January Cleaning/Organizing Makeup Purge

Howdy Y’all,

How are y’all today? Today I need to get back to the gym so that is my mission, I hope not to fail, what are your plans this week? How was your weekend? Mine was good, it started Friday when I went antiquing, it did me good to get out and have a giggle with a friend, I purchased a few small things. Little items for the house. Is that something you might be interested in? I could do a haul, let me know. I love items with a history/story to it, perhaps it is the Brit in me.

On Saturday we had friends to dinner, I was a little disappointed with the pie I made, it didn’t go as well as usual but ho-hey, dessert was good and quite frankly that is the best bit. Sunday was a little quiet which secretly I like, I have a little list of things I like to do on a Sunday to make my week run more efficiently, maybe I will do a post about it.  I have perfected a system which makes me face a new week with a positive outlook. Another little gem was that Mr L got a new car, I secretly love to see him happy, even if I give him a little stick. I am happy to see him enjoying the fruits of his labor. It is well deserved for him, he is always kind and generous to others so I love seeing his uncontrollable smile.

Today’s video is about purging, when I arrived back from the UK part of my rehabilitation was to get the home back in a routine, I love the fresh perspective that some distance from home gives me. I don’t set myself unreliable expectations but slowly cover the areas where I need to sort or purge. Today my video covers makeup in particular face makeup.  This week I want to get sorted on my kitchen going through draws and getting rid of clutter and equipment I don’t need or use, it is so uplifting and cathartic. Wish me luck.

Enjoy your week friends.

Ta Ta for now,






High Five Monday- Must Have Apps Iphone

Howdy Y’all,

This weeks high-five is a little later than normal but it’s still Monday in the US so that makes it 👍. Hope your weekend was good, it was fairly quiet in The Lifestyle Household, which meant I could tackle August Org (will blog update soon) and I have to confess took a little much-needed downtime. So this week’s high-five are apps that I can’t live without on my phone.

1. Cozi. Love love love this app, it has transformed the organization of my family life and I think it’s the best diary/organization app ever. I love the fact we have a family login and password.  The calendar function allows independent and shared calendars including the creation of family calendars. You can create and save shopping lists for recipes, groceries or any other shopping you can think of. One of the brilliant features is the to do list; you can create and add to each other’s throughout the day. This has been a super plus chez lifestyle. We can remind each other to do things without the nagging (so thank you Cozi for making happier relationships) and emails reminders to the selected audience so you never need forget anything again! It also has a journal function which I confess I am yet to acquaint myself with. Great to find an app which both Mr L and I enjoy using. It has a great interface and you can access your data from Cozi on any device! High Five Cozi.

2. What’s App. Now this app is a lifesaver for a family like mine; it literally makes the world smaller. When you live thousands of miles from family and friends the ability to text, send videos and images across the Internet for free is phenomenal. Especially for family who can’t see little L everyday this makes the distance seem closer. I honestly don’t think I would have settled as well here in the US if I didn’t have this wonderful app. High Five and thankyou What’s App.

3. Meetup. Now I am relatively new to this app, it came into my life about two years ago. When I moved to Texas I knew nobody, I was pregnant and friendless. It is not that easy to meet people, so I came across this app, I gave it a go and joined an amazing group called The Transplant Parents of Dallas and the rest as they say is history. I literally met 98% of my friend base through this app and it transformed my life. I also know a great friend of mine made wonderful friends through the app when she lived in NYC so if you’re not familiar with it, join – it’s fantastic. It has genuinely transformed my life and given me the best group of friends a gal could dream of. High five and thankyou Meetup.

4. Chrome. Love Google, love Chrome. Great and easy way to lookup information on the run. Use it all the time and it never lets me down, unlike certain other browsers. Class act. High five Chrome.

5. Video/ You Tube. Anyone with a child gets this, need I say more? Lifesaver. When Little L is on the verge of a meltdown or bored to tears, this app allows me those extra minutes I really need to get the task done. Just wish I had more storage to hold more material. Plus I can catch up on information from bloggers I follow on the rare occasions little L lets me use my own phone. High Five You Tube.

Now I am aware that no social media made it into the top five. Mainly because I use that on my iPad rather than iPhone. I have a list of items including Skype which I couldn’t live without but again I don’t tend to use on my phone.

Any apps I have to try? What apps can you not live without? Leave me a comment please.

Ta Ta for now


18 Friday’s Till Christmas

When Mr L asked me last night what would be my next blog topic I explained I genuinely did not know. I have some backup ideas and hope some of you reading this will shout out the sort of content you would like; but what I see inspires me.  Low and behold this morning, as I checked my phone and the Facebook app, inspiration appeared like a water fountain in the Sahara.

Get ready
Get ready

Yes you read it in black and white (with a weird-looking elf.) Now for some this may seem way off, when you rationalise it is over four months, but 18 Friday’s did make my heart skip a beat this morning. Now I LOVE Christmas, everything about it, the preparations, food, wine, friendship, charity, music, literally everything. I’m writing this thinking about mulled wine and mince pies (to my US readers I will blog about sweet mince pies nearer December.) I know I am ahead of the game with this blog about Christmas because none of the Christmas ads or infomercials have arrived on TV (they will be very quickly) and I do this out of kindness, especially for those amongst us who may leave everything till the last momento. In the L household, prior to marriage (so when I was a young LL living in UK with my parents) the mad Christmas rush was limited to the 23rd of December, as on Christmas Eve the greatest arrival came in the form of my mummy L, my creator and baker. So we always had to be ultra organized. I have always felt sort of sorry for those people who have birthdays so close to Christmas. You wait all year for your gifts, but for mama L, having me as a daughter was gift enough and I wont even start about bro L!

So I write this to you all so you can write your lists. For the readers amongst us who have lots to buy, you could take advantage of some of the super-duper sales on offer at the moment. For the cooks and bakers amongst us, you could bake your cake and pudding so they get ultra mature and yummy. For those of you appalled by this post, speaking of Christmas in July, why not pay tribute to the festival by having a little shot of Grand Marnier or Sherry, or ordering a turkey sandwich, or watch your go-to Christmas movie/film.

After all, only 18 Friday’s to go. I’m off list-making, flight-booking and checking on mummy L who may well be panicking ;0)

Ta ta for now