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 absolute 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...

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...

How to Make Braised Beef Short Ribs

How to Make Braised Beef Short Ribs

Beef short ribs. If you haven't had them yet, you are missing out. They are flavorful and so tender that they fall right off the bone (if done right). Braised beef short ribs are a rich and hearty meal that should be saved for a special night. So, now that I have...

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...

Homemade Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner

Homemade Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner

Cleaning your makeup brushes every week is extremely important! For one, it reduces the amount of bacteria in contact with your skin that will cause breakouts. PLUS your brushes won't become damaged after consistent use. Making your own brush cleaner will save you...

The Best CBD for Focus: Jasper Organics Daybreak Roll On

The Best CBD for Focus: Jasper Organics Daybreak Roll On

Let's talk CBD. CBD is defined as the "naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant". It's basically all the good stuff without the high. This oil, derived directly from the plant, has been discovered to provide many health benefits including help with...

How to Choose the Best Olive Oil

How to Choose the Best Olive Oil

Food connoisseurs and some of the best chefs will tell you that using the right olive oil will make a huge difference in your cooking. However, finding the perfect oil can be such a daunting task! Every grocery store, supermarket, and even online sites have so many...

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

There truly is nothing better than a snack made of fresh, wholesome ingredients. That is why I created this recipe for an Italian-style, healthy pasta salad. It will give you a boost of protein and fiber, keeping you satisfied without weighing you down for the rest of...

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- making it the perfect destination for outdoor adventures. On any day of the week, you’ll...

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

Buffalo Chicken Dip. Y U M. Seriously this is one of my favorite things to eat year round! However, this season is filled with game day parties and holiday gatherings so I thought it would be a perfect time to post this recipe! If you are wondering why I consider my...

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 we would have found a 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. Lucky for all of you (and me), Santa Barbara offers plenty of...

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 Natural Remedies to Boost Your Immune System

4 Natural Remedies to Boost Your Immune System

I consider myself a pretty healthy person but there are those times of year that can compromise your immune system! Fortunately, there are plenty of things that we can do to reduce the burden on our bodies, improve nutrition, and take better care of ourselves. Below,...

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

Fall! A beautiful time of year. The picturesque foliage, the perfect weather, and best of all, THE FOOD. This 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...

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

Like me, you might not choose beer as your libation of choice. But there are certain occasions where a cold brew is called into action. Sports games, spicy Mexican food, a hot day on the beach... or a late afternoon in sunny Santa Barbara. You may think that this town...

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, Herbal Body Oil

DIY, Herbal Body Oil

One of my favorite aspects about making some of my own self care products is being able to create something that will solve any issues that I am having with my body. For example, I recently moved to the West Coast, where the climate is a lot drier than my skin is used...

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...

All-Natural, Homemade Air Freshener

All-Natural, Homemade 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...

Traveling Through Italy: Must Know Tips for First-Timers

Traveling Through Italy: 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 like this and the little things are easily forgotten! Another aspect of traveling to Europe is that tourists are...

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...