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Home Tour: Ellicottville, NY

Welcome to Snow Globe USA! Living here for 6 months I have come to the assumption that everyday I will wake up with snow. Living only 5 minutes away from Holiday Valley and Holimont ski resorts, I tried to create a snow resort like feel in this space.

Due to the location being to close to one of the most well known ski resorts of the north, I knew I would have a plethora of visitors. This allowed me to put an old bunkbed to good use, allowing me to fit two ore people into the space.

Taking advantage of an unconventional space and structure I was able to take advantage of the small “cubby holes” that were placed around the house as closet and storage space. Although they weren’t very aesthetically pleasing, they acted as a great way to stow away things such as a vacuum cleaner, winter coats, snow pants, boots, etc.


Staying with a natural color scheme, I used refurbished maroon lamps that I had painted gold during my last move in order to fit into the decor. In the living room I have a queen pull out couch to fit another two bodies for larger visits, bringing the capable guest count to 6!

Unlike my prior large mirror headboard in Lexington, KY I decided to go with a different, more cost effective route this move. This large five piece canvas provided a “mock headboard” feel without the headboard cost.


In the master bedroom I kept to a very simple white color scheme with a statement piece on the foot of the bed. This statement piece of a mirrored table was a steal at 50% off at Target. I kept the art simple with two simple quote framed pieces hung off center to one another.


If you missed my Lexington, KY Home Tour click this link to check that out!

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Women Empowerment

Happy International Women’s Day! To help celebrate the day I have put together a montage of quotes to help you feel motivated, empowered, and proud.


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How to Downsize

Moving is a pain! Especially when you are going from a spacious two bed, two bath to a studio apartment. I am a firm believer that you take up as much space as  you are given and during my time in my spacious 2/2 I have acquired chairs, tables, clothes, bags, shoes, holiday décor, and who knows what else. I am going to give you some of my tips to downsizing whether it is for a move, spring cleaning, or simply want to simplify your life.

Backwards Hangers

Have you ever pulled something out of your closet that is 10 years old and still has the tags attached? Yeah, I’ve been there. Take the time to organize your closet and everything that is on a hanger, hang backwards, meaning have the hanger face away from you. Once you wear the item hang it back up normally facing towards you. After a year take a look at your closet and see how many items are still facing away from you. This indicates that you have not worn this piece at all during the last 365 days, 4 seasons, and all occasions. So, donate it!

Sell It or Donate It

It is easier to part ways with your beloved items when you know you are either getting money for them or going to someone who will really needs it. To prevent myself from ever bringing things back home that I intended to get rid of I take them to sell, whether it is a Playtos Closet, Clothes Mentor, etc. and whatever they do not buy, I donate. This helps diminish the, “oh I think I may wear this” from happening.


Clutter is the ability to fit as much stuff as possible into a space. Have you ever gone through drawers and realized that really it’s just a bunch of junk that you never use? Throw it away! I have a rule, if I have not looked for it in over a year I can obviously live without it. So while going through your things, if you have not thought about it or have tried to look for it in the last year pitch it.


Do you use five things for the same thing? Do you have a tablet, ipad, computer, and television that you use to watch movies/shows? What items do you use consistently? If you can do all your streaming or show watching on your computer and television does the tablet or ipad serve any other purpose? If not, get rid of them.

Do you have boxes and shelves full of books? Is there a reason you still have them? Are there some books you can download so you always have the material and then donate the hard copy?

Let Go

Going from a two bed two bath to a studio apartment is not the ideal scenario for your furniture. Have a favorite chair? Lamp? Table? Do you have room for it in your new space? If not only pick those items that you truly love. Let the rest go! You can sell these items, donate the items, or see if any friends or family are needing/wanting some new furniture or decor.

Happy Downsizing!

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Home Tour: Lexington, KY

Downtown Lexington, KY living allow gives you the great opportunity to learn what to do with a small space. Downtown Lexington is the perfect location for young professionals, University of Kentucky Students, or someone that just enjoys being in the middle of the action including night life, 15 minute drive to the airport, 15 minute drive to Keeneland, and steps away from some of the best restaurants around.

Having a small space, using mirrors helps give the illusion of a larger area. Using a large trifold mirror I created a headboard that was a statement piece of the room.

An accent wall is a perfect way to give some eye popping areas without the “stuff”. Smaller spaces can use accent walls to draw attention without having to use statement furniture that either will not fit or will clutter the space.

Translucent or glass tables helps give an open fill while also filling with furniture. The living room is a small space and by adding a glass table you can see through the table to the floor to give an illusion of a larger area without the clutter of furniture.

At home projects that give your space a warmer and more expensive feel are great touches. The picture below is a before and after of an inexpensive project I did in one afternoon. Home Depot has an array of different stick on backings that you can use for entire walls, backslashes, accents, etc. This exposed brick look helped tie in the real exposed brick throughout the unit. This also gave a more expensive feel that could increase the value if renting.

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Cinnamon Pumpkin Walnut Balls

Taking some of your favorite Fall flavors and turning them into the perfect energy boosting snack! Vegan, paleo, keto, and Whole30 compliant!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: 22 Balls


  • 1/2 Cup Walnuts
  • 1/2 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 5 Tablespoons Almond Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice


  1. Place the walnuts in a food processor or high speed blender and pulse a few times until broken down into pieces. Add in pumpkin puree and blend until smooth.
  2. Add almond flour, pumpkin pie spice, and blend until a ball of “dough” forms. If it’s too wet, add a bit more almond flour.
  3. Roll into ball form (about 2 teaspoons per ball) and then roll in cinnamon for coating.
  4. Store in the fridge or freezer and enjoy!

Nutritional Information: These calculations are approximates per ball. 

Calories: 50

Net Carbs: 1gram

Protein: 1 gram

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10 Things You Do Not Need Internet For

Waiting on your internet to be installed? Does your internet suck and go down all the time? Do you just want to disconnect for a while? Moving from downtown living to rural America has its challenges, one being the inaccessibility to internet. After numerous phone calls, turn downs, let downs, and a mental breakdowns satellite internet can be installed in just a short two weeks. That is 14 days of figuring out what do do without Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, Streaming, Googling, etc. Here are 10 things you can do to pass the time without internet.

1. Read

Do you have a stack of books you have been meaning to read but haven’t gotten around to it? This is the time to do it! You are free from the numerous distractions the internet gives you so take the time to knock out some of that summer reading you have been pushing off.

2. Write

This can be anything from writing your friends and family letters, writing an article for publish, or writing in a personal journal that isn’t seen by anyone. Writing is a great way to get your thoughts onto paper, organize your life, or de-stress. Why do you think I wrote this article?

3. Watch Movies

One great thing about the DVD era is the ability to watch them without being connected to the internet. Another positive is that you can get a handful of DVDs at Walmart for $5 or less. Do you have some home movies that have collected dust the last 10 years? Pull them out and get lost in 2002 Christmas with your grandparents or 2007 Thanksgiving when you ate way too much turkey.

4. Organize

Do you have drawers and drawers of random junk? Does your makeup need to get organized? Are your shoes everywhere in the house? Take this time and organize your house, not only will this benefit your house, but you will fill more relaxed and prepared since you will know where everything is at. The Wall Street Journal reports that the average U.S. executive wastes six weeks annually searching for important documents lost in clutter. Now you have the time to prevent wasting your life away looking for documents, shoes, clothes, etc.

5. Decorate

Have you been meaning to hang new tapestries in the kitchen? Have you been wanting to add a bookshelf to your office? Turn your home into a Pintrest worthy creation by finally taking the time to add the extra details around the house.

6. Cook

Never have time to cook during the week? Use your “internet downtime” to start meal prepping for the week. Not only will this save you money, but it will benefit your health, and save you time. Instead of running out for fast food for lunch or dinner you can prep a wholesome, healthy meal for your lunches and dinners. Is there a recipe you have been wanting to try but just haven’t had the motivation or the time? Well, here is your chance. Take advantage of your temporary internet free life and try to learn a new “go to” snack, potluck dish, or Thanksgiving treat.

7. Exercise

Use that at home gym equipment you never use, or go to the gym that you pay for but never utilitize. Not only will this help you get out of the house, but it will get your endorphins going and increase your mood about the non-internet situation you are temporarily in. Make a goal of being able to run a mile straight by the time the internet is installed or loose two pounds. Make the internet installment date as a goal date to achieve a short term fitness goal.

8. Explore

Use this time to go to all the places you have been wanting to but haven’t “had time” to yet because you get sucked into Netflix on the weekends and Facebook during the week.

9. Treat Yourself

Paint your nails, give yourself an at home facial, learn some new ways to do your makeup and hair. There are a lot of at-home spa treatments that you can do while your waiting to be reconnected with the internet world. Enjoy your “downtime” and reinvest it in yourself.

10. Catch Up

Most days when you are busy catching up on emails, checking social media, trying to plan your next post, and keeping up with everyones social agenda we forget to take the five minutes to call our grandma, call our siblings, call our friends just to catch up. Use this time to make the phone calls you normally wouldn’t make on a daily basis to catch up with your friends and family. Call your friends to plan a weekend away, or call your grandma to get that cake recipe you have been wanting to try.


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5 Keys To Staying On Top Of Life

1. Keep a Planner: I would be lost without my planner, I have tried switching to an electronic planner, but then you have to deal with always having to make sure your phone/ipad is charged and doesn’t glitch or fail. Those factors added some anxiety to trying to keep an electronic planner, so I have never been able to stray away from a good ole’ fashion paper and pencil planner. I use a planner to document essentially everything, from birthdays, anniversaries, homework assignments, social events, travel plans, etc. My life is held up with my planner. [I currently use Kate Spade’s 2015 Gold Dots 17-Month Weekly Agenda and love it]

2. Subscribe for daily news email: I personally love TheSkimm, I also try to watch the news while I get ready in the mornings but sometimes over sleep and miss my chance to catch up on the current events. TheSkimm is a daily email that is sent to me every morning so while I am still trying to convince myself to move from my bed I can scroll through this user-friendly email and be on top of the day’s current events. On top of The Skimm, I have the USA Today app where I also get push-notifications for any large breaking-news events. Knowing what’s happening in society is important for any one who is in school, job hunting and trying to know what they are talking about in normal day-to-day conversation.

3. Set short-term and long-term goals and layout a plan to get there. If you have a paper due next week, set out time throughout the week to complete that. If you are trying to write a book or complete a large project set mini goals throughout the time between now and when you want it to be completed so you are making an effort and a plan to actually complete the goal rather than just wish you would get it done. This is where a planner can assist as well. Setting both types of goals help you see your life today and in 5-years. It provides a purpose to what you are doing everyday in order to meet the goals you have set for yourself.

4. Sunday Funday! Not full of booze and partying but full of catching up and preparing yourself for the week ahead. Use Sundays to do the laundry, clean your apartment and layout the work that needs to be done for the week. This will allow your week to be less stressful and accomplish more instead of worrying if your favorite blouse is clean Monday morning.

5. Set a routine: This allows you get into a flow of doing things and getting stuff done. For example, since moving to Florida and living on my own I have set a strong routine of work, gym, homework on days I don’t have school and work, school and clean on days I do. This has allowed me to get into a habit of going to the gym every day I don’t have classes, in order to keep a healthy lifestyle and cut out study and homework time in order to get into a habit of getting stuff done before the day it is due. Setting a routine has been essential in keeping a balanced lifestyle during my hectic, jam packed time in Florida. Routines take time, to set an actual, automatic feeling routine it takes about two months, so what better day to start than today?

These key five things have allowed me to enjoy my time, being less stressed and hustling last minute to get things done. I hope these five keys can also be implemented into your daily routine, and help you take-over and be on top of everything that is going on in your life.

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