These 9 things made my Over 40 life easier!

I am SO ready for the New Year! 2016 has been a tough one and I am already smelling the winds of change in the air! Bring it. However, before I shut the door completely on 2016, I want to tell you about some things that actually DID make my over 40 life better this year. It doesn’t seem right to close out the year without sharing them with you.

Women Over 40

Lash Extensions

I wrote about these here and I still stand behind these beauties. I can never go back to lash curlers and mascara. Imagine, waking up to long lush lashes every day and never having to curl them or ever apply mascara again! These were a mega discovery for me this year. I am hopelessly addicted.

Lash Extensions for Over 40: things that made life easier

Lash extensions for Over 40.


Living in Colorado, this is a big one. The air out here is super dry with over 300 days of sunshine a year! This makes it a completely awesome place to live, but a completely terrible place for your dry skin. After searching high and low, I have been using this moisturizer from Paris all year. It is rich and luxurious and a tiny little bit goes a long way, which means the price tag isn’t as bad as it seems. It actually gives my over 40- dry skin, a “plumped up” look. I love it. If you are in the US, it can only be purchased here, at Ayla.

Lycoconfort by Bio Recept

by Biorecept. Photo by

Laura Mercier Photo Edition Foundation

I sang the praises of this find, here. It is heavily pigmented and silky, so a little goes a long way. One tube has lasted me the whole year, and even my cat rarely sees me without make-up, so thats saying something. It is formulated to reflect light,which really makes your skin look more youthful and radiant. So unless you have someone willing to follow you around with a photo-light reflector, I would highly suggest Laura Mercier Silk Creme Moisturizing Photo Edition Foundation – Ecru for over 40 foundation.

Laura Mercier for over 40

Photo at laura Mercier Photo Edition Foundation

Clip-in Hair Extensions

My name is Melissa, I am over 40 and some days I just want long hair. That’s really all there is to it. Some days, long, flowing locks are exactly what is called for. Real, human hair, clip in extensions are easy to use and look completely natural when matched to your hair color. Want long hair today? By god, you can have it. Oh, what a time to be alive! Shop for my favorite hair extensions here: Clip-In Hair Extensions

Hair Extensions over 40; made life easier in 2016

Hair Extensions! Because some days you just want long hair.

New Ways to Get Cash!

You can get the details here, but I was able to save enough to buy an airline ticket this year, just using these methods. Enough said.

Asymmetrical Hemlines

The fashion gods shined down on those of us over 40 in 2016, by allowing for soft, stretchy leggings and long asymmetrical hem lines on shirts, sweaters and tees. Pairing them with practically any shoe or boot you’d like to style them with! In a pair of flats, I felt like I was cheating and wearing my pajamas out. Oh, let us revel in this while it lasts. Favorite, affordable sweaters, here –> Women’s Bp. Cozy V-Neck Sweater,. And favorite leggings, hands down here–> Women’s Zella Live In High Waist Leggings.

things that made life easier in 2016

The asymmetrical hemline. It’s a yes.


Warby Parker

Yep. Over 40. It was time. 2016 was the year I HAD to get reading glasses. My grown children were beginning to snicker at me as I would try to extend my arm far enough to actually read something. Ah well, 20/20 my whole life. It was good run. But Warby Parker is ah-mazing.They have a try-on at home service so you can pick out your frames and have them sent to your house for free, while you drive your husband and everyone you know crazy pick out your perfect frames. Thereby making reading glasses, a new accessory and not so terrible! Shop their Home Try-On program.

Warby Parker made life easier in 2016

Warby Parker at-home try-on

Chicken Enchiladas

My friend Barbie made this for us one night and everyone loved it. Then Barbie, being the good person that she is, told me how incredibly easy this meal was to make and passed me the recipe. This super fast, super easy recipe is a life saver on those nights when you are struck with the “oh-good-lord-it’s-late-whats-for-dinner” fear. And because hungry family members aren’t very nice, there is this recipe.  It’s fast. It’s easy. It’s good. It has made my over 40 life easier on several occasions.


Sure- why not? Get a puppy. Get a BIG puppy. While I am not sure Winston has made life EASIER……he has definitely made it better a thousand times over. We love our big lug.

Saint Bernard Puppy: things that made life easier in 2016

Our saint puppy, Winston definitely made 2016 better!

How was your 2016? Did you find anything great this year that made your life easier? I’d love to hear about it! Thanks so much for reading, following, sharing and commenting!



You may also like to read about Bloggers Over 40 who make every day easier.

Or about Self Care Over 40.

#Saturdaysharelinkup at Not Dressed as Lamb




Melissa is an unrepentant shoe hoarder who is obsessed with travel, wine, good food and her family. (Not necessarily in that order!)

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  1. Laney
    December 30, 2016 / 1:46 pm

    I realized the other day that I think about my eyes more now, as an *coughOVER40cough* person, than I ever have before. I do wear make-up every day, but it is only recently that I have started wearing mascara every day. I might try those lash extensions.

    And since I am always on the lookout for a better moisturizer, I will have to try the Ayla brand now. I am a sucker for anything Frawnch. 😉

    • melissa
      December 30, 2016 / 5:51 pm

      Laney, beware the lash extensions are completely addicting. They make a huge difference. And who couldn’t use a lash nap every so often? Amazing stuff. Enjoy!

  2. December 30, 2016 / 5:41 pm

    Moisturizer is the key! Great post x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 

    • melissa
      December 30, 2016 / 5:49 pm

      Thanks Jessica !

  3. Camille Hurst
    December 31, 2016 / 2:37 pm

    Thanks for the post. This was very helpful to me. I just joined ebates and ordered the foundation from Sephora. May I ask where you get the clip in extensions? Anemia has thinned my hair out so much. I’d like to add back some volume while it recovers. I’ve toyed with getting actual extensions but they are so spendy. Thanks. friend.

    • melissa
      December 31, 2016 / 4:36 pm

      Camille, thanks for reading and for the compliment! You won’t regret Ebates or the foundation! If you have medium to fine textured hair, you can head down to your local beauty supply store and pick up a set of real, human hair extensions for about $100(check for sales and coupons). You can match them as close as possible to your hair color. If you can’t find an exact match, you can take the shade you like to your stylist and have her color your hair to match perfectly. they are GREAT for adding volume! I plan to do some posts on how I wear mine in the future,because I do get quite a few questions about that. Let me know how you like them!

  4. June 16, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    I love your blog. I just found it on Saturday Share. I tried to post on your other post but it didn’t go through. I hope this one does. Anyway, I am now following you on Bloglovin. Peace!
    Cheryl Tucker

    • melissa
      June 16, 2017 / 2:47 pm

      Cheryl, thanks so much for the comment and the follow! I’ll get you back- I love your blog as well. Your outfits are very relatable to me. Living out west, the fashion is different than when I was on the east coast. I love the way you style things… laid back and easy. Nice to “meet” you on the blogsphere!

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