April 14, 2018

A WEEKEND SISTER SLEEPOVER


You know they always say: "A diamond is a girls best friend"... I think a sister is a girls best friend.  A precious gift from Allah. Someone to share special memories and hilarious moments with... like trying to build a giant fort that keeps falling apart and you can't stop laughing for no reason, or making root-beer floats and watching movies all day. These moments I'll never forget and forever cherish. And although we have our many differences, we still have similar personalities that keep us together and a continuously growing bond that we have for each other. I love you with all my ♡













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April 11, 2018

BE KIND TO BEES...




Bees are crucial pollinators and did you know that if they no longer existed, we may lose all the plants that bees pollinate, all of the animals that eat those plants and so on up the food chain... yeah, crazy I know.

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♡ STINKY BATH TIME ♡









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March 27, 2018

LEMON POPPY SEED BREAKFAST PANCAKES 🅥


I surprised my husband with these pretty giant pancakes and he loved them! I had to try some for myself and I'm officially obsessed. They literally melt in your mouth with the natural lemon juice and the poppy seeds give them such a nice texture. They're not only easy and quick to make, but you'll be hooked once you try these and you won't want to go back to just a basic pancake ever again!


Yields: 4 servings     Prep Time: 10 minutes     Cook Time: 15 minutes


Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups plant-based milk
1 tablespoon organic pure cane sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Juice of one lemon
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour or oat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch of sea salt
Fresh fruit for serving (optional)


Instructions:

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, sugar, lemon juice, grated lemon zest and vanilla until smooth. Add the flour, baking powder, poppy seeds, ginger, and sea salt and stir until well combined. Allow the mixture to sit and thicken a bit. Add a few more tablespoons of flour to thicken the batter if needed. 

2. Heat a nonstick griddle or skillet over medium heat. Pour about 1/4  cup of batter per pancake onto  the hot griddle and cook until the pancakes are bubbly on top and the edges are slightly dry, about 2 to 3 minutes. Turn and cook until the pancakes are browned on the other side, another 2 to 3 minutes or so. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve with syrup or agave nectar and optional fresh fruit!
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January 14, 2018

VEGAN WINTER BERRY CRUMBLE



I'll be honest here.... this is my 4th time baking this and I still haven't gotten tired of it. This dessert is that good. If there's one thing about me, when I really like something, I can't seem to stop eating the same thing for like a month straight until I finally give up and try something different. This Winter Berry Crumble is so perfect for the chilly season with it's natural sweetness from the fruit juices that caramelize, to the buttery and flaky gluten-free crust piled on top. You would probably think I'm lying to you when I say this is a guilt-free, healthy dessert... but I'm not, I promise! Try it out for yourself. You won't regret it ♡
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January 10, 2018

COME MEET OUR EXTREMELY SPOILED STINKIES



Whenever my girlfriends or our niece come over, they always run straight to the stinkies. Why? Because they're so irresistible, duh. I mean, seriously... how could anyone resist these adorable faces just looking up at you? I know I can't. They have me weak every morning I wake up to go see them... those beady little eyes and their squishy pink noses. Don't even get me started on the HAIRI'm not even remotely joking when I say this, but they seem to have better locks than most people do. There... I said it!

Anyways, I wanted to capture some of their cutest moments right when their cages are nice and clean, and there's fresh timothy hay & all-natural pellets for them to nibble on. That's when they're the happiest, which also makes me the happiest.  I'm going to be straight forward when I say this: one of our guinea girls is getting old and I really wanted to write a blog post that we would never forget. About both of the girls being together before she passes away. I hate even thinking about because I just want to cry every time I do, but that's part of life - nothing lasts forever and we enjoy cherishing them everyday.  So, if you take pleasure looking at pictures of cute animals, well boy do I have some for you. There's also a surprise pet inside, so if you want to see who it is then keep on reading!
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January 8, 2018

A GUIDE TO HOW I EDIT MY PHOTOS + VSCO C8 MINI SERIES

(feat.) Tatiana Aragon

Lately I've been asked: "How in the world do you edit your photos?"  Well first, let me give a disclaimer - although I am not the ultimate PRO at photography [in general] I must admit... as I am constantly learning everyday, I have definitely improved my editing skills since the first day I started taking pictures a couple years ago. 

That's pretty much how it is with anything though. The harder you work towards something, the better you get at achieving what you want to accomplish, right? You only learn from the best, and that's how I get most of my inspiration and ideas... only from the best. Whether I'm working on taking photos for my bakery, or capturing those special moments during photoshoots in my free time, I'm constantly practicing and that's all it takes! So, without further ado, let's take a look at how I've gone from beginner to intermediate.
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January 6, 2018

A LATE ARIZONA WINTER TO REMEMBER



Well, here's to another year which I can't believe is already here. I don't know if it's just me, but as I get older it seems like time is passing by faster and faster. I always enjoy reminiscing on my childhood past when there were no worries like paying bills, getting food on the table, and keeping the house from turning into an utter disaster... (I'm not too sure what my husband would do without me) 😉   

The only worries I had was trying not to fall off my bike with the training wheels still attached and scraping a knee. Or here's a blast from the past: hanging onto a toy dumpster truck that your brother made you sit on while riding down a dirt hill into a gorge, traveling at a whopping speed of approximately 15 mph. That was just the  S H O R T  version of the story.

Reflecting on our memories helps to keep us living young again, and that's probably why I enjoyed my first family photoshoot so much. It reminded me of when I was just a little one - so innocent & pure. A big shout out goes to these two beautiful, free-spirited girls that helped bring me right back to those unforgettable memories I had 20 years ago.

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