Without intentionally doing so, I took a month off from writing on the blog to allow myself time to rest and refocus.
Leading up to the holidays, I worked well in advance on my client projects so that while I was back home in Wisconsin for 10 days, I could truly be present to enjoy time with my family. The beauty of entrepreneurship is that you’re able to have flexibility in your schedule and allow yourself to prioritize tasks, appointments, self care and family as you see fit.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t worry about creating content for the blog. I never want to push content just for the sake of having something fresh & new without there being a real passion behind it. This is a place where I strive to bring you posts that I truly care about and come from a place of authenticity. Sure, I could try and come up with content for 5 posts a week, but I know my heart would only be in 1-2 of them. The principle of quality over quantity comes into play here.
Enjoy this savory dinner recipe of prosciutto penne with spinach and Mahón-Menorca cheese.
Have you ever created a recipe that turned out so delicious you ended up texting multiple people that you’re a culinary genius? Not to toot my own horn, but this might be one of the tastiest pasta dishes I’ve had outside of cacio é pepe in Rome, Italy. This prosciutto penne with sauteed spinach and grated Mahón-Menorca cheese is every bit salty, peppery and carb loaded.
The key ingredient to this dish is the Mahón-Menorca cheese. Holy smokes this cheese is outrageously delicious. It comes from the island of Menorca which is off the coast of Spain. Picture free grazing cattle on family farms dating way back where they still use ancient practices to create their authentic Mahón-Menorca cheese. (seriously, look at the water surrounding this island!)
Why I’m loving hydrosol facial sprays and you should too!
As you can probably tell, 2018 was my quest to conquer my skin care. From sharing how I got the best skin of my life at 34 to how I have transitioned into all-natural products, it’s truly been a full revelation for my skin this past year. Throughout the last quarter of the year, I’ve made it a point to incorporate hydrosol facial sprays into my skincare routine and I’m obsessed. Like legit obsessed.
Ok, so what is a hydrosol facial spray? It’s basically a water-based facial mist, but when made with flowers or essence, they’re often called hydrosols. It is often referred to as “floral water.” READ MORE
Taking my hair care to the next level with customized shampoo & conditioner by Formulate.
Raise your hand if you head to your local store to grab shampoo & conditioner and end up standing in the aisle baffled by all the choices and unsure which one will actually fulfill YOUR hair care needs.
Both of my hands are raised.
Welcome to Formulate. You literally get customized shampoo & conditioner sent to your door that is formulated based on your hair style and needs. The control is no longer in the mass-produced hair aisle, but rather with you. So not only are you getting shampoo & conditioner that works with your unique hair characteristics, but you can also feel confident with your formula because it’s preservative free, sulfate free, paraben free and always cruelty free. READ MORE
As a professional photographer you end up with a lot of equipment, so I wanted to share some ideas on how to organize your camera gear.
Since I first picked up a DSLR camera 6 years ago and have since become a professional photographer, I never could have imagined how much camera gear I’d own. From the multiple camera bodies that I own and subsequent lenses to the camera bags, tripods, step-stools, batteries, SD cards, cleansing clothes, reflectors, and on and on. Since I recently updated my beautiful home office and created more designated spaces, I thought to share with you some ideas on how to organize your camera gear. READ MORE
Sharing my thoughts on how important self care is during the holiday season, plus a review on Sustainable Youth Skincare.
It goes without saying that the holiday season is stressful. From decorating the house, to searching for the perfect gifts and the countless parties, it’s a lot to take on and the pressure for everything to be perfect is more than overwhelming these days. It dawned on me early last week as I was prepping for our house to be filled with family for Thanksgiving that I’m missing the point of what the holidays are supposed to be about and stressing out over ridiculous things. Right then & there I committed to implementing holiday self care.
Sharing my healthy, delicious vegan matcha latte recipe.
I tend to get strange looks from people when I tell them I don’t drink coffee. They always ask me how I get through the day and my answer has always been that (a) I despise the taste of coffee and (b) I really don’t need caffeine. While I still don’t have an overwhelming need for help in the energy category, I have become obsessed with enjoying a healthy, delicious vegan matcha latte.
Let me give you a little backstory. I was diagnosed with ventricular tachycardia (also known as V-Tach) when I was 20 years old and playing college basketball (i.e. I had an irregular heartbeat that would cause me to pass out). One of the conditions after they performed a catheter ablation was that I couldn’t consume caffeine for an extended period of time throughout recovery. Once I knew I couldn’t have caffeine, I realized I didn’t need caffeine. I think once I adopted that mindset, I never looked back. Hence, I don’t rely on caffeine to get me through the day, but I do really enjoy the natural energy I get from drinking matcha. READ MORE
Sharing pictures and memories from my recent mountain west road trip.
As I mentioned in my post about my favorite road trip snacks, I haven’t actually always been a fan of road trips. Hopping in a car to go anywhere usually equals nap time or a horrific amount of time spent in traffic. It wasn’t until last year when I went on this same road trip that I truly came to appreciate life on the road. Fast forward 365 days and my brother, Ryan, and met up in Montana to start yet another 9-day road trip journey through the Mountain west.
What I love about traveling with Ryan is that he pushes my comfort boundaries and he usually is up for my impromptu last minute suggestions. It’s a healthy balance with limited arguing, plenty of laughs and memories made that will last a lifetime. READ MORE