Create & Cultivate Conference: Seattle Edition

I just got back from Create & Cultivate in Seattle. Create & Cultivate is a full day conference for female bloggers, creatives, influencers, digital marketing professionals and entrepreneurs. Each quarter Create&Cultivate hosts the conference in a new city. I missed Create & Cultivate when it made its way to Atlanta last fall. I was already planning a trip to Seattle to visit my best friend who lives there this fall so when I found out that Create&Cultivate was happening, I had to purchase a ticket. 

Weeks leading up to conference I had been under the weather and was concerned I wasn’t going to be able to attend. But everything worked out and I boarded a plane to Seattle from Atlanta last week. I’ve been looking forward to attending this conference for months because I had heard so many good things about it from other bloggers. 

Create & Cultivate was amazing and unlike any other conference, I had attended. The energy was awesome and it felt good to be in the company of so many amazing women who are doing great things in the industry. Everyone was invested in helping each other flourish. 

Attendees were broken out into two separate tracks during the day. One track was focused on women looking to launch a business or take on a new career path and the second track was focused on content creation, social media and blogging. I attended the second track. Panel session covered topics like how to create snackable content, how to stay creative in a fast-paced and digital world, and advice from the blogging veterans like Emily Schuman from Cupcakes and Cashmere and Gala Gonzalez. Some of the themes from the day were focused on encouraging women to think outside the box, find other mediums than social media to tell your story and be prepared to disrupt your industry. 

The one thing that attracted me most about attending Create & Cultivate was that they paired you with a mentor during the conference. My mentors at Create & Cultivate were Maxie McCoy and Adrianna Adarme from A Cozy Kitchen. I’ve followed both of their career paths for a while now, so it was amazing to be able to chat with them in person and ask them for advice. 

The keynote lineup was the amazing! The keynote speakers were Brooklyn Decker, Mandy Moore, and Issa Rae. All millennial women changing the game in their particular industries. 

If you are a female entrepreneur or a woman in the creative space, I highly recommend that you attend Create & Cultivate when it comes to a city near you.The next city should be announced soon on the Create & Cultivate Instagram account

 

Off the shoulder and filled with ruffles

Off the shoulder dress with ruffled sleeves

Off the shoulder dress with ruffled sleeves

Off the shoulder dress with ruffled sleeves and Kate Spade bag

Off the shoulder dress with ruffled sleeves

I can’t believe the end of summer is officially here! My summer has been a fun one filled with lots of off the shoulder tops and dresses. Yes…I love a good off the shoulder outfit! I discovered this off the shoulder dress during one of my recent trips to Marshalls. This fab find was under $30.

I love this dress because it can be worn as a swimsuit cover-up to the pool or to a weekend brunch with friends. The ruffled detail on the sleeve and bottom was a huge selling point for me. It adds a unique twist to your classic off the shoulder dress. 

How are you celebrating the end of summer? This weekend I’ll be cheering on my undergraduate alma mater the University of Alabama in its kickoff game vs. FSU. 

Around Atlanta: Cinnaholic

cinnaholic atlanta

 

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you are having a great start to your week. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know that I have a huge sweet tooth. The dessert course is one of my favorite dayparts. I never pass up something sweet.

So when the folks at Cinnaholic reached out to me to invite me to visit their Atlanta location, I couldn’t wait to try this place. Cinnaholic is a vegan cinnamon roll shop with franchises around the country. This isn’t your typical cinnamon roll shop, all of the rolls are vegan,egg-free, made from scratch and include all-natural ingredients. The thing I loved the most about this dessert shop is that they let you customize your own cinnamon rolls.Cinnaholic has several varieties of icings and over 30 toppings to choose from. So if you want a pecan pie cinnamon rolls you can make one with a bourbon flavored icing and top it with pecans. That’s what I did! Sounds like a fun experience right? 

Cinnaholic is definitely a place to take your kids this summer or a creative date night idea. Not in Atlanta? Cinnaholic has franchises popping up all over the country. Check to see where the nearest location is to you. 

 

How to make sweet potato toast two ways

Sweet Potato Toast Two Ways

Dark Chocolate Sweet Potato Toast

 

Sweet potato toast has been one of the hottest food trends gracing the breakfast table for American foodies. This low-carb breakfast option is an easy and nutritious breakfast option to step up your morning routine. It is literally the best thing since sliced bread! and it is kid-friendly too! I even found pre-sliced sweet potatoes at my local Earthfare grocery store. Today I’m sharing how to make sweet potato toast two ways with a sweet and savory recipe.

Sweet Potato Toast Two Ways
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large sweet potato
  2. 1 tbs of honey
  3. 3 tbs of chocolate hazelnut spread
  4. 1/2 cup strawberries sliced
  5. 1 avocado, mashed
  6. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  7. 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes sliced
Instructions
  1. 1. Slice the sweet potato lengthwise into ΒΌ inch thick slices
  2. 2. Place the sweet potato slices in a toaster or toaster oven on high for about 5 minutes or until cooked through. Continue to toast until done.
  3. 3. For the sweet variety top the toast with hazelnut spread, honey, and strawberries. For the savory variety top the toast with mashed avocado, tomato, and sea salt.
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Recipe grocery list: Sweet Potatoes, Hazelnut Spread, Strawberries, Honey, Avocadoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Sea Salt

Hey Ya’ll

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Hey Ya’ll! It has been almost two weeks since I’ve last written a blog post. Let’s just say life has gotten the best of me lately and I haven’t had time to write a blog post or find some creative energy to do so. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I recently graduated with my Master’s Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University at the beginning of May. After 16 months of writing hundreds of research papers until the wee hours of the morning. Let’s just say this girl is tired…

In addition to having the burnt out syndrome. My weekends have been jam packed and after work all I’ve wanted to do is exercise, cook dinner, or spend time with friends. Let’s just I’ve been taking some time to myself these past few weeks to find some balance again and just breath and enjoy life. It has really been refreshing. I’ve also got some new projects I’m working on behind scenes that I’ll reveal sometime to you all in the next few months. So stay tuned!

But for now I’m back to blogging and I’ve got some exciting blog posts to share with you over the next few weeks.