How to Decorate with Rose Quartz and Serenity

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Pantone decided we needed two colors of the year for 2016. Rose Quartz and Serenity are the color pairing. Though the light pink and blue hues remind me of a twin nursery, I know the combination can be translated into a more sophisticated approach. Below are my three tips on how to decorate with Rose Quartz and Serenity…Happy Decorating!

Three tips on How to Decorate with Rose Quartz and Serenity:

  1. Use a lighter hue (ie. White) to act as a separator between the two colors.
  2. Use one color on your walls and the other color on accessories.
  3. Unite the colors by using darker wood stains on furnishings.
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2016 Design Trends

2016 Design TrendsWant to know what trends will dominate the interior design industry in 2016? If that’s a yes, then head on over to The LuxPad by Amara to see which trends the design experts (including yours truly) think will be tops in 2016. Have a few 2016 design trends you would like to add to the list? Share them in the comment box below…Happy Decorating!

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Three Monthly Planners That Will Help You Get Organized

Monthly PlannersIt’s that time of the year again. Time to start plotting and planning for a whole new year. I am on the last few pages of my 2015 Day Designer, and I can’t believe how fast time has flown by. It seems like just yesterday I was etching all my goals for 2015 on the fresh blank pages. Now it’s time to start the process all over again.

Finding the perfect monthly planner has always been my first step in starting the New Year off right. In the past, I’ve made my own life planner and blog planner. I’ve even spent the big bucks on the holy grail of agendas {The Day Designer}. (Always continuing the quest to find the right planner for me.) Though I wouldn’t mind shelling out $55 for another Day Planner, I decided to be more economical this time around.

Then, as if the organizational Gods were listening to me {and nodding their heads}, the day after I made this decision I went into target and discovered “The Day Designer Lite”. What is The Day Designer Lite you ask? Well, Bluesky, the planning and organizational company, and Whitney English have teamed up to create a leaner and more economical Day Designer. Basically all the awesomeness of the Day Designer made more weekly instead of daily. Plus, the 8×10 planner is only $19.99. Which makes it a steal.

Monthly PlannersUnfortunately, there were no 2016 planners available at my Target. I decided to check to see if they were available there. This is where I discovered an awesome array of planners and noteworthy collections. From Nicole Miller to Sugar Paper to Dabney Lee, these planners and accessories are every stylish girl’s dreams come true. In the slideshow below are the three collections I fell in love with. I know one of these collections are sure to fulfill your planning needs.

Three Monthly Planners That Will Help You Get Organized:

  1. Day Designer
  2. Sugar Paper
  3. Nicole Miller

1. Day Designer

I love this planner. Especially the set your goals section. Divided into personal goals, family and friend goals, financial goals and more, this is a great section that will help keep you focused on the big wins, all year long. Features also include, tabbed weekly and monthly calendars with plenty of writing space. A "how-to-use" section, extra notes pages and inspirational quotes help users get the most from the planner. Available in two sizes. 6 x 8 and 8x10. You can also download extra printables for free on the Bluesky website.

2. Sugar Paper

This collection has such a luxe professional finish. Void of tabs, the ribbon woven into the binding makes it easy to flip to your desired page. Each day has ample writing space which gives it a journal feel. Great for writing out daily notes, gratitude and to do list.

The matching document holder is also a must!! The envelop clutch is very stylist and will not only hold your documents and planner but also your iPad {mini or regular}. Great for anyone who works out of their car.

3. Nicole Miller

I’m a big fan of leopard right now. There is something about the print that is very empowering to me. So, you can imagine my delight over Nicole Miller’s entire organizational collection. The clear frosted cover makes it easy to wipe/clean if you are prone to spilling like me. The planner includes tabs and a generous amount of writing space.

I also love the accompanying notebook. I take notes and sketch everywhere I go, so the matching notebook is perfect for that. There are a ton of amazing accessories in this collection. If you are looking to redo your work space, you should really check out the full assortment.
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3 Day Juice Cleanse

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I’m not a big fan of diets. The thought of not being able to have a donut makes me want to punch something. A bit extreme I know. But then again, I am addicted to sugar. Not the healthy sugar you get from fruits and other natural products. But the refined man made sugar. The stuff that has you itching like an addict if you don’t get your daily fix. My sugar addiction was bad. So Bad, I had major gut issues. Surprisingly, I still weighed 112lbs. I was one of those skinny-fat people you hear about and instantly disliked. I could eat anything and not gain a pound. But I was still unhealthy. Until last year.

After my food and sinus allergies became unbearable, I decided it was time to take better care of myself. I went on a Candida diet for six months. And once that was over, I became a lover of juice cleanses. I knew I wasn’t going to stay away from alcohol and donuts for the rest of my life. So I needed a way to reset and clear toxins after falling off the proverbial {sugar} wagon.

If you are looking for a way to reset your system and/or start a new healthy lifestyle, then juice cleanses are for you. I usually make my own three day juice cleanse {recipe below}. But this weekend I decided to try a store bought cleanse from the Nekter Juice Bar. Every now and then, in the mornings, I have their Greenie juice. So I figured I would them a shot. It felt good not having to pull out my juicer and mason jars. And to be honest, I really didn’t have the time to go shopping and prep all the fruits and veggies.

I did the advice cleanse for two days. Which cost $80 total. I loved all the drinks except for number 6. My taste buds instantly rejected the nutty blend. Other than not liking number 6, it was an enjoyable experience. I had no head aches and a good amount of energy. The price tag is a bit high for me. But you know my motto, “If you don’t have the time, you better have the money.”

If you do have the time and would like to save some cash, feel free to try out the recipes below. I love these recipes. And the best part about making them yourself is that you can add or subtract whatever you like. If you do give these recipes a try, please let me know what you think. And as always, if you have any questions, leave them in the comment box below…Happy Juicing!

3 Day Juice Cleanse Recipe:

Shopping list 3 Day Juice Fast Plan and Cleanse:
20-24 Granny Smith Apples
9-12 Cucumbers
3 Cups Blueberries
1 Bag of Grapes
6 Bunches of Kale
1 Fist Size of Fresh Ginger Root
2 Hearts of Celery
6 Lemons
3 Beets
3-6 Carrots
2 Limes
3 Oranges
3-6 Cloves of Garlic
1 Bag of Spinach

2 Apples
1 Cucumber
1 cup Blueberries
2 cups of Grapes
2 Kale Leaves
1″ Ginger

1 Orange
1 Cucumber
4 Stalks of Celery
4-6 Kale Leaves
1/4 Lemon Peeled
1-2 Garlic Cloves Peeled
1″ Ginger

1 Beet Sliced
4 Kale Leaves
1 Apple
2 Cups Spinach
1/2 Cucumber
2 Celery Stalks
1 Med Carrot
1″ Ginger

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Window Treatment

Window TreatmentNeed some window treatment help? Head on over to The Little Roman Blind Shop for some practical advice on how to reduce energy costs by 25% with Roman Blinds. I also put in my two cents on the effectiveness of a good window treatment…Happy Reading!

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My Three Favorite Guided Meditation Apps

Guided Meditation AppsMeditation has been a part of my weekly routine for several years now. Ever since I picked up Natalie Reid’s “5 Steps To A Quantum Life” at a local thrift store, I’ve been hooked. About half way through this year, I decided I wanted to add meditation to my daily routine. This task turned out to be easier said than done. My mind kept wondering and I couldn’t sit still day in and day out. It seemed I didn’t have the mental discipline needed for daily self-guided meditation. So, like any good 30 something year old, I turned to the internet for help. In my research I came across several highly recommended guided meditation apps. I tried out a few and finally settled on the Headspace app.

I can rant and rave about how amazing this app is. But to be honest, it’s not the only show in town and it’s not all free. Don’t get me wrong, it’s super amazing and it’s what I’m rolling with. But if you’re counting pennies {like most of us} there are several other totally free apps that will get the job done. So, if you are looking to explore meditation in 2016, here are my three favorite guided meditation apps…Happy Connecting!

My Three Favorite Guided Meditation Apps:

  1. Headspace
  2. Sattva
  3. Calm

View the slideshow below for more information on each app……

1. Headspace

Headspace is a digital health platform, providing guided meditation sessions and mindfulness training. Headspace is meditation made simple. Learn meditation and mindfulness in just 10 minutes a day.

- Free access to Take10, Level 1 of the Foundation Course - learn the basics in 10 x 10 minute meditation activities geared towards beginners
- Personalised progress page to track your stats
- Buddy system for you and your friends to motivate each other on your Headspace Journey
- Rewards for regularly using our meditation app
- Reminders to keep you on track with your practice
- Options for you to continue your journey after Take10, with inspiring packs and one-off sessions on a range of topics such as stress relief, happiness, mental health and appreciation
- Ability to download sessions for offline use

2. Sattva

Sattva is the world’s first advanced meditation timer and tracker with challenges, trophies and guided meditations to inspire you to meditate everyday!

Sattva provides you with:
a. Free Guided Meditations & Chants
b. Meditation Timer
c. Heart Rate Monitor(to track your heart rate before and after sessions)
d. Mood Tracker (to track your state of mind before and after sessions)
e. Reminders - To help you stay on track
f. Insights Engine - To demonstrate how meditation is improving your life
g. Challenges & Trophies to Inspire you and reward you!
i. A community of like minded people to inspire you to meditate!

3. Calm

With Calm for iPhone and Android, you’ll discover how simple meditation really is, and how taking a few moments out of your day can make you happier and healthier.

- The 7 Days of Calm - learn the basics of mindfulness meditation in our free introductory program
- 7 guided meditation sessions from 2 to 30 minutes - for whenever you need a break from your day
- 10 beautiful, immersive nature scenes - choose the perfect background sounds and scene to help you relax
- 16 blissful music tracks by meditation music master, Kip Mazuy.
- 50 premium guided meditations for focus, creativity, energy, confidence, sleep and much more
- The 21 Days of Calm - deepen your meditation practice with our paid program available only to subscribers
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