Friday, September 22, 2023

It's Giving Fall Vibes

Fall Outfit Ideas These outfit ideas are giving fall vibes! For reference I am 53 years old and I love to look good! I mean, who doesn't, right? Here are a few of my favorites to mix and match this season. This edition is using black & tan items. I specifically used some foundation items such as black pencil skirt, black, button-down, blouse and wide-leg, sailor type pants.  You will find links to most everything below. To watch the video you can click on my Tik Tok video over on the right.  Black button down blouse from Worthington @JCP Blouse here  and the pants I bought from QVC a long time ago! I paired them with nude pumps.  This comfy sweater is from Old Navy  here the black skirt is from Shein and it's stretchy and comfy. Again, paired with the nude heels. Here's the sweater with the wide leg pants.  Here's the black top with skinny jeans from Macy's. I love these jeans, they are so comfy and stretchy. Unfortunately, I don't see the button up jeans on

Mexican Casserole (Carne con Calabaza y Elote)

RECIPE Mexican Casserole Carne con elote y calabaza Who doesn't love a good homecooked meal? Lately, I have been getting more into cooking and less into eating out. This meal is easy to make and healthy too.  My mom makes the carne con elote y calabaza and it is so yummy. This is her recipe.  Mexican Beef Stew with Zucchini and Corn Makes about 5 heaping servings Ingredients: 1.5 pounds of stew beef 1 15.25 oz. can of corn (you can add another can if you wish to make more portions) 1 16 oz jar of Herdez Salsa Verde - Mild (or if you don't want any heat at all, substitute with one 12 oz. can of tomato paste) Half a white onion, chopped into small pieces one cube Knorr chicken bullion Fajita seasoning to taste salt to taste one or two large zucchini (I used one. Add more veggies for more servings) In a large casserole brown the stew beef with the onion. Once the beef is fully cooked, add the (drained) can of corn, and mix it up. Then add the zucchini and stir all together. Add th
Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Slowing Down and Smelling the Roses

 Retired Slowing down and stopping to smell the roses has been the theme of my life lately. Ever since I retired from my government job back in May, I have been learning to relax. You read that right, "learning" to relax. I guess my kids were right, I have always been a work-a-holic. It has been something that's been instilled in my dna ever since I can remember. I always felt I  had to keep busy being productive even when not at my actual job.                         (collage of my hubby and I, me and some time relaxing) I had been an accountant since 1999 and worked my way up to the title of CFO towards the middle of my career. Being a CFO of several small cities, at one time or another, was always a big responsibility. It involved late nights for council meetings and working weekends to prepare budgets and end of year workpapers. If you are an accountant you know exactly what I mean.                                                              (Last City Council Meetin
Thursday, August 17, 2023


REVIEW: SKIN CARE FOR MELASMA WITH TRETINOIN AND HYDROQUINONE WITHAGENCY.COM A few weeks ago I came across and ad on Facebook for prescription skin care that supposedly treats melasma and acne. I have been battling cystic acne now for over 30 years! My triggers are dairy products, which really sucks because I'd have to give up cheese, yogurt and ice cream! I try to limit my intake of dairy products but once in a while I cave. I've had to take doxycycline in the past along with Epiduo cream and I've even been prescribed Retin A 0.5%.  Now, going to the dermatologist and getting scripts can add up to hundreds of dollars. Having seen the ad and clicking through the website, I decided to give it a shot. The ad showed the two week trial size to cost about $6 with shipping, so I answered the questions and put my credit card info in. In a few hours the medical team emailed me with a treatment plan that they put into a secure website, and asked me if I had any questions. I went onl
Friday, June 23, 2023

Cute Summer Outfits for Women Over 50

Cute Summer Outfits for Women Over 50 I am of the opinion that women can wear whatever they want! Women can look great by wearing what fits them best. You can take any well fitting garment and rock it! Here are a few of my favorite looks I am wearing this summer.  The first outfit is an all black number.  This is very comfortable and can take you from the office to dinner and drinks. The top is a cute sleeveless with a zipper. It is stretchy in the back and I received this from Stitch Fix. Funny, I had it in a drawer and hadn't worn it at all since I got it last year! The pants are paper bag style top from Banana Republic. The cute espadrilles are from Candie's Shoes.  I paired this outfit with a Kate Spade clutch/crossbody  I am also wearing a Kate Spade bracelet Here I switch things up and I pair the same pants with a white top from Temu. This was my first time ordering from that website/app and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the items I received a
Thursday, June 22, 2023

My Take on Huevos Rancheros-Yummy Brunch Ideas

My Take On Huevos Rancheros  A Yummy Brunch Idea Huevos rancheros are a delicious Mexican breakfast dish. This morning I decided to make them a bit different-served on a tostada.  The ingredients you see here are for a serving for two people with plenty of pico left over :) Double or triple the ingredients as you see fit to feed your family. I promise you this will become a fave at your house as well. Ingredients: pickled jalapenos  tostadas  one bunch of cilantro two roma tomatoes  2-3 limes one medium onion one 16 oz. can refried beans  and 4 medium eggs salt to taste Optional: Queso fresco and fresh avocado slices First you will need to prepare the pico de gallo. A short note on the pico-it is a fresh "salsa" from Mexico (I am Mexican) that contains onion, tomato, cilantro, lime and salt. In our home we like our pico "wet" which means it has lots of lime juice. The lime juice deliciously "marries" all the flavors due to the citric acid. Try it and you w
Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Sprucing Up the Patio - DIY Pillow Covers

Sprucing Up the Patio DIY Pillow Covers When it comes to DIY, I try to cut corners and save money whenever and however I can. Recently, we had to replace our bed cover after a certain puppy chewed up the edges. 🙄 I really like our bedspread because it’s just the right weight-not too hot. This is the bedspread we have: here I ordered the bedspread and completely forgot that it comes with two matching sham covers. So now I found myself with 4 shams. What was I to do? I certainly did not want to throw them away. I remembered that my two throw pillows that I have on my patio chairs became discolored when I had them out on my previous uncovered patio.  I decided to make pillow covers for those two pillows with the extra shams I had! First I gathered my materials: The two extra shams (why buy fabric right?) **Fabric scissors, parchment paper of piece of cardboard, vinyl gloves, toothpick/brush, fabric glue (I had on hand) and a pretty ribbon that would go with a nautical theme** One of


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