Newburgh Illuminated in Newburgh, NY_The Upstate Edit

Newburgh Illuminated| Newburgh, NY

  Newburgh Illuminated returned to the Hudson Valley last Saturday and did not disappoint. In its sixth year running, the festival brought out musicians, dancers, a variety of vendors and lots of people. It’s so encouraging to see the community’s commitment to revitalize and grow Newburgh. So often we see the revitalization of areas coming…

coffee protein shakes are a easy way to get nutrition and an extra jolt of energy

How to Make a Coffee Protein Shake

One of the most popular articles I’ve ever written was actually a recipe for a coffee protein shake. I came up with the idea years ago, back when I was in college and was trying to have more nutritional meals but still leaned towards foods that were easily digestible and easy to travel with. Coffee…

2 self care rituals to do every day

2 Easy Self Care Rituals You Can Do Daily

Self care is one of my favorite things to talk about and has been extra important to me this month. In general, I feel like those who live in Hudson Valley really appreciate the importance of taking time to readjust and reset ourselves. Many of us have moved upstate to escape the chaos of the…

how to make natural deodarant

How to Make Natural Deodarant

We all can get behind the importance of deodorant. It’s not the most fun or glamorous beauty/skincare product but next to toothpaste and soap, it may be the most necessary. Natural deodorant especially gets a bad wrap, as many don’t hold up against commercial counterparts. I admit, I wasn’t a fan of the stuff either…

Beguiled by Binnacle Books in Beacon, NY

Binnacle Books opened in late 2015. Being that it’s early 2018, I really should have become more familiar with it by now. I mean, I love books. No-lurve them. But between all my work and planning for Self Made, I’ve only been in the bookshop a handful of times and haven’t really browsed. Sort of…