When all else fails make lemonade…preferably with vodka.

Sometimes I over promise. I get way too excited and say SURE! No Problem! No, I don’t work here but how I can help you? This is one of those weeks and I need my casa to feel warm, calm, and in order when another part of my life is in overdrive. As I did my little Sunday ritual of getting the house in order and leaving my front door open to friends and family (kind of a Sunday night orphans only party)I realized there are 3 great rules every girl should know if you want your home to feel like a sanctuary when your life is a battlefield.

  1. Fresh cut flowers in the entry way and Frank Sinatra music make any house feel sophisticated. Try this next time you have people over and you have no time to do anything else. Porn on the T.V. and heavy metal have the opposite effect if that’s what you’re going for.
  2. If there is a couch, there should be a blanket on or near it. It is just a good rule and encourages snuggling, cuddling, and impromptu napping. Napping is key with the young children in the house…coincidentally the snuggling from the blanket/couch rule might have lead to the activities that got the baby here in the first place and now makes the naps necessary. Hey Chicken or egg? Your call.
  3. Put a pitcher of juice out on the counter as Spring approaches. It is to this season what the fireplace is to winter. Here is my favorite recipe…on a side note it is best topped with vodka…or started with vodka…or you could just drink vodka. We don’tjudge here…

Mint lemonade

-1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

-1 handful mint

-2 quarts water

-1 cup super fine sugar

-2 lemons thinly sliced

Mix all ingredients and place in pitcher.