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Love: Our Planet

Posted by in Family Matters, Personal Mission Statement

Our environment is a subject that has been a passion and a huge part of who I am for much of my life.  I was the kid that convinced our family to start recycling and to turn off the water while brushing their teeth.  I championed for sea turtles in my community and it has stayed with me for the most part throughout my life.  I haven’t been as diligent as an adult but then I watched Plastic Paradise and found myself in tears and my passion for our planet reignited. I cannot…read more

Friday Favorites #2

Posted by in Friday Favorites

This weeks Friday Favorites where I round up some of my favorite objects and moments from the week.  This week has been a busy one with me working full time, juggling an online virtual assistant gig, the repair men for our carpet/water intrusion fiasco (more on that here), book club, play-date and all the other little things that consume my week.  Despite being busy and our apartment being torn up right now this week has run pretty smoothly – thank you minimalism! Dish Brush Who knew that a dish brush would…read more

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Love: Your Home

Posted by in Life in Order, Minimalism

Loving your home – something I could have included in loving yourself as well as in the loving others posts.  Loving your home is so vital to our well being as well as those who live with us. Loving Your Home is Loving Yourself A home full of clutter has been linked to an increase in cortisol (which can cause depression) and stress (which can cause all kinds of other health issues).  There have been some studies in the last couple of years but none of them with large numbers of data…read more

Friday Favorites #1

Posted by in Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites is a new series I am launching so I can share some of my favorite things from the past week with you.  I hope you enjoy! My new to me milk frother (similar here) that I found at a thrift for $2.50.   I mentioned wanting to buy a manual milk frother here as part of what I was doing to show myself some TLC this month.  I was planning on getting the one I linked to but as so often happens I stumbled upon one at one of our thrift…read more

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Love: Relationships

Posted by in Family Matters

I saved this post on purpose for after Valentine’s Day.  Love and the expression of love isn’t confined to one day on the calendar.  It is found between the larger moments in life, it fills in all the cracks and crevices like fragrant herbs will fill in the cracks between stones if allowed and encouraged.  Love cannot grow where it isn’t planted or gets uprooted.  It however can fill in the gaps between and perfume our steps. In order for love to flourish in our own lives we must first plant the…read more

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Valentine’s: Imaginary v. Reality

Posted by in Family Matters

Valentine’s is an over-hyped day but that doesn’t mean that I don’t get caught up in the idea of romance for one day.  Here is the Valentine’s edition of imaginary v. reality. In my head I have the perfect Valentine’s Day planned out.  I have silk pajamas, and a silk robe.  I get to lounge around all day in comfort with coffee, chocolate truffles and prosecco.  A candle lit dinner followed by a candlelit bath.  Then uninterrupted alone time with my husband. “Snap back to reality, oh there goes the gravity…”…read more

Spring-Summer Wardrobe Shopping List

Posted by in Becoming Chic

I mentioned a while back that I was planning on purchasing some boots as part of my February Love Yourself challenge.  Today, I am going to share the ones that I most likely will buy in my spring-summer shopping list.  If you have been following my Becoming Chic series then you likely already know that I am working on developing a year-round capsule wardrobe, that I have a list of basic pieces that I want to use as a foundation, a general idea of what my ideal wardrobe might look like and the color…read more

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Love: Your Body

Posted by in Life in Order, Wellness

I know discussed my wellness goals for 2016 last month but I feel really strongly that loving your body is even more important than showing yourself love by making your own time a priority.  This is why I split the two our health is the most important thing we have; without it we become less effective.  Taking care of yourself and your health are important for everyone because what happens when you get sick for one day?  Imagine that times 3 weeks, 3 months or 3 years? From personal experience three years…read more

Maddening Mishap and the Price of Clutter

Posted by in Family Matters

File this under “Keepin’ it Really Real”.  Our apartment isn’t new by any means and it has its quirks.  The outlets don’t like anything being plugged into them and often with great regularity spit plugs out. We can’t easily hang curtains because the walls are cinder brick.  Speaking of cinder brick, the most notable and annoying quirk – it is a mildew factory in winter. Mildew in the bathroom, mildew in the corners, and mildew creeping up the wall.  I spend 90% of my life scrubbing walls…only a slight exaggeration.  It is a…read more

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Color Palette

Posted by in Becoming Chic

I have already talked a little about discovering the colors and styles that I gravitate to so that I could create a foundation color palette for my capsule wardrobe. Here is my foundation palette:  Navy & Black are my anchor colors.  Berry, Teal and Emerald are my jewel tone statement or signature colors.  I use them a little more sparingly than navy and black. I know they are incredibly dark.  Jewel tones are often what I am wearing when I get compliments.  These colors work well for a year round wardrobe…read more

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