Life Hacks

Dash of Jazz Etiquette Series: Easy Tips

Dash of Jazz Etiquette Series: Easy Tips

I’m no Emily Post but I have picked up a few etiquette tips over the years. For starters, I grew up under the tutelage of a mother who went to an old-fashioned Southern finishing school. She stoked my interest in decorum and it stuck. I […]

Time-Saving Grocery Shopping Hacks

Time-Saving Grocery Shopping Hacks

Grocery shopping can be a dreaded part of adulting for some. Although I actually enjoy a good grocery run, I’m not trying to spend all my time picking out the perfect produce or waiting in checkout lines. Efficient grocery shopping is one of the first […]

Tricks to Balance your Side Hustle and Full-Time Career

Tricks to Balance your Side Hustle and Full-Time Career

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GetEatingWellFrozen #CollectiveBias The three things y’all ask me about the most are my recipes, my hair routine, and my schedule–specifically, how I balance my corporate job (about 40 […]

Tried & True Twist-Out Tips

Tried & True Twist-Out Tips

This post has been sponsored by SheaMoisture. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Outside of recipe requests, one of the most common inquiries I get from y’all is about hair. I’m a few years into my natural hair journey and have thankfully found the […]

Major Key Kitchen Tools

Major Key Kitchen Tools

I am by no means a gourmet chef but I do know my way around the kitchen and have experienced trial and error with a number of tools and appliances over the years. In response to inquiries about my favorite knives, pots, pans, etc., I […]

Summertime Fine Hydration Hacks

Summertime Fine Hydration Hacks

Thank you to Nubian Heritage for sponsoring this hydration hacks post. As always, all opinions are my own. We are deep in the trenches of summertime, which means hydration is even more important than usual–for multiple reasons! The weather is warm (absolutely scorching if you […]

Four Ways to Gift Self Care

Four Ways to Gift Self Care

This Self Care post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GotItFree #MrsMeyersBodyWash #CollectiveBias Give them space. As an introvert, I love my alone time. Even the most extroverted people need peace and quiet every once in […]

3 Tips to Successfully Transition Jobs

3 Tips to Successfully Transition Jobs

As many of you know, in addition this little blog, I have a corporate career–in human resources, to be specific. I have shared a few work-related tips and tricks on the blog over the years like these 5 corporate health hacks and my work week […]

DIY Date Night In a Box Ideas

DIY Date Night In a Box Ideas

9 fun and unique ideas for your next date night

5 Healthy Snacks to Keep On Hand

5 Healthy Snacks to Keep On Hand

5 simple snack ideas that are gluten-free, vegan, and Whole30 compliant

4-Ingredient Feel-Better Tea

4-Ingredient Feel-Better Tea

An easy, cold-fighting drink made with a few common ingredients

Look Back at It – Best of 2017

Look Back at It – Best of 2017

A recap of 2017’s most popular blog posts and preview of what’s to come in 2018

How to Slay After-Christmas Shopping

How to Slay After-Christmas Shopping

Get the most bang for your buck during post-Christmas clearance shopping with this guide of where to shop, what to look for, and what to avoid.

8 Inventive Gift-Wrapping Hacks

8 Inventive Gift-Wrapping Hacks

Get on top of your gift-wrapping game for the holiday season or any time of year.

30-Minute Morning Routine

30-Minute Morning Routine

I love sleep. I love it like Oprah loves bread. Like Taylor Swift loves playing the victim. Like Kanye loves Kanye. A quick, 30-minute morning routine helps me get as much sleep as possible on weeknights. While my routine isn’t quite as bare bones as […]

How to Make Perfect Cheese Eggs Every Time

How to Make Perfect Cheese Eggs Every Time

What is there really to say about cheese eggs besides “Yes, please.”? I love cheese eggs, have been practicing making them since college and have found that timing plays the biggest role in this process. When you add salt, how long you whisk, and when […]

How to Hack Your Errands

How to Hack Your Errands

A collection of tips and tricks to help you handle everyday adulting tasks like a pro

Wear to Work & Play

Wear to Work & Play

Sustainable, versatile clothes to wear to work & play Thanks to prAna for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own. First off, thanks so much to all of y’all who took the annual reader survey, which closed last week. I’ve been combing […]

Dash of Jazz Reader Survey

Dash of Jazz Reader Survey

Annual Dash of Jazz reader survey. Giveaway is now closed! I’m kicking off the first-ever reader survey to help me get to know y’all better and start working on a more customized editorial calendar for the holiday season and next year. The results of this […]

How to Take Instagram-Worthy Photos while Traveling Solo

How to Take Instagram-Worthy Photos while Traveling Solo

Tips and inexpensive tools for taking Instagram-worthy pictures on a solo trip without having a professional follow you around! It’s been over a year since I went to Belize on my first trip abroad, which also doubled as my first time traveling solo. After losing […]

Margarita-Infused Watermelon + How to Pick the Perfect Watermelon

Margarita-Infused Watermelon + How to Pick the Perfect Watermelon

I will go ahead and say that I am not really that into watermelon. I mean, it’s better than cantaloupe for sure but I don’t typically keep it in my fridge unless I’m entertaining. A few weeks ago, I cut up and chilled one for […]

Budget-Friendly Wines + Essential Tools

Budget-Friendly Wines + Essential Tools

My appreciation for wine has grown immensely over the years. I latched on to moscato and pink moscato sweet whites in college and, while I do still enjoy a good riesling or gewurztraminer, dry reds have been my primary jam for the last few years. I’ve learned about […]

First-Time Homebuyer Guide

First-Time Homebuyer Guide

Millennials are so amazing. We are a generation focused on uplifting others, entrepreneurship, and defining success on our own terms. One trend among my peers is homeownership at a “young” age. And I definitely got the homebuying bug early on and almost can’t believe I’m at the […]

Daniel Fast Survival Guide

Daniel Fast Survival Guide

Happy New Year, y’all! I am so excited about 2017. So many things have already happened this year or are in the works and I am so grateful to be able to share it all [soon] with wonderful readers like you. #NewYearNewMe is a big […]

Work Week Essentials

Work Week Essentials

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CentrumFunFlavors #CollectiveBias Before I dive in here, I just want it to be known that Houston [finally] had a serious temperature drop to the 30s and my baby sister […]

Dinner Party-Perfect Makeup

Dinner Party-Perfect Makeup

What girl doesn’t enjoy playing in makeup on some level? I definitely do! And, thanks to YouTube gurus, I’ve gotten pretty good at beating my own face over the years. One thing I know to be challenging for a lot of us is sustaining a look for the duration of […]

Thankful

Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! If you’re reading this on the day of, you’re probably a.) impatiently waiting for the food to be ready (It’s never on time.) or b.) full of good food and fresh off a post-turkey nap. Either way, I thank you for visiting on […]

5 Corporate Health Hacks

5 Corporate Health Hacks

I am about two years into my corporate career and, while I’m by no means an expert, I have picked up a thing or two besides SAP. I am blessed enough to have had a preview of my company through an internship during the summer […]

Fall Favorites + Pumpkin Donuts Recipe

Fall Favorites + Pumpkin Donuts Recipe

This is a roundup of my favorite things about Fall, which is finally upon us–things I like to see, make, and do each year to get fully into the season. The last (but definitely not least) item on this list is my recipe for pumpkin donuts, […]

Meal Prepping 101

Meal Prepping 101

School is in session, y’all! Welcome to Meal Prepping 101. By the end of this post you should be well-equipped and empowered with all the inspiration, recipes, and tools you need to start [or enhance] your meal prep journey. It is a journey, folks, not […]

Secrets to Better Homemade Salads + Dressing Recipe

Secrets to Better Homemade Salads + Dressing Recipe

Make better homemade salads with this collection of simple tips, an easy & good-for-you apple cider vinaigrette dressing recipe. After a sobering swimsuit try-on session and a horrifying facial break out, I recently committed to eating more greens. Fruits and veggies, especially dark, leafy greens, are […]

Graze Box [Review]

Graze Box [Review]

The subscription box craze is real. There are boxes for natural hair care, makeup, pet products, and even full meals. What’s next? Snacks. Graze sends a variety of pre-portioned healthy snacks to your front door (or to your desk if you sometimes route packages to the […]

Blue Apron [Review]

Blue Apron [Review]

The folks at Blue Apron sent me a box of meals in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own. I love online shopping. Any kind of shopping, really. Even grocery shopping is fun to me. Coming home to a package on my […]

One-Year Reflection

One-Year Reflection

This week Dash of Jazz turned one. Wow. A year has flown by but, thankfully, I remember each post, each spark of inspiration to try a new dish, each photograph. Fifty-two posts in and I have learned a lot during this inaugural year—from myself, other bloggers and cooks, […]