3.22.2019

The Clueless Gardeners Prepare for Spring

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Happy Friday! Friday just might be my favorite day of the week. I love that the week is winding down to a close and the weekend, with all its possibilities, is at hand. On today's episode of The Clueless Gardeners, we prepare our garden for spring.



Gardening is a family affair. It's very important for us to involve the children with choosing the plants and even planting them. They just love seeing our fruits and vegetables grow. They also love planting seeds and watching them sprout. There's nothing like getting your hands dirty when you are a kid!

In today's video, Ben plants my favorite rose, The Double Delight. It is the most magnificent rose to me because of its beautiful color (two-toned pink and white) as well as its amazingly sweet fragrance.

I would love to know... what is your favorite rose?

Thank you for joining us today and thank you to everyone who is taking my new eCourse, How to be Efficient at Home. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your comments on each lecture and it's fun to see you connecting with each other while there.

Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you on Monday!



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3.21.2019

Cultivating the Lovely | MacKenzie Koppa + Jennifer L. Scott Interview

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I recently appeared on MacKenzie Koppa's Cultivating the Lovely podcast (hear our episode here). I had so much fun chatting with MacKenzie, I invited her on my channel so I could introduce her to you!



MacKenzie is the host of the Cultivating the Lovely podcast as well as The Same Page podcast. I hope you join us for fun, refreshing conversation today as we cultivate the lovely. (There is also a funny story about how we connected!) I hope you enjoy today's video.

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Madame Chic in Italy...



Comment of the Week

Regarding my piano performance in The Chic March Assignment check-in, Celeste W. writes, "Thank you for playing for us! As a piano teacher, it's rewarding to see an adult who plays for her own pleasure. It gives perspective and encouragement about the goal of piano lessons."

Thank you, Celeste! My performance had many flaws but my message is not to strive for perfectionism, but rather to feed our souls. I appreciate your comment, especially as you are a piano teacher! Thank you!


I hope you enjoyed today's interview with MacKenzie. I'll see you tomorrow as The Clueless Gardeners prepare for spring! :)



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3.19.2019

The Chic Assignment Check-in March 2019 | Jennifer L. Scott

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Welcome to The Chic Assignment check-in for March, 2019. This is becoming my favorite series on the channel. I am enjoying doing these monthly assignments with you and you are giving me so many wonderful recommendations. I'm thrilled and I hope you are too.



In today's video, I'm sharing my own updates for the month of March, including a piano performance of the Chopin Nocturne at the end of the video.

Before we begin, however, I just wanted to thank all of you who have taken my new eCourse, How to be Efficient at Home. I am enjoying connecting with all of you on the Course. There is so much camaraderie and support in the comment section, it's truly been amazing! Here is a testimonial from Mya, who recently finished the course:

Hello Jennifer. I enrolled in your new E-course yesterday and watched it all the way through. I had intended to watch it over a 3 day period, but I couldn't stop watching it. I even took notes. I plan to watch this over and over for inspiration. I consider myself a life long learner and enjoy taking classes, but right now I am very busy with motherhood, homemaking,work, etc. So this was perfect! And the best part is I can watch it over and over. This is my favorite of your E courses. Thank you so much for taking your time to create this course!
Best,
Mya



Thank you, Mya! And thank you to everyone who has taken the course. I really do appreciate your support of my channel.

Let's move on to my findings on The Chic Assignment for March:

๐ŸŽต I hope you have enjoyed listening to the Chopin piece. I certainly have. I play it for you today and use the music from The Chopin Gold piano book, which has easy compositions of the pieces. I really recommend this for novice or uncertain piano players like myself :)



๐Ÿงบ The next assignment was to spruce up your laundry routine. So many of you said that laundry was your favorite task. Many others said that they found the laundry to be overwhelming. Other shared their top laundry tips. This month I have involved my kids more in the folding of the laundry. I've also strived to do my laundry to completion on any given day. I also have hung up this sign in our laundry room. I don't know why... but this sign brings me serious joy when I walk in there!



If you are looking for YouTube inspiration, check out my friend, Nikki's, laundry video, which is so beautiful to watch.

๐Ÿ–ผ Our Claude Monet assignment was so fun! So many of you told me you loved "The Lunch". My favorite is the Woman with a Parasol...



I give my interpretation of the painting in today's video.

๐Ÿ‘— Finally, we have been getting our ten-item wardrobes ready for the change in season. If you haven't already seen my ten-item wardrobe video where I transition my wardrobe from winter to spring, you can check it out here.

My items from Garnet Hill arrived, the cork wedges (which are so comfortable... I love them!) and my two lightweight sweaters.



Also, for more ten-item wardrobe inspiration, check out my friend Robin's video on her spring ten-item wardrobe for 2019. She gives a wonderful example of how to make the ten-item wardrobe work.



Finally, the three books that I am reading this month are:
168 hours by Laura Vanderkam, A Most Novel Revenge by Ashley Weaver, and Mother Culture by Karen Andreola

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๐Ÿ“I was a guest on Devoreaux Walton's The Modern Lady channel. Devoreaux and I discuss 6 ways to be feminine this spring. Check out the video here.

Comment of the Week
Katerina writes, I just cannot adequately tell you how much you’ve changed my life for the better. I am nearly 60 yrs young, and have always hated clothes shopping until 2 years ago when I was introduced to the concept of a capsule wardrobe and your 10-item wardrobe idea. Even my husband has gotten onboard in helping me because he knows what I’m looking for...not racks and racks of aimlessly endless colors and designs, but a navy/white stripped tee-shirt. The time I save!! I haven’t worn a dress in a very long time, but yesterday I wore one of the LandsEnd dresses that you’ve recommended with a navy cropped pullover sweater and heels. I got at least 6 compliments(!) and several friends saying “oh my gosh—you have legs!”. Thank you Jennifer.

Thank you for your wonderful testimonial, Katerina! I really enjoyed hearing how the books and channel have inspired you and changed your life for the better.

Thank you for joining us today. I would love to hear your Chic Assignment updates. Please leave them in the comment section below.

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3.16.2019

How to be Efficient at Home | My New eCourse | Jennifer L. Scott

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I am so pleased to debut my newest eCourse, How to be Efficient at Home, for you today!



I have been working on this course for the past several months and have put so much into it. You will find over two hours of brand new videos, plus text, quizzes and a lively comment section full of fellow Daily Connoisseurs who are all interested in living beautifully at home.

Experience a total mind-shift in how you look at your domestic tasks, uncover valuable time, and enjoy your life at home through this enjoyable course.

You will work on identifying your distractions and making them work for you, establishing early wakeup times and a morning routine, as well as cleaning routines and efficient meal planning. I share my cleaning routines, planning habits, and efficiency secrets, plus so much more in this course.

Also offered in this course is a free batch cooking eBook by my friend Kim, from Free to Family. Thank you, Kim for your generosity!

As with the other courses, I am offering this one at only $5. This price will last for one month and then I will raise it to $10. (I do this to cover the hosting costs that Teachable charge me to host my courses, which is quite substantial.) Also, I want to offer it at $5 so that it is accessible to everyone and it is not a burden on anyone's wallet.

Please watch today's video announcement to learn more.

To see my other eCourses, click here.

I truly hope you enjoy this newest course. I look forward to connecting with you over there! Thank you for your support. Your support of my work means so much to me. More than you know.

With love,

Jennifer

3.15.2019

My Favorite Natural Candles of 2019 | Natural Home with Jennifer

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I love candles and always have them in my home year-round. Of course, I tend to burn them more during the fall and winter months, but I still enjoy them in the spring and summertime too. I love the quiet, burning flame and the pleasing scent. They provide a little luxury throughout my day and remind me to stay present and calm.



While I love candles, I have never really thought about their natural (or not-so-natural) properties. I frequented the popular candle stores just like everyone else. Traditional candles can be full of chemicals and synthetic fragrances. As I go through my home and products to make them more natural, however, I realized I needed to find more natural replacements for my favorite candles.

This has been my most favorite post to research. The Sudsy Soapery and Legend's Creek Farm candles were sent to me in care packages from the respective companies. I really delighted in the candles they sent. The scents are all so unique!

I contacted a few other natural candle companies I found online and discovered Cellar Door Candles, another wonderful small business that is passionate about natural candle making. These small businesses all deserve to be known. It's my pleasure to share their beautiful artisanal candles with you today.

Cellar Door Candles



• 100% Chemical free for the entire candle.
• Proprietary beeswax and coconut wax blend.
• Sustainable, ecologically sound, pesticide-free manufacturing.
• Phthalates, parabens and sulfate free.
• 100% cotton wicks.
• Unparalleled fragrance integrity (pure essential oils).
• Close to 100% waste free manufacturing.
• No plastic used when shipping this item.
• American made glass container.
• Wood lids made in house.
• Hand-poured by Cellar Door Candles.



Cellar Door Candles source their raw materials from a local lavender farm. They make their our own wax blend from scratch, and their newest fragrance designs are 100% organic essential oils. The wax they use is a blend of pure coconut oil (coconut wax) and beeswax.

2 wick- 8oz candles are $18 and have 35 hour burn time
3 wick candles are 35 oz have 65 hour burn time $40



Tokyo Citrus Simple, rare and perfect. Four pure essential oils are used to complete Tokyo Citrus: persimmon, yuzu, blood orange & ylang ylang.

Breathe Easy Pure Lavender, Peppermint, Eucalyptus & Tea Tree.
Four Pure Essential oils blended together at the perfect percentage make up this amazing design. When this candle is lit, it creates an amazing sensation throughout the body. Calming Lavender, Cooling Peppermint, Eucalyptus to open up your senses and Tea Tree to round it out for that slight woodsy euphoric scent.


Pacific Northwest 100% unique wood essential oil. Pure Fir Needle & Red Birch.
One smell of this blend, will immediately transport you. Walking in the middle of a thick forest adjacent to the river. Sweet, Fresh, Green & Pure. A true connection to nature & earth.



Earth Gifts Aromatherapy Candles from Legend’s Creek Farm



These delightful candles come in 8oz recyclable glass jars with metal lids and have up to a 60 hour burn time with regular wick trimming. They use-food grade paraffin wax. Legend's Creek Farm use food-grade paraffin wax to avoid the use of hexane, herbicides and pesticides. These candles are beautifully scented and really fill the room with their boutique fragrances.

Earth Gifts best-selling candles are:



Cashmere & Cardamom is the first candle they created, and one of the strongest throwing scents they offer. It fills the room with a potent and spicy blend of beautiful aromas. This candle is made with blends of cashmere, cardamom, sandalwood, geranium, amber, clove and pepper. I find it to be so cozy. I love this one! $14 8oz




Fraser Fir
Frasier Fir is the best natural replacement for Bath and Bodywork's famous Fresh Balsam candle. Fraser Fir is a classic, timeless fragrance that is very popular around the Christmas season, but it's also perfect for year-round burning. Made with high quality essential oils, it fills your home with the scent of the holiday season. This is the best Christmas tree candle you will find! $14 8oz



Seaside is reminiscent of the sea and reminds me of a chic seaside resort. It is a fresh, ocean scent with so much depth. It is so delightful and unique!


Sudsy Soapery Aromatherapy soy candles



The Sudsy Soapery’s naturally scented soy candles are fragranced with essential oils. I love their beautiful fragrances and appreciate how they fill the room with crackling warmth. The candles are 7.5 oz and have a burn time of approximately 30-40 hours


Sweetly Resting The rich scent of aromatherapy bitter almond is reminiscent of the sweetness that is found in rest. The almond bitter essential oil is sweetened with the buttery scent of all natural vanilla. I LOVE this candle. It is the perfect, most pure almond candle I've ever tried. $18.95



Amazing Love
Warm and soothing, the scent of cinnamon inspires and invites while the exotic scent of the Ylang Ylang flower essential oil comforts. This Aromatherapy candle will be a delight and bring warmth and comfort. This candle arrived with rose petals in the lid and is a very exotic, yet comforting scent. I just love this one too! $18.95

Grove Collaborative



Because many of you are customers of Grove Collaborative, I am reviewing their soy candles in this feature as well. Grove's 100% natural soy candles are made in the USA by talented artisans and come in three signature scents: warm and spicy Vanilla & Sandalwood, cool and calming Eucalyptus & Spearmint and sweet and uplifting Blood Orange. At 8oz, they burn beautifully for hours so you can savor these delightful, natural fragrances! I’ve also tried maple and nutmeg and really enjoyed that one for the fall season. 8oz $14.95

I hope you enjoyed today's video on my favorite natural candles. I would love to know which candle sounds like your favorite! Also, if you have any natural candles you love, please share them with us below.

Have a lovely day and I'll see you tomorrow for the launch of my new eCourse, How to be Efficient at Home!

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3.14.2019

Decorating a Plain and Generic Bathroom | Jennifer L. Scott

7:09 AM 5 Comments


Today I'm decorating one of our upstairs bathrooms. It's a very generic and plain bathroom, one I dream of redoing one day. I'm sure many of you can relate! Most of us have dreams of major remodeling or decorating renovations but simply can't afford the makeover.



I make the best of our plain bathroom by adding a few special touches.



Our countertop is very long and awkward to decorate. I break up the space by adding a taller floral arrangement.



I'm using a faux orchid centerpiece from Nearly Natural here because this room does not get enough light to house a real plant. There is a window, but we mostly keep it closed due to the neighboring house being so close. The cascading orchids add a beautiful touch to the countertop.



I like adding little "dressed-up" details like this handmade linen tissue box cover. Covering up the commercial packaging of necessary products helps to add a custom dimension to the space. By the way, I love using the bamboo tissues. This is Grove Collaborative's seedling line. I like that they are tree-free and don't waste so much paper. Also, here is a link to some other pretty tissue box covers on Amazon



I purchased this print on Etsy from AThingCreated. I love this print so much. It reminds me of the view of the buildings in the 16th arrondissement in Paris. I think I might eventually transfer this print to the guest bedroom, but for now, it is in this space. I purchased the gold frame from Amazon.



Also featured in the video is the shower curtain (which I still need to steam), the wooden soap tray, and the candle. The hand soap and dispensers are from Grove Collaborative. I really like their hand soap refill. Here is a link to the dress I'm wearing.

This bathroom is very neutral, but the creams and golds look pretty with the dark wood. I do enjoy the space when I walk in. I hope you enjoyed today's video.

I would love to know how you decorate a plain/ generic space in your home. Do you dream of renovating your bathrooms and kitchens? How do you make the best with what you have? Thank you for joining me today and I'll see you tomorrow on The Daily Connoisseur for my favorite natural candles of 2019.



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3.13.2019

Reviewing the Mrs. Meyer's Spring Scents 2019 + Ben's Review

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I feel like time is sometimes measured by Mrs. Meyer's seasonal scents! Grove Collaborative sent me Mrs. Meyer's new seasonal scents for spring: peony, lilac, and mint. In today's video I give you my personal opinions and Ben weighs in too.



My favorite scent is definitely Lilac. It's beautiful, delicate, sweet, and floral. I found peony to be lovely but a bit cloying and mint was fresh, green, and floral (but not very minty). Have you tried the Mrs. Meyer's spring scents? Which one was your favorite?



Grove's spring special is here. New customers receive a free Mrs. Meyer's spring set: dish soap, hand soap and multi-surface spray, as well as the Grove spring bubble dish scrubber and walnut scrubber sponges. Existing customers always receive free walnut scrubber sponges with my link.

I hope you enjoyed today's fun review.

I'll see you on the blog tomorrow for a guest bathroom decor video.

I would love to know which Mrs. Meyer's scent is your favorite!

Love,

Jennifer

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3.11.2019

Ten-Item Wardrobe Transition from Winter to Spring | Jennifer L. Scott

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As part of The Chic Assignment for March, we are preparing our wardrobe for the upcoming season.



In today's video I talk through my ten-item wardrobe transition process from winter to spring. What will stay and what will go? Also, what will carry on into the next season?

Mentioned in the video:

Sea foam floral Lands' End dress (image taken from the Lands' End website)


Lands' End jeans (picture taken from Lands' End) These flat-front jeans are staying with me into spring. I plan to roll up the cuff and wear them with sandals. They go nicely with my lace tees from Loft, as well as my returning TJ Maxx red blouse. They also look good with my striped tee shirts.



LL Bean Knit Summer dress These are the perfect dresses. Seriously. If I were to choose a "uniform" this would be it. They are the perfect fit. They're comfortable. They're the perfect length and beautifully presentable.



Sam Edelman Gigi sandal A spring/summer favorite of mine, this sandal is very comfortable and goes with everything. I love it!



The striped tee is by Lands' End

Here is a link to Boden USA dresses for those interested...

I am still awaiting the Garnet Hill cork sandals in the mail



As well as the Garnet Hill sweaters, which (if they fit) I plan to layer over the dresses.

My earrings are by Ana Luisa NY
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On my nails: Londontown Lemonade Pop (use code JenniferS for 25% off your order)

The candle I'm burning is Breathe Easy by Cellar Door Candles. The flower arrangement is by Horchow.

I hope you enjoy today's video.

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I spy Madame Chic on Preserve Journal's bookshelf...


Comment of the Week
Nicole H. writes, "I’m not sure if you remember me from a comment a year ago, but I thought I’d tag in with you again and give you an update!

It is my 1 year anniversary as a Daily Connoisseur and I wanted to thank you from my heart! I am going through the Madame Chic Books again, and plan to read them through each year.

Here are a few ways you have changed my life:

1. My husband is so grateful that I make an effort to provide a delightful breakfast complete with Bach For Breakfast playing in the background. He says he feels so sophisticated. Haha!
2. My mom, sister and I phone each other about you and the wonderful things we learn from you all the time.
3. My routines have been changed from bad habits and I’m constantly reevaluating them to see what can be improved.
4. My home is in a constant state of decluttering
5. I ENJOY laundry and look forward to it each day!!!
6. I’m still not at a ten item wardrobe but I am honing in on my personal style and it’s been so much fun. I am certainly benefiting from the smaller closet!!!


Like I said, these are just a few, but mostly importantly, I enjoy caring for my home each day and the results have been a breath of fresh air. Thank you for all you do and I genuinely hope that one day you will go on tour again and I will get to meet you to thank you personally for the positive impact you have had in my life! I’m excited about your e-course coming out next week and your book this July!!

Sincerely,
Nicole"


Nicole, thank you for your lovely comment. I really enjoy when readers update me on their lives. Your encouraging comment is so appreciated and motivates me to keep going. Thank you for being a part of this blog and channel!

I would love to know... how is your ten-item wardrobe coming along? Are you struggling in any areas? Have you had any breakthroughs? Let us know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog.



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