In the last year or so I stopped making my bed with a flat sheet.
1. I use a quilt and duvet so you technically don’t need a sheet.
2. I get hot at night and never need the extra layer. Especially my feet so I like when i can have them stick out
3. It always comes untucked and therefore extends the amount of time needed to make the bed in the morning.
But recently I got to thinking that there has to be a better way, for those people who don’t have my first 2 issues but still want a quick and easy bed making experience. So I thought, why can’t a flat sheet be manufactured with an added layer, just at the bottom, that has the same elastic edge as a fitted sheet? Brilliant, I know! Just wait fitted flat sheets will be all the rage soon enough! Consider the idea patent pending!
My half birthday just passed on July 13th and in case you were still searching for some gifts here are a few things I have been eying to spruce up my apartment. If you haven’t already caught on my apartment is in perpetual “sprucing” up need!
I have been making lists for years. When I have a lot on my plate I always find it calming to stop everything, find a pen and paper and jot down everything I have running through my mind. Lately though my lists have departed from the norm; groceries, household chore, things to purchase on my next shopping spree, and have moved into more serious territory.
Things I am looking for in a man:
A man who buys me flowers
A man who will read in bed with me
A man who is willing to love and be loved
A man who’s not afraid to laugh out loud, or cry
A man who is okay with sharing: thoughts, dreams, goals and clothes!
Things I want to accomplish before the end of the summer: Go to some estate sales for jewelry, art and furniture
Buy new paints and all together update my art bin
Spend a day reading in the park
Design the outline for my book and begin writing
Lose the last remaining pounds stopping me from fitting into my uber skinny shorts
I think lists are just fun reminders of things we want, what we are thinking about and what we should strive for. And really, what’s the harm in jotting it all down? If I end up not being able to cross everything off the list I can just make a new one and set a new deadline — the only pressure is the pressure you put on yourself
For years now we have been calling anything that you put on your lips, that isn’t lipstick, chapstick — but that’s a brand name. Same with BandAid’s, Ziplock and in my mother’s case, Kleenex.
More recently it has been the case that some of the brands we use all the time have become verbs: “I’ll Google it” or “I Swiffer-ed the floor.”, etc…..
Ok, I’ll get to my point…
They have some of the worst commercials in the world, by far, because they simply don’t realize how universal their product has become.
The ad says “we need to wash it” — meaning that the smell of the room is so bad that it needs to be cleaned. What I don’t understand is why P&G isn’t taking advantage of the fact that, in this country at least, people commonly use Febreze as a verb! If they were smart, they would use this to their advantage and say “we need to Febreze it!” instead of implying that someone should wash their room — who would even say that?! Wouldn’t they just say clean?!
P&G, this is my second brilliant idea — check out my Swiffer commercial pitch. Call me!
via http://www.susannahconway.com by Christina Sbarro
Life is made up of tiny, little opportunistic gems that are given to us to take and make our own. Deaths, break-ups, jobs, broken finger nails, botched haircuts — just ab0ut anything that seems like the most devastating thing in the world (at the time) is actually life’s way of shining new light on a new path that provides you with the chance to do whatever you want from there…
Life has not always been easy for me, but I guess it comes with the territory of being a combination of very outspoken and open emotionally. For me, when life got hard recently, I fell into the lap of Reiki, and that has changed my life. I also started painting and writing and for the first time I am starting to look at those activities as more than just creative outlets, maybe there is a future there for me.
I guess what I am trying to say is that as heartbreaking as the hardest things you encounter may be, there really always is a silver lining (however small or hard to see as it may be). I want my life to be about taking advantage of each silver lining I come in contact with and using that moment to create new lives and new paths for myself that will make me a better, happier and more fulfilled person.
I’ve made a decision. A big one. And it’s one of the first big decisions I’ve made that doesn’t involve my computer, my phone, my iPod or the internet — in a very long time!
I am going to start writing letters.
I’m talking real snail mail.
On beautiful stationary.
Packed in pretty envelopes.
Adorned with the prettiest stamps I can find.
Sent to people I love and admire and those whom I feel like sending a little special surprise to.
I recently reconnected with someone who I actually introduced myself to in a letter. We were in middle school, he was the cute new boy, and I was the ballsiest of my girl friends (Go figure?!) and we wanted to know if he had a girlfriend from his old school. It was very dramatic (and obviously took place during lunch/recess) and it was a very big deal when the letter came back and ‘NO’ was circled. Long story short, we ended up dating for a long time and he reminded me of how special notes can really be.
I am a huge proponent of email. I don’t buy into the hysteria that lacks the ability to capture emotion, etc. etc. etc. But what email can’t do, or what I can’t do with email because I don’t have a tablet, is share with someone my penmanship, little doodles and a proper signature. Those things are fun, and I love switching up my handwriting based on the type of letter I am writing.
Mark my words. If you are a close friend or family member you may very well have a letter coming your way.
*The only hurdle in this whole new plan is finding addresses…hrm!?!?
These are the 5 Reiki principles ingrained in the amazing healing technique, but they have become goals that I set for myself every morning.
Just for today, I will not be angry. It’s not a matter of never getting angry, but rather, when anger creeps in try to deal with it accordingly and then let it go.
Just for today, I will not worry.
Again, there is no way to absolutely avoid worrying, but rather than worry about what happened before or what will happen next, be present and let the worry pass.
Just for today, I will be grateful.
Be grateful for simple things and as well as the things in the larger scheme of life. Even difficult things can give way to things such as thanks, forgiveness, smiles, good words or gratitude — all things that worth being grateful for.
Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
Believe in the work being done and do that work respectfully. Life should be lived honorably and with a head held high.
Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.
Bring loving-kindness into every personal encounter. Treat things as you would treat people, and as you would like to be treated in return.
I am a firm believer that onesies are appropriate for ALL occasions! Especially this grey and coral number from Anthropologie (Beacon Jumper). So I think it will be my pick for the rehearsal dinner my parents are throwing for the happy couple at a small wine bar on the UES.
I am thinking that the grey lends itself well to the addition of a color, like the black combination. I love the black and plastic belt, it’s the little surprises in fashion that always look amazing!
The second option has a bit of back story. I just so happen to have a coral belt with a big, flat bow, that is the exact match to the coral in the romper. (I bought a F21 tuxedo coatdress some time ago and didn’t realize the color match until I hung the romper in my closet). Imagine the red belt being the perfect shade of coral and the nude shoes have the right amount of height to look fabulous and the right amount of platform to be comfortable.
Both shoes and belts are from Shopbop.com.
So I have made some major decisions about wedding outfits over the last week(s).
1. I don’t like the printed dress from Anthropologie enough…I think it is a great summery dress, but it’s not special enough for a wedding, especially one in which my brother is getting married and I am going to be seen and speaking!
2. The red Vera Wang dress is still magical, and looks like it was custom tailored, but unfortunately has been eliminated from the running — but I’m still keeping it! My mom is wearing a very similar dress; her dress has a similar neck line, is long and made of the same amazing jersey, and we just don’t want to look like a bridal party!
So now I am back on the hunt. I found this amazing Indah dress at Shopbop.com a few months ago and for some reason I didn’t get it right away and when I checked back in it was sold out. Last night I checked again and they had one left in my size! It was meant to be. I hope it looks like I think it will.
I am still thinking about buying high heels for the ceremony and flats for the reception, but I think this might dress lend itself well to a pop of color. Thoughts?
And because I love belts, and think it might be a good way to give the dress some added structure and some more interest, I might buy a belt that is either a color or embellished for some extra pizazz!
I found everything above at ShopBop.com.