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Sustainable Living DIY: Make Your Own Chamomile + Rosewater Toner

Rosewater toner (or hydrosol) is all the rage right now — and for good reason! Rose is an astringent herb, meaning it has a naturally tightening effect on tissues. Conventional toners are also astringent, but the tightening is via alcohol and other chemicals. My face is becoming increasingly sensitive as I get older; and in the last couple years, I’ve become more aware of the harmful chemicals in conventional skin care products. Slowly adopting a…

Single-Pointed Focus: What It Is + How to Improve It

On numerous occasions I’ve sat down to write a blog post, only for 3 hours to pass and for me to A) not have completed said post and B) have started working on 4 other things. One might say there is nothing wrong with that. That I’m just multitasking! But I recently learned, that humans aren’t really meant to multitask. Working on 5 things at once is not getting those 5 things done any faster…

Blueberry Mango Smoothie + What I’ve Been Up To This Month

My taste buds can sense the nearing of spring! I’ve been craving iced matcha, cold brews and all the fruit smoothies. I’m not a regular smoothie aficionado by any means. After years of drinking them almost daily, it’s a rarity that I want them. I’m pretty sure when I am craving a good smoothie, it’s my body’s way of intuitively asking for more fruit — and I gladly comply! My favorite frozen fruit is a…

Cultivating a Mindset of Abundance and Growth Around Change

Change is inevitable in life. Evolving is necessary for our growth and livelihood. But personal growth can be complicated by the constant influx of outside information and influence. On a daily basis, we take in information on ways we can change ourselves. Sometimes being told how we SHOULD change ourselves. I’m probably not alone in saying this: but when I’m told I should change something about myself, my gut reaction is to resist with all…

Immune Boost and Cozy Up With a Golden Milk Chai Latte

By the looks of it, winter is not letting up any time soon. So in the mean time, you can catch me taking in as many warm spices as possible! Lately, I’ve really been loving to get creative with my coffee and hot drinks. After recently making a chai concentrate from Root For Food, I became inspired to make a chai infused Golden Milk Latte. What’s Golden Milk? Have you tried a golden milk recipe…

Weather Got You Stuck Inside? Let’s Talk About Preventing Cabin Fever!

More than half the country is dealing with brutally cold temperatures and being urged to stay inside. In addition to the cold, two feet of snow already covers our ground here in upstate New York with the potential to get another 2-3 feet in the next two days. How crazy is that!? What’s crazier, is how that’s not necessarily abnormal for this snowy pocket of the Northeast. But honestly, I don’t hate it. I mean,…

Warm Up With This Maple Cardamom Rose Latte Recipe

Have I mentioned before that coffee is my favorite thing ever? Well if you didn’t know before, know you do. Coffee is my liquid gold! Nine times out of ten, I’m a total plain jane, opting for a full-bodied cup with just a splash of milk or cream (dairy or non). But on the occasion, I really enjoy a fancied up specialty bev. One with spices, florals and a touch of sweetener. The recipe I’m…

Lemon and Herb Whole Roasted Chicken – A Simple How To

Have you ever felt intimidated by the idea of a whole roasted chicken? Me too. But here I am to ease your hesitations! Something about preparing the chicken and making sure it cooked all the way through used to make me uneasy. But after giving it a few tries over the last year, I’ve learned those nerves were slightly unnecessary! Now we’ll get to the recipe in due time, but first let’s chat! Why Make…

How to Make a Lemon Rosemary Gin Moscow Mule

It’s a constant internal debate on whether or not the moscow mule or the old-fashioned is my favorite adult drink. On the one hand, you have the spicy, bubbly mule made with ginger beer, herbs and citrus, but on the other you have a warming and full-bodied bourbon cocktail. I mean, how’s a girl to choose?! It’s truly impossible; and seeing as I’ve never been one to pick favorites, we’ll call it a delightful draw.…

Back-Pocket Lentil Soup

Back-pocket recipes: those meals you could make with your eyes closed if given the challenge. The recipes you whip together with your always stocked items in the fridge and cupboards. Maybe you have a few of your own, but if you don’t: fret not! This easy, no-fail lentil soup recipe is waiting to be your favorite back-pocket meal. When I say this recipe is easy, I mean: it seriously takes less than 10 minutes to…