- Author: Melissa -

Hi there! I'm Melissa & I am a firm believer in taking cookies out of the oven 2 minutes under the recommended cooking time. I also love to travel, cook, shop, craft, and live an all around positive lifestyle. Come say hi!
21 Day FIx, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Recipe Box, Snacking

Coconut Walnut Cherry Crunch Smoothie Bowl

Coconut Walnut Cherry Crunch Smoothie Bowl || These smoothie bowls are the perfect vegan breakfast, snack, or even meal option! It's light, easy to make, and customizable to what you're wanting to fuel your body with that moment! My family LOVES them!

I have a very love/hate relationship with smoothies (except for these skinny very berry smoothies, because they are super tasty). Or rather, cold foods in general. I tend to go through fazes where I'm really about them, or really against them. There is not in between, but this month, I've been on a total smoothie kick. They're really just looking at me taunting me with a "we're backkkkk" but I'm loving it. Further more, I've expanded my renounced love for smoothies by creating smoothie bowls lately. [Do you guys remember my recent post about chocolate covered cherry + banana smoothie bowls?] Well, apparently they only keep getting better! Or at least I've found the flavor combos are pretty much limitless and SO versatile. They're kind of like my no-bake protein bites. I started off…

21 Day FIx, Breakfast, Lunch, Recipe Box, Snacking

Toasted Coconut Mango Chia Seed Pudding

Toasted Coconut Mango Chia Seed Pudding || this vegan, no bake treat is perfect for snacking, breakfasts, even as a meal! At only 3 ingredients, it's simple to whip up & keep on hand!

A simple recipe that focuses around the flavors of toasted coconut mango chia seed pudding... need I say more? Okay, I'll also add that this stuff is vegan, no-bake, takes all of 5 minutes to make, easy to keep on-hand, freaking DELICIOUS, oh, and only 3 ingredients. Yeah, you're the real MVP, toasted coconut mango chia seed pudding. So let's get to it! 1/2 cup chia seeds 1 cup toasted coconut + vanilla almond milk 1 large mango Recipes with minimal ingredient lists (like these Chocolate Covered Almond Protein Bites) seriously have my heart. In a large bowl (or use a Tupperware if you want to close a lid) combine your 1/2 cup of chia seeds with 1 cup of toasted coconut vanilla almond milk. Stir well to evenly coat. Peel, dice + mash…

21 Day FIx, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Recipe Box, Snacking, Sweet Tooth

Chocolate Cherry Banana Smoothie Bowl

Chocolate Covered Cherry + Banana Smoothie Bowls | These vegan, easy to make smoothie bowls are packed with healthy nutrients, fats, and keep you fueled with natural proteins & ingredients

I've been a tad obsessed with smoothie bowls lately. If you've never had a smoothie bowl before, they're exactly what they sound like! I always use frozen bananas as my base, add in any other frozen fruits I'm feeling, then get crazy with some toppings. :) The other day, Dj and I got home pretty late, so I didn't want to eat anything too heavy for dinner. I decided to play around with a new combo for a smoothie bowl and it was AMAZING. Luckily, I thought to snap a picture before digging in, so while this post doesn't have as many step by step pictures as my posts usually do, I can still share it! 1-2 frozen bananas 1/2 - 1 cup of frozen cherries 1 tablespoon cocoa powder 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla…

Book Reviews, My Life

What’s on My Nightstand ; vol. 4

What's Currently on my Nighstand || Are you looking for a new book recommendation? I've got you covered! In my latest nightstand series, I'm sharing the 3 books that I'm either currently reading, or have queued up for later! Check it out. :)

  It's been a hot minute since we last talked about what books are currently taking up space on my nightstand! I've always loved to read books in their true paper form (I have yet to convert to a kindle- does anyone here use them? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!), but lately, I've also been really into audio books. I'm planning on doing a separate post covering my favorite books to listen to, but thought it was loooong overdue to do a physical reading list! I've found that the books I prefer to listen to are vastly different from the books I prefer to read, so luckily, this series will continue! I've been reading a lot more lately, putting more of an emphasis on creating time for it, so this series should…

Gift Ideas

10 Gifts to Get Your Newly Engaged Friend

Gifts to Get Your Newly Engaged Friend

dastwet sdjd Wedding season is coming. *disclaimer- I totally wrote that while thinking it in the Game of Thrones voice But in all realness.. wedding season IS upon us... and I couldn't be more excited. I'm 25 years old, so my Facebook timeline right now is filled of engagement announcements with the occasional wedding + the occasional baby. I've figured out that social media is divided into two distinct groups of people: Group A: Who hates these updates and complains at how their timelines are flooded with these huge life events Group B: Who LOVE these updates and itch for more I personally belong to Group B. Yay, love! Yay, babies! Yay, happiness! So when the engagements started happening outside of my older friends and more onto my personal friends, I found myself in…

Blogging, Link Love

Feel Good Friday; vol. 22

Friday Link Love

From the post, The Very Best Way to Order the Starbucks Pink + Purple Drink  I know I probably say this a lot, but Friday, it is so good to see you! My plans for a low-key month have actually been succeeding! After trips to Cancun with friends, a beach week with family, spontaneous weekend trips to DC, a random weekend in Charlotte, and working my life away, this relaxing month of August was exactly what the doctor ordered. [And yes, I'm referring to myself as a doctor here. ;) ] From the post, Labor Day Weekend Getaway What has your month consisted of so far? Also, can we talk for a second just how close fall is? I went to Costco with Dj last week and there was HALLOWEEN decor out... what! Of…

21 Day FIx, Recipe Box

50 Vegetarian 21 Day Fix Recipes

  When I first started the 21 Day Fix, I was not a vegetarian (looking at you, cheesy shrimp pasta!) But, things have changed, tides have turned, documentaries have been watched, and here I am, 8 months later still going strong on this #veggielife. I'm a pretty big fan of the 21 Day Fix. For those of you that don't know about it, you basically follow a pretty simple + basic nutrition guide & workout for around 30 minutes a day to some DVDs. I wrote an entire post about it and dedicated a few -hours- of my time to create a sample 7 day meal plan to give you a glimpse into Fix life, so if you've been curious about what it entails, you should check that out -HERE-. But, the struggle is…

Blogging, Link Love

7 Blogs I Read Every Day

7 Blogs I Read Every Day

From the post, My Top 10 Songs to Listing to While Relaxing As a blogger, one of my favorite things to do is read other blogs. [shocker, right? ;) ] With my morning coffee, at lunch, and before bed, I tend to find myself heading over to various blogs to see what a few of my favorite bloggers have been posting and if there's anything new happening on their sites. Of course, this list doesn't come close to the blogs I keep tabs on and read often, but this list of 7 post content on a regular basis (SO important) and tend to write on topics that I find I'm most interested in reading about constantly. From the post, 3 Books to Read this October I talked before in my blogger series, social media happy…