By Lynette Carrington
Photo by Claudia Johnstone
Lisa King and her sister, Lauren Daniels, are involved in completely different industries but have synergistically combined their expertise to write Tiny Life Changes: A Guide to Achieving Your Goals and Dreams One Step and One Day at a Time. The book serves as an inspirational guide using attainable steps that elicit change at an approachable level.
King has been a pharmacist well-versed in health and wellness for nearly 30 years. King’s sister is a breast cancer survivor and founded HEAL, the Happily Ever After League, which supports women undergoing cancer treatment. Daniels became a life coach and has now been working with breast cancer survivors for 15 years.
“We both knew we had a book in us, and we wanted it to be like a journal or a ‘guide,’” King says. “We wanted to put everything we knew into a book. It’s about leading a more positive lifestyle, even if you’ve received a difficult diagnosis or anything you’re going through in life.”
The uplifting effects of positive thoughts and actions hit home with King 10 years ago during the economic downturn when she delved into self-development books.
“I developed a mindset of turning my negative thoughts around into something positive,” she says. “By turning my thoughts around, it helped me get through a really difficult time. It was the same thing for Lauren. Being positive helped her get through breast cancer.”
Tiny Life Changes encompasses the collective knowledge of King and Daniels to inspire others to take charge of their individual situations through positive, easy-to-follow steps.
“This book can appeal to anyone,” King says. “Although our target market was women like ourselves, we’ve found that guys absolutely love it.
“When you want to make changes, it seems overwhelming,” King continues. “We wanted to break it down and make it simple, and help people accomplish their goals.”
The book encourages readers to set goals and make decisions, plus it provides tools on how to achieve goals, also including space for readers to write down thoughts and keep track of their progress. To learn more, visit www.tinylifechanges.com.
By Mandy Holmes
Photo by Claudia Johnstone
Through her one-of-a-kind Couture Aprons (www.coutureaprons.com), Roxane Kyte is giving mothers, daughters and granddaughters a tool to use as an extra-special ingredient during memorable moments, often shared over good food and occasions like bridal showers and cocktail parties. And being the center of attention in the kitchen is easy – regardless of your culinary prowess – if you’re sporting a luxury hostess-with-the-mostess Couture Apron.
Traditional aprons may be thought of as a necessity rather than an accessory, but Kyte is changing the apron game by adding a dash of sass in the kitchen.
“Producing the most unique apron on the market today came about after years of designing and hand-sewing stylish aprons for my friends’ daughters’ bridal showers,” Kyte says.
From there, Couture Aprons was born and has since been featured on the Phoenix Fashion Week runway, a defining moment in the Couture Aprons story.
Couture Aprons are a flirty kitchen addition for women of all ages, available in fun designs (such as bridal or Parisian-inspired) and pair easily with a woman’s wardrobe. As a mother to four daughters, Kyte finds happiness and inspiration for her mixed-pattern aprons from all the women in her life.
Couture Aprons are made from fine materials including 100 percent premium cotton, linen, silk and leather. Kyte scouts vintage markets for unspoiled linens, embellished buttons, and embroidered bibs to incorporate into her unique designs. Swarovski crystals are added for sparkle, and every apron comes with the brand’s signature detachable necklace and flower pin. In fact, Kyte employs an in-house jeweler to make sure every vintage pearl and rhinestone button is perfectly applied to her creations.
Kyte notes that the glamorous, yet functional, aprons are all about the lovely details, especially when it comes to the finishing touches.
“The aprons make me so happy,” Kyte says. “Sometimes I want to cry with joy because each apron has so much personality and beauty. They spark love and scream ‘all eyes on me, pretty please!’”