Christmas Dips and Drinks


Mission holiday party is complete! On Friday, I hosted about 30 close friends for appetizers, drinks and desserts to celebrate the season rather than getting everyone gifts. Greatest idea ever. As you can see, I had an awful time with my girl Bethany and the rest of the crew. :) There were plenty of sweets, including Peppermint Patty-Stuffed Cookies, Gooey Butter Cookies, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites and more. And for ...continue reading

Peanut Butter Apple Pie Cookies


Happy National Bake Cookies Day! It's very fitting, considering that verb has been one of the main causes for my blogging hiatus lately. I've been in party prep mode for the last week or two, planning a menu, shopping, cooking/baking and cleaning before I host some close friends for an appetizers, desserts and cocktails holiday celebration! There are plenty of cookies and other sweets on the menu, ranging from guilt-free to ...continue reading

Let’s Shop! Healthful Bites Holiday Gift Guide and Wish List

Finding the perfect “healthy” gift for the fit-minded folks on your list can be a daunting task. You don’t want to say, “Hey, hit the gym!” but you do want to find them something they will enjoy and use. These items strike that perfect balance of smart and splurge, and all are either A) items I own, love and recommend, or B) items that I would love to receive this year! My top 10 gift picks for the fitness ...continue reading

Pop-up stores near Central Park.

As evidenced by the packed New York City streets—well, even more packed than usual—the city that never sleeps also never stops being a great tourist destination! In case you can’t make it this season, I took an active walking day around town (that’s my fitness-y angle ;) ) to capture snapshots of the festive decorations. So even if you’re not fighting the crowds near the Rockefeller Center tree, or its ...continue reading

Cookie Monsters!


A good part of my weekend was spent baking and decorating Christmas cookies with my Mom—great bonding time and a fun way to unleash my creative side! Our recipe is not exactly a nutritious choice, but there are some healthy holiday dessert recipes out there. To celebrate the season, I decided to post a small round-up of better for you seasonal desserts so that you can indulge and still have a healthy, balanced diet for the day. Plus, if ...continue reading

Festive Feast

During Thanksgiving break, I was lucky enough to meet up with my fabulous blogger friend Jenn for dinner while in Chicago! My sister Amy joined in the fun as well. This is a slightly belated dining recap, but I still wanted to share the experience with you :) In true Chicago form, we met for pizza. Where you ask? Lou Malnati’s, the self-proclaimed home of the “BEST Chicago-style deep dish pizza in the world!” Amy and ...continue reading