Archive for June, 2009

06/04/09
Amy

(Living Love) Love Notes


Who would have ever thought that the love note could be so powerful? I mean really, it is usually one or two sentences scribbled on a Post-it note or a scrap of paper that was torn out of a notebook. Yet it still has the ability to make the heart flutter. It is a reminder that you are loved, desired, and worth pursuing.

So today, stick a little note on your spouse’s bathroom mirror, in their lunch bag, sock drawer, or car and just tell them that you love them.

And I will take the challenge a step further. Do one note every day this week. You can go ahead and write the notes in one 10 minute sitting and then place them around the house as you go about your week. This act is simple, yet powerful. Don’t underestimate the significance of a Post-it note.

06/03/09
Amy

(Just For Mom) Accessorizing


A chunky necklace. A scarf. Earrings. A couple of bracelets. Insignificant? Hold on.

Have you ever observed women you consider to be beautiful or well-dressed and then felt inadequate when when you look at your own plain blue shirt and ponytail? In order to follow in their footsteps, you would have to totally make over your entire wardrobe, get your hair done, actually purchase makeup, and then somehow know how to put it all together?!? Or do you?

You probably noticed that these women wore accessories, but it was most likely a passing observation as you took in the whole ensemble. Look again. There is something about accessories that effortlessly exudes confidence. They have the power to magically transform a plain t-shirt or jazz up your look without a major makeover.

So next time you feel frustrated when looking at your wardrobe or want a fresh look, add a splash of color with a few accessories. It might take you a little outside your comfort zone, but maybe that’s a good thing.


Amy

(Organization) Instant Closet Makeover


There are two cheap and easy steps that you can take to give your closet an instant makeover.

1. Streamline your hangers. You don’t have to spend a fortune on wood hangers to get a professional look. Simply changing out your hangers to be all one style and color, even if they are just wire hangers, will immediately give your closet an organized look. If you can’t afford to buy new hangers, even arranging the hangers by style or color will create a similar effect.

2. Sort your clothes by color. You can take this a step further by dividing your clothes into groups by type of clothing (i.e. winter, summer, dress, etc.), then sort into the color pattern for each group.

Your closet will look instantly more organized, it will be easier to find items, and the clothes that you do have will suddenly take on a new appeal. Try it. You won’t be disappointed.

06/02/09
Amy

(Healthy Living) Getting Started


We are inundated on a daily basis with green campaigns, organic options, vaccine articles (anti and pro), health alternatives, natural remedies, and new studies on how x-ingredient (that is in 50 commonly used products in our homes) is linked to this endless list of different complications, diseases, and side effects. Now don’t get me wrong. I believe in, and am even passionate, about making many of these changes in the lifestyle of my family. However, if you decide that you want to start making some of these changes in your life, it is so easy to get overwhelmed. There is always going to be more that you can change. Don’t lose sight of the fact that the purpose of making these changes is to enhance your life, not to bog it down. Give yourself (and your budget!) some breathing room.

Strive to make one change per month. Pick one thing that is important to you. Research it, experiment with  it, learn about it. Then when you do make that change, it is intentional, non-emotional, educated, and affordable. The tortoise wins the race every time.  And he even gets to enjoy the journey.