We have booked our next trip to Mexico and I can honestly say that I love everything about this place. The people, the food, the traditional crafts, and of course it is beautiful. I have often thought that we could live here full-time and cannot imagine why anyone would want to leave but then I remind myself that people struggle here and are paid nothing. I am fortunate to have opportunities others can only dream of but just maybe this is my chance to make a difference.
Now I just need to research how? When we go to Mexico how can I help the culture and the country? If you have ideas, send them my way.
We have for several years adopted senior dogs. Most people want puppies, but our last 2 rescues have been older girls. PunkinSpice Latte was used for breeding, she is brindle and when her last litter was still born she was dumped by the dumb ass breeder. Great for us.
We love both of them and are proud to provide these 2 old girls in their golden years with their very best life. Punkin is hug a bunch and wants kisses and wants to be right up next to you. Milly is not affectionate, she does not want to be held but does like face rubs and likes to sleep on the bed. Milly will poop wherever if you don’t pay attention, I continue to try and convince my husband this is just her bring old as I am the same way.
Milly Vanilly was surrendered because her person had to go into a nursing home. We named her Milly because her previous was Lilly. Little did we know her hearing is all but gone except for loud noises, and her eye sight is limited, at night the grey eye haze is evident. Oh and she exhibits all the characteristics of dementia
Each is funny and entertaining so we treat then individually and laugh each day. We have a huge yard and Milly thinks she is a track star. She will run from end to end 20 times while Punkin just watches.
I had always heard that once you turn 50 or atleast get close to it that the metabolism changes. Well holy hairdo, does it. The hormones changes at 53 (soon to be 54) has brought my metabolism to a screeching halt.
I have had to say hello to a belly that is not cute, can you say bloat. Now in fairness to my body, I do love wine and it is not a friend of hormone menopause belly. I have thought about cutting out my wine for 30 days but then ask myself “will I want to do this longterm”? ugh NO, I am an owner in a winery, so this is out (Willamette Valley) winery if you are interested. What are other options:
walk everyday- already doing this, when it is nice outside I do atleast 3 miles a day and if it’s rainy the treadmill at the gym is my backup
eat less- I can do this and just need to get inspired to do so
lift weights- I like to lift, but sometimes making it to the gym does not happen, I have purchased weights for home so now I have no excuses
Last and what this post is all about is a jump rope challenge. I saw this video on TicToc and the girl was doing 1000 jumps per day using a digital jump rope. I went out to Amazon and bought the least expensive cute pink electronic jump rope I could find and have decided to commit to 30 days of doing 1000 jumps per day.
This morning was day 1, I did the first 100 and thought I was going to die, and mind you I walk everyday. This means nothing, jumping rope is different. I completed the first 500 and will do the next 500 on my lunch hour. I will be posting updates to my blog and TicToc (@ssgreenbean) if you want to see my progress. Come on all you over 50 folks, let’s get fit together or just have fun trying something new, either way it’s a win win..
I don’t know how it’s possible to be so excited about a laundry room but mine is amazing. It now doubles as a game room and a mini bar. It can not get any better and the color makes my heart happy. Now if I could just get someone to fill up that wine rack I’d be great. Hope you love it too
During quarantine I decided to learn something new. I decided on body butter because I swear I spend a million dollars to stay soft. The first fragrances my friends bought and I was sold out in a week. I have soft, thick (those heals and elbows) and they all smell great great. The best thing is they are organic and all natural, no weird ingredients and a whole lotta love. They can be used on both hair and body. I hope you love them
All items can be found on my Etsy store using the link provided. Happy Shopping
You all know I have no problem talking about my beauty improvements. This month I took the plunge and during my botox appointment also had my girl do some lip filler.
My husband was like no I love your lips, ugh ok but you don’t have to draw them on everyday to make them look full.
We did some Juviderm and this involves getting numbed up and using a very small needle to put product into the thin areas. Holy hairdo, the actual lip area was easy but when she did the lip outline my eyes watered and man do you feel it. I’m ok with this but you wimpy girls think twice sister.
Today I am swollen and look like big birds sister but by Monday the swelling will have gone way down and will be great. Yes you swell and ice is your friend. My husband and I have jokes galore and have fun making up stories as to why my lips are HUGE.
I spend like a million dollars on lotions, butters, and potions (ok maybe 1/2 a million). While I have been working remote during the pandemic, I decided that I needed to learn how to make my own organic, natural body butters and looky here, I now have my own line of products. Currently I have 3 (let’s call them flavors), prickly pear, lemon pound cake, and regular pound cake. Made with 100% pure shea butter, organic coconut and essential oils. The pound cake is dense and great for trouble areas like heals and elbows. Prickly Pear and Lemon Pound Cake are soft and whipped goodness. They can be used on body and your hair. A little goes along way and after using your skin will be soft as a babies bottom.
Each month, I will introduce a new flavor. Next to come are Lavender and Clary Sage. The Sage is fantastic and I can’t wait for the batch to be ready. If your interested shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Invite those I love to come on a trip to the Caribbean
What or who inspires you most in this world? And why?
Animal rescue, I believe that the kindness you show to animals shows a person’s character
Removal of Mandatory minimum sentencing in the United States, all offenders should be sentenced individually based upon their history not some good ole boy law that treats everyone the same regardless of circumstance
What goals did you meet or achievements did you reach this year that you are most proud of?
I wrote a book about the experience with my oldest son thru addiction, incarceration, and recovery “Mad as Hell, A Mom’s Journey”
When was the last time you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone?
Last year when we went to Vegas, ziplined for the first time above the strip
What are the three words that would best describe yourself?
Fun, strong, driven
What is one thing you could change today to start living a better tomorrow?
Cut down my wine intake ;0)
What is one dream or goal in life you have given up on and why?
In high school I wanted to be a fashion buyer but as I have matured it did not seem as exciting
What piece of advice would you give your younger self?
Travel and see the world before you begin a career
Name your top 3 goals coming into this new year?
Reduce my body fat by 5%
Pay off in full my student loan
Meet with friends once a month just because
If you came into enough money that you never had to work again, what would you do with your time?
I would travel and eat
The spa and plastic surgeon would know me by first name
If you could say one sentence to the whole world right now and everyone would hear it, what would it be?
You never know the impact of showing kindness to another person
Thank you to each and every one of you who stops by my site and reads my posts! Your support and encouragement mean the world to me.
It is unbelievable that I am 52, yep and as we age a whole lotta shit changes. First, skin, good lord I took a selfie a few days ago and wholly pores. When exactly did my skin look like sand paper. Facial hair and brows: facial hair has multiplied, the fu man chu ugh no not cute and everyday I am tweezing some long ass black course hair, what the hell… my eyebrows are nothing, one has some hair the other has a serious lack. Last, the night sweats are out of control, not only do you not sleep but when you do just get a frickin towel to lay on or you might wake up thinking you have been swimming.
If I can fix it, I will. Here are my brows micro bladed day 1. Don’t panic in 2 weeks they will be half this color and thickness. Breathe they will be beautiful. Next week is lip blushing, will let you all in on that too
Prior to our move to another state, every year we would have our friends over to make homemade Tamales. We are now continuing the tradition in our new home state of Washington. Here are a few photos of the prep prior to everyone’s arrival. Pork for those who eat it and chicken for everyone else. The night before just get out the crock pots and season the meat and let it cook all night. The next day it is ready to go. Let’s talk Masa. I make my own and yes you need lard to make it taste good, everything in moderation as they say. recipe below: I also bought some pre-made from our local Taqueria. Let me just say make it yourself. flavor is so much better and so is the texture. Everyone went home with a bag of tamales and happy. Just another reason to get together with friends.
6 cups masa harina
5 cups chicken broth (warm)
2 cups lard
2 tsp salt, 3 TBS onion powder and chili powder
2 TBS cumin
mix masa with spices first, then add chicken broth, and last the lard mix it well