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Beyond The Food #6

September 4, 2015

Thanks for the heads up, September! Seriously though- you came out of nowhere. A warning would have been nice.

This summer was by far the quickest one yet. I feel like I’m just starting to recover from my winter PTSD and suddenly I’m seeing signs for Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Is this some sick joke?

Nevertheless, this summer has been a good one. For my travel-keen self, this summer was relatively calm. Though I’m guessing that’s because most of my travelling is compounded in the next 6 weeks. Should be interesting…

I thought I’d do a recap of some of the happenings this summer, plus a little preview of what’s to come in the following weeks. Though this summer’s been brief, it’s certainly been jam-packed! Let’s jump in:

It’s been years since I’ve visited the Toronto Islands so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to join Nikky and Candace for a day at the beach. True story- I’m so used to never sitting out in the sun that it legitimately didn’t even occur to me to wear a bathing suit to the beach. I hid in the shade but got so hot I eventually just took my clothes off. Sorry friends.

It was a hot and hazy day but a wonderful one with new friends!


Unless you live in Toronto and experienced the clusterfuck that was T.O. traffic during the PanAm games, you probably had no idea that the PanAm games even happened. Well they did, and I participated in 0% of them…unless you count watching the fireworks off the CN tower from in front of our building. If the rest of PanAm was like those fireworks, then I think I may have actually missed out on some fun.

CN-towerMy one and only trip since Banff, was a brief stint in NYC and Syracuse, NY to visit friends and watch one of my oldest friends get married! Such an absolutely beautiful wedding weekend. For those of you who experienced it on Snapchat, I apologize for the drunken debauchery…worth it.

beccas-weddingTo make up for my lack of travel, the Fit Foodie visited me in Toronto for a week! Again, for those of you following on Snapchat, sorry. Except this time I was fully sober and aware of my actions.

Lee whooped my ass in the gym, joined me in the kitchen to produce the most number of recipes my apartment has ever seen and just all around made me laugh harder than I have in a long time. We joke that we both “swiped right” in the online friend-dating world because we really are the perfect match. For more pics from the week, check out Lee’s blog post on Toronto!


Just call us the “tone it down” girls.

And of course it wouldn’t be a summer recap without a little birthday action. For the first time EVER, I threw myself a party. Lee, Nikky and C helped set-up a late-20s rager (i.e. we drank wine and ate charcuterie) on our rooftop and I had the BEST time. Thank you to everyone who helped to make my day and night so special!

birthdayWhat’s coming up in the Fall…

-I’m off to Boston today for another wedding! Cannot wait to see my beautiful friend marry the love of her life, as well as spend time with my besties and see my girl Lexi! Boston here I come.

-After a few days at home, C and I will be off to San Francisco + Yosemite followed by a brief interlude at home and then back West for a trip to San Diego wahhhhhh. I basically live part-time in California…I wish.

-Somewhere between all of the travel, I plan on bringing you more videos! The last time we spoke a majority of you said that you wanted recipe videos + behind-the-scenes/favorites videos. I’ve got you covered on the recipe front, but prepare yourselves for the ridiculousness that is my life behind-the-scenes. It’s very messy.

P.S. Did you catch my last video?! We made Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies!

That’s all I’ve got for ya today! Clearly lots coming up in the coming weeks and I cannot wait to bring you along for the ride. Make sure you’re following me on Snapchat (search TheHealthyMaven or take a picture of the image below) and Instagram to stay up-to-date!




What were the highlights of your summer? What kinds of behind-the-scenes/favorites videos would you like to see?


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    Lexi @ Lexi's Clean Kitchen
    September 4, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Safe travels!!!!! Can’t wait to see you!

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    September 4, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Obsessed with your life. And I can’t get over how perfect that photo of you and C is (should I get down on one knee?). Have sooo much fun in Bostonnnnnnn. Luh you.

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      Nikky Goncalves
      September 4, 2015 at 11:06 am

      Such an amazing summer! Yes it went to fast but it was such a good one. Thank you for bringing me into your blogging world and helping me transition from a Fulltime YouTuber to half attempting to be a real blogger 😛 I have some big shoes to fill (I’m talking about you too Lee!). You two are amazing ladies and it makes me the happiest healthnut to have you two in my life xo

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        Davida Kugelmass
        September 4, 2015 at 5:43 pm

        This comment completely made my day. I was just telling a friend how happy I am that I met YOU. Thank you for inspiring and encouraging me to start my channel. Can’t wait to see where this crazy road takes us, together! Love you lots and I’ll be in touch post-Boston! xoxo

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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 4, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      Ugh that was the best/worst moment of my life. Have fun in Jamaica, MON! Fit Foodie Maven taking over the world <3

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    September 4, 2015 at 10:05 am

    I LOVE that purple fancy dress, where’s it from!?

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    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run
    September 4, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    I love your videos.

    Can’t wait to read/see footage from your CA travels — have you been to Yosemite!? I’ve gone the past 2 Octobers. It’s stunning.

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    Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
    September 4, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Sounds like you’ve had a great summer! We were traveling up to the Georgian Bay during the PanAm games… my husband asked if they were the Hunger Games, hahaha (if you’re unfamiliar, I’m not sure we can be friends… May the odds be ever in your favor). 😉
    Have an awesome time in Boston! I’ll be there in a couple weeks for work 🙂

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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 4, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      You should probably let your husband know that I live in district 13…but shhhhh no one can know 😉

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    Aurora@Fitness is Sweet
    September 4, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    I definitely threw myself a birthday party this year. I feel like it was sort of obnoxious, but everyone seemed to have a good time so I’ll take it!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 4, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      I’m the same way. I always feel weird about throwing myself a party but I also think (and know in my own case) that people tend to love any excuse to get together and have fun! I think I’ll do it more often now 🙂

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    She Rocks Fitness
    September 4, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    LOVE all of this and LOVE how much you are smiling and just having fun! My favorite part of my summer was making the decision to leave Houston and move to Nantucket to start the next chapter of my life. I am scared as all hell, but I am HAPPY…I will make it work no matter what! XOXO

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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 4, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      That is SO badass lady! I need to catch up on the happenings of your life. Clearly I am so behind. Love hearing that you’re happy!!

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    Miss Polkadot
    September 4, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    I can’t NOT comment on how gorgeous you look in that dress you wore at the wedding. And that picture of you and C … <3.
    Oh and about that not wearing a bathing suit at the beach thing: is it embarrassing I don't even own one? I guess i could use living far from the seaside as an excuse ;).
    I'm not sure I told you yet but your videos are great, A lot of YouTubers [though my inner grammar nerd doesn't like that term] have that arrogant tone around them while you are natural and refreshing. No matter what you want to talk about: keep the videos coming!

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    September 7, 2015 at 2:05 am

    I really loved this ‘beyond the food post’! please keep them coming 😀 I feel like I’m there with you. It sounds like you had an awesome summer!

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