I received a compliment the other day and it made me feel good and a little nervous. Here’s what I mean. Someone said to me “you eat so healthy and your family is so lucky to eat such a great menu!” It was such a wonderful compliment! But I felt like I was kind of a fraud. I really don’t feel that we eat overly healthy foods. I don’t shop only organic and read labels. I just buy what I know we like. We have never really eaten junk food as a family (sugar is our weakness). And I feel like I make the same things over and over. I am trying a few different things this (Spring Rolls, anyone?) and some regular favorites (steak and fries). But all in all, it’s sure to be a winner. I really appreciated the compliment and am using it as fuel to pay a bit more attention to the overall health content of my meals and to try new things to keep the variety going.
What does Fall smell like to you? To me it is cinnamon and apples, cloves, mulling spices, leaves after the rain……. It is scents that make me want to wrap up in a blanket with a good book.
I have found a way to scent your home with items that your probably have in your pantry. It is very simple home fragrance and will fill your home with the scent of Fall.
I am working with a wonderful client right now named Donna. We are addressing her front sitting room, the first room you see as you enter the house. We have affectionately called it the “Woman Cave”. We are making progress. Some furniture has been purchased, we are shopping the house to find low cost ways to improve the room and we are being patient. Because things take time. Although that is easier said than done. I thought I’d give you a little sneak peak at the “before” and the woman cave design plan.
This weekly menu is an ode to Master Chef. Why you say…… well……. My children love that show! And since Elizabeth was ROBBED of the title this past season, my children have been saying that I need to go on the show. Here’s the problem…. I just don’t think I’m that good. But I’m using this scenario to my advantage. My kids have agreed that if I cook more interesting and “chef-y” items, they will try to eat more of those interesting things. All the while they will pretend to be Gordon Ramsey. Don’t know that I’ll ever be Master Chef caliber, but I can certainly pretend. Let’s home the kids don’t dump any dinners in the trash!
Have you ever woken up in the morning and thought, “I’m going to be super creative and house-wifey today! My kids will be impressed! My house will be clean and I will do crafty projects!” Then by the time you get the kids off to school, get your morning run in, shower, make the beds and throw in laundry there is very little time to be crafty and creative. Here is a very cute, easy, burlap wreath. It took me 5 minutes to make. Seriously. Anyone can do this! Just 5 minutes to feel like the crafty, creative, domestic diva you are!
Fall is my favorite season. There are just so many things to love about it. The colors, the cool air, the outfits (sweaters and boots), the smells (apples and cinnamon, anyone?), and most of all, the foods! Now you can really get down with the heavier (though not fattening) foods to fill the belly and warm you through. This is a warmth inspired weekly menu!
Fall is here! We had a couple of days of cooler weather. Temperatures didn’t get above 75 degrees. It was heaven! I immediately picked through everything in my attic, ran to Hobby Lobby, bought a whole bunch of fall decor, lit my favorite fall scented candle and got to work. I love days like that! The creativity flows and it’s not scorchingly hot. As I was decorating, I realized how much I have learned in all my years of fussing around my house. I’d like to pass on some words of encouragement and advice. Because don’t we all need a little of that now and again?!
I have seen so many amazing rooms lately! Have you? And all of these gorgeous rooms lead me to believe that there are some fantastic color trends emerging. I know it seems a bit premature. Here is my own 2015 color forecast.