Giving up to sweatpants !🤣

Staying home hasn’t been that stressful, what is stressful for me is keeping my family happy, healthy, focus on school work, and following a workout schedule.

Since quarantine started, we have also let go of our many daily routines. Getting up at a certain time, shaving, wearing makeup, putting on clothes, socks, grabbing our to go coffee mug.

To stay happy surrounded by our children and whoever we had to be quarantine with is more work than we are used to.

We are realizing now that Cleaning, cooking, entertaining, educating, is more work and planning than we have ever done in the past and is simply exhausting, but also very necessary.

For me making a large bowl of pasta, baking double chocolate brownies, gardening, going on long walks, watching a movie, wearing sweatpants all day long is what I need to do to stay, stress free, hopeful and happy surrounded with family. What I see for now as simply necessary.

Jolly cupcakes

Gingerly driving the Jolly cupcakes to school🤣

Every year during the holiday season my daughter’s school encourages all students to contribute to their chosen charities.

Students, bake, cook, do crafts, sell paintings, just about absolutely anything their heart desires to make some money for their charities.

Marketplace at school is an exciting day, and a learning experience. Students get the chance to learn about helping others, organizing their time, creating something that others want to buy, and learn about marketing their products.

This year my daughter with her best friend decided on baking cupcakes with flavors of the season. Minty wonderland, caroling coffee, ginger bells, and fa la la vanilla. After spending an entire Saturday afternoon baking, they had 40 cupcakes ready for sale. And the night before the market, couple of hours was spend making beautiful, delicious frosting in holiday colors.

After driving to school, very cautiously, and an hour early to grab a good table, they were ready to sell.💰

The jolly cupcakes were a hit.🧁🧁😋👍

Reviving your old shoes

I love my worn shoes. They fit just fine and look like my feet. Buying shoes is never easy for me, since I have wide feet, and I am just too picky when it comes to shoes. I love shoes, but dislike shoe shopping.

So I take very good care of my shoes, by repairing the soles and polishing my own shoes.

I know polishing shoes probably sounds strange to some of you, but I find it extremely relaxing and rewarding.

One day shopping for shoe polish a gentleman looking at the same shoe polish asked me which brand my husband preferred ? When I told him I was the shoe polisher at our home he laughed at me, and walked away telling me he married the wrong woman.

Any ways from the smell of the shoe polish to running the brush over the leather I find the entire experience fun. But don’t take my word for it. You might have to give it a try to understand the joy of making your worn out shoes looking new again.

Who knows? You might even give up shoe shopping to shoe preserving. 👍

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10 Inspiring Coffee Table Books to Own

Keeping beautiful books close by is our main purpose for decorating every room with layers and stacks of books. Rare titles or the ones we have collected while traveling.

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The Masterworks by: Bill Pryce

 

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The gardens of Arne Maynard
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Martha’s Flowers
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Fashion climbing a memoir with photographs, Bill Cunningham

 

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Velo City
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Make Ink
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Supersonic
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Speed, Style, and Beauty. Card from RL collection
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The World of Birds
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A book for your meals and memories by: Jacques Pepin

 

 

National Education Support Professionals Day

Today we show our appreciation for all the education support professionals.

National Education Support Professionals Day honors all:

secretaries, classroom aides, cafeteria workers, maintenance workers, bus drivers and the others that help in making public schools great for our children, so that they are in a safe environment, learning, and growing.