For lots of reasons, big and small, Alicia and Natalie have decided to put this blog on the shelf for a little while. Just like a favorite book, you can return to any time to read hundreds of our posts. Natalie is passionate about her new venture as a representative of Beautycounter. Join her Facebook […]


The picture window in our kitchen offers a perfect view of the bird feeders in our backyard. My husband and I perch in our comfy recliners every morning and evening to read, chat, and watch whatever the changing seasons bring. A pair of binoculars and a couple of Indiana bird books have a permanent home […]

Perch yourself in a sunny window and enjoy nature’s gift of apricity ~ the warmth of the sun in winter. (That’s a new word for me! Have you ever heard it before?)            

  The majority of my first 25 years was spent in a classroom. I so loved being a student that I chose to spend my next 25 years as a teacher. In all that time, both in front of the teacher’s desk and behind it, there was never a day I didn’t learn something. I […]

May these words of wisdom offer you some inspiration, especially if decluttering and space clearing is on your to-do list this weekend. This quote appears in our book in a chapter called Pretty Minimalist. Have a lovely weekend! 

Treat yourself to a bouquet of flowers today ~ one of nature’s most beautiful gifts. “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” ~ Albert Camus

For the past several years, I’ve worn the same J.Crew wool coat. I remember asking for the coat as a Christmas gift and agonizing over which color would suit me best. I ultimately decided on a warm orange color that really popped against my fair skin and dark hair. This winter, however, the lining had […]

Words of wisdom from a Greek slave who lived more than 2,500 years ago ~ be kind!

Lessons from an Icicle ~ Be Cool. Be Clear. Make Your Point. Avoid Meltdowns. And Don’t Forget to Sparkle!

Ask anyone who knows me well, and they will tell you that I am not a patient person. I eat, read, and walk quickly. I can clean my entire two-story house, bathrooms, floors, and windows, within a few hours. And when my family moved this past summer, we were unpacked within a weekend.  While my […]