String Gnomes — No Sew Holiday Craft

This fun little string gnome craft has been all over the internet lately, so I had to try it out for myself. They came out positively adorable! These little gnomes are super easy to make and require minimal materials. Below I have a step-by-step tutorial with pictures and a YouTube video so go ahead and make some cute little string gnomes yourself!  No White Beard? My string gnomes have a totally different vibe to them than the videos and pictures of others I've seen on the internet. Everyone goes for white perfectly sculpted pom-pom beards.  I happened to not have…

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Vegan Peppermint Bark (3 ingredients!)

I made up this recipe for vegan peppermint bark last year when I wanted a quick and easy holiday treat that was free from everything my family couldn't eat. I got exactly what I wanted too. This recipe is super quick, only three ingredients and tastes downright yummy!  Vegan Peppermint Bark: Ingredients The only three ingredients you'll need for this recipe are dark chocolate, crushed up candy canes and peppermint extract. That's it!  My favorite brand of chocolate is Enjoy Life. The candy canes should say "suitable for vegetarians/vegans" on it since one of the ingredients is natural flavors (which…

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Best Shops for Stationery Addicts

As I am a big lover of stationery and all things papery I thought it would be fun to put together a guide on the best shops for stationery addicts! This is by no means an all encompassing list, I am always finding new sites that I fall in love with and want to buy more.  These are the sites and Etsy shops you are guaranteed to find stationery you or the stationery addict in your life will be obsessed with.  Gifts for Stationery Addicts: Websites 1. Nico Neco Zakkaya This shop is filled with the most stunning authentic Japanese…

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Raspberry Bars (Vegan & Gluten Free)

After delving in to some of the Medical Medium books, I have been eating a lot more fruit lately. That has translated into baking as well because I can't live without my desserts! These raspberry bars were a product of that and I have made them every week for a month straight because I just cant't stop eating them.  They are vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free. A completely guilt free dessert to just devour whenever you feel like it. They're super quick to make too. Did I convince you yet? Raspberry Bars Modified Upon making these bars for…

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Gifts for Book Lovers: The Ultimate List

It's time for the Christmas shopping, so here's the ultimate list of gifts for books lovers in your life. That is, gifts that are not books themselves! I know I could always use a little more bookish gear in my life. I'm trying to support more small businesses on this list, but there's also some Amazon and big box stores too, depending on your time constraints and preferences. Enjoy this giant list!  1. Bookish Stickers $3.50 Cute waterproof bookish stickers to decorate anything you want. Full disclosure these are new stickers in my own Etsy Shop With Love, Melissa! 2.…

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Start Your Own Cookbook Club

Starting a cookbook club is one of the best things I ever did. In this post, I'll go into what a cookbook club is, how to start your own, and why you should.  Good food, good friends, and good talks. That's it in a nutshell, but let's dig in!  What is a Cookbook Club? A cookbook club is kind of a combination of a lot of good things. It's kind of like a book club. It's kind of like a potluck dinner. But together. The simple concept is this. You have a group of friends that you meet with regularly…

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Gifts for CookBook Lovers

Here's a one stop list of great gifts for cookbook lovers! Perfect for holiday gift shopping for all the foodies in your life.  Like the bookish holiday shopping guide, I have a range of small businesses, and some amazon purchases on here. Choose who you want to support and find the perfect gift for your loved one.  This list is organized in price order!  1. Cookbook Earrings $3.20 Help them display their love for cookbooks on their ears!  2. Bookish Tea Towel $8.00 The tea towel says it all.   3. Cookbook Wall Hanging $8.50 This rustic wall hanging can add…

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The Harry Potter Store NYC Review

So I was dying to go to the Harry Potter Store once I found out that it was being constructed. I not so patiently waited until an opportunity to go to New York City. That opportunity ended up being my birthday!  I decided I wanted to go to the city for my birthday, go to the Harry Potter store, explore some vegan bakeries and stop at the NicoNeco Zakkaya stationery store which I'll discuss a little here too, even though I didn't get any pictures. Harry Potter Store Virtual Queue The store opened on June 3rd, so I waited a…

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Books about Books for Book Lovers

It definitely seems a bit funny, but if you're in on the amazingness that is books about books you'll know what I mean! Bookish subjects like libraries, bookstores, librarians, academia and researchers all have a place in my heart.  If you haven't read a book in this genre yet, I firmly believe I can turn you to the dark side if you read one of the books I have listed here. These books transcend genres like fantasy, scifi and mystery. You might find all three in some!  There's something for everyone here so pick what speaks most to you and…

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Reduce Anxiety through Diet and Supplements

Something that my mother has always taught me is that diet contributes to everything. Your diet affects every part of your body, every condition you  have, large or small. So your diet can help to reduce anxiety, but it can also help to make it worse. I am no expert, but I've noticed through experience with my own symptoms and plenty of research that what I eat can either lessen or aggravate the anxiety I experience every day. This list below goes over some diet changes, supplements and teas that could aid in reducing your anxiety. Remember I am not…

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