Saving our faces can be a struggle for us Boomers. Besides worrying about lines and wrinkles, we have EXTREME moisture issues. Why did all that oil we complained about back in the day have to do a complete vanishing act?
Sure, there're plenty of face creams out there but if your skin is sensitive like mine choosing is complicated. Anything too harsh just brings on breakouts, redness and even more dryness. Not a pretty picture!
One of my favorite, forget-your-worries solutions launched in 2012 comes from Fiafini Skincare. Clinically proven to be safe for all skin types, including seriously sensitive, this 100% natural line protects skin from environmental and free radical damage, dehydration and irritation. It uses the antioxidant power of South African Marula beauty oil (from trees said to be a source of health, healing and nutritional support) to promise anti-aging benefits you can see and feel.
And you just might have a chance to try it yourself (whose feeling lucky?!). We've teamed up with Fiafini to give away this face-saving foursome: Delicate Cleansing Emulsion (4 ounces; $28), Divine Hydration Moisturizer (1.7 ounces; $40), Deluxe Anti-Aging Eye Cream (.5 ounces; $38.50) and new Exceptional Skin Serum (.5 ounces; $38).
Fiafini Skincare uses South African Marula beauty oil (no harsh chemicals) to provide anti-aging benefits you can see and feel without risking irritation. This 100% natural brand is offering one lucky Boomer Babe the chance to win this face-saving foursome (a $144.50 value):
Click "Read More" for details on how to enter. Contest ends Dec. 20!
There's one thing you learn real fast when you travel overseas. The good ol' US of A doesn't have the market cornered on kitsch. Yeah, we've got your "World's Largest Ball O' Twine," "Aligator Farms" and crappy souvenir stands, but we can't hold a candle to some of the stuff you'll see across the ocean.
While we think anything older than 50 years is a venerated antique (for those you keeping score at home, that makes me a collectible), they have historical artifacts going back centuries that they're more than happy to knock off. And off. And off again.
Take Michelangelo's David for instance. His masterpiece is more than 500 years old and he's been knocked off more times than my beloved Texas Rangers. Dude must not have been smart enough to copyright his statue, because I don't think he'd have allowed this...
How 'bout a bobblehead David for your dashboard
Texans have a saying they sometimes use when sizing up the measure of a man, "He's all hat and no cattle," they'll sneer when the person in question is less than what he pretends to be. A Texan might size up David Bitter with the opposite of that remark.
My friend Debbie always looks trendy, sporting a cute, little crossbody bag. I wish I could do the same, especially when we travel, but I normally carry too much stuff. First off, I've got to have credit cards, coupons and keys. Then hairspray, lip balm and breath mints along with tons of other just-in-case-I-need-'ems.
It sounds like a cliché to say it, but WOW this year has gone by fast. Thanksgiving, that day where we bow in respect to the patron saint of Gravy and his partner football, arrives Thursday. This Thanksgiving will be different for Charlotte and me for several reasons.
"Different" is an understatement. This holiday may be unrecognizable from any we've had in almost 35 years of marriage. Hold on Boomer Nation, it's not necessarily a bad thing. Lemme splain it you.
Charlotte and Cole
Charlotte and Cole
Our son Cole is a full-fledged resident of New York now. He's got a job (that's a BIG thanks) an affordable apartment with a good roommate and good health (thank you - thank you - thank you). Maybe best of all, he survived Hurricane Sandy and her Storm of the Century (Thanks again).
Our traditional Thanksgiving movie marathon featuring Elizabethtown, The Red Shoes and Dazed and Confused
Bob is a true Thanksgiving baby. Besides being born on that very day in 1955, he was the answer to many prayers from his parents, Jo and John, and, of course, the future me.
Since we're landlocked in Colleywood, Charlotte and I enjoy getting out on the water whenever we get the chance.
This is the loading zone for boarding the Mobile Bay Ferry. The Ferry holds about 20 cars and can paddle you over to Dauphin Island in about 30 minutes depending on weather. It's not the only way to get to the island (there's a bridge on the other side) but it's one of the prettiest, most laid-back ways to get there. Everybody's in a good mood and the conversation is lively out on the deck if you want to strike up a conversation. Sometimes, it's really good to do this...
When Bob and I began planning our Italian adventure, I worried. Would the weather warrant bringing my cute, black boots? How many sweaters would I need for 10 days? And how could I squeeze my makeup, clothes and an overflow bag for all the leather I'd bring home into one, gotta-weigh-in-at-under-50-pounds suitcase?
But I never stressed about what I'd eat once I got there.
For Bob, my brother David and my dear friend Bev, fall revolves around football.
I'm not that into sports. But I'll happily cheer for our very own Cowboys (Go Dallas!) or even the Packers (my dad's all-time favorite) if we load up on simple snacks ... the crunchier the better.
That's why Bob and I were thrilled to team up with G.H. Cretors for a great, game day giveaway. The popular, popcorn maker is offering three, lucky Boomers the chance to score a prize package ($30 value) loaded with five varieties of fluffy, all-natural goodness:
You could score some serious, game day snacks thanks to G.H. Cretors popcorn. We're giving away 3, super prize packages, including:
All 5 varieties of the popular, better-for-you popped corn: Plus 5, adorable popcorn cups for serving the addictive snacks. Click "Read More" for the scoop on how to enter. Contest* ends Nov. 29! Sometimes, my brain has to take a beat before remembering my age. Then it hits me. I'm 55. I don't feel much different than I did in my 30s or 40s. But that "middle-aged" woman in the mirror looks more and more like my mother every day. (Thank goodness, my mom has sensational skin!) You know what they say...payback's a B****. Or, in this case, maybe payback's a BEAR!
Charlotte and I stumbled across Keeper of the Flame the other night on Turner Classic Movies and instantly realized we'd found an overlooked classic.
In the Mirror
Catching Up With..
Regardless of your political persuasion, Rick Niece is a president I think you'd be happy to support.
I used to do a lot of solo business travel - trade shows (the usual suspects...Vegas, Chicago, Cincinnati, Orlando, Atlanta...) and visited some pretty exotic places in pursuit of new clients. Ever been to Cannon Falls, MN? How 'bout Ft. Wayne, IN or Westpoint, MS? They've both occupied top spots on my travel itinerary.
All 5 varieties of the popular, better-for-you popped corn:
Plus 5, adorable popcorn cups for serving the addictive snacks.
Click "Read More" for the scoop on how to enter. Contest* ends Nov. 29!
Sometimes, my brain has to take a beat before remembering my age. Then it hits me. I'm 55. I don't feel much different than I did in my 30s or 40s. But that "middle-aged" woman in the mirror looks more and more like my mother every day. (Thank goodness, my mom has sensational skin!)
You know what they say...payback's a B****. Or, in this case, maybe payback's a BEAR!