Life & love at midlife, beauty reviews for the collagen-challenged, biking, cooking, wellness, and positive living.
Home Sweet Home

Patio Project

Ok, so, after a long dry spell, let's try to get back to normal life here, shall we? It's finally springtime in Ohio!  And my new place has a patio, which until recently looked like this. When I moved in last summer, working on this patio was the least of my worries.  (Remember there was a crazy long list of indoor projects that needed to be tackled!)  So I used it a couple of times…
Miscellany

Thoughts on loss

For the past month, I've been in a far away place. Most of the fun things I talk about and share here (makeup, cooking, recipes, and even biking) have been far, far from my mind. If I'd been writing during the past month, it might have been a three-part series called, "On Loss." Loss: Part 1 would have been about the loss of a long-term friendship which had been wandering off course for some time…
Mashed avocado on a rice cake
Cooking

Gonna Eat That (While Blogging): Mashed Avocado Spread

Maybe it's because I was starving, but this tastes soooooo good.  This is what I'm eating while working on the blog today.  It's a ripe avocado seasoned with some garlic powder, garam masala, and kosher salt. Mush it all up and spread it on a couple of rice cakes. Gluten-free, healthy fat, crunchy goodness. This will not be my last go-round with this particular treat. Yum!
Beauty Products & Reviews

A breakthrough with baked powders

In September I shared with you how much I hate baked powder cosmetic products.  I’m always seduced by their in-palette beauty, and yet their color payoff always disappoints.  Then recently, that changed - I had a breakthrough. Over the years I’ve bought, then returned or given away, many baked eye shadow products. The one I kept, despite what I considered lackluster performance, was the 20 Shades of Baked palette by Laura Geller.  The palette itself…
Plan to ride your bike 1,000 miles
Biking

YOU can bike 1,000 miles in 2016

I'm going to ride my bike 1,000 miles this year.  Want to ride along? It sounds like a lot of mileage, but like anything else in life, if you break it into manageable chunks, it's very doable.  It's so doable, in fact, that a newbie can do it.  YOU can do it.  I know this because I have done it before, and I started out as a total noob. Before we do the math and…
Jordana Twist & Shine Balm Stains
Beauty Products & Reviews

Best drug store makeup products: Jordana Cosmetics

I love high-end cosmetics.  Brands like Benefit, Too Faced, and Urban Decay make me swoon! But, there are some smokin' deals to be had at the drug store, and today I wanted to shine a light on one brand in particular: Jordana. Never heard of Jordana? I'm not surprised.  I hadn't either, until a YouTube beauty blogger mentioned it in one of her videos and I went racing over to Walgreen's to see what the fuss was…
Life After Divorce

In your conversations with God, who’s doing all the talking?

A few years ago, I went through a bit of a spiritual growth spurt.  It led to some new thinking about how I see myself, my relationships - even God.  Especially God.  The growth spurt came at a time in my life where I was hemmed in and unhappy in my marriage, and ultimately it led to my divorce and a different level of happiness and independence.   During this period, I started meditating.  If…
Positive Living

Beginning again… and again

Meditation can be frustrating for newbies.  Often that frustration stems from expecting to quietly and peacefully meditate for an hour at one’s first sitting - it’s an unrealistic expectation.  When we teach others a new skill, we offer compassion and patience.  We encourage the idea that it takes time to master a new skill, and that with practice that new skill will grow and develop.  Why is it we can offer that compassion and patience…
Beauty Products & Reviews

Beauty review: primer products – eyes, lips, face, and Ultimate Ozone

I love makeup - so why am I nonplussed by the entire “primers” category? Is it just me, or is the word “primer” a bit off-putting when it comes to cosmetics?  The concept is clear - just like with wall paint, makeup primers prepare the surface and make stuff stick.  With walls, I love that concept, but for makeup, it somehow doesn’t connect with me. I’m a believer in eyeshadow primer, for sure.  It’s quick…