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Coffee with Eleanor Roosevelt

by Mindy Lockard on May 10, 2009

As one of my many Mother’s Day treats, I was able to sneak away in the morning with a cup of Starbucks and Eleanor Roosevelt’s book, You Learn by Living – Eleven keys for a more fulfilling life for some inspiration, rest and relaxation. This gem of a book was a birthday gift from a close friend several […]


My Mother’s Manners II

by Mindy Lockard on May 9, 2009

    My mother has been relentlessly devoted to making her family happy and healthy.  Raising five children-that’s right five-is not an easy feat. However, my mother has done it with grace, poise and style. Here are a few of the many lessons my mother has taught me. My mother’s manners…     the proper […]


My Mother’s Manners

by Mindy Lockard on May 7, 2009

I often write about the manners my mother raised me on – even to the point of having subscribers ask to meet her.   Although I’ve had formal etiquette training and I’m a student of the subject, much of my love of the craft stems from the lessons in gracious living my mother instilled (or hammered) into my life.  […]


Pushing Buttons!

by Mindy Lockard on May 3, 2009

Sometimes it’s the little things in life that provide the most entertainment… For my children it’s the joy of being the one to push the elevator button, the thrill of being the first in an elevator and the magic of the elevator doors opening on an entirely different floor.   This past weekend while staying […]


  This week’s Spring Sweep (what’s Spring Sweep?) is getting down and dirty with what’s looming behind closed doors…   Tip Begin the organization process by breaking down the rooms and areas in the rooms that you want to organize. Take one cupboard or drawer at a time and use the check off system to celebrate […]