Pretty, Plush Pillows Promote Peaceful Sleep

Pretty, Plush Pillows Promote Peaceful Sleep

It’s another Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose day and after lots of stress and little sleep during the work week, lying down on my sofa for a nap amidst pretty, plush pillows promoted peaceful sleep.

Serene at Home (Personal Life)

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Oldie but goody Simply Shabby Chic faux velvet plush pink pillows – Target. New Shabby Chic faux velvet pumpkins embellished with beads – TJ Maxx.

Dealing with the Ds –– the challenges women face –– on the home front and in the workplace, wore me out. After enjoying unseasonably warm fall temps in the 90s just last week here in Cincy, the sudden change in the weather wreaked havoc with my asthma. I got the diagnosis at age 26. At 50, I still wake up in the wee hours wondering why a train is outside my window before I realize it’s  me wheezing. Once I’ve taken all of my medicine, it’s difficult and sometimes impossible for me to get back to sleep. And despite my desire not to, I find myself dwelling on my Ds in the form of divorce, domestic court issues, dysfunctional relationships, etc. Doing so could plummet me into depression. But I’m determined –– a good D! –– to minimize these thoughts by maximizing my faith. Praying and literally turning on the light to dispel the darkness, I read Scripture and whatever Christian fiction is on my nightstand until I can drift off. This afternoon, I wasn’t battling depression. I’d just worked all day, danced all night at Zumba for the Cure, and then again at this morning’s class…Ah, sleep in heavenly peace!

Smart at Work (Professional Life)

This week marked the one year anniversary of my role as  a Women’s Center Director.  And boy was it a doozie! With the demographic we serve, drug addiction and mental health diagnoses can create danger. That being the case, I recently had our onsite therapist provide an in-service to equip the staff with the tools for  de-escalation of mental health crises. Without going into detail, I’ll just say, the tools were definitely needed! The interaction left me shaken and so sad. Having a safe sanctuary –– a space that represents separation of professional and personal life is essential to my sanity! The fact that I didn’t get one phone call or text (I’m always on call) while I napped made  the sleep even sweeter.

Spirit-Led (Prayer/ Putting Scripture into Practice)

My prayer for you is that you will put your trust in Him. When you do, you’ll have this assurance of what God will do: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” (Isaiah 26:3, NIV). And I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and surround yourself with things that help you get good rest. Whether you’re dealing with Ds in your personal and/or professional life, quality of sleep is just as important as quantity. So splurge on those sheets, or that lavender spray (I have several bottles of Shabby Chic Chamomile Lavender, available at TJ Maxx and Home Goods), or those pretty, plush pillows to promote peaceful sleep. When you do, you’ll minimize your barriers and maximize beauty and your best life.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

 

 

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Tiny House Tour – Front Porch Pt. 1

Tiny House Tour – Front Porch Pt. 1

It’s Day 2 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m excited to begin a tiny house tour series starting with the front porch (pt.  1). Yesterday I read a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt in my old school planner that challenges to do something every day that scares me. So I dove back into blogging despite my fears that I’ve let mine sit stagnant too long, that I won’t have the discipline or time to get back to posting faithfully, and that I won’t be able to balance my personal and professional lives in a way to manage writing daily. But I did it scared and immediately the site’s stats spiked letting me know there are still readers out there watching and waiting for posts. Thank you for that! Today, my scary thing is to post a less than perfect pic of furniture that still needs to be cleaned after its move from the big house and of area rugs soiled from last week’s yard mowing. I took it last weekend just to document the outdoor space’s transformation and am now I’m so pleased that I already have it ready to share –– imperfections and all –– to kick off part 1 of this tiny house tour of the front porch!

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Peaceful porch embraces the beauty of imperfection. All-weather wicker topped with a Simply Shabby Chic quilt and quilt patterned plush pillows atop a pink and cream tasseled Shabby Chic area rug. Simply Shabby Rosalie pattern curtain in the background hangs in my office and makes the best serendipitous backdrop. Cement bird and vase flanking door, anti-fatigue door mat, citronella candles and beverage station turned planter, drinks dispenser and glasses all Shabby Chic as well. All items purchased at Target, TJ Maxx and Home Goods. 

Not only is the space picture perfect, it’s a perfectly pretty, comfortable, functional perch for me to curl up to rest, relax and rejuvenate after work. Finances won’t permit a vacation this year, but with such a lovely staycation spot, I don’t need another destination! This point was proven last week my my 15-year-old chatted, read and watched videos out here til almost 11pm on a Wednesday night! Loving your porch so much that you hate abandoning it to go inside on a work night is great problem to have!

Hopefully you’ve been inspired by this tiny house tour of the front porch, part 1,  and  will come back for part 2. I also hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and do something that scares you, too!

Be savvy   & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Little Laundry Luxury

Little Laundry Luxury

It’s Day 12 of being back to blogging and I’m missing my little laundry luxury. This fall I began renting a tiny house for personal and professional use. Thanks to a  surplus of decor and furnishings from my marital home as well as so many generous house warming gifts from family and friends, it’s  now equipped it with all the necessities to make it function fully for me, my Pink Collar Savvy & Chic business and my kiddos.  And I’ve barely spent a penny on it! The fact that a closet in the kitchen was plumbed for a stackable washer dryer made it an even better fit for our needs, however, a new unit was not in my budget. Thankfully, my dear friend, Julie, owns a plumbing company with her husband. They not only supplied a vintage unit, they delivered and installed it. It’s run perfectly up until recently, but sadly the washer has given out. While I decide whether to try and have it repaired before purchasing replacing it, I’m sure missing this little laundry luxury!

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Little Laundry Luxury -Stackable concealed behind a Shabby Chic-inspired screen – TJ Maxx. Shabby Chic apron (lt.) – Home Goods, Simply Shabby Chic apron (rt.) – Target.

Like so many things in life, it’s easy to take the little things for granted. I’m happy to say, however, this wasn’t the case with my stackable. Receiving it blessed me so much –– yes, because I needed it, but also because it was so aesthetically pleasing and Shabby Chic. My fifteen-year-old daughter loves it, too and actually wanted to do her laundry as well as her brother’s just because it was cute and a novelty to use.

As I figure out what to do, and how –– the tub and then throw it in the dryer ––  to do laundry, I believe the experience will make me even more mindful about all of the small things that simplify life by saving time and so much of my energy. It makes me think of the women throughout time who didn’t and/or still don’t know the convenience of throwing a load of in the washer and letting it do the work so they could get on with theirs. It may sound crazy, but this perspective makes me more grateful than ever for the stackable and for the loss of this little laundry luxury.

What about you? What little luxury do you appreciate? Or take for granted? On the home front or the workplace? I hope reading this post inspires you to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic about your personal or professional life’s little luxuries.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Shabby Chic Kitchen & Dining Decor Deals

Shabby Chic Kitchen & Dining Decor Deals

It’s Day 344 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and after days of blogging about nothing but my first book signing, I’m happy to do post on Shabby Chic kitchen and dining decor deals. After the sensational Seasons of Her Soul Coffee & Connect book signing yesterday, I came home briefly, changed and then headed out to a family birthday party. Exhausted from all the excitement, I knew I wouldn’t last long and drove separate from my hubby. He suggested I park in a church parking lot and then hop in his car due to limited spaces at the house. Hesitant, I grew more skeptical when he said he’d drive me back to my car whenever I wanted. Needless to say, he wasn’t ready to do that when I was, so I ended up walking about a mile uphill in the sweltering sun. If I wasn’t ready to crash before, I certainly was by the time I finally made it to my car! At any rate, I didn’t nap but blogged and eventually fell asleep watching HGTV. Today, after watching the Royal Wedding since I missed it due to the signing (I’m an Anglophile, so thank goodness for the Internet!) church, teaching Zumba and a lengthy heart-to-heart with my neighbor, I’m settling down for the American Idol Finale. Before I do, I thought writing a lighthearted post that wasn’t too taxing would be just the ticket. Recently, I scored some Shabby Chic kitchen and dining decor deals at Easter that fit the bill perfectly.

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Ruffled Linen Blend Table Runner – The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell, Linen Apron – Shabby Chic, and Floral Apron – Simply Shabby Chic. TJ Maxx, Home Goods and Target respectively. I’ve actually had the floral apron for a while but just found the other items the night before Easter. They hang in the kitchen. 

Rachel Ashwell’s Simply Shabby Chic line for Target released around 2003 when my daughter, Liv, was born. I remember the ecstasy I felt when I discovered I could actually purchase authentic items from my design sheroe. At first, the shelves were filled with so many beautiful items I had to exercise serious restraint not to blow all the grocery money on them since I’d become a full-time homemaker after Liv’s birth. Soon, however, the supply dwindled down to mostly bedding and curtains with an occasional new or seasonal item thrown in. That being the case, when I went to Home Goods the night before Easter on a quest for something to freshen up the table to host our family gathering, I was elated to find aprons, napkins and table runners ala The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell and genuine Shabby Chic! Spoiled for choice of color – white, taupe, gray, blue – and styles – checked, ruffled, stitched, striped, all at reasonabel prices ranging $7.99 for a set of four dinner napkins to $12.99 for 100% linen table runners, of course I loaded up!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Shabby Chicophile, I’ve learned that these treasures aren’t always available. In fact, after Zumba today, I looked for any remaining and suspect others snatched them up knoiwng the same because I found none. Like me, they’re savvy and have owned their sense of style – in this case, Shabby Chic. They’re not about to let the real deal slip through their hands when it makes a rare appearance. Snatching them up doesn’t have to break the bank; when you pass on things that aren’t truly your style, you have the means to purchase what is. Like I did with my Shabby Chic kitchen and dining decor deals!

How are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about scoring your sense of style, whatever it is, decor deals for home or office?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

Fitting a Florentine Frame with a Favorite Family Photo

Fitting a Florentine Frame with a Favorite Family Photo

It’s Day 311 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and when I received a sweet surprise package from my sister in law, Sue, it provided the perfect opportunity to fit a Florentine frame with a favorite family photo. Sue’s son got married last August and regular readers may recall how I excited I was about the wedding in Alpharetta, Georgia. With a gorgeous outdoor ceremony and a barn reception, it was country chic at its best. When Sue texted today to ask if I’d received the package I realized it had been sitting in the foyer with the label turned face down for over a week because I thought it was my hubby’s! I hadn’t been expecting anything, so receiving a box filled with photos, magazines, some sweet home decor, and a note absolutely Made. My. Day. And opening it wasn’t the only thing I finally got to do. Sometime last year I found a black 8×7 Florentine frame – not the standard size for family pictures – and have been waiting for the right one for it. With many of family members wearing black or navy in this photograph, the frame complemented the colors and was just the right fit!

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Favorite Family Photo in a Florentine frame by Sicura. Purchased at Home Goods for $7.99.           Me, Pink Collar Coach, front row, peach floral dress & strappy heels. Calvin Klein- TJ Maxx. 

I fell in love with Florentine frames about ten years ago when I first saw them on Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic website. As with so many other things, she informed my design style and taught me to keep an eye out for these Italian beauties. Over the years I’ve found frames in an assortment of colors, shapes and sizes, as well as three Florentine vanity trays at TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and Home Goods. People always comment on them and they’ve become a consistent theme that runs throughout my home. Any time I pop a picture into one, it elevates the visual impact and makes what was already valued for its sentiment a treasure aesthetically, too.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose nest featherer, I’m delighted whenever I can add a small thing of beauty to enhance my home. Florentine frames add it in spades and are featured in practically every room. Sometime in the future I’ll do a post featuring my collection, but for now, I I hope you’ll enjoy this one piece as much as I do. It’s been a good day for me simply because I finally got to open a thoughtful package from my sister-in-law and was inspired to fit a favorite family photo that she sent into a Florentine frame (and to blog about it!).

Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about fitting your favorite photos into frames that elevate them and display how much you value the picture? Try doing this in your home or work space and you’ll find yourself surrounded by special memories – framed to last.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

LipSense – Won’t Come Off During Your Workout, On Your Coffee Cup or Your Man!

LipSense – Won’t Come Off During Your Workout, On Your Coffee Cup or Your Man!

It’s Day 281 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and I’m trying out LipSense – a great product that won’t come off during your workout, on your coffee cup or your man! I first heard about this product in January when one of the participant’s at our High Heeled Success/Pink Collar Savvy & Chic workshops shared it with me. The workshop, “Kick Up Your Networking Skills for Maximum Success”, provided the opportunity to create and share an elevator speech. Dana Enrico brought the room down with “LipSense wouldn’t come off on your man!” Not only won’t my husband kiss me on during the day for fear of a lipstick stain, neither will my son let me steal even a peck on the cheek! And the fact that it won’t come off on your coffee mug intrigued me because you can always spot my cup with its telltale lipstick smudge – a bit embarrassing when I’m in a professional setting. If these weren’t enough cause for me to be interested, I’ve been on a quest for makeup that will stay put while I teach Zumba. So when Dana, who connected me with Altrusa to present on my Seasons of Her Soul publication journey, gifted me with a pretty pink color last night after I spoke, I was thrilled. Today I’m excited to learn if LipSense won’t come off during my workout!

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Of course I wanted pink! The first one, Goddess, is close to my neutral everyday pink; the second, Fleur De Lisa, is the one I choose; I can’t recall the name of the third- oops!; the last is Dark Pink. The cute gift bag contained my new the Moisturizing Gloss, my new color, & Ooops! Remover.  My nail color is Otherwise Engaged by O.P.I. – Less than $3. Moroccan Pouf from Home Goods.

In order to determine which color I wanted, Dana painted my hand with four options. (BTW – This morning, I can honestly vouch for them being waterproof. Even after numerous hand washings, the colors were still vibrant enough for me to take above picture…). Initially I planned to play it safe and choose a neutral pink with a hint of purple that’s close to the Maybelline “Warm Me Up” color I wear daily. Dana gently nudged me to  go for something that really represents Pink Collar Savvy & Chic style, so I got out of my comfort zone and went with a true pink hue. I appreciate her subtle persuasion and am tickled pink with the result – literally!

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The younger generation takes selfies effortlessly. Me, not so much! It took me a while to get one I’m ok sharing. Love my Fleur De Lisa LipSense color! With no meetings, I’m dressed for Zumba tonight – Calvin Klein Performance soft pink sleeveless top and hoodie – TJ Maxx.

 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose life coach and lifestyle blogger who coaches women to maximize their beauty and best life, it feels great to share a new beauty product I feel positive about. LipSense is dual purpose – you can look good and feel good wearing it. Seldom do I blog before 5pm, but I’m that impressed thus far. That’s saying something considering I’m slow to try new things. If Dana hadn’t gifted it to me, I probably wouldn’t have taken the risk. I’m so glad she did! Great as it feels to share, it’s even better that I get to promote a Savvy & Chic Swan and her  product. Based on the fact that I’m holding a coffee mug with no stain on it, I’m really looking forward to trying Lip Sense out on my man – and during my workout!

If you’re interested in Lip Sense, be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and check it out at angelfountains@cinci.rr.com. Thank you!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Spending Money to Make Money

Spending Money to Make Money

It’s Day 261 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and a chunk of it was devoted to spending money to make money. Following a life coaching session with a client at my local coffee shop, where we meet for her convenience, necessitating the purchase of a chai tea latte (with non-fat milk of course), I completed my other tasks deemed “Money Making Activities”, then set about ordering business cards. Though I sent out a Swan Logo Survey for Pink Collar Savvy & Chic this week (Thanks all who participated!), these are for marketing my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul. This should have been done back in January once the cover was perfected, however, I tried but had issues with formatting. Today, Heloise, a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic customer service Swan from Vista Print, demonstrated competence coupled with consideration in helping me finally get the job done. Not only that, based on the blurb on the back of the card, she volunteered that she was going to Amazon to order her copy when we hung up! My great experience with her, including her purchase, reinforced the fact that you’ve to spend money to make it!

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Spending Money to Make Money!                                                                                                                 This vector really does look like me with her laptop and ever present cup of Joe!

Because I’m a new entrepreneur with a fledgling startup, being a good steward of my resources is more important than ever. That being the case, I try to save on things like coffee and make it at home daily vs. ordering gourmet drinks from the coffee-house. Besides, with bags of Starbucks and sugar-free syrups available for reasonable prices at TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Target, and my grocery store, Kroger, I can be my own barista! Watching for online deals and discounts on items needed for my business, such as business cards from Vista Print, is another way to get the most bang from my limited bucks. With my 41% discount, I got 250 business cards for a little over $17! Hopefully that small investment will yield great returns on book purchases. I’m pretty confident handing someone a professional looking card with the gorgeous book cover on front, an intrguing blurb from a former Cincinnati Enquirer book reviewer, and the Amazon links to the print and Kindle copies is more likely to result in a sale than me scribbling the info on a napkin!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose author and entrepreneur, I recognize the necessity of putting what I earn back into marketing efforts for my novel and to build my business and brand. Even so, when you’re just getting started with something, it can feel like taking two steps forward and three steps back. But if that something is aligned with your purpose – in my case to maximize my God-given strengths to coach, encourage and inspire women, all to His glory – then it feels like you’re still moving in the right direction. Hopefully one that yields rewards that are more valuable than the ones on which a monetary number can be placed. When that happens, it makes spending money to make money a worthy investment.

In what ways do you need to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about spending money to make it in your professional life (i.e. entrepreneurial efforts)? In your personal life (i.e. investinging in a retirement fund or 401K plan)?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Savvy & Chic

To preview or purchase my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon at:

http://amzn.to/2CXE6WJ for a print copy or http://amzn.to/2r7qtm9 for the Kindle copy.

Thank you!