I am getting older (some would say old) but I don’t really think of myself as much more than 50 until I read this list of signs of advancing age. Nineteen of these statements are true for me. NINETEEN! I guess I am not really 50ish after all.
These are from the Huffington Post and were compiled by women about women.
1. When you can’t find your reading glasses, it’s generally because they are on top of your head.
2. You can fall asleep but you just can’t stay asleep.
3. You don’t know anyone who can’t argue the merits of Ambien over Lunesta.
4. You see strangers at a party wearing stilettos and must resist the urge to say something to them about how they are ruining their feet.
5. When dining out with young friends, you are the only one who can figure out the tip in her head.
6. You realize your gynecologist could be your daughter, and it gets a little weird.
7. You wake up early on mornings that you could sleep in. Not by choice.
8. You like that Keith Richards looks the way he does.
9. A new washer and dryer makes you incredibly happy.
10. You order everything online because there is really no such thing as a skinny dressing room mirror.
11. You don’t actually remember the last time you stepped foot in a mall.
12. You sing along anytime you hear a Donna Summer song.
13. Sometimes, you just need to sit down.
14. You have no idea who anyone is at the Kids’ Choice Awards. (or most people in People Magazine or on other award shows)
15. There is just as much trauma involved in trying on shoes as there is with bathing suits.
16. You only use teeth-brightening toothpaste.
17. You have a Kindle, but only use it for plane rides.
18. You haven’t stepped foot in a gym in years.
19. You remember when you got a daily newspaper delivered.
20. You’re on Facebook, not Twitter. And you just heard about Periscope last week. (What the heck is Periscope?)
21. Your feet hurt. A lot. (And your back and your joints etc)
22. You are way beyond cold cucumbers when it comes to reducing puffy under-eyes.
23. You wear sunglasses for reasons unrelated to the weather.
24. You play mental retirement math on your daily work commute.
25. More often than not, you’d rather eat in than out.
26. Before you go anywhere, you consider the parking situation.
27. You still prefer to print out directions from Mapquest than to squint at them on your phone.
28. You hear yourself and you sound just like your mother.
29. You build raised garden beds so you don’t have to kneel in the garden.
30. You haven’t seen so much belly fat since your last pregnancy.
31. You could easily see yourself spending every day on the beach collecting sea glass and seashells.
32. You remember when the @ sign was only used in math problems.
33. Sometimes when you stand up fast, you feel yourself losing balance.
Guest blog written by social media volunteer Melissa.
This time of year is constantly filled with birthdays, wedding invites, and baby showers. Making the need for a stack of greeting cards a must. While I always have an abundance of cards, I am constantly searching for envelopes to put them in.
To remedy my envelope situation I recently made some of my own envelopes out of old magazines, that seem to be doing nothing more than cluttering up my coffee table. This not only helped me reuse some of the mail that was stacking up around my house but also recycle it into unique envelopes.
To make your own repurposed magazine envelopes you'll need:
First, I carefully tore colorful pages out of my stack of magazines.
Next, I used an old envelope as a template for my new ones. To do this, I carefully unfolded the old envelope so that it lay flat, and then traced it onto both craft paper (or white copy paper) and the magazine pages. Some magazine pages may need to be glued together to make them large enough to fit your envelope template.
Next, I cut out the traced envelopes and glued the craft paper to the backside of the magazine templates, so that they were sturdier for mailing.
Once dry, I folded the magazine envelopes and glued the edges to complete the envelopes.
And voila! A stack of repurposed, ready to use envelopes that are not only fun, but unique!
For those of you looking to get crafty who don't have magazines laying around at home, old books and magazines are also excellent items to use for envelopes. Another great source of inexpensive crafting materials is your local thrift store.
Susan is a frequent volunteer at Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop, where she sorts, prices, and stocks merchandise to her heart's content. Before retirement, she owned and operated a consignment shop for women's plus size clothing in Seattle. Through trial and error and talking with customers, she learned a thing or two. An avid "thrift shopper," Susan loves to buy clothing, especially when she gets good quality and value for her money.
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