My Big Fat Mouth….

At our church, Pastor Craig is doing a series at church right now called “My Big Fat Mouth”. Trust me, my mouth has shot off more than once and yes I have regrets, and it wasn’t always directly at the person standing in front of me. He talked about how people say things behind others backs as well, and yes, I am guilty of that too. A strong point he made was a single critical word can pierce, stab, wound and even destroy a person. Those words can stick with us forever, and are not easily forgotten. But kind words can remain with us as well. Your words do indeed have power. As he said, “Don’t be a fault finder. Someone who looks to find what’s wrong, before you find what’s right. Instead be a hope dealer, use words of kindness and hope.” I was so inspired by his sermon yesterday, that I listened to it online today, as I wanted to be sure I didn’t miss anything. It was just as inspirational and motivating today as it was yesterday. There is so much hate and bitterness in the world today, it would be such a blessing to know people can change lives for the better by being hope pushers, vs using cruel words, being hateful towards others and being fault finders. I admire Pastor Craig for his honesty as he not only speaks the word of God, but he also uses his own life experiences to spread the word. And no, they are not always glamorous and perfect. They are at times painful and difficult. He knows he is only human, as we all are. I never walk out of church feeling that I am destined to Hell. I always feel better walking out, because I have learned and realized things in a different perspective.
We all make mistakes, we have regrets, we are not always right, & God needs to put his hand over our mouths at times. But we have a God who loves us unconditionally, and for that I am so thankful to him.

Hugs, Love, Peace & Roars,

Lion Queen

Dick and Jane

Though many places including my hometown started back to school in August, many started today.

Dick and Jane are a huge part of my elementary school memories. They were plan, simple, and we got it. If you stop and think where so many people are now, they started out with this type of simplicity, it shows that it’s not all about the technology. It’s about  the desire to learn, to achieve, to succeed, to be the best that you set your mind to be. I can read now because of books like Dick and Jane. My dream is to write a book. I will make that happen. I turned 58 on September 4th and I don’t plan on giving up on that dream. I will achieve it, and I am excited and looking forward to it!

I admire every person who has set their mind to achieving goals and done just that, even without the highest technology offered to mankind!

Hugs, Love, Peace & Roars,

Lion Queen

 

Such Great After 50 Beauty Tips!

5 Makeup Tips For Older Women By 64 Year Old Makeup Artist Turned Super Model Cindy Joseph!

Cindy Joseph’s makeup tips for Boomers

1. Use cream-based, not powder-based cosmetics on your face. Powder adds texture to skin that already has developed texture.

2. A good rule of thumb for lipstick is to find a tone that matches the inner lip or gums.

3. Women older than 50 tend to lose definition in their eyebrows. Just go with that. Don’t recreate the brows you had in your 20s.

4. This is a hard one, but do not wear any eye shadow at all (and especially no contour eye shadow in the crease because it gives the appearance of deepening the crease). A little bit of mascara is OK.

5. Tinted moisturizers don’t work. If you’re going to use a foundation to even out skin tone, find one that gives coverage but doesn’t add texture. Be willing to spend money on a foundation and take your time to experiment and find the exact right shade. Matching your skin tone exactly is critical.

Just a reminder ladies of how to let your beauty shine through, even after 50, without over kill.  I love these tips! BUT, I will always use my mascara as it is my make up staple no matter what! I still have people ask me “Are those your real eyelashes?” I am proud to say “Yes they are”. Thanks to L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara! I’ve tried several mascara’s and of course the one I LOVED they stopped making. But this one is the best of the best, if you are looking more for length vs volume. 

Enjoy the tips!

Hugs, Love, Peace & Roars, 

Lion Queen

 

Cauliflower Everything! You Will Be So Surprised!!

Weight Watchers has been good to me so far down 11 lbs and learning each and every day to be more disciplined! Plus the Lion King and I have joined one of the nicer gyms in Broken Arrow.  Yes, I drag my butt out of bed at 4:30 AM to be there at 5:00 AM, and it’s TUFF, no doubt!  But, it gets me going for the day, and my energy level just keeps increasing!

This is one of the recipes they have talked about in WW that is just the bomb! I am making it tomorrow. I did buy the already chopped up cauliflower in the produce section, along with already chopped tomatoes and onions. I feel like I am at a point in my life, if I have to spend a little extra for convenience, that’s exactly what I am going to do. I love tabouli, so I am super excited to see how this turns out! I will post a pic once I get it made and share my thoughts on the taste. I am a huge fan of the cauliflower mashed taters, they have not failed me yet, along with the cauliflower rice. Pretty sure this will be just as good!

Let’s get healthy!!!

Hugs, Love, Peace & Roars,

Lion Queen

  • 1/2 large head of cauliflower chopped up into florets (discard the tough core)
  • 3 large bunches finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 cups finely diced tomatoes (about 8 large tomatoes with flesh scooped out)
  • 1 bunch green onions, finely chopped (white and green parts)
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and finely diced (after seeds scooped out)
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  1. To make the cauliflower rice, place the raw florets into a food processor fitted with the S blade, and pulse until the consistency of couscous.
  2. Transfer this mixture to a large mixing bowl, add all of the other ingredients, and toss until well combined. Tweak olive oil, lemon juice, mint, salt, and pepper to taste.

Flashback! The Carpenters!

 

It’s kind of funny how just watching TV can spark so many memories. The Lion King and I are actually sitting here watching OETA as they play and are selling CD’s for the “Carpenters”.

I myself forgot how many great songs they actually did. What a tragic ending to a great duo when Karen Carpenter passed. They again were a great part of my childhood. I remember being in elementary school, and doing a performance in the choir singing “Close To You”.

Let’s take a little flash back..

Hugs, Love, Peace & Roars,

Lion Queen

Fifties and only Beginning