Tomorrow is Dancing!

When I first met this week’s guest blogger, I was a 19-year-old girl from a Southern California beach town; while she was, as I perceived it, a sophisticated woman living in Manhattan. She could have easily been intimidating, especially because I was dating her first-born son. But, she was anything but.

From day one, Judy has welcomed me with open arms. Since then, she has always listened to me, and has given me sound, measured advice only when I ask for it.  She has set the most amazing example of how to be an incredible mother-in-law and grandmother; and she has shown by example how to grow older with grace and incredible stamina.  Judy once told me “the 50s are great!” And she was so right – they really are such a wonderful time in my life. Now she says, “oh no, the 80s are the best!”

Taking Care of Beauty: Microneedling with PRP

Last week I shared my recommitment to myself, including health, fitness and beauty. And, I told you I was going to try something new at my husband’s medspa. This week’s video blog takes you inside the spa treatment room with me, and gives you an up close and personal look at my microneedling with PRP procedure.

As I’ve shared, I’m not typically too obsessed with appearance, but I do think it’s important to take care of yourself. A basic facial is more my norm, but I wanted to try a little something different … and I wanted to share the experience with you.

In the few weeks since my treatment I’ve been very pleased with the outcome, although I understand it could take 3-6 months to see optimum results.

(This is the actual treatment, and while it’s not too bad, if you’re squeamish … be warned. Please note, this treatment should only be performed by a trained, licensed professional – RN, PA or MD. Also, I’m not prescribing this … talk to your medical advisor to see if it is the right option for you.)

Recommitting to Yourself: Inside & Out

I recently had three weeks off of work, and while it’s always nice to get a break, with my family and friends all busy, I wondered what I’d do with the time. I decided that it would be a great time to take care of some  things I’d been procrastinating … to take care of me. So, I got a physical, a mammogram and a colonoscopy, and I worked out almost every day. I also used the time to try a few new things …

Trust me, I understand how hard it is to pull ourselves away from the daily grind and find the time take care of ourselves. But really, if we don’t take care of us … who will? So this week’s video blog is a little recap of my recommitment to myself – my health, my fitness and a little beauty too – in hopes that it inspires you to find some time for yourself! 

Pulling It Together: Closet Lessons for Life

I love reading the comments sent in by readers, and I not only appreciate your willingness to share, but also I am inspired by your stories. I’m inspired by people who take life and run with it … who plow ahead without looking back. People like Dr. Christie Laming.


When I received this note from Christie, I was so moved by her story, and I can relate to so much of what this survivor talks about! (and by the way she should be writing a blog instead of me ). I thought others should also know about her brave, bold and beautiful outlook on life.


Thank you beyond words, Christie, for trusting us in the PLANK community enough to share your story.  I am proud of you! Keep reaching for all that life has to offer!

It’s funny … this thing called life.

It’s funny … this thing called life. I’ve had the past few weeks off of work; and while I’ve been busy checking things off my “to do” list that sometimes get forgotten or ignored, I’ve also had some time to reflect and observe. And it’s brought some interesting (and probably random) things to mind.

Over the course of the day, we can observe so many interesting scenarios. Life moments. A mom at the bank, trying to deal with her bickering middle school age children. The sweet couple walking down my street with their tiny baby in a carriage … it’s all so new and exciting, but they’re perhaps a little shell-shocked (or maybe just sleep deprived). Being out to dinner and seeing the crazy toddler run by with one of the parents in hot pursuit.