Latest Posts

Luck Of The Irish: Going Green in Interior Design

Is green really the color of luck?

” In the Middle Ages, it was believed that green was the color of fairies and other “little people” who didn’t like the idea of sharing it with mere mortals. In Ireland, leprechauns notwithstanding, green is considered the luckiest of colors. It is also a lucky color for those born under the signs of Aquarius and Capricorn. Green signifies a positive change, good health, growth, healing, hope, vigor, vitality, peace, and serenity. Green is also symbolic of ones strive to gain recognition and establish ones independence. Money, wealth and jealousy are often associated with this color. Light green symbolizes brilliance.”

St. Patrick’s Day 2018 occurs on Saturday, March 17, in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green!

Since I love interior design, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day I thought it would be fun to showcase interiors that have “gone green” in different ways.

So, for your viewing pleasure…

The touches of green via the plants and pillows are perfect and this light and airy room. So welcoming.

On the other end of the spectrum is this dark and moody room. I love these different hues of green paired against the dark walls and light wood floors. It’s kinda go a Bohemian vibe.

Photo via D’Marge

The dark green chairs in this dining room make it a little less formal.

Photo via Roomed

The green painted wall is a great backdrop for the wood tables and chairs in the room.

Photo via The Spruce

The chartreuse green curtains really make this room pop!

Photo credit unknown

A classic kitchen with a classic green cabinet color that will surely stand the test of time.

The sofa is a fun shape for the color green.

Photo via Sofas Couch

A whimsical color of green in this kitchen makes it feel more fun and casual.

Photo via One Kings Lane

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Don’t forget to wear a little green today or you might get pinched!

Sunday Post: 5 Finds From Around The Internet

Happy Sunday everybody! Hope you enjoy this week’s finds from around the Internet!

Is your olive oil the real deal? I just love a good olive oil! And it so good for you with health benefits like protecting against strokes and heart disease, providing large amounts of antioxidants, and possibly protecting you from Alzheimers, just to name a few. However, there are many “fake” olive oils being sold! Possibly over 60% of olive oils on the market are in fact not pure olive oil! Check out this article  at Mind Body Green that explains a 3-second trick to finding out if your favorite olive oil is indeed real.

Photo via Mind Body Green by Nadine Greeff

A few weeks ago my stomach got really bloated and uncomfortable and it lasted for several days. It was really annoying, to say the least. I couldn’t contribute it to one particular thing so I do as I often do – I searched the Internet. I am pretty sure I found the culprit. Garlic!! I had been consuming a lot of roasted garlic trying to beef up my immunity against the flu while it was running amok all over the country. Well, I didn’t get the flu, but I did get bloated, gassy, and uncomfortable! I will continue to eat garlic. It’s really good for you and I love the taste when it is roasted, but I will just have to not eat so much in a short period of time. It’s not the only thing that can cause gastrointestinal upset. Check out these 11 Sneaky Foods That Screw With Your Digestion. 

Photo via Redbook by Dana Tepper

Tired of paying astronomical cable bills? I am! That has led me to doing some online reasearch about “cutting the cord”. While it feels a little scary to stop getting traditional cable, I am pretty sure at we are going to give it a try. We can always go back! It also seems a little daunting. Part of the process is deciding on the streaming service that is best for you. This article over at Digital Trends offers some great information on the various options.

Eeek! I should have known better! The little pot of liquid smell good plugged into my wall has been slowly poisoning my family and me with toxic chemicals all this time! Bye-bye plug in! Shocking dangers of plug-in air fresheners at Natural Living Ideas.

Let’s end on a high note and try to forget about that pesky plug-in that’s poisoning us. It seems that tasting wine is good for the brain! My brain must be very healthy 🙂 Grab a glass of wine and check out this quick read over at My Domaine.

Cheers! Have a great week!

11 Ways To Comfort Someone During A Difficult Time

Recently I have had 2 different people in my life going through very trying times as their spouses have had to deal with health problems. One is a family member and the other a mom friend from my kid’s school. Obviously, my relationship to each of them is completely different. Nonetheless, I want to reach out and comfort both of them in some way.

It got me to thinking about just how do you comfort someone going through a tough time?

Despite best intentions, it isn’t always easy to comfort someone. And for some of us, supporting people going through a difficult time can be confusing or awkward, no matter how much we want to be present for them.

Below are some suggestions that might be helpful. Not all of these will apply to every situation, so use them only if they feel appropriate. And, I believe there will be some differences as well as similarities based on the level of your relationship with the person going through a crisis, but mostly similarities.

(1) Make contact. When you find out that someone you know is going through a crisis and you want to support them, make contact. Call, email, offer to visit. People in crisis often feel alone and alienated and appreciate when others reach out to them.

(2) Listen to the story. At the beginning stages of a crisis, everyone needs to tell their story in their own time. Telling the story is one of the cornerstones of psychological treatment for trauma. The job of the friend is to listen. To get the conversation started you might say any of the following: “Would you like to tell me what happened?” “You must be so angry!” “I’m so sorry to hear this.” “How are you feeling?”

(3) Be there emotionally. Think of yourself as a vessel filled with love and support that you are offering out. Recognize any feelings that you might have about the situation and try to not have them interfere with your ability to show up for your friend. Keep your personal stories to yourself, along with any judgments or criticisms you might have.
You probably don’t know how your friend feels. Be careful about saying, “I know how you feel.” When people are reeling from their own feelings, they think that you can’t possibly understand their experience unless you have actually been there.

(4) Let your friend cry. Try to be with the emotions without stifling them. Your friend will eventually stop crying. A person in crisis may not be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel when the event first happens. Hold your friend’s hand, look them in the eye, and say, “You will get through this,” or, “This too shall pass.” They may not believe you at the time, but it will be helpful to hear.

(5) Don’t push. People in crisis can feel completely out of control and can benefit from making choices. Rather than insisting on a course of action, offer your friend some options to select from. Even simple ones matter.

(6) Offer practical help. Suggest tasks you might take on such as making calls, taking or picking up the kids from school, buying groceries, or doing errands. Be observant to see what is needed, and ask if you can assist.

(7) Bring food or even spearhead a sign up online and send it to other friends of your friend. That way they have a steady flow of meals coming in over a certain time frame instead of all at once! Eating is one of the first things to go in a crisis (along with sleep). Have nourishing food available so that your friend is more likely to continue eating regular meals.

(8) Know that emotion comes in waves. There are no rules about how people should react to crises. Your friend may feel numb, intensely emotional, or anywhere in between. Even all in one day! All reactions are valid and understandable, even laughter. Emotions often appear in waves – they come and go. Be there as a support no matter what your friend is feeling.

(9) Be patient. Your friend may need to tell the story many times or may still be emotional weeks after you would have begun to move on. Respect that everyone’s process is unique. However, if, after giving it plenty of time, you think your friend is stuck in the trauma, you might gently ask, “How do you see yourself getting through this?”

(10) Encourage basic functioning. In the first few days of a crisis, even the most minimal functioning may seem impossible. Be very gentle in encouraging your friend to take a shower, get dressed, eat regular meals, and take a short walk. If you know of self-care activities your friend enjoys, such as running,  yoga, or going to the gym, suggest these as well, being careful not to sound pushy.

(11) Check in over time. Often, at the beginning of a crisis, many people are available to help and support. Over time, people tend to forget and return to the rhythm of their daily lives. Keep your friend in the forefront of your mind, and check in in the weeks or months ahead. Even just sending a comforting hand written card or note is a great way to check in and let them know you are thinking of them.

Showing up with a loving, open heart is by far the best medicine.

Remember that a crisis is a difficult time for everyone and often handled differently from person to person.

How have you helped a friend in crisis? Any suggestions you would add? I’d love to hear about your experiences.


Sunday Post: 4 Finds From Around The Internet This Week

Hi friends! Welcome to another addition of The Sunday Post! How’s the weather where you are? It’s been a roller coaster of temperatures here in Houston, and quite a bit of rain. Yesterday was  in the low 70’s and now today the temps will be in the 40’s all day long with clouds. Later this week they say we will be approaching 80!

The frequent changes in weather doesnt’t seem to bode well for our immune systems. Maybe it’s just an old wive’s tale, but it seems that the continually changing weather just keeps the flu roaming around. Which brings me to my first “find” this week.

Getting the flu sucks! And sometimes there is just no way around not getting it. Especially when you live with multiple people in your house. The chances go up! But there are some natural  things that you can do to lessen your chances of going down and out. Check out 12 Natural Flu Remedies over at Dr. Axe.

Photo via Dr Axe

Oh L’amor! Valentine’s Day is almost here. How about making a sweet treat from the heart ♥️  for your loves. Here are 59 Valentine’s desserts that all sound and look delish! It’s hard to pick a favorite, but the Cookie Dough Truffles and the Oreogasm Dip are calling my name!

Photo via Delish

Looking for magic in a bottle when it comes to aging? While there is probably no magic potion, there are some things you can add to your daily facial routine that can at least help. Argan oil is an excellent natural choice and this article over at Natural Living Ideas tells you why.

Photo via Natural Living Ideas

I’m always on the lookout for easy, weeknight meals to prepare for my family. You know the kind  that you can throw in the oven on one pan, set it and forget it. This is one of those dishes. Well almost. Over the course of the 2.5 hour cooking time you do have to do a couple of things, but most of the time is spent in the oven while you can do other things. I’ve made this Buttermilk  Ranch Chicken 2 times for my family in the past month and it is a big hit!

Photo via South Your Mouth

Hope you are enjoying your Sunday!

xoxo Angela

Gift Ideas For Your Galentine!

Yes, it’s actually Valentine’s Day! But that doesn’t mean we can’t show a little love to the “girlfriends” in our lives – our Galentines!

Besides, our girlfriends mean a lot to us! Do they not? In my 40’s I find that my girlfriends mean even more to me now than they did in my 30’s. I guess because in my 30’s I was birthing little people and caught up in diapers and bottles! In my 20’s of course my girlfriends meant a lot, but in a different way…The kind of “thanks for getting me away from that creepy guy at the club and driving my ass home” kind of way 🙄 Don’t get me wrong, some of these gals are still some of my closest friends and always will be!

I’m pretty sure that as the years pass from here on out my girlfriends will continue to hold a very special and important place in my life. After all, our kiddos are getting older, wrinkles are starting to appear, and the dreaded menopause is looming in the distance. Yikes! Something only a girlfriend would understand! And, many of our girlfriend friendships will certainly stand the test of time!

So why not show at least a couple of your closest friends a little love this Valentine’s Day? It really doesn’t have to be anything big and expensive. Even a small token will certainly make her smile. It’s the thought that counts!

And if you would  like to spend a day together to celebrate “Galentine’s” check out my post called 7 Great Girlfriend Dates That Aren’t Brunch! 

Here are just a few ideas to get you thinking. Prices on these items range from $10 to $70. Most of these items can be found in stores locally and if you are reading this from another city, some of these stores may be in your area too, or items can be shipped.

And, don’t forget moms, sisters, and aunts!

How pretty are these? Treat her sweet tooth with a box of macarons from bite Macarons $25

Photo via bite Macarons

Who wouldn’t love some gorgeous Agate Coasters like these from West Elm $50 for a set of 4

Photo via West Elm

She’ll be stylish at the kid’s games keeping water and snacks cold with this fun cooler bag from Lily Rain $28

Photo via Lily Rain

How about some fun in the kitchen at Sur La Table for the friend that likes cooking OR just needs a little help in the kitchen 😉 (prices vary)

Photo via Sur La Table

Remind her how beautiful she is every day with this cute coffee mug from The Paper Source $15

Photo via Paper Source

She’ll be stylish on the go with a Corkcicle from Silly Silly Girls Boutique in Houston $30 – $55

Make every sip sparkle with the new Unicorn Magic canteens! I love these!

Photo via Prep Obsessed

This lavender color called Pixie Dust is fabulous!

Her house will smell divine with this Voluspa Santiago Huckleberry Glass Chawan Candle from Lily Rain $26

Photo via Lily Rain

She can serve guests with a touch of glam with the Ursula Serving Bowl from Anthropologie $68

Photo via Anthropologie

Treat your Galentine to a relaxing foot massage! Go together! Most places $30 – $40 for 1 hour.

I love the shiny gold lettering on this cute black tee from Stella & Dot $39

Photo via Stella & Dot

Are You Ready For Some Football? Party Foods That Is…

The big game is almost here! The Super Bowl. Heard of it 😉 Whether your team is in the big game or not, whether you are a fan of football or not, or whether your just interested in the commercials, it’s very likely  you may need to make food for guests coming over or take a dish to share at a party.

Get your shopping list ready! Here are a few of my favorites from around the web to get you thinking, and salivating:

For you Patriots fans how about some Lobster Rolls! Who doesn’t love a lobster roll? These look and sound delish! This recipe comes from Chow Hound.

Photo via Chow Hound

Rooting for the Eagles? How about these Philly Cheese Steak Sliders from Cooking and Beer! When I was pregnant with my first child I crave Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches. I could have gobbled up several of these bad boys in one sitting 🙂

Maple Bacon Popcorn from Grandbaby Cakes – Oh so decadent and AMAZING! Thank you Jocelyn for creating this tantalizing treat for the tastebuds 😘

Photo via Grandbaby cakes

Fresh Crostini with Sweet Pea Purée and Pancetta that I whipped up! I got the recipe from Sur La Table. So yummy!

A fresh tomatillo salsa with chips is easy and great for snacking on! I make one similar to this one from All Recipes.

For your sweet tooth, Jocelyn of Grandbaby Cakes created a football themed sweet treat that is sure to please!

Photo via Grandbaby Cakes

Meatballs on a stick are always a good idea and make for easy noshing. These from Gimme Some Oven look almost too good to eat!

Photo via Gimme Some Oven

I love me some Buffalo sauce and this dip from Gimme Some Oven looks scrumptious! Is it healthy if I eat it with the celery sticks??

Photo via Gimme Some Oven

So there you have it! A few party food recipes to try on Super Bowl Sunday or any other day!

Go Texans! Oh wait, not this year. Maybe next! JJ Watt needs to be in the Super Bowl 😉

A Lost Art: What Does Your Handwriting Say About You

Hi friends! Did you know that Tuesday, January 23rd is National Handwriting Day? Well, it is. What does that mean? Not much really or, maybe more than you realize! Nonetheless, seeing that the day was coming up it got me to thinking about how the way you write can be an indicator of your personality. Per the “experts” in the field of graphology anyway…

But, it also got me to wondering how much people actually take pen (or pencil) to paper amymore. I wonder that as I type this post out on the keyboard of my iPad Pro 🤔 And I can use funny emojis to express feelings 😊 I for one, do still write on paper every single day! I actually keep a written calendar that lists each days activities and things I need to do. Even though I may still log it in my iPhone’s calendar as well (I do like the alarm reminders). Before I go to the grocery store I always make a handwritten list so that I hopefully don’t forget something. And, there’s journal writing too, among other things. But in this day and age of texting, tweeting, instant messaging, emailing, and so on, one might be able to escape an entire day without picking up a pencil. Maybe even days, weeks, or dare I say, months!

I recall when I was growing up that if one found a piece of scribbled on paper on the floor in a classroom you could identify it’s owner just by looking at the handwriting. It didn’t even need to have a name on it. You knew based on just the handwriting who it belonged to. You always knew your bestfriend’s handwriting, your mom’s, your sister’s, your dad’s. Would you be able to pick out the handwriting of a close friend now? I’m honestly not sure if I could! Have we lost one of the ways in which we recognize one another?!?

What would happen if, God forbid, all technology shut down?! All digital forms of communication were gone?! Actually, I don’t think that I am going to go there in this post. That’s a whole other story on it’s on that could get very deep…

Anyway, tomorrow, Tuesday January 23rd is National Handwriting Day. Instead of rambling on, I would just like to encourage you to pick up a pen or pencil and write! Write a letter to a dear friend, write a note to your son or daughter, write out your grocery list, just write something on paper! And for fun, you can take a handwriting personality quiz with your family like we did. According to graphologists, there is very little you can’t tell from a person’s handwriting style. Everything from the size of your letters to how closely you space words can reveal intricate details of your personality. So they say…

Here are some of the most common handwriting features you can study and learn more about your personality type:

1. Letter size: In general, the size of your letters can reveal whether you are outgoing or shy. Compared to a standard lined sheet of paper, if you write with tiny letters that do not reach the top line, ou are likely to be timid and introverted. If you write large letters that go over the top line, you are the opposite – outgoing, confident, and attention seeking.

2. Word spacing : Studies suggest that those that space words widely like freedom and independence, whereas those choosing to write with small spaces prefer to be among others and hate to be alone.

3. Dotting your i’s : The way you dot, or do not dot, your i’s says a lot about your personality; those placing the dot high have imaginative personalities and those writing it off to the left tend to procrastinate. If your handwriting shows a circle instead of a dot then you allegedly possess a childlike quality, and using a dash is said to be typical of overly critical individuals. Only organized and emphatic people place the dot firmly above the i when writing by hand.

4. Crossing your T’s : The length of your T-cross reveals further personality traits. Long crossers are purportedly determined and enthusiastic, and short T-crossers are lazier.

5. Pen pressure : If you apply a heavy pressure when using a pen or pencil then you are committed. Really heavy pressure is said to reveal uptight qualities. Light pressure denotes sensitivity and empathy.

6. Signature : What does your signature say about you? Illegible signatures (those that resemble a squiggle) speak of someone that is private and closed. A readable signature shows self-confidence.

Is handwriting and personality analysis accurate? It is difficult to draw firm conclusions as we often change our handwriting style in response to our mood or different writing materials. I know that to be true in my life.

I found a fun handwriting test on Buzzfeed. You should try it!

My handwriting test said that I was organized. Quote, “You’re organized, from your workplace to your life. People think you have it all figured out, and honestly you just might. You love a good routine, you’re never late, and you love a good dinner party, as long as you’re the one in charge of throwing it.”

This analysis is mostly accurate. I want to be organized, but sometimes it’s a struggle. As I stated at the beginning, I still keep a written calendar to be organized and I prepare a handwritten grocery list, even in these days of technology… Not sure if I “have it all figured out”, but I strive to. I definitley crave routine! I’m fine with some spontaneity, but in my daily life routine rules! Never late? Well, I used to never be late, but adding 2 kids to the mix has caused me to be late more than I am comfortable with. I do indeed love a good dinner party! Fun Fun! And yes, I like to throw them, but have come to enjoy them even more when they are at someone else’s house. Less stress for me 😉

So, I chanllege you to take the handwriting test at Buzzfeed and come back and comment in the comments section below with your results. Did they get it right? Do you think handwriting analysis can correctly identify your personality?

Below is the paper that I wrote the quiz sentence on. I had my husband and kids (12 and 8) write it down too. My husband’s result was CONFIDENT. My kids both got ORGANIZED. I pretty much agree with the assessment of my husband. I beg to differ with the results that my kiddos got. I don’t see much organization around their rooms 😂 But I do think that they have pretty good handwriting!! Xoxo, Angela

Sunday Post: 5 Finds From Around The Internet

It’s Sunday Post time again! This week you’ll find posts from around the Internet about a yummy  asparagus soup, healthy organic “shots”, a DIY lip scrub, and more! So read on!

Y’all, I have been making this Roasted Garlic and Asparagus Soup recipe lately that my husband and I absolutely love! I know it is such a simple recipe, but I still wanted to share. I whip this up and serve it with a little salad and some gluten free Brazi Bites and we sit back and savor… Up until recently I had never made asparagus soup. Crazy, I know! The health benefits of asparagus are top notch! Check it out!

10 Reasons Why You Should Eat More Asparagus

Photo via Diet Hood

Oy vey! This has been a crazy winter in Houston. Snow twice! And it’s been downright cold most of the time as compared to our relatively mild winters in the 6o’s. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a welcome change to actually have a “winter”, but all the indoor heat, dry air, and frigid temps are taking a toll on my skin, including my lips. This DIY lip scrub from One Good Thing sounds yummy and something I’d definitely want to put on my lips. I can’t wait to try it!

Pucker Up! Your Lips Will Love This Edible Scrub.

Photo via One Good Thing

Speaking of winter, are you doing anything extra to try and stay healthy this year? Besides my extra vitamins C and D, I started drinking these turmeric shots by Buda Juice, once a day. Our local grocery store, HEB, sells them, but you can also get them other places as well or order online at Buda Juice. A pack of 6 runs about $10, but so far this year I have not gotten the flu! Fingers crossed! There are several great formulas to help keep you up and running at your best!

Buda Juice Organic Juice Shots

Photo via Amazon

Who doesn’t love a nice leather tote! I really like this NEW simple one from Mark and Graham! It comes in several colors too! While gifting season is over you may just want to gift yourself with one of these!

Mark and Graham Mia Tote

Photo via Mark and Graham

I’m always exited to discover new apps that make life easier or just a little more productive. And, I had no idea about the phone battery hack! Genius! Check out the list on The Chriselle Factor. I think I am going to try the Acorns app and the Halide app. Have you tried them? Do you have any apps that you love and want to share? Please let me know in the comments section below.

Apps and iPhone Hacks You Need in 2018

Photo via The Chriselle Factor

Happy Sunday!!


Pantone Ultraviolet Is The Color Of 2018: Ideas On How To Use It In Your Home And Life

Purple Rain, Purple Rain! The Pantone Color Institute has declared ULTRA VIOLET as THE COLOR of 2018! A gorgeous shade of purple!

Looking over this post before publishing it I thought, “wow, this is a really pretty post.” I need more purple in my life. Purple really pops!

Have a look!

Keep scrolling to get some “purple ideas” for yourself and your home.

Photo via Pantone

The color purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, power, and luxury. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Spiritually, the colors purple and violet represent the future, the imagination and dreams, while calming the emotions and keeping us grounded. Purple is also associated with independence, creativity, mystery, and magic.

Prince was and still is synonymous with the color purple. He certainly had many of the attributes listed above. Creative, mysterious, imaginative, and somewhat magical. At least in my eyes…

Photo via Billboard

Beginning in the year 2000, The Pantone Color Institute names a particular color “Color of the Year”. This color then becomes the “it” color of that particular year. From, clothes, to jewelry, to home furnishings, to makeup, marketing, and more.

This year ULTRA VIOLET has won top honors and is described as “ a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

Pantone states:

“Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.

Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.”

I don’t know about you, but I think this color is FAB-U-LOUS!

While I don’t plan on going all out purple this year, I do think that I can incorporate it in small details. Maybe a potted violet in the kitchen window, beautiful ultra violet hydrangeas in a vase, purple nail polish, or gorgeous agate coasters. Keep scrolling to see them below. They are fab!

How do you plan to incorporate some ULTRA VIOLET in your life? Maybe with throw pillows, an accent chair, nail polish, or piece of art? Or are you more adventurous and willing to try a new paint color for a room in your home? Perhaps a purple sofa? Purple hair?

Whatever you do, make sure and get some ULTRA VIOLET  in your life this year!

Here are some images to inspire you!

A throw pillow makes for an easy way to add some purple in your environment.

Photo via Society6

Oh my Agate! These purple agate coasters are absolutely gorgeous! I think I am going to buy some now! Get them here: Set of 4 Natural Agate Slices Dyed Purple,Beverage Coasters Cup Mat,Irregular Healing Crystals Collection Home Decoration, Drink Gift 2.95-3.15 Inches (4pcs-Purple)

Purple hues can be found throughout this painting by local Houston artist Caryn Landauer and can be purchased via Franquiz Fine Art with shipping available.

Photo via  Franquiz Fine Art

Look at that fabulous violet door!

Photo via Little Elysian

An elegant vase of Hydrangeas add glamour and beauty to any room. Get tips on keeping them from wilting by clicking on the link below the photo.

I love Alliums! The gorgeous purple color really stands out in the landscape! And, they just look cool…

A purple chair really pops in a neutral toned space.

Photo via Home Adore

Prop your feet up on this purple ottoman from Iconic Home. I love the color and the acrylic legs! Get it here: Iconic Home Samson Modern Purple Velvet Button Tufted Acrylic Ottoman

For the adventurous types, purple hair is always an option! If you want to give it a try without committing to the color longterm you can try Clairol Color Crave Semi-permanent Hair Color, Orchid

Photo via Pop Sugar

Purple nails are a fun and easy way to incorporate the 2018 Pantone color. I’m loving this color by OPI called Norther Lights! Get it here:  OPI Infinite Shine Turn On The Northern Lights

Butter London offers several different products highlighting this year’s Pantone color!

Aren’t these African violets pretty? I think they would look great sitting in a kitchen window. They are small and easy to grow. Just click on the link below the photo for care instructions.

Photo via Almanac

So what do you think? Are you going to add ULTRA VIOLET to your life this year? Which of the above options are you most likely to try?

*This post contains affiliate links.

What to Eat In January: Seasonal Produce Guide

Happy New Year everybody! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. It always seems to go by so fast and things get kind of hectic.

I know I’ve been like crickets over here with the holidays, but I am trying to get back in the swing of things with the blog so I hope you check in often. And, please share with your friends. I would love to grow my blog this year!

I am kicking off 2018 with a Seasonal Produce Guide. I hope to provide you with a list each month highlighting what is in season, along with some recipes you can try.

Seasonal Produce Guide for January is all about potatoes, and citrus. It is a New Year so start it off right by eating the freshest foods available. That means buying as many things seasonal as you can.


Eating foods that are in season has it’s benefits. More vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

There are many good reasons to eat seasonally but the two really big reasons are, it’s good for you and it is good for the environment.

* You will also get the best tasting food because it will be the freshest possible, giving optimal flavor.

* You will get the best nourishment from your food because the produce you buy will be picked when they are ripe and fully developed. Which means higher levels of antioxidants.

* You will reduce on the environment due to less “food mileage”. Seasonal food means that it is most likely local and less transportation is needed.

* You will be supporting your local farmer, which is great for your local economy. I highly recommend shopping at your local farmer’s market!

* You will be supporting your immune system. The natural cycle of produce is perfectly designed to support our own cycle of health.


Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta or Bacon from Skinny Taste

Photo via Skinny Taste

Spaghetti Squash with Feta Cheese, Black Olives, and Fresh Basil from All Recipes

Photo via All Recipes

Teeny Tiny Potatoes with Rosemary from Skinny Taste

Photo via Skinny Taste

Greek Kale Salad from Cookie + Kate

Photo via Cookie + Kate

Happy January!! Happy healthy eating!