Packing for a Trip? Here’s Three Travel Packing Tips for Work or Play.

Adventure and Travel
packing for a trip
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One of the great things about being over fifty is that, with our children grown or getting close to it, traveling – whether for business or pleasure – is a lot easier and can even be more fun.

Don’t get me wrong; it’s not that I didn’t enjoy all those trips with my kids.

But travel is definitely less stressful when you don’t have to pack diaper bags, strollers, or car seats. It’s also more fun when your road trip soundtrack doesn’t include fifty rounds or “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” or endless choruses of “Are we there yet?” and “Do not make me pull this car over, mister!” continue reading

An Exciting Announcement!

Books
my new book, just in time, hits shelves March 27th!
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My most recent novel, Just In Time, hits the shelves of bookstores today!

 
I’ve been waiting months and months to introduce my characters, Grace, Nan, and Monica, three support group dropouts united by grief but rescued through friendship, to the world. The early reviews have been very gratifying — USA Today called Just In Time “time well-spent” and Booklist said “readers will be drawn in”— but the opinion that matters most comes from my readers.  
 
To whet your appetite a bit, today I thought I’d share the first chapter with you and give you a chance to meet Grace, Monica, and Nan. Enjoy!

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Slimmed down comfort food: Healthy Tamale Pie (only 6 WW Freestyle Points Per Serving!)

Food for Grownups
healthy tamale pie
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If you’re old enough to remember life before one hundred and fifty channels of cable TV, chances are you remember the days of the big family movie specials – Hallmark Hall of Fame and the like. Remember?

And do you also remember how the big food manufacturers that sponsored those specials – Kraft Cheese, Hellman’s Mayonnaise, Campbell’s Soup, etc. – would have these beautifully filmed commercials featuring gooey, creamy, cheesey recipes that just happened to be made with their products?

A whole generation of kids grew up eating those recipes, including me. They were devastatingly delicious and utterly unhealthy. continue reading

Health Over Fifty: 6 Tips on Eating Healthy for Women in their Fifties and Beyond 

Health and Fitness, Love Your Body
healthy over fifty

When my eldest son got married, not only did I add an exceptional daughter-in-love to my tribe, I also welcomed some wonderful in-laws that I am happy to call my friends! My daughter-in-law’s mother, Suzanne, is a woman who enthusiastically embraces this wonderful age we are in; she is a Master Gardener, a snappy dresser, and a registered dietitian!

In other words, she is fierce. Trust me, you’d like her.

I decided to pick her brain on what we can do as women in our fifties, sixties, seventies and beyond, to stay healthy when it comes to our diets.

After all, it’s no secret that our bodies are changing and the nutrients we need on a daily basis continue to shift with age.

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DIY Spa Gifts Baskets, DIY Bath Bombs, and DIY Body Scrub

Creativity and Crafts, Love Your Body
DIY body scrub, DIY spa gifts, DIY bath bombs
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You’ve probably heard about “love languages,” haven’t you?  The different ways people express their love for others?   My primary love language is gift giving. I’m always on the lookout for that perfect little present to surprise a special friend or family member.

These easy, totally adorable spa gifts and baskets are a fun way to show a little homemade love to the people you love.  Or even as a treat for yourself. After all, everybody deserves a little love and kindness, including you. continue reading

The Pants Fit! Now What? How to Keep Weight Off After Losing It.

Health and Fitness, Love Your Body
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Guess what, guys! I reached my goal weight!  Yay, me!

As you can imagine, I was VERY excited when I stepped on that scale last week.

It was such a great feeling to reach my goal, after several months of training for my first marathon and being diligent about my diet on the Weight Watchers Freestyle plan!

But it wasn’t long before my ebullience was replace by anxiety. continue reading

Doing Good for Others is Also Good For You: 30 Random Acts of Kindness Ideas

Friends and Community, Grow in Wisdom
random acts of kindness ideas

I was raised on the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Chances are you were too. But did you know that doing good for others is also good for you?

Studies have shown that being kind to others and doing good deeds on a regular basis can help reduce anxiety, increase personal happiness, and even promote heart health and longevity.

Wait…the antidote to anxiety is a random act of kindness?

Possibly.

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Easy DIY Table Runner

Creativity and Crafts
DIY table runner pattern
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Raise your hand if you are counting the minutes until spring!

Me!

I heard a quote once, “March is the month that God invented to show people who don’t drink what a hangover looks like.”

Seems pretty accurate to me. This winter has hung over too, too long.  I’m trying to be patient and not wish away my days but as far as I’m concerned, spring is way overdue.

Honestly, I always feel like that at this time of year.

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Dealing With The Bossy People (Even If You’re One of Them)

Cherish Relationships
bossy bulldog
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One of the things I love about life beyond 50 is the self-assurance that comes from experience.

That’s one of the qualities I wrote about in my previous post 6 Reasons It’s Great To Be Over 50.  If you haven’t read that post yet, you might want to do so later. But the takeaway from one section is that in terms of human relations, spiritual insights, practical knowledge, and good old common sense, our five decades and beyond of life experience means we have a wealth of wisdom to draw upon and share with the world.

That’s a good thing, right?

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Healthy Body Image After 50: How To Love The Body You Have Now

Love Your Body
love your body, love your age
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Many years ago, I spent a week at a spa with two girlfriends. That week changed my life.

As I explained in a previous post, until I started working toward my first triathlon, I’d never thought of myself as an athlete.  Nor did I think of myself as a spa person. But, thanks to my friends, there I was at this spa, where people worked out for eight hours a day.

Looking for something to do that didn’t involve sweating, I wandered into a writers workshop, liked it, and ended up going back every day that week. On the last day, the workshop teacher pulled me aside, told me I was born to write.  Though I couldn’t have known it at the time, that conversation altered the entire course of my life.  Fourteen novels later, I am so glad my girlfriends talked me into going! (And so glad I played hooky from tennis!)

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