Spiced-Cranberry Old Fashioned

Spiced-Cranberry Old Fashioned

This recipe for a spiced old fashioned has a unique twist on the classic cocktail recipe. My cranberry old fashioned is made with seasonal ingredients, including a homemade cranberry and honey syrup! Combined with the bourbon and flavorful bitters, this cocktail is...

Spicy Squash Soup Recipe

Spicy Squash Soup Recipe

My homemade recipe for a spicy squash soup is considered as vegetarian and full of seasonal fall flavors! It is fiber-rich, helps support the immune system, and is high in nutritional value. This warm and spicy squash soup is made from roasted vegetables and other...

Best Places to Visit in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone

Best Places to Visit in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone

The Funk Zone in Santa Barbara is one of the city's most eclectic and lively neighborhoods. Bordered by lower State Street and the waterfront of East Beach, the Funk Zone consists of several walkable blocks and hosts a variety of restaurants, wine tasting rooms,...

DIY Natural, All-Purpose Cleaner

DIY Natural, All-Purpose Cleaner

This eco-friendly recipe for a DIY all-purpose cleaner is a great alternative to anything you could buy in the store! It is made with natural, non-toxic ingredients which means it is much safer for your skin and helps establish a healthier home environment while also...

Whiskey Lemonade with Rosemary-Honey Syrup

Whiskey Lemonade with Rosemary-Honey Syrup

This whiskey lemonade has a seasonal spin that results in a refreshing and herbaceous cocktail! By infusing the ingredients with a homemade rosemary-honey syrup, the cocktail is given a more earthy, natural flavor. I even substituted the sugar for honey so the syrup...

Healthy Butternut Squash Bread

Healthy Butternut Squash Bread

My recipe for butternut squash bread is great for those who are health-conscious and wanting to embrace the fall spirit with baking! The nutritious ingredients include clean alternatives for the sugar, flour, and vegetable oil. My healthy, butternut squash bread is...

10 Foods to Eat for Healthy, Glowing Skin

10 Foods to Eat for Healthy, Glowing Skin

Despite having a consistent skin care routine, maintaining healthy and glowing skin actually begins from within. There are specific, antioxidant-rich foods that are especially good for skin health and provide your skin with protection as well as the nutrients...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...