My Evening Routine 2018

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Post, image and video by Rain San Martin

*Homemaking hour: 15 min. each of decluttering, deep cleaning and paper work. Of course a tremendous more homemaking work is done each week. This is simply a detailed focus. (Note: Currently I do this just before the evening routine, in the late afternoon).
*Final straightening of house.
*Review calendar and key tasks for next day.
Here’s the heart warming calendar I use each year:
John Sloane’s Country Seasons (affiliate link)
*Set out clothes for next day.
*Sponge bath. Wash face and brush teeth.
*Work out with weights while watching Downton Abbey.
If you enjoy Downtown Abbey, you will adore this beautiful book:
Downton Abbey – A Celebration: The Official Companion to All Six Seasons (affiliate link)
*Lights out 8:45am. (Most nights of the week.)

How to Give Halloween Cards On Any Occasion

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*Post and video by Rain San Martin

To me there is no time like Halloween to pick up the most fun, elegant, mysterious or cute card designs. Sparkles, spooky houses, owls and pumpkins in my favorite autumnal color pallet, make me smile. Once the stores are stocked with whimsical Halloween cards, I’ve begun my tradition of picking up a few to use for other occasions.

How do I do this? The key is to pick out a card with a cover that is not too “Halloweenie”. I simply buy Halloween stickers and matching construction paper to cover up the word “Halloween” (if written on the inside) which I replace with the occasion of choice, such as a birthday. I also have the benefit of looking forward to the time when I can give this wonderful card to it’s recipient. Of course I have to know in advance that the person would be happy with such a card.

The cards shown in my video are made by American Greetings. Here are a couple of affiliate link ideas to get you started:

Spooky Owl Card

Cute Bat Stickers


Minimalist Kitchen

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You can watch my video on this topic here on YouTube. My channel name is Rain San Martin, I post weekly video’s.

In our minimalist kitchen we use only the most essential kitchen tools. Here are our staples:

*wood cutting board
*chefs knife
*wooden spoon
*2 stainless steel pots
*tea kettle
*french press for coffee
*iron skillet
*several glass trays for the oven
*metal measuring spoons and cups
*wire whisk
*can opener with wooden handle
*wooden mixing bowl, glass mixing bowl

I no longer use:
*electric mixer
*I rarely use the microwave.
*I never owned a food process by choice.

Here are a few minimalist kitchen items we use in our home. These are also affiliate links:

Lodge L8SK3 10-1/4-Inch Iron Skillet

Ritual French Coffee Press, Bamboo Wood

*Paula Deen Steel Teakettle, Red

Minimalist Wardrobe Tips-My Vintage Style Journey

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As a minimalist I’ve noted the benefits of Courtney’s Project 333 plan. Only having 33 clothing and accessory items accessible in your closet, which you are able to change each season. This does not include undergarments, sleepwear or workout clothes. Yet it is advisable to keep those minimized as well. I myself have a year-round wardrobe so I allow for a few more pieces.

My color scheme is 80 percent Black with Brown, Taupe, Wine and Red. I also focus on the Romantic Antique Victorian or Romantic Antique Gothic look. Having a specific style and color scheme will serve wonders when simplifying. Also buy high quality pieces when possible. In my video I also talk about how I used to wear jeans and wore the entire color spectrum. I’m happy that I have a more specialized vintage style now. Here is a link to Project 333: