Saturday, August 31, 2019

Unusual Fall Getaways


Nothing says romance more than autumn. Sure, you can do the usual lakeside cabin with fireplace, but how about surprising your loved one with an unusual stay you will never forget?

Friday, August 30, 2019

Simple Halloween Makeup



Post by Sharon

This is my time of year!I've always had a strong affinity for makeup, whether it was in theater or modeling. I enjoy showing how simple some tricks can be.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Crafts: Making Sea Glass Finish on Glass Items


 Materials needed: Clear glass jars or vases, mod podge or glue, sponge brush, and food coloring. Mix the food color and glue together until you get the color you want. The color may look dark but will dry much lighter and smoother. With a sponge brush, you paint the first coat one direction. After it dries, paint the second coat the opposite direction. If it isn't dark enough, paint on another coat. If you want to paint the inside of the jar or vase, add water to the mix, pour it inside, move it around to get an even coat, and then let it dry upside down. It is a fun and easy craft project to give your glass a beachy look. We got all our jars and vases at Goodwill for 99 cents each.

Fully dried.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Big Boys and Their Muscle Cars


Post by Julie

When little boys grow up to be big boys, their toys get more expensive.  Many, like my husband, love their muscle cars such as the Dodge Challenger.  My hubby has a badass 2016 Challenger Shaker.  It is red, one of one, has Shaker across the doors on both sides, and roars loud enough to hear him coming.  Several times throughout the year, the Challenger Demons, and others Arizona clubs who love their Mopar vehicles, take a day trip or overnight, and cruise together in their cars.  We have been on a couple of day trips to small towns and had lunch with this wonderful group of people.  My hubby and his car have met their tribe.
















Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Autumn Crafts With Nature in Mind



Post by Sharon

With summer trying to wind down, but not at all fast enough for most of us, it's a good time to tuck inside and work on some crafts that make you think of the beloved season. Here's some ideas, many inspired by nature which is so abundant in building materials -

Monday, August 26, 2019

Enchiladas With a Zing!


Post by Sharon

Enchiladas are not as intimidating as they may seem. I use Cowboy Spice Company's Sweet Heat and it makes them off the chart tasty and just the perfect heat. 


Sunday, August 25, 2019

Bonfire Season!


Post by Sharon 

At Groovy New Life, we're all about savoring every moment you have of leisure, playfulness, and lightening of life's burdens as we baby boomers have earned some fun. September will bring some ideal bonfire weather as summer winds down and nights cool off. 

Bonfires and scary tales - ideal end-of-summer activities -

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Top 10 Best Locations for Van Life!


You know you want to try it if you haven't done it already. The rage now is hitting the open road, living digitally as you go to naturally beautiful escapes in a home on wheels, whether it's a converted food truck, ambulance, school bus, camper, van, or RV! Here's the top 10 best locations for this kind of trekking -

Friday, August 23, 2019

MOMO: Missouri Monster Film Releasing in September!





Seth Breedlove and Small Town Monsters does it again! (I just love this series of documentaries!!!)


I had a chance to preview it and oh wow! Love the 1970s Legend of Boggy Creek meets Creature From Black Lake feel - great grindhouse atmosphere and informative narrative. I HIGHLY recommend this! 
Small Town Monsters Unleashes
MOMO: The Missouri Monster September 20th
DVD and VOD Release Announced for
Narrative Horror/Documentary Hybrid

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Boycotting Summer: Straight to Autumn!



Post by Sharon

I have a tumbling autumn leaf tattoo and it is my badge for the greatest season.

This summer has been brutal for most of us this year. And, predictions say a late-arriving autumn. For those of us in the desert, leaves don't change until the first week of December! 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Outside-the-Box Novel Shops


Post by Sharon

It's interesting to watch the way shops went from your corner businesses, usually family-owned and then turned into giant box and chain stores. Now, we are back to something more individual and intimate in order to have a customer service experience, an ambiance, and a reason to remain and shop rather than rush in and out to avoid the crowds.

Monday, August 19, 2019

What is Heaven Like?


Post by Sharon 

"I was in a Fiord, near the water. My family was there, and Tante Wahlborg! There were colors that don't exist and flowers that don't exist. (sigh) That was the real world. This one is fake!"

(my father in 1979 following his 4-minute death and resuscitation)

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Add a Little Homesteading to Your Everyday Life


Post by Sharon 

Most people have a wee homesteader inside of them. It might be appreciating repurposing cast-out items, fixing things around the house and yard, constructing things, experimenting with cooking and canning, growing vegetables and the like.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Man Caves and She Sheds



Post by Sharon 

No matter how great a relationship is, everyone wants to have that precious space that makes them feel like an independent individual whose interests and tastes are being expressed. For men, it is sometimes the garage, for women the bathroom tub. But, if you have the space for a man cave and a she shed, you are truly privileged. If not, there's other ways to get that "I'm represented" feel in your home without having to take up an entire room. Here's suggestions for either scenario -


Health Benefits of Herbs and Spices


When I was growing up, my mother kept a little tea garden near the kitchen door. It had things like chamomile, dandelion, lemon verbena, catnip, rosemary, and many more amazing herbs. She taught me much about teas from her years growing up in Appalachia with a mother who was the local midwife. 

When I grew up, I made teas too from the recipes, some of them I modified a bit with newer herbs, roots and spices that were in the marketplace and available today in America.

My mom used to say "the more heat, the more healing." I remembered that, and today I tend to eat raw ginger which is very hot and spicy. Cayenne was one she pulled out often and turmeric. 

And today studies show that ingesting spices and herbs is very good for you, as well as hot spicy ones.

I use a lot of turmeric, ginger, cilantro, oregano, cinnamon, parsley, basil, thyme, nutmeg, caradmom... Mixed in salads is easy, as is making teas from any of them. I never make a pitcher of sweet tea without putting ginger root in it to steep. 

Here's some great herbs that help and why they do (LINK

I figure that any way I can spice up my foods and add those nutrients that are so beneficial, I will do so. Cooking is about the palate and there is nothing better than finding a way to do something healthy while making your mouth happy. Imagine if you were told to put a teaspoon of sugar on everything. Well, I'm pleased to say using Cowboy Spice Company's spices, wholesome and fresh ground, is the way I pay homage to my mom's healthy teachings while making my taste buds oh so pleased.

It's addicting - that taste! 



Friday, August 16, 2019

Pipestem, West Virginia


Post by Julie - 


  




Pipestem Resort State Park is located in the southern part of West Virginia in the Bluestone River gorge.  It is over 4,000 acres of lush green forests with two hotels, wood cabins, golf course, restaurants, and other fun outdoor activities tucked inside.  The name “Pipestem” is a narrow leaf meadowsweet shrub known for making pipe stems.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Soundtrack To Your Life: Great Road Trip and Daily Background Music



Post by Sharon

When you work from home, are retired, take to the roads, background music can set a tone. I like the easy listening vibes, reggae, soft rock, and sometimes vintage highlights of my youth.

Here's some great ones to consider -

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Rediscovering My Love of Oil Painting


Post by Sharon 

Life got in the way of oil painting, a hobby I've done since I was in college. My mother taught oil painting and I watched her students paint, but I never asked for her help. She had a tendency to take over the brush and "fix" things and I wanted my work to be my own. So I hid the talent from her. A lot of things got in the way of picking up the brush again, but every time I managed to, I found myself. I never felt more "me" than when I was painting. I channel from some divine place that knows how to paint intuitively. I step back, study what I did and go "did I do that?" The wellspring is the soul and it is a magical place to allow to drive your energy.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Tortillas and Tin Foil: Camp Cooking!


post by Sharon Day

Let's have a look at some fun camping foods that very crafty folks have shared with the world. 

Monday, August 12, 2019

Arizona's Abandoned Route 66 Finds


Even though Route 66 is now I-40, its mid century roots and heyday are still remembered, only a bit worn for wear and desolate. There is a lot of industry that died when I-10 and other routes took away from this cross-country throughway. Let's have a look at just some of what is found in Arizona. 

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Xanadu Ranch Getaway


Post by Julie 

When my friends and I stayed in Sonoita, in the middle of southern Arizona wine country, we picked the Xanadu Ranch as our getaway place to spend a couple of nights.  The owners, Bernie and Karen, are the warmest and most inviting people you will ever meet.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Friday, August 9, 2019

Black and White Horror Films


It's summertime, but you are starting to get the anxious feeling of wanting shorter days, longer shadows, and the exciting creep of Halloween getting closer and closer....

Let's take a nostalgic turn toward some of the best black and white horror to tickle your nostalgic summer ague.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Digital Nomads: A Culture Calling to Baby Boomers


It's a new world and the old ways are seeming very archaic. We baby boomers grew up in a time when mom and dad were so proud of owning a home and they enforced in us that owning a home is your rite of passage to adulthood and a way to secure your future. The only problem was, the reality of dual-working couples, a home that has interest rates that makes it cost much more than initial bid, and families often breaking up into two homes, usually rentals, the younger generation learned home is an anchor that sinks the parents. They have to work, if they break up, they often lose the home. They are getting wiser and some of that wisdom is rubbing off on baby boomers.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

30 Horror Movies With an Autumn Feel


You know you want it. You've had enough heat and humidity and are glad to be releasing the kids back to school. Now, you're getting that nesting instinct to make soups and chili, sip hot cocoa, watch the leaves turn, and get creeped out by the Halloween season. So, go for it! Get your spook on! 





This bark candy is perfect for movie watching. Take a cookie sheet and lay wax paper down on it. Now, spread out some pretzels, marshmallows, nuts, candy corn, dried fruit, whatever you want! Melt white or semi-sweet chocolate and add some vanilla or peanut butter, and spread atop of the items. Put cookie sheet in fridge until firm. Then break into bark pieces and put in a container.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Staycations!

Blanket fort for movie watching

Post by Sharon

When summer is winding down and you didn't get away or you simply can't bear the thought of dragging your suitcase around an airport, waiting for the flight, taking the flight, renting a car, finding a hotel.... Consider staying home! Some places, like those of us in the desert enjoy lower rates on hotel rooms since no one wants to book a resort in August in Phoenix. Or just set up your house and commit to one week off work and the fun that can entail!

Monday, August 5, 2019

L'auberge de Sedona


Post by Julie -

Through the ivy tunnel to the cottages along the creek.

Cottages by Oak Creek in Sedona, Arizona. 
A great getaway for all.

I spent my 30th wedding anniversary there.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Apple Season - Tons of Ways to Use Them



Autumn and apples - a match that is divine! A crisp, organic, locally-grown apple has a flavor that no store bought apple from some other state can compare to. If you can just get some locally grown ones to eat, you will feel rewarded beyond belief. But, apples aren't just for eating at this time of year. Let's see what you can do with a bushel  - 

Zombie Housewives



Post by Sharon 

One of the earliest projects Julie and I endeavored was book writing. We wanted to publish a book called "Hug a Blogger" during the height of blogging years. We were going to travel the country, meet up with other bloggers, get our group hugs, talk about how blogging changed our lives and broke down our borders, built friendships and businesses. Although the publishers did not jump on board for that one, we moved on to other projects including a concept for a blogging event called "Virtual Zombie Walk" that had us creating a book concept!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Men and Women: The Bohemian Look Without Looking Like a Costume

stack bracelets or stack necklaces or stack rings

Post by Sharon

I love the Bohemian look, but I am not a fan of wearing a bunch of flowing matron-looking clothing, so I tend to keep the clothing rather neutral and contemporary, but not structured (you won't find me in a button down shirt except maybe once a year). But, I do find ways to inject Bohemian vibe because I am a casual person and it suits my coloring and my artistic side. Here's a few things you can do or add to your wardrobe and get the vibe without screaming "New Age Hippie." (tips for women and men) 

Friday, August 2, 2019

Classic SNL and Mad Magazine: Good Old Days


Remember back when humor was aimed at all of us, including ourselves rather than being a political or social statement to push an agenda?

Ah, the days of 1970s Saturday Night Live and the humor of the times in Mad Magazine!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Speakeasy Bars


Going underground, dark and atmospheric, chic and formal, speakeasy bars are the biggest trend and so much fun. Anyone can go to a noisy bar, but a murky, secluded speakeasy with unusual and very expensive cocktails feels very exclusive and very sexy.

Tesla-Inspired NYC speakeasy
HR Giger Museum in Switzerland
PDT (Please Don't Tell) in NYC - you enter through an old phone booth
Ladies and Gentlemen in London

Start looking around your area for speakeasy bars. They are a fun date night location that your lady or gent will love!




If you stay home, turn down the lights, get some mason jars and glow sticks, and try one of these Speakeasy Cocktail Recipes.  



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