I grew up with a stay-at-home mom who did it all. She cooked full dinners, baked like crazy, kept the house super clean, was the queen of crafts, and volunteered constantly in our schools. One might call her Super Mom.
Somehow, this apple fell a little further away from the tree. I work a full time (often more) job, cannot stand crafts, and do not find joy in a spotless window.
My first year of being a mom was tough for the many, many reasons they tend to be for all of us. I was constantly feeling like my world was in disarray, because my house was a disaster. My husband and I would spend hours every Saturday taking turns watching our son while the other scrubbed, vacuumed, swept, and dusted. And those were only the Saturdays we didn't have other stuff going on or when people were actually coming over.
I finally brought up hiring a cleaning service. It wasn't easy and came with an incredible amount of guilt at not being able to handle it myself. Isn't 'ability to clean' a mandatory
I grew up with a stay-at-home mom who did it all. She cooked full dinners, baked like crazy, kept the house super clean, was the queen of crafts, and volunteered constantly in our schools. One might call her Super Mom.Read More »from Cleaning: It's OK to Outsource
Enjoy these fresh ideas for light and easy weeknight dinners.
Poached Salmon Niçoise
This reinvented version of Salade Niçoise uses wild Western salmon instead of tuna and anchovies, and adds watercress-because we love greens.
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 10 black peppercorns
- 2 cups white wine
- 2 pounds skin-on wild salmon fillet pieces (1 to 1 1/2 in. thick)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
- 5 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
- 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 2 tablespoons chopped basil
- Sea salt to taste
- 2 large bunches watercress, root ends trimmed, leaving stems intact
- 10 small yellow-skinned new potatoes, boiled until tender and cut in half
- 4 hard-cooked eggs, cut into quarters
- 1/4 pound haricots verts (French green beans) or regular green beans, trimmed and boiled until tender-crisp
- 1/2 cup pitted Niçoise olives
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Garnet Hill Everyday Percale Bedding
A cute and sweet print on crisp 200-thread count cotton, ideal for staying cool during warm weather months. The assorted colors (turquoise, pink grapefruit, lemongrass, blue sky, and driftwood) will brighten up boring bedrooms.
Available at garnethill.com, $14-$69.
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L.L.Bean Whale Sheet Set
Sailing off to the Land of Nod? The nautical stripes and a cheery whale pattern will help rock you to sleep.
Available at llbean.com, $89-$119.
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West Elm Organic Seedling Bedding
Sleep soundly knowing your bedsheets get a thumbs up from Mother Nature with this modern design made from organic cotton and ecofriendly dyes.
Available at westelm.com, $15-$80.
Marimekko Puutarha Lilac Sheet Set
A charming floral print fit for daydreaming and diary-writing. Our only
- A Parent in Silver Spring - Jessica McFadden | Spring Cleaning – Thu, Apr 21, 2011 3:21 AM EDT
I'm not buying much spring and summer clothing this season.
But what I am doing is seriously organizing my inventory.
The idea is that this spring and (and after I push out my third baby - due any day now!), I'll be able to shop my closet.
I went through and took a good hard look at every single parcel of clothing and accessory I owned. I grabbed a bunch of cardboard boxes and tackled my clothing with a very critical eye. I labeled one box keep, one box donate, one box rags and one box trash.
I stored all keepers that I know I will not be wearing until late fall in the guest room closet and in Tupperware bins and sweater boxes. I feel fabulous and so does my closet and dresser!
- To feel like I have a whole new wardrobe. By getting rid of things I don't need and organizing the items I decided to keep, I feel like I went on a shopping spree and I am giving primo space to the things that I truly like.
- To re-embrace my old summer clothes. You know,
Now that the last traces of winter are gone for good, you can pack away your cold-weather beauty regimen too (well, at least for the next six months!). Warmer temps and the changes in climate call for a few tweaks to your daily routine. Here, advice from the pros for updating your skin, hair and makeup to welcome the season.
Rescue your winter-parched hair from months of bouncing back and forth between icy outdoor air and drying indoor heat, says Matrix artistic director Nick Stenson, owner of Chicago's Caviar Salon. A conditioning mask can rejuvenate dry hair by restoring shine and vitality, says Stenson. Try Oscar Blandi Trattamento di Jasmine Smoothing Hair Treatment ($26; OscarBlandi.com). It repairs damaged hair by delivering intense moisture, resulting in a silky-soft and shiny mane.
Trim Your Tresses
Even if you're not ready for a whole new 'do, a good trim can bring your hairstyle back to life, says Stenson. "OnRead More »from Spring-Clean Your Beauty Routine
2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven't officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month's theme is Memories, and last week's resolution was to Keep a file box. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?
This week's resolution is to Make the most of your photographs.
If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
Photographs make me happy, but they're also making miserable.
Need a simple way to boost your mood in one minute? Look at a photo of someone you love.
Six tips for using mementos to keep happy memories vivid.
If you're new, here's information on the 2011 Happiness Challenge. It's never too late to start! You're not behind, jump in right now, sign up here. For the Challenge, each week I'll post a video suggesting a resolution for you to consider. For more ideas forRead More »from Make the Most of Your Photographs.
If you don't have time for the big, top-to-bottom seasonal ritual we call spring cleaning, you can still get the job done by tackling tasks that, when completed, send cleanliness vibes reverberating throughout the whole house. We spoke with trusted cleaning experts to find out which items on your to-do list will have the most effect on the overall appearance of your home. Read on for their time-saving suggestions.
Living Room: Media Center
As the focal point of the living room, the media center easily becomes the catchall for stray magazines, books, video games, remote controls, etc. If not contained, the pileup can spread throughout the house-not to mention become a huge eyesore. Solve the problem by introducing like-colored boxes and baskets to contain the clutter, recommends cleaning blogger Beth Alcazar at The Neat Get Neater. "A box of old DVDs is much neater than a random pile," she says. Plus, stylish baskets will add texture and depth to yourRead More »from 8 Speedy Spring Cleaning Tips
Get you out of the winter rut with fresh low-calorie menus for spring featuring seasonal produce and fresh ingredients. The best part? They are all under 500 calories.
Cobb Salad Pizza Menu
This recipe gives you the best of both worlds-pizza and salad combined! To save time, use refrigerated pizza dough and rotisserie chicken. The colorful vegetables and crunchy crust are perfect for a light spring meal. Serve with fresh orange spritzers and impress your guests with this quick meal.
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- RachaelRaymag.com | Spring Cleaning – Mon, Apr 4, 2011 6:33 PM EDT
Sick of the same old greens? Raise the bar with six mouthwatering combos.
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