Its Time to Sprout this Spring!

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Hey Y’all! Its been a minute since my last post and I want to thank you for checking in today. I trust your week has been off to an amazing start if your’re a ย ‘Fun Monday’ ๐Ÿ™‚ personality type but if not, the day usually begins with a little bit of pressure and tons of meetings :/ Anyways, its Springtime and its been so exhilarating to not have to wear as many layers (Yes, It gets cold in Dallas ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ) except for this past weekend where we had a hailstorm that made a friend of mines apartment complex look like a scene out of a movie with so many windscreens completely destroyed. There were tree branches and leaves E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E! So disrupting.

But I was thinking to myself that the concept of springtime isn’t just for plants; I like to think of it as a time to change things up…just a little bit (wink). If you’re aย regular on Periwinkle Starr, you do know that I don’t exactly find the concept of getting stuck, ruts or the idea of doing the same thing for long periods of time appealing ๐Ÿ˜€ I read an article somewhere that said: Doing something as simple as a task differently forces your brain to grow in another direction because (not quoting this verbatim), when a task is repeated over and over and it gets to a point where you do not need to think about it before executing it; your brain goes into what I like to call ‘autopilot or robot mode’ which leads to B-O-R-E-D-O-M in the long run. In my mind, I’m thinking about long factory assembly lines. Trust me, that ‘glazed-over, couch potato, in the zone’ routine takes the spark out of everyday living.

Lets Shake Things Up…A Little!

I can almost imagine a whiny voice saying ‘I just gave up so much for lent and now…THIS?! Lol, no one is asking you to give up anything…at least not today (wink). ๐Ÿ˜€ Just ‘try doing something you do on a regular or daily basis differently’. Thats It! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Take a different route on your way home. You just might discover some new development, new shops, a sports bar or some real estate potential. You never know.
  • Step up and do something that takes you a tad bit out of your comfort zone – like stepping up to give a presentation for your team at work or volunteering to read to kids at your neighborhood library.
  • Rekindling your love for amusement park rides and all things outdoorsy even though you still feel tremors from the last ride you had 7 years ago..ha ha!
  • Try a new beverage at your favorite spot instead of getting that same old large caramel cappuccino with extra extra sugar E-V-E-R-Y T-I-M-E (a direct recipe for diabetes if you ask me :/ …but its oh sooo good). The tweaking possibilities are endless so why not give it a try!?

It’s time to sprout this spring guys so don’t be afraid to go for it (trust me i’m speaking to myself as well)! ๐Ÿ˜€ Let me know what things you would like to tweak over the next couple of days. Lots of love to readers who’ve been patiently waiting on the newest post; life gets busy sometimes but its always fun sharing my thoughts with you. Until I come your way next time, I remain

Periwinkle Starr

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Green Thumb?…Or Not

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Hey Y’all! I hope your weekend has been as windy as mine. ๐Ÿ˜€ Hangouts are the norm these days especially with the weather being so nice and it not being too hot; but like any lazy day, the conversation often turns to what I like to call ‘what if’ situations. You know it ย kind of goes downhill from there…ha ha!

With ‘ALL’ of the movies on global meltdowns, apocalypses and world wide destruction; the question came up…’what if there were suddenly no grocery stores, I mean no stores whatsoever, no farmers markets…NO NOTHING!’ There was a 30 second silence until (as always) Emma blurts out, ‘we’re all screwed’. ๐Ÿ˜ Everyone busted out laughing. I laughed so hard there were tears in my eyes so much that my stomach hurt. If such a thing ever happened, the only survivors would be the ‘Swamp People’ and the ‘Last Alaskan Bush People’ followed by a few farmers. For the rest of us… the shows over ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Hard Truth

After reflecting on the reality of this hard truth, I have resolved to try my hands at growing an urban garden! I think that’s pushing it a little. I am going to try my hands at growing a couple of veggies. Now if you’re like millions of regular people (myself included) or you’re a city slicker, a suburbanite or a townie and you have no skills whatsoever on how to grow anything edible past a 6 month marker, I encourage you to take this challenge.

P.S. That cactus plant sitting on your window ledge does not count…ha ha ๐Ÿ˜€

Get Help From Friends!

We ALL know someone who is a ‘Green Thumb’. Someone who has a natural talent for growing plants. Trust me, these gifted friends would be delighted and willing to share tips and tricks on how to get started. I am sharing some pictures from what I would like to call my – Urban Garden Start-Up 101. Feel free to share your experiences. For some, it would be trying to grow ‘a’ plant. For others, ย it would be tips on how to keep a garden ๐Ÿ˜€ Do sign up to get the latest posts sent directly to your email. Until I come your way again, ย I remain

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For The Love of Clothing: A Fashion Forward 2017!

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Hello Y’all! I hope your week has been off to an amazing start? ย Today’s blog affects you and I in more ways than one so whether you’re in school, a stay at home Mum or Dad, the proverbial worker bee or a constant traveler, please keep reading.ย When it comes to clothing, apparel, attire or garb depending on what part of the world you live in; I have asked myself if we as individuals can ever have enough clothing? Sure enough…my answer was no! ๐Ÿ˜€

I sometimes feel that we give so much of ourselves to everything and everyone else from relationships, working hard, paying bills, taking care of family, volunteering and serving others in the community. But when it comes to things that matter to us, we sometimes relegate that to the back burner and end up with last minute solutions that you know deep down you could have done much better if you had made it a priority :/

A common scenario we can relate to: An event or occasion suddenly pops up on your calendar; seemingly out of no where or you get a late invite to attend a party. You said you would make it in the heat of the moment because there are certain friends or work related events you can’t say no to. Its a no brainier or so you think until you start to imagine who would be there and if you might be tipped to give a speech or say a few words then – BAM!! – it hits you that you don’t have anything decent to wear. The tension automatically starts to build.

The usual solution: You plan to dash to the store after work on the day before the event and try to find something that would fit. The strain takes its toll when we are constantly under pressure for E-V-E-R-Y single event we have to attend because we have ‘nothing to wear’.

Myth

You have to have one of every kind of outfit for any and every event.

Mythbuster

You need to have quality pieces that can be dressed up or dressed down and accessorized to meet the standard or acceptable dress code of an occasion.

Just knowing this simple principle takes a lot of the pressure and mad frenzy down a couple of notches. The Duchess of Cambridge is one of my favorite icons and shes known to recycle and accessorize a lot of her clothes. I think she’s worth emulating. I’ve shared a few pieces of clothing in a slideshow below that I feel can be ย dressed up or down depending on the event .

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On the other end of the spectrum, a few of us have apparel we do not even remember we own or haven’t worn in years. I have learned to de-clutter by:

  • Gifting items purchased to family and friends instead of reshipping.
  • Clothe swaps with my sisters and friends for items I would actually wear …ha ha!
  • Online resale
  • Donations to charities.

So until I come your way again please share your thoughts and follow this blog for more from…

 

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Road Trips & Spring Break!

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Hello Y’all!! How have you been? Spring break is over so its back to work and reality ๐Ÿ˜€ This week, I will be sharing my thoughts on road trips.ย Road trips are fun! Going away forces your brain to break out of its normal routine because you’re no longer in your personal space neither are you in control so you are more or less at the mercy of the road – which could be good or bad depending on what situation you’re in.ย The feeling of breaking my routine and doing something fun and exciting away from home is always a welcome distraction any day. A lot of people love road trips for totally different reasons. For some, its the joys of driving for hours on end while for others, its the views – where you get to see things you’ve actually never noticed before even if you’ve probably driven past that same route a zillion times ๐Ÿ˜€

ย Each road trip has its own unique experience and a story to it which I like. On this particular road trip, I got to meet Janet Esteves aka Mrs Mickey and tour her home. She is the current Guinness Book of Records holder for the most Mickey Mouse memorabilia on the planet with a collection of over 11,000 pieces that took over 40 years to accumulate.

The Tour

Walking in the front door, we were warmly welcomed by this charming lady into this exquisitely all white decor town home; it felt as if we had known each other for years. When I was invited to meet her and tour their home, I wasn’t certain on what to expect because my mind was thinking – if there are over 10,000 Mickey Mouse pieces in this home, there’s going to be a ton of stuff E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E for sure – I was mistaken. The home was very modern, beautifully decorated with tons and tons of Mickey Mouse figurines, cookie jars, ties, mugs, table cloths, key holders (you name it, she had it!) laid out or arranged so intricately and beautifully, the word ‘blown away’ is an understatement. During the walk through, I asked her how she kept track of ALL the inventory over the years; she smiled and she showed us an iPad with all of the items; no two items were the same. ย ๐Ÿ˜ It was such a fun tour and an experience I won’t be forgetting in a very long time. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Special thanks to Mrs Mickey! ๐Ÿ˜€ Since it was a private showing, we couldn’t take any pictures but I found this link on YouTube and wanted to share it with you all. Feel free to share a road trip experience you’ve had recently. Until I come your way again next time. Ciao for now!!

Periwinkle Starr

 

 

Couponing…Savvy Or A Little Extreme?

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Hello Starr readers! It almost feels like we’re ziplining through 2017…I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not :/ For the high achievers, that depends on how far you are on your to-do list for the year or the rest of us who are really just happy to be here ๐Ÿ˜€ Today was one of those days I wished I owned a segway – you just stand and do nothing while on your way to where you need to go instead of 3 inch heels – that would be pure heaven! So if you’re in the Dallas Metroplex and want to try your hands on a segway, check out Dallas Segway Nation in the link below:

http://nationtours.com/texas/dallas-segway-tours/

This week I want to share my thoughts with you on something we all love; for some, a bit more than others and that’s couponing. I absolutely love saving money and getting deals on items when I shop but I don’t necessarily beat myself up when i miss out on a sale or forget my coupons at home and only realize as I’m checking out that I could have saved a few bucks if only I remembered. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve always been puzzled by a few instances I refer to as every checkout clerks nightmare – an overflowing cart and a ‘binder of coupons’. And yes…I said ‘BINDER’ coupled with the tired, frustrated and sometimes angry looks of the rest of the people on the line. I’ve often wondered that unless you have 19+ children or you’re shopping for a school or saving for that cataclysmic event that’s not going to happen, you really don’t need that much stuff.

My suspicions of this being something on a deeper level was confirmed when I happen to come across a show while channel surfing titled ‘Extreme Couponing’ where a lady said the beep sound made whenever a coupon was scanned was like joy and happiness to her ears ๐Ÿ˜ Now in my mind, I feel it sounds a little cray to reduce your threshold of joy or happiness to a beeping noise when buying stuff you really don’t need, stuff you might not use and probably running out of space to keep. There has to be a point – in life as a whole -where we draw the line on excesses because at different times in our life, we may find ourselves going over or lower than where we need to be. As long as we have a clear boundary or a point of return, we can always get back to having a stable core and a balanced existence. Its been a busy week y’all, TGIF!

Until I come your way again. Have a wonderful weekend and be safe!

Periwinkle Starr

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Just Ask!…You Might Be Surprised.

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Hello All! I hope your Monday has been off to a great start? I got to meet up with a few friends that I haven’t seen in a long time but somehow we always seem to continue right where we left off and I absolutely love it! Whats unique about this group is the fact that we all work in different fields, have different backgrounds but we always have a blast E-V-E-R-Y-T-I-M-E ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ After catching up, one of the guys starts talking about his current situation – You know it starts to get deep after a few cocktails (those annoyingly tiny glasses that contain all the calories you require in a day :/ I am making a note to self to schedule an extra 20 minutes at the gym) ha ha!

Perceptions.ย 

Matt (not his real name) keeps seeing a girl he’s come to be intrigued by at his favorite spot during lunch hour on a regular basis. Now Matt is very particular and isn’t one to compliment ladies that easily so when he says ‘a lady is pretty’, trust me – you can take that to the bank! Anyways, he’s seen her a couple of times but hasn’t really summed up the courage to speak to her. She’s always on the takeout line, never eats in. He said ‘he thought’ she was single because she didn’t wear any rings. She was always well dressed and sometimes made small talk with the cashier. He ‘felt’ she came across as snobby, snooty or proud. He saw her come in on one occasion with a guy. He said they ‘seemed’ pretty close, friendly and talked a lot so he ‘assumed’ the guy might be her boyfriend. At this point in the conversation, it almost sounded like Matt had begun to dislike this girl he hadn’t technically met but was even more intrigued by. He had also built up an entirely new persona of this girl based on his ‘perceptions’ or ‘pointers’ (don’t even know how on earth he measures those yet) and wanted my take and the views of some of the ladies in our group on the issue.

Now, I like to sometimes consider myself to be a holistic individual – not making hasty conclusions or decisions based on lopsided or one sided information. I love to mentally remove myself from a situation and look at it from an outsiders perspective, then put myself in each parties shoes before I make ‘assumptions’ and even then I can’t be 100 percent accurate because I (quite frankly) do not reside in anyone else’s brain besides my own. I feel we (myself included) as people have become lazy in the sense that we are so quick to sum people up, situations and or events based off of a few pointers (we A-L-L have those) – because it saves us the time and discomfort of actually doing the work.

At the end of dinner, we (guys and gals) all agreed that Matt needed to go back to the restaurant and the next time he saw the mystery girl – He should take a deep breath, walk up to her, introduce himself and A-S-K her if she wanted to eat in and maybe get to know her a little bit more – instead of whining to us for half the night (love you Matt!! ha ha) because the bottom line is: In life, you can never quite tell and if you sum up the courage to ask, you might be surprised at what you just might learn!

Feel free to let me know your thoughts and experiences on things you had assumptions or perceptions about ย that turned out to be directly opposite to what you imagined. Until I come your way again, ciao for now!!

Periwinkle Starr

Swamped Wednesday?…Lets Bake!

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Hello Y’all! Hope you’ve had a great week so far. The Superbowl has finally come and gone. Looking down at my hands, I’m surprised I still have my fingernails after the anxiety brought on by Sunday nights game; which is one of the reasons I hate watching finals of A-N-Y competitive sport.. ย ๐Ÿ˜€ It could be anything from the FIFA world cup finals to two seals fighting over a grape and it’ll get me in knots! Anyways, it was an amazing game nonetheless and I had a fun time watching it.

Over the weekend, my sisters went on a baking spree and all I got were pictures sent to my phone which is sad when you think about how Star Trek lied to me all my life about being able to ‘energize’ – ย a terminology where they were able to transport matter from one fixed location to another – in my case, a huge slice of homemade key lime pie and angel food cake right unto my coffee table in Dallas :/ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So I decided to forget my deadlines for a few hours, whip out my cookbook from one of my all time favorite shows -‘ The Great British Bake Off’ and make a treat of my own! A very well deserved treat if I must say.

Digestives Biscuit

2/3 cup plain wholemeal flour

2/3 cup medium oatmeal

1 tablespoon bran

1/4 teaspoon crushed sea salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 1/4 sticks or 10 tablespoons of butter

1-2 tablespoons milk

Directions

1. Pour flour, oatmeal, bran, salt, baking powder and sugar into bowl of mixer. Pulse until thoroughly combined.

2. Add butter and continue mixing. Add milk and bring mixture to a firm dough.

3. Remove dough, flatten into thick disc and wrap in clingfilm. Chill for 30 minutes.

4. Set disc of dough between 2 sheets of clingfilm or baking paper and roll out 4mm thick. Using a cookie cutter (in my case one of my Christmas mugs – sorry Santa!), stamp out rounds and set slightly apart on greased baking sheets. Use trimmings, work together and re-roll and cut out more rounds

5. Prick each round several times with fork, then chill in fridge for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile heat your oven to 190C or 375F

6. Bake the biscuits for 10-12 minutes until golden and slightly darker around the edges. Remove and leave to cool for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire wrack. When cold store in an air tight container for about a week.

This recipe is super easy and you don’t need to be a pro to make it. I hope you enjoy! Until I come your way again, be safe and have fun!! Here are some pictures for y’all.

Periwinkle Starr