Introducing My Small Business: With Love, Melissa

Introducing... With Love, Melissa If you've made your way around my blog you'll know that besides baking, I am a super creative person and after I got a Cricut for Christmas, I decided to start my own small business! I'm starting off on etsy with plans to expand once I get my business off the ground. So much love and effort have gone into this project. I hope you love it as much as I do.  Shop Now Open! Shop Now With Love, Melissa will encompass everything I love, starting off with succulents, nature and meditation vibes. I plan on expanding with…

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Animal Thoughts and Emotions: A Reading List

Something many people don't know about it me is that I'm fascinated with animal behavior. Books on how animals operate, their emotions and motivators really interests me.  I double majored in English and Anthropology for my undergrad college years. For my Anthropology major, I took classes like Primate Behavior, Comparative Anatomy, and Human Evolution and Behavior. My interest branched off from there.  I've read quite a few books on the topic of animal behavior, their thoughts and feelings, and a book on some great primatologists of our time. If you're interested too, I have quite a few recommendations. I loved…

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Christmas Reading List to Keep the Cheer Alive

If you still want to stay in the Christmasy mood like I do, I suggest reading some Christmasy books while listening to Christmas music. I hate that the radios stop playing Christmas music the minute the holiday ends. I would leave my Christmas tree around year up if I could!  Hopefully these books will bring a little extra Christmas cheer into your life.  Previous Next Here's Some Christmas Reading: One Day in December, by Josie Silver  5/5 Find on Goodreads Laurie experiences love at first sight when her bus stops and she makes eye contact with a man sitting…

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November Bullet Journal Theme—With Free Thanksgiving Planner Printable

I wanted to be festive this year so for my bullet journal theme this month I decided on focusing on Thanksgiving. The food part especially. But I also wanted to write down what I'm thankful for and remember what this time of year is about especially with all the turmoil and happenings in the world right now. A little something extra is included in this post as well, free printables! I scanned my Thanksgiving planner spread and Thankful spread for you to use too! You can have a cute colorful way to plan your Thanksgiving and write down what you're thankful…

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October Bullet Journal Theme: Witchy

Last October for my bullet journal, I did more of a Halloween theme. For this year, since I didn't want to do the same thing, I decided on a witchy theme. I'm so excited about how this theme came out. It has exactly the vibe I was going for. Think witchy moon worshipping powerful women. Check out the difference between last year and this year: Monthly Spread October 2019 October 2020 This year the color scheme is more purples and browns, although I do use some orange still in other spreads for this month which you'll see when you scroll…

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September Bullet Journal Theme: Autumn Apples and Leaves

I know it's not September anymore, but I still wanted to share my bullet journal spread for that month because I love it and this theme could be used for any month in the fall season.  I was really excited to go apple picking and see the leaves change color so I decided to merge both into a fall theme to express my excitement. Each month I typically do a monthly spread, a calendar spread for memories, a habit tracker of some sort, and a spread for all my daily lists. I may add something extra or new each month…

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Fandom Mail Art: Harry Potter & Avatar the Last Airbender

What's mail art you ask? It's basically just super fancy envelopes and letters. Think almost scrapbooking or collaging except with mail. One of my many hobbies is pen paling and I love to take the time to decorate each and every letter I send out. Each letter has it's own theme and recently I've made a couple fandom related mail arts that I wanted to share with you, from two of my favorite fandoms: Harry Potter and Avatar the Last Airbender.  I find that my creative process has a mind of it's own when I create letters. I get inspiration…

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Living Dairy Free—Brand Recommendations & Dairy Free Substitutes for Recipes

When I was young, my mom had my brother and I tested for food allergies and we both ended up being allergic to dairy woo hoo! So that means no more milk, cheese, heavy cream and all their variations. But living dairy free isn't as hard as you think. There are so many great alternatives out there now, it's a piece of cake to make all sorts of dairy free confections and sweets and even in my cooking too. I thought I would post about what dairy free alternatives are out there and what I use in my kitchen for…

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Pen Paling—Where to Start & Why It’s So Fun

I vaguely remember having a pen pal as a child. I think it was a temporary activity we did in elementary school. I haven't had a pen pal since... until last year. I had this idea in my head that I wanted one so I started doing some online research and I found a website where I could find pen pals.  That's how it all started. I now have 10 pen pals. I do stationery swaps with people. I send postcards out to people all over the world. The past month or so is when I really fully committed and…

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My Favorite Food Blogs

So I thought it would be fun to share my favorite food blogs. These are the blogs of people I frequently go to for inspiration and read just because I love to read anything they have to write.  1. David Lebovitz David's blog has been around for a long time, I think he might have started it in the 90's if I remember right. He's a Pastry Chef that lived in California, then moved to Paris and has been there ever since. He's big on ice cream, chocolate and desserts.  I randomly came across his biography while at work a…

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