Although I’m a dessert blogger, I do try to eat healthy most of the time.

I follow a primarily gluten-free and dairy-free diet, with a lot of fruits, vegetables and gluten-free grains. I am a big proponent of satisfying your sweet tooth though, I just prefer doing it with healthier homemade treats instead of sugar-laden processed foods that will only make me feel bad later on.

Blogging has been my full-time job since I graduated college in 2015, so I’m lucky to not have to juggle it with another job.

On a typical workday, I’ll wake up around 6:30 or 7am, take my dog out, turn on some loud music and get to work in the kitchen doing recipe development.

If that day’s recipe tests are successful, I’ll photograph the recipe for my website.
This all happens before noon because after that, the light in my apartment becomes too harsh for the sort of photography I prefer.

Photography is everything!

It took my photos improving drastically for my blog to finally get a decent amount of traction.

I still put a HUGE focus on improving my photos because I know they are ultimately what draw people into a recipe in our visual-driven world of Pinterest and Instagram. If I could go back, I would have put a lot more focus on improving my photos in the very beginning, instead of waiting a few years to get a nice camera and working on that skill.

Credits: bakeritablog.com

Sometimes breakfast will come between the testing and the photography shoot, or I’ll just wait until it’s all done and have a big brunch after. In the afternoon,
I head to the coffee shop in my building (my makeshift office) to do computer work: editing photos, writing posts, working on social media, etc. I try to be done around 4 or 5, and then spend the rest of the night making a healthy dinner, going to yoga, and relaxing.

Of course, as a blogger, I’m always “on”, so sometimes, work will go into the night.  Luckily, I love it, so it often doesn’t feel like work at all!

Credits: bakeritablog.com

My paleo chocolate chip cookies are very important to me for a few reasons.

This paleo version, loaded with chocolate chunks and topped with flaky sea salt, makes my cookie dreams come true. It’s well-loved by my readers and fellow bloggers, they were my birthday dessert instead of a cake, and they’re actually the reason I met my boyfriend – he messaged me after he made them (find the recipe here).