Spring/Summer Favorite Dresses From Amazon


I found the most easy-to-wear, flowy dress on the Amazon website! It's an A-line design with long bell sleeves and slight ruffle at the hem.

It's a modest length. I'm 5'3", so on me, it lands just at my knee. The dress was so nice, that I bought three! Pink floral, green floral and blue floral. They are so comfy! 

I don't think the dress is still available, so I've linked a similar Amazon dress here.

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Senior Chronicles - Jazzy Lunch on the Green


This senior citizen thing is really taking off! This week I went to the monthly luncheon.  The registration form mentioned an area Italian restaurant, The Original Antonio's, so I thought that we were actually going to the restaurant via the community center bus. As it turned out. We dined al fresco on the field behind the center.  

Big open-air tents and even a jazz quartet! A really nice setup! Outdoor dining was a great idea in light of the health concerns that the world is facing. 



The food was quite tasty too! Green beans, chicken piccata and cavatelli with broccoli! Delicious! 


The servers included a local state representative. I'm not saying she was there just to gain a few brownie points for serving lunch to seniors citizens, but I did see her taking photos of the crowd. Ok, where was I? Oh, yeah. The food was delicious! 


I also enjoyed the four-piece funky jazz band. Was it a coincidence that all the band members looked like they were between 65 - 70 years old? Had the luncheon coordinator specifically looked for a band with older musicians? Regardless, they sounded great! They hit a lot of the classics from the big band era. Always a hit with an older crowd. 


For dessert, we had a huge slice of double chocolate layered cake. I was going to pass, but it was the day after my birthday and I didn't have a birthday cake this year. This cake was soooo rich! I'm so glad I don't eat like this everyday! 


Here's one thing I know: I will definitely take a trip to the restaurant that provided our lunch. It was so worth it.  


If you're an active older adult, I highly recommend checking out your community center or even a neighboring town for daytime activities. It's healthy to have some kind of interaction.


And I can't wait to see what's planned for next month's senior luncheon.


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Indoor Plants Maintenance Tips - What You've Been Doing Wrong

    

My local community center recently hosted a plant workshop for active older adults.  Boy, did I learn a lot about what I was doing wrong with my plants. Too much water. Not enough water. Fertilizer. The wrong pots. It's no wonder so many of my plants died! 

The workshop was so informative!  The presenter works full-time at Plants a la Carte, a company that provides plants and plant maintenance for corporate clients. If you work in an office environment, you've probably seen someone like her come around to service your plants. I've even gone in the trash can and taken plant clippings after our plant lady had done her thing. That's how I started a Pothos plant years ago. 

As I was saying, the presenter seemed very knowledgeable. She brought a variety of plants with her.  Class size was limited to about 12 people, so we each received a lot of personal attention. Registration for the class was only $10. I learned so much!


We were shown plants that were in bad shape. Some needed pruning, re-potting, and some were on their last legs due to overwatering or neglect.

Some of the major takeaways included:

  • Plants need light. Different plants need different amounts of light. Know your plant
  • Plants need water
  • The #1 killer of plants is OVERWATERING.  Water your plant when it needs it. If you water your plant on Wednesdays just because that's your usual housekeeping day, then you're doing it all wrong. Plants should be watered on THEIR schedule, not yours.

                                            

  • Don't overdo it on fertilizer. Pay attention to your plant's instructions. Fertilizer should be kept to minimum, like once a year (I definitely have been a little heavy-handed with the MiracleGro)

                                                
  • Too much sunlight can be a bad thing.  Plants that get too much direct sunlight are subject to sun burn. They will not recover from this

  • Rotate your plant. If you decide to place a plant in a corner, remember to rotate it from time to time so that it grows straight
  • Bottom-watering. To ensure that the roots are being fed, set the potted plant in a container of water. The plant will slowly soak up the water

                                                


The best thing about this workshop was that we were got to take home a beautiful plant along with a few plant clippings. I chose another Pothos plant and clippings from a Ficus. Both are on the low-maintenance squad.  Thank goodness!


What are some of your plant maintenance challenges?

Watch my video here  and see more highlights of the plant workshop. Drop me a line if this was helpful.


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Sustainable Fashion for the Active Plus 60 Woman


A few maxi dresses that I found at the my local thrift stores. One was an ASO dress that was new with tags. I only paid $6 bucks! It was a little big, but I added a belt and there you have it!


I love a good thrift find!

 

Some of the Best Senior Retail Discounts (That You Might Not Know About)



I am beginning to embrace my status as a recent member of the "older adult" population.  It has its perks, like discounts at businesses and services.  I just discovered the programs being offered by the local community center and I'm kind of impressed. And most of the programs are FREE!  We just have to pay an annual $7 membership fee. I'm talking about bingo, lunch, day trips, line dancing and various exercise classes. Yeah, I'm starting to take advantage of every "senior" benefit that comes my way. 

I used to overlook the courtesies offered by restaurants and retail stores. But now, I'm snapping them up!  I'll usually check the business website and ask without hesitation if there are any discounts for older adults.  I have no shame!



I'm laughing at myself  right now because I can remember when  I got my first mailer from AARP.  And I wasn't even retired! I refused to even open the envelope! Talk about denial!  

Oh, how things have changed!  Honey, if there's a senior coupon or discount, I'm using it!

Let's talk about some of my favorite retail spots that are "older adults friendly".  These businesses offer some form of  senior discount:


Dunkin Donuts

Great coffee

Discounts for seniors vary from store to store


Goodwill

Some of the best thrift finds

15% senior discount on Wednesday at my local Goodwill. Varies from store to store


Michaels

The best craft supplies

10% senior discount everyday

 

Kohls

Clothing and accessories galore

15% senior discount on Wednesday


*check stores for age requirement

I frequent these stores on a regular basis and I'm so happy when I can save a few pennies. Does your favorite store offer a discount for older adults?  How much? 


Stay tuned for more blog posts about where older adults can find savings. 

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Healthy Eyecare Tip for Older Adults

Hey Fam! New eyeglasses! When was the last time you had an eye exam? I had Lasik 20 years ago, but some of my near-sightedness has returned.  Could be age! LOL! I don't need reading glasses though.  Thank goodness!  


Your eyes tell a lot about your overall health. As we get older, we need to pay more attention to what our eyes are telling us. Glaucoma, diabetes, cataracts are no joke! Stop putting it off and get an eye exam, y'all! Then take your prescription and order a few pairs of glasses online for a fraction of what your eye doctor charges. My new prescription eyeglasses are from Zinff Optical. So affordable! They also have a 30-day Fit & Style Guarantee which allows customers to make a reasonable replacement or return. 



Frames I'm Wearing: Palm

Discount code: Caron30  (10% off the lens, 50% off the frames)

www.zinff.com

If you decide to try @zinff.optical, feel free to use my discount code. They offer quality frames.  Delivery takes about 2 weeks. Your eyes will thank you!




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