Saturday, April 25, 2015

Inspiration For Homemakers E-book

Dear Friends, I am so excited! I have taken the best posts from my blog and put them together into an e-book entitled, Inspiration for Homemakers

I've already have my first review: This ebook has so much inspiration and I believe is well worth the purchase price. I've enjoyed Tracy's blog for many years and admire the way she promotes a simple and satisfying life of joy. I work full-time and do not have children, yet I still identify strongly with Tracy's words as a homemaker. Perhaps it's a state of mind - in my heart I am at home! There are many great ideas in every chapter of this ebook and it is written in a very encouraging way. Treat yourself!

The e-book is available on Amazon in Kindle form for 99 cents. If you do not have a Kindle, download the free Kindle reading app for smartphones, tablets, and computers.

I plan to write more e-books in the future, but I am curious as to what topics you would like to read more about. Please share your thoughts in the comments! 

Thursday, April 23, 2015


While I had plans to work in the yard today, I ended up getting sidetracked and started giving the sun room a good cleaning and purging. It's amazing how I continue to get rid of stuff! 

How much more is there?

Decluttering is a lot like peeling an onion. You do it in layers.

When you first begin to declutter, you are not yet ready to get rid of everything. You let go of some things, but it's really not enough. Soon, you are bringing more things into the house and the space you had created is filled back up.

It becomes a cycle. 

Finally, one day, you will get to the point where you are ready to gain control of your life and tackle the chaos. You mean business this time!

You declutter and it feels wonderful! You feel like you can breathe a little easier. You are loving the newly created space in your home. 

With each pass through your home, you become a little more ruthless in clutter-clearing. Your husband and children start worrying that nothing will be left! 

Clear the clutter anyway!

For the record, I do not throw out my family's things! I encourage them to go through their own things and get rid of anything they don't like, use, or need. If it's broken or doesn't fit, it must go.

After a while, do not be surprised if you're desire to buy things is greatly diminished, if not eliminated. I no longer buy wants because I know in a few months it'll end up in the donation pile. I would much rather spend my money on items I need that are also useful and beautiful. 

Now I, by no means, have it all together! I still have clutter I am clearing, but life is getting easier. I am loving the simplicity and that makes me very happy!

Is clearing clutter a challenge for you?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spring Fever

Yesterday I was bitten by Spring fever. We had low humidity and it was a beautiful, sunny day after having 8 days of scattered rain showers. Off I went to Lowe's to buy impatiens, marigolds, and caladiums to go into the flower pots on my front porch.

Today looks to be the same, so I want to get as much yard work done as I can before the rain returns tomorrow. I have all kinds of ideas and projects I want to start checking off my list. 

I have been enjoying the little indigo buntings visiting the yard. They are so bright and pretty!  I really need to get a few birdhouses and feeders for my feathered friends. I do so love to listen to their birdsong and watch them.

How is the weather where you live? What are you growing? Do you have a favorite bird?

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Making Changes...Gradually

It is no secret that I adore Fiona's How to Be Chic blog. While she is currently on a blog break, I have been reading through the archives gleaning inspiration (and there are tons) on becoming French chic and pondering where I want to start in becoming as such.

To avoid self-sabotage, it is best if you make changes gradually so that you may replace bad habits with new ones that will benefit you in the long-term.

Even though we may wish it wasn't so, appearance matters. It can affect not only how you are treated out in public but your self-esteem. 

So this week, I am choosing just three things to focus on:

~ To be dressed for the day within an hour of rising; including hair and makeup. I want to be ready to face whatever the day holds and look fabulous while doing it. 

~ To take the time to remove makeup and cleanse my face every evening before retiring for the night. I am so bad about this!

~ Moisturize from head to toe. 

I am starting with self-care because I tend to make sure everyone else is taken care of first and neglect myself in the process. Wives and mothers tend to do that, non?

Are there any new habits you are working on?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Lola, My Inner French Girl

A re-post from March 2014:

In recent months, I have been devouring books on the secrets of French women, their life and style. I have become a Francophile

Why am I so fascinated by French women? They are, oh so, chic! 
Lola practices extreme self-care and does not feel guilty about it. She believe in dressing well and looking her best at all times. She guards her time and is not afraid to say, "Non!"

Lola has small wardrobe, preferring quality over quantity, and always looks stylish. 

Lola wears minimal makeup, preferring the au naturel look, because she focuses on excellent skin care.

Lola does not diet. She enjoys rich foods eaten in moderation. She eats a variety of foods, usually fresh, sitting down at a proper table and relishing every bite. 

Lola prefers walking and gentle exercise that she can incorporate into her daily life rather than furiously sweating and working out in a gym.

Lola's home is clutter-free and well-kept. She believes in simplicity so she can live well in all areas.

Lola is not fearful of aging, unlike our youth-obsessed culture here in America. Older women are considered beautiful, sensuous and are respected.

Lola does not worry over trivial things or what others think of her. She is confident, sassy, yet refined. 

Lola practices joi de vivre - a delight in being alive, keen, carefree enjoyment of living!

Classic Casual Style

At last, I have determined what my personal style is: Classic Casual.

I am definitely a casual dresser. I like clean lines and styles. While I don't mind feminine touches, I do not want my clothing to be overly frilly.

I do not work outside the home, so I have no need of a fancy wardrobe for the "office". 

I tend to stay away from dresses and skirts. I'm most comfortable in jeans/slacks, capris and shorts.

A celebrity whose style I admire: Jennifer Aniston

She always looks effortlessly chic and owns her style. She is an Icon in here own right.

What is your personal style? If you have trouble determining your style, may I offer a few suggestions?

Know who you are. 
Know what you like.
Discover what styles look best on you.
Dress in your size. Don't try to squeeze into a smaller size!
Know what colors look best on you. 
Dress for your lifestyle. No need for ball gowns if you're a homemaker...

When you finally define what your personal sense of style is you will feel at home and comfortable with your look. Then you, too, will be fashionable and effortlessly chic.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Rainy Days Are Perfect

I love rainy days at home when I don't have anywhere to go. And since my area is expecting rain all week, what better time to think of things to do for work around the home and for pleasure.

Rainy days are perfect for puttering around my home, cleaning and tidying as I go. Maybe even rearranging furniture to create a new look without spending a penny.

Rainy days are perfect for getting dinner going in the crock pot and baking a simple treat such as brownies or cookies.

Rainy days are perfect for catching up on recorded programs I haven't had time to watch, to read a book or write in my journal.

Rainy days are perfect for afternoon naps. I listen to the rain drum on the roof top like a lullaby.

Rainy days are perfect for listening to music or sitting quietly with my own thoughts.

Rainy days are perfect for playing a board game or working a jigsaw puzzle.

Rainy days are perfect for culling emails, blogs, and liked Facebook pages.

Rainy days are perfect for browsing through cookbooks for scrumptious dinner ideas.

Rainy days are perfect for organizing those irritating areas in our home ~ a junk drawer, the linen closet, the pantry?

Rainy days are perfect for catching up with a friend ~ a phone call or meeting for a cup of coffee.

Rainy days are perfect for pampering yourself: give yourself a facial, hot oil hair treatment, do your nails or enjoy a soak in a warm bubble bath.

Rainy days are perfect for clipping and organizing coupons, planning your garden, or working on a hobby.

Rainy days are perfect for writing a love letter to your spouse - just because.

Rainy days are perfect for yoga and deep breathing exercises.

Rainy days are perfect for sorting through your wardrobe and putting pieces together in a new way.

Rainy days are perfect for walking, kissing, and dancing in the rain.

Rainy days are perfect for enjoying dinner by candlelight.

Rainy days are perfect for comfort foods.

Rainy days are perfect for simply being alive.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Things To Remember While Creating Changes

When you are on the path to creating a life you love, it is easy to get discouraged and overwhelmed. After all, you want to change everything, like yesterday! 

However, many of us have limitations that prevent us from going all out. That may be a good thing in the long run because radical, fast change is usually not sustainable.

It is better to go within and think about what is important to you (because this is YOUR life) and create an action plan based on those things. 

It is okay to take baby steps! Any forward progress is still progress, however small. And it is better than doing nothing at all. Celebrate any, and all, success.

Be kind to yourself. Lasting change takes time. You are creating new habits that will benefit you in the future.

Start where you are. Don't let money limit you. Many things you can do yourself for free or for very little output. Be creative and think outside the box.

Ignore the naysayers. Many people are uncomfortable with change and may unknowingly try to sabotage your progress. Don't let anyone stand in the way of creating a life you love!

Keep at it! Don't let little setbacks stop you. Just jump back in and continue on. Failure only comes to those who give up.

Are there changes in your life you are working on? What areas are you struggling with? Which areas are you succeeding in? 

Discuss in the comments section.