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Vegan Cinnamon Cardamom Braided Bread with Edible Gold

  • Posted on: 14 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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This cold, rainy weather has me all in the mood for baking bread! The recipe was inspired by this recipe from My Sequened Life with several alterations to make it vegan and a to simplify the process a little a bit. If you're wondering about the beautiful edible gold on top, it's KLG Gold Cardamom Fruitas aka edible gold breath freshner (that also work great in baking!). For a detailed tutorial on braiding your bread check out this ! Ok, here's how I made it!

Blogging through it

  • Posted on: 13 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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This week has turned out to be one of the most stressful weeks ever! I have a lot of really awful things happening in my personal life and I'm doing my best to stay in a positive mindset. Today, I thought about giving up on the #bloglikecrazy challenge. My attention has a lot of really important things to focus on right now, but I've decided to try to stick with it. Any of my other blogger friends out there taking the November challenge? What methods do you use to stay consistent?

3 Plant forward cookbooks to buy for the healthy eater in your life (hello, Christmas gifts)!

  • Posted on: 12 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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You have that one friend (or family member) that's always telling you about the delicous healthy food they made the other night. They flood your Instagram feed with photos of green smoothies and sweet potatoes baked five ways. They know all about the nutritious benefits of adding more veggies into their diet and share creative ways to do just that all the time. OK... let's be honest... this friend is YOU! You came here to read the cookbook suggestions so you could send them to your friends and family *hint, hint, here's what I want for Christmas*. Good! Let's talk cookbooks! Mississippi Vegan...

My city

  • Posted on: 11 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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Reason 9,275,000 that I love living in Birmingham- THE COMMUNITY! When I moved here 5 years ago, I had no idea what amazing people I would meet. This photo from my first food photography workshop was filled with ladies I met from S ee Jane Write membership club, local restaurant owners, small business owners, and more- most of whom I’m now lucky enough to call friend. The women of Birmingham are fierce, loyal, creative, and fearless. What an honor to call this city and this community home

A wellness coach's guide to: photographing farmers market haul

  • Posted on: 10 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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The Pepper Place Farmers Market is one of my most favorite things! One of the first things I discovered when moving to Birmingham five years ago was our amazing farmers market. I fell in love instantly with the vibe- connecting with the farmers who had worked hard to grow the food I would serve at my dinner table- it’s a powerful experience. One thing that didn’t come instantly to me however was how in the world to take those beautiful photographs of my farmers market haul. You know the ones I’m talking about. A Beautiful spread of apples next to perfectly ripe autumn squash All brought...

Where I shop for food photography props!

  • Posted on: 8 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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One question I get asked all the time is where I buy my food photography backdrops. And the answer is- lots of places! Join me for this this Spiffy TV episode as we travel to some of my favorite spots to find beautiful pieces that act as counters, walls, and more in my food photography.

I love what I do

  • Posted on: 7 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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*/ I’m hardly the only food photography teacher out there, but I do believe I’m unique- because of who I serve. During my first year in business I realized exactly who I wanted to teach. I shifted all my energy to guiding wellness coaches & advocates. By focusing specifically on their needs, I’ve been able to create safe spaces for them to grow. By guiding them in intuitive food photography, I’ve seen them go from feeling confused & frustrated with their photos to creating stunning, gorgeous shots that reflect the light & love they want to put out into the world. Read even more...

Get out and vote!

  • Posted on: 6 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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I don't care who you are, where you're from, what you did, as long as you VOTE please- The Backstreet Boys. Ok, they might not have said the vote part, but in all sincerity I hope you get out and vote today! If you're local Alabama and a little confused on your voting details, check out this article from Bham Now . And to celebrate your effort, these local spots are offering freebies and discounts after you vote! Your voice matters. Your heart for others is important. Make it heard! Shout out to Bham Now for providing all this helpful information to us local folks! You guys rock!

My favorite app- MyFLO

  • Posted on: 5 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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I’ve GOT to tell you guys about my favorite new app- MyFLO. It’s so much more than a period tracker. This app was created by Alissa Vitta, the author of Woman Code . Woman Code breaks down the biological effect that food has on our endocrine system. The theory of the woman code way is that you eat certain foods that contain certain nutrients based on where you’re at in your cycle. For instance, during your menstrual phase it’s recommended that you add beets to your diet. Beets contain high amounts of iron to replenish the body during your period. It also recommends certain types of exercise...

GIVEAWAY! All Cotton and Linen

  • Posted on: 4 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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I’m so excited to share this giveaway with you guys! I’ve collaborated with All Cotton and Linen to give one lucky person two items from the shop! Did you know the average household uses around 1,500 plastic grocery bags per year? Per year!!! If you’re anything like me you try to do things in a more environmentally friendly way, but sometimes the day to day can feel overwhelming. From plastic bags, to produce bags, to plastic wrap around flowers- a grocery store trip can feel like an absolute environmental disaster! I've found one great way to be more environmentally conscience at the store...

Whole Food Plant Based Pancakes

  • Posted on: 3 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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You're gonna love these! Pancakes should be: fluffy, fluffy, FLUFFY! simple to make and of course, DELICIOUS! And, these plant based pancakes are all that and more! Bob's Red Mill flours are the go-to choice in our house. Using traditional quartz stone mills, they make sure all their products contain the highest nutritional quality possible. I also avoided refined oils in this recipe and was so pleasantly surpised to see that we got the perfect amount of browing without having any oil on the griddle. So, if you're looking for a light, yet filling breakfast for the whole fam (or if you just...

How to collaborate with brands

  • Posted on: 2 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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Have you ever wanted to know how to collaborate with brands, but you feel usnure of where to begin? I hear ya. That was me for years. But it doesn't have to be! After this interview I did with Mandy I started reaching out to brands regularly and I can proudly say I am an ambassador for several now. So if you're ready to get over your fears and start collaborating with brands you love- watch this interview with published author and communications guru Mandy Shunnarah to get you all the juicy details!

Beer Pumpkin Spice Bread

  • Posted on: 25 September 2018
  • By: jessica
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I'm so excited to finally share this fun recipe collaboration with Good People Brewing Company with you! This recipe combines two of my favorite things: pumpkin spice & local fair. Most of you know that beer is something I indulge in occasionally, so when I decide to have one, I want it to be really delicious and high quality. Bearded Lady hits the spot! It's by far my favorite local beer and it goes perfectly with the flavors of the season. This bread uses spelt flour, orange zest, and DAK'S pumpkin spice which all bring out the subtle citrus flavors of the beer. Pumpkin seeds &...

Sesame seed walnut milk

  • Posted on: 19 September 2018
  • By: jessica
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In August, I shared all kinds of fun information with you about "seed cycling". Let's refresh! Seed cycling is when you consume about a tbs a day of certain seeds based on where you are in your cycle. Menstrual phase: pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, and chestnuts. Follicular phase: cashews, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds. Ovulatory phase: almonds, pecans, pistachios, and sesame seeds. Luteal phase: sesame seeds, walnuts, and sunflower seeds. This is not an exhaustive list, simply a highlight of some of the nuts and seeds. Seed cycling is thought to: help balance hormones reduce pms symptoms help...

Pumpkin Seed Milk

  • Posted on: 4 September 2018
  • By: jessica
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Seed cycling is all the rage and for a good reason! If you haven't read the book, Woman Code by Alisa Vitti , then GET ON IT! This book has totally transformed how I view my period and improved my body acceptance by leaps and bounds. This book talks all about the female endocrine system and how the foods we put into our bodies effect our hormones. That sentence may have sounded a little boring, but I promise this book isn't! This book was my first introduction to the concept of eating certain foods according to which cycle my body is in. For each phase there are seeds and nuts listed that...

Magical Blue Miso Latte

  • Posted on: 22 August 2018
  • By: jessica
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Balanced eating, balanced activity, balanced hormones. Some days everything feels in sync and I'm on top of the world with all three. Other days, I've got to choose just one because- LIFE HAPPENS! I recently had one of these days, and I chose to prioritize hormone balance. I had a debilitating headache that had me in bed with an ice pack most of the day. So, I focused the small amount of physical and mental energy I had on putting food in my body that I knew would balance my hormones. And that's how this magical blue miso latte was born. Perk? It also made a huge difference in knocking out...

Editing bright & vibrant food photos

  • Posted on: 24 July 2018
  • By: jessica
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When I first started editing my photos I felt overwhelmed, anxious, & straight up stressed out! All of the tutorials I found online were so technical and confusing. "Before you can tell me what to do with the saturation and color range, would you please tell me what in the world those are?" I didn't give up though. Because I knew that well edited photos were the best way to attract my dream clients. I knew if I could make healthy food look irresistable it would be worth all of the frustration and struggle. After several years of research and practice, (oh, and crying, lots of crying when...

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