{solstice “prosperi-tea”}

22 Jun

hey gang, happy summer!

i hope you are enjoying the season, wherever you may be reading this.

here in colorado, it has been very hot… like in the high 90s and even 100 degrees! yesterday, to officially kick off summer, i walked to my local pool for a dip. it was the perfect way to welcome in the new season!

another fun thing i did to celebrate summer and the solstice, was make this beautiful solstice summer tea… or as i named it, “prosperi-tea” … cuz i’m cute and nerdy like that. plus, it sounded super magical.

the idea came from an online source that suggested putting various herbs and flowers in a pitcher and sitting it out in the sun during the day of solstice. here’s what i put in mine :

fresh lettuce leaves, pea shoots, roses, lilies, strawberries, succulent, snapdragon, various flower petals, mint, and tons of sage.



all of the ingredients came from my local community garden… the pea shoots and lettuce came from my plot!😀

here is the finished product :


someone said to me, “it looks like perfume!” which made me giggle. in a way, it IS like perfume in that it is made from beautiful summer flowers!🙂

this lovely “prosperi-tea” was so easy to make and it was delicious, too! it was light and soft and refreshing. i also love the colour it developed! i put a lot of love into this tea as well, which i believe makes a big difference!😉❤


what did you do to ring in summer?



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food is alive!!!


{tips for maintaining healthy practices throughout the work-day}

29 Mar

a speical thanks to the folks over at nuts.com for collaborating with me on this post!

as many of you already know, i am pretty passionate about healthy food as well as a healthy lifestyle. i do what i can to make sure i maintain practical and healthy habits that offer me balance.

that said, i have found that it can still be challenging throughout the day to actually practice such habits. when posed the question, “what are some of your favourite ‘work health hacks,'” i came up with this list :


1. Get plenty of rest(As someone who struggles with insomnia, I have learned that getting to bed at the right time and same time every night greatly affects my morning the next day. Having a routine can offer stability for our minds and our bodies.)

2. Drink half your weight in ounces of water every single day. (We all know the benefits proper hydration can provide. I live in Colorado, which has a dry climate, so ideally I should be drinking twice as much. Drinking enough water and staying hydrated can aide in a myriad of issues.)

3. Take time out to stretch. (Ergonomics are legit. I believe it is important to move around and stretch out tired muscles, especially for those of us who sit or stand for long periods of time!)

4. EAT THE RAINBOW! (As in plenty of colourful fruits and vegetables. I have lived by this motto for quite some time, and I firmly believe in the benefits. Generally speaking, more colour translates to more nutrition.)

5. Brown bag it(Pack your lunch! I know it is time consuming, but I have found that batch-cooking meals ahead of time and packing a lunch for work greatly assists in being able to resist unnecessary snacking. Plus, it’ll save time on your break!)

6. Let the sunshine in! (Take 5, get outside, and let the sun shine on your face… it just feels so good and can take you out of a funk, if need be. The sun is the source of all energy, and we need healthy doses just as much as the plants do!)

7. Breathe deep. (An entire universe of wonder is happening inside our bodies every time we take a breath. Don’t underestimate how amazing your body is! Paying attention to our breath keeps us grounded, gets us out of our own heads, and helps us to appreciate our bodies and the life we have – so, BREATHE!)


8. Live by the golden rule.(“Do unto others as you would have done to yourself.” It’s important for us to remember that we are all {unapologetically} human… and compassion, understanding, and consideration go a long way for us all!)


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check out these healthy snack ideas from nuts.com to help keep you eating healthy throughout the day! they offer some amazing recipes for some really tasty-looking snacks… some of which, i can’t wait to try!…

{and share with you}😉


{wordless wednesday : life, lately}

16 Mar

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{steak fajitas}

14 Mar


just a simple little recipe to share.

i love to make dishes that can be made in one pot or skillet. dishes that are simple and require little cleanup. this dish fits the bill and is also full of colour and nutrition, which we just LOVE here at food and foto.😉


these were so easy to make, too! i thought i would share the fotos and easy recipe since i enjoyed it so much.

i simply used about 4 oz. of chopped steak, onion, garlic, mushrooms, red bell peppers, and sugar snap peas. i cooked the veggies down and then tossed in the steak at the last minute. i sprinkled in some spices like cumin, coriander, sage, parsley, and S&P. 


voila! a simple, healthy, easy dinner. or lunch. or breakfast!🙂 top with an egg or some fresh avocado…


nom nom!

{fire in the sky}

11 Mar

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