Best Staycation Ideas for a Lower Carbon Footprint

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Nature Conservancy. All opinions are 100% mine. If you feel a vacation calling your name, check out the best staycation ideas for a lower carbon footprint thanks to The Nature Conservancy. Now that the holidays are over, many people start thinking about taking a […]

Dye Free Menu Suggestions for a Pink Themed Party

These menu suggestions for a pink themed party are perfect for Valentine’s Day, a Breast Cancer Awareness party, a baby shower or a sweet 16 party. Most of the time, when I see party ideas around a certain color, they include food dye. Because food dyes can cause so many health problems for children and […]

Recipes Using Fresh Basil Leaves in the Instant Pot

If you’re looking for recipes using fresh basil leaves, check out the suggestions below that you can make in the Instant Pot.  I always plant a few pots of fresh basil in our garden because it’s used in so many different recipes. Basil is just one of those herbs that I prefer fresh rather than […]

What to Do with an Old Chalkboard to Upcycle or DIY

Wondering what to do with an old chalkboard? A year or so ago, I decided to put a chalkboard on the wall in the kitchen.  I was going to be super organized and make lists and leave messages for people. It worked for about a week and now it just sits there empty as a […]

Best Snacks for Weight Loss in the New Year and Beyond

The best snacks for weight loss are definitely not the holiday treats I’ve been enjoying the past few weeks. With the holidays almost over, it’s time for me to get back to my healthy eating habits. With no more shopping, wrapping, or decorating, I need to start finding time in my busy schedule for healthy […]

Overcoming a Weight Loss Slump

This is sponsored by flip50™ . All thoughts and opinions are my own. It’s not easy to overcome a weight loss lump or to make any type of permanent behavior changes. It takes a lot of motivation, encouragement, and self-control. And, since losing weight is often influenced by a combination of behaviors (food, exercise, wellness), […]

Preparing for Winter Driving and Winter Emergencies

Preparing for winter driving is an absolute must. Here in Vermont, winter driving means ice, snow, and dangerous roads. I always make sure to have supplies in the car in case we’re stranded somewhere or in an accident during winter weather. It may never happen but it’s always good to be prepared. Preparing for Winter […]

The Legend of the Bayberry Candle and Its History

Being from New England, the legend of the Bayberry Candle is one of my favorite Christmas legends.  I thought it was one that everyone knew until I met my husband who grew up in Texas. He had never heard of the legend of the bayberry candle.  For those of you who may not be familiar […]

DIY Holiday Gifts for Coffee and Tea Lovers on Your List

These holiday gifts for coffee and tea lovers will definitely be appreciated this year! Whether you want a caffeine kick to wake you up or a relaxing cup of herbal tea to help you unwind, you’ll be sure to find a DIY to try below. We always try to give a few simple DIY gifts to friends and […]

Christmas Party Favors to Make for your Holiday Party

These Christmas party favors to make are so cute! I shared this post a few years ago and wanted to update it so my new readers would see it. I love having people over for Christmas and setting a pretty table. Christmas Party Favors to Make You may remember that I shared one of my […]