Hey! I’m Ashley, a creative spirit with a major sweet tooth. Most days you can find me in my happy place: the kitchen. If I’m not there, I’m probably snapping photos of food, planning a party… or dreaming about my next trip to Paris (AKA my favorite place in the entire world). I’m a story teller, recipe developer, and photographer who firmly believes that a homemade life is a happy life.
My blogging mission? To provide you with foolproof recipes and inspiring ideas that will help you celebrate life, and create lasting memories with the people you love.
I’m happiest baking: anything involving chocolate!
Go-to meal: Shrimp tacos with extra guacamole… or spaghetti fra diavolo!
Signature drink: Spicy margaritas! Or red wine. See above 😉
Least favorite food: Carrots. Unless they’re in cake form.
Snack I’m most likely to binge eat: Salt and vinegar chips.
Favorite Show: Parks and Recreation.
Dream vacation: The Greek Islands!
One thing you don’t know about me: I’m secretly a homebody.
Spirit animal: French Bulldogs.
Non-blog Hobbies: Pilates, bubble baths, and sheet masks.
Frequently Asked Questions:
I want the nutritional information for a recipe, can you send it to me?
I cannot. But there are plenty of free apps out there that can! Simply plug the exact ingredients into one and viola – you’ll have it all at your fingertips.
What camera do you use?
From 2011 to 2016 I used a cannon rebel T1i with the EF-S 15-85 mm lens. It was an affordable “starter” camera that I would recommend to anyone just getting into photography and blogging. Last July I took the plunge and invested in a Canon 5D, as well as a macro lens. I love them both madly! I edit all of my photos with Lightroom.
How do you make money from your blog?
I consider myself BEYOND lucky to call blogging my full-time job. I make money multiple ways, including brand partnerships, ads, affiliate links, and occasionally sponsored posts. I believe in 100% transparency when it comes to sponsored content, and there will always be a very clear disclosure when a post has been sponsored. While I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to partner with brands – and earn a living by creating original content – I will never write or post something I don’t truly believe in. No matter how much money that means turning down. Pinky swear!
Why do you moderate comments?
To keep the comment section a safe, supportive space for ALL readers, I moderate all comments before approving them. Any comments that include threats, vulgarity, or all around nastiness will not be approved. If you have further questions on this, or feel your comment was unapproved my mistake, please email me and we can take it from there.
How do you eat so much and stay fit?
Balance! I live by the 80/20 rule. I love tacos, cupcakes, and margaritas, but I also REALLY love salads, smoothies, and green juice. I’m not a huge fan of “hitting the gym”, but I do love yoga, Pilates, and long walks with my boyfriend.
I want to get in touch!
If you have a question about a recipe or travel post, please ask me in the comments! I try my very best to answer them within 24 hours. If you’re a brand or business that’s interested in working together, you can contact me at AshleyManila@gmail.com and I’ll email you back. I do not accept guest contributors, products for review, or gifts.
I’m honored to have had my work featured in the Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, SHAPE Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Parade Magazine, and Redbook Magazine.