Breakfast, Recipes, Smoothies, Vegan, Vegetarian

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie | www.thestarknest.com

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a good smoothie recipe. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been enjoying them every day though! And when I say every day, I mean it. I’ve been on such a smoothie kick lately that I feel like my day isn’t complete if I haven’t had one, like I haven’t consumed enough nutrients or something. It doesn’t even matter that we’re right in the middle of winter – it’s never too cold for a smoothie! Continue Reading

Decor, DIY, Home

Home Improvement Plans for 2018

House Project Plans for 2018 | www.thestarknest.com

When I started this blog a year ago, my plan was to share all of the projects we’ve been working on around our house, and hopefully inspire others who are wanting to improve their own homes. My goal was and still is to teach others how to create their dream home. Continue Reading

Decor, Home

How to Add Warmth to Your Home After the Holidays

How to Add Warmth to Your Home After the Holidays + Decorating After Christmas | www.thestarknest.com

As I took my Christmas decorations down this year, I couldn’t help but feel the disappointment setting in. All those weeks of baking and decorating and shopping and watching Christmas Vacation on repeat, had come to an abrupt end. Those things that brought me so much excitement just a few days ago now brought me sadness. It’s the post-Christmas letdown, and I’m sure most of us know it all too well. Continue Reading

Cleaning Tips, Home

5 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Cleaning Routine

5 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Cleaning Routine | www.thestarknest.com

Keeping a clean home can be a difficult, never ending job. Between work and all of the other commitments that we all have on our plates, it can seem impossible to find time for house cleaning. I’ll be honest – I blog about this kind of stuff, and I still struggle with it from time to time. There have been many days in our house where dishes went undone, laundry was piled up, and our living room looked like a bomb went off – and we don’t even have kids yet! Continue Reading

Health & Wellness, Lifestyle

The Ultimate Self Care Gift Guide

The Ultimate Self Care Gift Guide

 


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

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie | www.thestarknest.com

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