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Who Is The Chubby Lady IN THE PICTURE?

When I see my fifty-something self in pictures, I cringe and my inner voice says, “Yikes, who is the chubby lady?” The ironic thing is that I use to be a teenage-fashion model. When I was very young, thin and FABULOUS, I looked at pictures of myself, cringed, and my inner voice said, “Yikes!” I’ve…

Imperfection is Beauty

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” — Marilyn Monroe

Are You Poisoning Yourself?

“The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment…. We work for you. Do you know what’s in your tap water? What about your shampoo? … “ Since our skin is our largest organ – we should be aware of what we are putting on it. The EWG…

The Man Behind The Camera – Frank Horvat

In October of 1979, I went on a “go-see” for a magazine named Jours De France. Upon arrival, I was ushered into a room with a wall of windows and sunlight streaming through. A rack of clothes was in the center of the room, and models were in various states of undress as the stylist…

Just Keep Swimming

Three years ago, after my husband, Ron, and I both had back surgery, our doctor recommended that we have “aqua therapy.” It was soothing doing our exercises in the warm salt water pool. We enjoyed exercising in the water so much that we eventually joined a local gym that had an aqua aerobics class. After…

Tonya in TEEN magazine 1980

As I read thru this article from TEEN Magazine 1980 – I realize that I was just beginning my journey into the Ugly Business of Beautiful People. I was 16-years-old.  

You Can’t Look Sixteen Forever

“And the beauty of a woman, with passing years only grows!” ― Audrey Hepburn A number of years ago, when I turned 30, I dug through a box of my modeling pictures and came up with a picture of myself — in a swimsuit. The picture showed a thin, tanned and cellulite free 16-year-old. I…

Add A Little Spice To Your Life & Your Water

Water is important for our bodies to function well. Mayo Clinic advices that “even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.” I’ve been working on “spicing up” my water. Adding cucumbers to my H20 make me feel like I’m at a spa, on other days bits of ginger definitely perk it up, and…

Oh, Honey!

I found lots of healthy treasures at the farmers’ market that Zachary & Katie took me to. The peaches were juicy, sweet and beyond delicious. Zac was happy that Enchanted Bees had honeycomb for sale. My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste. Proverbs 24:13 The…

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