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Quick Cheesy Spinach Rolls 
Adventure in Normal Life / Culinary Creations and Recipes / Food

Quick Cheesy Spinach Rolls 

I’m hopping on here to share with you a quick, satisfying recipe for your next gathering – perhaps #gameday for the Superbowl? Plus, they have spinach – so they have a bit of veggies :). The Patriot’s win of the AFC Championship yesterday (plus Martellus Bennett’s happy dance) are leaving New Englanders in good spirits … Continue reading

GLOSSYBOX Beauty Box Review
Adventure in Normal Life / Beauty / beauty reviews / gift guide / Style

GLOSSYBOX Beauty Box Review

Living in an apartment building means I get to see the usual stack of subscription boxes (beauty, food, clothes…) amongst the packages in our entry way. I was SO excited to receive a new-to-me beauty box picked especially for me with products from around the world in the January 2017 GlossyBox! New year, new beauty goals? I think so! I’m reviewing @GlossyBox_US below, so have a look! Check out my #glossygoal. Cheers to new adventures! Continue reading

Letter to My Future Self, with kindness
Adventure in Normal Life / Boston / Wedding

Letter to My Future Self, with kindness

Although I don’t keep a daily journal, when I was told about a special and inspiring campaign about personal growth, intentions, and motivation I was IN. Just in time as people’s New Year’s resolutions start to wane and become a source of frustration and doubt, Boston-based New Balance comes in with “Letters To My Future Self” which launches today, January 17, 2017. They’re sharing powerful words written by athletes who open their personal goals and values that drive them forward on their journeys in life. You can read about their inspiration, and even see short films about them, but most importantly, there’s a small but truly powerful way you can commit to yourself this year – write your own letter to your future self. You’re your own best coach, folks. I’m sharing my letter below and invite you to join me in participating! Continue reading

Adventure in Normal Life / Food / gift guide / Home / Series / wellness

Elements Truffles – pure chocolate bliss in an ayurvedic truffle // on my Wellness Tray

Chocolate with a mission (or two) is exactly what I’m here to share with you today in the next installment in my what’s on my Wellness Tray series. To fulfill my suggestion of “a tasty treat” on my Wellness Tray, I chose chocolate. Elements Truffles make you feel like you have indulged in an incredibly delicious treat in a good-for-you, fair trade, organic, ethically-sourced way. Plus, they donate 25% of their profits to the education of underprivileged children. Don’t know much about Ayurveda? I’ve got you. The founders share more about why these ayurveda-inspired chocolates are just what you need in the winter months. Continue reading

Winter Chutney – Spiced Perfection to Jazz up your meal {a recipe}
Adventure in Normal Life / Culinary Creations and Recipes / Food / Holidays / Home

Winter Chutney – Spiced Perfection to Jazz up your meal {a recipe}

We had a small warm winter welcome to finish off 2016, and the centerpiece of our meal was a lovely, nitrate and nitrite-free holiday ham, courtesy of Whole Foods. B had the idea of serving it in a new and different way – with a chutney – and I put my pen to paper and brainstormed flavors that make up this delightful Winter Chutney, filled with winter fruits and spices. Here’s how to make this fragrant and delicious accompaniment (you can add it to ham, turkey, oatmeal, or even vanilla ice cream!) Continue reading

Versatile, Chic, & Cozy – my favorite blanket scarf @ilymix + the perfect brooch to go with it!
Adventure in Normal Life / Boston / DIY / Fashion / Food / Holidays / shopping / Style

Versatile, Chic, & Cozy – my favorite blanket scarf @ilymix + the perfect brooch to go with it!

Cozy chic style inspiration —- incoming!
I NEED blanket scarves to wrap me up in the chilly fall-winter-spring month stretch in New England. Is anyone surprised that I chose a double-sided scarf so I can get twice the wear out of it? 🙂 See how I style a classic tartan plaid blanket scarf by dressing it up and with my usual cozy chic à la the BlueBoots personal flair. Get 20% off of this very scarf with my code ! Continue reading

florapothecarie rose himalayan bathing salts + DIY Facial Steam // on my Wellness Tray
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florapothecarie rose himalayan bathing salts + DIY Facial Steam // on my Wellness Tray

I now know that I can’t live in a place without a bath tub because nothing cures sore muscles or gets me into the wellness state of being like a soothing bath. Salts that soak away toxins and sore muscles are essential, and I want to share this awesome maker from Connecticut with you all – florapothecarie, on my Wellness Tray. See step-by-step instructions on how to DIY a Facial Steam and open up to your very own relaxing, wellness moment. Cheers to 2017 with a renewed face set to the new year! Continue reading

Moroccan Magic// on my Wellness Tray
Adventure in Normal Life / Beauty / beauty reviews / Holidays / new year / shopping / wellness

Moroccan Magic// on my Wellness Tray

Lip balm is an essential, year round. This time of year, I’m loving Moroccan Magic’s peppermint eucalyptus lip balm for the minty pick-me-up scent. I wanted to make sure you all knew about this USDA organic lip balm made with moroccan argan oil, which makes this smooth product my current fav that I don’t leave the house without. Safe lip balm is a big deal – if you use lip products, you basically eat pounds of lip balm a year. If they’re laden with chemicals, that is NOT ok. Be inspired for the new year to up your wellness game! Continue reading

Organic Bath Co. Luxurious Skincare // on my Wellness Tray
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Organic Bath Co. Luxurious Skincare // on my Wellness Tray

Wellness gifts for your Wellness Tray that you won’t want to miss. Meet the inspiring Best of Boston Wellness Guru, Gianne behind Organic Bath Co. and the W.E.L.L. Summit. The Nourish Night Balm and Peacefull Body Butter will keep your winter skin moisturized and your senses calm and relaxed! Continue reading

Simply Curated Candles, on my Wellness Tray
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Simply Curated Candles, on my Wellness Tray

Gift hygge in a glass – Simply Curated’s Simple Collection candle in Vanilla Lavender is my pick, the second in my Wellness Tray series featuring small makers. Gift inspiration, made. The crackling wood wick and phthalate free, soy wax candle in the best essential oil scents are PERFECT for gifting, right out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Plus, “meet” Sarah, the CEO and founder of Simply Curated. Be well! Continue reading

The Wellness Tray // how to make your own + gift it to someone you love
Adventure in Normal Life / Beauty / DIY / gift guide / Holidays / Home / Series / wellness

The Wellness Tray // how to make your own + gift it to someone you love

A Wellness Tray is a designated spot which houses items which make you feel cared for, nourished, peaceful, refreshed, relaxed and able to sort through and process anything, emotionally or physically that you need to.

I like the idea of a Tray because sometimes you might want to take some special favorite items with you to a different spot that feels right, and a tray makes things portable, but not permanent, but also brings adequate definition to the practice of going to your Wellness spot. Particularly in small spaces in city living, it becomes harder to designate distinct spaces for living, sleeping, eating, so it is helpful to have a grounding, defined spot with a tray that lets you know you’re in a specific, created space ready for relaxing and wellness to relax you, one sensory experience at a time. Continue reading

yoga X mello mae mats X corepower yoga & #mywellnessadventure
Adventure in Normal Life / Boston / gift guide / wellness

yoga X mello mae mats X corepower yoga & #mywellnessadventure

Yoga has become a (more) regular part of #mywellnessadventure. I had taken classes at random studios in the past, and more regularly at my local gym, and then explored classes at local Boston events. I’ve practiced outside, under the summer sunset, performing sun salutations as the sun descended. I’ve even done a yoga youtube video … Continue reading

Fall Style Favorites + Nordstrom’s Fall Clearance Sale Picks
Adventure in Normal Life / Fashion / shopping / Style

Fall Style Favorites + Nordstrom’s Fall Clearance Sale Picks

I thought I would try something new and share a few favorites that you can shop right from this post. I’m all about new beginnings! Some of my fall style favorites are here and linked. Tomorrow is the last day of Nordstrom’s Fall Clearance Sale – 40% off actual fall items – and I saw some fun … Continue reading

Happy (almost) November! Connecting with Gifting + a giveaway with JORD Wood Watches
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Happy (almost) November! Connecting with Gifting + a giveaway with JORD Wood Watches

With November, comes that momentum propelling us to the holidays, coziness, great food, gathering with family – and holiday shopping. We are adventurers, B. and I, and we try to make choices as conscious consumers to purchase thoughtfully, vote with our $ when possible, and ensure that what we end up with flows with our lifestyle. … Continue reading

Your Favorite Simple Butternut Squash Soup for serving & sharing + a special treat for you!
Adventure in Normal Life / Boston / Culinary Creations and Recipes / Food / gift guide / Holidays / Home / Photography / shopping

Your Favorite Simple Butternut Squash Soup for serving & sharing + a special treat for you!

Today, I’m sharing beautiful fall foliage pics, this simple-healthy-delicious fall recipe, as well as a SPECIAL TREAT of an exclusive offer for my readers from 222Fifth (details are after the yummy recipe- so don’t miss it!) New England is legendary for its fall season. People faithfully look for the Yankee Foliage forecast report and plan their weekend adventures from September-Late … Continue reading