Beauty. Wellness. Aging Gracefully

How To Remodel Kitchens on a Budget

How To Remodel Kitchens on a Budget

Being our last best nest, tearing out the kitchen for a total redo was not happening! To see what we spent our remodeling dollars on to upgrade our beloved smaller downsized home, read on: Read More
Can you count the elements in this living room to make it truly a room to live in?

Can you count the elements in this living room to make it truly a room to live in?

This blog post will show you the essential elements of my former living room that I can honestly say was used and loved by many, many family and friends. Read on to see why. Read More
Can Two Chairs Change Your Life?

Can Two Chairs Change Your Life?

Why it is not about these rocking chairs?!   I had been on the lookout for rocking chairs for our downsized home’s small front porch for quite awhile.  There was a 42” wide glider on the porch  that came with us from Wichita, Ks which  looked good, but definitely was not comfortable!  Thus, we never really took advantage of our cool, shaded, and  beautiful mornings living in NE Ohio with a west exposure property.    One day, I surprisingly received a text from hubby Bob from Walmart. He was there buying a replacement patio umbrella. So getting a text with…
A LITTLE KNOWN FACT THAT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE

A LITTLE KNOWN FACT THAT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE

This is how we learned a fact that literally saved my husband’s life.  Since WELLNESS in HOME and LIFE has been my platform for over 15 years, I am led now to share with you all, a post on an exceptionally unknown fact that could indeed save your life! Additionally, May is National Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Month. There is no better time to inform you of what very few people have ever heard about skin cancer that turns out to be melanoma. Bob always loves time with his grandchildren including helping with math. Here is what Bob and I…
MY NUMBER 1, NON-NEGOTIABLE BUT OFTEN CONTROVERSIAL KITCHEN DESIGN GOAL

MY NUMBER 1, NON-NEGOTIABLE BUT OFTEN CONTROVERSIAL KITCHEN DESIGN GOAL

Sometimes I think my “handle” should be space doctor.  I just cannot help myself, really I can’t. In kitchens with an island, my eye automatically zooms to see if it has an appliance as a sink or a cooking range installed in it? To my amazement, regardless of the size of a kitchen or even if it is very high end (expensive) in most kitchen, islands do have an appliance of either a range top or sink.   Take a look at the mixer the girls and I are using and also notice the flat stainless cooking sheet like pan. Only…
WHY WOULD I COVER THIS VIEW?

WHY WOULD I COVER THIS VIEW?

We absolutely fell in love with our stunning living room windows from day one. However, as an interior designer, I also pondered how can I treat these windows to protect against sun fading plus save energy costs? Here’s what I did. As you can see by the boxes by the stairs, even before unpacking, my designer mind went tilt tilt on how to treat these windows. After months of consternation, this is what I did. You can also see the shades on the top windows while these same shades are on all the windows. What is the issue? They must be…
DOES YOUR HOME HAVE  SOUL? HERE'S 5 TOP SOUL MAKERS OR BREAKERS

DOES YOUR HOME HAVE SOUL? HERE’S 5 TOP SOUL MAKERS OR BREAKERS

Jake is sharing an upgraded repost on one of his favorite posts to help you all during these challenging days. You see, since this little buddy is keenly sensitive and affected by his surroundings, he thinks you are too. Read on for his 5 top soul makers and soul busters. Are you aware that your home is giving you or your family or your guests a message? Yes, my dear followers, every space has the potential to be a soul maker or a soul buster. “Downsize your beliefs that your home is merely that, your home. There is so much…
Lift Spirits by Dining Outside

Lift Spirits by Dining Outside

Even with these challenging shelter in place times, there is nothing to prevent us from celebrating spring by dining outside either alone, with family to lift our weary spirits. Here’s a few ideas to make it even more special. A few years back, I was a brand ambassador for At Home so the accessories are mostly from this home goods store. These images are from our former Wichita, Kansas home that we called Cypress. Oh how we loved our screened in porch! Here is the before photo. It is a lovely setting without a doubt but made eating outside even…
Eight Steps to a Better You!

Eight Steps to a Better You!

I am sharing this updated post on eating and cooking healthy now because EVERYONE is talking about their WELLNESS with our current situation. So even at 73, this is what I do to maintain my weight year after year. Here are my 8 steps that I follow: As I have said many times, I am a foodie! Meaning that I love to eat yummy food that is healthy most of the time. I also know that unless it is fast, easy, it ain’t gonna happen in my world. Of course this is not the case for special meals and special times…
THREE MAJOR REASONS LIFESIZING® BEATS MERELY DOWNSIZING IN YOUR HOMES AND LIVES

THREE MAJOR REASONS LIFESIZING® BEATS MERELY DOWNSIZING IN YOUR HOMES AND LIVES

Have you ever considered the difference between your DOING and your BEING? I believe that this post will shed a new light on WHY what decisions you incorporate into both your life and your home will have far greater impact on your wellbeing than you may have imagined. When you “study” this feature image of my screened in porch, do you know WHY it makes you want to be there or WHY it gives you a sense of a joyful peace and calmness? Many of you inately have figured this out but if not, this is due to Lifesizing® principles that enable a…
3 REASONS WHY DOWNSIZING OR A RELOCATING MOVE IS ONE OF LIFE’S THREE GREATEST ISSUES

3 REASONS WHY DOWNSIZING OR A RELOCATING MOVE IS ONE OF LIFE’S THREE GREATEST ISSUES

Of life’s hardest issues, I had always believed that this theory was an over exaggeration that moving ranks third with understandably a death being number one and a divorce being number two. But moving being a third, how and why so? Read on……… First of all though, please understand that I am NOT diminishing the huge life tragedy of death or divorce. To all of you beloved followers, I would never undermine or compare your struggles with my challenges of our major life transition. But for my recent experience, I can now speak to why downsizing and or relocating is…
SINGLE OR MARRIED THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION FOR THE O50!

SINGLE OR MARRIED THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION FOR THE O50!

Being an  O50 (over fifty years old), answering this question is the number one reason that we moved to Ohio! My last post I shared in depth our story of Bob’s health journey. If you have not read that post yet, this post may not make sense to you so here is the link: Read “BEHIND THE SCENES OF “THIS IS US” HERE What is THIS THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION? Our timing to relocate was not calculated until……… After the shock of Bob’s diagnosis, we began to deal with the reality of how our future now would change almost all…