A Few Do’s and Dont’s for Women After Fifty…

1. Don’t skip out on a beauty sleep. Ever.

A good night’s sleep does make a difference to our skin, as it repairs and restores itself while we rest. Lack of sleep makes the skin appear dull and lifeless, and accentuates dark circles under the eyes.

2. Concealing dark circles with much lighter concealer never works.

It will only make you look worse because it will emphasize wrinkles and bags. Apply your concealer with a light hand, layering it thinly over your foundation and “patting” it in place with a small, stiff flat brush (or use your ring finger or a high-quality silk sponge).

3. Want to look really old? Use powder blush.

Your skin is likely not as smooth as it once was, and perhaps has a few lines and rough patches as well. Powder blush will sit in those lines, and your cheeks will end up looking splotchy and uneven.

4. You may be adept at plucking your own brows, but it’s best to leave this grooming technique to a professional.

Droopy eyes can be changed by slightly arching the brows and extending them outward toward the temples (rather than having the tail curve down around the eye). The arch is an important part of the brow, and should be a gradual and very gentle lift.

5. If you have those nasty little vertical demon lines above your upper lip, toss the gloss.

The same thing goes for all dark lipsticks. Unless you have rich dark skin or plump lineless lips, toss those deep shades. They may seem sexy and sophisticated in the tube, but dark shades creep into those lines around your moth and nothing ages you more than “bleeding” lipstick.

6. Don’t be influenced by trumped-up celebrity styles.

Get a color that complements your skin tone, a cut that complements your body type and don’t get obsessed with what you can’t have — especially since a quick glimpse in the mirror should prove you’ve likely got plenty to work with.

7. As for going totally gray, it can be dazzling.

You still have to take care of gray hair with the proper maintenance, including regular cuts, nourishing conditioners and the occasional hair mask. Gray hair tends to be drier and coarser than hair that has retained pigment. Gray hair left unattended will never measure up to the beautiful statement it can make about entering your middle years.

Enjoy a Touch of Wine in Your Food…

White wine mushroom bruschetta with halloumi
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  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 350g mushrooms (I used a mixture of white mushrooms and chestnut mushrooms), diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 200g halloumi, cut into ½ cm slices
  • Small baguette, cut into around 9 x 1 inch slices
  • 100ml chardonnay
  • 50ml single cream
  • 3tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  1. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, and add the mushrooms and garlic. Cook over a fairly low heat for 5 minutes, until the mushrooms are soft. Then add the white wine, and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook for a further 5 minutes, until there isn’t too much excess liquid left over.
  2. White the mushrooms are cooking, put the slices of halloumi in a single layer in a different, dry frying pan, and place over a medium heat. Cook for around 5 minutes – the halloumi will release some liquid, and once this liquid has cooked off, the cheese will begin to brown. When the underside is nice and golden, flip the halloumi slices over and repeat with the other side (note: this side will cook a lot more quickly than the first side!).
  3. Place the baguette slices on a baking tray and grill (broil) for a couple of minutes each side, until golden brown and crispy.
  4. When the white wine has cooked right down, add the cream, and cook for a couple more minutes until the sauce is thick. Add the fresh parsley, and season with a touch of salt and plenty of black pepper.
  5. To plate the bruschetta, add a slice of halloumi to each piece of baguette, and top with the mushroom mixture and extra fresh parsley. Serve immediately.


My Friends Know Me…

Today is National Drink Wine Day…my friends did not let me down in knowing this. They know how much I enjoy a wonderful  glass, or five of wine. I had several friends contact me via Face Book to inform me of this glorious celebration! Even the Lion King said to me as I was cooking dinner and hiccuping in the kitchen tonight, “Well it’s National Drink Wine Day, I see you are celebrating.” I agreed and we both laughed about it, as he informed me he loved me exactly the way I am and was thankful I liked to  have fun.

Tonight I raise my glass to all of my friends and family who enjoy a glass of wine the way I do. May we one day share all the crazy stories that have been created by said consumption. If that happens, names will have to be changed to protect the innocent!

Cheers, Love, Hugs, Peace & Roars,

Lion Queen

St. Paddy’s Day…Irish Stew!

Guinness Beef Stew
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Author: True Couponing
Recipe type: Soups and Stews
Cuisine: Main Dish
  • 1½ lb Beef Chuck cut into 1½-inch pieces
  • ½ cup Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Black Pepper
  • ¼ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 tsp minced Garlic
  • 3 cup Beef Stock
  • 1 bottle Guinness Extra Stout
  • ½ can Tomato Paste
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • ¼ tsp dried Thyme
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 pounds of small Red Potatoes, quartered
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 lb Carrots, chopped
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix together flour salt and pepper.
  3. Heat oil in dutch oven over medium high heat.
  4. Dredge meat in small batches and brown in oil.
  5. Remove browned beef and set aside.
  6. Add Onion to pan and cook until golden (about 5 minutes).
  7. Add Guinness and garlic and scrape browned bits from bottom of pan.
  8. Add back browned beef and remainder of dredging flour and bring to a simmer.
  9. Then, add in the beef stock, tomato paste, brown sugar, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce.
  10. Place in oven for 2 hours or until meat is fork tender.
  11. Add in carrots and return to oven for 1 hour.
  12. Add in potatoes and return to oven for 1 hour or potatoes are cooked through.

The Friends Who Changed My Day…

Today was a work rage day. I actually made it to work with not much road rage, which those of you who know me, know my great hate for highway 169. It makes me curse daily. Today though,  was a pretty good drive in. It was after I got to work where the rage kicked in. I won’t go into detail as to what happened as this would cause me to get a bit fuzzed up again. What did happen after the incident is what inspired me today.

After I vented to a co-worker she suggested I leave early and meet the hubby for lunch at Toby Keith’s and have a nice bologna sandwich, it’s my  favorite thing there. The Lion King and I meet for lunch every Wednesday and the selection of places we have to choose from around our work places are quite limited. I took her up on that offer, contacted the King and we met for a lovely lunch at a place we would normally venture to for a dinner. As soon as saw him in the parking lot I vented to him about my morning, I added some motions of possibly punching someone in the face if I had not left the building. His comment was “Oh, I kind of like it when you get feisty like this, it’s kind of hot!” That made me laugh! We ventured on in to TK’s , got seated, ordered our food, and he started telling me this great story about a former driver they had at the company he works for. It involved a rather country like trucker,  and an item he found in the truck he started driving after the woman driver prior to him quit. Let’s just say, she wasn’t “alone” on the road. I believe “BOB” was traveling with her. I at one time sold Pure Romance, which for those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s an in home party consisting of adult toys. Lot’s of women are a fan of BOB, trust me! BOB gets around. One might call BOB  a ho. Anyway, the hubby was pretty sure BOB probably went home with the trucker and introduced him to his wife. There were several more stories in regards to the trucker which ended up giving us much laughter throughout lunch. I felt better when I left.

When I got back to work, my co-worker told me about a couple of things that happened while I was gone.  These things made me laugh more because it was KARMA coming back to bite this person who  caused me to be such a hater earlier. It was great! Yes, the hater was laughing and the day was getting better.

After work I went to ZUMBA, where one can always have a good time. My ZUMBA instructor can always make me laugh. (Especially when she forgets the steps) A friend was there with me tonight and we laughed at ourselves, which sometimes, when we just don’t get it in class, that’s what we do. You merely stand and laugh. It was the conversation too, after class that just had me rolling. As we talked about what tight wads we were, loving our older model cars because we don’t want to make car payments, and how we probably wouldn’t know what to do in a new car, like turn it on! The pool story though was the topper! I will get her permission to publish that little story some day, it’s classic.

These three people in my life took a horrible beginning to a day and made it probably the best day of the week so far. My Lion King, aka hubby, lover and best friend. My co-worker, who can take the crappiest work day ever and completely turn it around for me. I see us getting fired one day for sexual harassment. Not that we harass anyone, but we have a way with words that can drive any man out of her office. (Refer to the previous blog…”Sexual Harassment”) my new friend and partner in crime in Zumba, who just has fun in life and finds the funny in everything. These three people are in my life, in totally different capacities, but the thing they have in common is they are all my friends. Today…they were there for me. The great part is, not that I asked them to be there, but just because they were, and they were totally unaware of how they changed my day.

Love, Hugs, Peace & Roars,

Lion Queen

Friends…after 50 plus years

This past weekend, I was not feeling so well, which included Monday evening. I decided last night that I would replace my blog with a quote from my girl and idol, Marilyn Monroe. I will go into detail later why she is my idol. As for tonight I am going to focus on  why MM’s words were so important to me.

These were her words…”Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them.”

I am honored enough in my life to have those who stay!

Check out the Lion Queen’s blog as the week goes on to find out who is truly my best friends.

In the words of Marilyn Monroe….

The Lion Queen has been a bit under the weather, so tonight she is substituting with a little saying from Ms. Marilyn Monroe. MM is one of the Lion Queens favorites.

“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”
Marilyn Monroe


Fifties and only Beginning