Junie B. Jones: A Menace or a Mentor?

A little glitter can turn your whole day around.Barbara Park Growing up, I was fortunate to have strong female figures and encouraging male figures in my life, all pushing me to be the best version of myself. Books are my place of happiness, for they create worlds where I can interact with loud outspoken characters … Continue reading Junie B. Jones: A Menace or a Mentor?

5 Ways to Protect Pollinators During Pumpkin Spice Season

Summer is nearing the end and change is on the way. A welcome change. Isn't it ironic that autumn brings cooler temperatures, yet a warm color pallette? I'm ready to welcome cinnamon, apple cider, mums, flickering candles, and pumpkin flavored everything. Fall is coming whether you like it or not, and with fall comes winter. … Continue reading 5 Ways to Protect Pollinators During Pumpkin Spice Season

The Memory Behind Bullet Journaling

I originally wrote this article for Arts Help. You can find the original publication HERE Bullet journaling has been available for decades; however, it was not until the last few years that it became a widespread trend. Geared towards those who are more on the creative side, bullet journals lend themselves to a custom organization … Continue reading The Memory Behind Bullet Journaling

Looney for Loons

Do you have a place from your childhood that as an adult you long for when you're in need of comfort? For me, that place is New London, New Hampshire on Little Lake Sunapee. It was on this lake where I learned the peace of nature. The peace of steady rainfall, the languid lake waves, … Continue reading Looney for Loons

Homemade Biscotti? Yes Please!

A cookie originally made to last a long time and soak up wine...sounds good to me! In the U.S. this traditional Italian hard cookie is referred to as biscotti; whereas in many regions in Italy it is called cantucci. Biscotti comes from a small city in the Tuscan region of Italy called Prato. The cookie--cantucci … Continue reading Homemade Biscotti? Yes Please!

Little Women

About 13 years ago, on my 10th birthday, I opened my first copy of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. It was the full length--465 pages. I will admit, I read the first half of the book at least 5 times through until reading the entire book. Like a high school sweet heart I fell … Continue reading Little Women

Healing Cupcakes

Baking has been a creative outlet for me since I was about 13. I think Cake Boss started it all for me...and The Great British Bake Off absolutely reignited my passion recently. Throughout high school, I made cakes shaped like bunnies, tiered cakes, cakes with the leg lamp from The Christmas Story, and so much … Continue reading Healing Cupcakes

My First Zuppa Inglese (Ada Boni Part 3)

Part three and Ada Boni is still beating me. This was my first time making Zuppa Inglese. Sticking to my original challenge, I knew nothing about the recipe prior to baking. I had no idea what it should look or taste like. At one point, while baking I shouted out loud "ooooooh I'm making pudding!!!"...yup. … Continue reading My First Zuppa Inglese (Ada Boni Part 3)

Preparing for Polar Bear Weather

Getting outside consistently has proven to be healthy and can aid in feelings of renewal. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to still feel passionate or even enjoy getting outside when it's colder than the tush of a polar bear sitting on a glacier. Nevertheless, getting outside, even at a minimum of 2 hours a week, … Continue reading Preparing for Polar Bear Weather

Crafting, COVID-19, and Mental Health

I originally wrote this article for Arts Help. You can find the original publication HERE. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to raise new challenges, triggering anxiety, stress, and isolation. Societies have adapted to restrictions, creating a new normal; however, many of these creative solutions will not be available as winter arrives, and cold weather prevents outside … Continue reading Crafting, COVID-19, and Mental Health