Another year is almost behind us, and I think most of us are looking forward to a fresh start in 2013.
Last year made it clearer than ever that nothing is more important than relationships. I feel so fortunate that I was able to spend time with my cousins I hadn’t seen in years, had some great sister time and what was most important, got to spend a lot of quality time with my kids and grandkids.
Being around the grandkids reminded me how wonderful it is to always be looking forward to tomorrow and the opportunities it brings. The amazement of what a fantastic job my kids are doing as parents, and how talented their Jr Lifestylists are keeps reminding me how important it is to spend time with family.
Here’s hoping that 2013 is filled with hope for all of us, and we remember what brings us joy.
With just a few more hours until 2013, we wanted to get an early start on some healthy recipes for the New Year. We love using as many local foods as possible in our cooking, but winter limits what we can find. Our New Beginnings Fiesta Salad uses Rotel – a great spicy tomato and chili mix that is low on calories but adds lots of flavor. When we make this in the summer we’ll use fresh tomatoes, peas, and chilis but this is the perfect way to pay homage to the southern tradition of having black eye peas on New Years for luck. You can find the recipe on our Lifestylist® recipe page. Happy New Year!
Happy Holidays from The Lifestylist® Brands. Here’s hoping that your holidays is shiny and bright!
Help! The holidays are right around the corner, and I know I’ve got holidays items stashed from last year that I don’t want to buy again.
Getting and keeping organized is not one of the things I’m best at, but as a Lifestylist® I’m always trying out new products and ideas to help me stay focused and de-cluttered. And I found one that is so brilliant I can’t believe someone hadn’t thought of it before – On Hand™ by ODL.
With houses getting smaller and square footage being at a premium, ODL came up with a great way to go vertical and use an area that you already have in your home -doors. On Hand™ fits into a flush door and can be used in a solid core or specially braced hollow core door. It makes use of both sides of the door – one side gains valuable storage space and the other side become a display and communication area. Everything is adjustable and can be customized for your lifestyle.
I love this product because I am able to get smaller items out of the “mystery drawers” and put them in a place where I can actually find them. It’s the ultimate way to organize spices, my canning supplies, and all of those kitchen gadgets I can’t live without.
The drawers and cabinets in my bathroom always become a black hole as well – On Hand™ made it easy to find all of my girly stuff that I have to keep buying because I don’t know where it went, bath products and even makeup.
In the utility room it became the pet organizer where I was able to hang leashes, collars, treats and there other goodies where they were easy to find and keep together.
The other side become a message center where you can write to do lists or phone messages on the glass with a erasable marker, and put soccer and bulky trash schedules behind the glass to keep up with everyone’s schedules. I’m thinking it might also be the perfect place to display all of the Christmas cards we get this year as well.
I’m in love with this product, and I can’t stop thinking about all of the fun ways I could incorporate this into The Home Idea Factory. My clients are loving it as well, and Reidman Development will be one of the first builders to offer it to their customers in their new Hammocks at Canandaigua.
This is a brand new product, but can find more information on the ODL website or feel free to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help you find a place that you can purchase this in your area.
It’s a great time to be a resident of Dallas, TX especially if you are a business owner. Not only is the cost of living 8% less than most United States cities, but we also have a mayor that appreciates the arts and the value they can bring to a city and it’s residents.
The Business Council For The Arts recently presented their 2012 Obelisk Awards to a wonderful group of businesses and individuals that help the arts flourish in the North Texas area, and it was wonderful to see companies such as Capital One NorthPark Center, Half Price Books and others there to support this amazing organization.
Being a Lifestylist® is all about supporting the arts, and we were thrilled to be there to share this great event with you.
One of the best things this Lifestylist® ever did was to buy The Home Idea Factory. Not only do I have space to try out new ideas and to foster lots of rescue animals, but I’m also only a few miles from the Dallas Arts District. – This wonderful gem is tucked away in downtown Dallas and you can experience the best in the culinary arts, discover new artists or ones that you have always read about, and appreciate what Mother Earth has graced us with in the Nasher Gardens or at the new Klyde Warren Park.
When I was driving to one of my favorite events – ‘Til Midnight at The Nasher – I was literally blinded while I was driving over the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. I’d heard about all of the controversy surrounding the new Museum Tower, but it wasn’t until I seriously couldn’t see while I was driving 45 miles an hour on a highway because of it did I realize how dangerous it is – not only to the Arts District but to motorists driving down the various highways beside it.
Not only is the Museum Tower getting a reputation for being a bad neighbor – it’s going to kill someone.
Let’s hope that The Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund -owners of this $200 million dollar building do something about this issue before someone gets hurt.
There’s nothing we love more than a positive story about factory built housing, and BobVila.com has a wonderful article about the history of factory built housing. Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber was honored to be interviewed and quoted in the story, and what is really exciting is that the author of the story – Jane Dagmi – was so intrigued about what this form of housing offers she’s continuing to learn more and visit communities on her own. I’m looking forward to more of her stories in the future.
One of the things that has always been a detriment to our industry was the perception the press has, so having writers not only like our homes but also want to know more is a step in the right direction.
Be sure to also take a look at the timeline that Jane did -it’s one of the best I’ve seen.
It seems like people are finally beginning to realize that factory built housing may be a better way to build – I’ve had two site builders ask me if the projects that we are working on might be more efficient if we do a modular build instead of the way they traditionally build. What’s really great is these are both commercial projects – one is a clubhouse and one is transitional housing for 14 so I’m really proud of my clients for looking at all options. In fact, Champion Homes is doing quite a few commercial builds, including hotels for a major hotel company – I can’t wait to see (and stay in) the finished buildings.
Many people have the misconception that using modular construction is very limiting – I’m always surprised with how many people think you can only do 1 story. In fact, all construction has some limitations, but with modular you can build multi story buildings just as you can with site built.
This beautiful home in Montana that was built by the EnergyMate division of Patriot Homes is an example of what can be accomplished using modular construction. It has a 2 story family room and rock fireplace in it -they just completed the fireplace on-site with rocks they found on the ranch.
Before you make a decision on who is going to be building your next home or building, you might contact one of the many fine modular builders that might be the right fit for you.
If you need recommendations on who might be a good fit for you, feel free to contact us at: email@example.com and we’ll be happy to share our list of qualified builders with you.
Summer is definitely here, and it’s heating up in Texas. I turn into a really lazy cook when it gets so hot, and we do the Lifestylist® version of a salad bar many evenings.
Everything gets prepped – even the kids help plate their favorite ingredients -then we put everything on the island and people make their own salads as big or small as they choose.
I’ve stopped buying the bagged lettuce and greens because they are expensive and taste like chemicals to me. With the OXO Salad Spinner you can easily use heads of lettuce, spin them and even serve them in the bowl of the spinner. The kids love to help, and it’s fast and easy for me.
To win won of these great products from OXO, go to the Lifestylist® Food blog and enter. there are 7 different ways you can get additional entries, and winner will be announced on May 11th.