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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Strawberry Mango Swirl Sorbet (Dairy Free & Vegan!)

I'm squeezing in a summer dessert before the summer is over and it is a super delicious, easy to make, vegan Strawberry Mango Swirl Sorbet! There are very few ingredients and if you wanted to, you could just make one flavor or the other. This recipe really is a two for one.It's fruity and refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer day. My husband and I gobbled it up the minute I finished photographing it for this post! Strawberry Mango Swirl Sorbet A Note on Equipment: The strawberry sorbet does require an ice cream churner. If you don't have one, I…

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The Best Self Help Books for Everyone

I've read my fair share of self-help books! I tend to go back to the ones I love again and again for advice or positive words. Need a little pick me up? Self Help. Feeling lost? Self Help. Trying to make a hard decision? Self Help. Creative or writer's block? Self Help!! So without further ado, here are my favorite self help books for you! Previous Next Best Self-Help Books for Everyone Daring Greatly, By Brene Brown  5/5 Find on Goodreads Let me tell you, I haven't read all of Brene's books yet, but I sure plan to! Her work is…

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How to Make Book Page Paper Roses

Book Page Paper Roses are so fun and so easy to  make! They also make for great home decor that will never die from lack of watering (guilty!). And to top it all off, they are gorgeous! Once you know the basic steps, you can use any sort of paper you want. You don't have to stick to just book pages. You could try music sheets, maps, scrapbook paper, etc. The options are endless! Check out my step by step instructions here with pictures and I have a Youtube video embedded below for all you visual learners out there like…

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Blog ReBranding—Why the New Look?

Why a New Look for the Blog? If you've been around my blog for a while, you know it used to have a completely different look. As Sweet Melissa, I was centered more around baking. Over the past year or so I've gotten into other hobbies, particularly papery hobbies like journaling, pen paling, Cricut crafts, sticker making and all things stationery. I also have dealt with anxiety all my life and wanted to share information centered around that and what has helped me over the years. Many people have to come to struggle with it as well, so I want…

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With Love Melissa: Introducing My Small Business

Introducing... With Love, Melissa If you've made your way around my blog you'll know that besides baking, I am a super creative person and after I got a Cricut for Christmas, I decided to start my own small business: With Love Melissa!  I'm starting off on etsy with plans to expand once I get my business off the ground. So much love and effort have gone into this project.  Hopefully you love it as much as I do!  With Love, Melissa Shop Now Open! Shop Now With Love, Melissa will encompass everything I love, starting off with succulents, nature and…

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