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 bix 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 some flare…

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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 total…

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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 let me…

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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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Lemon Coconut Cookies (Vegan!)

I am so happy I discovered these lemon coconut cookies. They are so healthy and so delicious. The perfect treat! They are 100% vegan, gluten, and sugar free. What could be better? Here's the quick story of how I discovered them. I see a Naturopathic Doctor and she told me that my candida levels were a bit high, so I went on the candida diet for a month where I had to be completely sugar free (I only lasted 3 weeks!). It's a really tough diet, let me tell you, but I happened to find some really yummy recipes while…

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How to Calm Down if You’re Feeling Anxiety

I get it, I've been there too. You need something to reduce your anxiety right now because you're feeling overwhelmed and anxious and antsy. Here's some tips and practices on how to calm down. Not every practice will work for every one. Some of these work for me sometimes, and sometimes they don't. That's why I have so many to draw from and try when I need it. I hope this helps you.   What If I have Anxiety Right Now? Here's How to Calm Down I've learned about a lot of techniques to help with anxiety or panic attacks in…

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Aromatherapy Stress Balls DIY Stress Relief

Aromatherapy stress balls are something I think every person should have right now! It's nice to squeeze in your hand like a traditional stress ball with the added benefits of calming essential oils to smell as well. It's super easy to make too. You can even make it with your kids as a fun craft! I've made a few stress balls by now and used different essential oil blends each time. You can really have fun and experiment with this stress relieving activity.  What Are Essential Oils? Essential oils are essences extracted from plant matter. They can be used for…

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