What Is Cream of Tartar, Can Someone Tell Me

If you know me, you know that historically, I rarely cook. I have set three oven mitts on fire. Not all at once. Three across my lifetime. But still. Meanwhile, my beloved husband is one of those people who can taste something, think for a moment, and tell you exactly what's in it and what it's [...]

How To Recover From The Stomach Flu

Step 1: Drape yourself dramatically across your furniture. This is preferably done on a chaise lounge, but a piano or your significant other's standing desk will be good enough in a pinch. The point here is to display your tragic condition in a place where everyone can see it. Step 2: Pick at foods like [...]

2018 Favorites – Beauty & Self-Care

Beauty and self-care are both relatively new areas of my life, and I'm thoroughly enjoying all of it. I've written about makeup, skincare, and self-care a bit before, but today I'm zeroing in on several game-changers for me from just this year. Lip Products Lip products are something I've stayed away from until this summer. I thought I wouldn't [...]

Let’s Talk About OCD

Trigger warning for anyone who is steering clear of descriptions of symptoms of mental illness. When people think about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, they often picture washing hands too often or keeping everything perfect or symmetrical. These can be examples of OCD, but OCD can be many things. I never considered that it could be part [...]

What I Did On Summer Vacation

Or at least it felt like summer, with 90 degree temperatures the first few days. After that, it was a glorious 60 to 70 degrees! Florida in November is a disorienting place when it's snowing back home in Pennsylvania. Our trip to Disney World was wonderful, and so many things went smoothly, which is an [...]

Thoughts On Minimalism

Five years ago, W and I were getting ready to move into a studio apartment down the street from his new job. It felt daunting to downsize our whole life to fit one room, but I took it as a personal challenge. I read and listened to everything I could find about "living simply" or [...]

My Experience With Skincare

I don't know if my parents or siblings had favorite face products while I was growing up, but if they did, none of it made an impression on me. I was lucky enough to not have almost any acne as a teen (that came around in adulthood later), so that was a cross I didn't [...]


Last year I signed up to try a beginner yoga program for four weeks. I am quite possibly the least zen person you know. The idea of yoga sounded like my own personal hell, what with all the deep breathing, silly-sounding pose names, and designated clearing of your mind time. It's the exact scenario where [...]

Beauty Mistakes

Over the years (especially the last few), I've dabbled with different beauty products and DIY self care things that I never experimented with before. I have had victories, and I have made mistakes. Terrible, terrible mistakes. Here are three very serious Do Nots. Do not try to dye your hair red with paprika. I don’t [...]