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Lulu and Me

LuLu and Us

I've had plenty of time to observe the dog walking parades everywhere throughout Covid and the runway of breeds to choose from is endless. But the dog that gets me crouching and cooing are these little golden doodles.   Shamelessly, I barely look at the human at the end of the leash and talk directly to the puppy and just listen for the answer.  "Oh you are the cutest, you are so cute." And then, in the rudest of unapologetic behaviors I nod to the ancillary human asking -- "Are you empty nested, how did you decide to get a pup?" And so the stories begin.  My interviewing  of humans has been a courage building process. I have unconsciously been looking for the one thing that will push me to over ride my better instincts and my husband which are screaming at me as to why it makes no sense to get a dog now....
The Somerset Maxi Dress

Maxi Dresses for The Beach From Anthropologie

Oscar De La Renta brought us the Maxi dresses in the late 60's and we wore them into the 70's. And now they are back in style. We love Maxi dresses because they are easy to wear in the heat and are great for casual for dress up as well.  They look great with flip flops, flats and heels.  Here's some great options. Please share with us your favorite Maxi dress on Instagram - we would love to see what you picked to wear this summer. Take a picture of you in your Maxi and send to editor@betterafter50.com to post and share for a BA50 reader fashion round up....

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....
Sandals

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....
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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.......

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....

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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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.  ...
Jewelry

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....