Celebrate Valentine’s Day With This Gem-tastic Giveaway

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer womenThe nice PR people at Jewelry Television (JTV), asked me if I would like to sponsor a special giveaway in honor of Galentine’s Day, which they declared as February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day. “That’s gem-tastic,” I replied, as I quickly called my BFF L. “Come over quick,” I told L, “we need to pick out some jewelry!”

A Galentine’s Day Promotion
As part of the Galentine’s Day promotion, I get to pick a piece of jewelry for myself, give a piece to my BFF L, and use a third gem as a blog giveaway. While Marliyn Monroe said that “diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” my BFF L and I were glad to select from a host of colorful gems – rubies to citron, coral to ameythst, garnet to peridot, and a whole lot more beauties. There were several pretty necklaces, earrings, and bracelets that caught our eyes on the JTV website.

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My BFF L (pictured right) and I had fun taking pictures with our new earrings.

We found the jewelry fairly priced and when the gems arrived they were pretty true to spec. I selected Emerald Cut Lab Bixbite Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings. In researching this gem, I found that it is a red beryl stone offering properties of soothing and healing, often used to enhance creative energy. In fact, one site said “intuitive sources state that physically bixbite is good for healing problems associated with the heart, liver, lungs, mouth, throat, stomach, physical energy level, and digestive system.”  (I really liked the pink color, little did I know the benefits of this gem!) Continue reading

My Foodie Retirement Project: “1000 Foods To Eat Before You Die”

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer womenIf you’re a foodie like me, you’ll want to go get a copy of 1000 Foods To Eat Before You Die, by Mimi Sheraton. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed reading Mimi’s restaurant reviews in The New York Times, and her articles in food and travel magazines. It was exciting to meet Mimi at the NY NOW Lifestyle Show at the Javits Center in NYC this summer.

Just shy of 90, Mimi said that it took 10 years to write this “food lover’s life list,”  but that it was really 60+ years in the making. “I’ve traveled all over the world,” said Mimi. “Food has been an excellent handle to pick up other cultures.”

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It was wonderful to meet world renowned food critic Mimi Sheraton.

A Family of Food Lovers
Mimi told us that her love of food started in childhood. “I grew up in Brooklyn. My mother was a competitive cook and my father was a fruit and vegetable merchant,” said Mimi. (She wrote a book about her mom’s cooking called From My Mother’s Kitchen.) She always wanted to be a writer and after graduating from New York University, she went to work at Good Housekeeping, where she covered home furnishings. Then it was on to Seventeen, where her interest in food blossomed and she eventually became the food editor. Continue reading