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    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.

    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:
    Burdock Root
    Black Pepper
    Cayenne Peppers/Powder

    I hope you enjoy the video and the recipe.

    Until next time,


    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,


    Cozy Snow Day Vlog

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

    cozy snow day

    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!


    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.


    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.


    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,


    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!


    Week of Outfits 8/15/21 - 8/21/21
    Cool day

    Cropped Top – thrifted American Eagle

    Jeans – J. Crew curvy slim straight jean

    Shoes – Slip-On Vans


    Week of Outfits 8/15/21 - 8/21/21
    Casual Monday at home

    Cropped Tank Top – thrifted American Eagle

    Pants – Everlane

    Sandals – Sanuk


    Week of Outfits 8/15/21 - 8/21/21
    Tired and feeling off kinda day

    Long Sleeve T-shirt – old Vans

    Shorts – Aerie

    Fuzzy Slippers – Simmi London Asos


    Week of Outfits 8/15/21 - 8/21/21
    Heading out to a dentist appointment

    Striped Sweater Top – old Loft

    Skirt – thrifted Cabin Creek

    Belt – old Faded Glory

    Loafers – old Enzo Angliolini


    Out to dinner

    Top – thrifted

    Belt – thrifted no brand

    Skirt – thrifted Cabin Creek

    Huaraches – Nisolo


    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,


    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


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

    Dress – thrifted Old Navy

    Shows – Vans

    Necklace – Ana Luisa


    Starting off the work week super casual

    Tank Top – old no brand

    Shorts – EVERLANE

    Fuzzy Slippers – Simmi London ASOS


    Comfy for another day of work

    Ombré T-Shirt – old Universal Thread

    Shorts – Old Navy

    Sandals – Sanuk


    Meetings and farmers market

    Cardigan – Old Universal Thread

    Dress – thrifted Good Luck Gem

    Belt – thrifted no label

    Fuzzy Slippers – Simmi London ASOS


    Very casual work from home day

    Tank Top – old

    Shorts – Old Navy

    Fuzzy Slippers – Simmi London ASOS


    Top – thrifted Weavers Girl

    Skirt – thrifted no label

    Belt – thrifted no label

    Shoes – Nisolo

    Bracelet – Vintage Vamp Jewelry


    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,


    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.


    Week of Outfits 8/1/21 - 8/7/21
    My crazy cat lady dress!

    Dress – Thrifted

    Belt – Thrifted

    Shows – Old Payless

    Necklace – Etsy


    Week of Outfits 8/1/21 - 8/7/21
    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


    Daytime Look

    Crop Top – Aerie

    Pants – Everlane (same pants as previously worn)

    Sandals – Sanuk

    Evening Look

    Dress – Loft

    Shoes – Converse

    Necklace – Ana Luisa


    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


    Week of Outfits 8/1/21 - 8/7/21
    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!


    July 2021 Favorites!

    Wow, I can’t believe it is August already! Of course, the first day of August is cool, windy, and rainy and feels a bit autumnal. 

    To wrap up the month, I thought it would be fun to try something new on my blog and do a July 2021 favorites post.

    July 2021 Favorties

    July 2021 Favorites


    Although I haven’t been watching a lot of films lately, I was watching Once Upon a Time on Disney+

    Once Upon a time is an older TV show that I can remember watching when I was in college but I never finished all 7 seasons. 

    I decided to rewatch them in June and am making my way through all the seasons. 

    July 2021 Favorites


    I have been wearing this thrifted chambray skirt so much lately! To be honest, I have worn this a ton of times this summer. 

    It is super comfy and lightweight. Plus it has the cute, vintage, cottagecore vibe I was going for!


    We signed up for a CSA from a local farm this year and it was a FANTASTIC decision! We have gotten so many yummy vegetables and fruits.

    Since we get lettuce every week from the CSA, we have been having salads every night with dinner. Whoever said salads were boring has no idea what they are talking about. We add all sorts of things to our salads but feta cheese, olive oil, vinegar, and a variety of seeds always get tossed in.

    Another food item that I have been obsessed with is grilled zucchini. I slice it lengthwise, toss it in olive oil with salt pepper and homegrown lemon thyme, and oregano. Then I throw it on the grill for a couple of minutes and each side and it’s AMAZING!


    I just downloaded this app about two weeks ago but I am really loving it so far. I downloaded the Aura meditation and sleep app to see if it could help me with my sleep and anxiety problems. 

    Since using it I have noticed my sleeping patterns are getting a bit better. 

    However, what really helped me is the 3-6 minute mini life coaching and cognitive behavioral therapy sessions. Not all of them have been geared to my life situations but the more general ones have helped me with negative thoughts and being more mindful.

    July 2021 Favorites

    That wraps up my July 2021 favorites! 

    I hope everyone enjoys the last warmth of summer in this upcoming month.

    Until next time,



    If you enjoyed this post check out the books I read in Spring 2021!

    What I Read in Spring 2021

    Welcome back to another book review with what I read during spring of 2021!

    April was a slow reading month for me because I felt a little burnt out from so much reading in March.

    Then in May I ramped it up again and finished 6 books!

    I am currently at 17/30 on my Goodreads challenge and have no doubts I will exceed my reading goal for this year.

    Keep reading to find out what I have been reading lately!

    If you want to check out other monthly what I read posts click here!


    Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

    Rating: 5 out of 5.

    I saw the 1997 film version of Little Women at a sleepover when I was a girl and it has been my favorite movie ever since.

    I even visited the Louisa May Alcott home in Concord, MA but I never read the book until this year!

    I am glad I did because it was amazing! It was so charming and had tons of good vibes. Highly recommend this one!

    Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

    Rating: 5 out of 5.


    I picked this book because I wanted to read something that talked about nature for spring and it did not disappoint.

    Like Little Women, it had plenty of feel good vibes.

    This is also a perfect choice if you want to read a cottagecore aesthetic book.

    The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    This is the last book I needed to read in the Philippa Gregory Tudor and Plantagenet series.

    I was already aware of the storyline of this book since I watched the ShowTime series the White Queen a handful of times and that show followed a bit of Anne Nevilles story.

    I really enjoyed the entire series and although this one wasn’t my least favorite, it wasn’t one of the best either.

    The Neanderthals Rediscovered by Dimitra Papagianni

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    I wanted to learn more about the Neanderthals after reading Sapiens by Yuval Harari.

    This book was short but I found it a bit hard to follow along.

    Additionally, early modern humans and other homo species were discussed fairly often.

    If you want a brief history on our ancient ancestors this would be a good book to start with.

    The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    This is a wildly popular book that I have seen all over Goodreads but I was disappointed by all the hype.

    The story was interesting enough but the moral undertone wasn’t my cup of tea and nothing I haven’t heard before.


    Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen by Alison Weir

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    This is the first book in Alison Weir’s historical fiction series covering the lives of Henry VIII’s six wives. 

    I previously read the novels about Anne Boylen and Jane Seymour and really enjoyed them. 

    This one was not as good as those two, but still a good novel. 

    The story line is very similar to Phillipa Gregory’s The Constant Princess novel so I was already very familiar with Katherines story. 

    Change Your Schedule, Change Your life by Suhas Kshirsagar

    Rating: 5 out of 5.

    I really enjoyed this book and took pages of notes! 

    This book focuses on the ancient Indian health and wellness system of Ayrevada. The author explains how to use Ayrevada wellness to change your schedule and optimize your health.

    This book was straight to the point and gave very specific routines for your Ayrevada type.


    The Burning Land: Book 4 of The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell

    Rating: 5 out of 5.

    Another fantastic historical fiction novel from Cornwell!

    The Last Kingdom series has not disappointed at all as I have loved all 4 books so far.

    I enjoy the Netflix series based on the books, but the books are so much better and I highly recommend them if you are a fan of the show.

    The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

    Rating: 5 out of 5.

    I heard about this book through a Gilmore Girls reading challenge on YouTube and was pleasantly surprised.

    Normally romance books aren’t my cup of tea but this book has so much small town charm with a hint of rebellion that I didn’t once feel like gagging!

    In fact, I loved this book and plan on buying this one to read again!

    It definitely had the Gilmore Girls vibe as well.

    Royal Witches: Witchcraft and the Nobility in the Fifteenth Century by Gemma Hollman

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. I thought maybe it will discuss the possibility of these infamous women actually being witches with evidence supporting the claims.

    It turns out that this book covers how these women were accused as witches for political reasons with a heavy focus on their biographies.

    I found the book interesting but I was already aware of the biographies of Jacquetta of Luxemburg and Elizabeth Woodville.

    It is worth a read if you enjoy English history and the roles women played in historical times.

    The Little Book of Hygge: the Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    I read this book to find out what all the hype is around hygge.

    I found the Danish culture and tradition of hygge interesting but after reading I don’t feel like you can really experience hygge unless you actually are a Dane or live amongst them for a longer period of time.

    Many of the traditions are similar to the American versions of I guess what we would call cozy; candles (lots and lots of candles), dim lights, sweets and pastries, fuzzy blankets, etc.

    I listened to an audio version of this book but I think it would be a good reread in the fall or winter to give me some inspiration on brining warmth into my home during the cooler months.

    Hadrian’s Wall by Adrian Goldsworthy

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    A brief and thorough history of Hadrians Wall.

    The author gives background to the wall as far as where, why and how it was built. The book goes over how the wall was used during the Roman occupation.

    The book was full of information but I found it a bit dry and not engaging. I did listen to this as an audiobook so maybe I would feel more engaged if I read it.

    My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

    Rating: 5 out of 5.

    This has been one of my favorite books since I was a child! This is probably the fourth time I have read it and I love it everytime.

    Although the story focuses on a boy who runs away from home to live in the woods, as a 30 year old woman, I still want to run away to the woods and live off the land.

    This is a great book if you like foraging, the forest and nature.

    There is also two more books in the series but they are not as good as the first one in my opinion.

    Currently Reading

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling 

    Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen 

    The Princes in the Tower by Alison Weir

    Home Sweet Maison: The French Art of Making a Home by Danielle Postel-Viney

    The Bookshop of the Corner by Jenny Colgan

    Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Style Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer L. Scott

    Until Next Time,