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    Macaroon Madness

    For the Jewish holiday of Passover, there are many dishes that are considered essential to a Seder –– a feast that marks the onset of this holiday. Dishes may include Charoset, a sweet combination of fruits and nuts, gefilte fish, a poached mixture of ground deboned fish, or, my personal favorite, macaroons. Macaroons are a cookie-like treat that are crunchy on the outside, chewy…

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    My Favorite Granola Recipe

    Today, I am going to convince you why you must try making my homemade granola recipe. 1. Granola is generally associated as a healthy snack or breakfast. However, store-bought granola brands… not so much. In fact, popular supermarket granolas tend to be quite oily, sugar heavy, and may also include unnecessary ingredients, including polyglycerols, corn syrup, malt flavouring, and glycerin.…

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    4 Ways to Be More Mindful in Your Everyday Life

    I first read about mindfulness in a book called Peace Is Every Breath: A Practice for Our Busy Lives, by Thich Nhat Hanh. In the book, he talks about incorporating mindfulness through meditation in our daily activities in order to alleviate much of the unhappiness that we experience. Mindfulness means possessing an awareness of the present moment and paying attention to…

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    DIY: Flower Crown

    Have you ever thought to give someone a flower crown for their birthday? Flower crowns make great birthday presents. Why buy a normal plastic crown when you can make a unique, one-of-a-kind, handmade crown of flowers? They are fun, adorable, thoughtful, and customizable. They are also great for festivals, fairs, or just because. I recently made some flower crowns for my…

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    DIY: Distressed Vintage Bookcase

    Quality bookcases can be quite expensive, and inexpensive ones can be very flimsy and unsturdy. I was recently in need of a new bookcase, and I didn’t want to spend too much on it. I still wanted a case of higher quality, though, since my last one fell apart on me. (To be fair, I probably piled way too many books on it.) I bought a…

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    How to Love Yourself

    You’re important. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that you are, but there are many ways to remind yourself. Become what you love. Wear what inspires you. Don’t let anyone stifle your flame. It’s typical to see love in other people, to recognize others’ favorable traits and forget that we are loved as well. And of course, it feels good when someone loves…

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    HeartBEET Smoothie

    This year, I’m all into creating Valentine’s-themed treats. Anything with pink or red hues, I’m all for it. Although Valentine’s Day is generally associated with rich chocolate and decadent sweets, I believe it’s time to change that. Today, I have created a wholesome, energizing beet smoothie with a swoon-worthy magenta color just for you. If you’re looking to start adding…