Motivation Monday

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Monday Workout MotivationEveryone needs a little motivation and while I used to need motivation on Wednesday I have been finding, as of late, Monday is a hard day.  Oddly enough it is the busiest day at my gym, hence it is hard to activate myself to get there to join the crowd.  So if you are like me and want a little motivation today, here’s a few things to help out.  At the end of the blog post, a bonus workout video is available.  Read now and then get right out there and enjoy yourself!

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Visiting Jim Beam & Jack Daniels

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Alabama Rainbows Normally Genki Husband and I love to visit wineries when traveling, even while in Australia we did so.  We feel pretty lucky (maybe because we drove through a rainbow in Alabama) to the amount of wineries we have visited across the entire globe.  But when traveling through Tennessee and Kentucky it would almost be against the law to go to a winery instead of a bourbon and whiskey distillery.  So that’s what we did instead:

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Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

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Louisville Slugger Museum: Tennessee, USA #museum #louisville #tennessee #sluggerWhen scheduling a trip of any kind, Genki Husband and I are all too keen on seeing everything that time will allot.  There is nothing like filling a trip up with fun things for entertainment and education.  When we went to Oahu, Hawaii we made sure we did just about as much as possible.  Upon returning our rental car the rental agent mentioned we had one of the highest (if not highest) amount of miles on the vehicle as she had ever seen in her career.  That made us proud because while we weren’t rushing around, we were seeing most of the sights.  YOLO!  This is what we intended on doing with our trip to Alabama.  So, we searched all over the place for things to do and one of them was to go to the Slugger Baseball Bat museum and factory in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Traveling to Alabama

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Already I have introduced a few places we visited while on our mini anniversary vacation to Alabama from Indiana.  In total it takes about 12 hours without stops to get there from the top of Indiana to the top of Alabama.  It’s a good day down there- easy enough in one day (but then again we are used to it after driving around 12-14 hours for Christmas from Virginia).  Basically if you don’t drink too many liquids and don’t take too many photo op stops, you can make it in plenty of time to get a pizza from Mellow Mushroom.  Here are a few things I wanted to share with you about the trip that did not quite make it into any other category.

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Vegan Eats Down to Alabama: Part 2

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Huntsville, Alabama: Vegan options #ILoveKorea #vegan #huntsville #alabama Going to the deep south sometimes worries vegans but I am not really sure why this is the case.  There are a lot more options than one might think.  Every time we go on vacation we make a list of all the vegan options in the area.  Sometimes we come across different options than just following alongside our list, especially mom and pop restaurants which is our favorite place to dine.  This is the case when we were in Alabama, we found some great options for coffee houses (most in the city serve almond milk and soy milk).  Another case in point was when we were driving to a sub shop called Stanlieo’s Sub Villa.  Just two blocks down the road we found the above I love Korea restaurant.  We did not dine at it since we already had a plan but if we were staying longer we would have enjoyed some fresh Korean food.  Here’s what we did adventure into eating:

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Vegan Eats Down to Alabama

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Earth Friends Cafe in New Albany, IN.  Vegan options Continuing on with our trip to Alabama for our 10th Anniversary, I would like to share with all of you the vegan food we ate while traveling and in Huntsville, Alabama.  The trip was only a few days in duration but there were a few places we are still thinking about today.  I’m sure there are a ton of places we did not get the chance to go to but if you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments section below so we can continue on with sharing AL vegan options.  Thanks.

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Huntsville, Alabama Botanical Gardens: Pt 2

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Huntsville Botanical Gardens, Alabama, USA.  #gardens #alabama Yesterday I did not fit all of our photos on just one blog post, so today is part 2 of the Huntsville Botanical Gardens.  Nature is a place I can relax so I tend to take a ton of photos so these two posts are just a glimpse into the photos I took while at the gardens.  At the end, I will give you our review and visiting information. (Please note all photos have been compressed to fit within size requirements of uploading.) Continue reading

Huntsville, Alabama Botanical Gardens

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Huntsville Botanical Gardens, Alabama, USA. Huntsville, Alabama as you may remember from my last blog post is the location we chose for our 10th Anniversary celebration mini vacation.  Our goal is to travel to all of the states and territories of the USA together.  Alabama was a great selection seeing as Genki Husband is in a peak season for work and we intend on possibly going overseas this fall season.  Alabama is about a 12-14 hour trip so the drive one-way can easily be done in one day for us.  As we researched the Huntsville area, we found one of the popular destinations beyond the Air and Space Museum is the Huntsville Botanical Gardens.

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Mini Anniversary Trip: US Space and Rocket Center

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US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsvile, Alabama, USA

Genki Husband and I celebrated our 10th anniversary this last week.  For a special celebration we decided it might be entertaining just to pick a state we haven’t adventured to just yet and go for it.  Seeing as we have been to most NASA centers around the world, we decided we should celebrate a decade together by adventuring the moon and back.  This led us to Huntsville, Alabama, USA.

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