Fruit-free smoothie

  • Posted on: 13 June 2018
  • By: jessica
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Beautiful hand-made spoon by Michelle Leach Pottery As I shared in my last post , I have been preoccupied with some serious stuff in my family the last two months. I haven't had the time to share recipes or photography tips with you guys the way I would like. So this week, I'm working hard to create some fun new content. And first on the list is this nutrient-rich fruit-free smoothie bowl! I am currently working hard through diet and exercise to stabilize my blood sugar to lead a life with more physical and emotional balance. And one great way to do that is to limit the amount of sugar I...

Who to follow while I'm away!

  • Posted on: 15 May 2018
  • By: jessica
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As you know from my recent blog post , I am taking a necessary break from social media for a bit. During this time, I thought I would give you guys some amazing ladies to follow in my absence. These talented ladies are Instagram rockstars and I'm so happy to share them with you! @abigailchambley Abi is a wellness advocate and personal trainer. Her stories are some of my absolute favorite! She shares delicious holistic drink recipes, homeopathic skincare tips, and a lot of real talk about living a balanced life. Oh, and her yoga/balance videos blow my mind! @caitbensel Cait is an amazing food...

The case of the missing Spiffy.

  • Posted on: 4 May 2018
  • By: jessica
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I love sharing daily Insta stories with you guys. The joy of creating a fun morning smoothie recipe, choosing a jaunty jazz song, and posting is one of my favorite things to do. I know you may have been wondering where I've been, so I wanted to hop on and let you all know: A. I am ok, or as ok as I can be B. I will be back and active again soon! There's some really serious stuff going on with my family right now. Things are tough. And most of my time is and will be spent being present with them, cooking for them, & caring for the little ones. I appreciate all of your kind words. I am...

Orange blossom + Rhubarb Honeysuckle Fizz

  • Posted on: 27 April 2018
  • By: jessica
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Spring is here! And with it comes fragrant, edible florals of all shapes and sizes. One of my favorites is honeysuckle. As a little girl I remember playing in the garden with my little brother. We would pluck the perfectly ripe, deep yellow honeysuckle from its stem, gently tug on the bottom of the flower, and gently pull the string through until the tiny dot of honey hit our tongues bursting with the promise of Summer just around the corner. Each time I step outside, the smell gently reminds me of simpler days filled with laughter and adventure. This cocktail combines fragrant orange blossom...

How I got here

  • Posted on: 6 April 2018
  • By: jessica
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On March 20, 2014 I wrote my first healthy recipe post. In an attempt to heal my migraines and anxiety, I had started reading & learning all I could about nourishing foods. I watched a documentary on juicing, bought a juicer, and juiced regularly for about a year. I noticed some health benefits, but I wanted more. I began to look into the “clean eating” trend and decided to do an 80/20 diet starting in 2014. And my blog was born from this journey. As I continued to learn alternative healthy ingredients to substitute in recipes, I found that I loved taking photos of my recipes too. As I...

3 iPhone food photography mistakes you need to stop making immediately!

  • Posted on: 3 April 2018
  • By: jessica
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You eat healthy. You love telling others about eating healthy. Creating recipes that are both tasty and nutritious is important to you. But, sometimes when you go to snap a picture on your iPhone you are frustrated at how it turns out. I know this feeling all too well. The first few years of my photography journey were this exactly. I would make the most nutrient-rich food that tasted fantastic, and when I would go to share it with the world, I felt completely let down that my photos didn't convey the true awesomeness of the recipe. So today, I'm going to tell you 3 things I wish someone had...

Your "Big Why"

  • Posted on: 26 March 2018
  • By: jessica
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Thank you to Marie Forleo for recommending this fantastic video and helping me figure out my own ”big why”. My goal today is to help you determine your "big why" on your Instagram account. What is the motivation behind sharing the content that you share? Who are you trying to speak to? Please don't just skip down to the questions. This video is key to understanding how to properly answer them. ”People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” Let’s change this for our purposes. ”People don’t follow what you share, they follow why you share it.” Yes beautiful content matters. There is no...

Lime and coconut martini

  • Posted on: 24 March 2018
  • By: jessica
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This whimsy cocktail is the perfect way to welcome Spring. The sweet & sour flavors of lime & coconut will have you in the mood for warmer weather instantly! Even when indulging, it's important to me to use as many natural ingredients as possible. I turned to my trusty La Croix sparkling water , Stirrings simple syrup , & fresh lime juice. Beets are one of my favorite foods to use when I need to add a pink tint to any food or drink. It only takes a tiny amount of cooked beet to add the color which makes the flavor virtually undetectable. I snagged some violets growing wild in the...

30 Instagram prompts for food photographers!

  • Posted on: 22 March 2018
  • By: jessica
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Happy Spring! Food photography can be a challenge. It's easy to get stuck in a rut of taking almost the same photo every day. These 30 Instagram prompts will help you step out of your comfort zone & share creative content that your followers will love! Take a photo of your morning routine (adding your hand grasping a mug in the photo is a fun idea!) Take a photo of cookies, brownies, or layered cake from a 45 degree angle to show all the details Take a photo of your hand stretched out holding your favorite brand of breakfast bar Take a from above ingredients shot (making a cake? show the...

Food Party Popup Volume 2!

  • Posted on: 12 March 2018
  • By: jessica
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They've done it again! Food Party has rocked my world and taken my taste buds on a wild adventure! Tony and I were so excited to attend Food Party PopUp Volume 2 Sunday night at Avondale Common House. Food Party is the creation of Chef David Smith, Chef Brent Seamon, and Michelle Schaefer. It is so much more than just amazing food. It is community. It is genuine connection. It is chefs encouraging each other, supporting each other, and putting aside any type of competition to create something beautiful for each person that attends. Food Party is bringing something truly special to Birmingham...

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