Enchanted Forrest

Currently working on a commission. Here are some progress shots!

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Beauty and the Beast

A custom illustration for the lovely Miss Madeline. For commission inquiries email me at thecheekywhale@gmail.com.


Imagination takes over with The Little Mermaid

Finished! Onto the next, this time it's a Beauty and the Beast theme :)

For custom illustrations like this one please contact me at thecheekywhale@gmail.com



A commissioned piece I am working on that I'm super excited about! This is a crappy cellphone picture, but you get the general idea.

Interview on It's Just Hair

I was flattered when someone commented on my instagram feed asking if I'd be interested in doing an interview on her blog. Thanks for asking me Erin! I am honored! Click here.


Vintage Gas Pumps

My most recent commission is done!

Stock Photo Fun

I'm the Graphic Designer for TheHomeMag Utah, which means I get to look at a lot of stock photos.
The following are some treats I have come across and couldn't resist sharing.

Kitty Meowington has a fever. 

 "Dear Lord....we bless this mower that it may chop grass with the greatest of ease, that it may have sufficient fuel for the journey ahead, and that my pants don't get grass stains. They're my pretty pants. Amen."

And it was in that moment that Satan himself entered Baby Mortimers soul. 

 This is a totally normal picture. I don't know how it got in here. 

Because the best place to have cocktails is on a lawn mower. 

 NO. Just...no. #no

Apparently "sex sells" applies to cooling appliances too. "Buy a new A/C unit for $499 and get a Hot Girl...FREE!"

I would love to see this photoshoot IRL. "Okay, we need a pile of poo. BERNIE! Did you find a pile of poo yet? WHAT?! I can't hear...OH! You found some? What? It's yours? Okay, that'll work. Bring it over! Put it right there...no, a little to the left...next to that small pebble...Okay man....hold your foot above the poo. Turn your foot so your big toe is at a 45 degree angle above the right corner of the poo pile. I KNOW poo doesn't have corners, but you know what I mean! THAT'S IT! DON'T. MOVE." And etc. 

If only vacuuming were this fancy free. This is a picture of LIES. 


Apple Butternut Squash Soup

I am really digging my Health Master Elite! Tonight I tried out one of the recipes from the book that came with it, and added a few of my own ingredients. It turned out delicious!!! Even the kids were  asking for seconds! Along with the soup I served bib lettuce leaves with cherry tomatoes. We just sprinkled a little lime juice on top then wrapped them up like little rolls and dipped into our soup! 

Like I mentioned, I made this with my Health Master.
It can be made in any kind of blender that has the same "cooking" options, like a Vitamix. If you don't have anything like that you can cook it on the stovetop.

You need:

-One butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cooked
-1 Red Delicious apple cored and chopped
-1 clove of garlic, peeled and chopped
-1 small onion, peeled and chopped
-1 sprig of thyme, stem removed
-1 tbsp coconut oil
-1 tbsp cinnamon
-2 cups of low sodium vegetable broth 
-sea salt and pepper to taste
-lime wedges
-1 tbsp coconut sugar (optional)

-Sauté onion, garlic, Apple and thyme in coconut oil for about three minutes.
-Add all ingredients except salt and pepper and coconut sugar to blender. If you are using a Health Master/vitamix, turn speed up to 8 (medium high) and blend for 8 minutes. 
-Add coconut sugar and blend for about 10 seconds.
-Plur into bowl amd squeeze with lime juice. Add salt and pepper if desired. Serve and enjoy!

*STOVETOP: after sautéing ingredients, add the rest of the ingredients minus the coconut sugar. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes then add the coconut sugar at the very end. Stir in and remove from the stove. Blend until desired consistency is reached. 



RED LIPS have been my signature lip color since high school. It's been a long time since I was 15. Like...(hold on I'm counting on my fingers....) like 17 years this Saturday. WHAT THE HELL. Why did I just do that to myself? Why did I just do the math stuff? Now it's for reals, dude. I can't believe I'm days away from turning 32. Okay, whatever. Moving on. I'm over it. My point is, is that over the span of those 17 years (what the HELL) I have tried a whole lotta red lipsticks. I still haven't found the perfect one. Let me share with you what I expect every time I shell out money for a new red lip product:

 It has to smell good, stay put (I kiss a lot of cute little cheeks throughout the day) it has to be the perfect shade of red, it has to be easy to apply, it has to make me feel like a badass sexy lady, it has to be made of cruelty free ingredients and not tested on animals. I'm not high maintenance at all.  Never have I found one that actually meets all of my standards. Until NOW. (Cue trumpets and angel choir). 

I came across Lime Crime cosmetics on Instagram when the lovely Renee Olstead shared a photo of her kisser decked out in Red Velvet. It took me a few months to come around and actually order it, but after so many a rave review, I finally caved. I am happy to say it meets all of my strict requirements and I never want it to go away. Please, Lime Crime, stay around forever and ever. I love you. 

Hashtag say what?

Created a hashtag for all my foodie posts on Instagram. Listen how clever: I don't eat meat, and my name is Melissa, but a plethora of peeps call me "Liss". So instead of "meatless" it's "meatliss". Right?RIGHT?! Sometimes I wish I could marry myself. So please follow me, my friends and let's be instabuds! 



Hair Skin & Nails

We just got a new product in and the customer result photos are rolling in! Everyone is loving Hair Skin & Nails! It was on back order due to popularity but it's available again so get it while you can!!! www.ohsnapbodywraps.com


Easy Gnocchi and Veggies

Gnocchi and Veggies
1 package of Gnocchi (I used pumpkin in the photo above)
1 can diced tomatoes low sodium
1/2 zucchini cut up 
3-4 sweet mini bell peppers 
1/4 cup organic coconut sugar
Salt free seasoning mix of your choice

Prepare gnocchi according to package instructions
Throw diced tomato, zucchini, peppers, and seasoning in a pan. Cook over medium heat until vegetables are tender.  Mix coconut sugar in the last 30 seconds or so. Mix with gnocchi and stuff your face. 


Toffee Pear Shake recipe!

Toffee Pear Shake

-1 liter of water
-1 cup of ice
- 5-6 pears peeled and cut up
-1/4 cup coconut sugar
- Sweetleaf English Toffee drops to taste


In a nutshell...

Going along with my last post, here is a fun animation about why humans are NOT carnivores:



I've recently upgraded to a HCRV lifestyle, and I have to say I feel amazing, emotionally, mentally, and physically. About two years ago I cut out meat, than slowly started cutting out dairy and eggs. I also started proper food combining about 4 years ago. All have been extremely beneficial to my health. I believe health should be a lifestyle, not just something we choose when we want to lose weight or become sick. How about a life where you rarely get sick and you maintain your perfect body weight, while feeling great mentally and emotionally.

As I have taken these steps over the years, becoming more aware of what I put in my body, how our actions impact the environment, and that animals are NOT here for our selfish consumption, I have learned quite a bit about what our bodies truly need and continue to learn and implement these lessons.

The HCRV lifestyle made total sense to me when I came across it about 6 months ago, but it seemed like a such a big commitment and change, so I just let the idea simmer. I stuck a pin in it. I did more research. I really listened to my intuition. In the past I have gotten really excited about certain "diets" and jumped head first, only to get overwhelmed and give up shortly after. I have always been passionate about health and I'll be the first one to try a new supplement, superfood, oils, whatever. So that means I've tried a LOT of things. Truth be told, High Carb Raw Vegan is so easy! I thought I would be hungry all of the time, but I'm not. I eat about 3,000 calories a day, mostly from fruit. 90% of my diet is carbs (mostly fruit carbs) 5% fats and 5% protein. 

Right now I am living  Raw til 4, meaning everything I eat before 4 PM is tons of fruit. At least 800-1000 calories per meal. Then for dinner I have cooked food and lots of leafy greens. I love coming up with recipes of my own. I drink about 2-3 liters of water per day.

Here are some of the meals I've been posting on my instagram (@thecheekywhale and @ohsnapbodywraps):

My own recipe: brown rice spaghetti wraps. Soooo good!!!!

My own recipe: Vegan chicken tacos

"Datorade" Shake. Tastes like a chocolate shake! (From Freelee the Banana Girl)


Baked potatoes with marinara 

Tangerines and pears

Pineapple ( I ate two whole pineapple by myself. The citrus ripped my mouth apart. Will not do that again!)

Jamba Juice only fruit smoothies

I will go into more detail as to why this lifestyle is so amazing and why I think EVERYONE should try it, but I need to go to BED. 



An illustration I just finished up for a baby named...ready?....Fox Elliot. EPIC. I sent this and a box of wraps to the new mommy, Kathleen Shannon of www.andkathleen.com. She is one badass woman. 


The Joker

I've been working on my second ever digital painting. I am so excited about finishing it, but I thought would share it thus far:

The Joker is by far my favorite comic book villain! Especially after Heath Ledgers performance. Who is your favorite? 

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