7.16.2018

Master Bedroom & Bathroom Tour | Jennifer L. Scott




I recently posted a home tour featuring the downstairs portion of our home. Many people requested an upstairs tour as well, so in today's video, I'm sharing our master bedroom and bathroom with you.



I like to keep our master bedroom minimal and serene. Everything is cream and white, which makes for a nice background with the mossy/ taupe walls. You might remember that in our last home we put up wallpaper in the master bedroom. We would like to do the same here one day, but as for now, we are enjoying the neutral and muted color palette.



Our master bathroom is very large and light. It's a wonderful space to work with. I would love to update the bathroom one day with new, well, everything! Countertops, floors and backsplash. Maybe one day. Until then, I am enjoying it as it is.



The following items that are mentioned in today's video aide in creating an atmosphere of calm and relaxation in our room...



The Lëvoit air purifier is truly awesome. I've always wanted to try a purifier but was skeptical as to whether or not they actually worked. I can tell you after running this now for weeks that the air in our bedroom is markedly different than in the rest of the home. You step in and it's like the air is sparkling clean. I love the different settings you can set it to. I want to put one of these in each of our bedrooms now. Because of Amazon Prime Day, the Levoit purifier is heavily discounted. For more on Levoit, visit their website here.

The sound machine I have is the Brookstone sound machine. My husband gave this to me for Christmas this year and I love it. My favorite setting is thunderstorm and I turn it on every night.

The essential oil diffuser I use in conjunction with my doTerra oils, was purchased from my friend, Antoinette. You can find her information here. I generally like to diffuse lavender essential oil at night. It helps me relax and calm down after a long day.

I hope you enjoy the tour in today's video.

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On the Ten-Item Wardrobe eCourse, Candice writes, "Hi Jennifer! Honesty time...I have known about the 10 Item Wardrobe for awhile, but I have always resisted committing. I definitely struggle to wear my best everyday. I am going through the course as a way to commit once and for all to making a change. I am also working through your financial course. Your books have always been such an inspiration and I am excited to make some changes, especially in my closet!!"


Candice, thank you for commenting for the first time. I applaud your desire to change! Check back in with us and let us know how your progress is going. We are rooting for you!

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Comment of the Week
On last week's Inspired by Nikki interview, Alexandra writes,
Hello Jennifer,

Thank you for introducing us to Nikki. I like her lovely, soft yin energy with her feminine decor, her love of ballet, her appreciation of silence, and how gorgeous she looks in grey. I will be taking a closer look at her blog.
I would like to suggest a couple of books based on the books you two mentioned. If you like "Material World", then I think you will love "In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World". Also, if you like the "The 5 Different Languages of Love", then you will adore "The Child Whisperer" by Carol Tuttle. This book discusses the four different energy types that children (and adults) can have and how to proceed accordingly.

Thanks again for the interview!
Alexandra


Hi Alexandra, you always have the most insightful comments. Thank you for those two book recommendations. I've linked them here for others to check out as well. I'm really interested in the cookbook sharing the recipes from grandmothers around the world. Thank you!

I hope you enjoyed today's master bedroom and bathroom tour. Today I would love to know how you decorate your bedroom. What do you have in your bedroom at night to help you unwind? Do you diffuse oils? Listen to sound machines? Just enjoy good old-fashioned silence? :) Also, do you use an air purifier? Let me know in the comment section below and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog.

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7.13.2018

Mrs. Meyer's Laundry Detergent in Honeysuckle + Laundry Room Tour | Natural Home with Jennifer



I had so much fun connecting with you four times this week on the blog! Today's post is highly requested: I am sharing my review of the Mrs. Meyer's laundry detergent line, namely the detergent, fabric softener, and scent booster. I have the honeysuckle scent and simply adore this laundry system.



I also give you a tour of our laundry room in today's video, and talk about the nostalgic scent of Madame Chic's laundry detergent.



I have two basic white laundry racks that I use in the room to hang-dry clothes...



...as well as one wall-mounted laundry rack.



I use this wall-mounted rack to hold my ironing board and iron.

You can find Mrs. Meyer's laundry detergent in many places. Online you can find a two-pack on Amazon, the fabric softener on Amazon, and the scent booster on Amazon.

As you know, I like to get my natural cleaning products from Grove Collaborative, who tend to have the best prices, wider variety of choices, and really great regular gifts for their VIP customers.

Grove Collaborative is running a new gift promotion for the month of July, where new customers will receive a Mrs. Meyer's dish soap, Mrs. Meyer's hand soap, Mrs. Meyer's hand lotion and an adorable farmhouse-style cleaning caddy when they spend $20. (I have been told that the cleaning caddy goes quickly so this promotion is only valid while supplies last.)

My sister ordered the free gift and didn't realize you could choose your own scent at checkout. So if you take advantage of the offer, be sure to select your favorite scent. For a review of the Mrs. Meyer's scents, please see my blogpost from Tuesday, Favorite Mrs. Meyer's Scents.




This gift promotion starts today and runs until Sunday, so I wanted to give you the opportunity to take advantage of it. Existing Grove customers will always receive a walnut scrubber sponge set for free when you use my special link.


I hope you enjoyed the review and laundry room tour in today's video. I also plan to review the Method laundry detergent in the coming months. Please let me know if you have any requests for other laundry reviews. I'll see you on Monday for a master bedroom tour! Have a great weekend.

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7.12.2018

Inspired by Nikki + Jennifer L. Scott Interview



I'm really enjoying the interview series on The Daily Connoisseur, and hope that you are too. I have a wonderful chat for you today with Nikki Moreno of the Inspired by Nikki YouTube channel.



Nikki and I have a candid discussion about parenting, marriage, cleaning, YouTube, penmanship, and so much more. I am so excited for you to see our interview today. I hope you enjoy today's video.

The book I mention in the video that shows how people live all around the world is, Material World by Peter Menzel. I love this book!

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In yesterday's Favorite Mrs. Meyer's Scents video, I shared Grove Collaborative's lovely promotion for July. New customers can receive a Mrs. Meyer's dish soap, hand soap, and hand lotion, plus a pretty farmhouse cleaning caddy when they place their first order of $20. Existing customers can get a set of free walnut scrubber sponges. If you are interested in trying out Grove Collaborative, this is a great time to do it.


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Comment of the week
Regarding Monday's post on Efficiency, sheldinecooper on Instagram writes, "I don't know if this is a tip but I just find ways in which to do something the fastest way possible... For example things like "don't walk somewhere empty handed" when moving house or tidying, make every step and trip count, map out routes when shopping, what's on the way where to pass by next and where to on the way back..."

Sheldinecooper, this is really great advice. I do the same! Whenever I travel to a new room, I always carry something with me that needs to be put away. Great clutter-clearing advice too. Thank you!

Thank you for joining me in today's video. I hope you enjoyed my chat with Nikki! I would love to know what your thoughts are on the topics we discussed. Chime in below and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur.

I'll see you tomorrow for a review of the Mrs. Meyer's laundry detergent line in another Natural Home with Jennifer video.

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7.10.2018

Favorite Mrs. Meyer's Scents | Natural Home with Jennifer



I'm posting two Natural Home with Jennifer videos this week. In today's video, I'm sharing some of my favorite Mrs. Meyer's scents. There are so many options and the scents are not your typical cleaning product scents: geranium, bluebell, honeysuckle, lemon verbena, basil, and lavender to name a few.



So today I break down my favorite scents for you. At the top of the list is the honeysuckle scent. On Friday, I will be reviewing the laundry line in honeysuckle. Honeysuckle is a beautifully sweet and delicate scent. It's my favorite.



I also love the Geranium scent. It's surprisingly delightful- more perfumed than the other scents, with a strong, floral and herbal aroma.

Another wonderful fragrance is Basil, which is unexpectedly mild and sweet, not savory, as I expected it to be.

The Lemon Verbena scent is a green, herbal scent that is very pleasing, although doesn't purely smell like the real lemon verbena plant.

The Lavender is very pleasant although, like the lemon verbena, doesn't ring as a pure lavender scent to me. This one is more heady and herbal.

I discuss all of the scents I have tried in today's video. Today, I would love to know what your favorite scent is.

I'm posting this special post on a Tuesday because Grove Collaborative is running a new gift promotion for the month of July, where new customers will receive a Mrs. Meyer's dish soap, Mrs. Meyer's hand soap, Mrs. Meyer's hand lotion and an adorable farmhouse-style cleaning caddy when they spend $20. (I have been told that the cleaning caddy goes quickly so this promotion is only valid while supplies last.)



This promotion starts today and runs until Sunday, so I wanted to give you the opportunity to take advantage of it. Existing Grove customers will always receive a walnut scrubber sponge set for free when you use my special link.

Please note that after Sunday, you will still receive a free gift, it will not include the caddy.



I hope you enjoyed today's bonus video. I would love to know... what is your favorite Mrs. Meyer's scent?

I'll see you on Thursday a wonderful interview with Nikki Moreno from Inspired by Nikki.


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7.09.2018

How To Be Efficient | My Best Tips | Jennifer L. Scott




In my recent Self-Publishing Success Story, I mention that I am a very efficient person. If you are going to write books and raise a family, you need to be! :) This is an area that I have a lot of experience in and in today's video, I share my best efficiency tips with you.



To get an expanded discussion on each of the tips, please watch today's video. I have summarized them for you here.

Tip #1- Wake up well before your family. I usually wake up at 5:30am, a few hours before my children wake up. This quiet morning time is perfect for getting tasks done. I have the energy and motivation and it sets me up for the day. I feel prepared.

Tip #2- Cut out television. No seriously. A recent New York Times article stated that the average American adult watches 5 hours and 4 minutes of television a day. While you probably don't watch that much TV, imagine the hours you could recoup if you cut out television watching entirely.

Tip #3- Cut down on social media. For many of us, using Facebook can be a guilty pleasure. But track how much time you spend on your social media sites. This digital hobby could be taking up valuable hours and minutes in your day.

Tip #4- Make goals for yourself. If you are entering into a new season, make goals for yourself and take action to accomplish them. For example, during our summer break, I made the goal of organizing the pantry, establishing a filing system and clearing/ de-cluttering the homeschool room. I'm nearly finished with all three of those goals and it feels good!

Tip #5- Embrace schedules and routines. Utilizing routines doesn't mean you have a boring life, it just means your work is regularly getting done, which frees up time to enjoy other things. I have a cleaning schedule, a cooking schedule, and a working schedule among other regular weekly routines.

Tip #6- Use a planner. I put important appointments along with directions and alerts in my phone, but for everything else, I like to use a written planner. This helps me visualize my week and it honestly keeps me more prepared than when I only used the calendar feature on my phone. I use the The Happy Planner . Here is a link to all Happy Planner products on Amazon



Tip #7- Meal plan. In addition to planning our weekly meals, I really enjoy freezer cooking. Freezer cooking has helped us so much! It's wonderful knowing that a healthy, homemade meal is always available on the days where I am too busy to cook, or simply don't feel like cooking. It helps me be efficient without compromising our family mealtimes together.

These tips really only scratch the surface. If one of these topics interests you and you'd like to know more about it, please let me know in the comment section and I would be happy to expand the discussion in future video.

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There will be four videos this week on The Daily Connoisseur! Tomorrow, I'm sharing my favorite scents for the Mrs. Meyer's line, Thursday's video is an interview with Nikki Moreno of Inspired by Nikki, and Friday's Natural Home with Jennifer is sharing a laundry detergent review. I hope you'll join me!

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Comment of the Week
On last week's Homeschooling Update, Rachel writes, "I’m so glad you all had a great year! I am currently homeschooling my 3 older children (rising 1rst, 4th, and 6th grades) with a delightfully active 3 year old in tow. This is our 5th year, and we all enjoy it. I’m thrilled that I get the opportunity to spend so much time with my children while they are young. Our days are (usually) joyful and satisfying, and my children are thriving socially, academically, creatively, physically, spiritually, really all the ways I can think of. I love your books and your blog! I think of your work sometimes when I’m tempted to be sloppy, lazy, grumpy, and living in my pajamas. Getting dressed everyday makes a huge difference in my attitude and productivity! Thanks for the inspiration you give me to keep classy. Much love!"


Hi Rachel, your comment was very encouraging! I loved to read about your positive experience with homeschooling. I'm thrilled that it works so well for your family. Fantastic!

Thank you for watching today's video. I would love to hear from you. Do you struggle with efficiency? Do you have any efficiency tips to share with us? Have you noticed an area in your life that you could adjust in order to be more efficient? Let us know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur.

I'll see you tomorrow for a special bonus, Natural Home with Jennifer, video.

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7.06.2018

Schmidt's Natural Deodorant Review + A Piano Performance | Natural Home with Jennifer



I'm not sure what I was thinking trying out a new deodorant the day I performed in my daughters' piano recital, but thankfully my story has a happy ending!



In today's Natural Home with Jennifer, I'm reviewing Schmidt's Lavender + Sage natural deodorant.

The lavender + sage has a wonderful, natural scent and truly smells like pure lavender. The deodorant is also:

Scented with essential oils; no artificial fragrance
Free of aluminum, propylene glycol, parabens & phthalates
Certified Vegan and Cruelty-free


The first day I tried the deodorant, I performed in my daughters' piano recital, playing a duet with my younger daughter. It was a hot day and thankfully the deodorant worked well under pressure.


My daughter and I performing in her piano recital.

I hope you enjoy the review in today's video, along with our dress rehearsal piano performance.

You can find a two-pack of the deodorant on Amazon. I purchased the deodorant through Grove Collaborative where I get all of my natural cleaning and beauty products.

New customers to Grove can get a free Mrs. Meyers gift Set, which includes a Mrs. Meyer's dish soap, Mrs. Meyer's hand soap, and Mrs. Meyer''s Multi-Surface Spray + Free shipping with VIP Trial when you sign up with Grove Collaborative and spend $20. Existing members with Grove Collaborative can receive a free walnut scrubber sponge.

I hope you enjoyed today's Natural Home with Jennifer. Let us know what your favorite natural deodorant is in the comment section. If you have any requests for future reviews for this series, please leave them below. Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you on Monday!


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7.05.2018

Homeschooling: How Was Our First Year? | Jennifer L. Scott



I hope all of my fellow Americans had a wonderful Independence Day. We celebrated by watching a spectacular fireworks show.

A few weeks ago, we concluded our first year of homeschooling. How did I like it? How did my husband like it? How did the kids like homeschooling? How did they do on the standardized test? What about socialization? Are we homeschooling next year? What are our plans for the summer?



All of these questions and more are answered in today's video, which shares a detailed recap of our first year homeschooling. I truly hope you enjoy today's post. To learn the backstory of why we started homeschooling in the first place, check out my post, Let's Talk About Homeschooling. You can also see the post sharing our Homeschool Room Tour.

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Thank you to everyone who watched Monday's Pregnancy Chat and Favorites video. PLEASE NOTE: The Naipo massager is not recommended for extended use during pregnancy. Before using any electric massager while pregnant, please ask your doctor.

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Comment of the Week
On Monday's Pregnancy Chat and Favorites video, I recommended Albinoni's Adagio. So many people enjoyed listening to this beautiful piece. Plumsareyum writes, "Adagio is my favourite classical music piece! Thanks for your videos, I love watching and am a long-time subscriber."


Thank you so much for your long-time support of my channel, Plumsareyum. I appreciate you. Adagio is becoming my favorite piece as well. And it's hard to bump Chopin down the ladder for me! :)

I hope you enjoyed today's video. I would love to hear from you, whether you homeschool or not. Let us know your thoughts and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur.

I'll see you tomorrow for a deodorant review and a piano performance in an all new, Natural Home with Jennifer.


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