Puppy Love in Pictures (and an Announcement)

Well hello! I apologize for being a little MIA lately, but I’ve been working hard behind the scenes on something exciting: I’m working on a site revamp — a complete redesign — and I’m eager to share the results with you all soon! In the meanwhile, I wanted to share a sneak peek of some of my recent photos (did I mention I’m working on developing some of my photography skills too?). Luckily, Spencer and Luciano were readily available to be my little supermodels (I’m not kidding, they were working it in front of the camera). Enjoy these furry faces, and I can’t wait to share an update with you soon!

Puppy Love, Luciano


15 Scrumptious Paleo Brunch Recipes

15 Scrumptious Paleo Brunch Recipes

I don’t know about you, but breakfast is my absolute favorite meal of the day. I could eat breakfast foods all day long! So putting together this roundup of scrumptious Paleo brunch recipes was a lot of fun (it also happened to make me really, really hungry). Oh yeah, and this list comes just in time for Mother’s Day! Enjoy!


Living with an Invisible Illness, Part 2

Living with an Invisible Illness, Part 2

If someone told me that one day I’d be writing about the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on my website, I would have told them they were crazy. But here I am: not to admit my guilty pleasure (although that cat is now out of the bag), but to discuss a topic that happens to be getting some attention in the reality TV world: invisible chronic illness.

Anyone who’s been following the RHOBH knows that one of the major “storylines” from this season has been Yolanda Hadid’s (formerly Yolanda Foster, at the time of filming) battle with chronic Lyme Disease. Although Lyme Disease is not an autoimmune disease, they can share a lot of similar symptoms: joint and muscle pain, brain fog, extreme fatigue, and flu-like symptoms, for example (not to mention more longterm complications), all while perhaps the patient “looks fine” on the outside. So needless to say, I felt a strong connection to Yolanda while witnessing her struggle. Although my battle is different (I have Crohn’s disease, which has branched off to also include symptoms of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, eczema, and other ailments), at the end of the day, I felt like I was watching myself (minus, of course, the beautiful penthouse apartment and the on-call “health advocate”). The battle of fighting debilitating symptoms is something I’ve known all too well, and as much as I hate to see anyone suffering, to see someone like Yolanda Hadid representing an “invisible illness” on TV was strangely comforting. On, what I would call, an unlikely platform, there was someone providing a voice for the rest of us often voiceless sufferers.


Gluten-Free Mammoth

Gluten-Free Mammoth

Jeremy and I got to take a trip to Mammoth recently with a great group of friends. I was excited because believe it or not, I’ve lived in California my whole life, and I’d never been to Mammoth! Add that to the fact that I rarely go anywhere these days (it gets difficult when I’m not 100% healthy), so I was really looking forward to getting away. That being said, I’m always a little nervous when I travel because finding food I can eat on the road is usually a challenge. So that inevitable question loomed over me: what in the world was I going to eat?

While I was there, I did the best I could, but I have to admit, I did not stick to a strict Paleo diet by any means (and I paid the price afterwards, but that’s a story for another day)! Adhering to strict Paleo is often difficult in unfamiliar places, but one of the things I know I have to commit to is being 100% gluten-free. Even a small amount of gluten exposure can set off vicious symptoms for someone with autoimmune disease. So at the very least, most of us with food intolerances have to stick to a strict gluten-free regimen to avoid flares. After doing my research, I found that there weren’t a ton of obvious gluten-free options in Mammoth, but I did fortunately find a few gems during the short time we were there:


Paleo Carrot Muffins

Paleo Carrot Muffins, grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free
Paleo Carrot Muffins, grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free
Paleo Carrot Muffins, grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free
Paleo Carrot Muffins, grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free

(***This recipe was originally published in 2015, but with Easter just around the corner, I just had to share it again. These grain-free and nut-free carrot muffins are one of my favorite Paleo treats, and they make the perfect addition to any Easter celebration!***)

Consider this a warning: these muffins are addicting. These wholesome treats are not only flavorful and perfectly sweetened, but they are also generous in carrot content and packed with nutrients.

Carrots are rich in vitamin A and antioxidants; they also contain fiber, potassium and a host of other vitamins and minerals. Although we’re all aware of carrots’ reputation for supporting eye health, even more powerful are the studies that show how the antioxidants in carrots help fight against cardiovascular disease and various forms of cancer. Other health benefits of carrots include promoting healthy skin, preventing the effects of aging, improving immune function, and regulating blood sugar.


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Instagram Roundup

Happy Monday, everyone! What better way to start the week than by sharing some of my favorite recent Instagram pics? Here are my top 10 favorite moments so far this year.

Oh yeah, that reminds me: are you following me over on Instagram? If not, you should be! C’mon and join the fun!

Pink blooms, Disneyland

Pink blooms at Disneyland.