Whole Wheat Tomato Peach Toast

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Happy Fourth of July weekend friends! Today kicks off a brand new summer series on the blog- foodie Fridays!! I will be teaming up with my partner in crime, Shelby from Shelby Rae Photographs, to bring you nutritious, easy summer recipes. Key word being easy- we promise not to show you anything complex or time consuming. We will also feature seasonal fruits and vegetables so you can buy them at your local farmers markets! Lets dive into our first recipe- whole wheat tomato peach toast.

Two summer staples in my kitchen are peaches and tomatoes. I just love how juicy and flavorful these two get during the hot summer months. They are also two versatile ingredients that can be used in savory or sweet dishes. They both are also packed with nutrients, especially tomatoes. Tomatoes contain antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and K, as well as significant amounts of vitamin B6, folate, thiamin and lycopene, which is a carotenoid pigment that has been linked to helping prevent cancer. The health benefits of tomatoes doesn’t stop there- a few other benefits of eating tomatoes include improved eye sight, good stomach health, and reduced blood pressure, as well as relief from skin problems and urinary tract infections. Furthermore, tomatoes can increase digestion, stimulate blood circulation, reduce cholesterol levels, prevent premature aging, and reduce inflammation. Pretty amazing that something so delicious can also be so good for us, right?

Peaches are also healthy- they contain calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, zinc, and copper. Peaches are low in calories, contain no saturated fat or cholesterol, and are a good source of dietary fiber. Is that just peachy!

Healthy Whole wheat tomato peach toast recipe

Ingredients {serves 3}

6 pieces of whole wheat toast, sliced

3 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced

2 large peaches, sliced

6 basil leaves

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon mayonaise {optional}


  1. Begin by prepping all your ingredients. Wash and slice tomatoes and peaches. Wash basil leaves.
  2. On a medium/high heat skillet, place sliced peaches for five minutes or until lightly grilled.
  3. Toast your bread.
  4. Optional: spread mayonnaise on each slice of toast.
  5. Stack basil, tomatoes and grilled peaches on toast.
  6. Drizzle honey over toast. Enjoy!

Chefs Note: When picking out whole wheat loaf, make sure the very first ingredient is always whole wheat grain. A lot of companies will be misleading and call multigrain bread “whole wheat” when it is not.



Nutrition On The Go: Chuice

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Happy  Thursday pretty friends! Today is the last Thursday in June so that means the last of my series, Nutrition-on-the-go. But not to worry, I have saved the best for last! If you have been following me for a while you have definitely heard me talk about my favorite local juice, Chuice. They recently changed their look and are better than ever!

“The dietary misadventures of the past several decades are a problem of culture: it is socially acceptable to consume food in a manner that often works against us. By offering a product that is tasty, convenient, and truly good for you, we hope to stimulate a conversation regarding how to best nourish ourselves and our future.” Chuice Mission

So what exactly is Chuice?

Chuice is a delicious blend of over 45 fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts and seeds. This Superfood is one of a kind: more of a meal than a drink, each ingredient comes from nature and was chosen for nutritional benefit.

Chuice is comprehensively nutritious, containing all the elements of a healthy diet: complex carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, protein, minerals and fiber. It is also the world’s first chewable, drinkable juice (Chew + Juice). Chewing is important because it is the first critical step to igniting our body’s natural digestive system–by activating enzymes in the mouth that start to break down complex carbohydrates (the good kind of carbohydrates found in fruits and vegetables). Additionally, chewing tells your body that you are eating, with the satisfaction that you are indeed eating, not just drinking.

Chuice is all natural, fresh, unprocessed and unpasteurized. It comes in two flavors: Evergreen (green) and Heartbeet (red).

Ingredient List

Mint Spinach Oranges Cilantro
Rosemary Aloe Vera Limes Hemp Seeds
Carrots Pumpkin Seeds Pears Celery
Sesame Seeds Sweet Potatoes Cayenne Pepper Almonds
Walnuts Chia Seeds Kale Basil
Apples Kiwi Brussel Sprouts Cinnamon
Flax Seeds Sunflower Seeds Pecans Ginger Root
Greens Blend Water Pineapples Honey


As you can see by the ingredient list, Chuice is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Lets take a  minute and talk about fiber. I’m sure you’ve grown up hearing how important fiber is- like it helps us go potty and keeps us full longer. But fiber also helps prevent:

  • Heart disease: Fiber may aid in the prevention of heart disease by helping lower your cholesterol.
  • Diabetes: Fiber helps control blood sugar levels for people with diabetes.
  • Digestive Problems: Adequate amounts of fiber from foods can help prevent constipation and hemorrhoids.
  • Weight Gain: A high-fiber eating plan is lower in calories and tends to make you feel full faster.

Consuming enough fiber may be easier than you think thanks to Chuice. Each 8 oz bottle of Chuice contains 6 grams of fiber- that is something you will not find in any other juice. Most juices are cold pressed and most {if not all} the fiber is removed. By adding Chuice to your daily consumption of fruits and vegetables, you can easily meet the recommended amount each day (25 grams for women and 38 grams for men). My dear friend Dr. Sujit, pediatrician and CEO of Chuice, wrote a fantastic article on the importance of daily fiber. You can read it by clicking here.

As of right now Chuice is only available at Georgia and Nashville Whole Foods but is making its way to other grocery stores. Don’t live in Atlanta or Nashville? Not a problem- you can purchase all the Chuice you want online. Use promo code PEACHES10 to save 10% off next time you buy Chuice. Their new 8 oz bottles are perfect to throw in your purse and eat on the go! See, making healthy choices doesn’t have to be so difficult?


Happy 4th of July weekend friends!



I was not paid for this content but was gifted a few bottles of delicious Chuice. All opinions and photos are my own.

Cooks & Soldiers





Happy Wednesday pretty friends! Today I want to tell you about an amazing restaurant located in called Cooks & Soldiers. What sets this restaurant apart from the rest is not the exquisite presentation, or even the delectable food- it’s the customer-centered passion that goes into running the restaurant.

Cooks & Soldiers is part of the beloved Atlanta Castellucci Hospitality Group (CHG). If you live in Atlanta you have definitely heard or dined at one of these fabulous restaurants- Double Zero, Cooks & Soldiers, Iberian Pig and Sugo. My husband and I have been to all of them except Sugo and I can honestly tell you that they are all exceptional restaurants. From the moment you walk into any of the CHG restaurants you notice a common theme, genuine hospitality. Their success is built on one single factor: great people.  The CHG mission is “Passionately pursuing the perfect dining experience one guest at a time.” From personal experience, it’s a mission they perfectly execute.

Although all their restaurants are delicious, my favorite would be Cooks & Soldiers. Located across Westside Provisions District, Cooks & Soldiers draws its inspiration from the people and the cuisine of the Basque Country in Spain and France. The Spanish call it Pais Vasco; the Basque say Euskal Herria. Regardless of nomenclature, it stands for thousands of years of fierce independence, cultural autonomy, and unrivaled cuisine.

The restaurant takes its name from the annual festival of Tamborrada in San Sebastian. Celebrating both its culinary and military history, the citizens of San Sebastian dress up as either Cooks or Soldiers and parade through the streets every January for a 24-hour, city-wide celebration.

What To Try

A few dishes I recommend trying on your next visit are-

The Bikini: White American grilled cheese, Jamôn Ibérico, black truffle, on white bread

Ensalada Atun: Arugula, tuna conserva, orange, quinoa, yogurt, lemon

Pan Con Tomate: Bayonne Ham, grilled bread, fresh tomato, raw garlic

Buttermilk Doughnuts: Espelette and hazelnut chocolate sauce, fruit preserves, cinnamon and sugar

As you can see by my pictures each dish is beautifully presented, but what you can’t see is how incredibly delicious each tasted. The Bikini is a “big kid” grilled cheese- I mean it has black truffle so you know it’s a game changer. I could eat a few of these each day and be the happiest girl in world! I highly {I mean HIGHLY} recommend ordering a round of the Pan Con Tomate. This dish is proof that the most basic dishes are usually the best- ham, fresh tomatoes on perfectly toasted bread. What I loved most about it was that you could taste and savor every single ingredient. Absolutely divine!

I hope I helped you find a new restaurant to try this weekend or perhaps I gave you a little guidance on what to order next time you visit! But rest assure my friend- you can’t go wrong with ordering any dish at Cooks & Soldiers. Whether you are looking for a perfect place to meet the girls for drinks and small bites, or you are looking for a romantic restaurant to try, Cooks & Soldiers is for you.



Strawberry Lemonade Fruit Pops

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Happy Tuesday pretty friends! I hope you are enjoying this warm, summer weather. Here in Georgia we’ve had high 90s and even 101-degree days! I don’t know about you but this heat makes me want something cold and sweet to eat. Here is a delicious, easy recipe featuring Evolution Organic Strawberry Lemonade.

This recipe is super easy and only requires two ingredients- juice and fresh strawberries. Since the organic Strawberry-Lemonade is very sweet, you will only need a little bit for your popsicles. Evolution Fresh squeezes bright, tangy lemons and adds summery-sweet strawberries and a touch of cane sugar for a crisp, thirst-quenching treat providing you with vitamin C. This recipe is especially great for little ones because they are getting their vitamins through a delicious popsicle! Yum!

 Strawberry Lemonade Evolution Popsicles


½ cup strawberries, sliced

½ cup Organic Evolution Strawberry Lemonade


  • Wash and slice fresh strawberries
  • Add the strawberries to your favorite popsicle makers. Top off with Strawberry Lemonade.
  • Place into freezer. Allow to freeze overnight.




Romping Around Alys Beach

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ASOS Romper // Nude Wedges {similar} // Tory Burch Panama Sunglasses // HM Willow Bangles // Hearttribe Beaded Bracelets 

Happy Monday pretty friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. If you follow along on snapchat {@peachestopearls} you saw that I had a lovely foodie weekend! I was fortunate enough to try three new restaurants- 5 Church Atlanta, Ok-U and Firebirds. Each restaurant provided unique, tasteful experiences. Stay tuned for restaurant reviews coming to the blog later this week.

Lets talk about what styles are in this summer. Any particular looks come to your mind? For me it would have to be polka dots, pineapple print, tassels and anything off-the-shoulder. I’m sure you’ve seen all kinds off bloggers featuring off the shoulder looks. Some looks can be very expensive {I’ve seen a few dresses for over $300 a piece} but others are more affordable. On Friday I linked this top on my Instagram that is only $14! It looks identical to this one but 10% of the price. Looking cute this summer doesn’t mean you have to break the bank!

This lovely romper from ASOS is incredibly comfortable and it’s on sale for $36! It’s perfect for the beach because it’s a little on the shorter side {in my opinion}. But I do like how it makes my legs look longer- gotta love movie magic! Since I was on the beach, I paired it with simple wedges and a few of my favorite HM Willow Bangles.

A huge thanks to the very talented Shelby from Shelby Rae Photographs for taking these pictures. We had so much fun visiting Florida together and shooting on the beach! She is currently booking weddings, fashion shoots, portraits and headshots so hurry and shoot her an email (shelbyraephotographs@gmail.com) for a special quote. Trust me friends, you won’t find a better photographer out there.

And last but certainly not least- a huge thanks to Rachel Christine from Dear Bride for doing my hair and makeup. Rachel is incredible and the best priced hair and makeup artist in Florida. Rachel travels for work so don’t be shy to contact her if you don’t live in Florida. You won’t find a better hair AND makeup artist than Rachel!




Pretty Little Polka Dots





Danty Jewells Polka Dot Dress // Kate Spade Sunnies // Pretty Small Shoes 

Happy Friday pretty friends! Who is ready for the weekend? I sure am! As you can see I haven’t been able to post all week due to an extremely busy week. Fortunately I have a relaxing weekend ahead of me! If you don’t already, make sure to follow along via Snapchat @peachestopearls. I’ll be trying out a few new Atlanta restaurants that you won’t want to miss!

To celebrate summer I am featuring this beautiful dress from Dainty Jewell’s today. Polka dots + full midi skirt + pleats + fitted bodice = the perfect dress! And it even comes with the lovely matching sash. The dress is made with high quality but won’t break the bank. Since I am so petite, I went with the Girls version of it- but don’t worry, it comes in Adult sizing too! This dress is perfect for bridal showers, church and any fancy event!

I also love what the Dainty Jewell’s brand represents- modest elegance. Each charming design is hand-crafted to showcase a woman’s beauty and poise. The intricate embellishments and detailed accents make each piece completely unique, while creating an entire collection of classic fashions for true ladies of any generation.

Luisa’s Picks

Here are a few more of my favorite looks from Dainty Jewell’s-

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Happy shopping pretty friends!



Father’s Day with Comcast

Today’s post sponsored by XFINITY, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.


Happy Friday pretty friends! And happy Father’s Day weekend to all the wonderful Dads out there! My Dad is my hero so I know how important this weekend is to me. Unfortunately, he lives in Florida so I don’t get to celebrate with him BUT I do get to see him thanks to Comcast’s new Share App. Wait, what is that? This app was new to my family as well but ever since we got it we can’t stop using it! We get to send each other videos and photos of our puppies, my brother’s soccer games and most importantly, we get to just spend virtual time together. I also love to use the app to show my parents what living in Atlanta is like. I will stream video from my bike rides on the beltline and send them photos of Henry and Heidi in my basket! The best part is you can also Share photos from your phone and actually save them in the app on your TV. Imagine reliving your beach vacation on the biggest screen in your house!


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Using the app is extremely easy. Here is step by step tutorial so you can start streaming life’s moments live from your smartphone to your TV-


  1. When an invitation is sent by an XFINITY Share user, it will display in the upper right corner of your TV for approximately 30 seconds with a message such as “[Username] wants to share a stream. Press INFO.HOW9315_01_05_15_01
  2. To view the invitation, press the Info button on your remote. An Accessing Internet message appears. 
  3. The screen then provides the name of the person sending the stream (“John Adams” or “rtcgateway” in these examples).
    • Selecting Decline closes the app and the set-top box will return to live TV, DVR or XFINITY On Demand programming.
    • Selecting Block allows you to block this sender from sharing future photos, videos or live streams with you. For more information, please see XFINITY Share App: Block and Unblock Contacts.
    • Selecting Join initiates the connection.
    • Use the arrow buttons on your remote control to select your desired option; then press OKHOW9315AB04202015NameStream
  4. If you selected Join, you will be presented with a screen indicating that the app is attempting to connect to the stream with the message “Connecting to [Username].” You can cancel connecting to the stream at any time by navigating to Cancel and pressing OK. 
  5. Once connected to the sender, the video will stream to your set-top box from the mobile app.
  6. End the stream by pressing the Last or Exit buttons on your remote control. Exit directs you back to live TV, DVR or XFINITY On Demand content; Last directs you to a Stream Ended screen. If the stream is ended by the XFINITY Share user, a similar screen will also appear.
    • Ended by set-top box user – message reads “Stream has ended successfully”
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  7. If the stream has already been accepted by another set-top box or in the mobile app, you will be presented with a “Stream already accepted on another device” message. With Return to TVhighlighted, press OK to return to your previous program.
  8. You can enable or disable XFINITY Share notifications by clicking the Settings icon in the Photos app on X1. Settings include the ability to control Share on-screen notifications and disable the feature to prevent live streams and other shares from people outside of the household.

This Father’s Day, enjoy some quality time with your Dad no matter where he is. Sure there are other sharing apps out there, but this is the only one that you can share the image to the biggest screen in your house. Hurry and start using it today! Happy Father’s Day friends.







XFINITY partnered with bloggers such as me for this program. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about any product mentioned in these posts. XFINITY believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. XFINITY’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

Summer Spritzer With Bai

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Happy Thursday pretty friends! Who is ready for a refreshing drink to kick off the weekend? Me! Me! Me! Today we will continue with my nutrition on the go Thursday series with this super easy, quick Grapefruit Spritzer. Now we all know alcohol is the furthest thing from being nutritious but we can make it a little less, well, bad for us. Often the worst part about a cocktail is how high in calories and processed sugars it contains. For example, your average Piña Colada contains  has more calories than a Big Mac! Ouch!

This crisp drink uses Bai Sparkling Antioxidant Infusion Gimbi Pink Grapefruit. It only contains 5 calories, 11g sugar and 15 mg vitamin C. All you have to do is use 1 can of any Bai Sparkling Infusion, add your favorite alcohol {I went with rośe} and bam- you have yourself a delicious spritzer! Both vodka and rośe contain 60-70 calories {vodka shot vs. 8 ounce glass of rose} so you are looking at less than 100 calorie drink. And of course there is always the option of making this spritzer alcohol free which would make it a 5 calorie drink!

Don’t have time to make this pretty drink? Just grab a Bai Sparkling Antioxidant Infusion next time you want some soda! It’s a much healthier choice and the carbonation will satisfy your soda craving.

Grapefruit Spritzer



  1. Add Bai Grapefruit Sparkling Infusion, vodka or rośe and 6-8 ice cubes to large glass and mix with spoon.
  2. Pour the cocktail mixture evenly into the two glasses. Top off with fresh slices of grapefruit. Serve immediately. Enjoy!



All photography and opinions are my own. I was not paid for this post but was graciously given free Bai drinks to play with. 

Condo Life: Utilizing Small Spaces

This post is in partnership with Christmas Tree Shops andThat!, a brand I love. All opinions here are my own. 

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andThat! Kitchen Island // andThat! Copper Mugs // Anthropologie Dish Towel // Where Chefs Eat Book

Happy Wednesday my friends! Lets talk about living in small spaces in the big city. Last month my husband and I decided we wanted to move to the heart of Atlanta and live amongst the high rises. We wanted to experience true city life so we figured we’d move into a city condo until we save for a house. It has been a wonderful experience so far but living in a small space can be difficult. It is imperative you utilize your space efficiently and purchase extra storage. That’s where Christmas Tree Shops andThat! comes in, the newest store to hit Atlanta!

Whoa…Christmas Tree shop for furniture? Yep! And here is how they got their interesting name-

“Christmas Tree Shops started as a holiday gift shop on Cape Cod, but we found customers loved discovering unbelievable deals for all of the holidays and all the seasons. Soon we were scouring the world for great gifts, unique home decor and big name closeouts. We evolved our merchandise selection to fabulous year-round bargains, but our name stayed the same. Locals and the thousands of tourists to New England came to us for everything from gifts to grills to dish detergent, and accepted the name as part of our charm and quirkiness.”

At Christmas Tree Shops andThat! they believe that everybody loves a great deal, loves a fun shopping experience and that everybody loves discovering enticing merchandise and thrilling finds. With that in mind, they have made their stores all about saving money, being surprised and scoring real deals. All under one roof.

Now that you know about this money-saving-amazing-deals-of a store, lets get back to how to get the most out of your small space. I personally spend a lot of time in my kitchen, so naturally I want extra storage space there. Our new kitchen did not have a ton of cabinet space nor an island, so I thought to myself “Luisa, you need to somehow get creative and make more space”. Not being or knowing any carpenters, I decided the best plan would be to install a rolling kitchen island. This beautiful island from andThat! was exactly what I needed- four extra shelves + three drawers for food and storage AND a big counter top. Perfection!

I wanted to keep the work space clean and simple so I decorated it with a few Copper Mugs, flowers, champaign and one of my favorite books. By the way- these beautiful Copper Mugs are only $5.99 a piece!! Perfect for Moscow Mules and other refreshing summer drinks.

A huge thanks to the very talented Shelby from Shelby Rae Photographs for snapping these photo of my little home! She is currently booking weddings, fashion shoots, family photos, portraits and headshots so hurry and shoot her an email (shelbyraephotographs@gmail.com) for a special quote. Trust me friends, you won’t find a better photographer out there.

Whether you live in a small space like us and need more storage or decor, or perhaps you just want to add something new to your home, andThat! has you covered! Stop by their new Kennesaw location or shop online anytime!



 This post was sponsored. All thoughts and photography are my own.



Something great is coming to Atlanta THIS WEEKEND and you’re invited!! Campus MovieFest, the world’s largest student film festival, has announced the dates for the inaugural TERMINUS – a four-day event dedicated to bringing together young creatives and industry professionals for the best of film, TV and gaming. Taking place June 16 through 19, 2016 at the Marriott Marquis in Downtown Atlanta and throughout the city, TERMINUS will feature hands-on workshops, educational panels, game design expos, exclusive film and TV screenings, live-play tournaments, awards, chances to rub elbows and network with celebrities and industry leaders, and much more. Ideas United, producers of TERMINUS and creators of Campus MovieFest, chose Atlanta to launch TERMINUS based in large part to the city’s ongoing dedication to supporting and cultivating the entertainment industry.

“We are excited to bring the TERMINUS experience to Atlanta, where we started Campus MovieFest 16 years ago” says David Roemer, CEO & Co- Founder of Ideas United. “We’re thrilled to create an unforgettable opportunity for thousands of students and professionals from across the country that are looking for new ways to create and share with the world.”

The four-day experience creates the ultimate platform for emerging talents and industry professionals alike to take their art and careers to the next level. TERMINUS grew from Campus MovieFest (CMF), the world’s largest student film festival that started in 2001 when four students at Emory University provided their peers with everything they needed to make movies in one week. CMF has since featured more than 1,000,000 students at colleges and universities worldwide. Each participant in the inaugural TERMINUS film festival will also receive all the necessary technology and training to tell their stories for free, thanks to corporate partners and schools. Past winners have walked away with over $2 million in prizes and seen their films on screens big and small. Campus winners will move on to compete at TERMINUS, earn professional and educational opportunities, and see their work at the Cannes Film Festival, in-flight on Virgin America, and much more.

Badges to TERMINUS are available now starting at $99 for students and $129 for non-students before increasing on May 17th. Attendees will receive an all-access badge, giving them first-come, first-served access to participate in hands-on workshops, educational panels, game design expos, exclusive film and TV screenings, live-play tournaments and so much more. Certain activities may require pre-registration and/or additional fees. Badges are available online at www.terminusevent.com.

TERMINUS is produced by Ideas United and sponsored by Adobe, Panasonic, Google, Sennheiser, The Elfenworks Foundation and more. Visit www.terminusevent.com for the most up-to-date information. Stay connected on Twitter at www.twitter.com/terminusevent and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TerminusEvent.

About Ideas United

Ideas United (IU) is an award-winning creative studio founded in 2003 with a unique and proven model for creating unforgettable content and events for great brands. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ideas United leverages its global network of over 1,000 creatives and its one-of-a-kind Campus MovieFest program to deliver original concepts, marketing, and production solutions for brands including Adobe, Google, The PGA of America, The Smithsonian, Starbucks and many more. See our work and find out more at www.ideasunited.com.

Sounds amazing, right? Last night I was fortunate enough to giveaway TWO All-Access tickets to this weekends TERMINUS event. The winner was randomly selected- congratulations Krystal White Lane for winning!! Please email me your info so we can get you the tickets {luisa@peachestopearls.com}