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August Journaling Prompts

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Is it August already?  Time is going by too fast in some instances and not fast enough in others.  As you summer winds to an end, what are you looking forward to this fall?  Let me know in the comments below.  Until then, here are some journal prompts for the month of August.

1. What is the one Fall based activity or item that you are looking forward to.

2. What new hobby would you like to try? Why?

3. Look at your goals for this year.  Write where you are and what you still need to do.

4. What music are you into right now.

5. List your two favorite blogs.  Talk about why you like them.

6. Are you a planner or a spur of the moment person?  Give an example.

7. What subjects are your favorite subjects in school? Why?

8. Write your full name.  What does each name mean? Is there a story behind your name?

9. Write down the different generations and their occupations.  What do you think?  Any family businesses?

10. Describe one friend or loved one.  How would you describe them to someone who ahs never met them.

I hope you enjoy these prompts.  Let me know your favorites below.

 

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5 things to Clean

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Love this photo from the Unsplash website.  So beautiful.  A few days ago, I had posted 5 things to declutter.  It’s time for it’s sister list: 5 things you need to clean.  Here are 5 things that need a quick clean.  Happy cleaning!

1. Window Coverings.  When was the last time you laundered or dry cleaned your drapes?  Have you wiped down your blinds? Get going!

2. Clean under large furniture items like sofas etc.

3. Vacuum your air vents.  Get that dust out of the grates!

4. Wipe off you light switches.

5. Clean your coffee maker and toaster.  We use them everyday, but how often do we clean them?

There you go, your 5 for July!

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5 Things to Declutter

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I’m not a minimalist by any stretch of the imagination.  I like stuff.  I don’t like a ton of stuff, but just enough.  This is why I love to declutter and organize.  I do it year round.  There is something relaxing about seeing a clean and organized pantry.  That’s why I do monthly lists in both cleaning and decluttering.  It’s 5 quick things you can do over the month to keep tabs and value your possessions.  Here is this months 5 for you.

1. Clean your hall or front door closet.  The one with all the shoes and coats.  Donate, toss or move stuff from this high traffic area.

2. Check all your condiments in the fridge.  Make sure nothing is past use by date!

3. Do the same with your freezer.

4. Do under the kitchen sink.

5. Clear off your dining room table.

Happy organizing and decluttering.

 

Clothing

My Life With Clothes

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Since I am writing more and more about my wardrobe I decided to write a series on my relationship with clothes.  I plan to write about how I related to clothing through the years. How my feelings on clothing changed and what I learned about fashion.

I guess I should start at the beginning. I think my mother was always disappointed in the fact that I never wanted to dress girly.  More specifically preppy, a style which my mother adored. I love dark clothing.  I would often wear the dresses she was so fond of but I would wear them with some moderation like unique socks and shoes.

I came to realize that my mother and I had very different taste in clothes.  I would be a few years before I could get my mother to stop having an influence over my clothes.  At University she was named to the best dressed list. Even today, she gives her opinion.  I try hard not to follow it. I’m never satisfied when I follow her advice for clothes.  I like what I like.  I prefer dark colors with only one of two bright ones.

As the years went on I took classes in makeup and clothing. I even appeared in ads in local and national papers.  I helped style photoshoots for photographers.  At this point I loved fashion.  I would watch and read whatever I could on it.  Each Saturday, without fail I watch the TV show “Style with Elsa Klensch.”  I was transfixed by the beautiful gowns of Vera Wang, Bob Mackie, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, and Christian LaCroix.

I had never seen so many beautiful things. I loved when the designers were interviewed and new jewelry designers were shown.  It was almost fairytale like for me. Everything was presented elegantly.  Even when avant garde. It was like watching a snow globe.  It was a beautiful scene that you could see but never quite be a part of.

As I started to get older I began to think what I wanted to do with my life.  I wanted to do something creative which made my family angry. Creativity was stupid.  I got a lot of things said to me which should have not been said.  I kept my thoughts to myself. I began to plot my escape.

I went to school for two years in the United States taking basic courses. Then I transferred to a design school in London, England. This was the single best decision I ever made in my life.

On to England in Part 2.

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Fashion Terms for July

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1. Worsted: A type of yarn that is made up of long wool fibers that are twisted and combed.  It can also be used to describe fabric that is woven or knitted.  The fabric must be made with the long wool fibers which are carded or and combed to take out the small fibers.  Fibers are further transformed by gas or flame to remove more short fibers.  Then the fabric is pressed.

2. Watch Fob: A short chain or charm engraved with initials and attached to the pocket watch.

3.Vinyl: Is a man made material that is made of plastic and can have many attributes including, but not limited to, tough, shiny, and see through. Often used as an exterior fabric for waterproofing or to resemble natural leather.  Examples include boots, raincoats and shoes.

4.Tulle: A term that refers to a fine and sheer net fabric that can be made of a variety of sources.  Mainly used for wedding veils, and fancy dress items.

5. Tailor: A term for an industry professional who can make, alter and mend clothing of various types. Also can be used as a term to refer to fit of a garment.

6. Starching: Is a finishing process of fabric in which the fabric is dipped in a solution, and pressed with heat.  The fabric is rendered stiff, but it is not a permanent state.

7. Ballet Slipper: A soft and flexible foot covering which has a minimal sole and no heel used to dance by women and children or a street style that is made to be worn outdoors of more sturdy materials than the shoe covering before.

8. Ascot scarf: A rectangular shaped scarf which often worn loosely at the neck by men and women.

9. Mourning Clothes: Clothing that is often black,  and worn for funerals, and mourning periods.

10. Mesh: A material made of flexible metal linked together to form types of garments or other fabric types of uses.

Want to know the definition of a fashion or clothing term?  Write it below and it may appear in a future list of this monthly feature.

 

 

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July Journaling Prompts

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It’s July already!  Can you believe it?  Summer is going by so fast.  I hope you are having a great one.  Here are your July journal prompts.

  1.  What do you need more of in your life?
  2.  What do you need to let go of?
  3. Listen and detail five times you were really happy.
  4. How do you show love?
  5. Describe, draw or paste a photo of your favorite outfit.
  6. What is your favorite cake or pie?
  7. What is your favorite brand of makeup?  What do you own of it?
  8. Who was the last person you wrote a letter to?
  9. Have you missed something this summer that you were hoping to go to?  Make a list for next summer of things to do.
  10. Write about one of the podcasts, youtube, or television shows you watch.  Describe it and why you like it.

Happy Writing!

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Currently…3 Podcasts You Should Listen To

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Last year I got into listening to podcasts.  Mainly, true crime podcasts.  However, recently I’ve started to discover fictional series podcast’s stories.  I’m a big SciFi nerd, so I’ll begin in that area.

The first podcast I recommend is one called “Ostium.” Ostium follows one man on his quest to find an empty town named Ostium that no one else knows about.  When he arrives, the town is of course empty and locked. He finally gets in and he begins to explore. He finds a special wooden map table and each door in the city leads to a new location and a new time.  What is this place? Why is he here? Who are the others that he keeps seeing?  Add some danger, a romance and some intrigue and voila! Interested?  Check out this podcast.

The second podcast I want to tell you about is “Today’s Teenager.”  A good podcast that discusses relevant topics related to teenagers.  The host explains a teenagers point of view and gives the reasons behind them. Examples are given in a way parents and other adults can understand.  Topics include Teens and video games, how to talk with your teens, teen apathy, emotions and more.  If you have a teen in your life this is definitely one you have to check out.

The third podcast I would have you listen to is “The Earth Collective.”  At first listening to this podcast goes a little slow.  You are trying to figure out what you are listening to and why.  Humans have gone to the stars.  They have conquered and settled on other planets.  On one of those planets humans did amazingly well.  Then something happened.  The Darkness.  The civilization and population begin to decline.  The darkness took them, it was to be feared, stay away from the darkness.  To save themselves, humanity develops a way to stay in the light.  Now, all that humanity cares about is surviving the darkness by staying ahead of it. Constantly moving.  On what are house caravans and any means of motorized movement. One member of the caravan decided to make a broadcast about the history he knows and what their life is like now.  He uploads his broadcasts to the last satellite in orbit so maybe someday someone will find it.  The historian is beginning to figure things out.  Others may be listening in.  What happens to humans who can’t keep up? Mysterious things start to happen.  Conspiracy? Aliens? Afterlife?  Listen to find out.

What do you think? Interested in trying any of these?  Let me know what you think.  Do you have any podcasts you think I should listen to?