11.27.2020

The Best Holiday Gift-Wrapping Hacks for Large Families | Elegant and Affordable

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I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday and were able to forget the worries of 2020, even for a moment. We had a great day.

In today's video we are discussing gift-wrapping hacks that will help you this holiday season. These ideas are particularly helpful for large families that have a lot of presents to wrap. 

I've always faced a wrapping paper conundrum. Gift wrap is so expensive and there is so little paper on the rolls... Usually you can only wrap a few presents before the roll runs out. I would solve this problem by buying bulk wrapping paper at Costco, but I was never pleased with the aesthetics of the paper, and then I was stuck with more paper than I needed. When birthday and non-Christmas holidays rolled around, I had to turn around and buy even more wrapping paper.

Today, I'm sharing my wrapping paper hack with you... and that is to never buy wrapping paper again (unless you want to, of course). 



I find that by buying a bulk roll of recycled Kraft paper (brown paper), you will have more than enough wrapping paper to last you the entire year. This bulk roll of paper is affordable. My roll of paper is 30" x 2,400" (30 ft.) and cost under $20. 


For those of you concerned that your presents are going to look boring wrapped in this recycled paper, just think about The Sound of Music's "Favorite Things"... "Brown paper packages tied up with string". 



The fun in wrapping this way is in expressing your creativity with styling the present. If you are giving presents to multiple children, it can be fun to assign a stamp to each child. Their package will have their signature stamp on the paper. (Tip: Stamp the paper before wrapping the present so you don't get an uneven stamp.) 


Continue to decorate the package with seasonal ribbon, gift tags, and natural items found in the garden. I have listed all of the gift wrapping supplies that I used in my Amazon gift wrapping store. There you can find the paper, twine, gift tags, and more. 


I hope you enjoyed my holiday gift wrapping video today. I would love to know how you like to wrap presents in your home. 

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Valentine M. writes, "Each of them kept looking up at her comfortable, rosy face secretly curious about the delightful feeling she gave them - a sort of warm, supported feeling." Doesn't this just make you cry? Love this series.

Valentine, I loved that part of the novel too. It made me so happy. I'm glad you enjoyed my Secret Garden video!


I hope you enjoy today's video. Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you on Monday! 


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11.23.2020

The Chic Assignment Season Finale

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I hope the Chic Assignment has been enjoyable for you this year. For me it provided a welcome anchor throughout this tumultuous year. I enjoyed escaping in the art, music, and poetry we explored, and feel that I've made some amazing artistic friends along the way. 

Chic Assignment no. 1 Enjoy the music of William Grant Still (1895 - 1978) Serenade for Orchestra


William Grant Still was an American composer and conductor. He was the first African American conductor to conduct a symphony orchestra in the United States. I am reading from his biography on Encyclopedia.com in today's video. 

I have a wonderful performance from The Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra of Still's Serenade for Orchestra. This is truly a delightful performance! 




Chic Assignment no. 2 Enjoy the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 - 1861)

Elizabeth Barrett Browning 


Elizabeth Barrett Browning was an English poet of the Victorian era. She was one of Emily Dickinson's favorite poets. A framed portrait of Barrett Browning hung in the bedroom of Dickinson, whose life had been transfigured by the poetry of “that Foreign Lady.” Today I read Elizabeth Barrett Browning's biography from Biography.com 
 

Elizabeth Barrett Browning on The Poetry Foundation





Chic Assignment no. 3 Explore the art of the seasonal table setting




With Thanksgiving upon us, let us refine the art of the seasonal table setting. Choose something unique to place on your table this year, whether it is a seasonal bouquet, cloth napkins, placemats or other special touches. Use what you already have to make your meals special. 

Chic Assignment no. 4 Prepare for gift-giving season
I published my annual holiday gift guide a few weeks ago and shared many splendid gift ideas from small businesses. I will also be releasing a video on my unconventional gift wrapping method for the holidays. You won't want to miss that one! 

Thank you to The Chic Society for bringing us The Chic Assignment. The Chic Society is the private membership group on my YouTube channel. I do one Vodcast a week and we do one livestream or Zoom call per month. We just had our Zoom call for November and it was so fun to chat virtually face-to-face. There are three tiers in The Chic Society. The most popular tier is only $1.99 a month to access all of the extra video content. The upper tiers get recognition in the videos and in today's video I am thanking The Chic and Elegant Connoisseurs. You can also find them here:

The Elegant Connoisseurs

Amanda Dykes, Author

Awesome Possum Powers 

Azalia Spa Goods 

Brandi Still, Silhouette Artist 

Carrot Top Paper Shop 

Dressed for my Day with Kay Harms 

Elaine Brisebois, certified nutritionist and weight loss coach

Faith Grace Home 

Freedom Moms by Ashley Buffa Smart Kids Chore System

Inspired by Nikki stationery 

Jennifer Melville, Author  

Julie Kolman, My Confident Closet 

Katy Rose, Artist 

Lovely Bits by Nicole Brignolle

Little Pink Casa by Rosenda Valenzuela 

Tina Hugall from Outschool

The Secret OWL Society by Michelle Rohr

The Shortbread Family 

Sturm Brothers Jewelry , Mrs. TJ Sturm

Something to Cherish  by Cherish Flieder 

 Katherine Rae

Carli Thom

Christine Bolla 

Caroline Haydu

Denise Gende

Jet Rowley-Herron

Jina Kay Kenry

Heather Barrera 

Jenny Candelaria

Leslie Morris Gather n’ Grow

Linda Eklof

Marie Caudill 

Maria Conder

Melissa Ricci

Prudently At Home


The Chic Connoisseurs
A Better Life with KAT (Flylady Cleaning System), American Blossom Linens, Allison Jennison-Smith, A Sparkling Vintage Life, Angelika Greenhalgh, Anny Schreier, 
Audrey Coyne, BewitchedCrafts.com, Bliss Peterson, Brenda Ramsey, Candace V, 
Catherine Huang, Chelsea Kochevar, Clare's Classroom, Cyndie Lake, Deb Reardon, 
Diana McNease, Freda Masoud, healthywithluba.com, Heather Phillips, Helena O, 
Jane Lynch, Janet Williams, Jasmine Christian, jkp62, Judy Moore, JulieMarieVh, 
Kimberly Campbell, Leslie Ring, Liliedaisy, Liz D, Lois Shank- Retiree, Loraine Tadman, Lori Skees, Maria Gerlicz-Pogorzelska,  Space.For.Home, Marybeth Nelson, Melanie Riddle, Mama Mitzey, Melinda Loustalot, Michele Kieffer, Michelle Henderer, Michelle the Italiagal, Monique Egelhoff, Monique Hernandez, Natalie Schultz, Not-So Desperate Housewives, Pamela Gunger, Paula Ellis, Paula Johnson, Petra Willnecker, Raye Cage, Rebecca Faltot, Roberta Scholten, Sandra Light, Sarah Morgan, Sarah Vitsas, Scott Rea, Shannon Biddy, Sharon Smith, Sheila Hopfensperger, Stacy Smith, The Simple Swan, Sue Parker, 
This and That with Denise Jordan, Tiki Pié, Tracy Lopez, Vicel Guzman, Wendy Cassara, Wendy Somerville, Yen Lee, Zuzaienka23    

Thank you to The Chic Society for bringing us the season finale! 

I hope you enjoyed this season finale. Let us know your observations in the comments and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week. 

I hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving holiday with your family. I will see you on Friday. Thank you for joining us and have a lovely week! 

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11.19.2020

13 Life-Changing Homemaking Secrets from The Secret Garden

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 My homemaking series continues as we uncover the thirteen life-changing homemaking secrets from Frances Hodgson Burnett's, The Secret Garden


The following are the thirteen homemaking secrets I derived from The Secret Garden:

An excellent home life can be lived on any budget. Being wealthy doesn’t necessarily equal an excellent home life. Home life is more about comfort than it is about luxury. In chapter 6, “There Was Some One Crying”, Martha talks of the moorland cottage she grew up in with 14 people who lived in four little rooms and never had quite enough to eat.  Even though Mary grew up in the lap of luxury, she was attracted to comfort, which was something her parents tried to buy her, but were not successful at providing. 

We should actively cultivate the characteristics of a successful homemaker.  Martha describes her mother as sensible, hard-working, good-natured and clean. No one could help liking her whether they’d seen her or not (p.58). When Martha is going home to her on her day off, she can’t help jumping for joy when she crosses the moor. As a mother and homemaker, we want to have these characteristics. Everyone in the town, rich or poor, admired Susan Sowerby because of her great character. These are not necessarily the attributes our society appreciates. Think of the “Real Housewives” series, which honors beauty, fame, and wealth. The counter-culture values of Susan Sowerby are great characteristics of a successful homemaker. 

When you are feeling like complaining as a homemaker, ask yourself this question: “How do you like yourself?” (p. 59 ) This is something we can ask ourselves when we feel irritated with the other people in our household. 

Homemaking is joy and wellness.  Martha went away in high spirits as soon as she had given Mary her breakfast. (p. 59) She was going to walk five miles across the moor to the cottage, and she was going to help her mother with the washing and do the week’s baking and enjoy herself thoroughly. Even though Martha was a maid by profession, she still enjoyed cleaning and homemaking. She takes this time to enjoy visiting with her family and serving them. When we view our homemaking as joy and wellness, it will become more enjoyable. 

The week’s baking was done once a week. Martha's family did the baking once a week (p. 59). It’s a good idea to designate one day a week to do the baking. I burn-out on baking bread because the thought of doing it everyday is tiresome for me. But I could rally around a “baking day”, especially if the children help me and we have fun doing it. 

Boredom awakens children’s imaginations. Page 63 reads, "Living as it were, all by herself in a house with a hundred mysteriously closed rooms and having nothing whatever to do to amuse herself, had set her inactive brain to working and was actually awakening her imagination”. This tip relates to parenting. We are a culture that is afraid of boredom. Our children are placed in front of screens to quell this boredom. They are not allowed to feel bored. This kills creativity. It was boredom that “awakened" Mary’s imagination. 

A cozy home full of nice smells from cooking and baking is good enough for a king. Martha reports back from her weekly outing home, helping her mother with the washing and baking (p. 65). She describes her home life as “delightful”. "And the cottage all smelt of nice, clean hot baking and there was a good fire, and they just shouted for joy. Our Dickon he said our cottage was good enough for a king." Even though the family was living in reduced circumstances, they felt their life at home was good enough for a king because of the atmosphere created by their mother. 

Children were taught the value of tidiness. When Mary meets Mr. Craven for the first time, she is expected to tidy up her appearance (p. 106). Children should be able to run around and get messy, but it is important for children to understand when to look tidy and respectful and to know when that is appropriate. If they do this as children, they will do this as adults. 

Children need liberty to cultivate their imagination. This parenting philosophy is in contrast to the helicopter parenting technique that is popular today. On p. 110 Susan Sowerby’s advice to Mr. Craven was: “Give her simple, healthy food. Let her run wild in the garden. Don’t look after her too much. She needs liberty and fresh air and romping about.” Susan Sowerby is described as “sensible and good-hearted” by Mrs. Medlock and she and Mr. Craven agree that she knows what she is talking about.

They drank “beef tea” to calm down and feel better. On page 165, beef tea was served to Colin and Mary to promote calmness and well-being after all of the excitement from Colin’s tantrum. I like looking at drinks from the past, such as the Cambric Tea in Little House on the Prairie. I did some research on beef tea and found that it was traditionally made from rump meat. 


A homemaker wakes up early to be truly inspired. On page 196 in the chapter, “Ben Weatherstaff”, the glory and inspiration of waking up early is described. Successful homemakers tend to wake up early and take inspiration from the new day.


Successful homemakers are problem solvers. On page 230, Dickon praises his mother and says she always sees "a way out of things". Good homemakers are problem solvers and enjoy finding solutions to problems. 


Care about what your children care about.  Mrs. Sowerby’s care and attention to their secret garden gave them a warm, supported feeling (p. 254). The children were delighted in her presence. She went out of her way to make the children feel special and to convey that she cared about what they cared about. We must remind ourselves of this as both parents and homemakers. 


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If you enjoyed this post, check out my Little House on the Prairie homemaking videos. You can find them here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

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Unknown writes:

These are my absolute favorite kinds of videos that you make. I know that they must take a lot of time and effort on your part, so I want to let you know that it is much appreciated! Also, you've inspired me to make the pumpkin bars. They look so good!


Thank you! I'm so happy you enjoyed making the pumpkin bars. And I appreciate your kind words about my videos.

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11.16.2020

One Week of Outfits from my Fall Ten-Item Capsule Wardrobe | Cold Weather Style

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Welcome to a new outfits of the week from my ten-item capsule wardrobe. This week it's finally cold in Southern California. I enjoy dressing warmer this week and taking you along with me. 


Below, I have each outfit pictured and have linked everything worn/ mentioned that day. I hope you enjoy today's video.  I always try to provide discount codes for as many items I can, to save you money if you are interested in the item. Those codes are reflected below. 

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📍Take my new eCourse, Carry Yourself with Poise. There are so many amazing ladies on this course, bonding and building friendships as we rally around elegant living. Rachel M. writes, "Thank you Jennifer for this beautiful course. It was the breath of fresh air I needed during this lockdown. I will definitely be returning to this course again."

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I’ve been taking more time lately to rest more. That can be quite difficult with a newborn, a busy bee toddler, and an enormous pile of every day life. But I’ve found that I’m reading more because I want to cultivate my mind more, and just simply think deeply. Part of cultivating your mind more is just picking quality books, and that’s definitely what I’ve found in the Madame Chic series by Jennifer L. Scott or @dailyconnoisseur (give her a follow) ! This is the 3rd book in the series, and it’s just as great as the previous 2! I can’t wait to finish this one, and read #connoisseurkids next! What books do you enjoy reading to cultivate your mind? ? #read #readersofinstagram #madamechic #cultivatewhatmatters #cultivate #cultivateyourmind #booksofinstagram #readingtime #readmorebooks #dailyconnoisseur #madamechicbooks

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Lauralicia writes, "WOW! what a welcome respite from the overdone and overtalked cleaning videos. This video is truly a set of goals for me and my home. It reminds me of the calm and gentle way my mother, whom I miss very much, used to caretake our home and family. So controlled, so efficient but with warmth and finesse. Thank you for posting this, it will be a favorite for me to watch again and again as I work toward my own home goals."

Thank you, Lauralicia. I'm happy you enjoyed last week's homemaking video!

I hope you enjoy today's outfits of the week video and that it gives you ideas on how to make your ten-item wardrobe work for you.

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