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5 Things I Do For Myself Before Breakfast

If you're thinking I run a half marathon every morning at 5:00am — I wish, but no, this is not that kind of inspirational post. These are small things I try to do every morning because for a long time I either forgot or felt too guilty to do anything for myself for days on end. This is so common among women, especially moms. Taking time to care for ourselves is something we all need to plan for and cement…

4 Office Worthy Pieces For Under $40

You already know how quickly working in an office, school, restaurant, retail store, or studio every day, uses up your outfit options. These super affordable pieces will each work with most of the other clothes in your closet, but they make a pretty good outfit when worn all together too. I really love black and white combinations. They're classic and crisp and rarely let me down. These black Zara cropped high-rise pants look great with every shirt and blouse in…

Icebox Cake

I prepared this unusual looking cake for a recent pot luck. It's now my new favorite fancy dessert! The recipe is super easy and involves assembly rather than any actual cooking. It needs to be made a day ahead which is perfect for dinner parties at your place — you can concentrate on the main course on the day itself. When I first made this cake from a recipe card in my weekly Blue Apron order, they didn't have the…

❤️ Friday

My week... [gallery size="full" link="none" ids="8402,8405,8398,8401,8400,8396,8399,8397,8404"] *Easy Banana Muffin Recipe — I added one teaspoon of cinnamon to this recipe for flavor

Black top with all the bells and ruffles

Ruffles ands frills can be a tricky look to pull off when you're over a certain age! They are for me, anyway, but they are a big trend for fall and winter. That's why I scooped up this cute ribbed top by Who What Wear. It looks like a sweater but it's much lighter, perfect for a SoCal winter. The sleeves are fun, without being too dressed up or over-the-top. It looks good with jeans or a skirt. This is…

Hurricane Irma

I'm thinking of everyone in Florida and Georgia affected by the hurricane. After seeing so many heartbreaking shots of the devastation, I thought it was a good time to post some of the most beautiful photographs of each state, so we can remember what they were and what they will be again.       homeaway.com, express.co.uk, mrandmrsadventure.com, twin eagles.com, simnet.org, tybeeislandrentals.com, greatruns.com, vbelleblog.com, littlestsimonsisland.com, tripadvisor.com, blaine harrington.photoshelter.com

Lift your confidence game by doing something for someone else

It's hard to feel confident all of the time. There are now scientific studies that show helping others can actually increase your own sense of confidence and reduce feelings of isolation. It can make you feel more empowered, optimistic, and positive, and remind you just how fortunate you are. 10 Facts That Prove Helping Others Is A Key To Achieving Happiness When Hurricane Harvey slammed into the gulf coast of Texas two weeks ago today, we all watched in horror…

Where to find your fall wardrobe on sale!

The sales are on today and there are plenty of cute finds for Fall. The heatwave in L.A. has broken just in time to get in the mood for darker colors and longer sleeves. Some of these pieces make good layering pieces teamed with jeans and sweaters. Add low heeled booties, a cashmere cardigan, or a jacket to the dresses shown here and you'll be ready for the Autumn. I've tried to stick to things you can buy online today…

DIY Marbled Cards

I tried marbelizing paper once. It was a delicate, messy, drippy experience. This is not that. It's quick and satisfying, okay it's a bit messy, but it's so much easier. The step by step instructions are here. The two main ingredients, apart from the cards, are: old school foamy shaving cream and food coloring. You can blend multiple colors or keep it simple. I used the red because it ends up looking like roses. It's kind of a magical process.…