Mermaid Toast

Look at this stuff…. isn’t it neat? Okay, I have to admit I copied the articles on ‘Mermaid Toast’ that used ‘The Little Mermaid’ Quotes, but I wish I thought of it first.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough For Breakfast


This reminds me of a 90’s cookie crisp commercial, ‘COOKIES?!…..FOR….BREAKFAST!?!????!!!!!’ You know the one. Since as far back as I can remember, I’ve had a craving for something sweet as soon as I wake.  When I was little, this involved pouring a bowl of rice crispies, exhibiting parkour like skills and scaling the kitchen counters to retrieve the sugar bowl, pouring sickening amounts of white sugar on my cereal, and topping it all off with a healthy squeeze of chocolate syrup (my parents did not sign off on this, FYI, I was a sugar fiend/rebel that could not be stopped by anyone). Now, since I’m just a tad more health conscious, I’ve created this raw, refined sugar free, dairy free, egg free, gluten free, grain free (EVERYTHING FREE) chocolate chip cookie dough recipe.

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This Broccolini recipe is *everything*

Guys, I’ve gotten really funny lately, can’t you tell from the title of this post? The broccolini has everything seasoning sprinkled on it. K, that’s enough humor for now, I’m spent. Read on to get this asian inspired broccolini recipe with a twist…(broccolini: a word I initially spell wrong EVERY single time I write it…two c’s not two l’s, I repeat: two c’s not two l’s, and I actually consider myself to be quite the spelling champ, oh well…)

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Photo Tips & Styling On a Budget

Hi friends!  Since it’s a new year and we’re all making changes, I figured I’d branch out and share something other than a recipe with you. I started Vibrant&Pure as a way to share the healthy food I was making, but it quickly evolved into more than that: a creative outlet where I could explore my passion to style and photograph food. Beyond just styling the food, I was able to  incorporate my love of interior decor while styling a set for a photoshoot or prop styling for a photo.

Now let’s discuss my other favorite thing to do: making things look as good as possible on a very tight budget. I know what you’re thinking: “a budget? but don’t food stylist/photographers rake in the cash?” Unfortunately, no. We all need to save money where we can and styling is no exception. A while back I posted a photo of my (TINY) back patio, I don’t even know if you can actually call it a patio, it’s about the size of an elevator, but ANYWAYS, I styled it for a magazine shoot and wanted to make it look as warm and welcoming as possible. A few people asked me to write a post on how I styled it/where I purchased everything, and here we are (about a year later…but hey, we’re still here).

SO, below I am going to give you a bunch of tips on how to create a beautiful food photo, from the styling to the photography; plus all my favorite resources for styling on a budget.




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