What is Your Tendency?

I am reading an interesting book right now in my book club Mrs. Twist Reads This (read more here).  The Four Tendencies by NYT best-selling author, Gretchen Rubin, is an indispensable personality profile that reveals how to make your life better, and other people’s lives, too. During her multi-book investigation into human nature, Gretchen Rubin realized that by asking the suspiciously simple question “How do I respond to expectations?” we gain explosive self-knowledge. She discovered that people fit into Four Tendencies:  Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels.  Our Tendency shapes every aspect of our behavior, so understanding this framework lets us make better decisions, meet deadlines, suffer less stress and burnout, and engage more effectively. The first step is to determine what your tendency is.  Visit her website here to take a free, simple quiz.  After you have completed the quiz you will automatically learn your tendency.  Then dive into the … Continue reading “What is Your Tendency?”

What Would Holley Wear: Fall Transition

For everything there is a season. This applies to fashion just as much as anything else in life.  Because fashion is divided into seasons, sometimes it can be challenging to keep up with. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the four seasons are determined by shifts in sunlight, which is determined by how our planet orbits the sun and the tilt of the axis.    So, two things: …If you want to know what tilts my axis, it’s a new fashion season… …and when you throw in a transitional season, then that makes me “fall” in love with the fashion seasons even more! The beginning of fall was September 22 this year.  Sounds great, unless you live in Texas where it’s still in the 80’s and 90’s.  But please know….if there is a will, there is a way.  So, let’s talk about a few ways to transition into fall even when … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Fall Transition”

What Would Holley Wear: Home Town Style

With the new school year, it brings back fun memories of my school days. Would you be surprised if I told you some of my favorite school memories have to do with fashion?  That’s right…even in a small town in south Arkansas, I found fashion inspiration!  So, two things you need to know about girls from my home town: …The most beautiful girls I ever knew were from my home town… …and to this day, I still remember their style and how they inspired me! I can actually go back as far as 1st grade and remember what girls were wearing.  My favorite fashion memory from my early elementary days was petticoats, and the way I remember it, Tamra Parker was the petticoat queen.  Today’s petticoat equal would be a tulle skirt. Don’t you just love it when designers teach an old fabric new tricks?  The good news is they … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Home Town Style”

72 Hours in Granbury, Texas

Growing up, one of our favorite places to go for a day of fun was Granbury, Texas.  Just 45 minutes from Fort Worth it’s a charming place for a long weekend or mid-week getaway.  Thank you to Visit Granbury for affording me the chance to re-experience Granbury in a whole new way. My first day started at the Iron Horse Inn — where history meets hospitality. Throughout its history as a bed and breakfast the Iron Horse Inn has been featured in D Magazine, Southern Inns, Texas highways, and numerous Fort Worth and Dallas newspaper articles. Its owners, Don and Diana McBride, continue that tradition.  They greeted me upon arrival and gave me a tour of the grand mansion built in 1907 by Daniel C. Cogdell and his family after their 22-room Victorian mansion was completely destroyed in a fire. It has been lovingly restored to its original design by the McBrides.  … Continue reading “72 Hours in Granbury, Texas”

Pumpkin Spice Cheerios Bars

My stockpile of Pumpkin Spice Cheerios is growing and I picked up some Pumpkin Spice Special K and Frosted Shredded Wheat today.  I still haven’t made it to Trader Joe’s for my pumpkin haul, but that’s coming this weekend. My niece sent me this recipe from We are Not Martha and I thought I would give them a try for bookclub last night — Pumpkin Cheerios Marshmallow Treats.  They are like Rice Krispie treats, but with Cheerios. Ingredients: ½ stick (4 Tbsp) unsalted butter 11.5 oz. bag marshmallows (I used mini marshmallows) 7 cups Pumpkin Spice Cheerios (I think you could cut back to 6 cups so the bars aren’t too dry) ¼ tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp nutmeg ⅛ tsp ginger ¾ cup white chocolate chips Note:  I think you could easily increase the spices to 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and nutmeg and 1/4 tsp ginger. Directions: Spray 9×13 inch … Continue reading “Pumpkin Spice Cheerios Bars”

What a Clothing Stylist Taught Me

I am filling in for Holley today to show off her skills as a personal stylist. Disclaimer:  That is not a photo of my closet, but wouldn’t it be nice if it were? First, before your stylist arrives you need to do two things:  Go through everything in your closet.  Try on every piece of clothing, and touch every accessory, shoe, scarf and handbag.  Clean anything out that doesn’t fit, is stained, yellowed, need repairs or doesn’t make you feel fabulous.  Be brutal and honest with yourself. Do you really need seven black t-shirts?  If you wish you could fit into the pants or dress again, and you don’t now, chances are when you finally lose those 10 pounds you will want something new to celebrate, not a five year old dress.  Donate or if you have nice things that just don’t work for you anymore take them to a … Continue reading “What a Clothing Stylist Taught Me”

Mrs. Twist Reads This: Book Club This Thursday

Have you finished this month’s book club selection — The Heirs. It’s been fun hearing from our book club members as they get into each book to say “I love reading again” or “I am so glad I am learning to read different kinds of books.”  I echo these sentiments.  I love a good mystery, but it’s been enlightening to find myself reading books I wouldn’t normally pick up.  Rieger’s writing style is very descriptive and pulled me into the relationships that unfolded. Siblings, parents, spouses, lovers, history, she included everything. I gained perspective from each character, yet she left just enough mystery for me to wonder.  This is a good read and made me want her to write a sequel.* That’s exactly why I started Mrs. Twist Reads This — to broaden my horizons of books and to spend more time reading and less time using technology.  We are … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This: Book Club This Thursday”

There’s Something Special about SusieCakes

Every time I post stories like Holley’s on her Aunt Pat or meet people like Susan Sarich, I am reminded of the reason I started my blog — to share the legacy of family.   Thanks to Tanglewood Moms for posting information on their instagram, I had the chance to meet Susie and her staff at the pre-grand opening cake decorating class they offered at their new location of SusieCakes in Fort Worth. From Susie’s website:  “Every day Susie would come home from school to enjoy her grandmothers’ company over a glass of milk and a fresh baked treat. This daily baking ritual and special time together in the kitchen left a lasting impression. When Susie grew up to become Susan and moved to the West Coast, she brought along her grandmothers’ carefully recorded recipes on handwritten 4×6 cards. The pure and simple connection those recipes fostered helped Susan form SusieCakes … Continue reading “There’s Something Special about SusieCakes”

My Easy Three: In the Kitchen

My Easy Three are achievable tasks you can apply to keep you and your home organized.  For September I’ve got three easy things to do in the kitchen. First — go through your plastic storage containers.  Every few months or so, I sit down on the floor in my kitchen in front of the cabinet that stores all my plastic and glass food storage containers.  I take each base and try to find its lid.  Does the lid snap on easy, does it even fit?  Is the container stained, warped? Toss or recycle the rejects.I got a set of Pyrex glass containers from Costso.  They are easy to clean and don’t melt or warp in the microwave or dishwasher.  I keep the lids snapped on and stack them in the cabinet.  Having this nice set means I only need a few plastic or disposable ones for food I might want … Continue reading “My Easy Three: In the Kitchen”

What Would Holley Wear: Aunt Pat Style

Growing up, one of my heroes was my Aunt Pat.  She was the Mother of three daughters, had a PhD in Literature, and was a professor at the University of Missouri.  She was an inspiration to me and left this world way too soon.   One fond memory of Aunt Pat was her perspective on aging. Instead of saying someone was in their 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, etc., she would say they were in their “5th row, 6th row, or 7th row,” etc. The more I have thought about her view point over the years, and the older I become, I have to say her insight was genius.    So, two things you should know about me: …I am in my 6th row of life… …and I love fashion just as much now as I did in all of my former rows! But, like a lot of things with aging, I’ve … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Aunt Pat Style”