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December 2018

How To Find Your Soulmate Without Tinder

By | Inspiration

Many people get frustrated about finding their soulmate in life. There’s a popular saying that “love finds you and not the other way around.” That quote may ring true, but there’s also a way you can open your arms to love and find your soulmate, sooner than you think. If you’re interested in finding out how to meet your soulmate, read below.

The law of attraction can be a complex process but it can be understood by breaking down the concept. Let’s get into it a little bit.

In life, we gravitate toward people, places and things because we commit to them, and allow that commitment to manifest in our minds. The law of attraction is embodying an idea that you live from each day.

The first thing step in finding the love of your life is to write down the qualities you want in a soulmate, and where you want your life to gravitate. Look inside your heart and ask yourself, “Would your soulmate be interested in dating you?”

Let’s be honest, everyone wants to say “yes” to that question but be transparent with yourself and try to identify who you are in a relationship, what you are good at in a relationship and what you may struggle with.

Not only do you need a list of qualities that make a good soulmate, but a list of deal breakers and red flags that won’t cut it for a lasting relationship.

These lists help you acknowledge standards and expectations you want to have in a lifelong relationship with a partner that you, ideally, want to gravitate toward.

The next piece of advice is to clear a space in your heart. Open your heart to heal it from anything that has hurt you. If you have past relationship mementos, family trauma, personal trauma or anything else that prevents you from looking towards true love, then it’s best to achieve closure with those things. 

If you haven’t found the right person yet, and you’re doing the lists, and achieving closure, ask yourself if you’re being the right person for yourself? If not, take action toward being that right person. Remember, the more you improve yourself, the healthier your relationships and friendships will be — which will make you one step closer to finding your true soulmate.

If you commit to manifesting your soulmate by just being the best person you can, your life will evolve to get you there.

With that said, enjoy being single and becoming your best self. One of the best parts of not being tied up with a significant other is that you get the chance to discover the best parts of yourself on your own. Learn to enjoy sleeping alone, traveling solo, discovering new hobbies and finding pleasure in doing what you want and when you want — celebrate where you are right now.

Don’t forget to pamper yourself and prove how valuable you are. Another aspect to consider: being single gives you opportunities to reflect and embrace the dark aspects of yourself you’ve been unwilling to look at so you can grow from those things.

But, do you want to know a secret? Your soulmate is you.

The perfect person in your life is you, and only you know what makes you happy. The list you made, or one you are about to make?  It comes from you and who your soul is. The joy that comes from your growth will create a happier and healthier you. Your other half is you because ultimately, you are the most stable thing in your own life.

Maybe there is a life partner out there for you, who will love you for who you are, but do you know who you are yet? This is the time to find out.

How to Maximize Flying in Coach

By | DIY, Home

With the holidays rapidly approaching, it seems like the airline industry would be a pretty lucrative business. As if Christmas weren’t expensive enough – with buying gifts for family and friends (and maybe that cute co-worker) – buying a plane ticket seems inevitable, but usually isn’t something you splurge on. As you search on travel comparison sites trying to find the best deal, you usually end up with a coach ticket. “But I got a good deal!” At least that’s what you tell yourself as you board the back of the airplane and sit in a seat that could afford to be 10 inches wider.

Here are some tips and tricks to help you survive that coach seat and maximize your cost-effective travel experience.


Buy An Organizer

Whether it’s wrangling all your charging cables or trying to shove all your travel necessities into your small carry-on, it can seem impossible to have everything you need at your fingertips. Thankfully, some genius out there created a hanging airplane organizer so we don’t have to suffer. This “High Altitude Flight Bag” includes space for all your electronics, a built-in charging system, magazines and books AND it straps onto the back of the seat in front of you for incredibly easy access to everything you need.

Bring Your Own Snacks

No one likes a “hangry” passenger. It always seems that when I travel, I get on the plane feeling full and content, and about two hours into my flight, I start to wonder when the heck I’m getting some mini pretzels. This might seem like a no-brainer but remember to stuff your carry-on with snacks, so you can eat food you actually enjoy, on your own time. So what if first class is being served grilled chicken with couscous? You’ve got Skinny Pop and a Kind bar.

Invest in a Portable Charger

There is nothing worse than imagining your device dying right in the middle of Pride and Prejudice on your four-hour flight. Okay, there are definitely worse things to imagine, but that device can be a lifeline to entertainment, and without it, you have to resort to reading SkyMall – and wonder if you’d really use that gourmet hot dog roaster. Thankfully, there’s a ton of great portable chargers out there, like this one, that can power up to three devices at the same time with high-speed recharging.

Don’t Wear Bulky Clothing

As Shakira famously sang, “my hips don’t lie,” I am beginning to feel that in my soul every time I sit down in an airplane seat. I’m not sure if I’m getting bigger, or the seats are getting smaller, but it’s become downright uncomfortable to squeeze myself into these tiny coach seats. It can be annoying to constantly fidget, trying desperately not to have any part of your lower body touch the person next to you. In an effort to (somewhat) avoid this inevitable predicament, try wearing yoga pants or a light fabric on your lower half. This will maximize the small amount of wiggle room you have and, as a bonus, you won’t get overheated when you’re seated at the back of the plane next to a window.

Splurge a little

Yes, buy the $12 wine that comes in a plastic bottle! Here’s my philosophy: you’ve already done  a fabulous job of saving money by purchasing your coach seat. If that $12 bottle of wine – although somewhat frivolous – puts you at ease and makes the flight easier for you, then by all means, do it. Thankfully, most flights have a full menu from which to order, with everything from tapas boxes to cheeseburgers.

The Perfect Holiday Cookie Recipe for Any Crowd

By | Cooking

‘Tis the season for baking and celebration! When I look back on past holidays, one of my favorite memories is baking Christmas cookies with my family. What better way to reminisce during the holiday season than to bake cookies everyone will love? We have a peanut butter cookie recipe that will be perfect for anyone (yes, even those with food allergies or special diets) because these cookies are vegan, gluten free and nut free! You’re not going to want to miss making these cookies for any holiday office party or your next present exchange with your girlfriends! Read below to get the fabulous recipe for these soft vegan peanut butter cookies.

Soft Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies


  • 3/4 Cup Almond Butter
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Flax
  • 2 Tablespoons Warm Water
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3/4 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • Granulated Sugar for Rolling


  1. Mix together the ground flax and warm water and set aside for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Cream together the almond butter, brown sugar, and pumpkin puree in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in the flax “egg”.
  3. Sift together the baking soda, salt, and flour, then combine with almond butter mixture and mix.
  4. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes (about an episode of New Girl).
  5. Preheat your oven to 375 F (190 C) and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Remove the chilled dough from the refrigerator and scoop into 1 tablespoon sized balls. Roll in sugar, press with fork, and then place on your prepared baking sheets.
  7. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes, rotating the pans once during baking.
  8. Let cool before taking off of cookie sheet. Store in an airtight container.
  9. Enjoy!

How to Revamp Your Christmas Decor on a Budget

By | DIY, Home

Christmas time is here! Happiness and fear! Just kidding, the lyrics are actually “happiness and cheer” but I know when the holidays roll around, it seems like stress and fatigue are my primary emotions.

On top of making sure gifts are bought and Christmas cookies are baked, making your place look like a winter wonderland might not be your top priority. But, thankfully, you have me: I love design and decor — and saving money. Read on to get lots of little tips and tricks to help turn your space into a place that would make Santa proud.

Buy After the Season

After the Christmas rush, all the stores put on major sales, sometimes as much as 90% off. You’re definitely going to want to capitalize on these sales because, although it may seem odd to buy after the holiday ended, you’re going to thank your past-self for being frugal and organized.

Repurpose What You Already Own

This can be a really fun activity and all it takes is a little bit of craftiness. One of the best ways to repurpose Christmas decorations is by spray painting old ornaments to the desired colors. You can even use masking tape as a stencil to make stripes or designs on the ornament.

Another great way to update what you already have is by flocking your old tree. Flocking is the fake snow that can be added to a Christmas tree to make it look realistic and snowy. Is there anything better than that? It creates whimsy and makes the tree look brand new. Thankfully, it can be easily done at home and there are plenty DIY articles out there that can help. You can also buy flocking kits like this one, to make that old tree look brand new.

Use Trays to Draw Your Eye In

In the design world, it’s important to have a focal point for your eyes. That’s why centerpieces on tables, or in large areas, are so important. Without them, the pieces used in the decor don’t flow, or draw your eye. A simple tray, like this one, can keep everything tight and together for a perfect centerpiece. When working with these trays, play around with different heights. Maybe you want two Nutcracker figurines anchoring each back corner of the tray, with a long, rectangular sign that says “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” in the middle, and pine cones or holly berry scattering the bottom of tray. Get creative with this one.

Shop at the Dollar Sections/Stores

As much as you might roll your eyes when you think about those discount stores and sections, they will actually become your best friend when you decorate. Don’t discredit the discounts. A lot of times, dollar stores will have cheap, fake flowers that you can use to make fabulous arrangements. You can even spray paint (noticing a trend?) these flowers to your desired colors. And, usually you can find unique little vases or boxes to put the arrangement in. What I love about this tip is you can really get creative and have fun with it. There are no rules, so you can just make them up as you go along.

Pick a Theme and Stick to it

Out of all of the tips I’ve shared, this final tip is a mantra in my life: embrace a theme. Pick  something that anchors the decor and creates cohesion in the space. A theme helps you decide: silver or gold, polka dots or stripes, candy canes or gingerbread. It can honestly be a decorative lifeline. What I love about choosing a theme ahead of time is that you’re essentially creating a plan for the pieces you’re going to buy. Let’s say your Christmas theme is “whimsical winter wonderland” (how fun is it to name your theme?) and you want your primary colors to be silver and white with splashes of pastel colors as accents. It makes it that much easier to buy your ornaments, lights, and decor.If you’re not one to get the creative juices flowing, fear not. Inspiration is everywhere. Follow Pinterest accounts like this one and track what the Instagram bloggers are doing to their homes. You’ll be easily inspired to pick a fabulous Christmas theme that you will look forward to every holiday season.

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