About Me

What is A Fit and Spicy Life? The name I thought of 5+ years ago. Best name ever? No, but after 2000+ posts I am not going anywhere. Just like the tagline says, a lot of cooking (rarely making the same thing twice), a little wine and the workouts to balance it all out.


A city girl who married a country boy and compromised on the sort of suburbs with 2 dogs and a few acres. Those dogs are our family, Tanner is a 12 year old jack russell terrier who has his affectionate moments but is mostly crabby and Clifford a 5 year old chihuahua/jack russell mix who just wants to be on your lap. I am a  lover of food, wine, cheese, yoga, weight lifting, travel and magazines. A Wisconsinite turned Minnesotan, marketing manager by day food blogger by night and weekend.


Lots of recipes, wine on Wednesdays (just on the blog, we have wine at least a few times a week) and my thoughts about fitness. Known for having serious workout ADD and am constantly changing things up, everything from PiYo to Yoga Sculpt, Cardio, Weight Lifting, Spinning… the list goes on and on.






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natalie September 25, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Wow…what a fun filled crazy year! I have just found your blog and am getting ready to explore. Your goals are great..and you’re right everything in moderation!!


Krissy October 30, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Hey Mellisa!
I love meeting other bloggers around the same age as me – it sounds like we are at about the same points in our lives :) So much fun, exciting stuff going on all at once – sometimes it can be a challenge to balance! I look forward to continuing to read your blog – it’s wonderful!


heather @thenheathersaid November 8, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Just wanted to leave you a note and let you know that I stumbled upon your blog this weekend and have enjoyed reading :) am excited to keep learning more about you in this great blogging community.


natalie November 18, 2009 at 11:58 am

just found your blog through health blog helper! great to find new blogs!! :)


V December 4, 2009 at 8:48 am


I’ve found your blog via Julie’s blogroll (peanutbutterfingers) and I enjoy reading it! Congratulations to your wedding and all those fantastic things you have achieved in 2009! I look forward to continuing to read your blog!

PS. Would you mind if I added your blog to the list of blogs I follow (I tend to ask before I do it so I don’t offend anyone). Thanks!


Alisa@Foodista December 6, 2009 at 9:09 am

What an amazing year this has been for you, and you are pretty amazing as well! I love your cookie recipes! Looking forward to catching up on your other posts!


chocolatepickle December 16, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Nice to see another “almost 30″ year old out there blogging! My husband grew up in a small town outside of Green Bay too and we live in Milwaukee now! Can’t wait to read more of your blog!


Lindsay January 1, 2010 at 10:39 pm


At Foodbuzz in November in SF, all of these people were telling me about the “Minnesota girl” – which must have been YOU! I’m originally from the Twin Cities and just spent 12 days at home visiting my family. Did you do your MBA at Carlson?? Congrats on what sounds like a very event-filled 2009. Would love to meet you the next time I’m in Minnesota (although it may not be for a few months). Until then, stay warm and keep doing lots of yoga!



Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth September 16, 2011 at 10:11 am

Mellissa, I didn’t realize you also lived in Minneapolis! It is always fun to find other foodies who live in your city! It sounds like we have a lot in common. I have also lived here for about 10 years and moved here for school. Love your site!


Caitlin December 13, 2011 at 7:50 am

Hey Melissa- randomly stumbled across youre blog and say you live in Minneapolis, me too! Great city, can’t wait to read more!


Kim March 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Hey Mellissa! We have much in common – I’m a thirty-something living in Southern CA with my husband and two dogs (and 14 chickens). We eat, we travel, we have 750 bottles of wine in the cellar… and we love the life we live. And… at the moment, I have a membership to three gyms. :-)




Caren @ voodies November 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Girl, you had me at “wine lover”!

So nice to have found your blog!!!!



vivek August 8, 2013 at 2:51 am

My self vivek From Taureans IP Management. Belgaum, India. i am a consultant for IPR Registration in India. I just wanted to know that “AFITANSPICYLIFE” is registered for trademark. and about website still its in launch.


Jan Hyatt October 29, 2013 at 9:28 am

Hi – saw your tweet about yahoo mail – LOTS of people are unhappy with the new version. Thought I’d share some links, first our change.org petition:


Read our letter to Marissa Mayer: http://yahoomailvoices.com

And read a humorous take on the mess that is Yahoo Mail: http://janhyatt.kinja.com/now-i-get-it-yahoo-is-just-plain-smarter-than-i-am-1452912567

Spread the word! If you could share the petition link with your followers, that would be a great help – Jan Hyatt, Petition Organizer, Severna
Park, MD, USA


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