Southwest Pizza

Time is tight on weekdays. Trader Joe’s is my go-to store to get the ingredients for a quick, healthy dinner. Today I feature Trader Joe’s Thursday: Southwest Pizza. It was the perfect day to use my new toys from Anthropologie that I bought with my birthday discount. Forget the clothes. I went for the kitchen gadgets! How CUTE are these???? I bought this Poppy Rolling Pin for my daughter-in-love Shandi for her wedding shower. I’ve secretly envied it since then. I {Read More}

How to Downsize Without Losing Your Mind

Many empty nest couples ponder the idea of downsizing. As appealing as the idea may seem, the overwhelming immensity of the task can keep many couples from ever taking the first step. So, how can you — from a practical standpoint — get past the hurdle and actually downsize without losing your mind? My husband and I downsized by half this year. I’ll be the first to admit that we probably would have procrastinated for years if T had not {Read More}

How to Turn a Scarf into a Vest – diy

Vests are a great wardrobe investment to help transition into fall, and long vests are so popular this year. Now you can repurpose your favorite large scarf and turn it into a vest for fall! How to Turn a Scarf into a Vest First, lay out your pashmina or scarf with no folds.   Next, fold the scarf in half, length wise. Then fold it width wise one more time. Now take the two corners at the top and tie {Read More}

Makeup Picks for the 50+ Woman

Having run out of several items in my makeup kit, I decided it’s about time to make sure I’m using the right products for my 50+ face. (I say 50+ because I’ll be 51 tomorrow!) So I headed to Sephora and found their top makeup expert to give me a “soft, day-look” makeover, focusing on products that would specifically benefit mature skin. {Note: I’m cringing at posting my before picture. First, my handy iPhone doesn’t take the best pics, so {Read More}

The Salsa That Took Me Years to Perfect

A girl doesn’t live in San Antonio, Texas, for 13 years without perfecting a quick and easy salsa recipe. I’m not boasting. I’m simply stating a fact about Texas girls! Right, my Texas girlfriends? So today I thought I’d share the salsa that took me years to perfect. It doesn’t get simpler or tastier! Ingredients -one can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes (you can use regular diced tomatoes, but I personally think the fire roasted tomatoes are the reason this salsa is {Read More}

Glittered Pumpkin Centerpiece – diy

Here in the California desert, it doesn’t feel much like fall yet. So I’ve decided to celebrate autumn indoors with some fall decorations. This week I set out dress up the ordinary and make a glittered pumpkin centerpiece for our kitchen table. This is a pretty simple project you can complete in one an evening. Supplies from Michael’s (unless otherwise noted) -Decorative white pumpkin -Krylon Metalic gold paint -Loose gold glitter -Mod Podge  -Krylon spray sealer -Martha Stewart Crafts pouncers {Read More}