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Five Date Night Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and planning a romantic evening for you and your significant other can seem harder as the years go by. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to plan an elaborate, expensive Valentine’s Day date to show someone you truly care about them. Here are five thoughtful ways to make a big impression this Valentine’s Day (and for a small cost)!

  1. Dinner and a Movie

This one may sound cliché, but there’s a reason that dinner and a movie is the go-to Valentine’s Day date. Make a reservation at your partner’s favorite restaurant and buy tickets to that movie you’ve heard everyone talking about. You can chat and catch up over dinner, and you’ll always share romantic memories from the movie you saw together.

  1. Movie Marathon

An at-home movie marathon is one of the best ways to have a great Valentine’s Day with very few expenses. Whether you spend the evening watching romantic chick flicks or nerve-racking action films, a movie marathon is really about putting aside the time to have a relaxing, stress-free day with your partner. Try going off the grid by turning off cell phones and computers; you’ll appreciate the uninterrupted time together!

  1. Cook Together

Whether you love cooking or hate it, you’ll find that making and enjoying a delicious meal with your partner can be one of the most satisfying and romantic things to do. Find a unique recipe you’ve never tried before, and head to the grocery store to get everything you need. Don’t forget: Shopping together for ingredients is a part of the experience, too! Cooking doesn’t feel like a chore when you’re doing it with someone you love, and you might just surprise yourselves by how good dinner turns out!

  1. Take a Day Trip

Every couple has a list of destinations they’ve always talked about visiting together. Show your significant other your spontaneous side and plan a day trip to one of these destinations. If you’re within a couple hours from the beach or the mountains, both destinations make great day trips! Wherever you choose to visit, set aside an entire day for your trip. Perhaps the biggest perk of a day trip? It’ll feel like you’re on vacation, but you still get to sleep in your own bed at the end of the day!

  1. Go to a Show

Treat yourself to some live entertainment! Pick a comedy act, concert or whatever captures your interest. Wherever you’re located, there are always couple’s events going on around Valentine’s Day. Going to a show is a unique experience and a great alternative for a couple who is bored by the typical movie date night. Surprising your partner with tickets to an event they’d love is a great way to show how well you know their interests.

Regardless of which Valentine’s Day activities you decide to plan, we hope you have a great holiday with your special someone! Happy Valentine’s Day!

How to Stay Active Even in Chilly Temperatures

As winter temperatures dip below freezing across much of the United States, it can be hard to get outside for exercise. That’s why it’s important to continue moving your body with indoor workouts during the wintertime in order to stay active and healthy. Luckily, it is easy to participate in a full-body workout from the comfort of your own home if you know which routines work best for you. Check out these indoor workouts to stay energized and keep burning calories and building muscle during the colder months:

  1. Yoga

There are numerous health benefits of yoga, such as increasing flexibility and improving balance. You might also notice mental or emotional benefits to a yoga practice, such as reduced anxiety and increased mindfulness. Plus, there are great resources for watching free yoga videos on sites like YouTube, such as this or this.

  1. Indoor Walking

According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), a regular walking program can help reduce blood cholesterol, lower blood pressure, increase cardiovascular endurance and boost bone strength. Home or gym treadmills are very popular options, but seniors can also research indoor tracks at local health organizations, community centers or schools. Many people prefer indoor tracks when compared to treadmills because they feel more natural and less intimidating, especially for beginning walkers.

  1. Indoor Cycling

It’s extremely important for seniors to avoid overexertion by choosing exercises that allow them to workout at their own paces. Even though indoor cycling can be very physically demanding, seniors can choose a pace that is appropriate for their unique bodies. Indoor cycling helps regular participants develop a strong cardiovascular system while building key muscle groups in the thighs, lower legs, back and upper body. The next time you try indoor cycling, remember that headphones and a good playlist are essential for “getting in the zone.”

  1. Indoor Swimming

Most people don’t have indoor swimming pools in their homes, but many local gyms offer indoor swimming opportunities yearlong. If you’re not a fan of swimming laps, consider signing up for a water aerobics class. Water aerobics classes are low impact, as the water’s buoyancy effect helps support body weight while exercising. In addition to being low impact, water aerobics is a great exercise for burning calories fast and building muscle in an amusing way.

Regardless of which favorite winter workout you choose, it’s most important to remember that exercise of any kind will help improve your physical and mental health. To keep things interesting, you can also combine different combinations of these exercises to work different muscle groups. Plus, you can feel comfortable exercising with our no leak undergarments for both men and women. Here’s to a healthier you in 2018!

A Holiday Gift Guide For All Your Loved Ones

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Don’t know what to get your loved ones for the holidays? Check out our suggestions below to show your friends and family just how much you care.

For Mom:

  • A nice candle or scent diffuser can work wonders while relaxing during the holidays. Look no further than Voluspa — they have both candles and diffusers in a range of sizes and prices!
  • A pair of statement earrings can make great gifts that will make Mom think of you whenever she puts them on! Bauble Bar has a bunch of fun gift sets to mix and match.
  • A nice cozy robe is something she wouldn’t normally buy for herself, but she’ll love for years to come; this one from was on Oprah’s list of favorite things!

For Dad:

  • All guys love a good tumbler that actually keeps their drinks hot or cold; these Yeti insulated cups will be a hit come Christmas day!
  • It may not be at the top of their list, but a subscription from BirchboxMan will definitely be appreciated. Choose the length of the subscription, and they can input their style and preference — perfect for the guy who has everything!
  • Do you have an active man in your life? A fitness watch could take his exercise routine to the next level. Check out the best ones according to Men’s Health.

For Kids:

  • Looking for a fun and (secretly) educational game to play with the little ones? Code Monkey Island is a board game that teaches kids the fundamentals of computer science while having a blast.
  • Perfect for the creative mind, an art set will spark any child’s inspiration and creativity. This one comes in an eye-catching case that they’ll want to take everywhere.
  • It’s no secret that children LOVE to explore and use their imagination; this tent playhouse will keep your kids occupied with hours of fun and make-believe from the comfort of their home.

For Grandparents:

  • A great gift can sometimes come down to comfort. These Loose Top Socks provide all-day comfort and are perfect for traveling.
  • A good book can always make a great gift for those with a little more time on their hands. Check out Reese Witherspoon’s book club favorites, many of which are New York Times Best Sellers and are being made into movies.
  • For the family members who have kept all the best recipes secret for so many years, give them this empty cookbook to fill with all their favorites. It’ll be passed down and cherished for years to come.

For Neighbors and Friends:

  • A good gift basket is always a safe bet. Here are some that are guaranteed to please.
  • For the golfer in your life, these personalized golf tees are sure to make them giggle, and they’ll use them every time they hit the green!
  • A pair of nice quality hand towels will always be appreciated. This Christmas-themed set will go with any home décor.

There you have it! Now that you’re all set with a holiday gift guide for 2018, you shop for your loved ones from the comfort of your own home. Happy holidays to you and yours!

7 Tips On Staying Safe When Trick-or-Treating With Your Grandkids

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Halloween can be a fun night for the whole family dressing up and interacting with your neighbors and community! But with so many people out and about Oct. 31, it’s important to properly prepare your family to stay safe and have an enjoyable evening.

Here are seven helpful safety tips to keep your kids and grandkids protected.

  1. Select comfortable costumes

A child’s costume should be short to avoid tripping. Have them wear comfortable and well fitting footwear to avoid falling or discomfort while out and about. Avoid masks and other pieces that cover their face and mouth, as they can make it hard to see or breathe.

Also, double check that all costumes are flame retardant because some homes use open flames as decoration.

  1. Go early

There’s no need to wait until it’s completely dark to head outside. In fact, a good time to start, especially with little ones, is after an early dinner at dusk. Plus, if you are the first ones there, you will have your pick of candy!

  1. Watch out for cars & pedestrians

Halloween can mean especially large volumes of pedestrian traffic, so wear brighter or reflective colors to make yourself noticeable to cars. Remind children to look both ways before crossing the streets and hold the hands of little ones. Also, if you are driving, remember to be on high alert of pedestrians.

  1. Candy safety

You never know what children can receive in their Halloween baskets, so it is important to inspect their candy stash before they dig in. If you anticipate needing a treat during your evening out, consider packing a snack or two until you get home.

  1. Plan your route in advance

Make a plan to only visit houses of people you know and trust in the neighborhood. Make it fun for your grandkids by making a list or treasure map and cross of the houses you’ve visited.

  1. Stranger danger

Remind the little ones to never go with someone they don’t know or get into an unfamiliar car. If someone invites them inside to receive their candy, tell them they must always stay outside the front door for their safety.

  1. Alternatives

If you aren’t comfortable with trick or treating, there are always alternatives! Stay home and have a party with games and spooky movies, or consider hosting a neighborhood trunk or treat from your driveway or street. For older kids, have them pass out the treats to the visitors and enjoy the parade of costumes.

Kids wait all year to dress up, go door-to-door asking for treats and getting into characters to fit with their costumes. By following these safety tips, you can ensure they will not only have a fun and festive Halloween, but a safe one too!

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

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Did you know that prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the United States? According to the American Cancer Society, 161,360 men are diagnosed with the disease each year. The good news is approximately 90% of all cases are detected in the early, contained stages, so the cure rate is very high.

One of the reasons for such a high cure rate is the awareness of symptoms and detection of risk signs of this disease. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, so we want to continue to share helpful knowledge and encourage readers and their loved ones to talk to their doctors should they have any concerns. Below are some symptoms of prostate cancer, so if you’re experiencing any of the following, please talk to your healthcare professional about your prostate health:

  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Problems urinating, including a slow or weak urinary stream
  • The need to urinate more often, especially at night
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Pain in your hips, back (spine), chest (ribs), or other new pain
  • Weakness or numbness in your legs or feet

To learn more about these symptoms and your prostate health, visit the American Cancer Society’s website. For help managing urinary incontinence and other symptoms of prostate complications, check out some of these resources that can help keep you informed and comfortable.

 

Three Workouts To Get Fit and Stay Cool This Summer

As we age it becomes even more important to stay physically active. Studies show regular exercise increases mobility and strength, reduces the risk of falls and other accidents and improves the overall quality of the lives of seniors.

Many seniors choose to walk and get outdoors to stay physically fit, but this comes with the risk of overheating or sunburn during summer months. So, for those looking to be active and stay cool this summer, here are three exercises you can do indoors!

  1. Yoga

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Yoga is an exercise that is growing in popularity across the country. However, there is a common misconception that it is only for the young and fit, which couldn’t be further from the truth! Many yoga moves are actually ideal for seniors. Yoga can increase strength and improve balance while also combating stress, fatigue and pain. Many yoga poses can be done almost anywhere with little to no equipment needed. Interested in learning more? Here are 10 yoga moves ideal for seniors. Even better? All of these moves can be done indoors to stay cool!

  1. Weight Training

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This is another type of physical activity that many shy away from because they are afraid their bodies are too weak to do this form of exercise. However, adding in some weight training to your day-to-day fitness regime can help increase your overall strength and reduce falls and accidents. Just be sure to listen to your body when it comes to selecting appropriate weights. It’s better to lift a smaller weight but do the exercise properly than to injure yourself by overdoing it. Here are some other helpful  tips to get you started.

  1. Water Aerobics

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A favorite pastime in summer, getting in the swimming pool can also be a great exercise opportunity!  Water aerobics blends cardio and weight training while keeping you cool. If you haven’t had any experience with water aerobics, check out some moves to do on your own here or find a local class to join!

No matter which of these routes you decide to take, make sure you are staying both active and cool during the warmer months. You can also check our cotton absorbent panties and briefs to stay dry this summer!

4 DIY Fourth of July Crafts to Make with Your Grandkids

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Independence Day is rapidly approaching, but there’s still time to get into the patriotic spirit. Invite your grandkids over for these kid-friendly activities they’re sure to love and start July off with a bang!

  1. Fourth of July Crowns

What’s the perfect finishing touch to your grandchildren’s red, white and blue outfits? These adorable paper crowns! Combine a couple of craft items for a fun accessory for firework watching.

  1. Uncle Sam Paper Bag Puppets

Learn about history while making these Uncle Sam paper bag puppets. As a bonus, after creating them, have the youngsters put on a show for the whole family to enjoy!

  1. Popsicle Stick Flags

Do your grandchildren love painting? Then, they’ll love making these flags! Jumbo popsicle sticks are transformed with red, white and blue colors, and can be used as table décor or as gifts for family and friends.

  1. Red, White and Blue Banner

Leftover scrapbook paper, burlap and string can be combined to make entry ways and backyard decks even more festive! A full shopping list and instructions can be found here.

Your grandchildren will love spending time with you crafting these themed projects. Want even more fun? Invite the grandkids into the kitchen to make these easy bacon-wrapped potatoes as a side dish to a backyard cookout.

The Best Fresh Produce

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month!

It’s proven that a healthy diet can help control incontinence, so try incorporating these ten seasonal fruits and vegetables into your meals all month long. Not sure how to select the freshest items? No worries! We’ve also included some tips to keep in mind on your next trip to the grocery store or farmers market.

Apricots

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Seeing apricots in your grocery store is one of the first signs that summer has arrived.

When ripe, apricots are an orange-gold color with an occasional hint of redness. You should select apricots that are about the size of golf balls. Avoid any apricots with shriveled skin, as this can be a sign they are overripe.

Try adding apricots to your favorite salad or substituting them for foods containing artificial sugar, which can make incontinence worse.

Avocados

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Avocados become ripe after they have been harvested—not on the tree.

Avocados that cave in slightly when pressed should be consumed within two days of purchasing. Firmer avocados should be ready to eat about five days after you buy them.

Try putting avocado on toast for a healthy breakfast, or use one to make fresh guacamole.

Blackberries

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Blackberries that are ripe will be dark in color.

Avoid buying blackberries that still have hulls attached, as this can be a sign they were picked too soon. Make sure to inspect the container for any mold or stickiness, which can be a sign that the fruit is overripe.

Blackberries are great in a fruit salad or with Greek yogurt for a nutritious snack.

Blueberries

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The best blueberries to buy are deep purple-blue to blue-black in color.

Ripe blueberries are firm and plump with smooth skin. Avoid blueberries that are red in color or shriveled. Also avoid containers with juice stains, as this can be a sign of bruised fruit.

Use your blueberries to make a beautiful pie, or add them to pancakes.

Cherries

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Ripe cherries are dark in color. If the stems are still attached to the cherries they should be a bright green shade. You should make sure the cherries are firm and that there is no wrinkling near the stem. Wrinkles in this area may indicate the cherries have been sitting out at room temperature for too long.

For a tart but sweet snack, try adding cherries to your homemade chocolate chip cookies for a delicious combination.

Asparagus

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Fresh asparagus is bright green in color and often has violet-hued stems. The asparagus you select should be firm and should squeak when squeezed.

Baked asparagus goes great with salmon for a nourishing and tasty dinner.

Beets

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Select beets that are small to medium in size and have smooth skin. The best beets will still have their stems and leaves attached.

You can pair beets with goat cheese and spinach for a colorful summertime salad.

Broccoli

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Fresh broccoli should be a bright green hue with compact floret clusters. You should pick broccoli that has firm stems and stalks. Add broccoli to chicken dishes for a wholesome meal.

Cauliflower

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Like broccoli, fresh cauliflower heads have compact floret clusters. They are a pale white in color and are firm to the touch. Avoid buying cauliflower with any dark or soft spots, as this is a sign it is going bad. Roast cauliflower with your favorite vegetables for an appetizing side dish.

Cucumbers

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Look for cucumbers that are a bright, even green. Pick cucumbers that are firm and unblemished.

Slice up cucumbers and dip them in hummus for a refreshing snack.

 

This June, fuel your body with fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables. Not only will you feel better by eating healthier, but doing so will also relieve some of the stress on your bladder. For incontinence-friendly recipe ideas, click here.

Best Skin Care Tips for Aging Skin

Trends come and go in clothing, jewelry, furniture and more, but one thing that never goes out of style is clear and healthy skin. Check out these tips for a radiant face that’s always fashionable.

  1. Eat a Balanced Diet

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Natural nutrients and vitamins most often come from the foods we consume. Eating a diet with many fruits, vegetables and proteins helps to provide the needed care from the inside out.

  1. Drink More Water

Stay Hydrated to Stop Incontinence Odors

Lotions and serums can help hydrate the surface of the skin, but real hydration comes from the inside. Therefore, drinking at least eight glasses of water a day is critical to healthy-looking skin. Experts even suggest increasing that number based on caffeine and sugar consumption.

  1. Wear Sunscreen

Age spots and blemishes are a very clear indicator of age. To help prevent these, try using a daily moisturizer with a SPF and wear hats to block harmful UV rays, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Even short periods of time outdoors can add up to quite a bit of sun exposure, so be sure to keep sunblock on hand and apply regularly.

  1. Sleep Well

We’ve all heard we should get at least eight hours of sleep a night, but some experts say we should be sleeping more than that. In addition to the amount of sleep, the quality is important too. Products such as noise machines to create white noise or silk pillow cases are common solutions to sleep problems, along with countless other suggestions to get a great night’s sleep.

  1. Don’t Smoke

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Want healthy skin? Ditch the cigarettes! In addition to causing other health concerns, smoking creates wrinkles around the mouth. The habit can also cause age spots to occur from the smoke lingering around your face.

  1. Wash Your Face

 

Washing your face removes the oil, bacteria and dirt that accumulate throughout the day. Also, experts say that not removing makeup is one of the biggest mistakes women make.

  1. Do Your Research

Everyone’s skin is slightly different in its natural composition and therefore needs different products to work best. Check out this handy quiz to figure out your skin type and then use products accordingly.

  1. Don’t Touch Your Face

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Your hands touch so many surfaces throughout the day and touching anywhere on your face is further exposing your body to that bacteria. In addition to keeping your face clear, this habit will also prevent you from getting sick as often!

  1. Clean Your Brushes and Applicators

It’s second nature to wash your face to remove dirt and oil buildup, but many people forget to clean their brushes and applicators too. Not sure where to start with cleaning them? Read makeup artists’ advice here.

  1. Up Your Collagen Intake

Collagen is a firming protein found naturally in our bodies. However, as we age, the protein breaks down and starts to cause wrinkles. Two simple ways to boost your collagen are choosing a topical cream or lotion with collagen as an ingredient or taking oral supplements.

One of the benefits of aging is feeling more comfortable in your own skin and enjoying the life and folks around you. With all the wisdom you’ve gained through the years and these tips and products to help you feel more confident, you can make your golden years truly golden!

How to Get A Great Night’s Sleep

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In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated 50 to 70 million people in the United States have some type of sleeping disorder. Yet, sleep is so important for your well-being and truly influences every aspect of your life. Check out these tips for getting a better night’s sleep.

  1. Create a sleep schedule

When you go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, your body becomes accustomed to that routine and doesn’t feel as tired or sluggish. This is harder to accomplish during trips or vacations, but sticking to a schedule as much as possible will help ease the transition back into your normal life.

  1. Make a nighttime ritual

A nighttime ritual serves as a signal to your body that sleep is coming. Some examples include dimming the lights, taking a relaxing bath or shower, reading or listening to music. However, avoid the use of electronics in bed because the light from the screen can make it more difficult to fall asleep.

  1. Exercise early in the day

While exercising is good for the body, doing so immediately before bed can cause your adrenaline levels to increase and keep you up at night. To prevent this from happening, ensure you end all exercises at least two hours prior to bedtime. Additionally, exercising in the morning provides added benefits such as boosting your metabolism and increasing focus for the day ahead.

  1. Place a pillow between your legs

A common issue that keeps people from falling asleep is stress in the back. One solution for this pain is placing a pillow between your legs. When you sleep on your side, you are naturally pulling your spine out of alignment with your upper leg. The pillow counteracts this by reducing the stress that is put on your body.

  1. Sleep with an incontinence bed pad

Sometimes the reason we cannot fall asleep is the stress of having an overnight accident, whether that is from your own urinary incontinence or a young child that is sleeping beside you. Rest peacefully knowing that your sheets and mattress are protected. Wearever provides reliable, reusable, and dependable incontinence bed pads.

  1. Nap early

If you are planning to nap during the day, make sure you do so at least six hours before you go to bed for the evening. If you nap too late in the day, there is a chance that your body will still be energized from your afternoon snooze, making it difficult to fall asleep at night.

  1. Place your pillow in a neutral position for your neck

Many people have difficulty sleeping due to neck pain and the inability to get comfortable in bed. This is often because their head is either too high or too low on their pillow. To prevent this, be sure to check that your pillow keeps your neck in a neutral position. This is when your head balances directly over your spine in a perfect line.

  1. Drink a cup of chamomile tea

Chamomile has always been thought of as a natural way to calm the body and assist in getting a restful night’s sleep. Experts say this herb relaxes muscles and the nervous system. Chamomile tea is very popular and can be found at most local grocery stores.

In addition to feeling more rested, getting enough sleep can boost your immune system, help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce stress – all of which are important to overall health.