Monthly Archives: February 2017

Lessons from an Art Museum

One of my favorite things to do is stroll through an art museum. My husband and I recently returned to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, near our home. While there, I thought about these lovely life lessons we can learn from an afternoon at an art museum~ Seek Beauty. An artist’s eye sees beauty everywhere. […]

Lovely Thing ~ “Midsummer Eve” by Edward Robert Hughes

Maybe it is the medieval Pre-Raphaelite glow of the woman, or perhaps it is the innocent joy of the fairies, but for whatever reason, this 1908 painting by Edward Robert Hughes has always fascinated me.  It reminds me of the bedtime stories that my dad used to tell my sisters and me.  It reminds me […]

7 Ways to Spread Kindness This Week

This Sunday actually marks the end of Random Acts of Kindness Week, but there is no reason to stop spreading the love!  So we challenge you, this coming week, to think about how you can spread kindness and love to others.   Need inspiration and ideas?  Here’s a true story: About a month ago, my daycare called […]

Lovely Thing ~ Setting the Table

I have fond memories of growing up in a family that sat down to dinner together every night.  I can still hear my mom call to my sisters and me from the kitchen, “Girls, time to set the table.” Although it was never a formal affair, each evening we set the table with five placemats […]

A Few Reasons We Love Our Readers!

You encourage and support us. You put your heart in all you do. You look on the bright side.  You “like” us. You make the world a better place. You have a grateful heart. You share your thoughts with us. You’re sweet and classy.  You inspire us. You’re with us on our journey to learn […]

10 Ways To Put Our Best Foot Forward Today

Most of us try to put our best foot forward for important events ~ a job interview, a big date, a special occasion, but what if we viewed every day as a chance to be our very best? It’s not about perfection. It’s about intention. It’s about showing respect for ourselves, our family, friends, co-workers, and […]

Lovely Thing~Trivia Night

Last weekend, I attended a local trivia night.  The theme was Musical Pursuit and the proceeds from the event benefited local services in my county.  And man, oh man, the questions were difficult!   Does anyone know Bruno Mars’s real name?  I sure didn’t (it is Peter Hernandez, by the way)! In the end, my […]

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

I love baking with my children.  Yes, they whine and argue over whose turn is next, but they literally jump for joy when I ask them if they want to help me to bake cookies. Yesterday, I believe that we mastered the perfect chocolate chip cookie.  And surprisingly, that beautiful batch taught us a few […]

Lovely Thing ~ Fresh Flowers

Flowers bring such joy! When I was a college student and feeling particularly unmotivated, I would scrape together loose change and stop by the grocery store for as many fresh stems of daisies, daffodils, or tulips as I could afford. They instantly brightened my spirits and encouraged me to study. When my children were young, I would often […]