Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Celebrate Sandra Yuter: An Inspiring Female Atmospheric Scientist Who Motivates Us With Her Career Path & Advocacy for Climate Understanding

Just in time to coordinate with COP27, the global climate change conference, I was almost giddy to host a world-class climate/atmospheric expert on my Ladies Who Lunch Conversations Facebook videocast with someone I’d been so keen to talk to: Dr. Sandra Yuter ~ or Sandra, as she asked me to refer to her.  (I am so respectful of honorifics, that it’s a challenge for me not to employ them.) 

In our Conversation, you’ll learn about her personal journey to becoming a weather and climate scientist.

But if you don’t know an atmospheric scientist from an ecologist, I’m here to also introduce you to this most auspicious, propitious field by way of Sandra, a specialist who studies and predicts conditions to better understand the earth’s atmosphere, climate patterns, forecast weather and its effects, including lightning, air pollution.  

This is truly a timely, topical, fascinating Conversation. It affects our food supply, water resources, transportation, construction. And well, everything. 

Though, I couldn’t help but wonder, are we running out of time? 

Together, let’s explore ~ We don’t have a moment to waste.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Autumn Gardening To-Do Checklist for Healthy, Happy, Reimagined, Sustainable Garden Glamour

 Autumn in the garden | Focused Moments

Let’s start off with THE most important element of good gardening: Soil. 

Soil is life-sustaining. 

Simply put; you cannot have a good garden without good soil.

How, you may ask, does one acquire this luxury? 

It’s easier than you may think. 

(Begin by not referring to it as “dirt!”)

Monday, November 14, 2022

How to Craft, Create & Curate a Sustainable, Holiday Tablescape

More than just a pretty table setting, I just love to delight my family and guests with a bit of fantasy with every tablescape design.

I dreamed this Tablescape to mark our own version of a “green zone” (smile) in order to bring attention to the increasing extreme weather events we’re all witnessing or experiencing, repurposing table styling accessories that I already owned ~ very sustainable (and budget friendly), while also honoring the work of a world-class atmospheric scientist luncheon guest.

A too-tall order to trick ~ And ~ to Treat? 

And what does a climate chaos chronicle and a pretty, seasonal tablescape theme share? 

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Elegant Autumn Cocktail Recipes That Will Warm Your Thanksgiving Menu & Spark Holiday Happy Hours

This holiday the emphasis is on great food and drink. While the food often gets the spotlight - don’t get sidetracked by all the stuffing and gravy and miss out on creating a special, holiday-themed cocktail menu.

Drink with the Season! Here are a few of my favorites, with the emphasis on using lots of autumnal  ingredients.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Mother and I Made a Super-Cute, Haunted, Holiday Insta Gingerbread House: Here's How


It wasn’t toooo long ago that the Bakery Bling team sent me two cookie house samples to trial: COZY COTTAGE and HAUNTED HIDEAWAY Designer Insta-Houses™.  That’s a brand way to describe a delightfully modern twist on what we’d describe as a gingerbread house. 

Getting our spooky on, Mother and I made the adorable, easy and fun Haunted Hideaway holiday house last week.

Here’s how it went: