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A True Story of Midlife RE-creation: Eva Niewiadomski, Ranch Czarina at Catalyst Ranch

By Anne-Marie Kovacs, Chief Wife

Don’t you love a good personal reinvention story? They are always inspiring to me, because when we’re young, we think we’ve figured it all out. Until we realize that we haven’t. That usually doesn’t come until years of unsatisfying experiences in the job market. But, the courageous ones among us do reinvent themselves and sometimes do it through their…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on July 23, 2013 at 12:37am — No Comments

The Succulent Wife Since 2007: A Look Back

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It was in 2007 when The Succulent Wives came to be a blog. Looking back we are amazed on the plethora of topics that we have written about over the years. Some were poignant, some funny and many we had completely forgotten about. As our blog has grown, so has our readership and because of that, we want to share the ones that, to this day, are still our favorites.…
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Added by The Succulent Wife on July 10, 2013 at 6:42pm — No Comments

Recipe: Savory Watermelon & Feta Salad ~ A Fabulous Combo

By Anne-Marie Kovacs, Chief Wife

 The Succulent Wife is proud to be a program ambassador working with HumanaVitality®. By integrating rewards with healthy behaviors, HumanaVitality provides the tools and support necessary to help Humana members live healthier lives and furthers Humana’s Dream to Help People Achieve Lifelong Well-BeingSM. For more information about…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on July 8, 2013 at 9:23pm — No Comments

Clever Find: B A N D E D Headbands That Absolutely Won’t Slip

By Anne-Marie Kovacs, Chief Wife

Banded Hairband 2 I have finally – FI-NAH-LY – found a headband that stays put, exactly where I want it and won’t slip, ride up my head, hurt behing my ears and/or give me a headache. First World problems, I know. But I know that many of you sympathize…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on July 6, 2013 at 2:47am — No Comments

Outdoor Entertaining – Keeping It Cool

By Audrey van Petegem, Chief Editor

Keeping it Cool 2 July 4th weekend is the official sign of backyard BBQs, …

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Added by The Succulent Wife on July 4, 2013 at 7:16am — No Comments

Are There Hot Dogs in Belgium?

By Susan Keats, Contributor & Seize-the-Day Propagandist

Hindsight Tips For Your Traveling Future and a Side of Fries

The stuff was yellow. It was dripping, slowly, down the shoulder strap of my small pack which contained my passport, my money, my camera.

I hadn’t noticed the stuff, (was it mustard?) except for a nice gentleman…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on June 29, 2013 at 3:19am — No Comments

The Succulent Wife Since 2007: A Look Back

By Audrey van Petegem, Chief Editor

It was in 2007 when The Succulent Wives came to be a blog. Looking back we are amazed on the plethora of topics that we have written about over the years. Some were poignant, some funny and many we had completely forgotten about. As our blog has grown, so has our readership and because of that, we want to share the ones that, to this day, are still…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on June 27, 2013 at 7:26pm — No Comments

Making Your Dreams Come True – The Plan

By Carol Cassara – Contributor & Midlife Wrangler

Once you know what your dream is and that, in fact, …

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Added by The Succulent Wife on June 21, 2013 at 8:45pm — No Comments

The Succulent Wife Since 2007: A Look Back

It was in 2007 when The Succulent Wives came to be a blog. Looking back we are amazed on the plethora of topics that we have written about over the years.  Some were poignant, some funny and many we had completely forgotten about. As our blog has grown, so has our readership and because of that, we want to share the ones that, to this day, are still our favorites. The one below was originally posted in 2009 (where has the time gone) and I still make this salad…
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Added by The Succulent Wife on June 19, 2013 at 6:02pm — No Comments

CLEVER FIND: Red Cups Living – It’s not just a cup. It’s a lifestyle.™

By Audrey van Petegem, Chief Editor

Good weather is the sign to break out the lawn chairs and invite friends and family over. A time to knock back a few cold ones and give a toast to good friends, good weather and good drinks! I am sure we all have those large red plastic cups in our cupboard, because you never know when people will just stop by when the weather turns warm.…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on June 16, 2013 at 5:55am — No Comments

For the Father Who Loves his Beer – Unique Bottle Openers

By Audrey van Petegem, Chief Editor



Being a wine lover and having written several articles about this favorite pastime of mine (with one being on Wine Successories), I see how fanatic self-proclaimed sommeliers can be. However, now that I am occasionally trying out new craft beers…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on June 15, 2013 at 7:02am — No Comments

7 Things This Boomer Wants to Tell Shoe Companies

By Anne-Marie Kovacs, Chief Wife

Like most women, I love shoes. Shoes make – or break – the outfit. Shoes are faithful. They will always fit and remain the same size no matter the size fluctuations in other areas of your wardrobe. Belts especially.

Whole fairy tales are written about shoes and endless numbers of Pinterest boards are dedicated to shoes. I know I’m not…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on June 14, 2013 at 8:38am — No Comments

Friends Do Not Need to Know You Drink Box Wine – Boxxle

By Audrey van Petegem, Chief Editor

In case you did not know this about me, I enjoy my wine. My husband and I have wine, good wine, with every dinner. Initially, we snubbed box wine. Let’s face it, box wine has a stigma of being cheap stuff.

Box wine is slowly loBoxxle Better Wine Box sing its bad…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on June 13, 2013 at 7:03am — No Comments

Friends Do Not Need to Know You Drink Box Wine – Boxxle

By Audrey van Petegem, Chief Editor

In case you did not know this about me, I enjoy my wine. My husband and I have wine, good wine, with every dinner. Initially, we snubbed box wine. Let’s face it, box wine has a stigma of being cheap stuff.

Box wine is slowly loBoxxle Better Wine Box sing its bad…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on June 13, 2013 at 7:03am — No Comments

Eat Your Veggies! Beyond Potatoes, Peas and Carrots

By Anne-Marie Kovacs, Chief Wife & By Audrey van Petegem, Chief Editor

 The Succulent Wife is proud to be a program ambassador working with HumanaVitality®. By integrating rewards with healthy behaviors, HumanaVitality provides the tools and support necessary to help Humana…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on June 12, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Eat Your Veggies! Beyond Potatoes, Peas and Carrots

By Anne-Marie Kovacs, Chief Wife & By Audrey van Petegem, Chief Editor

 The Succulent Wife is proud to be a program ambassador working with HumanaVitality®. By integrating rewards with healthy behaviors, HumanaVitality provides the tools and support necessary to help Humana…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on June 12, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Defining My Own Beauty Now That I’m Fifty

By Audrey van Petegem, Chief Editor

As I recently delved into all sorts of questions regarding oh… little things such as the dichotomy of  love & desire in my marriage and the …

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Added by The Succulent Wife on June 11, 2013 at 5:44am — No Comments

Fish Face for Father’s Day?

By Anne-Marie Kovacs, Chief Wife

Take a look at this adorable booth from an exhibitor at the Chicago Gift Market:

Fish Face Market booth

I know that such a clever booth would have caught your attention as…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on June 10, 2013 at 6:45am — No Comments

Making Your Dreams Come True

By Carol Cassara – Contributor & Midlife Wrangler

We’re the first generation to hit middle age (and official “senior” status) that knows we’re going to live longer—and healthier.  And that means we still have at least another 20 years to make our dreams come true.

Julia Child, Gandhi, Dr. Ruth, and authors Laura Ingalls Wilder and Frank McCourt were all late…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on June 9, 2013 at 6:48am — No Comments

It is All About the Hair – B’iota Botanicals

By Audrey van Petegem, Chief Editor

Recently, I wrote an article about feeling beautiful as I age. In the article I included …

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Added by The Succulent Wife on June 8, 2013 at 6:49am — No Comments

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