5 Things that Happen to a Woman When She Dresses Well

The way a person feels on the inside reflects on the outside. But did you know what you wear can affect your inner world? When you dress well, there are some interesting things that happen. Dressing well doesn’t necessarily mean having an expensive wardrobe, it could mean styling the one you have with intention.

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Research shows that you can tell a lot about someone’s personality, politics, status, age and income just from looking at a photo of their shoes.

1.Dressing Well Changes the Way We Think About Ourselves

Your outfit impacts your mindset. How a woman dresses changes the way she thinks because it changes the way she feels. When you dress well, you feel good about yourself. Thoughts follow emotions, just as emotions follow the thoughts we have.

An author of the study, Abraham Rutchick, stated, “Putting on formal clothes makes us feel powerful, and that changes the basic way we see the world.” source

When you dress well you feel good about yourself and your self confidence increases.

2. Dressing Well Causes Others to Perceive You as Being Smart

In 1991, the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal conducted a study titled Influence of Dress on Perception of Intelligence and Expectations of Scholastic Achievement.

The study included over 900 students and teachers in Ohio and found that both students and teacher assumed that students wearing dressier, nice clothes had both:

  1. A higher IQ
  2. Higher grades source

By just dressing well, you’ll be perceived as more intelligent to others.

3. Dressing Well Attracts Like Minded People

The subconscious connection

The clothes you wear and the way you present yourself will change the way other people hear what you say. It will subconsciously tell them if you’re like them or different. It will determine the way they see you, whether they’ll listen to you, and whether they trust you.

What you wear matters. Whether you believe it or not, how you dress changes who you are. It changes the value of what you have to say.

4. How We Dress Affects Our Performance

For better focus, dress like a doctor. In research published in July 2012 in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, subjects made half as many mistakes on an attention-demanding task when wearing a white lab coat. On another attention task, those told their lab coat was a doctor’s coat performed better than either those who were told it was a painter’s smock or those who merely saw a doctor’s coat on display. —Matthew Hutson

All participants performed the same task, but those wearing the “doctor’s coat” were more careful and attentive. Their actions were influenced by their clothing.

5. Feeling Sad? Dressing well can improve your mood

Feeling sad or upset? While our mindset most definitely affects the way we dress; the reverse may also hold true. What we wear could affect how we cope on days when we are depressed, anxious and stressed. Research says the quickest little fix for a bad day is to wear brightly colored clothes. Cheerful colors work as a mini pick-me-up; and thus boosting our mood and energy. Also, we associate bright colors with happiness, sunny days, and carefree times.

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Decorating with Gold and Brass

Go for Gold!

Decorating with gold and brass adds a warm luxurious richness to an area. Gold home accents add sophistication and class. It’s like adding jewelry to your room; it can be subtle or bold. You can find gold home accents for every budget. You can incorporate gold accents into your home decor through hardware, fabrics, furniture, vignettes, light fixtures and more. Find beautiful gold inspiration here with gold living room decor ideas, kitchen gold and more!

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White and Gold Decor:

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This classic farmhouse style bathroom evokes feelings of warmth and comfort. It’s classic and inviting so it makes you want to stay a while! Modern farmhouse keeps those same principles but adds a few modern touches of clean lines and stark contrast of colors. The splashes of gold add sophistication.

Gold Kitchen Decor:

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Gold is highly noticeable! As such, a golden item will instantly capture your attention, even if it’s very small and doesn’t seem too important at first glance. Making the best of small details is what decorating essentially comes down to!

Green and Gold Inspiration:

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Gold reflects light in a room and adds sparkle and radiance.

Living Room Gold Decor:

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Black and Gold:

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Pastels and Gold:

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Amazon has some GREAT home decor items. They’re a little hard to find (considering the site has thousands upon thousands of items to browse through, is this really that surprising?) but with a little persistence and clicking through the “customers also bought” items, you might just score a treasure or two. Lucky for you, I did the legwork. Check out the beautiful home items I sourced below – Happy Shopping.

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Gold Accents for the Living Room:

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1.Sequins throw pillow cover

2.Andy Star oval wall mirror

3.Elegance atlas square gold glass bowl

4.Faux cowhide shaped area rug

5.European style gold curtains

6.Allgala 3 pce set jumbo luxury hurricane candle lantern set

7.Walker Edison rustic farmhouse side end table

8.Omiro decorative wall mirror

9.Decorative gold velvet throw pillow covers

10.Set of 2 brass geometric metal hanging plant pots

11.Set of 2 desk lamps

12.Uttermost Naeva gold end table

13.Creative Co-op round hammered metal bowl

14.IMMEA round flower vase

15.Modern vibrant gold foil printed metallic shiny soft pillow covers set

16.EZDC gold tray(mirror tray)

17.IMMEEA small gold vanity tray

For gold diy projects, this is the best gold spray paint!

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Gold Culinary:

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Rose gold tea pot
Gold cutlery
Gold tea pot
Gold charger plate
Gold Pineapple Decor (ceramic canister)

Gold Hardware:

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Rachel

14 February Wallpapers for Your Phone

Fabulous February! ❤️ February is a great time to think about love and being intentional about showing love to the people in our lives. (Well, year-round is a good time to do that, but especially February with Valentine’s Day). Here are 14 wallpaper ideas for February for your phone that help keep your thoughts on love. Pinks, reds, hearts, flowers, candy.

How to save on your phone:

Press and hold the photo that you want and click ‘add to photos’ or ‘save to iPhone’. This should work on Androids as well!

You might need to crop these photos slightly depending on the size of phone that you have but every photo here should still look just as good when adjusted.

Once you’ve saved the photo to your camera roll, you can go into settings and change your wallpaper.

Keep in mind that you can set a different photo for your lock screen and home screen respectively.

For February wallpapers for your desktop click here.

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February Picture Books to Read to the Kids in Your Life

Favourite February Picture Books to Read to the Kids in Your Life

February is the month of being intentional about love, with a big focus around Valentine’s Day 💕. Children’s books were such a part of our daily rhythm as our kids were growing up. There is something wonderful about how books that are meant for kids offer all of us something worthwhile to learn. It takes a special author and illustrator to brings those ideas to life on every page. Below is a list of some of our favourites that go along with the month of February and a love theme.

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Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli

One wintry day, a postman delivers a mysterious package with a big pink bow to a lonely man named Mr. Hatch.

“Somebody loves you,” the note says.
“Somebody loves me!” Mr. Hatch sings as he dusts his living room.
“Somebody loves me!” Mr. Hatch whistles as he does his errands in town.
“But who,” Mr. Hatch wonders, “could that somebody be?”

After some time, Mr. Hatch discovers just who his secret admirer is and, in doing so, enjoys the biggest surprise of his life!

Cinderella Penguin by Janet Perlman

Flippers replace slippers in this updated and “penguinized” retelling of the classic tale.

The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting

Mr. and Mrs. Bear have never celebrated St. Valentine’s Day because they hibernate during the winter.

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema

“In this Caldecott Medal winner, Mosquito tells a story that causes a jungle disaster. “Elegance has become the Dillons’ hallmark. . . . Matching the art is Aardema’s uniquely onomatopoeic text . . . An impressive showpiece.”
-Booklist, starred review.

Winner of Caldecott Medal in 1976 and the Brooklyn Art Books for Children Award in 1977.

The Teeny Tiny Woman by Paul Galdone

A slightly silly, slightly spooky, 100% fun edition of the old English ghost story is a spine-tingling addition to the Folk Tale Classics series.
Give me my bone! When a teeny-tiny woman finds a teeny-tiny bone in the teeny-tiny village churchyard, she takes it home to boil for her teeny-tiny supper. She never expects the bone will object . This old English ghost story, retold and illustrated with singular wit by Paul Galdone, is spine-tingling, funny bone-tickling fun. With hidden details to discover in the illustrations and plenty of repetition in the text, young children will enjoy joining in on this read-aloud. Now part of the Folk Tale Classics series, with gold foil stamping on the cover, this one is sure to become a story time favorite at Halloween or any time!

Snowy Valentine by David Peterson

Step out into a snowy Valentine’s Day with Jasper the bunny as he searches the forest valley for a special gift for his loved one.

In his picture-book debut, David Petersen, the Eisner Award–winning creator of Mouse Guard, tells a delightful tale that becomes the perfect way to say “I love you.”

Bring this sweet story home to your Valentine today.

Jack and the Beanstalk by Paul Galdone

Young readers are sure to delight in Galdone’s version of this classic story, and the lively illustrations and rhythmic storytelling make it perfect for reading aloud with little ones. With a gorgeous cover in keeping with the rest of the Folk Tale Classics series, the story of Jack and his magic bean has never been more irresistible.

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

A young woman holds her newborn son
And looks at him lovingly. 

Softly she sings to him:
“I’ll love you forever
I’ll like you for always
As long as I’m living
My baby you’ll be.” 

So begins the story that has touched the hearts of millions worldwide. Since publication in l986, Love You Forever has sold more than 30 million copies in paperback and the regular hardcover edition (as well as hundreds of thousands of copies in Spanish and French).

You Are My Happy by Hoda Kotb

A #1 New York Times bestseller and Amazon Best Books of the Year selection!

From Hoda Kotb, the Today show co-anchor and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of I’ve Loved You Since Forever, comes a bedtime snuggling book about gratitude for the things in life—both big and small—that bring us happiness.

As mama bear and her cub cuddle together before closing their eyes for a good night’s sleep, they reflect on the everyday wonders of life that make them happy.

Inspired by her own nighttime routine with her daughter, Haley Joy,Kotb creates another beautiful treasure for parents and children to enjoy together. With charming and lush illustrations from bestselling artist Suzie Mason, this soothing yet playful lullaby explores the simple joy of taking a moment to be grateful.

I’ve Loved You Since Forever by Hoda Kotb

New York Times #1 Bestseller!

I’ve Loved You Since Forever is a celebratory and poetic testament to the timeless love felt between parent and child. This beautiful picture book is inspired by Today show co-anchor Hoda Kotb’s heartwarming adoption of her baby girl, Haley Joy.

With Kotb’s lyrical text and stunning pictures by Suzie Mason, young ones and parents will want to snuggle up and read the pages of this book together, over and over again. This board book is perfect for sharing with the littlest ones.

In the universe,

there was you and

there was me,

waiting for the day our

stars would meet. . .

Saint Valentine by Robert Sabuda

How did Valentine’s Day, one of our most popular holidays, begin?
It started in ancient Rome when a kind physician named Valentine took an interest in a young blind girl. With his healing skill and his deep faith he restored her sight. What we now call Valentine’s Day began when he sent the little girl a secret message, which she received after the Christian martyr was executed. For this tale rich in sentiment, master illustrator Robert Sabuda has created exquisite paper mosaics to suggest early Christian art that resonates with both subtlety and power.

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Pretty and Creative Ways to Organize and Display Everyday Items

Bathroom:

Baskets, trays, shelves, chairs and walls are all different ways to creatively and beautifully display your everyday items. Below are some ideas to inspire you to pretty, creative and functional ways to organize and decorate with your everyday items.

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Bath items that look like decor while keeping everything organized:

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Random bathroom items like face cloths, brushes, toothpaste can all be put in a pretty basket:

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Put towels on a pretty chair:

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I love this diy driftwood necklace holder. It doesn’t just hold jewellery, it looks beautiful as art:

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Entryway or Mudroom:

Everyday items hung on a wall:

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Living Room:

Display books beneath an open coffee table:

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Group books together by colour:

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Kitchen:

Group commonly used items together in a pretty tray:

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Dairy Free Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you liked my Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies then you’ll love these dairy free DOUBLE chocolate chip cookies!

These are SO good and won’t last unless you freeze them and pace yourself😃

Makes about 2 dozen

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups vegan margarine

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

3/4 cup cocoa

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups chocolate chips(dark chocolate or dairy free choice of your liking)

This vegan margarine was a game changer for us with dairy free baking.

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Cream together vegan margarine and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix to combine.

In a separate bowl mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add the flour mixture and chocolate chips to the egg mixture just until combined. Drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Bake for 8-9 minutes. The cookies are very soft when they first come out of the oven. They will firm up as they cool. Let cool 10 minutes and enjoy!

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These dairy free chocolate chip cookies are SO good.

You can NOT stop at just one of these. Have four then back off until tomorrow. Or freeze them. They are that good!

Ingredients:

Makes 2 dozen cookies

1 1/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup vegan margarine

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 cup chocolate chips(dark chocolate or dairy free version of your choice)

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Mix vegan margarine, sugar, egg and vanilla together and then add dry ingredients to the wet. Make into balls(a small ice cream scooper works great for this) about one heaping tablespoon in size. Once cookie dough balls are on the cookie sheet, flatten them down a bit with the back of a spoon.

This vegan margarine has been a game changer for us for doing dairy free baking.

Bake at 350 F for 10 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and then enjoy!

Note: If you want to change these to regular chocolate chip cookies, just replace vegan margarine with an equal amount of butter.

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Easy Bathroom Cleaning Hacks

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When our kids were being trained to help out around the house, not one of them did a happy dance when being told it was their turn to clean the bathroom. To tell you the truth, I’m not excited when it’s my turn either! But everyone has to do things they don’t like.

Here are some easy bathroom cleaning hacks to make your bathroom cleaning easier and give you the motivation to do it.

If you have a shower curtain, throw the shower curtain and liner in the wash(read the washing instructions on the label first). Hang back up in the shower to dry

Have all your cleaning supplies in a container in the bathroom under the sink; this saves you from having to gather all your supplies together every time. They’re all there, ready to go. This is what I have in my bathroom cleaning kit: paper towels(for cleaning the outside of the toilet), 2 cleaning cloths(one for the mirror, one for the counters, shower walls and bathtub edges, a scrubbing brush for the inside of the bathtub and shower floor(not in picture), vinegar-water solution, gloves, Vim(for cleaning the shower floor and interior bathtub , toilet bowl cleaner, and a toothbrush for cleaning hard to get to, stuck-on areas around the taps.

Having a bathroom cleaning kit not only saves me time from getting all the supplies together, it motivates me to start cleaning because it’s ready to go.

Line your garbage can with a plastic bag. Then you’re not having to deal with dirty garbage cans. Keep extra bags in the bottom of the can, under the current bag being used, so when you take out the full bag, there’s another one right there for you.

Keep a rag or paper towels in your bathroom cleaning kit to wipe off splatters on the mirror right after they happen through the week.

I try to use natural, chemical-free cleaners as much as possible. natural-water solution makes an excellent and economical all-purpose cleaner. I use it for the sink, mirror, counter tops, shower walls, toilet exterior and bathroom floor. I mix equal amounts of white vinegar and water and keep it in a spray bottle.

Pick the same day each week to clean the bathroom. It’s much faster and easier cleaning a bathroom that’s cleaned regularly than one that hasn’t been cleaned for weeks on end.

Take a moment when you’ve finished cleaning to look around and admire your work. It’s a pleasure walking into a clean bathroom!

My teenage daughter jokingly likes to say her number one bathroom cleaning hack is “Get Mom to do it.”

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Valentine Inspiration for Short Nails

For those of us who love beautiful nails and have always wanted long fingernails, but were never able to, here are some beautiful Valentine nail ideas to inspire you.

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Here’s a really simple way to make a heart on your nails:

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Amazon has some GREAT manicure and pedicure essentials. They’re a little hard to find (considering the site has thousands upon thousands of items to browse through, is this really that surprising?) but with a little persistence and clicking through the “customers also bought” items, you might just score a treasure or two. Lucky for you, I did the legwork. Check out the beautiful manicure and pedicure essentials I sourced below – Happy Shopping.

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1. Nail Dryer

2. Nail Files and Buffer set

3. Grip and Tip Nail Polish Holder

4. 10 piece Plastic Acrylic Nail Art Soak Off Cap Clip

5. Electric Bubble Nail Soaking Bowl

6. Ginger Lily Farms Botanicals Pedicure Spa Tablets

7. Pedicure Kit

8. Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak with Epsom Salt

9. HoMedics Bubble Mate Foot Spa

10. Professional Cuticle Cutter Trimmer Manicure Tool

11. Zizzon Professional Nail Care Kit

12. Wistonia Nail Art Brush Set

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Healthy Homemade Granola

Enjoy a healthy start to your day with this homemade granola.

Ingredients:

8 cups oat flakes (organic is best)

2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut

1 tsp salt

1 cup olive oil

1 cup liquid honey(unpasteurized is best)

1 Tbsp vanilla

Mix the dry ingredients together. Add the olive oil, honey and vanilla to the dry ingredients and mix well.

Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper, and divide the granola evenly spreading it across both pans.

Bake at 350 F for 5 minutes, in the middle of the oven, stir and then bake another 7 minutes. Carefully remove from pans into a big bowl to cool. I just lift up the parchment paper with the granola on it and carefully place it over the bowl and let the granola slide off. The granola will be soft at first and gets crunchy as it cools. I remove it from the cookie sheets as soon as it comes out of the oven or it will stick to the parchment paper.

Stir occasionally as it cools to keep from sticking together. Let cool completely and then enjoy! I like to add a variety of toppings: raisins, almonds, cranberries, pecans, stewed rhubarb, apple sauce, fruit, yogurt.

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