Shine On Beautiful

Family. Food. Beautiful Spaces. Healing. Travel. Living Free.

Rutherfordton, NC & Carolina Renaissance Festival

This past weekend Colin and I took a trip to Rutherfordton, NC and stayed in a tiny, quaint cabin with our three pups. It was so magical. Sometimes living in … Continue reading

November 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Our Hobby: Elderhaus Wand Shop

Colin and I have a hobby. We like to make wands. && we call it Elderhaus. Yes, real, wooden wands. Like Harry Potter wands! He does all the wood working … Continue reading

October 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Life After Recovery

It’s been a very long time since my eating disorder was active. I am not going to go much into the details of my actual disorder, as you can read … Continue reading

October 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

Our Pinterest Pumpkin Carvings

This last weekend we had some pumpkin carving fun! Sunday is typically our “fun” day. We sleep a little late, take our time getting up, and bring ourselves back down … Continue reading

October 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Always.

“After all this time? Always.” -Severus Snape, JK Rowlings Ask me the most important thing in my life. My reason for living, breathing, doing. My family. My husband, Colin, and … Continue reading

October 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

It’s my favorite season: Fall!

I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by! 2016 has been a huge year for growth here at the DiPaola household. As I reflect upon last year around … Continue reading

October 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

The 31 Days of July

Colin and I marked our 4-year marriage anniversary yesterday, July 30th, 2014. Time flies. We’ve been together for almost six years now, and it only seems like yesterday we were … Continue reading

July 31, 2014 · 7 Comments

Vegan Pups + Peanut Butter & Banana Overnight Oats

I’ve been considering doing a vegan meal plan for our dogs for some time now. And I don’t mean buying vegan dog food, I want to feed them real unprocessed … Continue reading

June 9, 2014 · 10 Comments

Rainbow Restaurant in Fort Collins, CO

We are home! And boy am I happy to be back to my beautiful humid Wilmington, North Carolina. While we were in Colorado, Colin and I saw a lot, did … Continue reading

June 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Supporter’s Story

Being a support for someone struggling with an eating disorder (or any other addiction for that matter) is a rewarding, yet a difficult journey. As the struggler, we often don’t … Continue reading

May 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Project HEAL: Recovery Is

So I have some really exciting news…I am the new chapter leader for the Wilmington, NC chapter of Project HEAL! I am so incredibly thrilled, I can’t contain myself!!!!!!!!!!!! AH! … Continue reading

March 13, 2014 · 4 Comments

Things I Did to Help Amy

I wanted to share some of my coping skills and ideas that I used to support Amy (myself) through this journey to recovery! 1. Told Colin and established my support … Continue reading

January 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

My First Trip in Almost a Decade

My first trip in almost a decade. Ok, so a decade is a LONG time to not go anywhere and I’m sure a lot of you who have seen me … Continue reading

January 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

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