Nature’s Candy Smoothies

We love smoothies around here because they are kid-friendly healthy and delish but I feel like I keep making the same ones over and over. I would love to see what everyone’s making in their own kitchens while I share mine below:

Pink – 2-3 strawberries, 1 blackberry, 1/2 cup almond milk, honey

Green – 1 frozen banana, 1 cup spinach, 1/2 cup almond milk, honey

Yellow – 1 mandarin, 1 tsp turmeric, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup almond milk, honey and ice

Purple – 1/4 cup blackberries, 1 frozen banana, 1/2 cup almond milk, honey

White – 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/4 cup chia, 1 banana, honey


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Food Styling Items I’m Loving Right Now

As a food blogger and food photographer, it’s imperative to find beautiful serve ware and dining sets to showcase my food creations. Luckily, I found a ton great products at Dinner Charm including wooden bowls, rustic spoons, and colorful ramekins for my desserts! Here is a roundup of my favorites!

Wood Bamboo Bowl

Perfect for guests, these wooded bowls hold items like nuts or popcorn all while being stylish and eco-friendly.


Wood Serving Spoon

This is a must in every kitchen, the beautiful wooden spoon. It’s functional, stylish and great to pop in your own food photographs for an added, rustic touch.


High Temperature Ceramic Dessert Cups

No matter what you put in these adorable cups, the pastel colors will make it pop. Since they are high heat-safe you can use them for soufflés, crème brulee or even panna cottas. Yum!


Luxurious Golden Stainless Steel Flatware

Take your average dinner up a notch with these gorgeous gold flatware set. Don’t forget a few extra sets for the whole family.



Why I Love Black Oil Mouthwash!

Have you heard of black oil mouthwash? It’s the newest beauty secret everyone’s raving about and I love it.

It tastes delicious and helps whiten teeth, leaves your mouth feeling fresh, kills the bacteria that causes decay, helps lower saliva pH to promote tooth remineralization, reduces plaque, and soothes sore gums.

Check out the details here

Use the code TAKEFIVE to get $5 off your order. They ship everywhere!

My First Cookbook

For the holidays I rounded up some of my best, fool-proof recipes in a cookbook using the website, Blurb. I was very happy with the quality of printing and the ease of the their free software. If you’d like a copy of my book, here is the link.

I am always looking for recommendations for recipes so if you have any suggestions let me know!



Braided Cinnamon Roll Wreath

With Christmas around the corner, I am giddy with all the baking possibilities up ahead. I really love a good cinnamon roll, but I’m always wary about the excess sugar and butter in store-bought rolls. Here, I used this recipe by Totally Love It, and estimate the calories to be about 300-400 calories per serving, which is a far cry from almost 1,000 calories for a classic Cinnabon cinnamon roll. Although it’s still an indulgent treat, I feel that sometimes it’s worth it, especially around the holidays. Not to mention your home will be smelling like cinnamon sugar for hours. Yum!

Winter Polar Bear Gingerbread

With the holidays right around the corner, I couldn’t help but get into the spirit with soft and chewy gingerbread bears. They add just the right amount of festive charm to your table, and you can snack on them with your morning coffee or after a meal. After trying out different gingerbread recipes, I found this one yielded the softest dough with the right amount of spice.

My son is going to learn all about hibernation soon at his preschool so these will make adorable little take-away gifts for the kids!

11 Easy Fall Harvest Tarts

It’s finally baking season—which means it’s time to turn that oven back on and start getting inspired by the new fall harvest. Right now, pumpkins are aplenty, apples are picked fresh, and cranberries won’t be limited to just the freezer section. Take advantage of these seasonal fruits by trying some easy and delicious tart recipes.

Check out the recipes here

Image by: Green Healthy Cooking

Healthy Apple Pie

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s easy to let indulgences get out of hand. That’s why I’ve already prepared myself a healthier version of the all-American favorite, the apple pie. With limited butter and sugar, I would say this is about half the amount of calories as the real deal, and it tastes great too!

For the Pie Crust:

2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon salt
2⁄3 cup butter or 2⁄3 cup shortening
5 -7 tablespoons cold water

For the Filling:

4 Gala apples cut in slices
2 tbsp. butter, dash of sugar, dash of cinnamon

Assemble and bake pie crust at 375 degrees until cooked through. In the meantime, cook the apple slices in butter, sugar and cinnamon on the stove until soft. After the pie crust is done assemble the apple slices in a rosette pattern, starting from the outside. Voila!




Easy Tomato Tart Recipe

For an easy, vegetarian dish that will use up the last of the summer tomatoes, look no further than this rustic tart. All you need is a frozen pie crust thawed, chive and onion cream cheese (7.5 oz), 2 eggs, 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese and ripe and juicy tomatoes. Combine the cheeses with the whisked eggs and pour into pie pan, placing sliced tomatoes on top. Bake at 400 degrees F for about 25 minutes or until slightly browned edges. YUM!

8 Spooky Halloween Party Ideas

The scariest day of the year is just around the corner (no, not April 15th), but Halloween! With both kids and adults enjoying the fun of this holiday, why not create a perfect Halloween party that will be remembered for years to come? Here are 8 creative party ideas for your next spooky soiree.

  1. Hire a Fortune Teller

Hiring a professional entertainer takes an otherwise ordinary party to another level. Keep your party guests amused by hiring a real-life fortune teller for personalized readings. It doesn’t stop there because there’s countless other professionals just waiting to be hired for your next gig. Think scary clowns, hypnotists, psychics, and even sword swallowers!

  1. Escape Room

Who says you need to host a party home? Why not have it at an ever-trendy Escape Room? Gather your guests, dress up (if you wish), pay the entrance fee and get ready for a mind-blowing experience. Basically, your group will be locked in a room and you must solve puzzles and riddles to escape. You must succeed before the time runs out or you’ll be trapped forever…foreveeeer. Kidding, but it is a unique party idea that will be a hit for ages 8 and up.

  1. Sinful Sips

No party is complete without a signature cocktail, and for Halloween time there are countless drink recipes (both boozy and non-alcoholic) out there that will add a little fun to the party menu. Like this Blackberry Margarita, or even this whimsical Witch’s Heart Martini. Take the drink prep off your shoulders on the big day by hiring a bartender for your event, some may even dress up in the theme of your choice!

  1. Creepy Private Venues

If Halloween is THE holiday for you, why not rent an entire venue for your event and invite all the ghouls and monsters you know? This is a cost-effective way to host corporate events, large family gatherings and school functions with minimal cleanup and an all-included price. This isn’t limited to hotel banquet halls, but laser tag centers, bowling alleys, or (gasp!) graveyards. Deck out your space in fun, eerie decorations and leave the rest to the professionals.

  1. Photo Booth (With Plenty of Scary Props!)

We’ve all heard of photo booths at weddings and birthdays, but Halloween seems like a fantastic opportunity too. Stock up the prop section with plenty of masks, vampire teeth and cat ears or go an easier route with these free printables.

  1. Eerie Treats

With bakers at the ready this holiday season, it’s as easy as a phone call to get some one-of-a-kind desserts for your next Halloween party. Simply show them photos of your idea and leave it to the professionals. The sky’s the limit with ghost cupcakes, vampire cookies, or these ever-so-creepy monster truffles.

  1. Haunted House at Home

Haunted houses and Halloween go hand-in-hand, and this party idea is made easy with professional prop rentals. Did you know there’s no need to buy that pricey fog machine you’ve been eyeing? Instead you can rent it, along with lighting, skeletons, and a graveyard. Haunted house made easy!

  1. Fright Night Games

Planning games is a way for kids and adults alike to get in on the Halloween fun. Think simple like pin the bowtie on the skeleton, pumpkin decorating contest or the classic bobbing for apples. Make it even more memorable by getting professional carnival games brought to you!

Photo by: Michael Whitbank