Welcome to Morning Musings #1! I hope to continue this series from time to time, but most likely it won’t be every week. If you’ve been with me for a long time you might recall my Mid Week Musings series and this will be similar. A little bit of this and some of that, personal ponders, what I’m cooking (and eating!), things that I’m watching, reading and some shopping recommendations tossed in. So let’s get right into today’s post!
Let’s Get Personal
You’ve seen our pair of sibling Cavalier King Charles Spaniels before. We were up at our beach home for the last several days an always bring all of the dogs with us. They were looking so cute on the sofa (on a pillow, of course 🤣) although they are set to be groomed this week. As is usually the case with Cavaliers, they both have heart murmurs now that they are 8 1/2 yrs old. We noticed that Bartley (on top) began coughing about a month ago and knew that he must be in the beginning stages of congestive heart failure. A trip to our vet confirmed this and medication was prescribed, as well as a visit to the veterinary cardiologist. We’ve been down this sad road before with our previous Cavalier (anyone remember Murphy?) and know what to expect. Unfortunately there were no appointments available with the only cardiologist until the end of the year, so I had to seek out another. We will be headed there (out of town) next week and get the full picture and protocols. These babies are so precious…as are all of our animals. Let me know if you’ve dealt with this before in the comments below and prayers for Bartley are appreciated 🙏🏻
What I’m Loving In Decor
No…this is not sponsored, but I’m loving these new machine washable rugs from Walmart! I have several machine washable rugs and they are perfect for tossing in the machine and make pet life so much easier! You can find them all below and just click on the photo that interests you to see more:
One of the questions that I’m most often asked about is “where do I find a French chair like yours”? Mine are French antiques that I purchased years ago from a local dealer. This one is my favorite reproduction, and I also like this set of two with the caned back and this button tufted one that looks so very comfy.
What I’m Cooking & Eating
It’s been a couple of years now since I decided to adapt a vegetarian diet and over a year since I went vegan. I feel so good and as a result have lost 25 lbs while still eating carbs. I find it really easy to cook and prepare meals for the two of us this way and this lentil bolognese is one of my favorites. I make a big pot of it in this Le Creuset Dutch Oven on the stove top and use it over rice or zoodle pasta, in tacos and over rice all week long. My husband even takes burritos to lunch with this delicious meaty dish! The food processor that I used to chop everything up with is this Hamilton Beach one that is really the bomb, and so inexpensive. It even has a scraper attachment! I also batch cook each week and my Instant Pot is a lifesaver. This is the one that I use.
What I’m Wearing
I live in leggings and just love the comfort as well as the slimming sleek look of black pants! These affordable Tailored Ponte Leggings are my go to most days. Black and white is perfect for a pared down wardrobe and this 3/4″ Sleeve Ponte Tunic is a go to for coverage and warmth. The look is great for at home wear and then add this GoldTone Hinged Cuff Bracelet and some other accessories and head out to dinner. I’m also loving this Lightweight Plaid Tunic that looks like flannel but is not as heavy for fall!
Beauty Products I’m Using
There are a few skin products that I feel help me look my best and probably younger as well 😉 One of them is this intensive eye cream and yes it’s pricey, but worth every penny for the effects and long lasting!
Another product that I use every night before bed is Tretinoin Cream. If you recall using Retin-A as I did in my teens, this is similar in that it rebuilds collagen and helps to keep wrinkles at bay. I swear by it and it’s by prescription only so you’ll have to fill in some information if you try it out at my link or ask your dermatologist. With these two products I find that I don’t need much else!
What I’m Watching
This past weekend I binged Maid over on Netflix. It features a mother/daughter acting team and is one that might have you bring out the tissue box 😭.
If you have Amazon Prime you might find the docuseries LuLaRich as fascinating as I did. It chronicles the unraveling of LuLaRoe. Known for their buttery soft leggings, the infamous multi-level marketing company went viral promising young mothers a work-from-home salvation. LuLaRoe’s eccentric founders recruited an astonishing army of independent retailers to peddle its increasingly bizarre and defective clothing products…until it all went wrong.
What You May Have Missed
I have a discount code for 25% off the most beautiful long stem roses over on this post. Just wait until you see them…seriously! Set the table with some pretty cream dinnerware, plum glassware and the cutest napkins ever. See it all in this post. This craft is my most popular and has pinned close to 100,000 times! Get ready for the holidays with this one.
Have a wonderful week ahead!