Favorite White Jeans’ Looks For Spring

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I wear white jeans and pants all year around but spring is my favorite time of the year for them. After five years of blogging I have put together a lot of looks with white jeans and pants. I went through and picked a bunch out to show you how many options there are for white jeans and pants in the spring!

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Spring Fashion 2018

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Wow March is already rolling down the highway at the speed of light! Can you believe Daylight Savings Time begins next Sunday, March 10th? I am loving the longer days and the warmer weather here in the city. But read on to see our house in the mountains barely peeking out from under all the snow. We spent the weekend up there and it was sunny and gorgeous but boy so much snow.

Today some of my kitchen appliances are being delivered and then the rest will be installed tomorrow. The existing appliances here at the house in the city are original to the house so around 19 years old. We replaced the refrigerator when we moved in last summer and now we are doing the stove, microwave and dishwasher. I picked out my new counter top and will order it today. I am hoping it wont take long to get installed. I know Quartz is all the rage. I was told by an expert that 90% of what they sell now is quartz. But I just don’t like it. So I am going with what I like and getting granite. It is also crazy because Quartz is more expensive than granite and its man made. Go figure.

I guess I am getting old, because I am over the open concept, I love rooms. I want real natural materials like stone and wood in the house and I love color. I read that although the all white kitchen is strong the new kitchens are trending toward color, natural elements and a bit of vintage vibe and that is totally me!

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My Look

You know how what you are focused on at the moment is what you enjoy? Well I am focused on the house update so I am really going casual a lot. I mean, old jeans, tees and sweats style! Ha ha.

But we were out looking at landscaping ideas today so I pulled myself together somewhat. Everything is old. I am wearing white jeans by Jessica Simpson, a J. Crew top, a Free People cardigan, Steve Madden wedges and carrying an Ark bag. There’s no snow here in the city and it is sunny and in the upper 40s to low 50s. I am so loving it. Big hoop earrings were my only jewelry. I love these earrings so much I think I will add a few more to my collection this spring.

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Create Your Own Look

I’m linking fun spring cardigans and fabulous hoop earrings both on my list for fresh spring looks!

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Snow In The Mountains

Below are pictures of our house in the mountains! You cannot see the front door at all. We’ve had this place since 2003 and I have never seen quite this much snow. You can see in some of the pictures the tree that fell down across our circle drive and landed right down our sidewalk to the front door. It’s a miracle it didn’t hit our garden shed or the house. We are at the bottom of a ski hill and it was reported to have gotten more than eleven feet of snow in the month of February alone. Argh!

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As always, thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

Spring Trends Alert

Spring Trends Alert on Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Spring Trends Alert on Northwest Mountain Living & Style

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I'm on the prowl for spring fashion! And I think I am on to some really fun new things. I thought I would share what I am loving right now that will take me through spring and summer!

Most of these things were something I dabbled in last spring and summer but I am seeing them bumped up a little on the style scale. First, scarves.  I wear them around my neck, wrist, in my hair, around my waist and even tied on my bags. This year they have some fun shapes and sizes so I tied one on the handle of my bag for a fun twist. Second, platforms. I am going crazy over these platform sneakers. They are so cute with jeans, shorts, skirts, and dresses! Obsessed. The next thing I am embracing even more fully than before (if that can happen) is tunics (longer tops). They have such a casual relaxed vibe but with all the colors and styles they are a major staple for me.  You can wear them with the hem out, assorted tucks or even as a dress if they are long enough. Fill my closet please!

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Spring Trends Alert on Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Spring Trends Alert on Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Spring Trends Alert on Northwest Mountain Living & Style

My Look

In this look I am wearing  a tunic that buttons half way down in neutral stripes. I did a front tuck with this look but sometimes I pull the hem through my belt loop on the side. This is a perfect anytime top. My jeans are Lucky Brand skinny cropped jeans, shoes are platform Steve Madden sneakers and I'm carrying a Tory Burch tote with a scarf from target wrapped around the handle.  You can see the care tag still on my scarf. For some reason I hate to cut those off but I think I will have to in this case. I'm wearing a white watch and Kendra Scott turquoise earrings to complete this look.

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Spring Trends Alert on Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Create Your Own Look

I’m linking ideas for creating your own look!

I love my Kendra Scott earrings and have worn them along with the matching necklace over and over through the years. I’m linking beautiful styles for this spring.

Spring Trends Alert on Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Spring Trends Alert on Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Spring Trends Alert on Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Spring Trends Alert on Northwest Mountain Living & Style

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I am only sending out one newsletter a week from now on. It will be a recap of the week’s posts (new posts go out Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 1 PM MT) in case you missed them and I’ll also share books to read, articles I think are interesting, recipes I am trying, news on fitness, home decor, dogs and anything that is news of the week! The newsletter will also contain a personal letter addressed only to subscribers so I hope you will sign up and join our little community!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Peace!


Granny's Cornbread Salad

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It is not picture taking weather here in Idaho so I have’t been getting any taken. I wrote this post a while ago and had it in the can to share at some point and now seems like a good time.

Granny’s cornbread salad is not only one of my favorite recipes, it reminds me of my Granny. She was my mom’s mom and a very sweet and kind lady. As I grew up I learned I had a lot of her traits. We both rearrange(d) our furniture when we clean(ed) house, we both love(d) old BBC sitcoms, we both kick(ed) our foot when we would try to sit still and the list goes on.

Anyway back to my story. As Granny got older she started losing her vision from Macular Degeneration but she wanted to record and share her recipes with us grand kids. So I gave her my old electric typewriter and even though she didn’t know how to type, she slowly typed recipes on cards. She made one for me and one for my cousin and the other grandchildren. She put little stickers on them and put together the cutest little recipe books. I use mine all the time and always think of her when I do.

The bowl in the picture above also reminds me of granny as she had the exact one and used it all the time. I found one in an antique store many years ago and use it all the time too.

You can see how much I use this recipe, a tribute to how much my family likes it. It is so easy to make and really a meal in one bowl. I make it mostly in the summer for some reason.

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I vary the ingredients too. I like black beans sometimes instead of kidney and I might use red and yellow peppers instead of green. I usually make extra bacon because if you are going to eat bacon you might as well have plenty. Ha Ha. Also instead of mayo I will use half yogurt or even all yogurt. I think Greek yogurt is just as tasty as mayo.

I cook my bacon on a sheet pan in the oven. I think it’s the best way to make a lot of bacon.

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I like a nice white cheddar cheese for this salad. A fruity white wine goes perfectly with this salad as well as does a glass of iced tea.

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Weekly Newsletter

I wanted to let you know that I will only be sending out one newsletter a week from now on. I have been sending one out three times a week, each time a new post went live. I think I can put together a more interesting newsletter if I send out one each Sunday that is recap of the week. So stayed tuned for this week’s edition of the weekly wrap-up newsletter. I hope you will sign up if you haven’t already. Have a wonderful rest of your week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

Color My Mood

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Seriously gang, rich colors like those in this outfit make my heart sing. They make me happy. Finding the perfect combination of colors is a lucky gift when you can find them. These blues and plums complement each other like they were meant to be.

We are back in Idaho checking on the houses in the mountains and valley. There is a ton of snow at the mountain place and it is still coming down. There are avalanche warnings going off on the TV as I write this post. I hope to get some pictures this week. In the valley it is cloudy and raining a ton. Winter in Idaho is never dull, that is for sure. I have learned to enjoy the climate no matter where I am though. I always say, “you can laugh or you can cry and I chose to laugh!”

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My Look

I am wearing a Karen Kane top, Free People cardigan, 7 for all Mankind jeans and boots from Target. And gang, they are my favorite pair of OTK boots. Everything in this look is at least a season or two old but I wear them often because of the fun colors. My leather cross body bag is a major fun thrift find bought in Arizona last winter. All I can say it this is one of my favorite winter. outfits.

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Create Your Own Look

There is no better time than now to pick up a pair of OTK boots, they are on sale everywhere! I am linking a few for you to look at along with some fabulous cardigans that can add a pop of color to your look! Layer your favorite tunic for warmth and more color and style.

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Reminder

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As always, thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

Welcome Back To My Mountain Life

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By the time you read this post I will be leaving Arizona after an eight-week visit and be on my way back to our mountain home. We had to cut our trip short because we have so much snow back there that some of our huge pine trees have fallen across our drive and down the sidewalk to our house. Too close for comfort and we are afraid one might fall and hit the house. And all of our security cameras are out except one that is hanging upside down. I think it has been a wild winter up there while we were gone. At any rate we are excited to get back, check on things, sit by a fire and view the beautiful winter wonderland.

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And So

Needless to say I will be out of pocket for a week or so. I was able to get posts up for the rest of this week and I have been playing around with the design of the blog, so I hope you enjoy that. Check out the main page and the blog pages to see all the new elements I have added. I am trying to make it a little more interesting. and fun!

I really hope you all are having a wonderful winter so far! I will be back with part three of my fitness series of posts as soon as I can along with more fashion, life and style for us over 50 ladies.

While I’m gone you should read this article:

Why Older Women Will Rule The World: The Future Is Female by an MIT expert.

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My Look

These pictures are from last year. I remember is was fun to get out and play in the snow and share some of my outdoor looks. I am wearing a red coat, black leggings, fun snow boots and a warm cap. No big deal but I loved the bright red in the winter outdoors. I remember I had a red nose too by the end of the shoot!

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Create Your Own Look


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Weekly Newsletter

I wanted to let you know that I will only be sending out one newsletter a week from now on. I have been sending one out three times a week, each time a new post went live. I think I can put together a more interesting newsletter if I send out one each Sunday that is recap of the week. So stayed tuned for this week’s first edition of the weekly wrap-up newsletter. I hope you will sign up if you haven’t already. Have a wonderful rest of your week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!


Poncho Style

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The weather here in AZ has been cool and rainy and perfect for wearing ponchos, jackets and for layering. When I lived here for many years I don’t remember many Februaries so chilly but I know those who live here all year long really enjoy this change from the long hot season.

I think we are going to have to cut our stay here short. Our security cameras were hacked and only one is working and it is showing downed trees in the yard at our place in the mountains. These trees are gigantic too. And they are really close to the house. Last year we had one fall on the house. The snow is really deep and heavy this year so a tree falling is fairly common but you don’t want it damaging property. We have friends checking on things so depending on what they find out we will need to go back.

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My Look

This outfit is so comfy. A pair of skinny jeans in a dark wash, a tee and a poncho. I wore black pumps and carried my backpack to complete this look.

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Create Your Own Look

Linking exact poncho (on major sale) exact jeans (on sale) and similar pumps.

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Peace!


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My February Uniform

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If you have been reading along this month you know I have been all about health and fitness. I have tried to put everything else on the back burner and put my health first. Heart disease runs in my family and some have had the window maker (worst kind of heart attack) at the age I am now. Yep 58. Most recently my brother passed away about a year after his heart attack because it damaged his heart beyond repair. He was 59, had is heart attack at 58. So I am trying to be proactive. I even went to get blood drawn for a special test but passed out before they could get enough blood so I have to go back again. This will be my third try because I keep fainting! Ugh!

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Anyway one of my theories is if I am always dressed to workout I will do so when the time is right. You can see my current workout routine here in my last post. Recently I put together these items to make what I am calling my February uniform.

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My Look

I am wearing American Eagle joggers, Adidas Stan Smith sneakers, Madewell Tee, zip up sweatshirt and a ball cap. I’m carrying a packpack that I have had a long time.

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Create Your Own Look

I’m linking my exact joggers, they come in four colors and I love them so much I have them in all four colors. They are light weight and stretchy and tts, I am wearing a small. Also linking same tee by Madewell. They run a little large, I am wearing xs would usually get a s. Exact same sneakers that I have had for several years but they are so popular they keep stocking them. They are the Stan Smiths. I linking other options for you too. I am also linking my same initial necklace.

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Peace!


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Moving Is The Thing Over 50

MOVING IS THE THING

Just because I love to run doesn't mean I think it is right for everyone. The point I'm trying to make is that an appropriate level of physical activity is important for everyone for good health, mind and body. We all need to find what makes us feel like a kid again and do it often. Start by thinking about what activities you loved as a child. I loved to run. I can remember my mom saying all the time, "Cheryl has two speeds, running and asleep." I have not changed. I would rather run than walk most of the time. When I run I feel like I leave all my troubles behind in the wind. I seem to think more clearly while running. I plan what I want to do for the day, I think of fun conversations and about almost anything positive. It is meditation for me.

How much I run and how often varies day-to-day or month-to-month. And that is part of the benefit. When you played as child, you didn't do the same thing every day, you mixed it up because it was about having fun not forcing yourself to get a workout in.

Right now I am running three miles every other day and then on the alternate days I am doing a 30 minute yoga practice and a bare bones strength training routine that incorporates push-ups (for upper body), dead lifts (for core), planks (core), squats and lunges (lower body) and tricep-dips (arms). The first three exercises use major muscle groups and the tricep-dips I added because that is an area I want to firm up more. I found a fun 30 day Plank Challenge app for my phone that leads me through daily planks to help me build my core and I love how it takes only a couple of minutes and makes such a difference. I take one day off and some days instead of my usual routine I take walks or hikes for fun with my husband.

THE TRUTH According to Science

For the over fifty crowd, common sense and, increasingly, research suggests that constant use will slow the loss of our physical capabilities, form, and balance. The same research shows that, once lost, it may be difficult or impossible to regain former capabilities. The problem centers on the nerves that control our muscles. From 50 or 60 on, the permanent loss of the nerve connections to our muscles begins to accelerate. Depressing, I know but a recent study by McPhee published in the Journal of Physiology provides reason for optimism for those who stay fit.

As it turns out, older healthy muscles (meaning well developed through frequent exercise, good diet, etc.) enjoy a protection that less healthy muscles do not. Even though nerves controlling muscles decline with age, and this decline accelerates over 50 or 60, surviving nerves in healthy muscles can send out new branches to rescue muscles and stop them from wasting away.

This study by the American Journal of Physiology was conducted on men but it may be true for women as well.

Translation? If you keep at it, your ability to play tennis, lift weights, cycle, and so forth can be retained with minimal loss of nerve connections, although other studies show that you will need to spend more time exercising as you age to achieve the same results. Constantly used and challenged nerve connections find a way to survive. The "challenged" part of the equation points to the importance of mixing up your exercise routines. Changing even a small part of your activities builds new connections. (Trainers have long known that you need to “surprise” your muscles frequently because they tend to develop to the specific demand and no more.) For example, if tennis is your go-to activity, play doubles and singles, switch between one and two-handed form, try a few net shots with the other hand; play at night and in the day and consider learning similar sports. Still depressed? There may be a way to beat the odds and actually regain skills you lost through disuse. I don’t see a miracle on the horizon but a secret may be not only how much but how you exercise. Stay tuned.

I hope you found this information useful and if so stay tuned for next Monday when I talk about “Eating Using The 80% Rule” where I will dive a little deeper into Intermittent Fasting and how I try to eat for a healthy lifestyle.

That's all I have for today! Make sure to go out and play!

Peace!

 

Casual Friday Work Outfit

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The Scoop

I used to work at universities at an executive level and therefore wore a lot of business wear. My favorite was to wear a pants suit but I also loved pencil skirts and sometimes dresses. Since I started working from home I no longer need to dress that formally but now and then I like to wear business casual.

Many workplaces allow business casual on Fridays and some most days of the week. What a wonderful world we live in! Ha ha.

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My Look

In my last post I told you I had picked up a couple of black blazers at the thrift shops and how excited I was to style them. In this post I am styling the Banana Republic blazer. I’m wearing it with an older Loft white button down shirt and a new pair of Joe’s cropped jeans and a pair of fabulous black pumps. I found these pumps a couple of years ago, also at a local Phoenix thrift shop. I carried my Louis Vuitton Never Full MM to complete this look.

There is nothing I don’t like about the outfit and I would wear it for so many occasions, like a date night, lunch with friends or even to go shopping. I have other black blazers but this is totally my favorite now.

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More Blazer Looks

Here are a few older posts where I am sharing blazer looks. Just click on the picture for the full post.

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Create Your Own Look

Linking fabulous blazers from Banana Republic that look just like mine as well as a fabulous J. Crew one. And linking exact jeans too.

Along with your white shirt or tee add a pair of pointy toe pumps and a power bag and you are good to go! I prefer a lower heel, it makes you look more in control somehow.

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Thanks for stopping by gang!

Peace!

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Cabi

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I have been really focusing on fitness lately and doing a lot of reading and researching fashion. Melissa of Fresh Air and False Lashes told me about Busbee Style and I have been binge watching her YouTube and reading her blog. She is an amazing inspiration to me. My head is so full of ideas I am about to burst.

I am still struggling with getting decent pictures but you know it’s a fun problem to have, right? And my readers are so dear and forgiving. How did I get so lucky to have this support system? I tear up just thinking about the kind words over the years and the people that have inspired me beyond description. If you ever think you are alone or an oddball like me, you’re not! There are others whose hearts beat almost exactly like yours and they lift you up.

Gosh, I got off track! Ha ha.

My Look

So this is super fun! I wanted to shoot a look with a black blazer and didn’t have one here in Arizona so I decided to check out the thrift shops. OMG I got so lucky and found two right away both really nice. My favorite is a Banana Republic and the other is a fabulous Kasper brand. Both are lined and very well made, in perfect condition and fit perfectly.

But on with the story. The Goodwill stores here in Arizona have everything for half price on Saturdays and this was a Saturday so the lines were so long!!! Almost back half way through the store but I felt these jackets were worth the wait so I got in line. Lucky for me the line was right by all the sleeveless tops in my size. Tons of them. So as I waited I perused the merchandise. Well I found two beautiful 100% silk Cabi tops. Score! Ha! They were just so pretty and half price.

This top is one of them. I brought them both home and hand washed and dried with a little ironing and they both look like new. I wore this one with my favorite Lucky Brand jeans, and a pair of booties. I tried two different purses and liked them both. One of the bags is the Gigi bag I won in a blogger contest last winter and the other is my new mustard backpack. Oh and I wore giant hoop earrings.

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Create Your Own Look

I am really looking at ruffles and ties on tops for spring. I am seeing them everywhere. Linking some fun options.

Here are links to some jeans and booties on sale to complete a look!

Thanks for stopping by gang!

Peace!

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Move It Or Lose It Over 50

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Hey gang! Well, it is the first Monday in February and I am ready for it! I love new beginnings, even the beginnings of each new week. With new beginnings I think about what I want to do to make my life fresh, purposeful and fun! This month I want to really focus on fitness. I’m not talking about losing weight but about finding a balance between a happy life and being fit. For me being fit equates with my happiness.

Anyway long story short, I am going to look at my fitness journey over the last couple of years and see how it has evolved. I am doing these posts for myself as much as anything because they give me direction, keep motivated and held accountable. I hope you will follow along and share your thoughts as well!

Note: If you’re not into the fitness posts don’t worry I will be doing my regular fashion and lifestyle posts mixed right in with the fitness.

MOVE IT OR LOSE IT

Nothing much has changed for me regarding this phrase. Science supports it. If you don’t stay active you lose the ability to be active. This varies in degrees depending on many things like genetics, current health, lifestyle and much more.

I’ll start this series by answering frequently asked questions regarding my age, diet, and activities. You can see how it has changed or evolved from a couple of summers ago when I did a series of Move It Or Lose It posts by going here and scrolling down to my first post on June 24, 2017. Or you can go to the top of this page under Home and click on Health & Beauty. And now let’s get crackin’!

FAQ

1. How old are you?

I am 58.

2. How much do you weigh?

My weight usually runs between 120 and 125.

4. How tall are you?

Exactly 5’ 4 & 3/4”. I round to 5’5”

5. How do you stay fit? 

I was raised by a very active dad and a mom who taught me the importance of taking care of my body. My mom taught me about healthy eating and the importance of not smoking. So it has always been a part of my life. She never gave us sugar or sodas and I am grateful because I still have every tooth I was born with.

My diet is not rigid so when I say I do something I mean, most of the time. Maybe 80% of the time. I don't beat myself up too much if do something out of line with what I think is healthy. To me, being happy is the most important thing to staying healthy. If I deprived myself of foods I loved I would be truly unhappy.

I love to cook and eat. I try to eat less meat which is not too difficult because I don't think meat has much flavor on its own. It is what you put on it that gives it flavor. I love all fruits and vegetables. I love nuts, grains, beans, etc. I used to love bread but have learned to tone it down. Maybe a slice of whole grain now and then. When I do pasta which is not too often I do whole grain also. We eat very little sugar and use only olive or avocado oil for cooking. Here is a typical day for me. 

Breakfast: I eat late in the morning around 10 or 11 AM most days. My two favorite breakfasts are scrambled eggs with spinach, tomato and avocado or a bowl of steel cut oats with banana, honey, peanut butter and almond milk . I also like mixed berries with wheat germ and walnuts in Greek yogurt for a really quick meal.

My breakfasts are varied most usually, thinking is it good for my body. I love a doughnut but can’t stand the logy feeling it gives me when I am done. I also am very careful about portions. Too much of even healthy food makes be feel bloated and sleepy while my body tries to digest.

Lunch: My favorite lunch is to make a dip using 1/4 cup of cottage cheese mixed with 1/4 cup homemade salsa. I dip organic corn chips (from Costco) in it. I'm addicted to this right now!  Just about 1/2 cup each mixed really fills me up and I don’t get sleepy.

Snack: I try not to snack but when I do it is fruits, nuts, seeds. They are so good for us and I love them. Sometimes I have a treat by taking a couple of dates and filling them with goat cheese. I die! I do eat cheese, I just try to watch my portions.

Dinner: It varies but we often mix a can of beans (any kind, but we like black or cannelloni) a can of chopped tomatoes ( I prefer fire roasted tomatoes) onion, garlic, jalapenos or some other heat and chopped roasted organic chicken breast. It is fast, easy, filling and delicious! At least a couple of nights a week we will have a burger or home made pizza. I love to make my own crust and pizza which keeps it more healthy. We eat a lot of salads too. I make lots of healthy soups. I also don’t eat after 6:30 or 7 PM. I will write about why in future post.

Exercise: I have always been active. It is hard for me to sit long. I have walked, lifted weights, practiced yoga, ran, hiked, etc. I started running in my mid-40s and loved it so much that I still do it.

I currently am doing fartlek runs where I run fast five minutes then walk or jog two minutes then run five again, and so on. I do this for 30 minutes. This is when I am in Phoenix. When I am at our mountain home I do trail runs on a mountain trail that’s just outside our door for two miles. We live at a 5,300 foot elevation and the trails are fairly rugged and up and down hill so two miles is quite a work out. I do these runs two to three times a week. On the other days I either walk 3+ miles or do a one a hour hike at a local mountain. I really do something every day but once in a while I take a day off. These workouts are not easy for me, I get tired in a way that I didn’t when I was younger but they are fun! My husband does all the walks and hikes with me.

Sleep: I want to add this because I feel it is so important. I know not everyone can just fall asleep and stay asleep but I do and I sleep most nights between seven and nine hours. I think all the exercise helps with my sleep.

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So this is my normal routine as of now. Like I said I hit this mark 80% of the time so it is not perfect but who needs perfect? Stay tuned for my next post where I will be talking about “ Moving Is The Thing”

Excerpt: “For the over fifty crowd, common sense and, increasingly, scientific research suggests that constant use will retain our physical capabilities and form. Once lost, however, it may be difficult or impossible to regain former capabilities.“

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!


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Valentine's Date Night Look

The Scoop

Happy February gang! Can you believe we are well into 2019 already? February means we start thinking (or not) of that fun holiday where we celebrate those we love! It may be our partner, children, or close friends that we call our valentine but we love an excuse to eat candy and celebrate. And for some of us it is a distraction to get us through winter and closer to spring!

My husband and I have no Valentine’s Day traditions. Over the years we have done different things. Like one year he ran me a bubble bath with candles all around to soak in while he made a romantic dinner. One year, I did everything, made a dinner, dressed up in a sexy red dress and all he had to do was bring me flowers. Easy! Last year I thought we wouldn’t do anything and he surprised me with a big bag full of goodies, candy, jewelry, card, etc. He gave it to me after I had on my old PJs and I opened it in bed and ate it all right then! I thought it was so fun. Some years we do nothing at all. This year? We plan to go out to a favorite restaurant.

Do you have Valentines’s Day traditions or do you wing it like us?

My Look

Since we will be going out I need a dress! Right? I created a holiday look this year that I loved so much I thought I would do something similar for Valentines Day. I have this dress in three colors, black (see here), blue (see here) and now this gray. It is such a versatile dress that I wear it for a lot of things. You can add anything to it to give it a different vibe. Since it is cool at night here in Arizona I added a big cozy red cardigan. This cardigan is perfection! Soft, over sized, and that deep color of red that I think of on Valentine’s Day. The sweater will be used for many outfits for me because where I am in the summer (Idaho Mountains) is sometimes colder than where I am now (Arizona Desert). I decided to wear my floral Sam Edelman sandals to complete this look. I grabbed my backpack but will probably just carry a clutch when we go out. For jewelry I wore big hoop earrings, a fabulous statement necklace and my look was complete.

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Create Your Own Look

I’m linking exact dress and other items for creating your own look!

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Peace!


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Mustard Please

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The Scoop

The weekend here was so nice and I am grateful to enjoy it. Low 70s and sunny. When we are here in Arizona we walk almost every where we go. Our favorite grocery store (Sprouts) is next to a Starbucks so we walk there almost daily to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables and then we pick up a coffee on the way back. It is about 3 miles total trip so lots of days it is our workout. We are really into it with our backpacks and sneakers. Ha ha.

I love to cook so much so we don’t eat out often but there is a little sports grill about a mile away that we walk to once in a while for fish tacos. We really try to work in fun with exercise every single day. I try to cook following the Mediterranean diet which is easy when you love fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, etc. like we do. I also can have a small glass of wine each day when I follow the guidelines.

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My Look

I am really loving all the mustard items in the stores lately. I have always loved this color and have a lot of it in my closet but it hasn’t always been easy to find. It is a color that some love and some don’t. I am in the I do camp. I found this top and decided that floral sandals would be so cute with the stripes in the top. I wore my Lucky Brand jeans which are my favorites right now. They are skinny’s but I went up a size for a more relaxed look and feel. To complete the look I carried my mustard back pack and I wore a Kendra Scott necklace.

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Create Your Own Look

I’m linking same jeans (Lucky Brand) same brand shoes, same brand necklaces and other fun mustard options for you!

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McCall and I thank you for stopping by!

Peace!


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