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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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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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Join Me At Women’s Travel Wisdom in October

I'm incredibly inspired and thrilled to have met Doni Belau founder of Women's Guide to Paris and Beyond and creator of  The Women's Travel Wisdom Retreat   Doni's passion and mission is about women and community and she has been in the women's travel business since 2009, with over 40 trips for women all over the world. This October I am excited to be joining an incredible roster of speakers and will be leading a Journey Writing Workshop For Healing and Creative Expression. I am hoping some of you can come. Please click below to meet Doni and learn about her incredible work. My favorite line in this interview is at the closing. Doni truly walks the walk ...
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Plantar Fasciitis Stretches & Exercises – Ask Doctor Jo

When I got Plantar Fasciitis a few years back my.  heel was killing me, my foot hurt alot and I could barely walk.  I wrote about the remedies that were circulating among the medical professionals and I do believe a combination of several of them worked and I swore to never buy that brand of golf shoe that I believe caused it ever again! The pain in our feet can really put a hault to our mobility and it doesn't usually just go away. We need to address it! If you have Plantar F. you know how painful this can be and how hard it is to just walk. We love what Dr. Jo has to say about this painful foot issue. Dr. Jo shows us how to stretch out our Fascia. Listen and watch Dr Jo and we hope you get some relief from your Plantar Fasciitis....
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BA50 Recommends: Oprah’s Super Soul Podcast Interview With Arthur Brooks…Strength to Strength

BA50 LOVES Oprah's Super Soul Podcast and on April 6th  Oprah talked to Harvard Professor, social scientist and author Arthur Brooks about his #1 New York Times bestselling new book, From Strength to Strength: Finding Happiness and Success at Every Stage of Life.   This podcast is truly the perfect gift of advice and insights and inspiration for BA50s. We learn about the key to happiness in the context of our priorities: faith, family, real friends and service. We learn that no matter what stage of life you are with this mindset and commitment comes greater happiness which is really relevant for those of us who are empty nested and looking for meaning at this stage. I particularly love the way Brooks embraces difficult situations. He says that every 5 years we have life quakes and these are the moments that create the most meaning. Most people spend too much time trying to avoid unpleasant choices but in fact this is where we do our best learning and growing....

Girlfriends and Seth Rogan Doppelgänger To The Rescue…Finding Gratitude Amidst a Mess

There's a reason my husbands and friends nicknamed me Lucy. Seems I'm always getting into the damnedest messes. But, I do Love Lucy because she has a way of laughing her way out of a crisis. So here's my latest mess. Human error is a thing. Procrastination is a thing.....It turns out almost every single person woman on that text chain, all 9 out of 12,  had a link to an expediter. There's glorious comfort in a group of women who share the same screw-ups and can laugh about it and support each other. The only one doing the shaming was me.  God I love these women! Well, you can get almost anything done if your willing to pay in this world.  This error was going to cost me.  ...
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Why People Love To Gossip

Here's an interesting twist on gossip. Listen here to a talk by William von Hippel on London Real about how people create coalitions through gossip and a means to control the behavior of others.Von Hippel talks about the genesis of how humans have learned to use gossip as control. This 5 minute psychology expose is gives insight on why people love to gossip. We know we shouldn't but we do. People do it for many reasons. He says:...
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4 Answers To the Question… Why This Night/Year in 2022 Is Different Than All Other Nights and Years?

This year's seder table conversation should be a showstopper.  When, "Why Is This Night Different From All Other Nights" is asked 4 times at our seder table the answers will surely be what makes this night different from all other nights.  Reflecting on this year's upcoming 2022 Passover seder, it is clear how the central themes of Passover resonate with relevance in our changing world. Passover happens to be my favorite holiday, and our family tradition has been established from Day One with our kids. Each of our Passover seders really stand out from year to year and I remember so many seders have surprisingly become rites of passage in our family.   During the dinner table discussion as we read from our Haggadah's (our passover story books), there is always a discussion around the central question ....Why Is This Night Different From All Other Nights?This year the answer to this question lies not only in the printed word in our seder books but in our daily lives.  ...
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BA50 Peace and Love Jewelry from Devon Road Jewelry

I met Robin Kaplan on a women's retreat in Sedona, Arizona. Hiking through the mountains we talked about her work as a therapist and more recently the  launch of her Devon Road Jewelry business in Newton. I was aware that Robin's combination of her jewelry business and therapy were beautifully interwoven as she spoke about connecting with women.  The joy that Robin brings to the process of helping select the right piece for her clients and their friends is infectious and it's easy to see why women love to shop her lines....
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Nana’s Ladies In the Basement: My Spring Cleaning Dilemma

My Nana's lady lamps are old. I mean really old. Like older than vintage ---- more like antiquated. They are so out of the box inappropriate now and def not PC. When I show them to anyone who will listen, anyone who will entertain nostalgic conversations about junk and guilt, I watch their faces waiting for them to say, "those are so cool, you can't throw them out." But no one ever does. They weigh 50 pounds each. The base is concrete. These are towering figures of "native american women" with lampshades on their heads.  I believe she bought them in Soho in NYC in the 1940's. Do I offer them to a museum or haul them to recycling? ...