Showing posts from October, 2015

Treasures of an Afternoon Walk

This chilly fall afternoon begged for a stroll. My eldest daughter and I had some books at the the library to pick up and this photo is the beautiful view from the library entrance. I love this city of mine.  We were not only rewarded with Nature's autumn display, but some discards from a neighbor's yard sale. A small foot stool turned into dog bed fit for our furry queen and these two large prints that just called to me. Free. You never knows the treasures that lie in your own backyard. Happy weekend, may it be filled with joy. 

Monthly Book Recommendations

My love of literature began when with my first book, Ramona and Her Father at the age of four. I have not stopped reading since then. I was an only child who did not like television, I have a very hard time sitting still, to this day I'd rather put my nose in a book than stare at the television. Don't get me wrong, I love certain shows, I'm by no means anti-tv, but books just interest me more. I've had a great streak lately and thought I'd share some of the ones I enjoyed. As you can see, I read a lot of Young Adult titles and I have a blog post planned with some of my favorite Young Adult titles scheduled for next week and why this market is so important. More later, but for now, I loved these titles. I should say, God Help the Child and Sold do not explore easy subjects to read, however, I'm a firm believer in challenging oneself in the pages of a book. If I had to pick 2 favorites this month, it would be, hands down, Counting by 7s and The Small Backs of Ch…

Quick Room Makeover Under $60

As the season changes from the balmy summer to the brisk fall, so too, must some areas of my house. The light burlap curtains must be switched to the heavier, energy saving ones and the warmer pillows come out. I've been itching to do something small with the living room besides a linen change over so as luck would have it, I happened upon a rather zebra print for $12 at Target that inspired a new look for our living room.  I couldn't resist this print and I just love it over the record player.  And who would've thought I'd find a matching zebra head for the coffee table at my local thrift store for $1?! Scored this gold brocade and velvet pillow for a whopping $3, the fur pillows are from last year, which were $5 for the pair. Another favorite find is the animal skull for $9, I've been dying for one but refused to pay over $20 for one. Thanks, Home Goods, for that find.  Lastly, to add some greenery as we enter the dark days of winter, a small house plant from Ho…

Sunday Word Sermon: Be Still My Heart

I'm writing this post from a hospital bed, anxiously waiting to get out of this sterile room and home with my family. My heart gave us all a minor scare, but I'm happy to report that I will be okay with less stress, baby aspirin, and rest. As the doctor said, "your body can't fight anything if it's full of stress. That virus found where it needed to go, and wrapped itself around that heart of yours." The poetic irony of me being admitted  because of a sick heart on the anniversary weekend of my brother's death is not lost on me, believe me. This year is indescribable and I feel every minute of it was making sure everyone else was okay. In doing so, I ignored my own healing. The longer it was ignored, the larger the wound grew. Being consumed by stress and worry for everyone else left me no time to focus on my own healing. I'm taking this ironic infection and learning from it.  I'm letting go of expectations, things I cannot change, and the stress…

Sunday Night Work Week Prep

Sunday's are, by far, my favorite day of the week. However, around 5pm on Sundays, the Monday blues start to set in pretty hard. To beat these dreaded doldrums, I try to shift my mindset to styling rather than getting ready for work. I check the weather, peruse my wardrobe, and try to bring some fun to the preparation of my work week. Makes it much more fun to iron while watching Brooklyn 99 Sunday evenings and saves me oodles of time in the mornings because my outfits are chosen and ready to go.

My Capsule

I've seen this whole capsule wardrobe thing everywhere and I wanted to dig a little deeper.  After reading some articles and perusing Pinterest, I fell in love with this capsule idea. Basically, it's about keeping things simple, having classic pieces and only buying a few seasonal items. In general, my wardrobe is actually pretty small, I'm just fairly good at making many outfits out of what I have in my closet but this capsule thing really inspired me to dig in the recesses of my wardrobe. I filled 2 giant garbage bags and have simplified my wardrobe with things I actually wear. I'm always up for a challenge and I'm excited to see what I can come up with this much smaller wardrobe and what to do with all that new space in my closet!