Born and raised in Miami, Fl, I’ve always called that place home. I never thought I could love another city as much as my hometown… and then I moved to Atlanta. While it is a very large metropolitan city, it still has that southern, down home, “country” feel, and I love it. There’s just something about Atlanta that’s going to keep me here for a very long time.
Lately, it seems like everyone wants to be a lifestyle blogger and I don’t blame them. I mean, who doesn’t want a picture-perfect life? I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to be sent luxe PR packages and free product that other people are spending money for. Who doesn’t want to get paid to post pretty pictures on Instagram? Who doesn’t want to be #momgoals or #relationshipgoals or #lifestylegoals?
When’s the last time you had a fruit pizza? For a good majority of you, I’m going to guess never. Well, let’s change that. If you’re looking for a delicious plant based treat that is sweet, but not full of processed sugars, then look no further. This delicious fruit pizza will give you a new level of respect for a plant based diet. I basically made the crust out of almond flour and a few other goodies. The sauce was my yummy apple butter, and the toppings were delicious fruit that I had on hand. For the apple butter, you will need to have some dates. I used Medjool dates, but you can use whichever you can find, just make sure they are pitted. This recipe makes a good amount of apple butter, so I actually put it in a jar and popped it in the fridge to use for later. If you don’t have almond flour, just pulse some almonds in your food processor until it resembles a coarse meal. You’re gonna love this, I promise. Keep reading for the recipe. I hope you enjoy!
Xo, Consuella ♥
Happy new Year, guys!
We are officially 16 days into the new year and 2019 is already starting off amazing! There are two weeks left in the month and plenty of time to make some new year resolutions. I know some people feel like new year resolutions are all talk, no action. Others often question the purpose of waiting for the new year to set goals that you can start working on right then. While both of those may be valid points, there is just something refreshing about starting anew. There is something refreshing about being able to write a new book with 12 amazing chapters and 365 new pages. For me, a new year screams opportunity. And this year, I plan to take on every opportunity that comes my way. I am naturally an over achiever and, as a result, I sometimes end up biting off more than I can chew. So, when it came to making resolutions for the new year, I knew I needed to have laser focus. I decided to section my goals into four areas: health, wealth, professional, and personal.
Ever since I was a little girl, Christmas has been my favorite holiday. There was something so magical about being on holiday break from school, spending time with my family and friends, taking in all of the beautiful festive decorations in the neighborhood, putting up our decor and Christmas tree, and of course, opening the gifts under the tree. I mean, can you blame me?? There was literally nothing not to love about Christmas.
Okay, so I didn’t actually have a girls night in Asia, but my girls night did have an Asian theme- that counts right? Maybe not, but a girl can dream. Anyway, I got my girlfriends together for a night of great food, delicious cocktails, lots of laughing, plenty of dancing, and, of course, juicy girl talk. We got a chance to let our hair down, catch up, and and have a good old fashioned girls night. I decided to host this one at my house, and being the “hostess with the mostest” that I am, I wanted it to be a perfect night for me and my girls.
What do you do when the things you’ve been working on all start to manifest at the same time? (I mean, of course, after you do your happy dance for seeing some of your goals come to pass). Lets be honest, I think we’ve all been been there a time or two. I can humbly say I’m in such a great space in life right now. Many of the things I’ve been working on are coming to fruition and while I am super happy about them all, I often find myself feeling overwhelmed.
Sanai’s birthday theme this year was super cute and simple and we loved it: Two-tti Fruitti! Different tropical fruit and a bunch of bright colors was the gist of the decor. We kept the party intimate and had it in the comfort of our home- it was perfect. My best friend Jasmine, Sanai’s god mother, was my right hand (wo)man. She handled the decor and I handled the food (with the help of my friend Yaz). I got all the games and activities set for the kiddos and we had a good time!
Sanai is one month away from 2 years old and she has already entered the dreaded “terrible two’s” phase. Falling out when she can’t have apple juice for the third time in an hour. Screaming at the top of her lungs when I don’t let her open a bag of chips in the grocery store. Telling me “no!” when I ask her to clean up her toys because she isn’t done playing. My daughter has relentlessly marched into the this sassy toddler phase and I’m doing everything in my power to stay sane.
I went on my normal bi weekly trip to the farmers market and my eyes almost fell out of my head when I saw that scallops were $9.99/lb. Yes, you read right, only $9.99/lb. I almost never buy scallops because they are usually overpriced (in my opinion), but this was a complete steal so I had to snag a pound. I’m so glad I did because this was one of the best meals I’ve made in a long time! Between the perfect sear on the scallops down to the delicious lemon garlic butter wine sauce I made, I was literally in foodie heaven.
Let’s face it: multiple streams of income is the only way to build wealth. I know we’ve all heard that the average millionaire has around 7 streams of income, but the reality of it is, unless you’re a superstar athlete or a world renowned artist, multiple income streams is the only way to make it. And by make it, I mean stop trading your time for money and really enjoy your life. Maybe you won’t have 7, but at at least three or four will put you ahead. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or you work in corporate America, everyone should have more than one source of income. I’m on income stream number 3 and by this time next year, I plan to have another two in my portfolio. Have you ever stopped to consider what those income streams might be? Are you ready to get knowledge on how to start maximizing your wealth and living a comfortable life? Do you wish you understood how other people are able to pass down wealth to their children and grandchildren? Keep reading.
After high school, I went to college and graduated. I moved from my hometown of Miami to my new home of Atlanta. I kissed a few frogs and found me a prince. I saved a lot of money, but blew even more. I worked for Marriott for a while and thought I’d be there forever. Then, I started with a new company and landed my dream job. I launched my lifestyle blog, Cup of Consuella. I had a beautiful daughter. I bought my first house. I made a lot of mistakes, but I have a lot of accomplishments. A decade later, and here I am. A lot can happen in ten years.
A few days ago I was in the mood for a delicious pizza, but no pizza place had exactly what I wanted: sauteed mushrooms and caramelized onions. Mmmmm. Just thinking about it makes me hungry. I knew exactly what taste I was going for and I also knew that the only way to get that exact taste was if I made it myself. So I made a quick run to Publix to grab the ingredients, came home and created some yummy goodness.
In a world full of people with seemingly perfect lives on social media, it can be quite natural to convince yourself that you aren’t doing as well as you should be. Waking up to yet another timeline flooded with new houses, new cars, new engagements, new Chanel bags, and more international trips to exotic islands- it can really start to make you question yourself and your purpose in life. Guess what? A majority of the things you see online are not always as perfect as they seem.
Yes, you read right. I’m telling you to wear a wig!