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    Emily Malone

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Windy Whirlwind – HLS Day One

I am having so much FUN here in Chicago with all these other bloggers!!  One of the most fun parts has been catching up with my blog BFF, Kath, who brought me this lovely raw carrot muffin from a restaurant she visited before I got here.  Yum!

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Friday morning I walked with a group of bloggers for a bright and early breakfast at the Corner Bakery, who for some reason said photos of their sign and menu were not allowed?  Strange.  I got a GIGANTIC iced coffee to start my day, knowing it would be a long one.

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I ordered the cold Swiss muesli breakfast with raisins, apples, nuts, and other goodies.

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And then I crumbled bits and pieces of my raw muffin into it – hit the spot!

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For once in my life I did NOT finish my food, because it was a lot and I knew I was headed to…

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HOT YOGA!  I was so excited when Kath told me she was signing me up for a yoga class here in Chicago.  Tina, Meghann, Kath, and I headed to Corepower Yoga about a mile away from our hotel.

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Meghann and I have been blog friends for SO long, and even though I already knew I loved her, it was fun to finally connect in person.  We have been internet running buddies from the start.  :)

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I was worried that the yoga class would be really intense because we are in a big city (is that weird?), but I found it to be refreshing and just my style.  It was HOT, hot, hot!  The best part was the amazing studio.  Check out the windows and city views!

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We played in the studio a bit…

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And then took our sweaty selves out of there.  I was drenched head to toe!

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I have been to Chicago many times before, and my grandparents live here, but the fun of the big city never gets old.

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After yoga and some much needed showers, a group of us headed out in search of a fun lunch spot.

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We walked for a looooong time until we made our way to the Berghoff Restaurant.

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I ordered the Roasted Sweet Potato Panini, which sounded delicious…

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And totally was!  Although mine didn’t have any figs, which bummed me out.  I LOVE figs!

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After lunch was obligatory food blogger fro-yo.

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Chocolate with crushed graham cracker and chocolate sprinkles – I was in the mood for DESSERT!

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I spent the rest of the afternoon helping the HLS committee run a few errands and work out some kinks, and then last night I headed to the official kick off cocktail party.  I decided with all the bloggers and cameras that I would rather enjoy and experience the party than run around taking pictures all night long, so I have ZERO pictures from last night to show you.  :(  Except for this one, that I am stealing from Meghann

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So fun to have other Charlotte bloggers here!  It was wonderful meeting all these familiar faces, and I’m hoping to meet a lot more today.  Now I’m off for the official day of presentations, food, and of course, lots more fun…

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Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul     at 8:54 am

Have you ever made a raw “pastry” (I guess that’s what you would call it?)? I’d imagine it would be incredibly difficult… But I have no idea!

Despite the fact that I would have loved to have seen more of the cocktail party and night, I’m glad you left your camera to rest. It’s so easy to get caught up in documenting that we miss being in the moment. I think that’s true for blogging as well as the rest of life. While my blog is less photo-heavy, I notice that sometimes I’m so on the lookout for “topics” to discuss that I realize I’m in my head and not enjoying what’s going on around me.

Hope you have a great rest of HLS!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Wow, no I haven’t, but now I want to try! Totally agree about losing the moment. Sometimes I prefer to LIVE my experiences rather than photograph them. :)

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Chelsey     at 8:58 am

How fun! I’m living vicariously through you this weekend, okay? Have fun in Chicago!! I didn’t know your grandparents live here – the NEXT time you’re here, let me know!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Yep, up in Lake Forest!

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JL Goes Vegan     at 8:59 am

Sweet potato pannini?! YUM! Looks like a wonderful experience so far!

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Melissa @ HerGreenLife     at 11:34 am

I just read Kath’s post where she mentioned that someone in the group ordered a chocolate graham cracker fro-yo, and my first thought was, “Yum, that’s what I would have ordered, too!” :)

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Haha totally. It was deeeeelicious!

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Maryann     at 11:51 am

Your and your yoga buddies all look like sisters.

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Ashley     at 1:40 pm

Love that you left your camera behind. Sometimes it’s just annoying to have it strapped to you all night long. Looks like tons of fun so far. The muesli looks amazing!! As does the yoga! Oh, AND the froyo ;) xo

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Gree     at 2:26 pm

This looks like such a wondrous weekend of food and celebrating healthy lifestyles, have fun!

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Jackie (Peaces of Earth)     at 2:53 pm

I go to Core Power Yoga in San Diego and absolutely love it!! Glad you had fun. :)

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Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly     at 5:51 pm

Yay, happy HLS! All your eats look so delicious. I wish there was fro-yo closer than 1/2 an hour away from me! Color me jealous.

Loving the Anthropologie dress. :-)

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Haha thanks – stayed true to my word and wore it again! Look for it in October… :)

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Robyn @ Wannabe Writer Runner     at 9:31 pm

What a wonderful day! Love that you all did yoga together, so fun.

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Amanda (tomboy that wears makeup)     at 10:27 pm

Congrats on being in the magazine. That is a huge success and you should be very proud! Definitely an inspiration!!

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Kristie     at 9:28 am

looks like a fun time with good friends (old and new).

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Chicago Cuisine Critique     at 10:09 am

Looks like you are having a great time. Glad to see everyone is enjoying Chicago!

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Elizabeth A.     at 8:31 pm

LOL wow it’s crazy to see both you and Meghann in a picture! I have not been into blogging long… n have been absent from it 4afew months :(, but you and Meghann are the only blogs I have ever followed! So cool! You guys really are quite amazing.

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Awww thanks. Meghann was just as wonderful in person as I imagined. Love her!

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