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Simple Mood Boosting Tips For a Happier Winter

Daylight savings, man. No matter how much you prepare for it, it comes in like a wrecking ball year after year. 5 pm rolls around and it basically looks like midnight — what gives? Dark when we leave for work and dark when we get home; the lack of sunshine can leave us feeling so “meh.” On the more serious side, this can actually result in seasonal affective disorder, or seasonal depression. But even if…

Herbed Potato and Red Pepper Breakfast Skillets

Where my cast-iron skillet fans at? I bought my first 10 inch cast-iron pan last year, and it’s easily my most prized cook ware. Fortunately, wedding gift cards to Target have meant getting my hands on all the Lodge cast-iron! I’ve been eyeing mini skillets for over a year, which is silly because they are just about 10 dollars a piece. What was I waiting for? Anyway, I have them now! And I’m ready to make…

Simple Butternut Squash Soup

Wow, it’s been a while, but I have returned to bring you a recipe for simple butternut squash soup! The last month has been amazing but chaotic, full but also easy going. I GOT MARRIED — to my best friend and soulmate, and I couldn’t be happier. Our wedding was a weekend I’ll treasure forever. The final weeks of wedding planning were a bit nuts and chock full of DIY crafts. This left little time…

What I’ve Been Loving this Week and Why I’ve Been Easy on Myself

Friday Favorites: I’m back with Friday Favorites here on Minding My Soul — and I’m trying out a new format because life is always changing, so can my blog! Each week this segment will feature: my current favorite activity, the food I’m loving at the moment and some form of media I’m enjoying. These posts will be short, sweet and simple; meant for giving you a glimpse at what’s currently bringing me joy in hopes…

5 Glass Containers Perfect for Repurposed Flower Vases

I’m currently in full blown wedding planning mode and was inspired to bring you a post that’s part wedding planning, part sustainability and part joy. Few things can brighten an ordinary day quite like fresh a bunch of flowers. I love treating myself to a bouquet when I go to the farmer’s market, the grocery store or, more recently, from the Bouqs Co. But what makes the flowers even more adorably perfect? Placing them into…

How To Make Quick Pickles

Let me start this off by saying this: I by no means strive for perfection, in the present or future, when it comes to sustainable and green living. I do, however, look for simple ways to decrease waste and reuse old materials (I.e. jars, bottles, etc). I’ve recently taken interest in making my own versions of things I would have previously bought in a jar because 1) I have so many empty glass jars in…

How To Make Lavender Simple Syrup

In life’s busiest times, the best thing we can do is remember to stop and enjoy the simplest little things! One of my joys: enjoying a cup of coffee or a delicious latte. I recently tried a lavender cold brew coffee from a local shop and was inspired to recreate a lavender simple syrup for my own homemade beverages. I’ve made regular simple syrup on numerous occasions, but I’ve never ventured into the realm of…

Cold Brew Coffee + Self Improvement

By the looks of it, summer is here to stay for a while — thank goodness the mornings have mostly been cool enough to enjoy hot coffee. When it comes to the muggy ones though, or a hot afternoon, nothing beats a tall glass of cold brew coffee. While relatively simple, and easy to do without a recipe, I wanted to share a short how-to for anyone whose maybe hesitated in making cold brew coffee…

10 Simple Ways to Bring Joy Into Your Day

When I start to get pulled in by negative self-talk or stress, I find it incredibly helpful to do an activity that brings me joy. While at times this might mean doing something relaxing for an hour, typically it’s something that takes less than 15 minutes. Productivity is important, but when stress starts to get the better of me, the best thing I can do for my productivity is to step away for at least…

How to Make an Iced Matcha Latte

Note: I am a participant in the amazon affiliate program. Some links in this post may be referral links in which I could receive a commission from your purchase, at no additional cost to you. Any products that I refer are things I genuinely use and love. for more information visit my privacy policy. I’ll preface this post by saying: I’m no matcha expert. That being said, I think I make a mean iced matcha…