You Couldn’t Wait Until They Moved Out! Now, You’re Moving In With Them!!

We asked whether you’d move in with your adult children, and got the best answers yet, hands down, to any question we’ve asked during the last few months. Check out Deborah’s response. Funny lady.

A few of you also told us what it’s like to be the “kid” and move in with YOUR parents. Ladies, you’re the best. We love you!

“Oh heavens no. Almost everything that they were taught at home, they tossed out the window.”
Vickey Kilde-Goeden

“My mother is on social security and the cost of living is more than she can handle. She now lives with me and I am glad. I’m single.  My children are grown and married. I have 1/4 acre and a 1,500-square foot home. We keep each other company, and I know she’s safe.  I gave her the master bedroom with its own entry, so it’s like a studio apartment.  We both have become closer and more respectful to each other’s privacy. I’m glad I asked her.”
Marina Chavez

“Research says loneliness is as bad for your health as smoking. I’ve lived through both. But it was the loneliness that nearly killed me. Had my daughter lived closer, I probably would be in my own home. But I moved 1,500 miles to live with her. It’s working good. And now I not only have my daughter, I’ve made several new friends.”
Glenda Trammel


Make The Great Outdoors Even Greater

I can’t wait till my first real backyard is renovated next month, and I can enjoy the great outdoors.

I have no idea what furniture to buy (some of it is a small fortune), but I’ve done my research, and selected the smaller items that should make outdoor entertaining easy, fun, and comfortable.

The grill set would make a great Father’s Day gift, too!

Everything is available at We’ve linked each item if you want to learn more about it.

Melamine dinnerware that looks every bit as beautiful as the real thing, but won’t chip, scratch or break. Dinner and salad plates, plus bowls, in happy mix-and-match  colors. Stop using crummy paper plates, and start serving in real style. 
No matter how fancy you are, it’s best to keep real glassware inside. Serve everything from iced tea to beer in these sensational looking, 16-ounce acrylic tumblers. They have great clarity, and  just enough color to give beverages a cool reception.
Disposable flatware may be fine for a kid’s birthday party, but bring out the ‘good stuff’ when you entertain outdoors. Besides, you’ll have this sturdy, and reasonably priced, stainless steel set for years. Colorful plastic handles bring life to your summer soirees.

Could You Fall For A Much Younger Man?

When we asked on Facebook whether you could fall for a man 25 years younger (like 64-year-old Brigitte Macron, the wife of the new 39-year-old president of France), we were amazed (and delighted) by the big response. The post received almost 42,000 views, and 250 women weighed in. While many FOFs said “no way,” others weren’t quite so definitive. We love Melanie’s comment!

I taught my son to love with his heart, and to be open minded. Race, religion, same sex, disability don’t matter. Loving the person you’re with, that’s something to explore. And being happy is a treasure. I’d hope I could think the same way.”
Priscilla Witt

Guys date/marry much younger women and no one blinks. I say, good for her! Next.”
Barbara Winslow

“No. I was married to someone for over 32 years, together for over 33, who was five years younger, and there were always subtle differences, throughout our years together. In the end, I think it made a difference, to him.  

“I could not fathom being with someone who could be my son. About all you would have in common is sex. And that only goes so far.”
Jan Nielsen (more…)

Making Sense Of Social Security Benefits

Debbie was ready to claim her social security benefits, which she estimated would be $900 a month. She was relying on the money to help her pay the bills. Then she learned two critical facts: 1.) She was entitled to benefits as a divorced spouse whose former husband she’d been married to at least 10 years, and 2.) She qualified for even higher benefits because her ex had died.

Turns out, Debbie’s new monthly benefits would exceed $2,000! She never dreamed her former marriage would bring her such good news.

Paul wanted to start taking his social security benefits when he was 62.  He had worked long and hard, he thought, and he felt he “deserved” to get the benefits as soon as possible. When he learned that his decision to claim for social security early would negatively impact his wife Laura’s benefits if he died first, it didn’t seem to phase him a bit. “She’ll have her own benefits,” he scoffed. His wife was not pleased. (more…)

When Was The Last Time You Felt In Danger?

“When the danger is great, one must not run away.”

Pope Benedict XVI

“Danger is sauce for prayers.”

Benjamin Franklin

Whether you agree with Pope Benedict, and face peril head on, or talk to a higher power when you’re in jeopardy, danger is an undeniable fact of life. Except if you’re Mavis. What a lucky lady!

Three weeks ago I had an allergic reaction to a medication. I felt as if I were having a stroke or heart attack. I thought I was possibly dying. All I could think of was my 16- year-old daughter and how much I love her. What would she do without me?  I was afraid I would die in front of her.

“My husband called 911 and off to the ER we went. I was eventually ok thank God-amen. However, that experience was frightening and I’m so grateful and blessed to be ok.”
Cindy Anelante


10 Things You Must Tell Your Children Before They Move Out On Their Own

At last, your “child” is moving out of your house, into his own place, and you can’t wait to be enveloped in peace and quiet. Not so fast! Unless you arm him with some practical advice before he’s out the door, chances are he’ll be back at your door sooner than you think.

1. Leave an extra set of keys with us (because we know how forgetful you can be).

2. Don’t use a stepladder unless someone is there to spot you.


The Game-Changing Mother’s Day Gift Of 2017

Just in time for Mother’s Day — we are excited to discover a new way to stay in touch with your aging mom, who may not be so good with modern technology.

FabOverFifty has partnered with ViewClix so you can share photos and enjoy authentic face-to-face time with your mother (and father), especially if they live out of town.

“My parents lived 3000 miles away. I remember trying to Skype with them and send them photos online. I tried everything, but they had a really difficult time understanding the technology,” says creator Rob Ranck. “I knew there had to be an easier way to ‘see them’ and share photos from family gatherings, which they could not attend.” So Rob used his invaluable years of technical experience at Intel and AT&T to create an innovative device which lets aging loved ones view digital photos that you and other tech-savvy family members send to it through your Apple or Android smart phones, tablets or PCs.  


Win A $500 Gift Card For A Lilla P Shopping Spree!

You’re in love the moment you touch a piece in the Lilla P apparel collection.

Doesn’t matter whether it’s a perfect, short-sleeved white tee, a boyfriend style shirt, or a swingy A-line dress. It all feels incredibly soft, and you can’t wait to try it on. Once you do, you’re more in love than ever, because every silhouette is shaped to flatter every body, whether you’re 35 or 65!

Pauline shows her v-neck tee, in a luscious blue. It has just enough sleeve coverage, back seam detailing, and a rounded hemline. The fabric is Pima cotton and Modal slub.

“My 24-year-old niece and my 82-year-old mother both love the clothes,” said Pauline Sokol Nakios, who launched the brand in 1998, with a single crew neck tee in one size and five colors. Almost two decades later, the Lilla P label defines a “comfortable, casual, wearable, and cross-generational” line of irresistible signature tees, as well as sweaters, shirts and skirts, pants and dresses.

FabOverFifty showed a few of Lilla P’s tops five years ago, and ever since, the company has been developing a great many fans from our community, Pauline told me.


As a great big thank you, she’s offering one lucky FOF a $500 Lilla P gift card. All you have to do to enter is take a stroll on the wonderful Lilla P site, and tell us, in the comments section below, the name of at least one piece you’d love to own.


But first, don’t miss the interview I did with talented, delightful, and energetic Pauline.


Heels: To Wear, Or Not To Wear, That Is The Question

Bring up the subject of wearing heels, and women respond as if you’re starting a debate about religion or politics. They have a lot to say for and against the practice. Here are some of our favorite positions, on both sides of the issue!

“Never. After a lifetime of having to dress up for my job, when I left to become self employed, I threw away all my heels and panty hose. And my back and my toes thank me every day.”

Mary Tracy Hollifield

“When I wanna feel SEXY!”

Wendy G. Lax-Bryant

“High heels? Never. Have you ever seen an X-ray of feet in high heels/stilettos? You’d never wear them again. LOL I do wear a lower heel though if an occasion calls for it.”

Debbie Summers

“Never. Women look utterly ridiculous teetering around in them. And OLD women who wear them to try to look young appear as ridiculous as a bald old guy with a comb-over.”

Donna Dee


Be Honest, Do You Have A Favorite Child?

When we asked if you have a ‘favorite’ child, many of you diplomatically said they’re all your favorites. Destiny offered the cleverest answer of all! And Patti’s definitely was insightful.

“I have a favorite. It changes all the time. But yes. LOL”
Destiny Walser Head
“I would like to say, ‘I hope not,’  but I think some do. Each of mine is my favorite for different reasons; be it in their accomplishments, or because of their heart. I love them equally and am blessed to call them, ‘MINE’.”
Paulette Greyn

“Calling a child a favorite has no bearing on the amount of love you feel for all your children. I love all four of my children equally, it’s limitless. I am, however, closest to my second oldest. We just have a stronger bond. As simple as that.”
Geri Show-Gilbert