Playlist: Dreamy Feels

Below is my “Dreamy Feels” playlist, the one I listen to when I am cranking out work, typically in the silent study, my desk at home, or a cozy coffee shop. I’d describe this playlist as “feel good” music! It boasts my mood but isn’t too energetic, and always give me the perseverance I need to get my work…

Quote of the Day 3.18.18

“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful, it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax & exhale during the ordinary. That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.”…

Recipe: St. Patty’s Day Peppermint Shakes (GF, V)

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! In honor of today, here is a recipe that reminds me of McDonald’s iconic “Shamrock Shakes,” a Saint Patrick’s Day necessity. However, this recipe has a healthy twist on the usual good ol’ milkshakes, as this recipe utilizes frozen bananas instead of ice cream, as well as spinach (you can’t taste it!)…

Recipe: Banana Quinoa Muffins

Another muffin recipe! These do remind me of banana bread, but they have a distinct flavor due to different add-ins. The almonds, of course, and quinoa add a nutty flavor, and the coconut sugar and cinnamon provide sweetness & spice. If you are out of almonds or prefer something else, feel free to switch them…

Words of Wisdom From Fashion Icons

Below are some of my favorite quotes on fashion, style, and glamour by fashion icons. Some are inspiring & insightful; others are laughable and sure to put a smile on your face. Although you may not know everyone quoted below, I am sure you will know at least some of these names! Read these fifteen…

Exactly What I Don’t Want to Forget

It’s easy to get caught up in everything that’s on that rarely do we take a step back to appreciate everything we have. By “everything,” I don’t necessarily mean material goods, as often it can be as simply as the moments in our weekly routine that makes our lives our own and meaningful to us….

Quote of the Day 3.6.18

“Spend money. Change your hairstyle. Sell your old clothes and pursue your new style with the money you get from it. Be strong. Be patient. Buy a chocolate bar every week when your favorite TV show is on. Take hot baths. Wake up early. Start jogging. Write. Find a friend who will listen to you…

15 Songs to Instantly Boost Your Mood (Part 2)

These songs never fail to put a smile on my face. They are great for workouts or simply when you need something to list your mood. Similarly mentioned in my last post, I like to remember this quote when I am feeling down. Don’t be afraid to call someone if you’re upset and, of course,…

New Trends I Love in 2018

It’s hard to believe it’s already March—February seemed to fly by. Each day we come sooner to the end of winter, and the countdown to spring break has recently begun. March Madness brackets are pulled out, too, and already am I making plans for St. Patrick’s Day! For me, this year in March each weekend…

Miami, Florida: Culture, Places, and Restaurants

This February, I had the opportunity to travel to Miami, FL to celebrate my birthday, which fell on a Friday this year. Chicago weather lived up to its expectations that week, and there was a snow storm on Thursday night. (Ironically, it was similar weather to the date that I was born, which was also…

Quote of the Day 2.22.18

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson…

Recipe: Almond Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips (GF)

These cookies are ridiculously rich, gooey, and—of course—delicious. You’d never guess these are free of dairy & gluten (no dairy or flour) as well as packed with nutritious nuts & oats. This recipe was created & executed as a result of a classic post-dinner dessert craving, which is absolutely wonderful when you have the time &…