Lead us not into temptation

Today’s post is a free preview of a lesson in my upcoming Love What You Have course, a 3-week email course dedicated to loving what you’ve got instead of always focusing on what you don’t. I chose this lesson in particular to arm you for the onslaught of Black Friday/Cyber Monday advertisements that are, I’m […]

A tour of my home office

After working at home for more than two years, I’ve got some experience under my belt when it comes to working and living in the same place. Rule number 1: The recliner in the living room is not going to cut it. My husband and I are lucky enough to have a beautiful 4-bedroom to […]

Care, love and keeping of peonies

Tips and tricks for growing them, displaying them and keeping them fresh for longer I am madly in love with peonies, and will be until the day I die. Our love affair really gets good in late May/early June, when the bushes in my backyard burst in pink glory, opening petal after petal after delicate, […]

25 things you can easily find at thrift shops

Thrift shopping has a different flavor than traditional retail shopping. For starters, you don’t always know what you’re going to get. I didn’t know walking into the thrift shop last weekend, that I’d walk out with two soup cups, a tiny gold-etched bowl and one of the loveliest decorative trays I’ve ever seen in the […]

7 reasons to go take a bath right this minute

Sometimes is the simplest, most available tools at our disposal are the most powerful methods to rejuvenate our tired breath and bones. In a world that is utterly saturated with stimulus, doing less rather than more is often the answer. All you need is your very own bathtub. Preferably clean. Additional perks like fresh flowers, […]

4 last-minute holiday decorating ideas

The sign in my neighbor’s yard says Christmas is two days away. Can that possibly be right? As usual, I’m feeling behind on my to-do list. But rather than lamenting and giving myself a hard time about it, I’m choosing a different path this year. Instead of focusing on the things I’m not getting around […]

Great Purge Update #3: So that’s a NO on the garage sale, then.

I’m working my way through decluttering my house using the Konmari Method (more or less). Check out the introduction to the series here, and the second update here. So, I’m definitely not abiding by Marie Kondo’s requirement that you do your tidying all together, in one fell swoop. In fact, I started this series in […]