The Best Books I Read This Year 2023

Finally time for review, here are the best books I've read this year. Some are brand new and some are back list, but all are amazing! I had quite a few late nights because sleep meant that I couldn't be reading in that moment. I may not have had the best year, quantity wise, but at least I had a great year, quality wise! Check out  my goodreads here. The Best Books I've Read This Year 2023 Published 2023 Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros Published: May 2, 2023  5/5 Find on Goodreads Buy on Amazon Violet Sorrengail was meant…

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Basic Embroidery Supplies for Beginners

Embroidery is such a fun, and easily accessible craft to get into, so for all you embroidery beginners, here is a list of the basic supplies you would need to start embroidering! Scroll to the end of the post to watch the 5-minute youtube video where I go over basic embroidery supplies. What is Embroidery? Embroidery is the art of stitching designs onto fabric. It can be a simple design or an intricate design, the level of complexity is up to you! Is Embroidery difficult? Embroidery is a fun and simple craft that is easily accessible to anyone. You don't…

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Easy 4-Ingredient Date Caramel

This super easy date caramel is only 4 ingredients and it takes under 5 minutes to make. It is so delicious, I just scoop it into my mouth if I'm having a craving for something sweet. I will never go without having dates in stock because they can be made into so many sweet goodies! What is Date Caramel? Date caramel is a healthy version of caramel that doesn't require any refined sugars. It tastes very close to the real thing and is so healthy for you. You won't have to feel any guilt eating this because you are in…

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Easy Vegan Greek Salad

This easy vegan greek salad is inspired from a local health food store I go to frequently back in New York. Their salads, in fact their whole deli section, is to die for. I thought I would bring a little bit of home with me while traveling by eating the foods I enjoyed most from the store while we're traveling. Then the vegan greek salad was born. It's super easy to throw together for lunch. The extra perks are that this salad is healthy and freaking delicious! Vegan Greek Salad Ingredients This doesn't take many ingredients and as a salad…

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Healthy Vegan Snickers Bars (Made with Dates!)

These healthy snicks bars are absolutely delicious, the perfect healthy snack for those trying to cut back on sugar and processed foods. They are vegan, gluten free, and have minimal sugar. These healthy snickers bars don't last long when I make them. I can't help but grab one every time I pass the pyrex filled with them on the counter. They are usually one or two bites which make one or two the perfect snack, but of course easier to gobble down by the handful! They're great for meal prep if you need a sweet snack during the week. Healthy…

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The Best Sweetened Homemade Oatmeal

My husband and I swear by this sweetened homemade oatmeal as soon as the weather starts getting cold outside. This easy stovetop oatmeal is the perfect comfort food for cold winter days! We always add some cooked apples on top with a little maple syrup, but I'll go over plenty of other topping options as well. Plus this recipe is gluten free, dairy free, vegan and refined sugar free. So it's the perfect healthy breakfast. What makes this oatmeal super easy is requires only three ingredients and can be done in under 10 minutes. A quick breakfast for those who…

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Easy Veggie Soup

This easy veggie soup is an essential in the winter for my husband and I. It's such a great, versatile soup to have on hand because if you are missing something, you can always replace it with whatever you have on hand. Easy Veggie Soup Ingredients Like I said in the beginning, it is so easy to change out veggies and try some new ones in this recipe. The last time I made it, I didn't have enough green beans so I added peas. Have fun with this! Try new flavors. Here is what I usually put in my soup:…

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No Bake Almond Cacao Snack Balls

These easy no bake almond cacao snack balls are so quick to make and delicious, you won't be able to keep your family from eating them all in one day! They are gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar free and vegan! I like to dip mine halfway into a vegan and refined sugar free chocolate ganache that tastes just like the real thing. You don't have to feel a shred of guilt when eating these delicious morsels. No Bake Almond Cacao Snack Balls Ingredients There are minimal ingredients in this recipe which makes it even better. You might even have it…

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Top 12 Self Help Books for Those Struggling with Anxiety

Self help anxiety books can be a great tool if you are struggling with anxiety. Many of us these days are struggling with anxiety. According to the National Institute of Mental Health about 30% of adults in the U.S. experience a form of anxiety at some point in their lives.  Books can be a great resource to turn to in addition to professional help. They can help you find tools to manage it. Here's a list of 12 self help books for anxiety to get you started. The Top 12 Self Help Books for Anxiety The Big Activity Book for…

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What a Daily Gratitude Practice Can Do For Your Mental Health

Experts say a daily gratitude practice can vastly improve your mental health and outlook on life. I've had my own gratitude practice for years now and I can definitely say that practice has improved my positivity and has even helped calm my anxiety.  What is Gratitude? I like this definition of Gratitude by Sansone and Sansone from the 2010 article Gratitude and Well Being: “the appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to oneself and represents a general state of thankfulness and/or appreciation” A list of 10 more definitions from cited publications are on this excellent article by Positive Psychology.…

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