Local Adventure: Albany Rural Cemetery

Local Adventure: Albany Rural Cemetery

There’s something about a cemetery that makes me feel alone and surrounded at the same time. Not in an I see dead people kind of way– it’s more like a place I can come to when I need to think, or relax, or just feel some peace and quiet. I’ve been doing this for years, sometimes alone and sometimes with a friend or two (that’s you, Kara!). The Albany Rural Cemetery is really close to my house, so I often pack up Emma and head there for an hour any chance I get. The cemetery itself is Continue reading

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DIY Beer Coasters

DIY Beer Coasters

This is a super-easy way to re-furbish old coasters you have lying around your house or make coasters out of cheap ceramic tiles.  You may be thinking, “Steph, where do you find cheap ceramic tiles?”  Well, if you must know, mine are the free samples they have at Home Depot (remember that time I said I was really broke….?).  Continue reading

ReBlog: How to Improve Your Relationships and Make a Kinder World

Sometimes, we forget how much love you receive when you just put a little out into the world.  My boyfriend sent this post to me this weekend, and I found it was a much-needed reminder that kindness is gold.  The post speaks for itself, so that’s all the blabbing you’ll get from me today!  Read it here.

Ry and I spreading love and cheer at the NYS Food Festival!

Ry and I spreading love and cheer at the NYS Food Festival!

Foodie Friday: Baked Ziti with Spinach and Italian Sausage

Foodie Friday: Baked Ziti with Spinach and Italian Sausage

Who’s ready for some melty, cheesy goodness in their bellies this weekend?! Well, you’ll be happy to know you’ve come to the right place. This week’s Foodie Friday is one of my all-time favorite easy recipes– baked ziti with spinach and Italian sausage.  It comes from Bon Appetit circa 1994, and FYI… Bon Appetit Magazine is one of my cooking bibles.  My mom has had a subscription to their magazine for as long as I can remember and they never disappoint.  This one is a definite crowd Continue reading

Four Reasons to Stop Saying the Word ‘Should’

Four Reasons to Stop Saying the Word ‘Should’

As a psych major, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to a lot of people who are specialists, well versed in the ways of emotions, behaviors, and the consequences of human action and interaction.  One psychologist whom I admire once gave me a piece of advice that has stuck with me.  I was venting to her about a choice that I had made and regretted, and was telling her what I thought I should have done instead.  Her advice was this—that using the word ‘should’ tends to be more destructive than Continue reading

Foodie Friday: Blueberry Scones

Foodie Friday: Blueberry Scones

Once a week, I’m going to try to share a new recipe (or maybe a few restaurant reviews!) with you guys.  I’ll call it Foodie Friday.  Because food starts with an F, and Friday starts with an F, and I’m a girl that loves alliteration.  Moving on.

There’s nothing better on a cold day than putting on sweats, turning on Pandora (90’s Pop, anyone?), and spending the day baking.  Since the “polar vortex” hit the country this week, it Continue reading

Embracing Twenty-Something

Hey friends—welcome!

This blog is my scrapbook of sorts, dedicated to documenting everything inspiring I find while navigating my way through my twenties.  I’ll tell you about the places I travel and the people I meet, what makes me happy (an amazing brunch cocktail, but we’ll get to that later) and what makes me stop to think.  It’s all part of my quest to “embrace twenty-something.”  Let me explain:  Continue reading