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DIY Herbal Infusion 001: Nerve + Stress Tamer Tea

New blog series coming in hot and inspired by my continuous self soothing via herbal tea. My mental and emotional selves have been put through the ringer in the passing weeks. Anyone who ever tries to tell you transitioning into working for yourself is cake, has likely never tried to work for themself. But aspiring entrepreneurship aside, my greater source of stress was a traumatic run in with my number one tangible fear. I’ll spare…

DIY Self-Care: Cinnamon Honey Face Mask and Scrub

In a world of Goop and and infrared saunas, I find myself seeking simplicity when it comes to physical personal care. There are a few trusty products I love purchasing for my skin, face and hair; but often I find myself concocting my own treatments in the kitchen. One of my favorite ways to show my face some love is with a cinnamon and honey face mask – doubling as a scrub! Making this mask…

No Sunday Scaries Here! 3 Habits For a Less Stressful Work Week

The Sunday Scaries can be a real thing, but they don’t have to be. I used to feel my anxiety slowly rise to a boil on Sunday nights; thinking about all the things I didn’t accomplish over the weekend, and all the items waiting for me during the week. I’d wake up on Monday morning, frantic and feeling less than refreshed. But here’s the thing: it doesn’t have to be this way! There are a…

Honey Rose Cacao Latte With Reishi

Coffee is my jam, through and through. But occasionally I find myself drinking just a bit too much coffee and I have to reign my obsession in juuust a bit. I’m sure many of you can relate! When I cut back on my coffee intake, I sub with some of my other favorite beverages like matcha, herbal tea or hot cacao drinks. The other day I was craving something chocolatey so I concocted an ultra…

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…

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…

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,…

Reflections of the Year and Intentions For 2019

And just like that, the year comes to an end! I’d be lying if I said 2018 wasn’t one of the best years of my life. I got married to my best friend, I enrolled with IIN, I continued to grow my blog, I made some new friends and made great strides in my relationship with myself. The year was filled with so much joy, positivity and growth, but also filled with a lot of…