Healthy Living In Our 40′s And Beyond!

It’s hard for me to believe that I recently turned 48. Ouch! But one thing I’m trying to do is stay healthy. It’s not about being skinny, it’s about feeling my best. So today I thought we’d talk about healthy living in our 40′s and beyond.

The reason I thought we’d talk about our health is because of a picture I saw of myself in 2012. First, what the heck was I thinking with that pose! Let’s have a good laugh and move on.

Healthy Living In Our 40's And Beyond! I noticed I was heavier in 2012. (This is also a perfect picture showing why crop pants are not attractive.) It was right after this, that I really started to make changes in my lifestyle. I realized eating M&M’s for breakfast was starting to wear on me. Anybody with me?

My hormones were out of whack. I was tired all the time and my clothes were feeling a little snug.

I slowly started making changes to my eating habits. I started looking at what I was putting in my body and it’s been an eye opening two years.

Here’s a few things I’ve done over the last two years.

1. I started clean eating. When I first started I jumped and I went a little crazy with it. I still like to “clean eat” as much as possible but I don’t always. I give myself some grace. I try to eat organic as much as possible. I eat healthier snacks and I’ve cut back on sugar. I haven’t eliminated it but I don’t eat M&M’s for breakfast.

2. I cut diet coke out completely. I loved my diet coke but I knew it wasn’t good for me. I will drink a coke every once in a while (popcorn and a coke at the movie theatre is a must for me.) I don’t ever use artificial sweeteners.

3. I got serious about exercising regularlyI’m not a hard core exerciser. I do it because I know it’s good for me but after looking at the 2012 picture, I think the exercise has helped and I definitely feel better when I do it.

4. I use essential oils. I know there’s a ton of hype about essential oils on the internet right now (it’s because they’re wonderful!) but I started using them before all the hype. They’ve been a huge help with my hormones. I didn’t want to start taking estrogen and thanks to my essential oils, I don’t have to. I use them everyday!

(Using essential oils does not  mean I don’t go to the doctor. I go for all my check ups, pap smear, blood work, mammogram etc.)

These are some of my tips for feeling healthier, have you done anything that has helped you feel and look better? 

Beauty For the Heart~~So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

Have a blessed day!

***There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty. Thank you!

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Simple Summer Series & A Giveaway!

Welcome to our final Simple Summer Series! I’m honored to be joining these ladies once again and since it’s our final post of the summer we’re having a giveaway. Yay!
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Natalia @ Ma Nouvelle Mode // Elle at Elle Sees // Cyndi at Walking in Grace // Alison at Get Your Pretty On // Jen at Yummy, Healthy, Easy

In June I shared a chambray dress, and in July I shared some skin care tips. Today I’m sharing a simple outfit that most of us probably have in our closet and an inexpensive way to buy a denim vest.

Simple Summer Series & A Giveaway!

Denim vests are cute and fun to wear. I purchased this denim jacket at Goodwill and then cut the sleeves off. Voila! I have a denim vest that cost me $5.00.

Simple Summer Series & A Giveaway!

It doesn’t get much simpler than a white t-shirt and shorts. I added accessories: denim vest, leopard print flats and some gold jewelry from Stella & Dot.

Simple Summer Series & A Giveaway!
Denim vest-Goodwill//White t-shirt-Macy’s, INC Brand//Khaki shorts-New York & Company//Leopard print flats-Zappo’s

Do you have most of these pieces in your closet? 

Beauty For the Heart~~Since we’re talking simple, I thought I’d share a simple but powerful verse. Oh that we would LOVE!

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

Have a blessed day!

Now For The Giveaway!!

To celebrate the end of our summer series, we’re sponsoring a group giveaway. Enter below for your chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. Woo hoo!

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***Be sure to hop over and check out the rest of the Simple Summer Series posts. Natalia @ Ma Nouvelle Mode // Elle at Elle Sees //Alison at Get Your Pretty On // Jen at Yummy, Healthy, Easy

Linking to The Pleated Poppy.

***There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty. Thank you!

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Stitch Fix For Women Over 40

Every time I get a “fix” from Stitch Fix, I question whether I should share it or not? There are lots of bloggers that share about Stitch Fix these days. But I started with them in the early days so they’re kind of like family to me.

Stitch Fix For Women Over 40

Truthfully, I’m passionate about their service because I’ve met the people behind the scenes. I shared about my Stitch Fix trip here, in case some of you missed it. They love what they do!

If I lived in San Francisco, I would be applying for a job at Stitch Fix, even if they hired me to clean the office, I would want to be a part of their team. :-)

Here’s what I got in my box this month: Lyla Beaded Hexagon Layering Necklace-$32.00

Stitch Fix For Women Over 40 Rilo Tab-Sleeve Button-Front Blouse-$68.00

Stitch Fix For Women Over 40 Annabeth Striped Shift Dress-$138.00

Stitch Fix For Women Over 40 Augusto Dot Print Sleeveless Blouse-$48.00

Stitch Fix For Women Over 40 Jaclynn 3/4Sleeve Button-Up Cardigan-$38.00.

Stitch Fix For Women Over 40

I kept all 5 pieces this time. If you keep all 5 pieces, you get a 25% discount which came to a $76.00 discount. My total was $228.00.

If I didn’t have credit with Stitch Fix, I probably would have picked one item and that would have been the dress. Although it was the most expensive item, my husband loved it, so it was a keeper.

If you would like to try Stitch Fix you can go here to sign up!

Beauty For the Heart~~Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. Proverbs 12:25

Have a blessed day!

Linking to The Pleated Poppy.

***There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty. Thank you!

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2014 Fall Color Trends

Here are the 2014 Fall Color Trends. Radiant Orchid is of course the color of the year so you’ll still see it around this fall.

2014 Fall Color Trends

Royal blue seems to have been around for a while but it’s still going strong.

2014 Fall Color Trends
I love this color red, it’s called Aurora red.

2014 Fall Color Trends
Gray is supposed to be the new black and they call it Aluminum.

2014 Fall Color Trends
I had a hard time finding the Misty yellow color but I’m sure you’ll see it when you’re shopping. It’s a muted yellow.

2014 Fall Color Trends

Cognac color is everywhere from clothes, shoes, belts etc.

2014 Fall Color Trends

Cypress is an army green color and I found these pants at The Limited.

2014 Fall Color Trends
The other colors that you’ll be seeing this fall are Sangrai, Mauve Mist and Bright Cobalt.

Which of these are your favorite colors? Will you try to add some of them to your fall wardrobe?

Beauty For the Heart~~

What if we started with grace instead of judgment?

What if we looked for the hurt behind the action instead of focusing on our own reaction?

What if we taught our kids to offer grace rather than a knee-jerk reaction?

What if we really listened to each other?

What if we looked beyond the “I’m fine” to the hurting heart of the person beneath?

What if we spent more time looking for ways to help than focusing on how another person made us feel?

What if we offered forgiveness first?

What if we chose to love the unloveable?

What if we simply chose to follow God’s command to “love one another as I have loved you”?

What if we set such a great example of how to love others that our kids followed in our footsteps?

What if doing these things began to change the world? -Source

Have a blessed day!

***There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty. Thank you!

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I’m Overwhelmed By Grace

I’m overwhelmed by God’s grace. I don’t take it lightly. I know the sacrifices He made so that I could have it. And to be perfectly honest, I’m desperate for it.

I sometimes forget that past sins have been wiped clean. I still mourn them….but. there’s. grace

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When I heard the words to this song, I was in my car. I almost pulled over and cried because of God’s mercy on me.

Here are the words, “I run into Your arms, Unashamed because of mercy. I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed.”

We get to go before the Father UNASHAMED because of what Christ did for us! I truly am OVERWHELMED.

 

I pray today that you will feel overwhelmed by His grace and know that you are loved by an almighty God who is holding you in the palm of His hands.

Do you sometimes need to be reminded of His grace? Do you have past sins that you mourn?

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Have a blessed day!

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Building Your Fall Wardrobe {Jeans}

**This post is from last fall but it’s a good reminder as you start looking at your fall wardrobe. Make sure you have a great pair of jeans!

31 Days of Fall Fashion & Beauty Tips
Hi there! If you’re joining me for the first time, you can catch up with all my 31 Days of Fall Fashion & Beauty Tips here. We’re on Day 11 and we’re Building Your Fall Wardrobe. Today it’s all about a great fitting pair of jeans!

Building Your Fall Wardrobe {little black dress}

We all need a pair of great fitting jeans. I recommend having jeans you can wear with high heels and another pair to wear with flats.

Also, make sure they are flattering for your body type. If you find a pair you like that fits you well, you can buy them in two lengths to wear with flats and heels.

Building Your Fall Wardrobe {Jeans}

You can also have different styles, boot cut, skinny, straight leg or trousers. It’s important to find the style you like and you feel your best in.

Here’s how to find the right pair of  jeans for you:

  • Focus on the fit.
  • Look for dark wash denim-darker jeans are more slimming.
  • Avoid mommy jeans-mommy jeans are high-waisted, light-washed, with tapered-legs.
  • Don’t wear your daughter’s jeans either!  Clinton Kelly from TLC’s What Not to Wear says, “Anytime you wear something that’s meant for a teen or tween, it says that you don’t know who you are and you’re trying to hold onto your youth. The opposite is actually true: Wearing jeans for younger girls makes you look older. Keep in mind you don’t have to wear the trendiest jean. Find a style you like that’s modern, sleek, and sophisticated. It’s your time to be you!”

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{Sources here, here, and here.}

Some of my favorite brands of jeans are INC, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Banana Republic.

Do you have a great pair jeans? What’s your favorite brand of jeans?

Beauty For the Heart~~Joy isn’t found in having everything we think we want, but in choosing to be satisfied with what God has already provided! -unknown source

Have a blessed day! 

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