Life & love at midlife, DIY, beauty reviews for the collagen-challenged, biking, cooking, wellness, and positive living.
I was afraid of my gas grill! Eek!
Cooking

7 super basic tips for new gas grill users

For about two months now I have been experimenting with my gas grill. Until this spring it has always just been a big, black, shiny contraption in the corner of my patio, used mainly by "guest grillers." I don't know why it took me until age 45 to discover how easy and convenient it is to use it. I suppose it was a bit intimidating - maybe I thought it would explode (what with the…
Life is Good
Home Sweet Home

Life is good outside my front door

Life is good. That's not only what it says on my front door, but also how I feel when I pull into the driveway now and see the cute little shade garden that my mom and I planted on Mother's Day weekend. This little garden area has needed attention since I moved into the condo last year on July 2. There was a random mix of oddly placed plants, including some unkempt ivy, a smattering…
Biking

Biking in Baja

It's May 1!  That's exciting since it's the first day of National Bike Month.  And since it's cold and rainy in Ohio, and not a great day for a ride, this is the perfect time to share with you some beautiful prose and photographs by Susanne Wright, a friend and fellow bicyclist I met through the Slow Bicycle Movement group on Facebook.  Susanne is a freelance writer and tutor living in Mosier, Oregon. She loves…
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!
Twenty Shades of Baked makeup palette
Beauty Products & Reviews

A breakthrough with baked powder eye shadows

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 with baked powder eye shadows. 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…
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…