7 Podcasts You Should Check Out (Right Now!)

The month of March was #trypod, that great time of year when you recommend your favorite podcasts to friends, family, and coworkers. So that’s what I’m doing right now, on April 2nd (classic Hillary). My relationship with podcasts is a long and storied one. What you first need to know is that in college, I worked…

February Favorites

It’s now March, which means only one thing. Or… well… it could mean many things, but for me, it means it’s time to write my first (of hopefully many) monthly favorites. We all know that February literally flies by (it’s just its nature, being the baby month that it is) instead of just feeling like…

Watershed Kitchen & Bar

At the end of January (how is it already mid February?!), Watershed Distillery opened its brand new restaurant, Watershed Kitchen & Bar. I was fortunate to have been invited to attend their ribbon-cutting the day before their opening. (Can I just say that I was SO excited and nervous to be there?) I had not…

Interview with Kyle Vandeveer, creator of Intrism

The typical American 21-year-old spends the majority of their time in classes, doing homework, going to parties, and possibly working a part-time (or perhaps full-time!) job. Many college-aged students struggle to juggle (ha, that rhymed!) all of the demands that their coursework, extracurriculars, and social life present. The majority of young adults, of course, have…

Late Night Ramblings

It’s been over a month since I’ve posted a blog. And I feel so guilty about it, in the way that a teacher’s pet feels guilty about turning in their homework late. And yes, I was absolutely a teacher’s pet in school. (Side note, I was recently talking to an old friend about this very…

Rockmill Tavern-Winter Cocktail + brunch

Happy Tuesday, y’all! (I’m realizing that I actually never say y’all when I speak aloud, only in writing… weird or acceptable?) This past weekend was so busy and productive; Matt and I tried out two great restaurants, one of which was Rockmill Tavern. Rockmill Tavern is the restaurant that the owners of Rockmill Brewery in Lancaster…

The Gemma Shop

As a self-proclaimed “localista”, that is to say, a connoisseur and lover of all things local, I have had a difficult time finding cute, quality clothing from local stores that won’t break my bank (still paying my student loans over here, yo). When I started this blog and posted my first Instagram photos, I was…

My Ten Favorites Books in 2016

In March of 2015, I was promoted at work and my hours changed from 55 a week to a mere 40, and I was able to devote much more time to my old love: books. It really had been years (probably since high school) since I was really able to make a list of books I…

My Go-to 30-Minute Workout (Spotify playlist included)

I am a gym rat. There. I said it. I work out about five days a week, and usually my workouts are at least an hour long. Some of you may think this excessive, but hey, I don’t have kids, I work a 40-hour a week job that I don’t bring home with me. It’s…

My Top Ten Winter Activities (under $30) in CBUS

If you’re like me, you get pretty stir crazy during the long winter months that are nigh upon us (thankfully we have had a very slow beginning to the cold weather this year). I am the type of person that needs regular outings and a full schedule in order to feel normal (if you couldn’t…

Loose Rail Brewing

In the heart of Canal Winchester, fifteen minutes southeast of downtown Columbus, there are several charming small businesses that lie along the few streets that make up the historic town center. (Canal Winchester is actually where I live, so I spend a lot of time in the downtown area.) One of these establishments is Harvest Moon…