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Getting #Married Again? Consider #Prestonwood #CountryClub! #wedding

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If you are over 50, you may be in a “mature” relationship and considering marriage … If so, consider Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, North Carolina! We were invited to a family wedding at Prestonwood, and used the opportunity to tour the Research Triangle area. Since we are over 50, we always like to do a drive-by to make sure we know where we are going before the scheduled event. So, we took a scenic ride through the famous hi-technology corridor. Since we are both techies, we really enjoyed driving past the corporate facilities for companies such as Biogen, Cisco, Lenovo, Delta Products, and FujiFilm. This area of North Carolina is so green and pretty … lots of Crepe Myrtle trees blooming, perfectly manicured greens, clean and well-maintained roadways. When we arrived at the Prestonwood Country Club, we were amazed at the visual! The buildings and the grounds are extraordinary!

As we drove around to the back of the buildings, we spotted the golf course, which was breathtaking!

This is our first taste of country club living! Perfectly manicured grounds, golf course, tennis courts, and a beautifully-decorated Grand Ballroom await! The Grand Ballroom seats up to 350 people, and most of the seats were filled. We all wondered if the bride would come down the winding staircase …

To our surprise, the bride entered from the back of the ballroom. We know it must be difficult to navigate the winding staircase in a wedding gown with a long train! The dining room was beautifully decorated. Another winding staircase was the perfect backdrop for the bride and groom to surprise us by popping up from behind the stairs and descending down the stairs holding hands!

To round out the evening, the brother of the groom delivered a very funny wedding toast!

Attending a wedding at a country club was a new experience for us. We were wide-eyed and excited about our new experience, and especially happy to share our family’s very special wedding day!

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#Over50 #Adventures in #LasVegas! #Rihanna #travel #vegas

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Adventures in Vegas … Join us as we travel to Las Vegas to see Rihanna! Yes, believe it or not, a couple of over 50 seniors are going to see a millennial rock the stage! Why? It keeps us YOUNG! To be honest with TheFiftyPlusNetwork, one of us loves Rihanna! Guess which one?! I had never heard of Rihanna until the incident with Chris Brown. That’s when I discovered many of her CDs around the house … At first, I was a little jealous. My feelings of jealousy lasted for years. Every time I heard one of her songs while we were riding in the car, I changed the channel. After awhile, I began to feel a little silly about my jealousy. To rid myself of any feelings of envy and jeolousy, I suggested we take a trip to Las Vegas to see Rihanna in concert! It’s my way of empowering myself and validating my self confidence and self esteem. I had to remind myself that there was no need to feel envious or jealous at all.

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Brynn and Lo

The last time we went to Las Vegas was in 2004. We went to see Prince! I felt the same way about Prince that my husband feels about Rihanna … You can fill in the blanks … We are excited about our trip and will keep TheFiftyPlusNetwork updated with posts, pics, and videos! To learn more about Rihanna’s life and career, click here.

We stayed at the Mandalay Bay Resort, the same resort we chose 12 years ago when we went to the Prince concert! The resort is much larger and more grand than ever!

Mandalay Bay has it’s own Convention Center, several restaurants, food court, 2 nightclubs, numerous casinos, shopping, the Michael Jackson One Theatre show, and Shark Aquarium. Mandalay Bay even has it’s own beach! As we were walking downstairs to the beach level, we noticed a beautiful waterfall.

Rihanna has a very distinct style of hair colors, clothing (or lack thereof), and attitude. If you wonder why so many teenagers and young women are walking around with blue hair, green hair, red hair, look to Rihanna. If you wonder why so many teenagers and young women are walking around with their underwear (or lingerie) and high heels, look to Rihanna. When Rihanna made her entrance, she did not enter on the stage, she walked up to a white platform in the middle of the Event Center. It’s difficult to see in the video, but she had clothes on top, and not much on the bottom, just a thin piece of cloth. Hence, the Rihanna style …

After Rihanna’s “Stay” song, she walked into a oblong-shaped cage that was suspended from the ceiling. As the cage began moving toward the stage, Rihanna sang another song and gave all the men in the audience a special treat … Use your imagination …

The only negative about the concert was the loudness of the music. The bass was so loud and thundering that we could feel the pounding in our chests! I was so afraid that I was going to lose my hearing, so I kept covering my ears throughout most of the concert.

All in all, I am very glad we attended the Rihanna concert. It made my husband very happy, and it made for a very exciting weekend! Sometimes, you have to make sacrifices to make your spouse or mate happy. Even though it pains or irritates you, you can find joy in the happiness of your partner.


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Dancing with Michael Jackson at Michael Jackson One Theater!

As we walked around the enormous Mandalay Bay Resort, we kept hearing Michael Jackson’s music throughout the resort. We were looking for the new Mandalay Bay hotel called the Delano, which has large suites. As we walked toward Delano, we were delighted to find huge images of Michael Jackson lining the hallway! Since we are big-time Michael Jackson fans, we decided to imitate some of his famous dance moves. There were other Michael Jackson fans doing the same thing! It certainly brought back memories of Michael Jackson’s entertainment career, Motown, groundbreaking videos, and unique music. The Michael Jackson One Theater, which is across from the larger-than-life images, captures the essence of Michael Jackson and his career.

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8 Daily Habits of Ecstatic Couples! #relationships #marriage

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Are you aware of what happens to your body when you go to bed angry? I know because I’ve done it before and I vowed I would never do it again … Your blood pressure stays elevated all night long, and your whole body is tense. It’s not good for your health and it’s not good for your relationship. Not going to bed angry is just one of the 8 daily habits of wildly happy couples. To learn the other 7 habits, click here. K-Y Yours and Mine Couples Lubricant, 3 Ounce

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7 Ways to Improve #SexOver50! #sex #relationship #relationships

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How do you make love to a man over 50? How do you make love to a woman over 50? All Night Long: How to Make Love to a Man Over 50 How do you improve sex over 50? Let us count the ways!

  1. Maintain Your Physical Appearance
  2. Maintain Your Health
  3. Maintain Your Physical Hygiene
  4. Maintain a Positive Attitude
  5. Try New Adventures Together
  6. Use Nature’s Lubricant
  7. Adjust to Changes in Sexual Performance

Physical Appearance
As we age, we probably spend less time maintaining our physical appearance, especially if we’ve been married a long time. We tend to take each other for granted. It takes effort to fix yourself up. It’s easy to get into a rut, wearing the same old sweat shirt and raggedy jeans all the time. How would your spouse or significant other react if they came home one day and saw you all dressed up? Fresh haircut or beautifully styled hairdo … what a nice surprise! It might remind them of when you first met! Try to recapture the moment you first met. Where were you? What were you wearing? What were the circumstances? What first attracted you to your mate? Any of those old feelings coming back? Feeling a little warm over? Go ahead, fix yourself up, and surprise your significant other!
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Health
The older we get, the more important health becomes. In other words, our health is our wealth! The quality of your sex life is largely dependent on your health. Clear arteries plus normal blood pressure equals good blood flow to all extremities. We made a commitment to our health about 5 years ago. We were enjoying eating and snacking, which began to show up on the scale and in our lab results. It was time to make a change. To learn more about our journey to good health, click here.

Physical Hygiene

It has been scientifically proven, women have a better sense of smell than men. I can smell the garbage and my husband cannot smell it at all! I can smell my husband’s towels when the need to be washed and he cannot smell them at all! Since women have a stronger sense of smell, it is extremely important that men smell fresh and clean, so as to arouse a women’s interest in sex. It is such a turn-on when a man smells good — right ladies!!! I’m sure men appreciate a good-smelling woman too! Your mate doesn’t have to wear strong cologne or perfume. All he or she needs to do is bathe on a regular basis (daily), and wear deodorant. Apply a mildly-scented lotion or scented oil such as Calily Aromatherapy Essential Oil Set, 6 Bottles/10ml each (Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Sweet Orange, Peppermint). That is an extra incentive! One particular area we should all pay special attention to is our feet. If we plays sports, or just work around the house cutting grass or gardening, our feet can get sweaty. A nice way of encouraging your mate to keep their feet clean is to prepare a “healing foot soak” so they can soak their feet after a long day. Warm water and epsom salts is all you need. The feet contain lots of nerve endings, so any extra attention paid to the feet will pay off later in the bedroom! After your mate has soaked their feet, dry them off with a soft towel, and give them a nice little massage. A foot massage qualifies as “foreplay!” Gentlemen — start your engines!
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Positive Attitude

It’s easy to become grouchy or cynical as we get older. Our bodies ache, our lives become more stressful, and we may have financial obligations that overwhelm us. It may help to ask yourself “what’s going well in my life?” Make a list of all the good things in your life. Focus on the good things happening in your life. Many years ago, I read The Power of Positive Thinking. The principles laid out by the author, Norman Vincent Peale, helped me to seek the positive in every situation. It’s much more fun to associate with positive people!

New Adventures

When you do something different, your brain grows new brain cells. So, even though you have a favorite vacation spot, try a different vacation spot. Take a different route to your favorite restaurant. Take a day trip or an overnight trip to a nearby location. It minimizes traffic/driving stress, and allows both of you to enjoy the trip.
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Nature’s Lubricant

As women age, and estrogen hormone decreases, our skin becomes drier, and other parts of our body become drier too. There are over-the-counter products that help with dryness, such as K-Y Yours + Mine Couples Lubricants 3 oz. However, there is a natural lubricant that won’t cost you one penny. You don’t have to go to the store to pick it up. You don’t have to order it online. Nature’s lubricant is instantly available. It is one of our body’s fluids. It is saliva.

Sexual Performance

Let’s face it … sex changes as you get older. As we age, our hormones decline. Testosterone decreases in men, and estrogen decreases in women. The end result is less desire and more discomfort. It’s a subject that folks don’t like to talk about. We don’t want our friends to think we’re not “doing it.” We also don’t want to let on that we’re having problems in the bedroom because it may give an acquaintance the opportunity to “disrupt” our marriage or relationship. What to do?
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Open up the lines of communication with your partner, but be sensitive because it is a touchy issue. Instead of criticizing, suggest something a little different that you both might enjoy. Add a little spice to your romance! The book All Night Long: How to Make Love to a Man Over 50 has many tips for making love to a man over 50 and making love to a woman over 50! Realize that you are both different now. It takes longer to reach climax. Try to be sensitive, loving, and caring. If things don’t happen as quickly, or things don’t happen at all, act like everything is fine and you didn’t even notice. The key is to make sure your mate doesn’t feel pressured. Performance anxiety can be difficult to overcome. The next morning, act like it was the best night you ever had! Be cheerful, positive, and optimistic about the future! Don’t mention what happened or didn’t happen the night before. Just focus on how good you feel, how happy you are together, and your excitement about what the future holds!

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#Travel is Good 4 Mind Body & Soul! #relationship #relationships

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Travel is good for the mind, body, and soul. Traveling can be expensive, however there are 3 reasons to add travel to your hobbies or bucket list:

  1. Traveling gives you an opportunity to explore new places, which piques your interest in the world around you.
  2. Traveling gives you an opportunity to reconnect with your loved one. Spending time reconnecting helps you remember why you were attracted to your partner in the first place! You begin to see your mate in a new, refreshed light.
  3. Figuring out how to find your way around a new location gives your brain something new to think about. When the brain learns news things (cognitive stimulation), it grows new brain cells. It also helps bring you closer to one another because it takes teamwork to navigate new areas, especially if you are over 50. K-Y Yours and Mine Couples Lubricant, 3 Ounce

To minimize travel expenses, use your AARP membership card to receive 10% discounts at hotels and restaurants. We have an aunt and uncle who travel all over the world. To save on the food bill, they share meals. Restaurants pile up so much food on your plate, that you can easily request an extra plate and split the meal in two. It minimizes your caloric intake and reduces your restaurant bill! If you are embarrassed to ask the waiter for an extra plate, use your bread or appetizer plate instead.

If you live east of the Mississippi River in the U.S.A., you can save money by driving the 8 to 10 hours to Myrtle Beach. A few tanks of gas is much cheaper than airfare.

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Add a Little #Spice to Your #Sex Life! #relationship #relationships

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An active sex life between consenting adults is a good thing. It helps you connect on a physical and emotional level with your lover. If you’ve been with your partner for many years, you may be looking to add a little spice to your lovemaking. Wondering how you can add a little spice to your sex life? See a sexy movie! Fifty Shades of Gray is at the theatre. Make a date with your significant other and see a sexy movie. K-Y Yours and Mine Couples Lubricant, 3 Ounce

A healthy sex life between consenting adults has numerous advantages. For a slideshow on the advantages of sex over the age of 50, click here.

Another way to add spice to your sex life is to exercise together. Sound weird? It’s not! Believe it or not, certain exercise moves can generate lots of interest from your mate! For instance, I use a large exercise ball to do “core” exercises. Core exercises build up the core muscles in your mid-section. Sitting on a large exercise ball and flexing my core muscles generates lots of interest! I won’t go into detail about the particular exercises, but this video will provide a visual of the core exercises.

Are you ready for another way to add spice to your sex life? Dancing adds spice to your sex life! Even if you are not a good dancer, you get an “A+” for effort! Dancing gets the juices flowing because you are touching one another, looking into each other’s eyes, and hopefully, moving in synch. Latin dances like the salsa and rumba are very sensual, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Just hold your partner close and move from side to side. Most likely, it will remind you of when your first met and began dating. You don’t even need music! The intimacy of holding your partner close, looking into one another’s eyes, and moving in synch should suffice … K-Y Warming Jelly – 5 oz

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Welcome to The Fifty Plus Network! #over50 #50plus #over50lifestyle #50pluslifestyle

The Big 3 for those of us over the age of 50 are: Health, Career/Business Options, Retirement. The Big 3 will be the focus of our website, thefiftyplusnetwork.com. The impetus for the website came from an article on career challenges for “over 50” employees. One of the interviewees said she wished there was a place to network about issues important to folks over the age of 50. Thus an idea was born! Our goal at thefiftyplusnetwork.com is to become an online meeting place to encourage and help one another, and to share ideas and tips. To join The Fifty Plus Network:

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Are You Fit, Fabulous & #Over50? #healthyliving #healthylifestyle

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Are you fit or trying to get fit? Are you fabulous in your own mind? Are you approaching, at, or over 50? If you answered YES to these questions, then you are perfect for The Fifty Plus Network! We are focused on our health, planning for or already enjoying retirement, and open to new career/business opportunities! We are looking forward to an exciting phase of our lives. Join us as we share fitness and health tips, improve our relationships, network with like-minded individuals, and enjoy a well-deserved retirement! K-Y Warming Jelly – 5 oz

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Actively Plan & Enjoy Your #Retirement! #retire #retireinspired

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Don’t let retirement just happen to you. Make it something you plan and anticipate! After decades of working day in and day out, how exciting is it to plan what you want your golden years to look like … Whether you are currently retired or looking forward to retirement, decide what you want your typical day to look like. Define your typical daily scenario (TDS). What time will you wake up? What’s the first thing you’ll do in the morning? What are your current hobbies and how often will you spend time on them? Are there new hobbies you plan to pursue? Have you developed your Bucket List? One of the most important considerations is — does your spouse or mate agree with your TDS? Your spouse may want a little time alone each day. You may need to adjust your TDS to include an outside activity so that your spouse has a little free time. Your TDS depends on your financial situation. If you are financially secure, there is no need to be concerned about earning extra income, however, if you have doubts about your financial security, your TDS will include working. Think about your hobbies … is there a hobby that can be converted to part-time income? You can have fun and earn money at the same time! Your goals will drive your TDS. For instance, is one of your goals to help others? If so, some of your TDS will include volunteering. K-Y Yours and Mine Couples Lubricant, 3 Ounce

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What is the Key to a Strong Marital #Relationship? #marriage #relationships

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We have been married for decades! We have learned through trial and error that communication is the key to a strong marital relationship. Always keep the lines of communication open, even when you are angry. Never go to bed angry … it’s not good for your health and robs you of a good night’s sleep. Try to go for walks on a regular basis. It gives you an opportunity to get away from the television and other distractions. Holding hands, walking, and talking is a relaxing activity that gives you a chance to re-connect. Walking elevates your endorphins, which makes you both feel better. Many years ago, we took a course in Couple Communications. We learned how to parrot back each other’s words. If you are having a problem “hearing” each other, let your partner say what he is feeling. Then, instead of responding, parrot back what your partner just said. It makes them feel “heard.”

If you are over 50 and have been married to your spouse for many years, there is no doubt that you have both changed and matured over the years. Communicating helps keep you aware of your partner’s feelings, hopes, aspirations and concerns. Menopause and andropause can cause physical and emotional changes. It’s extremely important to keep your mate informed about changes in your body and your outlook on life. We encourage you to share your thoughts and feelings with your spouse. It will help you understand what is happening and why it’s happening! K-Y Love Sensuality Couples Pleasure Gel 1.69oz (2 Pack)

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