Top Ten Tips

Top Ten Tips From My Favorite Magazines - June 2020

1.   From Martha Stewart Living.  Yummmmm - Yellow Watermelon Margaritas.

2.   Also From Martha Stewart Living. I thought this was such a fun idea. Make your own tote bag from any basket using bamboo handles attached with D-Rings.

3.   From June's issue of The Writer Magazine. Small businesses are having a rough times, probably indie bookstores most of all. You can help them out though. Click here to read about 8 great ways to help them stay afloat.

4.   I have a real thing about globes. I would dedicate an entire room to globes and maps if I could. I saw this cork globe in Real Simple. Love it! It's available at Uncommon Goods for $80 (11.8 inches). I also found a 7 inch cork globe on Amazon for $59.99. If anyone is doing some early Christmas shopping for me... just say'n. I can imagine it with tickets and photos (from my polaroid zip printer)  stuck to it with push pins. 

5.   I saw these fans in June's Living Etc. Now I love Living Etc. but most everything is out of my price range. These fans from are $45! Yes they are big - 35 inches, but $45?!  I can buy something similar here in Mexico for a ⅓ or less. 

If you can't make it to a market in Mexico, here are some beauties from Africa. You can get them on Amazon for $15.99.

6.   Also from Living Etc., Don't you just love a porch swing. This hanging rattan chair can also be brought inside. The one pictured is from Arbol House for 198 English pounds or about or about $250 U.S. 

7.   I read a review of this children's book in Mindful magazine. This sounds like such a wonderful book for the young people in our lives, especially now when they are picking up on the stresses of the world around them. The book by Christopher Willard, Ph.D. is designed to teach the power of mindful breathing through fun and interactive exercises. For preschool - grade 3 children. 

8.   Also in June's issue of Mindful, I read an excerpt from Sharon Salzberg's new book Real Change. Salzberg says "When I want to summon strength and power in the midst of awfulness and hate, I contemplate water." This seems like a gift from Salzberg for all of us who are struggling with our emotions during this time.

9.   The current issue of Lion's Roar features teachings from ten well-known Buddhists on how to get through this difficult time. Pema Chödrön starts it off with her first "essential teaching."
       "When I was about six years old, I received an essential teaching from an old woman sitting in the sun. I was walking by her house one day, feeling lonely and unloved, kicking anything I could find. Laughing, she said to me, "Little girl, don't you go letting life harden your heart."

10.  I found this Tiki Patio Umbrella in the summer issue of Domino. I didn't find this one on Amazon, but I did find one almost exactly the same, made from recycled-plastic raffia, on Amazon for only $118.95.