January 17, 2013

Good Day!


I believe a good day has an even better chance of happening when it begins with a good morning (or better yet) a good night’s sleep! And what better way to have a good night then to have a bedroom that not only looks nice, but functions for whatever your unique needs are.

I recently got the opportunity to do a master bedroom design for a busy family that just welcomed their third kiddo. Running out of rooms, they were left with the only option of bringing baby (and all that comes with baby) into their spacious Master bedroom. (It was this or throw 10 year old big brother into the unfinished basement – the next, near future, project)

Well, spacious bedroom shortly became cluttered bedroom, with not only baby moving in, but growing fun, family, movie room ever more important. That’s when they came to me. While the family had beautifully decorated every other room in the house – they hadn’t done a thing but play with furniture placement in this room. After a quick assessment, it was clear this couple needed a retreat that would evolve as the family did. They love the mountains, could take or leave their furniture, and wanted to create a space to display the kid’s little notes and drawings, while also making it a welcome space for movie night. (Did I mention Mom-in-law lives in the house during the week, so this room becomes everyone’s retreat from time to time.)

With a couple simple tweaks to the layout, some modification to their very solid furniture and some paint on the walls, this cluttered and bland space now brings sweet dreams………….sure to inspire many a good morning!

Now go and fuel up with a healthy breakfast – and start planning your good day! …….and perhaps look at your bedroom in a new light???                   


January 10, 2013

5 steps to a healthier breakfast


1. Eat a third of your daily calorie needs! The rest of the day is ahead of you, fill your tank!

2. Choose a serving of whole grains. This could be cereal, bread or grain. Most servings are a half of cup cooked. Get out your measuring cup and make sure you aren't short changing yourself.

3. Eat your fruit instead of drinking it. Chewing your food is more satisfying and you'll feel fuller longer.

4. Choose a good quality protein, at least 2 ounces of meat, cheese, or nuts! Protein will help keep your blood sugar levels more even and give you a steady stream of energy until lunch time.

5. Sit down and focus on your meal. Studies show that when we stand and eat on the go, you're more likely to eat more at your next meal.