February 2023 - WellnessRE Give Love

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Celebrate Chinese New Year and Create a Balanced Home with Feng Shui

Color Trends for 2023

8 Ways Your Children Benefit From Having A Family Dog Toxic Household Items For Pets



February is the month of love and a time when we are reminded to do little things that show others we care. Giving love and sharing your appreciation with others is the best way to foster loving relationships all around you, any time of the year! In fact, the foundation for creating a healthy home environment begins with the people (and pets) inside. This month, celebrate Chinese New Year by learning how to incorporate some Feng Shui elements into your home environment to boost positive energy and create more balance! You'll also find insightful articles on wellness trends as well as practical advice that you can apply right away in your own home. Wishing your February is full of love, joy, and prosperity!

Sheila Alston Founder & Editor of Wellness Real Estate Magazine™ & HealthyHOME™ Magazine

Together, we are making the world a healthier place, one home at a time.

04 Recipe of the Month


06 Organizing Resolutions That Work


10 Eight Ways Your Children Benefit From Having A Family Dog


Sheila Alston

12 Household Items Toxic For Pets

COPY EDITOR Sabrina Aguilar

19 Turn Your Bedroom Into A Restorative Healing Center

GRAPHICS DESIGN Sheila Alston & Sabrina Aguilar

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Amanda Klecker Cassy West Heather Christo Jolene Nannette Karla Mullins Kate Hamblet Leonard Steinberg Sabrina Aguilar Špela Koželj



19 Color Trends for 2023 26 Feature: The Cannery- Live Consciously 31 Spotlight -Celebrate Chinese New Year With Feng Shui 35 Spotlight -How To Create A Balanced Home Using Feng Shui 39 What is Your Dog's Love Language? 44 Healthy Home Design Corner- Staying Warm This Winter 47 Glossary of Terms 49 Wellness Agent Directory


Blood Orange Coconut Tapioca and Mixed Berry Parfait (Vegan Recipe) Heather says "I called this a parfait, because I feel like this could literally be a breakfast as easily as it could be a dessert (and I don’t say that very often). If you were doing it for breakfast, you could add a layer of granola as well- oh yum! I’m even hungrier just thinking about it!"

https://heatherchristo.com/2016 /02/07/blood-orange-coconuttapioca-and-mixed-berryparfait-vegan/

Heather Christo is a classically trained turned Allergen-Free celebrity chef who makes eating healthy a delicious way of life. 2017 James Beard Award Nominee for her amazing cookbook PURE DELICIOUS WellnessRE | page 04

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” -Anatole France

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Resolutions That Work All Year Long!

If you’re anything like me, January brings a burst of motivational energy to accomplish goals and get a fresh start to the new year. The craziness (and messiness) of the holidays spur us into a frenzy of organizing and simplifying the clutter that has accumulated over the past month. Then…February hits. We get back into our normal routines making it difficult to maintain the goals we set at the beginning of the year. Here are some easy ways to re-motivate and form long-lasting habits to accomplish your resolution of staying more organized.

SET A SERIES OF SMALLER GOALS TO STAY INSPIRED Instead of focusing on the larger objective of becoming more organized, choose one section of your home to work on at a time. For example, this month commit to having a more organized living room by devoting ten minutes each day to tidying up that one space. Fold the blankets on the couch, put away any items that don’t belong there, create a home for daily use items so they are contained (a small container for remote controls, baskets to hold games/toys, etc.). Pay attention to how that space feels after devoting a bit of extra time each day, and consider what habits would be easily incorporated into your normal routine.

REWARD YOURSELF FOR ACCOMPLISHING YOUR GOALS Think of something you look forward to in the evening when the day is winding down, perhaps a cup of tea, a glass of wine, relaxing on the couch with a show or a book, and promise that to yourself after spending ten minutes on your goal. Write a note to yourself and attach it to that reward to have a physical reminder of your intention.

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ADOPT A “WANT TO” NOT “HAVE TO” MINDSET If you feel discouraged by waning motivation, notice how you are thinking about your goal. When we feel that we haven’t been accomplishing our objective we start using unhealthy self-talk. Notice when you think “I should” be working on staying more organized and replace that with “I want” to be more organized. Getting into the practice of replacing the “should” with the “want” will help you feel more positive about accomplishing your goal.


Breaking your resolution into smaller steps will revive your motivation for the year and bring habits that will last a lifetime. Remind yourself that you are taking steps to accomplish what inspired you at the turn of the new year. And don’t hesitate to reach out if you are in need of taskaccomplishing incentive!

If you hit a lull in productivity, don’t hesitate to reach out for help! Think of a larger task that you want to accomplish and get help to get it done. Forward motion spurs motivation and inspiration.

By, Jolene Nannette Home by Jolene

Jolene Nannette is a specialist in home efficiency, tackling to-do lists and calming the chaos through home organization. www.homebyjolene.com

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DID YOU KNOW? Leonard Steinberg started a firestorm in the real estate profession when he joined the small start-up technologyfocused New York-based brokerage Urban Compass as company President in mid-2014 after 17 years in the industry. The 50-person company has mushroomed in just 6 years to a 20,000-person, nationally recognized brand called Compass with over 325 offices throughout the USA and $91 billion in sales volume in 2019. It is now the third-largest privately held brokerage in the USA. Leonard has always remained in daily brokerage and changed his title to Chief Evangelist in 2018 as Compass adapted to include several regional presidents. He embodies the new breed of modern real estate professional who provides substantive knowledge about all aspects of real estate with over two decades of experience and several billion dollars in sales. Each day he sends a Compasswide journal he calls Compass Contemplations. This section, called DID YOU KNOW? is full of quick real estate and other related news you may not have heard. Leonard has kindly agreed to share his news with the readers of WellnessRE Magazine.

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Real Estate in the News from one of America's Top Brokers: Leonard Steinberg January 24, 2023 DID YOU KNOW? The average rate for a 30-year mortgage dropped to 6.15% last week, the lowest in 18 weeks..... (CNBC) Did you know? Influencer Marketing is now a $24 billion business and is being used daily in the real estate sphere...maybe it could be called FOMO marketing? If a REAL Housewife loves that house then surely I should too? 😂 (Ny Times)

January 18, 2023 DID YOU KNOW? It's likely you have a NEST thermostat on the wall, the ingenious device that catapulted the SMART HOME......now Nest's creator, noting that more than one-third of food in the US is wasted (food being the single most abundant material found in landfills), presents MILL: users put food waste - including meat and dairy, items that aren’t normally able to be composted - into a new kitchen bin that dehydrates the food overnight, turning it into an odorless, coffee ground-like material. Once the bin fills up (about 3 weeks), its contents is packaged up and sent back to Mill via mail....who then repurpose the grounds into an ingredient for chicken feed and sends it to farms. Users pay a $33 monthly subscription fee to recycle their food scraps. (CNBC). https://mill.com/the-kitchen-bin January 16, 2023 DID YOU KNOW? Some clients are increasingly responding to major life changes like retirement, widowhood, and empty nestdom with ....... fun-sizing: Instead of downsizing a home, they’re opting for energetic and exuberant design that breathes new life into the aesthetics and function of their nest. The goal is not to glaze over the real sense of loss and disruption that accompanies major transitions, but rather to displace the old with a more interesting and idiosyncratic new. It’s about shifting the surroundings in ways that support, and even celebrate, the positive aspects of change. (AD)

January 15, 2023 DID YOU KNOW? The global wellness industry is worth $4.5 trillion....and growing. (FT)

January 14, 2023 DID YOU KNOW? Manhattan now has more residents than it did pre-pandemic, with a nearly 4% population hike from January 2018 to October 2022.....(NY POST) January 6, 2023 DID YOU KNOW? Finland is supposedly the 'happiest country in the world' and here are 3 of their philosophies that may teach us/remind us of some lessons: 1. Focus more on what makes you happy and less on looking successful. The first step to true happiness is to set your own standards, instead of comparing yourself to others. 2. Spending time in nature increases our vitality, well-being and a gives us a sense of personal growth. Find ways to add some greenery to your life, even if it’s just buying a few plants for your home. 3. Building trust. How can you show up for your community? How can you create more trust? How can you support policies that build upon that trust? Small acts like opening doors for strangers or giving up a seat on the train makes a difference, too.

Leonard Steinberg Chief Evangelist at Compass WellnessRE | page 09

Ways Your Children Benefit From Having A Family Dog

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), having a family dog can benefit your child’s emotional intelligence helping them to develop into a smarter, more empathetic, and possibly healthier child.

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There are several ways children can benefit from having a family dog. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), several studies show that children with a family pet have an advantage over kids who don't. 1. Higher self-esteem: When given age-appropriate tasks to complete, such as helping with caring for a pet, kids developed higher self-esteem. 2. More compassion and empathy: many studies show that children with pets are more empathetic toward others. 3. They feel supported: Pets are a wonderful neutral sounding board and provide unconditional love, providing friendship that children can rely on. 4. Better cognitive skills: children who partake in dog training have been shown to have higher cognitive skills. Many children like to practice reading to their pets too! 5. Less stress: the act of simply petting an animal has been shown to reduce cortisol levels in children and adults. 6. Happier: playing with animals increases serotonin and dopamine in the brain, which increases your mood. 7. Healthier: children with pets are more active. 8. More Responsible: caring for a pet is the perfect training for becoming a responsible adult.

For help selecting a breed that is right for your family, go to AKC.

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Household items TOXIC for pets According to the American Animal Hospital Association AAHA, many toxic household items are poisonous to pets. To help you take precautionary measures to ensure your pets are safe, here is a list of the most frequent offenders, many of which can be found in and around your home. Over-the-counter medications Even a medication that does not require a prescription can be extremely dangerous to your pet. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen and naproxen can cause acute kidney failure and should never be given to pets. Do not try to treat your pet’s medical problems without consulting an AAHA-accredited veterinarian, and never give him a medication that is not approved for veterinary use. Human prescription medications Keep all medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, safely stored inside a medicine cabinet or cupboard or up high where your pet can't reach them, and ask your visitors to do the same. Toxic Foods Many foods that are safe for people can be deadly to pets. Keep the following toxic foods away from your beloved companion: Chocolate Xylitol (often found in sugar-free gum) Macadamia nuts Grapes and raisins Onions Garlic Alcohol Caffeinated drinks Raw yeast dough Raw or undercooked meat Never leave food where your pet can reach it, and keep pets out of the kitchen when children are eating to prevent them from gobbling up dropped food.

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Other household items that are dangerous: Products such as paint, glue, and cleaning chemicals often are left out on the assumption that pets won’t eat these bad-tasting substances. But sometimes, pets lap up liquids because they feel good or have an interesting texture. Household products can contain dangerous chemicals, and some household glues expand in the stomach, causing a life-threatening blockage. Rodenticides Products designed to kill rodents are particularly dangerous to pets, who may be tempted to eat the tasty bricks, granules, or pellets left out for mice and rats. Rodenticides kill rodents by causing internal bleeding, high calcium levels, brain swelling, or toxic gas production. Never put rat bait out where your pet can find it, and keep your pet confined to your yard to prevent him from eating your neighbor’s rodenticides.

Insecticides and pets Ant baits, bug sprays, and foggers can poison your pet. Read labels to ensure proper use of these products and prevent pets from exposure during and after use. Store all insecticides on high shelves out of a pet’s reach. Plants toxic to pets Plants found in flower beds, vegetable gardens, and indoor planters and arrangements can be toxic to pets. Cats, who particularly like to munch on greenery, are sensitive to many plant types, but dogs also can be at risk. A complete list of toxic and non-toxic plants can be found on ASPCA’s website. If your pet eats leaves, flowers, or stems, immediately take him and a plant sample to your AAHA-accredited veterinarian. Although toxicity signs may not be apparent, removing poisonous material as soon as possible is vital to prevent toxin absorption into the body.

Garden products Many products used on lawns, gardens, and flower beds can cause toxicity in pets. Fertilizers made from bone or blood meal are tempting to pets and can cause pancreatitis or can clump in the intestines or stomach, causing a blockage. Other fertilizers and herbicides applied to lawns also may contain toxic chemicals.

BETTER SLEEP How To Turn Your Bedroom Into A Restorative Healing Center By: Amanda Klecker Most bedroom ideas start with the goal to create a more positive environment for sleeping. What many of us forget is that creating a low toxin space for sleeping can be the best improvement to help support our body and our overall wellness. Our bodies need a place free from toxins to truly rest and restore. And the room that you spend the absolute most time in is an AMAZING place to start healing your body. When we talk about a low toxin or toxin free space, it’s more than just a place with moderately improved indoor air quality. It’s a restorative place that is free from endocrine disruptors, sleep disrupting elements and organic toxins. A healthy house is more than just a space free from toxins and mold. A healthy house is the foundation and start of a healthy life in whole. We wouldn’t expect an apple to stay fresh if we stored it in a wet paper bag outside. It’s the same thought with our home. It’s been said that our house is like a second skin to our bodies, creating benefits or problems. Where we sleep is a place that we should take extra precaution about. It’s an area that we will end up spending about one third of our lives in. If we are in one particular environment more often, we should make sure it’s a healthy and safe environment to be in. Not only will this post about bedroom ideas enlighten you on healthy habits for your room, but it will help you unburden your body and start a solid foundation to a healthy lifestyle.

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Why Your Bedroom is Your Key to Better Health One of the BIGGEST reasons so many products and articles focus on how to sleep is the fact that it’s extremely important to our health and wellness. We know those of us who suffer from poor or deficiency sleep have a greater risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, obesity, heart disease, and kidney disease (STUDY) And why does sleep matter so much? Sleep is one of the biggest contributors to a healthy lifestyle. When we get proper rest and sleep, our body has time to repair itself from day-to-day stressors and detoxify the brain. When you’re rested, you can function on a higher level. In fact, this study revealed that sleep helps our brain and body flush out many of the toxins we come in contact with while we’re sleeping. (STUDY) Improving your sleep environment can drastically change the quality of your day. Your house can indeed cause insomnia. When we don’t know how to sleep healthily, we deprive ourselves of this natural detoxifying habit, and our health suffers. One study associates poor indoor air quality with sleep disruption caused by small particles entering our bloodstream. These particles then affect the regulation of sleep within our brain. (STUDY) Another interesting study shows that household habits, materials, and products can cause sleep disturbances, trouble falling asleep and chronic insomnia in adults and in children (STUDY). So what are the biggest factors when it comes to knowing the importance of how to sleep and creating a sleep sanctuary for your body? Controlling moisture levels and maintaining a healthy relative humidity level Removing and eliminating as much dust as possible Using low toxin bedding and pillows Opting for an organic mattress Keeping electronics out of your bedroom space To go even deeper into healthy home bedroom ideas and get the step by step process I use with my clients, be sure to sign up for my new course, The Healthy Home Blueprint.

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Get Rid of Dust Dust is everywhere, even if you feel like you have an extremely clean house. And where there’s dust, there’s sure to be dust mites. Bedrooms are a real problem spot when it comes to dust as we shed skin and sweat all when we’re sleeping on our mattress. This means that where humans spend the most time, there will be more dust. Most of the time we would just shrug this little fact off and perhaps vacuum a little bit more. But let me be the first to tell you this is NOT the way to handle extra dust in your bedroom. Dust mites are a serious disruption to our bodies' respiratory system and their skin and excrement are toxic to our bodies. So making sure your room has as little dust as possible is important.

The Perfect Humidity Levels Controlling the humidity in a bedroom is a great way to ensure organic toxins such as mold and mildew don’t affect your space. Humidity is also important because an area that has high indoor humidity is an area that is conducive to dust mite reproduction. The lower the humidity, the dust mites will end up dying off. High humidity in an area where you’re staying for a long period of time can also cause congestion in many individuals. Nasal congestion is caused by inflamed blood vessels in the nose which cause swelling of nasal tissue. And if you’ve tried to fall asleep while being congested, you know that it’s not an easy task. Congestion can also cause snoring and mouth breathing which tend to be sleep disruptors. The fact that your house can cause insomnia and sleep deprivation means we need to be careful of the indoor climate. The important thing to remember is that you don’t want to pull all the moisture out of your air. If your air is too dry your nasal passages, skin and eyes will be extremely itchy and irritated. We know that the ideal indoor humidity level is somewhere between 35% – 45%. You can monitor your humidity levels with a humidity monitor to see where your bedroom stands.

Specifically speaking, dust mites cause an allergic reaction within our upper respiratory systems such as a runny nose and hay fever. They also cause irritation in the lungs and eyes as well as sneezing. That doesn’t sound like the magic potion for sleep to me. The National Sleep Foundationalso states that dust mites cause general immune system stress, which means you could be getting sick more often. These are all ways that dust and dust mites in your bedroom can really disrupt your sleep.

Reduce Toxins from Bedding Toxins can be such a broad term. Specifically though, I’m talking about the toxins that are added to your bedding and pillows. We know that toxins are a disruptor to our endocrine system as well as an external irritant. Our endocrine system holds our thyroid and pineal gland, both are responsible for helping us fall asleep and stay asleep. By allowing toxins from our bedding such as bleach, formaldehyde, flame retardants and pesticides to surround us for 7-8 hours a day, we are really overworking our immune system. This could lead to sleep disruptions that turn into sleep deprivation, or it could be insomnia. Many of the chemicals that are added to our bedding and pillows such as polyurethane foams, formaldehyde (for a wrinkle free texture) and flame retardants release harmful VOCs constantly. When our bodies are in direct contact with these materials, producing both humidity and warmth, the VOCs actually off-gas at a higher, more potent rate.

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ORGANIC MATTRESS: YOUR MOST IMPORTANT CHANGE Mattresses are IMPERATIVE when you’re trying to improve how to sleep. They are the BIGGEST factor when it comes to toxin prevention and can be one of the BEST options in terms of removing current toxins from your sleeping space. If you google this topic you will find a plethora of blog posts and websites showing you the problems with the modern mattress and the toxins that are added to make it “safe.” When our hormones and brain function is disrupted by the toxins in a mattress THAT WE SLEEP DIRECTLY ON, there’s no telling what the effect could hold. The other side of that is the external irritants. Many of the chemicals in our mattresses can cause itchy throat and eyes as well as skin issues. These irritating conditions can make it very difficult to fall asleep. The biggest offending toxins are the flame retardants they coat mattresses in. Initially this concept was added to prevent a fire if someone fell asleep with a cigarette in their mouth. Mattresses are covered in flame retardants now so they can withstand the heat and flame of a blow torch.

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Unless you’re sleeping with a blow torch nearby, it seems as though this practice may be unnecessarily causing some serious health issues. These same flame retardants were studied in a lab with mice. When the mice were exposed to the chemical toxins their brains became overly hyperactive. A hyperactive brain does not allow us to easily fall asleep, causing insomnia or sleep deprivation. The other chemical offenders to where we sleep is the polyurethane foam they put in mattresses, which emits VOCs, a known endocrine system disruptor as well as an external irritant. Formaldehyde has also been found in mattresses, which causes asthma, allergies and lung cancer. What we sleep on can be just as important as where we sleep when it comes to a healthy environment. These toxins above are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our mattresses. This post about toxins in mattresses is a really in-depth look at just HOW these toxins are affecting our bodies with studies and links to back up that point.

EMF In the case of the link that your house can cause insomnia and sleep disorders, there is a lot to be said about electromagnetic fields. While there is still a lot left unknown about EMFs, what we have learned is they are a disruptor to our bodies. There are two ways that EMFs disrupt our body’s natural sleep process. First, we must understand that our body has natural electromagnetic fields. Our natural EMFs vibrate at a low number of cycles. Electromagnetic fields from electronics vibrate at a higher rate of oscillation. The discrepancy between these two rates of humans and electronics is what can prevent you from falling asleep. They have also found that the higher vibrations of unnatural EMFs can pull you out of a deep sleep, disrupting your sleep process and making you tired. A study performed in 1999 showed that magnetic fields in the same room as a sleeping person caused a decreased time in REM sleep as well as a broken sleep pattern. The same study also showed that the pineal gland’s production of melatonin, which helps you fall asleep, was decreased when individuals were exposed to more EMFs during the day. That’s right, your exposure to electromagnetic fields during the day can actually inhibit your sleep at night. The other way that electronics and electromagnetic fields can disrupt your sleep is by the light given off by the electronics that create the EMFs. When you watch TV or look at your phone, your body’s natural response to the blueish light is to decrease the production of melatonin. Melatonin is what your pineal gland produces to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. This is why we sleep in dark rooms and why it’s generally easiest for us to fall asleep at night.

Blog Credit

Amanda Klecker from www.healthyhouseontheblock.com is a contributing writer for WellnessRE™. She has an extensive blog on her site with hundreds of tips on how to create a healthier home and has given us permission to share her blog posts with our readers. Follow her on Instagram too! @healthyhouseontheblock

Amanda Klecker, Certified Building Biology Advocate & Certified Professional Inspector

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"Be the person your dog thinks you are." C.J. Frick

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Bright, Bold & Beautiful By, Cassy West

Color Trends for 2023 In the fall of every year, design experts and paint companies predict the colors that will shape our homes, products, and fashion in the coming year. While the colors of 2022 centered around back-to-nature shades of green, 2023 is all about “selfexpression and inner strength” Whether it be an inspiration for fashion, graphic design, or color to paint your kitchen cabinets, most of the colors for 2023 are not for the faint of heart, but they do have something in common. They, too, originate from shades depicted from nature albeit more boldly.

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Viva-Magenta 18-750 Credit: Pinterest, Piper Petite Velvet Sofa

The Pantone 2023 color of the year is a powerful, vibrant, and bold magenta. Viva-Magenta 18-750, is inspired by the cochineal beetle that produces carmine dye, one of the most precious, strongest, and brightest of the natural dye family. According to the experts at Pantone, the richness of the color symbolizes our movement around climate change, sustainability, and land protection. Viva Magenta represents bravery, “imbibing us with a primordial signal of strength…The Pantone Color of the Year speaks to our desire to take on new challenges and try the unconventional while meeting others with compassion”.

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Tiramisu (C2-600)

C2’s feature color, Tiramisu (C2-600), is a rich, restorative cedar inspired by the “diverse range and tonalities of natural wood and the rich mineral hues of the soil from which they grow” explains Philippa Radon, C2 Paint Color Specialist & Designer. Nurturing and dynamic, Tiramisu emits warm, ambient undertones that flicker gold and copper, inviting a sophistication and versatility that refuses to go unnoticed. It symbolizes comfort, stability, endurance, and the strength of simplicity. Two additional colors, Stout (C2-965), a full-spectrum near-black, and En Pointe (C2-851), a graceful off-white, present a grounding canvas for any interior.

Credit: C2 Paint

Credit: C2 Paint

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Raspberry Blush (2008-30)

Benjamin Moore takes center stage with their Color for 2023. A bold coral-orange, Raspberry Blush (2008-30) is an “unapologetic, vivacious color” inspired by electro-funk duo Chromeo, to underscore the upbeat and optimistic tone of selfexpression—much like music. Ben Moore even partnered with the musical artist who produced a song titled by the same name. Listen to Chromeo’s “Raspberry Blush” on Spotify for a true color experience! Who inspired whom, I wonder? This color would be fantastic in a dining or powder room. Pair it with White Heron (OC-57) or Onyx (2133-10) for a dramatic “wow” effect.

Photo Credit: Benjamin Moore

Photo Credit: Benjamin Moore

Redend Point (SW-9081)

Photo Credit: Sherwin Williams

Photo Credit: Sherwin Williams

Redend Point (SW-9081) is Sherwin William’s Color of the year. Similar to C2’s Tiramisu, Redend Point is calming, cozy and soulful. It has an earthy-tone like red clay and is versatile for any space. Pair it with Carnelian (SW-7580) and Pure White (SW-7005) for a rich look. WellnessRE | page 23

Blank Canvas (DC-003)

Photo Credit: BEHR

Photo Credit: BEHR

Photo Credit: BEHR

Behr Paint should know better. Their color of the year, Blank Canvas (DC-003) is not technically a color, but a shade (white and black are not part of the color wheel and all designers know this). Nevertheless, Blank Canvas is a beautiful, warm white and can be paired easily with the rest of their designer collection of soft pastels. This shade of white is classic, yet warm and rich and embodies sophistication.

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Everglade Deck 5100-3

Photo Credit: valspar

Welcome to Valspar’s Color-Verse where you can immerse yourself in their metaverse. This is the future, folks! Check out their color(s) of the year inside a house with a Paint Wing, Game Wing, and Art Wing. Click on any of their “nature-inspired” colors and style the walls of your choosing and toggle, spin around, or create your own Naturescape in the Art Wing. The Game Wing is a dash to DIY elements that eventually earn you points and lead you on an adventure to Lowes where you can purchase the paint. Creative and entertaining, but I’m not a fan. One color that is truly beautiful and bold is their jewel-tone Everglade Deck 5100-3 , a “midnight blue that is calming, elegant and creates a restorative space for our mind, body, and home” explains Sue Kim, Color Marketing Manager at Valspar. Pair it with brass as seen in this picture from the Valspar website.

Photo Credit: valspar

Cassy West Design Well to Live Well Eco Friendly Interior Designer &Wellness Real Estate Agent in Massachusetts and Florida

Blog Credit: Cassy West from www.wellnessbydezign.com is a contributing writer for WellnessRE™ and has given us permission to share her blog posts with our readers. Visit her site to read more of her design tips on how to create a healthier home.


Farm-to-Table Live consciously in a wellness lifestyle community

A wellness lifestyle community is a place for individuals who seek to live more consciously, be more in touch with nature, and connect with like-minded people. From early yoga sessions, and eating healthy raw meals to growing your own organic food just next to your house, this type of community is proven to positively affect your body, spirit, and mind. Designing a healthy community means including amenities and features in the conceptual design and development that help support well-being and higher health outcomes for the residents.

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Residents of The Cannery, a sustainable wellness lifestyle community in Davis, California love having their own urban farm!

About The Cannery Community The Cannery is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood that is considered to be a wellness lifestyle community due to its unique, sustainable community design. Developed by New Home Company and designed by SWA, The Cannery offers a new alternative to healthier living in Davis, California. The community focuses on helping residents achieve a wellness lifestyle by connecting the agricultural roots of the adjacent landscape with every single residential home while providing over 28 acres of open space and a recreational system along with locally grown organic food.

Great place for young families, professionals, and seniors that invest in their well-being Located on 98.6 acres, The Cannery offers a variety of housing opportunities to welcome all generations: from young couples to seniors, whose main objective of life is to live a healthy, nature-inspired life. All homes are highly resource efficient, with the majority including rooftop solar systems. The community consists of various parks, buffers, wildlife habitats, multi-use trails, community gardens, and a functioning urban farm. For someone who cares about health and well-being, there is no better feeling than living in an environmentally-friendly community that offers fresh organic food and a variety of parks, where one can truly connect to themselves through the practice of yoga or meditation.

Photo credit: SWA Group

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Photo credit: SWA Group

Photo credit: SWA Group

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Growing organic food on a 7.6-acre farm The community’s biggest treasure is the locally produced and organic food they grow on their 7.6-acre farm, which is maintained by the Center for Land-Based Learning - a local non-profit that trains farmers. Their farm is fertile, generative, and highyielding, providing an abundance of whole food choices for residents. Much like other Agrihoods, The Cannery emphasizes farmto-table living in a collaborative setting and provides farming education for the local residents. Taking care of Mother Earth benefits us, and is also a way of saying thanks for all the abundance that she provides to us. Nothing is fresher than getting your food directly from your own backyard. And since commercial agriculture is becoming more and more toxic every day with its additives and pesticides, this provides a major benefit to residents.

Healthy food options that support the environment and health of the people Developers of The Cannery go beyond the typical profit-driven mindset and instead focus on bringing real and long-lasting value to the residents. Healthy living options at The Cannery Community are beneficial in several ways: improving diets, promoting an active lifestyle, and building a community that fosters relationships between the residents.

Solar-powered wellness lifestyle community Not only does The Cannery community in Davis, CA, provide residents with delicious organic food, but they also use solar power, which has so many advantages for our planet, especially when it comes to our environment:

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reducing greenhouse gas emissions improving our air quality preserving our precious water lowering energy price and being independent of fossil fuels.

Both solar power and agriculture anchor the development to the community’s surroundings. WellnessRE | page 29

Photo credit: SWA Group

Mindfully planned layout with a linked park/trail network Each of 550 new homes is located within 300 feet of the linked 28+ acre open space and park/trail network, which makes being active an easy way of life whether you are riding bikes or walking. The Cannery emphasizes wellness and sustainability with on-site energy production, transit service, stormwater cleansing, edible landscaping, water conservation, and landscaping to support pollinators and other beneficial insects and species. Much of the planting in public areas is also drought-tolerant, which is important in California’s climate.

You will love The Cannery! If the idea of living in a solar-powered community with access to organic food grown in your own backyard sounds like paradise, you’ll love The Cannery, California’s first farmto-table housing development located in Davis, California. In addition to its organic appeal, all of the homes in The Cannery come with their own 1.5-kW solar system and can be upgraded to net-zero living. To learn more, head to: https://www.swagroup.com/projects/the-cannery/

Špela Koželj Environment and Sustainable Blog Writer

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Celebrate Chinese New Year With Feng Shui By, Karla Mullins

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The Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, is a 15-day festival that is celebrated annually depending on the sighting of the new moon. This event is also known as the Spring Festival, and an animal is associated with each New Year. The animals rotate and repeat according to a fixed cycle. This year is the YEAR OF THE WATER RABBIT. The year of the water rabbit will bring you a very different energy from 2022. It officially begins on January 22, 2023, and we will be seeing both the rabbit energy and the water energy. Water can be very yin or very yang. Think of a waterfall with lots of fast-moving water. This is the yang expression of water. Now, think of a still lake with a beautiful mountain backdrop. This is the yin water energy of 2023. Yin water energy is a very contemplative, spiritual energy. It will bring you peace, healing, and relaxation. It will call on you to trust your inner knowing. The Rabbit is gentle, quiet, kind and yet it moves quickly with confidence and is quite clever. It is known to be the luckiest of the animals in the Chinese Zodiac. The Rabbit moves steadily toward its goals, regardless of any negativity or problems encountered. It symbolizes mercy, elegance, and beauty. People who are born in the year of the rabbit are calm, peaceful, vigilant, and witty.

The Lunar New Year is about starting with a clean slate, cleansing the negative and welcoming the positive. Set yourself up for good luck this upcoming Year of the Water Rabbit by starting anew with a positive mindset, and what better way to do so than by incorporating Feng Shui?

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If you’re new to the idea of Feng Shui and want to understand how to apply some of its principles, you need to understand the Five Elements. So, what is Feng Shui and what are the Five Elements?

In simple terms, Feng Shui is the art and science of living in harmony with the Natural World and the Five Elements are the basic elements of life: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. These elements are universal energetic essences, each with their own signature of Chi (energy). They are phases of how energy can shift in quality and purpose between one state to the next.

The Wood Element: Growing upward moving energy Vital and active New growth, flexible like bamboo Columnar shapes ·Greens, mid-blues and teals

The Water Element: Deep, still, and wise Flowing, circulating, and connecting Cool and Dark Clarity and wisdom Formless, undulating, wavy Black, dark gray and dark blue

Below are the elements and their universal energies:

The Metal Element

The Fire Element: Expansive, spreading movement. Transformative and changeable Warm and kind to Hot and Passionate Triangular shapes Reds & Oranges

The Earth Element: Stable, grounding, little to no movement Centered and nurturing. Square and rectangular shapes Browns, tans, ochre and yellows

Contracting and rigid Righteous and correct. Circles, spheres White, metallic, pale greys and blues

The five elements are constantly communicating and have their own ways of interacting with each other. Oftentimes, when we feel out of balance in our home, it's because one or more of the elements are missing, or there’s too much of an element. Since feng shui teaches us how to bring the potent Chi from outdoors in, we need to bring the five elements inside our homes in the right proportion, and in the right areas of the home in order to create a harmonious quality of energy to support our wellbeing.

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Welcome More Positivity and Abundance Into Your Home This Year

Karla Mullins is a real estate agent who adopts a holistic, health-based perspective when working with clients. She also holds certifications in life coaching and feng shui in addition to a degree in holistic health with a focus on using whole foods, plants, and herbs as medicine.

Give your home a thorough winter cleaning. This is called "sweeping away the dust". Cleaning rids your home of last year’s troubles and puts on your best foot forward in the Lunar New Year. Invite positive energy. Next, you will want to bring in auspicious chi or positive energy into your home by adding colorful flowers or plants, purchase a new door mat, fill a fruit bowl with fresh and healthy fruits such as oranges and apples and sweets, such as chocolates and candies to sweeten the New Year. Stock your fridge and pantry. Coming into abundance at the Lunar New Year will carry forward into the rest of the year, so make sure your rice bins are full! Refresh your wardrobe. New shoes and clothes symbolize a new beginning. It's a great time to gift away clothes and belongings that may serve someone else better than you, especially items that are associated with heartache and/or pain. Share the wealth with loved ones! Money in red envelopes is believed to bring good luck, as red is believed to be a lucky color, so it’s considered lucky money. This is also a great time to write down your intentions and what you have planned for the rest of the year. Dare to dream big, make your vision board and start training your mind to let positive thoughts come in, set the tone for the remaining of the year to be positive, healthy, and abundant!

By, Karla Mullins Holistic Realtor Washington State

Thank you Karla for taking the time to educate us on the meaning behind the Chinese New Year and how to incorporate it through Feng Shui. To learn more about Karla or are looking to book a Feng Shui consultation, head over to karlamullins.com

Go With

The Flow How To Create A Balanced Home Using Feng Shui By, Sabrina Aguilar

Have you ever walked into a home and felt like it just wasn't right? Maybe you were on a home search, and the property checked all the boxes, but when you walked inside, you could feel that something was off. Even if it might have been a lovely house in the perfect location that fits your budget, if you felt that the energy wasn't quite right, you would likely have moved on and not been interested in this home. The reason this is so is because every house has a particular energy. When we look at our own homes, we want the spaces to be welcoming, and comfortable, and welcome good energy so that we feel better in our spaces. This is why many interior designers and even real estate agents are beginning to use Feng Shui principles to provide more value to their clients.

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What is Feng Shui? Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy that helps people in achieving life balance by harmonizing their living spaces. Feng Shui translates to "wind and water," and it is focused on the connection between human life and the environment, as well as how we can live in harmony with our surroundings. It’s essentially a tool that helps people reach wellness and makes them feel good about their spaces. The Chinese have a deep belief in chi, a hidden life force that permeates everywhere, including our homes. This energy can later be divided into negative chi or positive chi. Feng shui allows you to tap into beneficial chi energy to disperse, disrupt, or even remove negative obstructions to maintain a balance and flowing chi. So how can we find and welcome this energy?

How to Bring Balance We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Feng Shui expert and wellness realtor El Larson in one of our recent episodes of Blooming- A Healthy Home by Design podcast. El Larson is also a design consultant, sound practitioner, and accredited in the WELL and Fitwel building standards. Whether you are looking, renovating, or building, El helps clients by using evidence-based design strategies with metaphysical practices, one of which is feng shui. She takes into account the landscape, object placement, elements, colors, materials, and the health of those who occupy the home in question. During the podcast interview, El talks about looking at our home with "feng shui eyes". Recognizing what types of things are obstructing our homes' overall energy and how those things (negative chi) can affect our health, careers, partnerships, reputation, and so much more. And understanding the metaphorical implications of those blocks. Some things are easier to spot, for example, is there a tree blocking the entrance to your home? If yes, then what are the metaphorical implications of something blocking your door? If you or guests are having a hard time entering your home, then the beneficial energy (positive chi) will have a hard time entering through your door as well. While other types of blocking energy might not be as physical, for example, your landlord. Is your landlord helpful, easy going, did they answer all your questions when moving in? etc. Ultimately, everyone will have a different interpretation of what these things surrounding your homes mean to you. WellnessRE | page 36

As a holistic practitioner of 20+ years, El was led to explore how principles and techniques for internal balance could be applied to homes and workspaces to support well-being on a broader scale. Identifying and releasing blocks to move nourishing energy through a building is akin to the work she does with sound and reiki, moving energy through internal spaces.

Here are three tips from El Larson : Using Feng Shui Eyes For A Balanced Home

Be mindful of mirrors A mirror doubles everything, it can double lighting, and expand the space which are all good things. However, it can also double clutter, and double the things you don’t want to see. So just take in mind of where you are placing the mirrors. Also ensure your mirrors are correctly hung at an appropriate height for everyone in your household, if possible. For example, let’s say you have a growing teenager who is now all the sudden shot up 6 inches and suddenly his image is being cut off on the mirror. This could be read that the teen is getting ‘pushed out,’ or that they must shrink their natural height to be included in the reflection. Be mindful of what, and how, mirrors are reflecting.

Is your front door easy to find and inviting? • Is the doorknob functional? • Is your paint chipped? • Is it simple for you and your guests to enter? This is significant because first impressions matter not only for your guests but also for the energy that enters your home. If guests have difficulty entering, so will the positive energy. It is also applicable to clutter. If you are constantly confronted with dirty dishes, unfolded laundry, and garbage when you enter your house, you are constantly confronted with an unwelcoming view. Be mindful of your entrance obstructing the positive energy.

The meaning behind elements Feng Shui uses the elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water to support specific areas of the home, and the residents. The elements can be applied literally (materials) or symbolically (things that represent their qualities). How do the qualities of the elements make you feel, and how can they be incorporated into your home? The ease and flow of water can be represented by blue, black, glass, mirrors, flowing fabrics, etc.

Fire: add more lighting, candles, artwork with stars, sunrises, sunsets, maybe adding a fire feature to your home, etc. Earth: add colors of brown, green, and sand, adding low horizontal furniture, low flat surfaces, etc. Metal: use round or oval shapes, rocks and stones, fine art and metallic fixtures, etc. Wood: add things that are upright and vertical, more plants, wood furniture, cotton, and other natural fabrics etc.

Thank you El for assisting others in finding balance through feng shui and for having such an enlightening conversation with us! If you want to bring positive energy into your home or simply learn more about El's work, visit www.heare.la.

By, Sabrina Aguilar In-house writer and Marketing Strategist for WellnessRE Magazine

“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it, but you can feel it.” – Nicholas Sparks

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What is your Dog’s

Love Language?

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In Gary Chapman’s 1995 book, “The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate,” he decodes the way people express love and theorizes that we tend to give love in the way we like to receive it. He describes five “Love Languages” and believes most of us express and receive love in a primary and a secondary way.

When it comes to our pets, we can express and receive love in the same way we do with humans. Dogs, specifically, can give us the emotional and physical love and affection we so deeply crave. Many studies prove that owning a dog can stave off depression, prevent loneliness and isolation, and most of all, give us undeniable and unconditional love. The least we can do is love them in return, and give them the best life possible.

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WORDS OF AFFIRMATION Does your dog wag her tail happily when you say “Good girl!” or “aren’t you a pretty pup!” in an excited or tender, soft voice? Most experts agree that dogs, while they don’t understand words, are sensitive to the tone of voice. If giving verbal phrases or speaking sweet phrases to your dog lights up her world, this may be her love language.

QUALITY TIME Does your dog wag her tail when you reach for the leash? Is she thrilled to play endless games of fetch with you outside in the fresh air? In this case, playtime and quality time will make your dog feel pampered and cared for. Every mindful moment spent together is an act of love, and you and your dog will therefore strengthen your bond of friendship and love.

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RECEIVING GIFTS Is your dog highly motivated by treats? Is getting a new squeaky toy the high point of his week? Although most dogs love receiving treats, some like it more than others. Please make sure treats and toys are made with safe, natural ingredients and ideally made in the USA.

ACTS OF SERVICE If you have a genius pet, there might be a chance that their love language is acts of service. Animals that gladly do what you tell them speak this love language. These pets excel at agility classes and barely need any kind of treat or encouragement to perform commands. Or maybe you have a dog that is a service animal or an emotional support dog. These animals are givers, not takers. After all, pleasing you is its own reward.

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PHYSICAL TOUCH One of the more obvious love languages is physical touch. It’ll be clear your dog’s love language is physical touch when their favorite thing is belly rubs or an ear massage. They might even return physical affection by rubbing their torsos against your legs or offering you wet kisses. Lapdogs are definitely physical touch pets which can lower their stress levels. These animals need plenty of physical affection from you to feel loved.

Cassy West Design Well to Live Well Eco Friendly Interior Designer &Wellness Real Estate Agent in Massachusetts and Florida

Blog Credit: Cassy West from www.wellnessbydezign.com is a contributing writer for WellnessRE™ and has given us permission to share her blog posts with our readers. Visit her site to read more of her design tips on how to create a healthier home.

Staying Warm Simple Strategies That Will Save You This Winter

THE HEALTHY HOME Design Corner With Kate Hamblet Balanced Architecture


We like to think of winter as the cozy time of year when we wrap ourselves in fluffy blankets and snuggle on the couch by the fire. And don't get me wrong, I love snuggly warm blankets and cozying up to a fire. But it's not possible to be doing this all the time. We have things to do! And it's not fun to have to do those things when it's frigidly cold and drafty in the house. Your home should be able to keep you cozy and warm without all the blankets and fireplaces. And there are two very important ways to keep your house cozy warm and draft-free:

INSULATING AND AIR-SEALING. I know these are not very exciting topics to talk about. But they are so important for every home! The right insulation and making sure your house is all sealed up will keep you comfortable all winter (and all summer!).

There are a lot of ways you can insulate your house, and there are many factors that go into insulating such as: Your climate - where you live plays the most significant role in how your house is insulated. If you live in Tucson, AZ you won't be insulating the same way as I will in snowy New Hampshire. Your budget - There is a big cost range for insulation products. Fiberglass insulation is usually the least expensive, and rigid boards and spray foam are usually the most expensive. Your house style - There are also a few different ways of installing insulation. And much of how you end up installing the insulation depends on the style and construction technique of your home. But no matter what your house style is, all homes need to have foundation, wall, and roof insulation. Your contractor - Your contractor will have a big say about what kind of insulation you use and where it should go. They often like to use what they're familiar with, and not necessarily what is best practice. Sometimes this is fine (if their preference is meeting best practices), but a lot of times this isn't the best option for your house.

How to figure out what kind of insulation to use and how it should be installed Since the way to insulate a house varies so much in the US because of all the different climates we have, it's impossible to say how you should insulate your home in this article. The best thing to do is find an expert that can guide you through the decision making process. If you like to research things on your own, you can use some really great online resources. These are my go-to for climate specific construction questions.

LET'S TALK ABOUT INSULATION FIRST: Most homes aren't properly insulated. Usually, they don't have enough insulation, and often the insulation isn't installed correctly. If done right, insulation will keep you very comfortable in the house, help block out outside noises, and definitely help with your energy usage, making your energy bills much less expensive.

buildingscience.com greenbuildingadvisor.com Otherwise, look online to find sustainability and building science experts in your area. If you live in the North East of the US, then NESEA is a great resource to find local experts. The best advice is to make sure you do your research.

whether it's on your own, or by using a building science expert. You don't want to just rely on what your contractor tells you to use. The second best advice is to avoid spray foam insulation and rigid foam insulation whenever possible. There are a lot of other great ways to insulate your house that don't require the use of high carbon emitting, toxic, dangerous insulation materials. Natural insulation like wood fiber and sheep's wool are my favorite. Learn more about insulation types here. And lastly, you'll want to go beyond building code minimums when it comes to the R-Value of the insulation (unless you live in a climate where the outdoor temperatures are pretty perfect year round). WellnessRE | page 45

NOW LET'S TALK ABOUT AIR SEALING: An air tight house means that no air can move from inside to outside except through an open door, window, or vent. Air sealing is the act of sealing up all the cracks and gaps in your house so it's not drafty. There is no such thing as a house that's too airtight.

THE HEALTHY HOME Design Corner With Kate Hamblet Balanced Architecture

Let's clear the air - A house does NOT need to breathe. At least not in the way most people think it does. You do not want air seeping in through cracks and gaps in walls, windows, roofs, and foundations. This leads to unhealthy indoor air quality, discomfort from cold or heat seeping into the house, and high energy bills. A house needs to be given a set of lungs to bring fresh air in and remove stale, toxic air. And a house's set of lungs is called a balanced ventilation system. We'll get more into house ventilation next month. But just know that all houses need a balanced ventilation system.

HOW TO AIR SEAL YOUR HOUSE: You can seal up your house at any time! This is one of the best ways to get more comfortable and save energy in an existing home. Insulation companies often do air sealing as well so if you're looking for a company, they're a good place to call. Most states have rebates and incentives for air sealing a leaky house, so make sure to check those out. You can usually find rebate and incentive information on your energy provider's website. You can also ask the insulation company if they know of any rebates or incentives.

If you want to go further with insulation and air sealing, you can learn more with my Healthy Home Design 101 Online Program.

By, Kate Hamblet The Wellness Architect Balanced Architecture

Kate helps health-conscious families create homes that support and promote health, happiness and longevity. You'll find her at www.balancedarchitecture.com

FINAL THOUGHTS Winter shouldn't be an uncomfortable time of year to be in your home if you aren't wrapped up in blankets. If your house is properly insulated and is truly air tight and ventilated, then it will always feel comfortable. And the best part is you can insulate and air seal a house at any time. You don't have to wait for an extensive renovation to make your house more air tight. And a lot of times you can add more insulation to places like attic floors and foundation walls that don't require an extensive renovation either. But if you are building new or doing a major renovation or addition, you have a great opportunity to make your home incredibly comfortable year-round with proper insulation and air sealing strategies.


According to the Global Wellness Institute, Wellness Real Estate is defined as homes that are proactively designed and built to support the holistic health of their residents. A Wellness community is a group of people living in close proximity who share common goals, interests and experiences in proactively pursuing wellness across its many dimensions. Green Home, Healthy Home and Wellness Home are terms that some like to use interchangeably. Here at WellnessRE Magazine™, we have identified some key differences.



Focus is on Sustainability Energy Efficiency Some focus on removing toxins in the air & water

Focus is on Family Well-Being Removing toxins Creating a supportive environment for a healthy lifestyle

Certifications available for homes with exceptional

Routine/regular home



WELLNESS HOME Focus is on Adding products to take the Green Home or Healthy Home to a whole new level. Adding amenities that create a spa like experience Better for new homes or extensive remodel projects Healthy Living is a journey and just like there is no one size fits all dieting approach, the journey to a greener, healthier or more sustainable home is not the same for everyone. It's important to note that sometimes a green or sustainable choice is not always the healthier choice for your family. So, it's vital to become aware of any sensitivities family members have to the environment to make more informed decisions that work best for you and your family.

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AT YOUR SERVICE REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS THAT HAVE YOUR WELLNESS IN MIND No two agents are alike, and while every agent may strive to offer you excellent customer service, knowledge, and support during your real estate journey, wellnessRE PROs™ take extra steps to further their education, experience, and knowledge in wellness and green real estate. They choose to network with home wellness and green home experts in order to save you time and money and offer more value to you. We are on this mission to bring health and home together. When representing buyers or sellers, we help them know what to look for in a healthy home, highlight wellness features in our listings, and teach our clients how they can create a more comfortable and healthier living environment for their families.

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Wellness Agents

California | Pasedena

El Larson Feng Shui, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador, REALTOR©, GREEN DRE #02185797 Coldwell Banker Hallmark Realty 1625 W Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale, CA 91201

We work with spaces of all type to help clients find or create a home that supports their well-being. Blending evidence-based design strategies with ancient practices, our services include real estate sales, healthy building consulting, feng shui and biophilic design.

el@heare.la 310.592.1191 www.heare.agency @heareagency @heare_agency el-larson

Connecticut | Hartford County

Christine Green NAR GREEN Designee REB.0791315 William Raveis Real Estate 125 LaSalle Road West Hartford, CT 06107

I am a licensed Connecticut Realtor with a Green Designation serving the Greater Hartford, Connecticut region. I collaborate with my clients throughout the home buying journey so that they understand the process and feel confident in their decisions along the way. I am passionate about healthy living promoting a toxic free- and clean-living environment and I also volunteer my time to support the local community.

christine@cgreenhome.copm 860.256.1280 Christinegreen.raveis.com @Christinegreenrealestate

Florida | Broward County & Palm Beach

Shelley Gruen SRES & NAR GREEN Designee Licence #SL3480922 eXp Realty® South Florida

I am a people-focused strategic thinker who helps buyers, sellers and investors clarify their home goals and guide them through successful and healthy transactions.

shelley@shelleysellsflorida.com 561.504.8515 www.shelleysellsflorida.com @shelleysellsflorida

Florida | Miami

Cindy Rodriguez The Healthy Home Concierge (THHC) Luxury Marketing Certified, New Home Buyer Certified, Green Accredited Professional with Sustainable Furnishings Council, Certified Health Coach. License #3497103 The Keyes Company

I am a licensed Florida realtor and Founder of THHC where I partner with residential design professionals - Interior Designers, Architects, Builders and other Realtors. By bringing the wellness and sustainability components, we add an innovative approach, increased profits and enhanced value to their design projects.

Info@TheHealthyHomeConcierge.com 305.519.0450 www.thehealthyhomeconcierge.com @TheHealthyHomeConcierge

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Wellness Agents

Florida | Vero Beach

Cassy West One Sotheby's International Realty LEED v4 Green Associate, Fitwel Ambassador, Wellness Within Your Walls Certified, GREEN Designee with National Assoc. of Realtors, Certified in Healthy Building Materials Licensed in FL & MA

“Design Well to Live Well” Living in a healthy home is essential to human health and wellbeing

cwest@onesthebysrealty.com 508.395.6391 www.wellnessbydezign.com/ @wellnessbydezign @wellnessbydezign

Georgia | Atlanta

Terry Brown First Time Home Buyer & Senior Home Specialist, NAR GREEN Designee, Certified Health Coach License #285210 Coldwell Banker Realty 5591 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd Atlanta, GA 30338

As a realtor and certified holistic health coach, it is inspiring to see the interest in living a healthier lifestyle, not only through our food choices but also the products we bring into our homes. Toxic chemicals can affect the air quality in our homes and create health issues down the road. More builders are embracing ways to build homes that promote health and wellness by eliminating toxic materials and VOC's (volatile organic compounds). Small changes can lead to big differences.​


I'm a certified building Biology Advocate, A Holistic Realtor, The Founder of Non-Toxic Georgia. She works with Nontoxic Companies, Radon & Mold Testing, Clean water & Air. 5 G concerns and how to create a non-toxic Ecosystem Living Environment


Your Hawai’i Real Estate Connection! We focus on residential real estate but have a passion for Green Real Estate: Green & Sustainable Building/Sales, Luxury High Performance Homes, Smart Homes, Healthy Homes, Agricultural/Sustainable Land Acquisitions and Affordable Housing


770.403.1146 www.gasustainablehomes.com @terrym.brown@cbrealty.com

Georgia | Metro Atlanta

Tori McGee Certified Building Biology Advocate, Certified Vegan health Coach, ABR & SRS Designations LIcence #364388 Chapman Hall Realtors

770.608.6777 www.atlantaholisticrealtor.com @holistichomeexpert

Hawaii | Oahu

Christina Laney Mitre Smart Living Hawaii CRS, NAR GREEN Designee, SRES RS-67243 Corcoran Pacific Properties, 4211 Waialae Ave. #106, Honolulu, HI 96816

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808.282.1399 www.smartlivinghi.com @smartlivinghawaii @SmartLivingHawaii


Wellness Agents

Illinois | Plainfield

Heather Schmidt Holistic Real Estate Group License #475.133340 Keller Williams Infinity 11850 S Rte 59, Plainfield, IL 60585

My passion is to help everyone have a space that is in their highest & best good. I guide my clients through a positive real estate experience, empowering them to make decisions with their mind while leading with their heart. When you work with me, you can be confident that your Realtor is truly your advocate, and you will Love Your Home Heart & Soul’d.

heather.schmidt@kw.com 630.608.7400 heatherschmidt.info/ @LoveYourHomeHS

Michigan | Birmingham | Oakland County

Gail Corcoran NAR GREEN designee CNE (Certified Negotiation Expert), EPro License #6501335683 Century21 Curran & Oberski 32121 Woodward Ave, Suite 100 Royal Oak, MI 48073

I will passionately tell you that, in only a few short years, it's all going to come down to living "green"! Real estate provides an excellent place for beginning to review our everyday choices of existence, and I absolutely love helping my clients navigate toward healthier living in their home environment.

CorcoranRealEstate@Outlook.com 248.703.6413 www.gailcorcoran.realtor @greenerwithgail

Texas | Austin ABR, AHWD, NAR Green Designee License #653169

Buying a home is a big decision and there can be many obstacles in the process. I understand the importance of making every transaction as efficient and stress free as possible.

Realty One Group Prosper Austin, TX

A successful and seamless experience for my clients is the ultimate reward.

Jenny Phillips

Jenny@JMPhillipsProperties.com 512.517.4890 www.livingctx.com @jennyphillipsrealtor @jenny_atxrealestate

Washington | Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle

Kristy Woodford Holistic Home Group ILHM Certified Luxury Specialist License #96745

SpecializIng in a holistic approach to real estate with greater health, less stress and more success in the process.

kwoodford@kw.com 360.508.2800 www.holistichomegroup.com @holistichomegroup

Keller Williams South Sound 676 Woodland Square Lp SE #122 Olympia WA 98503

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Wellness Agents

Washington | Seattle, Greater Eastside

Katerina Sayles NW Green Living

LEED Green Associate & NAR GREEN License #20113517 Keller Williams Seattle 5446 California Avenue SW

Dedicated to meeting each clients needs in buying or selling real estate, one that specializes in a new generation of green & healthy properties, which integrates wellness design and strategies to support a healthier home and work environment for years to come.

katerinasayles@kw.com 425.466.5578 www.katerinasaylesrealtor.com @katerinasrealtor @katerinasayles_realtor

Washington State | Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Chelan, Quincy

Karla Mullins Holistic REALTOR® Holistic Healthcare degree with emphasis on Whole Foods and Herbalism, Feng Shui Certified Consultant, Life Coaching Certificate License #112013

Your holistic realtor, feng shui consultant, and wellness friend. Weather its buying, selling or improving your existing home, my mission is to help lay the foundation of my client’s homes so they're able to be more resilient and handle the stresses of life.

karla@karlamullins.com 509.699.3597 www.karlamullins.com @holistic_re_agent

Kelly Right 140 S Arthur St #600, Spokane, WA 99202

Home Wellness Experts


Kate Hamblet Wellness Architect Balanced Architecture AIA, LEED AP Licensed in NH, MA, CO

I am a licensed architect that helps nature-loving, health-conscious families create homes that enhance their health, happiness, and longevity through local custom projects and my guided DIY design online course.

kate@balancedarchitecture.com 603.491.7394 balancedarchitecture.com/ @balanced_architecture

Building Biology | Home Inspections

Amanda Klecker Healthy House on the Block Building Biology Practitioner, Certified Professional Home Inspector Licence #NACHI16012624 Minneapolis, MN

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I help real estate agents learn how to identify red flags in houses and ultimately assist their clients in finding the best house for their needs. I also have an extensive website full of healthy home insights and tips for homeowners!

info@healthyhouseontheblock.com 651.395.7330 www.healthyhouseontheblock.com/ @healthyhouseontheblock


Home Wellness Experts Environmental Wellness | Biophilic Design Michelle Ifversen Design Well Studios BA Art, Building Biology Practitioner, Biophilic & Environmental Wellness Designer Licence #822916577 Portland, OR

I help people solve their environmental health issues and consult on healthy building materials and practices to increase their wellbeing. By infusing biophilic design elements into built environments, a more inspiring and supportive place for people, pets and planet is created.


A better home starts with you, whether you work on it or live in it, or both. Knowing some simple concepts about how homes work empowers you to find and create better homes.


503.386.2003 www.designwellstudios.com @michelleifversen

Green Home Coach

Marla Esser Cloos The Green Home Coach NAR Green, LEED AP, NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, Wellness Within Your Walls certified professional Edmond, Oklahoma

405.237.8188 www.greenhomecoach.com @greenhomecoach

Green Home Coach shows you how.

Healthy Home Interior Designer

Carolyn Tierney CMT Design Studio License #016481 Sustainable Building Advisor, Environmental Toxin Certificate, Professional Interior Designer

I am a Holistic Interior Designer and Home Construction Consultant. I create stylish non-toxic homes for families that value health and wellness.

ctierney@carolyntierney.com 929.390.1742 www.carolyntierney.com @CMTdesigngroup

Home Organization Jolene Nannette Home by Jolene Home and Life Organizer San Diego, California

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