DIY Massage Bar

The last time I was in LUSH the handmade cosmetic’s store I saw that they now carry massage bars.  They look like a bar of soap and when you put it in your hands the heat of your hands warms the bar enough to melt the shea/cocoa butter and you use it for massages. I […]

NaNoWriMo Halftime Takeaways

So you’ve decided to try to write your novel this month like so many hopefuls out there. Whether you are on track, behind or ahead of the pace, congratulate yourself on getting words down! You’ve already won by simply beginning.

If you are like me you’ve already hit a few snags in your story. It’s hard not to let it get you down.

So here are a few tips to get you through the rest of the month:

Don’t stress about your word count. Stress is a creativity and productivity crusher so don’t even go there. Write what you can every day without apology.

Avoid line edits like the plague. You can go back later and do all the editing you want, no time for it right now.

Schedule your writing time. At times I feel slave to my calendar but to get around it I schedule in my fun time, my writing time, even do nothing time. Make your calendar work for you not the other way around.

Reach out to others in the community. Writing can be a lonely task but it doesn’t have to be. Reach out to the NaNoWriMo community and find likeminded writers on Twitter. You could even visit a local writers group to get plugged in.

-Plan on getting behind. Life is real and it’s really hard sometimes. Don’t panic! Just plan on a few catch up days throughout the month. I try to block out a few extra hours once or twice a week to account for life.

-Remember snacks. Or whatever it takes for you to have good self care. Don’t forget you are still a person who needs food and sleep (well sorta).

Rewards are awesome-sauce. Make mini goals and when you hit them reward yourself. Chocolate works great for me. Or for you it may be a game of mini-golf or a trip to the beach. Go for it!

All of these items are getting at the main goal of staying positive throughout the month.

You can do this. Your story is worth telling. Keep writing!

Happy Questing!


My Favorite Kitchen Tools

Since being in culinary school I have found some great kitchen tools that I love and I wanted to share with you.  Here are five things that I use often in my kitchen.

  1. Chefs Knife

You need to have a sharp chefs knife, I use mine almost always along with my pairing knife.  Stick with a trusted brand or have it made for you.  Find a knife with a full tang running through the handle that you can see.


2. Pasta Roller

These are pretty inexpensive and it is SO MUCH FUN TO MAKE PASTA! I love making homemade pasta and it really is just a fun tool to have.

3. Flexible bowl scraper

These are great when working with a dough it flexible to fit whatever bowl so you can really get all of your product out of the bowl.  A good spatula and bench scraper are also great tools to have.

4. Vitamix Blender

The vitamix is just great, I love that I can make an awesome smoothie any time or creat a velvety smooth soup or sauce with it. I have a Vitamix so I know they are good but I am sure there are comparable brands that may be in a better price range.

5. Lighting

I can not work in a dark kitchen, I just purchased some under the cabinet lights that light up my cutting board area better.  Make sure you have good lighting, its so helpful and safer!  These ones come with a remote and are battery operated.

Hope you enjoyed my list of kitchen gadgets,

Happy Cooking!!!

Autumn Art- Harvest Tree

A stroll through the woods with my toddler this past weekend resulted in a basket full of sticks, moss, and leaves of blaze and gold. The biggest leaves she wanted to paint but once we got out the craft box we changed our plans. Using a paint stick, baby food jar, jut string, packaging paper, […]

Whipped Sugar Scrub DIY

Cold weather is approaching and with that comes dry skin.  Sugar scrubs are amazing for hydrating your hands during the winter months come along with me today to learn how to make your own! Supplies: 3/4 cup Coconut Oil 1 cup Sugar Mixer Optional: Coloring (beet powder etc) Grapefruit zest Essential Oils Jojoba oil or […]