The Hemline Podcast – Living CoVida Loco Episode!

Wow!  What a difference a week can make.  Our country has come to a screeching halt due to CoVid-19, and we are all learning to traverse life’s journey on a different course. I hope you will tune into this special edition here.

Establish a routine:

I will be the first to say that lounging around my house in my pajamas is my favorite past-time. But, it’s important to have a routine – if children need it, so do adults.  If you are telecommuting from home, establish a good-for- you routine.  Set your alarm to get up in the morning. Make your bed (here is a terrific reason why making your bed every morning sets the tone for your success for the day). Get dressed (I’ll switch to yoga pants).  Include exercise in your routine. Since my gym is closed temporarily, I am working out at home on my patio and taking Hazel for walks. Have a lunch hour. This is a perfect time to pull out a pretty un-used journal in your stash and use it to track your work progress, make notes, keep schedules, and so on.  Here is a great article on the importance of establishing a routine.

Support Small Business:

This week I supported small businesses. I posted on social media about Hurley House yummy cinnamon rolls. I bought the cutest planter and plant from Stayin’ Alive Succulents to brighten up my home office. It’s a ceramic typewriter filled with a snake plant. I bought a super cute mid-century modern nesting end-table set from Fort Worth the Wait. And, I did all of this from my home!

 

How to Make Disinfectant Wipes:

I am always so curious what starts a frenzy and how. Who decided toilet paper would be the hot item for the pandemic!? Do you think the toilet paper industry is thinking the same thing? And, then there’s our trusty hand sanitizer runner-up. Since, both are either missing from the shelves or have been price-gouged, let’s try to make our own disinfectant wipes.

Here’s the link to the cleaning wipes how-to from One Good Thing. You can also check out all my other cleaning tips inspiration on my Pinterest board here. I guess the good thing we can say after all this is over, our homes and businesses are the cleanest they’ve ever been!

Bake Bread:

Behind toilet paper, and Chlorox wipes – loaves of bread are missing from the grocery shelves, too.  However, I would bet money that yeast is still plentiful. How about using this time to make bread? If you’ve never made bread before, now is the time to try it out. There are lots of great recipes in cookbooks (when was the last time you sat down with a good cookbook), or there’s always Pinterest. Visit my Pinterest board for Bread and Muffins  inspiration. Creating something like bread is cathartic; the feel of the soft bread in your hands is like velvet, and the smell as it bakes is relaxing. Here is a great basic white bread recipe with a video from the Pioneer Woman to get you started.  If you’d rather use your bread machine give this recipe a try. Get out a big stick of butter, jars of jams and honey and get the family at the table for something homemade.

Read or listen to a book:

Lastly, we will NOT meet for book club on March 25.  However, I will do a Facebook LIVE session and we can do a virtual meeting to discuss Lady Clementine. Read about my Mrs. Twist Reads This book club here. It’s free to join.

Want a fun way to read bedtime stories with your children, and you can listen, too? Actor Josh Gad is reading online via his Twitter page every night during the CoVid quarantines.  Read more about it here.

You can find The Hemline Podcast on all streaming stations – Player FM, Spotify, Stitcher, Listennotes, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you like to play your favorites. And, remember #celebrateeveryday.

The Hemline Podcast – with The OCD Bachelorette

I’ve got a fun show this week on my podcast episode featuring my friend and professional organizer, Elizabeth Jones. Elizabeth is the proprietor and #bossbabe of Nest and Transformation – an organization service. She has transformed many spaces in my home and is THE expert in projects big and small.

I’ve known Elizabeth for almost twenty years, and in this episode, we talk about how we reconnected when she helped me clear out and organize my attic space. We discuss our favorite product from The Container Store – the multi-purpose bin (I have these all over my house!), the myths of organizing and more. It’s really like sitting down with girlfriends. We are perked and unplugged!  I hope you enjoy this episode of Mrs. Twist and The OCD Bachelorette.

You can find The Hemline Podcast on all streaming stations – Player FM, Spotify, Stitcher, Listennotes, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you like to play your favorites.

It’s Back! Season Two of The Hemline Podcast

I am so happy to be back at the microphone!  I cannot believe it’s been a year since I wrapped up Season One – kinda like waiting for Mad Men to come back from hiatus.  I’ve changed up the name of the podcast to The Hemline. The Hemline is significant because I grew up tugging at the hem of my mother’s skirt. Skirt lengths can change over time, but southern hospitality never goes out of style. I’ll be sharing the same great content with some fun surprises and co-hosts for this season.

In this episode, I bring you up-to-date on why I had to take a break from the podcast and regroup – something called graduate school.  Wow, it’s been great to be back in school, but I had to learn some serious time management skills along the way.

I also had a life change as a 50+ woman – the “M” word – menopause and all that entails (think hot flashes and mood swings). Plus I share some information on new supplements I am taking to put me on track to embrace 2020 in the best health possible.

As always I include links to resources in my show notes.

Dietary Supplements I have added to my daily routine:

Ritual Daily Multivitamins for Women 50+ – It’s the very first daily vitamin I have stuck with mainly because it goes down so easy and it’s got a really nice mint flavor and scent. Let me know if you want a $15 coupon good toward your first month’s subscription and I will send you a promo link. Made by women for women. Many multis have 20+ ingredients you already get enough of from food. Ritual contains nutrients women need post-menopause—in absorbable forms your body can actually use – sourced in verified locations around the world. I take one in the morning when I rise, and one at night when I go to bed.

Goli Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies – I’ve been adding ACV to water for a while now, but these gummies are much easier to take. ACV promotes digestion, more energy, clearer skin, and it’s a natural detoxification supplement. I chew two gummies at night before bed.

Nature’s Way MCV Oil – Medium Chain Triglycerides made only from premium coconuts with no palm or filler oils.  Each serving provides 14 grams of 100% pure source MCTs, including caprylic and capric acids. It helps to promote brain and memory function, boosts energy and increases endurance, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels and helps to promote weight loss because it makes you feel full. I add one tablespoon to my coffee every morning.

Live Well Collagen Peptides – I add one scoop of this anti-aging powder to my fruit smoothie to promote hair, skin, nail growth and joint support. The latter is especially important since I am back in the gym.

As always, be sure to consult with your physician first before starting any new supplement to make sure it’s right for you.

Take a listen to season two, episode one here, or wherever you listen to your podcasts. And remember the sincerest form of appreciation is to share it with your friends.  Thanks for listening!

Home with a Twist Podcast Episode Nine: Food for Friends

I received a question from a reader…

“I was wondering if you had any great, easy food/dinner ideas for friends that are in mourning, recovering from surgery, ill, or that just need a night off from the kitchen. I am looking for a yummy easy salad, main course, and dessert, and preferably something that can be frozen (main dish) in case the recipient isn’t able to eat the food right away. Also, it needs to be able to travel in the car well. Nothing fancy, just a good, comfort dish. Thanks!”

On my lastest podcast episode I answer her question, but it took me 40 minutes just to talk about my passion for casseroles, so I decided to break it up into installments.  This first episode includes five of top my favorite casserole recipes and ideas for prepared food from restaurants you can take (if you are not a cook).  I will try to work on a downloadable file for all the recipes that you can access.  Until then, sit down with a pen and paper (or your laptop) and listen to episode nine.

For the next several episodes I will share side dishes, dessert and breakfast ideas so stay tuned.

On the topic of gardening, I share the secret to longlasting, colorful mounds of pansies in your garden to enjoy from fall to late spring.  You should see my pansies and daffodils right now.  Soon I will have bright red poppies stunning my front lawn.

I’ll get photos of my garden and share them on Instagram and Facebook.

Have a beautiful Monday and be sure to head over for a listen to my podcast here, on Soundcloud and where most podcasts are heard.

Home with a Twist Podcast Episode Eight and a Giveaway!

After too long of a break, I am back at my microphone with the lastest episode of Mrs. Twist Says This.  In this episode, I share stories of my brother, the third born of my siblings, my new adventure of entering graduate school, my mantra for 2019 #movetobloom, my Five Favorite Things and my latest project painting my Ladies Lounge thanks to my sponsor Jabo’s Ace Hardware and Kilz line of paints with Magnolia Homes by Joanna Gaines.

I spent the extra day we had off from MLK holiday back in January to complete a painting project I’ve been wanting to do in my front living room.  Jabo’s Ace, my official blog and podcast sponsor, hooked me up with two gallons of Magnolia Home paint by Kilz for Joanna Gaines and a set of paint brushes.  I selected the loveliest shade of pink called Ella Rose.  Be sure to listen to the podcast to hear all the details on my project. And thank you Jabo’s for the support! I love how it turned out.I also talked about my Five Favorite Things.  Satin pillowcases! And a GIVEAWAY!  The kind folks at Morning Glamour are giving you the opportunity to purchase a set of satin pillowcases at 25% using promo code MG25.

Mother loved her satin pillowcases and I know she used them religiously to keep her weekly hairdoo pretty, but did you know there are other beauty benefits, too?    In addition to providing a smoother surface for your hair strands, which reduces matting, breakage, tangling, and snagging, satin pillowcases are non-absorbent so they help your skin maintain maximum moisture whereas cotton pillowcases suck moisture from your skin (translation: that $90.00 face cream you put on at night is hydrating your pillow, not your face).  Satin pillowcases also help prevent wrinkles, allowing you to wake up with smooth, clear skin every morning.    The stay-put pocket flap ensures that these satin pillowcases will stay in place as you rest, ensuring you get the full benefits of sleeping on satin.  Here’s the also great news — one lucky HWT follower will win a free set of pillowcases.  Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

  1. In the comments below, leave me your Mother’s favorite beauty secret.
  2. Then head over to my Home with a Twist Facebook page here and “like” my page or Instagram here and follow Home with a Twist (of if you already liked me, then share my post on Facebook).
  3. Your name will be entered for each comment, like, follow or share.
  4. Winner will be randomly selected on Wednesday at 9 p.m. CST.  I will announce the winner on Facebook and connect you with the Morning Glamour folks to claim your set of pillowcase!

Want to hear my other favorite things?  Head over to your favorite channel for listening to podcasts or take a listen here on our desktop or device.  And be sure to use your promo code to stock up on pillowcases!

Happy listening!

Home with a Twist Podcast Episode Seven

I just uploaded a new episode of the Home with a Twist podcast you can find here and on any channel where you listen to podcasts.

This week I share all my favorite memories of Christmas growing up and how Mother made everything magical for our family.

I shared a fun game you can play called the “Great Candy Cane Pass” which you can find here on my Pinterest board “Ice breakers” where I literally have 103 games.  The idea is you pass peppermints right or left depending on your responses and the person with the most peppermints wins.  I think this might be fun to play on Christmas Eve.

Next, we talked about a delicious and clever cocktail idea called a Very Merry Ornamentini from Inspired by Charm.  I purchased these glass ball oranments I found on Amazon so guests can pour their own cocktails into glasses.  Here is the recipe for the sugared cranberries to use as a garnish.

I will serve the sip along side a tray of a traditional Southern appetizer recipe for Crispy Cheese Wafers.  They also make a perfect gift packaged up to give to neighbors, co-workers or as a hostess gift.  A twist on serving these wafers is along side a dish of pepper jelly and goat cheese.

And we finished the podcast sharing our bookclub selection for January — the classic Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.  Go here to read more and to sign up to join our bookclub.  We will be meeting January 27 at 7 p.m. to discuss the book.  This is a twist on our normal reads, but our goal for 2019 is to read at least 3-4 classics.  If you want to join our bookclub, go here to BookMovement our on-line, free platform that manages our bookclub.  Membership is free!

That’s a wrap for this week’s chat.  I hope to sneak in a few more shows before we move into 2019.  Thank you for your positive feedback on my podcast project.  Let me know what you want to hear.  Remember, seek joy in everyday!

Home with a Twist Podcast: Episode 6

Episode six is live and read to listen here on Soundcloud or any channel you listen to podcasts.

This episode I am sharing the life of my brother Jim and his death to suicide.   I included resources like the Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation and  the National Alliance for Mental Illness.

We talked about creating a mantra for 2019.  Mine for 2018 was #joiedevivre — Seek Joy in Everyday.  It has been one of the best strategies for me to focus on words of empowement rather than setting unrealistic goals.

Send this fun postcard to Santa from the app Touch Note.

And the game of This or That Christmas.  It is alot of fun. It you want a copy, email me at [email protected] and I will send it to your inbox.

I shared a fun retro recipe for Cinnamon Red Hot Cider that my mother loved to make for the holidays.  You can find it here on my Pinterest board. 

Thank you for listening. 

Mrs. Twist Says This Podcast Episode Five: Love, Loss, and Cranberry Martinis

Episode Five of the podcast is live here and on most channels where podcasts are heard.

The first part of the story, as most of my podcasts start with something personal, is an honest look at loss, love and my journey to be grateful each and every Thanksgiving.

I share the recipe for Mother’s fabulous Sweet Potato Delight, which Miss Bee will be making for the first time on her own this year – I am taking a break from cooking and I am SO EXCITED!

Here’s the video I mentioned on the hilarious Friends episode over Ross’s dismay that someone ate his “Moist Maker” sandwich.  I gafaw at this every time I see it.

Then, I talk about Ina Garten and her new cookbook Cooking Like Pro.  I have managed to collect most all of her cookbooks – she has ten.  In her book Make it Ahead she shares “Ten Make Ahead Tips” when hosting a dinner party.

While we are on the subject of Ina, I shared her recipe for Cranberry Martinis which I am serving to guests on Thanksgiving as my welcome cocktail.  I cooked the cranberries and orange rind last night on the stove and the house smelled like a citrus grove.  You then pour into a pitcher of vodka and let it sit in the fridge for a few days to infuse.  Serve over ice with triple sec and POW! it’s a Thanksgiving miracle!

Let’s see, I think we finished up with some fun ice breaker activities you can play with guests to create conversation and connection.  I’ve got 81 Ice Breaker ideas posted on my Pinterest board here.  I’m especially enjoying the “This or That” versions.

Thank you for the blessing of your readership.  I hope you feel the love today.  And remember, seek joy in everyday.  #joiedevivre

Mrs. Twist Says This Podcast: Episode Four

Episode four of the podcast is live and available here or on most apps where podcasts are found (iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Podcast Addict, etc…).

This week on the podcast I am sharing memories of holidays spent at our family farm, five great questions to ask if you conduct job interviews, how I started a successful bookclub through BookMovement, a fabulous cocktail recipe and the value of focusing less on things being perfect for Thanksgiving.

Here’s the link to the podcast Safe for Work (look for August 13 episode).

Want to join our Mrs. Twist Reads This bookclub — you can sign up here and go here to see what we are reading this month.

The Apple Cider Bourbon cocktail is from Style me Pretty here .

You can also read here how I am outsourcing my Thanksgiving food this year to spend more time doing nothing.

I love to hear your comments on the content — and feedback on what you’d like to hear more of.  And subscribing to my podcast on your preferred channel helps me to gain more listeners.

Here’s to seeking joy in everyday!  Thanks for listening.

Home with a Twist Podcast — Episode Two

A new episode of the Home with a Twist podcast is live and you can access it here.  Or, find this and previous episodes on:

Soundcloud.com.

Google Play

Player FM

Stitcher.com

Be sure to subscribe on your channel of choice so each new episode it waiting for you.

This week’s episode I share the story of how my parents came to live with me and how Mother’s life and death inspired me to start blogging.

I share my “Friyay” Fit — three things that give me inspiration for the weekend  – three podcasts I am listening to right now that I really enjoy…

Dirty John, Bon Appetit Foodcast and The Turquoise Table.

Winterizing your skin — I love these products especially during the winter months when my skin is really needing extra moisturizing – Josie Maran Argan Oil Body Butter  and  I love this eye cream from Peter Thomas Roth.

I share my favorite new sparkling wine from Piper Sonoma.  And lastly I shared a delightful list from Joelle Charming “How to be Charming” a printable you can find on my Pinterest board here.

Thank you for tuning in this week.  As always, if you can leave a comment or favorable review on my podcast at Soundcloud.com it helps more people to find what you love hearing!  Have a fab Friday!