Being Thankful

Thanksgiving-Graphics-2On this last week of November, a month of Thanks, we celebrate Thanksgiving. It is by far my favorite holiday. It is completely non-denominational, there is no religious affiliation unless you want it to be, there is an openness and acceptance that crosses any such barriers as religion, race, culture and ethnicity. Anyone can celebrate Thanksgiving, making it one wonderful holiday!!!

In this consumer-oriented, expenditure driven and over-done everything world, Thanksgiving gets lost. After all, nobody gets presents on this Holiday, so malls and stores basically ignore it. We go from Halloween to Christmas without a thought. Money talks and this reality proves it. I might be a bit harsh…..supermarkets make a killing. This is the Holiday that brings us an unlimited amount of eating. Yes, that cannot be ignored. On the other hand, food has always been what brings people together. The tastes and traditions we learned at home stay with us forever, so when we give thanks, we eat!!!

Thanksgiving, though, is more than the act of getting together to eat. We might not get presents, is true, but we get something more important. We get to visit with our family, sit around the table actually talking to each other, spending time with our elders, enjoying our young ones and having a quiet day at home. Sadly, not a very interesting pursuit for a lot of people in modern society, but a most important one. Giving thanks makes us focus on the good things in our lives. Giving thanks makes us see what we really have and what is important to our well-being. These are the things we should be thankful for and we celebrate them on this day: who we are, who we love, what we have and what makes us happy. This appreciation of our lives, this feeling of fulfillment and contentment is what keeps us going the rest of the year. We sit down and give thanks and we know it’s the right thing to do.

Have a most wonderful Thanksgiving. Give thanks for everything you have and share your tables and your hearts with those you love.

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I am in Very Good Company

Dame Helen Mirren, at age 69, has been selected to be the new face of L’Oreal Age Perfect Cell Renewal products. This only proves that beauty has no age. For the next three months, I will find myself in good company, because I am participating in a Vibrant Influencer Network campaign for L’Oreal Age Perfect. Not the same, you will say, but still pretty good for me. I will enjoy it very much, believe me!!!

AP-CELL-RENEW-ASSETS-04-200x214When interviewed about this new job, she said that as we grow older, we need less and less make up. Consequently, our skin has to look its best. Women are always searching for those perfect products that will keep our skin glowing. I am no exception. So when I was asked if I wanted to participate, I agreed. The serum, day and night creams, #sponsored by L’Oreal, arrived at my home about three weeks ago. Diligently, I have applied them during the day and at night before bed. First thing I have noticed: their lightness. The serum especially disappears into your skin. The day cream is a little heavier maybe because it has a sunscreen. The night cream is silky soft and easily absorbed. There is no greasy residue with either of them. My skin feels soft and subtle, not a dry spot to be found. I live in Miami, central air conditioning is part of our lives. Unfortunately, this causes dry patches to appear on my face from time to time. These, I am happy to report, are gone!!! The scent is pleasant and since I rub my hands after applying the creams,  they feel softer too. Double benefit.

In a world of expensive creams, spa treatments and plastic surgery, it is hard for the average woman of a certain age to find the right products. Even more than that, the right products at the right price. It is refreshing to know that these are available at drugstores. Now, is  #cellrenewal the answer for my skin? I have yet to find out, but the results so far are very encouraging. I will continue to use these products and keep you posted. Finally, I would like to point out that I am not affiliated with L’Oreal in any way other than using their products. Although I have received some compensation, I do not earn a commission or a percent of sales. The opinions expressed here are my own.