2.19.2018

My New eCourse: Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living



I am so pleased to present my newest eCourse for the blog, Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living.



Those of you who follow the blog know that our family recently made dramatic changes in our life in order to become completely debt-free. This isn't something that just happened overnight... we have been working toward this goal for over a decade.



In my new eCourse, I share our personal debt journey and all of the principles that we have adhered to in order to achieve our goals.



With well over two hours of brand new video content, Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living covers fresh and unexpected ways to live richly, yet beneath your means.



Just like the Ten-Item Wardrobe eCourse, this new course debuts at only $5. I want to make the course affordable for everyone, without it being a burden on your wallet.



The low price of $5 will only last for two months, however, as I must cover the costs which Teachable charge me to host the course.



Once you purchase the course you may complete it at any time and at your own pace. There will be a lively comment section full of debt-free connoisseurs, who will provide encouragement and fellowship.



I'm truly looking forward to connecting with you through this new course!



This pictures in this post share only a portion of the topics discussed in the new course.



I have put so much work into this for the past few months that I am going to take two weeks off of the blog. I will be spending this time resting and also working on the new book.



Thank you for all of your support. I appreciate every one of you and truly hope you enjoy Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living.



I hope you enjoy today's video. See you in the eCourse! And see you on the blog in two weeks.

Love,

Jennifer

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2.15.2018

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread | 2 Loaves | Jennifer L. Scott

I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day. We celebrated with family at home and my husband cooked us up a proper English roast. It was delicious!

The day, of course, was darkened by the horrible tragedy in Florida. My prayers go out to all of the victims and their families...



For today's post, I'm sharing one of my favorite quick bread recipes with you.

Whenever my bananas are too soft to eat, I like to whip them into this delicious banana bread.



The special ingredient in this bread is the chocolate chips. Eat a warm slice slathered with a tiny amount of butter and a cup of tea or coffee. What a treat!



Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
makes 2 loaves

4 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
6 mashed bananas
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 Tbs vanilla extract
1 cup softened butter (2 sticks)
4 eggs
2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 tsp salt

Mix the butter and sugar until well blended. Add the rest of the wet ingredients: mashed banana, vanilla extract and eggs. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix. Lastly add the chocolate chips. Pour into two greased loaf pans and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the loaf comes out clean. I like to enjoy one loaf and freeze the other for a later date. So delicious with a cup of tea or coffee. Enjoy!


For this recipe I used my Kitchen Aide and double loaf pans.

I hope you enjoy today's video.

News
Congratulations to Christina G., who won the Bizond steamer giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

On Monday, I'll be launching my new debt-free course before going on a two-week break. I am so excited to share the new course with you! I have been working on it for months. The reviews from my ten-item wardrobe eCourse have been excellent and I know you will love the new debt-free course too.

On Instagram
A beautiful photo of Madame Chic on a rainy day...


Comment of the Week
Kellee T writes: "I made a few of the turkey sloppy joes for the freezer and just had the first one last night - delicious! My husband and I are attempting to avoid some carbs, so we served the meat over sweet potatoes, it was amazing! My kiddos still had it in buns and loved it as well. Thank you so much for all your recipes!"

Hi Kellee, Thank you for letting me know how they turned out! I love the idea of serving it over sweet potatoes. I will try that next time. Thank you!


Today, I would love to know... how do you make your banana bread? What's your favorite quick bread recipe? Let me know in the comment section and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur.

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2.12.2018

Comparing My Two Favorite OPI Shades



In today's video, I'm comparing my two favorite OPI shades: Barefoot in Barcelona and Tickle My France-Y. These shades are very similar in color, but with subtle differences. Both are great colored neutrals with mauve undertones.



I always find these reviews helpful because there are so many choices out there. It's nice to hear a recommendation and see a comparison.



The base coat I use in the video is OPI Natural Nail Base Coat Polish. The top coat used is Seche Vite.

I hope you enjoy today's video. I would love to know... which one is your favorite?

News
My brand new eCourse on debt-free living is going to launch in one week! Until then, I hope you enjoy my eCourse on the ten-item wardrobe. With over an hour of never-before-seen video instruction, notes and quizzes, you will feel prepared to create your own ten-item wardrobe. For those of you who already do the ten-item wardrobe, this course will keep you on track and provide further inspiration. The course is self-paced and includes a lively comment section with other ten-item wardrobe enthusiasts. Enjoy!



On Instagram
Bayleigh's Books sharesa beautiful snap of Lessons from Madame Chic


Comment of the Week
Claudia C writes: Hi Jennifer!
I sometimes have oatmeal... but usually I’ll have pearl barley instead... I like that you actually have to slow down and chew it and... it is also very healthy.

I cook a large batch on my rice cooker and add some cinnamon sticks and orange peels.
When it is done and has been cooled, I place individual portions on small ziploc bags and freeze them.

Every night I take out my barley bag and put it on the kitchen table. When I wake up, the barley is not frozen anymore... I put it on a large cup and add fruit, cinnamon, nuts, sugar and almond milk...

Yummy!!!


Hi Claudia, your pearl barley breakfast sounds delicious. I'll have to try it! Thanks for sharing your method with us.

Thank you for watching today's video. I would love to know which is your favorite shade of the two and what other shades you are loving this year.

The music in my video is Handel, Bourre og Air.

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2.08.2018

Almond Coconut Chia Seed Oatmeal | Slow Cooker Recipe



I've been enjoying this slow cooker oatmeal several times a week this winter. There are many ways that you can customize it. I top the oatmeal with almond milk, brown sugar, flaked coconut and chopped almonds. You can also add chopped banana, and on special occasions, chocolate chips! It is very filling, so creamy, and super delicious.



Almond Coconut Chia Seed Oatmeal
seves 4

1 cup oatmeal (any kind will do)
4 cups water
1 Tbs chia seeds

Optional Toppings:
almond milk
brown sugar
unsweetened flaked coconut
chopped almonds
chopped bananas
(even chocolate chips)

Before you go to bed, place the oatmeal, water and chia seeds in your slow cooker. Mix. Cook on low for 8 to 9 hours in the slow cooker overnight. In the morning, mix the creamy oatmeal together. Add desired toppings and enjoy!


I hope you enjoy today's video.

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Madame Chic in Russia...


Comment of the Week
Polly writes, "It was so fun for me to hear your story. I purchased your self-published book on the kindle way back when it first came out! I remember enjoying reading it while I was at my father's house in Charleston, South Carolina. I'd retreat to the guest room and read it in bed....very relaxing; I enjoyed the book immensely. I'm so happy that things have gone so well for you in the realm of writing and publishing, and I'm also happy to see how you give credit to One bigger than yourself, too!"

Thank you, Polly. I'm so glad you have good memories from reading the book. I always remember where I read my favorite books and it's so nice to revisit those memories.

I hope you all enjoy today's oatmeal recipe. I would love to know how you like to prepare your oatmeal. Do you have any tips or recipes for us? Let me know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog. See you on Monday!

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2.05.2018

One Week of Outfits from My Ten-Item Wardrobe | Jennifer L. Scott



I'm showing you my weekday outfits in today's video. There are so many exciting things going on this week! (Ha! I'm actually kidding.) We are homeschooling, cleaning and working this week and you get to see how I dress through it all.



This is a very typical week for us. I wanted to keep this video very authentic and accurate so I did not do any extra styling. My outfits are simple, yet work well for my daily activities.

I hope you enjoy today's video.

News
Jacqie from The Lipstick Narratives shares her favorite life-changing books, and Lessons from Madame Chic is at the top of her list. Thank you, Jacqie!

My brand new eCourse on debt-free living is going to launch in two weeks! Until then, I hope you enjoy my eCourse on the ten-item wardrobe. With over an hour of never-before-seen video instruction, notes and quizzes, you will feel prepared to create your own ten-item wardrobe. For those of you who already do the ten-item wardrobe, this course will keep you on track and provide further inspiration. The course is self-paced and includes a lively comment section with other ten-item wardrobe enthusiasts. Enjoy!



Thank you to Jenny from Carrot Top Paper Shop for your beautiful gift to me... updated personalized stationery. Jenny is so talented. You must check out her etsy shop!


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Madame Chic in Japan...

📚52 《フランス人は10着しか服を持たない パリで学んだ"暮らしの質"を高める秘訣》 Jennifer L. Scott ・ ずっと読みたいなーって思っててようやく読めました👌❣️ わたしもマダム・シックのようになりたいわ クローゼットが服でパンパンやのに「着る服がない!」って言うなんて みたいなことが書いてあって、正しくその通りだと思った😂😂 これを読みながら私は袋4つ分の服と靴を処分しました😙 10着は流石に無理だと分かってるので出来る範囲でまた捨てよ😗 同居人にも是非やってほしいわ👀 ・ 服以外にもマナーや習慣に関すること、 どれも うんうん って実践したくなることばかり🙆 ・ ・ #フランス人は10着しか服を持たない #dailyconnoisseur #Jenniferlscott ・ #読書はじめました #ひなこの読書記録 #ひなこの読書記録2018 #本 #読書 #本好き #今週の一冊 #読書記録 #今年は本をたくさん読もう #book #📚 #📚🤓💘

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Comment of the Week
Magan L writes, "I am late with this, but I think it's worth saying. The attention you have paid to wearing quality garments over the last several years is reaping benefits. You can shop on a site like zulily because you know what brands fit you, have the quality you desire and. You also seem to pay attention to the fabrics that fit your lifestyle. I'm afraid I have not been that observant, so my clothing budget will buy less. I did visit zulily and I saw a favorite item of mine that gets TONS of compliments. (Something I bought at a CABI party two years ago.) And it was on zulily for about 1/3 of what I paid for it. How delighted I am that I can share that information with those who would like this garment! (Note to self: since I wear it A LOT, maybe I'll share it with friends in another city!!) Anyway, I am glad to see that the attention you have paid to what you have bought over the years has allowed you to use your clothing budget to create the wardrobe you love for this fall/winter. Thank you for encouraging us to be thoughtful and observant shoppers AND creating a less stressful wardrobe."

Hi Magan, thank you for your input. Your observations are very accurate! Fabrics that fit my lifestyle are a true must for me right now as you will see in today's video. Thanks for commenting.

I hope you enjoyed today's post. Let me know how you dress to suit your lifestyle in the comment section below. Your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog!

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2.01.2018

Brand New Steamer Review & Giveaway | BIZOND Steamer

Before we begin, I want to thank you for your incredible response to Monday's video, discussing my self-publishing success story. Thank you for your touching and supportive comments. I felt very moved by the response to that post. My favorite part was reading your comments on how you found The Daily Connoisseur and the Madame Chic books. I truly appreciate every single one of you.

Today, I have a fun steamer review and giveaway for you.



After my initial steamer video from last year, I have received hundreds of comments from women who are interested in steaming their clothes in lieu of ironing them. The steamer I showcased was not available online since I had found it in a home store and many people had asked for further recommendations.

BIZOND, which is a company that produces products for the home, saw my steamer video and reached out to me about their own handheld steamer. I looked into it and noticed that their steamer is Amazon's choice on Amazon.com and has great reviews. I was excited to try Bizond's steamer and was not disappointed.



In today's video, I'm reviewing the steamer and giving one away to a reader of The Daily Connoisseur!



The BIZOND steamer uses a pump, so you do not need to worry about it sputtering hot water. This also allows you to use the steamer both vertically and horizontally, which is a major plus. I actually find it easier to steam clothes horizontally, like you would iron them. The water heats up in 25 seconds and the steamer automatically shuts down after 5 minutes, which is a great safety feature. The steamer comes with a travel bag and is a great compact size that would easily fit into a suitcase. Another great feature is the brush head, which allows you to dust heavy coats while you steam them.

Thank you to BIZOND for sending me this steamer to review and for hosting this giveaway. The giveaway is open for US residents only. The winner will receive a coupon code for 99% off the steamer. Please note that the winner will need an Amazon account, as they will be purchasing the steamer via the coupon code through Amazon.
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BIZOND are also giving subscribers of my YouTube channel 15% off. Simply enter code 6KTVXNHY at check out. Please note: this 15% off coupon may only be used once per person and is valid until December 31st, 2018. For instructions on how to use a promo code when checking out on Amazon, please read this help article.

Here is a coupon code for Canadian residents: ZA2PVDCQ

You may learn more about BIZOND on their Facebook page. Thank you, BIZOND!

News
If you are longing for more ten-item wardrobe inspiration, enroll in myeCourse on the ten-item wardrobe. With over an hour of never-before-seen video instruction, notes and quizzes, you will feel prepared to create your own ten-item wardrobe. For those of you who already do the ten-item wardrobe, this course will keep you on track and provide further inspiration. The course is self-paced and includes a lively comment section with other ten-item wardrobe enthusiasts. Enjoy!



On Instagram
Katrinaariana shares her two favorite books, and At Home with Madame Chic is one of them! My book is featured alongside The French Beauty Solution.


Comment of the Week
On the YouTube channel, Midori I writes: Hi I'm from Japan and I have two of your books in Japanese! I really wan to get the third one but I'm wondering if I should get Japanese version or English one. I love them so much that I keep reading them over and over again. My friends love them too. Your book is life changing for me. It already has changed how I see my life, and I'm very sure it will keep giving positive influences on my life💕Thank you for writing such amazing books! I want to visit France someday too ☺️ Hope you read this comment! ❤️

Hi Midori, thank you for your support of my books. I love Japan and hope I get to visit your great country again. Thank you for writing to me!


I am wishing the best of luck to all who enter the steamer giveaway. Thank you and I'll see you on Monday!


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1.29.2018

My Self-Publishing Success Story | Jennifer L. Scott | MADAME CHIC



I am so happy to finally share my self-publishing success story with you. Many of you have heard parts of this story over the years, but today I'm revealing everything! This is a triumphant story about overcoming rejection. It's a story that illustrates the importance of hard work combined with faith.

How did I go from a rejected author to a New York Times bestselling author? Find out in today's video.


One of my first book signings at Anthropologie, Santa Monica.

I often get asked about how I became a writer. Do you have to get a degree in creative writing? Do you have to come from a family of writers? Do you have to get picked up by a big publisher? No one's path to becoming a published writer is the same, but you will definitely glean insight from how I chose to become one.


Signing copies of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic at Barnes & Noble.

The main point I'd like you to take away from this video is that rejection from others does not have to be the end of the road for you. If you have a passion, find a way to do your passion, market it yourself and your audience or clients will find you. The cream always rises to the top and so will you. Hard work combined with passion and faith will get you places.

The following are some of the people and resources I mention in my video:

Writing class and information:
Al Watt's 90-Day Novel book, LA Writers' Lab and The 90-Day Novel Class

These are the bloggers who I mentioned in today's video. They have always been so supportive!
Easy and Elegant Life, M. Lane's Epic and Hostess of the Humble Bungalow


Visiting my literary agents in New York at Trident Media Group.

Japan News
Watch My Japan Diary from 2015 and My Japan Trip from 2016 and read the Wall Street Journal article on Lessons from Madame Chic being a #1 bestseller in Japan.



The following are the articles that my self-published book was featured in, leading to much of its success:
New York Times article, CNN , Daily Mail



I'm delivering my TEDx talk on the ten-item wardrobe in this picture, which has seen over 1.1 million views online!


Signing copies of At Home with Madame Chic at Pages Bookstore in Manhattan Beach.

News
My next book, Connoisseur Kids, will be released in the fall of 2019 from Chronicle books. I'm having so much fun working on this book!

If you are longing for more ten-item wardrobe inspiration, enroll in myeCourse on the ten-item wardrobe. With over an hour of never-before-seen video instruction, notes and quizzes, you will feel prepared to create your own ten-item wardrobe. For those of you who already do the ten-item wardrobe, this course will keep you on track and provide further inspiration. The course is self-paced and includes a lively comment section with other ten-item wardrobe enthusiasts. Enjoy!



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I love to share your Instagram photos of Madame Chic from all around the world. PinkJulep, an American Expat in London, shares the Madame Chic books and some other favorites...

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Comment of the Week
Micaela writes:
Hi Jennifer, I really love your videos and over the past year I have collected all of your books. I came across your channel 2 or 3 years ago in my early university years and quickly became a huge fan! I must say that you have been a very influential role model for me to look up to. I will be graduating and entering my "real" adult life in only a couple of months and I feel like you have inspired me and prepared me for this transition. I have shown my sisters and my girlfriends your work and their eyes too have been opened to the importance of poise and living with purpose. Thank you so much for sharing your passion with the world. Love from Canada, Micaela



Hi Micaela, thank you so much for writing to me and for your kind encouragement. I am very excited to see where life takes you. Please keep us updated on the blog. Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!

Thank you for joining me for today's video. I hope it inspires you to go for your dreams. If you experience rejection, don't let it stop you. Be a maker. Be a doer.

Today, I would love to know what project you are working on. Are you a writer? An artist? A musician? A designer? What is your passion? Let us know in the comment section below.

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1.25.2018

7 Freezer Meals in Under an Hour | Ground Turkey & Ground Beef | Jennifer L. Scott



I have another impromptu freezer cooking session for you today featuring ground turkey and ground beef, because we all know that being chic is being prepared!

To start the initial prep, I cooked 4lbs of ground turkey and 4lbs of ground beef. I cooked it in olive oil with sautéed onion and garlic. I added garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper for flavor. I added 4 handfuls of chopped spinach to the ground beef. (I would have added spinach to the turkey but I forgot to do so).



Please note that I am using similar ingredients in all of the recipes. They all use the same vegetables, for example. This is out of convenience. Spinach and mushrooms are not typically added to sloppy Joes, but I like to add vegetables where I can. You can omit them or substitute them for other vegetables that you have.



Turkey Sloppy Joe's Freezer Meal
(makes 2 meals)

Put the same amount in each gallon size freezer bag:

1 lb ground turkey mixture (cooked)
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
3 handfuls of chopped spinach
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 can of tomato sauce
1/2 cup of ketchup
1 Tbs brown sugar
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce

Combine everything in a gallon-size labeled freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to cook, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and cook in the slow cooker on low for 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours. If using the Instant Pot, cook on high pressure for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with whole wheat hamburger buns and a vegetable side dish. Please note: if the sauce is too runny, just scoop the meat mixture with a slotted spoon, allowing excess liquid to drain before placing on the bun. My kids love this meal!



Ground Turkey Asian Lettuce Wrap Filling
(makes 1 freezer meal)

1 1/2 lbs ground turkey mixture (cooked)
1/2 bottle Teriyaki sauce (or oyster sauce)
3 handfulls chopped spinach
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
shredded cabbage and carrot mix (I like to use the pre-packaged asian salad bag for convenience)

Combine everything in a gallon size labeled freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to cook, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and cook in the slow cooker on low for 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours. If using the Instant Pot, cook on high pressure for 15 to 20 minutes. When ready to serve, spoon meat mixture into lettuce cups (bib lettuce or romaine hearts work well). Garnish with water chestnut or sliced apple.



Stuffed Peppers
(makes 2 freezer meals)

*Please note, I only had four bell peppers in this video, but this makes enough filling for 8. I placed the excess filling in a foil pan and will use it to stuff peppers when I am ready to use it.

8 bell peppers
1 1/2 to 2 lbs ground beef
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 can tomato sauce
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup chopped mushrooms
2 cups chopped spinach
salt and pepper to taste

After washing the bell peppers, cut off their stalk and de-seed them. In a large bowl, combine the cooked ground beef mixture, 2 cups of cooked brown rice, 1 can tomato sauce, 1 can stewed tomatoes, about 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese, 1 cup chopped mushrooms, 2 cups chopped spinach, salt and pepper to taste. Stuff the peppers with this mixture. Place in gallon size freezer bags and freeze for up to 3 months. You can either cook these in the slow cooker on low for 8 hours (be sure to spray the slow cooker with cooking spray and add a small amount of water to the bottom of the slow cooker) or bake them in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour (times may vary). Before serving, sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on top.



Beef Bolognese
(makes 2 freezer meals)

Use two gallon size freezer bags. In each bag place:

1 lb of cooked ground beef mixture
1 Tbs minced garlic
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 jar favorite marinara sauce
2 cups chopped spinach

Combine everything in the freezer bag. Freeze for up to three months. When ready to cook, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and cook in slow cooker on low for 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours, or in the Instant Pot for 15 to 20 minutes on high pressure. Serve over cooked pasta or over spiralized zucchini. Top with parmesan cheese.

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Congratulations to the five winners of the Jamie Cat Callan Parisian Charm School giveaway: Sarena, Tabitha, Kristen, Rachel, and GrayPower. Ladies, you have been contacted by email and your names are announced on the giveaway widget. Congratulations and thank you for supporting The Daily Connoisseur!

Thank you for your enthusiastic response to Monday's Fitness Routine post. So many people have expressed interest in the rebounder that I will do another video about it.

If you are longing for more ten-item wardrobe inspiration, enroll in myeCourse on the ten-item wardrobe. With over an hour of never-before-seen video instruction, notes and quizzes, you will feel prepared to create your own ten-item wardrobe. For those of you who already do the ten-item wardrobe, this course will keep you on track and provide further inspiration. The course is self-paced and includes a lively comment section with other ten-item wardrobe enthusiasts. Enjoy!



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Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic in Poland...



Comment of the Week
On my lasagna video, Heather N writes: Thank you so much! This was delicious. I made these and your 8 freezer meals this weekend and now feel more prepared for those days when there are multiple kid activities and no time to make a big dinner. You were my inspiration for the 10 item wardrobe years ago, and now the inspiration for freezer meals. I so appreciate seeing your beautiful authentic self in the intro too. Wishing you all the very very best.

Thank you, Heather! I'm so happy you have enjoyed the recipes! Thank you for your kind words.

I hope today's video gives you further inspiration to meal plan for your family. Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you on Monday!



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1.22.2018

My Updated Fitness Routine | Rebounding



It's been several years since I have discussed my fitness routine in detail. My life has changed so much over the past decade and it is only natural that my fitness routine has changed too. In addition to incorporating exercise into everyday life, as I discuss in chapter 3 of Lessons from Madame Chic, I have an additional fitness routine.

For a fitness routine to be realistic and sustainable, one's life circumstances have to be taken into account. The same thing will not work for everyone. In the past I have had a gym membership. I have taken yoga classes. I would go on long bike rides and tried various martial arts. I've done home DVDs and we even have some gym equipment in our garage, like weights and a Stairmaster. Through all of this I have had three children, a pretty demanding career as a work-at-home mom and this past year we have thrown homeschooling into the mix. None of the above listed exercises have been able to translate successfully into my busy life as a mom.

There are two major things that have changed, that I happy implement into my life. The first is a long walk every day. I've actually always done this. When I used to live in Santa Monica and West Los Angeles I would simply run my errands on foot. Now that I live in a more suburban area, I am not able to walk to run my errands. I do, however, go out for a long walk everyday with the kids. Sometimes it's just me and the baby. Sometimes the rest of the family joins me. Sometimes the kids bring their bikes or scooters. Sometimes we all just take a long hike. These walks are often my favorite time of the day. It feels wonderful to be out of the house breathing fresh air, looking at nature and disconnecting from screens and cleaning and work.



The second major change I've made is one that I am so excited to share with you. I jump on the rebounder for a minimum of 5 minutes a day. Many people have heard of rebounding, but many haven't. I hadn't heard about it before last year. A rebounder looks like a mini, low-to-the-ground trampoline. On busy days, I will jump on the rebounder for 5 minutes, but often, I am able to jump on the rebounder several times a day for 2 to 5 minute intervals.

Rebounding has so many health benefits, which I will list below, but one of my favorite things about it is its convenience factor. I don't need to get into my car. I don't need to find a babysitter. I don't need to rush. I don't even need to change into exercise clothes. I often do, but I can't tell you how many times I just decide on a whim to jump on the rebounder for 5 minutes and I'm in my day clothes.



While you're jumping, you don't feel as though anything is happening especially because rebounding is quite fun. But when you finish your session and step off the rebounder, you feel incredible, as though you've run a mile. Many people have said that bouncing on a rebounder for 5 minutes is the equivalent to running one to two miles. The reason you feel so good after jumping is because your lymphatic system is draining and flowing.

I use a Needak Rebounder. I bought this for my husband and he and I both love to use it. Even the kids love it! Rebounders can be pricey so I did extensive research to figure out the best one to purchase for us. Needak had overwhelmingly good reviews online. They are a family company and their products are all made in America, which I love. So Needak it was!

I have the Needak non-folding rebounder in blue but they have other colors and styles to choose from on their Rebounders page.

Health Benefits
The following information was taken from the rebounder Wikipedia page regarding the many benefits of rebounding.
Strengthened Cells: All of the body’s cells are said to be strengthened through the mechanics of rebounding, either because of gravity changes or because of pressure differentials (along with more oxygen reaching cells throughout the body)

Increased Lymph Flow & Immune System Function: Rebounding is said to lead to greatly increased lymph fluid circulation, leading directly to a boosted immune system, greater white blood cell activity, and increased detoxification generally

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Improvement: Rebounding is said to directly yield impressive aerobic exercise benefits in terms of heart strength and functioning, respiration, and related physiological functions; and
Physical Strength, Muscular Development, Coordination, Balance, and Flexibility: Rebounding is often said to improve all of these.

Low Impact, Less Strain on Joints, Soft Tissue, Skeleton: The elastic element of a rebounder, either springs or bungee bands, absorbs much of the impact or shock on each bounce, thereby making rebound exercise more attractive to those who need to avoid shocking or straining their joints, soft tissue, and skeleton.

"Rebounding is a great exercise for the entire body, especially the lymphatic system. Rebounding involves jumping on a mini-trampoline; this promotes circulation. The body contains 5-6 quarts of blood, which is circulated by the heart. But without the lymphatic system, the body cannot effectively eliminate toxins. Exercising on a rebounder for 5-20 minutes at a time will promote the flow of lymph, thereby eliminating toxins... The lymphatic system is a major dumping ground for toxins and waste products. The lymphatic system can only be kept flowing by 3 means:

1. Gravity,

2. Internal massage of the lymph ducts, and

3. Exercise by rebounding or similar means.

When you use a rebounder, it promotes circulation through the body's lymphatic system. As you begin to exercise, the toxins are moved to the lymph ducts, which transport the toxins to the kidney and liver. Rebounding serves as an insurance policy against many serious diseases. Rebounding is not only great exercise, but it is fun too."
- Barbi Trejo, Natural News


NASA research concludes that rebounding is an effective form of exercise, even better than running.

Rebound exercise is the most efficient, effective form of exercise yet devised by man.”
-The Miracles of Rebound Exercise; Carter, Albert E.; The National institute of Reboundology and Health, Inc. Edmonds, Washington, 1979.

“…for similar levels of heart rate and oxygen consumption, the magnitude of the biomechanical stimuli is greater with jumping on a trampoline than with running, a finding that might help identify acceleration parameters needed for the design of remedial procedures to avert deconditioning in persons exposed to weightlessness. “
-NASA


I hope you enjoy my video today where I discuss my new fitness routine.

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ThriftyGalifty writes, "Jennifer your books have changed me forever! I now have a 10 item wardrobe ( I also own only 1 pair of jeans!) and will never go back! I’m reading your books for the second time right now and have my mom and sisters now reading them! I get dressed in clothes that make me feel beautiful everyday now and have donated everything that makes me feel not so good. I try to look presentable ALWAYS! I’m so thankful Ive read your books and feel like I took so much from them! Thank you so much for your books and videos!"

Thank you so much, ThriftyGalifty... what a wonderful testimony! I appreciate your comment and loved to read what the Madame Chic books have done for you.


Today, I would love to know about your fitness routine. How do you fit exercise into your busy schedule? Have you ever considered rebounding? If you have a rebounder or plan to get one, please let me know if you'd like to see the specific exercises I use on my rebounder. I look forward to jumping with you!

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1.18.2018

Ten-Item Wardrobe Talk-Through Winter 2018



Thank you for your enthusiastic response to Monday's ten-item wardrobe post. I hope you enjoy this talk-through video, where I go over my wardrobe choices and discuss the evolution of my ten-item wardrobe.

Today's video discusses this wardrobe in detail, but here are some key points:

* Because I live in Southern California, the way I style my clothing is most likely different to how you will style your winter pieces. For colder climates, it's all about layering: fleece leggings or tights, shearling boots, layers of sweaters with coats and scarves, gloves and hats might be required. All of those items are considered extras. When curating your extras, tailor them to your specific life (and climate) needs.

* My wardrobe is heavy on the dresses again. I just like wearing them and feel most comfortable in dresses (even more so than jeans!). So I stick to what I like.

* At this season of life, with three children, including an active toddler (and homeschooling), I need pieces that are easily washable and require minimum maintenance. My baby loves to cuddle me and nuzzle his head into my shoulder. I love this and don't want to worry about ruining a dry clean only outfit. Sadly this phase won't last forever, but as for now I like jersey fabrics for washability and wearability purposes.

* We are on a budget this year and most likely will be for a while. I discuss the details of this in today's video. I am still able to look presentable and be creative through the styling of my extras with my budget clothes. This proves that looking presentable always has nothing to do with money.

* Four of the core items are returning from past seasons: the blue Boden dress, the burgundy blouse from Loft, the AG jeans and Loft fluid ankle pants. Past ten-item wardrobe items that you did not see in this video have been donated. Either the item was worn out and no longer presentable, or I simply didn't like it anymore/ it didn't work for me. Also keep in mind that with the pregnancy I went through a major transition with my wardrobe.

* Because many of these pieces were purchased months ago, they are no longer available. I am listing the brands here as follows for all new items. Unfortunately I am not able to provide direct links as the items are no longer available. If you wish to search the brands on zulily, you might find something similar: the midnight blue floral dress is by Reborn J, the olive green tunic is by Zenana Premium, the navy v-neck maxi dress is by Annabelle USA, the long Burgundy cardigan is by Lydiane, the Burgundy maxi dress is by PinkBlush, the short-sleeve neutral blouse is by Pops Basic.

This year I have nine core items (not ten):



Here is a look at some of the extras shown in the video.






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Toni M writes: I love this video! This is a beautiful and practical wardrobe! I know that you suffered some negative commentary about this year's wardrobe, but wowzas, seeing you in the clothing makes all the difference. You look beautiful and those commenters were way off...I think all of the looks are lovely, and of course, your beautiful family is a sweet bonus. Also, I'm enjoying all the still shots on the blog. Thanks a bunch! Blessings!

Toni, thank you for your kind words. I knew that many of the past critics could not visualize how the outfits would wear so I hope the fashion show cleared that up for them :) Thank you, again!

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