Coming to you from sunny and beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona where I’m currently enjoying my bachelorette party with some of my favorite girls in the entire world.

I’m SO happy that I’m taking this time to do a little getaway, get a little crazy, eat THE BEST food and enjoy hiking too. If you aren’t following me on Instagram already, do it now because I’m going to be sharing my trip with you allllll weekend long.

We’ve got hiking planned, yoga, bars, brunches and lots of pool time. I’m so excited! Just in case you haven’t been to Scottsdale before, check out my travel guide where I shared some of my favorite spots. And if you have any fun spots you wanna share with me, let me know in the comments below!

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Hello hello and welcome to Weekend Favorites, #abrassalad edition! As you’ve probably noticed via social media, we’ve had quite the busy past few weeks over here at AK HQ. With fall and winter recipe testing in full-swing, a fun video project coming soon (did someone say DIY self-care tips?), an exciting surprise on Healthy Glow Co. releasing this weekend, AND a trip to Boulder, Monique has more than just pumpkin-flavored recipes on her plate. On top of that…Ambitious Wedding is only 8 weeks away!

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I’m sitting here early morning drinking my morning coffee and relaxing to the music of Oh Wonder. I love how the sun is just starting to peek out over the trees and that yes, it’s feeling like Fall might just be in the air. In fact, the crisp air took my breath away when I opened our patio door this morning; I was a little shocked by how chilly it got overnight. I suppose it’s finally time to turn off the AC, open all the windows and soak up the last few weeks of summer.

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I put together 3 fun ways to celebrate Labor Day with products you can get on AmazonFresh! From a beach picnic to a taco bar – bring on the weekend!

HI GUYS. How do we feel about it being the last day of August? Are you ready for fall and all the pumpkin related items Starbucks try and make you buy, or are you still soaking up the sunshine with a marg in your hand?

Not gonna lie, I feel a little guilty for even mentioning the word pumpkin, but ya girl loves pumpkin and I can’t hide it. PUMPKIN LOVAH FOREVER.

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Hi guys! We’re back with the last episode of the wellness series in partnership with Under Armour Women.

I spent last weekend at a retreat in Santa Barbara working on personal and business goals at the Big Soul Retreat that Under Armour so graciously sponsored me for. I had been wanting to go on a soul searching type of retreat for quite sometime and so when this one popped up on my radar, I knew it was time to do it. And it’s perfect because today we are talking about what’s next for Ambitious Kitchen.

Wellness Series Episode 4: What's next for Ambitious Kitchen

First off, the retreat offered me exactly what I needed: a chance to explore my fears and wants, yoga daily, plant based meals, and a destination away from the chaos that is often my daily life.

Because the truth is, over the past year and a half or so, I’ve been overwhelmed with the level of stress in my life. It’s not something I talk about often, but it frequents my days and weeks like you wouldn’t believe. Where does the stress come, you might ask? Buying a house, getting married and running two businesses and the pressure I put on myself to always being DOING.

However the truth is, I should be less hard on myself. I really do have my dream job. I have a life that I’m really proud of. And more than anything I’m so incredibly grateful to have a community of people who make my recipes on a regular basis. I wish I could give you all a big hug.

Sometimes when you’re always on the go, you forget to say thank you to yourself for all the hard work you’ve put in along the way. You forget to tell yourself how proud you are and acknowledge what it took to get where you are. We’ve all got our own unique journeys and I’m SO incredibly blessed to be on mine.

While I really don’t know what’s next for Ambitious Kitchen, I’d like to think that a cookbook is on the radar and potentially going back to school for nutrition. We’ll see. All I know is that I can’t thank you enough for being here.

Watch the wellness episode here:

If you missed the other episodes, you can catch them here:

Episode 1: Behind the Blog

Episode 2: From an Eating Disorder to Finding Balance

Episode 3: My Fitness Journey & Relationship with Exercise


I hope you enjoyed this mini series! xo


Hi guys! Happy weekend. Grab your cup of coffee, it’s going to be a long one!

This past week: Oh my goodness it has been a WEEK. I just got back from a trip to Maine to learn more about wild blueberries. Unfortunately during my time there, I somehow came into contact with a terrible case of food poisoning from food at a restaurant. On Tuesday, I was stuck in my hotel room all day and night feeling like death. This was the first time I’ve ever had food poisoning, but can 100% say I never want to have it again. Such a bummer when that happens, especially while traveling!

The good news is I’m finally feeling better and ready to actually enjoy food again aka ready to bake my heart out, swing my cart around Trader Joe’s like a maniac, and crush kombucha like it’s my job. You know how I do.

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We’re skipping weekend favorites because guess what today is? My six year blog anniversary! Truly I cannot believe it’s been six years since I wrote this post and then two days later hit publish. I had no idea what I was doing, all I had was a genuine feeling of excitement to be able to finally share recipes with anyone who who read them.

I knew I was doing what I loved from that moment on. Discovering baking, talking with you about my dreams, sharing my goals, going through a health journey and inspiring you has been all apart of this six years. And you’ve inspired me too. You’ve helped me grow and become the woman I am today. SO THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE! I LOVE YOU GUYS! xoxo

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We’re back in action with full carts (and empty cupboards) at Trader Joe’s! While I did pick up my usual organic produce, baking needs, and Tony’s favorite sandwich meats, I had to balance it out with some fun new snacks and treats. As you all know I love to whip up homemade goods on the regular…but everyone needs some good grab-and-go’s, am I right?

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Let me tell you about my day yesterday because it was a doozy.

  1. My car got towed
  2. I got a ticket because I didn’t have my current plates registered (so I was a few days late)
  3. I got another ticket because I didn’t have something called a ‘city sticker’
  4. I couldn’t pick up my car because they wouldn’t let me register my vehicle
  5. I got a bill from the IRS from 2015

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