Thursday, June 23, 2016

Jaclyn Smith at 70




The woman looks amazing.  Still fresh and natural, she just doesn’t seem to age, and she doesn’t look like she’s gained a pound since high school.  Wow...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Atkins 40, this sounds pretty good...

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I’ve been a low carber for a few years now.  I’ve floated in and out of it this past year, but find that when I live in the moment, eat pasta, pizza, sugar, of course it’s wonderful, but then I have to take Nexium because I get heartburn at night, I feel sluggish, I gain weight, my face gets totally blown up, so then I revert to low carb again.  Do I lose weight on low carb, not really.  I lose maybe ten pounds and then I stall out, it’s age, metabolism, inactivity, it all works against me, but the payoff is I feel better when I eat this way.

And then last year Atkins rolled out their 40 carb program, I haven’t tried it, I’ve always stayed between 20-25 carbs, but this looks very doable, so maybe I’ll see how my body responds.  It makes more sense, more vegetables, a bit more fruit, all things good.

This morning I was reading in People Magazine about how that self absorbed Kim Kardashian has lost 60 lbs. eating Atkin’s 40, and while I can’t handle the woman, I did think her food journal was interesting, I’ll link to it, some of you might enjoy the menus.

A little food for thought about a new approach to Atkins, not as restrictive, it might appeal to you...

Here’s the link to her menu’s, lots of other 40 carbs menus online as well, just Google it...

Bon Appetit!  ~ Jan

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Tent Dresses of the 60's


I was browsing fashions of the 60’s and found this very same McCall’s pattern that mother used to make me a tent dress with a front pleat.  She made it for my senior after prom and used rust and white hopsacking polka dot fabric.

Talk about a walk down memory lane.  Wow...

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

June Garden

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We’ve had so much rain in May that everything has filled in nicely.  The hostas in the background are huge this year and hubby installed underground irrigation for me, so hopefully it will keep things looking good when the dog days of summer arrive.  I have so much shade on the patio these days that I can’t grow herbs, so I just tucked them in among the flowers, along with a cherry tomato plant in the concrete pot.

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I bought a new rocker from Grandin Road for the area by the front door.  I love to sit in the morning and watch the horses in the field in front of us, and I’ve had a iron bistro table and chairs sitting there for the past few years.  There is nothing more uncomfortable than those darn hard chairs.  This is comfy and It reminds me of a bentwood rocker I had in the 70’s.  

Just a peek at what things are looking like this month in Heavensville.  The back patio is thriving, too.  I’ll post patio pictures soon.

I remember as a child, mother would take me to her friends houses in the summer to look at their flowers.  Fast forward to 2016 and we just post pictures on the Internet.  

It’s a gorgeous day here, low humidity, temps in the high 70’s, oh if all summer could only be like this.  It’s always fun to see other peoples gardens, just thought you might enjoy this… ~ Jan

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Tom Ford Spanish Pink Lipstick Dupe


 I’m a huge fan of nude lips with just a little bit of color, and I’m a peach, not a pink girl.  I love strong colors on everybody else, but on me they just look harsh, and everytime I apply a strong color, I immediately wipe it off and apply a nude tone, those deep shades just don’t work with my complexion.

The Mature Ladies of YouTube are loving Tom Ford’s Spanish Pink lipstick this season, but ouch, it’s pricey, $52 at Nordies…  It’s such a great color, a peachy, slightly pink natural lipstick, everything I love except for the price.  So I was on the hunt for a drugstore dupe and I found it!  Rimmels Notting Hill Nude!  And it’s under $10.  Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!!!!!!


It doesn’t have the fancy packaging, or the embossing that Spanish Pink has, but it’s a great dupe and the color is dead on.  I ordered it online, and I love it.



I also bought Revlon’s Apricot Fantasy #120, which is a pearlized lipstck, it’s similar as well, but a bit lighter and it’s so pretty, the apricot is softer than most peach lipsticks, it’s a winner for me as well.



And, I was watching LisaLisaD1 review lipliners on YouTube, she is really liking Revlon’s ColorStay Nude Liner - and since I’m a big fan of the ColorStay line so I bought it as well.  Another winner!  It’s dark enough that you get a nice outline, but it doesn’t say, “oh, you lined your lips."

So that’s it from Heavensville this Memorial Day weekend, just sharin’ the good stuff.

~ Jan



Thursday, May 26, 2016

Good Seasons Italian Dressing, Revisiting an Old Friend...


I grew up on Good Seasons Italian Dressing.  It was mother’s favorite, so we had it weekly.  Finely chopped lettuce, diced celery, onion and tomatoes, all tossed with Good Seasons Original Italian Dressing.

Fast forward to now, we have a favorite Italian restaurant, Angelo’s, we go there often and they immediately bring you their house salad, black olives, lettuce, onions and tomatoes, tossed with Italian dressing.  Oh, and a basket of warm garlic knot rolls, can’t forget those!  Anyway, I love their salad, and my buddy V and I decided that it tasted like Good Seasons.  

A few weeks ago when we were there, I asked them if I could buy a bottle of the dressing, and they poured a wine bottle full of it and gave it to me, which was very nice. Then the server proceeds to tell me that it’s just Good Seasons Italian Dressing!

I knew it, V and I were right!  No wonder it tasted so good!  And now that it’s salad season, some of you might like to revisit this great dressing as well.  Sure you could add some fresh herbs to it, chives, parsley, oregano, but I think it’s perfect just the way it is.  They have several varieties now, but I like the original Italian.

Fresh made salad dressing is always better than bottled I think, so pick up a cruet kit when you’re at the grocery, give it a try, I think you will enjoy it, too.  

It’s a good thing ~ Jan

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Style Stick


No more gaping blouses, collars that stay down, temporary hemming your pants, all using this water soluble glue stick - isn’t this a great idea?  I saw this on People Magazine this morning, and found this video on QVC.

This product is not available right now on QVC, but you can get it from Joyus.

Two sticks are $22, it doesn’t break the bank, and no more gaping blouses.  Whoohoo, works for me.

Here’s the link, this looks like a winner...

Monday, May 9, 2016

Hubby has a good sense of humor...

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Yes, I really did buy this wreath for my front door, but wait, wait, let me explain.  LC is a go with the flow guy, he’s always in a good mood, very agreeable, up for anything, except when it comes to gardening.  Poor guy, he just detests it, but I love it, and 99% of it I can’t do, so he does it for me.  And his normally sunny disposition turns a bit south, because yours truly wants things moved yearly, and it’s always a huge ordeal.  It’s never just a couple of things that I want planted or moved, it’s always this big production and he does not enjoy the process.

And when I saw this wreath it was so funny, I just cracked up, luckily he saw the humor in it as well and it now resides on our front door.  But it could be misinterpreted if people come to the door that aren’t familiar with his intense dislike of gardening, they might think that he’s just a grumpy old man, period.  But do I care what other people think?  At this age?  Not really.  

You have to admit, it made you smile, women get this, they really do.

And happy gardening to you, too.  ~ Jan

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Look who's turning 2 today!

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Oh Lexi, what a joy you are.  This post is full of Grammie brags, but our Lexi is just such a special little girl.

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She’s the happiest little child you will ever meet.  She has the sunniest disposition, full of giggles and smiles and seldom cries.  I always say about Lexi what Minnie Pearl always said about herself, “I’m just so proud to be here."


She’s such a precocious little girl.  She talks non-stop, we’ve been able to carry on a conversation with her for a few months now.  She talks to me on the phone, she FaceTimes me and says “Hiya Grammie” and it just melt my heart.,  She sings the ABC song, knows all her colors, can count to fifteen, and knows all the shapes, told you this was a Grammie brag.  Her mama works with her all the time, and at this age they soak it up like a sponge.


She’s an animal lover, too.  She just loves every animal she sees. She and her Cocker Spaniel, Izzie are besties, she scoops up cups of dog food from the pantry and transfers it to the dog bowl several times daily, to the delight of Izzie and the frustration of her parents.  It’s just the way she rolls.  Izzie loves Lexi, and is always by her side, sitting at her high chair at mealtime of course, just waiting for the bites of food to come her way.  No Dust Buster needed in their household, Izzie licks up every morsel that falls. She’s  a little worker bee, too.  She’s Mama's helper in the kitchen, and loves to transfer all the bottled water from it’s packaging to the refrigerator and she sits on the center island and helps Daddy make cookies.  She likes to help unload the dishwasher, she’s an organized little girl, lines all of her toys in rows and separates them into piles, it will be so much fun to watch her as she grows older to see if these traits stay with her.

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Their family just got back from a trip to Florida.  Disney was a huge hit, this child is a Mickey groupie, and loves nothing better than dancing to the Hot Dog, Hot Dog, Hot Diggity Dog Song.


She loves her Daddy and he is just crazy about her.  They have date nights, just the two of them every month when Mama has hair appointments, he’s done this since she was a month old.  He takes her out to dinner, and then to the park when the weather permits.  She goes down the big kid slide now, how can this be possible?  She loves water, and swimming pools and of course the ocean.  She’s just has the best time, regardless of what she is doing.  But oh, she’s growing up way too quickly.  If we could only freeze time...

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We traveled to Nashville last weekend to celebrated her birthday, she loved every minute of it, especially the Mickey balloons and her little eyes lit up as she dug into her Mickey cupcake with gusto.  She says “Yummmmmm”  when she likes something and this child definitely has a sweet tooth.

Happy Birthday sweet little Granddaughter, you are just an absolute delight!

XXo ~ Grammie

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Today is Daddy's Birthday

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This is Daddy as a young man with his sister.  Today he would have been 102 years old.  What a fine man he was, he was the best father a girl could ever have.  I miss him...

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