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  • Lifestyle,  Photography

    Food Photography on a Budget

    It’s been forever since I have specifically talked about food photography. I am constantly growing in this area and I want to share my advice and what works for me. I used to do posts where I shared my food photography from that month. It’s been a while since I have done this. So this post is going to be a roundup of some recent food photos as well as how you can achieve quality food photos on a budget. If I’m honest, all of my photography is budget friendly because I don’t have extra cash laying around. Pin this for later 🙂 Backdrops Some people buy custom made backdrops…

  • Lifestyle,  Veganism

    No One Is a Perfect Vegan

    I have two trains of thought on this topic. One is about perfectionism in the vegan community and the other is my personal experience. Perfectionism is extremely visible in the vegan community and maybe it’s more intensified because of the internet. I am not discussing this to minimize veganism, because I consider myself a part of the vegan community. However, criticism can sometimes open the discussion and we should continue to question and challenge our beliefs. The definition of veganism I follow is “veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for…

  • Lifestyle

    My Blogging Journey

    This isn’t my first rodeo. I’ve been blogging for quite some time or at least that’s how it feels. I do not consider myself an expert on all things blogging and honestly, I am not a professional at anything. Over the past couple of years, I have been getting kind comments asking me questions about why I started a blog or asking me if it was hard to start a blog. I don’t know if other people realize how much these comments and messages mean to me. I wrote an article about starting a blog, you can find it here. I should stop rambling now and just get into my…

  • Lifestyle,  Sweets

    A Vegan Valentine’s Day & Chocolate Cupcakes

    I think I need to give myself kudos on this one because this is a twofer and I am actually getting it up before Valentine’s Day! As the title suggests, I have a cupcake recipe to share. I also wanted to share some vegan-related Valentine’s Day ideas. Although I am single, I don’t despise Valentine’s Day. I think that it can be a time to show gratitude to your loved ones; whether they are a significant other, friend, or family member. Pin This For Later 🙂 I don’t know if I have talked about this here, but I bought a cookbook secondhand and I thought it would be cool to…

  • Lifestyle

    Arizona Travel Guide | Part 2

    As promised, here is my second Arizona travel guide! My other guide covered the Phoenix area. This focuses on the Grand Canyon and also Sedona, AZ. The northern part of Arizona was actually my favorite aspect of my trip. I always thought Arizona was just a brown desert that was always scorching hot. Just a couple hours north of Phoenix lies beautiful forests and amazing canyons/rock formations. If you are anywhere near Arizona, you need to go to the Grand Canyon. I know! So beautiful and probably too many pictures, but I just couldn’t decide. The flawlessness of the Grand Canyon cannot be fully captured on camera and that is…

  • Lifestyle

    Arizona Travel Guide | Part 1

    When you think of popular travel destinations, Arizona doesn’t always come up. I think that should change though. I recently went to Arizona and I truly enjoyed my trip! It is so much more than just a desert and I think there are activities for everyone! This post will cover Phoenix and the surrounding areas along with many of the photos I took. Part 2 will cover Northern Arizona or the “high country”. Unfortunately, I can’t really recommend many Airbnbs or hotels because I stayed with my family. Hiking is really big in Arizona. There is Camelback Mountain which is near Phoenix and Scottsdale. The Superstition Mountains have many trails…

  • Lifestyle,  Photography

    The Nifty Fifty Review

    The infamous 50 mm lens. Most photography enthusiasts rave about this lens, with good reason. For non-professionals or people just starting out in photography it can be intimidating to stray from the kit lens. Before purchasing this lens, I read tons of reviews. Everything I know about photography is self-taught. I am not incredibly knowledgeable about the technical side of a dslr. Most reviews were highly technical and on one hand this was helpful. But on the other hand, it made me confused as to whether it was worth the investment. I’ll try to keep this review reader friendly. Typically this lens retails for around $125. Right from the start,…

  • Lifestyle

    Holiday Gift Guide

    I’m a little late on this as many of you have probably gotten your loved ones gifts, but I’m sure there are other procrastinators out there! I thought I would share gift ideas that add value and are more mindful. I think that anyone would like these, but these ideas are more targeted toward millenials or for foodies and content creators.  Some of these items are affordable and others are more of an investment. Everyone has a different budget for the holidays, so I’m trying to include things for everyone. Before I get into this, I think I should talk about what intentional living means to me. Some people that…

  • Lifestyle,  Photography

    Winter Spell

    While I was driving today, I heard Christmas music on the radio and I was truly confused. Then it dawned on me…it’s the first week of December. I just now started working on holiday recipes and I haven’t gotten any presents for my family yet. Definitely need to get it together. … Like I do each month, I’m going to share some photos from November. It’s been bitter cold, so I didn’t take as many as normal. Enjoy! Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you had a good November and I hope you will have an even better December. Camera Gear: Camera | Lens | Phone

  • Lifestyle,  Veganism

    You Just Went Vegan…What’s Next?

    Welcome to my second coffee chats post, featuring my medium roast coffee with soy milk. I’ve been blogging for quite some time now and I just realized that I have never talked about my vegan journey or given advice to new vegans. I have talked about budgets, benefits and I have many recipes; but I think it’s time to give some unsolicited advice based on my experiences. Spark notes version of my journey… At about 16 years old, I made the decision to be vegetarian. But I wasn’t a strict vegetarian, so I had been vegetarian on and off until I was 20 years old. Around two years ago in January,…