Night Sweats Are No Joke

So… very… tired. Photo by Pim Chu on Unsplash

Night sweats are no joke! And it’s time to take this reality out of the closet and own it. Just like our grandmother’s generation didn’t talk about periods, ours doesn’t want to admit to aging. But guess what? You can invest in all the expensive face creams and neck serums you want — at some point, you’re going to stop getting your period. Like I did. Which is normal. Because I’m 50. 

But here’s a surprise: The night sweats still aren’t over. I remember my stepmother telling me that her mother, who passed away at 100, still got them as an octogenarian. I didn’t believe her then, but now I’m starting to worry. So I did some research and here’s what I learned:

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You’ve Got (Custom Invitations in the) Mail!

vintage wedding announcement custom invitations

When my husband and I got married, back in the dark ages of the 1990s, custom invitations were prohibitively expensive. We’re both pretty creative and share a weird sense of humor and what we wanted — a four-part custom invitation “experience” created with translucent paper and card stock — was definitely out of our price range. So we did what any resourceful and relatively poor twenty-something engaged couple would do: We went to my husband’s work after hours and “borrowed” their industrial printers.

When you opened the envelope, the first card you saw was a cropped photograph of couple dancing — he in dark pants and she with a full white skirt that’s fluid with motion — with the word “wedding” printed underneath. Through the vellum, you could read our names, the date and time, and the location. But when you flipped over that card, the next revealed two monkeys above that information. 

Funny, right?

You kind of had to be there but honestly, the joke was on us. Because if you calculated all the time we spent printing and photocopying our custom invitations, manually cropping with the gigantic guillotine that I was terrified would cut my fingers off, and gluing the images onto the cards so that they were perfectly aligned (impossible), our wedding invitations probably cost six months’ worth of the minimum wages we were making at the time.

My, how things have changed. Spring is the season for announcements — from graduation to wedding to baby — and I recently discovered an online option that changes the entire custom invitation and card-making game. It’s ridiculously more affordable and totally easy-peasy — which is perfect, because I am way too old to “borrow” a printer. Want to learn more — and score a 15% off discount? 

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Get Ugly: Skin Rejuvenating Facial

It’s out of control. Probably because I’m part of a demographic that will spend what seems like any amount of money to regain some semblance of our once-youthful appearances, but I am blasted daily by advertisements for creams, potions, serums, and injections that claim to be the fountain of youth. And they don’t come cheap: Many of these at home skin rejuvenating facials cost $30 a pop! I recently read about a skincare “protocol” (omg that word, even) that costs TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS a month. That’s a house payment, people! Don’t get me started on those individualized at-home facials — many made with toxic chemical ingredients — each packaged in its own little pod of totally non-recyclable plastic.

You might remember one facial that went viral when Drew Barrymore published photographs of herself with the tight and crackling skin that is the mask’s hallmark. So I did a little research, and realized that one key ingredient in her facial — among many others — is also found in the facial that I’ve been using on the regular since I was a teenager. It doesn’t come in plastic, it’s totally and completely natural, and it costs THIRTY CENTS. Yes, really. 

Want to get the scoop on my secret skin rejuvenating facial? Read on!

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Anna Getty’s Immunity-Boosting Ginger Lemon Tisane

Anna Getty's Immunity Boosting Ginger Lemon Tisane Recipe

With all the talk these days about immunity, I thought it was time to check in with Anna Getty, the chef behind the delicious, healthy, mainly plant-based, low-sugar, often lectin-free recipes and food inspiration at Amalgam Kitchen. Anna’s been sharing nutritious advice with me for more than a decade, so when she offered to teach me how to make this easy, immunity-system supporting tisane recipe, I jumped at the chance. Want the recipe?

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Could Work At Home Help Solve Climate Change?

2020 was tied as the warmest year on record. The U.S. experienced more than 20 climate-fueled disasters, each totaling $1 billion in damages. The concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is 413 parts per million, the highest level it’s been in 800,000 years.

That’s the bad news. The good news? If every U.S. worker who can telecommute did work at home just one day a week, we could help solve climate change. Skeptical? Consider this:

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Mommy Greenest Loves: Superfood Facial Oil

facial oil

When I was 30, I visited a legendary Los Angeles facialist who told me to stop using so many hydrating products. “Your skin is naturally oily,” she said. “You make your own moisture.” From then on, I just used eye cream at night, and added sunscreen in the daytime — all natural and organic, of course. And that was that, for a while.

But now that I’m older, and it’s a whole different ball game. Why? As hormones plummet and cells stop renewing, my skin is becoming drier. In the past few years, I’ve tried a lot of different creams, but the only thing that seems to restore moisture is a pure, natural facial oil. I’ve been using certified organic argan facial oil for a while, but recently upped my game by switching to Superfood Facial Oil from British natural beauty brand PHB Ethical Beauty. It’s lightweight but seriously hydrating — my skin drinks it up!

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Essential Oil Natural Deodorant DIY Recipe

Have you tried plastic free natural deodorant? Now even mainstream natural deodorant brands are touting aluminum- and paraben-free — for good reason, as there is no excuse for putting toxic chemicals near vulnerable areas like lymph nodes and breasts. But most natural deodorants still aren’t taking on the plastic problem, and most are made with baking soda, which gives me a painful rash under my arms. (No. Fun.) Recently, I’ve been experimenting with essential oil natural deodorant blends and let me tell you: In the right combination they really WORK!

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My Electric Car Experience

I’ve been fascinated with the idea of owning an electric car since 2015, when I first met Josh Tickell and Rebecca Harrell, the amazing husband-and-wife team behind the “Fuel” documentary, which totally opened my eyes to the real possibilities of game-changing natural resources. (They’re also the powerhouse behind “Kiss the Ground,” which details how regenerative agriculture could solve global warming — but I digress.) Over the years, a few of my friends had tried plug-ins, but the ones I could afford wouldn’t get me to San Diego and back without charging, so I counted them out. Then Chevrolet offered to let me try out the new Bolt EV and let me tell you, it’s a game changer. 

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