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    Cooking in a VRBO Kitchen

    One of the benefits of renting a home instead of a hotel room is having a kitchen so you don’t have to eat all your meals out, which can eventually become expensive and unhealthy. How can you cook vacation meals while still feeling like you’re on vacation, though? By purchasing healthy and prepared items that are a little more extravagant than you normally would at home, you’ll feel festive, still be saving far more money than you’d spend eating out, and you’ll still fit into your jeans when you get back home. Cocktail Hour Items: Hummus and crudités jarred antipasto items like roasted peppers, marinated mushrooms, unique cheeses, and olives.…

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    One Minute to Better Sleep!

    We’ve all heard the admonishment to get more sleep. Experts say blue light from technology can impair our sleep quality, but sometimes a person really wants to get cozy with their Significant Other in bed in January. And by Significant Other, I of course refer to the ipad. Simply adjust your “Night Shift” setting under “Display & Brightness” in your Settings. From Sunset to Sunrise, make your display as warm as possible (the opposite of the dreaded Blue Light). Or you could get a pair of these sexy specs from Amazon, your choice.

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    Pretty Up Your February with Flowers

    With all due respect, T.S. Elliot, April might be the cruelest month, but February is a real handful. February is like a surly teenager who never grows up and becomes nice; instead, it just goes away for a year and then comes back to spew its “Omigod!’s” and its “Relax! It’s no big deal!’s” all over again. Since I hear that alcoholism is bad for your health, and my husband and I have fundamental disagreements about whether purchasing jewelry online in winter is a luxury or a necessity, I need some responsible coping strategies. I choose flowers. Trader Joe’s had some sweet little pink carnations this week, presumably for Valentine’s…

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    A Lazy Elegant Green Thumb

    Plants can be beautiful, healing, and provide life to interiors. Or they can be ugly and make you feel bad when they fail to thrive. In the immortal words of the late George Michael, CHOOSE LIFE. Limit your scope. Outdoors, stick to a few striking pots by your front and back doors. Indoors, focus on a few areas where you spend the most time: perhaps the kitchen counter, the living room coffee table, the bathroom, and the bedroom. 2. Limit yourself to fairly bright areas indoors. Sorry, that dark corner of your windowless bathroom will have to be brightened by a candle or vase of flowers (or both!) 3. Choose…

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    Isn’t Laziness Bad?

    Much like food, music, or clothing, laziness CAN be bad…or wonderful. Short-term laziness is bad. Incurring late fees Littering Having a careless appearance or environment Running out of gas Parking illegally or inconsiderately Long-term laziness is good: Being organized means you don’t spend time looking for things. Favoring timeless classics over trends saves time spent shopping, replacing things, and worrying if you’re on trend. Owning fewer but better things, means you’ve got less to purchase, care for, and decide amongst. You also can spend less time working to pay for excessive stuff. Choosing appropriately sized portions means you don’t have to “work off” excessive calories or waste a day nursing…

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    Want to live your Dream Life? But you’re also lazy? Me, too! Luckily for you, I organize my thoughts best by writing things down, so you can benefit from my mistakes discoveries by following along. How do I define Lazy Elegance? “Lazy” to me means conserving: time, money (for which we trade our time), energy “Elegance” to me connotes beauty and joy refinement or simplicity occasional luxury dignity and grace Through clever strategies, our lives can become richer and more fun. Richer and more fun! I felt that bore repeating.

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