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Where’s Mindful Momma? Biking in New Zealand!

Biking in New Zealand with Great Bike Tours

If you’re wondering where I am these next few weeks, here’s the scoop: I’ll be on a bike tour in New Zealand!

Good friends of ours own and lead a fantastic company called Great Bike Tours. We’ve biked with them in Vermont and they’ve been begging us to do the New Zealand tour for years. We finally took the bait!

We’ll be biking on the South island of New Zealand – making a big loop starting in Dunedin and ending up in Christchurch. We’ll start out riding the rail trails through orchards and vineyards and head toward Wanaka, Milford Sound and Queenstown for some spectacular scenery and fun adventures. Then we’ll ride along the West coast to see the beaches, rainforests and one of the world’s fastest flowing glaciers. After that we’ll head inland toward the Southern Alps, where we’ll get to meet lots of sheep. And yes, we will be biking through Lord of the Rings territory on the trip!

Plus we’re making a pit stop in Fiji – because hey, it’s on the way – and a great place to get over jet lag!

Follow along on Instagram and Facebook!

I’ll be posting pics throughout the trip – and then I’ll see you back here in March!

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Photo courtesy of Great Bike Tours.

Gearing up for National Women’s Health & Fitness Day

National Women's Health & Fitness Day via

Thank you go Adora Calcium Supplements for sponsoring this post. With all the talk of detoxing and fitness boosting I've been hearing lately, it seems that September is the new January. It makes sense after all the indulgences of summer (which were totally worth it by the way), but now it's time for a renewed dedication to exercise … [Continue reading]

How to Enjoy Running When You Don’t

How to enjoy running when you don't.

Running does not come naturally for me. When I'm pounding the pavement, my muscles ache, my knees hurt, I'm wishing I was done. Yet, I continue to run, albeit not far or super often, because it's the quickest form of good, heart-pumping exercise I can get. No car or special equipment needed. No membership required. Running is … [Continue reading]

On the Moo-ve all Winter with Stonyfield Smoothies

Stonyfield YoKids Smoothie

Some of you may think it's spring already, but not in Minnesota. Here winter hangs on for at least a month longer than in many other places. With such a long winter, and with two high-energy boys in the house, we need to keep active or we'll go a little stir crazy. Fortunately, we do enjoy winter and we find plenty of both outdoor and … [Continue reading]

Staying Fit on the Fly

laying sod in yard

That's me laying sod in 90+ degree weather!   It's hard to believe it's been 12 weeks since I set out to participate in the Go Green Get Fit Challenge with a bunch of other green and health focused bloggers. Summer always flys by but this time I swear someone stole away some of the days...where did they go? My fitness … [Continue reading]