And the Winners Are…

And the Winners Are…

 

I had a lot of fun running my first contest on here! I appreciate all the entries, and I especially appreciate Violet Love for donating those lovely headbands. Of course I would love for all of you to win but I only have two headbands.

So without further adieu, the winners of the Violet Love headbands are: Geek Girl and Melanie.

I will be emailing both of you so I can send them.

 

Again thank you everyone!

Violet Love Headbands: Review and Contest

Violet Love Headbands: Review and Contest

 

Ever since I started working out seriously, I decided I needed some fitness wear to for the gym. Ok…maybe I didn’t “neeeed” new apparel and accessories, but I like having pretty things, even while sweating away lifting weights, or doing sprints on my bike.

One of the accessories I happened upon on the net was Violet Love’s Headbands. My hair is pretty long and really can get in the way when I’m trying to work out. Not to mention I love headbands, especially the wider looking ones that are in style now. I fell in instant love with the look of these headbands. They’re not only functional but extremely fashionable too. They have all kinds of beautiful patterned ones as well as pretty solid colors. Read On…

Do You Kegel?

Do You Kegel?

 

When I was pregnant with my last child, I learned about an exercise in the Bradley Method child birthing class we were taking. They’re called “kegel exercises”, and they are something that I have continued to do for the past 27 years.

Kegel exercises strengthen the pubococcygeus or PC muscles, also known as the pelvic floor. The PC muscles are shaped like a sling and hold the bladder and uterus in place. Over the years, they can become weakened from many factors such as pregnancy and childbirth, being overweight, and of course just plain old aging.

If these muscles are allowed to become weak and out of shape, it can cause several potential problems like urinary incontinence, or prolapsed bladder and uterus. Mayo Clinic says, “The effects of pelvic organ prolapse range from uncomfortable pelvic pressure to leakage of urine. Pelvic organ prolapse isn’t inevitable, however. Kegel exercises can help delay or even prevent pelvic organ prolapse and the related symptoms.” Read On…

The Music of Our Lives

The Music of Our Lives

 

If there’s one thing that I could say was, is, and always will be at the center of my world, it would have to be music. Music gets deep inside us and touches our souls like nothing else can. It can make us cry, sing, dance, laugh…remember.

A song will play on the radio or one of my playlists and all of a sudden I am transported to a time and place where it meant something special. There are so many songs that have had that kind of impact on me, more than I can even recall at this moment, but when I hear them I know it and I’m there again. Isn’t it wonderful how music can do that? Read On…

I Want My Old Metabolism Back

I Want My Old Metabolism Back

 

When I was younger my metabolism ran so fast that I couldn’t gain weight even though I wanted to. Not only that, I couldn’t relax at all, I was hyper all the time. Nowadays they call it ADHD! Whatever…it worked for me. Then somewhere around the age of thirty, it began to slow down. At first, I loved it. I was finally able to get above 100 pounds without being pregnant. I was finally getting a womanly figure. Before that, I looked like a boyish stick with a few very minor curves.

Unfortunately, as the years went on and forty then fifty arrived, I continued packing on the weight. And I wasn’t too happy about it either. I yearned for the return of my skinny body and high metabolism. I spent a lot of time reading about what could have caused this and kept coming up against walls called “middle age” and “menopause”. While many of these articles did offer a little help with ways to lose weight during this time of life, none of them were much help when it came to increasing metabolism, at least naturally. But I knew that without a faster metabolism I would have to either continue to eat less and less or continue gaining weight. Neither was an option that I wanted to accept. Was I really doomed to continue this downward spiral until the day I died?

Maybe not. Read On…

Overcoming Obstacles: Midlife Insomnia

Overcoming Obstacles: Midlife Insomnia

 

Sleeping has always been one of my favorite things to do. I would say it ranks right up there with shopping and some other fun activities. And like all of my favorite things to do I was very good at it. Once upon a time, I could easily sleep ten hours a night. That is until about the age of forty. That’s when my beloved sleep cycle started to change.

At first, I really didn’t mind getting a little less sleep. I was able to stay up pretty late and wake fairly early in the morning…without feeling like I needed to climb back under the covers. But as the years progressed my ability to sleep decreased, until it got to the point where I’m at now: insomnia. Read On…

Tips and Tricks for Veggie Haters

Tips and Tricks for Veggie Haters

 

Eat your vegetables! You need three to five servings of vegetables a day! I have been hearing this for as long as I can remember. The problem is…I hate veggies! Ok, I don’t hate all veggies, just most of them. But I do understand the importance of them in our diets, especially since I am now trying to eat healthier and lose weight. So what’s a veggie hater to do?

Over the years, I have found or devised some little tricks to get my daily-recommended allowance without having to make funny faces trying to choke them down. Read On…

Less is Not Necessarily More: Six Tips for Your Eyes and Lips after Forty

Less is Not Necessarily More: Six Tips for Your Eyes and Lips after Forty

 

Just because you’re over forty doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun with your makeup. While it’s true that you might have to use some different techniques with where and how you apply it doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun with shimmery pretty colors. Just take what you know and what you like and try them a slightly different way. I think you’ll be surprised to find out there are more do’s than don’ts where makeup after forty is concerned.

In the first part of this series “Less is Not Necessarily More: Five Tips for Makeup after Forty” I talked about face and cheeks. In this part, I’m going to go over some of the things that I found work well for the eyes and lips.

I mentioned in a previous post where I did a review of both Urban Decay Naked Palettes that I really can’t stand the look of matte eye shadows. Personally I think they look bland and dead. So I tried different ways to make shimmery eye shadows work well with my aging eyes, and I found some tricks that work for me.

Before I start on the tips, I want to remind you that you must moisturize, and of course that means your eyes, and possibly your lips if needed.  There are a lot of great eye creams on the market today and even some really good lip creams. Make sure they settle in fairly well before you start applying your makeup. Read On…

Less is Not Necessarily More: Five Tips for Makeup after Forty

Less is Not Necessarily More: Five Tips for Makeup after Forty

 

I’m sure you’ve heard “less is more” when it comes to applying makeup as we age. But I’m here to tell you that’s not exactly true. While there are some things that we shouldn’t do makeup-wise as we age, apply less of it doesn’t have to be one of them.

Personally, I love makeup. It’s fun! And probably the only artistic talent I have. But I believe, and always have, that makeup should enhance your beauty. People should not be commenting on how great your makeup looks. They should be telling you how great you look. So with that in mind, for young and old, here are some tips on how to do a better job making yourself look beautiful. Read On…

Overcoming Obstacles: Honey, I Shrunk

Overcoming Obstacles: Honey, I Shrunk

 

I know I’ve been saying how I wanted to lose weight—get smaller—but I didn’t mean in stature. And until a couple of days ago, I didn’t even know that I had lost height. Ok, I’ll admit it was only a quarter of an inch, but still. And maybe I was just having a down day. Or maybe it was because I had just finished working out. All that weight lifting can make you shorter, right?

I was so happy too…at first. I got on the scale to weigh myself, and I lost six pounds. Whoo Hoo! I should have stopped there. But nooooo. I decided to check my height too. No idea why…it wasn’t like I thought maybe I had grown at the young age of fifty-two. So I lifted the scale’s height rod a little a little higher than I figured I needed, stepped back on the scale, and brought it down to my head. And when I looked up I couldn’t believe it. So I tried to stand as tall as humanly possible, but to no avail. I couldn’t stand tall enough to reach 5’ 4 ¼”. And you laugh.

That was my wake-up call. And that is the last millimeter that I intend to lose–vertically anyway. Read On…