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Welcome, I’m so glad you stopped by.  Everyday Zing is a lifestyle blog dedicated to sharing of ideas, products, advice, information and fun.  I am married to my high school crush, a mom to three wonderful sons, a cute-as-can-be labradoodle, and a sweet grandson. This blog is to share bits and pieces of information that I have found along the way that might be helpful or of interest to you, your family and friends. I have found the most interesting things I have learned in life have come from other people recommending or reading and researching travel and wellness information, or I just plain happened upon it.   

I will share information locally in my own backyard of Frisco, Texas and my work-home of Irving, Texas, the DFW area and nationally. I am obsessed with travel and finding new places and out of the way sites. I have good friends who own their own business, and I am here to spread their message and get the word out on the products and businesses they have a passion for. I will spotlight them and share their products with some freebies too.  I am always scouting out new fashion trends that are affordable and not too outrageous,  for example, I can’t wear miniskirts and halter tops anymore, but I can rock a pair of high boots and leather jacket.  Other topics will include money and budgeting, recipes I have found – don’t worry, I’ll share success and failures. Occasionally, I may share my opinion on subjects and while I am not an expert on any given topic, I can share what I have experienced. 

Thanks again for visiting Everyday Zing and I love to spread a little zing into life every day!!  

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Body & Soul

The Secret to Younger Skin is No Secret

Unfortunately, there is no fountain of youth, pill or special formula to keep your skin looking and feeling younger. But, the good news is …. It’s pretty simple, really – Exfoliate, Collagen and Moisture are key. For your body: In the shower I use Olay Firming Body Wash with Vitamin B3 and Collagen. You can find it at Target or most drug stores. It is lightweight and leaves my skin so silky. I use an exfoliating glove to rub it in and as a lubricant for shaving my legs and underarms. It is definitely a lifesaver in the winter months, when my skin is super dry on my legs from wearing tights and boots. Have you seen those ads for crepe skin and special gels and lotions? All you really need is a good firming body lotion. Nivea Nourishing Skin Firming lotion is a good option. It has Vitamin C and Q10 that improves your skin elasticity, it’s quick to absorb in your skin and moisturizes up to 48 hours. Q10 acts as a strong antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals that cause the signs of aging. I use it on my legs and arms right after I shower and it leaves your skin silky smooth. There is also a gel cream option, if you prefer gel.  For your face: Again, moisturize and when you think you have enough, do it again!! There are all kinds of facial moisturizers out there. It really depends on your skin-type: oily, dry or both. I have super dry skin and I guess that is another thing that comes with age!! I use Lancomé products and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. Lancomé has a wide variety of creams, gels and potions depending on your skincare concern. It is on the expensive side, but I have learned as I get older that quality matters in many things. When trying a new product from Lancomé, I usually wait until they have a free gift to offer with purchase or purchase on QVC when they have specials. Neutrogena is available at most drug stores, Target and Ulta. The Water Gel is so cooling on my skin and glides on perfectly, leaving a fresh and calm feeling. Aveeno Calm + Restore Oat Gel Moisturizer is a great alternative if you have sensitive skin. It is fragrance-free in a lightweight gel formula that provides lasting moisture. It is also available almost anywhere you can buy beauty products. I will post about my Daily and Nightly skincare routines on a separate post. So moisturize up – let your face soak it in. Lancome: https://www.lancome-usa.com/skincare/ For every inch of you:  Collagen. It’s a little overwhelming the many different ways to get collagen in your daily routine and the many different brands and kinds of collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body (about 1/3) and helps build your bones, skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. It’s like glue that keeps everything together. Type I collagen is the type that provides structure to those things, Type II supports muscle and organs, Type III supports muscles and organs, and Type IV helps filter the layers of your skin. Of course —- SURPRISE, as you age, your body produces less and lower quality collagen. I am keeping it simple with Vital Protein Chocolate Collagen powder (available at Costco, Walmart or Sprouts). I put a scoop in my morning coffee (so delicious), or in a protein shake during the day. There are other flavors, but I am partial to anything chocolate. Here is a good medical article on the benefits of collagen: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/262881 And finally: Water, water, water. H2O and plenty of it!! I don’t know about you, but I hate drinking water, and I especially hate drinking lots of it. I am an iced tea drinker from the Midwest/South and only just started drinking coffee a couple of years ago. Now, everyone from my esthetician to nutrition experts are telling us to drink an average of 67% of our body weight each day!! That is a lot of water, and you will feel like you are killing yourself to get it down when you first try to drink that much. I have a trick to help me …. I buy 33.3 oz bottles of water and try and drink three of those a day. I pound one down in the morning, one mid-afternoon and one at night with dinner. I reward myself with some iced tea somewhere in the day. I will say, however, I do notice a difference in my skin – it’s smoother and I can tell the difference. Flip side of this, you will be going to the bathroom all the time! It goes in and it comes out. So, I guess that’s why they say it helps with your digestion. So.. to keep it simple – for the basic skincare and health benefits, use a firming moisturizer on your body, abundantly moisturize your face day/night, add some collagen and drink tons of water. You’ll be glowing in no time. In the meantime, go out and spread some zing!!

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Decor Galore

Live Life in Full Bloom

I love each season and Spring is no exception. I’m tired of the colder days, and fewer daylight hours. The birds are singing, flowers are being planted, trees are budding and there is a renewal spirit in the air. Nature brings the message that there truly is a circle of life. I opted this year to go minimalistic with décor for my Spring decorations. White on white with a splash of green. The Luminara flameless candle that placed on my mantle flickers and gives off a smoothing glow. I love this brand, but they can be expensive. I will link the candle below and other less expensive options as well.  Bunnies are adorable and have quite the personality. I had two bunnies as pets when I was growing up and they definitely had personality. Peter Rabbit and Fluffy were both white bunnies. I guess that’s one reason I always gravitate toward any bunny decoration.  Peonies and Hydrangea are some of my ultimate favorite flowers. I buy the artificial blooms in bulk at Hobby Lobby or Amazon and cut the stems with a small wire cutter (borrowed from my husband’s toolbox) to the length needed for each placement. I think the white and green added a subtle touch of beauty. Keeping with the white on white theme I dressed up a large white platter with white ceramic pitchers and an old-time white glass milk bottle with swing top. The glass milk jug was from our local grocery store for chocolate milk. I bought it for my husband to drink, knowing I could use it for decoration afterward – yep, always thinking!  To spruce up the arrangement, I added some artificial flowers. I’m having fun with my letter board – probably too much fun. I am trying to change up the saying with the season and having a blast looking up quotes to use that are unique. I have had the white porcelain birds and tea light holder forever, so not sure where I bought them. All my glass vases are from Hobby Lobby, as well as the artificial greenery. I go a little crazy when they have a 50% off sale on floral.  There you have it – easy, fun, simple and minimal Spring décor. Hope you love Spring for the new life it brings.  Have fun playing with décor ideas, colors and mixing the old with the new.  Just for kicks: Google “fun bunny décor” – you’ll be surprised the cuteness it brings. Until next time, go out and spread some zing!!

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Favorite Places & Spaces

Start The Day With Breaky

What?? Yes, I live in Texas – Frisco, Texas to be exact, which is a suburb north of Dallas. I have discovered lately a sweet Australian café in Frisco – Aussie Grind.  It is such a fun place with delightful décor, extensive coffee creations and delicious breakfast – or breaky – and lunch.  Owners Angie and Lui are super cool and so welcoming.   It isn’t your normal café. They are serving delightfully different plates with robust flavor and beautifully presented.  I started my day with an almond milk Cappuccino with 2 pumps of sugar free vanilla.  To my surprise it was handed to me with an artist touch of design in the milk on top. They have a wide variety of coffee drinks, milks and syrups – since I am on a sugar free diet, my choice was limited. There are freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, milkshakes and a wide variety of brewed teas.    Breaky items are so unique and delicious. For example, Mushroom stack on polenta with arugula and candied bacon, Avo Smash (avocado) on sourdough with danish feta cheese, baby arugula and beet whipped cream cheese, House Made Granola. The French Toast is not your everyday dish – oh no – this FT is thick cut challah break with napoleon ice cream, berry compote and chocolate sauce. YUM!! The Hotcakes are served with vanilla ice cream, fairy floss (cotton candy), maple syrup and berry compote. Love the fairy floss!! There are more omelets, breakfast sandwiches (the croissants and fantastic and buttery), eggs your way, etc. You get the picture ….  And then there is lunch, which is served all day. Prawn Linguine, Fish ‘n Chips, and an Angus patty burger that you can get “Aussiefy” with a fried egg, beetroot and pineapple.  Go ahead – try it and take a bite slowly and discover all the flavors.  As if your mouth isn’t watering already, yes there is dessert and homemade treats. What?? YES, there are alcoholic beverages or “grog” – beer, wine and cocktails.  The kiddos get their own menu as well with all-time favorites taken to a new level. Fairy Bread that is fresh sourdough bread with butter and sprinkles. What kid, or adult for that matter, doesn’t love sprinkles!!  What?? Yes, I live in Texas – Frisco, Texas to be exact, which is a suburb north of Dallas. I have discovered lately a sweet Australian café in Frisco – Aussie Grind.  It is such a fun place with delightful décor, extensive coffee creations and delicious breakfast – or breaky – and lunch.  Owners Angie and Lui are super cool and so welcoming.   It isn’t your normal café. They are serving delightfully different plates with robust flavor and beautifully presented.  I started my day with an almond milk Cappuccino with 2 pumps of sugar free vanilla.  To my surprise it was handed to me with an artist touch of design in the milk on top. They have a wide variety of coffee drinks, milks and syrups – since I am on a sugar free diet, my choice was limited. There are freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, milkshakes and a wide variety of brewed teas.    Breaky items are so unique and delicious. For example, Mushroom stack on polenta with arugula and candied bacon, Avo Smash (avocado) on sourdough with danish feta cheese, baby arugula and beet whipped cream cheese, House Made Granola. The French Toast is not your everyday dish – oh no – this FT is thick cut challah break with napoleon ice cream, berry compote and chocolate sauce. YUM!! The Hotcakes are served with vanilla ice cream, fairy floss (cotton candy), maple syrup and berry compote. Love the fairy floss!! There are more omelets, breakfast sandwiches (the croissants and fantastic and buttery), eggs your way, etc. You get the picture, right?? ….  And then there is lunch, which is served all day. Prawn Linguine, Fish ‘n Chips, and an Angus patty burger that you can get “Aussiefy” with a fried egg, beetroot and pineapple.  Go ahead – try it and take a bite slowly and discover all the flavors.  As if your mouth isn’t watering already, yes there is dessert and homemade treats. What?? YES, there are alcoholic beverages or “grog” – beer, wine and cocktails.  The kiddos get their own menu as well with all-time favorites taken to a new level. Fairy Bread that is fresh sourdough bread with butter and sprinkles. What kid, or adult for that matter, doesn’t love sprinkles!!  So, when I tell you to visit Aussie Grind in Frisco, it is a must.  They are located at 3930 Preston Rod, Suite 120 and open Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you are in a hurry you can call ahead and pick up your order to go at 469-428-0966.   Please check then out and tell them you saw it on Everyday Zing!!    And then there is lunch, which is served all day. Prawn Linguine, Fish ‘n Chips, and an Angus patty burger that you can get “Aussiefy” with a fried egg, beetroot and pineapple.  Go ahead – try it and take a bite slowly and discover all the flavors.  As if your mouth isn’t watering already, yes there is dessert and homemade treats. What?? YES, there are alcoholic beverages or “grog” – beer, wine and cocktails.  The kiddos get their own menu as well with all-time favorites taken to a new level. Fairy Bread that is fresh sourdough bread with butter and sprinkles. What kid, or adult for that matter, doesn’t love sprinkles!!  So, when I tell you to visit Aussie Grind in Frisco, it is a must.  They are located at 3930 Preston Rod, Suite 120 and open Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you are in a hurry you can call ahead and pick up your order to go at 469-428-0966.   Please check then out and tell them you saw it on Everyday Zing!!    Aussie Grind in Frisco, Texas

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