Cucumber Mint Mezcal Margarita

Cucumber Mint Mezcal Margarita

This margarita recipe features tequila's favorite cousin, mezcal! Mezcal is made from agave being buried in pits underground and smoked. Using this spirit in your drinks brings a unique smoky and earthy flavor. And, combined with the light tastes of cucumber and mint,...

6 Best Home-Bar Tools for DIY Cocktails

6 Best Home-Bar Tools for DIY Cocktails

Making your own cocktails can be inexpensive, easy to do, and incredibly fun. Below, I have assembled a list of six barware tools that every aspiring mixologist needs to keep at home. As a bonus, think of how impressed your guests will be when you can whip up a fancy...

The Best Essential Oils for Stress Relief

The Best Essential Oils for Stress Relief

Incorporating essential oils into your daily routine is a great way to naturally alleviate any tension and to promote inner calm. Below, I have provided a list of my current favorite essential oils for stress relief and how you can use them. When purchasing essential...

DIY Whitening Toothpaste with Activated Charcoal

DIY Whitening Toothpaste with Activated Charcoal

This DIY charcoal toothpaste is a simple, yet effective way to naturally clean and whiten your teeth. You will also save money, avoid harsh chemicals, and minimize your plastic waste by switching to this healthy alternative! My DIY charcoal toothpaste recipe is easy...

A Summer Packing Guide for 2 Weeks in Italy

A Summer Packing Guide for 2 Weeks in Italy

The goal of this post is to provide guidance resulting in a stress-free yet fashionable trip to Italy. The list below is a packing guide for two weeks in Italy, specifically designed for the summer season. Depending on which part of the country you visit, you will run...

The 4 Best Skin Care Products for Naturally Glowing Skin

The 4 Best Skin Care Products for Naturally Glowing Skin

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...

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...

3 Superfood Smoothie Recipes for a Healthier Gut

3 Superfood Smoothie Recipes for a Healthier Gut

These superfood smoothies are filled with nutritious ingredients that are helpful with promoting a healthy gut and an effective digestive system. Green-Ginger Smoothie This smoothie is packed with digestion-enhancing and immune-boosting foods such as anti-inflammatory...

Ojai Travel Guide

Ojai Travel Guide

Below is a travel guide for the small city of Ojai, California. Ojai is known for its variety of outdoor activities like hiking and biking, local wine tasting, and health-conscious eateries. Using my suggestions, you can enjoy the best restaurants, relax, and explore...

Dry Brushing: Everything You Need to Know

Dry Brushing: Everything You Need to Know

What is Dry-Brushing? It is exactly what it sounds like - you use a firm, naturally- bristled brush against your skin in a circular motion before showering / bathing. The Proper Way to Dry Brush Neither the brush nor your skin should be wet in any way! The dampness...

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...

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...

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...

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...

DIY Body Oil for Dry Skin

DIY Body Oil for Dry Skin

Below is my easy recipe for a DIY body oil that is infused with essential oils and herbs. This is guaranteed to keep your skin soft, glowing, and smelling great all day long. Ingredients 16 oz. glass jar or bottle (sterilized)2 cups of cold pressed base...

Top 12 Beach Bag Essentials

Top 12 Beach Bag Essentials

Planning your next beach day for some much deserved R&R? Whether you are taking a day trip to your local beachfront or spending a week in paradise, it is important to be prepared. A properly packed beach bag will maximize your time in the sand and provide you with...

Spicy Cucumber-Tomatillo Margarita

Spicy Cucumber-Tomatillo Margarita

These spicy cucumber tomatillo margaritas are made with all-natural, fresh ingredients and deliver just the right amount of a spicy kick. the following recipe will make 2 cocktails Ingredients 4 oz silver tequila1 oz fresh lime juice1 oz lime-jalapeño honey...

Braised Beef Short Ribs Recipe

Braised Beef Short Ribs Recipe

This recipe makes beef short ribs that are so flavorful and tender that they fall right off the bone! Below is a detailed, easy to follow recipe for braised beef short ribs that includes chef-approved cooking tips. Bon Appétit. the following recipe yields 2 servings I...