Why You NEED to take a Stay-cation During COVID

I JUST GOT BACK FROM VACATION!!! No, I didn’t go anywhere and yes, I work from home running this blog, so why would “I” need to take a stay-cation? I’m writing this because I realized that many people aren’t used to working from home and may even feel bad for asking for time off to hang out at their homes, but it’s essential that you do this even if you’re working from home and even if your vacation time will be spent at home. Keep reading to find out why.

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8 Backyard and Living Room Camping Ideas

Last year, my husband discovered how much he enjoys camping. I even got him a campfire cooking set. So you can imagine how disappointed I was when things started going into lockdown. While the COVID-19 numbers are staying pretty even in Massachusetts, I’m not sure I want to press my luck by going to a campsite where there are shared areas like bathrooms. However, that’s no reason to cancel camping plans! This post contains everything you need to have fun camping in your own home or backyard and you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy this!

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How to Make these Beachy Candle Holders

July is iconic summer weather here in Massachusetts. It’s usually pretty warm (except for that one time a few years ago we actually had a cold snap and I wore a sweater), and there are lots of fun things to do. For the summer I wanted to create something really fun that would be a way I could preserve my memories of nice beaches, as well as functional. I loved the color (and the taste) of this wine which I got at Trader Joes, and I decided to give it a fun summertime decoration and I LOVED how it turned out. So, of course, I had to share it with you!

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The Annual Japanese Festival in Boston

A few years ago, I had a fantastic and crazy 8-hour layover in Narita, Japan. My husband and I tried our best to make use of the time, and we headed to Tokyo. It was beautiful, and crazy and crowded yet mysteriously clean. We went to the iconic Robot Restaurant then ate some super late night dinner (which we chose from a picture menu) at the Japanese equivalent of Denny’s and then dragged ourselves to our hotel and crashed until the next morning before our plane flight.

If you can’t get to Japan this year, but find yourself in Boston during the 25th and 26th of this month, you can get a taste of what Japanese culture is like!

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The Importance of Having a Sacred Space…Regardless of Your Beliefs

A sacred space can mean so many things to so many people. It can be a prayer room, an altar, a place on a shelf, or a closet. It’s a space where you can find your center and be around or reminded of what makes you happy. I haven’t really had one of these until recently. In this post I’m going to show my space, and how it happened and how you can make your own.

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What to Expect at PAX EAST with VIDEO!

The gaming industry has become massive, and every year for the last five years I’ve been going to a three-day conference that focuses solely on that. There’s so much to do, explore and see at this conference that you can easily spend three days. With tickets for this year currently being sold, I wanted to give you a taste of what you can expect to see if you go! The video included with this article is what happened when I went last year.

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What I Learned from Going to a Salt Spa

I rarely schedule trips to the spa. The last time I had a real massage was a chair massage at the mall, and I think my tight neck muscles frustrated my masseuse. However, my recent day of indulgence taught me a lot about myself and how I view my needs.

To have the time to explore my issues with relaxing, I scheduled a full day at Santa Barbaras Salt Cave Spa. While this location is in beautiful California, I hope this post inspires you to seek a spa near you!

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How Going on a Spiritual Retreat Helped Me Love Myself

When I think of February, I think of Valentine’s, and that means love. Usually, that love comes in the form of candy or cards from others, but more and more people are starting to understand that we need to be able to love ourselves before we can be stable enough to love someone else. So what does that even mean? Last year I wrote THIS article for basic self-love ideas, but this year I tried something different. I decided to go on a spiritual retreat, and this is how it went!

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Warm Up at Shojo in Boston’s Iconic Chinatown

Winters in Boston can be intimidating. You know what else can be intimidating? Finding a great place to eat in Chinatown. Don’t get me wrong, Boston’s Chinatown has TONS of great places with really beautiful authentic food, but every city has it’s hidden gems, and Boston is no different.

This place is a bit small. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked straight past it. So if you’re tired of being stuck inside to escape the cold, and want someplace new and fun to check out, you can’t go wrong with Shojo!

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Ultimate Packing List for Transatlantic Flights!

I have been on the other side of this planet twice so far. I’ve been to Japan, Malaysia and Australia (all beautiful countries by the way). I love traveling, but packing can be a real problem and I always feel like I’ve forgotten something, and then there are all those rules on what you can and can’t bring on a flight! I’m also not always able to access my carry on luggage so, I’ve thought of some ways to organize my luggage to make everything easy and accessible to me while on a flight.

Let’s talk about checked luggage first. Usually, this is one big bag. In here, you are going to want to pack all of your clothes, toiletries, your makeup, shoes, swimsuits, an empty purse. DO NOT pack your laptop. You’re not allowed to lock your baggage and with all those hands making sure it gets to your destination, I wouldn’t put anything in there, that I didn’t want to lose. Let me put it this way. If Kris Jenner can have things stolen from her suitcase on the way to Vienna, there’s no promise your stuff won’t get stolen too.

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