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The Silly Season

  We all know an Ebenezer Scrooge –   the main character from the movie A Chistmas Carol, who is a bitter miserly old man who doesn’t believe in Christmas.  It appears that this time of year can bring out the worst in some people and a lot of “whingeing and whining” ensues.  I saw a…

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By 50 Shades, December 21, 2012 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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Why are Women so Bitchy?

We all know that we can’t get on with everyone due to personality traits and cultural or religious differences.  But what I can’t understand is why women burn one another so viciously and without conscious?  Aren’t we letting down the sisterhood on some level? Shouldn’t we all be banding together for the better good of…

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By 50 Shades, December 19, 2012 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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MEN-0-PAUSE

  Have you ever noticed that a lot words that tend to give us women some bother start with “men”.  Words like: Men-ace – meaning being pestered Men-dacity – untruthfulness (as in “honey I had to work late”) Men-struation – otherwise known as the “curse” Men-tal – not of sane mind (need I say anymore!)…

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By 50 Shades, December 17, 2012 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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The Travelling Oldies

    Have you noticed that everyone is travelling more and more these days? And I don’t mean the “Grey Nomads” in their caravans, but the 50 somethings that are taking off to overseas destinations like Europe, Africa or Canada. It seems to have gone almost viral! Even my Book Club, where we meet once…

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By 50 Shades, December 14, 2012 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!

What’s Good for You

  Increasingly we see in the media foods that are good for us. One day it is strawberries and the next it is bananas. There is so much confusion about what we should be eating because it changes so frequently. I remember when butter was no good for you so we all rushed out to…

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By 50 Shades, December 12, 2012 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!

Creating Good Female Role Models

It is refreshing to watch TV these days and find that women are being portrayed as strong intelligent independent characters rather than the wishy washy ones of years gone by. Increasingly the writers of TV series are incorporating some good female leads into their scripts. Just to name a few that come to mind: Alicia…

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By 50 Shades, December 5, 2012 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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The Boomerangs

    I watched the movie years ago titled Failure to Launch starring the very sexy Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker and thought to myself how unrealistic the storyline was. However now that I have 2 children over the age of 21 years, I am starting to see the similarities of the character in…

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By 50 Shades, December 1, 2012 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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Am I Losing My Marbles?

  We were recently away on a weekend with friends and started discussing good movies we have seen in the past couple  of months. The conversation went something like this, “we saw this great movie a couple of weeks ago called ummmmmmmmmm. God, I can’t think of the name of it. It had whatshisname in…

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By 50 Shades, November 27, 2012 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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WAS I EVER ME?

My mum said to me the other day that during her early married life with my father she was trying to be someone she wasn’t. When I asked her what she was trying to be, she replied “like your Dad’s sisters”, (my four paternal aunts).  In other words, a fabulous cook, housewife and mother who was immaculately groomed…

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By 50 Shades, November 26, 2012 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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The Invisible Age

    My girlfriends and I very often feel like we are invisible, undesirable objects who have no further use to society. Have you ever tried to get a decent job after the age of 50, particularly when you have spent the last 20 years juggling the demands of being a wife and mother and…

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By 50 Shades, November 25, 2012 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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