A Glimpse into 40’s Glamour

Simple, slim-cut dress.   Conservative top.   Hugs the collar bone—as well as the waist!


Let’s take a journey into the world of 40’s Fashion!

I couldn’t imagine wearing these heels now—but I definitely see the “cutesy” image that these heels dare to share!



Now, I am definitely sure I have seen this in a movie!  Notice the lace detail as well as the dark lips, high neckline, and deep eyes!



The secret to those slim, slim waists!   (Along with exercise of course!)



All of these items are available:  http://www.modcloth.com/shop/1940s-fashion?omcid=0000509265&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Decades+-+1940s+Fashion&utm_term=40%27s+bracelet&utm_content=sYLw5op1J|pcrid|13465558218|pkw|40’s%20bracelet|pmt|b

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Sometimes pressure can feel like it is right around the corner, on top of the rock, ready to attack.   When it seems impossible, we procrastinate.   We wait until we can have a “perfect” approach to the situation.   We forget that it is impossible to that.

Certainly, doing work when you are sick or you just really can’t concentrate is not a good idea.   I have found, however, when you work when a task is newly assigned, your energy and your understanding of the task is still on it’s peak.

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Emergency Stockpiling

ImageSandy was definitely a doozy, so here’s a brief guide on the best stuff to stock up for next time! During an emergency, you’ll use up more energy than normal, so get some high-fiber, high-protein foods. And because you have a limited supply, this means that you should get higher quality foods, and less of them.

Stuff that’s good on your pantry:

Peanut butter–full of healthy fats and protein, unless otherwise stated on the label, this pantry favorite won’t need refrigeration.

Nuts and trail mixes–these high energy combinations are great for snacking. It’s best to look for vacuum packed containers to maintain freshness.

Canned tuna, salmon, chicken and turkey–these canned meats will provide essential protein, and also have a long shelf life, generally lasting for two years.

Powdered milk–when you can’t have fresh milk, this alternative will provide you with vitamin D and calcium.
Dried fruits–not only are dried fruits tasty, they can provide potassium and dietary fiber during an emergency.

And if you want some fresh food, think about buying some apples, squash, citrus, and potatoes/yams before the emergency. Apples can last up to three months if stored in a cool dry area, while citrus, if bought unripened, can last up to two weeks, providing the body with vitamin C and hydration. Winter squash can keep for months if left uncooked. If you can cook during an emergency, these are the squash for you. Likewise, uncooked potatoes, yams and sweet potatoes can keep up to a month if stored in a cool, dry place. Lastly, dry cured meats like salami can keep up to six weeks, and can function as a good alternative to canned meats.

Source: Real Simple

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Fun Things to Do on a Rainy Day

Whether you are affected by hurricane Sally now, or you want to reference for future rainy/stormy days, check these tips out.

Note:  Follow any suggestions/warning given by your local area.  Keep safety first, and make sure to be in the loop about advisories, getting supplies, etc.

If it’s alright to have some fun time, here are some tips!

Bubble bath and candles in bathroomChocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack

  • Have an indoor treasure hunt
  • Make your own bubble bath (recipe on website cited below)
  • Create a family recipe book
  • Deep condition your hair with mayonnaise

For some other great ideas, check out the source:  http://www.realsimple.com/health/mind-mood/fun-things-to-do-rainy-day-00000000056092/page12.html

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Fall Jams and Spreads

We can’t believe it’s almost November! To get launch you into fall harvest, here are some recipes for some autumn jams and spreads. Use them this weekend for a Halloween party, or keep them on hand for Thanksgiving or even Christmas!

ImageLingonberry jam: Similar to cranberries and part of the same genus as blueberries, these berries are popular in Nordic countries, and can be picked in the wild. In fact, you might have seen premade lingonberry jams and sauces at your local IKEA! But we’ve got th recipe here if you want to make your own!

Pumpkin Spread: Squash are coming into season and if you’ve got some puree left over from other recipes, making this creamy pumpkin spread is a good way to use it up in an utterly tasty way!

Maple Butter: If you’ve got Japanese maples growing nearby, they’re going to start turning a lovely range of Imagered, orange and yellow hues very soon! Celebrate by making this easy maple butter, and eat together with pumpkin spreads, or pumpkin recipes! Pumpkin and maple recipes often use similar spices, so they complement each other very well.

Slow Cooker Bacon Jam: Surprise! As our last recipe, try bacon on as your introduction to savory jams! More versatile and complex in flavor, savory jams are a good way to add an extra kick to your food.

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Be Productive

It’s up to you to decide why if you should follow these or not.  

 Being productive allows you do to multiple things in life, to spend time with the people you care about.



  • Hire for productivity
  • Rank items on your to-do list
  • Use e-mail to document
  • Shrink your mental deadlines
  • Save time for exercise
  • Schedule time to think of the big picture
  • Avoid multitasking
  • Asses your productivity at the end of the day


Source Credit:  http://www.inc.com/ss/15-ways-be-more-productive?


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Fall Face-Framers

Now is the time to take advantage of all of the fall colors–the golds, the reds, everything in between.    Many people I know have taken their families pumpkin picking–the joy of the children, the joy of the parents, the fun atmosphere–these have made me think to myself, wow, life if beautiful.  

Here are some face-framing jewelry tips:

  • Wear large earrings
  • Wear a headband with jewels on it 
  • Wear large earrings
  • Tie back your hair
  • Play with your makeup

Now, let’s see what Vogue has for their face-framers:   



With all outfits you make, remember, keep your own attitude involved!


Vogue’s pictures:  http://www.vogue.com/fashion/most-wanted/20-face-framing-jewelry-pieces-for-fall/

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Five Fall Makeup Trends


Reds or purples–dark lips are back!

Fall is coming, so get yourself ready with this list of makeup trends coming off the heels of Fashion Week!

1. Dark Lipstick–mulberry and dark cherry shades are back in style! Make sure to balance with the blush on your cheeks or bronzer to avoid skipping into vampire territory.


Brown shadows: soft, subtle, and feminine

2. Brown Smoky Eyes–this reinvention of the smoky eye lends a subtler halo effect to the eyes in comparison to the traditional stark black.


Thick brows look more natural in comparison to stick thin ones

3. Defined, Prominent Brows–another throwback retro inspired look, thick brows made a comeback!

4. Bright Eye Accents–eyes lined in bright blues and oranges, or framed in bright shades were a hit on the runway this season!

5. Fresh n’ Natural–this style made an appearance at the fall show this year, though usually kept for spring shows. Accent with nude shades in contouring, and try using bright cheek or lip shades for some pops in color.


Bright contrast is always welcome


Looking bright and fresh! Keep it natural for a younger look.

Check out more trends in the source links below!

Source: allure, Harper’s Bazaar

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Wool Types

With the cold weather we’ve had lately, it’s obvious that fall is on its way! Now’s the time to take out your yarns and scarves to bundle yourself up; it’s important to keep toasty warm and keep yourself healthy. But what’s the difference between all those types of wool anyway?


Alpacas. Cute, right?

Alpaca–silkier and warmer than sheep’s wool, alpaca wool is hypoallergenic and doesn’t have the same itchy texture as sheep’s wool. Alpaca wool is also difficult to ignite, and is naturally water repellent.


The angora rabbit. The wool thing makes sense now.

Angora–made from the fur of angora rabbits, angora wool is warmer and lighter than the average wool, and is known for its thin fibres, fluffiness, and softness, and is distinct from cashmere and mohair. Because angora is not very elastic, it’s typically combined with wool, which also lowers the price of the commercial product being made.


Kashmir goats

Cashmere–deriving from the cur around the neck of Kashmir goats, cashmere is a soft, luxury wool that is light, strong, and fine in texture. Cashmere wool also has very good insulation, making for some excellent, comfortable winter gear. Cashmere is the most commonly used luxury wool, and Uniqlo happens to have a sale on cashmere sweaters right now!


Merino sheep

Merino–Merino wool comes from merino sheep, and is regarded as one of the softest and finest sheep wools. Merino helps regulate body temperature and wicks moisture away from the skin while retaining heat, and also has good heat retention.


The angora goat

Mohair–also considered a luxury fiber, mohair comes from the fur of angora goats (not angora rabbits!). Mohair has high luster and sheen and is often added to other fabrics to enhance those qualities in a product, and is also naturally durable, resilient, and like merino, wicks moisture from the skin. This means that mohair can keep you cool in the summer as well. Mohair is also naturally elastic, flame resistant, crease resistant and does not felt.

ImageVicuna–the most expensive of any luxury wool, this fiber can sell from $1300 to $3000 a yard! Coming from the fur of the endangered vicuna, vicuna wool is rare. The wool can only be shaved every three years, and the animal must first be caught from the wild. Vicuna wool is very warm, and finer than any other wool in the world, it does not take well to chemical treatment and is usually left in its natural color. The Peruvian government has put programs in place to ensure survival of the vicuna, and to prevent exploitation of villagers who produce the wool.

Sources: Good Housekeeping, Wikipedia

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How to Choose a Healthy Cereal

Are the 'healthy' cereals really healthy or just misleadingly advertised?

–Make sure that you check the actual nutrition facts.   The front of the box may be slightly misleading or the aim of the cereal adds one good product to a sugary cereal.                                                    –Fake fiber exists.   It’s hard to actually choose one good in this area.                                                   –Buy 100% whole wheat, not made with whole wheat                                                                 –Other fake health claims and some cereal suggestions are listed on the website

importance of breakfast

Information and photo credit:  http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/06/health/time-healthy-breakfast-cereal/index.html

Image:   http://www.familytimes.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/importance-of-breakfast-thumb1.jpg

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