Wednesday, December 5, 2018


Recently I've done some soul searching regarding blogger. While I love sharing my thoughts and researching ideas, writing lengthy posts is my least favorite task. Spending hours researching, writing, and proofreading has impacted my family time more than I original expected. I started this blog as a single, college student. I am unable to dedicated the same love and attention to this as I once did. I would rather color with my 3 year old and snuggling my 1 year old than sit in front of a laptop furiously typing away. My family is the most important thing to me. And by the end of the day, I just want to enjoy a cup of tea and relax.

So I will not be continuing Princessly Living in this form anymore. I will continue to make short posts on Instagram. But I all closing this chapter on my life currently. Not for reasons of lacking motivation or losing my purpose like before. This time I am leaving this form of blogging because when these precious early years are gone I will never get them back. I could never forgive myself if I missed anything because I let my hobby get in the way.

Goodbye for now. Maybe one day I will return to blogger, but for now farewell.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

'Tis the season for holiday cards

I am sorry for being horribly delinquent again. This is such a busy time of year. However it's the wonderful time of year for Christmas cards! Call me old fashion, but I love sending Christmas cards to family and friends. Unfortunately in the past years with babies and moving, we have been lax with sending them out. Thankfully, this year we are in a good position to start again.

Card etiquette can be confusing and stressful. While I am not Ms. Manners, below are some of the tips I follow.

Keep a list
 • Everyone should have a correspondence list. I unfortunately lost mine, so I have to spend extra time this year collecting the information again. Our list includes family, friends, close coworkers, and anyone we have received cards from before. I also include our service workers and teachers.

Timing is everything
 • While the saying "Better late then never" can apply to many things, late holiday cards are most unfestive. I find it best to send cards 2-3 weeks before Christmas. I have even seen many etiquette guidelines say to send cards no later than the first full week in December.

 • I prefer to send old fashion mailed card. I know a lot of people have switched to electronic cards. I find this rather impersonal. I see the art of hand writing a personal message and addressing a paper card as an act of generosity. I love to receive cards that someone took time out of their day to prepare.

What to write
 • No matter the occasion, cards should always include at least a sentence or two and a signature. Your      recipients want to read what you have to say, not just what the card makers thought. I try to pick cards with a nice message, but a hand written message is also a must.

The envelope
 • Cards should be placed in the envelope facing the back. Then when the recipient opens the envelope they see the front of your card. I also like to write a small message such as Have a Very Merry Holiday or Have a Shining New Year on the inside flap. And please, no name stamps! While they may be a time saver and have a cute image. Please write your return address. They look out of place and gaudy with nice hand writing.

Naming format
 • Finally now to address and sign the cards.  When possible I prefer to address cards to the whole family. I only include individual last names if we are only acquaintance or if that is the person's preference.

The Smith Family
Dad, Mom, Children - oldest to youngest

Unmarried couples
My friend and significant other

Sending Holiday cards does not have to be stressful. Plus if you are writing cards then why not buy accessories?

A wonderful touch to letters is the traditional sealing wax. The stamps can be customized for the season, monogram, or family crest. Seal wax: Etsy
Stencils can be very useful to keep addresses and messages straight and equal size. Stencil: Amazon

And finally since you are going to writing quite a lot, why not have a beautiful and comfortable pen? I love customized pens. Fountain pen: Amazon

mage from: pexels

Sunday, November 25, 2018

9 End of Year To Dos

It is amazing that there is only one month left in 2018. It seems that it was September only recently. But as my family sets up our Christmas decorations and we buy new calendars, I have to accept that this year is coming to an end. 2018 was a good year. I celebrated 13 years together and 5 years of marriage with Brad. We had several family trips. I tried several delicious recipes. And I lost 37lbs.

I have such plans for 2019. My eldest son will have his first day of school. We will make more improvements to our home. And I will continue to develop my blog and Instagram. I enjoy finishing tasks and planning long term goals so l tend to start New Year's Resolutions early.

The end or beginning of a year starts people in a frenzy to better themselves. Buying gym memberships, starting diets, and creating to do lists. Below are my top end of the year To Dos.

1. Declutter
 • It can be hard to concentrate and start over new when weighed down by the clutter of old. Decluttering allows for you to start over fresh.

2. Prepare goals for next year
 • Planning long term goals allows me to work toward my future. I know what I want to accomplish next year and by when. Preparing goals ahead also saves me time trying to remember what I need to work on after completing previous goals.

3. Select holiday card/gifts
 • I love selecting our holiday card and gifts. I love showing friends and family how much I appreciate them. And I also enjoy preparing something for our neighbors, postal worker, and sanitation workers.

4. Set-up for any important appointments
 • Schedule any important meetings and doctor's appointments before you get too busy and forget. December and January are always a whirlwind for me. Between family events, holiday parties, and preparing for the holidays. Your schedule and other people's schedules are too busy to plan something last minute.

5. Complete any past year's goals
 • While preparing for next year, do not forget there is still time left in this year. Complete whatever tasks you were already working on. See if there are any last goals that could be complete before Auld Lang Syne starts playing.

6. Volunteer/do something good
 • It is always best to be charitable and kind to others. It is especially good to be charitable around this time of year. It can be difficult for some during the holidays.

7. Do something you love
 • The end and beginning of a year can be busy and chaotic. Remember to make time to do something you love. Holiday burnout is a waste of a wonderful time of year. Make time in your busy schedule to relax and pamper yourself.

8. Get rid of bad habit
 • The end of the year is an excellent time to rid yourself of old habits. it is difficult to improve oneself if one holds onto old horrible habits.

9. Re-evaluate old projects
 • And finally the end if the year is also an excellent time to re-evaluated projects that are incomplete. If you find the task not important or meaningless, it might be best to drop the project and work on something else.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

10 must for a princessly lifestyle

I love the princessy lifestyle. The femininity, the etiquette, and the pampering. It has been an infatuation of mine ever since 2003 when I first discovered lolita fashion. I appreciate and love myself more when following this aesthetic. I am happier and take better care of myself as well.

As a child I believed only pretty, petite girls could follow this lifestyle and I was neither. Until my freshman year in high school I was the tallest person in my grade. At graduation I was still among one of the tallest girls. I had always been a heavy set child as well. I was a tomboy because that was the style I thought I could follow.

However as I grew in confidence thanks to old and new friends, I decided to follow my dream. I was not going to let my height or weight dictate my interests. I was going to dress the way I wanted. And I was going to follow my interests. I am so much happier that I did.

Over the years I found 10 must haves to follow a princessy lifestyle.

1. Take care of skin and nails

 • Having nice skin and nails is a must. Find a moisturizer that works for your skin type and the season. Take vitamins contain vitamin A and biotin to promote healthy skin, hair, and nails. Always keep your nails clean and make sure there are no chips in your nail polish. Try not to pick at your skin.

2. Prefect their smile.

 • Having a nice smile is important not only for appearance, but also for health. Visit the dentist as directed. Brush your teeth twice daily. Cut down on teeth staining beverages. Work on perfecting a smile that works well with the shape of your face.

3. Find a signature hairstyle

 • Having a signature hairstyle is stylish and a time saver. I know how I plan to wear my hair 90% of the time. And I always receive amazing compliments when I style my hair another way.

4. Learn how to speak publicly

 • One should always be confident and prepared for public speaking. Be it a meeting or an important phone call, one should always be able to speak calmly and clearly.

5. Eat healthy and exercise

 • Nothing is more important than your health. Healthy people tend to be happy and look their best. They glow and have more energy. Plus losing weight allows for greater clothing choices.

6. Read daily

 • Successful and intelligent people read daily. Not just the news or fiction. They are on a mission to learn something new daily. I love to start my mornings by studying different languages.

7. Mind your manners

 • Nothing ruins to princessly aesthetic faster than horrible manners. A meaningful please and thank you can go a long way. One should be patient and a good listener. Always be punctual and RSVP promptly. And do not make a promise you cannot keep. When someone speaks give them your full attention.

8. Be charitable

 • Almost everyone has a cause they are passionate about. Donate, provide your time, or help someone else in need. If one is able to give one should.

9. Diversify interests and hobby

 • Successful and wealthy people tend to have a wide variety of interests and hobbies. They have an expansive list of topics to discuss when meeting new people. It also allows for greater networking possibilities.

10. Take pride in appearance

 • Dress for your body shape. Get rid of old, torn, and worn out clothes. One should always dress nicely for any occasion.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Part two: Healthy eating

In addition to losing weight, eating for your body is crucial. Nothing matters if one does not have good health. Eating unhealthy can cause weight gain and malnourishment. The human body cannot functional properly if it is not taken care of properly. In addition to the main food groups and portion control, you have to eat what works for your body. One size fits all diet regimens do not work for everyone. The diet may not produce results or if there are results the participate feels horrible. One needs to know what foods or restrictions work for their body.
I have Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes me several issues if I eat anything that contains wheat, rye, or barley. I even have to be careful of food with certain seasonings or have modified food starch. This can sometimes make eating a game of Russian Roulette.
While gluten free has become a new weightloss fad, it is frustrating to not be taken seriously when asking if something is gluten free. This is not a choice or luxury diet for me. Symptoms of migraines, joint pain, digestive issues, fatigue, acne, and dermatitis herpetiformis cannot be ignored. I would jump for joy if I could eat normal bread, desserts, or pasta. Although I am thankful that since gluten free diets have become popular most foods are clearly marked if they contain wheat. And there are more gluten free options than when I was younger.
One should never judge or disregard others if they say they have a dietary restriction.  Nothing is more vital than your health. My littles experience Celiac symptoms as well. I know that others will think of me as the annoying food police mother. But this is important. I want myself and my family to be the heathiest we can be. 

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