Easy & Gorgeous Skin and Cosmetic Line for Women Over 40!

I saw this ad on Facebook the other day and was instantly enthralled. She looked immediately familiar.  That radiant, breathtaking, white haired, middle-aged model I had seen in numerous advertising photos.  Come to find out, Cindy Joseph started modeling late in life.   And now she has an awesome line of pro-age skin care and cosmetics especially for “older” women… BOOM! By Cindy Joseph. I’ve used it now for one month.  And I will never go back! The 90’s Called… They Want Their Makeup Back My makeup routine has been the same for years.  (And years.)  I don’t give it much thought, as I typically only apply cosmetics on the days when I’m going to the office.  Other than that, I prefer the easier natural look. But I’m not as young as I used to be.  I just don’t look the same, and my skin doesn’t feel the same.  You know where you get to that place in life, where you realize you should probably do something different (fashion/style/beauty wise)… but you aren’t exactly sure … [Read more...]

Making Exercise Your Self-Care “Me” Time

Have you heard the latest craze going around the MomiSphere about “Self Care”?  Self care. Huh.  Sounds.... selfish.  And who the heck has time for self care, anyways?  With all the other demands on our time?  Plus all those other things we’re supposed to be doing, which are also important, like getting regular exercise?  And then there's the precious, regenerative yet oh-so-elusive "Me" time. What if we rolled it all into a ball:  Self care, "Me" time, and the need for exercise?  I’ll be honest, I really struggle with fitness motivation these days.  So I've been thinking maybe this is a fresh perspective that can help me. Could this put a more positive spin on getting my rear in gear? Finding Fitness Motivation I’ve always been a reasonably active person, who enjoyed staying in shape.  I do believe keeping yourself fit allows you to enjoy life more.  So when your friends invite you on a long hike, it's totally doable.  When your kids want to go on a bike ride, you've got no … [Read more...]

How I Dislocated My Jaw at the Water Park

When you have a wild and crazy mom-and-kids getaway, you don’t anticipate you are the one who will potentially be injured.  Am I right?? A few weeks ago on Groupon, I spotted a hot deal for a stay at the Great Wolf Lodge in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  If you’re not familiar, this is a hotel with an indoor water park attached.  We had stayed at this location a year ago, and had a great time. (You can see all this property offers from my highlights post Inside Peek at Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs.) Hmmmm… 5 per room. 5 water park bands included.  Me and my 2 kids, plus my sister-in-law and nephew = 5!   IT'S A COUSIN VACATION PARTY!  Now that’s an affordable and crazy-fun Thanksgiving Break trip made in heaven! So we decided to book a room, and share it.  At the thought of having three wild children all in the same room, I had moments of questioning the wisdom of this plan.  My son and  nephew are both energetic first graders. There were early moment like … [Read more...]

When a 7th Grade Hiking Field Trip Goes Awry

Last Friday was the perfect Colorado Fall day.  Sunny and high 60’s, absolutely ideal hiking weather.  My daughter’s 7th grade class was scheduled to do a class hike field trip.  I had the day off of work, and planned to join them.  Everything was right in the world. That is, until the bodies started hitting the floor. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Wait, Can We Bring Dog…?! So Friday morning we are scurrying around, packing lunches and getting ready for school.  I swear our Golden Retreiver Daisy must have spotted my daughter grabbing her hiking backpack.  You know those key items, that set the alarm bells off for a dog...”An adventure is afoot!!” Bless her 10 year old heart… she starts bouncing around like an excited puppy. “Oh Daisy, you can’t come on the field trip.”  Wait. Maybe she can? Since I planned on driving behind the school buses, and hiking with the kids – in theory, maybe we could bring the dog? Our plan was to have my daughter ask permission once … [Read more...]

Teaching Children About Disabilities

Children say the darndest things, don’t they? Have you ever had your child not-so-quietly ask why the man behind you in the grocery line looks the way he does? Did you just wish there was a trap door beneath your feet so you could have easily escape the situation? You’re not alone. Many parents have faced this situation. Because it’s so common, we reached out to family and child therapists and asked them how they recommend we react in this situation. We also asked them to share their thoughts on how we as parents can teach our children about disabilities beforehand. This is some of their advice. Don’t Overreact to the Question Megan Rigdon of Sunny Day Counseling said, “The first, and probably most important, would be to let children ask questions. When your child sees another child who has a physical or mental disability, they will be curious. They may ask, “Why is that boy being so loud?” or “Why can’t that girl move her arms?” Your instinct as a parent will be to hush … [Read more...]

It’s Good To Know How to Talk To Youth About Marijuana

This post is sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Ahhh… summertime. Sunny days spent at the pool, barbecue cookouts, and a break from school.  Kids are typically left with more freedom and time to hang out with their friends during the summer months.  This makes it an important time to talk to youth about marijuana use. Did you know that according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, first-time use of most substances, such as drugs and alcohol, among youth peaks during the summer months of June and July? One of the best ways to deter underage retail marijuana use is for informed adults to be prepared to have some honest conversations with youth about the topic.  To assist in this endeavor, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has launched the Good To Know campaign to offer parents free information, tips, and tools. Good To Know ~ Talking To Youth Tips In … [Read more...]

The Drop Dead Scariest Thing at the High Ropes Course

I've known this was coming for about two years now.  It's a rite of passage for all 5th graders at my daughter's elementary school.  At the end of the year, they take a field trip to a High Ropes Course.  One final boost to their self esteem and confidence before tossing them into the Lion's Den (a.k.a. Middle School). Although I typically try to attend all field trips, I had made the conscious choice to *not* witness this.  I trusted them to keep the kids safe.  I just didn't think I could watch it. I made it half way through my work morning, before I broke down and headed over to the high ropes course.  I'm so glad I did. The Right Stuff Who knew these kids had this in them?  I've been around the majority of them since kindergarten, and have a beat on most of their personalities.  But I did not see this coming. To be honest, when I pulled up it didn't look like much.  After parking and walking in for  closer view it hit me.  That high ropes course was incredibly scary. … [Read more...]

Personal Wellness Time is NOT Being Selfish

This post was sponsored by Massage Envy as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.  I recently had a conversation with a friend, where we compared notes on paying attention to our personal wellness.  She commented, "I need certain things to take good care of myself - to reduce stress, and to keep myself feeling well and happy. It took me until my 40's to not feel guilty about that, but to just embrace it.  Boy, is it liberating!" As I've gotten older, I'm finally reaching this stage myself.   And I've learned a thing or two about how important total body care is.   I work hard.  And that daily emotional and physical wear and tear needs some wellness counter balance. Without guilt.   Without feeling like I'm being selfish.  It's time I invest in myself, in order to stay happy and healthy... for both myself and my family.  Everybody wins. We all have our routines that help us feel better.  Be it exercise, eating healthy foods, having some quiet "me" time,  … [Read more...]

What Every Woman Should Know About #BreastCancerAwareness

During the upcoming month of October, you will hopefully see some buzz about it being the month of Breast Cancer Awareness.  This may come in the form of spotting the pink ribbon which serves as an emblem of sorts, a friend or coworker wearing an inordinate amount of pink, or perhaps in a blog post like this one. Honestly, I typically pay no mind to such things.  But thanks to a timely nudge from Tieks, who has teamed with the American Cancer Society to help promote awareness during October, I realized just how important this informational campaign is and decided to join in. Because 1 in 8 women in the  United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. What? Scary.  BUT... the good news is: When breast cancer is detected early in the localized stage, the 5 year survival rate is over 95%. Ok, now do you see why supporting your pink sisters this month is such a good bandwagon to jump on?   That even though breast self-exams, clinical exams, and … [Read more...]

Letting Go Of Regret

Something happened to me today that I'm still digesting, but it promises to be a heavy weight lifted off my shoulders. After 20 years of regret, someone told me something today that allowed me to let it go. Many moons ago, I was riding a horse on the last stretch towards home, along a paved road. A nearby sprinkler system fired up, sounding eerily like a hissing snake, and spooked my horse. He proceeded to throw me, resulting in my landing flat onto my hip (and elbow) in the middle of the concrete. Ouch. In the ensuing circus, my teenaged riding friend dismounted, captured my bolting horse, and came close enough to me that her now-also-freaked-out horse could take a big, splattering pee on the road, up slope from me. Which then proceeded to trickle downhill towards me. I, of course, couldn't move. Talk about adding insult to injury.  Although it sounds like a semi-comical scene in retrospect, at the time it was a hot mess of pain, chaos, and general unpleasantness. I was in my … [Read more...]