Thursday Simple Pleasures 7/20

It’s Thursday! What does that mean? It’s almost Friday and the weekend? Well, that too, but, it’s time for our Simple Pleasures!!

This week my simple pleasure is fresh homegrown tomatoes and tomato sandwiches.


We enjoy going to the Baltimore Farmers Market every year. It is open from April thru December. I like going the first week it opens, just because, but we don’t usually go often the first few weeks because there isn’t much produce. There are a lot of plants and such, but those plants are much better off if I leave them there, lol!

A couple of weekends ago we went and I got some great tomatoes! I ate tomato sandwiches for lunch every day the following week! They were so delicious! Such a simple thing, but oh soooooo good! Do you enjoy fresh grown tomato sandwiches? What do you put on yours? I like just a bit of mayo and a little S&P. Sometimes I’ll make a BLT but when I want a tomato sandwich, I really just want tomatoes, lol!

I don’t know about where you live but folks here in Maryland swear Maryland tomatoes are better than any other. Ironically folks from New Jersey (where “The Man” is from) will tell you the same thing! I agree and disagree with them all, lol! I have had tomatoes grown Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, New York, Canada, and South Dakota. They are all absolutely great! But I will say this, they were all “homegrown, vine ripened” tomatoes. Tomatoes bought at farm stands or farmers markets; not tomatoes bought at the grocery store, that are half green looking or pinkish. That is the key. There is nothing like a tomato picked ripe from the vine, grown in nutrient rich soil!

I usually buy from the same farmers each year, although My M.O. is to walk through the entire market when I arrive. I do this to see what is available, and the cost. I then walk back through and make my purchases based on availability and sometimes cost, but cost is not the deciding factor. The overall quality and freshness that day is. Then I make my purchases. I then often cris cross the market making my purchases so that I purchase the heaviest items on my out. We often take a wagon with us if planning on making a lot of purchases.

This photo is from five years ago. Wasn’t Noah so cute chasing down his wagon?

Noah enjoyed riding and eating our purchases!

Are you fortunate to have farmers markets? What are some of your favorite finds? What is your simple pleasure for this week?

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Wednesday Weightlifting Workout 

and a new athletic top

I was recently given the opportunity to review a new athletic top, courtesy of Tenáz Athletics. Tenáz means tenacious in Spanish. The mission for Tenáz Athletics is: “to inspire in women a tenacity for staying fit and healthy regardless of age, fitness level, body type, or other perceived obstacles.”

These tops are stylish, made in the USA, and great for everyone, but are designed with women of a “certain age” in mind. The mesh 3/4 sleeves are breathable, provide the right amount of coverage to allow you to feel comfortable, and look toned especially if you are dealing with loose skin or “bat wings”, but they aren’t constricting. Who needs that when working out?

I met Jacqui, the owner, through the Fierce 50 Revolution. She is a fellow powerlifter, runner, and yogi. Come to find out she is also from the town where “The Man” grew up and they went to high school together! What a small world!

I knew I was going to put this top through “the paces”. As much as I like to look stylish when working out, my clothing also has to function well for the level of activity I do, so for the past two weeks I have worn it for yoga and to my training sessions with Jeff. I have not worn it for my runs. It has been way too hot and humid and there was no way I was going to wear a black shirt, out to run, in the heat and humidity we have right now. I couldn’t even get past the thought. Honestly, Jeff even thought I had finally lost it when I wore it to the gym!

A few weeks ago I shared my new dead lift PR of 175 lbs!  Did I tell you Jeff thinks I’ll be at 200 or more by the end of the year? We shall see! Last Wednesday, Jeff decided we needed to work on speed….we started off with box squats to get warmed up. For those we used the SS Yoke Bar that I told you about here. After the week before, I never wanted to see another squat. I think we did half a million trying to perfect my form. Jeff, videoed that session, but accidentally deleted the video before sending it to me or I would have shared that with you too.

Once warmed up we proceeded to pick up the heavy stuff! Since the drill was to lift fast, we started with 115 pounds for 5 reps. We then moved up to 135 pounds for 5 reps. Finally we moved on up to the final weight of the day 155 pounds. Jeff proceeded to tell me the goal was 5 reps for 3 sets 😳 What?

Had he forgotten what happened back in May when he wanted me to lift 155 for 3 reps? I haven’t! That week started out much like last week. We worked our way up to the 155. I set up, picked it up and put it down; only to hear “what are doing”? Huh? What do you mean? I picked it up and put it down. Isn’t that what I was supposed to do? Uh, yes, but “I wanted 3”. What? “Yep”. Are you crazy? “You can do it”. I’m not so sure. “Yes, you can”. Well I proceeded to pick it up again, one, two, plus the previous one makes three. Right? At least by my math…..And I damn near hurled! OMG! I am dead serious!

I still don’t know if it was what I ate before going, the new belt (and it was the first time I used it) that wasn’t broken in so it was super stiff, or what. All I can say is it almost wasn’t pretty! Well apparently one, take a pause and add one, and then one more did not make three. Jeff, must use “new math”, lol! Jeff wanted 1, 2, 3….boom. How was I going to do that? Thinking about it made me want to hurl…but I walked it out, re grouped, stared that bar down, fussed and cussed, then gave Jeff the evil eye….and proceeded to try again. 1, 2, 3….I got it! It wasn’t easy, but I got it. So technically that week I lifted it six times. Now I realize that’s the “old math” way of counting, but….

So now he wants 155 for 5 reps times 3 sets 😳 oh boy! Could I do it? Well here is the video of the first set. One down. It was much easier than the last time, and I didn’t almost hurl….that’s something, but….Did I have two more in me?

I went for number two and nailed it! One more to go. Could I do it? I wasn’t so sure. Then what did Jeff do? Proceeds to tell me he had the video and the post ready to post on Facebook, all he had to do was hit post when I put the last one down, that, and the entire gym was waiting for me to get it! Pressure much? I think he knows me too well….

Yes, I did!!!!!! Tenacity? Maybe it was the shirt!

If this wasn’t enough for one day, we had to do something new at the end. Squats in a new torture contraption called the Smith Machine. This video was the easy part, and I look like I’m dying! At the end I had to squat and hold it until he told me to come up! Holy quads, hamstrings, and glute burn, batman!

My Tenáz top performed great through all of this. It wasn’t too tight or constricting and it didn’t ride up during my activity. They are moisture wicking, but I will say that the sleeves are too much (for me) this time of year. With it being almost 100 degrees out and my own personal summer moments, going on (ladies you know what I mean), I believe I will save it for spring and fall. Maybe it was also because the one I got is all black. They are available in white with black sleeves and contrasting stitching in teal, purple, or black, that was my first choice but they were sold out in my size.

They are available in two styles the scoop neck one that has a racer back. That is the style I chose, or a v-neck which has a regular back. I was torn, over which to get, but prefer the racer back tanks so I went with that style. It really is just a matter of preference and the amount of coverage you want.

See that spot I circled above? The logo. Jeff, said I need to wear this top every squat day, because the logo is right at my “sweet spot” where I need to place the bar for my best squats!

Tenáz Athletic Tops are very affordable and comparable in price with other well-known athletic wear companies. The difference is you are supporting a small woman owned business and buying a product Made in the USA! You are also buying from an athlete that knows what it takes and the importance of having good fitting athletic wear, that will perform for what ever level of activity you are at. Right now you can receive 30 % off your purchase with the code FRIEND30 and shipping and returns are free! So head over and check them out. You can also follow Tenáz on Facebook by clicking here.

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Disclaimer: Although this Tenáz Athletic top was provided to me for review, the opinions, thoughts, and review are my own words.

Our Visit to Dutch Wonderland

I’ve shared this previously, so many of you know, we celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary on July 8th, with a trip to Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA, with a couple of the grand littles.

Then and Now

We were the first car in the parking lot….had it been up to “The Man” we may have been there even earlier, lol! Ok, we weren’t extremely early and at least we are able to get the “bus” parked, before the parking lot filled up!


This was the first time we had been there, but will likely not be the last. It’s designed for kids. Yes, you moms, dads, and grandparents can ride some of the rides and they are adding a new roller coaster which will be for the older kiddos or adults, but this mainly a littles friendly park!

A little bit on the history of the park

I saw the above plaque on the ground as we were leaving. I thought it a bit ironic, and cool, to learn that the park opened on May 20 (that was the date the “The Man” and I met and we went there on the date we were married). It is also (slightly) older than me, lol! With so many things and places not staying around long, it was nice to see it has stood the test of time.

Before going in we had to measure the kids to see what rides they could ride.


Yay! I’m tall enough to ride all the rides, lol!

 

Have a look at this cute little chapel in the middle of the park! How cute was that? And just too perfect for the day!


Of course we had to use it as a photo-op to “re-create” a wedding (my idea, lol). It was our anniversary after all! How could I pass up an opportunity like that?


Our wedding guests and “witnesses”, they sure are cute, but I’m not sure how reliable they are, lol! What do think?
Are we done yet?

“The Man” appears to be talking here, Lol! These are the types of photos he usually tries to get of me, hahaha!Is that possibly a real smile?After we left I realized we didn’t get a “kiss” photo. Somehow we never made it back there to do it…..I’m reasonably sure if the “The Man” never saw the lens side of a camera he’d be happy, lol!

Noah and Miss Quinn getting ready to ride the whip!


We found a dinosaur park! Noah has always loved dinosaurs, and knows the names of many from his books.



But to say we were shocked when Noah walked up to the Ankylosaurus and told us the name of it, is an understatement! To our knowledge this is not a species he has read about. I know his reading skills are quite advanced for a six-year-old, but that is a BIG word!


“The Man” and I took a few minutes to ourselves and rode the gondola! Can’t get to wild, you know, lol!

A corn field

The kids rode almost all of the rides they could, then we spent some time at the water park. No pictures there, lol!

But, look what I found! If you are Disney aficionado you will recognize this!

A highlight of the day. Dole Whip! Just like they have at “the mouse house” but the line was nowhere near as long! I enjoyed every bite/sip (I got the float)!


This cute tunic style dress came from Old Navy. When I picked it up I thought it was navy blue, but when I put it on to wear it the first time it looked black, then outside it was navy again. I have gone back and forth and still have no idea what color it is, lol! Maybe it’s like that dress that was going around the internet a couple of years ago, that no one knew what color it was! Remember that? It’s a great summer dress, that will also work well with leggings or jeans. In fact I had my white jeans on the day I bought it and loved the look. I can see it getting a lot of wear for a few seasons. Although you can’t see them here, since “The Man” cut my feet off (better than my head?)but they show in previous photos; I wore my white low-cut converse sneakers. My earrings are Plunder. These are called White Drop and are part of our filigree collection. We have a large variety of earrings in this collection and they are ONLY $8.00! You can click here to go to the website and check them out, while you are there look around and see what else we have to offer. If you have any questions about Plunder jewelry or how to join my team, message me or email me at grandma2glamma@gmail.com. The bracelet is part of the Julius set that was a special last month. It sold out really fast as most of them do. I didn’t wear a necklace as I wasn’t sure what kind of rides there were or if I would be fighting with it all day. My cross body bag is one I’ve shared with you before. It is by Sharif and purchased a few years ago from HSN. My sunnies are my prescription ones. I don’t usually wear my contacts when traveling, especially if I don’t know how late we will coming home.

We had a great time. The weather was great, not too hot, which after a week of really hot, humid conditions that was a welcome change! This is a great park to visit if you have little kids. We purchased our tickets a week in advance so we got a bit of discount and the adult price was less than $35.00. “The Man” was even less; since he turned 60 this year he got the senior rate!!!! I don’t think is too bad for a day at an amusement park that almost all littles can enjoy! Food, just like most parks, was overpriced and not the best, but edible. They also had some semblance of healthier options. If you are a camper, they also have a campground and offer cabins. Have you been to Dutch Wonderland? If so, please share your experience with us!

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Janet

A Change of Schedule

I’m sure we’ll get settled into a regular routine soon

You may or may not have noticed I was missing for most of last week and didn’t have much in the way of blog posts. Life got really busy and writing was not happening, at all, lol!

Wednesday my grand little Lessa came back along with Baby Caterina AKA Baby Sunshine, I first introduced “Baby Sunshine” to you here (Noah and Miss Quinn gave her that name). When asked what they thought the new baby’s name should be, Noah said he wanted her named Sunshine. It has stuck as a nickname, at least for now.

It was a week of re-adjusting along with adjusting to a new old schedule, having a newborn to care for again, and to Lessa’s new attitude 😳, in regards to her sister, lol. She is also getting into the groove of the “terrible twos”, add baby Sunshine to her world, and that she and Miss Quinn sometimes get along like “two cats on the back fence”; let’s just say it made for some interesting times! We had a couple of “practice” runs for a few hours here and there, but it’s not the same.

If that wasn’t enough, Caterina is breastfed and had not had many bottles, since she came home for the hospital (during her stay there they bottle fed her as they were supplementing her with formula for a time and measuring the amount she ate). Moms, if you nurse your babies (and I applaud you for doing that) but you are going to work outside the home, please, please, please, start giving your babies a bottle well before going back to work. It will make their transition easier and help your caregiver too! Day one was quite a challenge, getting her to eat. By Friday she was eating much easier and close to a “normal” amount of milk. Fortunately, this wasn’t my first rodeo, with bottle feeding a breast-fed baby but, with that said, all babies are different and transition differently. So PLEASE help your babies and their caregivers; start letting dad, grandma, or even you start giving them bottles before you return to work. Set them all up for success. I can not stress that enough!

We made it through and now we are starting our first full week. I’m sure we will get settled into a regular routine soon, and things will settle down; just in time for school to start back for Noah and Miss Quinn, lol! Miss Quinn, is much more accepting of Sunshine than she was/is of Lessa though. Why, I’m not quite sure. She has never gotten over the jealousy with Lessa, so maybe it’s just that the baby isn’t able to “mess with her stuff”, yet.

Aside from that, I have had a lot going on and plenty to write and tell you about, including some product reviews, and other goings on. It looks like I better get to writing, lol! I see I may need to change my writing schedule and learn to write at night (like my friend Tania) to get it done, and probably should have seen that coming and transitioned myself before now….what do they say; hindsight is 20/20? Lol, it is true as I’m sure we all have experienced, at some point.

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Janet

 

Rouge Post

Some days are diamonds….other days….well you know how that say goes!

I know you may have received an email that there was a new blog post, only to click the link and find nothing. I was trying to recover a post to work on when I apparently hit “publish”. When I realized what I did, I trashed it because there was only a couple of sentences. Not sure what would have been crazier!!! lol!

I am working on a new, coherent post, and will have it up before too long; maybe I will save it for tomorrow now. I guess this means I really am human….

Have a great rest of your day!

Until the next time

Janet

 

 

Happy Anniversary 

37 years ago today, “The Man” and I got married. And we’re still married, lol! 

The odds were probably not in our favor. Talk about a “whirlwind” romance; we met on May 20, 1980 (I was 16), I turned 17 on June 14th, and we got married July 8, 1980! Yes, just seven weeks to the day! Oh, and, “The Man” is a few years older than me…

Then July 8, 1980
If your next thought was: we “had to get married” you would be wrong. I guess you could say it was “love at first sight”. In less than a week we were talking about and making plans to get married. It could be said I wanted to “get away from home” and on some level that might be true. I do know and knew that if we had not married when we did, my mother (who had mental issues) would have done all she could have to interfere. Even after we were married and up until she passed in 2001, she periodically did whatever she could to break us up! Enough about that for now! 

However….

Just a bit over a year later, on July 23rd, baby number one came along, and before we had our fifth anniversary all three had arrived. 

It hasn’t always been easy! We have had hard times, good times, bad times, and fun times.  Some days I want to throttle him…..And I wouldn’t doubt he feels the same…..lol! But at the end of the day, it comes down to loving each other and being determined to work out our differences and work through the problems. As the Diamond Rio song states “we meet in the middle”. 

We have been truly blessed. We have three great, reasonably well adjusted kids that are each successful in their own way, and six beautiful grand littles. I am blessed that I have been able to spend almost everyday with some of them. We have all that we need and most of what we want. 

Today we are heading to Lancaster, PA to Dutch Wonderland, an amusement park, with two of the grand littles. We usually go away for the weekend on our anniversary, this is the third year in a row we haven’t. I had lofty ideas of surprising him with a trip to Hawaii for our 35th, but we got the surprise (fortunately before I had booked the trip) our youngest son finally proposed and they get married a week after our anniversary. A big trip and a wedding wasn’t possible; especially since they were originally thinking of getting married in Las Vegas. Two big trips in that time span would have been too much for sure. Then last year we had our DILs baby shower on our anniversary weekend. So I’m just putting this out there now…because if it’s on the internet it has to be true…right? We are going somewhere fabulous for 40, so no weddings, babies and such in three years, lol! Got that guys?!? Hahaha! 

We have arrived! Hopefully this makes sense as I was writing on my phone, while riding. 

Now July 8, 2017

Have a great weekend! 

Until the next time 

Janet 

Simple Pleasures 7/6

It’s time for Simple Pleasure Thursday.

Today my Simple Pleasure is: Spring/Summer rain! Don’t you just love the smell of rain in the air during spring and summer? That earthy smell; either just before or after the rain?

This morning it is raining and after a couple of weeks with scorching hot/humid weather, it is refreshing (for a bit). Now don’t get me wrong, there are times when I have to be out and about, running around that I dislike rain; probably like many of you. But this morning just sitting here drinking coffee and looking out the window at a nice soaking rain is refreshing. The “powers that be (the weather man)” has predicted that this will last off and on all day. We shall see about that, lol!

We are coming up on the end of the week and I haven’t clobbered “The Man”, yet, lol! For those who don’t know, he has been off work on “vacation” all week….I seriously get almost nothing accomplished when he is home. It’s much like having another child underfoot…..at times.

This Saturday (our anniversary) we are taking a day trip with two of the grand littles, Noah and Miss Quinn, to Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA. This is an amusement park, mainly for kids. We have passed it for years but have never been there. It should be fun, right? Have any of you been there? If so, what are your thoughts, experiences, recommendations? At least the outlets are just up the street, should I need some retail therapy after, hahaha!

What is your simple or guilty pleasure this week? Do you like the rain? The sound of rain on the roof, the smell in the air? Take a minute and share with us!

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Janet

It’s Independence Day

Today is July 4th; Independence Day here in the US. A day we take to celebrate our freedom. Freedoms that are afforded to us by our fore fathers. Freedoms that are afforded to us by those who have fought and are still fighting for those rights. Freedoms we often take for granted.

We usually celebrate with friends and family; we have cookouts, go to fireworks, and attend parades.

An elusive picture of “The Man”
Noah, Miss Quinn (who wouldn’t look), Lessa, and Caterina aka Baby Sunshine

This morning “The Man” and I, along with two of our children and four of the grand littles, attended our local community parade. The Dundalk Heritage Parade.

Our local police color guard

This was the 83rd year of the parade.

But do we really stop to remember what the day is about?

As you celebrate today with family and/or friends please take a moment to remember those who fought for you to have the rights you have. Some fought and came home, many have not. Some came home whole, many have not. Some are fighting demons we can’t even imagine. Even though they are “home” they may not really be home. Sadly, there is a good chance they will become a statistic; part of the 22 (there are 22 soldiers who commit suicide each day) 22 too many is an organization that works with athletes to honor those soldiers.

Often when we think of those who fought for this country, we seem to think of those long before our time or may think of our veterans as gray-haired “old men” sitting up at the VFW hall, swapping war stories, and drinking beer. Most of those men are no longer with us, and never talked about what they went through. My own daddy was from that generation. He never talked about what he saw in WWII. The only reference I can ever remember him making was during desert storm, when he said one day that “he had hoped his grand children would never have to know what a war was about”.

There are times we may seem to forget we have young men and women fighting for us today. This day is not just to remember those who have gone long before us, the ones whose names you know from the history books, but to remember those who fought in more recent times and those who fighting today. There are many young men and women today who won’t make it home, because they have paid or will pay the ultimate sacrifice. Please take a moment to say a prayer, send good thoughts, or just say thank you.

Just this past month our own community has lost two of our own.

One young man Army Sgt. Eric Houck, was the brother-in-law of my daughters friend and co-worker. On June 10, 2017 he was KIA in Afghanistan. He was 25 years old and had two babies ages 3 and 5.

You can read more about Eric here.

Some of you may know, my daughter, Amanda and I have been training to run the Marine Corps Marathon-MCM on October 22, 2017. We are, of course going to run for and dedicate our miles to Eric.
The Baltimore Running Festival is the day before MCM on October 21, 2017. I contacted my running friend, who I’ve told you about before, Sid Busch to see if he would run Baltimore in Eric’s honor. Sid (who is now 71), runs a race (sometimes multiples) almost every week in honor of a fallen soldier. Sid, of course, agreed. Sid, will be running the “Baltimoron-a-thon” a 5k and half marathon on the same day. After thinking about it, I talked to Amanda, and we decided we would run (or mostly walk) the Baltimore Half Marathon with Sid on Saturday then run the MCM on Sunday. Since Eric was one of our own we felt we had to honor him in Baltimore too.

This has since turned into a movement of sorts. Many who have found out what we are up to have expressed interest in running or supporting our efforts. Upon hearing of this his wife, Samantha, has decided to run with us too. So, for the past couple of weeks we have been working to bring this together.

Our hope is to have as many runners as possible run or walk in The Baltimore Running Festival in honor of Eric (BRF races are walker friendly) or if you cannot walk or run, please help line the streets of the race route in support of those who are running. BFR as a rule has tremendous crowd support on the streets on race day (some of the best around) let’s make it more meaningful! We want Eric’s family to know he will not be forgotten; that his death fighting for our freedoms was not in vain.

We have designed a special shirt that runners, spectators, or anyone can buy to wear on race day. Proceeds from the shirts will be donated to Eric’s wife and two children ages 3&5, to help with finances as they transition to their new life.

a portion of every shirt sold (minus the cost of the shirt and printing) will be donated to the family

The link below will take you to the website for ordering the shirts.

http://www.customink.com/fundraising/honor-sgt-eric-houck-at-the-baltimore-running-festival?ref=copy-link_social_mobile-campaign-page-share&utm_campaign=mobile-campaign-page-share&utm_content=honor-sgt-eric-houck-at-the-baltimore-running-festival&utm_medium=social&utm_source=copy-link&side=front&type=1&zoom=false

Any support you can offer will be appreciated. I ask that if can do nothing else please just share this with your friends and family on your social media, FB, Twitter, etc. You can do that by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page. Many of your friends or family may run or know a runner that is running one of these races who might want to run or in some other way support or help us honor Eric and support his family too.

There is no way to significantly thank him or his family for the ultimate sacrifice that he made. Nothing we say or do will ever bring him back, but from experience I know that the families appreciate knowing their husbands, wives, sons, or daughters are remembered.

Please take a moment today to Remember: Freedom Isn’t Free

Until the next time

Janet

Setting and Reaching New Goals

Last Wednesday, during my session with Jeff (my trainer), I set a new (temporary) deadlift PR! 175 pounds for 1 rep! You may remember I tried lifting this weight earlier this year, but was not able to budge it! Jeff said he thought I could have pulled it for two or gone up to 180! I wasn’t so sure….maybe.

The significance of that weight didn’t hit me until the next day when he sent me the video.

As many of you know on March 8, 2014 I returned to Weight Watchers. When I walked into that meeting I was at my heaviest weight ever 179.4 pounds.

To get back to my goal weight, I needed to lose almost 52 pounds. I reached my goal weight in January 2015, but continued to lose more; reaching a total weight loss of 70 pounds!!!

That deadlift on Wednesday night was almost what I weighed that day. It was 1.5 times what I currently weight and is 2.5 times the amount of weight I lost!!! 180, I’m coming for you!!! If I had realized Wednesday night, where I was at, I would have tried for it! Jeff, seems to think we will reach 200 before the end of the year! With marathon training, I don’t know, but you can bet I will reach for that brass ring! Marathon training is now starting to ramp up and get in full swing! More to come on that as the weeks fly by.

​Before starting to lift I had to warm up with a series of box squats.

The most weight we used for that was 105 pounds, which increased from 55 pounds (the weight of just the bar). The bar I used for the box squats is a “SS Yoke Bar” aka “Safety Squat Bar”. The reason for using this vs a regular bar is there is less stress on your forearms while gripping the bar, as you are gripping in the front of you vs holding the bar to the side as you would do with a straight bar. This also causes less fatigue for when you will be deadlifting, among other reasons which you can read about here. I have certainly noticed a difference since using the SS Bar on days that I am going to lift.

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“The Man” is home this week. He is on “vacation” or maybe I should say “staycation”. I don’t know what, if anything, I will get accomplished. If today is any indication, it won’t be much, lol!

Until the next time

Janet


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Some Girl Time and A Make-Over

This past Saturday I grabbed my daughter and headed to Ulta for an IT cosmetics makeover. Now we are not new to IT. We have been using IT products since the end of last year. I thought it would be a fun thing to do. Have a little girl time, spend some money, etc. I needed to buy a new mascara (amazing how mine had just run out).  I started using the IT Super Hero mascara when it came with a kit I purchased around the holidays. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but came to like it. For several years I was using Dazzle Lash in Brunette from MAC. I loved it, it was the first mascara I had ever used that didn’t flake all over my face. But when I needed to buy a new one last year and headed off to MAC I discovered they no longer make it. In fact I guess it had been way too long since I last bought it, because they looked at me as if I had three heads!

I decided to show you all the results of this event and make it a blog post.

Here I am, before, with no makeup. I may not win a prize, but…..

Here is the after. All made up 😳. A bit scary in my opinion! If I was not a user of IT cosmetics, this would not have enticed me to become one!!!

I think I quite resembled “The Joker” from batman! The “old”, “real” Adam West Batman! I tend to go for a natural “no makeup” look. I’m not sure what I ended up with, but it is not me! My daughter said it’s just because I take horrible selfies, lol! I will admit I have not mastered the art of selfies yet, and I may never, but I don’t think that is it!!!

I never use eyeliner and this look is why. It certainly has not made me think I should start! I look as if I slept for three days in my make-up; after a bender! I also do not use mascara on my lower lashes.

Why? Well I have rather sparse to almost non-existent lower lashes (and the top ones are nothing to brag about)! I have been considering trying Lash Boost from Rodan & Fields. I have seen several pictures of ladies with lashes much like mine now and the results are amazing! Some are consultants for R&F and some not. A couple are people who I actually know. They have a great special going in right now, which is making it hard to not jump on the bandwagon!  I have to admit, it’s VERY expensive and that is partially what has held me back. Have any of you heard of and/or used their products? If so what are your thoughts? I will keep you posted on the decision, but if you have tried it, please let us know your thoughts.

Since this week has been crazy and I have not posted the blog much this week I have also not drawn the Plunder piece for last week. I will do two at one time and announce the winners.

Thank you to everyone that has participated! I hope the winners have or will enjoy their prize. I know one hasn’t arrived, yet, as it had quite a way to travel, but is on the way!

Today is the last to sign up with me for Plunder and have the chance to earn your kit for free and earn a free cruise in January! How lovely would that be? When it’s cold, dark, and dreary at home to be cruising the Caribbean!

You have until midnight so log onto to my website, click on Plunder Opportunity and then become a stylist or email me at grandma2glamma@gmail.com with questions or for details. I don’t know if there will be another opportunity like this. Starting a business for $99.00 is unheard of, but to start a business for free?! WOW!

Next week I will be sharing some of the looks I pulled together for the June challenges in The Style Club. You will really get to see my “selfie” taking at work, as I took several days of looks with my phone and a “selfie button”. Hopefully, my lack of skill will not scare you away! If you have not already joined there is time to do so, or get on the waiting list for the next wave. July’s challenges will focus on color. It promises to be interesting, but not as busy! Thank goodness, lol!

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Don’t forget to leave a comment so that you can be entered in the Plunder drawing for this week. Of course your comments help more people to see the blog too and that’s what helps to get it out to more people. I really do appreciate it!

Until the next time

Janet