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Hygge Winter Porridge

  • Posted on: 4 December 2017
  • By: jessica
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According to Louisa Thomson Brits from her book, The little book of hygge, "Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a quality of presence and experience of belonging and togetherness. It is a feeling of being warm, safe, comforted, and sheltered." Hygge is more than just blankets, fires, and cozy times spent with those you love. It is an intentional way of living your life to be more open to those around you, while still finding comfort and safety in the everyday still moments of solitude. It is far more complex than I can explain in one blog post, so consider this a brief introduction. At my home I...

A community that will change your life

  • Posted on: 30 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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Photo courtesy of Haute Chocolate We made it through another year of #bloglikecrazy! And I have to say this has been the most rewarding year yet. I have learned so much about the direction of my business and my goals for the future. I gained two collaborations and even a feature in Style Blueprint this year! I also got the chance to grow deeper into my community of fellow writers through See Jane Write . Being part of this amazing community has changed my life in so many ways. I have women who support me, encourage me, and even give helpful critiques when I ask for them! They stand by me and...

Winter Smoothie Bowl

  • Posted on: 29 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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The weather is brisk, sweaters and boots are in regular rotation, and our home is in snuggle mode 24/7. I love winter for so many reasons, one of the top being amazing spice combinations. The aroma of cinnamon floods my mind with precious memories of sipping apple cider from a tiny paper sample cup while shopping for holiday goodies with my mother. Today's recipe invites you to fill your body full of nutritious goodness, while igniting your taste buds with the flavors of the season. This recipe comes to us from Emilie Maynor Living . My creative, and brilliant friend is hosting a smoothie...

Winter Mule Cocktail

  • Posted on: 28 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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I know you guys are thinking... really? Two cocktail recipes in a row? And the answer is yes. 'Tis the season to be jolly, right? Haha. But, seriously this recipe is a play on a traditional moscow mule that invites you to savor the joy of the holidays with orange, cranberry, and ginger you are sure to feel in the holiday spirit!

Spiked Almond Holiday Nog

  • Posted on: 26 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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The holidays are here and it is absolutely the most wonderful time of the year! Holiday food and drink is one of my favorite ways to celebrate. After giving up most of my dairy intake last year, I was concerned I would miss out on egg nog this holiday season. I have tried several alternative soy nogs, and none really hit the spot. As I was strolling through our local grocery store, I noticed my favorite brand of almond milk (Califia Farms) was selling holiday nog. I tried not to get my hopes too high, in fear of being dissappointed once again. But, as soon as I took my first sip, I was...

Welcome, Winter

  • Posted on: 25 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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"Thank goodness for the first snow, it was a reminder--no matter how old you became and how much you'd seen, things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered." --Candace Bushnell

Autumn

  • Posted on: 24 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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“Listen! The wind is rising and the air is wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!” Humbert Wolfe

3 habits to simplify your life today!

  • Posted on: 20 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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1. Have quiet time Make an intentional effort to spend 10-15 mintues alone first thing in the morning. I know this may sound impossible with busy schedules and work piling up to the ceiling, but I have personally found that this one tactic makes a world of difference in whether my day goes the direction of simplicity or complication. 2. Have a ritual This can be a morning ritual or evening ritual. But, make sure you do something the same every single day. Take a walk at the same time, read a book with a warm cup of tea right before bed, or you can do what I do and make a cup of pour over...

Are you missing quality time with loved ones by not being present this holiday season?

  • Posted on: 19 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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The holidays are a time of love, community building, and making memories that will last a lifetime. However, it is easy for them to also become a time of stress, business, guilt, and exhaustion if we aren't making an effort to be intentionally present & kind. Here are my tips to be the most present, kindest version of ourselves this holiday season. Go with the flow- of your breath I know, easier said than done for some of us. But, the holidays have one thing in common: people. And guess what, where people are involved, things are never going to go exactly according to plan. So, what can...

5 myths most new photographers believe

  • Posted on: 17 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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When starting out as a new photographer the information you consume can be both overwhelming and confusing. It is easy to get lost in other people's opinions of what makes a photo great and what doesn't. Do this, don't do that... Today I want to show you 5 things I believed when first starting out with my food photography. I hope by debunking these myths I can make photography seem more approachable and simple for anyone who is stepping out into this world. The perfect kitchen myth Myth #1: All food photographers have a perfect kitchen full of marble, concrete, and exposed brick. Debunked...

Seeds Coffee Downtown

  • Posted on: 16 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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Seeds coffee has just opened a location in Lakeview in Birmingham! I popped in briefly yesterday to grab a cappuccino and snap a couple of photos with my phone, but I look forward to going for a longer experience in the near future. The store front has a pleasant, minimal design that continues into the shop. The addition of tiny green plants spread throughout the store added charm and whimsy. The menu has a modern, minimal feel as well. The staff were super friendly! And how was my almond milk cappuccino? The almond milk was steamed perfectly leaving the milk frothy, creamy, and light, and it...

What wine do you drink?

  • Posted on: 15 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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As some of you may know, I recently gave up beer and liquor almost entirely this last year. I found it was giving me a little digestive trouble and causing me some strange health related issues. I now have a couple of glasses of wine most days, with the occasional beer or liquor mixed in. Photo: Creative Commons So, my question to all my readers... what is your favorite wine to drink? I must admit that I stick to Oregon Pinot Noirs most of the time (and mix them with coconut la croix... don't judge!) I would love to branch out into more earthy, less sweet wines, but feel I lack the knowledge...

Julia Child quotes to live by

  • Posted on: 14 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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Portrait by Lynn Gilbert Kindness “The sweetness and generosity and politeness and gentleness and humanity of the French had shown me how lovely life can be if one takes time to be friendly.” Julia Child, My Life in France Slow Living "One December Sunday, the three of us drove out to the Fontainebleau forest. The cloudy gray sky broke open and turned blue, the air was vigorously cool, and the sun shone brightly...we broke out a picnic basket brimming with sausages, hard-boiled eggs, baguettes, patisseries, and a bottle of Moselle wine. We ate lying against twisted grey rocks covered with...

No-nonsense smoothie recipe

  • Posted on: 13 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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I've learned over the years that eating a big breakfast early in the morning is not something I enjoy. Something about my cravings when I first wake do not lend themselves to devouring protein rich bacons, eggs, or biscuits. Brunch... now that's my jam! I love breakfast food, I just prefer to eat it later in the day. I've discovered that my body is much happier with a hearty, creamy smoothie or smoothie bowl in the early morning. I pack my smoothies with greens, healthy proteins, and yummy fruit to give myself a powerful start to the day. Here's one of my favorite recipes.

New Puerto Rican restaurant opens in Birmingham's Avondale neighborhood: Tropicaleo

  • Posted on: 12 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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As you've seen from my Instagram stories over the past year I have eaten a lot of Tropicaleo food at various pop-ups around town. And yesterday, all of my food dreams came true when they opened their doors for their grand opening event! As soon as you pull into the parking lot in Avondale, the sense of community is easy to spot. We enjoyed seeing the familiar faces of our neighbors laughing, eating, and having a great time. The lovely art work on the front of the building invites you in to see just what this spot is all about. The menu board boasts tons of unique entrees with roots in...

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