I am Christina McDermott.

My intention for this space is to serve as inspiration and community to us as women, at this middle point of our lives, where we are not just managing, but we are thriving.

Life is beautiful. Live each day with passion and purpose.

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My Ossobuco with Creamy Polenta

My Ossobuco with Creamy Polenta

I love comfort food.  There is something about a hearty slow-cooked meal that just soothes me right to my soul.  Hearty does not necessarily have to be unhealthy so I've adapted these recipes to suit my preferences.  Both of these recipes are super easy and especially...

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The key to success is to start before you’re ready 

Marie Forleo
All Dressed Up and Nowhere To Go

New Year’s Eve 2019.

I was okay with nowhere to go. For the first time, I was perfectly fine at home by myself. No plans. No company.

Instead I sat with . . .

2020 Fashion Accessory of the Year

Different colours, different fabrics, different fit.  I do like to coordinate with what I’m wearing but more importantly I want to wear a clean mask.  That’s why I have one for each day.

Movement Matters Most at Middle of Life
If you have been active all of your life then you are likely sailing into this time of your life...
What Is Sexy?

I think for me it is something . . . . . . It has a lot to do with feeling confident and feeling beautiful. All of it comes from what is inside of you.

Garden Tomato Pasta Sauce

I was shown this way of making pasta sauce by an Italian friend ages ago.  She made it frequently and I remember remarking to her that making sauce was so much work.  She laughed and said watch this. 

Reading: The Next Chapter by Debbie Travis
Do you remember Debbie Travis? In the late 80's/90's she introduced North America to faux painting...
Your Easy Fall To-Do List
Fall here on the Pacific Northwest typically comes in gradually.  Temperatures start dropping with...
Do You Have a Signature Fragrance?

I have always loved fragrance.

In my garden, I plant the most fragrant roses and jasmine. I love the smell of fresh cut grass and walking through the woods after a fresh rain. In my home, I like to burn a natural lavender or tuberose candle; it evokes

Spring has Sprung
Spring is a wonderful time for renewal. I spent the afternoon in the garden yesterday taking...
Spring’s Fashion Staple
The one thing that every wardrobe needs for Spring is a Trench Coat. Whether to protect yourself...

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