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25 Dates Of Christmas

25 Dates of Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

25 dates of Christmas

So get your festive dates on and don’t let all the hustle and bustle of the season make you forget about what or who is important.  People can feel neglected at this time of the year, don’t let that happen!

  1. Leave a love note where your spouse will find it. Every day of the 25 days.
  2. Have appetizers for dinner, light some candles and just listen to music all night.
  3. Pack a picnic to eat while you are looking at neighborhood Christmas lights.
  4. Take a walk at sunset and bring a flask with peppermint schnapps to keep you warm.
  5. Go to see A Christmas Carol production near you.
  6. Watch an animated childhood Christmas movie together (like Charlie Brown) while drinking hot chocolate.
  7. Naughty and Nice! Do something Naughty to your spouse & Do something Nice for your spouse!
  8. Volunteer at your local food bank together.
  9. Walk down the street singing out Christmas carols where ever you are.
  10. Wrap all the Christmas presents together while drinking eggnog.
  11. Purchase a Christmas ornament together and make this a yearly tradition.
  12. Go ice skating.
  13. Take a couples picture with Santa Claus.
  14. Buy a gingerbread house kit and make it together.
  15. Meet up with friends and exchange $5.00 gifts.
  16. Surprise your spouse with a message.
  17. Spend the day Christmas shopping together.
  18. Bake your favorite cookies together then deliver them to your neighbors.
  19. Make an Advent calendar for each other with little daily surprises in it.
  20. Read the night before Christmas together.
  21. Kiss under the mistletoe!
  22. Create a CD with all your favorite Christmas songs.
  23. Visit a Christmas tree farm and cut down your own tree.
  24. Buy a package of Christmas cards and send them to our soldiers. Get all the info here.
  25. Make a wish together of what the coming year will look like!

Until Next Time…

xoxo

A Few Of My Favorite Photos From Instagram ~ July ’16

Favorite Instagram Photo’s ~ July 2016favorite instagram photosJuly started off with a relaxing day strolling down Del Mar Street in San Clemente, CA.  Drinks and a late lunch at South of Nicks, for Handsome and I.  And, a fun surprise running into an old friend.

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This is my favorite flag in Orange County and on the 4th of July it is even more special.  I love the view of the statuesque flag gently waving in the ocean breeze.  Long May She Wave!

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Ellie’s Table, Where Happiness is Homemade.  I don’t what to say this place is heaven on earth, BUT…!  Their pastries are like no other.  If you’re on a diet, don’t…just don’t!

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Isn’t this flower beautiful? It is grown on the Passion Vine also known as the Passiflora Vine.  Not only does this vine produce this stunning flower it also produces the delectable passion fruit.  A close friend of mine has a garden that is unbelievable, where she grows this plus a myriad of other flowers, fruits, and vegetables.  Look for a post of her garden (coming soon).

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Who knew there was a decorator in 2016 that thought the disco ball was a good design feature?  I guess they liked it so much they put up 3!

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World’s Largest Wind Chimes are in Newport Beach, California.  There are 300 bell-shaped domes and over 300 chimes.  The chimes were installed in September of 1967.  It is quite an amazing site to see in person.

favorite instagram photosMost Saturday mornings Handsome and I attend a local car show.  We grab a coffee and walk up and down the parking lot aisles looking at all the different cars.  They have every car from Maseratis to Volkswagens.  Rarely, do I ever see a Alfa Romero, Spider.  Weather it’s at the car show or driving on the street.  I get very excited when I see one.  My first car was a red one just like the one that was at the car show.  It brought back some fun memories!

favorite instagram photosThe Loop was one of my most favorite foods I ate in the month of July.   Their churros are so delightful I have been craving one daily.  Not only are they delicious, but the staff are the sweetest people ever!  Look for a post coming soon.  P.S. they are also a Pokemon Go stop.

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I can’t even explain the joy I feel when I look at this door.  It’s located in Laguna Beach, CA.  I know something wonderful must be on the other side!

 

Until Next Time…

XOXO

Why Autumn Is So Awesome!

Why Autumn Is So AwesomeHappy Autumn!

Today on this first day of Autumn, I thought I’d share with you why Autumn is so awesome and why it’s my favorite season of the year.

 

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

If Autumn is not your favorite season, here are some reasons for you to fall in love with Autumn too.

Watching the leaves change colors ~ Crisp fall air ~ Homemade pies ~ Carving pumpkins ~ Pumpkin bread ~ Go to a pumpkin patch ~ Apple picking ~ The smell of a wood burning fire place ~ Friday night lights ~ Stepping on crunchy leaves ~ Making s’mores ~ Sweaters ~ Hot chocolate ~ Caramel brûlée lattes ~ Turkey ~ Boots ~ Baking ~ Halloween ~ Octoberfest ~ Cuddle weather ~ Scarves ~ Mulled wine ~ Hay rides ~ Visit a corn maze ~ Pumpkin spice latte ~ Flannels ~ Carve pumpkins ~ Walk in the crisp evenings ~ Hayrides ~ Turkey Trot ~ Halloween parties ~ Macy’s Day Parade ~ Thanksgiving food ~ Pumpkin seeds ~ Soup ~ The harvest moon ~ Blankets ~ Black Friday ~ Roasting marshmallows ~ Hot tea ~ Leather jackets ~ Rainy days ~ Ghost stories ~ Hiking ~ Fall table arrangements ~ Pinecones ~ Pomegranates ~ Getting together with family & friends ~ Oversized sweaters ~ Sweaters for dogs ~ Thunderstorms ~ Autumn sunsets ~ My birthday ~ Halloween Oreos ~ Grilled cheese sandwiches ~ Holding hands to keep warm ~ Uggs ~ Candy Corn ~ Fall flowers ~ Carmel apples ~ Football Tailgating ~ Reading while it’s raining ~  Bobbing for apples ~ Popcorn balls ~ Go wine tasting ~ Hot Toddy ~ Wearing onesies ~ Candle lit baths ~                  …Just to name a few!

And finally, Christmas is that much closer!

What are your favorite things about Autumn?

 

Best Tips For A Safe Mani/Pedi

Best Tips for a Safe Mani-Pedi, manicure, pedicure, nail salon, pampering

I’m not here trying to scare you, but………

Millions of women and men take their hard earned money to enjoy lives little luxuries and a mani/pedi is definitely one of those luxuries.  So, before you go to your favorite salon take a look at my best tips for a safe mani/pedi!

  1. Arrive early to your appointment to make sure the salon is maintained properly. Watch how the footbaths are cleaned and disinfected between each client. Also, great indicator is the restroom, if it is kept clean chances are the rest of the salon will be too.  Make sure trash containers are not overflowing and that the shelves are dusted.  A clean salon is a great way to tell the owner and technicians value cleanliness.  If the salon is not clean, chances are the footbaths and implements aren’t either.

  2. Salon License should be posted in plain site on the wall, along with the technicians licenses.

  3. Single Use Items Emery Board, Buffing Block, Orange Sticks, Pumices and Toe Separators.  These items should never be used on more that one client.  They all can harbor bacteria and fungus with the potential to be passed from client to client if used on more that one person. Cuticle oil should be used with a dropper rather than a brush.  Brushes are not sanitary to use on more than one client.

  4. How does the technician sterilize their tools?  You want to make sure they are using a bottle of disinfectant.  The disinfectant should not appear cloudy or dirty looking.  The most effective way to make sure the implements are clean it to bring your own and clean them yourself.  Just purchase what your technician uses on you at your local drug store.  No salon should have a problem with you bring your own tools.

  5. Make sure the technician washes her hands before she gets started on your nails or feet.  Request that they wash their hands or wear gloves.  Be very careful of a technician with fake nails, it is very hard to clean the area between the real nail and the fake nail.

  6. Don’t shave your legs 24 hours prior to getting a pedicure.  Small cuts from shaving can leave small skin openings where bacteria can enter.  If you have a cut, wait until it is completely healed before getting a pedicure.

  7. Whirlpool footbaths  You should NEVER place your feet into a footbath with jets.  It is impossible for a salon to clean the jet area completely.  The jets are suppose to be cleaned by a 10 minute bleach bath in-between each and every customer (most salons do not have time for this, they try to get you in and out as quickly as possible).  This type of footbath puts your health at risk each time you put your foot in one.  In an extreme case in Texas, a woman died after contracting a staph infection from a whirlpool footbath.  The safest footpath is the basin type where the technician places a bag over the tub.  When they are done with each client they just throw out the bag with all the water.

  8. Don’t let the technician cut your cuticles! Cuticles are a barrier of protection for your nails.  When your cuticles are cut you are opening the door to infection.  Cutting your cuticles can also cause ridges on your nails, white spots, or white lines.  Push back your cuticles when you are in the shower and the cuticles are soft.

  9. Don’t let the technician scrape callused skin off of your feet!  Doing this can put you at a higher risk for infection.  This procedure needs to be done by a podiatrist only.

  10. Some salons dilute their nail polishes when they become dry or clumpy with nail polish remover.  This practice compromises the quality of the nail polish, causing the polish to chip easily.  The best way to make sure you are getting a color that will last, and to avoid any spreading of germs, bring your own polish (this way you have the correct color for touch ups)

Always practice best tips for a safe mani/pedi!

Until Next Time…

 

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Links I Love

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Links I Love, how to keep flowers fresh, apartment therapy

Now that Spring is in full swing, treat yourself to the joy of having fresh flowers in your home. I found this post on The Best Way to Keep Flowers Fresh on apartment therapy’s site.  After reading this, we won’t have to replace them so often!

Links I Love, 20 top hiking spots, USA TODAY

 It’s time to get those hiking boots on and head off on to the 20 top trails across the USA, according to USA TODAY.  There is a lot of beautiful land in this great country of ours, take some time to explore it.

Links I Love, How to properly format your resumeAre you a new graduate? Are you looking for a new job?  Here is a helpful infographic on How To Properly Format Your Resume from HubSpot Blogs

Links I Love, money saving ideas, real simpleWe are all trying to save a little cash-ola, here are 7 Easy Money-Saving Ideas from REAL SIMPLE.

Links I Love, Harpers bazaar, best lipsticks, spring

Looking for new lipstick colors now that the dreary winter is finally over?  Take a look at #THELIST: 10 Best Lipsticks for Spring according to Harpers Bazaar.

I hope you have enjoyed some of the Links I Love this week.

Until Next Time…

Houseplants for a Healthier Home

For a healthier home, houseplants are the ultimate decorating accessory, while looking pretty they also clean the air space of harmful pollutants, naturally. Studies have shown that just a few specific houseplants throughout your living space can rid your home of harmful VOCs like formaldehyde and xylene.  Most people don’t realize the air quality inside our homes can often be worse than outside our homes.

Here are just 10 of the many houseplants that can improve your indoor air quality.

1.  Aloe (Aloe Vera)

Houseplants for a Healthier Home, Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera ~ A sun loving succulent that is used for burns to the skin and is also know for removing formaldehyde and benzene from the air, which can be found in paint and cleaning products.

2. Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera)

Houseplants for a Healthier Home, Gerbera Daisy, plants, flowers

Gerbera Daisy ~ Not only is this flowers pretty, it absorbs carbon dioxide and at night gives off oxygen.  NASA has reported this plant removes benzene, a cancer causing chemical. It also removes trichloroethylene, which can be found in dry cleaning.  The Gerbera Daisy loves light.

3. Mother-in-Law Tongue (Sansevieria Trifasciata Laurentii)

Houseplants for a Healthier Home, snake plant, mothers in law tounge, Sansevieria

Mother-in-Law Tongue ~ It is a wonderful houseplant because it requires little light and loves steamy humid conditions, perfect for a bathroom.  It is know as the very best plant to rid your home of formaldehyde which can be found in toilet paper & cleaning products.

4. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

Houseplants for a Healthier Home

Spider Plant ~ This hearty plant is the perfect choice for the non-green thumb person.  NASA has said this plant ranks among the top 3 houseplants for removing formaldehyde in the air.  It is also known for removing carbon monoxide. A perfect plant to hang in the garage ( as long as it receives some light).

5. Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum Morifolium)

Houseplants for a Healthier Home Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum (Mum) ~ With so many color choices the Mum can blend into any decor.   It is effective for removing benzene, a carcinogen (a known cancer causing substance). , which can be found in plastics, glue, paints, cigarettes, and some detergents. Mums love lots of water and partial sun light.

6. Pothos ( Scindapsusaures)

Houseplants for a Healthier Home Pothos

Pothos ~ This fast growing plant is powerful against formaldehyde, toluene, and other toxins in the air.  Pothos is the perfect choice to put in a area with low lighting and cooler temperatures.  This is also a good choice to place in the garage.

7. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Houseplants for a Healthier Home Peace LilyPeace Lily ~ This is one of my favorite indoor plants.  I just love the dark green foliage against the bloom of the stark white flower.  The Peace Lily aids in the removing alcohols, acetone, trichloroethylene, and benzene. It has the ability to remove many pollutants and it has topped NASA list to be among houseplants for removing all 3 common VOCs.  The Peace Lily like indirect lighting.

8. English Ivy (Hedera Helix)

Houseplants for a Healthier Home English IvyEnglish Ivy ~ Besides looking great planted in baskets with other plants. A study has shown that the English Ivy plant reduces airborne fecal-matter.  It also aids in ridding the air of formaldehyde.

9. Heart Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron Oxycardium)

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Heart Leaf Philodendron ~  This plant is a defender against many different VOCs, particularly against formaldehyde from particleboard.  **This plant is very toxic, keep away from children and pets.

10. Phaeleonopsis Orchids

Houseplants for a Healthier Home

Phaeleonopsis Orchids ~ This plant rids the air of xylene, a pollutant found in glues and paints. They also give off oxygen in the evening so they are an excellent plant to have in the bedroom.

Always check to see which plants are safe to have around children and pets.

Until next time…

Stocking Stuffers…for her

 Stocking stuffers usually are small gifts, but with these adorable gifts ranging in price from  less than $5.00 to over $400.00 don’t be surprised if your stocking stuffer gift turns out to be her favorite gift this holiday season!

Stocking Stuffers 2014

 

Stocking Stuffers for her 2014

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Links I Love ~ Thanksgiving Edition

Thanksgiving Edition of Links I Love…

Links I Love 6 stress tips

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Favorite Buys

Sometimes my favorite buys are not things I bought at all.  In fact, they are items I received as a gift {somebody bought them, right?}!

Here are a few of my most recent favorites…

Favorite Buys 2 On our most recent trip to Napa, Handsome and I stopped in to the most adorable olive oil store, Lucero, located in downtown Napa.  The manager took us around tasting all the different olive oil and balsamic vinegars they produce.  We ended up buying this gift pack with several flavors.        Gift Pack $36.00

Favorite Buys 2 Ipad camera connection (1 of 1)When iPad’s first came out, I really wanted one.  The only thing stopping me from purchasing it was there was no way to download pictures directly from an SD card on to the iPad.  That has all changed thanks to this little device.  It is a Camera Connection Kit.   $29.00
Favorite Buys 2 Ipad  (1 of 1)

What can I say…I know, iPad’s have been out for more than 4 years and I just got one!  But, like I said earlier, I was waiting to be able to download my pictures to it when I was away.  iPad from $499.00Favorite Buys internet password logbook I love my new Internet Password Logbook.  I know people are always saying to never write down passwords. But, how does one keep track of them all?  If you keep this little book in a safe and secure place, when those little brain freeze moments happen you won’t have to redo your password…again!  $12.59Favorite Buys Mike's Hot Honey (1 of 1)Do you like food with a little kick?  Then have I got something for you!  The other day my favorite son brought me home some of Mike’s Hot Honey.  We have been trying it on all sorts of things.  My favorite so far is a crostini with goat cheese, thinly sliced apple slices, with the hot honey drizzled on top. $10.00

What are your favorite recent buys?

Sharing The Love

In my never-ending quest to find all things new {and not so new}.  Today, I’m sharing my most recent internet finds.  Hope you enjoy what I am highlighting today, in this edition of Sharing Love.

Real Simple has these Smart Tips From a Home Fragrance Expert.

 Get your house smelling beautiful for the Holidays!

Check out my favorite diffuser here.

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See how changing your password should change your life.

Things you never thought about, but should!

Take a look at this Unicorn Magic Keyboard Cover.  It will be a favorite for any Unicorn lover in your life.

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Take a look at 18 of the world’s most beautiful gardens according to buzz feed.com.

Oh, the beauty!

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11 CONTEMPORARY NOVELS, SUMMARIZED IN 140 CHARACTERS OR FEWER by@GABY_MOSS

Very clever!

Sharing Love 2-4How 6 pretty trays help me hold it all together by Susan from Your Home Only Better.

Now I know what to do with all those trays I have in that small drawer under the ovens.

But, I can always use one more…I’m putting this one on my wish list.

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Until Next Time…

XOXO