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2017 food, fashion, beauty and design trends to watch out for

2016 was a great year for the food, fashion, and design industry. Turmeric became the spice everyone wanted to use in their food, off the shoulder tops had a big comeback, the design industry made florals hot again. 2017 is rapidly approaching and I am already looking forward to seeing what’s going to be a popular trend in the new year. Pinterest just released its 2017 Pinterest 100 trends report earlier this month and the list is filled with a few surprises. They developed this list based on the most popular pins saved on Pinterest during 2016. 

2017 Fashion, Food, Design Trends
Here are the top 12 food, fashion, beauty and design trends to watch out for in 2017. 


  1. Food is Medicine- In 2016, foods that were good for your health like turmeric saw a big upswing. Everyone, including myself, wanted to consume this powerful spice because of its known health benefits. The trend of using food as medicine is here to stay.  Look for foods like grapeseed oil, jackfruit, and kimchi to pop up on your favorite restaurant menus, cookbooks, and food blogs in 2017. 
  2. It is all about Cuban Cuisine– The travel ban to Cuba was lifted in 2016 and Americans are starting to travel to this destination again. Cuba will be the place to go in 2017 but it will also have an impact on our culinary cuisine at home. Expect to see Cuban empanadas, ropa vieja, guava inspired desserts on restaurant menus in 2017.   
  3. Brew your own beer at home– The craft beer industry was all the rage in 2016 and local breweries were popping up everywhere. In 2017, people will want to know how to brew their own craft beers at home. So expect to see home brew kits like  this one sold in grocery and liquor stores around the country. 


  1. Camel is the new black– Camel was a popular color this fall for the fashion industry. The color is becoming a staple piece in many people’s closets. This is a trend that is here to stay in 2017. 
  2. Statement sleeves are the new off the shoulder– Cold-shoulder tops were cool while they lasted but expect to see a lot of people wearing bell-bottom sleeves next Spring and Fall like this one.
  3. Men will add scarfs to their accessories collection-I was just at a holiday party and all men wearing plaid scarves with their blazers. I love that this look is becoming a trend. 
  4. Earthy GreensThe Pantone Color of 2017 was just announced and its “Greenery”. This bright neon green color is earthy and refreshing. Based on the spring runways from Fashion Week, we can expect to see a lot of this color in our spring wardrobe. 


  1. Natural hair and beauty will take center stage– 2017 is all about everything natural when its comes to skin care and beauty. I already rock this mantra but I’m excited to see more natural hair and beauty products on the market. 
  2. Micro-blading is the new threading– Microblading started to generate buzz during the latter part of 2016 but it looks like this trend will become popular in 2017. This process takes a few hours so expect to block out some time on your calendar to get this done. Curious to learn how the process works? This video tutorial explains it all. 
  3. It’s all about the Gold-plated nail- Last summer it was all about the round-shaped nail but this summer everyone will be wearing gold plated nails. I like this trend and I definitely might test this out for NYE. 


  1. Chip and Joanna Gains made farmhouse living and reclaimed wood popular again- One of my favorite HGTV shows is Fixer Upper starring Chip and Joanna Gains. I love their farmhouse inspired designs. Their show has made farmhouse living and reclaimed wood popular again. Expect too see more of this style in 2017. 
  2. Jewel tones take a strong note-Jewel tones are expected to dominate the design industry in 2017. Vibrant colors like emerald greens will bring homes to life. 

What trends are you looking forward to seeing in 2017?

How to wrap the perfect present {tutorial + giveaway}

The holiday season is the most popular time of year to give gifts. For many people wrapping a present seems like a lot of work so they opt for the traditional gift bag. Growing up, I learned how to wrap a present at the very early age of five. My mother’s first job in high school was working in the gift wrapping department at JCPenney. So our gifts in my household were always perfectly wrapped with a fancy bow.

To make your holiday season this year headache-free. I’ve partnered with Greentop Gifts to show you how to wrap the perfect present. This step by step tutorial will show you how easy it is to wrap a gift.

1. Gather your wrapping materials (Wrapping paper, double-sided tape, scissors, bows, and name tags)

2. Lay the box face down on the gift wrap to measure how much wrapping paper you need. Fold the paper over the box to make sure you have the right amount . Cut the paper along one side but make sure not to cut too much.


3. Fold the cut edge over the box and crease the edge (as seen pictured). Using double-sided tape, tape the creased edge to the box. Bring the other edge to meet the already wrapped end. Trim the open ends of the box, if you have to much paper hanging over the box (estimated about 1 inch)

How to Wrap a Gift

4. Push the sides of the paper inward creating 45 degree-angle creased flaps (pictured above). Fold down the top flap to meet the bottom edge of the box. Trim the paper along the bottom crease of the box to make sure each flap measures parallel.  Adhere to the box. Fold under any excess paper on the bottom or top flap so that each side lines up perfectly. Apply double-sided tape to the bottom of the flap, then fold it over the top flap and seal with tape.

5. Repeat step 4 on both sides.


6. Now that you’ve wrapped your present, its time to add the finishing touches. Top your present with a bow and a name tag. Here is a great video with a few tips on how to tie the perfect bow for your present.

How to wrap a present

How to wrap a present

Throughout this holiday season, I will be giving away several gifts away to my social media followers. So head over to my Instagram and Facebook pages today to learn how you can win a prize pack from Greentop Gifts this holiday season. 

Disclaimer: This blog post is sponsored by Greentop Gifts

How to Make Nutrient Dense Bone Broth

Turkey Bone Broth

Turkey Bone Broth

Bone Broth was one of the hottest food trends amongst foodies, hipsters, and paleo diet followers during 2016. You may have noticed the bone broth cookbook Brodo that I listed on my fall reading list and seen several varieties now available at your local grocery store. Bone Broth is a nutrient dense cooking stock made with bones from beef or poultry. After talking to my grandmother about this trend I discovered that this how her generation has always made their stock. The marrow from the bones is filled with nutrients that often get lost because we throw the bones away. This method extracts the nutrients that are often missed by pulling them into a broth. With soup and cold season on the horizon, I thought this is the perfect time to share this recipe. 

This year I made the turkey for our Thanksgiving dinner, which was delicious and enjoyed by everyone. Using the leftover bones from the Turkey I decided to make homemade bone broth with the scraps. When making bone broth it is recommended that you use your slow cooker because it needs to simmer on low for several hours. The bones and vegetables are added with water and apple cider vinegar to cook for 12 to 24 hours on low in the slow cooker. This recipe is so easy to make that I don’t know why I hadn’t been making my own stock for years.  Check out the recipe below to learn how to make your own stock at home. This recipe can be used for beef, chicken, or pork bones.

How to Make Turkey Bone Broth

Turkey Bone Broth
  1. 1 lb of Turkey Bones
  2. 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  3. 3 large carrots, peeled
  4. 3 celery stalks, cleaned and washed
  5. sprigs of rosemary
  6. sprigs of thyme
  7. sprigs of parsley
  8. salt
  9. peppercorns
  10. 2 cloves of garlic
  11. 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  12. purified water
  1. In your slow cooker, add your bones, onion, carrots, celery, rosemary, thyme, parsley, salt, peppercorns, garlic, apple cider vinegar. After you've added these ingredients fill your slow cooker to cover the ingredients. Set your slow cooker to a low setting and allow the ingredients to slow cook for 12 to 24 hours. Once the ingredients have slow cooked scoop out the bones and vegetables with a ladle and discard them into the trash.
  2. In a large bowl with a strainer, pour the remaining liquid to filter any particles from the vegetables or the bones that may have been left in the liquid.
  3. Allow the liquid to come to a complete cool then store it in several tupperware containers or mason jars. Freeze until ready to use.
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Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pancakes

A protein-packed recipe for the fluffiest pumpkin pancakes you’ll ever taste.
This is a quick and easy fall-inspired recipe made with spices, Greek yogurt, flour, sugar, maple syrup and pumpkin.

Pumpkin Pancakes

During the fall season, I constantly crave everything pumpkin flavored. Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin overnight oats, and pumpkin pancakes.

I was sad to find out that one my favorites had already discontinued their offering of pumpkin pancakes, so I decided to whip up a batch this weekend.

Greek yogurt pumpkin panckes

Filled with fresh pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and pumpkin spice, maple syrup, and greek yogurt, these pumpkin pancakes are a healthy option for you to enjoy one weekend morning. The greek yogurt replaces the butter and the oil in your traditional pancake recipe.

These pancakes are perfect to serve the morning after Thanksgiving  using leftover pumpkin pie filling from the previous night’s dessert.

Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pancakes

Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pancakes
  1. 2 large eggs
  2. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  3. 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  4. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 2 tablespoon sugar
  8. 2 tablespoon maple syrup
  9. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  10. 1 1/2 cup of almond milk or regular milk
  11. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  12. 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  13. 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  14. 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  15. 1 can of pumpkin puree
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar,salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, pumpkin pie spice.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, maple syrup, eggs, vanilla extract, pumpkin puree and Greek yogurt.
  3. Head a large nonstick skillet or griddle to medium-heat and spray it well with nonstick cooking spray or coconut oil. Using a ice cream scooper spoon an even amount of the batter onto the pan for each pancake and cook just until bubbles form around the edges of each pancake. For about 3-4 minutes. Flip and cook the other side for a minute.Transfer the pancakes to a non-stick baking sheet and place them into a 200 degree oven until ready to serve. Top with butter and maple syrup when ready to serve.
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Shelf Life|Fall Reading Recommendations

Fall Reading List


Fall Reading List

Fall is officially here and flying by very fast. There’s nothing like cuddling up on a chilly fall day reading a good book and drinking hot cocoa. I recently went on a book shopping binge and brought a dozen of great new fall releases. I love reading books and find it very therapeutic. Turning off the TV and reading a good book can take you to a whole new destination. 

So today I’m sharing my fall reading list with you all. This list includes some new releases and a few old favorites. 

Eat.Drink.Shop.Love’s Fall Reading Recommendations

  1. When God Winks at You by Squire Rushnell– I found this book in the clearance bin at Barnes and Nobles a few weeks ago. It surely is a hidden gem. I’ve been reading a chapter a week and journaling my thoughts. No matter what your religious affiliation may be, the stories in this book will pull on your heart strings and get you thinking about how God winks at you daily. 
  2. The Forest Feast by Erin Gleeson– I discovered this book on a recent trip to Anthropologie. The colorful cover of the Forest Feast immediately stood out to me. Each page of this cookbook is filled with beautifully illustrated vegetarian recipes. 
  3. The Forest Feast Gatherings by Erin Gleeson– After looking up the Forest Feast online, I discovered that Erin Gleeson had released two additional books. The Forest Feats for Kids and The Forest Feast Gatherings. The Forest Feast Gatherings cookbook is designed for entertaining friends in the comfort of your home. I’m not a vegetarian but I do love vegetables.
  4. I Modify IKEA: Furnishings from Everyone’s Favorite Store, Customized for Your Home by Charlotte Rivers– Everyone loves Ikea because of its convenience and affordability. This book shows you how to transform your Ikea furniture into something new that matches your personality.  
  5. In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney– Famous Design Blogger Grace Bonney of Design Sponge recently hosted a book tour around the country to celebrate the launch of her new book, In the Company of Women. I was fortunate enough to hear her talk about the new book during her Atlanta tour stop. This book is one of my favorites and will be a treasure in my reading collection forever. Grace interviews women entrepreneurs and tastemakers from around the country in this book. 
  6. Love Your Life Not Theirs by Rachel Cruze– I’m currently doing Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University through my Church and I am on baby step 2 of his process. After joining the program at my church, I started listening to Dave’s podcast and that’s where I learned about his daughter Rachel Cruze. Rachel released her first solo book where she talks about managing your money in today’s comparison world. I had the opportunity to meet Rachel Cruze while she was in Atlanta during her book signing. 
  7. The Seasoned Life by Ayesha Curry– I’m a huge fan of Ayesha Curry, the wife of basketball player Stephen Curry. I have been watching her YouTube lifestyle videos for a while now. So I was excited when my friend gave her new cookbook to me for my birthday. This book is filled with delicious and easy to make recipes that everyone in your family will love. 
  8. Grace not Perfection by Emily Ley– In today’s world its hard to try to live a perfect lifestyle without going crazy. Emily Ley’s new book helps women learn to remain balanced over being perfect and maintaining a strong faith. 
  9. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown– A friend recently recommended this book by Brene Brown. It talks about the power of vulnerability which is something we all have dealt with at some point in life. This book shows you how to transform your vulnerability into something positive. 
  10. Brodo: A Bone Broth Cookbook by Marco Canora-Soup season is officially here! This bone broth cookbook is filled with holistic recipes that are good for an immune system reset. Bone Broth has become a popular trend for foodies. I never knew about this concept until this book was given to me. I recently started making bone broth after getting this book and you can definitely tell a difference.
  11. Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst– If you loved Lysa’s daily devotional Proverbs 31, you will love her latest book Uninvited. She talks about rejection and how to overcome challenges and remember you are loved. 
  12. The Magnolia Story– I’m a huge fan of the HGTV show, Fixer Upper. Chip and Joanna Gaines are huge relationship role models of mine. I love hearing about their story. I’m currently listening to their new book on Audible. This book talks about how they built their business and family. 
  13. Power Your Happy by Lisa Sugar– Lisa Sugar the founder of the popular website, PopSugar release her new book earlier this fall called Power Your Happy. This book encourages women to work hard while building your dream. 
  14. Skinny Taste Fast and Slow by Gina Homolka– I’m a huge fan of the blog, Skinnytaste. Gina’s recipes are healthy and weight watchers friendly.Her new cookbook offers an array of recipe that can be made in the slow cooker. 

I hope you found a few books on this list that you want to add to your collection. I would love to hear what you are reading this fall. Please leave a comment below.

*Disclaimer- A few of these books were given to me by Publishers but these opinins are my own.