My New Happy

Friday, February 15, 2019

For Ladies Celebrating Ladies

Thank you, Leslie Knope, for making Galentine's Day a thing. 

I've loved seeing  all the posts this week of women celebrating their friendships.  Having a group of people in your life that will support you, love on you, and lift you up is so important.

And so much harder to maintain as we get older.

When I was younger, it was easy to make friends.  There were more opportunities to gather with those who shared the same interests.  As the boys grew, there was time to get to know each other as we chatted through play dates, sports events, birthday parties.

But the older we get, they can start to drift away.  Things get busy, interests change, life moves on.

Don't let them drift.  Make the time.  Do the things.

I recently read a study that found that women should go out with their girlfriends twice a week for better health.  Being with friends allows you to vent, laugh, and share things that only other women will understand. 

I mean, I love my husband with all my heart, and he's my best friend.  But sometimes (okay, most of the time) he doesn't want to hear about hot flashes, shopping, or how much I miss the boys.  We need our girlfriends for that.

And while you're at it, make some new friends too.  I know it's still scary, asking someone if they want to sit at the table with you.  But do it for the laughter, the love, and a healthier you.

Do it for Leslie Knope.  For ladies celebrating ladies.  Happy Galentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

My Friends At Salt And Light

Happy Wednesday and welcome to TBB Style with The Blended Blog.  Our fabulous hostess this week is Deena, so be sure to pay her a visit and add your post to the link up!

Today the theme is REMIX, and the idea is to choose a blogger and recreate an outfit they've posted.  Except I couldn't make a decision about who to pick, and then it snowed eighty feet, and I was afraid if I went outside to take a picture I'd get lost in the blizzard.  Phew.

So instead, I want to share the fabulous new business my friends have started, called Salt and Light Lifestyle.  I'm so excited for Deena and Abbie, who are partnering with Rachel, and I know they will be a huge success!

I'm wearing a sweater from their newly curated collection.  Their shop includes both consignment pieces and new items, and these ladies have fantastic style and taste.  So far they've only released a few things, but I want them all!  

In addition to clothing, they also have a podcast and are coordinating fun events in the Saskatchewan, Canada area.  I just love that they took a leap of faith, decided to be brave, and have created this amazing venture.  Be sure to check them out and follow along!

Don't forget to link up with us, or follow along on IG with #theblendedblogstyle.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Hopping With Kindness And Love

Happy Monday and welcome to TBB Blog Hop!  We haven't done one of these in a while, but since we're all about community and friendship, this seemed like the perfect time for one.  What better way to celebrate Valentine's week than to let your friends know how amazing they are!

Before we get to that, today I'm also linking up with the lovely Laura at The Horton Family blog for her new series, 3 Things.  This month her questions tie in perfectly with love and kindness.

1/ Since the beginning of the year, I've increased the amount of time that I volunteer for Operation School Bell.  This national program provides school clothes for local children in need.  I love being around kids, and spending the day with them while they shop for their very own new clothes and shoes puts everything else in perspective.

2/ "Just when the caterpillar thought her life was over, she became a butterfly".  The empty nest felt like the end, but I'm learning that it's not.  It's the beginning of a whole lot of wonderfulness.

3/ Kindness.  Things would be so much better if everyone could be a little kinder to one another.

Now on to the hop!  The best part about blogging is the people.  While I haven't had the chance to meet Shelly at The Queen In Between, I feel like we're already friends.  I love her style, both in fashion and the way she decorates her Texas home.  She's a working mama with an awesome family, and I admire the way she handles her busy schedule with such grace.  Someday we'll meet face to face, and I know she'll be just as lovely in person.  

Be sure to hop over to Shelly's blog to see how she's sharing the love.  And don't forget to link up with us at The Blended Blog.  You can also join in on IG @tbblog with #TBBLoveLoop.

Friday, February 8, 2019

A Healthy Revelation

Three months ago, I had a revelation.  Who knew that was still a thing at my age?   Granted, it happened because of a health scare, and not because I suddenly became wise and intuitive, but still.

The revelation was this:  healthy does not equal thin.  And healthy is the goal.  Also, I'm not getting any younger, but I already knew that.

Seems pretty obvious, in hindsight.  But I've spent my whole adult life eating a certain way, and exercising a certain way, trying to lose weight so I could be thin.  Healthy didn't enter my mind.

It's what I was taught growing up.  We just assumed that skinny people were healthy people, back in the 70's and 80's.  I remember a friend in college whose dad was a long distance runner.  One day he went out for a jog and died of a heart attack.  I was shocked, although I shouldn't have been.  He might have been thin, but he also smoked and ate like crap.

As a child, a teenager, and a young adult, I wasn't just skinny - I was scrawny.  Genetics were my friend, I guess.  Then I had two difficult pregnancies, gained a lot of weight, and never quite bounced back.

For the past 21 years, I've tried countless "diets" and exercise programs.  I'd lose weight, then gain it back.  Always trying to fit into those old jeans.  But never thinking about being healthy.  

Last October, my doctor told me that I needed to make some changes, or else.  I went home and spent the next few days mad and sad and cursing those genetics I used to be so happy about.

I was in the middle of a cookie binge when the revelation hit (because I figured I'd start changing tomorrow, AFTER a thousand cookies).  I needed to focus on being healthy.  And strong.  And the rest would fall into place, whatever that place might be.

So I adjusted my mindset, the way I eat, and how I workout.  I'm proud to say I'm almost to my goal, and we'll see what the doctor has to say when I go in for follow up blood work.  Do I still have a treat now and again?  Yes.  Do I mess up some days?  Yup.  It's all about progress, progress, progress.

I've learned so much over the last few months, and I plan to share it here.  Most of it is common sense, but yet, there I was.  Not healthy.

If I age like Grandpa Ed, I've got fifty years left to live, and I want them to be as healthy as possible.  He's always believed "mind over matter" and I have to agree.  Healthy is the goal.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

All The Hearts

Happy Wednesday and welcome to TBB Style with The Blended Blog.  This is my second fashion post this week - who am I?  If you missed yesterday, be sure to go check out my dressed up puffer vest with the fashionable ladies of Ageless Style.

Today we're sharing Valentine's Day looks.  As previously mentioned, we don't do Valentine's Day at my house.  But I'm always a sucker for a good heart sweater!

I actually picked this one up at the Gap while Christmas shopping (oops).  You can't tell in the picture, but the heart is sparkly and fuzzy and fun.  The outfit needed a little red, so I added a buffalo plaid shirt underneath.  And my white jeans.  Every year I have good intentions to wear these white jeans all winter, and then I forget.  Black might have been better, but the white went with the 12 inches of snow we currently have.  Yay.

Speaking of Valentine's Day attire, George recently mentioned that he really likes red dresses.  We've been together for 37 years - how did I not know this until now?  I checked my closet, and nope, no red dress.  Clearly, he was trying to say that he wants me to go shopping for a new red dress.  Any suggestions?

Our hostess this week is Andrea, so be sure to pay her a visit and add your post to the link up, or join us with #theblendedblogstyle.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Puffer Fun With Ageless Style

A post on Tuesday?!?  Maybe because I'm trapped in my house due to a foot of snow!  Actually, I was honored to be asked by Jodie at Jodie's Touch Of Style to co-host this month's Ageless Style Link Up.  These ten fabulous, stylish ladies gather once a month to share their takes on a fashion prompt.  This time the theme is "puffer", which is perfect for me, because I have a LOT of puffer in my closet.  It's the perfect layer to add a little warmth to any outfit.

Since Jodie invited me to the party, I thought it would be fun to channel my best Jodie impersonation.  I love her style.  She's always mixing things up, adding an extra element or accessory, and generally making getting dressed fun.  Although this outfit isn't quite bright enough to be Jodie approved, there are some Jodie elements.

I started by mixing dressy and casual, something I never would have done in my pre-blogging days.  I recently purchased this tweed ruffle skirt from Loft, and thought a little pattern mixing with the polka dot tights would be fun.  My husband gave me the side eye when I came out in this outfit -which means it's a success!

Be sure to visit the other ladies, as I'm sure they'll have some fashionable takes on this theme.  And if you blog, link up with us below.  Thank you so much for inviting me this month!

Daenel ~ Living outside the stacks bloginstagrampinteresttwitter

Debbie ~ Fashion Fairy Dust bloglovinbloginstagrampinterestfacebooktwitter

Jennie ~ A Pocketful of Polka Dots bloginstagramfacebookpinteresttwitterbloglovin

Jodie ~ Jodie’s Touch of Style blogfacebookinstagrampinterestbloglovintwitter

Jonet took the month off– Jonet ~ Fabulously Chic Over 50 blogfacebook, , instagrampinteresttwitter

Kellyann ~ This Blonde’s Shopping Bag bloginstagrambloglovintwitter

Lisa ~ Coast to Coast blogfacebookinstagramtwitterpinterest

Paula ~ Dimples on my What blogfacebookpinterestinstagramtwitter

Shelly ~ The Queen in Between bloginstagrambloglovinpinterestfacebook

Monday, February 4, 2019

TBB Asks: Relationships

A new month means a new TBB Asks.  And since February is the month of love, let's talk about relationships.  I hope you'll link up with us over at The Blended Blog, or answer some of the questions in the comments!

1/ We moved a lot in my younger days, finally settling in Washington when I was in 5th grade.  I still have friends from middle school that I keep up with, although sadly none of them live nearby.

2/ My husband and boys are my biggest supporters.  One of the bonuses of grown up kids is that they are now friends, and I turn to them often when I need their advice.  My uncle Rick was one of the most important people in my life, and I still miss him every day.

3/ Homeroom in 9th grade.  He had just transferred in from private school, I set my sights on him, and the rest is history!  George tells a different story, but my version is the right one 😁.

Senior Prom - so fancy!  

4/ My husband, the most romantic and thoughtful person in the world, doesn't "believe" in Valentine's Day.  So we don't celebrate it.  But I can always count on flowers arriving a few weeks later.

5/ Hugs.  And snuggling.  

6/ I buy myself plenty of chocolate, but I love to receive flowers.

7/ I wasn't kidding when I said my husband is the most romantic and thoughtful.  It's hard to choose from all the meaningful gifts he's given me.  Might be the surprise vow renewal he planned for my 40th birthday.  Or the trip to Paris he gave me when our youngest went off to college, so I'd have something to focus on and not be sad.  Or just the fact that he puts up with my crazy on a daily basis!

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