45 Things to do in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland

Whether you’re interested in finding property of your own or just looking to see what’s around town, you won’t want to miss out on these local highlights. Here are the top 45 places to visit in and around Deep Creek Lake, Maryland! Your next adventure is awaiting you! Never run out of ways to spend…

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Creating Resolutions vs Setting Intentions

You don’t have to wait until New Year’s Eve to set new intentions and create resolutions in your life. Is there even a difference between the two? Most folks use the terms interchangeably, but that might be why so many of those resolutions get forgotten about… It’s not hard to set new intentions, especially if…

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Winter Sugar Scrub

Pine needles don’t have to be an annoyance when there are so many useful ways to utilize them in your home and garden. It’s so easy to turn fresh pine needles into a moisturizing winter sugar scrub and this is a great way to use up extra branches that don’t get made into wreaths. You…

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Italian Herb Crackers

If you mention there’s a charcuterie board involved, I’m going all in. They’re the perfect grazing board for vacation, holidays, or for hosting on a budget with little prep involved. Crackers are a must-have for a charcuterie setup, but costs can add up quickly and you might want to skip the expensive crackers to make…

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I've been blogging for seven years and focusing on intentional lifestyle choices for at least that long. Join me on my mission to better myself by learning new skills, tasting new recipes, and finding new ways to live joyfully.

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    February is here and you know what that means… everything is either heart-shaped or pink and you can get your favorite snacks for half price! Who doesn’t love that?! For those of us with a special someone, it’s also a time to spend together and relax. Even if you are staying home or spending the… Read the Post

    Dressing for Yourself this Valentine’s Day!
  • Valentine’s Day Outfit Inspiration for Your Next Date

    Valentine’s day is right around the corner and it’s time to start planning what outfits you’ll be sporting for all your date ideas and Galentine’s get-togethers. I’ve compiled some of my favorite pink & red outfits that are perfect for your special dates! There’s a whole range of outfits to browse, from classic to bold… Read the Post

    Valentine’s Day Outfit Inspiration for Your Next Date
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    It seems as though everybody has turned toward baking as their go-to quarantine hobby and I don’t blame them! While things in my life have gained speed, those of us with a little extra time on our hands can now try a new recipe out and share it with the ones we’re (stuck) at home… Read the Post

    Ooey Gooey & Fudgy Zucchini Brownies
  • How to Remain Untamed: A Guide to Romanticizing Life and Living in the Moment

    Many of you have asked what it means to be an untamed optimist, so I’ve decided to kick off 2022 by sharing how I remain untamed. Keep reading, because it goes deeper than optimism and you may find it influences all aspects of your life. But first, I’ve got something else to address: It’s been… Read the Post

    How to Remain Untamed: A Guide to Romanticizing Life and Living in the Moment
  • ‘Be My Valentine’ Iced Brownie Dupe

    Have you ever tried the infamous ‘Be My Valentine’ iced brownies? I can’t help but snag a box when they’re in stock because they’re so good. There’s just something about the chocolate shell and the layered chocolate cake that is nearly irresistible. So of course I had to try making some for myself, and let… Read the Post

    ‘Be My Valentine’ Iced Brownie Dupe
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    The season of love is officially here and this year, I decided to attempt making the classic Valentine’s Day treat for the family for the first time. Although quite popular around this time of year, I’d never tried making chocolate-covered strawberries before and I soon realized there was a lot to learn. There are a… Read the Post

    9 Do’s and Don’ts of Making Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  • Healthy Choco-Chip Muffins!

    I started my morning off with some deep yoga stretches and serious chocolate chip muffin cravings! Probably because I spent all of last night looking at potential new recipes for the blog. These muffins are guaranteed to make your morning a little sweeter without all those added sugars in prepackaged muffin mixes. Here’s how greek… Read the Post

    Healthy Choco-Chip Muffins!

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