Homemaking & Everyday Living

Happiness, Flow, and Cleaning

In part five of our spring clutter-clearing series, we’re focusing on cleaning. Now that you have removed the clutter, it’s time to create a fresh, clean space. Now some people may find this surprising, but cleaning makes us happy—and no we don’t mean just the end result, we actually mean the process! When we get […]

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Inspired by Food

A few weeks ago I shared the new habits and tips I have incorporated into my life to help me simplify making dinner. Spending time in the kitchen has also caused me to eat in a new way.  I have been inspired by food! I want to share some of the new beliefs, recipes, and […]

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Designing a Dining Room

Sitting down for a meal at the table seems to be less and less common these days. Family members eat at different times, we eat on the go, or meals are served in front of the television. But treating yourself, and/or your family, to a meal at the table is a great way to encourage […]

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Love at First Sight…

How are dating and looking for a new home alike? Let me count the ways… Have you ever had the experience of meeting someone for the first time and they already seem familiar, or you just know you’re going to become close, or perhaps you experience that instant, undeniable chemistry? For me, looking for a […]

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Self-Acceptance is the Ultimate Simplicity

I’ve come to realize that when I am in a place of self-acceptance, I am naturally simplified. For years so many of my actions and choices were motivated by a feeling that I need to be more or do more—that somehow I, or my life, was not enough. On the surface this may seem like […]

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Staying in the Mountains

IEL NEWS: Wishing you and yours a joyful Thanksgiving and happiness as the holiday season begins… Now I know… at least for now… You may recall from my blog Embracing the Unknown, that a few months ago my husband and I had a strong sense that we should sell our home in California. We took […]

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Homemaking as an Art and Science

This month in our series of conversations with people we believe practice inspired everyday living, we’re speaking with Dane Findley. Dane is a lifestyle designer who enjoys sharing entertaining information about the science and art of life extension to help others live the longest and best life possible! We have known Dane for many years and found we […]

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Redefining Homemaking

“If we had a feminism that caused us to get out of the house, is there not also room for feminism that would bring us back home, so that our homes would reflect ourselves and would once more have soul?” – Ginette Paris, Social Psychologist From our perspective the role of homemaker is essential, powerful, and […]

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Our Not So Simple Truth

After visiting a new friend’s house the other day, we were discussing how beautifully designed her home was and how she spontaneously and effortlessly cooked a delicious meal with tomatoes and herbs from her greenhouse. We both remarked on how this woman exemplified inspired everyday living. It then occurred to us that reading our blogs, […]

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Make a Statement, With Style…

This month in our series of conversations with people we believe practice inspired everyday living, we’re speaking with Carrie McCarthy. Carrie is the founder and co-author of Style Statement: Live by Your Own Design. Her book, is a Discover-It-Yourself guide to defining your authentic self. It is a “compass for creating a life that reflects you […]

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