This time of the year, I feel exhausted by putting on, more winter cloths than my own body weight. I literally miss seeing my skin, and crave for the feel of the warm sun on my face. Colors are rare in nature this time of the year too. I hopelessly get used to the brown grass, and the bare silhouette of giant oak trees. Bare, and cold without any leaves or song birds perched on their heavy branches.
Seeing spring flowers at the market always brings a smile to my face. Daffodils, and pots of fragrant hyacinth flowers announce the almost end of winter season, no matter how hard it tries to hang its heavy clouds over our heads. Some where, in some warm sunny place these spring messengers are out of the ground and announcing the arrival of the spring season.
A few days ago, when grocery shopping, I grabbed a few daffodils and brought them home, and gave them their own perching place by the front room. Letting every one enjoy their beautiful colors, and their delicate petals, as they walk in & out of our house. I know some of us will spend the next two months in snow and below zero temperatures, but there is hope. For now, when you are out grocery shopping pick up some daffodils.
I have been trying to create a quiet corner to write & read, but I constantly got distracted. The fact that I get pulled to many directions, and not the one I wanted to go, was finally too much. So a cloudy cold day pushed me to stop, plan, and take action. 🤣
It is one of my most favorite hobbies around the house, to refigure a room, and move all the furniture around. The fact that we are all stuck under one roof 24/7 had made it even more urgent to create corners, and spaces in my house to help everyone enjoy privacy and quiet spaces. The need to think, work, and work on school projects was urgent. The goal of this project was to be peaceful in a space at home without getting interrupted, and yes making this space look good too. To start my writing and thinking space I chose my bedroom, and a view by the window. Pulled a round table from another room, which opened more space for running around for my child when off zoom, and pulled a lamp from my guest room.
Let me tell you I am very happy with how it all came together, and having a place with all my favorite journals and writing notes just makes me happy, and at peace. You can watch me putting together my peaceful space step by step. Just go to our YouTube channel or click on the link.
I hope you already have a quiet, peaceful place to catch your breath, and enjoy a moment thinking, and writing, and reading 😌
To stay warm we reach for a warm scarf, a wrap, a shawl around our shoulders. Winter is more bearable with wool, cashmere, silk, since they work as an insulator keeping our body’s warmth, trapping and helping us feel naturally comfortable and cozy.
The best way to enjoy natural fibers is to wear a layer of silk or cotton as a first layer close to skin and create a barrier with wool, and cashmere sweaters. Most of us feel our skin irritated by having wool close to skin as we move around, but by adding a layer of a small scarf with a wool turtle neck or a long sleeve cotton shirt with a wool sweater we add a soft barrier, and some relief from the itchy skin. Layering is important during the cold season, it simply helps us to take layers off indoors, and helping our skin to breath, feeling refreshed.
I believe traveling with a shawl or a big scarf is a necessary traveling accessory. Keeping them close by, I can use them as a blanket or another layer to cover a questionable surface close to my skin. And if you are a parent, an absolute life saver, to help little ones to cuddle up with a soft layer and catch a quick nap.
On how to wear shawls, scarves, and wraps, and what to choose to wear this cold winter season, please watch the video on our YouTube channel🧣and please subscribe 👍 stay warm🥰. https://youtu.be/zGZ4zSsfrcA
Eating healthy is important to me. It can be very difficult, and expensive to manage a healthy diet day in day out, and sometimes just plain difficult, but I know how I feel has a direct relation to what I eat. To manage a healthy meal for lunch when traveling or running from projects to meetings is not something you just run into, you have to plan and think to eat a healthy meal in the midst of hectic work schedule.
I used to handle long gaps between my meals, but to stay healthy and keeping my energy high I know I need my snacks. Natural snacks with no preservatives, mostly dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and fresh fruits. Fruits with high fiber content are great when traveling, since they help with our digestive system and can keep us regular. Walnuts, pumpkin seeds, keep our brain sharp, and raisins, dry cherries and dates help the hunger feeling just disappear.
It is also important to watch sugar content and level of fiber in our natural snack mix. Combining few dry fruits with one or two types of nuts, and paying attention to fresh fruits that last longer as we pack them in our bag. For example berries, won’t stay fresh as well as an orange, banana or an apple.
To see how I mix dry fruit, and nuts for my healthy snack bag😋I have attached our YouTube video. I hope you enjoy watching it. Please leave your comments and subscribe 🙌👍 Thank you 🥰
Have you ever walked in your neighborhood, and came to a house that you have never noticed before? Wondering how you missed it when it is on your way in and out off your neighborhood on daily bases!!!Walking for me is not just a way to stay healthy, it also helps me think, and relax. It is also a perfect time for me to take pictures, as it is one of my hobbies. Many times walking by a building, I have noticed landscaping that was new and unique, or have noticed flowers and shrubs in colors and layout that was beautiful, and triggered a new motivation in me to try new things in my own garden.
I know as we drive we only pay attention to traffic around us, and we seldom have the chance to see trees, flowers or even the new stop sign that one morning popped up without any warnings. Walking to the grocery store or getting my family away from the mesmerizing electronics is a weakly event, and it always helps us enjoy the outdoors, and talk more, and laugh more. 🙌 🌞
I took this video around 8am. The night before it rain constantly through the night, and we woke up to a heavy fog lingering and floating the entire morning. I hope you enjoy watching the beautiful view🌤
Hot cocoa, also known as hot chocolate is an international drink. It isn’t a beverage for just winter season or cold climates, since this delicious drink made with coco powder, and hot whole milk, and sugar to sweeten it, is very soothing and fun to drink for little ones and grown ups.
I grew up drinking hot coco with my breakfast, and never ever dreamt of adding anything else to my chocolaty milk, till now. More chocolate with added flavors.
Marshmallows, salted caramel, mint chocolate, even for fun jelly beans. It is super easy to make with your entire family, and a step by step video will give you some more ideas on how to make these flavor boosters for hot drinks, and even for dressing up vanilla ice cream for a jaw dropping presentation. I hope you enjoy making them, and if you come up with more ideas please share it with me.👍😋
I know we just left the holiday season behind, but Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite days to give & receive gifts. Of course chocolate and flowers are the most appropriate, and common gifts, but for a special person I also consider perfumes or colognes.
I think flowers are appropriate for any occasion as a gift. It doesn’t matter what age or gender, happy or sad occasion, flowers are neutral, and thoughtful. It is a fact that Scents can have an effect on how we feel and think, and a wonderful familiar scent can bring us joy, help us relax, and helps us with feeling anxious.
A bottle of perfume or eau de toilette carefully researched and purchased for a special person can be a thoughtful gift. A gift that they will always remember you by.
Here is a video on a few of my favorite perfumes 🥰
If you find yourself pulled in many directions and only few minutes to pull yourself together, I absolutely relate. I have many interests and being a mom, a wife, daughter and a sister I like to be involved in my families affairs, be helpful, and lend a hand when I am asked to help.
As you can tell from this blog I am also a gardener, love to bake and cook, and always look for ways to make my home beautiful and comfortable. Stepping out of my house with mud on my knees or flour or pasta sauce on my shirt is absolutely real for me. It takes time to change to a clean shirt and jeans, but I often find myself with surprised texts and phone calls that pull me out of my house with few minutes left to put myself together.
Learning from experience, knowing last minute meetings and errands to run can happen without any notice I have come up with a collection of clothes and accessories that help me in minutes to look presentable without missing a beat. I use the coat closet next to the garage door to store : cardigans, jackets, a pair of boats scarves, and several pieces of jewelry. In few minutes I create a stylish look that not only covers my casual t-shirt and jeans but it also helps me leave the house with less stress and more confidence on how I arrive to my next meeting. Following my goal in life 🤣 to keep everything simple and stress free.👍😌
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When it comes to decorating and purchasing furniture for my house, I feel smarter and happier buying a piece that can have more than one purpose. I often like moving my furniture from room to room, and change around the look and feel of my surroundings, and having the freedom to have a fresh look when I need it.
Same goes with buying clothes. When purchasing a blouse or a casual piece, I think of matching that piece with what already have in my closet. Investing in pieces that I know I can wear to more than one occasion. This thought process saves me money, space in my closet, and when traveling, lighter luggage.
Scarves are a smart purchase, and can easily add color, style, and interest to any outfit. By adding a scarf to what I am wearing, I can easily switch from work attire to cocktail, and dinner out with friends. A colorful large scarf can cover a blouse and change the look of what I am wearing in minutes, and help me feel refreshed and stylish.
You can watch the way I choose my scarves, and how I wear them for different occasions. https://youtu.be/1BelN5pmp38 I hope you enjoy watching, and leave your comments. Please remember to like & subscribe👍😃 Thank you💕
To bake healthy and delicious goodies sometimes can be time consuming, expensive, and frustrating. I am not shy to say I don’t enjoy spending hours baking, and waiting for anything to rise for 8hours. But I love trying new recipes, and sharing them with my family, and watching them enjoy my experiments.
Every now and then when I come across a recipe that is delicious and practical, I am beyond happy. In this case fruit bars, that are delicious to pair with tea or coffee, even top them with ice cream, and just perfect to wrap in wax paper as a thoughtful gift for a friend, teacher or the next door neighbor.
This recipe is super easy to prepare, bake, and by changing the fruit layer, you can drastically change the flavor for the next batch. I made these bars to use up my leftover cranberry sauce, and it came out absolutely delicious.
You will need👩🏻🍳.
1 cup butter room temperature 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt. Zest of an orange ( 1/2 tsp vanilla or almond extract ) 3 cups all purpose flour 2 1/2 cup cranberry sauce, apricot or cherry jam 1/2 cup almonds, or walnuts
Preheat the oven 375° bake for 40-45 using a 9×13 baking dish. Dough will be soft and buttery, using a rolling pin or your hands lay enough dough to cover the bottom of the pan about 1/4 inch thickness, a layer of jam, and a layer of nuts. Cover with the rest of the dough. Bake until slightly golden.
I am planning to bake some with raspberry jam and a layer of shaved semisweet Ghirardelli chocolate. Yummy 👍can’t wait😋