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Extreme Makeover: The Healthy Maven Edition + Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

October 2, 2015

So let’s address the elephant in the room.

It looks a little different around here, eh? THM got a facelift over the past few days, which some of you have already taken note of. This little blog underwent a makeover 2 years ago when she was just a baby, but now that she’s almost a toddler, I thought a fresh look might be nice. Surprise!

In my opinion, it isn’t drastically different from the old design but it’s certainly a lot cleaner and brighter. I didn’t want anything totally new but along with J. Louis Technology, we designed something that pulled elements of the old (i.e. same logo minus the plate) and a more up-to-date color scheme and font palate.


It took me about 6 months of researching and pinning to really get an idea of what I was looking for and I’m thrilled with the final result! I can’t thank J. Louis Technology enough and Lexi for the recommendation. Such a positive, awesome experience.

So why the change?

Well first, THM was looking a bit outdated. Physically I needed this blog to match more of my life and personality now. I’m older, a bit more polished and refined and a lot more vibrant. I think the new design matches this perfectly.

Secondly, I want to make some changes around here and sometimes you need to uproot the outside to stimulate growth on the inside.

As I’m sure you noticed I’ve been experimenting with some new mediums and content here on THM. YouTube has obviously been a big focus these last few months and I’m also delving into content beyond food.

THM-on-YoutubeThese changes have been prompted by my own explorations through health and what it means to be healthy beyond what you put in your mouth. What you put on your body, how you spend your time, balancing your mental health and relationships are all topics that I think are important to a holistic view of wellness. No matter how much kale you eat, if you ignore everything else you won’t glow from the inside out.

Alls to say, expect a wider spectrum of topics on THM in addition to video. The food won’t be going anywhere but I certainly hope you can pull some value from some of these other perspectives.

Throughout the redesign process I kept coming back to the reason why I blog in the first place. It came down to two reasons:

  1. I absolutely love it. I selfishly get to fulfill my creative juices and desire for flexibility and productivity
  2. I want to contribute and bring value to this world. In this case, leading by example and providing helpful and valuable resources to my readers to live a healthy and happy life.

The redesign and my exploration of other mediums has totally fulfilled point #1, but point #2 is equally as important. I wouldn’t be here without YOU. I read every comment, email and message from all of you, even if I may not be able to respond to them all. What I’m getting at here is that I want this place to be helpful to you. I want you to get excited when there’s a new THM email in your inbox, make that recipe you see on Instagram or win that sweet giveaway from a brand you’ve been dying to try.

So I’m putting it out to you! I’m asking you to comment below with what you’d like to see on THM. Yes, even if you’re too afraid to comment. Your responses matter. It can be anything from vegetarian meals, to DIY beauty recipes to video requests. I’m all ears!

Plus I’m offering a $50 gift card that will be randomly picked from the responses. If that isn’t incentive, I don’t know what is.

So please comment below with what you’d like to see more of on The Healthy Maven! I’ll announce the winner of the $50 Amazon Gift Card next Monday October 5th. Thank you!

Lastly, I’d like to share my parent’s hilarious reaction to the redesign:

Mom: “I’m so glad u changed ur picture on ur blog. This picture is so much more beautiful!!!”

Me: “Thanks so much. I’m glad you like the redesign!” (note emphasis on redesign…not just picture change)

Mom: “Daddy does too. Much more flattering picture of you too. Are you changing your pic on instagram as well?”

Me: …okay thanks mom.


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    Liz S.
    October 2, 2015 at 5:39 am

    I would like to see more blondie dessert recipes on The Healthy Maven. Love your site!

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    October 2, 2015 at 6:45 am

    I would love some more beauty product recommendations and tips.

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    October 2, 2015 at 7:16 am

    you probably already know that i adore you and your recipes! i would love to see more random life posts.

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    Sarah C
    October 2, 2015 at 7:34 am

    I love makeovers! Well done!

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    kaitlin @4loveofcarrots
    October 2, 2015 at 7:36 am

    hahah oh mom’s they really just have no filter lol

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    October 2, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Oh man, my mom says similar things, although she doesn’t read my blog, so she wouldn’t notice a new picture unless I showed it to her. Congrats on the redesign, i love the colors!!

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    October 2, 2015 at 8:12 am

    More gluten free breakfast recipes! Looks awesome 🙂

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    rachel @ athletic avocado
    October 2, 2015 at 8:16 am

    honestly, i would love to see you keep on doing what your doing because your blog is awesome!! Just do you, everyone loves it 🙂

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    October 2, 2015 at 8:32 am

    I love your redesign! I would love to see freezable meals!

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    lindsay Cotter
    October 2, 2015 at 8:36 am

    totally HOT and i’m diggin it! <3 the colors and you

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    October 2, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Love the new look! It’s vibrant, lively, and happy. 🙂 I would love to see more videos with recipes because you’re really good behind the camera, you keep me laughing and interested!

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    janet @ the taste space
    October 2, 2015 at 8:58 am

    I’d love to see less ads. It is quite unbearable while reading on a mobile platform.

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    Lexi @ Lexi's Clean Kitchen
    October 2, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Moms comment is the best. SO what my mom would say hahaha. Gorgeous redesign. So happy for you!!!!!! Vibrant and amazing just like you sista xoxox

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    October 2, 2015 at 9:04 am

    I think everything looks so cute, and I love the new color palette. The combination of bright orange and pinks is adorable and so fun. The only thing I’d say is that the font is REALLY difficult to read! I’d like to be able to read everything without having to zoom in on the browser…

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    October 2, 2015 at 9:06 am

    I’d love to see some more meal prep ideas or big batch stuff (crockpot, casserole, soups)… can you tell I live off one thing for a whole week? Haha

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    October 2, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I would love to see some gluten free recipes.

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    October 2, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I would love to see more healthy slow cooker recipes

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    Tara | Treble in the Kitchen
    October 2, 2015 at 9:18 am

    So cute! Love the new design!

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    Em @ Love A Latte
    October 2, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Your parents response is so funny. At least they are honest! I liked your old design too, but this one is totally new and fresh!! Any recipes you have that are vegan always draw me in. That being said, I tend to gravitate towards your dessert recipes because they often have a healthy component! 🙂

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    Amanda Sakovitz
    October 2, 2015 at 9:29 am

    I would love to see healthy dessert recipes.

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    October 2, 2015 at 9:34 am

    I’d love some more quick and easy recipes, or maybe stuff like healthy food on a college student budget 🙂

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    October 2, 2015 at 9:34 am

    I’d like to see more 5 ingredient or less recipes, cold appetizers, and crockpot ideas!

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    Michele @ paleorunningmomma
    October 2, 2015 at 9:41 am

    I love the new look and have been thinking about some design changes for my site too. I’d love to see more of the same, I love your recipes!

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    Katie @ 24 Carrot Life
    October 2, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Love the new redesign, Davida! It feels like a fresh haircut or new clothes, right?! And your story about your mom is hilarious because my mom does the exact same thing! She is constantly making a comment about my blog photo of me and always saying that I have to wear my hair down. Oh moms….

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    Amy C.
    October 2, 2015 at 9:57 am

    More healthy smoothies that pass the kid test! Congrats on your redesign!

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    October 2, 2015 at 9:58 am

    While I absolutely LOVE how simple some of your recipes can be and your hilarious expeditions.. I would love to see some more DIY things such as beauty products etc..

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    October 2, 2015 at 10:03 am

    I’d like to see more family dinner recipes. Thanks! And way to go for coming out more YOU!

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    Ana R.
    October 2, 2015 at 10:08 am

    I personally would love to see more youtube vidoes! But not just recipe videos, more like food/lifestyle in general. For example, have you seen Dinner, Drive-ins & Dives, Rachel Ray’s $40 a day or Giada’s Gateway? Basically the shows feature restaurants, bakeries, or coffee shops around a certain area. You live in Canada, so I’m sure there are amazing places to feature.
    Also, have you seen Chuck’s Day off? I ♡ that show! And he’s Canadian too, right?

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    Hallie Carroll
    October 2, 2015 at 10:18 am

    I would love to see more fast, easy, inexpensive, and healthy foods. As a working college student, I am trying to eat healthy, while maintaining a busy schedule

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    Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie
    October 2, 2015 at 10:21 am

    I would love to see more food photography tips! Like how you set up a food photo shoot and what tools and props you use!

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    October 2, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Love the new look! I’d love to see more day in life posts or maybe some vlogs like that! Would you ever consider doing a WIAW?

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    October 2, 2015 at 10:41 am

    More minimally sweetened/naturally sweetened recipes, and/or more soups and stews!

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    October 2, 2015 at 11:24 am

    More dessert recipes.

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    theresa krier
    October 2, 2015 at 11:27 am

    hi, i love your recipes so i guess if you have some amazing holiday recipes to add that would be awesome, love your site, thanks

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    Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
    October 2, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Oh my gosshhh your parents are hysterical. Passing on the post to sister so she can enter in the giveaway 😉 <3 Love the new look!

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    October 2, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Maybe a “5 ingredients or less” page would be neat. Everyone loves simple recipes!

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    Gina Guthrie
    October 2, 2015 at 11:51 am

    More dessert recipes. 🙂

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    October 2, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Lightened dishes

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    GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth
    October 2, 2015 at 11:57 am

    LOL @ your convo with your mom. Strange that I had almost the exact same convo with mine when I changed my pic after my redesign. Except she had something to say about my eyebrows in this one too -_- #parents.
    Also, I’d love to see more healthy lifestyle type posts like the ones you do about skin care etc. Obsessed with that sort of thing.

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    Nora (A Clean Bake)
    October 2, 2015 at 11:58 am

    The new design looks awesome! I would love to see more breakfast and snack recipes. You always have great ideas!

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    Amanda F
    October 2, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Ha! I love you parents response. The redesign looks great! I always bring my lunch to work, so I would love to see tips on packable lunches and snacks. I am a snacker and have a hard time branching out. I love veggies and hummus, but would love to see some of your suggestions.

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    Sara MacKay
    October 2, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I would love more ideas for packable lunches!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 12, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      Hey Sara! Congrats! Your comment was randomly selected to win the $50 Amazon Gift Card. Just confirm here that you’ve received this notification (hit “reply”) and I’ll email the gift card your way 🙂

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    Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.
    October 2, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Love the makeover girl! Looks so clean + beautiful!! And great color choice 🙂

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    Tina Wehri
    October 2, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I love to see quick and easy lunch recipes that I could take to school (as a teacher). Instead of relying on leftovers!

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    Anita k
    October 2, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    I think follow ups would be perfect.thanks so very much for sharing.

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    October 2, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I LOVE the new look – looks so fresh, bright and vibrant…which is what I kind of think of when I think of you and your blog/personality. And I’d LOVE to see more of everything. The recipes/food is amazing, but delving into other aspects (like you mentioned above) would help me feel more connected to your blog!

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    Alexandra robertson
    October 2, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    It looks awesome! I would love to see more of what you eat in a day, products you use regularly, and protein recipes 🙂 Keep up the hard work!

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    Anushka Wickramaratne
    October 2, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    I like the new colors a lot! THM is definitely has a cleaner now. It would be great if it would be possible to decrease the number of ads.. especially for the mobile version. In terms of practicality, though, I don’t know if that’s possible.

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    October 2, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    In the “healthy” mode, I would like to see more recipes that are low (or can be made low) on sodium. Thanks, and great new site!

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    October 2, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    First thing’s first, congratulations on this sexy facelift for the blog! I would love to see more YouTube collaborations and more ethnic recipes on the blog, such as a sweet potato noodle dish or delicious veggie curry!

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    October 2, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I love the redesign. Very nice job.
    I’ll be happy if you continue to post great recipes like you’ve been doing along with the occasional travel post.
    Those are always fun.

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    October 2, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    healthy but easy dinners

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    October 2, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    First of all, I’d like to say I love your pumpkin spice recipes especially your choco chip cookie and blondies! they’re delicious!!!! Secondly, I know this sounds funny, but a lot of people think that if its organic and non gmo the sugar content doesn’t matter! But it does! (especially to a diabetic) So I’m advocating for recipes with lower sugar content without the artificial sweeteners. Also another thing, I feel like the website has some chinks to work out. It took me quite a while to type this up, half my words were not being displayed. Other than that this site is AMAZING!!!!!!

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    October 2, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    eggless recipes!!! Im allergic to eggs…. 🙂

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    October 2, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Oh and one more thing… more healthy appetizing breakfasts! I’m obsessed with those pancakes!

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    October 2, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    If you’d be able to post the nutrition information for each recipe that would be nice…

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    October 2, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Love the real life posts and some more easy lunch recipes! Site looks great!

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    October 2, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Your life posts are spot on. I love them.

    The only other thing I’d like to see more of are simpler recipes…you make beautiful things, but I often look at the ingredient list, or the appliances I need and wistfully move on.

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    October 2, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    I love the new design, it’s beautiful! I’d love to see more vegan and vegetarian recipes (since I am vegan), but I would also be interested in lifestyle posts too, as I think those are often left out of many blogs unconsciously.


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    jessica z
    October 2, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I would like to see more chocolatey peanut butter recipes!

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    Emilie @ Emilie Eats
    October 2, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    More vegan meals! But I’ve been loving your videos–you’re super relatable and personable. Keep it up! Love the new site!

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    October 2, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Would love to see more secret ingredient recipes! (black beans, spinach, avocado hidden in desserts)

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    She Rocks Fitness
    October 2, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Love the new look and changing things up as we change is always a good thing! I think I would like to see more of your life…you are freaking hilarious and I always enjoy your personal posts when you’re traveling. You just seem so relaxed and wonderfully happy and in your element. Congrats on the new look!

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    October 2, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    As much as I love your recipe posts, I would like to see more behind-the-blog and real life posts!

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    October 2, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Easy recipes that don’t take a lot of equipment to make and provide leftovers! And don’t involve dairy.

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    Casey @ Casey the College Celiac
    October 2, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    I love all the recipes…especially oats or dinners!

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    Laura W
    October 2, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    I love the recipes!

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    October 2, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    I love your recipes, so keep it up with those! The simplest are often my favorite!

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    Debarshi Das
    October 3, 2015 at 1:03 am

    I would like to see more Amazon GiftCard giveaways. This is an awesome giveaway, and I would use this to buy Thomas and friends and garth brooks. 🙂

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    Stella @ Stellicious Life
    October 3, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Love the new look Davida, this bright pink is one of my favourite colours 🙂 For the past weeks I’ve been trying to convince my web designer that it looks great, because she thought it was too bright lol 😉

    So happy to read about your plans! I also wanted to create a blog featuring healthy recipes, and tips and suggestions to achieve a healthy and balanced life, but experienced bloggers keep saying that to really grow your blog you have to establish a niche first, so I’m starting with recipes and will expand my horizon later 🙂

    I’d love to see more healthy desserts, snacks and vegetarian lunch and dinner ideas. I also love the DIY natural recipes 🙂
    Oh and more more real life and chatty posts! 😀

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    Kelly M.
    October 3, 2015 at 10:02 am

    I love the makeover! The color palette is amazing.

    I would love to see more budget and vegetarian options. Also, maybe some more articles on mental health and nutrition. Thanks!

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    Kristi Welch
    October 3, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I would love to see more recipes with peanut butter 🙂

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    Erica Maloney
    October 3, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Soups for the next three seasons

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    October 3, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Love the redesign! Would love to see more posts about packed lunches for school/work/etc!

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    Jennifer Flood
    October 3, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    I would love to see more natural DIY recipes for beauty products! I love your food recipes.

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    October 3, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    I would love to see some more single serving dishes and treats!

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    October 3, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    I’d like to see 5 ingredients or less recipes.

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    October 3, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    site looks awesome, love the bright colors.
    I would love to see more overnight oat recipes, sort of addicted and your recipes are awesome.

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    Lisa Brown
    October 4, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I would like to see more gluten free dishes or recipes

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    Anna Pry
    October 4, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    i think you’re already doing a great job but i can always use more healthy meal and snack ideas

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    Dana S
    October 4, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    more travel posts please

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    Kelly @ Eat the Gains
    October 4, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    So fun!! I would love more videos. You are so great on camera. Lol to your parents.

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    Thomas Murphy
    October 4, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    i would like to see more vegetarian recipes.

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    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape
    October 4, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    I would love to see more slow cooker savoury recipes. I would say more grill recipes (Seen as we are away to go into summer here in Australia) but I really don’t think that would hit your target market! Haha!

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    October 4, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    I would love to see more easy vegan meals and diy beauty/natural living posts!

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    Sara @ Oats & Rows
    October 6, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Love the redesign! I follow you on snapchat and love seeing the behind the scenes of THM, so more day in the life posts would be cool! Also, more dinner and dessert recipes!

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    Stephanie S.
    October 6, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I would like to see more easy dinner and lunch recipes.

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    October 6, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Lovelovelove the bright NEW colors and pics. I’m a “mom” and understand her! But love all of the new design. Continue the great blog and wonderful recipes…

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    Sj Dc
    October 7, 2015 at 8:18 am

    would love more life posts

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    October 8, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    I would love to see more how-to-blog posts! I have been loving them so far!

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    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run
    October 8, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Adore the new look!! Especially the color palate.

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    Natalie Strul
    August 26, 2017 at 1:20 am

    Hi Davida,

    I’d love to see more gluten free and vegan recipes. I enjoy all of your content, particularly your travel features (living vicariously you could say). And obviously more Bohdi, always!


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