Saturday, January 25, 2020

5 Towns That Are Like Mayberry

Post by Sharon

Mayberry, that fictitious town on television. Didn't we all want to identify with a community that knows each other's business and time and technology just hasn't quite ruined the relationship yet. Instead of hipster coffee shops, Mayberry had a barbershop that was the hub of conversation. 

Believe it or not, in America there are still towns that have that vibe. Let's look at some - 

Friday, January 24, 2020

My Top 10 Favorite Spring Fever Movies

Post by Sharon 

We do have spring fever already in Phoenix. This photo was one of many I took at the park the other day. If you are shivering and dreaming of warm sun on your skin, here's my top 10 favorite movies to propel into warm climes, at least in your mind.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Decorating With Houseplants

Post by Sharon

Houseplants are finally taking hold of homeowners in huge numbers. The reasons? Making a house a home, bringing nature indoors, cleaning the air, humidifying, soothing tension, and simple beauty. Rather than dusting off knick knacks, folks are misting plants!

Here's just some ways to use them in your home. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Top Pinup Girls Ever!

Post by Sharon 

Pinup girls were sort of the dawn of the 70s poster girls like Cheryl Tiegs, Adrienne Barbeau, and Farrah Fawcett. These women danced a fine line between beauty, art, and fantasy. Here's the top 5 as I call them.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

How to Age Jeans

Post by Sharon

People are paying hundreds of dollars a pair for jeans that look aged/vintage/torn/faded/distressed/bleached/frazzled.

How do you make your own? 

Monday, January 20, 2020

Raised Gardening: Elevating Your Growing

Post by Sharon

Gardening is an unbelievably rewarding hobby. It not only gets you outside with nature, gives you healthy ripe produce to nurture your body, but can elevate some of the good bacteria in your gut, as well! 

The only problems with tradition gardening include; pests, bermuda grass, weeds, family pets, and crawling on your hands and knees.

Elevating your garden not only makes it easier to access, but the act of going vertical gives your garden interest.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Growing Sunflowers: Yearly Tribute to the Sun

The ground is cold. Winter is still on for another couple months. Yet, bits of sunshine, sounds of Jimmy Buffett music send us reeling toward summer in our minds.

Even though it's early, start thinking about planting at least a row of sunflowers to create a visual wall of happy faces smiling down on you all summer long.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn: How to Bring Their Vibe Into Your Look Today

Trends might have us making our lips frosted or eyes thickly lined, our hair teased, or wearing neon colors that don't look good on anyone. But, real style, real class is timeless. If you are ready to move on to fashion icon status, there's some simple cues to take from women like Audrey and Jackie.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Rat Pack Style: How to Live the Style Nowadays

The "Rat Pack" featured Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop among others. These were cigar-smoking, suit-wearing, martini-swilling gods of the entertainment industry. Their style is so timeless, that many men are striving to bring back the feel in a world that became way too base, crude, and sloppy. 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Best Climates in the World For Retirement

Post by Sharon

At our ages, it crosses the mind - the concept of becoming an expat and moving to some tropical climate. But, are there any reasonable year-round average climates that look good to live in or are they all way too expensive and distant to consider?

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Woodstock Remembered

Post by Sharon

Woodstock concert of 1969 was more than just a concert, it was a demonstration of the power of music to move a generation. Here's some cool pics from the archives as well as an aerial shot today.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Teen Idols of Our Youth: Then and Now

Post by Sharon 

Oh the celebrity crushes of our youth! They were from the big screen, television, music.... Let's see how the years have treated some of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s idols. 

Monday, January 13, 2020

Top 40 Songs: AM Radio

Post by Sharon

Feeling nostalgic for AM radio, Top 40 songs, Billboard charts? 45 records? Let's pick some years and see what the top 100 songs were in 1958, 1968, 1978 and 1988.

I wanted to cover adolescence for those born in the beginning of baby boomers' generation in the mid 40s and also have the songs of their early adulthood. That being said, those of us born in the early 60s, or adolescence was in the 70s but our young adulthood was in the 80s. For that reason - here's the top 100s for 1958, 1968, 1978, and 1988! 

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Dance: Exercise That You Want To Do

You can pay a gym membership, get a trainer, force yourself to walk the same boring route around your neighborhood, trudge away on a treadmill in your basement, or you can decide to do what kids do - have fun while exercising.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Films To Inspire Young Girls

Post by Sharon

Many of us baby boomers have granddaughters, grandnieces, or goddaughters and ponder how to inspire them with the right examples, other than Kardashians and Hiltons. Let's take a look at some great films to watch with them - 

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Spring Fever: What to do When You Can't Wait for Springtime

Post by Sharon 

The minute Christmas ends and the new year begins, I get spring fever so much! I've cleaned, reorganized, bringing sunshine in through the windows, and wanting to remember what it's like to feel warm and leisurely. 

Here's some ways to do it even if it's cold outside - 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Most Colorful Places in the World!

Post by Sharon

Sedona, Arizona (above) is certainly colorful, but there are places in the world that are so colorful that if you don't have a camera with you, you may weep. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Top Swimsuit Models of All Time

Post by Sharon 

There's something about the start of a new year that gets one geared up for getting in shape to hit a beach - whether on vacation or when late springtime arrives. 

As I had once modeled swimsuits, I tend to want to grab the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and get up to date on what's up with the swimsuit modeling world, as well as being inspired for the daily workouts, and imagining being on a warm beach or yacht somewhere.

Here's some of my favorite top swimsuit models of all time and their modeling stats to keep things realistic about size comparisons and about stresses on aging flawlessly once you're known for your body  - 

Monday, January 6, 2020

Indoor Growing: The Netherlands Demonstrate the Agricultural Future

Post by Sharon 

I consider myself a child of the 70s and the 70s were all about ecology. We worried about litter, pollution, Three-Mile Island, and pushed to grow food. 

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Ellis Island: Welcoming New Americans in a Time of Great Growth

My grandmother from Sweden, married to my grandfather from Norway entered Ellis Island twice. She got homesick, went back to Norway with my father and his sisters and came back a second time to stay. Here, their name was Thorvaldsen. Later, grandpa would change it to something more "American," the surname Day.
Post by Sharon

Many Americans have a sense of being adopted. We don't really know the countries of our genetic origins, but we might have heard stories from our elders of their crossing or their ancestors' crossings to America. 

Friday, January 3, 2020

Grocery Shopping For One

Post By Sharon

When I became single again, I had to go from 26 years of making three meals a day from scratch for my husband, son and myself to feeding my single self. 

The first freedom was tastes, foods, and ethnic meals that I couldn't do when married. 

The second freedom was eating when and how much I wanted, even if a meal was pickles and aged cheddar chunks. 

Ultimately, it was weird making meals for just one person, but I got the hang of it. I'd like to share what I learned.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Starting the New Year Organized!

Post by Sharon

There is something that occurs with a new year that makes one want to bring in the light, remove the clutter and start anew. Organizing is the first thing that comes to mind with the new year and new promises, clean the first day of school and hopes of a successful year.

Let's take a look at downsizing, minimalizing, organizing....

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

No to Low-Cost Spa Look For Your Home: Tranquil Getaway

Post by Sharon 

With a new year, a new beginning and shift in priorities occurs. I learned from minimalizing my life, how amazing it is to come into a sunny, open, uncomplicated room instead of a dark, cluttered busy place that makes me anxious. 

It may be time to pare down your life and push away the "stuff" and bring in free to low-cost items that are natural, soothing, spa-like and ideal for your nature-loving instincts.

5 Towns That Are Like Mayberry

Post by Sharon Mayberry, that fictitious town on television. Didn't we all want to identify with a community that knows each other&...