Seasonal Skin Care Simplified

Well cared for skin is the palette for your future.

Soothing 24hr moisture...The more mature we get, the lighter should be our makeup regimen, and the more we should pay attention to skin care, so the current wisdom goes as we age.  It’s important to act our age, and in doing so, we offer a fresher face to the world!  You might decide to give it up entirely, many women do.  I prefer a little polish, knowing I can’t erase the wrinkles of time and experience.  And really, nor would I want to!

Exfoliating is an important part of my regimen.  I do it twice a week in the shower.  Moisturizer is essential.  I like a tinted moisturizer topped off with a little loose powder.  This evens out my skin tone, I’m one of those that has the  underlying ruddiness!  I save the mascara, blush and shadow when I want to be a little more groomed, however, my usual regimen, including a lipcolor protected by lip gloss, is sufficient for most of my lifestyle activities.   I tend to stick with Chapstick brand Cherry lip gloss.  One with SPF is good for the summer when out all day!

Augment your skin care routine by wearing a sunhat while out in the sun.  Hydrate well with water.  A slice of lemon in your glass of water gives it some “juice”!  Quit smoking, as cigarettes dehydrate the skin.  An alcohol habit also dehydrates the skin.

I wear gloves outside for yard and barn chores, and also when riding.  My hands still seem to show the wear and tear!  I depend on regular use of hand cream.

I hope this gives you some ideas to simplify your routine.   If it makes you feel good, give it a try!




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February is for tune-up!

Good morning, Friends!

Snow still on the ground and fog in the air!  However, birds are arriving and many horses have decided to start shedding!  I can always tell at home by the amount of hairballs my Cavvi Spaniel, Barney, leaves around the house!  Spring still arrives with all of the accompanying allergy symptoms, some years mild, some years not!

February is a great time to start daily probiotic therapy in time for spring allergies.  I started in February a couple of years ago, and when my trigger allergy month came around, I never had a symptom!  I like to give a two month trial for herbal medicinals and supplements to take effect.  Remember, longer onset, fewer or no side effects!

Daily probiotic therapy has done a great job for me with regularity, digestion, boosting my immune system, and allergy symptoms!  Make sure you pick a product with at least three different strains.  Check the label to see if it needs to be refrigerated after opening. Do yourself a favor, and get started right away!



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Follow your passion for menopause

Six Blue Circles

People may call what happens at midlife “a crisis”.    But it’s not.  It’s an unraveling – a time when you feel a desperate pull to live the life you want to live.  Not the one you are “supposed” to live.  The unraveling is a time when you are challenged by the universe to let go of who you think you are supposed to be and to embrace who you are.

–Brene Brown

I’m right here, right now!

I’ve been percolating on some ideas these last number of months, seeking to rebalance my life and focus.  I’ve played the conventional game for the last twenty years.

I love to write so I’ll be doing more of that.

I want to help people find a wellness balance in their lives.  As a Doctor of Pharmacy, in practice, I see many lives dependent on toxic substances, in their home, and in their bodies.  There isn’t room in the conventional thinking of wellness in a natural sense.  I want to make room in my life to develop that.

Have you made the transition to follow your passions?

I’d love to know, and how you are doing!

Let’s keep in touch!








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Going Down the Garden Pathway. . . . . .

Good morning, friends!

Doctor Themed CupcakesA couple of months ago, I got hit with a UTI, which necessitated a trip to the Urgent Care.  I had not established care with a Primary Care Physician since I moved here two years ago.  Can’t I just put it off a little longer?  Logic dictated that I get established, but I had not moved on it.

That day, with my visit, I was diagnosed and given an antibiotic.  I was also tagged for high blood pressure.  I do get higher readings than at home due to “white coat syndrome”, rather like an anxiety producing state of mind.

With the stress of a move, new job, a subsequent job change, and yes, not managing my diet very well, gaining a few pounds, I had set myself up for a wake up call!  Darn!

MedsI really don’t want to go there, down the path of high blood pressure, and subsequent other triggers to heart disease, and more medicine!  I also left that day with a prescription for lisinopril and an appointment with a practitioner for follow-up at the affiliated clinic.

I resolved to clean up my diet and promptly started the Dynamite 180 protocol.  I ordered a couple bottles of the drops and Dynalite.  I already take the usual Dynamite daily vitamins and minerals.   I couldn’t find my blood pressure cuff, so ordered another one from  Within 10 days, I had lost a few pounds, and my blood pressure was reading my usual-for-me readings, if not a little better!

Salad for LunchI just am not willing to take the band-aid of maintenance medicine.  I don’t like to harp on weight loss, but weight gain does throw your body out of balance, and has a trickle down effect on all your systems.  Granted, artery flexibility is a tough one as we age, I’m researching it!

I’m down fifteen pounds in weight, and having really great readings.  For every twenty pounds of weight lost, you can remove a blood pressure medication.  That is still clinically significant!  Be sure to work that routine in with your provider!  I’m sure they will appreciate your proactive approach to your ongoing health!

Weight LossWhat changes have you made for your health care?  I’d love to know! 



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Hay There!

IMG_0060Wow, this anticipated year of transition lasted longer than I would have thought!  I’m so glad to arrive at a spot where I can draw you, dear friends, into the loop again!

For a number of reasons involving and motivated by my family, I relocated to Spokane, Washington.  It was the year before she started high school, the classic window of opportunity to get children moved and ready for the transition!

I had considered Western Washington as well, however, I do have an affinity for the East side of the mountains!  With research, I felt that Spokane offered improvement on many levels, offering progress to move forward in many areas of my life!

I appreciate having more choices for my daughter for higher education, perhaps I can be a co-dependent parent for a little while longer if she can find a school here!  Of course, I do not tell her such a thing, lol!

As a single, working parent, it helps to have an availability of competitive services, more to choose from, to help run my household and meet my needs.  I was able to have some tree work done, a room painted, and beds delivered two weeks before I officially made the move.

Her Dad and I had agreed to reside in the same city for her high school years to give support between us.

There is enough economy here, drawing additionally from Idaho and Western Montana, to generate horse activities, from Cowboy Dressage, to Ranch Sorting, and many areas to trail ride and camp.  I had never explored this part of the State!

Overall, I have been very pleased with where I “landed” in the area!  I found a nice turnkey place to shelter all my entities, I can see the garage floor now, and it feels like home!

Stay tuned for more on this latest life adventure!  Would you do it?





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To be or not to be. . . . .for menopause

Govanhill photoshoot at the Arches, Glasgow: LaughingEver get asked for advice?  A good friend emailed me with questions about her diagnosed osteoarthritis.  Being a pharmacist, a medical professional, I decided to help my friend, but perhaps not from the direction she was expecting.  Or at least not right away.  When we are faced with lifestyle decisions as we mature, what considerations influence the direction you take?  What do you see as your “quality of life” goal?

I cannot speak for others, but hopefully giving myself as an example, explore some philosophy behind the decisions that move our lives forward.

WP_000067Being a single working Mom, I was compelled to make some decisions regarding my  health and well being a couple of years ago.  When we make decisions about our health, that in turn influences our involvement with the people in our lives, those who have a vested interested in our lives, our autonomy going forward in our lives, and activities that we stay involved with or modify in some way.

DSCN0306I started with my weight management a little over two years ago.  As a single working Mom, the “buck stops here” so to speak.  I do not have a boyfriend or husband vested in me or my life.  I have a teenager at home, and work full time in my profession.  I manage, to a greater or lesser degree, to have a horse hobby, with two horses at home on my small acreage, friends to ride out with, and lesson work as can be managed.

DSCF3459My goal is to guard my self sufficiency as I mature in life, and continue to give my best to my daughter, and participate in my horse sport.  Being physically healthy starts with an assessment of weight management, as with proper management we can control our numbers for cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure, and ease the burden on our muscular-skeletal system.

martini anyone?I was at a crossroads, I had to make a decision, and I had to do it.  I had to step up and deliver for myself.  I went with the Dynamite 180 program, you can review my progress from the beginning.  I’ve been successful in my weight management for over two years.  Pick your plan, I’ve been successful with this one, and can apply the protocol to tune up as I go al0ng.  I have experienced in the past some weight fluctuation, and the Dynamite 180 program gives me the tools to deal and keep on track.

DSCN0327So, first, lose the weight, bring your numbers to normalcy, have better balance on your horse, take the stress off your body, eliminate much of the discomfort the extra weight causes, have more energy, and get a better night’s sleep!

Stay tuned for the next step in the journey!

Here’s to the best you can be, or want to be, for menopause!


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Things we can learn from a dog for menopause


Barney, the new addition!

Barney, the addition!

Good morning, Ageless Angels!  It is a well established fact that having a dog or cat in your life is beneficial to your health, especially for menopause!  Here is a summation, along with some humor!

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

When it’s in your best interest, practice obedience.

Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.

Take naps and stretch before rising.

Run, romp and play daily.

Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you’re not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

Thrive on attention and let people hug you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree.

When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout – run right back and make friends.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

I happened upon this recently in a file in the back of the cabinet, I don’t know by whom or where it originated.  I thought I would share it’s appropriateness for menopause and beyond!


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Health affirmations for menopause

Longford River one fine summerHere we are, coming out of winter, ready to shed the extra pounds from hibernation and comfort food!  I am!  Sorted through the closet for my favorite jeans, OK, time to lose the muffintop and the accompanying extra layer of insulation!

It helps to remind myself what I want this to accomplish.  When I’m thinner and lighter, I have better balance riding my horse.  I don’t want to outgrow the saddle I just bought!  I feel like I am detoxifying my body when I tighten up my diet.  I love being lighter and thinner!

I find that it is a big help when I am involved in something I am passionate about.  For me, this involves my horse habit.  I admit, a little vanity creeps in for the sake of taking pictures with my horse looking more fit and trim!  And I feel more like myself when I’ve shed the extra pounds!

I’ve hung my jeans on the front of the closet where I can see them every morning.  I can get them zipped up, but oh, they are pinching!  My goal is to be in them comfortably by March 21st, for attending the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo in Albany, Oregon!

I’ve got my Dynamite 180 and my food protocol.  Click on the menu tab above to get yours!

Let’s tune up together for menopause and beyond!



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Feel your face for menopause

Where The Rainbow StartsDuring the winter, I exfoliate more often, your face takes a hit with the winter wind and cold!  I have blonde skin that is sensitive to many products, and also tends to get blotchy red!  I keep coming back to the Arbonne Rejuvinating Cream.  It’s also light enough for hot weather use, and a little secret, I keep it in the fridge, it feels so good!  It’s perfect for all season freshness for your face!

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Moisturizing your face is a minimum for skin care.  Preventing sunburn always makes good sense.  Keeping yourself hydrated will reflect on the health of your skin.  Having an alcohol habit and a smoking habit will lend itself to drying the skin, compounding itself for the long term.  This is not new information!  Practice relaxation techniques so as to avoid chronic frown lines.  And remember, presenting yourself with a twinkle in your eye and your beautiful smile will be the first thing people notice!

Be your best for menopause and beyond!





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