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Real Housewives of Miami Makeup & Beauty Finds

Real Housewives of Miami Makeup & Beauty Finds

The Real Housewives of Miami have been on fire this season, and with many of us embarking on warm weather trips as we anxiously await Spring, I wanted to share the makeup and beauty products that keep them looking put together in the heat. Whether you’re looking for an anti-aging sunscreen, the best body bronzer or a the primer that Alexia Echevarria uses to set her makeup in some major humidity, we’re sharing what we’ve spotted the women using that you must make room for on your vanity.

 

Interested in shopping their looks? Check out our coverage, exclusively on Shop LTK, here

 

The Realest Housewife,

Big Blonde Hair

 

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Lisa Hochstein’s Perfumes // Alexia Echevarria and Marysol Patton’s Compact Powder // Alexia Echevarria’s Face Makeup // Guerdy Abraira’s Compact // Alexia Echevarria’s Face Mask // Lisa Hochstein’s Rose Gold Face Mask // Lisa Hochstein’s Eyeshadow in the Hamptons // Nicole Martin’s Go To Makeup Products // Nicole Martin’s Tinted Sunscreen // Nicole Martin’s Fall Red Nail Polish // Nicole Martin’s White Nail Polish // Guerdy Abraira’s bronizing mousse and foundation spotted in #RHOM Season 5 Episode 8 at 23 minutes

 

 

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Real Housewives of Miami Makeup & Beauty Finds

Real Housewives of Miami Makeup & Beauty Finds

The Real Housewives of Miami have been on fire this season, and with many of us embarking on warm weather trips as we anxiously await Spring, I wanted to share the makeup and beauty products that keep them looking put together in the heat. Whether you’re looking for an anti-aging sunscreen, the best body bronzer or a the primer that Alexia Echevarria uses to set her makeup in some major humidity, we’re sharing what we’ve spotted the women using that you must make room for on your vanity.

 

Interested in shopping their looks? Check out our coverage, exclusively on Shop LTK, here

 

The Realest Housewife,

Big Blonde Hair

 

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Addicted to My To-Do List

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A prolonged rainstorm trapping me indoors and the arrival of a three-month-old puppy, who required my attention to securely settle into her new home, presented me with weeks of unscheduled time – time that would otherwise have been spent on outdoor projects, hikes, time with friends, and the many other activities that normally fill my calendar.

The result of this unexpected hiatus has me flummoxed and experiencing a sense of aggravation I couldn’t assign to anything in particular, until this morning as I was writing a message to a friend.

Nothing to Do?

I realized, mid-sentence, I was caught up. My constant collection of pending tasks, looming projects and items waiting for my attention, were done.

But strangely, my reaction was not one of relief or accomplishment. It was a disturbing air of vacancy, an emptiness that sat staring me in the eye, daring me to fill it or suffer the angst of a day without a to-do list.

I’ve always been a Type A personality, confident in my ability to organize chaos, carry a heavy workload and accomplish results on multiple fronts simultaneously.

But since retiring, those attributes are less necessary. It’s been eight years, and I have slowed down dramatically. But lately, I’ve slipped in lots of extracurricular activities that demand time management, meeting deadlines and obligation to others who are counting on me. All situations that weighed too heavily on me during my career as an executive director of a nonprofit organization.

It obviously wasn’t intentional, at least I was not aware of my compulsion to over organize my days, devote time to multiple responsibilities and require myself to constantly achieve, even on days when I didn’t feel like it.

The newfound freedom I once cherished so deeply was being eroded by a need to be busy and feel purposeful.

Having a purpose in one’s life and devoting time to supporting others is not a bad thing, it’s admirable, in fact. But, when it becomes habitual, powered by frenetic energy that just needs to be burned off “doing something,” it’s time to take a closer look.

The Symptoms of To-Do Addiction and How I Plan to Shift My Behavior

Chronic List Making

Since I’ve been thinking about this article, I’ve noticed the first thing on my mind, even before I open my eyes in the predawn hour, is “what do I have to do today?”

I really don’t want to begin my day with a mind already filled with to dos, so instead, I’ve begun to lie in bed for a few moments and identify several things for which I am grateful just as they are; moments, events and situations that require no commitment on my part, other than to notice and enjoy.

So, instead of bolting out of bed geared up to achieve, I can settle into the peaceful silence of an early morning before the world wakes up.

Using Stimulants to Increase My Motivation and Energy

I arise every morning and head directly to the kitchen to brew a very strong black Chai tea. I enjoy its flavor, but the true intention is to dose myself with enough caffeine to speed up my reactions, boost my brain function and get that satisfying adrenalin rush.

I sometimes rely on caffeine to carry me on through days when I’m overly committed and should be resting because I’m tired, when the healthy choice would be to slow down, care for my body and give it what it needs.

In response, I’ve begun to limit my Chai consumption to two cups, not quite enough to set my body and mind on hyper drive – allowing me to be less agitated, calmer and more likely to enjoy a peaceful, relaxed day.

I am also paying attention to the telltale signs of burnout and overexertion and trying to allow for an occasional 20-minute nap when it’s called for.

Prioritizing My Life to Give Attention to What Matters

I have a full life consisting of a daily routine of fitness and self-care, and professional obligations as a content creator. On top of which I weave in regularly scheduled time with my friends, time to write as a creative outlet, house and yard care, a part-time job and volunteering with a local nonprofit organization.

In order to afford time for what is most important to me, I feel the need to prioritize my time. I’ve established that my physical wellness, my writing and my investment in my relationships are my top priorities, followed by my commitment to my part-time job and my volunteer commitments, and have decided to allot my available time and energy accordingly.

I will get some help with the home responsibilities and limit my volunteer commitment.

I will also be more discerning in my social engagement. Perhaps inviting friends to join me on a walk or a hike to catch up so that the time benefits us physically and emotionally, while strengthening our friendship.

Staying Aware to Keep Old Patterns from Reemerging

Old habits, patterns and propensities are hard to break, but it is possible; mindset and intention are key.  

When I notice the temptation to say yes too often, or the need arises to stuff one more thing in an already overscheduled week, I will pay attention and take an honest look at whether or not I am keeping my promise to myself and properly prioritizing my time.

Learning to Love Unscheduled Time

Waking up with nothing on my calendar for a day is a foreign experience for me, but I will hold space for it, get comfortable with the feeling and perhaps even begin to look forward to unscheduled time.

It will take discipline to resist tucking something unexpected into that space. But it is a shift I wish to make in my life and as such I will make the effort.

Being productive, devoting time and energy to others and needing a strong sense of accomplishment is part of my personality, but being overly committed to any of it is unhealthy. With practice, I can learn to modulate my needs, balance my life and foster a sense of peace in the world I construct for myself.

And best of all, break my addiction to my to-do list.

Let’s Have a Converstion:

Are you addicted to your to-do list? Have you found yourself waking up to realize you have nothing planned for the day? Does that realization horrify or free you?

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Honoring Our Bodies of Experience, Fulfilling Our Dreams of Adventure

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Some of us, when we were younger, did amazing things with our bodies. We danced ballet, ran marathons, climbed mountains, gave birth. As my friend Marcie says, “We know stuff!” Although some of us may no longer be as active as we once were, our bodies still hold memories and maps of the ways we once moved through life. Some of us, later in life, have reconnected with our bodies and are stronger than ever.

There are many ways to honor our bodies of experience. Boost your spirits by savoring and sharing memories of favorite adventures. Stay active by doing what you are able, not pushing or forcing yourself into former ways of moving. Take a walk every day, even around the block. Join a gentle movement program that addresses the health of joints and bones.

Each of us is the only one who can be embodied in the bodies we have today. 2022 was a special year for me and my 65-year-old body. I fulfilled an adventure I’d been dreaming about for 20 years. Here’s my story.

I Was Am a Badass River Goddess

25 years ago, I trained to become a whitewater rafting guide. I lived in a small, rural town in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of northern California, near several world-class boating rivers. I’d been a volunteer member of my local fire department, where I assisted with a few adrenaline-pumping rescue operations on one of these rivers.

This experience taught me about the destructive and dangerous power of water. It wasn’t until I signed up for a 10-day river guide training that I learned to navigate the river’s flow for fun.

I spent seven years guiding trips with Environmental Traveling Companions, a California non-profit organization making outdoor adventures accessible to people with disabilities and under-resourced youth.

Guiding for ETC, I spent too much time in the sun and made lifelong friends. Over the next couple of decades my river buddies and I traveled together, rafting rivers throughout the Western United States.

Five years ago, some of us began dreaming about the best way to celebrate our friend Tracy’s 50th birthday. We decided to raft the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. But instead of doing all the hard work that we were used to doing on such trips, we’d join a commercial trip and let younger, professional guides do the heavy lifting.

Training for the Adventure of a Lifetime

We were all set to go in the Fall of 2020. And then, COVID happened. The trip was put on hold. Half of our group canceled, while a few of us rescheduled for the next available launch date – two years in the future! I had started planning this adventure when I was 60. To be honest, the thought of taking the trip in my 65th year made me a bit uncomfortable. I wasn’t 100% certain my aging body could handle it.

I understood the rigors of whitewater rafting, but I had never visited the Grand Canyon nor spent 16 days in a harsh desert climate far from emergency care. Arizona Raft Adventures (AZRA) began to send emails highlighting the risks of spending 16 days outdoors 24/7:

“Make sure you are physically fit enough to hike every day, sleep on the ground, carry your dry bags and sleeping gear around camp and get on and off the rafts multiple times a day. The more physically fit you are, the more enjoyment you’ll get out of your adventure. This adventure is doable for most individuals if you take it seriously and understand the hiking, camping, rafting and overall risks of an adventure of this sort. We take our responsibility as your guides through Grand Canyon very seriously, and ask that you take your physical fitness and readiness seriously too!”

To bolster my courage as well as my strength, six months before the trip I enrolled in a weight-training program designed for seniors. I began walking at least 8,000 steps per day. Four months before the trip, I began training to meet AZRA’s somewhat startling list of physical requirements:

  • Ascend and descend two flights of stairs carrying a 20-pound bag without using a handrail.
  • Get up on top of a kitchen counter, stand up, and return to the floor without using a stool.
  • Climb several sets of stairs while urgently needing the bathroom.
  • Rise from a seated position on the ground to standing up – 30 times a day.
  • Balance a plate of food on your lap while eating.
  • Suspend your weight from a pull up bar for 15 seconds. (Click the link for proof that I achieved this goal!)

And at the request of some of my longtime clients, I opened my own weekly class series focused on body weight strength. The women who joined had their own reasons: a woman who is getting ready for extended travel with her husband in an RV, an avid gardener with a large property wants to stay fit for the seasonal demands of her hobby, a plein-air painter who enjoys an all-day mood boost after her workout.

That weekly class is still going strong and is open to new members who are approved for moderate intensity exercise.

The Beauty of Adventure Is There’s Something for Everyone

Our rafting trip was full of challenges and extraordinary beauty. Each day began with one of the guides calling us to coffee and breakfast, then we packed up camp to raft down the river as it cut through billion-year-old rock layers.

We kept watch for bighorn sheep as we floated through the flat water and held on tight during the enormous churning rapids. Each night we pitched our camps under the stars and saw the full moon rise and set over towering sandstone cliffs.

Because of my guiding experience, I was invited to row a fully loaded, 3000-pound raft in one of the calmer sections. This gave me deep respect for our strong, young guides. One of the female guides asked if I’d like to row one of the smaller rapids, I firmly declined.

She said, “I believe in you,” which warmed my heart, but I continued to row only on the flats and only when I felt up for the challenge.

I enjoyed hiking at least once a day, often with the reward of a waterfall at the end of a side canyon. We climbed a steep trail to see pictographs and petroglyphs on rocks above the river. An “exposed” hike made me weak in the knees as I maneuvered the crux. Click for my video of hikers taking their time to successfully traverse a very narrow part of the trail. The trick was to not look down!

These kinds of experiences might not be your cup of tea, but I loved every minute of it! All my preparation paid off in being able to say “yes!” to every activity my Grand Canyon trip had to offer. I was surprised by how good I felt every day. Every time I share these stories, I relive the adventure. I may not have another big one in me, but I certainly plan to be active and keep moving for the rest of my life.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

What has been your most cherished experience of your body’s power and grace? What has been the biggest adventure of your lifetime so far? Are you dreaming of an adventure that requires physical stamina and strength?

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Shoppers Swear This Multitasking Mist Makes Their Hair ‘Super Soft’ & Frizz-Free—& I Wholeheartedly Agree


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My hair is always at its best right after I get it trimmed and blown out. It’s light, soft, smooth, shiny, smells good and has extra volume. I don’t think there’s anything I could possibly do on my own to get salon-level strands, but I recently tried a product that helped me inch closer and closer. Ouai is a brand I see literally everywhere and one I’ve been curious about for a while now. It wasn’t until I saw my sister spritz her locks with the Leave-In Conditioner that I cared enough to actually check out the brand’s offerings for myself. 

My sister couldn’t stop blabbering on about this spray, but I honestly was skeptical that it would live up to the hype. Fortunately, Ouai kindly sent me the Leave-In Conditioner and I’ve been misting it onto my hair ever since. After two weeks of use, my final verdict is that it does indeed meet my sister’s high expectations. I could tell straight away that I would be using it after every shower because my hair felt incredibly soft and my flyaways smoothed down. Although my hair doesn’t tangle a whole lot post-shower, I also noticed how effortlessly my Wet Brush glided through my strands.

Suitable for oily, dry and normal hair types, this hydrating mist has multiple uses. For one, it shields hair from heat (temperatures of up to 450°F) and ultraviolet damage. That’s definitely important if you’re blow-drying your hair after a couple of spritzes of this product. The Leave-In Conditioner also smooths split ends and frizz, detangles and conditions. 

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I’m not the greatest at maintaining a haircare routine, so this easy-to-use spray is a godsend. And when I say it’s easy to use, I mean you only need a few spritzes to transform your damp hair into shiny, silky smooth strands.

Shop Ouai’s Leave-In Conditioner at Amazon, Sephora, Ulta, Target and Ouai.

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But let’s get into what makes this leave-in conditioner so effective. An amino acid blend, tamarind seed extract, panthenol and vitamin E protect and smooth your strands like no other. No matter your hair type or thickness, this spray primes your locks for styling and smooths and conditions it to perfection. FYI: It’s cruelty-free, color-safe and paraben and sulfate-free. 

Here’s how to get the best results: On damp hair, spray six to eight inches away from your eye line. You want to spray the product from above your head, so downwards. Be sure to go in with a comb or brush afterward, to ensure the mist gets distributed to all of your strands—even your roots. 

And last but certainly not least: the scent. While I normally steer clear of fragrance in my beauty routine, the Leave-In Conditioner carries a light, clean, floral fragrance that I’m honestly not opposed to. It’s called North Bondi and has notes of bergamot, Italian lemon, rose de mai, violet and white musk.

But here’s the thing: It’s not just my sister and me who stan this product. Nearly 7,000 Amazon shoppers have given it a perfect five-star rating, and it has earned a very impressive 4.7-star overall rating. It’s not every day that you find a hair product with that high of an average rating. 

Aren’t fully on board yet? Let the reviews speak for themselves.

“This stuff takes my poor damaged hair and makes it super soft. I can actually get a brush through it when it’s wet,” raved one reviewer. “This is so much better than the stuff I was buying at the grocery store! It’s a little pricey but I think it’s worth it as it’s so effective. I love the smell too.”

“I have fine/wavy hair and this has worked wonders for controlling my frizz. I wish the smell lasted longer as it smells so freaking good. But I love this product,” wrote another shopper. 

See, it’s really not just me! I wouldn’t typically spend $30 on a hair product, but after using this one, I might just have to restock as soon as I run out (which probably won’t be for a while because a little goes a long way). Head on over to Amazon and try Ouai’s Leave-In Conditioner for yourself.

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How to Bounce Back from Failure After 60

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I know J.K. Rowling’s story by heart – the young, impoverished single mother who stayed true to her writing dream in the face of a failed marriage and what she saw as a failed career choice. The urgency of her situation turned her desire to write novels into a fierce fidelity, which birthed Harry Potter.

I wish that I could say my own writing dream arose in me with the same clarity. But… I’m like that Christmas cactus your Aunt Mary gave you – a houseplant that only blooms in the brittle cold of winter. I did not come to novel writing until I was 62.

A year later, I landed a top literary agent to represent my debut novel, which made me feel that the brass ring was within my grasp. But, a couple of months later, the agent sent me a long list of rejections from publishers, most of whom were generous and encouraging with their praise and admiration for my work, even as they said no.

While frameable remarks from top publishers might have inspired the mature professional, I cried my eyes out, questioned my talent and licked the wound of failure as though it was to be my last meal.

Failure After 60 Feels Different Than the Failure of Youth

Even with its many philosophical and moral lessons in character building, failure takes on more significance now than if I were, say, 32.

It’s the lack of time that creeps into the space and underscores the fact that it’s all finite. Dreams and mortality collide and the unspoken fear is this: What if I die before I see my dream manifest?

There are only two responses to failure at any age. One is to quit. That is the simplest and most seductive of the two. The other is more demanding and requires reflection.

In the second scenario, failure becomes the guide that opens the doors to dig deeper into your psyche, and keep going. You can choose option two all the way up until you really do no longer walk this earth.

If I have learned anything about failure, it’s this: You can run into the arms of a good attitude too soon. Take some time to mourn your disappointment before you hit the mental reset that makes it all tenable.

The mental reset for me happened one day when I was still in my pajamas at 2 pm, un-showered and taking my sorrows out on a chocolate chip – albeit wheat free – brownie. I realized that the pain of disappointment I felt was not from the lack of a book contract; it was from not believing in myself.

I looked in the mirror, and – after I wiped the chocolate off my face – I saw a woman who could fail spectacularly and keep going. There was no way I was going to stop writing. That seemed a far worse sentence than being turned down by a bunch of publishers.

In that moment, success revealed itself. I knew who I was – someone whose strivings inform her stories about the transformative forces of grief, failure, second chances and awakening – the very essence of why I write.

Failing Is Never the Final Word

Failure is never the sum total of who you are. The experience of not succeeding when you feel like time is running out is an invitation to enter the larger vision.

And the larger vision is no more complicated than a simple truth my mother shared when she was 80. “Getting old isn’t so bad,” she said, “but I wish I would have left my dancing shoes on a little longer.”

I’m 69 years old. I feel so incredibly blessed and grateful for second chances, for unexpected transformations and for the plethora of publishers who just lit a flame under my feet, sparking my intention to keep dancing.

After all, the night is young. If I should die before morning’s light, I will have done so with a heart bursting at its seams in what I know to be joyful purpose. That is what I consider true success: to find fulfillment in what you do, regardless of the outcome.

Why We Need Failure to Go Deeper

Unless you are a savant – most of us will find that to be successful – you need failure. You need it to underscore how important something is to you. If you let it, failure will fuel your determination and your focus.

I’ve done more than just eat brownies and stay in my pajamas all day since I got those rejections. In spite of how miserable I felt, I still closed the door of my office everyday and wrote. There are many things in life that we can’t control – the subjectivity of someone’s opinion about our work is one of them.

Failure after 60 isn’t really that much different than failure after 20, except that we all sweat the ‘time running out’ thing.

Maybe that’s why I feel so passionate about accepting the invitation to go deeper into the heart of what I love and reaffirm my chosen purpose. I’ll either become a viable novelist or die trying. It feels to me like two good alternatives.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

What have you learned from failure at this stage of life? What have you done to overcome the feeling of failure? Please share your thoughts and insights below.

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Real Housewives of Miami Makeup & Beauty Finds

Real Housewives of Miami Makeup & Beauty Finds

The Real Housewives of Miami have been on fire this season, and with many of us embarking on warm weather trips as we anxiously await Spring, I wanted to share the makeup and beauty products that keep them looking put together in the heat. Whether you’re looking for an anti-aging sunscreen, the best body bronzer or a the primer that Alexia Echevarria uses to set her makeup in some major humidity, we’re sharing what we’ve spotted the women using that you must make room for on your vanity.

 

Interested in shopping their looks? Check out our coverage, exclusively on Shop LTK, here

 

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Real Housewives of Miami Makeup & Beauty Finds

Real Housewives of Miami Makeup & Beauty Finds

The Real Housewives of Miami have been on fire this season, and with many of us embarking on warm weather trips as we anxiously await Spring, I wanted to share the makeup and beauty products that keep them looking put together in the heat. Whether you’re looking for an anti-aging sunscreen, the best body bronzer or a the primer that Alexia Echevarria uses to set her makeup in some major humidity, we’re sharing what we’ve spotted the women using that you must make room for on your vanity.

 

Interested in shopping their looks? Check out our coverage, exclusively on Shop LTK, here

 

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Sources:

Lisa Hochstein’s Perfumes // Alexia Echevarria and Marysol Patton’s Compact Powder // Alexia Echevarria’s Face Makeup // Guerdy Abraira’s Compact // Alexia Echevarria’s Face Mask // Lisa Hochstein’s Rose Gold Face Mask // Lisa Hochstein’s Eyeshadow in the Hamptons // Nicole Martin’s Go To Makeup Products // Nicole Martin’s Tinted Sunscreen // Nicole Martin’s Fall Red Nail Polish // Nicole Martin’s White Nail Polish // Guerdy Abraira’s bronizing mousse and foundation spotted in #RHOM Season 5 Episode 8 at 23 minutes

 

 

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4 Ways to Do What You Should Instead of What You Want

Do What You Should

So you’ve decided you’re going to finally lose those post-menopausal pounds. Starting today, you’re going to eat better. You make a yummy salad and bring it to work for lunch. You vow to cut down on sweets and exercise for an hour three times a week.

Then you stop in the grocery store, and they are giving out free doughnuts to the customers. You had oatmeal for breakfast and aren’t hungry, but you grab a chocolate glazed one and wolf it down while walking to the cash register.

At lunch, your coworkers order some pizza, and you decide to join them. You put your salad in the fridge and think, “I’ll eat it tomorrow.” And you’re too tired to stop at the gym at the end of the day. So much for good intentions!

Probably everyone who has ever tried to lose weight has had an experience like the example above. Since the first humans evolved in Africa, people have acted against their better judgment.

The Greeks Called It Akrasia

We’ve been doing it for so long that the ancient Greeks coined a name for it: akrasia. It’s when you choose to do something you want even though you know you ‘should’ be doing something else.

Aristotle described two different kinds of akrasia. The first one is motivated by impetuosity or the passion of the moment. This can cause a lapse in reason that leads you to make a choice different from what you know is the better course. Like when you say something in anger that you immediately regret.

Aristotle described the second kind of akrasia as weakness of will. Many of my weight loss clients start out telling me they are weak-willed, but I discourage such thinking.

It is just an excuse, but when we actually believe it, we unknowingly look for ways to prove ourselves right. Plus, it isn’t true. We are all strong-willed when we put our minds to it.

The Marshmallow Test

Years ago, a psychologist conducted what was known as the Marshmallow Test. It demonstrated that a person’s ability to delay gratification correlated more to success and a higher quality of life than other factors like IQ or personality tests.

But, unfortunately for humans, that’s not how our brains prefer to work. Instead, we have a preference for immediate gratification over future benefit, especially when that future benefit takes a while to attain. Losing weight is a perfect example.

Even though you decided to eat less sugar, you still ate that doughnut. And it gave you an immediate taste of pleasure and a little sugar rush, both of which are very short-lived.

Choosing not to eat the doughnut, so we can be slimmer and healthier, requires us to put the best interests of our future self ahead of our current impulses.

But deep down, we really do care about making good choices. So how do we do it? How do we get our ‘should’ self to win out over our ‘want’ self?

Create an Immediate Reward for Making the Long-Term Choice

Emotions create habits, so whenever you make a choice for your future benefit over immediate gratification, create some good emotions around it. Celebrate it!

Say to yourself, “Hooray! I did it!” or something else that will congratulate your success. Really feel the accomplishment of making a good choice. Give yourself a pat on the back.

You can also give yourself small non-food rewards for consistently making the same good choice so that you form a new positive habit. For example, let’s say you commit to eat sitting down every time you eat for a week so that you can enjoy your food more and be aware of what you’re consuming.

Each time you sit down to eat, congratulate yourself. “Yay for me! Way to go!” Then after sticking with it for a week, buy yourself a little gift that you promised yourself ahead of time. By the end of that week, eating sitting down may become natural for you.

Create Accountability

There are several ways to create accountability. One is to proclaim publicly that you are going to do something.

Let’s say your goal is to go for a half-hour walk four times this week. Post it on Facebook or tell your spouse or friend that you are going to do that and ask them to check in with you about your progress. Or commit to paying them $10 for each time that you don’t take your walk.

Even better, have a walking buddy. Find a friend to take those walks with you. That way, if you feel the inclination not to go for a walk, your choice is affecting someone else.

Make It Easier to Make Good Choices

Want to get in the habit of eating more vegetables? Do some food preparation in advance. Make a couple of salads that you can grab from the fridge, or a pot of soup that you can eat for a few days.

Keep some hummus and sugar snap peas in the refrigerator for a quick snack or lunch. You are more likely to make a good choice when it’s easy to do so. Another strategy for making good choices is to have the choice be as painless as possible.

Want to start doing some yoga every morning? Roll out your mat the night before in a place where you can’t miss it. Then decide you’ll do five minutes of yoga right after your morning shower. Connecting the new yoga practice to something you already do every day will help you remember, too.

Visualize Yourself Making the Right Choice

Let’s say you’ve decided that you don’t want to overeat at the party you’re attending this weekend. Sit down in a quiet place, close your eyes, and picture yourself at the party enjoying talking with people and intentionally choosing what to eat instead of mindlessly overeating.

You can actually train your brain using visualization, just like if you have the actual experience. You can take this a step further by visualizing your slimmer self and thinking that you would rather forgo immediate and fleeting pleasure in exchange for the long-term joy of being in a healthier, leaner body.

Rather than using the excuse of being weak-willed, try some of these approaches so you can experience the true joy of achieving your health and weight loss goals.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

What good choices are you making in your life to form positive aging habits? Are you having trouble making commitments to a healthy lifestyle? What changes do you plan to make to create a more positive aging philosophy? Please share your insights and tough choices, and let’s have a discussion.

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Shoppers Swear This Multitasking Mist Makes Their Hair ‘Super Soft’ & Frizz-Free—& I Wholeheartedly Agree


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My hair is always at its best right after I get it trimmed and blown out. It’s light, soft, smooth, shiny, smells good and has extra volume. I don’t think there’s anything I could possibly do on my own to get salon-level strands, but I recently tried a product that helped me inch closer and closer. Ouai is a brand I see literally everywhere and one I’ve been curious about for a while now. It wasn’t until I saw my sister spritz her locks with the Leave-In Conditioner that I cared enough to actually check out the brand’s offerings for myself. 

My sister couldn’t stop blabbering on about this spray, but I honestly was skeptical that it would live up to the hype. Fortunately, Ouai kindly sent me the Leave-In Conditioner and I’ve been misting it onto my hair ever since. After two weeks of use, my final verdict is that it does indeed meet my sister’s high expectations. I could tell straight away that I would be using it after every shower because my hair felt incredibly soft and my flyaways smoothed down. Although my hair doesn’t tangle a whole lot post-shower, I also noticed how effortlessly my Wet Brush glided through my strands.

Suitable for oily, dry and normal hair types, this hydrating mist has multiple uses. For one, it shields hair from heat (temperatures of up to 450°F) and ultraviolet damage. That’s definitely important if you’re blow-drying your hair after a couple of spritzes of this product. The Leave-In Conditioner also smooths split ends and frizz, detangles and conditions. 

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I’m not the greatest at maintaining a haircare routine, so this easy-to-use spray is a godsend. And when I say it’s easy to use, I mean you only need a few spritzes to transform your damp hair into shiny, silky smooth strands.

Shop Ouai’s Leave-In Conditioner at Amazon, Sephora, Ulta, Target and Ouai.

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But let’s get into what makes this leave-in conditioner so effective. An amino acid blend, tamarind seed extract, panthenol and vitamin E protect and smooth your strands like no other. No matter your hair type or thickness, this spray primes your locks for styling and smooths and conditions it to perfection. FYI: It’s cruelty-free, color-safe and paraben and sulfate-free. 

Here’s how to get the best results: On damp hair, spray six to eight inches away from your eye line. You want to spray the product from above your head, so downwards. Be sure to go in with a comb or brush afterward, to ensure the mist gets distributed to all of your strands—even your roots. 

And last but certainly not least: the scent. While I normally steer clear of fragrance in my beauty routine, the Leave-In Conditioner carries a light, clean, floral fragrance that I’m honestly not opposed to. It’s called North Bondi and has notes of bergamot, Italian lemon, rose de mai, violet and white musk.

But here’s the thing: It’s not just my sister and me who stan this product. Nearly 7,000 Amazon shoppers have given it a perfect five-star rating, and it has earned a very impressive 4.7-star overall rating. It’s not every day that you find a hair product with that high of an average rating. 

Aren’t fully on board yet? Let the reviews speak for themselves.

“This stuff takes my poor damaged hair and makes it super soft. I can actually get a brush through it when it’s wet,” raved one reviewer. “This is so much better than the stuff I was buying at the grocery store! It’s a little pricey but I think it’s worth it as it’s so effective. I love the smell too.”

“I have fine/wavy hair and this has worked wonders for controlling my frizz. I wish the smell lasted longer as it smells so freaking good. But I love this product,” wrote another shopper. 

See, it’s really not just me! I wouldn’t typically spend $30 on a hair product, but after using this one, I might just have to restock as soon as I run out (which probably won’t be for a while because a little goes a long way). Head on over to Amazon and try Ouai’s Leave-In Conditioner for yourself.

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4 Simple Appetizer Recipes to Amaze Your Friends in Retirement

Simple Appetizer Recipes Retirement Dinner Party

I have changed the way I entertain friends over the past several years. I rarely have dinner parties and large groups to my house.

Many of my friends are on special diets or have certain health concerns, so I choose to entertain with a variety of appetizers. I still ask people ahead of time if they have any issues with different foods.

Suggested pantry and fridge items to have on hand:

  • several cans of garbanzo beans
  • a carton of sour cream
  • mayonnaise (made with olive oil)
  • a block of cheddar or pepper jack cheese
  • a small box of whole grain crackers
  • a large bag of grated Parmesan/Romano cheese
  • a small can of crab meat
  • green and black olives
  • red and white wine
  • a few cans of beer
  • flavored water (for non-drinking friends)

My Favorite Crunchy Baked Cheese

Simple Appetizer Recipes Retirement Dinner Party

This recipe is delicious and loved by almost everyone.

Ingredients

  • Grated Parmesan/Romano cheese
  • Black pepper/lemon spice (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a large cookie sheet with foil.
  3. Pour the cheese over the foil making sure it is as flat as possible.
  4. Bake in the oven until the top is totally brown and no longer bubbling.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  6. Break the cheese in small pieces.

Baked Almonds or Mixed Nuts

Simple Appetizer Recipes Retirement Dinner Party

Ingredients

  • Approximately 1/4 cup of olive oil, sesame seed oil or avocado oil.
  • Seasonings: curry powder, turmeric powder, black pepper, garlic powder, parmesan cheese, lemon pepper spice, Himalayan salt.
  • You can vary the amount of some or all of these spices to your particular taste.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Pour the oil in a small bowl.
  3. Add the seasonings of your choice to the oil and blend well.
  4. Pour the nuts in a separate bowl and slowly trickle in the oil.
  5. Stir the nut mixture until the nuts are fully covered.
  6. Spread the nuts on a cookie sheet.
  7. Bake the mixture for about 20 minutes.
  8. Turn off the oven and leave the nuts in the oven for about 15 minutes.
  9. Remove the nuts from the oven and allow to sit about 1 hour.
  10. Store the nuts in a container with a lid.

My Favorite Hummus Dip

Simple Appetizer Recipes Retirement Dinner Party

I often have a batch of this delicious Hummus in the fridge, as we love it. Occasionally, when I don’t feel like cooking dinner, this hummus – served with veggies and a glass of wine – does the trick for dinner. The dip keeps in the fridge for about 6 days.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium can of garbanzo beans
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon of curry powder, oregano and garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to your taste

Directions

  1. Drain the beans and rinse.
  2. Pour all ingredients in a blender and blend until very smooth.
  3. Serve with cut up celery, peppers, carrots and small crackers.

My Favorite Easy Crab Dip

Simple Appetizer Recipes Retirement Dinner Party

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup of chopped green onions
  • 3 large green olives or 5 black olives, chopped
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 small can of crab meat
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic salt, oregano, marjoram, tarragon and cayenne pepper (optional)

Directions

  1. Blend together the sour cream and mayonnaise.
  2. Add the chopped green onions.
  3. Add the seasonings.
  4. Drain the crab meat and add to the blend.
  5. Mix the dip thoroughly until everything is blended well.
  6. Serve with celery and small crackers.

Serving appetizers and finger food is an easy way to entertain. People love to pick and choose without feeling obligated to eat everything.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

Do you have some favorite appetizers to share? Do you think this could be a new way to have a dinner party? Please share your thoughts below.

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A Sampling of End-Of-Year Celebrations and Traditions

end-of-year celebrations and traditions

The end of one year and the beginning of the next is surrounded with many traditions involving celebrations and food. 

Perhaps you’re accustomed as I have been, to heading downtown to watch a few fireworks, or joining your family around the television to watch the ball come down in Time Square on New Year’s Eve, or a quiet dinner party with friends and a glass of bubbly and best wishes for the new year.

Or, following any of those up with a New Year’s Day dinner of pork and sauerkraut or some other dish that traditionally speaks to good luck in the new year.

An extended stay with family in Hawaii gave me a window into several cultural traditions other than those I am familiar with.

Allow me to share my sampling of experiences with you. 

How Do You Celebrate New Year’s Eve?

On the island of Oahu, fireworks, sparklers, anything that makes noise, is the order of the day. Many communities across other states in America celebrate on December 31/January 1 with fireworks. On Oahu, many families celebrate with noisemaking and bright lights in front of their home before midnight. I was told this tradition is to frighten away any bad spirits and bring good luck as we moved into the New Year.

At midnight, the sky was bright in every direction and the sound of so many fireworks was amazing. I was advised about 10 o’clock not to leave the family party until after midnight because the smoke from fireworks across the valleys would make driving difficult. 

That was good advice. As we drove to our home at two a.m., the haze continued to waft through the air. Hopefully, any bad luck was sent on its way along with the Tradewinds.

What Do You Eat at Midnight New Year’s Eve?

In Hawaii, I was introduced to a soup called ozoni. Home cooks prepare the broth, and usually it has simmered at least a day. I was told ozoni is a traditional Japanese soup and should be eaten immediately after midnight New Year’s Eve, the first food eaten as the New Year begins. It symbolizes prosperity and good health.

Every home cook has their own recipe for ozoni, but I was served clear broth that had been simmering a full day, mochi (a pounded rice), green vegetables and some seafood.

What Do You Know About Celebrating the Chinese New Year?

Staying on Oahu through mid-January, I was also given a sampling of the tradition and celebration of the Chinese New Year. 

When picking up my granddaughter from school a few weeks ago, I was greeted by a teacher and my granddaughter offering me a cup of tea. I was taught how to hold the cup with two hands, as well as a specific phrase to use in acknowledgement.

Traditionally, each younger generation serves the next older generation. When children are serving, they are generally rewarded by the older generation with a small token or gift.

As our first month of the new year is now behind us, I leave you with my smattering of experience and understanding of additional traditions that look towards a year of prosperity and well-being.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

Do you celebrate any tradition that promotes good luck and prosperity in the new year? What foods are important to you as the calendar turns over another year, be it 2023 and/or the year of the rabbit?

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