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      I don’t do many ‘promotions’.   I didn’t have to do this one, but when it ‘walks like a duck’ actually works, I’m inclined to join forces with the likes of Diane Keaton and Andie MacDowell.   Five weeks ago, I was supplied product and asked to use L’Oreal’s new Hydra-Nutrition Age […]


  • Carol Cassara - I believe Lancome is owned by the same company as L’Oreal ad I swear by their products. Especially Genifique, my go to serum. L’Oreal is more budget friendly. I am in the market for new moisturizer so plan to try this!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I use Genifique serum under all this! We really are sisters from anotha motha!ReplyCancel

  • Mary La Fornara Gutierrez - I need a new moisturizer, so your post came at the perfect time! I do like L’Oreal products. Based on your before and after, I shall give it a try! HaHaReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - I got them too and love them!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Hodor Greenthal - I LOVE my Age Perfect skin care products. I started using them a year ago and I can’t say enough about them. I can’t believe I ever spent hundreds of dollars on other stuff.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - I have used the other Age Perfect for years, but resisted this one as it costs more. Do I subcumb now or not? I’ll reconsider when my current jars are empty.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - OMG I am crying laughing at that before and after. I love L’Oreal products, and think these are great!ReplyCancel

  • SusanF - ofeverymoment - I need a new moisturizer and your post had me considering this brand. Then – I saw your before and after pictures and I am convinced! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for this review!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry - You have me ready to run out and get these!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - You’ve convinced me. Where’s my car keys . . .ReplyCancel

  • Sue Pekarek - My goodness, such a dramatic before and after I will for sure try this miracle product. But seriously, I will buy it as I am in need of a new hydration system.ReplyCancel

  • Joy Page Manuel - I’ve been on the look out for moisturizers, esp. for night time. Do you think I have to get all three? The eye balm looks so enticing right now πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

        I have, in light of recent global events, discovered a tool for emotional survival: Denial, otherwise affectionally known as Hallmark network programming.     I kid you not.     It began, like all massive fairytales, innocently enough:   Turn on the TV, see 128 children have been murdered in their […]


  • Janie Emaus - I’m addicted, too! There are only a few plots and you know from the first scene who is going to fall in love, who is going to leave who for the guy pretending to be her boyfriend, who is going to become a princess or is one and didn’t know it. So predictable. But exactly what I need right now. I even excited for a new one which I haven’t seen!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’m with ya sister. ’tis the season of bullshit.ReplyCancel

  • bonnie aldinger - ha, I don’t have a TV but I bet if I did I would be eating these up too, and considering it my guiltiest secret!


    • Cheryl - You seem like a very nice person ( you are HERE after all) but I need to confess something: we have 9 televisions, so you know where my head is at! HA!ReplyCancel

  • Carolann - You are so right! They are all so predictable. I always get annoyed when I’m watching a show where I know exactly what’s going to happen. Maybe, that’s why we like them so much. We can’t predict our own drama so there must be satisfaction in doing so for others.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - That’s it! I know the ending and can always count on it. Very comforting.ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn - We all need a little feel good fantasy in our lives, and a made for Hallmark TV movie is the perfect form of escapism for the world we live in today. Isn’t that what entertainment ultimately is meant to be – a form of escape from our everyday lives? Yes, we need to suspend our disbelief and live in the “it could happen…” world for a just a short time.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’m so bipolar I’m either watching Hallmark or The Walking Dead. How’s that for a mind spasm?ReplyCancel

  • Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry - Cheryl, the husband and I got sucked into the Lifetime Movie Network this past week. What? Why? Same concept only with bat shit crazy people. Stalkers, lovers, murder, sex, suspense. Right?
    We checked out of the “world” also LOL, until today, back at it. OR I just put on my Pandora channel Christmas music and leave that on the t.v. all day. Babysitting the merry way πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I forgot to mention the constant Xmas music I play this time of year- in the house, in the courtyard, in the car. And don’t get me started on the Lifetime Network and all of it’s awesome predictable domestic intrigue wrapped in sex with greed at the center among beautiful people movies. Ben and wil binge watch those after the first of the year!ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl - TV watching can certainly be a great escape from the dire news. Unless, of course, you’re watching something like Homeland, which is a case of life imitating art…ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I lean towards Downton Abby and drool that I wasn’t born a century earlier. Maybe next life?ReplyCancel

  • Stacia Friedman - I have my own TV addictions. For perverse reasons, I love watching Dateline and 48 Hours, reality TV shows that document how seemingly “nice” spouses murder one another. Perhaps I’ve aged out of the Princess dramas or get vicarious pleasure out of knowing that, as a single woman of a certain age, I am unlikely to be the subject of a Prime Time mystery!ReplyCancel

  • Chloe Jeffreys - You always make me laugh. I love your scathing commentary on all that’s fucked up with the world. And so much is.

    I’ve gotten myself addicted to Quantico. Quantico is full of the most beautiful, buff FBI agents in the history of ever. And I think all of them might be terrorists. Doesn’t the FBI vet these people?? Anyway, if this is any indication of the caliber of people the FBI is recruiting these days we’re all screwed. But still. They are awfully pretty to watch.ReplyCancel

  • Lee Gaitan - True confession–I’m mad about the two months of Christmas movies on both Hallmark channels because I accidentally (by way of post-menopausal insomnia) got addictied to watching reruns of…wait for it…don’t laugh and/or gag…Hart to Hart. After a few weeks of nocturnal viewings, I even started watching it on my iPad during the daytime hours! We all need to escape sometimes and pretend life is easy, fair, glamorous and happy. Now, if I could just become one of those self-made millionaires like Jonathan Hart!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I’m with you sister. I taped at least 8 of these the past week and watched one with a girlfriend yesterday and one the day before. Also see the movie Brooklyn. Sweet sweet sweet escape!ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - You are so funny and so spot on. I hate to admit that my secret indulgence is The Bachelor/ Bachelorette. Whether I’m a romantic or a voyeur or both, I’m not sure, but I’m addicted.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - I find those shows (and books like that) annoying. I know, I know, people really do watch them and they are really popular at Christmas time. Are people regretting they didn’t do that?ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - You are hilarious, and need to be cast pronto in Housewives of New Orleans (I love anything Bravo).ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Montgomery - And THAT is exactly why I don’t have TV. I’d end up grown into my couch with the remote clutched in my boney fingers, piles of used tissues creating a fire hazard . . .
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  • Sue Pekarek - You’re hysterical and this is so, so true Cheryl. How did you know I’ve recently been watching Hallmark again as a survival tool.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - + Carol Said it: Sweet Escape! We need a little bit of it in today’s world . . .ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Bleck - I belive in fairy tales….sometimes. But I believe in you all the time. Nicely done. And thank you for the giggles!ReplyCancel

    Hello everyone. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas! Ready to blow your brains out? Me too!   So, aside from the absolute certainty that stepping out into the cold wind of consumerism within a contained four walls and a food court is a death wish that will only be […]


  • Abby@Midlifecrisisnut.com - Outrageously funny! The best ever take on Black Friday:) xx AbbyReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Why thank you Ms. Abby. You’re a sweetheart!ReplyCancel

  • Karen D. Austin - All my best to you and other shoppers for surviving the madness of the holiday shopping season. Gah!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Ray Coffee - Love your comment about the perfume… I’m highly allergic. Shopping’s never been my thing, so I’m lucky I’ve gotten good at online shopping.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I have never done a Black Friday– all of my shopping is done year round, usually special things I find when we travel or on sale, so I’m done well before Thanksgiving. Don’t hate me!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Montgomery - I hate shopping. Just hate it. I have no idea why anyone would set foot in a store on Black Friday. It sounds like they’re going to gas you with that name. Make no sense to me.
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  • Laura Ehlers - lol!! I am not a Black Friday shopper but have been known to go out just to run interference…ReplyCancel

  • Mary La Fornara Gutierrez - I refuse to go out on Black Friday. I cant figure out why any one would. At home with a fire going and a Kahula in my hand is my black friday!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - These are great tips but there is no way I would even consider going shopping today! Good luck to you and can’t wait to see your bargains πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - I do not shop on Black Friday. I did look at a couple of things on Amazon, but they had not (gasp) lowered the price on what I was considering. So, I guess you might say I watched my budget and did not burn my money.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - I love Australia! No Thanksgiving, minimal Halloween and no Black Friday shopping (our happens on Boxing Day) Nothing would entice me into the shops during the savagery that I’ve seen displayed on these big sales days!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Poston Combs - Hahahah…this is awesome.ReplyCancel

In the spirit of the inevitable avalanche of innocuous reasons complete strangers will be filling your in-box with THANKFUL this season, I thought I’d pile-on. I’m a giver.   Shall we?   Family: Except, let’s be honest. Some of them are… Friends: Especially if you’ve thrown off the toxic ones. You already experimented with drugs […]


  • Tam Warner Minton - Breast lift tape? That is a new one for me! I guess I’ll have to google it!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh yes. It’s genius. It can be purchased at most fine foundation stores. The brand I use is distributed by Hollywood Fashion Secrets.ReplyCancel

  • Abby@Midlifecrisisnut.com - I’m in for the liquor, Cheryl! This list tops all the spam I receive big time! You’re genius- it’s official. xx AbbyReplyCancel

  • Roxanne Jones - All fabulous reasons to be thankful, Cheryl! I might add spandex to #7 (I’m especially grateful for it after eating Thanksgiving dinner).ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And what do you think spanx is made of??? If I don;t put it on BEFORE Thanksgiving then I’ll never get into it. HAhahaha.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Family, check
    Friends, check.
    Health, check.
    A roof, check.
    Memories, iffy (still in the fog).
    Future adventures, Yikes (one broken wrist later).
    Wisdom, ssheck.
    Flexibility, snap. Oops.
    And humour, the one thing I need to appreciate the rest . . . πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Family…ummm… Frieds, mostly. Health, so far. A roof, yes. Memories…fewer as the years pass…future adventures…how do you define adventure? Wisdom oh yeah…flexibility is what I do in the gym…humor? Hahhhhhhaaaaa!ReplyCancel

  • Stacia Friedman - Humor comes from pain and, God knows, there’s plenty of that in the aging process. The last time I “bounced” out of bed, I had to tak a handful of Advil and get an emergency appointment with an orthopedist.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Yes times ten. And I’m thankful to read your posts which always add a bright spot to my day!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Carpenter - Grace! I’ve received far more grace than one could reasonably expect this year. So very thankful!ReplyCancel

  • Rose Kimosh - To my Sister Witch
    I am thankful for you and the many pauses and laughs you give me.
    I do try to read your blog in public just to scare everyone around me with my gasps and gaffaws…
    and to let them know I am fortunate to have a friend that can make me that noisy and happy.
    ~ RosieReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Montgomery - And WHAT would we do without our sense of humor? I guess we’d be cranky nuns.
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  • Carolann Iadarola - Yes, I like all of your reasons. There is always something to be thankful for. I just watched a short doc on Cuba…I said God Bless America 10x’s to myself while watching it. And, thanks for this post. It’s always nice to be reminded just how important it is!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Oh, you left out, and I still have most of my teeth. LOL Go ahead, climb that mountain and think of me when you do. Not going there anymore.ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Kraft - So perfect! Love your sense of humor and fun.ReplyCancel

  • Rosalind Warren - Where on earth do you get these illustrations? They’re fabulous and so is this post. I’m totally with you, except for the part about climbing that mountain. I am so not into adventure. Just waking up each morning is thrilling enough for me.ReplyCancel

  • Molly Stevens - I’m thankful for sweat pants since even a trace of elasticity triggers bad memories of the time when I used to wear girdles, and pantyhose. Even spandex can be binding! Happy Thanksgiving.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Do you remember garter belts? I do. Thank goodness for pantyhose/tights. And Gobble Gobble to you too!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Sullivan Frueh - Absolute perfection.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - love a short and sweet gratitude list – and my blank would be “humour or I’d have beaten my mother to death with a baseball bat by now” – as they say on Duck Dynasty…..”happy happy happy!”ReplyCancel

The other day I had lunch with a girlfriend and after enjoying the house salad and grilled oysters we had botox for dessert.   It was delicious.   I know this is disagreeable to many of you: that many believe any procedure to mask the effects of aging are disingenuous and evidence of superficiality.   […]


  • Abby - Good for Cheryl! For now I’ll just frown upon the idea:) xx AbbyReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Aahhhh sweet youth. You call me in 10 years and then we’ll talk. HahahaaaaReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - So many of us do botox! I do it when I remember to…which is sort of haphazardly.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - You go, girl! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - It is not my thing, girl! But then again, for my age I have so few wrinkles . On the other hand those marionette lines. But no. And actually, the idea of putting something IN my body seems a far cry from brushing, swiping, swishing, at least to me. But hey, that’s me.And then there’s the needle factor. Nah, not gonna happen here. But I’ll enjoy your youthful good looks from here!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - Cheers to you for doing what makes you feel beautiful. I’ve not dabbled with botox… yet. Maybe never; maybe NOT never. Time (and increasing wrinkles) will tell.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It’s not cheap but it IS kind of amazing. Now if I could only botox my brain and get relax THOSE wrinkles!ReplyCancel

  • Stacia Friedman - I totally agree! I got Botox in exchange for promoting a dermotologist. I even got a deep discount on an upper eyelid job. It’s ALL good!ReplyCancel

  • Doreen Mcgettigan - I haven’t done it yet but it will happen and soon! I was a smoker and have more wrinkles than I should and I don’t like them!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Oh, I’ll admit I am vain, just not vain enough to spend that much money. I don’t do nails either as nail polish peels off of my nails and the remover causes eczema. You can see where that would diminish any brief beauty on the hands. Creams and some make up yes, but others no. Once again it is called eczema. It takes all the fun out of doing a perfect makeup job.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Hey, I’m all for anything that makes someone feel good about themselves. People should stop judging each other’s choices!ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - I think that’s fab, and I’m so jealous! You go girl! I’m so tempted to try it…and now I think I just might have to treat myself. Maybe for the holidays πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry - I have wanted to try Botox and just don’t have the nerve. Such a pansy, I am. Good for you, enjoy. Heck yeah we want to try anything to stay looking young, I purchase all kinds of skin products and get facials so why not the Botox?ReplyCancel

  • Joy Page Manuel - Kudos for your honesty, Cheryl! I watch a Real Housewives show (don’t judge) and two women were shown getting botox. Do you really get lumps on your face after?? It lookrd scary. I’m saying no for now but who knows right? To each his own πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - Are you happy with the results? Do you think you’ll keep doing it? How will we find good doctors when we’re on our camper get away???ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - 1)I am always happy with the results, 2) until the day I die, and 3) a little tweek before we set off!ReplyCancel

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