Peppermint Vanilla Lip Scrub + My Top Skincare Products: Part I

Use this Peppermint Vanilla Lip Scrub to gently exfoliate your lips before applying balm or lipstick! It can be used daily or as needed.   Aside from food, photography and travel, skincare is one of my favorite hobbies. I’m tempted to start a separate skincare blog, but I honestly don’t know when I’d find the time. Testing products brings me joy, and I have to make an effort not to go overboard for the sake of both my wallet and

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My Top 20 Food Blogging Tips For Beginners

Are you new to food blogging? Overwhelmed and trying to figure it all out? Keep reading to learn My Top 20 Food Blogging Tips For Beginners!  I’m often asked if I have any tips for new food bloggers. I know it can be extremely overwhelming at first! So I’ve come up with a list of my top 20 tips. I wish someone had told me these things when I was first starting out. I’m no expert, and there are many out

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Cardamom Vanilla Bean Toasted Coconut Shortbread + My 24 Hour Digital Detox

These Cardamom Vanilla Bean Toasted Coconut Shortbread Cookies are a fragrant mix of flavors and textures. When I was 4 years old, MTV debuted Video Killed The Radio Star on our bulky television screen. I grew up staring at machines. We think of RIGHT NOW as the internet age, but computers fascinated me even before we had smartphones and constant information at our fingertips. I played King’s Quest 4 and Maniac Mansion on our Apple IIGS. Prodigy, AOL discs (and

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Savory Oatmeal with Poached Eggs, Mushrooms and Parmesan + My Journey Toward Minimalism

This savory oatmeal with poached eggs, mushrooms and parmesan is a cozy breakfast for two that comes together in no time. Oatmeal is a healthy whole grain that doesn’t have to be sweetened to be delicious. “The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.” – Joshua Becker Minimalism. Simple living. KonMari. Until recently these ideas were fairly abstract to me, but the past several months have led me to make a few life changes. Simplifying my surroundings

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Bittersweet Brownies with Matcha Frosting + The Stigma of Bipolar Disorder

An easy recipe for Bittersweet Brownies with Matcha Frosting + a discussion on the stigma associated with bipolar disorder. “Never give someone a reason not to hire you” – a well-meaning friend.  Frozen. How many times have I used that word to describe myself in the past few months? I’ve lost count. I said it when I wrote a post discussing how sad I am about the state of things in the US right now. I turned off commenting on that post because

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Everything is Not OK

Image by Art Bar Blog. Shared with permission.  I’ve been struggling to find my voice ever since returning from my November trip to Dubai. There’s no doubt in my mind that being in the United Arab Emirates for the 2016 election will forever remain one of the most surreal experiences of my life. I’ve always taken certain things for granted, and as those realities begin to feel less stable, my anxiety has been shooting through the roof. I feel frozen. Sometimes I daydream about

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DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner + Free Printable Labels

Why spend a lot of money on yoga mat cleaner when it’s so easy and inexpensive to make it at home? I realize this post is a bit out of the norm for me, but I’ve gotten into DIY projects recently. It started with homemade scrubs and has grown from there. This homemade yoga mat cleaner smells amazing and has saved me a ton of money. If you’re a fan of yoga, especially hot yoga, you’re going to love this.

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The BEST Green Smoothie + How I lost 30 Pounds

The BEST green smoothie is sweet, healthy and filling. Ingredients include bananas, yogurt, pineapple, mango and spinach (which you cannot taste!). Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but I need to stop eating so much junk. I’m not just saying that because it’s a January cliche to eat healthy, or because I want you to make this smoothie. Sure, I’d love for you to try it, but I’m also serious. If I don’t refocus, I stand to undo a

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Tales of a Sugar Addict

I consider myself to be incredibly lucky. I get to work from home and do what I love more than anything else- create recipes, photograph them and write about them. But no job is perfect and transitioning into the food industry has not been without it’s problems. Before attending culinary school I was never a desserts girl. I would take an appetizer or salty snack over sugar any day. Heck, I even named this blog Savory Simple. But something happened

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From The Farmer

A few months ago I received an intriguing email. A local CSA company, From The Farmer, was interested in teaming up with me. In exchange for photographing their produce, I’d receive a basket full of gorgeous local produce delivered right to my front door every week. Amazing, right? Anyone who follow my site regularly knows how much I love the farmer’s market. I have contemplated joining a CSA for years but always hesitated. Would it be too much food? Would

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