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The Perfect Housewarming Gift & How to #SmudgethatSh*t

My family and I have recently moved into a new home, and first on my to-do list was a cleansing ritual. Thus this beautiful floral smudge stick from Mystical Blossoms was the perfect housewarming gift. Now, I know, despite how trendy sage has become on Insta, you may be hesitant, or perhaps you just have no idea how one goes about performing a cleansing. To sum it up, it's about being intentional about the kind of energy you want in your home. It's simple...do you want good vibes? Do you want to let go of the bad vibes? Great...then as they say on instagram, let's #smudgethatsh*t.



For a quick cleansing, you can use a smudge spray, for example, like this Namaste Smudge Spray; or you can use incense, herbs, a fragrant simmer pot...it doesn't have to be something specific. The point is that by adding something tangible to a prayer or meditation, you turn that prayer or meditation into a ceremonial act, and that will make you more confident and intentional about your thou…

Cooking School: How to Prep Fresh Vanilla Bean

Cooking with real vanilla bean can be intimidating, not to mention expensive. At about $2 per bean, they don't come cheap, but if you can afford to splurge on it every now and then, it's worth it. Not only is it healthier than imitation vanilla extract, but unlike even the real bottled vanilla extract, cooking with the beans gives desserts a beautiful color.


1. Cut the vanilla bean. Using your thumb and index finger, hold the bean down at each end. Take a pairing knife and slice lengthwise straight down the middle. Only cut the top layer open. Do not cut through the bottom side.


2. Open wide. Spread the bean open as wide as you can.


3. Scoop It Out. Using a butter knife or small spoon, slowly scrape the filling out from one end to the other.


The filling from one vanilla bean is typically enough for one 4-6 person recipe.


With Spring coming up, now is the perfect time to splurge on vanilla bean. Add it to iced coffee for a fancy brunch, or add it to your fruit pie recipes for a little extra flavor.

*All photos by Krisztina Williams. Do not copy or share without proper credit and link-back to this post.

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  1. I don't think my mother ever did that, but she has used the real vanilla extract, as opposed to imitation, and that stuff gets expensive.

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