Essentials in My Day for 2020

 

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Abbey the golden retriever will be modeling for this post!

Welcome! In this post I’m sharing things I use every day. As much as possible I buy used and save the difference. I encourage everyone to do the same! Ebay is my go-to resource, and safe to use. I’ve been on there since 1998.

Here we go- things I use every day!

Starting with my really old but awesome MacBook is an essential. I’ve written 3 books on it and done countless projects.

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”Oh, I’m sorry, were you typing?”

I hate to say my phone is an essential but of course, it is. It wakes me in the morning, I listen to podcasts during my bible study/journaling time before my day starts and it helps me keep in touch with my family.77D3B303-6BA5-4B22-8AED-75E4655CEE91

I am still a watch girl at heart and I have been since my first Swatch in the 80s. I wear a watch every day. I like chunkier watches and fun colors!

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9BE09739-F9A0-4D2A-BE51-F401887945F6My Moleskine journals are the best way for me to draw, plan, reflect, meditate, and learn. I keep a sketchbook for out and about, a personal sketchbook journal at home for home/family/personal entries and a school journal to help me plan and reflect on my teaching. My wonderful art proc Jackie Knapp taught me to keep a sketchbook journal and it has been an amazing experience. For more about journaling click here and hereFor my journal entries I just use a fine 0.5 Bic mechanical pencil and some Prismacolors for color.

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I like to wear dresses to work and flat shoes since I’m on my feet all day. The best shoes I own are these Converse Mary Janes. They are a good mix of cute but casual, and very light and comfortable. This is my 3rd pair in 14 years. I wish I could find a replacement, but no luck so far. I also wish these were still made!

 

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My stove is definitely an essential as well as my tea parephenaila! When I practice self care I can be more loving to others, especially my students! I like to take my time with breakfast.
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My favorite tea dishes (and my kids’ too) are my Wedgwood Peter Rabbit adult-sized teacup and saucer. I also have a wee little spoon from my Bento kit that I use with it. I admire Beatrix Potter so much- her art, storytelling, and her break for freedom later in life.
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My favorite tea right now is Harney & Sons Earl Grey Imperial. This version has lovely light floral notes that sing with the bergamont. Plus this is such high quality tea I can get 3 cups from 1 tea bag!
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Next are books! It just depends on which day it is which book is on my mind but I can’t imagine my day without them. I love reading to kids yall. Seriously.
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If its not books its puppets. They can get students’ attention and keep it, which is really important to teaching my littlest ones.
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And when I read and do art lessons with puppets I love to sit in a rocking chair. They are so heavenly. My favorite is this low Eames-style rocker.

For lunch I always bring mine from home. Im a huge fan of sushi and I make my own. This saves on costs and health as I know exactly what is in it! Sushi is super cute in a bento as well.

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My name is Abbey and I got into some blue icing I wasn’t supposed to eat!

After teaching all day I like to come home and do art in my studio, but sometimes I’m on the go. Either way my Winsor & Newton field kit is by my side. It absolutely changed the way I worked. I had stopped painting because I couldn’t drag a big studio set-up out with my kids getting into everything, knocking things over, etc. But this little box is a gem, and paired with a Moleskine watercolor journal, there is no stopping me! Since then its been so easy for me to paint whenever I had the time.

Then I make dinner for my family on our O’Keefe & Merritt range. I like it best when everyone makes dinner together. We eat together as much as possible. I have great admiration for this stove that quickly and easily helps me make cook over 700 family meals a year! I’ve detailed my love here already, but suffice it to say, I LOVE this stove. If I ever move it is going with me!

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After dinner is when I usually exercise and read. I used to wear out exercise bikes, then 10 years ago I got my Schwinn Airdyne. I try to ride it faithfully every night. It has kept me so healthy all these years. I ride in the evening because I can not drag myself out of bed in the morning to exercise. Thankfully I can distract myself while exercising with a good Agatha Christie book!
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54E9D94E-C30C-4816-8716-645606586A20 I wash the day off with Clinique extra mild face soap. I used to use really harsh soap, but since I switched I don’t have breakouts anymore. Plus, it smells really good and milky and it doesn’t strip my skin. 

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Lastly, I like to keep a mascot around-usually a little toy to remind me of all good things. Its been different things over the years, but right now it is a Gabrielle Designs Piglet from their Classic Pooh line. They made the Pooh soft toys before anyone else. They also made Paddington!

Stay tuned- I have renovation posts coming up!

Love every day from Kansas Street,

-Jaime

 

 

 

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