The Five-Minute Journal

I visited my sister a few weekends ago (post on that trip forthcoming) and she gave me something that I didn’t realize I would treasure so dearly.
This little Five-Minute Journal changed my life.

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Every morning you are tasked with listing the things you are grateful for and your aspirations for the day. At the end of the day you reflect and list the great things that happened and a few things that could be improved upon.

I have become a pretty negative person over the last couple of years and by simply writing these positive thoughts down in the morning and evenings, it has changed my whole outlook on life and really put things into perspective for me. It’s inexplicably and totally empowering.

I started writing in my journal the day I started selling Rodan + Fields so it’s especially interesting to look back even only a month on from my beginnings and see what I was thinking and hoping for.

Some of what I have been hoping for overall has changed. It’s odd to see your hopes and dreams written on a piece of paper that you then have to write over and over, day in and day out. Ultimately you want those hopes and dreams to become your reality and not just another page in a book. I won’t reveal what I’m working towards just yet, but I will be glad to share any good news that comes from my endeavors just as soon as I can.

If you are looking for a WONDERFUL gift for someone, order a copy of this journal.
Do yourself a favor and order a copy for you too.

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Art and Orchids

Over the weekend I stopped in at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, North Carolina. Dan Stowe, “Uncle Dan”, is a not so distant relative of mine so I have grown up going to this botanical garden with my family and later this year it will be the venue for my sister’s rehearsal dinner.

Presently on display at the Garden are beautiful Egyptian tapestries featuring images of Orchids. Tapestries fascinate me. How someone can weave something back and forth from one side to another to create a whole image is just plain amazing. These are worth checking out and are on display until March 11th.

Also at the garden this weekend was a pop up shop selling magnificent orchids. I bought a couple, but wish I had bought more.

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I bought a teeny tiny orange orchid plant that I had never seen before and a very colorful dark purple and white orchid. They had plenty of the kinds of orchids you see in shops and at the grocery store, but I was kind of stunned by how many different kinds of orchids there were. All were incredibly beautiful. Now all I have to do is keep them alive!

Happy Valentines Day!

For your viewing pleasure, here are photos from my Grandparents wedding.

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My grandparents were married on November 7, 1953 at Stowe Manor in Belmont, NC.
At the time, Stowe Manor was the home of my Grandmother’s grandmother. My Grandmother’s house was across the street so she practically grew up in that house.

My sister, also named Marian, will be married in the very same family home and a handful of those who were in attendance that day in 1953 will join us for my sister’s happy day in 2018.

Sidenote: My grandmother must have been wearing some pretty tall shoes because she is a petite woman and my grandfather was quite tall. He was so tall in fact that we kids named him Big Guy. Our Big Guy passed away when I was in college. He is loved and so very missed.

Changing Things Up

As you may have noticed, I changed the name of this blog.

When I started this blog, it was the next chapter in a shopping blog I kept on Blogspot called Armoire of a Reverie. Dumb name…I know.Β I had a descent following on that site. Elizabeth McKay actually followed me. I was finishing up college and had loads of time and energy to put intoΒ mixing and matching things that I was wearing. It didn’t hurt that I had loads and loads of clothes back then.

Fast forward five years: I have moved 3 times and have taken on some pretty difficult jobs. With each move, I left things behind and changed what I was wearing to better fit what I was doing. It became exhausting to keep up the parade of outfits and accessories. It was exhausting to pack and unpack all of that mess every time I moved. I’m tired just thinking about packing all of that mess. (I’m still selling stuff, if you’re interested)
Game over.

When I moved to this blog, I intended to focus on my gift for seeking out sales. I am signed up for just about every newsletter out there and I can almost feel it in my bones when a good sale is about to hit. I published notices about sales and posted show and tell pieces after I had shopped the sales myself. This was tough to keep up.

My shopping habits changed in a pretty noticeable way in the past year. Instead of mopping up at every great sale, I would pick up a few staple pieces. Plain stuff. Boring stuff. Bread and butter stuff. Stuff that doesn’t get readers excited. Basically… I got boring.

Sorry I’m not sorry!

I find myself gravitating towards more plain items now. I love items that can be worn with anything and I LOVE being able to grab something simple and not think too much about it. It is a pretty interesting change from what I was into only a few years ago. Layering necklaces and an abundance of color are just not my deal anymore.

So about the name…
What’s the deal?
What is my deal?
What’s the deal with this blog?

I don’t know.
Won’t you stick around to find out?

ANOTHER YEAR OLDER

My family doesn’t really celebrate birthdays, but this year my sister’s engagement party fell on my birthday weekend and it was actually really great. I love parties and people don’t have birthday parties anymore. That needs to change.

We also don’t really do presents so it was really cool that I had a stack of presents to open. It really felt like Christmas.

I did something different this year. I sent out a link to an Amazon wish list so folks could get ideas for presents. As someone who has to come up with gifts for other people my age, it’s tough! Amazon makes it so easy to create and share products lists and I’m glad I gave it a try. From my wish list, I received the following:

  1. Amazon Basics Sound Bar: I have a really great TV, but the sound is really terrible. This Amazon Basics Sound Bar has changed that. It plugs in and clearly tells you what to do to the settings on your TV and it sounds great. It even connects to devices via bluetooth.
  2. Hunter Boot Inserts: I love my Hunter boots and wear them a lot. I have been layering many pairs of socks to keep my feet warm in them during the winter and these inserts keep me from having to do that. The cold comes straight up through the soles so this will provide a warm barrier between me and the ground. I can’t wait to wear them!
  3. Maglite LED flashlight: I needed a flashlight. I wanted a fancy flashlight. Why not make it red? I really love this flash light. Is that weird?

I continually update my Amazon wish list and if you would like to take a peek, click here.

 

PRICE MATCH WIN

Always ask if a store price matches. It doesn’t hurt to ask.

A few weeks ago I went to Staples to buy a USB-C adapter for my new MacBook. The prices seemed high and when I scanned the barcode on one of the items, I found that Amazon’s price was lower.

The cord I was buying was $19.99. Amazon was offering the very same cord for $13.60. Apparently Staples offers a lower price guarantee and they took $7.03 off of their sticker price! After tax I spent only $13.83. I was absolutely thrilled!