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Strength Training 101 For Grandmothers and Others

Women gradually lose muscle mass as they age and hormonal changes accelerate bone loss. But exercise can help counteract the effects of these changes. Strength training, in particular, leads to stronger muscle and bones and improves our sense of balance too, reducing the chance of falls. If you don’t know how to begin an exercise program, the following tips may help you get started.

The Basics

Before you begin any exercise plan, see your doctor. Depending upon your medical history, your doctor may be able to refer you to a physical therapist or exercise specialist for a specialized evaluation and fitness plan. Many fitness centers offer an initial screening evaluation when members first join, too. Exercise is such an important part of remaining healthy as we age that many Medicare supplemental insurance programs offer Silver Sneaker programs, which pay for members’ gym memberships.

Strength Training Safety

Some common mistakes new exercisers make include:

· Holding their breath when lifting weights. Breathe normally but with a controlled inhalation and exhalation.

· Going overboard at the beginning. When you first start strength training, your muscles will be sore, and that’s normal. Pain, however, is not. If you push yourself too far on day one, you may be too sore to maintain your workout schedule.

· Using too much weight. Only use the weight or dumbbell that allows you to perform the exercise with proper technique for the required number of repetitions.

Establish your on and off days with the help of your trainer or a reference book. When strength training muscles, it is particularly important to give muscles time to rest and regrow. Improper technique can lead to injuries and will make your exercise routine less effective.

Strength Training at Home

If you are limited to a home exercise program, you can still perform a number of exercises, including:

Squats: Stand with your legs shoulder width apart. Hold light dumbbells in each hand, elbows bent at a 90-degree angle. Squat by bending your knees and lowering your body toward the ground. Simultaneously, do a bicep curl with the weights. Stop your squat when your rear is aligned with your knees. Stand up slowly, lowering your weights back to your side. Repeat this exercise 15 times, rest, then repeat 15 more times.

Pushups: Keep your core muscles tightened throughout the exercise. Put your palms on the floor shoulder width apart with your fingertips pointing inward. Bend your elbows until your nose nearly touches the floor and then straighten your arms to raise your torso. Try to do five to 10 pushups at the beginning, and increase your repetitions when your strength increases. If this exercise is too difficult, you can do a pushup while standing, using the wall.

Dips: This exercise will require stairs, a stable table or some other platform. Sit on the elevated area with your hands on either side of your body with your legs extended. Using your arms, lower and raise your body weight. Try to repeat this exercise five to 10 times, rest and repeat.

Exercise programs require planning, discipline and persistence. Even if you plan a home exercise program, it is safer to begin your routine under the supervision of a professional trainer who can ensure you are using proper technique with each exercise and performing them safely.

Danielle, who blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands, enjoys wearing sleeveless dresses to show off her toned arms, thanks to her regular dumbbell exercise routine. Read her work at

3 Cool Treats to Help Beat the Heat – Monthly Food Column

By Dennis Weaver From The Prepared Pantry.








The weather outside may be horribly hot, but that doesn’t mean you have to be too. We’ve been working in the kitchen all week coming up with ways to beat the summer heat. Here are the top three frozen treats we were able to whip up. They are guaranteed to cool off your toasty afternoon, no matter what the temperature—and no A/C is required!

Pink Lemonade Pie













We’ve been making pink lemonade pies and their cousins for years now. After much trial and error, we’ve found using a springform pan instead of a pie pan works best, but you can use either. These pies are absolutely scrumptious. They are frozen, almost ice cream pies, and don’t require baking (unless you choose to bake the crust for eight to ten minutes) so they are perfect for summer. Since everyone loves them, they’re great for guests or a family occasion. They can be made ahead and frozen if you won’t have time to make anything the day of a big event. The best thing about this recipe is you can use whatever juice concentrate you wish—cherry cranberry, peach mango, cranberry pear—and it’ll come out just as tasty.

This pie is made in three parts: a graham cracker crust, a lemonade and cream cheese filling, and a whipped cream topping. If you prefer, you can use a commercial whipped topping or whipped cream from an aerosol can for the topping.

For the Crust

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons butter

Mix the crumbs, sugar, and butter in a nine inch pie pan or spring form pan. Mix until the crumbs have absorbed the butter and the mixture is uniform.
Press the crumbs across the bottom of the pan and up the sides. We’ve found using a drinking glass to press the crumbs up the sides works well.
Bake for eight to ten minutes at 350 degrees. (If it’s a hot July day, you can choose not to bake the crust. A baked crust holds together better because the heat melts the sugar to help hold the crumbs together.)

For the Filling

1 8-ounce packet of cream cheese, softened
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup pink lemonade concentrate (not mixed with water)
2 tablespoons lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
AmeriColor Red Red food coloring or equal

Using the whip attachment and your stand-type mixer or with a handheld electric mixer, mix the cream cheese until softened. Pour in the sweetened condensed milk very slowly while mixing to avoid clumps, scraping the bowl as you go.

Slowly add the lemonade concentrate and lemon juice and continue beating. Color with red food coloring as desired.
Pour the mixture into the pie shell or springform pan and place it in the freezer while you mix the topping.












For the Topping

1/3 cup shredded coconut
red food coloring
1 cup whipping cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place the coconut in a small plastic zip top bag. Add a drop of food coloring and seal the bag, trapping air inside. Shake until the coconut turns pink.

Whip the cream until stiff, adding the sugar and vanilla in the process.

Wait until the pie filling is slightly stiff on top, and gently spoon the cream over the pie filling. Garnish with the pink coconut.
Freeze the pie until firm. Slice the pie with a warm, wet knife for smooth cuts.

Fudge Dreamcicles












When it’s blasted hot outside, there’s no better way to cool off than with a creamy, chocolately fudgesicle. Save money and a trip to the store by making your own. With only four ingredients, this recipe couldn’t be easier. With no baking or chopping required, this makes a great recipe for kids.

The secret’s in the cocoa

The only way to have really good fudgesicle is to use really good cocoa. We use our Ramstadt-Breda Dark Cocoa. It’s rich, smooth, and incredibly flavorful. This will make the difference between a good fudgesicle, and an exceptional one.


1 can 14-oz. sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup Ramstadt-Breda Dark Cocoa
1 tsp vanilla


1. Mix all ingredients together until smooth.
2. Pour into popsicle molds work the best, you could also use paper cups or even glass ramekins for more of a frozen custard feel.

Ice Cream Filled Cupcakes









Imagine a cool cupcake filled with your favorite ice cream. They’re easy to make. Just make regular cupcakes, core the centers, and fill them with ice cream. The frosting will hide the cuts.

Step 1: Make the cupcakes.

Step 2: Use a cupcake corer to hollow out the cupcakes.

Step 3: Fill them with ice cream.

Step 4: Frost them and freeze them

You’ll have a cold cupcake filled with ice cream. We recommend buttercream frosting. It’s light and when it freezes, it’s almost like ice cream. Cool treat. The kids will love them; the adults will be impressed.

Dennis Weaver is the founder of The Prepared Pantry. He is the author of How to Bake, a 318 page book about the art and science of baking. You can download a free copy of How to Bake here. Kindle, Nook and iPad versions available.

Copyright © Dennis Weaver :: The Prepared Pantry :: Grandma’s Home Blogger Place :: All Rights Reserved

Sharing a Blog Post – Weekly Bible Scriptures




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I ran onto a blog post today that really hit home for me, and wanted to share it with you. It has to do with our spiritual selfs, emotions, and our well being. 😉

If you come here often and If you’ve read many of my posts here on the blog, you will find that I’m a really emotional person that also suffers from depression and anxiety. I try to open my Bible and read a chapter or two every day. However, I miss a day here and there. I just get caught up in my everyday life and my work online. Does that sound like a worthy excuse? I don’t think so. 😉

Usually I try to read my Bible first thing in the mornings, after my workouts. Well, If I’ve got something that’s pressing me and stressing me out that needs to be done soon that particular day, I sometimes skip reading. 🙁 NOT a good thing. As the Word gets me going on a positive note for a positive start to my day. I definitely need to work on that! 🙂

Also, Lara talks about being cautious about what you think about. This is SO true, we all need to stop and think about (what we think about). Sounds a bit confusing, but what we think about sets our moods and outlook on life. Also, Lara goes on to explain that we all need to set our minds on God

(ref. Colossians 3:2, Romans 12:2)

Lara also talks about paying attention to what we listen to. This is so very important. Faith comes by hearing!

(ref. Romans 10:17, James 1:22)

And lastly, this is one of the things that hit home for me. Watch what you say Have you ever said something on impulse without thinking of other’s feelings and also the consequences? I seem to do this often. 🙁 That’s something else I need to work on. 😉

From Lara’s blog post : Think BEFORE you speak. REPLACE bad thoughts with what is good, worthy of praise and honorable. And this brings us to the scripture…

Proverbs 18:21

Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.

To see more scriptures and also For Further Study: Go to Lara’s Blog Post Here!

Copyright © Lara Velez, Moms of Faith, All Rights Reserved
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Grandma and Great Grandpa – Which Photo Is The Best?


I went to see my dad yesterday. 🙂


While I was there I took photos.  I think 2 of them are fairly decent. It’s hard (for me anyway) to take photos of myself. LOL


Which 1 is the best? You be the judge!

My little guy, (my grandson) you will enjoy looking at all these photos when you get older! 🙂


I like #4 and #6










Greek Turkey Tenderloins

From Betty Crocker’s Best of Healthy & Hearty Cooking

Makes 6 servings


1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or 2 tsp dried.
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano or 2 tsp dried
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 turkey breast tenderloins (each about 3/4 pound)
Lemon slices, if desired
Parsley sprigs, if desired


Mix all ingredients except turkey, lemon slices and parsley in shallow nonmetal dish or heavy-duty resealable plastic bag. Add turkey, turning to coat with marinade. Cover dish or seal bag and refrigerate at least 8 hours but no longer than 24 hours.

Brush grill rack with vegetable oil. Heat coals or gas grill for direct heat. Remove turkey from marinade; reserve marinade.

Cover and grill turkey 4 to 5 inches from medium heat 25 to 30 minutes, brushing occasionally with marinade and turning after 15 minutes, until juice is no longer pink when center of thickest piece is cut. Discard any remaining marinade. Remove turkey from grill; let stand 10 minutes before cutting. To serve, cut turkey diagonally into 1/2-inch slices.

Garnish with lemon slices and parsley.

1 Serving: Calories 150 (Calories from Fat 35); Fat 4g (Saturated 1g); Cholesterol 70mg; Sodium 70mg; Carbohydrate 1g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 27g.

Betty Crocker’s Best of Healthy & Hearty Cooking

Text Copyright 1998 General Mills, Inc. Used with permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Weekly Scriptures Arguing and Fighting – Forgiveness




Good afternoon, 🙂


Hey we all argue once in awhile, and some of us call it fighting. It’s nature to not agree on everything. We are all made unique with our own opinions and feelings. That is what makes us all interesting. If we were all the same with the same opinions, feelings, and views about everyday life and the world around us, then this world would be quite a boring place, wouldn’t you think?


So with that said, there will always be arguements and various unique opinions and thoughts. We are all human and not the same; we are all unique.


What does the Bible say about arguing and fighting??


Matthew 18:15

If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.

Matthew 12:36-37

I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned

Thessalonians 5:9

For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ

Proverbs 28:25

A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched

Psalm 144:1

Of David. Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle

1 John 4:1

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world


Some scriptures on forgiveness


Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise

Psalm 86:4-5 Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.

Isaiah 55:6-7 Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

 Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

Psalm 103:8-12 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.


Accept the ever standing invitation from Jesus for forgiveness of all sins through His blood!


Hope you all have a great week! 🙂


Beauty Tips for Women Over 50 – Guest Post




I thought this was a particularly good post, and all these beauty tips are excellent for Grandmothers too. =)


Skin Care Routine

Before you go in search of the perfect make-up, it’s important that you adopt a skin care routine that makes you feel beautiful sans cosmetics. Women who look younger than their years often have one secret: healthy natural skin!


If you are dissatisfied with your natural skin, consider expanding your skin care routine to include more than cleansing and moisturizing. Exfoliating your skin weekly will remove the surface layer of your skin and will promote regeneration.
You can use a dry brush daily and a natural exfoliator once a week. Instead of buying pricey products, I mix 2 tablespoons of brown sugar with one tablespoon of water for a natural exfoliant (that smells yummy too). Rub gently in circles, avoiding the sensitive skin under your eyes, and rinse with tepid water.


As we age, our skin becomes drier because our oil-producing glands are less active. Although this means blemish-free skin, there comes the new challenge of keeping skin hydrated. For mature skin, the Mayo Clinic suggests an oil-based moisturizer with petrolatum as the base. Also, search for products with antioxidants or alpha hydroxyl acids to help fight wrinkles.


Remember to wear sunblock! When you slather up the grandkids, be sure to follow suit. Sun exposure can advance aging and promote an uneven skin tone.


The days of wearing makeup to look mature are over. Whew! However, this means a new approach to cosmetics is in order. Sultry and vibrant looks are too harsh for the mature woman. Instead, try soft looks that accentuate your natural beauty.


As the base of your cosmetic routine, a great foundation is essential to finding the perfect overall look. A moisture rich foundation will hydrate skin and can even contain SPF 15. A heavier foundation will offer medium to full coverage. If you prefer a lighter everyday look, consider a tinted moisturizer and save the foundation for special occasions.
Making an investment in a high-quality foundation may help boost your confidence and give you more control in the selection process. (You can try before you buy.) Clinique and Bobbi Brown are my favorite brands, but there are many different options at your local department store.


Thinning lips is a natural sign of aging. The general rule is to keep your lipstick shade as close to your natural lip color as possible. Two shades deeper is a good rule of thumb, but many women are opting for sheer looks. Lip gloss and natural shades keep your look soft and natural.


Just as with lips, keeping the look soft is the most flattering for mature skin. Use an eyeliner pencil instead of a liquid liner, and set the pencil with a complimenting shade. Earthy tones such as golds, browns and corals.
When choosing a concealer, compare it to your foundation. You need to find a highlighting shade that is lighter. Ensure your skin is well moisturized or the concealer will become chalky. Use your fingertips or a concealer brush to pat the concealer beneath your eyes. (Be gentle!)

Just because your college days are over doesn’t mean you can’t take a few online courses!

Here are a few fun video clips for beauty after 50

How to Lift Mature Eyes
Fundamentals of Applying Concealer
Concealing the Common Signs of Aging

Enjoy! 🙂

Maria Rainier fell in love with blogging before it was cool, and now she’s lucky enough to make a living out of it. She generally writes about subjects related to online education, including universities that offer competitive online associate degrees and online bachelor’s degrees for the 21st century college student. Please share your comments with her!

New Recipe and Another Mammogram Over With!







Well, I had my mammogram done last week…Yeah, it’s over for another year! LOL I dread those so much in fear of the diagnoses of cancer. My mom regretfully passed away from it, and it’s so unfortunate that my sister and I could easily end up with it. 🙁 However, we both stay on top of things.


The gal that does my mammograms, I tell ya, she rocks! She’s always joking around with me and constantly talking to me while the procedure is being done. This helps tremendously! We talk about weight issues, our families, and various things. So…that’s the ONLY THING I look forward to when I have my mammograms! LOL!!!!!


However, there was an added bonus this time. A free-for-the-taking recipe card, and this one looked good! I haven’t made it yet, but will soon 🙂



Creamy Apricot Oatmeal


3 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
1 6 ounce container fat free vanilla yogurt


In medium saucepan, bring water and apricots to a boil. Covered over medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes.
Stir in oats. Cook uncovered for 1-2 minutes, or until thickened, stirring occasionally
Spoon into bowls. Dollop each serving with yogurt.

Nutritional information per serving:

233 calories
2.5 g total fat
1 mg cholesterol

Recipe Courtesy of :

My Mammogram Was Clear Again…No Cancer!
=) =)


Taking care of your breast and heart health is so important. Share this recipe with the women in your life and encourage them to get preventive screenings. If you share this recipe, please share the link it came from above. 😉

For More Tips on breast health and heart health, please visit:


The Breast Cancer Site


3 Frugal Gifts For Your College Bound Grandchild -Guest Post


So your grandchild will be going to college in the fall. While you want to send him or her off with a neat (but most importantly useful) gift to use while in school, you’re a tad strapped for cash. But no worries, the items college students need the most (aside from a laptop) are typically inexpensive. For a few frugal gift suggestions, continue reading below.



Daily Planner

Your grandchild won’t thank you enough if you send him or her off with a daily planner. These small booklets are sure to help keep your grandchild stay organized to the max. Not only do they help him or her remember important project and test dates, but it can also be used to help remember other important dates as well like birthdays, other social gatherings, and bill due-dates. They’re also great for creating shopping and grocery lists—after all, sometimes students don’t remember what they need until they’re in the middle of a lecture. They’ll need to be able to write it down immediately or they’ll forget. You can either purchase an inexpensive one or if you’re feeling really creative (and frugal) make one from scratch.

Coffee Thermos/ Reusable Water Bottle

Caffeine is typically a huge part of any college student’s lifestyle—they drink it so that they’re wake in time for their 8 a.m. class and use it to endure late-night study sessions. But typically students are on the go and don’t actually have time to sit down and drink a nice hot cup. Instead, they need something that can make their coffee portable. That’s why a coffee thermos for your coffee drinking grandchild is one of the best gifts you can buy— and sold for $10 at most stores, it’s quite a bargain gift. If you want to help keep your grandchild hydrated as well you might want to add a reusable water bottle too—they take it on campus or to the gym etc.

Laundry Gift Basket

Last but not least, one of the most useful gifts your grandchild can appreciate is a laundry gift basket—you can add laundry detergent, dryer sheets, perhaps even a roll of quarters. If you want to be more economically savvy about the whole situation, you can definitely make a huge batch of DIY laundry soap and store some in a jar for your grandchild and keep the rest for personal use. You can also make some DIY cleaners if you want—college students need to keep their dorms and apartments cleaned too.

Of course these are only a few suggestions. Does anyone have any more?

Lauren Bailey is a freelance blogger who loves writing about education, new technology, lifestyle and health. As an education writer, she works to research and provide information for those comparing the best online colleges and courses and welcomes comments and questions via email at blauren 99