Goat Cheese, Blueberry & Pecan Salad

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About a year ago, back when I first gave calorie counting a try, my husband and I had gone to Uno Pizzaria and Grill with a few friends for dinner. Sadly, I knew that there was just no way my broken pancreas was going to be able to handle even their smallest, individual-sized pizza, but […]

The Gift of Time Together

Wedding Gift Idea | www.EssentiallyEclectic.com | Looking for the perfect wedding gift for a friend? Give them the gift of time together!

I absolutely love weddings. Planning them, being in them, going to them. They’re my favorite. When Josh and I got married three (almost four) years ago, one of our most favorite wedding gifts came from my cousin Erica. She made us a booklet from scrapbook paper, and each page had a gift card and a date […]

A Year in Review – 2014 – And a Reader Survey!

A Year In Review: 2014

It’s that time again, friends! I trust you had an amazing holiday season?? Josh and I sure did! We spent our holiday in our hometown of Phoenix, Arizona with family and friends. Most of Josh’s extended family was in town for his sister’s wedding, which was loads of fun for us since we don’t get […]

DIY Christmas Tree Soap – A tutorial!

DIY Christmas Tree Soap | www.EssentiallyEclectic.com | These Christmas tree soaps are super easy to make and are great as gifts for the holidays!

Okay, okay, I know. Another soap post so soon? I couldn’t help myself, guys. These just turned out too cute! Plus, those Halloween Soaps were such a hit, I thought you guys might like some Christmasy soap inspiration before it was too late (Christmas is only 9 days away people!!) These little soap bars were […]

DIY All-Natural Dark Chocolate Soap Bars – A soap tutorial!

DIY All-Natural Dark Chocolate Soap Bars | www.EssentiallyEclectic.com | These all-natural soap bars are almost delicious enough to eat!

I’m baaack! After a super relaxing Thanksgiving break in upstate New York and a few weeks off the blog spending time with family, I thought it was high time I posted again. Don’t you agree? ? :) Today I’d like to introduce you to a Stephenson melt-and-pour soap base I’ve never used before but quickly fell in […]

Living with Type 1 Diabetes: FAQs

Living with Type 1 Diabetes: FAQs | www.EssentiallyEclectic.com

November is Diabetes Awareness Month! And today, November 14th is World Diabetes Day. As a diabetic myself, it really truly means the world to me that you are reading this post. Thank you!! :) There are almost 30 million people in the US alone (that’s nearly 10% of the population!) who suffer from diabetes, and […]

DIY Burlap Utensil Holders – A Tutorial

DIY Burlap Utensil Holder | www.EssentiallyEclectic.com | This burlap utensil holder is super easy to make and is a cute addition to the dinner table!

Can you believe Thanksgiving is just TWO WEEKS away?? In honor of Turkey Day (and all days in which dining might necessitate the need for table decor, of course) I thought I would share with you a tutorial on how to make some cute burlap utensil holders! They’re super easy to make and are perfect […]

Apple Picking in New England – Apples, Cider & Donuts Oh My!

New England Apple Picking at Tougas Family Farm | www.EssentiallyEclectic.com

Today I did something I have never ever done before: I went apple picking!! At 9am, Josh and I drove with our neighbors about 50 minutes west of Boston to Northborough, Massachusetts, where we met up with a few other couples for a morning of apple picking, wagon riding, donut eating, and apple cider drinking […]

DIY Spooky Halloween Soaps

DIY Halloween Soap | www.EssentiallyEclectic.com | How to make cute halloween-themed soaps for gifts or party favors!

There are just 11 days until Halloween! Have you decided what you’re going to be yet?? This year I was thinking of dressing up Jim Halpert style–you know, the kind of Halloween costume that you put as little effort into as possible? That’s my style. My costume idea came to be when my boss suggested […]

DIY Whipped Chocolate Bath Butter – A Tutorial!

DIY Whipped Cocolate Bath Butter | www.EssentiallyEclectic.com | This whipped chocolate bath butter will leave your skin feeling amazing and is a breeze to whip up!

Happy Monday, Friends! There is a chill in the air here in Boston, which got me thinking this morning about how much I could go for a hot chocolate with breakfast–yum! Unfortunately, hot chocolate isn’t the healthiest way to start the day, so I figured I would have to get my chocolate fix somewhere else. […]

Pumpkin Spice Popcorn – Another Tasty Treat in 10 Minutes!

Pumpkin Spice Popcorn | www.EssentiallyEclectic.com | This pumpkin spice popcorn is the perfect fall treat!

It’s that time again, folks! Boston in the fall. My absolute favorite time of year! There’s just something almost magical about what happens outside in Boston this time of year, and after a humid New England summer I’m more than ready to rock a scarf, bust out my sweaters, and sip a warm Pumpkin Spice […]

How to Lighten and Brighten Dark Photos – A Tutorial!

How to Lighten & Brighten Dark Photos | www.EssentiallyEclectic.com | A super easy tutorial that will help make your photos stunning!

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 […]