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

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 […]

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 Diagnosis 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 […]