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Badala Bath Co. + Hannah's Self Care Routine

If you asked me to describe my current season of life, I’d have two words for you: hurricane season. It’s true, I feel as though I’ve been thrown around by physical illness, flooded with outside pressures and personal obligations, and just completely waterlogged with change. This season has taken its toll on me over the course of weeks filled by days that slip through my fingers too quickly and leave me grasping for some peace and stillness. You can imagine that it’s easy for anyone to become overwhelmed in such a season. Enter self-care. Okay, yes, “self-care” is a super trendy buzzword at the moment. Trendy though it may be, practicing self-care has become a huge part of what keeps...

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Tacos & Traditions: Brittany's Al Pastor Recipe

Growing up, traditions were a strong part of our family. We had little details throughout the seasons that I could always plan on with great expectation. It also helped that I grew up in a Star's Hallow-esque town where we always a festival or parade to celebrate all kinds of things. Fast forward to my adult years, I continue to carry these beloved traditions with me. When my now husband and I began dating he joked I could make a “tradition” out of just about anything... Which is where my connection to traditions and tacos begins. Tacos have long been one of my top two favorite foods, toggling between that and cheeseburgers, and my taco loving heart was crushed when he informed me in our early dating years...

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More than MOA: Our Twin Cities Shop Guide

Hi, I’m Hannah, and I’m a shopaholic. Ok, not really, but there are few things in this world that get me more excited than a good day spent shopping in cute boutiques and local shops. I love a good bargain and knowing that I’m shopping small really does make my empty wallet feel a little more fulfilled at the end of the day. When I’m in a new city is no exception. I love checking out the local flair in the form of boutiques, antique shops, and the like. So it only felt right that I pop into a few local gems while I was visiting Minnesota this last January. Allow me to be the first to tell you that...

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Traveling: a Guide to Spontaneity

The greatest piece of advice I have received is to drop all possible responsibilities and just GO. Alright, maybe the greatest piece was actually somewhere along the very tangible lines of how to save money or properly wash a cast iron skillet, but considering whimsy and grandeur, driving away from all that is mind-boggling has been my favorite. Having a space for spontaneity is important. It is pushing aside the work and papers and television and media scrolling that occupy so much of our already-overwhelmed brains and choosing to choose what is impulsive and unplanned and straight up fun. This little line of advice may be one that has particularly resonated because of the love I already have for adventures...

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Food to Create Memories Around: Brittany's Tortellini Soup Recipe

Welcome to my table! The favorite part of my day is gathering my people and making food that sustains them. When you come together, even for the simplest meals to chat, something special happens: food makes memories. I’m sure it says a lot about me that so many of my memories include food: I can sit down for a bowl of risotto and remember the last time I ate it, the people I was with, and what we talked about. I knew Joelle and I would be fast friends when we discovered our equal love for all things food. It was one of those days that Joelle was newly pregnant and could barely eat a thing. Every winter, my mom...

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