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When I take pictures of food

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Every morning when I wake up I make myself a hand brewed cup of coffee. I love grinding the beans, waiting on the kettle to warm up, and slowly pouring my cup. This ritual forces me to start my day slowly and intentionally instead of rushed. Slow intentional moments are a great time to take photos. I am able to focus and take it slowly, change angles, add more light, and try several different shots. Most evenings we prepare dinner at home. Using fresh fruits and vegetables is a priority for us and gives the bonus of playful textures and colors for photos. Food prep is a good time to take...

I take pictures of food

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My name is Jessica and I take pictures of food. I take pictures of food when I'm at home drinking my coffee, I take pictures of food when I'm prepping dinner, I take pictures of food when I'm out to eat, I take pictures of food when I'm at the farmer's market. I'm inspired by the colors that appear in nature. I'm inspired by Julia Child and her infectious tenacity. I'm inspired by my grandmothers and the love and hard work they put into so many meals over the years. I'm inspired by waterfalls, childhood memories, gray skies, my nephew's laugh, the bubbles in my glass of champagne, and the...

Clean Eating Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

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Hi my name is Jessica and I am obsessed with Autumn. I admit it. OBSESSED! All year I wait for the hot days to change over into cool, crisp mornings. I love Winter even more, but we will save that for another day. I enjoy a rich, indulgent pumpkin spice drink as much as anyone, but I try to be cautious with what foods I put into my body on a daily basis. I make every attempt to eat whole foods that are minimally processed. I decided I wanted to add more pumpkin spice into my life without all of the added sugars so I created this simple recipe. I really like to chill it for few hours before...

Why I drink magnesium everyday

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Last year I had a health scare. I had been experiencing a lot of pain in my lower abdomen for about a month and went for a doctor visit. As I sat in the doctor's office all manner of scary scenarios entered my brain. The doctor came back in and said "After the x-rays, we see that your bowels are blocked up. I am writing you a prescription for magnesium citrate. You will be better in no time." Leave it to me to think I'm terribly ill only to find out I'm just full of crap! ha! So I went home and began furiously researching magnesium. I realized that there were many symptoms of low magnesium...

My favorite source for meditation

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I have been practicing meditation regularly for a couple of years now and I still have a lot to learn. Meditation requires patience and the willingness to be still for a few minutes each day. If you are like myself and have the desire to grow in your meditation practice, I encourage you to try guided meditations. These are meditations where someone talks you through a particular focus point and assists you in eliminating distractions. Oprah & Deepak free 21 day meditations are my favorite! They have a round of free guided meditations every couple of months, and if you love them you can...

7 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 7

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Today we enter the last day of our Sarah Beth Yoga 7 Day Challenge on Gratefulness . I hope you have gained some insight and perspective in going through this practice. Today's challenge focuses on deep stretching for the chest and back. As a bonus, Sarah added an extra 30 minute back bending practice. I plan to do that one this evening as we close out the challenge. A big thank you to Sarah Beth Yoga for providing these videos on youtube. If you like what you have done so far, she has many more practices and challenges available on her channel. Thank you all for participating!

7 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 4

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I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving surrounded by friends and loved ones. We enjoyed a lot of good food and hearty laughs yesterday. But, I was on my feet a lot and spent my night sleeping on a couch (a very comfty couch, but still a couch!). This lower back yoga was much needed. Today we continue our 7 Day Yoga Practice from Sarah Beth Yoga on Gratefulness .

7 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 3

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I hope those of you participating in this gratefulness yoga challenge from Sarah Beth Yoga have been seeing some benefits. I love reminding myself to be thankful every day. It has brought me a lot of peace. Sarah Beth says about this third day " This power yoga workout for back strength is fantastic way to improve your posture, stand tall, and build a healthy back and spine to prevent back pain." Let's get moving!

7 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 1

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This Thanksgiving I have a heavier heart than usual. We recently lost a precious person in my family that I love dearly. This will be our first Thanksgiving without her. I am so excited to see my family and prepare an amazing meal for us all to enjoy together, but my heart misses my sweet aunt. I have decided to take an extra step in my gratefulness journey with a 7-day yoga challenge on gratefulness from Sarah Beth Yoga . By participating in this challenge, I hope to lighten my heart a little and remind myself of all the amazing things in my life. My aunt was one of the most joyful people I...

My favorite hot tea right now

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One of the suggestions I recently received on my post about stress reducing methods was incorporating more hot tea into my life. I love teas, but sometimes I do not make the time to sit and relax with a warm cup at the end of the day. I have started adding this routine back into my life and I can tell a difference in my level of calm. My current go to tea is Yogi Honey Lavender Stress Relief. The flavors, aromas, and ingredients are so calming. I hope you'll give it a try soon!

5 Food topics to discuss instead of politics this Thanksgiving

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Terrified of the confrontations from relatives regarding politics this year? People on all sides are dealing with high levels of stress from this election year. We thought we would give you some interesting food topics to keep the political stressers at bay. 1. The History Grandma's Favorite Recipe Does your grandmother have a recipe she makes each year for the holidays? This year is a great time to ask her all about this tradition. When was the first time she remembers making it? Did her mother make it too? Have the ingredients changed over the years? 2. Pecan. How is it pronounced? This is...

Bone Broth

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As cold and flu season starts this year one of the many things I try to include in my immune boosting arsenal is Bone Broth. Here is a simple video we made to show you how to cook it youself at home!

My Current Meditation

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We all know this time of year is a stressful time. I recently shared a post asking my readers for ideas on Stress Relief. I got some awesome suggestions. One of them was getting back into my meditation practice. I always seem to forget how truly helpful daily meditation is. The last three days I have done the same guided meditation. Usually I do a new one each day, but this one is soooo good I plan to do it several more days in a row. I wanted to share it so that any of you who may need some peace as the Holidays begin will have this at your fingertips. I highly recommend it!

Photos that show gravy making is not as scary as you think

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I don't know about you, but when I first started learning how to make gravy I was both terrified and intrigued. How do I get this mess of glue I keep preparing to become the smooth, delicious magic that my grandmothers prepared for me as a kid? I have finally got it down (most of the time ha), so I wanted to share some of my favorite graphics that helped me. Look over these and after some practice you will be riding on the gravy train too. See! You can do it. Read more here. More easy directions . I'm telling you, you got this! But if all esle fails.... use this Simply Organic packet . I've...

Easy (Mock) Creme Brulee

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When you think of creme brulee I'm sure thoughts of fancy restaurants and candlelit dinners flash through your head. We all enjoy an expensive night out with friends and family, but there is no reason to not have those same flavors at home on a Tuesday! This recipe uses only three ingredients! It is quick to make and tastes delightful.

Christmas Brunch Cocktail

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Christmas is without a doubt my favorite time of year. The crisp air brings hopes of snow, cozy fires, and quality time spent with the ones you love. In my adult years I have grown to love a big Christmas brunch. I enjoy preparing eggs, bacon, biscuits, fresh fruit and of course no brunch is complete without a delightful cocktail! My go to Summer cocktail is a mimosa so for Christmas I decided to do a mimosa with a twist. The combination of cranberry and rosemary always puts me in the mood for holiday cheer. This year as you snuggle up close to those you love, open gifts, and sing carols I...

Pepperplace Market

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One of my favorite markets in town is Pepperplace Market. I love running into friends and neighbors each time I visit. On one of my recent visits I was entranced by the amazingness of Hepzibah Farms . The flowers and the sampler basket I purchased were enough to last all throughout the week. I highly recommend you stop by and see these guys!

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