I tried I really really tried, but it’s ridiculously challenging to maintain a healthy lifestyle during the holiday season.  All the wonderful wholesome daily habits like getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and exercising regularly get tossed right out the window!  I’d worked super hard to lose eighteen pounds just before the great beginning of the season, Turkey Day.

 

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Feeling determined but realistic I resolved to just go ahead and enjoy the day with a few cheats like cheesy mashed potatoes and yummy pumpkin pie, but then got right back on my healthy wagon the next day. Having gained just one pound post-Christmas Day, I was feeling pretty darn invincible and proud of myself. Woo Hoo! Fast forward to January with the kids returning to school, bags packed and teary eyes at the airport I find myself a few pounds heavier and a bit tired out. What’s a girl to do? If I’ve learned one thing about losing those pounds, it’s that the best plans start with just one healthy habit to kickstart you in the right direction.  For me, that one habit usually leads to feeling better and adding more healthy habits back to the mix.

I find starting with the spa water is easy and leads to adding more healthy habits, so here’s my three go to healthy habits to begin the New Year!

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1. Add refreshing spa water to your day

Make the mundane a treat! I don’t know about you but how I start my day makes all the difference for me. The very first thing I do is get up and make a large pitcher of spa water.  Guzzling water all day long is not my favorite thing to do, and I find that making it tasty and delicious keeps me hydrating consistently throughout the day.  Slice some cukes, grapefruit, lemon and then add some mint for flavor, and you’re good to go!

2. Plan your meals

Most household managers in chief do some degree of meal planning.  If you look, you’ll find there are a wealth of new fitness meal bloggers out there that will blow the lid off your diet stumbling blocks. Whether you’re vegan, paleo, vegetarian, or ketogenic gorgeous bento boxes are sure to inspire eating a healthy diet.  I’m adding some major #mealprep and ordering up some #bentoboxes to achieve my New Year’s resolutions.  I started my search after doing Kayla Itsines #BBG workout which led to finding some fantastic exercise and meal prep inspiration.  Though she’s a lot younger than moi, I’m completely blown away and inspired by the amazing Instagram of @nessasphere.

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Even it’s only ten minutes I’ve found that getting in anything is WAY better than getting in nothing.  Last year I did a personal training program that worked wonders for me.  I’d lost ten pounds but then my circumstances changed, and I decided to work out at home for a while.  I’m guilty of putting other things first, like starting a project and convincing myself it’s exercise (Not).  At the end of the day, it’s all about priorities, and I’m finally learning that exercise is like brushing your teeth, it’s just something you gotta do!  I also thought I was too far gone and at over fifty I should just be satisfied and at peace with my body, Not!  My initial goals of getting thinner have now morphed into getting stronger and building more muscle.  Heck, who knows I may even get a six pack!

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Connect with your readers! Keep your reader engaged in your blog. Applique is integrated with social media share buttons to keep you easy to use, just simply copy & paste your account social URL. It will appear at your post, easy connects to your reader, if they want to share your post to their social media with one click. Beside, you can use WordPress or Disqus Comment system to communicate with them. Aim to make commenting easier and more interactive. Also Applique has full-width Instagram Feed places at the bottom of your blog (footer area). You can sort Instagram photo by ‘Newest to oldest’ or ‘Random’, it’s depend on what you want. Also you can set your number of photos and number of columns that will appear. It’s easy customizing! Another feature is Sticky Navigation, it will make your blog quicker to navigate. Of course, keeping readers able to find what they’re looking for quicker when they didn’t have to scroll back to top of the page. It can have a big impact on readers. The last is Sidebar & Social Media, it provides easy access to any section of the blog. It will make easier for reader to get specific information what they want to read.

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Add more features to your blog without coding skills needed! Applique has 4 possibilities of different types of posts: standard, audio, video, and gallery. Once you published your posts, these will appear in full-width Featured Post Slider. This feature is support for using a representative your featured image of your posts, and the default will show your latest posts. Besides, you can create your widget area at your sidebar and front-page template. And Applique has Beautiful Archive with Advanced Search, easy to search the specific post or page that you need. It comes with the drop-down category and selects date options. For the accent border, Applique has 2 styles, light & bold. You can choose your border that you want the most!

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Applique is a fully responsive Fashion blog theme that designed with style publishers in mind! We keep things simple and elegant to make sure any fashion blogger—even those without IT background, can use it. We believe that a blog theme, should feel fluid, light, and intuitive. That’s what we are aiming to make with applique, using clean code and detailed designs in each our custom features maintaining balance between design and technology. We present to you Applique our most elegant theme yet.

5 Ways Applique will help you grow your fashion blog:

1. Add beauty right off the bat

Add beauty right off the bat! Applique is easy to install and customize. Yup, you will just need 5 minutes for the installation and Applique’s customization via WordPress Live Customizer. By using WordPress Customizer manage all aspects of your site using a live previewer, so you can see exactly how that logo, font, or layout will look before you publish. Customization made easy! Applique giving you the power to customize your blog with various elements option to create in an effortlessly timeless style, and unlimited color options. Besides, you will get exactly the same Applique’s demo content.

2. Improve your blog performance

Improve your blog speed performance and Google rank. To get these performances, first Applique is compatible with SEO (Search Engine Optimization). SEO will help your own blog increase your search engine visibility, drive more traffic to your blog and generate more leads and sales for your business (if you’d like to leverage your blog to grow your business). Blog is only getting better because it puts a focus on content. Although, SEO is only a part of blog, it offers great information and advice. Now, content is so crucial for blogging and SEO will be one not to miss.

Second, ensuring your site is Mobile-Friendly! Because Google began rolling out its “mobile-friendly” update, which makes mobile-friendliness a stronger ranking factor for mobile searches. Applique is designed to be mobile-friendly for your blog to get easy affected by Google’s mobile friendly. These days includes Mobile, it’s not an option. Today should be Mobile Friendly, of course, it has to!

Third, Applique is created not only with clean code, but also without bloated plugins/features. It will make a good performance for your blog site.

3. Monetize your blog

If you’d like to leverage your blog to grow your business, monetize your blog! Earn money from your passion is the best avenue to start affiliate marketing. This is one of the easiest and most common ways to make money blogging. Affiliate marketing is about sell or promotes someone else’s stuff and gets paid for doing it, simple. Applique provides you the Affiliate Metabox to place in post and page of your site. To using this Affiliate Metabox, you have to create your account first in ShopStyle Affiliate Program. Because of Applique is already compatible with ShopStyle. More than just easy!

Applique is also has the Multiple Advertising Space, place in header, footer, and sidebar. Most Bloggers and you can also set aside a portion of their page for marketers to buy as party of a paid advertising campaign.

4. Connect with your readers

Connect with your readers! Keep your reader engaged in your blog. Applique is integrated with social media share buttons to keep you easy to use, just simply copy & paste your account social URL. It will appear at your post, easy connects to your reader, if they want to share your post to their social media with one click. Beside, you can use WordPress or Disqus Comment system to communicate with them. Aim to make commenting easier and more interactive. Also Applique has full-width Instagram Feed places at the bottom of your blog (footer area). You can sort Instagram photo by ‘Newest to oldest’ or ‘Random’, it’s depend on what you want. Also you can set your number of photos and number of columns that will appear. It’s easy customizing! Another feature is Sticky Navigation, it will make your blog quicker to navigate. Of course, keeping readers able to find what they’re looking for quicker when they didn’t have to scroll back to top of the page. It can have a big impact on readers. The last is Sidebar & Social Media, it provides easy access to any section of the blog. It will make easier for reader to get specific information what they want to read.

5. Add more features to your blog

Add more features to your blog without coding skills needed! Applique has 4 possibilities of different types of posts: standard, audio, video, and gallery. Once you published your posts, these will appear in full-width Featured Post Slider. This feature is support for using a representative your featured image of your posts, and the default will show your latest posts. Besides, you can create your widget area at your sidebar and front-page template. And Applique has Beautiful Archive with Advanced Search, easy to search the specific post or page that you need. It comes with the drop-down category and selects date options. For the accent border, Applique has 2 styles, light & bold. You can choose your border that you want the most!

I keep losing things.  I make the piles and then I move the piles and then I put them in a basket and then I put the basket on a shelf and then I forget I put the stuff in the basket in the first place….and then I start all over again…AND NONE OF IT IS organized!

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On top of my usual topsy turvy creative disorganization we recently had wood flooring and carpet installed upstairs and had to empty EVERYTHING out of all the rooms.  I don’t even want to talk about my daughter’s closet.  It seems any perceived neatness wound up in the alternate universe of her closet.  Boy was I duped!

BOTTOM LINE I REALLLLLLY WANT TO GET ORGANIZED NOW

Ya think this is how Cybil drove Deniro mad in Taxi Driver?

Back to the desk and my lack of organization….So I got to thinkin about some band aid color file cabinets I had down the basement and did a quick Pinterest search to consider my options.  I don’t know what we did pre-Pinterest, P.P. but I do know it took longer.

mypassionfordecorLovin’ this Pottery Barn inspired desk from My Passion for Decor

aninvitinghomeand this rustic makeover from An Inviting Home

overthebigmoonI knew I just had to copy the gold bling on this great workstation from Over the Big Moon

Rustic and Bling – the perfect marriage

rustic Bling Desk 2During my travels at good ole Lowes I found some gold toned lag screws that worked perfectly with the metal bar I spray painted gold.   Ta Da, Yes!

hollow core doorI used an inexpensive hollow core door ripped to the depth of the file cabinets, and stained it walnut.  The top is sealed with General Finishes High Performance topcoat which is AWESOME.  I used it for the first time on this project and can say it’s my new favorite topcoat.  The directions say to use a paint pad but I didn’t have one and used a foam roller used as brush by dragging it across in rows.  No lines, no bumps, no bubbles.

general_finishes_high_performance_satinGreat Stuff!

Rustic Bling Desk 1Things are certainly lookin’ up.  If only I could find the missing little screws for the last file cabinet handle.  How does that happen?   I swear those screws must be hanging out with one of my missing socks.  The file cabinets are parinted with DIY chalk paint in Navajo White.  I’ve still got to repaint the room and trim, and also deal with the wires everywhere.  The current color is Shaker Beige and it’s pretty beat up.

file-cabinet-desk-rustic2Last time I was at Ikea I grabbed a few packages of their Lenda Curtains for messy closet girl’s room.ikea-lendaNot sure if I’ll use these in here.

file-cabinet-desk-rustic4I’ve already got turquoise floral drapery in this room.  My daughter says we have a somewhat girly house so I’m going to attempt to cater a little to the men around here….not sure that’s gonna happen though.

file-cabinet-desk-rustic3Decisions, decisions…Hobby Lobby has this greek key trim for close to nothing per yard.  If I do keep the floral drapes I could add this colorful desk chair from Hayneedle for a punch of color.

hayneedle-chair

Manchester Tan, the color du jour around here, turns out to be the perfect griege for this house.  I only had  to try a gazillion colors to figure out what works with the gold and orange tones I already have in the floors and cabinets.

(watch for my upcoming post on best paint colors for ORANGE cabinets)

Manchester-Tan-Benjamin-MooreIf you’re wanting to go griege Manchester does not read pink, green, blue or purple with changing light conditions throughout the day.  It really is the perfect neutral.

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I can’t wait to start putting it all back together.

Mission Organization has begun!

It’s been a crazy couple of months full of home remodeling, furniture refinishing, a family wedding and two graduations coming up way too soon!  When oh when do we get time to smell the proverbial roses?  Though it’s been super crazy busy I somehow  managed to squeak in a peek at Gray Line Linen in New York during one of our wedding fitting trips.

grey-line-linen-1I really love this stripe, it has such a homespun feel to it.  I’d love a squishy soft pillow or even a bed skirt in this one.

grey-line-linen-2Fun, fun, fun!  Loving the bold colors in these oversize prints.  But you know I’m a natural, organic kind of girl so the more subdued prints on the right really appeal too.  See all those whites on the bottom – you really have your pick if it’s white you’re after.

grey-line-linen-3Oh and the metallic weaves were AWESOME.  I’m seeing a roman shade in my future.

grey-line-linen-4More prints in neutrals.  Some more modern like the smidge you see at the bottom of the picture and some more ethnic and traditional.  I’d love any of these in my bedroom.

grey-line-linen-5These pintucks are amazingly cool!!!!   I’d love one of the above prints as panels with a pintuck roman in between.  According to the site these are open-weave pleats.  Very affordable at $22 per yard.

grey-line-linen-6If you haven’t been to the garment district around 39th Street you must plan a day.

I came home with a few yards of their “Mary” linen at only $10 a yard.  It’ll be perfect to sew up a few cross back aprons.

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