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25 Things To Declutter Right Now!

A new year is upon us and there is no need to wait for spring to clear out clutter. I find it incredibly gratifying to…

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How To Get Your Life Back On Track In Three Days

I’ve had a busy couple of months with work, travel, and end of the year projects. I can get overwhelmed sometimes when things pile up…

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How To Survive Brimfield Flea (or Any Antiques Fair or Flea Market)

Brimfield Antiques Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusettes is considered to be the oldest outdoor flea market in the U.S. going back 50 years.  It runs…

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168 Cookbooks

This past spring was crazy busy and I didn’t get to focus on my cookbook challenge as much as I would have liked. However, I did manage to try several new recipes, repeats, and ultimately declutter four cookbooks in my effort to streamline my entire cookbook library down to books that I will reach for and use. Coming into summer now when my kitchen becomes a hothouse, I don’t know

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10 Beautiful Things

Six Rules Everyone Should Follow When Flying 7 Pearls of Wisdom for Leaders From the President of Toyota The Life of A Courtroom Artist The Best Coffee in Every State The Coolest Suburbs in America Google’s 10 Traits of The Best Managers Gloria Vanderbilt’s Most Iconic Fashion Moments Why A Good Apology Still Matters 101 Ways To Fight Climate Change The Difference Between Loneliness and Solitude

Hall of Fame: Nail Care

Full disclosure. I do not have long and pretty nails. I used to bite my nails when I was younger. Now, I pick at them when I’m stressed or nervous. I can stop myself from time to time when I make a conscientious effort to do so and implement a strict nail care regimen. Below are a few products and treatments that help me attain relatively decent nails as well

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Really Groovy Pants

These groovy 1970s pants came from Roz’s Place Vintage in Northampton, MA. I picked them up several years ago for $10. I love that they are homemade and have an elastic waistband making them comfy and casual yet still a statement piece with its blue, green, white and silver pattern. Whoever sewed them did a great job. The cut is perfect. On this chilly day in the Pacific Northwest, I’m

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Current A.M & P.M. Skincare Routine – June 2019

Morning Routine Step 1 – Cleanse/Exfoliate Indeed Labs Facial Powdered Exfoliator – This appears to be discontinued and that’s a bummer. This powdered exfoliator forms into a foamy cleanser when mixed with water. It contains rice bran powder, hyaluronic acid, and red algae to exfoliate dead skin cells and rehydrate. Indeed Labs is a longtime favorite affordable skincare brand. Hopefully, they bring this back or something like it. Step 2

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How To Build A Vintage Wardrobe: Part 3 Beaded Tops & Trophy Jackets

I’m like a magpie when it comes to sparkly things so it’s no wonder the vintage clothing items taking up a disproportionate amount of space in my closet are glistening beaded and sequined clothes. I’ve been buying these types of vintage wear since the early days and continue to do so. Pretty sequined items are in abundance in vintage shops and thrift stores making beaded tops and this type of

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Road Trippin’: A Guide to Vintage Clothing Stores in the USA (and a few beyond)

Updated May 2019 Aside from eBay, Etsy, and the occasional vintage clothing fair, I source most of my vintage clothing finds from the honey holes I’ve discovered over the years, locally and through my travels. Below is a directory of my favorite vintage clothing and thrift stores that I have shopped in the past, and continue to frequent whenever I find myself in the area.  If you’re a vintage collector, I

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10 Beautiful Things

Vintage Family Photos Painted As Large Scale Murals How to Make Any Space Feel Instantly Bigger The Best Advice You’ve Ever Received How To Make the Best Overnight Oats Top Five Regrets of The Dying 22 Things You Can Make In Your Waffle Iron 10 Novels That Will Scare The Hell Out Of You What Amazon Knows About You What It Means to Be a ‘Regular’ This 4×6 index card

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