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The Unspoken Wedge Between Parents and Grandparents

This post originally appeared on The Atlantic and we highly recommend reading this if you are a grandparent! Each generation has its own norms for parenting. Arguing over the differences can be an emotional minefield. One of the sweetest parts of being a grandparent is being invited by your own adult children to spend time with your grandkids. But the invitation comes with a few conditions, and in even the most loving families, grandparents ignore these rules on a regular basis. For many reasons, they can’t help overstepping the boundaries, whether because of a prickliness at their own kids telling them what to do, a sincere belief that they know more about raising children than their kids do, or, more poignantly, a resistance to the harsh reality that they’ve aged out of the cherished role of family decision maker....
Sandals

Feminine and Comfortable Strappy Heels to Elevate All Your Outfits

Now that we are beginning to add fun social events to our spring and summer calendar, it's time to start thinking about dressy sandals to go with our outfits. Many of us BA50's have not worn a pair of heels in over a year, and the idea of putting on a pair of 3 or 4 inch heels is almost laughable. Lucky for us, retailers are offering lots of feminine yet comfortable dressy sandals with heel heights of 2 inches or less that we can confidently wear to any upcoming event. ...
Bowls of change

The Zen of Sorting: Beyond Marie Condo and Into Chi

The Zen of Decluttering and Sorting.  This is a real thing.  I love Marie Condo and I always give her a nod of gratitude when I start to clear my clutter.   But, this time it goes deeper than asking myself "does this give me joy"  before I toss it or keep it. This time, unintentionally I entered a new realm of happiness and apparently moved my Chi around when I tackled my left over coin collection that had accumulated over the past 20 years in random corners of my house. The Chinese mastered an understanding of energy flow centuries ago with the practice of Feng Shui which now has become synonymous with creating balance in your home. But another layer, deeper than Feng Shui is the study of energy patterns known as “Chi”....
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10 Denim Jackets to Add Style and Edge to Your Outfits

A denim jacket is often the only outerwear piece I travel with during the warmer months. I love pairing one with a dress to add some friction to my outfit. While I will often wear a blue denim jacket when wearing white jeans and vice versa, it is especially on-trend right now to go head-to-toe in a similar shade. If, like me, you can never have enough denim jackets in your closet, or maybe you need a new style to update your wardrobe, below are my top 10 for you to consider. ...

Featured on Relationship Thursday

Smiling grandparents with grandkids in the kitchen, close up

The Unspoken Wedge Between Parents and Grandparents

This post originally appeared on The Atlantic and we highly recommend reading this if you are a grandparent! Each generation has its own norms for parenting. Arguing over the differences can be an emotional minefield. One of the sweetest parts of being a grandparent is being invited by your own adult children to spend time with your grandkids. But the invitation comes with a few conditions, and in even the most loving families, grandparents ignore these rules on a regular basis. For many reasons, they can’t help overstepping the boundaries, whether because of a prickliness at their own kids telling them what to do, a sincere belief that they know more about raising children than their kids do, or, more poignantly, a resistance to the harsh reality that they’ve aged out of the cherished role of family decision maker....

Featured on Fashion Friday

Flowy, Printed Pants for Easy Breezy Summer Dressing

Wearing a pair of printed flowy pants will make you feel like you are on vacation even if you haven't left your neighborhood. With a comfy elastic waist, wide-legged patterned pants, often referred to as beach pants, have a hip, bohemian vibe. They are oh-so-easy to style, and look fabulous with a simple tee or tank along with a pair of strappy sandals. Read on to see my top 10 colorful beach pants, guaranteed to keep you feeling cool and looking chic this summer....

Chic Linen Separates For Effortless Warm Weather Dressing

For Spring 2021, many top designers, including Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Fendi, showcased linen in their collections. One of the reasons for its increase in popularity is because linen is the most sustainable fabric, even more so than cotton. Refined yet casual, linen may wrinkle easily, but that is part of its appeal. Below are my selections for beautiful linen separates to consider adding to your closet....
Sandals

Feminine and Comfortable Strappy Heels to Elevate All Your Outfits

Now that we are beginning to add fun social events to our spring and summer calendar, it's time to start thinking about dressy sandals to go with our outfits. Many of us BA50's have not worn a pair of heels in over a year, and the idea of putting on a pair of 3 or 4 inch heels is almost laughable. Lucky for us, retailers are offering lots of feminine yet comfortable dressy sandals with heel heights of 2 inches or less that we can confidently wear to any upcoming event. ...