Welcome to Reality Check Monday, where I offer you some tips and inspiration to take us through 2020, one of the most challenging years ever. Today, I have tips for hand care, home care, fashion over 50 care, and a suggestion meant to bring hope and a smile.
You may have already figured out that hand sanitizer zaps the youth from our hands! It dries out our skin and is particularly hard on cuticles. So, here is a reminder to make sure you use hand lotion often, and then try this….
When sitting and watching television or even reading, soak your nails in olive oil or coconut oil. It does help to keep your cuticles supple and fresh, and is right there in the kitchen…no need to make an additional purchase. Make this a part of your daily routine and your hands will remain youthful and lovely.
REALITY FORCES ME INTO THE WORLD OF DIY
My new reality on a budget means that I now must do a few more projects on my own rather than relying on the professionals. We are going forward with our kitchen remodel but had to refine the budget just a bit.
So, we (OK, confession, Mr. B, is doing most of it) are the painters. I took the suggestion form many of you and decided to go lighter with the kitchen and family room walls…so the red is going away. The color of the walls will be Plateau, the Marquee One-coat paint from Home Depot.
I promise when all is done to post a new image of my kitchen…I cannot wait for it to be finished. But as all reinvention projects, I must be patient while this plays out! While I am waiting, I am spray painting some of my old decor with the Rust-oleum spray paint above. My hardware will be bronze, so I decided to paint a very things bronze. This paint is so easy to work with since the paint and the primer are in one can…I really like it. Found it at Walmart. I am going to do my best to stretch that budget and still have nice decorations for the house.
AFFORDABLE FASHION TODAY
Last week I began my research to see what I want my personal style to be now that I have officially left the professional world to work from home. My FIRST STOP POST was at Chico’s and I tried this Kimono Jacket…I love the ease and look of kimonos and the jackets keep that with a little more structure and better fit. That is what I am wearing in the first photo of the post today. This will go across multiple seasons and it was on a sales rack when I went in to the store. I like the light-orangey color a lot…it works for me. This is a great way to begin my new style search and was officially my first purchase toward the goal. Most of my professional clothes will be going to re-sale, so I am searching for the new ME. Join me tomorrow as I make my second stop!
So many of you have confessed to being in the doldrums during this challenging time. I know we all have to use our own discretion and judgement. We know our own health and what to be aware of. I do want to encourage you to get out of the house if you can! It makes such a difference. I want you to know that I do not go anywhere I do not feel safe or know the surroundings. I wear a mask and I carry and use hand sanitizer often.
The first picture was from a breakfast outing with Mr. B…the restaurant is only allowed to have a certain capacity…we were far away from others…and all employees had on masks. But our Eggs Benedict Florentine and Watermelon Spritzer were delicious. It makes such a difference to get out every now and then.
Then, my friends who I previously worked out with often during the week when we all went to the gym decided to meet for a “tailgate” party in the parking lot of the gym on Sunday morning. It was so amazing to spend time with these ladies in a safe setting. We all brought breakfast and talked and talked. We sat in parking lot chairs social distancing. The closest we got to one another was for this picture!
This does wonders for your attitude and joy. Do something special for yourself or be the one who puts an impromptu gathering together with safety in mind. If you do this responsibly, I do not believe you will regret it and it is so worth it. For me, these little outings make a huge difference.
If you cannot get out, then pick up the phone and call friends and family often. Please do not stay isolated.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORT
My readers are simply the best…I love you all and appreciate your support. So many of you have stepped up to help since I was laid off of my professional higher education job due to the pandemic. Several of you have ask for my links to retailers, so when you are ready to make a purchase, you have the links. I am doing this now occasionally in lieu of slideshows so that you have these links. Here are some of the links readers have requested from me. When you use these links, and place an order, then I will receive a small commission from your purchase. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for doing this! If there is one not here, that you would like to see, then let me know!
I will be here tomorrow for Stop Two of my new Life-Style journey, and as always!
Greeted me at Starbucks yesterday…just had to share!
JUST A NOTE:
There 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 Juice Plus+ whole food capsules. Please read my story and information HERE.
ADD SOME APPLE CIDER!
Another 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!
MY COMPLEXION LOVES CHAMONIX…MY ESTHETICIAN SAYS MY SKIN IS SUPER TIGHT!
By Pamela Lutrell