Exercises We Love: Butterfly Stretch

The Butterfly Stretch is a great way to make sure your inner thighs and groin can safely accommodate all your moves when you hit the sack. How It Works: Sit on the floor with the soles of your feet pressed together and your knees spread out to the sides as far as you feel comfortable…

Sex And Your Knees

My friend Larissa is just back from a Caribbean vacation with her boyfriend. They had a marvelous time, relaxing on the beach, swimming with dolphins, and playing to win on the resort’s lovely tennis courts. Then one night in bed, Larissa heard a pop in her knee. “And we weren’t even doing anything fancy,” she…

Exercises We Love: Balancing On One Leg

Great balance is a key way to stay healthy throughout your life. This easy exercise for improving balance can also help you strengthen your knees. How it works: Lift one leg toward your butt as far as you can reach and stand on the other for as long as you can, as steady as you…

Journal of My 49th Year: Aging With Vitality (Like My Mother)

Today is my mom’s 75th birthday. But you wouldn’t know her age when you meet her. A former newspaper editor and writer turned professional portrait photographer, she has always embraced life with a cheery optimism and a vigor that is impressive. Everybody loves her. Including my friends. Some of them love her more than they…

Do Happily Married Women Have More Sex?

Research from psychotherapist M. Gary Neuman suggests that, on average, happily married women have sex 11 times per month. That’s almost three times a week. And his research says that it is all about the quantity versus the quality. I consider myself happily married but Hubs and I tend to go in spurts with our…

Chin Hairs and Other Facts About My Perimenopause

I am in smack dab in the middle of perimenopause, the transition of a woman’s body in to menopause. Once I don’t get my period for 12 months, I’ll officially be in menopause. But at the age of 49, I’m still getting mine every 28 days. Every woman’s journey to the land of no menses…

Spanx You Very Much

Now that I’ve put my shiny holiday dresses back in the closet, I can also push my couple of pairs of Spanx and other shapewear to the back of my underwear drawer. I got some good use out of those constricting devices in the last month. I wore them with my wrap dress in Las…

Sage Advice About Hot Flashes

Women who like turkey with stuffing and suffer from hot flashes can now kill two birds with one stone, according to an article published in Advances in Therapy, a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal. Sage, a culinary herb, has been found to alleviate hot flashes, according to the study, which followed 71 Swiss women. While salvia…

Beauty Quickie: Dry Winter Skin

The best way to combat dry winter skin? Drink tons of water, use a humidifier and moisturize. And then moisturize some more. One of the best all over moisturizers is pure coconut oil. Use it on your face, your hands and even on the dry ends of your hair. An added bonus? You’ll smell amazing.…

Thinking About Plastic Surgery

Lately, I have been thinking about plastic surgery. Not exactly the surgery part, but each time I pass a mirror or see a photo taken more than 5 years ago, I wonder how it would feel to have my wrinkles plumped or the sag under my eyes tightened. I am hardly alone. There were more…