The Clear Skin Project: Part II

I’ve blogged about skincare before, and I wanted to write an update since I’m still learning more about how to properly care for my skin and prevent breakouts. I’d like to break down my routine in the hopes that it may help someone else eliminate or prevent pesky acne—especially if you experience painful cystic acne,…

A Visit to The Kitchen!

Recently, M and I were lucky enough to attend a filming of the Food Network show The Kitchen! We were surprised to learn that the show is filmed in Montclair, NJ: only about an hour drive for us. I got to meet some of my favorite people from Food Network: Sunny Anderson, Jeff Mauro, and…

The Culinary Ramblings of a Miyazaki Fan

Note: All frame grabs in this post are my own, but feel free to use them. It’s no secret I’m in love with the films of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. I’ve blogged a few times regarding the treasures we can find in his movies. I’ve discussed the child heroines featured so often in his work,…

The Clear Skin Project

Hello, Again! I haven’t blogged in a long time—I don’t even want to think about how much time has passed without a single blog entry! I’ve been so busy this semester with developing lesson plans, responding to emails, and grading papers that I haven’t had time for reading or writing. I can finally breathe, relocate…

Super Scrumptious Smudgies

I just have to share this super simple, super low calorie summer snack. Oh my, the alliteration! I snagged this one from Popsugar, which is a really great resource for health, beauty and fashion. This is one of those snacks that’s basically masquerading as something else–in this case, ice cream sammiches! I’m always looking for…

10 Must-Read Books for Summer

I’ve tried to be an all-digital girl, but I’ve discovered it’s just never gonna happen. I need books, as in real books with pages that you can turn. That will never change 📖 Okay, so maybe only a few of these books are new, but the list stands! The following are some books that make for…

Memorial Day Pasta Salad

For the longest time, I thought pasta salad was yucky. It’s one of those summer staples you find at picnics and pool parties every season. Maybe I’ve just had a lot of not-so-great salad from grocery stores. It wasn’t until I was at a summer campfire a few years ago, and I tried some pasta…

Crock Pot Chicken Drumsticks

I woke up today with the desire to cook something summery, so I surfed Pinterest for some inspiration. I’m in love with our slow cooker, so it wasn’t long before I decided to make some BBQ drumsticks by simmering them in there for a while. As usual, I sifted through a bunch of recipes and…

A Sunday Thrifting Adventure

So I love consignment shops. There’s something very rewarding about digging through items that others have sold or discarded; it makes me wonder what type of stories lay within clothing. Where did these shoes travel? Who wore this beautiful pin? What memorable moments did this blouse have in its previous life? Sure, you typically have…

My Nights at the Circus

After years of hesitation, I finally broke down and picked up The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I was hooked after perusing a copy in my local Barnes & Noble recently, but no way was I paying $15 for a book. Instead, I managed to find it used on Half.com for around $2.50–pretty amazing, especially…