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Hello!  Welcome to ChiaSeedMe!

I’m Candice – the writer, photographer and adventurer behind this blog.  I’m so glad you’ve stopped by!

ChiaSeedMe is where I document my path to health and happiness in all areas of my life.  I write about eating healthy, traveling, my faith, fitness – and well, basically anything else that pops into this little head of mine.

The husband and I are going on 5 years of marriage, and I am head over heels in love with him.  And, in the spirit of honesty, I love to spend every spare moment that I can with him.  Lucky for me, he loves me too:) We also have a furbaby named Olive, who gets some serious face time around here – she is our only child (for now) and we love her to pieces:)  Oh, and she loves carrots. 

We got married in the summer of 2006 after which we stayed around here (Oklahoma) for a year so I could finish school; then we were off on a new adventure!  We moved to Thailand to work with Campus Crusade for Christ sharing Jesus and His Gospel with Thai students.  It was the most challenging year of our lives, but God blessed us so much through the Thais, and we are beyond thankful to have experienced our time there.  We miss our Thai home so much, and are so anxious to go back!

Since coming back to the states, I’ve been a high school English teacher and a nanny, and now, 2 years later I’m still on a mission to discover exactly what God has planned for my life.  You can just call me Jack (of all trades that is:).

Three days a week you’ll find me tutoring international students, helping them learn  English and the crazy ways of Americans.  Two days a week you’ll find me at the gym teaching yoga and PiYo.  And the rest of the time you’ll find me working on our business or writing, usually with a camera around my neck.  It can be a challenge to wear so many hats, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

I hope you’ll stick around for awhile so we can get to know each other.  Meeting readers is one of my favorite things about this blog – so drop me a line and let’s be friends!

If you have any questions, concerns or just want to say hi, email me at candice{at}chiaseedme{dot}com.

41 Responses to “about”

  1. Amanda says:

    Hi Candice,
    I work with your mom and she recommended I visit your site….I love it! I’m trying to eat healthier and you are motivating me to do better!!!

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  2. candice says:

    How sweet Amanda! Thanks for visiting my site and for commenting! You totally made my day. Hope all is well at CHS:)

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  3. Hi Candice! Thanks for your comments on my blog :) Your blog is gorgeous! I just love the layout!
    Confession: I haven’t actually tried chia seeds yet! The only thing I’ve had them in was a homemade granola, but I don’t feel I’ve fully had the chia experience yet! ;)

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  4. Jenn says:

    Hi Candice! I saw one of your comments on another blog about your faith and wanted to check out your corner of the internet.

    Your and your hubby are such a cute couple and Olive is a doll. You know I’ve never tried chia seeds either. :-) Very cool you got to live in Thailand. I’ve never been there but it’s on my list…almost everywhere is on my list though! Anyway just wanted to say hi.

    BTW I noticed you read Rockstar Diaries. I look at that blog everyday b/c they are just so dang cute and hip. ;-) I like to pretend I’m young and carefree again when I read it. Ha!!

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  5. Just wanted to drop a note and say “hi”. I’ve been blogroll surfing and found you via Oh She Glows. The first thing that grabbed my attention was your blog title. I’m so curious about these chia seeds that keep popping up on blogs I’m perusing. Secondly I saw you ran in the OKC marathon which rocks b/c I’m an Okie living in the OKC metro area. It’s not too often that I find a random Oklahoman blogger :-) I look forward to scouting out more of your blog!

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    candice Reply:

    Hi Amber! Thanks for stopping by and droppin’ a note to say hi! I totally know what you mean about never finding Oklahoma bloggers. I wish there were more of us!

    And about the chia seeds…stay tuned because there just might be a chance for you to try some soon;)

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  6. Rosemary says:

    Hi Candace,

    I am in Thailand and was online looking for the translation of Chia seed into Thai, so i could go to the local market and buy some. I know they have it here, because 25 years ago when i was pregnant with my daughter here, and having some issues, someone told me to go to the market and buy these little black seeds and mix them with my yogurt. That was 25 years ago, and sadly, i just don’t remember what they are called. We have just recently returned from a stint in the U.S. where i fell in love with Chia seeds. I was wondering if, during your year in Thailand, if you used chia seeds…and if you happen to know what they are called in Thai :)

    Thanks,

    Rosemary

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    candice Reply:

    Hi Rosemary – it is so fun for me to hear from you all the way from Thailand!

    Unfortunately, I did not even know about chia seeds when I lived in Thailand. I totally understand the frustration of wanting something and knowing it’s out there but not being able to find it!

    My only thought is that there may not be a Thai word for “chia.” You might try using the word for seed and following it with chia – mel̆d chia. I’m sure you’ve probably already thought of that, but that’s my only idea.

    Also, you’ve probably already thought of this as well, but there are a couple of websites that ship chia seeds internationally. It is a bit pricey, but I just thought I’d mention it.

    Keep me updated, and let me know if you find them!

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    Rosemary Reply:

    Thanks for your reply, Candace. You’re right, I already tried to find the translation for Chia seed online….that is how i found your interesting blog :) I’ll let you know if I find it locally, and what it’s called, just in case others want to know as well.

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  7. I like your HLS blog button. U make that yourself?

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    candice Reply:

    haha, thanks! My husband made it. He’s a designer, so he can’t help himself on things like that:)

    Feel free to swipe it if you want!

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  8. You have a very cool story. I love love love your blog design. Glad I found you!

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    candice Reply:

    Thanks, girl. I’m headed over to check out your blog asap!

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  9. Dorry says:

    Wow – fun to read this! I think we have a lot in common. Look forward to following along and keeping in touch. :)

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  10. Hey! Fellow Oklahoman here! Just excited to see another healthy living blog in this area!

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  11. sarah says:

    Hi!!
    Im pretty new to the blogging world and just found your site!! I love what I see so far!
    curious…have you ever made a Chia Seed Pudding (since your name is ChiaSeedMe haha)
    I had an amazing one in NYC before I left but havent been able to recreate something as yummy since :(
    Thanks a Bunch, and hope you’ll take a peek at my blog!

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    candice Reply:

    Hi! Welcome to the blogging world! Thanks so much for stopping by and for dropping me a line:)

    Believe it or not, I have not made chia seed pudding. I’d say I’ve made almost every chia recipe other than that at some point or another. Must make some soon!

    Definitely looking forward to checkout out your space:)

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    sarah Reply:

    Haha…I guess we will have to try out some recipes together and compare :)

    xx
    @healthymodel

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  12. lindsay says:

    This is so amazing! I love that you were in Campus for Christ in Thailand. OUr good friends did the same. Glad to have found your blog. God bless!
    LC

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    candice Reply:

    Thank you! And thanks for stopping by!

    Did your friends specifically go to Thailand with CCC? The Thailand Crusade world is pretty small, so I might know them!

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    lindsay Reply:

    I don’t think they went directly with CCC. But they did work for CCC in a lot of ways. The marshalls (mindy marshall)is a good friend of mine.
    Have a great day!

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  13. traci says:

    I love your blog :)

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    candice Reply:

    Thank you – I’m so glad you stopped by!

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  14. Hilda says:

    Nice blog!

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    candice Reply:

    Thanks, Hilda! I’m so glad you stopped by!

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  15. Lara says:

    Hi! JJ told me I should check out your site. I was just wondering where you got the button for Elyse’s pro site. I want one for my blog! Thanks, Lara

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    candice Reply:

    Hi Lara! Thanks so much for stopping by! I love JJ:) Elyse made the ad to put in my sidebar, and I’m sure if you asked her she’d be happy to hook you up. She’s always up for advertising opportunities! I’d love to check out your blog sometimes as well!

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    Lara Reply:

    That is so funny because I emailed Elyse yesterday, too, and she had no idea. :)

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  16. Teri says:

    Hi Candy-loo! Do you know how much I miss you? Yeah, it’s me…been just so crazy busy this entire school year, but I think of you and miss you regularly…just wanted you to know. I love you and hope life is treating you well!

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    candice Reply:

    Hey friend! I miss you too! Of course I totally understand the busy times of the school year. I think about you all the time (literally so often) and I hope we can get together and catch up soon I need some Teri time!

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  17. I love to read about how in love you are with your husband and how you want to spend every second with him, but now his job has taken that away from you.
    I too am a mom to (two) puppies and I love it! Your outlook is really inspiring :)

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    candice Reply:

    Thanks so much for your sweet note, Amy! I am really going to miss that guy…but it’s the challenges in life that keep it interesting!

    Aren’t puppies the best? :)

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  18. hey! just found your blog and im really glad i discovered it because it looks like we have a lot in common… im a photographer also, and love to travel as well! (was on 4 continents last year… so staying in one place actually seems appealing!) im also involved in campus crusades at my college =)

    i loveeee your haircut btw!!

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    candice Reply:

    Hey Natalie! Thanks so much for the sweet compliment:) How fun to find another fellow photography and travel lover! Can’t live without either one:)

    Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hi – can’t wait to run over and check out your blog!

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  19. I am in Thailand and was online looking for the translation of Chia seed into Thai, so i could go to the local market and buy some. I know they have it here, because 25 years ago when i was pregnant with my daughter here, and having some issues, someone told me to go to the market and buy these little black seeds and mix them with my yogurt. That was 25 years ago, and sadly, i just don’t remember what they are called. We have just recently returned from a stint in the U.S. where i fell in love with Chia seeds. I was wondering if, during your year in Thailand, if you used chia seeds…and if you happen to know what they are called in Thai
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