Friday, September 17, 2021

Fly On The Wall In The Garden Of Weedin'

Welcome to another edition of Fly On The Wall group blog postings, hosted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado. Today, 4 bloggers are welcoming you into their homes for a sneak peek at what goes on behind closed doors. 

Things have been pretty quiet around here because it's too hot outside to do much of anything after work but watch Netflix. And of course, COVID. Nobody wants to be out and about in public places. I'm just glad my family lives down here so we can see each other every weekend and be bored together! I'm breaking out of here next month, though. I need to stare at something besides my pugs and the beer pong marathons that take place here every weekend. At least I have a husband who still keeps me entertained with his quirky comeback comments......

"I wish you'd stop complaining---if your feet hurt that much from work, get a pair of orthopedic socks."
"Forget orthopedic socks....I need an entire orthopedic bodysuit."

"What happened to our pretty garden? It's full of weeds."
"I know what that want me to work outdoors today." 
"Yep---everything looks sloppy and overgrown."
"Okay, I'm out. If you need to find me, I'll be in the Garden of Weedin'."

"Isn't it weird to think that 35 years ago, you used to run 6-mile marathons?"
"Yeah, now I can't even walk across the room without feeling pain."

"What are your plans today?"
"I have to finish writing my dental article for AARP."
"When you're done, I hope it has some 'bite' to it...."

"I had weird dreams last night of a porcupine that was high on weed."
"Stop eating yogurt before you go to bed. You don't know what's in those probiotics."

"It's so gross that you have to pick up dog poop every day at your job and then drive the smelly bags in your car to the dumpster. That explains why flies appear in our house when you come home from work."
"Yep--- I'm the fly larva host."

"How do you like the new Frosted O's cereal that I bought?"
"Awful. A better name for it would be 'Frosted Nut Sack.'"
"I guess I won't be buying that again...."

"I've been out so long today running errands, I swear I'm a year older now." 
"By the amount of wrinkles on your face, I'd add another four years to that number."

"I pulled a muscle in my lower back. Can you rub this menthol cream on it for me?"
"Sure---drop your pants and I'll get the stuff real low where it hurts."
"No way---you'll put the cream too close to my bottom and I'll end up having a flaming hot bunghole. Then you'll laugh at me. I know you too well."
"And this is why you have trust issues...."

I swear y'all,  he has no reason not to trust me. I didn't mean to add cayenne pepper to his coffee this morning---I thought it was cinnamon.... 

***WANT MORE MENO MAMA? Check out my latest lifestyle article on tropical drinks for AARP/The Ethel HERE

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:


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Friday, September 3, 2021

19 Back-to-School Crafts To Prepare Kids For School In An Exciting, Fun Way

Many of you have already sent your children off for their first week of school, but some have not yet started. What better way to prepare them than to start crafts at home and have plenty of material for the upcoming year? And GRANDPARENTS, if you're looking for fun activities to do with the grandkids at home, you should try these craft ideas as well! Check out these fun activities, brought to you by


Friday, August 27, 2021

I Love The Alltrue Community!

 I received the most amazing box of goodies from Alltrue a few weeks ago and I am in love with their products! Let me share a little info about the company (taken from their site): 

Alltrue is a membership uniting a community that stands for good, seeks truth, and takes action — connecting socially conscious individuals everywhere who are out to build a better world. Best known for their flagship seasonal subscription box, they're adding new features every season to help you find your people, explore your values, and discover the brands and products that are making a difference. 

Truth is at the heart of everything they do. As product curators and community leaders, they find the facts and share them with you. They also encourage and empower women by offering opportunities and support that foster personal growth and professional achievement, within their walls and around the world. 

Alltrue believes that the community we build – one of shared values and conscious choices – can benefit everyone. By being a source of encouragement, inspiration, and just plain good, the everyday choices we make together have the power to change the future of global consumption. 

When Alltrue reached out to me to try their products, I was happy to do so once I saw all the wonderful things they were offering to send. First, let me say that the box itself is really pretty and super sturdy---the kind of box I can use for storing all sorts of things in an attractive, organized way. Here is a list of items that came in the summer box I received:

1. MPOWERED--Luci Solar String Lights. These cheerful, conveniently-packed lights are bright, decorative, and PERFECT for outdoors and camping trips.

2. Eco Eyewear--Avala Tortoise Cateye Sunglasses. Love, love, LOVE these stylish, lightweight glasses! I've been wearing them every time I go out and have received tons of compliments. They protect my eyes and flatter my face shape. Excellent!

3. Pepper + Vetiver--Set of 3 Nesting Bowls. Oh my goodness, these bowls are practical and look beautiful on my dinner table when I use them as serving dishes. 

4. Sanctuary Project--Thick Gold Hoops. These are my comfortable, go-to earrings. Since they are small hoops, I use them whenever I wear my hair in a ponytail or bun. 

5. Volim--Love Scrub. This amazing Microderm exfoliant is a 3-in-1 scrub with Hyaluronic, Red Tea, and Seaweed. My skin feels as smooth as a baby's butt after using it! 

6. Adesse New York-- Power Couple Nail Care Duo. This is a nail growth optimizer and cuticle oil duo. I just started using it, so it will be a bit before I see any results. Otherwise, I think it will work well on my nails because right now they need a lot of help. 

Also in my box was a comfy pair of Maggie's Organic Heathered Slouchy Socks (soooo soft!) and Wyld Konjac Facial Cleansing Sponge---which I have not tried yet. But judging by the hard, grainy surface, I think this sponge is up for the job! 

Interested in becoming a member of Alltrue to receive your seasonal box of goodies? This is how it works:   

Alltrue Membership "is a quarterly (4 times per year) membership - the box ships directly to you for free! There are 2 types of memberships: quarterly and annual

Quarterly Members pay $54.95 per season to receive their box. Annual Members pay $199.80 and commit to a full year in advance, which allows them access to better pricing ($49.95 per season; a $20 yearly savings), and Annual Members also get access to Box Customization, which means that they have access to choose their products in every choice category every season. Quarterly memberships have the opportunity to choose in up to three choice categories every season.

Both Quarterly and Annual Members get access to the seasonal Add-On Market, which is open for around a week at the start of every season. Members can shop the best socially conscious products at prices as low as 70% off! The add-on market has over 800 products from favorite household name brands – everything from toothpaste to handbags.

In addition, the members-only Essentials Shop just launched. The Essentials Shop is an always-open market featuring hundreds of replenishable household essentials, from the cleanest dish soap to the most sustainable toothpaste. Items purchased in the Essentials Shop will ship within two business days. More about the Alltrue membership can be found here.

Alltrue recently launched a podcast too! There are so many perks to the membership.

Alltrue’s curation commitments and 2020 impact report can be found here. Alltrue works with artisans worldwide and emphasizes the importance of women's empowerment."

I was very impressed with all of the products I received, most of which would be super expensive if bought individually. With the Alltrue Membership, you get a LOT of products for a much lower price, which makes it totally worth joining the community. Besides, it's a lot of fun to receive a box of goodies every season---like Christmas morning four times a year!

Interested in joining? You can become a member now and get their new fall box here:

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Will Menopause Fatigue Last Forever?

One of the things I disliked most about menopause was the lack of energy I experienced. I was constantly tired and falling asleep in the middle of the day. It took a while, but I finally figured out how to get myself back on track. If you feel sleep-deprived, check out this great advice from the good folks at Bossa Bars Menopause Energy Bars

Will Menopause Fatigue Last Forever?

by Dr. LaReesa Ferdinand, MD OBGYN & Advisor,

Bossa Bars Menopause Energy Bars

“There will be plenty of time to sleep when you are dead.”  — Benjamin Franklin

Yikes! I’m sorry Benjamin Franklin, you may have been one of the greatest inventors and writers of American history, but obviously, you weren't speaking to menopausal women!

Sleep is literally the superfood that has the most impact.  The true nectar of life. The super fuel you need. Frankly, this is where the magic happens.

With the decline of vital hormones during menopause, sleep disturbances are very common. With the vicious cycle of sleep deprivation and the load of stress, it can take much of the joy and ease out of transitioning into menopause.

Research has found that those with higher perceived stress experienced shorter sleep durations. In fact, moderate to severe sleep deprivation produces impairments similar to alcohol intoxication, or blood alcohol levels of 0.05%.

Did you know that about 61% of menopausal women struggle with sleep issues?  This means that out of every 10 women around the age of menopause, 6 will have sleeping difficulties.

And maybe you’re one of them. You head to bed, exhausted. Yet, you toss and turn all night. Or you find yourself getting up every night between the hours of 2 and 3 am, struggling to fall back asleep. You then go about your day in a fog. You just don’t have the energy to function at your peak capacity. Ugh!

Enough is enough! 

3 Power Tips to Ease into Restful Sleep

1. Prioritize sleep at the top of your day

If you are a night owl, lean into that. Vice versa if you are an early bird.

Simply explained, set yourself up for sleep success. Go to bed and wake up at the same time. Be mindful of meals and excess snacking throughout your day. Limit caffeine to only before noon. Ideally, consume the least heavy meal toward the end of the day so your body has less of a detox burden during sleep. This improves energy for memory storage and creativity that you need to power through the next day. This is directly impacted by what you do and what you put in your body.

Here’s a nifty tip we often forget: adjust your supplements or medications since some may make you more drowsy versus alert. This forces your body into its natural circadian rhythm.

2. Maximize your sleep environment

Sleep is maximized on a light spectrum. Quiet, cold, and dark areas are ideal. Use a sleep mask to optimize darkness. Red light or specialty sleep bulbs help reduce excess blue light exposure. Avoid sleeping with the TV on or using electronic devices at least 1-2 hours before lights out. This is vital during bedtime to help melatonin, our sleep-inducing hormone, work its menomagic. The goal? You want to get your body out of a stressed state and transition more into a relaxed and calm one.

3. Track your sleep

The science about sleep may be up to the physicians and researchers, but you can still arm yourself with your own personal KPI (key performance indicators). To better evaluate adjustments and modifications in your sleep, following trends is an added bonus of what technology can do. This goes a step further than just total time spent asleep; it recognizes and brings daily awareness to patterns that you may miss. It connects the missing links between sleep duration and your body’s response during sleep stages, reactions to stress, and efficiency. These key insights can help navigate making the necessary adjustments to improve productivity and memory consolidation that is a natural defense system for cognitive decline as we age.

Let’s think about what goes on during a typical day. Our brain processes millions of movements, thoughts, and patterns, most of them without our awareness. However, one of the greatest energy expenditures occurs during sleep. This is the time when our cellular mitochondria, the powerhouses in our DNA, go to work orchestrating the repair and recovery productions. These repair mechanisms are controlled by the communication of our brain and body with our natural clocks, rhythms, and hormones.

But generally, when you’re stressed, sleep and high levels of energy don’t come easy.

Stress is one factor that can impact your telomere length.  Thus, stress can actually cause you to age faster (probably no surprise there) but it can also decrease your longevity. Sleep Disruptions can lead to a propensity toward obesity and metabolic disorders, and affect the extent to which we are able to express energy and harness our power to push through the next day. 

The goal? You want to get your body out of this stressed state. To do so, you want to look at optimizing your biological and bedroom environment. The lack of sleep impacts your daily energy, recovery and repair mechanisms, weight loss goals, cognitive performance, and immune system. 

Fatigue doesn't last forever if you are intentional about sleep. Start with these 3 steps as a foundation to sleep like a beauty, so you can go beast mode the next day. That’s menomagic

at work!

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Codes of longevity. Be Ageless and Limitless. Dr. Melissa Grill Petersen. Contributing author Dr LaReesa Ferdinand, MD. December 2020.


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