Homemaking & Everyday Living

Simple Home

How a Tear-Down, Temporary, Fixer-Upper Became a Dream Home A year ago my family and I spent a month in the mountains. Prior to this trip, I don’t think my husband had taken more than ten days of vacation at a time. This month was transformative in so many ways. For me, I felt inspired […]

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Happy Pets, Happy Home

We wanted to write a blog and offer tips that celebrate some very important members of our family—our pets. My sister and her family just got their first dog—a sweet, handsome labradoodle named Hulen that they rescued from a shelter. Although Laura is still adjusting to muddy paw prints on her clean floors, she, her husband […]

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Looking and Feeling Good at Home

Although you may not realize it, your home can actually influence how you feel about your appearance. And your appearance can go a long way when it comes to how you feel about yourself. Most of us have had a bad hair day, and although it’s doubtful that others pay much attention to the state […]

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Ten Do’s and Don’ts When Decorating Your Baby’s Nursery

To celebrate the release of our new iPhone app Peaceful Nursery: Healthy, Green Tips for Your Baby’s Room and our eGuide Laura and Alison’s Guide to Creating a Healthy Green Baby Nursery, we wanted to share these ten tips for decorating your baby’s room. Creating a nursery is a special and exciting time. But when […]

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When a Little Mess is a Good Thing

Inspired everyday living is to live fully expressed and happily in our homes—to really live. Yet, many friends we talk to (ourselves included) have admitted to avoiding cooking in a recently cleaned kitchen because they don’t want to mess it up! Have you ever excused yourself from a table of guests to do dishes, picked […]

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Enhance Your Life by Enhancing the Front Entrance of Your Home

The front entrance to your home is where first impressions are made, the location where visitors are welcomed and the first place you see whenever you come home. In Feng Shui it also believed that your front door is where all the energy that circulates through your home enters bringing abundance, new opportunities and vitality. […]

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Bringing the Energy of Your Vacation Home

A Room at the Eco-friendly Xinalani Yoga Resort I’ve just returned from an amazing yoga retreat at an eco-friendly resort in Mexico. The beautiful surroundings, the healthy and delicious food, the strong yoga practice, and the wonderful people I met made the trip an experience that truly inspired me. But now that I’m home and […]

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The Art of Everyday Living

So often our attention is drawn to the big events in our lives, those that have happened and those we anticipate. Yet, it is the little everyday moments—such as eating, getting dressed, working, caring for children, running errands, walking the dog—that make up the majority of our lives. It’s easy to get caught up thinking […]

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Getting Your Kids Out The Door: Eight Tips for a Peaceful Morning

Some mornings getting your kids ready for school and out the door can be chaotic. But when you’re prepared, you can give yourself and your children the gift of a peaceful morning. We’ve all experienced the stress of being late, and sometimes we rush our children and occasionally even lose our patience. It can then […]

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Live Like You’re On Vacation At Home

A few years ago I came home from a magical trip to Hawaii. It was a much needed break after a challenging couple of years and the trip was restorative and healing. When I returned to LA, instead of going right back to work and my routine I gave myself an unscheduled week to ease […]

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