My Yellow Brick road

Somethings I’ve learned and enjoyed over the past few years, creating greater life pleasure for me and my tribe:

The library is now my third place–I don’t subscribe to cable and haven’t watched tv in years, but we love renting movies and books!

I’m gluten -free–wheat wasn’t a part of my forefathers/mothers diet, which is likely why I’m intolerant and it is no longer a part of my diet.

I’m always in motion–I walk my ‘hood where nature rules ok! I do weights/pushups at home. I don’t believe in dieting but hey, to each his/her own:)

I prefer consignment & discount shopping–where possible I avoid buying new. This way I can afford to buy the best quality products (my clothes last forever:) Except when it comes to food:( Organic food is pricey but health is wealth!

I make home cooked meals (from scratch!)-of course I use 5 for fewer ingredients most of the time! And I’ve not purchased sugar in over 10 years. Brown and colorful foods rule okay! And I confess…I’m borderline obsessed with my elimination, which um, keeps me regular.

I listen to the classical and Public radio stations–avoiding those commercial stations promoting consumerism.

I drink lots of green tea–and the odd glass of wine on weekends. Salut!

I floss twice a day–cuz I don’t like gingivites nor cardiac disease.

I’ve become a do-it-your selfer (or I ask a friend who has the skills): I remember asking a friend in London for recommendations on a nail salon–she wanted to know why. When I told her it was to get my nails done–she was like, I’m sorry we do our nails ourselves. I was so embarassed!

My look is simple and low maintenance (pixie hair cut anyone?) but I’m more stylish than ever.

I take my work seriously–because it pays the bills!

I get rid of something old anytime I bring something new in to my home–this makes me thing twice before purchasing more stuff.

I learn from my perfect children–how to play, laugh, look beyond (yes, those scribbles are an airplane) and make friends!


Life is like a box of chocolates

I enjoy revisiting childhood through my perfect children. Today outside the libary they sat (in their pajamas) eating cupcakes made by Girl Scouts, then amused everyone by making a huge pile of fall leaves and jumping into it, then tossing the leaves high in the air. This image of them is seared in my mind.

Later we left the libary with our favorite children’s movie “Charlie and Lola.” Even the cartoon score tears me up, not to mention the children’s laughter and chatter–something about it takes me back to a time of pure innocence.

No other children’s cartoon even comes close.

Earlier in the day we’d gone to examine a dining set that I wanted to purchase off Craigslist. I’m a big fan of buying used, not simply because I have champagne tastes on a beer budget, but because like today I get to learn the history of the item I’m purchasing. We took a long winding road, through the hills to a huge home and met a nice family. My children played with toys while I looked at the set which was amazing and an awesome deal–but the drive through the winding roads and woods and the hospitality that we experienced was even more amazing.

By the way, did I mention later we whizzed through Marshalls’s in our shopping cart–okay BOTH children were in the cart and I was navigating, but I couldn’t resist giving the cart a running start then jumping onto the back with both feet for a carefree ride myself.