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

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

Wow, it’s been a while.

Wow, it’s been a while. I recently decided I wanted to blog again, for┬áreasons that I am not ready to discuss. Either way, I was unsure if I should start … Continue reading

October 18, 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

Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes, Doggy version

As most of my readers know, we have vegan dogs. My goal is to come up with more amazing doggy recipes that are healthy for your and my pups. Recently, … Continue reading

June 14, 2014 · 2 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

S’mores Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting

I have a slight HUGE obsession with s’mores. I’ve already dove into the s’mores craze by making S’mores Cookies. I’ve attempted a s’mores smoothie (in progress) and now I am … Continue reading

May 12, 2014 · 8 Comments

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

Recovery is Possible: I’m living proof.

As the days go by, I find myself loving life more and more. I do what makes ME, Amy, happy. I don’t focus on the bad; I look for the … Continue reading

April 29, 2014 · 21 Comments

Learning to Deal with Emotions in a Healthy Way

A frequent question I asked myself during my journey to full recovery was, “What am I, Amy, really feeling?” Eating disorders are NEVER about the food, and honestly, when Chaundra … Continue reading

April 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

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