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You don’t always want to go to the doctor when your illness isn’t bad or have to take harsh medicines to treat them when it seems unnecessary. For many, the answer to this problem is natural home remedies. These remedies are typically easily concocted in the home to cure common, everyday illnesses and ailments.

We’ve researched the absolute best home remedies that are actually effective in treating certain illnesses. If your ailment is not on this list, it doesn’t mean there isn’t a natural remedy for it. Research may show you creative and effective options for a wide variety of other ailments.


If you suffer from anxiety, there is a home remedy that’s getting a lot of attention for its effectiveness. If you make a turmeric lemonade using filtered or sparkling water, honey, fresh lemon juice, and freshly grated or powdered turmeric, it not only tastes delicious but will also help with your anxiety.

Turmeric has proven to be highly effective in treating both depression and anxiety naturally. Its antidepressant and anti-anxiety properties allow it to reduce your stress hormones and increase the happy hormones like serotonin.

Natural Home Remedy for the Common Cold
A simple combination of local raw honey, cinnamon, and a pinch of either pink or gray sea salt taken two times a day for a period of three days should shorten and ease your cold symptoms. This combination can also help to cure other illnesses as well, such as bladder infections.

A 2015 study found that just a tablespoon of cinnamon each day could help to prevent or even eliminate colds in humans. Honey also contains healing and antimicrobial properties that help to shorten colds and other illnesses. Together, the combination leads to a cure the common cold doesn’t stand a chance against.

Natural Home Remedy to Help Digestion
A concoction referred to as “apple cider vinegar detox tea” is said to be magical in promoting healthy digestion. This concoction isn’t really tea at all; it’s a mixture of apple cider vinegar, fresh lemon juice, warm water, honey, a generous dash of cayenne pepper, and some cinnamon.

Apple cider vinegar has long been known to help reduce gas and help your body to better break down its food. The acidity in apple cider vinegar helps to raise the acid levels in the stomach, easing digestive issues.

Natural Home Remedy to Treat Eczema
You can make your own, all-natural eczema cream in your own kitchen. All it takes to make this effective topical treatment is coconut oil, shea butter, vitamin E oil, organic oats, and lavender oil. It’s safe to use on adults and children alike but be sure to dilute the essential oils you use when the treatment is intended for children.

 

Similar to the idea behind oatmeal baths as a soothing treatment for chicken pox, the oats in this homemade eczema cream contain zinc which helps to speed up skin healing and repair. The oils contained in this cream also help with healing dry and cracked skin.

Natural Home Remedy to Treat Insomnia
Many of those that favor natural remedies swear up and down that drinking homemade banana cinnamon tea one hour before going to bed will work better to cure insomnia than a sleeping pill. You make this tea by submerging a peeled banana in a small pot of boiling water. You add a pinch of cinnamon and then strain.

Potassium and magnesium are well-known natural muscle relaxants, both of which are found in bananas. The cinnamon works to regulate the blood sugar in your body so that you can fast the whole night through.

You don’t always want to go to the doctor when you’re sick or have to rely on harsh medicines and antibiotics if it’s not that big of a deal. That’s where natural remedies come in. All of the remedies we mentioned above are entirely natural, effective, and easy to make on your own in your own home.

If we didn’t mention your ailment in this list, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a natural remedy that will work for it. We were limited on our space and included only the top five all-natural at-home remedies that are actually effective. More research may lead you to interesting, creative, and effective at-home remedies for all sorts of ailments.

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By Kat Kalashian, Editor at Live and Invest Overseas

There’s no denying that it’s easier to adapt to a new life overseas when you move with a spouse or partner. It’s more of a challenge to move abroad on your own, and it can be even more intimidating for single women than it is for single men.

That’s why it’s understandable that some of our most frequently asked questions have to do with the suitability of various destinations for single women moving abroad. After dozens of discussions with women considering moving abroad, we’ve noticed common concerns: English-speaking expats; walkability; an active social life; personal safety; rich cultural experience; and opportunities for volunteering. These are the criteria we’ve kept in mind for the following list.

Single and looking for somewhere to mingle? Whether you’re looking for love or not, the following destinations all offer safe surroundings and easy ways to connect with the local community…

#1: Álamos, Mexico

In more than 15 years of scouting the world’s best retirement havens, Álamos, Mexico, is unquestionably the best place we’ve seen for a woman moving abroad on her own.

Álamos is a very walkable town, there’s a cohesive and active English-speaking expat community, a super-active social culture on top of an authentic Mexican culture, and lots of varied opportunities for volunteering. It’s easy to make friends here, and you won’t want for things to do. Expats join together for evening cocktail hours, and girls’ nights out. There are plenty of day and night activities to do, ranging from walking groups to happy hours. In Álamos, single women don’t have to worry about “fitting in”… indeed, they’re the ones at the core of the community.

Perhaps above all, it’s safe. It’s safe to walk the streets alone, day and night, and you won’t hear a single complaint about crime or safety among the expats living here.

Álamos comes out at the top of this list, hands down. The rest follow in no particular order…

Playa del Carmen, Mexico—Margaritaville brought to life, this happening little boardwalk-beach town is a great option for a single lady. With plenty of activities (either solo or in groups), ways to integrate with the community (including plenty of volunteer groups), lots of English spoken, and a safe environment at all hours, it would be easy to settle in here. One of the reasons single ladies like Mexico in retirement is the easy access to North America—it’d be easy to go back home to visit family and friends from most of Mexico.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico—Another good choice close to home, San Miguel is the perfect for the “artsy” type. With a super-active university culture, tons of artists and musicians in residence, and a strong colonial history, this historical town is a treat not just for the mind but also for the eyes: It’s an objectively beautiful city. Plus, there’s no shortage of ways to give back in your new home. The one downside here might be the less-than-modern local infrastructure… the cobblestone streets aren’t easy on the legs.

Cuenca, Ecuador—These days, Cuenca is home to many, many single ladies among its 5,000-strong expat population. One of the most time-tested and popular expat havens in the world, you’d integrate immediately with the local society. Plus, this is a pleasantly cool, mountain haven. With countless meet-up and interest groups, volunteering organizations, and a low cost of living, it’s no surprise so many have chosen Cuenca as their home overseas going back decades.

Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic—This enchanting little corner of the DR makes it easy to make friends; the eclectic (mainly European) expat community here is highly active. There’s no shortage of charming beach town restaurants in which to while away the hours chatting with new neighbors.

Even amongst the supposed ‘mysterious’ deaths that have been covered by the national media, the Dominican Republic is as safe a place to live and visit as it’s ever been. The U.S. State Department said it has seen no unusual spike in deaths reported from the country.

Madrid, Spain—This city checks most boxes on the single-lady requirement list. As a capital city, you won’t run out of things to do, the city is walkable and offers excellent public transport, volunteering opportunities are countless, and this may arguably be the most “authentically Spanish” part of Spain (those are likely fighting words to many non-Madrid Spaniards… forgive us). Plus, the city has a refreshingly low crime rate for a densely populated, urban capital city.

Full-time Madrid expat Melanie Veah, tells us, “As a single female of a certain age,’ it is both empowering and overwhelming to be here starting a new life abroad. From doing my research and having visited Madrid several times before (thanks for the push, Live and Invest Overseas), I felt comfortable moving to the heart of the city. Handgun crime is almost unheard of, and Madrid is very safe in general.”

Seoul, South Korea—South Korean culture is very respectful so wolf-whistling is very rare (unlike throughout Latin America). There is a lot to do in this capital city, and, although the government is trying to put an end to it, shops and restaurants are open 24 hours a day at the moment. Choose from a multitude of cultural activities (eg. museums offering wine nights), plenty of day trips outside the city, and the great night life that caters for anyone’s tastes. Ask a local if it’s safe for a single woman to hail a cab late at night alone, and they’ll stare blankly in confusion. Why would you ask such an odd question? Of course it is!

Stockholm, Sweden—Public transport in this city is excellent and safe for women to use even alone and late at night. Local women have even commented on the joys of going abroad and receiving more male attention—that’s how respected women are here. Again, as with any big city, there is plenty to do, and plenty of people to make friends with. There’s been some talk in recent years of unsafe areas of the city (which, to be fair, is true of every city in the world), but Stockholm is so on top of this issue, that the zones are clearly defined on maps and listed by local police each year, making them easy to sidestep.

Auckland, New Zealand—With very modern values and little chauvinism, Auckland is super-safe for women. Plus, with English the language, it’ll be easy to make friends. Orewa, a town in New Zealand’s North Island, provides 3 kms of white-sand relaxation, along with the natural thermal springs at the Waiwera Thermal Resort. Being very raw in places, New Zealand gives women plenty of opportunities to connect with Mother Moon and enjoy the natural landscape.

Kat Kalashian is Editor of Live and Invest Overseas. She grew up living and working in Ireland, France and Panama. She currently calls Paris her home. More info at liveandinvestoverseas.com

 

Featured image: Auckland, NZ 

All photos source: Unsplash.com

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myCharge makes a variety of hi-quality portable powerbanks that have convenient features such as built-in charging cords, carabineer clips and AC Power Ports. 

In this post we are featuring one of their products, UnPlugged 10K

The UnPlugged 10K is a compact and sleek charger which provides up to 5x extra battery life for devices and features two USB-A ports, meaning three devices can be charging at once. The UnPlugged 10k is certified to Qi standard for a fast and safe recharge.

The new Apple AirPods have numerous cool, hi-tech features, but the one that people seem to be the most excited about is the wireless charging case. Headphone lovers can simply drop their AirPod charging case onto the UnPlugged 10K Qi certified, wireless charger for a fast and safe recharge. Along with charging your wireless headphone case, the portable powerbank provides up to 5X extra battery life for smartphones and has two USB-A ports to allow multiple devices to charge at once.

PRODUCT FEATURES:

  • Qi WIRELESS CHARGER & USB PORTABLE CHARGER IN ONE: Extend the battery life of your Qi enabled phone with 10W of fast charge wireless power and/or via Dual USB Ports to any USB compatible devices with 10000mAh/2.4A for up to 5x extra battery
  • Qi CERTIFIED COMPATIBLE: Works with all Qi enabled devices (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, Note 8, S7, S7 Edge, S6, S6 Edge, Nokia 9, Nexus 4, 5, Lumia 920 and other Qi enabled devices)
  • NO CORDS NEEDED: Simply place your Qi enabled smartphone directly on the wireless power bank to charge your phone wirelessly with ease at home or on the go – pass through charging allows power bank and phone to charge simultaneously
  • THIN PROFILE, SOFT-TOUCH FINISH & DUAL USB PORTS: Features a thin profile as to easily fit inside a small bag or purse and a soft-touch finish with Dual USB ports to charge up to 3 devices at once via wireless charging and USB-A ports
  • PRODUCT SPECS: Qi Wireless Output = 10W / Input = 2.4A / USB Ports Output = 2.4A Shared (Recharge cable is also included)

note from the publisher: The UnPlugged 10k charges easily, easy to transport and affordable. We have been using it as our charger of choice since we first received the charger.

The UnPlugged 10K retails for $69.99

You can find the UnPlugged 10K on Amazon.com

Disclaimer – From time to time, WE Magazine receives a product in the hopes that WE can showcase it on our website. WE’s goal is to provide our readers with valuable, relevant content. WE always give honest recommendations and reviews. If we do not feel the product has some merit we simply do not showcase it. PERIOD.  In addition, the FTC requires all websites, blogs and online communities disclose to its audience when revenue is generated from a click-through by its visitors via our posted links, graphics, text ads, banners and widgets.

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WE Magazine for Women is delighted to interview Sandra Ann Harris, Founder – ECOlunchbox

Tell us about your business.

We are a mission-based company in California specializing in plastic free food containers. Our target audience is people of all ages who are seeking to reduce their dependence on plastics for various reasons. For example, some people use our steel and silicone lunch boxes because they don’t want to be exposed to bisphenols in plastic, such as BPA, which are estrogen-mimicking chemicals disruptive to our hormonal systems. Other people are concerned about plastic waste in our environment and the damage it is doing to our marine systems. Our user community is averting tens of millions of pieces of trash every year through the use of our products as well as having a positive impact when it comes to CO2e aversion and global warming. And lastly, saving money is a universally compelling reason to shift habits. Check out our lunch study.

Please tell us what being a business owner means to you and why you became an entrepreneur in the first place?

I’ve always been a changemaker whether it was working as an investigative journalist for 15 years or as a humanitarian aid worker in Vietnam. Business has the power to do good and I started ECOlunchbox to bring to market plastic-free food containers because I thought they’d fill a need. My own family needed plastic food containers and I was correct in guessing that other families were also seeking to reduce their dependence on plastics! These factors were the impetus for putting to market our stainless steel food container line and starting the business. The more we sell, the more change we help families make.

What would you say is your greatest professional accomplishment to date?

The heartbeat of the company is our mission. So I would have to say that selling hundreds of thousands of reusable lunch boxes and helping people as well as the planet is what makes my heart sing.

What’s the best advice you have received in business that you wish to pass on to our readers?

It’s so important to pick a professional endeavor that resonates with one’s personal passions. Being an entrepreneur is an extremely challenging undertaking, but if you are working on behalf of something larger than yourself you can keep going through the thick and the thin. Never just pick a business idea that seems like it has a good market opportunity unless you are a complete believer in whatever product or service you will be selling.

What has been the most effective marketing initiatives or programs you have used to promote your business?

I believe that we’re better together! What I mean by that is collaboration is a powerful and usually free tool that small business owners often overlook. So I would say that initiating extensive collaborations with other eco-friendly businesses has been a very effective way to expand our reach. For example, people who are buying other eco-friendly products like Eco-Bag Products reusable totes, Glass Dharma straws, Bambu Home bamboo utensils, non-toxic laundry detergents, and other fabulous new to market green solutions are great pre-qualified buyers for our products as well. So we do a tremendous amount of work on our blog educating and inspiring our community in collaboration with these other like-minded businesses. Our Instagram and Facebook pages show many examples of these collaborations.

What’s one thing have you learned as a small business owner that has served you well over the years?

Ask for help! You can’t know everything. It’s amazing how many people out there do know what you need to school up on and will be so happy to help you. So reach out for help from your personal network as well as from the Small Business Administration in your community or other resources. We were in an accelerator program when I was first starting the business and it was an invaluable experience to work on my business in community with other entrepreneurs and with the support of advisors.

Are there any resources or tools you’d like to share with other small business owners that have helped you run your business?

There are a lot of cloud-based software systems that have free plans that we have used over the years. For example, Podio does a simple CRM and sales lead management system with a free plan that we really like and use to capture incoming wholesale leads with a form on our Website. We use Google For Work software systems now on a paid plan, but earlier in the business we used free Google systems. The free Google calendar, for example, is super handy for teamwork. We color code our marketing messaging based on channel, for example, with Facebook posts in blue and Instagram in orange so we all know what is pushing out that day and on which channel. Don’t forget that LinkedIn is a great way to post blogs and is also free. We also use Wrike on paid plan marketing projects and social media scheduling. Frontapp.com is our email platform and it works great for our small team to collaborate, including talking and moving email from one team member to another.

Do you have any new projects coming up.

ECOlunchbox is celebrating our 10th year in business this year! It has been an amazing journey both in terms of what we have accomplished as a business as well as my own development as a leader and a human. Business can be a tool for so much learning. It’s not just about making money, obviously. I would encourage anyone who is interested in challenging themselves to definitely start their own business. It is such an opportunity to push one’s limits!

What do you do for fun/relaxation?

At every opportunity I try to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. I like to walk from my house to a nearby open space area for hiking. I also really enjoy kayaking on Tomales Bay in The Point Reyes National Seashore, about one hour north of where we live. Some of the designs of our Blue Water Bento silicone lids feature marine patterns from Tomales Bay and the Pacific Ocean, such as the green eel grass embossed lids on our 3-in-1 Splash Box container.  In the wintertime I like to ski both downhill and cross-country. Pretty much anywhere I go I can find about 10 things that I love to do outside and this is what keeps me ticking and feeds my ECOlunchbox passion project with a steady stream of positive eco energy.

What is Number One Business Goal you plan to accomplish over the next year?

I would like to new hire sales rep teams that are passionate about eco-friendly products so that we can continue to expand our in-store placements! Some of the sales reps we’ve worked with over the years just “don’t get it” when it comes to the uniqueness of our products being made from stainless steel and silicone in lieu of plastics. They have a hard time selling our products because they’re more expensive than plastics, and they can’t connect with the health and environmental motivations that drive sales of our ECOlunchbox line. It’s such a noisy marketplace out there that emailing buyers doesn’t work very well. Our emails just get lost. We need real humans connecting with buyers and sharing our mission and products. Even though we’re living in a high-tech age, most of us are still old fashioned humans and we respond to the power of story, such as the story of why I started ECOlunchbox as an eco mom in need of product that didn’t exist yet. And we respond to human connection. Emails just don’t cut it when it comes to selling a product that most people have never laid hands on yet. They need to touch out plastic-free bentos, open and close their easy leak-proof silicone lids, and connect with the mission behind our company’s founding! That’s where an effective sales rep can come in to help us continue to grow our business.

What’s the best way for the readers of WE Magazine for Women to connect with you:

Facebook:  @ecolunchboxes

Instagram: @ecolunchbox

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandraannharris/

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Photo Courtesy of Metalicious

Ah, summer. Sun in our face, wind in our hair, flowing fashions and travel…lots and lots of travel! Such an eagerly anticipated and exceedingly enjoyed season indubitably ushers in an array of covet-worthy beauty and style solutions and, lucky for you, I’ve found nine fine ones among them. From new style staples to smart hair and skincare to ways to amp up that summer soirée , these will help get you through the season in fab form.

William Henry ‘Zurich’ Design Money Clips (www.WilliamHenry.com)
First are the stunningly gorgeous money clips from William Henry, a luxury jewelry and accessory brand. The company’s Zurich design money clips are stellar for summer. This striking ‘Raven’ design features a hand-forged ‘brain wave’ Damascus frame by Chad Nichols, inlaid with carbon fiber and a blazing red topaz. A beautiful engraving is bright cut against the matte-finished background. The Zurich ‘Panama’ design features hand-forging by Mike Sakmar using an ancient Japanese art used to decorate samurai swords. The inlay is cocobolo wood, punctuated with smoky quartz. Its engraving is also bright cut against the matte-finished background. Only 1,000 pieces of this special design are available. The Zurich ‘Talon’ money clip features a hand-carved sterling silver frame, inlaid with Kingman turquoise and a white topaz gemstone. This exquisite piece is another limited edition with just 250 available. Known for its meticulous use of classic natural materials, precious metals, gemstones, and state-of-the-art alloys, William Henry is a benchmark luxury brand that has an upper echelon following world-wide. Just visit the “Proud Owners” section of its web site to see what entertainment power players like Harrison Ford, Nick Jonas, Jared Leto, Laurence Fishburne, John Varvatos, Luke Bryan, Pierce Brosnan, and Adrien Brody own from the company’s collections. Evan A-list ladies like Cameron Diaz have bought this brand’s baubles.

Kut from the Kloth Apparel (www.KutFromTheCloth.com)
Embodying the summer season and spirit of California overall, Kut from the Kloth is a vibrant, contemporary lifestyle brand. With innovative fabrics, a flawless fit and sophisticated style, the Kut collection is designed with your busy life in mind so you can confidently go from day to play. They recently debuted the go-anywhere “vacation vibes” line of ultra-fashionable travel staples designed for easy packing, wearing and washing. In fact, you can vacation with on-trend pieces created to wear right out of the suitcase. An online boutique beloved for blending modern trends with coastal flavor, Kut from the Kloth makes couture-inspired fashion both accessible and affordable. Their essential summer escape collection is great for jet-setters who want to look like a million bucks and still have plenty of cocktail cash. Short-sleeved button-ups feature palm fronds and pastel pinstripes, perfect underneath a soft, quilted sweatshirt or white denim jacket for chilly evenings. So feel those vacation vibes of delicate florals in shades of pink, coral and yellow that’ll help you stand out in the crowd.

Metalicious Silver Shark Tooth Necklace (www.Metalicious.com)
Thanks to the Metalicious line of luxury jewelry made from recycled metals, ocean-lovers can tell people their wearing the tooth of a maneater! The company’s Small Silver Shark Tooth Necklace is cast in sterling silver from an original shark tooth, then oxidized to bring out the details and give it a soft finish. Available with choice of a 17″, 20″ or 22″ sterling curb chain to ensure it falls in that perfect spot on your necklace, the shark tooth pendant itself is 1″ long x 3/4″ wide. I like this piece because it can be edgy and sophisticated, but sweet and subtle also. It looks like a work of modern art! You can wear this every day, mixing and matching it with various looks. Metalicious sources recycled metals and ethically mined gemstones to create meaningful, handcrafted heirlooms that adhere to strict environmental and sustainability standards. Also charity-minded, the company donates a portion of its profits to cityharvest.org, a non-profit organization that provides meals to over 1.4 million New Yorkers a year.

Ekster 3.0 Parliament Smart Wallet (www.Ekster.com)
After reportedly raising over $1,000,000 in their previous crowd- funding campaign, Ekster, the world’s largest smart wallet brand, has launched their latest edition perfect for discerning men: the Ekster 3.0. This time they have engineered both the slimmest and the first voice-activated smart wallet to date. Owners can now call their wallet, find it on a map or even make use of the widespread Chipolo community to help locate their missing belongings easier than ever before. Battery issues are also no longer a problem due to Ekster’s patented solar-powered tracking solution, which on a full charge can last up to two whole months. These identity theft, RFID- blocking wallets also look extremely handsome. They’re held together by handcrafted premium leather for a luxury look and feel, while the design provides instant card access whenever necessary.

Dining Elevated Utensil ‘Uplifts’ (www.DiningElevated.com)
Create a more stylish table setting and eat smarter at your summer soirées with the help of Dining Elevated Uplifts. These offer a cleaner, more sophisticated dining experience by elegantly raising all flatware and cutlery above a table’s surface. Similar to a chopstick rest, Uplifts elevate western-style utensils to establish an improved aesthetic and hygienic standard. Uplifts look, feel and function better than the traditional table setups. Supported by research from the University of Arkansas and showcased by the National Environmental Health Association, Dining Elevated brings the highest level of food safety to hospitality. Featured on Top Chef and reportedly showcased in some of the finest hotels and restaurants, Uplifts are a game-changing addition to place setting design that the world never realized it always needed. Of course, there are a myriad to styled, materials and designs available to suit your desired aesthetic and complement your tableware.

Bloomers Frosé and More (www.BloomersFrose.com)
Bloomers Frosé is a vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher non-alcoholic mixer that’s ready to use and enjoy. They enable anyone to whip up an icy-smooth version of their favorite beverage in just minutes—important when you’d rather be poolside soaking up those rays. Bloomers Frosé makes it simple to take different variations of Rosé, Prosecco, Sparkling Wine, Sauvignon Blanc and spirits to the next level with easy-to-create frozen concoctions that are sure to please both intimate groups and large crowds, alike. Because what summer gathering is complete without the frozen beverage brigade? There are also brand new, low-calorie and low-sugar formulas offered by the company so, for those who want to keep their summer bod in check, there are plentiful options on that front as well.

Gleamin Vitamin C Clay Mask (www.Gleamin.com)
Gleamin is a yellow Australian Vitamin C Clay mask that’s helping women worldwide achieve a natural glow! In fact, all over Instagram customers are talking about how this skincare solution has helped their skin tremendously, which is part of the reason this product actually sold out at least twice since it launched. The product is formulated from 100% vegan, natural and ethically-sourced ingredients like Yellow Clay, Aloe Vera, Turmeric, Kakadu Plum, Desert Lime, and Finger Lime Caviar. It’s designed to banish dark spots and hyperpigmentation, replacing these areas with a natural brightness. This Vitamin C-infused Clay Mask also revitalizes skin and replenishes moisture thanks to the Aloe Vera, while turmeric enhances and revives skin tone. Native to Australia, the Desert Lime, Kakadu Plum, and Finger Lime Caviar ingredients are among the richest known sources of Vitamin C. Together, this trio fights acne, heals imperfections, evens the skin tone, and prevents future breakouts. It’s especially helpful for users with deep skin tones. Gleamin offers a Glow-and-Go single kit that features a 60 gram jar of the vitamin c clay mask, plus a brightening brush, for just $39.99.  Value-minded customers can even save 25% if they purchase the Glow-and-Go Duo package that includes two masks and two brushes, available for $59.99. And, the company offers free shipping on all orders, so gotta love that!

Herban Body Care (www.Herban.net)
Imagine being able to hand-make soaps and elixirs from scratch, like a batch of fresh-baked cookies or homemade soup. Using only plant-based and concentrated formulas, you’d mix organic ingredients with herbs and essential oils from around the world. Now imagine if these soaps incorporated only body-nurturing ingredients which possess healing properties and promote a feeling of rejuvenation for all skin types. No need to get out the mixing bowl for such hand-crafted skincare, as you can turn to Herban, instead. Their collections are unisex and their custom-molded versions of different soap varietals are even featured at high-end wellness retreats and boutique hotels around the United States. All of their formulas are created in-house, so you never have to worry about outsourced ingredients. Particularly popular items include their Plant Bar soap and Salted Butter moisture scrubs. The company’s name has significant meaning as well. Breaking it down: Herb – they use herbs in all of the formulas; Ban – they ban all chemicals from their formulas; Her – it’s “her” company (woman owned); and Herban – originally targeting an underground urban culture. The line is also entirely gift-worthy!

Pura D’or Hair Care (www.Amazon.com)
Get the shiny, chic hair with voluminous undertones that you can flaunt all summer long with the help of Pura D’or Hair Care. This brand features proprietary blend of organic extracts and oils helps heal your hair. With ingredients like Tea Tree Oil, Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Vanilla, among other natural vitamins and nutrients, there is no shortage of quality that helps to get the job done quite effectively. This cold press, preservation-harvested oil, known for centuries as pure gold, fuses inside each formula to help solve problems like thinning hair and hair loss due to breakage and dandruff. With products such as Hair Thinning Therapy Shampoo & Conditioner, Energizing Scalp Serum, Volumizing Styling Spray and Moisturizing Masque, Smoothing Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner, Smoothing Therapy Cream, Curl Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner and Curl Therapy Cream, take your next step to healthier hair this summer, all season long. Rest assured that, o matter what your particular hair challenges might be, there is a Pura D’or formula with a solution just for you.

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As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern, MBA is an internationally-regarded brand analyst, strategist and futurist. As prolific consumer trends, lifestyle and leisure industry voice of authority and tastemaker, Merilee keeps her finger on the pulse of the marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points, from the affordable to the extreme. The best-of-the-best across all product, service and travel categories—as well as noteworthy marketplace change makers, movers and shakers—are spotlighted in her exclusive cross-media platform that reaches multi-millions each month through several syndication channels: print and online publications as well as broadcast TV and terrestrial radio. Connect with her at www.TheLuxeList.com / Instagram www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReviews / Twitter www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor / Facebook www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList / LinkedIN www.LinkedIn.com/in/MerileeKern.

***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above may have been provided or arranged at no cost to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***

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By almost all accounts, dating after a breakup is unnerving. Brutal by some accounts. For many women, particularly married women, they believed the burden of dating was behind them. We can’t even guess how many of our clients have focused their therapy sessions on the challenges of dating after a breakup or divorce. While some challenges are different for those who were married for decades compared to those who had a brief, intense relationship, many of the stumbling blocks are the same. We’ve pooled our clinical experience to highlight guidelines, née rules, for dating after a breakup.

Misrepresenting yourself might get you a date, but it won’t lead to a healthy relationship.

  1. Do not talk about your ex. We repeat, do not talk about your ex. We have seen men and women on our couches expressing exhaustion at listening to date after date talk about how awful their ex was. While that might sound better than hearing about how wonderful their ex was, it’s a huge turn off. If you cannot refrain from talking about your ex on dates, you’re not ready to date. Period.

  1. Do not override a gut reaction for the sake of being pleasant. Our bodies provide us with a warning bell for a reason. If you’re getting a strong sense of disconnect or feeling unsafe, it’s time to end the date. It doesn’t matter if your date seems angry, hurt, or shocked. You don’t need to give a long explanation or make your date feel better about your exit. All you need to say is a simple, “I’m not feeling well. I’m going to take myself home.” You arrived at your first date separately, correct? If not, you’re going to have to read a primer on remedial dating.
  2. Never forget: You are not desperate. Turning yourself inside out to make a bad relationship work is unfair to you and unfair to your partner. It’s a recipe for future unhappiness. Desperate people stay in bad relationships, but you are not desperate. If it’s not working after a few dates, it’s time to end it.

  1. Misrepresenting yourself might get you a date, but it won’t lead to a healthy relationship. That goes for online dating photos, descriptions of your kids’ accomplishments, and the prestige of your job. Who has the energy to maintain a false front?
  2. Give yourself space for awkwardness. Dating is awkward at 15, 30, 45, and 60. Give yourself the grace to make mistakes and keep moving. Focusing on tomato sauce on your cheek or a story that goes nowhere is a waste of time and energy. If your date rejects you for being human, it’s a gift.
  3. Remember, dating is supposed to be fun. Yes, fun. If it’s not, what’s the point?

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Courtesy of Karen Sokolof Javitch

To celebrate someone’s birthdate pretty much anyone can belt out the “Happy Birthday” song, but what to sing in celebration of a couple’s anniversary? How can we ceremoniously honor such an important and personal holiday equally melodiously?  To assuage these burning questions, award-winning singer-songwriter Karen Sokolof Javitch recently announced the worldwide launch of her personalized “Happy Anniversary Song.”

To commemorate this joyous event, Javitch invites all couples celebrating an anniversary to submit a video of them singing her song via email.  All video entries must be submitted by August 30, 2019. Javitch will then select a ‘winning’ video, for which she will donate $1,000 to the charity of that couple’s choice.

Additionally, anyone wishing to register as “America’s Longest Married Couple” for themselves, or on behalf of another couple, may do so through by visiting Javitch’s web site at JMRProductions.com; listen to the Happy Anniversary Song audio clip; and in the couple’s names, date of marriage and e-mail address for winner notification. Though not required to enter, those so inclined may view Javitch’s Happy Anniversary Song music video on YouTube.

“Everyone knows the ‘Happy Birthday’ song, yet we all stumble when we try to sing a song for someone’s anniversary,” explains Javitch. “My new anniversary song is short and very easy to learn. Now, when you go to someone’s anniversary party you’ll know what to sing.”

As billed, the lyrics to the song are short, sweet and easily stick: Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary (wife’s name) and (husband’s name) we’re so happy to be at your (add # of years) Anniversary.

Besides Javitch’s 15 albums, she has also co-written four musicals performed in many cities throughout the United States and was the creator and co-host of a popular radio show, “It’s the Beat.” Her family-friendly music includes a variety of songs about exercising and good health, celebrities, holidays, weddings, politics, children, babies, education, patriotism, love and family.  Also philanthropic, Javitch has raised over $350,000 for national and local charities through her original music.

Now that’s striking the right tone.

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As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern, MBA is an internationally-regarded brand analyst, strategist and futurist. As prolific consumer trends, lifestyle and leisure industry voice of authority and tastemaker, Merilee keeps her finger on the pulse of the marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points, from the affordable to the extreme. The best-of-the-best across all product, service and travel categories—as well as noteworthy marketplace change makers, movers and shakers—are spotlighted in her exclusive cross-media platform that reaches multi-millions each month through several syndication channels: print and online publications as well as broadcast TV and terrestrial radio. Connect with her at www.TheLuxeList.com / Instagram www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReviews / Twitter www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor / Facebook www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList / LinkedIN www.LinkedIn.com/in/MerileeKern.

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July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. As we head into summer, it makes me sad to think about all the young kids who are unable to jump, run and skip as much as they want during these beautiful sunny days. This topic is of personal interest to me…

Many of you aren’t aware but I have rheumatoid arthritis and I’ve always questioned whether I had it even as a child. In my preteen years into my teen years, I remember experiencing joint pain in my knees and various joints that would come and go. When my mother brought me to my pediatrician, he blew me off and said I just had “growing pains” without even doing any lab work.  Looking back now, it upsets me still that I’ll never know if he had done labs, could he have known I had rheumatoid arthritis then and perhaps treated me long before my symptoms really flared up in my mid-early 20s.

As a physician, I can attest to the fact that we are all overworked and frequently inundated with the stressors of running clinics or working for large institutions and adhering to their rules and regulations. But no matter how busy we are, I feel that we must still pay attention to early signs and signals and symptoms of our patients’ bodies and our own body.  Even if the symptoms seem mild, it’s worth digging into or monitoring more closely…because diseases can start small and symptoms can be ignored if we’re not looking closely.

Too often, I see friends’ kids or patients’ kids with early possible symptoms and they are being told it’s ok but no labs or work up are done. I know numerous pediatricians who are amazing, and I know many family practitioners who are also incredibly skilled and caring and passionate about their patients and helping them. I’ve noticed that frequently it’s not about how good a doctor is…it’s that children are frequently overlooked unless it’s a typical childhood infection or issue. Children frequently present with symptoms that are borderline or seem mild, and kids are resilient, so they seem to still be relatively active and thriving; they also frequently are not the best historians in detailing symptoms…hence diseases are frequently missed in their early stages.

During this month of Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, I’d like for us to look at the children in our life and make sure we are giving them the notice they deserve. It’s not healthy to be overly and constantly scared or worried, that’s not what I mean.

What I mean is that if a child has joint pain or is starting to be more exhausted than usual or there’s occasional swollen joints or getting new symptoms that aren’t normal, don’t just chalk it up to the running around shenanigans they get into unless there is a known trauma event, check with your pediatrician and make sure they evaluate and hear you out for the symptom concerns. But also trust your doctor, especially if you have a good one, and maybe just monitor if it doesn’t look too concerning yet.

My key message isn’t for us all to get overwhelmed with fear and think every symptom is the beginning of a life-long disease or life-threatening disease state. Far from it.

What I’m saying is that trust your gut instinct about your child and also trust your child’s gut instinct about his or her own health. If something doesn’t feel right, ask your doctor to look into it and at the very least monitor it. It might be nothing but if it was something, you could be helping your child in preventing something chronic and/or ameliorating it. My mother’s gut instinct was right…a few years after my teen years, my rheumatoid arthritis blew up and knowing what I know now about autoimmune disease patterns, it probably was brewing for at least a few years before that.

Follow your instinct. This is why  I listen to my patients when they say they feel something is off…most of the time, they’re right.

We, most of us, know our bodies and know our kids. That’s how I helped my friend’s son find out he had lyme disease early on and he was able to get antibiotic therapy from his pediatrician and now he’s running, skipping and hopping and having fun this summer…all because she knew her son and felt deep down something wasn’t right and sought help and persisted until he got help. I’d like to dedicate this article to all the parents out there fighting every day to make sure their kids are doing well.

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Palm Springs Air Museum

by Wendy VanHatten

Sure. Let’s visit the Palm Springs Air Museum. We’ve been to other air museums and enjoy seeing the planes and reading about their history.

This one is different.

The Palm Springs Air Museum is home to one of the world’s largest collections of flyable WWII aircraft and from Korea and Vietnam. Flyable, being the key word. Also, unlike many other museums, the air-conditioned hangars have no ropes to keep people from interacting with the exhibits and the more than 60 planes.

We wandered in and out of hangers, asked questions of many volunteers who actually flew some of the planes, and toured the interior of a flyable B-17. This one has been used in several Hollywood films. Impressive.

Hangers are organized by theme. The Pacific (Navy) Hangar includes exhibits and aircraft used by the Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Highlights include the Pearl Harbor diorama narrated by NBC journalist and author Tom Brokaw, the Grumman “cats”; the Avenger, Corsair, Dauntless and Invader.

The European (Army) Hangar features exhibits and aircraft used by the Army in the European Theater during World War II, plus a T-33 training jet used in Korea and Vietnam.  Some planes in this hangar include the B-25 Mitchell Bomber, P-47 Thunderbolt, the renovated flying Red Tail P-51 Mustang, the P-63 King Cobra, the Spitfire and the C-47. There is also a Tuskegee Airmen mural and a wall showing the European battles of WWII.

The smallest hangar is where we found the B-17 Flying Fortress.

Since opening in 1996, they have maintained their status as a museum that flies its aircraft. Definitely worth a visit to be able to see and get near planes that shaped our history. It was even more impressive to hear the engines and see the planes as they readied for takeoff.

They are open every day from 10 to 5, except Thanksgiving and Christmas, with free parking. Check their website for more info, https://palmspringsairmuseum.org. Then, plan a trip. You’ll be glad you did.

If You Go: The Palm Springs Air Museum is located at 745 North Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA.

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Nora Riva Bergman, author of “50 Lessons for Women Lawyers – From Women Lawyers”  This is her story….
 

Why was it important for you to specifically give women lawyers a voice in your newest book?

As women lawyers, there is so much we can learn from each other. I think that we are at an inflection point in the legal profession. We are at a place where women can have a tremendous positive influence on the practice and business of law. Sharing our stories of successes and challenges – and providing, not only advice, but providing affirmation that so much of what we feel and have experienced has been felt and experienced by others can be truly life-changing. That’s my vision for this book. If a woman reads a lesson in this book and thinks to herself, “That’s me,” or “If she can do that, so can I,” that would be awesome.

How did you select the contributors for 50 Lessons for Women Lawyers?

When I first got the idea for this book, I reached out to Michelle Suskauer, President of The Florida Bar, 2018-2019. I explained my vision for the book and asked if she would be interested in participating. Michelle was the first person to sign on and submit a lesson. From there, I reached out to other lawyers. I asked the women I invited to recommend other lawyers, and our contributors grew. There are some contributors I’ve never actually met. And I am looking forward to meeting each and every one! Our contributors are a diverse group of women from all types of practices – including women in private and public practice, current and former national, state, and local bar association presidents, judges, law school deans, entrepreneurs, and other published authors.

What are some unique challenges that women lawyers face in the profession?

I think the challenges women lawyers face are not necessarily unique to the profession. Yes, historically, the legal profession has been a male-dominated profession, and it remains so to this day. But you can say the same for so many other professions. The law is not unique in that sense. What is unique is the profession, itself. The practice of law is grounded in transformation. Law transforms culture and society, and lawyers transform people’s lives each day. Whether that transformation comes in the form of closing a multi-million-dollar business deal for a client or helping someone navigate the challenges in the break-up of a family or the death of a loved one, it is transformation, nonetheless. When women bring their whole selves to these challenges, I believe all of us are better served. My hope is that this book will empower women lawyers to bring their whole selves to the clients they serve – and most importantly to themselves and their loved ones.

Did you have your own mentors who helped you along your journey to success?

Absolutely. In fact, one of my mentors, is mentioned in the book. She is not a contributor but is mentioned in Sabrina Beavens’ contribution titled “Discovering Your Authentic Self.” Judge Pamela A.M. Campbell has been a mentor and dear friend ever since we first started practicing law. Pam graduated from law school just a couple years before me, but I have always thought of her as a mentor. Interestingly, while writing this book I have felt mentored by all of the contributors. I know that may sound odd, but I have learned something from every woman who has contributed to this book, not just through their contributions to the book itself but through their generosity and willingness to be part of this project. It’s been an honor to work with every single person. I’ve learned lessons from them that I will carry with me the rest of my life.

When did you know you would make a good mentor to others in your field?

I have always been fascinated with what makes us tick. I love to read books on self-improvement and motivation and inspiration. When I made the career switch from practicing attorney to serving as the executive director of a bar association, that’s when I realized that I could start to take some of what I had learned and practiced in my life and use it to help other lawyers improve their practices and their lives. Whether you call it mentoring or coaching, for me it’s all about helping others – lifting them up and helping them achieve what they want to achieve.

Tell us about the lesson you personally contributed to your new book and why you felt it was important to include.My lesson is a synthesis of all that the process of writing this book and collaborating with these wonderful women lawyers has meant to me. When I first got the idea for this book, the project seemed so overwhelming. I questioned whether I could actually do it. I questioned so many things in the beginning. Isn’t that the way it goes for so many of the goals we aspire to in our lives? Then I just started – one step at a time. The first person I reached out to for her input on whether this might be a worthwhile project was Michelle Suskauer. Michelle is a good friend and the current president of the Florida Bar. She was so enthusiastic and supportive of the idea that she gave me the confidence to move forward. Michelle was also the first person to contribute a lesson. I tell my clients all the time that you cannot jump to the top of Mt. Everest. You must take it one step at a time. But if you keep taking those steps, you’ll get there. That’s the way it was with this book.

What’s next for you?

50 Lessons for Women Lawyers was released on May 1, 2019, which is also known as Law Day. I am so excited for the release of this book. That is where I am focusing my energies right now, in addition, of course, to working with my clients. The next book in the 50 Lessons for Lawyers series will be 50 Lessons for Mindful Lawyers.

To learn more about Nora, visit her LinkedIn Profile

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