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Friday, September 28, 2018

September Favorites

Wow, September has came and went. It feels like this year is just going by too fast! Today is my 36th birthday and I really don't have any plans. I just want a nice dinner, I already ordered two new dress online from New York and Company (see here and here) I hope that they fit well, had a manicure this past weekend and I finally got to Pottery Barn to get those beautiful Monique Lhuillier plates that I have been wanting.

Also I have a secret, I have never had a birthday cake before. Sad, I know but it is true! So I am hoping to get one this weekend. Well let's continue on with my favorites for the month of September. A great month I might add....

Okay I will start with this I am not a yogurt fan! I hate yogurt. I want to love it but have had a hard time finding one. I use to eat Dannon La creme yogurt but I think that they discontinued it because I cannot find it anymore. A few weeks ago they had samples out for tasting for this yogurt called Oui. It is a french style yogurt. I love the glass container. So chic right? Well turns out that I love it and have been buying it every week.

So creamy. The vanilla is my favorite!

Okay, second on my list is my night herbal hot cup of tea.....

Here I am in bed watching a movie called Marty. I have enjoyed this ritual and I have enjoyed using my tea cups every night also. 

Third on my list has been our new flannel sheet set from Costco.  I tried finding this pattern online but to no avail. 

Fourth on my list has been this photo that I found on Pinterest. I have no idea where it is from or who the original photographer is but I adore this photo. I love the dress, the heels, the elegance behind it. It is such a great inspiration. I have been on the hunt for a blue dress like this for years now. This photo is my screen saver on my phone. It is so pleasing to see when I turn on my phone. 

Fifth on my list is chinoiserie wallpaper. I will always love this wallpaper but my husband will NOT let me have it. I think one day I am just going to order it and have it installed and let him go mad after it is done. I would love to have it installed by Gracie Studio. I am a huge fan of their work. 

Sixth on my list are my Gucci sunglasses and yes I did pay this price for them. I don't regret it because they are so timeless and chic. They are some "head-turners" for sure but I love them, they are so classic! 

And last but certainly not least is this Youtube video from Harper's Bazaar. It is a video about Susan Lucci and everything that she eats in a day. This video so impressed me! First of all Susan is 71 and she looks incredible! 

Secondly, her food choices would put most of us to shame. I am so enamored with this video. I love her china cup with the bird on it. So pretty. She exercises everyday, and heck, I am so happy when I get in 4 days a week! And watch her 80 year old husband make a fabulous dinner for them. It is a wonderful video. 

Well, I do hope that you enjoyed my September favorites. I hope that I will have one for October but we will see. 

Have a great weekend!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley & Pinterest)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Tea in the Evenings

Since I have started my herbal journey I have been trying to incorporate more natural herbs and organic foods into my diet. It has not been as hard as what I thought. Once I made my mind up my eating habits began to change.

I shared a few weeks ago my herbal teas that I have been drinking. I have since added to my collection. On Wednesdays, during the summer, my city hosts a downtown market event. We have several vendors who arrive and sell their products. One vendor in particular is a herbalist and her booth is always busy.

This past week I stopped by to see her latest herbal teas and tinctures. I told her that I was interested in herbs for the female reproductive system and herbs that would help with digestion.

She handed me her blend of goddess tea, healing heart tea and Gentian tincture. The goddess tea is made of red raspberry, red clover, nettle, lemon balm, peppermint and passion flower. The healing heart tea is made of hawthorn, linden, lemon balm, mother wort and rosemary. I have to admit I loved the goddess tea! It tastes wonderful!

My husband purchased this tea filter for me years ago from Teavana

It fits perfectly in my cherry blossom tea pot also from Teavana. It is real china. 

I boil my hot water on the stove and pour in my herb tea and water and let it steam for about 15 minutes. I have been enjoying a cup in the evening in bed all week. 

I put everything on my lovely tray and take it all upstairs to my bedroom. I sit and sip while watching my old Martha Stewart dvd's. These have been lovely evenings indeed. I also put a spoonful of honey in my hot teas. I do enjoy a little sweetness to my teas. 

Before I forget I wanted to share information about the tincture that I purchased from her also. I just put two dropfuls in my bottle water and drink. I hardly taste anything but it is nice to know that I am taking in natural herbs that are good for my stomach. 

I do hope that you enjoyed this post and are inspired to give natural teas a try. If you wish to share where you are purchasing your herbal teas I would love to know! Please share in the comments section below! Thanks for reading!!!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Monday, September 24, 2018

Elegant Pyrex Storage Containers

About a month ago I was watching a blogger on Youtube by the name of Lisa and she was doing her fresh meal prep with her glass lock containers. I thought, "oh I would love to find some of those". Well we did!

We discovered these great storage containers at Costco called snapware storage containers and I could not find them online! I found this option here. My set is quite similar and we paid the same price.

My snapware set at home. It is 18 pieces with the lids. 

The bowls are Pyrex glass which is great! I love that they are not plastic so I don't have to worry about staining and them looking disgusting after a few months. 

The snapware lids feel secure on the bowls and they were so easy to clean and looked great!

I am sorry that I could not find them online. I love Pyrex products. They are made very well and last. I was so happy to find these at the store. If you wish to watch the video that inspired this you may see it below. Her food habits and meal prep is very inspiring for sure!

Enjoy the video!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Friday, September 21, 2018

A Lovely Foot Soak at Home

About once every other week I give myself a pedicure at home. I do enjoy it. Sometimes I will read, make a cup of tea or watch a vintage movie while soaking my feet. This past weekend I decided to try a new foot soak.

I saw this at Walmart a few weeks ago and decided to give it a try. And I am glad that I did. It was quite wonderful! My feet and toes felt very clean. 

The smell was not the sweet peppermint scent that I was used to. It smells a little more like medicine than something sweet. I love that fact that it has baking soda in it to help with odors and the epsom salt to help with soreness. 

I put just a little in my foot tub. I have just a medium clear foot tub. 

Then I added a little bit of my bubble bath liquid for bubbles. It was a nice pedicure. I soaked my feet for about 20 minutes. It was lovely. 

If you need a good foot bath salt then try this. I believe that there were other scents available. An at home pedicure is the best way to relax and take care of yourself. Have a good weekend!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mrs. Meyer's Natural All Purpose Cleaner ~ My Review

Okay time for my second natural product review. This time I decided to try the Mrs. Meyer's Lavender Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner.  I LOVE IT! 

I love everything about this cleaner. I love that it is made with essential oils and plant derived ingredients. 

I have used it on my counter-tops, appliances and our bathroom. 

And the smell is marvelous. It is truly therapeutic and relaxing. I was a little unsure about using it. I wasn't sure if my kitchen would feel clean or if the product would get "soapy" enough for me but it does. 

I have been using it for almost two weeks now. This item will be permanently added to my cleaning product list. You must try it! I do enjoy using it every night while cleaning up after dinner. Here is a video from Jennifer L. Scott. Of course I was inspired by her to give this product a try. 


(photos via Mrs. Shockley, opinions are of my own)

Monday, September 17, 2018

Tuesday Morning Finds

It's funny how my friends keep an eye out on great finds for me. This time it was my very good friend Mrs. Tina who spotted some beautiful blue and white items at Tuesday Morning.

She sent me a photo of some blue and white vases so I decided to go and take a peek....

These were the first vases that I saw. My "insides" leaped for joy! I had already purchased two in my mind. 

But then I saw this one...... my goodness!

(The Enchanted home photo)

What's funny is that I was just talking about a gray ginger jar vase that I saw on the The Enchanted Home blog with my friend Mrs. Shery. So to see one for only $40 I just had to purchase it. 

I walked down a bit further and spotted these.....

Lovely aren't they? 

But then I saw these! Oh I do declare! Pink lampshades, oh my, my, my. Now I was in turmoil. 

After about 20 minutes of trying to make a decision, I decided to purchase the lamps with the pink lampshades. And a few other things.....

I could not love the gray ginger jar anymore. It is so chic and looks beautiful with my other blue and white pieces. 

The lamps were a great additional also. I have been moving them around different places in the house trying to finger out where they would look best. I can see them at both ends of my dresser but I don't know yet. I hope that you enjoyed this post and may have found some inspiration!

(photos via Mrs.Shockley & the Enchanted Home)

Friday, September 14, 2018

Mrs. Meyer's Natural Detergent ~ My Review

So as I mentioned last week I have been really inspired by Jennifer L. Scott's reviews on natural home products. In July she did a review on Mrs. Meyer's laundry detergent.  So again I became very intrigued and quite curious.

I went to my local grocery store and purchased the lavender scent detergent. It smells wonderful and is very concentrated. Now I will be fair and say that once the clothes were put into the dryer the smell does disappear a little but it is still a wonderful detergent. 

I have been using it all week and do enjoy it. The only con is that it is quite expensive! I paid $15 for one bottle. That is double what I normally pay but I wanted to give it a chance and see what it was like using a natural detergent. We have very sensitive skin in my home and it does not take much to get a rash from using a different detergent. 

I have really enjoyed Jennifer's reviews and have loved learning about natural home products. If you want to watch the video you may see it below. 


(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Learning about French Linens

Earlier last month another favorite author and blogger that I admire wrote a blog post about french linens. She just recently returned from her MONTH long trip to France! Gosh, I was foaming at the mouth while following her on Instagram looking at all of her pictures and watching her videos.

What a dream! She also got to stay with the wonderful Sharon Santoni (another great author and blogger) at her swoon worthy chateau in Normandy. But let's get back on track with french linens.

This was an outstanding post! So informative and enticing.

One thing that I learned was that it is environmentally friendly. Linen is biodegradable. That's interesting. 

Shannon talked about how hypo allergenic it is, that it lasts longer than cotton (good to know), is stronger than cotton, get's softer with each wash, and is extremely absorbent. Great facts!

Shannon also gave a wonderful list on tips on how to care for your linens:

Tips About Buying & Caring for Linen

  • If purchasing vintage linen, make sure you open the entire sheet to see if there are holes or marks. Often the marks can come out, but you will either want to determine if you can darn (fix) the holes or pass on the sheet as it will only get worse with wear and wash.
  • Vintage sheets are usually only large enough for a queen or double. If you find a sheet that has a seam down the middle, this is absolutely fine as it shows that they combined (usually hand-stitched) two smaller sheets together to preserve them. 
  • Often on vintage sheets you will see the family name on the bottom left or right edge as the sheets would be washed by the staff in a wash house along a river, and if the sheets were accidentially swept away or mixed up with other sheets, they would be able to determine whose sheet was whose. 
  • With vintage linen, the top sheet will contain most often a monogram (see in my image – 3rd below), and it is placed on the very top of the sheet (the top sheets are very long to enable you to fold back about 1-2 feet over the top of the blanket). 
  • Most vintage pillow cases are only sized for Euro (large square) or the long bolster pillow that lays behind the two Euro pillows (you can see how Sharon made the bed below with this approach). I saw oodles of bolster linen pillowcases at the brocante boutiques.
  • Price for vintage linens at markets – the average I spent was 35-40 Euros (a sheet).
  • Vintage French linens do not have available a fitted sheet; you simply use a flat sheet and tuck to fit.
  • New linen French bedding makes available the standard pillowcases and fitted sheets we are accustomed to.
  • Line dry only – preferrably outside under the sun as the sun will keep them white AND if you can, Sharon shared to lay them flat out on grass as the chlorophyll helps keep the sheets white as well. 
  • Yep, you will have to iron them, but your body will thank you with a deep sleep. 

And last but certainly not least she shared where to find the best linens. I never thought that Etsy would be a great place but it is. Here is her link to the shops. 

I must admit I am really loving this linen dust ruffle coverlet below. I may have to save for this purchase!

Isn't it gorgeous? There were so many linen items that I wanted. I even looked for linen aprons but we will see. 

If you wish to read Shannon's blog post about french linens you may view it here. It is wonderful blog post for those of you interested in this beautiful material. 

(photos via Pinterest, tips via Shannon Ables)

Monday, September 10, 2018

Add the Brooch....

This is just a quick little post about how I love to add brooches to my totes.

You may remember this item from my Beautiful Trinkets at H&M post back in March. Sadly, this tote is no longer available online but you may stumble upon it at a local store. I have seen it happen. 

Since I have purchased it I have been carrying it non-stop. It is such the perfect tote for me. I love the color and the size. 

I recently added this beautiful little brooch to it. I found this beautiful item at Banana Republic. They always have exquisite brooches and this one was an excellent purchase. It adds the perfect amount of sparkle to this bag. 

I have caught women staring at my tote. It has been very funny. It's chic, looks leather and you are not quite sure how much it costs. 

Adding brooches is a good way to set you bag apart from the rest. You should try it and watch the eyes wonder. 

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Friday, September 7, 2018

Recent Ann Taylor Purchases

Autumn is approaching and I have began my hunt for some things....... not a lot. I have so many great pieces and items in my wardrobe that I don't know if I will be buying anything for the fall but we will see.

I did however lust over these earrings for about two months. I finally ordered them when Ann Taylor had a 50% off sale.

These are called the rosa earrings and I am sorry but they sold out before I could even share them. They are so lovely. They really are. I am not a chandelier earring kind of person but these are the perfect size and just enough sparkle. 

The next item that I ordered but I have not worn yet are these chic gray pumps. 

I adore the tassels on them. They are called the devin suede tassel kitten heel. They are the perfect heel height for me. Perfect for the office and an evening dinner. The gray color is very neutral and will go with most items in your closet. 

Well I hope that you enjoyed these quick little finds. I love sharing these with everyone. Especially when they are on sale. 


(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Trying Natural Soap

I have been so inspired by Jennifer L. Scott's natural home series on Youtube. I first shared a book called The Woman's Herbal Apothcary and I have not stopped reading it. The next item that I was inspired to try was some natural soap.

Jennifer posted a video about natural soap from a company and I was just too curious not to try some.

Now I did not order the natural soap that she posted about in her video but I am going to be ordering the goat milk bath very soon. It sounds wonderful. 

I did however see this natural soap stand in my local mall. I was curious about it and began to ask questions. This is Finchberry Soap. All of of their soaps are natural and safe to use.

The Finch Berry promise.... 

Their soaps contain, water, olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, shea butter, sunflower oil, lye, mica, oxides, select essential and/or fragrance oils and it smells WONDERFUL!

I purchased the sweet dreams bar. It smells so good and I have been USING it. My skin is so soft and afterwards so is the water. It's kind of weird but it does something to the water too. 

It is a beautiful bar and you can smell the lavender and vanilla. It is quite lovely. The price was great too! Only $9 which I thought was very fair. If there are some natural soaps near you give them a try or order one of these delicious bars. I don't think you will be disappointed. 

(photos via Mrs. Shockley, opinions are my own and this is not sponsored)