Discover Hidden Gems Online With H&M Home

Most everyone has heard of H&M. If you haven’t–be glad you are reading this! There are some hidden gems at H&M. They are known for their fashion, most of which is reasonably priced, all over the world. Both online and in their hip stores. Now you will know them for H&M Home.

You may not have known about the hidden gems online with H&M Home.  It is lovely and is worth a look.

Discover Hidden Gems Online With the H&M Home
From H&M’s website

I first discovered the Home Line at H&M, two years ago, and my sofa and bed haven’t been the same.

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Magnolia Market at the Silos

If you are a fan of the popular HGTV show that has popularized the term fixer-upper, you probably have a dream of coming to Waco, Texas, to visit Magnolia Market at the Silos.

Magnolia Market at the Silos

If you are dreaming of visiting Magnolia Market at the Silos, in Waco, read my article published in Victoria Lee Magazine.

I started the discussion with Anna Kat, the editor, in October. Began writing the article in January. Visited Magnolia Market at the Silos twice to take pictures. Ate cupcakes once.

Magnolia Market at the Silos

Labor of love? Occupational hazard? The fruits of my labor?

 

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Looking forward, but staying in the moment

Do you ever catch yourself looking forward to something? Looking forward to the weekend. A relationship, better weather, a holiday? Do you ever look back on time and wonder where the week went? Month? Year? Or maybe even years?

I am guilty of wishing my days away and I am trying to stop myself. I believe as humans, in this day and time, we are never satisfied and are always looking forward to the next big thing. While it is normal to look forward to an exciting event like a holiday, a new beginning, or perhaps moving, you lose time and enjoyment in the daily if you are always looking to events in the future.

looking forward, but staying in the moment

Seize this moment.

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Putting others first

Putting others first is a noble and smart thing to do. It is not always the easiest thing but it is almost always the wisest choice.

Sometimes, when you are down, putting others first, not thinking about your problems, is the hardest thing to do.

When things are bad in your life, it is easy to become a bit selfish and wallow in your own troubles. I promise you, if you do this, you will stay in the pity-hole.

putting others first

The best way to get out of that pity-hole is by putting others first.

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” -Booker T. Washington

I learned a long time ago, when I’m down, I must ask for help. I can’t get out of my blue mood by myself.

How do I do this? Who do I turn to?

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Send a hand-written note to someone you love

In this age of texts, tweets and emails, there is a closeness lost, a personal connection that seems to have gone away. Where are the days of love letters, thank you notes, perhaps a hand-written note?

While I love all those technical communications I mentioned above, (I hate talking on the phone!), because it is February and Valentine’s Day, wouldn’t it be nice to let someone know you are thinking about them, loving them, by mail? A hand-written note? The old-fashioned way?

When my husband and I dated in the late 80’s, we lived two-hours away from each other. This was before all the technical devices we now have and love. The only way to communicate was through a landline (a what?). One of those phones that had a cord and a wire in the wall. We talked every night, once a day, and that was long distance; it was costly.

We also communicated by letter.

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January is to resolutions like February is to failure.

Like most people, every January, I make New Year’s resolutions. Usually for me, it is weight loss related. I lose the same December slash Christmas pounds every new year. And then I quit. Sometimes by February. Sometimes by the spring.

January is to resolutions like February is to failure

The bottom line is I never follow through with the aspirations I set for myself.

Actually, I can’t say never.

January is to resolutions like February is to failure

One year, about five years ago, I set a different goal for myself. I decided I would read the Bible from page one to page 1939. I started the second day of the year. I had a daily bible that had several verses, a synopsis (that I could understand) and a prayer. Although it took me fourteen months, not twelve, I did it! And—I enjoyed it.

I was so proud of myself the entire year I was following through with my resolutions. Most people who knew me knew I was reading the Bible as my new resolution. When I finished, I was so proud of myself. I learned so much, was closer to God, had a more powerful prayer life and I completed a large goal I had set for myself.

Resolutions are popular because everyone feels they could use a little improvement.”- Marilu Henner

When I read the bible, even though it took me longer than one calendar year, I succeeded in the first, and only, New Year’s resolution I had made for myself. I did not quit.

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Our unanswered prayer

Have you ever prayed for something but God said No? Have you ever looked back on that prayer and been thankful that God told you No?

Those are called unanswered prayers.

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Although He always listens, He doesn’t always answer our prayers in the way we wish He would.

We turn to God and ask for piddly things, unimportant trivial things in our lives. We also pray for health, safety, happiness and actual important things in our lives. And then there are those prayers where you ask God for something so important and you pray He answers you the way you want.

our unanswered prayer

Although He always listens, He doesn’t always answer our prayers in the way we wish He would.

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How to decorate your home with Pantone Color of the Year, Greenery

I have rarely paid attention to Pantone Color of the Year. I know about it, I know of it, but I have never cared that much about it. I am typically a red girl and I wouldn’t redecorate my house because Pantone says I should use a specific color.

Until this year.

Pantone Color of the Year
Image courtesy of Pantone Color of the Year

This year, the Pantone Color of the Year is “greenery”.

While green is by far not my favorite color, I do love greenery. Actual greenery. I love to accent with both live and faux plants in my house. Especially in January, after taking all the Christmas down, un-decking my halls, I like to fill the void with plants. It can wake up a room, bring it to life. And there are benefits to natural plants in your home.

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What Over the Edge and being brave mean to me

Over the Edge.  What does this mean to me?  Stepping, jumping, leaping Over the Edge is my way of getting out of my comfort zone, not standing still–moving forward.  Over the Edge is my mantra.

I recently was honored to be published in Holl and Lane Magazine. This was a dream of mine.  Anytime I can write, be published, be read, is a true dream.  A dream that I once thought would never be fulfilled. A dream that would never have happened if I wouldn’t have gone Over the Edge.

Over the Edge
Photo shoot for Holl and Lane Magazine photo by Cameron Davis

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The Christmas Hustle is not what is important

Ahhh, the Christmas hustle. The shopping, wrapping, planning, spending, baking and cooking. All these activities can be fun, if you don’t shove them into a few days. If you spread out all this joy, perhaps you can enjoy Christmas even more.

Most of us, though, myself included, try to jam the Christmas hustle into one week. We look up and Christmas is at our front door and we still have so much to get done.

Christmas hustle

When I reminisce about Christmas past, when our children were young, I don’t really remember all the Christmas hustle. I remember the joy, the fun, the love. I remember many Christmas Eves filled with wonderment, excited children and Christmas movies in the background. I remember how excited I would be to see the excitement in their faces. Their sweet little faces.

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