March 16, 2018

Exercise For Your Age & Products For Exercise Days

Exercise is great, but, certain exercises can be more beneficial than others for different age groups. I actively participate in the  BoneBuildres of RI exercise classes. These are best suited for men and women over the age of 50. These classes are sponsored by The Village at Waterman Lake and only require a donation of $2 per class.

“The program is designed to be easily modified for each individual participant. The availability of multiple weight sizes allows all participants to start in their comfortable range of exertion and steadily progress as they get more comfortable with their ability. After more than a year of offering the program we’re excited to conclude that wellness is exactly what is achieved!”

For those of us over the age of 55, senior centers are the perfect place to find  exercise classes and programs for the senior age group. Yes, here in Rhode Island our senior centers give us access at age 55. Many centers offer Zumba, Yoga, Line Dancing, Tai Chi and more. Again for only a small donation fee for class and a maybe $10 to join. Let me tell you, today and 87 year old woman at Zumba class was “moving, moving, moving it like I could not believe!”

I also have a membership at a local gym and pop in there from time to time. This is where I first noticed the need to “exercise for my age”.  I was attending classes with young people, which is fine, I can keep up but I am no longer 20. There’s a difference between how we should work out in our 20s and how we should work out when we’re no longer 20.  Read more:

Exercise should be like brushing your teeth at every age as long as you are able and your doctor approves.

LEUS Active Gym Towel, LEUS Yoga Mat Towel, Well Kept Fitness Towelettes

LEUS Active Gym Towel, LEUS Yoga Mat Towel, Well-Kept Fitness Towelettes

I attend a lot of classes, sometimes more than one a day. I tote around a CALIA by Carrie Underwood Rolled Duffle Bag. When I am carrying some extra weights I go with my Rockland Rolling Duffle Bag. It is leopard and pink! I love my Ice Pops Cool It Caddy . It is great for keeping my make up cool in my Duffle Bags in the summer. I never go to the gym without mascara and lip stick. In the Cool It Cady, I also can stash any small snack fruits or my occasional chocolate bar.

I love my Well-Kept Fitness Towelettes (pictured above). They clean equipment, my weights, yoga mats and more. I like everything clean and sanitary, as we all should, of course. I always keep a stash in each of my bags for clean up before and after a class or workout. There are 26 eucalyptus-mint infused botanic fiber clothes in a pack. I never go without these.

My Yoga Mat Towel by LEUS (pictured above) is perfect for an under the sun or in class Yoga workout. It keeps my hands, feet and body parts in place when transitioning between poses. It’s surface slip resistant (spray with water to activate) and super for absorbing sweat. It’s also great for preventing  microbial growth on mats. If using a thin mat, the towel adds more comfort too. It’s light and tucks away neatly into my bag. I also use it in place of a standard mat while traveling.

The companion to my  Yoga Mat Towel is the LEUS 100% cotton Active Gym Towel (pictured above).  Again, it’s an item that easily tucks away into my bag and is a true necessity at the gym, in class or outside.








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March 16, 2018

Lauren Orlando For Nation A-list Magazine March

Lauren Orlando is featured in the March issue of Nation A-list in an exclusive interview with the up and coming star. Lauren is a social media influencer and has a YouTube channel. Her brother Johnny Orlando is a singer and both of them have been taking the social media platforms by storm.

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Lauren Orlando

Lauren Orlando

Lauren, tell us about your YouTube channel.

When I first started YouTube, most of the videos that I made were challenges with my brother and friends. Since then, I’ve started to focus more on making fashion, beauty and lifestyle content. I love YouTube because it lets me connect with supporters and gives me a chance to be creative in ways other that social media doesn’t.

How did it come about?

I made a YouTube channel after seeing how much fun my brother Johnny was having with his. We collaborated a lot in the beginning, which definitely helped me to build my subscriber base.

What is your favorite video from your channel?

I loved the smoothie challenge that I filmed with Johnny! Even though it was super gross to film, the video was hilarious.

What are your hobbies?

I like listening to music, watching Netflix, skiing and playing soccer.

Tell us about your upcoming projects.

I just announced that I will be the face of Mudd’s first-ever girls line this year, which is super exciting! I have some other projects in the works as well, but they’re secret for now.

We see that you travel a lot, do you have any traveling tips that make it funnier.

I love exploring the city that I’m visiting with my family. It’s always fun to have a group of people to travel with. My sisters and I also search up the best restaurants and stores in the city on Instagram and make sure we visit them.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is definitely chocolate. I love desserts!

What are your must have’s in your bag?  I always have lip balm with me.

Where is your favorite places to shop when in Los Angeles?

I love shopping at the Grove. My favorite stores are Top Shop and Brandy Melville.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

I’d live in Los Angeles because it’s sunny almost every day. There’s nothing better than that!

Do you have advice for anyone wanting to start a YouTube channel?

I’d tell them to go for it and not to worry about what anyone else thinks. Make content that you love and genuinely enjoy filming as well.

What are the pros and cons of having a YouTube channel?

There’s definitely more pros than cons. The best part about having a YouTube channel is being able to share myself and my life with the people who watch my videos. I try to be as real and genuine as possible and I feel like my viewers can really get to know me this way. One con is finding the time to come up with new ideas for content and to film and edit my videos. I always want to make sure that the things I post are good quality and that they’re fun and exciting to watch. Balancing YouTube and school can sometimes be a challenge for sure.

What is your favorite place to eat in Los Angeles?

My favorite restaurant in LA is Madeo, it’s an Italian restaurant in West Hollywood and has the most amazing pasta. I also love Chipotle, the best!!

Who do you look up to?

A celebrity that I look up to is Zendaya. I think that she’s such a good role model for girls, which is something that I strive to be as well.

Have you been bullied online and if so how do you deal with it?

I’ve definitely been bullied online. Some of the comments that people write on Instagram and YouTube are so mean! I usually deal with it by just ignoring it. Instead, I make sure that I surround myself with supportive and positive people who are there to help me reach my goals!

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March 13, 2018

Voula Beauty The Serum Foundation For Me

Voula The Serum Foundation is quite unique and it works for me which is even more unique.  I have some cystic acne scarring on my cheeks. I have stayed away from foundation. I want to blur the scars and not clog things up with product. I have not had much luck with foundations that give me what I am looking for. This serum foundation does.

Let me stress this, there is nothing wrong with having acne scars. It’s a part of life for so many of us who have suffered with blemishes and  acne, both teen and adult. But if you want to cover your scarring up and smooth your canvas, of course, do it.

Note: Voula Beauty The Serum Foundation is not specific to acne scars.  I am speaking of my experience and why and how this foundation works for me.  The shade match chart is very helpful. Right now they are ‘Celebrating Friends & Family’ with 10% OFF! I don’t know how long this offer will last so hurry and check it out if you are a fan of the foundation or considering it. 

You will find out everything you need to know about the collection at the website too. While you are there, check out Voula Beauty Facebook page and follow on Instagram.

Voula, The Serum Foundation

Voula The Serum Foundation

I take very good care of and appreciate my skin. I think you will appreciate this Q&A with Voula that I read not too long ago at . This is where I first learned of Voula and her fabulous creation.

Voula Founder and Owner of Voula Beauty

Voula Founder and Owner of Voula Beauty


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March 13, 2018

Crest 3D White No Slip Whitestrips Teeth Whitening

Crest 3D White No Slip Whitestrips®. They really don’t slip!  Teeth Whitening can have dramatic benefits for appearance and self-confidence.  I love my teeth to be white and  healthy. My whitening method of choice for many years has been professional, direct from my dentist, whitening trays and gel.

Crest 3D White No Slip Whitestrips

My New Fave! Crest 3D White No Slip Whitening and Therapy Kit

Recently, my trays became discolored and started breaking down. I decided to try something new before making an appointment for a replacement tray fitting and purchase. So, I tried Crest White Strips but I found them to be flimsy and slippery. I just couldn’t get them to adhere properly. If they did finally adhere and I talked or put my lips together, they wadded up.  I got frustrated so I stashed the remainder of them away. I continued to use my trays and finished up my last syringe of Dental Office purchased whitening gel.

Then I found out about the new Crest 3d “NO Slip” Whitestrips. Did I miss them at my local Walgreens? Did they not have them in stock when I made my last purchase there?  Wow! What a difference.  These “NO Slip” Whitestrips actually stay in place and are easy to apply and provide comfortable wear. The no-slip grip is amazing. The strips stay put until you take them off. And you do need to make an effort to take them off which is a good thing. They say you can even drink water with them on.  I wouldn’t imagine drinking water with them on but if the need is there, it is doable.

I got the Crest 3D White “No Slip” Whitening & Therapy. It’s a kit that offers the Whitestrips and Crest’s new Enamel Strengthening  Serum/Toothpaste.

The kit comes with with 28 strips. Fourteen are for lower teeth and the other fourteen are for upper teeth. It comes with a tube of the fluoride anti-cavity enamel Strengthening Serum/Toothpaste.

I am going to use this for a trial of 14 daily treatments. If I love it as much or more on day 14 as I do now, I’ll definitely stay with it.  It’s priced friendly at $44.99.



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March 12, 2018


Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Formula gives you instantly beautiful nails! The newly upgraded 3-in-1 formula with built in base and top coat, boasts an updated bottle, a revamped formula and really nice shade additions. With Insta-Dri, you can get an extra day of wear and up to 33% more chip resistance.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri® Nail Color "Buff and Tumble"

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri® Nail Color

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri® Nail Color’s newly upgraded 3-in-1 formula with built-in base and top coat offers shiny, extended wear in a single step. The new Insta-Dri is housed in an updated bottle with a  new logo and comes complete with color-matched caps for easy shade choice.  The revamped formula delivers an extra day of wear and chip resistance. Up to or almost 3x as many consumers preferred the new formula versus the former.

Insta-Dri’s brush covers in one stroke. One stroke, one coat, and you’re done. The fresh updated shade palette co-created by Global Color Ambassador Madeline Poole features gorgeous new hues that dry in 60 seconds, all in a single coat.

Insta-Dri is full coverage, offers longer lasting results and is streak-free. From soft, subtle neutrals to bright tones that pop, here are the latest vibrant shades to join the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri range.

Muted And Modern NEW shades are Champagne Supernova, White On Time, Taupe To Go, Buff And Tumble, Petal To The Metal, Silver Stallion, Heather Hustle, Thyme Is Money (Pictured above: Buff and Tumble)

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March 11, 2018

Bowlero #BeBowled Shoe Design Challenge

Bowlero Corporation (formerly Bowlmor AMF), the worldwide leader in bowling entertainment, is excited to announce the launch of its “BeBowled: Shoe Design Challenge,” offering America’s aspiring designers and bowling’s biggest fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to redesign the iconic bowling shoe.

#BeBowled Bowlero shoe design contest


Bowling has come a long way over the last century and Bowlero Corp’s portfolio of brands, led by its lead center brand, Bowlero, has completely revolutionized the bowling industry. From upscale amenities to inventive food and beverage offerings and interactive arcades and amusements, Bowlero has upgraded the bowling experience and has seen overwhelming success. What hasn’t changed? The shoes. That is, until now.

The #BeBowled: Shoe Design Challenge will give the country’s aspiring designers the chance to put their creative talents to the test as they redesign an American classic and launch a new shoe for a new era in bowling entertainment.

Here’s how it works! Starting NOW, contestants can officially enter their design submissions online at Contestants can submit their best designs by April 16th when the submission window officially closes. In late April, five finalists will be announced and in late June they will be flown to New York City to see their designs live during an epic fashion show set on the lanes at Bowlmor’s Times Square flagship location.

What’s at stake? A cash prize of $2,500 and something way more important: Legacy. The winning designer will see her or his shoe professionally designed, produced, and distributed to more than 75 Bowlero and Bowlmor locations nationwide, rolling out in 2019.

“Bowling is the ultimate American pastime and the shoes that go along with it are iconic, but outdated,” said Colie Edison, Chief Customer Officer for Bowlero Corp.

“This contest will inspire designers to reinvent the bowling shoe just like Bowlero has reinvented the bowling business,” Edison continued. “We can’t wait to see all of the bold new shoe designs!”

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March 9, 2018

Hard Candy Be Bold Glitter Mascara

Hard Candy was founded in 1995. The company’s first product was nail polish.  I believe I was one of the first to buy a bottle! Fast forward to 2009, Hard Candy announced a partnership with Wal-Mart making it available to the mass market.

Hard Candy Stroke of Gorgeous Be Bold Glitter Mascara is a new offering. The mascaras come in  intense opaque shades that last colorfully for long time wear. They are available in 10 shades and come with a great quality mascara brush. They are only $5!

We will have some photos for you soon of the mascara in action on one of our beautiful models beautiful eyes.

Suggested use: Apply only to lower lashes for a POP of color or layer it over your regular mascara.

Our model and I love Marilyn Monroe and we thought the packaging looked great laying on this photo at our office.

Available at Walmart and . Stay tuned for more!

Hard Candy Be Bold Glitter Mascara

Hard Candy Stroke of Gorgeous Be Bold Mascara Glitter Colored Mascara


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March 8, 2018

Hard Candy Plumping Lip Serum New For Spring

Hard Candy Lip Plumping Serum. I am a fan. I am wearing it now in the shade “First Kiss”, a nude shade. I am home for the day so I am wearing it alone. This I usually do on casual days. Also, I use it to add glossiness, and an illusion of fuller lips over my favorite matte lipsticks. I can really intensify a matte lipstick with a full color shade of Hard Candy Lip Plumping Serum like “Mellow Merlot“or “Skin Deep”.

It’s important when layering it that you wipe the serum from the applicator onto a lip brush or a disposable lip wand or sponge tip applicator. Otherwise, you’ll be getting your colored lipstick into your  lip plumper serum! It can tint the lip plumper base!

I know many of my friends and followers love Hard Candy products.  I posted this pretty photo (below) to Instragram and these were the first two comments. “Those are amazing, I love them.” “Those are some of my favorites. ” “How many colors do they come in?”

These Volumizing Lip Plumpers come in 24 colors, both sheer and full color. Clears to nudes and reds to pinks.  They are new for Spring. The price is unbelievable at only $6. They are available exclusively at Walmart.

Hard Candy Plumping Serum

Hard Candy Plumping Serum



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March 7, 2018

Breakfast Healthy Smoothies and shakes

Hands holding Cocunut

Yummy Coconut for your mango coconut shake

Breakfast? Do you need some help with preparing the right breakfast? If the answer is yes, then it makes sense for you to spend some time considering and prepping for the smoothie suggestions below. They provide the right kind of calories if you are looking to loose weight. They also go a long way in helping to maintain and manage body weight. These smoothies are easy to make and the ingredients are not very expensive.

  • Peaches And Cream Oatmeal Smoothie

Cream oatmeal along with peaches are easy to make, nutritious, tasty and at the same time have excellent weight reduction and fat burning capabilities. They are rich in fiber and also have decent quantities of carbohydrates and protein.

  • Mango Coconut Shake

If you are looking for a tasty and healthy morning breakfast smoothie which could help in efficient management of overweight and obesity problems, then you must try out coconut mango shake. It also has chia seeds which makes it a perfect antioxidant too.

  • Banana Berry Breakfast Smoothie

You could use blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and banana either separately or all mixed together and make a breakfast smoothie. Apart from tasting good they also could be excellent for weight reduction.

  • Orange Skinny Smoothie

A combination of peeled orange, vanilla extract and one teaspoon of honey could be a wonderful way to enjoy a good breakfast and also help in managing overweight and obesity problems.

  • Chia Seed Creamy With Pina Colada

Chia seed crushed can be made into tasty and yummy breakfast smoothies. You also need to add coconut milk and pineapple chunks. Greek yoghurt and coconut oil is also required and the combination can make an excellent recipe for weight loss.

  • Banana, Chocolate And Almond Butter Smoothie

If you are looking for a smoothie that is packed with natural proteins, vitamins and minerals you should try the mix of chocolate, banana and almond butter smoothies. It has been found to be also very useful in managing overweight and obesity problems.

  • Oatmeal With Banana Smoothie

If you want to beat the early morning breakfast hunger pangs then you have all reasons to try out oatmeal with banana smoothie. It is a rich source of lean protein and it is mixed with yoghurt to provide carbohydrate and energy. It also could help improve metabolism which in turn could help in reducing overweight and obesity.

  • Banana Strawberry Breakfast Smoothie

If you can add banana to strawberry and also supplement it with almond milk and raw spinach along with vanilla extract, you certainly can make an awesome tasting smoothie. It also does not add any bad calories and therefore could help in easy metabolism and weight reduction.

  • Berry Green Smoothie

A combination of spinach, berries and ice could work wonders for aiding in weight loss. You have to use a combination of berries including strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. It not only tastes very good but also could help in weight loss too.

  • Vanilla Shake Blast

Are you looking for the right breakfast in the morning? You could try vanilla shake blast. It is packed with natural protein and is almost free of fats and carbohydrates and therefore is useful in efficient weight management.

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March 7, 2018

Spring 2018 Fashion, Nails, Home

Spring 2018. What’s on the horizon?  From a bold tomato red to a romantic yet elegant lavender, this spring season is bound to blossom with a fresh take on your favorite color trends. Here are a few ways  to incorporate this season’s trending colors into your everyday life.

Fashion- Press play on your pastels! Make a statement by pairing pastels with neutrals like a white or sand colored jacket and accessory. Team two pastel pieces together for a solid ensemble.

Nails– Ready or not, it’s sandal season! Before hitting the mall to see the newest spring shoes, why not get started with some fun nail polish colors to spice up your manicure and pedicure. Rose gold remains a favorite but brands have been adding some shimmer and shine to their collections for a more futuristic, galactic look.

Home Decor- Let spring inside! Add a new piece of artwork to incorporate trending colors into your home. This is an easy way to brighten up your space and gear up for the new season.

Optimism Acrylic painting on poplar wood, print on plexiglass and LED lighting

Optimism Acrylic painting on poplar wood, print on plexiglass and LED lighting

Ariela is scheduled to exhibit at Artexpo New York this spring. Her art incorporates a range of bright colors and focus on self-reflection – encouraging the viewer to reflect and improve their outlook.

A Home Decor Tip from the team at It’s a Glam Thing: To use curtains or not? With the right pattern and fabric, curtains have the power to completely switch up a room’s look.

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