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Meet MaryJo


Hi, my name is MaryJo. I live in a quiet little Western New York town, once named the safest place in America, and currently on the Money Magazine Best Places to Live in Every State list.



I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend. I’m also a  “dog mom” to my aging beagle and anxiety-ridden papipoo.



Two of my three children have grown and flown the coop, and are now living several time zones away. The last chickadee is dorming at college. I do still have my dogs living at home…at least until they decide to leave, too.



I love to cook and share my recipes. I am obsessed with all things 1970’s, especially the music. I am a die-hard fan of the Buffalo Bills (go ahead, make your jokes, I’m sure I’ve heard them all before). If I could be anywhere, doing anything, I’d choose to be on a beach reading a book by day, and jumping around at a rock concert at night.



While blogging is fairly new to me, I have had a presence on the web since 1996. Back then, I was creating a website with a weekly Classic Rock music trivia game. Since the internet was still in its infancy, you had to actually know the answers to my questions because Google didn’t even exist yet!

Last year, I celebrated my 50th birthday and 30th wedding anniversary, two pretty big milestones. It was a perfect opportunity to take a look at where I am and where I’d like to be.



Midlife seemed to have crept up on me. I knew my peers felt the same way, so I took courses to become a certified life coach to help other women transition smoothly into and through midlife.



My intention with Cool Bean Living is to write about things important to myself and others regarding a positive mindset and wellness as we age. I also want to share my love of cooking with my ever-growing recipe section.



Take a look around. Learn. Eat. Comment. I’d love to hear from you. And please, join me on my journey…