Alternatives to Pills for Pain

Alternatives to Pills for Pain

America is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. Sales of prescription opioids have nearly quadrupled since 1999. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2012 alone enough opioid prescriptions were written for “every American adult to have their own bottle of pills.” Prescription opioids – medications that reduce pain by interrupting pain signals to the brain – only mask the sensation of pain, and they come with side effects including depression, overdose and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping opioid use. Pain relief doesn’t have to come in a bottle, however. Physical therapists can provide a … Continue Reading →
Ack! Where did my hair go? Trying Women’s ROGAINE to grow it back!

Ack! Where did my hair go? Trying Women’s ROGAINE to grow it back!

My hair just keeps getting thinner and thinner as I get older and older. I shouldn’t be surprised by this, my mom has thinning hair and her mom had thinning hair as well. It seems that I have inherited this trait from that side of the family. My dad and his dad, grandpa, also had thinning/receding hair but I’m not sure how much of that impacts my own hair as a woman. There are lots of reasons for hair loss in women, but today I’m focusing on hereditary hair loss. Last week I started using Women’s ROGAINE® thanks to them … Continue Reading →
8 Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy and Sharp

8 Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy and Sharp

The brain is the body’s most complex organ. It’s also the most important one. Brain health is so important and there are things you can do to “work out” your brain! That’s why keeping it healthy is critical, especially as you age. Every day, scientists are discovering how closely our minds and bodies are connected. As it turns out, the things that you do to keep your body and heart healthy may also be good for your brain. Incorporate these eight healthy habits and activities into your daily life to help you optimize brain health and stay sharp in the … Continue Reading →
National Healthcare Decisions Day: Taking the Time to Plan April 16

National Healthcare Decisions Day: Taking the Time to Plan April 16

Today I am sharing an article about National Healthcare Decisions Day which is on April 16. I really feel like this is important information for all of us to have. (Disclosure: I have been compensated to share, but I feel strongly about this topic.) It may seem like a somber topic, but it is much easier to have the conversation now. This is for all adults, not just senior citizens. For those of you in the St. Louis, Missouri area be sure to check out Missouri Bar Associations help page for more information on durable power of attorney for healthcare … Continue Reading →
Don't Worry, Retire Happy!

Don't Worry, Retire Happy!

I have said it before and I will say it again, I am not really great with money. However, the more I do work on understanding it and planning our own money the better I am getting at it. While I do have savings for retirement already, there is really no plan other than just keep depositing money. This worries me because I have never really sat down with Hubby and tried to figure out how much we will need and how to get that amount. We are in our mid 40’s now though and it is really time we … Continue Reading →
Healthy Eating Healthy You Recipe Contest

Healthy Eating Healthy You Recipe Contest

This is a recipe c0ntest I had to share with you all because the focus is on healthier eating. Don’t worry about voting either – while the entries are open to public voting that does not impact the winner. The winners will be chosen by the BrightFocus Foundation. The prize is a $100 Target gift card and a prize package of items from BrightFocus. Simply submit a healthy recipe that avoids foods that contain saturated fat and sugar and include at least three of these healthy food items: Bell peppers Berries Broccoli Brussels sprouts Canola and olive oil Cantaloupe Carrots … Continue Reading →
10 Good Things When Your Child Leaves the Nest

10 Good Things When Your Child Leaves the Nest

My son has been out on his own since this summer. There are a lot of things I miss about not having a child at home but today I am focusing on ten of the good things that happen when your son moves out of the house. Hubby and I are officially “empty nesters” which feels odd because I think we are so young, but I guess age is not a factor. Here they are, in no particular order (they are all good)… Your grocery bill goes down –teenage boys eat a lot Your sex life improves –you have the … Continue Reading →
COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease [infographic]

COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease [infographic]

This Saturday’s infographic is a bit sobering and hits close to home. My grandpa passes away from COPD on Monday. Grandpa had smoked for years and years and was still smoking up until he died. While there are multiple things that can cause COPD, smoking is a giant factor. The Great American Smokeout is coming up (I will have a post this week about it) and I really encourage all of you who are still smoking to try and stop. I know how hard it is, I smoked myself for many years (I quit 10 years ago). Please take just … Continue Reading →
I want to be old

I want to be old

Today I was at the doctor’s office again. We were discussing options for the surgery I have scheduled on Tuesday. I am having my right ovary and a large cyst removed for sure, but we talked about other possible scenarios also depending on what he finds. This is a new doctor for me so I was filling him in on a bit of my background, especially my weight loss surgery in January. The one thing that stuck in my head that I said to him was “I want to be old”. Yep, that’s right! I do want to be old, … Continue Reading →
B(l)oomers Party Fabulousness

B(l)oomers Party Fabulousness

No, I’m not officially a “baby boomer”, I was born in 1970. And no, I’m not trying to age myself prematurely either. However, when I read about the B(l)oomers party by BOOMbox Network that was happening in Chicago and saw the fabulous sponsors and fabulous women who were attending I felt compelled to go. (Disclosure: I have not been compensated or required to write about this event. I’m doing so because I want to. I did receive samples of some products.) The official details said ages 45+, hmmm, I’m 43, just two years off. I really did feel though that … Continue Reading →