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Welcome to Mixing Up Midlife, a weekly show for women in their 50's and beyond who want to explore this incredible age by being more adventurous and more curious. 
Each week Terri and Melissa talk about what matters most to empty-nesters and mid-life women.
Part reality show, part audio diary and part cocktail hour, this show is about remembering how to have fun in midlife.

Leave us a review if you enjoyed the podcast. As always, thanks for listening to Mixing Up Midlife, a podcast for women over 50 who are adventurous, curious and want to have fun.

Dec 15, 2023

It's the annual holiday episode! Today we're sharing what makes our holidays special and we're sharing some of our past podcast episodes, especially the ones that could help you with your holiday shopping! From books and skincare products to eco-friendly stocking stuffers and unique travel experiences, there's something for everyone!

We also touch on topics like solo travel, sustainable lifestyle changes, and support for female entrepreneurs. We hope you are celebrating the season by creating joy for yourself and pursuing what makes you happy.


00:00 Introduction and Welcome

00:16 Reflecting on the Podcast's Journey

00:51 Holiday Planning and Traditions

01:44 Discussing Favorite Holiday Movies

03:59 Holiday Decorations and Personal Preferences

07:55 Real vs. Fake Christmas Trees

08:58 Highlighting Past Podcast Guests and Their Products

09:53 Skincare Talk and Product Reviews

12:58 Promoting Sustainable Living Through Stocking Stuffers

13:43 Switching to Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergents

14:21 Exploring Different Types of Washing Machines

15:11 Using Natural Pellets for Clothes Washing

15:46 Gift Ideas: Eco-Friendly Household Items

16:33 Choosing Useful and Appreciated Gifts

17:20 Wine and Champagne Recommendations

19:03 Book Recommendations and Where to Buy Them

21:20 Traveling Solo and Finding Accommodation

21:57 Working with a Travel Advisor for Unique Experiences

24:35 Buying a House in Italy: A Unique Adventure

27:28 Reflecting on the Year and Spreading Love

28:33 Wrapping Up the Holiday Gift Guide



Scrooge 1970 musical

Joel Wood on TikTok  



The Skintessa Amy Wall and Timelight Beauty Skincare system  Episode 173

Mala Zero Waste Store Episode 160

Marilee Bramhall Iola Wine Episode 186

The Reading List episode 149

Lessons In Chemistry episode 157

Anatomy of A Story John Truby, Episode 176

Katherine Leamy Dare to Travel Solo episode 154  

Sue-Anne Mayne Sister Stay episode 119

Pat Ogle Collins Expedition Travel Episode 163.

The Amateurs Abroad Buying a Home in Sicily episode 168


Clean People Laundry Sheets


00:00 Introduction and Welcome

00:16 Reflecting on the Podcast's Journey

00:51 The Importance of Planning for Holidays

01:49 Holiday Movie Discussion: Love Actually

03:07 Favorite Holiday Movies

07:52 Holiday Decorations: Real vs. Fake Trees

08:58 Holiday Gift Ideas from Podcast Guests

09:53 Skincare Talk: Products and Routines

12:58 Reducing Waste: Eco-friendly Stocking Stuffers

13:43 Switching to Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergents

14:21 Exploring Different Types of Washing Machines

15:11 Using Natural Pellets for Clothes Washing

15:46 Gift Ideas: Eco-Friendly Household Items

16:33 Choosing Useful and Appreciated Gifts

17:20 Discussing Wine and Champagne from Iola Wines

18:21 The Importance of Supporting Female Winemakers

18:57 Book Recommendations and the Idea of a Book Club

20:05 Exploring the Idea of Buying Pre-Read Books as Gifts

21:20 Traveling Solo and Using Sister Stay

21:57 Working with a Travel Advisor for Unique Experiences

24:35 Considering Buying a House in Italy

27:28 Reflecting on the Year and Spreading Love

28:33 Wrapping Up the Holiday Gift Guide