From Where I Stand: Thoughts on Turning 30


Thirty years ago I was brought home from the hospital to a cute little home in Springville, Utah. In the pre-ultra sound age my dad was convinced I was a boy and had the named Tyler picked out for me (Tyler came to our family a few years later). They named me Melissa because it was a pretty name on a suggestion card the hospital gave them and picked Dawn for my middle name because that’s they time of day I made my arrival. My dad was a student at BYU, rode a motorcycle back and forth to campus, and Continue Reading →

Guilt Free Strawberry Milkshakes plus a Blendtec Giveaway

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Guilt Free Strawberry Milkshakes is just the recipe you need in your life. They are a delicious treat to enjoy without having to go back on your goals and resolutions. To sweeten this great post, I’m also giving away a Blendtec Blender + Twister Jar today! Keep reading!

Sour Cherry and Pomegranate Detox Smoothie

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I know green smoothies are all the rage right now, but let’s be honest, a pink smoothie looks so much more appetizing! I have a wonderfully healthy smoothie recipe for you today. It’s naturally sweetened, packs the power of both pomegranate and sour cherries, and it’s dairy free. Sour Cherry and Pomegranate Detox Smoothie pretty much amazing.

Feel Great in 8 Health Challenge (starting Monday!) plus my meal plan for this week

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Last year I did two rounds of Feel Great in 8 and I loved it. Feel Great in 8 is not your typical diet or sugar cleanse, it is so much more. Tiffany, who I have now met and really enjoy supporting, has created a health challenge that goes way beyond food. You get points for eating well, service, journaling, exercise, and a whole slew of things that help to make you more healthy, not just physically, but emotionally, spiritually, and mentally too. I keep coming back to the challenge and I like it more every time I do it. Continue Reading →

2014’s Top Recipes – did your favorite make the list?


The top recipes from 2014 were a blast for me to put together. It’s so fun to see a years worth of work all wrapped up in one post. I was planning on doing this post last week but my illness really gotten the best of me for over a week and I decided to scrap it. Then a little birdie told me she’d love to see the “best of” post for this year and that was all the motivation I needed. Thanks friend. Better let than never! Here are my top posts from 2014, starting with number ten and Continue Reading →

15 Appetizers fit for a party

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How is 2014 already over?! I’m so pleased that we end the year with family, games, and food… my kind of holiday! Appetizers are a forever popular dish tonight, so I thought a collection of some amazing looks dishes would be perfect to share today. Not planning on going out? Great! You can eat the whole recipe yourself. I’m a big supporter of bringing in the new year in your stretchy pants and a pony tail! Enjoy and thank you for being here. I can’t wait to spend more of 2015 with you.

Free Shopping List for Free 2 Week Healhty Meal Plan


I get a handful of requests everyday for the shopping list that accompanies my healthy meal plan. I normally send the shopping list out in a email to whoever asks, no big deal, but I thought I might as well publish the list so that everyone has access to it without having to ask. I also thought that I would mention that I spent the bulk of 2014 writing a ebook and it turned out lovely. If you like the meal plan that this shopping list goes with, you will LOVE the book. All the recipes are included and in Continue Reading →

13 Must-Make Fudge Recipes

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Well Friends Christmas is here! I can’t believe that we are saying that already. I have two of these collection posts for today and tomorrow to help with any last minute food ideas you might need. Today’s post is all things fudge! I’m not a crazy fudge fan but I do love it this time of year. I definitely consider it a season candy and that makes it more fun. Some of the recipes are really unique. I grew up with chocolate and peanut butter fudge, so seeing some of these unique recipes makes me want to try them. I Continue Reading →

Leftover Turkey Taquitos

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Christmas Eve is all about the appetizers and finger foods in our family. It’s a fun and easy way for everyone to bring a few little things and no one to be stuck in the kitchen all day. When your family owns the grocery store in town (and lots of them work there too) days like Christmas Eve are busy at the store. No one has time to make a huge formal Christmas Eve dinner. Plus when you have a bunch of different dishes there’s something everyone loves and eats. That’s a nice perk when you have a lot of little Continue Reading →

15 Tasty Gingerbread Recipes + A (real) Christmas Miracle

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I’m sharing 15 amazing gingerbread recipes today that go way beyond your traditional cookie plus a real Christmas miracle that you made possible.