New Year, New Look, Same Me!

Happy New Year, friends!

I hope you all had a fabulous Holiday and New Years’ celebration with your family and friends.

Our son and his family were here, and we loved having them and their daughter for the holidays. In addition, we had our daughter, her family, and one of our twin boys.

Refresh after Christmas

Once they all left, I was on a mission to get all of the Christmas decorations put away. That was quite the job, but I am happy to report that everything has been put away. And we are slowly getting the house back to normal. I reworked the mantle and updated the shelves to reflect my winter garden theme.

Shelf styling with white ironstone, books and greenery.
Family room mantle decorated for winter with greenery, watering can, dried hydrangeas and flower pots.

On New Year’s Eve, we had dinner with friends. It was so lovely to have that extra day. We volunteered on Sunday night at a local church to create bouquets with the leftover flowers from the rose floats. After the parade, we delivered the flowers to the local nursing homes and hospitals. I do not doubt that the patients are enjoying the flowers. We are so grateful to Phoenix Floats for donating these leftover flowers.

We love New Year’s celebrations here in Pasadena with the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl football game. If you have never been, it is one for your bucket list.

Rose Parade Floats 2023

Waking up at 5 am is no small feat ( especially for me), but I did it! It was an incredible experience to get close-up pictures of these beautiful floats. They are truly stunning in person to see. Each float is covered with flowers, flower petals, ground flower seeds, beans, fruit, and vegetables.

A Rose Parade float covered with flowers, seeds, greenery and more.
A Rose Parade float covered with flowers, seeds, greenery and more.
A Rose Parade float covered with flowers, seeds, greenery and more.
A Rose Parade float covered with flowers, seeds, greenery and more.
A Rose Parade float covered with flowers, seeds, greenery and more.
A Rose Parade float covered with flowers, seeds, greenery and more.

My New Look

I’m so proud to be able to share my newest venture with you all! After spending some time crafting and refining behind the scenes, I have officially launched a brand new website featuring an eye-catching logo and exciting color palette. It’s been such a rewarding journey designing this – join me as we explore together!

It’s got a modern look with detailed tabs for easier access. You’ll find everything you need quickly and easily – plus extra details on topics that interest you. 

My new site also includes an updated blog with fresh posts added bi-weekly. I hope you will enjoy reading and staying informed about your favorite topics. 

After working on this project for quite some time, I finally worked up the courage and took that first step! My incredible friend, Lynn from @livinglargeinasmallhouse, didn’t stop helping me make it a reality – she was by my side every moment these past two weeks. While web design may have been intimidating before, having experienced what goes into creating one myself has left me with a newfound admiration for web designers. It’s nearly complete now; there are just a few more tweaks to end the hard work we’ve done together!

WM Design House Logo

I’m so thankful for all of you who make this journey with me possible! Creating this new site has been a labor of love. I sincerely hope you find it delivers ideas, insights, and motivation to help take your life to its next level. Cheers to an incredible 2023 ahead!


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  1. Your new website is stunning, Wendy! You did a beautiful job! Can’t wait to see all of your new content in its new home!

    1. Thank you, my friend. I cannot wait to see yours. XO

  2. Wendy, I love your new website, logo and colors. It turned out beautiful.

    1. Thank you, Tammy. It feels good to have it done and be on a new path.

  3. Your new site looks amazing Wendy!! You’ll create beautiful things here!

    1. Thank you so much, Cindy! I just watched your u tube, and it was great. I am so impressed with that bullet journal. That looks very time-consuming, but I am going to go back and watch your other video on journaling. You and your husband are so cute together. For some reason, my phone would not let me comment on your u tube. I am going to look at it on my computer and see if I can comment there

  4. Your new website is amazing Wendy. How good are the Restored 316 themes. Thats what I used on my website too. Its challenging for sure but you did an excellent job you must be so happy with it.

    1. Thank you Anita. I love it so far. Just a few little tweaks, and I am good to go. Did you put yours all together as well? or did you have them do it?

  5. Wendy, I love your new website!! It looks fabulous! Congratulations, my friend!

    1. Thank you so much, Kim. That means a lot to me. I tend to overthink things sometimes, so I am always second-guessing myself. LOL

  6. I may be biased but I think your new site is beautiful 💙

    1. You are too kind. I can’t thank you enough for all of your time and knowledge in helping me with this big undertaking! You are a dear friend indeed.

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