4.19.2018

Trader Joe's Haul + What I Made | Jennifer L. Scott




I love seeing what other people buy at the grocery store, don't you? Today, I'm sharing my first grocery haul with you. I went to Trader Joe's and purchased a few of my favorites. I also show you what I make: roast salmon, red split lentils, butternut squash, and salad.



Red split lentils
serves 4 small portions
1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
1/2 chopped onion
1 cup red split lentils
2 1/2 cups broth (vegetable, chicken or beef) or use water with a bouillon cube
1 1/2 tsp dried herbs seasoning of your choice

In a pan over medium heat, sauté the onion in the olive oil for a few minutes. Add the dry lentils and seasoning and cook for one minute. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and cover with a lid. Cook for 12-15 minutes, or until the lentils are soft. Add toppings such as chopped celery, chopped tomato (you can also include this in cooking), crumbled cheese, etc. Serve over brown rice. You can also add spinach when cooking. There are many variations.


If you don't have a Trader Joe's near your home, they sell the exact kind on Amazon here. (They are much less expensive at Trader Joe's... if you live near one, I would recommend buying them there instead of on Amazon.)

I hope you enjoy today's video.

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The manuscript for my new book is due tomorrow! I am finished with the first draft and excited to have some down time. I've been working on this project for months and there is a lot of love poured into it. I'm so excited for you to read CONNOISSEUR KIDS in the fall of 2019.

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Laura writes, "I so appreciate you and the financial e-course! I loved the encouragement and can do attitude!! I encourage everyone to take it, the quizzes at the end of each lecture were fun and helpful!!!"

Thank you, Laura!

Attention writers: my writing teacher, Alan Watt, who runs the LA Writers' Lab, is starting his new donation-based 90-Day Novel tele-workshop in May. For all of the information, visit www.lawriterslab.com. His great class was what got me started in writing. It's a wonderful way to build your discipline as a writer.

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Comment of the Week
Regarding last week's wallpaper bedroom makeover, Emilia writes, "Jennifer, the wallpaper choices are very pretty, but what I find most beautiful is how 'real' this video feels. I love how the girls' bedrooms are not 'model bedrooms' with perfectly matching furniture and decoration items. I love that the they are having dominoes and the banana teething toy for tea, that the dolls are slightly big for their doll beds, that there is a multiplication table on the wall, that you portray life as it is, imperfectly perfect. Thank you for keeping it real and not massacring your readers with yet more bedrooms just like those on the pages of home decor magazines. I appreciate the liveness and love exuding from these rooms. Emilia"

Emilia, thank you so much. I really appreciated your comment. I get a lot of joy out of seeing my children's "play stations". Childhood play is so sweet and imaginative. Thank you for your kind comment.

I hope you enjoyed today's video. Do you enjoy knowing what others buy at the grocery store? What do you like to get at Trader Joe's? Do you have a good recipe for red lentils? Let us know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog.

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4.16.2018

Ten-Item Wardrobe Look-Back Winter 2018 | Jennifer L. Scott



It's time to go through my ten-item wardrobe from last season to decide what will stay and what will go. How did my budget wardrobe fare from zulily? This is an important step in the ten-item wardrobe process. At the end of every season, assess what worked for you and what didn't. Decide what will stay and what will go. Take notes if it helps. Store away your keepers and keep them until you use them again.



Because I am pregnant again, I will store away my keepers and might not use them until the fall of 2019. That's OK. I will be in maternity/ nursing clothes this upcoming fall and winter and will draw from my existing ten-item maternity wardrobe along with a few new purchases for this season of life. I will go over my maternity ten-item wardrobe in a future video. I hope you enjoy the recap in today's video.

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Renee G writes, "Amazing ecourse, I just so happened to listen to the lessons on vacation in Hawaii."

Hi Renee, Hawaii sounds amazing. Thank you for making my course a part of your trip!

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At Home with Madame Chic in Poland with delightful treats...


Comment of the Week

In the comments on my Debt-free course, Amanda writes, "Jennifer, I've been doing the ten-item wardrobe for just over 3 years and I love it! Can't say enough good things about it! I moved from warm weather to cold weather and it still worked great. During the winter I basically switched my sandals for boots and tees for sweaters. I found the combo of 7 tops/ 3 bottoms to be the perfect formula for me personally. What I love about this is that everything I wear, I love! I'm so picky about what I approve to wear and I really found my best clothes cut, color and fabric. (A-line, v-neck, Cotton, bright color tops with dark bottoms) I can't tell you how lovely it has been. I feel more confident about each piece I wear and get more compliments. Every year my husband purchases a new bag for our anniversary and I use that everyday (sometimes I'll switch out the other 2 beautiful leather bags that I love) Because I'm not wondering "what am I going to wear?" I get ready faster, each piece of clothing is well cared for, washed, steamed etc. I also have been able to invest In a lovely watch and necklaces since I love V-neck tops so much. Please keep your ten-item videos coming, your Winter 2017 was my favorite so far!"

Hi Amanda, I'm so excited that you have experienced first-hand the beauty of the ten-item wardrobe. Thank you for your great testimonial!

I hope you enjoyed today's video. I would love to know how your ten-item wardrobe process is going. Have you assessed your items from last season? How did you do? Your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog. See you soon!



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4.12.2018

Girls' Bedroom Makeover: Wallpaper, Bedding Before & After | Beddy's



Don't you just love a good makeover? We have been wanting to put wallpaper in our daughters' bedrooms since we moved in. After budgeting for it, we finally started their room makeovers. The girls and I had so much fun choosing their wallpaper. We used Norwall again (the same brand we used in their bedroom of our former house).



My older daughter chose a very similar wallpaper to the one she used to have, this beautiful floral.



My younger daughter chose a complimentary paper with a floral stripe. These are from the wallpaper book, "Petite Prints Wallpaper" (People's Choice basic small touches).



In today's video, you'll see the before and after of their rooms. Before, their rooms had a putty color on the walls. It was very bland. We love that the wallpaper adds such a special touch.

Another part of the makeover can be found in their bedding. I found the company, Beddy's, a while ago and was always interested in their innovative bedding design. Beddy's makes handmade bedding for all size beds (twin to king) that has a unique zipper feature. Beddy's slips on your bed in one piece, just as a fitted sheet does. It zips together like a sleeping bag, making it so easy to make your bed in the morning and achieve a tailored look, especially for children.



My daughters love sleeping bags and were so excited to try Beddy's in their own bed. They love to wake up in the morning and just zip up their beds. Voilà! A beautifully made bed.







The Chic White Beddy's are featured on each of their beds. I love that their rooms always look neater and it's easier for me to wash their bedding now. I don't need to wrestle with duvet covers and fitted sheets, but put one whole piece in the washer. For more on Beddy's visit www.beddys.com




I hope you enjoy today's makeover video.

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Laura D writes, "Thank you Jennifer! I am so glad that I took your course! I believe it was an answer to my prayer..."

Thank you, Laura! I am so happy you loved the new eCourse.

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Madame Chic in Italy...

Quasi quasi lo rileggo....questo libro è uno dei tanti da cui ho preso ispirazione per raccontarvi quanto mi piace lo stile francese....ma qui dentro oltre a diversi spunti trovate anche l’incontro tra due culture differenti: la storia è quella di una ragazza americana che per studio si ritrova a Parigi. È una lettura facile, che comunque vi fa capire come tante volte immergersi in culture differenti ci porti molti regali e tanta consapevolezza (le differenze sono una ricchezza). Buon martedì mie adorate 🍒📖❣️ #lelezionidimadamechic #jenniferlscott #ilovebooks #lostiledicoquette #lostilefrancese #frenchstyle #springreading #chic #savoirvivre #allure #pinkthings #style #pretty #paris #sweetmoment

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Comment of the Week
Regarding Monday's Beef Mince Pie video, Bibiane writes, "That looks delicious!!! 💕 Have you ever tried cinnamon rolls with the leftover dough. When we were small my mom used to give us the leftover pasty, we would roll it out and spread brown sugar and cinnamon and roll it up then cut slices like cinnamon buns, we still enjoy doing these!😍💐"

Hi Bibiane, thank you for the great idea. My daughters love to play with the dough and mini-cinnamon rolls are a great idea!


I hope you enjoyed today's makeover. I would love to know... do you love wallpaper? Do you have it in your home? What's your interior design style? How do you decorate your daughter's rooms? Let me know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur.


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4.09.2018

Beef Mince Pie | My Husband's Favorite | Jennifer L. Scott



Today, I'm sharing one of my husband's favorite meat pie recipes: beef mince pie. This is a hearty and delicious dish. It's really easy to make and can have many variations.





Beef Mince Pie
1 Tbs olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 1lb ground beef
1 Tbs flour
1 beef bouillon cube
1 can stewed tomatoes
2 cups peeled potatoes, cooked and chopped
2 cups peas, carrots and potatoes (all cooked)
2 sheets puff pastry
1 egg white


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brown ground beef in a pan with chopped onion and oil. Drain. Add to the pain the flour and bouillon and cook for one minute. Add the stewed tomatoes, peas, carrots and potatoes. Make sure your veggies are already cooked before adding them in, especially the potatoes. Canned potatoes actually work well in this recipe if you are in a pinch for time. Mix until the sauce is thickened. Add the beef mixture to a pie pan lined with puff pastry. Cover the top with the second sheet of puff pastry. Seal and trim the edges of the pie crust. Brush with egg white. Put slits in the top of the pie to vent. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown. Enjoy!

**Please note: I forgot to add worcester sauce. That makes a wonderful addition. You could add 1Tbs.


I hope you enjoy today's video.

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My newest eCourse, Chic Financial Principles for Debt-free Living is getting rave reviews!

Melissa G writes, "Jennifer,thank you so much for your time, advice, and inspiration. I've gained a lot by taking this course and am even sad that it has ended. I know I will revisit lectures when I need a refresher. I also know I will come back and update on any new debt-free milestones I may reach in hopes that it will inspire others. God bless!"


Hi Melissa, thank you so much! I am rooting for you and hope you do come back to update us on your progress.

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The Slovak Madame Chic box set in good company...


Comment of the Week
Nicole writes, "Hello Jennifer!
It is quite rare for me to comment on blogs I follow. However, I felt the need and desire to let you know how happy I am that I found you!

My sister gave her nine bridesmaids your "Lessons From Madame Chic" book as part of a wedding gift almost four years ago. Sometime after, I started the book and didn't get past the first or second chapter. Not a reflection of your writing but one of my distracted self! And the book has been on display in my house since I married two years ago.

She recently bought the book forms herself, read it and decluttered her house. In her words she 'felt like a new woman"! Her husband is always asking her if she does something different if she learned it from you!

After being sick and forced to stay in bed, I decided it was time to read the book. After starting it, I couldn't put it down. After finishing it within a couple of days, I bought the next book.

Before finishing that book, I bought the next one because I wanted have it when I finished the current book! Sometime in between, I found your blog and have been soaking in all of your tutorials. Of course, buying both of your e-courses was imperative as I just couldn't/can't get enough of your content!

It's been a little over a month and your inspiration has changed my home lifestyle! I love your "real"ness and just everything you do!
I told my husband that I wish you had more books!! Anticipating the next!

Congratulations on your fourth child which is also exciting as I'm expecting my first!

Thank you, Jennifer for all of your hard work and love for home life!

Best wishes!

Nicole"



Nicole, you have such an amazing testimonial. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the Madame Chic and The Daily Connoisseur. Welcome to the family!

I hope you enjoy today's recipe. I'll see you back on Thursday for a special bedroom makeover video!


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4.04.2018

Favorites: Modest Swimwear, New SPF, Açai Bowls & More



Thank you so much to all of you for your warm congratulations following Monday's baby news announcement. We are so excited and I can't wait to share this journey with you again.



Today, I have a long-overdue favorites video for you.

Modli Swimwear


This gorgeous two-piece modest swimsuit from Modli is an absolute favorite of mine. If you remember my modest swimwear post from last year, you'll know how much I love to wear rash guards and swim shorts and skirts in lieu of the traditional one or two piece. Modli has many modest swimsuit options.Here is a link to Modli's swimwear page. And here is the link to the swim bra shown in the video. Modli do much more than swimwear too! They have a gorgeous collection of clothes that are worth checking out. Visit them at modli.co

MyChelle Dermaceuticals natural SPF skincare


Continuing the natural skincare theme (check out my Nudu skincare review), I'm featuring a wonderful natural skincare line for sun protection: MyChelle Dermaceuticals. Their Replenishing Solar Defense body lotion in SPF 50 is 6 fluid ounces and is a high-quality and luxurious SPF for your body. I love that it's all natural. Their Sun Shield Liquid SPF 50 is a great SPF base for under your makeup or for those days where SPF is all you wear on your skin. Their tinted Sun Shield stick in SPF 50 solves the problem of what to do when you need to reapply your sunscreen while you're already wearing makeup. The tint is perfect! They also have the Sun Shield stick in clear. Thank you to MyChelle Dermaceuticals for sending me this awesome line to sample. Learn more at MyChelle.com

The Rumble Roller



My father has one of these and when I tried it out, I was hooked! If you like regular massages you will love this roller. It gives you the feeling of a deep tissue massage any time you need one. I am linking both the compact size (the one I have) as well as the full size Rumble Roller.

Carrot Top Paper Shop


I just adore Jenny Williams of Carrot Top Paper Shop. She is an artist and creates artwork and paper gifts based on literary heroins. She recently sent me some updated customized stationery and I just adore it! I also love her canvas bags, bookmarks, and artwork. She also has a new line of paper dolls out. Visit her easy store Carrot Top Paper Shop to see it all.

Euro Cuisine Yogurt Maker


I have been making my own yogurt lately (I will do a dedicated video to show you how) and have been loving my Euro Cuisine Yogurt Maker. The yogurt turns out so good! It's creamy and delicious and the best part is I can control the ingredients.


Moss Family TV



My favorite YouTube channel lately has been Moss Family TV. I just love the passion that Falon has for her family and for family life. She inspires me to continue to make my homelife a priority for the sake of my family. Subscribe to Falon's channel and show her some love from the Connoisseur community.

Sambazon Açai Bowls



As the weather warms up and we head into spring/summer, I have been enjoying these açai bowls from Sambazon. I got my freezer pack at Costco. They are so delicious and you can customize the toppings.

I hope you enjoy today's video.

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My newest eCourse, Chic Financial Principles for Debt-free Living is getting rave reviews!

DeAnna B writes, "I'm a long time subscriber and just want to say how much I enjoyed this course! I really like the direction your channel is going in while maintaining your chic sensibility. Thank you for all the great work you do."

Thank you so much, DeAnna, for your support over the years!

On Instagram
I just love this Instagram shot of At Home with Madame Chic


Comment of the Week
Antonia Smith writes, "Congratulations! Children are a blessing! And strong homes are a need to society! ...beware random people in the grocery think that it is their business to make comments to pregnant women over 30😬"

Hi Antonia, I always love your comments on YouTube. I know exactly what comments from strangers you're talking about. I just smile a big smile and move on :)

I hope you enjoyed today's video. I would love to hear which of these favorites is your favorite. Also, what are you loving lately? Let me know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur.


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4.02.2018

Happy Family News! Plus a Nice, Long Chat



I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. The weather has turned warmer here and we had a beautiful Easter.



It's been a while since I sat down and had a long chat with you so today's video discusses many questions I've received lately.



But before we get into those, I want to share our happy family news with you. We are expecting another baby! Baby Connoisseur is due at the end of September. I'm around 14 weeks as I shot this video. We are very excited to be adding to our family. The girls, in particular, are thrilled that there will be another baby in the house as they love to dote on their baby brother.

I am so happy to finally make the official announcement and look forward to what the next season of The Daily Connoisseur has to offer. I hope you enjoy today's video.

In addition to sharing our happy news, I discuss:

The progress on my new book...

The Oscars (or why I didn't watch). Did you watch?

My plan to do Live Streams on the channel. To never miss a live stream, be sure to be subscribed to my YouTube channel. Click the red subscribe button, then click the notification bell. This will send you an email any time I upload a video. If I do a livestream, you will get an email notification and you can chat with me live on the channel. I'm looking forward to trying this new format.

The Mapp and Lucia book club. The next two books are Lucia in London and Mapp and Lucia. We will not spend much time on Lucia in London. If you'd like to skip to Mapp and Lucia, you may. Here is a link to the books on Amazon.

News

My newest eCourse, Chic Financial Principles for Debt-free Living is getting rave reviews!

Jacqueline R writes, "Thank you, Jennifer, for providing such an affordable and informative course! It was just the push I needed to continue on our journey to being debt-free. Thank you for keeping it real. :)

I especially love that we can simply be chic without buying our way there.

Thanks again, I always look forward to your content!"


Thank you, Jacqueline! I'm so happy you enjoyed the course!


On Instagram
I love this picture from Poland of The Madame Chic books...



Comment of the Week
Regarding my Rebounding Routine video, Tobi-Velicia writes, "I'm 52 and I take ballet classes as my form of exercise. But because of your last video when you talked about your new rebounder, I purchased a Needak rebounder for myself. I actually like it and I use it on the days that I don't go to ballet class. By the way, I love today's video--you looked great and like you were having so much fun! :-)"

Thank you, Tobi-Velicia! I did have fun shooting that video. I love my Needak and am still using it as long as I can before the pregnancy progresses.

Thank you for watching today's video. I would love to hear your thoughts on all of the topics discussed. See you on Thursday for a favorites video.

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3.29.2018

Homeschool Room Tour | Jennifer L. Scott



Thank you for your great response to Monday's post discussing our homeschooling journey. In today's video I show you our homeschool room. It is pieced together with older furniture, plus storage and desk solutions from Ikea. We love our room and enjoy learning in it each weekday. I often find the kids hanging out in this room on the weekends as well, dong crafts and reading. This video isn't just for homeschoolers, but for anyone looking for storage inspiration and work space/ craft room ideas for your own children. I hope you enjoy the tour in today's video.

News


My new eCourse, Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living, is a class that will inspire you to change your shopping habits, your spending habits and to live richly beneath your means. Here is what Gillian had to say about the course, "I've just finished your course and I'd just like to thank you for your wise advice and let you know how much I appreciate and value your hard work which is delivered in such a beautiful way. I've enjoyed reading all of your books and refer to them again and again. I love the whole concept of the 10 item wardrobe, enjoying my home life and living frugally but well. To me this is the essence of a life well lived when every aspect is in balance and relished as a "daily connoisseur". Thank you thank you thank you. With love and blessings."

Thank you so much, Gillian. I am so happy you enjoyed the course!

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Madame Chic in Poland...


Comment of the Week
Sarah E. writes, "Hats off to you, Jennifer. My mother was a saint and took on the very labor-intensive task of homeschooling me and my four sisters from kindergarten through 12th grade through Abeka Academy. I am deeply indebted to my parents for doing so. Though there were several naysayers who worried about our lack of socialization, I found it liberating learning without the daily distractions my friends were experiencing. This and my parents were staunch believers in community involvement, so my sisters and I experienced no shortage of play, peers, or necessary social friction. In the end, I loved learning at my pace and was able to graduate early before pursuing my bachelors and masters degree at my university. While I agree it is not for everyone, you are clearly on the right path. Best of luck to you!"

Thank you, Sarah! My favorite part about reading everyone's comments on Monday's video was hearing all of the success stories. Thank you for sharing your homeschooling experience with us!


I would love to know what tips and ideas you have for organizing your children's work space, whether you homeschool or not. Playroom organization ideas are welcome too! Let us know in the comment section below and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog.

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3.26.2018

Let's Talk About Homeschooling | Our First Year| Jennifer L. Scott



Today's video is all about homeschooling. This was a highly requested topic ever since we announced that we would be homeschooling our children this year. Here is an example of one of the many requests I received from readers:

Hadasah K. writes:
Hi Jennifer! Happy New Year! I’d love to see a video about your journey of home schooling so far. I know you’ve touched on it, but I’d like to know more detail. Do you feel like the minimum requirement is enough or are you very thorough? Was the transition from having the girls at school to home bumpy? Do you find that each child needs to be taught differently? Do you sit down with them x number of hours a day, or are they to some extent self taught? I was homeschooled from K-12th grade, but I like to hear other’s experiences as being the homeschooled student is very different than the teacher/parent! I have a 2yr old and 10 month yr old, so quite awhile to think about it. In the meantime, I’d love your advice!


Hi Hadasah, I believe I answer almost all of your questions in today's video, plus a lot more.

Why do we homeschool? How do we homeschool? What curriculum do we use? How long does it take us? What about socialization? Are we taking the standardized test? Do we plan to do it next year? All of these questions, plus much more are answered in today's video.

As a disclaimer that I mention in the video, today's discussion is in no way a criticism of public or private school. Every parent makes the best choice for their family and homeschooling isn't necessarily right for everyone.

As for curriculum, my Kindergartener uses Abeka almost exclusively and we also supplement with this awesome reading book called, Phonics Pathways.

My 2nd grader uses Horizons math, Christian Light Education for language arts and reading and Abeka for history and science. We are very happy with our curriculum choices for this year. I'm noticing that my daughters are retaining their knowledge and enjoying the learning process, which is a huge plus.

I truly hope you enjoy today's video.

** Please note: in the video I mention I went to public school for my entire education. I meant to say my entire undergrad education.

News



My newest eCourse, Chic Financial Principles for Debt-free Living is getting rave reviews!

Here is a testimonial from Linda A. who writes,

Dear Jennifer,

You cannot imagine what a difference you are making in my life (I'm nearing 80 years old) and the lives of my awesome granddaughters!!! I stumbled upon your Madame Chic book several years ago and shared it with a granddaughter who was really struggling finding a direction for her life at the time. Very long story short, at 16 she got her hustle on, completed high school early, spent a study semester in France before entering college. She is now enrolled at a major four-year university studying film with with minors in French and Spanish. She also has younger sisters who are also really into your books as I have bought them all. Love this course and am making sure they also take it. So, from the absolute bottom of my heart I extend my deepest and most heartfelt "Thank you! dear Jennifer for all your hard work."


Linda, I am so excited to hear that the Madame Chic books and my eCourses are benefiting multiple generations in your family! Wonderful!

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I spy Madame Chic...


Comment of the Week
I loved reading the comments for Monday's Breakfast video. So many on YouTube shared their favorite breakfasts and now I have so many ideas! Polly on the blog wrote, "I love your breakfasts! They look familiar to me as I eat very similarly. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I rotate between a Greek yogurt-berry-oat bran bircher, eggs scrambled with loads of veggies, and half an Ezekiel bread muffin with a little almond butter and slivers of banana. On Sundays my husband makes me a fantastic, beautiful omelet with whatever vegetables we have on hand, and some type of cheese (often chevre), sundried tomatoes, avocado, and sriracha. It's such a treat. And I always have two cups of coffee with almond milk.....

My children eat baked oatmeal topped with nut butter, my great-grandmother's buckwheat pancake recipe (delicious), or whole-grain waffles that I make. Sometimes I will also make a breakfast casserole for them...we have chickens, so there are always fresh, healthy eggs on hand. And my husband eats oatmeal with nut butter & almond milk & fruit every morning, except after his long run on Saturday, when I make him buckwheat pancakes.

Starting the day with a beautiful breakfast is kind of a quotidian luxury that I enjoy. So do you, I see!"


Polly, I have only one thing to say in response to your comment... YUM! :) Thank you for sharing your family's favorite breakfasts.

Today, I would love to hear from you. What are your thoughts on homeschooling? Were you homeschooled? What is your child's experience in school, whether it be public, private or homeschool? If you homeschool, what is your favorite curriculum? Please be respectful in the comment section. I appreciate that everyone who watches this video might differ strongly in opinion. Your kindly-worded response is always welcome. I'll see you on Thursday for the homeschool room tour!


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3.22.2018

What I Eat for Breakfast | Jennifer L. Scott



I'm sharing a typical week of breakfasts in our home. I like to eat a variety of breakfast foods: fruit, eggs, breads, oatmeal and yogurt/ cottage cheese.

This video shows a sample of what I might eat in one week. As the seasons change, so do my breakfasts... These really represent late winter/ early spring.


Turkey bacon, 1/4 blueberry muffin and cottage cheese with mixed berries


Poached eggs on whole wheat English muffin



Homemade yogurt and coconut granola with mixed berries. I use the EuroCuisine yogurt maker to make my yogurt. I will do a video on this in the future. Also, the granola recipe I truly love is from How Jen Does It.


Scrambled eggs with cheese on whole wheat English muffin with a blueberry banana chia smoothie


Cottage cheese with blackberries and a raisin energy bread bar


Coconut almond chia seed oatmeal with blackberries. You can see the recipe for this here.


Homemade heart-shaped waffles with mixed fruit and whipped cream. A perfect weekend treat!

I hope you enjoy today's video.

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Check out my affordable eCourses: Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living and The Ten-Item Wardrobe.

Sivuonthuon L writes, "I loved this course Jennifer. It was affordable and an inspiration to push me to try to live debt free as well. Thank you!"


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At Home with Madame Chic in Poland...

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Thank you for all of your great comments on Monday's Rebounder Routine video. I was nervous to put the video up because exercising in front of other people is not my favorite thing to do :) But your supportive comments were very encouraging!

Christina M writes, "I loved this video. Thanks for sharing. I've never heard of rebounding, but I'm going to look into it. My kids would LOVE it. And . . . your backyard is gorgeous."

Thank you, Christina! I'm happy you enjoyed the video and am excited for you to try rebounding.


I would love to know... what do you regularly eat for breakfast? Which breakfasts featured today do you like the best?

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3.19.2018

My Rebounding Routine | Jennifer L. Scott



As requested, today I am sharing my rebounding routine with you. If you read my previous fitness update post, you know how much I love using the rebounder. Not only do I love it, but my entire family loves it... even the baby!

The girls will often hop on the rebounder several times a day, giving them great exercise. I like to jump on the rebounder for a minimum of 5 minutes every day, but usually I jump longer than that.

Today, I'm showing you some of the different routines I do on the rebounder. For the sake of time, I only show a few repetitions per move, but you can extend each of these moves to create a longer jumping routine. As a disclaimer, I am not a professional, nor am I a physical trainer. This is just one of the routines that I use. If you have health issues, always consult your doctor before beginning a new fitness routine.

We use the Needak Rebounder because of its excellent quality. I also love that Needak is a family company and all of their rebounders are made in the USA. The spring lubricant mentioned in the video is included in the rebounding kit, along with instructional DVDs and articles. If you need to purchase the spring lubricant separately, you can find it here.

To read about the abundant health benefits from the rebounder, check out my previous fitness routine article.

I hope you enjoy today's video.

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Here's another great testimonial for my new eCourse, Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living.

DJ writes, "Hi Jennifer, I finished your debt-free eCourse last night. It was great. I just want to encourage everyone who reads your blog to take this eCourse. There is something for everyone. You put a lot of thought and work into each class and it really shows. As a side note - wow, you live in a beautiful area! I had to watch, the benefits of a debt free life, twice because the first time I was so distracted by the lovely background!!! To all Jennifer's readers - take the class - it's really good!!!"

Thank you so much, DJ! I loved your testimonial and am happy you had such a positive experience taking the course.

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Madame Chic in Japan...

『フランス人は10着しか服を持たない 』 by ジェニファー L スコット _ ーーーーあらすじーーーーーーーーーーーー アメリカの南カリフォルニアに住む著者が、 フランスはパリへ留学したことをきっかけに それまでのライフスタイルを見直し、シック な暮らしの魅力に気づくという、体験談に基 づいた、素敵な暮らしのための本。 ーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーー _ 本屋さんでは度々目にしていたので、気にな ってはいたのですが、ライフスタイル本を読 む習慣があまりなかったのと、ミーハーかな (ミーハーです)と思ってしまったりで買わ ずにいた本。 _ 気になるのに読まないのは勿体無いなと思っ たのと、何故か美意識が高まり、〈シンプル で質のいい暮らし〉に憧れたので、購入する ことに。 _ この本で言うと日本はわりとアメリカの大量 消費社会・商業目的なところと重なり、物質 主義的なところがあると思う。 _ その中で欲張らずに、上質なものだけを大切 にするというフランス人のシックな習慣に気 づけた事が素晴らしいなって。 _ アンティークなもの、古いもの。 _ 何を大切にするべきか、考えさせられる。 _ 同時に著者の着眼点や感受性、他文化を受け 入れる能力の高さに驚かされた。 _ 私もパリに行ったことがあるのに、こんな風 に考える事はできなかった。おしゃれな人々 がいるのが当たり前で、自分と何が違うかな んて考えなかったから! _ 留学にも、海外旅行にも沢山行く機会があっ たのに、観光スポットや旅行誌に載ってたお しゃれスポットばかり忙しく回って、〈人〉 から学べるものの大切さに気づいてなかった な。 _ これからは、その国々の人々から感じられる 暮らし方や雰囲気、話す内容に、身だしなみ とか……。 _ もちろん、ランドマークも周りつつ、人から 溢れ出る文化や暮らしを感じられる旅がした いな。本にもあったように、沢山の旅行を!

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Comment of the Week
Karen writes, "My favorite mask comes from my kitchen- raw honey, cinnamon and nutmeg."

Hi Karen, thank you for sharing your homemade mask recipe with us. I will have to give this a try!



I hope you enjoyed today's video. I would love to know what you like to do on your rebounder. Let me know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog. See on Thursday as I share one week of breakfasts.



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3.15.2018

Trying Out a New Mask | Honey Belle DIY Detox Mask



Skincare week continues on The Daily Connoisseur as I try out a new mask today. I love applying a mask once a week as part of a regular skincare routine. In the past I have always used Epicuren's Volcanic Clay mask, but after using this mask for several years, I was looking for something new to try. I knew I wanted to keep it natural so I was excited to try Honey Belle's DIY Detox Mask in charcoal and cardamom.

This is such an innovative mask. You take one tsp of the powder mask mixture and mix it with 1 tsp of liquid. You can use whatever you like: water, apple cider vinegar and even milk.

I apply the mask to great results...

Also, find out what happened while I was waiting for my mask to dry... Yikes! I learned a lesson to only put a mask on at night after everyone has gone to sleep :)

Thank you to Honey Belle for sending me this mask to try. You can learn more about Iris and Honey Belle at HoneyBelleShop.com

I hope you enjoy today's video.

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My new eCourse, Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living, will inspire you to change your shopping and spending habits and encourage you to live richly beneath your means. Here is what Imdur had to say, "I have listened to all of it! Amazing, Jennifer! It was so useful and helpful and I will start on that budget ASAP, and start including rice and beans regularly:) My family loves rice and beans anyways."

Hi Imdur, I joke often throughout the course about rice and beans, but truly the message is to be frugal-minded in all we do, including what with what we eat. That will be different for everyone. I am so happy you enjoyed the course!

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I found this older picture from one of my first book signings. A reader waiting to get her copy of Lessons from Madame Chic signed. Wonderful!


Comment of the Week
Regarding my pronunciation of the exotic ingredients in Monday's skincare review, Nadine writes, "Very good first time pronunciation of Maori. Harakeke is New Zealand flax and Pohutakawa is known as the New Zealand Christmas tree, kawakawa is used in traditional medicine."

Hi Nadine, thank you for letting us know what these are. I have always wanted to visit New Zealand. I'm sure the land is full of amazing healing plants. Wonderful!

I hope you enjoyed skincare week on The Daily Connoisseur! Today, I would love to know... do you use a mask as part of your skincare routine? Which one is your favorite?


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3.12.2018

Nudu Natural Skincare Review | Jennifer L. Scott



It's skincare week on The Daily Connoisseur! I have had many requests to review a natural skincare line. I'm excited to share my in-depth review of Nudu Natural Beauty today.



Here are some of the many benefits of the Nudu skincare products.

Premium botanical actives with proven skin benefits.
Antioxidants for powerful anti-aging defense and repair.
Pure, nourishing plant oils to reduce water loss.
Calming ingredients to sooth red and irritated skin.
Skin-friendly compounds for tone, softness and elasticity.
Working together these ingredients help to combat visible signs of aging. They protect against pollution and the cellular damage caused by free radicals.

You'll love the silky textures and subtle natural scents of your Nudu beauty ritual.




Today's video shares my first impression of the skincare and comes back over a month later for an update.

I personally think this is a fantastic skincare line. My skin has become clearer and more radiant since I started using Nudu. I love the toner especially. It always picks up extra dirt and makeup even after using the makeup wipe and cleansing. I can happily recommend this to anyone looking for a high quality natural skincare line. Thank you, Nudu!

Nudu is offering 50% off of their skincare subscription programs to readers of The Daily Connoisseur. They have 30 or 90-day skincare subscriptions. The 50% offer stands true for every time you order from them. You can customize your skincare based on your skin type. The subscription may be canceled at any time. You also receive a free konjac sponge in your first order. Thank you to Nudu for your generous offer.

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My new eCourse, Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living, is receiving rave reviews! Thank you to all who have taken the course and commented. Here is a testimonial from Vinusha, who writes, "I am so happy, and I feel so blessed that I was able to take this course. I am more motivated and inspired to save and pay off the student loan. This course also helps me to prepare for the future. Thank you for this beautiful course, and thank you for making our lives brighter!
With Love,
Vinusha from Norway"


Vinusha, I am excited for you! Thank you for sharing your testimonial with us.

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Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic in Saudi Arabia...



Comment of the Week
Noel writes, "I saw your TED talk and I thought your concept was incredible. I have always looked for ways to live a very minimalist lifestyle. This is an amazing fix to a real problem. Too much laundry, taking too much time to choose what to wear, hanging on to clothes I don't wear. Thank you."

Thank you, Noel. I'm happy that my TEDx talk sparked interest for you in the ten-item wardrobe. I know you will enjoy the process and the freedom involved with creating your own!

I hope you enjoyed today's skincare review. See you on Thursday as skincare week continues. I will try on a new mask and share a funny story with you! See you then.


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