my bedroom makeover






It's not all beans and rice around here. There's wallpaper too.




Thank you Pinterest and Instagram for leading me to this Raphael wallpaper by Sandberg.  It's made in Sweden and for me a bit too pricey, so I kept scouring the internet for deals.  I found it on eBay for a fraction of its normal cost.  The seller, Bea, who is a sweetheart has a shop that is loaded with beautiful papers and fabrics at amazing prices.  Go see for yourself HERE.





We've hung wallpaper before but it has been awhile and I was unsure of how much to get.  She had 6 double rolls for sale and I bought 3.  I should have gotten all 6 because I could only do 2 walls.  Which in the end is okay but I'd rather have done them all.







I love that when you walk in the front door of the house you can now see a glimpse of the pretty paper at the end of the house.  I absolutely love it and it feels as if it has always belonged here. And how darling is the vintage bamboo shelf?  M gave it to me because she had no room for it.  It looks perfect against the paper don't you think?





In addition to the wallpaper I also got rid of my dresser completely.  I was ruthless and was able to condense a 4 drawer dresser into 1 drawer in the armoire.  The room feels so lovely and feminine right now.  I still haven't gotten the nerve to drive a nail into it to hang any pictures.  That's going to take some time. xo




my daily refresh




I think it has been well established on this blog that I love cleaning and organizing.  I used to think it brought me peace but what I'm discovering about myself is what it really does is bring me joy. How lucky is that?

I love starting my day with what I call my daily refresh.  After my coffee and meditation, I light a candle, I make the bed and straighten pillows, wash any stray dishes laying about then sort and start the laundry.  Why this brings me so much joy, I have no idea but I think it stems from gratitude. Grateful that I have a home of our own, a garden to walk out into and snip a few flowers from.  I don't take any of this for granted and realize how blessed I am.




Last year I was walking thru a Home Goods store and came upon an end aisle of Murchison-Hume products.  I'd never heard of them but the packaging was beautiful and the scent was just amazing (I'm in love with the Fig scent and have not tried the white grapefruit, but I will one day.)  I hand wash all our dishes so I'm at the sink several times a day.  Washing up with a beautifully scented, safe soap has turned a chore into a pleasure.  I bought all the bottles they had on sale that day and just recently ran out.  That took me to their website and I learned more about the product and its founder.  I restocked and while it seems quite a splurge, is it really?  If something so simple as a washing up liquid can bring so much joy why would I deny myself?  Well I'm not.  I'm at the age now that I'm seeing the importance of taking the best care of myself that I possibly can. Putting myself first is something that does not come easily to me so I'm starting with the little things and it feels quite nice.

What are some of the little ways you show yourself love each day? Do share because I can use all the help I can get!  xo

PS - The Fig counter spray cleaner not only cleans and scents the air beautifully, it helps combat ants.  Ants are an ongoing issue here when it gets hot.  I just spray around their entry points and voila, they retreat.  So much better than Raid.

PPS -
HERE is the Amazon link in case you are an Amazon Prime member

so what do i eat?




Prepare to be bored to death because what I eat most days is dead set ordinary.  Not to be confused with bland because my food tastes fantastic.  It's just simple and basic and that's fine with me. I'm pretty much over complicated recipes and hard to find ingredients.  Gimme easy please.






I took this photo a couple of months ago because I was being a smart-ass.  While no one likes a smart-ass I never dreamed that one day Larry would ever give up his favorite takeout. This would be a typical Friday or Saturday night dinner around here. Larry would go get his beloved In-N-Out burger and fries and I'd live it up with a veggie patty and steamed broccoli.  To be honest that is one of my favorite meals.:)

But now that he's full-on hardcore vegan there is no more In-N-Out around here. I can hardly believe he has given it up.  He has replaced it with a good black bean burger which isn't the same but I know that in time he'll come to love his veggie burgers.:)

What I eat daily is so mundane, so utterly boring but I know some of you are interested so here is what an average day looks like around here.

Breakfast

Overnight oats.  I mix 1/2 cup of uncooked oatmeal with 1/2 cup unsweetened soymilk in a cereal bowl and stick it in the refrigerator overnight.  In the morning I'll add fresh or frozen fruit like blueberries or apples and a handful of nuts.  It's so delicious and so easy.

Potatoes with onions, bell pepper and soyrizo.  I chop up some onions, peppers and 2 small/med potatoes and mix in about 1/2 cup of soyrizo.  I cover it so the steam cooks the potatoes.  This is fabulous with sliced avocado.


Lunch

Mostly big salads or veggie wraps or a tofurky sandwich.  These salads contain anything and everything in the refrigerator.  This has been the biggest surprise for Larry.  He never thought a salad at lunch would fill him up but it does.

When it gets cooler I'll always make soup or veggie stews for lunch.

The old standby which is leftovers are also often on the lunch menu.

Dinner

Dinner almost always involves beans or pasta or another grain.  We make our own beans from scratch so I always have baggies filled in the freezer with white, black and pinto beans.  They defrost quickly for tacos or burritos.  There are literally dozens of ways to make burritos.  Some of our favorites are...

Bbq black bean burritos
Green burritos
Red burritos
Bean & rice burritos
Bean and Potato burritos

The key is to know what to do with the beans once they are cooked.

In a saute pan...

1/2 cup diced onion
1/4-1/2 cup diced jarred jalepeno (I like mine hot)
1 cup vegetable broth
2 cups beans (any kind)
Salt, Pepper and any other seasoning you like

The beans will absorb the broth in about 5 minutes.  Mash them as much or as little as you want. Now you have a good base to start with.

For bbq black bean tacos or burritos just add beans to your tortilla and add your favorite bbq sauce and fresh diced onion.  Fresh off the cob corn is delightful on these.

For green burritos I always use white beans and add green enchilada sauce as the topping.

The rest of the burritos are pretty self explanatory.  Once you have your basic bean recipe down, the sky is the limit.

Other nights we will have veggie stir fry over rice.

And then there is pasta which can be made one zillion ways.

Snacks

popcorn
fruit
nuts
tortilla chips and salsa
PBJ sandwich
Smoothies

So there you have it.  This is what I eat.  How are you doing with your new commitment to being vegan?  Thank you for all your fabulous comments.  That documentary really opened a lot of eyes. See you soon...xo


absolutely must see tv





Have you seen this film?  You absolutely must, that's an order.  No seriously you just have to watch this film.  It was produced by Joaquin Phoenix.  Unlike his film, Earthlings (aka the vegan-maker) he does not focus on animal cruelty.  Rather, this is a expose on our own government and how they are keeping us in the dark re our very own health.  I consider myself pretty up-to-date on most health trends but this totally blew my mind as I'm sure it will yours too.  When the film starts I was pretty much yeah, yeah I know about heart disease, diabetes, cancer.  Turns out nope, I knew nothing.  I had no idea our very own government is in collusion with big business to keep us sick!

Prepare to be pissed off and prepare to to take your health into your own hands.  The good news is with a vegan diet you can reverse just about all disease.  I don't beg often but I really am begging you to watch this film.  It's currently on Netflix.  Here is the trailer...

summer house tour






It's Sunday afternoon and I have the house to myself!  For the last month that I've been MIA, I've been on sort of a rearranging rampage around here.  So this post has all the makings of a rambler.  

As you can see in the above photo there are some new to me things.  Nothing was purchased at a store that sells new things but of course you knew that already.  I've pulled lots of junk into the house from the basement and that always makes me feel good which is so strange b/c I love putting things in the basement.




Can I talk about this wall?  Or any long wall for that matter, they are hard.  It has been so difficult getting it right.  And trust me it isn't perfect.  I've had tons of ideas for it ranging from wallpaper to moulding to large art to gallery-style to absolutely nothing.  It has driven me mad once, twice or a zillion times. Those prints are from an old botanical book that I've had for ages and the vintage bamboo frames too.  The iron wall sconces were found at a yard sale about 8 years ago for $1 each.  The ironstone plates are old too.




Here's our Lady looking as regal as ever.


I found this book for $1 and thought of her.









This corner which is connected to that wall has also driven me bs crazy.  But this is what I've come up with.  An old wicker table with the most amazing vintage glass lamp (I found a pair.)  That old deep green pot, .25 from an estate sale filled with hydrangeas from the garden.  The mirror was $1 at an estate sale b/c the top was broken off.  I glued some twigs and 3 tiny pine cones that I picked up at Highgrove Gardens on my garden tour.  I've already been scolded and lectured for stealing them btw.






Here is the other side of the room.  Sorry these pictures are so bad but I'm using my phone these days b/c I'm lazy.  The black and white photographs that used to hang here are in Larry's office atm.





This desk.  It still makes my heart skip a beat.  The little ocean oil painting came from Redlands Country Mart as did the bottle holding the branch.  I know I'm biased but I love that place.
Those are new roman shades from JC Penny which proves I'm a liar b/c I said just 2 minutes ago that nothing was new. Here's the link...Roman Shades.  Quick review of them...they are really great for the price.  Love the bright white color and easy to install.





Lord this is an awful photo but I wanted to show you that I painted the inside of the cabinet with some Annie Sloan Chalk paint that everyone raves about.  It's pretty inside.





I used her Ochre color which is a soft beige.  Now the plates stand out a bit.





Same as 10 years ago.  Not a whole lot changes here & still love it all.





My fern is doing well in this spot which makes me so happy and you may or may not have noticed that the painting above the stove is different.






Alex had given me that gorgeous print of Yosemite a few years ago and needed it for a photo shoot (so he says) and he replaced it with this one which I kinda love even more.







Again, another annoying picture.  But you get the drift.  I made this pillow cover out of a Robert Allen remnant that I've had for years.  I love the charcoal colorway b/c of its soothing qualities. Oh and the light fixture is new (old).  The chandelier is gone which Larry is so happy about because he hit his head on it pretty much every single day.




This room needs flowers stat.


So that's what I've been up to.  What about you?  Someone in the previous post wanted to know how our mortgage is coming along. We are still ahead of schedule.  We've had a few setbacks here and there but are back on track baby.  Also, there's been a few questions about my hair.  I've not touched any dye since I made the decision to go grey.  I like all kinds of grey, from solid to streaky which is what I have.  I imagine one day it'll take over and that'll be ok.

Talk soon like hopefully not a month.   xo
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