Thursday, November 16, 2017


In a remote village in the mountains of Japan live the people of Yuzurihara. Here more than 10% of the population 85 or older. The village is a model of good health and wrinkle-free skin. Their secret? According to experts, a diet rich in foods that stimulate the production of hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) promotes healthy skin, joints and eyesight. It has a symbiotic relationship with collagen that is at the heart of healthy and beautiful skin. The body produces HA in nearly every cell, especially the skin, both in the deeper dermal layers and at the epidermal surface layers. 
 One of the ways to help your skin produce more HA is by eating the right foods. Here’s what to bulk up on:

Starchy Root Vegetables
Starchy root vegetables and tubers like potatoes, taro, turmeric, are loaded with magnesium, which stimulates the body to produce HA, plus they provide a variety of other nutritional heroes like potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin A and vitamin C.   

Soybeans are high in phytoestrogens, which enhance the production of hyaluronic acid in the body. 

Bone Broth
Chicken combs and cartilage are the source of hyaluronic acid used in many supplements. If you want to get a similar boost In your diet, bone broth is one of the top recommendations.

Because vitamin C is a huge contributor to the synthesis of hyaluronic acid, expanding your fruit intake can help plump your skin. 
 Fruits that contain magnesium—bananas, apples, avocados, tomatoes, melons, pineapples, pears, and peaches—will also help with HA synthesis.
 Bananas are a bonus fruit as a source of magnesium, HA and vitamin C!  Eat them while still on the green side and full of resistant starch, which will help regulate blood sugar and keep glucose levels low.

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Power Repair® Eye Contour

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Friday, September 29, 2017

The end of ANTI-aging

Calling out to all women over 40! It's time to stop dreading aging, and for the love of God,  it's time to stop using language like anti-aging. 

These women are not beautiful for their age. They are just plain beautiful. Aging is not a condition we need to fight against. We need to appreciate ourselves, and our years and realize how BLESSED we are to continue to age. I'm the first to admit, I love good skin care and beautiful products. I will continue to enjoy these things. But I will be looking for products for myself and for my clients that  keep skin healthy and hydrated at every age.  I am officially ANTI anti-aging.

If you have the opportunity, grab the September issue of Allure magazine. Allure has made a resolution to stop using the term anti-aging.  "'s not easy to change packaging and marketing overnight.", Michelle Lee, Editor in Chief of Allure magazine said perfectly. "But together we can start to change the conversation and celebrate beauty in all ages." 

I just became an Allure magazine subscriber for life.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Posh Shopping

Tired of your closet of clothes, but short on extra cash for shopping? Me too! Sometimes I'll buy clothes I think I love, but after one or two wearings, I find they are not suited for my body type or my style preference. If you find this to be true for you as well, I have a brilliant solution for you. 

Recently a friend has turned me on to the wonderful site of On this site you can sell your items that are in good condition, and purchase other second hand designer items for yourself. It's very simple to navigate the site after you download the app.

Snap a photo of the item you would like to sell. Be honest in the description, and try to take flattering photos. You can find a mannequin like in the one in the photo above on for around $30. It really helps to show off your fashion.

Next you can either input the price you want for the item and/or have someone make you an offer. Poshmark has a flat rate for shipping, and after inputting your price, they will let you know what your profit will be after the cost of shipping.

After you've agreed on a price with another Posh shopper, Poshmark with e-amil you a shipping label. Send it to that shopper in a timely matter.

With the profits you make, you can have fun shopping for yourself. You can pick up designer fashions at a fraction of the cost. It's so easy and fun.

If you decide to partake, follow me at 

Happy guilt free shopping!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Has it really been nearly 3 years since my last blog? Life has been so busy, but I have seriously missed sharing with you and I am so happy to be back in blog world. I'm still adjusting to being forty something. I'd better adjust quickly, because before you know it I'll be fifty! UGH. 

Let's don't waste time. Today I want to share with you a beauty product/ tip I learned from my mother. The product is called BOOM!stick by Cindy Joseph.  
As we age, many times women have a tendency to cake on more make up. Who do we think they are fooling? You can't cover up wrinkles with make up. More often times than not, we just look older with the make up setting into our lines. The idea behind these sticks is to combine very minimal make up with good skin care ingredients. The Boomstick Glo is a safe and effective moisturizer. The Boomstick Color provides a fresh, flushed look for your cheeks, forehead and chin line. The Boomstick Glimmer  highlights cheekbones, brows and body. Cindy Joseph is a beautiful, mature make up artist turned fashion model who has the right idea in keeping make up minimal with these products.

 I must admit, I love all things make up. I was very nervous to give up wearing so much of it. I absolutely reserve the right to glam it up for a night out on the town. For everyday wear though, I have really enjoyed letting my healthy (even if older) skin shine through.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and please feel free to share your thoughts/ tips/ ideas on how you are aging gracefully. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Empty Nesters

Last weekend my husband and I took our daughter to move into her apartment, to begin her junior year in college. Where has the time gone? She can't possibly be a junior. She's my little girl. 

Now this weekend, we moved our son (the baby) into his dorm room at college. He is about to start his Freshman year. We shopped for everything he could possibly need, and hauled it all up to the sixth floor.

When we got up there, we were surprised to find out that Nick had his own bedroom in a suite of four other guys. We weren't expecting that. He was pretty excited!

Nick deserves such luck. He is a great kid. He works hard, and he always seems to do the right thing. Still, I was nervous leaving him there. He will always be  my baby.

It makes me feel better that he is only thirty minutes from home, and that the campus is so nice.
I don't remember dormitories being this nice when I was in college??

Now that we're back home, we are trying to settle into a new routine. It is eerily quiet around the house. I miss the chatter of kids, cooking for them, and just having them around. I am on the hunt for a new job. A new life. It's a little scary, because I really liked my old job. I really liked my old life. It's strange for my husband too, but he was always at work five days a week. It's not as much of a dramatic change for him, as it is for me.

Still, it will be nice to focus on being a couple again. Not that we ever stopped, but the dynamics are different when you add kids to the mix. He is definitely still the person I want to be with the most. I feel lucky and Blessed for that.

So here we are... empty nesters. I can hardly believe it. It is certainly bittersweet. I'll try to focus on the sweet!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Here in El Dorado Hills, California, we have large rock on the side of a busy street that is often painted with well wishes, and congratulations to friends in the community. Today on my walk, this is what was painted on the rock.

Last week's killing rampage at UC, Santa Barbara, by Elliot Rodger sparked a new campaign called #YesAllWomen. The clearly troubled Rodger blamed all of women in society for not giving him the sex and admiration he felt he deserved. He claimed that this killing spree was his retribution. Seven people were killed, and thirteen more were injured in this horrible tragedy. As a mother of two college students, this breaks my heart for the families of the victims, and scares me to death.

#YesAllWomen is in response to the "not all men" defense sometimes used against feminist arguments, and has quickly spread through Twitter and other social medias. I believe the point of the campaign is to show that although certainly not all men practice violence, all women live with the threat of male violence on a regular basis. I really don't know any woman who hasn't felt this threat, multiple times in her lifetime. This can mean anything from a cat call and sleazy stares, to an actual assault.

I remember once when I was about 19 years old, I was on a trip with my boyfriend's (who is now my husband) family to Catalina. We were on a ferry boat to head over to the island, and I got up to go use the bathroom. On my way back, this really disgusting man pressed himself up against me so that I could feel his completely inappropriate "excitement". I apologized (like I did something wrong) and wiggled my way out from under his pressure. I never told my boyfriend, or his parents, and I do remember feeling embarrassed and maybe even a little ashamed. Did I do something wrong? Was I sending a signal? I feel bad for my 19 year old self, that these were the thoughts going through my head, instead of calling this man out for the creep that he was. 

I would like to think that my daughter, now 20, would react differently if this happened to her. But have I done enough to teach her this? Maybe that is what this #YesAllWomen campaign is all about. It's not about bashing men. It's about teaching our girls that this exists, and that they do not have to tolerate it. And maybe even more importantly, teaching our boys that it is completely wrong to make  girls feel this way.

I think it's appropriate to close this post with a quote from my very favorite author, Maya Angelou, who passed away just this morning. She is an inspiration to so many people, and she will be missed. I think she would totally approve of  the #YesAllWomen campaign.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Get your FIX

Just in case you haven't heard of this pretty cool service yet, I thought I would write about the company called STITCH FIX. It is an on line personal shopping site that you can schedule as needed, or receive automatically on monthly basis. The service is truly customized to each individual. You fill out a comprehensive survey on your styling choices and the budget you'd like to stay within. They even follow your Pinterest page to learn your style through your favorite pins.  I recently got my FIX, and here is what came in my shipment.

I had been obsessing about the long black maxi skirt and a summer scarf on Pinterest as of late, and sure enough, both of these things were in my shipment. Five pieces of clothing or accessories are in each box. There is a $20 styling fee, but that $20 is credited towards anything you might purchase in your box. So if you keep even one thing, the styling is free! You also get a "buy all" discount if you decide to keep all 5 items. I am keeping all 5 items in this shipment, so I saved an additional $66. If you chose to send something back, a prepaid envelope comes in the box for you to return the items.

Not gonna lie, I love the idea that there is someone out there in cyber world watching out for the perfect items to send me to spruce up my wardrobe. It makes me feel a little bit rich and famous, of which I am neither. The service is great for any style or age group you might fall in. My little sister and my mom both use this service as well. Here was my sister's recent FIX.

Perfect choices for her. My mom also recently got a maxi dress that I think looks amazing on her.

This is something she probably would have never picked out, but it looks great on her, and is perfect for summer.

Ready for your FIX?  Copy and paste the following link in your browser to get started:

It's a time saving, inexpensive and indulgent service that you will look forward to time and time again. 

Just thought I might mention that I am not getting anything from Stitch Fix for writing this. It's just something I've really been enjoying and I wanted to share with you.