Wild Blueberry Winter Wellness Smoothie

This post is sponsored by Wild Blueberries of North America.

Happy December! Wait, it is really December?? Crazy. This time of year things get pretty busy with travel and parties and gift shopping and family and friends and work and cookie baking and snow frolicking and holiday music dancing and more. Winter weather brings a chill in the air and a jam-packed to-do list leaves us with less time to take care of ourselves as usual. But no matter how busy you are, you should always find time for a wellness smoothie break!..


Two Days in Stockholm

Two Days in Stockholm. That title kinda sounds like a cool independent film starring Kristen Stewart and Rami Malek. But no, my two days in Stockholm wasn't nearly as edgy as it sounds, but alas, it was simply blissful. And a perfect stopover spot on our way to Thanksgiving week in Iceland. More on that in my next post! But for now, we head to Sweden.

Or as Fredrik from Bravo's Million Dollar Listing New York says, "Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeden!"

Here is how we spent our two days quick days and my ten Stockholm travel tips....


Candy Cane Nog Holiday Matcha Latte + Encha Holiday Gifts (Giveaway too!)

I'm back! Back from a Thanksgiving week trip to Sweden and Iceland. I can't wait to share those adventures with you guys in an upcoming post. But for right now I have one very special holiday tip for you! Matcha.

Matcha is my favorite holiday season escape. I curl up to a minty mug of this beautiful spring green Encha matcha and sink into tranquility for a few minutes.

So today I am sharing a Candy Cane Nog Holiday Matcha Latte recipe, some tips for serving matcha to guests and my favorite holiday gifts from Encha! Oh and a pretty awesome giveaway too..


Amazing Everything Brownies

Chocolate. Sometimes you just need ooey, gooey, rich and fudgy brownies to satisfy your chocolate craving. And it sure doesn't hurt if the said brownies have a few healthy ingredients hidden away beneath the dark layers of oh-my-goodness-yum.

These Amazing Everything Brownies are gluten-free and vegan and totally rad. I love them with an extra drizzle of melted chocolate on top. I nibble them as they come, but really my fave thing to do with these and any brownie is to crumble it up and serve on top of some banana ice cream. Last night I did strawberry 'ice cream' with these brownies.

Oh and yes ok, while everyone else is starting to post giant Thanksgiving recipe round-ups, I am over here with my baking dish 'o brownies. Come say hi.

Rad recipe ahead..


Cranberry Sparkle Loaf

Holiday season baking time. And while I could easily rotate between my two faves: banana and pumpkin loaf all "winter" long, this is another favorite: Cranberry Sparkle Loaf. I adore the zesty, sweet-tart taste and texture of cranberries in a fluffy bread. I add a hint of orange zest and cinnamon too. You could add in some walnuts or pecans if you are feeling nutty.

Oh and I say "winter" because while it is still technically fall here in LA, it is in the 80's and 90's lately -- which is cray-zee. Ack. Bring me fresh snowfall and crackling fireplaces soon, please. Oh and Thanksgiving is so soon! Here is the recipe and what I am feeling thankful for..