Monday, April 27, 2015

Best Mug Shots On The Internet!!

Did that title get your attention?? Sorry to be a tease, but these really are some of the cutest mugs out there!

I'm thrilled to announce my collaboration with Moore Avenue! Together, we've created a set of foodie-inspired mugs to bring a bit of wit and whimsy to your kitchen.

This collaboration plays off the designs used in my "Eat Your Heart Out Collection" and utilizes some of my favorite foodie puns and infamous hashtags.

Order yours here!

Want to win your own? Just comment below with your favorite design of the three and you're entered! I'll be picking a winner at the end of the week!


Friday, April 24, 2015

STOP EVERYTHING: This 90's Disney Mashup is Brilliant!

I'm a huge fan of Todrick Hall. I remember seeing him audition on American Idol way back when and thinking, this guy's got something. A few years after that his Target flash mob catapulted his viral fame and with each video (usually because they are Disney-eque) I feel this odd sense of pride of the work he is doing! He is a true role model for never giving up and not letting a closed door stop you from following your dreams!

This latest video has everything I love - Disney, 90's Jams, and former Wicked cast members!


Craving another taste of Disney? Grab the recipe for my Grand Marnier Slushie from Epcot! Just click the photo below!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

I've Got The Blues: Kraft Makes a Big Announcement

Kraft Mac and Cheese GIF

If you're like me, days off from school meant sitting home watching Nickelodeon, seeing the sassy pig-tailed girl above and subsequently and chowing down on a box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. With lyrical genius such as "If Daddy wants to please me, he's only got to cheese me..." how could one resist?

Kraft Mac and Cheese
So you can imagine my despair when I received an email from my husband with the subject line "We Need to Build a Shelter and Stock Up STAT!". Turns out, Kraft just announced that starting in January 2016, "Original Kraft Macaroni & Cheese in the U.S. will no longer be made with artificial preservatives or synthetic colors.”

Kraft Mac and Cheese

Listen, I'm all for healthy alternatives - but there's something to be said about the nostalgia of a brand. I get it, I mean didn't Coca-Cola used to actually have cocaine in it? Change can be good. However, I will be sad that my children will never get to experience the splendor of the neon orange powder in a blue box. 

With the recent news, I decided to collect "The Best of The Blue Box" with some fun images that will hopefully take you back to that simpler time of faking sick and binge-watching Stick Stickley. 

Kraft Mac and Cheese

Kraft Mac and Cheese

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Caramelized Peach Salad Recipe

I recently recreated a dish from one of my favorite spots in Los Angeles. Call me hokey, but I LOVE Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills. Sure, their food isn't as stellar as it used to be which if you're a fan of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, you would know that there was a huge blow-out between Lisa Vanderpump, the restaurant's owner and their head chef. You can get filled in on that drama via Bravo.

Anyway, there used to be a salad on their menu that was out of this world. It had everything I loved, fruit, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, and a dressing with some serious spice! It was the perfect combination of flavors. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Social Media Growth for Bloggers

Social Media Growth

Confession: I have a love/hate relationship with social media. I love the idea of social networking and sharing your thoughts and ideas instantaneously however, I hate the “high school”, for lack of a better word, feelings that come with it (I don’t have enough followers, no one liked my picture, wah wah wah). As a blogger, I have become painfully aware as to how important it is to have a strong social following. A major brand has general requirements for the bloggers that they work with and many of those requirements rely heavily on their social impact. It’s a vicious cycle of not being able to work with a brand because your numbers aren't high enough and then not getting your numbers high because you’re not working with brands.
I commend those bloggers who have hundreds of thousands of followers on social media; I would be happy to know their secrets. I feel that a lot has to do with getting in the game early on, maybe a bit of (or a lot) of great content, maybe getting some promotion from brands or big influencers but what about the little guys like me? Blogging is an “elevated hobby” of mine, so I still hold down a 9-5 job and do not have the time to commit to growing my social following the way that I have heard many others do in the past.

Recently, I was approached by a company called SOGRO. They reached out via Instagram and asked if they could email me to tell me about how they could grow my social following. Instantly skeptical about this being a “Buy Followers Now” kind of thing, I did a bit of research, read about the company and the owner (it’s a legit start-up out of Miami) and said, what the heck! After a few emails back and forth with Aaron, the owner, I decided to give SOGRO a try. The plan came with a 10-day free trial so I figured it couldn't hurt.


After registering, SOGRO asked me to fill out a form and tell them what my blog focus was, who my target demographic was, and what hashtags I identified with the most. After I hit submit, they took it from there. In less than one month since I registered, my Instagram account has added 600+ real, authentic, engaging, followers to my account. They are fellow bloggers, foodies, and crafters that have now started to interact with my feed daily. SOGRO is completely honest with how they operate – they follow accounts as you in hopes that those accounts will follow you back. Those who don’t follow you back, they unfollow for you. Does that make sense? So you’ll see an influx of “Following” but that will go up and down as they continue to manage your account.

That's pretty much the key here - You need to follow to be followed. Again, back to the whole high school correlation. You need to get yourself in front of as many potential followers as possible, so start going through your feeds and liking pictures of people you don't know. Jump on a certain hashtag and like those pictures or start following some people who use it. You'll be surprised to see the response! This is the formula for Instagram, but you can see how a similar practice can work just as well for Twitter and Pinterest.

Listen, I was skeptical too. I was worried that my account was going to get hacked or that it would be filled with "bots" that commented “FOLLOW FOR FOLLOW” on every post or something crazy like that, but I was proven wrong. I've even noticed that because I’m now more “active” on Instagram, that I’m getting more followers outside of SOGRO too!

If you’re looking for a more organic way to grow your following, I would highly suggest giving them a try. They work on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. All packages come with a 10-day risk free trial and you can cancel at any time.

It’s pretty much like having a Social Media Intern working for you 24/7. If you’re interested in giving SOGRO a try, you can sign up with my link here –

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