about me

Hi! My name is Haley and I'm a high school student from middle-of-nowhere Massachusetts, blogging about food, non-required reading, and all the girly things I can't get enough of. I started this blog in January of 2015, partly because it had been a long time dream of mine, but also because I think my boyfriend, Mike, was getting a little sick of me texting him pictures of my food all the time!

5 Signs You Have Come to the Right Place:
1. You love food. Like, you really love food.
2. You're constantly looking for book recommendations - "What should I read next?" is always the Question of the Day.
3. You're shamelessly feminine and wish guys would understand that just 'cause you're wearing high heels and a flouncy skirt, doesn't mean you won't kick their @$$.
4. You're looking for a positive, encouraging environment...no thinspo allowed!
5. Your personal motto is "down with the patriarchy." (Ha ha, just kidding...sort of.)

My blog is also a way to help me heal my damaged relationship with food...I fell into an unhealthy pattern of restrictive eating and binging midway through my freshman year of high school. Recently, I have been trying hard to adapt to Intuitive Eating practices (read more about I.E. here!) and really love and nurture myself. It's been a long, rough battle, but it's so worth it to be able to enjoy cooking and eating the dishes I used to love again! (Cases in point: Ben & Jerry's ice cream and chocolate chip pancakes.) I hope that through sharing my experiences and strategies on this blog, I can help other perfectionists like me make peace with the beautiful bodies they were born with, instead of constantly striving for an impossible ideal.

A Little More About Me...
In addition to being a blogger of all things edible/readable/wearable, I am also a ballerina, amateur yogi, aspiring 10K runner, and Girl Scout. (For those of you who are interested, I am currently working on my Gold Award in historic preservation, which you can read about here.) I became a vegetarian in August of 2012 and have not gone back since! (Click to read why.) I have been in a happy, albeit long-distance, relationship with my boyfriend/best friend Mike since March of 2013. Someday, I hope to become either a journalist or a PR rep - my top schools include Brown and Boston University - and hopefully travel the world <3

Favorite Animal: Giraffe!
Favorite Foods: (click for recipes!) Pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes, quinoa cauliflower fritters, baked macaroni and cheese, sweet potato gnocchi, peppermint sugar cookie bars, oatmeal banana walnut bread, Great Grandpa's raisin bread (sorry, no recipe - family secret!) and, of course, Ben & Jerry's cookie dough ice cream (no recipe either...I wish).
Favorite Books: The Fault in Our Stars and An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by David Leviathan and Rachel Cohn, Love is the Higher Law and Every Day by David Leviathan, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, All the Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry, Stargirl and Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, and, my all-time favorite, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
Guilty Pleasures: New Girl, the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris, Starbucks iced lattes and pumpkin bread, and Benefit's They're Real mascara ("guilty" due to its exorbitant price of $23 a tube!).
Signature Style: A great cat eye, my rose-gold Aeropostale wrap watch, and the charm necklace with charms from Mike and my mom that I never take off.
Biggest Beauty Blunder: Short hair and bangs...eek.
Girl Crushes: (in no particular order) Taylor Swift, Lauren Conrad, Lupita N'Yongo, Lorde, Lena Dunham, Hillary Clinton, Elle Woods (and Reese Witherspoon, for that matter), Cindi Leive (editor-in-chief of Glamour - if you're reading this, can I have your job?).
Blog Envy: (in no particular order) Sally's Baking Addiction, Oh She Glows, Mindful Meals, Zoella, Tone It Up, A Beautiful Mess, Lauren Conrad, Gala Darling, Sprinkle of Glitter, Books and Quills, Yoga With Adriene.