Health & Wellness, Lifestyle

The Ultimate Self Care Gift Guide

The Ultimate Self Care Gift Guide | www.thestarknest.com

Whenever I’m shopping for a gift, I try to think about things that the recipient normally wouldn’t buy for themselves. Usually it ends up being some kind of self care related item. In my opinion, you can never go wrong with this type of gift because a) most of us enjoy them and could definitely benefit from them and b) many people don’t often think to spend money on these kinds of things for themselves. Continue Reading

Desserts, Recipes

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

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Sometimes, the simple things in life really are the best things. Take, for example, chocolate chip cookies. Few things in this world are better than a warm, gooey, freshly baked chocolate chip cookie dunked in a glass of milk. Something about whipping up a batch on a rainy Saturday afternoon is just so soothing to the soul.  Continue Reading

Dinner, Recipes, Vegetarian

Baked White Cheddar Mac and Cheese

Baked White Cheddar Mac and Cheese | www.thestarknest.com

There’s nothing like a bowl of cheesy, gooey, melty mac and cheese. It has to be one of my favorite foods in the world. I think I’ve enjoyed just about every kind around, from the boxed stuff to fancy steakhouse lobster mac and cheese, and everything in between. I love it all, but what I really love the most is a classic homemade recipe, one that you can share at family parties or make as a special treat for dinner. To me, the perfect mac and cheese should be super creamy, extra cheesy, with a sharp, tangy flavor. It really is the ultimate comfort food. Continue Reading

Entertaining, Home

How to Prepare Your Home For Overnight Guests

How to Prepare Your Home for Overnight Guests

It’s officially November, and that means the holidays are coming up fast. This time of the year often gets so busy and chaotic that sometimes it ends up being more stressful than it is enjoyable. On top of the holiday cooking, party planning, and gift buying, many of us will be hosting out-of-town guests for at least a few days. This can add an extra element of stress, especially for those of us who also work full time. Continue Reading

Decor, Home

How to Hang A Gallery Wall

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I received a free canvas print from Photowall in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.


So, I have to admit that I am absolutely horrible when it comes to ordering photo prints. Actually, I’m pretty bad at even remembering to take photos most of the time. This may come as a surprise to some considering that taking photos is definitely something I do often as a blogger, but it’s true. Usually, I rely on my husband to capture important moments, because I just never seem to have my phone ready at the right time. Plus, it seems like the photos I do manage to take never seem to make it past my phone, anyway. Can anyone else relate to this? Continue Reading

Dinner, Lunch, Recipes, Soups, Vegan, Vegetarian

Creamy Tomato Soup

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As much as I love fall, I don’t always love what comes after it. In Michigan that often means below zero temps, white-knuckle driving conditions, and a strong desire to want to hibernate in bed for the next three months. Sure, waking up to that first sparkling white snowfall of the year can be pretty exciting. But that feeling tends to fade pretty quickly as the beautiful new snow turns into endless amounts of gray slush, you forget what dry feet feel like, you have to plan an extra two hours to plow the driveway and start the car before work, and the cold air turns into “omg it hurts to breathe” air. Continue Reading

Decor, Home

Spooky & Stylish Halloween Decor Ideas

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October is here! Can you believe it? We all know what that means – Halloween is coming! I love this time of year – the spooky decorations, scary movies, haunted houses, hayrides, and of course, candy! As a kid, I think my entire month of October was spent planning out the perfect costume for trick-or-treating. Even though I don’t get to go door-to-door collecting free candy anymore, I still get excited for Halloween. I love decorating the house, watching scary movies, drinking hot apple cider, and passing out candy. Continue Reading

Decor, DIY, Home

DIY Mercury Glass

DIY Mercury Glass | www.thestarknest.com

I absolutely love mercury glass. It’s one of my staples when it comes to home decor because it’s so versatile for any season. It has that beautiful shiny but distressed finish that creates the perfect balance of glamorous and rustic. Continue Reading

Decor, Home

Fall Farmhouse Amazon Finds

Fall Farmhouse Amazon Finds | www.thestarknest.com

Happy Saturday! I hope everyone’s weekend is off to a great start. It’s not often that my mornings are as slow paced as this one has been.  I spent the morning browsing Amazon and thinking about my fall decor. I just wanted to pop in really quick and share a few of my favorite finds with you today. I’m in love with the rustic farmhouse look, and Amazon has tons of super cute and affordable farmhouse themed items. So grab some coffee and browse through some of my favorite fall farmhouse finds. Hopefully you’ll find a few items that will inspire your fall decor as well! Continue Reading