Laughter Yoga For Women Over 50: Stay Young and Healthy

Laughter Yoga For Women Over 50: Stay Young and Healthy

Laughter Yoga For Women???


Laughter Yoga For Women. You think I’m screwin’ with you, don’t you? Because it would be disrespectful to turn the quiet, personal, respectable practice of yoga into what basically sounds like a joke, right?  Nope! No disrespect here, although that was exactly what my thoughts were the first time I heard of it. Laughter Yoga for women is not a joke. It’s a real thing, and an amazing way to keep your spirits high and your overall health in good shape!


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Laughter is, without a doubt, the best medicine for the soul. It’s that magical elixir that brings an instant smile to your face and lifts your spirits, no matter what life throws your way. But to incorporate that wild abandon of pee-your-pants-laughter… with yoga?  To be honest, ‘laughter yoga’ for women sounded ridiculous to me, and until I did some research, it felt like an extremely odd and unlikely pairing.

I’ve been wrong once before (…okay maybe twice). In this case though, being wrong made me so excited to not only experience this newfound activity, but to share it with my “people”!   So, let’s jump into what I learned about “Laughter Yoga”.

What Exactly is Laughter Yoga?


Imagine a room full of people, all laughing their hearts out, not because of a joke or a comedy show, but simply because they want to. Laughter Yoga is a unique concept that combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing techniques. Created by Dr. Madan Kataria in the 1990’s, this practice has now become a global sensation, bringing joy and health benefits to countless people worldwide.


What Happens in a “Laughter Yoga” Class?


In a Laughter Yoga class, the primary goal is to induce laughter through a series of intentional exercises and activities. Participants engage in a combination of playful laughter exercises, deep breathing techniques, and physical movements, all facillitated by a Laughter Yoga instructor. The key technique used to initiate laughter is called “forced laughter”.

During the session, participants are encouraged to practice various simulated laughter exercises, such as the “milkshake laughter”, “lion laughter”, or “silent laughter”, among others. These exercises often involve playful interactions, eye contact, and body movements that mimic the act of laughing.

Participants are encouraged to let go of inhibitions and embrace the concept of unconditional laughter, which eventually transitions into genuine and contagious laughter. Additionally, deep breathing techniques borrowed from traditional yoga practices are incorporated, promoting relaxation and enhancing the overall experience.

These controlled breathing exercises help in oxygenating the body, reducing stress, and boosting overall well-being. As the session progresses, the forced laughter often transforms into genuine, spontaneous laughter, leading to a joyful and energizing atmosphere within the class.


The Magic of Laughter Yoga for Women Over Fifty


Life after 50 can bring its own set of challenges, but it’s important to remember that age is just a number. Laughter Yoga offers an incredible array of benefits tailor-made for this golden phase of life…

      • Boosts Immunity: Laughter has been shown to enhance immune functions, helping your body combat illnesses more effectively.
      • Stress Buster:  Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones in the body, providing a natural way to combat anxiety and stress.
      • Improves Mood: It stimulates the release of endorphins, the natural feel-good chemicals in our body, promoting an overall sense of well-being and happiness.
      • Strengthens Relationships: Laughter is infectious and creates a sense of community, fostering stronger bonds and building lasting relationships.
      • Enhances Heart Health Laughter is known to improve blood circulation and increase the efficiency of blood vessels, thus contributing to a healthier heart.


Join the Laughter Yoga Revolution


Now you might be wondering where you can find this magical laughter group? Well, it might be closer than you think. Laughter Yoga clubs and sessions are sprouting up worldwide, with many offering specialized classes for seniors.

Check your local community centers, yoga studios, or even consider starting your own laughter club with friends. Laughter is contagious, after all!


A Little Preparation for Your Laughter Yoga Experience …


Okay, I’m thinking that if I gathered up my sister, and a few of my crazy friends, this might really be fun. Remember when you laughed so hard your stomach actually hurt?

I also remember laughing so hard I was afraid I’d pee my pants, but didn’t cuz I was young. But now I’m not.  So, wait… Yikes. If I want to take a class like this and enjoy it without any distractions, there are definitely a few things I need to address.  Hang on while I do a little shopping.

Okay, I’ve shared a few products below that are on my list to get before my first class (I’ve given an explanation why for each). 


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Poise Incontinence Pads 



Back in the day, I would have latched on to a class like this with reckless abandon and stayed for hours laughing my ass off!

These days, though, I don’t know about you, but I’m not completely comfortable that I could laugh hard while I was exercising, and pull it off without some leakage happening.


Gaiam Essentials

Thick Yoga Mat

I’ve done yoga and exercise classes in the past at the gym and community centers, etc. I’m not a germaphobe or anything, but I do have to admit that I prefer sweating on and rolling around on my own yoga mat. I know the “house” mats are cleaned and disinfected, (they are, right?) but why have that thought sitting in the back of your mind when you’re straddling that sucker?

Along with the sanitation thing, I’ve got some aches and pains and I like a little cush in my mat. I loved the thickness of this one.

Laughter Yoga Paperback

This might be more of an odd “me” thing, but I’m not all that great with surprises. Here’s the deal…I’ve researched this new crazy laughter yoga class, and it sounds like a hoot, plus I definitely need to get my body moving, and who doesn’t need to laugh more? It should be a lot of fun…but what if it isn’t? I want to know more before I dip my toe in.

This book is written by the founder of Laughter Yoga, Dr. Madan Kataria. I like knowing that after reading this, I’ll be more excited than anxious going to a new class armed with a better feel for what to expect. I know, I know, “Where’s your sense of adventure, Pat?”. (I just really dislike being stuck somewhere that turned out to be not what I was expecting, ya know?) Anyone else?

Dragon Fit Yoga Pants

These yoga pants are the BEST! I have several pair of these, some full length, some capris, all patterns. They stretch and stretch and bounce right back into shape. They’re comfortable. They’re flattering.

They last forever! (I bought my first pair three years ago in 2020), wore them a lot, and I mean a LOT! They still look great, and still have that bounce-back thing going on. See recent pics below. (The inseams are only just a little bit frayed, but those thighs-o-mine did some major rubbing for a time, so I can’t fault the pants. My chubby little thighs causing constant friction were the culprits.)

This brand is my number one recommendation in yoga pants. You won’t be disappointed! I liked them so much I wrote a review on the the ones I bought in 2020 (different pattern than those shown above – same pants). You can read the review HERE.

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In Conclusion…

Laughter Yoga is not just a passing trend; it’s a new and creative way of embracing joy and well-being. So, unleash that laughter, be uninhibited, and embrace that feeling of just letting yourself be free. Laugh your way to better health and a more vibrant life. Because, as they say, laughter truly is the best medicine, and it’s never too late to start!


Let’s Do This!

I’m pretty pumped to get busy searching to see if there’s one of these classes in my area. I would LOVE if any of you has tried one of these Laughter Yoga classes to please comment below and  share your experience with us!

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Panic Attacks


Panic attacks: Who Gets them? What are  they?   How long do they last? How do you get rid of them? I hadn’t give any of these questions much thought years ago because…well, as snobby and heartless as it sounds, I just never thought about it because it wasn’t part of my world.

I didn’t have them, I’d never seen anyone have one, nobody I knew had them, and I knew very little about them. They were in that category of conditions that ‘other people’ had. I had my own set of medical conditions to keep at bay. Then I became an adult, had kids to raise, responsibilities to juggle, a job where people depended on me, bills to pay, and then BOOM!


How My Curiosity About Panic Attacks Began


My Story...

Patti Huck, Women Over Fifty Network

A long, long time ago…

I will never forget my first panic attack. I was a divorced mother of two. Both kids were in high school. My daughter was on the dance team, my son was in basketball and baseball. I played volleyball and had a passion for mountain biking. We were all busy, active, and happy.

Money was tight, but we were doing okay. I was a massage therapist, and also did medical transcription in office and as a freelancer at home. I was able to keep my work schedule flexible enough to allow me to attend all my kids activities.

At their high school, there were two gyms. On this particular day my daughter had an activity in the front gym, my son had a game in the back gym. I was rushing from work to get there in time to catch half of each of their events. Having stayed up too late because of a long night of typing, I was tired and looking forward to the last of this day’s activities.

As I approached the school, I noticed I felt kind of “spacey”, and a little bit short of breath. I assumed it was because I was moving fast, and didn’t think much of it, trusting I’d feel better once I got there.

After I parked, I was dashing down the hall toward the gym when I started feeling a bit dizzy. When I got to the gym door I stood there frozen. My body felt “tingly” all over. My face was hot, I was sweaty, and my head felt weird. This sounds odd, but, I could “feel” my eyes. Have you ever been “aware” of your eyes? Can’t explain it, except to say that it’s a really creepy feeling.

The first gym was full of activity and people pre-event. I needed to quickly find my daughter, but there I was, standing at the door of the gym like a deer in headlights, waiting to see what was going to happen next in my body.

What’s wrong with your mom?

Having attention drawn to me makes me really uncomfortable. Passing out on the gym floor would really worry my kids. Waking up after having passed out on a gym floor would really embarrass me.  So I was grateful that my body chose to kick in to automatic pilot. Sweatin’ like a mutha, my head roaring, and feeling like my eyes were popping out of their sockets, I busted through that gym door, and quickly found my daughter to let her know I was there. All I needed to do then was get to the second gym, slip into the stands, and watch the first part of my son’s game.

But…just as I left my daughter and was super focused on making my way across the last half of the gym, I saw one of the teacher’s walking toward me, smiling and waving. N-o-o-o-o-o-o-o!!!!

Getting through that conversation and appearing to be capable, normal and sane, was the best performance of my life. It was also one of the most uncomfortable and frightening 10 minutes I’ve ever remembered spending with anyone. As panicky as I’d felt, and the speed and intensity that these strange feelings had presented themseves, at one point I truly thought I was going to die.

Spoiler alert: I didn’t. Although, unfortunately, this wouldn’t be the end of these attacks. Their recurrence created a situation that was something new to me – fearing being in public and having another one. A worse one. One that had more symptoms. I worried about what would happen if I didn’t  snap out of it next time? What if it happened while I was driving? Was I putting my kids in danger because of this new inability to control my emotions? Because of the onslaught of all these fears and not having enough knowledge about what I was dealing with, I launched myself into some pretty intense research into the why’s and how’s of panic disorder. Here’s what I learned…

What Is a Panic Attack?

A panic attack is “a sudden and intense episode of overwhelming fear or anxiety”. It can be an extremely distressing experience for those who go through it. Panic attacks can occur unexpectedly, or they may be triggered by specific situations or stimulus.

During a panic attack, the body’s “fight or flight” response is triggered inappropriately, leading to a surge of adrenaline and other stress hormones. This response is usually meant to help us deal with real threats or dangerous situations, but in the case of a panic attack, it occurs in the absence of any immediate danger.


How Do I Know It’s Just a Panic Attack? What are the Symptoms?

Symptoms of a panic attack can vary from person to person, but typically include a combination of physical and psychological symptoms. Some common symptoms include:

      • Rapid Heart Rate, (palpitations or pounding heart).
      • Sweating and trembling, (or shaking).
      • Shortness of Breath, (or feeling like you can’t breathe properly).
      • Chest Pain, (or discomfort).
      • Feeling Dizzy, (lightheaded or faint).
      • Nausea, (or stomach discomfort).
      • Numbness, (or tingling sensations).
      • Chills, (or hot flashes).
      • Fear of losing control, (or going crazy).
      • Fear of dying.
      • Sense of detachment from reality, (feeling disconnected from oneself).
      • Intense fear or dread.

It’s important to note that a panic attack can vary in intensity and duration. Some panic attacks may last only a few minutes, while others can persist for long periods. People who experience panic attacks often report feeling extremely anxious, and may start to worry about having more attacks in the future, leading to a cycle of fear and anxiety.

It’s essential to seek help from a mental health professional if you, or someone you know, is experiencing panic attacks or anxiety symptoms, to receive proper evaluation and support. Treatments such as therapy and, in some cases, medication, can be effective in managing panic attacks and anxiety.

Are Panic Attacks More Common in Women or Men?

Research suggests that panic attacks are more common in women than in men. While panic disorder itself can affect people of all genders, studies have consistently shown a higher prevalence of panic attacks and panic disorder in women. Several factors contribute to this:


    1. Hormonal Factors: Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause, can influence the occurrence and severity of panic attacks in women.
    2. Social and Cultural Factors: Societal and cultural factors can play a role in the higher prevalence of panic attacks in women. Women often face unique stressors and expectations that might contribute to anxiety and panic.
    3. Biological and Genetic Factors: Some studies suggest that there may be genetic and biological factors that predispose women to be more susceptible to panic attacks.
    4. Psychosocial Factors: Women may be more likely to seek help for their mental health issues, including panic attacks, leading to higher reported rates.
    5. Comorbidity with Anxeity and Mood Disorders: Panic attacks often co-occur with other anxiety disorders and mood disorders. Since women are generally more likely to experience anxiety and depression, this could contribute to the higher prevalence of panic attacks among women.  It’s important to note that while women are more likely to experience panic attacks, these attacks can affect anyone, regardless of gender.

Are Panic Attacks Dangerous?

Panic attacks themselves are not physically dangerous. They do not cause any lasting physical harm or medical emergencies. However, they can be emotionally and psychologically distressing. The intense fear and physical sensations experienced during a panic attack can be overwhelming and can lead to significant distress and impairment in daily life.

One of the main concerns with panic attacks is the fear of having more attacks in the future, which can lead to a condition known as panic disorder. Panic disorder is an anxeity disorder characterized by recurrent panic attacks and persistent worry about having additional attacks. It may lead to avoidance of certain places or situations for fear of triggering another attack, which can significantly impact a person’s quality of life.

While panic attacks themselves are not dangerous, they can sometimes be mistaken for other medical conditions that cause similar symptoms, such as heart attacks. If you are unsure whether your symptoms are due to a panic attack or a medical emergency, it’s crucial to seek medical attention to rule out any other potential health issues.

That’s it for Part 1. We’ll dive a little deeper into panic attacks in older women and suggestions for ways to take control in Part 2 of this series coming soon.


Watch for Part 2 in this series…

  • To learn ways to lessen the severity of a panic attack, and possibly even stop it before it takes hold.
  • We’ll also look into tools, apps, and other devices and ways we can calm ourselves at the onset or during a panic attack.
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“Laughter Yoga For Women“. You think I’m screwin’ with you don’t you? Because it would be disrespectful to turn the quiet, personal, respectable practice of yoga into what basically sounds like a joke, right? Nope! No disrespect here, although that was exactly what my thoughts were the first time I heard of it. Laughter Yoga is not a joke. It’s a real thing, and an amazing way to keep your spirits high and your overall health in good shape!

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Memory Improvement Activities & Exercises for the Aging Brain

Memory Improvement Activities & Exercises for the Aging Brain

Memory Improvement Activities & Exercises for the Aging Brain

Memory Help For the Aging Mind

Memory Improvement Activities and Exercises For the Aging Brain. Okay, is this for real?  Is it honestly true that you can improve an already fading memory?

According to aging experts, yes. It is definitely possible to improve your memory and slow down memory decline, just by doing some simple activities and exercises.

Memory decline is a common issue faced by older people, which can affect their daily activities and overall quality of life. With age, the brain’s ability to store, process and recall information can decrease, making it more difficult to retain new information and retrieve old memories. This decline can be due to a variety of factors, including changes in brain structure, hormonal changes, and the natural aging process.

What Causes Memory Decline?

Memory decline can occur due to a number of reasons including decreased blood flow to the brain, changes in brain chemistry and structure, and certain medical conditions. Some of the most common medical conditions associated with memory decline are stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Parkinson’s Disease.

It’s important to know that memory decline is not an inevitable part of aging.  There are several ways to help improve or slow down the process and keep our brains healthy as we age.

Activities that Stimulate the Brain

One of the best ways to keep the brain active and healthy is to use cognitive stimulation. Cognitive stimulation is engaging in activities that stimulate the brain and keep it active and engaged. Here are some examples of cognitive stimulation activities…


Reading books, newspapers, or magazines can help improve cognitive function by increasing vocabulary, improving comprehension, and exercising the brain.


Sudoku, crossword puzzles, and word games can help improve cognitive function by challenging the brain to think critically and problem-solve (see examples below).


Learning a new skill, such as a new language or musical instrument can help improve cognitive function by challenging the brain to learn and remember new information. Resources such as Duolingo and Rosetta Stone offer online language courses, and YouTube has a variety of free tutorials for learning musical instruments.


Physical exercise has been shown to improve cognitive function by increasing blood flow to the brain and stimulating the growth of new brain cells. Walking, cycling, swimming, and yoga are all good forms of exercise for seniors. All have shown to have a positive impact on memory and cognitive function in older adults. Resources like Silver Sneakers offer online exercise classes specifically designed for seniors.


Socializing with others can help improve cognitive function by stimulating the brain through conversation and social interaction. Some ideas for social activities include joining a book club, attending a community event, or taking a class. meetup.com is a great resource for finding local social events and activities. Studies have shown that staying socially active, whether it is through volunteering, joining a club, or simply spending time with friends and family, can help improve memory and cognitive function.


Mindfulness meditation has been shown to improve cognitive function by reducing stress and anxiety, which can negatively impact brain health. One simple mindfulness exercise is to sit quietly, close your eyes, and focus on your breath. There are many resources online that offer guided mindfulness meditation, such as Headspace, Calm, and Insight Timer (my personal favorite).


Nutrition also plays an important role in maintaining good cognitive health in older adults. Eating a healthy and balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, ,whole grains, and lean protein, can help to improve cognitive function, including memory. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish such as salmon, have also been shown to have a positive impact on memory and cognitive function in older adults.


Finally, it is important to get enough sleep. Lack of sleep has been linked to decreased cognitive function, including memory. Older adults should aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night to help maintain good cognitive health

*It’s important to note that before beginning any new activity or exercise, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional, especially for those with existing health conditions.

Brain Games

In addition to the activities listed above, there are also specific brain games and apps that are designed to improve cognitive function and memory recall. These games include matching games, word games and puzzles. Some popular online brain games include:

  • Lumosity. Lumosity is a popular brain training app that offers a variety of games and exercises designed to improve memory, attention, and flexibility.
  • BrainHQ. BrainHQ is another brain training app that offers a variety of games and exercises designed to improve cognitive function.
  • Peak. Peak is a brain training app that offers a variety of games and exercises designed to improve memory, attention and problem-solving skills.
  • Sudoku. Sudoku is a popular puzzle game that has been shown to improve cognitive function by challenging he brain to think critically and problem solve.


There are also many resources available for older adults who are interested in maintaining an improving their cognitive function. Some resources include:

  1. Alzheimer’s Association. The Alzheimer’s Association offers resources and support for those affected by Alzheimers and other forms of dementia.
  2. National Institute on Aging. The National Institute on Aging offers information and resources on healthy aging and Bain health.
  3. AARP. AARP offers resources and information on healthy aging and brain health for older adults

In Conclusion…

In conclusion, while memory decline is a natural part of the aging process, there are many activities, brain games, and resources available to help slow down this decline and keep our brains healthy as we age. By staying active and engaged in cognitive activities, older adults can maintain and improve their cognitive function and enjoy a high quality of life well into their golden years.

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How To Thicken Thinning Hair in Older Women

How To Thicken Thinning Hair in Older Women

Hair Thinning in Older Women: Causes, Remedies, and Solutions

Hair thinning is a common condition among older women, characterized by gradual loss of hair volume, thickness, and density. This condition can be caused by various factors, including hormonal changes, genetics, and environmental factors.

In this article, we will discuss the causes of hair thinning in older women, home remedies, procedures, and medications that might help, and how this condition might affect women emotionally and psychologically.

What Causes Hair Thinning in Older Women?

  1. Hormonal Changes: As women age, they may experience hormonal changes due to menopause, which can lead to hair thinning. The drop in estrogen levels during menopause can result in hair follicles shrinking and producing finer, thinner hair.
  2. Genetics: Some women are predisposed to hair thinning due to genetics. If your mother or grandmother experienced hair thinning, you may also be more likely to experience it.
  3. Environmental Factors: Exposure to pollutants and chemicals, such as styling products and hair dyes, can cause hair thinning in older women. Similarly, excessive heat styling, such as blow-drying and flat-ironing, can damage hair and contribute to thinning.
  4. Medical Conditions: Some medical conditions, such as thyroid disorders, anemia, and autoimmune diseases, can lead to hair thinning in older women.

Home Remedies for Hair Thinning in Older Women

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  1. Healthy Diet: Eating a healthy diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals can help maintain hair health and prevent hair thinning.
  2. Scalp Massage: Gently massaging the scalp can stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles and promote hair growth.
  3. Aloe Vera: Aloe vera contains antioxidants and enzymes that can nourish the scalp and improve hair health.
  4. Castor Oil: Castor oil has been shown to increase hair growth and prevent hair thinning when applied to the scalp regularly.

Procedures and Medications for Hair Thinning in Older Women

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  1. Hair Transplant: Hair transplants are surgical procedures that involve moving hair from one area of the scalp to another. This procedure can be used to restore hair density and thickness in areas that have thinned.
  2. Minoxidil: is a topical medication that is applied to the scalp to promote hair growth. This medication has been shown to be effective in preventing hair thinning in older women
  3. Finasteride: Finasteride is an oral medication (prescription required), that is commonly used to treat male pattern baldness. Some women with hair thinning may benefit from taking this medication as well. Although prescription is required, it can be purchased online.

Products for Hair Thinning in Older Women

  1. Hair Thickening Shampoo: Hair thickening shampoos can help increase the volume and thickness of hair by coating each strand with a volumizing agent.
  2. Hair Fibers: Hair fibers are tiny, keratin-based fibers that can be sprinkled on the scalp to create the illusion of thicker hair.
  3. Volumizing Powder: Volumizing powder can be applied to the roots of hair to create lift and volume, giving the appearance of thicker hair.

Emotional and Psychological Effects of Hair Thinning in Older Women

Hair thinning can have a significant impact on a woman’s emotional and psychological well-being. Women often associate their hair with their beauty, femininity, and self-esteem, and hair thinning can lead to feelings of loss and decreased confidence.

Women who experience hair thinning may feel self-conscious about their appearance and may experience negative body image and low self-esteem. They may also feel a sense of loss, as hair thinning can be seen as a sign of aging and declining health.

In some cases, hair thinning can also lead to anxiety and depression. Women may become overly self-conscious about their appearance and avoid social situations that may highlight their hair loss.

They may also become preoccupied with their appearance and feel like they are losing control over their looks.

If you are experiencing hair thinning or loss of hair, and it’s affecting your mental or physical health, it’s important to seek support from friends, family or healthcare professionals. Talking about your feelings and concerns with trusted individuals can help you manage your emotions and find ways to cope with your hair loss.

Additionally, seeking professional help from a dermatologist, psychologist, or counselor can provide additional support and resources to help you navigate this difficult time.

Products I’ve Tried & Recommend

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Patti Huck

Blogger/Owner, Women Over Fifty Network

I have purchased and used both of these shampoos. Before using them, my long hair had become pretty lifeless. I had very little body left. I had my hair cut with lots of layers and that helped a bit to get some of the weight off.

But when I really noticed the extreme difference in fullness, was soon after I started using these shampoos. The difference was enough that friends commented “I didn’t realize you had so much natural curl” (I did as a kid, but I hadn’t seen it in years).

I’m not one to gush, and I’m sooo not a salesperson. I’m just sayin’ that my hair is definitely bouncier, fuller, and seriously feels thicker.

I bought both these shampoos and alternate them, so I’m not sure if it’s just one or the other that is working, or if they both work. I don’t really care. All I know is that I’ve added them both to my Subscribe & Save so they keep on comin’ and I won’t be without them! I absolutely, wholeheartedly recommend both these shampoos.


Also, Do Your Head a Favor…

Even if you decide not to try the shampoo, I highly recommend getting the scalp massager (they’re inexpensive). The handle works great to hang in the shower from the soap holder.

I use the massager to work in the shampoo, and at the same time it’s giving my head a great massage. It not only feels good, but it stimulates the blood circulation to my head.

I bought the two pack; one for each shower, but my husband started using the shampoo and had to also try my massager…and, well, you know how that turned out.


In Conclusion…


If you thought hair thinning was a condition you just had to accept, it SO isn’t! I thought the same thing and this post is the result of the research I did. I started with the easiest and least expensive suggestion (the shampoo), and I’m seeing results.

And just for good meausre, I’m also trying to be much better about nutrition and exercise. It can only help, right? If you try any of the suggestions in this blog post, I’d love to hear what you tried and how it worked. I’m sure others would too. So please share your experience and thoughts by commenting below. Until next time…


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Staying Flexible After Fifty: 10 Activities That Will Help!

Staying Flexible After Fifty: 10 Activities That Will Help!

As women age, maintaining flexibility becomes increasingly important for maintaining overall health and wellness. Flexibility refers to the ability of muscles and joints to move freely through a range of motion, and it plays a crucial role in preventing injury, maintaining good posture, and preserving mobility. In this post, we will explore the role of staying flexible afer fifty, with suggestions for some lifestyle activitie as we age.

The Role of Flexibility in Aging Women

As women age, the body naturally loses muscle mass and flexibility, which can make it more difficult to perform everyday tasks and engage in physical activity. This loss of flexibility can also contribute to a range of health problems, including back pain, arthritis, and poor posture.

Maintaining flexibility is particularly important for women, as they are more prone to osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle. In addition to increasing bone density, regular stretching can help improve balance and coordination, which can reduce the risk of falls and related injuries.

Lifestyle Activities to Stay Flexible

There are a variety of lifestyle activities that can help women stay flexible as they age. Here are some suggestions:


        • Yoga: Yoga is an excellent way to improve flexibility, balance, and strength. Practicing yoga regularly can help improve joint mobity and reduce pain and stiffness.
        • Walking: Walking is a low-impact exercise that can help improve flexibility and joint mobility. Aim for at least 30 miutes of brisk walking each day.
        • Swimming: Swimming is a low-impact exercise that is ideal for women who may have joint pain or limited mobiity. Swimming can help improve overall flexibility and range of motion.
        • Stretching: Incorporating regular stretching into your daily routine can help improve flexibility and range of motion. Focus on stretching major muscle groups such as the  hamstrings, hips and shoulders.
        • Dancing: Dancing is a fun and effective way to improve flexibility and joint mobility. Dancing can also help improve balance and coordination.
        • Pilates: Pilates is a low-impact exercise that focuses on improving flexibility, balance, and core strength. Pilates can be especially helpful for women who may have back pain or other joint problems.
        • Tai Chi: Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise that combines slow, flowing movements with deep breathing. Tai Chi can help improve flexibility, balance, and overall physical and mental well-being.
        • Gardening: Gardening is a great way to stay active and improve flexibility. Gardening involves a range of movements, including bending, reaching, and squatting, which can help improve joint mobility.
        • Massage: Regular massage can help improve flexibility by increasing blood flow to the muscles and reducing tension and stiffness.
        • Meditation: Meditation is a great way to reduce stress and improve overall well-being. Medication can also help improve flexibility by promoting relaxation and reducing muscle tension.

The Role of Flexibility in Aging Women

Aside from the above lifestyle activities that will help improve your flexibility, there are also some specific exercises and stretches that will help you improve and maintain your flexibility…

1. First on the list is Gentle Yoga. Yoga is a great way to improve flexibility and is a low-impact exercise that is ideal for older women.

I found an online class on YouTube that’s absolutely free! (I put a screenshot of the class below). You can click to preview it first to make sure it’s something you’d like to and are able to do, or you can get your comfy clothes on, grab a cushion or yoga mat and start right in. 

Please know that when you click the button you’ll be taken out of this blog post and into YouTube to watch the video. So I’d suggest you finish reading this post, go change into comfy clothes, and then click the button to do this 30-minute gentle yoga session.  

Flexibility Stretches

The names of each of the stretches below are linked to a visual demonstration of the stretch. Just click the Pink stretch name.

1. Cat and Cow Stretch  Instruction: Get on all fours and alternate between arching your back, and rounding it. This exercise improves spine mobility and flexibility.

2. Hamstring Stretch  Instruction:  Sit on the edge of a chair or bench with one leg extended and the other foot on the floor. Reach forward to stretch the hamstrings.

3. Quad Stretch  Instruction: Stand with one hand against a wall for balance and bend the other leg behind you, holding the ankle to stretch the quadriceps.

4. Shoulder Roll  Instruction: Stand or sit and roll the shoulders forward, backward and up and down. This exercise improves shoulder flexibility.

5. Calf Stretch  Instruction: Stand facing a wall and place one foot forward, keeping the heel on the ground and the other foot back, holding the ankle for a calf stretch.

6. Butterfly Stretch  Instruction: Sit with the soles of the feet together and use your elbows to gently press down on your knees, stretching the inner thighs.

7. Seated Spinal Twist Instruction: Sit on a chair and twist the torso to one side, then the other. This exercise improves spinal mobility and flexibility.

8. Side Bend  Instruction: Stand with feet hip-width apart and gently bend to one side and then the other, reaching towards the toes. This exercise improves flexibility on the sides of the torso.

9. Hip Flexor Stretch: Instruction: Kneel on one knee with the other foot in front of you, and gradually lean forward, keeping the back straight. This exercise improves hip flexibility.

In Conclusion…

Maintaining flexibility is essential for women as we age. Incorporating regular exercise, stretching, and other lifestyle activities into our daily routine can help improve flexibility, reduce the risk of injury, and promote overall health and wellness. By taking care of our bodies and minds, we can stay active and vibrant as we age.


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Just a Note…

I love stretching and I love walking. I challenged myself last year to walk, outside, every day for a year. After the first attempt was cut short by a broken ankle, I restarted after it healed, and I did it!  I felt amazing.

There were two things I wore that I absolutely loved and am still wearing when I walk. So I wanted to recommend them to you. I live in Washington state, so I walked in heat and cold, rain, snow and ice,, and they carried me through it all and are holding up beautifully…STILL!.

I just published a product recommendation on my favorite yoga pants (just click image to read), and those HOKA shoes? Bullet-proof. They’re amazing! These are my two favorite ‘fitness’ items  ⇒⇒⇒

Best Shoes I’ve Owned!

Hands Down!

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BEST Yoga Pants with Phone Pockets for Women Over Fifty

BEST Yoga Pants with Phone Pockets for Women Over Fifty

BEST Yoga Pants with Phone Pockets for Women Over Fifty

Hey you amazing, strong women!

I’m so excited to share these yoga pants with phone pockets with you as my very first product recommendation. I. Love. These. Pants!

So why, out of the blue, am I suddenly sounding like a product rep for yoga pants? Well, I have recently decided to start writing Amazon product recommendations for products that I’ve purchased and love. I buy a lot of products, and because I do, I’ve discovered a lot of products I absolutely love. I don’t want to be pushy, but I really feel like other women my age might really love them too.

So I decided to start sharing them with you by writing product recommendations for some of my favorites, and this one is my first.

I know you all are probably just as busy as I am, so I opted out of writing the traditional ‘product review’ (rating the product by pointing out good and bad) to keep from wasting your time, and will be going straight to the “oh my god this is the coolest thing EVER!” ‘recommendation’ post. I’ll still continue writing regular blog posts, and have a backlog of them to post. I don’t want you to think that my ADD has kicked in and I’m jumping ship here.

Short and Sweet

If you know me, even barely know me, you know that on rare occasions I may have a tendency to get just a little bit wordy. So when I do my recommendations, I’m going to try to keep things short and sweet. K?

Also, although it’s posted several places on my site, I just want to make sure you’re aware that I’m an Amazon Associate, so if you should purchase any product I recommend through a link to Amazon, I will make a small commission. And to be clear, my commission doesn’t raise your purchase cost of the product.

Okay. Let’s Get Started!

Like I said above, I’m going to try to edit myself and keep things short and sweet, which means I need to cut down on my narratives.

I’ve added notes with the images. The images will give you a good idea of what these look like in real life, and be sure to watch the video at the end that will give you a good idea of  the stretch and closer look of the fabric.

Wide Waistband.

No Rolling!

The wide waistband keeps it from rolling when you bend over (I hate that!), and it’s just snug enough to help keep your tummy flattened out.

Flattering Fit.

They’re Very Forgiving.

I’ve had these pants for about two years. I wear them a LOT. I’ve gained and lost weight, as most of us do, and they still have the same hold & stretch as when I got them.


Not Just For Exercise.

I’m not kidding when I say these are comfy. I put a cute top and some flip flops with these and wear them for everyday use.

Well Made.

Durable Construction

I love the stitching pattern on these. The stitching has not frayed in the least…anywhere! There is no thinning in the fabric, no tears, and no snags.

Hold Their Shape

Stretchy, but Don’t Get Baggy.

These pants s-t-r-e-t-c-h like crazy, but they go right back to their shape. Washing, drying, me growing, then shrinking, and still they maintain their shape.

Phone Pockets

Deep, Secure Pockets

The large pockets will accommodate all size phones. They stretch to allow your whole hand to get your phone in and out, and deep enough that your phone is secure.

So in summary, in case I wasn’t clear, I highly recommend these. They’re one of my very favorite purchases. I also have the same ones, same pattern, in the capris.

You should get some! We’d be twins.

Send pictures and I’ll add them to this post! (I’m totally serious).

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 Quick Note…

I just pulled up my past orders on Amazon, and these are the exact pants I bought. I bought them on June 8, 2020.

I’ve worn them for four years, not two as I had said above. All of the pictures for this blog post are current…taken about two months ago.

It’s pretty amazing if you look at the pictures of my 4-yr-old pants, and then click the green button to see the brand new ones on Amazon. When you compare them, I’d say these babies have held up pretty darn well!

Thank you for reading my product recommendation. Watch for new blog posts that I’ll be posting soon, as well as new recommendations of my latest purchases. Oh, and did I mention I love gadgets? Prepare yourself. My hubby calls me the ‘gadget queen’.

To see a few of the products I’ve used that I’ve deemed sharable, take a little look-see through my store. I add to it frequently!


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Guide For New Keto OS Users: Things I Didn’t Know That I Want You To

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Yay You for Choosing to Optimize your Body with Keto OS!

When I started drinking ketones, I was a little bit in the dark as to when to take them, how to take them, and what to expect. So I want to make sure that my peeps are better informed. In case you missed the video explaining how ketones work in your body and what they do for it,  this video does a way better job explaining it than I ever could. It’s only 4 minutes. Click the arrow and give it a watch.

When and How To Drink Ketones Plus Other Info

Read the Keto OS Hacker’s Guide below. Pay attention to the part about starting out with 1/2 packet. Some people do fine with a full packet and have no problems. Others may have the kind of body, like mine, that has to question every little thing that’s introduced to it. It’s not uncommon to experience one of the below reactions when first starting ketones. They only last until your body adjusts. Usually you won’t be bothered by any of them:
  • Slight headache
  • Slight stomach cramping or gas
  • Loose bowels
I sometimes get a slight headache, which reminds me that I’m dehydrated (I suck at remembering my water intake). Drinking a glass of water takes it away almost immediately. Drinking ketones doesn’t replace your normal water intake. Water, Water Water. Something else that works for any symptoms you might have is adding a little Pink Himalayan Sea Salt to your ketone drink. The salt will also calm down your drink if the flavor you’re drinking seems too sweet.
Keto User Guide

Blender Bottles and Ketosis Test Strips on Amazon

Here are some Links on Amazon to dip sticks and blender bottles. I got the ones below and i love the bottles because they don’t leak when you shake them. I love their little loop for carrying. For your convenience, I put the links below. If you order them, since I’m an Amazon Associate, I’ll get a teeny little commission (which doesn’t raise your price or affect your cost in any way).

You can find blender bottles pretty much anywhere – but be sure to get the ones with the little spring-looking thing in them that bounces around when you shake the bottle and help with blending.

I couldn’t find the dip strips in stores, but I didn’t look very hard either. I just ordered both mine through Amazon because they were a good price and I’m a little lazy.

Be Sure To Keep Your Account On Smart Ship. Here’s Why.

I know you’ve heard me preach about setting your orders on SmartShip – the below guides show the reason I do that. I hate ordering anything at full price, and always having your account set for SmartShip gives you a 22% discount with every order. (If you’re ordering any of the Keto Max flavors, that amounts to a savings of around $30). Plus, if your orders are set to SmartShip, your fourth order is FREE. Check out the breakdowns below. IMPORTANT: Log into the Pruvit account you created when you ordered your ketones. Click on the  ‘Manage Smartship’ tab across the top. Make sure your account is set to Smartship. If it’s not, you’ll be paying full price for your next order and won’t get your 4th order free.
Smart Ship Explained

Blogging About Ketones, the Keto-ish Diet & Ketosis

I’ll be writing more about  ketones, the ketogenic diet, and ketosis as I learn more about them myself. I’ll let you know when new flavors are introduced, and will inform you when flash sales are coming (where prices are cut drastically for one day only). Did you know that you can get ketones in your body in other ways besides just mixing them with water or adding them to your coffee? I’ll be sharing recipes you can make using your ketones that are seriously awesome. Below is a blog post I wrote about ketones on my website “Women Over Fifty Network”.  If you’d like to see more posts like these, just subscribe to my website using the form at the bottom of this page.

Are You Struggling to Stay on The Keto Diet? Find Out the Secret!

What is a Keto Diet?

A Keto Diet, short for Ketogenic Diet, is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet.
Ketogenic Diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. When there is less carbohydrate in the diet, the liver then converts fat into fatty acids and ketones. The ketones pass into the brain through the blood and replace glucose as an energy source. When there is an elevated level of ketones in the blood, you are said to be in a state known as “ketosis“. The goal of the Keto Diet is to get you into a state of ketosis.

Read More…

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Keto Diet not Working for You? Try this Secret to Make it Easy.

Keto Diet not Working for You? Try this Secret to Make it Easy.

Keto Diet not Working for You? Try this Secret to Make it Easy.

What is a Keto Diet?

A Keto Diet, short for Ketogenic Diet, is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. A Ketogenic Diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. When there is less carbohydrate in the diet, the liver then converts fat into fatty acids and ketones. The ketones pass into the brain through the blood and replace glucose as an energy source. When there is an elevated level of ketones in the blood, you are said to be in a state known as “ketosis“. The goal of the Keto Diet is to get you into a state of ketosis.

What Foods Can I Eat on a Keto Diet, and What Food is Off-Limits?

You can search for Keto Diet and find hundreds of meal plans and recipes online. One site that I thought looked particularly good was Women’s Health. Since the Ketogenic diet is a low-carbohydrate diet, that means you need to stay away from sugar, pasta and bread.
Food You Can Eat (in general)
  • Fish, seafood, meat
  • Vegetables that grow above ground
  • Cheese and eggs
  • Natural fats
    • i.e (butter, olive oil, etc.)
Foods You Should Eat Sparingly
  • Pasta, rice, potatoes
  • Fruit
  • Beer, Soda, Juice
  • Bread, Cakes, Donuts, etc.
  • Candy, Chocolate, etc.

What’s The Big Hype? Why is It Supposed to Work?

The body has three sources of fuel it can burn to get its energy: Carbohydrates, Protein and Fat. Just as a car needs fuel in it’s gas tank that it burns to enable it to perform, we need food to provide us our energy to perform Sticking stictly to a Ketogenic Diet will eventually put the body into a state of ketosis.  When your body is in a state of ketosis, it means it is now burning fat to fuel your body.

How Do You Know When You’re in Ketosis?

Urine test strips are available, like the ones below, that will give you a reading letting you know when your body has reached a ketogenic state, or is in “ketosis“.

If It Sounds So Simple, Why Are So Many People Falling Off?

Because it’s hard!

The Keto diet’s original purpose was not for weight loss, but to treat epilepsy in children. Those on the diet had to be monitored strictly by a physician. So even if you think you’re following the rules of the diet, as it turns out, you may not be. According to my research, it is extremely difficult to get your body into a state of ketosis on your own through diet alone, and even if you do get to ketosis, you may not be there long enough to burn much fat.

So What’s The Secret?

Pure Therapeutic Ketones. You start dumping ketones into your body to get your body into ketosis faster. The video below shows how they work and what they do. It’s only 4 minutes and it’s explained very simply (no scientific language). Hit the play button on the man’s nose and give it a watch.

Oh, I Forgot The Best Part…

As I learned more about Pruvit’s Keto OS, one thing kept jumping out at me. Pruvit claims that Keto OS will get your body into ketosis within 60 minutes, (the state when your body is burning fat), EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT FOLLOWING A KETOGENIC DIET!!! Not saying that it wouldn’t help you and your body to follow the diet, but if you’re drinking Keto OS you don’t have to follow the Keto diet because ketosis will happen anyway. Yeah. I was ready to give this stuff a try.

How Do You Get Them?

I am one of the biggest skeptics you’ll ever find. In my next post I will be sharing what my experience has been with this product, but I’ll tell you right now that it’s basically changed my life. If you’ve decided to get better with ketones right away, and don’t want to wait to hear my story, I can help you. Choose your option below.

Want to Try Them First?

To purchase a 5-10 day trial, Just click the button below. Try all the flavors. Be reminded what it feels like to feel good.

Anxious to Just Get Started?

If you want to skip the trial and just get started, click the button below and let’s get you some ketones!

A Note To My Readers:

When I started Women Over Fifty Network I made a promise to myself that if I found a product that made my life easier, or in this case improved it, I would share it with you in hopes of it making your lives better. This is hands down one of those products.

I will never recommend a product I don’t use myself, or a product with which I haven’t personally had results.

Stay tuned for my next post about my experience with pure therapeutic ketones.



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Women Over Fifty Who Travel Solo…Around the World. They Say You Can Too!

Women Over Fifty Who Travel Solo…Around the World. They Say You Can Too!

Women Over Fifty Who Travel Solo…Around the World. They Say You Can Too!

Have You Ever Wanted to Travel Solo? You know…just take off, all by yourself?

Have you always dreamed of traveling to exciting destinations. Flitting from here to there, drinking in the sights, experiencing the culture, actually seeing first hand all the exciting places you’ve only read about?

Are you a woman over fifty who would love to travel but circumstances have caused you to feel you’re not able to?

  • Is it because you have no one to go with you?
  • Are you afraid of traveling alone?
  • Is it because you can’t afford it?

What’s keeping you from seeing all the places you’ve always dreamed of? Do you really, really want to travel? The women you’ll read about below wanted it bad enough that they made it happen.

Most of these women felt the hardest part was just making the decision to do it. Some overcame their fear of traveling alone by first dipping their toe in with a short trip. Most dove in head first.

What would it feel like to sell everything you owned, stuff a backpack full of the only possessions you had left, and hit the road? No obligations and only adventure on your horizon?

The women below all travel. By themselves. They love it. In fact, they prefer it. Most of them are over 50.

  • Some are nomads with no permanent residence…going from one exciting destination to the next.
  • Some prefer luxury travel (but have found ways to experience luxury on a budget).
  • Some like getting into the nitty gritty of the cultures in places they stay, and live among the locals.

But what do they live on? How do they support their travels?

  • Some do house sitting. (House sitting in Italy? OMG, sign me up!)
  • Some work remotely at their regular profession from whatever country they’re currently exploring.  Play by day, fire up the computer and work by night.

They’ll tell you exactly how they do it.  The circumstances that caused them to make the decision to pack and go. They’ll tell you what it’s like to be completely on your own in a foreign country.

All of these women write blogs about their adventures. They share packing, safety, dining and etiquette tips for solo traveling that they’ve learned along the way. They share gorgeous photos from places some of us have only dreamed of going, and they tell us stories about their adventures.

They all have different stories, but the one thing it seems they are all saying is…

Anyone can travel, at any time, anywhere. You just have to decide to do it, and then DO IT!

So…grab your favorite beverage, settle in and prepare to be entertained. Clicking the red buttons will take you to each of their individual sites. Explore. Look at their photos. Visit the “About” pages on their sites to get to know them and their stories. I was fascinated. I’m sure you will be too. Enjoy!


Traveln Lass - solo travel | Women Over Fifty Network


So if it’s inspiration you’re after – a gentle nudge to make your own travel dreams come true, then you’ve come to the right place. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to think that my crazy travel tales (especially as a solo lass “of a certain age”) might inspire some other lass or lad (of any age) to follow their own brand of bliss, and just pop on a backpack and DO IT!

Note from PattiThis is one of my favorite sites. Dyanne is such an entertaining and engaging writer you feel as if she’s telling you stories over coffee. She’s down to earth and real, and just sounds like someone I’d love to know.


Hole in the Donut - travel solo | Women Over Fifty Network


Working for years at a job she didn’t enjoy, Barbara kept asking herself “Who am I, why am I here, and what is my purpose in life?”After becoming ill and suffering for five years, she was finally diagnosed and treated for chronic Lyme Disease.

As soon as she was healthy enough, she left her job, strapped on a backpack, and traveled solo around the world for six months, determined to visit the places she’d always wanted to see.

Upon returning to the States in September of 2007, she rented an apartment in Florida and continued to travel more than half of the time, while simultaneously pursuing freelance writing opportunities. By the end of 2009 she was traveling so much that it made no sense to maintain a home base, so she sold or gave away her remaining furniture and hit the road full time.


Otts World - solo travel | Women Over Fifty Network


I am currently in my mid 40’s and have been traveling and living on the road (yes, homeless) since 2006.  How did I become a digital wanderer, New Nomadcareer break guru, and have the most enviable job in the world?

I’m Sherry, a corporate cube dweller turned nomadic traveler. I travel to off-the-beaten-path destinations to bring you unique travel experiences and photography. But it’s not just about travel, it’s also about life experiences of a middle age wanderer.

I quit my corporate IT job in 2006 and said goodbye to blackberries, meetings and New York City. My original intention was to simply take a career break and come back after a year and determine next steps.   I traveled around the world to 23 countries, finding a new exciting world outside of my office walls.  My eyes were opened to possibilities and the beauty of simplicity; I didn’t want to go back to my old corporate existence.  Instead I sold my possessions and relocated to Vietnam for one year  in order to keep traveling.  To make money I taught ESL, sold photography, and started really working at  building a blogging and writing presence, including launching my other career break travel website,

Cheryl & Lisa

What Boundaries Travel - solo travel | Women Over Fifty Network


Before we started “What Boundaries? Live Your Dream!” we DID have normal jobs like everyone else. Really we did. But in 2007, we decided to sell everything and get an around-the-world plane ticket. This travel bug was only supposed to last 6 months, max. But somewhere along the way – we got hooked.

We’ve volunteered in South Africa and MexicoWOOFed in Hawaii and New Zealand, and backpacked across Europe and Asia. So far, we’ve traveled to 5 continents, 48 countries and well over 250 cities. And we’re just getting started!


Women on the Road - solo travel | Women over Fifty Network


Women on the Road is for women who are curious, smart, enterprising, enthusiastic, inspired or dynamic – women who want to see the world on their own terms, usually solo (though someone might occasionally tag along) but always independently.

Women on the Road is for women who are ready to take one big fat bite out of life and smack their lips in glee afterward.

Women on the Road shows you how any woman, of any age, can hit the road, on her own – and enjoy every minute.

Mary Jo

Traveling with MJ - travel solo | Women Over Fifty Network


MJ, is a traveler, travel writer, podcaster, and publisher. When she’s not on a trip, she’s planning or researching the next one and has a bag always packed, ready for the next great adventure. Her travel ethos is Value Luxury – that sweet spot where experience and price intersect to create WOW.


Travels with Tam - travel solo | Women Over Fifth Network


When I became an emptynester, I began traveling more adventurously, and solo, as well as writing about my journeys, and thus Travels with Tam was born! My posts include many photographs, so if you love travel photography, food, wildlife and underwater photographs, you have come to the right place. I share stories about traveling, food, luxury hotels, adventure trips, scuba diving, and citizen science.

I want to inspire others to get out and see the world, to expand their knowledge and enlarge their perspective. You can travel and “do good” for yourself, others and our planet at the same time!


Adventures of a Carry-on - travel solo | Women Over Fifty Network


I’m a professional makeup artist with a bad case of wanderlust, an eye for detail, a WSET certified wino, and yes, I’m addicted to Italy.

A curious person, I’m interested in learning, creating, self discovery, connecting with people, having adventures, and discovering beauty. Travel writing and photography are just a way for me to express myself.

Adventures of a Carry-on is a place I’ve created to fill with all the things I find  beautiful and inspiring – art, architecture, culture, people, food and wine and of course, travel!

What you will find at Adventures of a Carry-on

You might find me stomping through vineyards in the Italian countryside, or flying over Napa Valley wineries in a hot air balloon.

I will share first-hand accounts of the places I’m traveling to including; intimate details of tours, wineries, restaurants, hotels and more. Travel lightly, experience deeply is the way I like to roll.



Solo Traveler World - solo travel | Women Over Fifty Network
Janice: A love of travel, personal loss and an empty nest all conspired for me to begin Solo Traveler in 2009. Resonating with thousands of readers, it quickly went from personal to public and the Solo Traveler Project began. Janice has been called the doyen of solo travel.
Tracey: One day, when I had dragged Janice out to yet another food and wine event, I was explaining what was special about each of the components of our meal: where the vegetables had been grown, how the cattle had been raised, and why the soil and climate of the local region resulted in a stunning wine. She invited me to write my very first post for Solo Traveler.

Now, as Editor and Food & Wine Travel Columnist for Solo Traveler, I eat, drink, and cook my way around the world, sharing my (frequently wonderful, sometimes unusual) experiences with readers.


Solo Trips & Tips - solo travel | Women Over Fifty Network


You are never too old to start traveling solo. I was already 30 years old when I took my first overseas trip alone. Actually, I was 29 years and 300+ days. I celebrated my 30th birthday while in Singapore.

There is no right way or wrong way to travel solo. Not everyone should become a nomad. Although I do think everyone should give solo travel a try at least once in their life! Even if you just get out and explore your own city alone, that too could be your start to solo travel my friend 🙂


Tropical Travel Girl - solo travel | Women Over Fifty Network


Tropical travel has become my passion. I’ve never met an island I didn’t like, although I’ve liked some better than others.  I’m often asked questions like, “What is your favorite island?” and “I’m thinking of going somewhere tropical on my next vacation. Where should I go?”

Through my destination content, blog posts, and photos, I hope to be able to help anyone interested in planning a trip to the tropics, and because every destination is different, I want to help you discover where your ideal island destination may be.

I’ll also be sharing information and advice about planning, packing, and how to navigate the ever-changing world of travel.


Solo Travel Girl - solo travel | Women Over Fifty Network


I founded Solo Travel Girl because I found myself traveling alone, not lonely. My personal experiences are meant to inspire and empower other travelers to shed their fears and travel solo. I admit to still having uncomfortable butterflies when dining alone in a chichi restaurant or participating in an activity geared toward couples or families but I shrug off my insecurities and indulge in the moment of discovery and adventure.

Topics I blog about include Florida, domestic and international travel, culinary, nature-based/outdoor adventures, solo travel, girlfriend getaways, product reviews and travels with a dog.

Dr. Cacinda Maloney

Points and Travel - solo travel | Women Over Fifty Network


I have traveled every six weeks of my life for over 25+ years.

A Doctor by profession, I gave up my career six years ago to travel the world even more!

Points and Travel is not your ordinary travel and lifestyle blog. We are a travel resource of content related to destinations about adventure, culture, and smart luxury travel–maximizing dollars for the greatest luxurious experiences.

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“This Ain’t Your Mama’s Wedding!” A Mother Reflects as She Helps Plan Her Daughter’s Wedding

“This Ain’t Your Mama’s Wedding!” A Mother Reflects as She Helps Plan Her Daughter’s Wedding

“This Ain’t Your Mama’s Wedding!” A Mother Reflects as She Helps Plan Her Daughter’s Wedding

I’m so happy to share this post by another member of the Women Over Fifty Bloggers community. Reading her story brought a tear to my eye remembering my own daughter’s wedding and feeling the same shock when helping her plan (and pay for) it. Time is definitely marching on and nothing seems to escape modernization. But…there are still some things that will never change. Enjoy Mary Jo’s story, and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below.



Blogger: Visiting the Gray Planet

Mary Jo is a happy-to-be 57-yr old blogger living in Denver, Colorado. She launched her lifestyle blog for middle aged women in April of this year. Her writing focuses mainly on aging parents, retirement and gray hair.

Mary Jo states that aging is like grade school math: “you’re going to add some things and subtract some things”. 

When confronted with the realities that growing older brings, she feels it’s easier when you have good information and you know you’re not alone.

Weddings Have Changed (and that’s putting it mildly!)

My daughter got married last summer which made me a first-time mother of the bride.

The night they got engaged was magical. I remember the young man who couldn’t quit smiling and the future bride glowing with love and excitement. Now I know what they mean by “love is in the air.” As I was glowing with pride and soaking this all in, the arresting thought that we would be putting on a wedding hit me. It was the first of many shocking realizations I was about to discover.

I got married in 1987 and had a lovely wedding very much in line with the standards of the ’80’s. Perms for all! My mother and I planned everything together. We bought 1 bridal magazine and talked to friends who had wedding experience. In a moment of liberalism, we let my groom-to-be choose his own clothes for the wedding. Other than that, his job was to have his mom call me so we could compile a guest list.

So imagine my surprise, when my future son-in-law wanted to be involved in planning his wedding. Apparently this is a thing now: couples planning their wedding together.

I was already a little off-kilter, this being the first wedding in my family with me a member of the older generation. While my daughter’s friends, in their matching bridesmaid dresses, were out on the dance floor, my friends from college and I were competing in the “most years married” contest.

As the planning process began, I couldn’t believe how much had changed since I planned my wedding…

Engagement Pictures

When did engagement pictures become a necessity? In the 1980’s, wealthy people occasionally did that for the newspaper but no one else did. Apparently now, this is one of the first things to be scheduled.


While the happy couple was busy choosing coordinating outfits for pictures, I was contemplating the wording of the wedding invitations. Sadly, neither of their parents are still married (to each other anyway) so to include the names of all involved along with the date, would lead to a lot of extra wording on the fancy 5 x7 invitations with the scroll-y lettering… May eighteenth two thousand seventeen…you know, in the proper way that we did it back in the 80’s.

I was in for another surprise! The modern couple chose a tri-panel invitation that included no scrolls and no awkward listing of parent’s names. They filled the panels with adorable engagement pictures and information about the wedding. In addition, there were no RSVP cards! Nope. We do all that on line now.

When I was engaged,  my mom kept track of all my wedding guests on 4 X 6 index cards stored in a shoe box. A 4 x 6 card was big enough to keep track of the date the invitation was mailed, their response to the RSVP, the gift we’d received and when we’d sent the thank you. I kept this box for decades because it reminded me of the excitement of planning the wedding and of all the people who were there.

Wedding Website

Soon after the engagement pictures were taken, the groom-to-be started working on their wedding website. The website includes a small data base of guest information. This is necessary for sending emails and Facebook invites so all their friends could save the date.

There’s also a section for a biography of the couple and each attendant. This does takes some of the mystery out of the actual ceremony. We used to sit in the pews and speculate, “Is that the bride’s sister? Who do you think that man is?” Now we know everyone’s full name, how they met the bride and groom, and we are also able to read their messages of congratulations on the website.


One very good development in wedding planning is cake tasting!

The Groom-to-be was out of town during the cake-testing event, so I got to go! The bakery had 60 different types of cake flavors. 60! We narrowed our choices down to 6 and emailed the bakery so they could prepare.

When I got married, my cake choices were white, lemon, and poppy seed.

Here’s a tip for cake tasting day: If you’re going to eat 6 cupcakes with icing at 10:00 in the morning, you are going to want milk. You are also going to want to lay down when you get home.

It is now becoming common to skip the cake entirely and have other fun desserts like pie or donuts. What? I thought marriage only became legal after the couple fed each other a delicate bite of cake! They tell me this isn’t true.

Getting Inspiration

I don’t know how modern brides (oh, and grooms) ever make a decision on anything with access to so many choices. Pinterest is inspiring, but it also raises the bar on individuality. In addition to picking a dress and attendants, the trend now is to have a wedding theme: “Island Paradise”, “Wedding in a Barn”, “Summer Romance”, “New Age Bohemian”.

Of course your guest book also needs to reflect your theme. Your guests may be signing a picture frame, a log, or possibly even a surf board. Gone are the stiff little white guest books of my day.


In the 1980’s, entertainment at the reception was limited to throwing the bouquet and watching your parent’s friend’s try to dance after a few drinks. Now we have photo booths and games. Signature cocktails and slide shows. Popcorn bars. Serve yourself candy tables.

When I got married, a first class wedding gave out Jordan almonds wrapped in netting and called it good.

Planning the modern wedding was an eye-opener for me, and a challenge learning to adapt to all the changes. But with the planning over, the big day had finally arrived.

The Wedding Day

The bridesmaids giggled and fixed their hair. The bride and groom’s families got acquainted; trying to make a good impression. The wedding guests gathered and reflected fondly on their own wedding day.

The Father-of-the-bride misted up as he walked his daughter down the aisle.

The happy couple made solemn vows and anticipated their future together.

They started their newly married status surrounded by the love and good wishes of friends and family.

You know…the way weddings have always been.

You can follow Mary Jo on Pinterest HERE, and visit her blog VISITING THE GRAY PLANET for other great stories.

Until next time…

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