Food Photography Tips for Bloggers

If you’re looking for a few simple, but effective, food photography tips you’re in the right place. If you’re a blogger looking to take photos worthy of your killer recipe, creative styling, and personal flair, you’ll want to dig in. Personally, I’ve been blogging here for seven years and that means well, I’ve published a lot of images that are not that great. But that’s okay, let them live on–because well, improving is part of the journey (right?). Just don’t judge too harshly when you stumble upon a old post. HA.

Food Photography Tips for Bloggers

Photography has always been one of those areas that I vow to do better, take a class, learn how to “use my big girl camera” … etc. Can you relate at all? I bought some books, studied some Youtube editing classes, but at the end of the day it all still seemed overwhelming. Guys, I was even using my PHONE’s photo apps to edit my images that I would take with my nice camera. Aside from not being quality I was proud of, it was taking me FOREVER. That’s a little embarrassing to share but I’m just being real here. (more…)

What Bloggers and Brands Need to Know About Instagram’s Update

Instagram announced that they will soon roll out an algorithm that will affect the way you see images in your feed.

It happened. You know what else happened? People freaked out (you might be freaking out right now, but don’t worry too much friend). I want you to know it’s really going to be okay. People are going to be mad. Just like they were in 2009 with Facebook’s change. Just like were when Pinterest announced last fall that they were rolling out a “Smart Feed.” But the smarties of the group learned how to optimize their Pins and actually leverage this new change. And from a user perspective, I think many of us agree we’re seeing more relevant pins when we log into our accounts (I know I am!).

Instagram Updates

Personally, I welcome the shift on Instagram. The change will mean instead of seeing your feed in chronological order, you will first see the images that Instagram believes you will care about most (this is based on like count and how often you engage with a user’s content). As a user I am excited about this. I’ve often wished Instagram had ‘lists’ like Twitter does. I want to be able to sort my following by family, my besties, brands I love, etc. I want to quickly see the photos from the people I am most engaged with. This feels like a nice solution and experience. (more…)

Serve It :: Chili Cheese Flatbread

I love recipes that are multifunctional and this Chili Cheese Flatbread is just that. Make it for a weekend lunch, prepare it for guests when entertaining, or even turn it into breakfast (yes, really … more on that later).

Flatbread-Recipe-Idea

I love experimenting with flatbread recipes because they are so versatile and simple! This recipe was inspired by HORMEL® Chili and it came together so deliciously. (more…)

Marshmallow Cereal Donuts

This post is sponsored by PAM Cooking Spray.

I love baking special holiday treats for my kiddos. What I don’t love? Having creative ideas that land me 2+ hours cleaning up in the kitchen. (Tell me this has happened to you too. I’ll feel better if it has.) I recently wanted to whip up a fun St. Patrick’s Day treat, and I was thrilled to partner with PAM Cooking Spray to come up with a recipe that was delicious and left me more time to enjoy with my family (vs. standing over the sink).

What did I whip up? The luckiest donuts you ever did see!

st patrick day recipes

These donuts are made with Funfetti cake mix, which means not only were they super simple to mix up, but they are also super fun! (more…)

Make It :: Football Popcorn Bags

Looking for a cute way to serve up snacks during the Super Bowl? It can’t get easier (or cheaper) than using old-school paper lunch bags! All you need to do is grab a paint brush and some white paint and in 60 seconds you can transform the ordinary bags into cute football treat bags!

snacks for your football party or superbowl party

Fill them with popcorn, chips, peanuts, trail mix, or pretzels.  Your snack just got an upgrade!  (more…)

Make It :: Football Mason Jars

Add a little football flair to your Super Bowl with this simple DIY. These football mason jars are easy enough the kiddos can make them (which sounds like a touch down to me!). All you need are mason jars and white tape.

Football party ideas :: football mason jars for your Super Bowl party

The trick is to fill your mason jars with a dark brown beverage. This could be any dark soda or root beer. Also, iced tea works well. Or, if you want to make these for the grown ups, try a dark beer.  (more…)

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