Chinese Lantern Wreath - Physalis Alkekengi

You won’t see this wreath in my shop yet because I am still figuring out how to ship it. But if you love it and you want to order it, email me and we can make it happen. I have an experienced Etsy friend who can help me, so this one-of-a-kind item won’t be damaged.

If you follow me on social media, you know I love seasonal decor.

I LOVE vintage decor, flowers, colors, art, and home organization. I feel like it’s time to make these things a bigger part of my life.

For years, I have kept this pastime a hobby, but this year, it is blossoming into a side business.

I’m pleased to announce the launch of a new branch of my online Etsy store featuring seasonal decor.

Right now the shop is stocked with Chinese Lantern (Physalis Alkekengi) decor in the form of bouquets, mantel spray, and pods. I even have one dried wreath, which is pictured.

I love Chinese Lanterns so much at this time of year! To me, they are the perfect decoration to transition from summer into fall.

Last year’s Chinese Lantern Wreath on the right and this year’s on the left. They age beautifully.

As the days go from bright and sunny to gray and rainy, it’s awesome to have some bright orange in the house. This color can take you all the way through Halloween and even into Thanksgiving.

I have both bright, new Chinese Lanterns and one-year old Chinese Lantern pods in my shop. If you want a more Thanksgiving look, choose the vase filler pods or garlands that are older because those tones say ‘November.’

You can also get the new bright orange stems and pods now, which are perfect to mix with Halloween decor.

Samantha finally gets to fulfill her lifelong dream of being an arm model. (Not really, mostly she kept asking if we were done yet.)

Maybe you’ve never heard the phrase “mantel spray”? That’s because it’s a new term that I made up.

The meaning is bits and bobs of things that can’t make a big decor splash each on their own, but when you put them together on your mantel they look amazing.

I don’t have a mantel because I use a wood stove. If you follow me on social media, you have likely seen my black hutch decorated to match the changing seasons. That’s my mantel.

Stay tuned for more awesome seasonal decor in my Etsy shop! I am having a total blast so far, so there is sure to be more.

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A Big Enough Backpack

I am hunting for a larger backpack for my daughter to use for school. When it’s too small, she just crams everything in until the zippers break. So, here’s what I found: the JanSport Big Student Backpack. LINK Perfect, if your child is in high school or middle school. I don’t recommend the smaller sized JanSport Superbreak Backpack for older kids. LINK But it might be fine if your child is in elementary school, possibly middle school.

A Kick-ass Planner

I am not really a planner worshipper, but I have to admit that my daughter’s planner for the 2018-2019 school year is pretty darn cool. Also neato: it comes in pearlescent. If you are planner-happy, check out these styles from LINK

Picture This Clothing

Have you heard of Picture This Clothing? Print out one of their dress or t-shirt patterns, have your child color it, send it back in and they will send you a piece of clothing uniquely designed by your child. How cool would it be to wear one of these outfits on the first day of school? LINK

Time To Make Stock

I love to make chicken and turkey stock for soups in the fall, and I’ll keep making them until next summer! But I don’t love what my local store charges me for cheesecloth, so I’ve found a better price on Amazon. Next stop: the first homemade soup of the season! LINK

“God Is A Woman” by Arianna Grande from Sweetner

I am craving provocative messages that aim to smash the patriarchy without taking any particular humans out at the same time. That’s why I am loving Grande’s “God Is A Woman” song from her latest album Sweetner. There may be other songs on the album, but I can’t hear them because I am too busy playing this one over and over. Need hope in tough times? You can download this song for free. LINK

Anne With An E

Sometimes back-to-school transitions can be tricky for families and that’s when a really good TV series can become a welcome opportunity to collapse on the couch together and just chill the heck out. I love that we are living in an age of expanding opportunities for female actors. Anne With An E, especially season 2, will either keep you in suspense or make you laugh/cry with delight. “Isn’t the world a remarkable place?” Anne With An E will remind you that it is indeed. LINK

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I had some health challenges again recently and they reminded me that I am not the healthiest eater in the world.

As I get older, I sometimes think I should radically change my eating habits, and yet that never really works out. Perhaps you can relate?

Instead of changing everything I eat, I have learned to add healthier foods into my diet. I find this strategy usually pushes out some of the unhealthy habits and replaces them with healthier ones.

One of the best things I have done lately is add a daily green juice habit. For over a week I have been blending frozen fruit and juice with Vitamineral Green powder and drinking a large glass every morning.

I can feel a difference already. I have more energy. I feel lighter and cheerier. I even feel like I am losing a little weight without even trying. Since I was recently feeling unwell, the difference in how I feel is dramatic, and I needed that boost.

Another unanticipated benefit seems to be more balanced blood sugar. I have hypoglycemia, which means I have to eat every few hours to keep my blood sugar balanced. I’ve noticed that I am having less blood sugar dips while taking the Vitamineral Green. I have no idea why, but I’ll take it!

I use fruit we picked fresh locally and then froze, and when this supply inevitably runs out, I will pick up more fresh-frozen from local farms. I find that the taste of the fresh-frozen is quite superior to buying frozen fruit at the grocery store. I can buy frozen over the winter if necessary and Trader Joe’s has a wide selection of reasonably priced options.

The key ingredient is Vitamineral Green. I’ve taken it before and I found a half-empty container in the cabinet to use up (the product has a nice long shelf-life). I don’t remember why I stopped taking it or even when, but I feel so much healthier after taking it again for a week.

Recent blood work at the doctor showed that I had a vitamin D deficiency, so I am hoping that the Vitamineral Green will also help me absorb more of that vitamin, which I have increased in my diet. Regardless, I was probably deficient in other things since the improvement has been so dramatic.

If you are a woman at midlife, you may also find yourself having health challenges. If so, have you been screened for Vitamin D? Did you know that a long-term deficiency can lead to Osteopenia or even Osteoporosis? If you have any joint pain, be sure to get your vitamin D tested by your physician. My sudden joint pain onset disappeared as soon as I increased my Vitamin D intake. That was an easy solution to what seemed like a dramatic problem.

I’m hoping that the Vitamineral Green will improve my overall health. For me, it’s easier not to have extra greens on hand, which often go bad quickly and then have to be composted. When I think of all the greens I would have to buy to green my juice, I know I am saving a ton of money.

I have the utmost confidence in Healthforce Superfoods, which is a company I have been following for many years. My recipe for green juice is simple, I combine whatever juice and frozen fruit I have on hand with a heaping tablespoon of Vitamineral Green powder in the blender. The result tastes great and makes me feel healthier.

I am adding a couple of other Healthforce products into my daily diet, because I have had such good results with the Vitamineral Green, and I’ve listed them below. Let me know if you have tried Healthforce Products and what kind of results you have had. They are available on Amazon or at your local health food market. You can always visit the Healthforce website for more information.

I hope this is helpful. Here’s to your health!

Flower Power: How Their Natural Beauty Is Revolutionizing The World

May 31, 2018

Turn on the news and you will notice that the world is presented as a fairly ugly place. The bottom line is: words often fail us. They are…limited. People get upset and use words as weapons. Next thing you know, we have divided humanity rather than uniting us. I am not crazy about the headlines […]

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Ode To Comfortable Shoes: What To Wear When Your Feet Hurt

May 7, 2018

A while back, I took a poll on Facebook asking what kind of shoes people find comfortable because my feet were killing me. When I was pregnant with Samantha, many moons ago, I gained a bunch of weight and my arches collapsed. Yes, it was as painful as it sounds. Fast forward sixteen years later […]

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For The Love Of Lilacs! Read This Post If You Cannot Get Enough Of Them

May 2, 2018

Every once in a while I need to write about timely things I love. One thing I love right now are lilacs. My lilac bushes are in bloom and our home is filled with vases of lilacs large and small. Why do I love lilacs so much? They were not part of my childhood. You […]

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Start A Joy Journal: Here’s A List Of Basic Collage Supplies

May 1, 2018

I attempt to collage daily in my Joy Journal. What this means is that I collage most days. Collage journaling is a straight path to self-discovery, inspiration and everything that makes me tick. What I love most about collage journaling (which I call Joy Journaling) is that it helps me stay up-to-date with myself. What […]

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Making Time For Yourself Pays Off In Self-awareness & Personal Power

April 25, 2018

There are really no words to describe how much I enjoy my Joy Journaling practice. As I collage regularly, I reap the benefits of connecting with myself in ways the world does not provide for me. This is what I hope to address in my work: bridging the gap between women and daily self-expression for […]

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Mean Girls, The Broadway Musical, Shines Spotlights On An Ugly American Epidemic

April 24, 2018

Broadway could not have produced a more timely musical than Mean Girls, based on the movie Mean Girls, based on the book by Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman. Across America, moms are talking to moms about the mean girl nightmares in their own backyards. And if moms across America are talking about mean […]

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