How I Take Photos

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The last few months I have worked diligently to improve my photography for my blog and Instagram account. I am, by no means, an expert. I am as amateur as they come. But, I have learned a lot of things. I figured I should share them with you. What My Photos Used to Look Like What My Photos Look Like Now Before beginning to stage a photo, I follow these guidelines: 1. Be True to Yourself I learned this in an instagram course created by Me and Orla . This is absolutely the number one rule I follow. In any creative outlet, it can be easy to attempt to mimic the styles or stories of those you...

My Go To Weeknight Dinner: Roasted Chicken

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Some days are so busy, I hardly have time to organize my thoughts! Much less, plan a meal for us! On those days, my most common go to meal is roasted chicken. This simple meal is packed full of nutrition and flavor and requires very little planning or thinking! Watch our video below to see how we roast a chicken.

10 Clean Holiday Recipes to Try this Season!

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This time of year my mind always wanders back home. The sights and sounds of the holidays instantly take me back to the pond where my cousins and I used to feed the ducks, while my grandmother prepared the most amazing meals. I remember one holiday waking up to see the pond had frozen over! It rarely got this cold in Mississippi and I thought it was the most magical thing I had ever seen. My aunts, uncles, and cousins would all pile into my grandparents house, be it Thanksgiving or Christmas. We laughed together, shared our dreams, and told the most exagerated outlandish stories you can ever...

What I Believe Makes Me Who I Am

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As I arrived home this evening from a hectic day at work, I rushed through all of my required tasks. I fed my six cats, fed my puppy, threw a load of laundry in, and then immediately changed into my comfty clothes. I made a warm magnesium and chamomile tea, and then put lavender oil in the diffuser. All day I have looked forward to my evening meditation. This is the usually the most relaxing part of my day. Participating in meditation has many benefits, as I wrote about last month . Some of the benefits include, reduce risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure and relief from stress and...

Warm Brandy Apple Cider for One

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Here in Alabama the weather is perfectly dreary. The wind is howling, the sky is a beatiful gray, and the rain comes and goes. This Autumn weather calls for a warm drink to sip as you cozy up and watch the leaves fall from the trees. Our recipe for Warm Brandy Apple Cider will make a marvelous companion for all of the brisk Autumn days ahead.

I Am Blogging Like Crazy

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Every year in the month of November See Jane Write's leader, Javacia Harris Bowser, hosts an event called #BlogLikeCrazy . Each participant is challenged to blog every day for the entire month of November. I particpated last year and it was one of the biggest turning points for Spiffy Eats & Giggle Water. The bounds of my creativity, consistency, and will power were stretched in ways I did not expect. This year I know I will grow even more! Over the last few months I have been working on revamping my entire blog. I have pulled in help from other people, and now I can happily say Spiffy...

#SpiffyHealth 10 Day Meditation Challenge

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I will often have friends and family ask me about stress management that doesn't require time. "What can I take to reduce my stress?", "What oils can I use to eliminate my anxiety?" "What supplement do you use to relieve stress?" Although I am a strong believer in using essential oils and even supplements on occasion, the truth is, none of these alone can reduce your overall stress. What can? 10 minutes a day. The most effective way, I have found to reduce my stress, is through meditation and prayer. I find benefits from just 10 minutes a day. Instead of thinking of these 10 minutes as one...

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