• 10 podcasts that will spark creativity and confidence

  • How to have the perfect Galentine’s Day!

    Edible Arrangements
  • 7 layer Mediterranean dip

  • 40 Days to Personal Revolution: Why I decided to do this challenge


10 podcasts that will spark creativity and confidence

Photos by Amber Corbi Photography

In need of some creative inspiration? Having trouble getting those creative juices flowing? Here are 10 podcasts to listen to spark some creative energy and confidence in your life.

The Happy Hour Show with Jamie Ivey:  This podcast by Jamie Ivey is one I look forward to listening to on a weekly basis. The faith-based podcast focuses on interviewing female trailblazers who have taken huge leaps of faith. She discusses everything from relationships, friendships, books, food, fear, confidence, loss, maintaining a work-life balance, and celebrating successes in life.

The Creative Empire ™ Podcast by Reina Pomeroy & Christina Scalera:  I discovered this podcast for creative entrepreneurs last year on Instagram. If you are looking to grow your business in 2018? This is the podcast for you. It’s hosted by two female entrepreneurs.  They discuss everything from legal issues to marketing advice. During each episode, they interview a female entrepreneur about her success as a business owner.

The Strategy Hour by Think Creative Collective: I just discovered this podcast last month and I’m obsessed. The dynamic duo shares actionable strategies to help grow your business. They discuss the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur. Each podcast episode has tons of takeaways that will inspire you to start working on your branding right away.

Side Hustle Pro by Nicaila Matthews: This podcast is another one of my weekly listens. I discovered this podcast last summer when Mashable profiled the host Nicaila Matthews. I love this podcast because she features successful black females who went from having a side hustle to turning their passions into a full-time gig.

The Marie Forleo Podcast: Marie Forleo is a thought leader, entrepreneur, and life coach. Best known for her B-School, a program that helps aspiring entrepreneurs build their business. Her ultimate goal is to help you be the best you and achieve greater happiness in all areas of your life

The Goal Digger Podcast by Jenna Kutcher: I often discover podcast interviews when my favorite influencers and bloggers are being interviewed. I discovered this podcast when Lara Casey was being interviewed by Jenna Kutcher. The Goal Digger Podcast is for creative girl bosses. Her podcast is light-hearted and helps you tackle your goals along the way. 

Girl Boss Radio by Sophia Amoruso:Host Sophia Amoruso is best known for owning the online retailer, Nasty Gal. But she also has an awesome podcast that I’ve listened to for years. She inspires listeners to be a #girlboss with her candid interviews and life stories. She does a great job at selecting top female entrepreneurs who are disrupting a certain industry.

Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations: When I need an emotional uplift this is what I listen to. Oprah’s podcast is amazing and very inspirational. Each week she dives deep and interviews celebrities, athletes, pastors and best selling authors about their personal journeys through life. I recently got her book which takes snippets from the podcast.

Myleik Teele’s Podcast: Listening to Myleik’s podcast interview is like having a conversation with the sister you never had. She keeps the conversation honest and real and doesn’t hold back on discussing life as a female entrepreneur. Her podcast is discusses everything from setting goals, staying motivated, being your best self, dating, relationship, and career advice.

Being Boss Podcast by Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon: Being Boss is a podcast for creative entrepreneurs. Hosts Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon share stories, interviews, and advice on how to boost your confidence, build your brand, avoid burning out, and being a boss in life.

What are your favorite podcasts? Tell me in the comments below. 

How to have the perfect Galentine’s Day!

Everyone is gearing up for Valentine’s Day on Wednesday. But did you know that tomorrow is Galentine’s Day? It’s a spinoff of Valentine’s Day that is a day to celebrate yourself and your BFF’s around you. So invite your best girlfriends over or prepare to cozy up at home alone. I’m teaming up with Babbleboxx to share tips on how to have the perfect Galentine’s or Valentine’s Day at home this year. With the right snacks, playlist, mood-setting accent decor, and drinks you can have a poppin’ day filled with love this year. 

Let’s discuss how to have the perfect Galentine’s day this year. 

The Essentials:

Something Sweet by Edible Arrangements

Everyone needs a little something sweet on Valentine’s Day. The Be Mine Bouquet from Edible Arrangements is the perfect way to enjoy something special without wrecking your new years game plan. The balance between the dark chocolate and the fruit is just what every girl needs a little Vday love. 

Smart Snacks from Popcorn, Indiana

Plan to kick back tomorrow after work and watch a good chick flick while enjoying a popcorn from Popcorn, Indiana.  I love their Kettlecorn and Black and White Chocolate Drizzlecorn. It’s GMO-Free-, free of fructose, and made with whole grains. The combination of the sweet and salty flavors satisfies my taste every time. 

A Little Love and Passion by Chesapeake Bay Candle

When hosting people in my home, I always love to brighten the room with a nice scented candle. This love + passion candle by Chesapeake Bay candle’s mango and grapefruit scent is feminine and flirty perfect for a Galentine’s day bash. 

Loungewear by Maidenform

Every girl needs a matching bra and panty set as a gift for Valentine’s Day. Host a lingerie swap with your friends for Galentine’s Day. Every person planning to attend rsvps with their sizing requirements and brings a new matching bra and panty set from Maidenform wrapped in a red bag. At the end of the night, everyone gets to go home with a gift. 

Toast to the evening with a glass of Lucky Traveler Blackberry Shandy

I have to admit I’m not really a beer drinker but I always stock the bar with the best libations for my friends. This Shandy by Lucky Traveler appeals to the fruit lovers pallet. This beer commands attention because it is made with fresh berries and has a unique fruity flavor. 

**This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com**

7 layer Mediterranean dip

Whether you are hosting or attending a game day party this weekend, having a game plan on how you are going to stick to your New Years resolution of eating healthy is essential. I’ve partnered with Kroger and Simple Truth to share some healthy eating tips and budget tips. I’m also sharing a delicious 7 layer Mediterranean dip recipe that is perfect for your game day menu.

Tip #1 Taste the rainbow

When surveying the game day spread look for brightly colored foods on the table. This will signal you to go for the fresh ingredients on the table. 

Tip #2 Become a coupon clipper

If you follow me on Instagram you know that I take my weekly Saturday trips to the grocery store based on my #groceryhauls posts. I’ve recently gotten back on the bandwagon of clipping coupons. I hate spending a lot of money when I’m hosting a party at my house. So if you are hosting a party this weekend I highly recommend visiting Simple Truth’s website to gain access to over $100 worth of digital coupons to save on all of the ingredients in my recipe below.

Simple Truth Organic Product

Tip #3 Snack before you go

If you are going to someone’s house for a game day party this weekend. I highly suggest snacking before you leave home this will help curb your appetite and help resist grazing over any tempting snacks.

Tip #4 Don’t feel guilty

When counting calories or watching your waistline don’t get caught up in how this one-day event is going to ruin your New Years goals of being healthy. Live a little for one night if you want to.

7 Layer Mediterranean Dip

7 Layer Mediterranean Dip Using Simple Truth Organic Products

This 7 layer dip is very easy to make and can be made the night before or hours ahead of time.

You’ll need a few simple ingredients Greek yogurt, roasted red pepper and original store-bought hummus, canned kalamata olives, canned artichokes, canned chickpeas, cucumbers, parsley and tomatoes.


7 Layer Mediterranean Dip
  1. 2 16 oz containers of Simple Truth Original Hummus
  2. 2 16 oz containers of Simple Truth Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
  3. 1 container of kalamata olives
  4. 1 16 oz container of non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  5. 4 seedless cucumbers, washed and thinly sliced
  6. 2 cans of quartered artichoke hearts
  7. 1 container of canned of Simple Truth tomatoes
  8. Fresh parsley thinly sliced
  9. Pita chips or tortilla chips to serve on the side
  1. Layer ingredients artichoke hearts, hummus, tomatoes, Greek yogurt, olives, parsley, and cucumbers. Serve with chips.
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40 Days to Personal Revolution: Why I decided to do this challenge

40 days to personal revolution

I’ve practiced yoga inconsistently for the past four years. I love practicing but just finding time to fit yoga into my schedule has been a challenge. So one of my 2018 goals is to deepen my yoga practice.

During the holidays, I saw an advertisement on Facebook that my favorite yoga studio in Atlanta, Active Sol Yoga was hosting a 40-day yoga challenge. I thought this is the perfect way to set a good intention for the New Year and work on my goals. Once I’m committed to something I am usually all in. So I kicked off my 40days on Sunday with a small group session at the studio.

During the next 40 days, I’ll be joining several others around the world who are following the 40 days to Personal Revolution program by Baron Baptiste. This program follows the Baron Baptiste style of yoga. So each day throughout the 40 days I will practice yoga, meditate, follow a clean eating diet plan, journal daily, attend weekly small group meetings at the studio and read the 40 days to Personal Revolution book by Baron Baptiste. I’ll be sharing weekly recaps here on the blog along with some clean eating recipes. Each week has a different intention for your practice that you should focus. 

Committing to yoga for 40 days is a huge task and accomplishment. So during this 40 days, I’ll have to make some sacrifices like limiting social media use and cutting some things out of my schedule. But as I said before I love yoga but the challenge has been fitting it into my schedule. But as we discussed in my small group session, it’s about making time for your practice. Even its just 20 minutes in the morning before work. 

I’m at the point in my life where I’m figuring out what I want for my life and my future. So I’m balancing priorities and shifting my focus toward accomplishing my long-term goals. That means figuring out my career goals, my intentions for this blog, and how I want to continue to grow as an individual. I’m in my early thirties and childless so I think the timing for this is right. 

The theme for week 1 is presence. I love that because one of my 2018 goals is to work on being present over perfect.  So I’ll be sharing how week 1 went next week. 

So stay tuned and subscribe to my newsletter to receive updates. 

2018 Goals

Last weekend a few of my friends and I gathered together to put together our vision boards for 2018. If you remember my blog post from a few years ago on how to create a vision board, you know that I’m a huge believer in putting your goals and aspirations out in the universe. 

The holidays were a little sad for me as my family and I coped with the loss of my grandmother. So, I spent my holidays unplugged and off social media to unwind and reflect. Which is something I plan to do more of in 2018. Unplugging allowed me to listen to God and think about my goals for the new year. 

One// Unplug more

Unplugging a little bit during the holidays was nice. It reminded that you can miss out on the important things in life like connecting with family and friends if your face is always tied to a screen. It is hard to unplug when my day job and running this blog require me to be online all day. I plan to unplug at least one weekend a month in 2018. 

Two// Embrace my journey

2017 was filled with breakups, ending of friendships, hospital stints and me pondering what to do with this blog. I often tend to plan for the future which is hard when you are supposed to leave things up to God. So in 2018, I am going to achieve being present over perfect and embrace my journey. 

Three// Travel more

I’ve been fortunate enough to travel all over the United States and travel internationally. The world is a huge place and there are still several countries and cities I would like to visit. My first trip of 2018 is already in the works. I’m excited because this will be my first trip internationally since my trip to Aruba two years ago

Four// Learn a new craft/skill a month

In 2016, I set a goal to read a book a month. This year I set a similar goal and this time it is to learn a new craft/skill a month. My first class is at the end of this month. So stay tuned for recaps on the blog each month. 

Five// Focus on my health

I am an overall health conscious person and I watch what I eat. This year my focus is to meal prep more and get back in the gym. I just signed up for TRX training classes and I am about to embark on 40-day yoga challenge. So stay tuned for weekly recaps on the blog to hear about how my challenge is going. 

Six// Save, Save, Save

For the past year, I have been following the Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University program. I am currently in Baby Step Two and have paid off all my credit cards. My focus for 2018 is to ambush my student loan debt. I spent most of 2016 and 2017 in grad school getting my masters in Integrated Marketing, now that I am done with school its time get rid of those students loans. My goal is to finish paying them off in 2019. So as I reach milestones in Baby Step Two, I will share details of my progress here on the blog. 

Seven// A new look and feel for Eat.Drink.Shop.Love

My goals are to make some big changes here on the blog. Throughout 2017 the biggest question I got from readers was “Are you still blogging?” Yes, but working a full-time job as a content strategist and going to grad school started to take over my life. During that period, I decided that Eat.Drink.Shop.Love needed to grow up. I decided to slow down the amount of content I shared here on the blog until I figured out what that meant. In 2018, Eat.Drink.Shop.Love will be changing and the type of content I’ll be sharing will be more personal. So think new look, new name, new experience. I will share more details later on. 

What are your goals for the new year?