The Best Wine Tasting Rooms in Santa Barbara

The Best Wine Tasting Rooms in Santa Barbara

Wine tasting is considered one of the most popular pastimes in Santa Barbara. With dozens of tasting rooms situated throughout the county (all with outdoor seating!): the urban wine scene is considered to be diverse and offers something for everyone. Below, I have...

Homemade and Healthy Road Trip Snacks

Homemade and Healthy Road Trip Snacks

For long trips on the road, wholesome eats that will keep you fueled and focused are a must. So why not do a little prep work and start your journey off on the right foot? Lucky for you, I did all the research and came up with a list of easy recipes for healthy snacks...

10 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Waste

10 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Waste

Plastic materials have become the most common pollutants of the Earth and its oceans. Although recycling helps reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills and waterways, a surprising amount of materials are not considered recyclable. This plastic garbage is...

Summer Citrus Vodka Cocktail

Summer Citrus Vodka Cocktail

This citrus-based cocktail is light, refreshing, and contains natural, healthy ingredients. My recipe for a citrus and vodka cooler is the perfect summer cocktail. Made up of fresh citrus juice, garden thyme, and Ketel One Botanical's Grapefruit & Rose vodka —...

Easy, Homemade Pickles Recipe

Easy, Homemade Pickles Recipe

This homemade pickles recipe is very easy to follow and will produce crisp pickles that are sweet and a little spicy! You can use them on sandwiches, burgers, charcuterie plates or by themselves for an afternoon snack. They also make great gifts for family and...

Eco-Friendly Bathroom Swaps for a Sustainable Bathroom

Eco-Friendly Bathroom Swaps for a Sustainable Bathroom

This guide of eco-friendly bathroom products will help you create a functional and low-waste bathroom! It is surprising how easy it can be to avoid single-use plastic with simple product swaps. Use the list below of affordable, chic, and sustainable bathroom products...

The Ultimate Guide to Home Office Essentials & Supplies

The Ultimate Guide to Home Office Essentials & Supplies

Creating an office space when working from home is crucial because it can help set the mood for being productive. It is important to rearrange your at-home work space in a way that will keep you focused and maintain your comfort. To help you upgrade your new "office"...

Healthy Baked Chicken Wings

Healthy Baked Chicken Wings

These baked chicken wings are full of flavor and healthier to eat than fried buffalo wings! The chicken is tossed in a blackening spice rub and then roasted for the crispy texture. I have also included a homemade recipe for bleu cheese dipping sauce that compliments...

Prosecco and Pimm’s Spritz Recipe

Prosecco and Pimm’s Spritz Recipe

Inspired by the unique combination of an Italian spritz and the British Pimm's cup, my Prosecco and Pimm's spritz recipe makes the perfect summer cocktail. It is naturally sweet, light, and sparkling - a mixture that pairs quite well with a hot day! The bubbly...

How to Make Preserved Lemons

How to Make Preserved Lemons

Preserved lemons are easy to make and will help bring out the flavors in any dish! You can use these salt-cured lemons for muddling into cocktails, pureeing into dips, adding to soups or stews, and flavoring fish. They make great gifts and are perfect for those who...

A Guide to the Top Hikes in Santa Barbara, CA

A Guide to the Top Hikes in Santa Barbara, CA

Situated in between the mountains and the ocean, Santa Barbara offers some of the most scenic day hikes in California! Whether visiting the city or lucky enough to be a local, hiking enthusiasts alike have the opportunity to explore shady canyons, enjoy swimming holes...

Healthy Date Balls Recipe

Healthy Date Balls Recipe

These date balls are full of fiber, plant-based protein, and healthy fats! Sweetened with dates, sprinkled with oats, and chia seeds for crunch - my recipe for this homemade, healthy snack is filled with tasty, natural ingredients. They are vegan and have no refined...

5 Summer Skin Care Tips for Healthy, Glowing Skin

5 Summer Skin Care Tips for Healthy, Glowing Skin

Summer is the perfect time to focus on self-care. With longer nights and more time away from work, there are added opportunities to focus on your health and overall wellness. Self-care is the act of doing what makes you feel and function at your best, and I consider...

Fresh Peach, Cucumber, and Tomato Summer Salad

Fresh Peach, Cucumber, and Tomato Summer Salad

Visiting your local famers' market is one of the best ways to get inspiration for dishes. Not only are you supporting your resident farmers and businesses, you are also buying ingredients that are grown organically and therefore healthier for your body. Plus, seeing...

DIY Natural Sea Salt Spray for Beachy Waves

DIY Natural Sea Salt Spray for Beachy Waves

Who doesn't love the tossed look your hair has after a day at the beach? I know I do! For this very reason, I have created a recipe that allows you to bring the beach home with you and recreate that summery hairstyle we all love. My DIY sea salt spray will give your...

8 Creative Hacks to Reduce Food Waste

8 Creative Hacks to Reduce Food Waste

Over the last couple of months, I think it is safe to say that most of us have learned the value of being as sustainable and resourceful as possible when it comes to food. By doing this, we are actually reducing food waste - which is helpful for the environment AND...

6 Home Bar Essentials for DIY Cocktails

6 Home Bar Essentials for DIY Cocktails

Who needs a night out on the town when you can re-create all of your favorite libations from the comfort of your own home?! You can easily bring the bar to you without all of the finances and fuss. All you need is to stock up on a few essential bar tools, your...

7 Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Overall Wellness

7 Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Overall Wellness

Leading what is considered a healthy lifestyle can be difficult at times. Busy schedules can easily compromise any habits that you want to establish. So how can you better your style of living while juggling work, a social life, and your own needs? Over the years I...

Healthy Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Recipe

Healthy Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Recipe

Eating clean can be hard. Especially for those of us who have the occasional (or constant) sweet tooth! Now that the weather is getting warmer, one of the treats that I always seem to crave is ice cream. Unfortunately, most ice creams are full of saturated fats,...

5 of the Best Face Masks for Common Skin Concerns

5 of the Best Face Masks for Common Skin Concerns

Skin can be tough sometimes. There are so many external and internal factors that can affect the health of your skin! Despite the challenges that we face on the daily, most of us strive to maintain healthy, glowing skin. Preferably with cruelty free products that...

DIY Natural Pillow Spray

DIY Natural Pillow Spray

Lately I have not been able to fall asleep quickly like I used to. Stress and overthinking can truly take over the mind! I decided to research a few ways to help me sleep better at night. That is where I came across a few articles promoting pillow sprays. They are a...

Frozen Lemon Basil Margarita

Frozen Lemon Basil Margarita

The days are getting longer and the sun a little hotter! I don't know about you, but this time of year always inspires me to start planning all of the cold and tasty libations that I can indulge in. So, when my friend gifted me a bag of freshly - picked lemons, I knew...

The Four Best Skin Care Products for a Natural Glow

The Four Best Skin Care Products for a Natural Glow

Taking care of your skin is SO important. It is essential to one's overall well-being in addition to maintaining a healthy appearance. Believe it or not, protecting your skin will affect your inner beauty just as much as your outer look. This is why it is necessary to...

Healthy Italian Pasta Salad

Healthy Italian Pasta Salad

This recipe for an Italian-style, healthy pasta salad is great as a snack or light lunch. It is made of fresh, wholesome ingredients that will give you a boost of protein and fiber, keeping you satisfied for the rest of the day. See below for my healthier version of a...

Eco-Friendly Beach Tar Remover

Eco-Friendly Beach Tar Remover

If you have ever visited the beaches of California- you probably experienced that "WTH" moment when you took a look at the bottoms of your feet. On them you found little clusters of brown, sticky goo. That my friends, is tar. The next thing you discovered is how hard...

Pomegranate Ginger Paloma

Pomegranate Ginger Paloma

This tequila based drink is a seasonal spin on a classic Mexican cocktail. It has a great combination of fizzy, slightly sweet, and spicy from the ginger. My recipe for a Pomegranate Ginger Paloma is made with a healthier version of simple syrup -using organic honey...

Five of the Best Outdoor Activities in Santa Barbara

Five of the Best Outdoor Activities in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is known for its temperate weather year-round as well as its beautiful scenery. This SoCal city is situated between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, which makes it the perfect destination for a variety of outdoor adventures. Below, I have...

Best Travel Size Beauty Products

Best Travel Size Beauty Products

I don’t know about you, but I rarely look the same from when I have just left the house vs. the end of the day. That’s why I have started to rely on a few of my favorite travel-sized beauty products that keep me looking good & feeling fresh. Below is a list of the...

The Best Tacos in Santa Barbara

The Best Tacos in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, like most of southern California, is known for its mouth-watering Mexican food. One of the staples that the local restaurants seem to have mastered is the taco. The question is- where can you find the BEST tacos? Below I have listed five taco joints in...

Crockpot Chili Recipe

Crockpot Chili Recipe

At least once a year, no matter where I am living, I have a chili day. I always pick a gloomy, cold day and make it my goal to create a warm atmosphere from the kitchen. My man makes his cornbread from scratch and I make a big batch of chili. Using my mom's old...

Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts from Amazon

Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts from Amazon

It's 2019. If you don't have at least 10 friends and family members that are zero-waste then something is amiss. Which means you need to get with the program and start looking for the best eco-friendly gifts on the market! So how can you find gifts that are ethical...

8 Best Things to Do in Florence, Italy

8 Best Things to Do in Florence, Italy

Florence is by far one of my favorite cities in Europe. The feeling of romance you have walking through the streets is hard to describe but for those who have been there, easy to understand. Not to mention the delicious food, beautiful architecture, and endless number...

Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

This healthy buffalo chicken dip recipe contains the flavors of a classic appetizer and turns it into a more nutritious version that is filled with protein and healthy fats! Ingredients Cuisinart Slow Cooker2  boneless skinless chicken breasts, 16 oz8 oz of low-fat...

6 Healthy Ways to Cure a Hangover

6 Healthy Ways to Cure a Hangover

We've all been there: waking up with a heavy head, and feeling nauseous with no energy. Or at least most of us have been there... You would think that by now there would be a quick cure for the dreaded hangover! So what can we do? Luckily for you I have done the...

6 Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Santa Barbara

6 Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Santa Barbara

Whether you are a local or a first-time visitor, Santa Barbara is full of new experiences and places to explore! Some of the best times I've spent on a vacation are ones that didn't put a hole in my wallet. Santa Barbara offers plenty of budget-friendly activities....

Rosemary French 75

Rosemary French 75

This recipe is my modernized take on a classic French 75. By infusing the ingredients with a homemade rosemary simple syrup, the cocktail is given a more earthy, herbaceous flavor. I even substituted the sugar for honey so the syrup can bring a healthier aspect to the...

4 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Immune System

4 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Immune System

Below is a guide on how to strengthen your immune system, reduce the burden on your body, and improve nutrition. The four simple remedies that I have listed will naturally boost your immune system, which means any ingredients or recipes that I use are all-natural and...

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

The fall season brings all the homey, warm recipes out of the book and onto the plate. One of the reasons why I love the fall season so much is the fact that pumpkin becomes the center of attention. You can do soo many things with this marvelous piece of produce (and...

Essential Oils Roller Ball Recipe and Blends

Essential Oils Roller Ball Recipe and Blends

Making your own roller balls can be extremely beneficial! I absolutely love having one or two of them tucked away in my purse or travel bag. Roller bottle blends are really helpful because the oils are pre-diluted and ready to go. Essential oils have the natural...

6 Essential Tools Every Wine Lover Needs

6 Essential Tools Every Wine Lover Needs

Whether you are a newbie, a seasoned sommelier, or just a lover of drinking wine, there are certain tools needed to enhance your sipping experience. I have compiled a list of six essential wine tools that are among my personal favorites. These are key to enjoying any...

The Best Breweries and Beer Bars in Santa Barbara

The Best Breweries and Beer Bars in Santa Barbara

The brewing scene in Santa Barbara is constantly growing - starting at around 26 breweries and beer bars in the county! With places spreading from Goleta to Carpinteria, there are plenty of options to choose from. Below, I have provided a guide to the best beer bars...

Banana Oatmeal Pancakes with Berry Compote

Banana Oatmeal Pancakes with Berry Compote

Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day because it kick-starts your metabolism, gives you energy, and helps maintain your concentration. My recipe for banana oatmeal pancakes are perfect for giving that push we all need at the beginning of each day....

DIY Body Oil for Dry Skin

DIY Body Oil for Dry Skin

When I moved to the West Coast, I realized that the climate here is a lot drier than my skin is used to. As a result, I am constantly dry brushing or re-applying lotion to maintain moisturized skin. Who even has the time for that?! So, instead of choosing between ashy...

Healthy, No-Bake Granola Bars

Healthy, No-Bake Granola Bars

These gluten-free, no-bake granola bars are so simple to make yet so delicious! They contain that made-in-heaven combination of salty and sweet. Easily customizable, you can mix in as many add-ons as you want and create the flavor profile of your choice. My favorite...

Homemade Natural Air Freshener

Homemade Natural Air Freshener

As a result of everyday activities: your home, car, or office can begin to smell less than fresh sometimes. One of the best ways to eliminate any odors is the quick use of a spray. Artificially scented air fresheners are not the most ideal solution for this because of...

Italy Travel Tips: Must Know Tips for First-Timers

Italy Travel Tips: Must Know Tips for First-Timers

Visiting Italy for the first time can be such an exciting venture, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. There is so much planning that goes into a trip to this country and the little things are easily forgotten! A key to making your trip easier and more manageable...

Homemade Cherry Mojito

Homemade Cherry Mojito

Are you looking for something to serve at your summer parties? My homemade cherry mojito is perfect any daytime gatherings. The key to this adult beverage is the use of seasonal cherries. It makes this drink just the right amount of sweet while the club soda perfectly...

10 Ways to Treat Yourself

10 Ways to Treat Yourself

Self-care is important because it helps maintain your positivity and overall well-being. One of the best ways to show self-love is finding the little things that make you happy. In other words, TREAT YOURSELF. This doesn't need to be expensive or extravagant. A few...

A Guide to Atlanta’s BeltLine

A Guide to Atlanta’s BeltLine

An ongoing project and the pride of the Atlanta community, the Atlanta BeltLine is a mutli-use trail that is slowly transforming the city by encouraging independent transportation, adding a little more green space, and providing businesses a chance to truly flourish....