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Category Archives: Healthy Aging

Grandma Barbie Gets Real

Would you buy a Grandma Barbie doll complete with: crow’s feet, reading glasses, a larger waist, white cotton granny panties, elastic-waist jeans, sensible shoes and a flannel covered hot water bottle? aka Over-fifty-Reality-Barbie Comfort Loving Grandma Barbie is not available in stores – I created this Barbie spoof just for fun. But… There is a...

Not So Great Shape Grandma Barbie

Are You in Great Shape? As opposed to Great Shape Barbie? I’m the Not So Great Shape Grandma Barbie – but I’m overcoming my struggles with body image. Do you want to know why? As a teenage-fashion model, I worked in an industry with beauty standards few could attain and even fewer could keep. During...

Aging Gracefully or How to Embrace Aging

  I’m much more positive about aging in my fifties than I was in my thirties, when I first began to experience the second law of thermodynamics – and noticed that my body was indeed degenerating into a more disordered state. When I turned 30, I dug through a box of my modeling pictures and came...

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...

A Rose By Any Other Name

  I love drinking Rose Tea – it smells and taste…. like ROSES.  There is quite a bit of information about aromatherapy and the benefit of “roses” as a mood elevator.  We have often heard to “take time to smell the roses.” It seems there is actually a medical benefit to doing so.  William Shakespeare...

Vitamin D – The Sunshine Vitamin

During my childhood, my mother loved taking me outside. She often sang along with John Denver’s song, “Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy, sunshine in my eyes can make me cry…” She was a fan of picnics, days at the beach, and gardening. As a young teen, I foolishly slathered my body with Hawaiian...

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...

Anti-perspirant vs Deodorant

I know there has been much written about antiperspirant vs deodorant. Is Anti-perspirant bad for you? Studies have been done and when you google it, so much information pops up that it’s hard to know who to believe. We all sweat and body odor is a byproduct of that bodily function. So what should we...

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...

Irvine Mariners Farmers Market

My daughter, Ashley, and I headed out early this morning to the Irvine Farmers Market at Mariners Church, corner of Bonita Canyon & Turtle Ridge Road. The hours are posted as 8am – 12 noon (Rain or Shine). If you want from “farm to table” for your family – this is the place to go. There...