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2020 January Bucket List - What I Accomplished

Monday, February 17, 2020

2020 January Bucket List - What I Accomplished!

Hello blog friends.  I had a simple Bucket List for January and I did a blog post about it HERE.  I wanted to give you an update of what I accomplished on that list.

1.  Drink Hot Chocolate
CHECK - SORT OF - I drank hot organic white tea instead of drinking hot chocolate.  We have a lot of flavored teas in my house that we all like.

2.  Dream of Being on the Beach
CHECK - Yes, it wasn't hard for me to imagine myself at the beach like our vacation we took last summer to Vietnam.

3.  Plan Our Next Vacation
CHECK - We have started to talk about the different places we would like to take our family vacation.

4.  Read a Good Book
CHECK - I had this book on my reading list for a long time.  I was so happy to have been gifted this book for Christmas.  I enjoyed reading a few chapters in this book each day and it's one of the best books I've read in a long time.  If you haven't read this book yet, I know you will like it.  It's part love story, murder, and nature all mixed into one book.

5.  Make Homemade Soup
CHECK - I made my homemade instant pot lentil soup for dinner a few times.  This soup is the perfect dinner on these cold winter nights.

6.  Organize My Home
CHECK - I have my Christmas decorations organized.  I also brought some old decorations to donate to the Salvation Army.

7.  Cook and Eat Healthy Food
CHECK - I've been making baked cod fish, salmon, and instant pot rice with a vegetable for a healthy dinner.  I also make a salad almost every night with most of our meals.

8.  Exercise Routine
CHECK - I was set back for two weeks in January with a bad cold.  I eased going back to the gym and once I was there it felt like I had never left.  Instead of going to the gym on very cold days I used my elliptical machine a few times.

9.  Have a Spa Day
CHECK - SORT OF - I haven't been able to make it the spa.  Instead of going to the spa, I had a few manicure and pedicures at my nail salon.

10.  Watch Netflix and New Shows
CHECK - My husband and I recently watched the comedian Leslie Jones together and we had some good laughs.  We started watching the HBO new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm with Larry David.  It's so funny and we loved the different topics they covered in the show.  I also started watching on Amazon the first season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.  I enjoyed watching a few episodes and I already like the show. 

I'm so happy I was able to accomplish most of the things on my simple bucket list. 

Have you accomplished anything on your bucket list? 

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Happy Valentine's Day 2020 & Giveaway Winner

Friday, February 14, 2020

Hello blog friends.

Happy Friday!

I'm just popping in to wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day!

Before I go, I want to announce the winner of my Embracing Winter giveaway.  

It goes to commenter #1 Heather (Our Life in a Click).  Congratulations Heather and please check your email for details.

Thanks to all who entered and participated in my Embracing Winter Giveaway.

Have a fun time whatever you do to celebrate Valentine's Day.

Have a great weekend.  💖

Julie xo

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Crockpot White Bean Soup with Sausage

Monday, February 10, 2020

Hello blog friends.  I have an easy crockpot White Bean Soup recipe to share with you.  This soup will warm you up on these cold days of winter.


Below the ingredients are added into the crockpot.

You can set up the crockpot in the morning and hours later have a hot bowl of soup ready for dinner.   




4 organic beef sausage links - cut into 1/2 in pieces
4 cups spinach
1 package of dried navy beans - rinsed with water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 8oz. can tomato sauce
2 teaspoons minced garlic
4 cups chicken stock
4 cups of water
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
salt & pepper to taste
Mrs. Dash to taste


Spray crockpot with cooking spray.  Add everything to the crockpot.  Set crockpot to HIGH setting for about 6 hours.

NOTE:  For a little bit of flavor and spice, I added turmeric and hot pepper flakes.  You can adjust the spices to your liking.  You could also change the spinach to kale if you like.  If you don't like sausage you could always leave it out of this soup recipe.


Yummy Crockpot White Bean Soup

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Embracing Winter and a Giveaway

Friday, February 7, 2020

Hello blog friends. 

I hope you're having a good week.  

Do you feel like winter is just dragging on and on?

Well, we have been very lucky in my neck of the woods and only had a few inches of snow in November.

I took these photos a few years ago on a visit to Union Square, New York City.  It snowed that day and I was able to capture these photos.

Well, one of the ways that I like to embrace the winter is by reading a good book and a cup of hot tea.

I also enjoy going to my monthly meetups with my knitting friends.  I started making a knit cowl a month ago at our meet up.

I am happy to say that I finished knitting the cowl yesterday.

I would like to giveaway to one of you my handmade knitted cowl with a few other goodies to help embrace the winter.


This giveaway is open to US residents and you must be a follower or become a new follower of Julie's Creative Lifestyle.

To enter, all you have to do is leave me a comment telling me how you embrace winter.


Good luck!

P. S.  I am so thankful to all of you who have been with me for years.  You all are the best!


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Some of my Favorite YouTubers

Monday, February 3, 2020

Hello blog friends.  I hope you all have a great start to the new week.


I have some favorite YouTubers that I enjoy watching regularly.  I love looking at different types of videos.  I enjoy watching them make seasonal crafts, makeup and beauty tutorials, lifestyle, and anything to do with home videos.  

I thought it would be fun to share some of them with you.

1.  Dominique Sachse 
Dominique is a lifestyle expert who shares her love for makeup, fashion and living a healthy lifestyle.  She explains her videos in a very simple way and it will motivate you to want to look your best.

2.  Mickey from My Bashful Life
Mickey loves to share her love for home, organizing, kitchen baking and crafting.  I started following Mickey when she had her blog My Bashful Life.  I now follow and watch her awesome videos on YouTube.  She is a great motivator and I'm sure you'll like her too.

3.  Olivia's Romantic Home
I am obsessed with watching Olivia and she makes a lot of seasonal craft videos that you will love.  She loves buying her supplies at the Dollar Tree store and has fun and easy craft projects to make.  Olivia is making a lot of Valentine's Day Crafts that I'm sure you'll like.

4.  Ramon - at HOME
I started following Ramon a few years ago when he had his blog.  He is now doing awesome craft and seasonal home decor videos. Please check out his awesome crafts for Valentine's Day.  You will get a lot of great ideas from him.

5.  Kippi at Home
I discovered Kippi from her blog Kippi at Home.  Kippi loves simple DIY projects and crafts that are easy to follow and make.  

6.  Beth Djalali 
I discovered Beth through her beautiful blog Style at a Certain Age.  Beth is such an inspiration for women who want to embrace their style and to look and feel great.  She also shares makeup, fashion, and recipes. 

7.  Sugar Puff and Fluff
Nisha shares her makeup tutorials and reviews, favorite things, and thoughts on aging and life in general.  I love watching her videos and she has a fun personality.  

8.  Sara Sach - Crochet Channel
I first discovered Sara from her blog Posh Pooch Designs.  Sara shares her crochet pattern tutorials, crochet tips, and useful information on crochet.  I love watching her videos as she explains how to crochet so easily and simply.

These are just some of the You Tubers that I enjoy watching regularly.  I hope you check out them out and I'm sure you'll enjoy them as much as I do.  

Do you have any favorite You Tubers that you enjoy watching?

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New Makeup and Bag

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Hello friends.  It's been a while since I've done one of my makeup posts or shared about it in my Friday Favorites.  I'm excited to share with you the makeup I received from Christmas.

1.  Tartlette in Bloom - Eyeshadow Palette by Tarte
I was gifted this eye palette from my daughter.  I love that this eyeshadow palette has 12 brightening matte and shimmer shades.  The colors are soft and perfect for light eye makeup for day wear.  I enjoy mixing and matching the different colors and I know I'll get a lot of use out of this palette.  

2.  Nude Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette Light - Huda Beauty
I was gifted for Christmas this eyeshadow palette from my SIL.  I have never had or used any beauty products by Huda Beauty and I love the pretty colors in this eyeshadow palette.  The colors are light peach, pinks, and mauve in matte and shimmer colors.   This is perfect for wearing in the day and evening.  I am having so much fun playing with these eyeshadows.

3.  Mac Bold & Bad Lash Mascara
This mascara was also gifted to me for Christmas from my SIL.  I have never tried this mascara from Mac and I was pleasantly surprised at how nice this mascara works.  There is a wand to use for the upper lashes and a small wand to use for the lower lashes.  This mascara works good and it makes your lashes look light and natural.  There is no clumping and it left no flaking.  I have been using this mascara every day and I'm loving it.

4.  Makeup Bag
I did some ordering of makeup for Christmas on the website for Ulta.  They had a special that if you spent a certain amount of money with your order you receive a free makeup bag.  I was able to spend the amount of money and inside the bag contains makeup and beauty samples.  I like the makeup bag and I'm having fun trying out the samples.  My only complaint with Ulta is that I did buy some products that said you would receive another gift with a purchase.  I didn't receive that item in the mail.  I called up customer service and explained everything and they said that I was supposed to click on the box to receive the items.  Well, I did that but to make good on it they sent to me a gift card to use at Ulta.  I was glad I called customer service to explain the situation and it all worked out. 

5.  Lancome - 3 Piece - La Vie Est Belle Moments Gift Set
I asked my husband and daughter for this perfume for Christmas.  They gave me this three-piece set that I love and the perfume smells so good.  It has a slight smell that isn't overpowering and perfect for day and evening wear. 

Have you tried any new makeup lately?

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Easy Crochet Heart

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Hello blog friends.  Are you getting ready for Valentine's Day?

Well, with Valentine's Day fast approaching, I made this cute crochet heart within minutes.  I wanted to share this simple project with you.

I added the heart to my faux plant in the kitchen.

The heart is made with kitchen cotton yarn.  I hope I've inspired you to crochet some hearts to decorate your home for Valentine's Day.




Yarn:  Lion Brand Yarn - Kitchen Cotton - 103 Bubblegum

Crochet Hook:  US Size 9

Pattern:  How to Crochet a Lovely Heart


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What I'm Adding to my Daily Routine

Monday, January 20, 2020

Hello blog friends.  I can't believe it's already the middle of January.  I hope you are enjoying this quiet month of January.

One of the ways I hope to be more creative is by working in the book 
365 Days of Creativity by Lorna Scobie.

I was gifted this book for my birthday from my daughter.  I thought this was such a great idea and a perfect gift for me.  

This is a book that I know I will enjoy working on.  It will help me to be more creative by working and experimenting with different mediums in art.

Some of you might remember that I posted these photos on Instagram @brklynhousewife a few weeks ago.

I was so excited to get started working in the book.  I picked a page to work on that said to fill the bowl with different objects.  I used a pencil and a thin black marker to draw fruits, popcorn, and cookies.  I then colored in the drawings with colored pencils.  Each page in the book has different things to work on and make.  

I was so happy that I started looking around the house for items such as colored pencils, black pencils, pastel crayons, and thin black markers.

I would also like to mention Jenna who blogs at The Painted Apron.  She is a talented artist who shares her artwork and techniques on her blog each week.  Jenna is also talented at decor and food and I hope you will visit her blog. 

This will be a creative journey for me and I hope to stick with it.  If you would like to join me on this journey, this book is available to purchase on Amazon.  We can be creative together.  Just let me know in the comment section if you will be joining me.  I will be posting photos of my artwork on Instagram @brklynhousewife.

If you happen to read this daughter, THANK YOU.

Let's be creative together!

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