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Love Your Gray Hair So It Will Love You Back! #over50 #beautyover50 #over50beauty

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After taking my Christmas selfie, I looked at the photo and noticed a small gray hair on my cheek. I started to re-take the photo, but then I decided to let that gray hair be. That gray hair says “See me!” My gray hair has a life of it’s own. My gray hair walks into the room before I do! My gray hair announces to the world: “Look at me!” When I walk into a restaurant, the young waitresses look at the top of my head. Sometimes they ask, “Is it real?” Several years ago, I was standing in line at a Health and Fitness Expo, and I could hear two women behind me trying to figure out if my hair color was a new color. I smiled, turned around and said, “No, it’s natural.” They apologized. I said “No problem.” My husband laughed. I wear hats to protect my skin and hair from the sun, wind, and cold. When I wear hats, I can pretend I’m younger than I am because you can’t see most of the gray. However, gray hair pokes out from behind, saying “You will not deny me!” You may ask, “Why not dye your hair?” I can’t. The reason — my Mom. When she was in her death bed at the hospital, a few days before she died, I was sitting in a chair at the foot of her bed. She complained that she really wanted to go to the hair salon. I smiled, and admired her full head of gray. It was like a shiny halo around her head. Mom never died her hair, and neither will I. My gray hair is a testament of a precious gift from my Mom and Dad.

How do I keep my gray hair shining like Christmas tree tinsel?

  1. Omega 3
  2. Scalp Moisturizer such as Dudley’s Hair and Scalp Conditioner, 4 Ounce
  3. Water Hydrates Skin, Scalp and Hair
  4. Special Shampoo and Conditioner for Gray Hair such as Clairol Shimmer Lights 16 oz. Shampoo + 16 oz. Conditioner (Combo Deal)

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Saying Goodbye to Your #Career … #retire #retirement #retireinspired

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When I left my job for the last time, I drove away with a tear in my eye. I played a sad song on the CD player, drove down the street, and prayed that I made the right decision. My mind still wanted to work, but my body was tired. Job stress was affecting my health. When I was younger, I could ignore or shake off the stress. In my mid 50s, I started feeling the effects of stress. I had to make a choice between the nice paychecks and my health/life. I had worked so long and hard to establish my career, and advance through the corporate ranks. I didn’t want to give it up, but I had to. I did not want to push the limits, and end up on a gurney in an emergency vehicle heading to the hospital! I wanted to walk away on my own terms with my head held high.

It has been one year since I retired. I don’t regret my decision at all. During the past year, my focus has been my health. Every single day, I focus on getting enough rest, eating right, drinking lots of water, exercising at least 30 minutes per day. I try my best to stay calm, but I have had some challenges. My husband and I retired at the same time, so we are both in the house at the same time (smiles). It is a huge adjustment. We talk alot so we can work though the logistics, misunderstandings … The one thing I miss about the workplace is the social interaction. I miss some of my co-workers, so I try to stay in touch via email, and having lunch every now and then. For a delightful book on getting older and better, click Over 60 and Picking Up Speed: A Spring Chicken Tells How Not To Make A Career Out of Growing Older. For more on mid-life career changes, click Mid-Life Career Rescue Series Box Set (Books 1-3):The Call For Change, What Makes You Happy, Employ Yourself: How to change careers, confidently leave … you hate, and start living a life you love,.

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Diamond Jubilee Gala! #givingback #charity #activeretirement

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“Giving back” feels good. Helping those who are less fortunate is a noble thing to do. If you can have some fun while raising funds, that’s a bonus! The Diamond Jubilee Gala brought together local politicians, business owners, and citizens to eat, socialize, dance, and honor high school students who are striving to succeed. Most of all, we enjoyed the dancing because it gives us an opportunity to exercise and have fun! It also reminds us of our first few dates, when we danced the night away! Take a look at the new line dance called the Wobble. These are over 50 folks who can stay in step with each other and the music by the Blue Notes Jazz Band!

The ballroom decorations were absolutely stunning!

An enormous crystal chandelier dominated the ballroom!

What a perfect opportunity to give back and have fun at the same time! What opportunities have you found to give back to your community and have fun? Please share your charitable giving experiences by joining us at The Fifty Plus Network:

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#Retirement is #Walking Around the #Lake on #Weekdays! #retireyourway

Retirement gives you the freedom to schedule activities during non-peak times. For example, the lake is very popular on the weekends. The narrow walkway is filled with joggers, bicyclists, strollers, dogs, children, and their parents. However, on the weekdays, the walkway is wide open! You can walk with your arms extended and open to the awesome nature surrounding you! After working for decades, your body clock is so tuned to postpone activities until the weekends. Once you retire, it seems like a revelation when you can schedule recreation on the weekdays. You feel like you’re playing hookie! Years ago, I read the book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite Sex,which said that connecting with nature is an excellent way to reduce stress. Paraphrasing John Gray, “nature absorbs your stress.” One of the most special retirement moments is the moment when you realize you can schedule fun activities on weekdays!

While driving around Newport News, Virginia, we discovered City Center at Oyster Point! It was Memorial Day weekend and the Navy band was performing near a gorgeous lake! We took a nice, relaxing walk around the lake a enjoyed the free concert!

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When you are finally able to enjoy your #home & #garden all day long …

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Think about it … for more than 30 years, you work hard and save to purchase your home. Just about every day, you have to get up and go somewhere, like work or school or both! You never truly have the time to lounge around and enjoy your home … until you retire. When you retire, you have all day long to enjoy your interior decorating, or change it. When you retire, you have all day long to enjoy the art on the walls, or change it! When you retire, you have all day long to enjoy your newly remodeled kitchen or bathroom. When your retire, you have all day long to downsize and declutter. When you retire, you have all day long to walk outside and check on your garden to see what’s blooming, and what needs help. When you retire, you have all day long to look up at the sky, and watch the clouds float by. When your retire, you have all day long to take a walk around the lake on a weekday.

When you retire, you have all day long to pursue hobbies that bring joy to your life. You can spend all day long perfecting your craft.

When you are retired, you don’t have to request permission to take vacation days. You just get up, pack, and go! When you are retired and go on vacation, you don’t have to worry about the work piling up while you are away. When you are retired, you don’t have to call in to your boss when you aren’t feeling well enough to work.

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#Retirement Planner Recommends 2-3 Yrs of Living Expenses for #Retirees!

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We got up at 5:30 am on Saturday morning to attend a retirement planning seminar. The most important advice imparted by the speaker was the following: Retirees should have 2 – 3 years worth of living expenses stashed away for emergencies! Why? The reason is that it takes 3 years (on average) to recover from a bear market. What is a bear market? Think back to the Autumn of 2008, when the stock market dropped 50% over a 6 month period of time from September 29, 2008 to March 5, 2009. That was the beginning of the bear market. The speaker said that it usually takes about 3 years for the economy to recover from a bear market. Therefore, it is crucial to retirees’ survival to have 2 – 3 years of living expenses to pay bills, and stay afloat. If a retiree has to spend down their retirement accounts to pay bills, they may have to sell stocks or mutual funds at depressed prices. In farmer parlance, that is called “eating your seed corn.”

Where To Stash Emergency Fund?

When saving for the emergency fund, the speaker advised safe bank accounts insured by the FDIC. Brick and mortar banks pay less interest than online banks, but pre-retirees and retirees are most likely more comfortable with brick and mortar banks. It is reassuring to know we can reach our brick and mortar bank in a few minutes, and access our funds. To learn more about bull and bear stock markets, click Stock Market 101: From Bull and Bear Markets to Dividends, Shares, and Margins―Your Essential Guide to the Stock Market (Adams 101).

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9 #Spices & #Herbs Improve #Health! #healthylifestyle #healthyliving

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We are always looking for natural health solutions. Why? 3 important reasons:

  1. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs have side effects
  2. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs can be very expensive
  3. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs can be ineffective

Several years ago, my doctor prescribed Zetia since I had high cholesterol. The pills were very small and fairly inexpensive, but I was hesitant to take prescription drugs. I took a few of the Zetia, but decided I would rather change my diet to reduce my cholesterol. It took many years to change my diet, lose weight, and reduce my cholesterol, but I accomplished my goal! In the meantime, studies discovered that Zetia was ineffective. It did not reduce cholesterol at all. If I had continued to take Zetia, I would have spent lots of money over the years, and my liver would have had to process Zetia for no reason at all. For details on Zetia, click here. One of the most effective spices is Tumeric. We use it to add flavor and health benefits to our Navy Bean recipe. For 10 proven health benefits of Tumeric, click here. For 9 spices and herbs that improve your health, click here. For more on healing spices click Healing Spices: How to Use 50 Everyday and Exotic Spices to Boost Health and Beat Disease.

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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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Survival Instincts Kick in! #Blizzard2016 #jonasblizzard #health #healthy

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We are in the midst of a Winter Blizzard in the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S.! We have 16 inches of snow on the ground and we are expecting 12 more inches! The weather forecasters predicted 40 to 60 mph winds, which would guarantee massive power outages. Fortunately, the winds have not materialized yet, so we still have power. A pleasant surprise is neighbors are helping neighbors. Sometimes, we get so caught up in the daily routines of life, that we forget to look outward and help others. What a heartwarming feeling to look outside and see our neighbors help one another!

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We are being very careful about shoveling and not overextending ourselves. Shoveling snow can be a major cause of heart attacks, so we work a little bit, then rest. For those of us over 50, it is extremely important to protect our health! If there is an emergency,it is virtually impossible for the emergency vehicles to get to our home. Therefore, we are drinking lots of water, eating healthy, minimizing alcohol consumption, and most important, taking breaks. We will continue to update this post as we make our way through the Blizzard of 2016!


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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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