Smoke and Mirrors Day

Today is “Smoke and Mirrors” Day.  I’d never heard of it. But I like the sound of it. Is it like “Fire and Reflection” Day? “Fog and Glass” Day?  Nope, it’s a day devoted to trickery, deception and the art of fraudulent cunning.  Got your attention now, don’t I?!


Have you ever wanted to just play havoc with someone or something? Well don’t, I really can’t recommend that (but if you do today’s the day!).

I’ve heard the term smoke and mirrors in legalese….sorry to all you lawyers out there! And possibly politicians use this as well?

But for us, let’s just all take some time today to perform a bit of magic…learn a new magic trick, make something disappear or do something nice and unexpected for someone today,

Rule of Thumb….or Foot?


So you have a new house, or a new apartment, or even just new paint and furniture…and you need some flooring help….If you’re looking for an area rug but don’t know where to start, let’s begin with the basics.

  • Buy big ~ but not too big, the size of the seating area rather than the size of the room is perfect.
  • Your furniture should fit on the rug if possible ~ at least the front legs of the couch, a few feet on each side of your bed, and dining room chairs should all fit on the rug.
  • Be colorful ~ this is your place to use accent color and texture.
  • Ask advise ~ once it’s down it’s hard (but not impossible) to roll back up and return!

There are many professional home decorators that would love to come into your home and help you pick out the perfect rug (and anything else you need!). But if it’s just one rug at a time, then part of the fun is shopping isn’t it?!

Ear Muff Day

my old ear muffsIt appEARs  that today is Ear Muff Day!!  On March 13, 1877,  Chester Greenwood (apparently a rather large eared man) patented the “Champion Ear Protector”.  I guess hats just didn’t do it for him!  
Over time, that name was changed to “ear mufflers” and then shortened again to “ear muffs”. But in any event, for us non hat people in cold climates, ear muffs do the trick to keep our ears warm ~ although if you’re reading this in Florida or Southern California, you may not even know what I’m talking about!
And the fashion industry has taken hold of this as well….there are countless styles, shapes and sizes to fit your every need! Another type of ear muff is the headband ~ and one company I love is bondiband as a portion of every headband you buy goes to a charity ~ this year it’s the Dana Farber Cancer new bondi band!
So even though winter is winding down, the wind will be whistling around our ears for months to come so put on the ear muffs, and brave the wind and the rest of the winter in style!!