Monthly Archives: January 2013


21 Days to creating a new habit – Working out in the New Year

IMG_1875You met my sister Candy, she is the one in the center with Janell  and myself in a previous post. We got to share some rare sister time in Palm Springs a few weeks ago at my Grandmothers 90th Birthday Party.  I had a chance to catch up with Candy on our vacation and see how she is managing working out since her stroke. Candy shared her story about having not one, but two strokes and how that has changed her life.

One of the most important things for her is consistency. I have read over the years if you do something for 21 days you will develop a new habit. So, I have been trying to workout this year not worry about how long or hard but just to get moving and create the habit of working out. Candy has also adopted a scheduled routine to keep her moving forward and healthy.

Last week I started off so great with skiing, swimming, lifting then suffered from some of the viruses going around and needed to let my body rest and get better. As I was feeling sorry for myself with my several day challenge. I had to remind myself how good I have it and how a several day interruption does not need to sidetrack my workouts. I reflected on my sister Candy and her challenges in working out. So, I sent her a message and I asked her about her struggles and accomplishments in working out. One of the side effects of the stroke is that she has lost half her vision in each eye, literally seeing only half a world. After reading her response I could no longer justify my self pity. I am excited to get up and get going again and stop whimpering about my short term challenges.

Candy what are your biggest challenges and accomplishments in working out since your stroke? 


  • My biggest challenge working out, is not running into equipment sticking out in my path, haha, but true. The exercise that began as my biggest challenge is the medicine ball chop or what I call the twisty turny thing. It works the whole body as you hold the medicine ball to squat and touch your toes, then twist to the other side of your body lifting the ball over your head, then squatting back down to the opposite foot. I absolutely hated this exercise when I started but now look forward to it on Thursdays. I really feel I am working every part of my body.
  • My biggest accomplishment since my stroke sounds trite and simple but really has made a difference in the half world that I see now. It is learning to turn my head in a full rotation to scan my whole environment. Especially, without worrying about what other people think. This is essential when stepping off curbs for instance and makes a big difference in crowded places. I still get nauseated scanning grocery shelves for instance.
  • I am thankful I can still do my favorite hobbies, which are reading, scrapbooking, and quilting.

Candy is a huge inspiration to me and I admire how she is overcoming so many obstacles!

With a little perseverance we can all get up and get moving in the New Year!

Ever think of adding running to your workout? I have a fun way to introduce running that was suggested by my friend Laurie. I will share that with you next week on Working Out in the New Year.-Karen

Working out in the New Year – Candy’s workout!


New Thing Tuesdays – Painting



I tend to do projects around my house this time of year and I have been wanting to redo my closet for some time. My husband thinks our closet is just fine of course, but I think we could do so much more with it, new closet system, lovely bins for storage…… I think I have a vision of a Cinderella closet, that is once she moved into the castle version.

My New Thing this Tuesday is painting the shelves in my closet. I found this Chalk paint, by Maison Blanche, I have been wanting to try and found out that it requires little to no prep and has no smell. For an inexperienced painter, I don’t think I have ever painted anything, and sensitive to smells, I thought this would be the perfect paint for me to experiment with.  I have the basic white pressboard shelving in my closet and I would really like to create a shabby chic look.

There are several techniques you can use to create different textures and looks which I am learning and experimenting with.  I am practicing on a sample board to see how the paint goes on and then trying it with an antique wax over the top, then either leaving a lot of wax on it for an older look or buffing some of the wax off for a more gentle used look. I watched a video of Annie Sloan on You tube and I love her attitude about painting.  She said to use a large enough brush every which way so you are painting evenly uneven and jab here and there and “just get on with it”,  in other words get it done and don’t fuss.  My kind of painting! The paint is suppose to have texture and character to it, as if a piece of artwork.


There are several brands out there but the one I am trying, Maison Blanche, you only need  one wax according to the nice gal at the store Quite the Find in Country Village where they stock this paint. The Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is carried at Bella Bungalow in Arlington or Haley’s Cottage. My friend Wendy, who has a decorating business and recreates vintage pieces of furniture, uses this paint and suggested I try it.  Wendy offered some tips on some techniques so I will be sharing her talents with you on a later blog post.

Are you introducing new things into your world? Leave us a comment below or on our facebook page and tell us what you are doing new. -Karen

Annie Sloan chalk paint tutorial

Dinner for Two


ImageGuest Blogger!  Craig here, Karen’s husband.  She asked me to be the guest blogger tonight because I am both handsome and witty (hahaha – this will only get in if I can hit enter before she edits).  Tonight we found ourselves alone (again) as our oldest son is off to college and our youngest is off on another of his many events, friends, hobbies, or all of the above (today indoor “skydiving” with his Uncle at IFly – a great Christmas present – then off to church).  Anywhooo….. that left the two of us alone at home, so my lovely wife set a very nice “table” at the Kitchen Island, including her Glassy Baby’s, with their individual bling things, place mats, napkins… the whole deal.  And, we enjoyed a wonderful steak dinner (meat compliments of my In-Law’s who gave us a selection of Kansas City Steak Company steaks for Christmas), accompanied by a small bottle of 2008 Decorum Red Table Wine – made with love and care by Vinters (and our special friends) Drew and Deb Lowe.  Drew is a long time local wine maker, having started making wine with his friend and neighbor Gary Bunker probably 15 years ago or more (Wish Willing Cellars).  That fruitful partnership (witty alert!) ended due to both of them moving far away from each other.  Drew has continued on making fine wines with his wife Deb under the label Decorum.  I especially like it when I compliment his wines and that results in a few more bottles coming my way!  Tonight he responded to my text message with a promise of a case of the liquid gold…. And, I know Karen has Drew and Deb on her list of future guests, not only for their wine making, but also for their other creative talents such as making cheese, fruit jam and jellies, Lemoncello (yum!), and expertise in multi-dimensional nuclear physics (OK – not the last one, but I was trying to come up with something that makes them sound cooler).  So, stay tuned for a more in depth dissertation of their talents in an upcoming episode…. That’s all from me tonight, as I need to get back to the dishes, which is a cheap price to pay for a wonderful “Dinner for Two” with my beautiful, loving wife.  

Valentines Giveaway!!


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One New Thing on Tuesdays!


One New Thing!

I am off to do One New Thing each week for the new year!  I joined Golds Gym last September and have not taken a single class.  I was talking with the gal who greets everyone and asked her advice on which classes would be good ones to start with.  I told her about my hesitation, or should I say fear, to take a class. It turns out she had the same thoughts and fears about taking classes too.

How many of you don’t take classes at your gym because you don’t want to look like the uncoordinated person who is the only one who doesn’t know any of the steps or routines? It always seems like everyone else in the class has been taking it forever and they never seem to miss a beat or step and know all the names to all the moves. My fear of looking absolutely ridiculous has kept me from trying any classes at any of the gyms I have belonged too.  Do not even get me started on the what to wear to class, so we look as thin as possible standing in front of wall to wall mirrors question.


So, this little gal at the front desk said she has been working at Golds for two years and she said it took her a full year before she took a class.  Well, it has only taken me five months so I was feeling pretty good until I walked into the class and the only spot free in the yoga class was front and center. It was totally quiet in the room and not a single person including the teacher was talking or saying hello or recognizing any other person. I instantly thought, I am in trouble. I pretended like I knew that you were suppose to be quiet and go about stretching and doing breathing exercises but in reality I was wondering why it was so deadpan in the classroom.

Yoga is totally out of my realm but I thought it would be a good thing to try and incorporate into my weekly routine. I was doubting my decision at this point. Luckily, there was a lady next to me that knew the poses so I kept a close eye on her. I had no idea what a cobra pose  was and I am sure I looked totally foolish trying to stand on one leg holding an arm out trying to be an airplane. Then the squats came, I forget the official name, but the teacher kept telling me to bend my knees more. I thought she was crazy and why does she not recognize the fact that my legs and body just do not work like that. I made it through the class, not gracefully, but finished none the less. I felt like I had climbed a mountain and could put the pole at the top. One New Thing accomplished!

Join me this year trying One New Thing! Every Tuesday I will be reporting in on my One New Thing.  I will be out there trying new things, meeting new people and having new experiences.  I hope you will comment so we can encourage each other to be more adventurous, creative and enjoy the simple pleasure of doing something new for the first time.  I would love to hear what you are doing new to challenge yourself and how you are stepping out of your comfort zone.

Karen Rae Baughn

Friday Favz!



I was telling my friend Laurie about this wonderful paint company that can transform old cabinets and furniture to look like refurbished vintage. She is redoing her bathroom and was thinking about having painted cabinets for her storage space in a focal point in her bath. I was telling her about this company The Bella Bungalow who uses chalk paint to create different looks on all types of surfaces. I was so curious about how they achieve finishes that look old and classic but requires very little effort. The two ladies that were at the show representing the company were so nice and helpful and said you just paint over the existing surface with little prep. Sounds like my kind of project!  I just came across their card again and thought I would share this with you in case you are searching for a new look in one of your rooms or you need to freshen up  some old furniture.

I am hoping to paint my white shelving in my master closet to give it a richer more elegant look and planning a trip to their store in Arlington. The chalk paint has many different looks with texture and color and I am excited to see the different techniques that I can use on my shelves.

Do you have a painting project that you are wanting to do? Check out their website and view some of their tutorials. -Karen