Spring Style: Modern Classic for New days

This Spring interior design trends are all about the Modern Classic – the styles and pieces that edit and strip down the classic New England and Parisian forms into clean, modern lines and shapes. We spoke with local interior decorator Lisa Mazzola to learn her thoughts on the latest trends and share some tips on how to best incorporate these styles into your own home.

Colors for this season are feature a base in the cool grays, but to mix up your color palette Lisa suggests adding pops of color in your accessories. “Try using Honeysuckle or Citrus Yellow and grounding it with graphite and ashy blacks,” she explains. “And the aquatic blues are taking on strongly. Blue was considered dated for a while but is coming back strongly.” Find your blue in the Ralph Lauren Indigo Modern bedding, a collection sporting a strong blue on a base of mixed grays set in geometric and tie-dye patterns.

 

Ralph Lauren “Indigo Modern” Bedding Collection
Available at www.ralphlauren.com
Retail from $50 – $300

For living spaces with many different pieces of furniture, variety is key to capture the Modern Classic style. “Take a very modern, clean line sofa with a low profile,” suggests Lisa, “and work in a couple of chairs in the Parisian style but covered in more of a graphic fabric – it gives an updated French look versus a true antique.”

 

Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams
Available at Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams Signature Store, Natick

Texture has always played a part of any well-designed room, but the Modern Classic style views texture and faux finishes in an entirely different way. “The sponges and all that are long gone, but commercial-style textures and wall coverings are starting to come back,” explains Lisa. While using wallpaper for a full room is a thing of the past, Lisa explains that using touches of it can add a nice accent to a room. “Use it for a specific accent wall or a small powder bath or one wall within a room to bring in texture.”

 

Maya Romanoff Wall Coverings
Available at Boston Donghia
Retail starting at $79

While certainly not a new trend, eco-friendly designs remain popular for current home décor. Moving beyond building materials such as bamboo floors and LED lighting, your furniture itself can be earth friendly. “Restoration Hardware is using recycled planks for tables,” offers Lisa, “They have this grayed-out, washed out wood that hit the scene about three years ago but has remained strong for this season.” Outfit your dining area with the reclaimed pine planks of 100-year-old buildings in England with Restoration Hardware’s Salvaged Wood Collection, a sleek line that literally reinvents classic materials into modern uses.

 

Restoration Hardware “Trestle” Salvaged Wood Collection
Available at Restoration Hardware retail locations or www.restorationhardware.com
Retail from $359 – $2,995

Perhaps best embodying the Modern Classic ethos are bold statement pieces blending time and place. New York-based and New England-manufactured, statement pieces from The New Traditionalists capture this essence in many of their unique designs. “Chair One Eighty is a wing-backed chair – very traditional,” affirms Lisa. But the chair, upholstered in tomato leather with limestone leather piping, features a very modern base. “Instead of curvy legs it has a squared off base that’s very clean,” says Lisa, “It’s a perfect example of taking a traditional piece of furniture and updating it.”

 

The New Traditionalists Chair no. One Eighty
Available at www.thenewtraditionalists.com
From $4,400

My Nieces Chicken Casserole

My Niece’s Chicken Casserole – Happier Better Life

This chicken casserole is an extremely fast and easy dish that is also very versatile. One of my sweet nieces, who is also a mom with two little ones, shared this recipe with me.

I’ve tried the chicken casserole with broccoli added, making it chicken divan, which turned out really well. I’ve also changed out the cream of mushroom soup for an additional can of cream of chicken instead, because my son is not a mushroom fan. Adding a tablespoon of poppy seeds to the chicken mixture was another big hit.

With Thanksgiving in a few days, I thought it would also be a good idea to substitute leftover turkey for the chicken (if you HAVE any leftover turkey)!

My favorite part of the chicken casserole recipe is the crunchy, buttery topping.

My Niece’s Chicken Casserole

 

Ingredients 4 chicken breasts (or 8 – 9 chicken tenderloins), cooked and chopped1 can of Campbell’s cream of chicken soup1 can of Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup1 can of Campbell’s cream of celery soup1 (16 oz) tub of sour cream2 sleeves of Ritz crackers, crushed1/2 stick of butter, melted

InstructionsPreheat oven to 350°.Mix chicken, soups, and sour cream in a 9×13 baking dish.Mix together melted butter and Ritz crackers;spread over top of casserole.Bake for 30 minutes.

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Turning Bad Luck into Something Great

Turning Bad Luck into Something Great

Experience has taught me that many times something we think of as bad luck or a negative situation can very often be turned around into a positive advantage. It all depends on how we look at the situation. We can make the choice to view a bad luck story as experience gained, or better yet, even turn it into a funny story. Good things can come from bad luck!

When I was a very young woman (yeah, I’m old now!), I wanted to be a flight attendant. I applied to a couple of airlines, and I received a letter from one saying that there would be interviews “in my area,” and I was invited. Instructions were included with place and time.

“In my area” turned out to be Orlando. I lived in Pensacola, which was an eight or nine hour trip by car. New Orleans was less than four hours away, but they had already determined that Orlando was better for me. I guess I’m lucky they didn’t think a 15-hour drive to Miami was better for me!

For some reason I can no longer remember, it was necessary for me to take a bus to Orlando rather than drive myself. The bus was scheduled to arrive in Orlando late in the night, and I reserved a room in the same hotel where interviews were to be conducted the next morning.

A few hours into the bus ride, I put down the book I’d been reading. There were only a few people on the bus, and it was very quiet. After it had gotten dark, there was nothing to see out the windows, and the rumbling engine from the bus gently rolling down the long stretch of highway made me sleepy. I turned off all the overhead lights from all the empty rows of seats around me, lied down and fell a sleep.

You’ll never guess in a million years what woke me up!

WARM WETNESS ALL OVER MY LEGS AND THE STENCH OF URINE!

Some drunken guy thought the darker space I created with all the lights off meant he was in the bathroom. I started yelling, and the poor driver pulled over to take care of the situation. He kindly offered me a flashlight to go outside behind a closed building to change clothes while he radioed for the police to come and get the guy. The guy was completely whacked out. Maybe he really wasn’t drunk. Maybe it was drugs, I don’t really know. Eventually we got back on the road and made it to Orlando.

So the next morning after just a couple hours of sleep in the hotel, I was getting ready for the interview. I got my suit out of the closet, and guess what I smelled? I’m sure you guessed it this time. Urine! I hadn’t noticed that some of it must have pooled on the floor where I had my bag on the bus. I guess I was so used to the smell of it from the night before that I hadn’t even noticed.

This sounds so far like a tragedy, right? It could have been, but it actually wasn’t.

Well, I showed up for the interview anyway. I had come all that way, so why not? I figured it would still be a good experience. I’d learn things that could help me be better prepared and a step above everyone else for my next interview with the other airline I applied to.

But instead, the interview with me wearing part suit and part ratty tee shirt went great! My interviewer was impressed because I wasn’t demonstrating any histrionics over my bad luck story. I was calm; I made eye contact and smiled. She hired me! I was completely surprised.

When I got up to shake her hand and thank her, I told her my story from the night before. The gracious lady said hadn’t asked me about my clothing because she was afraid of making me bring up whatever tragedy had occurred to make me dress like that. She thought I showed great poise by behaving naturally, so she had followed suit and acted like everything was normal too. We laughed and laughed, which also is wonderful because laughter bonds you to other people.

Well, I was a flight attendant for 16 years before “settling down” and starting a family. (That’s the reason I am an old mom now!)

Sometimes we see the good in a bad luck story right away, like this one. Sometimes after several years we look back and realize that something we viewed as a tragedy at the time actually worked out for our benefit in the big picture. Other times we may never know or understand why bad things happen. But if you have a positive attitude and a little faith, you can often turn a mishap into an advantage—or a great adventure!

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What Can I Do If My Child No Longer Believes in God

What Can I Do If My Child No Longer Believes in God?

My teenage son told me very calmly one recent weekend, “Mom, there’s something I need to tell you. I don’t want to go to church tomorrow. I don’t believe in God anymore.”What? I must not have heard him correctly.This can’t be! How is this possible?

I was shocked, but somehow I kept it together and responded calmly and reasonably.

It is heartbreaking, awkward, and challenging. My son no longer believes?

I do everything I can to encourage my children to grow in faith and love of God. I don’t just say I believe, I live my faith in Jesus. He is a member of our family, alive in our home.

I tried to raise my kids to ensure that they would have strong relationships with our Savior through prayer and worship, even sending them to Catholic school (until we were prohibited by expenses).

At first I thought this would not have happened if my son were still at Catholic school where all his old friends still believe and still serve Jesus.

But then I had to question whether his faith was ever real if a couple of nonbelievers at his public school could so easily influence him against Our Lord.

I thought I had reached the point in my life when circumstances would never again make me cry. I hadn’t cried before this in literally years.

But talking about this made me cry.

It breaks my heart. I love Jesus so much, and I know how much He loves my son, even now. I am grieving for my son’s lost faith.

How is this even possible? My son knew we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus in Holy Communion. He used to tell me he loved the grace he felt after Reconciliation (confession). We prayed together every single night. My son used to believe God answered our prayers.

But now he thinks I am misguided in believing, misinformed, wrong!

He thinks those couple of teenage boys at school have it right, and they know better than all us misled believers.

I assumed something instrumental must have happened to make my son question his faith. I asked what it was. Someone sick or hurt that didn’t deserve it? What was it? There must be a reason. Something I can explain or fix.

He says nothing happened at all. It’s just after having discussions with these boys, he no longer believes in God. He accepts their point of view that God does not exist.

It is hard on my daughter too. She can’t wrap her mind around the idea of not believing. She insists her brother must be present when we pray in the evenings, even if he is not praying himself. (So do I.) She misses him sitting in the pew with us at Mass. (So do I.)

For several weeks, I couldn’t accept that my son truly no longer believes in God. I thought it was just a temporary phase he was trying on in his journey toward adulthood. I kept thinking in a few days he’d tell me he didn’t mean it or he was only questioning his faith.

Unfortunately, he is not questioning his faith at all. He is not having doubts about his faith. He just does not have any faith.

I still talk to him the same as I always have. When he faced a recent challenge, I told him how proud I was and that I had been praying for him. He said, “That’s nice, Mom. I appreciate the gesture.” He appreciates the gesture!

I talked to my priest. He told me this is very common with teenagers to lose their faith for a while. He said what is lost is their child’s faith, which is not the same as their adult faith. He said when my son comes around to believing again, it will be a much stronger and lasting faith, and that if he does not come to believe by his own choice, the child’s faith can’t bear up throughout his life.

I’d never heard that theory before, but it does make sense. While I never lost my faith in my teens, I do see that my “child’s faith” from accepting what I had been taught by my parents was not as powerful as the faith I have now as an adult.

Saint Monica prayed for her son’s conversion for 16 years, before St. Augustine converted to Christianity. Yet he became a Doctor of the Catholic Church and a Saint.

I know that Jesus will call my son back to Himself and convert him. I will pray for it for 16 years or for the rest of my life.

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Banana Nut Rum Cake Happy New Year

Banana Nut Rum Cake – Happy New Year!

This is my favorite holiday cake, banana nut rum cake. It’s very moist, and the rum flavor is balanced perfectly with banana.

A slice of this cake is as comforting as… being curled up on the sofa under a blanket in your jammies while cradling a hot beverage to sip. Mmm, bliss!

Banana Nut Rum Cake

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Ingredients1 18-1/2 oz pkg yellow pudding cake mix1/8 tsp baking soda1/3 cup dark rum (or to taste, up to 2/3 cup)1/3 cup vegetable oil3 eggs1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2-3 medium sized)1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Rum Frosting Ingredients1/3 cup softened butter or margarine3 cups confectioner’s sugar2 tsp vanilla2 tbsp dark rum

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350.Grease and flour (or use nonstick spray) two 9-inch cake pans.Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Blend well, then beat at medium mixer speed 3-4 minutes.Pour into prepared pans. Bake 25-30 minutes or until cake tests done.Cool completely, then frost cake.

For Rum Frosting

Combine butter and confectioner’s sugar. Blend thoroughly.Stir in vanilla and rum. Beat till smooth.

By Deborah Shelby – HappierBetterLife.com

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I’ve heard of families with teenagers who play board games together. I can imagine the family around the table, laughing, enjoying each other’s company and bonding together. Unfortunately, that’s not my family. There’s no way my 16-year-old son is going to spend his afternoon playing a board game with me and/or his sister. The older my kids get, the more difficult it becomes to find activities for us to enjoy together as a family. That’s the biggest reason why I love taking trips!

Someone Sent Me this Beautiful Bouqs Bouquet

Bouq's Bouquet

It was me. I sent them to myself! I love fresh flowers, and these are so beautiful! A rep from The Bouqs contacted me to find out if I’d like a free bouquet of fresh flowers. Who would say No to a gorgeous bouquet of fresh flowers for free? (Please note that what you see in the picture on one of the white petals is NOT the petal turning brown, just some pollen that fell onto the petal. This photo is from the SEVENTH day!)

Flowers definitely add to a happier and better life! They lend a cheerful element to a room, and they are mood-enhancing. The representative gave me a coupon code to use so I could shop and choose my own Bouq if I would write this review of my honest opinion. Once I started researching The Bouqs, I was amazed I had somehow missed out hearing about them before!  I have ordered flowers for my mother or mother-in law for $24.99 or $34.99 that really ended up costing $65 or more by the time they added in taxes and delivery. At The Bouqs.com bouquets are $40 flat, including delivery. No added fees!

The flowers grow on the side of a volcano in South America. They are fresher and last longer than other flowers, because they are not stored in any warehouse. They don’t cut the flowers until after they receive your order! It is very important to read carefully about delivery times because they do not cut flowers on certain days of the week. Delivery is very fast from that point, but if you order prior to a couple of non-cutting days, that will hold up your order and delivery. I chose these gorgeous lilies.

They have optional and very unique concierge services people can choose to sign up for that will automatically remember birthdays and events for you, let you set up subscription service for regular flower deliveries, and/or automatically ship bouquets if you like. Genius!

Here is my experience with The Bouqs.

(This is NOT a paid review!) When my flowers arrived via FedX, they were boxed very nicely. They were secured by a band that was attached both inside and outside the box to keep them secured and undamaged.  My kids took delivery of the box during the day while I was at work. They set it unopened in my bedroom and did not tell me about it when I got home from work. As luck would have it, I had a meeting that evening. Finally when I got home again after 9:00 pm, the kids told me the box was in my room. I was amazed to find that the flowers didn’t seem wilted at all!

out of the box

out of the box

At first I thought I was going to be disappointed when I removed them from the box. They seemed so sparse and few, and there was only one bud beginning to open. At the time, it seemed like there should have been more stalks.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1

Day 1

I followed the easy instructions on the box to trim them and put them in a vase, and they already started looking more lush once they were not banded so tightly together. There were dozens of buds waiting to open!

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2

Day 2

Here is what they looked like when I got up the next morning on Day 2. I only have one negative thing to say, and this is not The Bouqs fault, it is truly my own fault. I never had lilies before, so I did not know how strong these things smell! In my ignorance, I expected a sweet and pleasant fragrance like roses. Lilies do not smell sweet and pleasant like roses! They are very beautiful, but I decided next time I will buy roses.

 

 

 

Day 5

Day 5

Day 5. Oops, I should have rotated the vase to show off the blooms to better advantage. They looked a lot prettier from the other side!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 7

Day 7

Here is my Bouqs bouquet on Day 7! It is truly amazing how fresh these flowers are and how long they are lasting! A friend gave me some great information. She told me  if you cut off the brown stamens from the center of the lilies, they will not have that strong scent, and you can enjoy their beauty without the overpowering aroma. We have finally gotten used to it, or it has finally gotten softer, because it isn’t bothering us any more. I’m going to leave the lilies intact at this point.

 

 

day 11

day 11

It is now 11 days, and this is how fresh they still look today! There are still more buds that  are beginning to open today, and two more that will probably open tomorrow. They have not wilted at all, and every day the arrangement just keeps getting fuller and lovelier! The flowers are so jam-packed together it’s difficult to add water. I have never in my life had flowers stay this fresh and beautiful for so long!

 

 

I love The Bouqs experience so much! They gave me a gift for my readers, too!

They gave me a great introductory offer for Prayerful Mom readers. You can use the discount code WELCOME15  to receive 15% off your first order! (+FREE shipping as normal.) Don’t forget Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Click the beautiful pink and yellow roses to order your online volcanic flowers and receive your discount!


4 Ways NOT to Have a Happy Marriage

4 Ways NOT to Have a Happy Marriage

Normally I try to share ideas and inspiration for a happier and better life through this blog.  How to achieve a successful balance in life, how to reach our goals, how to improve our lives. I’ve shared stories of fun ways to improve our relationships with our sons and daughters as teens and also as little kids.

But I have not addressed marriage before because mine was not successful. I have been on my own with my children for several years. (Their dad is involved in their lives, but they have always lived full time with me.) I have no basis on which to advise anyone on how to have a happy marriage!

I CAN tell you what I did wrong so I can help other women avoid my mistakes. By sharing how I did NOT have a happy marriage, I hope I can contribute to someone else having a better one!     1.      Accepting things you won’t want to live with for the rest of your life.

Bad behaviors will not improve after marriage. Never set the precedent of permitting them in the first place! From even before the first day of marriage, back when we were dating, I allowed my husband to behave rudely to me (because other times he could be so sweet), and I allowed him to be lazy around the house while I did the work and resented him for it.

I would think those behaviors were unacceptable if I saw them in a friend or sister’s relationship. Yet I put up with them in mine. I wished they would change, therefore, I kept thinking (hoping) they would someday get better.

Never put up with a man speaking to you rudely or treating you rudely. Never let it slide or ignore it. Any bad behavior will get worse after marriage, not better!     2.       Expecting your husband to pick up on your hints.

Tell him plainly what you want to communicate. Saying you wish you had some help or telling him how nice it would be if you could get a day off from cooking dinner or from getting up with the baby are just wastes of your breath. You must spell out exactly what you need your husband to do. If necessary, you must insist or demand it. He will not do what you’d like him to because you hint around it. You can’t blame him for not cooperating if you don’t make your wishes clear to him!

3.      Losing yourself and becoming someone else to please him.

I laugh too loudly. My husband hated that, so out of respect for his feelings, I tried to tone it down. But then he hated it when I told stories about funny things that happened to us. Soon he pretty much hated it if I spoke up in public at all! I disliked conflict and loved peace, and I certainly didn’t want to raise my kids in a stressful home, so I became what I thought my husband wanted. I was unaware of it happening at the time, but I lost my own personality along the way. I buried my playfulness and joyful side.

One day back when my teenage son was just a little toddler and my husband was out of town, my son and I were enjoying some playtime outside. Suddenly I realized that I felt happy when my husband was gone. I hadn’t felt free to feel happy in a long time. I started wondering how long it had been since my little boy had seen me laugh, and I realized I never laughed when my husband was around anymore. I wasn’t me anymore.

It happened so gradually I didn’t know it was happening. But I don’t blame the ex for this. I am responsible because I let it happen. I am responsible for my own happiness. Shame on me!

I resolved to make positive changes for all our sakes. Unfortunately, it didn’t have any effect on the marriage, but it was vital to the kids and me, our happiness, and our futures.     4.      Not listening to your friends and family.

Your friends and your family know the real you. They love you very much and want you to be happy. If they are in agreement that the love of your life is not the best match for you, at least be open tolistening to their concerns and think over their advice before deciding to marry.The End of a Marriage

I did everything wrong. I thought I was keeping my husband happy, but I made poor choices that made me unhappy. I realized the consequences of my bad decisions much too late.

Ultimately there were deeper issues in the marriage. Excuse my evasive wording, but I’ll just say that another person was involved. When I learned about that more serious and critical problem, I was stunned to realize by that point I was more relieved than hurt. It gave me a way out! It was more like being rescued than feeling devastated. Life circumstances ended up prolonging the inevitable separation and divorce, but that’s another story.

Now that I’ve shared how NOT to have a happy marriage, would you please share your tips and advice for a GOOD and HAPPY one? Please leave a comment and share your lessons or secrets to a happy marriage. Or if you’re in my situation, you can still share lessons learned that might help other women out there!

 

9 Powerful Interview Tips to Help You Win Every Job Opportunity

9 Powerful Interview Tips to Help You Win Every Job Opportunity

 

A few weeks ago, I shared that I had landed a new job in this post: Wow! I’m the Boss!  In it, I wrote that I would share my best interview tips that have helped me in all my career moves.

Well, I did write a post with my interview tips to share, and I am flattered to have it published on Work Happy Now.  Here’s how it starts:

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Here’s an important point no one ever shares. You do not have to be the most qualified person applying for a job to get hired. You just have to be the person your interviewer likes for the job!Most managers hire for personality and passion, not your skill set.

You can always become better trained on the job. It comes with experience. But no manager wants to hire a person they don’t find likable. They’re looking for someone who will be pleasant to be around and will work well with their current team as a productive member.

In the past six years, I have tripled my income by moving up and moving on to better opportunities. I’ve used these practices to ace all my job interviews, including the latest one that landed me my present, new general manager’s position.

I am happy to share my tips with you that always get me the job.1) My best “secret” is: Pretend like your interviewer is your own real friend!

Pretend to yourself that the interviewer is a friend you’re meeting for a casual chat, like getting together over coffee or lunch. Please read the rest of this article by clicking Work Happy Now. I hope it proves to be helpful for you or someone you know.

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My blog has been my baby for the past couple of years. I worked hard to help it grow, nourished it, and struggled to care for it when it suffered ills. I raised it from a new baby named Prayerful Mom till it turned into a more mature Happier Better Life. A blog takes an enormous amount of time and energy. After two years of stretching myself to stay on top of everything (for the most part!), I took a new job a few months ago, which requires even more responsibility and time and energy. I have to cut back

My teenage daughter has been a vegetarian for more than a year now. (She is preparing this recipe in the photo.) Her dedication has been extremely surprising, given that her favorite foods used to be bacon cheeseburgers and baby-back ribs! She simply decided to be a vegetarian, and that was that.Share this:[Read more…]

Six and a half years ago, after a failed marriage, my children and I were living in a low-income apartment. It was all I could afford with my tiny budget. After having been a stay-at-home mom for a few years, I had re-entered the business world from the bottom rung, barely earning minimum wage. Share this:[Read more…]

I’ve heard of families with teenagers who play board games together. I can imagine the family around the table, laughing, enjoying each other’s company and bonding together. Unfortunately, that’s not my family. There’s no way my 16-year-old son is going to spend his afternoon playing a board game with me and/or his sister. The older my kids get, the more difficult it becomes to find activities for us to enjoy together as a family. That’s the biggest reason why I love taking trips!Share this:

I actually got bullied at church. Well, after church. A couple of Sundays ago, my daughter and I were staying late after the service, visiting with the music director. My daughter was telling the director that her dad was going to take her to a nearby shooting range for target practice later. My kids are teenagers, and they really enjoy the shooting range. They shoot skeet and targets with zombies on them. (I thought the kids and their dad would look fabulous with Duck Dynasty beards photo edited on them, but I resisted the urge.)