Simple Pleasure Thursday 12/7

Here we are one full week into December!

Can you believe it? Are you all ready for the holidays? I am soooo not.

We do have a tree up. And since it’s pre-lit, it has lights. Oh and the kids “special” ornaments for this year. Does it need more? Sometimes I don’t think so. Now don’t get me wrong, I love decorating the tree with ornaments of years gone by and reminiscing over them, but I also like sitting with only the tree for light, sipping tea or cocoa, and listening to Christmas carols. It’s even better if it’s snowing outside or there’s snow covering the ground (which doesn’t often happen this time of year).

And that friends, is my Simple Pleasure for this week. Sitting quietly at night with only the light from the Christmas tree, listening to Christmas carols, and sipping a cuppa.

What is your Simple Pleasure or perhaps Guilty Pleasure this week?

Tuesday I told you about participating with Real Moms Blogs 12 Days of Giveaways. Today is my day. I will be posting about Plunder and giving away a Plunder Posse. The winner will be able to choose from either the November or December Posse!

Why a choice? I couldn’t decide which to give! I love them both and know you will too….so I decided to make it winners choice and I’m going to add in an extra surprise….Have you joined the Facebook page so that you can participate and enter? If not there’s still time! Not only for today’s giveaway but the rest of them too! You can join in the fun here!

You have until 12am MST to enter each days drawing and the winner will be announced the following morning.

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Until the next time

Janet

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Black Friday Shopping

Woo Hoo! It’s Friday! Not just any Friday this week but the Friday after thanksgiving! That makes it Black Friday! A day for shopping! The “official” kickoff to the holiday shopping season! Oh and let’s not forget stuffing ourselves with those yummy leftovers….

Are you a Black Friday shopper? Are you Thanksgiving night shopper? Did you clear away your Thanksgiving day feast and hit the stores last night? No judgment, just wondering.

I hope you had a great day with family and friends. We had a quiet relaxing day of sorts. That’s because we aren’t having our “traditional” Thanksgiving dinner until Sunday. That means I’ll be going crazy the rest of the weekend, lol!

I have never been much of a Black Friday shopper. Watching the news and seeing people go crazy and attacking others over saving a couple of dollars was enough to keep me home! I said long ago there was nothing out there worth risking your life over! That’s not to say I have never been out and about, and the few times I have stood in line for something it was a good experience. I know some of the stories are the extreme and not the norm, but boy are they scary!

“The Man” took off work one year just so we could go shopping on Black Friday! I don’t think he believed how crazy it was out there, until we got to the toy store and the line was wrapped three times around the park lot at midnight-ish! After standing there for what seemed like forever, he gave up, lol!!! We wandered through a few more stores that were open and came home and went to bed. Later we got up to get to Barnes and Noble before they opened. That year they offered a special edition nook e-reader for $79 . That was my present to me. I had made the jump to e-readers before that with the nook color, but after some time realized a regular reader would be better for reading while traveling in the car. I have since switched to the nook glow light…..speaking of which a new edition the nook glow 3 is being released today and is only $99! If you are an e-reader person that might be for you! That year was “The Mans” first and last foray into Black Friday shopping! He is now okay with going to work, lol!

I’m perfectly ok staying home and shopping online! I know there are some crazy good deals out there, my inbox has been flooded with them, and I bet your is too! Here is one of my favorites.

I just got off the phone with “The Man” a few minutes ago and he said “I’m surprised you don’t want to go to the “black store”” as  he calls it. Well, now the you mentioned it, we could go……lol! I probably will not. I don’t “need” or want anything so why go?

Last night going out wasn’t an option for me. The only vehicle I could have taken was “the bus”, it can be a challenge to park on a regular shopping day, there was no way I was going to try and park and maneuver that thing around parking lots full of crazy shoppers 😂😂

To help you out with your shopping I have a few deals of my own to share with you.

PLUNDER DESIGN: Plunder will have a lot of Black Friday specials throughout the day. The savings are really great but there is a catch. The specials will be released at different times throughout the day and no one knows when they will release. What I do know it that nothing will be released today before 9am EST! Here is a sneak peek at what I know will be coming out today. There could possibly be more throughout the weekend and Monday.

I will be posting to the Facebook page when they are released. Just go to http://plunderdesign.com/grandma2glamma, hit the shop button and pick a party that has my name in it. These items will be found under the Specials tab.

Below are a few items that were released yesterday and as of right now are still available.

I just love this one for the tweens/teens. What a great stocking stuffer!

In addition to such great specials. If your order totals $30 or more (excluding tax and shipping) you can choose to add one of the items below for every $30 you spend. You would pay $10 for the Tony necklace and $5 for the Lilo earrings. This is while supplies last (of course). These have changed a couple of times this month. So don’t be surprised if you go to check out and your offer is different.

Legging Army: There is a site wide 10% discount. That will apply all weekend. Who doesn’t  love or need leggings?

Rodan+Fields: You can’t get much better than this deal. Today only, make a purchase as a Preferred Customer (PC) and you pay what I pay!!! That means any product OR Any Business Kit if you decide to become a consultant. Just go to http://jearlingbencivenni.myrandf.comTo become a PC just scroll down to the Subscribe and Save option. If you are interested in the business then message me and we will hop on the phone and chat.

Happy Shopping!

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Have a great weekend!

Until the next time

Janet

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Believe Them

Beware.

This is not my usual blog post. In fact it might be considered, by some, downright controversial. But I am so disgusted with some of the things I’m hearing and reading this week, that I have to jump on my soap box. I have to speak out.

Women are being villanized (is that a word, sp?) left and right to no end. Why? Because they dare to come forward about sexual abuse that happened many years ago. The question is being asked “why did they wait X-number of years to come forward?” “This can’t be true or they wouldn’t have waited”.

Why? Why did they wait?

Because of the reactions they are receiving now!!!  They are being victimized all over again. It has probably taken them this long to be able to deal with the backlash that is occurring and even now I would imagine there are times they are having second thoughts, to some degree, about speaking out. It is hard enough for a victim to come forward when the abuser is a regular everyday guy or gal (yes women abuse too) but when it is someone in a position of power/authority it magnifies the situation. By power or authority that may only be an adult when you are a child. It doesn’t necessarily mean that person is a lawyer, judge, or other “high-ranking” type person, but as we see, it can be. Who is going to be believed most likely? I think we can see every day how that usually plays out.

How do I know this?

I am a survivor of child molestation and sexual abuse. I was first abused by a family member; at the age of NINE. I didn’t tell anybody. Why? Because I was threatened. I was threatened with more abuse (a beating, spanking, whipping, whatever you called it back then). I was told I would be taken away from my family. That’s what abusers do, especially to children. One day I went to spend the night with my aunt. The abuser took me to her house. She realized based on my actions something wasn’t right and flat-out questioned me, after he left. Yes, my aunt. Not my mother, who was clueless and self-absorbed. At first I denied it. I was scared. But, my aunt had the good sense to be persistent and I eventually told her. She contacted the proper authorities and the investigation ensued. It was in the very early 1970’s and things then were nothing like today (or maybe they were). What I remember is that: I was physically examined (at nine, can you imagine?) there was dead sperm found in my vagina, the abuser was arrested, made bail (his wife, my half-sister, believed him) a court case followed and he was found not guilty. He was more credible than a nine-year old girl/child.

Guess what?

He went on to continue abusing (his own children) SURPRISE…..around 1988 he pistol whipped my sister, went after their daughter again; and she shot and killed him!

I often wondered how my aunt, who never had children knew. That went to her grave with her. I know “why” she supposedly never had children. According to the stories “something happened to her” as a child that prevented her from being able to have children. As I got older I began suspect she had been abused too. You do develop a sixth sense about people and can spot an offender.

The abuse didn’t stop with him. As a young teenager it happened again. At church. By a church member, someone who was also a church “worker” with the youth groups. I never told a soul. Why? Because I knew I would not be believed. Who would believe me over a “man of god”? Telling had worked so well for me already. So I kept quiet and stayed as far away as I could. I honestly think I was a prime target because of the first situation. I also think because I never received counseling or support when it happened the first time I believed it was ok. I wasn’t worthy (on some level) to not have this happen to me. This person also abused others. Ironically, several years ago someone else took his life too.

You know what they say. Karma is a bitch!

If I said told you I didn’t do a little happy dance when I heard about both of their deaths, I would be lying.

They eventually got their comeuppance on this earth. Sadly they continued to inflict pain on others before it happened.

It still affects me deeply to this day. Most of the time I think I have moved on. But when I hear the things we are hearing now it brings it all back to the surface! I have always been hyper vigilant in knowing who my children and grandchildren are around (as much as is possible). I check the sex offender registry often. If a new sex offender moves into the neighborhood I make sure they come nowhere near my littles. I will not move to a new house without checking first. I cannot stop someone from moving into a house near me, I can control whether or not I knowingly move next to them.

To my children and anyone else. If your child, grandchild, niece, nephew or anyone tells you they are being abused or harassed BELIEVE THEM!!! If it is proven they are wrong, so be it. BELIEVE THEM FIRST!! Abusers continue to get away with these heinous acts because we doubt the accuser over the abuser! I don’t care if they tell you it’s your best friend since you were twelve years old. I don’t care if it’s a family member. For gods sake BELIEVE THEM!

Today on Facebook, I saw posts by “friends” making light of the recent allegations in the news. I don’t do this lightly, but I have removed them from my friends. I will begin removing anyone from my circle who does this or defends such actions. Someone told me recently I need more friends on Facebook. Well, my list is going to be dwindling…..I have no desire to be associated with anyone like that. I can only imagine how they would act or think if this were their daughter, wife, mother, sister.

Why are these particular women choosing now to speak out? I don’t know. Maybe because there was the #me too campaign a few weeks ago on social media? Maybe they are realizing they are not alone? They have a voice. They will be heard.

Today I urge you to speak out if you have been abused and silent. Even if it is too late for “anything to be done”. Even the offender is dead and gone. Don’t carry this around with you any longer. Don’t let them keep a hold on you!

There is more I would like to say, and one day I might. I will end here for today, though as my thoughts are becoming jumbled and I don’t want to ramble.

Until the next time

Janet

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Sharing a Story

Last week my friend Anne from the blog Soulmate Dance asked this question: “What’s your story?” She is looking for those who have a story to share and would be willing to share it.

I am sharing her quest with you today.

Do you have a story to tell? Do you want to share your story with Anne?

If so:

Read Anne’s post below for details, then head over to her Facebook page and connect with her.

***What’s Your Story? ***

Soulmate Dance is looking for your midlife stories to share during our 30 Days of Love Celebration starting October 20.

❤️ Did you find true love after 50?

❤️ Did you finally fall in love with yourself? Maybe for the first time. Maybe you had been lost and found yourself again.

❤️ Did you leave a dead-end relationship or job and turn it into a transformation?

❤️ Did a stale relationship reignite? Or a troubled relationship find healing?

❤️ Did you discover new interests and hobbies?

❤️ Did you meet the best friend you’ve always craved?

❤️ Did you find yourself caring for a difficult parent and find new depths of compassion?

Love shows up in many ways. What’s your Love after 50 story?

The stories selected will be featured on the Soulmate Dance blog and Facebook page, one per day starting October 20.

Why October 20?

❤️ It’s our 5th wedding anniversary. We met in our fifties and that was the genesis for Soulmate Dance.

❤️ Soulmate Dance, the blog, is getting a makeover and this is our unveiling party.

If you have a story to share, send me a PM and I’ll send you the details. Tag a friend. Share the post.

#Love Your Stories

Art Credit: Rose Dalton

This beautiful art work was used with permission from the artist and my friend Rose Dalton. If you would like to see more of Rosie’s work go check out her Facebook page Rosie Dalton.

Until the next time

Janet

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Fashion Friday and Being A Little Silly

Happy Friday! Or as Noah has been saying lately Fri-Yay….where did a six-year-old get that from, lol!

Do you have plans for the weekend, yet?

It’s “The Man’s” Saturday to work so you know that usually means things will pretty much be low-key around here. Not like last weekend when I got a wild hair and called and made motel reservations in New Jersey.

Our granddaughter, Miss Mia, is having her first birthday party Sunday and I’m sure there will be a trip to that “big box store” but this week I don’t think it’s avoidable….

I can’t believe we have made it through a full week of fall and it still feels like summer. The heat index was almost 100 a couple of days ago! This won’t last much longer, I’m sure. It seems our weather is trying to make a turn toward more seasonal temps this weekend; which is fine. It’s time for everything pumpkin spice! Lol! I have been seeing it everywhere for the past few weeks. Last week “The Man” came home from work and brought me a surprise:

Yes, you are seeing that right, lol. Pumpkin flavored lip balm! He was quite pleased with himself. Now I love pumpkin spice and will actually have it off and on year round (why wait for a particular season for something you like) but I had no desire to have this. It’s the thought that counts, though, right?

This isn’t the usual Fashion Friday post (because there isn’t much in the way of fashion, lol) and last Friday was so crazy I totally missed it (that craziness is what prompted my escape to the shore). If you remember I told you about our trip to the Baltimore Harbor weekend before last and my inability to find anything I liked to wear. I had a few better days during the week but didn’t try to put anything together to share with you.

The photo below was on our way home from our outing at the harbor. This is what I put together and finally deemed acceptable to go out of the house in.

Ok, the panda head was not part of my outfit, hahaha! We had to stop at Target on the way home and “The Man” kind of dared me to try on the panda head in the Halloween section, so he could take a picture. His words were “you can put that on your blog” I don’t think he really thought I would share it (he should know better by now)! Silly man. Where has he been for the past 37 years? Since I didn’t like my hair, that day, any better than the clothes I was putting together, the panda head may have been an improvement. Hey it matches!

You have seen elements of the rest of this outfit before. These embroidered crop jeans from White House Black Market are my new favorite jeans. I have practically been living in them. The white tank is the Simple Tank from Covered Perfectly, and the sleeveless vest is new, from Chico’s outlet. I bought it during my shopping trip to the outlets in Lancaster, PA last month. The jewelry is all retired Plunder pieces.

Remember as a Grandma to Glamma blog reader you get 20% OFF on up to two items when you shop at Covered Perfectly! Use the discount code GG20 when you check out at Covered Perfectly. There are several styles to choose from, and the discount will apply on up to two items. Or you may take advantage of the “Buy 2 get your 3rd FREE” special. This special applies to any combination of items storewide, just add 3 items to your cart and the discount will be applied automatically. Only one of the discounts will work. Start shopping!

Yesterday I told you about the special Plunder sign up incentive. This is really a great deal, if you are thinking of starting your own business, looking for a hobby, want to make new friends, or maybe want to get a head start on your holiday shopping.

You will receive a total of 19 pieces of jewelry with your kit instead of the usual 9 pieces. And with Plunder there is no sales requirement or quota to meet. Email me at grandma2glamma@gmail.com if you need more information. Many of our most successful Plunder stylists signed up for the kit because it was such a great deal (they called themselves “kitnappers”). They never had any thoughts of working this as business, but once they started wearing their jewelry their friends wanted it and things just took off!

Remember if you place a Plunder order through the end of September for $75 or more (excluding tax and shipping) you will receive an extra piece of vintage Plunder from me!

What I haven’t told you much about is the “Bridging the Gap” campaign I am participating in with the Fierce 50 group! A little while back the Facebook group name was changed to: Forever Fierce:The Midlife Revolution. If you haven’t joined the group yet and would like to be part of changing the perception of midlife and beyond, click on the link and join us!

The “Bridging the Gap” campaign is a collaboration of Midlife bloggers teaming up with Millennial bloggers to “Bridge the Gap” between the different generations. We are truly “Stronger Together”! I have been partnered with Lauren from the blog Bohemianbythebay. I haven’t had a chance to “meet” her yet, except through email. I hope to be able to Skype or FaceTime with her soon. You can also find her on instagram here. Go on over and check her out!

I also have a phone interview tonight with Ingrid of the blog Fit-Twist Health. She is writing a book, The Anti-Aging Secrets of Yoga. I am looking forward to speaking with her and sharing my love and experience with yoga. I enjoy sharing my love of yoga and truly believe it is a practice that anyone can do. Even with all my other “activities” yoga is my first love!

If you are enjoying the blog and haven’t already; please take a moment to sign up for the blog email. Click on the subscribe button at the top right side of the page or on the “pop-up”. I will not share your email with anyone else (that would be mean) you will just be the first to know when there is a new post. You can also follow me on social media through the pop-up or by clicking the following links: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Bloglovin.  If you would like to share the blog with your Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest friends, please do. You can click the share buttons at the bottom of the post. You can also “Pin” the blog or any photos to Pinterest! Feel free to “pin away”! Your likes, comments, and shares are what helps get the blog out to more folks, which helps it grow, and I appreciate it more than you know.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Until the next time

Janet

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Styling An All White Outfit

TGIF! It’s the weekend! Do you have any plans? As of right now we have none! It’s “The Man’s” Saturday to work, so it will most likely be a low-key weekend. We will actually be “home alone” all weekend, there’s no telling what kind of trouble we can get into! Next weekend he wants to take the grand littles to the outlets in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for back to school shopping. That should be quite an adventure! Remember our trip to Dutch Wonderland last month in Lancaster? Miss Quinn has been saying she wants to go back. Guess what we will ride right past in route to the outlets? Yep…. They are on the same street. Who thinks that will be a fun shopping trip? Wish me luck, lol!

I’m finally getting my Style Club challenges together! Better late than never, right? Lol! I showed you one of the looks I pulled together, from the challenge, last week. I’m not going in order since I didn’t participate in all of the challenges in June.

I didn’t participate at all during July! July was all about color and with the younger littles coming back, I found it to be to be too much! The great thing is you can participate as much or as little as you want! I may go back and work through some of it on my own.

Many of the ladies in the group have had their colors done. They find out if they are cool or warm, summer, fall, winter, or spring. What colors/shades/tones are better with their coloring. It sounds interesting and scary! I haven’t and would likely find I should throw out everything I like, lol! Have you ever had yours done? If so, what did you think? Would you recommend it?

The second challenge for June was to style an all white outfit! I’ve told you before I’m the person who shouldn’t wear white on any day that ends in “Y”, lol, but I do like the nice, fresh, crisp look of white, and I do wear it.

The exercise was to start with an all white outfit and add a colorful kimono, then add a belt for further interest. I still haven’t made the leap to a kimono, yet, but I had just recently bought the Black and Gray Cascading Vest from Covered Perfectly which was, well, perfect. Another piece I hemmed and hawed about. One day I may learn. Everything I have ever purchased from Covered Perfectly has been great! I was concerned it would be too long for me. I ordered it to use as a coverup when we went to the ocean in June, you can read about that here if you haven’t already. It’s very light weight and thin and I felt it would be a perfect beach/pool coverup. It didn’t disappoint, but I wasn’t able to get any pictures!

This is the day I decided to experimenting with taking my own photos! I’m sure I’ll get better at this as time goes on. If you have any tips, pass them along, please!

Here is a collage of some of the looks.

I started with my white jeggings and a white sleeveless top that I showed you here.

Then I added my Cascading Vest. It’s such a versatile piece; that can easily be styled in a few different ways. It is perfect for helping to camouflage those jiggly, wiggly bits.

In the first picture below I just left it open.

Then I loosely tied it between my waist and hip area. This is also how I wore it at the beach for a cover-up.

I decided to add my pink Dooney & Bourke cross-body bag to for a pop of color.

My belted look. The belt is and shoes are a couple of years old. The belt is from White House Black Market and the shoes are by Italian Shoemakers and came from DSW.

Still belted, but I wanted to try a different pair of shoes. I changed to these black and white sandals from Vince Camuto. I got them from, you guessed it (if you’re a regular follower) HSN! I thought the black and white shoes might work by mirroring or bookending the black and white at the top.

I wasn’t sure I liked the look of the black and white shoes, but the ladies in the style club loved it and them, and they did achieve what I set out to do. What do you think? Which shoes do you prefer?

I tried adding a bit of color with my jewelry in addition to my bag.

I chose the pieces for the red/burgundy color to play off the pink of the bag. The necklace is a Plunder piece and is called Amari.  The bracelet is a retired Plunder piece. My baroque pearl earrings (you know I have to add pearls somewhere) are several years old and part of a set, one of my kids gave me as a gift.

What do you think of this versatile Cascading Vest?  I liked it so much I went back and ordered it in the Blue and Cream (which happens to be on sale right now). I’m sure it won’t last long so if you like it you better hurry over and order yours!

Remember as a Grandma to Glamma blog reader you get 20% OFF on up to two items! Use the discount code GG20 when you check out at Covered Perfectly.
There are several styles to choose from, and the discount will apply on
up to two items. Or you may take advantage of the “Buy 2 get your 3rd FREE” special. This special applies to any combination of items store
wide, just add 3 items to your cart and the discount will be applied
automatically. Only one of the discounts will work. Start shopping!

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Until the next time

Janet

 

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Why Direct Sales

Why not

July was a crazy month! A good crazy, but crazy nonetheless. The weather was the hottest I can remember for such a long stretch. I hit some new milestones with my weight lifting (more to come). It was busy with Plunder and the Christmas in July specials along with the sign up incentive; then I decided it was time to get on board and sign up with Rodan + Fields. Somedays I wasn’t sure if I was coming, going, or meeting myself in the middle! But it is all good!

Since I have been telling people about my businesses and promoting them; I have had a couple of people ask recently “Why have you gone into direct sales” or started with a particular company? “Aren’t these things just a scheme”? Maybe some are. I’m sure there are still some sketchy organizations out there. The companies I am involved with are not. But why? Well, why not?

These types of businesses have been around forever; for example the first two that come to mind are Avon and Mary Kay and no one bats an eyelash about purchasing from them. Yes, these are the same types of companies and there’s nothing wrong with them, whether you are a customer or a consultant/business owner.

For those who don’t know my story; I left my last job, of eight years, almost six years ago to take care of my new grandson; baby Noah. That was scary. It was not an easy decision on many fronts and very easy in others. I not only gave up a paycheck (which is never easy whether you “need” it or not). I also gave up grown-up socialization and interaction. I often think of myself as an introvert, but I’m not sure that is completely accurate. I need to be with people at times.

That little boy I left that job for (it was a good move) has now started school full-time. And his sister who came along two years later is on her way. More littles have come along since, for me to take care of, and in another five or six years they too will be “off to school”. I will no longer have that purpose. BUT I will be older than I am now, approaching 60!!!! After essentially raising a second family, Do I want to go out and look for another job? Work for someone else after all that time? NO!!! On top of that “The Man” will approaching “retirement” age (heaven help me, maybe I should rethink this, lol). So now seemed the perfect time to start working for me. I have time to work and grow my businesses so that when I no longer have the littles to take care I will not be starting from scratch! If I want to pack up and go somewhere, I can work from anywhere there is internet. I can choose to work when I want from where I want. I won’t need to work on someone else’s time schedule. I won’t need to put in a request and get “permission” to take a few days off!

Now when I started out my first train of thought was to get the products I purchased and use at the best price possible. I knew about the business opportunity of course but that wasn’t my first thought. As time went by it just made sense. Maybe you are on the fence? If so, I’d say go for it! If you purchase and use the product you really don’t have anything to lose.

I am building my businesses with three companies.

Legging Army, which I haven’t mentioned in a few months (it’s summer and while folks are still buying leggings my brain hasn’t been able to wrap my head around that in this heat). We have come out with a new line of maxi skirts, that I will be showing you here soon. In the meantime you can go to the website and click shop, then skirts and shorts to see them. Last night there was a new restock, so you’ll need to hurry to get the best selection! It’s crazy how fast they fly off the shelves!

Plunder, has been such a blessing. I have met and made some new friends and Plunder sisters that I hope to meet in person soon. The sisterhood of Plunder is like no other I’ve ever seen. For those who don’t know, Plunder is a Christian based company, woman owned and debt free. You can go to the website, click on “our story” and read about our founder Hillary and the company. I think the story will inspire you. I feel I was lead to to Plunder for a reason. I’m not completely sure why, but I know there is a reason; beyond jewelry, beyond the business.

Rodan+Fields, has a sisterhood that’s right up there with Plunder. I am looking forward to making new friends there too! I’ve told you about Lash Boost which is what drew my interest to R+F but the skin care is bar none the best I’ve tried, and I’ve been using skin care products for quite a while!

This is a lot to take on, in a short period of time, but like I said; I have time to work and grow and set myself up for the next chapter/season of my life.

If you’ve been thinking of going into business for yourself, getting the best possible price for products you love, or just having a bit of a hobby, and think one of these companies would be a good fit for you; email me at grandma2glamma@gmail.com. If you want to know more about the Rodan+Fields business you can join me on a FREE zoom call tonight at 9pm EST. Zoom is a free app that you can put on your device then just dial in at 9pm with the number 736 578 7052 and hit “join a meeting”. You can just listen in or ask any questions you may have!

This bracelet was part of the April Plunder Posse. I think it came at the right time for me! That’s what I’m doing! If you don’t know, the Plunder Posse is a subscription much like Ipsy, Glam Box, Graze, and such. For $25 per month (tax and shipping included) you receive 1-3 pieces of jewelry. There are no minimums, you can cancel and restart any time. If you have any questions, email or message me.

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Janet

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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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June-Fierce 50 Follow Friday

I’m so lucky. Each month I have the chance to get to know some of my Fierce 50 Sisters a little better by participating in the Fierce 50 Follow Friday. Today is time to post for June and I have three new Fierce 50 Sisters to introduce you to. I hope you will head over and support their blogs and follow them on instagram!

This month I asked the ladies- What does The Fierce 50 Revolution mean to you? Their answers and a bit of their stories are below. 

Annemarie:  “The Fierce 50 to me is about several thing’s. Being proud to say I’m in my 50’s, to market the age group so as we are accommodated by retailers and leisure outlets. More though, it’s about saying “50 is the new 30 and I have a lot to do yet. Don’t dismiss me because I’m not a number.” Annemarie can be found on IG at @mutton_style

Annemarie is a blogger from the UK.  She works full time in an office environment near London. She has adult children, fur babies, plus a partner known as Mr Him. She writes two blogs. One is about family and work life in the UK; Anna of the Mutton Years at http://tvshopaholic.blogspot.co.uk

The other is a girlie blog on clothes and so on called Mutton Style at https://muttonyearsstyleandi.blogspot.co.uk
Wow, Annemarie, two blogs? How do you keep up? Talk about FIERCE! I do good to manage one, lol!

Mindy: By setting a good example of being an “ageless wonder”, still being relevant, staying involved in life, contributing my talents, taking good care of myself. Mindy can be found on IG at @princessofwow


Mindy is divorced, and best friends with her “wuzband”, she turned 6-2 this month.  She is writing a one woman show about ageism in America which she will perform end of September in Beacon, New York. She is a cat Mom, Big Sister with Big Brother Big Sister Organization with a 10 year old girl. She is a hat designer, performance artist, singer, photographer and founder of The Smile Revolution raising conscious awareness to the healing power of a genuine smile, and if that isn’t enough, she has an album of songs about the power of a smile!  Mindy has a blog at theprincessofwow.com

Mindy is certainly a FIERCE, busy lady! And a hat designer! I’m in heaven!!! Check out her photos on IG! There are some fabulous hats!

Sharon: “Not enough hours in the day and so Fierce 50 means to me — just that — nothing stops, nothing changes, don’t let age put a stop to anything. I’m often the oldest digital marketer in the room but I like that and that it surprises people that I’m still living, learning and loving.” You can find Sharon on IG at @bestbeforeenddate


Sharon is also a blogger from the U.K. She is 54, married and celebrated her silver wedding anniversary earlier this year – she has two grown up sons.

She works in digital marketing and is launching her own business next month in digital strategy consulting.

She started her own blog just this past February www.bestbeforeenddate.com where she shares everything about her midlife adventures, life, fashion, travel, being empty nesters.

Sharon also co writes a business blog with her eldest son www.thenorthernniche.co.uk
Another FIERCE lady for sure! What is your secret to writing two blogs?

Please go and follow these beautiful ladies on instagram and their blogs!

If you haven’t joined The Fierce 50 Revolution,  go to the Facebook page and request to join. We would love to have you join us! Together we are working to shift the perception of women over 50!

Until the next time

Janet

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Highlights From May

May was a busy, strange month, lol! The weather couldn’t decided if wanted to be spring or winter. It actually rained here for 22 out of 31 days! We had the FlowerMart and Preakness here. It was Mother’s Day.  I made some hosting changes with the blog (I thought that was going to “do me in”).  Talk about “teaching an old dog new tricks”…..I did my first ever review for Covered Perfectly, it has been published on their blog and I will doing an interview for them soon. The Style Club had the accessory challenge. I didn’t participate in all of them, and inadvertently combined a few, but I did manage to participate. I made it through the first month of training with Jeff twice a week (and he didn’t kill me, yet). I attended a powerlifting meet and met another lady powerlifter in the masters division. I will be telling you more about her soon. And last, but not least, I participated in my first Fierce 50 Follow Friday as part of The Fierce 50 Revolution, on Instagram. It was just busy, busy, busy.

If you missed my review of the Fun and Flirty Fit and Flare for Covered Perfectly you can read all about it here.

If you shop with Covered Perfectly and use the code GG20 you can take 20% off on up to two items. The best deal is always the buy 2 get the 3rd item free.
This was the May schedule for the Style Club; I actively participated in 1, 2, 5, and 7 but I actually had some element of all but 6 in almost all of my looks, so I recycled a few pictures, lol!

This was from our day at the FlowerMart. The focus for this challenge was the necklace. It wasn’t until I was ready to post it I realized I had combined it with the Hat and Purse challenge! The necklace is a Plunder piece that has been retired.

Next was the scarf challenge, and what a challenge it was for me! I can do scarfs in the winter, but spring/summer has me baffled. Even after the challenge. This scarf came from JJill and I was got on clearance earlier in the year. 

I decided to use the first challenge pictures and make the bag the focus for the bag challenge, since it was new and I got because of the color and it fitting in with the greenery color of the year. I ordered from HSN.


But for the hat challenge! Yes, the first group encompassed a hat and would have worked just fine, but I went out and got myself a new hat! I spent and insane amount of money for a Preakness Hat (ok not as insane as it could have been, but more than I have ever spent on a hat)! This fabulous hat came from Christine A. Moore. She had a trunk show at our local HatsInTheBelfry store for Preakness and I just had to go….ok I just mentioned it being there “The Man” talked me into going. So that makes it his fault I bought a new hat, right?

This was my sunglasses challenge look. I just had to get these sunnies because they were different from my norm and that makes them fun! And the group insisted sunglasses are meant to be fun!

What do you think of the May challenge? Have you had a chance to check out the 40plusstyleclub? Have you registered for the waiting list? I know we just had a flurry of new members come on board for June. I hope to see you there.

The Fierce 50 Revolution is starting to take off and is gaining momentum. I enjoyed the Friday Follow and learning more about some of my new Fierce Sisters. You can read about them here. Together we are aiming to change the perception of women in mid-age and beyond! If you haven’t already you can go the Facebook page The Fierce 50 Revolution and join us. Let your voice be heard!

I told you yesterday, June is my birthday month and I’m going to be giving you all presents! Aren’t you excited? Every Friday in June I will be giving away a piece of beautiful Plunder Jewelry. All you have to do to is comment on the blog posts be entered in a drawing. I will draw a name from all the comments during the week each Friday night. On my actual birthday (I’m not going to tell you when that is, yet) I am going to give away a June Posse, pictured here. Who wants to guess when it is? Put your guess in the comments.

As you can there are three pieces of jewelry in the June Posse! Everyone who has commented up to that point will be entered in the drawing, even if you have already won.

If you want to sign up to receive the Plunder Posse each month you can do so here. The Plunder Posse is a subscription plan, much like Ipsy, Graze, etc. For $25 each month (which includes tax and shipping) you will receive 1-3 pieces of beautiful plunder jewelry. Your Posse will bill and ship on the same day each month, and you can cancel anytime or stop and start as often as you’d like if there’s a month you just don’t want it. If you have any questions or need help placing your order or have questions about joining the plunder business, email me at: grandma2glamma@gmail.com

Have you signed up for the blog email, yet? If not you can sign up with the subscribe button at the top right side of the page. I will not share your email with anyone else, and  you will just be the first to know when there is a new post. You can also follow my social media sites through the pop up or by clicking the following links:Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Bloglovin. If you would like to share the blog on your Facebook or Twitter, you can just click the share buttons at the bottom of the post. Your likes, comments, and shares are what helps get the blog out to more folks, and I appreciate it more than you know. Remember you can also “Pin” the blog or just the photos to Pinterest now. So feel free to pin away!

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Have a great weekend!

Until the next time

Janet

 

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