I truly hope you are keeping your chin up and your spirits high.
You know, during times like these (well, I do not really recall any other times during my lifetime like these…), high spirits and good vibes are very important. It makes a huge difference in everything, and it all begins with what you’re letting in. When you spend time listening to and taking in only bad news, how do you feel? Down, depressed, angry? If you’re feeling that way, you are spreading that feeling to others as well, and it keeps going in a cycle.
BUT — if you choose to tune out negativity, only let in positivity, goodness, kindness, fun, happiness, uplifting tales, etc., your spirits will begin to rise. You’ll feel happier, perhaps even joyous – hooray!! Then, what do you think you’re sharing with others? Joy! Happiness! Beauty!! Then they will feel that joy and perhaps continue to share that feeling.
Let’s get a cycle of happiness going again, that’s what I say! Drive out the darkness. It cannot get to you if you do not let it in. And believe me, I know that can be a difficult task right now, but I have made myself a promise to not dwell in the darkness. I stay informed plenty, but I am trying to learn to tune out what brings me down, and focus on what lifts me up.
Give it a try for yourself. See what you think. How can you spread more joy, beauty, and light? I believe it takes just a spark from each of us to defeat the darkness and dark energy that seems to be ablaze right now. So what do you say? Care to shine your beautiful light?
I hope you can find fun things and projects to keep your mind focused on what makes you happy. I’ve come to realize that caring about what’s going on doesn’t mean that I have to indulge completely in the bad “feelings” of what’s going on. I can pray for people or for a situation, do physically what I can to help, and put the rest in God’s very capable hands. I feel that I can be much more help when my spirits are in the right place. I am then more capable of love and light, and then sharing love and light.
I hope your spirits are high and that you are feeling wonderful inside, and shining your beautiful light!
Feel free to share in the comments what you’ve been doing to keep your spirits up. Would love to hear!
Hey everybody! How’s everything with you today? I hope you’re enjoying gorgeous weather like we are here in Southeast Texas.
Beautiful weather always makes me think about beautiful salads. How about you? I love coming up with all kinds of different salads. They’re really fun, and there are many different types. And not surprisingly, a favorite type around here is Taco Salad. Taco Salad’s are delicious, and very versatile. There are so many variation possibilities that they’re never boring to make (or eat). I can go with whatever I have on hand, or sometimes they are thoughtfully planned.
This particular Taco Salad that I made last week was a very quick and simple meal planned for the holiday week. When there is a lot going on, like during the holidays, I like to make sure that we’re still eating healthy, so it’s nice to have quick and easy (and healthy) options.
So, for this salad, I knew that I wanted to use pinto beans. I sometimes go with a black beans, those are a great choice as well, but this time I wanted to go with pintos, and also decided on using red onions for their sharpness. Green onions are also very good, as are white onions. So many fabulous choices! Now, for the pinto beans, I went with canned ones…. I know…. But this was for a holiday week night quick and easy meal, right? First, I drained the beans. You can rinse them also. I added water and my own seasonings to give them the flavor I’d like. I added garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and I have a seasoning combo blend of cilantro, garlic and lime. That was it! You could add chili powder to make them more of a chili bean flavor.
I made a small batch of fresh guacamole – See, I did make something from scratch! I used 1 avocado for me and Hubby to share. I also used 1 Campari tomato. I like to squeeze the juice from the tomato into the diced avocado and then dice the tomato itself and add that in as well. I sometimes add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, and I sometimes add lime juice. It just depends on the flavor profile I am wanting. I also added the cilantro, garlic, and lime seasoning mix to this. You would not believe the flavor in this mixture. It’s fabulous and bright! It tastes like I added fresh cilantro, so that is a great time-saver right there. And voila’, a quick and easy guacamole to top my salad. Yay!
And of course we had to have some tomato. I used a medium vine ripe tomato, cut it in half and then sliced.
For the lettuce I used Romaine. I sometimes do a Romaine/Iceburg mix, so just whatever you prefer.
So, we’re ready to assemble our salads — But I forgot to mention that I added chicken fajita meat to my Husband’s salad. He wanted meat. No problem. I got some frozen chicken fajita strips (check the label for best ingredients), heated those up – fast and easy dinner night, remember? Okay, now we’re ready to assemble!
First comes the lettuce. I just eyeball the amount for each plate. I always give Hubby a bit more than me. 🙂 I sprinkled shredded sharp cheddar cheese on top of the lettuce, then dropped pinto beans here and there around the salad. I cooked the pintos down while I was preparing the rest of the ingredients. I like for them to thicken up. I also let them cool just a bit before adding to the salad so all the greens will not be wilted.
Next, the sliced purple onions. These look really pretty and add a great pop of color as well as great flavor. I added the chicken fajita strips to Hubby’s (cooled a bit as well). I then placed the tomato slices around the salads. Looking great!
I always like to arrange tortilla chips (unsalted) all around the outside of a Taco Salad for a really nice presentation, so that’s what I did. I then added half the guacamole atop each salad, and popped a tortilla chip in the guacamole for a final touch.
I served each of our salads with a small bowl of our favorite salsa. We could then drizzle salsa on our salads and also dip our chips.
And there you have it! A very pretty (and easy) Taco Salad! Ta-da!
I am actually planning another salad for our dinner tonight. A BLT, blue cheese, with avocado, maybe a boiled egg? I’ll let you know how this one goes!
Here is an ingredient shopping list if you’d like to try my Pretty Taco Salad with Pintos and Guacamole (for 2):
Who’s ready to ring in 2021? I know I am! Woo Hoo! I am so ready to just put 2020 in the rear-view mirror, be thankful for making it through intact (and with much gained new gratitude), and head into this new year with very high hopes.
And with high hopes at the beginning of every new year, eating black-eyed peas right after Midnight has been a family tradition that my husband and I have acknowledged since we were first married, 37 years ago. This came from his dear mother, Reba, who always told us to “Eat your black-eyed peas at Midnight for good luck!” It’s one of those southern “thangs” I suppose. I know it dates back to the Civil War. But for us it’s just fun, and something that we look forward to every New Year’s Eve. Which, I’ve got to get mine going here in just a few. I like to let them cook long and slow so they get thickened up really good, and they are hot and ready to serve right after the stroke of Midnight.
Do not want to leave anything to chance this year, right? 🙂
I hope you have a wonderful New Year’s celebration and that you have family traditions of your own that you enjoy. I’d love to hear all about your traditions. Feel free to leave a comment below!
Cheers to you and yours! Cheers to a very prosperous 2021 for all of us! Cheers to good health for all in 2021!
That’s exactly what I told myself while looking in the mirror a while back.
Hey everyone! How are you? Excited to get back to work? I know I am! I had fun over the holiday, but have been eager to get back to my fun stuff here.
But yeah, I had to have that conversation with myself. We all know that immobility leads to sagging, and that includes our faces. I know that for me, I’ve always loved exercising, but recently, with the changes going on within me due to menopause, I sometimes do not have the motivation I used to, to get myself moving. BUT, after that OMG moment looking in the mirror, I found anewed motivation. I have also been inspired by others my age to get my exercise bike back out, and get myself toned up. So yay! I hope I can also help inspire someone else out there that may need a friendly push to keep on workin’ it, even when you may not feel that into it.
So, let’s get going on exercising that gorgeous face. You know what they say, move it or lose it!
Here are a few of my favorite exercises to do daily. And as with most things that I do, I love to multi-task, so some of these will also exercise your neck and arms at the same time.
The first one I like to do, kind of like a warm-up, is very simple. You can do this exercise, and all of them really, either sitting down or standing up, and I like to sometimes do these while riding my exercise bike.
I do not have names for these exercises, so for this one I’ll call the O-E Exercise. This is for your cheeks as well.
First purse your lips into an exaggerated “O” shape:
Then change to a very wide “E” shape:
I know this looks funny! Haha! But I can really feel the muscles in my face and neck area being stretched and exercised when I do this. I do this exercise about 12 times. And with it looking so funny, it may also lift your spirits and make you laugh – or make others laugh!
The next exercise I like to do is for my neck area. It’s basically opening and closing your mouth, but while stretching your neck upwards.
Just stretch your neck upwards and pull your bottom lip up. I can really feel my neck muscles being worked with this one.
I’ve always heard that a woman’s neck shows her age, so yeah, get those neck exercises in with your facial exercises.
The great thing about these exercises is that they’re not strenuous and you can do them anytime, and practically anywhere, and they do not take a lot of time. So, no excuses Jfay!
Okay, let’s get some more physical action going – not strenuous, just more active.
Let’s stretch those arms out…
S t r e t c h from side to side. Slowly… Really stretch your neck while you’re doing this, from one side to the other. You will feel those side neck muscles getting worked out with this one. I’m hoping this one will help with the side jowls as well, because I can feel it pulling my muscles all the way up to my chin area. I sometimes add an extra stretch to this one for my face by opening and closing my mouth while in this position. I can really feel it in my chin area then. Kind of a side mouth stretch. This helps get the blood flowing too.
Now, I’m going to stretch up and down.
Stretch those arms up to the ceiling, and your head up as well, with your neck stretched.
Then bring it all down.
Having fun yet?
No.. don’t look up! Haha! Although, that could be another angle to stretch from. 🙂 But, I basically go straight up and down like this several times. It exercises my neck and the back of my upper arms (which can always use the exercise, if you know what I mean.).
So, there you have it! Those, for right now, are my favorite easy go-to daily face, neck, and upper arm exercises. I may add more to my routine later, but I am enjoying doing these, and have been able to fit them into my schedule easily. Plus my bike riding! I’m very proud of myself for making sure to ride my bike as well, practically every day. I’ve had to miss a few days during the holiday, but that’s not too bad. I’ve been riding a mile, a mile and a half, and sometimes 2 miles a day now. Hooray!
Another thing I wanted to mention to you about keeping that gorgeous face and neck look fabulous and youthful, is to also try to make moisturizing a daily habit as well. It can be very simple and not take much time to do, especially with this new line of moisturizers I’m about to show you. Which, I did a blog post just a while back about Physiogel. I love this so much, and it is now my favorite moisturizer.
I cannot laud this nearly enough. It is so fabulous. This humble looking moisturizer is designed to repair, restore, and hydrate your skin. It is made for dry, sensitive skin, and feels so wonderful.
Here’s what Avon has to say about Physiogel:
Our Physiogel BioMimic Technology contains lipids that are similar to those found naturally in skin that help repair and strengthen skin’s moisture barrier, restoring the hydration your skin needs to stay strong and visibly healthy.
I use this on my face and neck twice daily. It smooths into my skin quickly and does not leave any greasy residue, so it’s perfect under makeup as well.
Avon has a full line of this product. For your face, your body, and for facial cleansing. Here’s a link for you to read more about it, and see all the products in this line. And with our new Campaign 2 right now, you will receive a free gift of a trial size facial cream with any Physiogel purchase. I’ll be getting mine for sure! Here’s a link to the new Brochure’s Physiogel page 1. Just click the side arrow to browse the pages.
And there you have it – some of my very favorite self care tips for my face and neck area. I hope this helps get you inspired and motivated too. Always take time for you, and take good care of yourself. It’s never too late (or early) to begin a great skincare and exercise regimen.
If you give Physiogel a try, let me know how you like (I mean, love) it!
Till next time, stay fabulous and follow your joy!
Hello everyone! How are you doing? I hope you’re enjoying your Holiday Season.
And while you’re enjoying your Holiday Season, I wanted to remind you to be sure to treat yourself. I know a lot of you are probably busy getting things all set for everyone else in your life, but make sure to take time to say Merry Christmas to you.
Perhaps treat yourself to a spa day if that’s what you enjoy. Or maybe a new do or makeover, or a little present just for you.
Do something for you that makes you happy, especially this year ladies.
I wanted to share with you, that in taking my own advice, I decided to treat myself to an upgrade for my Pixie Hair Do, and also treat myself to a gift of beauty. Nothing like a new do and beauty products to make me feel awesome!
I was chatting with my Hair Stylist, Whitney, about when I transformed my hair from the Bob Hairstyle that I used to wear (when I dyed my hair) to my now grown-out natural hair color and Pixie Hair Cut. It felt so great to take the leap and try something new. Whitney told me that you wouldn’t believe the number of women that come in and say that they really like a certain type of style or cut, but felt they were too “this or that” to pull it off. I say, “Go for it!”. Don’t be afraid to try something new. You may really like it!
Here’s a before and after pic of me. I’ve shared this previously here on my blog, but it’s been a while, so I thought I’d show you the transformation again for inspiration.
It really did a world of good for me! I fell in love with Pixie Cuts when Katy Perry was sporting one, but was a bit timid about going that short. I’m so glad I did. The inner me knew that this was for me. I’m still working on my look, changing things up here and there in my style. But I love it so much, and am now getting Pixie Undercut Styles – Wooo! I’ll be turning 56 in January, so hey! It does not matter what your numerical age is, werk it girlfriend!
AND — my next Christmas gift to myself was an Avon A-Box. You may remember seeing this one just a little while back. I sent everyone a coupon code offer to receive this beauty for free. Check it out —
The Avon A-Boxes are so fabulous. They are each filled with makeup and skincare goodies. Some of the beauty products are full-sized and some are travel or trial sized. My Spring Fling A-Box has Peony Rose Perfume (smells soooo pretty!), Lipstick, Lip Liner, and Anew Power Serum. What a treat and great gift to myself. I am really going to enjoy this.
Now, even though the time has expired to get a Spring Fling A-Box for yourself…. I know…. BUT — there is a new A-Box — Hooray!!
The Face the Day A-Box is a $37.00 value set, but you can snag it for only $10.00 with any $40.00 purchase! How awesome is that?
Includes: • fmg Glimmershadow Liquid Eyeshadow in Diamond Dust, .07 fl. oz. • Avon True Color Lipstick in Candy Red, .106 oz net wt. • The Face Shop Dr.Belmeur Cica Recovery Cream, .34 fl. oz. • Anew Vitamin C Brightening Serum, .23 fl. oz.
This is a great gift to give yourself. Just think, when you’re shopping for someone else, you can snag this great goodie just for you! You have till this coming Tuesday, December 15th to order with Standard Delivery in time for Christmas, so I hope you get one for yourself.
And the Candy Red Lipstick? I definitely love it — it’s what I’m wearing in my new pic!
Avon releases a new A-Box every campaign, which is every 2 weeks, so you’ll want to be sure to be in-the-know when these cuties arrive. You can always purchase them at full price, or when you add them to your cart they are automatically just $10.00 when your other purchase amount is $40.00 or more.
Also, you may like to sign up for my email subscription list (Sign up on my Avon Website) so that you will not miss out on any freebies like the Spring Fling A-Box. That was a good one!
Okay gang, I hope this post has given you some inspiration, a nudge to treat yourself, break out of your comfort zone sometimes, and take a chance on something fresh and new. Merry Christmas to you!
Till next time, stay fabulous and follow your joy!
I love the phrase Over 50 and Fabulous! It’s such a wonderful milestone in a woman’s life I believe. To reach the age of 50 (and beyond), and feel awesome, and feel like you’re still looking pretty awesome too. We’ve raised our families and are now on a new journey. It’s pretty spectacular.
I’ve partnered with a couple of my Avon Teammates to celebrate the fact that we are over 50 and pretty darn fabulous, and to say a huge Thank You to Avon for being part of the beauty in our lives, inside and out.
I’d like to introduce you to these stunning ladies. First is one of my Avon Mentors, Keely Johnson.
Keely is a very youthful 57 yrs old and has been using Avon skin care for about 15 yrs now.
Keely says, “People always tell me that I don’t look 57. Thanks Avon!!! I use all the Avon skin care and Avon makeup. I switch it up and use different things on different days. Here are some of my favorites. I use the Rice Water Cleanser, The Face Shop Oil Anti Age Facial Serum, the Cica Peptide, the Anew Ultimate Dual Elixir, sometimes the Ultimate Day Cream, Ultimate Eye System, Anew Hyaluronic Serum, Vitamin C Serum, and Vitamin C Eye Cream. I like to use it all and switch it up, I want all the benefits of it all.”
Let’s meet beautiful Michelle Butler.
Michelle is 51 but has been told she still looks 30…. thanks to Avon!
Here are Michelle’s favorite skin care products from Avon: “I use Anew Ultimate Cream Cleanser and Multi-Performance Day Cream and Night Cream. I also use Anew Ultimate Supreme Dual Elixir at night. For eyes I use Eye Lift Pro Eye System and Anew Vitamin C Brightening Eye Cream.”
And look who’s next, meet Jfay, your Beauty Blog Hostess.
I am 55 and have been an Avon skin care fan since I was 12. My first Avon memory is during a church trip I took along with some older teenage girls. They were impressed that I was using a skin care regimen at my age, and that made a real impression on me since I looked up to them.
Avon’s makeup products are also wonderful for skin at every age. They have foundations, primers, color correctors, face perfectors, you name it. Here’s a link to all the facial beauty products. I use Avon makeup products exclusively, as I’m sure my 2 teammates do as well. Avon has fabulous eye makeups, lipsticks, blushes, mascaras, and more. You can look through my previous posts to find the products that I love and use, and you know I’ll be posting more about favorite makeup items in the future too, so just stick around!
I hope this post helps bring some inspiration to ladies our age, and a realization to younger generations that maintaining your looks is very possible, fun, and easy using Avon products. You’ve just met 3 (very happy to be) Avon Representatives who are here to represent, and to keep the Avon legacy going into the future.
Till next time, stay fabulous and always follow your joy!
Self care is very very important right now. Taking care of your body, mind, and spirit, and keeping yourself uplifted and feeling good is a great way to shift your focus off of what’s going on around you, and instead channel a good feeling inward to help you through. The more we can stay uplifted, the more we can uplift others, and you know the saying – “That’s a good thing!”.
Avon has set up a whole new category to help us all address this, called Self-Care Heroes.
In this special category you will find everyday essentials such as Beauty Self-Care where the focus is shifted from pampered indulgence to your everyday necessities. You will find hair care products and tools, a pedicure kit, root touch-up product, hair color, facial cleansers, moisturizers, masks, and more. I wanted to mention to you all that you may want to get on the waiting list for the Rice Water Bright Foaming Cleanser. This cleanser is the bomb – I love it so much, and I am also on the wait list. This will definitely lift your spirits. It is so soft and creamy and moisturizing and smells so good. The smell reminds me of soft pink powder. It really makes me feel good when I use it. Every little thing counts right now you know.
Next on the list of Self-Care Heroes is Body Defense Faves. In this category you will find personal care items for both indoors and outdoors. There are body and hand lotions, moisture therapy lotions for dry skin, anti-fungal foot spray, hand soaps, bug spray and more. The Moisture Therapy line is a must-have for me. This is great for my sensitive skin. It is unscented and really has a positive impact on my skin. The lotion in the little jar is my fave. Very rich and creamy.
Now we’re on to Home Essentials. Here you will find goodies to keep your home space clean and serene. There are the Fruits and Passions Hand Soaps (these are super awesome!), beautifully scented candles, toothpastes and tooth brushes, as well as aromatherapy oil blends.
My favorite Cucina Fruits and Passion Hand Soap is the Grapefruit and Rhubard. It smells really really pretty. Not overpowering, just really nice, and it is made with olive oil, so this also helps keep your hands moisturized. I use this in my kitchen as a hand wash only – not for the dishes – it’s too pretty! It’s a little something special, just for you…
And then we have a very popular category right now, At-Home Leisurewear. You might as well be looking good while you’re wearing your at-home leisure wear, right? There are leggings, tanks, tees, sports bras, flip-flops, and more.
My Sister-In-Law ordered these tanks and she really loves them. They are reversible so you can have either a V-neck line or Scoop neck line. They come in a really pretty Raspberry Pink, a Light Blue, White, and Black. They’ll go with all your leggings and sweat pants!
And I say, while you are shopping for necessities, why not take a look at all the fabulous lipsticks and lipstick colors? This is a great time to browse and shop makeup colors. I know a new tube of bright lipstick always lifts my spirits, how about you?
And to be at-home practical AND fun, you’ve gotta try Avon’s Crave Lip Gloss –
There are 12 Crave Lip Glosses to choose from and they are on sale right now for $4.99 each, regular price is $8.00 each. I love wearing the Birthday Cake Crave. Which will be your favorite?
I hope you find some things here that will brighten your stay-at-home lifestyle right now – and beyond. I know we are all hoping this will all be over very soon, but in the mean-time, we’ve got to be good to ourselves and treat ourselves to some new and fun things that can bring happiness into our new routines.
And don’t forget those fabulous bubble baths! And for the kiddos too! Here is a link to Avon’s Bubble Bath products – Click here.
Alright gang. I will close for now. Have fun shopping all the Avon fabulousness! I’ll be back again soon with more fun stuffs for you to enjoy.
Today marks my 1 year anniversary with Avon — Yay!! I’m so thankful to be associated with Avon. It doesn’t even seem like a year. It’s gone by so fast.
Being an Avon Representative has definitely made my life brighter. The opportunities Avon has afforded me have been so wonderful, and bringing joy to each of you through the fabulous products that Avon provides makes me beam with happiness.
I plan to continue onward and upward with Avon, and look forward to all the awesomeness that lies ahead. It’s been such a fantastic journey already, with a lot of fun updates and changes within Avon, so it’s really been exciting.
I cannot wait to share even more Avon goodness with you, and I am very grateful for all of the wonderful people that I’ve met along my journey.
Always remember that I’m here for ya! Feel free to drop me a line anytime if you have any questions or inquiries regarding Avon’s products or if you’d like to join the Avon Nation yourself.
Happy Easter weekend everyone! Hope you have some kind of fun plans, and I especially hope that you are finding ways to lift your spirits.
To help in this regard, I thought I’d post some pretty stuff for you to enjoy, and to pamper your senses with prettiness of all kinds.
And for ultimate pampering, who doesn’t love a scent and bubble filled bath? Woo Hoo! The new Senses Pink Magnolia Bubble Bath 24 oz bottle is listed at just $7.00. A totally affordable indulgence…
How about a gorgeous candle to light while you’re enjoying that relaxing bath?
Enjoy 30 hours burn time surrounded with notes of Water Lily and Blue Hydrangea. The new Spring candles are on special 2 for $25.00.
Soft skin is also a nice luxury –
These little hand creams are listed for $1.49. So cute!
Another great way to lift your spirits is to wrap yourself in very pretty aroma.
The new Peony Rose perfume is so beautiful. You’ve probably already read my review of this fragrance, but it is worth reposting! And there is also the Honey Blossom perfume with the aroma blend of Sparkly Apple Blossom and Honeysuckle Nectar. Two gorgeous floral blends for you to enjoy.
Now, how about something to pretty you up? I know for me I miss getting dolled up to go out on the town with my honey, but I have a feeling it will not be much longer now till we’re able to mingle at least a bit more than now. Gotta stay positive!
So — Here are some pretty makeup, lipstick, and nail polish goodies for you to get yourself ready to fly the coop (so to speak) and look (and feel) like a million $$
Such gorgeous colors and I’m really loving this new packaging for Spring. That alone helps pamper us with pretty.
I truly hope you and your family enjoy your Easter weekend. I’m planning a video chat with my kiddos. I know I’ll get to hug them in person very soon. I know you will get to hug all your family very soon too.
How are you doing?!! I hope you’re finding comforts and joys and keeping yourself busy and uplifted through all this.
I wanted to share something comfy with you today. Something comfy (and fashionable) for your feet!
I was needing some new slippers (they’re all the rage at work now you know..), and I remembered that Avon had some really cute ones that came out at Christmas-time, so I thought I’d see if perhaps they still had some available, and yes, indeed, they do!
I just ordered myself a pair of the Slay Smoking Slippers. They are too cool and listed for Final Sale on my Avon website at $14.99. They are made with Black Velvet, soft memory foam on the inside and no-skid soles on the bottom. This is a get’em while you can kind of find, so I hope you snag a pair for yourself.
Those cute fuzzy Hot Pink slippers are also still available. These are listed for Final Sale at $10.99. They are awesome with the open toe.