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We’re already ankle deep in our  new year, new me lifestyles, and I wanna talk about how I said yes, to a more positive mindset. Near the end of the year I started reflecting a lot on both the people around me, and myself. It seemed that the combination of holiday stress and mercury “being in retrograde”, brought out a lot of negative vibes–and while rehashing the past year, everyone was hyper focusing on the crappy parts. It started to make me wonder:

Why do we hold on to the things that negatively impact us?

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I’ve been working hard at working hard this past month, but I’ve definitely noticed it seems rougher than usual (for some of my friends in particular) to press forward, despite that “new yearfresh start” vibes we’re all riding high on. Whether it’s the unpredictable temperatures, or just an overall January characteristic to kind of drag, I’m not into it. The last week or so, I’ve found myself really reaching for those strong mantras to build myself up mentally, and I figured it couldn’t hurt to do a round-up of my current faves to help y’all out too.

You may have seen a few of these on my instagram stories if you follow me, but they still hold solid, so here they are! This first quote in particular is probably what I’m going to try to embody for the entirety of 2018, because it just feels so strong. Let me know in the comments below if any of these resonated with you!! View Post

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5 holistic tips to boost your immune system.

Whoa, have y’all been experiencing crazy faux-Spring weather in your cities?? Here in Philly our temps have been fluctuating between the mid-thirties and the high-fifties. While I’m super stoked it’s warmer out, I’m not stoked on what it’s doing to my body. Every time the weather makes a huge jump, I find myself suffering from crazy sinus infections.

I decided to look up what I could do to help keep my body in fighting shape, so that whether or not I’d be wearing a scarf when leaving the house, I wouldn’t keep waking up congested.  I hope y’all find them helpful as well, and I’d love to hear any other tips you have in the comments below! View Post

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How’s 2018 been treating y’all thus far?? I know we’re only two weeks in, but that’s plenty of time to lay the foundation and start making moves so this is your best year yet. I’ve been slowly addressing each goal that I set for myself this Winter, and I’m really stoked on my progress. Not only have I been sticking to my workouts as planned, I somehow convinced my boyfriend to join me for yoga. Kind of hoping he falls in love with it and I’ll have an exercise partner in the future! That said, does anyone else find it easier to tackle things when their goals are quarterly??

I have the absolute worst attention span (or maybe I just can’t break away from my phone??), but something else I want to focus on this year is reading more. Since it’s currently cold as hell in Philadelphia (why do I live somewhere that the air. hurts. my. face), I figure now is as good a time as ever to bundle up and try checking out a few novels! To take you along with me, I’ve put together a rad list of 20 books we can check out in the following genres: fiction, non-fiction, romance, suspense, and personal-development. I’m huge on books to improve yourself (I’m currently chipping away at Originals), so it was important to include a bunch of those!

If you think there’s something I should’ve included on this list, please let me know below!! I’m always down for suggestions that have caught your eye.

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Dang, talk about radio silence over here on TGS. I feel weird pretending I didn’t just disappear from everything for over a month (except Twitter and Instagram stories, if you’re following along), so I’ll catch y’all up a bit before I jump into my winter mood board and 2018 goals.

(remember this shot, from Paris?)


Have you ever tried to take a nap and somehow end up hibernating yourself into a new dimension? That’s exactly how my blog hiatus felt.

I work in a high traffic transit bar in Philadelphia, and the holiday season is probably the busiest time of the year with travelers. It also happens to cross over into what’s a super busy blog season. Despite having entries lined up, spreading myself too thin meant something was going to suffer (and as such, something had to give). Until my blog is bringing in as much as my bar job is, the choice was pretty much made for me. #womp

Stress from work, missing my posting schedule, slacking on autoimmune disease care, AND seasonal depression all kind of combined into a massive mess that made it harder and harder to jump back in. That said, I’m ready to make 2018 my most productive year. I’ve honestly been feeling amazing lately, and can’t wait to bring some rad content to TGS (speaking of, did you catch the new header?!). View Post

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DIY holiday decorations that have chic payoff with little effort required.

As much as I adore the holidays, I’m pretty lazy about putting up my own decorations. I’m down to watch Christmas movies any day of the month, and I’ve definitely already played Mariah’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” more than a few times (…starting in July), but there’s something about decking the halls that I can take or leave because it calls for actual effort.

In an attempt to be a bit more festive and a little less Grinch-y, I decided to put together some decorations that require very little work, but still end up looking stylish. What’s even more fun about these decorations is a bunch of the items I used were FREE. The hangers featured in one of the wreaths came from a local laundromat that was super willing to donate a few when I explained they were for a DIY, and the pine branches were spare clippings from a nearby Christmas tree shop! Y’all, my heart felt so full after receiving DIY donations, I can’t even write it out, but I’m gonna chalk it up to holiday spirit.

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An easy recipe for guilt free, vegan peanut butter cookies. Includes modifications to make them gluten-free!! Click through for recipe.

Easy recipe for vegan peanut butter cookies.

If you’ve been following along on my insta stories (hint hint), you’ve likely gathered that I’m all about cooking. My dietary restrictions have me sticking to a strictly diary-free diet (for autoimmune inflammation reasons), so I’m constantly trying out vegan or plant-based recipes I find, as they’re the easiest for me to manipulate.

When I saw my friend Steph share this recipe up on her instagram, I had to give it a go. Y’all, I’m obsessed. So obsessed that I asked her to let me share it here with you babes. These cookies are so rich and tasty that I’d be surprised if you don’t make them at least twice in one week. I even made gluten-free flour, so I can snack on them guilt free, knowing they’re the closest to “healthy” cookies that I’ll possibly get. Let me know below if you try them out! View Post

This post was originally run in November 2016, but I’ve updated it fresh this year just for you!

small business

I don’t know about you guys, but does it feel like this year went by ridiculously fast? We’re already back in Christmas season y’all! The real Christmas season, now that we’ve officially passed Thanksgiving and Halloween. With the holiday season comes the shopping season.

I’m sure everyone knows about the madness of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” (especially because nearly every blogger is promoting the sales right now), but did you know today is Small Business Saturday? SBS exists as a counterpart to the corporate conglomerates, basically as a way to #shoplocal and put money back into your community. The money goes straight to your peers, supporting their families and helping neighborhood businesses flourish. A lot of my friends own businesses in Philadelphia, so this is particularly important to me.

To help you out with your shopping today, I’ve put together (with the help of some friends) a list of places that I suggest you check out, not only for your holiday needs but through the rest of the season! View Post