Monday, July 18, 2011

Starting the Week

from a vintage illustration by Paul Berthon

It's the start of a new week! Time to work hard, but also carve out some time every evening for relaxing.


  • Make menu plans for the week; create grocery list

  • Start the week off fresh - empty all trash cans and recycling, as needed

  • Take a look over what you (and your kids) plan to wear this week. Clothes clean, pressed (if needed), buttons all on, threads snipped, the right socks and shoes handy?

  • Think about something you're looking forward to this week, and what you have to do to make it happen.

  • Need to put your pet's bowls and dishes in the dishwasher to sterilize them?


I just got back from a vacation, and I'm still working to tidy up the house. I have lots of vacuuming to do, mail to sort, floors to mop, and bathroom counters to wipe down.

I won't spend all evening cleaning - it will take just an hour or so to finish these projects. Then I can settle in with my feet up to catch up on some shows my Tivo recorded while I was away.

LOVELY BLOGS: Did Someone Say Party?

Here's an inspiring blog about hosting parties and entertaining. Recent ideas have included a sushi party, a beach party, an easy baked potato bar, and a helpful post on the best deviled eggs to bring to parties.

LOVELY HOME: Vinegar Uses and Tips

Did you know you could use vinegar to polish brass, kill weeds, and make your dog smell better? Check out all the uses for vinegar here at the Vinegar Institute. It made me run to the store and pick up another bottles to use in my housecleaning this week.


LOVELY SHOPS: The Little Happyshop

If you love Japanese and Korean stationery, paper goods and little gifts, but hate buying them from unknown foreign sellers on eBay, here's the store for you. This shopkeeper imports all her adorable goods from various Asian countries, and resells them to you on her US-based website. Besides the paper goods, she offers drinkware, foodware, plus little gifts and toys. Check out the cute Snow White suitcase!


5 Cruise Ships for Food Lovers (Epicurious)

Goat Cheese and Spinach Omelet (Nothing But Country)

The Paperback Game: Fun With Literary Opening Lines (NY Times)

60 Summer Crafts (Martha Stewart)

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