We made it to Georgia and so happy to finally unpack and settle. We found it is easier said than done and taking one day at a time. Still searching for my Dyson Air wrap . . . Scroll below to see what I wrote on finding your home soul.

Finding Your House Soul

Reid and I love change and that’s one reason we move a lot.  All of our homes have had character just screaming to be unleashed.  However, we don’t want to move again!  Now that we are in the new house, we need some time to discover the style of the house.  Just like your individual style sense I believe your house has a sense as well.  The fun part is discovering what it wants to be and bring your home interior to its highest potential.

Ok.  I sound a little weird.  But here is the practical advice.  Try to keep the bones of your house intact.  One, it saves you a ton of money.  (More money for shoes.)   Two, every house was designed by someone and for a reason, even cookie cutter houses.  Yes, there are some badly designed houses and yes you can still fix those things.  But it will cost you or it could even bring on amazing solutions.  Three, every house has potential, you just need to find it.

When we first looked at our house, we wanted the white on white aesthetic we are use to in California.  We asked for painting quotes thinking we’d paint everything.  But as we lived in the space for the first week, the existing colors grew on us.  We realized we like the cream on white now, plus we saved 20K in repainting!  The lesson is prudence wins.  Wait and live in the space before you do something costly.  I know it’s easier to paint before your move-in, deal with the hassle and be confident in you design choices.

How do you discover your home’s natural style?  Think of the time period when the house was built.  What trends were popular at that time?  Lessons learned; all trends come back.  Take those outdated trends as your advantage and appreciate it, no matter the decade.  How can you work with it?  How can you express it better?  Juxtapositions are the best way to express an outdated trend with todays style.  So pair old wood paneling with a curved modern sofa.  Pair big chunky moldings with slim black iron chairs.  FYI, shiplap will be out soon, at least that is my own opinion.

I’m almost afraid of installing blackout shades. There’s a probability I may never wake up!! LOL.

Window treatments are a tough design element to get right.  Especially when your design aesthetic is minimal and modern.  The key to minimal design is to reduce the busy appearance of lines as much as possible.  Therefore, I do not recommend mini-blinds, vertical blinds or roman shades.  To modernize our windows and maintain the modern look of our bedroom and master bathroom, we chose black-out shades.  However, these are not the old roller shades you grew up with.  We chose remote controlled motorized shades.

Benefits of motorized shades

1)  Access hard to reach windows.
2)  No ugly or dangerous hanging cords.
3)  Preset shade lowering settings enable all your shades to perfectly align throughout a room for a seamless look inside and outside.
4)  When you wake up in the morning all just push a button for your favorite shade setting.  Great way to tuck yourself in at night or rise to the sunrise.
5)  The motor is quiet and comes with a 5 year warranty.
6)  The powered shades also can work with your phone, Alexa, Google Home or a sun sensor.
7)  The dependable motor within the e-Bopp shades are powered by Somfy motors.  Somfy is the world leader in automated control.

When ordering your shades, go to e-Bopp.  Study the type of shade you need, black out/light diffuser or solar shade.  You will also select the fabric and mounting colors.  You may order samples as well.  Depending on the type of window you have, you will then select an inside mount which installs the shade inside the existing window frame or an outside mount which will be installed on the wall or ceiling.  The measurement will be different, so make this decision before ordering.  Fortunately, the customer service at e-Bopp is personal and you can send them a picture and they will identify the exact measurements needed for the window, for you.  We really recommend reaching out to them before you finalize your order.  They always say measure twice!

Our experience with e-Bopp was beyond helpful.  They answered our questions as needed and now that we have the shades installed we can sleep much better!  They are made in the USA as well! Think of it as a great present for your home. See the below discount code for my readers.



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Give the gift of balance this Christmas season!

It’s gift giving time and its a great time to gift yourself and a friend cbd! I’m a huge fan of their oils, gels, relief cream and rollers. I just checked and their calming rollers are out of stock! I do not leave the house without either of these products. If you’re sensitive to taste, try the cranberry or mint drops and let me know which is your favorite!

1. Slippers 2. Robe 3. Relief cream 4. Season of intention 5. Daily drops in cranberry 6. Joy of sleep set

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WHO: Equilibria CBD
WHAT: CBD oil is sourced from a flower. This flower is hand-picked and full of flavonoids, phytocannabinoids, and terpenes. What I find cool is how it works in the body.

3 Main Products:

Daily Softgels: These are taken like vitamins and are slow release. I take one after dinner or before bed. I sleep SO WELL. 

The Daily Drops: The drops are one of their fast acting products and the one I use most often. I hold the oil under my tongue for 30-60 seconds before swallowing to bypass the digestive system, which means fast absorption and faster results!  If I know I have an intense conference call or the general 4pm crazy hour, I make sure to “microdose” with the daily drops. I feel like the amount of oil in a full dropper is too much, so I’ll do 1/2 a dropper, usually at lunch. It tastes like the plant TBH. And the experts tell me that if it doesn’t taste like the plant, you probably have a bad source of CBD. Always check your sources! 

Relief Cream: This topical cream is for targeted relief. It has arnica, menthol, and a whopping 500mg of CBD in it! Reid takes the relief cream for his sore shoulder. He has tried so many things and this is the only cream that has brought relief. He even sleeps well on those nights his shoulder is acting up and he uses the cream. It’s a powerful cream that has helped my mom’s sore ankles and dad’s sore knees. I personally use it for period cramps, sore back, sore neck from holding Levi and sore feet after a day of wearing heels. (Sometimes you need to suffer for fashion.) 

WHERE: It is federally legal and single-sourced from a 1,100 acre organic farm in Colorado. All CBD is NOT created equal–there’s a lot of sketchy stuff out there, but their products are made on their organic farm from start to finish, ensuring each batch is 110% safe. They adhere to medical grade production standards–because you deserve the best!

HOW: Be patient because it may take up to three months to regulate the dosage and see your best results. I’ve been taking it since the end of January and am already noticing differences in my mood and focus. Stay consistent.
Equilibria is created by women for women. More exciting products to come! Click here for more information about Equilibria. Their motto is “For Women, By Women.” 

Buying Tips:
What should I do, a one-off or subscription?

I’d recommend the subscription of the Balance Box for the best value. Don’t worry, you can cancel at any time! I just buy the relief cream as needed. I just gave my mom one; she loves it!
Last but not least, they have given me a code to share with you!

USE CODE SHALICENOEL for 15% off your first order. A subscription is the smartest option. Thank you for reading this. Forward any questions!

As per FDA guidelines, Equilibria is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any ailments or disease. As always, consult with your physician before starting any new program that may interact with your current health plan.

Big thanks to Equilibria for sponsoring this post!

I believe some of the greatest things I’ve done have happened when I’ve followed my gut. Reid, the kids, and I visited Lake Arrowhead all but twice and made an offer on a 1970’s A-frame on our second visit. The next day, we were told the sellers accepted the offer and found ourselves in the midst of the home buying process. Living in LA, I was and still am nervous about living an hour and a half away and getting work done on it. While this nearly 1800 square foot beauty was shining in her day, she is clearly worn out now (namely the kitchen) and needs a loving face lift. Our kids are OBSESSED with the woods, this wooden A-frame, the fresh air, the sliver of lake we see from our deck, and I am obsessed with dreams of a pancake breakfasts with my kids while sitting at the bar of my island in my new kitchen. This purchase started with a dream, and continues with a dream. I promise to document the process, the ugly, and hopefully lots of pretty to show you coming up. Who doesn’t love a good before and after picture? I think we have the next couple weekends booked as we go up Friday through Sunday and become weekend warriors. Send all the tips, hugs and painting contractor names our way.


XO Shalice

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