Style Scouting: Vol. 39

Thanks for stopping by for this week’s Style Scouting. My Sunday post where I share what’s up in my life and the random stuff that captured my attention or inspired me that I found online.

I am not sure how we got to Sunday already, but here we are. Time seems to be moving fast lately, maybe it is because life is slowly moving back to a normal pace?

This week I got a lot accomplished which was a good thing. I had to keep busy and my mind off of our broken water heater that has left us without hot water for almost 2 weeks now. It was scheduled to be replaced, but when the plumber went to pick it up, it was a gas heater, not electric. It is a special size and not readily available, so now we wait again.

Hopefully after the weekend, the right water heater will come in and the plumber can install it. First world problems… I know, but cold showers are no fun!

What You May Have Missed This Past Week:


Have you gotten your mom anything for Mother’s Day? If you haven’t here are a few ideas I found.

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To give to a friend or your Mom.

Unique Mother’s Day cards.


I would want more windows, but I like the rustic vibe of the kitchen in the photo above.

And this home’s architectural feature: Talk about curb appeal…. WOW!

A Before & After Kitchen Makeover.

Wallpaper that says WOW!

I will keep this home’s design in mind for when I win the lottery.

The interior view of the front door in this house.

Now this…. is a STAIRCASE!

Have you ever seen a pocket door on a curved wall like this? It is in a vertical mansion in NYC.

Clever & Creative

Make this styling daybed for $50

How to make a console table using something unexpected.

One clever way to use an old hard cover book.


This may just be the reason I would want Alexa in my house.

Living well for seniors.

Ask Why?


The next time you need to make a birthday or special cake, keep this one in mind.

When I feel like Mexican food.

A healthy chocolate smoothie that tastes like dessert.

When you want to know how to cook with tofu.

The newest addition to my kitchen. Do you have one? Any tips on using it.


I bought this right after Christmas and have used it weekly. I love how it smells and the way my skin looks and feels after using it. I just ordered it again.

I shared this before, but with no hot water in the house, it is hard to get all the sunscreen I need to put on my face daily, off at night. I have a few facial cleansers I use on a rotating basis, but this cleanser is my favorite and the only one that works well in cold water. It is sold out for normal/dry skin on Amazon, but it is available at Walmart and drug stores.

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As always, thanks so much for reading. XO

Have a fabulous weekend and week ahead.

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  1. Tekphilia says:

    I really enjoy reading your blogs, thanks for sharing.

  2. Thank you so much for including our DIY console table in your week post, Diane, I really appreciate it. We’ve used it for years now but every time I look at it I still think about how we hauled it home from the cabin in our favorite old pickup truck. I can’t wait to get back to treasure hunting again! Hugs and thank yous, CoCo

  3. I feel your pain without hot water. Our water heater was out for a week. It decided to quit on us right after our major winter storm here in Texas when so many pipes burst and plumbers were up to their armpits with calls for help. So we waited — tried to be patient, but it was tough. Makes you really appreciate that “convenience” that’s taken for granted.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Luana – Not having hot water sure does make you realize what you take for granted. As I am typing this reply to you, the plumber just showed up on my doorstep. I am hoping that installation goes without any problems and dreaming of a hot shower. :-)

  4. Christy Keyton says:

    My instant pot is the only way I make rice now. It comes out perfect every time. I have been eating mostly plant based for a couple of years now and I eat a lot of rice. There is also a no oil plant based instant pot group on Facebook – lots of delicious recipes. I love making pinto beans in my Instant Pot too.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Christy – I plan you make rice this week in the Instant Pot. Everything so far I have made has been great. I like using it since I don’t have to stay with it as I would a pot of boiling water. :-) Is the FB group open? I would love to join it.

      1. Christy Keyton says:

        Yes! It is a public group. The name is: whole food, plant-based, no oil Instant pot (and the like) recipes (only)

        1. Diane Henkler says:

          Hi Christy – Thanks I will search for it and join. Thanks again for mentioning the group.

  5. I always look forward to your style scouting posts and I’ve been enjoying your posts about your journey with a plant-based diet. I was looking at your face cleanser and it made me wonder. I just listened to a podcast about non toxic beauty products and she claimed that if water is the first ingredient it’s bad. Have you heard this?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Andrea –

      I have found I am passionate about the plant-based life style and am so happy that there is a lot of interest from readers.:-) I have never heard about water as a first ingredient as being toxic. What I have read though is that sustainable living and eco safe groups view water as a first ingredient as a waste of precious water. They also say water can breed bacteria, hence the need to add some preservatives in the formulas. Here is a good article about the topic that may help you to decide what it best to use:

      There is so much contrasting info on just about every topic on the planet. It can get so confusing.