Friday, January 21, 2022

Fly On The Wall In Limbo

     Welcome to another edition of Fly On The Wall group blog postings, hosted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado. Today, three bloggers are bravely inviting you into their homes for a peek at what goes on behind closed doors.

     So far, January has been quite entertaining. We celebrated the New Year, then a grandchild's birthday, and have also had some pretty fun times around the fire pit since the weather here in Florida has turned cold (yes, a whopping 60 degrees----BRRR!). But this is the kind of weather I thrive in---cooler days---because this girl does not like to sweat. And of course, that pesky fly on the wall has been buzzing around my family the whole time, eavesdropping on our conversations. Here are some snippets of what he overhead:  

"That dog food stinks. Is it a new brand?"
"Yep. How did you know?"
"I have a really strong sense of smell, especially for gross stuff."
"Then why did you marry me?"

"What did the doctor say about your swollen knee cap?
"He said  I have water on the knee. I guess I don't have to worry about drowning because this thing is big enough to act as a floatation device. "

"How dumb is this---our car insurance rates went up because they say the area we live in has become more populated."
"So, if we move to a deserted island, will they give us the Gilligan discount rate?"

"It's amazing that those doctors were able to do a human heart transplant by using a pig heart. Hopefully, the patient's body will accept it." 
"Does that mean that from now on, the patient will have an aversion to eating bacon or ham? 

"Whoever invented the game of Twister must have been a master at yoga."
"Or he really liked pretzels." 

"Hey, did you see that you received an invite in the mail to your 45th class reunion? You need to RSVP."
"I doubt the committee will get that many RSVPs. More likely they'll get news of a lot of classmate RIPs."

"Don't you hate waiting for news from the doctor? It leaves your plans in limbo."

"I have a bad back--my limbo days are over." 

"Our dinner guests are arriving soon---do you have everything ready?" 
"Yep! The roast is in the oven, champagne is chilling on ice, the playlist is ready, and I sprayed down the entire house with Microban."
"Nothing says party 2022 like booze and a can of Microban." 

"I can't wait to get to the restaurant! The last time we were there, I loved their handcrafted cocktails."
"Not me--I'm not drinking that stuff again."
"Why? I thought you liked the tropical flavors."
"No, because that Tropical Reef Drink I ordered gave me tropical grief the next morning."

"What did the doctor say about your back? When will you stop being in pain?"
"When I'm dead."

Here's to wishing everyone a Happy 2022! It can only get better, right? RIGHT?? Cheers!

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

If Menopause Has Knocked You Flat, You Can Get Back Up Again!

Menopause got you down? There's help if you need it! Today on the blog I have the good folks from Nutrafirm, a company that has developed a supplement called LibiGem that will help balance your hormones. Wouldn't it be nice to reduce night sweats, hot flashes, fatigue, and anxious feelings? If you're experiencing these common symptoms of menopause, check out this amazing supplement from Nutrafirm!


As women approach that “certain age”, many find the challenges of the menopause transition can often feel debilitating.  One of the things that can really help with these unique challenges during this time, is a natural supplement by the name of LibiGem® by NutraFirm® Inc. It works to balance and regulate hormones by promoting healthy estrogen levels.  When hormone levels are balanced, women will experience less sleep disturbances, less hot flashes and night sweats, improved anxiety levels and mood, and increased energy levels.

Looking at the ingredients of LibiGem® (which is all-natural and vegan and gluten-free), you will find many that you’ve been hearing so much about already, and some that you may already be taking separately (you can effectively stop doing that and take it all in one supplement instead!). 

LibiGem® takes 16 important ingredients and puts them in ONE perfectly balanced supplement, so you won’t have to buy multiple products. It’s the only one that combines all these herbs and roots into one product along with essential vitamins. You just take two capsules a day! It’s been Health Canada approved, and you will find that along with many other amazing benefits such as improved sleep, mood, and energy levels, hot flashes and bloating will greatly diminish if not disappear completely. The best part is that you will start seeing an improvement within a week or two of using LibiGem (i.e. improved sleep). The full benefits of the product are evident within three months of taking it.

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Monday, January 3, 2022

The Skin We're In: Caire Beauty

I have often mentioned on my blog the woes of perimenopause and the effects it has on the skin---especially dryness and the appearance of wrinkles. Today I'm excited to introduce you to Celeste Lee, Co-Founder of Caire Beauty, Skincare for Grownup Women. She's here to share tips on the breakthrough science behind the company's awesome products that help hydrate and nourish your skin. If you want healthier skin for the new year, check out this amazing facial serum and mask! 

The Skin We’re In

Yep, it’s true. One of the VERY first signs of perimenopause – before you even know that it’s happening is drier, duller skin. Then you wake up to an undereye bag or little eye lines. Some women see horizontal creases in their neck and forehead and others are appalled by brown spots, redness, or out of the blue bigger pores. 65% will have acne. Meanwhile, you’re still faithfully cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and sunscreen (maybe not every day on the sunscreen but still!). What’s going on? 

Aging or as Caire Beauty likes to say, “growing up” is hard on our largest organ. In skin, it turns out there are 2 major causes of aging. The kind that 99% of skincare solves for is external – which is UV radiation and pollution (think free radical damage here!). This starts the day we’re born and is ongoing. 

But who knew that internally caused skin aging also existed! Sex hormones like estrogen & progesterone do much more than drive sex drive! They influence all manner of biological functions including skin cell production. “Keratinocytes, Langerhans’ cells, melanocytes, sebaceous glands, collagen content and the synthesis of hyaluronic acid are under hormonal influence,” says Dermatology Review. But like so much associated with peri/menopause, the beauty industry has traditionally ignored it. This is why your skincare isn’t as effective as it used to be. It only works to defend your skin from the outside, utterly ignoring how the wild west of hormones is slowing up things on the inside. 

Caire’s breakthrough science fights the estrogen-related Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid slowdown that DOUBLES in perimenopause (38 – 44 onset and lasts 4 to 10 years) and then contracts another 30% at menopause (age 51-ish). Their Pro-Growth complex includes a full spectrum of hyaluronic acid molecules including their signature ‘Tiniest HA in the World’ and a customized peptide that ‘talks’ to the skin, telling it to make more skin cells. It’s like a new ‘good’ boss for your skin. Because the stronger skin is inside, the smoother, suppler, brighter it will look outside. 

Caire’s Theorem Serum Boost ($56) and Triple Lift Molecule Mask ($52) are multi-tasking miracle workers. In addition to the hormone-defying science, all Caire is clean, vegan, fragrance & toxin-free. The Serum should be used twice daily, the tightening gel Mask up to 3x a week. Some women even like to sleep with the Mask on, so as to wake up to younger, softer skin. Aging is unique, meaning you might have large pores, brown spots & fine lines and your bestie might see sags, jawline softness, and dryness galore. 

Caire is a new science for today, and their recent Clinical Test results are super supportive. The Theorem Serum clinicals showed 100% of women experienced smoother, firmer, suppler, more radiant skin. 97% of women said their skin “looked & felt more like it did 5 years ago” and “that circles under the eyes were visibly diminished”.  The Triple Lift Mask clinicals showed 100% experienced “immediately softer, plumper, glowing skin” with “visibly reduced lines” on both the neck and face. 

Their customer reviews in all honesty are even more compelling because these are totally objective experiences from real women from ages 35 to 75 all over the United States of every skin tone, skin type, and living in all different climates. Caire formulas that are naturally anti-inflammatory are becoming a cult favorite for those with newly sensitive skin (caused by that damn estrogen change) as the clean and gentle formulas benefit and soothe redness, irritations, rosacea, and other sensitivities.  See for yourself at

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Friday, December 24, 2021

Fly On The Wall Captured In Holiday Photos

Welcome to another edition of Fly On The Wall group blog postings hosted by Karen of Baking In Tornado. Today, three bloggers are bravely inviting you into their homes to see what goes on behind closed doors. 

The fly buzzing around my home cannot keep up with me this month. It has been a whirlwind of holiday parties, boat parades, decorating the outside of the house with a gazillion lights (yes, we still have enough for NASA to see our yard), trimming the tree (over 300 ornaments and counting) wrapping presents for 12 family members (it took a week and I lost count after some 75 gifts---yikes!), and baking.... baking..... baking. 

I've been bogged down with work, too, but I'm determined to make this a great holiday despite the threat of Omicron invading our country. So..... rather than share snippets of weird family conversations for this FOTW post, I'm going to share a collection of photos to express my joy for the holiday season. 



***WANT MORE MENO MAMA? Check out my latest for AARP (holiday drink recipes) HERE  You can also find my first article about holiday cookies for FamilyMinded HERE and my other articles for Always Pets HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE (See! I told you I've been busy!!!)

Buzz around these other homes and see what you think! 


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Friday, November 19, 2021

Fly On The Wall On A Cruise Ship

Welcome to a new edition of Fly On The Wall group blog postings hosted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado. Today, there are three of us pulling back the curtain to reveal what goes on behind the walls of our homes. 

I had a brief reprieve from the nosy fly when I took my first-ever cruise to the Bahamas a few weeks ago. Since the fly wasn't there to spy on me, I'll fill you on in all the fun. 

My husband and I were VERY lucky to score tickets on a Disney Cruise Line for practically FREE by using up years of accumulated points on our Disney card. And WOW, what an experience. I'll admit, the wait time at the port to check-in was a royal pain in the arse but once we got aboard the ship, it was all fun. Imagine if you will, endless free food, your choice of pools to lounge around, exciting excursions in the Bahamas (Nassau and Castaway Cay), lots of sun and beach time, dance parties on the deck, and oh.....did I mention they make amazing Bahama Mama cocktails there?

There are certain funny things that happened while we were on vacation with my daughter, her fiance, and the grandkids that I will NEVER forget. Here's a little snippet of those memorable moments: 

1. We got to play with a dolphin! In fact, we hugged it and danced with it ( check that off the bucket list). However, some of us were more enthusiastic than daughter was so busy watching her kids walk across the floating platform that she accidentally plunged into the dolphin
tank with a loud SPLASH. There was that moment of stunned silence before the crew jumped into action to pull her back up to the surface. She was fine (except for some bloody scratches on her knees) and we all got a laugh out of that one. 

2. It rained for an hour on our first day in the Bahamas and the weather turned suddenly cold. We tried to huddle under towels but the grandkids had dragged them through the water and sand, so we were covered in muck and shivering from the chill. The youngest grandbaby thought it would be hilarious if she lobbed a fistful of beach sand at her Poppi's bathing suit.  Well, at least the rest of us found it amusing. Mac, not so much.

3. The cruise hosted a Halloween costume party on the second night. We knew this ahead of time so we carefully packed our costumes. However, no one told us it was a DISNEY character-themed party. I dressed as Maleficent, my daughter and her fiance came as characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas, and the grandkids took a chapter out of Frozen for their costumes. And then there was Mac, who wore sequined pants, a psychedelic shirt, disco necklace, zebra platform shoes, and an orange afro wig. WRONG COSTUME. Needless to say, he stuck out like a sore thumb. Lots of stares, I tell ya. But the funniest thing if all was watching him walk in those giant platform shoes across the deck---clomp, clomp. clomp.  

The best way to describe the cruise is through photos, so I hope you don't mind if I share a "boatload" of them (see what I did there?). We enjoyed our time so much that we're already saving up for another cruise for
next fall! 

***WANT MORE MENO MAMA? Check out my recent personal essay on THE DOE about my account of food addiction (and healing) here: I have several, new articles up on ALWAYS PETS (most poisonous spiders, most disobedient dog breeds, and the strongest animals in the world) which you can check out here:

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Friday, October 22, 2021

Fly On The Wall With A Urinator

     Welcome to another edition of Fly On The Wall group blog postings hosted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado. Today, three bloggers are bravely letting you into their homes for a sneak peek at what goes on behind closed doors. 

     The nosy fly watched me decorate my entire house this month in Halloween-themed stuff and of course, I already loaded up on bags of candy (no, I did NOT open any yet!). I also celebrated my birthday last week and it was the most PERFECT day. Nothing is sweeter than having family around me to celebrate another year around the planet. I have no idea how I got so lucky and I truly feel blessed for all the love in my life. 

     In other news, I'm leaving next week for my first ever cruise! Yeah, I know I always said I'd never do one (remember the Titanic!) but there are no icebergs around here so I feel fairly safe. We are going with the family to celebrate my granddaughter's 3rd birthday----just a few days around some islands. I heard there is free ice cream on the ship everywhere you look and more food than I will know what to do with. Not so great for my diet. Help me, Jesus! 

Here are some of the weird conversations the fly overheard at my house this month:

"I'm nervous about going on our cruise next week since I've never been on one. What was it like when you went?"

"That was so long ago that it wasn't even called a cruise. It was called an ark. And there were no people on board, just animals in sets of twos.....

"The dog's tooth extraction today is going to be cheaper than I thought."
"I doubt my tooth extraction at the dentist's office next week will be that cheap."
"Let's see if the vet will give us a two-for-one deal while we're there...."

"I only have five minutes to get my business done in
the bathroom before our show starts!"
"You're such an organized, timely person that even your bowel movements are efficient."

"You've navigated your life really well." 
"That's because you don't know about all the detours I had to take to get here."

"Brewski the Terminator needs to be housetrained." 
"You've got the dog's name wrong; he's not the terminator----he's the urinator." 

"I lost another pound!"
"Where did it go?"
"It's probably hiding in the food pantry."
"At least someone in this family gets to enjoy the bag of chocolate chip cookies in there."

"You sure have been peeing a lot since we got to this restaurant."
"It's all the beer I drank. I broke the 'bladder seal' and now I can't stop going. "
"Forget about the peeing dog. YOU'RE the real Urinator." 

"Of course the dog doesn't want to leave her warm bed to eat dog food for breakfast. I wouldn't want to wake up for that, either. '
"I'll bet you'd wake up for a buttery croissant."
"You know me so well....."  

     Now if you will excuse me, I need to go pack for a cruise. I hope there are plenty of bathrooms on the boat for the Urinator......

****WANT MORE MENO MAMA? Check out my latest for Always Pets HERE and HERE

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Menopausal Mother         

Wandering Web Designer


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