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

Saying goodbye to the Pepto-vinyl bedroom

It's been 3 months now since I moved into my new home, and the list of projects I wanted to tackle is slowly but surely getting done.  I've been keeping a little list in Evernote of work that's getting accomplished - I love watching things get moved from the "to do" list to "done."  Here's what's on the "done" list now: Replaced a window in the living room that had a broken seal Paint dining…
Cooking

Squash season

It's fall here in Ohio!  I think this morning was our first frost, but it's been getting gradually chillier all week.  Mike makes me laugh - he marks the passing of the seasons by the change from outdoor foods (grilling) to indoor foods.  In other words, I've been cooking more.  My favorite thing to make is homemade soup, and we've had plenty of that lately as well as some chili. This week we enjoyed squash…
Beauty Products & Reviews

I hate baked

It’s been awhile since I’ve talked or thought much about makeup. (That’s a real sign of how focused I’ve been on the new house!)  But last weekend I had some time to watch a few of my favorite YouTubers, including a review of some Hard Candy baked bronzers by Bailey B.  Her video led me to try a new product and I wanted to tell you about that.  But before I review the product itself,…
Cooking

Gonna eat that: easy dinner with coconut curry sauce

Tonight's dinner was the bomb.  With the elimination diet I've been on for the past few weeks, my food choices have been limited - and a bit bland.  I've been craving Indian food but much of it contains dairy.  So tonight I tried something new to spice up a plain dinner of grilled sausage, jasmine rice, and green beans... a coconut curry sauce recipe from Real Simple that took about 10 minutes from start to…
Home Sweet Home

Cactus and succulent terrarium

Mike and I made this cute little cactus terrarium recently, and I just love the way it turned out.  The whole project took about half an hour, and it only has to be watered once a month! Easy peasy.  We followed the instructions from Gardenista to a “T.”  If you decide to make one, here are a few things we learned that might help: Homegoods has a great selection of glass vessels at good prices.…
Cooking

Gonna eat that: 10 things to do with hummus

Yesterday was a 14+ hour work day with lots of time spent running around and moving heavy stuff.  (We had a fundraiser at work.  It was a boatload of work but also a boatload of fun.)  Maybe I depleted my salt and electrolytes, because I woke up this morning hungry for a batch of fresh, homemade hummus that is extra tart and extra salty.  I'm sitting here now noshing on it with my morning coffee,…
Cooking

Part 2: Gluten-free, dairy-free, corn-free, peanut-free, chocolate-free eating

I feel bad for those who got their gluten-free marching orders in years past. Now there are so many gluten-free foods on the market and so much awareness about it that going without it is actually doable. Gluten free seems like the latest health buzzword - most folks have heard about it now, and most seem to know someone who lives gluten free either by choice or by necessity. I have a feeling that ten…
Biking

Cleaning and degreasing a bike chain

I’ve put at least 900 miles on my Trek Verve 2 since buying it in spring 2014. When I bought that bike, I knew literally zero about bike maintenance - and I only know a little more than that now.  But a friend has been gradually teaching me what needs to be done, and from his advice I knew I was eventually going to need to learn how to clean, degrease, and lube my chain.…
Cooking

Part 1: Gluten-free, dairy-free, corn-free, peanut-free, chocolate-free eating

About ten days ago, I took a new step on my journey to take better care of myself.  I visited a certified lifestyle educator at a naturopathic practice in Columbus called Leaves of Life.  My reason for going was that I’ve just not felt great in a long time - and not necessarily just because of too much illness, but more, I think, because of not enough underlying wellness.  I love my doctor and believe…
Positive Living

Self care

This summer’s been exciting and fun, but also stressful.  Even wonderful milestones like buying a house can be stressors, and I have to admit that I’ve not done a good job of taking care of myself this year.  Two close friends have said to me in casual conversation recently, “It’s so important to take good care of yourself.”  How right they are!  And because I haven’t been doing so, their comments really felt more like…