Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Woman President, my take...

 

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The times, they are a changin’.  They say your life cycles every seven years, and apparently mine has, and let me tell you, it’s come as a shock!

It’s all about politics these days and I have a definite opinion, not about a candidate, or a political party, but about gender, and nobody is more surprised than yours truly.  But first I have to go back, way, way back to my formative years.  I remember being a young girl and thinking how wonderful it would be to see a woman president in my lifetime.  Fast forward to Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and I thought it was awesome that she was running for VP.  Then Sarah Palin was on the ticket for vice-president in 2008 and HIllary Clinton was running against Obama, once again I was excited about that because these were woman.

But I’m older now, the world has changed so rapidly in the past few years and this is what is so shocking to me, I now firmly believe that no woman should be president, regardless of who she is, and here’s why.  It’s the deterioration of society,  the dictators, terrorist groups, especially isis (which I refuse to capitalize), nuclear bombs in Korea, the list is long and it’s frightening, and our very survival is at stake.

Men are the strong sex, the protectors, they command respect from other men, not women, especially with leaders in the countries that are threatening us.  I’m not going to debate women’s rights, my feelings about this have nothing to do with women’s rights, it’s about power, and strength and respect, all the things that men receive because of their gender.  I believe we need a president that other countries not only respect but have a healthy fear of, and that is not going to be a woman, regardless of who she is. 

I’m old school, and the older I get the more I realize it, but for me to give voice to this is a life changing experience.  This isn’t living life through rose colored glasses, or fantasizing about progress and gender equality, this is about countries who hate us, who want to destroy us, and I believe that a strong man, whoever he may be, is our best chance for survival...

 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

TRESemme 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse


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My hair is limp and thin these days.  Not the back, just the top and the sides.  It has been really bad, really bad for a couple of years now, and I’ve been at my wits end with it and on a whim a few weeks ago I picked up some TRESemme 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse and it’s a game changer.  It gives me volume, seriously makes my thinning hair look thicker.  This is second day hair, i just brushed it, twisted it up and i’ve got volume, it no longer looks thin and flat on the top.  You may be thinking, “it doesn’t look very full to me.”  But you don’t understand how bad it looked before I started using this product, I wish I had a before picture, there is a huge difference.  I’m also growing out my bangs for the first time since my twenties.  Don’t know if I’m a fan yet, the verdict isn’t in, but I’m giving it a shot.

Yep, I love this, love this!  If I could give it 10 stars I would.  And since I always share the good stuff with you, run, don’t walk to your nearest drugstore and scoop this up, buy two, it’s that good!   ~ Jan

Oh, use a huge dollop of it, I fill my palm with a big goose egg size glob, distribute it through my top and sides and dry my hair upside down.

TRESemme also makes a 24 hour volume shampoo, it’s on my list, I’m buying it next!

 

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Pretty Woman

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Funny, touching, a page turner, that’s the way I describe this book.  I’m a reader, thats what I do, every night I search for good books, and it’s been awhile since I enjoyed anything more than this one.  I only read women authors, I only read fun, lighthearted books and I only read fiction.  Shallow, yep, but it works for me and this book was worth telling you all about.  Here’s a synopsis, some of you might enjoy it, too.  ~ Jan

In Fern Michaels's extraordinary, inspiring New York Timesbestseller, an overweight woman sets out to improve her life by losing fifty-five pounds -- and ends up changing much more than her dress size! 

Rosie Gardener fell under the spell of handsome Kent Bliss, and not even her best friend Vickie could persuade her that her fiancé was a two-timing cad. Now it's her third wedding anniversary, and Rosie, fed up with Kent's mistreatment, realizes her estranged best friend was right. But the day after kicking Kent out and beginning a diet and exercise regime, Rosie experiences another life-changing event: she wins $302 million in the Wonderball lottery. Now with Kent lurking in the shadows to claim a share of her money, Rosie needs her friends more than ever. As she works out under the eye of sexy personal trainer Jack Silver, a stronger new Rosie emerges -- a woman who wants to learn to trust love once again. Can she keep her vow not to be stopped by Kent's bitterness and her own self-doubts and jump into life with a passion she didn't know she possessed?

 

 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl

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The year was 2013, we were visiting John and Deanna in Nashville, Lexi was just in the planning stages at that time, Deanna looked lovely, the guys looked great and yours truly had on too dark of a shade of fake and bake, but anyway, it was a pretty summer afternoon and we decided to visit Loretta Lynn’s town of Hurricane Mills.  We didn’t know what to expect, I thought it would be touristy and hokey, but I was so wrong, it was just so much fun and you got a true feeling of what her life is like.   This picture was taken on the front porch of her home, we were the only people on the tour that afternoon and the guide was really “chatty” telling us all sorts of things about Miss Loretta.  She doesn’t live in this house now, she built a smaller home behind it and thats where she resides.

I’ve always been a fan, there wasn’t ever a better duo that Conway and Loretta and when I saw that PBS American Masters Series was going to have a documentary about her, I marked my calendar for March 4th pronto.  It says 9pm, but I don’t know if it’s central or eastern, so I set it for 8pm to be on the safe side.

Here’s a synopsis:

It's about time the PBS documentary series American Masters dedicated an episode to Loretta Lynn! During her 50-plus year career, the Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient has sold more 45 million records worldwide and has been inducted into more music Halls of Fame than any other female singer.

American Masters – Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl will air in March, on the same day as the release of Full Circle, Lynn's first new studio album in over a decade. Lynn never dreamed of, nor planned on, international stardom, she explains in the new documentary: "Growing up in Butcher Hollow [Kentucky], that's where you'll stay, you thought." 

But the coal miner's daughter grew up surrounded by people who created their own music. This is easy, she learned. "So I threw the songbook down and wrote my own songs," Lynn, 83, recalls in the documentary, which features interviews with her family and industry admirers like Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow. 

Check out the preview below and tune into American Masters on PBS, Friday, March 4 at 9 p.m. 

 

 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Whine, Whine...

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I’m not a fan of snow and the feeling of isolation that comes with it.  It’s totally irrational, too, we only got three inches as you can see from the picture looking out my front door and they scooped us out early this morning, but I just don’t like it!   I was never one of those kids that loved sledding or playing in the snow, I hate the red face and runny nose and windburn that comes with being outside in the cold.  I never had any desire to ski as an adult, either,  I just want to look at it for an hour or so and then for it to disappear.  

Today has been a total wipeout here in Heavensville.  I wasn’t productive, i watched a Netflix Movie, napped, tried not to tear the doors off the fridge, because when boredom strikes, I want to eat, preferably warm oatmeal or chocolate chip cookies, or homemade pizza or lemon pie.  But I didn’t, instead I paced. Poor hubby spent the day in the den, he’s a smart man.  Tomorrow we will start to thaw out, then Friday another blast.  It’s January, I’ve handled winter just fine until this darn snow arrived.

I saw this picture below posted on Facebook today.  Every year this woman posts the same picture and asks the question, “can you imagine being out in the middle of nowhere, alone, snowed in?”   It looks, idyllic, I’ll give it that, and could I do it?  Okay, here’s what it would take for me to enjoy this.

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1.  No television, internet or cellphone, only electricity.
2.  A supply of books that are actually page turners, not the silly nonsense I normally read.
3.  Food, wonderful glorious food, with no dietary restrictions, everything homemade, and refrigerated or frozen to just heat and eat.
4.  Snuggly fleecy jammies, and no hot flashes.
5.  A huge fireplace and a supply of apple and cherry wood that smells divine, stacked on the porch to reach out and grab it.
6.  Maggie, always Maggie, she’s my little shadow.  My favorite dog of my lifetime.
7.  Hubby in a cabin across the way, close enough to visit, but I’m supposed to be alone here. 
8.  No music either, just the silence and the crackling fire.
9.  Most important, a four wheel drive vehicle with chains so I could escape!!!!!! 

Cause, get real, I couldn’t handle this for more than 24 hours, I would go stark raving mad!  What a silly idea this is anyway.  Fiddle De Dee, I’m Thinking Spring instead,  it’s only six weeks away!!!!

 

 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Stop Gaping Buttons!!!

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There is nothing worse than a gaping blouse.  I’ve struggled with this since I was a teenager and remember Mother sewing snaps between my buttons to stop the gape.  It didn’t work very well, because then there was a small gape between the snaps.

Such is the plight of a busty woman, and the struggle continues.  I’ve tried a lot of quick fixes, including straight pins that always managed to stab me, but you can always tell that you’re trying to remedy the situation, it doesn’t look natural.  But thanks to the Internet, I might just be on to something.

The solution is Hollywood Tape.  Are you familiar with this product, it’s what celebrities use to tape their boobs to their low cut tops so they don’t fall out.

From what I’m reading this stuff works great, it’s double sided, you just cut off a piece, stick it between your shirt placket and buttons, smooth it down and it instantly stops the gape!

Worth a try isn’t it.  You can usually find Hollywood Tape at your local Steinmart in the accessories department.  Or you can order it on Amazon.  It’s worth a try… ~ jan

Ya, here's the click - go for it!  ~ Jan

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Trump vs. Cruz

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I’ve never been a politiclal animal, and have always loosely followed presidential campaigns, but never in my sixty-six years have I seen anything that even comes close to what’s happening now.  

And so, for the first time in my life, I have to admit, I’m totally engrossed in this election.  Love him or hate him, you have to admit that Donald Trump is the most fascinating, in your face candidate to come along in our lifetime.  He dominates the news day after day after day and goes after those who criticize him with a vengeance that we’ve never seen before.  He’s as rich as Croceous and can’t be bought, but what really fascinates me is his lack of filter.  

I have the most interesting conversations with my friends and family about his ideas and the things he says, and have to admit that sometimes my jaw just drops in disbelief at what comes out of his mouth.  But it’s refreshing to not hear the same old boring “politically correct” rhetoric that the establishment has crammed down our throats for years.  Now that Iowa is upon us, it certainly makes for an interesting, normally boring January.  It’s such a serious issue, we will be picking a person to lead our country.  People had such high hopes when Obama was elected that he would unite our country, instead we’ve seen a presidential train wreck and the worst racial tension that I’ve witnessed since I was a young girl.  And this comes from someone who always considered herself a Democrat.  Now I think both parties are a disgrace and I wish Trump could make America Great Again!  

If he and Hilary both go the distance, it’s going to be one helluva race to the finish folks.  And like the rest of the nation, I will be there, front row and center, watching it all unfold...

Saturday, January 9, 2016

My Vitamix a year later...

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An update to this pricey piece of equipment that Jan the Gadget Queen just had to have.  Was it just a flash in the pan or does it continue to be the most amazing piece of equipment ever.  Has it lived up to the hype, is the thrill gone???

Well, let me tell you, it’s not a flash in the pan, it is truly amazing and it was worth every single penny.  I use it all the time, not for smoothies, I prefer to eat my food rather than drink it, but I use it for all sorts of things, anything you would use a regular blender for, this one does it with gusto.  But my favorite thing to use it for is soup.  I make soup in it several times a week, and it’s so fast and easy, I precook raw ingredients, and then put all the ingredients in the Vitamix, set it to the soup setting, walk away, and a few minutes later it shuts itself off and I have hot, steaming soup with no effort.  That’s the key, no effort, so I tend to make more soup than I normally would.

Since we eat low carb, I make a lot of soup with vegetables and if I want it a bit chunky, I leave out a portion (I always precook my raw veggies) and pulse them in at the end.  When I first started making soup I had issues with it being foamy, but I quickly learned from the Vitamix Community to just adjust it to setting #1 and run it for a few seconds to finish it off and the foam dissipates.

I got mine at Williams Sonoma, they are less expensive now than they were a year ago, this model is now $599  instead of $750, but when I bought mine I got 20% off, so that helped.  It’s a huge decision buying a Vitamix, there are a lot of models to choose from, but since I only planned on doing this once I got the top of the line with all the presets and I’m glad I did.  It’s such a workhorse, rivaling my beloved Cuisinart DLC7 Food Processor that’s still going strong since 1978, my All-Clad Slow Cooker (a Christmas surprise a few years ago from my son, Ryan, another kindred foodie soul) and my WolfGang Puck Pressure Cooker.  I use all of these appliances multiple times weekly, they are my favorites and all are simply awesome.

I was a young bride when I bought my Cuisinart Food Processor, it was the first expensive piece of kitchen equipment I ever purchased.  It cost $175, that was a lot in 1978, but I obsessed over that food processor, and dear hubby coughed up the money and bought it for me.  I fell in love with it instantly, and still love it to this day.  I woudn’t dream of replacing it with a new model, he’s asked repeatedly if I would like a newer one, but this is the best model Cuisinart ever made and it works great, why would I want to update it?  That’s where my love of cooking and gadgets started, with that food processor and then when Silver Palate Cookbooks came out and Abby Mandel’s Cuisinart Cookbooks, that’s all it took for me to be a die hard foodie.  I’ve been obsessed with cooking and cooking gadgets ever since, and even though my way of cooking has changed dramatically since we no longer eat flour, sugar or processed foods, I still enjoy it tremendously and am always amazed at what I cook that is good for us.

So this morning hubby and I were out running errands, it’s rainy and chilly in Heavensville, perfect soup weather.  I came in the house, grabbed two cans of italian style diced tomatoes from the pantry, a block of cream cheese from the fridge, dumped them in the Vitamix, added a heaping teaspoon of sweet basil leaves, a teaspoon of garlic powder, a teaspoon of onion powder, and turned it on.  It took me less than sixty seconds to make soup.  Then I made grilled cheese sandwiches (using Netrition Low Carb Bread Company Bread) and I used my friend Nish’s trick, combining slices of both Swiss and American cheese, and by the time the sandwiches had grilled the soup was ready.  See what I mean, so, so easy.  And I had to give credit to my buddy V, who is a tomato soup afficiado, this woman knows her soup.  I sent her home with a quart of my tomato soup this fall, asked her how she liked it, at that time I wasn’t adding the extra basil, onion and garlic powders, and she told me that it would be a solid “10” if I just tweaked it with these ingredients.  So I did, she was right and it’s just  delicious.

If you don’t have a Vitamix, you can presoften your cream cheese in the microwave, and then simmer it with the other ingredients on the stove.  Just be sure and get the cream cheese soft ahead of time so it doesn’t clump.  You can leave it chunky, or blend it with an immersion blender, or put it in your blender to puree - It’s wonderful soup, even if you’re not a tomato soup fan, you may just change your mind.

And that’s my Vitamix Update, actually I’ve had this for a year and a half now and I’m still as excited about it as the day I got it.

Do you think you might want one?  Buy the best, you’re worth it, and it will last forever.  Mine is Candy Apple Red, because I ‘m just that kinda girl :-)

 Here’s the link so you can see it for yourself...

~ Jan ~

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Layering Fragrance

NewImageYes, I know we all layer fragrance, but I have a new trick!  We cough up the big bucks for the parfum, then we spend even more for the lotion.  We’re women, we like to smell good, it’s what we do.

So, this holiday season I decided I needed something new, I’m tired of the samo, I was overdue for a change and I didn’t want to break the bank, so I tried on a lot of different scents, trying to find one that I really liked.  I misted myself until I would give myself a killer headache and couldn’t tell the smells apart, then I would give up and try it again another day!

But I tended to respray Jennifer Aniston’s fragrance, it was light, not overpowering, I really liked it.  I was at Kohl’s, I had a 30% off coupon, the price wasn’t hideous, it was $49, and I couldn’t decide if I liked her original fragrance or her newer J by Jennifer.  A nice little twelve year old clerk was helping me, she preferred Michael Kors, which did not smell good on me at all, she was twelve after all, she didn’t have a lot of life experience with perfume.  She was a cutey, but that Michael Kors she gushed about was really bad.  Anyway, she’s telling me that for $38 I could buy a gift set of full size bottles of both of the fragrances by Jennifer Aniston.  It was a deal, $38, instead of $100, minus 30% and I had Kohl’s cash, too.  I looked for the lotion to do the layering thing, but apparently they don’t make the lotion.

So I came home, went online, reviews were good for both scents except for the fact that the smell dissipated quickly, and since there wasn’t a lotion I was starting to rethink my good deal.  Then I stumbled upon a reviewer who said to just buy Vaseline Intensive Care Unscented Body Lotion, smear it on yourself, spray the perfume on top of the lotion and rub it in, and wahlaa, you have scented lotion and instant layering.

So I went further and sure enough, I read over and over again that this was a great trick, so I bought the Intensive Care Unscented Lotion for like $3.99, came home tore into the package, lubed up and put on the perfume.  And guess what, it works, it really works!

So there you go, I’m sharing the good stuff again, you can do this with any fragrance, it’s a really good thing ~ Jan

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

WAZE Navigation is AWESOME!!!!

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I wish I would have thought to share Waze with all of you before your holiday travels.   It’s the best navigation ever,  it not only navigates and shows your route via voice GPS, it also shows how many miles you have to your destination and estimated arrival time.  It also tells you of traffic jams or road construction and automatically reroutes you if there are problems ahead, and it was recently purchased by Google, so you know it’s good.  And of course it’s hands free.

Waze is a community of people who share information.  It will tell you when there is an accident, whether it is minor or major, when a car is parked beside the road, and yes, it informs you that there are police ahead so you can adjust your speed.

You can input your destination, share it with friends and family and they can map you as you travel and see your ETA for your final destination.  You can also message them along the way and It even tells you what speed you’re traveling at.

Below are a couple of videos to get you started.  Download the App from your iPhone or Android device, give yourself a user name I’m CousinMinnie (I was in Nashville when I signed up, I did it on a whim (Minnie Pearl) - jeez, it was a good idea at the time, but you know how impulsive I am.

Just download it and play with it, you’ll figure it out in no time and here are a couple of tutorials to get you started.

Talk about a good thing - this is absolutely fantastic.

Enjoy ~ Jan

 

 

 

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