Don't Let Sun Poisoning Ruin Your Good Times! Wear Protective Clothing

It is starting to look a lot like fall here in Pennsylvania.  That means cooler temperatures are on the way.  That also means we will be heading south to catch the suns rays!

I should have gotten a picture earlier when the rash
was really bad.  This is toward the end of it.
Speaking of the sun.  I got such a sunburn early on this year that I ended up with sun poisoning.  It was the worst I had ever had and took a long time to get rid of the rash on my arm.    It itched so bad that I would make my arm bleed by scratching it.

Since May, I have been wearing outfits with sleeves to try and protect my arms, shoulders, back, neck.  I look like I am dressed for winter when I go out.
Do you know that you can put on all the clothing you want and most times the sun still gets through?
I really didn't realize that until my arm kept getting worse, even though it was covered.

After doing some research, I am better prepared for traveling south and I am ready for the Sun!   Bring it on!  I will be wearing HydroChic Sun Protective Active Wear For Swim & Sport.

I am older and don't want to wear the traditional bathing suit that shows all my sags and wrinkles so I was happy to find a company that offers so many solutions to all ages of women.  HydroChic has a collection of swimwear for missy, plus sizes and young girls.  The style can convert to gym wear by adding coordinating pieces... and if you want to go from the gym or swimming to a restaurant, just put on one of their swim dresses.

We are renting a condo in Venice, Florida, close to the beach.  I like to go looking for black shark teeth.   Usually when I am finished playing in the water, looking for the teeth, we like to go to the restaurant (Sharky's On The Pier) just steps away from the beach.   This outfit will work perfectly for going from the water to the restaurant.  It is quick drying and dual purpose.  Normally, I would have to either go back to the condo or change in the restroom to get out of my wet clothing.  Not anymore!

I picked the Baseball Babe Inspired Long 3/4 Sleeve Rash Guard Swim Suit Shirt and the Land and Sea Swim Capris.
And check out this bra! You can read my review here The Bra For Women Who Hate Bras

All the clothing at HydroChic is made from high quality, quick drying fabrics that  has sun and superior Ultra® chlorine resistance built into the fabric. UPF 50+ Sun Protection.  Now if I go out in the sun and get burned, it is my own fault.  With all the clothing choices HydroChic offers, I have no excuse.

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HydroChic is available at select stores throughout the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Israel.  PLUS, you can buy it online at

HydroChic, LLC. was co-founded by Daniella Teutsch and Sara Wolf, and launched in May, 2008. The idea came to them one day at the Jersey Shore as they watched women of all ages slather themselves with sunscreen and pull sloppy men’s t-shirts over their traditional bathing suits to protect their skin from sun damage. They knew that more fashionable coverage options were missing in the swimwear market. Only then did they realize how many other women were searching for the very same swimwear solutions. HydroChic is based in New Rochelle, NY. 

The Bra For Women Who Hate Bras ~ HydroChic Supreme Swim and Sports Bra

I hate wearing a bra, but since I have fibroid tumors.  Lots of them! I have to wear a bra that supports me fully and is comfortable. My right breast has more of the fibroid tumors than my left.   They can be very, very painful, especially painful if you wear the wrong bra.

I have a couple of lumps right where the lower part of the bra lays.   So, I have to find a bra that supports and is comfortable as well.   It may sound easy to you ... but finding a bra that works for me is not an easy job.
Under wire bras are OUT!!  The wire lays right where I have a couple of lumps in my right breast.   Wireless bras provide no support, especially when I am exercising.
Who designs these bras anyway????  Most likely some man who has no idea what a bra should feel like.

How would you like a bra that was designed by women, for women?   Yes Please!!  Well you are in luck.  HydroChic makes a Supreme Swim and Sports Bra that ROCKS!!  So comfortable and it supports me to where my boobs don't bounce when I am exercising.   This bra is so comfortable that I don't want to wear anything else.   It is like not wearing a bra at all... That is how comfortable it is.
It is so lightweight that I wonder how it supports, but it does and it supports me very well.

Have you ever worn a bra and your fat hangs out the bottom under the band?  I have that problem and I think it looks terrible.  The Supreme Swim and Sports Bra with it's modest cut, keeps my fat from showing... at least directly under the bra... it still hangs out at my waist area but that has nothing to do with the bra.  I need to work on that part.
It has a double layer construction, a soft under the bust band, and, if you wear it swimming it is quick drying no see through padding.
They not only make this bra in Missy size but in a Plus Size Classic Cut.

The Supreme Swim and Sports Bra is great to exercise in.  It moves right with me to where I feel like I have no bra on at all.  Perfect for my yoga.

And by the way all clothing made by HydroChic have UPF +50 Sun Protection and is Chlorine Proof.  Just wanted to let you know that you can wear these in the sun to help keep you from getting burned, and when you wear them in a pool with chlorine, you don't have to worry about them fading.

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Eat Well Move Well Live Well By Roland and Galina Denzel #BookReview

I have family and friends that want to live a healthy lifestyle, they try hard.  But they just can't do it.  There is a lot more to actually living healthy than you think and it can be very overwhelming.

Right now, a friend of mine is having a lot of stomach issues.  I know how to help her, but I am not going to butt into her life and try to tell her how she should be eating, drinking, moving.... LIVING. Instead, I am going to ask her if she would like to read the book,.. Eat Well, Move Well, Live Well, 52 Ways To Feel Better In A Week by Roland and Galina Denzel.
This book has everything in it she needs to fix her problem.  Oh... did I mention she is also having problems with her legs?  Well, she is.  My thoughts is she needs to Eat a Healthy diet.  Exercise More. I could go on and on.   But if I tell her that, she would be very offended.  So instead, I am going to tell her about this great book I just read and tell her she would love reading it also.

Eat Well, Move Well, Live Well covers everything from cooking, eating, nutrition, movement, exercise, to your lifestyle, mind and body.  It covers everything.  And if you think you know a lot about being healthy.. Think Again!  Each page I turn in this book teaches me something I didn't know.

One of the chapters, Food Is Medicine.  I have been saying that same thing, and living it for a long time now.  It has become second nature to me to eat for my health.   I use herbs daily not only for spicing up my food, but for healing.  I actually grow my own herbs, or some of them.

Speaking of Food as medicine.  I have been infusing my water with herbs for years and wondering why it never tasted very infused.   Well after reading this book, I learned why.  Now, my infused water tastes of the herbs I use in it.
If you get a white, yeasty tongue in the mornings or throughout the day.  Try infusing some lemon, basil, sage, thyme, oregano, peppermint and I throw in a hot pepper to the mix.  Works great to keep your tongue fresh and clean and tastes so refreshing.  Especially now that I know how to infuse the right way.

Choose Your Own Health Adventure
Eat Well, Move Well, Live Well 
Gives 52 Ways to Feel Better In A Week!

With confusing new headlines released each day, navigating a healthy lifestyle can feel overwhelming.  With this in mind, Galina and Roland Denzel, authors of "The Real Food Reset" and Roland's how-to-weight-loss memoir "Man On Top", created a fail-proof approach to "healthy up" your life.  Pick a single chapter (out of 52) in any category; Cooking, Movement & Exercise, Nutrition, Work & Home, Mind & Body and feel better in a week.  With humor, compassion, a solid scientific foundation and over 200  "Take Action Right Now" tips, their newest book "Eat Well, Move Well, Live Well: 52 Ways to Feel Better in a Week" introduces readers to small steps that can lead to big changes toward more fulfilling lives. (Propriometrics Press)

For example, as you read this, are your ears over your shoulders?  Do your neck a favor and line them up.  Do you have a "sucky-day" menu to help recover from a day gone south?  If not, this book will help you create one.  "Eat Well, Move Well, Live Well" includes suggestions on everything from alignment and walking to fish, fats and fermented foods.  Sleeping, vacationing, working, de-stressing, building a support network and so much more are explored.  Each chapter includes simple tasks to enable anyone to embark on real, immediate change.  The book features interviews with relatable experts, exercise with photos and recipes alongside the authors' own personal anecdotes about their growth toward better health.  With insight into habit-changing and human behavior, the book challenges commonly held ideas of normal, helping you wade through fads to find teh way toward lasting change. 

About the Authors
International wellness coaches Galina and Roland Denzel help people achieve their health goals through simple solutions brought about by easy, manageable changes.  They share a practice in Southern California and reach thousands more via their website,  Between them they've published numerous books, including "Man on Tp" their weight loss guide based on Roland's own seventy five pound weight loss journey.  "The Real Food Reset", a practical thirty-day guide to reconnecting with real food and several whole-food cookbooks.  Along with their training in corrective exercise, nutrition and coaching, they bring a wealth of personal experience, warmth, humor and a heavy dose of wisdom to the table.

Learning You Have Macular Degeneration Calls For A Lifestyle Change.

My Husband has been misdiagnosed for over 2 years now. He went to a few different eye doctors including The Cleveland Clinic, because he was having dark blurry areas. They said they couldn't find anything. He had a lens put in 2 years ago because of glaucoma, so they kept saying he was still healing. Finally.... a doctor in Pittsburgh figured out his problem. Dry Macular Degeneration. Not good, but at least we have an answer and someplace to start treating it.

The doctor suggested he get the AREDS 2 Formula because there have been studies done on this particular brand and has been proven it works. He said his patients have had good luck with it. I won't reverse the disease, but may stop it from getting worse.

Here are some other things the Dr suggested he do.
Bilberry (we just ordered 2 bottles on amazon)
No Caffeine ( he now drinks herbal tea)
No Smoking (he stopped many years ago)
Healthy Diet
Wear a good pair of UV blocking sunglasses

There are a few other things he is doing ... like taking rutin. Rutin shrinks capillaries and is suppose to help with high blood pressure so he is taking it.  He is also taking Omega 3.

There is also a grid he uses to monitor the macular degeneration between Dr visits.

Hopefully, everything we are doing is going to help to save his vision.

If anyone has or knows of anything else we can do, or a great book on macular degeneration... I would be interested.   The problem with most of the books though is the author doesn't know what they are talking about.   I want a GOOD BOOK!!


Movement Solutions For The Under-Motivated Areas Of The Body

If we were to think of exercise as food, a five-mile run might be a steak.  It is full of nutrients and can be very satisfying, but without side dishes, it's not a complete meal.  If you ever eat steak, you'll soon miss important vitamins and begin feeling the symptoms.  Similarly, your current workout might be rich in certain "movement nutrients" and lacking in others.

This is why biomechanist Katy Bowman has created a movement supplements in the form of two new DVD releases; "Nutritious Movement's Daily Movement Multivitamin" and Nutritious Movement for a Healthy Pelvis".  Each includes exercises, stretches, and alignment tips to help all bodies to improve the nutrition of their current movement diet.

The DVDs are available now for $19.95 at and  They may also be downloaded ate

According to Katy Bowman, M.S.,  "We tend to focus on a few exercises in hopes to melt pounds away or chisel six-pack abs.  Despite our best intentions to exercise, whether it be running marathons, practicing yoga, or winning the CrossFit games, certain areas of the body remain under-moved.  These moves are designed to decrease typically sedentary areas within the body, and help users feel better in their bodies at any age and any fitness level."

As the name implies, the "Daily Movement Multivitamin" fills in the movement gaps left by many conventional fitness programs.  Sore feet, headaches, backaches, aching knees, digestive problems, cardiovascular disease, and so many more ailments can be symptoms of a poor movement diet.  This DVD hits the reset button to help nourish what Katy considers the "sticky spots" in the body.  It includes a standing and a floor sequence, a posture recap, a five-step alignment lesson and a printable exercise routine.  Some props are helpful including a chair, bolster or towel, a yoga block or thick book and a yoga strap (or even a long scarf).  It is appropriate for all age and fitness levels.

According to Voices for PFC, 25% of women 20 and older suffer with pelvic floor disorders. And it isn't only a problem for women.  "Nutritious Movement for a Healthy Pelvis" take a whole-body, holistic approach to improving the strength, mobility, health and function to the pelvis naturally.  You won't find any kegels spot-treating the issue here.  The DVD provides six foundational exercises, five advanced exercises, a three-minute flowing routine and a printable reference guide.  The same props are useful.  It will benefit men and women of all ages and fitness levels.

About Katy Bowman
A biomechanist by training and a problem-solver at heart, Katy has the ability to blend a scientific approach with straight talk about sensible solutions and an unwavering sense of humor, earning her legions of followers.  Her award-winning blog and podcast,  Katy Says, reach hundreds of thousands of people every month.  Thousands have taken her live classes.  Her books, the bestselling "Move Your DNA" (2014), "Diastasis Recti" (2015), "Don't Just Sit There (2015", Whole Body Barefoot" (2015), "Alignment Matters" (2013), and "Every Woman's Guide to Foot Pain and Relief" (2011) have critically acclaimed and translated worldwide. In between her book-writing efforts, Katy directs and teaches at Nutritious Movement Center Northwest, travels the globe to teach the Nutritious Movement courses in person and spend as much time outside as possible with her husband and two young children.  She is a regular source for national health publications and is often featured on radio, television talk shows and news segments.  IDEA recently named her one of their "Top 14 Rising Stars in Fitness."
 Katy's program and center can be found at
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TENDU TONING Where Ballet Meets Fitness ~ With Ballerina & Pro Rachel Speck

I love getting to try the different workout DVDs that come my way from Leslie @411video.  Sometimes, you luck into one that really works for you and helps with some of your health issues.

Now believe me, I will never be a ballerina or be able to do the workouts like Rachel Speck, but this is a DVD that works for me and can help keep me strong.
I love the Attitude Series, but the ABS and the Band Kick Back Series workouts are the ones I focus on most for my lower back.

I have had a hip replacement and am not as young as Rachel, so I have to modify some of the exercise to suit me.  Like the jumping jacks, I can't do those so I do my own rendition of jumping jacks.    I feel even if I am not doing it Rachel's way, at least I am doing it.

Professional Ballerina turned fitness professional, Rachel Speck, has combined her two loves and created "Tendu Toning" DVD (60 minutes, $25, is a total body workout that fuses traditional ballet techniques and positions and combines them with weights, resistance, and increased repetitions to maximize results in a short amount of time.  Tendu, means to stretch or extend the leg, and in Speck's program, when Tendu meets with toning a heart pumping, calorie burning workout is born.

Arabesque grande-battlements and second position pie' glides are just some of the fun ballet fitness moves viewers will perform with "Tendu Toning"/  A simple ballet step called an attitude, when combined with weights and repetitions, is one form of how the Tendu Toning method works to gain long, lean muscles while releasing the "inner ballerina".  Rachel guides viewers through a total body workout with the help from Daniella, who does the advanced, portion, while Ally demonstrates modifications for beginners.  The DVD is divided into sections, or various series, that include a warm-up of all muscles and body parts as Rachel stresses the importance of proper breathing while raising the heart rate.  A barre or chair are required for the workout along with a small ball and resistance band.  Ankle weights and small hand weights are optional.  First up, after the warm up is the Squat series that works the legs, glutes and hips.  Then, the Attitude series works the glutes, hamstrings and back.  The 2nd Positions series requires a small glide disc.  A paper plate or power towel can be substituted depending on the surface.  The 2nd Position section incorporates squats, leg stretches and arms.  The Band Kick Back series uses the resistance band to work the legs and back, while the Lunge series continues with the glide, and incorporates hand and ankle weights on the barre.  The program continues with floor work for Arms and Abs, and ends with stretches and cool down.

About Rachel Speck
In addition to the DVD and her Speck Fitness personal training company, Rachel hosts teacher certification classes for Tendu Toning.  Rachel, who was born in PA, started dancing ballet at age 3 at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, one of the top 5 ballet schools in the world.  At age 12, The Miami City Ballet offered her a full scholarship to study with the company which she accepted and continued to go every summer until she turned 15 and move to Miami permanently to dache professionally.  At age 20, she retired from dancing, but continued to work out with ballet to stay in shape.  She got her personal training certification as well as group fitness and Pilates certification from The American Sports and Fitness Association.  She worked at Crunch until she started her company bringing the best of both ballet and fitness to create the Tendu Toning method.  Rachel does private ballet lessons.  Rachel currently resides in Miami Beach, FL.  For more information on Rachel Speck, Tendu Toning DVD, along with Speck Fitness clothing, glide balls and resistance bands, go to her website

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Get A Custom Made Mattress ~ Almost Any Shape, Size or Length~Jamestown Mattress Comapany

We decided this year to take the younger Grandkids camping.  Of course their parents will be going, but it is really for the little kids that we are doing it.

My Hubs isn't thrilled with the idea of camping.  To him, camping is in a motel.  The last time we went camping was maybe 15 years ago, more or less.   All he did was complain about how hot it was.  He ended up leaving with his son.  His daughter and I stayed for awhile...... then a huge storm was coming through.  We had to leave too.   So, that was my first camping trip with him.

This time is going to be different.  I have threatened him within an inch of his life if he acts up and spoils it for the little kids.

The problem with camping for me.... and him now.... I am 65 and he is 67 and our backs aren't that great.   I didn't want to sleep in a tent on the ground so we started searching on the internet for a bed that will fit in the back of our new GMC Yukon XL.  Well it really isn't new anymore, we got it in December.   But anyway, our bed search turned out to be very expensive.  I could get a custom made bed for $600 plus dollars.   But, I wanted 2 narrow beds to fit side by side so we could stack them up when we travel.  That would cost even more.   Our camping trip was becoming very expensive.

We decided to take a trip to Erie, Pa to check out a store up there that has all kinds of foam in all lengths, widths and thickness.  We checked the price and could get the foam.... just the foam for about $300 Plus.  

We also went to a store that sells things for RVs.  They sent us to Jamestown Mattress Company because they will make Made To Order mattresses in almost any shape or size you can come up with.    Jim, who works mainly at the Jamestown Mattress Company factory plant was there.  
We talked to him about what we wanted in a mattress.  I decided not only do I want to go with the foam but I wante 2 more inches of miracle foam on top of each mattress.

We decided on  2 (two) 24X72 Foam Mattresses completely finished

Here is the break down on each mattresss

4 inches Core
2 inches 4 lb Virco Comfort Trend Firm Panel (Miracle Foam)
Skid Proof on the bottom

Look at our mattress...  and guess how much we paid?  $140 for each Mattress.  You can't beat that!!!
And Jim even helped load them.

So,.... we are ready for camping.  I plan on sleeping in our Yukon and having an awning type tent set up as a living space.
I will show you the mattress all set up on our camping trip later on in the summer.
My Hubs plans on using one of these for his hunting trip this fall.

If you are interested in getting a mattress made that is not a normal size, I suggest you check with Jamestown Mattress.  They have show rooms in
Jamestown, NY
Erie, Pennsylvania
Fredonia, NY
Henrietta, NY
Lakewood, NY
Lockport, NY
Warren, Pennsylvania


Cush Comfort Seat Cushion For Those Of Us With Back Problems

Oh my aching back!!!  That is what I have been saying every time I try to get up from a seated position.

I have had trouble with my back since I was a very young adult, but have learned to keep it under control with posture and exercise.  Although I keep it fairly well controlled, I still have times when my back goes out.

The worst problem for me besides sitting at the computer, is riding in a car.  The end of March, we drove back home from Florida.  It is normally a two day trip, but my Hubs decided to do it all in one day.  Oh my aching back!!  Actually, I did pretty well.  I practice holding my stomach muscles in while I am riding and that helps.

Once back home, there was a lot of yard clean up to do.  So of course the first nice day, I went outside and started cleaning.   That night, my back was tired but doing pretty well.   The next day I got up and was reaching in the kitchen cupboard for something.....  That is when my back went out.  It put me to my knees.  When I finally got up off the floor, I had a hard time standing straight.  I couldn't sit down, if I sat down, I couldn't get back up easily.

Right away, I started light exercises to help get my back into place.  It got better, but still... trying to stand from a seated position was torture.  Finally, I went to my chiropractor to get straightened.   He got me almost 90% back.  I am still having some problems getting in and out of a seated position.  I have to stand, make sure I get stretched out before I can walk straight.  I was actually planning on going back to finish getting my back put into place... but ...
 I got the chance to try the Cush Comfort Seat Cushion, So I am going to try this before I go back to the Chiropractor.
  If this Cush Comfort Seat Cushion can help me get up from a seated position.... I will want to find Chris (the founder of Cush Comfort) and give him a huge HUG!

When I first sat on the cushion, I had to say ahhhhh.....  I have a scrawny butt and feel every lump and bump in a chair.   The Cush Comfort cushion is made of 100% high quality, non toxic memory foam.
It has a non slip bottom that keeps it from slipping and sliding out from under you.

I told my Hubs this is a one butt cushion.  He ask.. What is a one butt cushion?  I told him it molds to my butt and for him to keep his out of it.    It is heat responsive and after about 30 seconds of sitting, the heat from my rear end molds it to fit the exact shape of my butt and my butt alone.

The only problem I am finding with it is, it needs to be longer.    It hits a spot on my leg that makes the under side of my leg kind of .... not really hurt, but not feel real comfortable either.

I used this faithfully for one week and it does work well for helping me get up from a seated position.  Plus... it is nice and soft to sit on for my scrawny butt.      Another thing I notice when sitting on the Cush Comfort is, I sit straighter.  Not sure why unless it has something to do with the cutaway section that is made to ease the pressure and strain on the spine.

Just so you know.... this cushion is not going to heal you, but it is another aid to help you in the healing process. It will help you sit straighter and that aligns your spine better.   Those of us with back issues can use all the help we can get to heal.

Product Description

Get instant relief from sitting back pain!
Humans were not meant to sit all day long. Sitting for long periods can cut off circulation and pinch nerves in your butt and legs causing pain, numbness, and even long term tissue damage over time.

The Cush Comfort cushion stops the pain cycle within 30 seconds of the time you first sit on it.
Our high performance grade A memory foam technology responds to the heat from your body and forms itself into the exact shape of your butt. This process eliminates the point pressure normally associated with sitting and replaces it with fully distributed support that keeps you comfortable even while sitting for hours on end.

100% pure, Grade A memory foam with NO fillers.
Because we use only the highest quality material, our cushion is completely environmentally friendly and odorless, and will not flatten over time. No off-gassing or strange smells.

Non-slip bottom side keeps your Cush cushion in place underneath you.
Standard memory foam cushions are great for back pain, but can negatively affect posture as they slowly slide off of your seat after hours of use, causing you to slump. The Cush cushion solves this problem, and actually encourages excellent posture, using a non slip fabric on the underside of the cushion to keep it in place even after hours of continuous use.

Lifetime 100% moneyback guarantee
We are a mission based company. The cushion you are about to receive is the very same cushion being used on all of our seats at our office, in our cars, and on our seats at home. We stand behind our product. We have high standards and we want our customers to have high standards too. If for any reason you are unhappy with your Cush, just shoot us a message and a real person will respond within a day to make it right.

If you have back issues, you might want to give the Cush Cushion a try.
Cush Comfort is offering my readers 10% Off Cush Cushion with promo code: clubcush at

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