Shine On Beautiful

Family. Food. Beautiful Spaces. Healing. Travel. Living Free.


Hi world! I am Amy and welcome to Shine On Beautiful. The goal of my blog is to share my life’s passions && struggles. I love my family, discovering beautiful spaces, creating unique crafts, enjoying yummy food with wonderful people, continuing the heal my soul, and living like there’s no tomorrow.

A little about who I am…

I was raised in the foothills of Colorado (primarily Black Forest, Colorado near Colorado Springs). When I turned 18 I left home for school in Fort Collins, Colorado, which is where a piece of me will always stay. Long story short, my high school sweetheart, Colin, moved up with me the day he turned 18 (yes, I am a cradle robber as he says) and we got married 6 months later. Our journey to a healthier life began during this transition.

Fort Collins is known for being an environmentally friendly college town, with an upbeat nightlife, exotic cuisine, lots of beer, and beautiful mountains (although, after you’ve looked out your window for ten years and seen and lived the mountains in Colorado Springs, nothing really compares). I absolutely loved living in Fort Collins and it will always hold a piece of me.

Today, we reside in Wilmington, North Carolina with our three pups and I wouldn’t trade this city or this life for anything. We’ve had the amazing opportunity to live and see some incredible places, and some not so incredible places. These experiences make me appreciate our home so much more.

One topic I hold dear to me is promoting positive body image. I struggled with anorexia for 9 years and it wasn’t until 2013 that I received treatment (I spent the entire year working on myself and it definitely has paid off).

I am fully recovered from my eating disorder and have been since 2014; I couldn’t be happier! I’ve learned life is truly a blessing and something to enjoy each and everyday. Today, I am living free.

54 comments on “About

  1. Ania TastyQuery
    June 23, 2014


    I saw your blog and thought it had great recipes and awesome pictures! I therefore would like to invite you to our new culinary website which has just started.

    This is how it works in short. is a website for food bloggers and their fans allowing them to automatically collect recipes from your food blog. It’s a large database of links to recipes on food blogs. Everyone can join us for free.

    For more please visit: is an English version of our main website called “Mikser Kulinarny”, founded in Poland. “Mikser Kulinarny” has a large audience (over 2 mln unique visitors monthly) and with we want to repeat that success and drive thousands of new visitors to your food blog.

    In case of any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

    best regards


  2. Kate
    July 16, 2014

    Amy your blog is an inspiration! I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

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