Shirt + Jacket = Shacket!

Shirt + Jacket = Shacket!

Snazzy word, I know. “Shacket!” Tracing its roots to military styling, the shacket is a shirt (typically a button-down, sometimes zippered) that’s too heavyweight to be a shirt and too lightweight to be a jacket. Hence the name: shacket. Perfect for...
How to Paint a Pumpkin

How to Paint a Pumpkin

When it’s that time of year, paint your pumpkin right. Key to painting a pumpkin that will last longer and withstand the weather better is to first, seal the pumpkin before painting, and second, add a top coat after painting. But first . . . let’s take...
Recipe for Taco Soup

Recipe for Taco Soup

Do you have a favorite slow cooker recipe? I certainly do. Taco Soup! Although, I’m not sure if it’s a soup. It’s more like chili. So super easy to assemble. Just dump it in, set the timer, and know you’ve got something delicious to eat. Why do...
Peacocks, Peahens & Primm

Peacocks, Peahens & Primm

Did you know? The collective term for peacocks and peahens is peafowl. A family of peafowl is called a bevy, ostentation, muster, and/or party. Males are peacocks. Females are peahens. Peacocks and peahens as symbols in my novel . . . In my debut novel, the main...
Hottest Summer Color for 2019? Pantone’s Living Coral

Hottest Summer Color for 2019? Pantone’s Living Coral

I’ve been watching this evolve since Fall 2018 . . . I wrote about coral and pink in combination on my Fb.com/JulieValerieAuthor page last December. If you visit my page, you’ll find two posts written on December 14, 2018, and a follow-up post on March 1,...