Summer is practically here and this greena colada smoothie bowl is a delicious, healthy treat to enjoy in the heat! I call this the 'greena colada' smoothie bowl because the main ingredients are pineapple and coconut - so, you get the satisfaction of having a tasty, frozen smoothie while also getting all of the nutritional benefits from the greens and superfoods included!
Well, these past six months with my sweet boy have flown right by and just like that - in the blink of an eye - he's already half a year old! He fills my heart with an immeasurable amount of joy and I could never imagine life without him. His 1/2 birthday was on Friday and we celebrated with a homemade pup cake, lots of kisses and belly scratches, and quality time at the park fetching tennis balls and chewing on sticks (I threw the balls... he chewed on the sticks).
Everyone, meet Dawson! My boyfriend got me this perfect little pup and life the past couple of months with him has been amazing! Dawson is so sweet and cuddly, with all the right amounts of spunk and quirkiness. He's clumsy and already growing into his long, awkward legs at this point (he's almost five months old).
Hello friends, world, everyone! It's been a long time since I've shared my last blog post and I apologize for being such a horrible blogger these past few months. A few blog posts back, I explained how life has been so busy and hectic and that is the main reason that I have been M.I.A. for a little bit. Also, after moving into my new place in the summer, I decided not to get internet (weird move for a blogger, right?).
Hello everyone -- happy Saturday! I hope y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with family and friends and got to gobble 'til you wobbled! I made this tasty apple pie for my family and I and it was a huge hit. Of course with fall being my favorite season, I have a bunch of cute leaf-shaped cookie cutters. I used them for the crust to bring to life the crispness of the changing leaves outside in this pie!
Well it's about dang time the holidays are here... they're my absolute favorite! This is a rather lengthy post - I talk alllll about moving + what it's been like living on my own after college, share some photos of this year's Halloween decorations, and give step-by-step instructions (and a video) for a fun, Halloween DIY paper bat tutorial that costs less than $1! Yippee!
Hey there! Long time no see! It's been a crazy hectic summer and I am soooo behind on posting recipes - gahhhh! Between graduating, moving into my own new place, starting a new job, and preparing for grad school, it seems like the past few months have been nothing but a big blur. Over the next few weeks, I plan to post all of my recipes from this summer and play a good ole fashioned game of 'catch up.' First, I'm starting off with this festive, patriotic pie!
Someone pinch me... I must be dreaming. In just a few short weeks (18 days to be exact), my best friend and I will be GRADUATING from Virginia Commonwealth University! We are both health, physical education, and exercise science majors with a concentration in exercise science. I could not have possibly imagined getting through the past couple of years without her - especially our senior year!
Endless sunshine, tropical fruit bowls, and no school work - it doesn't get any better than this! This past week was my spring break and I got to spend a few fun-filled days in Nags Head, NC with my boyfriend! We stayed at a hotel with a beautiful oceanfront view, watched the sun rise and set each day, saw amazing beach views from Jennete's Pier, found gorgeous seashells along on the shore...
Valentine's Day is tomorrow and if you're looking for some last-minute inspiration for tasty recipes to whip up for your special sweetie, then you've come to the right place! Listed below, I have 10 different recipes that are all super delicious... and healthy (for the most part).
The national day of love is almost here, so of courseee I had to fill today's breakfast with lots of hearts! I will admit - I went a little cray today with the heart cookie cutters. I used them for my eggs, tomatoes, even the bread anddd cut out some watermelon with them too. Then I told myself to calm down before I gave myself a HEART-attack (get it... heart attack?) and decided to just add heart-shaped eggs to these sandwiches.
I love, love, LOVE chia pudding because it's super tasty and easy to make! It's a frequent go-to breakfast choice of mine and I like trying it with something a little bit different each time. Y'all have probably realized by now that I'm completely obsessed with smoothies, so that's something that I like to pair with chia pudding to have myself a delicious little treat!
Woohoo! Happy February, y'all! This is definitely one of my favorite months. I think that you should always show unconditional love to those that you hold close to your heart. However, I ALSO think it's great that there is a day (for me, it's a whole month) dedicated to celebrating looovvvve! As always, you can expect that all of the recipes and creations I come up with for the next few weeks will be super festive - lots of red + pink, hearts, bow and arrows, flowers, and sweet treats.
I think it's absolutely insane that it's New Year's Eve and 2015 is getting ready to come to an end in just a few short hours. This year truly flew by... geeze! But hey, time does fly when you're having fun! I made these spunky, sparkly DIY champagne bottles last year but never got around to posting about them. They're super easy to make and will make a cute touch to your New Year's parties.
I hope you all had a very, Merry Christmas! My favorite gift this year was being able to come home from school and spend the holidays with my amazing family and friends. My second favorite gift was the awesome heart-shaped waffle maker I received (thanks to my rad boyfriend). It's a CucinaPro from Crate and Barrel and I'm totally in love with it.
Tasty (and healthy - score!) gingerbread cookies that are sure to spice up any special event. The best part is that gingerbread cookies taste GREAT all year 'round... well, all cookies do... BUT, the decorations can easily be tweaked to suit any holiday or fun-filled occasion that calls for some yummy treats!
Christmas is one of my absolute favorite holidays to decorate for. I was in full Christmas mode come the end of November and decided to start decorating before Thanksgiving even came. Yes, my house looked like a Christmas wonderland on Thanksgiving. There's just something so whimsical about Christmas and I love spreading the cheer throughout the entire house.
It's pouring outside and there's only eight days left until Christmas... I think today is the perfect day to stay cozied up with some hot cocoa and my PJs definitely aren't going anywhere anytime soon. I made a nice and warm cup of my favorite peppermint bark hot chocolate from Williams-Sonoma and I've got a big stack of Christmas movies all set and ready to go. Let the fun begin!
It's the most wonderful time of the year! I figured I'd get a head start on wrapping presents this year because I was still finishing the last of mine on Christmas morning last year... oopsie! I love adding the perfect warm touches to gifts to really make them pop (even though they'll sadly just be ripped to shreds come Christmas day). Butttt, it's also really exciting to see them sitting under the tree lookin' all pretty, so I always take a little extra time to make them special.
Well, December snuck up in the blink of an eye and my favorite season is slowly coming to an end. I'm sad to say goodbye to all of the gorgeous leaves and pupmkin err'thing, but I've been listening to Christmas music every day since the beginning of November and am ready for some festive cheer! Here's a few lovely, 'fall-y' shots I snapped! Farewell, fall. See ya next year!
Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Today was nothing shy of perfect - a wonderful day spent with loved ones, gorgeous, sunshiny weather, and fabulous food. I am the absolute queen of procrastination and made my first (and only) Thanksgiving grocery store trip at 12:00 PM when I had to meet my dinner for family at 4:00 PM. One day I'll get it together... but honestly, everything tastes better when it's made at the last minute (okay... I just made that up... but just pretend it makes sense).
My roommate, Kiara, will be graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in just a few short weeks. We took advantage of a gorgeous spot just around the corner from our house in Richmond (Byrd Park) that was filled with colorful, fallen leaves - EVERYWHERE! I had an awesome time working with her and she made my 'job' pretty darn easy! Graduation sessions are always my favorite because the happiness and excitement from the wonderful, soon-to-be graduates always radiates throughout each fun-filled session.
I was beyond ecstatic when my dear friend Charisma mentioned doing a couple shoot together! I knew working with her and her boyfriend, Bruno, would be an absolute blast. It was a perfect, crisp fall day and we could not have possibly lucked out with weather that was any more beautiful. The morning started off a little chilly, but the sun came out shortly after we got started shooting and our deep, belly laughs through the entire morning probably helped warm us up, too!
So normally when I make desserts, I try to make them as healthified (word check?) as possible, but I'm guilty for eating wayyyy too many sugary, sinful treats this month. My roommates and I have baked a ton of yummy goodies - pumpkin cheesecake, peach fritters, cupcakes, cookies - UGH, I'm definitely going to need to hit the gym ASAP. But hey, you gotta live a little sometimes! Plus it's my favorite month, so I'll just pretend all of these calories never happened...
Happy Halloweeeeek! I can't believe Halloween will be here in just a short week - the month of October flew right by! I'm excited for the trick or treating, the spooky costumes, and oh yeah - it's my birthday! I'm a Halloween baby and will be turning the big 2-2 Saturday. Yippee! Even if my birthday wasn't this month, I'm almost 100% sure October would still be my favorite. I'm a complete, googly-eyed sucker for everything fall has to offer - mums and pumpkins are my fave - but I'm literally obsessed with it all.
Fall is here and it's the bessssst time of the year! Fall is without a doubt my favorite season for many, many reasons - but I think the most notable one is because I get to create/indulge in tasty, festive treats! Today I made something I like to call 'baked cinnamon-apple poppers' - because even though they're a little too large to physically 'pop' into your mouth, they're ohhhh so tasty and you'll surely wish you could devour them in just one bite!
Adventuring is something that I hold near and dear to my heart. My bucket list pretty much has no end and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t dream about getting to check each and every adventure off of the list. I’m in no hurry and think experiences are always more fun when they are spontaneous and have no set plan, but seeing as how life is oh so short, getting a head start is A-Okay with me.
So, I'm in laying in bed... about to go to sleep for the night. I'm all tucked in, lights out, and ready to catch some Z's before having to wake up for class at 9 AM. Then apparently, there was some kind of strange bug in my bed that bit me and made me decide to get up and make a cheesecake... at almost 12 AM. But I didn't just decide that I wanted to make a regular cheesecake - I wanted to try making a RAW cheesecake for the first time.
Hey, guys! I've decided that I want to start sharing deeper, more meaningful posts on my blog. I'm going to let my heart do the talking and share advice/thoughts/random spurts of meaningful words that I hope does not only help keep me inspired, but help inspire others as well.
Today is one my favorite days of the entire year. It's a day to be surrounded by the great company of family and friends. It's a day to be festive and wear a cute outfit equipped with the perfect touches of red, white, and blue. It's a day to spend the morning splashing around by the pool, the afternoon grilling yummy food, and the evening doing tricks with sparklers and watching fireworks light up the sky.
Hello there, beautiful souls! This has been the longest I have gone without blogging since I started this blog *sheds a tear*, but I just have been super busy lately! My last post was right around when summer first started, and since then I have been loaded with summer classes at my university and working.
It's the best time of the year - summertime! Summer signifies the end of cold weather and a long year of school work and the start of relaxation and countless days of soaking up the sun. What better way to celebrate than with a refreshing, coconut smoothie bowl?! Seriously, what better way to celebrate than with a refreshing, coconut smoothie bowl?!
This past winter was a long, cold, snowy one. When spring began to make its grand appearance for the season, I seriously could not have been more ecstatic! I think that spring is such a special season because we all get to witness its beauty progressively grow with each new day, just as we are doing ourselves.
I had so much fun shooting with Shaniece, who will be graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University this Saturday and receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing. We both live in Richmond, VA and decided to go to the state capitol to shoot!
I had an absolute blast yesterday shooting with the beautiful soon-to-be graduate, Lauren! We shot at Botanical Gardens in Norfolk, VA and could not have asked for a more beautiful day to make some great memories. The sun was shining and gorgeous flowers were in bloom EVERYWHERE!
Happy Easter loves! I hope you all had wonderful days filled with nothing but good times and happiness, while of course not failing to keep in mind that today is celebrated for our savior. My day was spent with the people that mean the most to me. I'm so thankful for them and the amount of blessings that I have to thank God for are just endless.
If there's one thing that I have to admit that I have an unhealthy obsession for, it's definitely mason jars. I have a gazillion of them and seriously use them for everything. I have all sorts of styles, sizes, and colors and just can't resist when I see a new, cute one in the store that I don't already have - you betcha I'm walkin' out of that store with a new jar.
The first day of spring was two days ago but it's still been rather chilly. However, this morning was warm, beautiful, and filled with lots of sunshine. I celebrated with a bright, flavorful smoothie bowl for breakfast!
Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Hooray for my first blog post! It's been so fun watching this site slowly come together and I'm sooo happy that it's just about finished up now! I love any excuse to get festive so today was certainly no exception! I decided to add a little twist on today's breakfast smoothie to create what I like to call the Shamrock Swirl Smoothie.