say "Ommm..it's okay??". The follow up question is always "Do you miss LA?". I don't. But I do. I was in Los Angeles for 7 years and it's hard to let go of it as I feel like so much of my identity was shaped there. However, it's good to be home. 

Since day 1 in NC, I have tried to figure out my new "go to" spots so I figured I would share some of my LA substitutions in Raleigh as well as my weird bootleg rating system. 

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Into The Wild

Preface: If you ask me where my favorite place in the world is, I will either tell you the Dean Dome at UNC or the Grand Canyon. 

In an effort to get back in the practice of updating this little ol thing more often, I went through my drafts and realized I never blogged about mine and Shelby's epic Grand Canyon hike last 4th of July. While I have lots of #feels seeing all these awesome photos again, I am going to keep my commentary brief and let the pictures speak for themselves. Also see: lazy. 

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Anxiety

It never fails. When the holiday season approaches, everyone is a massive ball of stress and anxiety. As someone who already struggles with anxiety and has since elementary school, this time of year can feel like a never ending nightmare. 

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