A weekly menu is the best thing since sliced bread. Or cream puffs. Actually, a weekly menu is the best thing since chocolate. Well, maybe not chocolate, that’s crazy talk, but let me put it this way: my weekly menu saves my life.
I’ve done every kind of meal planning there is: flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants planning, organized-but-not-written-down planning, no-planning-of-any-kind, eating-out-instead-of-planning, and most recently, writing-it-all-down-and-being-extra-organized.
The best out of all the meal planning options? Writing it all down and being extra organized.
For about the last year and a half I’ve been vigilant about putting together meal plans and grocery lists every week, and it has saved my bacon. (see what I did there?) Even if we end up being in a hurry and eating out here and there, having it all organized ahead of time means even with the occasional treat out, most weeks we sit down at least 5 nights for a legit family meal.
I love it.
Since I’ve figured out my system, my life feels so much less stressed. I know what we’re eating for dinner by 7:30 AM every day, which means if something needs to go in the crock pot all day, … >> find out more...
It’s giveaway time! Get excited because not only is there a Jane Austen book + bookmark involved (hooray!), there’s also a $100 Amazon gift card and movie t-shirt up for grabs.
Let’s talk about the new movie and what this means for you.
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The new movie, Love & Friendship (in theaters now) is based on the unfinished Jane Austen novella, Love & Friendship: In Which Jane Austen’s Lady Susan Vernon Is Entirely Vindicated by Whit Stillman. Have you ever heard of it or read it? I didn’t even know it existed which means I’m about to head own a Jane Austen rabbit hole of reading, which, let’s be honest, is the very best kind. Especially because this book is apparently right up there with the rest of Jane Austen’s hilariously witty body of work. I’m kind of dying I didn’t know this existed and am now extra excited to see the movie (with Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny) which is all about a foxy young widow (Kate Beckinsale) who has come to Churchill to live with her in-laws, … >> find out more...
The PG version of explaining jet lag is that it’s a bear. I’ve never experienced an alcohol induced hangover, but I imagine morning hangovers have similar characteristics as jet lag…foggy brain, headache, blurry vision, slurred speech. If you’ve flown over multiple time zones and have the above symptoms along with the inability to form coherent thoughts, then you’re probably deep in the trenches of jet lag.
I recently flew over seven time zones. As if 23 total hours trapped with over 300 other passengers in a tin can wasn’t enough to kick the old noggin into a state of disorientation, skipping through different continents sealed the deal. Upon arriving in the good ole US of A, I didn’t know whether to tell the immigration officer thank you, siyabonga, or danke when he stamped my entry into my country of birth. I went with a slight head nod and methodically followed the herd to find my baggage.
Although there’s no way to avoid the somewhat debilitating effects of jet lag, there is hope. With concentrated effort on your part, you will be back on track in no time. I follow these three easy steps and find that my sleep patterns return to a … >> find out more...
This week I’ve been thinking a lot about my Quote of the Week series that sort of fell by the wayside a few months ago. Things get weird in the winter around here. It’s all cold and hunkering down to get through the long winter nights. I’m more of a summer girl. But I want to keep the series going, so I’m starting today with a new quote from one of my favorite artists of all time, Mr. Vincent Van Gogh.
Quote of the Week
The fact is that we are
all painters in real life, and
the important thing is to
as hard as we ever
-Vincent Van Gogh-
If you’re looking for more inspiring motivational quotes, you can find them right here!
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DIY dry shampoo is one of the best behind-the-scenes beauty secrets of all time. It’s so easy to make and does such a good job, you’ll never spend money on store bought dry shampoo again.
Have you ever used dry shampoo? I’ll admit, until a decade ago I’d never even heard of dry shampoo, let alone people making their own DIY dry shampoo, but it has opened my eyes to the wonders of beauty shortcuts.
And as far as beauty shortcuts go, this is one of the really good ones.
People didn’t used to use shampoo on their hair as often as we do now, and the theory is that people’s hair was in much better shape before washing it all the time. I’m a believer in not washing very often, especially since I’ve had a mohawk over the last few years. My hair looks better, behaves better, needs less product and hair drying, and feels so much smoother and hydrated when I only wash it once or twice a week.
The trick though, is that hair gets greasy and smelly without regular washing. So dry shampoo fills in the gaps of shampooing by absorbing the oil from your … >> find out more...
Hanging pictures can be so intimidating, especially when you’re staring at a fresh new wall and don’t know where to start. Or, when you’re like me and have too many pictures and artwork and you want to hang them all. So, where does one start when a room is ready to hang pictures?
Let me share my favorite trick for hanging a lot of pictures at the same time, so they all have a cohesive feel to really pull the whole room together with a gorgeous gallery wall.
When we started redecorating our study a few months ago, I gathered all the art and photos I’ve collected over the last several years and put them on my kitchen table to evaluate. I have a habit of buying prints and artwork on the spot when I love something too much to leave it behind, or it’s on super sale (like the painting above, left, by my friend, artist Erin Cooper), even if I’m not sure where I’ll put it in my house.
Most of what I buy has a similar feel, but after I had everything framed for this project and got it back to the study, I realized I … >> find out more...
Spring makeup is my favorite, and a few weeks ago I showed you a really gorgeous, super easy before and after Spring makeup look on my daughter. Today I’m sharing the makeup I used to create the look.
It really didn’t take too much to create such a gorgeous, fresh Spring makeup look on my daughter, and as with any makeup look, it’s just a matter of using the right products in the right colors to really make your face shine. In the good way, not the ‘I haven’t discovered blotting papers’ way. That way is just bad.
As a refresher, here’s the before and after of my daughter with no makeup, and then with some pretty spring makeup.
I didn’t use Photoshop to get the ‘after’ makeup look, just some key (quality) makeup products.
Let’s have a look, shall we?
What Makeup To Use For Spring Makeup Looks
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- Tarte blush + bronzer in Power Couple
- Burt’s Bees BB Cream
- Burt’s Bees lipstick in Magenta Rush #511 and Iced Iris #510
- Benefit High Beam liquid highlighter
- Natural Mineral powder foundation in Medium (purchased at Costco in a set)
- Naked 3 Urban Decay palette
- MAC mineralize blush in Gentle
I’ve looked out many airplane windows. If only I would’ve stepped foot on all the terrain I’ve passed over, my passport would be full of stamps from all over the world. Even though this hasn’t happened, this pass over in the skies has taught me one very important lesson as I’ve peered out my airplane window to the land below.
What you see not only depends on what you look AT, but also on where you look FROM. James Deacon
Flying the friendly skies has taught me about perspective. It’s incredibly easy to get locked into our own little worlds, especially when we’re busy. Life can get fuzzy when you’re zoomed in so closely to the details right in front of you. Sometimes you have to zoom out to gain perspective, because that’s what the bigger picture does…it gives perspective.
When I lift the shade and look out that tiny airplane window, I see things I wouldn’t see if I was on the ground. A city in the middle of a desert, an airplane flying parallel to my own in the sky, a dark night sky dotted with the lights that make it a city. Zooming out to see the bigger … >> find out more...
10 popcorn summer movies to watch on Netflix this summer!
Every year when I was a kid, a small movie theater in my town did a series of kids summer movies for the masses of wiggly children home for the summer. For a really nominal price, something like $1/movie and $1.50 for a movie AND treats, bored kids swarmed the theater all summer long. The theater sold packages to elementary schools, and on every Tuesday and Wednesday there were two matinee showings a day of 2nd run family movies. All my friends from elementary school would get together and choose a day and time to buy movie tickets, and then we all went home and told our moms we HAD to have tickets for Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. or else! and to keep everyone happy and out of their hair, all the moms agreed and promptly set up movie carpools. Then all summer long my gang of buddies and I would gather in the sticky-floored movie theater every week to giggle our way through Short Circuit, and The Whiz, Back to the Future, and the rest of the age-appropriate summer movies from the year before.
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