[Build an Ecosystem] Rain Gardens

Water is essential to life. Building a rain garden is a great way to introduce a water source into your ecosystem with minimal disturbance to the processes already happening on your land. Rain gardens can be beautiful, functional, and critical in developing your property with all things in mind. Continue reading

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Upcycling: Turning Toilet Paper Rolls Into Mini Art Canvases [Make Garbage Great]

I’m a huge proponent of upcycling, but I’ve never even considered using toilet paper rolls for anything other than regular recycling. Okay, I have tried the trick where you use them as organizers for headphones and charging cords, but I found that to be bulky and a bit ugly. This project using old toilet paper rolls transforms them into something I can use, and something quirky that barely resembles their original selves. Continue reading

Homemade No-Churn Ice Cream [Book Review]

**Disclaimer: I received this book as a review copy and this post includes affiliate links. I was not compensated monetarily for this or any other post on Aquaberry Bliss and opinions are my own.**

I love homemade ice cream and I remember doing elementary school science projects that took hours, used rock salt and involved lots of hand cranking in order to get some of the delicious creamy treat. Since I neither have hours for hand cranking, nor rock salt, nor an ice cream maker, I have been out of luck. Continue reading

Finding Home in Nicaragua: ‘The Ladies of Managua’ Book Review

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The lush jungles of Nicaragua conceal much more than just wildlife and the streets of the city of Managua hold more secrets than vendors around every corner.

When I opened the first pages of The Ladies of Managua, I knew I was in for a treat. Having traveled to Nicaragua for my honeymoon, I fell in love with the beautiful country with unique traditions. So much so, that I plan to build a second home there one day and create a future. Continue reading

Paris, A City of Love and Light: ‘A Passion for Paris’ Book Review

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We know Paris to be romantic, a city of love and a city of light. Poets, honeymooners, travelers and wanders flock to the city all times of the year seeking a taste of the special feeling that Paris injects into your heart as it takes a hold of you. I had the pleasure of reading David Downie’s new book, A Passion for Paris, and experience his stories. I enjoyed his detail, remarkable storytelling ability and wanderlust the book made me feel. Continue reading

The Journey to Happiness: ‘The Big Tiny’ Book Review

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One unhealthy way of living that I have pledged myself away from is the 9-5 gig. With a move to working from home, I found myself with an abundance of time, creative energy and the ability to get everything done in a day I had always wanted. I no longer to commute to work, stand and wait for a clock to count down or interact with people who don’t better my life. Continue reading