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SKINCARE IS A JOURNEY— Learning to Live With Sensitive Skin

    Towards the end of 2018 I read a comic book called Snot Girl. The main character is a beauty/fashion blogger in LA and while the plot is definitely overly dramatic, other parts of the comic rings a bit close to home as a blogger. I was totally hooked and read through both Volume 1 & 2 in a single evening. While I really…

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Gretchen Tries Stuff Episode 16: The One With 50 Books + My Winter ’19 Reading List

I don’t often do a “traditional” New Year’s Resolution. I favor instead to make a list of actionable, super-specific goals or intentions that all work together to get me closer to accomplishing bigger life goals or lifestyle changes. Inspired by YouTuber Hannah Witton, who’s set this challenge for herself nearly yearly, and because I’d been failing at reading as much as I normally do, I…

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WHAT’S COOKING {In 2019}

Welcome to the New Year! This past year was full of a lot of ups and downs. I hit a lot of my resolutions and goals for the year: I ran a marathon, I finished the re-landscaping of my back garden, I repainted my dinning room (leaving only the hallway, entry, and living room to be completed this year), I launched a bookclub, and I…

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GINGERBREAD COOKIES — a.k.a The Most Popular Cookie I Bake

I bake an absurd amount of cookies every December. This is a tradition I picked up from my mother. Like many other families, we would bake a bunch of Christmas cookies and give little gift boxes of them to friends in the neighborhood. As an adult, I don’t have neighbors or many friends whom I exchange holiday treats with (probably a byproduct of everyone in…

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COMMON SENSE ISN’T COMMON FOR EVERYONE: Life Lessons Learned While Cleaning Shared Spaces (+ My 100th Blog Post)

  As a high schooler (back when we still used AOL and MTV still played music videos), I loved reading funny warning labels. Things like, “Don’t iron clothes on body,” or “Don’t use hair dyer while sleeping.” One of my favorite ones I’ve notices lately is on a lot of my underwear and bras: “Don’t dry over open flame.” I have no idea what happened…

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THE PERFECT MARSHMALLOWS

  I love holidays and gift giving. I pride myself on being a good gift giver and have been known to go through great lengths to get the perfect gift—including once tracking down an old lost set of Legos from someone’s childhood for the perfect Christmas surprise. The first time remember becoming obsessed with creating the perfect Christmas present was my freshman year of high…

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HAPPY IN THE NOW

I have plenty of reasons to be unhappy. (I’m 99 percent sure this is true for everyone—anyone can come up with an excuse to feel unhappy if they want to.) At any given moment, I could give you a list of concerns that weigh somewhere in the back of my mind: I was recently laid off from my job; I’m launching my own business during…

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WHEN LIFE THROWS YOU CURVE BALLS

  Life is always full of surprises. Sometimes they are good surprises, like free coffees on your birthday, a toy prize in the cereal box, or when that first date you went on on a whim turns into something much more exciting. Sometimes they aren’t so good, like when you are excited about your career because the company has let you take on more and…

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GIN + KEY LIME BARS {and a gin lime meringue cookies}

I recently had a friend ask me, “Why do food blogs have so much writing I have to get through before I get to the actual recipe?” Now I read a lot of food blogs and sometimes I love the back story people put into their posts. I think it adds fun personality and color behind it and you get a lot of interesting content…

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MY FAVORITE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES {Gluten Free/Flourless}

When I first started blogging a bit over a year ago, I wrote and filmed a short post about my favorite peanut butter cookies. At the beginning of summer, I gave my blog a bit of a facelift and moved it to a new platform (it was a bit more work than I’d hope but I think it was worth it in the end). Unfortunately…

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GRETCHEN IS A WRITER-BASED IN PORTLAND, ORE. SHE GOT HER START AS A JOURNALIST WORKING ON THE SUSTAINABLE FASHION AND RESTAURANT BEAT BEFORE MOVING INTO COPYWRITING AND ADVERTISING WORK. SHE CURRENTLY BLOGS AND WORKS AS A FREELANCE WRITER.

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