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Beyond the Food #3

January 16, 2015

Today I just want to chat. I don’t have many pictures for you (my phone and I are in an on-again, off-again relationship) but I have an overwhelming number of thoughts flowing through my mind.

I’ve started but have yet to finish 6 different posts. I guess the new year has sparked quite a bit of inspiration in me but not enough to actually complete the posts. I’m all over the place right now and I suspect that this post will be too. It’s actually giving me anxiety that I am deviating from my usual blog formula and just letting my stream of thought flow. Note to self: work on perfectionism in 2015.

So how about we just consider this a virtual coffee date? Awesome. Let’s chat.

1. If the goal of this video was to make me fall in love with Adam Levine, then it succeeded. This is the background music to this post.

2. I shot 9 recipes in 4 days this week. 5 for a freelance gig, 3 for THM and 1 for SHE uncovered. I kind of never want to look at food pictures again. Sidenote: Do you guys have any interest in seeing my photography set-up? It’s quite resourceful if I may say so myself…

recipes3. Thank goodness for dishwashers. Between the cooking and the food props, I run mine at least 2-3 times day. Let’s hope Toronto never experiences a drought.

4. Because I’ve had such an insane schedule, I’ve started doing the impossible to make sure I succeed at the Barre3 challenge. I, Davida Kugelmass have been waking up early to workout. I’ve been going to the 7:15 AM class, which for someone who sleeps until 8:00 everyday makes it feel like the crack of dawn. The only nice thing about it is that I am basically asleep when I’m working out so I don’t notice that my legs are on fire.

5. This just about sums up my life. Everyday I am so grateful for all that life has afforded me but I have also hustled my little butt off to get here. I have always had a work-hard, play-hard mentality which is both an asset and a weakness. Burnout is very real for me but I whole-heartedly believe that if you want something then you must work harder than everyone around you. It’s what separates those who talk about their dreams and those who make their dreams a reality.

6. On that note, can I just take a second to vent? I really do my best to keep this space positive but I swear if I receive one more email from a company asking me to promote them on THM for a product that is either a) completely irrelevant to health and wellness or b) offers absolutely nothing in return (saying that you MIGHT share it on your social accounts does not count!) I’m gonna lose it. Sometimes I feel like I’m running against the current. I run a business just like you are so let’s start treating each other as equals, a’ight? That is all.

7. Speaking of business, I’ve been eating up podcasts and books on running successful businesses. First book I ordered on my new kindle? 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Who am I?

8. I’m pretty sure having the new season of The Real World playing in the background is not one of these habits…

9. C and I saw Citizenfour at TIFF the other day and I refused to touch technology for the following 4 hours out of fear I was being listened to and watched. And then I realized my entire life is on the internet and it’s way too late for that…

10. “I’m pretty sure this goes above and beyond the traditional boyfriend duties” < — C’s reference to these pictures which he shot for SHE uncovered. Thank you for capturing this gem. #oy.

facemask11. I’ve been thinking about revamping my email list. It’s at the top of my never-ending blogging to-do list but I keep pushing it off. I need to get my act together and just do it!

12. Also on that list is a blog redesign. Lately I’ve been feeling like THM needs a makeover. He/she is almost 2 years old! Wahhhhhhhhh.

13. I’m off to somewhere exotic today! For absolutely no reason I’m being totally secretive about my whereabouts. Maybe Citizenfour affected me even more than I thought. I’ll be scaling back a little while I’m away but I’ll still be somewhere around the blogosphere.

14. I’ll be giving a talk on Blogging 101 and the value of blogging for your business in Toronto on Jan 27th. If you’re interested in attending, fill out this form and I’ll follow-up with the details. There’s limited spots available, so sign-up fast.

blogging-10115. I have a HUGE surprise coming your way soon. Can’t wait to share!

If we were having coffee right now, what would you tell me?


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    Pip {Cherries & Chisme}
    January 16, 2015 at 5:58 am

    That video is awesome! Think it might’ve worked with me too…
    I would firstly say nice work for kicking butt at barre! And that I am SO excited for Monday, my last essay deadline till March. Turns out churning out an assignment pretty much every 2 weeks for 10 weeks kinda takes it out of you. I need a(nother) holiday 😉
    Have a great trip!

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    January 16, 2015 at 6:22 am

    This post was kind of all over the place, but I rather enjoyed it. A softer side of Davida, if you will.

    I bet you find in your seven habits of highly effective people book, an ability to not only work hard but also knowing when to scale back, especially when you’re in a creative business. Over working oneself can put a damper on inspiration. I actually made it a point to not touch a computer, iPad or phone last Sunday, and it was easier than I ultimately thought and much needed. Enjoy your time off. Do something fun and relaxing.

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    Sofia // From the Land we Live on
    January 16, 2015 at 7:49 am

    I am actually having a coffee…my husbands leftover coffee from yesterday morning that I found when I got home last night and refrigerated, knowing I would need this morning, having to wake up at 6:15 (mornings are not my thing either). So I’m having a cold coffee from a mason jar on the dufferin bus and your post is EXCACTLY what I wanted to read. Thank you! And enjoy your exotic getaway 🙂

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      Davida Kugelmass
      January 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      It drives me NUTS when C leaves his coffee out! I strongly feel that no coffee should be left unsipped! Glad I could entertain you on the dufferin bus this morn. Looks like you had a fun day ahead of you with Meghan. Does this make me the ultimate IG stalked? I’m okay with it.

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    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
    January 16, 2015 at 8:17 am

    It sounds like you’ve been busy!!! I hope you’re able to relax a bit on your trip 🙂

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    January 16, 2015 at 9:17 am

    I still can’t believe you shot that many damn recipes AND got up early every day this week. Mega props to you boo. C really knows how to capture you at your most graceful moments.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      January 16, 2015 at 9:33 am

      It’s not like it’s hard. I am the better looking one in the relationship after all… 😉

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    Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
    January 16, 2015 at 10:14 am

    I have been drinking a butter coffee. 🙂 As a newer blogger, I have been receiving those emails from companies too. At first I was exciting and now I am annoyed. After two years of blogging I am sure you must feel it’s ridiculous. Good for you on the barre challenge. Don’t burn out though! Keep positive and hustle. You’re doing a great job.

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    GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth
    January 16, 2015 at 10:41 am

    1. Every post should have background music. LOVE this song…and Adam 😀
    2. The week before I left for vacation I attempted to shoot multiple recipes a day so I wouldn’t have to work at home. Ended up with so many failed recipes and dropped food that I had to give up haha
    3. My apartment DOESN’T HAVE A DISHWASHER. I have no idea WTH I was thinking when I chose to live here o.O

    Have a great day!

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    Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon
    January 16, 2015 at 10:45 am

    YES 100% to this –> ” The only nice thing about it is that I am basically asleep when I’m working out so I don’t notice that my legs are on fire.” That’s why I live off of morning workouts before heading to work (5:10 AM alarm for me), but then when I’m at my desk at 8 AM slowly enjoying my cup of coffee I realize my whole afternoon is mine!

    I hope you are giving yourself enough time for R&R on your secret vacation so that all these great business ideas can continue to rumble in your self conscious instead of making you stressed. Thanks for always being an inspiration to so many of us! xo

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    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    January 16, 2015 at 10:46 am

    You are adorable. I really miss you. I need to get back to blogging asap because I have FOMO right now. Ugh 2nd jobs. That face mask pic is priceless. AND YET IT IS STILL BEAUTIFUL. How do you do it?!

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    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl
    January 16, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I would most definitely LOVE to see your photography set up!!

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    January 16, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    My second apartment requirement after having a nice kitchen is having a dishwasher! Oh wait no, that would be third. Good lighting would be second! Something tells me apartment hunting is going to be hard haha.

    Sounds like it’s been a busy but productive week for you! I hope your tropical trip, wherever you’re going! 🙂

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    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run
    January 16, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    work on perfectionism in 2015!?

    do you really mean that??

    cut yourself some slack. you ARE doing fabulous! there is no such thing as perfect. xxoo

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      Davida Kugelmass
      January 16, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Nooooooo I meant work on not being such a perfectionist haha! I would NEVER want to be more of one, it’s already a problem enough!

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    January 16, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Love the Adam Levine video and I totally feel ya on #3 and #6!

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    January 16, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Oh HEY, Adam Levine. That music video is perfect.
    “Stay humble, hustle hard.” Love that. And I am constantly working on not being a perfectionist too. You’re amazing, and your hard work is clearly evident in everything you do!

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    January 16, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    you tease! what’s the surprise?! i’m on a need to know basis. P.s. I would love to see the photo set up. And I am using lightroom because i still get annoyed with photoshop. What’s easier?

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    January 16, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    That many recipes in such a time span? You are crazy!

    That face mask suits you. You’re almost my complexion now.

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    January 16, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I’m so with you on #5, I’ve always been about working my ass off, and having crazy fun the rest of the time. Life’s all about living it up to the fullest and going for the things you want!

    Also, laughing at #8 because I sometimes work with super trashy reality TV on in the background, and my hubby will walk in and just say, “Really?!” I’m all,”Don’t hate. The Real Housewives teach me a lot about life!” Haha.

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    Les @ The Balanced Berry
    January 16, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    If we were having coffee, I would probably insist on making it for you the way I’ve had it the past few weeks – blended with a touch of coconut oil. Sounds weird, is creamy and awesome. Anyways…

    I totally feel you on the work hard/play hard mentality. Really can’t have one without the other! Well you could, but that would just be silly. Have an awesome trip and soak up some sun for the rest of us! I am insanely jealous 🙂

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    January 16, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Fun post about some of the things going on – you have been super busy already this year!
    Have a great time on your trip/vacation!!!

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    Nora (A Clean Bake)
    January 16, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    SING IT SISTER. I totally second your vent about obnoxious vendor inquiries!

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    Alysia @ Slim Sanity
    January 17, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    OMG I feel like we’re kinda the same person in this post. I have been eating up podcasts lately too! I cannot get enough! We should compare our subscriptions 🙂 Also, The Real World is one of the only shows Ill stay up past my bedtime watching. It’s awful but it brings me joy…not sure how but it does!

    Also I feel like an idiot because I could not figure out how to put my camera on my tripod vertically until I saw your picture JUST NOW and got up to figure it out. Sometimes I seriously wonder how I function in real life.

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    Deryn @ Running on Real Food
    January 19, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Oh, I feel ya on all fronts. Although I’m not blogging full-time, my full-time job + food prep and shooting all day on the weekends it’s crazy times. Based on the ridiculous amounts of emails I get from people asking for promotion, I can only imagine how many you must get! Blogging is a crazy amount of work, even as a part time gig…so way to hustle lady! You’re doing amazing! I’m loving She Uncovered, by the way…I have to try that coffee soap soon!

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    January 19, 2015 at 7:40 am

    thanks for this- i always love hearing a bit more about the person behind the recipes.. i am just working on getting my own little health/wellness blog off the ground and find your tips very helpful! i need to start posting recipes of my own, my problem is training myself to not dig in the second i’m done cooking!

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    January 19, 2015 at 11:07 am

    If we were having coffee I’d tell you I can’t watch Real World this season. Too sad about Diem. 😉 And I’d tell you that no one I know watches so it’s nice to see I’m not alone. 🙂 Have a nice trip!

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    Sarah Pie
    January 19, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Enjoy the undisclosed vacation break, you’ve definitely earned it!

    As for going above/beyond the line of BF duty I convinced the BF to pain a few of my nails this weekend (I have a really hard time using my non-dominant hand) though I think he’d be less inclined to help out in the future if he found out I put this online so lets keep it between this little virtual coffee date m’kay? 🙂

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    January 20, 2015 at 4:42 am

    I want to come and listen to you talking!!! 🙁 🙁 I hate miles of distances, I really do.

    I love your pic with the facemask. I need to find some shit-pics of myself and post them. It clearly is something to laugh about.

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    Miss Polkadot
    January 20, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Nine recipes in four days?! Further proof of my theory that you’re some kind of superwoman. Or just seriously amazing at time management <- reason why I wasn't made to be a food blogger …
    I had to laugh at #6. That's really happening to you still, too? I mean, hey, I get that US companies assume I'd be happy to advertise their mattresses for no particular reason because I clearly focus on proper bedding in my posts. Not.
    On #14: Next time in Germany??? Because media is catching just now that bloggers are the next big thing [I know …] and we're lacking the experts to help us start out. (:

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    January 20, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    If I fill out that form to come to blogging 101 will you fly me to Toronto to attend? I MIGHT share it on my social accounts 😉 xoxo miss youuuu let’s Skype when you’re back!

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    kontraktor booth
    January 22, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Appreciating the persistence you put into your blog and in depth information you provide.
    It’s good to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same outdated rehashed
    material. Fantastic read! I’ve saved your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.

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    felicia | Dish by Dish
    May 4, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Davida! I found your blog via Fit Foodie Finds, and I’ve been browsing through your archives! I would really love to go full-time into food blog (although the current income I get now is definitely not enough to sustain me). I’d love to hear more of your thoughts on how to push past that barrier – between serious hobby and full-time business.


    love from Buenos Aires!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      May 4, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      Hi Felicia! So happy you’re enjoying the site. Have a look over at It’s mine and Fit Foodie Finds’ site where we talk about all things blogging and how to turn your hobby into a business. Hopefully it is helpful to you:)

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    May 27, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    I could use a coffee date with you, or a grocery shopping date. Our family is moving to Toronto from Boston this summer and I’m reading your Kitchen posts to get myself acquainted with some Canadian brands before I arrive with three little ones to feed.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      May 29, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      How exciting! Let me know if I can help in anyway. I grew up here so I’m quite acquainted with this wonderful city 🙂

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