Lovely Living is (in theory) updated daily with tips and reminders on homemaking topics. Sort of a cross between Martha Stewart's Gentle Reminders, Benjamin Franklin's Almanac, and the FlyLadies. I'm not obsessed with housekeeping, it's just a daily chore I do really quickly so I can enjoy the rest of my life (and not be embarrassed when family and friends come over). I share my own struggles and joys in regards to homemaking and entertaining. On rare occasions, I will post twice in one day - sometimes to add links after the fact, sometimes to call attention to a new project I'm doing, sometimes to take a poll of what you think. Mostly I try to limit posts to once per day to save your friends page from being too spammed by me.
Lovely Living's readers
When I write Lovely Living entries, I envision my readers as females age 20 and over, married or single, mothers or childless, living in the same hemisphere as me. (My Australian readers probably won't benefit from reading my Winter cleaning tips when it's summertime to them!) I own a house and therefore my homemaking comments often refer to my house, but the tips I post can also be applicable to condo, townhouse or apartment dwellers, renters and owners both. I've lived in apartments, townhouses, duplexes, even hotels before settling down in my house, and I do remember what it's like.
Lovely Living on Work and Family life
I work at home, so I don't often post tips for workplace-related topics because they don't often occur to me to think about. I unfortunately don't have children, but I love being an aunt, so I do try to think often about including child-related reminders and links.
Housekeeping and Homemaking at Lovely Living
My personal housecleaning style is "frequent tidying, constant maintenance" with no emphasis on perfection. I'd rather do a little bit of tidying plus one minor project every day, than go crazy and spend my entire weekend doing huge projects and stressing over it. Yes, guests are going to spill red wine on the carpet during parties. No biggie. My quilts are meant to be enjoyed - of course I will drag them out into the backyard and let them get muddy/grassy. That's what washing machines were invented for. Is my house ready for Architectural Digest or Domino to visit to do a photo spread? No. I have very few cluttery knick-knacks, but a lot of books, papers, magazines, and other cheerful, necessary clutter. There are Kleenex boxes in plain sight in the living rooms. The book I was reading last night is on my nightstand, not hidden away in a drawer.
Lovely Living and Balance
To me, Lovely Living is about cheerfulness, energy, and moderation. I like a good balance between elegance and simplicity. I can't afford fancy expensive furniture, but will pass on buying the cheap Ikea stuff so I can save up for moderately priced, longer-lasting quality furniture. Drink wine and cocktails, but don't get falling down drunk. Exercise a bit more the next day to make up for the umpteen calories from that Long Island Iced Tea. Buy and send your nieces and nephews lots of fun little gifts from time to time, but don't blow thousands of dollars on big presents at Christmastime to impress them. Clean your house, but don't spend your life doing it trying to be perfect. Throw a dinner party, but don't agonize if it's not the most glamorous affair in the world (or if you burn the top of the lasagna). Enjoy some vapid mind-numbing reality TV shows on occasion, but balance it out by reading interesting books. Keep to traditions and rituals, but also always try new things, new restaurants, new places, new ideas.
Every time I update, I will post interesting related links I find during my web meanderings every morning.
Lovely Living's Social Network
Lovely Living also has a social networking site now: It's free, and we have some content and projects over there that don't make it onto the Livejournal. There's a book club, The Fairy Godmother Society, message forums, and blog posts when I find the time.
Other Related Blogs
Visit my sister site Lovely Living's shopping blog, where I ooh and aah over beautiful findings in my various shopping frenzies. There's also a syndicated feed for that blog. I also have an Auction Shopaholic blog where I share fun, pretty finds on eBay.