5.23.2022

Homemaking Motivation | Get It Done Stylishly

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I’m sharing some major homemaking motivation in today’s video and encouraging you to get it all done… stylishly.


Welcome back to the Daily Connoisseur. Sometimes when we get into a rut as homemakers, we need some extra motivation to get back into it all. I find when I’m having these unmotivated feelings making what I’m doing stylish and beautiful seriously helps. We homemakers are visual creatures. We love beauty! It’s a natural want. Why else would we work tirelessly to make a lovely home or cook a mouth-watering meal? Because we want to live a beautiful life at home and life at home sets the scene for our lives in the big wide world.


I always start the day with dressing to express not only my style, but mood. Some days I feel a bit whimsical, some days more formal, today I feel like being fun and playful. I’m wearing the MerSea Breton slub tee and Mott and Bow skinny jeans (JLS10 for 10% off). This shirt just reminds me of adventure. Maybe because the red stripes remind me of the sea or pirates (haha). Homemakers… don’t forget your jewelry! You might not be seeing anyone all day, that doesn’t matter. If you’re like me, it’s noticing pretty nails, smelling the subtle scent of my perfume, the tinkling of my jewelry, and a whimsical watch that keeps me cheerful throughout the day. I’m playing with my jewelry today by layering the Dana Rebecca bar necklace with the Miranda Frye Gothic letter charm (Jennifer10 10% off) necklace. And of course, this whole look needs to be topped off with the homemaker’s piΓ¨ce de rΓ©sistance: the apron. Now I’m ready to work.


Time to make lunch. I’m going to whip up some steaks in the air fryer today. I’ve been low key loving my air fryer. I brush the steaks with olive oil and season them with steak seasoning and cook them in the preheated air fryer on the steak setting. I’m making some cheesy rice pilaf, steamed broccoli, and maple butternut squash to go with it. Isn’t homemaking like a fine dance? The effort it takes to cook a multifaceted meal for the whole family, even a basic one like this, requires coordination, a sense of adventure (for who knows how it will all turn out?) and an eye for style. I flip the steaks halfway through cooking and then allow them to rest on a cutting board while I go pick some flowers for the table.


I’m going to use this blue and taupe tablecloth for lunch today. Choosing and laying the tablecloth is always my favorite part. Then I venture into the garden to see what flowers are on offer. My very favorite rose, the double delight, is blooming magnificently right now so I decide to cut some blooms. While I’m there, the little boy from next door is chatting to me through the fence. What a pleasant surprise that was. He was telling me about the roses in his garden. He said they have pink and yellow roses. What a lovely moment to connect with another human being unexpectedly. The double delight rose has such an intoxicating scent. It was developed in 1977 and is a hybrid tea rose, made from the red and yellow “Granada” tea rose and the ivory “Garden Party” rose. What a thing of beauty. I’m setting the table with the square rattan place mats, and for a bit of contrast, these blue striped napkins. I’ve always liked the combination of stripes and florals. Portmeirion Botanic Garden drinking glasses round off the spring look of the table.


Time to cut the meat and plate the dishes. Some people ask if we serve dinner family style or if I plate every meal. I find with little ones, that it’s easier for me to plate their meal beforehand so generally I do that. My girls are old enough to use a steak knife but my boys aren’t, so I cut their steak into smaller pieces. I generally know how much they will eat so I plate the food accordingly. And now it’s time to enjoy lunch. My son thinks it's hilarious the camera is at the table. I do admit, it’s rather strange!

And now time for laundry. Does it ever end? The answer is no. No, it does not. But therein lies the secret: if you must do the laundry, make your routine a ritual. I like to listen to audiobooks when I’m folding the laundry. Today I’m in my daydreams. I make it a meditation. I get my senses involved. I dream up ideas and play them out in my head while folding the towels. Hey, it’s just another moment to dream… why not seize it?


The day is done. I like to take a nice hot bath in the evening and read a book while looking at the birds on the treetops. Then getting into my pajamas is a joy. You know I love stylish sleepwear. This is the Sunday Morning Silk pajama set (Daily15 15% off) in emerald green and my red velvet slippers. I need to do some planning (CONNOISSEUR10 10% off) for the week and I plan to journal a bit more as well. But first, a nice cup of herbal tea will help me wind down after a long day. The rituals of tea are so comforting aren’t they? The rolling boil from the kettle. The pouring of the water. The stirring in the cup. Ah, it’s magic. I go through my planner to see what’s coming up this week and write down a few things I need to do. I’m going to do some journaling too. Homemakers, take time to reflect at the end of the day. Write down your thoughts, your happiness, your sadness, your dreams, your struggles, your inspiration. Write it all down. Reflect on your day. Hopefully whatever happened, you enjoyed yourself and did it all with style.

Thanks to Pique for bringing us today’s video. Get 5% off + 2 FREE sampler packs (containing 6 of their best-selling teas One for you, one for a friend) with code DAILYC when you buy 2 or more boxes of fasting teas. Keep calm and remain classy, everyone, and I will see you in my next video. Love, Jennifer


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Carolyn writes, "I so enjoyed reading the children’s poetry by Stevenson. My world here in northern Wisconsin is just now awakening to spring. Our little house is surrounded by trees which are alive with birds. All so busy building their nests and feeding their young. I shared on Facebook Stevenson’s poem, “Nest Eggs”, delightful and charming. By the way, one of our favorite authors, D. E. Stevenson, was a niece of Robert Louis."

Hi Carolyn, the description of your garden had me smiling. I just love observing the birds ♥️ Happy spring!


I hope you enjoyed today's video and that it provides homemaking inspiration for you. See you soon!


Love, Jennifer


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5.21.2022

The Chic Assignment Check-In May 2022

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Welcome to The Chic Assignment Check-in for May, 2022. Today we are going to dive into the lives of Robert Louis Stevenson, and Felix Mendelssohn, plus much more. 


The Chic Assignment series is brought to us by The Chic Society, the private membership group on YouTube.  Joining The Chic Society gives you access to my exclusive members-only vodcast, which is published every Friday. I also do one livestream a month or do a Zoom call where we can all visit together and we now have a penpal program! Membership is only $1.99 a month (upper tiers are also available). 


Chic Assignment No. 1 Song Without Words Op. 19 No. 1 by Felix Mendelssohn (performed by Daniel Gortler) 

Did you enjoy this beautiful piece? I played it all throughout the month... 


Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847) was a German composer, pianist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Today we learn 5 interesting facts on the Romantic composer. 



Chic Assignment No. 2 Enjoy the poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson 

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894) was a Scottish novelist and poet, most widely known for penning Treasure Island, and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He is also loved for his poetry. 



We are reading from A Child's Garden of Verses today. You can also find Robert Louis Stevenson's poetry for free on the Poetry Foundation website.  Today we learn more about RLS's life and read more of his enchanting poetry. 

Chic Assignment No. 3 Wear a jewelry piece you haven’t worn in a while 

This month we wore a jewelry piece we haven't worn in a long time. I found that jewelry that is stored away is likely to be forgotten. Regularly go through your jewelry boxes to see what you have been missing. My favorite jewelry boxes are from Music Box Attic DAILYC20 for 20% off

Chic Assignment No. 4 Write down your strategy to stay calm 

This month I shared 5 Ways to Take the High Road and Remain Unbothered. I hope you benefited from the information in this video and found some strategies to remain calm. Write these strategies down so you can become more intentional. The journal I share in the video is by DesignWorks Ink. 

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πŸ“ The Ten-Item Wardrobe eCourse is newly updated and back online with all new video, text, and new lessons. If you have previously purchased the ten-item wardrobe eCourse, you can access all of the new changes for free.

πŸ“If you are looking for more content, consider becoming a member of The Daily Connoisseur through the Channel Memberships. In The Chic Society, I publish one vodcast every Friday and do one livestream or zoom call once a month. It only costs $1.99 a month. There are also upper tiers available for people who are interested in supporting the channel on a higher level and receiving monthly mentions in the videos. *NEW* We now have a penpal program too! 


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And now for the upper tier mentions for The Chic Society... 

Adalet Bir 

Alan Watt - The 90-Day Screenplay L.A. Writers' Lab

Jenny Williams, Carrot Top Paper Shop
Elaine Brisebois - Certified Nutritionist
Gabrielle Julie Deber 
Guy Blaise, author of Love Like the French
Indiana David WillowNookBox.com 
Janalyn Voigt 
Janice Leitner 
Jenny Candelaria 
Jet Rowley-Herron 
Jina Kay Henry 
Julie Kolman 
Juliet Keeler-LeBien 
Katherine Rae 
Linda Eklof 
Living in loveliness - Carli Thom
Maria Conder
Marie Caudill 
Mrs. Shockley  A Home for Elegance
Nicole Brignolle Lovely Bits


I am linking the Chic Connoisseurs with websites here: A Better Life with KAT (Flylady Cleaning System), Audrey CoyneBewitchedCrafts.com



I hope you enjoyed this month's Chic Assignment. Let us know your experience. Use the hashtag #thechicassignment on social media. Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you on Monday! Love, Jennifer 



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5.19.2022

*NEW* Intermittent Fasting What I Eat in a Day 16:8 Method

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I'm sharing an all new Intermittent Fasting What I Eat in a Day following the 16:8 method in today's video. 



I have been doing the 16:8 method of intermittent fasting for over two years. I enjoy the structure and discipline behind eating this way and feel free from the shackles of snacking! For as we know, Mindless Snacking is So Not Chic. 

I am not a nutritionist so I am not sharing the food I eat to advocate that you eat this way too. I like to share what I eat in a day because I find these documentations interesting. And I always get ideas from meals other people enjoy. I aim to eat a balanced diet with lots of fruit, vegetables, and protein. As you will see, I also enjoy a daily teatime with a dessert as I subscribe to the motto as presented in Lessons from Madame Chic to "deprive yourself not". 

Day 1

Breakfast 9:00 a.m. Avocado toast with everything but the bagel seasoning, hard boiled egg with salt and pepper, fresh fruit with cottage cheese 

Lunch 12 noon Fish and chips with broccoli cheese croquettes and steamed peas

Teatime 2:00 p.m. Pique Earl Grey tea with two squares of dark chocolate

Dinner 5:00 p.m. Beef with steamed broccoli, cauliflower, and artichoke

Day 2


Breakfast 9:00 a.m. Avocado toast with grape tomatoes and kalamata olives and a hard boiled egg with salt and pepper

Lunch 12 noon baked lasagne with garden salad and my favorite ranch dressing

Teatime 2:00 p.m. Blueberry cake with cream and blueberries, PG Tips tea with milk and one sugar

Dinner 5:00 p.m. Apricot Glazed Salmon with steamed Asparagus and mayonnaise 



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Disclaimer: please consult your doctor to find out if intermittent fasting is right for you. This video is for entertainment purposes.

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News
πŸ“ Jennifer is a guest on Dr. Chloe Carmichael's podcast, The High Functioning Hotspot.


πŸ“ Join us for The Chic Assignment for May.


πŸ“ The Ten-Item Wardrobe eCourse is newly updated and back online with all new video, text, and new lessons. If you have previously purchased the ten-item wardrobe eCourse, you can access all of the new changes for free.

πŸ“If you are looking for more content, consider becoming a member of The Daily Connoisseur through the Channel Memberships. In The Chic Society, I publish one vodcast every Friday and do one livestream or zoom call once a month. It only costs $1.99 a month. There are also upper tiers available for people who are interested in supporting the channel on a higher level and receiving monthly mentions in the videos. *NEW* We now have a penpal program too! 

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Comment of the Week
Teresa B. writes, "Very interesting talk. Great tips to calm the never ending “to do” list. I found the part regarding how we present ourselves and our space tells so much about ourselves unconsciously and how others really see that. Thank you Jennifer happy"

Thank you, Teresa! Yes, how we present ourselves is so important.

I hope you enjoyed today's video. I would love to know your favorite things to eat in a day. Let us know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the Daily Connoisseur.

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5.16.2022

How to Harness the Power of Your Anxiety | Dr. Chloe Carmichael x Jennifer L. Scott

6:15 AM 0 Comments

 


The Daily Connoisseur interview series continues as I speak with Dr. Chloe Carmichael, author of Nervous Energy: Harness the Power of Your Anxiety. 



Dr. Chloe's book is an excellent resource for high functioning people who are interested in putting their anxiety to work (in a positive way!) You can find Dr. Chloe at drchloe.com

I hope you enjoy today's interview


News
πŸ“ Jennifer is a guest on Dr. Chloe Carmichael's podcast, The High Functioning Hotspot.


πŸ“ Join us for The Chic Assignment for May.


πŸ“ The Ten-Item Wardrobe eCourse is newly updated and back online with all new video, text, and new lessons. If you have previously purchased the ten-item wardrobe eCourse, you can access all of the new changes for free.

πŸ“If you are looking for more content, consider becoming a member of The Daily Connoisseur through the Channel Memberships. In The Chic Society, I publish one vodcast every Friday and do one livestream or zoom call once a month. It only costs $1.99 a month. There are also upper tiers available for people who are interested in supporting the channel on a higher level and receiving monthly mentions in the videos. *NEW* We now have a penpal program too! 


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Comment of the Week

Maria writes, "Hi Jennifer , I really enjoyed this video. The quote which helps me when things get a big heated is " there is greater strength in silence" ☺️ don't you just love this. It's so true isn't it, how easy is it to retaliate & lower your self down to Their level.....but how hard is it to remain silent. Very hard in my experience. But we grow & we learn.
Much love Maria (UK). XxπŸ’•"

Hi Maria, I love that quote and it's so true. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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I hope you enjoyed today's discussion with Dr. Chloe! Let us know what your experience is with anxiety. Your comment could be chosen as comment of the week.


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