Friday, August 19, 2016

In the Process of Making A Home Sweet Home

Hello Lovelies,

It's been close to 4 months now that my family and I moved from our white house to an apartment. The move was swift, it happened the end of April leaving a month left for the end of the school year to be over. Then came summer break and traveling, so I haven't had a chance to organize the apartment to make it a home.  With a teen and pre-teen going back to school next week I'll have some time throughout the day to start putting things in order and have our little apartment feel more like home.






As you can see, things are still in boxes, scattered on the coffee table, counter top, china cabinet, and the bench.

However, I did hang some items on the walls such as mirrors, clocks, and a several wall decor items.





Here is a pic of what my area in the corner of my bedroom looks like.



As you can see, "it's a mess," but I'm looking forward to organizing everything and make the apartment a functional place to meet the needs of my family.

Planning and scheduling is key, and getting back into a routine is a must for me.


  • Planning:  I have gathered from Pinterest plenty of ideas on how to decorate

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  • Scheduling:  Mornings on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  The rest of the days will be devoted to cleaning, cooking, and doing other things.



  • Routine:  Get back into my daily routine to get things back in order.


I can't wait to see how the apartment is going to look after I'm done.  Well, this is all for now.

 (Image courtesy of:  Google images)

 One last thing before I wrap up this post.  Just a few days ago I experienced subconjunctical hemorrage on my right eye  that is small vessels within the conjunctiva that break due to coughing, bending over, sneezing, vomiting, straining, and somethimes the reasons are unknown. 


I really don't know what caused it, but I will be visiting my primary doctor and ophthalmologist soon just to be on the safe side.


  
Love,
Jacqueline~The Darling Homemaker






Saturday, August 6, 2016

OCD Revelation


Hello lovely followers and readers,

First things first, thank you so much for continuing to follow this darling homemaker.  I hope everyone has been doing well and is in great spirits.  It's been a long time since I have written a post, and I find myself typing feeling extremely comfortable sharing my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) with all of you.  I would have to say it's been close to 3 years now that I've been taking medication to treat my depression, anxiety, and fear. And let me tell you...It hasn't been easy living with OCD, but I have managed somehow to get from point A to point B, and there have been times when I felt dominated; not able to go places, but somehow I have managed.  I make every effort to make the best out my days and be a productive person.  

However, I have noticed that OCD is robbing me of time.  For example, if I need to leave home, I am not able to do it immediately, I have to mentally prepare myself to go out and be ready, only then, I can say, "okay, I'm ready, let's go." Another example of what I've been confronting is that of going places with someone other than my children, if the person I am with does not follow the agenda we both planned, then I panic, and the rest of the day is ruined, because I can't seem to work out how to deal with spontaneous change I make every effort to stay calm and reassure myself, "everything is going to be alright."  These are only two example of what I experience on a daily basis, I do have a couple more symptoms, but I felt it would be good idea to only share two of them with you all.  Anyways, I've never attended group therapy or gone to counseling, I simply work at it on my own.  So far, this is the best way I am able to handle my OCD.  

For now,  I leave you with some silly pics taken back on February 2016 and I'll continue with the same routine and hope to be able to keep my OCD under control and not allow it to take over my daily life. That is all for now.






Wearing 
Brooks Brothers Dress
Tory Burch Gold Flat Shoes



Sincerely,
Jacqueline~The Darling Homemaker

Monday, April 11, 2016

Mexican Terracota Cooking Pot





Hello Lovelies!

I hope everyone is doing well.  Today, I will be discussing how to cook beans using a Mexican terracota pot.  But first, I'll like to share with you where the desire of cooking the beans on clay pot comes from.

Growing up, I would spend most of my time in the kitchen with my Mama.  I was inclined to helping, even if to wash dishes only.  After I would finish washing dishes or creating more work for my Mama I would closely observe how she cleaned the pinto beans, rinse them, then place them inside a Mexican clay pot.  Once that was done she would fill the pot with water add a bit of garlic, and place the pot on the stove top burner to begin the boiling process, once it was brought to boiling point she would place the lid on the pot and simmer to cook.

I will never forget the gorgeous designs of flowers and filigree on the pot my Mama used, and the delicious aroma of beans while cooking was amazing.  Oh, what beautiful memories...if only we could bring back time, right?

But Spring brings new beginnings, and what a better time to start doing something new. This Spring season, I find myself recreating the same procedure of preparing beans just as my Mama used to do.

A couple of days ago, I purchased my very first Mexican bean pot from http://www.mexgrocer.com/50409-87155.html  and I am super excited!  Several years ago, these particular pots were being sold at my local grocery store, but I never got around to buying one.  I'm so thankful for technology because I am able to order desired items online.

 Mex Grocer provides excellent packaging and shipping service.  The pot only took two days to arrive, which is pretty amazing, and I don't think I have mentioned, but this pot is my birthday gift to me.  One more thing I wanted to add is that the pot is constructed of terracota with lead free paint on both the pot and lid and it comes with instruction on how to cure it before using it.

The cleaning process is easy.
First, submerge the pot in a large container filled with warm water and leave it there for one hour.  Second,  after the one hour is up, remove the pot from the water container dumping all the water from inside of the pot.  Then, add two cups of warm water and place the pot on the stove top burner on low heat.  Let the slow gentle heat warm the water for 10 minutes and now it's ready for use, Yay!  That simple.









Being that the pot is constructed of clay, when the beans are fully cooked they have a distinct natural earthy flavor which is what I remember them tasting like when I was a child.
Just savoring them transports me to a different time, one that I have experienced...
I wouldn't have asked for a more perfect pot with floral decorative designs which are very attractive.

There is no better time than today to start doing all those things you want to do whether it's cooking, shopping etc...


This being said, let's get all dolled up! and celebrate life by doing those things we love.

Love~The Darling Homemaker,

Jacqueline

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter Everyone!




Hello Lovelies! 
I want to wish everyone of you a joyous holiday.  May your heart bloom with blessings always.  As we celebrate Easter, let us give thanks for the sacrifices our Lord Jesus Christ made for us and gifting all of us his gift of peace, joy, love, faith, and friendship.




Love,
Your Friend,
Jacqueline~The Darling Homemaker


Thursday, January 28, 2016

I’m hyped up about using cruelty-free household products!

For years, I'd been using household products that are tested on animals. During those years, I never thought of what I was using.  All I knew was, "if I felt the product worked well then I was going to continue using it." However, I did use some eco friendly and cruelty-free products in conjunction with animal tested products in the past.  But I really never made the switch to solely buying cruelty-free products.  Just this year, I decided to make the transition from products that are tested on animals or contain chemicals to those that are cruelty-free and/or vegan.  
 In the past, I have used Mrs. Meyer’s dish washing detergent in Basil and it really did not hit a home run with me.  I just think the scent did not appeal to me.  But the start of the year came with the passion to explore the cruelty-free and vegan cleaning products once again.
(Image via google images)
 Target’s cleaning product aisle offers Honest, Mrs. Meyer’s, Method, ECOS, J.R. Watkins, and Seventh Generation to name a few.  All are cruelty-free and the offered brands mentioned have great scents, but the product that caught my eye the most was Mrs. Meyer’s in Lemon Verbena Scent. I just couldn't get over how uplifting and invigorating the scent is, just fabulous.

I started by purchasing Mrs. Meyer’s laundry detergent, multi-purpose surface cleaner, and bathroom cleaner all in Lemon Verbena scent, of course.



The laundry detergent works very well and leaves the clothes smelling wonderfully clean, the multi-purpose cleaner is excellent when cleaning counter tops, and the tub and tile cleaner did not work as I had expected. I had a difficult time removing soap scum and hard water  stains.  So from a scale from one to five I give  the tub and tile cleaner a three.  The other two items work wonderful, I give them a five.  All in all, I have to say the products do work well even if more manual effort needs to be put on one of the products.

This being said, rather than using products from companies which mainly focus on productivity, I've decided to stick with Mrs. Meyer’s before trying any of the other cruelty-free brand products. 
I simply love Mrs. Meyer's! I still need to buy the toilet bowl and window cleaners, dish soap, laundry booster, fabric softener, and hand washing soap to name a few.  But for now, I'll continue to enjoy the products I've purchased.
Visit your local Target to find these wonderful items and more! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Love,
The Darling Homemaker Jacqueline

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Goodbye 2015 and Hello 2016!

(image via pinterest-all posters)


Happy Holidays Lovelies,

     I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the holiday season.  2015 for me was a year of focusing on my education, family, and my health.  I hardly had any time to sew and less time to knit or crochet, but I was able to alter some dresses that were in dire need of being modified.  I wanted to do much more this year, but I just couldn’t fit any of the activities into my schedule.  So I have made a list for 2016 of all the goals I will like to accomplish they are as follows:

 2016 New Year Resolutions 

I’m going to gain more knowledge continuing with my education.

I will try harder to control being impulsive.

I will make every effort to conquer the fear and anxiety of being in crowded places.

I will break the habit of being afraid to take the first step.

I will become an intermediate crocheter and knitter.

I will make an effort to get excited about traveling.

Books I will read are Fifty Shades Trilogy, Great Expectations, The Divine Comedy, and The Arabian Nights.

I will sew my clothes instead of buying it.

I’m going to make the transition of using cosmetic and household products tested on animals to those that are cruelty-free and vegan products.

And last but not least, I will keep more organized.

While I understand it is impossible to complete every single item on the resolution list I will make every attempt to achieve as many goals as possible. 

I feel so grateful and fortunate to have this little space on blogger to be able to share with all of you my experiences, goals, and accomplishments.

This being said, I want to send hugs and kisses to each and every one of you for being my blogger friend and following me. 

I hope all of you have a beautiful New Year's Eve and an extraordinary 2016!
Love,
The Darling Homemaker~Jacqueline

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas Friends!









Christmas Eve Vegan Tamale making and Christmas Day opening of gifts! Merry Christmas Lovelies!

The Darling Homemaker~Jacqueline