Do You Stitch?

One of the things that I am so disappointed about is that I never learned how to needlepoint. I love seeing all the projects that my friends who do, do!!!!! Neelepointing is such a beautiful art, I really do not like to call it a hobby!!! I recently visited the cutest store in Tuckahoe called Bargello Needlepoint. All of you needlepoint lovers are going to fall hard for this gem. They have the most beautiful quality canvases from belts, to brick covers, to ornaments and so much more. There is even a Goyard style monogram cluch…OMG!!!!

The owners are two very talented, very stylish ladies, Christine and Leslie. Their passion for needlepoint shines through every little detail of their wonderful shop. They curate all of the store’s hand-painted canvas designs. They stay open for their “Stitch Night” once a week on Wednesday and invite all of their customers to come and stitch together, and learn from each other and swap tips. I went on Wednesday night to watch and learn and it was so much fun. Next time I need to start stitching myself. Both ladies promise they are working on stitching classes. I am really looking forward to signing up so stay tuned.

For more information on Bargello Needlepoint or to learn more about Lesle and Christine, click HERE!

PS In case you were wondering about the name, Bargello? The name originates from a “flame stitch” pattern found on a series of 17th century chairs in the Bargello palace in Florence, Italy.  

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Four Subtle Ways to Change Your Appearance This Fall

Being able to change your appearance is something we all relish. Having the creative freedom to express our personality through our looks is something that just cannot be matched! The fashion industry is becoming increasingly more accepting of styles that go beyond those seen on the catwalk; you may have even found yourself tempted to change your appearance in line with current fashion trends! 

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At the same time, it is worth noting that you don’t have to do something drastic to change your appearance; subtle efforts can also go a long way. Intrigued as to what some of those subtle changes entail? Read on for more. 

  1. Change Your Makeup Routine

Makeup is something so universal in this day and age. No matter the occasion at hand, there is a product out there to meet your every need. Whether you like to go bright and bold or more understated, you can feel confident you will be able to achieve your desired makeup look in no time easily. 

While that is the case, this is one way that you can subtly change your appearance, both this fall and beyond. Opting for softer eyeshadow colors, and filling your eyebrow shape differently are both subtle yet effective ways to change your appearance without the fear of going overboard. 

  1. Align Your Teeth

Having crooked or misaligned teeth is common as an adult, whether you wore braces or not as a teenager. At the same time, this is an aspect of your appearance that could be contributing to feelings of anxiety or depreciation. 

Invisible braces are a subtle means of changing this aspect of your appearance and are increasingly popular with adults of all ages. Clear braces are difficult to notice by others around you; embark on your teeth straightening journey without worry of judgement from others. If you are interested in finding out more about invisible aligners to help with teeth straightening, contact reputable companies like Aligner Co. 

  1. Update Your Wardrobe

This is a glaringly obvious way of changing your appearance, but we felt it was worth a mention all the same. Changing the clothing you wear in some way or another is a sure way to alter your appearance. Whether you choose to wear different clothes or pair an item of clothing with something slightly different, you have a myriad of ways to change your appearance using your existing wardrobe.

At the same time, you could raid local thrift stores and sales to find all the latest trends at a fraction of the cost. Not only will you be kind to your wallet, but you will be kind to the environment too; what more could you want? 

  1. Change Your Scent

While some people might not consider their perfume or body spray as a part of their appearance, it is indeed part of your identity and what some people will associate with you. Particularly if you are transitioning into a different part of your life – such as from adolescence into adulthood – you should choose a scent to match this. 

Explore scents that you love while also checking out what other people your age is wearing. The last thing you want is to appear too young or old for your time! Changing the perfume you are wearing is a subtle action, but one that is extremely impactful. 

French Onion Baked Chicken

I am loving this week’s recipe choice. I am always looking for creative ways to cook chicken. This dish reminds me of a large bowl of onion soup, especially with all of that amazing melted cheese. This is on the menu for the weekend for sure!! Bon Appetit!!

Adapted from COOKING PROFESSIONALY

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Ingredients

• 3 tablespoons butter

• 2 teaspoons olive oil

• 4-5 large yellow or white onions, peeled and sliced in half

• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

• 2 sprigs of fresh thyme

• 3 cloves garlic, minced

• 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

• 2/3 cup reduced-sodium bee broth

• 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

• 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

• 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

• 1 teaspoon garlic powder

• 1 cup shredded Mozzarella or Gruyere

• 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan

Heat a large skillet over medium/medium-high heat. Add the butter, olive oil, and sliced onions. Season with 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add the thyme sprigs and cook for 8 minutes, stirring very occasionally.

While the onions are cooking, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and butter a 9″x13″ baking dish. Set it aside.

After 8 minutes, reduce the heat on the pan of onions down to medium/medium-low, and cook them for another 15 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.

Stir in the garlic, cook for 1 minute. Stir in the balsamic vinegar and 1/3 cup of the beef broth. Stir and cook for another minute or so, until the onion mixture is thick with a jam-like consistency.

Add about a 1/2 cup of the caramelized onions to the prepared baking dish and add the remaining 1/3 cup beef broth to the dish. Stir

Season the chicken breasts on both sides with salt, black pepper, dried thyme, and garlic powder. Arrange chicken in a prepared baking dish and top each breast with a generous spoonful of caramelized onions.

Top the chicken and onions with Mozzarella and Parmesan.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Benefits of ordering food online

Most people prefer the ease of ordering ready-made food online instead of cooking or baking it themselves. Although this may save time and provide convenience, there are several disadvantages to consider before it becomes a habit. Eating fresh food can be more advantageous to your health than processed foods, especially if you choose organic.

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By planning meals ahead of time or meal prepping, you can create a weekly menu using grocery lists, starting from groceries to spices. Meal prepping is when you make multiple servings at once in bulk to eat throughout the week. That ensures that your family will have access to healthier foods without having to prepare them daily. In addition, buying in reduces costs and avoids waste, since nothing goes to waste. Here are five benefits of ordering fresh food online.

Better prices than your local grocery store

Many online food service providers offer discounts and free delivery with minimum purchase requirements. In contrast, your neighborhood grocery store prices may not be as competitively priced (especially if you live in a food desert with limited options). It is always worth checking multiple stores for price comparisons before deciding where to buy groceries from. Plus, shopping online  gives you more time to compare prices and weigh the pros and cons of buying certain goods to save money.

Ordering from a variety of stores

Many physical grocery stores do not offer delivery services, and many of the stores whose services are available may have limited options. However, most online service providers offer delivery from a variety of stores. In addition to that, you can order your groceries online from any store that does deliveries. Some food items you might want to consider buying at specific specialty shops instead of your local grocery store if they are more easily accessible via an online shop. For instance, it is easier and cheaper to get fresh seafood online than in person at the store in some areas. Besides, ordering fresh food online  allows you to find a broader range of items by offering more options. There are numerous websites where shopping for groceries online becomes easy.

Fresher Food

People who live in big states or cities know that their supermarkets hardly stock full shelves with fresh produce. Instead, they stock barren shelves with just enough for each person to buy 1 or 2 items before. The same goes for people who work long hours or travel often. It is also hard to find time to shop for groceries and pick out fresh veggies. Fortunately, by ordering your products online from reputable sellers such as the no frills flyer store, you get the freshest food possible delivered right to your home without leaving any comforts behind that enable you to buy food online. Further, you can better spend that time at home or on other more meaningful activities than spending time in the supermarket. Rather than trekking out into the store, spending hours finding what you need, and standing in line waiting to check out, order your groceries online.

After knowing the benefits of ordering fresh food online, it’s easy to see how this service can offer several options and opportunities for busy people and those who do not want their schedules interrupted by something as simple as grocery shopping! There is no reason not to try ordering fruits and vegetables online.

Sweater Weather

Sweater Weather is finally here!!! I picked out some of my favorite options below. Though I am partial to black, I did add some color and neutrals as well. I love the look of the gathered/puff sleeves. The Sweater vest is also very popular this year. I have been toying with the idea of taking the plunge and ordering one. Click the numbered links below the photos for more information on each item!!!!

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Tips To Help You Win on Black Friday

Cutting through the mire of offers, once-in-a-lifetime discounts and adverts is the trick to winning the day on Black Friday. 

Isn’t Black Friday a guaranteed win?

Although it can seem like a consumer’s dream, going in with a plan and making some reckless decisions can quickly turn Black Friday into a nightmare. The sheer buzz of marketing and promotions makes it easy to be sucked in to thinking you are getting the bargain of a lifetime. 

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But the reality is that unnecessary or borderline purchases can quickly cause a lot of financial stress. 

Going in with some composure and a sound plan can really help you win on Black Friday. 

Where to start

Sounds easy, but how do you really turn the tables on multi-billion-dollar retailers on Black Friday? 


First, don’t forget that retailers have the advantage of professional merchandisers and advertisers to pull you in. They also have sophisticated algorithms and data telling them what you buy, how you buy and when you buy. It’s David versus Goliath! 

But when you apply some simple tactics, you can take control. However powerful a firm’s advertising may be, you hold the purse strings until you hit the dreaded “confirm purchase button”, so use this advantage in your favor! 

Calm not crazy

Retailers thrive on whipping consumers into a spending frenzy on Black Friday. 

To combat this, whether you are shopping instore or online, make a good old-fashioned list! This is the most simple but effective way of avoiding rash decisions that can lead to untold stress and anxiety later in the month when you see the full extent of the damage. In short, stay calm and don’t let the retailers win.

If possible, formulate your plan over a period of 6-9 months before Black Friday. Jot down any new products you find yourself wishing you had on a regular basis. Also, write down any products that are beginning to show their age and causing you the hassle. This way you won’t be scrambling to remember everything when November rolls around. 

Shop around

Another feature of Black Friday is that retailers really want to avoid you shopping around. Websites are designed to be as sticky and enticing as possible. Tricks such as time-limited offers or low stock alerts are all designed to create urgency and impulse.

Put simply, ignore this. Shop around and see if the so-called unmissable price really is unmissable, or if it would be better to be missed. 

Another key thing to remember on Black Friday 2021 is to not cut corners on the normal research you would do. Especially for larger purchases of a few hundred dollars or more, make sure you check out some independent user reviews or Trustpilot ratings. 

Sometimes the best purchases are the ones you don’t make

If you are not sure about a product or how good the price is, walk away. It may feel disappointing at the time, but you will feel a lot better about it in the long run. There are always other sales – so keep your nerve!