Intentional Living: Wardrobe Audit

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January is a month for restoring, restarting and setting intentions for the coming year. A wardrobe audit is essential this month. Take the time to edit, repair, purge and organize the contents of your closet to set the tone for the year and get the most from your wardrobe.

First, a closet detox is in order, review the roadmap on how to make decisions on what to keep, sell and store.

Once you have gathered your clothing to sell, review our Where To Sell Used Clothes guide to decide where to sell items from designer duds to fast fashion and vintage.

Join us next week for a few how-to methods on making your favorite sweaters look their best this season and for years to come.

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Weekend Reading: Lagom

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Start the year off right with a little thing called Lagom from the Swedes. Lagom is defined as not too much, not too little, just the right amount. And since we all love to read books about how to improve our lives through simplifying (re: Essentialism, Slow Living etc), I couldn’t resist sharing this idea with you. There are a few books out on the subject, see links below. In the books you will read about the power of no, the importance of listening vs. speaking and just the right amount of… well, everything. The books go into how to apply this laid back mentality to parenting, entertaining, decluttering your home and nurturing your relationships. It all sounds good to us!

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2018!

The Swedish Secret of Living Well | Balanced Living, The Swedish Way | The Swedish Art of Balanced Living

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Essentials: Cross Body Tote

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Introducing the DE SMET Cross Body Tote in canvas colored brushed twill. With four interior pockets and an asymmetric wide strap, comfort and function are at the core of this design. View the Cross Body Tote on film for more. Order before December 15, 2017 for guaranteed delivery before Christmas.

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Postcard: Noguchi Museum

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A hidden gem in Long Island City, Queens. The Noguchi Museum and Garden features work from the Japanese-American sculptor, Isamu Noguchi who studied under Brancusi. Filled with marble and stone sculptures formed into organic shapes, every inch of the museum inspires.

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Pear Essentials

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For over a month we’ve been getting pears in our CSA fruit share. I’ve never been the biggest fan of this fruit, but hate to waste food, so I thought if I read about the health benefits of pears, it would encourage me to eat them before they expire. Here are some of the health benefits I found most motivating…

-Pears have high vitamin C and vitamin K as well as copper: all antioxidants that protect our cells from damage from free radicals.

-One pear contains up to 11 percent of our daily recommended intake of vitamin C and 9.5 percent of our daily recommended intake of fiber.

-Ripe pears contain a natural sugar alcohol called ‘sorbitol’ or ‘glucitol’, which feeds your hair roots, nourishing the scalp and keeping the hair moisturized leading to healthier hair all around.

-Even though it is slightly sweet, with low glycerin index and high fiber content pears helps control the sugar levels in the blood. Keeping your blood sugar leveled also helps keep your hormones balanced which has multiple health benefits.

-Pears have a high folic acid

-Pears are a natural anti-inflammatory.

And if this doesn’t motivate you to eat pears raw, you can always try out one of these pear-based recipes:

Edamame and Pear Crostini | Pear Salad | Roasted Pears with Cardamom Cashew Cream | Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Pear with Thyme

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