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Best Places to Retire in the US

Hi Ladies! Have you wondered where the best places to retire in the US are? Some of us have choices of destination and others feel destined to a place they don’t want to be.  I hope if it’s the latter, you will fight to find a place of contentment and joy wherever you are. It seems there are many (as my son would put it) grumpy old people. Don’t be grumpy ladies. You’ve got to make up your mind to Thrive, OK? If you find yourself in a position to be flexible, here are top 5 states to retire.

Bankrate.com came out with a survey to determine the best places to retire. The winner? South Dakota! The loser? New York!

Best Places to Retire in the US

“With 10,000 people turning 65 each day, Bankrate.com based its ranking on seven categories that would impact a retiree’s decision to move (weighting in parentheses): cost of living (20%), taxes (20%), health care quality (15%), weather (15%), crime (10%), cultural vitality (10%) and well-being (10%).”

South Dakota came in as the best state for retirees, beating out Utah (2), Idaho (3), New Hampshire (4) and Florida (5).

“No one would think of South Dakota as a winner to retire. But if you look into it, you see how people there have very good social relationships, and feel a sense of purpose with the community,” said Bankrate.com analyst Taylor Tepper in an interview with Yahoo Finance.

 

“Residents also pay no personal income tax, and the median rent for a 1-bedroom apartment is $565! They savor their day-to-day lives, feel financially secure and have a strong sense of community,” said Tepper. “Residents in the other top states feel similarly. These attributes may better determine what makes for a satisfying retirement than, say, warm weather.” Maybe you could build a tiny house in one of the top states. This is a cool video of a retiring single mom who built one.

New York came in as the worst state to retire in, with New Mexico and Maryland tying for 2nd. Florida didn’t fare to well either because of the crime rate and a subpar rating for healthcare.

No matter where you go, make sure you remember The 10 Keys to Healthy Aging and…

Thrive! OK?  

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/new-york-worst-state-retire-south-dakota-best-122800463.html

 

1st Photo By vaughandave

Tips on a Good Night’s Sleep

Tips on a Good Night’s Sleep

tips on a good night's sleepPlease give me some tips on a good night’s sleep! Sleeping during menopause? No pun intended, but IT’S A DREAM! Getting a good night’s sleep can be refreshing and rejuvenating. I remember that feeling and would like it back. I know I’m not alone. People of all ages across the globe suffer from occasional to chronic insomnia.

6 Natural Ways to Improve Your Sleep

Insomnia is a condition that interrupts your ability to fall asleep or stay asleep. If you are suffering from insomnia, you may be desperate enough to turn to harsh medications. Sleep deprivation can make you do crazy things. So, before you become QVC’s favorite shopper, take a look at these 6 ways to help improve your sleep naturally.

It Is TIME to GET a COMFORTABLE BED!!

tips on a good night's sleepYou cannot afford another night of losing sleep because you hate your bed. I have a friend who has been complaining for years about how she got rid of her waterbed and hasn’t slept the same since. There really is no excuse to being uncomfortable in your bed. Sleep is WAY too important, especially at our age. We should be spending at least 1/3 of our day in bed. We should be waking up refreshed and rejuvenated and ready to meet the day with spirits high! Let’s make getting to the bottom of sleeplessness a priority. I’m giving you a link to DreamCloud, a SLEEP mattress with the highest reviews. It has a 365-day return policy, and free shipping back! Testing a bed for 5 minutes in a store is not enough to know if it is the right bed. If you know your bed is the reason you wake up too early, too tired, too achy…take a look at the DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid Mattress.

Eliminate Caffeine

tips on a good night's sleepThe morning cup of coffee seems to be a staple beverage for many people. However, caffeine is not just in coffee. Caffeine can be hiding in the cola you drink, the tea, and even some of the foods you eat. While eliminating caffeine out of your diet 100% may not be possible, try to limit your consumption of caffeine to the mornings only. Prevention Magazine tells us that ingesting caffeine, even 6 hours before bedtime, can disrupt sleep.

Exercise

Not only does exercise help you maintain a healthy body weight and better mental outlook, but a Sleep Foundation study found that those who exercised were less sleepy during the day and slept better at night.

While a new exercise routine may leave you a little tired at first, regular exercise will give you more energy and help you fall asleep at bedtime. This may have to do with the chemicals released by the body when you exercise. The neurotransmitters released by the brain during exercise have all sorts of beneficial properties and improved sleep is one of them.

Meditate

Meditation has a restorative effect on the brain. There are all sorts of benefits that meditation can have for a person. Many of the benefits of meditation include reduced stress and a better ability to cope with difficult issues in one’s life.

tips on a good night's sleepMeditation is also great for insomnia. A Harvard study found that mindful meditation helped combat insomnia. It invokes a relaxation response in those who participate helping them relax enough to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep through the night. If you are not familiar with how to meditate there are many guided meditation audio programs that you can buy or check out from your library.

Sleep Hygiene

Sleep hygiene is a practice to help you sleep better at night. It has to do with environmental cues. Alaska Sleep notes that these environmental cues should be taken into consideration if you aren’t sleeping.

  • Use the bedroom for sex and sleep only
  • No electronics
  • Keep the room dark and quiet
  • Keep your room cool
  • Have a good mattress
  • Set your alarm clock away from your bed

Get Up at the Same Time Every Morning

tips on a good night's sleepGetting up at the same time every day and avoiding naps helps your body follow a circadian rhythm. According to Verywell we need this to sleep well at night.  There are two really important elements to this step.

  1. Stop hitting the snooze and train yourself to get up at the same time every day. If you hit the snooze button once or twice (or 6 times), you are not really training yourself to get up at the same time every day. If you know you do not need to get up until 7:30, stop setting your alarm for 7. Save yourself the 30 minutes of interrupted sleep and set the alarm for 7:30, get up the first time it rings.
  2. NO NAPS. If you are not used to getting up in the morning, then this may be the hard part for you. Napping can throw you off for sleeping at night because you simply are not tired enough to get to bed on time. Skip the nap (and the caffeine), and stay up so that you can get a good night’s sleep.

BONUS:  REMRISE offers personalized sleep coaching.

Now you have an arsenal of information that should help you fall asleep faster at night. Remember, finding what works well for you may take some playing around. So, if you don’t get it right the first night or two don’t give up.

These sleep strategies are proven to work. They just take time, usually 2-3 weeks. So ladies, give these tips on a good night’s sleep a try, sleep soundly and…

Thrive! OK?

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Exercise Your Mental Health – 4 Practices to Enhance Your Well-being

Exercise Your Mental Health – 4 Practices to Enhance Your Well-being

exercise your mental healthExercise your mental health? More exercise? Noooo! Don’t make me! OK… maybe you’re not as resistant to the word exercise as I am. I was in the army in my younger days, and my attitude toward exercise has never quite been the same. I’m paying more attention now. After all, I’m 61 and staring down at the belly fat…ugh! But this is about mental health exercise right? Continue reading…

The Best Jobs for Women Over 50

Let’s take a look at some of the best jobs for women over 50. Changing your career path at 50 can be scary. Knowing some of your options can reduce the fear. Whether you lost a job or you’re interested in changing careers, there are a number of great jobs that you can explore. Here are some of the best jobs for women over 50. Please comment below with suggestions of your own.

the best jobs for women over 50Financial Advisor

The call for financial advisors is extensive today. Many women who are interested in finance and guiding people financially, could have a fantastic career in this field. Around 1/5 of financial advisors are currently self-employed. This means that becoming a financial advisor could be a work from home position. Continue reading…

Aging and Diabetes – Some Facts That May Help

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Hello Ladies! I realize diabetes is a disease that affects so many of us. Whether it is our own personal battle or watching a loved one deal with it, it is a heavy load to bear. Aging and Diabetes is an article which shares some facts that may help.

To begin with, frequent urination, persistent thirst, and lethargy are warning signs of diabetes. However, they are often seen as signs of just growing old too! Many older individuals may remain undiagnosed diabetics for years (as they see their symptoms as just a part of growing old) until their diabetic symptoms become worse.

The problem is that irreparable but avoidable damage may have already occurred in some parts of the body. Accurate and early diagnosis of type two diabetes will be the greatest single factor in reducing the impact of its debilitating symptoms.

Here are some of the health issues that diabetics face, especially as they age. Continue reading…

Women Dating Older Men – Even Women Over 50?

Wowomen dating older menmen dating older men has caused many an opinion to be voiced throughout the ages. Dating оldеr mеn can be а great experience, аnd it соmеѕ wіth perks уоu mау not hаvе thought of. Of соurѕе, thеrе’ѕ ѕоmеthіng rоmаntіс, аllurіng аnd even reassuring аbоut dаtіng a mаn who’s quite a bit older thаn уоu. Thеѕе mеn tend tо bе mоrе well-established аnd соurtеоuѕ; and for the most part, thеу’rе chivalrous and grounded.

Straightforward and аѕѕеrtіvе, оldеr mеn act wіth іntеntіоn аnd focus bесаuѕе thеу’rе uѕuаllу buѕу lіvіng thriving lіvеѕ with great jоbѕ thеу’rе passionate about, or retired lives they’re happy with. They’ve ѕреnt enough time in the dating world to know еxасtlу whаt they like and whаt turns them off. Yоu’ll never bе іn an unsure space оr grау аrеа dating аn оldеr mаn bесаuѕе thеу have neither the time nоr thе inclination tо рlау games. Continue reading…

How To Reduce Wrinkles Around the Eyes – Anti-aging Skin Care

Hi Ladies! One of the most disheartening things I had to face after 50 (even 40) were the wrinkles. I’d wake up some days, look in the mirror and think, “Seriously?!” If you want to know how to reduce wrinkles around the eyes and other areas on your sweet self, read on.

How to Reduce Wrinkles Around the Eyes

 how to reduce wrinkles around the eyes

Our Skin as We Age

There are several factors that affect the quality of our skin as we grow older.  Some of these factors are beyond our control, such as our chronological or actual age and genetics. But the good news is, some aspects are within our power to change or influence.

Lifestyle and diet are the major significant influencing factors. Even so, before you make any changes for the sake of your skin health and appearance, it pays to understand the aging process of your skin. Continue reading…

Welcome! Women Over 50

successful aging and the choices we makeHi Ladies! I am so glad you decided to stop by for a visit to the site for women over 50 to chill and laugh and learn! My experience as a woman over 50 is now a full decade and beyond! My desire is to provide a place for you to visit for encouragement, recommendations, insight, laughter, venting and well… everything women over 50 would be blessed by. Please leave a comment, let me know what you’d like to see, and check out myAbout Mepage. Continue reading…

Haircuts

What Is Happening to My Hair?

My hair is dry and brittle…. All I want to do is bring a picture to my hairdresser and tell her to ………

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I don’t know about you ladies, but I am rarely happy with my hair. Now it is dry, dry, dry and because it is naturally curly – FRIZZ BOMB! I always walk a little more confidently when I believe my haircut looks good. Is this just me, or do you feel the same way? Can you comment below? I’d love to hear about your HAIR NIGHTMARE or all about your HAIR CARE. Other women would too!

How About Some Natural Products for Taking Special Care?

I was researching products (natural) and came across Madison Reed. I have tried two of their products, the color reviving gloss and hair color. I was very happy with the results, but will probably lighten the color a bit on the next order.

A Couple of Things That Affect Your Hair As You Age

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that your hair changes as you age. Usually, after your 40th birthday it starts behaving badly. The color changes…pigment cells in the follicles die, reducing melanin and leaving behind transparent colors like gray, silver and white.

The density changes. Many women experience thinning and some have significant hair loss. This has more to do with genes than anything. The decrease in estrogen production contributes to density loss also.

Shine and texture surely change and personally, that is the area I am looking at right now. Like I said, I tried Madison Reed and I’m going to sick with this ‘free of ammonia, resorcinol, parabens, phthalates, gluten & PPD-crafted in Italy-delivered to your door’ company. They have great, natural products, a very well-designed website, and a flawless delivery system. Take a look! Find your perfect color now!

Thrive! OK?….. Robin

P.S. Argan Oil is considered the best, natural conditioner for your hair, face, skin, and nails. Read about                    this product and see if it will help you in any way. It has great reviews and a good price!

Pictures of Short Haircuts for Women Over 50

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Relaxation

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I will be submitting an AudiobooksNow and Amazon Audible Review just below for your consideration.

We need to afford ourselves some time apart from the demands of life and relax. That looks different for each of us. One woman’s way to relax might be sailing over cliffs and ocean strapped in a hand glider, while the same woman might be having an anxiety attack just sitting around by the pool.

We are all so different. The important thing is to know what relaxes you and make sure you make time for it in your day. Let’s take a look at reading, or then again, listening….

AudiobooksNow Review and Amazon Audible Review

Ok… I am providing you with an AudiobooksNow review, and an Amazon Audible review. I’ll compare both of the programs and let you decide which is the best deal for you. At the end of the review, I will show you what it looks like to buy the top four books from the New York Times Audible Best Seller List.

AudiobooksNow gives you a Free 30-day Trial. With the trial, your regular $5-a-month membership fee is waived, and you get full benefits: 50% off your first audiobook and sale price (up to 40% off ) for the rest of the month.

Audible (Amazon’s audiobook club) also gives you a Free 30-day Trial and adds 2 free audiobooks (with the link below). After the 30 days your fee is $14.95 a month, which entitles you to an audiobook of your choice, plus 30% savings on other selections.

The Top 4 Audiobooks on the NY Times Best Seller List Are:

The Gangster –                                AudiobooksNow/$22.50/$15.75/$11.25

                                                               Audible/$31.50/FREE

All the Light We Can Not See –    AudiobooksNow/$23.99/$16.79/$12.00

                                                               Audible/$22.67/$15.87

The Girl On The Train –                 AudiobooksNow/$20.00/$14.00/$10.00

                                                               Audible/$28.00/FREE

The Nightingale –                           AudiobooksNow/$26.99/$18.89/$13.50

                                                               Audible/$31.49/$22.04

For AudiobooksNow, the first price is their regular price, the second is their sale price, and the third is their club price. Amazon puts out their regular price, with an option to get the book FOR FREE with their trial offer. Here you will get 2 free books. On their site, only 1. 

 

BOTTOM LINE:

If you buy the books during the trial offer, you will pay $60.04 with AudiobooksNow and with Audible, you will pay $37.91. After the 30 days, if you were to buy the same four books again, with AudiobooksNow you would pay $5 membership + 13.50+ 15.75 + 16.79 + 14.00 totaling $65.04. With Audible you will pay $14.95 membership + 0 + 19.60 + 15.87 + 22.04 totaling $72.46.

There is one other neat plan with AudiobooksNow. It is called their 50% Off 12 Club Plan and it is $36 (Renewable). The first 12 audiobooks you purchase through this plan will be 50% off, then you will receive the normal Club Price (between 25-40% off). You can purchase all 12 audiobooks whenever you’d like and renew the plan as often as you’d like. The 50% Off 12 audiobooks plan can be renewed when you run out of your 50% discounts.

That seems like the deal if you read a lot! So you pay $36 up front and get 12 books at 50% off. $36/12 is $3 each book. If you bought those four books again under this plan, they would cost 12.00 + 11.25 + 12.00 + 10.00 + 13.50 totaling $58.75.

I hope this information is useful to you. I did the math for you and you can decide. They are both good programs. If you belong to Amazon Prime, you may even get a better deal with Audible. Either way… Relax, Read, and

Thrive! OK?! …. Robin