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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MG Tapped in InstaNatural’s Top Organic Beauty Bloggers!

“Though the blog focuses on an eco-friendly lifestyle, the spirt of EcoStiletto is alive and kicking in her Eco Beauty section, where see features great product reviews, giveaways, and video tutorials. Check out her Guide to Green Beauty, a great resource for beginners to learn about eco-friendly and organic beauty.” Meet the rest of InstaNatural’s Top 15 Organic Beauty Bloggers by clicking here!

AlohaStacia Eco Fashion 4 #ShopDrop2016

“Today, there’s a whole new world of ‘second-hand’ clothing and it’s not your mother’s Salvation Army or musty vintage shop either. I’m talking about pristine $20 Helmut Lang t-shirts on the rack with an $88 Marc Jacob’s jacket. No more dumpster diving, the goods are in mint condition and well-curated, and resale shops or ‘swap’ boutiques are popping up everywhere.” Read the rest of the article on eco fashion blog AlohaStacia.

#ShopDrop2016 Inspires EcoSalon to Minimize

OMG we’re in EcoSalon! “Sometimes less really is more, especially when it comes to our wardrobes. In fact, some professional women and bloggers have made a lifestyle choice opting for a permanently clean closet in exchange for a minimalist wardrobe consisting of their most significant separates. And with Shop Drop 2016 underway this January, now is the perfect time to explore the concept of sparse, more sustainable style.” Read the rest of the post on EcoSalon. 

Magnifeco Taps #ShopDrop2016 4 Fashion Resolution

“This is the year that your closet is going to start to reflect your values; the purchases you make will be thoughtfully considered and you’ll only buy pieces you really love. If that’s your resolution, but you’re having a hard time starting, we have some tips for you. Do a fashion ‘fast”… the #SHOPDROP2016 Challenge.” Read the rest on Magnifeco!

#ShopDrop2016 on Between the Racks!

“The point of the challenge is to show how much waste is produced from buying new clothes every month, so while you are pledging not to go to the mall, that doesn’t mean you can’t shop. Buying secondhand is completely OK! With that said, I’m making my pledge to start today!” Read the rest of the post on Between the Racks. Thanks for the shout out, Morgan!

#ShopDrop2016 on Priscilla Woolworth’s LOLA!

“An avid consignment shopper, Sarnoff saw the solution as encouraging women to embrace so-called ‘preloved fashion,’ through swap parties or at thrift stores, in order to break the ‘fast fashion’ cycle of consumption and waste.” Read the rest of the story on Priscilla Woolworth’s LOLA.com.