Being Lazy vs. Taking Care of Yourself

Has this thought ever crossed your mind? Let’s say you have a few hours to kill before work/an appt./whatever or you have the day off. This is YOUR day! You can finally catch up on laundry, write those thank-you notes you’ve been putting off, go grocery shopping, catch up on emails… 24 hours to get stuff DONE! Right?! But then that time comes and all you wanna do is lay in bed or binge watch Netflix and bake cookies. Am I just lazy!? I find this scenario happening in my life almost weekly. And I feel guilty about it. I

Olyxir

If you guys follow me on Instagram, you know that I’ve been drinking a tea called Olyxir every morning. I’ve been drinking it for about 3 weeks now and wanted to share what I thought about it with you guys! A few months ago, I was listening to a lecture and I learned about the vast amount of polyphenols that are found in olives and their byproducts. I was specifically learning about extra virgin olive oil and how only olive oil contains a polyphenol called oleocanthal, which acts almost like an ibuprofen. Interesting, right?! I then heard about this company,

The Best of 2017

I love new beginnings. The main reason why Monday is actually my favorite day of the week. A fresh start. A new opportunity to get things done or started. A lot of people can be afraid of change or new beginnings, but I truly welcome them with both arms wide open! I will say, I understand why some people hate New Year’s resolutions. They seem very “surface-y” and a lot of people tend to fall off their resolution wagon by February. I do like to think about resolutions though and reflect on the past year… where I went wrong, where

Benefits of Collagen

There are so many health fads today that it can be hard to decipher which are worth it and which are a hoax. A huge health fad today is adding collagen to anything and everything… and it is a fad I am 100% in support of. I’ve been taking collagen for about 2 years and have noticed numerous benefits from it. But… what exactly is collagen? Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It makes up 1/3 of the human body to be exact. It is the protein that holds the body together more or less. As

Leather + Suede

Andrea and I had quite the dramatic shoot the other day! It was a little cloudy outside, but the air was warming up, so we took advantage of it. We got to the top of one of our favorite parking structures and to our surprise, a tornado was passing through! Not really… but it sure as heck felt like one! We started our shoot by chasing Andrea’s hat around for about 5 minutes. Frustrated and cold, we eventually just said forget it and went to our usual spot- Governor Snyder’s parking garage (LOL). I’ll be honest, all I want to

The BEST Carrot Cake Cupcakes

I’ve been on a little baking kick this week. Carrot cake is my favorite dessert of all time. It is so rich, moist, and I love the different textures. The 7-layer carrot cake from Mitchell’s is to-die-for. Sam and I always get it whenever we go there or when we are celebrating something. Considering that that cake is 7-layers of straight sugar, I decided to recreate it and ohhhh man… I think I nailed it. Sam took a bite, looked at me, and said, “These are way better than Mitchell’s, I promise.” SUCCESS. The mixture of carrot, coconut, and cinnamon is

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

I honestly don’t even know where to begin with these. I haven’t baked in awhile and I absolutely love it, so I thought these sounded easy and yummy. My expectations were not high at all, but oh. my. gosh. I think this is my best recipe I’ve ever created (other than the carrot cake cupcakes I also just made. I am on a ROLL today!). These muffins are moist, but crunchy on the outside. The warm raspberries literally explode in your mouth. And then there is the decadent dark chocolate. Like, dayyyum. I’ve been eating them alllllll day. They taste

Roasted Chestnut Hot Chocolate

It is January, which means the #Whole30January is in full swing! This is something that I like to do every year. The Whole30 has seen some controversy recently, but coming from someone who has done 3 times now – I love it. It is described as a ‘nutritional reset’ and that is exactly what I need after the holidays. I feel so good after completing it. My skin glows, my hair is shiny, my energy is through the roof, and it has helped me keep my sweet tooth in check (big win for me!). I am also quite the wine