I always say one girls trash is another girls treasure. I have a knack for treasure hunting, usually when I least expect it and completely by accident. Let me start by saying we're doing a lot of purging, re-arranging and more furniture is the last thing we need. But, there's always a but, I couldn't resist this fab find small glass door 4 shelf perfect condition cabinet. I love a good shelf. I'd rather take a shelfie than a selfie any day. Where to put it and what to do with it was another questions.  And should I paint it or leave it this reddish color, which actually almost matches my closet door.  And yes, someone threw it out! When I was growing up if you took something someone put out on the street you were a garage picker, now you're saving the planet by recycling it. Who knew!?!
I decided it would make the perfect hat cabinet. A hat cabinet you say? Yes, why not, doesn't everyone have a hat cabinet? Handsome, good sport that he is, said just put it near the closet. OK that meant moving book shelves we have near the closet. So I purged that and decluttered it a bit and we moved it (and by we I mean he) to another corner of the sitting room in our bedroom, of course there was something in that corner too that had to find a new home upstairs. And then that displaced something else. Oye. One thing leads to another when you start to make changes in your decor, same as when you make changes in your life, the old snow ball effect.
But getting back to my future hat cabinet. I did fill it with hats. It reminds me of my millinery class at FIT, which I failed by the way, because my final hat project was lopsided. I tried to get out of it by telling the teacher my head was lopsided but she didn't believe me. And although that class left me with some traumatic memories I'm a hat girl. They're on a high shelf in our closet and I can't reach them without a chair or handsomes tallness.  Also, please excuse the awful color of our walls currently. It used to be a light terra-cotta color that I came up with that I absolutely loved but that was a long time ago. Now it's faded and blah, soon to be replaced by a creamy white. Lawd knows what changes that will lead to.
I like the finished results and my husband even thinks it's cute, although he feels the mannequins eyes are very creepy. (Insert eye roll).


These are my turmeric shots. They're made out of water, lemon, ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper and raw honey. There are many different versions of these, I did not invent them by any means, I just like this combo the best. You can find lots of different versions on Pinterest.
Each of the ingredients has amazing healing powers;

  • Turmeric ~ You may have only heard of the herb turmeric in the last few years as it has become kind of trendy but it's actually an ancient herb. About 90% of it comes from India where they have been using it in recipes and as a magical healing herb since the beginning of time, or at least since 600 BC! Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and is known as an anti-inflammatory, anti-aging herb, a strong and powerful antioxidant and an incredible immunity booster.
  • Ginger ~ Soothes irritable bowel syndrome, aids in weight loss, relieves arthritis symptoms, is anti-inflammatory, improves circulation, blocks heartburn, helps fight cancer, clears sinuses, strengthens the immune system and fights infections.
  • Lemons ~ Alkalizes the body, balances blood sugar and PH levels, it's a brain food, it detoxifies, fights cancer, aids in weight loss, cleans the lymphatic system, aides in digestions, provides immune support, kills free radicals and prevents kidney stones.
  • Raw Honey ~ Regulates blood sugar, aids digestion, provides vitamins & minerals, fights parasites, cleanses the liver and colon, heals psoriasis, eczema, ulcers, lowers cholesterol and is an immune booster.
  • Cayenne Pepper ~ Boosts metabolism, stimulates the lymphatic system, circulates blood, re-builds cell tissue, cleanses the body, speeds weight loss, clears stress, fights colds and flu and acts as an anti-inflammatory. Not too shabby for some pepper!
    Wow, that's a lot of good stuff! Not bad for one nasty tasting shot, not gonna lie. 
All of the above info is readily available on line if you look up any of these ingredients and I'm a big believer in the power of this healing combination. Also, it's easy to make, just boil the water and then let it cool, add all the ingredients, stir, fill the jars and pop them in the fridge.

1 3/4 cup filtered water
The juice of 4 lemons
1 big piece of ginger, peel and squeeze the juice out using a garlic press, or you can use ginger powder
3 pieces turmeric, also peel and squeeze in the garlic press, or you can use the powder too
(I use a ginger root but turmeric powder)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon raw honey
Five or six 2oz. glass bottles ~ I recycle spice jars, just wash off the labels. Mostly I use my Trader Joe's Everything Bagel Spice jars because I go through it so fast, makes my 100 calorie gluten free O'doughs bagel almost taste like the real deal!

Use a funnel to pour the liquid into the jars. Refrigerate, makes about five or six shots that will last a week. Shake before drinking. Bottoms up!


HAPPY AUGUST! And happy Motivation Monday!  Just when it feels like we're finally settling into summer everyone starts taking about fall. But not so fast! Here's 20 things to check off your summer bucket list if you haven't already.
  • Pick flowers.
  • Go to an outdoor concert. Check your local parks, they are usually free and bring a picnic.
  • Although there is a shortage of drive-in theaters still around there are outdoor movie showings in various places. We found silent movie nights shown outdoors. 
  • Get your hair done, maybe it's time for a change.
  • Visit an ice cream parlor.
  • Hike.
  • Swim.
  • Plan a staycation.
  • Plan a real vacation, even if only for a day, explore your own city. Here's a previous post I wrote for an LA staycation guide.
  • See a summer blockbuster.
  • Watch a sunset from an epic location.
  • Stay up and to view a full moon outside at midnight, try a fun full moon ritual.
  • Take a nap in a hammock or on a pool float.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Have a BBQ.
  • Tend a garden.
  • Rent a bike on a wooded path or at the beach.
  • Unplug for a full day. The world will survive, the idiot will still be president.
  • Sleep with the windows open.
  • Challenge yourself with a commitment for something you'd like to improve on like eating better, working out everyday, taking your vitamins.
We took a spontaneous day trip Sunday to Ojai but instead of our usual favorite spots in town we went to the Los Padres National Forest, a happy accident after a two mile hike to a creek that ended up being dry. But we found another one!
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Wishing you a few more lazy days of summer!


Last month we took a 2 part trip to Minnesota for my husbands high school reunion and a location scout for a film we're working on. We started in the town(s) of New London/Spicer. Everyone says the two names together, not sure why and although I've asked, no one really knows.  He says it's because when he moved there when he was 12 there weren't enough kids to fill a school so they had to merge two towns worth of kids. And he moved from an even smaller town of about 500 people, I'll get to that later. I've been to Minnesota with him a lot but I've never been to New London/Spicer, specifically to beautiful Green Lake, which is in Spicer.

It was reunion weekend, which of course would include golf, which of course wouldn't include me, (that goodness), so as I usually do, when I go somewhere new, I set out to do a little pre-trip investigating. Oh and I should mention we stayed in Spicer Castle, which is a castle owned by the family of John Spicer for 123 years! And is said to have once been owned by the Great Gatsby himself. Hmm. It was lovely, old and rickety, but lovely.

My pre-trip investigating had me looking for anything like great cafes, shopping, sights, the usual. No offense to anyone from small Midwestern towns but there's a saying that trends usually take a few years to get from LA or NY to the middle of the country. So with that being said I was super excited to find a trendy fabulous boutique called Urban Escape. I first found them on instagram @UrbanEscape and they became #1 on my hit list for my Saturday of solo exploring. I also found a cute brewery that held yoga on their lawn on Saturday mornings and an adorable cafe that had gluten free options! I was impressed, New London/Spicer was full of surprises.

After the first reunion mingle on Friday night, which was really fun, Saturday morning showed up with a rainstorm. A rainstorm over breakfast in a castle, come on, who could ask for anything more. But of course golf was cancelled, and yoga, but the rest of my plans weren't and fortunately my husband likes to hang out with me and he even holds my purse while I take pictures, that's what makes a good marriage you know ;)

The rain let up and we were off to Urban Escape. It was even better than it's Instagram! They just moved to this new location and the decor was fabulous as well as the merchandise. You can shop them on line here. I'm not affiliated with them in any way, just sharing a great shop.

This describes me.

See what I mean, gorgeous right!? I realized when I was going through these pictures that I got so caught up in their great stuff, and what I was going to buy, that I didn't take any pictures of their great clothes! lol. So go on their site here.
Our first breakfast at Spicer Castle, and it was as good as it looks!
These pictures are from 'downtown' New London.
So cute, the backyard of the Goat Ridge Brewing Company. Where the yoga would have been.
 Middle Fork Cafe, loved this place.
 Green Lake.
Nicest compliment about my husband at his reunion was that although he left Minnesota when he was 18, to go to college in California and never went back, when he does come back he's the same o'l goof ball they knew in high school. Like I always say you can take the boy out of Minnesota but you can't take Minnesota out of the boy.
Bought some snacks to take back to the castle at a great store called Shoppe 14. They had a tasting salsa bar and a very eclectic mix of home goods, furniture, jewelry etc., beautiful and unique things.

Great DIY bench if you happen to have an extra claw foot tub around. And speaking of claw foot tubs, our room at the castle had one in the room, not in the bathroom but in the room, very 1800's and I took full advantage of it!
After new London it was time for some business and the second reason we were in Minn, location scouting for our upcoming film called BOO in Kiester Minn. A town of 500 people. If you follow me on social media you will recognize this creepy guy. 
Pick you up at 8?
Did I mention he made an appearance at the Castle too, after all, what's a 100 year old castle without a ghost?
Everyone in Kiester was so incredibly nice to us, they had even put my husbands picture in the paper with a little article about him coming back home to make a movie! Here are some of our location photos.
Kiester School soon to be AKA Willow Falls High.
 Check out that handsome ticket taker, not to mention the prices, this is a working theater $4.00! Take that Movie Pass.
More to come, but for now I have to keep it under wraps, no pun intended.  We'll be back!