Category Lifestyle

OML Maker Meet Up – THFM Recap

I had the pleasure of being a keynote speaker at this year’s Our Maker Life Meet Up in NYC (the first one, ever). What is this event and how did it come to be, you ask? It all started with a DM group chat on Instagram, where a group of us makers (who’ve been following one another for the past few years) decided it was time for us to meet in person. Thanks

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Finding Comfort vs. Being Too Comfortable

We were sitting around the conference table at work having a conversation about adopting a ‘sense of urgency’ in business — after reading a chapter on the topic, we came together to discuss various ways of increasing productivity and efficiency in our company, all eventually agreeing that success in this effort will come from getting out of our comfort zones. Near the conclusion of our discussion, one of my colleagues, knowing well that I ran a lifestyle blog all about the

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Coffee Review: Scotty D’s

I recently had the good fortune of being able to try some deliciously smooth coffee from the Blue Mountains of Jamaica. I’d personally never heard of Blue Mountain coffee before (which I know may be surprising, as a coffee blogger), but after doing a little bit of research, I realized that this coffee was in fact very special, developing a reputation for its smooth flavor and lack of bitterness, now being

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6 Easy Ways to Make A Dorm Room Cozy

The first thing I noticed when moving into my first college dorm room (now, 7 years ago, although it feels like just yesterday) was how incredibly cold, bare and uninviting it was. Of course, I wasn’t expecting it to be completely furnished or decorated, but I guess I underestimated the idea of being strategic with the things I brought with me to match up to my “cozy living” standards. Before long, I quickly figured out and

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5 Ways to Slow Down Your Life

My name is Talin, and I am a busy body. (Cue support group, sitting in circle: “Hi Talin…”) A lot of times, I find myself overwhelmed at how incredibly FAST life passes by. Every year seems to go by faster and faster, and I find myself having difficulty keeping up with it. Thankfully, I do make a conscious effort to stop and smell the roses, and I’d say this is the reason why I’ve

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Snowy Perspectives

Photos by: Trafecante Photography and Talin Avakian At this point, if you ask any New Englander how they’re feeling about the current weather situation, they’d most likely tell you that they’re ready for Spring, followed by an eye roll and perhaps a story about their latest shoveling experience. With over 100 inches of snowfall accumulated, with space to put it all becoming more limited every week, it’s very easy to grow a bitter

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Cozy Birthday Vibes

Photography by: Trafecante Photography & Design I wanted to take it easy this year for my birthday, but I also wanted to be around my friends. The “go-to” for the past few years has been starting the night off with dinner somewhere fancy, followed by bar hopping around Boston, which has definitely proved to be an awesome time, yet tends to easily turn into a grand production. Coordination/planning, reservation making, getting all dressed up, and

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Cozy Gift Ideas

Christmas is next week! It’s crunch time! Here is a list of “Cozy Gift Ideas” I’ve assembled as inspiration while you’re on the hunt for gifts for your loved ones. As you will see, I’m a huge fan of supporting handmade/local businesses, as well as gifting with anything that will support a relaxing and cozy activity. Avoid those crazy malls, while gifting thoughtful and unique gifts.   1. Handmade Candle Holders

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Thanksgiving Goodness

Photos by: Talin Avakian (Thanksgiving 2013) Ah, Thanksgiving. Naturally, this holiday is a top favorite of mine because it involves a few of my favorite things (cue Sound of Music “favorite things” song): food, family, and being home. It’s also quite easy for me to like this day because my Mom is a master at creating delicious and heartwarming dishes; from sweet potato casserole to baked macaroni & cheese, homemade cranberry sauce,

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10 Cozy Spots in MA

(In no particular order) 10 places in MA that I give the “Warm & Cozy” stamp of approval.   1. Pavement Coffeehouse-Boston, MA This coffee house was definitely my go-to when I lived in Boston a few years ago, and I still try to make it there on occasion whenever I have free time. Not only is Pavement great for coffee and espresso beverages, but they have great sandwiches as

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