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We have moved a lot, and I’ve purged before each move and found wonderful new items for each new home. I love living a life of creativity. Does it take a lot of money? When you are on a budget you can still surround yourself with beauty by repurposing your ideas and things, and just getting a little creative while spending less cash. Abundance is for everyone and it’s not expensive. Moving has taught me this. This blog is about life and losing weight and getting in great shape, all while giving back. It’s also about living your best life. I’m definitely working on happiness on every level. We all deserve beauty in our life.

I have four beautiful black blazers, all different styles. I bought them at a discount day at a local thrift store for a little over a buck a blazer. Dry cleaned and they look fabulous and trendy with jeans. When you are losing weight it helps to feel good in all aspects of your life. Buying clothes is difficult as you are changing your body, so spending less makes a lot of sense.  Having an inviting space to live in is the ultimate comfort. Here are some of the creative ways I live my life for the better without spending a lot of green❤️ Wishing you beauty in all aspects of your life. 

Create your own art

Order used books on Amazon or find them at garage sales, thrift stores, library sales and discount book stores.

Make homemade and healthy treats.

I love finding pretty things at Marshall’s and Ross for Less.

Start photography and frame your work.

What to do with scraps when you prep fruits?

Add Chai Tea to scraps with cinnamon and water and simmer in a tea pot to make your home smell naturally delicious.

Simmer on low, add vanilla too. So much you can do to make natural room scents.

This was a dress for only 8 bucks at Ross. It’s my new fave girly robe. Morning motivation. Coziness and coffee.

I was curious about this book, got it used on Amazon for 10 bucks with prime free shipping. Another hint, with Amazon Prime you get discounts at Whole Foods.

A lantern makes an interesting piece stacked on books.

IKEA cart and inspiration from a coffee shop. Perfect book shelf and a place for fresh flowers.

Jonathan Adler butter dish I repurposed as decor for my living room.

Everything found in a thrift store. An Andrew Wyeth signed art work, the table, the cake plate Holding the apples. The candlesticks.



I have been a a little off kilter this week due to Christmas and the holiday season. It has been a wonderful way to end the year, by doing a toy drive and gift drive for the residents at Alexandria House in Los Angeles. Alexandria House is a transitional home for women and children, and it was a home of hope to me. I felt like I had time traveled back to my childhood, to the times before the age of ten when everything seemed so idyllic. I could see the promise of those four walls, and the dedication Judy Vaughan has to keeping the place buzzing with optimism. She is a worker bee, and the nucleus of the home along with all of the other beautiful souls who work so hard to make this house a home for so many that need it. I was so honored to be able to visit and tour the beautiful 1920’s craftsman home and meet the young residents, and I plan on going back to volunteer in 2014.  Within those four walls I felt safe and welcome, it was a magical feeling.

I thank my friend Meagan for the generosity of her time, we had fun.  I would also like to thank everyone at Seasons 52 for their support and generosity, from the management to the staff. No one can go it alone, and I am very grateful for the help they gave to make this gift drive a reality. Thanks to the Management at Seasons 52 in Century City CA. Monica Challingsworth, Isbhak Vasquez, Laura Dennis, Jessica Koine, Veronica Bonnely,Shane Jagow and Lee Velasco. 

To quote my favorite Christmas movie It’s a Wonderful Life, ” No man is a failure who has friends. 
Happy Holidays to all.

Here is a little something about Alexandria House, and all of the good they do for the community.


 Response to the compelling needs of the women and

 children living in the house, as well as the 

 neighborhood needs before us each day, the goal of

 Alexandria House is to be a community-oriented

 transitional house and neighborhood center which is

 intentionally multicultural, antiracist and where the

 needs of women who are economically poor are


 We are supported by a community of caring

 individuals and groups who share our mission.
 Company Overview

 Founded in 1996, Alexandria House is a non-profit 

 transitional residence and house of hospitality

 providing safe and supportive housing for women and

 children in the process of moving from emergency

 shelter to permanent housing. Located in the densely

 populated and ethnically diverse Mid-Wilshire area,

 Alexandria House also serves its broader 

 neighborhood community by providing educational 

 and enrichment opportunities for residents and

 neighbors alike.