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About Me

My name is Liz and I’m the “nut” of “A Nut in a Nutshell”. <— Rebrand coming – new name!

I started blogging to fill my time when my baby went to college, and yes, I’m the mom of two kids in their early to mid-twenties, gasp! Fortunately, I was quite young when I started having kids, so I’ve got all kinds of life and goofiness left in me even though they’re gone.


My roots are in the Midwest, but I moved to coastal North Carolina about two years ago.


After college, I was working in the Travel & Tourism industry and loved it, but gave it up to stay home and raise my two kids. No regrets, of course!

I love spending my time in the kitchen creating and tweaking recipes and trying out new kitchen tools and methods of preparation.

Blueberry Pain Perdu (Overnight Baked French Toast)

When I’m not making something myself, I most definitely enjoy dining out and traveling. Experiencing new adventures is one of my greatest joys in life!

Me, Mike and Sulley - Monsters University

And I’m so happy that through blogging and social media, I’ve been able to share my passion for lifestyle, food, travel, tech, entertainment and house & home with you!

Welcome to A Nut in a Nutshell!



Current & Recent Ambassadorships/Partnerships

Alamo Chief Travel Mom
Krusteaz Baker’s Dozen
Fandango Family Blogger
TGI Friday’s
Family Dollar
Nature’s Sleep
Outback Steakhouse
Marriott Rewards
Discover Preferred Blogger
Campbell Soup Company
Diet Coke
HotSpot Shield
Verizon Lifestyle Blogger
Eucerin Skin Care
Hamilton Beach
Rug Doctor Round Table
Windows Champion
Hot Pockets Blogger Advisory Board
Restaurant.com Review Crew
Auntie Anne’s
Kraft Foods TasteMaker (’13, ’14)
McDonald’s VIP Blogger
ACH Products
Famous Footwear
Fellowes Bankers Boxes
Hormel Foods
Miracle Mom for Children’s Miracle Network
Whirlpool Moms
Ragu Mom’s The Word on Dinner
Coca-Cola Arctic Home Mama Bear
Embassy Suites
Gallery Direct
Kraft Foods Delicious Bytes
Kmart Holiday Layaway
Sears Outlet
Fellowes Moms
Lipton Tea Tastemakers
HerInteractive AmbassadHER
Aquafina Flavor Splash
Tropicana Juicy Rewards


Type-A Parent (’09,’10,’11,’12,’13,’14)
Blissdom (’11,’12,’13)
Mom 2.0 (’11,’14,’15)
EVO Conference (’11)
BlogHer (’10,’11,’12,’13,’14)
BlogHer Food (’13,’14)
Food Blog Forum (’13,’14)
International Food Blogger Conference (’13)
North Carolina Bloggers Conference (’11)
iRetreat (formerly Reviewer’s Retreat) (’11,’12,’15)
Keen Digital Summit (’13)





Email: anutinanutshell AT gmail DOT com

Twitter: @blueviolet




I look forward to working with you!

Contact: anutinanutshell AT gmail.com

Liz Mays is a Midwest native living on the East Coast. She enjoys food, travel, products, entertainment and sharing her experiences with you!