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    Welcoming Spring | Spring Bucket List Printable!

    Welcoming Spring

    Hello everyone and welcome back to another video! 

    It might be a bit late to welcome spring since we are at the end of April but better late than never! 

    It has been pretty cold here in Pennsylvania and only recently started to feel like spring. I was finally able to plant some flowers today and last weekend was able to turn on the grill for the first time this year.

    I hope you enjoy my video of how I like to prepare for spring. How do you prepare for the changing of the season? Let me know in the comments below!

    Check out my other YouTube videos here!

    Welcoming Spring Free Spring Bucket List Printable

    To download your spring bucket list printable click HERE.

    Book Haul | Winter 2022

    Hello Friends! Thank you for checking out my first-ever book haul video! I am so excited to be sharing with you all of the fun books I purchased at the end of 2021.

    Books in This Haul:
    The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor by Lucy Weston
    A Field Guide to Wild Mushroom in Pennsylvania and the Mid Atlantic
    The Farmhouse Cookbook by Sarah Mayor
    The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
    A Literary Holiday Cookbook by Alison Walsh
    How to Read Nature by Tristan Gooley
    Atomic Habits by James Clear
    The Curious Nature Guide by Clare Walker Leslie
    Secret Medicines from Your Garden by Ellen Evert Hopman
    The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey
    The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton

    I hope you enjoyed this book haul video! If you are interested in viewing my other YouTube video posts click here!

    Until next time,

    Rachel

    Fire Cider Recipe

    Hello! A few days ago I posted a new video on my channel on how to make fire cider using an adaption of Rosemary Gladstar’s recipe.

    Below you will find the ingredients I used to create my fire cider.

    Ingredients:
    2 – 4 Tbsp Fresh Turmeric Root
    2 – 4 Tbsp Fresh Ginger Root
    2 – 4 Tbsp Horseradish Root
    1 – 2 Lemons
    1 Onion
    1 Whole Head of Garlic
    2 – 4 Jalapenos

    Optional Ingredients:
    Rosemary
    Burdock Root
    Black Pepper
    Cayenne Peppers/Powder
    Sage

    I hope you enjoy the video and the recipe.

    Until next time,

    Rachel

    PS. If you are interested in other video posts you can check them out here!

    My Favorite Books of 2021!

    Favorite Books of 2021

    Hello friends! I am sharing another YouTube video that goes over my favorite books of 2021!

    I read a total of 29 books this coming at one shy of my goal to read 30. Ugh so close.

    In the video, I got over about 10 of my favorite reads from 2021 with my top three favorites at the end of the video.

    Below is the full list of books I discuss in the video and don’t forget to follow me on Goodreads to see the other books I read in 2021.

    If you are interested in other books I reviewed on this blog click here.

    Favorite Books of 2021 List:

    • The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey
    • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
    • Harry Potter and the Sorcerors Stone by J.K. Rowling
    • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
    • Anne Boylen: 500 Years of Lies by Hailey Nolan
    • The City Bakers Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller
    • Sword Song by Bernard Cornwell
    • The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell
    • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

    Thanks for checking out another post!

    Until next time,

    Rachel

    Cozy Snow Day Vlog

    Hello! I wanted to share my cozy snow day vlog!

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    I had a work holiday in January and coincidently there was a big snowstorm that came through so I decided to enjoy my snow day.

    I hope you enjoy the video and don’t forget to check out my full YouTube channel here!

    Winter Home Decor Tour 2021

    Winter Home Decor Tour 2021

    Hello All! Today’s post is going to be a bit different as this year I am showcasing my winter home decor tour 2021 as a YouTube video!

    I went for a cottagecore, mushroom, forest theme for this year’s decorations. Addtionally, my decorations are completely non-Christmas-themed since we do not celebrate Christmas but celebrate Yule/winter solstice instead.

    We don’t even have a Christmas or Yule tree, but that is mostly due to the fact that we do not have any room in our apartment to put one up!

    One day I hope to have a home where I can put up a beautiful and delicious-smelling real pine tree.

    I like to put my decorations up mid-December, right before the solstice, and leave them up until the end of February when I start noticing the shift in nature that spring is upon us.

    Joann Fabrics had a lot of mushroom vibe winter decor this year and I could not resist!

    I am really happy with how it turned and love how simple and minimal it looks.

    If you would like to see previous years’ decorations click here.

    Don’t forget to subscribe to my new YouTube channel for additional vlog and seasonal content.

    Thanks for watching my Winter Home Decor Tour and happy holiday!

    -Rachel

    August 2021 Monthly Favorites

    August 2021 Monthly Favorites

    Hello and welcome to the August 2021 monthly favorites! 

    Although it is still incredibly hot and humid here in Pittsburgh, summer is coming to an end.

    I am looking forward to cooler weather and of course, I am ecstatic for the spooky season!

    This past month I tried to fit in all the summer activities I didn’t get to do yet this year.

    Alas, I wasn’t able to fit in mini-golf or a trip to the forest but I can try for that in September.

    Keep reading to discover my August 2021 monthly favorites. Click here to read the monthly favorites archive.

    Movies/ TV Shows:

    The Tudors – This is one of my all-time favorite shows and the show that got me into Tudor and English history in the first place!

    I was feeling the urge for some good old Henry VIII and started watching the series for possibly the 10th time through. I’ve watched it too many times to count.

    Wolf Hall – Another rewatch! Clearly, I was in the mood for Tudor England this month between my show and book choices.

    I had previously watched Wolf Hall before but decided to give it another try and enjoyed it much more the second time.

    Book: 

    Anne Boleyn: 500 Years of Lies by Hayley Nolan – Continuing on with my month of Tudor England I decided to read a book on Anne Boleyn. This book came out a few years ago and has been on my to be read for a while.

    It was defiantly not what I expected from a history book.

    Nolan wrote her book in an expose style which I found really refreshing compared to other history books that can lull you to sleep. I specifically enjoyed her frequent use of British slang.

    Food/Drinks:

    Peach Panzanella Salad

    Cinnamon in Coffee – I started putting cinnamon in my coffee to get some of the health benefits from the spice and found it was the perfect pre pumpkin spice drink

    La Prima Coffee – La Prima has been a Pittsburgh coffee staple for a long time but I just recently decided to give them a try and am so glad I did because their coffee is fantastic!

    End of Summer Peaches – We have been getting peaches in our CSA and they have been so juicy, delicious, and full of flavor! I like adding them to salads and just eating them plain with a good slice of cheese!

    Ginger Cookie and Red Velvet Cake

    Summer Activities:

    County Fair – At the beginning of the month my boyfriend and our friend Matt went to the Washington County fair. We walked through the barns looking at all the show animals the locals brought and watched some of the demolition derby. It was a nice way to spend a cool summer evening.

    Getting Ice Cream – I’ve been living in Pittsburgh for 13 years now and just now found the best ice cream! We went to Antneys which has homemade ice cream with flavors that rotate daily. Hands down some of the best ice cream I have ever had in my life!

    Going for Walks – This has been an incredibly hot and humid summer which has made it very unpleasant to go outside. Recently it’s been getting cooler in the evenings so the boyfriend and I have been able to get back to our evening walks.

    Thanks for Reading My August 2021 Monthly Favorites!

    If you enjoyed this post don’t forget to check out the monthly favorites archive. Make sure to check back next month for my September favorites!

    Until next time,

    Rachel

    Week of Outfits 8/15/21 – 8/21/21

    Hello and welcome to another week of outfits 8/15/21 – 8/21/21!

    This is my third post in this series and so far I am really enjoying it. Being able to chronicle my outfits has definitely helped me get more rarely worn items out of my closet. It has also helped me stay creative with my outfits by coming up with new ways to wear the item.

    I have to say that after the very hot and humid summer we are having I am ready for sweater weather!

    I already am scanning Poshmark and other sites for fall arrivals and am looking forward to switching to the new season.

    Without further ado, here is the week of outfits 8/15/21 – 8/21/21!

    Sunday

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    Cool day

    Cropped Top – thrifted American Eagle

    Jeans – J. Crew curvy slim straight jean

    Shoes – Slip-On Vans

    Monday

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    Casual Monday at home

    Cropped Tank Top – thrifted American Eagle

    Pants – Everlane

    Sandals – Sanuk

    Tuesday

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    Tired and feeling off kinda day

    Long Sleeve T-shirt – old Vans

    Shorts – Aerie

    Fuzzy Slippers – Simmi London Asos

    Wednesday

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    Heading out to a dentist appointment

    Striped Sweater Top – old Loft

    Skirt – thrifted Cabin Creek

    Belt – old Faded Glory

    Loafers – old Enzo Angliolini

    Friday

    Out to dinner

    Top – thrifted

    Belt – thrifted no brand

    Skirt – thrifted Cabin Creek

    Huaraches – Nisolo

    Saturday

    Grocery store and errands

    Top – thrifted Eddie Bauer

    Skirt – thrifted Cabin Creek

    Huaraches – Nisolo

    Necklace – Austin Down to Earth on Etsy

    Thanks for Checking Out My Week of Outfits 8/15/21 – 8/21/21

    I hope you enjoyed this week of outfits! If you did please check out my other weekly outfits and fashion-related posts!

    Until next time,

    Rachel

    Week of Outfits 8/8/21 – 8/14/21

    Welcome back to another week of outfits 8/8/21 – 8/14/21 post! I went out quite a bit this past week so I was able to wear some items that I don’t get out of my closet very often.

    I was super excited to be able to wear this handmade, vintage, mosaic bracelet I picked up from an artist at the Pittsburgh Art Festival this year on Friday when we went out to dinner with a friend. I have a close-up of it below.

    If you would like to see another week of outfits post click here.

    Week of Outfits 8/8/21 – 8/14/21

    Sunday

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    Kevin (bf) and I went to walk around Pittsburgh Strip District

    Dress – thrifted Old Navy

    Shows – Vans

    Necklace – Ana Luisa

    Monday

    Starting off the work week super casual

    Tank Top – old no brand

    Shorts – EVERLANE

    Fuzzy Slippers – Simmi London ASOS

    Tuesday

    Comfy for another day of work

    Ombré T-Shirt – old Universal Thread

    Shorts – Old Navy

    Sandals – Sanuk

    Wednesday

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    Meetings and farmers market

    Cardigan – Old Universal Thread

    Dress – thrifted Good Luck Gem

    Belt – thrifted no label

    Fuzzy Slippers – Simmi London ASOS

    Thursday

    Very casual work from home day

    Tank Top – old

    Shorts – Old Navy

    Fuzzy Slippers – Simmi London ASOS

    Friday

    Top – thrifted Weavers Girl

    Skirt – thrifted no label

    Belt – thrifted no label

    Shoes – Nisolo

    Bracelet – Vintage Vamp Jewelry

    Saturday

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    Comfy casual for a night at the Washington county fair

    Tank Top – thrifted Anthropologie

    Skirt – thrifted Cabin Creek

    Belt – old Faded Glory

    Shoes – Vans

    Thanks For Checking Out My Week of Outfits 8/8/21 – 8/14/21

    If you enjoyed this post don’t forget to check out my other week of outfits and fashion-related content.

    Until next time,

    Rachel

    Week of Outfits 8/1/21 – 8/7/21

    Hello! I had this idea last week to do a week of outfits post.

    Back when I had Instagram I would do an out-of-the-day post. This was really helpful in knowing what items I wore often and what styles worked for me and what didn’t.

    I am curious to see how this transitions over to my blog! Especially now that I no longer go into an office and work from home. My outfits are much more casual (as you will see), so when I do go out I tend to dress up.

    I am going to try my hardest to do this every week so wish me luck!

    Week of Outfits 8/1/21 – 8/7/21

    This week I mostly worked at home but we did go out for dinner and ice cream and had our usual Friday night grocery store outing.

    Keep scrolling to see everything I wore this week.

    Sunday

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    My crazy cat lady dress!

    Dress – Thrifted

    Belt – Thrifted

    Shows – Old Payless

    Necklace – Etsy

    Tuesday

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    Cool day so I got to wear my new Everlane pants!

    Tank top – old

    Sports Bra – Aerie

    Pants – Everlane Easy Chino in Ochre

    Shoes – Sanuks

    Thursday

    Daytime Look

    Crop Top – Aerie

    Pants – Everlane (same pants as previously worn)

    Sandals – Sanuk

    Evening Look

    Dress – Loft

    Shoes – Converse

    Necklace – Ana Luisa

    Friday

    Daytime Look

    Tank top – old

    Shorts – Old Navy High Waisted Performance Shorts

    Shoes – stolen from my mom

    Grocery Store Look

    Top – thrifted

    Skirt – thrifted

    Belt – thrifted

    Shoes – Nisolo Huarache Sandal

    Saturday

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    Getting stuff done at home day!

    T-shirt – Old Target

    Shorts – Everlane The Easy Short in Fern

    Sandals – Sanuk

    Until Next Week…

    Thank you for checking out my week of outfits 8/1/21 – 8/7/21!

    If you enjoyed this post you can check out some of my other fashion-related posts here.

    Check back next week for another outfits of the week post!

    Rachel