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    At 15, I became an International Ford Fashion Model. In the fashion industry, I experienced the best and the worst that the world had to offer. My life was full of travel, money, and people - but spiritually, I was running on empty. After I accepted the Lord, my life was forever changed and I realized there is more to beauty than meets the eye.

    I am now a fifty-three year old woman, the mother of four grown children, and have been abundantly blessed with TEN grandchildren. My husband is a retired pastor and we are working on our Bucket List. I've had a number of health challenges along the way, BUT... I've recently decided to get healthy and make some lifestyle changes to be the best I can be -- spiritually, physically, and mentally. I'm still working on Living Beautifully and I'd love for you to join me on the journey.

I love drinking Rose Tea – it smells and taste…. like ROSES.  There is quite a bit of information about aromatherapy and the benefit of “roses” as a mood elevator.  We have often heard to “take time to smell the roses.” It seems there is actually a medical benefit to doing so. 

William Shakespeare was a fragrance lover. He wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”


According to Ashley Miller on “Rose essential oil is frequently recommended by aromatherapist for its antidepressant and mood-boosting properties.”


imgSomething that makes me happy is to spritz my face with BeautyCounter’s Rose Water uplifting spray, a skin-softening toning spray, made with organic rose essence. Click here to see it online.


“People who are depressed seem to respond well to aromatherapy.”

PROF. YEHUDA SHOENFELD, a medical doctor at Sheba Medical Center in Israel 


From MayoClinic – …some studies have shown that aromatherapy might have health benefits, including: relief from anxiety and depression and improved quality of life…

When you leave a place what kind of fragrance is left behind? How do you smell? Years from now, when your memory is evoked, what will you be remembered for? Do you have the fragrance of Christ in your life? “For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.” 2 Corinthians 2:15

**As always – if you have a medical condition – please see your doctor. This blog is only my opinion and, also, includes excerpts from professionals and various sources.


Centennial Farm is located at the Orange County Fairgrounds. It’s a great place to take your kids or grandkids to teach them a bit about farm life and agriculture. You can walk through the three acres and visit the animals – the piglets are a favorite of our grandchildren. They also grow various fruits and vegetables. It’s open to the public after 1pm and parking is free.



















img_0084“When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.” — 2 Timothy 1:5 .

 Maybe to some it would seem that we don’t have a rich inheritance to pass on, especially since there’s no significant financial inheritance waiting for the next generation. But I know that isn’t true. I open my Bible and turn to the book of Deuteronomy where it tells us that before the Israelites entered the promise land, they were instructed to teach their children about all the miracles that God did for them: how He helped them escape from Egypt, parted the Red Sea, fought their battles for them, and miraculously led them through the desert for 40 years. The Israelites were commanded to tell of God’s wondrous works from generation to generation. It even tells them when to instruct their children: “when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”

Reading these passages I realize that more than any other type of inheritance, God thinks it is important that we pass on our spiritual heritage. — How are you passing on a spiritual legacy to your grandchildren?


When I married Grizzly Adams, I was used to a penthouse view. My mother always told me, “Tonya, it’s as easy to fall in love with a rich man as it is a poor one.” In those days, I seldom took my mother’s advice. So due to our economic situation, our early family vacations involved heading to the hills with fishing poles. Our kids grew up enjoying the Eastern Sierras and the memories are cherished ones. This year, some of our grandchildren came with us so we could continue the traditions. Perhaps we are rich after all.





Hiking back to the Indian caves.


Joel and Ashley Wingo – photographers extraordinare from the House of Lovelock blog

img_7902Inside the Indian Cave

Who doesn’t love a bridge?


The Golden Aspen


Ron and our grandson, Jude, trolling on Lake Mary.


View of Twin Lakes


My man


The earthquake fault


One, two, three….Jump!


Our lovely daughter, Ashley, dressed for Glamping in Mammoth.


They loved getting in the water in their Hunter Boots.


Rock Creek



Mammoth has been our family’s favorite vacation spot since the children were little. This year we were able to bring my daughter, Ashely, and her family along to experience the beauty of fall in the Eastern Sierras. The golden aspen provided a beautiful backdrop for photographs.

camping-in-mammoth-day-two-060While the boys went fishing, we girls headed out to enjoy the fall foliage.


Ever and Zara were the perfect companions for traipsing thru the trees.


I love wearing the Plum lip sheer by BeautyCounter. Click Here to check it out.




During my childhood, my mother loved taking me outside and she often sang along with John Denver song, “Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy, sunshine in my eyes can make me cry…” She was a fan of picnics, days at the beach, and gardening.

As a young teen, I foolishly slathered my body with Hawaiian Tropics and spend hours tanning at the beach.img_7512

When I started modeling, my agent told me, “Never go in the sun, it will age you prematurely.” I began to cover up, seek shade, and liberally apply sunscreen if I went outdoors.


Fast-forward to my early fifties, my doctor diagnosed me with vitamin D deficiency. I could understand how that might be possible if I lived in Alaska, a state that has an almost sunless winter, but in sunny Southern California? I was prescribed supplements, but I have struggled to keep my levels where the doctor recommended.


I reached out to my friends on social media and asked their experiences with Vitamin D. Many of them have been diagnosed with a deficiency, also. They suggested eating more fish, going outside, essential oils, and vitamins. The Thorne Research supplement was the most highly recommended in my group. Clink here to see: Thorne Vitamin D/K2

In my research, I found that there is much debate and discussion about getting your Vitamin D from sunshine. Advice ranges from “NEVER expose your skin to the sun’s harmful rays” versus “sunlight is the only natural source of vitamin d and you need 15 minutes every day.” I’m trying to figure out if there is a way to get just enough sun to bring the vitamin d levels up without getting skin cancer. Life is definitely a balancing act.


***Mayo Clinic warns, “Don’t overdo it, though. Very high levels of vitamin D have not been shown to provide greater benefits. In fact, too much vitamin D has been linked to other health problems. If you’re concerned about whether you’re getting enough vitamin D, talk to your doctor about your diet and whether a vitamin supplement might benefit you.”



“The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment…. We work for you. Do you know what’s in your tap water? What about your shampoo? … ”

Since our skin is our largest organ – we should be aware of what we are putting on it. The EWG has a great website – SKIN DEEP – that shows you how safe your beauty products are and gives them a rating.

Here is an example of the rating on a popular product and the fragrance in their cream.


The products are rated from 1 (low hazard) to 10 (high hazard).

I advise you to check out what’s in your bathroom cabinet – and make some healthy changes.

Click here to go to the SKIN DEEP website




Four years ago, I was diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis. You only understand if you’ve been there. The pain. Standing hurts. Walking hurts.

The podiatrist said, “It’s common in runners and people who are overweight and wear bad shoes.” Since running isn’t in my vocabulary, I’m assuming he put me in the second category.  He said, “No walking around barefoot, wear the splints at night, and here’s a list of shoes you should be wearing.”

My daughter was staying the night. When she walked into my bedroom and saw me all laid out with both of my feet in Plantar Fasciitis night splints she said, “Mom, you look like Frankenstein.” I certainly hollered like a monster from the stabbing pain when I got out of bed and stood up each morning.

At Physical Therapy, I was given exercises to help. Painful stretching exercises that included rolling a ball under my foot and stretching out the ligaments that were torn, painful, and swollen. The fun just didn’t end.

I stopped wearing “cute” trendy shoes, because I noticed the Asics shoes made such a big difference. The Vionic Orthaheel Sandals and Relax Slippers are my favorites. The house shoes are so comfortable; I sometimes (okay, often) forget and leave the house in them. Occasionally, I notice a flare up when I vainly try to wear a pair of “normal” shoes or spend any time barefoot. I’m willing to give up my vanity to be pain free. It’s a small price to pay. You can click on the photos to see the products on Amazon. 🙂 You’re welcome!

Since I don’t have a medical degree, and this is my opinion — I advise you to see a podiatrist for a diagnosis. But if he says that you have plantar fasciitis – ask him about your shoes.


**I own all of the above shoes. I only recommend products that I love and use. In full disclosure – I am an amazon affiliate and receive a % if you make a purchase. 


Click here: My Beauty Counter Website

I’m trying to start making the changes necessary to live a healthy life in every way. A big change I made last year (when my daughter, Lindsay, twisted my arm) was switching to non-toxic skin care and beauty products by BeautyCounter. “Since your skin is your largest organ,” Lindsay said, “You need to be careful about what you’re putting on it.” Apparently, we’ve completely switched the parental roll. 😉 Drum roll please…. I LOVED the BeautyCounter products and am now working as a consultant for them.

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Lindsay and I at a BeautyCounter event. You can follow Lindsay Esparza on Instagram @LindsaysBeautyCounter





I thought I was protecting my family by buying antibacterial soap for them to wash their hands. I’ve been using it since it first came on the market. A couple of years ago, I heard that some of the ingredients in it might be harmful. Now, the FDA has banned 19 of the chemicals used in them.  We need to go back to washing our hands with plain ol’ soap & water.


From a recent New York Times article, “Studies in animals have shown that triclosan and triclocarban can disrupt the normal development of the reproductive system and metabolism, and health experts warn that their effects could be the same in humans. The chemicals were originally used by surgeons to wash their hands before operations, and their use exploded in recent years as manufacturers added them to a variety of products, including mouthwash, laundry detergent, fabrics and baby pacifiers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the chemicals in the urine of three-quarters of Americans.”    New York Times article 9/3/2016

“There is no definitive research on whether triclosan adversely affects human health, but animal studies suggest that exposure to it and similar chemicals has the potential to disrupt hormones in the body, trigger allergies and be associated with some types of cancer.”  Scientific America Article

For Scientific America, Rob Dunn wrote, “It turns out that although we know that washing our hands prevents a range of illnesses and are incredibly eager to buy products marketed to kill germs, we don’t actually take the simpler measure of washing hands in the first place. A study of nearly eight thousand individuals in five U.S. cities found almost half of the participants failed to wash their hands after going to the bathroom. In this light, no mystery salve is necessary, no miracle cure, special wipe, or magic. We need to wash our hands, because soap does the body good, at least in all the ways studied so far. It is not fancy. It is not expensive or heavily marketed and yet it works, as it long has, even though as of yet, no one can conclusively, unambiguously, tell you why.”   Rob Dunn Scientific America Article