• woman stretching in sneakers and athletic wear, how to handle falling off the fitness wagon

    How To Handle Falling Off The Fitness Wagon

    I’m going to level with you here. While my eating clean game has never been stronger, I haven’t exactly been to the gym in awhile. A lot of it has to do with my cats eating the laces of my cheap sneakers (which also screwed up my running stride and caused me some considerable discomfort), but any way you slice it, I have fallen off the fitness wagon. It’s not a good feeling. It’s easy to let those nagging feelings of self-hatred creep in when you feel like you’ve fallen short of a goal or let yourself down, but the more I think about it, the more determined I am…

  • 10 Tips For Eating Healthy On A Budget

    10 Tips For Eating Healthy On A Budget

    People always ask me how I’ve been able to maintain a healthy food routine on a budget. It’s easier than you might think- and it doesn’t have to be something you stress about. Today’s post encompasses some of my tried and true tips for staying on a weekly food budget averaging $40- without sacrificing quality. Check it out below: 1. Keep pantry staples Though expensive to accumulate, spices, oils & vinegars, and dry goods last a long time and are used in nearly every recipe. If you have these things in your pantry ahead of time, you won’t have to take it out of your weekly budget. 2. Hit up…

  • salad with grapefruit and goat cheese, blueberries and carrots meal prep

    Marinated Kale & Quinoa Salad

    Hey, let’s go back in time to about a month ago, when Mike and I were soaking up some rays on Ogunquit Beach for our anniversary. We really went all out on the experience- and especially spared no expense on the food. Friday for lunch we hit up Cornerstone, where I ordered what I think might be the best salad I’ve ever had. It was also the most expensive salad I’ve ever had, clocking in at over $10 (it may have even been as high as $15). To be really honest with you, there wasn’t really anything on the plate, and I was curious to see if I could recreate…

  • wooden heart on the beach, fitting self care into a full time schedule
    Mental Health

    Fitting Self Care Into A Full-Time Schedule

    Listen- “full-time job” is a term I kind of hate, because it implies that your time is full of work, when in fact your life has so many other facets and dimensions to it. You know what is a full-time job? Taking care of yourself. Most of us are kind of underemployed in that department, but it’s true. Practicing self care is a form of wellness that, while it shouldn’t take up every waking moment, should be something we practice in a measured fashion every day, no matter how hectic our 9-5. Regardless of your working schedule, you can try some of the tips below to make self care work…

  • Faneuil hall, 5 cheap things to do in boston

    5 Cheap Things To Do In Boston

    I always thought it was kind of gross that people call Boston “Beantown”, since I happen to think beans are the worst, but hey- you can’t pick where you were born, can you? That sounded random, but it actually stems from a conversation I had with my closest girlfriend this past weekend when I went to go visit her in the place where I was born and where I lived for many years (we were talking about how picky of an eater I am, but I know I’ll get to unpack that in a later post, so I’m moving on). I was so happy to visit my good friends, and…

  • sneakers standing around a smiley face on the ground in chalk, the messy truth of mental health care
    Mental Health

    The Messy Truth Of Mental Health Care

    Hi, Everyone! Today’s post is a really important one- excited to have my friend Dakota Divinity, talented writer and devoted mental health advocate, contributing a guest post on the truth behind mental health care. This is a topic I care a lot about, one that affects an unreal of number of people from all walks of life!¬† According to Mental Health America, nearly one in five U.S. adults lives with a mental illness. Regarding treatment, 56% of American adults with a mental illness do not receive it. Even in Maine, the state with the best access, 41.4% of adults with a mental illness still do not receive treatment, due to…

  • stack of books against a brick wall with sign that says my summer 2018 reading list

    My Summer 2018 Reading List

    Hey, everyone! Happy 4th!! Currently writing this from within a pool of my own sweat, as we try to keep our heads down during a pretty brutal heat wave. (How we find room to complain about¬†heat when where I live suffers some of the worst winters in the state is astonishing, but that’s human nature for ya). Since summer has officially firmly slapped us across the face to remind us of its immediate presence, it got me thinking about putting together some seasonally themed posts for you all. Even though we have the beach, bikinis, and barbecues (yes, come through, alliteration) on the brain, it’s also a time to crack…