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(be sure to check out MY JOURNEY through eating disorder recovery as well!)

Hey Hey!  I’m Holly, and welcome to my blog!  Pull up a chair, and let’s get acquainted.

So this blog thing. I feel like it’s what I’m meant to do. I’ve had some sort of personal blog for the large majority of 10+ years. It was in 2011 when I realized that for me, a blog could be so much more than just documenting my day-to-day life (although, I feel that’s an important part of blogging as well). I realized that I had a passion for helping people and I had life-experiences that gave me a little bit of know-how to make it happen.

After overcoming my eating disorder with my own internal power, I developed a new love for food and playing in the kitchen. I have learned that I am most at home when I am in the kitchen.  A cute apron on, a spatula in hand whipping up some new tasty creation, and some of my favorite tunes on in the background.  That is when I am the happiest.

I wanted to dedicate a space on the internet where I could share my love of all types of foods, healthy or not, and motivate others along the way. I want to teach you that you can enjoy your favorite foods without feeling guilt that so many of us feel. In my mind, there is no such thing as a good food or a bad food. They’re all here to be enjoyed, and I’d love to show you how, without any restrictions or diets in place.


I have just entered my 30th year of life, and surprisingly, it’s not all that bad!  I feel like every year that passes is better than the last.  Between baking and writing about my yummy creations, I’m enjoying my extremely busy life filled with working full time, practicing yoga, enjoying as much coffee & wine as possible, crafting here and there, reading, and spending time with my cute little family.

I have the sweetest little seven year old boy who is just the joy of my life.  He is sensitive, yet determined.  He’s loving, yet all boy.  He’s innocent, yet oh so curious.  He’s a bit accident prone and has given me quite a bit of scares, so I’m definitely always on my toes with him around.


The love of my life and I have been married since September of 2011, and she and I have been together since July 2009.  But really, I’ve been in love with her since almost two years before that. She just joined the Air Force Reserves, so that is a new part of our lives together. I support her in all her dreams and aspirations to be a better individual.


Together, the three of us live near Salt Lake City, UT in a cute little townhome.  To us, our families are the most important parts of our lives, and we’re very fortunate to live within forty-five minutes of all of our siblings, parents, and grandparents.


I’m hoping I can share with you my love, not only for food itself, but for food without all the guilt that seems to come along with it.  There’s always a new diet that hits late-night infomercials and seems to promise perfection and a brand new life.

I feel as though much of our society today has been convinced that you must be on a diet of some sort to be fit and healthy.   Society has been taught that there are good foods and bad foods.  I have learned through my personal experiences that that just isn’t true.  I love all foods in the form of cakes, cookies, fruits, and veggies.  For years, I deprived myself of many of the foods I craved because I was taught by society that they were bad.

I hope, through my experiences and knowledge, I can show you that there is a way out of the chains that yo-yo diets and eating disorders may have bound you by.  I have never been more passionate about my life, especially because I feel like I’ve gained a brand new lease on it.  I hope you join me on this journey!


If you’re interested in my full journey, please feel free to read about it on the My Journey page

As Seen On:

- ABC4′s The Daily Dish: “I am so impressed by Holly’s bravery. She wants to share her story to help all of us develop a healthier relationship with food. I say great job.” – Nicea DeGering of The Daily Dish

10 Responses

  • gray says:

    found your blog through comments on shutterbean!

    love it!!


  • Matt says:

    Hi Holly,

    I heard about your blog from Become a Blogger and so I thought I’d check it out. I’m definitely going to have to tell my father about it because he’s a new vegetarian (Jan 1, 2013), and he could sure use some new recipes.

    I’m hooked already because you have not one but TWO recipes with Somoas in them. Game, set, match. :)

    Best wishes!


    • Holly says:

      Thanks Matt for stopping by!
      Please do tell your dad about the site – everything here is vegetarian (even the recipes labelled chicken include easy vegetarian substitutes)!
      As for Samoas, there are actually THREE! Samoa Oatmeal, Samoa cupcakes, and Samoa Bites…. YUM!

  • Jeanette Whitfield says:

    Good Morning Holly – I’ve been meatless for almost 2 years and also had a hysterectomy 2 years ago … it seems like I just can’t lose any weight! I’ve asked my Dr to refer me to a nutritionist to see if there is something that I am doing wrong. I love walking and I do enjoy eating – LOL I am so excited to see what’s in store for us! Thank you for your friendship!!

  • Julie Murkerson says:

    Hi Holly! I loved reading your about page. It sounds like you have a wonderful little family. :) I agree with you – there are no good or bad foods. People will say “oh that’s bad for you” but really, if you have it in moderation, it isn’t really bad for you. Having too much of something, that’s bad for you. I took a nutrition class a couple of years ago and the professor even said that!

    It’s nice to “meet” you. Thanks for coming by my blog. I’m enjoying yours! PS, I love that polkadot dress. I sort of have an obsession with polkadot dresses!

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    • I wish more people saw it the way you do. I hear so many people saying they shouldn’t be eating a certain food but they love it so much. It’s a hard mindset to get out of, but if you love a food so much, you should be able to allow it in your life here and there. moderation is key!
      I appreciate you coming by and checking in on my little space here :) Glad you like it!

  • Hi Holly! I just wanted to say I absolutely love your blog, and I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award :) You don’t have to feel the need to participate, but I just wanted to let you know that I did :)

    Sarah Grace


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