Thanks to Christina, my twinner, from Hungry Meets Healthy for this quiz so you can learn a little bit about me! And, HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTINA!!!! <3

1. What brings you the greatest joy? My Tommy, my family, my friends, my Maizey and my faith. Oh, and a good piece of toast.

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2. What are your vices? Spending too much $ on dresses. I loooove dresses.

3. What is on your nightstand? My kindle, 3-5 books at any given time (currently Fates & Furies, Crazy Love, and Winter Garden), the latest issue of Runner’s World magazine, a lamp, the first picture taken of Tommy and me, hand lotion, Mat Mist (I spray it in my workout shoes to keep them fresh), and Aquaphor (I slap it on my lips when I go to bed).

(You can see a picture of my bedroom and nightstand in this post. And you can read about my first date with Tommy in this post. <3)

4. Do you have a secret talent? I took piano for 15 years and briefly considered majoring in music. (I majored in Finance instead.) Although, I haven’t really played the piano for about 10 years so it’s probably not a talent anymore…

5. What is your greatest indulgence? I love a really great glass of wine. I don’t drink that often so when I do, I’ll pay a premium for a good one.

6. What should everyone try at least once in their life? Living on their own! Traveling alone. Eating at a restaurant alone. (I stole this answer from Christina, but I 100% agree with all of these!)

7. What makes you laugh? Tommy. Maizey. Tommy and Maizey together. They’re hilarious (and so dang cute).

8. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I grew up on a small farm in Utah and was raised “living off the land”. That’s kind of trendy thing right now, but my parents lived that way before it was cool. They are not granola or the hippie type at all…but I think they value good food, and it was probably cheaper to feed 6 kids that way! (I have 5 older brothers.) My parents had/have a huge garden, and my mom would can the extra vegetables for us to eat in the winter. She makes her (famous) bread every Saturday, and she gather 1-2 dozen eggs from their 40+ chickens everyday. My dad and brothers hunt deer and elk, and stock huge freezers with meat.

9. What is on your bucket list?  Visiting Cinque Terre, Italy. Look at this place!! I also would love to meet Deena Kastor – or better yet, go on a run with Deena Kastor!


10. What is on your feet right now? These Jack Rogers, a Southern trend I finally gave into – and I’m obsessed. I wear them nonstop.

11. How did you make your first dollar? I sold rocks to my neighbors. Seriously. I gathered what I thought were really pretty rocks, and went door to door selling them. ha!

12. What superstition do you believe in? Ummmm… I don’t know if I believe in any! Or I at least can’t think of one!

13. What items in your closet do you wear the most? These blue and white Vineyard Vines shorts. They fit amazingly well – on both my glutes and waist – so they’re basically unicorns for someone who squats a lot. I can’t find the same ones I have, but these are the same cut and also oh-so-cute! (Oh, and those are the Jack Rogers sandals I referenced above! The top is from Lush, but I can’t find it online. This one is similar.)

14. What is the best gift you’ve ever received? Oooh this is a toughie. My friends and family give really thoughtful gifts. What comes to mind right now is what Tommy did for our first Valentine’s Day together. We’d only been dating a few months and he ignored the advice of friends to take me out to a nice restaurant. He planned a night in with Pinot Noir, takeout from Teeter Thai, and Justin’s Peanut Butter cups. I hate dining out on Valentine’s Day so he nailed it. I knew right away that he got me and I was quickly falling in love. 🙂

15. What is on your liquor shelf? 2 kinds of Gin, 2 kinds of Bourbon, Tequila, Rum, Cointreau. Don’t ask me the last time they actually got used. No clue.

16. What is on your kitchen counter? Vitamix. This coffee maker. This burr coffee grinder. JA Henckles knife set. Paper towel holder. Olive Oil. Canister holding cooking utensils. Bowl of fruit. Wine rack. This kitchen scale. In short – WAY TOO MUCH.

17. What would you never leave home without? Phone, debit card, chapstick.

Question for you: What’s on your nightstand?

6 comments // by Teri [a foodie stays fit]

I feed Maizey Wellness CORE Dog Food because it’s high in protein & grain free. She’s still very active and healthy at age 8! 

A few Saturdays ago was National Get Outdoors Day and since it was too blazing hot to really take Maizey on a walk, I told her I would make it up to her during our weekend getaway in Pinehurst.


Since I currently live in an apartment building, I bump into other people a lot with Maizey when I taking her out and I’m asked almost every day how old she is. And they are always surprised when I tell them her age – she’ll be 8 this year, but she is still really playful and energetic. I think part of the reason that’s the case is because I’ve always kept her active by taking her running or on walks, even when I had a yard, and by feeding her high-quality dog food.


I’ve always fed her food that is grain-free and high in protein since she is such a lean muscular dog who is very active. I’ve recently starting feeding her Wellness CORE dry dog food again (she was on this as a puppy). IMG_6579

She is eating it really well — and she is a SUPER finicky eater. Having a dog food table also helps with her eating habits. She was throwing up a lot or just wouldn’t eat for days and my vet recommended elevating her food so she didn’t have to bend over and strain so much.


On the days I want to spoil her (more than normal of course – she is already spoiled rotten), I top her food with CORE Air Dried food, which she LOVES. I also use the Air Dried food for small treats at home or on walks or hikes. I try to reward her when she makes good choices 😉 – like going to her room (errr crate…she knows the word “room” not crate haha) when I put on my heels to leave without being told, not pulling towards another dog/not trying to eat other dogs, sitting when I tell her to on our walks and hikes, etc.

When we were in Pinehurst, I took her on an hour walk everyday. She loves walks, being outside, and being active – she takes after me. 😉 And when it’s not too hot and/or humid, I love taking her running.


An exercised dog = good dog.


Although she can be a bit dramatic with her recovery…

And a bit feisty when I don’t take her out when she wants to go…

But I wouldn’t trade her for the world! And I’m pretty sure she has Tommy wrapped around her paw too. They are seriously so cute and ridiculous together – follow me on snapchat (username terilynhutchie) for regular proof.


I would love to hear about how your spoil your dog or anything you’ve done to keep him/her healthy so leave a comment and share! Not that Maizey needs more spoiling…but some new ideas wouldn’t hurt, right? 😉

This post was sponsored by Wellness CORE, and all opinions are my own. I love their products and have spent my own money buying their products and will continue to do so. Thank you, Wellness CORE, for your support! And thank you, readers, for supporting the brands that make this blog possible! 

6 comments // by Teri [a foodie stays fit]

I’ve always loved reading or hearing about others’ morning routines and the morning routines of successful people so I thought I’d share 5 things I always do in the morning that set me up for a productive day.

I’m a total morning person. Once 9 PM hits, all bets are off on how well I will function and I’m usually in bed by 10:15 (although, that’s still too late for my taste!). But in the mornings, I’m clear-headed and productive — it’s when I enjoy writing (like I am now!), can hammer through emails, organize my to-do’s for the day and the stress of the day hasn’t seeped in yet. The mornings feel like a secret part of the day that’s just for me and everything feels peaceful.

1. Have quiet time

After I roll out of bed between 5:30 and 6 AM, I grab a cup of coffee (I set my coffee pot the night before so it’s ready in the AM…and the drip noise helps wake me up because I can hear it in my bedroom 🙂 ), and I settle in on the couch to read a short daily devotional out of this book. If I’m reading something from She Reads Truth, I read the section for the day and write down my thoughts. If I’m not doing anything from She Reads Truth, I’ll read a few chapters in the bible and journal. (You can read about my journey with my faith here.) These 10-15 minutes are part of what gets me out of bed, knowing that I don’t have to hit the ground running.

Even if you’re not a Christian, I think having a few moments to gather your thoughts and just take a minute for yourself is a great way to start your day. Meditate. Journal. Do a few sun salutations. Sit outside with a cup of coffee. Just something to ground you. My daily devotional (cup of coffee!) definitely help ground me and set a good frame of mind for the day.

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2. Make my bed

I always always always make my bed. No matter how rushed I am, I make the bed. I do it right after my daily devotional so I’m never rushing out the door later with it unmade. Having the bed made while I’m getting ready and then coming home to a made bed makes everything seem more organized. It creates instant calm.


3. I workout

I love love love morning runs. I love the way the air feels (even if it’s humid!). I love the quiet streets. I love the color of the sky. I love the way I feel when I’m done. And if I don’t run, I take Maizey on a long walk.

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4. Eat breakfast

I NEVER skip breakfast. I’m usually starving by 8 AM, whether I ran that morning or not. I eat whatever I’m in the mood for – almost always some variation of eggs, oatmeal or a smoothie. (You can see my breakfast recipes by searching in the Breakfast Ideas category.)

If I know I’ll have a busy morning or I need to be out the door early, I’ll plan ahead the night before. Breakfast cookie dough cereal or an overnight breakfast cookie are some of my favorite make-ahead options.

5. I get up at the same time everyday

Even on mornings I don’t need to get up early, I do. I may sleep in a little bit, but not by too much. Keeping this routine helps me sleep better and prevents the feeling that I have to reset my morning wake-up habit every Monday after sleeping in on the weekends. Of course, there are things that come up on the weekends where I’ll be up late, but for the most part, I’m in bed by 10:30 on Fridays and Saturdays. During the week, my alarm is set sometime between 5:30 and 6:00, and on the weekends, it’s between 6:15 and 6:45.

I use the Sleep Cycle app for ambient noise as I fall asleep and as my alarm to get up. The app monitors where you are in a sleep cycle (based on movement or noise) to wake you up at the ideal point so you feel refreshed. I swear it helps.

I’d love to hear about your morning routines! Leave a comment and tell me one thing you never skip in the AM.

13 comments // by Teri [a foodie stays fit]

My Annual Solocation in Pinehurst

June 21, 2016

Get tips for planning a perfect Pinehurst weekend getaway, including things to do in Pinehurst, best restaurants in Pinehurst, and recreation in Pinehurst besides golf. I spent last weekend enjoying a quick Pinehurst weekend getaway. It’s a small town, known for its beautiful golf courses, and I love the slow pace there, especially when I’m feeling […]

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Last Week’s Workouts: the sorest I’ve been in a long time + increasing my mileage

June 13, 2016

I felt pretty good about last week’s workouts. I was the sorest I’ve been in a LONG time (which I love/hate) and I also focused on increasing my running mileage. We did back squats at Top Tier CrossFit, and I didn’t think the weight was too crazy so I was a bit surprised by how sore I […]

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The Weekender: Favorites Links + Summers in Winston-Salem

June 12, 2016

This weekend has felt really long – and I love it. We kicked off the weekend activities a little early on Thursday night with some live music on the back lawn of the Reynolda House – I love their summer events! Tommy and I met up with some friends, Adam and Alise, and it was a perfect evening. It […]

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