These retro Valentines Day cards take me back to my grade school days in the 70’s. I can’t believe that you can still buy these exact same cards with the same artwork, and I had to buy this exact same pack for myself.
It’s official. I’m in my middle forties, and I can’t lose one pound without paying close attention to how much I eat, and at least 30-45 minutes of exercise five days a week.
What a bummer it is to get old, but at least today we have access to super food tracking apps, books, fitness gadgets, and online communities for encouragement.
So, over the next couple of posts I thought that I would share some of the ways that I keep my forty-year old self in reality, and first up is how I track my daily calories, carbs, and fiber. Check it out below!
In the olden days, most of us had to write in a daily food journal of what we ate for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. You also had to get a food calorie counter book, and search for your foods calories, carbs, fats, or sugar counts, something like the following book below:
The Calorie King is a super book, for those of you who like to have an actual “book” in your hands, and want to write everything down. But, for me personally this method would maybe last about a week, because it takes way too long, and I just don’t have the patience. So, my absolute favorite way to track my daily intake of calories, carbs, and fiber is with MyFitnessPal app.
I have had this FREE app for a couple of years now, and what I like is that it’s user-friendly, fast, and I can customize the foods that I eat.
For instance, if I only have 8 almonds for a snack, I can record that exactly amount. (I’m one of those people who really wants to know how many calories & carbs are in a single Hershey’s kiss) 🙂 Some of the other apps that I have used will not let you break down your food calorie counts like this.
Also, it’s very rare that I don’t find a certain food in MyFitnessPayl’s extensive data base, which a huge plus. And finally, it’s so darn smart that it remembers the foods that I eat on a regular basis, so I don’t really have to enter them again. I just click on in the tab that says, “frequent” and see my faves and click away. DONE! 🙂
I really think that it’s important to track what your eating every once in a while, because many times we are eating way too much and that’s where the weight gain comes in.
I’ve been trying my best to teach this to my teenagers, because they are used to eating what ever they want, and we all know that has to change as we grow older.
Next post is all about how I combine MyFitnessPal with my FitBit fitness tracker, cause I got to move it, move it.
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See that guy playing the bass above? This was my dad back in the 70’s, with his white polyester suit, platform shoes, and stars & stripes bass guitar. It’s so groovy, man! LOL
The cool thing is, that my father was able to continue to be a successful, professional, musician in the Chicagoland area, and as I look back now, I realize what special times we had as a family.
I was blessed to have met, and see some of the most talented artists preform on stage, and in the spirit of the season I thought it would be fun to find some gifts for musicians, that only they would understand and appreciate.
One thing I remember the most growing up as a kid, is the the big, black, speaker boxes that my dad would hall from gig to gig! The above Marshall compact fridge is perfect for any musician who would like to just grab a beer instead of getting a work out. LOL It’s available at Amazon for $350.00
My pops not only played bass guitar, but keys as well. I know if your a true musician, and a piano player, you know all about the Hammond B3, and the groovy sounds that come out of it. This wall art print above is the perfect gift for any keyboard player out there, and it has different sizes available. Amazon $15
And finally, since we are in the holiday season, this set of 4 Guitar Ornaments will most certainly put a kid-like smile on the musician’s face in your life. Amazon $7
I hope that you have enjoyed some of my musician gift picks above, and just so you know that some of the links above are my affiliate links, and I may get a small commission fee if you decide to buy. I thank you for your continued support, and may you crank up the volume this holiday season with your family and friends!
It’s November, and that means that one of my favorite days of the year is here!
This is the day that my mother & I wake up around 2:00 a.m., jump out of bed, drink a couple of cups of Joe, and out the door we GO!
I love driving up to a store & seeing all those crazy Black Friday Fanatics who have been lined up for hours outside the store, ready to run in and find that super sale! It’s my kind of fun, and I can’t wait for it to be finally here.
But , things have changed over the years, and buying online and skipping the long lines have become just as popular. Seriously, look at Amazon’s deals below!
PureSpa Essential Oil Diffuser — Compact Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser With Ionizer and Color-Changing Light
So, here are some ways that I like to prepare for my Black Friday savings adventure, I have three places that I like to follow online.
When you sign up for the above site’s email lists, you will get an alert every time a new Black Friday ad becomes available.
It’s amazing to me that you can pretty much find anything you want at a rock bottom price on Black Friday & Cyber Monday, and have your Christmas shopping done!
So, here’s to a successful Black Friday to all you fanatics, and just so ya know that some of the links in this post are my affiliate links, and I may get a small commission fee if you decide to buy! Thank you for your continued support.
I recently went to a 40th birthday party and everyone in the room started sharing what kind of music, games, tv shows, and so forth that they loved, and then we starting teasing each other about what generation we were from. We finally figured out after some debate, that we had a some Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials participating in this lively conversation. 🙂
I happen to be in the Gen X category, but I personally prefer to say that I am from the MTV Generation and here are a few of the things that I remember and believe are the perfect gift for any Generation X-er!
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I Want My MTV T-Shirt
MTV used to be just that, music videos, and No reality shows! It was a new way to bring life to the current musicians of the day, and as we used to say, “It was totally awesome”!
One of the first videos that I remember was, “Brass In Pocket” by the Pretenders, but Michael Jackson’s, “Thiller” video and album will always hold a special place in my heart.
If you wanted to find your boyfriend back in the 80’s, all you had to do was find the closest arcade game. LOL Seriously, who remembers playing, “Donkey Kong” for the first time, or my personal favorite, “Centipede”? The above handheld retro arcade gaming system is the ultimate gift for any gamer on your list.
Saturday Morning Cartoons
Who can forget the classic Saturday morning Hannah-Barbera cartoons such as: Tom & Jerry, Hong Kong Phooey, Jabberjaw, and The Great Grape Ape Show?
It didn’t matter how many times these cartoons aired, my sister and I sat right in front of that tv ready to go! Here’s some fun collectible gifts below:
Fast Times Ridgemont High Tasty Waves Shirt @Amazon $30
And finally, X-ers socialized, worked, and ate at our local mall. It’s a shame that things just aren’t the same anymore, because the kids today are missing out on actually having face to face fun with their friends. Just saying.
I hope that you liked going down memory lane with me, and I know that there is so much more that I didn’t mention, so please feel free to share your favorite moments of being a Generation X-er in the comments below.
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I have a 17-year-old daughter, who has made it pretty clear to me & the rest of my family what she would “love” to have for Christmas. (Gosh, it sure is easier when they tell you what they would like). I also have several girlfriends with daughter’s around the same age, who pretty much want the same things.
So, below are some suggested gift ideas for the girl teens out there who think that “us” parents don’t know what’s going on! 🙂
OMGosh! This one cracks me up, because seriously, how many cell phone covers can a person have? I think these girls go to school and see who has the most bedazzled cell phone case, and what accessories it comes with. Boy, have things changed since I was in high school. 🙂
Here are a few cases that I know my daughter likes, because she will sent me a text message with link. Modern technology, ya got to love it!
Parents! When your teen drops their phone, and cracks the screen for the first time, and you have paid the hefty price to get it fixed, it’s time to get them a cover that really protects! I have had the above Otterbox case for the past couple of years, and it works like a charm and looks just as good as the first day I bought it! $20
This Lifeproof case is a little more expensive, but it is waterproof. Which, works for my family in case you happen to drop your phone in the commode or leave it outside all night. Prices vary by color.
This is probably my #1 gift to give to teens, because I don’t want to hear the classic, “My phone was dead” when I need to get a hold of them. So, this portable, Anker cell phone charger, is my solution to that, and if they lose this, there really in trouble. LOL
I also own this Anker charger, and I like that it fits right into my purse, and it charges my phone quickly. $20
My kids really don’t want to hear about how Dr. Dre was really from my decade, they just want the Beats headphones! Whatever!! LOL Also, you can save by getting refurbished headphones at Wal-Mart. Check back often because they go quickly at this price! Prices vary.
I bought this Bose wireless, waterproof, bluetooth speaker for my hubby last year, and he loves it. Unfortunately for my guy, so do my kids, because this speaker has a loud, booming, sound that I can hear from different rooms of the house, such as: the bathroom, garage, and of course their rooms. $129
This is the PERFECT gift for any teen who has a problem with keeping time, at least I know mine does! It’s at available at Amazon for $15, and highly recommend you look at all of the cool New & Interesting Finds on Amazon. They update it daily, and it’s full of fun, geeky, and hard to please gifts for anyone on your list.
I hope you enjoyed some of my girl teen gift suggestions, because I know that they are really hard to shop for. Of course you can always give them gift cards and let them pick out what they want for themselves, but it’s just not as fun. LOL
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