Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Daily Schedule

I have blogged about making your weekly schedule. It works perfectly IF you are able to get yourself to stay on task and do what you need for 'that day.'

They always say that planning for everything that can go wrong is the only way to get everything done. If you don't plan for hang ups, they will be able to take you down.

What kinds of interruptions are you likely to have in the average day?
Perhaps take a day and make note of each hangup and the length of time you devoted to it.


Is there a trend? Do you tend to devote your time to things to avoid the chores? or because there's something your not getting enough of and thus you keep sneaking it in? If so, then perhaps you need to adjust your weekly schedule accordingly. Make it work for you.

Ie.

Stacy found herself abandoning her dishes to run outside often. There was nothing outside she necessarily needed to do... she just liked being outside.


Planning different activities throughout the day that allowed her time outside, helped her with this.
She was able to get her dishes done knowing there'd be plenty of time to still be outside.

Mary found that she was more inspired to do dishes and cook if she watched something like the food network as she did.


I find myself wanting to skip grooming steps on occasion and always suffer the consequences. I need to set a time that is soothing and something I look forward to each morning for grooming... and I needed to set it at a time when no one was up since I get distrated easily by others if they are awake.


Suzy gets emotional about her hubby often. She finds herself spending hours reading books and writing him and crying etc... Honestly housework is a lovely distraction. She needs to allow herself an hour each day to cry, read books about him write letters etc.. but then stop. Focus on the kind of relationship she desires to have.. perhaps even pretend she does have it in her mind and get back to her lovely home. That kind of emotional energy will destroy you. If you focus all day on the bad, you will lose so much good. Set a time for it, get the icky emotions out. Then reward yourself with a classic movie with a lovely life you desire and making your home lovely as you forget your troubles. Focus on the home you desire to have... don't spend your day thinking about the bad. Focus on the good. It is so important.


This is where having a daily schedule is essential. Do you still tend to forget appointments? Do you perhaps linger on some activities too long and find yourself with nothing much done at the end of the day?

Take your weekly schedule and plan a daily schedule or tentative plan.

I.E. for me getting up early for a soothing time of grooming that is unrushed is essential for me or I will get pulled away by the day before it's even started.

Checking the calendar for appointments may be important first thing in the am or the evening before if you don't tend to wake early enough.

Plan out your day. Either a generic day plan or based on the day of the week and what you have schedule in it. If you don't plan your time, it will slip away from you. So many hours are lost, not in work but in thinking about what to do next. We sit for hours contemplating whether we should do this or that  and so much of our day is actually lost doing that. Sometimes we give up and lay down and do nothing. If you have a plan, this won't happen. Don't let idleness steal your day or your lovely home or appearance from you. Have you day planned ahead of time so that when you do have leisure, you can truly enjoy it.

Example plan

am
Wake early groom breakfast prep check calendar


mid am
housekeeping chores.... try to finish the bulk or hardest by lunch. Throw in 15 min of me time for fun. :)

noon
prep lunch... begin dinner prep

early afternoon
out door time. another 15 min of me time. Finish any houskeeping chores.


evening
set up home for leisure... groom and bath perhaps to feel fresh for dinner
(housekeeping can be messy I like my bath here) Dinner prep.. light candles... enjoy evening with family etc.


bedtime
facecreams... light reading... review tomorrows plan... write any letters...review tomorrows menu etc...

Make it fit you. It is said that habbits are more likely to be engrained with a routine. If you follow a routine, you will get things done. So use trial and error to see what works for you. Figure in your temperament and struggles. Teach yourself to get the work done, plan for distractions and give yourself some pampering in the midst of it as well so that you won't rebel too much ;) You WILL be so much happier when you are able to get your plan to work for you so enjoy setting it up. Perfect your weekly plan and daily plan. You will know it is working when your home is lovely. If it's not, sit down and go through what is working and what isn't. Set a time each week where you review and remind yourself of your goals, what you'd like to be, your plan, struggles to keep your plan, ways to correct that etc... and continue to adjust it until it works. Your biggest struggle is going to be getting yourself to do the work you don't want to do.

 The hardest person to manage in life is ourself. While we'll work so hard for another, we are terrible workers for ourselves sometimes. If you have to pretend you have a boss looking over your shoulder, do so.  Pretend it's your housewife icon. Pretend you have to report to her daily with what you've accomplished or find an accountability partner. Somehow you have to find a way to get yourself to work. How you do this is up to you :) Reward yourself when you do well but make yourself work when you get lax. Those impulsive thoughts "I don't really need to do this" are ALWAYS WRONG!! Your plan is always according to you dreams and goals. Follow your plan. Teach yourself why it's important to follow. Stay on task. You will have much more leisure and you will be rewarding yourself simply by doing it. You are robbing yourself of your dream everytime you let your inner child get away with not working. Find a way to get it into shape and have fun doing it. You will LOVE the results of a lovely home.


Much love always,
Veronique

Sunday, April 28, 2013

When It Seems Like You'll Never Get On Top Of It All


I've been wanting to write about this for a while and could never quite figure out how to approach it. For those of you with big changes to make. It can feel overwhelming at times. If you house is a dissaster, one week may not feel like much has changed.
 If you are overweight, those hard long hours of working to end up with not much to show for can be so frustrating. This is where so many give up. DON'T.
 It won't happen overnight. It never does. Those you see with huge changes in their lives...the amazing before and after pictures that you see posted everywhere didn't happen quickly and... what some dieters don't know... the weight goes UP 'and' down... the entire journey. So will your homemaking changes. EXPECT IT. You will have a battle fighting against every change you try to make. Know this and be ready for that battle. It's the ONLY way you'll succeed. No one that has anything worth having got it without much hard work!!

 
 Their hardest weeks, they may have gained a few pounds. This is where so many give up. They assume nothing will work for them or say "see, my body just doesn't lose weight" and give up. Change is one of those things that doesn't come easy. Habbits are ENGRAINED. Your body will fight your diet and your mind and temperament will fight your progress in anything and everything you do.
 I think it was Thomas Edison that failed 9,999 times before succeeding. He had to take each failure and figure out how to correct that err and try again. It is consistent effort and consistent action.. fighting against those inner impulses to rebell that will get you where you want to be. Just realize it's more likely that you will resemble the ideal you desire in a year than next week.....

and in the mean time, some weeks will be so amazing and you will be so amazed at the things you accomplished that you had failed at so many times before. Other weeks, you will feel like you didn't get much done BUT you did keep up with what you had begun and that is something to celebrate!!

 My first few weeks all I did was get the meals planned. The third week or so I was feeling so down because my floor was a mess but I was failing to acknowledge that I had been making meals every day for those weeks... something I had never done before!! And one week, I took that floor on and it was amazing... and kept on the meals but still had a closet to get through. What I had to focus on was what I had accomplished... not what was still lacking. I was for the first time making meals every night, doing my dishes and now my floor was done and staying done.... it's baby steps ladies ;)
That's how it will come about. If you don't stop to celebrate each accomplishment as you make it, you will miss the joy of the change. Don't expect everything right away. Celebrate each step. Be proud of what you are changing in your life. Another thing that will be hard and I will warn you.... once I actually started looking "prettier"  girls threw out the most horrible comments. Suddenly they treated me like I was the mean pretty girl on their school playground or that tempted their husband and they can lash out the most horrible insults. Be ready for them. Don't let them hurt you. It will happen. Things like that can throw you off track and really hurt. Put on your tough outer shell and keep going. You are getting closer to your goal and it is showing. Embrace that.
Realize that it will be a little at a time and focus on keeping up what you have already started and make it your goal to keep getting that much done and a little more each week. You WILL see that it is a lifestyle change. You have to train yourself to start spending time and effort at things you didn't before. Like a weight lifting regime or training for a race etc.. you have to train yourself to set aside that time each day and you have to get through the sore muscle days to reach your goal. See your transformation as a journey that you'd like to complete in a year or so. Jot out what you'd like to improve each month as you head through that year. Give your self small goals each week. Then celebrate each step.

Example..... instead of. 'I'm going to be a perfect housewife by following this plan this week"

Plan your year realizing that is likely not possible.

Week one - plan meals and budget groceries
week two - continue to plan meals and budget groceries plan in nutrition and weight management start spending 20 min each am to tone

etc etc

Continue to try to follow your weekly plan. Just let that day go until next week if you don't get everything done. ALWAYS do the grossest or hardest jobs first. If they are all day jobs, just spend and hour on them and get to other things but get to them. Those icky jobs are usually the ones we put off and they cause us the most internal stress...ie...cause us to want to give up or feel we are never going to get on top of things... lol. It's because we DO put those particular jobs off that it feels that way. So work on them always and start chipping them away. Like a hard to remove stain that you scrub and scrub... it will eventually come out just like you will eventually finish those icky jobs with a little work each week or day until they are done. They have to be chipped of little by little but then guess what? They dissapear and you will feel on top of the world.. like you have accomplished a great feat... and you have!
Go back to your plan sheet. What all you want to accomplish as a housewife... your figure, your appearance (do you desire to look like sophia loren?), your home do you want it to resemble a southern manor, your style of dress, your romance with your husband, the kind of meals you'd like to be able to prepare, the kind of parties you'd love to be able to entertain etc.
 
 
Keep those goals in front of you each day. Keep working towards them a little at a time. NEVER GIVE UP! Keep stepping towards your goal and a little at a time, you will get there. You will be lovely, your home will be lovely and you love will be lovely.. just don't give up.

I have been trying to figure out how to keep track of my bloggers on my makeup site. IF you need advice on your appearance, your makeup colors etc. let me know I'm always happy to help. It is my other job and I truly enjoy helping women feel beautiful. Just email me at veronicagizelle@marykay.com..... visit my site first at www.marykay.com/veronicagizelle. Let me know what products you like and what look you desire to achieve. I will help you get there.

Much love always
Veronique

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Sense of Style


Ahhh Fashion..... not defined by natural beauty but by the ability to create a mood....to express your identity... to with colors and finess create a sense of awe and fascination.

There are certain components that are necessary in order to create any fabulous look. Master these and you will look amazing. They take work at first but soon become as natural as breathing.

1. As a housewife, keep your home lovely. No matter how beautiful you look... if your home is a disaster it will reflect and people will think... sloppy. I know it hurts but honestly, don't you? The lovelier you are, the MORE people look for flaws in you. Don't give them that opportunity. Be lovely and have a lovely home. Same goes for being able to cook, entertain etc.... keep up on my blogs in each of these areas. Keep practicing. It won't come right away but it will come with practice. It's about keeping up with it. When you slip back into your old ways, pull out your routine and start up again. Keep on doing this and you 'will' train yourself into new habbits. Just don't give up.


2. Personality- Think of any beautiful woman.... now imagine her with a mean disposition. How pretty is she now? Not at all. In fact, some say pretty women with ugly personalities are far uglier than plain women. The easiest way to be pretty? Think of others. Always make the person around you feel important. Think of them. Care about them. Love them. Think of them as more important than yourself. Do kind things for them. Be attentive, caring, considerate.... pick up a book of etiquette for more details on just what goes into manners. Be lovely because you seem to care and love others. There isn't a pretty woman out there who doesn't need this advice.


3. Charm - Yes, the popular statement of the women's lib seems to be, "others should accept me as I am."  And well, sometimes that's easier said than done. There are a few kind people who are loving to all but even they have to work at it. The honest truth is if you are sloppy, rude, selfish, stinky, mean, etc.. people won't naturally like you as well. And if your posture is a mess, you act more like  a man than a woman and your voice is shrill, you won't be considered lovely. Your mannerisms define you more than anything. People make more judgements on you based on your nonverbal communication than anything you will say. They watch how you walk, they watch how you speak, they watch how you eat, they look at how dirty you are, they smell you, they watch how you look at and treat others, they watch how you keep your home. etc. To be truly lovely, seek to be pleasant in all of these areas. Work on being "charming." And if you succeed at being lovely, you will be attacked....work at being pleasant in response. Work on your voice - make it sound lovely and soothing. Work on your temperament so that it is calm and gentle. Work on your spirit so that it is lovely and sweet.  Be clean an tidy if you are to be around others - even if you don't feel like it. Keep plucked, groomed, clean and brushed. An old old book I love said fashion begins with a bar of soap. It truly does. As much as it may be easier on ourselves to let such things slide, the person next to you will have to stare at that long black hair on your chin all day or smell your decision not to wear deodorant. Be pleasant. Especially if you desire to be lovely. Keep your clothes neat and pressed. Set aside enough time in the morning to groom thoroughly and be clean and groomed everywhere.Keep your purse neat - believe it or not, this is a pet peave of men.. they often look at your purse to see what kind of homemaker you'd be. It's sadly quite accurate and will ruin your image as will sloppy shoes and unkempt nails. Grooming takes time but it's necessary- just like housework. Your body is the home you live in most of the time. Keep it up and well painted. Don't let it get shabby and sloppy. Last but not least... posture. Learn to glide not tromp. Stand up or you will look like a hunchback. Eat with delicacy - don't make noises or take to large of bites. Don't burp or smack gum. Be the elegance you wish to achieve. Start working at it now. Use a mirror to check your posture and practice daily... your back will be sore at first. A corset may help for a time. Work to sit, stand, walk, stand up gracefully, gently and lovely.
4. Style - As a lady, feminine is truly best. People long for feminine women both men and women. Not so much trampy as lovely women. Learn to be lovely. Learn what colors make you appear soft and gentle. Use the color wheel to match your outfits... like design choose 2-3 colors... one neutal, one bright and if you like a 3rd to compliment the bright color.  When you do your makeup - after dressing... hold your eye color palette up to your face in front of the mirror and choose the color that matches your outfit and complexion best that day. It will look best if you do this. The same with lipcolor.... etc. Make sure everything matches. Choose a nail color and shoe the same way... and jewelry. Make sure your handbag looks right with your outfit. Make sure your smell fits the aura of your look. Make sure your disposition matches and always try to do something that is eyecatching or lovely.... a flower in the hair or a delicate bracelet. A lovely belt... your favorite boots etc.


5. My favorite... LEARN TO SEW!!  Even if you know nothing... go to a fabric store... look for buttons you love, glue on sequins or feathers or rhinestones... What can you do to take that outfit your not so crazy about and make it you? Do you have a dress that doesn't fit in the most flattering way... ? sign up for a sewing lesson and take it with you. Learn to sew, alter, mend etc. Learn to make your handbags sparkle and your least favorite shirt more stylish. Learn to take old clothes and make them new. Learn to sew! You won't have to depend on what's in stores anymore and it will allow you so much more expression with style. You can sew curtains to match your bedspread.. you can sew handbags to match your dress... and it will cost less and be must less annoying than trying to track down matching items in stores with clothes your less than crazy about.


I have much to do today so I best be going. I hope you have a lovely weekend. I am going to share a bread recipe I made the other day for hot dog buns and it doesn't require rising!!! My husband adored it. I used it for egg sandwiches the next day and it took almost no time to prepare. It was lovely. I may add a bit of flavor to your likely after your first batch but it is really lovely and easy for those of you wanting to try your first batch of bread. :)

  • Prep: 20 min. + resting Bake: 10 min.

  • Yield: 12 Servings

  • 40-Minute Hamburger Buns Recipe
    20 10 30

    Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
    • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water (110° to 115°)
    • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour


    Directions

    • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add oil and sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the egg, salt and enough flour to form a soft dough.
    • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes. Do not let rise. Divide into 12 pieces; shape each into a ball. Place 3 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
    • Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Bake at 425° for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 1 dozen.

    Nutritional Facts 1 serving (1 each) equals 195 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 204 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.
              

     

     
     
                               
     

     
     


     

     




    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    When the Unexpected Happens

    I am a bit down today after losing my dearest bull. I have been helping to watch a farm and have gotten so attached to this dear old bull. He has this adorable head of hair that caused me to call him Romeo, ears like shrek, little hooves that curled under so adorably and he was literally in the death position 3 days ago... on his side. We were able to pull him upright and he was eating happily the last two days. During that time, I got SO attached to him. I couldn't quit petting him. He started nuzzling me and giving me kisses. He became so attached to me, I didn't want to leave his side and this morning as I was petting him and tears ran down his face, he breathed his last sigh. The idea of his little shrek like ears never moving or his neck never responding to my touch. It is so painful. I will admit, I've let some things slide..mainly my appearance. I still make homemade meals simply for the economics and health of it but each morning as I woke I couldn't bear the time it took to brush my hair. I have discovered that a quick swipe with my anti aging makeup wipe and a coat of foundation, my brightest lipstick, dark brown eye shadow across my lid and mascara will look almost as nice as a full blown makeup job and allow me to be out with the bull in 3 min. I've pretty much kept this routine the last several days. Even though I was tempted to do without, I ALWAYS groom. It affects everything. It will literally slow down your routine if you don't get lovely. There is something about getting ready that just adds momentum... perhaps it's the fact that it avoids the depression that ALWAYS comes with feeling bad about your appearance. If you don't feel pretty, you will be grouchy, a little sloppier and moody... so pretty much, your house won't be as pretty or tidy, you won't be pleasant and you'll be an awful lover... get ready ;)

    It is because of life and death that our role in the home is so important. We are the structure and the atmosphere of the home. It is our meals and our decorating that create the canvas of memories that will be 'home'. Our loved ones are creating memories every day in our homes.
    It is our meals they will miss when they are away and it is our home that our husbands should ache to return to after a long day. When we are gone one day, they will crave our comfort, our love, our meals and our home.

    Holidays are in our hands and so much is up to us. We have such a lovely important role... like the director of a moving movie. What kind of atmosphere will you create? What kind of touching moments will occur in your home? How many will flock to your home for comfort and refuge and a warm meal?
    I made a mongolian beef recipe the other day for my husband who no matter how many good meals I made always said he'd still like to go out to eat... and the other day as he licked his plate he said happily "we don't need to go out to eat anymore." I always love to try to make anything we'd go out for and I'd finally done it. It isn't pretty at first. He has been with me through the meals where I hadn't quite figured out frying and everything was saturated with oil as the pan smoked and was full of black char...He ate the eggs I made with soggy whites. He was there as I worked to figure out creams and had lumps and no flavor. He was there when I overdid flavor and after all that time of practicing and practicing, I can officially say that just about every meal I take on tastes heavenly. I have mastered frying. I know how to get the perfect golden glow. My breads are a delight. I am a queen with savoring up the food perfectly.
     
    It brings me so much joy when I see people squeal in delight at my food and run back for more. They always want to know if I'm cooking anything and it makes me feel good. So dig in... practice. Get through the experimental phase and you will reach the expert phase. I no longer crave eating out. I LOVE looking up a restuarant dish and making it myself. If I crave a certain atmosphere from a restuarant, I work to create it at home. I love watching old female actresses on my favorite classic films and working to integrate that into my aura and my features and my way of doing things. I strive to be lovely, to provide a wonderful home and loving wonderful meals and I treaure every day I have with my family.
     
    It may be my last. The home is the most important place on earth. How you manage your home will ALWAYS be more important than how well you do your job etc... How you love your husband and family makes more of a difference than anything you will ever do. Enjoy your role. Enjoy being lovely for your man. Enjoy making a cozy home for your family. Enjoy the family and love God has given you and never take it for granted. Life is short but memories last forever.

    Much love Always,
    Veronique

    The AMAZING Mongolian Beef Recipe I made the other day...I added brown sugar and some hot sauce to my liking ;)

    P. F. Chang's Mongolian Beef. Photo by Caroline Cooks


    Directions:

     (the bullets got messed up in my formating... so sorry.. not sure how to fix the formatting. Enjoy the recipe :) )
    Make the sauce by heating 2 tsp of vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over med/low heat.
    1. 2
      Don't get the oil too hot.
    2. 3
      Add ginger and garlic to the pan and quickly add the soy sauce and water before the garlic scorches.
    3. 4
      Dissolve the brown sugar in the sauce, then raise the heat to about medium and boil the sauce for 2-3 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
    4. 5
      Remove it from the heat.
    5. 6
      Slice the flank steak against the grain into 1/4" thick bite-size slices (Tilt the blade of your knife at about a forty five degree angle to the top of the steak so that you get wider cuts).
    6. 7
      Dip the steak pieces into the cornstarch to apply a very thin dusting to both sides of each piece of beef.
    7. 8
      Let the beef sit for about 10 minutes so that the cornstarch sticks.
    8. 9
      As the beef sits, heat up one cup of oil in a wok (you may also use a skillet for this step as long as the beef will be mostly covered with oil).
    9. 10
      Heat the oil over medium heat until it's nice and hot, but not smoking.
    10. 11
      Add the beef to the oil and sauté for just two minutes, or until the beef just begins to darken on the edges.
    11. 12
      You don't need a thorough cooking here since the beef is going to go back on the heat later.
    12. 13
      Stir the meat around a little so that it cooks evenly.
    13. 14
      After a couple minutes, use a large slotted spoon to take the meat out and onto paper towels, then pour the oil out of the wok or skillet.
    14. 15
      Put the pan back over the heat, dump the meat back into it and simmer for one minute.
    15. 16
      Add the sauce, cook for one minute while stirring, then add all the green onions
    16. Cook for one more minute, then remove the beef and onions with tongs or a slotted spoon to a serving plate.
    17. Leave the excess sauce behind in the pan.

    Monday, April 22, 2013

    I Lost Weight Eating BUTTER!!

    You all are going to be shocked when you hear this but it is absolutely true!

     

    I have been on a health kick for quite a while. I've done every diet you can imagine. I've loaded my family up with veggies and fruits but there was still a few pounds that seemed to linger at times. These pounds weren't so much weight as it seemed... bloating.  I would get rather bloated each month right on schedule... sometimes mid month as well. No matter the diet, it seemed that this would plague me. I tried cutting breads or white potatoes but deep down I knew those things were good for me.

    When I started this 50s diet plan, I felt SO much better and was determined to eat the 50s and french way... not cutting out anything natural... just cutting out anything boxed with chemicals that I didn't trust.


    There was one thing I wasn't cutting out though....margarines, low cal foods and low fat foods where the natural had been replaced with some kind of chemical replacement.

    It was when I was reading about hormones in women... hormone imbalance etc. I was pretty sure this was what I had but leery of taking anything that was risky of stroke or heart disease etc.
    This article said that the in when you eat margarine instead of butter.... low fat instead of whole milk etc.... it affects your body's ability to make the hormone estrogen.
    What you end up seeing is the typical hormone imbalance effects... weight gain, feeling ill... you name it. Anyone who has experienced hormone symptoms knows what I am talking about.


    So.... I bought butter. For a few weeks I ate NOTHING unnatural.. period. I made my bread, I made everything from scratch... (secret.. it really doesn't take that much longer to make a cake up from scratch than it does mixing up a box) same with cookies etc. Just wash the mixing bowl as soon as you use it and it' nothing.. really.


    Anyways... back to my nothing un natural. I used whole butter, olive oil and coconut oil.. real shortening. I just got rid of all un natural food and I got THIN! Eating homemade cinnamon rolls, chocolate cake, homemade rolls you name it. I made sure to load my diet with veggies.. my favorite way is to make loaded eggs in the am... (Garlic/peppers/onions/mushrooms/whatever I crave veggiewise all in the eggs. Saute the veggies first in some 'real butter'  until tender and fragrant. Turn the heat to low and add your eggs and cream or real milk blend then swirl  until no free liquid remains.. then throw in your real cheese (I like to try various flavored cheeses at the cheese counter- tres French ;)and any meats ))

    What seems to work aside from the fact that making estrogen corrects the weight struggles is that I am FULL very quickly when I eat naturally. There are actually chemical additives in food now. They literally put chemicals in the food to supress your full feelings and in fact make you hungry. So you are literally eating FAR more than you would eat if you ate naturally. The chemicals are causing you to gorge yourself. If you want to see the evidence... feed your cat or watch someone eating packaged cupcakes or potato chips or at mcdonalds. Watch the gorging and lack of being able to stop. They put the same chemicals in animal foods. Watch as your cat un naturally gorges. We have taken in several strays and seeing them go from healthy cats who hunted and ate just enough to catfood addicted fat cats is amazing. The food is loaded with addictive substances that will make you eat more than is honestly healthy for you TO eat. Eat natural. See how quickly you get full. It will absolutely shock you.


    Another secret about coconut oil... it's a great candida preventative and skin moisturizer. Lather your skin up with this amazing oil... it is great for wrinkles. Egg white masks... great for deep wrinkles.












     
    Go natural ladies. Get rid of the chemicals. Women back then ate REAL food. You can and should too!!

    A few weeks after doing this natural approach, I ate a mcdonalds cheeseburger.. I started coughing, got ill you name it, it was terrible. They say the chemicals just in a hamburger bun at McDonalds are cancer causing.. it's just not worth it.

    Un natural foods are BAD for you!
    Anything man made = bad, Anything God made = good.
    Learn to cook from scratch, it tastes better and it will make YOU better.


    P.S.    there is a reason they ate gelatin in the 50s..... not only is it great for your bones.... anyone near menopause listen up.. but ALSO, sagging skin... lack of collagen, elasticity.. so bring on those gelatin dishes.... ;)

    Much love,
    Veronique

    Friday, April 19, 2013

    My Weekly Plan

    As promised here is the weekly plan that has changed my life. You would of course have to create your own based on your life, your hiccups and your struggles.

    My goals were:
    - to be lovely in appearance and not let myself go with age
    -to be fashionable and attractive like the ideal housewife and keep the love and excitement of one newly in love
    -to have a lovely home that was always ready for company
    -to have a stylish home that kept me from ever being envious of others (changing my shopping habbits to be well planned and stylish)
    -to be an amazing cook that could cook any dish a restuarant would offer.
    -to make all fresh food and avoid packaged foods due to the affects on my health
    -to learn to sew and be able to create amazing dresses out of sheets and discount fabrics- dresses of MY choosing - it is SO much fun to be able to choose your dress exactly as you like it instead of depend on whats in stock at a store at far too high of a price.
    -to be active in hobbies and things I enjoy -  not to let such things go because of marriage
    - to have a lovely home for children and family - one that says home.

    Set your goals first and foremost. Then decide what is important for you to do each week to get those goals in. Another thing that I had to do was determine why it was important to me.

    Often I got ready when my husband was receptive. If he wasn't, I crawled in a corner and sulked. But honestly, do I only want to be a lovely female if he acknowledges it? Am I truly willing to become like so many older women are and let my body and my figure and my appearance go? I had to realize that being lovely was important to ME. Having a lovely home was important to ME. Being stylish was a dream I've had since a girl. When I watch old classic movies with the ladies I adored growing up and desired to be like, I don't want to look at them and feel bad about the fact I didn't become the lovely female I longed to be. Once you realize it is for YOU. You wont stop if your husband is cruel. In fact, it will become a refuge. With or without his approval make up your mind to be lovely. He will likely respond but don't base your efforts on that. Base them on YOUR goals. Have a home that is lovely for you. Enjoy being a female for YOU. It will rescue you from the performance trap and will give you a sense of calm and resolve. Every time you accomplish something and make a home pretty it will reward you and feel great to you. Every time you reach a goal you've always longed for, it's like giving yourself a great present. It's truly wonderful.


    So here's my plan. I literally turn to the page for the day of the week and only focus on that for that day. I planned my days for the most ideal times for me to do such tasks. I like to bake on Sundays and be around home. Mondays are a fun day for me to get out. etc etc. Pick your days and work them out for you. Don't go out every day shopping and running every list. Don't let to dos pile up until it's so overwhelming you escape to the nearest chocolate donut and give up altogether. The weekly plan eliminates to do lists. It's all there. As long as you open your book and do that days jobs, at the end of the week, you will hit everything. When that day is over, if you didn't finish everything, it's okay. You will the next week on that day. Do what is most important each day and you will get to the things you need to.


    Daily:

    in the am:
    -groom in pretty things that fit the image I longed to be. A lovely dress, a spritz of perfume that makes me feel feminine. Pretty lipstick, sparkly shoes. Whatever you love. Some days I love the Sophia Loren Eye makeup etc.
    -Make the bed and plan to make meals. Schedule day accordingly. Eating at home is healthier and really doesn't take that much longer. The food is so much better and affordable as well.
    -kiss my loved ones. Start the day right no matter how the day was the day before.
    -refresh flowers or tie up curtains something to make you feel cheerful.
    - I do a bible study. It keeps my heart right


    in the pm:
    -long bubble bath or whatever you prefer.
    -lotion and night cream
    -jammies that feel silky and perfume- what makes me feel pretty
    -check calendar for any appointents tomorrow- is there anything I need to do on top of my list?
    -pull out tomorrows outfit and jewelry. perhap choose and eye shadow combination.
    -read something I love and make nightime cozy.
    -review tomorrows meal plan.


    Sundays:
    -Plan calendar for the week - get in any events from the paper that seem fun. Activities I love like church and cooking class... anything I want to do with family this week.
    -make bread dough in am to bake that day. LOVE fresh bread and need rising time.
    -Take inventory of kitchen cupboads. What do I have that I need to use....? Any perishables? throw out old food, clean fridge if any unsightly spills.
    -change out dishrags. Make the new ones pretty and lovely. I like to have matching dish rags and hot pads and change both that day. Refresh any scents in the kitchen... do I need candles, put them on my list for tomorrow if so.
    -Check the paper for specials on groceries and coupons. Using what I find from this and my inventory,plan my menu in the most affordable yet delicious way possible.
    -Make my kitchen lovely. Change out things if I desire. Review my kitchen design plan. Pick some fresh flours, Tie new ribbons on the curtains etc.
    -review calendar for birthdays. Write any letters, make note of any birthday gifts needed to purchase tomorrow for this week. Have them ready to mail - look up addresses etc.
    -do an excercise toning regime - situps pushups etc.
    -paint my nails for the week
    -pluck any hairs - eyebrows, chin etc etc.. you know where you need this... ;)
    -wipe off any pictures and fixtures in the kitchen
    Basic clean of kitchen. Make it pretty.
    Then my less frequents
    1st Sundays of the month - change calendar if I haven't, stove and oven clean! Change out decor a bit something new.
    2nd Sunday of the month - organize cupboards, line if I need to. Sachet for smell?
    3rd Sunday of the month - Clean ceiling, Clean cannisters/salt pepper shakers, Wipe off spices etc
    4th Sunday - Polish sink, wipe walls, Wash curtains and windows


    Mondays-My day out ;)
    -groceries, grab list and coupons/menu plan
    -Grab any cards I addressed and my list of gifts to get
    -stop by post office, grocery store for groceries, library, bag up a bag for goodwill and take it today, hair salon? , purchase any new clothes, decor, flowers etc today, I buy nail and hair supplies, cleaning supplies, etc
    -take a walk
    -Budget - go through mail, review plan, note what I spent on. Make sure it's within my goals
    -I like to do my microdermabrasion from Mary Kay and also exfoliate my skin today by scrubbing down with sugar and water before my bath.
    -after bath, use self tanner
    -baking soda on teeth to brighten today

    Oil Change, May, Aug, Nov and Feb

    Tuesdays- My outdoor day ;)

    -Garden
    -any food caning, making jellies etc
    -decorating out doors, trimming bushes, planting flowers etc... sweep patio, weed, decorate as I desire
    -wash(weekly) and wax car(2nd week)
    -door wreath looking nice? time to change
    -clean and upkeep of outside of home.. any painting, washing windows etc that need tending
    -excercise toning today

    Wednesdays -
    -I clen my cooking areas today... living room/family room etc.
    -Vacuum/Dust
    -declutter and bag for going out day to take to goodwill as need
    -Mary Kay Microdermabasion...self tanner after bath
    -litterbox duty

    1st week of month - wipe walls, ceiling etc
    2nd week of month - clean curtains, pillow or seat covers. I go through tool cupboard too
    3rd week of month - I have an amonia and rewax floor procedure I go through to make my floors glisten



    Thursdays-
    -Sewing day!!! Love sewing! ;)
    -spot laundry
    -clean bathroom - walls/mirror, doors etc, toilet
    -plan my wardrobe for week in the look I desire to achieve - think glam ;)
    -Pour boiling water in drains to clean
    -toning exercise routine

    2nd week of month, arrange closet and dressers


    Fridays-
    -Make Bedroom lovely and romantic
    -Wash sheets/pillows - polish furniture in bedroom
    -work on recipe cards
    -laundry
    -I take sabbath each week so today I make all my favorite dishes like its a holiday... it is so much fn!! I LOVE sabbath. I indulge that day on every delicious food I desire... like thanksgiving. I make it all Friday and relax completely Friday  sunset to Saturday sunset. It is so delightful. No holiday compares.
    -bath around 3 with a last microdermabrasion for week. My favorite scented lotion and favorite perfume.
    -Dress up for Sabbath, finishing touches on home before sunset. My prettiest dress. Get out games and activties to celebrate, etc.

    Saturday... complete REST  and leisure.  and lots of fun and good food - celebrating a God that I believe is truly lovely and good. That evil doesn't prevail. The beauty of His creation and his unending love.  ;)

    That's my list. Enjoy. Much love,
    Veronique

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