6.18.2018

Switching to All-Natural Cleaning Products | New Series | Natural Home with Jennifer



I'm really excited to launch a new series today on The Daily Connoisseur, Natural Home with Jennifer. I have made the decision to completely switch to all-natural cleaning products for our home. I've always been interested in natural cleaning products. As you will recall, I share my homemade lavender vinegar cleaner recipe in At Home with Madame Chic, and have also done a blogpost on it. This is an affordable natural cleaner that will aide you with many areas of your cleaning.

But while I was using my lavender vinegar spray, I was also using many cleaners that weren't natural: shower sprays, floor cleaners, dishwashing detergent, dish soap, laundry detergent, toilet bowl cleaners, glass cleaners, and I'm sure many other cleaning products that I'm failing to think of right now.



Earlier this year, I read the major bombshell study that came out in many different publications on the detrimental effects of using traditional cleaning products on women's health. The study was published in many places including Newsweek, Fortune and Reuters.

The study, which was originally published in American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, discovered that, "Women cleaning at home or working as occupational cleaners had accelerated decline in lung function, suggesting that exposures related to cleaning activities may constitute a risk to long-term respiratory health."

The headlines on Newsweek and Fortune put it more bluntly:

"IMPACT OF CLEANING PRODUCTS ON WOMEN'S LUNGS AS DAMAGING AS 20-A-DAY CIGARETTE HABIT: STUDY"

"Using Household Cleaning Products Can be as Bad as Smoking a Pack A Day"


Yikes!

This study really convicted me, because I come in contact with cleaning products every single day of my life. Cleaning is a major part of my life, and I'm guessing yours too. Occasionally using my homemade vinegar cleaner wasn't going to cut it. I decided I needed to switch to all-natural products in all of the other areas of cleaning as well, not only for my sake, but my family's sake, and the environment's sake.

After I made my decision, I wasn't quite sure where to begin. Do I just go to the nearest store and see what natural products they have available? How do I make the switch?

I did a lot of research and found an online company called Grove Collaborative. I had heard of Grove from many of my friends who use it and it's also featured on some of my favorite YouTube channels like, How Jen Does It.

Grove Collaborative is a certified B Corp, which means it's a company that has passed the most rigorous standards for businesses that prioritize social, environmental, and community wellbeing. Every product they offer is natural and meets strict requirements to even be on their website, so you don't have to worry about any of the products you're purchasing. They sell very familiar brands in the natural product world such as Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day, Method and Seventh Generation. They also have their own line of eco-friendly, natural products. Grove also sell all-natural beauty products as well.

The best part is that they sell their products at a major discount. I price-checked so many of their products against Amazon, Target and Whole Foods and Grove sold them at the best price every time.

Grove has the option to have your cleaning products on a subscription service so you never run out. You are always reminded before your next shipment ships and are always able to modify or cancel your order at any time. If you don't want your natural products delivered to you on a subscription, you can just place a one-time order or as-needed orders. They are always offering free gifts and amazing deals. In short, it's a wonderful company.

Another exciting thing about Grove's all-natural products is that you can't find them in many places. They carry niche boutique cleaning products that smell and look amazing. Many of them I had never seen or heard of before! I love that their products infuse aromatherapy into the formulas. When I clean, I can confidently enjoy the scent of the products and not worry that my health is being compromised.

So, I have made the switch to all-natural cleaning products and I get them all from Grove Collaborative.

If you are interested in making the same switch and would like to try out Grove, I have an amazing free gift offer for you.



Get a free Mrs. Meyers Cleaning 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.

There are so many unique and interesting products out there, however, it can be overwhelming. What are the best scents? Which ones work the best? In my new series, Natural Home with Jennifer, I plan to review the natural products I use. This video will be in addition to the ones I already post on Mondays and Thursdays. So, for the summer, you can expect to see three posts from me. Natural Home with Jennifer, will go up each Friday. I'm excited for this new series and hope you'll join me for it!

Be sure to watch today's video for much more on Natural Home with Jennifer.

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On last week's Maternity Ten-Item Wardrobe Talk-Through video, Ebby writes, "Now, I don't fit into any of these clothes, so let's look at the clothes that I do fit!" haha, you have such a positive body image!! Growing up, the women in my family were always dieting, extreme dieting, yoyo dieting, never exercising and grazing in the kitchen all day! I never realized what a negative impact this had on me, since before kids I was always small. Now after my first baby Im resorting to all these crazy, desperate measures to drop the weight, not to mention I'm not that nice to myself, but that's how I was raised! That's what I was taught was normal. From your books I am learning to dress well for the current shape I'm in, stop trying to squeeze into my old tight clothes, and to eat more mindfully. The weight will come off in due time. Thank you for your videos, they're so encouraging to me as a new mom. Much love from central Texas! -Ebby"

Hi Ebby, I loved your comment. Sometimes it's hard to break the bad habits we pick up from the past, but it is possible. Having a positive body image is really important, especially during and after pregnancy, as your body will most certainly change. Thank you for commenting!

I hope you enjoy today's video and are excited about the new series. I would love to know... have you made the switch to all-natural cleaning products? Which natural products are your favorite? If you have a request for me to review a natural cleaning or beauty product, please leave your request in the comment section. I'll see you on Thursday for a fun makeup video, and then again on Friday for the first natural product review.


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6.14.2018

Maternity Ten-Item Wardrobe Talk-Through SS 2018 | Jennifer L. Scott



I hope you enjoyed Monday's Ten-Item Wardrobe video. As is traditional on my blog, I'll be talking through each piece in today's video.



Today's video is not just for pregnant ladies, or ladies who plan to become pregnant, however. I show you what I would have worn this season had I not been pregnant. I also share some practical fashion wardrobe tips, including wearing maternity shareware under my thin dresses as well as the demi-camisole I use for all of my low-cut tops and dresses.

The four returning dresses are from Seraphine.



The following dresses were found in zulily's maternity section. Zulily always has an excellent selection of heavily discounted maternity wear. They carry many of the major maternity brands at such a discounted rate. These are my pieces from zulily.



The following items were from Amazon. This black skirt is not actually a maternity skirt, I'm just using it as one. It has a fold over top band that works well in maternity and will work well after. I love the maternity tee shirts from Amazon. They have such a great fit! The jeans are from zulily.



I also mention my undergarment secrets in today's video.


I will often wear maternity shapewear under my dresses to smooth everything out. I wear this brand from Amazon. (Please note: the screenshot above is from the model, not me :) )



Another wardrobe secret: I wear a demi-camisole underneath my low-cut dresses. I love these from Amazon. They come in many different colors. This is an excellent staple for all wardrobes, not just maternity. Wear these demi-camisoles over your bra to cover up a low-cut blouse or dress.

I cannot find the exact canvas bins I use, because they were purchased years ago. This set of 6 canvas bins is Amazon's choice and has good reviews.

I hope you enjoy today's video.

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Thank you, Karen! I'm thrilled that you loved the course. Thank you for sharing your testimonial.

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Karla K writes, "Lovely dresses!! You inspired me a few years ago to wear more dresses and you introduced me to my favorite store Boden:) When ever I see your wardrobe choices each season it encourages me to continue dressing well each day even if I am staying home all day to raise and teach my four children. Thank you!"

Thank you, Karla! I love that the blog has inspired you to dress well, even at home.

I hope you enjoyed today's talk-through. I also enjoy reading your comments. Please leave your thoughts below and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur!


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6.11.2018

Maternity Ten-Item Wardrobe SS 2018 | Jennifer L. Scott



I'm sharing my maternity ten-item wardrobe fashion show with you today. If you've ever been on the fence about the ten-item wardrobe, the maternity season of life is a wonderful time to try it out. You don't want to purchase a lot of clothes during this time because you'll only be wearing them for a few months. Having said that, purchasing maternity clothes is unavoidable. As your body changes, you must have clothes to accommodate your growing belly.



If you plan to have more than one child, you can purchase some maternity clothes that will aide you in your future pregnancies. Four of my core items are returning from my prior pregnancy, and the rest have been purchased with my budget in mind from zulily and Amazon, which both have wonderful maternity selections.

I will be doing my talk-through video on Thursday that discusses each piece in detail, including the undergarments and accessories I wear with them, but for today, let's just check out the pieces.

The four returning core items are all from Seraphine. These are all from my prior pregnancy with my son.



The new pieces purchased are from zulily's maternity section. They have a marvelous maternity selection year-round at heavily discounted prices.


The brand for this pretty orchid-colored dress is Mom & Co. from zulily.


Black maternity dress by GLAM from zulily.


This comfortable nautical-stripe dress is by Mom & Co. from zulily.


The royal purple maxi dress is by Mother Bee Maternity from zulily.


Floral maxi dress by Mother Bee Maternity from zulily.


The black fold-over skirt and my maternity tee shirts are from Amazon. I love both of these items. The skirt is not actually a maternity skirt, I am just using it as one and hopefully will be able to wear it after the birth as well.


The maternity jeans are from zulily.

As you can see, I have 11 core items in my maternity wardrobe this year (tee shirts, shoes, and cardigans are categorized as extras, not core items). This maternity wardrobe has served me very well so far. It can be dressed up or dressed down all all of the pieces are comfortable and adapt to my growing body. I look forward to discussing the details in a more in-depth way with you in Thursday's talk-through video.

I hope you enjoy today's video.

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Regarding the debt-free living course, Janis T. writes, "This is a really inspirational course and full of common sense ideas. See if you can get the BBC in Britain to be interested in running it as a series as it is a life changing course Jennifer! Thank you."

Thank you so much for sharing your love of the course, Janis. I'm so happy it has inspired you!

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On last week's Blooper's video, Kristin writes, "Loved it! I especially enjoyed the conversation with your husband. You both make me laugh! I wish he could come on the “show” more!"

Thank you, Kristin! I will let my husband know that he has fans on The Daily Connoisseur :) I always enjoy when he appears in a video as well.

I would love to know... what maternity clothes do you like to wear when pregnant? Do you wear flowing dresses? Maternity jeans? Skirts? What are your wardrobe tips and tricks for the maternity season? Your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog. Thank you all for watching and I will see you on Thursday for the ten-item wardrobe talk-through video.


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6.08.2018

5 Chic Summer Looks from Halsbrook.com 2018

I am so excited to partner, once again, with the sophisticated online retailer, Halsbook.com to bring you 5 chic summer looks. Halsbrook's curated collection of clothes and accessories are chic, unique and elegant. I am always impressed with their selection. The lines they carry range in price and style, so there is something for everyone.

I had so much fun putting together these clothing and accessory collages to hopefully give you inspiration for your own style this summer season.

Without further ado... here are my choices for 5 Chic Summer Looks...


Red-Hot Summer This bold, artistic look features 'S Max Mara Swedes red cotton poplin dress, Kenneth Jay Lane White Enamel Multicolored Stone Hinge bracelet, and the Alexis Bitter Dancing Baguette clip-on earrings.


Nautical and Nice The sporty nautical stripe dress by Saint James, paired with the Kenneth Jay Lane doorknocker clip earrings and the Alexandra de Curtis cognac tote create a streamlined and sophisticated seaside summer look.



Seaside Coral Adorn the colors of the Caribbean with this gorgeous coral blouse by Kobi Halperin, Jen 7 Riche Touch White Skinny Ankle pant, and Meg Carter designs Wentworth pearl and gold drop earrings.


Garden Party The bold print from the Samantha Sun Audrey Green Hydrangea Print Shirt Dress paired with the blush burst earrings by Mignonne Gavin and the L.K. Bennett Tan Suede Clutch would make a stunning statement at your local garden soirée.


Parisian Chic The nautical theme is revisited here with the chic combination of red, white and blue with the Breton-stripe tee by Saint James, Elliot Lauren chino cropped control stretch pant, and Alexandra De Curtin Midi Ruched Navy Tote.

For a look back at my previous collaborations with Halsbrook, click here.

Thank you to Halsbrook.com for sponsoring this post on The Daily Connoisseur.

I would love to know what your favorite clothing combination is. Do you like the Red-Hot Summer, Nautical and Nice, Bold and Floral, Garden Party, or Parisian Chic look the best?

Thank you for joining me today, and I'll see you on Monday for my maternity Ten-Item wardrobe fashion video.

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6.07.2018

Bloopers 2018 | Jennifer L. Scott



Today, I'm sharing more bloopers with you. Some of these clips were too funny to leave on the cutting room floor!

Is our house haunted? What's with the stalker fly? What strange things do YouTubers have to do? What faux pas did Mr. Connoisseur commit? Watch this and more voice cameos from my children in today's bloopers video. I hope it brings you joy!



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Be sure to stop by the blog tomorrow for a special sponsored post from chic retailer, Halsbrook, on summer style.

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Comment of the Week
I received so many wonderful pot and pan recommendations from Monday's Chat With Me post. Now I am more confused than ever! :) Many people have recommended All-Clad stainless steel, like Carrie J, who wrote, "When our house burned down in the California fires I found myself having to buy new pots and pans. After a lot of research I chose All Clad Stainless Steel. I have been using these amazing pots and pans for over a year and I love them. I have no nonstick pans and I find that I don't need them if you heat the pan with some oil before putting the food in. Even if it does stick you just put some water in and let it sit and it comes right out. The All Clad I bought was on Amazon and I've added pieces here and there to fill in my set. I bought the simple stainless set not the copper core more expensive ones. They have a lifetime guarantee and I imagine these pans will be handed down as they are so well made. Good luck."

Thank you for the recommendation, Carrie! I am so sorry to hear that you lost your home in the California fires. I hope that you are settled now and have your home life back together. Thank you so much for commenting.

I hope you enjoyed today's bloopers video. Be sure to stop by the blog tomorrow for a special post on Chic Summer Style from Halsbrook.com. Then, I will see you on Monday for my maternity ten-item wardrobe fashion video. Have a great weekend!

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6.04.2018

Chat with Me | Life Updates | Q&A Jennifer L. Scott



Today I wanted to sit down and chat with you about a variety of topics. I give you an update on how I've been doing with the pregnancy and share some of the upcoming videos you can expect on The Daily Connoisseur. I also enlist your help regarding your recommendations for good cookware and comfortable sneaker-like shoes (a frequently asked question I get!).



I also share some funny stories from family life, and read a beautiful poem for you at the end to help usher us into the summer season. I hope you enjoy today's video and are encouraged by it.

Discussed in today's video: Too Many Pumpkins, Sam Edelman Gigi Sandal, Mapp & Lucia books, my beloved rebounder, my favorite aprons, and A Victorian Posy.

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Comment of the Week
Regarding last week's freezer meal video, Amanda writes, "I've been making your freezer meals for the past 3 weeks and I love it Jennifer. The meals are so good and it makes my weekdays so much easier, knowing there is delicious meal for us when we get home from work/school is wonderful. Also, I love how much veggies your recipes use! My toddler daughter loves the broccoli! I take an hour or two on Sunday to prep the meals for the week- my favorite part is the tidy kitchen all week!"

Hi Amanda, I'm so happy that the freezer meals are working for your family. I love having them available as well and the kitchen does stay clean!

Thank you for watching today's video. Please chime in with any comments or recommendations you have. I would love to hear about your cookware recommendations and shoe recommendations. I would also love to hear your thoughts on all of the topics discussed. Your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog! See you on Thursday for a bloopers video.

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5.31.2018

3 Easy Ground Beef Freezer Casseroles | Jennifer L. Scott



Today I'm sharing three easy ground beef freezer casseroles with you. I like to buy organic meat in bulk and cook up the entire batch. Sometimes I'll make 3 of the same dish (last month I made three shepherd's pies), but today I am making three different casseroles, and they are all delicious and family friendly.





First, I cooked up a large batch of ground beef, around 4 1/2 lbs (this is the three-pack of organic ground beef I buy at Costco). I cooked the ground beef with chopped onion. Once the meat is cooked, I drain the fat. Then I add several cups of greens (spinach, swiss chard and kale). I also added shredded carrots and seasoned this with garlic salt. I then cook the mixture about 5 minutes longer to cook down the greens. Feel free to add whatever vegetables you have on hand to your meat base mixture. I also cooked around 8 cups of brown rice in my rice cooker.

Once you prep these two steps, you are ready to assemble your casseroles.

Here is the info regarding useful supplies for these freezer meals:
If you plan to freeze your meals, check out these aluminum foil casserole dishes. The rice cooker I use is by Hamilton Beach. I use it to cook up to 8 cups of rice. I go through a lot of panko bread crumbs. Here is a link to a 6-pack of panko bread crumbs on Amazon. I also go through a lot of diced green chiles in my cooking, here is a link to a 12-pack of mild chiles on Amazon.



Deconstructed Stuffed Pepper Casserole
1 1/2 lbs ground beef mixture (see above)
2 to 3 large bell peppers, chopped
1 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes
2 to 3 cups cooked brown rice
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs mixed with 1 Tbs olive oil

Mix your cooked beef mixture together with the bell peppers, tomatoes, and brown rice over medium heat. Cook until the peppers are less crunchy, around 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the cheese. Pour into a casserole dish. Top with the panko bread crumbs mixed with olive oil. If you are going to serve this tonight, cook at 350 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes. If you are going to freeze this meal, cover and label your casserole dish or foil baking dish. When you are ready to serve it, you can either defrost it in your refrigerator overnight, and cook it at 350 degrees F for around 60 minutes, or if you are cooking this from frozen, you can cook at 350 degrees F for around 1 1/2 hours to 1 hour 40 minutes. Please note that all ovens are different and your cook times will vary.




Southwestern Rice Bake Casserole

1 1/2 lbs cooked ground beef mixture
2 to 3 cups cooked brown rice
1 4oz can mild diced green chiles
chopped olives
1 cup frozen corn
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

In a large bowl, mix the cooked beef mixture with the cooked brown rice, chiles, olives, corn, sour cream and cheese. Save some cheese to sprinkle on top. If you are eating this tonight, cook at 350 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes. If you plan to freeze this, cover and label your casserole in your casserole pan or foil baking dish. If you plan to defrost the casserole before cooking, you will cook it at 350 degrees F for around one hour. If you plan to cook from frozen, you will cook at 350 degrees F for 1 1/2 to 1 hour and 40 minutes.




Broccoli Beef and Cheddar Casserole

1 1/2 lbs cooked ground beef mixture
2 cups cooked brown rice
one bag of frozen broccoli florets (or use fresh cooked broccoli) about 1 1/2 cups
1 cup frozen corn
1 can cream of broccoli soup
1/2 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs mixed with 2 Tbs melted butter or olive oil

Combine the beef, brown rice, broccoli, corn, broccoli soup, milk, and cheddar cheese. Stir to combine. Place in a casserole dish and top with the panko bread crumbs. If you are eating this tonight, cook at 350 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes. If you plan to freeze this, cover and label your casserole in your casserole pan or foil baking dish. If you plan to defrost the casserole before cooking, you will cook it at 350 degrees F for around one hour. If you plan to cook from frozen, you will cook at 350 degrees F for 1 1/2 to 1 hour and 40 minutes.


I hope you enjoy today's video. For more inspiration for my past freezer meal blogposts, click here.

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On one of the course videos on the Debt-free living course, Sheena writes, "This was my favorite video yet. It really helps you see whats truly important. Consumerism has taken over and convinced us that we need, need, need in order to be happy. But happiness comes with the simple things in life. Great discussion!"

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Regarding Monday's interview with Melissa55, Blondegirl888 on Instagram writes, "Enjoyed your interview with Melissa. I have followed her for awhile. Glad to see someone younger and older agreeing that aging does not mean you stop being interested in beauty. To me aging happens on the outside; inside we still feel youthful. It is a privilege to grow older and I feel lucky 🍀 that other women my age still want to feel and look attractive. Thanks Jennifer and Melissa for this video."

Thank you for watching my interview with Melissa, Blondegirl. I love your attitude on aging, that it is a privilege to grow older.

I hope you enjoy today's video and feel inspired to create freezer meals in your own home. Remember, being chic is being prepared :) Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you on Monday!



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5.28.2018

My Interview with Melissa55 | Aging Well | After 50s Beauty | Jennifer L. Scott



I had the pleasure of interviewing my friend, Melissa, of the Melissa55 YouTube channel, for The Daily Connoisseur. Melissa is over 60 (if you can believe it!) and has so much wonderful advice about beauty, health, and aging well.



This is a nice, long, in-depth interview full of Melissa's wonderful advice. I hope you enjoy our chat as much as I did! Be sure to check out Melissa's channel and Instagram.



Melissa's skincare picks are the Obagi exfoderm, Obagi Retinol, and Vitamin C serum. For a look at all of Obagi's products, check out the Link to Obagi's page on Amazon

The skincare I discuss in the video is the MyChelle sunblock stick, the Pellu Natural beauty line (formerly Nudu), and my number one tip: to not cleanse your skin in the morning.

Find out what Melissa's number one skincare tip is in the video. You will be so surprised!

I hope you enjoy today's video.

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จงมีความสุขกับทุกแง่มุมของชีวิต ไม่ว่าจะเป็นเรื่องใหญ่หรือเล็ก แค่ไหนก็ตาม อย่าปล่อยให้มีสิ่งใดหลุดรอดไปได้ หาความสุขกับทุกสิ่ง ไม่ว่าสิ่งนั้นมันจะดูน่าสนุกหรือน่าเบื่อหน่าย ขอให้คุณมีพลังในการเปลี่ยนแปลงประสบการณ์ เอาชนะอคติที่คุณมีและเพลิดเพลินไปกับสิ่งเรียบง่ายในชีวิตให้เต็มที่....#jenniferlscott #madamchic

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Regarding last week's Costco Haul, Jen Young writes:

"Hi Jennifer, thanks for sharing. I love seeing what other people buy so much that my husband frequently tells me off for staring so much at other people’s conveyor belts in the shops that I get caught looking!

I wanted to ask, what kinds of meals do you make with cauliflower rice? I’d never heard of it before and I’m intrigued. I’m British, but apparently we DO have it here too, I’ve just never known! x"

Hi Jen, I often get asked about cauliflower rice. There are so many things you can do with it. It is wonderful when steamed and mashed. Served with salt, pepper, and butter, it tastes just like mashed potatoes. I also sauté it with butter and garlic, salt and pepper and serve it as a side dish. You can add it to soups to thicken them. It's very versatile.

I hope you enjoyed my interview with Melissa today. What was the most eye-opening part of the interview? What is your best anti-aging advice? Let us know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog. See you on Thursday!



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5.24.2018

Costco Haul | What Did I Buy? | Jennifer L. Scott



I hope you enjoyed Monday's Royal Wedding Recap. Mr. Connoisseur felt the love and appreciated all of your kind comments about him. He says he will return to the channel again one day soon :)

I have had a terrible cold this week and, as such, have a very short video and blog for you today. My Trader Joe's haul was well-received (it turns out you like knowing what other people buy at the grocery store as much as I do!), so today I'm sharing a Costco haul with you.



Why is it nice to know what other people buy at the grocery store? Because it can give you ideas for your own home-cooked meals. For our family of 5 (soon to be 6), being prepared with the right groceries is a crucial part of running a successful home. I hope you enjoy today's quick video, which shares a sample of what I typically get at Costco. I tell you what I buy, what I ended up making, and the cost of the trip.

Did you know that Madame Chic shopped at a large warehouse grocery store once a month? I went with her and she loved getting items for the freezer and other bulk groceries she couldn't find from her local daily trips. For Madame Chic, a deal was a deal.

In the video, I mention two new items we tried: the omega-3 bread and the chocolate banana crêpes. The bread was delicious and we loved it. The crêpes were not a big hit and we probably won't be buying them again. I don't think the kids liked the texture of the mashed banana in the crêpe. Much better to make our own.

I hope you enjoy today's video.

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On the Ten-Item Wardrobe eCourse, Laura says, "I'm so glad I am taking this course! I have already begun to remove clothing from my closet and have taken the first pile to donation!! Feeling lighter and enjoying the freedom of saying "goodbye" !😊"

Hi Laura, I'm so glad you are enjoying the course! It is so exciting to start your own ten-item wardrobe.


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On Monday's Teatime with Jennifer, Royal Wedding Edition video, Paula UK writes:


Thank you, Paula! Ben's advice to "let the other person be wrong" was definitely the line of the week. It took me a moment to process what he said and I found it so funny! Wonderful advice we can all learn from :)

Thank you for joining me today. What are your favorite things to buy at Costco? Please let us know so we can get more ideas. Or if you'd like to share your favorite grocery haul items, we would love to hear those too. I'll see you on Monday for a wonderful interview about aging well with Melissa55. See you then!

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5.21.2018

Teatime with Jennifer | Royal Wedding Edition



Today's Teatime with Jennifer is a special Royal Wedding edition. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed this past weekend at Windsor Castle in England. Theirs was the biggest royal wedding in England since William and Catherine's nuptials in 2011. Over 100,000 people lined the streets in Windsor to catch a glimpse at the newly married royals.



In today's Teatime with Jennifer, we discuss the ceremony, the fashion, and take a look back at the most beautiful royal wedding dresses of all time. My husband, Ben, also joins me at the end for his special marriage advice for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I hope you enjoy today's Teatime with Jennifer video.


Ms. Markle wore a conservative boat-necked Givenchy gown with a dramatic veil.

Let's take a look at some of the most beautiful royal wedding dresses in recent years.


Princess Diana's ornate dress was representative of the grand 80s style.


Queen Elizabeth ll on her wedding day.


Princess Sofia of Sweden's beautiful wedding dress.


Grace Kelly on her wedding day. Her dress is timeless and stunning.


The Duchess of Cambridge on her wedding day. She had my favorite royal wedding dress of all time.

What are people saying about the bride's wedding dress? What were my thoughts on the fiery preaching? Who was the best-dressed guest? What was my favorite part of the ceremony? What marriage advice do we have to offer the newly married couple? Let's chat about all of these things in today's video.

Mentioned in the video:

The cellist who played at the royal wedding, Sheku Kannah Mason, has a new album out called Inspiration .

Visit this page for a complete look at Amazon's Royal Wedding Souvenirs

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On the Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living eCourse, Seema writes, "What a beautifully conducted course (both content and delivery)! It is so helpful to feel part of a community of like minded individuals. Though I know the freedom and security of debt free living/living below our means is worth its weight in gold it helps to know we are not alone in our endeavor. Sometimes the influence of “The Joneses” makes me question myself (are we being too stringent? Should we loosen up a little?) but this course has helped me reaffirm my commitment. My takeaway is that all things are possible and that embracing a joyful home life is so essential to not needing or wanting to spend on external entertainment. I’ve also been a devotee of the ten item wardrobe for the last 4 years and it is life changing. I never thought I’d love not shopping while adoring my wardrobe but I do. A hearty thanks to you for the inspiration and content you release into the world! You are making a positive difference in so many lives!"


Comment of the Week
Regarding last week's Pregnancy Chat video, Debbie writes,"Hi, Jennifer! I visit your blog from time to time and enjoy it very much. I am a "woman of a certain age" that enjoys it when younger women like you find joy in the simpler (and more important) things in life like their children, their marriages, and making their homes places of order and tranquility. I admire your focus on making the life you have the best you possibly can and by not complaining about what you don't have, counting your blessings and sharing that positivity with others. Thank you for being a great role model for women and I hope that all goes well as you look forward to the arrival of your next baby."

Debbie, thank you so much for your encouraging comment. I really appreciate your support and well-wishes.

Did you watch the royal wedding? I would love to know your thoughts on all of the topics discussed. Leave your comments below and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur.



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5.17.2018

Pregnancy Chat: Skincare, Drinks, Wardrobe, Rest, and Exercise



In today's pregnancy chat, I discuss the skincare I'm using, the drinks I'm enjoying, my maternity wardrobe, and how to deal with fatigue and exercise when expecting.



Skincare
For skincare, I have been using Belli Beauty, which is a natural skincare line for pregnant women that is approved by both OBGYNs and dermatologists. The four skincare products I discuss in the video are Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator, Pre-Treatment Scrub, Anti-blemish Cleansing Facial Wash, Belli acne control spot treatment.

For those of you who are not pregnant, and are looking for natural skincare, try Pellu Beauty (formerly Nudu). Also, the natural SPF line I mentioned in the video is MyChelle.



Drinks
The primary drink during pregnancy should, of course, be water. And I am trying to drink more water than I normally do to stay hydrated. As for special drinks, I have been enjoying one small coffee every morning (I usually make it iced). If I want an additional coffee or tea during the day, I drink Teeccino vanilla nut herbal coffee. I love the taste of this rich drink. Teeccino does contain chicory, so please ask your doctor if it is safe for you to use during pregnancy.



Wardrobe
I will do a maternity ten-item wardrobe video in the future, but until then, I have been enjoying my returning maternity dresses from Seraphine, mixed with new maternity pieces from zulily. In this video, I'm wearing one of the Seraphine dresses.



Exercise
For exercise, I have been jumping on my rebounder, although I will have to give it up soon as I go further into my 2nd trimester. I am going to miss my rebounder! I also walk on a regular basis and count housework as exercise :)

News Items
Congratulations to the winners of the Ana Luisa Jewelry Giveaway: Kimberly G, Rowena M., and Natalie V.!

I plan to watch the royal wedding this weekend, so look out for a special royal edition of Teatime with Jennifer on Monday. Get your teacups ready!

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Comment of the Week
On Monday's faux flowers video, Silver Melody writes, "Hi Jennifer, Your faux flowers are really lovely. Another option is a faceted cut glass or crystal vase...the facets blur the stems very nicely. You can also add small clear glass stones to keep the flowers in place and add more light reflection. My personal favourite is a beautiful ceramic vase that hides everything underneath and lets you support the flowers with whatever means to get the best arrangement, and to my eye, the most aesthetic appealing option for real or faux arrangements."

That's a great suggestion, Silver Melody. Thank you for your great tips!

I'll see you on Monday for a special Teatime with Jennifer: Royal Wedding Edition! In the meantime, I'd love to know your thoughts on the pregnancy topics discussed in today's video. Your comment could be chosen as comment of the week. See you Monday!

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