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

My makeovers are wrecking my manicures

I've been less than attentive to my blog for the past month.  Let’s recap the occurrences of this last month, shall we?  July 2, I bought a house. (Well, a condo, if you’re a stickler about these things.)  July 3 the DIY projects began.  July 4 - more DIY, plus a bad case of the African death flu or some other horrible virus that laid me flat and caused me to miss FIVE consecutive days…
Home Sweet Home

A week from heaven (and hell)

So, it's Tuesday evening.  Let me tell you about what the last week has held. For starters, last Thursday morning, I closed on the condo!  It's all mine, and that feeling of being a homeowner and putting down roots after a year in a rental home is - well, heavenly.  I feel very grateful to be in the position to buy a home at all, let alone one that's so cute and adorable and totally,…
Biking

Why women don’t bike

A woman at work told me recently she hadn't been on a bike since she was four years old.  She has no memory whatsoever of biking as a child.  Another woman said she could never ride like I do because she just isn't "good at it."  I couldn't understand what that meant - not being good at riding a bike.  To me, it's as natural as walking - I suppose I just assumed it was…
Biking

Biking Bucket List update

Early in the season I made a list of various trails and bike events I wanted to do in 2015.  I missed one event already: the Mid Ohio Century on April 26.  I didn't have anyone to ride with that day, so that was a bummer, but it turned out to be okay since it was cold and rainy anyway.  But, I've done two of the rides on the list so far - the Tour…
Home Sweet Home

A new look for a new me

A month from today I’ll be moving into my new home.  Closing is actually July 2, and I’m not moving until July 11 - but I have big plans for those 9 days in between.  The former owner painted the inside walls a riot of colors, and before moving my furniture I’m hoping to neutralize some of that craziness.  Right now, the living room and kitchen paint is a super dark hunter green, with half…
Life After Divorce

Back from vacation!

Crickets have been chirping around here because I was away on a much-needed vacation. Mike and I went east to Philly, Baltimore, and DC. What a great week!  Of all the things we did, what I enjoyed most was our visit to Independence Hall in Philadelphia.  It's just awe-inspiring to stand in the room where our nation was dreamed up, discussed, debated, and ultimately declared to be. This trip was the best vacation I've had…
Biking

The beauty of two miles

When I started riding, I considered a 2-3 mile ride to be long distance.  I was riding a men's mountain bike at the time, and it had big knobby tires and a heavy frame. It didn't exactly glide.  Plus, I was super out of shape (not that I'm a picture of fitness nowadays, mind you), and 2-3 miles felt like an effort.  The first time I rode 5 miles, I felt like a rock star.…
Beauty Products & Reviews

How to (and how often to) clean your makeup brushes

I never thought I would learn something from Buzzfeed. But according to this article, I really need to wash my makeup brushes more often.  Buzzfeed’s professional medical opinion (?) is that I should be washing them daily. That seems like a little much, no?  A bit of overkill there?  Nevertheless, they have a point… I should be doing it more often. After much research and detailed clinical study (i.e. Googling) about the best method for…