I Hate Saying Goodbye

I Hate Saying Goodbye

Three years ago I moved to Boston feeling very unsure of myself and more than a little bit disappointed to leave behind a life that was familiar and comfortable. I didn’t want to move here. I don’t think the change was as hard on my husband. He’d done a big move like this before and was about […]

Printable “Because I Love You” Coupons

Printable "Because I love You" Coupons | www.EssentiallyEclectic.com| These printable love coupons make a great unique gift for a loved one and are designed for any occasion!

Happy Monday, Friends! Today I have a printable for you that I think you will enjoy: Love Coupons! What are love coupons, you ask? Love coupons can be redeemed for any number of great intangible gifts, and basically anything goes! When I was in third grade, one of my favorite books was from the Amber Brown series: […]

Where Confidence Meets Hope

Where Confidence Meets Hope | www.EssentiallyEclectic.com

When I started off last year, my one new year’s resolution was to choose positivity. I wanted to do things like be more present, come to terms with my illness, figure out how to live healthier, and generally start seeing my life’s glass more full. But when I think about it, what I was really […]

The Story of Essentially Eclectic: Blog Changes Over The Years

Blog Changes Over The Years

Once upon a time, I opened up an account on Blogger and decided that I wanted to blog. I had just moved from Phoenix, Arizona to Boston, Massachusetts and was looking for something to pass the time between unpacking, finding a job, and Josh starting law school in three months. I tried watching Netflix for […]

Lemon Poppy Seed Triple Butter Soap

Lemon Poppy Seed Triple Butter Soap | www.EssentiallyEclectic.com | These lush lemon poppy seed soap bars are made with cocoa, shea & mango butters!

As I’m writing, I’m looking out the window and seeing snow fall. Yes, snow. Kind of a lot of it. It’s snowing today, March 28th, 2015. WHY?? It’s the winter that will never end :( So, in a (perhaps entirely futile) attempt to bring some spring to the Northeast–or, at least, to my shower–today I’m […]

FREE Printable Menu Planner, Grocery List & Fitness Tracker!

FREE Printable Meal Planner | www.EssentiallyEclectic.com

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you’ve had a great week! Today I thought I would share some FREE printables that I recently made JUST FOR YOU! I first decided to make these printables after a failed attempt at finding the perfect meal planner online. I wanted something that gave me a place to organize my […]

8 Tips for Making a Killer Salad

8 Tips for Making a Killer Salad | www.EssentiallyEclectic.com

For years, eating salads felt like chewing on leaves. Whenever I had one paired with a meal, I would always try to hurry up and get through it first so I could move on to the rest of my food. I abided by a strict “save the best for last” policy when it came to […]

How To Make Shower Jellies – And a Video!

How to Make Shower Jellies | www.EssentiallyEclectic.com | These shower jellies are amazing! Learn how to make your own jelly soap at home!

Today I have a REAL treat for you! First, let me just say that I know every time I try a new Stephenson soap base I tell you it’s my new favorite, but the soap base you’re about to see REALLY IS my new favorite. Why, you ask? Two words: Jelly Soap! Crystal JS is […]

Erin Condren Life Planner Review + $10 off!

Erin Condren Life Planner Review | www.EssentiallyEclectic.com

Good Weekend, friends! Before we get *too* far into the year, I wanted to share with you my thoughts on my new Erin Condren Life Planner! I’ve heard a ton of buzz about these planners in blog land over the last couple years, and I had to see what all the hype was about. Fortunately, I […]

Valentine’s Day Handmade Soap Gift

Valentine's Day Soaps

Hello, Friends! I thought I would pop in today to share with you a short tutorial on how to make cute Valentine’s Day themed soaps! If you’re looking for a cute handmade gift idea that puts the fun in functional (yes, I just said that), then you’ve come to the right place ;) These soaps […]

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 […]