101 Best Ways to Look Younger and Live Longer

Everyone wants to know the secret to looking and feeling younger.  When there really is no secret.  It’s called choices.  We make them everyday. What to wear, where to go, what to eat, when to exercise.  Everyday is filled with choices.   Choices have rewards and sometime consequences.

When we are younger we think we are invincible.  We most likely are not thinking of the long haul.  What do we want to look like and feel like at 60, 80 or 100!  It really is about the choices we make.  Everyday.

It’s really not hard if you start with a few daily choices and make them habits.  If you are not sure where to start my book will help you get started.  These tips are not just about beauty but about creating a lifestyle that helps you in this journey called aging.  One thing is for sure we all are on that path.  The consequence could be failing health as we age or looking 10 years older than we really are.  The reward can be living your life as you designed it, vibrant and healthy.  Which would you prefer?

Each tip is easy.  You may be doing some of them already.  Add a few each month and before you know it you have changed your course for the better.

You can get my book Successful & Healthy Aging:  101 Best Ways to Feel Younger and Live Longer on Amazon as an eBook or in paperback. ur life for the better.


Consumer Reports states, “The chemical Bisphenol A, which has been used for years in clear plastic bottles and food-can liners, has been restricted in Canada and some U.S. states and municipalities because of potential health effects. The Food and Drug Administration will soon decide what it considers a safe level of exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA), which some studies have linked to reproductive abnormalities and a heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, and heart disease.”

The more I read about BPA the more I purposely stay away from it.  I never did use a lot of canned items so it wasn’t hard to do or so I thought.  BPA is a huge health issue.  BPA can cause harm in the still developing bodies of the very young, which was a huge concern since three of our grandchildren and their mom came to live with us last year.  The one canned vegetable that I use consistently is tomatoes and they are the biggest offenders because the tomato acid leeches BPA from the cans.

I have already thrown away plastic storage and replaced with BPA free plastic and glass storage containers.  I even save my glass containers that I get food in for storage if they have wide mouth lids.  Why?  Glass storage containers are expensive.  Some are $5 each!  I now have 3 different sizes (small medium and large).

Back to food.  My first thought was I need to find everything in glass.  Then I thought, I should plant a garden and grow what I normally use and can it myself.  Both are great ideas in theory.

Not many manufacturers use glass.  Ok.  More difficult than I thought.  Garden.  Where do I put said garden on a shady lot? And if I can determine that, just where am I going to store all the bounty?  Well I can figure the storage part out.  But the garden plot?  Ovay!

So until I figure out where my garden plot goes , I decided to Google it and find out which manufacturers acutally bottle without BPA and start there.  Here is what I found:


I am thrilled to find 7 companies that chose health over cost.  Even more thrilled that a Trader Joes is now nearby to give me one more shopping choice.  It’s a pain to get there as it is clear across town.  But I look at my long term health and those that I cook for and making the trip is MY health insurance premium.  I already go to 3 different grocery stores for food choices, so one more really won’t make a short term difference.  Long term absolutely.

The  link above,  along with others, will go in my iPhone under my Grocery Notes so that I can refer to it every time I am shopping thus helping me make better food safety choices for me and my family.

I also ran across this blog post from Misterbelly.com with a great list of offenders and some great alternatives: 


And here is a primal viewpoint as well:


Another link with a list of cans with and without BPA … Are you willing to pay 2.2 cents more per can to get the BPA out of your canned food?


Hopefully this will give you a lot of insight.  If you have other sources or info be sure to comment and share what you know. It’s great to know that we do have choices.

Now where am I going to put that garden plot? 😉



I have always been a proponant of stainless steel cookware thanks to my mother.  We just didn’t cook with aluminum cookware.  As we learned more about non-stick we didn’t use that either.  What you cook IN as well as the quality of the food you are cooking is all very important.   I just read this article this morning from The George Mataljan Foundation and wanted to share it with you.


What are Your Thoughts on Ceramic, Glass-Ceramic, and Enameled Porcelain Cookware?

A recent trend in cookware has involved increased popularity of pots and pans that are sometimes called “ceramic,” sometimes called “glass-ceramic,” and sometimes called “enameled porcelain.” These terms don’t always mean the same thing! We would like to tell you more about these terms and about the nature and safety of this cookware.

Ceramic Cookware

For many years, “ceramic” simply meant “made of clay.” Ceramic cookware was cookware made from various types of clay, various types of soil featuring special mixtures of minerals and elements.

Unglazed clay pots are often still made in this way (from the clay alone). They can make great cookware, provided that the clay is high quality (not contaminated, for example, with unwanted elements like arsenic).

It is also important that unglazed clay pots are fired properly during their manufacturing. One of the important reasons for this is that clays typically contain both aluminum and silicon, elements that are capable of causing health problems when free to migrate from a clay pot into food. But when clay pots are fired properly, a very inert, durable material is formed (through a process called vitrification) and the aluminum and silicon get bonded together into the pot’s structure. They are then no longer free to pass into food.

Please note that not all clay pots (also sometimes referred to as earthenware pots or terra cotta pots) are intended for stovetop cooking owing to temperature sensitivity. Additionally, they will typically crack if they undergo dramatic changes in temperature (for example, being taken from the refrigerator directly into a pre-heated oven).

You will also find many clay pots that have been glazed. Glazes usually consist of glass-like substances that are safe for food contact.

Yet, care does need to be taken when choosing glazed clay pots as there are some materials you will want to avoid. These include the heavy metals lead and cadmium that are sometimes ingredients in glazes. In addition, you will want to avoid certain types of potentially toxic color pigments that are used to color the glaze. Sometimes you will be able to tell that a color pigment is potentially toxic from the name of the pigment itself (like cadmium red or cadmium orange) but most of the time you won’t be able to do so. For this reason, we recommend purchase of glazed clay pots from a reputable source that specifically states the absence of potentially toxic, synthetic pigments (as well as heavy metals) in the glazing of the pot.

Glass-Ceramic Cookware

Today, most cookware that is called “ceramic” no longer consists of clay. The making of ceramic cookware more often begins with the making of glass. There are many different kinds of glass, but most involve a combination of naturally occurring earth materials (including sand, gypsum, soda ash, limestone, and dolomite). Many different minerals are present in this mixture, including calcium, magnesium, sulfur, sodium, carbon, and silicon. Like the aluminum and silicon found in clay, the silicon found in glass might create a health risk for use of glass in cookware were it not for the high-heat manufacturing process that vitrifies the glass. At high heats—for example, 3,000°F (1,649°C)—a stable structure is formed that leaves the silicon bound to other elements and makes the glass safe for food contact.

In the manufacture of ceramic cookware, a second step must take place after this initial creation of glass. Once the glass is formed and cooled, it gets reheated to initiate a process called partial crystallization. This partial crystallization process is what transforms the glass into a ceramic. Chromium, zinc, and titanium are examples of elements that might be added to the reheated glass in order to help control this partial crystallization process. But these elements get solidly bound into the structure of the ceramic and are stable in the material rather than left free to migrate into food. The partial crystallization of ceramic cookware typically makes it far less porous than clay cookware, and also higher in strength. One of the best-known glass-ceramic lines of cookware products in the U.S. is Corning Ware (TM).

Enameled Porcelain Cookware

Porcelain is another type of ceramic material that’s closely related to both clay and glass ceramic. In fact, porcelain often contains kaolinite clay and may also contain glass or glass components, as well as other materials like feldspar or alabaster. Porcelain is fired at high temperatures like clay and glass ceramics, and like those materials, it may be glazed or unglazed.

Porcelain enamel cookware is made by taking porcelain and melting it onto another metal like cast iron, aluminum, or stainless steel. The process used to fuse the two materials together turns the porcelain into an integral component of the cookware rather than merely a “coating.” Porcelain enamel covered aluminum and stainless steel cookware is not as heavy as porcelain enamel covered cast iron, but some people may prefer the “hefty” feel of a porcelain-enameled cast iron. All types of porcelain-enameled cookware can provide safe food contact surfaces provided that the porcelain enamel is not chipped or cracked. (If the porcelain enamel surface is chipped or cracked, whatever material lies below the porcelain coating—for example, aluminum or cast iron—may be able to migrate into the food in small amounts.) For environmental reasons, some people prefer not to make use of aluminum cookware in any way, even though porcelain-covered aluminum prevents direct contact between the aluminum and the food from a health standpoint. Due to environmental issues involved with the commercial mining of iron ore, some people also prefer not to make use of cast iron cookware, whether covered with porcelain enamel or not.

Along with stainless steel, glass, Pyrex (TM), and cast iron, we like this ceramic family of cookware products for use in a healthy WHFoods kitchen. By contrast, we do not recommend use of any synthetic non-stick surfaces – including Teflon (TM)—that include PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) in their composition; any aluminum pots and pans (including anodized aluminum); and any cooking plastics (for example, microwavable plastic containers).


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What do you use to cook with?

The truest statement.  You are what you eat in so many ways.

Choose carefully.

What to do with lemon peels? Don’t toss them; put them to work.

Lemon juice is about 5 to 6 percent citric acid and has a pH level of between 2 and 3. This low pH acidity makes lemon juice a great ally in breaking down rust and mineral stains, but gentle enough to not dull finishes. There is generally sufficient juice left in used lemon halves to tackle small tasks, and it all comes with its own applicator (the rind itself).

Plus, the oil in the peel is perfect for clever culinary applications, and not bad in the beauty department either. Here’s what you can do:


1. Clean greasy messes
Greasy pans? Splattered stove tops? Messy counters? If your kitchen has been the victim of some sloppy sauteing, try using lemon halves before bringing out possibly toxic chemical cleaners. Sprinkle some salt (for abrasion) on a juiced lemon half and rub on the greasy areas, wipe up with a towel. (Be careful using lemon on marble counter tops, or any other surface which may be sensitive to acid).

2. Clean your tea kettle or coffee pot
For mineral deposit build up in your tea kettle, fill the kettle with water, add a handful of thin slices of lemon peel and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and let sit for an hour, drain, and rinse well. For coffee pots, add ice, salt and lemon rinds to the empty pot; swish and swirl for a minute or two, dump, and rinse. Hello, sparkly.

3. Clean your microwave
All it takes is one exploding bowl of food to render the interior of your microwave officially gunked, sometimes gunked with cement-like properties. Rather than using strong chemical cleaners, try this: Add lemon rinds to a microwave-safe bowl filled halfway with water. Cook on high for 5 minutes, allowing the water to boil and the steam to condense on the walls and tops of the oven. Carefully remove the hot bowl and wipe away the mess with a towel.

4. Deodorize the garbage disposal
Use lemon peels to deodorize the garbage disposal (and make your kitchen smell awesome at the same time). It is a great way to finally dispose of spent lemon peels after you have used them for any of these applications.

5. Polish chrome
Mineral deposits on chrome faucets and other tarnished chrome make haste in the presence of lemon–rub with a squeezed lemon half, rinse, and lightly buff with a soft cloth.

6. Polish copper
A halved lemon dipped in salt or baking powder can also be used to brighten copper cookware, as well as brass, chrome, or stainless steel. Dip a juiced lemon half in salt (you also use baking soda or cream of tartar for the salt) and rub on the affected area. Let it stay on for 5 minutes. Then rinse in warm water and polish dry.

7. Clean a stainless steel sink
Use the same method described to polish chrome, applied to any stainless sink.

8. Keep insects out
Many pests abhor the acid in lemon. You can chop of the peels and place them along thresholds, windowsills, and near any cracks or holes where ants or pests may be entering. For other ways to combat pests naturally, see 7 Steps to Chemical-Free Pest Control.

9. Make a scented humidifier
If your home suffers from dry heat in the winter, you can put lemon peels in a pot of water and simmer on the lowest stove-top setting to humidify and scent the air.

10. Refresh cutting boards
Because of lemon’s low pH, it has antibacterial properties that make is a good choice for refreshing cutting boards. After proper disinfecting (see: How to Clean Your Cutting Board) give the surface a rub with a halved lemon, let sit for a few minutes, and rinse.


11. Keep brown sugar soft
If your brown sugar most often turns into brick sugar, try adding some lemon peel (with traces of pulp and pith removed) to help keep it moist and easy to use. (For all recipes using lemon peel, try to use organic lemons–and scrub the peel well to remove any residues and wax.)

12. Make zest
Zest is the best! Zest is simply grated peel, and is the epitome of lemon essence–it can be used fresh, dried, or frozen. If you don’t have an official zester, you can use the smallest size of a box grater. (If you know you will be using lemons for zest, it is easier to grate the zest from the lemon before juicing them.) To dry zest, spread it on a towel and leave out until dried, then store in a jar. To freeze, use a freezer-safe container. Use zest in salads, marinades, baked goods, grain dishes, etc.

13. Make Vegan Lemon Biscotti
Once you’ve made some zest, make these Vegan Lemon Biscotti cookies. De-li-cious!

6 ounces silken tofu
1 cup organic sugar (or try Sucanat)
1/3 cup extra light olive oil
Zest of 2 lemons
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour (you can replace half with whole wheat flour if you like)
1 cup semolina flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375F degrees.

– In a food processor or blender, combine tofu, sugar, oil, zest, lemon juice, and vanilla.
– In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, baking powder, almonds, and salt.
– Stir tofu mixture into flour mixture.
– On an oiled cookie sheet, form dough into two 12-inch long logs.
– Bake for 25 minutes.
– Remove from oven and cool on counter for 15 minutes.
– Reduce oven temperature to 300 F.
– Slice logs into 1/2-inch slices and lay slices flat on ungreased cookie sheets.
– Bake for 40 minutes, turning cookies once after 20 minutes. Additional cooking time may be added for an even crunchier cookie.

14. Make twists
Strips of peel, aka twists, are good in cocktails, sparkling water, and tap water. Use a vegetable peeler to make long strips, or use a knife and cut the peel into long strips, cutting away the white pith which is bitter. These can also be frozen in a freezer-safe container or bag.

15. Make lemon extract powder
Make zest or twists (above) making sure to remove any of the white (bitter) pith–and dry the strips skin-side down on a plate until they’re dried, about 3 or 4 days. Put in a blender (or spice grinder) and pulverize into a powder. Use the powdered peel in place of extract or zest in recipes.

16. Make Lemon Sugar
You can make lemon extract powder (see above) and add it to sugar, or you can use fresh twists, put them in a jar with sugar and let the peel’s oil infuse the sugar.

17. Make Lemon Pepper
Mix lemon extract powder (see above) with freshly cracked pepper.

18. Make Candied Lemon Peel
Orange or grapefruit peel can be candied too. Yum. Candied peels are pretty easy to make, and can be eaten plain, or dipped in melted chocolate, used in cake, cookie, candy, or bread recipes. These recipes for candied citrus and ginger use Sucanat, the most wholesome sugar you can buy.

Candied or Crystallized Citrus Fruit and Ginger
By Annie B. Bond

These beautiful and flavorful confections make very festive homemade gifts. Those who like a low-fat diet tend to be particularly delighted with these fat-free taste sensations.

Mellow yet poignant, candied ginger is a holiday treat that is also renowned for soothing an upset stomach.

1/3 pound fresh ginger root
enough water to cover
1 cup Sucanat (the most whole, organic sugar)

Peel the ginger using a vegetable peeler, or scrape off the skin with a knife. Slice the ginger into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Julienne the slices if desired, or leave coin-shaped. Place the ginger in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the ginger is tender. Drain and cool.

Combine the ginger and sugar in a saucepan, with four tablespoons of water. Bring the mixture slowly to a full boil, stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for 10 minutes (the ginger should become transparent, and the syrup almost boiled away), stirring occasionally. Remove the pan from the heat, and using a slotted spoon, remove the ginger, toss it in a bowl with Sucanat to lightly coat, and place on a drying rack.

The tangy flavor of candied grapefruit peel is particularly unusual and good. A little bit of this candy goes a long way.

2 cups organic grapefruit, orange, lime or lemon peel
1/2 cup Sucanat (the most whole, organic sugar)

Combine the citrus peel and 1 1/2 cups water in a saucepan. Bring the mixture slowly to a full boil, stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Repeat three to four times using fresh water each time. Remove the pan from the heat, and using a slotted spoon, remove the peels. Meanwhile, for each cup of peel make a syrup of 1/4 cup of water to 1/2 cup of sugar. Add peel and boil until all the syrup is absorbed and teh peel is transparent. Toss them in a bowl with Sucanat to lightly coat, and place on a drying rack.


19. Lighten age spots
Many folk remedies suggest using lemon peel to help lighten age spots–apply a small piece to the affected area and leave on for an hour. You can also try one of these 5 natural ways to lighten age spots.

20. Soften dry elbows
Use a half lemon sprinkled with baking soda on elbows, just place your elbow in the lemon and twist the lemon (like you are juicing it) for several minutes. Rinse and dry.

21. Use on your skin
Lemon peels can be very lightly rubbed on your face for a nice skin tonic, then rinse. (And be careful around your eyes.)

22. Make a sugar scrub
Mix 1/2 a cup of sugar with finely chopped lemon peel and enough olive oil to make a paste. Wet your body in the shower, turn off the water and massage sugar mix all over your skin, rinse, be soft! You can also try any of these 5 simple homemade sugar scrubs as well.

Author & Source: Melissa Breyer, care2.com
Shared by: Nutrition Solution Lifestyle -excellent info found there, check them out.

Whats YOUR favorite way to use lemon peel?

We will never forget the lives that were lost

and those families whose lives were changed on 9-11.  

Our freedom should never be taken for granted.  

God Bless America! 

Though cancer can be seen as a very complex illness, it is important to understand that cancer is simply the “symptom” and the tip of the ice berg. For your body to allow cancer cells to take root and multiply, there had to be a weakened immune system, toxicity of many kinds and nutritional deficiencies.

Evidence-based research has shown that there are hundreds of known and effective cancer cures. Here are some very simple protocols that will give you an edge if you are afflicted with cancer.

1. Baking Soda
1 tsp. of baking soda and the juice of 1 organic lemon in 8 ounces of water several times per day is a very easy way to alkalize the body. Cancer cells can’t grow in an alkaline body.

2. Blood Root
Blood root is a perennial plant that contains a plant alkaloid called Sanguinarine. Sanguinarine kills cancer cells only and does not harm your healthy cells. It can be used internally or applied externally in a salve for superficial cancers.

3. Chaga
Chaga is a medicinal mushroom that has been studied in laboratories for many years. It has shown much promise as an immune system modulator and has many anti-cancer properties.

4. Vitamin D
Checking your blood serum Vitamin D levels could help you prevent cancer and speed up your recovery from cancer.

A study conducted in 2006 indicated that lower levels of blood serum Vitamin D were associated with a poorer overall survival rate of post-menopausal breast cancer patients.

5. Essiac Tea
The original formulation of this tea was actually an old Native Indian recipe that had been used for hundreds of years. A Canadian nurse learned about it and started sharing it with some of her cancer patients and she began to see amazing recoveries. The tea, comprised of several anti-cancer and cleansing herbs, can be consumed several times per day.

6. Flax Seeds and cottage cheese
Dr. Johanna Budwig, a German biochemist and physicist, is credited for this healing concoction that has seen a 90 percent success rate spanning over 50 years. The combination of these two foods provides essential fatty acids and lipoproteins that reduce tumors and restore health.

7. Hemp Oil
The cannabinoids in hemp kill cancer cells. Period. And like all other herbal remedies, the plant chemicals do not harm healthy cells. There have been numerous studies conducted with reported beneficial effects on many types of cancers, including breast cancer.

8. Iodine
It is estimated that over 85 percent of the world’s population is iodine deficient. Since estrogen production increases with iodine deficiency, make sure you have your iodine levels tested every year.

9. Melatonin
Melatonin is a powerful breast cancer cell inhibitor. In fact, in laboratory studies, it actually put breast cancer cells to sleep and slowed down the growth by 70percent. Melatonin also counteracts the effects of environmental estrogens.

10. Broccoli Sprouts
While cruciferous vegetables in general have been promoted for their anti-cancer properties, broccoli sprouts are up to 100 times more potent. The sprouts contain Sulforaphane which not only kills cancer cells, but actually suppresses the growth and spread of many types of cancers.

There are literally hundreds of known cancer cures that have saved countless lives. Of course, healing cancer involves healing the body as a whole. Lifestyle and dietary changes are also essential since cancer is just the symptom and NOT the cause. If you know anyone who is afflicted with cancer, please share this information and be a messenger of hope.

Source: Dr. Veronique Desaulniers, naturalnews.com

Have you ever watched the “Secret Millionaire” on ABC?

Either way this Sunday’s episode with our friend Jeff Usner is not to be missed.  Jeff is the guy you would want have as a friend.  He is unpretentious, never braggadocios and exudes silent strength.  What he shares with you today in MY DAILY INSIGHTS Friday Story is how he went from tradgedy to triumph.  What he shares on Sunday night is how he made a difference and you can too.

Watch our friend Jeff Usner as the “Secret Millionaire” on ABC Sunday night at 8pm Central.



My “Secret Millionaire” Story

By Jeff Usner

Ever feel beat up and down and out? That was me not too long ago. It was only a few years ago, I was at the greatest point of despair in my life. I was drowning in close to $300,000 in debt, struggling in my business, working long, endless hours away from my family, I lost my son James. I even had a stroke and almost died. I was terrified and stressed out how I would put food on the table for my family.

Yet, here I am today, a multi millionaire, and set to give away $100,000’s on ABC’s Secret Millionaire, airing this Sunday, July 15 7/8 et.

How does this happen and why would I go on a national TV show?

An act of God is my first answer.

After that, I finally figured out a simple system to make money on the Internet. I used that to become debt free within 8 months, and within 18 months a millionaire.

When ABC first approached me about being on the show, I was very hesitant about the opportunity. In fact, at one point in the interviewing process, I turned them down, only to get a phone call a few weeks later telling me they really wanted my story on their network.

I didn’t want to go on the show because I like to live my life “under the radar”. I live a very simple life, and most of my family and friends don’t even know how well we do financially. So to open up and expose my entire family, not just to friends, but to millions of people on national TV… well, there’s an element of uncertainty that comes with putting your face and story out there.

But, I decided to do it anyway. Why?

I know many people are hurting right now in our country. I know there are many people who are where I was, or even worse. And, these people often wonder…

Can it get any better? How will I find a way out? Is there hope?

So I shared our story on TV to inspire people to keep going. To breakthrough. To keep pushing forward. To keep believing.

Even if you are on the mat, feeling like you are taking a beating, there are better times coming. Focus on the good things in front of you. Speak life over them. Life and death are in the power of the tongue, so use your words wisely.

Tune into the show. Let it inspire you. Learn from the amazing heroes on the show. I served three amazing organizations during that week. Each is making a huge difference. Each has been down and out. Each is helping people “get back up and fight.”

Be a part of it. Don’t only watch it. Share it with friends. Share this story. They will thank you and you will make a difference.

Jeff Usner



To learn more about Jeff and to learn how he did it. Go get his new book, “Internet Millionaire, Your Blueprint to Succeed”, for free. In this book Jeff outlines everything he did to from despair and struggles to earning millions and appearing on ABC’s Secret Millionaire: Get the Book free: www.JeffsFreeBook.com

I learned a few things from 2010 and put them into action!

FIRST – Bring a change of shoes because 8+ hours on your feet walking around on cobblestone is not easy!  You need a tote to bring your sandals in and your shoes out of Churchill Downs.

SECORD – Bring a tote because you will be bringing all the commemorative glasses from those Lilies and Mint Juleps!  But as it happened I used my tote this year for my sandals, my mother-in-laws sandals and the rain gear for 4 people!  The glasses ended up in the plastic bags that came with the souvenirs I purchased.   Just a little re-shuffle and it was all good and I was glad to have had the tote!

I did see several ladies wearing beach looking flip flops, carrying their shoes.  This did NOT look sophisticated or lady-like at all.  Why spend all that money on a great hat and ensemble to only look like you came from a tag sale.  Think ahead ladies.  It’s not as hard as you think.

This year we were not going to The Kentucky Oaks race so I wanted to wear my Pink hat to the Derby and didn’t want to wear a black dress again.  I could not find a dress to match the unusual shade of pink so I recycled my White and Black Derby Hat and bought an all white dress.  An all white dress was a big switch for me!

Everything I wore this year was more white than black with a touch of red on my small handbag.  Here are the elements of my 2012 Derby Ensemble

HAT  – recycled from 2010 just added a few feathers that I picked up at Dee’s in Louisville.  Here I am with Vic’s mom.  She was born on Derby Day in Louisville and her doctor raced to the Derby after he deliver her.  This year the Derby fell on her birthday again and is the reason we returned with her and PapaJohn.

DRESS – Lace Embroidered White Dress from Cache’.

SHOULDER BAG – I learned the last time we went to The Derby,  that this size is great for your personal items but nothing else.  I call it my “Run For The Roses” Derby purse!   Actually it is my Mary Frances “Love Affair” beaded bag.  But this year I added my tote bag too.

Tote – To carry my theme I found a Dooney Burke White and Black tote that I knew I would use again and again and it looked great with the entire outfit.  The whites were WHITE in all of my elements.  Which is pictured at the top of this post.

SHOE –  Could not believe it when I saw these shoes online.  I ordered them and they arrived the day before we left.  It they didn’t fit or didn’t really work …  I would of had to resort to a black pair of shoes.  Whew!  They worked.   Found them on ShiekhShoes.com  Super Cute.  They tie at the side with ribbon.  No buckles.

Now even though these pictures make it look as if the whites are a different color, they are not.  Believe me I saw a few Black and White hats being worn with cream or off white at The Derby.  It looked awful.   So my suggestion to you is make sure your whites work together or use another solid color as the accent.

Another reason I mention the whites is because I actual saw my dress on another lady.  As I saw her passing me I said “GREAT taste”.  To which she smiled and said yes!  She had on a gorgeous hat too.  After the Derby I was online and found a picture of her … you see it’s all about the hat.  Then I looked closely and she was carrying a cream colored purse not pure white.  Ladies you’ve heard “the devil is in the details”.  Well it’s true.  It the whites don’t match chose a different color or find the accessory that does match.  Here is the picture.  But don’t you LOVE that hat!

With two Derby’s under my belt, I just have to share my favorite Derby Hat … one that I did not see in person … only online later.  But I love it.  It was worn my Miss America, Laura Kaeppeler this year.

What are your thoughts on Derby Hats?


The saying “you don’t know what you don’t know” is true.  But once you do know you can do something about it.

The same rings true when it comes to The Kentucky Derby.  Obviously a girl needs a great hat and an outfit as well.  Since I had been to the Derby in 2010 I knew a few tidbits that helped me for our return this year and I added a few for any future Derby  attendance.


You will be drinking Lillies or Mint Julips.  They come in souviner glasses.  You are paying for them and won’t want to throw them away.  So if you are carrying a cute little dinner bag you are in trouble.  Not to say you can’t do that too, but bring a tote.  If you want to be fashionable choose one that coordinates with your Derby outfit.  Picture a worn out beach bag with your Derby Hat and Dress … got the picture?  Don’t do it!  Spend the time and the money to do it right.  So this year I bought a Dooney Burke Tote bag that went with my black and white theme.  I knew that I would use it over and over again so it was a great addition to my Derby ensemble.


Yes, you will be in cute shoes, but if you haven’t broken them in your feet will be screaming at you.  There is a lot of walking.   There is no drop off at the door even if you are in a limo or have VIP parking.  You will be walking a couple of blocks at best to get to Churchill Downs.  So in your tote back, you should have a change of shoes … to CUTE sandals.  I will say that if they are super cute and coordinate with your dress and hat you can get away with it from the get go.  I did see a few and it really works when done right.

This year I saw lots of flip-flops.  HORRIBLE.  I am talking: ”let me grab my beach flip flops and wear them with my Derby ensemble because they are comfy”.  That had to be the worst thing I have ever seen.  Would you wear flip-flops with a cocktail dress or your Sunday Easter Dress?  I think not!

If you are spending the money on a great hat and dress then find a great sandal that will be comfortable all day.  By the end of the day we saw lots of ladies carrying their shoes around.  Hello?  If you brought a change of shoes, bring a tote.

This year I did bring a cute pair of white and silver flat sandals and changed half way thru the Derby after I had walked the entire venue looking for my size in the Derby t-shirt that I wanted.  Obviously it was the hottest t-shirt as they were sold out everywhere by Derby Day.   I had my sandals tucked in my Tote Bag along with Martha’s change of shoes too.


Since no umbrellas are allowed inside Churchill Downs, be sure to pack your Rain Poncho and Rain Hat Protector in your Tote bag.  The one thing you don’t want to be is soggy wet or have the rain ruin your expensive hat.   Since rain was in the forecast we trekked all over town to get our gear.  Of course we were prepared and it didn’t rain on Derby Day.   Note to self:  bring your rain gear with you in your suitcase.


I learned this year that the iPhone is great but not when you do want to take pictures of Derby hats.  Depending on where the light source is the flash will not work and you will have shadows with a light background.  So pack your camera and an extra battery so you are prepared.  So this year I didn’t have as many Derby Hat pictures because all I brought was my iPhone.


When it is muggy and the breeze isn’t blowing you will wish you had a fan.  Of course I have one in my suitcase that I have never used!  It folds up nice and neat and would fit in the tote bag or your small clutch too.


If you are really far away or generally want a close up view, invest in a great pair of small lightweight binoculars.  You will use it for me events than you think.


While this list is specific to my Derby experience, it could easily be used as a guideline for any event you may be going to with similar event specifics.  I know for me, I will have a few of these in my suitcase or in my travel drawer that has items needed for travel.  It is always a pain to realize you didn’t bring the fanny pack for hiking, skiing or shopping without a purse in a foreign country.

So gather your “event” items or travel items and place them in a drawer so you will have them available as a reminder as you pack.  If some of those items are used elsewhere, make a list and print it out and place it as a reminder in that drawer.  I now have a travel list on my iPhone that I can refer too before I pack of the things I wish I hadn’t forgotten to pack for my trip.

Happy Travels … and I hope The Derby is on your Bucket List!