Summer Magnolia Magazine on over 50 Feeling 40


Are you a risk taker?  Most of my life, I have not been, but this decision to become an entrepreneur, and to commit completely to this blog and writing is perhaps one of the biggest risks I have ever taken. That is why the theme of the current issue of The Magnolia Journal Magazine captured my attention.  I thought, well, Chip and Joanna Gaines have taken many risks so there should be something here to learn.

 In her opening editor’s letter, Joanna begins: “ We’ve all dropped anchor in places that suited us for a time. Until, inevitably, the day came when we sensed something new stirring, and we recognized it was time to move past our comfort zones and walk bravely into the unknown. Trusting that instinct to move when we are compelled.”  I know that feeling and I have walked bravely into the unknown, but with resolve, purpose, and intention.

Chip asked the biggest question at the end of the magazine, “If fear wasn’t part of the equation, how would your life look different?”  I think for me and Mr. B it would have looked very different, but in order to provide for a family, we played it safe.

So far, my decision is exhilarating (yes, an exciting feeling)….I can’t seem to stop working or formulating plans.  I am so glad that I have time now to work on what I want to work on.  And of course, to have time for a little magazine reading.



I know this has been a difficult time for many, but I have enjoyed the time at home so much, simply because I haven’t been here very much for so long for years. 

We began by concentrating in the backyard and to start to create an oasis where both of us can relax and enjoy time with each other, friends, family, and down time.

Breakfast area on over 50 feeling 40

I have worked to make sure there are places in the house where we can enjoy the backyard views and other places to work and read from quite areas.

Home work area on over 50 Feeling 40

Home is definitely a perk for me as I begin growing my own business. 



DIY hand scrub on over 50 feeling 40

Now I have the time to do some of the projects I only read about in this magazine and online.  Then I can share with you what does and doesn’t work. 


This little jar came from my friend Leigh Ann and I just might make this for small Christmas gifts this year for friends.  It is a hand scrub and I promise after you use it, your hands are so silky and soft.  It is amazing and refreshing!


The recipe came to her from our local amazing grocery, HEB.




2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup HEB Organic Coconut Oil

1 tsp lemon zest

 Combine all ingredients and place in an airtight glass container.  Allow 30 minutes for ingredients to bind well.  Using a spoonful (I do not use that much) or a desired amount massage in circular motion for a few seconds and then rinse. 


Super easy…right?  And your hands are so happy.



IC Collection Top on over 50 Feeling 40


I also have time now to play with the clothing which I allowed to remain in the closet.  I am no longer in a hurry out the door and just grabbing whatever I see first.  Today, I am wearing around the house this fun Bryn Walker top from Dillard’s, and my JJill cargo pants…I really like the fit of these pants. And one of my favorite pair of ballet flats…they are bronze and by Cole Haan...and I have practically worn them out over several years.  I purchased them on a clearance rack at Dillard’s years ago…they have been great!

Now, forget for a moment there is a pandemic, what risks would you like to take at this stage of your life?  Anyone have fun plans when COVID-19 is under control?

Please share!  Here are some of our favorite brands and if you purchase through these links then you are supporting the blog.  I will be returning with slideshows again soon…and some new ideas for the blog and for you!

Eileen Fisher Big Summer Sale


Nordstrom Rack




Soft Surroundings





Pamela Lutrell for Goli GummiesThere are several ways that I generate income through this blog in order to cover business expenses and give myself much needed income.  Purchases through the slideshow links is one way, ads on the page is one way and a new way is through ordering or re-ordering the GOLI Apple Cider Vinegar gummies through me with my GOLI LINK HERE.  Again, if you are not familiar with the benefits of apple cider vinegar, you should speak with your personal physician.  My husband and I are sold on the benefits and I am proud to represent this product.  I am going to leave this at the bottom of my posts so that when you, friends or family would like to order you can use my link.  Thanks for the support.  This is a great product; as well as, the ones below!


Mr. B and I love our meals from Sun Basket!

Sun Basket on Over 50 Feeling 40


Sun Basket is a delicious, easy, fun home delivery meal plan


My Complexion Loves Chamonix…My esthetician says my complexion is super tight!

Chamonix on Over 50 Feeling 40


All natural, plant-cell technology skincare


By Pamela Lutrell

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