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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…

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…

Comfort Food Made Healthy: Chicken and Dumpling Soup

Comfort Food Made Healthy: Chicken and Dumpling Soup

 

My grandmother taught me many of the foods that I’ve made for my family over the years. The only thing is that when it came to grandma’s recipes, there really was no recipe. Her definition of a recipe was a handful of this, a pinch of that, cook for about this long, and you’re done. And an added benefit to her recipes is that they’re very adjustable.

Fortunately, I made these dishes enough times that I no longer need a written recipe either. But the bad thing is that if they don’t get written down, they may be lost forever. So once in a while I’m going to share some of my favorite unwritten recipes with you. I hope they become favorites of yours as well.

One of my family’s favorite dinners that grandma taught me how to make is chicken and dumpling soup. As a matter of fact, it is my youngest daughter’s favorite dinner. She requests that I make it whenever she comes home for a visit.

Since we are trying to eat more naturally and healthfully, I recently changed it a little to make it even healthier than it was before. So I decided it was finally time to create a written recipe for this delicious dish, though of course, you can change it to suit your tastes. Read On…

In The Desert: Fifty-two Years and Counting

In The Desert: Fifty-two Years and Counting

 

I’ve heard it said that the difference between a grape and a raisin is moisture. That statement becomes truer each day that I get older. But I continue to fight the never ending daily battle to keep my skin looking like a grape.

For as long as I can remember I’ve had dry, sensitive skin. Even during my teen years it was fairly dry, which I didn’t mind at the time because I didn’t break out like the other kids did. But ever since reaching perimenopause, and even more so since menopause, I have had find ways to alleviate just how completely dehydrated it’s become. This has not been an easy task. Read On…

Get Your Curves On! – Review

Get Your Curves On! – Review

 

We all know about the importance of exercise, especially as we age. I know I come across the statistics numerous times each day. So I’m not going to reiterate them all here. The only things I’m going to say is that we need both resistance exercise to increase bone density and muscle mass, and aerobics to improve heart function, aid in weight control, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

If you’re anything like me, you really don’t like to HAVE to exercise. Besides, who has the time?

This is where Curves can help. I not only have worked out at Curves, off and on, for over ten years, but I was also a Circuit Coach for about three years. Read On…

I Can See Clearly Now

I Can See Clearly Now

 

If you’re reading this and you’re over forty there’s a very good chance you are wearing reading glasses, or you know the Ctrl + mouse-wheel trick to make the webpage print bigger.

All the way up to turning forty I teased my husband mercilessly because he had to use glasses to read. I, on the other hand, could read the finest of prints…in dim light. Within a week of that momentous birthday I began squinting. At first I thought something must be wrong. Whose eyes go bad in just a week? Unfortunately mine did. It was just good old fashioned aging that was the cause of my problem. Read On…

Why I Love Thermal Reconditioning – Japanese Hair Straightening

Why I Love Thermal Reconditioning – Japanese Hair Straightening

 

I hate my hair! Or at least I did.

I know a lot of women say they hate their hair. But I really meant it. I am as pale skinned as you can get, and yet I had an afro. I kid you not, my natural hair is extremely thick, coarse, frizzy, wavy, curly and unmanageable.  If I let it grow out naturally it looks just like an afro or Bozo’s hair.

Fortunately, I don’t have that problem anymore.  For the past seven years, twice a year, I drive an hour and a half to a little Asian salon and sit there for five hours while they do that magic they do.  It’s called Thermal Reconditioning.  I call it wonderful, amazing, lifesaving even. I now, for the first time in my life, have long beautiful flowing hair. I can go outside in the thickest of humidity or on rainy days without worrying about my hair frizzing out even more than it already was. Isn’t modern technology incredible? Read On…

Torn Between Two Worlds: A Response to Encyclopaedia Britannica’s News

Torn Between Two Worlds: A Response to Encyclopaedia Britannica’s News

 

Yesterday I wrote about my new Kindle and how much I love it. Today I read that Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. will no longer be printing their books…and my heart sank. I still think e-books are awesome, but can’t we have them and real print books?

What strikes me most every time progress happens is that there’s something gained and something lost. Read On…

Free Books!

Free Books!

 

This past spring as a present to myself for quitting smoking, I bought a Kindle, which turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

At first, I wasn’t sure about the idea of having an E-reader. I love books! I love the feel of them, the smell of them, and I love having tons of them around. But we do live in an apartment, and space is limited. I was also tired of hearing my husband complain about how much room all my books took up in the living room, bedroom, extra bedroom, storage room. Did I say I love books? LOL! Read On…