The 80 – 20 Rule

Many people are familiar with the 80-20 principle when it comes to business. This well-known philosophy—also known as the Pareto principle—dictates that 80 percent of your business likely comes from 20 percent of your customers. It has served countless business people throughout the years, as they learned to focus in on what is the most profitable way to spend their time.

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This is going to get a whole bunch of criticism, but I am going to tell you anyway.

I weigh myself everyday. There, I said it.

I really do know dozens of reason not to do so such as water weight, obsessing over weight, and so forth.

But, here is why when I’m at home (other scales don’t give me an accurate bank statement) I weigh myself daily.

As with my bank account, when I am over drawn, I need to be figuring out why I am over drawn and then set out to not let it happen again. My weight range is like my bank account. If I am over the limit on my weight range, it is a red flag saying, “Yo Mitzi, you are over drawn!”

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What’s for Dinner?

Oh man, how that simple question can so haunt us with anxiety, frustration, guilt and a zillion other feelings. 

I want to make cooking less frustrating by showing my examples of how to do it easier.  Plus, I might add, healthier and cheaper. 

It seems like today,  most people are too tired or too busy to cook… right?

I hear it ALL the time and the most common of all these verbal statements is “It’s only me” or “It’s only my husband and me, so why bother with cooking?”

Only second to hearing, “Are you actually serious about cooking dinner with our crazy schedules?”

I know, I know, as my life schedule is really crazy too on most days but…

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Live Forward

Is your life feeling a little too tight? Maybe pinching you here and there in your home arrangement or your wellness meter. Well, then perhaps it is time to wise up and change your lifesize.

Most of us are just doing the best we can do day by day.

Most of us have really good intentions to change our lifestyles for the better.

Most of us really and sincerely want to be and get healthy.     

For most of us then for our wants and needs to actually happen, here it comes, this words that make most of us cringe… we need to have a plan and a realistic one. 

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Needing healthier holiday treats? We’ve got you covered!

One of my principles is healthy living, so why not apply this philosophy to holiday sweet treats? In today’s blog, there’s sure to be a dessert recipe to please anyone in your life, from chocolate lovers to fruit fans. Who says desserts can’t be both healthier and absolutely scrumptious?

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3 Ways to Keep Christmas Decorating Simple

I do not know very many these days that are into very elaborate decorating for the holiday season the way we used to do it. Please do not throw your ornaments at me for this statement!

Of course, there are those that still go all out like Denise McGaha, Pam Kelley, and Courtney Allison do with their over the top, fabulous results! But this post is for the majority of us that have either chosen not to go all out or have given away or trashed a lot of their decorations.

Now I can really hear you roar! Let’s be honest here, how many of us really love getting out all those stored boxes, sorting, arranging, and then taking it all down and storing it again?

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10 Easy + Basic Tips for a Healthy Home

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My Top Tips for Healthier Holidays

SOMEBODY in your family or circle of friends has to make the first attempt at making healthier holiday meals happen. Why not let it be you? Watch this short video for some “secret” ways for you to be the one making the holidays healthier and happier.



So, my friends, here are some tricks, suggestions and secrets for making a healthier holiday happen. Be sure not to miss #3 for a very special, limited time treat!

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Does your home have any of these neglected spaces?

I wanted to share with you this vlog from our archives that I honestly believe is still so valid today in our housing challenges. Piggy backing on our last post, ”From Garage to Home, The Forgotten Space”, are more photos from different angles of  what Bob and I see entering into our home from the garage.

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Garage to Home – The Forgotten Space

Our Mud Room at Our Cypress Home.

As we prepare to leave our beloved Cypress, this month’s blog series highlights why our home, Cypress, delivers design features that truly elevate the quality of our living in a well designed home. Read on for how our home’s potential can impact WELLNESS in ways frequently overlooked.

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