• The Lost Art of Handwritten Letters

    My favorite time of day is early morning.  I like to get up and catch the sunrise and watch the new day come in fresh and full of promise. I like to use this time alone to reflect and catch up on letter writing. Now, I know it would be so much easier and quicker to make a phone call or send an email or text, but there is just something extraordinary about receiving a handwritten letter in the mailbox from a friend. I have an old writing desk that I like to sit at to write, and it is stocked with plenty of stamps, pens, stationery, envelopes, and an…

  • How to make Beauty Cream at Home

    Friends, you are going to LOVE this! With only two ingredients (plus some optional essential oils) it is simple to make and easy on the pocketbook. After experimenting with different oils and amounts, I think I have found the perfect recipe. What did I use? Hemp Seed Oil & Shea Butter. I also used a metal bowl and a hand mixer. That’s it! Easy as pie, all natural, and works beautifully! All of the ingredients came from Amazon and were delivered the next day. I also used these containers to put the finished product in, but you can just use small mason jars. Lastly, I used a few drops of…

  • New Cuisinart Cookware & and easy Chicken Salad Recipe

    Hi friends! Today’s video features the unboxing of my new multi clad cookware by Cuisinart. And I will also show you how to make a delicious and easy chicken salad. I ordered this cookware as a Christmas present for myself this year. It is replacing our 25-year-old set of revere ware that we received as a wedding gift in 1995. I tend to use things forever. But it was time for some new equipment. I hope this lasts as long as the previous pots and pans did. The Cuisinart multi-clad was highly rated, and that’s why I purchased it. In all, there are 12 pieces. It is oven safe and…

  • January Declutter Challenge

    Hello friends and welcome! Today starts the January Declutter challenge where each week, we will declutter a different area of our home. Several other you tubers are doing this in January as a collaboration. Although I am not in that group, I am following along because I want to encourage my viewers to do it too! I’ve been a fan of Marla Cilly’s Book- Sink Reflections for some time now. It’s a how-to manual with simple daily processes for keeping your home neat and tidy. She is steadfast in that she wants you to take baby steps with her methods, especially if your home and head are overwhelmed with clutter.…

  • In-Room Tea Service

    The late Anthony Bordain said- “Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks – on your body or your heart – are beautiful. In the late spring of 1997 my husband and I traveled to England and during that trip- marks were left on my heart.  I saw so many beautiful and different ways of doing everyday life-.   From the delicate lace curtains that I saw hanging in English cottage windows- to the warm down comforters wrapped in crisp duvet covers.  I wanted to come back to my home and emulate…