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Ellen Matis

I'm Ellen, the writer behind Life Disconnected. IRL, I'm a digital media specialist.

Dogs / Travel By On June 9, 2018

Camping in 2018: What I’m doing differently

While both Sean and I had camped before with our families or friends in the past, the summer of 2017 is the year that we really started camping more as a hobby. We both love hiking and the peacefulness of being outdoors, so it’s probably one of the most perfect activities we can do together as a couple — and…

Gardening / Our Home By On May 29, 2018

Creating our raised-bed vegetable garden

Last year I really got into vegetable gardening. The house we had rented had a small raised bed built already at it that we took advantage of, and my totally novice garden yielded an unimaginable amount of plants – especially tomatoes. Realizing that gardening was a hobby I didn’t know I had, one of the first projects we did when…

Our Home By On May 29, 2018

The biggest adventure yet: Owning a home

How is it possible that I haven’t blogged since FEBRUARY? I had such high hopes for Life Disconnected this year … I was really going to focus on the blog as my creative outlet and write more. But a new, fairly unexpected creative outlet came along. At some point, in the middle of looking for a new apartment to move…

Travel By On February 6, 2018

Camping Goals: This unlisted camp spot in Pennsylvania

Central Pennsylvania is due for about a foot of snow this week, yet for some reason, I’ve got camping on the brain. I think my body is longing for warmer weather and nights sleeping outside. While planning out some of our camping trips last year, I stumbled across a YouTube video for the “best camp spot in Pennsylvania.” I’m pretty…

Travel By On January 1, 2018

Living the urban life at The Cork Factory Lofts

We’ve been to Pittsburgh time and time again. In a former life, it wouldn’t have really been considered a destination, as much as a regular spot that we visited. Sean even lived in the city for a few years. But, since we moved to Central Pennsylvania, going to Pittsburgh has turned into a new kind of experience that requires at…

Personal By On January 1, 2018

New Year’s Declaration: Explore more, write more

This year, Sean and I are taking a different approach to New Year’s Resolutions. In fact, we’re not setting resolutions at all … we’re making declarations. Our lists of declarations include the normal stuff, like getting healthier and saving more money, but this year on mine is a declaration to focus more on Life Disconnected. I was so caught up…

Travel By On November 19, 2017

Staying in our first Airbnb in Charlottesville, Va.

In early October, Sean and I stayed in our first-ever Airbnb — and it was such a good experience that we might never stay in a hotel again. We traveled to Charlottesville, Va., home of the University of Virginia, and one of Sean’s favorite cities. We loved almost everything about the city, like its beautiful downtown area, closed to vehicle…

Lifestyle By On October 10, 2017

Products I’m loving this fall

Not only is fall my favorite season for adventures, it’s my favorite season for decorating. Fun story: This week, Sean and I ventured up to our attic to find my box of fall decorations. We went through every single box in our attic before deciding that the box must have been thrown out accidentally during our October move. I was…