Top Knobs: Kitchen “Jewelry” For All Tastes

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Top Knobs had an AWESOME variety of new products at KBIS 2015. Photo: Chasen West Photography

Many of us are familiar with the idea that hardware is the “jewelry of the kitchen.” Although not always the first thing people notice, both jewelry and beautiful hardware can add great touches to the overall aesthetic.

So I ask you: What’s your style? Do you like a lot of bling and sparkle, or do you lean toward a more funky aesthetic? Are you simple and classic, or is your style contemporary? Top Knobs has options for any taste.

Chareau Crystal knobs can add beautiful BLING to your cabinets.

Chareau Crystal knobs can add beautiful BLING to your cabinets.

How fun are these Mercer Quilted handles?

How fun are these Mercer Quilted handles?

I love the timeless, classic look of the Transcend collection.

I love the timeless, classic look of the Transcend collection.

Going for a more contemporary look? The Mercer Holland handles are perfect.

Going for a more contemporary look? The Mercer Holland handles are perfect.

While we’re on the topic of kitchen hardware, I also wanted to share a couple of #BoomerSmarts tips to keep in mind while you’re deciding on handles or knobs.

1). You should be able to fit your whole hand in the spacing between the hardware and cabinet/drawer.
2). Make sure the handle is easy to grip!

Now, more than ever, hardware doesn’t have to be mundane or insignificant, which was so apparent at #KBIS2015. Thank you, Top Knobs, for showcasing your wonderful products and for sponsoring #BlogTourVegas!

Read more about Modenus and #BlogTourVegas here, and go to the Top Knob website to see my featured products and more!

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Meet TOTO: Products Designed for Everyone

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For those of you who are familiar with my #BoomerSmarts philosophy, you know how important it is to find products that provide comfort and convenience to people of all ages. With its “People Planet Water” and “People-Centered Design” fundamentals, #BlogTourVegas sponsor TOTO is an ADA compliant, eco-friendly brand with products anyone would love in his or her bathroom.

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The thing I appreciate most about TOTO is their focus on universal design; it’s arguably one of the most important design principles in my eyes. Many of their products are a must for multi-generational homes, those living with disabilities, and for Boomers like me. Who doesn’t want to be safer and more comfortable in their own homes?

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Proof that beautiful, safe, ergonomic and functional design can all work together! Photo: Chasen West Photography

One of the coolest, most talked about products at KBIS 2015 and #BlogTourVegas was TOTO’s Washlet®. The Washlet® is so much more than an average bidet, and I absolutely love that it fits on virtually any toilet, is hands free and is hygienic.

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Photo: Chasen West Photography

 

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You can find out more about #BoomerSmarts approved TOTO and it’s eco-friendly, universal products here, and learn more about Modenus #BlogTourVegas here.

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Smart Lighting Options from Poggenpohl

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: one of the most important design aspects in #BoomerSmarts homes is adequate LIGHTING. In my opinion, there’s no such thing as too much lighting, especially when it comes to the kitchen. In fact, I even dedicated a video in my kitchen vlog series to this topic. That’s why I’m featuring #BlogTourVegas sponsor Poggenpohl in today’s blog post.

LED cove lighting

LED cove lighting

The German-based company has some absolutely gorgeous kitchen lighting options for everything from ceilings to drawer handles. Not to mention, they use LED lights, which last longer than traditional light bulbs, and are more energy efficient (ALWAYS a big plus). Both the LED shelves and aluminum handle lights add not only a nice ambiance to the kitchen, but they’re functional as well.

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LED shelves

Aluminum handle strips with LED lighting

Aluminum handle strips with LED lighting

My absolute favorite lighting option from Poggenpohl is the interior lighting system for drawers. The lights automatically switch on when the drawer is opened, better illuminating the drawer’s contents. In my eyes, these are a #BoomerSmarts must have. Who doesn’t want to be able to more clearly see what’s hiding in your drawers?

Interior lighting system for drawers

Interior lighting system for drawers

Thank you to Poggenpohl for sponsoring #BlogTourVegas. As an interior designer specializing in universal design and “aging in place,” it’s a brand I can definitely support because of their product customization options, innovation, attention to detail and dedication to quality craftsmanship.

Be sure to like Poggenpohl‘s Facebook page, and see these featured products and more on their website. You can also meet Modenus (#BlogTourVegas organizer) here.

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“Take Me Away” with Mr. Steam

My husband, Bob, is definitely feeling the stress while doing our taxes!

My husband, Bob, is definitely feeling the stress while doing our taxes!

Some of us remember that wonderful commercial years ago for Calgon bath salts, that translated to “get me out of here, and take me away”! Well, certainly in our hyped up, stressed out world we live in today, nothing could be more appreciated than the thought of escaping our worlds for a moment to de-stress.

One of our sponsors at Modenus #BlogTourVegas was made for this stressful time we’re living in–Mr. Steam. This is one of those #BoomerSmarts products that can help relieve some of that stress that medical research says is a negative thing in our lives.

 

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According to Dr. Carolina Leaf, regular mental and emotional stress sets up patterns in our brains paths that can unleash toxins in our bodies, causing inflammation. Research is now revealing that inflammation is the root cause of many physical break downs, affecting our immune systems and future health.

Martha offered us an AMAZING spa day with Mr. Steam and TALA products.

Martha offered us an AMAZING spa day with Mr. Steam and TALA products. Photo: Chasen West Photography

Taking time to de-stress is not only good for relaxation and feeling more calm, it truly is essential for our health and overall well being. Because of this, I am officially calling Martha Orellana, vice president of sales and marketing for Mr. Steam, a promotor of health and well being by introducing us bloggers to a spa day complete with the most beautiful and effective line of TALA Bath and Body products.

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We experienced first hand the instant benefits of a steam sauna. We also got to experience the great results of applying a TALA mask during the steam sauna, and WOW, what a gift! Even my aging Boomer skin was more glowing. One of the many benefits of steam showers is definitely smoother, less dried out skin. Also, our respiratory systems get the moisture we need, especially for those living most of our days indoors with dry air circulation.

Thank you, Martha and Mr. Steam for educating and pampering us on steam showers, which can nowbe available for our own homes. I, for one, am going to recommend this to my clients for sure. Just think how great a steam shower could feel for tight muscles, stiff neck or body aches due to arthritis.

BIG SIGH. I’m feeling calmer already just remembering our spa day and all of the pure joy and fun I shared with my new Blog Tour friends, the Modenus team, and Martha, who gave us all a new lease on life’s possibilities.

 

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Mario and Karastan: A Great Team

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Don’t you just love it when LIFE connects in the most unusual CIRCUMSTANCES? This exact thing happened for me on my recent, fabulous experience with #BlogTourVegas at the Kitchen and Bath International Show.

LIFE: One very active family with three grade-school-aged girls, and a very large, adorable dog named Mario.
CIRCUMSTANCE: Connecting with one of our #BlogTourVegas sponsors,  Karastan Carpeting.

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My daughter recently researched replacement carpeting options for the lower level in their home. She knew that purchasing 127 yards of carpet would be a costly purchase, but being a smart woman, who has learned that we get what we pay for, she wasn’t only worried about price. She wanted long-term value in look, feel, and most definitely, durable maintenance for her super busy family. She selected  Karastan for these reasons and the results are fantastic!

The pattern is gorgeous and forgiving, with multi-shading. It also feels really soft, and has the SmartStrand silk to ease her mind during slumber parties and game and movie nights; it also prevents against wear and tear with Mario’s antics.

Being a #BoomerSmarts designer, I am always on the search for products that actually do work for all ages. Most of us have those of all ages living everyday in our worlds, even if they are the furry kind!

At the New American Home, all of the #BlogTourVegas designers were so impressed with the carpet demonstration. It actually showed the difference between the  Karastan carpet sample and another brand, after being dunked in two separate glasses of red wine.

I couldn't believe how amazingly the Mohawk Karistan protected against stains!

I couldn’t believe how amazingly the  Karastan carpeting protected against stains! Photo: Chasen West Photography

You know how seeing is believing? Well, now I am a believer in this remarkable new stain-protection called SmartStrand. The  Karastan sample passed the red wine test with flying colors. See for yourself.

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You can see  Karastan and much more by checking out and seeing the virtual New American Home here.

With new products and design concepts always evolving, I am so very fortunate to be in this intriguing and exciting world of interior design. Come along with my on my social sites (listed below) for updates not only on #BoomerSmarts products, but products perfect for all ages and stages. You are going to like what you see and learn, with new ideas for saving you money and time.

Mario on his favorite Mohawk Karistan carpet!

Mario on his favorite  Karastan carpet!

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BLANCO Nails “Form Follows Function”

After more than 30 years as a professional ASID interior designer, I still get so excited when I see form following function in both products and design. BLANCO is exceptional at following this concept, and I was so excited that they were a sponsor for Modenus #BlogTourVegas at KBIS this year.

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BLANCO has combined smartly-designed products with two of today’s biggest trends–individualization and sustainability. With features like these, BLANCO is appealing to both designers and consumers, and is a great pick for those looking for #BoomerSmarts products for their kitchens.

I think BLANCO’s website states it best:

“BLANCO is committed to developing products and manufacturing processes that are sustainable and efficient, while making a positive impact on the environment. Did you know that only one percent of the world’s water supply is actually drinkable? In fact, America’s use about 100 gallons of water per day! (Source: U.S. EPA)

BLANCO’s water-saving faucets reduce kitchen water consumption by 20 percent, adding to the conservation of of the earth’s small drinkable supply.”

Two notable faucets are the BLANCO MERIDIAN Semi-Professional in a 1.5 GPM model, and BLANCO SONOMA, which save 30 percent more water than standard-flow faucets.

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BLANCO MERIDIAN Semi-Professional faucet

BLANCO SONOMA faucet

BLANCO SONOMA faucet

Speaking of the environment, I did not realize that 96 percent of the food we throw away ends up in landfills. According to BLANCO’s information, once in landfills, food breaks down to produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas that many believe contributes to climate change.

BLANCO’s solution to this important issue is to compost food scraps instead of throwing them away. Crafted of recycled stainless steel, the BLANCO SOLON Compost System makes composting easy and stylish, and his hidden under your kitchen counter top. It even has a sealed lid to keep odors out of the kitchen. As an avid gardener, I would LOVE to have this product!

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BLANCO SOLON Compost System

BLANCO SOLON Compost System

BLANCO SOLON Compost System

Thank you, BLANCO, for sponsoring #BlogTourVegas, and for your commitment to developing products that add convenience, beauty and sustainability to our homes! For more information on Modenus, click here, and also be sure check out and “like” BLANCO’s Facebook page.

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Time Saving Kitchen Appliances: Thermador’s Steam + Convection Ovens!

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I love cooking with steam and it made me so happy that one of my #BlogTourVegas sponsors to the recent Kitchen and Bath Industry show in Las Vegas, thanks to Modenus, was family owned, Thermador. In this sponsored post I will be sharing about Thermador ‘s Professional Series Built In  Steam + Convection Oven and why I am so very excited and impressed with this kitchen appliance that is the perfect example of #BoomerSmarts cooking for the #HealthyHomesoftheFuture.

 It was truly a professional meeting of the minds when I met Thermador’s expert, Janne Majan, National Product Specialist during #KBIS2015 in Thermador’s exhibition space.

Me with Janne Majan, Mrs. Steam herself.

Me with Janne Majan, Mrs. Steam herself.

Janne is also known as “Mrs. Steam” because of her high level of knowledge and expertise about steam cooking techniques.

Janne and I share similar backgrounds in nutritional education and although we have earned different college degrees, we are on the same page about the importance of healthy cooking and how important a quality steam oven like Thermador’s Professional Series Steam and Convection oven is to that overall goal.

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Coveting is not a positive trait, but now I do covet a combination steam + convection wall oven!

In my kitchen at home in Wichita, I have a steamer and use it all the time and it has served us very well. It’s funny to think that when I selected appliances for our “Aging in Place” home, in 2006, integrated steam ovens were just coming on the market. Obviously steam cooking’s beneficial traits caught my attention early on!

Our home is a “living lab” for healthy cooking and I have held many classes here and have been featured on local network television affiliates.

Through teaching classes and sharing videos, I’ve had the opportunity to educate many people on the values of steam cooking.

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And although my steam oven isn’t Thermador, yet, my range and cooktop is, as you can see below.
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Unfortunately, my in-counter steamer [ in a picture at the end of this post ] is without the wonderful convection aspect and it is this convection feature that enables food to brown, which is so important for a mouth-watering appearance and also enables so many other cooking options.

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 I am often asked:

How is steam cooking different than regular cooking and why should I invest in a steam oven? Is it only for healthy cooking?

No! Not only does food that has been cooked in a steam oven taste fabulous, it is very fast and keeps in nutrients, and reheats better than any other method [great for busy Moms and grandparents]  and it also defrosts frozen foods like a charm!

The Thermador Professional Series Convection and Steam oven can be integrated into any wall of cabinets at any height, too, making it easy to set it at the correct height for whomever might be using it most. It’s clean, stainless steel design fits into almost any kitchen style. from traditional to transitional to ultra modern.

This picture of a kitchen designed by Boston’s Venegas and Company demonstrates the flexibility you have to place it at a different height compared to your normal wall ovens.

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Expert information from  Janne, aka Mrs Steam, on: Thermador steam cooking

  • No covering for all steam cooking
  • No preheat needed
  • Most are not plumbed therefore adding water is necessary
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She emphasized that the perception is that steam cooking is only for healthy cooking purposes. But the beauty of steam cooking also gives predictable positive results, faster, simplifies cooking, and it is impossible to overcook or burn your food.

Plus, one of my favorite advantages to steam cooking is the ability to cook many foods together because in steam cooking there is no transfer of flavors!

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Other uses for steam ovens:

 Combo-steam and convection cooking can be used for almost all foods therefore eliminating the need for other cooking appliances. You can also defrost frozen foods with low oven temp with reduced steam.

Example #1: ground beef can defrost in 15 minutes without drying out around the edges like other methods of defrosting.

Now, this is where I get so excited!

Most of the Baby Boomers I know want to simplify their lives, period. What could be more appropriate to simplifying our lives than cooking faster, healthier, needing fewer appliances, and the biggie — cooking for one or two people with ease?

Now, is this #BoomerSmarts or what?
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Most people that know me well know that I am indeed a cook. I ROUTINELY cook for my husband Bob, and believe it or not, I also cook for MYSELF!

Therefore, when I tell you that Thermador’s combo steam-convection oven, is by far the number one top kitchen appliance I would encourage anyone to seriously consider for their kitchens, no matter their age or stage of life, I speak truth.

My commitment, goal, and passion is promoting Healthy Homes so everyone can enhance their quality of life for today and for the future and I can’t think of another appliance that could do that as well as a steam -convection combination oven from Thermador, made in the USA, in Tennessee,  for the past 75 years.

Cooking smart is #BoomerSmarts.

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What a treat it was for me, as you can tell, to have Thermador sponsoring #BlogTourVegas, and being offered the opportunity to learn more about their amazing products.  I could not have been more excited and grateful to meet these fine folks, who have worked hard to design beautiful appliances that make our cooking experience healthier and one we can enjoy for decades to come.

Thank you Thermador and thank you Modenus!

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Wellness As A Lifestyle – Top Tips For You! A Video Conversation With Sarah Miller.

Wellness as a way of life is so important, no matter what your age, isn’t it?

Hi Mitzi’s readers – this is Leslie Carothers writing and today, I’d like to share with you a very special video interview I took on the spur of the moment when Mitzi and I and Sarah Miller, [ 1 of Veronika Miller ‘s – CEO of http://modenus.com – 3 daughters ] attended the recent Kitchen and Bath International Tradeshow [ #KBIS2015 ] in Las Vegas. 

Unbeknownst to Mitzi when Mitzi first met her, Sarah – who is 19 years old- has a passion for wellness, too.

 Mitzi and I thought it would be fun and interesting to record a *top tips* video conversation between she and Sarah about wellness as a lifestyle – no matter what your age – and so I made up fast, impromptu interview questions and recorded this conversation between them.

We hope you will be helped in your own quest towards wellness with the top tips shared in this video and that you might also be encouraged to share this post and video with your daughters, granddaughters and friends, who might need an encouraging boost of top tips, too, so they can get started on living a life of health and wellness – no matter what their age.

Without further ado, just click on the picture below to be taken to the video. Please excuse the softer sound quality of Mitzi and Sarah’s voices, this was taken on the spur of the moment with my IPhone and we just had a few minutes to do it, so they weren’t wearing microphones. 

WELLNESS AS A LIFESTYLE: TOP TIPS FOR YOU – A VIDEO CONVERSATION BETWEEN MITZI BEACH AND SARAH MILLER

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We’d all love to know your thoughts on what Mitzi and Sarah are discussing here. Please leave a comment on the blog, or over on Mitzi’s Facebook Page at http://facebook.com/mitzibeachfans and be sure to follow Mitzi on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Mitzi_Beach and Veronika, Sarah’s Mom, over on Modenus at http://twitter.com/Modenus.

Thank you, Veronika. Not only have you birthed the fabulous #BlogTourVegas that Mitzi took part in, but, more importantly, you birthed this vibrant, smart young woman – your daughter, Sarah. Mitzi and I wish her the best of luck as she begins her career in health and wellness. 

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How To Prepare Your Home For the Future – Now!

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 10.55.41 AMFellow boomers, if you’ve been reading my #BoomerSmarts Blog for any length of time, you know how strongly I feel about preparing our homes for all eventualities, before a crisis hits, no matter what our ages are. You might even have watched my * how to * videos over on You Tube and The Design Network.

 You may also know how my husband Bob and I have done this with the home we bought and remodeled from the ground up after our 3 children left home, that I use as a *living laboratory* to showcase to my local interior design clients here in Wichita what a difference a home designed like ours can make to their quality of life. 

Yesterday, I was very excited to see this article go live, published in Houston’s House & Home magazine, which contains an interview with me conducted by Susan Fox late last year, after she saw me deliver my CEU at the Houston Design Center last fall on *Boomer Homes Of  The Future.” What caught Susan’s attention was how I spoke about the home of the future’s universal design principles being important for all ages – and not just boomers. 

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As I get ready to attend the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s annual tradeshow in Las Vegas tomorrow as part of Modenus’ #BlogTourVegas with 18 of my fellow designers and talented blogging friends, I hope you will come back often to visit the #BoomerSmarts blog over the coming weeks.

I will be sharing the products from our #BlogTourVegas sponsors, like the ergonomically designed kitchenc cabinets from #BlogTourVegas sponsor, Poggenpohol – shown in this article by chance – and curating for you other new kitchen and bath products I find that are chic and beautifully made, yet contribute to a healthier cooking and kitchen environment for you, as well as a safer, more relaxing spa-like bathroom environment for your #BoomerSmarts homes.

And, if you’re reading this and attending the #KBIS2015 show, too, as either an exhibitor or an attendee, and you have an interest in this topic, I invite you to please attend the panel I’m part of on Tuesday morning, Jan. 20th, beginning at 9:30 on THE MODERN FAMILY – DESIGNING FOR THE MULTI-GENERATIONAL HOME, being held in the South Hall on the #KBISNeXT stage.

It is being moderated by Jill Waage, the senior editor for home content for BHG – Better Homes and Gardens magazine – and we will be discussing some more of the ideas that are mentioned in the above article.

For my regular readers, if you are social media saavy, you can listen in online *virtually* by following these hashtags on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest:

#KBISNeXT, and/or my trademarked #BoomerSmarts tag and my new hashtag for 2015, #HealthyHomes.

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And if you’re an exhibitor attending the show reading this – interested in utilizing my new #BoomerSmarts seal of approval badge on your own websites and in your own marketing materials – please contact me at the show or afterwards via https://mitzibeach.com/contact .

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It’s Showtime! Join Me at #KBIS2015 – Virtually!

The excitement continues to build for the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s annual tradeshow, sponsored by K+BB magazine, in Las Vegas, starting next Tuesday, Jan. 20th!

Hi Mitzi’s readers! This is Leslie writing for Mitzi today, as she’s busy working and preparing for her visit to #KBIS2015 as part of this wonderful group of her fellow designers and bloggers shown in the picture below, joining her on Modenus’ Blog Tour to Las Vegas for this exciting show!

Atlanta designers Kelly Cole + Joann Kandrac of @KandracKole, shown together in the upper left, wrote a great post on their blog yesterday introducing everyone you see in the picture below in more depth, and if you’d like to read that, please click here.

Everyone is looking forward to attending this tradeshow and Mitzi is especially looking forward to bringing you, readers, all the products from this show that she knows you, her fellow baby boomers, really want to see: chic, glamorous comfortable, functional products that will help you cook healthier, create kitchens that REALLY work for your evolving needs, and products for your bathrooms, too, that help you feel clean, sensual and beautiful, but also safer – to help prevent trips or falls.

She’ll be sharing inspiring, fresh, new products that make your life easier and stress free, so you have more time to do whatever it is that YOU love to do – products from thoughtful manufacturers who have heard the desires of America’s 78 million baby boomers [ 38 million of whom are women! ] and which have now been specifically engineered to help you stay in your own homes as long as you would like.

Products that are #BoomerSmarts.

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It would not have been possible for Mitzi to have the opportunities she is going to have without being part of #BlogTourVegas, and she wants to thank all the sponsors below. Mitzi, as you, long time readers of her blog know, is a real cook, devoted to healthy cooking, and cooks in her kitchen on a Thermador range.

Mitzi asked me to say a special thank you in this post to you, @Thermador, for your conversations already about this, with her on Twitter, before the show starts. She appreciated you noticing!

We also invite any of you who are not following Mitzi on her Twitter feed – @Mitzi_Beach – to please do so before the show. Look for her hashtags:

#BoomerSmarts + #HealthyHomes on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, G+ and Instagram so you can follow along with her, virtually, and see the show through her eyes.

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For those of you who are new to Mitzi’s blog, or may meet her for the 1st time at the show, here are two of my favorite pictures of Mitzi in her own beautiful, healthy kitchen and one picture of the outside of her home that she shares with her husband Bob, and their sweet dogs.

Mitzi and Bob bought this home and remodeled it from the ground up to be a *living laboratory* for what Mitzi teaches you about how to live #BoomerSmarts so you can stay in  your own homes as long as you would like.

If you will also be going to the KBIS show, make sure to ask Mitzi about the story of how she and Bob came to design and build this special home after their 3 children left home, but, if you’re not coming and would like to know more, Mitzi has video channels on both You Tube and The Design Network where she shares wonderful healthy living, cooking and design tips for all of you who are interested.

Design Vlog: Designing the Heart of the Home – Part 1

BoomerSmarts® Kitchen Series: Appliances
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#BlogTourVegas, readers,  is the brainchild of its founder and CEO, Veronika Miller, a former designer herself, who had the brilliant idea to start an online platform, http://modenus.com, – a comprehensive digital platform for all things design.  Since you, Mitzi’s readers, are America’s baby boomers, if you are seeking ideas for your own homes, be sure to have a look at her site, it’s beautiful and you are sure to find lots of inspiration there.

One of the vendors not a sponsor of #BlogTourVegas, but that is exhibiting at #KBIS2015, that Mitzi is also looking forward to visiting in her spare moments, is ADORNE lighting distributor, Legrand North America. Legrand was the first major brand to underwrite and sponsor one of Mitzi’s onsite CEU classes -held last fall at the Houston Design Center in the beautiful kitchen showroom of past National NKBA president, Peggy McGowen. It was on #Boomer Homes Of The Future.

Mitzi now offers her popular classes online, 24/7, here.

Speaking of her CEU’s and online classes, Mitzi has also now developed this online badge for those who’ve completed the most extensive of her online courses on designing for you, America’s baby boomers.

Readers, if you see this badge on a real estate agent or interior designer or decorators’ own website, or in their marketing materials, this is your sign that they’ve invested to be specially trained by Mitzi to help YOU stay in your own homes as long as you would like.

Mitzi will also be listing on her own website, the names and addresses of those who are using her badge on their own sites and have completed her extensive training,  so you, readers, will be able to find them easily on https://mitzibeach.com, in your local areas. Please seek out these trained experts whenever you can if you’re looking for someone who really understands and wants to help you, if you’re a boomer,  remodel your own home, or a home for your mother, father, grandmother or grandfather.

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In addition to this badge, readers, Mitzi has now begun working with manufacturers – many of which she will see at #KBIS2015, who are interested in having her review their products to see if they meet her criteria for being #BoomerSmarts for your homes and then, if they do, licensing her badge for use on their own websites and within their own marketing materials to reach you.

Readers, if you see this badge on a product on a manufacturer’s site in the coming year, know that Mitzi has reviewed that product thoroughly for you and that you can trust this manufacturer to have designed and developed a product for you that meets her criteria for being #BoomerSmarts for your homes.

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In addition, next week, Mitzi and her fellow #BlogTourVegas goers will also be involved in many events while they’re at KBIS, and you can follow along, virtually, if you’re social media saavy so you can see everything – just as if you’re there, too!

Here’s a handy guide to help you know what hashtags to follow!

Not sure quite yet what a hashtag IS? It’s just something that you can put in a search bar to see all the conversations taking place around a particular topic or event.

For instance, if you use Facebook, go to the top of your Facebook Page, and type in: #BoomerSmarts, just like that. All of a sudden, you will be able to see every Facebook Post that anyone has made using Mitzi’s trademark: #BoomerSmarts!

It’s that simple and you can do that on any social media site you use. So, follow along virtually and join the fun!

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Mitzi will also be speaking on 2 panel conversations that will be taking place at #KBIS2015 and, if you’re not present, follow these panel discussions virtually, by following the hashtag:

#ModenusTalks

The first event she will be speaking at during #KBIS2015 is at 9:30 am on opening day called, THE MODERN FAMILY – DESIGNING FOR MULTI GENERATIONAL LIVING. 

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The second speaking event  Mitzi will speak at is the following day, Wednesday at 3:30 pm.

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Lastly, dear readers, if you have not yet entered Mitzi’s wonderful giveaway for you, in partnership with Range Hoods, Inc. , we invite you to do so! It is running on her Facebook Page at http://facebook.com/MitziBeachFans and to enter, all you have to is leave Mitzi a description of YOUR IDEAL HEALTHY KITCHEN!
The post is pinned to the top of her Facebook Page so if you click, you will see it and can enter!

GOOD LUCK!

Mitzi will choose her winner early next Friday morning, January 23rd, and notify her winner via private Facebook Message on that same day – after returning from #KBIS2015 and #BlogTourVegas.

This giveaway closes for entries on Thursday , January 22nd at 12 ET, and we will announce her winner here on the blog, on Tuesday, January 27th, and Range Hoods Inc. will, too.

We’d also like to give special thanks to our friend, Brandon Smith, who included Range Hoods Inc. ‘s giveaway with Mitzi on a wrap up post he wrote, sharing several of the kitchen and bath related giveaways that are going on right now, associated with this show. Mitzi and I think you will love entering all of them, readers!

http://www.dcoopmedia.com/dscoop/january-kitchen-design-giveaways-010715
As Mitzi likes to say…

Inspire, Don’t Retire!

and she’s the best example I know of someone who authentically lives that way.
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Lastly, please watch for a refresh of her homepage on https://mitzibeach.com before the show starts + a new edition of her book, *Boomer Power, Boomer Smarts*, coming out later this year.

We think you’re going to love the stories in it on
S.paces M.indset A.ttitudes. R.outines T.ogetherness S.pirituality.

Book
~~~

Leslie Carothers

for

Mitzi Beach, ASID, NCIDQ, CAPS
Masters In Interior Design

Founder, Mitzi Beach Blog

Owner,

Mitzi Beach Interiors
Wichita, Kansas

~~~

Live Healthy. Live Happy. Live #BoomerSmarts.

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