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.

Cooking Vlog: Outtakes from Appearance on KSN-TV’s “Baan Appetit”

And although my steam oven isn’t Thermador, yet, my range and cooktop is, as you can see below.
Design Vlog: Designing the Heart of the Home – Part 1

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.


 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
  • Will beep if out of water

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?
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.

Cooking Vlog: Seared Salmon & Kale Salad from Junior League of Wichita’s “Pinches & Dashes” Cookbook

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!


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

Founder, The #BoomerSmarts Blog
Author, *Boomer Smarts, Boomer Power*

Owner, Mitzi Beach Interiors, LLC
Wichita, Kansas


America’s Trusted Online Resource For The Products, The People and The Places That Care About Creating The Healthy Homes Of The Future For America’s 78 Million Baby Boomers.

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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. 


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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. 

Leslie Carothers 


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

Founder, The #BoomerSmarts Blog

Owner, Mitzi Beach Interiors
Wichita, Kansas

Live Healthy. Live Happy. Live #BoomerSmarts!

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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 .

MitziBeach_ProductBadgeLive Healthy. Live Happy. Live #BoomerSmarts.

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

Founder, The #BoomerSmarts Blog
Author, *Boomer Power, Boomer Smarts*

Owner, Mitzi Beach Interiors, LLC
Wichita, Kansas


America’s Trusted Online Resource For The Products, The People and The Places That Care About Creating The Healthy Homes Of The Future For America’s 78 Million Baby Boomers.

I invite you to please follow me on my other social channels, too, by clicking on the links below.

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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:


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!


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!

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.


Leslie Carothers


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

Founder, Mitzi Beach Blog


Mitzi Beach Interiors
Wichita, Kansas


Live Healthy. Live Happy. Live #BoomerSmarts.

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It’s All in the Family… Today’s Multigenerational Family, That Is

America’s last census told us about what FAMILIES in the United States look like today, and it’s way different than what I grew up, when TV’s Archie and Edith Bunker’s family was a household name to most of us!

Today’s MODERN FAMILY has a new profile in almost every facet of family life, and, more often than not, people of different age groups and ethnicities are living together, and require new solutions to meet their differing needs and preferences.

The real question is: Are we prepared? I think we have a long way to go, in general, but more companies are catching on to the fact that the modern American family is looking to buy from brands who understand their complex family needs; this trend is only going to continue.

Two companies, both sponsors of Modenus’ #BlogTourVegas to the National Kitchen and Bath Association show, #KBIS2015, have met the challenge and are…


Blanco and Poppengol have wisely and creatively embraced change for today’s modern family with their new product lines. I am so excited to soon see and experience their “ahead of the curve” product designs!

Why do I believe these manufacturers are wise and creative?

Because they have not only heard the facts on America’s demographic shift, but have taken steps to prepare for this huge shift. Consider the statistics:

  • Approx. 78 million Americans are Baby Boomers, between the ages of 50 and 70.
  • By 2030, there will be more 70 million Americans aged 65 or older.
  • More than 50 million Americans live in multi-generational homes now, with this number expected to increase dramatically.

Will There Be Even More Multi-Generational Homes?

Yes. Why? Millions of Americans, whether it be Boomers, Gen Y’ers or Millennials were drastically affected by the 2008 recession. Analysts tell us this was the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1920s.

For the millions of 50+ Boomers who lost their jobs, their 401s, and even homes, they must do what they can to prepare for their housing future.

Then, of course, the Millennials were equally as affected, if not more so. The job market was compromised, credit became almost nonexistent, and housing and living costs soared, making it hard for them to afford to leave home. Even though Millennials are now starting to leave multi-gen homes, millions can’t because they are struggling with student debt.

Most shocking to me, however, is who is moving in with whom. Like most, I thought multi-generational homes involved Boomers’ parents, or the elderly moving in to their Boomer 50+ homes. Boy, was I wrong!

Actually, many Boomers are moving in with their older parents… Wow! And, thousands of Millennials have moved into their Boomers’ parents’ homes, either with or without a spouse or young children.

But, and a big but, along comes these intelligent manufacturers who grasp these demographic issues and are giving us all what we need–products for today’s MODERN FAMILY!

So, my designer hat is off to Blanco and Poggenpohl. Watch this short video and be amazed at the genius in their amazingly creative new products for all ages and all life stages.


It is absolutely #BoomerSmarts to be prepared with the right products for a housing scenario that will include multiple generations living under on roof.

Thank you, Blanco and Poggenpohl, for understanding this idea, and speaking directly to today’s MODERN FAMILY.

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A GIVEAWAY! Win A Stainless Steel Range Hood For Your Kitchen From Range Hoods Inc. !

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Today, I’m so excited to announce my 1st 2015 #BoomerSmarts kitchen giveaway for you in partnership with my sponsor for it, Range Hoods Inc., one of America’s premier online retailers/distributors of beautiful, stainless steel range hoods for healthy kitchens, to coincide with my attending Modenus’ #BlogTourVegas to the National Kitchen and Bath Association show, #KBIS2015, which begins on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 in Las Vegas.

Range Hoods Inc. has kindly offered you, readers, 2 models to choose from, both manufactured by Cavaliere.

The winner will be chosen on Friday, January 23rd, and announced on my blog and on Range Hood Inc.’s blog on Monday, January 26th! See below for more details on how to enter.

If you’re the lucky winner, you’ll be able to choose from either of the 2 range hood models shown in the large pictures below – in either the 30″ or 36″ width and both in brushed stainless steel – whichever size and style works best with the design of your kitchen – the choice is yours! 

If you’re also an interior designer as I am, or a home builder or remodeler and are involved in new construction or remodeling an existing kitchen for a client who might be able to use one of these, you’re also welcomed to enter! Range Hood Inc’s range hoods are extremely popular with home builders around the country due to their stateside technical support team, their reasonable prices and quick shipping times. For more information on all of the models they have available, please visit their site at http://rangehoodsinc.com.

The giveaway is open to everyone in the lower 48 states in the USA and shipping will be free and within 48 hours. If you’re in Canada, you are welcome to enter, too, but, if you’re the winner, shipping would be an additional charge, and would be arranged by you, separately, with Range Hoods Inc. ‘s customer service team in California.

[ Specification links below these images]

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For specifications for the SV218B2, please click here.
For specifications for the SV218D [ with curved glass ], please click here.

Entering is simple.


Visit my Facebook Page at http://facebook.com/MitziBeachFans. This giveaway will be pinned to the top of my Facebook Page during the giveaway time period: Monday, January 5, 2015 through Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 12 am ET, so it will be easy for you to find.


On the GIVEAWAY update pinned to the top of my Facebook Page, leave a comment about what your DREAM HEALTHY KITCHEN would look like, if money were no object, and in your description, please share how much having a range hood would help you keep your dream kitchen and home cleaner and your family healthier by venting your home from grease, odors and carbon monoxide. 

That’s all there is to it – 1 comment on my Facebook Page about your dream healthy kitchen and you’re entered! I’m looking for in depth descriptions of your ideal healthy kitchen and the part a range hood would play in helping you and your family have a healthier home. 


The giveaway closes for comments THIS Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 at 12 am ET and I will choose the winner the next day, Friday, January 23rd, 2015 and notify you, if you’re my winner via Facebook message. Please be sure to check your Facebook messages Friday!! – and I will announce your name, with your permission, on my blog on Tuesday, January 27th, and Range Hoods Inc. will do the same on their blog and social channels, too.


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If you’d like to read more about range hoods and why they are so necessary to keep our kitchens and homes healthy for our families and friends, please click through to read this article from the New York Times.

The Kitchen as a Pollution Hazard


Mitzi Beach, ASID, NCIDQ, CAPS
Mitzi Beach Interiors
Wichita, Kansas

Trusted By America’s 76 Million Baby Boomers On All Things Healthy Lifestyles + Wellness In Design.




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This post has been sponsored by Range Hoods Inc.

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Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Pie

Who says dessert can taste good and be made healthier? In today’s video (from December 2012), I show you how to make a delicious chocolate raspberry truffle pie, with some ingredient substitutions that help make this dessert a better health option. Try it with my previously posted beef dish… They pair so well together!

Also, don’t forget to download your FREE copy of my Holiday Deliciousness cookbook (with recipes for two different holiday meals) by signing up for my email list on my home page. Happy Holidays everyone!

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Let It Go: Learning to Let Go Of My Holiday Expectations


This hugely popular song from the movie *Frozen* has become my constant reminder and mantra as my own life’s transitions have taken place over these past years – especially during the holiday season – and I hope my own story today will be helpful as you work through the life stage you might be going through with your own children.

Where to start?

First, there were our 3 children becoming post-college grads and me working through the stage of… “What? You are staying in the mountains for Christmas?” Or, “You and your work friends are going on a Christmas cruise?” Or, “Really, you can’t get away from work to come home – not even for a few days?”

 Let it go, Mitzi, let it go.

Then the weddings happened and our adult “children” had other commitments to their spouses’ families, of course…..but my mother’s heart was saying, “Will things ever be the same again?” I already knew the answer, “No, of course not – they will never be the same.” I shed a tear.. or five. 
And even today, honestly and selfishly, I still cling to the hope that in some way, the holidays will allow me, the mother, to have all my family together in my home again- enjoying each other and doing what we always had done.

Do you harbor these feelings, too, if you’re in the same boat?

 Let it go, Mitzi, let it go.

Gloriously, the next stage was when the grand babies began to arrive. Now, we had a totally new set of dynamics to cope with regarding who was staying in their own homes and who would and could travel.

Bob and I raised very independent children and when they proclaimed they would be in their own homes for Christmas, with their own children, I knew then that my family Christmases in our own home were now over probably forever. So I prayed..

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 Let it go, Mitzi, let it go.

 Through my tears, I eventually came to the realization that Bob and I would never again be spending zillions of hours decorating our home, setting up guest rooms, baking, planning for meals, cooking, in addition to serving and cleaning up and, even though we both cherished it all, I can now finally proclaim that we love this aspect of our evolving lifestyle and I still love cooking for Bob and I and a few friends at the holidays.

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And today, the veil of sadness descends only once in awhile – and we await with huge anticipation those infrequent times we can all be together in our home in Wichita, Kansas at Christmas time and we travel as much as we can to where our children are. 

This is huge progress for me and I have really learned to just…

Let it go, Mitzi, let it go.

I’m happy to share that new traditions are now in place in my children’s own homes and they still keep alive some of our long time family traditions, too. And, just like our own evolving life stages, I hope these traditions continue to evolve as my childrens’ families grow and change course on holidays.

Now, I help with the huge holiday dinners. My daughter and 2 daughter- in- laws are all fabulous cooks. They carry on our family traditions by setting lovely tables with delicious traditional holiday recipes- and I can’t tell you how blessed I am to have these 3 beautiful women below in my life.

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I relish getting to enjoy the meal with my grandchildren, adult children and their spouses, and marvel at how they are making their own traditions many of which have been passed down by our own and also their spouse’s families. I now treasure in my Boomer heart the continuation of family rituals through their plans and perspectives while giving me the gift of experiencing them without all the endless work.

 Each family decorates for Christmas with many of our own family decorations handed down to them to cherish for their memory making connectedness. It’s such a joy to see their trees, glowing with light after a family meal together, everyone safe and sound. I know how lucky and blessed I am. 

We have always had the Christmas morning egg strata casserole while during or opening presents and this is still happening. Christmas Eve has been a prime rib meal since my kids were in grade school and still happens today. But now, this very festive and special meal is planned around which Christmas Eve church service works for the majority of the 9 grandchildren’s ages.

 My “girls” set a fabulous table that sets the mood that something very special is about to occur. Everyone loves this meal experience – even hearing the oohs and aahs from the children’s table brings a smile to this grandmother’s memory bank. 

On their adult own, they decide who will host and who will bring what dishes. They have taken the traditional baton and run with it in grace and style – making this mother and mother- in- law so very proud.

As for decorating for Christmas, at this empty nest stage, I bring Christmas to our home in Wichita, that we call Cypress, by inviting close friends for a fireside glass of wine and goodies, and they express their joy to me by saying, “Oh Mitzi, I love this time together, one of my favorite times of Christmas”.

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And here’s the secret:

 Let it go, Mitzi, Let it go 

meaning now, let go of having to have complicated time consuming foods, the house perfectly decorated or the need to have it in perfect order…clean yes…perfect…no.

And this Christmas, all the families will be with their spouse’s families as we trade each year for Thanksgiving or Christmas so we can all take turns being together. What a brilliant plan they set in motion from the beginning of their married lives.

Since we had a marvelously wonderful Colorado Thanksgiving with all 17 of us together, what will Bob and I do for our Christmas without our children and grandchildren? We will have Christmas with my mom who turns 92 on the 28th. With my sister, husband, and nephew, the 6 of us will do prime rib and our traditional Christmas meal. Here’s a picture of my sister and I with our mother from Mother’s Day this year.

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Only this year, I asked if I could cook them the version from my Holiday Deliciousness e-cookbook [ available for free for your families, too, as a download, on https://mitzibeach.com ] and they said,“YES!” It’s the same exact traditional meal without tons of sugars, fat, and calories.

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So, as I prepare, I am saying…

 Yes, let it go, Mitzi, let it go – but only the unrealistic expectations.

I will never ever let go of the hope of this season and sharing my love and joy in new ways at this new life stage, and I know I’m not alone, as every life stage presents us all with new opportunities, new freedoms, and best of all, new found joy in enjoying exactly where we are in life at this holiday season and all year round.

I’d love for you to share your own stories of having to learn to let go in the comments on this post. It would be so helpful for me to read about your own experiences.

Thank you!

Happy Holidays

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Healthy Holiday Beef

Today’s vlog is from my video archives, circa 2012. Check it out for my healthy take on a special beef meal, perfect for the holidays. Excuse the amateur quality, but I couldn’t help but share one of my favorite recipes with you!

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P.S. Stay tuned for my truffle pie recipe in a few days!

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Bob Restores Walnut Island

In today’s #BoomerSmarts Saturday vlog, my favorite special guest, Bob, shows you how to restore a solid walnut counter top island. I love sharing DIY tips with you, so I thought this would be another great “how to” lesson! Check out the video for more on how we keep our counter tops looking shiny and new at Cypress.

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