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Blooming - A Healthy Home by Design

Blooming - A Healthy Home by Design

By Sheila Alston
Wellness includes so much more than diet and exercise. Now more than ever health conscious families realize that the home environment plays an integral part to our overall well-being. This podcast is dedicated to uncovering all the elements that lead to a healthy home.

Sheila Alston is a Realtor® and Designer who is passionate about healthy living and beautiful design. In this podcast, you will learn new ways to create an environment that supports your health and happiness so you and your family will Bloom and Grow! Together we are making the world a healthier place... one home at a time.
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Eps. 45 - Getting to the root cause of clutter with Yasmin Tatim
You are listening to episode #45 of Blooming a Healthy home by design. This week we have yoga instructor and health coach, Yasmin Tatim, on the show and today we are going to be talking about clutter. And I have to say that going into this conversation I thought Yasmin was going to simply share with us where to start, or to start small by decluttering one room at a time, or even by organizing a drawer. But Yasmin goes so much deeper than that because she wants to get to the root of clutter. She says that if you don’t take care of the root cause as to why clutter happens in the first place, then you are just going to start accumulating clutter again which not only limits your ability to feel good in your space, but it also has a chaotic effect on your mind. So if you are looking for ways to feel better in your own home environment or work environment, you are going to want to listen in to this insightful conversation with Yasmin. Let’s grow!
July 18, 2022
Eps. 44 - Experience the healing power of clean real food! The story of Auberlin Springs a Farm-to-Table Agrihood
This month we had the pleasure of learning more about an agrihood in Warren County, Ohio called Aberlin Springs. Leslie Aberlin, the founder of Pendragon Homes, combined her passion for community development and healthy living to create a place where families can further connect with their food, the planet, and each other. Through discovering the power of real, organically-grown food in healing her own chronic illnesses, she developed her family’s regenerative farm to help others achieve a healthier lifestyle. Her vision behind Aberlin Springs was to create a farm-to-table agrihood community that could connect people with farmers so they could experience the healing power of clean real food for themselves. Little did she know that people would want to live there for many reasons, and providing a safe place for children to play, explore and experience healthy living was one of them
July 12, 2022
Eps. 43 - Cultivating Community through PLACEMAKING
What is placemaking?  According to forward-thinking developer, Brian Grover of Nolen Communities, it's about connecting people and place.  And it's not entirely a new concept, however it has been lost within the residential developments over the last several decades. Nolen Communities is developing a wellness community in No San Diego County called Fox Point Farms that will enrich the experience of the people living there and even the local community at large by integrating access to the land around them. "Fox Point Farms will serve as an innovative example of community-building for others to follow, particularly in an era where traditional high-density housing tends to lack open space, amenities, and overall livability." Learn all about this amazing new residential neighborhood, it will inspire you to think about how your home supports your wellbeing. Neighborhoods like this are popping up all over the country as forward thinking developers see how they can provide more benefits and an enriched experience to the place where we spend so much of our time...... our home. Let's grow!
April 03, 2022
Eps. 42 - Is AGRIHOOD Living for you?
Interested in learning what a Farm-To-Table neighborhood is?  Forward thinking developers are designing wellness communities all over the country, many that are centered around organic farms, earning them the name of AGRIHOOD.  Brett Coleman with his family set out to visit many of these new neighborhoods and traveled over 7,000 miles in over 7 months visiting over 20 different agrihood communities.  You'll love hearing his story and learning more about this popular way of life that gives residents a chance to connect with the land and live in neighborhood that was designed for healthy living.  Let's grow! 
March 24, 2022
Eps. 41 - Your Green Home Coach
Today I have Marla Esser Cloos on the show - she is the green home coach and has her own podcast called everyday green home.  Marla says - Living green or sustainably is about more than saving on your electric bill and doing your part to protect natural resources, it is about a safer and healthier life for you and your family without sacrificing style, quality, or budget. She helps her clients gain Peace of mind for knowing their home does all it can to be a supportive component to a healthy lifestyle. From simple swaps to green and sustainable actions and products or a green certified home, they all lead to a difference you can feel! Putting these actions in place can help you save money, time and effort to finance, operate and maintain your home. She’s a NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP and Wellness Within Your Wall certified professional. So needless to say I love what she’s doing to help others live healthier lives and so I’m excited to have her here with us. We all deserve to live in a healthy home environment - today Marla is going to cover the 5 myths around green homes. It’s the common misconceptions that people have surrounding green. It means so many different things to different people, and I’ll bet you probably think some of these are true! So if you are interested in knowing how easy it is to live in a healthier home environment, or if you are a wellness agent and want to share these myths with your audience, be sure to stay tuned! Let’s grow!
February 14, 2022
Eps. #40 - Discover High Performance Homes Offer Comfort, Convenience and Built in Health & Wellness Features
Welcome to Blooming! A Healthy Home by design. Today I have Pete Beucke VP of innovation and sustainability for Landsea homes with us on the show. Landsea Homes are developers of high performance homes which they build in several states across the country. Throughout California, and also in New York, Boston, New Jersey, Arizona and Texas. They have built in convenience, comfort and health features in all of their homes while at the same time saves homeowners energy and money each month!  So if you are interested in high performance homes or how to make your own home high performance, stay tuned for this great interview! Let’s grow!
December 07, 2021
Eps. 39 - Havelock wool - a safer, warmer alternative for home insulation
Today, I’m excited to bring to you a conversation I had recently with Philip Walsh head of marketing at Havelock Wool. Havelock Wool manufactures and sells premium insulation made entirely from sheep's wool. It is healthy, high-performance insulation. Their raw material is sourced in New Zealand and processed in Reno, NV. They believe #naturedoesitbetter and they are on a mission to give consumers a more intelligent option when buying insulation. Why do their customers love their product? well because it’s a new option for homeowners that is safer, warmer, has natural moisture wicking properties as well as the ability to dry out, is non toxic and sustainable! They even have been using this product to insulate RVs. So even though insulation isn’t something we talk about much, it’s so interesting to learn about what is new or trending in the marketplace that is going to be a safer and better option for you when you do decide to remodel or build. So stay tuned! Let’s grow!
November 12, 2021
Eps 38 How All or Nothing Mentality is Hurting Us | Easy Steps to Creating Healthy Habits
Are you one of those people that says you don’t have time to go to the gym or to read a book or to start a healthier routine or whatever it may be? Have you ever thought that you might be the one who is limiting yourself? Of course we don’t do it on purpose, but today I have certified health coach, mindfulness and habit coach Monica Lopera Nassar from Calibrate Your Wellness here to help us get rid of this all or nothing mentality that is keeping us from creating the life we want. She shares easy steps that will help you create e healthier habits without and willpower and crazy motivation required. You are going to love this!  So let’s grow!
July 08, 2021
Eps. 37 What's a Luxury Barndominium?
Have you ever heard of a barndominium? It’s basically a steel structured home that has been around for many years, but has recently become all the rage in certain parts of the country, many thanks to Johanna Gains and the movement of the popular farmhouse look that people now want in their homes Today, I have two leaders in the industry, builder Steph Essary and realtor Nina Patel, who are helping all sorts of people learn about this new reinvention of the barndominium, a luxurious version that is more adaptable, flexible, energy efficient, and even cost effective option for building a custom home. So if you are curious to know all about barndominums or you are thinking of building a home someday, you’lll love today’s show!  Let’s grow!
June 24, 2021
Eps. 36 Saving money on your electricity bill isn't just about getting solar!
Solar Energy Consultant , Van Parseghian here today, he helps people find ways to save energy that not everyone knows about.  Today we are going talk about how we can get started doing that. Van Parseghian is the founder and Senior Energy Consultant at Delta Solar Electric, Inc. in San Diego, CA.  He has been helping Southern CA customers reduce their SDG&E costs through energy efficiency and solar for the past 13 years. Prior to that, he spent 24-years at Hewlett Packard as an engineer and in various technical roles.
June 04, 2021
Eps. 35 - The Psychology of Color - Reducing Anxiety in the Home Environment with Mehnaz Khan
Do you ever stop to think about the colors you have in your home environment? Today we have a special guest, who after years of dealing with seasonal depression realized that she had been depriving herself of color and through her understanding of how colors influence of behavior and mindset, she’s been able live a much more vibrant life.  Mehnaz Khan is an artist and color psychology specialist for home interiors. She helps women create a restful and stress-free home, using the power of colors so they can enhance their productivity, sleep better and cope with everyday anxiety.  So if you aren’t sure about the colors in your space, tune into todays episode. it’s a great one! let’s grow!
April 01, 2021
Eps. 34 - One Planet Living®
Today, I have a great interview for you!  I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Ben Gill from Bioregional, and he explained to us all the amazing work this non-profit has done to champion sustainability and one planet living over the last 25 years. What is One Planet Living®? Imagine a world where everyone, everywhere lives happy, healthy lives within the limits of the planet, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness. At bioregional, they call this One Planet Living®, and they believe it’s achievable. But globally we are living as if we have more than one planet. In fact, ecological footprinting shows that if everyone in the world consumed as much as the average person in western Europe, we’d need three planets to support us." So if sustainable living is an important value to you and your family, you are going to love todays episode. Let’s grow!
March 22, 2021
Eps. 33 Biophilic Design with Michelle Ifversen from DesignWell Studios
What is Biophilic Design?  It's all about connecting with nature and bringing nature in as a design element within built environments to increase occupant connectivity and overall well-being.   It's a concept used in commercial spaces, but Michelle Ifversen from Design Well Studios is blazing the way to bring biophilic design into our home environment.    DesignWell Studios is an environmental wellness design and testing company that optimizes built environments that promote beauty, health + well being. They offer state of the art, professional environmental testing services that allow their clients to see if their home or workplace has issues  from poor air or water quality, mold or high levels of EMFs that could have negative effects on their health and well being. They offer education, creative design hacks and products and services to help remedy spaces so people can thrive.  Michelle has so much knowledge to share with us, we will have to have her on again, today we are focused on biophilic design in the home.  So if you are wondering how you can create a space that not only looks good but feels good and it also supports the wellbeing of you and your family, you won't want to miss this awesome interview.  Let's grow!  
March 02, 2021
Eps.32- 3D Printed Sustainable ADU units with Sam Ruben, co-founder of Mighty Buildings
Today, I’m super excited to introduce to you a guest that is co-founder of Mighty Buildings. They are using 3-D printing technology to battle housing crisis. That’s right - 3D printed buildings!!!  I was so excited to learn about the materials they use and how they rate on the wellness factor, so I’ve got Sam Ruben on the show to tell us more. So if you need an additional home office or an place for the kids to watch tv that is outside the main house - a place for your adult children or your parents or even a place to Air BnB to earn some passive income, you will want to listen to this episode! Let’s grow!
February 15, 2021
Eps. 31 - Regenerative Farming with Daniel Hason
Have you heard of Regenerative faming before? It’s all about the soil and farming the way nature intended, which produces soil that is rich in nutrition but also pulls carbon from the earths atmosphere. I’m not a farmer myself, and don’t have a single green thumb, but when I first heard of this kind of farming - it was mind blowing! It makes perfect sense and so to me this is actually pretty exciting stuff! So, I’ve got Daniel Hason here with us today. Daniel grew up in NYC and moved upstate to a get back in touch with nature and enjoy a more rural lifestyle. He was attracted to the local food movement and worked as a farmer for a few years before becoming a realtor. He highlights the importance of communities supporting their local regenerative farmers. Daniel continues to find the intersection of environmentalism and regenerative thinking into his real estate practice.  So if you aren’t too sure about what regenerative farming is, or even if you do, I know you will enjoy today’s episode! Let’s Grow!
January 12, 2021
Eps. 30 - A Home Environment that brings you more meaning: Serenbe
If there is one lesson we are learning from COVID I hope that it is: Social Connection is vital to health.  And there is no better place that is proof of that then Serenbe an Agrihood just outside of Atalanta, Georgia. I’m so excited to share with you the story about this amazing community that was developed in 2004. And it’s become so much more than the founders ever imagined. It’s the idyllic life where you can be connected to nature and everything you need is in your own backyard. Serenbe has been an inspiration for wellness real estate developers for over 16 years. People come there because they want a better life.  So if you love hearing about wellness lifestyle communities like I do or perhaps you’ve never heard of them before, you won’t want to miss today’s interview. I have Garnie Nygren on the show and she’s the daughter of the founders Steve and Marie Nygren.  It’s such a great interview I can’t wait for you to hear it! Hopefully it will inspire you to think about YOUR home environment, what is important to you and your family so that you can intentionally make changes that not about the stuff you put around you but it’s the elements that bring more enjoyment and meaning into your life.  Let's Grow!
December 29, 2020
Ep. 29 What is Regenerative Real Estate? Special interview with thought leader, Neal Collins from Latitude Real Estate
Theres a movement happening right now in real estate - it’s about developing residential neighborhoods that are more sustainable, energy efficient, and designed with community and connection in mind and it’s also about bringing more wellness education into the real estate transaction side of things.  In today's interview we talk with a thought leader in the industry, Neal Collins from Latitude.  The question on his mind was, how do we help clients create a more energy efficient, sustainable home that gives back to the planet? and the idea of Regenerative real estate was born. So if you are looking to create a healthier home environment or if you are searching for a new home or if you are a real estate agent, you definitely want to tune into todays episode, it’s a great one! Let’s grow!
December 07, 2020
Eps. 28 An all around more enjoyable home can be yours - with special guest from Pearl Certification
Would you like to live where there's less dust, less bugs, cleaner air and water, cost less money to operate and is more comfortable for you and your family?  Well today, I've got Joseph Gentile who works for Pearl Certification and he's going to tell us how.  So, stay tuned! It's a great one! 
November 23, 2020
Eps. 27 A New IDEA in Urban Development revitalizing San Diego
I had the pleasure of interviewing San Diego's IDEA district developer David Malmuth and he tells all about the vision and IDEA of bringing innovation, design, education and arts together can inspire and transform a community and even a city for the better.   You won't want to miss this episode!   
November 10, 2020
Ep.26 - Eliminating Stress this Holiday Season
Recap of a popular episode I did last year, so I thought it would be great to bring it back again.  The Holiday’s are supposed to be the best time of the year, but for many of us it’s a race to fill in all the things we want to do to make the holiday extra special, so it’s super easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed out.  I get it and if you have little kids you feel it even more because there’s baking, and decorating, and special outings and so many cool holiday traditions you can create, but at some point how much is too much?  Well, today let’s talk about how you can create a holiday season you look actually forward to.
October 31, 2020
Ep.25 On a Home Search? What to look for during a home inspection.
If you are on a home search, you won’t want to miss this week’s episode, because today we are talking to a home inspector who is also a certified home biologist. We’ve had her on the show before, Amanda Klecker from and she’s going to share with us what to look for during a home inspection so that you can feel confident that your new home is a healthy one! So let’s grow!
October 16, 2020
What the heck are EMFs and why should we care about them? With special guest Jasen Masek of Benchmark Environmental and NotoxCity in Vancouver BC.
Today’s episode is with an electro. Magnetic frequency specialist named Jasen Masek of Benchmark environmental and NotoxCity in Vancouver BC. He says we are natural biological beings and over the last century times have changed, we are now living in a highly synthetic world! And Some of us are just much more sensitive to this.  When people have health issues that doctors can’t help with like chronic chronic conditions, anxiety, depression, nervous system issues, people start to look elsewhere for answers and that’s where Jasen comes in. He helps them become aware of small changes they can make that have a powerful effect on their nervous and immune system. So, we are going to learn all about Electro Magnetic Fields or EMFs are and why we should care about them.  You’ll be surprised about some of this, I know I was! So thanks so much for tuning in today,  Jasen’s going to share with us ways you can protect your family. It’s a great interview you won’t want to miss. So let’s grow!
October 05, 2020
Ep. 23 - Detox Your Home with a Certified Building Biologist
Today, we are going to learn how to detox our house! We’ve all been cooped up here for several months now and trying to stay as healthy as possible. We are staying home to stay safe from this pandemic, but how safe is your home anyway? Well, I’ve got an amazing special guest on the show today, her name is Amanda Klecker and she is a certified building biologist and a certified professional home inspector. She specializes in helping families make smart decisions when it comes to purchasing a home and she also is teaching families all about how to create a healthier home so they can improve the home they are in!  So she’s going to lead us through several rooms in the home and give us some easy steps we can take to eliminate toxins so our home can be safer place. We do spend most of our time here after all, so thank you so much for tuning in! This is going to be a great episode! So let’s grow!
October 01, 2020
Ep. 22 Pure Delicious Allergen Free Cooking with Celebrity Chef Heather Christo
I’m so excited, I have a celebrity chef on the podcast today and she’s going to share with us what cooking allergen free looks like and how she gets kids to eat healthy! There are so many families that suffer from allergies or who have dietary restrictions!  And if you are one of them, you know how difficult and burdensome eating a family meal can become. Restricting your diet can suck the joy out of any meal. So if that’s you - be sure to stay tuned because today you’ll learn how you can still be safe and eat delicious meals that your entire family will love and live fully and joyfully through the power of wholesome food. Heather shares her incredible story of how she went from being a classically trained French chef who relied on butter, flour and white sugar to making and loving delicious food allergen free!  So let’s grow!
September 22, 2020
S4 Ep.3 - Burn more calories at home without exercise!
Today we are going to share several ways you can create a healthier home that will help you burn more calories without adding any additional exercise!  What? How is that even possible you ask? Well, I’ve got fitness expert Ror Alexander here on the show again and he’s going to tell us all about movement furniture, and how to create a NEAT home. NEAT stands for Non exercise activity thermogenisis. So this is going to be a great episode since we are all at home and probably much more sedentary than we’ve ever been. I have friends who have said they’ve gained the Covid-19! So if that’s you, this episode is going to help you with that! So stay tuned.. I’m so excited so - let’s grow!
August 27, 2020
S4 Ep.2 - The Quickest and Easiest Way to Feel Happier in Your Home! with special guest Ror Alexander
So many of us have chronic stress. We run from here to there, we are constantly busy and have so many responsibilities and things to take care of it’s no wonder we feel ragged by the end of the day. COVID has given us all a chance to slow down and stay put, but for many of us this means having to juggle working from home where the kids are in your space! Maybe it’s hard to find a moment to yourself.  You might even be thinking it’s time to move or I hate my home! Well in this episode, you’ll learn how to transform your space into something you’ll love. No matter the size of your home or where you live, anyone can do this! And we’ve got Ror Alexander here with us again to share with us his secret to feeling happier in your home. So let’s grow!
August 10, 2020
S.4 Ep1 - How to Set up the Ultimate Home Gym, with Fitness and Integrative Health Expert Ror Alexander
In today’s episode we’ll discuss the HOME GYM, how you can set one up, the equipment and space you’ll need and other elements that you might not have thought about that will keep you motivated and ready to work out! With fitness studios closing across the country due to COVID, home gyms are on the rise. How can you create a home gym even if you don’t have an extra bedroom to dedicate to it? On today’s episode you’ll learn how!  Well I’ve got fitness and healthy living expert Ror Alexander on the show today, he’s also an integrated health and fitness coach, and founder of thrive fitness academy. He has a BA in psychology, and has lived and travelled in Asia and India for more than the past 7 years.  So, I”m super excited for you to hear our interview about home gyms. So let’s grow!
August 03, 2020
S3 Ep10 - How to Turn Your Kitchen Into a Wellness Kitchen With Wellness Architect, Kate Hamblet
Are you thinking of doing a kitchen remodel or just looking for ways to improve your kitchen?  Don't miss today's episode on How to Turn Your Kitchen into a Wellness Kitchen!   We have special guest and wellness architect Kate Hamblet on the show.  We’ll be talking about the best layouts, the best materials to use, and ways you can design your kitchen for wellness so your kitchen will look beautiful AND function in a harmonious way that encourages a healthy lifestyle! I know we all want that! So let’s grow!
July 27, 2020
S3 Ep.9 - Organizational hacks to keep your pantry and fridge healthy with special guest Danielle Keith from Healthy Girl Kitchen
Kitchen organization mistakes to avoid and how we can organize the pantry and fridge and the rest of the kitchen so that it supports healthier habits!   With special guest Danielle Keith from  
July 20, 2020
S3 Ep.8 - Feng Shui your Kitchen!
When you Feng Shui your kitchen you’ll be inspired to cook healthy foods and you will feel less stress when cooking!  So I’m so excited to learn more! Amy Stephens is with us again to tell us how.  
July 13, 2020
S.3 Ep. 7 - Increase the Positive Energy Flow in Your Home With Feng Shui Expert, Amy Stephens
For thousands of years the Chinese have used Feng Shui principals to bring more peace and prosperity into their lives.  You might think it’s just superstition or hogwash and I’m here to tell you that it’s really just the study of how to use energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment.  And if even if you are a scientist or a physicist you understand that life is energy we are all made up of energy.  So if we can learn to harness that energy we can feel better, we can think more clearly, we can feel more at peace, be more patient, be inspired, and ultimately create a more comfortable life on our own terms.  Fundamentally, Feng Shui teaches us how we can take control of our lives.  It offers guidance, so money issues, family issues, career problems anything that is going wrong in our lives, we can apply Feng Shui principals to improve them.  It allows us to create balance and bring more flow into our life so we aren’t working so hard.  You know how when you feel like you swimming upstream and nothing seems to be going your way, or just there’s road block after road block, vs sometimes when you are in the flow, you have endless energy and exactly what you need just seems to appear at the right time?  This it what I’m talking about when I say flow.   Pretty amazing right?  So, I’ve got Amy Stephens on the show again, she’s been practicing and helping others use Feng Shui in their homes for over 20 years and she’s going to dive a little deeper today and explain the Bagua map and how you can use it to make adjustments to the energy in your home.  So it’s going to be an episode you won’t want to miss!  Let’s grow!
June 29, 2020
S3 Ep6: How to Design a Space That FEELS Good - with special guest Amy Stephens
Have you ever walked into a home or restaurant and had a uncomfortable feeling that you didn’t know what was wrong about it, but it just didn’t quite feel right, so you thought let’s leave?    Have you ever walked into a home and felt immediately comfortable like it was drawing you inside and you just got that feeling?  A lot of home buyers are searching for that feeling you know.  They can’t place what it is, but they will know right away when they walk in.    Well, what you were feeling is the energy of that space.  And what if I told you it’s something you can control.  Cool right?  Well, that’s what we’re talking about on today’s episode.  I’m super excited to have a special guest here Amy Stephens.  She’s an interior designer, and Feng Shui specialist for the past 20 years and she’s also a yoga instructor and teaches others all about energy, how to harness it and use it to our advantage.  So she’s going to walk us through the house and give us some quick tips on how you can transform the energy of your spaces so that they are inviting, welcoming and more comfortable for you and your family to live in.  It’s going to be a great episode!  So, let’s grow!
June 22, 2020
S.3 Ep. 5 - A holistic community designed for family and community wellness with special guest from North River Farms
Wellness real estate is on the rise and this week is as special treat as we learn all about North River Farms a new holistic community being developed in Oceanside, CA.
June 08, 2020
S3 ep4 - Is Take Out Hurting Your Family Wellbeing?
In today's quick episode, I want to share with you the easiest way you can immediately increase connections and grow the bond with your family and friends.  Let's Grow! 
June 03, 2020
Season 3 Ep. 3: Home Schooling Tips to Save Your Sanity
This segment is a continuation series of season 2 where we discover how health and wellness is so much more than diet and exercise.  Home Environment is this weeks topic and so many of us are hyper aware what is currently working and not working in our home environment lately!!   So if things are not working and you don’t want to move, what are some things we can do to create a home environment that we enjoy being in. One big struggle right now is kids are home from school, so I’ve brought on my good friend Monica Lopera Nassar again to the show.  She has two young boys, she’s a health coach specializing in family wellbeing and she’s also creating an amazing program for homeschoolers that involves tapping into your intuitive brain.  So I’ve asked her to speak with us and give us some insight into how we can make small changes at home that will improve your child’s learning as well as your sanity!    So thanks so much for tuning in today, it’s going to be a great one!   let’s grow!
May 25, 2020
Season 3: Ep.2 Easy Home Improvements that Enhance Family Life
This segment is a continuation series of season 2 where we discover how health and wellness is so much more than diet and exercise.  Family Life is this weeks topic and it’s fitting since we have had more than 6 weeks of consistent family life.  So today we will talk about What have we learned these last few weeks and how can our home support family life into the future. And I’m also going to give you 3 quick things to consider that will help you enjoy your home even more!    So thanks so much for tuning in today, it’s going to be a great one!   let’s grow!
May 14, 2020
Season 3: Ep. 1 - 5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Social Life at home
This segment is a continuation series of season 2 where we discover how health and wellness is so much more than diet and exercise.   Today we will discuss how our social life can bring us joy or pain and I think it’s so fitting right now since we are all feeling the pain of social isolation being quarantined at home for so long!  So this will be a quick episode, but I just want to share with you things you can do to create a more social atmosphere in your home.  Because we all know that we are dying to have company over!!  Listen to this episode and you will be ready for when the time comes…… let’s grow!
May 04, 2020
Episode 21: A Green Home, Healthy Home or Wellness House - What's the difference?
Welcome to Blooming! Today we are going to talk about Healthy Homes and what that basically means.  Is it a green home I’m talking about or a wellness home?  Sometimes I think it can pretty confusing so, I’m going to cover all the differences between the three and also give you the 10 basic fundamentals of a healthy home, that way you’ll be able to use this information to create a healthier environment for you and your family!   So this will be a good one!  Let’s grow!
April 28, 2020
Episode 20: Chakras in the Home with special guest Jerah Payne
If you have done yoga before you might have heard of Chakras and how they are the energy centers of your body.   In this episode we have a special guest, yoga instructor, Jerah Payne to talk to us about how we can get our chakras all flowing in the right direction to bring more balance and well being into your life.  So, you are in for a treat today as we learn about becoming aware of our chakras how they work and the role they play in our home environment!
April 20, 2020
Episode 19: What's the ONE thing you can do to make the most of your #quarantine?
What’s the ONE thing you can do to make the most of your quarantine time? Focusing on what matters most to you, keeps you productive, instead of just busy.  I like to focus on ways to create a healthier home in this show, but you can take what we talk about today and really apply it to any area of your life and watch it grow.  So, I hope you enjoy our show today!!  My hope is that it will inspire you to do something that when you look back on this COVID shelter in place time, whether it ends up being for 1 month, 2 months or more, that you don’t feel like it was wasted time and that your life actually stood still.  Let’s take advantage of this gift we’ve been given.  The gift of time.  Let’s grow!
April 13, 2020
Episode 18: Who Do I Want to Be During COVID-19? with special guest from Calibrate Your Wellness
Welcome to blooming!  A healthy home by design.  Thank you so much for tuning in today!  I’ve got a great episode planned for you!  We are going to discuss how we can become aware of our actions to see if we are being the person we want to be during this COVID-19 crisis.   Because there is a lot of panic and blame going around right now.  Why does this even matter?  Well it’s because panic and blame are actions based out of fear and for us to help others and to make positive impactful change we need to become aware of our own actions.  once we become aware of what we are thinking and doing, that’s really the first step to change but then HOW do we start thinking differently? or behaving differently?  That’s the hard part, I’ve got one of my favorite guests back here on the show also to help us out. she's wellness expert and health coach Monica Lopera Nassar and she’s a wealth of knowledge and she’s going to give us some tips on how we can start creating healthy habits that allow us to take control of our emotions and our lives so we can be the person we really want to be.    So please stay tuned it’s going to be a great learning experience.  Let’s grow!
April 08, 2020
Episode 17: COVID-19 stress? How to be calm in uncertain times.
Welcome to blooming! On today’s episode I just want to celebrate a little. We are all doing our best to stay positive during this crazy time. What I’ve noticed is that even though fear and uncertainty still surrounds us with Coronavirus, I’m just uplifted by all of the gratefulness and positivity I witness all around me.  So thank you so much for tuning in today! I truly hope that you and your family is safe and staying healthy. If you are stressed out or worried a lot about all the unknown, I hope that today’s episode will bring you a sense of calm to help you through your day.
March 31, 2020
Episode 16: Top 10 Things to Do while "Social Distancing"
These are some really unsettling times but I’m glad to know that we are doing our part by staying home and trying to keep this virus from spreading to others.  So now that we are home, even if we are working from home, it’s hard not to keep one eye on all of the Coronavirus news that is out there - you could listen or watch news all day long!   Well, if you are like me, I can’t ever sit still when I”m at home.  I’ve got to be doing something!  Especially now that I am feeling better!   So, I’m here to help you because I've got a list of the top 10 things you can do at home while you are keeping your " social distance”  and doing your part to keep this corona virus from spreading.  I sent this email out today and it was so good I thought I would do an episode on it!  I will also be putting some really helpful links in this blog post so be sure to go check it out on my website.
March 23, 2020
Episode 15: Organizing your Home! Why, What and How to begin with special guest: Angie's Orgainzing
Welcome to blooming! Today I’m super excited because we have a special guest who is an organizing specialist! If you are feeling a little chaotic in your home or organizing makes you feel stressed because you aren’t sure where to start, tune in to this episode! Because we are going to answer some great questions like: -Why organizing is important -what are some Problems people have with organizing -what are Things people can do on their own? -Ideas how to start tackling organizing projects And -When to call for help Ok! So let’s grow!!
March 09, 2020
S2E6: Expand Your Life in the Areas of Education, Career and Finances
How can you expand your life in the areas of education, career and finances?  How can you start attracting what you want out of life?  How can your home environment support the growth you want in your life?  These are the questions this episode helps to answer.   Show notes are available here:
February 24, 2020
S2:E5 Create the Life You Want by Nurturing the Explorer in You
Wow this is a great episode about Exploration and how this area of our lives is so important to overall wellbeing.  We discuss how our home can support this area and then also as an added treat I have included an awesome interview with my friend Selena O'Conner from Olive  She has an amazing olive oil business and describes how not all olive oils are the same.  In fact many grocery store brands are lacking in nutrients, mixed with other vegetable oils or are even rancid!  So she tells us what to look for to find fresh olive oil because it's the freshness that is most important!  So get ready to learn and then it'll be up to you to incorporate this into your life so that you are fueling the explorer in you!   Thanks so much for tuning in!  Show notes will be on my website at
February 10, 2020
Episode 14: 10 basic principals of a Healthy Home & Wellness House
In this podcast I talk a lot about a healthy home, What exactly is a healthy home?  What is wellness house?  Are they the same thing?  Well, in this episode I want answer those questions for you.  When most people talk about healthy homes, it’s always about energy efficiency, and I believe there is so much more to having a healthy home.  To me a wellness house takes Healthy home to a new level.  If you are a health conscious person and you want to provide a safe environment for your family to grow and thrive, then this episode is for you! show notes are here:
February 03, 2020
S2E4: Self Expression & How to Create a Home that is Uniquely You
Today we are still talking about personal growth - which is one of the major categories that I believe contribute to overall wellness.  Health and Relationships being the others.   In this series we are going to touch on 6 different areas - we already touched on creativity and spirituality, so today we’ll discuss self expression, and discuss steps we can take to encourage self expression for ourselves and our family members and then we’ll see how our home environment can support that area of our lives. show notes are available here:
January 27, 2020
S2E3: Unlock your subconscious mind to create the life you want for you and your family! With special guest Kelsey Padigos.
I have an awesome guest for today’s show.  We’re going to discuss hypnotism and how you can unlock your subconscious mind to search deep within to find your purpose and ultimately create the life you want for you and your family. Her name is- Kelsey Padigos.  She’s a certified hypnotist in the San Diego area and she explains what hypnotism is and how we can use it to stop the mental chatter or shift the things that block us from moving forward in our lives.  She gives us practical steps we can take to foster the very best mindset for ourselves and our children to be self confident and live our best lives! .  We will also uncover how we can create an environment at home so you can get started today!  So this a great episode!! Thank you so much for tuning in!  Let’s grow!
January 20, 2020
S2E2: Healthy Your Home™ with more Creativity!
Everyone is creative - even if you don’t think you are, you are unique individual and you have the ability to create.  Creativity isn’t limited to art, dance or music.  Creativity is simply the use of ideas in new and original ways.   And if you start flexing your creativity muscles you’ll find that your life begin to have more meaning, purpose and joy.    How can you home support creativity for you and your family?  Well in today’s episode we’ll dive into that!   Shownotes can be found here.
January 13, 2020
S2E1: Improve Your Life With This ONE Thing!
There's ONE thing that can help you reach your personal and family goals in 2020!  In this episode we are going to find out what that ONE thing is and also learn how our home environment can support that ONE thing.   Season 2 is all about Personal Growth.  I believe there are 15 areas of our lives that contribute to overall wellness, and I group those areas into 3 different categories.  Personal Growth, Relationships & Health.   Because let’s face it, if you are struggling in an area of personal growth or relationships, no amount of kale or green juice is going to fix that!  So it’s important to understand what these different areas of our lives are and how becoming conscious of our actions and behaviors and habits will help lead to making better decisions!   Because once you are aware, that’s when you can start creating change and attracting what you want in the behavior of others, in yourself and in the life you want to create. So Season 2 will be all about personal growth and how the home can support that area of our lives.  So I’m super excited today’s episode, and can’t wait to get started,  so let’s grow! Shownotes can be found  here.
January 06, 2020
Episode: 13 Family Goals Guaranteed to Enhance your Lives and Make 2020 the BEST YEAR EVER!
Happy New Year!  In todays episode we are going to talk about Family goals!  I thought of this topic because at the beginning of a new year we often think of new year's resolutions and things we want to change about ourselves.  It’s a time to reflect on the year behind us and look to the future and made decisions about where we want to go.  But a lot of people give up on their resolutions by February!  So I didn’t want to give you more to-dos or ideas that won’t last.  I want to inspire you to make tiny adjustments in your home environment that can bring about lasting change and huge positive benefits.  So today,  I’m going to give you 7 goals you can use for your family that are guaranteed to enhance your life, bring your family closer and make 2020 the best year ever!
December 30, 2019
Episode 12: Healthy Home Trends for 2020
In this episode we will discuss healthy home tends for 2020. When most people talk about healthy homes they are referring to energy efficiency. I think that is part of the equation but not the whole. I feel that the home environment can actually support your overall health and wellness so that is what I hope to bring to you in this episode. I’m hoping to inspire you to think of your home in new ways and even overall well-being as more than just diet and exercise! As we go into a whole new decade, let’s make it the best yet!!  For show notes:
December 23, 2019
Episode 11: 10 Steps to a Healthier Holiday Season
In today’s episode we will discuss 10 simple steps to have a healthier December! You’ll learn some easy tricks to keep from getting burned out so you can enjoy the season and make tons of wonderful memories with those you love most. For show notes:
December 16, 2019
Episode 10: Healthy Your Home - a makeover that supports vibrant living
Healthy your Home is about building or bringing in new systems into your existing home that support a healthier lifestyle. My mission is to help make the world a healthier place... one home at a time, by teaching you how to Healthy Your Home!   For show notes:
December 09, 2019
Episode 09: Green Living with special guests from Bare Energy
Today we are with San Diego solar consultants from Bare Energy, Justin and Veronica Lee. We discus what it means to go green and how that’s different from sustainability. We talk about simple things you can do to improve energy efficiency in your home and also dive into solar a little bit, answering questions like what are the components of a solar system , what is important to know, what kinds of questions you should ask your solar consultant and how much solar do you actually need?
December 02, 2019
Episode 08: Zero Stress this Holiday Season
Today we discuss how you can eliminate stress this Holiday Season. We are going to get rid of that for good with some simple easy tips that you can incorporate into your next few days and weeks to have a more meaningful, thoughtful and wonderful time with your family. Happy Thanksgiving!!
November 25, 2019
Episode 07: Using the Psychology of Color in Your Home
In this episode you will learn how color can influence our behavior and affect our moods. We’ll discuss how to select colors that inspire us and our families so that our home environment supports us getting a restful nights sleep, inspires us to work or play and learn how it can even increase our appetite!
November 18, 2019
Episode 06: Family Wellness Begins at Home with a Monica Nassar a Certified Health Coach
In this episode we are taking with Monica Nassar. She’s a certified Health Coach who focuses on bringing health and wellness to families not just individuals. Learn the first steps towards making healthier habits stick in your life and learn about her free local Masterclass series Right from the Start geared towards families as well.  Show notes can be found here.
November 11, 2019
Episode 05: Creating a CALM Environment at Home and Why it’s So Important
In today’s episode we will discuss the benefits of creating a calm environment in your home. We will explore ways you can help your family with these 5 simple steps so you can create a retreat you will feel good about coming home to. Blooming! Is a podcast dedicated to helping you create a healthier home by design.  Show notes can be found here.
November 04, 2019
Episode 04: The 2 Most Toxic Products You Have In Your Home with special guest Karen Wainie
In this episode we are talking with Karen Wainie founder of Love Your Life Wellness. Together we are going to dive a little deeper and discuss 2 of the most common toxic products we have in our homes. Becoming aware is the first step to healing and knowing that this information is available for you to make more informed choices for your family is actually very empowering. Now you are in charge of what you allow in your home and you can do something to help create a healthy living environment for you and your family.   Show notes can be found here.
October 28, 2019
Episode 03: The Extraordinary Power of Plants
This is a podcast dedicated to discovering the many different ways we can create a healthier home by design. As a licensed realtor, designer and also certified health coach, I’ve been searching for ways to incorporate health and home. Today we will discuss the amazing power plants have to increase our overall well-being. Besides all the benefits we get from eating more plants, you’ll learn in today’s podcast how house plants help us and how we can easily incorporate them into our decor. 👍🏡💪🏻 To see the the show notes associated with this episode click here.
October 21, 2019
Episode 2: Healthy Home Gifts You Never Knew You Needed with Special Guest Khara Serrato from Shop Chic Mommy
Welcome to Blooming! This is a podcast dedicated to discovering the many different ways we can create a healthier living environment by design. My name is Sheila Alston and I am your host.  As a licensed Realtor, designer and also certified health coach, I have been searching for ways to incorporate wellness into the home environment.  Everyone deserves to be healthy, happy and live their best life.  In this podcast you will learn new ideas for you to bloom and grow.  So thank you soo much for listening! So we are all about health these days, trying to eat right and exercise but did you know you can have a healthy home too?  Having a healthy home environment helps support our overall well being, and one of the many ways we can do this is by choosing HEALTHIER products to bring into our homes. And with the holidays approaching - it’s the perfect time to be thinking about healthier gifts we can give to others AND ourselves! In today’s podcast we are in a special location AND we have a special guest!  The special location is Studio Barre in Encinitas and the reason we are here today is because it’s breast cancer awareness month and they have special events going all  month long to help support breast cancer research and awareness.  My special guest is Khara Serrato! She’s the owner of a local on-line gift shop called Shop Chic Mommy and she’s here today holding open a pop up shop and she’s giving some of her proceeds to the Keep A Breast foundation.  Khara has a whole assortment of wonderful affordable luxuries for your home and so I thought it would be fun to talk with her so she can share some of her products that you never knew are actually healthy for your home! Whether or not you choose to buy these products, I hope you will find this episode helpful to learn about how you can make healthier choices buying things you already love to buy!  If you’d like to learn more about her store and even where her next pop up shop will be, check her out on instagram @shopchicmommy or her web-store.   To see the items featured in this podcast you can check out my instagram @luxlivingsocal or the blogpost on my website.
October 16, 2019
Episode 1: Introduction & 5 Simple Ways to Create a Healthier Home
Welcome to the very first episode of Blooming! Today we’ll be talking about having a healthier home in 5 simple steps but before we get started, I’d like to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about my vision for this podcast. This is a podcast dedicated to discovering the many different ways we can create a healthy living environment by design.  My name is Sheila Alston and I am your host.  As a licensed Realtor, designer and also certified health coach, I have been searching for the many different ways to incorporate wellness into the home.  In the coming episodes I’ll be sharing the things I’ve learned.  I’ll be interviewing industry experts who are also passionate about health and home and have found a way to bring the two together creating a wellness directed approach to their business.  From architects, and designers to certified EMF consultants and other specialists, you will learn simple ways for you and your family to continue to thrive. Everyone deserves to be healthy, happy and live their best life.  In this podcast you will learn new ideas for you to bloom and grow.  So thank you for listening! Today we’ll be learning how to have a healthier home in 5 simple steps. Show notes can be found on my website.
October 14, 2019