Step up your workout routine with MaxiClimber



I have a confession to make – I hate to exercise. I’m OK with walking and swimming, but aside from that, I am not a fan. My plump body is a good indication of that.

It’s not that I don’t want to exercise. I do (to some degree). It’s just that I feel very self conscious about working out in our condo complex gym. I’m not in shape at all and I feel like people are staring at me, or mocking me, when I work out. For this reason I rather work out in the comfort of my own home – away from the snickering and judging.

We used to have an exercise bike. It was fine and I used it faithfully for a long time. Unfortunately it took up way too much room in our living room and there was no where we could push it out of the way. We ended up getting rid of it.

Another time we had a Gazelle. It worked great and my whole family used it. After a while it started to squeak – A LOT. My husband put WD40 all over it but it didn’t work. It also took up too much room. We ended up giving it to our neighbor.


Without any equipment (aside from videos and hand weights) I haven’t exercised much at home with the exception of taking the dog for a long walk. My daughter uses a hula hoop to exercise with but I can’t use that. I don’t know how to hula hoop.

I’ve been on the look out for a piece of equipment that could provide me with an all over workout, was affordable, and would take up very little space when not in use.

One day I was pitched information about a new piece of equipment I have never heard of before – the MaxiClimber.

MaxiClimber engages all major muscle groups to burn calories and build muscle, utilizing the same movements as rock climbing. The easy-to-setup vertical climber is a total body workout that can help you sculpt lean, sexy legs, rock-hard abs and toned, and strong triceps and biceps. By using your own body weight as resistance, MaxiClimber gives a great cardio and strength training workout without putting stress on the lower joints of your body.

Key Features

It sounded interesting. I like that it’s a total body workout. I also like that it doesn’t put stress on your joints and it’s a great cardio workout (getting your heart pumping is key to a successful workout).

MaxiClimber was kind enough to send me one to review.

When it arrived I was at work. My teenager daughter (who loves to work out) saw the box and asked me if she could open it up. I asked her not to because I worried about her losing any of the pieces. She didn’t listen to me. When I got home the MaxiClimber was already set up. It arrives pretty much assembled.

When assembled (and closed) the MaxiClimber doesn’t look like much. It’s tall and not too wide. When it is opened  you can see what that MaxiClimber is all about.

I think this video by MaxiClimber shows you what MaxiClimber can do for you.


Both of my kids hopped on it and used it with no problem. In fact my daughter works out on it regularly. I’m very impressed that she is so committed to exercising.

I have to admit that I was very intimidated by it when I saw it set up. I didn’t think my 250+ pound body could use it without it tipping over. I cautiously used it the first few times until I felt confident enough that it wasn’t going to tip over on me.

THIS IS A WORKOUT! Oh my! I can barely do 10-15 minutes on the MaxiClimber without my heart beating out of my chest and building up a sweat.


The first few times I used it I felt it the next day. I hurt! That is because I was not used to such and intense workout. My arms, legs, butt and sides hurt. Thankfully the more I used it the better I was and the less I felt it the next day.

It doesn’t look like it will give you much of a workout – but it does. It works out almost your entire body with just this one machine. This includes your upper, lower and core.

Compared to other household exercise equipment (treadmills and bikes), the MaxiClimber helps you to get a more intense, overall workout helping you to burn more calories, tighten and tone your body.


One feature I REALLY like about the MaxiClimber is that it folds up easily and can be pushed into a corner or a closet to get it out of the way when not in use. You can’t easily do that with an exercise bike and most treadmills are too bulky.

We live in a tiny condo so space it at a premium in our home. Being able to tuck the MaxiClimber out of the way is a huge selling point for me. It’s also light enough to move around. My daughter is petite and has no problem moving the MaxiClimber around.

I have to admit that I’ve slacked off a bit the past month using the MaxiClimber. Between end of the school year stuff (finals), our daughter’s senior prom (looking for the dress, shoes, hair, makeup…) and graduation I have been on teh go-go-go pretty much all month long. I was so overwhelmed by everything the day after graduation (a Saturday) I slept pretty much the entire day to make up for a month of running all over the place.

Make sure you wear good sneakers when using this equipment. Do not try and do it barefoot. I did and it HURTS! You need to wear good shoes. It’s also safer that way too.

Please ignore my son's backpack and bed pillow on the floor in front of the climber. As you can see it tucks out of the way. Normally it's on the other side of the dresser against the wall. Our daughter had used it and didn't put it back (thus the reason why my son threw his backpack in front of it - that is where he puts his backpack normally).

Please ignore my son’s backpack and bed pillow on the floor in front of the climber. As you can see it tucks out of the way. Normally it’s on the other side of the dresser against the wall. Our daughter had used it and didn’t put it back (thus the reason why my son threw his backpack in front of it – that is where he puts his backpack normally).

Now that things have settled down a bit I am going to use the MaxiClimber on a regular basis. I plan on starting out with 10-15 minutes 3-4 times a week then gradually increase the work out time and days. Ideally I’d like to reach 30 minutes per day 6 days per week. That is an easily obtainable goal to have.

Even my son who doesn’t like to work out at all will use the MaxiClimber. He likes that he can still watch TV while using it. Not exactly the right motivation, but at least he’s moving.

We love our MaxiClimber. You get to work out almost all of your major muscles with just one piece of equipment that can be easily stored away when not in use. It’s a win-win situation if you ask me.

If you would like to learn more about MaxiClimber visit their official website, MaxiClimber.com. You can also follow them on social media (all of the links are found at the bottom of their website).

What do you think about MaxiClimber? Does it look like something you would like to workout with? Feel free to share your thoughts.



*I received a free sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Choose Skin Health this Summer

*I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Neutrogena. I received samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


When I was a young girl I would spend every waking moment outside. I lived in the country. If I wasn’t off on adventures with my cousins (I spent every summer with my cousins), I would find something to do on my own.

I’m not exaggerating when I say I would be outside from sun up to sun down.

Back in the day my family didn’t use products to protect our skin from the sun. In fact I would use baby oil on my skin and lie out in the sun for hours on end when I was a teen just to get a tan. I never tanned – I always burned. In fact I had sun poisoning numerous times as a child through my teen years, as well as two cases of heat stroke. To this day my cousin’s talk about the times I had horrible sun poisoning. My face swelled up and was oozing. It was a horrific site.

Many years ago, when my daughter was a toddler and my son was an infant I went to the dermatologist to check out my skin. He found six “suspicious” moles on my back that he insisted on removing immediately. It was NOT a pleasant experience. It hurt A LOT when the medication he used to numb my skin wore off. I never want to go through that again!

That is when it hit me – the sun can be potentially VERY dangerous to your skin health – and even your overall health. Thinking back on all those years of not wearing an ounce of sunscreen, and all those times I had sun poisoning, made me scared for not only my health but also the health of my family. From that moment on I insisted that my kids wear sunscreen every time they would go out in the sun.

Mother and daughter putting sun protection on their face

My husband also never wore sunscreen growing up. He’s 100% Italian and has beautiful olive skin. In the summer his skin would turn a beautiful golden brown. He THOUGHT he was “immune” against sunburn until one day at the beach he got a really bad one on his back and shoulders. From that point on he always made sure to wear sunscreen when going out in the sun.

Did you know that only 20% of people use an SPF daily – as in EVERY DAY (you can get burned even in the winter months). Did you also know that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their life time? You would think knowing that scary statistic that people would be more likely to take their skin health seriously and apply sunscreen daily, but they don’t.

With this being summer time, people are spending more time outdoors trying to soak up the sun and fresh air before the cool weather rolls around again and we are all stuck indoors again.

Did you know that sunburns in children increase their odds of developing skin cancer later in life? Knowing this will you let your child play outside WITHOUT applying sunscreen?

People with sensitive skin and Eczema also need to take extra care in protecting their skin from the sun’s harmful rays. I suffer from both. My face is sensitive to certain products and I suffer from Eczema on my face, neck, scalp and occasionally patches on my abdomen, arms and hands.


Neutrogena offers consumers several SPF products to help protect the skin health of you and your family. They also offer products that provide adults and babies with sensitive skin and Eczema a safe sunscreen option that protects using naturally sourced sunscreen ingredients. In fact, the National Eczema Association has recently awarded its Seal of Acceptance to five Neutrogena Sun products. The five products include:

  • NEUTROGENA® Pure & Free® Baby Faces Ultra Gentle Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45+
  • NEUTROGENA® Pure & Free® Baby Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 60
  • NEUTROGENA® Pure & Free® Baby Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 60+
  • NEUTORGENA® Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 60+
  • NEUTROGENA® Pure & Free™ Liquid Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Neutrogena sent me a few of their products to review –  Pure & Free™ Liquid Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50, Pure & Free® Baby Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 60+ and Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 60+.

Neutrogena Sensitive Skin

I’ve already used the Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 60+ several times, including the other day at our daughter’s high school graduation which was held outdoors. We had to get there at the very least two hours earlier to ensure we had a place to park and sit. With 649 graduates and their families it was beyond crowed. We arrived two hours earlier to avoid most of the crowd, but that meant sitting outside for two hours, plus over an hour for the actual graduation ceremony.

Being fair skinned I was afraid I would burn but thanks to Neutrogena’s Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 60+ I did not have one spot of sunburn. I am very grateful for that. It was my #1 concern the whole time we were there.

I used the Pure & Free™ Liquid Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 on my face. Actually I’ve used this several times since I received it to review.

Pure and Free Liquid

Sunscreens made for your face often bother my skin or leave me feeling greasy and sticky (which I don’t like). Sometimes they even make me break out. It goes on white but quickly absorbs and the color fades away.

Pure & Free™ Liquid Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is a lightweight liquid that you apply to your face before your moisturizer and make up. You can even wear it alone with no make up (ideal when you are going for a swim).

I didn’t even realize I was wearing it. Once it absorbed into my skin and I went on with my normal beauty routine I didn’t even know that I was wearing sunscreen. It also didn’t bother my skin and so far I have not had any breakout issues.

I like this lightweight sunscreen for my skin compared to others I have tried. It’s by far my favorite and I fully intend on purchasing it when my current bottle runs out.

We also received the Pure & Free® Baby Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 60+ but we haven’t really used it yet. My kids are teens (not babies) but it would still work on adult skin.

Pure and Free Baby

This product is in a stick form. It’s small enough to fit inside your purse or backpack for unexpected outdoor time or if you need to re-apply your sunscreen. I plan on keeping this tube along with my travel products so I can take it with me the next time I travel so I know I always have sunscreen with me.

I did try applying it to my skin. It also absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave any residue on your skin or leave it feeling sticky or greasy.

If you are interested in learning more about recognized Neutrogena sun products visit http://www.neutrogena.com/category/sun/purescreen-+technology.do. Or you can visit www.Neutrogena.com for information. You can also find the brand on Facebook and Twitter. The official hashtag is #ChooseSkinHealth.

Neutrogena Sun Care products are available through Walmart both in-store and online. For more information please visit Walmart.com.

If you have ever used Neutrogena sun products please consider visiting the Neutrogena website to write a review and share your experiences with others.

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*I received free product samples in order to do this review and compensation for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Don’t let motion sickness spoil your fun

Carnival Rides

I used to love the swing ride at the Dutchess County Fair

When I was a young I loved to go on rides at amusement parks. It didn’t matter if the ride wen upside down, backwards or did flips… I loved them all. I especially liked the rides that would spin you around and around at high speed.

Fast forward to when I was pregnant with my daughter. I don’t know why it happened. I attributed it to being pregnant but even a ride on a carousel made me sick to my stomach. I couldn’t go on any rides.

Growing up I went on A LOT of road trips with my family and relatives. I was always in the backseat of the car. It never bothered me at all. For some reason these days I cannot ride in the backseat of a car or even ride in a bus. I found that out the hard way when I was a chaperone on a class trip with my daughter. Riding home on the bus I was so sick to my stomach that I couldn’t move or even open my eyes. It was awful.

I found out that riding in the backseat of cars is equally has horrible.

I attend a lot of events in New York City which require me to use a car service - there is no way I'm driving myself in the city.

I attend a lot of events in New York City which require me to use a car service – there is no way I’m driving myself in the city.

Once I was going to an event in New York City. The company sent car service to take me to/from the event. I was so car sick when I got to the city that I had to dash to the nearest drug store to purchase medication for an upset stomach and I was sucking on peppermint candy throughout the event to settle my stomach.

Car sick is actually motion sickness. It effects millions of people. More than half of those affected are women (54%).

What causes motion sickness? Why are some people effected but not others?

Motion sickness happens when cues from our vision, touch and vestibular or inner ear systems to the brain interpret using chemicals called neurotransmitters. Motion sickness occurs in one of these cues that does not match. There are several modes of transportation that can cause motion sickness to occur, such as cars, planes, trains and boats. Even playing video games or watching IMAX or 3-D movies can cause motion sickness.

Years ago a friend of mine recommended that I try Dramamine. Dramamine helps to prevent the nauseous feeling you get when motion sickness kicks in. Just be aware that the original formula can make you feel drowsy. The brand does have non-drowsy formulas. I would use the original version if you’ll be traveling for a long time and don’t mind taking a nap when traveling. If you are traveling and have things to do I would suggest the non-drowsy formula. That way you are alert when you need to be.

Dramamine Non-Drowsy Naturals


Dramamine recently introduced a new product to their ever expanding product line – new Dramamine Non-Drowsy Naturals. I received a package of the new Dramamine to test out.

Dramamine Non-Drowsy Naturals;

  • Contains the clinically tested ginger dosage required for preventing and treating motion sickness. Other sources of ginger, including candies, gums, or ginger ale, may not contain a full clinical dose.
  • Prevents and treats the symptoms of motion sickness (nausea and vomiting) without drowsiness.
  • Non-Drowsy Naturals is safe to use every day you travel since it’s made from natural ginger.

Check out this brief video about the new product.


I actually like ginger. I like the way it tastes. I’ve used ginger candy and gum to help an upset stomach. When I was little my mom would always give me ginger ale soda when I had an upset stomach.

You cannot taste the ginger in the Dramamine Non-Drowsy Naturals, it’s just made out of ginger.

I was asked to take on a challenge to see if the Dramamine Non-Drowsy Naturals helped with motion sickness. I hadn’t had any plans to go to an amusement park, or travel into New York City for an event, but I did have the opportunity to try out the new Dramamine when my family traveled to Pennsylvania for a family party. I took the Dramamine “Take a Road Trip” challenge. We live in New York and my cousin’s party was in Pennsylvania. It’s a three hour road trip – 2 1/2 of those hours are in New York.

It was a 50th birthday party. We couldn't miss it.

It was a 50th birthday party. We couldn’t miss it.

Our daughter had her road test coming up and needed more practice driving. She’s only driving on local streets and wanted the opportunity to try driving on the interstate. Since two and a half hours of our trip was in New York (where she had a learner’s permit – she couldn’t drive in Pennsylvania), we let her drive that portion of the trip (to PA – it was dark on the way back so my husband drove). Having her drive a portion of the way meant my husband or I had to sit in the backseat. Since I get nervous when my daughter is driving I volunteered to sit in the back of the car with my son.

Knowing that was going to be the driving arrangement to start off with (as least for an hour or so into our trip) I knew to take the Dramamine Non-Drowsy Naturals a half hour before we got in the car to allow for the product to make it’s way into my system. Adult dosage is two pills.

Low fog in the mountains on the ride back home (PA to NY).

Low fog in the mountains on the ride back home (PA to NY).

Having our daughter drive on the interstate was certainly an experience (I think I had my eyes closed most of the time – LOL).

I am happy to report that I didn’t feel sick or “off” when we arrived at my cousin’s house for the party. In fact I felt fine, may be bit frazzled from our daughter driving (she had never driven on the interstate before), but physically speaking I felt fine. I wasn’t even tired. The Dramamine Non-Drowsy Naturals worked perfectly. I survived the ride in the backseat and I wasn’t sleepy. Two thumbs up from me!

My daughter and cousins enjoying the lake in Pennsylvania.

My daughter and cousins enjoying the lake in Pennsylvania.

Dramamine Non-Drowsy Naturals is available in a 12 count travel vile and a 36 count box.

For more information about Dramamine products please visit Dramamine.com. You can also find the brand on social media – Facebook.com/Dramamine and on Twitter @DramamineBrand.

Do you suffer from motion sickness? Does motion sickness prevent you from enjoying things like traveling, amusement parks or simply sitting in the backseat of a car?

Have you ever tried Dramamine? What do you think about Dramamine Non-Drowsy Naturals? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.



I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Check out Friendship Dairies new Superfood Generator


When the weather outside is hot and humid, the last thing I want is to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. For that reason I try and spend as little time cooking with the stove and oven whenever possible. I don’t mind so much at dinner time, but when it comes to breakfast and lunch, even snacks, I want something that is quick and easy to make.

I also tend to get bored with the foods I normally eat, week after week. I like to mix things up whenever possible. For example, I recently tried making asparagus for my family using balsamic vinegar instead of the olive oil and garlic way I normally prepare it. Or I’ll top a baked potato with Brussels sprouts instead of broccoli.

I enjoy foods that you can add to, to change it up a bit. That is why I am enjoying The Original Superfood, Friendship Dairies cottage cheese’s newly launched Superfood Generator.

I’m sure many people are aware of Friendship Dairies cottage cheese. I grew up with the brand. It was the only brand of cottage cheese my mom would eat. To be honest if you asked me to name another brand of cottage cheese, I couldn’t do it. I know Friendship Dairies cottage cheese because my mom always had it in the fridge.


Friendship Dairies cottage cheese has been around since 1917.

I used to think of cottage cheese as a food people eat when they were on a diet or watching their weight. The truth is Friendship Dairies cottage cheese can be enjoyed by anyone, at any time. It makes for a great breakfast, lunch and snack. Plus it doesn’t require the stove or oven and it’s something you can take with you on the go.

Friendship Dairies cottage cheese is an excellent source of protein (10-19 grams of protein depending on which Friendship Dairies cottage cheese product you choose) and calcium. It’s a great source of sustainable energy, which means it will help keep you on the go.


As I mentioned earlier in this post I enjoy products that I can mix up a bit and make it different, this way I don’t get bored with things. Friendship Dairies has recently launched the Superfood Generator – an inspirational online tool that helps people discover the endless deliciousness of cottage cheese mix-ins, and their nutritional benefits.

You can find the Superfood Generator at the Friendship Dairies website, FriendshipDairies.com.

All of the recipes created in the Superfood Generator are super tasty and very easy to make. Friendship Dairies also has recipes to satisfy just about anyone including Choco Berry Bowl and Sweet & Crunchy Delight for those looking for something a bit sweet, or a Chicken Satay Bowl or Kimchi Bowl for those looking to make it more of a meal rather than a snack.


They even have smoothie recipes. Never in a millions years would I think to use Friendship Dairies cottage cheese in a smoothie. Have you ever used cottage cheese in a smoothie? I am going to have to try that one day soon as soon as I replace my blender (I broke it packing it with too much ice).

Check out the Superfood Generator here – FriendshipDairies.com/Superfood-Generator.

What I love about the Superfood Generator is that you can add your favorite fruits, veggies and herbs or you can mix in things you have in your pantry and fridge.

Here is one of my favorite combinations – Banana, raisins and honey. It contains antioxidants, potassium and protein.

Mix in 1

Another yummy one is apples and oranges (I used Mandarin oranges). This is a great source of fiber, Vitamin C and of course protein.

Mix in 2

Check out the Superfood Generator for yourself and see what amazing combinations you can think of.

If you would like to learn more about the Superfood Generator and Friendship Dairies products, visit their official website, FriendshipDairies.com. You can also find the brand on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Do you have any yummy ways to enjoy Friendship Dairies cottage cheese? Are you planning on checking out the Superfood Generator for delicious snacks and easy to make meals? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.



*I have partnered with Friendship Dairies to bring you this information. Although compensated, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.

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10 Ways to Love Your Brain in honor of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month


Alzheimer's Dementia

Did you know that June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month? I didn’t know that until recently.

There are many challenges that people face as they get older, and I’m not just talking about wrinkles and having to get up several times during the night to go to the bathroom. I’m talking health issues such as osteoporosis, arthritis, vision and hearing loss. Many elderly people face even bigger health risks such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s is an irreversible neurological disease that impairs cognition, orientation and functional capacity, and it is the only cause of death among the top 10 life-threatening conditions in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s are my two biggest fears about getting older. I seriously worry about that A LOT. More than I probably should for my age. Just the idea of losing who I am and not being able to recognize those I love more than anything else in this world scares the heebie jeebies out of me. I don’t want that to happen to me, or my husband or even those around me.

I have not been personally affected by dementia or Alzheimer’s (THANKFULLY), but you just never know. It can happen to anyone. I don’t think anyone is fully immune from either one of these life altering diseases.

Research has shown that there is a way you can help reduce the risk of your cognitive decline by making easy and simply lifestyle changes – this according to a new research summary published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia:The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Cognitive decline means the deterioration in memory or cognition.

“The research on cognitive decline is still evolving,” said Angela Geiger, Chief Strategy Officer, Alzheimer’s Association. “But there are actions people can take. Certain healthy behaviors known to combat cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes may also reduce the risk of cognitive decline. These include staying mentally active, engaging in regular physical activity and eating a heart-healthy diet that benefits your body and your brain. There is also some evidence people may benefit from staying socially engaged with friends, family and the community.”

I have heard that playing with word puzzles and actual puzzles can help reduce your risks. I have also heard that trying to figure things out also helps. I had a perfect example of that recently when a butter knife some how slipped into the drain. It was late at night and we don’t have the money to call a plumber. I could see the knife, I just had to find a way to grab it and pull it out. It was a challenge but I did it (much to the surprise of my husband). It involved a pair of scissors and brute strength to pull it out of the drain through the small holes in the top of the drain (how it got down there we can’t figure it out).


With this being Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, the Alzheimer’s Association offers 10 Ways to Love Your Brain, tips that may reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

Break a sweat. Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body. Several studies have found an association between physical activity and reduced risk of cognitive decline.

Hit the books. Formal education in any stage of life will help reduce your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. For example, take a class at a local college, community center or online.

Butt out. Evidence shows that smoking increases risk of cognitive decline. Quitting smoking can reduce that risk to levels comparable to those who have not smoked.

Follow your heart. Evidence shows that risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke – obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes – negatively impact your cognitive health. Take care of your heart, and your brain just might follow.

Heads up! Brain injury can raise your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Wear a seat belt, use a helmet when playing contact sports or riding a bike, and take steps to prevent falls.

Fuel up right. Eat a healthy and balanced diet that is lower in fat and higher in vegetables and fruit to help reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Although research on diet and cognitive function is limited, certain diets, including Mediterranean andMediterranean-DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), may contribute to risk reduction.

Catch some Zzz’s. Not getting enough sleep due to conditions like insomnia or sleep apnea may result in problems with memory and thinking.

Take care of your mental health. Some studies link a history of depression with increased risk of cognitive decline, so seek medical treatment if you have symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns. Also, try to manage stress.

Buddy up. Staying socially engaged may support brain health. Pursue social activities that are meaningful to you. Find ways to be part of your local community – if you love animals, consider volunteering at a local shelter. If you enjoy singing, join a local choir or help at an afterschool program. Or, just share activities with friends and family.

Stump yourself. Challenge and activate your mind. Build a piece of furniture. Complete a jigsaw puzzle. Do something artistic. Play games, such as bridge, that make you think strategically. Challenging your mind may have short and long-term benefits for your brain.

These are awesome tips, some of which I have not heard of before.

These are simple and easy tips too – not to mention some of them are fun. I would LOVE to go back to school. I am only 12 credits shy of my Bachelor’s Degree. I would very much love to go back to school and finish up my degree. Someday… when we win lotto and can afford the tuition. Sigh…

“While the adoption of all of these habits is important in influencing brain health, if it seems overwhelming, start with one or two changes and build on them,” said Geiger. “While some changes may be challenging, others can be fun. Try to choose activities and foods you enjoy.”

The above mentioned tips may also help reduce your risk of dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Association would love for our communities to come together  to help fight Alzheimer’s disease during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month by doing the following:

  • Take the Purple Pledge at alz.org.
  • Join the Alzheimer’s Association in wearing purple on June 21, and share photos of yourself, family, friends and co-workers wearing purple via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. with the hashtags #ENDALZ and #GoPurple.
  • Participate in The Longest Day®, a sunrise-to-sunset event to honor those facing Alzheimer’s disease with strength, passion and endurance. Visit alz.org today to start a team to raise funds and awareness.

Whether you are personally affected by these diseases, I hope you will take these tips to heart and share them with friends, family, neighbors and co-workers.

If you would like to learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association please visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.

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*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this information for the benefit of my site readers. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted.

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Break Up with Your Makeup (giveaway ends 6/25/15)



I’m not one to wear a lot of makeup. I used to when I was younger. I would not leave the house if my hair wasn’t perfectly coiffed and my makeup “just right.” You wouldn’t catch me out and about without any makeup on. No way!

Fast forward to “the mom years.” Once I became a mom things like my hair and makeup were not as important anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I still do my hair and I wear makeup, but I’m not as crazy about them as I used to be.

The summer months I especially don’t like to wear much makeup. When I do wear it I am quick to wash it all off the moment I get home. I simply do not like the way makeup feels on your face when you are hot and sweaty. I don’t want it clogging up my pores with.

I’m OK with not wearing makeup – even going out in public totally fresh faced. I like the way a clean face feels. When I step out of the shower and my face is nice and clean the last thing I want to do is slap some makeup on.

I do feel that at times I need to wear makeup, especially if it looks really red. You see, I have a condition call Rosacea. It’s not contagious or anything like that.

Rosacea is a vascular condition caused by inflammation, with symptoms that include facial redness, pimples, eye irritation and can even lead to thickened skin and permanent visible blood vessels.  If left untreated, rosacea can actually worsen over time.

My Dermatologist diagnosed it years ago. Thankfully mine is not that bad. It’s mostly the top of my cheeks in an area about the size of a quarter. It’s not very prominent, but at times it does seem like it is. I’ve actually had people mistaken it for sunburn.


I’m not alone. It is estimated that over 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea, and many don’t even realize they have it. Some have it really bad – so bad that it effects more than just their appearance.

Because of the physical manifestation of rosacea on the face, the condition can cause embarrassment, anxiety and frustration, and can have a negative impact on the patients’ social life.

According to the results of a new national survey*, the impacts of rosacea go more than skin deep, with half of sufferers saying they feel unattractive, as well as embarrassed (42%) and less confident (30%).

I can relate to the results of this survey. There are plenty of times that I too feel embarrassed and self-conscious about how I look because of it. If it’s especially bad I will wear product on my face to cover it up as best I can.

There are certain products you can use to help clean and moisten your face gently, which is important for rosacea suffers. The last thing you want are harsh products on  your face. It can only make matters worse.

Cetaphil Products

Cetaphil makes a lot of very gentle products for your face that are ideal for rosacea suffers (men, women and children). Their products are also great for acne prone skin as well as Eczema suffers (I also have Eczema – I get it on my scalp, neck and face often).

If you suffer from roseacea, or think you do, please consult with a Dermatologist to discuss the best course of action you should take to lessen the severity of your rosacea and to prevent it from getting worse.

For more information please visit www.RosaceaFacts.com.

This year Cetaphil is inviting consumers with rosacea- or those who think they might have the condition- to share a #nomakeup selfie of themselves and tell others how they stay confident even on “tough skin days.”

Upload your image and story via a digital hub for the chance to win an all-expense paid trip for two to NYC for the New York Film Festival this fall. Submissions must be done by June 24, 2015, which will be voted on during a sweepstakes from July 27 – Aug. 14. People who vote on the submissions, during the sweepstakes, will also have the chance to win additional prizes. Winners will be contacted in August.

I know that uploading  photo of yourself with no makeup on might sound a bit daunting, but it can also be very liberating. Participating in the contest will also show you that you are not alone. Let your inner beauty shine!

To encourage you to enter the contest I have a nice giveaway for a lucky reader. 

The Break Up with Your Makeup gift basket include a wonderful assortment of Cetaphil products as well as a “Selfie Stick” to help you take fun photos of yourself and with others.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 25, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you’d like to win this gift basket and/or tell me if you or someone you know suffer from rosacea?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I received the same prize package in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted.  

*This survey, fielded among 500+ U.S. rosacea patients and 300 U.S. dermatologists, was developed by the National Rosacea Society (NRS) and Galderma Laboratories, L.P. For more survey details, check out this infographic.

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