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Limm iPhone Armband Review

Hello friends,

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to exercise I have to admit that I don’t get enough of it.  I don’t run or jog but I do like to walk both outdoors, weather permitting and in the evenings on my elliptical, energy permitting – lol.  

However, my favorite exercise of all times is working outside in the yard.  During this time of the year hubby and I spend our Sunday afternoons outside doing yard work. He mows the lawn, trims and edges the walkway, while I cut back the Spring and Summer foliage and pull those weeds which never seem to stop growing!

Limm iPhone Armband

Autumn is the best time of the year to work outside because it’s not too hot nor too cold, and listening to music makes it even more enjoyable.  While hubby rides the lawnmower, he is listening to music from an iPhone in his pocket and headphones on his ears.  

While I trim trees and hedges I’m listening to music with an iPhone nestled securely in a Limm iPhone Armband with buds in my ears.  The Limm iPhone Armband keeps the iPhone safe and secure with an adjustable and stretchable strap that doesn’t interfere with my arm movements.

Limm Iphone Armband

The Limm iPhone Armband is made of a material that keeps the phone protected from sweat and has a built in pocket to hold a single key, so if you are out for a run or walk, just tuck your house, desk or car key inside.  If your exercise regiment also includes working outdoors and you want to listen to music while you work, try this Limm iPhone Armband, which would also make for a great stocking stuffer, you can order one today from 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

5 Dad’s Day Gifts for Fathers Over Fifty

Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world.  Sunday is Father’s Day and the stores have been advertising great gift ideas for dads, everything from ties to tires.  However, if you are like me and the father of your children is over fifty, you know there are some gifts that you can give him that are better than anything bought in a store.

Here a just 5 suggestions of Dad’s Day Gifts for Fathers over 50

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  • Eating Right:  as a man gets older, good nutrition plays an even more important role in how well he ages.  Hubby and I were in the grocery store and one of the ingredients that we focused on was sodium.  The daily recommended amount of sodium should not come from just one meal.  Have you checked the sodium content in a can of soup, you’d be surprised just how much there is. I enjoy cooking so when shopping we purchase more fresh fruits and veggies, fish, turkey and less red meat.  Hubby still likes his sweets but has cut down considerably since his surgery, so this weekend I’ll make him a little treat like this No-Bake Cheesecake. Enjoy!

  • Staying Active: staying physically active is important for everyone, and even more so for men as they age.  Whether it’s taking a walk together after a meal, going to the gym, swimming at the Y, lifting weights or playing golf, men need to keep their bodies physically active.  Having a healthy sex life is also important for men over the age of 50, not only because it’s a great form of exercise but it could reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer.   Remember ladies, the marital bed is undefiled (Hebrews 13:4), so give him a good workout! The simpsons

  • Looking Good – men enjoy looking into the mirror and seeing a healthy smile, a well groomed face and hair as much as we like seeing them.  So give him a compliment when you see him using body washes, lotions, and other grooming products.  This not only makes him feel good but it also gives him a boost of confidence that is a gift that keeps on giving! Dove products for men

  • Healthy Sleep – turn off that TV, iPod, Tablet, iPhone and the lights for a good night’s rest, which is rejuvenating and slows the aging process. If you have a lumpy mattress or ill fitting sheets, perhaps you may need new set of linen or a new mattress especially if it’s older than half his age! need a new mattress

  • Prevention – an annual checkup is definitely vital for a healthy and happy life, so when your man makes an appointment he should ask to have the following tests completed during that visit: 

  • Blood pressure

  • Cholesterol level

  • Blood sugar level

  • Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) making a doctor's appt

  • Testosterone level


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Let's Chat  What is the best gift you have given your hubby or significant other?

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, I will be thinking about mine on what would have been his 52nd Dad’s Day

Rest in Peace Pops!



Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014


Super Foods for Seniors | Cholesterol Blasters

Hello Friends and welcome back from the weekend!


Did you get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather on the first Spring weekend of the year?  How about the grill, did you clear away the spider webs and fire it up?  If so, were there any not-so-good-for-you foods on there.  Knowing you probably not, besides not all grilled foods are bad for you just as not all cholesterol is bad for you.

There are two types of cholesterol, LDL and HDL.  LDL or low-density lipoprotein is bad because it can build up on the walls of your arteries and clog them.  However, HDL or high-density lipoprotein travels away from your arteries to your liver and is flushed out of your body.

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 Keeping your LDL low and your HDL levels high gives you a much better chance of avoiding heart disease and incorporating some of these foods into your diet can help.

  • Almonds – loaded with monounsaturated fat which lowers your cholesterol
  • Chestnuts – roasted and they too have very little fat and helps to keep your arteries clear
  • Artichokes – boosts bile production which breaks down cholesterol from the fat you eat
  • Apples – full of pectin, which is a natural ingredient that can lower cholesterol up to 30% if eaten daily


  • Whole grains – barley and other soluble fibrous foods slows down digestion giving your body more time to whisk away cholesterol
  • Black Beans – instead of eating fatty meats, have a meatless dinner and reduce your cholesterol levels, try navy and kidney beans as well
  • Peaches – prevents gallstones which are solid masses of cholesterol 
  • Flaxseed – these seeds from the flax plants have tons of soluble fiber, the miracle fiber that helps protect against high cholesterol.
  • Wheat Germ – sprinkle onto your cereal or yogurt to lower total cholesterol 
  • Ginger – this spice contains phytochemicals an antioxidant that fights atherosclerosis which is hardening of the arteries



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  • Garlic – cuts down on fat buildup in your ateries by lowering LDL cholesterol
  • Grape Juice – drinking 2 glasses a day is a natural way to rejuvenate your veins and arteries
  • Mushrooms – this fungus contain a good source of chromium, a mineral that acts as an antioxidant.
  • Honey – good source of dietary antioxidants that are good in lowering LDL cholesterol
  • CHOCOLATE – contains a generous helping of polyphenols that are antioxidants.  Polyphenols which are also found in RED WINE can help your heart by keeping LDL cholesterol from becoming oxidized, which can hurt your arteries.
  • Tomato Saucelycopene in tomatoes keeps your arteries flowing free by breaking down cholesterol.

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  • Oatmeal – oatmeal does more than stick to your ribs, it’s also a sticky soluble fiber that helps to slow the movement of food through your intestines.  This gives HDL particles more time to pick up cholesterol to take to your liver for disposal. 
  • Fish – fatty fish like tuna, mackerel and salmon are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that can protect your arteries from damage. 
  • Yogurt – fermented milk in yogurt clears arteries and keeps your heart healthy.
Friday Night Dinner at the house

Heart healthy salmon and black beans

I try to cook and eat healthy, so on Friday night we had baked salmon with mango salsa and black beans for dinner.  Our youngest doesn’t like fatty fish so he ate the baked clams.  The heart works non-stop to pump blood throughout our bodies which is why we need to keep it healthy.

Food alone won’t prevent heart disease, so besides eating right, you need to exercise, quit smoking, limit alcohol consumption, keep your weight in check and most importantly RELAX!

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!





Super Foods for Seniors | Fitness Fare

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

Yesterday afternoon as I sat writing this post we were anxiously awaiting another major snowstorm, hopefully the last one of the season.  People were out in the grocery stores stocking up on food as if they needed enough to last for the entire week.  

In 17 days it’ll officially be the first day of Spring, we won’t be eating as much and most likely will be looking for ways to shed a few of those snowstorm pounds. We will be outdoors more and adding exercise to the mix so here’s a list of Super Foods that will help us shape up safely.

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Your body thrives when you stay in shape, you feel healthier, live longer and resist diseases better.  Exercise and eating right combined is the best way to take off and keep off unwanted pounds.  Exercise burns calories, protein and carbohydrates, so these foods will provide the proper amount of replacement fuel for your body.


  • Whole Grain Bagels – breakfast bread filled with complex carbohydrates

  • Pork and Beans – full day’s supply of iron and zinc

  • Honey – add a spoonful to water before exercising for a boost of energy and after a workout to help muscles regenerate

  • Peanuts – but hold the salt, exercise burns proteins, peanuts puts it back and provides fiber and satisfies hunger

  • Energy Bar/Nutrition Bar/Diet Bar – replaces the energy after a workout

  • Whole Wheat Bagel
  • Lean meat – after you exercise, it replaces protein and helps sore muscles heal and rebuild

  • Banana – Complex carbs and potassium

  • Sunflower Seeds – Full of Vitamin E and good treatment for muscle cramps

  • Milk – Calcium not only build bones, it keep your muscle moving to prevent cramps

  • Water – prevent dehydration which is the most common cause for muscle cramps

  • Almonds – Replaces minerals lose due to dehydration

  • milk and water Pumpkin Seeds – Magnesium helps with cramps and fatigue

  • Pink Grapefruit – Protection against breathing problems – especially for asthma

  • Broccoli – Good source for almost all nutrients you’ll ever need

  • Caffeine – a cup of coffee or a can of cola can prevent asthma attacks if you are prone to them while exercising pumpkin seeds

  • Oranges – Vitamin C eases aches, pains and swelling you get from workouts

  • Mustard – mix a little mustard with water and drink to stop muscle cramps

  • Grape Juice – relieves legs cramps, makes blood vessels more elastic and blood flow better





It doesn’t matter what exercise you chose to do, remember to check with your physician before starting a new regiment – better to be safe than sorry.

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Be Blessed – No Stress in 2014!





Super Foods for Seniors – Chapter 5

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and was able to get outside to enjoy the beautiful warm weather, it was definitely the best Saturday since the new year began.  Spring is right around the corner so it’s time to start thinking about ditching the bulky sweaters for more body revealing clothing which makes Chapter 5 of Super Foods for Seniors ~ Body Slimming Secrets perfectly timed. Super Foods for Seniors - Chapter 5 body slimming secrets

Menopause is making it very difficult for me to lose weight, even though I try to eat the right foods and limit my wine consumption, I know I need to increase calorie burning exercises.  However, in addition to exercise the following foods can help tame the fat and fight the flab.

  •  Tomatoes – tomato based foods to replace fats like gravies/sauces i.e. salsa
  • Barley – this grain has been listed as a Super Food in every chapter, it swells to make you full for longer periods of time

  • Black Beans – High in Fiber – eat more foods with high fiber to lose weight faster

  • Squash – Sweetened it up by sprinkling with cinnamon

  • Lemon Juice – Replace butter with lemon juice on veggies to rev up the flavor lemon juice

  • Spices – Rosemary, garlic, nutmeg, cinnamon, mint, etc. are taste boosters for low-cal dishes

  • Oats – nonfattening foods can improve your mood and stop you from overeating.

  • Brown Rice – healthy fiber to fill you up

  • Water – no explanation needed

  • Turkey – use ground turkey instead of ground beef



  • Green Tea – rejuvenates metabolism which helps burn more calories

  • Chestnuts – perfect lo-cal snack available September through February

  • Olive Oil – use instead of other fats and oils

  • Salmon – high in Omega-3 fatty acids aids in weight loss

  • Apples – a crisp apple to satisfy a craving for sweets

  • Creamy Yogurt – with fruit or as a veggie dip or potato topper

  • Turnip Greens – use in soup yogurt

  • Orange Juice – drink 1/2 hour before you eat

  • Applesauce – unsweetened as a substitute for butter or oil in baking

  • Popcorn – mid-afternoon snack topped with a dash of olive oil

  • Pear – high in fiber snack to make you feel full longer popcorn

  • Cottage Cheese – low fat or no fat to replace ricotta in your Italian recipes

  • Cayenne – spice up your dish with this fat burning spice, hot peppers or small amounts of Tabasco Sauce – which is great on popcorn as well

Smart steps to safe weight loss:

  • Eat only what you can burn

  • Control your portions

  • Eat more plant than animal foods

  • Exercise regularly

  • Keep a food diary

  • Set realistic goals

  • Don’t DIEt – just eat healthy

Most people want to lose a few pounds but eating the right foods alone won’t make it happen, it must be combined with some form of exercise.  Check with your health care professional before starting any new exercise regiments to stay safe and healthy.

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 Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!


A Woman’s Heart

Hello Friends and Happy Thankful Thursday 

Did you know that heart disease is the biggest killer of women, more than breast, ovarian and cervical cancer combined.  The scariest thing about heart disease for women is that over 64% of them who die suddenly of a heart attack had no previous symptoms. 

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Heart disease is caused by plaque in the blood vessels which was once very hard to detect.  This plaque clogs the arteries and makes the heart a ticking time bomb.  Now a new breakthrough discovered by a cardiologists at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has made detection easier. 

heart attack symptoms In women not all heart attacks look like that of a man clutching his chest in pain.  For women the warning signs are more subtle and may be confused as being menopausal symptoms, but they should not be ignored:

  • Sweating – excessively drenched in perspiration
  • Nausea or Dizziness – you may vomit or feel like you want to pass out
  • Breathlessness – 58% of women report panting or inability to carry on a conversation
  • Sleeplessness – in the month before a heart attack, 50% report having trouble sleeping
  • Anxiety – a sense of doom or fear, your body is telling you something, trust those instincts

Paying attention to these signs and getting proper medical care can be the difference between life and death, so please make an appointment to see your physician.

Go Red for Women” and protect your heart by living healthy:

  • Quit Smoking
  • Consistent Exercise
  • Manage Stress
  • Eat Healthy
  • Take the heart healthy checkup (here) to stay healthy for yourself and for your loved ones!

Stay Heart Healthy!

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I am truly thankful for being an ex-smoker, for my wonderful family, friends and of course my faith.  

I am also over-the-top thrilled and thankful for having my post published on the Parade Magazine website.  If you didn’t get a chance to read it (click here).

Now it’s your turn, what are you thankful for this week?

Please share, then come cover to Katherine’ s Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!


Nutrisystem – Day 28 + 11

Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday!

What in the world happened to June – it just flew by without saying “Goodbye” or anything!  Before I knew it, it was July and my second month of Nutrisystem foods had arrived before I posted the results on Day 28.

Take a look back, this was me on Nutrisystem – Day 1.

Here I am on Day 39 ….

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Notice a difference, not much right?  Because I only lost 5 pounds!!!

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Now let me explain….there was this LOOONG Holiday weekend….LOTS of wine and NO workouts….

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Now I am back on the program, we will be attending a Wedding in August and I want to lose another 5 pounds.  I am  eating my Nutrisystem meals, doing a little more exercise and there’s no more long holiday weekends so I should be fine…huh, what…oh the wine….nevermind…that is all!

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Have a fantastical day – Smooches!


Fun and Games Friday

Hello Friends, are you having a fun day!

Do you remember as a child spending hours outside running and playing games all day long?  Laughing, yelling, sweating and imagining, making up the rules as you went along, just plain fun.  What were some of your favorite games, I remember some of mine were:

Double Dutch

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Hop Scotch



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Red Light Green Light 1 2 3

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Chinese Jump Rope

chinese jump rope

But my all time – #1 favorite game was “That’s My Car”…which I’m still playing today!

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This Mercedes belongs to a friend…but last week it was “my car!”

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A girl can dream can’t she?

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Now go outside and play – Smooches!


Nutrisystem – Day 1

Hello Friends and Happy Monday!

I hope you had a wondeful weekend and that your work week got off to a good start.  Today is the first day of my weight loss program with Nutrisytem and I am extremely excited, really looking forward to not only losing pounds and inches but once again concentrating on portion control.  I am not going to bore you with daily updates on what I ate or how many pounds I did or did not lose, I just want to feature my look on Day 1 so that at the end of the month we’ll all see a noticeable difference.

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I will wear this dress again on Day 28

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Cuff – CitiTrends // Bag – Ross

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Have a fantabulous evening – Smooches!


152 by 52


2008 – caregiver to my grandmother

2009 – grandmother passed away

2010 – kicked a 35 year addiction to nicotine

2011 – pre-menopause

2012 – menopause

2013 – no more excuses

The time has come to get serious about this excess weight gain before it gets out of control – no more excuses!  I want to be 152 by the time I am 52 on September 20th!



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Nutrisytem is a convenient way to lose weight, it’s a program that I’ve used before to successfully lose over 20 lbs, however, didn’t keep it off with all the anxieties plaguing me at the time.  Now that I am living a somewhat stress-free lifestyle, I know I’ll be able to keep the weight off this time.  Nutrisystem teaches portion control and the importance of “good carbs”.  Keeping a daily tracker of food intake, water consumption and exercise also helps me with my weight loss goal. The Nutrisystem plan may be a little pricey but I was able to get a slight discount through my employee benefits program at work.

I had the option to chose menu items al-la-carte style but decided on the standard 28-day fare, which includes dinner items such as spinach ravioli, veggie lasagna  pizza, chicken pot pies; lunch items such as tuna salad, red beans and rice, Kung Pao Noodles, fudge bars; and breakfast items such as cinnamon streusel muffins, oatmeal, banana nut muffins, and whole wheat bagels.

These foods in combination with grocery items are designed to keep me full and satisfied long after each meal.  Snacks and desserts are also included with items like, popcorn, peppermint cookie patty, chocolate chip pudding, and almond bars.  I also ordered the protein shake mix in Vanilla, Chocolate, Coffee and Strawberry which are great morning starters.

On Sunday I’ll shop for the supplemental “Smart Carbs” which take longer to digest, foods like fruit, whole wheat bread, beans, hummus and brown rice.  And “Power Fuels” like eggs, lean meat, fish, cheese, yogurt and nut butters, ie. peanut and almond butter.  So with all the variety of foods, the right portions and combinations this should put me back on the right track!



*This is not a paid endorsement nor a sponsored post for Nutrisystem – all opinions are 100% my own*