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Lifestyle By On December 19, 2016

De-stressing with a pre-holiday staycation

For being the “most wonderful time of year,” the week or so before Christmas is always stressful. Between last minute-shopping, gift wrapping, holiday parties and other activities, there’s hardly any time to relax. This year I was lucky enough to be able to take a vacation day and have my work schedule conveniently allow for a four-day weekend, and it…

Lifestyle / Reading By On December 17, 2016

What’s on my reading list: Winter 2016

If the weather is anything in your area like it has been in western Pennsylvania this week, there’s no way you’re getting outside to go on any adventures. Here, we’re currently dealing with over an inch of ice on the roads, snow on the ground and constantly changing temperatures. Instead of venturing outdoors, I’m spending my time off curled up…

Lifestyle / Movies By On December 15, 2016

Five cheesy Christmas movies to watch this week

Right now in western Pennsylvania, it’s just too darn cold to go outside and go on any adventures. And let’s face it, sometimes you just want to put on some cozy slippers, make some hot cocoa and watch movies next to the Christmas tree. Here are five super cheesy Christmas movies that are great for a night in alone (meaning,…

Lifestyle By On December 7, 2016

Five reasons why you should try living in a small town

This post originally appeared here. Whether you call it Jimmy Stewart’s hometown, the Christmas Tree Capital of the World, or just by it’s name — Indiana, Pa. — it’s a small town. And guess what? That doesn’t suck. People thought I was crazy when I decided to stay in Indiana after graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2012. I…

Lifestyle / Personal By On November 30, 2016

The importance of disconnecting

Note: Since this post was written, I’ve started my own digital marketing business, so now some time to disconnect is more important than ever. Read about the business here. If you’ve been waiting for a blog backstory, this is it. A study published last year on The Huffington Post revealed that research participants checked their phones an average of 85…

Lifestyle By On November 19, 2016

Gifts for “It’s a Wonderful Life” lovers

Have I told you yet that I love “It’s a Wonderful Life?” Because I love “It’s a Wonderful Life.” I’m officially in the Christmas spirit, now that my community — Jimmy Stewart’s hometown — has kicked off the season with the annual “It’s a Wonderful Life” Festival. It’s always an incredible night – and last night had the perfect combination of…

Lifestyle By On November 5, 2016

Five things you need to declutter your home

If you’re feeling stressed at home instead of at peace, it might be time to declutter. Your home should be one of the most relaxing places in your life: Your place to kick your feet up and forget about the work day. For many, home isn’t that kind of space, but merely a storage facility for odds and ends, oversized…

Lifestyle / Personal By On October 30, 2016

What’s on my fall wish list: 2016

While I’ve already been indulging in pumpkin machiattos and the usual addition of a few sweaters to my fall collection, here are a few items I’m hoping to get my hands on soon.   1. Lush Bath Bombs No explanation needed here. Lush promotes their bath bombs as a “reward for getting through the day.” We all need that. This…