20 November 2014

How to be in the know when it comes to Studio Jewel

It's that time of year and I'm already feeling the pressure of Christmas. I love it. I hate it. I think I plan for it…mentally. Yet I never do. But really…YOU never want the same thing. So basically? It's your fault! Just being full out honest here! {wink}

It is the time of year I travel from studio to kitchen to studio to bed, with an occasional bathroom break. One thing I'm exceedingly grateful for this year? My new studio! I don't have to go out in the frigid temps. I don't have to worry about floods. I don't have to battle swarms of flies or scurrying mice. It's perfection. 

19 November 2014

two ways to gift your pets a longer healthier life and how my pets saved me

The last few years have been a flurry of unknowns. High highs. Low lows. Frustrations. Disappointments. What ifs? Trust me I am NOT discounting the joys and the blessings and the laughter. There have been plenty of moments bursting with happiness. But my Eeyore personality seems to teeter on the side of half empty. It's something I have to work on. It's something that will easily trigger bouts of depression, even desperation. I know it. Knowing helps. It gives me some power over it. It allows me to pull out my weaponry to fight it. 

One of my weapons. My dogs.

Some of you will think this is silly. Somebody will just get it. You might be ready to write me off as one of those crazy pet owners. But it's more than just being a dog lover. It's even hard to explain.

Last Thanksgiving we lost our precious Maggie. Six years old. Sister of another litter to our older girl Selah. When she died in my arms it felt - to me - as if it was just one.more.thing. I know she is a dog. Not a human. Not a child. But she was a big part of our family. She and her big sister, saw me through a lot of dark days. I needed them as much as they needed me. My constant studio companions. My constant walk and run partners. My dependable friends.

18 November 2014

5 things you can do NOW to get ready for your holiday parties

It's that time of year. Parties. Sometimes fancy. Often casual. Possibly acting as hostess. Either way. You want to present yourself the best that you can without much effort…right?

Here are 5 things you can do RIGHT NOW to prepare for party season so YOU can be the belle of the ball!
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12 November 2014

when mom guilt rules the day

Being a mom is a full time job. Being a "working outside the home" mom is a full-full time job. Both face the rolling tide of overwhelm. Each is a choice every woman has to make for herself…for her family. You know. And sometimes we just do what we have to do.

But then. Occasionally. In a season of overwhelm. You question yourself. In a weak moment you glance on the other side of the fence. You see another moms Pinterest life and it looks enchanting.

The mom who owns her own business and seems to have it all together. The mom who bakes fun treats with her small people, and then has time to frolic in the park. The mom who runs a Fortune 500 company and is extraordinarily brilliant. The mom with the blog and the speaking gigs who people look up to. The mom who has time to sew and play tennis and still be home when the kids exit the bus.

Why are we so foolish? Why do we slam ourselves against her perceived perfection? Why do we feel the constant need to do all. Be all. Why?

11 November 2014

Random Musings. 25 things about me you never wanted to know!

Twenty five things ABOUT ME that maybe you didn't know - or really want to know. But…I always think it's good to get to know each other better…right? But here's the deal…don't judge. I know I'm quirky! But quirky is endearing, right?

How about this. YOU leave a comment and be entered to win a "fancy bangle bracelet". How's that? It's sort of a win win!

28 October 2014

Top fashion questions ANSWERED!

Fashion questions. We all have them. Whether it's sitting in your closet asking yourself, "who do I want to be today?". Or wondering if you really can still wear white pants. Questions.

And lately my blogging mind has been a bit, shall we say, befuddled. I just haven't been able to pull it together. Distractions in life. Insecurities. You know the drill. Sometimes it just ain't there…and whatever you do, you can't make it happen!

So today I thought I would just answer some of YOUR fashion questions thrown at me. So let's spin the fashion wheel and see what we can learn! Deal?

08 October 2014

Boterkoek dutch butter cake my FAVORITE FAVORITE thing

My favorite things come in many shapes and sizes. But one that smells good and tastes amazing…that's a favorite-favorite thing!

This amazing treat is a recipe that has been in my family for years. Simple. Decadent. Delicious. Like oh-my-word-make-me-stop-eating-slice-after-slice delicious. Word of warning…IF you over indulge, the butter just might kill you. No. Seriously. Worst heart burn ever. But yet…still worth it.

My heritage is Dutch. And the Dutch are good for a few things. Solid work ethic. Immaculate homes and gardens. And we know how to eat….well. This rich, dense butter cake….boterkoek is easy to make and will guarantee new friends in your life…that is if you can bring yourself to share!