The LTB Report. Fierce Seat Kicking Inspiration Beyond the Barre.

23 days until Spring. That's roughly three weeks until the world awakens to a gentle warm breeze and sunshine beckons tiny seedlings out of the dark earth and toward the bright possibilities of the unknown. Birds will begin singing, flowers will bloom and lush green leaves will take over the bare, rough branches as Mother Nature paints the earth in bright red and pink blossoms. As we {im}patiently await the best time of year, there is one thing we don't have to wait for... And that's this month's LTB Report. This L.T.Beauty is kicking seats at the barre and IRL {that's "in real life" in case you were wondering... pretty proud I just learned this slang ;) *feeling hip*}. She's an over-committed sweet heart that has a hard time saying, "no" but an even harder time sitting still. So she plans ahead, squeezes in precious "me time" wherever she finds an opening in her jam-packed calendar {think running on her lunch break} and still has time left over to be there for her friends and family. She's smart. She's beautiful. She's fiercely motivated. And after being knocked to her knees by the stress of our modern world, she has seen firsthand just how powerful healthy living and clean eating can be. And lucky for us, she's here to share all of her tips and tricks for living well. Keep reading as she shares everything from her favorite indulgence, to her glow-y skin secrets, whether she prefers Pure Barre over Platform and how she bounced back from a couple crazy and debilitating health issues stronger than ever. Everyone, meet Jamie Filotei.

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Best Thanksgiving Inspiration From Pinterest and Beyond

Looking for last minute Thanksgiving inspiration? Me too! So, I turned to Pinterest {DUH} and some of my favorite websites for ideas. From cooking hacks to table settings and ways to keep the kiddos happy... oh and what to wear to look cute while wearing stretchy pants, here's what I found.

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The LTB Report... Faith, Love & Clean Juice with Kat Eckles.

I'm thrilled to bring you this inspiring LTB Report {so glad the first one was such a big hit!} featuring Clean Juice's Kat Eckles! If you live around the Lake Norman area and are reading this blog, chances are you've already met this tiny firecracker with a heart of gold. And if you haven't gotten the chance to know her, you're in for a real treat. She's the type you'll talk to for five minutes and wish you were best friends with in ten. Keep reading below to find out Kat's secrets for glowing skin, the health-boosting tonic she always wakes up to {recipe below} and the vice she just can't live without {!!!}.

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The Pure Barre Pure Madness March 20 in 31 Challenge. Done.

April 1st. I thought I'd sleep in. Tucked cozy and tight in my big, fluffy bed waiting until my 8 mos old alarm sounded urging me awake. Instead, my Fitbit reminded me of my self-inflicted 4am wake up call so I can fit a bit of "me time" in my jam-packed days. Thinking of turning the pesky vibrating alarm off and rolling over to fall back into some much needed sleep, a little voice inside nudged me to get up, feed baby girl, put on my space dyes and sticky socks and make my way to the studio for 55 minutes of the day that is mine and mine alone. Pure Madness might have ended but for my newfound motivation, it was only the beginning.

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Keep Your Promises

I did NOT feel like waking up and going to Pure Barre this morning. At all. I kept trying to make excuses in my head while I was feeding Emma Kate about why I didn't have to go this am -- I was tired, I woke up kind of late, I'd just walk more later and do my dance cardio. Sound familiar?! I know I'm not the only one who just doesn't feel like it sometimes. 

But, I made a promise to myself that I would go.

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