We are going to broadcast live on Facebook and Periscope–tweet and post on Facebook about all the festivities happening at Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas–The Taste of the NFL, the NFL Experience, Ditka & Jaws Cigar Party, the game and more. Can we say “excited” Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. Who knows maybe next time we can say “We’re going to Disney World”.
“thisisyourbestyear” is covering the NFL Kickoff game between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. Also covering the Denver Food and Wine Festival. We are excited!!
Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. We are ready for some football, good food and great wine!
See, smell and taste the world through food–sounds interesting doesn’t it. You can do it! Every time I fly I take a look at the airline magazine, and try to do the puzzles. This time while flying on American Airlines I ran across an article on Try The World and it caught my attention.
One thing that it seems most people can agree on is food. The world is always interested in trying new and exotic taste. Home cooks are trying to amp up their standard recipes by using different herbs and spices. Try The World gives you that opportunity in a cute box.
The box not only comes with ingredients, it comes with recipes, and a cultural guide to the country that the box features. If you only want snack foods, you can order their snack boxes. My box is shown below–it came from Thailand. My sister and I could not wait to taste some of the things that came in it. Our first try was the Coconut Flower Syrup. She put it in tea and I tried it on toast. We gave it 2 thumbs up. We’re kind of on a schedule to try the other items. Each trying it a different way–Soft Dried Jackfruit is next.
You can find out more about this wonderful taste experience by going to Try The World and starting your adventure. It’s the next best thing to traveling there.
Remember “thisisyourbestyear“. Try The World in a box.
Keep living, and you will keep learning. This is just a small addendum to my 5 tips for having a great vacation especially when you are away for more than 5 days.
Again it will depend on your accommodations. I don’t like bringing back luggage filled with dirty clothing. When staying at timeshares there are laundry facilities so there are no worries. But what if you are staying somewhere where there are no laundry facilities or you just don’t want to do laundry? Here is my suggestion.
- Throw Away Clothing! What am I talking about? You know that blouse, those pants, that skirt, dress and yes that underwear that has been sitting in the closet or drawer for some time. Wear it and throw it away. About once a year when I was wearing pantyhose on a daily basis I would go through the drawer they were in and throw away every pair that was open, and start again.
My new rule since having Lifestyle Consierge help me get my closets and drawers organized is when something new comes in, something old or not being used comes out. If you do the throw away clothing then you will have room in your luggage for all of the great new stuff, or at least you have started cleaning your closets and drawers. It’s a win-win situation.
Remember “thisyourbestyear” why spend it doing laundry after your great vacation?
In my lifetime there have been good vacations, bad vacations and great ones. I’ve learned how to make them great. There are certain things that work for me, and have made my vacations truly vacations–not just trips. Let’s take a look at the top 5.
- Decide where you are going. Seems strange, but you must know where you are going. This is so important, it will affect everything else you do. All of California is not the same–the beach in Texas is not the beach in South Carolina. One Hawaiian island is not the same as the other one. Do you want hot or cold or somewhere in between? Do you want to sightsee, be active, meditate, be on the go every minute, rest by the ocean all day while reading? Do your research.
- Decide how long you want to vacation. I’ve read about people who have vacationed for a couple of days to a couple of months. You have to decide, and you must include travel time, hotel check-in and check-out times, and one that we forget–departure time. Sometimes we check-out, and have nothing to do but sit at the airport and wait.
- Transportation is one factor that we tend to forget. As women of a certain age, we may not have the children to take along, but some of you might be taking the grandchildren. Roadtrips can be the best if you are traveling with the right people. Do you have time to ride the train? It’s never on time. There are charter buses. Remember flying is not the flying of old. Sometimes the people look like they are on the bus (really), the costs for each piece of luggage adds to the cost of the vacation, and the time it takes to get through the check-in procedure can start your vacation off badly.
- What type of accommodations do you want to have during your vacation? Are you going to have a single room, a suite, is breakfast included? Maybe you would like a timeshare. Maybe you want all-inclusive, one with no children, one that does or does not allow pets. I don’t do colored bedspreads or pets–that’s just me. Please remember that the internet makes almost everything look picture perfect.
- Most Importantly!! Who are you going with? Are you traveling with your significant other, girlfriends, which girlfriends (some of your friends may not get along, or they like different things) or grown children? You may be going to your favorite place, but who you go with can change everything. This will determine all of the other things you need to do. It may seem strange, but know how much they like to spend on dining out. Do they get up in the morning with the television on, do they go to bed early? Do they hog the bathroom? Which one of you has to sleep with the light on, music going, television on? You know the adage, “you don’t someone until you live with them”, well try traveling with them.
These are just a few of the things that I have found to be helpful when planning a vacation. You may have others, please share so that we can all have a great vacation.
Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. Vacations should be stress free.
**Post by CY Cooper
The 2016 NFL Draft took place on April 28-30 in the Windy City of Chicago and yours truly had the opportunity to cover it along with my good friend. I am a huge football fan. It was an absolute BLAST. Now the weather didn’t exactly cooperate. Even though the calendar said it was spring, it was cloudy, cold, windy and rainy in Draft Town (Chicago). However, the weather could not dampen the enthusiasm of the thousands of NFL fans that attended this years draft. The first night of the draft we sat in the front row at Selection Square behind The Pit, where representatives from all of the NFL teams were seated and where they sent in the names of their picks. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made an appearance at Selection Square before the draft began. The event at Selection Square was hosted by analysts and commentators from the NFL Network.
The following day we had the chance to visit the actual stage (the auditorium at Roosevelt University) where the commissioner greeted the new members of the league after announcing their names. What followed next was the one of the best parts of the entire weekend. We were invited to attend a luncheon at Ditka’s Restaurant where we met the winning Super Bowl Coach and Hall of Famer Mike Ditka along with former Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback and ESPN Analyst Ron Jaworski. The meal at the luncheon was championship goodness, but the question and answer session with the two NFL legends was even better. Although the draft was the main focus of my visit to Chicago, we did make a stop at two of the city’s legendary hot spots–Garrett Popcorn Shop and Giordano’s Pizza. Now I see why they are legendary–they were fantastic.
All in all, it was a great weekend, and a lot of fun. Next years draft is said to be in the city of brotherly love, we’re hoping to make it the city of sisterly love as we put a woman’s take on the NFL draft in 2017.
It has been a wonderful year, talking and discussing so many different topics with you the readers. Your comments have been funny, informative, creative and given me ideas of other topics. “thisisyourbestyear” is about us and our journey.
Our top 5 posts of 2015 are as varied as you the readers, but in each one of them there is a strong woman of a certain age somewhere. Here’s the list.
- #5 A House Where “Sunny” Shines Bright Mrs. Sunny Graham is a dynamic businesswoman, entrepreneur, wife and mother. Her most endearing quality was that she is an extraordinary mentor who is always giving back. Her story is a great American story of hard work and determination. Her post is: https://thisisyourbestyear.com/2015/11/05/a-house-where-sunny-shines-bright/
- #4 Interview With The Artistic Director Of The Dallas Black Dance Theater–April Berry Ms. Berry is a former dancer who was stepping into some very big shoes when she took over the helm of the Dallas Black Dance Theater. Her journey to this position highlights her passion for dance. Her vision for the Dallas Black Dance Theater is a labor of love. Her post is: https://thisisyourbestyear.com/2014/12/18/interview-with-the-artistic-director-of-the-dallas-black-dance-theater-april-berry/
- #3 Breast Cancer Awareness–Prayers For Paulette And Her 8 Children This post started when I noticed Paulette on Facebook, and could not believe that she had 8 children. This is a story in itself. Paulette Leaphart is a beautiful woman inside and outside. She is fighter, she is a warrior. She is taking on breast cancer. Her story is of faith in God. Her post is: https://thisisyourbestyear.com/2015/10/10/breast-cancer-awareness-prayers-for-paulette-and-her-8-children/
- #2 MegaFest 2015 August 20-22 in Dallas, Texas Bishop T. D. Jakes held a press conference with the city leaders of Dallas to announce MegaFest would again be held in Dallas. First Lady Serita Jakes was there to not only lend support, but to let them know of the many activities that were for the entire family and some that were just for women. Their post is: https://thisisyourbestyear.com/2015/01/22/megafest-2015-augst-21-22-in-dallas-texas/
- #1 Old Ladies And Crazies Can I just say that the old, crazy ladies in the post are my heroes. They epitomize what “thisisyourbestyear” is about. We may be women of a certain age, but we are not the same. We do not fit a particular mold. Mrs. Inda Lou Lambert Schell did not let the death of her husband deter her, she decided to travel just like they had planned. She went on with her life. Her post is: https://thisisyourbestyear.com/2015/07/05/old-ladies-and-crazies/
I’ve always liked getaways that are sort of spur of the moment. When my friend said let’s go, I was packed and ready to travel. With Christmas music blaring, we were off. Going to Jefferson, Texas to stay at the Delta Street Inn B&B was a complete joy. Since the two of us like history, staying in a historical house was really interesting. The owners Bob and Pam make each guest feel right at home. The weekend had great food, wine, conversation and especially great friendship.
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As we mature, it seems that people we love find it hard to find Christmas presents that we like. They aren’t quite sure that they have selected the one gift that we will really enjoy. Our taste in clothing and such may have changed, we have decided that more is not always the way to go.
Let’s talk about gifts that are not your run of the mill gifts, but they might make some of us happy. We’re just giving people hints at what we might like.
- At home makeup artist–someone to do your makeup for you. I know that we can go to the mall and have the nice lady at the counter do our makeup, but we have to drive there and then go home. It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Ask the lady at your favorite cosmetic counter if she would consider doing your makeup at your house, and the cost. If you use something like Mary Kay, ask your representative to do your makeup. You can even have your friend whose makeup is always great to come in and work her magic.
- At home hair salon–well not really the entire salon, just the necessities and a few products. You know when you took that shower, how your hair was not the same, or you had it done the day before, and can’t quite get it like the stylist did. Ask your favorite stylist to come and do their magic or ask your friend to do it.
- Girlfriends getaway–must be at least 3 days and 2 nights. What’s the point in going away if you get there, check in, eat dinner, go to bed, get up, eat breakfast and leave? Again 3 days and 2 nights This does not have to be at the Ritz Carlton, just somewhere you would enjoy. If you want rest and relaxation, don’t get a place close to shopping or vice versa. It would be something special (I think) if you could rent an entire Bed and Breakfast for a girlfriends getaway. How about a nice timeshare?
- Wine lover? Can’t make it to a vineyard, how about a winemaking class where you make your own wine. Then you bottle it and put your own personal label on–then drink it.
- Lifestyle concierge–I did this for myself for Mother’s Day. They can help you organize anything from closets to your life. I have the name of a great one in the North Texas area. You will be surprised at how little you need. You will like the organization. These are just a few suggestions for gifts for women of a certain age.
When I drove up to the Thornton Inn Bed and Breakfast in Arlington, Texas I was in love with the beautiful wrap around porch with the rocking chairs– this was my dream house. I was there to meet the owner, businesswoman Sunny Graham.
Having heard so many wonderful things about Sunny, it was a joy to finally meet her. We had been trying to have this conversation for well over six months. She is exactly what her name says–Sunny.
We were given a tour of the beautiful bed and breakfast by Terrance Graham who is Sunny’s (sunny) husband. His tour and his telling the history of the house seemed to make the house come alive. The house was constructed in 1905, and has been used for many things including a family residence and a fraternity house.
Each of the five bedrooms is furnished beautifully with equally beautiful baths. There is a living area downstairs as well as one upstairs. The house also features a cozy library, and a beautiful dining room where breakfast is served to the guests each morning.
While Terrance was finishing up the tour, Sunny arrived. She is a bundle of energy, and a ray of sunshine. Sitting in the library Sunny and I talked about a lot of things and much more.
Sunny’s story of success is one of the American dream. She is originally from the Philippines, and had always known that she would live in the states. One of my favorite stories that she tells is of her first taste of chocolate given to her by a G.I. who told her there was a lot of chocolate in the United States–in her young mind she could only imagine.
Getting to the states would take a lot of planning. Sunny learned about being an exchange student, and was selected for the program. After her brothers convinced her father to let her go, she was on her way to the land of chocolate.
Fast forward to Sunny being asked to sell houses with no experience while leaving a job that she was very comfortable in. She took the job and the rest is home selling history. She was a success. In fact she was a huge success. While selling homes she started educating her clients about the home buying process. Others started to ask questions, and she gladly shared her knowledge. She is still mentoring today.
The Thornton Inn Bed and Breakfast was supposed to be the real estate office for Sunny, but somewhere along the way things changed, and she and her husband decided that a bed and breakfast might be something to look into, and the rest is history. There is so much more to Mrs. Sunny Graham. This woman of a certain age is an entrepreneur extraordinaire. She knows that “thisis(her)yourbestyear”, and she is still in the process of sharing her knowledge with others.
To find out more about the Thornton Inn Bed and Breakfast go to: http://www.thethorntoninn.com. Sunny and I will meet you on the porch. Be prepared for Sunny’s next big project–it’s in the making.