Oregano Infused Bloody Mary & Lemon Pepper Grilled Shrimp

Oregano Infused Bloody Mary & Lemon Pepper Grilled Shrimp

Oh, hi there everyone! It’s amazing to me that another summer has been survived and we are quickly moving our way to fall. Certainly doesn’t feel like it here though- still sweating away at my dining room table in Brooklyn, neglecting any sort of cleaning that the apartment so desperately needs.

I actually start fall classes this Friday, in fact. I’m kind of shocked and astounded that I’ve somehow (finally) made it to the last of my prerequisites. I have to take organic chemistry in the fall and then I’m all set to apply for graduate schools in the spring. Dear lordy! I’ve spent so much time over the years getting to this point, but now that I’m finally almost there, it makes me crazy nervous to think about it.

I had looked at schools way back when I started this whole process but now that it’s several years later, I need to do my research again to figure out where I want to apply. I also have to study for the GRE’s…I’m really not so keen on that part. Gotta get those math scores up to snuff though!

Oregano Infused Bloody Mary & Lemon Pepper Grilled Shrimp

The recipe that I’m sharing with you is one that’s been in my head for months now- actually since I got back from the Dominican Republic. When I when there, I made sure to get my usual “souvenirs”- lots of different culinary spices and foods. In this case, I came back with tons of oregano, cloves, vanilla beans, cocoa, cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon and Brugal rum.

Oregano Infused Bloody Mary & Lemon Pepper Grilled Shrimp

Chicken Tacos with Chipotle

Chicken Tacos with Chipotle

Happy Tuesday everyone! It’s certainly a rainy day out here- it’s been pouring since the early morning and doesn’t seem to want to plan on stopping anytime soon. I recently started a new job where I have to wear actual “adult” clothes (no more cut-off jeans and tank tops!) so I keep eyeing the window and the rain and hoping it’ll stop within the next hour before I have to leave. I feel like there’s nothing worse than being dressed up nice and having to deal with the rain and trying to stay dry!

Chicken Tacos with Chipotle

Vegan Cuts Snack Box

Product Review: Vegan Cuts Snack Box

Hey there everyone- Kelsey checking in again!

So recently Vegan Cuts asked me to try one of their snack boxes and review it. While I reviewed it last year, I haven’t been a customer for a while and was curious to see what the updates or changes might be a year later so I said yes.

But first, a little background on Vegan Cuts: Vegan Cuts is a company whose main goal and focus is- you guessed it- vegan products. They now have several subscription options including their Snack Box as well as their Beauty Box.

1 Small Change for Better Relationships

The little things…

Hey everyone! Sorry I went missing…again. Summer is always a tough time for me because quite honestly, the last thing I want to do is spend time in the kitchen. It’s just so hot in my Brooklyn apartment and so many fruits and veggies are just perfect on their own- no cooking or assembly needed- just eat!

I’ve also been making a lot of personal adjustments between working on the apartment before school starts and starting a new job- yay!

While I will be continuing with making recipes I am going to be working much more on making this a content blog- I just love sharing fitness and nutritional advice with you all, but also sharing my life experiences (read: most of my mistakes and learning points!).

So with taking some time off, I wanted to talk about something I’ve been working on recently. Being a cell phone using, always-available-to-chat-electronic junkie, I always used to text my boyfriend, Mr. C. This usually wasn’t important stuff, but really just every little detail of things that happened throughout my day- funny things, happy things, annoying things and everything in between. Every little detail of what happened in my day, I shared. I’m big on sharing.

Do’s and Don’ts for Your First Blogging Conference

This past Thursday-Saturday was the BlogHer 2015 Conference. I really wasn’t sure what to expect at all- I had been too busy to read every “A Message from Our Sponsors” email (which was sent almost daily) or the updates about the keynote speakers. Seeing as it was in NYC, I figured I’d just hop onto the train, show up and figure out what was happening when I got there, which was pretty much how it happened.


While I’m not a spontaneous kind of girl, I am very much a “last minute” kind of girl- aka, I have things planned and organized in my schedule, but I don’t actually do the prep work or research I need until the very last minute. This, of course, is exactly what I did at the BlogHer Conference. That being said, I learned a lot about what to do an expect at a conference, and what to do differently next time.

Read over what I learned and don’t make the same mistakes I did!

BlogHer15 + Vega Giveaway Winner

Hey there everyone! So this past week has been a lot of firsts! Thursday through Saturday was the BlogHer 2015 Conference which also marked the first blogging conference I’ve ever attended, but it was also the week of my first hosted giveaway! All in all, it’s been very exciting! (notice all of the exclamation points in this paragraph?)

What to Eat Before Running

Vega Nutrition and Training Plan + A GIVEAWAY!

Woo hoo you guys- I’m so excited to be hosting my first ever giveaway!

I’ve teamed up with Vega to offer you some awesome prizes and promote their free Nutrition and Training Plans.

Green Tea and Weight Loss: Seeing Past the Hype

When attempting to lose weight, I think it’s pretty safe to say that most of us would love to have an easy solution. Eat this or drink that- make one little, simple change and BAM the pounds just start falling off. No extra effort needed!

Of course, if it were that easy then we’d all be exactly the size we wanted.

Green Tea and Weight Loss: Seeing Past the Hype

Cinnamon Roasted Taproots

Cinnamon Roasted Taproots

I love coming up with sexy food titles such as this.  And by “sexy” I mean, you read the title and go, “Wtf, Kelsey??

If you can’t handle the suspense though, we’re roasting up some summer goodies: beets, turnips and radishes!

It’s all about having fun, right?

Cinnamon Roasted Taproots

Bindaetteok with Spicy Dipping Sauce

Bindaetteok (Savory Korean Pancakes) with Spicy Dipping Sauce

This morning I attempted to eat kimchi over rice with my sunny side up eggs…it started off innocently enough and quickly devolved into a painful event involving snot dripping down to my lip and my forehead (along with my entire body) running with sweat. Curse that spicy kimchi!

Bindaetteok with Spicy Dipping Sauce