Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Each Anniversary is Another Milestone!

Yesterday, August 19th, my husband and I celebrated our 38th anniversary. We were both very young when we were married, I was only 17 and my husband was 18. The best advice given to me was from my soon to be mother-in-law. I’ll never forget her words…she said, “if you’re getting married with a back door policy then you have no business getting married.” Through all the ups and downs we’ve shared ~ having a back door policy was never an option. I’m so proud of the man I married. He has given me a love that I cherish everyday and I know without a shadow of doubt just how lucky I am. I just can’t help lovin that man of mine!!!
Most Hollywood couples don’t make it but somehow Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward managed to stay together. I don’t know whether or not it's really true that he wrote the following letter to his wife on their wedding day…but does it really matter? It’s still a beautiful and profound message just the same. 
Paul Newman's letter to his wife on their wedding day
“Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In the Art of Marriage, the little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say ‘I love you’ at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon; it should continue through all the years. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is standing together facing the world. It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family. It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have the wings of an angel. It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow. It is finding rooms for things of the spirit. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and obligation is reciprocal. It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner."

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Pinterest Queen

http://cherokeebillie.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/pinterest-queen.jpgYes, I admit it I am addicted to Pinterest. Some of you may not have heard of this social media site, but it is well worth looking into. It’s filled with millions of pictures and information. I find it very peaceful and relaxing to just scroll through all the different pictures and subjects that I enjoy. It is certainly different than Facebook where you never know what you say may be attacked or you may be targeted by certain people. I think you will find it a pleasant difference.

You are invited to follow any of my boards anytime. Let me know if you see something worthwhile. I love sharing websites this way. So if you have not discovered Pinterest, Now is a good time.

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel And Spa Easy Apple Crisp Recipe From Napa Rose

I saw this on the Disney blog and wanted to share it with you. Nothing makes it feel more like fall than the enticing smell of apple crisp, this is a great recipe to share.

Apple Crisp
Serves 6

Apple Filling
1 1/2 pounds crisp apples, such as Fuji or Braeburn
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons Calvados (apple brandy)
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Crumble Topping
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup shredded coconut
3 tablespoons unsalted butter

For apple filling:

  1. Peel apples and cut into 1/4-inch dice. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat; add sugar, and stir about 2 minutes or until sugar melts.
  3. Add diced apples, and cook about 3 minutes or until apples just begin to soften. Combine lemon juice, Calvados, and cornstarch in a small bowl; stir until cornstarch is dissolved.
  4. Add lemon juice mixture to the pan, and cook about 4 minutes, stirring, until juices thicken. Serve warm.

For crumble topping:

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, oats, pecans, and coconut in a large bowl; stir until well combined. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butter. Slowly add melted butter to the bowl, stirring to incorporate.
  3. Pour mixture onto an un-greased cookie sheet, breaking up large clumps with your fingers. Bake 10 to 14 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside to cool slightly; break up any remaining big pieces to achieve a crumbly consistency.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Menopause – What Every Woman Should Know

Most of this article comes from Andrew Jones, M.D at the Women’s Health Institute of Texas. I’ve copied and pasted some of his article here mainly because I’m not an expert and Dr. Jones says it better than I ever could. The italicized parts were written by Dr. Jones; my comments are not italicized.

What is menopause? The word “menopause” literally means “cessation of the monthly cycle.” It’s derived from the Greek words “meno” (month) and “pause” (cessation). Brought about by declining sex hormones, you’ve officially reached menopause after your last monthly cycle ends.

Men and women both go through hormone declines. As noted, in women this is called menopause. In men, it’s called andropause. Men and women each have their own recognizable symptoms, and both are easily treatable and reversible.

The problem with treating these conditions lies in the bungling manner in which mainstream medicine handles the therapies, and its failure to recognize safe and completely natural treatments. This has resulted in massive confusion in the media - resulting in skepticism by the general public of any treatment method - whether mainstream or natural.

Read the whole story at the menopause website:

In the natural course of human life, hormone production of all types peaks at the age of 25 in both men and women.

Hot flashes and night sweats can be major problems, extensively interfering with a woman’s life and the lives of those around her. She is intensely uncomfortable, and her responses to these distresses affect her loved ones as well. For me, hot flashes have been the worst! If you know me then you know I joke that the symptoms make me either suicidal or homicidal…and sometimes I’m NOT joking.

What if you have had a hysterectomy? Do you still need progesterone?

Yes. Doctors continue to get this wrong. They were taught the wrong approach and continue to espouse bad advice.

Every one of your trillion or so cells has receptors for all hormones, including estrogen and progesterone. This means that your skin, brain, finger nails, heart, and eyeballs have progesterone receptors, too.

Just because your uterus has been removed does not mean that every other organ in your body should be forgotten. When you take estrogen you “oppose” it with progesterone regardless of whether you have a hysterectomy or not.

Having said that, it is recommend that you take a progesterone (bio-identical) with your estrogen supplementation. Why? To keep your estrogen from being “unopposed”. You don’t want to create too much of an imbalance with estrogen with progesterone.

When the production of progesterone falls off for any reason, a woman can become “estrogen dominant” - a term popularized by Dr. Jonathon Lee. Dr. Lee proposed that estrogen dominance was responsible for many chronic health problems now seen in women.

These estrogen dominant health problems now include migraine headaches, PMS, depression, loss of libido, weight gain, water retention, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, heart disease, strokes, mental decline, blood clots and increased risk of gynecological cancers.

Dr. Lee passed away in 2003, but prior to that he was a keynote speaker on the subject and had many case studies, which proved the hormone balance of using bio-identical progesterone cream in hormone replacement therapy.

In closing, I suggest doing your own research to find what works for you and find a doctor in your area who specializes in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Your life after 50 and beyond doesn’t have to be miserable.  In fact, I’m counting on them being the best years of my life!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


You will only regret the workouts you don't do.

Here is a list of some of the best work outs to help you feel your best (believe me, I need it too)…


Diet Health:

Worlds Fastest Workout Video

Britney Spears Abs

Kim Kardashian Butt

Victoria’s Secret

Erin’s Workout

Selita’s Workout P1 & P2


Cardio Exercise

Get Hot Cardio

Kiss My Tight Booty

Feel The Burn

Tight, Toned, Trim


Fit Test

Plyometric Cardio Circuit

Cardio Power & Resistance

Cardio Recovery

Pure Cardio

Cardio Abs

Core Cardio & Balance

Max Interval Circuit

Max Interval Plyo

Max Cardio Conditioning

Max Recovery

Insane Abs

Max Interval Sports Training

Upper Body Weight Training

Jillian Michaels
30 Day Shred:

Level 1
Level 2

Level 3

Ripped in 30:

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

6 Week 6 Pack:

Level 1

Level 2

Banish Fat Boost Metabolism

No More Trouble Zones

Yoga Meltdown

Carmen Electra:

Aerobic Striptease

Fit to Strip

In the Bedroom

The Biggest Loser:

Biggest Loser 30 Day Jump Start Workout

Biggest Loser Cardio Max Workout

Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga

Biggest Loser Boot Camp Workout

Turbo Jam:

T3 - Totally Tubular Turbo

Cardio Party Mix 1

Cardio Party Mix 2

Cardio Party Mix 3

Fat Blaster


Chest and Back/Ab Ripper X


Legs and Back

Yoga X

Cardio X

Kenpo X

Shoulders and Arms

Core Synergetics

Stretch X

Chest, Shoulder, and Triceps

Back and Biceps

Tone It Up:

Bikini Abs & Thighs

Sandcastle Workout

Bikini Blast Circuit Workout

Bikini Beach Bum Workout

POP Pilates:

Intense Ab Workout

Saddlebag Shaver

Tricep Toner

Butt Blaster

New Body Make Over

Back Attack

Inner Thighs and Calves

Inner Thigh Insanity

Stretching for Flexibility

Summer Slim Down pt 1

Summer Slim Down pt 2

Arm Attack

Lower Belly Pooch Attack

Thighs, Core, and Shoulders

Legs and Thighs

Beginners Total Body

Crazy Core Workout

Serious Standing for Legs, Butt, Obliques

Love Handles Exterminator

Obliques Ultimate

You’ve Got Abs Challenge!

Flat Abs Challenge

3 Minute Ab Challenge

Slimming Inner Thighs & Calves

Standing Pilates for Legs, Butt & Obliques

Super Butt Workout


Dashama Sun Salutations video

Dashama Sun Salutations 2 video

Dashama Hip Stretches

Tara Stiles Bend It Like Tara video

sadienardini 40 minute yoga weight loss videos  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

exercisetv.tv Yoga Fitness Plus 45 minute video

exercisetv.tv Beginner Yoga 20 minute video

exercisetv.tv Yoga Sculpt 30 minute video

exercisetv.tv Yoga Fitness Fusion 45 minute video

Yogis Anonymous Hurts So Good Power Yoga 95 minute video

Yogis Anonymous Blissed Flow Yoga 90 minute

Post Running Stretch video from FlexibleWarriorYoga

No Equipment Home Workout

Couch to 5K

Sending Real Cards...made ez!!!