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“Expect. Employ. Empower.”

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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At 12.3% did you know that the number of unemployed American people with disabilities is almost double the amount of people without disabilities? At the beginning of October I mentioned that this month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month but I would be remiss if I did not recognize National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

“Expect. Employ. Empower.” is the theme for this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The purpose of this national awareness campaign is to provide enlightenment on disability employment issues and to honor the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. For more information on National Disability Employment Awareness Month you can visit the Department of Labor’s (DOL) website by clicking HERE.

Wellness Wednesdays: "Expect. Employ. Empower." Equal Opportunities

In last Wednesday’s Health Evolution post I provided some legitimate resources for obtaining reasonably priced prescriptions. This week I promised to follow-up with some additional information that could make life just a tad easier.

Rx Savings for AARP Members

  • Drug Savings Tool – This 3-step AARP Tool can help you get the most value for your prescriptions and learn more about the medications you take. The first step is to insert the medication you want to check in the “Start Here” box then click the “Find Drug” button. Next step is reviewing the drug’s price range & effectiveness and compare it to Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs.
  • Free Rx Discount Card for AARP member and family helps you save up to 38% on FDA approved prescriptions not covered by insurance. Prescription discounts are for you/spouse children, grandchildren up to age 27 and your caregiver. As a Rx Discount Card holder you have access to to compare Rx costs across pharmacies.
Wellness Wednesdays: "Expect. Employ. Empower." Ableware Auto Drop Eye Drop Guide

Baby Boomer and Proud

As I typed “baby boomer” in my Google Chrome browser one of the first results was “Baby Boomers Suck” and like a child who is told “don’t touch that” I had to click it. Here I was thinking all along that my generation was the greatest thing since sliced toast, and to my surprise, other generations disagree – tsk, tsk. Oh well it’s of no consequence because according to CNN’s Baby Boomer Generation Fast Facts, we “are the largest generation of Americans born in U.S. history.”

Being among the largest generation, baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) there are a number of reasons why those of us who fall into this category should be concerned. Actually we could be concerned about many things but for today I’m only going to focus on one area, which is one of the reasons why I started this blog, and that is low vision.

Wellness Wednesdays: "Expect. Employ. Empower." Medicine Bottle Magnifier

A couple of years ago I did some fundraising for Foundation Fighting Blindness and at that time I came across some staggering statistics. Back in 2010 there were approximately 10 million people impacted by a range of blinding retinal eye diseases. Do to the sheer number of the baby boomer generation that number is expected to grow exponentially over the next 10 years, partly due to age-related eye issues i.e., cataracts, glaucoma, etc.

Take it from someone who was blind-sided (pun intended) with a quirky eye disease. It’s easy to take vision for granted but it’s vitally important to properly manage your eye health. Many of us over 50 have already experienced changes in our vision because of our age. So I wanted to share just a couple of things I found as my vision declined:

  • Auto Drop Eye Drop Guide – If you’ve ever taken eye drops and find that the drop ends up on your cheek, chin, or anywhere else aside from your eye, then this little gadget is for you. Basically it works like you might think in that you insert the medicine bottle in the device, place the device over your eye and voilà the drop goes directly into the eye. No muss, no fuss. I found this unit at Walgreens for $4.99.
  • My friend Lori, who is always on the lookout for items that could help me out, found a Medicine Bottle Magnifier at Walgreens that attaches directly to the bottle. To use just attach it to the bottle then extend magnifier to read dosage information, and collapse when finished for easy storage.

Thanks to today’s technology many blind and vision impaired people have access to handheld video magnifiers, accessibility software for our computers, special high-powered glasses and a vast amount of products to assist us with day-to-day living. It occurred to me a little while back that it could be helpful to accumulate and post some of these resources so that others can benefit from them. Over the next several weeks I will be updating the blog with additional materials to help in this regard.

I’d love to hear any tips that you might have. Please leave remarks in the comment box below or you can email me directly at

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” ~Nora Ephron

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Seeing Red

Grey isn’t the only color with 50 shades

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The attention span of a gnat, describes my lovable, scatterbrained, little dog Mollie. However if I were to be completely honest she comes by it naturally from spending too much time with me.

Case in point, when I was weeding through my email this morning, I had an awful time trying to regain focus. You see, I was all hyped up ready to talk about the topic of color in a different way when 2 very compelling emails grabbed my attention.

“Fine Wines” (no, not the type you drink) and “I want THOSE heels” were in a tiny, high-pitched voice begging me to “please, please open me.” Being that I have little to no sense of restraint it was almost against my will that I found myself not only previewing the messages but I did the unthinkable; I clicked on the links to take me to the websites.

Trending Tuesdays: Seeing Red Sole Society
Sole Society

Oh. My. Gosh. It was just yesterday when I visited one of my favorite blogs, Elegantly Dressed and Stylish, that blogger, Jess wore burgundy, black, and cream. The combination of these 3 colors and the way Jess styled them with just a touch of burgundy (shoes & handbag) is fabulous! Adding burgundy to the black peplum top, black pencil skirt with cream scrolling, and cream-colored necklace & earrings lends itself to a pleasant color contrast. You can view “A Touch of Burgundy” by clicking HERE.

So anyway, as I was saying, Old Navy and Sole Society both featured burgundy. On top of this Sole Society had three pair of suede heels and the colors were, yup, you guessed it burgundy, black and cream in that order.

Trending Tuesdays: Seeing Old Navy Burgundy Infinity Scarf
Old Navy
Trending Tuesdays: Seeing Old Navy Burgundy with Pink Polka Dots Infinity Scarf
Old Navy

Burgundy, considered part of the red family comes in many different shades and happens to be one of the trending colors for this fall. I want to add that I’ve also been seeing tons of leopard print as well. Anyway, Old Navy presented a range of burgundy apparel from coats, sweaters, dresses, skirts, blouses & pants to shoes, scarves and socks.

Currently I have two very different styles and shades of burgundy handbags (red & oxblood) so I’m thinking I will not be making any major purchases to add this color to my wardrobe. Although I’m on the fence with the burgundy heels at Sole Society and I may decide between a floppy hat or scarf and perhaps some gloves, but that’s it.

I like these two handbags so much that I felt the need to share them by way of pictures and description:

Trending Tuesdays: Seeing Red Forever 21 Faux Leather Roll-Top Clutch
Forever 21 Faux Leather Roll-Top Clutch

Forever 21 – Red Faux Leather Roll-Top Clutch: “Beautifully simple and perfectly streamlined, this structured-meets-slouchy clutch epitomizes the sleek aesthetic of 90s minimalism.” The faux leather is very soft, supple and roomy. The height when rolled is 7 & one half inches, unrolled height is 12 & one half inches by 13 inches wide and a depth of 3 inches.

Trending Tuesdays: Seeing Red Faux Patent Leather Satchel FOREVER21
Faux Patent Leather Satchel FOREVER21

Forever 21 – Oxblood Faux Patent Leather Satchel: The color and the faux patent-leather is what drew my attention to this structured bag. Measurements are 10 & one-quarter inches high by 15 & one half inches wide with a depth of 5 & one-quarter deep. The satchel features a rounded top zipper and gold-tone hardware.

So how can you incorporate burgundy into your fall wardrobe? Following are just a few ideas for inspiration:

  • Grey Tee, Burgundy Pants, Black Moto Jacket, Black Shoes, Burgundy Scarf
  • Burgundy Top, Blue Jeans, Grey Scarf, Leopard Shoes
  • Black Leggings, Black Tank, Chunky Burgundy Sweater, Grey Scarf, Black Boots
  • Cream Sweater, Black Jeans, Burgundy Quilted Vest, Burgundy Boots

To recap – burgundy works with cream and black but it also goes quite well with a few other colors including but not limited to are grey, pink, navy, yellow and white. To mix it up a bit you could add stripes, polka dots, geometric patterns, plaid or abstract prints. I wouldn’t limit myself and my advice to you is to have fun with mixing and matching.

“When in doubt wear red.” ~Bill Blass

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About Face

Age Has Its Benefits

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I have a few friends who take turning 50 as a hardship. Not me, nope, uh-uh, I couldn’t wait to turn 50. Why in the world would anyone get excited about turning 50 you might ask? The answer is 4 letters.

AARP, yup, I couldn’t wait to get my first AARP card. I’ve been a proud card-carrying member for 4 years now and I had to chuckle when I thought I would write about it because for the life of me I could not remember what AARP stood for.

Thank you Google for letting me know that AARP is, and has been for a while, simply AARP, or, as I affectionately call it – arp. Any mention of American Association of Retired Persons is now referred to as “formerly known”. You know, like the time Prince became Love Symbol No. 2 and thus was called “the Artist Formerly Known as Prince.”

Makeup Mondays: About Face Resist Replenishing Toner
Paula’s Choice

One of the benefits that I enjoy is the AARP online magazine. In the most recent issue I found an article on Susan Boyle, the woman with the amazing voice who auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent back in 2009. If you didn’t see the show you can view Susan’s undoubtedly moving performance HERE.

At any rate, I really like this bit from the article that Susan had to say on dressing to impress yourself: “You don’t have to have a heck of a lot done to you. You don’t have to go on a crazy diet or anything. I look pretty different from when I started out. Nice makeup does it. A nice hairdo, a nice dress. That’s all you need to feel good.”

Makeup Mondays: About Face Resist Super Antioxidant Serum
Paula’s Choice
Makeup Mondays: About Face Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer
Paula’s Choice

And she’s right, feeling good about yourself doesn’t require a major overhaul. On makeup check out my post Glamming It Up In 5 Easy Steps where I talk about the simplicity of my makeup routine yet I get great results.

Last week I provided a 3-step technique (that I use) for skin-care, you can view the post HERE. This week I’m adding two additional steps (Toner and Treatment) for a supercharged 5-step regimen.

  • Step 1 Cleanser – Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser: See last week’s post HERE.
  • Step 2 Toner – Resist Anti-Aging Toner: Toners are cool and refreshing to the skin. I especially like to use them after I’ve worn makeup since they will remove any last traces. Simply dampen a cotton ball with the toner and apply all over the face to calm, smooth and soften skin.
  • Step 3 Exfoliant – Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Lotion: See last week’s post HERE.
  • Step 4 Treatment – Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum: I was able to get multiple days use out of the serum samples. It takes a wee bit of product to smooth over the entire face. I recently discovered that a good serum can be used instead of makeup primer. All I know is I loved how soft and smooth it made my skin. Lightening brown spots and firming skin are additional benefits.
  • Step 5 Moisturizer Plus SPF – Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer Spf 25 : I’ve tried samples of this moisturizer and I really liked the smooth, creamy texture. Although I’m still using my old moisturizer until it’s gone I just may give this one a go. A little dab of this creamy moisturizer is all you’ll need to cover your entire face. Simply dot it on forehead, nose, cheeks and chin then blend.

While the products listed here are tailored to my skin-tone, the steps are the same. Once you’ve determined your skin type/tone then you would select “you” specific products.

“I think women should start to embrace their age. What’s the alternative to getting older? You die. I can’t change the day I was born. But I can take care of my skin, my body, my mind, and try to live my life and be happy.” ~Olivia Munn

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It’s Party Time!

Party Like It’s 1999 or NOT

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As much as it pains me to say this, it’s now time to break out the winter coats. Notice how I skipped over the sweaters and jumped into coats? That’s because in my neck of the woods it’s beyond a little chilly and extending into frigid temperatures.

Prior to yesterday morning, I knew the weekend weather was going to be cooler than it’s been in a while but when I took Mollie for her walk I wished I had put on gloves. With the trees turning, wind blowing, and temperature ranging in the low to mid 40s not only was I cold I was wondering what I was going to wear to my cousin, Charese’s birthday celebration later in the evening.

Charese's Birthday Cake (fall theme with chocolate icing)
Charese’s Birthday Cake

Even though it was hours before I had to get dressed I wanted to wear weather appropriate attire. This evening was going to be my first visit to Latitude 360 and I was really looking forward to having a nice time with Charese and her family.

Latitude 360 is a humongous two-story building that offers a multitude of eating, drinking and entertainment experiences. There is a restaurant, sports theatre, luxury bowling, bar & stage, live comedy shows, dine-in cinema, interactive game room, outdoor patio and cigar lounge. Latitude 360 is a multi-sensory, happening place full of energy and good times.

Charese & Wesley (hubby)
Charese & Wesley (hubby)

Back to my current dilemma, what to wear, what to wear? I planned to wear my charcoal jeggings and black booties the problem was a top that would keep me warm but not too warm. I could have kicked myself for not getting out my sweaters but I sure didn’t feel like digging them out now. After trying on 4 different combinations I settled on a black surplice top, black jacket and a black & white scarf. I kept my accessories to a minimum wearing only a pair of hoop earrings, a dainty breast cancer awareness bracelet and lapel pin. My outerwear was a black anorak jacket.

Sole Society

Unfortunately I do not have photos of what I wore yesterday (my cousin Antoine will be sending me some that he took) but I will describe my accessories:

  • Black & White Scarf – Sole Society: Super soft viscose black scarf & white spots (similar to leopard print) with fringed ends. 70 inches long by 40 inches wide.
  • Pink Ribbon Bracelet & Tie Tack – Avon: Silver-plated pink ribbon &alternating pink rhinestone link bracelet. Tie tack is a silver plated ribbon with a pink rhinestone in the center of the cross-over. I’ve had these pieces for several years although each year Avon comes out with new cause-related jewelry.
  • Earrings – These silver-plated hoops contain 3 hollow mesh balls and between each ball is a rhinestone covered separator. The earrings are so light and airy they quickly became a favorite over this past summer. These were an impulse buy at a little boutique and they set me back $4.00.
Avon pink ribbon bracelet & tie-tack

hoop earrings

Charese picked me up then together, her little granddaughter, and I were off to meet her husband and two sons at the restaurant. As soon as we entered the building I heard what I thought was a band only to find out later on it was a solo performer/guitarist. It seemed everywhere I looked there were large screen televisions and colored lights. I wasn’t able to clearly see the singer because the stage was lit up and probably because I have bad eyesight DUH (I’ve gotten so used to it sometimes I forget).

After we ate we went bowling or rather “they” went bowling. I couldn’t participate; number 1 I’m a horrible bowler and number 2 I threw out my lower back. Even though I am not a gifted bowler I always manage to have fun rolling gutter balls and occasionally a few pins. It’s pretty sad when 3-year-old Kayden could get a strike. The only thing more pathetic was around 9:00-9:30 I was ready to hit the hay. All in all I had a very good time laughing it up with my cuzzos.

“They say that age is all in your mind. The trick is keeping it from creeping down into your body.” ~Author Unknown

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