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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,…

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…

7 Simple Actions to Live More Sustainably

The World is so beautiful, isn’t it? Our Earth gives us water so that we can survive and gives us land so we have a place to survive. But if we are being honest with ourselves, Are we really doing the best we can to show gratitude? If you went to a friends house, would you make a mess and not clean it up? The earth has been around for far longer than we have…

Friday Favorites – 06.22.18

Ah yes, I did in fact skip last week’s edition of the Friday favorites as I was quite busy packing for Long Island. As I mentioned in the first of these, they may not happen every week because #reallife! This week’s favorites are in line with how I’ve been feeling lately: bright and simple. A strange combination of adjectives, however incredibly accurate. I’m not sure if it’s the 17 hours of day light we have…

Cinnamon Maple Homemade Granola

If you’ve always wanted to try making homemade granola, but thought it would be too difficult or time consuming, I’m here to tell you it really isn’t! Much to my surprise and happiness, I discovered that making granola might in fact be one of the most simple self-made goodies. Made with a mixture of standard pantry staples, it comes together in 5 minutes and takes just 20-25 minutes to bake. Loaded w/ complex carbohydrates and…

Skillet Baked Apples + a Lovely Weekend

This weekend was beautiful. Though originally forecasted for clouds and rain, there was nothing but clear skies from Saturday Morning to Sunday Night. We spent hours working on our yard on Saturday, but it honestly didn’t even feel like work. I’m not sure when it became enjoyable to me, but right now I am so into being outside and learning how to garden. I think this falls into line with a recent break through in…

Bulleit Bourbon w/ Basil + Grapefruit

The temperature is rising and so are my cravings for refreshing home-crafted cocktails. 2 years ago I would’ve cringed at the idea of bourbon, but after being introduced to old fashioned’s by my fiancé when we first started dating, I developed a pallet for a good bourbon, on the rocks even. We often make old fashioned’s at home, but this past weekend we strayed from the standard and experimented with the grapefruit and bourbon combination.…

#CleanEats and Health Food FOMO: Two Ways Social Media Can Mess With Your Mind

Let me paint a scene. You wake up feeling great. You eat breakfast, have a good work out, get ready for work, and then while  sipping on coffee you browse through instagram. You start seeing pictures of dreamy colorful foods, things you don’t have, places you’ve never been and people with your #fitnessgoals. You may start to feel a bit envious. Before you know it, your mood starts to drift southward. “Should I be eating…

Four Home Fitness Subscriptions to Consider; Because We Don’t All Love the Gym

Ive mentioned it before and I’ll say it again: The gym just isn’t for everyone. Whether you are too busy to make it to yet another place during your day or you just truly don’t like it, its okay to not use the gym for your exercise. I once lived by daily attendance to the gym, but now I truly prefer to do without. Over the past year and half, I’ve realized my favorite modes…

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Waffles

Guys. If you’re looking for a breakfast recipe that could basically double as a dessert, look no further. These waffles are all you need. I had a few bananas on their way to being brown and thought, “Why not experiment with a new recipe?” rather than just making a batch of standard banana bread. We just recently purchased a mini waffle iron, so waffles seemed like the obvious answer. We went out for a little…