Lifestyle Building Blocks for Success

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About Us and About Lifestyle Building Blocks

Come and find some building blocks to make a positive impact in your life’s journey, your lifestyle

Building your lifestyle one block at a time.

Providing motivation to reach your potential in the context of a balanced lifestyle. Do you have a desire to feel fulfilled, energetic, loved and appreciated.? Let this be the kick-start to make your lifestyle dreams become reality.

Lifestyle building is a combination of body, mind and spirit, in tune and optimized to reach our God given potential.

It does not matter what our age, we all have a built in desire to feel fulfilled, energetic, loved and appreciated.

To reach our potential it is necessary that we make the right lifestyle choices.  They are your choices, what is right for you as an individual.

To make the right choices it helps to be open to educate yourself. It would seem for the most part that the days are gone where a family doctor had your best interests at heart. Even government agencies don’t always make decisions that are the best for the individual, they have other agendas that govern their decisions.

That leaves the responsibility for your best lifestyle choices up to you. Here at 60-TheNew40 we want to provide some building blocks that will help you to make wise lifestyle choices.

Some of the topics that we cover are general health issues, wise food choices, exercise, general mental health and motivation. Then we have some good budget tips and some wonderful Budget Healthy recipes.

We want to encourage living in the now making the most of this day, this minute. Having a positive view of this phase of life that we are in now. Making the choice to be happy now. Yes, things are not perfect now and the hope is that they will get better, but if you wait until things are better it is so easy to want them even better and so it goes on. Be thankful for how far you have come and make a choice to be happy in it.

Allowing ourselves to dream and set goals and to be excited about the future

With an attitude of thankfulness it is healthy to dream, imagine and set goals and to be excited about the future. Nobody invented anything without first imagining it, so allow yourself to dream.

Lifestyle building blocks for success

…has come about as a result of our experiences and what my husband and I are going through as we live the second half of our lives. We often say, ‘let’s make the second half even better than the first!’

A little about ourselves

We have two grown children, a son and a daughter.Our youngest son died when he was just four years old. We have two grandsons who we are very proud of and who are a credit to their parents.

We have for several years now been challenging ourselves to live outside the box and our own comfort zones. Consciously resisting many of the stereotype negatives  that  society sometimes imposes upon people.

Having spent much of our lives in non profit organizations without a substantial income we have learned some ways to make a little go further, we share some of those tips.

This blog reflects some of our past and present journey and the thoughts, lessons and attitudes that we are learning along the way.  We would love you to join us and share some of your journey and learning as you exercise your choices – building blocks for your lifestyle.

We want to take action to keep our minds and bodies healthy. Consciously taking responsibility for our health and lifestyle. We are created for a purpose and there is no higher purpose than to worship our creator and in that we find fulfillment for our body, mind and spirit.

Together on our journey

Together on our journey


The content of this website is information and opinions and does not constitute professional advice. You will see advertisements on these pages and in some cases we may acquire small commissions when the ads are clicked on or when certain products are bought. These commissions aid us in the cost of running this site. Any product reviews are on products that we personally use and would recommend.







Not another energy bill !!

This e-book is free to those who subscribe (click on the book). We just need your first name and email.

Not another energy bill !! is an e-book filled with practical tips to keep power bills manageable. Why give unnecessary dollars to the power company when you could use those dollars on other productive projects for your family.

It is really quite easy to save on power once you get into the habit of following these tips. We all know that cooking can use a lot of power as a bonus in this e-book we have included some healthy energy saving recipes. They are delicious, I hope you enjoy them too.

We are excited that you are here, Just click on the book to go to the form

Below is from our account. Our daily usage 5.84 kWh the average for a couple in our area 13.98 kWh

 Electricity bill


Well managed finance is a building block to enhance your lifestyle.

Running Sheet for Lifestyle building blocks for success

Wednesday update, 7th January, 2015

All ready it feels like this year is rushing along towards February, so it is time to get back to the work of making this a helpful site, one where you can find building blocks for life’s journey.  Patrick has been writing and doing a Book review of  Deep Magic, Dragons &Talking Mice by Alister McGrath it is an insightful analysis of the writings of C.S Lewis. I know Patrick really enjoyed reading it, anyway take a look at the review.  Reading can be so stimulating and healthy for our minds. It helps us to keep learning and to keep relevant and feeling younger longer.  The Book Reviews are under the Interests tab at the top

Wednesday update14th January, 2015

I am sure that we ate too much over the holiday season. If it helps, we do try and walk most days. We are fortunate to have a beautiful beach that we love to walk on and take in the fresh air. We had some left over Turkey in the freezer so we made up such a tasty meal with it. We called it Leftovers became Luscious, you might enjoy it too. It does not have to be turkey, I am sure it would be just as nice with chicken.

We published another recipe that we have tried several times, Quinoa Meatloaf. This has been one of the most popular recipes so far.  I think meatloaf is such a family favorite, it is easy and quick to prepare and vegetables can hide if the children are not into vegetables yet. We used a method that takes only half the normal oven time, making it very budget friendly. Quinoa use is so popular recently. Those who have to watch inflammation like joint pain etc. substitute it for grain products.

We started this site with the 10 secrets for feeling younger longer, we had done 9 of them some time back. We were not sure how to tackle #10, so it stayed in draft form for a long time waiting for some light to shine on it. Well at last I am happy to say that #10 is done.

Also I wrote a post for LuvitJewelry on the jewelry worn on the red carpet at the Golden Globes, 2015. It was interesting to see trends change. Earrings tended to be longer and although there were a couple of beautiful and expensive necklaces, very few stars wore a necklace. That is just a couple of the observations. Check it out here if you are interested.

We added another recipe that I had made many years ago. I found it in an old recipe book of my mothers. Today we made it and posted it in the Budget Healthy Recipe section. It is a salad set in gelatine and it makes a very attractive dish and leaves plenty of room for the cook to be creative.

It has been very hot today and hard to get into doing too much at all. I had several blog parties to go to. This is where bloggers get together and show their creative crafts or recipes or motivational and/or spiritual encouragement posts. It helps to get to know others from around the world with the same type of interests. Anyone can go and see the posts, you will find some of them listed here.

Wednesday Update, 21st January, 2015

This has been a busy week and very humid so a little hard to work sometimes.

There is a new recipe under the Budget tab at the top. This one is a gingersnap log cake.  So easy to make and tastes so good.My friend came and kindly gave me 1 doz. eggs from her farm, I made her a coffee and gave her a generous slice of this gingersnap log cake. I think she was impressed when she jokingly asked if she bought me another dozen eggs tomorrow could she have some more cake.

Also a cupcake recipe with a chocolate and raspberry centre.

Patrick did another book review called Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy. 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time. This is a most helpful book.

Wednesday 4th February, 2015

I am asking the same question as everyone else, “Where did January go.?” So here we are into February.

We added some awesome recipes, a very stunning looking pavlova, I did cheat and buy the base for it in the store. That saved me a heap of time. I must say it tasted very moreish.  Our faithful clock that had traveled with us to the last three homes that we have lived in, decided to call it a day. I think you will love my DIY re-purposing of this clock, you can find it under the Budget $ Tab.

Wednesday 4th March, 2015

Are we actively adding building blocks to enhance our lifestyle? This month we have been thinking a lot about how diet has an impact on our lifestyle. Join the conversation here on the post ‘Health tips’Gluten free tiramisu ready to eat We wowed everyone with our recipe for gluten free Tiramisu, I think you will love it too.

We did a post on how to safely change a pages name or URL without too much SEO or traffic damage. You will find this topic under the tab Interests.


Wednesday 1st of April

During April we were excited to start hosting a weekly Blog Party where other blogs come and present their best posts. The post that is clicked on the most is given a special featured spot at the next party. We are loving hosting this party as it is designed to help others and to encourage bloggers to help each other.

Our favorite recipe for April was the Gluten Free Date and Walnut loaf. Date and walnut mini log
Egg and Bacon Pie |quinoa crustThis Egg and Bacon Pie was quite popular also.


We have also been writing some Posts to help those starting out in blogging. These posts have been much appreciated.

One of the posts was a discussion on ‘Is Blog Commenting Valuable‘. The question was, Is it valuable or a time waster?  There was some very good discussion on the post.

Wednesday 6th May 2015

Our favorite recipe for May was Lamb backstrap with herbs

Lamb backstrap with herbs Another popular post in May was Photography tips for the blogger on a budget.

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