Saturday, October 3, 2015

Display Photos

shutterfly photo album

This past summer we moved my mother into a nursing home.  As part of the process we found photo albums in the back of the closet.  A few years earlier when my parents first moved out their home, we went through boxes and boxes of photos.  I started thinking, what is the point of having all of these photos if no one looks at them?

gallery wall photos

When I got home I made a point of starting to display our photos.  I started with a gallery wall.  I got a variety of black frames and filled them with black and white photos including some cool old photos from the 1920's from our families.

gallery wall photos black and white

The next thing I did was start to take our digital photos and made them into Shutterfly books.  I was thrilled with how these turned out.  I will definitely be scanning some photos and making more books.

shutterfly photo books

Don't keep those photos in boxes.  Display them!  I would love to hear what you do with your photos.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Listen To A Whole Album

music cd album simple pleasure
image from Pixabay

The other night my husband and I watched the making of American Idiot - the musical.  For those of you who don't know,  it is a musical based on an album by Green Day.  We got to talking about really good albums.  (I'm showing my age by calling them albums.)  These days we listen to Pandora or songs on iTunes on our iPhones.  We rarely listen to whole albums.

music album simple pleasure
image from Pixabay

It got me curious to see if American Idiot won a Grammy for album of the year when it was released.  It didn't - Ray Charles won.  Looking back at the list of album of the year was fun.  Here are some highlights:

Links take you to YouTube videos of the whole albums!

1972 - Tapestry - Carol King - definitely worth listening to the whole album
1978 - Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
1979 - Saturday Night Fever - Bee Gees
1981 - Christopher Cross beat out Pink Floyd's The Wall - not sure how that happened.
1984 - Thriller - Michael Jackson...Synchronicity - The Police was also nominated - one of my favs!
1988 - The Joshua Tree - U2
The 90's are a bit of a wash for me except for  Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette
2003 - Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
2012 - Adele - 21

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Simple Pleasure -Flowers

flower pink

This week my suggestion is that you buy flowers.  I don't do this every week, but I know I feel better on the weeks that I do.  It is one little touch that can make your life feel not so ordinary.

flowers pink

My ordinary person/realistic tip is to buy alstomeria.  They last forever!  I used them as my wedding flower for this reason.


What are your favorite flowers?

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Simple Decor - Blending Old With New

home decor kitty
Photo by Melody Augustin

One of the nicest compliments I ever got was, "I have never seen antiques displayed so tastefully, before."  My husband and I both love antiques, but the danger comes in having too many.  I think the key to displaying antiques is to choose your favorites, then mix them in with new items.

home decor
Photo by Melody Augustin

In this picture I mixed an old bottle with a simple, modern vase.  I love the trend of displaying old windows, but they can look too beat up.  The window I have displayed is from Target.  I found it in the frame section.

home decor pennant
Photo by Melody Augustin

In this picture you see a piece of old crown molding.  I got my husband to add some hooks and hang it above our bed.  I made it look more up to date by hanging pennants from it.

Photo by Melody Augustin

We love using old chests as tables.  It looks like our cat does, too.

I leave you with this challenge.  If  you have all brand new decor, try mixing in an old piece.  If you have lots of antiques, try editing a few pieces out.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Simple Pleasure - Candles - Tea Lights

Photo by Melody Augustin

"It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness."
 Eleanor Roosevelt

Sometimes after a stressful day, it can be calming to just light some candles.  Candles can get expensive and messy, though.  My tip is to buy tea light candles.  You can switch out scents,  rather than wait for a larger candle to burn out.  Tea lights are also cleaner than votives.  My current favorite scent is from the Threshold brand at Target - Eucalptus.  What are some of your favorite scents?

Photo by Melody Augustin

Saturday, August 29, 2015

My Five Favorite FREE Yoga Classes Online

Yoga fence light

Why not try to do some yoga at home?  I would love to be able to go to a studio class every day, but I don't always have time. That's when I do a home practice. Sometimes I want some guidance, and use these videos.  If you have never done yoga, I suggest numbers 1, 3, and 4.  Enjoy!
  1. Prepare for Meditation - 25 minutes
  2. Vinyasa - 45 minutes - My go to practice!
  3. Relaxation - 20 minutes
  4. Yin Yoga / Restorative - 50 minutes - great Sunday/rest day practice
  5. Flow - 50 minutes

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Simple Food

godiva chocolate blackberries
Photo by Melody Augustin

I'm not much of a cook, which is OK.  Sometimes the simplest foods are the best.  The other night I ate some fresh blackberries with a piece of Godiva dark chocolate.  Yum.  The flavors complimented each other.

red peppers grill
Photo by Melody Augustin

Another simple staple for me is red peppers on the grill.  I slice the peppers into similar size pieces and put in tinfoil with olive oil, salt, and pepper.  My husband throws them on the grill for twenty minutes.  Delish!