Mini Motivators

Hey there, all!

Just trying to get my act together over here, today. How about you?

I realized I needed a little reminder of why I have some goals and another reminder on how to achieve them. I wanted to share 3 little things that are really making an impact on my productivity. They are free, FREE, and easy. And we all have access to them.

1. Make a list of...days.

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Yep. This crappy little piece of paper is my favorite thing to mark off each day. I wanted to begin Pilates/Barre exercises again at home. But, I would shrug it off. “Ugh, it takes too long…ugh, I’m so tired…ugh, there are so many other things I could be doing.”

I was right: there were so many other things I could be doing besides mentally complaining. So I made this  little sheet with numbers representing 21 days – the number of days in a row that I wanted to get this Pilates practice up and running again. I posted it on the frig. I labeled it with what it was – see that “Mar-Pilates” so that neither myself nor the Bauble Husband would throw it away. And then, I tried.

And guess what – so far, it’s worked. I cannot wait to check off that number each day, and my waistline is starting to thank me. Plus, it helps me achieve something else throughout the day and begins my productivity on a high note. Easy.

2. Set a timer.

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 I get overwhelmed easily thinking about time, and I know my friends do as well. The time it takes to clean up after the kids, organize a drawer that you have been meaning to, or go through your piling up paperwork. The time it takes to get things done really debilitates me – particularly household chores or projects. It’s not a strong suit, but I am working on it.

One of the ways I have been working on it is to set a timer for me to work on an activity. That activity could be anything – from cleaning out a closet, to vacuuming, to organizing, dusting – WHATEVER. The not-so-fun-but-I-guess-freaking-necessary stuff.

I set a timer on my phone for a short period of time – no more than 30 minutes. I generally start at 15 minutes. Hit start, then GO!!!  Now, my time is set and I know what I am doing for the next 15 minutes of my life without worrying about how I am not using my time. Suddenly, making work lunches and dusting as much of the house as I can is not so so overwhelming at all. It’s just seeing how much of it I can get done in the next 15 minutes.

I generally find that, not only have I accomplished a lot, but I set another timer for 15 minutes to see how much more I can do. I also know that I only have the next 15 minutes, so I work extra hard to GET. IT. DONE. Again, simple.

3. Find a little love.

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I have tried to find a little more love for myself…meaning that I am not so hard on myself for not getting things done. I encourage you to do the same.

There are going to be really bad days – days when kids will be sick, spouses will be sick, flat tires will be had, events will fill up the schedules, etc. So, you have to know when to listen to your body and rest if you need it or cuddle up with whatever you want that makes you happy.

Ok, so I did not get all the cleaning done that I wanted to do…but I got to weirdly sit on the stairs with my husband, making jokes with him, and hear about how something at his job was crazy – and we laughed about the story together. THAT is something I will remember for a little while and it will probably make me smile again. And I’m GRATEFUL for that small moment. The gratitude and that laughter are two of the best things about that moment.

I won’t remember how I was struggling to carry all the garbage outside.

Let me know if you try any of these things…or what memories you’ve made instead 🙂

Bauble Babe

Holidazed Gems.

Life is so busy during the holidays for everyone, but hopefully you had moments of happiness and togetherness with family and friends. I am no fashion guru, and I will admit that, every single day, putting together clothes to wear annoys me. I know it’s not a huge deal in the grand scheme of life, but it’s annoyance to me has been present even when I had a uniform in grammar school. Every day the choice gives me a little bit of heartburn. The holidays make this worse. I would rather sit in traffic, cook 5 dinners for one night, do massive amounts of laundry for my family or clean my whole house twice than put together an outfit for a single day. (I’ll be posting soon about some organizational tips I use to try and combat this, so stay tuned for that!)

That is part of the reason why I love jewelry so much – it’s a finishing touch that can pull it all together or maybe elevate what you have going on to the next level of being put together. It can offer subtle sophistication where there may be none. Or maybe it just makes me, YOU, the person wearing it feel a little bit better.

So, I created this piece to help with just that – to pull it all together with simplicity and a little bit of focus.

 

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This necklace features gold with heather green, wire wrapped beads.

 

 

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The beads are adjoined by a gold filled ring – the ring is small, just under the size of a dime, but it’s just enough to bring the two, long strands of gold chain together.

 

 

I think it’s the mix of gold and these heather green beads together that I like so much.

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The color of the beads really stands out here:

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Ahhhh sigh, don’t you just love roses? Paired with jewelry? Ahhh, sigh again.

 

I paired this necklace with a dark green, sleeveless turtleneck (to be inside all day on Turkey Day), dark jeans, and beige booties. The outfit was simple – but this necklace spoke all for itself.

Let me know what you wore for Thanksgiving Day! If I was cooking, I’d probably want jewelry to stay out of my food and face – so maybe that will be my next post…

Sweet and Tangy!

Tonight, I need quick, simple remedies to help my skin. If you are like me, you’ve spent some time indulging the last week and now your skin thanks you. By bringing all it’s friends to town. And getting a little scaly. When it gets cold, like it is now, and damp, my skin gets so dry overall. There are definitely a few products around that I’ll use to combat dryness, dullness, and aging overall but I’ve found that home remedies are just as great and won’t break the bank . You may even have them already, and you know exactly what goes into what you are putting on your face….which is the best part! My favorites are:

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sour cream – for brightening and texture improvement as well as stimulating collagen production due to the fat and lactic acids in it.

sugar – for exfoliation

lemon – for exfoliation and brightening

 

For anything I have written below, I used not just on my face but my neck and down to my breast bone. I live by the rule of 2 for these masks or scrubs – 2 tablespoons at a time.

STEP 1:

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Sugar scrub. You can use granulated sugar; I used sugar in the raw. 2 TBSP

Add a teaspoon of water at a time to the sugar until you can form a paste with your fingers. Gently scrub that paste in a circular motion all over your face, forehead, neck.

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Rinse when finished.

 

Now you can do either one of the next two items, but I would stay away from doing both on the same night to give your skin some time to rejuvenate and heal.

 

STEP 2:

Cut up a lemon. You can either juice it to get about 2 TBSP of juice and put it in a container for the frig or cut it into slices.

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Using your fingers, rub the juice or a slice (just as shown above) around your face, avoiding eyes, and careful not to flick it into your eye. If you do, your eye will tear for approximately 1-2 minutes depending on how much you put in it. Not that I know this.

Let dry for 10-15 minutes then rinse with water.

OR

STEP 2:  2 TBSP of sour cream. Put in a little airtight container or straight from the big ol’ container.

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I’m not above admitting taking another spoonful for myself 🙂

Spread evenly over face creating a thin layer you can see. Let completely dry.

Each time I did this it took about 15-17 minutes to completely dry. In the meantime I folded laundry and then read a magazine article.

Your face will start to flake – time to rinse!

 

After all of this, apply your favorite rehydrating lotion, and revel at how you just enhanced your natural beauty!!

As I write this to you, I am flexing my face back and force by moving my jaw and lips. Occasionally a piece of lemon pulp flies off my face. Whatever, it feels so effortless to do and ever so slightly sticky. I’m going to go wash my face, but you go get your home mask on quick for 10-15 minutes.

Now, your skin will begin to ACTUALLY thank you.

 

*Talk soon,

Bauble Babe

 

*This post featured:

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  • 2 TBSP granular sugar – either granulated sugar, I prefer sugar in the raw
  • 2 TBSP sour cream
  • 2 TBSP of fresh lemon juice or 1 lemon, cut into slices

Friday Fare #1

Friday Friday Friday. Want to try something?

I’m going to try a post without pictures. You tell me if you like it.

Usually I like to fiddle with a recipe on a Friday since I have a little more time and there’s not too much pressure for Saturday. If we’re not going out – my personal preference is to stay in – then I try to do something new.

This recipe is not edible. Yep, you heard me. But it is long lasting. It’s

You need:

  • a medium saucepan (Going to put about 5-6 cups of liquid in it)
  • an orange or citrus-y fruit
  • cloves
  • cinnamon – can be ground or sticks
  • nutmeg or allspice work well, too, if you have them on hand

That’s it.

  1. Squeeze juice from orange, throw in pot.
  2. Take squeezed rinds from the orange, and throw in pot. You can also peel the orange and just put the peels in the pot, if you prefer. Save the orange for a marinade! Better yet,  flavor up some water or put it in a cocktail!
  3. Throw in a good pinch of cloves.
  4. Through in 2 tablespoons of cinnamon or 5 cinnamon sticks.
  5. Cover it all with water – about 6 cups.
  6. Turn on medium for 10 minutes, then low for however long you like. I do maybe an hour or two.

You won’t need a candle because this will scent your WHOLE house for the whole day. Fill it up with  more water if needed. You can turn it off after an hour or so, and the steam will still permeate throughout your whole house. I keep the same pot, yes, the same pot, on my stove for  probably two weeks. I add to it a little bit here and there.

I’ll try to come up with some new scents, soon.

In the meantime, let me know if you did this!

Because you love sunsets, too.

This is like force feeding you beautiful countryside and sunsets, isn’t it?

Peak season in our area might already be over, but there are still so many beautiful trees that have leaves, and since it’s been warm, the trees have been changing or losing their leaves a little later than normal. It also has to do with the type of tree, but for the most part, it’s really ALL for our benefit.

Tonight, I went for a walk along the river before bauble husband arrived home via train. It’s a beautiful, peaceful place. It started out with a walk along the meadow….

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Still so much color to behold. And if you look along the path, well, the leaves just brighten it up.

 

 

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I walked along the path a bit, passed these trees….

 

 

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and passed this one, too…

and eventually came to the water’s edge.

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without knowing it, I spent a bunch of time playing with my camera, taking pictures, and listening to the wind blow. Solitude really makes me pay attention to noise, and that’s the thing that I appreciate most about photography…the sound of the internal shutter, the click of the shutter button, me flicking buttons around, playing with the lens – zooming here, zooming there. It’s all quiet, but subtle, progress noise.

 

Not to mention the water lapping up on the shore quietly…and these views really weren’t making it a bad place to be right then.

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And as the clouds and the air cooled, and I peered along the edge, a beautiful sunset was forming.

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So naturally, I had to get closer.

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Simple pictures, simple event, simply happy.

Autumn all Over New York.

 

One year ago, almost to the date, I wrote a post about Fall in New York.

I feel lucky to live here, and to experience this. There is nothing quite like driving home from work, at the golden hour of sunset, and everything around you is glowing as well. It makes the drive much much easier.

There is nothing like driving on any road, any highway, any backroad, and finding a brightly colored tree that’s equally as impressive as the last. And there is nothing like cursing the “leaf peepers” driving all over the road because they are distracted by the damn trees. I mean, the damn beautiful trees.

 

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Random trees and random person’s head.

This picture was taken at a pumpkin festival over the weekend. I managed to finish 3 fried oreos and a plate of Jamaican food while I barely took a photo of pumpkins. No pumpkin spice latte basicness over here. You’re welcome.

 

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Even the ground leaves look beautiful with pops of red and yellow.

 

I will likely post more about Fall. Thank you for your patience in advance 😉

 

 

We the Earrings.

It only seems fitting to be posting about something political – a political statement. Statement. Ok, statement earrings. And sometimes that statement can be subtle.

Subtle, clean, and bright.

It starts with the teardrop shape. This shape is great because of three main things:

  • It goes against the round – roundness of studs, diamonds, most stones.
  • It can still be soft in a larger size.
  • It still allows for a simple necklace if you so choose.

 

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This image was darkened so you could see the brightness and cubic shape of each bead.

 

Each cubic bead was wrapped using 18 gauge wire around the teardrop shape.

Here…

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and here is where you can really see the reflective properties of these beads in a simple champagne color. All about a staple color for all different days, outfits, and occasions.

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This was one such occasion. On with this scarf, and on with these beauties.

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How would you wear them? Let me know.

Belladonna Bauble