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On a dreary day, when the temperature barely reached double-digits and the crystal white blanket became dirty slush, I found myself at the Indianapolis Art Museum. I basked in the warmth of Impressionist paintings bursting with sunny colors. How I wished I could hang one in my home until spring, but I settled for some […]
My husband took me on our first date when I was 16, and I swooned. No, really, I fainted. I guess Mike thought it would be romantic to donate blood together, so after school we went to a church blood drive. I only remember his dreamy blue eyes staring down at me and a Bloodmobile […]
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 http://www.lessonsinloveliness.com 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!