Vintage Inspired Favorites

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In my Vintage Inspired Favorites video I’ll be showing you my:

*1930’s Crosley Cathedral radio “reproduction”.
*Pioneer style iron skillet.
*Old fashioned iron bell.
*Charles Dickens tankard mug.


Log “A Day in the Life” To Pass Down to Loved Ones

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Article and photo by Rain San Martin

Historical events have made their mark on timelines. Yet nothing paints a true picture as our daily recorded activities.

You can base your day in the life entry by using your existing routines or schedule as an outline. The key difference is you are adding more details that uniquely occurred on that day.    It need not be an exhaustive account of your day. Include only key highlights.

Not only will your family appreciate the memory of how you lived, your record may be used as a historical reference. Then perhaps one day your story may be shared, as in the blog post: A Real 1950’s Daily Cleaning Routine.

How to Log Your Day

Have a good quality journal available. Though you could write a digital version of your day there is a slim chance it will survive for posterity purposes, it may not last unless it is printed and bound. Digital formats change with time. One alternative is to write your day in the life journal entry in digital format with an action plan for presenting the text in a printable format.  Start with the time of day you woke up. It’s similar to a morning routine yet will contain more informative details of the day. I will show you an example of the difference between the two:

Typical morning routine:

  • Wake 5 am.
  • Brush teeth, weight, dress.
  • Brew coffee (read articles for 20 minutes) Scrub one item in the bathroom, straighten.
  • Write blog for 20 minutes.
  • Exercise for 20 minutes. Make breakfast.

An example of a morning routine written in the “A Day in the Life” style.

  • Wake at 5 am to the sound of springtime birds. Put on black and white jagged skirts, stripped matching tights, and pirate-ship cameo necklace from Etsy.
  • Brew a strong cup of Sumatra from Fresh Thyme. Light candles on the mantle.  Relax for 20minutes while reading technology and industry news (via the Apple iPad Mini) on Forbes, Fortune, and The Verge.
  • Write blog post for 20 minutes using WordPress. Set timer.
  • Lift weights for 20 minutes as I watch a YouTube documentary series about Dead Malls by Dan Bell, as we are currently in the Retail Apocalypse!
  • Make breakfast to be ready by 9 am.

You can also include a recipe you routinely use.

Here’s my healthy and flavor-packed recipe for Corn Tortillas with Spinach,  Mushrooms, Garlic, and Bacon. And yes, this includes plenty of real natural fat, just as they used in the pioneer days! Serves one. Multiply ingredients by each guest for more servings.


  • 1 cup of frozen spinach
  • 1/3 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 slices of bacon (and reserved bacon grease for extra flavor)
  • 4 yellow corn tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons of canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons of butter

On a cast iron skillet cook 2 strips of bacon. Set aside when done and pour bacon grease over spinach in baking pan.

Lay out 4 sliced yellow corn tortillas on a cooking tray. Drizzle with canola oil and a touch of butter. Assemble the frozen spinach and mushrooms with olive oil and butter in a separate cooking dish. Cook both trays for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Add chopped fresh garlic to the veggie mix for the remaining 3 minutes.  Top the crisp tortillas with veggie mixture and bacon. Enjoy a healthful hardy breakfast, bursting with flavor.

Publish your journal entries for posterity!

You may even turn your writings into a book such as Henry David Thoreau did in with Walden.  The masterwork, which was published in 1854 logged his account of simple living out in the open woods. Noting the folly and trappings of mindless purchasing, his philosophy resonates with the people of today’s minimalist and simplicity movement.

Now go and log your day in the life!

Bring the Cozy Lifestyle of Hygge Into Your Day

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*You can also watch my YouTube Video: The Cozy Lifestyle of Hygge

Images and post by Rain San Martin

Hygge means coziness. It was one of the big trends for 2017 on Pinterest. This way of life naturally combats seasonal affective disorder. Hygge is a big part of life for the Danish people. Because they spend so much time indoors during the winter season they need to make their interiors as welcoming and joyful as possible. This is how they have adapted to the colder climate. Though it is primarily a way of life for the winter, the same philosophy can be used during the spring and summer! Those who practice the minimalist lifestyle will find it is also compatible with the simplicity movement.

Make relaxation stations.

I have three areas that I have set up for when I would like to enjoy comfort: The kitchenette, living room and bedroom. The first is the kitchenette which has a homey vintage style coffee sign. This has a view of the sunrise, making it a great spot for coffee or breakfast. For the living room, we own an antique heirloom rocking chair. This is seated next to a wooden table with magazines tucked away in the drawer. There is a view of the mantel which is perfect for placing glowing candles.

I bring that feeling of “hygge” into the bedroom by having a sturdy back pillow cushion and extra blankets accessible in the closet. White string lights hang above the bed which makes a soft enveloping glow for reading. 100% pure essential oils are grouped together in a tray next to the bed.

Have warm beverages available like hot chocolate, tea, and coffee.

I keep extra tins of Stephen’s Gourmet Hot Chocolate available. Along with a couple of bags of marshmallows for when the mood strikes. For coffee, I stock up on bags of Seattle’s Best Coffee (a subsidiary of Starbucks). My favorite blend is Medium Dark Rich – Level 4. There is no better tasting coffee in my opinion and the price is very good.

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Have cozy robes and socks.

I got a plush robe last Christmas which I love. If you have young children or a spouse they will enjoy snuggling up with you and your robe. My young son hopes to get one as well! Then we can burrow together like a couple of hamsters. In the spring and summer, you could try a cool satin robe for comfort.

Decorate with natural elements.

When we bought our home eight years ago, we were blessed to see it furnished with wooden floors and cabinetry. Rugs give added warmth. I have a carved wooden bowl which is one of my favorite ways to enjoy a prepared meal. A wooden table set creates a homey rustic feel. Iron pans and copper cookware are also timeless.


Hope you enjoy bringing the coziness of Hygge into your everyday life!

Decluttering Girls Closet


Join me on YouTube as I declutter my daughters closet. Sure we want our children to clean up as much of their own bedrooms as possible, yet occasionally jumping in and doing a clean sweep will make it that much easier to maintain. The rooms of our children not only impact them, the whole family can’t help but feel relaxed as they walk past a clean room!

Though my original plan was to spend only 1 and a half hours on the project,  the process ended up taking a total of 3 hours to fully complete. This would be about 2 weeks worth of “Flylady” style decluttering, averaging about 15 minutes per day.

I achieved the following tasks  when decluttering the closet:

*Hung clothes that fell on the floor.

*Folded jeans and shorts.

*Tossed out trash or anything broken.

*Placed unused items in good condition in a box for giveaway.

*Grouped books and art supplies on shelves.

Now it’s your turn to declutter a closet in your home!

Why We Should Avoid Physic Readings


*You can view my YouTube video: The Dangers of Physic Readings here.

Image and article by Rain San Martin

I remember the interest and appeal of visiting a psychic. There were a couple of times in my life that I explored the process out of curiosity. Deep down I believe I was looking for affirmation of something positive in my future. Yet as I studied the bible more deeply, maturing in my faith as an older adult, the folly become more apparent.

The dangers of visiting a psychic.

Though I believe most psychics may wish to help people, they are setting themselves up as a conduit for dark spirits beings. Some of the information may be from “familiar spirits” or dark spirit beings who have observed you throughout your life. They could be working together in a network to give information to the psychic. Just enough to get you hooked.

“When you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.”For whoever does these things is detestable to the LORD; and because of these detestable things the LORD your God will drive them out before you. “You shall be blameless before the LORD your God.” (-Deuteronomy 18:9-13)

As stated in the article “The Psychics: Can They Help You?”, clairvoyants may try to protect themselves with a white light when going into altered states of consciousness. This does not necessarily work as dark entities can appear as a being of light, offering deceptive information.“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” (-2 Corinthians 11:14) Yet I do believe that thinking about positive things will naturally attract fewer demonic spirits.

Place your destiny in your own hands.

Rather than obtaining an affirmation from a clairvoyant. Lift up your prayers and requests to God. Next write down your goals and take daily action toward achieving them.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life.” (Mathew 6:25-34)

May you live with passionate purpose!

My Morning Routine 2017


One of the most profound ways we can impact our day is by designing a morning routine. It’s remarkable the magic we can bring into our lives by taking the time to plan and implement this ritual. Below is a quick overview of a typical morning. The greatest part is that I can change it at anytime. Be sure to check out my YouTube video: My Morning Routine 2017.
5:00am to 5:45am:

*Wake, brush teeth, weight, dress, turn on lights, fix hair

*Brew coffee, clean bathrooms, put on makeup.

*Enjoy coffee for 20 minutes while reading blogs or a magazine.

*View calendar and key tasks for the day.

*Write on blog for 20 minutes.

*Make breakfast. Usually a Spinach, Mushroom and Bacon Frittata with Buttery Yellow Corn Tortillas.

*Exercise for 20 minutes as breakfast cooks.

You may observe that my morning routine includes being completely ready for the day, reviewing key tasks, cleaning my environment, exercise, preparing a healthy breakfast, relaxation time and time carved out for a long term goal. These elements combined work in concert, making each morning something I truly look forward to. Now design your own ideal morning!