Essentially Eclectic’s 1st Blogiversary Giveaway!

Essentially Eclectic's 1st Blogiversary Giveaway! April 6th-April 13th |

Hey Friends!! So happy to see you here today!! I’ve been bursting at the seams about today’s big news, which I’ve been hinting about (not very subtly) on Facebook and Twitter this last week, so I’m glad this day has finally come or else I might just explode. This is a longish post, but you’ll […]

Whipped Mint Green Tea Sugar Scrub

Whipped Mint Green Tea Sugar Scrub

I am exhausted. In such a good way, though! This week I started week 3 of the six-week exercise program (perfect for beginners like myself!) that I committed to a while back, and I’m really excited about my progress so far. I’ve noticeably developed more muscle (particularly in my arms), and I haven’t slept so […]

Banana Kiwi Almond Green Smoothie

Banana Kiwi Almond Green Smothie - A healthy way to start your day!

Happy Saturday, friends! I had scheduled in my blog planner to share with you some tasty white chocolate cranberry almond bites I made a while back, but it didn’t seem fitting after my impromptu diagnosis tell-all from last week. So I juggled some things around and have for you instead this yum yum delicious banana […]

Living The Sweet Life

Living The Sweet Life - My Type 1 Diabetes Story

I’ve hesitated to publish this post for a long time. I’ve gone through several drafts of it—probably twelve, actually—and deleted every one of them. I was afraid of what people would think. But many of you have expressed an interest in seeing more “life stuff” on this blog, and given the frustrations I’ve been dealing […]

DIY Liquid Soap and Mason Jar Dispenser

DIY Liquid Soap and Mason Jar Dispenser

Hello and Happy Saturday, Friends! Today I am going to share with you how to make a batch of moisturizing liquid hand soap in under 10 minutes using Liquid Crystal Concentrate by Stephenson Personal Care. What IS Liquid Crystal Concentrate, you ask? Great question. Liquid Crystal Concentrate is a concentrated blend of surfactants that can […]

Nerdy Baby Onesies + Free Cut File

Freezer Paper Stenciled Onesies

Happy Monday, Friends! I’m REALLY excited to share with you today’s project: freezer paper stenciled onesies. I have to admit, the first time I learned of freezer paper stenciling, I was a bit skeptical. First of all, I wasn’t sure what freezer paper actually was; obviously a type of paper, of course, but was it basically […]

Spinach, Goat Cheese & Cranberry Salad w/ Preserved Lemons

Spinach, Goat Cheese & Cranberry Salad with Moroccan Preserved Lemons

It snowed all. day. today. At one point in my life I would’ve been totally okay with that. Except that was the point in my life before I sold my car and became a slave to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Tonight when I was walking home, I chose an inopportune to cross the street. […]

14 Good Reads for 2014


So I discovered Goodreads the other day. Well, technically I discovered it ages ago but I never took the time to really get into it. Until yesterday afternoon, that is, when I found myself organizing my dust-laden bookshelf. Growing up I devoured books. I wouldn’t say I was a huge book worm, but I really […]

Etched Glass Valentine’s Day Gift Mason Jars + Free Cut File

Etched Glass Valentine's Day Mason Jars

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and I must say I’m biting my fingernails a bit at what to get The Mr. In the past I’ve made him love vouchers, you know those cards that say you can redeem this for two hours of complaint-free remote control ownership and the like? Except he always […]

Rustic Cinnamon Hazelnut Coffee Soap

Rustic Cinnamon Hazelnut Coffee Soap Tutorial

Hello blog friends! I have a real treat for you today. I worked on my first ever batch of soap using rebatch soap base. This is seriously by far my most favoritest soap project to date–it smells so good!. I. Love. This. Soap. And so do the people who’ve tried it. I gave a bar […]

Dry Erase Photo Frame Menu Board + Free Cut File


The results are in! Thank you so much to those of you who completed my 2014 Reader Survey! I loved reading your comments and learning more about what you’re looking forward to seeing at Essentially Eclectic this coming year. Here’s what I learned: A couple different categories tied for first and second as your favorite […]

No Sugar Added Banana Appple Smoothie


Last summer, my mom and dad bought me a Nutri Bullet. My dad was in the hospital 7 months ago with a stomach issue (since resolved); while he lay imprisoned in his hospital room (and while my sister was smuggling him contraband jello) he saw an infomercial for it and ordered one. They liked it […]

My Mantra for 2014


I took an Uber cab for the first time a few weeks ago, on the night my coworkers and I went to the holiday party at work. I don’t usually talk to cab drivers much. Not on principle, of course, but mostly because I’ve only ever taken a cab twice in my life, and also […]

A Year in Review ~ 2013 ~ And A Reader Survey!


I am really excited about this post, because it means we are on the brink of a brand new year! New Years is one of my favorite holidays; it represents a chance to start fresh, and I think we all really need that from time to time. But before we go starting this new year, […]

Merry Christmas and a Mini-Tree Tour!

Christmas 2013 at Essentially Eclectic

Merry Christmas, Friends! I hope your Christmas has been magical. We are LOVING our time together spending the holidays in Boston! We spent our Christmas Eve baking cookies, watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (neither of us had seen it before), playing Skyrim (a post-finals/early Christmas gift to The Mr.), and making Pepperpot, which is a […]