Posted at 8:58 am , on August 13, 2019
I found a couple of internet sites that I love reading now and wanted to share.
The first one is Postsecret.com. Post secret is a site where you can send your secret anonymously that you don’t/can’t/won’t share with anyone. You can sign up and every Sunday you will receive a post of secrets, or you can simply browse through the site. Some of the secrets are sweet, some funny, and some (too many)are absolutely heartbreaking. It reminds you everyone is carrying some sort of burden.
The second site I’ve been reading is Dailystoic.com, “Stoic wisdom for everyday life”. This site references Stoicism via Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, etc.
We cannot control the world, only our reactions/behaviors in it. Leading a life of virtue and happiness is completely up to the individual.
Posted at 8:51 am , on August 12, 2019
Overcast and hot…
Thinking my sleep shirt might be my attire for the whole day…
Listening to Big Little Lies soundtrack…
Considering a panini sandwich for lunch…
And doing some reading.
Posted at 8:39 am , on August 11, 2019
When the sun makes an appearance at the end of a gloomy, rainy day.
Finally receiving the order you placed online.
Looking through cookbooks
Posted at 9:06 am , on August 9, 2019
Derry Girls is so funny. I binged both seasons in two days. A definite recommend.
Posted at 10:05 am , on August 8, 2019
I was wearing my mom’s heart necklace the other day and found myself touching it between my fingers often throughout the day. I didn’t realize wearing it would keep my mother’s memory in the forefront of my mind.
I started thinking about the other pieces of jewelry I kept for their memory.
My pearl earrings. These are my everyday earrings and I’ve had them since I was around 19-20 years old. They’re not too small or too big. In fact, I drew a circle for my mom to indicate the size of pearl earring I would like for Christmas. After Christmas, my mother told me she held on to that scrap of paper with the circle on it. She took it with her to different stores to be sure she bought the exact size I wanted.
My friendship bracelet. A year or so after high school graduation, I took my first road trip with friends to Calabasas County to see the Grateful Dead. It was only a few hours away from my hometown, but I could feel my world beginning to get bigger.
My breast cancer awareness bracelet. My ex mother in law gave me a breast cancer awareness bracelet when she found out my best friend of decades was diagnosed. It was so thoughtful of her and I appreciated the sentiment so much. However, whenever I see this bracelet in my jewelry box or wear it, it’s my best friend that I think of.
What’s your sentimental piece of jewelry?
Posted at 8:14 am , on August 7, 2019
What makes slouchy chic?
A bold lip color and statement necklace.
A California cool attitude.
Maintaining an “I’m not trying at all” vibe.
Pulling it all together with a pair of trendy glasses.
Being an Olsen twin.
Posted at 8:57 am , on August 6, 2019
I’ve joined the masses and am now the owner of an Instant Pot. I plan on using it for a lot of things, but I specifically bought it to make yogurt. I made my first batch last night.
For whatever reason, the pasteurizing or “More” mode did not raise the milk to the necessary 180 degrees. So, based on internet suggestions, I put the milk on “Slow cook” mode for an additional 15 minutes. It worked. Thank you people of the internet.
It tasted ok, but the texture was a bit gelatinous for me. I used full milk and nonfat yogurt, I didn’t strain any whey and I added one tablespoon of vanilla extract prior to refrigeration. Next batch, I’ll switch to full fat yogurt starter and definitely strain the liquid whey for a couple of hours. Once I’ve mastered the Instant Pot yogurt to creamy perfection, I will be sure to post exactly what I do and use.
I’m really excited to be making homemade yogurt. I use at least two large tubs per week. Making my own will definitely be cheaper, less plastic, and soon to be delicious.
Posted at 10:51 am , on August 5, 2019
My pursuit of trying French beauty products will never end. They’re all just too good.
I started using the Caudalíe Vinoperfect Serum in the mornings and the Filorga Sleep & Peel at night. It’s been a little over two weeks and my skin is looking fabulous. Somewhat regrettably, I started using them together so I’m not sure which is responsible for my smoother skin and smaller pores. It’s very possible it’s the combination of both. If you look online, the Vinoperfect gets rave reviews and I’m a BIG fan of Filorga. Both these products are worth the money.
I’ve only been using the Vichy Aqualia Thermal for a few days now, but I can already tell it’s a keeper. It’s looks like a cream, but feels like you’re applying a cool gel to your face. After putting it on, my skin immediately felt soft and hydrated with no irritation or redness.
All three of these are keepers.
Posted at 9:28 am , on August 4, 2019
Finding a feather at the front door. Superstition says it’s good luck.
Hearing a song that takes you back to that time in your life.
Putting together an itinerary for an upcoming trip.
When critters from the garden come say hello, provided they stay on the other side of the screen. Check out this guy’s toes.
Posted at 1:27 pm , on August 2, 2019
Mariage Frères tea company originated in France by two brothers in 1854. It’s responsible for bringing tea culture to France and they also wrote the book, “The French Art of Tea”. I wish I had known about it during my last visit to Paris. It would have been a definite “Must Go”. On the upside, it’s another reason on my list why I must go back. Look how perfect it looks.
For now, the closest I can come to sitting in their tea salon is to order their tea online. It arrived today and I’m so excited to try it. I bought their French Breakfast and Earl Grey French Blue. It was a bit pricey, but I don’t care and the canisters are forever. 🙂
They both smell wonderful, but the Earl Grey with it’s blue cornflower leaves especially so. Quality tea has whole leaves like the photo below. When the leaves are put in hot water, they gently unfold to release their flavor. Leaves should also have a lot of room while their steeping. Don’t cramp the leaves! (I’ve been reading.)
The smell, the look, the texture, the taste, I’m in sensory heaven.