3.01.2021

Whole House Declutter | Mega March Motivation

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I am teaming up with Dawn from The Minimal Mom again for another amazing YouTube collaboration. This time we are providing Mega March Motivation as we declutter our homes. The theme for this video is "whole house decluttering"... I have to say, our home is doing pretty well in the clutter department. I've been able to stay on top of it.


There are a few pesky spaces, however, that definitely need a reassessment. I'm decluttering my bathroom cabinet, the laundry room cabinet, our master bedroom, and the entryway downstairs.


I hope you find this video motivating. Why not put it on while you get some decluttering done... we can work together...  Check out the playlist with all of the other creator's videos here. 


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📍Please note: I am currently in the process of having my blog not only redesigned, but moved to Wordpress. Please be patient during the process as the blog might be temporarily disabled over the course of this month. You can always stay au courant with me over on YouTube to never miss a video. I'm excited to work on the blog and make it a better experience for you, dear reader! I am also unable to reply to comments on the blog while it is under construction as the permissions are temporarily disabled. I am sorry for this inconvenience but am reading and appreciating all of your comments. Thank you! 

📍I have released a new line of beautiful and affordable digital art through Teespring. Check out these beautiful Parisian Cityscapes. A 3-pack of artwork is only $2.99. Print them and frame them for easy and elegant artwork in your own home. A Parisian Monuments 3-pack is also available. 

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📍Join us for The Chic Assignment for March.


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Annika Wester, who designed the cover for the Japanese Madame Chic books, posted one of her illustrious covers on Instagram. I love it! 


Comment of the Week

On the Intermittent Fasting video, Marybeth writes, "When I first heard of IF, I thought back to my grandmother's eating habits. She passed in 1976 at age 86. A little woman, 4'11" and as long as I knew her 90ish pounds. I recall her eating a poached egg/toast for bfast, a lamb or pork chop ,potato, veg for dinner and probably tea and a little something at lunchtime. She liked a small sweet after dinner..right after dinner...not 2 hours later. There was never any snacking..actually, with the exception of saltines, no snack foods in the house. So it occurred to me that IF is not really new, just new to the current population. I am going to give it a try and during the 8 hours stick to 3 meals..no snacking! BTW, you look great! Thanks for the always inspiring videos."

I loved reading about your grandmother, Marybeth. Yes! IF is not new and the concept is rather traditional. Thanks for sharing your memories. 


I hope you enjoyed today's video! Did it give you decluttering motivation? 



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2.28.2021

The Chic Assignment | March 2021

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Welcome to The Chic Assignment for March... 


📍Please note: I am currently in the process of having my blog not only redesigned, but moved to Wordpress. Please be patient during the process as the blog might be temporarily disabled over the course of this month. You can always stay au courant with me over on YouTube to never miss a video. I'm excited to work on the blog and make it a better experience for you, dear reader! Also, because the blog is under construction, I am currently unable to post replies to your comments. I apologize for this inconvenience, but all will be restored soon. Thank you to everyone who has left a comment! I appreciate you. 


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Chic Assignment no. 1 Clara Schumann 

Clara Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 7 - 1. Allegro maestoso performed by Isata Kanneh-Mason 


Many people know her husband, composer Robert Schumann, but did you know that his wife, Clara was an incredible composer in her own right? This month we will enjoy this performance by Isata Kanneh-Mason (Sheku Kanneh-Mason's sister) as she performs Clara Schumann's piano concerto in A minor, Op. 7 - 1. We will learn more about Clara Schumann in the mid-month check-in. 



Chic Assignment no. 2 Enjoy the poetry of Christina Rossetti Christina Georgina Rossetti was an English poet who wrote romantic, devotional, and children's poems. She lived from 1830 to 1894. My favorite poem of hers is Amor Mundi, which means love of the world, or love of worldly things. We are going to learn more about Christina Rossetti in the mid-month check-in. In the meantime, check out these books:

 

Christina Rossetti Complete Poems 

Rossetti (library pocket series) 


Chic Assignment no. 3 Work on the seasonal transition of your wardrobe

If you are dealing with snow still, it might seem like the season will never transition, but it will eventually and now is the time to start planning your spring wardrobe (autumn for our Southern Hemisphere friends). What will stay and what will go? Keep a list of wardrobe items you'd like to purchase and start doing some research. I will be sharing my seasonal transitions for the ten-item wardrobe for you later in the month to provide you with inspiration. 


Chic Assignment no. 4 Declutter and organize one cabinet that's been driving you nuts The reason I'm posting this one day early is because tomorrow, March 1st, I'm participating in another amazing YouTube collaboration called, Mega March Motivation. I'll be doing a whole house declutter and that should hopefully provide you with the motivation you need to declutter your own home. 

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I hope you enjoy this month's Chic Assignment. Tag me on social media with the hashtag #TheChicAssignment and let me know about your experience.


See you tomorrow! 

Love, 

Jennifer 



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2.25.2021

Intermittent Fasting One Year Update - My Surprising Results

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It's been nearly a year since I began intermittent fasting. Reflecting on this past year and the changes that have occurred, I am truly amazed. 


I go over everything with you in detail in today's video, including the rather surprising weight loss. This video and blogpost is intended for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to be medical advice. If you are interested in trying intermittent fasting, do seek the consult of your physician first. 


I will not write a lengthy blogpost for this topic, as the video is somewhat long... Here are the time stamps if you wish to skip ahead... or focus on a particular subject: 


⚜️ Time Stamps 0:00 Introduction 1:06 Disclaimer 1:32 Why IF 2:50 My weight history 7:50 No deprivation 8:48 16:8 method 10:13 How long until results? 11:12 Keto? (Hint: no) 12:20 What I weigh now 14:28 Will I keep losing weight? 15:19 Other benefits 17:11 One change I've made 18:20 More benefits 21:20 Yor questions 26:40 Conclusion


For all of the details, make sure you watch today's video. If you have any questions or requests, please leave them in the comments below for a follow-up video. 


⚜️Recommended Resources

The Obesity Code by Dr. Fung

Delay, Don't Deny by Gin Stephens (not by a doctor, but an interesting read)


*Added note: For exercise, I continue to walk and use the rebounder. I forgot to address exercise in today's video. 

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📍Join us for The Chic Assignment for February


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Comment of the Week

Lynn from SoCal writes, "Hi Jennifer, your cleaning videos always make me want to clean. Thank you for the inspiration!

I have been struggling with knee pain and fatigue lately so the cleaning has been put on the back burner (luckily, I live alone so only I have to see the dirt).

Under normal circumstances when I struggle to get the motivation to clean, I put on some fast-paced music (or even Bach's Cello Suite No 1 in G Major - this always gets me going)and mix myself a cocktail. For some reason, a cocktail always makes cleaning more fun!"

Hi Lynn, I hope your knee pain subsides soon! I agree with the music and the special treat! I have never cleaned with a cocktail, but it sounds fancy!


I hope you enjoyed today's video. If you have any questions about intermittent fasting that you'd like me to address in a future video, please leave them in the comments. Have a wonderful weekend.

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2.22.2021

Practical Homemaking | Cook and Clean with Me

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Practical homemaking. What is it? Let’s explore that in today’s video



 

I’m doing some necessary cleaning today in the master bathroom and the bedroom. I’m also sharing my practical and easy lentils and rice recipe, and what my favorite thing to wear is around the house. Thank you to BLUELAND for sponsoring today's video.

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We’re taking on some practical homemaking today. 

I looked up the definition of practical and here’s what the dictionary defines it as: 
 of or concerned with the actual doing or use of something rather than with theory and ideas. 

 I love this. Practical homemaking is actually just doing it. Just doing the thing. Not procrastinating, or wishing you were doing something else. Or half doing a job and then checking your phone… actually doing it rather than theory and ideas. I am in need of practical homemaking today. 


Earlier in the day I had to film an interview and the bathroom is an absolute mess from when I was getting ready. So let’s get this in order. There are a lot of ideas when it comes to homemaking and cleaning. Lots of theories and systems: 15-minute timer. Power hour. Mid-day tidy. After dinner scrub. Ok, maybe I’m making some of these up, but you get the idea. 

We feel we need to get things just right before we start cleaning. Sometimes I search for ten minutes for the perfect video to keep me company while I clean and then before I know it, the kids all need me for something at the other end of the house. I wasted those ten minutes searching for something to mitigate the unpleasantness of cleaning when I could have gotten it over with while I was searching for that perfect video. Sometimes you need to actually just do it. To put everything aside and just get it done. 

 We all have certain rooms where we procrastinate with practical homemaking… for me that’s definitely the bathroom. Probably my least favorite room in the house to clean. I’m not sure why. Well, first of all, who likes scrubbing toilets? I don’t think anyone does. And aside from the kitchen, the bathroom has the heaviest usage and always seems to have a need for a good scrub down. I also rather dislike cleaning bathtubs and grout. So I put practical homemaking off. But, as you see, with all enemies to homemaking, we need to acknowledge our resistance to our necessary chores. When we acknowledge them, and banish the resistance, and just do the thing. (Practical… remember?) We realize, it’s really not that bad to begin with. It doesn’t actually take that long to do. We didn’t need to dread it so very much. So on and so forth. 




I want to share my red lentil recipe with you. I start off by sautéing some onion and garlic in olive oil along with some organic no-salt seasoning. To the onions and garlic, I add my red lentils, which have been rinsed and drained. The ratio of water (or broth) to lentils is 3 cups of water to 1 cup of lentils. I cover this with chicken bone broth, but you can cover it with vegetable stock or water to keep it vegan. I like to add dried herbs as well. Let this simmer for about 20 minutes on medium low heat. You can add more liquid if needed. I serve this over rice with a pat of butter and it’s perfection. I also like to top my lentils with something crunchy like fresh celery. This is one of my favorite dishes. I hope you enjoy making it too. 




As the season moves on in February, and I will eventually transition my wardrobe from winter to spring, I have been pulling some of my spring items out from last year, like this budget dress I’m wearing from Target. I realized something about my style and comfort over the past few years. My favorite thing to wear at home is a midi dress. If it’s cold, I pair it with a cardigan. If I’m doing messy work, I’ll cover it with a full apron or a half apron. I save older dresses to do the gardening in on hot days. Now, this doesn’t mean that’s all I wear at home, I wear jeans too, as you saw in the first half of the video, but looking at my days, this is what I’m most comfortable in and I feel feminine and presentable. 

 I like to keep our master bedroom pretty clear of clutter. We always have some coffee cups, glasses of water, and usually a stack of books laying around the place, but it’s never too bad. It’s important that I keep this room pretty empty and serene. It’s the spot that I escape to sometimes when I need a break from everything. When I walk in here, I want it to feel like I’m in a cloud. 

 Because our room is usually the cleanest in the house, I sometimes avoid straightening it. I do this because so many of the other rooms require attention. But it’s important to look after this space too. To dust the end tables, the shutters, to fold the laundry and put it away. A quiet escape. A room of one’s Own. To close on my thoughts, practical homemaking is that straightforward everyday cleaning that has to be done and can’t be avoided. You can find ways to make it more enjoyable. But sometimes doing that is procrastination in itself. If you don’t find the perfect audio book to listen to, the right music, or get your friend to chat on the phone while you clean, you have to just do it. Just clean that room. It won’t take as long as you think it will. And when you finish, the result will be so satisfying. 

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📍If you are looking for more content, consider becoming a member of The Daily Connoisseur through the MEMBERSHIPS feature. 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. 

📍Join us for The Chic Assignment for February


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I am a guest again on Homemaker Chic Podcast with Shaye from The Elliott Homestead and Angela from Parisienne Farmgirl. Check out our fun episode together as we discuss staying chic as a homemaker. 

Comment of the Week

Maren L. writes, "My best atomic habit over the past year was finding this channel. Through the content of this channel, so beautifully and thoughtfully presented I have turned my packed closet into a capsule wardrobe and I am helping my mom do the same thing, I have finally learned how to do minimal make up so that I can "look presentable always"(before I either had on full, time consuming make up, or nothing at all) I have de cluttered my entire house and for the first time ever, am on a cleaning schedule (I will never go back!) I also have begun intermittent fasting and can't believe how much I love it, I have listened to so much beautiful music, seen so much inspiring art, read so much thought provoking poetry, and had so many lovely books recommended to me. And through this channel, I have discovered other channels I adore. This has been a real life line for me. It's been a doorway into a kinder, more gentle, civilized world my heart always longs for. I have felt so alone and here I have found my people. Thank you."

Dear Maren, this is high praise, indeed! Thank you so much and I'm thrilled you have found The Daily Connoisseur community too.


I hope you enjoyed today's video and that it gave you practical homemaking inspiration.


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2.20.2021

The Chic Assignment Check-In | February 2021| Rachmaninoff x William H. Johnson

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 Welcome to The Chic Assignment check-in for February, 2021. We are going to learn more about Rachmaninoff today as well as William H. Johnson. It's a wonderful program so make yourself a cup of tea and enjoy! 

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Chic Assignment no. 1 Rachmaninoff Prelude in C Sharp Minor (Op. 3 No. 2) 

This month we listened to Rachmaninoff's Prelude in c sharp minor (Op. 3 no. 2) performed by Rousseau. Today, I am sharing ten interesting facts about Rachmaninoff's life from Classic FM.   




Chic Assignment no. 2 Explore the art of William H. Johnson (1901-1970)

William H. Johnson was an American artist Born in South Carolina in 1901, he was a student of the National Academy of Design in New York City. His incredible career spanned several decades, but his works are only now getting the recognition that they deserve. I'm excited to share his biography with you today. Check out his artwork on WikiArt


I also recommend the book, Harlem Renaissance Artists by my friend, Denise Jordan (from This or That with Denise Jordan). Denise has a chapter on William H. Johnson in her wonderful book. 

 Going to Church, by William H. Johnson 

William H. Johnson
, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Chic Assignment no. 3 Work on building one new good habit this month. We looked at habits in-depth this month and aimed at cultivating one good habit in our lives. What habit did you cultivate? I am working on building systems in to make myself a neater cook. I recommend reading Atomic Habits by James Clear

Chic Assignment no. 4 Maintain your clutter-free space. If you took part in Clutter-free January with us, you likely have some newly decluttered spaces. We are going to maintain those spaces throughout the month of February, taking care to keep them clutter-free. You can also look forward to some decluttering videos in March as well. I can't wait for you to see those! 

Thank you to The Chic Society for bringing us The Chic Assignment. The Chic Society is the private membership group on YouTube. Membership is only $1.99 a month. I release a "vodcast" (a video podcast) every Friday and we go live (either on YouTube or Zoom) once a month. There are also two upper tiers who receive recognition in The Chic Assignment check-in. I have listed them here below. Thank you so much to The Chic Society for bringing us The Chic Assignment check-in. 

The Chic Connoisseurs: A Better Life with KAT (Flylady Cleaning System), 
AAM Truthteller, American Blossom Linens, Allison Jennison-Smith, 
A Sparkling Vintage Life, Amy Thibodeaux, Andrea Saavedra, Angelika Greenhalgh, Amy Thibodeaux, Anny Schreier, Audrey Coyne, BewitchedCrafts.com, Bliss Peterson, Brenda Ramsey, Candace V, Catarina Alexandra, Catherine Huang, Chelsea Kochevar, Clare's Classroom, Cyndie Lake, Deb Reardon, Diana McNease, Elizabeth Doan, Efstathia Kositzidou, Freda Masoud, healthywithluba.com, Heather Phillips, 
Helena O, Jackie W, Jane Lynch, Janet Williams, Jasmine Christian, Jennifer Timm, jkp62, Judy Moore, Katherine Williams, Kathy Feliciano, Kimberly Campbell, Liliedaisy, Lois Shank- Retiree, Loraine Tadman, Lori Skees, 
Maria Gerlicz-Pogorzelska, Marija B. Bingula, Space.For.Home, Marybeth Nelson, Melanie Adkins, Melanie Riddle, Mama Mitzey, Maria Gerszewski, Melinda Loustalot, Melissa Ricci, Michele Kieffer, Michelle Henderer, Michelle the Italiagal
Monique Egelhoff, Monique Hernandez, Natalie Schultz, Not-So Desperate Housewives, Pamela Gunger, Paula Ellis, Paula Johnson, P C, Petra Willnecker, 
Raye Cage, Rebecca Faltot, Rita Fernandes, Sandra Light, Sarah Vitsas, Scott Rea, Shannon Biddy, Sharon Smith, Sheila Hopfensperger, Shelly Cabler aka "The Art of This & That", Stacy Smith, 
Wilma Dean, Yen Lee, Zauger, Zuzaienka23

The Elegant Connoisseurs  
Jenny Williams - Carrot Top Paper Shop 
Elaine Brisebois, certified nutritionist and weight loss coach 
Nikki Moreno - Inspired by Nikki 
Julie Kolman - My Confident Closet 
Nicole Brignolle - Founder of Lovely Bits
Rosenda Valenzuela - Little Pink Casa 
Mrs. Shockley - A Home for Elegance
S.E. Spracher - Author of Chewy Marmot 
The Shortbread Family - Allen's Scottish Shortbread
Cherish Flieder- Something to Cherish  
Vicel Victoria - JAFRA Beauty Consultant  
Katherine Rae 
Carli Thom 
Caroline Haydu 
Denise Gende 
Jen Carlson 
Jet Rowley-Herron 
Jina Kay Kenry 
Heather Barrera 
 Jenny Candelaria 
Linda Eklof 
Marie Caudill 
Maria Conder 


I would love to know your Chic Assignment findings... let us know in the comments down below. Did you enjoy the Rachmaninoff pieces? What was your favorite painting from William H. Johnson? Let us know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog. 





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