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OLLY and L-Theanine: Benefits, Risks, Sources, and Dosage

Sometimes it just happens when I have alot on my mind and the thoughts are thrumming through my brain and I can neither quiet them nor tuck them into a compartment. The mind chatters incessantly and I wake each morning exhausted. Normally, I'm pretty chill and believe that whatever sleep I get is enough but these past few weeks have tested me and I've been pooped. I asked a friend who is going through some tough stuff how she was sleeping and she told me that she sleeps just fine. Her cocktail of choice is a gummy and melotonin. My last visit to Boston I tried to find those gummies but couldn't so on I popped into Whole Foods and asked about sleep supplements with melatonin.  I was shown the many shelves and many options of sleep aids and selected one that I knew nothing about but it was a gummy and I mostly understood the ingredients.  It's been a game changer....
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BA50 Loves These Comfort And Styling Flip Flops and Wedge Sandals For Summer 2022

There are only two types of footwear that make my feet happy these days and those are winter boots and sandals. So here we are in sandal season and I couldn't be happier with the selections of comfort and look. The colors are vibrant and even the fanciest Prada have gone slightly Birk.  Take a look at these offerings and freshen up your closet and put a spring in your step....
Intermittent Fasting: Transformational Technique | Cynthia Thurlow | TEDxGreenville

Healthy Aging with Intermittent Fasting: Transformational Technique | Cynthia Thurlow

So here's what you need to know about Intermittent Fasting: Breakfast being the most important meal of the day is wrong; It is more important when you eat than what you eat; Exercise more and eat less doesn’t work. Calorie counting doesn’t work. Healthy aging is all about Intermittent Fasting.  Listen to this Ted Talk by Cynthia Thurlow and see if this is for you....
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Oscar Worthy Emma Thompson: Sex After 60 and Body Acceptance in Leo Grande

Last night my husband and I were mesmerized by Emma Thompson's performance as Nancy, a 63 year old retired schoolteacher and widow who has never had an orgasm in the new Hulu film GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE ... Nancy hires Leo Grande, a much-younger sex worker (Daryl McCormack) for a series of encounters in a hotel room. We meet her in the hotel room as she nervously awaits her first encounter and from that moment we watch Nancy find her way sexually and emotionally at this later stage of life. There is so much to discuss about this film and I recommend every BA50 see it. What was most remarkable about the film.......
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Caire Cosmetics Hyaluronic Acid Products…What We Need To Know and Why Caire?

Celeste Lee, Co-Founder of Caire Cosmetics and I had a coffee the other day in NYC. We laughed and brainstormed for almost 2 hours about Betterafter50 women and Caire's mission of providing consciously created skincare to empower women.  Celeste is one of us -- she walks the walk. I love these products and have the face mask and serum.  They are onto something big in terms of their formula using Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid is like a glass of water for your face. It’s a molecule that works to draw + lock in moisture, supports elasticity, and boosts overall collagen production in your skin. In this way, Hyaluronic Acid contributes to a youthful complexion that looks plump, smooth, and filled....

My New Trick For Turning The Dreaded Unpacking And Clothes Purging Job Into Joy

I cannot look at another suitcase. Finally 2 weeks of packing and unpacking we are finally settled into our island home for the next 5 months and excited to be here. But, the transition was brutal. I seemed to have developed packing narcolepsy. If it's not a "thing" it should be. Too much to do and no gusto to do it makes me sleepy. My 4 day window to get it all done was crammed into 2 days. Exhausted, somehow the prize was the  4 hour road trip to the ferry and then the crossing . It was a delicious passage and I cherished the limbo. But, as we pulled up to our house, the thought of lugging the suitcases and unpacking seemed even more brutal -- so I didn't do it. I just left those bags and once again I was happily snoozing pretending that this was perfectly fine behavior. "Hey honey, I tripped over your shoe bin on the way to the bathroom and I was thinking, those suitcases haven't seen any action ... what's going on?" "No worries, I'll get to it -- the Celtics are on tonight so maybe I will do it then."...
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5 Reasons You Are Drinking Water the Wrong Way And How To Fix For Maximum Hydration

Drink more water! That's what we are told for maximum health and hydration but it turns out we may be drinking water the wrong way. Here's 5 reasons we are drinking water the wrong way and how to fix it. You may be diluting the ability to digest food which creates bloating. (Watch for what is better). Drinking /gulping water too fast can flush nutrients out. (Better way is to sip slower ) Drinking chilled water....nope not ok! It can shrink the blood vessels and can solidify fats and increase joint pain. Drinking too much water. This excess can backfire. Bad for sodium and brain cells. Drinking water in standing position is bad for the kidneys. Learn how much water to drink, and when to drink and other pearls from this video that has over 9 million views....
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Oil Pulling For Skin Detox and A Cure For Everything

"I took the call on my cell. “I have the next big thing for you,“ my friend informed me.  “It’s big,” she said, “and it’s fantastic.  There’s already a Facebook page on it.  Everyone is talking about it.  Oil pulling. Have you heard of it?” “Huh?”  I responded.  I had never heard of oil pulling. Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique and has incredible health benefits. Ronna wrote about this years ago but we wanted to remind everyone as we remove our masks and move into the world, that this is a great practice to free up our immune system and help with weight loss and over all health (including tooth aches).. Watch this you tube video which has over 1.5 million views and learn how to detox the skin. It's simple and takes just a few minutes a ...

Featured on Relationship Thursday

Are You Married? Stop Saying These Things to Me about Dating

There’s a scene in the Sex in the City reboot, And Just Like That, where Carrie and her new, career-driven, 50+, single friend, Seema talk about dating. Carrie says, “I think it’s great that you’re still putting yourself out there.” Ugh. Seema points out the insensitivity by saying, “you found the love of your life and had him for many years. And in my eyes, that is something worth still putting myself out there.” Like Seema, since my divorce, well-meaning but oblivious married friends and family say things that make me want to say, “f##k off.”...
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Relationship Therapy: 6 Best Apps to Strengthen Sexual Relationships And More

According to People.com ....Dating apps are de rigueur for finding potential partners now, but using apps once you're in a relationship hasn't been quite as commonplace. Usually, we'd be thrilled about that — more face time, less FaceTime, please — but then came 2020. Dr. Britney Blair, a clinical psychologist and co-founder of sexual wellness app Lover, isn’t surprised by the transition. “Everything is digitized, and especially [during the pandemic] it saves you a trip to the doctor’s office,” says Blair, who adds, “Sex therapy, especially, can be time-consuming and expensive.” Read more on People.com...

Confessions of a People-Pleasing Addict From Trauma Therapist Rythea Lee

Giving up the addiction of people-pleasing creates a crisis. Severe childhood trauma cannot be stuffed forever, can it? Not in my case.My entire sense of self is undergoing a massive renovation and the new look is ugly. My Father was so violent, my Mother so absent, that I was born a workaholic. Watch, listen, and learn; that took every bit of my brain power. I did not let down. Did not rest. Did not “get to know myself.” I got to know them endlessly, and that was my very best strategy. It wasn’t just about observation; it was also about fixing the problem. ...

I Want a Dating Refund From Match.com

“I haven’t met too many women who I want to see again. But you…” he  wiggled his stubby little forefinger across the white cafe table..”you are special.” It could have been a Crossing Delancey moment, except he was not the dashing Pickle Man and I was no Amy Irving.  While I do dream about her curls and that cowboy hat, he was my exceedingly schleppy Match.com date and I was me. “You are a nice guy but I’m not sure there is a fit here for us.“ I said with unusual bravado. I was really trying to save time....

Featured on Fashion Friday

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12 Flattering, Light & Sexy Blouses For Summer

These free flowing tops will flatter your figure and keep your tummy covered for a slimming look. Whether you're running errands in town or hosting friends at the house for dinner, these tops are effortlessly trendy and allow for maximum comfort and ease. These sun loving styles are essential to up your style despite the heat. Get into our casual, cute, comfortable and versatile picks for cool tops on the hottest of days this season!...