How to Lighten and Brighten Dark Photos – A Tutorial!

How to Lighten & Brighten Dark Photos |

As a blogger, I’d have to say that low light is the bane of my existence. I currently live in an apartment whose windows face another building, and I don’t own an actual DSLR camera. Those two things together put me in the eye of the perfect photography storm: Just about EVERY photo I take […]

Restaurant-Style Spanish Rice – Made at Home!

Restaurant-Style Spanish Rice |

There are some foods I associate with different times in my life. Mozzarella sticks always remind me of the spring that the The Phantom of the Opera came out. My family’s oriental cabbage salad reminds me of summer barbecues when I was a kid. And Spanish rice reminds me of fall. I realize Spanish rice […]

Easy Rustic Carrot, Cucumber & Aloe Soap – Perfect for fall!

DIY Easy Rustic Carrot, Cucumber & Aloe Soap | | This soap is packed with antioxidant properties and is sure to leave your skin feeling amazing. It's natural orange color makes this the perfect soap for fall!

Hello Friends! I hope you’re having a great week! I thought I would drop in and share with you my latest soap creation using a NEW and EXCLUSIVE melt-and-pour soap base by Stephenson Personal Care. BUT before I do, I wanted to remind you that the Kizmos kitchen tool set giveaway is still going on […]

Kizmos Kitchen Prize Pack Giveaway & Blueberry Almond Coffee Cake

Blueberry Almond Coffee Cake & Kizmos Flora Giveaway |

Hi Friends!! I hope you all had a fantastic Labor Day weekend! I absolutely adore long holiday weekends, don’t you? And what better way to keep the fun of a long weekend going than with a giveaway! I am super excited to share both this Kizmos Flora kitchen tool set with you AND one of […]

Blueberry Banana Workout Recovery Smoothie

No Sugar Added Blueberry Banana Smoothie | www.Essentially

So many good things have happened you guys! I’ll get to this yummy smoothie in just a moment: First off, my dearest husband is back!! He spent the summer in Arizona for his 2L internship, so I was here in Boston by my onesies just like last summer. This time around being on my own […]

DIY Organic Lemon Coconut Shampoo

DIY Organic Lemon Coconut Shampoo |

Before I moved to Boston and started blogging, there were a lot of things I just didn’t do. Vegetables were a big one of those things. Cooking. Exercising. Back then I would have never thought of myself as much of a crafter, and I would much rather buy than DIY. Funny how life changes you, […]

7 Tips for Jump Starting a Healthy Lifestyle

7 Tips for Jump Starting a Healthy Lifestyle |

I love self-help books. I have a pile of them littering my bookshelf and I buy them a little obsessively; it’s a problem that itself requires self-help, I’m sure. There is a tiny, silly part of me that feels like reading something about the change I want to make somehow makes me closer to actually […]

Home is Wherever I’m With You

Home is Wherever I'm With You Wall Art

I don’t remember when I met my husband. I remember seeing him for the first time, though. He was walking down the breezeway at my high school, and the first thought I ever had about him was wondering how he was able to walk without moving his upper body much. His lung had recently spontaneously partially […]

Oatmeal and Shea Butter Soap + DIY Soap Inserts Tutorial

DIY Oatmeal & Shea Butter Soap & DIY Soap Inserts Tutorial | #StephensonPersonalCare #SoapandShare

Hello Friends! I hope you had a great, relaxing weekend last weekend :) I was hoping to post a couple days ago, but I found myself losing a battle I’d been fighting with a cold all week :/ I found myself glued to the couch (and Netflix), half-buried in a pile of used tissues. It […]

And That Is How Change Happens: One Moment at a Time

Two years ago I was sitting by myself at the airport waiting for my flight to depart while listening to a playlist my sister made me. I had packed my iPod in one of 30 or 40 boxes that had left for Boston four days before, not thinking that music might be nice to have […]

Lemon Sugar Scrub @ Living Well Spending Less & Fresh Paint!

DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub | Guest Post by Essentially Eclectic for

In case you missed it last week, I guest posted over at Living Well Spending Less! If you’ve never tried making your own sugar scrub before, I highly suggest you give it a try. They’re ridiculously easy, great for the skin, and make excellent gifts! In case you’re curious, here’s a sneak peek: If you […]

Inspirational Subway Art, Book Hangovers & Giveaway Winners!

DIY Inspirational Subway Art

I’ve been MIA for a very important reason. You see, last weekend around this time I had just finished Divergent–which was one of the books on my 2014 Reading List–and less than 48 hours later I had consumed both Insurgent and Allegiant as well. I saw the movie too. You know that desperate-for-more, listless feeling […]