Category Archives: Self-Improvement

On Cooking & Baking

I’ve never really considered cooking as a hobby so I will name it as an interest of mine. I’ve been cooking for seven years, thought of it solely as a necessity, and basically cooked recipes I had learned from my mom (no formal recipe books). A few months ago I began thinking of it as something more. The same goes for baking. My recent fave recipes have been French countryside, cast iron, and casseroles. I also enjoy making and decorating cupcakes with my Wilton set and creating rustic desserts e.g. apple galettes and fresh versus canned cherry clafoutis. It’s never a crime to substitute an ingredient if you think you have a better idea e.g. sometimes I will use cilantro instead of flat-leaf parsley, etc. I also prefer ingredients that are relatively easy to obtain from a local supermarket. I’ve done some light research regarding cookbooks and the best ones I’ve seen so far are featured below… I have also perused through the internet and accumulated some great recipes. If you have any other suggestions, please post a comment. I would love to hear from you.


Searching for Wardrobe Database Software

Hoping to find “closet organizer”-type software that can be used on a desktop or laptop computer. I would love to be able to keep everything organized. I have a few similar iPhone applications (my fave is Carrie’s [Bradshaw] Closet). So far I have a couple of qualms with it like I keep getting kicked off after 10 minutes and the pics are too small since it’s being viewed on a phone screen. My DH helped me find but there are a few drawbacks like trying to locate where the data is being stored e.g. within the program or locally on my computer? Anyone ever use such software, know of any, can highly recommend any? Please post a comment. I wish Carrie’s Closet could be desktop compatible minus the current glitches.

How To Buy Nothing & Housekeeping (Self-Improvements)


I found a really good self-improvement article that I’d like to share. It takes strong will and lots of dedication to achieve shopping self-control, but I think it’s not impossible. There have been times when I was amazed and realized I actually didn’t feel that sorry about walking away from something that initially enticed me. So I guess I didn’t really love it that much or I would have still been pining for it. There’s nothing wrong with buying things you need or love and will get much use out of. The presence of clutter and unloved items are some of the signals that change is warranted. These are challenges that many people face, including myself. Another problem I have is I dislike parting with certain things because of an emotional attachment to them. One of the many things I have to work on =}.

Here are some other references I have found to be very helpful and effective:

Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui by Karen Kingston
Smart Closet Makeovers by Cynthia Overbeck Bix
Shop Your Closet: The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Closet with Style by Melanie Charlton Fascitelli
Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home by Martha Stewart
Organizing Plain and Simple: A Ready Reference Guide with Hundreds of Solutions to Your Everyday Clutter Challenges by Donna Smallin
It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff by Peter Walsh

I also believe in 10-15 minutes nightly housekeeping activities rather than spending a whole weekend cleaning like crazy. What a waste of a good weekend! Binge cleaning has never worked well for me; it’s so over-whelming, unappealing, and shame-provoking.